Information and Computer Science


November 2015

On November 7, 2015, two teams of Park University computer science students competed in the annual ACM Mid-Central programming contest hosted at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.  The team of seniors Johnathan Cox and Devyn Mapes solved 3 problems and placed 1st at the site and 40th out of 155 teams throughout the 5 state region.  The team of James Duvall and Adam Pankow also solved 3 problems, but in a longer amount of time, which is the first tie breaker for the contest.


On Saturday, November 1, 2014, the Park University programming team of Johnathan Cox and Ilgorbek Kuchkarov took 3rd place at the University of Missouri Kansas City as part of the 2014 ACM Mid Central Programming Contest. Johnathan and Ilgor solved 3 of the 9 posed problems during the 5 hour contest.

This is the second contest in which the team has received recognition. Last spring, along with Nadeja Buscan, the team won the CCSC programming contest, topping 29 other teams.

The ACM Mid Central contest is open to college students from universities across Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. This year, the winning team from Northwestern University in Chicago will participate in the International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals in Rabat, Morocco.

Ilgorbek Kuchkarov, Johnathan Cox, and Brian Hare
(left to right) Ilgorbek Kuchkarov and Johnathan Cox with Brian Hare of UMKC, the host university for the event


On Feb. 8, 2013 Park University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City co-hosted an awards ceremony for 15 Missouri and Kansas female high school students for their computing achievements and interests.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) presented the Award for Aspirations in Computing to these students in recognition of their work to strengthen the technology workforce and cultivate innovation by increasing the participation of women in information technology. The award was presented to the following:
  • Soorya Balachandran, senior, Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Rachel Bisch, senior, Kirkwood (Mo.) High School
  • Samantha Botros, sophomore, Wichita, Kan. (home schooled)
  • Logan Brown, junior, Lawrence (Kan.) Free State High School
  • Kristen Buster, junior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
  • Heather G., freshman, Harrisburg, Mo. (home schooled)
  • Sarah Hartley, sophomore, Liberty (Mo.) High School
  • Joy Hauser, junior, Olathe (Kan.) South High School
  • Najeebah Hussain, junior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
  • Dominieke Neasham, senior, Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, Maryville, Mo.
  • Crystal Qian, senior, Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Shelby Richardson, senior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.
  • Tanesha Staples, senior, Riverview Gardens High School, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Haohang Xu, senior, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Michelle Zhuang, senior, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Mo.

Each student received an Amazon Kindle, courtesy of Cerner. The ceremony included speaker Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, an aerospace engineer with NASA. Cianciolo spoke to the students about her experience working on the landing procedure for the Mars Curiosity rover in August 2012.

For more information about NCWIT, visit