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10 View from the Top

Dr. Jerry Bawcom reflects on the challenges of the presidency and his new role as chancellor.

16 Sentimental Journey

A trip to Independence, Texas, gives students a glimpse of the university in its earliest days.



13 Campus Life

New faces for President’s Council, a big birthday bash, and more

18 Athletic Life

A football jersey travels to Iraq and back, making an impact on young men at both ends of the journey

19 Philanthropy

Estate gift from Alma Symonds Burrow ’40 provides $3 million for student scholarships


21 Alumni Life

Check out what’s happening in the lives of alumni and their families.

On the cover: President Jerry G. Bawcom pauses before the bronze Crusader statue at the entrance to the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center. Photo by Rachel Parkhurst ’04 UMHB LIFE | 1


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Concert Choir, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Theatre Production, It Happens Every Spring: Scenes and Monologues about Baseball, Love and Birds Who Sing, Hey Ding a Ding Ding, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Easter Pageant, Luther Memorial, 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Good Friday Holiday (Campus Closed) Play Day Senior Robing & Ring Ceremony, Manning Chapel, Meyer Christian Studies Center, 8:00 p.m. Midnight March Conservatory Spring Concert, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Banquet honoring Dr. and Mrs. Bawcom, Mayborn Campus Center, 6:30 p.m. (Tickets required) McLane Lecture featuring Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Mayborn Campus Center Arena, 12:00 p.m. Hillman Visiting Artist Series, Charles Wetherbee, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Awards Chapel, W. W. Walton Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Wind Ensemble Concert, W. W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Song & Jazz 2, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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Education Pinning, Lord Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. Nurses Pinning, W. W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Social Work Pinning, Manning Chapel, Meyer Christian Studies Center, 7:00 p.m. Spring Commencement, Bell County Expo Center, 10:00 a.m. Minimester Registration & Classes Begin Senior Saints Summit, Featuring Rev. John Witte Memorial Day (Campus Closed)

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Summer I & II Advising and Registration Summer I Classes Begin (Day and Evening) Additional Summer II Registration Summer II Classes Begin (Day and Evening)

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Independence Day Holiday (Campus Closed) Music Conservatory musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.” Cultural Activities Center, Temple, 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

UMHB LIFE Volume 28, Number 3 Spring 2009 President Jerry G. Bawcom, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief Paula Price Tanner, Ed.D. Editor Carol Woodward Contributing Editor Rebecca O’Banion ’93 Contributing Writers Paul Aaron Jena Coulson Melissa Ford ’07 Mateo Gamboa Graphic Designer Randy Yandell ’99 Contributing Designer Zeal Design Studio Photographers Melissa Ford ’07 Rebecca O’Banion ’93 Rachel Parkhurst ’04 Jon Wallin Carol Woodward Randy Yandell ’99 UMHB Life is published three times a year by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Please send comments, story ideas or letters to: UMHB Life UMHB Box 8431 900 College Street Belton, Texas 76513 Alumni Life is compiled by the Office of Alumni Relations. Please send any information for publishing or change of personal information to: Alumni Relations UMHB Box 8427 900 College Street Belton, Texas 76513

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O’Rear announces picks for senior leadership team June 1 reorganization will add new faces to President’s Council The university will begin a new chapter when Dr. Randy O’Rear enters the presidency June 1. In preparation for a seamless transition, he has announced his plans for reorganizing the senior leadership structure. “The new structure is not an attempt to ‘fix’ something that is ‘broken,’” said O’Rear. “It is an effort to draw upon the abilities of some very talented people in our administration.” “What I’m trying to do is flatten our structure and put more people at the table to help make decisions.” Pulling from the ranks of current leadership who have already demonstrated success in their areas of expertise, Dr. O’Rear named three members of administration to be promoted to senior vice presidents in June. Dr. Steve Oldham will oversee all areas of academics as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He has been serving as interim provost/vice president for academic affairs since July 2008, and was named provost in January. Dr. Steve Theodore will be promoted to senior vice president for administration and chief operating officer. In this role, Theodore will oversee student life, athletics, enrollment management, business and finance, information technology and human resources. Theodore has served in many capacities for more than 20 years at UMHB, including associate director of financial aid and vice president for enrollment management, and he

