SBU students come out on top at Phi Beta Lambda state conference, qualify for national competition

Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) students in the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) placed highly in various categories at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, held April 12-14 in Springfield, Mo. Winning students earned the honor to compete this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

SBU had 15 students competing under the direction and support of advisor and CIS instructor Meilani Conley. “I am very proud to sponsor such a talented group of students,” Conley said. “Our students work hard to prepare for competition and the results show their strong academic ability. I am blessed and excited to see our students represent SBU FBLA-PBL at the national level.”

SBU students who won at the state level and qualified for the national conference include sophomore Regan Katz (Hampton, Iowa) in Information Management and Project Management; junior Matt Shaffer (O’Fallon, Ill.) in Computer Concepts; and sophomore Maura Sturguess (Bolivar, Mo.) in Job Interview.

Other national-qualifying students include sophomore Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.) in Mobile Application Development; freshman Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and Kenzie Booker (Carthage, Mo.) in Business Presentation; sophomore Becca Brandon (Alton, Mo.) in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics; junior Steven Harris (Bolivar, Mo.) in Cybersecurity; and junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.) in Networking Concepts. Harris and Shaffer also qualified in Network Design.

Additional members of the SBU team include junior Ashley Morgan (Granite City, Ill.), sophomore Andy Johnson (Piedmont, Mo.), junior Elisabeth Whaley (Fair Play, Mo.) and junior Ruoxi Zhang (Baoding, China).

Missouri FBLA-PBL is the official Career and Technical Student Organization for Missouri Business Education. Missouri FBLA-PBL is supported and run by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Missouri’s FBLA-PBL membership amounts to nearly 16,000, making it the second largest state chapter in the nation.

SBU’s CIS department is home to five full-time faculty, two faculty associates and more than 100 students majoring in computer science, computer information science or web systems and design. The SBU CIS Department is the recipient of multiple national awards each year and among evangelical Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@sbuniv.edu.

SBU staff selected to present at annual student development conference

The Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) Program Committee has selected several Southwest Baptist University staff to give workshop presentations at this year’s annual ACSD conference, to be held June 1-4 at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Those selected include Dr. Rob Harris, vice president for student development; Nathan Penland, director of student activities; Chris Allison, director of the Wellness and Sports center; and Dr. Krista Allison, resident director of Plaster Hall.

This year’s conference theme is “Repurpose,” the concept of adapting when environments and circumstances shift and create new challenges and opportunities. The presentations were selected from a large number of submissions during this year’s ACSD workshop proposal period, and will include the following:

  • “The Role of E-Mentoring in Helping College Sophomores Stay Enrolled” by Harris;
  • “Repurposing of Student Government for Service: A Glance at Southwest Baptist University’s Shift from Student Government Association to Student Association” by Penland; and
  • “Repurposing Casual, Daily Interactions with Students to Create Significant Growth” by the Allisons.

Begun from two organizations, the Christian Association of Deans of Women and the National Association of Deans and Advisors of Men, the Association for Christians in Student Development boasts 650 annual members from 155 institutions. ACSD seeks to support and encourage those working in student affairs, as well as equip and challenge them to integrate their Christian faith into student development practice and scholarship.

SBU’s Camerata ensemble to perform diverse program

Southwest Baptist University’s all-male Camerata ensemble will present their spring concert at 8 p.m. Monday, May 11. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus.

Camerata will present a varied repertoire of sacred, ethnic and entertaining music written specifically for men’s voices by composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, Bob Kauflin, Jester Hairston and Kurt Knecht. The singers will perform in a variety of languages, from Latin and Spanish to Gaelic, Punjabi, and various African dialects.

The Camerata choral ensemble, comprised of 18 men, is under the direction of Dr. James Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies at SBU.

 

50th Annual Masterworks Concert to be held at SBU

The Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University will present its Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1 in Pike Auditorium. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Masterworks, the department’s massed choirs and orchestra will present Requiem (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Since 1965, the Masterworks presentation annually provides southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of SBU, its music department and the community. The repertoire has included the great classics, unfamiliar pearls and significant modern compositions.

Featured soloists include Dr. Kathy Brown, soprano; Dr. Paula Patterson, alto; Dr. Andrew Campbell, tenor; and Dr. Chris A. Thompson, baritone. Dr. James R. Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies, is musical director for the event.

Dr. Kathy Brown currently serves as professor of music at SBU and coordinator of the applied voice area. She has studied with notable figures such as Caterina Micieli, Elizabeth Mannion, Martha Lipton, Anna Boynton, Martha Longmire and Ted Harris. She has been a clinician for Missouri public schools and the Missouri Baptist Convention. Her voice students have won competitions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. Her book, “Lotte Lehmann in America: A Legacy of Singing Artistry,” was published by the College Music Society. Dr. Brown serves as organist of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Bolivar.

Dr. Andrew Campbell currently serves as associate professor of music at SBU and directs the SBU Concert Choir and Bolivar Community Choir. In addition to serving as orchestra conductor for SBU’s musical and opera productions, he is an active tenor soloist and has performed numerous works with orchestra.

