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Computer Science Team Wins Collegiate Programming Contest for Second Year

Bethlehem, Pa. November 4, 2005—For the second year in a row, Moravian College took first place at the Consortium for Computer Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Eastern Conference Student Programming Contest.

The contest required students to solve up to six programming problems within a given time period. The team that solved the most problems correctly in the allotted time and with a minimum of “penalty points” won the contest. All solutions had to be written in either C++ or Java, and were restricted by an execution time limit.

Moravian’s team had solved five of the six problems, two more than the second place team, when time ran out. Moravian’s winning team was comprised of senior computer science majors Jeff Feist and Mark Keshel of Bethlehem, and Robert Koepplinger of Easton. Last year, Feist and Koepplinger were part of a winning team with John Seligman ’05, Bethlehem. It was the first time that Moravian sent a team to the competition.

Additionally a team of Tim Mills ’09, Lafayette, NJ; Wes Moser ’08, Boyertown; and Tyler Worman ’07, Allentown, finished fourth out of the thirteen participating teams. They beat out teams from James Madison University, SUNY Brockport, and Adelphi University.

This year’s competition took place at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Bard College and Ramapo College won second and third place, respectively.

The contest was similar to a larger, annual event run by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), which will be held in November at Wilkes University. Three Moravian teams will be participating. Last year, two Moravian teams competed and brought home the second and sixth place awards despite facing competition from computer science powerhouses Wilkes University and Swarthmore College.

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.