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Loyola University Chicago and AT&T announce AT&T Camp Infinity Summer Camp Encourages Young Women to Enter Careers in Science and Technology
CHICAGO, April 13, 2005 Representatives from AT&T yesterday presented a $35,000 check to Loyola University Chicago and the College of DuPage to fund “AT&T Camp Infinity,” a summer camp program that will give qualified young women from Chicago-area high schools hands-on experience working with science and technology.
The camps will be held in two separate but simultaneous weeklong sessions on both the Loyola and College of DuPage campuses. The AT&T grant will provide attendees with camp scholarships and is intended to encourage young women to pursue careers in technology-related fields.
Working in teams, camp attendees will learn about computers, web design, systems planning, and computer communications and will also design and build their own websites. Approximately 100 girls, aged 15 to 17 years old from Chicago and suburban high schools are expected to participate in the camp. New to the camp this year will be interactive learning sessions between camp attendees at Loyola University and College of DuPage.
Loyola and College of DuPage will also bring in prominent women working in technology fields to serve as guest speakers and mentors throughout the camp. This hands-on, intensive experience will give young female participants the tools and confidence they need to succeed in high-tech fields.
“As we move into a more technology-driven age, it becomes increasingly important to encourage young women to pursue careers in science and technology,” said Jill Billhorn, vice president, AT&T. “AT&T is committed to cultivating the next generation of women leaders in the fields of science and technology, and we applaud Loyola University Chicago and College of DuPage for helping young women realize their ability to break through the technological glass ceiling.”
“AT&T Camp Infinity is a wonderful way for us to bring the exciting world of science and technology to high school girls,” said Dr. Pete Facione, Provost of Loyola University of Chicago. “By giving them this experience and exposure now Loyola is helping to prepare women to lead extraordinary lives in this industry. They will see that the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to future career choices.”
This is the fourth year AT&T has funded the camp for Loyola University and the second year for College of DuPage. This year, AT&T launched a new name for the camp: “AT&T Camp Infinity: Young Women in Science and Technology = Endless Possibilities.”
AT&T is a world-class leader in the creation and implementation of equality and diversity programs. The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council recently named AT&T one of the top 15 companies for promoting equal access to women-owned suppliers and they share that commitment with minority, disabled and veteran-owned enterprises.
“We thank AT&T for their continued support of AT&T Camp Infinity and for leading the way to close the gender gap in science and technology professions,” said Dr. Sunil Chand, president of Glen Ellyn-based College of DuPage. “AT&T’s contribution is central to fostering education and career development for young women in the Chicago area, with a focus on fields that are often overlooked as viable career options for them.”
AT&T Camp Infinity will run during two sessions at each of the institutions, scheduled for July 25th through July 29th and August 1st through August 5th. The Loyola camp will be held in downtown Chicago at their Water Tower campus and the College of DuPage camp will be held at their Glen Ellyn campus. Prospective participants for AT&T Camp Infinity are selected through an application process. For more information on the College of DuPage camp, please contact Julie Meissner at 630-942-2193. For more information on Loyola University camp, please contact William Honig at 312.915.7988 or visitcampinfinity.cs.luc.edu.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.
For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE “T”) has been known for unparalleled quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.
About College of DuPage
College of DuPage is the comprehensive community college for Illinois Community College District 502, located 35 miles west of downtown Chicago in the village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Since its founding in 1967, the college has graduated more than half a million students, making the College of DuPage the largest single campus community college in the United States.