SBU welcomes new controller

Southwest Baptist University has selected Terri Rogers as the University’s next controller, effective Sept. 1.

Terri Rogers, SBU controller

Terri Rogers, SBU controller

“I am so pleased to welcome Terri to SBU to lead the accounting services department,” said Tara Parson, SBU vice president of administration and chief financial officer. “She brings great experience to this important role, having worked in all areas of accounting throughout her career. Her passion for our mission, integrity and professionalism make her a great fit for the University.”

Most recently, Rogers served as controller and director of human resources for the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other past professional experiences include serving as payroll and accounting manager of Edco Group, Inc., and director of human resources at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

Rogers graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting. She also earned a master’s of business administration and accounting from Baker College in 2009.

“I am truly blessed to be a part of the SBU family and look forward to working with the accounting services team to advance the SBU mission and to brightly shine the light of Christ’s love to the world,” Rogers said.

Rogers lives in Springfield with her sister, Rachel, niece, Rebecca, and nephew, Joseph. She has been a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church for more than 25 years.

Celebrated poet Marilyn Nelson begins SBU’s 2015-2016 Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series

Southwest Baptist University’s Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series begins this year with poet Marilyn Nelson, one of America’s most distinguished poets. She will present a poetry reading in SBU’s Meyer Recital Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

Credit: Curt Richter

Credit: Curt Richter

“Through the years, the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series has brought to campus a number of outstanding literary artists—essayists, fictionists, playwrights, and poets,” said Mark Tappmeyer, professor and chair of the department of language and literature. “Marilyn Nelson, the latest of these artists, is recognized nationally for her poems and stories, written, as one critic described, ‘with a novelist’s sleight of hand and a poet’s precision and music.’”

Nelson is a three-time finalist for the National Book Award and has written 15 books of poetry for adults and children, as well as chapter books and a memoir. Among her honors is the Poetry Society of America’s prestigious Frost Medal. She served as the Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006 and is a professor emerita of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

In addition to her Thursday night poetry reading, Nelson will visit several classes and meet students.

The event is free and open to the public as a presentation of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, established in 1999 in honor of alumni Gene A. Barnett and Tom E. Padgett by a gift from Marjorie Barnett, sister of Gene A. Barnett. The series brings notable authors and speakers to SBU.

Meyer Recital Hall is located in the Casebolt Music Center on the SBU campus. For more information, contact Tappmeyer at (417) 328-1683 or

SBU joins fight against hunger at Meals-a-Million pack-a-thon

Southwest Baptist University will once again participate in Friends Against Hunger’s annual Meals-A-Million pack-a-thon at the Springfield Exhibition Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, Mo., Sept. 11-13.

Friends Against Hunger aids hungry and malnourished people through Meals-A-Million by gathering volunteers to pack meals, which are provided to organizations serving Springfield and countries like Haiti, El Salvador, Tanzania and Jamaica.

“SBU’s mission naturally harmonizes with Friends Against Hunger’s caring purpose,” said Rob Harris, Ed.D., vice president for student development. “Overall, SBU students and employees love serving others, especially when there is a significant need such as helping starving families have nutritional meals. Friends Against Hunger has created a unifying opportunity for those living in the local area to have a positive and vibrant influence domestically and internationally. We look forward to participating in this year’s fun and exciting pack-a-thon event.”

Last year, more than 200 SBU students and staff and their friends and families participated in the pack-a-thon, who together with other volunteers helped Friends Against Hunger package 1,159,000 meals, about 300,000 of which aided survivors of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

For more information about SBU’s involvement, contact SBU’s Student Life office at (417) 328-1885. Community members interested in participating in the Meals-A-Million pack-a-thon can donate or register to volunteer at

SBU celebrates new school year at formal convocation

Two faculty members and a staff member were honored at Southwest Baptist University’s annual convocation Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Convocation marks the formal beginning of the academic year and is a time that campus gathers to focus on SBU’s mission and traditions.

