Story posted November 11, 2010
Bowdoin College offered its first ever Technology Day, inviting nonprofit employees to campus to pick up new skills and learn about software that could aid their organizations' missions.
Twenty non-profits from Sanford to Georgetown, participated in Technology Day, sending 30 employees. They signed up for one of five all-day workshops—5 Minute Videos, Excel for Non-Profits, GoogleDocs for your Non-Profit, Introduction to, and How to Get More out of your Access Databases, and Using Social Networking to Advance your Mission and Increase your Membership. Some participants also met individually with IT staff to discuss specific technology needs.
Technology Day is part of the college's effort to extend its resources and the expertise of its staff and faculty to the local community. The day was free to participants, who were also treated to a complimentary breakfast at Smith Union and lunch at Thorne Dining Hall in Daggett Lounge.
Sophomore Danielle McAvoy coordinated the October 29 event as part of her summertime Gibbons Fellowship. After interviewing many nonprofit staff members in June and July, she determined their most common technological needs and then worked with Bowdoin Information & Technology and McKeen Center staff to organize the event.
Nancy Grant, Bill Kunitz, Sharon Pedersen, Jennifer Snow, Andrew Currier, all from the Information Technology department, and Holly Sherburne from the Communications department, each taught a workshop. Information Technology staff Owen Smith, Laura Jackson, Tad Macy, and Ron Kay, as well as Currier, offered their expertise during the one-on-one consultations.
I really appreciate the fact that Bowdoin is so open to the public and I can't thank Bowdoin College enough for such a great day.
— Program Participant