Dr. Carney to present diverse program at SBU faculty recital

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music welcomes students, faculty, staff and the community to a piano recital featuring Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Carney’s performance will feature renditions of a variety of works from diverse figures, including classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn; influential modern French composer Oliver Messiaen; Canada-based Alexina Louie, one of that country’s most widely performed composers; and 20th century Russian master Sergei Prokofiev.

For more information about the evening, which is free and open to the public, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

SBU to host annual Church Music Workshop

Southwest Baptist University once again welcomes worship ministers and musicians to its three-day Church Music Workshop, which will take place Feb. 5-7 and offer attendees encouragement, education and instruction in various areas of music ministry.

Composer and arranger Dennis Allen will headline the annual Church Music Workshop at SBU.

Composer and arranger Dennis Allen will headline the annual Church Music Workshop at SBU.

The event features informative sessions led by distinguished guests such as composer and arranger Dennis Allen, who with his wife, Nan, has written numerous Christian anthems, collections, dramatic productions and musicals, three of which earned Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association for Best Musical of the Year. Their compositions for adult, student and children’s choirs have sold nearly 3 million copies to date. Allen presently serves as assistant professor of worship and church music at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga.

SBU Department of Music faculty associate and accompanist Sara Steele will lead sessions providing materials and methods to those ministering to their congregations as church pianists and accompanists. Additionally, SBU faculty associate Reva Catherine Burgher, director of SBU’s Higher Ground touring ministry group, will lead three sessions offering practical, in-depth training for contemporary worship team leaders, members and musicians.

While workshop programming requires payment and registration, which is available at www.sbuniv.edu/casebolt/music/churchmusicworkshop/registration.asp, the public is invited to attend two free worship concerts to be held on campus. The first will be an evening of praise with SBU’s Higher Ground at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at Meyer Recital Hall in the Casebolt Music Building. The second concert, occurring at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in Meyer Recital Hall, features two groups: the Student Choir of First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, and Missouri Music Men, an ensemble of worship leaders from across the state whose vocal choir, brass quintet and string quartet will perform.

For more information, please contact Dr. Martha Hicks, professor and chair of the Department of Music, at (417) 328-1633 or mhicks@sbuniv.edu. To view a detailed event schedule, please visit www.sbuniv.edu/casebolt/music/churchmusicworkshop/schedule.html.

SBU announces new spring semester lineup of Chapel musicians and speakers

Southwest Baptist University welcomes students, staff and the community to spring semester Chapel services, commencing Monday, Jan. 26. The free weekly services, which occur on campus at 10 a.m. on Mondays through May 4, feature a diverse variety of speakers and musicians offering teaching, encouragement and corporate worship in Pike Auditorium.

Jan. 26: SBU welcomes the return of alumni Zach Atchley and Nate Jones, who will continue their tradition of opening up Chapel services each semester with musical praise and worship.  

Feb. 2: Samson Latchison serves as assistant director of The Potter’s House, an organization ministering to Missouri State University by advancing Christian influence on campus and aiding in the discipleship and spiritual growth of its students. Latchison will speak on subjects such as the role of race in the kingdom of God.

African Children's Choir performs Feb. 9.

African Children’s Choir performs Feb. 9.

Feb. 9: The jubilant African Children’s Choir performs at SBU amid their nationwide tour. Founded by human rights activist Ray Barnett during the turmoil of the 1984 Ugandan civil war, the singing group comprises orphaned and vulnerable children in the region and helps support relief efforts to fight poverty and disease in Africa.

Feb. 16: Spoken word artist Ezekiel Azonwu has dedicated his artistic abilities to the purpose of igniting passion for Jesus through his creative performances that join the truth of the gospel with creative, lyrical expression. He will return in the evening for a 7 p.m. presentation.

Feb. 23: Praised for his contemplative lyrics and skillful musicianship, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Andy Gullahorn will lead an acoustic worship set featuring his trademark folk sound at morning Chapel, as well as later at 7 p.m.

March 2: In conjunction with SBU’s annual Alteration women’s retreat, this week’s Chapel features retreat speaker Kandy Persall, an author whose book “Hungry for More” seeks to inspire Christians to pursue deep spiritual nourishment in God’s word.

March 9: Singer-songwriter Nate Sallie has toured internationally and recorded prolifically as lead singer of the Grammy Award-nominated band Newsong. A Missouri native, Sallie presently serves as the director of worship arts at Christ Community Church in Springfield. He will perform a second time in the evening at 7 p.m.

March 16: This annual Chapel service will once again commend the achievements of notable SBU alumni, two of whom will be presented honorary doctorate degrees during the ceremony.

March 23: No Chapel service will take place over Spring Break.

