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Building an Army of Future Women Computer Scientists!

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Statistics show that very low levels of women are entering computing technology fields. What a shame, because women bring a whole new level of creative thinking and problem solving to the table! So, UNH Manchester faculty, students, and alumni and three women computing professionals from SkillSoft, Inc. in Nashua volunteered their time on March 19th, to help spark interest at the Second Annual Girls Technology Day, held at the NHTI Concord’s Community College. Over 200 girls from grades 8 through 10, traveled from 18 different New Hampshire schools to attend four 50-minute workshops. They all got to dip their hands into a variety of different programming, engineering experiences. UNH Computing Technology professors, Mihaela Sabin and Michael Jonas, and CIS junior, Pauline Wilk, taught workshops on Game Programming with Greenfoot and Inventing Apps for Android Phones with App Inventor. UNH alumna and enterprise support engineer at Dyn, Bethany Ross, ran a workshop on Careers in Technology.

The girls saw how engaging and captivating computing and engineering can be, gained confidence in their problem solving and design abilities, and got to see that women in the computing technology field are not geeky! In fact they are beautiful, bold, creative, and smart women. We even had the support of a few men who recognize the gender gap and see the advantage of what women bring to the field. Thank you to Mary Laturnau, for transforming a concept idea she had three years ago into a successful, fast growing, and incredible event. We also thank Linda Giordano, Mary Slocum, and Veronica Payan form SkillSoft, Inc. for their role models, which girls experienced first hand during the mobile app development workshops.

Photo Credit: Kim Wall, UNH Manchester

For more information visit the event’s website http://www.girlstechnologyday.com/

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UNHM Students Visit Dyn to Learn About Internship Opportunities

Students from CIS 685 – Professional Development Seminar can be seen here in front of Dyn’s wall of IP addresses and domain names issued by the company.

November 27th, 2012– UNHM’s CIS 685 – Professional Development Seminar class took a trip to Dyn before potentially applying for internships at the company. The DNS, email, SMTP, and Domain Registration company, situated in Manchester’s Millyard, gave a tour to the class of mostly seniors.

Dyn is a company with a very vibrant culture, which was obvious immediately upon walking in the door, where a novelty “switch to the internet” could be spotted. The number of cool, quirky items did not diminish after the tour began–a Kinect could be spotted next to a ping pong table in the cafe area, and in the hallway just beyond that was a vintage arcade machine beautifully restored to display the Dyn logo, and a rock climbing wall.

There seemed to be no shortage of freedom and creativity among the company’s staff, and each employee’s work space was made unique with various decorations. Some employees could even be seen zipping from place to place on scooters. We spotted a few familiar faces, as Dyn has employed a number of UNHM alumni in the past, including Bethany Ross, who we recently interviewed about her experiences at the company.

We learned a lot about the company and what it’s like working for Dyn. Dyn consists of three major departments: engineering, IT, and marketing/sales. No day is the same, and the work is very fast-paced. Although the employees are given a good amount of freedom, they are also held to a certain degree of accountability–you may not be expected to be at your desk every minute of the day, but you are expected to get your projects done.

All in all, Dyn was a very impressive workplace and well worth the visit. The company is rapidly expanding and always looking for talent, and anyone who is interested in working for Dyn is encouraged to apply online.

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Alumni Corner — Interview with Alumnus Bethany Ross

Bethany, center-right, having fun with coworkers at her new job.

We asked Bethany Ross, an alumnus from the UNH Manchester CIS program, a few questions about her new job and her time spent at UNH Manchester!
Where do you work?
I am an eCommerce Support Representative at Dyn (Dynamic Network Services) in Manchester, NH. I provide technical support to close to half a million home users and small businesses with a specialization in billing and abuse.
What do you like about your job?
The environment at Dyn is unlike any other place I have worked. I get to wear jeans and tee shirts to work and play foosball. Another aspect that I love about my job is that I seem to learn something new everyday. It’s crazy to me that I spend 40 hours a week doing something that was a focus of only an hour of one of my CIS classes.
What advice do you have for current CIS majors?
Try everything and get involved! When I was a freshman I would have never seen myself doing what I do now, but I enjoy it. Also take classes in departments that aren’t CIS, you’ll learn things that are helpful in any field such as communication skills.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself in a supervisory role doing something in the IT field. Hopefully I’ll be finishing a master’s degree by then too!
Was there anything you wish you had done? 
I wish I had gotten involved as an Orientation Leader earlier. I became an Orientation Leader partly to overcome my fear of talking to large groups of people that I didn’t know. Let me tell you, talking to 40 new students with all eyes on you is a quick way to overcome it. I also met faculty and students I would not have met other ways.
We like to stay connected with our alumni and get them involved with our community. How would you like to stay involved and share your professional knowledge and expertise with us?
I really enjoyed when former students came in and talked to current students, I would love to do that. Interesting part of that is, when I met with one former student in the Internship Experience class, she was actually working in the department at Dyn where I work in now. I would also like to get involved in anything that gets more young girls involved in technology, there is such a gender gap in the field. I was the only woman that graduated with a BS in CIS in May 2012, I would love to see that never happen again!

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