Let’s hear it for the girls. And Georgia Power. Clayton State University’s Wi2STEM, an organization that advances women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines, thanks Georgia Power for their continued financial support.
Through the Metro South Region Georgia Power Office’s faithful giving, Wi2STEM has received $10,000 from the utility company since the Clayton State student organization was established in 2009.
“Clayton State University is very well respected, and we see the results in its student’s successes and accomplishments via Wi2STEM and other noteworthy programs,” says John D’Andrea, Georgia Power’s Metro South Region Manager for Butts, Clayton, Henry, South Fulton, Fayette and Coweta counties. “Georgia Power is proud to partner with such an organization that is involved in the success of our community.”
Wi2STEM puts Georgia Power’s generosity to good use, enabling 26 students thus far to travel to conferences and present their research in STEM specific fields. Travel destinations include the 2010 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in San Francisco, the 2010 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE R3) Region 3 Meeting in Concord, N.C., the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) of the Mathematical Association of America and American Mathematical Society in New Orleans; the 2011 American Chemical Society (ACS) conference in Anaheim, Cal.; the 2011 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC11) in Portland, Ore.; and the 2012 ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Three more women plan to travel to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC12) in Baltimore this year.
“Georgia Power’s generous investment in Clayton State’s Wi2STEM women will have enormous returns over the years,” says Mary Hudachek-Buswell, Clayton State’s Wi2STEM faculty representative and assistant professor of computer science and mathematics. “Their donations help form the students who will shape our world in the future. Each woman who attended a STEM related conference said it was a life changing experience that forever impacted her view of herself and her place in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Thanks to Georgia Power, they were inspired to continue in their education, reach for their dreams, gain more knowledge, and contribute to their disciplines.”
It’s this pay it forward attitude that drives the Clayton State – Georgia Power partnership. And, to Clayton State Vice President for External Relations Kate Troelstra, this cycle makes the gift all the more powerful.
“Georgia Power’s commitment to education will have a tremendous impact on these students’ lives, and the women in Clayton State’s Wi2STEM will continue to pay it forward as their careers impact others,” Troelstra concludes.
Georgia Power’s Metro South External Affairs Manager, June Wood agrees, “Giving back to the communities we serve is just one way Georgia Power honors its commitment to be A Citizen Wherever We Serve. Our vision is based on a very simple premise: The quality of life in our communities directly affects the success of our business. As a company, we want to be remembered not only by the service we provide, but also for what we do to improve the quality of life for all people in the places where we live and work.”
Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power also affirms the importance Georgia Power places on partnering with institutions like Clayton State. “Improving the educational experience in the communities where we serve is an example of our commitment to the state of Georgia,” Bowers says. “Georgia Power has been an active partner with our schools in developing future leaders for many years.”
In addition to donating to Wi2STEM, Georgia Power also supports Clayton State’s Excellence Fund, which primarily provides honors scholarships. Georgia Power has also been an active participant in Clayton State special events.
“Georgia Power is a community friend and partner that we can always count on for support,” says Clayton State University’s Director of Development Reda Rowell. “We appreciate all they have done and continue to do for education at Clayton State University.”
Wi2STEM continues to take on more initiatives with the full support of Dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Lila Roberts, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Nasser Momayezi. To learn more about Wi2STEM at Clayton State, please contact MaryHudachek-Buswell@clayton.edu or visit http://studentorg.clayton.edu/wi2stem/.