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BKD Foundation donates $25,000 to Taylor Center project

BKD donationThe BKD Foundation, the charitable arm of BKD LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm with offices in Springfield, donated $25,000 toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center that houses the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University. Construction is expected to begin in January 2016 on the $2.7 million project. Pictured are, from left, Ron Maupin, SBU’s vice president of administration and chief financial officer; Kim Hamm, a partner with BKD LLP representing the BKD Foundation; and Tara Parson, controller at SBU.

Public Notification of Opportunity to Comment

Southwest Baptist University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit November 16-17, 2015, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Southwest Baptist University has been accredited by the Commission since 1957. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:
Public Comment on Southwest Baptist University

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site at www.ncahlc.org.
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by October 16, 2015.

From SBU Life magazine: Changing Gears and Finding Purpose

This weekend, we will continue sharing stories of SBU alumni who are living out the university’s mission to be servant leaders in a global society. This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of SBU Life magazine. To read recent issues of SBU Life, please visit http://www.sbuniv.edu/Alumni/SBULife/index.html.


Sara (Drake) Salguero ’04

B.S. Elementary Education and currently serving as International Relations Coordinator of Casa Bernabé, Guatemala (Learn more at www.foce.org)

By Stephanie Benoit

Although Sara (Drake) Salguero was always passionate about working with children, she acknowledges that when she started at SBU, she did not envision herself living out that passion as a missionary.

“I wanted to be a teacher since I was 5, so when I went to SBU, that was a no-brainer,” Sara said. That fall, however, her focus shifted after hearing a missionary speak at chapel. “I started shaking when I listened to her [because she] was so moving. I went back to my dorm room and asked God, ‘What are you trying to show me?’” Although Sara struggled to let go of becoming an educator, she realized that God’s desire was for her to be a missionary.

Sara (Drake) Salguero and Edgar, her husband of seven years, with their children—Andy, 9; Bella, 5; and Santiago, 2.

Sara (Drake) Salguero and Edgar, her husband of seven years, with their children—Andy, 9; Bella, 5; and Santiago, 2.

That calling eventually led Sara to Casa Bernabé, a Guatemalan orphanage nurturing dozens of abandoned and abused children. Today, she serves as an administrator of the organization and its international relations coordinator, helping direct visiting missionary groups, much like the one through SBU that first brought her to Guatemala in 2002.

“It really wasn’t until I went on that trip that I said, ‘I get it—I see it now,’ because I fell so deeply in love with these kids,” Sara said. “I saw real hurt, real pain, and yet so much joy. I knew I wanted to be a part of this.”

Sara often looks back on the instruction she received in SBU’s education department, such as the educational psychology course taught by Dr. John Wheeler, as instrumental in helping prepare her for a life of ministry and servant leadership.

“That class shaped so much of how I make decisions,” Sara said. “While Dr. Wheeler was teaching, everything went back to real life [and] being a light in darkness. All of that has come in handy, because my life is [about] kids every day.”

Although caring for youth at Casa Bernabé dominates Sara’s time, as well as that of her husband of 7 years, Edgar, much of it is also spent looking after their children—Andy, 9, whom they adopted from the orphanage; Bella, 5; and Santiago, 2.

“If I had ignored God’s calling, life would still be good,” Sara said. “But would it be what it is? I don’t think so. I am experiencing so much more than what I had dreamt for myself. I’d encourage SBU students to say, ‘God, whatever it is that you have for me, I want to be part of it.’”


Want to pitch a story for SBU Life magazine? Please submit ideas to Stephanie Benoit at sbenoit@sbuniv.edu.

Weather-related status for today, March 4, on all SBU campuses

Bolivar campus: Campus is OPEN Wednesday, March 4, and classes ARE in session (see inclement weather policy below)

Springfield campus (Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU): No classes 10 a.m. or later (including evening classes); offices closing at noon

Mountain View campus: Closed all day

Salem campus: Closed all day

Here is a summary of the University’s Inclement Weather Policy:

Because SBU is a residential campus, the University rarely cancels classes on the Bolivar campus due to inclement weather. However, students will be notified by Angel and/or SBU email if a faculty member cancels a class today due to inclement weather.

