Organization helps women tap into technology
From left, Gabrielle Olivera ‘07, secretary of Women in Technology (WIT), meets with co-vice president Brooke Barnabe ‘07 and president Meredith Cler ‘07. Started in 2005, WIT strives to increase the number of women studying computer science by providing supportive services and helping female students explore career paths.
The number of undergraduate women studying computer science at Bradley is less than 10 percent, but the new Women in Technology organization hopes to change those figures. Monica McGill, instructor in the department of computer science and information systems, is the group’s advisor. She says in 1985, the national average of women studying computer science was 37 percent, compared to an average of 17 percent in 2005.
The Bradley Women in Technology organization was started in September 2005 as a way to provide encouragement to women studying computer science or technology, to help women explore career paths on their own, and to give women confidence. The Bradley group has 15 members and is not limited to just women. “Men who support women in the technology field are always welcome to join,” says McGill.
A speaker series was presented in April, featuring Leslie Paulson MBA ‘94, America’s information services manager for Caterpillar Logistics Technology Services; Michael Hodge ‘00, who spoke about Retrotech, an Illinois recycling business; and Sandy Helms Bury ’94 MA ‘00, executive director of customer support services at Bradley, who discussed personality types and gave them tests to determine which careers would best suit their personalities.
The organization is still in its infancy, but some plans include launching a Web site about the organization, creating a display for Women’s History Month and visiting local junior high and high schools. McGill also hopes that through collaboration with the Smith Career Center and other departments on campus there will be opportunities for students to do research and internships. “We would like to attract more women to the field. I’d like to see the number increase from 10 percent at Bradley up to 30 percent,” says McGill.
Bradley offers London trip
Have you ever thought a vacation could also present a great opportunity for learning? From May 23 through June 1, 2007, travel and education are combined in a London learning adventure that explores some of the city’s most sacred and cultural places through a program sponsored by both Bradley University Continuing Education and International Programs.
Dr. Dan Getz, associate professor of religious studies, and Jim Ludwig, associate dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts and assoc-iate professor of theater arts, will be the tour guides. Both are seasoned London travelers through the International Programs for students. Getz and Ludwig have accumulated years of firsthand experience in London, plus they are specialists on the topics and places on the itinerary. They will offer insights and access into areas not usually experienced by the casual tourist.
The cost for the 10-day trip is $3,599 for double occupancy and $4,579 for single occupancy. The price includes airfare, hotel, continental breakfasts, admission fees for group trips, theater tickets, ground transportation, and some additional meals. For more information, contact Sue Manley at 309-677-2523, or visit bradley.edu/continue and click on the London trip link.
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