SBU CIS seniors present projects for 2018-2019

Six projects demonstrate servant leadership focus

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences recently had 23 seniors – the largest class in the department’s history – work on and present six projects sponsored by several leading companies and organizations, including the U.S. Federal Reserve banking system.

“I am very proud of the seniors and their capstone projects,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS Department at SBU. “God blessed us with some great projects, and our students completed their projects with quality. This is what software engineering is all about – helping others through the application of computer science to real-world problems.”

Senior projects are an annual event for students majoring in computer science, computer information science, cybersecurity or web systems and design. Over the course of their senior year, students in the CIS department work in cross-discipline teams to develop commercial-quality applications for end-users working in faith-based companies, not-for-profit charities and leading American companies and organizations.

Projects for the 2018-2019 academic year included:

SBU's CIS senior project for Missouri Veterans.Missouri Veterans Statewide Database Link Project: This project aimed to link up five veteran cemeteries into one, so families can find where their soldier is buried in Missouri. It centralizes and automates some current manual processes, increases the accuracy of record-keeping and streamlines the burial information for Missouri veterans.

The Missouri Veterans Commission, which aids all veterans, dependents and legal representatives, currently has five separate Microsoft Access databases that are used to maintain the program, and each cemetery currently has its own database. With five separate databases, there is no way to link information from database to database. The commission would like to combine the five into one large SQL database with a web-based interface.

Team members: Josh Adams, computer science major from West Plains; Meleah Francka, computer science major from Bolivar; Stephen Leskowat, computer information science major from Tulsa; and Adam Stallcup, computer science major from Bolivar.

SBU's CIS project for Aurora Public Schools.Aurora Public Schools Inventory System: SBU students built a system to allow Aurora School District administrators to audit their devices, which helps automate the current manual processes for tracking the computing devices used in the school district.

Currently, each Aurora student within the school district has a school-assigned device, and it’s difficult for administrators to keep track of which students have what devices. Along with keeping track of devices, administrators also struggle to know when students are in need of having a specific device assigned to them.

The team developed a web-based system that will consist of a website where an administrator can log in and upload data exported from a variety of systems and then view the results, allowing the user to establish which students need, or no longer need, a device.

Team members: Audrey Meadows, computer information science major from Bolivar; Kyndle Katzer, computer information science major from Bolivar; Drew Geurin, computer science and mathematics major from Bolivar; and Austin Masters, computer science and mathematics from Fair Grove.

SBU's CIS project for Duck Creek Technologies.Duck Creek Technology IoT Experimental Research Prototype: The team completed its first Internet of Things project for Duck Creek Technologies, utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance the claims process.

The team chose to approach the development using modified agile, which allowed them to work and flow freely. Their project utilized an IoT device to prove it could be used to detect a house fire, alert a third party, and start the claims process at their insurance company. To accomplish the task, the team collected data from smart devices to notify an insurance company when a client has had an emergency signal.

Team members: Jacob Allee, computer information science major from Kansas City; Allison Hawkins, computer science major from St. Joseph; Grant Jennings, computer science major from Reeds; and Jared Parnell, computer information science from Springfield.

SBU's CIS project for Mothers of Pre-School Children.Mothers of Pre-School Children (MOPS) Mobile Membership App: Currently, the MOPS website is not designed to be used on mobile devices by its members.

The team built an application that contains the information included on the members’ website, formatted to be usable on mobile devices, creating the first mobile app for MOPS members.

Team members: Lance Cleek, computer science major from Marshfield; Kiersten Harper, computer information science major from Monett; Katie Lay, web systems and design major from Independence; and Angel Torres, computer information science major from Tulsa.

Bolivar Public Schools Little Liberators Check-in System: The team worked to create an automated and streamlined system for the check-in and check-out of children at Bolivar Public Schools Little Liberators preschool.

Little Liberators, which hosts 26-30 students per year, is in need of a system to enhance its current business processes. The current methods used equate to tracking sign-in and sign-out times of individuals on printed sheets.

SBU's CIS project for Little Liberators.The new system will increase safety processes for the students and their parents, and automatically generate required reports for the district.

Team members: Austin Newman, computer information science major from Fair Grove; Yezzania Gonzalez, computer information science major from Reedley, Calif.; and Emma Tsipan, computer science major from Sedalia.

The Federal Reserve Bank of KC AI Chatbot: This team’s project was an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered educational system for the public curious about the Federal Reserve System.

The team utilized two chatbot systems and extensive UI/UX testing to support its recommendation to the bank. The team’s solution overview included: AI Chatbot System; provide information on finance; and provide information on implementing AI within the Federal Reserve System. The requirements for the project: user can ask questions; Bot can respond to questions; Bot can count questions and record information; developed in a private repository; owners have full access to stored information; and user interface is conversational.

SBU's CIS project for the Federal Reserve.Team members: Michelle Algya, web system design major from Columbia; Ashley Bell, computer information science major from Dodgeville, Wis.; Brady Niswonger, computer science major from Lee’s Summit; and Cavanaugh Richards, computer science major from Lake Saint Louis.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses six full-time faculty members, two faculty associates and approximately 135 students majoring in computer science, information science, cybersecurity, or web systems and design. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States and is the second largest university computing department in the Missouri Ozarks.

For more information about the department, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or

Photo 1: (From left) Adam Stallcup, Josh Adams, Meleah Francka and Stephen Leskowat

Photo 2: (From left) Kyndle Katzer, Audrey Meadows, Austin Masters and Drew Geurin

Photo 3: (From left) Allison Hawkins, Grant Jennings, Jared Parnell and Jacob Allee

Photo 4: (From left) Katie Lay, Lance Cleek, Angel Torres and Kiersten Harper

Photo 5: (From left): Emma Tsipan, Yezzania Gonzalez and Austin Newman

Photo 6: (From left): Brady Niswonger, Michelle Algya, Ashley Bell, June White (project sponsor from the KC Fed) and Cavanaugh Richards

*Published: 5-24-19