Monthly Archives: September 2013

SBU to host guest artist piano recital

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will be hosting a guest artist piano recital featuring Raymond Kit Loong Yee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Meyer Recital Hall. The recital will feature solo piano music from composers such as Scarlatti, Mozart, Bartók and Scriabin.

Yee is a native of Malaysia and is currently working on his doctoral degree at Louisiana State University, studying with Mr. Gregory Sioles. He previously completed music degrees at the University of Malaya and Missouri State University. Yee recently premiered five pieces of new music for violin and piano, along with LSU faculty member Dr. Lin He, at the Arts Fest in Baton Rouge. He also won first prize in the LSU Concerto Competition in 2010.

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

SBU student named MSCPA Student of the Month

Southwest Baptist University senior, Meg Goodman, was selected as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (MSCPA) August 2013 Student of the Month. Goodman is from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Goodman received the MSCPA LEAP scholarship as a high school student in 2009-2010 and as a college student in 2010, 2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. She is an accounting major and a Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program student.

At SBU, Goodman has served as an SBU Ambassador and member of three honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi and Delta Mu Delta. She has been active as a member of the accounting club; has been an officer, competition speaker and project leader for Enactus; has participated in SBU mission trips; and has served as a vice president in the SBU Student Association. This past summer Meg served as the accounting intern for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Goodman was nominated for this honor by her professors. Wayne Clark, chair of the department of accounting, said, “Meg is a humble, yet very effective and tireless leader who will make an extremely positive contribution to the public accounting profession.”

Goodman plans to begin taking the CPA examination in April and start a career in public accounting following her graduation in May.

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951.

CANCELLED: SBU to present guest voice recital featuring Dr. Chris Turner

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music had planned to host a guest voice recital featuring Dr. Chris Turner, faculty member at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Meyer Recital Hall. This event has been cancelled due to Dr. Turner being ill.

Turner is a native of Pascagoula, Miss., where he began singing at the age of 5. He received his education at Mississippi College and Louisiana State University where he completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice and church music and his doctorate in voice with vocal pedagogy emphasis.

Turner has 25 years of experience in church music serving congregations large and small in full-time, part-time and interim capacities.  An experienced and award-winning vocalist, he has performed in a wide variety of performance genres from opera and oratorio to contemporary settings.

Fellow NOBTS faculty member, Dr. Jason Waggoner, will accompany Turner on the piano. Waggoner also serves as staff accompanist at Oak Park Baptist Church in New Orleans and teaches private piano.

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

Beatus Trio to perform recital at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Beatus Trio recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Meyer Recital Hall. The trio consists of Jane Munson-Berg, assistant professor of voice and opera; Regina Bruner, instructor of clarinet; and SBU alumna Sara Steele Miller at the piano. The performance will feature works for voice, clarinet and piano including Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” and Timothy Hoekman’s “Three Irish Folksongs.”

Munson-Berg has performed with opera companies and symphony orchestras all over the U.S. and Europe, including three soloist performances at Carnegie Hall. After 23 years in the Ozarks she now teaches opera workshop and voice at SBU.

Bruner spent a large portion of her professional career in the Marines and Air Force, performing as principal clarinetist and soloist with bands located on the East Coast, Japan and Europe. She was also band manager for the United States Air Forces in Europe Band and the Band of Liberty in Massachusetts before retiring in 2002. She remains active today as a performer in the Ozarks area.

Miller completed her bachelor’s degree at SBU and went on to complete a master’s in piano performance and pedagogy from Baylor University. She is in much demand in the Springfield and Polk County areas as a performer and collaborator.

The recital is free and open to the public. The trio will also perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University in Springfield.

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

Retired SBU VP, dean Dr. H.K. Neely passes away

Dr. H.K. Neely Jr., retired dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Church Vocations and vice president of denominational relations at Southwest Baptist University, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, in Waco, Texas. He was 79.

“Dr. Neely was a leader in theological education and was an outstanding scholar,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “He demanded excellence from his students and had a tremendous influence on countless students. He also challenged his faculty members to be better teachers and scholars.”

Dr. Neely answered God’s call to serve at SBU on two occasions. Early in his career, he served SBU as director of in-service training for ministerial students and then became a faculty member and dean of the Redford College of Theology. He was the inaugural recipient of SBU’s Orien B. Hendrix Distinguished Teacher Award in 1969.

After serving at Hardin Simmons University in Texas from 1980-1998, Dr. Neely returned to SBU in July 1998 to once again serve as dean of the Redford College of Theology and vice president of denominational relations. He served in that capacity until he retired from SBU in 2002.

“There are numerous successful pastors and church leaders that were taught and influenced by Dr. Neely,” Dr. Taylor said. “Today, SBU is a better university because of Dr. Neely’s service.”

Little sisters chosen for SBU Homecoming

Southwest Baptist University has selected the “little sisters” for this year’s Homecoming. Each girl will escort a queen or princess candidate during the Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The girls are the daughters or granddaughters of SBU employees.

Jaylee Bryant is the daughter of Robbie and Julie Bryant. Jaylee is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to “be a momma or a princess.”

Hannah Dixon is the daughter of David and Andrea Dixon and the granddaughter of Tommy and Cecilia Dixon. Hannah is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

K’Lea Eddins is the daughter of Bobby and Melanie Palma and the granddaughter of Chong Campbell. K’Lea is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a ballet dancer.

Riley Farris is the daughter of Darren and Melanie Farris. Riley is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a soccer and basketball player for SBU.

