Dearing, Drury crowned Mr. and Miss Southwest

Kailyn Dearing, an international studies major from Bentonville, Ark., and Forrest Drury, a social science education major from Park Rapids, Minn., won the titles of Mr. and Miss Southwest at the annual pageant on Friday, March 13 at Southwest Baptist University.

The 2015 Mr. and Miss Southwest candidates, from left: Morgan Lucy, O’Leesa Booker, Nicki Turano, Kailyn Dearing, Forrest Drury, Richard Young, Grant Teckmeyer, and Manny Ofori-Yeboah.

The 2015 Mr. and Miss Southwest candidates, from left: Morgan Lucy, O’Leesa Booker, Nicki Turano, Kailyn Dearing, Forrest Drury, Richard Young, Grant Teckmeyer, and Manny Ofori-Yeboah.

For the pageant, eight candidates were nominated by SBU faculty and staff and voted upon by the student body for the purpose of selecting a pair of standout students to represent the Bearcat family for the next year.

This year’s candidates for Mr. and Miss Southwest also included O’Leesa Booker of Independence, Mo.; Morgan Lucy of Glenwood, Iowa; Grant Teckmeyer of Lincoln, Neb.; Nicki Turano of Saint Louis, Mo.; Manny Ofori-Yeboah of Bolivar, Mo.; and Richard Young of O’Fallon, Mo.

The pageant featured introductory videos and a talent presentation by each candidate, followed by a round of text-message voting to determine the top four candidates, who then participated in question-and-answer sessions. A final round of voting determined the winners.

During the competition, Dearing used string to create a piece of artwork outlining the continent of Africa while a slideshow played of photographs from a mission trip she participated in there in 2012. “When I was a [high school] senior at Bearcat Days, I would never have imagined being on stage three years later,” said Dearing. “To me, it points to the growth that’s happened and the faculty, staff and friends who have poured into me at SBU.” She hopes to attend physical therapy school after graduation and pursue missionary work.

Mr. and Miss Southwest winners Kailyn Dearing and Forrest Drury

Mr. and Miss Southwest winners Kailyn Dearing and Forrest Drury

Drury presented a humorous mock-cooking show in which he portrayed “Chad,” a heavily accented Canadian culinary expert demonstrating his scrambled-eggs-making method. “It was so fun that night to [show] what we had been practicing, and the audience was really supportive,” said Drury. “It was really exciting just to get nominated. I felt like it was a really big honor.” After graduation, Drury intends to teach social science and become a high school coach.

The beginnings of the “Miss Southwest” pageant date back to the 1930s, with “Mr. Southwest” being added in 1963. The pageant, which was organized by the students of SBU’s University Activities Council, was one of the keynote happenings of Bearcat Days, the two-day visit event in which admitted students considering SBU attendance were hosted on campus March 13-14.

For more information about Mr. and Miss Southwest, please contact student activities director Nathan Penland, who may be reached at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@sbuniv.edu.

Jones, Wimberly commended with honorary doctorates from SBU

James (Jim) Jones ’86 and Louise Wimberly ’49, both of Bolivar, received honorary doctorates from Southwest Baptist University during the annual Founders’ Day chapel service held Monday, March 16 at SBU.

SBU awards honorary doctorates annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to society and to kingdom work.

James Gatlin Jones ’86

Jones graduated from SBU in 1986 with a double major in economics and business. His professional career began at Metropolitan Life in Springfield, Mo. In 1992, Jones returned to SBU to join the College of Business and Computer Science faculty. Later, he founded Sterling Investment Advisers LLC, where he presently serves as the president and portfolio manager. He received an Honorary Doctor of Business.

In introducing Jones, Dr. Susan Lynch, professor emeritus of business administration, praised his aptitude for business and recalled his early days at SBU. “I always told my students here at SBU that, contrary to the popular figure of speech, I believe there are times that you can have your cake and eat it, too, but first you must earn that ‘cake’,” said Lynch. “Jim Jones earned his ‘cake’ here at SBU, the foundation of his professional career … Jim has earned and built a marvelous ‘cake.’”

