Dr. Knupps to be featured in faculty recital at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music, on the euphonium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Meyer Recital Hall.

Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music

Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music

Knupps will be assisted by Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, on the piano. Other featured performers will include Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music, on the saxophone; Mr. Marc Baker, faculty associate, on percussion; SBU alumnus Taylor Katz on euphonium; and Jake Soltow, senior music major, on electric bass.

Knupps, a native of Magnolia, Ark., holds a B.M.E. in instrumental music from Ouachita Baptist University, a M.M. in euphonium performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana; a M.M. in music history and literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a D.M.A. in euphonium performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As a performer, Knupps has won numerous regional and state awards and was a founding member of the award winning Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Mo. in 2002. She continues to perform solo recitals, Masterclasses and chamber music through the South and Midwest. In 2011 she performed at the national conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

The recital will feature works from different historical eras and a variety of musical styles. Featured composers include Johann Sebastian Bach, David Uber, Philip Sparke, and Kansas City-based Barbara York, among others.

“This recital will offer some unique music,” Knupps said. “One of the works is a duet for euphonium and alto saxophone with piano, a grouping of two wind instruments that do not have a regular home in the orchestra. The composer does a great job of exploring the sounds of these two instruments in different ways. Plus, I jumped at the opportunity to perform with fellow faculty member, Jeff Waters, on saxophone!”

Another distinctive work is a euphonium duet with jazz combo in Latin style.

“I think the audience will really enjoy both of these intriguing works,” Knupps said. “I have certainly enjoyed preparing them with these wonderful musicians.”

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

Little sisters chosen for SBU Homecoming

2014 Homecoming Little Sisters (l to r): Shekinah Lentz, K’Lea Eddins, Livvy Garrison, Alexa Aldridge, Esther Lu, Kylie Cossins, Aileen Siegfried

Southwest Baptist University has selected the “little sisters” for this year’s Homecoming. Each girl will escort a queen or princess candidate during the Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The girls are the daughters or granddaughters of SBU employees.

Alexa Aldridge is the daughter of Barbara Lee and Michael Aldridge and the granddaughter of Bobbie and Linda Gothard. Alexa is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a princess, teacher, or dancer.

Kylie Cossins is the daughter of Tim and Jana Cossins. Kylie is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

K’Lea Eddins is the daughter of Melanie Palma and the granddaughter of Chong Campbell. K’Lea is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be a ballet dancer.

Livvy Garrison is the daughter of Don and Marketa Garrison. Livvy is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a mom.

Shekinah Lentz is the daughter of Dr. Chuck and Michelle Lentz. Shekinah is in second grade and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

Esther Lu is the daughter of Dr. Baochuan Lu and Jianpu Wang. Esther is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a ballerina.

Aileen Siegfried is the daughter of Dr. Dennis and Meiling Siegfried. Aileen is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.

Homecoming queen candidates and princesses selected

2014 Homecoming Court (l to r): queen candidate Julie McGlaughlin, queen candidate Kayla Bobeen, queen candidate Madison Wertz, queen candidate Kat Graham, junior princess Grace Hotchkiss, queen candidate Corbin Mabe, freshman princess Stephanie Davis, sophomore princess Sierra Massing

Southwest Baptist University students have nominated five seniors as Homecoming Queen candidates. These candidates have been selected by their peers and the winning Queen will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 4.

Kayla Bobeen is a senior elementary education major from Troy, Mo. She is the daughter of Tracy and Kay Bobeen. After graduation in December, Kayla plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Kat Graham is a senior physical education major from Carlinville, Ill. She is the daughter of Gary and Jill Graham. Kat is still considering her post-graduation plans.

Corbin Mabe is a senior athletic training major from Lubbock, Texas. She is the daughter of Toni and Cristi Mabe. After graduation, Corbin hopes to travel somewhere she hasn’t been before and work as an athletic trainer. She is also considering pursuing graduate school in nutrition.

Julie McGlaughlin is a senior web systems and design major from East Moline, Ill. She is the daughter of James and Rhonda McGlaughlin. Julie currently serves as the SBU Student Association president and is considering her post-graduation plans.

Madison Wertz is a senior public relations major from Louisburg, Kan. She is the daughter of Todd and Kristin Wertz. After graduation in December, Madison will be getting married and pursuing a job in public relations.

In addition, class princesses have been chosen by their peers for the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

Stephanie Davis is a freshman elementary education major from Bolivar, Mo. She is the daughter of Steve and Donna Davis.

Sierra Massing is a sophomore public relations and marketing major from Overland Park, Kan. She is the daughter of Ted and Julie Massing.

Grace Hotchkiss is a junior exercise science major from St. Louis, Mo. She is the daughter of Jay and Cheryl Hotchkiss.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.

SBU to award alumni honors during Homecoming

Homecoming festivities at Southwest Baptist University will begin with Honors Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Pike Auditorium, when five alumni will be recognized for living lives of service.

