SBU to renovate, expand Taylor Center; Mabee Foundation supports project

Southwest Baptist University alumni and supporters have raised nearly $2 million of the estimated $2.7 million needed to renovate the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms for the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science, as well as the department of history and political science.

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has partnered with SBU in this project by issuing a challenge grant to supply the remaining $500,000 of the $2.7 million needed for the project if gifts and pledges can be secured totaling $2.2 million.

“The Mabee Foundation has consistently supported Southwest Baptist University and our commitment to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Their support and that of SBU alumni and friends will help provide excellent new facilities for faculty, staff and students in business, accounting, computer science, history and political science.”

The project is necessitated by steady enrollment growth in business, accounting and computer science and the reinstatement of the master of business administration program. Improvements will include remodeled existing facilities and new offices, classrooms, and study areas with updated technology.

For more information about the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU, contact Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college, at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

For more information about the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center expansion and renovation, please visit www.SBUniv.edu/TaylorExpansion.

SBU student earns Institute of Management Accountants Heartland Council scholarship

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Heartland Council has announced that SBU student Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., will receive one of two scholarships awarded by the Council for the 2015-16 academic year. The IMA, whose Heartland Council encompasses Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, focuses on developing current and future leaders in the area of private industry accounting.

“We are very proud of Matt earning this recognition from the IMA Heartland Council,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Our SBU Accounting program is fortunate to have students like Matt who have the mental discipline and professional decorum necessary to succeed in the accounting profession today.”

The IMA supports students by facilitating mentorship with accounting professionals and offering networking opportunities at meetings and educational events. The IMA also grants one of the accounting profession’s most valued credentials, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU assistant director of safety, security earns special certification

Everett Hornbostel, Southwest Baptist University assistant director of safety and security, was certified as a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) by the International Federation of Protection Officers (IFPO), which provides education and training to protection and security officers. He earned this certification after eight months of study and training and passing a four-hour exam.

“Through this program and the experience I have attained at SBU, I believe that I have a better understanding of the world of safety and security,” Hornbostel said. “With this knowledge, I am better equipped to serve the University in a positive, professional manner and to effectively lead our officers to serve in like fashion.”

Hornbostel began work at SBU as a safety and security officer in 2010. He has also received certification as a Taser Instructor through Taser International and Defensive Tactics Instructor through Peacekeepers Training, as well as completed IFPO’s Basic Protection Officer program.

After earning an associate of science in law enforcement from Missouri Southern State University, Hornbostel received a bachelor of arts in Christian ministry with a pastoral ministry emphasis from SBU. He is pursuing a master of theological studies with a church planting emphasis at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Rebecca, serves as assistant manager of credit and collections at SBU.

 

 

BKD Foundation donates $25,000 to Taylor Center project

BKD donationThe BKD Foundation, the charitable arm of BKD LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm with offices in Springfield, donated $25,000 toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center that houses the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University. Construction is expected to begin in January 2016 on the $2.7 million project. Pictured are, from left, Ron Maupin, SBU’s vice president of administration and chief financial officer; Kim Hamm, a partner with BKD LLP representing the BKD Foundation; and Tara Parson, controller at SBU.

SBU CIS Department 2015 graduating class achieves 100 percent job placement

The 20 graduating students in the Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department at Southwest Baptist University have achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate.

“We are not satisfied until all of our graduates have job offers from great companies and organizations or have been admitted to a graduate program,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and chair of the CIS department. “This year, like almost every year, the opportunities for our students in the software engineering marketplace were numerous. We feel very blessed to have been a part of their success.”

The CIS department graduating class has achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate in 12 of the last 14 years.

The 2015 CIS graduates will start work at the following companies:

  • Kenson Ashton, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Alexandra Barcus, a web systems and design major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Tanner Barnes, a computer science major, has joined BAE Systems in San Diego, Calif.;
  • Elizabeth Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Renee Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Michael Gooley, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Clayton Gray, a computer information science major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate  headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Bethany Hash, a web systems and design major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Steven Hopkins, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Nathan Hughes, a computer information science major, has joined Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Neb.;
  • Josh Inman, a computer science and math major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Kristof Kinal, a computer science and math major, has joined ExxonMobil in Irving, Texas;
  • Julie McGlaughlin, a web systems and design major, will work for the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board in Zimbabwe, Africa;
  • Joe Miller, a computer science major, has joined Sprint world headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.;
  • Josh Oryall, a computer science and math major, has joined Skyfactor Mapworks in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Justin Stout, a computer science and math major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.;
  • Kyle Wendland, a computer science major, has joined the Department of Defense;
  • Andrew Wilson, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Zach Eggert, a web systems and design major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.; and
  • Ben Porter, a computer science major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members, a faculty associate and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. The SBU CIS department is the recipient of multiple national awards each year and among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

SBU PT professors earn specialty credentials and certifications

Southwest Baptist University physical therapy faculty members have achieved additional credentials and certifications this summer.

Associate professor of physical therapy Amber Fleer, DPT, OCS, ATC, completed Level 1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) course June 13-14.

