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Computer science teams compete in regional programming competition

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

Concordia’s computer science department sent two teams of three students to the ACM North America North Central Regional Programming Contest, held Nov. 9 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The assembled teams wrote programs that solved nine real-world problems within a grueling five-hour deadline. The UNL-hosted site with 260 teams was the largest contest site in North America and the competition was fierce according to Concordia’s ACM adviser Dr. Russell Mosemann.

“This was a great experience for our students,” Mosemann said.

Participants included:

Marcus Gubanyi, senior, Seward, Neb.

Luke Kaldahl, sophomore, Spencer, Iowa

Jacob Krings, senior, Milford, Neb.

Nehemiah Langness, sophomore, Larned, Kan.

Jon Richters, senior, Utica, Neb.

Ann Schmidt, senior, Giddings, Texas

A team from Iowa State took first place from the North Central region this year and will advance to the world finals to be held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, in June 2014.

The Association for Computing Machinery hosts the contest each year from locations around the North Central region made up of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and part of Michigan. The contest is sponsored by IBM.