SBU students to present spring art show 

Students, staff, faculty and the community are invited to Southwest Baptist University to view the SBU Student Art Show, which will be on view on campus in the Driskill Art Gallery Monday, April 13 through Friday, April 24.

The show will highlight students’ creativity and talent in a variety of diverse mediums, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, fibers, photography and graphic arts. Various judges will evaluate the students’ artworks. The “Best of Show” and first, second, and third place winners will each earn cash prizes, while fourth place will earn a variety of art supplies.

Situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, the Driskill Art Gallery offers free admission and is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or the Driskill Art Gallery, please contact gallery director and art instructor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

SBU’s Speaking Bearcats team achieves high honors at national tournament

Southwest Baptist University’s Speaking Bearcats concluded their 2014-2015 season with a successful performance at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, held March 4-8 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The Speaking Bearcats team earned high honors—including “Superior” in Overall Sweepstakes, “Superior” in Individual Event Sweepstakes, and “Excellent” in Debate Sweepstakes—amid a large competition field, which included 79 schools, 513 debate entries, and 1,597 individual entries.

Back row (from left to right): Will Wheeler, Reece Tabor, Mr. Jordan Compton (assistant coach), LeeAnn Maloney, Tyler Middleton, Reed Dressler, Lyndal Doherty, and Dr. David Bailey (director of forensics). Front row (left to right): Mrs. Rebecca Godsey (assistant director of forensics), Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Ms. Jessica Kershner (volunteer assistant coach), and Kensey Slone.

Back row (from left to right): Will Wheeler, Reece Tabor, Mr. Jordan Compton (assistant coach), LeeAnn Maloney, Tyler Middleton, Reed Dressler, Lyndal Doherty, and Dr. David Bailey (director of forensics). Front row (left to right): Mrs. Rebecca Godsey (assistant director of forensics), Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Tiana Brownen, Ms. Jessica Kershner (volunteer assistant coach), and Kensey Slone.

“Preparation for the competition was extensive, but you don’t do it alone,” said Meg Burns, senior team member and chapter president, of the months of practice and competition leading up to the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament. “Through encouragement, advice, and sometimes a few tough pushes in the right direction, you not only improve, but your team does as well. Watching your teammates succeed is inspiring.”

In addition to the team successes, the Speaking Bearcats obtained numerous individual honors, including:

  • Senior Meg Burns earned the Pi Kappa Delta “All-American” award for her excellence in academics and service to her community. She also earned the “Excellent” rankings in Program of Oral Interpretation, Poetry, Communication Analysis, and Informative Speaking.
  • Junior Reed Dressler, the chapter vice president, earned a “Superior” ranking in Impromptu Speaking and an “Excellent” ranking in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Junior Will Wheeler, chapter treasurer, obtained “Superior” rankings in Interviewing—with second place overall—and in Impromptu Speaking as well as an “Excellent” ranking in Informative Speaking.
  • Sophomore Lydia Swisher, chapter historian, earned an “Excellent” ranking in Prose.
  • Junior Lyndal Doherty earned a “Superior” ranking in Broadcast Journalism;
  • Freshman Kensey Slone earned a “Superior” ranking in Broadcast Journalism and an “Excellent” ranking in Extemporaneous Speaking.
  • Freshman Tiana Brownen achieved “Superior” rankings in Broadcast Journalism, Communication Analysis, and Extemporaneous Speaking, as well as “Excellent” rankings in Informative Speaking and Interviewing.
  • Freshman Tyler Middleton earned an “Excellent” ranking in Broadcast Journalism.
  • Freshman Reece Tabor earned “Superior” rankings in Persuasive Speaking and Interviewing as well as an “Excellent” ranking in Broadcast Journalism.

In individual debate, the Speaking Bearcats competed successfully and achieved high marks, including:

  • Two teams—Meg Burns with Will Wheeler and Lydia Swisher with Tiana Brownen—earned “Excellent” rankings in Public Forum Debate.
  • Kensey Slone earned a “Superior” ranking in Novice IPDA, while Meg Burns and Will Wheeler both earned “Excellent” rankings in Open IPDA.
  • Reed Dressler and Reece Tabor both earned “Excellent” rankings in Student Congress.
  • Lydia Swisher earned an “Excellent” ranking in Discussion.

