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2017/18 Fundraising Drive
Making a Difference in Computing and Information Technology
The Arkansas Academy of Computing provides supplemental scholarships to computer science students at these Arkansas universities: Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Henderson State, South Arkansas, UA Fayetteville, UA Little Rock, UA Monticello, UA Pine Bluff, and the University of Central Arkansas. This year our goal is to provide $25,000 in scholarships. If you donate at least $500, you may designate which program you are supporting. We need your help in making sure Arkansas has the computer science graduates it needs! If your business or group can provide matching funds, that can make a huge difference.
Help support Computer Science students by donating now.
For more information or questions about the Arkansas Academy of Computing, please contact us at +1 (479) 575-6036 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Annual Meeting of the Members
Created in 2006, the Arkansas Academy of Computing began within the University of Arkansas Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department in Fayetteville. Since its formation, the organization has expanded its charter to be a state-wide resource to advance computing and information technology. The Arkansas Academy of Computing goals are:
- To recognize persons who have made significant and sustained contributions to the computing profession
- To support and promote computing and information technology education at all levels (which includes scholarships)
- To promote computer literacy
- To promote professionalism in the field of computing
Membership into the Academy is controlled by the Executive Committee. To learn more about the organization, click here.
Click the scholarships tab to learn more about scholarships from the Academy.
2017 New Members
Anthony Owen, the Arkansas Director of Computer Science Education within the Arkansas Department of Education, was the guest speaker at the 2017 AAoC Banquet. As he updated the group on the new initiatives in K-12 CS education in Arkansas, he thanked the Academy for its support.
Clearly, Academy members played an important role in the Arkansas Computer Science Task Force, with 5 Academy members serving on the Task Force: James Hendren (chair), Gary Dowdy, Carl Frank, John James and Andy Mayes. But another part of the story was also mentioned briefly. Owen mentioned a meeting set up by Academy member Allison Nicholas at the Axciom building in down town Little Rock where he was quizzed on how to get high level computer science courses into Arkansas schools. He left the meeting with many questions and by the time Governor Hutchinson launched the Computer Science Initiative he had some of the answers, and was prepared to take charge of the effort within ADE.
That meeting was an AAoC event. There has been a photo on our website of the “Making a Difference Committee” and it was a meeting of this committee that Anthony Owen referred to in his talk. There were other meetings but on that particular day the committee got down in the weeds about class content, the place of computer science in graduation requirements, how teachers get certified, and more ADE rules than we dreamed existed. We left the meeting convinced the effort was important but confused as to how change could happen quickly. The ground was plowed but fallow, awaiting the seed that came with Governor Hutchinson and the Computer Science Task Force. The committee included (from left to right), Don Hatfield, Gary Dowdy, Carl Frank, Alese Stroud, Collins Andrews, John Chamberlin and Allison Nicholas (taking the picture!).