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[Audio] 'Women in Telecom Golf Day' Raises Scholarship Funds for Women in TSM & IT

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Two weeks from today is the AT&T Women in Telecom Golf Day, an effort to raise scholarships funds for women in the TSM program at Murray State interested in going into the Telecom and IT career field. Program Coordinator and Marketing Specialist Annie Vandiver joins Tracy Ross on Sounds Good to talk  about the event.

Annie Vandiver says there are currently 20 or 30 women in the Murray State Telecommunications Systems Management program, many taking courses online because they work during the day. This is compared to approximately 165 men in the program. 

There aren't many women in the TSM and IT fields, she says, and yet there are so many jobs available. 

Because business and networking is often conducted on the golf course, this event encourages women of all golfing ability to come out, learn or improve the skill and meet with each other. The day usually welcomes 40 to 50 women. Last year was pouring down rain all day, Vandiver says, yet a lot of women stuck it out and had a good time.

Registration is preferred by September 15, for the September 17 event. Registration day of starts at 8:30, golf lessons begin at 9, followed by lunch. Sandy Hoff is the guest speaker, she is the Director of Workforce Development and Education for the Nashville Technology Council - and speaks about initiatives strengthening and improving IT workforce development in rural areas. The afternoon holds contests and golfing. 

More information on the Center for TSM website

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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