**For Immediate Release**
Programming Team Exhibits Expertise
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-31-05
by Laura Dahl
Goodwell - The Oklahoma Panhandle State
University programming team, comprised of 17 OPSU students,
competed at the Association of Information Technology Professionals
(AITP) regional contest in Abilene, Texas last week. The
competition included 124 students representing 17 universities
covering a six state region. Students vied for top honors
in eight categories including Web Page Design, Publisher,
Java, Access Database Design, Network Design, C++ Programming,
Visual Basic, and Microsoft Integration.
OPSU programming team students brought
home five awards. Manuel Carranza of Liberal, Kansas
and Aaron Sudbrink of Borger, Texas returned to campus
with first place in Web Design. One of the judges termed
the coding as “awesome.”
Adil Faleh and Jace Webb, both of Goodwell, won second
place in Access Database Design, and Eyler McNeil and Austin
Baze took fourth in the same category. Both teams were
praised for the professionalism and design aspects of their
database switchboards, forms, and reports.
Baze and McNeil also placed third in Network Design while
the team of Larissa Peters of Guymon, OK and Mary Sheldon
of Goodwell placed fourth in Publisher. The Network team
excelled in their overall design and professional diagram
while the Publisher team was commended for the layout and
functional flow of their newsletter.
The OPSU students who participated in the contests spent
hours over the past month practicing and proved their knowledge
by creating a solution under a deadline in a stressful,
highly competitive atmosphere.
The team’s performance attests to the fact that
OPSU boasts a first-rate Computer Information Systems program.
Highly qualified faculty equip students with skills and
knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s competitive
technology industry. This fine group of students has several
months to hone their skills before competing at the AITP
National Student Programming contests March 29-April 1,
2006 in Dallas, Texas.