SWOSU Students Win at National Collegiate Conference
Southwestern Oklahoma State University senior computer science and information systems students Hiren Patel of Weatherford and Terri Ogles of Elk City won first place in a recent website design contest at the National Collegiate Conference sponsored by the American Institute of Technology Professionals.
SWOSU student Dennis Ferron of Weatherford also won honorable mention in a Java programming contest.
This was the second time in a row that SWOSU students placed first in the national competition. Last year, Dennis Ferron and Forest Humphrey won first place in Network Design.
This year’s conference was held in Dallas. According to Madeline Baugher, interim chair of the SWOSU Computer Science and Information Systems, national companies and government agencies—such as State Farm Insurance, FBI, Robert Half Technology, EDS, USAA Insurance, Microsoft, and Wal-Mart—attended the conference to recruit students for fulltime and internship positions.
SWOSU students entered other competitions held at the conference. Ryan Kelly, Dennis Ferron and Mark Underwood entered the Network Design contest. Terri Ogles and Hiren Patel competed in Database Design. PC Troubleshooting was entered by Terri Ogles, and Visual Studio contestants were Dennis Ferron, Ryan Kelley, Marwan Remman, Hiren Patel, Mark Underwood and Ben VanTreese.
U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions was the keynote speaker at the Awards Banquet. He gave an intriguing speech on how students should work in the technology industry for the future of the country.
The conference also included professionals in the working world who could attend technical, infrastructure or executive development presentations. The AITP seeks to provide professional development and networking opportunities with others in the information systems field, thus helping their members remain current in rapidly changing technology careers.
The trip was sponsored by the SWOSU Computer Club. The club plans to send students to the regional contest this fall in Wichita Falls, Texas.