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SBU joins fight against hunger at Meals-a-Million pack-a-thon

Southwest Baptist University will once again participate in Friends Against Hunger’s annual Meals-A-Million pack-a-thon at the Springfield Exhibition Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, Mo., Sept. 11-13.

Friends Against Hunger aids hungry and malnourished people through Meals-A-Million by gathering volunteers to pack meals, which are provided to organizations serving Springfield and countries like Haiti, El Salvador, Tanzania and Jamaica.

“SBU’s mission naturally harmonizes with Friends Against Hunger’s caring purpose,” said Rob Harris, Ed.D., vice president for student development. “Overall, SBU students and employees love serving others, especially when there is a significant need such as helping starving families have nutritional meals. Friends Against Hunger has created a unifying opportunity for those living in the local area to have a positive and vibrant influence domestically and internationally. We look forward to participating in this year’s fun and exciting pack-a-thon event.”

Last year, more than 200 SBU students and staff and their friends and families participated in the pack-a-thon, who together with other volunteers helped Friends Against Hunger package 1,159,000 meals, about 300,000 of which aided survivors of the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

For more information about SBU’s involvement, contact SBU’s Student Life office at (417) 328-1885. Community members interested in participating in the Meals-A-Million pack-a-thon can donate or register to volunteer at http://fahunger.org/howyoucanhelp/volunteer.html.

SBU seeking floats for Homecoming parade

SBU Homecoming paradeSouthwest Baptist University hosts the annual Homecoming parade 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Local businesses and organizations are invited to have a float in the parade.

“We still have space for floats in the Homecoming parade,” said Nathan Penland, director of student activities at SBU. “There is no cost, and it is a great way for any business or organization to gain exposure among SBU students and the Bolivar community.”

To register a parade float, go to http://www.sbuniv.edu/alumni/homecoming/Parade/index.html. The deadline to register a float is Friday, Sept. 18.

For more information about parade floats, call Penland at (417) 328-1828.

Middle school and high school marching bands may also participate. For guidelines and to register a band, go to http://www.sbuniv.edu/alumni/homecoming/Parade/BandRegistration.html. The deadline to register a band is Friday, Sept. 11.

Contact Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts, and Letters, at (417) 328-1644 with questions about band participation.

SBU debuts new exhibition

Southwest Baptist University’s first on-campus art show of the 2015-16 academic year debuts in the Driskill Art Gallery Monday, Aug. 24 and run through Friday, Sept. 18. The show features works by Missouri-based Ted Thurman and includes an eclectic display of his fine art landscapes, original artworks and some commissioned pieces.

"Tranquility" by  Ted Thurman

“Tranquility” by Ted Thurman

Thurman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer and artist, with an extensive background in all phases of digital photography including studio portraits, special events and many private commissioned works.

“The individual experience of viewing an image is a creative adventure which can generate different emotions from each viewer,” Thurman says. “When this happens, that’s when the artist’s created image has reached the viewer, and reaching the viewer, for me, is what it’s all about.”

Thurman will attend a reception at the gallery from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Prints of his work will be available for sale.

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.

Frazier joins admissions at SBU-Mountain View

Susan Frazier has joined the Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View staff as associate director of admissions effective Aug. 6.

Susan Frazier, Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View associate director of admissions

Susan Frazier, Southwest Baptist University-Mountain View associate director of admissions

“Susan is passionate about helping her neighbors in the Mountain View area utilize the academic programs available through SBU’s Mountain View campus,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “She personally knows the difference that higher education can make in a person’s life and wants to help others achieve that same success.”

Frazier attended the SBU Mountain View campus and is a 1992 and 1996 SBU graduate with bachelor of science and master’s degrees in elementary education.

“This campus is really close to my heart,” Frazier said. “SBU provided an invaluable service for me when I needed it, and I hope to reciprocate. I want to do what I can to help build this campus so more students can have the kinds of opportunities I have had.”

Fraizer was an educator with Mountain View-Birch Tree R-3 Schools for 25 years, beginning as a teacher’s aide while she was completing her education degree at SBU. Her career progressed from being a third-grade teacher to being a Title I teacher and district testing coordinator to being the district coordinator of school improvement, curriculum and testing, parent and community involvement and staff development.

Fraizer also has been an adjunct faculty member teaching education classes on the SBU Mountain View campus.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Susan to our staff,” said Donna Depeé, director of the SBU Mountain View campus. “Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. I encourage anyone interested in attending classes to stop by our office and visit with her.”

