CCSC:SE Conference Program
(Tentative: Subject to change prior to the conference.)

Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Room: Trexler 363

EngageCSEdu: A Living Collection of CS1 & CS2 Course Materials to Engage and Retain Diverse Students
Dr. Beth Quinn, Director, Extension Services Program, National Center for Women & Information Technology
Abstract: In this interactive workshop, participants explore the new EngageCSEdu collection, including the set of seventeen research-based Engagement Practices that are used to curate the collection. EngageCSEdu ( is a comprehensive collection of instructional materials for introductory undergraduate computer science courses. The materials in the collection are developed and used by computer science educators from across the country. All materials have Creative Commons licenses allowing other instructors to use, and in many cases, to modify them. As of spring 2015, the collection contained over 1500 materials. The project continues to accept new submissions, supported with online submission and interdisciplinary peer-review processes. The workshop has two main goals. First, the workshop introduces computing faculty to the project and to how they can use it to improve their courses to retain a more diverse student body. Second, participants learn about the seventeen research-based Engagement Practices (EPs): the set of teaching and learning strategies compiled by the project team as a means of curating the collection.

NOTE: Please RSVP on the registration form if you plan to attend.


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday
Room: Ramser-Beamer Meeting Room, Colket Center

Vendor Display

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Room: Garrett Meeting Room, Colket Center

Break Area

Time: Between concurrent sessions Friday and Saturday
Room: Garrett Meeting Room, Colket Center

Time: 1:00 - 2:00p.m. Room: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center

Standing Out in a Moving World
Brian Rickabaugh (Enterprise Architect, Humana)
Abstract: We live out our lives in a world of perpetual physical, social, and technological motion. Those who seek to invent, innovate, and advance the state of the art are the ones who distinguish themselves and bring about technological change. In this address I will discuss characteristics of an academic experience in a college setting that will help to prepare students for the agility required in a field at the center of technological change. A balanced relationship between a professor’s support and a student’s commitment to discovery, creativity, experimentation, and hard work form the foundation for a robust outcome. It is through this productive relationship that a graduating student will be able to stand out amongst his/her peers in the workplace.
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Location: 2nd Floor Colket Center Atrium
Concurrent Session I
Time: 2:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
1-A: Reviewed Papers (Pickle Lounge, Colket Center)
Presider: Rebecca Bruce, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Live Coding in Introductory Computer Science Courses
Valerie Summet, Emory University
Amy Shannon, Carnegie Mellon University

Factors that Predict Success in CS1
Lynn Lambert, Christopher Newport University

Python in CS1 - NOT
John Hunt, Covenant College
1-B: Panel (Patterson, Colket Center)

Computing Across the Curriculum as a Means of Revitalizing Undergraduate Computer Science
Moderator:Kevin Treu, Furman University

Bryan Catron, Furman University
Chris Healy, Furman University
Andrea Tartaro, Furman University
1-C: Nifty Assignments I (Kime Conference Center, Colket Center)
Presiders: Nadeem Abdul Hamid, Berry College
Steven Benzel, Georgia Highlands College

Chat Bot
Durell Bouchard, Roanoke College

Creating a Database from "Scratch": Smarter Solutions, Inc. Case Study
N. Faye Angel, Nichole Young, and Amanda Dollman, Ferrum College

Breaking Dawn
Robert Lutz and Evelyn Brannock, Georgia Gwinnett College

Going Rogue
Robert Lutz and Evelyn Brannock, Georgia Gwinnett College
Concurrent Session II
Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
II-A: Reviewed Papers (Pickle Lounge, Colket Center)
Presider: Bryson Payne, University of North Georgia

Development of a Novel Key-Derivation Function for Speed, Security and Simplicity in Picture-PassPhrase Encryption
Robert Grimes, University of Tulsa
J. F. Yao, Georgia College and State University

Extending Ensemble - An Educational Digital Library for Computer Science Education
Yinlin Chen and Edward A. Fox, Virginia Tech University

Evolving the Information Technology Major by Embracing Interdisciplinarity
Ken Abernethy and Kevin Treu, Furman University
II-B: Student Research Presentations (Patterson, Colket Center)
Presider: Chris Healy, Furman University

II-C: Tutorial (Kime Conference Center, Colket Center)

Using Python with NumPy and SciPy for Implementing Computational Models
Jose M. Garrido, Kennesaw State University

Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
Small Colleges Can Excite Unexpected People About Computer Science
Dr. Hampton Smith (Entrepreneur, Independent Video Game Developer)
Abstract: Small colleges provide numerous benefits to students entering graduate school and industry, not least of which is inspiring people who might not otherwise enter a career in computer science to do so. Hampton Smith entered undergraduate school pursuing music composition, but, due to his personal experiences in a three-instructor undergraduate computer science department, embarked instead on a career as a computer science academic, industry professional, and entrepreneur. He will share how greater breadth of study, more personal interaction with instructors, and novel curricula excited a self-professed "math-hater" to a career in computer science, as well as some insights gained from start-ups and Silicon Valley about how small departments can better support students entering a very large world.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Concurrent Session III
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

III-A: Reviewed Papers (Pickle Lounge, Colket Center)
Presider:Yi Liu, Georgia College and State University

The Parse Machine
Christopher A. Healy, Furman University

Mitigating Bias in Program Assessment Data: Triangulation and Enhanced Data Collection
Jean French, Coastal Carolina University

Data Partitioning for Distributed Web Service Transactions
Annamaria V. Kish, University of South Carolina

III-B: Workshop (Patterson, Colket Center)

EZGRAPHICS: Python Graphics for the Classroom
Rance Necaise, Randoph-Macon College

III-C (Kime Conference Center, Colket Center)

To be determined

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Room: 363 Trexler Hall (Arrive by 9:45)
Concurrent Session IV
Time: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

IV-A: Reviewed Papers (Pickle Lounge, Colket Center)
Presider: Lynn Lambert, Christopher Newport University

Using 3D Printers in a Computer Graphics Survey Course
Bryson R. Payne, University of North Georgia

Challenging Notions of Being Normal in the CS Classroom
Rebecca Bruce and Susan Reiser, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Teaching Big Data Through Project-based Learning in Computational Linguistics and Information Retrieval
Richard Gruss, Tarek Kanan, Xuan Zhang, Mohamed Farag, Sunshin Lee, and Edward Fox, Virginia Tech University
Mary English, Northeastern University

IV-B: Panel (Patterson, Colket Center)

Experiences in Responding to Computer Science Curricula 2013

Karen Anewalt, Jennifer Polack, University of Mary Washington
Joel Hollingsworth, Elon University
Rance Necaise, Randolph-Macon College
Andrea Tartaro, Furman University

IV-C: Nifty Assignments II (Kime Conference Center, Colket Center)
Presiders: Nadeem Abdul Hamid, Berry College
Steven Benzel, Georgia Highlands College

Being the DBA (Database Administrator)
J. Dean Brock, University of North Carolina at Asheville

A B-Tree Assignment That Is Realistic Enough That Students Can List It On Their Resumes
James S. Plank, University of Tennessee

A Simple Stylometric Comparator
Steven Benzel, Georgia Highlands College
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Location: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
(Separate lunch to be provided for programming contest participants.)
Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center
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