SMWC To Host Panel Discussion On Technology’s Effect on Business and Education

November 3rd, 2010 | SMWC

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College presents its premier speaker series R.S.V.P. (Resources, Strategies and Valued Partnerships) Luncheon at The Woods on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 in the Le Fer Hall Ballroom from noon to 1:30 p.m.

A panel discussion titled “Technology’s Effect on Business and Education” will address the topic of technology’s present and future effect upon business and education.  Discussion points include knowledge managers seek in potential employees, importance for educators to incorporate technology into curriculum at an earlier stage and ways to assist current job seekers.

The panel will include:

  • Lecia Barker, Ph.D., senior research scientist, National Center for Women and Information Technology;
  • Pam Dechert ’93, faith-based team leader and senior account executive, eTapestry, a Blackbaud Company;
  • Jackie Dowd, senior director of adult, career and technical education, Indiana Department of Workforce Development; and
  • Ron Thieme, Ph.D., vice president and chief information officer, AIT Laboratories.

Janet Clark, Ph.D., interim vice-president for academic affairs at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will be moderating the panel. Clark has also served as National President of Iota Sigma Pi, an honor society for women in chemistry. A former research chemist for ExxonMobil, Clark has published 15 articles and has been awarded 13 U.S. patents.

The R.S.V.P. Luncheon at The Woods series seeks to strengthen and develop valued partnerships between the regional community and the students, faculty and staff of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College by sharing resources and strategies.

Previous luncheons included a panel of area business leaders, moderated by Pam Norman of Indiana INTERNnet, outlined the process and benefits of starting an internship program for businesses and organizations; BioCrossroads’ Project Director, Brian Stemme, provided an update on life science in Indiana; and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Bennett, Ph.D., discussed the government’s role in education.

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