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SBU to offer seminar about PTSD and combat veterans

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences is offering a free seminar about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat veterans at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the McClelland Dining Facility.

The presentation will be taught by Dwayne Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker from Springfield, Mo. Walker is a lifetime resident of Missouri and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Walker currently serves as Team Leader for the Springfield Missouri Veterans Center. This facility treats combat veterans with PTSD and their families, works with victims of military sexual trauma and offers bereavement counseling for those who have lost a family member in combat. Walker has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 21 years of forensic social work experience at the U.S. medical center for federal prisoners. He also has regularly taught college-level courses including more than 10 years of experience with the social work department at Missouri State University. He has published several articles on forensic social work and is currently board president for the Missouri chapter of NASW.

Community members are welcome to attend but should be aware that this will be a technical presentation based on DSM-V standards.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director at SBU, at (417) 328-1740 or

SBU Showcase Singers present ‘Don’t Touch That Radio Dial!’

The Southwest Baptist University Showcase Singers will bring to life the music, comedy and commercial jingles of the golden age of radio in “Don’t Touch That Radio Dial!” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 in the Meyer Recital Hall.

Also known as the Chamber Singers, the SBU Showcase Singers are the same group that annually produces the SBU madrigal dinners. The musical ensemble is comprised of 21 select performers specializing in repertoire for the small ensemble.

“This is a high-energy production, complete with audience participation,” said Dr. James Tarrant, director of choral studies.

An actual applause lamp will prompt the audience as they meet such characters as Senator Claghorn, Lum and Abner, Pansy Nussbaum, and Baby Snooks. Commercial jingles and soap opera tidbits are integrated throughout the show.

“There are many retrospective concerts featuring the music of the 1940s, but few, if any, present the range of entertainment that our performers do in this show,” Tarrant said. “We’re looking forward to quite a bit of noise and activity from our audience.”

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

SBU Jazz Ensemble in concert April 22

The Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in Pike Auditorium. The ensemble is conducted by Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music.

The 17 piece ensemble is the premier ensemble on campus dedicated to the exclusive study of jazz music and will feature SBU student performers in a program which includes the wide variety of styles associated with the big-band jazz ensemble.

The program will open with Les Hooper’s original composition, “Momentum,” and will then run the gamut of styles from the straight-ahead swing of “Flashback,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “It Had to Be You,” featuring solo vocalist Olivia Jones, to the more contemporary flavors of Les Sabina’s funk tune “Fourth Quarter” and Duke Ellington’s “Oclupaca.”

A unique feature of the program is two contrasting arrangements of Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” which highlight the distinct influences arrangers have on creating different ways to experience a familiar tune.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Waters at (417) 328-1632 or

SBU Theatre presents ‘Maybe Baby, It’s You’

The Southwest Baptist University Theatre will present “Maybe Baby, It’s You” at 7 p.m. April 24-26 in Davis-Newport Theater. Written by playwrights Charlie Shanian and Shari Simpson, this comedic play is a series of 11 vignettes that tell the story of the search for a soul mate from the first kiss to the not-so-golden years of marriage.

The play is directed by Jonathan Wehmeyer, instructor of theatre, and has a cast and crew of 19 students.

According to Wehmeyer, the play will bring lots of laughter to the audience members but will also make them consider what it really means to be in a relationship.

“‘Maybe Baby, It’s You’ is the perfect combination of hilarious comedy and poignant thought that allows us to truly evaluate where we are in our current relationships,” Wehmeyer said. “It is so important for us to be able to laugh at ourselves and see ourselves for who we truly are.”

Dr. Elissa Sartwell, assistant professor of theatre, led the costume design with the assistance of two students.

“The episodic nature of this script makes it a perfect opportunity for our students to dabble in design,” Sartwell said. “Each student has taken on a handful of scenes. This is a great opportunity for them to build their design portfolios.”

Tickets are $3 for SBU students; $5 for SBU alumni, senior citizens and students of other schools; and $8 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Box Office in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, by calling (417) 328-1691 or online at The Box Office is open weekdays from noon-5 p.m.

