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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 College of Computer Science Announces Project Showcase Winners

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Neumont College of Computer Science is pleased to announce the winners of the most recent Project Showcase held Friday, September 1, 2017.

"Project Showcase is a microcosm of what we do at Neumont," says Neumont College of Computer Science President Shaun McAlmont. "The event highlights students' tech creations and provides a look at the ingenuity coming from our students who are ultimately the STEM-leaders of the future."

Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award for his game, "Gemetary."

Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award for his game, "Gemetary."

"Gemetary" by Justin Furtado took home the Audience Choice Award, for his infinite-maze game set in a cemetery of gems, where players are tasked with collecting as many treasures as possible while avoiding spiders, skeletons and exploding tombstones.

Kyle St. Amant's "Lost Light" was the runner-up in the gaming category. 

Kyle St. Amant's "Lost Light" was the runner-up in the gaming category. 

Additional award winners included "Lost Light," the runner-up in the gaming category by Kyle St. Amant, and winner Shawn McCuistion for "System Failure." "Lost Light" challenges players to scavenge for better equipment to survive in a mysterious world. "System Failure" is a 3D first-person shooter where a player must navigate randomly populated rooms to survive.

Shawn McCuistion's "System Failure" won the gaming category. 

Shawn McCuistion's "System Failure" won the gaming category. 

The non-gaming category ended in a tie between "Wine & Dine" by Sophie Wargo and "Hearth" by Mary Schultz, Ben Goff and Ryan Stead. 

"Hearth" developed by Ryan Stead, Ben Goff, and Mary Shultz tied with "Wine & Dine" for best app in the non-gaming category. 

"Hearth" developed by Ryan Stead, Ben Goff, and Mary Shultz tied with "Wine & Dine" for best app in the non-gaming category. 

"Wine & Dine" is a web application that takes in a user's food preferences, then generates a meal to cook (complete with ingredients and recipe). It also suggests a wine to pair with the meal based on flavors. "Hearth" is a recipe-sharing application across web and Android platforms, where users can create, share, review, save and store their favorite recipes.

Sophie Wargo's "Wine & Dine" tied with "Hearth" to win the non-gaming category.

Sophie Wargo's "Wine & Dine" tied with "Hearth" to win the non-gaming category.

Neumont College of Computer Science focuses on being the leader in computer science education. At its Salt Lake Citycampus, Neumont offers bachelor's degrees in software and game development, computer information systems, technology management, and web design and development. The college also hosts an online software development degree.

For more information about Project Showcase and Neumont College of Computer Science, visit www.neumont.edu.

Neumont's Guide to Freshman Orientation

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Neumont College of Computer Science's Freshman Orientation for the Class of 2020 is almost here! And we can't wait to welcome the newest cohort of students to our campus in Salt Lake City. Before you board that airplane, we have some advice for how to make the most of your first week or Week Zero at Neumont. During Week Zero, you'll take Freshman Seminar a course packed with tech-focused activities to help you get acclimated to Salt Lake City, Neumont, and learning technology. 

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1. Make new friends

Housing Move-in Day and Orientation Kickoff are two great opportunities to start making new friends. Your college experience will be greatly influenced by who you choose to surround yourself with, so start finding your favorite people now. Everyone here shares your interest in technology, you already have something to talk about, so don't be afraid to start a conversation. 

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2. Pack the important stuff

You're embarking on a new adventure, make sure to be prepared. We strongly encourage students to bring the following items:

  • Laptop Bag
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Wireless mouse
  • External hard drive
  • HDMI cable
  • Chargers
  • Notebooks
  • Pens or pencils
  • Bedding for a standard twin bed
  • Heavy coat
  • Winter boots

A more complete packing list can be found on the Accepted Student Portal in the Residence Life section. Additionally, you should have received your housing assignment with exact move-in time and location via email and mail. Please plan to arrive on time as this will help ensure everyone has a positive move in experience. If you haven't received your housing assignment yet, please contact your Admissions Officer at 888-638-6668 right away. 

As a reminder, if some items you are bringing are too large to bring with you, you may have them shipped to campus prior to your arrival. Please contact Residence Life Coordinator Emily Renda at erenda@neumont.edu to make arrangements.

Neumont's student housing apartment buildings are located near grocery stores and big box retailers, so you may purchase other items when you arrive. 

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3. Try out public transportation

As a Neumont student, you will receive a UTA Student Pass. This will allow you to use Salt Lake City's light rail (TRAX) and bus system. This network connects each of Neumont's housing facilities in addition to connecting downtown to the airport and surrounding suburbs. You can even take a ski bus to some of the local resorts during the winter season. For more information about Utah's public transit system including maps and schedules, please visit www.rideuta.com

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4. Attend Orientation Kickoff

On the morning of Saturday, September 23, you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) are encouraged to attend a brief presentation on Neumont, Salt Lake City, and more. During this event, you will receive your new Dell laptop in addition to your books, course schedule, and laptop bag (if you haven't already picked it up). 

