AT&T contributes $25,000 to Girls Create Technology

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AT&T contributes $25,000 in support of Lewis University Computer Science Department’s program, Girls Create Technology

Published: July 16, 2013.

(Left to right) Dr. Cindy Kersey, Dr. Raymond Klump,
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, John Quinn of AT&T,
State Rep. Emily McAsey and State Sen. Pat McGuire

Lewis University is proud to announce that AT&T has contributed $25,000 in support of the Lewis University Computer Science Department’s summer outreach program, “Girls Create with Technology.”

The program launched July 15 at Lewis University’s Science Center. Illinois State Rep. Emily McAsey of the 85th District and State Sen. Pat McGuire of the 43rd District were in attendance.

“Lewis University is grateful for AT&T‘s support of the Girls Create with Technology program,” Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, said. “We are delighted to provide this initiative to ensure that more young women in this region have access to opportunities in promising technology-focused careers.”

The program, directed by Lewis University Assistant Professor Dr. Cindy Kersey, enrolls 25 girls in a four-day summer computer science program combined with six follow up days to be held on fall Saturdays. The girls, all high school students, will learn about computer programming, robotics, and animation in an engaging format. Participants will also be partnered with Lewis University computer science student mentors.

“AT&T is committed to supporting effective programs to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college through our program called AT&T Aspire,” Paul La Schiazza, President, AT&T Illinois, said. “The Girls Create with Technology program at Lewis University is a great example of our focus. AT&T Aspire supports using technology to connect with students in new and effective ways, and this program uses robotics and animation to help high schools girls learn more about technology. We’re excited to support it.”

Dr. Raymond Klump, Chair and Professor of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lewis University, added, “Computer Science has been and will continue to be the catalyst for numerous transformative technologies. It is a most effective driver of innovation, because it transforms ideas to solutions more quickly than just about any other kind of tool. As a father of a 10-year-old girl who is interested in math and science, I want my daughter to be part of that. What concerns me, though, is that there are so few women in Computer Science. That presents a great challenge to my daughter, and, indeed, to the continued vitality of the field itself. This generous contribution from AT&T will help us encourage young women to pursue a career in Computer Science, where they can make an immediate and profound impact, just as other women have helped shaped the field before. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity.”

The contribution was made as part of AT&T’s Aspire initiative, which focuses on improving rates of high school completion, and college and career readiness. The program is being held 9 a.m.–2 p.m. July 15-18.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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