SBU physical therapy students and faculty attend, present at national meeting

Earlier this month, eight Southwest Baptist University Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty members, as well as 20 students, alumni and current clinical instructors from the program, attended the momentous Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the organization representing and promoting the work of more than 90,000 physical therapy practitioners and students.

From left to right: third year physical therapy students Dan Heller and Nick Allard with SBU physical therapy professor Dr. Sarah Jones

From left to right: third year physical therapy students Dan Heller and Nick Allard with SBU physical therapy professor Dr. Sarah Jones

The conference, which was held Feb. 4-7 in Indianapolis, Ind., gathered more than 10,000 physical therapy professionals from across the nation for programming designed by all 18 of the APTA’s specialty sections, ranging from cardiovascular and pulmonary to neurology, oncology, women’s health and sports physical therapy.

SBU’s students and faculty took advantage of opportunities during the event to present and defend their research in various facets of physical therapy, including a group presenting on platform on “The Impact of a Walking Program on the Quality of Life of Geriatric Patients with Dementia: A Systematic Review.” In addition, SBU’s physical therapy program was able to display and discuss the impact of and future plans for its Global Health Outreach, which mobilizes physical therapists to provide physical therapy services to underserved populations around the world.

For more information about Southwest Baptist University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please contact Aaron Weaver, the department’s admissions and alumni coordinator, at aweaver@SBUniv.edu or (417) 328-1690.

 

 

 

Classes canceled, offices closed on Bolivar campus Feb. 16

Classes are canceled and offices are closed at Southwest Baptist University’s Bolivar campus Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, due to a winter storm that is expected to bring significant snowfall accumulation, causing hazardous roads. Students are encouraged to stay on campus until roads are adequately cleared for safe travel. Employees, please contact your supervisor concerning whether you need to report to work.

We want to extend an extra appreciation to employees who are working today to provide meals for students, to clear snow from campus streets, parking lots and sidewalks, to keep the wellness center open and more.

Even though classes are canceled, we must continue to provide essential services for students. The status of some campus services are listed below.

• Chapel: CANCELED
• Wellness Center: OPEN with special afternoon activities
• Mellers Dining Commons: OPEN 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Kaldi’s and Sports Cafe CLOSED
• Library and Computer Labs: CLOSED

Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

Provost Dr. Bill Brown and professor Dr. Kathy Brown to present recital 

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to attend a special concert hosted at Southwest Baptist University by the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24 and featuring Dr. Kathy Brown, professor of music, and SBU provost Dr. Bill Brown.

The husband-and-wife pair will perform a program highlighting a diverse set of composers, including Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Fernando Obradors and Leonard Bernstein.

The concert will be held in Jane A. Meyer Recital Hall, which is housed on the SBU campus within the Casebolt Music Center. For more information about the performance, which is free and open to the public, please contact the SBU Music Office at (417) 328-1644.

Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp portrays Robert Frost in special performance at SBU

Veteran actor Gordon Clapp assumes the role of the late, great American poet Robert Frost in “This Verse Business,” a special one-man production that will bring Clapp to the stage at SBU’s Davis-Newport Theater at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23.

Actor Gordon Clapp (credit: Robert Sargent Fay).

Actor Gordon Clapp (photo: Robert Sargent Fay)

Featuring Frost’s iconic poems and based upon actual lectures, interviews and letters, the show provides insight into the life, motivations and opinions of this widely read, highly esteemed artist and pays tribute to the man behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning work and witty, prominent persona.

Actor Gordon Clapp has earned numerous plaudits throughout his decades-long career, including an Emmy Award for his role in “NYPD Blue” and a Tony nomination for his work in the all-star Broadway revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet. Since 2008, he has performed in “This Verse Business,” which was penned by playwright A.M. Dolan.

The performance is free and open to the public as a presentation of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, which brings notable authors and figures to SBU. The Davis-Newport Theater is housed on campus within the Jester Learning and Performance Center.

For more information, contact Holly Hill-Stanford, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Barnett-Padgett Literary Artist Series, at (417) 328-1682 or hhill@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Computer and Information Sciences chair to be published in prominent journal

Come May, the work of Southwest Baptist University’s Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, will be published in the prestigious Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (JCSC), a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC).

The work of Dr. Tim DeClue, Department of Computer and Information Sciences chair, will be published this May.

This May, the work of Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, will be published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges.

The work to be published details instruction on Earsketch, a unique Python programming environment combining code writing and music production. “Earsketch is really a ground-breaking tool,” DeClue said. “It can be used to teach the principles of computer science while at the same time creating some incredible music. It is a winning combination.”

