Computer Science House celebrates 40th anniversary

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A major part of the learning and living experience at Computer Science House, one of RIT’s special interest houses, is creating special projects using computing and technology.

To kick off the Computer Science House 40th anniversary weekend, alumni and current students will unite for a game of Capture the Disk—a modified version of capture the flag that substitutes old 12-inch hard drive platters for flags and thrown balled up socks for tagging.

The more than 20-year-old game is just one of the many traditions of Computer Science House, one of the oldest special interest houses at RIT. Founded in 1976 and located on the third floor of Nathaniel Rochester Hall, CSH provides a living environment for more than 50 on-floor students and dozens of off-floor members who are interested in computing and technology.

CSH alumni coming back to campus April 15–17 will get tours of the CSH floor and a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Gene Polisseni Center. The anniversary weekend will also feature specially designed T-shirts, a brunch and a formal banquet.

“The anniversary is a great way to make connections with some of our incredible alumni from the past 40 years who have worked for major corporations and started their own businesses,” said Andrew Glaude, a fourth-year computer science major from Simsbury, Conn.

While much has changed in computing over the years, CSH’s mission has always been to help its members grow intellectually, socially and professionally. Creating special projects—such as software that helps students make their class schedule or Drink and Snack, the floor’s two networked vending machines that allow members to order items from their computer or phone—is an integral part of being a CSH member. The floor’s full wood shop, electronics research room and server room are just some of the resources that help CSH students continually create.

Matt Campbell ’03, ’12 said what he learned at CSH is just as indispensable as what he learned in the classroom. “It is safe to say that I would not be where I am today without my time in Computer Science House,” said Campbell, who is manager of infrastructure applications and datacenter technical services for RIT’s Information and Technology Services and an adviser for CSH.

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