Two SBU professors present at MCTM annual conference

Two Southwest Baptist University mathematics professors presented at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) annual conference held in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 5-6.

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics, presented a session on GeoGebra, a free, web-based software that does dynamic geometry and graphing. His session focused on a discussion about how to find and modify activities on GeoGebraTube, intermediate instruction on GeoGebra, and the sharing of ideas on how to use GeoGebra’s dynamic illustrations and activities in the classroom.

Hopkins also gave an additional presentation titled, “Learning from Mistakes on the MCTM Middle School Math Contest.”

Dr. Robert Glasgow, professor of mathematics, also presented at the conference. His session was the conclusion of a professional development program for teachers of grades K-12, which was funded by MCTM and supported by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Two-day workshops were conducted in five sites across the state during the summer with this concluding session at the MCTM conference. The goal of the session was to help teachers learn new ways to teach the mathematical content of the common core standards for their particular grade bands. Glasgow specifically focused on proportional reasoning and worked with teachers of sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Glasgow also assisted with presenting probability material in two pre-service teacher sessions held at the conference.

For more information about the SBU Department of Mathematics, please contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or

Smashey Jones to present Christmas piano recital, Dec. 9

Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones, associate professor of music at Southwest Baptist University, will present a Christmas piano recital at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Meyer Recital Hall.

The program includes Christmas-inspired compositions by Messiaen and Crumb, seasonal favorites transcribed for piano, and contemporary settings of familiar carols.

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

Carr receives Ryland Fellowship

Angela Carr, learning management system support specialist at Southwest Baptist University, received a Jane N. Ryland Fellowship to attend the EDUCAUSE Institute Learning Technology Leadership Program in Philadelphia, Pa., in July 2015.

The Ryland Fellowship program was established to expand opportunities for information technology professionals to attend EDUCAUSE events, thus helping to build future leaders. Recipients are selected on a competitive basis. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic decisions at every level.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in such a great program,” Carr said. “I look forward to the opportunity to promote advanced teaching and learning across our campus as well as to further develop leadership skills that will assist in both my current and future campus roles.”

Carr began her role as LMS support specialist for SBU in June 2014. She is currently focusing her efforts on the migration of all campus sites from the ANGEL Learning Management System to Blackboard Learn in the summer of 2015. As part of her position, she will also provide the initial training to all faculty on how to use the new system as well as produce supporting materials.

SBU Speaking Bearcats receive third place at tournament in Ohio

front row (l to r): Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Kensey Slone, Justin Pullin, Tyler Middleton, Heidi Dehn, Tiana Brownen; back row (l to r): Reece Tabor, Reed Dressler, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, Lyndal Doherty

front row (l to r): Lydia Swisher, Meg Burns, Kensey Slone, Justin Pullin, Tyler Middleton, Heidi Dehn, Tiana Brownen; back row (l to r): Reece Tabor, Reed Dressler, Nik Fischer, Will Wheeler, Lyndal Doherty

The Southwest Baptist University Speaking Bearcats speech and debate team finished in third place in overall sweepstakes out of 23 competing schools at the “Falcon Classic” tournament hosted by Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Nov. 15-16. The team was also awarded first place out of the Pi Kappa Delta chapters.

In the debate portion of the tournament, Nik Fischer and Reed Dressler reached the semifinals of parliamentary debate. The finals for public forum debate was a match between two SBU duos with the pair of Tiana Brownen and Lydia Swisher finishing undefeated and receiving first place over the SBU pair of Will Wheeler and Meg Burns.

The Speaking Bearcats also brought home many awards from the individual speech events, including Meg Burns’ honor of top overall individual performer, an honor she also earned at last year’s BGSU tournament. Burns received this title by winning first place in program of oral interpretation and communication analysis, third place in informative speaking, sixth place in duo interpretation with Lydia Swisher, and seventh place in prose interpretation.

Fischer earned third place in persuasive speaking and fifth place in informative speaking.

Brownen received second place in novice informative and novice impromptu, fourth place in novice persuasion, and sixth place in novice extemporaneous. Her strong results earned her the title of second highest scoring individual events competitor at the tournament. According to coach Dr. David Bailey, this is “a very impressive accomplishment for the freshman.”

Lyndal Doherty won first place in novice dramatic interpretation.

Tyler Middleton received third place in novice prose and earned the title of “Top Novice Speaker” in after dinner speaking.

Justin Pullin received first place in novice poetry and sixth place in novice prose.

Reece Tabor won third place in novice informative and sixth place in novice persuasion.

Kensey Slone received second place in novice persuasion and fourth place in novice extemporaneous.

The Speaking Bearcats team will conclude the semester’s competitions by traveling to Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., Dec. 5-6. For more information about SBU Forensics, please contact Bailey at

SBU student art show on display through Dec. 19

SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery is hosting a student show through Friday, Dec. 19, featuring works in a variety of styles and mediums, all completed by graduating seniors.

Students with artwork in the show are Allison Barnhouse, Jaquilyn Trowbridge, Leah Hopwood, Alyssa Poorman, Ashley Pyeatt, Abigail Ray, Kaisi Sandy, Andie Williams, Tori Wirsig and Jessica Betts.

An artist reception is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18.

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 comes out on top in inaugural CatFight Giving Challenge

BOLIVAR, Mo. —Alumni and supporters of Drury and Southwest Baptist universities raised a total of $21,536 during the inaugural Highway 13 CatFight Giving Challenge. SBU came out on top in the friendly competition, raising $13,161 to Drury’s $8,375.

The fundraising event was a new addition this year to the longstanding on-court rivalry between the Panther and Bearcat basketball teams. The schools sought to raise $13,000 each over the course of six days. The final push for donations took place during tonight’s CatFight double-header at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

“It was refreshing to see students, alumni and friends of Southwest Baptist University get excited about giving generously,” said Megan Hibma, assistant director of annual fund at SBU. “Our Bearcats joined together to give back and collectively make a huge impact in the lives of our students. Together we reached and surpassed our goal of $13,000. On behalf of SBU and our students, we’re thankful that Bearcats Give Back.”

Money raised by Drury will support students through the Drury Fund and the athletics fund. Money raised by SBU will go to the university’s annual scholarship fund.

For more information about SBU’s annual scholarship fund, contact Hibma at (417) 328-1801 or

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 or call (417) 533-3007.

For more information about the SBU College of Business and Computer Science, contact Bethards at (417) 328-1757 or 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


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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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