Lilly receives Dean’s Legacy Award

Kezia LillyKezia Lilly, dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, received the Dean’s Legacy Award from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She received the award upon graduating with her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

The Dean’s Legacy Awards are given by the CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to an outstanding graduate of each of its academic programs whose achievements and contributions to the school and community exemplify the legacy of academic excellence, service to the larger community and the capacity for leadership and innovation in health care for which Frances Payne Bolton is known.

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.

Academic departments recognize outstanding graduates at SBU

Each academic department at Southwest Baptist University has selected one graduating senior as the outstanding graduate in the department for the 2013-14 academic year. These students were recognized during a student honors chapel service on May 5 and at an honors banquet on May 13.

The following students were selected for this honor:

  • Rebecca Bell was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of History and Political Science. Bell is a social science education major from Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Amanda Ell was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Education. Ell is an elementary education major from Kansas City, Mo.
  • Jennifer Frazier was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Christian Ministry. Frazier is a Christian Ministry major, with a concentration in educational administration in the church, from Monett, Mo.
  • Emily Gilmore was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Behavioral Sciences. Gilmore is a psychology major from Poplar Bluff, Mo.
  • Nathan Hawkins was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Hawkins is a computer science major from Napoleon, Mo.
  • Alex Huff was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Business Administration. Huff is an economics/finance major from Da Nang, Vietnam.
  • Morgan Katz was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Music. Katz is a music major from Hampton, Iowa.
  • Lauren Knutson was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Language and Literature. Knutson is an English major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Derek Lee was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Accounting. Lee is an accounting major from Clinton, Mo.
  • Jamie Lloyd was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Mathematics. Lloyd is a mathematics major from Flemington, Mo.
  • Vicki Neumann was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Art. Neumann is a commercial art major, with a concentration in digital imaging, from Osborne, Kan.
  • Trevor Parrish was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts. Parrish is a communication major from Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Kara Phipps was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Biology. Phipps is a biology major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Landon Young was chosen as the Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Theology. Young is a Biblical Studies major from Bonne Terre, Mo.

Stockard selected as new director of alumni engagement at SBU

Holly Stockard ’08 will serve SBU as the next director of alumni engagement.

Holly Stockard ’08 will serve SBU as the next director of alumni engagement.

Holly Stockard ’08 will serve Southwest Baptist University as the new director of alumni engagement. Stockard graduated from SBU in 2008 with a B.A. in Communication. After graduating, Stockard began to work for SBU in the department of university relations where she has been responsible for SBU’s annual giving and foundation relations programs.

“We are pleased that Holly will be taking leadership of this important function within the greater University community,” said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for university relations. “Holly has a great vision for the alumni program that will involve working with faculty, staff and current students to build upon the good work of the past and expand the University’s involvement with all of our SBU/SWBC alumni.”

According to Johnson, Stockard has worked closely with the alumni office assisting with many of the day-to-day planning and activities over the past several years, which prepares her to be ready to step into this position.

“Holly has represented SBU well for many years from her time as a student to serving as the director of annual giving and foundation relations,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president of Southwest Baptist University. “I am excited to see her take on this new responsibility and I look forward to what she will do to increase our alumni engagement.”

Stockard is excited to transition into this new role at SBU and hopes to bring new growth to the alumni program.

“From the valuable education I received at SBU to the lifelong friends I have made to the numerous donors and alumni I have had the opportunity to meet over the past six years, SBU is a very special place to me,” she said. “I am looking forward to growing our alumni program, building traditions and working with our future alumni currently on campus. God is doing amazing things at SBU and I feel blessed to be even a small part of it.”

Stockard will begin her new role effective June 1. For more information about university relations, please contact Johnson at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

Kimball begins service as trustee at SBU

Dr. Charles Kimball

Dr. Charles Kimball

Charles Kimball, Ph.D., of Wildwood, Mo., is the newest member of the Southwest Baptist University Board of Trustees.

A 1983 graduate of SBU with a bachelor of arts in religious studies, Kimball is senior pastor of Ballwin Baptist Church in Ballwin, Mo. He pastored at churches in Texas, Georgia and Louisiana before returning to Missouri in 2011.

He is married to Connie, and they have a son, Josh.

SBU has a 25-member board of trustees. Each trustee serves for five years and is approved for service during the Missouri Baptist Convention annual meeting held each year in October.

SBU Honors Program students present capstone projects

Fourteen students in Southwest Baptist University’s Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program presented their Senior Honors Capstone Experience projects during an open house May 6.

