Four Hill College faculty awarded research study grants

  Hill College
  Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:59 AM

Hillsboro, TX

Four Hill College faculty members have been selected as recipients for Hill College research study grants to continue research in their fields of study this summer. Research proposals are submitted to the Professional Development Council and the President’s Council for consideration. Jackie Armstrong, computer science instructor; Kyle May, criminal justice program coordinator and instructor; Lauri Heintz, biology instructor; and Tom Sale, art instructor, have been selected to receive the grants.

Armstrong will attend the 22nd Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education. She will use the networking, paper presentations, keynote speakers and industry/governmental briefings regarding the latest in Cybersecurity Education to keep the Hill College computer science program up-to-date. 

May will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., and New York, N.Y. to learn about criminal justice in America and the American structure of government. During the trip, May plans to visit Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Ellis Island Immigration Center.

Heintz will research plant and animal wildlife at the Grand Canyon. While there she will study the California Condor, a bird that went extinct in the 1980s. She will also research the flora and fauna of the region and fossil finds in the Canyon. She hopes to film a brief lecture at the Canyon to be used in the classroom for discussion on the geologic time scale.

Sale has been working with the nonprofit group for autistic adults, Austen’s Autistic Adventures, on a Vehicle and Transportation Pageant. Sale will use the grant to learn how to use a CNC laser cutter, which he will use to create templates for small cardboard vehicles that could be put together with the group.

Hill College continues to strive to become the “college of choice” for area students by providing unique and innovative programs and technologies.