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Neumont University was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accredited bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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Neumont University's official blogs shares the stories of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff to illustrate the Neumont experience. 

 

An introduction to computer science

Krista Smith

Neumont University Computer Science Instructor Matt Warner tackles the question of what is computer science with a succinct answer. "Computer science is using software to solve problems for people."

In a brief introductory video, he explains that software development is writing a list of instructions for a computer to understand. The example he uses to describe this process is the classic game, Tic Tac Toe.

He challenges incoming freshman who are new to computer science and Neumont University to write (yes, really) in plain English a set of instructions that a person can use to always win Tic Tac Toe. If you've dabbled in programming, he suggests writing a set of instructions for the game Four In A Row. He also suggests testing the instructions by asking someone else to play the game with following what you've written exactly. 

Students attending Freshman Orientation in September will be asked to complete a similar task as they learn more about what it means to be a Neumont University student. 

In the Class of 2019? RSVP for Freshman Orientation. 

Neumont University Announces the Winners of 2016 Summer Project Showcase

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Another successful Project Showcase is in the books! Every two quarter, Neumont University presents an event for students to show off what they've been working on in a friendly competition. This time, students competed in Gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise Project categories. Staff, faculty, alumni, friends, family, and classmates voted for their favorite projects. The winners are highlighted below. 

Students play "Rogue Bot" as the dev team looks on. 

Students play "Rogue Bot" as the dev team looks on. 

Students Joshua Stephens, Shawn McCuistion, and Denver Boyer won runner-up in the gaming category for Rogue Bot. They describe the game as "a top-down rogue-like shooter featuring gun and weapons. You play as a rebellious robot who explores randomly generated environments while shooting down hordes of alien robots." 

The team behind the winning game accept their prizes. 

The team behind the winning game accept their prizes. 

The winners of the gaming category create a game without a title. The working title was developed by Morgan McClure, Joshua Kauer, and Thadius Novak. They describe the game as a top-down, third-person dungeon crawler where player choose between to different play styles to see how far they can get.

The student behind DA.I. Trader shares what was most challenging about developing the AI.

The student behind DA.I. Trader shares what was most challenging about developing the AI.

Jacob Ouellete was name the runner-up in the Capstone Project category for his project, DA.I. Trader. The website allows users to smartly invest in the stock market without requiring previous knowledge on the part of a user. The neural network analyzes past sock market data to make predictions for the future. 

Tyler Berry shows his project, NU Code to staff. 

Tyler Berry shows his project, NU Code to staff. 

For his coding problem website, NU Code, Tyler Berry was named best Capstone Project. H developed the website specifically for Neumont University students and faculty to use to host coding competitions and to submit and solve problems. You can check out the site here

Adam Nogowski accepts the award on behalf of his team for their Enterprise Project with IGT.

Adam Nogowski accepts the award on behalf of his team for their Enterprise Project with IGT.

For their Enterprise Project with IGT, Neumont University students developed applications for Amazon Echo. The winning team included Edward Latina, Scott Fries, Vincent Malmrose, and Adam Nogowski. 

For their work with Neumont University, Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts were named best Enterprise Project.

For their work with Neumont University, Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts were named best Enterprise Project.

Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts developed a tool for every faculty member at Neumont University to use to store the records of how classes were taught. This historical data is referred to as The Vault. It is provided to all future instructors. The Vault holds information such as course objectives, course assignments and assessments, and details on how each objective was taught and whether or not it was successful. 

For their Enterprise Project with Mura Interactive, BSGD students helped develop DubWars. 

For their Enterprise Project with Mura Interactive, BSGD students helped develop DubWars. 

An Enterprise Project, DubWars was named the favorite of faculty and staff. The Enterprise Project team of Emerson Shaffer and Jacob Meyers developed a music game that combines the mechanics of a top-down shooter with dubstep and electronic music with Mura Interactive. The weapons are synced to the music creating times of intense weapon load outs and calm moments to test survival skills. The game is available for purchase on Steam

Kyle Kacprzynski's Mydi MIDI was name the audience favorite at Project Showcase. 

Kyle Kacprzynski's Mydi MIDI was name the audience favorite at Project Showcase. 

Web design and development student, Kyle Kacprzynski created Mydi MIDI to help pianists compose in real-time. The browser-based app listens to a MIDI keyboard and constructs sheet music from the composition in real-time on an HTML5 Canvas. It also supports editing, metronome, audio playback, and an option to export. The app also has a mobile component for users who can't connect a computer to their piano. The project is available now at www.mydimidi.com

Congratulations to all of our presenters on a job well done! 

