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Two SBU professors serve as AP readers

Dr. Stephen Bowling, associate professor of mathematics, and Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology, served as Advanced Placement exam readers.

Bowling and Kilpatrick were selected to participate in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the June 2014 scoring sessions, more than 12,500 readers evaluated more than 4.2 million AP exams.

“The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president, AP and Instruction at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Bowling and Kilpatrick.”

Kilpatrick helped read statistics exams and, according to her tally, graded more than 1,320 exams over a period of seven days. Bowling graded calculus exams.

According to the College Board’s official news release, the Advanced Placement (AP) program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to analyze complex problems, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher (out of a possible 5) on an AP exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

For more information about Advanced Placement credit at SBU, please contact the Admissions Office at 417.328.1810.

Lilly receives Dean’s Legacy Award

Kezia LillyKezia Lilly, dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, received the Dean’s Legacy Award from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She received the award upon graduating with her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

The Dean’s Legacy Awards are given by the CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to an outstanding graduate of each of its academic programs whose achievements and contributions to the school and community exemplify the legacy of academic excellence, service to the larger community and the capacity for leadership and innovation in health care for which Frances Payne Bolton is known.

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@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!”

Reeves installed as SBU’s fifth academic chair

Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., was installed March 10 as the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies, named in honor of Dr. Courts Redford, who led Southwest Baptist College through the Depression and World War II years.

Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., left, dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and professor of biblical studies was installed as the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies during Founders’ Day chapel March 10. Al and Rosemary McCord, son-in-law and daughter of Dr. Courts Redford, were recognized for their donation toward funding the University’s fifth endowed academic chair.

Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., left, dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and professor of biblical studies was installed as the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies during Founders’ Day chapel March 10. Al and Rosemary McCord, son-in-law and daughter of Dr. Courts Redford, were recognized for their donation toward funding the University’s fifth endowed academic chair.

A donation from Al and Rosemary (Redford) McCord of Norman, Okla., established the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies. Rosemary is the daughter of Dr. Courts and Ruth Redford. Dr. Redford served as the 15th president of Southwest Baptist College from 1930-43, shepherding the college through difficult financial times. After serving 21 years with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, the last 10 years as the chief executive officer, he retired in 1964. After moving back to Bolivar in 1966, Dr. Redford again served SBU as interim president for nine months in 1967. The College’s Division of Christianity and Philosophy was officially renamed in his honor in the fall of 1973.

“I thank you so much for your generosity and your long-term commitment not only to this University and especially to the college sustained in the memory of your father, Rosemary,” Reeves said during the Founders’ Day chapel service Monday morning. “I count it as a privilege to have known him when I was a student here. I think about how without him taking the University through the lean times of the Depression, we wouldn’t be here today. Then I think about how the Lord honored his work and provided blessings to you so that you might be a blessing to us. Thank you so much.”

Reeves is dean of The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry and professor of biblical studies.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to honor Rosemary’s dad, Courts Redford,” Al McCord said. “He was a good and loving family man and he was always good to me as a son-in-law, but he was a warrior for the Lord Jesus Christ and I’m proud and honored that Rosemary and I can honor her dad with this chair. It’s good to maintain a relationship with Southwest and with the Redford College of Theology and Ministry, and we thank you very much.”

SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., said it was an honor to recognize Dr. Courts Redford and the crucial role he played in SBU’s success.

“We would not be here today if Courts Redford had not answered the call to lead the junior college, at the time, through the Depression years and World War II years,” Taylor said. “They truly were challenging years, but by the grace of God, we did succeed and we did continue our success through those very difficult years as Courts Redford answered the call to serve.”

An endowed chair honors and recognizes distinguished faculty members while providing invaluable financial resources to support salary, research, and teaching or service activities. The minimum threshold to establish an endowed chair is $250,000, but the corpus must reach $500,000 before the chair is fully funded.

SBU now has five endowed chairs. The other four are:

• Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics/Finance, established in 1998. The position is held by Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Computer Science and associate professor of business administration.

• Jack Stanton Chair of Evangelism, established in 1998. The position is held by Kelly Malone, Ph.D., associate professor of intercultural studies.

• Robert and Ruth Powell Chair of Preaching, established in 2008. The position is held by Michael Fuhrman, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Christian Ministries and professor of Christian Studies.

• Lewis E. Schollian Chair of Education, established in 2008. The position is held by Julie Bryant, assistant professor of education.

