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11 students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 11 new members on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The society was founded by a dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in November 1913. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon the student’s grade point average (minimum of 3.25), class rank (upper 20 percent), and individual character.

Kara Safford was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Safford graduated from SBU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 2011 and served as the chapter vice-president in 2012. Safford is currently a clinic account specialist for Citizens Memorial Healthcare.

The 2014-15 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Danielle Epperson, president; Samantha Wolle, vice-president; Megan Roark, secretary; and Hailey Turner, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille, chair of the department of business administration and professor of business administration, and Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college of business and computer science and associate professor of business administration, serve as faculty advisers.

The new inductees of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society are:

  • Clayton Gray, senior computer information science major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Nathan Hughes, senior computer information science major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Kristof Kinal, senior computer information science major from Budapest, Hungary
  • Julia Lewis, junior intercultural studies and international business major from Joplin, Mo.
  • Brandon Martinsen, junior economics/finance major from Morrisville, Mo.
  • Christine McIntire, junior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Garrett McLeod, junior accounting major from Bondurant, Iowa
  • Tori Morris, junior accounting major from Miller, Mo.
  • Jarod Robillard, junior accounting major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Thomas Strubinger V, junior management major from Auburn, Ill.
  • Fanni Varga, senior management major from Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please contact Bethards at tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

SBU CIS alumni board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences has formed its 2014 Alumni Advisory Board. The board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies, Wal-Mart (1st) and Boeing (30th).

Those board members are joined by 11 other representatives from other highly-respected and innovative companies. The complete 2014 CIS Alumni Advisory Board is listed below.

  • Tim Rutherford ’93, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Scott Kimball ’01, Nokia-Siemens, Dallas, Texas
  • Jessica Funk ’03, Wal-Mart Information Systems Division, Bentonville, Ark.
  • Jennifer Kaylor ’04, ECi, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Nichole Turnage ’05, Oklahoma Baptist University CIS department, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Michael Van Devender ’08, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jesse Lewis ’09, Boeing, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Rebecca LaChance ’11, Accenture, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Ryan McGlaughlin ’12, Garmin, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Brooke Dudley ’12, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.
  • Sarah Van Devender ’12, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jordan Hull ’13, BNSF, Wichita, Kan.
  • Weston Herrington ’13, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.

“We are very proud of our alums,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department at SBU. “They are perhaps the clearest indication of the quality of our program, and the fact that these global companies and organizations have chosen them for leadership positions is quite the endorsement. Our program was blessed when they were here as students, and we were blessed again as they agree to come back and help us chart our course over the next few years.”

The CIS Alumni Advisory Board met on the SBU campus Oct. 3. For more information about SBU CIS, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU computer science department receives international accreditation

Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has received full accreditation from ABET’s Computer Accrediting Commission. ABET is an international accrediting organization that accredits more than 3,300 programs at more than 680 colleges and universities in 24 countries. ABET is the most widely recognized accreditation standard for engineering and technology programs around the world.

“This is a huge honor and achievement for our students and University,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS department chair. “It is the culmination of four years of effort by our faculty, administration and students. It is a recognition that clearly raises the visibility of the CIS department at SBU and it is no understatement to say it ushers in a new era for computer science at SBU. God has richly blessed our program and we are indeed grateful.”

SBU’s computer science program is the only accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500 mile radius of Bolivar and is joined by only Baylor University, Mercer University, Liberty University, Cedarville University and Calvin College nationally to achieve this distinction. In Missouri only six universities (SBU, University of Missouri, Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Science & Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southeast Missouri State University) feature accredited computer science programs.

SBU’s CIS department is accredited through the ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs), and is the only department at a Christian college in the nation to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

“This is the culmination of much work and a tribute to the great leadership of Dr. DeClue and the CIS faculty,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president.

According to the ABET website, ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. Reaching into our public, private, and professional lives, accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility.

For more information about SBU’s CIS department, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Computer Information Science hosts conference for area educators

For the third year in a row, Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has hosted a free educational workshop for area educators.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

This year’s workshop, titled “Introduction to Computational Thinking,” was taught by Bob Panoff, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, and Steve Stevenson, professor of computer science at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

The workshop’s 20 participants included area high school teachers, as well as college faculty members from multiple states, including Illinois, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

The National Computational Science Institute offered just four workshops this summer throughout the country. The Introduction to Computational Thinking course offered at SBU “aims to expose participants to and inspire them with new techniques, teaching materials, and applications to use computational models in the undergraduate curriculum.”

In addition to a few lectures, the workshop utilized modeling and simulation tools to help each teacher or professor create customized lesson plans for his or her classroom. The workshop ran Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 6, while Thursday, Aug. 7, was set aside as a laboratory day for developing those lesson plans.

