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Regina Baker, '19

Regina Baker, '19Regina Baker, ’19, will graduate with a degree in biology and computer science. The Loudonville, Ohio native was familiar with the school because her two older sisters attended. She chose to follow in their footsteps because she knew she would be more than a number on Muskingum’s small and familiar campus.

Baker is not your typical college student; in addition to being a full-time student, she works part-time and is married with two small children. Because of her other responsibilities, she has very little margin for campus activities, but she made an exception for one very important opportunity.

Baker, along with fellow student Emily Vanasdale and computer science professor Dr. Jay Shaffstall, ran Sisterhood ReCoded, a coding camp for girls 11 to 14, over the summer. The camp, which ran for four consecutive Saturdays, taught the middle school participants drag and drop coding; they created an Android app to solve a problem of their choice.

“My hope for the camp is to inspire the young girls to pursue a career in the technology field, but if they figure out that the technology field is not right for them, I just want them to walk away with more confidence and respect in themselves,” Baker explained. She also said, “Sisterhood ReCoded will be a program that changes girls lives and I wanted to be a part of it.” She plans to participate again next year.

Sisterhood ReCoded, which is sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, is a program that exists around the country, but this is the first time it was held in Ohio.