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News and Activities


11/2011   SPSU's first CGDD graduate featured in the SPSU Magazine
10/7-9/2011   SPSU presents to high school college and career fair and hosts suite party at SIEGE 2011
8/9/2011   The Atlanta Journal Constitution covers the CGDD program at SPSU with the article "Get your game on with degree in computer game design"
8/3/2011   SPSU Welcomes AAMI group and hosts presentation
6/2011   SPSU represented at the NSF Inspire-CT workshop in Daytona Beach, FL
2/1/2011   SPSU is awarded an Honorable Mention in the final round of the Unity Great Education Giveaway
1/31/2011   SPSU's game jam event is featured on DEFCON:AWESOME and Marietta Patch.
1/28-30/2011   SPSU hosts the first state-wide game jam in Georgia as part of the Global Game Jam 2011.  With 124 officially-registered participants, the Georgia SPSU site was the 2nd largest in the US and the 8th largest in the world.  You can see a video of the jam on youtube.


10/18/2010   SPSU's CGDD Program was one of only 20 first-round finalist in the Unity Great Education Giveaway and will submit a round-two proposal on incorporating Unity and the Google Nexus One technologies into our CGDD program
10/3/2010   Team Hornets wins the Game Design Improv competition at SIEGE 2010; team members were Billy Olden, Will Moore, Carter Maddux, and Nick Mowry
10/1-3/2010   SPSU well represented at SIEGE 2010, hosting an academic table, high school talks, and a suite party
9/2010   Gaming in Georgia, SPSU and the CGDD degree are highlighted in EDGE magazine
9/10-12/2010   SPSU hosts the second Georgia Fall Game Jam sponsored by 3DVIA, NVIDIA, and Chick-fil-A
9/2010   SPSU's Center for Applied Gaming and Media Arts (CAGMA) selected to develop a virtual engineering strength of materials lab by the NSF.  News featured in the SPSU's Hornet's Nest newspaper.
8/2010   The Game Lab at SPSU expands into a new location and doubles in size.
8/18/2010   SPSU CGDD3103 approach to game scripting featured in the IGDA Perspectives Newsletter
5/2/2010   Games-for-learning STEM project is featured at the Marietta Schools AquaTech night at the Georgia Aquarium
4/24/2010   SPSU's Game Lab hosts Girl Scouts in celebration of Earth Day - Ecological Games room
4/6/2010   SPSU hosts colloquium on Game Engines by Dr. Jeff Chastine
3/2/2010   SPSU's CGDD degree program highlighted in the March "Dean & Provost" magazine (page 6) by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
3/2010   SPSU represented at GDC and the GDC Expo Hall as part of the GGDA booth
3/24/2010   Game lab hosts gaming/lan party for the SPSU ACM student chapter
3/8/2010    SPSU's CGDD billboard makes Kotaku news
2/26/2010   SPSU's game lab hosts 40 AVID students from McCleskey Middle School for environmental games for learning
2/17/2010   SPSU's ACM student chapter hosts iPhone development talk by Greg Crisp
1/29-31/2010   SPSU is a host site for the Global Game Jam
1/2010   SPSU offers the first CGDD3103 (Application Extension and Scripting) and CGDD4003 (Digital Media and Interaction) courses


12/20/2009   SPSU's Game Design and Development degree mentioned in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's article on gaming in Georgia
12/18/2009   SPSU mentioned in article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle concerning EA's possible opening in GA
12/10/2009   SPSU ACM "Will It Blend" Party featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the MDJ Online
11/24/2009   SPSU's collaboration with MCAA and TechMatters featured in the Marietta Daily Journal
10/15/2009   SPSU's Game Hive welcomes MCAA students for a Game Field Trip
10/2-4/2009   SPSU attends and recruits at the SIEGE 2009 conference and hosts a Suite Party to demo student games on Saturday night thanks to the Georgia Department of Economic Development
9/18-20/2009   SPSU hosts the Georgia Fall Game Jam 2009 in coordination with Art Institute of Atlanta
8/2009   SPSU to offer first CGDD course - CGDD2002,  Fundamentals of Game Design
6/25/2009   SPSU hosts visiting group from the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta in game play and customization visit.
6/2009   SPSU is a participant in the GGDA Academic Awareness Initiative at the GAPTA conference
5/28/2009   Oceanography Simulation Workshop held between MCAA, TechMatters, and SPSU (with other regional visitors)
5/18/2009   The Atlanta Business Chronicle features SPSU's new CGDD degree.
5/13/2009   Articles concerning the Oceanography partnership and the new CGDD  degree run in the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspapers.
5/12/2009   Board of Regents formally approves SPSU to offer the Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Design and Development.
3/3/2009   Oceanography Simulation STEM game development project funded.

SPSU participates in and is a host venue for the first annual Global Game Jam.

1/7/2009   First XBox360 and XNA-focused Programming and Problem Solving 2 (CSE1302) course to be offered at SPSU.


11/21/2008   SPSU Game Lab hosts field-trip and visitors from Hillgrove High School (Cobb County)
10/27/2008   SPSU premiers Game Lab promotional video
10/24/2008   SPSU Game Lab hosts AVID students from McClesky Middle School
10/22/2008   SPSU Game Lab hosts Gaming Social and Oceanography Ice-breaker with Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA)

SPSU attends and recruits at the 2008 Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo.


The student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) hosts a talk entitled "Neo-Shamans: Computing as Indistinguishable from Magic" by Dr. Preston.


Game initiatives and the upcoming Game Design and Development curriculum at SPSU are featured in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution newspaper.


The Marietta Daily Journal features gaming activities at SPSU.


The School of Computing and Software Engineering officially opened the game lab on SPSU campus.


Preston and Karam named to the Technical Advisory Board for Walton High School's Computer Science Team and help with their planned game development focused CS class.


The first XBox360 and XNA-focused Programming and Problem Solving 1 (CSE1301) course is offered at SPSU.  Due to increased demand, two sections of this course are offered by Morrison and Preston.