With the 2014-2015 season now complete, the Speaking Bearcats have commenced preparation for the 2015-2016. For more information about the team, please contact its coach, Dr. David Bailey, assistant professor of communication arts and chair of the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts, at dbailey@sbuniv.edu.

SBU to host Chamber Orchestra concert

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. The performance will be held in the Meyer Recital Hall, which is housed on the SBU campus within the Casebolt Music Building.

The concert will begin with the first movement of J. S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5,” which will feature accompaniment by senior Meghan Picking on the harpsichord. The evening’s program includes additional Baroque music: the set of “Three Dances”by Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli. Several contemporary works for strings will be performed, including William Hofeldt’s “Toccatina,” Robert Frost’s “Sanseneon,” and “Turning Point”by Robert Longfield. The concert also features a neo-Baroque piece by Paul Whear called “Olympiad,” which was written as an homage to Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies, by phone at (417) 328-1647 or email at bhopwood@sbuniv.edu.

Talented students to perform in SBU’s “The Casebolt Project”

The Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters at Southwest Baptist University will present “The Casebolt Project – A Fine Arts Program” at Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14.

The performance is a joint venture with various departments and programs within the college, including the Department of Language and Literature, the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts, the Department of Art, and the Department of Music. The evening will highlight the talents of a uniquely creative group of SBU students, from poets and musicians to actors, artists and public speakers.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information about the performance, please contact the Department of Music at (417) 328-1644.

 

 

 

 

Submit your memories for retirement for Drs. Bill and Kathy Brown, receptions planned for May 1 and 7

Drs. William (Bill) and Kathy Brown are retiring after 35 years of service to Southwest Baptist University, and two receptions have been planned.

Reception details:

• On Friday, May 1, a reception will be hosted by the Department of Music in the Sixth Man Club following the Masterworks Concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. in Pike Auditorium.

• On Thursday, May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m., a reception will be hosted by the President’s Office and the University in the lobby of the Casebolt Music Center.

 

Drs. Bill and Kathy Brown

Drs. Bill and Kathy Brown

Bill is currently SBU’s provost and previously was a professor of music and dean of the Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters. Kathy is a professor of music.

As part of the retirement celebrations, organizers are asking former and current students to share some of their favorite memories of the Browns.

Memories can be submitted to the SBU Office of Marketing and Communications at 1600 University Ave., Bolivar MO 65613 or by email to sbucommunications@gmail.com. Submissions are requested no later than Wednesday, April 29, to be included in the retirement celebration.

 

 

 

SBU Jazz Ensemble to give spring concert

Southwest Baptist University’s Jazz Ensemble, the premiere ensemble on campus dedicated to the exclusive study of jazz music, will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

Under direction of Dr. Jeffery Waters, professor of music and dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters, the 17-piece student group will perform a program anchored by three tunes widely regarded as jazz standards: Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight,” featuring junior Christian ministry majorZac Sparks on trumpet; Luiz Bonfa’s “Black Orpheus” and Nacio Herb Brown’s “You Stepped Out of a Dream.”

The evening will also feature a number of contemporary songs, including Matt Harris’ rock-shuffle “17 Mile Drive” and Erik Morales’ Latin-flavored “Kaleidoscope,” both of which were composed within the last five years. Two smooth, soulful works—the ballad “Cerulean Blue,” featuring trombonist Jake Soltow, a senior music and biblical studies double major, and the funk ballad “Across the Channel,” featuring saxophonist Ian Huffman, a freshman biology major—will round out the program.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert and the SBU Jazz Ensemble, please contact Dr. Jeffery Waters at (417) 328-1632 or jwaters@SBUniv.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

SBU forum getting a facelift, new sculpture fountain

Construction work begins in front of the south entrance of Mabee Chapel.

Construction work begins in front of the south entrance of Mabee Chapel.

