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Team La Roche, comprised of students Zaid Al-Momen, Aristide Niyungeko, Ines Ucyeye and Chris Vlasick, were award winners at the AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) National Collegiate Conference in Orlando last month. Their Web Application Project was awarded second place from among nine finalists that presented at the conference. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Leland (Mike) McCauley, an adjunct professor who teaches computer science and information technology.

La Rocheís winning web site URL is It is the fourth time that La Roche brought home AITP/NCC honors. Aristide also was awarded the $2,500 Robert Half Technology AITP Student Scholarship for 2011.

The Web Application Project Competition was a two semester/three quarter, real-life system analysis/design and implementation project completed in three phases in order to qualify for final product presentation and judging at the conference.

The conference is designed to supplement traditional technology education. Students learn from top IT industry speakers about the latest industry trends and issues through educational sessions, various student competition events, a career fair and countless networking opportunities with other CS/IT students and professionals. More than 400 students attended.

Zaid Al-Momen is a graduate of the Distinguished Students High School in Baghdad, Iraq. He is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in mathematics at La Roche with a 3.85 GPA. Zaid has been offered an internship at Essential Systems, Inc this summer.

Aristide Niyungeko, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Burundi, East Africa, is also a computer science major with minors in mathematics and business management. Aristide is the president of the La Roche AITP student chapter, a recipient of a La Roche Pacem in Terris scholarship, and the 2010 AITP Pittsburgh chapter student scholarship. Aristide is interning at Compunetix this summer.

Ines Ucyeye came to La Roche from Rwanda, Africa. She is pursuing a double major in computer science and mathematics. Ines is also a recipient of a Pacem in Terris scholarship.

Chris Vlasick, a graduate of Shaler Area High School, is currently finishing his bachelor of science in computer science with a minor in mathematics and Spanish at La Roche College.

All four students expect to graduate from La Roche in December 2011.

AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals) currently has approximately 2,700 student members through a network of 200 student chapters at colleges and universities throughout the USA and Canada. The AITP student program, started in 1968, is for students planning careers in information systems and related fields. AITP believes that complete professional development requires knowledge that goes beyond the classroom, especially with technology changing so rapidly.

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