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SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery debuts new two-person exhibition

Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Art Gallery has debuted a new exhibition, which is on view through March 12 and showcases landscapist Cindy Kopenhafer and ceramicist Bari Precious.

A pastel by artist Cindy Kopenhafer

A pastel by artist Cindy Kopenhafer

Pleasant Hope-based Kopenhafer is a realistic landscape artist whose work is inspired by a love of nature and history. As a plein air artist, Kopenhafer works on location using natural light to create artworks portraying scenes of the ocean, countryside, mountains and more.

Vancouver native Bari Precious is a ceramicist exhibiting functional pottery. Her one-of-a-kind pieces like teapots, bowls, vases and mugs are crafted to be functional, yet decorative. She has exhibited extensively in and around the region.

Both artists will be on hand to discuss their respective works and artistic processes during a reception to be held at the gallery at 6 p.m., Friday, March 6.

The Driskill Art Gallery, situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, is free of admission and open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact gallery director and art instructor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

SBU’s Speaking Bearcats team achieves top honors at state competition

For the third consecutive year, Southwest Baptist University’s Speaking Bearcats forensics team triumphed as the champions in Overall Team Sweepstakes at the annual Missouri Association of Forensics Activities (MAFA) State Championship tournament held Feb. 13-14 on the campus of Crowder College in Neosho.

Pictured from Left to Right (back row): Head Coach Dr. David Bailey, Reed Dressler, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, LeeAnn Maloney, Lydia Swisher, Lyndal Doherty, Assistant Coach Mrs. Rebecca Godsey. From Left to Right (front row): Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Kensey Slone.

Pictured from Left to Right (back row): Head Coach Dr. David Bailey, Reed Dressler, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, LeeAnn Maloney, Lydia Swisher, Lyndal Doherty, Assistant Coach Mrs. Rebecca Godsey. From Left to Right (front row): Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Kensey Slone.

The event involved various categories of speaking, debate and oratory competition, in which the Speaking Bearcats competed with entrants from 14 other schools. Due to the tournament’s “open” format, which allows the inclusion of participants from other states, Missouri students were joined in the competition field by others from states such as Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky.

In addition to excelling in the overall sweepstakes, the Speaking Bearcats also finished first in individual event sweepstakes and debate sweepstakes.

SBU had five debate teams in the tournament, all of which posted a winning record, such as partners Meg Burns and Will Wheeler finishing as semifinalists in parliamentary debate. In public forum debate, the Speaking Bearcats received two top spots, with Tiana Brownen and her partner Lydia Swisher finishing first and partners Kensey Slone and Tyler Middleton placing second.

Although they did not advance to elimination rounds, two teams—Reed Dressler and Nik Fischer in parliamentary debate and LeeAnn Maloney and Lyndal Doherty in public forum debate—were recognized for their winning records.

In their final MAFA tournament, two SBU seniors succeeded in various categories of competition, including Meg Burns, who earned first place in informative speaking; second in communication analysis; second in duo interpretation, alongside her partner Lydia Swisher; third in impromptu; and sixth in poetry. Meanwhile, senior Nik Fischer was awarded first place in extemporaneous speaking; second in oratory; third in informative speaking; and fifth in communication analysis.

Additionally, both Burns and Fischer placed highly in the pentathlon competition, in which results from competitors’ top five individual events are compiled, resulting in Burns placing first and Fischer placing third.

Moreover, for the second year in a row, Fischer earned the honor of representing Missouri at the Interstate Oratorical Competition, which annually gathers the two top finishers from each state tournament. This achievement marks the seventh consecutive year in which SBU has had at least one qualifying student move on to the national tournament.

Other MAFA top finishers from SBU include Will Wheeler, with third place in communication analysis, fifth in oratory and sixth in extemporaneous; Lydia Swisher, with second in duo interpretation alongside partner Meg Burns and fourth in duo interpretation with partner Tyler Middleton; Reed Dressler, with sixth in informative speaking; and Lyndal Doherty, with fourth in program of oral interpretation.

Two SBU novices earned special honors, including Kensey Slone, who was named Top Novice in communication analysis and Tiana Brownen, who was named Top Novice in informative, in which she also received second place. Brownen also placed fifth in impromptu and seventh in extemporaneous, earning Top Novice in each.