“All of us—students, faculty and staff—should be challenged by our mission statement to be Christ-centered and caring,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We also should be challenged to do our best academically and to recognize the importance of servant-leadership. If each of us will continue the tradition of living out the SBU mission statement in our lives, the 2015-2016 academic year—which is our 138th year as an institution—will be a great year.”

Craig EndresConvocation Address

The tradition of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award winner delivering the convocation address continued with Dr. Craig Endres, the 2015 recipient. The Distinguished Teacher Award is chosen by previous graduating classes and is presented annually to a faculty member for “outstanding teaching ability and personal guidance.”

Endres joined the SBU faculty in 1993 and is currently a professor of biology. He has served as chair of the biology department since 2003.

In his address, Endres encouraged students to seek Christ and take advantage of opportunities to grow in their faith while pursing their education at SBU. He also reminded students to be mindful of the purpose to which they are each called.

“No matter who you are—student, faculty or staff—we are all here for one main reason, and I believe it is what Jesus is saying in Mark 12:30, when he said: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ In other words, with your whole being.”

He also reminded students of the importance of humility, thankfulness and putting the Lord first in their lives.

“My challenge for all of us as we embark on a new semester is to deepen our love for God by committing ourselves to follow Jesus, putting God first in our lives, obeying and trusting God, and keeping humble and grateful hearts.”

Newcomer of the Year awards

 The Newcomer of the Year awards were begun in 1995 to recognize one full-time faculty member and one non-teaching staff member who, in their first months of employment at Southwest Baptist University, demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University’s mission and make a positive impact as part of the SBU family. Faculty and staff members who have been employed full-time for no more than 18 months prior to the selection process are eligible. Committees of peers select the winners.

Kevin MarcumFaculty Newcomer of the Year:

Kevin Marcum joined the University in August 2014 as an instructor of University Studies in the University Success Center, an academic program that helps new students transition into college through University Studies courses and academic advising.

“He is an outstanding addition to the Success Center and to SBU,” said Dana Steward, director of the University Success Center. “He consistently demonstrates the SBU mission statement in his interactions with students, faculty and staff, as well as in his personal life. His greatest strength is his ability to build a positive rapport with students. His course and instructor evaluations, which were exceptionally positive, reflect his ability to communicate the course material while engaging and motivating students.”

He and his wife Lesa are both SBU graduates and have four children: Allie, Hannah, Ella and Elias. They are members of Eudora Baptist Church, where he serves as a youth minister. 

Megan HibmaStaff Newcomer of the Year:

Since August 2014, Megan Hibma has served in the department of university relations as assistant director of the annual fund. In this capacity, she leads annual giving functions, supervises the University Relations call center, and creates and plans all aspects of the direct mail program.

“She has been a great addition to the university relations team,” said Brad Johnson, Ed.D., vice president of university relations. “Hanging in her office is a placard that reads, ‘Today, I choose joy.’ Without a doubt, she brings a positive and joyous outlook to her work and the difference that joy makes is truly remarkable.”

She is married to Levi, a student in SBU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. They are members of Freshwater Church in Bolivar.


Craig Endres — Dr. Craig Endres (left), professor and chair of the biology department, delivered the convocation address during the Aug. 26 chapel. SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., presents Endres with a plaque recognizing his selection as the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher. The winner is announced each year at graduation and then is the speaker at the next fall’s convocation.

Kevin Marcum — SBU interim provost Dr. Allison Langford, right, presents Kevin Marcum, instructor of university studies, with the Faculty Newcomer of the Year Award.

Megan Hibma — SBU interim provost Dr. Allison Langford, right, presents the Staff Newcomer of the Year Award to Megan Hibma, assistant director of the annual fund.

SBU seeking floats for Homecoming parade

SBU Homecoming paradeSouthwest Baptist University hosts the annual Homecoming parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Local businesses and organizations are invited to have a float in the parade.

“We still have space for floats in the Homecoming parade,” said Nathan Penland, director of student activities at SBU. “There is no cost, and it is a great way for any business or organization to gain exposure among SBU students and the Bolivar community.”

To register a parade float, go to The deadline to register a float is Friday, Sept. 18.

