Busy Spring for SBU's Dutile Honors Program

Taylor DeYoung presented at the GPHC Conference.BOLIVAR, Mo. – The spring of 2018 has been, and will be, a busy time for the director and students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program.

Great Plains Honors Council Conference

In March, three SBU students from the Dutile Honors Program were selected to present at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Sarah Fortna, Taylor DeYoung and Kathryn Jespersen each gave oral presentations during the conference of the GPHC, which is a regional organization that serves collegiate honors programs in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Fortna, a junior interdisciplinary studies major from Macon, Mo., presented “Using Literature to Resist Oppression.” She also presented a poster titled “Religiousness According to Jung,” as well as a paper titled “Schizophrenia in Modern and Postmodern Art.”

DeYoung, a junior accounting and information assurance major from Valley Springs, Ark., presented “Raising Awareness Regrading Child Labor.”

Jespersen, a senior biology major from Broken Arrow, Okla., presented “Emergency Room Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Ideation.”

Kathryn Jespersen presented at the GPHC Conference.Impact Summit on Student Mental Health

Dr. Jodi Meadows, director of the Dutile Honors Program, presented a session titled “Gifted College Students: Mitigating the Myths,” at the first Impact Summit on College Student Mental Health Conference, which was held May 2 at Missouri State University in Springfield.

The conference consisted of keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions “focused on topics pertaining to college student mental health,” according to the MSU website. “Through educational dialogue, we hope to add to the community conversation surrounding mental health and assist in destigmatizing mental health concerns.”

Wheaton Interdisciplinary Symposium

Fortna is one of only 12 students chosen to participate in a nationally selective interdisciplinary symposium, which will be held May 29-June 2 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. The selection includes expenses for room and board, as well as a stipend for participation.

Sarah Fortna presented a poster at the GPHC Conference.The symposium brings together students from Council for Christian Colleges & Universities schools "who share a passion for the integration of faith and learning and who are eager to interact with other thinkers, actively participating in interdisciplinary reading and discussion," according to Wheaton. "Participants will address key issues from a variety of disciplines and gain important insights into some of the complex problems facing contemporary society. The symposium offers an opportunity for participants to advance their understanding of interdisciplinary and deepen their skills in problem-solving as thinking global Christians."

For more information on the Dutile Honors Program, contact Meadows at (417) 328-1460 or jmeadows@SBUniv.edu.

Photo 1: Taylor DeYoung presented "Raising Awareness Regrading Child Labor" at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference.

Photo 2: Kathryn Jespersen presented "Emergency Room Treatment of Patients with Suicidal Ideation."

Photo 3: Sarah Fortna presented "Using Literature to Resist Oppression," as well as a paper titled "Schizophrenia in Modern and Postmodern Art."

*Published: 5-17-18