Gilmore, Rohrs receive honorary doctorates from SBU

Two honorary doctorates were awarded and an academic chair installed during the annual Founders’ Day chapel March 10 at SBU. Pictured are, from left, Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences and associate professor of business administration; SBU president C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.; Alvin Rohrs, Honorary Doctor of Business recipient; Rosemary McCord, academic chair donor; Col. Chaplain Gary Gilmore, Honorary Doctor of Theology recipient; Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry, professor of biblical studies and Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies; and Al McCord, academic chair donor.

Pictured are, from left, Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences and associate professor of business administration; SBU president C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.; Alvin Rohrs, Honorary Doctor of Business recipient; Rosemary McCord, academic chair donor; Col. Chaplain Gary Gilmore, Honorary Doctor of Theology recipient; Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., dean of the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry, professor of biblical studies and Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies; and Al McCord, academic chair donor.

Col. Chaplain Gary D. Gilmore of Mount Vernon and Alvin Rohrs of Dunnegan, both members of the Southwest Baptist University class of 1979, received honorary doctorates from SBU during the annual Founders’ Day chapel Monday, March 10.

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

Col. Chaplain Gary D. Gilmore

Col. Chaplain Gary D. Gilmore of Mount Vernon is senior chaplain in the Missouri National Guard, supervising all Army and Air National Guard Chaplains and eight seminarian chaplain candidates. Chaplain Gilmore is a recipient of the Bronze Star and other numerous awards. His wife, Susan, and their three children are also SBU graduates. He received an Honorary Doctor of Theology.

Col. Chaplain Gary Gilmore, left, senior chaplain with the Missouri National Guard, received an Honorary Doctor of Theology during the annual Founders’ Day chapel March 10 at SBU. He is pictured with SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

Col. Chaplain Gary Gilmore, left, senior chaplain with the Missouri National Guard, received an Honorary Doctor of Theology during the annual Founders’ Day chapel March 10 at SBU. He is pictured with SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

“When a military man advances the Kingdom of God within the kingdom of men, this is especially good news,” said Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., when introducing Gilmore. “We are conferring on Gary today a degree of doctor in theology because he proved to be a soldier in the army of God’s kingdom, where the love of Christ is the weapon we use against the fallen powers of this world.”

Gilmore responded by saying he has simply been faithful in the path God has charted for him.

“The real purpose of our gathering today is to remind us all that the stewardship of our life honors God. Whatever your passion, whatever your skill set, wherever life takes you, the living of your life should serve others and glorify God,” he said. “A Christian with an education from SBU can change the world and, frankly, you are expected to. … It is my prayer that God will bless each of you as you allow the Great Commission and the mission of this university to transform your life.”

Alvin Rohrs

Alvin Rohrs of Dunnegan is president and CEO of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), with world headquarters in Springfield, Mo. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. He received an Honorary Doctor of Business.

Alvin Rohrs, left, chief executive officer of Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise, received an Honorary Doctor of Business during the annual Founders’ Day chapel March 10 at SBU. He is pictured with SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

Alvin Rohrs, left, chief executive officer of Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise, received an Honorary Doctor of Business during the annual Founders’ Day chapel March 10 at SBU. He is pictured with SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

“Dr. Rohrs has poured his life into making a positive, sustainable impact on people around the world,” said Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Computer Science and associate professor of business administration, when introducing Rohrs.

Rohrs has traveled the world — to all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 35 countries — met presidents, prime ministers, princes, princesses and is friends with some of the world’s most successful business leaders.

“So, students, if you ask yourself how far can a degree from SBU take you, my answer is, ‘All around the world and anywhere you want to go,’” Rohrs said. “It may be that you never leave Polk County, but the important thing is that you go where God takes you.”

About Founders’ Day

SBU was founded 136 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.

“We must recognize that we would not have survived if God’s grace was not aplenty and His hand not on this endeavor here at Southwest Baptist University,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.

Taylor further challenged students to really think about what Gilmore and Rohrs said.

“Your success begins today,” he said. “Don’t wait on God’s call until you graduate. You have a responsibility today. I would like to remind you that Jesus taught us that to whom much is given, much is required, and you have been given much.”

Also during the Founders’ Day chapel, Reeves was installed as the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies, made possible by a donation from Al and Rosemary McCord. (See related press release for details.)

SBU to formalize fifth academic chair position during Founders’ Day March 10

Southwest Baptist University will formalize its fifth academic chair and award two honorary doctorates during the annual Founders’ Day chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, in Pike Auditorium.

