Sep 18

NSA Guest Speaker — 9/23

When: Tuesday, September 23rd @ 5:30
Where: Butler Hall, Room 100
Food: TBD

Please join us for a guest speaker from the National Security Agency. In conjunction with the Career Fair, ACM will be hosting an information session for CSE students about job opportunities that the NSA has to offer.

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Sep 16

ACM Meeting — 9/16

When: Tuesday, September 16th @ 5:30
Where: Butler Hall, Room 100
Food: Chick-fil-A

Join us for our upcoming ACM chapter meeting. Non-members are welcome to join ACM.

Semester Membership: $5
Yearly Membership: $10
Yearly Membership w/ T-Shirt: $15

After the meeting:
ACM Enrichment Course: Using Virtual Machines & Linux Command Line Basics
Join us after the ACM meeting to get an introductory course in installing VirtualBox, installing Ubuntu Linux, and some command line basics. All CSE students can benefit from this course.
What You Need to Bring:

  • A laptop (or desktop, I guess) running either Windows, OS X, Linux or Solaris. Approximately 7GB of free disk space is required (may be a USB drive). 3GB of RAM minimum, 4GB or more recommended.
  • A Pluto account is recommended, but not required. Contact to request a Pluto account if you do not have one.

CSE Courses Where Useful:

  • DCSP
  • Forensics
  • Operating Systems
  • Data Comm.
  • Others

Course Goals:

  1. VirtualBox
    1. Basic understanding of VirtualBox
    2. How to create a virtual machine in VirtualBox
    3. How to install an OS in VirtualBox
    4. Attaching a USB device to a virtual machine
  2. Linux Command Line
    1. Basic file structure
    2. Navigating the file system
    3. Creating, copying, moving, and deleting files & folders
    4. Accessing Pluto using SSH
    5. Copying files from one Linux machine to another using SCP
    6. File permissions
    7. Create, compile, and run a “Hello, World!” C program
    8. Create and run a “Hello, World!” PHP script

Hunter Lovvorn, Software Engineering
This course will not exceed 2 hours.

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Sep 16

New ACM Officers

Chair Nate Clark
Vice Chair Bradley Barnes
Secretary Michael Lamb
Treasurer Lauren Taylor
Membership Emily Epps
Tutoring Justin Samuels
E Week John Horton
Web Master Hunter Lovvorn
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Jan 20

Regions Bank Field Trip Friday 01/31/14

The Computer Science department at Mississippi State University is planning a trip to Regions’ Headquarters in Birmingham, AL. This trip will explore the exciting technological equipment and tools used in the banking industry. Computer Scientists, Software Engineers, and BIS and MIS majors are all encouraged to go. Shuttles will be provided, though seating is limited. They will depart MSU at 7:00 am and return for Starkville at 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Registration is required and available here.

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Jan 20

ACM Distinguished Speaker 01/22/14

Distinguished ACM Speaker:
Michael Macedonia
Bio: Michael R. Macedonia is a computer scientist and an expert on virtual environments, computer games, and military simulation. He speaks frequently on the topics of new technology and science to both technical and general audiences. He have been interviewed and quoted several times by the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wired Magazine. He also has appeared on ABC News, CNBC, and NBC News. He is a frequent speaker and writer, to include a cover story for IEEE Spectrum. Prior to joining SAIC as a Technical Fellow, Dr. Macedonia was the General Manager for Forterra Systems, a leading developer of virtual worlds software. Dr. Macedonia also was the Director of the Disruptive Technology Office (now IARPA) for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. DTO was the U.S. intelligence community’s centrally funded research activity for advanced technology. Prior to DTO, he was responsible for developing the technology strategy for the U.S. Army’s lead training and simulation system development organization. He also led the Army’s effort to develop the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, and promoted the adoption of advanced commercial game technology for simulation and education.

He is credited with the development of the US Army’s first commercial Xbox game, Full Spectrum Warrior. He was an early adopter of GPGPU technology for high performance computing and was a member of a research program which is now recognized as a DARPA Legacy. He also served as Vice-president for Research of the Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island, where he led an international research team to develop a 3D ultrasound system for deployment on a Mt. Everest climbing expedition. He has served on the editorial board for IEEE Computer and was a contributing editor for IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.

He is the former Chair of the Association of Computing Machinery’s SIGGRAPH Pioneers. He was the chair of the Defense Gametech 2012 Conference. Dr. Macedonia has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he was a member of the pioneering NPSNET virtual reality research group. He conducted some of the earliest research in the use of the Internet protocols for games and virtual worlds. He is a graduate from the United States Military Academy, West Point and served in infantry and intelligence units in the US and overseas.

Michael Macedonia reports that the U.S. military culture has accepted computer gaming as a powerful tool for remaking the armed forces in preparation for the new realities of the 21st century. The military recognizes that the young people who will serve as tomorrow’s soldiers, sailors, and pilots have spent years immersed in technology. Army studies show that this cohort is very different in terms of skills and attitudes than its predecessors.

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Nov 06

STaRS Meeting 11/08/2012

ACM is holding a meeting on Thursday November 8th at 5:30pm in Butler 100 with STaRS as our guest speaker. Social, Therapeutic and Robotic Systems (STaRS) is a robot-human interaction research group housed in Butler, operated by students, and under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Bethel ( I apologize for the short notice.

Members of STaRS will provide a presentation of some of the work they have done with their robots and share more information about what they do and how you can join! There will also be pizza at this event.

Please think of questions to ask them during the meeting!

Place: Butler 100
Date: Thursday (Nov. 8th )
Time: 5:30pm

If you are not a member of ACM, free feel to come to this event and join ACM ($5). ACM t-shirts will also be on sale at every event ($10).
ACM has more exciting things planned for the semester. Stay tuned for more information!

