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Open Source Projects and Multi-Player Games Featured in Two Conference Papers by CT Faculty


Mihaela Sabin and Michael Jonas in the Computing Technology Program at UNH Manchester recently had their academic papers approved for presentation at the 18h Annual Northeast region Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference (CCSC-NE 2013), hosted April 12-13 at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Sabin authored, in collaboration with Allen Tucker of Bowdoin College and Bonnie MacKellar of St. John’s University, a paper titled “Scaling a Framework for Client-Driven Open Source Software Projects: A Report from Three Schools.” In it, the authors document the experiences of growing real world, student-oriented and client-driven humanitarian open source projects at UNH Manchester, Bowdoin College, and St. John’s University. Sabin’s presentation will detail the three schools’ implementations of these projects as well as ways humanitarian open source development can be adapted and enhanced to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Jonas’ paper is titled “Teaching Introductory Programming using Multiplayer Board Game Strategies in Greenfoot.” His presentation will be about a fun and engaging way to instruct introductory programming using the interactive Greenfoot Java development environment and the multiplayer-based Quoridor board game engine. He will describe how students, using the board game, begin the semester by learning fundamental programming, progress to partner-based scenario building where they implement strategy and further develop their skills, and then, finally, to the semester end, where students engage in a head-to-head competition he calls the Battle Royale.

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CT Students Succeed In Northeastern Regional Programming Contest

From left to right: Tommy McCarthy, Scott Adie, Michael Jonas, James Bartoldus, Mihaela Sabin, Victor Smith

Last spring, four CT students traveled to Hamden, Connecticut to participate in the CCSCNE-2012 Computer Programming Contest at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference – Northeastern Region.

CIS majors Scott Adie and Tom McCarthy and EET/CT majors James Bartoldus and Victor Smith formed one of the competing groups. Contestants were given three hours to solve a set of problems, which could be completed in any order. When a group agreed upon a solution, they were able to submit their answer using specialized software, and the judge’s decisions for individual problems were communicated back to the contestants in the same way.

UNH Manchester placed 11th out of 27 teams from predominately Computer Science oriented programs. This was the first time that UNH Manchester had participated in the competition, and the contestants were happy to represent their school and participate in what proved to be a great learning experience.  McCarthy commented, “All in all, it was a great experience, socially and academically. It was an interesting exposure to the educational community, and the programming contest was extremely challenging, but also exciting because of the three of us working together to solve the problems.”

If interested in participating in the next programming contest in April 2013, contact Mihaela Sabin or Michael Jonas.

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Student Creates Database Solution for the YWCA

Source: UNH Manchester News

The YWCA had a problem. And it turns out the solution will help dozens of UNH Manchester students learn new skills and has kick-started at least one young man’s career in software development.

David Meehan is a B.S. Computer Information Systems junior at UNH Manchester. This summer, he helped perfect a project started by students in the computing technology program and aimed at helping the YWCA in Manchester process donations coming into the non-profit. Meehan, by winning the 2012 John G. Winant Fellowship awarded by UNH’s Carsey Institute, was able to take a summer internship at the YWCA Manchester where he is implementing the project.

“There’s a lot of stuff that you experience in the course, that when you do it for real is really different,” said Meehan. “It actually means a lot. …Software development is something that I am interested in pursuing as a career, so to have this first-hand experience with it is absolutely terrific.”

Computer Information Systems as a degree program encompasses all aspects of computing technology with the goal of putting students to work with companies and organizations in the community to solve real-world problems while at the same time learning computer skills.

“Our courses are project-based,” said Computing Technology Coordinator and Associate Professor Mihaela Sabin. “To make the learning experience relevant, we are interested in real world projects with real stakeholders, clients, and end users.”

The key curricular components of the B.S. CIS program include programming, networking, human-computer interaction, databases, web systems, and IT fundamentals. Outside of the classroom, Sabin has fostered ties to local business and industry, including start-ups, non-profits, and government agencies. These partnerships translate into hands-on, practical and authentic experiences through course projects, internships, independent study projects, and undergraduate research fellowships and scholarships…

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CIS Program Announces New Award


Source: UNH Manchester News

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program at UNH Manchester gave its first “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award in May 2012. Bethany Ross, a freshman in the program, was presented with the award for her academic excellence. Ross is a resident of Derry and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy.

