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SBU Speaking Bearcats receive third place at tournament in Ohio

front row (l to r): Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Kensey Slone, Justin Pullin, Tyler Middleton, Heidi Dehn, Tiana Brownen; back row (l to r): Reece Tabor, Reed Dressler, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, Lyndal Doherty

front row (l to r): Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Kensey Slone, Justin Pullin, Tyler Middleton, Heidi Dehn, Tiana Brownen; back row (l to r): Reece Tabor, Reed Dressler, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, Lyndal Doherty

The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team finished in third place in overall sweepstakes out of 23 competing schools at the “Falcon Classic” tournament hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Nov. 15-16. The team was also awarded first place out of the Pi Kappa Delta chapters.

In the debate portion of the tournament, Nik Fischer and Reed Dressler reached the semifinals of parliamentary debate. The finals for public forum debate was a match between two SBU duos with the pair of Tiana Brownen and Lydia Swisher finishing undefeated and receiving first place over the SBU pair of Will Wheeler and Meg Burns.

The Speaking Bearcats also brought home many awards from the individual speech events, including Meg Burns’ honor of top overall individual performer, an honor she also earned at last year’s BGSU tournament. Burns received this title by winning first place in program of oral interpretation and communication analysis, third place in informative speaking, sixth place in duo interpretation with Lydia Swisher, and seventh place in prose interpretation.

Fischer earned third place in persuasive speaking and fifth place in informative speaking.

Brownen received second place in novice informative and novice impromptu, fourth place in novice persuasion, and sixth place in novice extemporaneous. Her strong results earned her the title of second highest scoring individual events competitor at the tournament. According to coach Dr. David Bailey, this is “a very impressive accomplishment for the freshman.”

Lyndal Doherty won first place in novice dramatic interpretation.

Tyler Middleton received third place in novice prose and earned the title of “Top Novice Speaker” in after dinner speaking.

Justin Pullin received first place in novice poetry and sixth place in novice prose.

Reece Tabor won third place in novice informative and sixth place in novice persuasion.

Kensey Slone received second place in novice persuasion and fourth place in novice extemporaneous.

The Speaking Bearcats team will conclude the semester’s competitions by traveling to Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., Dec. 5-6. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at

SBU student art show on display through Dec. 19

SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery is hosting a student show through Friday, Dec. 19, featuring works in a variety of styles and mediums, all completed by graduating seniors.

Students with artwork in the show are Allison Barnhouse, Jaquilyn Trowbridge, Leah Hopwood, Alyssa Poorman, Ashley Pyeatt, Abigail Ray, Kaisi Sandy, Andie Williams, Tori Wirsig and Jessica Betts.

An artist reception is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18.

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

SBU Wind Symphony and University Band to present concert, Nov. 20

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony and University Band in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Pike Auditorium.

The University Band will perform works by Barton, La Plante, Hogg and Nelhybel, as well as Rick Kirby’s, “Different Voices,” featuring sophomore music major Zach Shelton on the piano.

The Wind Symphony’s performance will include Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” and Arturo Márques’ “Danzón No. 2,” featuring junior piano major Jackson Brooks.

Both ensembles will combine for the finale performance of Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” a transcription taken from his opera, “Lohengrin.”

SBU’s Wind Symphony and University Band are both conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or

Drury, SBU face off in CatFight Giving Challenge

CatFight logoDrury University in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar are taking their on-court basketball rivalry, the Highway 13 CatFight, to a new level this year by adding the CatFight Giving Challenge. The universities have a goal of raising $13,000 each in this fundraising contest.

The challenge begins Thursday, Nov. 13, and concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 18. The winner will be announced at the end of the men’s game.

Money raised by Drury will be split between the university’s annual fund and athletics fund.

“Drury’s annual fund supports a wide range of academic needs for our students, from classroom materials to merit scholarships. The athletics fund helps us continue to support our outstanding scholar-athletes across all sports,” says Dr. David Manuel, Drury’s president. “This fundraising competition adds a truly beneficial and meaningful component to what’s already a really fun rivalry on the court.”

Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

“Ninety-eight percent of our students receive some type of scholarship or financial assistance, and contributions given to this fund will make it possible for more students to attend SBU, where they will receive an education in a Christ-centered, caring academic community,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president of Southwest Baptist University. “I am so thankful that Bearcats give back to our university.”

Both universities are encouraging online donations during this six-day challenge. Drury donations can be made at, and SBU donations can be made at Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to make a donation and then challenge other alumni and friends to donate, as well.

Cash or check donations must be received by the universities before halftime of the men’s basketball game Nov. 18 in order to count as part of the competition.

For more information, contact Andrea Battaglia, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Drury, at (417) 873-7353 or; or Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU, at (417) 328-1801 or

SBU Chorale to perform Nov. 18

The Southwest Baptist University Chorale will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Pike Auditorium.

The SBU Chorale is a selectively auditioned choir directed by Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music. The concert will feature a program of predominantly a capella choral music from a span of over four centuries.

The SBU Chorale recently completed its fall performance tour of Springfield area high schools and churches in Springfield and Farmington, Mo. In the past decade, the SBU Chorale has performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association state convention, the Missouri Baptist Convention, and numerous high schools and churches across the state. Since 2005, the SBU Chorale also has performed in cathedrals and other historic venues in Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, including a rare performance in the “Singers Room” in the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

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

SBU computer programming team finishes 13th in international contest

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, Nov. 1. SBU’s top competitive programming team finished in 13th place out of a total of 145 competing teams in the Mid-Central Region of the ICPC. The team’s 13th place overall finish secured SBU’s spot as one of the top-10 universities out of those competing from the mid-central U.S. (Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee). SBU posted the second best finish out of competing schools from the state of Missouri.

“This is an amazing finish for this team and some great leadership by the seniors,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department and professor of computer science. “I have watched this team practice and they are truly a dedicated group. It is an honor to work with them to sharpen their God-given talents.”

The ICPC is the most prestigious programming contest in the world and features colleges of all sizes utilizing both undergraduate and graduate students in a five-hour head-to-head problem-solving contest. All SBU team members are undergraduate students.

Competing on SBU’s A team were Justin Stout (senior, Gardner, Kan.), Jarrett Munton (senior, O’Fallon, Ill.), and Brady Kornrumpf (junior, Jefferson City, Mo.).

SBU’s development teams were comprised of Julie Bowman (freshman, Franklin, N.C.), Chase Bussey (freshman, Sedalia, Mo.), Paul Kramer (sophomore, Fairview Heights, Ill.), Nate Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.), Braden Steffaniak (freshman, Edwardsville, Ill.) and Preston Tate (freshman, Fair Play, Mo.).

Also practicing with the teams this fall were Natasha Bailey (freshman, Urbana, Mo.), Jordan Brown (freshman, Hermitage, Mo.) and Russell Davis (freshman, Bolivar, Mo.).

The SBU competitive programming teams are coached by DeClue and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science. Dr. James Cain, associate professor of computer science, and Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science, organized and led the contest on the SBU campus.

For more information about the CIS department at SBU, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or

Contemporary Music Center to perform at SBU, Nov. 14

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music and the Music Industry course will present the “CMC Holotour” at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 in Pike Auditorium.

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) is an off-campus study program in Nashville, Tenn., under the auspices of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The CMC provides on-site training in Nashville for students of member universities who are pursuing careers in popular music. The Nov. 14 concert at SBU is the first stop on a six-state tour.

The 90-minute concert will be highlighted by a live 30-minute performance of an artist using cutting edge holographic technology. The tour features artists from the semester who have worked to prepare original songs in various genres. CMC students direct all aspects of the tour including lighting, audio, planning, scheduling and pre-production.

“I have personally seen this program in action,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU. “The level of artistic performance and technical skill is fantastic.”

Students in Tarrant’s class at SBU will gain hands-on music industry experience by assisting in all phases of the Holotour’s stop in Bolivar.