Dr. Patterson has performed leading roles with numerous opera companies including the Spanish National Opera in Madrid, Ohio Light Opera, Texas Opera Theatre in Houston, Opera Carolina in Charlotte, Opera Iowa, and Heartland Opera Theater in Joplin. In recent years, he has performed solo recitals in Qingdao, China; Oswego, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Bowling Green, Ohio. Other concerts include solos with the Springfield Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, and the Ozarks Chorale in Arkansas, as well as with various student performing groups of Southwest Baptist University and Evangel University. Dr. Patterson is associate professor of voice at Missouri State University and music director at Grace United Methodist of Springfield.

Dr. Chris A. Thompson has performed leading lyric baritone roles across the United States and England ranging from Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” to the title role in “Elijah” to Carl Magnus in “A Little Night Music.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2012 singing “Posh,” a song cycle by composer Mohammed Fairouz. He has appeared in several world premieres, including “Guest from the Future,” “The Scrimshaw Violin,” “Box and Cox,” and “Hester Prynne at Death.” In addition, Dr. Thompson made his Off-Broadway debut in Fermat’s “Last Tango.” He served as director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Idaho, and presently serves as coordinator of vocal studies at Missouri State University.

The first of two retirement receptions for Dr. Kathy Brown and her husband, Dr. William (Bill) Brown, SBU provost, will take place after the Masterworks Concert. This reception, hosted by the Department of Music, honors their 35 years of service and will be held in the Sixth Man Club in Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.

SBU students place highly at college media competition

Southwest Baptist University media and television production students earned top awards at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association’s College Media Awards Competition. This is the fourth consecutive year that SBU students have received top recognition at the competition, which annually recognizes excellence in various media formats by students from participating Missouri institutions.

SBU’s Evan Barnes, Sara Underwood, Sander Bryan, Lucas Roberts and Alex Schriver earned honorable mention in the non-recurring News Show category for their Spring News Brief. In the Radio PSA category, Morgan Lucy earned first place for her Project 3:10 PSA, while Lucy Belcher and Sarah Bicknell earned honorable mention for their Red Cross PSA.

For more information, please contact Gayla Prewitt, adjunct instructor in the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts, at gprewitt@sbuniv.edu.

 

 

 

SBU student earns prestigious Missouri Physical Therapy Association award

April Fajardo, a third-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Southwest Baptist University, has received the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) Student of the Year award. She was announced as this year’s award winner at the MPTA meeting held Saturday, April 18 in St. Louis. This is the first time an SBU DPT student has achieved this top award.

The SBU DPT 2015 Delegation, with April Fajardo (bottom row, fourth from left). Fajardo was awarded the Missouri Physical Therapy Association's Student of the Year award.

The SBU DPT 2015 delegation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association spring conference, where April Fajardo (bottom row, fourth from left) was awarded the MPTA Student of the Year award.

Fajardo is a native of San Bruno, Calif., and currently serves as co-chair of the Global Health Project Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association’s National Student Assembly. She also has served on mission trips to Brazil and Haiti through SBU’s Global Health Outreach, which mobilizes physical therapists to provide physical therapy services to underserved populations around the world.

This prestigious annual award honors academic excellence, as well as leadership and service to the profession and the community. Students from SBU, Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri, Missouri State University, Maryville University, and Rockhurst University were eligible for this award.

SBU/Mercy Master’s in Nursing program receives full ACEN accreditation

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University has received full accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The Board of Commissioners with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted initial accreditation and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2019.

“The master’s program supports the Institute of Medicine initiative for nursing students and faculty to achieve a higher level of nursing education,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “The MSN program provides a seamless educational pathway for students progressing from their Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing to MSN.”

The master’s degree program combines a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes and clinical experiences to provide advanced degree options for nurses who already have a BSN. MSN students have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

“Because of our spiritual heritage, the MSN program is grounded in a Christian worldview focusing on servant leadership,” said Dr. Cozi Bagley, MSN program director. “Students in our MSN program have voiced that SBU provides a unique learning experience allowing the development of close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. We strive to provide educational components beyond textbooks that assist in bringing professional socialization into future roles of master’s graduates.”

For more information about the MSN program, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu or go to mercy.SBUniv.edu/MSN.

SBU inducts 18 students into Alpha Chi Honor Society

Eighteen Southwest Baptist University students were inducted into the Missouri Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society April 10.

Southwest Baptist University students inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society are from left, row 1 — Samantha Wolle, Katie Mahon, Beth Ann Winship, Kimbery Kuykendall; row 2 — Dillon Chronister, Patrick Phillips, Aric Gooch, Caitlin McEwan and Meghan Curry. Not pictured are Christian Binger, Robert Jansen, Wendy Farmer, Kyle Hollmann, Tori Morris, Spencer Smith, Blaise Onyiaike, Allison Molbach and Lauren Hargus.

