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2013.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Amanda Rucker- UNO College of Information Science and Technology
phone: 402.554.2070 - email: arucker@unomaha.edu

UNO College of IS&T to Recognize Women for Computing Achievements

Omaha - As part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology, the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) will recognize 12 high-school women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology. The award event will be held on April 5 at Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature a keynote address by Kate Stewart, Director of Product Management at Linaro.

The event is open to the media.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a program of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a coalition of nearly 200 universities, corporations and organizations dedicated to increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing was created to acknowledge the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related pursuits. Award-winners have been selected for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing and desire to pursue computing-related studies or occupations. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. The IS&T NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing is a collaborative effort by our local sponsors, Woodmen of the World, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and IPG.

“The College of Information Science and Technology is committed to educating the next generation of information technology leaders,” said Dr. Hesham Ali, dean of the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T). “An important focus of ensuring that there is a robust and diverse talent pipeline is encouraging women to pursue their passions in IT. We are honored to partner with NCWIT in order to achieve this goal, and we are very proud of the accomplishments these young women have already achieved.”

“With technology jobs projected to grow faster than all other job sectors in the next decade, it’s imperative that we nurture the computing aspirations of women, who will make up half the professional workforce,” said Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. “This award allows us recognize and encourage talent that might otherwise be overlooked.”

Following are the 2013 winners and runners up of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing – College of Information Science and Technology:

The winners are:

Cecelia Carson – Burwell Jr.-Sr. High School –Burwell, Neb.
Megan Goesch – West Boyd High Schoool – Spencer, Neb.
Akansha Jain – Millard North High School – Omaha, Neb.
Nimansha Jain – Millard North High School – Omaha, Neb.
AshlynLee – Southwest High School – Lincoln, Neb.
Katie Sedlar – Instructional Tech Focus School – Lincoln, Neb.
Catherine Storck – Bellevue East Sr. High School – Bellevue, Neb.
Breanna Terry – Platteview Senior High School – Omaha, Neb.

The runners up are:

Kendall Dawson – Omaha North High School – Omaha, Neb.
Cherylynn Gibson – Omaha North High School – Omaha, Neb.
Meredith Hovis – Lincoln Pius X High School – Lincoln, Neb.
Shannon Rezac – Fremont Senior High School –  Fremont, Neb.

In addition to these students, Patricia Hanus of Hanus Homeschool in Fremont and Katie Sedlar of Instructional Tech Focus School in Lincoln are being recognized as runners-up at the national NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Patricia and Katie were selected out of more than 1800 applicants.

For questions about the awards, please contact Amanda Rucker, communications specialist for the College of IS&T, at 402.554.2070.

About IS&T

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) was established at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1996 and represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). For more information visit ist.unomaha.edu.

About NCWIT

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a non-profit coalition of over 200 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness, and workforce sustainability by increasing women's participation in IT. NCWIT's work spans K-12 and higher education through industry and academic careers. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.


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