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11 students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 11 new members on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The society was founded by a dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in November 1913. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon the student’s grade point average (minimum of 3.25), class rank (upper 20 percent), and individual character.

Kara Safford was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Safford graduated from SBU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 2011 and served as the chapter vice-president in 2012. Safford is currently a clinic account specialist for Citizens Memorial Healthcare.

The 2014-15 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Danielle Epperson, president; Samantha Wolle, vice-president; Megan Roark, secretary; and Hailey Turner, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille, chair of the department of business administration and professor of business administration, and Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college of business and computer science and associate professor of business administration, serve as faculty advisers.

The new inductees of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society are:

  • Clayton Gray, senior computer information science major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Nathan Hughes, senior computer information science major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Kristof Kinal, senior computer information science major from Budapest, Hungary
  • Julia Lewis, junior intercultural studies and international business major from Joplin, Mo.
  • Brandon Martinsen, junior economics/finance major from Morrisville, Mo.
  • Christine McIntire, junior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Garrett McLeod, junior accounting major from Bondurant, Iowa
  • Tori Morris, junior accounting major from Miller, Mo.
  • Jarod Robillard, junior accounting major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Thomas Strubinger V, junior management major from Auburn, Ill.
  • Fanni Varga, senior management major from Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please contact Bethards at tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

SBU chamber orchestra to present concert Nov. 11

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, in concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The concert program includes an eclectic mix of traditional and modern works. The chamber orchestra will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Allegro in D” for strings, originally the first movement from his “Concerto in C for Two Trumpets,” Op. 46, No. 1; an arrangement of a piano work, “Hungarian Dance No. 6,” by Johannes Brahms; “Capriol Suite” by Peter Warlock; John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings;” and “Air” by Norman Dello Joio.

An arrangement of the well-known hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” will feature violinists Deborah Breon and Allison Sterling, as well as Courtney Munton on the piano.

The Clara Fuson String Quartet will also perform at the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, at (417) 328-1647 or bhopwood@SBUniv.edu.

SBU to host free training on disaster mental health

First responders, church leaders, mental health clinicians and other community members are invited to attend a training workshop on disaster mental health and psychological first aid presented by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

This workshop will address the topic of psychological first aid (PFA) in a disaster or emergency situation. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. The training will consider incidents such as terrorism, bioterrorism, and natural disasters and how the principles of PFA may be applied in those response situations.

According to the DMH, the objectives of the workshop are for to participants to be able to describe the natural reactions to disaster and how those reactions influence recovery, to be able to describe and use psychological first aid, to be able to identify risk factors and unique recovery issues, and to be able to recognize common stress reactions in responders and describe strategies for self-care/team-care.

Workshop presenters include Joan Keenan and Jenny Wiley. Keenan has served as the assistant coordinator for the office of disaster services since October 2010. She has worked closely with the DMH response to the Joplin tornado and with the implementation of the Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant to assist survivors of that disaster. Keenan oversees the DMH’s Show-Me-Response unit – Missouri’s volunteer registration system administered by the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

Wiley has served as the coordinator of disaster services for the Missouri DMH for the past seven years. She oversees the department’s behavioral health development and response including strategic planning within the DMH and with DMH providers, interagency partners, and voluntary and faith-based organizations. Wiley also was part of the team the developed the CCP that provided best practices in outreach and crisis counseling to Joplin after the tornado. She has extensive experience in CCP training, developing training programs, and preparing disaster mental health documents.

The workshop is eligible for CEU credit for Missouri licensed social workers and is POST certified. Other professionals, or those outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing boards about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The SBU Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is hosting this training as a free community outreach event.

Workshop attendance is free, but limited to the first 50 participants so pre-registration is required. You may register online at www.SBUniv.edu/mentalhealthworkshop.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Jazz Ensemble to perform Nov. 4

The Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Pike Auditorium.

The 18-piece group carries on the jazz tradition of the big band and features students from across various disciplines at the University.

The concert will include swing, Latin and ballad selections, as well as familiar tunes such as Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and “Don’t Get Around Much Any More,” Harold Arlen’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Neal Hefti and Count Basie’s “Li’l Darlin’.”