Students who commute should use good judgment regarding traveling to campus and notify professors if not able to attend classes. Professors will make reasonable accommodations for commuters who are not able to travel safely to campus.

We appreciate all of our employees who are working to clear campus streets, parking lots and sidewalks. Above all, please be careful!

Classes canceled, offices closed on Bolivar campus Feb. 16

Classes are canceled and offices are closed at Southwest Baptist University’s Bolivar campus Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, due to a winter storm that is expected to bring significant snowfall accumulation, causing hazardous roads. Students are encouraged to stay on campus until roads are adequately cleared for safe travel. Employees, please contact your supervisor concerning whether you need to report to work.

We want to extend an extra appreciation to employees who are working today to provide meals for students, to clear snow from campus streets, parking lots and sidewalks, to keep the wellness center open and more.

Even though classes are canceled, we must continue to provide essential services for students. The status of some campus services are listed below.

• Chapel: CANCELED
• Wellness Center: OPEN with special afternoon activities
• Mellers Dining Commons: OPEN 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Kaldi’s and Sports Cafe CLOSED
• Library and Computer Labs: CLOSED

Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

SBU Computer and Information Sciences chair to be published in prominent journal

Come May, the work of Southwest Baptist University’s Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, will be published in the prestigious Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (JCSC), a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC).

The work of Dr. Tim DeClue, Department of Computer and Information Sciences chair, will be published this May.

This May, the work of Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, will be published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.

The work to be published details instruction on Earsketch, a unique Python programming environment combining code writing and music production. “Earsketch is really a ground-breaking tool,” DeClue said. “It can be used to teach the principles of computer science while at the same time creating some incredible music. It is a winning combination.”

In addition to publication in JCSC, DeClue’s tutorial will be presented in April at the Central Plains regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC), an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals. The tutorial will also be made available in ACM’s searchable Digital Library, the leading online resource of computer science literature, publications and online books, according to the ACM.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has garnered multiple national awards in recent years, and is housed in the nationally ranked SBU College of Business and Computer Science. For more information about the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at SBU, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

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SBU comes out on top in inaugural CatFight Giving Challenge

BOLIVAR, Mo. —Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $21,536 during the inaugural Highway 13 CatFight Giving Challenge. SBU came out on top in the friendly competition, raising $13,161 to Drury’s $8,375.

The fundraising event was a new addition this year to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the course of six days. The final push for donations took place during tonight’s CatFight double-header at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

“It was refreshing to see students, alumni and friends of Southwest Baptist University get excited about giving generously,” said Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU. “Our Bearcats joined together to give back and collectively make a huge impact in the lives of our students. Together we reached and surpassed our goal of $13,000. On behalf of SBU and our students, we’re thankful that Bearcats Give Back.”

Money raised by Drury will support students through the Drury Fund and the athletics fund. Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

For more information about SBU’s annual scholarship fund, contact Hibma at (417) 328-1801 or mhibma@SBUniv.edu.

SBU to name Business College for Robert W. Plaster; Plaster Foundation donates toward business building renovation and expansion

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University will honor the legacy of businessman Robert W. Plaster with the naming of the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science.

A seven-figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation in Lebanon, Mo., will help fund renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms primarily for the College of Business and Computer Science.

“It is a great honor to name our outstanding College of Business and Computer Science after an outstanding businessman who was passionate about free enterprise,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., SBU president. “The building renovation and expansion will enhance the college experience for our accounting, business administration and computer science students. We are so grateful for the generosity of the Plaster Foundation to SBU throughout the past few decades.”

About Robert W. Plaster

Plaster was a successful businessman who also was a co-founder and active supporter of Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise), which started on the SBU campus before moving to headquarters in Springfield. SBU awarded him an honorary doctorate of business administration in November of 1982.