Alumni Life Service Awards

Inspired by the Life Beautiful Award presented each year to one male and one female graduate, President John Dowdy suggested to the Southwest Baptist College Board of Trustees in 1955 that the Life Service Award be given annually to graduates whose lives have exemplified the principles which are upheld at Southwest. The award is the highest recognition that the University can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This year’s four recipients are:

Betty Clark will receive a Life Service Award posthumously from SBU.

Betty Clark will receive a Life Service Award posthumously from SBU.

• Betty Clark ’47: Clark’s ministries included being a hospice volunteer, English as a Second Language tutor, Chamber of Commerce volunteer, church organist for 50 years, Sunday school teacher and WMU member.

The Clarks were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board in 1952 and served together in Venezuela until Clyde’s death in 1956. After a furlough, Betty returned in 1957 with her two young children to Venezuela and taught health and music classes in the seminary there until 1961. However, because of political unrest in the country, it became unsafe for Betty and her children to stay in Venezuela. They returned to the states and she worked as a nurse in a local doctor’s office for 30 years.

“Southwest Baptist had a big impact in the training for my life’s vocation,” she wrote after being notified about receiving the award. “I continued my education at Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans and received my R.N. degree. While at Southwest Baptist I made many lifelong friends as well as meeting my husband, Clyde Clark.”

She and her husband, the late Clyde Clark ’47, had two children, Mark Alan Clark and Rebecca Lou (Clark) Rutledge, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Family members will be present to accept the award posthumously for Mrs. Clark, who passed away recently.

Sondra Mahoney, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Sondra Mahoney, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Sondra (Isenburg) Mahoney ’62: Mahoney was an elementary school teacher in the Cabool School District for six years and the Mountain Grove School District for 24 years. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Mountain Grove, where she serves as WMU director and Sunday school teacher, serves on the Pastor Search Committee, participates in the choir and serves as Associate Executive Board Member.

“I am so grateful to SBU for the foundation it provided to learn leadership skills,” she wrote. “I was taught Christian values. I desired to follow the examples set forth by the faculty. The SBU family became my family. Many of my classmates have remained lifelong friends.”

Mahoney lives in Mountain Grove, Mo.

Herbert Pedersen, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Herbert Pedersen, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Herbert Pedersen ’66, ’68: Pedersen has served in the ministry for 50 years and is current and founding pastor of Longbranch Community Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas. He is an adjunct professor and director of the Ph.D. Internship Program at Dallas Baptist University. He has M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

“My wife, Barbara, who was also a student at SWBC, and I grew to love this University and the wonderful, godly people who taught and served here,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without this relationship with SBU.”

Herbert and his wife, Barbara (Holman) ’67, live in Midlothian, Texas, and have three daughters, Rhonda Denise Bailey, Angela Gail Cagle and Elizabeth Ann Savage.

Stephen Whisler, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Stephen Whisler, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Stephen Whisler ’71: Whisler composed “SBU, Our Alma Mater” in 1981. He served as a faculty member in the SBU Department of Music from 1976 to 1981 and served as SBU’s Director of Alumni/Planned Giving from 1989-2010. Whisler also has served more than 25 churches in southwest Missouri as the interim minister of music and currently attends Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., where he is an executive staff member and a former deacon and former choir member.

“While I am deeply grateful for being selected by the SBU National Alumni Board, I must express my thanks to the late Dr. Ellen Bell who nominated me,” Whisler wrote. “My being selected is a tribute to those beloved and godly people through whom the Lord has worked to mold and shape me through their lasting influences. So as I boast about them, I’m boasting about the Lord.”

Stephen and his wife, Barbara (Field) ’72, live in Springfield, Mo., and have two children, Mark Whisler ’01 and Suzanne (Whisler) Norman, and five grandchildren.

 

Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Association presents the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award annually to an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates the ideals personified by the late Edwin Lightfoot ’40. The award criteria include alumni leadership in the University, dedication to the education and welfare of youth, and demonstrated support for SBU.

Patricia Betteridge, recipient of SBU’s Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni

Patricia Betteridge, recipient of SBU’s Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni

Patricia Betteridge ’51: Patricia taught high school art, photography and humanities for 25 years. She served as president of Independence Art Association for two years and was in charge of Summit Art Scholarships for Blue Springs Art League for four years. She is a member of Greater Kansas City Art Association, Blue Springs Art League, Summit Art and Independence Art Association. In 2012, she received the President’s Award from Cultured Arts Coalition.

“I am very thankful for the wonderful Christian atmosphere, the dedicated faculty and the precious friendships formed on this campus,” she wrote. “The music program was especially important to me. I have fond memories of practicing with the quartet/octet every day preparing for the special experience of performing and traveling.”

Patricia and her husband Bill ’49 live in Independence, Mo., and have a daughter, Toni Pine.

Kids Alive Int’l president challenges SBU students to serve

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International, visited the Southwest Baptist University campus on Sept. 22. Kids Alive is a global ministry that serves at 67 sites in 18 countries with a focus of rescuing orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children. Lackey has served as the organization’s president since 1996.

