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SBU opens school year with two new department chairs

Dr. Ronda Credille

Dr. Ronda Credille

With the beginning of the Fall 2014 semester less than a week away, Southwest Baptist University has two new department chairs on the Bolivar campus.

Ronda Credille, Ph.D., professor of business administration, is now chair of the Department of Business Administration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and has taught at SBU since 1990.

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah, Ph.D., professor of political science, is now chair of the Department of History and Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and has taught at SBU since 1997.

Welcome Week orientation for freshmen and new transfer students begins Thursday, Aug. 21, and all other students return Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, with fall classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25. Formal convocation is Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Registration is still available for fall classes. For more information, call (417) 328-1810 or (800) 526-5859.

SBU receives full initial accreditation for Bachelor of Social Work program

At the culmination of a four-year accreditation process, Southwest Baptist University’s Bachelor of Social Work program has received initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.

“The program is really such a part of the mission of the university,” said Christine Saladino, M.A.C.E., L.M.S.W., assistant professor of social work and BSW program director. “I see social work as really being Christ’s hands and feet in this world and going out and ministering to people even globally.”

As the B.S.W. program director, Saladinooversees the curriculum, assessment and accreditation. Amanda Keys, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Ph.D., instructor of social work, is the director of field education in social work. She organizes and supervises student field experiences. The program requires each student to complete 450 hours in an agency setting during the senior year.

“The field education component is one of our strengths,” Saladino said. “We have had students in a variety of settings, and we have had excellent, excellent field instructors that really pour into our students and have been such a blessing.”

An additional benefit of the B.S.W. program is that graduates can enroll in an advanced master of social work program that can be completed in one year rather than two. An M.S.W. is the terminal degree for a social worker. The B.S.W. prepares students for entry-level positions, but an M.S.W. is required for work in clinical settings.

“We offer students the opportunity to get a professional degree and go out and be social workers in a wide range of settings,” Saladino said. “Social workers work in schools, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of settings.”

Initial accreditation is for four years through June 2018. SBU’s first cohort of BSW students graduated in 2013.

“The Bachelor of Social Work program certainly is a perfect fit with our university’s mission as we prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. By the nature of their work, social workers make a positive impact on people’s lives every day in many different settings,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “We have been so blessed to have Christine and Amanda to skillfully work through the accreditation process to provide this outstanding program for our students.”

For more information about the B.S.W. program, contact Saladino at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu. For more information about CSWE, visit www.cswe.org.

SBU to offer seminar about PTSD and combat veterans

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Behavioral Sciences is offering a free seminar about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat veterans at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the McClelland Dining Facility.

The presentation will be taught by Dwayne Walker, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, a social worker from Springfield, Mo. Walker is a lifetime resident of Missouri and has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Walker currently serves as Team Leader for the Springfield Missouri Veterans Center. This facility treats combat veterans with PTSD and their families, works with victims of military sexual trauma and offers bereavement counseling for those who have lost a family member in combat. Walker has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 21 years of forensic social work experience at the U.S. medical center for federal prisoners. He also has regularly taught college-level courses including more than 10 years of experience with the social work department at Missouri State University. He has published several articles on forensic social work and is currently board president for the Missouri chapter of NASW.

Community members are welcome to attend but should be aware that this will be a technical presentation based on DSM-V standards.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director at SBU, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives award at Great Plains Student Psychology Convention

Emily Gilmore (left) and Jewell Wonnell, psychology majors at SBU, recently attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention.

Emily Gilmore (left) and Jewell Wonnell, psychology majors at SBU, recently attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention.

Two Southwest Baptist University students attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, March 21-22. Emily Gilmore of Poplar Bluff, Mo., is the daughter of David and Jamie Gilmore. Jewell Wonnell of Kansas City, Mo., is the daughter of Mark and Amy Sullenger. Both students are psychology majors and members of SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Gilmore also presented at the convention, winning a first place award for her research presentation based on her internship with the Polk County Drug Court and her Honors Program capstone project. The title of her presentation was “The Effect of Educational Level and Completion on Program Graduation and Longevity in PCDC Clients.”

“The convention was a really great experience,” Gilmore said. “There were a lot of interesting and well-done presentations and it was an honor to get first place in my session.”

Wonnell also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the convention and support her friend as she won her award.

“This conference had many interesting discussions categorized in broad topics, which while being academic was also entertaining,” said Wonnell. “I was also so excited for Emily to earn first place in her division. SBU should be honored to be represented by her!”

Emily Gilmore received a first place award for her research presentation at the Great Plain Student Psychology Convention.

Emily Gilmore received a first place award for her research presentation at the Great Plain Student Psychology Convention.

Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology, is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi and also has advised Gilmore on her Honors capstone project. She encourages students like Gilmore and Wonnell to attend conferences and get involved in professional development opportunities.

“Attending professional conferences is part of professional development for our students. Presenting at professional conferences is even better,” Kilpatrick said. “Students have the opportunity to research a topic of interest to them and share it with those who will be their peers when they complete their education. It is also excellent preparation for graduate work.”

For more information about SBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.

SBU behavioral sciences students inducted into honor societies

The Southwest Baptist University chapters of Psi Chi and the Sociology and Criminal Justice Society (SCJS) recently welcomed nine new members during an induction ceremony.

Courtney Munton and Jordan Noffsinger are two of the students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Courtney Munton and Jordan Noffsinger are two of the students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.

Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology and SCJS is the SBU honor society for sociology and criminal justice majors. Both honor societies require that students have completed a minimum of three semesters at SBU, have completed at least nine hours in their major, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be in the top 35% of the class. This year, all inductees have a 3.4 or higher GPA to meet the top 35% requirement.

All three majors represented by these two societies are part of SBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences. Because of the shared department and a high number of students who double major, Psi Chi and SCJS share officers and activities. SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May 2014.

SBU also offers the Behavioral Sciences Club which welcomes all students with majors or minors in the department of behavioral sciences, as well as other students with interests in the behavioral sciences.

Laura Washburn (right), past president of Psi Chi, welcomes Jewell Wonnell, new president of Psi Chi/SCJS by presenting her the president’s medal. Luke Sease, president of the Behavioral Sciences Club, looks on.

Laura Washburn (right), past president of Psi Chi, welcomes Jewell Wonnell, new president of Psi Chi/SCJS by presenting her the president’s medal. Luke Sease, president of the Behavioral Sciences Club, looks on.

Current officers for Psi Chi/SCJS and the Behavioral Sciences Club are:

  • Jewell Wonnell, Psi Chi/SCJS President, from Kansas City, Mo.
  • Luke Sease, Behavioral Sciences Club President, from Pella, Iowa
  • Zachary Schmidt, Treasurer, from Lebanon, Mo.
  • Kayla Duffey, Secretary, from Billings, Mo.

New inductees into Psi Chi include:

  • Donna Aiken, Mountain View, Mo.
  • Sandra Delashmit, Salem, Mo.
  • Jordan Noffsinger, Anderson, Mo.
  • James Norris, Salem, Mo.
  • Nathan Mourik, Spring, Texas
  • Courtney Munton, Bolivar, Mo.

New inductees into SCJS include:

  • Anthony Black, Camdenton, Mo.
  • John Colliver, Harrison, Ark.
  • Jacob Spindler, Bolivar, Mo.

For more information about the SBU Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, department chair, at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.

SBU professors serve as new editors for ‘The Missouri Reader’

Dr. Julie Bryant, associate professor of education, and Jennifer Fox, instructor of education, recently took over as the new co-editors of “The Missouri Reader,” the state peer-reviewed literacy journal published by the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association (MSC-IRA).

Jennifer Fox (left) and Dr. Julie Bryant (right) from Southwest Baptist University are the new co-editors for “The Missouri Reader,” the state’s peer-reviewed literacy journal.

Jennifer Fox (left) and Dr. Julie Bryant (right) from Southwest Baptist University are the new co-editors for “The Missouri Reader,” the state’s peer-reviewed literacy journal.

Bryant and Fox have completely redesigned the publication, taking it from a static PDF document to a fully interactive online journal. The new look is more visually appealing with full-color pictures and embedded videos and is fully interactive with the ability to rate articles, leave comments and have immediate access to extended information.

They have also redesigned the types of content in the publication. In the past it was simply a scholarly research-based journal mostly featuring long research articles. While it is still a scholarly publication, they now feature shorter research articles, book reviews, classroom stories, author interviews and more.

Both Bryant and Fox had previously served as peer reviewers for “The Missouri Reader” and when the previous editors were ready to step down, Bryant and Fox were approached with this opportunity.