For more information about parade floats, call Penland at (417) 328-1828.

Middle school and high school marching bands may also participate. For guidelines and to register a band, go to The deadline to register a band is Friday, Sept. 11.

Contact Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts, and Letters, at (417) 328-1644 with questions about band participation.

SBU debuts new exhibition

Southwest Baptist University’s first on-campus art show of the 2015-16 academic year debuts in the Driskill Art Gallery Monday, Aug. 24 and run through Friday, Sept. 18. The show features works by Missouri-based Ted Thurman and includes an eclectic display of his fine art landscapes, original artworks and some commissioned pieces.

"Tranquility" by  Ted Thurman

“Tranquility” by Ted Thurman

Thurman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and artist, with an extensive background in all phases of digital photography including studio portraits, special events and many private commissioned works.

“The individual experience of viewing an image is a creative adventure which can generate different emotions from each viewer,” Thurman says. “When this happens, that’s when the artist’s created image has reached the viewer, and reaching the viewer, for me, is what it’s all about.”

Thurman will attend a reception at the gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Prints of his work will be available for sale.

The Driskill Art Gallery, situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, is free of admission and open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact gallery director and art instructor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and

Frazier joins admissions at SBU-Mountain View

Susan Frazier has joined the Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View staff as associate director of admissions effective Aug. 6.

Susan Frazier, Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View associate director of admissions

Susan Frazier, Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View associate director of admissions

“Susan is passionate about helping her neighbors in the Mountain View area utilize the academic programs available through SBU’s Mountain View campus,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “She personally knows the difference that higher education can make in a person’s life and wants to help others achieve that same success.”

Frazier attended the SBU Mountain View campus and is a 1992 and 1996 SBU graduate with bachelor of science and master’s degrees in elementary education.

“This campus is really close to my heart,” Frazier said. “SBU provided an invaluable service for me when I needed it, and I hope to reciprocate. I want to do what I can to help build this campus so more students can have the kinds of opportunities I have had.”

Fraizer was an educator with Mountain View-Birch Tree R-3 Schools for 25 years, beginning as a teacher’s aide while she was completing her education degree at SBU. Her career progressed from being a third-grade teacher to being a Title I teacher and district testing coordinator to being the district coordinator of school improvement, curriculum and testing, parent and community involvement and staff development.

Fraizer also has been an adjunct faculty member teaching education classes on the SBU Mountain View campus.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Susan to our staff,” said Donna Depeé, director of the SBU Mountain View campus. “Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. I encourage anyone interested in attending classes to stop by our office and visit with her.”

Frazier lives in Mountain View with her husband, Randy. Both of their sons and their families live in Mountain View. Frazier enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, Lucas, Ayden and Brynlee. She is active in the community with projects such as helping to coordinate a back-to-school fair for impoverished students, and she attends First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, where she is an adult Sunday School teacher.

Students at the Mountain View 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.

For more information about the Mountain View campus, call Frazier at (417) 934-2999, send an email to or visit

SBU welcomes new faculty for 2015-2016 academic year

Southwest Baptist University is pleased to announce 18 new faculty members for 2015-2016. SBU’s faculty is integral in the University’s mission to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.

New faculty at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Amanda Doneski, Colleen Shuler, Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh, Brittney Hendrickson; row 2 — Katy Brandes, Dr. Robin Smith, Dwayne Walker, Dr. Debbie Walker, Dr. Bethany Wood; row 3 — Raquel Morrow, Dr. Sarah Jones, Philip Rohrer, Adeoloyin Adenuga; row 4 — Dr. Bill DuVall, Mary Blair, David Platter, Dr. John Zietlow and Dr. Kevin Jones.

New faculty at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Amanda Doneski, Colleen Shuler, Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh, Brittney Hendrickson; row 2 — Katy Brandes, Dr. Robin Smith, Dwayne Walker, Dr. Debbie Walker, Dr. Bethany Wood; row 3 — Raquel Morrow, Dr. Sarah Jones, Philip Rohrer, Adedoyin Adenuga; row 4 — Dr. Bill DuVall, Mary Blair, David Platter, Dr. John Zietlow and Dr. Kevin Jones.

