Monthly Archives: December 2013

Empire District Electric Company Donates Truck to Southwest Baptist University

Just in time for Christmas, The Empire District Electric Company, based in Joplin, has donated to Southwest Baptist University (SBU) a bucket truck to help with campus maintenance.

Officials with Empire District Electric Company hands the keys to Southwest Baptist University officials for a bucket truck the company donated to SBU Wednesday, Dec. 18. Pictured are, from left, Regin Belisle, Empire Electric field engineer; Shawn Pingleton, Empire Electric senior manager of Business and Community Development; Roger Grider, manager, Bolivar Line Operations for Empire Electric; Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president; and Bob Glidwell, director of physical plant for SBU.

Officials with Empire District Electric Company hands the keys to Southwest Baptist University officials for a bucket truck the company donated to SBU Wednesday, Dec. 18. Pictured are, from left, Regin Belisle, Empire Electric field engineer; Shawn Pingleton, Empire Electric senior manager of Business and Community Development; Roger Grider, manager, Bolivar Line Operations for Empire Electric; Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president; and Bob Glidwell, director of physical plant for SBU.

“We are so thankful to Empire Electric for the donation of this truck,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “This actually is the second time Empire has donated a bucket truck to SBU. We used the first one for more than a decade to assist with campus maintenance and plan to use this one for the next decade.”

The truck, retired from Empire’s fleet, is a 2005 Ford F450, 4X4, with an aerial unit with a 37 foot working height.

“We are pleased this donation will help serve the needs of SBU,” explains Roger Grider, manager, Bolivar Line Operations. “Empire District Electric Company is committed to the area and wants to support Southwest Baptist University for the first class education and economic boost they provide”.

SBU business programs receive reaffirmation of accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Southwest Baptist University with reaffirmation of accreditation of its business programs.

“Our students are achieving great results and this reaffirmation helps validate that SBU business and computer science students are receiving a quality education,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.

The ACBSP provides the SBU College of Business and Computer Science with full accreditation for another 10 years. The accreditation is based on a continuous improvement model with the college submitting quality assurance reports every two years to maintain good standing.

“Southwest Baptist University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said ACBSP Director of Accreditation Steve Parscale, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at the ACBSP Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 29.

“This accreditation is evidence that SBU is committed to providing the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done for the last 10 years,” Parscale said.

Dr. Susan Lynch, chair of the department of business administration, led the reaffirmation efforts by creating processes to ensure continual improvement and to measure student learning outcomes.

“Having the ACBSP accreditation is advantageous because an external organization is evaluating and affirming that we are doing what we said we would do and are still continuously improving,” Lynch said.

For more information about SBU and the College of Business and Computer Science, please contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

More than 200 students graduate from SBU in Bolivar

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More than 200 students graduated from Southwest Baptist University during commencement Friday, Dec. 13, at the Meyer Wellness Center on the Bolivar campus. The University holds two graduation ceremonies each year, in December and May.

In his commencement address, the Rev. Randy Johnson, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Republic, encouraged students to use what they have learned in college to help others.

“Everybody has been pouring into your life so that God can do miraculous work through you,” he told the graduates. “What are you going to do with what has been given to you? A great investment has been made. This graduation is a threshold for your future. God has each of you here for a purpose.”

Johnson is a 1977 SBU graduate and a member of the SBU Board of Trustees.

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Trevor Parrish

Trevor Parrish, a management and communication graduate and son of Donald and Kimberly Parrish of Blue Springs, Mo., delivered the Bob R. Derryberry Senior Address. He asked graduates to focus on the future.

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Nicholas Burgher

“College has been about the experiences. It’s been about figuring things out. It’s been about the times we’ve laughed, we’ve learned and we’ve grown,” Parrish said. “I challenge you to continue striving not just to work, but to work with excellence. Let us not celebrate what we’ve done but celebrate what we’re about to do next.”

Nicholas Burgher, a commercial art and general music graduate and son of Timothy and Marcia Burgher of California, Mo., sang “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.”

SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor said commencement is the most important academic event for any university.

“When our graduates receive their diplomas, we know that we have accomplished our primary objective, graduating students,” Dr. Taylor said. “Our graduates are extraordinary people, and they have worked very hard to achieve this significant milestone.”

Siegismund recognized as outstanding student assistant

The Southwest Baptist University Libraries selected Brooklyn Siegismund of Rockville, Mo., as the Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for November 2013.

The University Libraries’ faculty and staff established the award to recognize outstanding employment characteristics such as dependability, quality of work, motivation, attitude and cooperation.

Siegismund is a student assistant in Media Services. She received an award letter from Dr. Edward W. Walton, dean of the University Libraries, a certification of recognition, and a gift. The University Libraries employs 28 part-time student assistants through the University’s work-study program.

Brooklyn is a sophomore art education major and is the daughter of Craig and Debbie Siegismund.

For more information about Southwest Baptist University, go to www.SBUniv.edu or call (800) 526-5859.

Glidwell, Steward receive SBU Life Beautiful Awards

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SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor, center, with Faculty Life Beautiful Award winner Dana Steward, left, and Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Bob Glidwell.

Bob Glidwell, director of physical plant, and Dana Steward, instructor of university studies and director of the University Success Center, received the Staff and Faculty Life Beautiful Awards during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 10 at Southwest Baptist University.

“The designation ‘life beautiful’ is the highest honor a person can receive at Southwest Baptist University,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Each year during spring commencement, we honor two graduating seniors who are chosen by the faculty as best exemplifying a ‘life beautiful.’ And each year during the employee Christmas Banquet, we honor a faculty member and a staff member who exemplify a ‘life beautiful.’”

Staff Life Beautiful

Bob Glidwell has worked at SBU since 1982 and has a bachelor of science degree in music from SBU.

“He constantly researches new and innovative ways to keep the campus updated while saving money,” Dr. Taylor said. “He most recently served as general contractor for two simultaneous projects, the Sells Administrative Center renovation and the track and turf project. He has been described as a servant, a good steward, and having a heart to see SBU be its very best.”

He and his wife, Delrae, have two sons, Ryan and Brock.

Faculty Life Beautiful

Dana Steward has been a member of SBU’s faculty since 2005. She has a bachelor of science degree in biology from SBU and a master’s degree in secondary educational administration from SBU. Before working at SBU, she was a high school teacher and a secondary school administrator.

“She has been described as truly having the heart of a servant, often doing the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes unnoticed, gives generously and is devoted to her students and friends,” Dr. Taylor said.

The Faculty Life Beautiful Award was established in 1987, and the Staff Life Beautiful Award was established in 1992.

SBU honors employees for years of service

Southwest Baptist University honored employees with employment anniversary milestones, beginning with five years, during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 10. The employees recognized have contributed a total of 680 years of service to SBU.

“It always is a pleasure to recognize and honor individuals who work at Southwest Baptist University,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “We are blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff. It is the dedicated people at SBU who make the University successful. No university is any better than its people, and SBU is an outstanding University because of our faculty and staff.”

For more information about Southwest Baptist University, go to www.SBUniv.edu or call (417) 326-5281.

5 years: Perry Tompkins, Scott Brigman, Baochuan Lu, Tracy Miles, Jodi Meadows, Clint Bass, Holly Stockard, Ben Kilpatrick. Not pictured are Amy Briggs, Hillary Glauser-Patton, Tina Guiot, Pam Hedgpeth, Suzanne Powers and Cynthia Rhoads.

5 years: Perry Tompkins, Scott Brigman, Baochuan Lu, Tracy Miles, Jodi Meadows, Clint Bass, Holly Stockard, Ben Kilpatrick. Not pictured are Amy Briggs, Hillary Glauser-Patton, Tina Guiot, Pam Hedgpeth, Suzanne Powers and Cynthia Rhoads.