“This will be the most talked about concert this year,” Tarrant said.

In addition, the CMC staff and Tarrant will host an informational meeting about the CMC and the University’s partnership in education at noon on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Casebolt Music Building, room 104. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in popular music is invited to attend this meeting.

Admission is free for the Holotour concert and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

11 students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 11 new members on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The society was founded by a dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in November 1913. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon the student’s grade point average (minimum of 3.25), class rank (upper 20 percent), and individual character.

Kara Safford was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Safford graduated from SBU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 2011 and served as the chapter vice-president in 2012. Safford is currently a clinic account specialist for Citizens Memorial Healthcare.

The 2014-15 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Danielle Epperson, president; Samantha Wolle, vice-president; Megan Roark, secretary; and Hailey Turner, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille, chair of the department of business administration and professor of business administration, and Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college of business and computer science and associate professor of business administration, serve as faculty advisers.

The new inductees of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society are:

  • Clayton Gray, senior computer information science major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Nathan Hughes, senior computer information science major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Kristof Kinal, senior computer information science major from Budapest, Hungary
  • Julia Lewis, junior intercultural studies and international business major from Joplin, Mo.
  • Brandon Martinsen, junior economics/finance major from Morrisville, Mo.
  • Christine McIntire, junior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Garrett McLeod, junior accounting major from Bondurant, Iowa
  • Tori Morris, junior accounting major from Miller, Mo.
  • Jarod Robillard, junior accounting major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Thomas Strubinger V, junior management major from Auburn, Ill.
  • Fanni Varga, senior management major from Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please contact Bethards at

SBU chamber orchestra to present concert Nov. 11

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The concert program includes an eclectic mix of traditional and modern works. The chamber orchestra will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Allegro in D” for strings, originally the first movement from his “Concerto in C for Two Trumpets,” Op. 46, No. 1; an arrangement of a piano work, “Hungarian Dance No. 6,” by Johannes Brahms; “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock; John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings;” and “Air” by Norman Dello Joio.

An arrangement of the well-known hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” will feature violinists Deborah Breon and Allison Sterling, as well as Courtney Munton on the piano.

The Clara Fuson String Quartet will also perform at the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, at (417) 328-1647 or

SBU to host free training on disaster mental health

First responders, church leaders, mental health clinicians and other community members are invited to attend a training workshop on disaster mental health and psychological first aid presented by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

This workshop will address the topic of psychological first aid (PFA) in a disaster or emergency situation. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. The training will consider incidents such as terrorism, bioterrorism, and natural disasters and how the principles of PFA may be applied in those response situations.

According to the DMH, the objectives of the workshop are for to participants to be able to describe the natural reactions to disaster and how those reactions influence recovery, to be able to describe and use psychological first aid, to be able to identify risk factors and unique recovery issues, and to be able to recognize common stress reactions in responders and describe strategies for self-care/team-care.

Workshop presenters include Joan Keenan and Jenny Wiley. Keenan has served as the assistant coordinator for the office of disaster services since October 2010. She has worked closely with the DMH response to the Joplin tornado and with the implementation of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant to assist survivors of that disaster. Keenan oversees the DMH’s Show-Me-Response unit – Missouri’s volunteer registration system administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Wiley has served as the coordinator of disaster services for the Missouri DMH for the past seven years. She oversees the department’s behavioral health development and response including strategic planning within the DMH and with DMH providers, interagency partners, and voluntary and faith-based organizations. Wiley also was part of the team the developed the CCP that provided best practices in outreach and crisis counseling to Joplin after the tornado. She has extensive experience in CCP training, developing training programs, and preparing disaster mental health documents.

The workshop is eligible for CEU credit for Missouri licensed social workers and is POST certified. Other professionals, or those outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing boards about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The SBU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is hosting this training as a free community outreach event.

Workshop attendance is free, but limited to the first 50 participants so pre-registration is required. You may register online at

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or