0

GGC wins first academic national championship

Special Photo Georgia Gwinnett Collegeis 2013 national AITP Conference delegation included (seated) Kimberly Heagy, Derek Donaldson, Nicholas Pyron, Joe Armendariz, Raymond Levesque, Christina Davis, (standing) Evelyn Brannock, Renee Sangosina, , Danny Mansour, Stephen Antoine, Kevin Jones, Marcus Michalske and Lissa Pollacia. Not shown is Jonathan Gillman.

Special Photo Georgia Gwinnett Collegeis 2013 national AITP Conference delegation included (seated) Kimberly Heagy, Derek Donaldson, Nicholas Pyron, Joe Armendariz, Raymond Levesque, Christina Davis, (standing) Evelyn Brannock, Renee Sangosina, , Danny Mansour, Stephen Antoine, Kevin Jones, Marcus Michalske and Lissa Pollacia. Not shown is Jonathan Gillman.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies have brought home their first academic national championship.

Members of the college's student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) recently went to St. Louis, Mo., and brought back the institution's first national championship from the 2013 AITP National Collegiate Conference in Database Design.

The conference hosts about 700 attendees representing 70 colleges and universities, who participate in a variety of competitions. Universities included in the conference are Purdue University, Brigham Young University, and Texas State University, along with others. Teams compete for trophies in 14 categories, with an aim to work hard and build professional and leadership skills.

Georgia Gwinnett College faculty advisors Dr. Lissa Pollacia, professor of information technology, and Dr. Evelyn Brannock, assistant professor of information technology, along with other members of the staff, put in extra time in order to help students prepare for the competition. This preparation included timed, four-hour practice sessions to allow students the opportunity to perfect strategies under the same stressful environment.

All the extra time was worth the effort, though, when the Grizzlies shocked the competition by winning trophies in three of the five contests they entered. Students Derek Donaldson and Nick Pyron took third place in mobile applications development, Marcus Michalske and Raymond Levesque won second place in Java development, and Kevin Jones and Joe Armendariz took first place in database design. This win signified Georgia Gwinnett's first national championship.

"We are proud of these students and the faculty who supported them in preparing for this competition," said Tom Mundie, SST dean. "We are delighted that our school has earned the college its first national championship, and I must point out that, suitably, the trophies are green."

-From Staff Reports