Computer Science News
8/20/11: The first day of CS 390
On Thursday, Sept 1, Dr. Ledin meets CS 390 students and Carissa Wacker, the President of the Computer Club, will be there to promote the CS Club. All students are invited to attend. Pizza will be served.
8/20/11: Welcome back
Welcome back to all our students. We hope that you will have a great learning experience this semester. Don't hesitate to drop by the CS office if we can help you in any way.
Version 1.2 of SSUMobileApp is available from the App Store. Check it out!
Fall 2011 Classes begin on Wendesday, Aug 24.
Dr. Watts is on a sabbatical leave this semester. We wish her much success.
Spring 2011 Classes begin on Monday, Jan 31.
12/31/10: Charlie Eidem passed away
Charles (Charlie) Eidem, one of our students, passed away on Dec. 28 due to health complications. We will miss him as he touched the lives of all those that he came in contact with. Our department benefited greatly from his calm and sincere demeanor and his technical expertise and contributions to our server system set up. He and his family are in our thoughts.Charlie's life document
07/21/10: Dr. Kooshesh CS Department Chair/Dr. Stauffer Interim Dean of SST
Dr. Lynn Stauffer has accepted the position of Interim Dean of the School of Science and Technology at SSU effective August 1, 2010. Dr. Ali Kooshesh will be the Chair of the Computer Science Department. Lots of exciting changes for Computer Science and SST!
07/18/10: Another SSU CS Student App at the Apple Store!!
Tim Dawson and Rich Thornberry's Forsaken is now available from the Apple store. Bravo!
06/21/10: CS Student's App in the Apple Store
Check out our Jeff Neong's iRovio in the Apple app store. Way to go, Jeff!
05/10/10: CS Club Officers for Fall 2010
Congratulations to our Club officers for next year. And a HUGE thank you
to the current officers and Dr. Kooshesh the faculty advisor.
President: Eric Milliren
Vice President: Carissa Wacker
Treasurer: Anthony Cavallaro
Secretary: Fred Vuong
Event coordinator: Eli Connors
Webmaster: Matt Carrier
04/28/10: Upcoming CS Student Talks and Department Celebration
CS student presentations are planned for Thurs, May 6 and Thurs, May 20. The Department Celebration and Awards presentation is on Thurs, May 13. All of these events are at noon in Salazar 2016 and FREE PIZZA will be served!!
Thurs, May 6, noon, Salz 2016
Rich Thornberry and Tim Dawson - Game Development for the iPhone
Jason Gregori, Joshua Becker, Matt Schettler - SSU App for the iPhone
Thurs, May 13, noon, Salz 2016
CS Department Celebration and Awards Presentations (Distinction, Service, etc.)
Thurs, May 20, noon, Salz 2016
Ben Morrison - Modeling the Power Consumption of GPUs
Brian Bledsoe, Scotty Peters, Forest Horvath - iHike App for the iPhone
Josh Carey, Mike Strickland, David Turover - Slingy App for the iPhone
Michael Quarters, Darren Orloff, Saleem Wadood - SSU Map App for the iPhone
Brian Tietz and Greg Durham - Work Order Tracking App for the iPhone
04/20/10: Overview of IT/CS Careers in Local Government
The School of Business & Economics is hosting an Government Careers Info Hour on Monday, May 3, 5-6:15pm in Schulz 3001. There are opportunities for CS majors to work locally.
04/19-04/26/10: SSU Student Feedback Week
Students are asked to complete the Student Feeback Survey at http://tinyurl.com/ssustudentfeedback.
04/19/10: Fall 2010 CS Schedule & Elective Offerings
Registration for Fall 2010 begins April 26. The Fall 2010 Computer Science Schedule includes the following elective offerings:
CS 285 Selected Topics: Web Development with Ajax and Flex (2 units) Dr. Kooshesh will be teaching this project-based course focused on the latest technologies of Ajax and Flex utilized in today's rich and dynamic web applications. Prerequisite: CS 215, or consent of instructor. For additional information, see the course description and also contact Dr. Kooshesh.
