Scholarship begun by Bolivar CPAs, SBU graduates

Chelsea (Kenney) Abercrombie and Kalena (Kenney) Bruce, both 2008 SBU accounting graduates and owners of Integrity Tax & Accounting, a Bolivar, Mo.-based CPA firm, have established the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

“We’ve had some really great interns, and we wanted a way to financially help with their education,” they said. “It’s important to us that students be recognized for their hard work and we hope that this scholarship will do so.”

Chrissy McIntire, a senior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo., is the first recipient of the new scholarship.

“Our SBU Accounting alumni have been phenomenal supporters of our program for many years, and this scholarship established by two of our top graduates is another great example of that support,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “Abercrombie and Bruce have not only helped our students financially, but they mentor them to help them succeed in the accounting profession. We are truly grateful for their continued interest in SBU Accounting.”

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

 

 

 

Grabowski joins SBU university relations staff

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations, effective Aug. 3.

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations.

Jim Grabowski has joined Southwest Baptist University staff as a development officer for university relations.

A Bolivar native, Grabowski graduated from SBU in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics and a minor in accounting. He competed on the basketball team and, following graduation, played professionally in Europe. Grabowski is the first player in SBU history to play on two regular season MIAA championship teams and helped the Bearcats to titles in 2005-06 and 2007-08. He was selected to the All-MIAA first team in 2007-08.

He most recently served as assistant vice president of Bank of Bolivar and was highly involved in recruiting new mortgage business at the south Springfield branch. He is active in the community as a member of Bolivar’s Planning and Zoning Committee. He was a Bolivar Chamber of Commerce board member in 2012 and ’13 and has been involved in Bolivar and Springfield Rotary clubs.

“Jim is a great colleague and a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for university relations. “His banking and civic experience translates well to our work in development and will be a tremendous asset as we work to grow resources for the University.”

Grabowski continues a long line of service to SBU. His grandparents, Drs. Don and Pat Baker, attended SBU. His grandfather taught pastoral studies for 20 years and his grandmother received an honorary doctorate from SBU for her accomplishments and dedication to the University. His mother, Beth Grabowski, and sister, Amy Varner, also attended SBU, and his father, Mark Grabowski, continues to serve as SBU’s director of safety and security.

Jim is currently pursuing a master’s in business administration from Missouri State University. He and his wife, Taylor, a physical therapist at Citizens Memorial Hospital, live in Bolivar.

CIS students place in top five at national competition

Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) students in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competed successfully in various categories at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Ill. More than 1,800 students attended the event.

SBU teammates (l to r) Maaura Sturguess, Rebecca Brandon, Kenzie Booker, David Thomas, and Regan Katz competed at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Computer and information science instructor Meilani Conley (far left) coached the team. 

SBU teammates (l to r) Maura Sturguess, Rebecca Brandon, Kenzie Booker, David Thomas, and Regan Katz competed at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Computer and information science instructor Meilani Conley (far left) coached the team.

SBU’s nine competing students were coached by CIS instructor Meilani Conley. Students qualified for the national competition based upon their performance at the state level.

“I am excited to see our students receive recognition for their hard work on the national stage,” said Conley. “The SBU PBL team accomplishments on the state and national level show our students’ remarkable academic talent. I could not have asked for a better group of students to represent SBU.”

Regan Katz, a junior computer information science major from Hampton, Iowa, finished in second place in Project Management and fourth place in Information Management. Sophomore Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and sophomore Kenzie Booker (Carthage, Mo.) placed fourth in Business Presentation. Junior Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.) placed fifth in Mobile Application Development. Junior Maura Sturguess (Bolivar, Mo.), junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.), sophomore Rebecca Brandon (Alton, Mo.), senior Steven Harris (Bolivar, Mo.), and senior Matt Shaffer (O’Fallon, Ill.) also competed at the national level.

FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit education association with 250,000 members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, 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.

 

SBU to renovate, expand Taylor Center; Mabee Foundation supports project

Southwest Baptist University alumni and supporters have raised nearly $2 million of the estimated $2.7 million needed to renovate the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms for the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science, as well as the department of history and political science.

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has partnered with SBU in this project by issuing a challenge grant to supply the remaining $500,000 of the $2.7 million needed for the project if gifts and pledges can be secured totaling $2.2 million.

“The Mabee Foundation has consistently supported Southwest Baptist University and our commitment to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Their support and that of SBU alumni and friends will help provide excellent new facilities for faculty, staff and students in business, accounting, computer science, history and political science.”

The project is necessitated by steady enrollment growth in business, accounting and computer science and the reinstatement of the master of business administration program. Improvements will include remodeled existing facilities and new offices, classrooms, and study areas with updated technology.

For more information about the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU, contact Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college, at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

For more information about the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center expansion and renovation, please visit www.SBUniv.edu/TaylorExpansion.

SBU student earns Institute of Management Accountants Heartland Council scholarship

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Heartland Council has announced that SBU student Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., will receive one of two scholarships awarded by the Council for the 2015-16 academic year. The IMA, whose Heartland Council encompasses Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, focuses on developing current and future leaders in the area of private industry accounting.

“We are very proud of Matt earning this recognition from the IMA Heartland Council,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Our SBU Accounting program is fortunate to have students like Matt who have the mental discipline and professional decorum necessary to succeed in the accounting profession today.”

