Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fighting Saints 2.0


 Six University of St. Francis students from Computer Science, Information Technology, and Web Application Development built an updated version of the USF Fighting Saints App.   The new mobile app features a new interface, added security, and all sports are now represented.


The logon screen changes each month to showcase a different sport.    You may logon using any of your existing logons from applications such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, or Microsoft.  Verification is done with the provider you choose, no logon information is stored in the app. 

You can find roster information about all players, current stories, the gym schedule, and the calendar of sports events.

Members of the Senior Project team:   Nayeli Aceves (IT)Dan Burke (CS), Jordan Drane (WD), Zach Hunter (CS), and Michelle Stefanich (IT) were joined by Nick Bond (CS), who was working on a directed study, to produce the professional looking app that is available on Google Play and the iTunes App stores.

L-R:  Nayeli, Zach, Jordan, Michele, Nick, and Dan

                            The QR codes for the apps are:

Be sure and download this USF Fighting Saints app today!

Congratulations to the 2015 Senior Project team -- You did a terrific job.

Helping out – Eighth Annual Alumni/Student Resume-Interview Tips

On April 14, 2015, a number of our alumni from the various Computer Science majors returned to campus to lend a helping hand to our current undergrads at our Eighth Annual Student-Alumni Interview and Resume Tips meeting.   Over the years we’ve compiled the suggestions from alumni and after a brief review, students brought out their resumes and got personalized attention from our alumni on how to improve their resumes. 

Students and alumni exchange ideas and catch-up with old friends.

Prof Loretta Pearson, retired department chair, with featured article about alumnus Vic Pellicano

Thanks to Alumni Relations for the gifts for our alumni.

To help keep our alumni in touch with what’s happening we talked about plans for then department, new classes and projects.   Certificates were given to students who over the past year have been supporting the USF Sustainability Website, Daniel Burke, Jordan Drane, Wembo Mbiziwo-Tiapo, and Joselyn Mena.

Joselyn and Jordan with their certificates.
We inducted our newest members of the Epsilon Delta Pi Honor Society, Jordan Drane, Daniel Healy,  Bryona Johnson, and Thomas Uraski.  
From left to right:  Dan Healy, BJ Johnson, Jordan Drane

 We also announced our Meritorious Service winner, Daniel Burke, and our Joan Nahas Ramuta Award winner Nick Bond.

Dan Burke and Nick Bond
Our evening was as success as our alumni caught up with each other and students they remembered over refreshments.

Make it a point to  be here for next year’s event whether you’re an alum or a student – it’s a fun time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Internship Roll Call

This semester, Spring 2015, we have 5 students with internships for academic credit.
  • Daniel Burke at Argonne National Laboratory
  • Jordan Drane at Professional Development Alliance, Regional Offices of Education in Will/Gurndy Counties
  • Bryona Johnson at Catholic Charities
  • Timothy Kowalski at Will County Sheriff's Office
  • Maximilian Thurner at Argonne National Laboratory
Last semester we had 2 students with internships for academic credit.
  • Michele Stefanich at Exelon
  • Abraham Ortega at Catholic Charities.
This does not count students employed in their chosen fields who are not taking an internship credit.

Congratulations to these students for the fine work that they do.

Prepare for your own internship.  Get involved in small projects, volunteer projects so you can be ready for the next opportunity.

December 2014 - Graduation!

As the quad was decked in holiday lights, December 2014

two Information Technology majors graduated.    Stephen Heap and Tyler Pinta had a terrific reason to celebrate this Christmas!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Computer Vision - SportVu

October 2014

SF’s Computer Science Department welcomed Jennifer Piane, a Senior Systems Architect from STATS, who gave us a behind the scenes look at STATS' SportVu, player tracking software. 

Ms Piane provided insight into the technology and the statistics it can provide.  In addition she discussed how SportVu has been used for soccer matches.   It was a fascinating presentation.

The NBA began using SportVu at the start of the 2013-2014 basketball season. Using six cameras installed at every stadium, SportVu uses innovative computer vision software, developed by STATS, to track the movement of players and the ball.

Congratulations Seniors - May 2014

May 2014

Steve Jensen, Max Thurner, Dana Hill, Kyle Loughran

Congratulations to this semesters graduates:   Dana Hill (Information Technology), Steve Jensen (Computer Science), Kyle Loughran (Computer Science),  Maximilian Thurner (Computer Science), Daniel Weltmeyer(Information Technology).

We're very proud of you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

USF Fighting Saints powered by USF CompSci students

April, 2014
The 2014 Senior Project students have set a new standard!  They have developed a mobile app to allow students, faculty and staff to keep track of whats happening in the athletic department.

The app is available on iTunes and Google Play for free.  Look up USF Fighting Saints.

With your mobile phone you can then track the latest stories from the Athletic department, look at the rosters drilling down to student images and individual stats for Football, Volleyball, Men's & Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Soccer, Baseball, and Softball.  You can also see when any athletic event is on the schedule.   Additionally you can look up the the gym schedule to see if the gym is open.

The Senior Project team was Nicholas Bond, Stephen Heap, Dana Hill, Steven Jensen, Kyle Loughran, Maximilian Thurner, and Daniel Weltmeyer.

Congratulations on an excellent job.

(L-R)Stephen Heap, Max Thurner, Steve Jensen, Kyle Loughran, Dan Weltmeyer, Dana Hill.   Not pictured - Nick Bond.
Download it now:

Link for Android

Link for iPhone