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Press Release for Monday, April 9, 2012

UNF Computing Students Win First Place in National Competition

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



Students in the School of Computing at the University of North Florida recently brought home several awards in the 17th Annual Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.  


The UNF team, comprised of seniors Cody Ayers, Thomas Kroning and Owais Saulat, won first place in the national computer programming contest in graphics communication, which tests competitors’ skills in website design and development. Saulat serves as president of the UNF AITP chapter, while Ayers serves as vice president and Kroning as treasurer.  


We felt this competition would be our best chance of winning first place, said Ayers. “For three hours straight, we quickly created a website that fulfilled the requirements and that would hopefully blow away the competition.” 


Participants were expected to use state-of-the-art Web development tools, including cascading style sheets, Script programming and HTML. The group also had a third-place finish in the AITP chapter T-shirt design competition. 


The computing students comp eted against 24 other teams representing colleges and universities from Texas State University-San Marcos, Missouri State University, James Madison University, Missouri Western State University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College. The annual event has grown substantially in recent years, with a record-breaking 775 students representing 74 universities from across the country.  


Success is not new to the School of Computing as several other awards have been secured throughout the years, including placing first in a similar national contest in COBOL programming in 2006. “These high distinctions would not have been achieved without the continuous support from the School of Computing and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction,” said Dr. Zornitza Prodanoff, a UNF associate professor of Computing, who has served as the faculty advisor for the UNF AITP chapter since 2003.  


The School of Computing has primary responsibility for computer-related instruction in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction . For undergraduate students, the School offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences with four separate programs in computer science, information science, information systems, and information technology. For graduate students, the school offers the Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences with three separate programs in computer science, information systems, and software engineering.