Monthly Archives: April 2014

Grabowski to serve as chair for Mid-Am Safety Conference

Mark Grabowski, SBU safety and security director, is the chair of the upcoming Mid-Am Safety Conference.

Mark Grabowski, SBU safety and security director, is the chair of the upcoming Mid-Am Safety Conference.

Mark Grabowski, director of safety and security at Southwest Baptist University, is serving as the chair for the upcoming Mid-Am Safety Conference May 5-9 in Branson.

Sponsored by the Safety Council of the Ozarks, the Mid-Am Safety Conference is the largest occupational safety conference in the region. The conference includes vendors and educational sessions with information pertaining to occupational and health safety, OSHA standards, environmental safety and more.

“It has been a privilege to work with the Safety Council as Chair this past year,” Grabowski said. “It is a great opportunity to learn more and also represent SBU in a regional capacity.”

Grabowski has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Parks Management from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Drury University. He is a graduate of the Springfield Police Academy (120) and has earned professional certifications of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International, Certified Protection Officer from the International Foundation for Protection Officers and Certified Safety and Health Specialist from the National Safety Council. Grabowski has served as SBU’s director of safety and security since 1991.

For more information, please contact Grabowski at

Carney to present faculty piano recital at SBU

Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music at Southwest Baptist University, will present a faculty piano recital at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The program will feature works by popular composers for the piano including Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and Liszt.

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

Students volunteer for missions opportunities during Global Connections Week at SBU

More than 130 Southwest Baptist University students have been accepted for the upcoming missions projects announced during Global Connections Week April 7-11.

During the chapel service on Monday, April 7, CGC staff and team leaders introduced the mission project opportunities for January 2015 including 12 trips and two ongoing local community projects.

“We are thankful to be a part of an institution that promotes missions,” said Kurt Caddy, director of university ministries, as he opened the chapel service.

Ongoing local projects include Disciple Now and Polk County Good News Club. Disciple Now is a series of ministry events on weekends at local churches working with youth. SBU teams lead the weekend events and work with the youth in small group and one-on-one situations. The Good News Club is an after-school program for first- and second-grade students in Bolivar. SBU students lead the kids in Bible story activities, Scripture memorization, songs, games and more.

The following trip opportunities will be offered during SBU’s Winterfest break:

  • Alaska – An all-female team will help coordinate a conference for Eskimo women living in the bush villages near Nome.
  • Central Asia – The team will host English clubs and Christmas and New Year’s themed events.
  • Ethiopia – A partnership with an Ethiopian church will provide opportunities to work with Ellitia Women at Risk to provide a rehabilitation project in a refuge center.
  • Georgia – This mission will be a combination of ministry including VBS, park ministry, prayer walking and relational evangelism to reach immigrant families.
  • Guatemala – SBU continues a long-standing partnership with Casa Bernabe orphanage in Guatemala City and will assist that ministry with various projects.
  • Houston – This project allows for various ministry opportunities in inner-city Houston, Texas, including children’s activities, assisting a food pantry and helping set-up for a missions expo.
  • Jordan – This team will specifically minister to Syrian refugees in Jordan through a community development and relief platform.
  • Middle East – Adventure tourism is the platform for this group to minister to Muslims and will open doors to opportunities to share testimonies and have conversations.
  • Philippines – For the eighth year, SBU will send a group to assist church planters in the Philippines by teaching English on a college campus, leading recreational activities and strengthening partnerships with local churches.
  • Senegal – This team will work alongside missionaries to reach the Sereer people by prayer walking, street evangelism and spending time in the homes of local people.
  • Thailand – This is a new partnership that will offer a variety of ministry possibilities including working at an orphanage, ministering to the hill tribe people, prayer walking and encouraging the missionaries in their work and ministry.
  • Zambia – The SBU Enactus team has formed a partnership with New Day Orphanage in Zambia and will lead a group of SBU students with the goal of constructing a new dorm for the orphanage as well as continuing their work in improving the financial and business operations.

After the chapel service, students could begin signing up to interview for any of these CGC projects. For the first time, students can now apply for a CGC project online.

“It’s an exciting time when students think, ‘How can the Lord use me?’” said Diana Gallamore, director of the Center for Global Connections, during the chapel service.

SBU students learn about upcoming mission project opportunities during the Center for Global Connections Global Fest, April 8.

SBU students learn about upcoming mission project opportunities during the Center for Global Connections Global Fest, April 8.

The evening of Tuesday, April 8, featured a Global Fest in the student union, which provided an opportunity for students to learn more about the upcoming CGC projects. Team leaders had tables set up with pictures and information about each project. Many booths also had ethnic food from their destination for students to sample.

Chapel on Wednesday, April 9, featured guest speaker Mike Lopp ’84, and SBU alum and pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Reedsburg, Wis. Lopp challenged SBU students to consider where God would want them to go. He shared from his experiences as an SBU student and how he followed God’s calling to serve where he was needed.

