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SBU Honors Program students present capstone projects

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Nine students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house May 10.

SBU Dutile Honors Program students present capstone projects“These projects are excellent examples of the mission of the Dutile Honors Program – to challenge and support high-ability students by fostering fierce curiosity, intellectual humility, thriving community, and holistic growth and development,” said Dr. Jordan Edwards, director of the Dutile Honors Program. 

“The Honors Capstone allows each student to develop a self-directed course of study and work one-on-one with a faculty member to create a project that serves as a culmination of their entire undergraduate experience. Honors graduates often list Capstone as their most substantive academic experience in honors. These students have all done amazing and interesting work, and I am exceptionally proud of all of them.”

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:

  • Julia Bainter of Kansas City, presented “Birth—Don’t Take It Lying Down: The Benefits of Upright Maternal Positioning in Labor.” She is the daughter of Robert and Karla Norton.
  • Tyler Gallion of Petersburg, Ill., presented “Worship Music and Mood: The Influence of Music from the Praise and Worship Genre of Mood Affect.” He is the son of Rob and Amy Gallion.
  • Matthew Hart of Springfield, presented “How Task Performance and Usability is Affected by a Virtual Reality Interface.” He is the son of Jeff and Lori Hart.
  • Hannah Kaufman of Forsyth, presented “Increasing Accessibility of Kaczmarz Method.” She is the daughter of Myron and Kim Kaufman.
  • Charles Kessler of Topeka, Kan., presented “Stewardship & Survival: Humanity’s Effects on Creation and the Christian Response.” He is the son of Kenny and Marcia Kessler.
  • Hannah Laws of Hannibal, presented “Transposition through MusicXML.” She is the daughter of Steve and Trudy Laws.
  • Aubrie Sorrell of Bartlett, Kan., presented “Insights of Recreational Therapy.” She is the daughter of Perry and Jessica Sorrell.
  • Jeremiah Woodward of House Springs, presented “Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Field.” He is the son of Michael and Julie Woodward.
  • Coleman Yantis of Joplin, presented “Artificial Intelligence and the Impact on Competitive Video Games.” He is the son of Craig and Tanya Yantis.

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester and now has 284 graduates.

For more information, contact Edwards at (417) 328-1766 or

Senior Honors Capstone Experience project presenters: (top row, left to right) Aubrie Sorrell, Charles Kessler and Coleman Yantis; (middle row, left to right) Hannah Kaufman, Hannah Laws and Jeremiah Woodward; (bottom row, left to right) Julia Bainter, Matthew Hart and Tyler Gallion. 

*Published: 5-11-2022