The team will conclude its 2014-2015 season at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention, occurring March 4-8 in Athens, Ohio. For more information about the team, please contact Dr. David Bailey at dbailey@sbuniv.edu.

SBU faculty, students to present special concert featuring tuba and euphonium

Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Music presents a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, highlighting its faculty and student musicians specializing in the tuba and euphonium. The performance will feature music professor Dr. Terri Knupps, who in the first half of the concert will be joined on piano by fellow music professor Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones and on the organ by Dr. William Brown, provost. During the second half of the evening, Knupps will perform alongside SBU’s Tuba/Euphonium Quartet.

“I am excited to feature some of my low brass students in this recital,” Knupps said. “Many people have not had the unique opportunity to hear a group of just tubas and euphoniums. This ensemble showcases the virtuosity and sonority possible within the instruments of the tuba family. For those who think of tubas as ponderous practitioners of the ‘Oom-pa’ [sound], be prepared to be surprised!”

The evening’s program will include works by a variety of composers from disparate historical eras and musical styles, such as Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, modern composer Thom Ritter George, and early 20th-century composer Gustav Holst, whose “Jupiter Chorale” from his famed orchestral suite “The Planets” will be performed by an eight-member ensemble to conclude the evening. The concert will also include renditions of much-beloved traditional hymns including “Amazing Grace” and “Just a Closer Walk.”

Dr. Knupps obtained both her Doctorate in Musical Arts in euphonium performance and Master of Music in music history and literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed widely and earned numerous state and regional awards for her work individually and with various ensembles, including the Kansas City-based Fountain City Brass Band, of which she is a founding member.

In addition, Dr. Knupps is part of SBU’s Tuba/Euphonium Quartet, the members of which also include Daniel Lewis, euphonium, a sophomore church music major from Kansas City; Austin Hicks, tuba, a freshman music education major from Buffalo; and Jared Van Manen, tuba, a senior church music and music education major from Farmington.

The concert will be held in Jane A. Meyer Recital Hall, which is housed on the SBU campus within the Casebolt Music Center. For more information about the performance, which is free and open to the public, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

 

 

Feb. 20 guest artist talk cancelled

Originally planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, a talk featuring guest artist Terry Thacker has been cancelled due to the travel difficulties caused by the wintry, inclement weather in Missouri, as well as in Thacker’s hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where he serves as a professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film.

Although the talk has been cancelled, Thacker’s exhibition will still be on display at SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery through Friday, Feb. 20. The show features a variety of Thacker’s photographic collages, installations and paintings done in the encaustic method, which involves the application of wax-based paint to a surface.

The Driskill Art Gallery, situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, is free of admission and open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact gallery director and art professor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

SBU physical therapy students and faculty attend, present at national meeting

Earlier this month, eight Southwest Baptist University Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty members, as well as 20 students, alumni and current clinical instructors from the program, attended the momentous Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the organization representing and promoting the work of more than 90,000 physical therapy practitioners and students.

From left to right: third year physical therapy students Dan Heller and Nick Allard with SBU physical therapy professor Dr. Sarah Jones

From left to right: third year physical therapy students Dan Heller and Nick Allard with SBU physical therapy professor Dr. Sarah Jones

The conference, which was held Feb. 4-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., gathered more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from across the nation for programming designed by all 18 of the APTA’s specialty sections, ranging from cardiovascular and pulmonary to neurology, oncology, women’s health and sports physical therapy.

SBU’s students and faculty took advantage of opportunities during the event to present and defend their research in various facets of physical therapy, including a group presenting on platform on “The Impact of a Walking Program on the Quality of Life of Geriatric Patients with Dementia: A Systematic Review.” In addition, SBU’s physical therapy program was able to display and discuss the impact of and future plans for its Global Health Outreach, which mobilizes physical therapists to provide physical therapy services to underserved populations around the world.

For more information about Southwest Baptist University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please contact Aaron Weaver, the department’s admissions and alumni coordinator, at aweaver@SBUniv.edu or (417) 328-1690.

 

 

 

Provost Dr. Bill Brown and professor Dr. Kathy Brown to present recital 

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend a special concert hosted at Southwest Baptist University by the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 and featuring Dr. Kathy Brown, professor of music, and SBU provost Dr. Bill Brown.