CS 349 Problem Solving in a Team Environment (1 unit) Dr. Watts will be teaching this course that focuses on algorithmic strategies for quickly solving different types of problems. Some students will compete in the ACM Northern California Regional Programming Contest (usually on a Saturday in November). Prerequisite: CS 315 preferred but concurrent enrollment in CS 315 possible (contact Dr. Watts for her approval).
CS 375 Computer Graphics (3 units) Dr. Ledin will be teaching this course covering the principles of computer graphics. Prerequisites: CS 215 and Math 161, or consent of instructor.
CS 385 Selected Topics: Searching and Mining the Web (3 units) Dr. Ravikumar will be teaching this course covering the algorithms and techniques of current highly-effective web-based search engines. Pattern recognition, statistical AI/machine learning and other cutting-edge techniques to be covered. Prerequisite: CS 315, or consent of instructor. See the attached course description and also contact Dr. Ravikumar for more information.
CS 390 Computer Science Colloquium (1 unit) The Thirty Third Series of the Computer Science Colloquium continues the tradition of lectures on current developments in computer science.
Keep in mind that 3 units of the 9 unit upper-division CS elective requirement for the major can be satisfied by a combination of CS 349, CS 390 and CS 497 (Internship). Also note that while CS 285 will not apply to the 9 units of upper-division CS elective requirement, it will truly distinguish students when they are seeking a job/internship.
04/15/10: Spring 2010 CS Grads with Distinction
The CS Faculty are pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of the Spring 2010 Graduates with Distinction: Scotty Peters, Tim Dawson, Jason Gregori and Ben Morrison. Congratulations!
03/04/10: Most Recession-Proof Jobs: Software Developer #5
Forbes ranked Software Developer as #5 on its list of recession-proof jobs. The salary range ($75-$85K) is far above most jobs on the list.
01/29/10: Wed Development for Nursing Department
The SSU Nursing Department's international honor society chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, is in need of a reliable and creative student to help with updating their website http://www.sonoma.edu/nursing/lambdagamma/index.html. This is a great opportunity to build your resume. Credit/pay for the position to be arranged. Contact Dr. Mary Ellen Wilkosz at email@example.com if you are interested.
01/20/10: New AC Joins CS Department
Jen Aaseth has joined the Computer Science Department as our Administrative Coordinator. We are so pleased to have Jen in the office. Stop by Darwin 116 and welcome Jen!
12/21/09: CS Undergrad Awarded Student Research Grant
CS major, Benjamin Morrison, has been awarded over $600 from the SSU Undergraduate Research Program to pursue his work in modeling the power consumption of graphics processors. The grant will be used to purchase equipment. His research is in collaboration with Dr. Rivoire.
12/08/09: Fall 2009 CS Graduates with Distinction
The CS Department is proud to award William Batt-Freitas, Stephanie Cramblet, Doug Horn, Brendan Humphrey and Kevin Tharp with Graduation with Distinction Honors. Congratulations to these outstanding students!!
12/03/09: Upcoming FBI Information Session, Dec 8, 1-2pm
There will be an information session hosted by the FBI on Tuesday, December 8, 1-2pm in Salazar 1061 (Career Services). The session will cover what it's like to work for the FBI and the process of applying for a job with them. The FBI seeks all majors, but they are especially interested in hiring graduates with a background in science and technology.
12/01/09: CS Club Officers for Spring 2010
Congratulations to our club officers and thank you to Ryan O'Donnell for his
valuable leadership this semester as President.
President: Mike Windt
Vice President: Anthony Cavallaro
Treasurer: Eric Milliren
Secretary: David Turover
Event coordinator: Forest Hovarth
Webmaster: Matt Carrier
11/30/09: CS Department Celebration
The Fall 2009 CS Department Celebration is on Thursday, December 10 at noon in Salazar 2016. Graduation with Distinction Honors, Programming Team Certificates and other awards to be presented. Pizza and soda, too! Be there!
