2008-09 News

Class of '09 graduates

Today's commencement ceremonies included an unusually large class of 13 students majoring in mathematics or computer science. These included: Don Bennett, Josh Franklin, Wheeler Gnat, Kyaw Soe Han, Richard Hinson, Adam Jacobs, Aditya Oza, Brad Payne, Eric Robbins, Christopher Schulze, Joseph Utecht, Justin Vance, and Justin Whorton. We congratulate our newest alumni and wish them well! Class photo… 9 May 2009

Student awards presented

At Honors Day today, the college presented our departmental awards. Don Bennett received the Eslinger Computer Science Award, Henry Wang received the Parker Undergraduate Mathematics Research Award, and Fido Bingwa, Ross Crocker, and Michael Gardner received the McHenry-Lane Freshman Mathematics Award. Departmental distinction went to Don Bennett, Adam Jacobs, and Justin Whorton. Congratulations to all recipients! 23 Apr 2009

Seniors present projects April 24

Two computer science seniors will give presentations about their senior projects on April 24 in MCRey 315. Full schedule. 21 Apr 2009

Department hosts undergraduate research symposium

The 32nd annual Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee Undergraduate Symposium will be held at Hendrix College April 17–18, 2009. On Friday evening, 6:30pm, there will be an invited speaker presenting in Mills B: The talk is entitled Journeys Down Short Paths, by Kevin Hutson, Hendrix 1995 alum and now a professor at Furman University in South Carolina. Saturday morning will feature a number of talks by mathematics and computer science students at all three represented colleges. More information.

Hendrix participates and competes at regional computer science conference

We took nine students to the CCSC:MS computing conference in Martin, Tennessee. The conference incuded two student papers from Hendrix: Don Bennett spoke about his senior thesis, Four-dimensional Tetris, and by Brett Geren and Whitney Maguffee spoke about their summer research with Dr. Gabe Ferrer, Creating fuzzy logic programs for robot controllers. Additionally, Drs. Carl Burch and Gabe Ferrer each presented papers on their own work.

The conference also hosted a programming contest, where Hendrix's three teams placed first, third, and sixth among the 22 teams competing. The first place team included Don Bennett, Colby Christopher, and Joseph Utecht; the third-place team had Brett Geren, Alex Koeppel, Whitney Maguffee; and in sixth place were Matt Demmler, Claire Luikart, and Katie Wright. 3 Apr 2009

Teams place first and eighth at state mathematics contest

Results are in from the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics Competition held this year in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, on February 28. One team, including Matt Demmler, Domingo Galdos, William Rawlinson, and Henry Wang, achieved a perfect score of 100 and placed first among the 12 competing teams. Dana Callahan, Whitney Maguffee, and Pierre Urisanga, all first- and second-year students, placed eighth. 25 Mar 2009

Seniors present projects March 23 through 25

Seven computer science seniors will give presentations about their senior projects on March 23 through 25 in MCRey 315. Full schedule. 20 Mar 2009

Department announces 2009-10 course schedule

The list of mathematics and computer science courses to be offered in 2009-10 is now available. 17 Feb 2009

Students compete in Acxiom programming contest

Hendrix sent two teams to the Acxiom programming contest held in Conway today. Both teams completed 5 problems, placing them in the top half of the teams competing. More information. 13 Feb 2009

Student to present senior project November 24

A mathematics senior will present his senior project at 9:10am on November 25 in MCRey 315. More information. 21 Nov 2008

Students to speak about sheriff's dispatch system

At 4:10pm on Thursday, November 20, in MCReynolds 315, computer science students Eric Robbins and Justin Whorton will speak about their Odyssey service project. They developed and installed a software system for the Perry County Sheriff's Department. The county realized that the previous paper-based system was inadequate, but a commercial dispatch system was too expensive and wouldn't suit the department's needs. Perry County's customized program for tracking calls and dispatching law enforcement officers now benefits the entire community. 17 Nov 2008

Programming teams finish one-two in ACM contest

Hendrix sent three teams to compete at the Mid-Central Regional ACM Programming Contest on November 1, 2008. The teams placed first, second, and sixth in Arkansas (20th, 23rd, and 56th in the whole five-state region, among 135 teams). More information. 1 Nov 2008

Seniors present projects October 13 and 14

Six of the seniors in mathematics and computer science will give presentations about their senior projects on October 13 and 14 in MCRey 315. Full schedule. 9 Oct 2008

Summer Software Development Odyssey complete

Today was the final day of a three-week program in which two teams of students worked full-time on designing and developing small games that people can use within their Web browsers using Flash. Both teams were successful in completing a viable game. The program was sponsored by Hendrix's Odyssey program and organized by Dr. Burch. The games, with more information… 22 Aug 2008

Derek Leonard and Lars Seme join our faculty

Our computer science program welcomes Derek Leonard, its newest faculty member. Prof. Leonard is a Hendrix alum (class of 2002) and has nearly completed his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, where he is working on a dissertation on Internet measurement. Students may also encounter his wife, a professor for the Business & Economics department (and also a Hendrix alum). Prof. Leonard is helping us while Dr. Dwayne Collins and Dr. Gabe Ferrer take their sabbaticals over the next two years.

Also, we welcome Lars Seme back to our mathematics faculty this year. Prof. Seme is also a Hendrix alum (class of 1995) and has his Master's degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri - Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science Technology). He taught at Hendrix full-time from 1997 to 2001, and he has taught scattered courses since then. We are pleased to welcome back to a full-time position for this year. 11 Aug 2008

Linux network changes

The Linux network continued to develop in Summer 2008, including a switch to Ubuntu for our laboratory computers and a new printer. The full list of changes. 2 Aug 2008