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Greetings from the Department of Computer Science!

After serving as Chair for the last three and a half years, I am more convinced than ever that having a vision of the future and goals for achieving that vision are critical to the health of a department.

For those of you who read this newsletter, you know the themes have been the same for the last couple of years. Nationally and internationally, we need to attract more students to computer science. Locally, we not only need to convince students that the importance of computer science in science, technology and industry will continue to increase, we also need to educate the public about the strengths of Colorado State University. In the twenty years since I have been at CSU, the department has matured in remarkable ways. And we continue to have amazingly good students. Our best student can compete with the best students anywhere. We saw that this year when one of our undergraduates, Ben Joeris, was the top-ranked of only three Americans (from CSU, Harvard, and MIT, in that order) who qualified to compete in the International TopCoder Algorithms/Programming Competition.

Enrollments in intro CS classes have taken a large jump in the last year. Perhaps we are starting to see the pendulum swing again. But I want to do all I can to recruit great students to CSU and help them be successful.

Darrell Whitley