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Carrel Reid, graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in 2016
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5/15/17

Five months before Carrel Reid was set to graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in 2016, he began applying for jobs.

“I applied to a countless number of IT jobs in New York City, and I was thinking about where to apply next,” Reid said. Though he didn’t have plans to relocate to the west coast, he found himself “sitting there looking at the Google search page and I thought to myself ‘why not?'”

Angela Miller, director of recruiting for the College of Information Sciences and Technology, addresses prospective students on April 8.
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5/10/17

 Faculty, staff and students in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) gathered on April 8 for the inaugural “Women in Blue” celebration, where newly admitted female students from around the country were able to experience the college’s commitment to empowering women in the technology field.

Following an Accepted Students Program on campus, guests joined the “Women in IST” (WIST) student group to attend a resource fair in the HUB-Robeson Center, which highlighted the opportunities and support resources available to Penn State students. Attendees then spent the afternoon in the IST Building participating in coding, logic, and critical-thinking activities led by WIST and Girls Who Code. The evening concluded with a reception and dinner for guests and their families, featuring remarks from women in IST and other speakers.

Stan Aungst, center, with Travis Richner, left, and Dan Supko.
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5/08/17

From serving in Vietnam at age 19 to earning his doctorate at 52, Stan Aungst's life has played out differently than he initially planned.

Upon being drafted a year out of high school in 1966 to serve with the Army during the Vietnam War, Aungst trained and served as a field cryptographer, sending and deciphering messages via the electromagnetic spectrum on the battlefield in East and Southeast Asia. “I’m lucky to be alive,” Aungst said about serving in the war. “It changed my whole life.”

Jan Mahar Sturdevant
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5/08/17

Jan Mahar Sturdevant, senior lecturer of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State, is retiring after 17 years with the college. During her career, she has taught a variety of courses at IST; the Rady School of Business at the University of California, San Diego; and Portland State University’s doctoral program in engineering technology management. She also was the recipient of the 2014-15 McMurtry Award for her work to provide an exceptional learning experience in the online environment for undergraduates.

However, Sturdevant considers her most impactful work the creation of the Tech Savvy Camp, a major initiative to educate economically disadvantaged middle school girls on STEM careers. “It completely rocked the school, no one had done it before,” she said.

Nine graduate students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Grad Cohort Workshop sponsored by the Computing Research Association for Women (CRA-W). The conference aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring communities of women during their graduate studies.
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5/05/17

While the field of computer science has been growing exponentially, companies and universities are eagerly searching for women to fill these crucial roles. To help meet this demand, nine graduate students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Grad Cohort Workshop sponsored by the Computing Research Association for Women (CRA-W). The conference aims to increase the ranks of senior women in computing-related studies and research by building and mentoring communities of women during their graduate studies.

Christy Grim quit her job to take an internship in the information technology field.
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5/05/17

Christy Grim took a big risk in 2015, quitting her job as an optician to take an internship she hoped would lead to a career in information technology.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Fritz wanted a career change, too. He worked for more than 30 years as a purchasing and acquisition analyst but wanted to pursue his longtime interest in solar energy and sustainability.

Both Grim and Fritz chose Penn State World Campus to help make their career changes possible. They are two of the nearly 1,000 World Campus students who will graduate this weekend.

SpaceX
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5/02/17

Wares Farighi, a senior majoring in security and risk analysis (SRA) in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), initially had trouble finding an internship, a requirement to complete his IST undergraduate degree. “I needed the IST 495 credit to graduate, so I was sending in a lot of applications,” Farighi said.

A chance browsing of the SpaceX website, a private company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of colonizing Mars, gave Farighi the opportunity of a lifetime. “After I applied through their website, they asked me for a portfolio,” he said. “I thought only art students did portfolios!”

Audra Stafursky is using the skills she's learned as a student majoring in information sciences and technology to program a cost-saving inventory solution for Student Technology Services.
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5/02/17

There are many ways students leave their mark in their four (or more) years at Penn State. But how many can say they implemented a solution that will save the University valuable time, money and resources?

That’s exactly the legacy Audra Stafursky, a senior studying information sciences and technology with a focus on design and development, will leave behind long after she’s left the classroom.

Since November 2016, Stafursky, also a computer lab consultant with Student Technology Services (STS), has been leading a project to program a new automated inventory system for computer lab locations across Penn State’s University Park campus.

Student Marshals John Hatzell and Joshua Parrish
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5/01/17

On May 6, students from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduating class of 2017 will don their caps and gowns and march down the aisle at commencement toward their future goals as graduates, following student marshals Jack "John" Hatzell and Joshua Parrish.

Hatzell, who will represent the College of IST, and Parrish, representing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), will be escorted by their faculty marshals, senior lecturer of IST Edward Glantz and Lt. Col. Richard Garey, respectively.

Krista Theodore, a 2013 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
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4/27/17

Krista Theodore, a 2013 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), always knew a career in technology was in her future.

She was sure when her parents asked what she wanted for Christmas when she was eight, assuming she would want to a "My Size Barbie" like many of her classmates. But instead, she told her parents she wanted a computer, and handed them a sheet of specifications for the custom-designed laptop that she wanted to build. “I eventually got that Barbie for my birthday, but it was nothing like that computer,” she said.

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