Pi Day turns into some dough for Lewis University student

Pi Day turns into some dough for Lewis University student

Published: March 22, 2013.

On March 14, Pi Day, Lewis University awarded its first Dana Dominiak Scholarship in Computer Science. The first recipient was William Hoffman, a junior Computer Science major. The scholarship - centered around the Pi theme and requiring a 3.14 GPA – is for $1,000 and will be awarded annually on Pi Day.

The scholarship is provided by alumna Dr. Dana Dominiak, who attended Lewis University on a full scholarship and is a 1991 alumna in Computer Science and Art at Lewis. She is also the founder and owner of Webfoot Technologies, a company which has created over 100 video games including Dragon Ball Z® and Hello Kitty®. Since graduating from Lewis University, Dominiak also has served on the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Advisory Board and as an adjunct professor. In addition to the scholarship, Dominiak has also hired several alumni from Lewis University at Webfoot Technologies.

Hoffman was excited and surprised to be chosen as the recipient. “I’m really into software and mobile development, and after college I hope to find an innovative company to work for and apply my Lewis education. The scholarship was a surprise, and it was really nice to be chosen for it,” Hoffman said.

“Will is a tremendous young computer scientist. He’s a great programmer and developer,” Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University, commented. “On his own, he has written a number of mobile applications, including one for The Lewis Flyer and Lewis WLRA radio station.”

Klump added, “We have many students who are very, very interested in computer science, yet end up having to work off campus. Scholarships like the one Dana is providing can help students finance their education and enable them to have more time to study and participate, making them more engaged and better attuned to the field.”

Other activities of the Pi Day celebration included the presentation by Master of Science in Information Security Program Adjunct Instructor Jayme Speva on a new hobbyist computing platform named the Raspberry Pi. The powerful and flexible Linux-based computer has brought advancements to the computing field.

During its 40-year history, the Lewis University Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology including the opening of four new labs to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices and better equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships in the field, while being enrolled as students.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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