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50th Annual Masterworks Concert to be held at SBU

The Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University will present its Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1 in Pike Auditorium. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Masterworks, the department’s massed choirs and orchestra will present Requiem (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Since 1965, the Masterworks presentation annually provides southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of SBU, its music department and the community. The repertoire has included the great classics, unfamiliar pearls and significant modern compositions.

Featured soloists include Dr. Kathy Brown, soprano; Dr. Paula Patterson, alto; Dr. Andrew Campbell, tenor; and Dr. Chris A. Thompson, baritone. Dr. James R. Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies, is musical director for the event.

Dr. Kathy Brown currently serves as professor of music at SBU and coordinator of the applied voice area. She has studied with notable figures such as Caterina Micieli, Elizabeth Mannion, Martha Lipton, Anna Boynton, Martha Longmire and Ted Harris. She has been a clinician for Missouri public schools and the Missouri Baptist Convention. Her voice students have won competitions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. Her book, “Lotte Lehmann in America: A Legacy of Singing Artistry,” was published by the College Music Society. Dr. Brown serves as organist of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Bolivar.

Dr. Andrew Campbell currently serves as associate professor of music at SBU and directs the SBU Concert Choir and Bolivar Community Choir. In addition to serving as orchestra conductor for SBU’s musical and opera productions, he is an active tenor soloist and has performed numerous works with orchestra.

Dr. Patterson has performed leading roles with numerous opera companies including the Spanish National Opera in Madrid, Ohio Light Opera, Texas Opera Theatre in Houston, Opera Carolina in Charlotte, Opera Iowa, and Heartland Opera Theater in Joplin. In recent years, he has performed solo recitals in Qingdao, China; Oswego, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Bowling Green, Ohio. Other concerts include solos with the Springfield Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, and the Ozarks Chorale in Arkansas, as well as with various student performing groups of Southwest Baptist University and Evangel University. Dr. Patterson is associate professor of voice at Missouri State University and music director at Grace United Methodist of Springfield.

Dr. Chris A. Thompson has performed leading lyric baritone roles across the United States and England ranging from Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” to the title role in “Elijah” to Carl Magnus in “A Little Night Music.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2012 singing “Posh,” a song cycle by composer Mohammed Fairouz. He has appeared in several world premieres, including “Guest from the Future,” “The Scrimshaw Violin,” “Box and Cox,” and “Hester Prynne at Death.” In addition, Dr. Thompson made his Off-Broadway debut in Fermat’s “Last Tango.” He served as director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Idaho, and presently serves as coordinator of vocal studies at Missouri State University.

The first of two retirement receptions for Dr. Kathy Brown and her husband, Dr. William (Bill) Brown, SBU provost, will take place after the Masterworks Concert. This reception, hosted by the Department of Music, honors their 35 years of service and will be held in the Sixth Man Club in Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.

SBU students place highly at college media competition

Southwest Baptist University media and television production students earned top awards at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association’s College Media Awards Competition. This is the fourth consecutive year that SBU students have received top recognition at the competition, which annually recognizes excellence in various media formats by students from participating Missouri institutions.

SBU’s Evan Barnes, Sara Underwood, Sander Bryan, Lucas Roberts and Alex Schriver earned honorable mention in the non-recurring News Show category for their Spring News Brief. In the Radio PSA category, Morgan Lucy earned first place for her Project 3:10 PSA, while Lucy Belcher and Sarah Bicknell earned honorable mention for their Red Cross PSA.

For more information, please contact Gayla Prewitt, adjunct instructor in the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts, at gprewitt@sbuniv.edu.

 

 

 

SBU student earns prestigious Missouri Physical Therapy Association award

April Fajardo, a third-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Southwest Baptist University, has received the Missouri Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) Student of the Year award. She was announced as this year’s award winner at the MPTA meeting held Saturday, April 18 in St. Louis. This is the first time an SBU DPT student has achieved this top award.