Southwest Baptist University students inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society are from left, row 1 — Samantha Wolle, Katie Mahon, Beth Ann Winship, Kimbery Kuykendall; row 2 — Dillon Chronister, Patrick Phillips, Aric Gooch, Caitlin McEwan and Meghan Curry. Not pictured are Christian Binger, Robert Jansen, Wendy Farmer, Kyle Hollmann, Tori Morris, Spencer Smith, Blaise Onyiaike, Allison Molbach and Lauren Hargus.

Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors and seniors who have at least a 3.8 grade point average and a record that reflects academic integrity and honesty.

“We are very proud to see so many accomplished students recognized by being admitted to one of the nation’s premier honor societies,” said Coyle Neal, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science.

Students who were inducted are:

  • Christian Binger, sports management major from Lee’s Summit;
  • Dillon Chronister, social science education major from Stockton;
  • Meghan Curry, music major from Mansfield;
  • Wendy Farmer, health sciences major from Republic;
  • Aric Gooch, social science education major from Bolivar;
  • Lauren Hargus, radiography major from Springfield;
  • Kyle Hollmann, biology major from Ozark;
  • Robert Jansen, social science education major from Elsberry;
  • Kimberly Kuykendall, social work major from Bolivar;
  • Katie Mahon, accounting major from O’Fallon;
  • Caitlin McEwan, an elementary education major from Lee’s Summit;
  • Allison Molbach, elementary education and math education major from Ballwin;
  • Tori Morris, accounting major from Ozark;
  • Blaise Onyiaike, computer science and mathematics major from Nigeria;
  • Patrick Phillips, biology major from Bolivar;
  • Spencer Smith, mathematics and computer science major from Springfield;
  • Beth Ann Winship, accounting major from LaGrange; and
  • Samantha Wolle, accounting major from Springfield, Ill.

For more information about Alpha Chi at SBU, contact Dr. Neal at (417) 328-1722 or cneal@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Wind Symphony, University Band and Percussion Ensemble join for April 21 concert

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents the Wind Symphony, University Band and Percussion Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The free public performance will be held in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

Works by composers such as Peter Mennin, Jan Van der Roost, Joaquín Turina, Adoniram J. Gordon and John Philip Sousa are featured by the Wind Symphony. The University Band’s performance features music by Henry Fillmore, Timothy Broege, Barry E. Kopetz, Frank Ticheli and Andrew Boysen. The Percussion Ensemble is conducted by Marc Baker, percussion faculty associate, and features music for eight players.

“There is a little something for everyone in this concert,” said conductor Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies. “In this concert, two American marches serve as the bookends to a wide variety of musical styles and forms which include a symphony for band, an orchestral transcription, a chorale, a tango, an early American hymn, American folk music and a 20th century canzona.” Guest harpist, Jeremy Chesman, will be featured on the orchestral transcription, “La Procession du Rocio” by Joaquín Turina.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian K. Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or bhopwood@sbuniv.edu.

SBU students come out on top at regional programming competition

Southwest Baptist University’s top competitive programming team earned first place in a field of 23 teams from 12 universities at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Central Plains Region Programming Contest held Saturday, April 11 at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo. This is the seventh time that an SBU team has placed first in the competition that is informally called the “Battle of the Brains.”

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

“The students have worked very hard this year and it has been an honor to be a part of their success,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, team coach and CIS department chair. “Both of our seniors will be starting work this summer for a software engineering companies, which is the real victory. Jarrett will be working for a defense contractor in St. Louis, and Justin is headed to Perceptive Software in Lenexa, Kan. They have finished this year with a victory and they are headed to their next big victories in industry.”

In just 12 minutes, SBU’s top team—consisting of junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; senior Jarrett Munton from O’Fallon, Ill.; and senior Justin Stout from Gardner, Kan.—submitted the first successful solution of the competition. They then proceeded to solve four more problems in four hours for a total of five solutions, more than any other team in the field, which included highly competitive schools like University of Kansas, which finished second, and University of Central Missouri, which finished third.

SBU’s second team—consisting of freshman Chase Bussey from Sedalia, Mo.; sophomore Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; and junior Bobby Sterling from Buffalo, Mo.—finished 11th.

The Central Plains Region of the CCSC is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and comprises universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a non-profit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to more than 100 students, five full-time faculty and two faculty associates. The SBU CIS Department is a nationally recognized leader among evangelical Christian schools in the production of computing and software engineering professionals. The department’s computer science program is one of only six accredited programs in the nation to be offered at an evangelical Christian college.

For more information, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu. Below are the competition’s top 10 finishing teams.

Place

Team Location Problems Solved
1. Southwest Baptist University – A team Bolivar, Mo. 5
2. University of Kansas – A team Lawrence, Kan. 4
3. University of Central Missouri – A team Warrensburg, Mo. 4
4. University of Central Missouri – B team Warrensburg, Mo. 2
5. Eastern Illinois State University – B team Charleston, Ill. 2
6. College of the Ozarks – A team Point Lookout, Mo. 2
7. Missouri State University – A team Springfield, Mo. 2
8. University of Kansas – B team Lawrence, Mo. 2
9. Grinnell University Grinnell, Iowa 2
10. College of the Ozarks – B team Point Lookout, Mo.

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