11/30/09: CS Student Research and Project Presentations
Will Batt-Frietas, Brendan Volheim and Matt Schettler will be presenting this Thursday, Dec 3 at noon in Salazar 2016. Will and Brendan are giving talks on their special studies projects on developing for handheld devices and Matt is presenting on his web development work.
11/10/09: SSU CS Programming Team Results
Our programming teams competed well in this past weekend's ACM Regional Programming Contest held at the University of the Pacific. SSU Team 1 (Devon Garber, Doug Horn and Brendan Humphrey) placed 3rd among the 10 CSU teams (behind much larger SJSU and CSUS). SSU Team 3 (Ryan O'Donnell, Scotty Peters, and Stephanie Schmidt) placed 7th. Way to go C-Wolves!!
11/10/09: Spring 2010 Registration for Continuing Students
Seniors & 2nd BA/BS: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 1, 9am - 11:45pm
Juniors: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 2, 9am - 11:45pm
Sophomores: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 3, 9am - 11:45pm
Freshman: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 4, 9am - 11:45pm
Seniors & 2nd BA/BS: enroll for up to 16 units, Dec 8-18, 9am - 11:45pm
Juniors: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 9-18, 9am - 11:45pm
Sophomores: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 10-18, 9am - 11:45pm
Freshman: enroll for up to 9 units, Dec 11-18, 9am - 11:45pm
Open registration for all students to enroll for up to 20 units
January 11, 9am to February 12, 11:45pm
10/28/09: Draft of Spring 2010 Computer Science Schedule
Here is the draft CS Spring 2010 schedule. CS 385: Selected Topics-Game Programming is being taught by Dr. Watts - contact her with any questions.
10/16/09: .NET User Group Meeting
The North Bay .NET User Group is hosting a talk on "Building Business Applications with Silverlight3." The event is Thurs, Oct 22 at 7pm at O'Reilly in Sebastopol. See the flyer for details.
10/13/09: Summer Research Program at Lawrence Berkeley Labs
Apply now for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computing Sciences Summer 2010 Research Program. For more information on the program visit www.lbl.gov/CS/Careers/SummerStudents.html. Interested students must apply online at jobs.lbl.gov referencing job number 23585.
10/13/09: Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Apply now for the Google Lime Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year. Candidates must be a person with a disability and enrolled in a CS or CE program. For more information, go to www.limeconnect.com/google.html.
09/24/09: Rescuing Endangered Rural Hospitals with Technology
There will be a talk on the applications of technology in rural healthcare. Dr. Gude, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and the Medical Director of OffSiteCare, Inc. in Santa Rosa will be speaking at 1:30pm on Thursday, October 1 in Salazar 2009A. This talk is part of the ES 110 course, but all are welcome to attend.
08/25/09: Fall 2009 CS Welcome Celebration
Please join us for a "Welcome to Fall 2009" gathering at a few minutes past noon in Salazar 2016 this Thursday, 8/27. We'll get to hear from our Computer Club and WICS about their plans for this year. There will be free pizza and soda.
08/19/09: Fall 2009 Semester Begins
Classes begin on Wed, August 26. Read the Welcome Greetings from the Chair for an update on the department.
05/13/09: CS Club Picnic
Friday, May 22, 1pm, M-Park: BBQ, fun + games!
05/13/09: CS Spring 2009 Grads with Distinction
Congratulations to our CS May 2009 Grads with Distinction: Jenna Silva, Travis Stark and Jodi Gentile.
Thursday, May 14, noon, Salz 1016: awards, presentations + PIZZA!
04/27/09: CS Programming Contest Results
Fifteen teams competed in the Computer Science Department Programming Contest on Monday, April 27. There were 3 categories of competition based on team member backgrounds: completed CS 315 and above, CS 215 and below, and alumni/staff. Congratulations to our winners!!
