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Thursday Extra 4/27: Project Gadfly

Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:15 p.m. in Science 3821
Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Science 3817).
Everyone is welcome to attend!

Project Gadfly: Students and Alums Coding for Social Good

Over spring break, six mentors and eight Grinnell students created Project Gadfly, a system designed to help U.S. residents contact their elected representatives. With Gadfly, users can create sample call scripts and share them with friends using QR codes. Anyone who sees these codes can scan them with the app and have the script and a button to call their representatives at their fingertips. The students created a web client, two native app clients, a database, a server, an API, and an Iowa non-profit in 12 days, balancing security and design decisions with rapid development. Students who worked on Project Gadfly will discuss both the design of the system and what it was like to work with mentors on a rapid-learning, rapid-development project.

Thursday Extra 4/20: Résumé Review Session

Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:15 p.m. in Science 3821

  • Do you want to know how to talk about your 151 final project on your résumé?
  • Do you want to know how to write about your upcoming summer experience on your résumé?
  • Does your 3-year-old résumé need some pizzazz?
This Thursday Extra will be a résumé peer-review session. Students of all years are welcome to share feedback with one another about their résumés. We have also asked some CS professors and alumni to join in and share their wisdom during the session. Please bring 5 copies of your résumé to share if you want respectful and meaningful feedback from other participants.

One of the alums who will be joining us wrote a great article targeted at seniors and recent grads that might be helpful to some of you: Your Career is a Startup: What every recent grad needs to know.

Computer Science Affinity Reunion 2016

It's time to celebrate and connect!

Did you know that ...

  • Henry Walker is moving to senior faculty status? (He'll be teaching about one course per year for the next five years.)
  • Computer science has been its own department for a decade?
  • We've had a computer science major for twenty-five years?

We are having an affinity reunion on November 18 and 19, 2016 to celebrate all of these events and more. The reunion will be a chance for alumni from various years and current students to come together and talk about Grinnell, computing, and more.

We've prepared a tentative schedule so that you can see what you have to look forward to.

Send questions to Samuel A. Rebelsky.

Register here!

Reunion Schedule

This is the near-final draft schedule for the Fall 2016 Grinnell Computer Science Affinity Reunion. It is intended to give potential attendees some sense of what the reunion will look like. Confirmed speakers are listed. So many of our alums are doing cool things that it was very difficult to put together a program. I feel bad that I could not find spaces for more of you to speak.

Register for the reunion here!

Friday, 2016-11-18

The reunion primarily starts at 4:15 p.m. on Friday with Henry Walker's opening. However, alumni who choose to arrive earlier will be able to tour campus, visit classes, and have lunch with students and fellow alums.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Registration desk open
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Class visits available
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Campus tours and tours of the CS department available
NoonLunch in marketplace with current students
4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.Opening Talk - A History of the CS Department (Henry Walker) - ARH 302
Open to the public
5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Alumni Panel: Technology Futures: AR, VR, and Beyond (Robert Gehorsam '76 and Rachel (Heck) Rose '01) - ARH 302
Open to the public
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.SFS reception for Henry Walker
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.Dinner
8:30 to 10:00 p.m.Pub Quiz

Saturday, 2016-11-19

The main day of the reunion. We've tried to offer a wide variety of talks and panels, as well as a job and internship fair. If you'd like to recruit Grinnell students or alums, contact Nathan Dobbels and he'll help you get set up with a table.

8:30 a.m. to noonRegistration desk open
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast with CS Faculty (current and former) - JRC 101
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.The Current State of the CS Department (Samuel A. Rebelsky) - JRC 101
Open to the public
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Alumni Panel: Perspectives on Computer Security (Ian Atha '09, Helen Dougherty '16, Jonathan Wellons '04) - JRC 101
11:00 a.m. to noonJob and internship fair; a chance to for students and faculty to mix - JRC 2nd Floor
Noon to 1:15 p.m.Lunch in marketplace with current students
1:15 p.m.. to 1:45 p.m.Personal Projects and having fun writing Twitter 'bots (Terian Kosick '12) - JRC 101
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Faculty talk: Keeping Stuff (John Stone) - JRC 101
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.Students + Alumni: Making a Difference in Software Design (Wes Beary '05, Nora Bresette Buccino '16, Blake Creasey '16, Janet Davis, Cassie (Schmitz) Koomjian '05, Alex Leach '06, Ian Young '08) - JRC 101
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.Faculty talk: Digital Humanities at Grinnell (Erik Simpson) - JRC 101
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Student Initiatives: AppDev (Alex Mitchell '17), Pioneer Weekend (Lea Marolt Sonnenschein '15), VR Club (Anita DeWitt '17) - JRC 101
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Research in Computer Science at Grinnell (CS faculty + Research Students) - JRC 101
5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Dinner - Quad
7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.Closing keynote: Trying to make a difference, a career in computing (Nathaniel S. Borenstein '80) - Quad
8:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Optional Social events

