Homeschool Health Fair Oct. 24 in Springfield

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University is hosting the 8th Annual Homeschool Health and Science Exploration Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the College in Springfield.

Pre-registration is NOT required. The free event for homeschooled children in southwest Missouri includes:

• Health screenings — Height, weight, body mass index and blood pressure measurements; hearing and vision testing; dental screenings; flu vaccines offered (if available); scoliosis screenings, recommended for grades 4-9. (It is recommended for girls to wear a sports bra or bathing suit under their top for the scoliosis screening.)

• Interactive experiences in anatomy and physiology, microbiology and chemistry, hosted by SBU biology faculty.

• Educational opportunities — Hand washing/illness prevention; diabetes and obesity education; nutrition and healthy eating education; sports and physical activity education; and kid safety education.

• Demonstration of a medical simulation mannequin.

• Lifetouch photographer on site for school pictures.

• Scholastic Book Club fair with a display of children’s books for sale.

The College is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information, contact Cindy Reed at (417) 820-2203 or Cynthia.reed2@mercy.net.

Tom Douglas to share in ‘Meet the Author’ series on Oct. 23

The Southwest Baptist University Libraries will host its annual Meet the Author series event at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Harriet K. Hutchens Library located in the Jester Learning and Performance Center on the SBU campus.

Tom Douglas will share a presentation of artwork on Oct. 23

Tom Douglas will share a presentation of artwork on Oct. 23

This year’s featured guest is Tom Douglas, associate professor of art and chair of the SBU department of art. Douglas will share a presentation about his latest series of paintings, “The Artist’s Sister,” which is a group of paintings exploring domestic imagery.

Douglas holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in painting and has produced and exhibited works since 1980. He is represented in public collections nationally, including the Nashville International Airport, the city of Atlanta, and various university collections.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Bethany Messersmith, information literacy librarian, at (417) 328-1626 or bmessersmith@SBUniv.edu.

SBU announces winners of Homecoming parade band competition

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music hosted a parade band competition in conjunction with the University’s Homecoming 2014 activities on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Parade bands were judged on music, marching, auxiliary groups, drumline, and drum major. At the conclusion of the parade, participating bands enjoyed a mini-concert by the SBU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music, during the awards ceremony held in Pike Auditorium.

The following awards were presented to bands participating in the SBU Homecoming parade:

  • Junior High Class First Place – Stockton Middle School, Marvin Manring, director
  • Class 1 First Place – Fair Play High School, Leanda Shaw, director
  • Class 2 First Place – Mansfield High School, Autumn Bennett, director
  • Class 2 Second Place – Hartville High School, Kristy Norris, director
  • Class 2 Third Place – Archie High School, Julie Cooper, director
  • Best Auxiliary Group – Archie High School
  • Best Drum Major – Mansfield High School
  • Best Drumline – Marion C. Early High School
  • Outstanding Band of the Day – Mansfield High School

The Bolivar High School Liberator Pride Marching Band, directed by Steve McClard and John Trew, also marched in the parade as the hometown host band, but did not compete.

For more information about the SBU Department of Music, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

Visual Arts Alliance display at SBU Driskill Gallery Oct. 13-Nov. 7

Southwest Baptist University’s Driskill Gallery is hosting a display by the Visual Arts Alliance from Monday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Nov. 7.

The Visual Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization that began in the ’70s and is made up of a variety of artists who work with many different mediums. Many of these artists are also members of the Best of Missouri Hands, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri’s artists and artisans.

A reception is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the gallery. Entertainment will be provided by a woods and strings ensemble named The Simple Gifts.

The Driskill Art Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact Dawn Katzer, director of the Driskill Art Gallery, at dkatzer@SBUniv.edu.

SBU CIS alumni board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences has formed its 2014 Alumni Advisory Board. The board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies, Wal-Mart (1st) and Boeing (30th).

Those board members are joined by 11 other representatives from other highly-respected and innovative companies. The complete 2014 CIS Alumni Advisory Board is listed below.

