The culmination of our freshmen intro course is the presentation of the mobile apps designed by groups. Each year, the students present an impressive showcase that wows the faculty and staff. This year was no exception. Students in the class worked tirelessly perfecting their mobile apps. Each group contained students from each of our technology-related majors. However, roles were fluid as all team members often tackled the technical aspects and design details of their mobile apps together.
We were fortunate to have a visit from Michael Edmonds, Head of Education for Amazon Game Services. Michael spoke to our students during a Tech Talk event and visited several of our DET classes. See the video that the Optimist did about his visit below.
SITC hosted our first Women in Technology Conference this past weekend. The event provided an opportunity for female technology majors to hear from industry professionals and young alumni about their experiences in technology.
Speakers included computer science graduate Kendall Lundschen (’11), information systems graduate Natalie Lemieux (’15), Jeanette Schofield, Software Developer at WolfePak Software, and Christy Thomas, General Director of Technology Services at BNSF.
Participants in the two-day event were able to learn more about the opportunities available in technology and encouraged in their pursuit of their professional goals. Jenni Williams, Enrollment and Student Development Manager in the SITC, started ACU’s chapter of Women in Technology last fall as a means of boosting female enrollment in SITC.
As another academic year comes to a close, we took time today to celebrate and honor our graduating seniors. We selected some of our current seniors to be members of our student panel. This opportunity allowed them to share highlights of their time at ACU and offer advice to their fellow classmates.
“Build upon what you learn in class. Take that information and push it to the next level,” Allen Taylor urged. Allen, IT major from Plugerville, Texas, was the recipient of this year’s Innovator Award for outstanding achievement and entrepreneurial spirit.
Justin Fleer, CS major from Centennial, Colorado added, “I learned more from my failures than my successes here. Allowing yourself to struggle along goes a long way in helping prepare you.”
The group had some wonderful advice to pass along and had glowing praise for the faculty’s involvement during their time at ACU. Immediately following the student panel, we awarded our outstanding senior awards.
Award recipients from left to right: Patrick Luberus (IT), JuliAnn Dowdy (IT), Krista Cukrowski (DET), Allen Taylor (IT), Jonny Hill (DET), Austin Conner (IS), Travis Cramer (CS) and Justin Fleer (CS)
Congratulations Class of 2014! We are very proud of each of you.
In October, DET students had the opportunity to attend the Captivate Conference in Austin, TX. The conference was aimed at connecting local musicians, artists and programmers in order to harness the creative energy that exists in Austin.
Well-known game developer, Warren Spector was the conference keynote speaker. Spector has been involved in the gaming industry since 1983 and is known for his work with first-person shooter and role-playing video games.
Students had the opportunity to meet with companies like Powerhouse Animation and Lights. Camera. Help. Employers were eager to collect resumes from students and conducted formal interviews for internships and full-time positions.