10 years: Allison Langford, Margaret Kluthe, Shelley Kilpatrick and Robbie Bryant. Not pictured are Shelly Brown, Jason Halverson, Judy Kenaga, Carla Kirchner, Mary Lewis, Robert Perry and Cinda Smith.

10 years: Allison Langford, Margaret Kluthe, Shelley Kilpatrick and Robbie Bryant. Not pictured are Shelly Brown, Jason Halverson, Judy Kenaga, Carla Kirchner, Mary Lewis, Robert Perry and Cinda Smith.

15 years: Darren Crowder, Michael Fuhrman, Dwight Haun and Mick Arnold. Not pictured are Melinda Jones, Brett Miller, Robert Murders and Todd Sukany.

15 years: Darren Crowder, Michael Fuhrman, Dwight Haun and Mick Arnold. Not pictured are Melinda Jones, Brett Miller, Robert Murders and Todd Sukany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years: Renee Waters and Craig Endres. Not pictured are Alan Copeland, Charles Lentz and Paula Steiert.

20 years: Renee Waters and Craig Endres. Not pictured are Alan Copeland, Charles Lentz and Paula Steiert.

25 years: Bing Bayer, Rob Harris and Kevin Kelley. Not pictured are Doug Aug and Larry Price.

25 years: Bing Bayer, Rob Harris and Kevin Kelley. Not pictured are Doug Aug and Larry Price.

30 years: Brad Gamble and Herb Hamann. Not pictured is John Wheeler.

30 years: Brad Gamble and Herb Hamann. Not pictured is John Wheeler.

35 years: Mark Tappmeyer and Rosalyn Snellen.

35 years: Mark Tappmeyer and Rosalyn Snellen.

 

 

SBU named a Top College for Teacher Education

The College Database recently released named its Top Colleges for Teacher Education. The new list entitled “Top Colleges in Missouri: Shaping the Next Generation,” ranked Southwest Baptist University 12th out of 41 schools in the state. The list highlights the post-secondary institutions that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 academic year. SBU awarded 256 education degrees in the 2012-13 year.

“Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs,” said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. “But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students.”

To be identified as one of The College Database’s top colleges, an institution must be a fully accredited, four-year, public or private not-for-profit college or university in the U.S. that had a minimum of 10 graduates from education or teaching programs in 2012. The goal of The College Database is to provide free information about education options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties.

“I am pleased that SBU is among the top teacher producing programs in the state; that the hard work of our faculty, staff and teacher candidates is recognized; and that these servant leaders are influencing students in, and beyond, the state of Missouri,” said Dr. Dwight Haun, chair of the department of education and director of teacher education at SBU.

SBU offers undergraduate degrees in elementary education, middle school education, and secondary education certification in content areas. SBU also offers five master’s degrees in education, an education specialist degree and a doctor of education in educational leadership.

For more information about the SBU education department, please contact Haun at (417) 328-2043 or dhaun@SBUniv.edu.

Two SBU professors present at state conference

Dr. Bob Glasgow, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at SBU, delivered presentations at the fall conference of the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). The conference took place in Columbia Dec. 6-7.

Glasgow’s session was the conclusion of a professional development program for teachers of grades K-12 funded by MCTM and supported by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Two-day workshops were conducted in five sites across the state during the summer with this concluding session at the MCTM conference. The goal of the session was to help teachers learn new ways to teach the mathematical content of the common core standards for their particular grade bands. Glasgow specifically focused on geometry and worked with teachers of sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Hopkins gave a presentation on GeoGebra, which is a free, web-based software that does dynamic geometry and graphing. His session focused on discussion of how to find and modify activities on GeoGebraTube, intermediate instruction on GeoGebra, and the sharing of ideas of how to use GeoGebra’s dynamic illustrations and activities in the classroom.

For more information about the SBU Department of Mathematics, please contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Honors Program students present capstone projects

Six students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house Dec. 3.

Students are admitted to the Honors Program before their freshman year through a competitive process. The program includes nine honors-specific courses designed to provide scholastic enrichment and opportunities for practical application and professional development; honors colloquium for sophomores and juniors; and the Senior Honors Capstone Experience that allows students to complete a project or research in the student’s field of study, including the integration of faith and discipline.