  • Tim Rutherford ’93, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Scott Kimball ’01, Nokia-Siemens, Dallas, Texas
  • Jessica Funk ’03, Wal-Mart Information Systems Division, Bentonville, Ark.
  • Jennifer Kaylor ’04, ECi, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Nichole Turnage ’05, Oklahoma Baptist University CIS department, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Michael Van Devender ’08, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jesse Lewis ’09, Boeing, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Rebecca LaChance ’11, Accenture, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Ryan McGlaughlin ’12, Garmin, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Brooke Dudley ’12, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.
  • Sarah Van Devender ’12, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jordan Hull ’13, BNSF, Wichita, Kan.
  • Weston Herrington ’13, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.

“We are very proud of our alums,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department at SBU. “They are perhaps the clearest indication of the quality of our program, and the fact that these global companies and organizations have chosen them for leadership positions is quite the endorsement. Our program was blessed when they were here as students, and we were blessed again as they agree to come back and help us chart our course over the next few years.”

The CIS Alumni Advisory Board met on the SBU campus Oct. 3. For more information about SBU CIS, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU announces dates for winter commencement

Southwest Baptist University announced its dates for the Winter 2014 commencement ceremonies. The Bolivar campus will hold commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.

The Springfield campus will hold winter commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, in the sanctuary of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, located at 2210 W. Republic Road, Springfield.

Graduation information will be mailed to December graduates the second week of October.

For more information about the Bolivar commencement, please contact the Office of the Provost at (417) 328-1601. For more information about the Springfield commencement, please contact the Springfield campus at (417) 820-6422.

Dr. Knupps to be featured in faculty recital at SBU

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music, on the euphonium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Meyer Recital Hall.

Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music

Dr. Terri Knupps, professor of music

Knupps will be assisted by Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, on the piano. Other featured performers will include Dr. Jeffery Waters, dean of the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters and professor of music, on the saxophone; Mr. Marc Baker, faculty associate, on percussion; SBU alumnus Taylor Katz on euphonium; and Jake Soltow, senior music major, on electric bass.

Knupps, a native of Magnolia, Ark., holds a B.M.E. in instrumental music from Ouachita Baptist University, a M.M. in euphonium performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana; a M.M. in music history and literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a D.M.A. in euphonium performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

As a performer, Knupps has won numerous regional and state awards and was a founding member of the award winning Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Mo. in 2002. She continues to perform solo recitals, Masterclasses and chamber music through the South and Midwest. In 2011 she performed at the national conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

The recital will feature works from different historical eras and a variety of musical styles. Featured composers include Johann Sebastian Bach, David Uber, Philip Sparke, and Kansas City-based Barbara York, among others.

“This recital will offer some unique music,” Knupps said. “One of the works is a duet for euphonium and alto saxophone with piano, a grouping of two wind instruments that do not have a regular home in the orchestra. The composer does a great job of exploring the sounds of these two instruments in different ways. Plus, I jumped at the opportunity to perform with fellow faculty member, Jeff Waters, on saxophone!”

Another distinctive work is a euphonium duet with jazz combo in Latin style.

“I think the audience will really enjoy both of these intriguing works,” Knupps said. “I have certainly enjoyed preparing them with these wonderful musicians.”

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

Little sisters chosen for SBU Homecoming

2014 Homecoming Little Sisters (l to r): Shekinah Lentz, K’Lea Eddins, Livvy Garrison, Alexa Aldridge, Esther Lu, Kylie Cossins, Aileen Siegfried

Southwest Baptist University has selected the “little sisters” for this year’s Homecoming. Each girl will escort a queen or princess candidate during the Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The girls are the daughters or granddaughters of SBU employees.

Alexa Aldridge is the daughter of Barbara Lee and Michael Aldridge and the granddaughter of Bobbie and Linda Gothard. Alexa is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a princess, teacher, or dancer.