CS 315 and above
Devon Garber and Doug Horn
Ryan O'Donnell and Forest Hovarth
David Turover and Mike King
CS 215 and below
Will Raus and Mack Blacksmith
Grayson Henry and Kyle Deitrick
Steven McDonald and Stephanie Schmidt
CS Alums/SSU Staff
Susie Skocypec and Andru Luvisi
04/10/09: CS Trivia Contest
The Annual Computer Science Trivia Contest is Saturday, May 2 at 6pm in Stevenson 1002. Teams of CS Alums, CS Faculty and current CS students will go head-to-head on the latest techie trivia. Food and fun round out the event. So mark your calendars and don't miss it!
04/10/09: Spring 2009 CS Graduates with Distinction
The CS Department has awarded Jodi Gentile, Jenna Silva and Travis Stark with Graduation with Distinction Honors. These honors are awarded to undergraduate students who are judged by the faculty to have made outstanding contributions to their department in academics, service, and other areas. Jodi, Jenna and Travis join our Fall 2008 Grads with Distinction - Ben Corr, Joe Gibbs, Leela Norton, Brian Rackle, and Eric Rauch. Congratulations to these outstanding students!!
03/17/09: Fall 2009 CS Schedule
Check out the Fall 2009 schedule. CS 285: C# Programming and CS 385: Adhoc Wireless Sensor Networks are special topic courses. CS 375 Computer Graphics and CS 480 Artificial Intelligence are also being offered.
01/10/09: Game Developers Conference
GDC is March 23-27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. There is a $75 Student Pass good for the GDC Expo and Career Pavilion on Friday, March 27. Take your resume and make some valuable contacts.
01/07/09: Spring 2009 - Instruction begins on Monday, January 26.
12/01/08: CS Department End of Fall 2008 Semester Celebration
Join the CS Department Celebration on Thursday, December 11 at noon in Salazar 2016. There will be student project presentations and awards ... and FREE PIZZA!
11/18/08: Regional ACM Programming Competition held at Stanford
SSU programming teams competed well in the Regional ACM Programming Contest held at Stanford on Saturday, November 15. CS students Devon Garber, Doug Horn and Joe Mueller were the 3rd place CSU team (behind much larger SJSU and Chico) and Anthony Cavallaro, Eric Milliren, and David Albert completed a competitive number of the programming problems. Bravo to our SSU programming team!! A special thank you to the faculty coach Dr. Tia Watts and assistant coach Dr. Ali Kooshesh for supporting our programmers!
10/29/08: CS Club LAN Party
CS Club LAN Party on Friday, Nov 14, 7pm in Darwin 25, $5.
10/20/08: Teknovus Information Session
Teknovus is sponsoring an Information Session on Friday, October 24th from 11:00am to 1:00pm in Salazar 2009A. Enjoy a presentation on Teknovus, free PIZZA and a chance to win a $100 iTunes Certificate!! See the Teknovus flyer.
10/01/08: Revised Draft Spring 2009 CS Schedule
Students are encouraged to look over the latest draft of the Spring 2009 CS Schedule. We are offering three electives next term: CS 340 Security and Malware, CS 365 Networking, and CS 385 Distributed Computing: Multicore and Manycore Programming. Contact Dr. Stauffer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any concerns/suggestions.
10/01/08: The Alice Virtual Challenge
The Computer Science Department is hosting The Alice Virtual Challenge for SSU students. Use the free Alice development environment to build a game, animation or some other creative virtual world. No programming experience is required. Prizes awarded at novice to advanced levels. The Alice Virtual Challenge FAQ for details on the contest. Registration ends November 24, 2008 at 5pm and final submissions are due before 5pm on December 1.
Our department's CS 340: Computer Security taught by Professor George Ledin is featured in this month's SSU Insights publication.
09/02/08: Graduation Forms Due Sept 15
Graduation forms for CS majors expecting to graduate in Dec 2008 or May 2009 are due to Admissions & Records before Sept 15. Forms are available from A&R and require approval from the CS Department Chair, Dr. Stauffer. Make an appointment through Gina Voight to get your forms approved.
09/02/08: 2007 IBM Master the Mainframe Student Contest
Check out the IBM Academic Initiative Master the Mainframe student challenge.
08/13/08: SSU CS in Newsweek!!
