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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 Congratulates 2017 Capstone Project Invitational Winners Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski

Krista Smith

Neumont University, a university offering bachelor’s degrees in computer science and related fields, congratulates Tyler Berry and Kyle Kacprzynski as the winners of the university’s Capstone Project Invitational held on Friday, January 13 at the Salt Lake City Public Library in downtown. The two winners were chosen from five finalists out of more than 40 projects. 

The Industry Award went to Kyle Kacprzynski (Cleveland, Ohio) who created “Mydi MIDI”— a live sheet music composer application that can utilize a computer keyboard and speakers or a USB-enabled MIDI keyboard. Kacprzynski will graduate from Neumont this spring with a bachelor’s degree in web design and development.

Tyler Berry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took home the Alumni Choice Award for “NU Code”— a competitive coding challenge website (think “Code Wars”) which compiles and executes code remotely. Berry will graduate from Neumont in March 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He plans to start his tech career as a software engineer at Google in September. 

“Capstone is a senior project on steroids,” said Dr. Aaron Reed, chief operating and academic officer, “and perhaps the most intense and rewarding individual component of Neumont’s curriculum.”

In capstone projects, students imagine and develop a project from the ground up in 10 weeks on their own. By completing their capstone project, students prove they are ready to begin the pinnacle of Neumont’s project-based experience: Enterprise projects where teams of students work with industry-leading companies on enterprise-level projects. 

“Our Capstone Project Invitational is an opportunity to showcase the best-of-the-best of our students’ creative and problem-solving acumen,” President Shaun McAlmont explained. 

According to McAlmont, “This endeavor to create, build and fully execute at this level of competency is a fundamental piece of Neumont’s project-based learning curriculum and why Neumont graduates have the successful outcomes they do year after year.” He said referring to the 97 percent of Neumont graduates are employed in the field of computer science within six months of graduation with an average starting salary of $63,000.

Neumont offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and related disciplines in three years. Neumont was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003 to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accelerated degree that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum

2016 Holiday Message from the President of Neumont University

Shaun McAlmont

As 2016 winds to a close, there is a natural tendency to look back on the last year and the change that it has brought. For many of us, 2016 was an unusually difficult year with many changes and challenges. Neumont was no exception. Below are a few of the changes our institution went through in the last year.  

  • We graduated the largest class ever from Neumont in March. 
  • We hired new staff and faculty to fill open and new roles as long-time staff and faculty moved on to new chapters in their careers throughout the year. 
  • In July, we saw the start of an official Neumont Alumni Association to help our graduates continue to stay in touch with one another and connected to the university.
  • We applied to a new accreditor, prior to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools could no longer accredit institutions of higher education. The process continues according to plan. 
  • We started the largest class of freshmen than ever at Neumont in September. 
  • We taught a couple classes online to help accommodate our growing student body this last quarter. 
  • And we hosted and participated in more events on our campus and in Salt Lake City throughout the year than ever before.

I am proud of Neumont’s community including staff, students, faculty, and alumni for rising to the challenges this last year presented and moving forward together as we continue our focus on offering an unparalleled computer science education. 

We look forward to a rewarding year in 2017. We wish you all a wonderful holiday and joyful new year. 

Shaun McAlmont
President
Neumont University

The Top Five Reasons To Attend Freshman Experience

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Each year, Neumont University hosts accepted students for the event of a lifetime. Freshman Experience a.k.a. FReX gives future students the opportunity to see our campus in person and determine if Neumont is right for them. And although there are many reasons to visit Nemont, below are the five we think are the most important.

1. See the campus and tour student housing. Did you know 85% of our students are from out-of-state? That means for many of our current students the first time they visited Utah was when they attended FReX at Neumont's campus. It's okay if FReX is your first visit to our campus. It will be for just about everyone there. You'll get to check out our high-tech campus and downtown Salt Lake City with a first-hand look at how this can be your new home away from home. 

2. Check out downtown Salt Lake City. Neumont's campus is smack dab in the middle of SLC. Our campus extends from our front doors to a city of art, cultural events, street fairs, farmers markets, shops, restaurants, parks, entertainment venues, and outdoor recreation. Plus, Utah's public transportation system can get you where you need to be. 

