Computer science completes program review
Over the 2009–10 academic year, our department underwent a
program review, the first since 2000–01. The highlight was a
visit by two distinguished faculty who have reviewed mathematics and
computer science programs for many liberal arts colleges. The visitors
were upbeat about the development of computer science at Hendrix:
In the 9 years since the previous computer-science
review, the college, department, and computer science faculty have
made remarkable progress.
In June, we completed the computer science review by completing
a plan for future development; we'll complete the mathematics
review in the fall. We have already begun some changes, including
the introduction of Python as a third
core language of our
computer science program and introducing a full-credit capstone
course to help students with developing their senior papers and
presentations. And we composed plans for how we could use additional
funding to improve our facilities and programs. We look forward
to the next decade of building an even stronger computer science
program. [More information]
30 June 2010
Class of '10 graduates
Today's commencement ceremonies honored 13 students
graduating in department-related majors.
In computer science were Colby Christopher, Tony Johnson, Claire Luikart,
Sonya Morgan, Adrian Parreiras Horta, and Katie Wright.
In mathematics were John Christie, William Longley, Drew Tillis,
and Henry Wang. And Laura Johnson completed a customized
interdisciplinary major in mathematical physics.
We congratulate our newest alumni and wish them well!
15 May 2010
Student awards presented
At Honors Day today, the college presented our
Drew Tillis and Henry Wang received the
Hogan Mathematics Award,
William Longley received the
Parker Undergraduate Mathematics
and Christopher Akcali, Innocent Bushayija, and Safari Sibomana received the
McHenry-Lane Freshman Mathematics Award.
Departmental distinction went to
and Katie Wright.
Congratulations to all recipients!
29 Apr 2010
Students and faculty return from conference
At the 33rd annual Hendrix-Rhodes-Sewanee Undergraduate Symposium,
held April 16–17, at Rhodes College, Two Hendrix mathematics
students spoke about their senior projects at the symposium:
Henry Wang spoke on the
Riemann Hypothesis and p-adic
Numbers, while Will Longley spoke on
Constructions of Fractals
of Specified Dimensions. Four other students, Dr. Burch,
and Dr. Campbell also attended.
20 Apr 2010
Students place at local programming contest
Congratulations to Domingo Galdos, Brett Geren, and Whitney
Maguffee, who placed second out of the 18 teams at the
Collegiate Programming Competition held at the University of
Central Arkansas campus across town and sponsored by Acxiom
Past contest results.
9 Apr 2010
Seniors present projects April 7 and 8
Seven computer science seniors will give
presentations about their senior projects
on Wednesday, April 7, and Thursday, April 8, in MCRey 315.
Full schedule. 5 Apr 2010
Twelve students travel to computer science conference
This weekend, twelve Hendrix students went to CCSC:MS, a regional
computer science conference held this year at Harding University in
Searcy, Arkansas. The students attended the conference, presented
some of their own research papers, and competed in a programming
contest. With four student presentations, Hendrix constituted half
of the student research papers: Student presenters were Brett Geren,
Winn Haynes, Claire Luikart, Whitney Maguffee.
The programming teams placed 5th, 6th, and 7th among the 17
Additionally, Dr. Ferrer was the conference chair and
presented a research paper of his own, while Dr. Burch was
the Nifty Assignments chair and presented a tutorial session.
27 Mar 2010
Student earns top Putnam score in MAA section
Mathematics senior Henry Wang earned the top score in the
Oklahoma-Arkansas region on the annual Putnam competition,
a highly prestigious nationwide contest where students discover
difficult mathematical proofs individually.
Having a student who scores the highest in the region earns Hendrix
a plaque that has rotated among colleges since 1971.
This is the eighth time the plaque has come to Hendrix,
and it has spent more time only at Oklahoma State University
and the University of Oklahoma.
25 Mar 2010
Teams place first and seventh at state mathematics contest
Results are in from the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics
Competition held this year in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on
Hendrix won first place among the 10 teams at this contest; the team
members were Whitney Maguffee, Gilbert Ndayambaje, and Henry Wang.
The other Hendrix team, with Erik Istre, Etienne Nabarushimana, and Lambert Rugamba
(all first- and second-year students), placed seventh.
12 Mar 2010
Friday, November 13, our college is sponsoring an event
specifically for women students in computer science, led by New York
City-area developer Gloria Jacobs. Women from all area colleges
and universities are welcome.
Tuesday, November 17, University of Arkansas professor
Giovanni Petris will speak at 11:10am in MCRey 315. His talk is
A random walk to the top, and he will also discuss
graduate programs at Fayetteville. Pizza will be available.
Finally, Pi Mu Epsilon will be hosting
Math Night at 7pm
on Friday, November 20, in the Burrow. There will be food and lots
of math-related fun. They are looking for people to submit acts:
jokes, skits, poetry, basically anything related to math. If you
are interested in participating, please send a description of your
act to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 18.
11 Nov 2009
Programming teams place at ACM contest
Hendrix sent three teams to compete at the Mid-Central
Regional ACM Programming Contest on October 24, 2009.
The teams placed third, fifth, and seventh in Arkansas
(22nd, 29th, and 35th in the whole five-state region, among 140 teams).
30 Oct 2009
Wanted: Mathematics professor
Hendrix College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant
professor position in mathematics beginning in August 2010. A Ph.D. in
the mathematical sciences is required; candidates from all specialties
5 Oct 2009
Mathematica speaker comes to Hendrix
A representative of Wolfram, who produce Mathematica,
is coming to Hendrix to speak about
Mathematica 7 in Education
and Research. All are invited; no previous experience with
Mathematica is required. The talk is at 11:10am on Tuesday,
September 15, in MCReynolds 110.
15 Sep 2009