Dr. Ledin and the Malware class is featured in the Aug 11 issue of Newsweek. Visit the story "This Bug Man is a Pest."
08/13/08: CS 101 Lab Assistants Needed
Are you looking for a part-time job this fall? Are you interested in working with students and computers? If so, CS 101 Lab Assistants are needed to work in the labs; pay is ~$10/hour. Contact the CS 101 instructor Glenn Carter (email@example.com) for more information.
07/08/08: New Job/Internship Openings
Click on the JOBS button for a listing of job and intership openings. A technical publications internship at Autodesk is the latest posting.
05/05/08: CS Department Celebration
The CS Department End-Of-The-Year Celebration is Thursday, May 15 at
noon in Darwin 102. The Ad-hoc Wireless Sensor Networks Group will
be presenting their work followed by Department Award presenations.
FREE Pizza and soda will be served.
ATTENTION GRADUATING SENIORS: Bring your cap and gown for our traditional CS photos!!
05/05/08: New CS Club Officers
Congratulations to the 2008-09 Computer Science Club Officers!
President: Travis Stark
Vice President: Joe Muller
Treasurer: Eric Milliren
Secretary: Stephanie Schmidt
Fun Police: Ryan O'Donnell
Webmaster: David Turover
Chief of Advertising: Karrah Cunningham
04/28/08: CS 2008 Programming Contest Winners!!
Last week's programming contest was a great success with 15 teams battling it out. A big congratulations to our winners:
215 and below category
1st place: Eric Milliren and David Albert
2nd place: Scotty Peters and Patrick Abold
315 and above category
1st place: Joe Muller and Susie Skocypec
2nd place: Forest Hovarth and Travis Stark
3rd place: Doug Horn and David Turover
Special CS and IT category
1st place: Lincoln Peters and Andru Luvisi
04/15/08: CS Graduates with Distinction
The CS Department has awarded Matt Ford, Vince Inglima, Lincoln Peters, Susie Skocypec, and Jonathan Smolenski with Graduation with Distinction Honors.
04/15/08: Jonathan Smolenski to carry Student Banner
Congratulations to our own Jonathan Smolenski for being selected as the student banner carrier in the commencement ceremonies on May 24. This honor is in recognition of Jon's many contributions in the CS Department and the School of Science and Technology. Congratulations, Jon!!
04/15/08: CS Colloquium on Game Programming this week!
Jason Shankel will be speaking in the CS Colloquium this Thursday at noon in Darwin 102. Jason will be meeting and talking with students after the Colloquium in Darwin 101 (at about 1pm). Free pizza and soda will be served. Don't miss this chance to talk with a real game developer!
04/07/08: Seawolf Day a Great Success!
Thank you to the outstanding CS students Jeff, Jon, Joe A., Matt, Joe G., Derek, Lincoln, Stephanie, Karrah, Jenna, and Erik for their wonderful help!!
03/27/08: Microsoft Live Programming Contest
Check out the Microsoft Live@edu Mashup Contest.
03/27/08: LugRadio Live USA 2008
LugRadio Live USA 2008 is April 12 and 13 at the Metreon in San Francisco. See the conference website http://lugradio.org/live/USA2008/register for more information on this Linux and open source event.
03/18/08: Draft CS Fall 2008 Schedule
Check out the draft schedule for this fall 2008 semester. Please email Dr. Stauffer with any questions/comments/concerns asap.
03/18/08: National Graduate School Achievement Program
Are you considering graduate school (you should!)? There is a new program at SSU to support highly motivated and high achieving students that are underrepresented in the professoriate. For more information contact Jeff Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
03/17/08: Senior Focus Group - Thurs, April 3 at 11:00-noon in Darwin 29
Are you graduating this Spring, Summer or Fall? Please attend the CS Senior Focus Group session to provide your feedback and assessment of the CS Department and major. The session will be facilitated by a faculty member from outside of the CS Department and all data will be kept anonymous. The CS Department values your candid feedback as part of our continued desire to be our best.
