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RSVP Today

September 18, 2008

RSVP to glasskim@cse.msu.edu by midnight tonight.

We are asking everyone (students, alumni, faculty, the public) to let us know if you plan to attend. This will give us an idea of how much food to order and help us plan other aspects of the event.

The celebration is free and open to the public. You are welcome to invite family, friends, and anyone else who would like to attend.

We hope to see you on Friday, October 3rd!

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Facebook group for CSE 40th

September 18, 2008

Vivek Joshi of IDV Solutions has created a Facebook group for the CSE 40th Anniversary Celebration. The group is open to everyone. He and April Noren of TechSmith are administrators.

Celebrate 40 Years of Computer Science at MSU on October 3, 2008

Celebrate 40 Years of Computer Science at MSU on October 3, 2008

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Keynote Speaker

September 3, 2008

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Ohl of Crowe Chizek will deliver the keynote address for the 40th anniversary celebration.

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msu.edu

July 29, 2008

Trivia Question

Our latest trivia question was inspired by the recent ICANN vote to allow the creation of new Internet domain names.

Was Michigan State University always MSU.EDU ?

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40th celebration featured in CSE Pipeline

July 23, 2008

The latest issue of CSE Pipeline features photos and articles about the 40th anniversary celebration. Be sure to read Kevin Ohl’s column “An Alumnus Looks Back.”

You can also read about the CSE Collaborative Design course, our faculty and students, the Information Technology Empowerment Center of Lansing, the MSU WIC girl scout outreach workshop, and the Women In Engineering program.

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1976

July 17, 2008

Trivia Question

Lawrence Von Tersch presents award to student

Lawrence Von Tersch presents award to student

Dr. Lawrence W. Von Tersch was founding director of the MSU computer lab and Dean of the College of Engineering from 1968-1989. Von Tersch is distributing prizes in this 1976 photo.

What was the occasion?

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Only 40 years?

July 15, 2008

An alumnus shares memories of life as an MSU student in the late 1960’s:

“I fell in love with computers in my first semester at MSU (1966) and graduated with my BS Computer Science degree in 1970. Lots of memories punching card decks (programming), duplicating them so we could make one change in the deck and get two runs on the overnight compile process. Our big fancy CDC 3600 was replaced with a very cool 6600. I hope some of you got to see messages someone programmed to display across the console using the rectangular status lights. I remember looking at real core memory (invented by Dr. An Wang), reading computer tape with a magnifier, and making great printouts of pictures on the line printer using only alphabetic characters. Ongoing debates of Cobol vs. Fortran – some of us preferred Assembler (DrumScope). The big news was about how one of our CS guys got $10K for making the Fast Fortran compiler.

Everything I learned was obsolete each semester since technology was moving so fast. We had long hair; protested the Vietnam War; went to Woodstock; drove 19 hours each way to Florida for a Saturday/Sunday of sunshine in the winter – making it back to Monday 8am class; and hung out at Coral Gables ogling the pretty sorority girls. Us geeks went on to build an amazing industry, make a bunch of money, marry beautiful women, live in California, and buy Porsches and Ferraris.”

— Tom Politowski, 1970