Students are admitted to the Dutile 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:

• Luke Abbott, of Roach, Mo., presented “Exploring Non-Iterative Fractal Formulas.” He is a computer science and mathematics major and is the son of John and Kay Abbott.

• Rebecca Bell, of Las Vegas, Nev., presented “Origins of the American Communist Party: The Genesis of an Idea.” She is a social science education major and is the daughter of Tom and Jayne Bell.

• Lynne Davis, of California, Mo., presented “Best Practices in Short Term Missions.” She is an intercultural studies major and is the daughter of Dennis and Janice Davis.

• Emily Gilmore, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., presented “The Effect of Mental Health History, Educational Level, and Educational Completion on Program Graduation and Longevity in Polk County Drug Court Clients.” She is a psychology major and is the daughter of David and Jamie Gilmore.

• Vance Halfaker, of Sullivan, Mo., presented “Welch’s and Oyster Crackers: Poems and Essays.” He is an English major and is the son of Douglas and Becky Halfaker.

• Erin Haugh, of Bolivar, Mo., presented “A Study in Silver: Investigating the History and Healing Properties of Silver Solutions.” She is a biology major and is the daughter of Dr. Sam and Nancy Bethea. She is married to David Haugh.

• Alex Huff, of Da Nang, Vietnam, presented “The Economics of US Trade Relations with Vietnam.” He is an economics/finance major and is the son of Bob and Kathleen Huff.

• Rebecca McNabb, of Clever, Mo., presented “Cloud Computing in the Field of Accounting.” She is an accounting and information assurance major and is the daughter of David and Brandi McNabb.

• Heather Pruitt, of Bolivar, Mo., presented “Unspoken Messages: A Study of the Deeper Meanings in Children’s Artwork and of the Educational Strategies to Meet Children’s Mental and Emotional Needs.” She is an art education major and is the daughter of Dennis and Julie Watson. She is married to Scott Pruitt.

• Joy Reehle, of Green Lane, Pa., presented “Diving Deeper: A Skills-Based Framework for Teaching Social Studies.” She is a middle school education major and is the daughter of Richard and Carol Reehle.

• Clara Strunk, of Mulvane, Kan., presented “Campus Croup: Coincidence or Epidemiology?” She is a biology major with a biomedical science concentration and is the daughter of Knute and Jill Strunk.

• Jordan Taylor, of Greenfield, Mo., presented “Pilot of Convoy of Hope Microenterprise Model in the Philippines.” He is a marketing major and is the son of Brad and Kim Taylor.

• Landon Young, of Potosi, Mo., presented “Metaphors of Faithfulness: Exploring Paul’s Metaphors of Adoption and Slavery in Light of Christ’s Faithfulness.” He is a Biblical studies major and is the son of Donald and Peggy Young.

• Katelynn Zuercher of Olathe, Kan., presented “Marketing Emotions.” She is a marketing major and is the daughter of Ray and Janell Zuercher.

The Dutile Honors Program started during the fall 2005 semester. Including these students, the program now has 96 graduates.

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

Senior art students’ work on display in Driskill Gallery

The Driskill Art Gallery at Southwest Baptist University currently is displaying selected works of four graduating senior art students.

The featured student artists are:

  • Victoria Neumann, commercial art major with concentration in digital imaging from Osborne, Kan.
  • Andjela Panovski, commercial art major with concentration in graphic design from Belgrade, Serbia
  • Heather Pruitt, art education major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Shelby Wofford, commercial art major with concentration in graphic design from Carthage, Mo.

The senior artwork show will be on display through May 24. A reception in honor of these student artists will be held on May 24, immediately following the SBU commencement ceremonies.

For more information, please contact Deby Gilley, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at dgilley@SBUniv.edu.

SBU set to graduate largest class in history

With 581 students scheduled to graduate from Southwest Baptist University this month, the May 22 and 24 commencement ceremonies will yield the highest number of graduates in the University’s history, surpassing last year’s record graduation number of 497.

“Graduation is my favorite day of the year,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., SBU president. “Every time I hand a student a diploma, the University has accomplished its primary goal — graduating students.”

Three years ago, the doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program increased to admit 80 students each year, up from 40. This May’s graduating class includes the first expanded group of DPT graduates. It also includes seven graduates of the first cohort of the doctor of education in educational leadership program that began in 2012.

Commencement ceremonies are at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Second Baptist Church, 3111 E. Battlefield Road, Springfield for graduates of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. The Bolivar ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, and will be outdoors on the Merril Burnidge Memorial Forum, south of Mabee Chapel. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center.

