July 22, 2014  

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Computer Science Students Rank Third in Regional Programming Competition

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A team of computer science students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus placed third at the 2014 Deloitte Consulting’s Hattiesburg Invitational Programming Competition in February. The team competed against 19 other teams from universities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The team, from left to right, included their coach, Southern Miss Gulf Coast computer science instructor, Tom Rishel, Jamie Thompson of Diamondhead, Blake Peno of Long Beach, and James Banks of Gautier. (Submitted photo)

A team of computer science students from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus placed third at the 2014 Deloitte Consulting’s Hattiesburg Invitational Programming Competition in February. The team competed against 19 other teams from universities throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The team, James Banks of Gautier, Blake Peno of Long Beach, and Jamie Thompson of Diamondhead, were coached by Southern Miss Gulf Coast computer science instructor, Tom Rishel. For their third place win, the team won a variety of prizes in the annual competition.

The Southern Miss Gulf Park campus was represented by a second team who also competed in the four-hour competition. Receiving tenth place, the second team of computer science students representing the Gulf Park campus included Bryce Fowler of Gulfport, Jonathan Woodell of Ocean Springs, and Brandon Crowley of Long Beach.

Deloitte Consulting, a leading global management and technology consulting company, invites computer science students from across the region for the annual competition. The competition serves as a platform for participants to demonstrate their problem-solving, programming and teamwork skills.

For more information about the computer science degree program at Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/science-technology.