According to Lopp, missions is a vital part of a Christian education, which is why he is so thankful for institutions such as SBU that emphasize missions. Both of his daughters have participated in SBU mission trips.

Lopp read from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 using the example of the apostle Paul to illustrate key components of missions. According to Lopp, advancing God’s Kingdom requires risking courageously, investing lovingly and laboring diligently. And like the apostle Paul funded his missions endeavors through his tent-making skills, Lopp encouraged SBU students to consider how they can use their skills to promote the Gospel.

“Beyond short-term missions, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are already recruited into a long-term missions endeavor,” Lopp said. “God has plans for you; you just may not know about them yet. You need to prepare yourself to make a living anywhere in the world and use that as a platform for advancing the Gospel.”

Lopp concluded his message with this challenge to the SBU student body: “Surrender not only time, money and opportunity for short-term missions but surrender your whole life to missions regardless of how you make your money. Don’t limit where God sends you by limiting your preparation.”

For more information, please contact the CGC Office at (417) 328-1900.

SBU Department of Music presents annual Masterworks concert

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present its annual Masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, in Pike Auditorium. The department’s massed choirs and orchestra will perform “Messe solennelle” by Charles Gounod and “Pavane (opus 50)” by Gabriel Fauré.

Featured soloists include Jane Munson-Berg, soprano; Dr. Andrew Campbell, tenor; and Dr. Chris A. Thompson, baritone. The concert is directed by Dr. James R. Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies.

MasterworksMunson-Berg has sung leading roles and solo appearances with Alte Oper Frankfurt, Munich’s Residenz Theatre, European Opera Genval, Asolo (Sarasota) Opera, Tulsa Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Dorian Opera Theatre, Mississippi Opera, Baton Rouge Opera, New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera, New England Symphony (at Carnegie Hall), Florida Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rockland County Symphony, Springfield Symphony and Independence Symphony. She was the Artistic Director for the Springfield Regional Opera from 2006-2009 and is in her second year as an assistant professor of voice and opera at SBU.

Campbell currently serves as an associate professor of music at SBU, directs the SBU Concert Choir and Bolivar Community Chorus, and is the orchestra conductor for SBU’s musical and opera productions. He is an active tenor soloist and has performed numerous works with orchestra.

Thompson has performed leading lyric baritone roles across the United States and England ranging from Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” to the title role in “Elijah” to Carl Magnus in “A Little Night Music.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2012 singing “Posh,” a song cycle by composer Mohammed Fairouz, released on Naxos (Native Informant). He has appeared in several world premieres including “Guest from the Future” (Lincoln Center), “The Scrimshaw Violin” (92nd Street Y), “Box and Cox” (University of Utah), and “Hester Prynne at Death” (Mercantile Library, NYC). In addition, Thompson made his off-Broadway debut in “Fermat’s Last Tango” (Original Cast Recordings). He previously served as Director of Opera/Musical Theatre at the University of Idaho and is currently the Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Missouri State University.

For nearly half a century, the annual Masterworks concert has provided southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of department, university and community. The repertoire has included the great classics, the unfamiliar pearls and modern compositions of significance.

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

Seven SBU students win awards at the Missouri College Media Association conference

Seven Southwest Baptist University won 13 awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) conference April 5 at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. The awards were earned for the work they have done on the Omnibus, SBU’s student newspaper.

Students receiving awards include:

  • Rebekah Baker, freshman, from Willard, Mo., earned an Honorable Mention in Sports Photography.
  • Sarah Bicknell, junior, from Butler, Mo., won first place for her video package.
  • Jenna Brawley, senior, from Villa Ridge, Mo., took third place in News Writing and received an Honorable Mention in News Photography.
  • Victoria Burris, sophomore, from Mountain Grove, Mo., received an Honorable Mention for In-Depth News Reporting.
  • Lauren Molbach, junior, from Ballwin, Mo., earned second place in Sports Photography.
  • Abigail Ray, senior, from West Plains, Mo., won four awards including first and second places for Advertising, third place for Non-Political/Entertainment Cartoon, and Honorable Mention for Information Graphic.
  • Taylor Smith, freshman, from Wentzville, Mo., earned an Honorable Mention in News Writing.

The Omnibus won third place for Best Newspaper and Website Design in Division Three.

The awards were earned for work done in 2013 during which Brawley and Elizabeth Busby, senior, from Jenks, Okla., served as editors-in-chief.

“The MCMA conference is a great opportunity for student journalists to see what other schools are doing and look for new ideas,” said Ben Kilpatrick, instructor of communication arts and faculty adviser for the Omnibus. “Our students represented SBU admirably at the conference and earned well-deserved recognition for their hard work.”

MCMA is the organization that represents student newspapers and yearbooks throughout Missouri.