This event coincides with Housing Orientation which all students living in Neumont housing must attend at 2 p.m. on campus at 143 South Main Street. 

For a more detailed agenda of this event, check out the Program Guide. 

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5. Be ready to learn

They say attitude is everything, and while it probably isn't everything, it can make a difference in your experience. You may not have experience coding; you may have been coding your whole life. Either way, you're likely to learn something new during Week Zero either about tech, yourself, or your new home. The more comfortable you are with learning new things, the more you'll succeed. So why not give it a try and check out this Java course from Codecademy

We can't wait to see you there! If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact your Admissions Officer at admissions@neumont.edu or 888-638-6668. 

Neumont Freshman Laptop: Dell Precision 5520

Krista Smith

Each year, Neumont College of Computer Science freshman receive a new laptop to use throughout their education. (And yes, it's yours to keep after graduation.) 

For the fall of 2017, Neumont's newest cohort will receive the Dell Precision 5520. This laptop is designed for working professionals and is portable, beautiful, and sturdy. Here are the specs on this machine:

  • Processor Intel Core i7-7820HQ (Quad Core 2.90GHz, 3.90GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W, w/Intel HD Graphics 630)
  • Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64bit
  • Graphics Card Nvidia Quadro M1200 w/4GB GDDR5
  • Display 15.6" UltraSharp™ UHD IGZO (3840x2160) Touch Wide View LED-backlit
  • Memory 32GB, DDR4-2400MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS
  • Hard Drive M.2 PCIe 512GB SSD Class 50 
  • Wireless Intel WiFi Link 8265 Card (802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2), 2x2
  • Primary Battery 6-cell (97Wh) Lithium Ion battery with ExpressCharge
  • Optimizer Dell Precision Optimizer
     

Incoming freshmen will pick up their laptops at Freshman Orientation Kickoff on Friday, September 23 in downtown Salt Lake City. We'll see you there!

Learning by doing

Krista Smith

At Neumont College of Computer Science, we're all about hands-on, project-based learning where students actually develop meaningful projects using the tech, languages, and tools that are currently in demand in the tech industry. They work in small teams developing projects from idea to implementation. 

Part of learning by doing also means giving students opportunities to show off what they've coded. That's why we hold Project Showcase twice a year. This fall, students will demonstrate what they've created on Friday, September 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our campus in Salt Lake City. 

The best way to learn to code is to code. 

Even better, you're invited to check out their games, apps, websites, tools, and other creations! Join us to gain an understanding of what exactly we mean when we say project-based learning. You'll meet students, faculty, and staff, and have ample opportunity to test-drive amazing ideas current students have developed into working prototypes. 

Project Showcase

Friday, September 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

143 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

You can learn more about this bi-annual event here. If you would like to visit Neumont during Project Showcase, please email events@neumont.edu to arrange your visit. 

Do you have what it takes to learn in our rigorous, project-based environment? Submit your transcripts, test scores, application fee, and Application for Admission now at www.neumont.edu/apply, and you'll automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship. No separate application needed.

President Shaun McAlmont Confirms Continued Progress in Neumont’s Accreditation Process

Shaun McAlmont

“One of the most important steps of the accreditation process is the assessment of the visiting team. The accrediting team visited Neumont early last month and shared their very positive impressions and also comments for our consideration." 

"There are only two remaining steps in the accreditation process: responding to the visiting team’s comments, and waiting for a final vote of approval from the commissioning body which ultimately determines acceptance. We look forward to hearing back from the accrediting body as we complete these final steps in the process.” 

As a reminder, the accreditation process is a multi-layered process that began months ago with an initial application, a self-evaluation report and scheduling a visiting team. The ‘Visiting Team’ process includes an in-depth review of all Neumont course requirements, marketing and outreach materials as well as interviews with faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Neumont College of Computer Science has met all submission requirements well-ahead of the deadlines.”

Neumont College of Computer Science - A Message From The President

Krista Smith

From the time I began as president, it was clear that a bachelor’s degree from Neumont is different. And every day, as I watch faculty and students share their passion and love for technology it’s clear to me that at Neumont, we are the best at what we do; teaching computer science.

Our expertise is computer science. Neumont’s unique approach to education has always meant a balance of traditional college theory, tech school skills, and a project-based rigorous experience that is unparalleled in its approach and outcomes. It’s time our name better reflected who we are and what we do.

I am excited to announce we’re changing our name to Neumont College of Computer Science.

