There is always a lot happening at the Morris campus to keep students engaged and entertained. Beyond the reading, programming, group projects, research and hours in the labs there is always something to get involved in and enjoy. Many of the non-class related events are spontaneous, with students simply deciding to get together and do something. There are also a large number of actively organized activities provided by the two student organizations that support the Computer Science discipline at Morris.
Founded in 1947, the international ACM organization is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. The ACM maintains hundreds of students chapters around the world to promote advancement and excellence in Computer Science. The Morris chapter of the ACM organizes field trips to local companies (IBM in Rochester, MN is a particular favorite), has internship information sessions, and organizes other activities to increase the competitiveness of Morris students in the workforce. The ACM Club isn’t all about work though. The group also hosts movie nights, LAN gaming parties, the year end “ByteBash” picnic and other activities to entertain and strengthen the Computer Science community at Morris.
Women in Computer Science
Women in Computer Science at Morris is an organization that includes women who take and teach CSci classes at Morris. We get together a few times a year for a fun evening and an informal conversation. New Computer Science students get a chance to meet seniors and juniors who can give them help and advice about classes, student life, starting out on research, and whatever else they might be concerned about. With the number of women in CSci classes still noticeably lower than the number of men, Women in Computer Science provides friendly support for young women who are starting out in CSci. And, most importantly, it’s an opportunity to relax and have fun with friends! There is never a shortage of ideas for an exciting evening. Some of our recent activities included watching a computer-animated movie “Finding Nemo”, playing board games, and a night of pizza and bowling. If you want to find out more, please contact Elena Machkasova or KK Lamberty.