Adedoyin Adenuga is now assistant professor of library services. He holds a B.S. from Obafemi Awolowo University and an M.L.I.S. from University of British Columbia.

Mary Blair is now an instructor of business administration. She earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Drury University.

Katy Brandes is now an instructor and academic advisor at SBU’s Springfield campus. She holds an A.A. from Metropolitan Community College-Longview, a B.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Amanda Doneski is now an instructor of health sciences at SBU’s Springfield campus. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ottawa University.

Dr. Bill DuVall is now assistant professor of psychology. He holds a B.S. from Frostburg State University and an M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received a Th.M. and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Kevin Jones is now associate professor of physical therapy. He holds a B.S.E. from Central Missouri State University, a B.H.S. from University of Missouri-Columbia and a D.P.T. from Regis University.

Dr. Sarah Jones is now associate professor of physical therapy. She earned a B.H.S. from University of Missouri-Columbia and a D.P.T. from Drexel University.

Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh is now associate professor of intercultural studies. He received a B.A. from Union Biblical Seminary of the Serampore University, an M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a D. Miss. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Raquel Morrow is now an instructor and academic advisor at SBU’s Springfield campus. She holds a B.S. from Missouri Southern State University, an M.S. from Missouri State University and an Ed.D. from Lindenwood University.

David Platter is now assistant professor of art. He holds a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University and an M.F.A. from University of Kansas.

Philip Rohrer is now an instructor of psychology and coordinator of behavioral sciences for SBU’s Salem and Mountain View campuses. He holds a B.A. from McPherson College and an M.S. and Ed.S. from Wichita State University.

Colleen Shuler is now an instructor of education. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Dr. Robin Smith is now an assistant professor of music. She earned a B.M.E. and an M.M. from University of Louisville and a D.M. from Indiana University.

Dr. Debbie Walker is now assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of counseling. She holds a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University. She also earned an M.A. and a Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

Dwayne Walker is now assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program. He holds a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S.W. from University of Missouri – Columbia.

Dr. Bethany Wood is now assistant professor of theatre. She received B.A. and B.F.A. degrees from University of Oklahoma-Norman. She also earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. John Zietlow is now professor of business administration. He holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Ohio State University and a D.B.A. from University of Memphis.

Brittney Hendrickson is an instructor of nursing and the director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She earned A.S., B.S. and M.S.N. degrees at Southwest Baptist University. She assumed these positions in January 2015.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24. Contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810 or for more information.

Chris Welch joins SBU-Salem as associate director of admissions

Chris Welch assumed the role of associate director of admissions on the Southwest Baptist University Salem campus effective Aug. 4.

PR Salem-Chris Welch“Providing quality academic programs in the Salem community continues to be a priority of our University, and we are pleased to have Chris join us in admissions to help increase enrollment,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “As a long-time educator, Chris knows the value of higher education. As a member of the Salem community, he understands the impact higher education can have on individual lives and the community as a whole.”

Welch’s responsibilities include student recruitment and marketing for the Salem campus.

“I want to help the University continue to grow its presence and impact in Salem and surrounding communities,” Welch said. “I am excited about helping students have the opportunity to learn in a Christ-centered environment.”

Welch’s career in education included coaching and teaching physical education and history before entering administration as high school principal at Maries R-1 High School in Vienna for three years and superintendent of North Wood R-4 School in Salem for 11 years.

He has a bachelor of science in education and a master of physical education and sports business, both from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and an education specialist degree in secondary administration from Missouri State University in Springfield.

“Chris has had a positive influence on the lives of students in his various roles in public education and as an instructor at the SBU Salem campus for the past 15 years,” said Linda Armer, director of the SBU Salem campus. “He understands the needs of students and our community, and we are looking for new and better ways to serve both. I look forward to working with Chris in his new role in admissions and marketing.”

