You are here

3Com and Network World Create Contest to Recognize and Reward College Students for their Knowledge of Business and IT

February 5, 2003

Contest Challenges Students to Articulate How Network Technology Can Change Business; Winner Awarded Scholarship

SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 5, 2003- 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced that, in conjunction with Network World, based in Southborough, MA, it is creating an essay writing contest and scholarship award for college and university students nationwide. 3Com and Network World are issuing an invitation to college students in the United States to compete in the writing contest on "How Network Technology Can Change Business." Evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, qualifying essays will compete for a $1,500 grand prize scholarship award. In addition, the top ten finalists will each receive a 3Com® OfficeConnect® Wireless Gateway and 3Com OfficeConnect 11Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card with XJACK® Antenna that enable wireless connectivity to the Internet and e-mail. Winning essays will be posted on Network World¿s Web site, where the writing contest entry form is now available.

"We believe it is important to encourage and showcase the creative and innovative thinking that future IT leaders are considering to help shape the future of business," said Bruce Claflin, CEO, 3Com. "We are proud to announce our sponsorship of this writing contest that will reward strong initiative and bring together different perspectives of future possibilities."

The entrant must be a full-time or part-time student actively enrolled in a U.S. college or university in an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate program. The essay must be between 500 and 1,000 words. The winner of the $1,500 scholarship and the top ten finalists will be named in April 2003. For complete rules and requirements, visit the Network World Fusion Web site at:

Judging Criteria
Each essay will be judged on a point system in the following categories:
- Creativity/Originality
- Comprehension
- Clarity of Expression
- Organization/Structure
- Writing Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
The essay with the overall highest score will win the grand prize.

Panel of Judges
The panel of judges, who will evaluate the student essays, includes:
- John Gallant, president and editorial director, Network World
- Dr. James B. Thomas, dean of Penn State¿s School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
- Rebecca G. Bace, president and CEO, Infidel, Inc.
- Professor John T. Gorgone, Rubin Professor of Computer Information Systems, Bentley College
- Richard Hunter, vice president and research director in Gartner Executive Programs, a division of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB)
- Walter Crosby, executive vice president, Terabase Corporation

About Network World
Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

About 3Com Corporation
3Com is a tier-one provider of innovative, practical and high-value networking products for enterprises of all sizes and public sector organizations. 3Com is also a leader in providing Internet protocol (IP) service platforms and access infrastructure for network service providers. For further information, please visit, or the press site
# # #

3Com, OfficeConnect, XJACK and the 3Com logo are registered trademarks of 3Com Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.

For more information, contact:

Anthony Petrucci
3Com Corporation
- or -
Alonna Doucette
Network World

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

Type: Latest Headlines