Frazier lives in Mountain View with her husband, Randy. Both of their sons and their families live in Mountain View. Frazier enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, Lucas, Ayden and Brynlee. She is active in the community with projects such as helping to coordinate a back-to-school fair for impoverished students, and she attends First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View, where she is an adult Sunday School teacher.

Students at the Mountain View campus can complete associate degrees in business administration, health science and general studies; bachelor degrees in business administration, criminal justice, elementary education, psychology and sociology; and master degrees in education and educational administration. State and federal financial aid are available.

For more information about the Mountain View campus, call Frazier at (417) 934-2999, send an email to mountainview@SBUniv.edu or visit mountainview.SBUniv.edu.

SBU welcomes new faculty for 2015-2016 academic year

Southwest Baptist University is pleased to announce 18 new faculty members for 2015-2016. SBU’s faculty is integral in the University’s mission to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.

New faculty at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Amanda Doneski, Colleen Shuler, Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh, Brittney Hendrickson; row 2 — Katy Brandes, Dr. Robin Smith, Dwayne Walker, Dr. Debbie Walker, Dr. Bethany Wood; row 3 — Raquel Morrow, Dr. Sarah Jones, Philip Rohrer, Adeoloyin Adenuga; row 4 — Dr. Bill DuVall, Mary Blair, David Platter, Dr. John Zietlow and Dr. Kevin Jones.

New faculty at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Amanda Doneski, Colleen Shuler, Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh, Brittney Hendrickson; row 2 — Katy Brandes, Dr. Robin Smith, Dwayne Walker, Dr. Debbie Walker, Dr. Bethany Wood; row 3 — Raquel Morrow, Dr. Sarah Jones, Philip Rohrer, Adedoyin Adenuga; row 4 — Dr. Bill DuVall, Mary Blair, David Platter, Dr. John Zietlow and Dr. Kevin Jones.

Adedoyin Adenuga is now assistant professor of library services. He holds a B.S. from Obafemi Awolowo University and an M.L.I.S. from University of British Columbia.

Mary Blair is now an instructor of business administration. She earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Drury University.

Katy Brandes is now an instructor and academic advisor at SBU’s Springfield campus. She holds an A.A. from Metropolitan Community College-Longview, a B.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an M.A. from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Amanda Doneski is now an instructor of health sciences at SBU’s Springfield campus. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ottawa University.

Dr. Bill DuVall is now assistant professor of psychology. He holds a B.S. from Frostburg State University and an M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also received a Th.M. and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Kevin Jones is now associate professor of physical therapy. He holds a B.S.E. from Central Missouri State University, a B.H.S. from University of Missouri-Columbia and a D.P.T. from Regis University.

Dr. Sarah Jones is now associate professor of physical therapy. She earned a B.H.S. from University of Missouri-Columbia and a D.P.T. from Drexel University.

Dr. Prosperly Lyngdoh is now associate professor of intercultural studies. He received a B.A. from Union Biblical Seminary of the Serampore University, an M.A. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a D. Miss. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Raquel Morrow is now an instructor and academic advisor at SBU’s Springfield campus. She holds a B.S. from Missouri Southern State University, an M.S. from Missouri State University and an Ed.D. from Lindenwood University.

David Platter is now assistant professor of art. He holds a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University and an M.F.A. from University of Kansas.

Philip Rohrer is now an instructor of psychology and coordinator of behavioral sciences for SBU’s Salem and Mountain View campuses. He holds a B.A. from McPherson College and an M.S. and Ed.S. from Wichita State University.

Colleen Shuler is now an instructor of education. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southwest Baptist University.

Dr. Robin Smith is now an assistant professor of music. She earned a B.M.E. and an M.M. from University of Louisville and a D.M. from Indiana University.

Dr. Debbie Walker is now assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of counseling. She holds a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University. She also earned an M.A. and a Psy.D. from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.

Dwayne Walker is now assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program. He holds a B.S. from Southwest Baptist University and an M.S.W. from University of Missouri – Columbia.

Dr. Bethany Wood is now assistant professor of theatre. She received B.A. and B.F.A. degrees from University of Oklahoma-Norman. She also earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. John Zietlow is now professor of business administration. He holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Ohio State University and a D.B.A. from University of Memphis.

