Matthew McCoy 2015
When he visited Bluffton as a high school student, “it felt like I was home,” says Matthew McCoy. A few years have passed, but McCoy still feels like he belongs.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I came to college,” says the junior from Archbold, Ohio. He recently settled on a major in accounting as a step toward a bigger vision.
“I have this dream that it would be neat to be a financial employee at a not-for-profit company like Habitat for Humanity,” McCoy says. “My brother and I have thought about how it would be cool to start our own company like that and help build houses—he would be the materials guy and I would be the financial guy.
“This brings me back to why I came to Bluffton,” he continues, calling the university a place “where I can pursue my dreams and fit right in.”
He has found many avenues for involvement on campus, including computer science, which has helped take him ahead and present at international conferences.
In November 2012, McCoy accompanied Dr. Stephen Harnish, professor and chair of mathematics at Bluffton, to SC12, a supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the conference, McCoy helped Harnish build a computer “minicluster.” Slightly larger than some desktop computers, the minicluster—called LittleFe—includes six processors that work together simultaneously for “parallel processing.”
This fall, he combined his interests in computers and accounting in a presentation at a Miami (Ohio) University math conference. His title was “Little Fe, Cluster Computing, and the Costs and Savings of Parallel Processing.”
Having sought a smaller Christian college close to home, he is active in spiritual life on campus. He is a hall chaplain and a bass player in the chapel band, as well as a member of the Shining Through ministry team, the Spiritual Life Week planning committee and SERVE, a student-sponsored service group.
McCoy, a math minor and C. Henry Smith Scholar, is also a member of Student Senate, a Student Ambassador and an assistant in Musselman Library and the math department.