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SBU father, son alums to perform recital

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents a recital featuring alumni Randy and Joel Schilb at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus.

Pianist Randy Schilb, a 1977 graduate of SBU, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G Major (WTC II) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 101.

Joel Schilb, baritone, SBU class of 2009, will be accompanied by his father on Bach’s “Ouia fecit mihi magna” from Magnificat No. 5; two art songs by Franz Schubert; and arias by Gaetano Donizetti and George Frideric Handel. The program will close with “When a Felon’s Not Engaged” from “Pirates of Penzance” by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert.

The concert is free and open to the public. For additional information, please call the Department of Music at (417) 328-1633.

SBU students earn Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance scholarships

Southwest Baptist University seniors Tori Morris and Jenna Durnell have received scholarships from the Springfield, Mo., chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA).

An accounting major from Willard, Mo., Morris will graduate in May 2016 and then begin her career in the tax department of BKD in Springfield, Mo. Durnell, an accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo., will also graduate in May 2016, after which she will begin as a staff auditor for BKD. Both students are also in SBU’s Honors Program and will complete their Honors Capstone projects this December.

“Jenna and Tori are outstanding representatives of SBU Accounting,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU department of accounting. “We are excited they are being recognized by this regional accounting body for their academic excellence, servant leadership, and the positive impact they will have on their profession in the future.”

For more than 75 years, AFWA has enabled women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

For more information, contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or

SBU selects new Ambassadors

Southwest Baptist University has chosen eight students to serve as new ambassadors for the 2015-2016 academic year. SBU Ambassadors is a group of 19 students who are the official student representatives of SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor and his wife, Judy.

The following students have been selected to join the Ambassadors this year:

  • Denby Bash, son of Keegan and Lori Bash, is a junior marketing major from West Plains, Mo.
  • Tiana Brownen, daughter of Terry and Nancy Brownen, is a sophomore communication and English double major from Seneca, Mo.
  • Aric Gooch, son of Curtis and Vicky Gooch, is a junior social studies education and political science double major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Allison Locke, daughter of Timothy and Brenda Locke, is a sophomore biology major from Baxter Springs, Kan.
  • Kensey Slone, daughter of Greg and Tonya Slone, is a sophomore international business and communication double major from Kansas City, Mo.
  • Reece Tabor, son of Craig and Holly Tabor, is a sophomore communication major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Elizabeth Wade, daughter of Jeffrey and Kathleen Wade, is a sophomore elementary education major from Olathe, Kan.
  • Emily Woods, daughter of Rik and Barbara Woods, is a sophomore computer information science major from Osceola, Mo.

University Ambassadors are chosen through an interview process that considers the student’s social adaptability, his or her ability to relate to and converse with different audiences, and the student’s willingness to serve and represent the University.

SBU library to host annual Meet the Author series

Southwest Baptist University Libraries hosts its annual Meet the Author Series event at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Harriett K. Hutchens Library, located in the Jester Learning and Performance Center on SBU’s Bolivar campus.

Gayla Prewitt, an adjunct communications instructor teaching television production, will discuss her latest book, “Seed Police,” a fictional narrative exploring the negative effects of consuming genetically modified organisms (GMOS). Prewitt holds a B.A. in communication and political science from Drury University and an M.A. in education from Southwest Baptist University.

Southwest Baptist University Libraries is committed to nurturing students’ research needs by providing the information resources and services necessary to support their academic programs. For more information about the libraries, visit

The event is free and open to public. For more information, please contact Bethany Messersmith, information literacy librarian and personal librarian to the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts & Letters, at (417) 328-1626 or

Eurydice opens SBU Theatre season

Students (left to right) Zia Roller, Madeline Bush, Amelia Hicks and Emmi Kerr rehearse for SBU’s production of “Eurydice."

Students (left to right) Zia Roller, Madeline Bush, Amelia Hicks and Emmi Kerr rehearse for SBU’s production of “Eurydice.”

The Theatre program at Southwest Baptist University begins its 2015-2016 season with “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. The show will be presented 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Davis-Newport Theater on the SBU campus.

Directed by senior theatre major Hannah Rogg and set in the 1950s, “Eurydice” is an adaptation of the classical Greek myth of Orpheus, who descends into the underworld to plead for his recently deceased bride, Eurydice, through whose eyes the tale is told.

Featuring plot twists, complex characters, and a distinctive, topsy-turvy set, the dramatic comedy follows Eurydice as she passes into the land of the dead, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love and past life.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for SBU alumni, senior citizens, and other students, and $3 for SBU students. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office inside the Jester Learning and Performance Center, over the phone at (417) 328-1691, or online at

View rehearsal footage and backstage interviews with the cast and crew at For more information about SBU Theatre, contact Bethany Wood, assistant professor of theatre, at (417) 328-1688 or





SBU mathematics professor presents at regional conference

Dr. Kevin Hopkins

Dr. Kevin Hopkins

Southwest Baptist University faculty member Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics, presented at the 25th annual Kansas City Regional Mathematics Technology Expo held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Oct. 2-3.

