News • 5/9/01
WCU students receive national
Students studying business computer information systems and computer
science at Western Carolina University recently earned national distinction
at a national collegiate conference of information technology professionals.
Western’s Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals
claimed first place and honorable mention titles in two categories at the
sixth annual National AITP Collegiate Conference, held March 29-31 in Chicago,
Ill. More than 85 colleges and universities were represented at the annual
WCU students Dominik Erlebach, Holger Hebenstreit and
David Woisetschlager, all from Germany, earned a $1,500 cash award
by taking first place in the “Network Design” contest.
“To compete with 60 teams from such universities as Purdue, Texas A&M,
University of Virginia and University of Mississippi, just to name a few,
takes a great deal of courage, and to come out as the best takes much more
than that,” said Debashish Banerjee, WCU assistant professor of
business computer information systems. “Our students proved that our program
is one of the best in the nation and that one does not have to leave the
mountains of Western North Carolina to get a first-rate education.”
Another WCU team, Josh Weeks of Franklin and Justin Dunn
of Yadkinville, both computer science majors, received an honorable mention
award in the “Java programming” contest. In each category, three cash prizes
and two honorable mentions were awarded.
“This is a great example of collaboration between the computer science
program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the computer information
systems program in the College of Business,” said Mark Holliday,
associate professor of computer science.
Students who attended this year were Adrian Jefferies, Brian
Ulmer, David Woisetschlager, Dominik Erlebach, Holger
Hebenstreit, Jason Fore, Justin Dunn, Josh Weeks,
Michael McGlone, Michael Smith and Ronnie Thompson.
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