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Morrisville Student Receives Scholarship

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Morrisville State College student, Matthew Barber, is the recipient of a $1,125 scholarship from the Syracuse Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Barber, of Farmington, N.Y., is enrolled in Morrisville’s computer information technology—network administration bachelor degree program.

“Matt is an outstanding young man who represents the quality and dedication we expect from our computer information technology bachelor degree students,” assistant professor of computer information technology (CIT) Kenneth Patterson, said.

The award, presented to students from two- and four-year institutions throughout Central New York, is based on academic standing, work/internship experience, community activities and written communication skills.

Professors recommend students in any curriculum who exhibit potential for a significant, continued contribution to the computing or information systems or applications field.

“I am very honored to have won the award,” Barber, who was nominated by three of his professors, said. “It is nice to be recognized by the ACM group of professionals in Syracuse.”

Barber, a 2003 graduate of Canandaigua Academy in Canandaigua, N.Y., is vice president of the Morrisville State College student chapter of ACM and a member of the CIT Student Advisory Board. A recipient of a prestigious Presidential Scholarship, he has been named to the college’s Dean’s List and has worked in the college’s Technology Services Department.

“The CIT Department has been very supportive and has provided me with many opportunities,” Barber said. “My professors have helped me learn skills that will help me be very successful in the business world.”

Barber’s future plans include working as a network or systems administrator for a large business.

In addition to the scholarship, Barber received a one-year paid membership in the national ACM.

He is the son of Catherine and James Barber, of Farmington, N.Y.

ACM is the world’s oldest and largest educational and scientific computing society. The Syracuse chapter is a network of professionals who focus on promoting technical awareness and professionalism in the computing community.

The Morrisville chapter organizes educational opportunities and social activities to increase knowledge and interest in modern computing and its applications and provides a means of communication between people with an interest in computing.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.