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SBU students earn Missouri Society of CPAs scholarships

The Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) provides up to 30 scholarships annually to college students majoring in accounting through its Lead & Enhance the Accounting Profession initiative, which seeks to help educate and assist young people interested in becoming CPAs. For the 2015-16 academic year, three SBU Accounting majors were selected for the prestigious scholarships.

“We are thrilled to have several of our SBU Accounting majors recognized by the MSCPA,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the department of accounting. “The MSCPA is the premier organization representing CPAs in Missouri, and this helps confirm that our SBU Accounting students rank with the best in the state of Missouri.”

SBU students selected for the accounting scholarship include:

  • Tyler Davison, a freshman accounting major from Webb City, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and
  • Laura Sappington, a senior accounting and information assurance major from Higginsville, Mo.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU offering two new health care degrees on Springfield campus

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield will offer two new degrees beginning with the Fall 2015 semester: A bachelor of science in health science (BSHS) and an associate of applied science (AAS).

Bachelor of science in health science

The BSHS features two tracks: Specialized imaging modality or health care administration and leadership.

The three imaging modality specializations are: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Interventional Procedures. These tracks will include eight hours of didactic online and four hours of clinical.The health care administration and leadership track is for anyone who is working in health care to pursue a bachelor of science.

This program is a web-enhanced degree that offers eight-week online courses designed specifically for any working allied or imaging health care professional.

Associate of applied science

The AAS is designed specifically for the working allied or imaging health care professional who has a certification and would like to obtain an associate’s degree.

Those having already completed a certificate program in an approved health care field will be admitted to the AAS program on the basis of a current state-issued license or certification.

The program requires a minimum of 64 hours: General education, 21 hours; graduation requirements, 10 hours; and courses for certification in an approved health care field, 35-70 hours.

For more information about either of these programs, as well as nursing and radiography programs offered by the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu. The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield.

McIntire receives Elliott, Robinson & Company Public Accounting Scholarship at SBU

Elliott, Robinson & Company established an SBU scholarship in 2012 to recognize top accounting majors preparing for a career in public accounting.

This scholarship has enabled SBU Accounting department majors to learn about the unique operations of a smaller CPA firm. Chrissy McIntire, an SBU Accounting senior from Bolivar, Mo., is the newest recipient of this scholarship. “I like the emphasis on community and family values at Elliott, Robinson & Company and this scholarship will help reduce my student loan balance as I begin my professional accounting career,” McIntire said.

“Our students sometimes don’t know exactly what they want to do in public accounting, and Elliott, Robinson & Company provides opportunities that allow our graduates to experience the wide variety of services the firm provides,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “We are grateful for this ongoing relationship between SBU Accounting and Elliott, Robinson & Company.”

The Springfield, Mo.-based CPA firm focuses on being clients’ most trusted business advisor and provides career opportunities to young professionals that allow them to balance work and family life effectively.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU Physical Therapy hosting seminar July 11

Southwest Baptist University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is hosting a seminar titled “Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 11, at the Davis Physical Therapy Center, 2103 S. Springfield Ave., Bolivar.

David Graston, a pioneer in the instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization industry, has created the SASTM method for treating soft tissue injuries. He continues to work with medical doctors, chiropractors, therapists, professional athletes and trainers from around the world who have experienced significant improvements in range of motion, flexibility, recovery time and performance as a result of the use of SASTM method and instruments.

Cost is $275 for the general public and $200 for SBU clinical faculty. Send payments to Kriss Layman, Department of Physical Therapy — SBU, 1600 University Ave., Bolivar MO 65613. For more information, contact Layman at (417) 328-1906.

 

 

 

Recipients of BKD public accounting scholarship announced

BKD CPAs & Advisors has announced the recipients of its SBU public accounting scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. The consistent contributions of BKD professionals have enabled students to receive more than $3,000 annually in scholarship funds.

“SBU Accounting has benefited from a long and prosperous relationship with BKD,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Many of our graduates have started their accounting careers at BKD, some rising to the highest levels of management in the firm. We are grateful for the financial support BKD provides our students.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

  • Steve Davis, a sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.;
  • Maria Martin, a sophomore accounting major from Osage Beach, Mo.; and
  • Ashley Morgan, a junior accounting and information assurance major from Granite City, Ill.

Based in Springfield, Mo., BKD is one of the largest CPA firms in the Midwest. More than 10 years ago, the firm established an endowed scholarship to support the work of high-achieving SBU accounting department majors.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU students attend undergraduate mathematics conference 

Five Southwest Baptist University students attended the 32nd consecutive Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, held April 24-25 at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.

