2013-14 News

Class of '14 graduates

Today's commencement ceremonies honored 15 students graduating in department majors. In computer science were Theogene Bucuti, Julie Britton, Kaleigh Clary, Jonathan Hinson, Justin John, Thierry Kimenyi, Lacey Laborde, Brandon McNew, and Megan Yociss. In mathematics were Lauren Beck, Innocent Bushayija, Calvin Jeremiah Bill, Kaleigh Clary, Matt Larson, J.B. Parker, Lambert Rugamba, and Grace Trees. We congratulate our newest alumni and wish them well! Class photo… 17 May 2014

Student awards presented

At Honors Day today, the college presented our departmental awards. Kaleigh Clary and Grace Trees received the Hogan Mathematics Award; Gary DeClerk received the Parker Undergraduate Mathematics Research Award; Brandon McNew received the Eslinger Computer Science Award; and Olivier Kwizera received the McHenry-Lane Freshman Mathematics Award. Departmental distinction went to Theogene Bucuti, Kaleigh Clary, Jonathan Hinson, Lacey Laborde, and Brandon McNew for their work in computer science and to Jeremiah Bill, Kaleigh Clary, and Grace Trees for their work in mathematics. Congratulations to all recipients! 1 May 2014

Students return from 2014 HRS+ Symposium

On April 4–5, four students traveled to Rhodes along with Dr. Campbell and Prof. Seme to attend the 37th annual HRS+ Symposium. Two students presented: Gary DeClerk spoke on “Geometric Mean Value Propreties,” while Grace Trees spoken on “Finding 10 a Friend.” [HRS+ History] 8 Apr 2014

Computer science students return from conference

A contingent of nine students and two faculty went to Memphis last weekend to attend the Consortium of Computer Sciences in Colleges: Mid-South Conference. This conference included a programming contest, where a Hendrix team placed first. The first-place team included Connor Bell, Theogene Bucuti, and Brandon McNew. Hendrix also contributed two talks to the student papers session: Theogene Bucuti spoke on the effect of search ordering for planning performance, while Rebecca Perez and Brandon McNew presented their work on computing image distance based on the stable marriage algorithm. 7 Apr 2014

Mark Goadrich to teach at Hendrix this fall

After carefully considering many excellent applicants, we are pleased to welcome Mark Goadrich as a tenure-track computer science professor this fall, taking over after Dwayne Collins' retirement. Mark completed his undergraduate work in Ohio at Kenyon College, majoring in Mathematics and Philsophy, and then he earned his PhD in computer science at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. Since then, he has been a professor at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he has been their sole computer science instructor. His primary research interest is in applying artificial intelligence to board games, though he also has interests in developing computer games, mobile apps, and robots. This coming year, in addition to teaching several regular courses, Mark will introduce Interactive Game Development to our curriculum. 24 Mar 2014

Student awarded Goldwater honorable mention

Computer science junior Kyle Wilshusen was awarded honorable mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering; it is an honor simply to be nominated as one of the top four students from Hendrix. Of the 1,166 nominees selected by schools, 283 were awarded scholarships. After graduating from Hendrix, Kyle plans to continue his research into applying computer vision to robots in agricultural environments. 21 Mar 2014

Team places second at state mathematics contest

Two Hendrix teams traveled to Henderson State University for the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics Competition. Eleven teams competed, representing five colleges from around Arkansas. Hendrix placed second at the contest (a respectable end to an eight-year run of first-place wins); the second-place team included Shuyin Hua, Xuanhua Wang, and Yitong Xu. Another team tied for fifth. 4 Mar 2014

Students compete in Acxiom programming contest

Hendrix placed first among 16 teams at the Acxiom programming contest held on Hendrix's campus today, solving five of the nine problems. The first-place team included Connor Bell, Theogene Bucuti, and Brandon McNew. Another team from Hendrix completed three problems successfully, while a third team completed two problems. More information. 10 Mar 2014

Undergraduate presents at Joint Mathematics Meeting

Next week, Gary DeClerk '15 is traveling to Baltimore for the Joint Mathematics Meetings, where he is presenting summer work at Hendrix entitled “Geometric Mean Value Properties.” This work is done jointly with classmates Jeremiah Bill '14 and Quan Nguyen '15 and advised by Dr. Chris Camfield, supported by an Associated Colleges of the South grant and by Odyssey. 9 Jan 2014

Computer science position announced

Hendrix College invites applications to join our computer science program in August 2014 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. More information… 2 Oct 2013

Programming team places fourth at ACM contest

Hendrix's programming team, including Theogene Bucuti, Kaleigh Clary, and Brandon McNew, traveled to Fort Smith today for the Mid-Central USA Regional ACM Programming Contest, a five-state contest involving about 140 teams. By solving four of eight problems, they earned fourth place in Arkansas and 34th in the overall region; More information. 2 Nov 2013

Recent alum Pullen '13 appointed principal in Rwanda

After graduating last spring with a major in mathematics and an education certificate, Sarah Pullen is leaving for Rwanda to work as a school principal. [News release] 14 Aug 2013

Cochran wins PME award for thesis

At MathFest 2013 this summer in Hartford, Connecticut, Calvin Cochran presented his senior project “Shuffle Posets and their Hassee Diagrams.” His presentation was one of 14 recognized nationally “for excellence in student exposition and research.” [Awards site, News release] 2 Aug 2013