March 30: Table For One Ministries focuses on reaching out to singles and emphasizing growth, community and discipleship regardless of marital status. Together with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Chair of Religious Education Dr. Chris Shirley, Table for One founder PJ Dunn will speak in the morning and at a 7 p.m. evening session.

April 6: Hear about opportunities for service and growth from the SBU Center for Global Connections, which will highlight various Global Connections projects for January 2016.

April 13: SBU hosts Terry and Darlene Wildman, the husband-and-wife team behind RainSong, a worship ministry proclaiming the gospel through traditional Native-American storytelling and music. Their Chapel performance, which will feature authentic instruments like Native-American flutes, will be followed by a 7 p.m. show that evening.

April 20: Tennessee-based duo All Sons and Daughters, best known for their energetic folk sound and raw, authentic songwriting, return to SBU for morning worship and a 7 p.m. evening performance, which will be free for students, faculty and staff (tickets for community members are available for purchase here).

April 27: A vibrant ministry begun in 2005, From Death to Life features the moving true story centering on Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel, a young man who murdered Johnson’s son in 1993. Together, they will share their journey of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing.

May 4: Academic achievements of outstanding students from each department will be recognized at the special annual Honors Chapel service.

Wednesday Equip chapel services featuring staff or faculty speakers and student-led worship will take place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Pike Auditorium through May 6.

For more information about chapel services at SBU, contact Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or kcaddy@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Director of Safety and Security elected chair of regional ASIS International chapter

Southwest Baptist University Director of Safety and Security Mark Grabowski has been elected the 2015 chair of ASIS of the Ozarks, the regional chapter of ASIS International, the leading organization for security professionals encompassing more than 38,000 members.

“I am honored to serve my fellow security professionals as we work together to advance the safety of our respective work places,” Grabowski said. “Additionally, it is a privilege to represent SBU in this capacity.”

Grabowski has served as the director of safety and security at SBU since 1991. He has obtained various professional certifications, including Certified Protection Professional from ASIS International, Certified Protection Officer from the International Foundation for Protection Officers and Certified Safety and Health Specialist from the National Safety Council. Grabowski will chair ASIS of the Ozarks through the remainder of this year.

For more information, please contact Grabowski at mgrabowski@SBUniv.edu.

SBU/Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences a finalist for $100,000 security grant

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University (SBUMercy) has been announced as a finalist in Stanley Security’s Together for Safer Schools grant program. SBU/Mercy could receive up to $100,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services to help secure students and facilities within the campus environment — but your help is needed by voting for the college daily.

Starting Monday, Jan. 19, and running through Friday, Feb. 13, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote for SBUMercy daily via three different methods:

• Search sbumercy on STANLEYSaferSchools.com and vote online

• Text sbumercy to 334455

• Tweet using hashtags #STANLEYSecurity and #sbumercy

The top two colleges or universities with the most votes in each of three size categories will be selected as grant winners.

“Being a recipient of the Stanley Security grant would greatly enhance the security at the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” said Bob McGlasson, Ed.D., associate provost and vice president for operations at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “We are experiencing tremendous growth and our facilities are in use day and night. Enhancing our security not only keeps the students, faculty and staff safe but also provides opportunities for extended use of the building to greater serve our educational needs.”

The college or university with the most votes will receive the grand prize of $100,000 in Stanley Security products and services. One runner-up will receive a prize of $25,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services.

In its second year, the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program provides the opportunity to enhance safety and security in the nation’s higher education institutions by awarding winning schools a share of a substantial grant of Stanley Security installed products and services.

Offerings provided to grant winners include consultative security services, access to Stanley Security’s premier Software Solutions Group (SSG) and seminars for school officials on security threat assessment and advanced Clery Act training offered by Stanley Security partner and campus security experts, D. Stafford & Associates. Turn-key installations available to winners can be any Stanley Security product or solution, including access control solutions, video surveillance systems, fire systems, intrusion systems, mechanical and electro-mechanical door hardware, mass notification systems and other security technologies. In addition, every school that is nominated receives a free security assessment from Stanley Security to help improve campus safety and security.

For more information on the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program and to vote for SBUMercy, please visit www.stanleysaferschools.com.

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About Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, located in Springfield, Missouri, offers degree programs in nursing, radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health-care education in a Christ-centered environment. The college is a partnership between Mercy Hospital and Southwest Baptist University.

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About STANLEY Security

STANLEY Security, a division of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), is a provider of integrated security solutions defining the future of the security industry. STANLEY delivers a comprehensive suite of security products, software and integrated systems with a strong emphasis on service.

