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Texas State University Wins Big at Tarleton

Thursday, April 22, 2004   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Donald Berg

By Donald Berg, Website Designer, Texas State University-San Marcos AITP Student Chapter

Students from the Texas State University student chapter participated at the 18th Annual Programming Contest and Speaker Symposium on February 27-28 at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Philip Mears is the lone hero of this contest pulling off three first place wins! With only Aaron Gadberry, Philips Mears and Donald Berg attending we decided to pull off a winning strategy by grouping with each other for help.

At 1:00 p.m. Philip and Donald entered the Networking Contest. Philip was the master of this contest, although Donald was quick to learn and create diagrams using Microsoft Visio. With Philip's directions and expert knowledge of the networking, he quickly and effectively delegated tasks to Donald, who quickly executed them. Together they created a winning solution and team that earned them the first place prize, which is a $300 scholarship at Tarleton State University.

Next, Philip and Aaron Gadberry entered the SQL database contest. Their combined expert knowledge enabled them to quickly come up with the correct query statements. Although Oracle Reports was not working correctly, they adapted and overcame the situation. They used Access to create professional looking reports that set them apart from their competition and earned them first place. Each of them won a scholarship for $300 at Tarleton State University.

For the last two competitions, Aaron Gadberry and Donald Berg entered the C++ contest and Philip Mears entered the Web Design contest. Although Philip was by himself, he still pulled off a first place win. The deciding factor boiled down to aesthetics. Philip did a superb job, seeing as most of the other teams had two people; he single-handedly designed and implemented the winning Web site.

Meanwhile, Aaron and Donald were struggling in C++, trying to make sense of an awkwardly worded problem statement and limited in using the new Microsoft Visual.Net. Just as in the Region 3 contest, there were many aspects that had to be introduced and reworked as progress was attained in the final program. They implemented three classes and a driver test file that tested all three class functions. The key was inheritance of properties from the classes. Although, they implemented the inheritance in a backward fashion, they demonstrated they had the knowledge to implement inheritance and produced the correct output. Working the problem backwards they won second place in C++ contest.

Texas State University-San Marcos proves again that its curriculum is by far superior in the state of Texas. By sending only three students to the Tarleton competition, they won three out of six first place contests, and one second place contest. Texas State sent the fewest contestants and pulled off the most first place wins, sweeping the competition. Northwest State University came in second place with the next most number of wins. Central Texas College swept the COBOL contest. Tarleton put on a great contest that was very organized and challenging for all students who wanted to prepare for Nationals. They did a superb job of welcoming, organizing, and accommodating all student chapters who participated. Texas State is looking forward to next year's Region 3 Conference, which will be hosted by Tarleton.

The Texas State student AITP Chapter was chartered in the CIS Department in the College of Business in 1978. The chapter has been operating continuously for 25 years and continues to provide its members with educational and career opportunities. On April 1-3, the chapter will be sending students to the National AITP 9th Annual National Collegiate Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Thanks to donations from the Horowitz family, Austin AITP business chapter, and the College of Business, the chapter is able to send students at a reduced cost, giving them the opportunity to prove themselves against the nation's top AITP student chapter competitors.

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