SBU presents Newcomer of the Year awards to Allison, Conley

Two faculty members and a staff member were recognized with awards during Southwest Baptist University’s formal convocation Wednesday, Aug. 27.

“Convocation is a time to focus on traditions that have become a part of Southwest Baptist University. An important tradition at SBU is our commitment to stay focused on our mission, which has remained consistent down through the years,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “All of us – students, faculty, and staff – should be challenged by our mission statement to be Christ-centered and caring. We also should be challenged to do our best academically and to recognize the importance of servant leadership. If each of us will continue the tradition of living out the SBU mission statement in our lives, the 2014-2015 academic year will be a great year.”

Joe Wooderson, right, chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education, presented the convocation address during the Aug. 27 chapel. SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., presents Wooderson with a plaque recognizing his selection as the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher. The winner is announced each year at graduation and then is the speaker at the next fall’s convocation.

Joe Wooderson, right, chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education, presented the convocation address during the Aug. 27 chapel. SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., presents Wooderson with a plaque recognizing his selection as the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher. The winner is announced each year at graduation and then is the speaker at the next fall’s convocation.

Joe Wooderson, recipient of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award, delivered the convocation address, as is tradition. The Distinguished Teacher Award is chosen by the current and three previous graduating classes and is presented annually to a faculty member for “outstanding teaching ability and personal guidance.”

Wooderson joined the SBU faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of kinesiology. He is currently the chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education.

In his speech, Wooderson addressed some of the most common struggles faced by college freshmen: loneliness, as many of them are spending time away from home for the first time, and the adult responsibilities that come along with being a college student.

“You are forced to take responsibility of your own behavior,” he said. “You are becoming an adult. You must decide what kind of a person you want to become.”

He said that a solid foundation in Christ will help students as they transform into young adults.

“If you intensify your spiritual disciplines, such as daily prayer and frequent Bible study, worship, evangelism, service to others and constantly reminding yourself of the presence of God, you will be able to handle the challenges and the difficulties of being a college student and becoming an adult,” he said. “You will become the young man or young woman that you want to be and that God wants you to be.”

Newcomer of the Year awards

The Newcomer of the Year awards were begun in 1995 to recognize one full-time faculty member and one non-teaching staff member, who, in their first months of employment at Southwest Baptist University, demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University’s mission and make a positive impact as part of the SBU family. Faculty and staff members who have been employed full-time for no more than 18 months prior to the selection process are eligible. The winners are selected by committees of their peers.

SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., left, presents the Staff Newcomer of the Year Award to Chris Allison, director of the Meyer Wellness and Sports Center.

Staff Newcomer of the Year Chris Allison: Chris Allison, director of the Meyer Wellness Center since July 1, came to SBU in August 2013 as resident director of Landen Hall.

“He possesses the necessary skills to think big and accomplish big things,” said Rob Harris, vice president for student development. “He has a genuine interest in the welfare of others, which is evident as he cultivates relationships, affirms community, inspires hope and pursues Christ.”

He and his wife, Krista, resident director of Plaster Hall, have a daughter, Faith, and attend First Baptist Church of Bolivar.

 

 

SBU Provost Bill Brown, D.M., right, presents Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information sciences, with the Faculty Newcomer of the Year Award.

Faculty Newcomer of the Year Meilani Conley: Conley, a graduate of SBU, is an instructor of computer and information sciences.

“She has poured herself into the lives of her students and shown herself to be an excellent colleague who has great expectations of herself and her students,” wrote Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Computer Science.

During her first year on faculty, she wrote and presented a paper with Baochuan Lu, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science. Conley and Lu also redesigned the Foundations of Computer Science course. She took students to the 2nd biannual Women in Computers Conference, where she served as a panelist. During the spring semester, she became the adviser for Phi Beta Lambda and accompanied students on a trip to the national leadership conference and national competitive events.

She is married to William, and they are members of Southern Hills Baptist Church, where she helps manage the church website.

Mercy/SBU health sciences college breaks record enrollment

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University hit record enrollment with 746 students on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 25. The previous record was 695 in 2009.

“We are very excited about the future of our nursing, radiography and health sciences programs,” said Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., who became dean of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in April. “We hope to see our enrollment continue to grow as we offer more online classes, particularly in the bachelor of science nursing and health sciences programs, to better serve our students who are working on a degree while also working full time.”

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, offers degree programs in nursing (including graduate), radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health care education in a Christ-centered environment.

It is a partnership between Mercy Hospital in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. For more information, contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272.

Faculty and guest artist chamber recital to be held at SBU Sept. 4

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will host a chamber recital featuring faculty and guest artists at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The recital will feature Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, on the piano; Aleksis Zarins on the violin; Christopher Kelts on the viola; and Michael Murray on the cello. Musical selections include piano quartets by Mozart andDvořák.

The recital is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

New student enrollment increases on SBU Bolivar campus

Classes started Monday, Aug. 25, at Southwest Baptist University with an increase in new students, average ACT score and number of students living in on-campus housing.

