BLISTS introduces faculty mentors
Black and Latino Information Studies Support (BLISTS) has approved the appointment of two faculty members to serve as mentors for the student organization. Assistant professors Derrick L. Cogburn and Martha Garcia-Murillo were selected for their extensive experience and achievements in the field of information science. Dr. Cogburn and Dr. Garcia-Murillo bring to BLISTS their high level of energy, enthusiasm to work with students, and leadership.
Dr. Cogburn is an expert in global information and communication technology (ICT) policy, global governance, and the use of ICTs for socio-economic development. He is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies and director of the award-winning research lab, the Collaboratory on Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco). In addition, Dr. Cogburn is an Adjunct Professor of International Relations and Communication at the School of International Service at American University and Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Dr. Martha Garcia-Murillo is an Assistant Professor of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She has an M.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California. She worked at USC's Center for Telecommunications Management where she was involved in developing industry sponsored reports in telecommunications and cable. She also worked as a regulatory officer at the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Switzerland, where she wrote the working document for the negotiations among Central American countries for the harmonization of telecommunications regulation in the region. During the Spring of 2003 Prof. García-Murillo spent her sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the Internet and Telecommunications Convergence Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
BLISTS was founded in 1992 by Myra Linen, Lisa Lindsay, Jason Mills, and Anthony Percival. Their focus was to increase the participation of Black and Latino students in the School of Information Studies and provide a greater understanding of information studies to the students. To enhance their efforts, BLISTS created a service and support group that further developed student interest in information studies.
Today, the vision of the founders has become the foundation for BLISTS. BLISTS has extended services to go beyond tutoring students and holding study groups. BLISTS teaches students to work cooperatively and are committed to and support both on-campus and off-campus communities through means of public service. The organization hosts lecture series with guest speakers from a wide variety of corporations and prepares students for internships, co-ops, and post-graduate employment. In addition, BLISTS has developed strong corporate relations and enjoys the support of a united alumni network.
As BLISTS continues to grow each year, its success has been noted with national recognition. In 1994, just two years after its inception, BLISTS received the NAACP Image Award. In 1995, BLISTS was honored with the Chancellor's Award for Public Service and in 1997 was highlighted in PC Week magazine. In 1999, BLISTS received the C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Recognizing Excellence) Award for Innovation.