In response, Jones, who has obtained numerous honors and accolades throughout his career, encouraged students to examine their hearts and motivations and follow Christ’s pattern of acting out of love. “It was precisely because Jesus did not desire power, but was only motivated by love, that qualified Him as being worthy of all honor, praise and power,” said Jones. “Your actions will only be motivated by love or power, not both, because they are diametrically opposed. Which will you choose? I really pray that you will choose to follow Jesus and follow love.”

Louise Wimberly ’49

Louise Wimberly graduated from Southwest Baptist College in 1949 with an associate of arts degree. Wimberly invested the majority of her professional career at First Baptist Church of Bolivar, from which she retired in 1993. Wimberly found time to invest in the community of Bolivar through numerous outreach projects such as mowing lawns for Bolivar residents who are unable to maintain them and picking up trash on and near the square. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities.

Brad Johnson, Ed.D, vice president of university relations, introduced Wimberly, whom he praised for her humility, kindness and service. “It is my privilege to present to you an individual deserving of honor and recognition, one who has lived a life characterized by selfless dedication to her community, her alma mater, and most importantly, to her Lord,” he said. “SBU has a long history of producing servant leaders that influence the world for Christ. The dedication and service of this individual is truly uncommon.”

Wimberly then commended SBU’s role in the community and the efforts of its faculty. “I like to see the faculty come down the aisle in their robes of many colors,” Wimberly said. “I think of the many years of study that it took to have the right to wear those colors. That is the most beautiful sight on campus, the faculty coming down the aisle in their colored robes, showing that they are serious about teaching students here to become what they need to become in this world.”

About Founders’ Day

SBU was founded 137 years ago this coming fall semester, in 1878, when James Rogers Maupin and Abner Smith Ingman established Southwest Baptist College in Lebanon. A year later, the college moved to Bolivar. Founders’ Day is a time set aside to reflect on the university’s history and heritage.

“Founders’ Day is an important time when we are challenged to reflect on our past and to thank God for the men and women who have gone before us and created an environment that inspires us to be successful today,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

Taylor encouraged attendees to contemplate the lasting impact made at SBU by those who remained faithful and obedient to God’s calling.

“We must recognize that we would not have survived if God had not had His hand on this University, and we would not be able to enjoy the successes of today, if the heroes of the past had not answered God’s call to be a part of the Kingdom’s enterprise here at SBU,” he said.

For more information about Founders’ Day, please contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805.

“Winds and Friends” concert to take place at SBU

The Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University presents the “Winds and Friends” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus. The free performance features SBU Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Brian K. Hopwood, professor and director of instrumental studies. The symphony will be joined by a special guest ensemble: the Logan-Rogersville High School Band, conducted by Jim Shannon.

The evening’s program begins with American composer Jack Stamp’s “Past the Equinox,” which musically depicts a period just following the equinox when the duration of daytime is slightly longer than nighttime. That work will be followed by renditions of the classic hymn “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and composer John Mackey’s “Sheltering Sky,” a recent lyrical work employing two original melodies that are reminiscent of folksongs and harmonized with lush extended harmonies.

Next will be Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost’s “Suite Provençale,” a four-movement suite based on authentic folk tunes from the Provence region in France. Three compositions by Austrian-born composer Percy Grainger will also be performed, including “Six Dukes Went A-Fishin’”and “Early One Morning,”both of which arelyrical settings of English folk songs, and “Handel in the Strand,” a lively and cheerful clog-dance piece.

The evening will be concluded by a joint performance by both bands of “Anthem,” a work by the late Claude T. Smith, a Missouri composer.

