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Blair receives Outstanding Student Assistant award

Southwest Baptist University Libraries has selected Kristen Blair of Shawnee Mission, Kan., as the Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for March 2014. Blair is a freshman business management major.

The University Libraries’ faculty and staff established the monthly award to recognize outstanding employment characteristics such as dependability, quality of work, motivation, attitude and cooperation.

Blair, a student assistant in Media Services, received an award letter from Dr. Edward Walton, dean of the University Libraries, a certificate of recognition and a gift.

The University Libraries employs 28 part-time student assistants through the University’s work-study program.

For more information, contact the University Libraries at (417) 328-1620.

Nine SBU students qualify for PBL national competition

All nine students on the Southwest Baptist University PBL team have qualified for this year’s national competition June 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn. Qualification for the national competition is contingent on their performances at the state level.

The following students qualified for the national competition based on these state level finishes:

• Alex Barcus, junior, from Liberty, Mo., and Bethany Hash, junior, from Bolivar, Mo., won second place in Website Design.
• Elizabeth Coleman, junior, from Springfield, Mo., is the state champion in Information Management and won third place in Project Management.
• Renee Coleman, junior, from Springfield, Mo., won third place in Statistical Analysis.
• Michael Gooley, junior, from Thornfield, Mo., is the state champion in Help Desk and won fifth place in Project Management.
• Steven Harris, sophomore, from Bolivar, Mo., won second place in Cybersecurity.
• Jarrett Munton, sophomore, from O’Fallon, Ill., is the state champion in Statistical Analysis and won fourth place in Computer Concepts.
• Bobby Sterling, sophomore, from Buffalo, Mo., won second place in Information Management and fourth place in Project Management.
• Justin Stout, junior, from Gardner, Kan., is the state champion in Cybersecurity and won second place in Networking Concepts.
• Maura Sturgess, freshman, from Chillicothe, Mo., won fifth place in Microeconomics.

“This is incredibly good news,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of SBU’s Department of Computer Information Science. “We are beginning to make plans now to attend the national competition and represent SBU well.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.

For more information, contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or

SBU Wind Symphony and University Band to offer concert May 1

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony and University Band in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Pike Auditorium.

The University Band was created this semester and consists of non-music major students, community members, music majors performing on secondary instruments and a few area high school students.

“I am thrilled with the musical achievement and efforts of the University Band in just one semester of existence,” said Dr. Brian Hopwood, associate professor and director of instrumental studies. “The ensemble has exceeded all my expectations and has laid the groundwork for many future performances.”

Hopwood will lead the University Band along with two student conductors, Lauren Asbery and Matt Hopwood, who are both senior music education majors. The band’s inaugural performance will include works by Sparke, Ticheli, LaPlante, Broege and King.

The Wind Symphony, SBU’s premier instrumental ensemble, will open with “Overture to Candide,” by Leonard Bernstein, which was the instrumental introduction to the comic operetta “Candide.” The operetta was based on Voltaire’s 18th Century satire and adapted by playwright Lillian Hellman for the Broadway stage.

Other performances by the Wind Symphony will include “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Lux Aeterna” by Japanese composer Yo Goto and “Undertow” by John Mackey.

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

Newkirk to speak at SBU April 29 about science and Christianity

Southwest Baptist University’s Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith will host a guest speaker, Dr. Joseph Newkirk, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in room 101 of the Wheeler Science Center.

Newkirk, associate professor of materials science at the University of Missouri-Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., will give a presentation titled, “Straight Talk About Science and Christianity.”

Newkirk received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. He has been on faculty at Missouri S&T since 1987. He has over 120 technical publications and two patents. Newkirk’s areas of research expertise include 3-D printing development, aerospace materials and materials for energy production.

Since becoming a Christian in 1987, Newkirk also has been active in local ministry. He currently leads the Family Builders ministry at Harvest Worship Center in Rolla and is involved in preaching, teaching and leadership ministries.

The public is invited to come to the presentation, which is free of charge. For more information, please contact Dr. Hillary Glauser-Patton, director of the Strait Center, at (417) 328-1668 or

Kezia Lilly new dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU

Kezia Lilly

Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., is the new dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Lilly will be able to usher us into a new level of achievement and recognition for our Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU,” said Provost Bill Brown, D.M.

Lilly is a 2006 SBU graduate who began teaching at SBU as an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2009. She became a full-time faculty member in 2011 and became the BSN director in 2013. She has a master’s in business administration and a master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics and recently completed a doctorate in nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership at Case Western University.

“I am not sure that being dean was in my career trajectory, but God continuously pushed me this direction,” Lilly said. “After a lot of prayer and encouragement, I chose to embrace the opportunity. The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students to seek a career as a health care professional. We are dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce.”

Lilly’s vision for the college is for the institution’s mission, vision and values to bridge the gap between education and practice while establishing longstanding relationships in the community.

“I want to help students achieve their career goals by becoming the next generation of health care professionals and taking pride to service our community needs,” she said. “I want to ensure that the college continues to deliver the best educational programs in southwest Missouri, resulting in high-quality health care professionals to meet high demand.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to

Auditions April 28 for youth choral program at SBU

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Teens who are interested in choral music are invited to join Bella Voce, a choral and vocal program for young voices, ages 11-18, sponsored by the Southwest Baptist University Department of Music.

“This is an excellent opportunity for homeschool students to participate in a choral setting, but it is open to all students,” said Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of voice and opera at SBU. “This music experience supplements what students might be receiving at school.”

Two choirs will meet during May and June with a final performance at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Lyric Singers is a mixed choir for ages 12-18 that meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays from May 6 to June 24. Choralieres is a girls’ only choir for ages 11-18 that meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from May 8 to June 26.

Tuition is $40 per person, which includes music purchase and accompanist fees. If a family has more than one student participating, tuition is adjusted to $30 per person.

Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 28, as an assessment for music selection.

“I want it to be as interesting and as challenging as I can,” Munson-Berg said. “I plan to challenge all levels of musicians.”

Munson-Berg earned a master of music in voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and a diploma in opera and art song at the Hochschule fuer Music in Munich, West Germany. She has sung leading roles and solo appearances with opera and symphony productions across the U.S. and Europe.

To schedule an audition, call (417) 328-1645. For more information, call or send email to

SBU Bolivar, Springfield campuses closed Monday, March 3

Southwest Baptist University’s Bolivar and Springfield campuses will be closed Monday, March 3, due to inclement weather. The closure includes offices, except as noted.


• Hutchens Library on the Bolivar campus

• College of Nursing and Health Sciences library on the Springfield campus


• The Wellness Center will open at 8 a.m. University Activities Council is sponsoring a wiffleball tournament at 10 a.m in the Intramural Gym. More information regarding activities for students at the Wellness Center on March 3 will be shared as they are available.

• Welcome Week interviews scheduled for March 3 will still take place. Anyone who cannot make the scheduled appointment should contact Trinity to reschedule.


Classes in session Jan. 6; administrative offices closed

BOLIVAR, MO — Due to winter weather, administrative offices at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar will be closed Monday, Jan. 6, with the exception of essential personnel, as directed by supervisors.

The physical plant staff has been working all day to clear sidewalks and streets on campus to allow students to attend class tomorrow, Jan. 6, as scheduled. It is the first day of the three-week “Winterfest” term before the spring semester begins Monday, Jan. 29.