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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering 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 Featured on KUTV's "Fresh Living"

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Check out the clip from "Fresh Living" with President Aaron Reed, Ed.D., Director of Corporate Relations Britta Nelson, and recent graduate Sophie Wargo. They share their insights about the value of a computer science degree in today's economy.

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.  

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. 

Alumni Spotlight: Salt Lake-native Kevin Teynor on his Career at React Games

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It’s no secret that at Neumont University, we love celebrating our alumni’s successes. So when we had the chance to chat with Kevin Teynor, game programmer at React Games, we jumped at the opportunity. Kevin graduated in the first Bachelor of Science Game Development cohort in 2014 and recently served as an alumni judge at CPI (Capstone Project Invitational).

Kevin (center) and other alums judge current student projects at the 2015 December Capstone Project Invitational. 

Kevin (center) and other alums judge current student projects at the 2015 December Capstone Project Invitational. 

He has been at React Games for just over a year, and says one of the benefits of working for a small studio is that “all the programmers get a chance to work on various things.”

While a typical workday consists of coding, testing and reiterating, the development process at React is highly collaborative. He says, “Even though I'm an engineer, I still have some influence on the overall design which is really cool.”

Like a lot of locals, Kevin loves to ski. He also enjoys going to movies, and --no surprise here for a BSGD grad-- playing video games. Below are his answers to a few questions about his current work and where life has taken him since graduating from Neumont University.

NU: What’s your best Neumont University memory?

KT: I don't know that I could pick out a single memory that was the best. Just working on all the different game projects was a lot of fun. Winning project showcase with one of them, 3D Geometry Wars, was pretty cool.

NU: Now that you’re in the industry, what do you think the industry is lacking?

KT: In my (limited) experience, the biggest thing I see is a lack of diversity. Too many people with too similar views, backgrounds, and ideas is a huge limiter on what we can even think to make.

NU: How did Neumont prepare you for your current role?

KT: Outside of the actual education, Neumont's accelerated schedules and at times overwhelming workload was a great way to grow acclimated to how the actual industry is. Learning how to manage tough deadlines is as important as any of the technical skills.

NU: Any words of wisdom for current (or prospective) Neumont students?

KT: Stay motivated. It's a lot of work, but it's incredibly rewarding when it's something you're passionate about. Don't burn yourself out by not taking breaks or doing something fun. Also, if you're not so good at it already, learn how to ask for help. This goes for both technical and personal problems. If you're having trouble with anything the best thing you can do is get advice or at least another perspective.

NU: You are working in a field that is predominantly male. Any specific thoughts on women and STEM or what the industry can do to attract more talented women?

KT: I think it's a shame that there aren't more women in the game industry, and I think the biggest reason for it is the whole "boy's club" mentality that idealizes the exclusivity of the existing culture. It's the biggest thing that I think needs to change before more women will be attracted to the industry; and it's the responsibility of the entire gaming community--not just the developers--to make it happen.

NU: What’s a tech trend you’re interested in and why?

KT: All the new virtual and augmented reality tech looks really cool and interesting, and I can't wait to see what sort of games will be made around the hardware. The possibilities are virtually endless. I'm willing to bet entire new genres will emerge.

NU: With Salt Lake City deemed the world’s best Comic Con, if you had one super power what would you want it to be?

KT: I'm too indecisive to choose one; I imagine I could have fun with pretty much any super power. If I had to choose, it would probably be the ability to fly.

[This interview has been edited for clarity and content length.]

Neumont University Sponsors EVE Winter Fest 2016

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We're elated to announce we're sponsoring the GameRoom this year at EVE Winter Fest in downtown Salt Lake City. The annual three-day event will take place at 10 different venues near our campus. 

The Neumont University GameRoom will house oversized versions of classic games like Jenga, Yahtzee,  and Connect Four. Additionally, a Minecraft server will allow visitors to play the sandbox game. You can find the Game Room at the Salt Palace just a block away from Neumont University.

EVE also includes a giant mirrorball countdown and indoor activities, like live music performances, ice skating, art shows, and even an NBA Jazz game. 

