Students take third in PACISE contest

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2014

Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics

BLOOMSBURG—A three-student team from Bloomsburg University took third place in the Collegiate Programming Contest at the 29th annual Pennsylvania Association of Computer and Information Educators (PACISE) Spring Conference at California University on April 5. The conference theme was “Embedding Computer Technology in the Human Body.”

Team Ramrod, made up of seniors Jim Capozzoli of Walnutport, Jacob Dorman of Frackville and Melissa Wall of Jim Thorpe, wrote four programs in three hours to capture third place. Also competing were seniors Landan Cheruka of Wallingford and Michael Young of Milton as Team Crimea River. The students are part of the programming-contest group in BU’s chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Fifteen teams from institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education competed in the programming contest.

BU’s Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics is a member of PACISE, which represents computer programs across the PASSHE member schools. The programming squad coach, Robert Montante, associate professor of mathematics, computer science and statistics, represents BU at PACISE. He is also a member of ACM, an international professional organization of computer scientists and computer science educators with student chapters. #CollaborativeLearning

Shown in the accompanying photo, from left, are Michael Young, Landan Cheruka, Melissa Wall, Jim Capozzoli and Jacob Dorman.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.