June 27, 2016: Clarke
University will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Computer
Science program with the help of a $10,000 grant from the Dubuque Racing
Association. The grant will be used to help fund needed equipment in the
school’s Isidore Computer Lab.
Clarke University's Computer Science program was established
in 1965 by Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in
Computer Science. Faculty are committed to continuing this legacy by
incorporating new technologies and theories into Clarke's Computer Science
courses. Since Keller’s groundbreaking work five decades ago, Clarke has
continued to be an area leader in Computer Science. Clarke has graduated 652
students in the field during that time; 56 percent of these graduates live and
work in Iowa, while another 22 percent reside in Wisconsin and Illinois.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Computer Science at
Clarke, the university is enhancing the existing Computer Science Lab, the
Isidore Lab, which was partially funded by the Dubuque Racing Association 12
years ago, in 2004. New technology and equipment is needed to enhance the lab
and continue the legacy of Computer Science at Clarke University.
The funds will be used to purchase several iPads, a Dell OptiPlex 9030 All-in-One I7 processor with 16 GB, Oculus Rift
VR Headset memory and a Global Specialties R700
Programmable Robotic Arm, among other items.
The goal of this project is to prepare students at Clarke
University for the workplace and to provide current hardware and software
necessary for students to experience emerging technologies in the areas of web
programming, distributed systems, databases, wireless communications,
networking, software engineering, virtual reality, and graphics.
For more information, contact the
Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.
Clarke University is a Catholic,
liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who
positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings
include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs,
a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843
by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near
the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM
university in the country.