The SBU DPT 2015 Delegation, with April Fajardo (bottom row, fourth from left). Fajardo was awarded the Missouri Physical Therapy Association's Student of the Year award.

The SBU DPT 2015 delegation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association spring conference, where April Fajardo (bottom row, fourth from left) was awarded the MPTA Student of the Year award.

Fajardo is a native of San Bruno, Calif., and currently serves as co-chair of the Global Health Project Committee of the American Physical Therapy Association’s National Student Assembly. She also has served on mission trips to Brazil and Haiti through SBU’s Global Health Outreach, which mobilizes physical therapists to provide physical therapy services to underserved populations around the world.

This prestigious annual award honors academic excellence, as well as leadership and service to the profession and the community. Students from SBU, Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri, Missouri State University, Maryville University, and Rockhurst University were eligible for this award.

SBU/Mercy Master’s in Nursing program receives full ACEN accreditation

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University has received full accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The Board of Commissioners with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted initial accreditation and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2019.

“The master’s program supports the Institute of Medicine initiative for nursing students and faculty to achieve a higher level of nursing education,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “The MSN program provides a seamless educational pathway for students progressing from their Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing to MSN.”

The master’s degree program combines a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes and clinical experiences to provide advanced degree options for nurses who already have a BSN. MSN students have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

“Because of our spiritual heritage, the MSN program is grounded in a Christian worldview focusing on servant leadership,” said Dr. Cozi Bagley, MSN program director. “Students in our MSN program have voiced that SBU provides a unique learning experience allowing the development of close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. We strive to provide educational components beyond textbooks that assist in bringing professional socialization into future roles of master’s graduates.”

For more information about the MSN program, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu or go to mercy.SBUniv.edu/MSN.

SBU inducts 18 students into Alpha Chi Honor Society

Eighteen Southwest Baptist University students were inducted into the Missouri Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi Honor Society April 10.

Southwest Baptist University students inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society are from left, row 1 — Samantha Wolle, Katie Mahon, Beth Ann Winship, Kimbery Kuykendall; row 2 — Dillon Chronister, Patrick Phillips, Aric Gooch, Caitlin McEwan and Meghan Curry. Not pictured are Christian Binger, Robert Jansen, Wendy Farmer, Kyle Hollmann, Tori Morris, Spencer Smith, Blaise Onyiaike, Allison Molbach and Lauren Hargus.

Southwest Baptist University students inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society are from left, row 1 — Samantha Wolle, Katie Mahon, Beth Ann Winship, Kimbery Kuykendall; row 2 — Dillon Chronister, Patrick Phillips, Aric Gooch, Caitlin McEwan and Meghan Curry. Not pictured are Christian Binger, Robert Jansen, Wendy Farmer, Kyle Hollmann, Tori Morris, Spencer Smith, Blaise Onyiaike, Allison Molbach and Lauren Hargus.

Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors and seniors who have at least a 3.8 grade point average and a record that reflects academic integrity and honesty.

“We are very proud to see so many accomplished students recognized by being admitted to one of the nation’s premier honor societies,” said Coyle Neal, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science.

Students who were inducted are:

  • Christian Binger, sports management major from Lee’s Summit;
  • Dillon Chronister, social science education major from Stockton;
  • Meghan Curry, music major from Mansfield;
  • Wendy Farmer, health sciences major from Republic;
  • Aric Gooch, social science education major from Bolivar;
  • Lauren Hargus, radiography major from Springfield;
  • Kyle Hollmann, biology major from Ozark;
  • Robert Jansen, social science education major from Elsberry;
  • Kimberly Kuykendall, social work major from Bolivar;
  • Katie Mahon, accounting major from O’Fallon;
  • Caitlin McEwan, an elementary education major from Lee’s Summit;
  • Allison Molbach, elementary education and math education major from Ballwin;
  • Tori Morris, accounting major from Ozark;
  • Blaise Onyiaike, computer science and mathematics major from Nigeria;
  • Patrick Phillips, biology major from Bolivar;
  • Spencer Smith, mathematics and computer science major from Springfield;
  • Beth Ann Winship, accounting major from LaGrange; and
  • Samantha Wolle, accounting major from Springfield, Ill.