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About STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program

STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program is a national contest established by the organization in 2013 to help schools enhance security on their campuses. The program offers U.S. colleges and universities the opportunity to rally students, faculty and campus communities to win STANLEY Security installed products and services through a $600,000 grant.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THIS IS NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. For voting methods and official rules, visit www.Stanleysaferschools.com. Vote between 10:00 a.m. CST on 1/19/15 and 11:59 p.m. CST on 2/13/15. Limit one (1) vote per person/method of voting/per day. Sponsored by STANLEY Convergent Security Solutions, Inc., 55 Shuman Blvd, Ste 900. Naperville, IL 60563

Nearly 150 students graduate from SBU in Bolivar

Graduates line up for the processional during Southwest Baptist University commencement Dec. 19.

Graduates line up for the processional during Southwest Baptist University commencement Dec. 19.

Nearly 150 students graduated from Southwest Baptist University during commencement Friday, Dec. 19, at the Meyer Wellness Center on the Bolivar campus. The University holds two graduation ceremonies each year, in December and May.

Dr. Neil Franks, lead pastor of First Baptist Church, Branson, and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board, was the commencement speaker. He challenged graduates never to settle for less.

Dr. Neil Franks, lead pastor of First Baptist Church, Branson, and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board, was the commencement speaker. He challenged graduates never to settle for less.

In his commencement address, Dr. Neil Franks challenged graduates never to settle for less, but always to settle for more.

“The ‘more’ is doing all that God has called you to be and accomplish for the benefit of those who will live around you in the years to come, but most of all for God’s glory, may you never settle for less,” he said.

Dr. Franks is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Branson, Mo., and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive board. He has also served on the SBU Board of Trustees.

Marketing graduate Sarah VandaVeer delivered the senior address.

Marketing graduate Sarah VandaVeer delivered the senior address.

Sarah Jean VandaVeer, a marketing graduate and daughter of Dwight and Mary VandaVeer of Pacific, Mo., delivered the Bob R. Derryberry Senior Address.

VandaVeer told her fellow graduates that they are entering an elite realm in which only 6.7 percent of the world’s population has earned a college degree. She charged her classmates to measure their future successes not by society’s standard, but by making a return on the investment and pleasing the Lord.

“To whom much is given, much is to be expected,” VandaVeer said. “It is now your responsibility to do something with that. As Jesus showed, he is not entirely concerned that you become wealthy or successful by society’s standards. It’s not about impressing everyone.”

Biology graduate Kia Her performs her original composition, “Where You Call,” as the senior musician.

Biology graduate Kia Her performs her original composition, “Where You Call,” as the senior musician.

Kia Her, a biology graduate and daughter of Blia Her and Pachai Her of Rochester, Minn., sang her original composition, “Where You Call.”

SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., congratulates Richard Brewer, Psy.D., on his retirement after 32 ½ years of teaching in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., congratulates Richard Brewer, Psy.D., on his retirement after 32 ½ years of teaching in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Richard Brewer, Psy.D., was recognized for his retirement after 32 ½ years of teaching at SBU. He joined the faculty in 1982 as an instructor and was promoted to assistant professor in 1987, associate professor in 1992 and professor in 1998. He also served as the chair for the Department of Behavioral Sciences from 1994 to 1998.

SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor said commencement is the most important academic event for any university.

“When our graduates receive their diplomas, we know that we have accomplished our primary objective, graduating students,” Dr. Taylor said. “Our graduates are extraordinary people, and they have worked very hard to achieve this significant milestone.”

SBU honors employees for years of service

Southwest Baptist University honored employees with employment anniversary milestones, beginning with five years, during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 11. The employees recognized have contributed a total of 580 years of service to SBU.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize and honor the outstanding staff and faculty who work at Southwest Baptist University,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and acting president. “No university is better than its people, and SBU is an outstanding University because of our faculty and staff. “

For more information about Southwest Baptist University, go to www.SBUniv.edu or call (417) 326-5281.

5 years

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 years

10 years: Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 years

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 years

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 years

John Credille.

John Credille.

 

 

SBU awards Life Beautiful Awards to Boro, Credille

Juanita Boro, housekeeper, and Ronda Credille, professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration, received the Staff and Faculty Life Beautiful Awards during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 11 at Southwest Baptist University.

“The designation ‘life beautiful’ is the highest honor a person can receive at Southwest Baptist University,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and acting president. “During spring commencement, we honor two graduating seniors chosen by the faculty as best exemplifying a ‘life beautiful.’ And each year during the employee Christmas Banquet, we honor a faculty member and a staff member who exemplify a ‘life beautiful.’”

Staff Life Beautiful

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, right, with Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Juanita Boro.

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, right, with Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Juanita Boro.

Juanita Boro, housekeeper, has worked at SBU since 2004. She graduated from Buffalo High School and has been serving her community there for many years. She attends Calvary Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Buffalo, where she prepares and serves food, cleans, teaches children’s church and works with the youth.

