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R-MC Alumnus Chris Chodnicki ’86 to Present Lecture

Apr 01, 2016

Alumnus Chris Chodnicki The Randolph-Macon College Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) student chapter will welcome Chris Chodnicki '86 to campus April 26, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dalton Room, Birdsong Hall (106 E. Patrick St.) Map and Directions

Chodnicki will present "Journey from R-MC Computer Science to Co-founding a National Digital Agency." Chodnicki is executive director of strategic partnerships at r2integrated, a leading national digital agency. A Q&A will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.

The Association of Computing Machinery
ACM, which was founded in 1947, is the oldest international learned society for computing. The ACM chapter was re-established at Randolph-Macon in fall 2016 and helps computer science students learn outside of the classroom through involvement with the community.

"The ACM student chapter was formed to create an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management and applications of modern computing," explains Ahmad Nazeri '16, chair of ACM. The chapter, which meets monthly, currently has 23 members. Devin Strickler '18 serves as vice chair, William Drumheller Jr. '18 serves as treasurer, and Computer Science Professor Rance Necaise is the faculty mentor.

"The ACM chapter helps promote and encourage a sense of community among computer science students," says Necaise, chair of the Computer Science department. "It serves as a gateway to seminars, conferences, and resources that can aide in a student's professional development."

Chris Chodnicki '86
At R-MC, Chodnicki earned a computer science degree, played lacrosse, and was a KA member and Big Brother. Starting a career at ADP, he later founded Bi4ce, a technology firm focused on open-source software gaining worldwide clients including UN, World Bank and IMF. In 2007 he co-founded r2integrated (r2i), combining Bi4ce with a design firm. R2i is a leading national digital agency with 200+ employees and 4 offices. Clients include Microsoft, MasterCard, Hershey's, NFL and Sephora. Chodnicki leads technical strategy and partnerships. He actively participates with JDRF, ADA, Ulman Cancer and ALS.

In January 2016, Chodnicki was presented the Randolph-Macon College Board of Associates Entrepreneur of the Year Award in a ceremony held at the Country Club of Virginia.