Fox’s area of expertise is in the intersection of technology and literacy and she wanted to use this knowledge to help move “The Missouri Reader” forward. “Through communication with the previous editors, we realized that this organization was struggling,” Fox said. “We want to do what we can to make it better. I knew that helping to overhaul the publication would really help our organization.”

Serving as editors is completely voluntary and they will hold the position until they are ready to step down. “The biggest challenge so far has been the time commitment,” Bryant said. “It has been really time consuming, yet so much fun. We are really contributing to literacy and so it is worth it.”

“It took me longer than expected to just figure out the platform for the digital publication and how to design it with the new format,” Fox said. “But the new interactive design is definitely worth the time I invested!”

Bryant and Fox are also excited about how this will benefit students in SBU’s Department of Education. The students also will have the opportunity to submit book reviews or articles and learn from the information presented through the publication. Three SBU students had work published in this latest edition.

“In the world of education, it is very significant to be published,” Fox said. “So this is a tremendous opportunity for our students.”

“This is also very much a professional journal,” Bryant said. “So it’s great for our students to be able to gain knowledge and be exposed to these professional development opportunities.”

Bryant and Fox teach their students that it is important to not just be active in their fields, but to be leaders. They want to be role models for their students and feel that serving as editors for “The Missouri Reader” is one way they can do this. According to Bryant, “we tell our students all the time that we never want to quit learning and this was another opportunity to demonstrate that.”

With the new online platform, they are confident that readership is increasing. Both professors also recently attended the Write to Learn conference where they were able to promote the publication as a means for promoting literacy in Missouri.

“The Missouri Reader” is a free publication and available to anyone. Membership to MSC-IRA is not required. The journal can be directly accessed at http://www.joomag.com/magazine/the-missouri-reader/M0556812001390325279.

Bryant and Fox feel this has been a great opportunity for them as individual professionals but also, more importantly, is a great opportunity to promote SBU in the education world and provide SBU students with additional professional development opportunities.

“We believe in literacy so much that this has been worth the time. It has been so much fun to do,” Fox said. “It gives us a way to better connect with authors, teachers, readers and others who have a vested interest in literacy in Missouri.”

“We’re completely excited about this,” Bryant said. “It has been so much fun to reveal the new and improved publication!”

14 SBU social work majors inducted into Phi Alpha honor society

Phi Alpha inductees

Front row (l to r): Rebecca Case, Courtni Lovell, Amanda Clay, Clarissa Slattery, Kimberly Bell
Back row (l to r): Natalie Ahrens, Lauran Gilstrap, Kimberly Kuykendall, Trinity Griffin, Morgan Simpson, Rachel Smith
Not pictured: Merrie Jo Cisneros, Cassandra Eggert, Alexandra Phillips

The Southwest Baptist University chapter of Phi Alpha welcomed 14 new members into its organization during a recent induction ceremony.

Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work majors designed to recognize excellence in scholarship and social work achievements, promote humanitarian goals and ideals, and foster a close bond between social work students.

To be eligible for Phi Alpha students must be a social work major, have achieved sophomore status, have completed at least nine hours of social work courses, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and have a minimum 3.25 GPA in required social work courses.

The following students are the newest members of SBU’s chapter of Phi Alpha:

  • Natalie Ahrens, Littleton, Colo.
  • Kimberly Bell, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Rebecca Case, Buffalo, Mo.
  • Merrie Jo Cisneros, Center, Colo.
  • Amanda Clay, Piedmont, Mo.
  • Lauran Gilstrap, Blue Springs, Mo.
  • Trinity Griffin, Belleville, Ill.
  • Cassandra Eggert, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Kimberly Kuykendall, Eldon, Mo.
  • Courtni Lovell, Lone Tree, Iowa
  • Alexandra Phillips, Arnold, Mo.
  • Morgan Simpson, Troy, Mo.
  • Carissa Slattery, Nixa, Mo.
  • Rachel Smith, Arnold, Mo.

For more information, please contact Amanda Keys, director of field education for the Bachelor of Social Work program and faculty advisor for Phi Alpha, at akeys@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Social Work to sponsor free training session

Southwest Baptist University’s Social Work program is sponsoring a free training session on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-V). The session will be led by Dr. Richard Brewer, Psy.D., professor of psychology at SBU, and is from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus in Bolivar, Mo.

The training will address changes from the DSM-IV to DSM-V. The DSM is used as a guide by health care professionals throughout the world for the diagnosis of mental disorders. Clinical social workers use the DSM to diagnose disorders affecting personality, identity, moods and cognition. This is the first full revision of the DSM since the DSM-IV was released in 1994.

A certificate for four hours of continuing education (CEU) credit will be e-mailed to participants after the event. This training session has been approved for CEU credit for social workers who reside in the state of Missouri. Other professionals, or individuals residing outside of Missouri, will need to check with their licensing agencies to see if this session will qualify for CEU credit. Both social work and non-social work professionals are invited to attend.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register for this event, please complete the online form at http://www.sbuniv.info/cess/bsd/DSM-VUpdate.html. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 24.

For more information, please contact Christine Saladino, Bachelor of Social Work program director, at (417) 328-1740 or csaladino@SBUniv.edu.

SBU named a Top College for Teacher Education

The College Database recently released named its Top Colleges for Teacher Education. The new list entitled “Top Colleges in Missouri: Shaping the Next Generation,” ranked Southwest Baptist University 12th out of 41 schools in the state. The list highlights the post-secondary institutions that produced the most education graduates during the 2012 academic year. SBU awarded 256 education degrees in the 2012-13 year.

“Many colleges and universities have tremendous teacher education programs,” said Doug Jones, founder of The College Database. “But which ones are producing the most young educators today? We wanted to identify the colleges making the largest impact on our students.”

To be identified as one of The College Database’s top colleges, an institution must be a fully accredited, four-year, public or private not-for-profit college or university in the U.S. that had a minimum of 10 graduates from education or teaching programs in 2012. The goal of The College Database is to provide free information about education options both nationally and locally to students, parents and other interested parties.

“I am pleased that SBU is among the top teacher producing programs in the state; that the hard work of our faculty, staff and teacher candidates is recognized; and that these servant leaders are influencing students in, and beyond, the state of Missouri,” said Dr. Dwight Haun, chair of the department of education and director of teacher education at SBU.

SBU offers undergraduate degrees in elementary education, middle school education, and secondary education certification in content areas. SBU also offers five master’s degrees in education, an education specialist degree and a doctor of education in educational leadership.

For more information about the SBU education department, please contact Haun at (417) 328-2043 or dhaun@SBUniv.edu.

Cavner shares experiences in Ethiopia with SBU students through Google Hangout

Cavner-Google-Hangout-WebEducation students at Southwest Baptist University were in for a surprise when they began a Mystery Google Hangout Tuesday, Dec. 3. Before the camera went live on the projector, they heard — and recognized — the voice of one of their professors, Dr. Delta Cavner, who has been in Ethiopia since September teaching and doing research through the Fulbright Scholar program.

Jennifer Fox, instructor of education, arranged for the Google Hangout with her Teaching Social Studies class so they could learn about the Ethiopian culture and the research Cavner is doing concerning how to improve education at all grade levels in Ethiopia.

Though Cavner, associate professor of education, is still collecting information for her research, she shared two observations that are holding back the Ethiopian education system.

“Teacher salaries are $30 to $75 per month,” she said. “Even the best teachers who love teaching are out of teaching as fast as they can. I think that’s one of the reasons the education system is not improving.

“Also, education is very rote. When you tell teachers it should be more interactive, they have students stand up and answer questions over what they just read. They have learned about active learning in theory, but they have never seen it in practice.”

Ethiopia is a “least-developed country,” as determined by the United Nations based on income, human assets and economic vulnerability.

“Life is really different here, and I do really miss you a lot,” Cavner told the students. “I have to say living here isn’t as easy as it is in other countries I’ve been in. It has been harder for me to adjust to.”

Adjustments include living in a higher altitude where it gets cold — and with no heat in the buildings. Grocery stores are very small, and the nearest one is about a 30-minute walk from her apartment. Fresh produce is limited. Internet access is difficult to find and is not always reliable.

Another challenge is staying dry during the rainy season.

“I have an umbrella, a poncho, a raincoat and waterproof boots, and I use all of them every day,” she said.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Cavner also encouraged the students to consider participating in the Fulbright Scholar program or consider teaching at one of the international schools in Ethiopia.

“International schools here beg for teachers,” she said.

Cavner will return from Ethiopia in June 2014. Go to http://youtu.be/zW1KZqUbagw to see part of the Hangout session.

For more information about the SBU Department of Education, contact Dr. Dwight Haun, department chair, at (417) 328-2043 or dhaun@SBUniv.edu.