“It seems like the closer we get to the end of the semester, the more we just need to laugh,” Sartwell said. “This play will be a welcome chance to lighten our spirits at this stressful time of year.”

For more information, call the Box Office at (417) 328-1691 or email Wehmeyer at

C. Pat Run 5K early registration ends April 25

The Southwest Baptist University Student Association is hosting the second annual C. Pat Run 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The race begins and ends on the SBU campus.

Pre-registration for the race is $15, which includes a T-shirt and race participation and can be completed online at Pre-registration ends April 25, when the fee increases to $25.

“Anyone is welcome to join us in this community-wide event,” said SBU junior Julie McGlaughlin. “All proceeds from the race will go to campus improvement projects at SBU to make the campus a safer and more enjoyable place for both students and the community.”

Student Association is an organization that seeks to make an impact at SBU and in the community through sponsoring clubs and organizations and working on campus improvement projects to continue shaping SBU into a better place for students to thrive.

“The C. Pat Run is a great opportunity for students and communities to come together, have fun and support projects that improve the beauty of our campus and, in turn, our city,” McGlaughlin said. “I’m excited to see what we can accomplish when we all come together!”

For more information, contact Nathan Penland, director of student activities, at (417) 328-1828 or

SBU hosts 29th annual mathematics contest

The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsored the 29th annual Missouri Elementary Student and Missouri Middle School Student mathematics contests. Southwest Baptist University was the host site for one of the regional contests on April 5. 120 elementary and 54 middle school students participated.

Participants were from the following schools:

  • Bolivar Intermediate School, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Bolivar Middle School, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Buffalo Prairie Middle School, Buffalo, Mo.
  • David Harrison Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • Hollister R-V School District, Hollister, Mo.
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • Joel E Barber C-5 School, Lebanon, Mo.
  • Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary, Rogersville, Mo.
  • Marshfield R-1 Schools, Marshfield, Mo.
  • Ozark Upper Elementary, Ozark, Mo.
  • Reed Academy, Springfield, Mo.
  • School of the Osage, Osage Beach, Mo.
  • Springfield Scholars Program, Springfield, Mo.
  • St. Agnes Elementary, Springfield, Mo.
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Springfield, Mo.
  • The Summit Prep, Springfield, Mo.
  • Trinity Lutheran School, Freistatt, Mo.

In each grade level the students with the top five combined scores qualify to participate in the state finals competition at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., April 26.

There also was a team competition at both the elementary and middle school levels. The top team at each level also qualified for the state competition. The winner at the elementary level was Immaculate Conception Elementary. School of the Osage won the middle school team competition.

“I like hosting the contest for a variety of reasons,” said Dr. Kevin Hopkins, SBU professor and chair of the department of mathematics. “I like to expose younger students to a university campus. Hosting also offers the opportunity for SBU students to interact with math teachers in the area. I like to offer opportunities for students to use their God-given mathematical talents and interests and this competition is one of those opportunities.”

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


SBU takes three of top 10 spots in regional programming competition

The Southwest Baptist University competitive programming teams participated in the Consortium for Computing Sciences Central Plains Region Programming Contest on April 5 at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. The SBU teams claimed three of the top 10 spots out of a total competition field of 39 teams.

SBU’s top team comprised of Jarrett Munton (sophomore, O’Fallon, Ill.), Bobby Sterling (junior, Buffalo, Mo.) and Brady Kornrumpf (sophomore, Jefferson City, Mo.) claimed third place.

SBU’s second team involving Jason Jakusz (senior, Theodosia, Mo.), Luke Abbott (senior, Roach, Mo.) and Justin Stout (junior, Gardner, Kan.) finished in fifth place.

The third team from SBU finished in ninth place. The team included Addison Woody (sophomore, St. Joseph, Mo.), Steven Harris (sophomore, Bolivar, Mo.) and Spencer Smith (sophomore, Springfield, Mo.).

