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Remembrance Reception Set for Gary Greenberg

June 16, 2008
A remembrance and celebration of life for the late Gary Greenberg, Executive Director for Teaching & Research Initiatives for Information Technology and Director of the Collaboratory Project at Northwestern University, will be held June 18 on the Evanston campus.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the McCormick Tribune Auditorium at the James L. Allen Center. An informal lunch reception will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Greenberg, 57, died January 22 in Evanston, Illinois. During his 23-year tenure at Northwestern, he touched the lives of so many within the Northwestern Community.

As Executive Director for Teaching and Research Initiatives for Information Technology, he worked on special projects to develop opportunities for using information technology to enhance instruction, research, and administration at the University. Greenberg was also director of the Collaboratory Project, a Web-based collaborative environment that K-12 teachers use to develop innovative, project-based activities that are aligned to Illinois Learning Standards.

He came to Northwestern in 1985 to teach in the School of Music, where he developed an object-oriented compositional programming environment that he used to teach computer music composition, music theory, and a creative arts approach to computer programming. Gary later became Manager of the ACNS (Academic Computing and Network Services) Advanced Technology Group, which worked with faculty to develop ways of using emerging technologies in instruction and research.

Earlier in his career, he taught in the Music Department at Yale University and in the Creative Arts Education Program of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, where he directed the Computing Learning Resource Center. He also worked with public school teachers learning to use computers and develop activities to integrate the computer into the curriculum.

Mr. Greenberg received his BA and MA in Music from Stanford University, where he began his work in Computer Music, and received his PhD in Composition from Harvard University.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle; two children, son Jared and daughter Julia; his mother and father, and two brothers.

To honor Greenberg's vision of building a future where technology is available to children of all ages, a Gary Greenberg Technology for Children Scholarship Fund has been established by the employees of Northwestern University Information Technology.

With contributions from family, friends, and colleagues, the fund is administered through Northwestern's Center for Talent Development (CTD). The scholarship allows for tuition assistance and a laptop, if appropriate, for a student or students enrolled in a technology class in the CTD summer programs.

Young students will have the opportunity to take special courses on Northwestern's Evanston campus in order to prepare for advanced tracks of study in high school eventually leading to success in higher education. The program also provides increased social support for high achievement through student role models, teachers, other adults, and intellectual peers.

Donations to the Gary Greenberg Technology for Children Scholarship Fund can be made by sending a check, payable to Northwestern University, to:

Northwestern University Information Technology
Attn: Steve Beck, Gary Greenberg Technology for Children Scholarship Fund
1800 Sherman Ave., Suite 206
Evanston, IL 60201

Colleagues, friends, and family can still share their memories of Gary Greenberg on a special Remembering Gary Greenberg Web site at www.it.northwestern.edu/garygreenberg/index.html.
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