January 19, 2006: Eliza Kuttner remembered through award and summer project

      January 19, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—On January 19, 2005, the Capilano College community lost respected faculty member, Eliza Kuttner, in a tragic mudslide that occurred on Vancouver’s North Shore. Eliza had worked at Capilano College for 19 years and was an instructor in Computing Sciences.

      “Eliza has been sorely missed throughout the year,” said Dr. Penny Le Couteur, dean of Arts and Sciences. “And we’re remembering her particularly at this time.”

      Eliza’s colleagues established the Eliza Kuttner Memorial Award to honour her contribution to the College and to her students. The first award of approximately $1,000 will be presented at the College’s 2006 spring awards ceremony.

      “We established the award to encourage young women to continue their studies in the fields of computing science and engineering,” said Joseph Fall, Eliza’s colleague and coordinator of Computing Science at Capilano College. “We invite applications from female students who have completed one course in computing science, and who plan to continue into a second term of computing science or engineering.”

      At the time of her death, Eliza was working on a proposal to run a summer project for girls in Grades 5 and 6, where they would learn about programming and robotics. The project was part of the University of British Columbia’s Jade Bridges Initiative, promoting efforts to increase the participation of women in science and engineering across British Columbia and the Yukon.

      “We are pleased to say that her proposal was approved and will run this July,” Fall said. “In a one-day camp, young girls will learn about computer programming and robotics, both of which were major interests of Eliza’s.

      “Eliza had a particular interest in encouraging young women to study computing science,” he added. “This project will continue her dream of breaking stereotypes and increasing the number of girls and women who can change the future through their participation as scientists and engineers.”