Nathan Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.) and Jacob Parke (freshman, Eureka, Mo.) also participated in the competition.

“The Central Plains contest is how the teams end their year, and placing three teams in the top 10 is an amazing accomplishment. It really makes me proud of our students,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the Department of Computer Information Science. “It is a blessing just to be associated with students like these. We graduate two amazing students this year but four of the students who finished on our top teams will be back. The future is very bright for this team.”

The Central Plains region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and is comprised of universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation.

For more information, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or

SBU Chamber Orchestra to perform April 15

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, associate professor and director of instrumental studies, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The concert opens with the prelude to the third act of Handel’s oratorio “Solomon.” The “Entrance of the Queen of Sheba” relates how the Queen of Sheba, hearing of Solomon’s great wisdom, traveled to Jerusalem to meet him, entering with great pomp and ceremony to the city and the court. Violinists Deborah Breon and Brittany Porter will perform the solo parts.

Other musical selections include “Andante Festivo” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and “Four Royal Dances” by American composer Eric Ewazen.

The concert will also feature several soloists and guest performers. Harpist Claire Ankrom and violist McKenzie Tuttle are featured on “Fantasia on an Original Theme” by Joseph Phillips. The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Jazz Suite” by Leighton Tiffault with the help of guest performers Meghan Curry on piano, Courtney Munton on flute, David Thomas on drums, Riley Robison on bass and Matt Hopwood on vibes.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or

SBU Enactus finishes in top 40 in national competition

The 2014 SBU Enactus team, which finished the year ranked in the top 40 in the nation.

The 2014 SBU Enactus team finished the year ranked in the top 40 in the nation.

The Southwest Baptist University Enactus team competed in the Enactus USA National Exposition April 1-3 in Cincinnati. More than 200 schools competed with SBU advancing to the quarterfinal round and then finishing in the top 40.

Enactus (formerly Students In Free Enterprise) stands for Entrepreneurial, Action, Us. SBU has a long history with Enactus. The president and CEO of Enactus, Alvin Rohrs, is an SBU alum and the world headquarters, now in Springfield, were on the SBU campus from 1982-1989. There are now Enactus teams at more than 1,600 universities in 36 countries.

“Our team has worked so hard to build upon the successes of previous years,” said Levi Bridge, staff advisor for SBU Enactus. “I am confident in the impact they have made in our community and around the world, and I am proud of what they achieved against very tough competition at this year’s national exposition.”

At the national exposition, teams give a 17-minute presentation and five-minute question-and-answer session in front of a panel of judges comprised of CEOs and business leaders explaining how they transformed lives and enabled progress through their team’s projects. Judges evaluate the team’s projects and presentations to determine based on the relevant economic, social and environmental factors, which team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living.

The SBU Enactus presentation team was comprised of the following student speakers:

  • Bethany Juergens, sophomore, from Liberty, Mo., and team project leader
  • Aaron Soltow, junior, from Moline, Ill., and team vice president
  • Maggie Taylor, senior, from Kearney, Mo., and team president
  • Michele Wyatt, sophomore, from Blue Springs, Mo., and team project leader

In the presentation, SBU Enactus highlighted four of the team’s projects: NightLight, The Bean 3:16, New Day Orphanage and Ergon Handicrafts.

“Our team has gone above and beyond to help others achieve their dreams,” Taylor said. “Our team members wholeheartedly fulfill the Enactus mission and I am immensely proud and grateful for their hard work and perseverance.”

NightLight International is an organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through a four-step process of prevention, intervention, restoration and education. When NightLight recently opened a branch to serve the Springfield and Branson communities, SBU Enactus stepped up to help working side-by-side with the organization to create a multi-step process to ensure the stability of the outreach project. Since this partnership began last fall, they have been able to reach out to 71 men and women in the sex trafficking industry, several of whom have chosen to follow through with the outreach program. They have also formed four church partnerships which will increase outreach potential.

