Southwest Baptist University
Southwest Baptist University 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, a five-state area. Over 130 teams competed in the regional competition. Justin Stout, junior, from Gardner, Kan., was part of SBU’s A team at the competition.
“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.”
Washburn University
Washburn University student Olivia Shepherd, of Gardner, has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Shepherd is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
The 45 Washburn students elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi include juniors in the top 7.5 percent of their class and seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, along with outstanding graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest all-discipline honor society. The mission of the organization is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
Jennifer Dixon, daughter of Joy Hinkley, a resident of Spring Hill, is a candidate to receive a master of science in nursing degree, with a concentration in nurse practitioner, at Washburn University commencement exercises at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 in Lee Arena, Petro Allied Health Center.  They will also be honored during a recognition and pinning ceremony at 3:30 p.m. the same day at White Concert Hall.
Dixon is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.