Monthly Archives: October 2013

Schriver elected to NCAA Management Council

Dr. Kevin Schriver, dean of the SBU College of Education and Social Sciences, has been elected by the NCAA Division II President’s Council to serve as the MIAA conference representative to the Management Council.

Schriver’s term will begin immediately after the Division II business session in January.

“This is an incredibly great honor for Dr. Schriver, SBU and our athletics department,” said Mike Pitts, director of athletics at SBU.

SBU professor serves on panel of female technology leaders

Meilani Conley, instructor of computer science at Southwest Baptist University, recently represented SBU and academic computer science on a panel at the MO/IL/NE/KS WomeWIC panelistsn in Computing 2013 conference.

The panel was comprised of female technology leaders in the Midwest. Other panel members included Yuvonise Thurmond, IT manager for Kansas City Power and Light in Kansas City, Mo.; Jill Marie Brundgardt, IT group manager for Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo.; Thuy Copeland, software development manager for Uhlig in Overland Park, Kan.; and Nicole Wosje, software developer for Perceptive Software in Shawnee, Kan.

“This conference is only held every other year, so having Professor Conley selected to represent ideas related to academia and women in computing was a significant honor,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the SBU Department of Computer and Information Science. “Professor Conley has hit the ground running in her first year at SBU and is already making a name for herself among her peers in the academic world. We are truly blessed to have her expertise on our faculty.”

SBU’s CIS department houses five full-time faculty members, two faculty associates and close to 100 students majoring in computer science, computer information science or web systems and design. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States. For more information about SBU’s CIS department, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or


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WIC panelists.jpg – (l to r) Thurmond, Copeland, Brundgardt, Conley, Wosje

SBU Concert Choir and Bolivar Community Choir present joint concert

The Southwest Baptist University Concert Choir will be joined by the Bolivar Community Choir to present a fall concert in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

This combined group of 80 voices will perform works by Joshua Shank, Mark Hayes, Aaron Copland, Jackson Berkey, Knut Nystedt, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Howard Hanson, Daniel Gawthrop and Renaissance master composer Palestrina.

The concert is free and open to the public.

SBU to offer online graduate program in education beginning Spring 2014

Southwest Baptist University’s Graduate Education Department will be offering a Master of Science in Education/Curriculum and Instruction degree that is 100-percent online beginning in the 2014 spring semester.

“This is an exciting development for those who desire a master’s degree but cannot attend the traditional lecture classes,” said Dr. James Truelove, department chairperson. “We have added to our variety of formats to be even more flexible for students.”

While the Graduate Education department already offers classes for master’s degrees that are in different formats, such as traditional, blended and online, this is the first degree that can be earned totally online — and without extra fees for the online degree. The degree requires 33 hours that can be completed in two years or less.

The degree is designed for classroom teachers who desire to “improve student learning and achievement through innovative, relevant and researched-based approaches in education.”

“What is exciting to me is to realize this is SBU’s first fully online degree program, and we have the framework, personnel and resources to design and deliver more online degree programs in the near future,” said SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown.

For more information about SBU’s Graduate Education program, call the Graduate Education Department at (417) 328-1700 or (800) 792-4191, or email

Featured artist to give gallery talk at SBU

Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Art Gallery currently is exhibiting work by Renee Alyson. Her artwork will be on display through November 10. In addition, Alyson will give a gallery talk at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Alyson’s work primarily stems from nature. “As a painter, my passion for the two-dimensional surface is energized by explorations in tempera resists, woodcuts, lino cuts and monoprints,” Alyson says.

Included in this show are the beginning studies of Alyson’s new meter series, based on the electric meters in Costa Rica. These meters hang from a wide variety of supports at numerous angles and are often overcome with vegetation and painted in bright colors. Alyson is intrigued by these meters because they “speak clearly for the standard of living and demeanor of the inhabitants [of Costa Rica].”

The art exhibit and gallery talk are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Deby Gilley, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at or (417) 328-1651.

SBU professor participates in NCAA Advanced Leadership Institute

Dr. Kevin Schriver, dean of SBU’s College of Education and Social Sciences and professor of psychology, participated in the NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representative Advanced Leadership Institute Oct. 18-20 at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. Schriver serves as the faculty athletics representative from SBU. He is a steering committee member and was one of 16 fellows nationally selected to represent NCAA Division II athletics.

The faculty athletics representative (FAR) is a member of an institution’s faculty or administrative staff who is designated to represent the institution and its faculty in the institution’s relationship with the NCAA. The three critical functions of the FAR are to: ensure a quality student-athlete experience and student-athlete well-being; ensure the academic integrity of the athletic program; and ensure institutional control of the athletics program.

The goal of this year’s institute was to prepare draft documents to serve as a strategic communication resource focusing on the academic and advocacy voice of the FAR in communicating with various stakeholders. FAR fellows participated in activities to help clarify their roles and identify crucial functions at campus and conference levels, develop leadership skills, and engage in dialogue about intercollegiate athletic issues at the national level, including important Division II initiatives.

“This was a significant opportunity to advance SBU at a national level,” said Schriver.

For more information, please contact Schriver at (417) 328-1725 or

SBU inducts new members into Delta Mu Delta

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted seven new members on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.DMD inductees

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The society was founded by a dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in November 1913. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon the student’s grade point average (minimum of 3.25), class rank (upper 20 percent), and individual character.

Brooke Belisle Shumaker was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Shumaker graduated from SBU in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She was inducted into SBU’s Delta Mu Delta chapter in 2010. Shumaker currently serves as the program director for the Citizen Memorial Hospital’s Wound and Hyperbaric Center in Bolivar.