3. Get to know other future students. You'll likely meet your future roommates, classmates, and start lifelong friendships at FReX. During the weekend, you'll get to know other future students through fun activities like our all-things-game student social. 

4. Meet current students faculty and staff. You'll have a chance to get answers to all of your questions as you meet current students, faculty, and staff during FReX events. You and your parent(s)/guardian(s) will hear from key members of Neumont's staff and faculty during presentations. You'll also get to hang out with Student Ambassadors, current students who will serve as your guide to all things FReX for the weekend. 

5. See project-based learning in action. We talk about our unique curriculum for learning software development a lot. And you're probably wondering just what exactly we mean when we say, "hands-on, project-based learning." The best way to understand this approach is to see it in person. At our Project Showcase event, students will show you the websites, apps, robots, and more they've built over 10 weeks. 

Visit Neumont University to find out if we're right for you

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One of the best ways to find out if Neumont University is right for you is to visit our campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

That's why we hold events throughout the year that are open to the public. On Friday, January 13, 2017, you can see some of the best projects developed by students in the last year. Capstone Project Invitational is open to the public at the Salt Lake City Public Library. If you would also like to tour our campus, call 888-638-6668 to make an appointment with your Admissions Officer. 

Just  a few weeks later, on Friday, February 10, 2017, we'll also host applicants and their parents for a day of presentations, lunch, and tours. If you are considering attending Neumont in the fall, this event may be right for you. Get more details about what to expect and how to register here.

Of course, our biggest events of the year are Freshman Experience. FReX is an event for accepted students. Students in #neumont20 and their parents are encouraged to visit us either March 10-11 or April 14-15, 2017. The event starts with presentations, a lunch with students and faculty, highlights projects from current students, and ends with a legendary gaming night with future and current students. You can learn more about the event here. To be invited you must be an accepted student in the Class of 2020, so submit your Application for Admission by January 30, 2017 to find out whether or not you've been accepted. 

Visiting Neumont is your opportunity to ask questions, get to know current students, staff, and faculty, and to get a sense of life in Salt Lake City. We want every future student to feel confident in their decision to attend Neumont. Call 888-638-6668 or email admissions@neumont.edu to arrange your visit now. 

Your 2017-2018 FAFSA is Waiting for You

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The U.S. Department of Education, has more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. This money is disbursed to college students each academic year to help you pay for college. To find out if you qualify for federal student aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA as it's more commonly known. 

At Neumont, we encourage every applicant to submit a FAFSA. Why?

  1. It's free and easy to complete the FAFSA. You'll need your social security card or permanent residency card, you and/or your parents 2015 tax information, any W2 forms you may have, and an FSA ID to complete the application. If you or your parents file taxes online, you can have that data imported. With a little work, the application can be completed in 30 minutes. 
  2. It qualifies you to receive federal student aid that you will miss out on if you don't apply. That means money to help you pay for school, including tuition, books, fees, and living expenses. The only way to get access to that aid is to complete the FAFSA
  3. It helps us understand your financial information. Using your FAFSA information, we can determine whether or not you qualify for additional Neumont scholarships like the Access Grant and the Women in Technology scholarship. 

Even better, students looking to start classes in the fall of 2017 can complete their FAFSA now. Complete your FAFSA and enter Neumont's school code (009948) to ensure we receive your information. 

Once we receive your FAFSA, we'll contact you to help you get everything in place to start classes at Neumont. If you have any questions or need assistance, call us at 888-638-6668 or email financialaid@neumont.edu. 

Thanksgiving wishes

Shaun McAlmont

Though recent times have seen our nation divided along several lines—gender, race, class, religion, and education—we can be hopeful that this point in history will prove to be the catalyst that guides us back to a more civil discourse. While many people have concerns, it is important to remember our responsibility of respecting each other. Now, more than ever, we must rely on the importance of education, empathy, compassion, and understanding. 
 