Are you looking for a way to get more hands-on experience in Computer Science? Try looking into clubs/organizations, research groups and/or work-studies to further your knowledge and experience beyond what you’re taught in class!

If you’re interested in STaRS, but won’t be able to attend the meeting. Contact Dr. Cindy Bethel ( Butler 313) for more information.

Have a great day,

Melanie R. Shumock
ACM Chair

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Oct 23

Study Session 10/29/2012

What: This is a study session for CSE 1284, CSE 1384, and CSE 2383.

Where: SE Lab 1st floor Butler Hall

When: Monday, October 29th 9:00pm

What will be covered:

CSE 1284 – Intro. Programming

Chapter 4 – Decision Structures and Boolean Logic
Chapter 5 – Repetition Structures
Chapter 6 – Value Returning Functions, Modules, Random, Math

CSE1384 – Intermediate Programming (Python, C++)

Classes (Objects, Instances, Methods, etc)

CSE2383 – Data Structures (C++)

Binary Search Trees
AVL Trees
Hash Tables

If wish to attend please RSVP either by leaving a comment here or on our facebook page by
Clicking Here
Hope to see you there!

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Nov 05

Next Meeting

Topic:      “How to create SVN repositories”
Speaker:  James Stafford and Jonathan Lalo, ACM members in Software Engineering, MSU
Date:       Monday, Nov 28, 2011
Time:       5:00pm
Venue:     Butler 100

Pizzas will be served from 4:45pm.

James Stafford and Jonathan Lalo are ACM members in Software Engineering at MSU. They will be covering the following sub topics also:- Their honors project
- SVN Repository Setup

I hope this will be very useful information to all of us.

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Sep 27

Starcraft II Tournament Results

Tournament Videos posted below

Congratulations to our winners!

1st & 2cnd place (split) : Gangle and Foxxbird

3rd place: Dakrin

Foxxbird (middle) Gangle (right) Dakrin (left)

A picture of our winners Dakrin (left), Foxxbird (middle), Gangle (right) .

Thank you for all who participated, especially to our sponsors Navagis (a corporation founded by MSU Alumni)! Let us know how we did hosting this event by leaving a comment in this post. We collected $280.00 in entry fees, gave $168.00 dollars away to first and second place ($82 dollars for both of them, our third place winner David Moore, aka Dakrin the president of Navagis, graciously donated his prize to first and second place) and managed to raise $112.00 for ACM.

Below are matches commentated by Charlie Anderton. He asks that you rate, comment, and subscribe to his youtube channel: (you can also view all the videos here). He is offering his casting services for the future. His email is if you want to get in touch with him. He says he will accept any skill level. I am only posting the final 3 games on this website. For the rest that Charlie commented see his youtube channel mentioned above.

Gangle vs Foxxbird Game 1

Gangle vs Foxxbird Game 2

Gangle vs Foxxbird Game 3

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Sep 06

Starcraft II Tournament Fund Raiser

ACM is having a LAN party event that is dedicated to playing a Starcraft II Double Elimination Tournament. This event takes place Saturday, September 18th at Butler Hall (see directions here). People are welcome to come socialize and spectate the matches being played in the tournament. We may also try to stream the Starcraft II tournament matches here on our website as well. ACM will be having a competitive tournament (entry fee $10) in the Butler Computer Lab dedicated to just Starcraft II. Also, a couple of TVs will be set up in the student lounge, one with an Xbox and the other with a Wii.  If people get bored of spectating they could also plug the consoles up to the projectors. Console players are welcome to bring their own consoles, games, and controllers to setup as well. The football game versus LSU will be shown on the projector in Butler 100 over the ESPN3 video stream (Go Bulldogs!) so no one has an excuse not to come! ACM is looking to make this a big event so we would appreciate it if you helped spread the word about it. The Starcraft II Tournament is a fundraiser for ACM in which the winners will receive a portion of the entry fees. First place gets 30%, second place 20%, third place 10%. Thanks to our sponsors Navagis (a corporation founded by MSU alumni) ACM will also be giving away some 8 gig USB drives to some of the other people that place high in the tournament. ACM would graciously accept donations as well at the registration desk, but in no way shape or form are we obligating anyone to do so. Participants in the tournament are required to bring there own desktop and legitimate copy of Starcraft II to play. ACM will help provide equipment to help move your equipment into the Butler Computer Lab Safely. There will be people out in the parking lot to assist you in directing where you can load and unload your equipment.

Please note that no food or drink are allowed in the lab or classrooms at any time. If you bring food or drinks, please restrict their usage to our student lounge and the lobby.

The official rules and regulations of the tournament, as well as what equipment you will need to bring, can be found here: Tournament Rules . It is crutial that you read and understand our Terms of Service if you want to participate in the tournament.

Also if you are bringing your desktop to the social room please read the “Equipment” section of the Tournament Rules .

ACM will have a table setup in the lobby of Butler Hall to collect entry fees for the tournament (for the week of Sept 12th-18th). The first 64 people to register for the tournament will be the first that get to play so come register quickly. The times the table is going to be open is subject to change, however here is a rough schedule:

Monday/Wednesday – 9:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Tuesday/Thursday – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (with breaks for lunch, etc)

You may also pay your entry fee on the day of the tournament at our registration desk, but there is no guaranteeing there will be a spot for you on this day unless you pay in advance.

Please RSVP for this event (even if you are just coming to socialize)! You can RSVP on facebook, or email us at If you would like to volunteer to be on staff please contact us at . We would love to have more volunteers to help run this event.

Feel free to leave comments/suggestions below how ACM can better help serve you for this event! :)

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