From theory to practice: GROWMARK’s innovation internship program provides students opportunity

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One of the College of Applied Science and Technology’s (CAST) hallmarks is the opportunity for experiential learning. Not all of this learning happens on campus, however, and a lot of it would not happen at all without committed partnerships. When GROWMARK approached the School of Information Technology (IT) about a new internship opportunity, it was consequently an easy ‘yes.’

College of Applied Science and Technology diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion update

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CAST Dean Dr. Todd McLoda announced the establishment of a college-level diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion (DEBI) committee in the fall of 2021. Members include faculty and staff representatives from all college schools and departments. The committee’s charge is to monitor existing and future DEBI initiatives and advance an anti-racist culture in CAST. Committee members, appointed by their department chairs or school directors, will serve a two-year term. The new committee has several goals including fostering a community of practice dedicated to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion; and assisting the dean in promoting and implementing the college’s diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion goals. 

Belonging: Understanding the physical education teacher education pipeline

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As a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (KNR), Dr. Emily Jones is finding new ways to get to know the student body through her research. She focuses on the concept of belonging when it comes to recruitment and retention of students in the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) major.

Alumni profile: David Tsurusaki

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David Tsurusaki ’82 did not become a Redbird accidentally and, in fact, he set foot on campus well before most potential students. His sister, Patricia Tsurusaki ’71, played an integral role in making sure her brother spent time on campus during the annual Siblings Weekend when he was just nine years old.

Advancing research and innovation

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The newly established Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education is a glowing addition to the University and School of Information Technology. The initiative was launched in early August 2021 under the direction of Dr. Shaoen Wu, who was named State Farm Endowed Chair of Cybersecurity in 2020. The prestigious chair was established by State Farm Insurance Companies as part of a $3 million investment committed in 2016.