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SBU student leaders chosen for 2014-15 year

SBU student leadership for 2014-15 (from l to r): Valerie Waddell, Kaisi Sandy, Julie McGlaughlin, Nik Fischer, Chelsea Hilbert, Ashley Pyeatt, Kaylee Dye, Caleb Olson

SBU student leadership for 2014-15 (from l to r): Valerie Waddell, Kaisi Sandy, Julie McGlaughlin, Nik Fischer, Chelsea Hilbert, Ashley Pyeatt, Kaylee Dye, Caleb Olson

Eight Southwest Baptist University students have been elected by the student body to positions of student leadership for the 2014-15 academic year.

Four students will lead the SBU Student Association, which is a dedicated team of student leaders who strive to improve the lives of students at SBU through the empowerment of clubs and organizations and by acting on behalf of the student body.

The new Student Association (SA) leadership is:

  • Julie McGlaughlin, a junior web systems and design major from East Moline, Ill., will serve as the next Student Body President. She is the daughter of James and Rhonda McGlaughlin.
  • Kaylee Dye, a freshman commercial art major with a concentration in graphic design from Blue Springs, Mo., is the SA vice president. She is the daughter of Rod and Mindy Dye.
  • Valerie Waddell, a junior exercise science major from Olathe, Kan., is the clubs/organizations chair. She is the daughter of Mike and Janie Waddell.
  • Nik Fischer, a senior philosophy and Biblical studies major from Maryland Heights, Mo., is the campus improvement chair. He is the son of Terry and Priscilla Fischer.

Another four students will lead the University Activities Council, which works to plan campus activities and events.

The new University Activities Council (UAC) leadership is:

  • Chelsea Hilbert, a sophomore intercultural studies major from Owasso, Okla., is the chair of the major events committee. She is the daughter of Bryan and Jenna Hilbert.
  • Caleb Olson, a junior social science education major from Chariton, Iowa, is the chair of the campus activities committee. He is the son of Paul and Denise Olson.
  • Ashley Pyeatt, a senior commercial art major with a concentration in graphic design from Springfield, Mo., is the chair of the integration of faith and culture committee. She is the daughter of Pete and Pam Pyeatt.
  • Kaisi Sandy, a junior commercial art major with a concentration in graphic design from Country Club, Mo., is the chair of the publicity committee. She is the daughter of David and Kristi Sandy.

“These student leaders play an important role by providing opportunities for students to be involved and connected on campus,” said Nathan Penland, director of student activities. “I am excited about each student leader and the skills each is bringing to their position.”

For more information about student activities, please contact Penland at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@SBUniv.edu.

SBU Black Student Union and International Club host fashion show

The Southwest Baptist University Black Student Union and International Club joined together to host “Fashion Around The World” on April 24. The show featured both international and contemporary fashion.

Valentine Musisi (left) and Paige Reed (right) helped coordinate an international fashion show as a joint effort from SBU’s Black Student Union and International Club.

Valentine Musisi (left) and Paige Reed (right) helped coordinate an international fashion show as a joint effort from SBU’s Black Student Union and International Club.

“We want you to have an opportunity to interact with different cultures on campus and learn from them,” said student Valentine Musisi as she welcomed the audience to the show. Musisi is originally from Uganda.

The fashion show consisted of five segments: contemporary fashion, international fashion, Bearcat Pride apparel, a second international showcase and dressy casual wear.

Some of the apparel was donated by the SBU Bookstore and Rodi Boutique (Springfield).

The international fashion segments highlighted both destinations of SBU mission trips and some of the countries represented by the international students on campus, including Ecuador, China, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Mexico, Thailand, Kenya and Ghana.

The following students served as contemporary fashion or international fashion models:

  • Hayley Belt
  • O’Leesa Booker
  • Tevin Brinson
  • Jackson Brooks
  • Nicholas Burns
  • Georneshia Jefferson
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Bethany Juergens
  • Katrina Laffoon
  • Tekeshia Lee
  • Abiyou Liyeu
  • Antion McBee
  • Danial Ogunyemi
  • Rachel Packard
  • Gina Reeves
  • Carlis Richardson
  • Maggie Taylor
  • Ruoxi Zhang

“Our goal was to expose the student body to different cultures, which is part of our mission,” said Paige Reed, second year doctor of physical therapy student and current president of the SBU Black Student Union. “By collaborating with the International Club we were able to make the event even better.”

After the fashion show, attendees were treated to a reception featuring international foods provided by members of the International Club, Fresh Ideas Food Service Management and Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Oración.

For more information about SBU student activities, please contact Nathan Penland, director of student activities, at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@SBUniv.edu.

