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SBU announces new faculty for 2014-2015 academic year

Front row (l to r): Levi Bridge, Abbey Kimberling, Dr. Philip Truscott, Cindy Todd, Kati Clancy, Dawn Katzer Middle row (l to r): Chris Wiley, Jennifer Maloney, Jessie Wheatley, Kylie Heim, Angelia Ham Back row (l to r): Cathy Smith, Dr. Ron Wilken, Kevin Marcum, Coleman Crenshaw Not pictured: Dr. Cozi Bagley, Angie Brown-Peterson

Front row (l to r): Levi Bridge, Abbey Kimberling, Dr. Philip Truscott, Cindy Todd, Kati Clancy, Dawn Katzer
Middle row (l to r): Chris Wiley, Jennifer Maloney, Jessie Wheatley, Kylie Heim, Angelia Ham
Back row (l to r): Cathy Smith, Dr. Ron Wilken, Kevin Marcum, Coleman Crenshaw
Not pictured: Dr. Cozi Bagley, Angie Brown-Peterson

Southwest Baptist University is pleased to introduce 17 new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. SBU faculty are committed to teaching and encouraging students to equip them for a lifetime of success. Please join us in welcoming these new faculty members to our university.

Dr. Cozi Bagley is a new assistant professor of graduate nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. Bagley holds a B.S.N. from Southwest Baptist University, an M.S.N. from Cox College, and a D.N.P. from Case Western Reserve University.

Levi Bridge is an instructor of business administration. Bridge received B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Angela Brown-Peterson returns to SBU as an assistant professor of business administration. She has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Kati Clancy is a lecturer of nursing at the Springfield campus. She holds A.S.N., B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Coleman Crenshaw joins SBU as a visiting instructor of theatre. He has a B.A. from Sterling College and an M.F.A. from Rhode Island College.

Angelia Ham is an instructor of social work. She has B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees from Southwest Missouri State University.

Kylie Heim is a lecturer of athletic training. Heim has a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University.

Dawn Katzer joins SBU full-time as an instructor of art. Katzer holds a B.S. from Drury University.

Abbey Kimberling is a new instructor of university studies. She has a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.A. from Grand Canyon University.

Jennifer Maloney will serve SBU as an instructor of behavioral sciences for the Mountain View and Salem campuses. Maloney has a B.S. from the College of the Ozarks and an M.S. from Missouri State University.

Kevin Marcum is a new instructor of university studies. Marcum received a B.A. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S. from Evangel University.

Cathy Smith joins SBU’s Salem campus as an instructor of education. She holds a B.S. from Missouri State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.Ed. from Missouri State University and an Ed.S. from Missouri State University.

Cindy Todd is an instructor of nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. She received A.S.N., B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Dr. Philip Truscott is an assistant professor of sociology. Truscott holds an M.A. from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Surrey.

Jessie Wheatley is an instructor of nursing at SBU’s Springfield campus. Wheatley has A.S.N. and B.S.N. degrees from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S.N. from Liberty University.

Chris Wiley will serve SBU’s Springfield campus as an instructor of behavioral sciences. Wiley holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University and an M.A. from Hahnemann University.

Dr. Ron Wilken is an assistant professor of graduate education. Wilken has a B.S. from Southwest Missouri State University, an M.S. from Central Missouri State University, an Ed.S. from Central Missouri State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Classes begin on Monday, August 25. For more information about classes at SBU, please contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810 or admissions@SBUniv.edu.

SBU opens school year with two new department chairs

Dr. Ronda Credille

Dr. Ronda Credille

With the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester less than a week away, Southwest Baptist University has two new department chairs on the Bolivar campus.

Ronda Credille, Ph.D., professor of business administration, is now chair of the Department of Business Administration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and has taught at SBU since 1990.

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah, Ph.D., professor of political science, is now chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and has taught at SBU since 1997.

Welcome Week orientation for freshmen and new transfer students begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and all other students return Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Formal convocation is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Registration is still available for fall classes. For more information, call (417) 328-1810 or (800) 526-5859.

SBU Computer Information Science hosts conference for area educators

For the third year in a row, Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has hosted a free educational workshop for area educators.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

Bob Panoff, right, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, was the keynote speaker and instructor at the “Introduction to Computational Thinking” course taught at Southwest Baptist University the week of Aug. 4.

This year’s workshop, titled “Introduction to Computational Thinking,” was taught by Bob Panoff, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation, and Steve Stevenson, professor of computer science at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

The workshop’s 20 participants included area high school teachers, as well as college faculty members from multiple states, including Illinois, Oklahoma and North Carolina.

The National Computational Science Institute offered just four workshops this summer throughout the country. The Introduction to Computational Thinking course offered at SBU “aims to expose participants to and inspire them with new techniques, teaching materials, and applications to use computational models in the undergraduate curriculum.”

In addition to a few lectures, the workshop utilized modeling and simulation tools to help each teacher or professor create customized lesson plans for his or her classroom. The workshop ran Monday, Aug. 4, through Wednesday, Aug. 6, while Thursday, Aug. 7, was set aside as a laboratory day for developing those lesson plans.