For more about EVE SLC and to get your tickets, go here

'Hour of Code' with Neumont SWE Volunteers and Highland Park Elementary

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Last week, Neumont University joined with millions of students across the world to celebrate ‘Hour of Code’ – a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

A few Neumont students from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) volunteered their time and talents to help fifth graders at Salt Lake City School District’s Highland Park Elementary School. The SWE volunteers answered questions about technology, what types of jobs they’re planning to have in the future, and what it's like going to school year-round at a computer science focused university. Some of the fifth graders were especially relieved to hear that you don’t have to be Einstein or a straight-A student to code and love computer science. 

We got a kick out of reading the 10 and 11 year-old’s responses about their “Day of Code” experience with Neumont. Check out the press release and read some of the student’s reviews below.

“I learned that technology is cool to study. I learned that there is a technology college. I learned that there is no summer in technology school. I learned that technology is very interesting.” 
“I learned that you can make any game you want. But you have to work very hard to get an education and go to college.” 
“It was great. I learned how to code Minecraft.” 
“I liked how [Neumont] came and led us on the 'Hour of Code.' They are so nice, and they will help us figure out the problems on the computer. Even if they are like 10 years older than us, they are so nice. I can’t stop saying how nice they are to us. I love math and science.” 
“Today, I learned to code you don’t have to be good at math or science cause to be truthful I am so so so so so so bad at math and science.” 
“I learned technology is way cool. I love the people that taught us the stuff today. They are so cool. I am so glad and grateful they came today. I learned a lot more today than I was suppose.”
“I learned that coding is fun! You can make video games which is awesome! When you go to [Neumont] you get no summer vacation! You don’t have to be a genius to go to Neumont University! You can work for Google and other companies. CODING IS AWESOME!”
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“I liked learning about how these students are accomplishing. I liked hearing what they want to be when they grow up. It was fun. Thank you.” 
“I love the code game because it makes me feel like really smart and I love that all of these people are here, and it was amazing, and I want them back!!!!!!” 
“I love coding! My brother will freak out when he hears about Minecraft coding.”
“NU taught me about computer science. They have all made me think what if I want to work with technology and gaming and more. I hope one day I could learn about technology and be a science geek and help others.” 

What to do during the holidays In SLC

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Salt Lake City knows how to holiday. With light shows, Christmas carol sing-alongs, Santa sightings, and special dance performances, there’s plenty to do to get you in the holiday spirit after a tough week of finals. Our students have already ice skated at Gallivan Plaza and strolled downtown to see the holiday lights, so we listed a few more of our favorite local traditions below. 

What: ZooLights!

Where: Utah’s Hogle Zoo

When: Evenings until December 31, 2015

Tickets are $7. ZooLights! returns to Hogle Zoo every holiday season, with more than 250 animated light displays. Grab your hologram glasses to walk along lit pathways and through our popular 135-foot lighted tunnel – it’s a crowd favorite!  Get up close with a polar bear, grizzlies, seals, and sea lions in the heated underwater viewing building in Rocky Shores. 

What: Wassail & Waffles

Where: Broadway Centre Cinemas

When: Saturday, December 12 at 9 a.m.

Join in on the Salt Lake Film Society holiday tradition.  Start the fun at 9 a.m. with your own waffle and wassail, meet Santa, and watch a holiday family film at 10 a.m.. The event is free.

What: Holiday Bazaar

Where: Urban Arts Gallery

When: December 12-13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Local artists sell their work at the Urban Arts Gallery for two weekends in December. Funky Santa will be there on Saturday, December 12, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for photos. Find unique gift items and artwork for friends and family this holiday season.

 

What: Annual Christmas Carol Sing-along

Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena

When: Monday, December 14, doors Open at 5:30 p.m. The sing-along begins at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Join the Larry H. Miller Family and Robert C. Bowden in celebrating the sights and sounds of Christmas at this fun-filled community event! Sing holiday favorites accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra and listen to featured performances by Pearl Award-winning band Joshua Creek. Local TV personality Big Buddha will emcee, with special appearances by Santa and the Jazz Bear. FREE parking is available, and guests will receive a special Larry H. Miller Group gift package and holiday treat (while supplies last).

What: Downtown Farmers Winter Market & Holiday Art & Craft Market

Where: The Rio Grande Depot

When: Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pick up handmade local arts and crafts for friends and family this holiday season. Taste food from local farmers, food purveyors, and food trucks. And hear local music.