“Her co-workers shared that she is always kind, helpful and consistently has a great attitude,” Brown said when presenting the award. “She genuinely cares for people and is a good friend. She never complains and constantly shows Christ-like behavior in the way she performs her job as housekeeper in the Wellness Center.”

She has been married to her husband, Randall, for 28 years and has three children and two grandchildren. Her children are Caleb and Kayla, who both have graduated from SBU, and Krista, who is a senior in high school and future Bearcat.

Faculty Life Beautiful

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, left, with John Credille, who accepted the Faculty Life Beautiful Award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Ronda Credille.

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, left, with John Credille, who accepted the Faculty Life Beautiful Award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Ronda Credille.

Dr. Ronda Credille, professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration, has been a member of SBU’s faculty since 1990 and taught as an adjunct professor from 1986 through 1990. She is a 1980 graduate of Southwest Baptist College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She completed her M.B.A. in 1989 at Drury University and her Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Nebraska in 2003. Prior to becoming a faculty member at SBU, she worked in the banking and insurance industries.

Along with being a faculty member, Credille has served the University in various capacities. She has been the faculty adviser for Phi Beta Lambda as well as Delta Mu Delta, each for a period of 10 years. She has served as Faculty Senate president and in 1994 received the Distinguished Teacher award.

“In and out of the classroom she exemplifies Christ and the fruit of the spirit,” Brown said. “She is intentional in integrating faith in the courses she teaches and serves as a Christian role model for many women aspiring to serve Christ through business.”

She has been married to her husband, John, for 39 years and has two daughters, Pamela and Jennifer. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her 2-year-old grandson, Kagan.

The Faculty Life Beautiful Award was established in 1987, and the Staff Life Beautiful Award was established in 1992.

Branson pastor to speak at SBU commencement Dec. 19

Neil Franks, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Branson, Mo., and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board, will deliver the commencement address at Southwest Baptist University’s commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center on the Bolivar campus.

Dr. Franks has served at First Baptist Church in Branson since 2007. Prior to moving to Branson, he served on staff at Council Road Baptist Church in Oklahoma City as one of the teaching pastors. His background includes serving in the roles of associate pastor, education minister, youth minister, children’s minister and even as an interim music minister in churches in Arkansas, Texas and Missouri.

Franks completed his master of divinity at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his doctor of ministry at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He is originally from Malvern, Ark. He met his wife, Kendra, in college at Henderson State University. Neil and Kendra married in 1994 and have two boys: Nathan, a high school sophomore, and Travis, a sixth grader.

Other commencement highlights include:

• Sarah VandaVeer, a marketing and public relations major from Pacific, Mo., will deliver the Bob R. Derryberry Senior Address.

• Kia Her, a biology major from Bolivar, Mo., will perform the senior music.

 

Springfield campus

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield will hold winter commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, located at 2210 W. Republic Road, Springfield.

A total of 270 students — 201 undergraduate and 69 graduate — will receive diplomas at the two ceremonies, with 121 of those being nursing graduates.

For more information about Bolivar commencement, please contact the Office of the Provost at (417) 328-1601. For more information about Springfield commencement, please call (417) 820-6422.

SBU students present at MAKO Undergraduate Math Research Conference

Three Southwest Baptist University students presented at the 10th annual MAKO Undergraduate Math Research Conference held Saturday, Nov. 8, at Missouri State University in Springfield. The conference featured presentations made by students from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma regarding undergraduate mathematics research they had accomplished. The conference was co-hosted by area universities including Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University, College of the Ozarks, Drury University and Evangel University. The conference was funded by an NSF grand through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences Program.

Abraham Pascoe, a junior mathematics major from Branson, Mo., presented “Fun with Bases: All about that Base,” which discussed multiplication and division in different bases and included information about why multiplication and division can be easy for computers to do in base 2.

Jacob Jones, a senior mathematics and mathematics education major from Bolivar, Mo., gave a talk titled “Fun with Bases Part II – Getting to the Root of the Problem.” Jones focused his discussion on different methods for finding or approximating the square root of a number in base 10 and base 2, and discussed and compared their efficiencies.

David Gillie, a junior computer science and mathematics major from Fenton, Mo., also presented at the conference with a talk entitled, “The Power of Roots.” Gillie discussed one method for approximating square roots known as the Babylonian Method. He also discussed possible extensions of this method or other methods for finding square roots to the finding of other roots or powers.

Andon Crisp, a junior chemistry major from Mountain Grove, Mo., and Brady Kornrumpf, a junior computer science and mathematics major from Jefferson City, Mo., also attended the conference.

Dr. Stephen Bowling, professor of mathematics, supervised these students’ research in preparation for the conference and attended the conference with the students.

For more information about the SBU department of mathematics, please contact Dr. Kevin Hopkins, department chair, at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@SBUniv.edu.