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Northwest Missouri State University


Jean Jennings Bartik

2007 ACM SIGUCCS Award of Excellence - Promotional Video/Audio

Northwest was among 26 colleges and universities nationwide honored in 2007 by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services (ACM SIGUCCS) Communications Awards.

The "living history" DVD produced by the Information Technology department in cooperation with the Mass Communication department's student Bearcat Productions team, won the Award of Excellence for Category 5B: Promotional Video/Audio.

Members of the Bartik documentary team included Client Computing User Consultant Kim Todd; Dr. Jon Rickman, Vice President for Information Technology; Dr. Thomas Spencer, Associate Professor of History; Fred Lamer, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication; David Morgan, Lindsay Blohn, Christopher Rinella and Joe Masciovecchio of Bearcat Productions; and Will Murphy, Mass Communication Television and Video Engineer.

Bartik, a Northwest alumna, was one of six women programmers selected during World War II to program the world's first successful electronic computer (ENIAC). She would go on to program UNIVAC I, the world's first commercial stored-program computer.

The 2007 ACM SIGUCCS Communications Awards were handed out at the Fall SIGUCCS Conference in Orlando, Florida in October.

Those wishing to view the documentary can check it out from Northwest's B.D. Owens Library. The DVD is also available as a gift from the Information Technology department (while supplies last) with a donation of $20 or more to the Bartik Museum through the Northwest Foundation