Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SBU CIS vies with KU for top spot at programming contest

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU CIS vies with KU for top spot at programming contest

BOLIVAR, Mo. Southwest Baptist University was edged out of top honors by the University of Kansas at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Central Plains Regional Programming Competition Saturday, April 13, at Avila University in Kansas City.

SBU’s A team finished in second place, and SBU’s B team finished in third in the field of 31 teams from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. For the second time this year SBU CIS competitive programmers finished a regional competition as the top team from Missouri.

“We were pretty happy with the results,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS Department Chair and team coach. “We were in the lead for most of the competition, and the University of Kansas just barely edged us out with a team that had at least one grad student on it. To have a five-state, 31-team competition come down to the KU Jayhawks and the SBU Bearcats battling it out for the top spot? Hey, that’s a great day. We did our best, and we honored God. I am very proud of our teams.”

The Central Plains Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges is one of eight U.S. regional consortiums founded for the purpose of enhancing computer science education in colleges.

SBU’s A team was comprised of Weston Herrington, a senior from Carthage; Luke Abbott, a junior from Camdenton; and Jason Jakusz, a junior from Theodosia.

SBU’s B team was Tabitha Jarvis, a senior from St. Louis; Benn Meador, a senior from Springfield; and Jarrett Munton, a freshman from O’Fallon, Ill.

SBU’s C team finished ninth and consisted of Maaura Stucky, a senior from Kansas City; Justin Stout, a sophomore from Gardner, Kan.; and Bobby Sterling, a sophomore from Buffalo.

SBU’s freshman team members were Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Nate Schultz of Omaha, Neb.; and Cameron Euler, a freshman from Camdenton.

Other universities participating included Northwest Missouri State University, Graceland University, Eastern Illinois University, Park University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Drury University, Benedictine College, Baker University, College of the Ozarks, Graceland University and Ozarks Technical Community College.    

SBU’s CIS department houses three degree programs (computer science, information science, web systems and design), four full-time faculty, two faculty associates and 90 students majoring in the computer or information sciences. SBU CIS alumni are currently employed at Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Boeing, Accenture, Lockheed Martin, Garmin, Cerner Corp. and many other world-class companies. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of computer professionals and software engineers in the United States.

Pictured are, from left, front row — Brady Kornrumpf, Jarrett Munton; row 2 —Nate Schultz, Bobby Sterling, Justin Stout; and row 3 — Tabitha Jarvis, Cameron Euler, Weston Herrington, Benn Meador, Jason Jakusz, Luke Abbott, Maaura Stucky.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.