“We want them to take what they learn and adopt it to their classroom,” said Tim DeClue, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Computer and Information Science and professor of computer and information science.

The previous two years’ workshops hosted by SBU CIS were sponsored by Google.

“Next year, we will be providing training for high school teachers to teach advanced placement computer science courses,” DeClue said.

For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@sbuniv.edu.

SBU promotes Crowder to dean of enrollment management

Darren Crowder has been selected as the new dean of enrollment management at Southwest Baptist University.

Darren Crowder has been selected as the new dean of enrollment management at Southwest Baptist University.

Darren Crowder has been selected to lead enrollment management efforts at Southwest Baptist University as the new dean of enrollment management.

“Including his time as a student at SBU, Darren has been at the university for almost 20 years, and he is truly passionate about SBU and Christian higher education,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., president. “He has a proven track record of undergraduate recruitment success on our Bolivar and Springfield campuses, and I am confident that through his leadership SBU enrollment will continue to thrive.”

Crowder graduated from SBU in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in religious education and began working as an SBU admissions counselor after his graduation. He was promoted to assistant director of admissions in 2000, associate director of admissions in 2002 and director of admissions in 2005.

As director of admissions, Crowder has been in charge of all aspects of undergraduate recruitment for both the Bolivar and Springfield campuses. He has led SBU to breaking several institutional enrollment records, has grown undergraduate new freshmen enrollment by 18 percent and the academic quality of the freshman class has increased significantly. He is a recipient of the Noel-Levitz Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award.

As dean of enrollment management, Crowder serves as a member of the president’s executive cabinet. His areas of responsibility include undergraduate and graduate admissions for all SBU campuses, student retention, financial aid, and marketing and communications.

“I am honored to serve SBU as dean of enrollment management,” Crowder said. “This is an incredible opportunity to work collaboratively with our talented faculty and staff to attract, retain and graduate exceptional students.”

Darren and his wife, Lisa, live in Bolivar and have two children, Lily and Lauren.

SBU physical therapy department enjoys night at the ballpark

Southwest Baptist University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program hosted its first PT at the Ballpark event with the Springfield Cardinals Monday, June 30. SBU DPT alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, and families came together to enjoy a buffet ballpark dinner, a double-header Cardinals game and fireworks. Attendees received Dugout Deck tickets, dinner, an event t-shirt, a commemorative Springfield Cardinals coin and SBU gear.

Jessica Gleason, 2014 SBU DPT Clinical Instructor of the Year, threw out the first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game during SBU’s PT at the Ballpark event, June 30.

Jessica Gleason, 2014 SBU DPT Clinical Instructor of the Year, threw out the first pitch at the Springfield Cardinals game during SBU’s PT at the Ballpark event, June 30.

Jessica Gleason of Select Specialty Hospital – Springfield threw out the first pitch. Gleason was chosen as the 2014 SBU DPT Clinical Instructor of the Year.

According to Aaron Weaver, admissions and alumni coordinator for the DPT program, approximately 100 people attended the event. The event was created to connect with and thank clinical faculty for their service to the DPT program, as well as to reconnect with DPT alumni and their families.

Attendees enjoyed participating in the ballpark’s between-inning games and sharing stories with each other from their PT school experiences.

Approximately 100 alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, and family members attended the SBU PT at the Ballpark event, June 30.

Approximately 100 alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, and family members attended the SBU PT at the Ballpark event, June 30.

“Seeing and hearing the achievements of the PT program from our alumni and faculty made this event a great success and makes our program extremely proud,” Weaver said.

For more information about SBU’s DPT program, please contact Weaver at (417) 328-1690 or aweaver@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student is PBL national champion in cyber security; three other students claim top-10 national spots

Five students from Southwest Baptist University competed in the 2014 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Collegiate Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Justin Stout, a senior computer science and mathematics major from Gardner, Kan., was named the 2014 national champion in cyber security. Stout is SBU’s fifth PBL national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

(from l to r) Justin Stout, Bobby Sterling, Jarrett Munton, and Steven Harris competed in the 2014 PBL National Conference. Stout became SBU’s fifth national champion since 2005.

Bobby Sterling, junior computer information science major from Buffalo, Mo., placed third nationally in information management. Maura Sturgess, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Chillicothe, Mo., claimed third place in parliamentary procedures. Jarrett Munton, junior computer science major from O’Fallon, Ill., finished in seventh place in statistical analysis. Steven Harris, junior computer science and mathematics major from Bolivar, Mo., also competed at the national competition.

The team was coached by Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science.

“The students did an excellent job of representing SBU at the national level,” Conley said. “There were students from all over the nation and from every size of school. It was incredible hearing our name called from a national stage. I feel very blessed to work with these students.”

More than 1,800 students from across the country attended the event. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit education association with the mission to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

For more information, please contact Conley at (417) 328-1759 or mconley@SBUniv.edu, or contact Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information sciences, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU students to benefit from MCF grants

Southwest Baptist University will benefit from eight recent grants to the Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF), consisting of 17 member schools, from businesses and foundations.

