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The Debugger, Spring 2004

In This Issue

From the Chair: Jim Wolfe

Carol’s Corner: Carol Miller

News from Tompkins Lab: Joseph Shyrock

Looking for Alumni in Information Assurance and Software Engineering: Rose Shumba

Course Awards: Jim Wolfe

Barry Day Outstanding Computer Science Student Award

Howard E. Tompkins Scholarship

PACISE Report

Century Club

EDITOR’S NOTES 

The picture on the front was taken in Phillipsburg, on the island of St. Martin. Mostly, it was taken to capture the sign at the kiosk selling drinks. I figured that you could appreciate the message whether or not I made a caption for it. Then, this morning, I thought of how the image could be put in a Computer Science context and, perhaps, get a second joke out of it. You will have to be the judge.

We have the usual entries in this issue: A little report from me about our faculty search and what we have been trying to do to enhance admissions; Carol's update on what the alumni are doing; and Joe's description of what is happening in the labs. Carol's Corner is a particularly large article this time - apparently, more of you are writing to her or calling her.  There is an article from Rose Shumba, one of our newer faculty. She is asking for your help for the Software Engineering class and the Cybersecurity class. Rose has been working in these two areas since joining us.

There is also a substantial article about awards. For some of you, this may be the first you are learning about the course awards. For some, you may discover your name among those who have received these awards. And, for the rest, you can see a little of the recognition given to some of your classmates. In addition to the course awards, there are brief reports on the Barry Day Award and the Howard E. Tompkins Scholarship to keep you up to date on these student benefits. The Tompkins Scholarship is something we have addressed before; but this is the first mention of the Barry Day Outstanding Computer Science Student Award, even though it has been in place for several years.

The last note is about an IUP programming team winning the PACISE contest, now for the sixth year in a row. This year's victory was particularly impressive because of the margin involved.

Jim Wolfe, Editor

From the Chair 

Jim Wolfe

The Spring semester has gone by very quickly. It is nearly at an end; and it seems like only yesterday it was just starting.

It was a busy semester for me, not as bad as last Fall but busy none the less. I did manage to take off for Spring break. My wife and I went to St. Maartin for a week; we went snorkeling, hiking, visiting historic spots, and shopping. I took a bunch of pictures, one of which is on the cover. We brought back a selection of souvenirs, some purchased, some acquired (sunburns), and some unintentional (scrapes, scratches, and embedded sea urchin spikes).

A substantial chunk of my time this semester has been devoted to doing a faculty search. We were looking to hire a faculty member to fill John Cross' position. With the way the economy has been the past couple of years, I was expecting to get a substantial number of applicants. Nevertheless, I was surprised when that substantial number turned out to be 70. It took the search committee and I a very long time to evaluate that many credentials. This was followed by other deliberations, telephone interviews, and in-person interviews. In the end, we decided to hire David Smith to fill the position. He has been working for the department as a temporary faculty member for the past year. He is also an IUP alumnus. I will get him to write a self-introductory article for the next issue.

In the Fall, I said I would tell you what we are doing to try to increase the number of Computer Science students. After a lot of trying, I managed to get the Admissions Office to send me the names and addresses of prospective Computer Science students who contact that office. Some of these contacts are made through the Internet and some through inquiry phone calls; but most are the result of personal contact made with an Admissions Office representative who visits high schools and talks to students. Once we have their addresses, we send the student a letter telling them a little about the department and our programs and offering additional information.

The Admissions Office has suggested that calling the students might be used instead of sending letters. However, based on some past attempts to call prospective students and the tendency today of regarding unsolicited phone calls as an annoyance, we decided to use the letter-writing approach. Actually, Admissions has been fairly insistent that all departments on campus should be involved in calling prospective students with high SAT scores to encourage them to make a commitment to IUP by paying an admission deposit. I do not see how we can do this without seeming to be crass or desperate or meddling, even if we are as tactful as possible. Consequently, we are staying with the written approach, at least for now.

Carol’s Corner

Carol Miller

Happy Spring!! We'll be so glad to get some sun and warmth in Indiana after the winter we've had. Of course, I realize it's been bad everywhere, so I know we're all looking forward to some sun. We're getting ready for graduation around here. It seems to come earlier every year - right after Spring Break. In spite of the weather, everyone seemed to have had a nice Spring Break. Well, I worked over Spring Break, so I can't say it was that nice; but I did take off the following week and spent time in LA. And, with that in mind .... I have a couple things I need to comment on or maybe I should say I have a couple people I need to comment to. First to Nancy McLees (5/97) - I was in Sylmar and Valencia and up by Magic Mountain (not sure exactly where but we were at the Talbots at the mall - loved the clock!) and if I'd known I was going to be there, I would have called and made arrangements to meet for coffee or ice cream, but it was kind of a last minute trip and I didn't know. So I apologize. You are still living there, right?

Second, I want to hear from Mark Vescovi (12/94) cause I'd swear I saw you having lunch in Beverly Hills. Was that you, Mark, with a small boy!! (And, flirting with a much older, but very attractive, lady.)

