BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University students were recognized for their contributions to
their academic departments and colleges at Honors Chapel on May 1 in Pike Auditorium
on the Bolivar campus.
Spring 2017 graduates honored included:
- Outstanding Music Graduate – Ashley Fox, Dunnegan
- Outstanding Commercial Art Graduate – Kaylee Dye, Blue Springs
- Outstanding Studio Art Graduate – Natalie O’Keefe, Granite City, Ill.
- Outstanding Ministry Graduate – Chelsea Hilbert, Owasso, Okla.
- Outstanding Theology Graduate and Behavioral Sciences Male Graduate – Joshua Sharp, Camdenton
- Outstanding Behavioral Sciences Female Graduate – Kayla Penticuff, Odessa
- Outstanding Elementary Education Graduate – Sarah Turney, St. Charles
- Outstanding Middle School Education Graduate – Lydia Swisher, Newton, Kan.
- Outstanding Secondary Education Graduate – Isaak Pearson, Springfield
- Outstanding Social Science Education Graduate – Douglas Chronister, Stockton
- Outstanding History Graduate – Wesley Dwayne Gilden, Bolivar
- Outstanding Political Science Graduate – Aric Gooch, Bolivar
- Outstanding Accounting Graduate – Matthew Randolph, Lebanon
- Outstanding Business Administration Graduate – Jacey Buckles, Lebanon
- Outstanding College of Business & Computer Science Graduate and Computer Science Graduate
– Kelli McNabb, Clever
- Outstanding Web Systems & Design Graduate – Shellie Austin, Bolivar
- Outstanding Computer Information Science Graduate – Regan Katz, Hampton, Iowa
- Outstanding Chemistry Graduate – MariaLynn Jaeger, Ashmore, Ill.
- Outstanding English/Writing Graduate – Travis Furtkamp, Ozark
Other honorees and scholarship recipients were:
- J.A. Clark Biology Award recipient – Aleece Kanai, Mount Vernon
- Snellen Scholar & Service Award recipient – Tarah Goodknight, Princeton
- James Frederick Hurst Memorial Mathematics Award recipient – Julie Bowman, Franklin, N.C.
- Outstanding First-Year Chemistry Student – Allison Cormican, Sedalia
- Presser Scholarship recipient – Karen Kelley, Jefferson City
- Baker Book Award recipient – Jess Huck, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
- Autry & Irene Brown Scholarship recipient – Addie Bresee, Fordland
- Autry & Irene Brown Scholarship and Joe B. Shelton Behavioral Sciences Award recipient
– Ashley Monje, Arnold
- Rose E. Ray Scholarship recipients – Kailey Scifres, Bentonville, Ark.; Kimber Stout, Mansfield; Olivia Grace Harris, Little Rock, Ark.
- Sara McGaha Memorial Scholarship recipient – Monica White, Eldon
- Dutile Memorial Hebrew Scholarship recipient – Brandon Eardley, Granite City, Ill.
- Virginia Hopper Scholarship recipient – Hannah Syftestad, Reedsburg, Wis.
SBU will hold three Spring commencement ceremonies. The Bolivar campus undergraduate
ceremony will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, on the Merrill Burnidge Memorial Forum;
the graduate degree commencement will be at 3 p.m. in the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness
and Sports Center; and the Springfield campus commencement will be at 7 p.m., Thursday,
May 18, at Second Baptist Church, Springfield.