SBU to name Business College for Robert W. Plaster; Plaster Foundation donates toward business building renovation and expansion

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University will honor the legacy of businessman Robert W. Plaster with the naming of the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science.

A seven-figure gift from the Robert W. Plaster Foundation in Lebanon, Mo., will help fund renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms primarily for the College of Business and Computer Science.

“It is a great honor to name our outstanding College of Business and Computer Science after an outstanding businessman who was passionate about free enterprise,” said C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., SBU president. “The building renovation and expansion will enhance the college experience for our accounting, business administration and computer science students. We are so grateful for the generosity of the Plaster Foundation to SBU throughout the past few decades.”

About Robert W. Plaster

Plaster was a successful businessman who also was a co-founder and active supporter of Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise), which started on the SBU campus before moving to headquarters in Springfield. SBU awarded him an honorary doctorate of business administration in November of 1982.

The Robert W. Plaster Foundation exists to expand the educational opportunities for students in the Midwest through named capital projects. These grants help provide state-of-the-art facilities to students and faculty that position them to have an effective learning environment. This enables educational institutions to keep their tuition lower for their students. The funding of these capital projects positions the Robert W. Plaster Foundation to make sustainable and lasting investments into the future of our nation and promote free enterprise for all.

The Plaster Foundation was formed in 1983 to help students by funding projects for colleges and universities. At SBU, the foundation has made significant contributions toward the construction of:

• Robert W. Plaster Stadium, original construction as well as the recent installation of artificial turf on the football field;

• Robert W. Plaster Athletic Center;

• Plaster Lodge, a women’s dormitory; and

• Jean Plaster (wife of Robert W. Plaster) Conference Room in the University Success Center.

“Southwest Baptist University is a wonderful institution that Dad supported for many years,” said Dr. Dolly Plaster Clement, daughter of Robert W. Plaster. “I know he would be very proud to help the students at SBU in their efforts to learn about our free enterprise system and how to achieve their goals within that system. We are excited to see the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center and the benefits it will bring to the students at SBU.”

About the College of Business and Computer Science

SBU’s College of Business and Computer Science is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs and offers 12 undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration and computer science. The computer science program is accredited through ABET’s Computer Accrediting Commission, the only accredited program at an evangelical institution within a 500-mile radius and one of just six accredited Christian programs nationally.

College of Business and Computer Science graduates consistently rank high on the Major Field Test, with the 2014 graduating class scoring in the 97th percentile in the nation. The college’s four-year average is 91.25 percent nationally.

“I am continually impressed with the quality of students that our programs in the College of Business and Computer Science attract,” said Troy Bethards, D.B.A., associate professor of business administration and dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “The data and feedback we receive indicates that our students continually excel and having an updated facility with which to work will enhance our ability to effectively meet the needs of our students as we move into the future.”

The Taylor Center was completed in 1981 and named in honor of former Missouri Congressman Gene Taylor, a good friend of Plaster. The renovation and expansion project is part of a more comprehensive campaign to be announced later that will include fundraising for endowment and capital projects.

For more information about The Robert W. Plaster Foundation, send an email to Info@RobertWPlasterFoundation.org or call (417) 533-3007.

For more information about the SBU College of Business and Computer Science, contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, information about endowment, estate planning or capital projects, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

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Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU adds VP of operations; SBU names new chief technology officer

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield has added a vice president of operations position to coordinate administrative responsibilities at the SBU branch campus and oversee the University’s collaboration with Mercy Hospital. The college has record enrollment of 730 students this fall.

Bob McGlasson, Ed.D., assumed the new role of associate provost and vice president of operations for the Mercy College of SBU Nov. 3.

“This is a very significant move for us that will help our relationship with Mercy and the growth we continue to see on our Springfield campus,” said Bill Brown, D.M., acting president of SBU.

McGlasson has worked at SBU since 1990 and became vice president for information and technology services from 2003 to 2012, when he was promoted to associate provost for extended learning and technology services. He also served as interim dean of the Mercy College campus in 2013 and early 2014 until Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., was hired as dean of the college in April 2014.

“Mercy’s long-standing relationship with SBU has benefited our community so much by providing quality health sciences education,” said Lisa Person, chief nursing officer for Mercy Springfield. “It’s exciting to see enrollment continue to grow and to be working with Bob once again.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU is a partnership between Mercy Hospital and SBU offering degree programs in nursing, radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health care education in a Christ-centered environment.

Bolton named chief technology officer

Due to McGlasson’s move from SBU’s Bolivar campus to the Springfield campus, the Information Technology Services department has been restructured, including naming David Bolton, formerly director of administrative computing, as chief technology officer and director of computing and information services.

