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D’Youville Student Earns Stipend From Google

Buffalo, New York – August 29, 2012 – D’Youville computer technology student, Devan Franchini, successfully completed the Google Summer of Code program and received a stipend of $5000.

He finished a ‘free and open-source software coding project’ during the summer, with a mentor and co-mentor, working on a project to increase security on Gentoo Linux servers using SELinux.

The Summer of Code is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Students are selected to participate in this competitive program by mentoring organizations.

Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together more that 6000 student participants and more than 3000 mentors from over 100 countries, all for the love of code, according to Google. More than 1100 students took part in the 2012 program.

“Students are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits,” the company states. “Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.”

Franchini was mentored by Sven Vermeulen, an Information & Technology Infrastructure Architect at KBC Global Services, an International Finance Institution based in Belgium. Dr. Anthony Basile, coordinator of the Information Technology Program at D’Youville, was a co-mentor.

“Devan is such a natural at this work and is full of passion,” said Dr. Basile.

This is the third time a D’Youville student was selected to participate in the program.

Franchini is a graduate of Hutchinson Central Technical High School in Buffalo.

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Contact: Tony Basile at 829-8197 or at