Aubri Hollis is the daughter of Rayden and Sarah Hollis and granddaughter of Tom and Jerry Hollis. Aubri is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be “a good mommy.”

Jillian Horner is the daughter of Drs. Doug and Jana Horner and granddaughter of John and Dr. Judy Bryant. Jillian is in preschool and when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

Elle Johnson is the daughter of Dr. Brad and Laura Johnson. Elle is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be “either a princess or a doctor for people, animals and toys.”

Addison Meadows is the daughter of Dan and Jodi Meadows. Addison is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be an artist.

Aileen Siegfried is the daughter of Dennis and Meiling Siegfried. Aileen is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a gymnast or doctor.

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

Homecoming queen candidates and princesses selected

Southwest Baptist University students have nominated five seniors as Homecoming Queen candidates. These candidates have been selected by their peers and the winning Queen will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 5.

Elizabeth Busby is a senior elementary education major from Jenks, Okla. She is the daughter of Wilson and Janet Busby. After graduation Elizabeth plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Karen Fackler is a senior athletic training major from Troy, Mo. She is the daughter of Ervin Fackler. After graduation Karen plans to attend graduate school at SBU for her doctor of physical therapy.

Katelyn Hicks is a senior music education major from Springfield, Mo. She is the daughter of Jeff and Darla Hicks. After graduation Katelyn plans to become an elementary school music teacher.

Katie Kestner is a senior exercise science major from Springfield, Ill. She is the daughter of Doug and Linda Kestner. After graduation Katie will attend graduate school at SBU to pursue her doctor of physical therapy.

Katelynn Zuercher is a senior marketing and public relations major from Olathe, Kan. She is the daughter of Ray and Janell Zuercher. After graduation Katelynn will be seeking employment in the marketing and public relations field and also hopes to travel the world.

In addition, class princesses have been chosen by their peers for the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

Makenzie Skupa is a freshman commercial art major from Campbell, Neb. She is the daughter of Steve and Jenny Skupa.

Savannah Hoye is a sophomore exercise science major from Atlantic, Iowa. She is the daughter of Joe and Galynn Hoye.

Sarah Doell is a junior biology and integration of science and Christian faith major from Pacific, Mo. She is the daughter of Greg and Perri Doell.

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

SBU to partner with area schools for Stomp Out Hunger project

Southwest Baptist University, along with Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Drury University and Evangel University, is partnering for a joint community service project, “Stomp Out Hunger: All collegiate shoe drive.”

The shoe drive will take place on all five campuses from Sept. 28 – Oct. 19, with shoe collection sites at various locations on the SBU Bolivar campus, including the Goodson Student Union, Meyer Wellness and Sports Center and all dormitories. All wearable shoes are acceptable (no holes, please).

Sole Food, in affiliation with Shoeman Water Projects, will export the collected shoes to developing countries. Sole Food is a project of Friends Against Hunger, a Springfield-based organization, and 100 percent of funds generated from the export of the collected shoes will go to Friends Against Hunger, which packages and distributes meals around the U.S. and the world. By donating gently used shoes, the community will not only be providing shoes, but also food and clean water to those in need around the world.

“SBU is excited about the opportunity to partner with other area academic institutions to make a positive difference in our world and we invite our local community to join our efforts by bringing shoe donations,” said Rob Harris, Ed.D., vice president for student development.

Additionally, this project will also have the opportunity to attempt breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest string of shoes. The current record of 12,481 shoes is held by the Shoeman Water Project, which displayed the shoes at the University of Missouri on May 7, 2011. All types of shoes will be accepted as donations, but only shoes with laces can be used in breaking the world record. The record attempt will take place at Hammons Field in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26, by placing laced shoes toe-to-heel in a continuous string to spell out the words “Stomp Out Hunger.” The public is invited to view the process throughout that day.

For more information, please contact Dr. Harris at (417) 328-1885.

Professor receives ‘Who’s Who’ VIP distinction

Who’s Who Publishers has selected Sharla Bailey, CPA, CMA, CGMA, CGFM, as a VIP Member of the Year in her field. Each year, Who’s Who Publishers recognizes individuals who stand out among their peers and colleagues for their dedication and service to their industries, outstanding leadership skills and day-to-day performance.

Bailey is an assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University. She graduated from SBU (then Southwest Baptist College) in 1981 and joined the SBU faculty in 1994. Bailey teaches courses in the areas of financial, managerial and governmental accounting.

For more information about SBU’s accounting department, please visit

New SBU Ambassadors selected

Southwest Baptist University has chosen six students to serve as new ambassadors for the 2013-2014 academic year. SBU Ambassadors is a group of 15 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:

–Sophomore Jenna Durnell, daughter of Michael and Suzan Durnell, is an accounting and information assurance major from Harwood, Mo.

–Sophomore Jonathan Foley, son of Jeff and Tiann Foley, is a nursing major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

–Junior Morgan Simpson, daughter of Scott and Kris Simpson, is a social work major from Troy, Mo.

–Senior Mehak Singh, daughter of Baldev and Manjeet Kaur, is an accounting and economics/finance major from Chandigarh, India.

–Sophomore Valerie Waddell, daughter of Mike and Janie Waddell, is an exercise science major from Olathe, Kan.

–Sophomore Richard Young, son of Richard and Amy Young, is a religion and philosophy and communication major from O’Fallon, Mo.

University Ambassadors are chosen through an interview process which 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.