From March 31 to April 1, the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Mid-South, in cooperation with ACM SIGCSE, held the 15th CCSC Mid-South conference on the Lyon College campus.
On Friday, 17 programming teams competed in the conference’s programming contest to solve seven problems in four hours. Participating teams included the Buccaneers from Christian Brothers University; Harding Black and Harding Gold from Harding University; Hendrix Black and Hendrix Orange from Hendrix College; Murray State 1, Murray State 2, and Murray State 3 from Murray State University; Southwest Baptist University and Southwest Baptist University Black from Southwest Baptist University; Sewanee Enigma and Sewanee Purple from Sewanee: the University of the South; UAFS Blue and UAFS White from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith; UCA Golden Bears and UCA Purple Bears from the University of Central Arkansas; and U of M Team 1 from the University of Memphis.
First place went to students Allison Hawkins, Grant Jennings and Stephen Leskowat from the Southwest Baptist University Purple team, who solved five problems in the allotted time. Second and third place went to Harding Black and UAFS White, who solved three problems respectively.
On Friday afternoon, researchers, teachers and students presented papers and tutorials related to the computer science field. These presentations and tutorials continued on Saturday morning.
On Friday night, participants enjoyed a banquet and an awards ceremony. Keynote speaker Anthony Owen, director of computer science at Arkansas State University, offered remarks on the conference. Owen earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and his Master of Science in engineering and educational leadership from Henderson State University. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UALR Bowen School of Law.
From 2011 to 2015, he served as ADE’s K-12 mathematics and computer science curriculum specialist. He currently leads the development and implementation of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s computer science initiative.
The CCSC Mid-South conference seeks to provide a forum for the exchange of information on computing and computing education. Every year, the conference steering committee invites submissions on innovative computing and computing education topics and applications of interest from college faculty, students and staff and other interested professionals.
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