The husband-and-wife pair will perform a program highlighting a diverse set of composers, including Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Fernando Obradors and Leonard Bernstein.

The concert will be held in Jane A. Meyer Recital Hall, which is housed on the SBU campus within the Casebolt Music Center. For more information about the performance, which is free and open to the public, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp portrays Robert Frost in special performance at SBU

Veteran actor Gordon Clapp assumes the role of the late, great American poet Robert Frost in “This Verse Business,” a special one-man production that will bring Clapp to the stage at SBU’s Davis-Newport Theater at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23.

Actor Gordon Clapp (credit: Robert Sargent Fay).

Actor Gordon Clapp (photo: Robert Sargent Fay)

Featuring Frost’s iconic poems and based upon actual lectures, interviews and letters, the show provides insight into the life, motivations and opinions of this widely read, highly esteemed artist and pays tribute to the man behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning work and witty, prominent persona.

Actor Gordon Clapp has earned numerous plaudits throughout his decades-long career, including an Emmy Award for his role in “NYPD Blue” and a Tony nomination for his work in the all-star Broadway revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet. Since 2008, he has performed in “This Verse Business,” which was penned by playwright A.M. Dolan.

The performance is free and open to the public as a presentation of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, which brings notable authors and figures to SBU. The Davis-Newport Theater is housed on campus within the Jester Learning and Performance Center.

For more information, contact Holly Hill-Stanford, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, at (417) 328-1682 or hhill@SBUniv.edu.

Guest artist featured in exhibition on view at SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery through Feb. 20 

Southwest Baptist University invites students, staff, faculty and the community to view a collection works by Nashville-based artist Terry Thacker, on view on campus at the Driskill Art Gallery through Friday, Feb. 20.

Thacker presently serves as a professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, teaching in the department of fine art. Previously, he was on faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Middle Tennessee State University. Thacker has exhibited widely, including shows on display at such institutions as Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts; the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art; and the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The artwork of Terry Thacker will be on display at SBU through Feb. 20.

The artwork of Terry Thacker will be on display at SBU through Feb. 20.

The show features a variety of Thacker’s photographic collages, installations and paintings done in the encaustic method, which involves the application of wax-based paint to a surface. Thacker will delve into his artistic process and inspiration for the artwork during a talk at the Driskill Art Gallery at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20.

The Driskill Art Gallery, situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, is free of admission and open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact gallery director and art professor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and dkatzer@SBUniv.edu

Hundreds of elementary- and middle-school students assemble at SBU for math contest  

More than 500 number-crunching students from Missouri elementary and middle schools gathered at Southwest Baptist University on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 for a math contest hosted by the SBU Department of Mathematics. The 16th annual competition is designed to congregate area youth, provide a positive educational experience and encourage the enjoyment of mathematics in an entertaining, stimulating setting.

The competition field boasted 569 third through eighth grade students representing schools from across the region, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Carthage, Buffalo, Long Lane, Fordland, Nixa, Marshfield, Neosho, Lake Ozark, Spokane, Monett, Aurora, Branson, Joplin, Fairview, Lamar, Logan-Rogersville, Nevada, Rolla, Webb City, Wheaton and more. Participating Bolivar students came from Bolivar Intermediate and Bolivar Middle schools.

The event centered on grade-level-specific tests (developed by mathleague.org) with various formats and degrees of difficulty to help prepare students for larger competitions taking place later in the year, including the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest, one regional qualifying round of which will occur at SBU on April 11.

For students interested in further math-centered instruction and activity, registration is available for several Math Contest Camps that will host 5th to 12th grade youth at SBU this summer. More information about these programs may be found at sites.google.com/site/sbumathcon/math-contest-camp-2015.

To learn more about the contests and camps, please contact Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@sbuniv.edu.

Dr. Carney to present diverse program at SBU faculty recital

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music welcomes students, faculty, staff and the community to a piano recital featuring Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Carney’s performance will feature renditions of a variety of works from diverse figures, including classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn; influential modern French composer Oliver Messiaen; Canada-based Alexina Louie, one of that country’s most widely performed composers; and 20th century Russian master Sergei Prokofiev.

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