SBU’s jazz ensemble is directed by Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music.

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

SBU’s Opera Workshop to perform opera scenes Oct. 30

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music’s Opera Workshop will present “An Evening with Mozart” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, in the Meyer Recital Hall. The performance will feature various opera scenes from several operas by W.A. Mozart, including excerpts from “The Magic Flute,” “Cosi fan tutte,” “The Impresario” and “Don Giovanni.”

All scenes will be sung in English in concert style with light staging. The program is directed by Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of music, and conducted by Dr. Andrew Campbell, associate professor of music. Sara Steele, faculty associate, will accompany on piano.

For more information, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

Speaking Bearcats bring home second place from two tournaments

The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team continued its 2014-15 season by attending both the “Missouri Mule” and “Dale Carnegie” swing tournaments on the University of Central Missouri campus, Oct. 18-19. A “swing tournament” is a unique opportunity for students to participate in one tournament over the course of a single day and then another tournament the following day. The Speaking Bearcats team finished in second place out of the 20 schools which participated in individual events sweepstakes on both days.

Missouri Mule tournament – Oct. 18

front row (l to r): Lyndal Doherty, Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Heidi Dehn, Kensey Slone; back row (l to r): Justin Pullin, Will Wheeler, Reed Dressler, Reece Tabor, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer

front row (l to r): Lyndal Doherty, Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Heidi Dehn, Kensey Slone; back row (l to r): Justin Pullin, Will Wheeler, Reed Dressler, Reece Tabor, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer

Meg Burns, senior, placed second in impromptu speaking; third in prose; third in communication analysis; fourth in both informative and duo interpretation with her partner, Lydia Swisher; and fifth in program of oral interpretation. Burns tied for first place with a speaker from Marshall University for the title of top individual events competitor.

Nik Fischer, senior, won first place in impromptu speaking, second place in extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in communication analysis.

Swisher, sophomore, placed fourth in duo interpretation with Burns and finished sixth in after dinner speaking.

Will Wheeler, junior, received sixth place for extemporaneous speaking.

Tiana Brownen, freshman, finished in third place in persuasive speaking.

Reece Tabor, freshman, finished in fourth place in persuasive speaking.

Kensey Slone, freshman, placed third in after dinner speaking and seventh in persuasive speaking.

Dale Carnegie Classic – Oct. 19

Burns placed second in prose, third in both informative speaking and communication analysis, and fourth in program of oral interpretation. Burns was the sole winner of the pentathalon (top individual events competitor) for the Dale Carnegie Classic.

Fischer won first place for extemporaneous speaking, second for persuasive speaking, fourth in after dinner speaking, and sixth in communication analysis.

Reed Dressler, sophomore, finished in fourth place in impromptu speaking and seventh place in persuasive speaking.

Brownen received fifth place in both impromptu and persuasive speaking.

Slone placed sixth in persuasive speaking and seventh in impromptu speaking.

Swisher received sixth place for impromptu speaking.

Wheeler received fourth place for persuasive speaking.

“We are proud of all the achievements of our students,” said Dr. David Bailey, director of forensics. “This tournament was a tough one – featuring seven nationally-prominent individual events squads. We look forward to continued growth and success at future competitions.”

The 2014-15 season continues for the Speaking Bearcats as they travel to Bowling Green State University in Ohio next month. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at dbailey@SBUniv.edu.

SBU inducts Wayne Gott into Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Southwest Baptist University inducted Wayne Gott into the newly established Philanthropy Hall of Fame during the Oct. 21 SBU Board of Trustees meeting.

Wayne Gott, right, receives a plaque from Dr. C. Pat Taylor, Southwest Baptist University president, for being inducted into the newly formed SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

Wayne Gott, right, receives a plaque from Dr. C. Pat Taylor, Southwest Baptist University president, for being inducted into the newly formed SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

Gott served 35 years on the board, twice served as interim president and has donated more than $4 million to SBU, the largest amount any individual has donated to the university. His name will be placed on a plaque that will hang in the Board Room in the Sells Administrative Center.

“Wayne has been, and continues to be, a very generous donor to our university, but he also helped the university through some difficult times when he served as interim president,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president. “We also appreciate his many years of service on the board of trustees.”