Sunday, 2016-11-20 - Unofficial Events

Affinity reunions are normally only Friday/Saturday. However, we expect that some alums will want to stick around on Sunday for some additional fun. We're considering an un-conference, but you have other suggestions, we'd love to hear them!

Learning from Alumni on 9/8/16

Thursday, September 8, 2:00-3:50 p.m. in Science 3821.

All students are invited to attend the Learning from Alumni talks, whether or not you are registered for the class. This week Jeff Dickey-Chasins '81 (English major) talks about his long and varied career with many stints in technology and computing-related businesses.

Biography: The Job Board Doctor is Jeff Dickey-Chasins, a veteran of the job board, publishing, and e-learning industries. He provides consulting services for job boards and online recruiting companies. Jeff was the original marketing director for Dice.com, growing it from $7 million to $65+ million in three years. He has worked with 450+ job boards and HR-related sites and startups over the past 20 years, in almost every sector, including finance, technology, education, health care, sales and marketing, energy, and specific geographic regions. He has published research, e-books, and blog posts on almost every aspect of the industry. He also speaks at industry conferences on key topics in the online recruiting industry, and has conducted numerous seminars and workshops.

Thursday Extra on 2/11: Alumni Career Discussion

Thursday, February 11, 2016
4:15 pm in Noyce 3821

Visit with four CS alumni: Ian Young '08, Cassie Koomjian '05, Jonathan Koomjian '03, and Wes Beary '05. Each will give a short overview of their post-Grinnell careers, and then they will answer questions from students.

Refreshments at 4:00 in the CS Commons (Noyce 3817), followed by the discussion at 4:15 in Noyce 3821.

Thursday Extra: "Careers on Rails"

On Thursday, October 2, Wes Beary 2005, Alex Leach 2006, Cassie Schmitz 2005, and Ian Young 2008 will discuss Web development and infrastructure using the Ruby on Rails Web application framework and “agile development” methods. In this panel, they will describe their career paths and answer questions about their work developing software as a service.

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in the Computer Science Commons (Noyce 3817). The panel discussion, “Careers on Rails: Grinnell CS Alumni in Web Development and Infrastructure” will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Noyce 3821. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday Extras: Résumé Review Session

What: Résumé Review Session
When: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, 18 September 2014
Where: Science 3821
Who: SEPC, StuACM, CLS Staff, Alumni

Snacks, drinks, and casual conversation will be available in the CS Commons at 4:15 p.m.

On Thursday, 18 September 2014, the Computer Science Department's Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC) and the Grinnell College Student Chapter of the ACM will present a Résumé Review Session. CLS staff and CS alumni will be present to review résumés, discuss general approaches to résumé building for computer scientists, and provide useful ideas.

Bring your résumé, whether you think it's complete or a work in progress. If you haven't started your résumé yet, this is incentive to do so. And, even if you don't have a résumé ready by the session, come and hear about the kinds of things people look at when reading résumés.

CS Table, Friday, 5 March 2010: Alumni Conversations: Scott Porter '80

On Friday, 5 March 2010, CS Table will be visited by Scott Porter '80. He writes

I assert that in software design one wants: Reduced Complexity - Reuse - Real World - Easy Deployment - Dynamic Updates - Adaptive - Transparency - Versioning - Simple - Small - Fast - Lazy - Secure - Humble - Non Intrusive - Runs Everywhere - Widely Used - Supported by Key Companies. Pretty neat trick if we could achieve all these benefits. Right? We will discuss how these are possible. Maybe there is a "silver bullet".

Potential readings. (Don't stress over the all the details. The following Wikipedia links will give an overview and way more than we can cover.)

Grinnell College's CS Table is a weekly gathering of folks on campus (students, faculty, staff, alums, etc.) to talk about issues relating to computer science. CS Table meets each Friday at noon in JRC 224A, the Day Public Dining Room (PDR) in the Joe Rosenfeld '25 Center (JRC). All are welcome, although computer science students and faculty are particularly encouraged to attend.

The Spring 2010 theme of CS Table is Software Design.

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