Welch is a member of First Baptist Church, Salem, where he is chairman of the deacons and sings in the choir. His wife, Terrie, teaches physical education and coaches track at Salem R-80 School, and they live in rural Salem. He has a stepson, Joey Camden, who lives in Springfield, and a daughter, Kayla Welch, who is a junior at Stephens College in Columbia.

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24, and registration is still open. Undergraduate majors offered on SBU’s Salem campus include business, criminal justice, elementary education, general studies, health science, nursing (ASN Bridge-RN only), psychology and sociology. Master’s degrees in education and educational administration also are available.

For more information about attending SBU-Salem, call Welch at (573) 729-7071, send email to or visit

SBU announces fall 2015 chapel schedule 

Southwest Baptist University welcomes students, staff and the community to fall semester Chapel and Equip services, which take place weekly at 10 a.m. on campus in Pike Auditorium Monday, Aug. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 9. Chapel services, which occur on Mondays, feature corporate worship and encouragement, and Equip services, which occur on Wednesdays, focus on teaching and equipping.

Zach Atchley and Nate Jones

Zach Atchley (right) and Nate Jones

Monday, Aug. 24: Zach Atchley and Nate Jones continue their tradition of opening each semester with musical praise and worship.

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Convocation is the formal beginning of the academic year and a time to focus on traditions that have become a part of SBU.

Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2: Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Mageeis a speaker, author, and licensed psychologist who works with adults dealing with issues of loss, depression, anxiety, relationships, and life transitions. She also will give a lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 14: The Center for Global Connections (CGC) will introduce teams for upcoming mission projects. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, students can attend Global Fest in the Goodson Student Union to learn more about the CGC’s ministry opportunities.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Greg Harvell, a missionary to the Philippines, will speak about short-term missions.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Spirit Chapel is part of the SBU dorm competition taking place during Homecoming week.

Friday, Sept. 25: Homecoming festivities continue with Honors Chapel, when certain alumni are honored for living lives of service.

Monday, Sept. 28: Nathan Ross is the youth advocacy supervisor of the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Ben Salmon serves as the chapter director of Polk County KLIFE, an interdenominational youth discipleship ministry.

Monday, Oct. 5: Mark Hay, direct services coordinator at Southwest Missouri Resource Center in Springfield, assists families through Sammy’s Window, which provides clothing and hygiene items to foster care families.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Landee Nevills serves as the director of residence life at SBU.

Monday, Oct. 12: 321 Improv Comedy is a group of Christian improv comedians seeking to glorify God through their comedic talents. The group appears again at 7 p.m. that evening.

Wednesday, Oct.14: Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries at SBU, will speak on the “The Spirit of Adoption.”

Monday, Oct.19: Dr. Holly Ordway of Houston Baptist University will speak on the apologetics of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She will lecture again that evening at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Jim Flora is the head softball coach at SBU.

Monday, Oct. 26: Jeremy Curry is an author and speaker who overcame obstacles and pain caused by losing his sight through faith in God and help from friends and family.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Abbey Kimberling serves as instructor of university studies in SBU’s University Success Center.

Monday, Nov. 2: Christie Love is the founder and executive director of LeadHer, an organization that focuses on challenging and growing women in their faith and in leadership.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Abbey Kimberling returns this week.

Monday, Nov. 9: Richmond Wandera, senior pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Kampala, Uganda, was sponsored as a child through Compassion International and was part of the organization’s Leadership Development Program. He is also the director of Pastors Discipleship Network, a nonprofit that serves, equips and trains thousands of pastors in East Africa.

Wednesday, Nov. 11: To be announced.

Monday, Nov. 16: Matt Kearns is leadership development team leader for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for the Next Generation Leaders Network, student ministries, leadership forums, and next-decade leadership strategies.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Higher Ground is a touring music ministry group comprised of SBU students.

Monday, Nov. 30: To be announced.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Dr. Allison Langford serves as interim provost of SBU.  

Monday, Dec. 7: This is an encore performance of the annual Festival of Christmas concert.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Students will be commissioned for mission projects through the Center for Global Connections at this service featuring worship with Zach Atchley and Nate Jones.

For more information, contact Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or