Lackey spoke to SBU students in the 10 a.m. chapel service about the ministry of Kids Alive and why they do what they do. With an estimated 143 million children worldwide sleeping on the streets each night and 24,000 children under age 5 dying daily from preventable causes, Lackey argued that there is a strong need for Christians to do what they can to make a difference and be God’s hands and feet to the needy.

After sharing his own story of how God taught him to see the needs around him, Lackey challenged students to consider their own callings to serve. Quoting Matthew 25:31-40, Lackey encouraged students to see Jesus in those around them because to serve others is to serve Jesus Himself.

“It is God’s nature through us that drives us to give His love and hope to those without hope,” Lackey said.

Stating that there are more than 2,000 Scripture verses that deal with this issue, Lackey urged students to “remember the poor.”

“We can make a difference if the body of Christ gets excited about the Jesus that lives in them,” Lackey said in his challenge to the students. “This college could have an impact that would literally change this community and draw attention to God.”

After chapel, Lackey spent time visiting with students individually about ways to get connected with Kids Alive including internship opportunities. Lackey also spoke in Dr. Christine Saladino’s class, “Integrating Faith and Social Work,” about how the social work profession is used in the Kids Alive ministry.

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

SBU accounting professor receives Enrolled Agent designation

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University, completed the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation process sponsored by the United States Department of the Treasury.

“Having the Enrolled Agent designation will give me more confidence and credibility in teaching the Tax Accounting class,” Wagner said.

An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

“This is a great honor for Mrs. Wagner and our SBU Accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “Her proven expertise in the ever-changing tax law will benefit our students greatly and inspire many to seek professional careers as tax accountants.”

For more information about SBU’s department of accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives national AICPA award

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, a junior accounting major at Southwest Baptist University from El Dorado Springs, Mo., has been selected as one of just 10 recipients of the national AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship awarded by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This $2,500 award is given annually to students pursuing their CPA license who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

“On behalf of the AICPA, I applaud this year’s recipients of the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship for their commitment to academic achievement,” stated Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “These exceptional students are a testament to the strength of the pipeline of talent coming into the accounting profession.

Durnell and the nine other recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 1,190 applicants based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and overall commitment to the CPA profession.

“This is a great honor for Jenna and our SBU accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, and for Jenna to be recognized as a Legacy Scholar speaks highly of her commitment to the accounting profession and the opportunities it presents to provide essential financial services to individuals and organizations throughout the world.”

In addition to the award, Durnell also will now be part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, which was established in 2011 and helps students develop the soft skills needed to maintain a successful career. Scholarship recipients will plan and execute community service projects related to accounting that will serve their communities and be meaningful to the students.

“The AICPA’s recognition of Jenna Durnell communicates the quality person she is and validates that her pursuit of excellence is what makes her deserving of such an award,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “Durnell typifies the type of students we have in SBU’s Accounting program.”

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

Al Lackey of Kids Alive International at SBU Sept. 22

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International

Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive International, will speak at the 10 a.m. chapel service on Monday, Sept. 22 in SBU’s Mabee Chapel. Lackey has served as president of the international ministry since October 1996.

Kids Alive International has been focused on rescuing and serving orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children since 1916 and operates children’s homes, care centers, schools and community outreach programs in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the Pacific Rim.

Lackey also will share with Dr. Christine Saladino’s class, “Integrating Faith and Social Work,” and will visit with students interested in learning more about the ministry, internship opportunities, child sponsorship, and other ways to get involved.

For more information about Lackey’s visit to SBU, please contact Kurt Caddy, director of university ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or kcaddy@SBUniv.edu.

Poet Tania Runyan at SBU Sept. 25

The Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist series will feature poet Tania Runyan in a reading of her works at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Meyer Recital Hall of the Casebolt Music Center.

Runyan is the author of the poetry collections “Second Sky,” “A Thousand Vessels,” “Simple Weight” and “Delicious Air,” which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her book “How to Read a Poem,” an instructional guide based on Billy Collins’s “Introduction to Poetry,” will be released in 2014.

Her poems have appeared in many publications, including “Poetry,” “Image,” “Harvard Divinity Bulletin,” “The Christian Century,” “Atlanta Review,” “Indiana Review,” “Willow Springs,” “Nimrod” and the anthology “In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare.”

Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011. When not writing, Tania edits for Every Day Poems and Relief, tutors high school students, plays fiddle and mandolin, and gets lost in her Midwestern garden.

Runyan will sign books after the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Holly Hill-Stanford, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, at (417) 328-1682 or hhill@SBUniv.edu.

SBU faculty art show runs Sept. 15-Oct. 10

Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Art Gallery is hosting a faculty exhibit from Monday, Sept. 15, through Friday, Oct. 10, with a variety of artwork displayed by five faculty members.

The exhibit includes paintings, relief printmaking, photography, graphic arts and drawings by:

  • Tom Douglas, chair of the Department of Art and associate professor of art
  • Deby Gilley, adjunct instructor of art
  • Grant Cochran, instructor of graphic design
  • Dawn Katzer, instructor of art
  • Justin Ballard, adjunct instructor of photography

An artist reception is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the gallery, with entertainment by a bluegrass band.

The Driskill Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Dawn Katzer, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.