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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 12, 2011

High school students, families invited to Computing Visit Day

Northwest Missouri State University's School of Computer Science and Information Systems will host its annual Computing Visit Day Saturday, Oct. 15. The event is designed for high school students from throughout the four-state region interested in preparing for a variety of computing-related careers.

The day will feature a number of informative, hands-on sessions during which participants can work with different kinds of hardware and software, including 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. In addition, a $1,150 scholarship to attend Northwest will be offered to a Computing Visit Day participant. Applications will be available at the event.

Additionally, attendees will learn about a National Science Foundation grant the department received recently to help Northwest provide 25 S-STEM scholarships to talented, yet financially disadvantaged students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in computer science or interactive digital media-computer science.

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 business technology.

Each of these majors emphasizes practical applications and active, hands-on learning, a teaching and 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 at 9:30 a.m. with light refreshments 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. The event concludes at 1 p.m. with optional campus tours afterward.

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. 12. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Rogers at or 660.562.1551 or Ashley Greeley at 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