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The Consortium for
Computing in Small Colleges

Fourth Annual

   April 23-24, 1999

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Last modified: April 15 , 1999

Statement of Purpose
The CCSCNE brings together faculty, staff, and students from smaller academic institutions throughout the Northeast for exchange of ideas and information concerning computing and computing curricula in such an environment.

Conference Details
This conference provides an affordable regional forum for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to the concerns of computing and computing curricula in a smaller academic environment. It will begin with an opening address by a keynote speaker on Friday April 23, 1999 at 1:00 p.m., include a Friday evening banquet and speaker, a Saturday luncheon, and conclude Saturday at 2:00 p.m. In addition to parallel paper sessions, the program will include workshops, tutorials, panels, student posters, a best paper award, and vendor displays.

    Frank Ford, Conference Chair
    Providence College

Preliminary Program (as of 03/18/1999)

Friday: Objects Workshop -- Welcome -- Keynote Address
Concurrent Session 1 -- Posters -- Concurrent Session 2 -- Banquet

Saturday: Concurrent Session 3 -- Concurrent Session 4
Concurrent Session 5 -- Lunch

Friday, April 23, 1999

Registration -- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Workshop: Objects at Their Best -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    David Arnow & Gerald Wiess, Brooklyn College, CUNY

    CLICK HERE for more information on the workshop.

Although the workshop is free and open to all, potential attendees must pre-register by contacting Larry D'Antonio ( As attendence will be limited, attendees will be notified that they have been admitted.

Vendor Displays -- 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m

Welcome -- 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Frank Ford, Conference Chair

Opening Address -- 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Andries van Dam
Thomas J. Watson, Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

"Web-based Interactive Environments for Learning and Teaching"

Break -- 2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session 1 -- 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Session 1A - Panel
    How Should Computer Science Course CS2 be Taught?

      Jim Aman, Wilmington College, DE
      Richard Close, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, CT
      Danny Kopec, The American International University in London, UK

    Session 1B - Laboratory Issues

    Closed and Structured Laboratories throughout the Computer Science Curriculum

      Aaron Enright, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA

    Using MINIX in the Closed Lab Environment

      Robin Flatland, Siena College, NY

    Using Laboratory Experiment to Vitalize Teaching and Learning of Programming Language Principles

      Amos Olagunju and Ben Ark, Delaware State University, DE

    Session 1C - Object-oriented Programming
    A Tri-Lateral User Interface Model - Smoothly Including Sound
      James Ryder, State University of New York College at Oneonta, NY

    Informed Search for Solutions to the Friendly's Peg Game Using STL Function Objects

      Linda Wilkens, Bridgewater State College, MA

    How C++ and Data Structures Can Support Each Other

      Douglas Maurer, The George Washington University, DC

    Session 1D - Tutorial (sponsored by SIGCSE)
    NSF's Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Program Adaptation and Implementation Track

      Diane Martin, National Science Foundation
      Margaret Reek, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY

Student Poster Session / Break -- 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Session 2 -- 4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

    Session 2A - Panel -- Objects: When, Why, and How?
      Joseph Bergin, Pace University, NY
      Elliot Koffman, Temple University, PA
      Viera K. Proulx & Richard Rasala, Northeastern University, MA
      Ursula Wolz, The College of New Jersey, NJ

    Session 2B - Tutorial -- Teaching Calculational Logic

      Richard Guilfoyle, Monmouth University, NJ

    Session 2C - CS1

    Teaching Problem Solving and Programming Constructs

      Evelyn Stiller and Cathie LeBlanc, Plymouth State College, NH

    Teaching Computer Programming by Stealth

      Louis Barton, Suffolk University, MA

    Teaching Recursion Before Iteration in CS1

      Franklyn Turbak, Constance Royden, Jennifer Stephan, and Jean Herbst, Wellesley College, MA

    Session 2D - Tutorial (sponsored by SIGCSE) -- Safe Concurrent Programming in Java with CSP

      Chris Nevison, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Social Hour -- 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Conference Banquet -- 7:00 p.m.

