Eden Beasley of Cameron receives SBU Library award

Southwest Baptist University student Eden Beasley of Cameron, Mo., was honored by the SBU University Libraries as the Outstanding Student Assistant of the Month for September 2015.

University Libraries’ faculty and staff established the monthly award to recognize outstanding employment characteristics—such as dependability, quality of work, motivation, attitude and cooperation—demonstrated by the student assistants employed there.

Beasley, an English education major, received an award letter from Dr. Edward W. Walton, dean of University Libraries, a certificate of recognition and a gift. Beasley is a student assistant in media services and is one of the 30 part-time student assistants working at the library as a part of SBU’s work-study program.

SBU Enactus launches Community Outreach Ministries partnership

Enactus students (front row, l to r) Lauren Sumner, Erin Corner, Bailey Gardner, Hannah Louvier and Michele Wyatt; (top row, l to r) Taylor Parrish, Community Outreach Ministries (COM) volunteer Creighton Arendt, Tori Bailey, Emily Warren, Lizzie Wade and Sean Bates; and (back row, l to r) COM president Neal Deshazo and volunteer Don Arendt. 

Enactus students (front row, l to r) Lauren Sumner, Erin Corner, Bailey Gardner, Hannah Louvier and Michele Wyatt; (top row, l to r) Taylor Parrish, Community Outreach Ministries (COM) volunteer Creighton Arendt, Tori Bailey, Emily Warren, Lizzie Wade and Sean Bates; and (back row, l to r) COM president Neal Deshazo and volunteer Don Arendt.

Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus team gathered 27 student volunteers to organize donations housed in Bolivar Community Outreach Ministries’ warehouse facility on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The cleaning day kicked off a newly established partnership between Enactus and Community Outreach Ministries. Enactus selects project partnerships with businesses and other organizations so students can make a difference and develop important professional skills.

The team, led by project leader Bailey Gardner, plans to organize future cleaning days at the warehouse and to support the nonprofit’s ventures—including its thrift store, food pantry, weekly community meals and more—by helping develop its volunteer base and increase its community profile through marketing and rebranding.

This academic year also marks a shift for SBU Enactus from doing the majority of their projects in other cities to specifically focusing their efforts on the Bolivar community.

“Enactus’ goal is to be more locally focused this year,” said SBU Enactus president Tori Bailey. “We wanted to give back to the Bolivar community, and we are very excited to partner with Community Outreach Ministries because they help so many people in the area in whatever way they possibly can. We are happy to be part of it.”

Enactus is a global, not-for-profit education organization that is improving the quality of life and

Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus team kicked off a partnership with Community Outreach Ministries and gathered nearly 30 student volunteers to help organize donations for the organization on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus team kicked off a partnership with Community Outreach Ministries and gathered nearly 30 student volunteers to help organize donations for the organization on Saturday, Oct. 24.

standard of living around the world by teaching the principles and values of market economics. Working in partnership with business and higher education, Enactus organizes and motivates teams of university students who teach others an understanding of these principles and values.

For more information about SBU Enactus, contact Angie Brown-Peterson, Enactus co-advisor and chair of the department of business administration, at (417) 328-1754 or abrownpeterson@SBUniv.edu. For more information about Community Outreach Ministries, go to bolivarcom.org.

Enactus community service – Southwest Baptist University’s Enactus team kicked off a partnership with Community Outreach Ministries and gathered nearly 30 student volunteers to help organize donations for the organization on Saturday, Oct. 24.


Callahan to lead nursing bridge program at SBU-Salem campus

Across the country, there is great need for well-trained nurses—a need that Karlae Callahan, Southwest Baptist University-Salem health professions coordinator, hopes the campus’ new LPN/Paramedic Bridge to RN program will help address.

Karlae Callahan, Southwest Baptist University-Salem health professions coordinator

Karlae Callahan, Southwest Baptist University-Salem health professions coordinator

“The bridge program is a way for students who are already LPNs or paramedics to advance their careers and study additional nursing courses so they can become RNs,” said Callahan, who began working on the program when she came to SBU-Salem in 2012. “The program gives students who have previous educational work credit for the first year of nursing classes that they would have had to take.”

