Fourteen students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house May 6.
Students are admitted to the Dutile Honors Program before their freshman year through a competitive process. The program includes nine honors-specific courses designed to provide scholastic enrichment and opportunities for practical application and professional development; honors colloquium for sophomores and juniors; and the Senior Honors Capstone Experience that allows students to complete a project or research in the student’s field of study, including the integration of faith and discipline.
“They are creating an original work that is scientific, research-based or creative,” said Dr. Allison Langford, director of the Dutile Honors Program. “They are using research skills, going through the scholarly process of analyzing information.”
Students who presented projects are:
• Luke Abbott, of Roach, Mo., presented “Exploring Non-Iterative Fractal Formulas.” He is a computer science and mathematics major and is the son of John and Kay Abbott.
• Rebecca Bell, of Las Vegas, Nev., presented “Origins of the American Communist Party: The Genesis of an Idea.” She is a social science education major and is the daughter of Tom and Jayne Bell.
• Lynne Davis, of California, Mo., presented “Best Practices in Short Term Missions.” She is an intercultural studies major and is the daughter of Dennis and Janice Davis.
• Emily Gilmore, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., presented “The Effect of Mental Health History, Educational Level, and Educational Completion on Program Graduation and Longevity in Polk County Drug Court Clients.” She is a psychology major and is the daughter of David and Jamie Gilmore.
• Vance Halfaker, of Sullivan, Mo., presented “Welch’s and Oyster Crackers: Poems and Essays.” He is an English major and is the son of Douglas and Becky Halfaker.
• Erin Haugh, of Bolivar, Mo., presented “A Study in Silver: Investigating the History and Healing Properties of Silver Solutions.” She is a biology major and is the daughter of Dr. Sam and Nancy Bethea. She is married to David Haugh.
• Alex Huff, of Da Nang, Vietnam, presented “The Economics of US Trade Relations with Vietnam.” He is an economics/finance major and is the son of Bob and Kathleen Huff.
• Rebecca McNabb, of Clever, Mo., presented “Cloud Computing in the Field of Accounting.” She is an accounting and information assurance major and is the daughter of David and Brandi McNabb.
• Heather Pruitt, of Bolivar, Mo., presented “Unspoken Messages: A Study of the Deeper Meanings in Children’s Artwork and of the Educational Strategies to Meet Children’s Mental and Emotional Needs.” She is an art education major and is the daughter of Dennis and Julie Watson. She is married to Scott Pruitt.
• Joy Reehle, of Green Lane, Pa., presented “Diving Deeper: A Skills-Based Framework for Teaching Social Studies.” She is a middle school education major and is the daughter of Richard and Carol Reehle.
• Clara Strunk, of Mulvane, Kan., presented “Campus Croup: Coincidence or Epidemiology?” She is a biology major with a biomedical science concentration and is the daughter of Knute and Jill Strunk.
• Jordan Taylor, of Greenfield, Mo., presented “Pilot of Convoy of Hope Microenterprise Model in the Philippines.” He is a marketing major and is the son of Brad and Kim Taylor.
• Landon Young, of Potosi, Mo., presented “Metaphors of Faithfulness: Exploring Paul’s Metaphors of Adoption and Slavery in Light of Christ’s Faithfulness.” He is a Biblical studies major and is the son of Donald and Peggy Young.
• Katelynn Zuercher of Olathe, Kan., presented “Marketing Emotions.” She is a marketing major and is the daughter of Ray and Janell Zuercher.
The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester. Including these students, the program now has 96 graduates.
For more information, contact Langford at (417) 328-2093 or email@example.com.