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Meet Brad Bartlett

Brad Bartlett

Name: Brad Bartlett
Title: Admissions Counselor
Territory: Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas and the Southwest Corner of Missouri
Phone: (417) 328-1814

B.A Communications/Journalism

Alma Mater:
Southwest Baptist University

Years of Admissions Experience: Two

Independence, MO

Family: My wife, Katelyn, and I live in Springfield, MO. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Degree in Biology.

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife Katelyn, jogging, reading and blogging. I would one day love to write a New York Times best-selling novel. I also love leading worship and preaching when I get the chance. My most annoying hobby is listening to NPR and bringing it up in conversations.

Favorite professional sports team:
Kansas City EVERYTHING. Blue and Red, all the way.

Favorite book/book currently reading:
I love modern-classics. By that I mean Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I’m currently working through C.S Lewis’s works, as well as The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller.

What's on my iPod/What I’m listening to:
A lot of podcasts, but I love Mat Kearney, The Civil Wars, and Jason Mraz. Hillsong United and Enter The Worship Circle is also taking over my iTunes.

Why did you choose to work for SBU? From the first day I stepped onto the campus of SBU years ago, I knew that this was a special place. The Christian community and small-town personablness not only drew me as a student, but as a professional. I couldn’t think of a more fun and Christ-centered place to work.

Favorite thing to do in Bolivar: I love to run, and Bolivar is the perfect place to exercise. The town has a lot of beautiful scenery and plenty of places to jog and bike. My wife and I love going to Dunnegan park and playing “How Close Can YOU Get To The Ducks?” Of course, when the workout is over, 3G’s ice cream and late night Taco Bell is always a must.

Favorite college memory: The spring break of my junior year, two of my roommates and I jumped into an old red pickup truck and drove 25 hours straight to Florida. When we finally arrived at the beach, it was pouring down rain - but we swam in the ocean anyway. After a day of Florida fun, we packed up and drove back to Bolivar. It was the craziest short-term vacation I’ve ever taken.

Tips for success in first year at SBU: I know it sounds cliche, but get involved! From dorm Bible studies to campus activities, there are more opportunities to create community with your fellow classmates than you can shake a stick at. Living in community not only helps you grow as an individual, but your chances for academic success rises dramatically when you have friends to study with!

What SBU means to me: A Christ-centered community that not only cares for you personally, but also academically. Where some schools would see you as a number and a statistic, at SBU you are a real person with a story to tell. What chapter will you write here at SBU?