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

SBU physical therapy program to assist mobility-impaired children with groundbreaking Go Baby Go project

Students and faculty of SBU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program invite the community to partner with them in Go Baby Go, a project that seeks to help children with special needs gain mobility and independence by providing them with specially modified toy cars in which to ride. Those interested in assisting the project locally can attend an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, or the first car-building day on Friday, April 10. Both the informational meeting and the build day will be hosted at SBU’s Davis Family Physical Therapy Center.

Go Baby Go was founded at the University of Delaware and provides specially modified toy cars to special needs children.

Go Baby Go was founded at the University of Delaware and provides specially modified toy cars to special needs children.

Begun at the University of Delaware by a physical therapy professor there in 2006, Go Baby Go has spread to universities and communities across the country and been highlighted by “The New York Times,” NBC News and others. The modified cars are able to profoundly impact movement-impaired children by allowing them the means to move about and explore their environments, which has been shown to increase language skills, play skills and socialization.

In order for Go Baby Go at SBU to be a success, donations of physical supplies—including toy cars and modification supplies such as PVC pipe and foam supports—are needed. Financial support is also needed, as the total cost to modify each car amounts to about $100. Assistance constructing the cars on build day is also welcomed.

For more information about the project and how to assist, please contact physical therapy faculty member Sarah Jones, DPT, at sxjones@sbuniv.edu or (417) 328-1567.

Guest speakers minister to SBU students at The Alteration conference, Chapel service

Noted author and speaker Kandy Persall encouraged Southwest Baptist University students to take hold of their mental “mice”—the harmful thoughts and ideas causing doubts and impairing their relationships with others and with God—at SBU’s weekly campus Chapel service on Monday, March 2.

“We need to capture these thoughts,” said Persall, referring to the Apostle Paul’s call in 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 to take thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.

Persall shared similar concepts this past weekend as a guest at “The Alteration,” the second annual SBU women’s conference. This year’s event—which was held Feb. 27-28 and included guest speakers, small group discussions, prayer and worship—was based upon the theme of “Mind Interrupted” and examined how the mind affects one’s outlook, self-image and relationships.

“We found that people aren’t thinking and talking about our minds and thoughts, and we are vulnerable to expose those,” said SBU residence life director and event organizer Landee Nevills of why she and the retreat planning committee chose the theme. “[Students] may not have left [The Alteration] with all the answers, but they were encouraged, they have some tools and scriptures, and they were encouraged to claim scriptures in their minds.”

Students were given those tools and scriptures during breakout sessions that focused on specific topics like spiritual warfare, relationships and depression, each of which were led by special guests like Persall. Other breakout session leaders included women’s ministry leader Angela Allen; SBU alumnae Pamela Burke; Diana Gallamore, director of the Center for Global Connections at SBU; Thayer, Mo.-based Lynette Hirsch; Deanna Robertson, also with the SBU Center for Global Connections; and licensed professional counselor Stephanie Husk.

Husk also served as the event’s keynote speaker, in which capacity she shared about the neurology and physiology of the brain and provided Godly insight into the different elements that affect decision-making, relationships, self-image and behavioral patterns.

Thanks to efforts by the planning committee, small group leaders and others, as well as donations from area churches and SBU academic departments, more than 180 students were able to attend the weekend event.

Female students are welcome to attend a follow-up women’s worship night, which is expected to take place in April. For more information about this event or The Alteration, please contact Landee Nevills, director of residence life, at (417) 328-1826 and lnevills@SBUniv.edu.

Two SBU students to be crowned Mr. and Miss Southwest at annual pageant

Southwest Baptist University continues the tradition of honoring one male and one female student each year at the annual Mr. and Miss Southwest Pageant, which takes place this year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.

Front Row (left to right): Kailyn Dearing, Manny Ofori-Yeboah, Nicki Turano. Back Row (left to right): Morgan Lucy, Richard Young, Grant Teckmeyer, Forrest Drury, O'Leesa Booker.     

