Monday, August 23, 2010

SBU Enrollment Meets Goal of 550 New Students

SBU Enrollment Meets Goal of 550 New Students

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 /

BOLIVAR, Mo. – During SBU President Pat Taylor’s State of the University address given at the Faculty-Staff workshop on August 19, attendees were told the total fall enrollment will be only slightly under what was budgeted despite significant challenges in the economy and in higher education, in general.

Dr. Taylor said, “The University had an enrollment goal of 550 new students for the Bolivar campus, and we currently have 445 freshmen and 110 transfers enrolled. The Bolivar admissions staff members have worked very hard to meet this goal.

“The undergraduate enrollment for Salem and Mountain View campuses should show small increases.  Springfield enrollment will be smaller this year.  Our total undergraduate enrollment will be a little less than what we planned.”

New full-time faculty members were introduced at the workshop and include the following:

2010-2011 New Full-time Faculty

Dr. David Bailey, assistant professor of communication arts and Chairman of the Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts; Director of Forensics.
  • Previous Employment: Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho; Lecturer of Communication, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Adjunct Instructor of Communication and Assistant Forensics Coach, Southwest Baptist University,
  • B.A. in Communication and Christian Ministries, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar
  • M.A. in Communication, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
  • Ph.D. in Communication, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Dr. Robert Carney, assistant professor of music
  • Previous Employment: Private piano studios in Texas, Louisiana, and Missouri: Coordinator of Instruction, The Master’s Touch School of Music and Performing Arts, Grapevine, Texas;  Pianist, First Baptist Church of Smithfield, North Richland Hills, Texas; Adjunct Instructor of Music, North Central Texas College, Corinth, TX. 
  • B.M. in Piano Performance, Missouri State University
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, Louisiana State University
  • D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of North Texas

Dr. Terry Cox,  associate professor of physical therapy
  • Previous /Current Employment: Christian Health Care, Springfield; Aptitude Physical Therapy, Springfield; Part-time faculty at Southwest Baptist University
  • B.S. in  Physical Education- Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, MO
  • B.S. in Physical Therapy- University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • D.P.T, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Dr. Don Denton,Jr., associate professor of theology    (He's back to working full time!)
  • Dr. Denton is returning to SBU full-time after a two-year absence due to illness.
  • B.A., Southwestern Louisiana University
  • M.Div., New Orleans Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Hillary Glauser-Patton, instructor of biology 
  • Previous Employment:  Faculty Associate  in Biology and Chemistry, Southwest Baptist University
  • B.S. in Biology-Southwest Baptist University-Bolivar
  • M.S. in Cellular Biochemistry/Molecular Biology-Southwest Missouri State University-Springfield
  • Currently working on Ph.D

Carolyn Hart, assistant professor of nursing
  • Previous Employment: Nursing Instructor for St. John’s Hospital and online instructor for University of Phoenix, Axia College
  • Registered Nurse, Lancaster General School of Nursing, Lancaster, PA
  • B.S.N., Chamberlain College of Nursing, St. Louis, MO
  • M.S.N., South University, Savannah, Georgia
  • Currently pursuing Ph.D., University of Missouri–Kansas City

Dr. Alvin Holliman, associate professor of business for the MBA program
  • Previous Employment: Adjunct faculty for MPA and MBA at California State University of San Bernardino, CA
  • B.A. in Business Administration, California State University at Fullerton, CA
  • M.A. in Management, The Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
  • D.M.S. (Doctor of Management), University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland

Kenny Holt, associate professor of business for the MBA program
  • Previous Employment: Associate Professor at Union University in Jackson, TN
  • B.S., Union University, Jackson, TN
  • M.S. in Economics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Ph.D. candidate in Management, University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Josh Layman, assistant professor of physical therapy
  • Previous/Current Employment: Cox Health Systems, Springfield; A.A. -Ozark Technical Community College, Springfield
  • B.S. in Biology, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
  • M.S. in Physical Therapy, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar
  • D.P.T., Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar

Dr. Craig Masters, assistant professor of physics
  • Previous Employment:  Assistant Professor of Mathematics-Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina KS
  • B.A. in Physics, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
  • M.S. in Physics, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
  • Ph.D. in Physics/Math, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO

Dr. Dennis Siegfried, assistant professor of biology
  • Previous Employment: Assistant Professor of Biology at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK;  Director of Research-Quetzal Education Research Center, San Gerardo de Dota
  • B. A. in Biology, Malone College, Canton, OH
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction, Ashland University, Ashland, OH
  • Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Dr. Tom Sneed, associate professor of physical therapy  (moved from a part-time to a full-time position)
  • Previous/Current Employment:  Part-time faculty at Southwest Baptist University; Bolivar Physical Therapy Center
  • M.H.A.-(Masters Health Administration), Chapman University, Colorado Springs, CO
  • B. A. in Physical Therapy, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK
  • D.P.T., Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Stacy Soden, instructor of nursing/BSN academic advisor
  • Previous Employment: Cat Scan Technologist, St. John’s Hospital, Springfield
  • B.S. in Radiology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

PHOTO by P.S. Dooley: SBU President Pat Taylor and the Executive Cabinet lead the procession of new students and their Welcome Week leaders into the chapel.

Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 13 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 14 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past four years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.

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