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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. 11. The employees recognized have contributed a total of 580 years of service to SBU.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize and honor the outstanding staff and faculty who work at Southwest Baptist University,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and acting president. “No university is 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

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

Rollie Skinner, Donald Condren, Angela Crites, Levi Bridge, Kennette Harder and Nathan Penland. Not pictured are Roger Abbott, Robert Clardy, Veva Hegle, Robert Podeyn, Tamara Samek and Kenneth Spurgeon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 years

10 years: Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

Tim Wood, John Patton, Jim Tarrant, Pam Ferguson, Terri Knupps, Revecca Rowland, Juanita Boro, Jason Vaughn and Delta Cavner. Not pictured are Don Denton, Denella Jemes, Duke Jones, Rodger Minatra and Abby Rains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 years

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

Ron Maupin, Lena Campbell, Rose Christian, Allison Blamey. Not pictured are Jim Cain, Cecilia Dixon and Elaine Glor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 years

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

Bill Walkup, Scott McNeal, Dorothy Hash, Sharla Bailey and Curtis Goss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 years

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

Bob Glasgow, Kevin Hopkins, Margaret Schweer and Kevin Schriver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 years

John Credille.

John Credille.

 

 

SBU awards Life Beautiful Awards to Boro, Credille

Juanita Boro, housekeeper, and Ronda Credille, professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration, received the Staff and Faculty Life Beautiful Awards during the annual employee Christmas banquet Dec. 11 at Southwest Baptist University.

“The designation ‘life beautiful’ is the highest honor a person can receive at Southwest Baptist University,” said Dr. Bill Brown, SBU provost and acting president. “During spring commencement, we honor two graduating seniors 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

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, right, with Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Juanita Boro.

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, right, with Staff Life Beautiful Award winner Juanita Boro.

Juanita Boro, housekeeper, has worked at SBU since 2004. She graduated from Buffalo High School and has been serving her community there for many years. She attends Calvary Chapel Freewill Baptist Church in Buffalo, where she prepares and serves food, cleans, teaches children’s church and works with the youth.

“Her co-workers shared that she is always kind, helpful and consistently has a great attitude,” Brown said when presenting the award. “She genuinely cares for people and is a good friend. She never complains and constantly shows Christ-like behavior in the way she performs her job as housekeeper in the Wellness Center.”

She has been married to her husband, Randall, for 28 years and has three children and two grandchildren. Her children are Caleb and Kayla, who both have graduated from SBU, and Krista, who is a senior in high school and future Bearcat.

Faculty Life Beautiful

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, left, with John Credille, who accepted the Faculty Life Beautiful Award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Ronda Credille.

SBU Provost Dr. Bill Brown, left, with John Credille, who accepted the Faculty Life Beautiful Award on behalf of his wife, Dr. Ronda Credille.

Dr. Ronda Credille, professor and chair of the Department of Business Administration, has been a member of SBU’s faculty since 1990 and taught as an adjunct professor from 1986 through 1990. She is a 1980 graduate of Southwest Baptist College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She completed her M.B.A. in 1989 at Drury University and her Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Nebraska in 2003. Prior to becoming a faculty member at SBU, she worked in the banking and insurance industries.

Along with being a faculty member, Credille has served the University in various capacities. She has been the faculty adviser for Phi Beta Lambda as well as Delta Mu Delta, each for a period of 10 years. She has served as Faculty Senate president and in 1994 received the Distinguished Teacher award.

“In and out of the classroom she exemplifies Christ and the fruit of the spirit,” Brown said. “She is intentional in integrating faith in the courses she teaches and serves as a Christian role model for many women aspiring to serve Christ through business.”

She has been married to her husband, John, for 39 years and has two daughters, Pamela and Jennifer. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her 2-year-old grandson, Kagan.

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

Two SBU professors present at MCTM annual conference

Two Southwest Baptist University mathematics professors presented at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) annual conference held in Columbia, Mo., Dec. 5-6.

Dr. Kevin Hopkins, professor and chair of the department of mathematics, presented a session on GeoGebra, a free, web-based software that does dynamic geometry and graphing. His session focused on a discussion about how to find and modify activities on GeoGebraTube, intermediate instruction on GeoGebra, and the sharing of ideas on how to use GeoGebra’s dynamic illustrations and activities in the classroom.

Hopkins also gave an additional presentation titled, “Learning from Mistakes on the MCTM Middle School Math Contest.”

Dr. Robert Glasgow, professor of mathematics, also presented at the conference. His session was the conclusion of a professional development program for teachers of grades K-12, which was funded by MCTM and supported by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. Two-day workshops were conducted in five sites across the state during the summer with this concluding session at the MCTM conference. The goal of the session was to help teachers learn new ways to teach the mathematical content of the common core standards for their particular grade bands. Glasgow specifically focused on proportional reasoning and worked with teachers of sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Glasgow also assisted with presenting probability material in two pre-service teacher sessions held at the conference.