As usual, I got so many Christmas cards from you (for which I thank you) and which I'll share. Got the annual picture from Mark (5/85) and Bev (Greene) Landry (5/85) and Justin and Ryan; and, as you all know by now, I always have to say how much Justin looks like his mother!!! I say it again! Always great to hear from you two and see the pictures. This year, they had a picture of the four of them, as well as one of the boys; and, let me tell you, Bev and Mark look the same as the did as students. You go, guys!! As close as you live, I'd think you'd want to drive down for Homecoming some year???

I got a very interesting card from Jason (12/91) and Jennifer Livingston with a picture of Emma and Sean. Those kids look just like each other!! But, it was signed in an interesting way - it said "Jason, Jennifer, Emma, Sean & Baby". Now what do you suppose that means????? Well, actually, I did find out what it means - from a totally different source - Pamm Gindlesperger sent me an e-mail; and one of things she told me (you can read more of what she told me later on) was that one of our alumni had a surprise; but she wasn't going to tell me who or what but that when I heard it I'd know exactly who she meant. Well, I didn't know immediately, but all of a sudden it hit me. So, Jason & Jennifer, congratulations and keep me posted!!!

Peggy Mogush (12/83) is still kicking around in Edinboro and is taking a cartography course in the Spring and then she's planning on doing a lot of orienteering.

Also had a card from Kari (Robson) Behune (5/98) and Greg. And, I ran into Kari and her mother in WalMart one day. Kari looks just the same as when she graduated (and that means "great")!! Kari, you'll have to update me on the job and pets!

Yiming Sun (5/01) is now living in the state of Indiana. He's a full time graduate student at Indiana University. Guess you like Indiana, right Yiming??? Great hearing from you, thanks for the card and let us know how it's going.

I had a card from Chris Clair (12/94). He's living in West Chester; but Chris, you didn't give me an update. Send me an e-mail!

Got the neatest Christmas letter from Jane (Cunningham) Harnagy (5/87). It's sort of a collage of the kids and a map showing Ocean Shores where Bob took a new job with Rayonier which is a lumber company in Hoquiam; he handles the finances for Rayonier's Pacific Northwest. Jane is the managing partner of Harnagy and Company and is therefore staying home but can be found at the beach, dance, tumbling, swimming or any number of other activities with the kids. Ocean Shores is a quaint shore town 100 miles from Seattle and thirty miles from the nearest WalMart. There are 3500 full time residents but each year it sees nearly 4 million tourists. Olivia is in preschool and is taking swimming and dance classes and Jane says she's a bit of a drama queen; Reagan is in tumbling class; Isabel is in the same tumbling class but prefers to swing from the bars. But, all are happy and growing. It's always great to hear from you, Jane, and to see pictures. I hear you're going to be in the neighborhood in the next couple weeks! Stop if you get a chance.

Had a card from Valerie Bonito (12/93) and Roger Hughes (12/93). They are both in good health and so are the pets.

Mike Gutzat (5/87) and Mary sent a nice Christmas newsletter. They've had several mini vacations to Ohio and New York. Ryan made his First Holy Communion and continues to enjoy soccer and tennis. He's in fourth grade and has taken up the clarinet and Webelos and has a green belt in Tang Soo Do and placed third in his first tournament. Rachel became a Girl Scout and is also playing soccer and likes having her dad as coach. She and Ryan spent the summer at tennis camp; and she earned her orange belt in Tang Soo Do and competed in her first tournament. Zachary is four and spends his time running after his siblings. He loves mazes and just started soccer in the fall and just started Tang Soo Do. Mike recently accepted a position as a Technology Assistant for a private high school in the Delaware area bringing his long months of serious job hunting to a close. Congratulations, Mike. I hope the job goes well. You'll have to update me on what exactly you're doing there.

Had a card and e-mail from Pamm Gindlesperger (12/94). The rest of her news is that she has been working out at the gym with a trainer and is getting stronger and stronger. She's doing well and still working for FedEx. Pamm's birthday is coming up; and some of you may remember that she always does something crazy for her birthday; so I'm real curious about what she has in mind for this year. She's in the process of designing tattoos though; two are in the works. Maybe she'll have a tattoo by this time next year. She spent the week before Christmas with her sister and brother-in-law since they both had to work the week of Christmas and then she spent Christmas with her parents. She also gave me the rundown on Vickie (Pearce) (12/94) and Jeremy Ringhoff's wedding. Pamm was a member of the wedding party and, as Pamm says it best, "The Bobbsey twins are still together after nine years". (For those of you who weren't around with Pamm and Vickie, everyone called them the Bobbsey Twins because they were always together.) She said the wedding was really nice!! They got married at Grace United Methodist Church here in Indiana; and the reception was at Indiana Country Club. They went to Costa Rica for their honeymoon while Pamm was home freezing and recuperating from bronchitis. Thanks for the info on the wedding, Pamm, and ALL the other info, too; let me know how the birthday went.

Vickie (Pearce) Ringhoff (12/94) sent me a card with a picture of Brewski (the pup) wearing antlers (and he looks really embarrassed, Vickie). But, he IS adorable. SHE didn't tell me a thing about the wedding. Now wouldn't you have thought she would??? Good thing we have Pamm. I even missed the wedding announcement in the Gazette.

