Cabrini College, a young college in a young nation, is much different than Ethiopia, an ancient African land rich in history where scientists believe human beings first originated. Dr. Zalalem Bachore was born and raised in the diverse and populous country, located in the Horn of Africa. Twelve years ago Bachore, professor of information systems and technology at Cabrini, came to the United States.
Bachore attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems. The new professor’s infatuation with technology paid off as she continued with her education at UMBC. Bachore went on to earn a Master of Science in Management Information Systems and a doctorate in information systems with research areas in software engineering and artificial intelligence.
Such a varied skill set opened the doors to impressive careers including the Baltimore police and fire departments as a systems programmer and a faculty member of Virginia International University and ECPI University. She excelled at creating and maintaining applications as well as introducing technological changes. Reflecting on her time in Baltimore, Bachore said, “It was a very challenging work, and there was never a dull moment.” The city itself is vibrant with rich history, diverse culture, stunning scenery and bustling activity. “Baltimore is a very welcoming city, interesting sites and awesome people,” Bachore said.
Although Bachore moved from the city, Radnor offers its own form of hospitality and charm. “I love working at Cabrini,” Bachore said. “I love the fact that people actually acknowledge each other and take the time to greet each other.” “There is also a sense of serenity and peace.”
A new chapter begins for the tech-savvy professor. Bachore enjoys her role and hopes to instill an appreciation for technology as an “agent of change.” In a word where technology is constantly updated and people are becoming increasingly more addicted to their electronic devices, there are major opportunities for change. Bachore sees great potential in Cabrini’s emphasis on community service and social justice. Passion for justice combined with modern technology can do something extraordinary. Bachore said, “I like interacting with students, most importantly; I like to think that I am helping create a more informed and able group of students that can somehow affect the world positively.”