Bolton’s additional areas of supervision include instructional technology and extended learning.

“We are very grateful to David for accepting this new level of responsibility, and we know his experience and expertise will provide the leadership we need in these areas,” Brown said.

Bolton has worked at SBU since 1980, first working in accounting before transferring to information technology services as director of administrative computing.

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SBU presents Madrigal Dinner Dec. 4 and 5

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

The annual event features a five-course meal served to patrons amid the merriment, music, revelry and traditions of Elizabethan England. The Chamber Singers will present repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary genres.

“The music, the decor, costumes, the antics of our Lord of Misrule, the lovable Court Friar—this is truly an evening of great entertainment,” said Dr. Jim Tarrant, director of choral studies at Southwest Baptist University. “Add to that the fantastic food and you have an evening out full of memories. How can there be a better way to open the Yuletide season?”

Tickets are on sale now and must be reserved in advance by calling the music department at (417) 328-1644.

SBU Concert Choir, Bolivar Community Chorus concert Dec. 2

BOLIVAR, Mo. —The SBU Concert Choir and the Bolivar Community Chorus will present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

The concert will feature a five-song, song cycle composed by Paul Basler titled “Songs of Faith.” “Songs of Faith” includes texts from Psalm 150 and Psalm 23, as wellas an arrangement of the great hymn “Be Thou My Vision.” Basler’s “Songs of Faith” is composed for choir and will also feature French horn, to be played by SBU adjunct faculty member Eric Jackson.

Other selections to be presented include Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening,” Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song,” Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque,” and Z. Randall Stroope’s “Lamentations of Jeremiah.” There will also be a four-song set of Christmas pieces in honor of the upcoming holiday season that will include Gilbert Martin’s “The Jesus Gift,” William Mathias’ “Sir Christèmas,” P.D.Q. Bach’s humorous “Good King Kong Looked Out,” and André Thomas’ great spiritual “African Noel.”

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the SBU Music office at (417) 328-1644.

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SBU Wind Symphony and University Band to present concert, Nov. 20

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music will present the Wind Symphony and University Band in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in Pike Auditorium.

The University Band will perform works by Barton, La Plante, Hogg and Nelhybel, as well as Rick Kirby’s, “Different Voices,” featuring sophomore music major Zach Shelton on the piano.

The Wind Symphony’s performance will include Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy,” and Arturo Márques’ “Danzón No. 2,” featuring junior piano major Jackson Brooks.

Both ensembles will combine for the finale performance of Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” a transcription taken from his opera, “Lohengrin.”

SBU’s Wind Symphony and University Band are both conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor of music and director of instrumental studies.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Hopwood at (417) 328-1647 or bhopwood@SBUniv.edu.

Drury, SBU face off in CatFight Giving Challenge

CatFight logoDrury University in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar are taking their on-court basketball rivalry, the Highway 13 CatFight, to a new level this year by adding the CatFight Giving Challenge. The universities have a goal of raising $13,000 each in this fundraising contest.

The challenge begins Thursday, Nov. 13, and concludes at the end of halftime of the Drury vs. SBU men’s basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 18. The winner will be announced at the end of the men’s game.

Money raised by Drury will be split between the university’s annual fund and athletics fund.

“Drury’s annual fund supports a wide range of academic needs for our students, from classroom materials to merit scholarships. The athletics fund helps us continue to support our outstanding scholar-athletes across all sports,” says Dr. David Manuel, Drury’s president. “This fundraising competition adds a truly beneficial and meaningful component to what’s already a really fun rivalry on the court.”

Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

“Ninety-eight percent of our students receive some type of scholarship or financial assistance, and contributions given to this fund will make it possible for more students to attend SBU, where they will receive an education in a Christ-centered, caring academic community,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, president of Southwest Baptist University. “I am so thankful that Bearcats give back to our university.”

Both universities are encouraging online donations during this six-day challenge. Drury donations can be made at alumni.drury.edu/giving, and SBU donations can be made at www.SBUniv.edu/catfight. Alumni and friends of the university are encouraged to make a donation and then challenge other alumni and friends to donate, as well.

Cash or check donations must be received by the universities before halftime of the men’s basketball game Nov. 18 in order to count as part of the competition.

For more information, contact Andrea Battaglia, director of annual giving and alumni relations at Drury, at (417) 873-7353 or abattaglia@drury.edu; or Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU, at (417) 328-1801 or mhibma@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Chorale to perform Nov. 18

The Southwest Baptist University Chorale will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 in Pike Auditorium.

