WT to Host High School, Community College Students at 2017 Outreach Summit



The computer science program at West Texas A&M University is hosting its 2017 Outreach Summit from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 for area high school and community college students and faculty to help raise awareness about opportunities available in computing.

The one-day event will be in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus and will feature four guest speakers-Brett Dawson, Amanda Fangman, Janie Aggas and Vance Morris. The day will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. Emily Hunt, dean of the School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics.

The first session will begin at 9:45 a.m. with WTAMU alumnus Brett Dawson of Fidelity Investments. Dawson graduated in 2014 and works for Fidelity Investments as both a mainframe systems programmer and an enterprise network services technician.

His presentation will be followed by Amanda Fangman and Janie Aggas at 10:15 a.m. Both graduated from WTAMU and work at Fidelity Investments. Fangman joined Fidelity after earning a master’s degree in engineering technology at WTAMU in 2013 and serves as a software engineer at the company. Aggas joined Fidelity in 2012 as an IT service manager and currently serves as director of technology risk. Both Fangman and Aggas are active in in the Fidelity Texas Chapter of Women in Technology Special Interest Group, which encourages, empowers and engages women in technology.

At 10:45 a.m. WTAMU alumnus Vance Morris will speak. He is a 2012 graduate and works for IBM with a focus on mainframes, Linux and infrastructure virtualization. The morning sessions will close with a summary by H. Paul Haiduk, WTAMU’s computer science program coordinator.

An Aspirations Award ceremony with Bridget Quinn, consultant with the National Center for Women and Information Technology will run from 11:30-noon. Breakout sessions with Haiduk and faculty members from 12:45-3 p.m. will close out the 2017 Summit.

Students attending will have the opportunity to hear the guest speakers as well as interact with major employers. The summit also will provide information about the rapidly expanding field of computing. Sessions will examine women in computing and how to increase diversity and the number of individuals from under-represented groups to the field.

The 2017 Outreach Summit is hosted by the WTAMU chapter of S.T.A.R.S. Computing Corps and the WTAMU chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. For more information, contact Haiduk at 806-651-2450.

(Press Release from West Texas A&M University)

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