Kylie Cossins is the daughter of Tim and Jana Cossins. Kylie is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

K’Lea Eddins is the daughter of Melanie Palma and the granddaughter of Chong Campbell. K’Lea is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be a ballet dancer.

Livvy Garrison is the daughter of Don and Marketa Garrison. Livvy is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a mom.

Shekinah Lentz is the daughter of Dr. Chuck and Michelle Lentz. Shekinah is in second grade and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

Esther Lu is the daughter of Dr. Baochuan Lu and Jianpu Wang. Esther is in kindergarten and when she grows up she wants to be a ballerina.

Aileen Siegfried is the daughter of Dr. Dennis and Meiling Siegfried. Aileen is in first grade and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.

Homecoming queen candidates and princesses selected

2014 Homecoming Court (l to r): queen candidate Julie McGlaughlin, queen candidate Kayla Bobeen, queen candidate Madison Wertz, queen candidate Kat Graham, junior princess Grace Hotchkiss, queen candidate Corbin Mabe, freshman princess Stephanie Davis, sophomore princess Sierra Massing

Southwest Baptist University students have nominated five seniors as Homecoming Queen candidates. These candidates have been selected by their peers and the winning Queen will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 4.

Kayla Bobeen is a senior elementary education major from Troy, Mo. She is the daughter of Tracy and Kay Bobeen. After graduation in December, Kayla plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Kat Graham is a senior physical education major from Carlinville, Ill. She is the daughter of Gary and Jill Graham. Kat is still considering her post-graduation plans.

Corbin Mabe is a senior athletic training major from Lubbock, Texas. She is the daughter of Toni and Cristi Mabe. After graduation, Corbin hopes to travel somewhere she hasn’t been before and work as an athletic trainer. She is also considering pursuing graduate school in nutrition.

Julie McGlaughlin is a senior web systems and design major from East Moline, Ill. She is the daughter of James and Rhonda McGlaughlin. Julie currently serves as the SBU Student Association president and is considering her post-graduation plans.

Madison Wertz is a senior public relations major from Louisburg, Kan. She is the daughter of Todd and Kristin Wertz. After graduation in December, Madison will be getting married and pursuing a job in public relations.

In addition, class princesses have been chosen by their peers for the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

Stephanie Davis is a freshman elementary education major from Bolivar, Mo. She is the daughter of Steve and Donna Davis.

Sierra Massing is a sophomore public relations and marketing major from Overland Park, Kan. She is the daughter of Ted and Julie Massing.

Grace Hotchkiss is a junior exercise science major from St. Louis, Mo. She is the daughter of Jay and Cheryl Hotchkiss.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (417) 328-1806.

SBU to award alumni honors during Homecoming

Homecoming festivities at Southwest Baptist University will begin with Honors Chapel at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Pike Auditorium, when five alumni will be recognized for living lives of service.

Alumni Life Service Awards

Inspired by the Life Beautiful Award presented each year to one male and one female graduate, President John Dowdy suggested to the Southwest Baptist College Board of Trustees in 1955 that the Life Service Award be given annually to graduates whose lives have exemplified the principles which are upheld at Southwest. The award is the highest recognition that the University can bestow upon an alumnus or alumna. This year’s four recipients are:

Betty Clark will receive a Life Service Award posthumously from SBU.

Betty Clark will receive a Life Service Award posthumously from SBU.

• Betty Clark ’47: Clark’s ministries included being a hospice volunteer, English as a Second Language tutor, Chamber of Commerce volunteer, church organist for 50 years, Sunday school teacher and WMU member.

The Clarks were appointed by the Foreign Mission Board in 1952 and served together in Venezuela until Clyde’s death in 1956. After a furlough, Betty returned in 1957 with her two young children to Venezuela and taught health and music classes in the seminary there until 1961. However, because of political unrest in the country, it became unsafe for Betty and her children to stay in Venezuela. They returned to the states and she worked as a nurse in a local doctor’s office for 30 years.