“We sincerely appreciate Al and Rosemary McCord for their generous donation to establish the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies,” said Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU president. “We also are pleased to be able to honor two of our alumni who have made significant contributions in business and military service. Please join us for Founders’ Day as we recognize these individuals who truly are servant leaders in a global society.”

Endowed chair funded by Al and Rosemary McCord

Dr. Rodney Reeves

Dr. Rodney Reeves

An endowed chair honors and recognizes distinguished faculty members while providing

invaluable financial resources to support salary, research, and teaching or service activities. To date, SBU has five endowed chairs. The minimum threshold to establish an endowed chair is $250,000, but the corpus must reach $500,000 before the chair is fully funded.

A donation from Al and Rosemary (Redford) McCord has established the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies. Rosemary is the daughter of Dr. Courts and Ruth Redford. Dr. Redford served as the 15th president of Southwest Baptist College from 1930-43, shepherding the college through the difficult financial times of the Depression.

Rodney Reeves, Ph.D., ’79, professor of biblical studies and dean of The Courts Redford College

of Theology and Ministry, will be honored by being named to the new academic chair position.

Honorary doctorates to Gilmore, Rohrs

Col. Chaplain Gary D. Gilmore ’79 of Mt. Vernon, Mo., is senior chaplain in the Missouri National Guard, supervising all Army and Air National Guard Chaplains and eight seminarian chaplain candidates. Chaplain Gilmore is a recipient of the Bronze Star and other numerous awards. His wife, Susan, and their three children are also SBU graduates. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Theology.

Alvin Rohrs ’79 of Dunnegan, Mo., is president and CEO of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE), with world headquarters in Springfield, Mo. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Prior to his work with Enactus, Rohrs served SBU as director of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business.

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

 

Honorary doctorate bios

Gary Gilmore

Gary Gilmore

COL (CH) GARY DOUGLAS GILMORE ’79

COL (CH) Gary D. Gilmore of Mount Vernon was born in

Pipestone, Mo., but spent most of his “growing up years” in the Kansas City area. Called to vocational ministry while in high school, he prepared to serve oth­ers by obtaining a bachelor of arts degree from SBU in 1979 and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983.

Chaplain Gilmore has served and pastored churches in Weatherford, Texas, and the communities of Deepwater, Waverly and Mount Vernon in Missouri. Gilmore has also served on the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention and two terms as a trustee at Southwest Baptist University.

While pastoring in Waverly, Chaplain Gilmore wrestled with a decision to pursue a doctor of ministry degree or to join the Missouri Army National Guard. Seeking a way to broaden his ministry with the skills he had, he joined the Guard by direct commission on Nov. 7, 1987, and served as the Assistant DISCOM Chaplain in Lexington. His Guard career includes service to the 735th Main Support Battalion, the 35th Aviation Brigade and eventually to serve as the Joint Forces Headquarters Chaplain for the Missouri Guard. He has deployed to Panama on two occasions, was called to State Emergency Duty after the Pierce City tornado in 2003, served a year with Task Force Redleg as a part of Operation Noble Eagle, mobilized on Active Duty to Fort Leonard Wood, serving as the Garrison Chaplain, and went to Baghdad with the 35th Engineer Brigade in 2007. He is currently the senior chaplain in the state, supervising all Army and Air National Guard chaplains and eight seminarian chaplain candidates.

Chaplain Gilmore is a recipient of the Bronze Star and other numerous awards. His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff Officer Courses, the Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Course and, most recently, the Chaplain Colonel Course. He is in the process of completing a doctor of ministry at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

Gary has been married to his high school sweetheart for 34 years. His wife, Susan, a member of the SBU Board of Trustees, teaches third grade at Mount Vernon Intermediate School. Together, they are the proud parents of three daughters: Amy, the student activities director at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City; Abbey, a high school English teacher in Buffalo and Amanda, enrolled in the SBU doctor of physical therapy program. All five members of the Gilmore family are SBU graduates.

Chaplain Gilmore is often asked to speak at church and Guard conferences throughout Missouri and the nation, and these opportunities bring him great satisfaction. But his highest honor is to stand before a local church or a group of soldiers as their pastor and chaplain.

