I am a founding member of the Juniata College IT Department
and the Board of Advisors. We built a program that concentrates on three aspects of IT; Programming obviously, but also Business, and Communications. Most of IT programming is business focused. We felt it important that programmers have some exposure to business issues. To convey ideas and make successful proposals for technology proposals, programmers should be able to create effective presentations.
We also felt it important to provide students with real world experience in managing a project for an external client - usually a company. These projects are totally student run, with a faculty advisor on "stand-by". The Innovations for Industry (I4I) is unique to academia. Juniata College - Innovations for Industries
We also actively encourage students to do summer internships, and the Advisory Board assists in this.
I have toured almost all of the USA (47 states) and Canada (6 provinces), Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru with the Columbus (now American) Boychoir School. We were part of the opening season ceremonies of the New Met (Metropolitan Opera House) at Lincoln Center. I've performed with Leonard Bernstein and the NY Philharmonic several times at Avery Fisher Hall. I have also performed with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra several times as well. We also performed in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1968.
After graduating from ABS I joined the Trinity Church Choir in Princeton, NJ. We made frequent trips to NYC (Trinity, St. Barts, St Thomas, St. James...) and Washington DC National Cathedral. We did the service music for the National Protestant Hour radio program and recorded 3 albums. We also toured English cathedrals (Bristol, Canterbury, Cambridge, Birmingham, Ely, Carlisle, Christ Church, Durham, Norwich, Salisbury, York Minster, and St. Paul's) and over to The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Haarlem) and Germany (Bremen...).
I was heavily involved in the creation of Electronic Research Administration (eRA) which created the NIH Commons which is now Grants.gov, and the systems that the member universities created which spun off as InfoEd, Coeus, Cayuse... The objective is to receive electronic grant/contract opportunities, do internal reviews, budgets, approvals and submittals within the university, then the review and evaluation of the proposals electronically by the Fed, issuance of a NoGA/award to the institution. All without printing paper (that's the theory at least!). The entire process from cradle to grave being done electronically using standard EDI transaction sets as templates.