During the meeting, trustees also approved a five-year plan for salary increases according to the following schedule: 4 percent in 2015-16, 3 percent in 2016-17 and 2017-18, 4 percent in 2018-19 and 3 percent in 2019-20. The raises will be implemented incrementally in June, October and March each year if enrollment goals and budget projections are met.

Other action items included:

• Approval of an immunization requirements policy for students;

• Discontinuance of the Health Reimbursement Account for employee health insurance plans, to be replaced by a Health Savings Account that includes contributions made by SBU;

• Approval of multiple revisions to the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual as recommended by the director of human resources;

• Acceptance of the fiscal year 2013-14 audit;

• Adoption of the revised fiscal year 2014-15 budget that totals $54.3 million;

• Approval to transfer $35,000 from the Enactus restricted account into a quasi-endowment benefitting the Enactus program; and

• Approval to transfer $15,000 from the Physical Therapy Medical Mission program account into a quasi-endowment benefitting the Medical Mission program.

Board members elected for 2015 are Don Fahrni, board chair; Phil Franz, vice chair; and Randy Johnson, secretary.

Committee chairs and vice chairs are Billy Russell, chair, and Jerry Dudley, vice chair, Admissions and Student Life Committee; Mark Rains, chair, and Jerry Williams, vice chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee; Rebecca Randles, chair, and Clyde Elder, vice chair, Educational Policies and Personnel Committee; Jim Evans, chair, and Phil Franz, vice chair, Finance Committee; and Wayne Hutchins, chair, and Bob Ingold, vice chair, University Advancement and Estate Planning Committee.

Members who are rotating off the board were recognized: Gott, Berniece Hamilton and Cary Summers.

Sara Steele to perform piano recital at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The recital features SBU alum Sara Steele, adjunct instructor of piano at SBU, who will perform piano works by Chopin, Liszt and Mozart.

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

SBU community learns about burnout, trauma and stress during seminar

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program partnered with Polk County House of Hope to offer a seminar on burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion to SBU students, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 10. The presentation was given by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Dr. Christine Saladino, director of the BSW program, said this event was just one way to bring attention to this issue.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“We were pleased to partner with House of Hope to bring the MCADSV training to campus in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month,” Saladino said. “Dochler shared information that is critical to anyone who will be working with persons who have encountered trauma.”

Approximately 60 participants attended the three-hour seminar. For more information about the SBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, department chair, at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu. For more information about the SBU BSW program, please contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

Eight SBU students selected to participate in All-Collegiate Honor Choir

Eight Southwest Baptist University students will participate in the All-Collegiate Honor Choir at the state meeting of the Missouri Music Educators Association, Jan. 28-30, in Osage Beach, Mo.

front row (l to r): Emily Martin, Alyssa Thibodeaux, Christian Jaynes, Laura Kester; back row (l to r): Susan Mills, Andrew Bryant, Seth Stelzer, Jared Van Manen

front row (l to r): Emily Martin, Alyssa Thibodeaux, Christian Jaynes, Laura Kester; back row (l to r): Susan Mills, Andrew Bryant, Seth Stelzer, Jared Van Manen

Choir participants were selected by competitive audition. Approximately 150 students from across the state will participate in the choir in a performance with conductor Dale Kruse of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

The singers will engage in intensive rehearsals over three days and present a program of challenging repertoire.

“We are very proud of these singers and know this experience will shape the future of their careers,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies at SBU. “They are some of our finest and best musicians and will represent the University and the Department of Music in a marvelous way.”

The SBU students selected to participate in the All-Collegiate Honor Choir are:

  • Andrew Bryant, junior music education major from Mountain Grove, Mo.
  • Christian Jaynes, sophomore intercultural studies major from Oak Grove, Mo.
  • Laura Kester, freshman communication major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Emily Martin, sophomore music major from Dixon, Mo.
  • Susan Mills, junior middle school education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Seth Stelzer, sophomore music major from Neosho, Mo.
  • Alyssa Thibodeaux, sophomore music major from Defiance, Mo.
  • Jared Van Manen, senior church music major from Farmington, Mo.

For more information about the SBU Department of Music, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.