There are many more events and activities taking place throughout the holiday season in Salt Lake City. For more go to, Visit Salt Lake

Shaun McAlmont: Neumont University President at the Epicenter of Progress

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From his office on the fourth floor of the historic Tribune Building on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Neumont University President Shaun McAlmont, can see and hear progress. 

Next door to the computer science-focused university, the $110 million, 2,500-seat George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater is under construction – set to open in 2016, with an additional $12.8 million facelift for Regent Street and Orpheum Avenue creating a new arts district, right in the institution’s back yard.

“We’re smack in the middle of progress,” McAlmont muses, and you get the feeling he’s talking about more than the adjacent construction.

Although McAlmont is relatively new to his post at Neumont, it hasn’t taken him long to settle in. He brings a unique skill-set to the university, where students earn bachelor’s degrees in three years. His résumé includes more than 20 years of experience in the field of education and training, including roles at Stanford University and Brigham Young University. He was most recently the CEO of Lincoln Educational Services—a technical education institution with campuses in 15 states.

McAlmont’s enthusiasm for his new position is hard to miss, especially when he speaks about the connection he feels to Neumont students. Originally from Canada, McAlmont says he knows what it’s like to be different – something a lot of Neumont students can relate to. He attended Brigham Young University on a track scholarship in the late 1980s – arriving at the predominantly LDS campus as one of the school’s few minority students and a Catholic. To say he was not a typical student seems almost laughable.

It’s the experience of being the odd man out that gives McAlmont insight into Neumont’s students– and his role as a leader. He empathizes with students who often feel they did not “fit in” in high school, and he shows them a path for success in spite of those differences. To this day, he holds BYU’s sixth-fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles. Currently, he is a memeber of BYU's Marriott School National Advisory Council.

Showcasing Neumont’s current success and leveraging the resources of his past are two keys for growing the university’s presence along the Wasatch Front. “There’s a reason Forbes consistently names Salt Lake a top five city for tech in the U.S., and Neumont continues to play a key role in growing the technology sector and economic prosperity of the state.”

Neumont’s numbers prove the institution is making an impact: 97 percent of Neumont University graduates are working in their chosen field within six months of graduation and earning an average first-year salary of $63,000.*

“We know companies are looking for more than theory because we ask them,” McAlmont says. “We tailor our curriculum to fill a need in the tech industry. That’s why our graduates get hired at companies like Google, Oracle, Microsoft, eBay, Towers Watson, Vivint and Rio Tinto.” The university offers a project-based curriculum that goes well beyond traditional models of higher education in preparing students for the workplace.

“We owe it to our community to help them understand the impact of our outcomes. I’m excited about the opportunities for us here,” he says over the sounds of constructiona nd students moving to classrooms. Indeed, it sounds like progress. 

* Employment and salary statistics are calculated using data from the 2011-2014 Neumont University graduates. Neumont verifies employment and first-year compensation by employers in writing. Neumont does not guarantee employment or first-year compensation for future graduates. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Korvyn Dornseif, VP of Exchange Solutions at Towers Watson

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Enterprise Projects are key to Neumont University’s success in helping grads get hired. They place student teams in a real companies developing software and working on other important tech tasks during their final year of school. In addition to refining technical skills and professionalism, Enterprise Projects help students build a strong network of connections in the tech industry through the projects.

One of Neumont’s Enterprise Partners, Towers Watson, has hired more than 30 Neumont graduates in less than 10 years. Towers Watson is an international professional services company with a key office in Salt Lake City.

“We rely heavily on Neumont to educate skilled developers,” says Korvyn Dornseif, Nuemont Alum (Class of 2006) and vice president exchange solutions at Towers Watson. “We know exactly what to expect from them, and we don’t have to wash away any bad practices. They’re passionate about their work.”

Joshua Kirk, director of quality assurance at Towers Watson says Neumont graduates are “very self-motivated, and they’re comfortable asking the right questions. They’ve all come from the Enterprise Projects, so they’re all familiar with our business and can hit the ground running.”

Although 82 percent of Neumont University’s students come from out-of-state, more than half of them accept their first job in the tech industry at a Utah-based company. As reported in Forbes, Utah was recently ranked #2 Fastest-Growing States for Tech Jobs in 2015, and Neumont is playing a key role to help further that distinction.

We met up with Korvyn to discuss his Neumont experience and why the partnership with Towers Watson and Neumont works so well.