“Southwest Baptist had a big impact in the training for my life’s vocation,” she wrote after being notified about receiving the award. “I continued my education at Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans and received my R.N. degree. While at Southwest Baptist I made many lifelong friends as well as meeting my husband, Clyde Clark.”

She and her husband, the late Clyde Clark ’47, had two children, Mark Alan Clark and Rebecca Lou (Clark) Rutledge, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Family members will be present to accept the award posthumously for Mrs. Clark, who passed away recently.

Sondra Mahoney, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Sondra Mahoney, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Sondra (Isenburg) Mahoney ’62: Mahoney was an elementary school teacher in the Cabool School District for six years and the Mountain Grove School District for 24 years. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Mountain Grove, where she serves as WMU director and Sunday school teacher, serves on the Pastor Search Committee, participates in the choir and serves as Associate Executive Board Member.

“I am so grateful to SBU for the foundation it provided to learn leadership skills,” she wrote. “I was taught Christian values. I desired to follow the examples set forth by the faculty. The SBU family became my family. Many of my classmates have remained lifelong friends.”

Mahoney lives in Mountain Grove, Mo.

Herbert Pedersen, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Herbert Pedersen, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Herbert Pedersen ’66, ’68: Pedersen has served in the ministry for 50 years and is current and founding pastor of Longbranch Community Baptist Church in Midlothian, Texas. He is an adjunct professor and director of the Ph.D. Internship Program at Dallas Baptist University. He has M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

“My wife, Barbara, who was also a student at SWBC, and I grew to love this University and the wonderful, godly people who taught and served here,” he wrote. “I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without this relationship with SBU.”

Herbert and his wife, Barbara (Holman) ’67, live in Midlothian, Texas, and have three daughters, Rhonda Denise Bailey, Angela Gail Cagle and Elizabeth Ann Savage.

Stephen Whisler, SBU Life Service Award recipient

Stephen Whisler, SBU Life Service Award recipient

• Stephen Whisler ’71: Whisler composed “SBU, Our Alma Mater” in 1981. He served as a faculty member in the SBU Department of Music from 1976 to 1981 and served as SBU’s Director of Alumni/Planned Giving from 1989-2010. Whisler also has served more than 25 churches in southwest Missouri as the interim minister of music and currently attends Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., where he is an executive staff member and a former deacon and former choir member.

“While I am deeply grateful for being selected by the SBU National Alumni Board, I must express my thanks to the late Dr. Ellen Bell who nominated me,” Whisler wrote. “My being selected is a tribute to those beloved and godly people through whom the Lord has worked to mold and shape me through their lasting influences. So as I boast about them, I’m boasting about the Lord.”

Stephen and his wife, Barbara (Field) ’72, live in Springfield, Mo., and have two children, Mark Whisler ’01 and Suzanne (Whisler) Norman, and five grandchildren.

 

Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Association presents the Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni Award annually to an alumnus or alumna who demonstrates the ideals personified by the late Edwin Lightfoot ’40. The award criteria include alumni leadership in the University, dedication to the education and welfare of youth, and demonstrated support for SBU.

Patricia Betteridge, recipient of SBU’s Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni

Patricia Betteridge, recipient of SBU’s Edwin Lightfoot Distinguished Alumni

Patricia Betteridge ’51: Patricia taught high school art, photography and humanities for 25 years. She served as president of Independence Art Association for two years and was in charge of Summit Art Scholarships for Blue Springs Art League for four years. She is a member of Greater Kansas City Art Association, Blue Springs Art League, Summit Art and Independence Art Association. In 2012, she received the President’s Award from Cultured Arts Coalition.

“I am very thankful for the wonderful Christian atmosphere, the dedicated faculty and the precious friendships formed on this campus,” she wrote. “The music program was especially important to me. I have fond memories of practicing with the quartet/octet every day preparing for the special experience of performing and traveling.”

Patricia and her husband Bill ’49 live in Independence, Mo., and have a daughter, Toni Pine.