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Tech Day 2015

Community Tech Day

The successful Widener Community Tech Day was back for a second year Nov. 14 and included another great turnout from Chester residents and nonprofits in need of a free check-up on their computers.

But Computer Science Lab Technician John Stoddart is quick to point out that Tech Day is just as much a learning experience for Widener students as it is a way to give back to the Chester community.

David Bennett, a sophomore, explained Tech Day helps put a face and name to the work they are doing in the classroom.

“It’s about helping other people to understand the equipment because you need to be just as effective helping people rather than just writing code,” said Bennett. “So it’s a good real-life experience

Stoddart noted computer science students are learning to become engaged with the community, a skill that will benefit them long after they leave college.

Civic engagement is an important part of a Widener education and it helps our students to become socially responsible leaders. In fact, 75 percent of Widener students participate in community service or volunteer activities.

“Our department has about 100 students and roughly half of them are out here participating,” said Andrew Miller, a junior computer science major. “It shows how much of a tight knit group we are.”

Throughout Tech Day students worked to clear viruses and malware off computers that have rendered some community members without Internet access. Students worked with Stoddart and other computer science faculty during multiple training sessions this fall to prepare for the event, which was sponsored by IBM.

One session in particular dealt with how to disable the privacy settings on the Windows 10 operating system. Other training sessions included how to run a boot drive to diagnose hardware glitches and some students learned how to search deeper into a computer’s registry to identify harmful files.

Stoddart also said students passed along tips for safer internet browsing habits, such as running ad blockers to reduce the risk of viruses and malware.

“It’s about teaching the community how to protect themselves,” Stoddart said.

Bennett added there is nothing better than seeing the excitement from community members when students fixed their computers.

“Sometimes they are so relieved,” Bennett said. “I think the best thing is seeing the smile on their faces…it makes your day better.”