C. Pat Run 5K early registration ends April 25

The Southwest Baptist University Student Association is hosting the second annual C. Pat Run 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10. The race begins and ends on the SBU campus.

Pre-registration for the race is $15, which includes a T-shirt and race participation and can be completed online at www.sbuniv.edu/5k. Pre-registration ends April 25, when the fee increases to $25.

“Anyone is welcome to join us in this community-wide event,” said SBU junior Julie McGlaughlin. “All proceeds from the race will go to campus improvement projects at SBU to make the campus a safer and more enjoyable place for both students and the community.”

Student Association is an organization that seeks to make an impact at SBU and in the community through sponsoring clubs and organizations and working on campus improvement projects to continue shaping SBU into a better place for students to thrive.

“The C. Pat Run is a great opportunity for students and communities to come together, have fun and support projects that improve the beauty of our campus and, in turn, our city,” McGlaughlin said. “I’m excited to see what we can accomplish when we all come together!”

For more information, contact Nathan Penland, director of student activities, at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@SBUniv.edu.

McBee, Gilstrap win Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant

Antion McBee, a junior psychology major from St. Louis, and Lauran Gilstrap, a junior social work major from Blue Springs, were crowned Mr. and Miss Southwest Friday, March 7, at Southwest Baptist University.

(l to r) Noah Burton, Arthur Ryan Harmon, Kyle Hollmann, Mr. Southwest Antion McBee, Miss Southwest Lauran Gilstrap, Trinity Griffin, Sarah Doell, Beth Luckel

(l to r) Noah Burton, Arthur Ryan Harmon, Kyle Hollmann, Mr. Southwest Antion McBee, Miss Southwest Lauran Gilstrap, Trinity Griffin, Sarah Doell, Beth Luckel

“Congratulations to Antion and Lauran on being named Mr. and Miss Southwest! Each is truly deserving of the recognition of the employees of Southwest Baptist University as well as their peers,” said Nathan Penland, director of student activities at SBU.

Faculty selected eight juniors to compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Southwest, an SBU tradition.

Other contestants were:

• Noah Burton, a social science education major from Noblesville, Ind.;

• Sarah Doell, a biology and integration of science and faith double major from Pacific;

• Trinity Griffin, a social work major from Belleville, Ill.;

• Arthur Ryan Harmon, a Biblical studies and mathematics double major from Potosi;

• Kyle Hollmann, a biology major from Ozark;

• Beth Luckel, an exercise science and intercultural studies double major from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Each candidate was introduced through a creative video biography and a talent presentation. During intermission, audience members voted by text messaging, and four candidates made it through to the final round.

The final contestants then participated in a Q&A session led by the event’s emcees, students Meg Burns and Nik Fischer. A final round of text messaging voting determined the winners.

McBee and Gilstrap will represent SBU as the 2014 Mr. and Miss Southwest.

The pageant was organized by the University Activities Council as part of Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event for admitted prospective students who are considering attending SBU in the fall.

“The Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant has become such a fantastic event at SBU and one that I believe honors the tradition of Mr. and Miss Southwest, which has been in place for more than 50 years,” Penland said.

SBU to host Mr. and Miss Southwest competition

Southwest Baptist University will be hosting its annual Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 in Pike Auditorium.

Mr. and Miss Southwest candidates Back row (l to r): Kyle Hollmann, Noah Burton, Arthur Harmon, Antion McBee Front row (l to r): Beth Luckel, Sarah Doell, Trinity Griffin, Lauran Gilstrap

Mr. and Miss Southwest candidates
Back row (l to r): Kyle Hollmann, Noah Burton, Arthur Harmon, Antion McBee
Front row (l to r): Beth Luckel, Sarah Doell, Trinity Griffin, Lauran Gilstrap

Candidates are selected from the junior class by faculty and staff. The pageant will feature the eight candidates as they compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Southwest. The competition includes a video introduction of the candidates, a talent presentation and a question-answer session. The audience will then vote via text messaging to determine the winner.

The tradition of “Miss Southwest” dates back to the 1930s; “Mr. Southwest” was added in 1963.

This year’s candidates are Noah Burton of Noblesville, Ind.; Sarah Doell of Pacific, Mo.; Lauran Gilstrap of Blue Springs, Mo.; Trinity Griffin of Belleville, Ill.; Arthur Harmon of Potosi, Mo.; Kyle Hollmann of Ozark, Mo.; Beth Luckel of Colorado Springs, Co.; and Antion McBee of St. Louis, Mo.

