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Moravian Students to Compete at International Collegiate Computer Programming Contest

Bethlehem, Pa., November 10, 2004 – Six computer science majors will represent Moravian College in the regional contest of the 29th annual Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on November 13, 1:00 p.m., at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

The contest will require participants to solve six to eight programming problems in five hours. Competitors will be tested on their knowledge, creativity, and teamwork. The team that completes the most problems in the least amount of time will go on to the World Finals, which will take place April 3-7 in Shanghai, China.

The contest, sponsored by IBM, is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious of its kind. An estimated 3,000 teams from 70 countries around the world will compete through regional contests to be one of the 75 teams to make it to the World Finals.

Awards for winners will include scholarships, prizes, and bragging rights, since creators of the challenges claim them to be so complex that solving them is the equivalent of completing an entire semester of a computer science class.

Moravian College will send two teams to represent them at the regional contest at Wilkes University. One team will consist of students Tyler Worman ’07, Allentown, Pa.; Mark Keshel ’05, Bethlehem Pa.; and Wesley Moser ’08, Boyertown, Pa. The other team will include students John Seligman ’05, Bethlehem, Pa.; Robert Koepplinger ’06, Easton, Pa.; and Jeff Feist ’06, Bethlehem, Pa. Dr. Benjamin Coleman, assistant professor of computer science, will accompany the teams as their coach.

For more information on the contest, please see the ACM website at http://www.acm.org/contest.

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.