SBU Enactus has been working with The Bean 3:16, a local coffee shop in Bolivar, since 2012. Students have worked closely with the shop’s owner through weekly strategic planning meetings. The team secured a grant used to purchase a panini grill, which has increased food sales by 30 percent. With the help of SBU Enactus, The Bean 3:16 has taken initiatives to support local art through the display of local artists’ work and hosting free community concert events. On nights advertised for music, sales at The Bean 3:16 has increased 90-110 percent.

New Day Orphanage is in Zambia, Africa. Several team members traveled there in 2013 and another trip is planned for December 2014. The SBU Enactus team is helping to facilitate the orphanage’s profitability by educating the Zambian employees with essential financial knowledge. They wrote a financial curriculum to instruct the teachers there who will then be able to pass the knowledge on to their students, helping to break the cycle of poverty in their community. The SBU Enactus team is also leading fundraising efforts to help build a new dorm at the orphanage which will allow them to increase the number of orphans they can serve by 625%.

Five SBU Enactus team members traveled to India in July 2013 where they met and worked with an American missionary who is a small business owner of Ergon Handicrafts. Her business produces hand-designed stationary pieces made by a group of six Indian women living in the slums of Jaipur. The SBU Enactus team has begun a partnership with Ergon Handicrafts to increase the scope and scale of their business with plans to begin selling the products on the SBU campus and at The Bean 3:16.

For more information about SBU Enactus, contact Bridge at or Dr. Nathan Wright, faculty advisor for Enactus, at

SBU graduate receives Elijah Watt Sells award for CPA score

Caleb Harris ‘13 of Jackson, Mo., has been named a recipient of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award, given by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The institute gives the awards to candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the CPA examination, completed testing during the 2013 calendar year and passed all four sections of the examination on the first attempt. More than 94,154 individuals sat for the CPA examination in 2013. Only 55 candidates met the criteria for this award.

Caleb Harris ’13, recent SBU graduate, has received the Elijah Watt Sells award for his superior performance on the CPA examination.

Caleb Harris ’13, recent SBU graduate, has received the Elijah Watt Sells award for his superior performance on the CPA examination.

“The CPA Examination is designed to protect the public interest and help ensure that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license,” said Michael Decker, AICPA Director of Examinations, in a press release on the AICPA website. “On behalf of the AICPA, I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award for their impressive achievement.”

According to the AICPA website, the award was established in 1923 to recognize outstanding performances on the CPA examination and was named in honor of Elijah Watt Sells, who was one of the country’s first CPAs and played an active role in promoting professional education in the accounting profession.

Harris graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Economics/Finance. He is currently employed as a audit associate at BKD, LLP in Springfield. BKD, LLP is the 12th-largest CPA firm in the U.S. Harris was also named the 2012-2013 Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Student of the Year. He was the October 2012 MSCPA Student of the Month, a four-time MSCPA scholarship winner and a Don Breimeier award recipient.

“SBU Accounting is so proud of Caleb and this remarkable accomplishment,” said Wayne Clark, chair of the SBU Department of Accounting. “We are blessed to have had Caleb in SBU Accounting and his record will serve as a challenge to our accounting majors for years to come.”

Harris credits his SBU professors and rigorous education with helping to prepare him for success.

“All of my professors took the time and made the effort to teach at a personal level, which greatly enhanced my learning experience,” Harris said. “I learned at a depth that enabled me to retain a large amount of knowledge even long after classes were over. This made studying for the CPA exam less of a chore than it otherwise would have been. My professors regularly assigned CPA review questions as components of their courses. Mr. Clark’s exams were extensive, comprehensive and challenging, typically taking several hours to complete, which was phenomenal preparation for the CPA examination.”

“Caleb was an outstanding student at SBU,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, university president. “Not only was he brilliant in the classroom, but he was heavily involved in campus activities, including serving as an Ambassador for the university. I am not at all surprised to hear about Caleb’s success in his chosen field of accounting.”

For more information about the SBU Department of Accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or