Construction began Monday, March 30, on a project to update the Merrill Burnidge Memorial Forum in the center of Southwest Baptist University’s Bolivar campus.

“The forum was originally constructed during the 1970s, and it is time to update this part of our campus that is consistently used by many students, as well as for campuswide, alumni and Bolivar community events,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “The updates will be enjoyed by the SBU community for decades to come and will greatly enhance this part of our campus.”

This sketch shows a preliminary design for the sculpture fountain to be placed on the forum. The final version likely will have some differences.

This sketch shows a preliminary design for the sculpture fountain to be placed on the forum. The final version likely will have some differences.

The existing fountain will be replaced by a sculpture fountain that features a globe and the Bible, representing Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:16-20, commonly referred to as The Great Commission, to make disciples of all nations.

“The new fountain will be an impressive centerpiece for the forum, both visually and with what it represents,” Dr. Taylor said. “We take seriously our University’s mission to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.”

Crews began by tearing out concrete sidewalks and steps in front of the south entrance of Mabee Chapel for replacement. Working south, crews will continue replacing sidewalks and steps near the buildings and then work on interior spaces of the forum later, probably after the spring term concludes May 15. The area also will be fully handicapped-accessible and include new LED lighting. Construction is expected to be complete by the first of July.

This photo is of a sculpture that is similar to the one that will be made for the SBU forum.

This photo is of a sculpture that is similar to the one that will be made for the SBU forum.

“As with any construction project, there will be some periods of inconvenience for our community, but the newly renovated forum definitely will be worth the minor inconveniences,” Dr. Taylor said. “We anticipate increased use of the forum by students and others once the project is complete.”

SBU professor presents at Missouri Section of the Mathematics Association of America

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at Southwest Baptist University, presented at the spring 2015 meeting of the Missouri Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA), the largest professional society focusing on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. The meeting was held March 27-28 in Rolla, Mo., at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at Southwest Baptist University

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics at Southwest Baptist University

Hopkins’ presentation, “Calculus Animations with GeoGebra,” focused on GeoGebra, a free, web-based software that does dynamic geometry and graphing. The dynamic feature of the software allows for animations that can illustrate a variety of topics in Calculus, enabling students to make better sense of problems. Hopkins demonstrated some of the animations that he has utilized in a range of courses, from Calculus I through Advanced Calculus, as well as provided suggestions for locating similar animations prepared by other educators.

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

From SBU Life magazine: A Heart for Missions in Africa

This week, we have shared stories of SBU alumni who are living out the university’s mission to be servant leaders in a global society. This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of SBU Life magazine. To read recent issues of SBU Life, please visit http://www.sbuniv.edu/Alumni/SBULife/index.html.


Jason ’95, ’97 and Dorothea ’97 (McGlaughlin) Lee

Jason: B.S. in History and Political Science, M.S. in Education

Dorothea: B.M. in Church Music

By Charlotte Highsmith Marsch ’97

 

With hearts for ministry and a call to international missions, Jason and Dorothea Lee’s ministry has taken hold in Africa. Currently in Kenya, where they have been since 2012, the Lees previously served in Senegal, West Africa.

Jason and Dorothea met at SBU, and after they both graduated in 1997, they headed to Fort Worth, Texas, where Jason taught and coached in area school districts while Dorothea completed a master of music degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They served in ministry positions — Jason as youth minister and Dorothea as minister of music — at First Baptist Church, Highlands, Texas, before moving overseas, where they are fulfilling God’s call on their lives and raising their three children: Janet, 16; Jacqueline, 15; and Jacob, 10.

Dorothea - in Kenya teaching at a church music  workshopAs an ethnomusicologist, Dorothea studies the music of African culture.

“Using music as a strategy for church planting, I help Africans determine what music can be redeemed from the culture and used in the church for worship, discipleship and evangelism,” Dorothea said. “I do this by hosting songwriting workshops. National musicians study certain scripture passages and then create new songs based on their own rhythms, melodies, dances that are based on that scripture.”

Jason is teaching in Nairobi at Rosslyn Academy, a Christian international school with students from more than 60 countries. Though it was originally started as a school for missionary kids, it now hosts students from all over the world from nearly every religious background.