In addition to publication in JCSC, DeClue’s tutorial will be presented in April at the Central Plains regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC), an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals. The tutorial will also be made available in ACM’s searchable Digital Library, the leading online resource of computer science literature, publications and online books, according to the ACM.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has garnered multiple national awards in recent years, and is housed in the nationally ranked SBU College of Business and Computer Science. For more information about the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at SBU, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

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Guest artist featured in exhibition on view at SBU’s Driskill Art Gallery through Feb. 20 

Southwest Baptist University invites students, staff, faculty and the community to view a collection works by Nashville-based artist Terry Thacker, on view on campus at the Driskill Art Gallery through Friday, Feb. 20.

Thacker presently serves as a professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, teaching in the department of fine art. Previously, he was on faculty at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Middle Tennessee State University. Thacker has exhibited widely, including shows on display at such institutions as Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts; the Memphis Center for Contemporary Art; and the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The artwork of Terry Thacker will be on display at SBU through Feb. 20.

The artwork of Terry Thacker will be on display at SBU through Feb. 20.

The show features a variety of Thacker’s photographic collages, installations and paintings done in the encaustic method, which involves the application of wax-based paint to a surface. Thacker will delve into his artistic process and inspiration for the artwork during a talk at the Driskill Art Gallery at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20.

The Driskill Art Gallery, situated on the SBU campus in the Jester Learning and Performance Center, is free of admission and 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 professor Dawn Katzer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1651 and dkatzer@SBUniv.edu

Hundreds of elementary- and middle-school students assemble at SBU for math contest  

More than 500 number-crunching students from Missouri elementary and middle schools gathered at Southwest Baptist University on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 for a math contest hosted by the SBU Department of Mathematics. The 16th annual competition is designed to congregate area youth, provide a positive educational experience and encourage the enjoyment of mathematics in an entertaining, stimulating setting.

The competition field boasted 569 third through eighth grade students representing schools from across the region, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, Carthage, Buffalo, Long Lane, Fordland, Nixa, Marshfield, Neosho, Lake Ozark, Spokane, Monett, Aurora, Branson, Joplin, Fairview, Lamar, Logan-Rogersville, Nevada, Rolla, Webb City, Wheaton and more. Participating Bolivar students came from Bolivar Intermediate and Bolivar Middle schools.

The event centered on grade-level-specific tests (developed by mathleague.org) with various formats and degrees of difficulty to help prepare students for larger competitions taking place later in the year, including the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest, one regional qualifying round of which will occur at SBU on April 11.

For students interested in further math-centered instruction and activity, registration is available for several Math Contest Camps that will host 5th to 12th grade youth at SBU this summer. More information about these programs may be found at sites.google.com/site/sbumathcon/math-contest-camp-2015.

To learn more about the contests and camps, please contact Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics, at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@sbuniv.edu.

Dr. Carney to present diverse program at SBU faculty recital

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music welcomes students, faculty, staff and the community to a piano recital featuring Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Meyer Recital Hall on the SBU campus.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Dr. Robert Carney, pianist and SBU assistant professor of music, will perform on Feb. 3.

Carney’s performance will feature renditions of a variety of works from diverse figures, including classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn; influential modern French composer Oliver Messiaen; Canada-based Alexina Louie, one of that country’s most widely performed composers; and 20th century Russian master Sergei Prokofiev.

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

SBU to host annual Church Music Workshop

Southwest Baptist University once again welcomes worship ministers and musicians to its three-day Church Music Workshop, which will take place Feb. 5-7 and offer attendees encouragement, education and instruction in various areas of music ministry.

Composer and arranger Dennis Allen will headline the annual Church Music Workshop at SBU.

Composer and arranger Dennis Allen will headline the annual Church Music Workshop at SBU.

The event features informative sessions led by distinguished guests such as composer and arranger Dennis Allen, who with his wife, Nan, has written numerous Christian anthems, collections, dramatic productions and musicals, three of which earned Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association for Best Musical of the Year. Their compositions for adult, student and children’s choirs have sold nearly 3 million copies to date. Allen presently serves as assistant professor of worship and church music at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga.

SBU Department of Music faculty associate and accompanist Sara Steele will lead sessions providing materials and methods to those ministering to their congregations as church pianists and accompanists. Additionally, SBU faculty associate Reva Catherine Burgher, director of SBU’s Higher Ground touring ministry group, will lead three sessions offering practical, in-depth training for contemporary worship team leaders, members and musicians.

While workshop programming requires payment and registration, which is available at www.sbuniv.edu/casebolt/music/churchmusicworkshop/registration.asp, the public is invited to attend two free worship concerts to be held on campus. The first will be an evening of praise with SBU’s Higher Ground at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at Meyer Recital Hall in the Casebolt Music Building. The second concert, occurring at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in Meyer Recital Hall, features two groups: the Student Choir of First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit, and Missouri Music Men, an ensemble of worship leaders from across the state whose vocal choir, brass quintet and string quartet will perform.

For more information, please contact Dr. Martha Hicks, professor and chair of the Department of Music, at (417) 328-1633 or mhicks@sbuniv.edu. To view a detailed event schedule, please visit www.sbuniv.edu/casebolt/music/churchmusicworkshop/schedule.html.