The pageant is being held during Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event for admitted students considering attending SBU in the fall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

SBU hosting FREE Ben Rector concert Dec. 9

Musician Ben Rector is presenting a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Southwest Baptist University’s Pike Auditorium.

The concert will include songs from his newest album, “The Walking in Between,” in which he sets ordinary moments to extraordinary music.

“Over the course of the 13 tracks on ‘The Walking in Between,’ Rector reflects on life’s simple pleasures, offers a fresh view on matters of the heart, examines the pursuit of material wealth, and recognizes the importance of the subtle struggles and modest victories of everyday living,” according to his promotional bio.

The new set, the first to be produced by his own label, Aptly Named Recordings, follows his previous two independent releases, 2010’s “Into the Morning” and 2011’s “Something Like This.” They have sold more than 70,000 copies independently. Both albums were iTunes leaders, with “Something Like This” reaching No. 1 on the digital retailer’s Singer/Songwriter Albums chart.

For more information about the free concert, contact Nathan Penland, Director of Student Activities, at (417) 328-1828 or npenland@SBUniv.edu.

Homecoming queen candidates and princesses selected

Southwest Baptist University students have nominated five seniors as Homecoming Queen candidates. These candidates have been selected by their peers and the winning Queen will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 5.

Elizabeth Busby is a senior elementary education major from Jenks, Okla. She is the daughter of Wilson and Janet Busby. After graduation Elizabeth plans to pursue a career in teaching.

Karen Fackler is a senior athletic training major from Troy, Mo. She is the daughter of Ervin Fackler. After graduation Karen plans to attend graduate school at SBU for her doctor of physical therapy.

Katelyn Hicks is a senior music education major from Springfield, Mo. She is the daughter of Jeff and Darla Hicks. After graduation Katelyn plans to become an elementary school music teacher.

Katie Kestner is a senior exercise science major from Springfield, Ill. She is the daughter of Doug and Linda Kestner. After graduation Katie will attend graduate school at SBU to pursue her doctor of physical therapy.

Katelynn Zuercher is a senior marketing and public relations major from Olathe, Kan. She is the daughter of Ray and Janell Zuercher. After graduation Katelynn will be seeking employment in the marketing and public relations field and also hopes to travel the world.

In addition, class princesses have been chosen by their peers for the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.

Makenzie Skupa is a freshman commercial art major from Campbell, Neb. She is the daughter of Steve and Jenny Skupa.

Savannah Hoye is a sophomore exercise science major from Atlantic, Iowa. She is the daughter of Joe and Galynn Hoye.

Sarah Doell is a junior biology and integration of science and Christian faith major from Pacific, Mo. She is the daughter of Greg and Perri Doell.

For more information about SBU Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (417) 328-1806.

SBU to partner with area schools for Stomp Out Hunger project

Southwest Baptist University, along with Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical College, Drury University and Evangel University, is partnering for a joint community service project, “Stomp Out Hunger: All collegiate shoe drive.”

The shoe drive will take place on all five campuses from Sept. 28 – Oct. 19, with shoe collection sites at various locations on the SBU Bolivar campus, including the Goodson Student Union, Meyer Wellness and Sports Center and all dormitories. All wearable shoes are acceptable (no holes, please).

Sole Food, in affiliation with Shoeman Water Projects, will export the collected shoes to developing countries. Sole Food is a project of Friends Against Hunger, a Springfield-based organization, and 100 percent of funds generated from the export of the collected shoes will go to Friends Against Hunger, which packages and distributes meals around the U.S. and the world. By donating gently used shoes, the community will not only be providing shoes, but also food and clean water to those in need around the world.

“SBU is excited about the opportunity to partner with other area academic institutions to make a positive difference in our world and we invite our local community to join our efforts by bringing shoe donations,” said Rob Harris, Ed.D., vice president for student development.

Additionally, this project will also have the opportunity to attempt breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest string of shoes. The current record of 12,481 shoes is held by the Shoeman Water Project, which displayed the shoes at the University of Missouri on May 7, 2011. All types of shoes will be accepted as donations, but only shoes with laces can be used in breaking the world record. The record attempt will take place at Hammons Field in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26, by placing laced shoes toe-to-heel in a continuous string to spell out the words “Stomp Out Hunger.” The public is invited to view the process throughout that day.

For more information, please contact Dr. Harris at (417) 328-1885.

SBU to host Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

The Southwest Baptist University International Club is partnering with Iglesia Cristiana, Casa de Oracion in Springfield to host a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, on the Burnidge Memorial Forum.

The celebration will feature a concert by the mariachi band, Herencia Mexicana. There will also be presentations of Latin American folk dances and authentic Latina snacks.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Perry Tompkins at (417) 328-1488.