Hopkins’ talk, “Precalculus Animations with GeoGebra,” highlighted GeoGebra, a free web-based software that does dynamic graphing, allowing for animations that illustrate topics in precalculus. He discussed animations and instructed listeners how to create animations, as well as demonstrated how to find materials in GeoGebraTube, a material sharing platform.

The Kansas City Regional Mathematics Technology Expo is a forum for mathematics instructors at both the college and secondary levels to demonstrate how they use technology successfully in their teaching, to learn about new mathematics technology, and to discuss the philosophy and future of technology in the mathematics classroom.

For more information, contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or

SBU unites with regional colleges, universities to help foster kids

Southwest Baptist University partners with Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Drury University and Evangel University this fall in Fostering Futures, an effort to educate the community about foster care, promote advocacy and support youth and families in the foster care system.

This is the third year for the five institutions to join together in a common community service initiative coinciding with National Make a Difference Day, taking place this year Saturday, Oct. 24.

The foster care issue was selected by the partnership due to the proportionally large foster-care population in the region. For instance, of the 15,000 children in the Missouri foster care system, there are more than 850 children in Greene County alone, with only 250 local foster homes to care for them, according to the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA).

“Educating and caring are key elements in SBU’s mission, and our community is strengthened when we share kindness and encouragement with our fellow citizens.” said Dr. Rob Harris, vice president for student development. “By helping those within foster care, individuals are creating a positive ripple effect that has massive potential to create lasting influence and inspiration.”

SBU’s participation in the initiative will focus on education and promoting advocacy in the campus community through four dedicated chapel services, which began Sept. 28 with Nathan Ross, the youth advocacy supervisor of the MFCAA, who shared what it was like growing up in the foster-care system and encouraged students to get involved in the issue.

Next was Mark Hay, direct services coordinator at Southwest Missouri Resource Center and director of Sammy’s Window, a local project of the MFCAA that provides foster and adoptive families with free clothing, food, hygiene items, furniture, and other supplies to help meet the immediate practical needs that arise when they are asked to take in children, often on very short notice. Hays discussed Sammy’s Window and did a Q&A session on Oct. 5.

Landee Nevills, SBU director of residence life, will discuss foster care and have a student panel in chapel on Oct. 7, followed on Oct. 14 by Kurt Caddy, SBU director of university ministries, who will discuss the biblical perspective of caring for orphans in a talk titled “The Spirit of Adoption.”

“We are adopted into God’s family,” Kaddy said. “Adoption is a picture of God’s love and care for us. When we participate in fostering and adoption, we are participating in a redemptive act that is both beautiful and painful. We are acting toward these children as God has acted toward us.”

The institutions will also combine their efforts by collecting donations of clothing, hygiene, food and other items to support Sammy’s Window. SBU will assist in this effort by organizing a campus-wide collection of underwear and socks Oct. 5 through Oct. 16.

Faculty, staff, students and the community are welcome to contribute items to SBU’s collection for Sammy’s Window. Drop-off locations will be set up in campus locations like the Student Union and Sells Administrative Center.

SBU plans to continue the Fostering Futures initiative throughout the remainder of the academic year by hosting additional educational events, collections and other activities. To learn more about SBU’s participation in Fostering Futures, please contact Harris at (417) 328-1885.

SBU Wind Symphony and chamber ensembles to perform concert

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents “A Potpourri of Wind Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus. The concert will be performed by the SBU Wind Symphony and Chamber Ensembles.

The program includes “Commando March,” Samuel Barber’s only work for wind band, which will feature junior church music major Daniel Lewis on euphonium, and Andrew Boysen’s “Song for Lyndsay,” a love song written by Boysen for his wife. Two seniors—music education major Ashley Fox on French horn and music and psychology major Courtney Munton on flute—perform as soloists and in a brief duet during the work, with freshman music major Kaitlin Manary as the featured pianist.

“Play!,” a relaxed swing-style composition by Carl Holmquist, will highlight the talents of junior music education major Miranda Applegate on clarinet and Munton, this time on piano. The work is the last movement of Holmquist’s “Symphony No. 1: A New Orleans Symphony,” which is based on the city of New Orleans’ experience with Hurricane Katrina. Works by composers Vincent Persichetti, William Schumanand others will also be performed.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, at (417) 328-1647 or

SBU debuts art faculty exhibition

A sculpture by David Platter, chair of the SBU department of art, who is among the faculty whose work will be featured in the show

A sculpture by David Platter, chair of the SBU department of art, who is among the faculty whose work will be featured in the show

Southwest Baptist University’s second exhibition of the 2015-2016 academic year features works by SBU art department faculty. The show debuted Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Driskill Art Gallery and runs through Friday, Oct. 16.

