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Scholarship begun by Bolivar CPAs, SBU graduates

Chelsea (Kenney) Abercrombie and Kalena (Kenney) Bruce, both 2008 SBU accounting graduates and owners of Integrity Tax & Accounting, a Bolivar, Mo.-based CPA firm, have established the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

SBU graduates Kalena Bruce (left) and Chelsea Abercrombie have founded the Integrity Tax & Accounting Excellence in Accounting scholarship at SBU.

“We’ve had some really great interns, and we wanted a way to financially help with their education,” they said. “It’s important to us that students be recognized for their hard work and we hope that this scholarship will do so.”

Chrissy McIntire, a senior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo., is the first recipient of the new scholarship.

“Our SBU Accounting alumni have been phenomenal supporters of our program for many years, and this scholarship established by two of our top graduates is another great example of that support,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the SBU accounting department. “Abercrombie and Bruce have not only helped our students financially, but they mentor them to help them succeed in the accounting profession. We are truly grateful for their continued interest in SBU Accounting.”

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

 

 

 

CIS students place in top five at national competition

Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) students in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competed successfully in various categories at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Ill. More than 1,800 students attended the event.

SBU teammates (l to r) Maaura Sturguess, Rebecca Brandon, Kenzie Booker, David Thomas, and Regan Katz competed at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Computer and information science instructor Meilani Conley (far left) coached the team. 

SBU teammates (l to r) Maura Sturguess, Rebecca Brandon, Kenzie Booker, David Thomas, and Regan Katz competed at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Computer and information science instructor Meilani Conley (far left) coached the team.

SBU’s nine competing students were coached by CIS instructor Meilani Conley. Students qualified for the national competition based upon their performance at the state level.

“I am excited to see our students receive recognition for their hard work on the national stage,” said Conley. “The SBU PBL team accomplishments on the state and national level show our students’ remarkable academic talent. I could not have asked for a better group of students to represent SBU.”

Regan Katz, a junior computer information science major from Hampton, Iowa, finished in second place in Project Management and fourth place in Information Management. Sophomore Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and sophomore Kenzie Booker (Carthage, Mo.) placed fourth in Business Presentation. Junior Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.) placed fifth in Mobile Application Development. Junior Maura Sturguess (Bolivar, Mo.), junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.), sophomore Rebecca Brandon (Alton, Mo.), senior Steven Harris (Bolivar, Mo.), and senior Matt Shaffer (O’Fallon, Ill.) also competed at the national level.

FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit education association with 250,000 members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

 

SBU to renovate, expand Taylor Center; Mabee Foundation supports project

Southwest Baptist University alumni and supporters have raised nearly $2 million of the estimated $2.7 million needed to renovate the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which houses offices and classrooms for the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science, as well as the department of history and political science.

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

A rendering of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center project

The J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has partnered with SBU in this project by issuing a challenge grant to supply the remaining $500,000 of the $2.7 million needed for the project if gifts and pledges can be secured totaling $2.2 million.

“The Mabee Foundation has consistently supported Southwest Baptist University and our commitment to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Their support and that of SBU alumni and friends will help provide excellent new facilities for faculty, staff and students in business, accounting, computer science, history and political science.”

The project is necessitated by steady enrollment growth in business, accounting and computer science and the reinstatement of the master of business administration program. Improvements will include remodeled existing facilities and new offices, classrooms, and study areas with updated technology.

For more information about the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU, contact Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college, at (417) 328-1757 or tbethards@SBUniv.edu. For information regarding SBU giving opportunities, contact Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president of university relations, at (417) 328-1805 or bjohnson@SBUniv.edu.

For more information about the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center expansion and renovation, please visit www.SBUniv.edu/TaylorExpansion.

SBU student earns Institute of Management Accountants Heartland Council scholarship

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Heartland Council has announced that SBU student Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., will receive one of two scholarships awarded by the Council for the 2015-16 academic year. The IMA, whose Heartland Council encompasses Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, focuses on developing current and future leaders in the area of private industry accounting.

“We are very proud of Matt earning this recognition from the IMA Heartland Council,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Our SBU Accounting program is fortunate to have students like Matt who have the mental discipline and professional decorum necessary to succeed in the accounting profession today.”

The IMA supports students by facilitating mentorship with accounting professionals and offering networking opportunities at meetings and educational events. The IMA also grants one of the accounting profession’s most valued credentials, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

BKD Foundation donates $25,000 to Taylor Center project

BKD donationThe BKD Foundation, the charitable arm of BKD LLP, a national CPA and advisory firm with offices in Springfield, donated $25,000 toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center that houses the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University. Construction is expected to begin in January 2016 on the $2.7 million project. Pictured are, from left, Ron Maupin, SBU’s vice president of administration and chief financial officer; Kim Hamm, a partner with BKD LLP representing the BKD Foundation; and Tara Parson, controller at SBU.

SBU CIS Department 2015 graduating class achieves 100 percent job placement

The 20 graduating students in the Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Department at Southwest Baptist University have achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate.

“We are not satisfied until all of our graduates have job offers from great companies and organizations or have been admitted to a graduate program,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, professor and chair of the CIS department. “This year, like almost every year, the opportunities for our students in the software engineering marketplace were numerous. We feel very blessed to have been a part of their success.”