The Robert W. Plaster Foundation exists to expand the educational opportunities for students in the Midwest through named capital projects. These grants help provide state-of-the-art facilities to students and faculty that position them to have an effective learning environment. This enables educational institutions to keep their tuition lower for their students. The funding of these capital projects positions the Robert W. Plaster Foundation to make sustainable and lasting investments into the future of our nation and promote free enterprise for all.

The Plaster Foundation was formed in 1983 to help students by funding projects for colleges and universities. At SBU, the foundation has made significant contributions toward the construction of:

• Robert W. Plaster Stadium, original construction as well as the recent installation of artificial turf on the football field;

• Robert W. Plaster Athletic Center;

• Plaster Lodge, a women’s dormitory; and

• Jean Plaster (wife of Robert W. Plaster) Conference Room in the University Success Center.

“Southwest Baptist University is a wonderful institution that Dad supported for many years,” said Dr. Dolly Plaster Clement, daughter of Robert W. Plaster. “I know he would be very proud to help the students at SBU in their efforts to learn about our free enterprise system and how to achieve their goals within that system. We are excited to see the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center and the benefits it will bring to the students at SBU.”

About the College of Business and Computer Science

SBU’s College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and offers 12 undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration and computer science. The computer science program is accredited through ABET’s Computer Accrediting Commission, the only accredited program at an evangelical institution within a 500-mile radius and one of just six accredited Christian programs nationally.

College of Business and Computer Science graduates consistently rank high on the Major Field Test, with the 2014 graduating class scoring in the 97th percentile in the nation. The college’s four-year average is 91.25 percent nationally.

“I am continually impressed with the quality of students that our programs in the College of Business and Computer Science attract,” said Troy Bethards, D.B.A., associate professor of business administration and dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “The data and feedback we receive indicates that our students continually excel and having an updated facility with which to work will enhance our ability to effectively meet the needs of our students as we move into the future.”

The Taylor Center was completed in 1981 and named in honor of former Missouri Congressman Gene Taylor, a good friend of Plaster. The renovation and expansion project is part of a more comprehensive campaign to be announced later that will include fundraising for endowment and capital projects.

For more information about The Robert W. Plaster Foundation, send an email to Info@RobertWPlasterFoundation.org or call (417) 533-3007.

For more information about the SBU College of Business and Computer Science, contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, information about endowment, estate planning or capital projects, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

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Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU adds VP of operations; SBU names new chief technology officer

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield has added a vice president of operations position to coordinate administrative responsibilities at the SBU branch campus and oversee the University’s collaboration with Mercy Hospital. The college has record enrollment of 730 students this fall.

Bob McGlasson, Ed.D., assumed the new role of associate provost and vice president of operations for the Mercy College of SBU Nov. 3.

“This is a very significant move for us that will help our relationship with Mercy and the growth we continue to see on our Springfield campus,” said Bill Brown, D.M., acting president of SBU.

McGlasson has worked at SBU since 1990 and became vice president for information and technology services from 2003 to 2012, when he was promoted to associate provost for extended learning and technology services. He also served as interim dean of the Mercy College campus in 2013 and early 2014 until Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., was hired as dean of the college in April 2014.

“Mercy’s long-standing relationship with SBU has benefited our community so much by providing quality health sciences education,” said Lisa Person, chief nursing officer for Mercy Springfield. “It’s exciting to see enrollment continue to grow and to be working with Bob once again.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU is a partnership between Mercy Hospital and SBU offering degree programs in nursing, radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health care education in a Christ-centered environment.

Bolton named chief technology officer

Due to McGlasson’s move from SBU’s Bolivar campus to the Springfield campus, the Information Technology Services department has been restructured, including naming David Bolton, formerly director of administrative computing, as chief technology officer and director of computing and information services.

Bolton’s additional areas of supervision include instructional technology and extended learning.

“We are very grateful to David for accepting this new level of responsibility, and we know his experience and expertise will provide the leadership we need in these areas,” Brown said.

Bolton has worked at SBU since 1980, first working in accounting before transferring to information technology services as director of administrative computing.

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Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. At SBU, the faculty and staff create a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

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