Three computer information systems students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello teamed to finish third in the 2005 Arkansas Collegiate Programming Contest held February 18 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
The annual competition was sponsored by Acxiom Corporationís Technical Resource Network and featured teams from UAM, UA-Fayetteville, Arkansas Tech, Arkansas State, Southern Arkansas, UCA, Harding, and the School of Mathematics, Sciences and Arts.
UAMís third-place team consisted of Jim Ellis and Samantha Bunting, both juniors from Monticello, and Justin Hurst, a senior from El Dorado. A second UAM team of Kevin Murphy and Matt Parker of Monticello, also took part in the competition.
Each team had five hours to solve seven problems using the programming language COBOL. The problems required students to have an understanding of accuracy, recursive searches, sorting, control-break reporting, and table-handling techniques, according to Lori Selby, UAM faculty sponsor. At the end of five hours of programming, the teams with the most problems solved were declared the winners. "This was by far the most difficult contest we have participated in, based on the problem sets," said Selby. "I thought our students worked very well together and exhibited their expertise in the various programming areas. Iím very proud of both teams and how well they represented the CIS program and the university."
UAM students have competed in the statewide programming contest since 1992, winning the competition in both 1996 and 2003 and consistently finishing in the top four. "This contest was a very exciting experience for me and I had a great time meeting other students from around the state and talking with Acxiom representatives," said Ellis. "I look forward to competing again next year."
Lori Selby (left), faculty sponsor, with members of the UAM programming team (from left) Justin Hurst, Samantha Bunting, and James Ellis.
UAM Press Release 2/21/05