“We want them to take what they learn and adopt it to their classroom,” said Tim DeClue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science and professor of computer and information science.

The previous two years’ workshops hosted by SBU CIS were sponsored by Google.

“Next year, we will be providing training for high school teachers to teach advanced placement computer science courses,” DeClue said.

For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@sbuniv.edu.

SBU student is PBL national champion in cyber security; three other students claim top-10 national spots

Five students from Southwest Baptist University competed in the 2014 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Collegiate Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Justin Stout, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Gardner, Kan., was named the 2014 national champion in cyber security. Stout is SBU’s fifth PBL national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

Bobby Sterling, junior computer information science major from Buffalo, Mo., placed third nationally in information management. Maura Sturgess, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Chillicothe, Mo., claimed third place in parliamentary procedures. Jarrett Munton, junior computer science major from O’Fallon, Ill., finished in seventh place in statistical analysis. Steven Harris, junior computer science and mathematics major from Bolivar, Mo., also competed at the national competition.

The team was coached by Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science.

“The students did an excellent job of representing SBU at the national level,” Conley said. “There were students from all over the nation and from every size of school. It was incredible hearing our name called from a national stage. I feel very blessed to work with these students.”

More than 1,800 students from across the country attended the event. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit education association with the mission to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

For more information, please contact Conley at (417) 328-1759 or mconley@SBUniv.edu, or contact Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information sciences, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU CIS achieves 100-percent job placement

All students in the Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences’ 2014 graduating class have accepted offers of employment from leading software companies less than a week after graduation ceremonies.

Students and their employers are: Luke Abbott and David Haugh, computer science/math majors, Accenture in Bolivar; Nathan Hawkins and Josh Tiffany, computer science majors, Cerner Corp. in Kansas City; Jason Jakusz, computer science and math major, and Amber King, computer information science major, O’Reilly Automotive headquarters in Springfield; Nathan Toombs, computer information science major, Jack Henry & Associates in Springfield; and Jason Williams, computer information science major, ANPAC in Springfield.

“The economy has been sluggish for several years,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS Department Chair, “but our graduates are having no difficulty finding great positions with leading software and information technology companies. It is truly one of my greatest joys seeing our students utilize their God-given talents to land a great first job.”

Students graduating from SBU’s CIS department regularly record starting salaries in the $46,000-65,000 range depending on company, position accepted and geographic location.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members, two faculty associates and more than 100 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. SBU’s CIS Department is home to the only accredited computer science degree program at an Evangelical Christian school within 400 miles of Springfield, Mo., and SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States among Evangelical Christian institutions. For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

Nine SBU students qualify for PBL national competition

All nine students on the Southwest Baptist University PBL team have qualified for this year’s national competition June 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn. Qualification for the national competition is contingent on their performances at the state level.

The following students qualified for the national competition based on these state level finishes:

• Alex Barcus, junior, from Liberty, Mo., and Bethany Hash, junior, from Bolivar, Mo., won second place in Website Design.
• Elizabeth Coleman, junior, from Springfield, Mo., is the state champion in Information Management and won third place in Project Management.
• Renee Coleman, junior, from Springfield, Mo., won third place in Statistical Analysis.
• Michael Gooley, junior, from Thornfield, Mo., is the state champion in Help Desk and won fifth place in Project Management.
• Steven Harris, sophomore, from Bolivar, Mo., won second place in Cybersecurity.
• Jarrett Munton, sophomore, from O’Fallon, Ill., is the state champion in Statistical Analysis and won fourth place in Computer Concepts.
• Bobby Sterling, sophomore, from Buffalo, Mo., won second place in Information Management and fourth place in Project Management.
• Justin Stout, junior, from Gardner, Kan., is the state champion in Cybersecurity and won second place in Networking Concepts.
• Maura Sturgess, freshman, from Chillicothe, Mo., won fifth place in Microeconomics.

“This is incredibly good news,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of SBU’s Department of Computer Information Science. “We are beginning to make plans now to attend the national competition and represent SBU well.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

For more information, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU takes three of top 10 spots in regional programming competition

The Southwest Baptist University competitive programming teams participated in the Consortium for Computing Sciences Central Plains Region Programming Contest on April 5 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. The SBU teams claimed three of the top 10 spots out of a total competition field of 39 teams.

SBU’s top team comprised of Jarrett Munton (sophomore, O’Fallon, Ill.), Bobby Sterling (junior, Buffalo, Mo.) and Brady Kornrumpf (sophomore, Jefferson City, Mo.) claimed third place.

