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SBU’s Opera Workshop to perform opera scenes Oct. 30

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music’s Opera Workshop will present “An Evening with Mozart” at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30, in the Meyer Recital Hall. The performance will feature various opera scenes from several operas by W.A. Mozart, including excerpts from “The Magic Flute,” “Cosi fan tutte,” “The Impresario” and “Don Giovanni.”

All scenes will be sung in English in concert style with light staging. The program is directed by Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of music, and conducted by Dr. Andrew Campbell, associate professor of music. Sara Steele, faculty associate, will accompany on piano.

For more information, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

Speaking Bearcats bring home second place from two tournaments

The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team continued its 2014-15 season by attending both the “Missouri Mule” and “Dale Carnegie” swing tournaments on the University of Central Missouri campus, Oct. 18-19. A “swing tournament” is a unique opportunity for students to participate in one tournament over the course of a single day and then another tournament the following day. The Speaking Bearcats team finished in second place out of the 20 schools which participated in individual events sweepstakes on both days.

Missouri Mule tournament – Oct. 18

front row (l to r): Lyndal Doherty, Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Heidi Dehn, Kensey Slone; back row (l to r): Justin Pullin, Will Wheeler, Reed Dressler, Reece Tabor, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer

front row (l to r): Lyndal Doherty, Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Heidi Dehn, Kensey Slone; back row (l to r): Justin Pullin, Will Wheeler, Reed Dressler, Reece Tabor, Tyler Middleton, Nik Fischer

Meg Burns, senior, placed second in impromptu speaking; third in prose; third in communication analysis; fourth in both informative and duo interpretation with her partner, Lydia Swisher; and fifth in program of oral interpretation. Burns tied for first place with a speaker from Marshall University for the title of top individual events competitor.

Nik Fischer, senior, won first place in impromptu speaking, second place in extemporaneous speaking, and sixth place in communication analysis.

Swisher, sophomore, placed fourth in duo interpretation with Burns and finished sixth in after dinner speaking.

Will Wheeler, junior, received sixth place for extemporaneous speaking.

Tiana Brownen, freshman, finished in third place in persuasive speaking.

Reece Tabor, freshman, finished in fourth place in persuasive speaking.

Kensey Slone, freshman, placed third in after dinner speaking and seventh in persuasive speaking.

Dale Carnegie Classic – Oct. 19

Burns placed second in prose, third in both informative speaking and communication analysis, and fourth in program of oral interpretation. Burns was the sole winner of the pentathalon (top individual events competitor) for the Dale Carnegie Classic.

Fischer won first place for extemporaneous speaking, second for persuasive speaking, fourth in after dinner speaking, and sixth in communication analysis.

Reed Dressler, sophomore, finished in fourth place in impromptu speaking and seventh place in persuasive speaking.

Brownen received fifth place in both impromptu and persuasive speaking.

Slone placed sixth in persuasive speaking and seventh in impromptu speaking.

Swisher received sixth place for impromptu speaking.

Wheeler received fourth place for persuasive speaking.

“We are proud of all the achievements of our students,” said Dr. David Bailey, director of forensics. “This tournament was a tough one – featuring seven nationally-prominent individual events squads. We look forward to continued growth and success at future competitions.”

The 2014-15 season continues for the Speaking Bearcats as they travel to Bowling Green State University in Ohio next month. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at dbailey@SBUniv.edu.

SBU inducts Wayne Gott into Philanthropy Hall of Fame

Southwest Baptist University inducted Wayne Gott into the newly established Philanthropy Hall of Fame during the Oct. 21 SBU Board of Trustees meeting.

Wayne Gott, right, receives a plaque from Dr. C. Pat Taylor, Southwest Baptist University president, for being inducted into the newly formed SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

Wayne Gott, right, receives a plaque from Dr. C. Pat Taylor, Southwest Baptist University president, for being inducted into the newly formed SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame.

Gott served 35 years on the board, twice served as interim president and has donated more than $4 million to SBU, the largest amount any individual has donated to the university. His name will be placed on a plaque that will hang in the Board Room in the Sells Administrative Center.

“Wayne has been, and continues to be, a very generous donor to our university, but he also helped the university through some difficult times when he served as interim president,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president. “We also appreciate his many years of service on the board of trustees.”

During the meeting, trustees also approved a five-year plan for salary increases according to the following schedule: 4 percent in 2015-16, 3 percent in 2016-17 and 2017-18, 4 percent in 2018-19 and 3 percent in 2019-20. The raises will be implemented incrementally in June, October and March each year if enrollment goals and budget projections are met.

Other action items included:

• Approval of an immunization requirements policy for students;

• Discontinuance of the Health Reimbursement Account for employee health insurance plans, to be replaced by a Health Savings Account that includes contributions made by SBU;

• Approval of multiple revisions to the Employee Policies and Procedures Manual as recommended by the director of human resources;

• Acceptance of the fiscal year 2013-14 audit;

• Adoption of the revised fiscal year 2014-15 budget that totals $54.3 million;

• Approval to transfer $35,000 from the Enactus restricted account into a quasi-endowment benefitting the Enactus program; and

• Approval to transfer $15,000 from the Physical Therapy Medical Mission program account into a quasi-endowment benefitting the Medical Mission program.

Board members elected for 2015 are Don Fahrni, board chair; Phil Franz, vice chair; and Randy Johnson, secretary.

Committee chairs and vice chairs are Billy Russell, chair, and Jerry Dudley, vice chair, Admissions and Student Life Committee; Mark Rains, chair, and Jerry Williams, vice chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee; Rebecca Randles, chair, and Clyde Elder, vice chair, Educational Policies and Personnel Committee; Jim Evans, chair, and Phil Franz, vice chair, Finance Committee; and Wayne Hutchins, chair, and Bob Ingold, vice chair, University Advancement and Estate Planning Committee.

