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ARE COMPUTING CAREERS JUST FOR GEEKY GUYS?
PACE UNIVERSITY SETS OUT TO SMASH STEREOTYPES
IN PRESENTATIONS TO 300 NY METRO-AREA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
New York, NY, March 8, 2006 – Building on its success in preparing women for the traditionally-male worlds of computing, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems will host a “Women in Computing” event for high school girls from the greater New York City area this Saturday, March 11, at the University’s Downtown Manhattan campus.
The day will be structured to smash geekish stereotypes, illustrating how pursuing computing in college can now lead to exciting careers in fields such as music, gaming, Geographical Information Systems, education, security, and forensics.
The event has drawn girls from public and private schools in the New York region. They will meet top IT professionals as well as Pace faculty members and students to discuss the myriad ways that computer mastery will enhance their academic and professional careers.
Active participants in the design and presentation of this event are members of Professional Women in Corporate America, led by recent Pace alumna Samar Sleiman (BBA/IS ’03) and Teresa Ashley (MS/IS’02). These professional women will share their experiences and successes in the corporate world upon graduation.
The event will run from 9 am until 12:30 pm and is free to all high school girls, their teachers and families with registration. It will be held at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University, One Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce Street between Gold Street and Park Row), New York, NY.
Pace has significant expertise in helping women pursue careers in computing at the highest level: its student body is presently 31 percent female, about 10 percent higher than the national average.
For registration and more information, students and families should contact Pace professors Cathy Dwyer (email@example.com) or Jonathan Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org).