Brittney Hendrickson is an instructor of nursing and the director of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She earned A.S., B.S. and M.S.N. degrees at Southwest Baptist University. She assumed these positions in January 2015.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24. Contact the Office of Admissions at (417) 328-1810 or admissions@SBUniv.edu for more information.

Chris Welch joins SBU-Salem as associate director of admissions

Chris Welch assumed the role of associate director of admissions on the Southwest Baptist University Salem campus effective Aug. 4.

PR Salem-Chris Welch“Providing quality academic programs in the Salem community continues to be a priority of our University, and we are pleased to have Chris join us in admissions to help increase enrollment,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “As a long-time educator, Chris knows the value of higher education. As a member of the Salem community, he understands the impact higher education can have on individual lives and the community as a whole.”

Welch’s responsibilities include student recruitment and marketing for the Salem campus.

“I want to help the University continue to grow its presence and impact in Salem and surrounding communities,” Welch said. “I am excited about helping students have the opportunity to learn in a Christ-centered environment.”

Welch’s career in education included coaching and teaching physical education and history before entering administration as high school principal at Maries R-1 High School in Vienna for three years and superintendent of North Wood R-4 School in Salem for 11 years.

He has a bachelor of science in education and a master of physical education and sports business, both from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, and an education specialist degree in secondary administration from Missouri State University in Springfield.

“Chris has had a positive influence on the lives of students in his various roles in public education and as an instructor at the SBU Salem campus for the past 15 years,” said Linda Armer, director of the SBU Salem campus. “He understands the needs of students and our community, and we are looking for new and better ways to serve both. I look forward to working with Chris in his new role in admissions and marketing.”

Welch is a member of First Baptist Church, Salem, where he is chairman of the deacons and sings in the choir. His wife, Terrie, teaches physical education and coaches track at Salem R-80 School, and they live in rural Salem. He has a stepson, Joey Camden, who lives in Springfield, and a daughter, Kayla Welch, who is a junior at Stephens College in Columbia.

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24, and registration is still open. Undergraduate majors offered on SBU’s Salem campus include business, criminal justice, elementary education, general studies, health science, nursing (ASN Bridge-RN only), psychology and sociology. Master’s degrees in education and educational administration also are available.

For more information about attending SBU-Salem, call Welch at (573) 729-7071, send email to salem@SBUniv.edu or visit salem.SBUniv.edu.

SBU announces fall 2015 chapel schedule 

Southwest Baptist University welcomes students, staff and the community to fall semester Chapel and Equip services, which take place weekly at 10 a.m. on campus in Pike Auditorium Monday, Aug. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 9. Chapel services, which occur on Mondays, feature corporate worship and encouragement, and Equip services, which occur on Wednesdays, focus on teaching and equipping.

Zach Atchley and Nate Jones

Zach Atchley (right) and Nate Jones

Monday, Aug. 24: Zach Atchley and Nate Jones continue their tradition of opening each semester with musical praise and worship.

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Convocation is the formal beginning of the academic year and a time to focus on traditions that have become a part of SBU.

Monday, Aug. 31, and Wednesday, Sept. 2: Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Mageeis a speaker, author, and licensed psychologist who works with adults dealing with issues of loss, depression, anxiety, relationships, and life transitions. She also will give a lecture at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 and Monday, Sept. 14: The Center for Global Connections (CGC) will introduce teams for upcoming mission projects. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, students can attend Global Fest in the Goodson Student Union to learn more about the CGC’s ministry opportunities.

Wednesday, Sept. 16: Greg Harvell, a missionary to the Philippines, will speak about short-term missions.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Spirit Chapel is part of the SBU dorm competition taking place during Homecoming week.

Friday, Sept. 25: Homecoming festivities continue with Honors Chapel, when certain alumni are honored for living lives of service.

Monday, Sept. 28: Nathan Ross is the youth advocacy supervisor of the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Ben Salmon serves as the chapter director of Polk County KLIFE, an interdenominational youth discipleship ministry.

Monday, Oct. 5: Mark Hay, direct services coordinator at Southwest Missouri Resource Center in Springfield, assists families through Sammy’s Window, which provides clothing and hygiene items to foster care families.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Landee Nevills serves as the director of residence life at SBU.

Monday, Oct. 12: 321 Improv Comedy is a group of Christian improv comedians seeking to glorify God through their comedic talents. The group appears again at 7 p.m. that evening.

Wednesday, Oct.14: Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries at SBU, will speak on the “The Spirit of Adoption.”

