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Spotlight on Seniors: Lex McGriff ’18 and Sima Sharma ’18

As they prepare for graduation and the future, Lex McGriff and Sima Sharma share their W&L experiences and student successes.

Lex McGriff, a Computer Science and Sociology double major shares her leadership experiences as the vice president of the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK).  Lex also talks about her association with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Diversity Sub-Committee of Strategic Planning.

Sima Sharma, majoring in Computer Science and East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese), discusses her extracurricular involvement with the Multicultural Student Association, the Student Association for International Learning, the Student Environmental Action League and her participation with the Rockbridge County Schools tutor program.

Through Lex’s developing supervisory skills and a Sima’s passion for cultural diversity, these bright and enterprising W&L seniors are sure to have continued success in their future endeavors!  Learn more about their stories by clicking on the links below:

 

https://columns.wlu.edu/leaders-like-me/Lex McGriff/

https://columns.wlu.edu/diversity-of-experiences/Sima Sharma/

 



CSCI Majors, Truth Iyiewuare ’18 and Alicia Martinez ’18, inducted into ODK!

Two Computer Science Majors will be be inducted into Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, (ODK) the national leadership honor society, at Washington and Lee University’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation.  The ceremony will be held on Jan. 18, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel.  Below are brief descriptions of these students and their many accomplishments.  Congratulations, Truth and Alicia!

Truth  Iyiewuare (Houston, Texas) is a computer science major. He has been a leader in the Student Association for Black Unity, as vice president and now as president. He has also displayed leadership in his major, having worked as a lab assistant for students in the introductory computer science class, and as a peer tutor for other students in need of any computer science help. Truth is also a member of Kathekon, which serves alumni visiting campus and increases student-alumni relations. Lastly, he is a student representative of the Diversity and First-Gen Working Group at W&L, an administrative committee that strives to create a better experience for diverse groups on campus.

Alicia Martinez (Seaford, Delaware) is majoring in computer science. As the head community assistant and the president of the Campus Unity Initiative, she strives to create a fun and inclusive atmosphere on campus. Martinez is an active peer tutor, has served as president of the German Club, and was selected to attend the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit. She is a recipient of the QuestBridge Match Scholarship as well as several departmental awards, including the Jim Stump Prize in German and the John Preston Moore III Award.

Click on the link for the full story….

https://columns.wlu.edu/odk-initiates-four-honorary-and-35-student-members-during-2017-founders-day-odk-convocation/



CSCI Minor Gillen Beck ’18 earns spot on 2017 Division III Academic All-District men’s soccer team

Washington and Lee senior goalkeeper, Gillen Beck, was named to the 13-member District 5 team for the second time in his career.  Gillen is a mathematics and physics double-major, and a computer science minor.  Click on the link to read more about Gillen’s achievements…

http://www.generalssports.com/sports/msoc/2017-18/releases/beck_all-district



CSCI Major Janie Martin ’18 –Breakthrough Achievement at Hackathon!

Senior Janie Martin attended Rice University’s 7th annual Hackathon this past weekend in Houston with the goal of trying to solve some of the biggest problems in health care today.  The Hackathon competitors were in a 36 hour race against each other to develop new software and hardware to solve challenges identified by doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital. About 400 hackers competed for various prizes.

For Janie, the competition provided an opportunity to solve a medical problem that she herself once suffered from, encephalitis.  Janie and her teammates developed a product called Memory Eyes which is a device that uses image detection and facial recognition software to assist with cognitive disorders.  Cognitive impairment is a major component of encephalitis.  As Janie explains it, with encephalitis,  “You could be standing in a grocery store talking to someone when suddenly you have no idea where you are or who they are.” “With a press of a button, Memory Eyes will tell you who you’re talking to, where you are and remind you what you were there to get.”

Click on the link below to read more about Janie’s accomplishments and other cutting edge health care successes of Hackathon!

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Rice-University-s-Hackathon-work-to-solve-health-12225209.php

 



CSCI Major Mary Catherine Greenleaf ’19: Digital Humanities Experience

Mary Catherine, a Computer Science and Studio Art major, describes her recent participation in a Digital Humanities project, and shares her enthusiasm for blending art with computer science.

 

https://columns.wlu.edu/preserving-snippets-smidgens-and-scraps-of-history/



Spotlight on CSCI Major, Will McMurtry ’18

Senior Will McMurtry, Johnson Scholar and Computer Science Major, discusses why Washington and Lee was his number one choice for higher education.

 

https://columns.wlu.edu/the-quality-of-the-people/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=features



Pictures from Graduation -Congratulations CSCI Class of 2017

Some pictures from Commencement — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!



CSCI graduate Jordan Krasner ’17 named ODAC Player of the Year

Congratulations to Jordan for being named Player of the Year by The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).  This is Krasner’s second Player of the Year award as he also received the honor during his sophomore year at W&L.   Krasner is the eighth-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region.  His singles record is 15-9  going into the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 25-27 at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. He also ranks 11th in program history for career singles wins with a 63-33 career record.

Click on the links below to learn more!

http://www.generalssports.com/sports/mten/2016-17/releases/ODACTennis

http://www.generalssports.com/sports/mten/2016-17/releases/NCAATennisInd

 

 



List of CSCI Graduates–Class of 2017

Congratulations!!!

Computer Science Majors:

(some of) Class of '17
(some of) the Class of ’17

Azmain Amin
Phil Bennett
Lenny Enkhbold
Fred Gisa
Stevan Hall-Mejia
Rob Jones
Jordan Krasner
Perry O’Connor
Patrick Ozark
Lauren Revere
Mina Shnoudah
Shane Siebken
Jamie White
Brennon Williams

Computer Science Minors:

Asha Campbell
Dan Claroni
Michael Garcia
Evan Hinkle
Joe Perrella
Nika Pogrebna
Rachel Stone



CSCI 2017 Senior Graduate Reception

The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center.  The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements.  Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

 

 

 




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