**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Programming Team Wins at National Contest
The Best of the Best!
- Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 04-11-07
by Scott Puryear
Goodwell, Okla. — On March 29-31, in Detroit, 731 students representing 68 universities from around the country competed in the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate programming competition. The team from Oklahoma Panhandle State University received the “Checkered Flag” for their first place finish, trophies, and eight of the 12 team members received contest awards.
Just a few of the teams that competed were from the University of Florida, Purdue University, Brigham Young University, Florida State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Iowa, and the University of Texas at Austin.
From OPSU, Zach Waugh and Andrew Gerber received an Honorable Mention (tie for fourth place) in the Business Intelligence Contest. The primary goal of this competition was to utilize geographic information system technology and some business analysis skill to address a common business intelligence scenario.
Clancy Green and Michal Stachowski placed 3rd in the MicroSoft Office Solutions contest. The MS Office Solutions competition allowed students to utilize skills learned and apply them to a simulated business problem statement. MS Access and MS Excel are used to gather data for creation of spreadsheets and databases, MS Power Point to produce presentations and informative slide shows, and MS Word to produce documents and reports.
Bringing home First Place in Visual Communications was the team of J. B. Test, Micah Donaldson, Nick Tuttle, and Karen Britten. The Visual Communication Competition required students to develop an ad campaign to promote a Motor Tour of Detroit. Students were allowed to use any appropriate digital media to convey their message. Examples of media team members created to develop their campaign included an event poster, a billboard, a direct mailing, a complete website including registration and information, magazine ad, point-of-sale display, and a 30 second TV spot.
Students in the Visual Communications competition were required to use digital methods to develop their presentation. The competition was run in two parts. In the first phase students wrote a creative brief outlining their campaign strategy. In the second phase students developed the necessary components for the ad campaign.
In the championship effort by the OPSU team in Visual Communication, students were required to provide documentation of concept to final to prove that work was original. Teams were judged on how well they communicated the given theme through their choice(s) of media, the aesthetic value, degree of completion of the components chosen in the creative brief, degree of craftsmanship and professional quality.
The National Collegiate Conference continues to be the single largest event produced by AITP annually and the 2007 event was yet another HUGE success. The conference continues to deliver true value and opportunities to the AITP student & faculty and unique opportunities to hear leading IT organization speakers through keynotes and breakout sessions, and several of the OPSU students at the competition made key contacts with potential employers. Diane Murphey, faculty advisor, attended the competition with the OPSU team.
Planning and practice have already started for the 13th annual AITP National Collegiate Conference which will be held in Memphis, Tennessee March 27-29, 2008 hosted by the University of Mississippi AITP student chapter.
The OPSU team does not enter competitions just to be a part of them . . . THEY GO TO WIN! Participation in competitions by OPSU students at this year’s national AITP competition was a wonderful part of THE OPSU EXPERIENCE, and the fine showing of the team is a true example of what Oklahoma Panhandle State University has to offer.