Home > About > News and Events > News Releases > News Releases 2007 > Moravian Students Win Computer Programming Competition
News Release

Moravian Students Win Computer Programming Competition

Bethlehem, Pa., November 5, 2007— A team of Moravian College students finished in first place at the Association of Computing Machinery Mid-Atlantic Programming Contest held recently at Wilkes University. Moravian’s team comprised of Tim Mills ’07, Wes Moser ’08, and Scott Weaver ’08 completed 3 problems and finished first among 21 teams completing at Wilkes, which included teams from Bucknell University, Wilkes University, Ursinus College, Lafayette College, Lycoming College, and others. See scoreboard: http://midatl.radford.edu/docs/scoreboard/region5.html

Moravian College sent three teams of students to the competition. A second team comprised of Chris Beidelman’08 , Joe Borda’09, and  Jamie Long ’09 finished in 6th place at Wilkes.  Also competing were Brandon Heyer ’09 and Chris Schilling ’08.

During a programming contests, teams are given eight problems they are asked to solve during a five-hour period.  These problems are taken from the breadth of the computer science curriculum, and solving them requires both problem-solving and programming skills.

The Wilkes University is one of eight sites in the region.  Teams are scored both at the local site and within the region, where there were over 130 teams competing.  When considered in the region, the  team that won at Wilkes site placed 8th in the region.

Among the top 20 positions regionally, Moravian is the only liberal arts institution that finished among the top 10, and the only school without a graduate program (graduates students are eligible to participate in the contest).  A scoreboard for the region http://midatl.radford.edu/docs/scoreboard/full.html.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work of these eight students in preparing for this contest, said  Benjamin Coleman, assistant professor of computer science at Moravian College. “Since the start of the school year, we have met once a week to practice for this competition.”

“This competition brings Moravian College national recognition, particularly because this is the second time in the past three years that we placed 1st at the Wilkes site and the fifth straight year that a Moravian team placed in the top five.” Coleman continued.  “The programming contests also benefit the students.  Prospective employers recognize that participation demonstrates team-work and problem-solving abilities.  Previous students have reported that their involvement was a contributing factor in a successful job interview,” he noted.

The 32nd annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest challenges teams of three college/university students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline.  Ninety successful teams will advance to the World Finals in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada. IBM’s sponsorship has fueled the growth of the contest to include tens of thousands of students. Since the IBM sponsorship began in 1997, the number of teams participating has increased by a factor of seven and a half.  For more information on previous contests, problem sets and last year’s final standings, please visit http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/.

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.