Professor Mihaela Sabin presented the award and said, “This year’s recipient possesses the unique combination of sound and highly competitive technical skills with the softest, warmest, and most inclusive ‘people’ skills. Excellence in the IT profession is achieved only if an IT solution, no matter how smart and sophisticated, is the solution that real people, not abstract end-users, need and happily use. Bethany Ross is the IT professional who makes IT users, managers, and peers happy!”

Ross’ professional experience included a summer-long project for the NH High Tech Council, a year of system administration work in college’s CIS lab, and 150 hours of internship at the Greater Manchester Professional Development Center. Bethany’s internship work was critical to a successful rollout of Google Apps for education in four Manchester school districts.

The “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence. The award was named in honor of Professor Karla Vogel who created the CIS major eight years ago, advised over 150 students and set the bar high for the CIS graduates. Sabin said, “To honor Professor Karla Vogel’s exceptional contribution to the College and the very existence of a successful academic degree program, the program’s award is being named after her and from now on reads “Karla Vogel Excellence Award in CIS”. Vogel retired in January 2012 after 26 years of teaching at UNH Manchester.

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Honors Convocation Awards

unhm-honors-convocationStudents in the BS CIS, BS EET/CT, Accelerated MS IT, and CIS minor have been recognized at the UNH Manchester 2012 Honors Convocation as Presidential scholars, University scholars, and recipients of awards for achievement in the major, writing across curriculum, and the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. Our Flickr photos show smiles from KC, Jackie, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Kristin, Mike, Karla, and Mihaela

Presidential Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.7 or higher GPA)

  • Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Jacqueline Tims (BS Biological Sciences and Accelerated MS IT)
  • Matthew Vartanian (BS CIS)
  • Kristin Tajeda (BA Business, CIS minor)

University Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.2 to 3.69 GPA)

  • Jennifer Brand
  • Scott Callahan
  • John Grossmith
  • Jeff Knight
  • Bethany Ross
  • Mike Tierney
  • Mike Williams

Karla Vogel Award of Excellence in CIS
Recognizes the undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence.

  • Bethany Ross (BS CIS)

Writing Across Curriculum Award

  • Matthew Vartanian

Undergraduate Research Conference

  • Engineering Technology Award: Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Poster Presentation Honorable Mention: John Maddaus (BS CIS)

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Student Named 2012 John G. Winant Fellow

Source: UNH Manchester News

David MeehanDavid Meehan, a sophomore in the computer information systems program, was named a 2012 John G. Winant Fellow by UNH’s Carsey Institute in May 2012. The fellowship is in support of his summer internship with the YWCA New Hampshire. The internship project will complete the implementation of a web application with a database backend to provide donation management services to YWCA staff.

The Carsey Institute received 35 applicants for this extremely competitive fellowship. Meehan was one of three students who received the award.

The Winant fellowship program was established at the University of New Hampshire in 1982 in memory of the late New Hampshire governor John G. Winant to encourage the professional development of undergraduates with a strong commitment to public service.

The fellowship pays a stipend for a summer internship with a New Hampshire nonprofit organization or government agency, recognizing exceptional students with an interest in the nonprofit and public sectors and providing valuable work experience in the field of public service.

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Student Employee of the Year

Chris Reekie, right, is a senior in the computer information systems program and works in the Computing Technology Department.

Source: UNH Manchester News

Kristen Tejada was named UNH Manchester’s 2012 Student Employee of the Year at a reception on the college’s campus in April.

Tejada works in the UNH Manchester Center for Academic Enrichment, Academic Counseling Office, and the First Year Experience Office. Chosen from a pool of exceptionally motivated and competent student workers, Tejada was selected based on the unique contributions she’s made in each department. One of Tejada’s nominators wrote, “Not only does she perform her duties with excellence, she goes above and beyond even our highest expectations. Moreover, she does so while achieving her own exceptional scholastic success, participating in extra-curricular activities, and serving as a role model for all students.” Tejada is a business major and graduates in December 2012.

Other student nominees included Ryan Pitts and Chris Reekie. Pitts is a junior in the business program and works in the First Year Experience Office. Reekie is a senior in the computer information systems program and works in the Computing Technology Department.

