Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Natural Applied Sciences Growing with the boom Computer technology was booming and affecting all spects of our lives. During the year, ACU installed a new amputer system and added the computer science depart- ient to the academic curriculum. The addition of the computer science department stemm- E from increased enrollment in the area of computer .ience studies. Enrollment in the department had steadily icreased since the program began in 1979 as part of the iath department. Last fall the department had 73 students majoring in computer science - a 62 percent increase from ie previous year's enrollment. The department was one of four departments selected for :view by a visiting committee. The committee, composed J members of the Advisory Board, critiqued different epartments within the university and gave suggestions for ossible improvements. The committee stayed in contact with the department iroughout the year and reviewed it approximately every six Z2-wg... U 1 Fl. Goodman R. Goodman months. Dr. Dwight Caughfield, chairman ofthe computer science department, said the department had grown rapidly during the past years and would continue to expand because ofthe increasing popularity of computer science and related fields. "Computer science, engineering and business are where the money is," said Caughfield. Also, the addition of the computer science department was advantageous for the university, he said. "Becoming a department made us more visible and gave us the chance to be in the catalog." Caughfield also said that increased visibility would enable the department to obtain better equipment. The department had two full-time staff members: Caughfield and Dr, William Poucher. Dr, john Smallwood worked as a part-time staff member. He also taught in the math department. Caughfield said if the department continued to grow it would have to employ new staff members, buy more equip- ment, and increase the facilities. The department was short on microcomputers during 1982-83 and had an overload of students in lab, he said. But the department had a strong computer programming curriculum, and the faculty planned to increase the number of classes offered, especially in areas such as computer graphics, Caughfield said. A class designed for non-majors that would concentrate on teaching computer literacy was another area the department wanted to consider. Coinciding with the programming curriculum was ACU's Association of Computing Machinery. The association had 50,000 national members and many student chapters. Members of the ACM participated in Division I Four-State programming competitions. During the last few years the team had been to the nationals twice, competing with many mayor universities. The department also conducted workshops for secondary teachers. These workshops were designed to promote com- puter technology on the secondary level, said Caughfield. - Kelbf Tolforz Top: Guy Gibson works on a programming problem. Bottom Iett: Jay Cook and Don Berryman look tor information on a printout sheet. Bottom right: Group picture. . 1 ' . f john Smallwood, Dwight Caughfield, William Poucher. age! Computer Science f 335 R. Goodman

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