Janie (Pike) (5/92) and Ron Kustaborder sent a card with a picture of Amber, Heather and Ryan. Those kids are just so cute. I also got pictures of the newest addition to Janie's family. His name is Tanner and he's a beautiful little bunny. At the time of the pictures, he was 6 1/2 weeks old; and Janie said, so far, he's adjusted very well. The kids like to watch him roam around; and Amber will spend gobs of time sitting, petting, and singing to him. Ryan is more nonchalant about it - watches, then goes and plays, comes back to check on how Tanner is doing, then off again; while Heather prefers to watch from the chair, but says that she is getting used to him. Amber also recently e-mailed a song to me. She's really good! Thank you, Amber! It's past time for a Janie/Lisa/Carol reunion, so Janie, keep in touch. When the weather gets warm, maybe I'll take a drive up that way.

James Kelly (12/03) sent me an e-mail to let me know he had landed a job with Management Science Associates in Pittsburgh where he did his internship. He's working as an Oracle Database Administrator and started on February 16. Congratulations, James, keep me posted on how things are going.

Mike Rozdilski (12/84) dropped in one day in January. Mike's now working as a Senior Software Architect for MobilVox in Reston VA; but they are looking to expand into the Indiana area on a small scale and thinks they may just need an intern or two when that happens. Hopefully, we'll be staying in touch, Mike!!! It was great seeing you.

Dave Hadley (8/02) is working for Misys Healthcare Systems in Pittsburgh as a COBOL/Informix database programmer. He converts clinical databases and flat ASCII files (patient listings, doctor listings, etc) into Indexed or Informix databases using COBOL or SQL, depending on what software they purchased. Dave's big news is he got married in June to Jayme Jablonski. Jayme graduated from IUP the same time as Dave but in Early Childhood Education. Congratulations on your marriage, Dave, and please let us know how things are going.

You'll all be surprised to learn that I actually kind of scared Frank Miller (5/85) by telling him if he didn't give me an update, I'd make something up. Well, I got an update. Frank has had an interesting career (so far). After graduation, he was not able to find a job in the field so he took a job as an Operations Manager for the former Hills Department Stores. He said it was a fun job but he was always on the move. For instance, one year he actually had to file three different state income tax returns. His last transfer took him to Mansfield, Ohio; he liked the area and has never left. After the fall of Hills, he took a position as an instructor at North Central Technical College and discovered he really enjoyed teaching. He took his approach to teaching programming from a man he admires deeply, Howard Tompkins. The class Frank taught, Pascal, was the student's first course; and Frank was pleased that the person who taught C (the next class for students after the Pascal course) could tell which students took Frank's course because they were the ones not having any trouble with a new language. In May of 92, he received his MBA from Ashland University. After several years at NCTC, a position at Ohio State as System Developer/Engineer became available; he jumped at the opportunity and has now been at Ohio State University for eight years. The OSU-Mansfield regional campus is one of the larger regionals with over 600 acres of ground; they maintain over 700 computers at that campus so he's never bored (he says with a chuckle).

Frank's responsibilities are very diverse - depending on the hour, he could be wearing a different hat. The first hat takes advantage of his MBA, working with budgeting and reports for the campus. Using his experience as an Operations Manager, his second hat has him responsible for equipment inventory which entails maintaining the database of all capital assets spread over 600 acres and on the Main Campus in Columbus. Frank says it's fun and now that it's under control, it's easy to maintain. His third hat has him designing and maintaining the campus network which is now state of the art even if it wasn't pretty when he got there. All computers on campus have switched to 100MB connection and the backbone is fiber optic running at 1 GB. They use primarily TCP/IP as their communication protocol. The Student Union and Cafeteria have wireless capabilities and they even supply Internet connections to the campus housing with two bonded T1 lines supplying the Internet and which are now maxed and they are currently installing a DS3 line. His fourth hat deals with instructional design. He has put in over fifteen multimedia classrooms which have a main podium that houses a computer, VCR, DVD, and a document camera and are tied into a ceiling mount projector system.

And, now, Frank is about to embark on his fifth hat - he is working with the main campus to offer a minor in Computer Science. Frank is excited about that project since he'll be able to get involved with his first love of teaching and also get to run an entire program. Their goal is to be up and running for Fall 2004. So, even with all the hats Frank has to wear, he really enjoys his job since every day is different and offers new challenges. He never knows what will be waiting when he walks in the door in the morning; and he does put in some very long hours. As Frank says, is it any surprise that he's not married? (grin) But, he hasn't necessarily given up on the idea and may even try the weird thing called vacation cause he hears they're a lot of fun. (Hey Frank, why not combine the two and call it a Honeymoon???) Wow!!! Frank, I sure am glad I didn't have to make something up cause you have a really interesting story to tell. Thanks so much for updating us. Also, if anyone would like to contact Frank, his e-mail address is miller.2027@osu.edu. Frank would love to hear from anyone out there he went to school with.

