Posted: Monday Nov 21, 2011
Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to Saint Vincent College to support the acquisition of hardware and software for two new computing labs for the Computing and Information Science (CIS) Department in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, according to an announcement by Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president.
An Information Technology (IT) Projects Lab will provide CIS students with the opportunity to combine research with practice in areas such as computer networking, computer systems and computer security, and a Software Projects Lab will enable students to work collaboratively on software development projects for external organizations and internal clients. Both labs will be located in the new Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion and will allow for the practical application of content knowledge in the Boyer School curriculum and expand student and faculty research. Both labs will be open for student use in the fall of 2012.
“Saint Vincent College is grateful for its ongoing affiliation with the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation,” Br. Norman said. “The Foundation has been a valued partner in the College’s efforts to establish the Fred Rogers Center, to increase exposure to undergraduate education for urban youth, and to strengthen teaching and learning through the strategic integration of technology. This latest grant will help advance our shared commitment to education.”
The two new labs are part of a larger effort to advance inquiry-based learning and undergraduate research that have been facilitated by the expansion and renovation of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. Saint Vincent College has offered a major degree program in Computing and Information Science for 25 years. More than 50 students are currently enrolled in the program which has excellent career potential.
“Computing graduates have an easier time finding jobs than graduates in some other majors, since demand for computing graduates continues to be very good,” noted Br. David Carlson, O.S.B., chairperson of the CIS Department at SVC. “In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that demand for software engineers as well as computer network, systems and database administrators will increase much faster than the average for all occupations over the next several years.”
“Saint Vincent College graduates have been hired by organizations such as Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC, PNC Bank, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon, Marconi Communications, Kennametal, IBM, U.S. Steel, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Allin Consulting, Dell, BNY Mellon, Equitable Gas, Latrobe Specialty Steel, Westinghouse Specialty Metals, Social Security Administration, ProLogic, General Carbide, and others,” Br. David added.