If you didn't make it to Project Showcase and would like to get an idea of what the event is like, we suggest checking out our live stream

A Day in the Life of a Neumont University Student

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In Katie's final quarter as a Neumont University freshman, she agreed to spend a few days filming the typical things she does as an aspiring game developer. Her friends and roommates were up to the challenge, and they shared with us footage from a few different days. 

Katie then edited all of the footage together into a quick video to share what it's like to live a day as an NU student in Salt Lake City, Utah. Katie is from a small town in northern California where she graduated from high school as valedictorian. She now vlogs about her adventures as a software and game development student in Utah as KatieFoo32. You can check out her channel here

Thank you Katie, Mary, and the rest of the crew for sharing your day with us! 

Why Neumont University's Career Week Matters

Krista Smith

Each quarter at Neumont University, Career Services hosts a "Career Week." And like so many other things Neumont, we do things differently. Career Week typically consists of several smaller events. Tech Talks are held each day at 12 p.m. in Room 323, interviews take place on campus every day, and networking events. 

Tech Talks

Students are encouraged to attend presentations, or Tech Talks, where representatives (usually a software developer and hiring manager) share what it's like to work at their company and the kinds of talent and skills they are looking to hire. NU's Industry Partners also buy lunch for the students who attend the event and often stick around to get to know students one-on-one after the presentation. Over the years, we've had Tech Talks from Google, Obsidian, 3M, EA, Activision, 1-800 Contacts, Oracle, and more. 

For a complete schedule of this week's Tech Talks, check out our Facebook page. 

Interviews

Throughout the quarter, but with particular emphasis on Career Week, you'll find students interviewing in offices around campus. Freshman have transformed from nervous teens to confident young adults sharing their skills with potential employers. And because our grads go on to work across the country, they often interview online too. 

Students are prepared for their interviews through a series of professional development courses and coaching from Career Services staff. 

Networking Events

An Industry Partner i.e. employer of Neumont grads may choose to host a small informal gathering in the evening to get to know students in a more casual environment. Typically, these events are held in The Commons and are open to everyone.

+ Career Fair

If you thought Career Week meant recruiters standing at booths in a large room as students jostled to hand over their resumes, then we have that too. Neumont University's Career Fair is held just once a year in November for all students to get acquainted with local and national companies looking to hire tech super stars. 

Like we said, Career Week is different. We offer students and employers four opportunities a year to get to know each other, and our Career Services department works with every student to ensure they are prepared to apply, interview, and accept a job offer before they graduate. 

If you would like to learn more about how our Career Services staff helps grads launch there tech careers, go here

If you would like to hire our grads, please contact careerservices@neumont.edu.

Mark Your Calendar: The Deadline to Finalize Your Place in #Neumont19 is Nearly Here

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On Monday, August 1, Neumont University's Class of 2019 will complete some of the last steps needed to finalize their seats (and laptops) on campus this coming September. The final steps include:

Completing Financial Aid. Students will need to finalize their payment plan for college after submitting a FAFSA and Financial Aid Application. Our Office of Financial Aid works closely with every student to ensure all scholarships, grants, and loans are complete. 

Registering for Student  Housing. All freshman students at Neumont are required to live in university-sponsored housing for their first four quarters of attendance (unless an exemption is granted by the Dean of Students). Freshman must complete a housing application to help us learn more about you and pair you with your future roommates and pay a housing deposit to hold your apartment. Housing Move-in is Friday, September 16. You will receive your housing assignment and roommate information in mid-August. 

Submit Final Official Transcripts. Now that freshman have completed high school, it's time to submit official transcripts. These must be mailed to: 

Neumont University
Office of Admissions: Records
143 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

RSVP for Freshman Orientation: Now that everything else is complete, freshmen need to let us know they (and their parent(s) or guardian(s)) will be joining us on Saturday, September 17 for Orientation Kickoff. At this event, freshman will receive their laptop and books. Additionally, it's a time for students and their families to hear an overview of Neumont University, including resources that are available to help students succeed. 

Complete all of these steps on the Accepted Student Portal. If you need any help at all or would like to request an extension on the deadline, please contact your Admissions Officer. 

Once all of these steps are completed, future freshman can relax, kickback and enjoy the rest of their summer. We'll see you in September!

How to enjoy your holiday weekend

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Neumont University students will celebrate the end of sprint one and the half-way point in the 2016 Summer Quarter with a grading day on Friday, July 22. This year, it just so happens to coincide with a state holiday in Utah: Pioneer Day.

The state celebrate Pioneer Day with parades, rodeos, festivals, and more. (Plus, we won't have classes on Monday, July 25.) Below are just a few of the activities you can participate in around Salt Lake City to liven up your four-day weekend.  