 ALVIN WAYNE ROHRS ’79

Alvin Rohrs

Alvin Rohrs

Dr. Alvin Rohrs of Dunnegan has served as president and chief executive officer of Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) since 1982. Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and busi­ness leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Under his leadership, Enactus has grown from 18 universities in the United States to 1,650 active universities in 36 countries, with more than 66,500 active students worldwide. Prior to his work with Enactus, Rohrs served Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, as director of the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center.

For his leadership of Enactus, Dr. Rohrs was honored at the National Charity Awards Dinner in 1985 and 1992. In 1995, Dr. Rohrs received the Inc. magazine National Entrepreneur of the Year award for “Supporter of Entrepreneurship.” Dr. Rohrs was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in 2007. He has participated in numerous international business events, including the Circulo de Economia Forum on Social Responsibility in Barcelona, Spain, Clinton Global Initiatives in New York City, PepsiCo Top to Top Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the UN Foundation + Social Good Master Class series. He has presented regularly at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, Retail Industry Leaders Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores events. Rohrs currently serves on the Board of United Missouri Bank in Springfield, and the Board of the Rockefeller Foundation-Aspen Institute Diaspora Program, in Washington, D.C. Rohrs has been quoted in articles and special sections in “TIME,” “Fortune, Inc.” and “Entrepreneur” maga­zines and was one of the CEO’s featured in the book “True Leaders.”

In 1982, Rohrs received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law, where he graduated with full honors in the top 10 percent of his class. He was a member of the “Missouri Law Review” and The Order of the Coif national honors legal society and received two American Jurisprudence Awards for his achieve­ment in estate tax and equitable remedies. Rohrs received his bachelor’s degree from SBU in 1979, where he was a charter member of the Enactus team and won national honors in speech and debate. Rohrs is a member of the Missouri Bar Association.

He lives in Dunnegan, Missouri, with his wife, Elizabeth Vincent Rohrs ’80, who is an attorney, and they have two children, Benjamin and Jaclyn.

SBU presents faculty piano recital

Melinda Smashey Jones, associate professor of music at Southwest Baptist University, will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Meyer Recital Hall in the Casebolt Music Building.

Melinda Smashey Jones, associate professor of music at SBU

Melinda Smashey Jones, associate professor of music at SBU

The program features music by French composers including, Fauré, Satie, Poulenc, Dutilleux, Boulanger and Hahn.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the SBU Department of Music office at (417) 328-1644.

SBU computer science department leads in groundbreaking course design

Southwest Baptist University Department of Computer Information Science has partnered with Angie Klein, computer science teacher at Liberty High School in Liberty, Mo., to develop an innovative computer science course curriculum.

SBU CIS created a groundbreaking design for the CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science course, which satisfies a general education requirement at SBU. The course design is patterned after the prototype for ETS Advanced Placement in Computer Science, which will not debut on the national stage until 2017. SBU plans to be ready to offer this course online to high schools once demand for it increases when it is accepted for advanced placement credit in 2016-17.

“SBU is in the forefront of computer science education. Our students had an amazing experience this past fall, and they may have been completely unaware of how unique it was,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the department of computer information science at SBU.

This innovative design is providing students the opportunity to experience instructional content in a general education computing course that is currently only available to a handful of institutions nationwide, including Stanford and UCLA. SBU is the only university in Missouri with this curriculum.

Professor Meilani Conley and Dr. Baochuan Lu of the SBU CIS faculty collaborated with Klein to produce a paper titled, “Teaching True Computer Science Principles to the General Student.” The paper reports on the new, leading edge course design used at SBU and Liberty High School.

DeClue also wrote a paper titled, “Computing and the Affective Domain: Learning to Love (and Persist) in Computer Science.” This research reviews the connection between real-world computing projects promoting social good and the ability of students to enjoy and persist as computer science majors.

Both papers will be published in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges (JCSC). The JCSC is a publication of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, an endorsed society of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest and oldest association for computing professionals. In addition to appearing in the JCSC, the papers will be available in ACM’s searchable digital library, the leading digital library of computer science literature, world class publications and online books.

The SBU faculty will also present their work at the Central Plains regional meeting of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC-CP) in April.

For more information about SBU Department of Computer Information Science, please contact DeClue at (417) 328-1704 or tdeclue@SBUniv.edu.

Glidwell, Steward receive SBU Life Beautiful Awards

Life Beautiful Awards

SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor, center, with Faculty Life Beautiful Award winner Dana Steward, left, and Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Bob Glidwell.