Callahan, who lives in the Edgar Springs area with her husband, Terry, an SBU-Salem adjunct instructor, says that the program has been in the works for several years, and that its curriculum and structure is based on the bridge program offered through the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield. The Missouri Board of Nursing approved the proposal for the program in March 2015 with full approval contingent upon a successful site visit to be scheduled late summer 2016. The plan is that the first class will begin fall 2016.

Callahan has personally experienced the benefits of pursuing advanced education. She began her nursing career as an LPN in 1992 before becoming an RN, after which point she worked in smaller hospitals across the state, eventually coming to Rolla to work as a pediatric nurse. She has also earned a master’s degree in nursing education, and is nearing completion of a family nurse practitioner program.

She believes that God has uniquely prepared her for nursing education through this combination of experiences.

“A long time ago, I said, ‘Lord, whatever you want me to do, I’ll do it,’” Callahan said. “I think that instead of only providing care to patients, which of course is greatly important, it’s really important to be able to impact the next generation of people who are going to be nurses.”

She believes that the ultimate goal of the program is to equip nurses to be servant leaders who are prepared to make a difference.

“We want to provide the community with the best qualified nurses out there,” she said. “We actually try to harness [students’] interest in wanting to help others. I foresee a really good group of students coming from this facility and going out and making a difference in the community, and that’s really what all nurses want to do.”

Undergraduate majors offered at SBU-Salem include business, criminal justice, elementary education, general studies, health science, psychology and sociology. Master degrees in education and educational administration also are available. Students who have already obtained an LPN or paramedic license may pursue an associate of science in nursing through the bridge program, scheduled to launch fall 2016; interested students may begin taking prerequisite courses as early as spring 2016. Bridge program students are eligible to concurrently enroll in SBU’s online BSN program, allowing them to work toward an ASN and a BSN.

For more information about attending SBU-Salem, contact Chris Welch, associate director of admissions at SBU’s Salem campus, at (573) 729-7071, send email to salem@SBUniv.edu, or visit salem.SBUniv.edu. For questions about the bridge program, contact Callahan at kcallahan@SBUniv.edu.

KPM CPAs & Advisors starts SBU scholarship

KPM CPAs & Advisors has established a scholarship to benefit top Southwest Baptist University accounting students, starting with the 2016-2017 academic year.

“KPM recognizes the strong accounting program at SBU and is proud to invest in the education of future leaders in the industry,” said Jim Lewis, KPM managing shareholder. “We have enjoyed our rich history with SBU and look forward to continuing our tradition of recruiting and supporting SBU students.”

KPM is a Springfield, Mo.-based firm dedicated to helping clients make the best possible financial decisions for the present and future of their businesses. KPM offers a full range of professional accounting services, as well as innovative technology services and investment counseling.

“SBU Accounting has a long, beneficial relationship with KPM CPAs & Advisors,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “They have hosted SBU’s Accounting Club for informative events and regularly visited our campus to interview accounting majors, several of whom have begun productive careers at their firm. We look forward to this relationship growing even stronger with their investment in the KPM Scholarship Fund at SBU.”

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

SBU Chamber Orchestra in concert Nov. 3

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Andy Johnston, presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Meyer Recital Hall.

The varied program features baroque, traditional and contemporary works including “Fantasia” by Joseph Phillips, which features a solo by principal violist Rachel Turner; two movements from Nazi-persecuted composer Paul Hindemith’s “Acht Stücke”; Arcangelo Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C Minor”; an arrangement of the hymn “Be Thou My Vision”; and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in C Major for Mandolin and Orchestra,” for which Johnston will be the mandolin soloist.

Guest performers Josie Adenuga and Curtis Goss, SBU assistant professor of Spanish, will accompany the orchestra.

