CSCI PBK Inductees

The Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation was held on March 19, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  Below is a list of the CSCI students that were inducted into PBK on the 19th:

- From the Class of 2014 (Graduates)
  Jean Paul Mugabe – CSCI Major
- From the Class of 2015 (Seniors)
  Kinsey Marie Schell – CSCI Major
  Cathy Wang – CSCI Minor
- From the Class of 2016 (Juniors)
   Sam Borowsky – CSCI Major
   Michael Holt – CSCI Minor
Here’s W&L’s story about PBK:

CSCI Dept. T-Shirts

The Computer Science Department T-Shirts are here!  The shirts were designed by CSCI students and alumni and printed by a local Lexington vendor (see contact info below).  Shirts are available to current CSCI Majors and Minors and can be picked up in the CSCI Office.

A&S Screenprinting & Embroidery
176 W Midland Trail, Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: (540) 464-9042
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Around the World with Cathy Wang ’15 (CSCI minor)

In the short five months that I have spent in London, I have fallen truly madly deeply in love with the city. Samuel Johnson said it best, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” This is a city full of life, and the possibilities are truly endless. It seems as if each day I discover more to do and more to experience.

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Computer Science Major – Jok Asyio ’16 Perspectives and Experiences

“College is a place where you will grow no matter how you go through it. The only thing you control is who you grow to be.”

Amin ’17’s Greener Alternative

Sophomore computer science major Azmain Amin ’17’s entrepreneurial idea for better grocery bags, called PolyGreen Bags, is featured on the W&L home page.  Amin’s idea won first place in W&L’s Social Entrepreneurship Summit.  You make us proud, Amin!

Grace Hopper Celebration 2014

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Starting from the left: Cory Walker, Madeline Forrestel, Gabi Tremo, Sam O’Dell, Paul Jang and Alicia Bargar ’13

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Earlier this fall, W&L’s Computer Science Department was fortunate to have five senior computer science students attend the GHC in Phoenix, Arizona for the 14th Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). The W&L attendees starting from the left (Cory Walker, Madeline Forrestel, Gabi Tremo, Sam O’Dell Paul Jang and Alicia Barger ‘13) are all senior computer science majors who presented projects at the poster session on Wednesday night of the conference. This is a record number of attendees from W&L, a trend we hope will continue because the conference is such a valuable experience for attendees.

Madeline received a scholarship from GHC and Paul received a scholarship from his summer research program to attend the program. The other attendees received funding from the Provost’s Office and the Computer Science department.

Of the conference attendees, 483—or approximately 6 percent—were men, including Paul Jang, the first W&L man to attend GHC. While the conference focuses on celebrating the achievements of incredible women in computing, this year the celebration incorporated the first ever male keynote and plenary Male Allies panel.20141008_162704

The students even met up with Alicia Bargar, a 2013 graduate and current graduate student at Georgia Tech.

Here is a story from Cory Walker about her experience at the GHC in October:

One of my favorite talks was the one by Jo Miller, on overcoming office politics. Her talk was so crowded that it was in one of the largest ballrooms, she held two sessions, and we were turned away from the first one because it was overcrowded. She talked about different ways to think of office politics in a positive light and use it to get ahead. She also used a technique called a Shadow Organization map to identify key areas for improvement.

The most interesting person to come by my poster was a man whose brother (now deceased) went to W&L before women were even admitted. He said his brother was against the integration, but then we talked about how much the school has 20141009_105937(1)improved since that time. It was interesting hearing this perspective of W&L at a women’s computer science conference in Phoenix, AZ.

It was my third year going to the conference, and as always, I had a wonderful time and got many interviews from the companies there. And of course, I’m very grateful to W&L and our Computer Science Department for helping pay our way.

Attendee Madeline Forrestel had this experience.

“It was truly a privilege having the opportunity to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration this year. I was wonderfully overwhelmed by the number of brilliant women, young and old, who surrounded me. I have never left an event feeling more inspired than I did leaving Phoenix. One of the most outstanding elements of the conference was the career fair. It was truly motivating to see just how many opportunities are out there and how enthusiastic and supportive companies are toward welcoming women into the industry”.

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Please contact the computer science department if you would be interested in helping to sponsor future attendance of W&L students at the conference.

 

 

T-Shirt Design Feedback

We got two t-shirt designs! What do you all think?

Pride shirt:

Front

Front of the shirt

Ginny's design of CS shirt -- back(2)

Back of the shirt

Code!

Front of shirt

Front of shirt

Hot pink (or other neon color, we aren’t picky) with “CODE CODE CODE” down the front, courtesy of the Nerdbin.

Connor Hollenbeck ’14 Earns AFCA First Team All-America Honors

Collin Hollenbeck in actionWACO, Texas – The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced its 2013 Division III Coaches All-America team on Monday morning and Washington and Lee senior offensive lineman Connor Hollenbeck (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) was among those honored. A Computer Science major and 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University. Read the complete story here

In addition to the first “All-American Honors” Hollenbeck adds yet another All-America Citation Read more here

2014 T-Shirt Design Competition

The Computer Science Department is having a t-shirt design competition!  Put on your thinking caps, recall your favorite puns and slogans, and create a new shirt!

Rules:

  • short or long-sleeve t-shirt
  • one color printed on a solid color t-shirt
  • options for printing are front/back/sleeve (probably only 2 of those 3)
  • keep it clean and original (we don’t want to worry about trademarks)!

Submission (subject to change): Send the images (in some commonly used format, like jpg, png, tiff) to Sara Sprenkle (sprenkles@wlu.edu).   Include explanation, if necessary, such as which image is on the front and which is on the back.

Deadline: Friday, September 12.

Graduates, Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes 2014

Congratulations to all our Computer Science majors and minors for their outstanding work and efforts this academic year. Graduate majors: Alexander K. Baca, Connor A. Hollenbeck, Jin Huang, Patrick J. Jennings, Garrett Koller,  Colin M. Mohnacs, Jean P. Mugabe, Anton D. Reed, Suraj Bajracharya, Andrew E. Kimberly, Richard J. Marmorstein and graduate minors: William M. Peaseley.

FELLOWSHIPS RECEIVED

The following students have won, since the last commencement, fellowships in national or international competitions which underwrite their continuing academic endeavors.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships- (three years of funding in support of graduate study): Camille Morgan Cobb ‘12

Venture for American Fellowship (two years of work and mentoring as an entrepreneur with American start-up companies): Alexander Kairo Anderson Baca ‘14

 SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND PRIZES

Computer Science: The Computer Science Department Award: Richard J. Marmorstein

The Kim Family Prize in Economics: Richard J. Marmorstein

Johnson Scholars: Garrett Heath Koller     

Mathematics Department: The Taylor Scholarship in Mathematics: Onyebuchi Ekenta         

Student Affairs: The Douglas C. Halstead Memorial Scholarship: Jok Genga Asiyo

The Ring Tum Phi Awards: Anton D. Reed

Team Awards: Leigh Williams Memorial Award: Andrew E. Kimberly

Football: Dan Ray Justice Memorial Football Award: Connor Hollenbeck