    Tracy Camp, Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines

    "WANs to Worms to Webs: The Development of the Internet"

Best Poster Presentation

Friday: Objects Workshop -- Welcome -- Keynote Address
Concurrent Session 1 -- Posters-- Concurrent Session 2 -- Banquet

Saturday: Concurrent Session 3 -- Concurrent Session 4
Concurrent Session 5 -- Lunch

Saturday, April 24, 1999

Continental Breakfast -- 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration -- 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Vendor Displays -- 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Concurrent Session 3 -- 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

    Session 3A - Panel -- What Concepts of Computer Science are Essential for Students Entering the Field?

      Linda Wilkens, Bridgewater State College, MA
      Joseph Bergin, Pace University, NY
      David Arnow, Brooklyn College, NY
      James Heliotis, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
      David Levine, St. Bonaventure University, NY

    Session 3B - Tutorial -- Showcase Laboratory Projects that Introduce Breadth and Depth into the Introductory Computer Science Curriculum

      Viera K. Proulx and Richard Rasala, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

    Session 3C - Courseware

    DragonWeb: Courseware for Compilers

      Kathryn Sanders, University of Rhode Island, RI

    Incorporating an Interactive Visualization of NP-completeness Proofs into a Web-based Learning Environment

      James Ten Eyck, Marist College, NY
      G. Sampath, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA

    A Software Engineering Tool For Teaching Students to Build Spoken Language Interfaces

      Clement Allen, Sara Stoecklin, Chen Qian, Ping Wu, Florida A&M University, FL

    Session 3D - Courses for Non-majors

    Information Technology Ethics of MBA Students: An Empirical Investigation

      Satya Prakash Saraswat, Bentley College, MA

    Teaching Multimedia Technologies as an Introductory Computer Literacy Course

      Donald H. Gibson, William J. Taffe, Plymouth State College, NH

    Making a Non-Majors Course Fun (Without Sacrificing Content)

      Amy Briggs, Matthew Dickerson, Middlebury College, VT

Break -- 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session 4 -- 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Session 4A - Panel -- How Should Data Structures and Algorithms be Taught?

      Jim Aman, Wilmington College, DE
      Richard Close, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, CT
      Danny Kopec, The American International University in London, UK

    Session 4B - Tutorial -- Deprecated Java Methods, Adjusting to Changes in Event Model Processing in Java 1.1 and 1.2

      John Gray, University of Hartford, CT

    Session 4C - Panel -- Software Engineering Classroom Experiences

      John Beidler University of Scranton, PA
      Michael Gargano, Pace University, NY
      Howard Rubin and D. L. von Kleeck, Hunter College, CUNY, NY
      Robert Marose, St. Joseph's College, ME

    Session 4D - Curricular Issues

    Need Assessment in Computer Science Curricula

      Paul Myers, Trinity University, TX

    Service Learning in Computing

      Mark LeBlanc and Grace Baron, Wheaton College, MA

    Survey Results and Observations on an Asynchronous Course

      Mary Courtney and Allen Stix, Pace University, NY

Concurrent Session 5 -- 11:55 a.m. - 1:10p.m.

    Session 5A - Tutorial -- Integrating Software Quality Across the Undergraduate Computer Science Program

      Tom Hilburn and Massood Towhidnejad, Embry-Riddle University, FL

    Session 5B - Panel -- Computer Science Internships with the Providence School System

      Mary Russell, Providence College, RI

    Session 5C - Potpourri

    A Quantitative Evaluation of Computer Architecture Evolution

      John Trono, St. Michael's College, VT

    Introducing the Personal Software Process in the Freshman Seminar

      John Beidler, University of Scranton, PA

    Session 5D - Tutorial (sponsored by SIGCSE)-- CSAB Accreditation

      Keith Barker, University of Connecticut, CT

Conference Luncheon and Closing -- 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Best Paper Presentation