For more information, contact Andy Johnston, SBU Chamber Orchestra director at (417) 818-6426 or ajohnston@sbuniv.edu.

New members inducted into SBU’s Delta Mu Delta chapter

The new members of SBU's Delta Mu Delta chapter include (left to right) Jessica Fabro, Katherine Mahon, Melody Glasgow, Brady Kornrumpf, Hollie Lundstrom, Kristen Blair, Blaise Onyiaike and Joseph Wagner.

The new members of SBU’s Delta Mu Delta chapter include (left to right) Jessica Fabro, Katherine Mahon, Melody Glasgow, Brady Kornrumpf, Hollie Lundstrom, Kristen Blair, Blaise Onyiaike and Joseph Wagner.

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 13 new members Tuesday, Oct. 20. Current chapter officers conducted the induction ceremony at Randolph Chapel on the SBU campus.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business. A Harvard University dean and four professors from Yale University and New York University founded the society 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.

Kalena Bruce was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Bruce graduated from SBU in 2008 with a degree in accounting. Bruce is currently a co-owner of Integrity Tax and Accounting in Bolivar, Mo.

The 2015-2016 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Tori Morris, president; Thomas Strubinger V, vice-president; Christine McIntire, secretary; and Garrett McLeod, treasurer. Sharla Bailey, assistant professor of accounting, serves as faculty advisor.

The new inductees of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society are:

  • Kristen Blair, a junior management major from Shawnee, Kan.;
  • Rebecca Brandon, a junior economics/finance major from Alton, Mo.;
  • Stephen Davis, a junior accounting information assurance major from Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Jessica Fabro, a junior accounting major from Billings, Mo.;
  • Melody Glasgow, a junior marketing major from Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Reagan Katz, a junior computer information science major from Hampton, Iowa;
  • Brady Kornrumpf, a senior computer science major from Jefferson City, Mo.;
  • Hollie Lundstrom, a junior marketing major from Willard, Mo.;
  • Katherine Mahon, a junior accounting major from O’Fallon, Mo.;
  • Kelli McNabb, a junior computer science major from Clever, Mo.;
  • Blaise Onyiaike, a senior computer science major from Nigeria;
  • Kensey Slone, a junior international business major from Kansas City, Mo.; and
  • Joseph Wagner, a junior accounting major from Joplin, Mo.;

For more information, please contact Bailey at sbailey@sbuniv.edu.

SBU hosts lecture by visiting apologetics scholar

Dr. Holly Ordway, professor of English and director of the master of arts in apologetics program at Houston Baptist University, addressed Southwest Baptist University students about apologetics and the Christian themes in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien at a Chapel service and an evening lecture Monday, Oct. 19.

Ordway, a scholar specializing in the areas of literature and imaginative apologetics, gave her testimony, describing how she was saved in part because of the spiritual questions that the writings of C.S. Lewis prompted her to consider as an adult.

“Without knowing it, I began experiencing the work of faith through my imagination,” Ordway said. “I didn’t know that I was experiencing faith in these books, but I was.”

She also encouraged students to consider how reaching people with the gospel and using apologetics requires the use of imagination as much as it does reason.

“Imagination enables the making of meaning,” she said. “Let us use all of the means at our disposal to share the good news of God in Christ.”

At a lecture later that evening, Ordway discussed the literary significance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” the spiritual meaning imbued in the tale, and that writers ultimately create great works because they emulate the creative God in whose image they are made.

SBU Jazz Ensemble in concert Oct. 29

Southwest Baptist University Jazz Ensemble presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The evening’s program includes swing, Latin, and ballad selections, and features familiar songs such as “Bernie’s Tune,” “Angel Eyes” and “Jada,” as well as contemporary offerings such as “Next Gen” and “Tri-Bop.”

Directed by Jeffery Waters, professor of music and dean of SBU’s Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters, the18-piece group carries on the jazz tradition of the big band and features students from across various disciplines within the university.

