Message From Leadership

Morgan Zantua, Program Director

Welcome to Week 2 of Fall Quarter. As our community settles into a routine, let us acknowledge October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In my estimation, every month, in fact, every day we as individuals and as a community must be cyber security aware. Fortunately, we are led by Dean Sam Chung, who believes in and models cybersecurity awareness. The School of Technology & Computing (STC), formerly the Technology Institute, offers degree programs that integrates cybersecurity into the fabric of all STC programs.  

Effective October 1st our Center began working on two cybersecurity grants. The Cybersecurity High School Innovations (CHI) develops high school cybersecurity teachers in our Northwest Region. The second grant will design a Cybersecurity Career badging pathway for the WA National Guard. First responders can have a dual career in cybersecurity which is fundamental to the safety of society. Once tested and verified, this cybersecurity career pathway will be available to a larger audience. 

Whether as a career or an avocation, cybersecurity awareness and cyber hygiene must be part of our daily ritual.  STC’s cybersecurity club invites students, alumni the community to participate in their activities. A core team of students, Freyja Vining, Tyler Thomas, and Sierra Honeycutt, are designing a presentation on cybersecurity awareness for middle and high school students. They will be ready to do presentations after December 1st. If you have a child, niece, nephew, or know a middle or high school teacher who would like to cybersecurity presentation for their classroom, contact Freyja Vining


Amanda Vaughan, STC TA

Amanda Vaughan passed the AI-900 Microsoft Certification - "Microsoft Azure AI Fundamentals.”

Radana Dvorak Ph.D. & John Whiteman MSCS

Radana Dvorak Ph.D. & John Whiteman MSCS, an adjunct professor at University of Portland, presented and published their research: Cybersecurity Virtual Labs Open-Source Teaching Initiative: Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset – Curiosity, Connections & Creating Value (3Cs) where St. Martin’s University hosted the regional ACM Conference.

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

Cyber Security Club will meet starting on Thursday 10/14 at 5:30 p.m. To join online click here. We will review our cyber education outreach project and learn about VPNS! Other topics we will cover this quarter include: TOR, Certifications, Password Management, OWASP, internet crime deep dives, and a special Halloween Party!

  • Data Science Club
Would you like to gain experience working with real-world applications of machine learning? Would you like to learn more about the fundamental Data Science concepts? Are you interested in participating in Data Science competitions? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Data Science Club would love to have you! Please fill out the application form here. We will be holding our Fall Quarter kickoff meeting on Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30pm PDT. You can scan the QR code on the flyer or join the meeting here.
  • STC Tech Club
STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share your expertise or project, please contact us at Click here to join STC Tech Club Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. Everyone is invited! 
  1. Virtual Mock Interview:

STC Tech Club encourages students to participate in virtual mock interviews with a panel of program managers. The goal of these practice sessions is to provide students with an understanding of what to expect in a typical interview as well as an opportunity to improve interviewing skills. By choosing to participate in this event, you are:

  • Improving communication/interview skills, which are required to be competitive in today’s employment market.
  • Professionalism is demonstrated by coming early for the event, dressed properly, and maintaining a positive attitude while at the event.
  • Developing your professional network before graduation and acquiring contact information to remain connected
Date: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM PDT
Student Registration Deadline: Oct 27, 7:00 PM or until full
Please note: limited spots are available, and registration may close on or before October 27th due to capacity. If registration does become full, a waitlist will be started.
  1. Recruitment: We would also like to announce a new vacant position of VP of Operations. If you would like to be one of the Tech club officers, please email OR If you would like to join STC Tech Club, please fill out this form:  STC Tech Club – Member Sign-Up. You might be the one we are looking for! 

Upcoming Events

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Speaker Series: DON’T GO IT ALONE

Fall Quarter Community Building Event

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