|Students and advisors with the OPSU Programming Team took a tour of the Information Technology department at USAA on their way to competition. Standing against the sign from left to right are Kevin Miller, Clancy Green, and Charles Frisby. The next row includes, left to right, J. B. Test, Blake Westbrook, Samuel Samson, Vicki Pasque, and Steve Martin. Seated, left to right, Jake Luera, Michal Stachowski, Micah Donaldson, Zach Waugh, and Blake Westbrook. Kneeling, left to right is Jesse Gill, Nick Tuttle, J. P. Harness, and Andres Belandria. - Courtesy photo
**For Immediate Release**
More Wins for Programming Team
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-31-07
Goodwell, Okla. - Competing against over 150 students from colleges in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, the OPSU Programming Team proved yet again that the quality and scope of their education rivals that of much larger schools. The team once again brought home a number of awards from the Region 3 Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) contest and conference held last week at Texas State University in San Marcos. In the Personal Computer Troubleshooting contest alone, four of the top ten finalists represented OPSU.
Jesse Gill, a student from Lamar, Colo. took first place in the PC Troubleshooting contest, and additional finalists in that competition were Zach Waugh of Yarbrough, and Nick Tuttle and Jake Luera, both of Guymon.Tuttle and Luera also received Honorable Mention in the Application Development competition.
Clancy Green of Guymon and Michal Stachowski of Warsaw, Poland teamed up for the Systems Analysis event and won second place. Waugh and Kevin Miller of Keyes received an Honorable Mention in the same contest.
In the Office Integration Solutions competition, J. B. Test of Guymon and another OPSU international student, Andres Belandria of Venezuela, won third. Micah Donaldson of Satanta, Kans. and Blake Westbrook of Bushland, Texas won third in Network Design, with the team of Gill and Blake Davis of Beaver winning Honorable Mention. Also contributing to the team effort were Charles Frisby, Guymon; Samuel Samson, India; and J. P. Harness, Beaver.
In addition to the competition, the students toured USAA corporate headquarters in San Antonio. Three OPSU Computer Systems Information (CIS) graduates currently work there including Manuel Carranza, Jan Van Fredenburg and Allen Roberts. All work in the information technology area of the company, and the students visited the media center, disaster planning and recovery operations center, real-time system and application monitoring center and other areas of interest. USAA employees provided lunch and spoke to the group about the benefits of working for their firm.
The team’s fine performance qualify them to compete in the National AITP contest that will be held in March 2008. For more information about OPSU’s excellent CIS department, contact Diane Murphey at 580-349-1446 or contact her via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.