Members who are rotating off the board were recognized: Gott, Berniece Hamilton and Cary Summers.

Sara Steele to perform piano recital at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The recital features SBU alum Sara Steele, adjunct instructor of piano at SBU, who will perform piano works by Chopin, Liszt and Mozart.

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

SBU community learns about burnout, trauma and stress during seminar

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

Approximately 60 participants attended a three-hour seminar about burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion.

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program partnered with Polk County House of Hope to offer a seminar on burnout, vicarious trauma, and stress contagion to SBU students, faculty and staff on Friday, Oct. 10. The presentation was given by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Dr. Christine Saladino, director of the BSW program, said this event was just one way to bring attention to this issue.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The seminar was led by Jennifer Dochler, MSW, education and outreach coordinator for the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“We were pleased to partner with House of Hope to bring the MCADSV training to campus in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month,” Saladino said. “Dochler shared information that is critical to anyone who will be working with persons who have encountered trauma.”

Approximately 60 participants attended the three-hour seminar. For more information about the SBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, department chair, at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu. For more information about the SBU BSW program, please contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

Eight SBU students selected to participate in All-Collegiate Honor Choir

Eight Southwest Baptist University students will participate in the All-Collegiate Honor Choir at the state meeting of the Missouri Music Educators Association, Jan. 28-30, in Osage Beach, Mo.

front row (l to r): Emily Martin, Alyssa Thibodeaux, Christian Jaynes, Laura Kester; back row (l to r): Susan Mills, Andrew Bryant, Seth Stelzer, Jared Van Manen

front row (l to r): Emily Martin, Alyssa Thibodeaux, Christian Jaynes, Laura Kester; back row (l to r): Susan Mills, Andrew Bryant, Seth Stelzer, Jared Van Manen

Choir participants were selected by competitive audition. Approximately 150 students from across the state will participate in the choir in a performance with conductor Dale Kruse of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

The singers will engage in intensive rehearsals over three days and present a program of challenging repertoire.

“We are very proud of these singers and know this experience will shape the future of their careers,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies at SBU. “They are some of our finest and best musicians and will represent the University and the Department of Music in a marvelous way.”

The SBU students selected to participate in the All-Collegiate Honor Choir are:

  • Andrew Bryant, junior music education major from Mountain Grove, Mo.
  • Christian Jaynes, sophomore intercultural studies major from Oak Grove, Mo.
  • Laura Kester, freshman communication major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Emily Martin, sophomore music major from Dixon, Mo.
  • Susan Mills, junior middle school education major from Springfield, Mo.
  • Seth Stelzer, sophomore music major from Neosho, Mo.
  • Alyssa Thibodeaux, sophomore music major from Defiance, Mo.
  • Jared Van Manen, senior church music major from Farmington, Mo.

For more information about the SBU Department of Music, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

SBU to present Wind Symphony concert on Oct. 23

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present “A Potpourri of Wind Music” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The concert will feature the SBU Wind Symphony and the woodwind, brass and percussion chamber ensembles.

The selected music encompasses a wide variety of styles and emotions, with added seasonal flavor. The performance will open with Percy Grainger’s “The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare” and “Harvest Hymn.” Gordon Jacobs’ “An Original Suite” is a three-movement work that will showcase solo sections for the clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet and tuba. Eric Whitacre’s “October” is a highly programmatic work and is intended to evoke a serene and peaceful representation of the composer’s favorite month. The program will conclude with Frank Ticheli’s “Sun Dance.”

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

SBU Madrigal Dinner tickets now on sale

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Singers will present their annual “Ye Olde Madrigal Dinners” on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

The madrigal dinner features a five-course meal served to patrons amid the merriment, music, revelry and traditions of Elizabethan England.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are on sale now. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please call the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

SBU Social Work to host “Trauma in the Deaf Community” training workshop

The Southwest Baptist University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program and Social Work Club are hosting a training workshop titled, “Trauma in the Deaf Community,” from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

The training will be led by Elijah Buchholz, LPC, director of deaf services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

CEU credit is approved for Missouri social workers who attend this training. Other professionals, or those residing outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing board about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The training is free and open to community members, but pre-registration is required. Interested participants may register online at www.SBUniv.edu/deaftraining. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 27.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

Marriage, relationships topic of Crabtree Lecture Series Oct. 27-29 at SBU

Gary L. Thomas will speak about his book “Sacred Search” during the Crabtree Lecture Series Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southwest Baptist University.

The author of several books, including “Sacred Marriage,” “Sacred Parenting,” “Sacred Pathways” and the Gold Medallion award-winning “Authentic Faith,” Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore.

His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: How we can integrate Scripture, church history and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into the modern experience of faith. His speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and eight different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.

Thomas will speak four times during the lecture series, and the community is welcome to attend all sessions:

• Sacred Search: Making a wise marital choice — 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Pike Auditorium

• Sacred Search: How do you know if someone is a spiritually wise choice? — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Pike Auditorium

• Sacred Search: Is there just one person to marry? And should we be passive or active in this pursuit of marriage? — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, Meyer Recital Hall

• Thirsting for God — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Pike Auditorium

The Crabtree Lectures are made possible because of an endowment given by retired Springfield pastor Dr. T.T. Crabtree in honor of his wife. The purpose for the lecture series is to help college students in developing strong human relationships in marriage and family life.

For more information about Thomas, visit his website at www.garythomas.com. For more information about the Crabtree Lecture Series, contact Don Denton, professor of theology and chair of the Crabtree Lecture Series committee, at (417) 328-1762 or ddenton@SBUniv.edu.