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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 5, 2009

Area students invited to Computing Visit Day

Northwest's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems will host its third annual Computing Visit Day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The event is designed for high school students from throughout the four-state region interested in preparing for a variety of computing-related careers.

Dr. Dean Sanders, professor of computer science and information systems, said the day will feature a number of informative, hands-on sessions during which participants can work with different kinds of hardware and software, including robots and programs developed by Northwest students and faculty.

Young people and their families also will have a chance to visit with Northwest students, faculty and alumni while learning about computer-related careers and touring both University computing facilities and the overall campus. Financial aid and admissions professionals will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, a $575 scholarship to attend Northwest will be offered to a Computing Visit Day participant. Applications will be available at the event.

Sanders said his department decided to organize Computing Visit Day, in part, to dispel the perception that many computing jobs have moved overseas. While that may be true for lower-level programming positions, it is not the case for well-paying jobs that involve design, project management, systems analysis and user interfaces.

Northwest currently offers five computing-related majors through the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. Undergraduate degree programs include business education, computer science, interactive digital media, management information systems and office information systems.

Each of these majors emphasizes practical applications and active, hands-on learning, a teaching/learning philosophy that has resulted in a job-placement ratio for Northwest computing graduates of nearly 100 percent.

All courses are taught by faculty members rather than graduate assistants, and a 21-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures small class sizes for most sections. Outside the classroom, Northwest students are encouraged to participate in a number of computing-related organizations and clubs.

The day's activities will begin with coffee, juice and pastries in Colden Hall, located in the central part of campus just south of the J.W. Jones Student Union, and conclude with a complimentary lunch. Parking will be available in the lots adjoining the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the south side of College Avenue (Fourth Street) across the street from Lamkin Activity Center.

Students and families who wish to participate in Computing Visit Day at Northwest should register online at by Wednesday, Oct. 14. For more information, e-mail Dr. Dean Sanders at or call Diane Hargrave at 660.562.1600.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468