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UB to Host College Computing Fair for Students Interested in Computer Science

Release Date: October 13, 2008

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Western New York chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) will hold a College Computing Fair on Oct. 15 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow on the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) Campus.

This event is free and open to parents, students, teachers and high school counselors who want to learn more about college options in the field of computing in the Western New York and Rochester areas. Parking is free in the Center for Tomorrow lot.

The fair will showcase the breadth of the field of computing and highlight the different possibilities for studying in the field. Representatives from 13 local colleges will be available to discuss various degree options and opportunities offered within computer science. Multiple departments from some schools also will be present to showcase the diversity of their programs and degree options.

According to UB teaching associate professor of computer science and engineering Carl Alphonce, president of the local CSTA, the chapter's mission is to promote computing as a discipline and a career option to K-16 students in Western New York, with a special emphasis in increasing the diversity of the student body participating in computing.

The local CSTA chapter was formed by faculty from the computer science departments at UB, Niagara County Community College, Canisius College and Saint Bonaventure University, as well as Ellicottville Central School's business department.

The Western New York CSTA chapter is the second in the nation. The CSTA is a national organization designed to promote computing in all levels of education, K-12 and beyond, by bringing together interested parties from all sides to improve the state of teaching and learning in the computing disciplines.

For additional information, go to http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~alphonce/ComputingConnection/Events. Or email the chapter at csta.wny@gmail.com.

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