NOTICE: Classes canceled today due to weather conditions. Check Blackboard for communication from your instructors.

SBU Honors Program Students Present Capstone Projects

Bethany Glore of High Hill, MO presenting Ten students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during the 2022-2023 academic year.

“These projects are excellent examples of the mission of the Dutile Honors Program – to challenge and support high-achieving 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. These students have all done amazing and interesting work, and I am extremely proud of all of them.”

Students are admitted to the Dutile Honors Program before their freshman year through a competitive process.Jared Bates presenting The program includes nine honors-specific courses designed to provide scholastic enrichment and opportunities for practical application and professional development; honors colloquium for sophom

ores 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.

Brian Purkaple presenting

Students who presented projects are:

  • Sarah Backer of Lebanon, MO, presented “An Exploration of Therapeutic Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” She is the daughter of Lindsay Tucker and Kenneth Carlson.
  • Jared Bates of Forsyth, MO, presented “A Beginner’s Approach to Operation System Development in Rust.” He is the son of Luke and Vanessa Bates.
  • Tatum Bell of Kansas City, KS, presented “Writing Trauma.” She is the daughter of Frank and Tricia Bell.
  • Andrew Eisenhour of Springfield, MO, presented “Fantasy Baseball Drafting Algorithm.” He is the son of Tim and Christina Eisenhour.
  • Bethany Glore of High Hill, MO, presented “Barefoot Running.” She is the daughter of Brian and Laurie Glore.
  • Addison Koch of Clinton, MO, presented “Integration and Student Engagement.” She is the daughter of Anthony and Amy Batschelett.
  • Brian Purkaple of Kansas City, MO, presented “Theology as Art: A Story of Discovery.” He is the son of Tom and Susan Purkaple.
  • Rebekah Rodgers of Siloam Springs, AR, presented “Bolivar Church-Based Resource List.” She is the daughter of Kyle and Laura Rodgers.
  • Zack Wallgren of Wentzville, MO, presented “A Change in Reality.” He is the son of Jeff and Holly Wallgren.
  • Benjamin Yoder of Lee Summit, MO, presented “The Impact of Weaning Methods on Calves in Response to Vaccination Against Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).” He is the son of Lance and Chloe Yoder.

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester and now has 302 graduates.

For more information, contact Dr. Jordan Edwards, Director of the Dutile Honors Program at (417) 328-1766 or