The CIS department graduating class has achieved a 100-percent job-placement rate in 12 of the last 14 years.

The 2015 CIS graduates will start work at the following companies:

  • Kenson Ashton, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Alexandra Barcus, a web systems and design major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Tanner Barnes, a computer science major, has joined BAE Systems in San Diego, Calif.;
  • Elizabeth Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Renee Coleman, a computer science and math major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Michael Gooley, a computer information science major, has joined Accenture in Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Clayton Gray, a computer information science major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate  headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Bethany Hash, a web systems and design major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Steven Hopkins, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly Corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Nathan Hughes, a computer information science major, has joined Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Neb.;
  • Josh Inman, a computer science and math major, has joined the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo.;
  • Kristof Kinal, a computer science and math major, has joined ExxonMobil in Irving, Texas;
  • Julie McGlaughlin, a web systems and design major, will work for the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board in Zimbabwe, Africa;
  • Joe Miller, a computer science major, has joined Sprint world headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.;
  • Josh Oryall, a computer science and math major, has joined Skyfactor Mapworks in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Justin Stout, a computer science and math major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.;
  • Kyle Wendland, a computer science major, has joined the Department of Defense;
  • Andrew Wilson, a computer science and math major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.;
  • Zach Eggert, a web systems and design major, has joined Lexmark Systems in Lenexa, Kan.; and
  • Ben Porter, a computer science major, has joined O’Reilly corporate headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members, a faculty associate and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. The SBU CIS department is the recipient of multiple national awards each year and among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

SBU students earn Missouri Society of CPAs scholarships

The Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) provides up to 30 scholarships annually to college students majoring in accounting through its Lead & Enhance the Accounting Profession initiative, which seeks to help educate and assist young people interested in becoming CPAs. For the 2015-16 academic year, three SBU Accounting majors were selected for the prestigious scholarships.

“We are thrilled to have several of our SBU Accounting majors recognized by the MSCPA,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the department of accounting. “The MSCPA is the premier organization representing CPAs in Missouri, and this helps confirm that our SBU Accounting students rank with the best in the state of Missouri.”

SBU students selected for the accounting scholarship include:

  • Tyler Davison, a freshman accounting major from Webb City, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.; and
  • Laura Sappington, a senior accounting and information assurance major from Higginsville, Mo.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

Recipients of BKD public accounting scholarship announced

BKD CPAs & Advisors has announced the recipients of its SBU public accounting scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. The consistent contributions of BKD professionals have enabled students to receive more than $3,000 annually in scholarship funds.

“SBU Accounting has benefited from a long and prosperous relationship with BKD,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of the accounting department. “Many of our graduates have started their accounting careers at BKD, some rising to the highest levels of management in the firm. We are grateful for the financial support BKD provides our students.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

  • Steve Davis, a sophomore accounting and information assurance major from Bolivar, Mo.;
  • Jenna Durnell, a senior accounting and information assurance major from El Dorado Springs, Mo.;
  • Maria Martin, a sophomore accounting major from Osage Beach, Mo.; and
  • Ashley Morgan, a junior accounting and information assurance major from Granite City, Ill.

Based in Springfield, Mo., BKD is one of the largest CPA firms in the Midwest. More than 10 years ago, the firm established an endowed scholarship to support the work of high-achieving SBU accounting department majors.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.

Brown-Peterson named chair of SBU business administration department

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, has been named as chair of the department of business administration in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at Southwest Baptist University.

“I am excited to have Angie serving in the role as department chair for business administration,” said Troy Bethards, DBA, dean of the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science. “She has a vision for the department and the drive and desire to move the department forward.”

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, is the new chair of the business administration department in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU.

Angie Brown-Peterson, assistant professor of business administration, is the new chair of the department of business administration in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science at SBU.

Brown-Peterson earned a bachelor of science in business administration (marketing) and an MBA from SBU. In addition, she holds a social media certification from Drury University. She is currently ABD in the pursuit of completing her Ph.D. in business administration (marketing) from Northcentral University.

Brown-Peterson teaches various business administration courses, such as business communications, social media marketing, ethics and professional development, marketing research and advertising.

“As a graduate of the business administration department and a faculty member in the department for six years, I am honored to serve as the department chair of business administration,” said Brown-Peterson, who assumed the role on Monday, May 18. “I am blessed to be surrounded by exceptional leadership, colleagues and students in my new position at SBU.”

 

SBU student named Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants scholarship recipient

The Ozarks Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) has announced that Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo., is a recipient of an Ozarks AGA Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

Matt Randolph, a junior accounting major from Lebanon, Mo.

“Matt’s selection for a scholarship by the Ozarks AGA is evidence of Matt’s growing interest in governmental accounting and his leadership potential in this important area,” said Wayne Clark, professor and chair of SBU’s accounting department. “Tomorrow’s government financial management is dependent on future leaders like Matt, and we are excited he has been recognized by local AGA professionals in this way.”

Since 1950, the AGA has been the educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management and is recognized as a leading advocate for improving the quality and effectiveness of government fiscal administration. AGA serves the professional interests of financial managers from local, state and federal governments, as well as public accounting firms.

For more information about the accounting department at SBU, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@sbuniv.edu.