Musician Charles Graham, founder of Charles Graham Ministries headquartered in Dermott, Ark., will deliver the commencement address. He is a native of Arkansas and attended SBU for two years. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from SBU. He ministers internationally across denominational, social, economic and racial lines, encouraging Christians to experience worship both personally and corporately.

Shannon L. Gray will deliver the Bob R. Derryberry Senior Address. Senior music will be provided by Katelyn Hicks and Shelby Johnson accompanied by Tammie Pennington.

Four retiring faculty members will be recognized: J.D. Lynch, instructor of recreation and leisure and director of the Meyer Wellness and Sports Center; Susan Lynch, chair of the Department of Business Administration and professor of business administration; Robert Perry, professor of graduate studies in educational administration; and Libby Sanders, instructor of education at the SBU Salem campus.

One retiring staff member will be recognized: Larry Price, director of the SBU Mountain View campus.

Award presentations will include the student Life Beautiful Awards and the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award.

For more information about the Bolivar commencement, please contact the Provost’s Office at (417) 328-1601. For more information about the Springfield commencement, please call (417) 820-2069.

Abbott claims first in SBU student art show

Nikki Abbott received first place in the Southwest Baptist University Student Art Show displayed recently in the University’s Driskill Art Gallery.

“The show was very diverse in the selections of their work that was entered, and it definitely displayed the talents of SBU’s art and graphic design majors,” said Deby Gilley, director of the Driskill Art Gallery.

Winners in the 2014 Student Art Show at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Nikki Abbott, Jaquilyn Couchoud, Noah Loethen; row 2 — Jessica Betts, Rachel Packard and Sam Douglas.

Winners in the 2014 Student Art Show at Southwest Baptist University are, from left, row 1 — Nikki Abbott, Jaquilyn Couchoud, Noah Loethen; row 2 — Jessica Betts, Rachel Packard and Sam Douglas.

Awards are listed below.

• First place: Nikki Abbott, a junior commercial art major from Roach, Mo., for a watercolor titled “Reflection”

• Second place: Noah Loethen, a freshman commercial art major from Lee’s Summit, Mo., for a graphic design project

• Third place: Jaquilyn Couchoud, a junior commercial art major from St. Peter’s Mo., for a graphic design project

• Honorable mentions: Rachel Packard, an intercultural studies major from Florence, Colo., for a photo collection; Sam Douglas, a freshman art major from Fulton, Miss., for an acrylic project; Couchoud for an oil pastel titled “Symbol of Freedom”; and Jessica Betts, a sophomore art major from Bolivar, Mo., for a graphic design project.

The show was judged by Sherri Fidler of Springfield, an art teacher and graphic designer.

“We were very pleased in the quantity and quality of student work exhibited,” said Tom Douglas, associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art. “We are blessed to experience growth in student enrollment in our program and see the dynamic offering of works as evidence of good things to come for our visual arts students.”

For more information about the SBU Department of Art, contact Douglas at (417) 328-1955 or tdouglas@SBUniv.edu.

Sewell receives SBU Libraries’ student assistant award

Lisa Sewell of Bolivar was honored by the Southwest Baptist University Libraries as the “Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month” for April.

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.

Sewell, a student assistant in Circulation, received an award letter from Dr. Edward W. Walton, dean of the University Libraries, a certificate of recognition and a gift.

The University Libraries employs 27 part-time student assistants through the University’s work-study program. Sewell is a history major in SBU’s College of Education and Social Sciences.

SBU students commissioned for summer global projects

Nearly 80 Southwest Baptist University students who are participating in international projects this summer through nine Center for Global Connections were covered with prayer during a commissioning service Monday morning.

Commissioning ServiceAlong with worship led by Zach Atchley and Nate Jones, students and leaders of the teams were prayed for by fellow students, as well as faculty and staff members.

“Each project participant goes into this chapel service with someone who has committed to praying for him or her, and many other students voluntarily join in prayer,” said Diana Gallamore, director of the Center for Global Connections. “It is so uplifting to see so many students, faculty and staff uniting in prayer for these students who are demonstrating servant leadership around the world.”

Summer destinations for global projects are Cheyenne River, Extreme Africa, Guatemala City, Mongolia, New York, Northern Asia, Pacific Rim, Peru and Pyrenees.

The CGC organized 10 winter projects that included 119 students and sponsors that took place during December 2013 and January 2014. During spring break in March, 63 students and sponsors participated in four trips.

For more information, contact Gallamore at (417) 328-1905.