Sarah Markel (8/02) is still working for Northrop Grumman TASC in Northern VA (where she did her internship) doing a lot of cool fun stuff. She's been on the same project for a little over a year now with the same "boss". She says he's a great boss; and she's learned so much since graduating and going back there to work. She's able to keep up with the best of them and has been able to survive some heavy duty projects that have been dropped on her. They're integrating a lot of products together in a web application; trying to make them talk to one another has been another challenge. But they were able to pull it off and the customer gave them a follow-up contract. Sarah's thinking about applying to grad school - mainly George Mason University for a Masters in Software Engineering and has already taken a pre-req course there. She's also thinking about a move in the future - maybe back to PA - if she can find a company where she can keep her security clearances. Thanks for the update, Sarah, it was nice hearing from you.

Wendy (Liskey) McIntire (5/94) sent me a picture of her girls; and I was surprised to find there are now three girls - not two. Lauren Elizabeth was born on July 21st at 4:37 am. She was 7 lbs. 12.6 oz. and 20 inches. Wendy said it was kind of a hectic time because Ashley was scheduled to leave for a two-week trip to Europe on the 23rd; and Wendy had to get released from the hospital early to get her packed and see her off on the trip. Ashley is 12 now and as pre-teen as they come. She's a pretty good athlete and a great oboe player, although she balks at practicing either. Jennifer is three and is such a sweetie-pie! Wendy says she's a bit spoiled (bet that's just mother talking!), but in general is well behaved and polite and adores being a big sister. Wendy is still working only two hours a day doing after-school care at her church's child care center. And Bill's still teaching. Wendy said all in all, they're just the typical white bread American family (just with THREE girls!) And they're dreading the weddings. Thanks so much for writing, Wendy; it was great to hear from you and see the girls.

Brad Peiffer (12/85) was recognized in the January 5, 2004 Computerworld publication as one of the Computerworld Premiere 100 IT Leaders for 2004. Congratulations Brad, this is a great honor for you covering your entire career and achievements! Brad was looking forward to the upcoming conference in Palm Desert CA March 7-9th where his award will be presented. His wife, Bonnie (also an IUP graduate) will be joining him. Currently Brad is Group Director of Global Database Management for IMS Health.

Brian Slocum (5/03) is working as a Software Applications Programmer for Internet Order, a dot com that specializes in the research, marketing and shipment of products they sell on- and offline. Brian wrote to let us know there is a programming position opening up. Brian really enjoys working there and wanted to give us a heads up. I posted the information, Brian - I hope someone contacted you. The job description can be found at http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/jobs/ for anyone who may be interested (if the job hasn't been filled). Thanks for thinking of us, Brian. It was nice to hear from you.

Eric Smith (5/99) is living temporarily in Chester, England. He's on a temporary re-assignment to Strategic Systems Extension (SSE) Information Security UK-office. Eric has safely and happily moved into his "flat" in Chester. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and is extremely comfortable. Eric says the kitchen is phenomenal (like you're ever going to use it, right, Eric??) and the location is just as amazing. He's right in the City Centre of Chester, not far from many of the local shoppes and pubs. Chester is an ancient Roman walled city with plenty of history. You can still walk the entire perimeter of the walls surrounding the city. It is located in the North West portion of England, just outside of North Wales, and not far from the cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Eric says it's a major tourist attraction since Chester is known for its history and shopping! As for the office, they have been very busy with their project. Since he was there for two weeks in June, his transition was easy. It only took an hour to get his office squared away; and he was up and running. The plan is that he'll be there until late May/early June. He can't stay any longer than 183 days on his current work permit or his taxation status will change. Now for the exciting stuff - he's been taking driving lessons and has been out on the roads a few times already. Not only is the signage much different; but there are roundabouts everywhere and, of course, they drive on the left side of the road, so, it's really different. He's also had the opportunity to go to a Manchester United Football (Soccer) Match at Old Trafford which he describes an amazing experience - 70,000 watching a sport Europeans are extremely passionate about. But, as with everything, there is a downside - the grocery store - no Oreos, no ranch dressing and NO Captain Crunch. (Guess we know what to put in HIS care package, don't we?) Hey, Eric, hope you enjoy your stay. Keep in touch!

Jenny (Culp) Brendlinger (5/87) started a new job in January with CTC in Richland (Johnstown PA) as Software Test Lead for the TOC-3D project (Tactical Operations Console). The project is to take all the computer screens and information feeds that a battle commander has to evaluate and combine them into one. She's in charge of testing, among other things, for both the Windows and Web development projects. She interviewed with them the week before Thanksgiving and had an offer the next week. She requested a start date after the holidays so she could spend the holidays with her family. Her former supervisor at Reliant also was hired by CTC and he recommended Jenny. Congratulations, Jenny, I'm sure you're going to like it at CTC. I do know, you're in good company. So, to those who read my request in the last Debugger for a job for Jenny, she got one and thanks for thinking of her. And, Jenny, say hello to all the IUP grads over there.

