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Melissa Holmes Receives 2013 Alumni Recognition Award

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Melissa Holmes received the 2013 Computer Science Alumni Recognition Award as part of the Homecoming festivities on September 27. Melissa is pictured with CS Department Head Jeff Braun (far left), Provost Doug Abbott, and Vicki Blackketter (far right). Melissa completed her degree in Computer Science at Montana Tech in 1996 and went to work in a variety of IT positions while continuing her education at the University of Montana, where she completed her Master's Degree in Computer Science.

Melissa chose a career path in education, first working in the Provost's office at the University of Montana, then as the as the Montana Tech Webmaster. During this period, she also taught computer science courses at UM, Montana Tech, and Helena College.  She is currently in the final stages of completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and has recently joined the faculty at Rocky Mountain College as a Computer Science professor.

Melissa says "Earning an undergraduate degree in Computer Science opened a lot of doors for me. I have enjoyed a lot of variety, and as a computer scientist I have been able to work in a variety of fields, including the utility industry, occupational safety and health, biological research, disability research, online learning, web development, and finally, Computer Science education."

Melissa continues, "My undergraduate professors provided me with a strenuous education and set an excellent example with high academic standards. I am so pleased to have followed in their footsteps by becoming a Computer Science professor."

Congratulations Melissa!