Newkirk to speak at SBU April 29 about science and Christianity

Southwest Baptist University’s Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith will host a guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Newkirk, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in room 101 of the Wheeler Science Center.

Newkirk, associate professor of materials science at the University of Missouri-Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., will give a presentation titled, “Straight Talk About Science and Christianity.”

Newkirk received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. He has been on faculty at Missouri S&T since 1987. He has over 120 technical publications and two patents. Newkirk’s areas of research expertise include 3-D printing development, aerospace materials and materials for energy production.

Since becoming a Christian in 1987, Newkirk also has been active in local ministry. He currently leads the Family Builders ministry at Harvest Worship Center in Rolla and is involved in preaching, teaching and leadership ministries.

The public is invited to come to the presentation, which is free of charge. For more information, please contact Dr. Hillary Glauser-Patton, director of the Strait Center, at (417) 328-1668 or

Kezia Lilly new dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU

Kezia Lilly

Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., is the new dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Lilly will be able to usher us into a new level of achievement and recognition for our Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU,” said Provost Bill Brown, D.M.

Lilly is a 2006 SBU graduate who began teaching at SBU as an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2009. She became a full-time faculty member in 2011 and became the BSN director in 2013. She has a master’s in business administration and a master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics and recently completed a doctorate in nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership at Case Western University.

“I am not sure that being dean was in my career trajectory, but God continuously pushed me this direction,” Lilly said. “After a lot of prayer and encouragement, I chose to embrace the opportunity. The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students to seek a career as a health care professional. We are dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce.”

Lilly’s vision for the college is for the institution’s mission, vision and values to bridge the gap between education and practice while establishing longstanding relationships in the community.

“I want to help students achieve their career goals by becoming the next generation of health care professionals and taking pride to service our community needs,” she said. “I want to ensure that the college continues to deliver the best educational programs in southwest Missouri, resulting in high-quality health care professionals to meet high demand.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to

SBU to offer seminar about PTSD and combat veterans

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences is offering a free seminar about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat veterans at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the McClelland Dining Facility.

The presentation will be taught by Dwayne Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker from Springfield, Mo. Walker is a lifetime resident of Missouri and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Walker currently serves as Team Leader for the Springfield Missouri Veterans Center. This facility treats combat veterans with PTSD and their families, works with victims of military sexual trauma and offers bereavement counseling for those who have lost a family member in combat. Walker has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 21 years of forensic social work experience at the U.S. medical center for federal prisoners. He also has regularly taught college-level courses including more than 10 years of experience with the social work department at Missouri State University. He has published several articles on forensic social work and is currently board president for the Missouri chapter of NASW.

Community members are welcome to attend but should be aware that this will be a technical presentation based on DSM-V standards.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director at SBU, at (417) 328-1740 or

SBU Showcase Singers present ‘Don’t Touch That Radio Dial!’

The Southwest Baptist University Showcase Singers will bring to life the music, comedy and commercial jingles of the golden age of radio in “Don’t Touch That Radio Dial!” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 in the Meyer Recital Hall.

Also known as the Chamber Singers, the SBU Showcase Singers are the same group that annually produces the SBU madrigal dinners. The musical ensemble is comprised of 21 select performers specializing in repertoire for the small ensemble.

“This is a high-energy production, complete with audience participation,” said Dr. James Tarrant, director of choral studies.

An actual applause lamp will prompt the audience as they meet such characters as Senator Claghorn, Lum and Abner, Pansy Nussbaum, and Baby Snooks. Commercial jingles and soap opera tidbits are integrated throughout the show.

“There are many retrospective concerts featuring the music of the 1940s, but few, if any, present the range of entertainment that our performers do in this show,” Tarrant said. “We’re looking forward to quite a bit of noise and activity from our audience.”

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

SBU Jazz Ensemble in concert April 22

The Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Pike Auditorium. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music.

The 17 piece ensemble is the premier ensemble on campus dedicated to the exclusive study of jazz music and will feature SBU student performers in a program which includes the wide variety of styles associated with the big-band jazz ensemble.

The program will open with Les Hooper’s original composition, “Momentum,” and will then run the gamut of styles from the straight-ahead swing of “Flashback,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “It Had to Be You,” featuring solo vocalist Olivia Jones, to the more contemporary flavors of Les Sabina’s funk tune “Fourth Quarter” and Duke Ellington’s “Oclupaca.”

A unique feature of the program is two contrasting arrangements of Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” which highlight the distinct influences arrangers have on creating different ways to experience a familiar tune.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Waters at (417) 328-1632 or

SBU Theatre presents ‘Maybe Baby, It’s You’

The Southwest Baptist University Theatre will present “Maybe Baby, It’s You” at 7 p.m. April 24-26 in Davis-Newport Theater. Written by playwrights Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson, this comedic play is a series of 11 vignettes that tell the story of the search for a soul mate from the first kiss to the not-so-golden years of marriage.

The play is directed by Jonathan Wehmeyer, instructor of theatre, and has a cast and crew of 19 students.

According to Wehmeyer, the play will bring lots of laughter to the audience members but will also make them consider what it really means to be in a relationship.

“‘Maybe Baby, It’s You’ is the perfect combination of hilarious comedy and poignant thought that allows us to truly evaluate where we are in our current relationships,” Wehmeyer said. “It is so important for us to be able to laugh at ourselves and see ourselves for who we truly are.”

Dr. Elissa Sartwell, assistant professor of theatre, led the costume design with the assistance of two students.

“The episodic nature of this script makes it a perfect opportunity for our students to dabble in design,” Sartwell said. “Each student has taken on a handful of scenes. This is a great opportunity for them to build their design portfolios.”