Rene Morozowich (5/01) is now working for PPG as a contractor. She contacted me about position that was open through a contracting firm called RJ DePaul. They were looking for someone full time with a solid VB foundation and some .net experience. She asked me to pass the word along. I did, Rene, and I hope somebody got in touch with Kirk. If anyone out there happens to be interested (and if it's still available) the contact name and number are Kirk Kaszmerek at 412-561-0417. Thanks Rene!!! Keep in touch.

Tony Popp (12/98) also sent information on job opportunities. He received an e-mail from a recruiter in Pittsburgh looking for two to three junior and senior web developers (java, perl). He also mentioned that CTC has some positions both in Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Tony, I did pass along that information too and hope you heard from some people. Thanks for letting me know.

Dave Hritz (12/98) sent me an e-mail. He's working as a Java Architect for Nuwave Solutions in Maryland. He spends his days dictating coding standards for the company, developing/maintaining a J2EE framework, designing applications, following trends, keeping the company abreast of today's technologies. His big news is that he got married in June of last year at the Williamsburg Winery to a lovely young lady named Stephanie. (He didn't send me a picture, however.) Dave is currently applying for a security clearance and, so, is busily trying to remember the names and address of everyone he's ever met. Congratulations on your marriage, Dave, and best of luck to you on the job and the security clearance. We'll help you all we can.

Todd Campbell (5/98) is on the move again. He's still in San Diego, but he's now moving to a house with a beautiful view of the City Skyline and the Bay. Professionally things have changed for the better with Todd as well. He does say that Southern California is notoriously bad for attaining technology jobs, unless you're in Biotech. So, when he moved, his hopes were to just find a job, which he did as a contractor for the Marketing Department at Cox Communications San Diego doing web development. He works in web development, design, and database administration, as well as dabbling in Marketing creative work. Just recently, Todd moved into a permanent position as Web Applications Developer where he'll be doing the same work he does now, but under Cox as a permanent employee in the Marketing department. Todd loves his job and has never been more happy professionally, and really enjoys his Marketing co-workers who he says are the best bunch of people he's ever worked with! He's happy that he took a chance when he did and moved out West. Todd also told me that in May he'll be attending the wedding of two of his best friends from Indiana; and he's promised to stop by and say hello. We'll be counting on it! All of you from around this area will kill Todd when I tell you he said he needs to drive into the mountains and see some snow before he goes insane. Todd, we're all going insane from seeing the snow.

Sara Stroman (5/03) called one day and chatted for a bit. She's still working as a statistical programmer for IMS Health in Plymouth Meeting PA and is living in Phoenixville but is looking for another apartment and may be somewhere else by now. She then sent me an e-mail with information about a position open at IMS Health. It's an entry level position in the Information Management Department for someone who knows SQL and VB and whoever is hired would be doing programming and data manipulation. If anyone out there is interested - it is a temporary-to-hire position; and you can send resumes to Sara at IMS Health 660 W. Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, fax: 610.834.6398, e-mail: sstroman@us.imshealth.com and their web site is www.imshealth.com. Thanks Sara! You'll have to let me know what else is going on in your life one of these days.

Heard from Rob Carter (5/03). He's working on getting into grad school and, in the meantime, is working for Breadworks in Pittsburgh.

Justin Patterson (12/02) sent me an e-mail. At that time, he was working for Marsh Affinity Group in Fort Washington, PA; but he and a few others were looking at the possibility of losing their jobs at the end of March. That isn't a good thing! The others Justin is working with are Dave Searfass (5/01), Mark Rawlinson (5/01) and Augustine Opoku (12/01). Justin, let me know if you're still looking and, if anyone out there knows of some openings, let me know. Justin was maybe looking for something in the State College area.

I think I've mentioned to several of you who are looking that I haven't really gotten many leads recently and most of those I did get are for entry level people.

Jason Barto (5/01) corrected me on erroneous information I had (and was probably spreading). In the last Debugger, I said Jason was working for Aeptec in Blairsville. Actually, he works for Lockheed Martin in Blairsville. I hadn't even known Lockheed was in Blairsville. Aeptec is a division of Lockheed, so I just assumed that's where Jason was working. WRONG!!! And you know what happens when you assume!! I think I reported that Jason did some tutoring for us last semester. I didn't see him since he was here in the evenings; but I think he enjoyed it. This semester, he's working with the cyber security group on Tuesday evenings along with Dr. Oblitey. Bill Oblitey is so pleased that Jason is working with the group and the students love him. Jason has an interest in learning about the laws that are appropriate to cyber crime and also wants to learn about the hows of break ins and how to secure networks. Jason has also started a masters program in Information Systems from Drexel University and has about another 1.5 years to go.

Jason Brown (5/03) is still exploring graduate schools; and we wish him much luck in that regard.

Lisa (Dillon) (12/93) and Tony (5/92) Boslett are due congratulations on the arrival of two new puppies - one a Rat Terrier and the other a Westie; but, unfortunately, we also need to offer condolences on the loss of Nickie who was a very special little dog and the loss of Hoppy, the duck. When I get more information on the pups, I'll let everyone know. Lisa, I say to you, as I did to Janie, when the weather gets nice, I need to take a road trip up that way.