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Computing Technology Faculty in the Community

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester faculty, staff, and students support the city of Manchester and the region through their research, community service, and scholarly engagement. Many are active participants in their fields at the regional, national, and international levels. They keep programs and courses current with their ongoing research and service.

Mihaela Sabin, associate professor and coordinator of the Computing Technology program, co-presented at the annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Lansing, MI in October. Her session was titled, “Defining a 21st Century Community-Engaged Research University”. This session explored the decade-long institutional change process that UNH undertook to move the University from a public service, one-way approach to its public, more two-way, mutually beneficial, collaborative approach which now characterizes its institutional culture, scholarship and partnerships. Professor Sabin teaches undergraduate courses in programming, object-oriented design, databases, and web development.

Sabin participated in the Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (SIGITE) Conference in October, held at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. She presented a paper entitled, “Free and Open Source Software Development of IT Systems,” and served on the panel: “Free and Open Source Software in Computing Education” with two colleagues from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.

In December she will offer the workshop “Computational Thinking with Games and Simulations using Greenfoot” at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester at the Radisson Hotel and Expo Center of New Hampshire. The workshop is aimed at middle- and high-school teachers of introductory programming. Professor Sabin teaches undergraduate courses in programming, object-oriented design, databases, and web development.

For a full list of recent achievements and contributions by faculty, staff, student,s and alumni from UNH Manchester, continue reading…

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UNH Manchester Receives Federal Grant to Address Our Innovation Future

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester received a $599,821 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the UNH Manchester Scholars in Science and Technology Program.

The program joins the state-wide efforts to encourage more students to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs and professional fields. “UNH Manchester students share a large diversity of academic preparedness, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds,” says Mihaela Sabin, associate professor of computer information systems and principal investigator of the grant. “A majority of our students have financial need (67%), almost all of those studying full time have jobs, and may raise families. To address these unavoidable constraints on their education experience, the UNH Manchester Scholarships in Science and Technology program creates learning opportunities whose key features are inclusiveness, interdisciplinary, mentorship, and community engagement.

The program provides scholarship and academic support for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, computer information systems, and engineering technology in the Division of Science and Technology at UNH Manchester. Starting in fall 2010, the five-year grant program will award 112 annual scholarships to eligible candidates who have demonstrated financial need. First consideration is given to students from under-represented groups in STEM disciplines. The awards are renewable annually until the recipient graduates.

Student scholars at the same class level co-register in one course every semester. These courses will enable students to achieve competencies for problem-solving; time and project management; understanding and application of research methods; peer-led teamwork; effective communication with peers, faculty, and external audiences; peer tutoring and mentorship; understanding of social identity; and cultivating respect across cultures. Margaret Pobywajlo, Director of the Center for Academic Enrichment explains, “The cohort classes will facilitate the development of learning communities which research shows are important to student commitment, satisfaction with the collegiate experience, academic performance, and retention.

The program is a concerted effort built on the expertise and successful practices across the participating academic programs and many other units and programs on the UNH Manchester campus. This includes the offices of admissions, financial aid, and student advising; support structures and services offered by the Center for Academic Enrichment, College Transition Program and College Transition Program for ESOL Students; and First Year Experience, internship, and community outreach scholarship programs. The grant’s senior personnel include the co-PIs Dr. Margaret Pobywajlo, director of the Center for Academic Enrichment, Dr. Sarah Prescott Kenick, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Ruth Varner, research associate professor in the Complex Systems Research Center, Institute for Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and jointly appointed in the Department of Earth Sciences, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

To learn more about the program, contact Professor Mihaela Sabin at

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Student Summer Research in Computing

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester students Daniel Pepin of Manchester, NH, and Rebecca Lee of Merrimack, NH have been awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships by the University of New Hampshire.

Pepin, a student in the computer information systems program, received a $3,500 fellowship for his research on OpenITware Platform Architecture to Support Learning and Outreach in the CIS Program at UNH Manchester. Lee, a student in the communication arts program with a minor in computer information systems, received a $1,000 award for her research on Enabling Technology Transfer from the Computer Information Systems Classroom to the Manchester Community.

UNH’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports students with their research and creative projects by funding Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs). Whether through taking a research-intensive course, working in one of the University’s many centers or institutes, or teaming up with a favorite professor to pursue a mutual academic interest, the opportunities to become involved in research are abound for students of all majors.

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