In Utah alone there are more than 3,800 open computer science jobs – that’s 2.6 times the average demand rate in Utah. On a national level, there are currently 500,000 open computer science jobs, and they’re projected to grow at twice the rate of other jobs. As a nation, we’re experiencing a shortage in computing-specific STEM jobs, and Neumont is committed to help closing the gap. We’re going to do it by doing what we do best, but we can’t help more students get career-ready computer science education if they don’t know who we are. Our recognition in the STEM environment should be immediate.

That’s why Neumont College of Computer Science is the best name for our institution. Neumont students don’t sit through hours of lectures on theory or the history of computing. Neumont students learn in small, hands-on, project-based classes. There is no football team, Greek row or tens of thousands of students to compete with. The very nature of the word university does not allow for specialization in the title. Those assumptions are something we’ve worked hard not to be.

It’s time our name fully embraces who we are. We’re Neumont College of Computer Science.

We will join Boston College, Dartmouth College, Olin College of Engineering and a bevy of other high quality baccalaureate granting colleges around the country with this change.

Join me in celebrating this next step in Neumont’s history that will reinforce Neumont’s commitment to better teaching, higher intensity, and a closer tie to the realities of the tech industry. Our vision is to best the best at computer science education, so we’re changing our name to better reflect our identity.

I invite you to learn more about this change at www.neumont.edu/college

Five Bachelor's Degrees in Technology at Neumont

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At Neumont, there are five different bachelor's degrees to choose from. All have one thing in common--technology. 

Over the last month, faculty have been interviewed on Facebook Live about each of the degree programs and have offered their advice for success at Neumont and in the tech industry. 

Kellie Thompson, Computer Science

As Faculty Chair of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree, Kellie suggests students get comfortable with typing quickly and accurately to take better notes and code along with instructors. She also encourages students to get comfortable with asking for help now as well as learning some of the basics for living on your own at college. 

Ben Fletcher, Information Systems

The Faculty Chair of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree Ben Fletcher shares his insights into what it means to earn a degree in the tech field. He also includes hint on how to start creating cool things now. His advice? "Break things." 

Matt Warner, Technology Management

Matt Warner is the faculty chair of the Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Operations Management. He encourages students to start thinking logically and creatively now. He also offers advise for brushing up on communication skills to ensure a smooth transition to college. 

Tom Beatty, Web Dev

As the chair of the Bachelor of Science in Web Design and Development degree, Tom Beatty wants students to know that the degree is a combination of art and science. Students in the program learn full-stack web development, meaning they're comfortable with both the front-end and back-end technologies required for any modern site or app. He advises students to start teaching themselves code now. 

Josh Krebs, Game Dev

Instructor Josh Krebs has taught computer science courses, web dev courses, and game development courses in his time at Neumont. As Interim Faculty Chair of the Bachelor of Science in Software and Game Development degree, he worked with the academic team to update the curriculum. He encourages students to commit to learning new skills now to succeed in the industry. He says with enough grit and plenty of hard work plus a willingness to ask for help any student can succeed at Neumont and in tech. 

Learn more about Neumont's degree programs. Ready to apply? Start your Application for Admission.   

Enterprise Project Partnerships at Neumont

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Each quarter, students in all five bachelor's degree programs at Neumont enroll in Enterprise Projects. These courses provide students with the opportunity to complete a project for a client company. The companies change every quarter with some companies providing multiple projects over time for students to hone their skills while other companies are looking to complete a single project and move on. 

For the summer of 2017, Neumont has eight Enterprise Projects with some great Industry Partners summarized below:

A student presents his Enterprise Project at Project Showcase. 

A student presents his Enterprise Project at Project Showcase. 

  • DealerTrack: Summit Launcher is a DealerTrack project where students with knowledge of AngularJS, .NET Core, RESTful web services, and Amazon Web Services are building an internal tool for the integrated automotive dealership tech company. 
  • Graduation Alliance: Students using Microsoft, .NET MVC5, MS SQL Server, and third-party frameworks like AngularJS, RabbitMQ, Redis, SignalR, and Webpack will create and test a content management system and modules for applications within "Voyager" (an online platform for career planning and education). Graduation Alliance offers online learning to help more students graduate from high school. 
  • IGT: Using Unity, C#, MS Office Extensions, IGT Game SDK, and IGT Game Projects, game development students are creating a tool that allows engineers to drop a game rules document into Unity creating new game objects for every rule described. IGT creates lotteries, machine games, and social games. 
  • PriorityDispatch: Students on this project are developing an event management application that will assist the company in planning professional conferences. The app is being built in ASP.NET MVC with Entity framework. 
  • RizePoint: Students are continuing work to implement two Microsoft WSUS servers in separate environments. The students on this team are required to work on different projects across the company including a design update on the RizePoint app, developing automation tools for engineering, moving RizePoint to the cloud, and modernizing the back-end of their system. RizePoint offers quality management software. 
  • Willis Towers Watson: The company is offering two different projects this quarter with one student team focusing on documentation of existing processes. They'll also create MS SQL systems and testing current systems. The second student team will work to document audits and client requirements. Willis Towers Watson offers management solutions to companies. 
  • Tribal-D: The student team on this project is developing a mobile app for both iOS and Android that gathers data on remote offline devices syncing them to an existing database. A REST API will also be developed to connect with the mobile app. The app will allow users to collect notes as they work on cases. Students are expected to use C#, JavaScript, PhoneGap, Sencha Touch, MVC, Rest API, and more. Tribal-D and Tribe Vue provide Native American tribal leaders with technology and resources needed to help support their communities. 
  • Voonami: Actually due to non-disclosure agreements, we can only tell you we have a project with them. Voonami provides data centers for companies to outsource their information systems infrastructure to. 