Total enrollment on the first day of classes was 1,507, including 430 freshmen. The freshman class’s average ACT score of 23.6 is an increase from last year and nearly a one-point increase from two years ago. Students living in on-campus housing increased by 30.

“We are very pleased with our enrollment and increase in the academic quality of our students this fall,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We have great momentum as the fall semester begins and are poised for a great year at Southwest Baptist University.”

SBU gallery features artwork of Polk County artists Grant and Pulley

Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Art Gallery is featuring works by Polk County artists Anita Grant and Gretchen Pulley through Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Anita Grant

Anita Grant of Half Way has miscellaneous woven pieces, along with a variety of textiles and clay pieces on display in the gallery. She is the owner and artist of Windy Hill Studio in rural Half Way. She has been a weaver for more than 25 years, but also enjoys felting and dyeing. Grant has several large floor looms used to make garments and household items and number of smaller Inkle looms to make bookmarks, key rings, and luggage tags.

“I love any kind of fiber art, but I always come back to weaving,” Grant said. “It’s so exciting to start new projects; choosing the colors and the patterns is very challenging.”

She has won numerous awards throughout Missouri and Illinois at various artists’ venues. Currently, she is the show director of the ArtSync Gallery in Bolivar.

Gretchen Pulley

Gretchen Jewell Pulley of Bolivar has all watercolor on display in the gallery. She grew up in Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College. Watercolor captured her heart after she and her husband retired from the business world and purchased a cottage in Destin, Fla., where she studied with several artists there including, Robert and Sharon Long, Maurice Mitrogen, Donna Burgess and Dick Wolfgang.

“Watercolor is my chosen medium of creative expression,” Pulley said. “It is my way of communicating my ideas, emotions and dreams.”

Pulley has presented six solo art exhibits and has twice been juried into Watercolor USA. She was awarded first place in the Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., annual art competition, Best of Show at Waverly House Gifts and Galleries and has been awarded several “People’s Choice” awards.

The Driskill Art Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Dawn Katzer, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

SBU computer science department receives international accreditation

Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has received full accreditation from ABET’s Computer Accrediting Commission. ABET is an international accrediting organization that accredits more than 3,300 programs at more than 680 colleges and universities in 24 countries. ABET is the most widely recognized accreditation standard for engineering and technology programs around the world.

“This is a huge honor and achievement for our students and University,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS department chair. “It is the culmination of four years of effort by our faculty, administration and students. It is a recognition that clearly raises the visibility of the CIS department at SBU and it is no understatement to say it ushers in a new era for computer science at SBU. God has richly blessed our program and we are indeed grateful.”

SBU’s computer science program is the only accredited program at an evangelical Christian college within a 500 mile radius of Bolivar and is joined by only Baylor University, Mercer University, Liberty University, Cedarville University and Calvin College nationally to achieve this distinction. In Missouri only six universities (SBU, University of Missouri, Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Science & Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southeast Missouri State University) feature accredited computer science programs.

SBU’s CIS department is accredited through the ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs), and is the only department at a Christian college in the nation to house programs accredited by both ABET and ACBSP.

“This is the culmination of much work and a tribute to the great leadership of Dr. DeClue and the CIS faculty,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president.

According to the ABET website, ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. Reaching into our public, private, and professional lives, accreditation is proof that a collegiate program has met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions. Students who graduate from accredited programs have access to enhanced opportunities in employment; licensure, registration and certification; graduate education and global mobility.

For more information about SBU’s CIS department, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU announces new faculty for 2014-2015 academic year

Front row (l to r): Levi Bridge, Abbey Kimberling, Dr. Philip Truscott, Cindy Todd, Kati Clancy, Dawn Katzer Middle row (l to r): Chris Wiley, Jennifer Maloney, Jessie Wheatley, Kylie Heim, Angelia Ham Back row (l to r): Cathy Smith, Dr. Ron Wilken, Kevin Marcum, Coleman Crenshaw Not pictured: Dr. Cozi Bagley, Angie Brown-Peterson

Front row (l to r): Levi Bridge, Abbey Kimberling, Dr. Philip Truscott, Cindy Todd, Kati Clancy, Dawn Katzer
Middle row (l to r): Chris Wiley, Jennifer Maloney, Jessie Wheatley, Kylie Heim, Angelia Ham
Back row (l to r): Cathy Smith, Dr. Ron Wilken, Kevin Marcum, Coleman Crenshaw
Not pictured: Dr. Cozi Bagley, Angie Brown-Peterson

Southwest Baptist University is pleased to introduce 17 new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. SBU faculty are committed to teaching and encouraging students to equip them for a lifetime of success. Please join us in welcoming these new faculty members to our university.

Dr. Cozi Bagley is a new assistant professor of graduate nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. Bagley holds a B.S.N. from Southwest Baptist University, an M.S.N. from Cox College, and a D.N.P. from Case Western Reserve University.

Levi Bridge is an instructor of business administration. Bridge received B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Angela Brown-Peterson returns to SBU as an assistant professor of business administration. She has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Kati Clancy is a lecturer of nursing at the Springfield campus. She holds A.S.N., B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Coleman Crenshaw joins SBU as a visiting instructor of theatre. He has a B.A. from Sterling College and an M.F.A. from Rhode Island College.