Tickets are $3 for SBU students; $5 for SBU alumni, senior citizens and students of other schools; and $8 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Box Office in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, by calling (417) 328-1691 or online at The Box Office is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m.

“It seems like the closer we get to the end of the semester, the more we just need to laugh,” Sartwell said. “This play will be a welcome chance to lighten our spirits at this stressful time of year.”

For more information, call the Box Office at (417) 328-1691 or email Wehmeyer at

Auditions April 28 for youth choral program at SBU

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Teens who are interested in choral music are invited to join Bella Voce, a choral and vocal program for young voices, ages 11-18, sponsored by the Southwest Baptist University Department of Music.

“This is an excellent opportunity for homeschool students to participate in a choral setting, but it is open to all students,” said Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of voice and opera at SBU. “This music experience supplements what students might be receiving at school.”

Two choirs will meet during May and June with a final performance at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Lyric Singers is a mixed choir for ages 12-18 that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 6 to June 24. Choralieres is a girls’ only choir for ages 11-18 that meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from May 8 to June 26.

Tuition is $40 per person, which includes music purchase and accompanist fees. If a family has more than one student participating, tuition is adjusted to $30 per person.

Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 28, as an assessment for music selection.

“I want it to be as interesting and as challenging as I can,” Munson-Berg said. “I plan to challenge all levels of musicians.”

Munson-Berg earned a master of music in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and a diploma in opera and art song at the Hochschule fuer Music in Munich, West Germany. She has sung leading roles and solo appearances with opera and symphony productions across the U.S. and Europe.

To schedule an audition, call (417) 328-1645. For more information, call or send email to

C. Pat Run 5K early registration ends April 25

The Southwest Baptist University Student Association is hosting the second annual C. Pat Run 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The race begins and ends on the SBU campus.

Pre-registration for the race is $15, which includes a T-shirt and race participation and can be completed online at Pre-registration ends April 25, when the fee increases to $25.

“Anyone is welcome to join us in this community-wide event,” said SBU junior Julie McGlaughlin. “All proceeds from the race will go to campus improvement projects at SBU to make the campus a safer and more enjoyable place for both students and the community.”

Student Association is an organization that seeks to make an impact at SBU and in the community through sponsoring clubs and organizations and working on campus improvement projects to continue shaping SBU into a better place for students to thrive.

“The C. Pat Run is a great opportunity for students and communities to come together, have fun and support projects that improve the beauty of our campus and, in turn, our city,” McGlaughlin said. “I’m excited to see what we can accomplish when we all come together!”

For more information, contact Nathan Penland, director of student activities, at (417) 328-1828 or

SBU hosts 29th annual mathematics contest

The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsored the 29th annual Missouri Elementary Student and Missouri Middle School Student mathematics contests. Southwest Baptist University was the host site for one of the regional contests on April 5. 120 elementary and 54 middle school students participated.

Participants were from the following schools:

  • Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Buffalo Prairie Middle School, Buffalo, Mo.
  • David Harrison Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • Hollister R-V School District, Hollister, Mo.
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • Joel E Barber C-5 School, Lebanon, Mo.
  • Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary, Rogersville, Mo.
  • Marshfield R-1 Schools, Marshfield, Mo.
  • Ozark Upper Elementary, Ozark, Mo.
  • Reed Academy, Springfield, Mo.
  • School of the Osage, Osage Beach, Mo.
  • Springfield Scholars Program, Springfield, Mo.
  • St. Agnes Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Springfield, Mo.
  • The Summit Prep, Springfield, Mo.
  • Trinity Lutheran School, Freistatt, Mo.

In each grade level the students with the top five combined scores qualify to participate in the state finals competition at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., April 26.

There also was a team competition at both the elementary and middle school levels. The top team at each level also qualified for the state competition. The winner at the elementary level was Immaculate Conception Elementary. School of the Osage won the middle school team competition.

“I like hosting the contest for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Kevin Hopkins, SBU professor and chair of the department of mathematics. “I like to expose younger students to a university campus. Hosting also offers the opportunity for SBU students to interact with math teachers in the area. I like to offer opportunities for students to use their God-given mathematical talents and interests and this competition is one of those opportunities.”

For more information, please contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or


SBU takes three of top 10 spots in regional programming competition

The Southwest Baptist University competitive programming teams participated in the Consortium for Computing Sciences Central Plains Region Programming Contest on April 5 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. The SBU teams claimed three of the top 10 spots out of a total competition field of 39 teams.

SBU’s top team comprised of Jarrett Munton (sophomore, O’Fallon, Ill.), Bobby Sterling (junior, Buffalo, Mo.) and Brady Kornrumpf (sophomore, Jefferson City, Mo.) claimed third place.

SBU’s second team involving Jason Jakusz (senior, Theodosia, Mo.), Luke Abbott (senior, Roach, Mo.) and Justin Stout (junior, Gardner, Kan.) finished in fifth place.

The third team from SBU finished in ninth place. The team included Addison Woody (sophomore, St. Joseph, Mo.), Steven Harris (sophomore, Bolivar, Mo.) and Spencer Smith (sophomore, Springfield, Mo.).

Nathan Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.) and Jacob Parke (freshman, Eureka, Mo.) also participated in the competition.

“The Central Plains contest is how the teams end their year, and placing three teams in the top 10 is an amazing accomplishment. It really makes me proud of our students,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the Department of Computer Information Science. “It is a blessing just to be associated with students like these. We graduate two amazing students this year but four of the students who finished on our top teams will be back. The future is very bright for this team.”

The Central Plains region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and is comprised of universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a nonprofit 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.

For more information, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or