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Three students receive Women in Technology scholarships

Sophomores Rachel Fischer, Kara Groff and Janelle Borrero win $500 scholarships for further study in information technology

11/10/04

Three Xavier sophomores received $500 scholarships at the first Women in Technology conference, which was held on Oct. 22 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center in Cincinnati.

Those honored included Rachel Fischer, a marketing major and information technology (IT) minor who is the president of Xavier’s IT club; Kara Groff, a marketing major and vice president of the IT club; and Janelle Borrero, a double major in accounting and finance.

“I think technological knowledge is the way to be successful as a business woman,” said Borrero. “I found [the conference] to be very helpful, not only with updated information, but also with networking and career preparation.”

Scholarships were also awarded to three students from Miami University and three from the University of Cincinnati.

This was the first year for the conference. The program included a keynote address by Maureen Govern, chief technology officer for Convergys Corporation. Breakout session topics included exploring alternative pathways, leveraging partnerships for new IT careers and building potential for long-term success, which was lead by Marianne Murphy, assistant professor of management information systems at Xavier’s Williams College of Business.

The goal of the conference, sponsored by Xavier University, Miami University, University of Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble, GE and Convergys, is to reach out to women enrolled in information systems or information technology disciplines at these schools. The group also works with high school guidance counselors and corporations.