Kickoff the Twilight Concert Series for the summer at Pioneer Park. Tickets are $5 to see Chet Flake tonight. For more, including the full season lineup, go here.

If Neumont University and completely free are more your style, Residence Life is playing dodge ball tonight. Meet up in The Commons at 6:30 p.m. for a couple hours to unplug and play. The series will continue next Thursday with even more outdoor events. 

Friday, July 22 is Gaming Day (uh...grading day) here at Neumont University. Lagoon tickets for Saturday, August 20 will be the grand prize for players in pool and ping pong tournaments. Plus, we'll have several different games going on all day beginning at 12 p.m. in The Commons. 

What comes after a day of gaming? A day (or two) of creating! Students are invited to participate in a 48-hour Game Jam. The event will start at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Students can work individually or in teams to program a game from start to finish in just 48 hours. All submissions must be received by 12 p.m. on Monday, July 25. Check your email for more information. 

Image courtesy of  SLTrib.com

Image courtesy of  SLTrib.com

Salt Lake City's Days of '47 Pioneer Day Parade is on Monday, July 25 at 9 a.m. through downtown Salt Lake City on 200 East to Liberty Park. Once the parade ends, a festival begins at 12 p.m. at Liberty Park. Join the Native American Celebration in the Park for a celebration of traditional food, games, and dance. Admission is $10 at the gate. The festival is followed by a free firework show at 10 p.m. at the nearby Herman Franks Park. 

Congrats on a sprint well done! And we'll see you back in class on Tuesday, July 26!

Unified Student Government and You

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Here at Neumont University we pride ourselves on our small, close-knit community. Staff and faculty strive to ensure every student is supported during their time here so that you can graduate on time and get hired in the tech industry. One of the key groups, staff and faculty discuss current student issues with is the Unified Student Government. 

The group is elected by their peers. They meet weekly to discuss issues on campus and ways Neumont University can be improved. USG is responsible for implementing new policy and procedures that impacts every students experience here. The organization has the final vote on all clubs and organizations that are formed at Neumont in addition to providing feedback to academics and student life. 

Currently, we are seeking to reboot USG and filling all positions. This means it's your opportunity to run for office and make Neumont a better place.

The application process for the executive team has closed. Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates run separately. This week Dani Meyer, Jordan Slaven, and John Ngo will campaign for president. Meanwhile, Shane Roleaux, Daniel Nostrom, and Sai Dilip Ponnoaganti will campaign for vice president. 

Students running for President and Vice President will present stump speeches in The Commons at 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 14. Voting for those positions will take place on Friday, July 15. The new President and Vice President will be announced on Monday.

We are currently accepting applications for students wishing to run for Senate positions. Senators represent each of the degree programs (two students representing computer science, two representing game dev, and so on). If you would like to run for Senate, you must submit an application to the Office of Student Affairs by Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m. To be eligible, you must collect at least 30 signatures from your peers supporting your bid for Senate. A senator can serve for an unlimited number of terms, each term is three quarters or one academic year. All students voted into office must be in good academic standing. 

Students who wish to apply to the Senate may contact Corrine or JP in the Office of Student Affairs for additional information. 

An Important Message From the Director of Financial Aid

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As we near the deadline for students who expect to start classes at Neumont University this fall, it becomes critical for accepted students to complete all financial aid steps on the Accepted Student Portal. Each of these steps must be completed before the deadline of August 1 to ensure your funding is secured. 

The financial aid process can be complicated. You may need to complete many small steps to fund your education including a financial aid application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarship applications, loan applications, master promissory notes, and more. Most of you have already completed your financial aid application and FAFSA for Neumont University. Those are just the first steps, and we're here to help you complete any remaining steps you may have.

If you need any assistance at all, we're always happy to help. You can email us at financialaid@neumont.edu or call 888-638-6668. We'll walk you through every step of the process. 

Project-based and year-round learning

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At Neumont University, we're proud that we do things differently. 

One of the features we most often get asked about is our year-round academic calendar. We strongly believe the best way to learn to code is to, well..., code. And one of the best ways to retain all that new information is to continually practice. Technology doesn't stop changing just because our students aren't in the classroom, and so we developed a year-round academic schedule to keep our students up-to-date on the latest tech. 

Summer time is the quintessential example of this philosophy in action. It's averaging 90 degrees outside and our students are in cool classrooms learning new skills Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get in, get out, get paid. It's a mantra we live by. 

Even better, this week we're trying something new and livestreaming one of our computer science classes. Tune in to our YouTube channel on Thursday, June 30 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time and watch Instructor Matt Warner teach a lesson on application development to our newest cohort of students. 

Keep calm and code on.