Sponsored by groups such as the Mathematical Association of America and the American Statistical Association, the conference features the work of undergraduate mathematicians and statisticians and is largely presented by undergraduate students. Students heard talks about various mathematics topics based on research the presenters had done as undergraduate students.

This year’s conference featured the theme “Statistics: From Big Data to Big Decisions” and hosted speakers from different professions such as Nick Lockwood, senior director of brand marketing analytics at Catalina Marketing, who discussed how to use shopper history data to assist in doing targeted marketing campaigns. Also featured was Amanda Cox, a graphics editor at the New York Times, who discussed lessons she’d learned about data visualization from working with news graphics.

SBU students in attendance included junior Andon Crisp, a chemistry and physics major and mathematics minor; junior Blaise Onyiaike, a computer science and mathematics major; junior Brady Kornrumpf, a computer science and mathematics major; freshman Brittany Porter, a mathematics major and philosophy minor; and junior Spencer Smith, a computer science and mathematics major. The students were accompanied by Dr. Stephen Bowling, professor of mathematics.

Tiffany Johnson of Warsaw earns award from SBU University Libraries

Southwest Baptist University student Tiffany Johnson of Warsaw, Mo., was honored by the SBU University Libraries as the Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for April.

The University Libraries’ faculty and staff established the monthly award to recognize the outstanding characteristics—such as dependability, quality of work, motivation, attitude and cooperation—demonstrated by the student assistants employed there.

Johnson, an elementary education major, received an award letter from Dr. Edward W. Walton, dean of University Libraries, a certificate of recognition and a gift. Johnson is a student assistant in tech services and is one of 30 part-time student assistants working at the library as a part of SBU’s work-study program.

SBU names Parson next VP of Administration, CFO

Southwest Baptist University has selected Tara Parson, CPA, as the University’s next Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer, effective Aug. 1, 2015. She also will serve as a member of the University’s Executive Cabinet.

Tara Parson, CPA, will serve as SBU's next Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

Tara Parson, CPA, will serve as SBU’s next Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

“After a national search, Tara emerged as the top candidate,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “She has a great history at SBU as a student and service as controller for the past three years. Her experiences with BKD, O’Reilly Automotive and Great Southern Bank have prepared her well for this new role. I look forward to working with Tara to help lead SBU to an even stronger future.”

Parson is a 2003 SBU graduate with a degree in accounting and has served as SBU’s controller since March 2012. Prior to joining SBU, Parson worked for Great Southern Bank, O’Reilly Automotive and BKD LLP, all in Springfield.

“Our search committee was very impressed with the wide range of Tara’s knowledge and skills,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and chairman of the search committee. “We believe she has proven herself to be an effective leader and we welcome her to the Executive Cabinet.”

Tara and her husband, Kelly, live in Bolivar and attend First Baptist Church of Bolivar, where she has served as chairman of the Finance Committee. She also is a member of PEO and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

“I am excited to step into this leadership role at an institution that has significantly impacted my life,” Parson said. “I look forward to working with the Executive Cabinet as we transition current opportunities into new realities and ensure the University’s continued growth and success.”

The University’s current VP of Administration and CFO, Ron Maupin, is retiring July 31 after serving the University since 1999.

Brown-Peterson named chair of SBU business administration department

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, has been named as chair of the department of business administration in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University.

“I am excited to have Angie serving in the role as department chair for business administration,” said Troy Bethards, DBA, dean of the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science. “She has a vision for the department and the drive and desire to move the department forward.”

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, is the new chair of the business administration department in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU.

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, is the new chair of the department of business administration in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU.

Brown-Peterson earned a bachelor of science in business administration (marketing) and an MBA from SBU. In addition, she holds a social media certification from Drury University. She is currently ABD in the pursuit of completing her Ph.D. in business administration (marketing) from Northcentral University.

Brown-Peterson teaches various business administration courses, such as business communications, social media marketing, ethics and professional development, marketing research and advertising.

“As a graduate of the business administration department and a faculty member in the department for six years, I am honored to serve as the department chair of business administration,” said Brown-Peterson, who assumed the role on Monday, May 18. “I am blessed to be surrounded by exceptional leadership, colleagues and students in my new position at SBU.”

 

SBU student named Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants scholarship recipient

The Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) has announced that Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., is a recipient of an Ozarks AGA Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

“Matt’s selection for a scholarship by the Ozarks AGA is evidence of Matt’s growing interest in governmental accounting and his leadership potential in this important area,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of SBU’s accounting department. “Tomorrow’s government financial management is dependent on future leaders like Matt, and we are excited he has been recognized by local AGA professionals in this way.”

Since 1950, the AGA has been the educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management and is recognized as a leading advocate for improving the quality and effectiveness of government fiscal administration. AGA serves the professional interests of financial managers from local, state and federal governments, as well as public accounting firms.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.