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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.

SBU trustees vote to reinstate MBA program

Southwest Baptist University’s Board of Trustees voted during the board’s April 28 meeting to reinstate the Master of Business Administration degree.

The MBA program was suspended in May 2012 due to low enrollment and decreasing revenue, but SBU has continued to have approved degree status for the program from the Higher Learning Commission, the University’s overall accrediting body, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the business accrediting body.

Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, presents a check to Southwest Baptist University President Dr. C. Pat Taylor during the April 28 SBU Board of Trustees meeting. The money will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center.

Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, presents a check to Southwest Baptist University President Dr. C. Pat Taylor during the April 28 SBU Board of Trustees meeting. The money will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center.

Classes will begin in Fall 2015 on the Bolivar campus for the Residential MBA that is designed for graduates of the traditional undergraduate program on SBU’s Bolivar campus. A second track, the Professional MBA that is designed for the business professional who desires to return to school to complete an MBA, will be introduced to the Springfield market at a future time.

The program has three distinctive components: Being intentionally faith-based with a focus on leadership and an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

2015-16 budget: Trustees also approved a $58 million budget that includes a 4-percent raise for all employees if enrollment goals are met.

MBC donation to building project: Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), presented a check from the MBC to be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center. The estimated total cost of the project is $2.5 million, with more than $1.4 million raised. Expansion is necessary due to enrollment growth in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science.

Five-year strategic plan: Trustees approved an updated Pathways for Success: 2015-2020 strategic plan. Goals identified in the plan are:

  • Place students first;
  • Commitment to employee well-being;
  • Achieve enrollment goals;
  • Advance excellence in teaching and learning;
  • Integration of faith in all aspects of university life;
  • Enhanced visibility and reputation; and
  • Improve financial health.

During his state of University address, Dr. Taylor also detailed the purchase of a 15,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Springfield campus that houses the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. Total cost of the building purchase, renovations and installation of a state-of-the-art simulation lab is estimated to be $3.5 million. The Springfield campus has more than 700 students enrolled in nursing, radiography and health sciences programs.

SBU students come out on top at Phi Beta Lambda state conference, qualify for national competition

Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) students in the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) placed highly in various categories at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, held April 12-14 in Springfield, Mo. Winning students earned the honor to compete this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago.

SBU had 15 students competing under the direction and support of advisor and CIS instructor Meilani Conley. “I am very proud to sponsor such a talented group of students,” Conley said. “Our students work hard to prepare for competition and the results show their strong academic ability. I am blessed and excited to see our students represent SBU FBLA-PBL at the national level.”

SBU students who won at the state level and qualified for the national conference include sophomore Regan Katz (Hampton, Iowa) in Information Management and Project Management; junior Matt Shaffer (O’Fallon, Ill.) in Computer Concepts; and sophomore Maura Sturguess (Bolivar, Mo.) in Job Interview.

Other national-qualifying students include sophomore Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.) in Mobile Application Development; freshman Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and Kenzie Booker (Carthage, Mo.) in Business Presentation; sophomore Becca Brandon (Alton, Mo.) in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics; junior Steven Harris (Bolivar, Mo.) in Cybersecurity; and junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.) in Networking Concepts. Harris and Shaffer also qualified in Network Design.

Additional members of the SBU team include junior Ashley Morgan (Granite City, Ill.), sophomore Andy Johnson (Piedmont, Mo.), junior Elisabeth Whaley (Fair Play, Mo.) and junior Ruoxi Zhang (Baoding, China).

Missouri FBLA-PBL is the official Career and Technical Student Organization for Missouri Business Education. Missouri FBLA-PBL is supported and run by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Missouri’s FBLA-PBL membership amounts to nearly 16,000, making it the second largest state chapter in the nation.

SBU’s CIS department is home to five full-time faculty, two faculty associates and more than 100 students majoring in computer science, computer information science or web systems and design. The SBU CIS Department is the recipient of multiple national awards each year and among evangelical Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department, at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@sbuniv.edu.

SBU students come out on top at regional programming competition

Southwest Baptist University’s top competitive programming team earned first place in a field of 23 teams from 12 universities at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Central Plains Region Programming Contest held Saturday, April 11 at the College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo. This is the seventh time that an SBU team has placed first in the competition that is informally called the “Battle of the Brains.”

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

Front row, from left to right: freshman Russell Davis of Bolivar, Mo.; freshman Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; freshman Chase Bussey of Sedalia, Mo.; junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; junior Bobby Sterling of Buffalo, Mo.; and team coach Dr. Tim DeClue. Back row, from left to right: sophomore Paul Kramer of Fairview Heights, Ill.; freshman Jordan Brown of Urbana, Mo.; senior Justin Stout of Gardener, Kan.; senior Jarrett Munton of O’Fallon, Ill.; and freshman Julie Ann Bowman of Franklin, N.C.​

“The students have worked very hard this year and it has been an honor to be a part of their success,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, team coach and CIS department chair. “Both of our seniors will be starting work this summer for a software engineering companies, which is the real victory. Jarrett will be working for a defense contractor in St. Louis, and Justin is headed to Perceptive Software in Lenexa, Kan. They have finished this year with a victory and they are headed to their next big victories in industry.”

