Dr. Brenda Wilson with her crew of volunteers from Women in Computing at the Tent City - 2011 Homecoming

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  • Student clubs: AITP

    AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) met on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, to talk about this term's plans. The members decided tomeet formally once a week on the last Wednesday of each month at Curris Center at 4:30 pm.

    They also decided to meet in the interim to complete the following projects

    • Collect used printer cartridges for recycling. The funds raised can be used to support club events. Cartridges need to be brought to the CSIS offices and given to the adviser, Dr. Raj
    • Collect used 3.5" diskettes for a craft project scheduled for the kywic conference in February 2012.
    • Learn how to create web pages using content management systems like WordPress, Joomla etc so club members can take on projects as a service to the community. Clients may choose to donate funds to support AITP.
    • VP Proehl has offered to help students with tutoring at Hart Lab on a regular basis on Wednesdays from 6:30pm. Others are welcome to join her. At this point we will tutor students in CSC101, 125, 199 and CIS243.
    • President Middlebrook suggested that we design and order t-shirts for the club. All present agreed. Dr. Raj suggested that it be converted into a design competition with a prize for the best design. At the next meeting we will vote on the best design. "Put your design talent to work and bring your design to the next meeting in February" says Middlebrook.

    Dr. Raj agreed to teach members the basics of CMS (item #3) on Wednesdays at 4:30pm in BB454. Interested members may contact Dr Raj for an account (vraj@murraystate.edu)

    Communication: Secretary Smock volunteered to set up a FB page for AITP and promote it among the students. VP Proehl will take responsibility for emailing students about club activities.

    The officers welcomed one new member and one renewal - Zhao Chai and Dolly Rickman.

    The meeting ended with a game to test the knowledge of tech brands - logos were presented on a sheet of paper and the students were asked to guess the company name. It was quite a challenge and the highest anybody got was a 4 (out of 20)

    The group adjourned at 5:30. The next meeting is scheduled for February 29 at 4:30PM.

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  • MSU Women In Computing Win Award

    Women in Computing - 2011 The National Council for Women in Technology (NCWIT) has selected Murray State University’s Women in Computing club to receive the Return Path Student Seed Fund grant for 2011-12.

    Dr. Brenda Wilson, adviser to the Murray Club, realizing that women needed a place and an organization to meet and discuss matters of interest to them started the club in Spring 2008 with Xinia Munoz as the first President. Since then, Dr. Wilson and the students have been busy with workshops, conferences and numerous other activities to get young women to get comfortable with technology and be able to discuss career opportunities and projects of interest to them.

    Dr. Brenda Wilson with her crew of volunteers from Women in Computing at the Tent City - 2011 Homecoming
    (l to r) Jessica Lott (Vice President), Kathy Garland, Dr. Brenda Wilson (Adviser), Christina Peach (President), Tamela Hayton (Outstanding CSIS Administrative Assistant)

    The group will soon be hosting the second "Kentucky Celebration of Women in Computing" conference in the Kentucky Dam Village Resort in February 2012. The first conference was held in 2010 and was a huge success. The group has been extremely busy raising funds through very creative means so that the participants can attend the conference paying little or no money at all.

    The Return Path Student Seed Fund grant is a very timely award and will certainly go towards reaching more and more young women interested in technology - perhaps even in the area middle and high schools.

    Since 1999, Return Path has helped some of the world’s most successful companies use email more effectively. They have donated funds to seed programs and initiatives for student organizations that promote increased women in computing and IT programs on NCWIT's Academic Alliance member campuses. 

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