SBU’s second team involving Jason Jakusz (senior, Theodosia, Mo.), Luke Abbott (senior, Roach, Mo.) and Justin Stout (junior, Gardner, Kan.) finished in fifth place.

The third team from SBU finished in ninth place. The team included Addison Woody (sophomore, St. Joseph, Mo.), Steven Harris (sophomore, Bolivar, Mo.) and Spencer Smith (sophomore, Springfield, Mo.).

Nathan Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.) and Jacob Parke (freshman, Eureka, Mo.) also participated in the competition.

“The Central Plains contest is how the teams end their year, and placing three teams in the top 10 is an amazing accomplishment. It really makes me proud of our students,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the Department of Computer Information Science. “It is a blessing just to be associated with students like these. We graduate two amazing students this year but four of the students who finished on our top teams will be back. The future is very bright for this team.”

The Central Plains region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and is comprised of universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation.

For more information, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Computer and Information Sciences advisory board includes Fortune 500 companies

Southwest Baptist University’s 2014 Computer and Information Sciences Advisory Board will include representatives from two Fortune 500 companies. Wal-Mart, first on the Fortune 500 list, and Intel (54th) are sending representatives in addition to representatives from several other highly respected and innovative companies. Companies represented by the board collectively employ more than 2.8 million employees worldwide.

The complete 2014 Advisory Board consists of the following companies and representatives (listed alphabetically).

Accenture, a global company of more than 280,000 employees and the largest employer of SBU CIS graduates, will be represented by Michael Dwyer, director of research and development at Accenture’s Bolivar location.

Cerner Corp. is the largest provider of electronic medical systems in the U.S. Based in Kansas City, Cerner employs more than 8,000 employees worldwide and is the second largest employer of SBU CIS graduates. Cerner will be represented on the advisory board by Owen Straub, vice president for software engineering.

Herschend Family Entertainment, owner of Silver Dollar City and 25 other themed entertainment parks across 10 states, employs more than 10,000 people creating a significant national information technology undertaking. Summer Newberry, software development manager, will represent HFE Corp. on the 2014 CIS Advisory Board.

Intel Corp. is a world leader in silicon innovation and develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Intel employs more than 82,000 individuals, over half of whom work in the U.S. Jeff Jackson, research and development manager for Intel and an SBU CIS alumnus, represents Intel on the advisory board.

Leggett & Platt, headquartered in Carthage, Mo., is a 127-year-old company consisting of 19 business units, 20,000 employee-partners and more than 140 manufacturing facilities located in 18 countries. Leggett & Platt will be represented by Kevin Chittenden, director of information technology.

Wal-Mart Information Systems Division will be represented by Hal Correll, software architect. Wal-Mart is the largest retailer in the world and was the top-ranked company on the Fortune 500 list. Wal-Mart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide, all using software written by the Information Systems Division in Bentonville, Ark.

The 2014 SBU CIS Advisory Board will meet Friday, March 14, in the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center on the SBU campus. For more information about SBU CIS, please contact Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and department chair, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU computer science department leads in groundbreaking course design

Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer Information Science has partnered with Angie Klein, computer science teacher at Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo., to develop an innovative computer science course curriculum.

SBU CIS created a groundbreaking design for the CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science course, which satisfies a general education requirement at SBU. The course design is patterned after the prototype for ETS Advanced Placement in Computer Science, which will not debut on the national stage until 2017. SBU plans to be ready to offer this course online to high schools once demand for it increases when it is accepted for advanced placement credit in 2016-17.

“SBU is in the forefront of computer science education. Our students had an amazing experience this past fall, and they may have been completely unaware of how unique it was,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer information science at SBU.

This innovative design is providing students the opportunity to experience instructional content in a general education computing course that is currently only available to a handful of institutions nationwide, including Stanford and UCLA. SBU is the only university in Missouri with this curriculum.

Professor Meilani Conley and Dr. Baochuan Lu of the SBU CIS faculty collaborated with Klein to produce a paper titled, “Teaching True Computer Science Principles to the General Student.” The paper reports on the new, leading edge course design used at SBU and Liberty High School.

DeClue also wrote a paper titled, “Computing and the Affective Domain: Learning to Love (and Persist) in Computer Science.” This research reviews the connection between real-world computing projects promoting social good and the ability of students to enjoy and persist as computer science majors.

Both papers will be published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (JCSC). The JCSC is a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals. In addition to appearing in the JCSC, the papers will be available in ACM’s searchable digital library, the leading digital library of computer science literature, world class publications and online books.

The SBU faculty will also present their work at the Central Plains regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-CP) in April.

For more information about SBU Department of Computer Information Science, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.