BJU Programming Teams Place First, Second in Programming Contest

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 6, 2017) – The Bob Jones University intercollegiate computer programming teams placed first and second in the annual programming contest at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Southeastern Region conference held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Furman University in Greenville.

BJU fielded two teams in the 26-team competition, becoming the first school in 24 years to sweep the top two places.

The CCSC Conference is designed to promote the exchange of information among college personnel and K-12 educators concerned with computer use and education in the academic environment. The conference provides an affordable regional forum for the exchange of ideas and information concerning computing and computing curricula.

“Students excel when they come to BJU to study computer science,” said Dr. Jim Knisely, head of BJU’s Department of Computer Science. “We are so proud of our team for their performance in this competition and are thrilled to see their hard work pay off in this way.”

In addition to BJU, the following colleges and universities participated in the competition: Covenant College, Furman University, Davidson College, Roanoke College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Mercer University, Sewanee – The University of the South, Lander University, Wofford College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia College and State University, Elon University, Gardner-Webb University, The Citadel, and Francis Marion University.

The BJU team members include senior Nathan Collins of Greenville, South Carolina; junior Samuel Henry of McDonough, Georgia; senior Mark Bixler of New Era, Michigan; senior Jacob Brazeal of Taylors, South Carolina; senior Matthew Laird of Nashua, New Hampshire, sophomore Zachary Hayes of Grovetown, Georgia; sophomore Ryan Longacre of Hallstead, Pennsylvania; and freshman Jacob Franklin of Rockford, Illinois.

BJU has competed in the CCSC competition since 2002 and has placed first three times and placed second seven times.