Yousuf Sattar (5/94) is considering graduate school and we wish him much success. After graduation Yousuf was hired in October of 1994 at TCI Marketing Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. While still in the probationary term set by the placement agency, he was made a supervisor of the MIS Operations Department. A year later he decided to go to the University of Texas at Arlington to work on a graduate degree but was late for fall admission and so he found a job at SaberData in Dallas as a Senior Programmer. He got married in early 1996 and they decided to pack up and go to Pakistan where in September 1996 he was hired as a founding employee at Jaalnet which turned out to be the pioneer e-Commerce site in Pakistan and where they launched Gift Dukan (Dukan means Shop in Urdu Language) which was a landmark success story all over Pakistan. It was later converted into Web Dukan as a web mall. In October 1999, he was a consultant with Future Management Consulting Limited and Director of a company named Information Technology Pakistan. Unfortunately, all these companies are now closed, but in March 2001, Yousuf, along with a couple of other industry experts, formed a company "ApplicationXS Private Limited" (AppXS). It was funded by a Venture Capital company Called TMT Venture which is now Licensed by the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) as the first Venture Capital Company ever in Pakistan. At AppXS he was the Chief Technology Officer but he also had an equity trading software product in mind; and this gave birth in his R&D Lab and is now a major money making tool for investors and Brokerage houses in Pakistan. It's called Virtual Trade Automated Management System (VTAMS) ( www.akdtrade.com, www.ecltrade.com, www.fysltrade.com - Some of these sites require that you be an investor to view.) Currently, Yousuf is a Canadian Resident and (as I said above) ready to go back to school for his Masters. We wish you much further success, Yousuf. It was great hearing how much you've accomplished and please keep in touch.

We heard from Mark Michrina (12/82). Mark is currently working for Scheetz. His wife's family lives in Indiana; so they get back fairly often; and Mark has offered his services as a speaker, etc. We'll probably take him up on that offer. Mark has a son in the boy scouts who may be interested in the area of orienteering. Hope to see you one of these days, Mark.

And, speaking of Scheetz, Milt Ferguson (5/96) stopped in not long ago to say hi and visit for a bit. Milt is extremely busy at Scheetz and is still making the drive from Coral/Graceton to Altoona every day. He had taken a day off to accompany his wife to an appointment and was on campus to pick her up (she's taking classes to finish her degree). I also got a lesson on gasoline formulas; and since I hadn't known about gasoline formulas, I found it very interesting. Thanks for the lesson, Milt! Stop in again any time you're in the area.

Jon Albinini (5/82) was the honored speaker at a colloquium in March. It was great seeing you, Jon. As a reminder, Jon is currently working at Mine Safety Appliances in Pittsburgh.

Duane Aylsworth (8/89) is still in Florida, but he's promised to stop by and see us one of these days but not until summer. He's never going to drive in snow again. I wish I could say that. But he does say it's been bad in Florida, too and to directly quote Duane, "Having to wear an extra shirt when riding the Harley isn't quite as traumatic as shoveling 3 feet of snow". Amen to that! I'd also like to point out that Duane LOVES bingo and he wishes he could play every night. (That's a joke!!!) Duane was reminiscing a bit about Howard Tompkins' retirement dinner and I want to know more about why Jeff Sell (12/87) is called Nunzio. Also, Duane, you'll have to let me know about graduate school. I'm so glad to hear from you; and I'll be seeing you this summer.

Cathy (Fleig) Gruss (5/85) may drop in for a visit one of these days. I hadn't known that her family lives in Indiana. It will be great to see her and the kids. The kids have been loving all the snow this winter and keep asking if school is closed. Cathy also let me know about a job opening for an AS400 programmer in their IT Department. I did pass the word around, Cathy. If the job hasn't been filled and if anyone is interested, contact Cathy at catgru@setonco.com 

Also heard from Steve Skripek (8/02). He's living in King of Prussia and has had a very exciting year. He spent most of last spring out in Colorado, then four months down in Maryland this past fall. Best of all, over the summer he received his first promotion and has moved on to more high level design work that is done before the software gets written. Steve was very supportive of the internships which is always a good thing to hear and which we hear from many of you; and we thank you. Steve spent his 25th birthday in Las Vegas with a few friends where he visited the wax museum. (He sent me a picture of him with John Wayne.) Steve also promises to stop in next time he's in the area.

Congratulations to Mia (Polando) Berry (5/98) on the birth of Ethan Patrick Berry on March 9, 2004 at 2:18 p.m. and weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. He was 22 1/2 inches long. If you'd like to take a look at him and say hello, he has his own website at www.babyhomepages.net /ethanberry/index.php I did have a look and he is a beautiful little boy! Mia, you will have to bring him up to visit one day so we can spoil him a bit. Again, congratulations!

So, that's all the news I have for you until summer. Keep in touch and I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation and a good summer. Tell me about it.

News from Tompkins Lab 

Joseph Shyrock

The end of the semester is near and many changes have occurred. At the beginning of this semester, the lab in 320 received all new lab machines. They are 3.2 GHz Pentium four machines with 512 MB of memory. The most noticeable change that one sees in the classroom is the flat screen monitors. This allows the students to have more desk space and is also more pleasing on the eyes.

