Southwest Baptist University’s top competitive programming team earned first place in a field of 23 teams from 12 universities at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Central Plains Region Programming Contest held Saturday, April 11 at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo. This is the seventh time that an SBU team has placed first in the competition that is informally called the “Battle of the Brains.”
“The students have worked very hard this year and it has been an honor to be a part of their success,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, team coach and CIS department chair. “Both of our seniors will be starting work this summer for a software engineering companies, which is the real victory. Jarrett will be working for a defense contractor in St. Louis, and Justin is headed to Perceptive Software in Lenexa, Kan. They have finished this year with a victory and they are headed to their next big victories in industry.”
In just 12 minutes, SBU’s top team—consisting of junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; senior Jarrett Munton from O’Fallon, Ill.; and senior Justin Stout from Gardner, Kan.—submitted the first successful solution of the competition. They then proceeded to solve four more problems in four hours for a total of five solutions, more than any other team in the field, which included highly competitive schools like University of Kansas, which finished second, and University of Central Missouri, which finished third.
SBU’s second team—consisting of freshman Chase Bussey from Sedalia, Mo.; sophomore Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; and junior Bobby Sterling from Buffalo, Mo.—finished 11th.
The Central Plains Region of the CCSC is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and comprises universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a non-profit 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.
SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to more than 100 students, five full-time faculty and two faculty associates. The SBU CIS Department is a nationally recognized leader among evangelical Christian schools in the production of computing and software engineering professionals. The department’s computer science program is one of only six accredited programs in the nation to be offered at an evangelical Christian college.
For more information, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu. Below are the competition’s top 10 finishing teams.
|1.||Southwest Baptist University – A team||Bolivar, Mo.||5|
|2.||University of Kansas – A team||Lawrence, Kan.||4|
|3.||University of Central Missouri – A team||Warrensburg, Mo.||4|
|4.||University of Central Missouri – B team||Warrensburg, Mo.||2|
|5.||Eastern Illinois State University – B team||Charleston, Ill.||2|
|6.||College of the Ozarks – A team||Point Lookout, Mo.||2|
|7.||Missouri State University – A team||Springfield, Mo.||2|
|8.||University of Kansas – B team||Lawrence, Mo.||2|
|9.||Grinnell University||Grinnell, Iowa||2|
|10.||College of the Ozarks – B team||Point Lookout, Mo.||