SBU Madrigal Dinner tickets now on sale

The Southwest Baptist University Chamber Singers will present their annual “Ye Olde Madrigal Dinners” on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

The madrigal dinner features a five-course meal served to patrons amid the merriment, music, revelry and traditions of Elizabethan England.

Tickets must be reserved in advance and are on sale now. For more information, or to reserve tickets, please call the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

SBU Social Work to host “Trauma in the Deaf Community” training workshop

The Southwest Baptist University Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program and Social Work Club are hosting a training workshop titled, “Trauma in the Deaf Community,” from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

The training will be led by Elijah Buchholz, LPC, director of deaf services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

CEU credit is approved for Missouri social workers who attend this training. Other professionals, or those residing outside of Missouri, should check with their licensing board about possible CEU credit eligibility.

The training is free and open to community members, but pre-registration is required. Interested participants may register online at Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 27.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christine Saladino, BSW program director, at (417) 328-1740 or

Marriage, relationships topic of Crabtree Lecture Series Oct. 27-29 at SBU

Gary L. Thomas will speak about his book “Sacred Search” during the Crabtree Lecture Series Monday, Oct. 27, through Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southwest Baptist University.

The author of several books, including “Sacred Marriage,” “Sacred Parenting,” “Sacred Pathways” and the Gold Medallion award-winning “Authentic Faith,” Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church, Houston, and an adjunct faculty member at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore.

His books and ministry focus on spiritual formation: How we can integrate Scripture, church history and the time-tested wisdom of the Christian classics into the modern experience of faith. His speaking ministry has led him to speak in 49 states and eight different countries, and on numerous national television and radio programs, including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.

Thomas will speak four times during the lecture series, and the community is welcome to attend all sessions:

• Sacred Search: Making a wise marital choice — 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Pike Auditorium

• Sacred Search: How do you know if someone is a spiritually wise choice? — 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, Pike Auditorium

• Sacred Search: Is there just one person to marry? And should we be passive or active in this pursuit of marriage? — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, Meyer Recital Hall

• Thirsting for God — 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Pike Auditorium

The Crabtree Lectures are made possible because of an endowment given by retired Springfield pastor Dr. T.T. Crabtree in honor of his wife. The purpose for the lecture series is to help college students in developing strong human relationships in marriage and family life.

For more information about Thomas, visit his website at For more information about the Crabtree Lecture Series, contact Don Denton, professor of theology and chair of the Crabtree Lecture Series committee, at (417) 328-1762 or

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

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

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

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

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.