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

At Neumont, we are a small community, but we are a community that values and respects the principles of diversity, innovation, progress, and hard work. That makes us powerful beyond measure, especially as we move forward. Every single member of this community brings different beliefs and unique perspectives from which everyone else can learn. Given these learning experiences and opportunities to engage with differing opinions, we should all take on the challenge to learn and become change agents of the world.  
 
As we head into this holiday season, let’s stop to reflect and give thanks for the many wonderful and unique aspects that comprise our community, nation, and world. Let’s take the time to appreciate those around us and what each of us contributes. Let’s move forward steadfast in the knowledge that Neumont is, and will remain, a safe space where individual differences are valued and appreciated. 

As a reminder, students are always welcome to address concerns with staff. Our doors are open. 
 
Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.

Tech Talks, Interviews, and Career Fair

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Each quarter, Neumont Univeristy hosts a Career Week where local and national companies bring their software developers and hiring managers to campus.

Typically our industry partners present Tech Talks for our students to learn about the company, trends in the tech industry, and meet future employers. Most Tech Talks are about 45 minutes long and include a lunch for students. We keep the Tech Talks small, so the students and industry partners can get to know each other. You can watch some past Tech Talks on our YouTube channel if you would like to see presentations from companies like Workfront and Sony Santa Monica.

All week long, students nearing graduation interview with companies currently looking to fill their ranks with some of the best software developers out there. (We might be a bit biased.) This last quarter, 75 seniors were interviewed for potential jobs. These students work closely with our Career Services Manager to refine their resumes, develop a strong online presence, and improve their interview skills. 

Finally once a year, we invite companies to participate in a Career Fair. At the Career Fair, students from all cohorts are encouraged to make connections with our industry partners. Students share their resumes and introduce themselves to hiring managers from all kinds of companies from across the nation with differing technical needs. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors connect with companies who may hire them in the future in a comfortable environment. 

And yes, there's even more free food at Career Fair. 

A Very Neumont Thanksgiving

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Each November, Neumont University is thrilled to host a Thanksgiving dinner for all of our students. This year is no different. The dinner will be on Thursday, November 24 starting at 2 p.m. in The Commons. If you are going to attend, you must register with JP. You can stop by his office or email him at jp@neumont.edu

Students are encouraged to help out with a task during the event. You may be asked to move tables and chairs or help serve food, depending on the needs of the group. JP will provide you with an assignment when you register for the event.

The traditional meal includes turkey, sides, and dessert in addition to the company of close friends. And yes, there is a film of logs burning playing on the projector. After the meal, students are welcome to hangout in The Commons playing board games, video games, or watching movies. Neumont's small campus means events like this are just one of the ways we can help our students feel at home. 

 

2016 Summer Project Showcase Recap

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Twice a year, Neumont University students are encouraged to compete in Project Showcase. At this event, students show off projects they've created in class or on their own. This summer students presented apps, games, authenticators, and websites. Students competed in gaming, non-gaming, Capstone, and Enterprise project categories with additional prizes for the audience and faculty favorites. 

I've learned far more than I can even put into words since coming to Neumont compared to what I knew before. - Thadius Novak, Project Showcase Gaming Project Winner, BSGD, Class of 2017, New Buffalo, Michigan

The winner projects from the event are listed below.

  • Audience Favorite: Mydi Midi by Kyle Kacperzynki, BSWD, Class of 2017. Learn more at www.mydimidi.com
  • Faculty Favorite: Dub Wars by Mura Interactive in partnership with Neumont University BSGD Students Emerson Shaffer and Jacob Meyers. Available for download on Steam
  • Best Enterprise Project: The Vault for Neumont University developed by BSWD Students Rachel Strasdin and Emerson Roberts 
  • Runner-up Enterprise Project: Amazon Echo with IGT developed by students Scott Fries, Edward Latina, Adam Nogowski, and Vincent Malmrose
  • Best Capstone Project: NU Code by Tyler Berry. Learn more at code.neumont.edu
  • Runner-up Capstone Project: DA.I. Trader by Jacob Ouellete
  • Best Gaming Project: Working Title by Joshua Kauer, Morgan McClure, and Thadius Novak
  • Runner-up Gaming Project:  Rogue Bot by Denver Boyer, Shawn McCuistion, and Joshua Stephens