“They are creating an original work that is scientific, research-based or creative,” said Dr. Allison Langford, director of the Dutile Honors Program. “They are using research skills, going through the scholarly process of analyzing information.”

Students who presented projects are:

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Meg Goodman

• Meg Goodman, accounting major, daughter of Teri Goodman of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Scott Goodman, “Scandalous: A History of the IRS and its Encroachment on American Political Activism.”

 

 

 

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Morgan Katz

• Morgan Katz, general music major, daughter of Kevin and Ruth Katz of Hampton, Iowa, “Setting the Stage: Foundational Influences on John Williams’ Art and Film Music.”

 

 

 

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Lauren Knutson

• Lauren Knutson, English education major, daughter of Tony and Tina Knutson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., “Literature in High School English Classrooms: The Benefits and Downfalls of Classic and Contemporary Literature.”

 

 

 

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Jessica Lewis

• Jessica Lewis, Elementary education major, daughter of Gene and Beth Lewis of Washington, Mo., “Practical Ways to Integrate Technology in the Classroom.”

 

 

 

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Kara Phipps

• Kara Phipps, biology major with a concentration in biomedical science, daughter of Buddy and Tammy Phipps of Bolivar, Mo., “Motility of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Contributes to SOS-inducible Biofilm Formation.”

 

 

 

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Rachel Proffitt

• Rachel Proffitt, English major, daughter of Roger and Jodi Proffitt of Pleasant Hill, Mo., “Cases in the Classroom: A Study of the Concept of Using Stories to Teach Principles.”

 

 

 

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester, with more than 75 students having completed the program since December 2008.

For more information, contact Langford at (417) 328-2093 or alangford@sbuniv.edu.

Cavner shares experiences in Ethiopia with SBU students through Google Hangout

Cavner-Google-Hangout-WebEducation students at Southwest Baptist University were in for a surprise when they began a Mystery Google Hangout Tuesday, Dec. 3. Before the camera went live on the projector, they heard — and recognized — the voice of one of their professors, Dr. Delta Cavner, who has been in Ethiopia since September teaching and doing research through the Fulbright Scholar program.

Jennifer Fox, instructor of education, arranged for the Google Hangout with her Teaching Social Studies class so they could learn about the Ethiopian culture and the research Cavner is doing concerning how to improve education at all grade levels in Ethiopia.

Though Cavner, associate professor of education, is still collecting information for her research, she shared two observations that are holding back the Ethiopian education system.

“Teacher salaries are $30 to $75 per month,” she said. “Even the best teachers who love teaching are out of teaching as fast as they can. I think that’s one of the reasons the education system is not improving.

“Also, education is very rote. When you tell teachers it should be more interactive, they have students stand up and answer questions over what they just read. They have learned about active learning in theory, but they have never seen it in practice.”

Ethiopia is a “least-developed country,” as determined by the United Nations based on income, human assets and economic vulnerability.

“Life is really different here, and I do really miss you a lot,” Cavner told the students. “I have to say living here isn’t as easy as it is in other countries I’ve been in. It has been harder for me to adjust to.”

Adjustments include living in a higher altitude where it gets cold — and with no heat in the buildings. Grocery stores are very small, and the nearest one is about a 30-minute walk from her apartment. Fresh produce is limited. Internet access is difficult to find and is not always reliable.

Another challenge is staying dry during the rainy season.

“I have an umbrella, a poncho, a raincoat and waterproof boots, and I use all of them every day,” she said.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Cavner also encouraged the students to consider participating in the Fulbright Scholar program or consider teaching at one of the international schools in Ethiopia.

“International schools here beg for teachers,” she said.

Cavner will return from Ethiopia in June 2014. Go to http://youtu.be/zW1KZqUbagw to see part of the Hangout session.

For more information about the SBU Department of Education, contact Dr. Dwight Haun, department chair, at (417) 328-2043 or dhaun@SBUniv.edu.