Ten students in Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department prequalified from state-level competitions to compete at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference taking place June 24-27 in Atlanta, Ga. SBU and University of Missouri had more students qualify for the national competition than any other Missouri universities.
National-qualifying SBU CIS students include junior Brenna Andersen (Walnut Grove, Mo.); junior Jordan Brown (Urbana, Mo.); junior Chase Bussey (Sedalia, Mo.); junior Judd Horton (Bryan, Texas); junior Regan Katz (Hampton, Iowa); junior Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.); sophomore Stephan Munsell (Belton, Mo.); sophomore Joseph Reyes (Dora, Mo.); junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.); and junior Lajos Zadravecz (Waynesville, Mo). Sophomore Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and freshman Austin Masters (Strafford, Mo.) may qualify for the national competition pending additional judging in April.
“I have to credit the hard work of Meilani Conley in getting this team together and getting them prepared. She is a tireless worker and a great motivator,” said SBU CIS department chair Dr. Tim DeClue of Meilani Conley, SBU CIS instructor and PBL team coach. “She and the teams are both great representatives of everything good that SBU and the CIS Department stand for.”
In the last 10 years, SBU CIS students have claimed five national championships in PBL competitions and had more than 15 students finishing in the top ten nationally.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.
The SBU CIS Department is home to about 100 students, five full-time faculty members and two faculty associates. SBU CIS is a nationally recognized leader among evangelical Christian schools in the production of computing and software engineering professionals.
For more information, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.