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Celebrating 50 Years of Computer Science

From Punch Cards to Innovation Campus
Five decades. Half a century. More than 7,000 graduates. 

We have much to celebrate collectively, and cannot wait to share what tomorrow's landscape looks like in an amazing decade of growth. The department would not be here without the vision and dedication of so many, and find it important to honor those solid foundations. 

Although we would like to celebrate this milestone in person, it is not in the best interest of safety to do so at this time. As we plan for a safe future celebration held on campus, alumni and friends can reminisce with the below virtual programming that will be made public each month:

Learn more about where the department has been and where it is headed in this special message from Dean Ross and Department Head Cal Ribbens! 

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Join us live on February 17 at 7:00pm ET to hear how the department and computer science has changed over the years from a panel of faculty, moderated by Cal Ribbens! 

Panelists include:
Dwight Barnette
Ed Fox
Barbara Ryder

Register to receive the Zoom link!

Starting February 15 at 9:00am ET, you can take a walk down memory lane with photos collected over the years! Submit your own memories to be shared here. Submissions must be made before February 14.

Anne Gorsline was known as the founding mom of the Computer Science Department. Read her story starting February 15, 2021 at 9:00am ET.

This virtual panel will be made public on March 15, 2021 at 9:00am ET. Alumni from each decade will share their perspective of what it was like to be a student within the department at the time. 

Panelists include:
Steve Choquette ('79)
Chris Bryan ('87)
Jeff Bogdan ('91)
Jaishankar Sundararaman ('08)

Step away from your screen and participate in our virtual 5K with alumni from around the world on March 20-21! Register by February 15 to receive a special t-shirt and decal designed by computer science students, Jonah Bishop and Alyssa Farrell, in time to wear it for the race. This swag pack will be mailed to the address you provide at checkout.

t-shirt designed by CS Student, Jonah Bishop
Designed by Jonah Bishop
sticker designed by CS Student Alyssa Farrell
Designed by Alyssa Farrell

Registration for the event is $30. Each registration fee includes a $10 donation to the Computer Science Department Annual Fund. You are supporting student groups and activities, such as experiential learning and departmental growth.

Be sure to post your race times in our Facebook group!

Prefer not to run or walk a 5K? Try out these equivalent workouts:

  • 20k bike
  • 1.5K swim
  • 6.25K rowing 

Register now! Registration will remain open through March 22. Those registrations received between February 16-March 22 will be mailed after registration closes.

Take a "walk" through our Virtual Student Showcase anytime after April 15, 2021 at 9:00am ET to see what our student groups and researchers have been up to! Register to receive the link.

A list of student groups and student research projects will be shared soon.

The department is celebrating 50 alumni for our 50th anniversary! Check back periodically for more spotlights here

Reunion Weekend 2021 has gone virtual! To help us continue the celebration of the department, join us there to learn about the impact computer science has on the Innovation Campus. Learn more here.

For additional information, please reach out to Hayley Roulston, alumni relations coordinator.