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SBU students come out on top at regional programming competition

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.”

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

“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.

Place

Team Location Problems Solved
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.

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SBU computer programming team finishes 13th in international contest

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, Nov. 1. SBU’s top competitive programming team finished in 13th place out of a total of 145 competing teams in the Mid-Central Region of the ICPC. The team’s 13th place overall finish secured SBU’s spot as one of the top-10 universities out of those competing from the mid-central U.S. (Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee). SBU posted the second best finish out of competing schools from the state of Missouri.

“This is an amazing finish for this team and some great leadership by the seniors,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department and professor of computer science. “I have watched this team practice and they are truly a dedicated group. It is an honor to work with them to sharpen their God-given talents.”

The ICPC is the most prestigious programming contest in the world and features colleges of all sizes utilizing both undergraduate and graduate students in a five-hour head-to-head problem-solving contest. All SBU team members are undergraduate students.

Competing on SBU’s A team were Justin Stout (senior, Gardner, Kan.), Jarrett Munton (senior, O’Fallon, Ill.), and Brady Kornrumpf (junior, Jefferson City, Mo.).

SBU’s development teams were comprised of Julie Bowman (freshman, Franklin, N.C.), Chase Bussey (freshman, Sedalia, Mo.), Paul Kramer (sophomore, Fairview Heights, Ill.), Nate Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.), Braden Steffaniak (freshman, Edwardsville, Ill.) and Preston Tate (freshman, Fair Play, Mo.).

Also practicing with the teams this fall were Natasha Bailey (freshman, Urbana, Mo.), Jordan Brown (freshman, Hermitage, Mo.) and Russell Davis (freshman, Bolivar, Mo.).

The SBU competitive programming teams are coached by DeClue and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science. Dr. James Cain, associate professor of computer science, and Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science, organized and led the contest on the SBU campus.

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

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 accounting professor receives Enrolled Agent designation

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University, completed the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation process sponsored by the United States Department of the Treasury.

“Having the Enrolled Agent designation will give me more confidence and credibility in teaching the Tax Accounting class,” Wagner said.

An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

“This is a great honor for Mrs. Wagner and our SBU Accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “Her proven expertise in the ever-changing tax law will benefit our students greatly and inspire many to seek professional careers as tax accountants.”

For more information about SBU’s department of accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives national AICPA award

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, a junior accounting major at Southwest Baptist University from El Dorado Springs, Mo., has been selected as one of just 10 recipients of the national AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship awarded by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This $2,500 award is given annually to students pursuing their CPA license who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

“On behalf of the AICPA, I applaud this year’s recipients of the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship for their commitment to academic achievement,” stated Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “These exceptional students are a testament to the strength of the pipeline of talent coming into the accounting profession.

Durnell and the nine other recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 1,190 applicants based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and overall commitment to the CPA profession.

“This is a great honor for Jenna and our SBU accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, and for Jenna to be recognized as a Legacy Scholar speaks highly of her commitment to the accounting profession and the opportunities it presents to provide essential financial services to individuals and organizations throughout the world.”

In addition to the award, Durnell also will now be part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, which was established in 2011 and helps students develop the soft skills needed to maintain a successful career. Scholarship recipients will plan and execute community service projects related to accounting that will serve their communities and be meaningful to the students.

“The AICPA’s recognition of Jenna Durnell communicates the quality person she is and validates that her pursuit of excellence is what makes her deserving of such an award,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “Durnell typifies the type of students we have in SBU’s Accounting program.”

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@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 opens school year with two new department chairs

Dr. Ronda Credille

Dr. Ronda Credille

With the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester less than a week away, Southwest Baptist University has two new department chairs on the Bolivar campus.

Ronda Credille, Ph.D., professor of business administration, is now chair of the Department of Business Administration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and has taught at SBU since 1990.

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah, Ph.D., professor of political science, is now chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and has taught at SBU since 1997.

Welcome Week orientation for freshmen and new transfer students begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and all other students return Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Formal convocation is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Registration is still available for fall classes. For more information, call (417) 328-1810 or (800) 526-5859.

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.