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Centenary Student Mary Greene Earns ACS Engineering Internship


PLACE: ACS Technology Center, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

DATE: May 20, 2004

WHAT: ACS Software Engineering Internships

WHERE: ACS Technology Center, Southwestern University

WHEN: May 30-July 30, 2004


Ten students from six ACS and NITLE Southern Region institutions will participate in the second annual summer Software Engineering Internship
at the ACS Technology Center. Interns learn software engineering by studying with faculty and working as a team to design and code software
that will be used by the ACS consortium. The 2004 program will run from
May 30-July 30, 2004. Participating students are:

• Blake Anderson, Rhodes College
• Shane Baumgartner, Southwestern University
• Joe Bertles, Trinity University
• Kelson Gist, Southwestern University
Mary Greene, Centenary College
• Horace M. Perry, University of the South
• Binaya Poudyal, Austin College
• Rajat B. Shrestha, Austin College
• Noelle Dian Wanzer, Austin College
• Jennifer Wilson, Trinity University

Software Engineering faculty will provide instruction in the first five weeks of the program, while the remaining weeks are spent on developing
the software project.

Faculty for Summer 2004 include:

• Paula Gabbert, Furman University
• Michael Higgs, Austin College
• Donald Schwartz, Millsaps College
• Eric Jansson, Assistant Director for Systems and Development, ACS Tech Center

Summer interns learn extreme programming (XP), one of the latest approaches to software engineering. Programmers work in pairs and rotate tasks so that all team members will have the opportunity to work on each aspect of their project. This approach facilitates rapid development by having customers on site for consultation, releasing versions of the software quickly, e.g., every two weeks, and developing the design with an initial overall architecture and daily "stand-up" meetings. Faculty will teach in the first five weeks of the internship, and guide the interns in their project work for the remaining weeks.

This summer interns will create a web-based client for the Fedora Open Source Digital Repository Management System (http://fedora.info). The Fedora system is a digital assets management (DAM) system that stores and indexes digital objects of all kinds (images, audio files, documents, etc) and allows them to be searched and retrieved. Fedora is designed to address a growing problem in higher education: the need to archive, manage and distribute fast-growing collections of digital
artifacts. This product will be made freely available to any NITLE faculty or staff member. We hope that this project will enable ACS and NITLE institutions to consider using Fedora for creating and maintaining institutional repositories. As a next step, ACSTC will set up a consortial test repository that will afford member institutions the opportunity to evaluate the software to learn if it meets local (or consortial needs). The software (like Fedora itself) will be freely available under an open-source license.

For more information, go to www.colleges.org/techcenter/se or contact
Rebecca Frost Davis, Assistant Director for Instructional Technology,
ACS Tech Center, at rdavis@colleges.org.

ABOUT ACS: The Associated Colleges of the South comprises sixteen liberal arts institutions in twelve southern states. Incorporated in August of 1991, the ACS has a mission to make the case for liberal arts education and to strengthen academic programs of our member institutions through collaboration.

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