Another new improvement to the classrooms is the replacement of the old multimedia projectors. The projector has been replaced in 320. Room 331 is next in line. Along with a new projector in 331, a document camera, a DVD, and VHS player are being installed. The multimedia upgrades are possible in part due to the new technology fee the university is using to better equip classrooms.

The cyber security lab in room 107a has had some improvements made to it allowing it to accommodate the new Cisco equipment that is going to be housed there. The lab is going to be reconfigured so that the Cisco equipment can be incorporated into the current environment allowing the students can get hands on experience with this new hardware. Some wireless access points, hubs, and routers have also been purchased to give students hands on exposure. Cisco technicians themselves are going to do a hands-on seminar in May to allow faculty and staff to get exposure to their equipment. This promises to be very exciting and informative for the faculty and support technicians in the college and university. Additionally, some of the old machines from Tompkins Lab will be moved to 107a for the LAN Design and Installation class that Dr. Oblitey will be teaching in the fall semester.

New electrical and data wiring has been completed to allow for the new equipment and to make the room more cosmetically pleasing as well. A new projector installation has been done in 107a to allow some of the classes and workshops held there to show presentations.

Over the summer break, the labs will under go some minor changes in terms of software. The university will be moving over to Microsoft Office 2003 and Visual Studio .NET 2003 for the Fall semester; these will be the biggest software upgrades.

Well that about wraps things up. I hope that you have an enjoyable summer, take care.

Looking for Alumni in Information Assurance and Software Engineering

Rose Shumba

Greetings to you all! The first and last time you heard from me was when I introduced myself in the December 2002 issue of The Debugger. I have been at IUP for nearly two years now. In the past two years, I have taught the Cybersecurity and the Software Engineering courses. I am looking for any volunteers in the information assurance and software engineering area who are willing to give talks in the spring Cybersecurity and Software Engineering classes. In addition, I am looking for volunteers to work closely with the Software Engineering Practice students as report readers for either the fall of 2004 or spring 2005. If you feel you can help or have other suggestions of possible collaborations, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Maybe a bit of background on the Cybersecurity course is needed; the Cybersecurity course has been run three times so far in the department. The main objective of the course is to introduce host security by focusing on the steps needed to harden a Linux host. Students assume the role of the system administrators and use installed security tools to defend and monitor their systems. In my first article of The Debugger, I mentioned that I had started working on possible ways of improving the teaching of the course. In the summer of 2003, I received an IUP Senate Fellowship. With the help of a student, 10 hands-on Linux lab exercises were developed. The development of these exercises involved an evaluation of available host security tools for their effectiveness in hardening a Linux host. The developed lab exercises have now been integrated into the Cybersecurity course theories and principles. A poster, based on the exercises was accepted and presented at the ACM 2004 SIGCSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) Conference in Norfolk, VA at the end of February. From the Conference presentation, many colleges with security courses are very interested in using the hands-on lab exercises for their security courses. I wish to extend this work by evaluating equivalent Windows security tools. My near future plan is that I would like to work very closely with the Criminology Department in developing a Computer Forensics course. I feel this is a very necessary course for IUP.

I look forward to hearing from any of you who are interested in some kind of collaboration.

Send e-mail to shumba@iup.edu 

Course Awards 

Jim Wolfe

In 1996, Gary Buterbaugh began soliciting local companies to become involved in a program to recognize students who are the best in a course for a particular semester. The program's first sponsors were PPG for the CO 441 (Data Base Management) course and HRB Singer for the CO 319 (Software Engineering) course. However, the program has grown over the years; now we have course awards in nearly all core courses. Being the best in a course for a semester causes the student's name to be placed on a plaque outside the department office and the student to be given a small monetary award, $25.

Because the program began in 1996, many of the older alumni may not be aware of the course awards program. Even current students often do not take note of what the plaques represent, although they see them frequently. So, to give a little recognition to some students who have deserved it over the past few years, we are including a complete list of award recipients for each award since its inception. (Note: there are a couple gaps; I think they are caused by not collecting the information during a particular semester.) The listings shows the newest recipients (for Fall 2003); they will get their awards in another week or so.

COSC 105 Fundamentals of Computer Science Sponsored by ARMCO

Fall 1998: Michael Liggett
Spring 1999: Kevin Imbrogno
Fall 1999: Matthew Barrick
Spring 2000: Russell Wiest
Fall 2000: Adam Steigert
Spring 2001: Melanie Lewis
Fall 2001: Yaman Roumani
Spring 2002: Todd Orange
Fall 2002: Jason McCarty
Spring 2003: Thomas Steckmeyer
Fall 2003: Jenna Lutton

COSC 110 Problem Solving and Structured Programming Sponsored by North American Communications

Spring 1998: Brian Gaston
Fall 1998: Pablo Viedma
Spring 1999: Erik Beard
Fall 1999: Andrew Grasmeder
Spring 2000: Derek Fairman
Fall 2000: Andrew Williams
Spring 2001: Michael Rhoades
Fall 2001: Brandon Minich
Spring 2002: Timothy Foley
Fall 2002: Brian Humphreys
Spring 2003: Matthew Selnekovic
Fall 2003: Michael McFail