For more information, contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1960 or

SBU software development team records fourth place national finish

Luke Abbott

Luke Abbott

A team of two Southwest Baptist University seniors competed in the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference April 12 in Atlanta, Ga. Luke Abbott, senior, from Roach, Mo., and Jason Jakusz, senior, from Theodosia, Mo., are both computer science and mathematics majors. Abbott and Jakusz competed in the Java Development Competition sponsored by USAA. They won fourth place out of 32 teams from across the nation, finishing behind two teams from Brigham Young University and a team from Purdue University.

Jason Jakusz

Jason Jakusz

“I am very proud of our team,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the SBU Department of Computer Information Science. “It is always exciting for me to see our students battling it out with some of the largest and most well-known schools in the nation. Their performance attests to the caliber of SBU’s program. The team’s finish is a credit to their hard work, their God-given abilities and the education they have received in the SBU CIS department over the past four years.”

AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. The AITP National Collegiate Conference is the largest event sponsored by AITP.

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

O’Kelley hired as HR director at SBU

Carolyn O’Kelley will join Southwest Baptist University as director of human resources May 1.

“We are excited about the future as we add Carolyn as our director for human resources,” said Ron Maupin, vice president for administration and chief financial officer at SBU. “I am confident her skills and experience will help us take our human resources function to the next level.

O’Kelley has worked at BKD LLP in Springfield as benefits coordinator, also serving on the national headquarters human resources leadership team. She previously worked in human resources for Lakes Country Resource Center in Springfield, EFCO Corp. in Monett and Kelly Services in Joplin.

She will oversee all human resources functions at SBU. She is a certified senior professional in human resources and has more than 15 years of human resources experience in benefits, compensation, training, employment, recruitment, employee/labor relations and legal compliance. O’Kelley is secretary of the Springfield Area Human Resource Association and has served on the board for five years.

O’Kelley lives in Springfield with her husband and their two children.

SBU mathematics professor presents at national conference

Dr. Bob Glasgow, professor of mathematics, presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on April 10 in New Orleans, La. Glasgow’s session was entitled, “Doctorates in Mathematics Education: Jobs Available in Higher Education Institutions.”

Glasgow presented alongside Dr. Robert Reys of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Dr. Christa Jackson of the University of Kentucky. The three professors discussed the shortage of doctorates in mathematics education and reported results over a decade of data collection and research on job opportunities in institutions of higher education. The presentation explored suggestions about choosing a doctoral program and discussed the challenges of K-12 classroom teachers becoming graduate students and transitioning into a career in higher education.

According to Glasgow, the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the largest gathering of mathematics teachers in the nation. The conference is usually attended by 5,000-10,000 math teachers from the elementary, middle, high school and college levels.

“Being able to attend this conference helps me stay in touch with my field and being able to present allows me to represent SBU to math teachers across the country,” Glasgow said.

For more information, please contact Glasgow at (417) 328-1597 or

Two SBU students receive LEAP scholarships

Jenna Durnell

Jenna Durnell

The Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) has awarded LEAP (Lead and Enhance the Accounting Profession) scholarships to two Southwest Baptist University students. Jenna Durnell, sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Harwood, Mo., and Tori Jones, sophomore accounting major from Miller, Mo., will receive the scholarship funds for the next academic year.

This is the third consecutive year for Durnell to be selected as a LEAP scholarship recipient.

“I greatly attribute my repeated success to the education I’ve received thus far at SBU,” Durnell said. “This scholarship means so much to me, not only because of my need for educational financial assistance, but also because it gives me an avenue through which I can become involved with the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants – an organization that will assist me as a college student and in my future career path.”

Tori Jones

Tori Jones

Jones also is very grateful for the scholarship and the financial assistance it provides so that she is able to receive a quality education at SBU.

“SBU is home to one of the best accounting programs in the country and to be able to say I am part of it makes me proud,” Jones said. “I am confident that I will leave here fully prepared. Not only do my professors teach me about accounting, they also pass on life skills that I will use for the rest of my life.”

According to Wayne Clark, chair of the SBU Department of Accounting, only 28 students statewide received this award so it is a significant honor for a school the size of SBU to have two recipients.

“This is quite an honor for two of our SBU accounting majors to be recognized with this statewide scholarship award,” Clark said. “This Missouri Society of CPAs is the premier organization representing accounting, tax and finance professionals in Missouri, and our students were competing with students from accounting programs much larger than ours.”

Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science, also was pleased to have two SBU students chosen for this prestigious honor.

“This is a testament of the quality of SBU’s accounting department and of the hard work of these outstanding young ladies who represent SBU well,” Bethards said.

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

Blair receives Outstanding Student Assistant award

Southwest Baptist University Libraries has selected Kristen Blair of Shawnee Mission, Kan., as the Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for March 2014. Blair is a freshman business management major.

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

Blair, a student assistant in Media Services, received an award letter from Dr. Edward Walton, dean of the University Libraries, a certificate of recognition and a gift.

The University Libraries employs 28 part-time student assistants through the University’s work-study program.

For more information, contact the University Libraries at (417) 328-1620.