The SBU Chorale is a selectively auditioned choir directed by Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music. The concert will feature a program of predominantly a capella choral music from a span of over four centuries.

The SBU Chorale recently completed its fall performance tour of Springfield area high schools and churches in Springfield and Farmington, Mo. In the past decade, the SBU Chorale has performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association state convention, the Missouri Baptist Convention, and numerous high schools and churches across the state. Since 2005, the SBU Chorale also has performed in cathedrals and other historic venues in Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, including a rare performance in the “Singers Room” in the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

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

SBU computer programming team finishes 13th in international contest

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, Nov. 1. SBU’s top competitive programming team finished in 13th place out of a total of 145 competing teams in the Mid-Central Region of the ICPC. The team’s 13th place overall finish secured SBU’s spot as one of the top-10 universities out of those competing from the mid-central U.S. (Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee). SBU posted the second best finish out of competing schools from the state of Missouri.

“This is an amazing finish for this team and some great leadership by the seniors,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department and professor of computer science. “I have watched this team practice and they are truly a dedicated group. It is an honor to work with them to sharpen their God-given talents.”

The ICPC is the most prestigious programming contest in the world and features colleges of all sizes utilizing both undergraduate and graduate students in a five-hour head-to-head problem-solving contest. All SBU team members are undergraduate students.

Competing on SBU’s A team were Justin Stout (senior, Gardner, Kan.), Jarrett Munton (senior, O’Fallon, Ill.), and Brady Kornrumpf (junior, Jefferson City, Mo.).

SBU’s development teams were comprised of Julie Bowman (freshman, Franklin, N.C.), Chase Bussey (freshman, Sedalia, Mo.), Paul Kramer (sophomore, Fairview Heights, Ill.), Nate Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.), Braden Steffaniak (freshman, Edwardsville, Ill.) and Preston Tate (freshman, Fair Play, Mo.).

Also practicing with the teams this fall were Natasha Bailey (freshman, Urbana, Mo.), Jordan Brown (freshman, Hermitage, Mo.) and Russell Davis (freshman, Bolivar, Mo.).

The SBU competitive programming teams are coached by DeClue and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science. Dr. James Cain, associate professor of computer science, and Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science, organized and led the contest on the SBU campus.

For more information about the CIS department at SBU, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

Contemporary Music Center to perform at SBU, Nov. 14

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music and the Music Industry course will present the “CMC Holotour” at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 in Pike Auditorium.

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) is an off-campus study program in Nashville, Tenn., under the auspices of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The CMC provides on-site training in Nashville for students of member universities who are pursuing careers in popular music. The Nov. 14 concert at SBU is the first stop on a six-state tour.

The 90-minute concert will be highlighted by a live 30-minute performance of an artist using cutting edge holographic technology. The tour features artists from the semester who have worked to prepare original songs in various genres. CMC students direct all aspects of the tour including lighting, audio, planning, scheduling and pre-production.

“I have personally seen this program in action,” said Dr. James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU. “The level of artistic performance and technical skill is fantastic.”

Students in Tarrant’s class at SBU will gain hands-on music industry experience by assisting in all phases of the Holotour’s stop in Bolivar.

“This will be the most talked about concert this year,” Tarrant said.

In addition, the CMC staff and Tarrant will host an informational meeting about the CMC and the University’s partnership in education at noon on Friday, Nov. 14 in the Casebolt Music Building, room 104. Anyone interested in pursuing a career in popular music is invited to attend this meeting.

Admission is free for the Holotour concert and the public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

11 students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 11 new members on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

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

Kara Safford was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Safford graduated from SBU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 2011 and served as the chapter vice-president in 2012. Safford is currently a clinic account specialist for Citizens Memorial Healthcare.

The 2014-15 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Danielle Epperson, president; Samantha Wolle, vice-president; Megan Roark, secretary; and Hailey Turner, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille, chair of the department of business administration and professor of business administration, and Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college of business and computer science and associate professor of business administration, serve as faculty advisers.

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

  • Clayton Gray, senior computer information science major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Nathan Hughes, senior computer information science major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Kristof Kinal, senior computer information science major from Budapest, Hungary
  • Julia Lewis, junior intercultural studies and international business major from Joplin, Mo.
  • Brandon Martinsen, junior economics/finance major from Morrisville, Mo.
  • Christine McIntire, junior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Garrett McLeod, junior accounting major from Bondurant, Iowa
  • Tori Morris, junior accounting major from Miller, Mo.
  • Jarod Robillard, junior accounting major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Thomas Strubinger V, junior management major from Auburn, Ill.
  • Fanni Varga, senior management major from Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please contact Bethards at tbethards@SBUniv.edu.