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Moravian Students Compete in  IBM Programming Competition

Moravian has had a team finish in the top five for the sixth straight year

Bethlehem, Pa., October 30, 2008— Students from Moravian College recently competed in the 33rd ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM.  This “battle of the brains” gathered the best and brightest computer programmers to participate in the world’s most prestigious programming competition.  Teams were challenged to use their programming skills, creativity and business sense to solve complex, real world problems under a five-hour deadline. This year’s regional competitions of the ICPC included tens of thousands of students from universities in 83 countries on six continents, all vying for a spot at the Contest’s World Finals in Sweden, where one hundred regional champions will compete for scholarships and other prizes from April 18-22, 2009.

Moravian was represented at the regional round at Wilkes University by three teams of three students each, who competed against teams from Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, Lehigh University, University of Scranton, Lafayette College, Villanova University, Saint Joseph’s University, Wilkes University, and Lycoming College. The all-senior team of Joe Border (Catasauqua, Pa.), Jamie Long (West Chester, Pa.), and Tim Mills (Lafayette, N.J.) placed thirteenth.  Seniors Eric Mosher (Silver Spring, Maryland), Ben Miller (Whitehall, Pa.),  and junior Phil Viglione (Pen Argyl, Pa.) placed sixteenth.  The third Moravian team, sophomore Jason Ginther (Norristown, Pa.), senior Brandon Heyer (Millersburg, Pa.) and junior Erik Wicklund (Northfield, Vermont) earned fifth place when they solved 3 problems.  This is the sixth straight year that Moravian has had a team finish in the top five, something few other schools in the region have achieved.

IBM’s sponsorship of the ACM-ICPC is just one of the company’s many university-facing programs focusing on open standards skills. “This contest is about fostering the next generation of industry leaders in IT and promoting strong foundations in both technology and business,” said Doug Heintzman, director of strategy, IBM Software Group and Sponsorship Executive. “IBM understands the importance of investing in the bright young minds on the university level for the future of our industry and our world.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.