COSC 220 Applied Computer Programming Sponsored by Freda

Spring 2001: Sara Stroman
Fall 2001: Sabrina Alam
Spring 2002: Shakib Rahman
Fall 2002: Jesse Newcomer
Spring 2003: Daniel Sterrett
Fall 2003: Amanda Schiel

COSC 300 Assembly Language Programming Sponsored by Merck

Spring 2002: Derek Fairman
Fall 2002: Matthew Lang
Spring 2003: Joseph Molnar
Fall 2003: David Pazzaglia

COSC 310 Data Structures and Algorithms Sponsored by Merck

Fall 2002: Luke Stormer
Spring 2003: Joseph Molnar
Fall 2003: Edmund Gore

COSC 315 Large File Organization and Access Sponsored by McNeil Consumer Products

Spring 1999: Yiming Sun
Fall 1999: Samuel Benedict
Spring 2000: Matthew Barrick
Fall 2000: Dennis Rowlands
Spring 2001: Derek Fairman
Fall 2001: Gregory Holtz
Spring 2002: Andrew Williams
Fall 2002: Shakib Rahman

We stopped teaching COSC 315 in Fall 2002.

COSC 319 Software Engineering Concepts Sponsored by Raytheon, previously HRB Singer

Fall 1996: Kari Robson
Spring 1997: Timothy Ferro
Fall 1997: Susan Brumbaugh
Spring 1998: Kathy Scott
Fall 1998: Michael Sprankle
Spring 1999: Ricky Wells
Fall 1999: Yiming Sun
Fall 2000: Kevin Imbrogno
Spring 2001: Daniel Douglas
Fall 2001: Matthew Barrick
Spring 2002: Sara Stroman
Fall 2002: Shakib Rahman
Spring 2003: Darynn Flango
Fall 2003: Brian Henry

COSC 441 Database Management Sponsored by PPG

Fall 1996: Anthony Popp
Spring 1997: Kevin Higgs
Fall 1997: Daniel Gabor
Spring 1998: Kathy Scott
Fall 1998: Christopher Smith
Spring 1999: Xinya Bu
Fall 1999: Mark Minser
Fall 2000: Michael Nevling
Spring 2001: Kristin Johnstone
Fall 2001: Andrew Grasmeder
Spring 2002: Gregory Holtz
Fall 2002: Sabrina Alam

We are now teaching COSC 341 instead of COSC 441.

Barry Day Outstanding Computer Science Student Award 

Another award which has been given over the past few years was started by Barry Day, an IUP alumnus from the distant past (sorry Barry, I forget what year - you can thank me later). Barry established the Outstanding Computer Science Student Award to recognize Computer Science students who have performed in an exemplary manner . The award considers both academic achievement, service, and other involvement in the university. The following table shows the complete list of winners, including this year's - David Pazzaglia.

2003-2004: David Pazzaglia

2002-2003: Andrew Grasmeder

2001-2002: Christopher Wastchak

2000-2001: Rene Morozowich

The Outstanding Computer Science Student Award involves a monetary award of $500, as well as placing the student's name on a plaque showing the award winners. 

Howard E. Tompkins Scholarship 

Last year about this time, we had an article about the Howard E. Tompkins Scholarship. There was a little of the history of the award and we listed the winners. Below is a partial repeat showing the past award winners as well and next year's winner (Amanda Schiel was just selected for next year).

2004-2005: Amanda Schiel

2003-2004: Selena Aggudey

2002-2003: Sabrina Alam

2001-2002: Kira Swab

1996-1997: Suzanne Brumbaugh

1995-1996: Yu Qin Zeng

1994-1995: Nicole Kroger

1992-1993: Pamela Gindlesperger

1991-1992: Rebecca Salter and Julie Roxby

1990-1991: Deborah Bost

1989-1990: Jennifer Baldwin

PACISE Report 

Again this year, IUP sent a substantial contingent to the PACISE (Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators) Conference. The conference was held at California University of PA; so, it was a short trip. There were presentations by three IUP faculty (Mary Micco, Sanwar Ali, and Jim Wolfe) and a student presentation by Katie Wass.

Naturally, there was also a programming contest; and an IUP team won again this year. In fact, the team of Zachary Palmer, Mike Rhoades, and Mike McFail not only placed first; they solved all six of the problems. The second place team from Mansfield solved three problems; and the third place team from Shippensburg solved one problem. IUP's second team (consisting of Eric Pennington, Matt Selnekovic, and Melissa Karolewski) also solved one problem.

Century Club 

You can become a member of the IUP Computer Science Department's Century Club. Membership in the Century Club is obtained by pledging at least $100 through the Foundation for IUP for the Computer Science Department. Century Club members will receive a gift (tee shirt, mug, glass, etc.) for their membership each year. The Chair and Carol try to find something new and interesting each year to send as a gift.

A pledge of $100 is less than $10 per mon th.Please consider this opportunity. To join, cut off the form in the next column, complete it and commit yourself to giving $100 for 2004. Your gift to the Century Club is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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