For more information, call the SBU music department office at (417) 328-1644

SBU building to be named after David and Betty Cribbs

Southwest Baptist University’s Board of Trustees voted during the Oct. 20 board meeting to name the David and Betty Cribbs Athletic Practice Facility for the Cribbs family’s generous donation toward the purchase of the building.

The 20,000-square-foot facility at 1951 W. Jones St. in Bolivar will be used primarily as an indoor athletic practice facility.

Judy Taylor Physical Therapy Garden: Trustees voted to authorize the University to begin fundraising and development of a rehabilitation garden in front of the Davis Physical Therapy Building to be named The Judy Taylor Physical Therapy Garden. The garden will be used as part of a faculty-operated clinic that is being developed to provide students with more learning opportunities through practical experiences while providing limited services to the community.

Dr. Judy Taylor has served the University as First Lady for 19 years, diligently attending to the development and needs of students, faculty and staff and contributing countless hours of her time to beautification efforts throughout the SBU campus.

Meyer, Andersen Foundation to be inducted into Philanthropy Hall of Fame: Trustees voted to induct Dr. Ken Meyer and the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation into the Southwest Baptist University Philanthropy Hall of Fame. Meyer has made gifts and pledges totaling $2.76 million to the University, and the Andersen Foundation has given $6.58 million to the University.

The SBU Philanthropy Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to honor individuals and entities who share the mission and values of the University while also investing financially in the University at the very highest levels. Trustees voted to set the minimum gift levels for eligibility for induction into the Hall of Fame at $1 million for corporate, foundation or service entities and $500,000 for individuals/couples.

Pre-licensure Bachelor of Nursing degree: Trustees approved a plan for development of a Pre-licensure Bachelor of Nursing degree to be offered on the Bolivar and Springfield campuses. The degree offering is pending approval of the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Tuition for 2016-17: Trustees voted to approve a 3.1-percent increase for tuition, room, board and fees in 2016-17 for undergraduate students on the Bolivar campus.

Other action items included adoption of a revised budget for FY 2015-16 and acceptance of the FY 2014-15 audit.

SBU’s Board of Trustees will meet again in April 2016.

SBU trustees approve plan for pre-licensure nursing degree on Bolivar campus

Southwest Baptist University’s Board of Trustees approved a plan for offering a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing on the Bolivar and Springfield campuses, with a goal of the first cohorts entering in Fall 2017, contingent upon approval from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

“There is strong demand for nurses within the healthcare field and a strong demand among prospective students for a pre-licensure nursing degree on our Bolivar campus,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “This degree will complement the nursing degrees already offered on our Springfield campus.”

In collaboration with Mercy Hospital Springfield since 1996, SBU has provided nursing and health sciences education at the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in Springfield. Enrollment on that campus exceeds 750 this fall.

“Many of our students on the Springfield campus are non-traditional students,” Taylor said. “We already offer a Pre-Nursing program on the Bolivar campus, but after completing pre-requisites and other graduation requirements, the students then must transfer to the Springfield campus. With the proposed pre-licensure program, these students can stay on the Bolivar campus all four years.”

SBU is in the process of submitting a program proposal to the Missouri State Board of Nursing for approval to offer the degree. The pre-licensure program will prepare a student to take the NCLEX-RN examination, which is required to become an RN. The NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate for Associate of Science in Nursing graduates on the Springfield campus consistently are higher than state and national averages.

“Students will take pre-requisite courses during the first two years and apply for the nursing program during their sophomore year,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, Dean of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “Students who are freshmen at SBU this year could be part of the first cohort, and students entering SBU as a freshman during the fall of 2016 also will have the opportunity to enter the program.”

Health care is the No. 1 high-growth industry in the Ozark region, according to the Missouri Hospital Association’s 2015 Workforce Report, with demand for Registered Nurses expected to increase 13 percent in the Ozarks region.

“We need to be proactive in our educational program offerings to help supply the growing demands of registered nurses for our local hospitals,” Lilly said.

For more information about nursing at SBU, contact SBU Admissions at (800) 526-5859.