SBU Honors Program students present Capstone projects

honors.capstone.2017BOLIVAR, Mo. — Six students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house Dec. 5.

Students are admitted to the 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.

“Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program students are selected during admission to SBU based on their high school scholarship, service, and leadership, as well as a faculty interview and impromptu essay,” said Dr. Jodi Meadows, director of the Dutile Honors Program. “The honors program includes modified general education coursework, as well as honors colloquia and capstone experiences.

“The mission of the program is to support and challenge high-ability students by fostering fierce curiosity, dynamic community, and holistic growth and achievement.” 

Students who presented projects are:

  • Ian Huffman, biology major, son of John and Gwen Huffman, “Extending Youthspan: Targeting Senescent Cells to Prevent Age-Related Decline”
  • Aaron Morley, music education major, son of Steven and Dawn Morley, “Behind the Wall: An Analysis of Pink Floyd’s Album ‘The Wall’ ”
  • Hunter King, biology major, daughter of David and Tammy King, “The Views of College Students Regarding Zoos and Aquariums”
  • Madeline Moler, history major, daughter of Brian and Amy Moler, “Collective Guilt: Exploring German Antisemitism, Knowledge and Fear Before and During the Nazi Era”
  • Tori Harbison, middle school education major, daughter of James and Cindy Harbison, “Integrating Mechanical Engineering into the Middle School Classroom through Science and Mathematics”
  • Kensey Slone, international business and communication major, daughter of Greg and Tonya Slone, “Trumped Up Realism: Donald Trump’s Use of the Realist Style on Twitter”

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester, with more than 147 students having completed the program.

For more information, contact Meadows at (417) 328-1460 or




*Published: 12-14-17