Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SBU CIS Students Earn Three National Awards

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / ssmith@sbuniv.edu

Orlando, Fla. – Students from the Southwest Baptist University Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department claimed three national top-ten awards at the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference (NCC) in Orlando, Florida. 

Senior Megan Burnett (Burlington, Vt.), brought home a second place trophy in the undergraduate research paper competition.  Burnett’s research presentation centered around issues unique to developing software systems for non-technical users.
Senior Megan Burnett (Burlington, Vt.)

In the Visual Studio Development category, seniors Aaron Bone (Kansas City, Mo.), and Levi Kemp (Bolivar, Mo.) finished in the top five teams at the national event. Seniors Rebecca LaChance (Park Hills, Mo.) and Jonathan Keedy  (Camdenton, Mo.) finished in the top seven.  Junior Sarah Skinner (Fayetteville, Ark.) also competed for SBU at the NCC.

“We are elated, of course,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS Department Chair.  “These awards are a real blessing.  Receiving something like this on the national stage highlights the incredible quality of our students and our program.” 
AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders.  The AITP National Collegiate Conference is the single largest event sponsored by AITP.

Undergraduate Research Paper
1st           Mesa State University (Grand Junction, CO)                  
3rd          Mesa State University        (Grand Junction, CO)         

Visual Studio Development
1st           Gateway Technical College (Kenosha, WI)
2nd         Texas State University - San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
3rd          Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
HM         Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)

Java Development
1st           University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)
2nd         Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)
3rd          Georgia Gwinnett College (Lawrenceville, GA)
HM         University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (Whitewater, WI)
HM         James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
HM         Brigham Young University (Provo, UT)

PHOTO: SBU Senior Megan Burnett (Burlington, Vt.)

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