The IMA supports students by facilitating mentorship with accounting professionals and offering networking opportunities at meetings and educational events. The IMA also grants one of the accounting profession’s most valued credentials, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

SBU assistant director of safety, security earns special certification

Everett Hornbostel, Southwest Baptist University assistant director of safety and security, was certified as a Certified Protection Officer (CPO) by the International Federation of Protection Officers (IFPO), which provides education and training to protection and security officers. He earned this certification after eight months of study and training and passing a four-hour exam.

“Through this program and the experience I have attained at SBU, I believe that I have a better understanding of the world of safety and security,” Hornbostel said. “With this knowledge, I am better equipped to serve the University in a positive, professional manner and to effectively lead our officers to serve in like fashion.”

Hornbostel began work at SBU as a safety and security officer in 2010. He has also received certification as a Taser Instructor through Taser International and Defensive Tactics Instructor through Peacekeepers Training, as well as completed IFPO’s Basic Protection Officer program.

After earning an associate of science in law enforcement from Missouri Southern State University, Hornbostel received a bachelor of arts in Christian ministry with a pastoral ministry emphasis from SBU. He is pursuing a master of theological studies with a church planting emphasis at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, Rebecca, serves as assistant manager of credit and collections at SBU.

 

 

BKD Foundation donates $25,000 to Taylor Center project

BKD donationThe BKD Foundation, the charitable arm of BKD LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm with offices in Springfield, donated $25,000 toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center that houses the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University. Construction is expected to begin in January 2016 on the $2.7 million project. Pictured are, from left, Ron Maupin, SBU’s vice president of administration and chief financial officer; Kim Hamm, a partner with BKD LLP representing the BKD Foundation; and Tara Parson, controller at SBU.

SBU CIS Department 2015 graduating class achieves 100 percent job placement

The 20 graduating students in the Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department at Southwest Baptist University have achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate.

“We are not satisfied until all of our graduates have job offers from great companies and organizations or have been admitted to a graduate program,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and chair of the CIS department. “This year, like almost every year, the opportunities for our students in the software engineering marketplace were numerous. We feel very blessed to have been a part of their success.”

The CIS department graduating class has achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate in 12 of the last 14 years.

The 2015 CIS graduates will start work at the following companies:

  • Kenson Ashton, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Alexandra Barcus, a web systems and design major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Tanner Barnes, a computer science major, has joined BAE Systems in San Diego, Calif.;
  • Elizabeth Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Renee Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Michael Gooley, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Clayton Gray, a computer information science major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate  headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Bethany Hash, a web systems and design major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Steven Hopkins, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Nathan Hughes, a computer information science major, has joined Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Neb.;
  • Josh Inman, a computer science and math major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Kristof Kinal, a computer science and math major, has joined ExxonMobil in Irving, Texas;
  • Julie McGlaughlin, a web systems and design major, will work for the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board in Zimbabwe, Africa;
  • Joe Miller, a computer science major, has joined Sprint world headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.;
  • Josh Oryall, a computer science and math major, has joined Skyfactor Mapworks in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Justin Stout, a computer science and math major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.;
  • Kyle Wendland, a computer science major, has joined the Department of Defense;
  • Andrew Wilson, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Zach Eggert, a web systems and design major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.; and
  • Ben Porter, a computer science major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members, a faculty associate and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. The SBU CIS department is the recipient of multiple national awards each year and among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

SBU PT professors earn specialty credentials and certifications

Southwest Baptist University physical therapy faculty members have achieved additional credentials and certifications this summer.

Associate professor of physical therapy Amber Fleer, DPT, OCS, ATC, completed Level 1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) course June 13-14.

SFMA is the movement-based diagnostic system designed to clinically assess seven fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment is an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root as either a mobility or stability/motor control problem.

Fleer will utilize this training in SBU’s faculty practice, which is scheduled to open June 2016, and to equip the next generation of physical therapists with tools and skills to better serve their patient populations.

Sarah Jones, PT, DPT, PCS, has earned national recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), which has certified more than 16,000 individuals demonstrating advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas. Jones is now a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (PCS).

To earn this honor, candidates submit a professional portfolio and application demonstrating advanced skill and clinical competence in the specific practice area. After review, the candidate either proceeds to the examination phase or is rejected. If allowed to proceed, the candidate must pass a specialist exam before being recognized as a specialist.

With the formal recognition of Jones by the ABPTS, SBU PT faculty now holds eight such specialist credentials and one fellow status as recognized by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

Sarah Jones, PT, DPT, PCS, will join the SBU faculty as an associate professor of physical therapy, having previously served as adjunct faculty since 2011. Her teaching responsibilities include content related to pediatrics, prosthetics, orthotics, human life sequences and motor control.

For more information about the department of physical therapy at SBU, contact Aaron Weaver, admissions and alumni coordinator, at aweaver@sbuniv.edu or (417) 328-1690.

Four SBU professors serve as AP readers 

SBU professors Dr. Steven Bowling, Dr. Tim DeClue, Dr. Shelley Dean Kilpatrick and Dr. Baochuan Lu joined AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world to serve as Advanced Placement exam readers.

At the College Board’s Annual AP Reading, readers evaluated and scored the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the 2015 scoring sessions, more than 13,500 AP Readers evaluated more than 4.5 million AP exams.

Subjects evaluated by SBU professors include:

  • Calculus by Dr. Steven Bowling, professor of mathematics;
  • Computer science by Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer and information science and professor of computer science, and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science; and
  • Statistics by Dr. Shelley Dean Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology.

“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Bowling, DeClue, Kilpatrick and Lu.”

According to the College Board’s official news release, the AP program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies, with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both, while still in high school. Through AP courses in 36 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

For more information about Advanced Placement credit at SBU, please contact the Admissions Office at (417) 328-1810.