Friday, May 25, 2012

SBU Names 2012 Life Beautiful Award Recipients

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Life Beautiful Awards for 2012 graduates were announced at Spring Commencement on May 19, 2012. Guest speaker was Clifton Smart, III, the interim president of Missouri State University and father of Murray, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian ministry during the ceremony. 

The Life Beautiful presentations were made by President C. Pat Taylor and Provost Bill Brown. The female recipient of the Life Beautiful Award for 2012 was Lydia Nebel, and the male recipient was Scott Davis.  Their biographies follow below.

Lydia Nebel
Lydia is from Bolivar, Missouri, and is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies.  She was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.  She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Theta Alpha Kappa.  She was crowned Miss Southwest for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Nebel has been on several SBU mission trips where she served as co-leader, including the Philippines and the Lakota Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She is a member of Alliance Christian Fellowship in Bolivar.

Nebel currently volunteers at the House of Hope.  She also has worked as a court appointed special advocate for Child Advocates, Inc., and a counselor at Camp David of the Ozarks (a camp for children of prisoners).  She is currently an SBU Resident Assistant, and is vice president of SBU’s chapter of the International Justice Mission.

Nebel is passionate about serving and ministering to others.  She genuinely cares about others and goes out of her way to meet people and encourage them. One faculty member shared that Nebel “exudes joy and her love for the Lord is evident in all she does.”

Nebel’s parents are Krista and the late Rick Nebel.

Scott Davis
Scott is from Kansas City, Missouri and is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor of music degree in church music.  He was recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, is a member of Alpha Chi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  He is a Presser Scholar, and has received the Truett Scholarship for 2012, which is a full scholarship to attend Baylor University and Truett Seminary, where he will purse masters’ degrees in church music and divinity. 

Davis is a member of the SBU Chorale, Wind Symphony and Chamber Singers.  He is the Pep Band Director and has performed in three SBU Opera Theater productions.

Davis is a member of First Baptist Church of Raytown, Missouri, where he currently serves as the youth ministry interim, the children’s choir coordinator and director of 1st through 3rd grade choirs, teaches sign language, has an evangelistic ministry as “Skooter” the clown performing gospel illustrations, and is the music and program coordinator for Pathway Puppet Ministry.
He also has served on many mission trips with his home church.

Davis is known by the faculty as someone whose attitudes and actions always are consistent with his desire to be the best possible example to those around him.  He exhibits a lifestyle of service and compassion.  One faculty member stated that his even temperament and teachable spirit have made him a pleasure to teach.

Davis’ parents are John and Laura Davis.

The Life Beautiful Award
The Life Beautiful Award was established in 1937 by Rosalee Mills Appleby, a career missionary to Brazil. This award is given annually to an outstanding man and woman in the Southwest Baptist University spring graduating class. These individuals have demonstrated by their scholarship and character that they are living a “life beautiful.” The faculty selects the recipients, whose identities remain confidential until commencement.

PHOTOS: Lydia Nebel and Dr. Bill Brown, Scott Davis and President C. Pat Taylor

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