2009 Algoma University Alumni Achievement Award: Nevin Buconjic

Nevin is a mentor, entrepreneur, educator and businessman. Currently, he is a Strategic Business Advisor with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He has a BA (Computer Science) from Laurentian University/Algoma U, a B.Sc. in Marketing and Management and a MBA (Lake Superior State University), a Certificate in Internet Marketing (University of British Columbia) and in 2007 completed his Economic Developer’s Certification through the Economic Development Association of Canada.

While working on his Accelerated Degree in Computer Science in 2001 at Algoma U, Nevin was tutoring at a local elementary school. Struck by the lack of enthusiasm that students had for computers, Nevin set out to change their attitudes and interests by teaching young people skills in web design and video game design. His passion for computers and entrepreneurship lead Nevin to create Adventures in Computing summer camps, now in their 9th year, here on campus. Nevin went on to co-found a local web design firm, before starting his own internet market and consulting company from which he created a scholarship for students entering into the Computer Science program here at Algoma U.

Over the years, Nevin has committed to being an advocate for youth in our community, taking part in the original Sault Youth Task Force where he spearheaded the Saultyouth.com portal. He has mentored, taught and worked with hundreds of students and young people in the topics of entrepreneurship, computers and technology. He currently writes a technology column for Fresh Magazine and has taught both computer and business courses at Algoma U and Sault College. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Osprey Media/Ontera Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneur Award for Sault Ste. Marie and Area.

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Digital Adventures – Algoma U. Scholarship

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – September 2, 2003 – Digital Adventures announced today, the creation of a $500 entrance scholarship at Algoma University College. The scholarship, which will be awarded in November of each year, will go to a first year Computer Science student with a minimum entrance average of 80% and who best answers the question “Why am I excited about a career in Computer Science?” in 100 words or less.

According to Nevin Buconjic, President of Digital Adventures, “I created the scholarship because I wanted to give something back to Algoma U. They have been nothing but supportive and encouraging with our Computer Camps program. Without the help of Dr. Celia Ross and many of the staff at Algoma U., the camps may not have become a reality. Secondly, I wanted to do something to reward a student for being excited about taking Computer Science at Algoma U. As a graduate of the program, I was very satisfied with the education I recieved, and I would like to see more of our young people staying in Sault Ste. Marie for their education.”

Officials at Algoma University were very excited to accept the scholarship on behalf of future students, and are expected to make a formal announcement shortly.

Summer Camp Gives Kids a Taste of Tech

By SALEEM KHAN
FOR METRO TORONTO

TORONTO, ON – June 12, 2003 – Children and teenagers attending summer camps in Sault Ste. Marie will have the chance to learn how to design their own Web sites and program three-dimensional (3D) computer games.

Computer training company Digital Adventures of Sault Ste. Marie has teamed up with Algoma University College to offer this year’s programs, which have added courses in advanced web and 3D game design, both for children age 12-to-16. Returning this year are a general computer camp and a Web page design camp for ages 9-to-15, and a video game design camp where children aged 11-to-16 years can learn how to create two-dimensional (2D) games.

Algoma U. connection

The video game design programs are a particularly good match for Algoma University, which plans to introduce a Masters of Science in Computer Game Technology degree program in co-operation with the University of Abertay in Scotland this September. “While the computer camps are not directly linked to the M.Sc. program, the intent is certainly to have activities for youth that link up with our computer science and IT fields,” said Krista Yetman, Algoma’s director of external relations. “It is also an excellent way to demonstrate partnerships and educational options in the area of computer science and information technology.”

The camps start in July and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the Web site www.digitaladventures.ca/camps.htm, or call (705) 257-1691. Registrations will be taken in the main office at Algoma University or by calling (705) 949-2301 ext. 236.

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