Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Meilani Williams to join CIS Department faculty

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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Meilani Williams to join CIS Department faculty

BOLIVAR, Mo. —Meilani Williams will be joining the Southwest Baptist University Computer and Information Sciences Department in the fall as a faculty member.

“We are unbelievably excited,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS Department Chair. “Not only is Meilani a great addition to the Department, she is also an SBU alum, a dynamic academician with a track record of success and an accomplished computing professional. We are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber join the SBU CIS team.”

Williams is from Leavenworth, Kan., and attended SBU from 2004 to 2008, graduating with a double major in computer science and mathematics. While at SBU, she was twice elected president of the ACM Student Chapter, volunteered as an SBU Ambassador, was a member of DaVine and the Intercultural Club, received several prestigious scholarships, was awarded a summer research internship at the University of Delaware, and was a member of the nationally ranked and award-winning CIS Department ACM/AITP competitive computing team.

Her senior year, Williams won three national awards at the 2008 AITP National Collegiate Conference in Memphis, Tenn.
Outside of classes, she was active at First Baptist Church of Bolivar where she ministered to youth as a Bible study leader and worship leader and also served in the college ministry leadership and worship team. She participated in several international mission trips and was also an Alpha House crisis pregnancy education team volunteer.

After her graduation from SBU, Williams worked for Cerner Corp. as a systems engineer and is currently employed as a IT manager at Booz Allen Hamilton in Kansas City. She completed her master’s degree in information systems in 2010 and currently holds an active U.S. government security clearance. Her future plans include entering a Ph.D. program in computer science soon after beginning her tenure at SBU in August.

Williams’ future plans also include marriage. She is engaged to Mr. William Conley Jr., with their marriage planned for July 3, 2013.

SBU’s CIS Department houses three degree programs (computer science, information science, web systems and design), five full-time faculty, two faculty associates and close to 100 students majoring in the computer or information sciences. SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States among evangelically Christian institutions.

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.