For more information about Alpha Chi at SBU, contact Dr. Neal at (417) 328-1722 or cneal@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Wind Symphony, University Band and Percussion Ensemble join for April 21 concert

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents the Wind Symphony, University Band and Percussion Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The free public performance will be held in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

Works by composers such as Peter Mennin, Jan Van der Roost, Joaquín Turina, Adoniram J. Gordon and John Philip Sousa are featured by the Wind Symphony. The University Band’s performance features music by Henry Fillmore, Timothy Broege, Barry E. Kopetz, Frank Ticheli and Andrew Boysen. The Percussion Ensemble is conducted by Marc Baker, percussion faculty associate, and features music for eight players.

“There is a little something for everyone in this concert,” said conductor Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies. “In this concert, two American marches serve as the bookends to a wide variety of musical styles and forms which include a symphony for band, an orchestral transcription, a chorale, a tango, an early American hymn, American folk music and a 20th century canzona.” Guest harpist, Jeremy Chesman, will be featured on the orchestral transcription, “La Procession du Rocio” by Joaquín Turina.

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian K. Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or bhopwood@sbuniv.edu.

SBU students come out on top at regional programming competition

Southwest Baptist University’s top competitive programming team earned first place in a field of 23 teams from 12 universities at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Central Plains Region Programming Contest held Saturday, April 11 at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo. This is the seventh time that an SBU team has placed first in the competition that is informally called the “Battle of the Brains.”

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

“The students have worked very hard this year and it has been an honor to be a part of their success,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, team coach and CIS department chair. “Both of our seniors will be starting work this summer for a software engineering companies, which is the real victory. Jarrett will be working for a defense contractor in St. Louis, and Justin is headed to Perceptive Software in Lenexa, Kan. They have finished this year with a victory and they are headed to their next big victories in industry.”

In just 12 minutes, SBU’s top team—consisting of junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; senior Jarrett Munton from O’Fallon, Ill.; and senior Justin Stout from Gardner, Kan.—submitted the first successful solution of the competition. They then proceeded to solve four more problems in four hours for a total of five solutions, more than any other team in the field, which included highly competitive schools like University of Kansas, which finished second, and University of Central Missouri, which finished third.

SBU’s second team—consisting of freshman Chase Bussey from Sedalia, Mo.; sophomore Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; and junior Bobby Sterling from Buffalo, Mo.—finished 11th.

The Central Plains Region of the CCSC is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and comprises universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a non-profit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to more than 100 students, five full-time faculty and two faculty associates. The SBU CIS Department is a nationally recognized leader among evangelical Christian schools in the production of computing and software engineering professionals. The department’s computer science program is one of only six accredited programs in the nation to be offered at an evangelical Christian college.

For more information, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu. Below are the competition’s top 10 finishing teams.

Place

Team Location Problems Solved
1. Southwest Baptist University – A team Bolivar, Mo. 5
2. University of Kansas – A team Lawrence, Kan. 4
3. University of Central Missouri – A team Warrensburg, Mo. 4
4. University of Central Missouri – B team Warrensburg, Mo. 2
5. Eastern Illinois State University – B team Charleston, Ill. 2
6. College of the Ozarks – A team Point Lookout, Mo. 2
7. Missouri State University – A team Springfield, Mo. 2
8. University of Kansas – B team Lawrence, Mo. 2
9. Grinnell University Grinnell, Iowa 2
10. College of the Ozarks – B team Point Lookout, Mo.

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Jimmy Needham to perform at SBU’s April 20 chapel service

Southwest Baptist University will host noted Christian artist Jimmy Needham at the chapel service at 10 a.m. Monday, April 20, in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus. The community is welcome to attend this performance, as well as one at 7 p.m. in the Goodson Student Union, both of which are free.