Monday, Oct.19: Dr. Holly Ordway of Houston Baptist University will speak on the apologetics of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. She will lecture again that evening at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Jim Flora is the head softball coach at SBU.

Monday, Oct. 26: Jeremy Curry is an author and speaker who overcame obstacles and pain caused by losing his sight through faith in God and help from friends and family.

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Abbey Kimberling serves as instructor of university studies in SBU’s University Success Center.

Monday, Nov. 2: Christie Love is the founder and executive director of LeadHer, an organization that focuses on challenging and growing women in their faith and in leadership.

Wednesday, Nov. 4: Abbey Kimberling returns this week.

Monday, Nov. 9: Richmond Wandera, senior pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Kampala, Uganda, was sponsored as a child through Compassion International and was part of the organization’s Leadership Development Program. He is also the director of Pastors Discipleship Network, a nonprofit that serves, equips and trains thousands of pastors in East Africa.

Wednesday, Nov. 11: To be announced.

Monday, Nov. 16: Matt Kearns is leadership development team leader for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for the Next Generation Leaders Network, student ministries, leadership forums, and next-decade leadership strategies.

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Higher Ground is a touring music ministry group comprised of SBU students.

Monday, Nov. 30: To be announced.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Dr. Allison Langford serves as interim provost of SBU.  

Monday, Dec. 7: This is an encore performance of the annual Festival of Christmas concert.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Students will be commissioned for mission projects through the Center for Global Connections at this service featuring worship with Zach Atchley and Nate Jones.

For more information, contact Kurt Caddy, director of University Ministries, at (417) 328-1902 or kcaddy@SBUniv.edu.

Mercy College dean published in national journal

LillyKeziaDr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, has been published by the Journal of Professional Nursing, which focuses on baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education, educational research, education policy, and education-practice partnerships. The periodical featured her dissertation in its May/June 2015 issue.

Her research, also conducted by Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Dr. Elizabeth Madigan, is entitled “Barriers to Integrating Information Technology Content in Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula.” The purpose of the study was to identify barriers to the integration of information technology content in the curriculum of doctor of nursing practice programs.

For more information about the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, please call (417) 820-2069 or visit mercy.SBUniv.edu.

Scholarship begun by Bolivar CPAs, SBU graduates

Chelsea (Kenney) Abercrombie and Kalena (Kenney) Bruce, both 2008 SBU accounting graduates and owners of Integrity Tax & Accounting, a Bolivar, Mo.-based CPA firm, have established the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

“We’ve had some really great interns, and we wanted a way to financially help with their education,” they said. “It’s important to us that students be recognized for their hard work and we hope that this scholarship will do so.”

Chrissy McIntire, a senior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo., is the first recipient of the new scholarship.

“Our SBU Accounting alumni have been phenomenal supporters of our program for many years, and this scholarship established by two of our top graduates is another great example of that support,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “Abercrombie and Bruce have not only helped our students financially, but they mentor them to help them succeed in the accounting profession. We are truly grateful for their continued interest in SBU Accounting.”

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

 

 

 

Grabowski joins SBU university relations staff

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations, effective Aug. 3.

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations.

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations.

A Bolivar native, Grabowski graduated from SBU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a minor in accounting. He competed on the basketball team and, following graduation, played professionally in Europe. Grabowski is the first player in SBU history to play on two regular season MIAA championship teams and helped the Bearcats to titles in 2005-06 and 2007-08. He was selected to the All-MIAA first team in 2007-08.

He most recently served as assistant vice president of Bank of Bolivar and was highly involved in recruiting new mortgage business at the south Springfield branch. He is active in the community as a member of Bolivar’s Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a Bolivar Chamber of Commerce board member in 2012 and ’13 and has been involved in Bolivar and Springfield Rotary clubs.

“Jim is a great colleague and a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for university relations. “His banking and civic experience translates well to our work in development and will be a tremendous asset as we work to grow resources for the University.”

Grabowski continues a long line of service to SBU. His grandparents, Drs. Don and Pat Baker, attended SBU. His grandfather taught pastoral studies for 20 years and his grandmother received an honorary doctorate from SBU for her accomplishments and dedication to the University. His mother, Beth Grabowski, and sister, Amy Varner, also attended SBU, and his father, Mark Grabowski, continues to serve as SBU’s director of safety and security.

Jim is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration from Missouri State University. He and his wife, Taylor, a physical therapist at Citizens Memorial Hospital, live in Bolivar.