Computer Lab Dedicated to Nancy Parker ’84
Scripps College dedicated the Nancy Uttrachi Parker ’84 Computer Lab (formerly Steele 226) on April 27, 2010, in honor of the woman who, as director of information technology from 1997 to 2008, initiated pioneering strategies and policies that continue to keep Scripps College at the cutting edge of technology and sustain its current phase of technological advancements.
After graduating from Scripps College with a major in psychology, Parker became the College’s director of academic computing. In 1997, the College decided to combine academic and administrative computing into one department and appointed Parker the overall director of information technology.
Among Parker’s many accomplishments are upgrading the College’s network to ATM/Fast Ethernet and supervising the installation of the fiber and cable wiring and the first wireless device at Seal Court. In 2000, Yahoo Internet Life named Scripps one of the nation’s best-wired college campuses, and AV was added to the IT family under Parker’s supervision.
In 2008, Nancy Parker left Scripps College when a life-limiting illness, dysautonomia, made it impossible for her to continue her high-paced, high-tech career. She created a lasting legacy that speaks to the empowerment of women in the use and application of computer technology and technology in general.
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