Message From Leadership

Melissa Lee, President of City University of Seattle’s  WiCyS Chapter

Upon leaving the hospitality industry during the pandemic, I left my training that would have led to me being the chef-in-charge of an Amazon building. I wondered if I would have another opportunity to mentor and coach women in a male-dominated industry without the management title. 

As more and more pandemic-impacted people enter the tech workforce and schools for a new degree, Gabby Wargin and Winter Wells had the foresight to see that a chapter of the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys) would be a great way to build a community within City University and Seattle. They are contributing in any way that they can, and we hope to continue this vision and press forward together. 

Taking on a new club coming from the last few years is going to be challenging with the new economic reality, but I fully believe that remarkable things will be accomplished, not only for the women attending the STC at City U now, but for future students as well. My goal is to teach women skills to reflexively communicate, be constantly learning, and to become people who are known for their accomplishments, as opposed to being “pretty good for a woman.” I would love to show that people should be pushing for collaboration, especially as teamwork and cross-company collaborations have become a focus in the industry and will continue to be emphasized.  

A big thank you to all the women who have signed up to be officers in this club: Christa Darrin Aguayo, Shelby Lynch, and Annette Fulce. 

Together we will strive to close the gap of gender disparity. I ask anyone who has a heart to help to please reach out to me, whether it is sharing a story, contacting someone who would like to speak in an upcoming meeting… or if you would like to join an organization that will change people’s lives now and in the future. Men are welcome to join the club as well! 


To learn more about WiCyS at City University of Seattle and WiCyS in general, please view this presentation: Women in Cybersecurity

Meeting times TBD for a launch in Spring quarter of 2023.  

Already a member of WiCyS? Apply for their mentorship program starting March 1st – WiCyS Mentorship Program Application 

Career Tips

Common Resume Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Job Application 

In order to optimize your chances of landing the perfect IT job opening, take extra time to review your resume for common mistakes. After all, these mistakes could get you rejected after just a quick look, leaving you wondering why you never received an interview. Researchers have found that resumes often receive only a seven-second scan. In that short time, recruiters and hiring managers want to know if applicants have the experience they need and how long they are likely to stay on the job. Details such as your former employers, job titles, and employment dates drive initial short lists. If you know your resume does not include a specific detail that a hiring manager is looking for, take heart: Even during a rapid scan, decision-makers read resume headlines. Avoid these mistakes. 

1. Failing to convince hiring managers that you can hit the ground running.  

2. Not demonstrating long-term employment stability.  

3. Weak writing. Have someone proofread your resume and fix simple writing errors to ensure readability.  

Click here to view full article to gain further insight on these common mistakes.  

For more information and advice about tech careers check out ACM Career News.   


Upcoming Events

STC Invited Talk

Who: Josh Howell 

What: The New Business Calisthenics  

When: March 2nd, 2023 4:30pm PST 

Where: MS Teams 

NCAE Cybergames

NCAE Cybergames is open to register students and teams. Students can sign up solo or with a team – no need for faculty involvement.  

The first Northwest game is March 11! Sign Up Now! 

Save the Date – NUARI TTX

Save the Date for a NUARI Table Top Exercise (TTX) on April 3rd, 2023 from 3:00 – 8:00 PDT. This TTX will simulate a realistic scenario that involves core business functions of the Space Ecosystem. You and your team will be responsible to respond and mitigate an attack. This is a great opportunity to gain experience in TTXs and be exposed to Cybersecurity core functions. This is a beginner friendly event – everyone is welcome! More information and links to come.

Bsides Seattle 2023
Bsides Seattle is back this year in Redmond on May 20, 2023!
Bsides is a community based conference for individuals in or interested in Information Security. Founded in 2012, Bsides Seattle continues to provide space for the open sharing of ideas, concepts and debates. A place where security geeks of all ages, all levels of learning, all walks of life can bring their true selves and learn amazing things. For more information and to sign up click here.
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM PST
Where: Building 92, 15010 NE 36th St, Redmond 98052, WA

2023 NICE Conference and Expo

The National Initiative for CyberSecurity’s education holds its national conference from June 5-7.  The NICE Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. 

Watch this spot for more opportunities to be involved in this national conference.

Missed out on an Invited Talk or Tech Talk?

Check out the C4CYI YouTube Channel for STC recorded Invited Talks and events. Explore ACM Tech Talks and the ACM website to watch their free informative Tech Talks. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. You can find record CAE Tech talks here. For questions on CAE Tech Talk, please send them email.

Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club

Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! The club is also open to alumni, we encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.

We have launched our Breach of the Week program! Each week, one club member presents a breach or aspect of current cyber events to the club in 3-5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills and gain
constructive feedback.

Meeting time:  Fridays at 3:00 PDT via MS Teams

Cybersecurity Resources

Cybersecurity Hub Events

Competitions & Challenges


NCL – Join the competition – starting January 30th 2023.

Registration ends March 17th. Contact Greg Surber if you want to join CityU’s NCL Team. Initial cost is $35 – active participation will receive partial compensation. 

Women in Cybersecurity

Women in City University of Seattle has just created a new WiCyS student chapter and is inviting anyone interested to join! We will be meeting monthly with a launch date in Spring 2023. Click here to view more information and contact Melissa Lee to be added to the Chapter’s MS Team.

STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please contact Adrian ParkerClick here to join. Everyone is invited!

  • Career Center

  • The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact if interested.

  • STC Tech Club Private Cloud Lab MS Teams link

  • Now HIRING! Please contact if interested.

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  • Become a valued member of the STC teaching assistant or student worker community. These work roles provide practical work experience, additional opportunities to learn, build your skills and your resume. Additional benefits include working closely with faculty and fellow students as you build your own personal professional network. There are multiple openings for Student Assistant, School of Technology and Computing

Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP!

Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.

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