Bob Glidwell, director of physical plant, and Dana Steward, instructor of university studies and director of the University Success Center, received the Staff and Faculty Life Beautiful Awards during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 10 at Southwest Baptist University.

“The designation ‘life beautiful’ is the highest honor a person can receive at Southwest Baptist University,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “Each year during spring commencement, we honor two graduating seniors who are chosen by the faculty as best exemplifying a ‘life beautiful.’ And each year during the employee Christmas Banquet, we honor a faculty member and a staff member who exemplify a ‘life beautiful.’”

Staff Life Beautiful

Bob Glidwell has worked at SBU since 1982 and has a bachelor of science degree in music from SBU.

“He constantly researches new and innovative ways to keep the campus updated while saving money,” Dr. Taylor said. “He most recently served as general contractor for two simultaneous projects, the Sells Administrative Center renovation and the track and turf project. He has been described as a servant, a good steward, and having a heart to see SBU be its very best.”

He and his wife, Delrae, have two sons, Ryan and Brock.

Faculty Life Beautiful

Dana Steward has been a member of SBU’s faculty since 2005. She has a bachelor of science degree in biology from SBU and a master’s degree in secondary educational administration from SBU. Before working at SBU, she was a high school teacher and a secondary school administrator.

“She has been described as truly having the heart of a servant, often doing the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes unnoticed, gives generously and is devoted to her students and friends,” Dr. Taylor said.

The Faculty Life Beautiful Award was established in 1987, and the Staff Life Beautiful Award was established in 1992.

SBU honors employees for years of service

Southwest Baptist University honored employees with employment anniversary milestones, beginning with five years, during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 10. The employees recognized have contributed a total of 680 years of service to SBU.

“It always is a pleasure to recognize and honor individuals who work at Southwest Baptist University,” said SBU President Dr. C. Pat Taylor. “We are blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff. It is the dedicated people at SBU who make the University successful. No university is any better than its people, and SBU is an outstanding University because of our faculty and staff.”

For more information about Southwest Baptist University, go to www.SBUniv.edu or call (417) 326-5281.

5 years: Perry Tompkins, Scott Brigman, Baochuan Lu, Tracy Miles, Jodi Meadows, Clint Bass, Holly Stockard, Ben Kilpatrick. Not pictured are Amy Briggs, Hillary Glauser-Patton, Tina Guiot, Pam Hedgpeth, Suzanne Powers and Cynthia Rhoads.

5 years: Perry Tompkins, Scott Brigman, Baochuan Lu, Tracy Miles, Jodi Meadows, Clint Bass, Holly Stockard, Ben Kilpatrick. Not pictured are Amy Briggs, Hillary Glauser-Patton, Tina Guiot, Pam Hedgpeth, Suzanne Powers and Cynthia Rhoads.

10 years: Allison Langford, Margaret Kluthe, Shelley Kilpatrick and Robbie Bryant. Not pictured are Shelly Brown, Jason Halverson, Judy Kenaga, Carla Kirchner, Mary Lewis, Robert Perry and Cinda Smith.

10 years: Allison Langford, Margaret Kluthe, Shelley Kilpatrick and Robbie Bryant. Not pictured are Shelly Brown, Jason Halverson, Judy Kenaga, Carla Kirchner, Mary Lewis, Robert Perry and Cinda Smith.

15 years: Darren Crowder, Michael Fuhrman, Dwight Haun and Mick Arnold. Not pictured are Melinda Jones, Brett Miller, Robert Murders and Todd Sukany.

15 years: Darren Crowder, Michael Fuhrman, Dwight Haun and Mick Arnold. Not pictured are Melinda Jones, Brett Miller, Robert Murders and Todd Sukany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years: Renee Waters and Craig Endres. Not pictured are Alan Copeland, Charles Lentz and Paula Steiert.

20 years: Renee Waters and Craig Endres. Not pictured are Alan Copeland, Charles Lentz and Paula Steiert.

25 years: Bing Bayer, Rob Harris and Kevin Kelley. Not pictured are Doug Aug and Larry Price.

25 years: Bing Bayer, Rob Harris and Kevin Kelley. Not pictured are Doug Aug and Larry Price.

30 years: Brad Gamble and Herb Hamann. Not pictured is John Wheeler.

30 years: Brad Gamble and Herb Hamann. Not pictured is John Wheeler.

35 years: Mark Tappmeyer and Rosalyn Snellen.

35 years: Mark Tappmeyer and Rosalyn Snellen.