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Top Secret Colonials win 3rd Place in SGA Shark Tank Competition – Will Host a Comedy Night for Charity

IMG_5605Members of the Top Secret Colonials (TSC) won 3rd place in the Student Government Association (SGA) Shark Tank competition. They won $2000 to host an event for charity in the Fall 2020 semester. Pictured from left to right are: Taylor Passerini, Nathan Sullivan, Evan Kinney, and Taylor Priore. Pictured at right is Zaithwa Gwaza, SGA President, presenting the team with the check.

This is the 4th year in a row that the club has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the SGA Shark Tank competition. Each year they host a campus-wide event to raise money for a charity. This year, the students will once again host a Comedy Night in which they will raise money for the Stanley Marks Blood Cancer Fund for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This coming year, students will have the opportunity to compete to be the opening act of the headliner. TSC will hold an open mic night a week prior to the event where they will be asking students, faculty, and staff to be the judges. The winners will open at the main event to raise money for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Congratulations, Top Secret Colonials! This is a great accomplishment, and will benefit another great cause.

Stockings for Soldiers Project

Starting on November 14th, 2019, students will be able to pick up stockings from Dr. Paullet’s office in Wheatley Center 229 and have a chance to fill the stocking with some of the many items listed below for soldiers that are across seas that won’t be back for the holidays. The stockings have to be returned by November 27th in order for them to be shipped overseas.

If you’re not able to participate then please let others know about this project!

Items that are needed include:

– Oreos, Chips Ahoy, Nutter Butter Cookies
– Trail Mix
– Beef Jerky
– Granola Bars
– Breakfast Bars
– Slim Jims
– Twizzlers
– M&M’s (all flavors) – other chocolate will melt
– Pop Tarts
– Cards
– Crossword Puzzles
– Soduko
– Gum
– Caramel Popcorn
– Gummie Candy
– Chapstick
– Hot Cocoa Mix, Lemonade packets, etc. 
– Nuts
– Pretzels
– Fruit Roll-ups
– Drink mixes – iced tea, fruit punch, etc, 

Wi-Fi Workshop on Wednesday, November 13th

Rick Farina will speak on Wednesday, November 13th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium. “Have you ever heard of WPA3 and Enhanced Open?  Come learn about the new additions to the WiFi standard and how they can help secure you today.”  If you are interested in learning the dangers of Wi-Fi, you will want to attend this presentation.

One hour of professional development SET credit will be awarded. Refreshments will be served. This is a TSC sponsored event.

Below you will find Rick’s bio:

Rick Farina is a well-known wireless expert who is a frequent speaker at a
variety of security conferences including DEF CON. With multiple
colleagues he runs RF Hackers Sanctuary, a not for profit dedicated to
education.  RFHS runs the Wireless Capture the Flag at numerous
conventions. Farina enjoys talking to people about wireless hacking
and teaching anyone with an interest in wireless security.  

UPMC Presentation on Phishing, Security Operations, and Jobs

Join TSC as they present Sarah Pfabe, TSC alumni and an information security analyst at UPMC to speak about the dangers of phishing and what organizations do to protect against it on Tuesday, November 5th at 4:30 pm in the Wheatley Atrium.  She will go through everything from what makes a phishing email, to the tools analysts use to examine and detonate malware.  An overview of working in a Security Operations Center and job opportunities at UPMC will also be a part of this presentation.  

Information about phishing: Phishing is one of the ways hackers attempt to gain access to your personal information via your computer or smartphone. These attacks often rely on the same basic strategy: to trick you into providing sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by making you think the request is coming from a trusted source such as your bank, credit card company, a colleague, or friend. No organization, large or small, is immune to the dangers that phishing emails present.

Students will receive 1 hour of SET credit. Pizza will be provided. 

TSC Fundraiser at All-Star Sports on October 29th

The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will be hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 29th from 4:00 pm to close at the All-Star Sports Bar in Robinson located at 6302 Robinson Centre Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.

This fundraiser directly supports the club. We will have raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, and more.  We hope to see you there and please spread the word!

TSC All Star Black and Gold