Front Row (left to right): Kailyn Dearing, Manny Ofori-Yeboah, Nicki Turano. Back Row (left to right): Morgan Lucy, Richard Young, Grant Teckmeyer, Forrest Drury, O’Leesa Booker.

For the pageant, eight candidates are nominated by SBU faculty and staff and voted upon by the student body for the purpose of selecting a pair of standout students to represent the Bearcat family for the next year. The voting will take place by text message during the pageant, which will include opportunities to learn more about the candidates through everything from introductory videos to talent presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

This year’s candidates for Mr. and Miss Southwest are O’Leesa Booker of Independence, Mo.; Kailyn Dearing of Bentonville, Ark.; Forrest Drury of Park Rapids, Minn.; Morgan Lucy of Glenwood, Iowa; Grant Teckmeyer of Lincoln, Neb.; Nicki Turano of Saint Louis, Mo.; Manny Ofori-Yeboah of Bolivar, Mo.; and Richard Young of O’Fallon, Mo.

The beginnings of the “Miss Southwest” pageant date back to the 1930s, with “Mr. Southwest” being added in 1963. The pageant is one of the keynote happenings of Bearcat Days, the two-day visit event in which admitted students considering SBU attendance will be hosted on campus March 13-14.

Admission to the pageant is free and open to the public. For more information about Mr. and Ms. Southwest, please contact student activities director Nathan Penland, who may be reached at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@sbuniv.edu.

Jones, Wimberly to receive honorary doctorates from SBU

James (Jim) Jones ’86 and Louise Wimberly ’49, both of Bolivar, will receive honorary doctorates from Southwest Baptist University during the annual Founders’ Day chapel service at 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, in Pike Auditorium.

SBU awards honorary doctorates annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to society and to kingdom work.

James Gatlin Jones ’86

James Gatlin Jones ’86

James Gatlin Jones ’86

Jones was born and raised in southwest Missouri and graduated from SBU in 1986 with a double major in economics and business. He earned an M.B.A. at the University of Arkansas in 1987.

His professional career began at Metropolitan Life in Springfield, Mo. In 1992, Jim returned to SBU to join the College of Business and Computer Science faculty. During his tenure at SBU, he was the recipient of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award, served as secretary/treasurer of Faculty Senate and served as faculty adviser for Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) for four years.

Jones founded Sterling Investment Advisers LLC in Bolivar in 1995 and began working full time in the business in 2000. He serves as the president and portfolio manager of the company. He holds professional designations as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), 1994, and chartered life underwriter (CLU) and chartered financial consultant (ChFC), 1989, the two latter designations conferred by the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

In 2010, Jim received the Donald Tuttle Excellence in Grading Award, and in 2008, the C. Stewart Sheppard Award, CFA Institute. Jim is a current member of the CFA Institute CEO Search Committee. He has served as a CFA Exam Grader since 1995; served on the Board of Governors, CFA Institute, in 2010 and 2013 and chaired the CFA Institute Board of Governors Planning Committee in 2012.

Jim and his wife, Cheri (Leonard) Jones ’85, have been married for 28 years and have two daughters: Alexandra and Ashton Rutherford. Jim and Cheri are active members of First Baptist Church of Bolivar.

Louise Wimberly ’49

Louise Wimberly ’49

Louise Wimberly ’49

Louise Wimberly was born in Bolivar in 1928, one of five children born to Otis and Grace Wimberly. After graduation from Bolivar High School in 1946, she went to work at the “Bolivar Free Press,” the local Republican newspaper, as a copy reader and officer worker for 25 cents an hour. Wimberly left the newspaper to attend Southwest Baptist College, graduating with an associate of arts degree in 1949. During her time at SWBC, she played on the women’s basketball team, was a member of the band and the “Omnibus” staff, which at that time, had two staff groups known as The Purple and The White.

After receiving her college degree, Wimberly worked for the Polk County Treasurer for a brief time. Her next job was working as an office worker at Bolivar Wholesale Grocery Co. A few years later, she was asked by the then pastor of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Knox Lambert, to join the FBC staff , which she did in 1954. FBC is where Louise invested the remainder of her professional career until she retired in 1993.

