AUN has launched a student chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) with the initiative and support provided by the Dean Mathias Fonkam of SITC with the Chair of the Computer Science program, Dr. Charles Nche.
At the inaugural meeting of the new chapter on March 29, the all-student executive committee met with the founding professional members of the chapter to discuss the future course of action. ACM student chapters are required to have a Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer who are ACM student members, as well as a faculty sponsor, who is an ACM professional member. Dr. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala, a senior member of ACM and member of the Computer Science department is the faculty sponsor for this chapter.
The meeting discussed the chapter by-laws along with a plan of activities and a membership drive. Any student, staff or faculty member of AUN, irrespective of the membership status with ACM, is eligible to register with this chapter. Interested students may contact any of the student executive members for signup. At the moment, there is no registration fee in place.
The executive committee members presented their plan of action, including plans for funding, conducting student conferences, events, and other initiatives for this semester as well as the upcoming semester.
The founding student executive members are Chair, Habibullah Aminu; Vice Chair, Ralia Abarshi, and Treasurer, Garba Aliyu.
The professional founding members are Dean Mathias Fonkam, Dr. Charles Nche, Dr. Salu George Thandekkattu, Dr. Sandip Rakshit, Dr. Ignace Djitog, Dr. Narasimha Rao Vajjhala (faculty sponsor), and Mr. Alexey Vedishchev.
Dr. Vajjhala said AUN ACM was formally chartered on March 18 this year. As of this date, there were only two other active student chapters in Nigeria. ACM’s professional and student chapters worldwide serve as hubs of activity for ACM members and the computing community at large. They provide seminars, lectures, learning forums, and networking opportunities with peers and experts across the computing spectrum.
ACM student chapters provide several benefits to the student community, including access to the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program (DSP), which is one of the premier technology outreach programs in the computing industry with over 250 lectures from nearly 100 different speakers.
AUN ACM student chapter members can also apply for the UPE/ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award--Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the Honorary Computer Science Society, and ACM academic excellence for students in the computing discipline.
Up to two awards of $1,000 each are given from UPE each year to competition winners who also receive a certificate of commendation.
AUN ACM Student Chapter members are also eligible for a set of member benefits, including a complimentary subscription to ACM's flagship publication - Communications of the ACM. Chapter members also get a full-year subscription to XRDS - ACM's student magazine and a number of e-newsletters.
The ACM, according to the faculty sponsor Dr. Rao Vajjhala, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivering resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa