Message From Leadership

Director Graduate Program: Morgan Zantua

Last week during the community building event, David Yi introduced me to Admiral William H. McRaven and his book, Just Make Your Bed. Of course, I did what people do today and found the 6-minute video of the Admiral’s 2014 Commencement speech to his alma mater in 2014. It is an engaging video and worth the time to read or listen to his inspiring message. It also prompted me to start reading the book. McRaven advises if you want to change the world, start by just making your bed every morning. Of course, there is more to this simple act of making your bed. 

Admiral McRaven’s philosophy is based upon the Seal Team training that shaped his distinguished military career. The philosophy espouses humility, respect, trust, loyalty, and accepting failure to gain the emotional and physical stamina to persist. While his philosophy is based upon his military experience, the lessons apply to all leaders today. And this is the reason I recommend everyone within the School of Technology, and Computing read or listen to Just Make Your Bed.  

As a student in the School of Technology & Leadership, you are establishing or advancing your path to leadership. Speaking as the Director of Graduate Programs at STC, getting an advanced degree sets you apart. According to America Counts only 13.1 percent of the US population holds a master’s degree or a doctorate. Frequently, I ask my capstone students the reason they decided to complete their master’s degrees. Last year three people told me getting their master’s degree was required for promotion into a more senior leadership position. 

This week, I recommend we all take time to read or listen to Admiral McRaven’s book and do our part to change the world. 


Dr. Radana Dvorak and colleague John Whiteman presented “A call to create an Open-source Project Initiative for Cybersecurity Virtual Labs. It was well received by academic and business attendees.

We are delighted to report that Ms. Mary OhCityU STC student worker (teaching assistant), passed the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam! Congratulations! You are now AWS Cloud Practitioner certified. All STC students are eligible for a 50% discount off the exam voucher after taking CS 519 or CS 489. See your instructor about AWS exam vouchers.

Cybersecurity Club Secretary, Freya Vining – presented to 44 SEL Alt Route teacher candidates inviting them to join the Cybersecurity Club meetings.

Club Announcements

  • STC Cybersecurity Club
Consider joining the Cybersecurity club weekly team meeting. They provide learning opportunities and technical skill development.  Students and alumni are welcome! See the flyer for a list of topics/skillsets we will cover during Summer Quarter. Click this Teams link to join the meeting every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PST.
  • STC Tech Club

The STC Tech Club meet every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT) via Teams: STC Tech Club Weekly Meeting – Summer Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date, and upload your presentation here.

Invited Talk: COL Scott Nelson

Cybersecurity and Information Warfare 

The United States is engaged in the greatest global power competition in our history. Cyber is the global nervous system, which places many of our US institutions at risk. Successful competition requires a more dynamic, holistic view of information and cybersecurity and a close partnership between government, private industry, and academia. Learn what your role is to strengthen these partnerships.

When: Wednesday, August 11 4:00 PM PST

Where: Zoom (Meeting ID: 937 415 6794)

Click here for more information

Career Tips

Don’t sabotage your job hunt with social media!

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This Week in Tech History July 25th – July 31st

Bondi Blue


August 5, 1999:  EOne launched the EMachines with the intention of competing against Apple’s Bondi Blue. The original iMac priced at $1299.   Daewoo’s goal was to put a PC in every home by selling their eMachine for $399. Apple immediately went to court and received an injunction claiming the eMachine was too close a copy of the Bondi Blue. The eMachine never made it to market in the color as seen in the photo on the right.

Tech Humor