While working full time at the church, Wimberly found time to invest in the community of Bolivar. One of her outreach projects, which continues today, is mowing lawns for Bolivar residents who are unable to maintain them. Also, for more than a decade, she spent her Sunday afternoons picking up trash on the square and the surrounding blocks immediately off the square. The sheriff of Bolivar asked Wimberly if a prisoner could assist her on Sunday afternoons, and she viewed this as another opportunity to minister. Today, she still cares for a three-block area near her home.

In 1997, a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was formed in Bolivar, and Wimberly is a charter member. Also, she was a member of the local Bolivar civic club known as Twenty Club. In 1996 she received the Life Service Award at SBU, and in 2007, was awarded the prestigious Bolivar Civic Service Award.

When Louise isn’t performing an act of love for or visiting one of her numerous friends, she enjoys reading, crosswords, cross stich and needle point. She has been a member of First Baptist Church of Bolivar since she was a teenager.​

Founders’ Day chapel is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805.

 

Weather-related status for today, March 4, on all SBU campuses

Bolivar campus: Campus is OPEN Wednesday, March 4, and classes ARE in session (see inclement weather policy below)

Springfield campus (Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU): No classes 10 a.m. or later (including evening classes); offices closing at noon

Mountain View campus: Closed all day

Salem campus: Closed all day

Here is a summary of the University’s Inclement Weather Policy:

Because SBU is a residential campus, the University rarely cancels classes on the Bolivar campus due to inclement weather. However, students will be notified by Angel and/or SBU email if a faculty member cancels a class today due to inclement weather.

Students who commute should use good judgment regarding traveling to campus and notify professors if not able to attend classes. Professors will make reasonable accommodations for commuters who are not able to travel safely to campus.

We appreciate all of our employees who are working to clear campus streets, parking lots and sidewalks. Above all, please be careful!

Singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan to perform acoustic concert at SBU

Singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan returns to Southwest Baptist University at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5 for his first concert there since 2013. The performance, presented by SBU’s University Activities Council, will be a special all-acoustic show on campus in SBU’s Pike Auditorium.

JMMMcMillan has penned widely known songs like “How He Loves,” which was famously covered by other noted Christian artists such as David Crowder Band, Todd Agnew and others. In his decade-long career, McMillan has released four studio albums, his latest being Borderland, a folk-rock praise and worship record which peaked at number three on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and in the top 40 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart.

With ID cards, SBU students, faculty and staff  are permitted free admission to the concert. $10 general admission tickets will be available for sale at the door and online at http://tinyurl.com/BOLIVAR-GeneralAdmTix.

SBU to stage “Pinocchio” children’s opera

Southwest Baptist University’s Opera Theatre ensemble and the SBU Theatre program together invite students, faculty, staff and the community to their production of “Pinocchio, a one-act opera for children that will be staged on campus at 7 p.m., March 12-14. Members of the media interested in viewing, photographing or filming the performance are welcome to attend media night at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 10. ​

The 50-minute opera is based upon the beloved Italian tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy and learns the value of honesty. The production, which is in English, incorporates selections of famous operas by masters such as Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Jacques Offenbach.

“Pinocchio” will be presented in the Davis-Newport Theater, which is located on the SBU campus within the Jester Learning and Performance Center.

To purchase tickets for the production, please contact the Box Office by phone at (417) 328-1691. Ticket prices are $3 for SBU students and children under 13; $5 for students of other schools, senior citizens and alumni; and $8 for adults.  Current and retired faculty and staff may attend at no cost.

For more information about the production, please contact theatre instructor Jonathan Wehmeyer, who may be reached at (417) 328-1954 or jwehmeyer@SBUniv.edu. Members of the media interested in attending the media performance may contact Charlotte Marsch, Director of Marketing and Communications.