The 2013-14 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Tyler King, president; Derek Lee, vice president; Mehak Singh, secretary; and Meg Goodman, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille serves as the faculty advisor.

This year’s new inductees were Danielle Lee Epperson, junior marketing and public relations major; Rebecca Renae Green, senior marketing major; Michael Cooper Reynolds, junior accounting and information assurance major; Megan Fern Roark, junior marketing major; Hailey N. Turner, junior accounting major; Sarah J. VandaVeer, junior marketing and public relations major; and Samantha Dawn Wolle, junior accounting major.

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front row (l to r): Hailey Turner, Rebecca Green, Samantha Wolle; back row (l to r): Michael Reynolds, Danielle Epperson, Sarah VandaVeer, Megan Roark

SBU collects 635 pairs of shoes for Stomp Out Hunger project

Southwest Baptist University collected 635 pairs of shoes that will be used to spell out “Stomp Out Hunger” at Hammons Field in Springfield Saturday morning, Oct. 26.SBU shoe collection 1

The public is invited to the Saturday event that begins at 8 a.m., with the handing off of the shoes at 11 a.m. SBU has partnered with Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Drury University and Evangel University for this joint community service project.

Freshwater Church, Heritage Baptist Church and Southern Hills Baptist Church, all in Bolivar, contributed to the shoe collection. The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield contributed 78 shoes to the efforts.

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 one of 22 universities nationwide to receive ‘A’ rating for curriculum

Southwest Baptist received an “A” rating, based on general education course requirements, in the 2013-2014 edition of “What Will They Learn?” The report was released today by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

“As a liberal arts university, we have committed to providing a well-rounded education while preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “This report affirms that commitment to high academic standards.”

The study examines four crucial components of higher education excellence and value: the curriculum (rated “A” through “F”), the four-year graduation rate, freedom of speech on campus, and college cost. The analysis is based on publicly available information found in course catalogs and, occasionally, syllabi.

Only 22 institutions nationwide (2 percent) received an “A” grade for requiring at least six of seven subjects that are essential to a liberal arts education: literature, composition, economics, math, intermediate level foreign language, science, and American government/history. SBU requires all but the foreign language. The average institution requires three of the seven courses.

“It is a significant honor for SBU’s curriculum to receive a grade of ‘A’ in this national study,” said SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown. “One of the challenges facing universities today is to provide an up-to-date curriculum that not only prepares students for today’s jobs, but also prepares them to be life-long learners, good communicators and critical thinkers.

“We believe SBU does these things extremely well and does them in a Christian environment.”

ACTA’s website,, states that, unlike other college rankings, this study is focused on what students are — and are not — learning. “There is one thing other rankings won’t tell you: which universities are making sure their students learn what they need to know,” according to the website.

The study also shows that SBU’s tuition is about $5,000 lower than the average tuition of $24,930 among the top 22 schools and the University’s graduation rate is above the national average.

Other colleges with an “A” ranking are Pepperdine University, Thomas Aquinas College, Colorado Christian University, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Clark Atlanta University, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse College, University of Georgia, St. John’s College (MD), Gardner-Webb University, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, St. John’s College (NM), U.S. Military Academy, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Baylor University, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, University of Dallas, University of Texas – San Antonio, Bluefield College and Regent University.

“We feel very honored to be among 22 schools listed as earning a grade of ‘A’ from ACTA,” Dr. Taylor said. “The list is quite impressive.”

More detailed data for the 1,091 colleges and universities evaluated is available at

SBU Theatre presents ‘The Illusion’

Southwest Baptist University Theatre will present “The Illusion,” a play that critics have described as “fantastical,” “fresh,” and “wreathed in wonders.” Performances will take place Thursday, Nov. 7; Friday, Nov. 8; and Saturday, Nov. 9.

Originally written in 1636 by French playwright, Pierre Corneille, “The Illusion” tells the story of a father who consults a magician in an attempt to find his estranged son. The script has been adapted by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright, Tony Kushner, who also wrote the screenplay for the recent film, “Lincoln.”

“I have wanted to do this play for eight years,” said director Dr. Elissa Sartwell. “I’ve been waiting for the right group of actors to tackle this script.” Last year, Sartwell taught a semester-long course in period acting styles, including neo-classical French and commedia dell’arte styles, which has prepared the actors for the style of “The Illusion.”

This production includes a sword fight choreographed by John Wilson, professor of theatre at the University of Central Missouri. “It’s important for our students to be exposed to stage combat,” said Jonathan Wehmeyer, instructor of theatre at SBU.

From the delightful story and beautiful costumes to the exciting combat sequences and innovative scenic devices, “The Illusion” appeals to a wide variety of audiences. However, it is not recommended for young children due to the staged violence.

The cast includes sophomore K.C. Clair as the magician Alcandre, Jonathan Wehmeyer as the magician’s servant, and Roger Abbott as the father searching for his son. Senior Jacob Carver stars as the son, Clindor; senior Elizabeth Busby portrays his love interest, Isabelle; senior Lindsay Gingrich plays Isabelle’s conniving maid; and senior Jeff Young portrays Matamore, the lunatic. The play is also the SBU Theatre debut of freshman Garrett Maxey, who performs the role of the rival.

Wehmeyer created the scene and lighting designs and the costumes were co-designed by Sartwell and local seamstress, Sara Gonzalez. Students Abby Munton and Hannah Rogg created the hair and make-up designs.

Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 28. Tickets are $8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens, SBU alumni and students of other schools; and $3 for SBU students. The box office is located on the first floor of the Jester Learning and Performance Center and is open from 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets are also available online at If still available, tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour before the performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, please call (417) 328-1691.