“It is an exciting ministry opportunity for teachers who wish to freely incorporate their faith in Christ with students who may very well only hear the Gospel while living in Kenya,” Dorothea said.

International mission trips and revival teams had the greatest impact on her life, Dorothea said, teaching her about the sacrifice of time and finances for serving the Lord. God began opening her heart to missions after a trip to China with the SBU Chorale in 1994.

“It was during a Chorale tour that God called me to international missions,” she said. “Surrounded by students who were following Christ and professors who both taught and lived out the lordship of Christ, SBU was the ideal place for me to begin to take hold of my own faith. I look at what many of my college mates are doing now and see that SBU was foundational — even essential — in laying the groundwork for those basic habits of discipline and service to Christ.”

Jason said he learned servant leadership through service and leadership opportunities such as serving in Student Government Association, leading a Bible study and being a resident assistant in a residence hall.

“All of those opportunities helped me develop a servant heart and a desire to live out a lifestyle that honors God,” he said. “SBU is full of people who live a servant lifestyle as an example for students to follow.”

The opportunity that changed his life forever, though, was international trips.

“Growing up in a small Texas town, my worldview was limited and definitely didn’t include a heart for the nations,” he said. “SBU University Missions was the catalyst that allowed me to dream what God could do if I allow him to lead me.”


Want to pitch a story for SBU Life magazine? Please submit ideas to Stephanie Benoit at sbenoit@sbuniv.edu.

From SBU Life magazine: A Full-Circle Calling

This week, we continue sharing stories of SBU alumni who are living out the university’s mission to be servant leaders in a global society. This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of SBU Life magazine. To read recent issues of SBU Life, please visit http://www.sbuniv.edu/Alumni/SBULife/index.html.


Ina York ’82

B.S. Elementary Education and currently serving as project facilitator of The Cercadillo Project, Dominican Republic (cercadillo.org)

By Stephanie Benoit

When Ina York, 55, describes her role at The Cercadillo Project, the ministry she founded in the Dominican Republic in 2007, she hesitates to call herself its director or administrator.

“I guess I do a little bit of everything,” Ina said. “I’m here to serve these people, whether that means planning or picking up trash. I think leading just happens to be how God’s using me now.”

Ina York, the project facilitator of The Cercadillo Project in the Dominican Republic.

Ina York, the project facilitator of The Cercadillo Project in the Dominican Republic.

The path that brought Ina to the Dominican Republic included two years at Hannibal-LaGrange University, followed by two at Southwest Baptist University, where she studied education. Afterward, she taught in a variety of settings, including at a South Korean school for missionaries’ children, and shortly thereafter earned a master’s in education at University of Iowa.

Ina taught for several more years, and at the close of each one felt a tug on her heart to embrace full-time missions. “I would think, ‘Should I renew my contract, or is this the year that I go somewhere and do missions,’” Ina said. “I felt very torn between the two worlds.”

It was around this time that a mission trip led by a friend first brought Ina to the Dominican Republic. “I was overwhelmed by the poverty, [but] also the opportunities to do ministry,” Ina explained. “There seemed to be a real hunger.”

Not long after, Ina was called to the town of Cercadillo, where she began a ministry offering everything from Bible studies to health programs to educational activities emphasizing literacy and assisting nearby schools. “[We] help people learn to read so they can read the Bible as much as possible,” Ina said. “We do a lot to encourage education and support the local public school.”

Ina was equipped well for the work by SBU’s education department and its instructors like Dr. Twila Smith. “I remember her saying, ‘We’re not teachers who happen to be Christians; we’re Christians who happen to be teachers,’” Ina said. “So wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, we have opportunities to influence those around us.”

In the coming years, Ina hopes to continue caring for Cercadillo, a community that God prepared her long in advance to serve. “God gave me the vision for this ministry,” she said. “I believe I was born for this time, this place and this village.”


Want to pitch a story for SBU Life magazine? Please submit ideas to Stephanie Benoit at sbenoit@sbuniv.edu.