CCSCNE Membership Meeting -- 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Regional Steering Committee Meeting -- 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    BLANK Registration Form

    Registration fee (Early $95; Late $115) includes admission to all sessions, panels, tutorials, social hour, banquet, luncheon, and a membership in the Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges for 1999-2000 complete with subscription to the Journal of Computing in Small Colleges. Student registration fee ($30) includes all sessions, panels, tutorials, social hour, banquet, and luncheon. Vendors should contact Joel Silverberg (

    Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of CCSCNE-99 when making reservations. Conference rate holds until April 2, 1999 at Days Hotel and March 23, 1999 at Crowne Plaza.

    Directions To Providence College

    From Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod:
    Take I-195 West to I-95 North, to Rhode Island Exit 22 (Downtown / Routes 10 and 6 West / Hartford, CT). Bear left on the exit ramp toward Routes 10 and 6 West / Hartford, CT. Take a right off the first exit, Pleasant Valley Parkway. Proceed along Pleasant Valley Parkway (which will change into Raymond Street and then Oakland Avenue) approximately .7 miles to the fifth traffic light at Smith Street (Route 44). Turn left onto Smith Street (Route 44) and proceed along Smith Street for .6 miles to the first set of traffic lights at River Avenue. Turn right onto River Avenue and proceed .2 miles to the light at Eaton Street. The gates of the campus will be on your right.

    From I-95 North:
    Take Exit 23, State Offices exit. Keep right until the end of the exit ramp. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, turn right. After passing through the next traffic light, bear right onto Douglas Avenue. (There is a sign pointing to I-95 South.) You will pass a traffic light for the I-95 South entrance at the Armenian Heritage Park. Go through the next traffic light at Chad Brown Street. There is a cemetary on the right at that traffic light. Take the next right onto Eaton. There is a gasoline station at the corner. At the traffic light on Eaton, turn right onto Huxley. The College gate will be on your left in the middle of the block. The guards will direct you to parking.

    From the East:
    Take I-195 to I-95 North and follow the directions from I-95 North.

    From I-95 South:
    Take Exit 23, State Offices exit. At the end of the ramp, you will have to go right since this is a one-way street. You will pass the Post Office on your right. At the traffic light, turn left onto Admiral. You will go through a traffic light. At the next traffic light, take the left fork. This is still Admiral. Take a left at Huxley, which is after the Fire Station. The College entrance is in the middle of the block on the right. The guards will direct you to parking.

    From Albany and points West:
    Take I-90 East to Exit 10 (Auburn and Worcester). After the toll, follow signs for 395 South and take the first exit, 6A (Route 20 East). Follow Route 20 East for 4.1 miles and exit onto Route 146 South (Providence). Follow Route 146 South until the Charles Street Exit. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Admiral. Follow the directions for I-95 South.

    Directions To CCSCNE-99 at Providence College
    When arriving at Providence College, please proceed to Slavin Student Center for registration and further information.

    Student Posters
    Poster boards will be 30x40 inches. Each student will be provided with a poster on an easel. Because of the number of posters space is limited. Tablespace is not available. Easels are set up to allow people to approach easels.

    Below are some tips for preparing a professional poster.

    • Research Posters 101 by Lorrie Faith Cranor, Crossroads 3.2, Winter 1996.
    • use large font sizes (18 pt minimum, 30 to 60 pt preferred) -- readers should be able to read it from more than an arm's length;
    • pictures and/or graphs, if appropriate, are nice
    • typically, you want an ABSTRACT section, RESULTS section, and CONCLUSION

    • come prepared with pins, tape, tacks, etc (you should NOT assume they will be provided for you);
    • if you want a white background, bring large white paper (sometimes the boards can be ugly)

    Last modified: April 15, 1999