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  • Jan. 11, 2016:

    Franklin University hosted its 151st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, during which more than 650 degree candidates received their diplomas.

    Franklin recognized Professors Joe Gawronski (undergraduate) and Roger Engle (graduate), both are from Computer Science, as recipients of the distinguished Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award.

    Sukanya Sankarkumar addressed the audience as the graduating student speaker. Over the course of the past year, she has served as a graduate assistant at Franklin University while also completing her studies in the M.S. Computer Science program.

    Congratulations to all of them! They truly made our program shine yesterday!

  • Dec 11, 2015:

    AT&T*, Franklin University and central Ohio area high school students concluded the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness - a 12-week computer programming contest today.

    Throughout the last several weeks students learned how to navigate and create apps using Microsoft Touch Develop. The winning apps were focused on improving health and wellness and were judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity. A team of central Ohio area leaders judged the students' work, and winners were announced at a finale event today. The judges were from the following central Ohio organizations: AT&T, Basecraft, Choose Ohio First/Ohio Board of Regents, Code.org, Connect Ohio, Franklin University, Microsoft, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Ohio Health, Past Foundation, and Rev 1 Ventures.

    The winners:

    First Place

    Team Upper Arlington 1 from Upper Arlington High School. They developed "Stress X," an app to solve problems connected with anxiety and stress.

    Second Place

    Team MeTrio from Metro Institute of Technology in Columbus City Schools. They developed "Sous Pantry," an app to help students to choose and create healthy meals.

    Third Place

    Team Code Panther from Marburn Academy. They developed "Healthy Choices," an app that provides trusted exercise and nutrition research and points you in the right direction to find healthy meals or locations to exercise.

    Best Project Idea

    Estem2 from eSTEM Academy Reynoldsburg High School For their "Food for thought" app idea.

    Best Presentation

    Braves1 from Whetstone High School For their "Blood Drive" app.

    The CBusStudentHack engaged various central Ohio high school students who learned 21st century skills via computer science education, prepared for college and career readiness, solved real world problems and opened the doors of opportunity and creativity. Teams of 2 to 4 students participated in the CBusStudentHack from the following central Ohio high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Marburn Academy, Metro Early College, Metro Institute of Technology, Reynoldsburg Encore Academy, Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy, Upper Arlington and Whetstone.

    Students met today at Franklin University to present their project ideas, hear from the panel of community judges and learn about "Coding for Life" from Jenna Garcia, District Manager for Code.org.

    "AT&T's commitment to technology innovation and high school students in central Ohio grows out of our company's $1.6 billion investment in our wireless and wireline networks between 2012 and 2014," said Adam Grzybicki, President, AT&T Ohio. "By encouraging students in Columbus to learn to code and explore mobile app development we are spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy."

    "One of the major workforce development questions today is how to fix the tech talent shortage," said Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President, Franklin University. "I think Universities and companies need to partner to introduce non-traditional methods to stimulate interest and talent in tech fields. CBusStudentHack is one way that AT&T and Franklin are working together to promote computer science education, prepare high school students for college and careers, and enable them to express their creativity."

  • Oct 02, 2015:

    AT&T and Franklin University Announce the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness Contest

    AT&T* and Franklin University today announced the CBusStudentHack Coding for Community: Health and Wellness - a 12-week programming contest for central Ohio area high school students.

    The CBusStudentHack seeks to provide Columbus area high school students 21st century skills via computer science education, prepare the students for college and career readiness, solve real world problems and open the doors of opportunity and creativity. To accomplish this, teacher mentors have spent time during the past month learning the ins and outs of Microsoft Touch Develop, the software that the students will use to code and eventually develop their own apps. Teams of 2 to 4 students will participate from the following central Ohio high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Marburn Academy, Metro Early College, Metro Institute of Technology, New Albany, Reynoldsburg Encore Academy, Reynoldsburg eSTEM Academy, Upper Arlington and Whetstone.

    Students met today at Franklin University to kick-off the CBusStudentHack and had the opportunity to brainstorm project ideas, hear from community leaders like Rev 1 Ventures, and learn from keynote speaker Chris Hamrick, founder of Columbus-based creative agency Basecraft.

    Through the remainder of the 12-week period, the students will learn Touch Develop to create their apps. The apps must be focused on improving health and wellness and will be judged on software quality, the potential impact on the central Ohio region, execution and creativity. A team of central Ohio area leaders will judge the students' work, and winners will be announced at a finale event on December 11.

    "AT&T's commitment to technology innovation and high school students in central Ohio grows out of our company's $1.6 billion investment in our wireless and wireline networks between 2012 and 2014," said Adam Grzybicki, President, AT&T Ohio. "By encouraging students in Columbus to learn to code and explore mobile app development we are spotlighting the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy."

    "One of the major workforce development questions today is how to fix the tech talent shortage," said Christopher Washington, Provost and Senior Vice President, Franklin University. "I think Universities and companies need to partner to introduce non-traditional methods to stimulate interest and talent in tech fields. CBusStudentHack is one way that AT&T and Franklin are working together to promote computer science education, prepare high school students for college and careers, and enable them to express their creativity."

    "I thank AT&T and Franklin University for bringing this innovative challenge to high school students throughout central Ohio," said Zach Klein, Columbus City Councilmember. "This contest will provide real-world programming skills, and create new technology-based solutions that will help to improve the lives of people living in our community."

    To learn more please visit the CBusStudentHack website at http://cbusstudenthack.org/ and to join the conversation on social media please use the hashtag #CBusStudentHack.

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.