Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Computer Programming Contests During Faculty Forum

Monday, January 14, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science, will present "There and Back Again" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Bonomo will discuss his experiences participating in the World Finals of the International College Programming Contest (ICPC). The contest provides college students with opportunities to interact with students from other universities and to sharpen and demonstrate their problem-solving, programming, and teamwork skills. Bonomo will highlight the impact his latest sabbatical has had on his participation in the world finals, and how his experiences have shaped what he teaches in the classrooms at Westminster.

Bonomo is an active organizer and problem contributor for many local and regional programming contests. He has been a judge and problem contributor for the ICPC World Finals since 2002, and in 2011 was named head judge for the competition. The competition has taken him to Stockholm, Sweden; Harbin, China; and most recently to Orlando, Fla.

Bonomo, who has been with Westminster since 1998, earned a joint master's and undergraduate degree from Catholic University and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or email for additional information. 

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or click here.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science.