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Steve Cambron, Dawson Wainwright, Stephen Thompson and Daniel Curiel won firsts.
CIS teams earn top honors at AITP
NSU continues championship tradition
Leah Jackson

NATCHITOCHES – Two teams from Northwestern State University’s Computer Information Systems program won national titles in their division at the 17th annual Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference.

The Systems Analysis and Design team of Steven Cambron of Simpson and Dawson Wainwright of Lake Arthur won their division, as did the Enterprise Server COBOL team of Stephen Thompson of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Daniel Curiel of Leesville.

Honorable mentions went to Curiel and Demarius Davis of Natchez for Systems Analysis and Design; Greg Cruise of Marrero and Matt Foshee of Natchitoches for Visual Studio.Net, and Victoria Brown of Houma and Sesley Meshell of Many for Microsoft Office Solutions.

Fourteen Northwestern State students participated in the conference, along with NSU-AITP advisors Barbara Russell and Dr. Jack Russell. More than 500 students from universities around the country competed in the AITP National Collegiate Conference, including Purdue, Brigham Young, Ole Miss, Texas State, University of Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Southern Indiana, UT-San Antonio, University of Alaska and others.

“There were 71 teams in each of these categories and we are proud of these awards and the students who won them,” said Dr. Russell, CIS program coordinator. The first place wins were the 13th for Northwestern State in 12 years, he added.

“We had fun,” Cambron said. “We competed hard and we’re going to win again next year.”

The teams spent several hours per week for the last two months practicing outside of class for the competition.

The Systems Analysis and Design teams were required to find the best solution for a business model using Unified Modeling Language (UML).

The COBOL team created a program in which a company could read and print a report. COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language) is used in business, finance and administrative systems for companies and governments.

“Once again, Northwestern State has shown what an outstanding program we have in Computer Information Systems,” said Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. “Our history of success at AITP raises prospective employers’ awareness about the quality of our program and opens up opportunities for our students as they transition into their professional careers.”