• Monsanto Fund gave a $25,000 grant to fund the First Opportunity STEM Scholars Program.

• Enterprise Holdings Foundation’s $15,200 grant marks 25 years of MCF support.

• H&R Block Bank and H&R Block Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant.

• Wells Fargo Advisors awarded a $25,500 grant to underwrite a $1,500 scholarship at each of the 17 member schools.

• Wells Fargo Advisors Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant.

• The George Riedel Foundation gave a $10,000 grant.

• Commerce Bank awarded a $10,000 grant.

Missouri Colleges Fund member schools include Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar; Avila University, Kansas City; Central Methodist University, Fayette; Columbia College, Columbia; Culver-Stockton College, Canton; Drury University, Springfield; Evangel University, Springfield; Fontbonne University, St. Louis; Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal; Lindenwood University, St. Charles; Maryville University, St. Louis; Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis; Park University, Parkville; Rockhurst University, Kansas City; Westminster College, Fulton; William Jewell College, Liberty; and William Woods University, Fulton.

The MCF was incorporated in 1952 as a partnership of private enterprise and the member independent colleges and universities in the Show-Me State. The Fund is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt corporation; therefore, all contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible up to the limits prescribed by the law.

More information about MCF can be found online at www.mocollegesfund.org.

Two SBU professors serve as AP readers

Dr. Stephen Bowling, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology, served as Advanced Placement exam readers.

Bowling and Kilpatrick were selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the June 2014 scoring sessions, more than 12,500 readers evaluated more than 4.2 million AP exams.

“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Bowling and Kilpatrick.”

Kilpatrick helped read statistics exams and, according to her tally, graded more than 1,320 exams over a period of seven days. Bowling graded calculus exams.

According to the College Board’s official news release, the Advanced Placement (AP) program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher (out of a possible 5) on an AP exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

For more information about Advanced Placement credit at SBU, please contact the Admissions Office at 417.328.1810.

SBU receives full initial accreditation for Bachelor of Social Work program

At the culmination of a four-year accreditation process, Southwest Baptist University’s Bachelor of Social Work program has received initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

“The program is really such a part of the mission of the university,” said Christine Saladino, M.A.C.E., L.M.S.W., assistant professor of social work and BSW program director. “I see social work as really being Christ’s hands and feet in this world and going out and ministering to people even globally.”

As the B.S.W. program director, Saladinooversees the curriculum, assessment and accreditation. Amanda Keys, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., instructor of social work, is the director of field education in social work. She organizes and supervises student field experiences. The program requires each student to complete 450 hours in an agency setting during the senior year.

“The field education component is one of our strengths,” Saladino said. “We have had students in a variety of settings, and we have had excellent, excellent field instructors that really pour into our students and have been such a blessing.”

An additional benefit of the B.S.W. program is that graduates can enroll in an advanced master of social work program that can be completed in one year rather than two. An M.S.W. is the terminal degree for a social worker. The B.S.W. prepares students for entry-level positions, but an M.S.W. is required for work in clinical settings.

“We offer students the opportunity to get a professional degree and go out and be social workers in a wide range of settings,” Saladino said. “Social workers work in schools, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of settings.”

Initial accreditation is for four years through June 2018. SBU’s first cohort of BSW students graduated in 2013.

“The Bachelor of Social Work program certainly is a perfect fit with our university’s mission as we prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. By the nature of their work, social workers make a positive impact on people’s lives every day in many different settings,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We have been so blessed to have Christine and Amanda to skillfully work through the accreditation process to provide this outstanding program for our students.”

For more information about the B.S.W. program, contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu. For more information about CSWE, visit www.cswe.org.

SBU CIS achieves 100-percent job placement

All students in the Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences’ 2014 graduating class have accepted offers of employment from leading software companies less than a week after graduation ceremonies.

Students and their employers are: Luke Abbott and David Haugh, computer science/math majors, Accenture in Bolivar; Nathan Hawkins and Josh Tiffany, computer science majors, Cerner Corp. in Kansas City; Jason Jakusz, computer science and math major, and Amber King, computer information science major, O’Reilly Automotive headquarters in Springfield; Nathan Toombs, computer information science major, Jack Henry & Associates in Springfield; and Jason Williams, computer information science major, ANPAC in Springfield.

“The economy has been sluggish for several years,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, CIS Department Chair, “but our graduates are having no difficulty finding great positions with leading software and information technology companies. It is truly one of my greatest joys seeing our students utilize their God-given talents to land a great first job.”

Students graduating from SBU’s CIS department regularly record starting salaries in the $46,000-65,000 range depending on company, position accepted and geographic location.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members, two faculty associates and more than 100 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. SBU’s CIS Department is home to the only accredited computer science degree program at an Evangelical Christian school within 400 miles of Springfield, Mo., and SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States among Evangelical Christian institutions. For more information about SBU CIS, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.