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RIT student connects with Ohio veterans' group to create CD-ROM


Students from RIT’s Computer Science House joined forces with the Ohio American Legion’s Boys State program to create a CD-ROM yearbook that contains more than 250 digital pages. One of those pages is pictured at left.

Before coming to RIT, second-year student Ian Paterson spent a summer creating a mock 51st state government as part of the Ohio American Legion’s Boys State program.

Paterson was never terribly interested in government, but he did love working with computers. He joined a team to create a digital CD-ROM yearbook for the program.

And when members of the Ohio American Legion needed help developing last year’s yearbook, they knew they could count on Paterson for help. But they had no idea that they would get the full support of some of his Computer Science House roommates, as well.

“We try to do around three service projects a year,” Paterson says. “People were interested in helping. The yearbook reaches 1,000 people each year, so it was a good way to incorporate community service and outreach—getting the Computer Science House name out there.”

The team spent weeks reworking the yearbook—designing new layouts, sorting photos, creating pages and designing graphics. Within weeks they had compiled a version that included 255 separate HTML pages and more than 500 pages. The team also designed a CD label and mailer packaging.

The yearbook, which included a page dedicated to RIT and Computer Science House, was distributed to more than 1,000 participants and to hundreds of high schools across Ohio.

“We sincerely hope that the recipients will laugh at the crazy photos, introduce their families to their fellow citizens and enjoy the lasting memories that the yearbook holds,” Paterson says.

The Ohio American Legion was so impressed with Computer Science House’s work that they hired Paterson to return to the camp this summer to supervise a student yearbook team.

John Follaco

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