Nine students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program
presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house May
“It is the mission of the Dutile Honors Program to serve high-ability students in
a manner that promotes healthy development and personal growth,” said Dr. Jodi Meadows,
director of the Dutile Honors Program. “The capstone experience does just that in
providing students an opportunity to be both challenged and supported as autonomous
and self-directed learners. The process of the capstone projects is as valuable as
Students are admitted to the Dutile Honors Program before their freshman year through
a competitive process. The program includes nine honors-specific courses designed
to provide scholastic enrichment and opportunities for practical application and professional
development; honors colloquium for sophomores and juniors; and the Senior Honors Capstone
Experience that allows students to complete a project or research in the student’s
field of study, including the integration of faith and discipline.
Students who presented projects are:
- Ilene Adair of Overland Park, Kan., presented “The Alzheimer’s Mind on Music: An Exploration
into the Science of Memory and the Effects of Music Therapy.” She is the daughter
of Mike and Laura Adair.
- Stefani Baker of Joplin presented “Machine Learning Techniques Utilized in Higher
Education Administration.” She is the daughter of Kirk and Kristi Baker.
- Shelby Kurz of Basehor, Kan., presented “A Virtue Ethics Approach to Environmentalism.”
She is the daughter of Kim and Debbie Barta.
- Ruthie Carpenter of Columbia presented “Harvesting Health.” She is the daughter of
Mark and Carolyn Carpenter.
- Morgan Henderson Campbell of Louisburg presented “Analysis of the Relationship Between
Colorectal Cancer and the Gut Microbiome.” She is the daughter of Richard and Lisa
- Joshua Reisner of Tulsa presented “The Role of Faith in the Physical Rehabilitation
of the Chronically Ill.” He is the son of William and Lori Reisner.
- Isabela Schwarz of Holts Summit presented “The LORD will surely (not) exclude me from
His people: An exploration of Self-Determined Nationality in the Old Testament.” She
is the daughter of Mark and Kursten Schwarz.
- Rocky Walker of Charleston, presented “Bride or Beast: Seeing the American Church
through the Revelation of John.” He is the son of Rocky and Jamie Walker.
- Kayla Windes of Springfield presented “Medical Mystery: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Research
Paper.” She is the daughter of Richard and Carrie Windes.
- Dylan Pich of Union presented “Village Suite: A Wind Symphony Composition,” during
the fall semester. He is the son of Teresa and Billy Pich.
The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester and now has 174 graduates.
For more information, contact Meadows at (417) 328-1460 or jmeadows@SBUniv.edu.