Angelia Ham is an instructor of social work. She has B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees from Southwest Missouri State University.

Kylie Heim is a lecturer of athletic training. Heim has a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University.

Dawn Katzer joins SBU full-time as an instructor of art. Katzer holds a B.S. from Drury University.

Abbey Kimberling is a new instructor of university studies. She has a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. from Grand Canyon University.

Jennifer Maloney will serve SBU as an instructor of behavioral sciences for the Mountain View and Salem campuses. Maloney has a B.S. from the College of the Ozarks and an M.S. from Missouri State University.

Kevin Marcum is a new instructor of university studies. Marcum received a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S. from Evangel University.

Cathy Smith joins SBU’s Salem campus as an instructor of education. She holds a B.S. from Missouri State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.Ed. from Missouri State University and an Ed.S. from Missouri State University.

Cindy Todd is an instructor of nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. She received A.S.N., B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Dr. Philip Truscott is an assistant professor of sociology. Truscott holds an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey.

Jessie Wheatley is an instructor of nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. Wheatley has A.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S.N. from Liberty University.

Chris Wiley will serve SBU’s Springfield campus as an instructor of behavioral sciences. Wiley holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University and an M.A. from Hahnemann University.

Dr. Ron Wilken is an assistant professor of graduate education. Wilken has a B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University, an M.S. from Central Missouri State University, an Ed.S. from Central Missouri State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Classes begin on Monday, August 25. For more information about classes at SBU, please contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810 or admissions@SBUniv.edu.

SBU opens school year with two new department chairs

Dr. Ronda Credille

Dr. Ronda Credille

With the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester less than a week away, Southwest Baptist University has two new department chairs on the Bolivar campus.

Ronda Credille, Ph.D., professor of business administration, is now chair of the Department of Business Administration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and has taught at SBU since 1990.

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah, Ph.D., professor of political science, is now chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and has taught at SBU since 1997.

Welcome Week orientation for freshmen and new transfer students begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and all other students return Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Formal convocation is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Registration is still available for fall classes. For more information, call (417) 328-1810 or (800) 526-5859.

SBU Computer Information Science hosts conference for area educators

For the third year in a row, Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has hosted a free educational workshop for area educators.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

This year’s workshop, titled “Introduction to Computational Thinking,” was taught by Bob Panoff, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, and Steve Stevenson, professor of computer science at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

The workshop’s 20 participants included area high school teachers, as well as college faculty members from multiple states, including Illinois, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

The National Computational Science Institute offered just four workshops this summer throughout the country. The Introduction to Computational Thinking course offered at SBU “aims to expose participants to and inspire them with new techniques, teaching materials, and applications to use computational models in the undergraduate curriculum.”

In addition to a few lectures, the workshop utilized modeling and simulation tools to help each teacher or professor create customized lesson plans for his or her classroom. The workshop ran Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 6, while Thursday, Aug. 7, was set aside as a laboratory day for developing those lesson plans.

“We want them to take what they learn and adopt it to their classroom,” said Tim DeClue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science and professor of computer and information science.

The previous two years’ workshops hosted by SBU CIS were sponsored by Google.

“Next year, we will be providing training for high school teachers to teach advanced placement computer science courses,” DeClue said.

For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@sbuniv.edu.

SBU promotes Crowder to dean of enrollment management

Darren Crowder has been selected as the new dean of enrollment management at Southwest Baptist University.

Darren Crowder has been selected as the new dean of enrollment management at Southwest Baptist University.

Darren Crowder has been selected to lead enrollment management efforts at Southwest Baptist University as the new dean of enrollment management.

“Including his time as a student at SBU, Darren has been at the university for almost 20 years, and he is truly passionate about SBU and Christian higher education,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., president. “He has a proven track record of undergraduate recruitment success on our Bolivar and Springfield campuses, and I am confident that through his leadership SBU enrollment will continue to thrive.”

Crowder graduated from SBU in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in religious education and began working as an SBU admissions counselor after his graduation. He was promoted to assistant director of admissions in 2000, associate director of admissions in 2002 and director of admissions in 2005.

As director of admissions, Crowder has been in charge of all aspects of undergraduate recruitment for both the Bolivar and Springfield campuses. He has led SBU to breaking several institutional enrollment records, has grown undergraduate new freshmen enrollment by 18 percent and the academic quality of the freshman class has increased significantly. He is a recipient of the Noel-Levitz Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award.

As dean of enrollment management, Crowder serves as a member of the president’s executive cabinet. His areas of responsibility include undergraduate and graduate admissions for all SBU campuses, student retention, financial aid, and marketing and communications.

“I am honored to serve SBU as dean of enrollment management,” Crowder said. “This is an incredible opportunity to work collaboratively with our talented faculty and staff to attract, retain and graduate exceptional students.”

Darren and his wife, Lisa, live in Bolivar and have two children, Lily and Lauren.