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SBU honors employees for years of service

Southwest Baptist University honored employees with employment anniversary milestones, beginning with five years, during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 11. The employees recognized have contributed a total of 580 years of service to SBU.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize and honor the outstanding staff and faculty who work at Southwest Baptist University,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and acting president. “No university is better than its people, and SBU is an outstanding University because of our faculty and staff. “

For more information about Southwest Baptist University, go to www.SBUniv.edu or call (417) 326-5281.

5 years

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 years

10 years: Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 years

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 years

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 years

John Credille.

John Credille.

 

 

SBU awards Life Beautiful Awards to Boro, Credille

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.

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.

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.

Branson pastor to speak at SBU commencement Dec. 19

Neil Franks, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Branson, Mo., and president of the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board, will deliver the commencement address at Southwest Baptist University’s commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center on the Bolivar campus.

Dr. Franks has served at First Baptist Church in Branson since 2007. Prior to moving to Branson, he served on staff at Council Road Baptist Church in Oklahoma City as one of the teaching pastors. His background includes serving in the roles of associate pastor, education minister, youth minister, children’s minister and even as an interim music minister in churches in Arkansas, Texas and Missouri.

Franks completed his master of divinity at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and his doctor of ministry at Midwestern Seminary in Kansas City, Mo. He is originally from Malvern, Ark. He met his wife, Kendra, in college at Henderson State University. Neil and Kendra married in 1994 and have two boys: Nathan, a high school sophomore, and Travis, a sixth grader.

Other commencement highlights include:

• Sarah VandaVeer, a marketing and public relations major from Pacific, Mo., will deliver the Bob R. Derryberry Senior Address.

• Kia Her, a biology major from Bolivar, Mo., will perform the senior music.

 

Springfield campus

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield will hold winter commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, located at 2210 W. Republic Road, Springfield.

A total of 270 students — 201 undergraduate and 69 graduate — will receive diplomas at the two ceremonies, with 121 of those being nursing graduates.

For more information about Bolivar commencement, please contact the Office of the Provost at (417) 328-1601. For more information about Springfield commencement, please call (417) 820-6422.

SBU students present at MAKO Undergraduate Math Research Conference

Three Southwest Baptist University students presented at the 10th annual MAKO Undergraduate Math Research Conference held Saturday, Nov. 8, at Missouri State University in Springfield. The conference featured presentations made by students from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma regarding undergraduate mathematics research they had accomplished. The conference was co-hosted by area universities including Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University, College of the Ozarks, Drury University and Evangel University. The conference was funded by an NSF grand through the MAA Regional Undergraduate Mathematics Conferences Program.

Abraham Pascoe, a junior mathematics major from Branson, Mo., presented “Fun with Bases: All about that Base,” which discussed multiplication and division in different bases and included information about why multiplication and division can be easy for computers to do in base 2.

Jacob Jones, a senior mathematics and mathematics education major from Bolivar, Mo., gave a talk titled “Fun with Bases Part II – Getting to the Root of the Problem.” Jones focused his discussion on different methods for finding or approximating the square root of a number in base 10 and base 2, and discussed and compared their efficiencies.

David Gillie, a junior computer science and mathematics major from Fenton, Mo., also presented at the conference with a talk entitled, “The Power of Roots.” Gillie discussed one method for approximating square roots known as the Babylonian Method. He also discussed possible extensions of this method or other methods for finding square roots to the finding of other roots or powers.

Andon Crisp, a junior chemistry major from Mountain Grove, Mo., and Brady Kornrumpf, a junior computer science and mathematics major from Jefferson City, Mo., also attended the conference.

Dr. Stephen Bowling, professor of mathematics, supervised these students’ research in preparation for the conference and attended the conference with the students.

For more information about the SBU department of mathematics, please contact Dr. Kevin Hopkins, department chair, at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@SBUniv.edu.

Two SBU professors present at MCTM annual conference

Two Southwest Baptist University mathematics professors presented at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) annual conference held in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 5-6.

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics, presented a session on GeoGebra, a free, web-based software that does dynamic geometry and graphing. His session focused on a discussion about how to find and modify activities on GeoGebraTube, intermediate instruction on GeoGebra, and the sharing of ideas on how to use GeoGebra’s dynamic illustrations and activities in the classroom.

Hopkins also gave an additional presentation titled, “Learning from Mistakes on the MCTM Middle School Math Contest.”

Dr. Robert Glasgow, professor of mathematics, also presented at the conference. His session was the conclusion of a professional development program for teachers of grades K-12, which was funded by MCTM and supported by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Two-day workshops were conducted in five sites across the state during the summer with this concluding session at the MCTM conference. The goal of the session was to help teachers learn new ways to teach the mathematical content of the common core standards for their particular grade bands. Glasgow specifically focused on proportional reasoning and worked with teachers of sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Glasgow also assisted with presenting probability material in two pre-service teacher sessions held at the conference.

For more information about the SBU Department of Mathematics, please contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@SBUniv.edu.

Smashey Jones to present Christmas piano recital, Dec. 9

Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones, associate professor of music at Southwest Baptist University, will present a Christmas piano recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The program includes Christmas-inspired compositions by Messiaen and Crumb, seasonal favorites transcribed for piano, and contemporary settings of familiar carols.

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

Carr receives Ryland Fellowship

Angela Carr, learning management system support specialist at Southwest Baptist University, received a Jane N. Ryland Fellowship to attend the EDUCAUSE Institute Learning Technology Leadership Program in Philadelphia, Pa., in July 2015.

The Ryland Fellowship program was established to expand opportunities for information technology professionals to attend EDUCAUSE events, thus helping to build future leaders. Recipients are selected on a competitive basis. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in such a great program,” Carr said. “I look forward to the opportunity to promote advanced teaching and learning across our campus as well as to further develop leadership skills that will assist in both my current and future campus roles.”

Carr began her role as LMS support specialist for SBU in June 2014. She is currently focusing her efforts on the migration of all campus sites from the ANGEL Learning Management System to Blackboard Learn in the summer of 2015. As part of her position, she will also provide the initial training to all faculty on how to use the new system as well as produce supporting materials.

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 dbailey@SBUniv.edu.

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 dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

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 bhopwood@SBUniv.edu.