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Seven Loyola University Chicago Students Earn 50 for the Future Award
CHICAGO, April 16, 2009 Seven Loyola University Chicago students were recently named winners of the Illinois Technology Foundation’s (ITF) 2009 “50 For the Future” awards, which recognize the Chicago area’s most promising technology students.
Loyola’s award-winners include graduate students Christopher Bun (’10 Computer Science), Blanche Hanna Flaur (’09 Software Technology), and Anastasia Johnson (’09 Information Technology), and undergraduate students Kourtni Marshall (’09 Computer Science), Cathryn L. Pierson (’09 Information Systems), Alyxandria Schubert (’09 Bioinformatics), and Laurel Yohe (’11 Bioinformatics).
Winners were selected from a number of categories, including high school, graduate, undergraduate, and technical school students, as well as students enrolled in continuing education programs. To be considered for the award, candidates needed to display an interest in technology, technical knowledge, capacity for innovative thinking, leadership skills, and involvement in community and school activities. In the end, Loyola had the most winners of any participating institution.
“The “50 For The Future” winners are a very impressive group, and we’d love to keep them in the Chicagoland area with exciting educational and career opportunities,” said Susan Malisch, vice president of Information Technology Services at Loyola. “Our university was well-represented throughout this competition, and we attribute that to the interesting projects and research opportunities our students and faculty are involved with. We prepare students for extraordinary careers in technology-focused areas, and seeing them rewarded by the ITF showcases some great examples of the high-quality work and commitment of our students and faculty.”
Winners were honored at a reception and award ceremony on Thursday, April 2, 2009, where they mingled with a number of prominent business professionals and employers from major companies such as Accenture, Allstate Insurance, Motorola, Novartis, and Navistar.
About the Illinois Technology Foundation
The Illinois Technology Foundation’s mission is to support the development of a technology talent pipeline that begins in elementary school, is refined in high school, and is fully developed in our region’s higher education institutions. The foundation facilitates relationships and efforts across industry, academia, students, and government, developing and managing targeted programs within the talent pipeline. Through action, leadership, and collaboration, the foundation will support and nurture the technology talent to ensure a viable and a regional wealth-creating economy. The 50 For The Future contest honors the most promising technology students in the Chicago area. For more information, visit 50forthefuture.org.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.