For more information about the SBU Department of Mathematics, please contact Hopkins at (417) 328-1675 or khopkins@SBUniv.edu.

SBU presents Newcomer of the Year awards to Allison, Conley

Two faculty members and a staff member were recognized with awards during Southwest Baptist University’s formal convocation Wednesday, Aug. 27.

“Convocation is a time to focus on traditions that have become a part of Southwest Baptist University. An important tradition at SBU is our commitment to stay focused on our mission, which has remained consistent down through the years,” said SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D. “All of us – students, faculty, and staff – should be challenged by our mission statement to be Christ-centered and caring. We also should be challenged to do our best academically and to recognize the importance of servant leadership. If each of us will continue the tradition of living out the SBU mission statement in our lives, the 2014-2015 academic year will be a great year.”

Joe Wooderson, right, chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education, presented the convocation address during the Aug. 27 chapel. SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., presents Wooderson with a plaque recognizing his selection as the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher. The winner is announced each year at graduation and then is the speaker at the next fall’s convocation.

Joe Wooderson, right, chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education, presented the convocation address during the Aug. 27 chapel. SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., presents Wooderson with a plaque recognizing his selection as the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher. The winner is announced each year at graduation and then is the speaker at the next fall’s convocation.

Joe Wooderson, recipient of the Orien B. Hendrex Distinguished Teacher Award, delivered the convocation address, as is tradition. The Distinguished Teacher Award is chosen by the current and three previous graduating classes and is presented annually to a faculty member for “outstanding teaching ability and personal guidance.”

Wooderson joined the SBU faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of kinesiology. He is currently the chair of the department of kinesiology and instructor of physical education.

In his speech, Wooderson addressed some of the most common struggles faced by college freshmen: loneliness, as many of them are spending time away from home for the first time, and the adult responsibilities that come along with being a college student.

“You are forced to take responsibility of your own behavior,” he said. “You are becoming an adult. You must decide what kind of a person you want to become.”

He said that a solid foundation in Christ will help students as they transform into young adults.

“If you intensify your spiritual disciplines, such as daily prayer and frequent Bible study, worship, evangelism, service to others and constantly reminding yourself of the presence of God, you will be able to handle the challenges and the difficulties of being a college student and becoming an adult,” he said. “You will become the young man or young woman that you want to be and that God wants you to be.”

Newcomer of the Year awards

The Newcomer of the Year awards were begun in 1995 to recognize one full-time faculty member and one non-teaching staff member, who, in their first months of employment at Southwest Baptist University, demonstrate exceptional commitment to the University’s mission and make a positive impact as part of the SBU family. Faculty and staff members who have been employed full-time for no more than 18 months prior to the selection process are eligible. The winners are selected by committees of their peers.

SBU President C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D., left, presents the Staff Newcomer of the Year Award to Chris Allison, director of the Meyer Wellness and Sports Center.

Staff Newcomer of the Year Chris Allison: Chris Allison, director of the Meyer Wellness Center since July 1, came to SBU in August 2013 as resident director of Landen Hall.

“He possesses the necessary skills to think big and accomplish big things,” said Rob Harris, vice president for student development. “He has a genuine interest in the welfare of others, which is evident as he cultivates relationships, affirms community, inspires hope and pursues Christ.”

He and his wife, Krista, resident director of Plaster Hall, have a daughter, Faith, and attend First Baptist Church of Bolivar.

 

 

SBU Provost Bill Brown, D.M., right, presents Meilani Conley, instructor of computer and information sciences, with the Faculty Newcomer of the Year Award.

Faculty Newcomer of the Year Meilani Conley: Conley, a graduate of SBU, is an instructor of computer and information sciences.

“She has poured herself into the lives of her students and shown herself to be an excellent colleague who has great expectations of herself and her students,” wrote Troy Bethards, D.B.A., dean of the College of Business and Computer Science.

During her first year on faculty, she wrote and presented a paper with Baochuan Lu, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science. Conley and Lu also redesigned the Foundations of Computer Science course. She took students to the 2nd biannual Women in Computers Conference, where she served as a panelist. During the spring semester, she became the adviser for Phi Beta Lambda and accompanied students on a trip to the national leadership conference and national competitive events.

She is married to William, and they are members of Southern Hills Baptist Church, where she helps manage the church website.

SBU opens school year with two new department chairs

Dr. Ronda Credille

Dr. Ronda Credille

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

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

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

Dr. Kwasi Ofori-Yeboah

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

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

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

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.)