Nov. 2, 2010
Award recognizes Northwest's online computing museum
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University students and faculty received an Award of Excellence for their work on the Jean Jennings Bartik Online Computing Museum. The award was presented Oct. 27 in Norfolk, Va., at the fall conference for Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services.
The online computing museum was completed in 2009 to provide a virtual museum with facts about Northwest's past and present in computing. The SIGUCCS awards are highly respected by institutions of higher education across the nation and globe. By earning the Award of Excellence, Northwest's online computing museum is being heralded by SIGUCCS as a benchmark, Kim Todd, client computing user consultant and information systems director, said.
"Northwest's online computing museum has literally set a standard of excellence and achievement for others to follow and emulate," Todd said. "Consequently, the award gives Northwest a significant presence among institutions of higher education and thus, greater exposure on a larger academic stage. Members of SIGUCCS and award competitors come from all across the country and the world."
The Jean Jennings Bartik Online Computing Museum is a one-of-a-kind, historical and informational online resource. Todd said the online computing museum appeals to students, employees and alumni as well as educators and historians.
"Normally a project of this size, scope and broad target audience would be out-sourced by most universities and colleges, particularly since it represents the entire university and not just a particular department," Todd said. "However, the Northwest Online Museums Project, which included the online computing museum, was created entirely in-house, using a team comprised strictly of Northwest students and staff, who successfully mastered each detail of the project with enthusiasm, pride in themselves and the University, and a determination to demonstrate excellence."
Todd said the project was a priceless educational and professional development opportunity for everyone involved, but most especially for the student-led creative team.
"Not only did the project allow the students to be inventive and artistic, mastering a multitude of new software, but they were able to learn, practice and refine leadership and team-building skills that will serve them well as they pursue their individual career goals," Todd said. "Additionally, the endeavor also gave them real-world work experience to strengthen their resumes and portfolios."
Students involved on the computing museum student creative team were Alisha Baker, Kala Brooks, Diane Cudworth, Sampath Kumar Kunta, Michael Mandrick, Diraj Kumar Potlapally and Clayton Scott.
Advisors involved on the computing museum leadership team were Kris Bakko, Jean Jennings Bartik, Cathy Palmer, Dr. Jon Rickman, Kim Todd, Dr. Roger Von Holzen, Crystal Ward, and Jolaine Zweifel.
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