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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.

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.