Carlsbad, California, November 28, 2011 – Today, Time Warner Cable announced that Anna C. Lozar has been named the finalist from San Diego County for its Super Connector Search contest. Lozar will star in her own public service announcement for Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Time Warner Cable will also donate $5,000 to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), a non-profit organization that raises private support for schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District.
In October, Time Warner Cable launched its Super Connector Search contest, asking its customers to share how they’ve connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.
“We’re very excited to name Anna Lozar as the official Time Warner Cable Super Connector from San Diego County,” said Katie Beardsley, Time Warner Cable Director, Public Relations. “Customers like Anna Lozar are introducing young people to STEM experiences that are inspiring them to become the problem-solvers of tomorrow. We are happy to recognize this commitment with a grant to CEF, a valuable resource in our community.”
Anna Lozar is CEF’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program manager. Her role includes creating program structure, advising Carlsbad FLL teams, and seeking community partnerships. Anna has volunteered to coach or mentor several award-winning rookie FLL teams and is also a mentor to the high school FIRST robotics team. Anna earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from Northwestern University, where she was part of the team that discovered mutations in the gene associated with the familial form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“Anna’s critical role and positive impact on Carlsbad’s students has been phenomenal,” shared Valin Brown, CEO of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “Her leadership has been instrumental in evolving our robotics program from a handful of local teams to a true district-wide program, touching the lives of more than 100 kids each year who are exploring and learning to love the wonders of science and technology.”
From November 28 through December 11, you can vote for Anna Lozar or any of Time Warner Cable’s other Super Connector finalists on connectamillionminds.com. The finalist with the most votes will receive an additional $10,000 grant for the STEM non-profit organization that they support.
About Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and phone services in the United States, connecting more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and phone services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers, and through its NaviSite subsidiary, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com,www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About the Carlsbad Educational Foundation
The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1983 to raise private support for public education and the enrichment of nearly 11,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. CEF develops, conducts and finances innovative, quality educational programs and projects. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed over $5 million in funds to Carlsbad schools, primarily for science, technology, arts and reading. In 2010 – 2011 alone, the foundation released nearly half a million dollars in support of K-5 music programs, hands-on science, and educationally innovative programs. CEF also operates a Summer Enrichment Program, high school Summer Academy, and Kids’ Care, a comprehensive before- and after-school K-5 childcare program. For more information, visitwww.carlsbaded.org.