S. Jane Fritz as Keynote Speaker at STEM Diversity Summit

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – APRIL 30, 2013 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that S. Jane Fritz, C.S.J., assistant professor of mathematics and computer science on the Long Island Campus, was chosen as the keynote speaker for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College last month.

Throughout her tenure at SJC, S. Jane was instrumental in developing major programs in mathematics, computer science and computer information technology. She holds two graduate degrees from the College of Engineering at SUNY Stony Brook and has taught mathematics, biology, physical science and computer science. In addition, S. Jane has received three National Science grants on behalf of SJC, totaling over $2 million, for scholarships that are awarded to undergraduate students, particularly under-represented minorities preparing for careers in one or more of the STEM disciplines.

In 2011, S. Jane was named a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. She is an active member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, serves as vice president for the Long Island Chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association and is a member and moderator of the SJC Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.

An elected fellow of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, S. Jane’s professional service also includes active participation in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTNet), Connect-to-Tech and a Math-In-CS working group.

The STEM Diversity Summit is an annual event that works to connect its 500 attendees, among them leaders in education, businesses, non-profit organizations and government, through the lens of STEM education. The summit also features research exhibits submitted by public school students in grades 8-12, as well as presentations on sustainable energy technologies and biotechnologies by national, regional and local businesses.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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