Message From Leadership

Welcome to the end of the second week of the fall quarter. Hopefully, you are comfortable with courses and getting back into study mode. In the next two weeks, STC will hold a series of orientations – Tech Club and Cybersecurity club orientation on the 3rd week of the quarter, Thursday, October 22nd; and orientation sponsored by every degree program on the last week of October. Read next week’s Thursday Byte and your course announcements for details about your program orientation.

Our TA Center is busy at the start of every quarter. This week, we want you to meet our Teaching Assistants.


Meeting with the Dean the 4th week of the quarter.  Let’s hear what is on your mind. What is working? What feedback do you have for us? 

Dean Sam Chung will meet with students quarterly to receive real-time input from students concerning the current quarter courses. Students are encouraged to attend and share their experiences, comments, and insights on their courses and programs.   

Fri. Nov. 20 | 12:30 pm (PST) on MS Teams – session will be recorded.

STC's Teaching Assistant

The first week of any quarter is a period of adjustment. If you are  enrolled in an STC course through CityU Seattle and are experiencing technical issues, the Teaching Assistant (TA) Center can help. TAs can assist with challenges related to course understanding exercises, assignments, and virtual labs. They respond to your requests for help usually within 24 hours. Our TAs respond can’t do your homework, but they can make sure you understand instructions. Read the TA Guidelines and meet the Fall Quarter TAs at For assistance email:

Our TAs

Kim Nguyen

Mary Oh

Ruan Almeida

Min Qiu

Smita Dutta

Spencer (Yu-Che) Liu

Chuck (Pengfei) Liu

This Week in Tech History Oct 11th-17th

The Atari VCS  “Heavy Sixer” is Released October 14, 1977

Atari’s Video Game Computer System (the VCS) was introduced on Oct. 14, 1977, and is soon to change the name to the Atari 2600. The console didn’t take off for almost two years, but by the end of 1979, it was the best-selling Christmas gift. Atari is responsible for popularizing the home video gaming movement. It’s been part of our culture for years. Did anyone read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card?

Cyber Tips

Anatomy of Phishing Email

The important question to ask is simply whether or not you’re expecting the message. If it’s unexpected, then you should become a little skeptical.

  • Sender address: Remember scammers often impersonate trusted individuals or organization. Double check the actual email address
  • Subject Line: Phishing messages are often sensational, urgent, and meant to provoke an emotional response.
  • Attachments: If it’s a file you’re not expecting, don’t open it.
  • Greetings: A legitimate email would know your name and would personalize email.
  • Messages: If it’s too bad (or good) to be true, it probably is.
  • Hyperlink: Always verify where they take you before clicking.

STC Student Club Meeting

Student Clubs, the Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club, will meet Thursdays from 4 P.M. to 5 P.M. PST via Teams: STC Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Fall Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation here. 

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