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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.

SBU software development team records fourth place national finish

Luke Abbott

Luke Abbott

A team of two Southwest Baptist University seniors competed in the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference April 12 in Atlanta, Ga. Luke Abbott, senior, from Roach, Mo., and Jason Jakusz, senior, from Theodosia, Mo., are both computer science and mathematics majors. Abbott and Jakusz competed in the Java Development Competition sponsored by USAA. They won fourth place out of 32 teams from across the nation, finishing behind two teams from Brigham Young University and a team from Purdue University.

Jason Jakusz

Jason Jakusz

“I am very proud of our team,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the SBU Department of Computer Information Science. “It is always exciting for me to see our students battling it out with some of the largest and most well-known schools in the nation. Their performance attests to the caliber of SBU’s program. The team’s finish is a credit to their hard work, their God-given abilities and the education they have received in the SBU CIS department over the past four years.”

AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. The AITP National Collegiate Conference is the largest event sponsored by AITP.

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.

SBU business programs receive reaffirmation of accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Southwest Baptist University with reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

“Our students are achieving great results and this reaffirmation helps validate that SBU business and computer science students are receiving a quality education,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

The ACBSP provides the SBU College of Business and Computer Science with full accreditation for another 10 years. The accreditation is based on a continuous improvement model with the college submitting quality assurance reports every two years to maintain good standing.

“Southwest Baptist University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 29.

“This accreditation is evidence that SBU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done for the last 10 years,” Parscale said.

Dr. Susan Lynch, chair of the department of business administration, led the reaffirmation efforts by creating processes to ensure continual improvement and to measure student learning outcomes.

“Having the ACBSP accreditation is advantageous because an external organization is evaluating and affirming that we are doing what we said we would do and are still continuously improving,” Lynch said.

For more information about SBU and the College of Business and Computer Science, please contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

SBU computer science students finish in top 20 in regional competition

SBU computer science students recently competed in a programming competition in Fayetteville, Ark. SBU’s A team finished in second place at the local site, claiming a top 20 spot in the entire mid-central U.S. region. Over 130 teams competed in the regional competition. SBU’s B and C teams finished 65th and 66th respectively.Top 20 Computer Programming Students

“We were happy with the results,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS department chair and team coach. “It really came down to SBU and the Arkansas Razorbacks at our site. It was a lot of fun to see our SBU students battling it out with a powerhouse like Arkansas. They honored God with their efforts and abilities – that’s all I can ask. I am very proud of our teams.”

SBU’s A team was comprised of Luke Abbott, senior from Camdenton, Mo.; Jason Jakusz, senior from Theodosia, Mo.; and Justin Stout, junior from Gardner, Kan. The B team consisted of Brady Kornrumpf, sophomore from Jefferson City, Mo.; and Nate Schultz, sophomore from Omaha, Neb. The C team involved Jarrett Munton, sophomore from O’Fallon, Ill.; Bobby Sterling, junior from Buffalo, Mo.; and Jonathan Becker, freshman from Blue Springs, Mo. And SBU’s D team was comprised of Steven Harris, sophomore from Bolivar, Mo.; Addison Woody, sophomore from St. Joseph, Mo.; and Jacob Parke, freshman from Eureka, Mo.