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McClure School announces Thomas Lonsbury Scholarship winner

ATHENS, Ohio (April 29, 2005) -- Ohio University sophomore Alana Miller was presented with the 2005-2006 Thomas Lonsbury Scholarship during the J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management Awards and Recognition Banquet held April 26 at the Ohio University Inn. This year's J. Warren McClure School Advisory Board Thomas Lonsbury Scholarship Golf Classic, which funds the scholarship, will take place Friday, Aug. 19, at the Athens Country Club.

Photo by Sam FairchildMiller, who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.648 and continuously been named to the Dean's List, has been involved in the Telecommunication Systems Management Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society, University Band and intramural softball. She currently works as a PC support specialist for the Ohio University Department of Economics through the Program to Aid Career Exploration (PACE), and has volunteered her time as a 5th and 6th grade boy's basketball coach at Waterford Elementary. Miller received $1000 toward educational expenses.

The J. Warren McClure School of Communication Systems Management, a part of the College of Communication, educates "business-technologists." The technology is voice and data networks. Graduates of the undergraduate and graduate programs typically go to work in IT networking groups for corporations such as Huntington Bank and Progressive Insurance, or telecommunications service providers such as Cincinnati Bell and AT&T.

The demand for network professionals will steadily increase, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, for many years, driven principally by the upcoming retirement of skilled baby-boomers over a multi-decade span. In addition, Andy Snow, the director of the McClure School said "based upon campus recruiting visits, employers are starting to feel the shortage right now as the economy comes out of recession. Salary offers are excellent, and some students are receiving multiple offers."

According to Snow, activities such as the Lonsbury Advisory Board Scholarship are essential for recruitment and retention of students into the field of networking. Snow was especially pleased to see this year's scholarship go to a highly qualified woman. "Alana Miller is an outstanding student. The faculty expects to hear great things about her after she enters the workforce."

If you are interested in sponsoring or participating in the 2005 tournament, please contact Tom Lonsbury, event director and J. Warren McClure School advisory board member, at (330) 864-4343 or tlonsbury@neo.rr.com.

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