03/06/08: The CS Department at Montclair State University
is organizing an 8-week undergraduate research program in imaging and computer vision problems, June 23-Aug 15, 2008. Applications are due March 20. Check out the Montclair iMagine site for details. See the National Science Foundation for other Reseach Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs in CS.
02/26/08: SSU Philosophy Lecture Series for Spring 2008
The SSU Philosophy Club is proud to announce the Philosophy Open Lecture Series for spring 2008. These lectures are free and open to everyone.
02/24/08: 2008 Summer Abroad Research Program
in Europe for undergraduates.
02/15/08: North Bay .NET User Group Inagural Meeting
Are you interested in .NET-related technologies? The inagural meeting of the North Bay .NET User Group is this Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm at O'Reilly in Sebastopol. There will be presentations on ASP.NET, AJAX, and C#3.0. See the meeting announcement for details.
02/13/08: Welcome to our new Administrative Coordinator
The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome Gina Voight to our front office. Gina brings her wealth of experience from the Math Department and across campus to us. Stop by Darwin 116 and welcome Gina!
01/31/08: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in CS
The CS Department at Humboldt State is hosting a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates this summer.
01/29/08: Looking for a way to distinguish yourself upon graduation?
Want an "in" on a job? You should add CS 385 Adhoc Wireless Sensor Networks and/or CS 340 Computer Security to your schedule this spring. If you don't "need" another elective to meet the minimum major requirements, you should still consider taking the class and perhaps opting for a Credit/No Credit grading basis. We need our majors in these courses!!! Please consider adding them!!
01/24/08: New departmental server cWolf
Our departmental server, linux.cs.sonoma.edu, formally retired on 23 January 2008. All accounts have been migrated to our new server, cWolf.cs.sonoma.edu, a 64-bit Intel-based dual-processor box with 4GB of RAM and over three Terabytes of disk-space. User-names on cWolf.cs.sonoma.edu are identical to those on linux.cs.sonoma.edu---your initial password has been set to your student-id. Please login to cWolf and change your password as soon as it is convenient to do so. Direct your suggestions, questions, and problems to Roger Mamer (roger.mamer at sonoma dot edu.)
01/23/08: Spring 2008 Greetings from the CS Chair
01/22/08: SSU student winner
in 2007 IBM Master the Mainframe Student Contest. Our own Kevin Tharp was a Part 2 winner and received a PART 3 honorable mention in the IBM Academic Initiative Master the Mainframe student challenge. Well done, Kevin!
11/20/07:The Imagine Cup
Check out the Microsoft's Imagine Cup Student Technology Competition.
11/13/07: Congrats to our SSU Programming Team!
Lincoln Peters, Brian Rackle, and Christopher Hoffman placed 34th out of 77 teams and 4th among 9 CSU teams (behind much bigger programs at Sac State, SJSU and Chico) in the Regional ACM Programming contest held at Stanford last Saturday. Greg Robinson and Tony Chen also participated as alternates. C++Wolves rule!!
11/13/07: Teknovus Meeting
Teknovus hosted an interesting recruiting luncheon and presentation today. CS student Joel Binalimbing won an iPod Nano. Cool!
08/30/07: 2007-08 CS Club Officers Elected
Congratulations to our new officers: President: Jonathan Smolenski, Vice President: Derek Samson, Treasurer: Ben Gerhardt, Secretary: Leela Norton
08/02/07: CS Tutors needed
Are you interested in making a few dollars while helping out fellow students? Tutors are currently needed for all CS courses in the Fall. Stop by the Tutorial Center on the first floor of Salazar for more information.
07/20/07: Changes in CS Curriculum
The CS Department is implementing a revised curriculum effective Fall 2007. Current majors can find out more by reviewing the overview of changes document, prerequisite chart, and transition worksheet. Questions? See Gayle in the Department Office to make an advising appointment with Dr. Stauffer.
05/21/07: Computer Club Spring Newsletter
The CS Club published the Computer Science Spring Newsletter. Read about department happenings.
05/21/07: Photos from CS Dept Celebration and CS Club BBQ
Check out more picnic photos.