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NMSU AITP Student Chapter "Gets it Right"!!!!

Sunday, March 06, 2005   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Travis Melham
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Las Cruces, NM, March 14, 2005 - According to Microsoft representative Brett Humphrey, NMSU is the first university to host a cross-platform programming competition that was hosted by three student organizations representing the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering.

On March 5, 2005, over 80 students competed for over $2,500 in awards during the "Programming Competition - Tech Bowl." The event kicked-off on March 4th with a "Tech Talk" by Microsoft's Brett Humphrey. During this interactive presentation, students were excited to hear about new developments in software and technology, opportunities with Microsoft, and advice about starting a career. Mr. Humphrey concluded the kick-off event by giving away boxes of Microsoft software, games and an X-Box.


The next morning, March 5th, student leaders from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) hosted the first known competition that included competitors from each respective organization. The challenge to host such an event is that each department utilizes different programming languages and/or operating systems. However, with the efforts from NMSU student leaders, faculty, staff and sponsors, this competition was made possible through the use of dual boot computers and a problem set that could be solved using a variety of programming languages.

Students across campus had a unique opportunity to test their programming skills against students from different academic programs. Furthermore, this competition was a success for NMSU and demonstrates the value of multiple college cooperation. In the past, each organization hosted an independent competition. For the first time, three colleges and three organizations joined together for a successful multiple college competition.


Thanks to generous donations from ARGO Data, Microsoft Corporation, NMSU faculty, and departmental support, all competitors and volunteers enjoyed a catered Awards Banquet the evening of the competition. During the banquet, top teams from four (4) competitions (1)Open-Platform, (2)Java/C++, (3)Database Design, and (4)Security) spilt a payout of over $2,500.


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