Through Enterprise Projects, students gain real-world, meaningful experience before they graduate. Students use the projects to establish a strong resume and the experience to shape their classroom knowledge into professional experience. All of this helps our students graduate ready to launch their careers in the tech industry. 

Students take a break at Graduation Alliance. 

Students take a break at Graduation Alliance. 

Can't wait to get real-world experience before you graduate with a bachelor's degree? Students accepted to the Class of 2020 must complete all of their financial aid steps by July 17, 2017. Check your status on the Accepted Student Portal to see what steps you have left. Students interested in attending Neumont in the fall of 2018, can start their Application for Admission now. 

Interested in participating in Enterprise Projects to see how our students fit into your company? Contact Neumont Director of Corporate Relations Britta Nelson to see what our students can do for you. 

Salt Lake City's Serious Summer Summary

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With the Utah Arts Festival kicking off today at Library Square and summer quarter just a few days away, it's time to give you the lowdown on how to get down this summer in Salt Lake. 

Salt Lake Gaming Con, Salt Lake Comic Con, Game Tyrant Expo

Get your geek on with conventions all summer long with conventions throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Tickets start at $12 and go from there for these events. And who knows? Maybe you'll see some Neumonters. 

Salt Lake Gaming Con is July 7-8 at the South Towne Expo Center. Be sure to stop by and say hi to the admissions team. Then it's on to Salt Lake Comic Con which is taking place during Freshman Orientation Kickoff. The three-day event in late September is a great place for cosplay, celebrity spotting, and loading up on fan art. Finally, we're intrigued by the Game Tryant Expo, this gaming tournament will be the largest esports event of its kind ever in Utah.

Free or cheap outdoor concert series

With the Twilight Concert Series on Thursday nights and Salt City Sounds on Wednesdays, students have two opportunities each week to hear great acts live in downtown Salt Lake. That's in addition to a great lineup of musicians at other venues around town. If you need more music in your life, check out the Red Butte Gardens Concert Series near the University of Utah, USANA Amphitheater in West Valley, and the Deer Valley Music Festival near Park City. 

Hiking, biking, and all the outdoors you can handle

It may be scary, but it's always a great break from the city to embrace the nearby nature. An early morning hike up City Creek Canyon or a bike ride along the Jordan River may just help you relax, reset, and enjoy the beauty of the city this summer. Keep an eye out for Unplug & Play events with Neumont's Resident Advisors to help you get to know SLC's outdoor scene. There's also a camping trip scheduled for July 30-31 at Crystal Hot Springs. Contact JP to reserve your seat. 

Free or cheap film screenings

There's more than $5 Movie Nights in the summer. (Although don't forget to watch Valerian on Tuesday, July 25 with Neumont at the Gateway.) In addition to Neumont's own film festival on Friday, August 4 on campus, hot summer nights are rife with  free or cheap movie showings across the city. Cities and libraries show movies outside all summer long. Neumont will be headed to a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark at Library Square on Friday, August 18 at 8:30 p.m. The Tower Theater also has special screenings all summer long of cult classics like Ghost in the Shell, Clue, and The Big Lebowski. Tickets are $7 and screenings are every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all summer long. 

Baseball, roller derby, soccer, and a bunch of other sports probably

But we only pay a little bit of attention to those. However, Neumont will be headed down to the Star Wars-themed Salt Lake Bees game on Friday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. You can also take in a roller derby match on Saturday, July 15. Seating is limited for both events, so contact JP to reserve your spot. 

Farmers Markets, Food and Art Festivals

Pick a weekend and there's probably a festival in Downtown, Sugar House, or another area of the city. Some of the classic cultural celebrations include Greek Fest and Fiesta Italia. The Downtown Farmers Market on Saturdays at Pioneer Park is always crowded and a good time for finding local art, crafts, and foods. When it comes to the arts, there's the aforementioned Utah Arts Festival, Craft Lake City, and Urban Arts Fest. Some other stand out events include SLCVEGFEST and Crucialfest

This is just a sampling of what's available for an exciting and adventurous summer. Check out Visit Salt Lake for more great events and activities.