Jimmy Needham is a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter who has toured with major artists and bands like Natalie Grant and NewSong. The performances are organized by University Activities Council, a student-run organization bringing events to campus. Needham was scheduled to perform after the cancellation of All Sons and Daughters’ performances for April 20 due to scheduling conflicts.

For more information about Jimmy Needham’s SBU concerts, please contact Nate Penland, director of student activities, at (417) 328-1828 or npendland@sbuniv.edu. For more information about chapel services at SBU, contact Kurt Caddy, director of university ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or kcaddy@SBUniv.edu.

SBU prepares for spring commencement, new ceremony for graduate students 

With more than 500 students in Southwest Baptist University’s spring 2015 graduating class, the university has determined to divide spring commencement into three separate events, including Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences students on Thursday, May 14; undergraduates on Saturday, May 16; and the first-ever ceremony solely for graduate students on Saturday, May 16.

“This is a tremendous time of celebration for our outstanding graduates, who have worked diligently to earn these degrees,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., SBU president. “We are pleased to honor the achievements of our students, including those completing graduate programs, who will now have a separate, more intimate ceremony.”

With the division of Bolivar undergraduate and graduate students into two individual events, the ceremonies will be more meaningful, intimate and comfortable due to smaller crowd sizes.

Commencement ceremonies for Bolivar undergraduate students will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on the John Q. Hammons Court within the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center on the Bolivar campus, due to construction on the outdoor forum. Overflow seating will be available in Pike Auditorium in the Mabee Chapel building. The Bolivar campus graduate degree commencement ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the same location.

Graduation ceremonies for Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences students will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church, 3111 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield.

For more information about the Bolivar commencement ceremonies, please contact the Provost’s Office at (417) 328-1601. Please call (417) 820-2069 for more information about the Springfield commencement.

 

 

 

 

 

SBU Theatre to stage Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary”

Southwest Baptist University Theatre concludes its 2014-2015 season with Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary,” which will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25, with an additional 2 p.m. matinée performance on April 25, in Davis-Newport Theater on the SBU campus.

Eleemosynary TabloidDirected by Coleman Crenshaw, visiting instructor of theatre, and staged by a cast and crew of nine students, this poignant play features a richness of words and invention as it portrays a family of three women struggling to find their identities and reconnect with each other.

“Eleemosynary, which means to be charitable, gives us all an ideal to aspire for,” Crenshaw said. “These fiercely independent and intelligent women are striving to find meaning in their lives as well. To watch these women fight so earnestly to fly is exhilarating, and all too rare on the classic stage.”

Jonathan Wehmeyer, instructor of theatre, led the lighting design with the assistance of students from SBU design courses. Abby Munton, a junior theatre student, designed the set.

“This is a very tricky play to design,” Crenshaw said. “The smoothly shifting nature of this story, as it jumps through time and location to tell the tale of growing up, is the perfect vehicle for Abby’s daring, challenging set design. As filled with imagery as the script is, the set design reaches for that same beautiful imagery in a very striking and exciting way—towers, ramps and stark architectural elements abound.”

In addition, senior Alexandra Philips designed the costumes and Allison Sterling, a senior, designed the props, including a set of wings that are central to the story. “The wings have to be seen to be believed,” Crenshaw said.

Students Emily Pitts, Hannah Rogg, and Makenzie Waterson rehearse for SBU's production of "Eleemosynary."

Students Emily Pitts, Hannah Rogg, and Makenzie Waterson rehearse for SBU’s production of “Eleemosynary.”

Tickets are $3 for SBU students; $5 for SBU alumni, senior citizens and students of other schools; and $8 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Box Office in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, by phone at (417) 328-1691, or online at www.SBUniv.edu/theatre. The Box Office is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m.

Visit https://t.co/WLgFjko4qy to see behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and crew. For more information, call the Box Office at (417) 328-1691 or contact Jonathan Wehmeyer at jwehmeyer@SBUniv.edu.