Mike Cottrell College of Business programming team places 5th in contest


On November 16, the Mike Cottrell College of Business Computer Science programming team placed 5th out of 30 teams in the CCSC Southeast Programming Contest held at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  This was the teams’ best showing since 2007, the the team placed 4th out of 25 teams.

Senior Jason Bennett led the team which included Ryan Van Der Want, Arend Peter Castelein and Patrick Stroud.  These four students will also lead two teams to compete at the Mercer University Spring Programming Competition on March 1, 2014.

“We’re very proud of the 5th place finish out of 30 strong, competitive teams from among our peer universities,” said Dr. Bryson Payne, department head of the Mike Cottrell College of Business department of Computer Science and Information Systems. “We owe special thanks to the team’s faculty sponsor, Dr. Markus Hitz, and to UNG alumnus, team coach and mentor Robert Brown.”

Competitors at the event included the Citadel, Furman University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Regents University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Mercer University were among the 30 teams vying for the trophy.

Payne added, “Ranking in the top five at the CCSC Southeast competition bodes well for our teams at the spring programming competition at Mercer. They’ll be up against teams from Georgia Tech, Auburn, and other top computer science and engineering schools, and the strong finish at CCSC was an important team-building event. I think we will see our best ranking ever at our next event.”

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