In just 12 minutes, SBU’s top team—consisting of junior Brady Kornrumpf of Jefferson City, Mo.; senior Jarrett Munton from O’Fallon, Ill.; and senior Justin Stout from Gardner, Kan.—submitted the first successful solution of the competition. They then proceeded to solve four more problems in four hours for a total of five solutions, more than any other team in the field, which included highly competitive schools like University of Kansas, which finished second, and University of Central Missouri, which finished third.

SBU’s second team—consisting of freshman Chase Bussey from Sedalia, Mo.; sophomore Braden Steffaniak of Edwardsville, Ill.; and junior Bobby Sterling from Buffalo, Mo.—finished 11th.

The Central Plains Region of the CCSC is one of only 10 CCSC regions in the United States and comprises universities from Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. The Consortium is a non-profit organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation.

SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences is home to more than 100 students, five full-time faculty and two faculty associates. The SBU CIS Department is a nationally recognized leader among evangelical Christian schools in the production of computing and software engineering professionals. The department’s computer science program is one of only six accredited programs in the nation to be offered at an evangelical Christian college.

For more information, please contact Dr. DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu. Below are the competition’s top 10 finishing teams.

Place

Team Location Problems Solved
1. Southwest Baptist University – A team Bolivar, Mo. 5
2. University of Kansas – A team Lawrence, Kan. 4
3. University of Central Missouri – A team Warrensburg, Mo. 4
4. University of Central Missouri – B team Warrensburg, Mo. 2
5. Eastern Illinois State University – B team Charleston, Ill. 2
6. College of the Ozarks – A team Point Lookout, Mo. 2
7. Missouri State University – A team Springfield, Mo. 2
8. University of Kansas – B team Lawrence, Mo. 2
9. Grinnell University Grinnell, Iowa 2
10. College of the Ozarks – B team Point Lookout, Mo.

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SBU computer programming team finishes 13th in international contest

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) on Saturday, Nov. 1. SBU’s top competitive programming team finished in 13th place out of a total of 145 competing teams in the Mid-Central Region of the ICPC. The team’s 13th place overall finish secured SBU’s spot as one of the top-10 universities out of those competing from the mid-central U.S. (Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee). SBU posted the second best finish out of competing schools from the state of Missouri.

“This is an amazing finish for this team and some great leadership by the seniors,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department and professor of computer science. “I have watched this team practice and they are truly a dedicated group. It is an honor to work with them to sharpen their God-given talents.”

The ICPC is the most prestigious programming contest in the world and features colleges of all sizes utilizing both undergraduate and graduate students in a five-hour head-to-head problem-solving contest. All SBU team members are undergraduate students.

Competing on SBU’s A team were Justin Stout (senior, Gardner, Kan.), Jarrett Munton (senior, O’Fallon, Ill.), and Brady Kornrumpf (junior, Jefferson City, Mo.).

SBU’s development teams were comprised of Julie Bowman (freshman, Franklin, N.C.), Chase Bussey (freshman, Sedalia, Mo.), Paul Kramer (sophomore, Fairview Heights, Ill.), Nate Schulz (junior, Omaha, Neb.), Braden Steffaniak (freshman, Edwardsville, Ill.) and Preston Tate (freshman, Fair Play, Mo.).

Also practicing with the teams this fall were Natasha Bailey (freshman, Urbana, Mo.), Jordan Brown (freshman, Hermitage, Mo.) and Russell Davis (freshman, Bolivar, Mo.).

The SBU competitive programming teams are coached by DeClue and Dr. Baochuan Lu, associate professor of computer science. Dr. James Cain, associate professor of computer science, and Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information science, organized and led the contest on the SBU campus.

For more information about the CIS department at SBU, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

11 students inducted into SBU’s chapter of Delta Mu Delta

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

front row (l to r): Julia Lewis, Christine McIntire, Jarod Robillard, Nathan Hughes; back row (l to r): Fanni Varga, Kristof Kinal, Clayton Gray, Thomas Strubinger V, Tori Morris, Brandon Martinsen; not pictured: Garrett McLeod

Southwest Baptist University’s Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business inducted 11 new members on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. The induction ceremony was conducted by the current chapter officers at McClelland Dining Facility on the SBU campus.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration. The society was founded by a dean from Harvard University and four professors from Yale University and New York University in November 1913. Membership is by invitation only and is based upon the student’s grade point average (minimum of 3.25), class rank (upper 20 percent), and individual character.

Kara Safford was the guest speaker at the induction ceremony. Safford graduated from SBU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in management and marketing. She was inducted into Delta Mu Delta in 2011 and served as the chapter vice-president in 2012. Safford is currently a clinic account specialist for Citizens Memorial Healthcare.