SFMA is the movement-based diagnostic system designed to clinically assess seven fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment is an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root as either a mobility or stability/motor control problem.

Fleer will utilize this training in SBU’s faculty practice, which is scheduled to open June 2016, and to equip the next generation of physical therapists with tools and skills to better serve their patient populations.

Sarah Jones, PT, DPT, PCS, has earned national recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), which has certified more than 16,000 individuals demonstrating advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas. Jones is now a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (PCS).

To earn this honor, candidates submit a professional portfolio and application demonstrating advanced skill and clinical competence in the specific practice area. After review, the candidate either proceeds to the examination phase or is rejected. If allowed to proceed, the candidate must pass a specialist exam before being recognized as a specialist.

With the formal recognition of Jones by the ABPTS, SBU PT faculty now holds eight such specialist credentials and one fellow status as recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Sarah Jones, PT, DPT, PCS, will join the SBU faculty as an associate professor of physical therapy, having previously served as adjunct faculty since 2011. Her teaching responsibilities include content related to pediatrics, prosthetics, orthotics, human life sequences and motor control.

For more information about the department of physical therapy at SBU, contact Aaron Weaver, admissions and alumni coordinator, at aweaver@sbuniv.edu or (417) 328-1690.

Four SBU professors serve as AP readers 

SBU professors Dr. Steven Bowling, Dr. Tim DeClue, Dr. Shelley Dean Kilpatrick and Dr. Baochuan Lu joined AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world to serve as Advanced Placement exam readers.

At the College Board’s Annual AP Reading, readers evaluated and scored the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 scoring sessions, more than 13,500 AP Readers evaluated more than 4.5 million AP exams.

Subjects evaluated by SBU professors include:

  • Calculus by Dr. Steven Bowling, professor of mathematics;
  • Computer science by Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information science and professor of computer science, and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science; and
  • Statistics by Dr. Shelley Dean Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology.

“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Bowling, DeClue, Kilpatrick and Lu.”

According to the College Board’s official news release, the AP program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both, while still in high school. Through AP courses in 36 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

For more information about Advanced Placement credit at SBU, please contact the Admissions Office at (417) 328-1810.

Public Notification of Opportunity to Comment

Southwest Baptist University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit November 16-17, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Southwest Baptist University has been accredited by the Commission since 1957. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:
Public Comment on Southwest Baptist University

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at www.ncahlc.org.
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by October 16, 2015.

Depeé named director of SBU’s Mountain View campus

Donna Depeé has been named director of Southwest Baptist University’s Mountain View campus, effective April 1. She is an assistant professor of education and has served as interim director for the past year.

“I am delighted that Donna will be serving as the director of the Mountain View campus,” said Dr. Allison Langford, acting provost. “She has been highly effective as the interim director, and I have no doubt that her interpersonal skills, leadership experience, and love for the Mountain View community will continue to positively affect the campus and surrounding area.”

Before joining the faculty at SBU in 2007, Depeé taught elementary grades in Mississippi, Missouri and Texas and served as an elementary principal and superintendent in Missouri. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mountain View and serves as pianist and on various committees. She served one term with the International Mission Board in Brazil.

“I’m honored to accept this position and the challenge to continue to make a difference in the lives of our students and their communities,” Depeé said.

Southwest Baptist University’s campus in Mountain View provides quality higher education close to home for residents of Howell County and surrounding areas. Classes are taught in the afternoon and evening, making a degree at SBU-Mountain View attainable for people who are in the workforce but pursuing higher education to open new employment opportunities.

Students at the campus can complete associate degrees in business administration, health science and general studies; bachelor degrees in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, psychology and sociology; and master degrees in education and educational administration. State and federal financial aid are available.

“The Mountain View campus is a great asset for our University and the local community,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “With Donna’s leadership, we continue our commitment to providing high-quality educational opportunities for south-central Missouri residents.”

For more information about the Mountain View campus, contact Depee at (417) 934-2999 or ddepee@SBUniv.edu.

SBU graduates earn American Physical Therapy Association awards

Southwest Baptist University graduates April Pasco Fajardo, PT, DPT, and Paige Reed, PT, DPT, received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority Scholarship Award during the association’s NEXT Conference & Exposition, held in National Harbor, Md., June 3-6. Fajardo and Reed are members of the APTA and recently graduated from SBU with doctorates in physical therapy.

Paige Reed, PT, DPT, (left) and April Pasco Fajardo, PT, DPT, (right) received the American Physical Therapy Association's Minority Scholarship Award.

Paige Reed, PT, DPT, (left) and April Pasco Fajardo, PT, DPT, (right) received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority Scholarship Award.

The Minority Scholarship Award is bestowed annually on physical therapy students who are members of racial/ethnical minorities by the Physical Therapy Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by APTA. Award recipients must be in their final academic year and must participate in minority affairs activities and services, demonstrate the potential for superior achievements in the physical therapy profession, excel academically, and exemplify professionalism as a future physical therapist.

For more information about the department of physical therapy at SBU, contact Aaron Weaver, admissions and alumni coordinator, at aweaver@sbuniv.edu or (417) 328-1690.