Featured artists include Grant Cochran, Deby Gilley and Dawn Katzer, as well as two new faculty members: David Platter, SBU’s new art department chair, and Steven Brown, SBU’s new photography instructor. Mediums on display include graphic art, paintings, printmaking, sculptures and photography.

“I am excited about the exhibit because of the diversity of media used in the pieces,” said Dawn Katzer, who curated the show and serves as gallery director and art instructor. “We have very different styles and emphases upon which our faculty base their art, which helps to create a well-rounded department.”

The artists will be in attendance at a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

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 3 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact Dawn Katzer at (417) 328-1651 and

Alumni awards presented at SBU Honors Chapel

Six Southwest Baptist University alumni were presented special awards in recognition of living lives of service at Honors Chapel Friday, Sept. 25.

The event marked the beginning of Homecoming festivities and also featured the presentation of the 2015 Homecoming court.

“I’d like to congratulate our Life Service Award recipients and our Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award recipients,” SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “These are the highest awards that our University presents to our alumni. That means that they have lived lives of service, representing not only themselves, their families and the University, but also the Kingdom.” 

Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award 

The National Alumni Association Board presents the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award annually to an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates the ideals personified by the late Edwin Lightfoot ’40. The award criteria include alumni leadership in the University, dedication to the education and welfare of youth, and demonstrated support for SBU.

Front row (left to right) — Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Margie and Abel Dale Lacquement; Alumni Life Service Award recipients Ronda Credille, Beth Baker Grabowski, Patricia Nobles and Veda Williams Locke. Back row (left to right) — Holly Stockard, director of alumni engagement; Dr. Allison Langford, interim provost; Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president; and Amy Spears, SBU National Alumni Board president.

Front row (left to right) — Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Margie and Abel Dale Lacquement; Alumni Life Service Award recipients Ronda Credille, Beth Baker Grabowski, Patricia Nobles and Veda Williams Locke. Back row (left to right) — Holly Stockard, director of alumni engagement; Dr. Allison Langford, interim provost; Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president; and Amy Spears, SBU National Alumni Board president.

Abel Dale’58 and Margie ’58 Lacquement: For more than 30 years, Abel Dale Lacquement has pastored Faith Southern Baptist Church in Moreno Valley, Calif. He is also the founding pastor of Moreno Valley Church. He has planted Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino churches, as well as three English-speaking churches.Margie recently retired as a teacher. She has been an educator for 23 years, including 15 years in the San Bernardino Unified School District.

“Southwest Baptist University has become an economic growth engine for my home county, Polk County,” said Able Dale Lacquement. “This school has experienced phenomenal growth, which is a demonstration of God’s unique blessings. To God be the glory for the great things He is doing through the dedicated efforts on everyone’s part.”

Alumni Life Service Awards

Inspired by the Life Beautiful Award presented each year to one male and one female graduate, President John Dowdy suggested to the Southwest Baptist College Board of Trustees in 1955 that the Life Service Award be given annually to graduates whose lives have exemplified the principles which are upheld at Southwest. The award is the highest recognition that the University can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This year’s four recipients include:

  • Ronda Credille ’80: Credille has served as professor and chair of the department of business administration at Southwest Baptist University. She and her husband are members of First Baptist Church in Bolivar. She has participated on mission trips to New Zealand and Russia. In 2014, SBU awarded her the Faculty Life Beautiful award.
  • Beth Baker Grabowski ’83, ’04: Grabowski has served in public education for 20 years and is currently a gifted education teacher in the Bolivar R-1 School District. She is an active member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar. In March 2015, she co-led a team of SBU students on a mission trip to El Salvador in partnership with Living Water International.
  • Veda Williams Locke ’50, ’76: Veda and her late husband, Russell, served as missionaries in Nigeria from 1955-1991 through the Foreign Mission Board (now known as the International Mission Board). Russell received the Life Service Award in 1962.Veda was awarded the Missouri Women’s Missionary Union Emeritus Missionary of the Year in 2014. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Springfield, Mo., where she has serves as WMU Prayer Group Leader, WMU Director and a Sunday school teacher.
  • Patricia Nobles ’76: Since graduating from SWBC and University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Patricia Nobles served as an attorney. She retired from her position as a corporate secretary of CHRISTUS Health in May 2015. In 2005, she received the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where she is actively involved as an elder, usher, the director of the Faith Bible Discovery adult education class, and a lay liturgist.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.