The 2014-15 Zeta Kappa officer team consists of Danielle Epperson, president; Samantha Wolle, vice-president; Megan Roark, secretary; and Hailey Turner, treasurer. Dr. Ronda Credille, chair of the department of business administration and professor of business administration, and Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the college of business and computer science and associate professor of business administration, serve as faculty advisers.

The new inductees of the Zeta Kappa chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society are:

  • Clayton Gray, senior computer information science major from Schell City, Mo.
  • Nathan Hughes, senior computer information science major from Omaha, Neb.
  • Kristof Kinal, senior computer information science major from Budapest, Hungary
  • Julia Lewis, junior intercultural studies and international business major from Joplin, Mo.
  • Brandon Martinsen, junior economics/finance major from Morrisville, Mo.
  • Christine McIntire, junior accounting major from Bolivar, Mo.
  • Garrett McLeod, junior accounting major from Bondurant, Iowa
  • Tori Morris, junior accounting major from Miller, Mo.
  • Jarod Robillard, junior accounting major from Nixa, Mo.
  • Thomas Strubinger V, junior management major from Auburn, Ill.
  • Fanni Varga, senior management major from Budapest, Hungary

For more information, please contact Bethards at tbethards@SBUniv.edu.

SBU CIS alumni board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies

The Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer and Information Sciences has formed its 2014 Alumni Advisory Board. The board includes representatives from two Fortune 500 companies, Wal-Mart (1st) and Boeing (30th).

Those board members are joined by 11 other representatives from other highly-respected and innovative companies. The complete 2014 CIS Alumni Advisory Board is listed below.

  • Tim Rutherford ’93, Federal Reserve Bank, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Scott Kimball ’01, Nokia-Siemens, Dallas, Texas
  • Jessica Funk ’03, Wal-Mart Information Systems Division, Bentonville, Ark.
  • Jennifer Kaylor ’04, ECi, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Nichole Turnage ’05, Oklahoma Baptist University CIS department, Shawnee, Okla.
  • Michael Van Devender ’08, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jesse Lewis ’09, Boeing, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Rebecca LaChance ’11, Accenture, Bolivar, Mo.
  • Ryan McGlaughlin ’12, Garmin, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Brooke Dudley ’12, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.
  • Sarah Van Devender ’12, Inter-state Studios, Sedalia, Mo.
  • Jordan Hull ’13, BNSF, Wichita, Kan.
  • Weston Herrington ’13, Jack Henry & Associates, Springfield, Mo.

“We are very proud of our alums,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department at SBU. “They are perhaps the clearest indication of the quality of our program, and the fact that these global companies and organizations have chosen them for leadership positions is quite the endorsement. Our program was blessed when they were here as students, and we were blessed again as they agree to come back and help us chart our course over the next few years.”

The CIS Alumni Advisory Board met on the SBU campus Oct. 3. For more information about SBU CIS, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

SBU accounting professor receives Enrolled Agent designation

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting

Jenell Wagner, CMA, assistant professor of accounting at Southwest Baptist University, completed the Enrolled Agent (EA) designation process sponsored by the United States Department of the Treasury.

“Having the Enrolled Agent designation will give me more confidence and credibility in teaching the Tax Accounting class,” Wagner said.

An enrolled agent is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential awarded by the IRS. EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

“This is a great honor for Mrs. Wagner and our SBU Accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “Her proven expertise in the ever-changing tax law will benefit our students greatly and inspire many to seek professional careers as tax accountants.”

For more information about SBU’s department of accounting, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.

SBU student receives national AICPA award

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, junior at SBU, is one of just 10 students nationwide to receive a prestigious award from AICPA.

Jenna Durnell, a junior accounting major at Southwest Baptist University from El Dorado Springs, Mo., has been selected as one of just 10 recipients of the national AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship awarded by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). This $2,500 award is given annually to students pursuing their CPA license who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership.

“On behalf of the AICPA, I applaud this year’s recipients of the AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship for their commitment to academic achievement,” stated Joanne Fiore, AICPA vice president of professional media, pathways and inclusion. “These exceptional students are a testament to the strength of the pipeline of talent coming into the accounting profession.

Durnell and the nine other recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 1,190 applicants based on their academic achievements, demonstrated leadership and overall commitment to the CPA profession.

“This is a great honor for Jenna and our SBU accounting program,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, chair of the department of accounting. “The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, and for Jenna to be recognized as a Legacy Scholar speaks highly of her commitment to the accounting profession and the opportunities it presents to provide essential financial services to individuals and organizations throughout the world.”

In addition to the award, Durnell also will now be part of the AICPA Legacy Scholars program, which was established in 2011 and helps students develop the soft skills needed to maintain a successful career. Scholarship recipients will plan and execute community service projects related to accounting that will serve their communities and be meaningful to the students.

“The AICPA’s recognition of Jenna Durnell communicates the quality person she is and validates that her pursuit of excellence is what makes her deserving of such an award,” said Dr. Troy Bethards, dean of the College of Business and Computer Science. “Durnell typifies the type of students we have in SBU’s Accounting program.”

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Clark at (417) 328-1951 or wclark@SBUniv.edu.