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.
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.
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.