Fall 2017 Hackathon

17760754_1264225773632416_6533316108874304833_oThe Computer Science department’s Fall 2017 Hackathon will be held at CUW on Saturday, 11 November from 8 AM to 8 PM (lunch and dinner will be provided). The theme for this year is Virtual Reality Development. Teams will work on creating a VR experience using either the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets. As in the past, we will provide some suggestions on possible projects.

If you’ve never attended a hackathon before, this is a great place to start! If you don’t have a lot of development or VR experience, don’t worry – we will create teams with a balance of experience levels so everyone can participate.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP via email by Friday, November 3. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Joshua Locklair at joshua.locklair@cuw.edu

Fall Semester CS Get-Together

1149526_10203496631635631_850999709_oSince the last millennium (at least since 1990), the Computer Science department at CUW has hosted a student faculty get-together once a semester. This event is for undergraduate Computer Science and Information Technology majors and minors and for alums of our programs. The get-together is a means to promote community and also a way for the department to thank and recognize all of our students.

The Fall Computer Science Student Faculty Get-Together will be held Thursday, 12 October 2017, beginning at 11:30am in S118B. (If you’re wondering, our get-together is usually held on Thursday of semester’s week 7.)
10659198_4761445451921_1507328451753689720_nWe have a time of fellowship around good food and we play some interesting games that result in the awarding of nice prizes.

If you are an undergraduate Computer Science or Information Technology major or minor, you are welcome – and encouraged – to attend. This event is also open to undergraduate alumni of our programs. If you haven’t been to one of these before, they’re pretty special – ask another student about it.

CS Update Summer 2017

laptop-typingAre you ready for the fall semester? If you haven’t yet registered for all the courses you need for the 2017-2018 academic year, see your adviser as soon as possible.

Interested in Game Programming? So are we. The department will begin offering a minor in Game Programming and we have two new dedicated courses in the works. If you are interested in a Game Programming course, contact Dr. Mike Litman. There’s even a possibility we could offer a course in the Fall, and if that interests you, contact Dr. Litman immediately.

Be sure to check the online schedule of classes for the latest changes. For example, Antoinette Spencer has moved to the School of Business and will not be teaching CSC courses. Because of this change, instructors and times for some courses have been updated.

animation-kickingInterested in Computer Animation? So are we. Did you know we offer a minor in animation? A good place to begin is with CSC 210 – The Art and Science of Computer Animation which is offered this Fall. If you are interested in animation, speak with Dr. Robert Wahl.

CS faculty have been spending time this summer researching virtual reality, robots, AI, neural networks, 3D printing, animation, analytics, augmented reality, informatics, security and other topics. You will be seeing these cutting-edge topics integrated into CSC courses.

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Another Year of GRACE

GRACE is looking forward to the start of its second academic year of supporting, encouraging, and inspiring women in Computer Science and Information Technology.

GRACE is an officially chartered sub-chapter of the ACM-W, the ACM’s Women in Computing organization. From the ACM-W website: “[The] ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.” Since our official charter in February 2016, we are the first (and only) private college in Wisconsin to have an active chapter of the ACM-W.

Our ACM-W chapter – GRACE, which stands for Girls Rocking Algorithms, Computing, and Engineering and pays homage to computing pioneer Grace Hopper – is a campus organization that allows for networking and fellowship among women in computer science and information technology in light of our vocation in Christ. We look forward to having events throughout the school year such as a “Take Apart a Computer Day,” programming information days, and networking opportunities for students who are looking ahead to graduation and life after college.

Our logo, created by CUW graphic design student Michael Ramthun, includes the symbols for both male and female. The binary number 011011 converts to 27 decimal, a reference to Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” As women of computer science and information technology, we embrace God’s unique calling in our lives and pursue our vocations passionately, knowing that “in the Lord [our] labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

All women interested in technology – undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff members – are encouraged to contact us for more information.
Visit our Facebook page to learn more!

Spring 2017 Graduates

Wilhelm Schickard, a Lutheran minister and adept scientist, invented the first mechanical calculating device (the forerunner of electronic computers) in 1623.

Wilhelm Schickard, a Lutheran minister and adept scientist, invented the first mechanical calculating device (the forerunner of electronic computers) in 1623.

The Computer Science Department at Concordia University Wisconsin is proud to present the Wilhelm Schickard Award for Superior Achievement in Computer Science to Zachary Ziemann on May 13, 2017. The Wilhelm Schickard Award is presented at Baccalaureate to a graduating student who has shown outstanding achievement in the field of Computer Science.

In addition, the department is pleased to announce its graduating class of 2017:

Shawn R. Czarnecki – B.S., Information Technology

Alexander T. Dover * – B.S., Computer Science

Joshua M. Curcio * – B.S., Computer Science

Randy T. Dunn – B.S., Computer Science

Jacob R. Hines – B.S., Information Technology

Brittany A. Klumpp – B.S., Computer Science

Trey K. Mitchell – B.S., Computer Science

Zachariah J. Rohde – B.S., Information Technology

Nick Schumacher – B.S., Computer Science

Joel W. Vojta ** – B.S., Computer Science

Tafari A. Young – B.S., Information Technology

Zachary P. Ziemann ** – B.S., Computer Science

Key:

* = Cum Laude

** = Magna Cum Laude

Several of the Spring 2017 CS and IT graduates.

Several of the Spring 2017 CS and IT graduates.

CUW CS Tech Camp

The Computer Science department hosted its second annual Tech Camp for relatives of CUW faculty and staff.

The week-long event was a huge success, with over 30 campers in attendance to learn about LittleBits, robotics, and Virtual Reality programming. From Ozobots to Mindstorms, 3D printing to the Oculus Rift, campers were introduced to a wide range of cutting-edge technology for both entertainment and service. How can we best serve our neighbor through our God-given vocations of technologist and inventor? Campers learned that while humans can sub-create some amazing things, God is the one who created us: “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

Many thanks to the volunteers who made this camp possible. We’re already looking forward to next year’s camp. Check out our Facebook page for photos!