Moving to new positions of responsibility in the O’Rear administration will be (standing, L-R) Jennifer Ramm, Dr. Steve Theodore, Susan Owens, and (seated) Edd Martin, Dr. Paula Price Tanner and Dr. Steve Oldham.

has served as vice president for student affairs since 2005. Edd Martin will be promoted to senior vice president for campus planning and support services. In his new role, Martin will focus on campus planning, property acquisition and management, energy management, campus safety and security, city and county relations and other vital support services. Martin has served the university as vice president for business and finance for 21 years. Jennifer Ramm will be promoted to vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer. Ramm started with the university in 2006 as controller and later that same year was named associate vice president for business and finance. In her new role, Ramm’s duties will include oversight

of financial operations, investment management, budget, purchasing, and commercial insurance. Prior to joining UMHB, Ramm was an audit manager at Pattillo, Brown and Hill, LLP, in Waco. Dr. Paula Price Tanner will be promoted to vice president for communications and special projects. In this new division Dr. Tanner will oversee public relations, marketing, publishing, campus-wide special events and projects, and strategic communications. Tanner joined the university in 2001 as the director of institutional research and became the director of foundation relations in 2003. She has served most recently as associate vice president for university relations. Susan Owens will be promoted to associate vice president for human UMHB LIFE | 3


resources and legal liaison. Owens started with the university in 2007 as director of human resources. She will continue overseeing human resources responsibilities and will coordinate legal counsel services. Prior to coming to UMHB, Owens served on the management staff of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch for more than seven years, where she managed human resources activities and later served as senior vice president for business operations.

According to President-elect O’Rear, the new leadership structure will equip the university to maximize its many strengths while meeting the challenges of the future. “I have great confidence in our senior leadership team and look forward to working with these wonderful professionals as we continue to build on our solid foundation of excellence in higher education at UMHB,” said O’Rear. —Carol Woodward

The Expanded President’s Council Senior VP for Administration and Chief Operating Officer ............................... Dr. Steve Theodore Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs ........ Dr. Steve Oldham Senior VP for Campus Planning and Support Services .......................................... Edd Martin VP for Athletics ..................................................... Ben Shipp VP for Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer................................. Jennifer Ramm VP for Communications and Special Projects ............................................ Dr. Paula Price Tanner

Around the campus Trustees approve budget On February 6 the board of trustees unanimously approved the 2009-2010 budget, which was set at $57,862,000. The budget represents a 3.9 percent increase from the previous year. The budget includes a $30 per credit hour increase in tuition for the 20092010 academic year, which becomes effective June 1. The room and board rate and other academic fees will not be increased. The average cost of attendance for resident students will increase 3.5 percent, the lowest increase in more than ten years. “We recognize the difficult times facing many of our students and their families and tried to be very responsive to this when establishing next year’s rates and the scholarship budget,” said University President Jerry G. Bawcom. The budget also includes additional financial aid, five new faculty positions and three new staff positions for 2009-2010.

VP for Development .............................................. search in progress VP for Student Life ............................................... search in progress Associate VP for Enrollment Management ........... search in progress Associate VP for Facilities..................................... Bob Pattee Associate VP for Human Resources and Legal Liaison................................................ Susan Owens Associate VP for Technology ................................ Marshall Eidson Dean, College of Business ...................................... Dr. Jim King Dean, College of Christian Studies........................ Dr. Tim Crawford Dean, College of Education.................................... Dr. Marlene Zipperlen Dean, College of Humanities and Graduate School .......................................... Dr. Derek Davis Dean, College of Sciences ...................................... Dr. Darrell Watson Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts ....... Ted Barnes Dean, Scott & White College of Nursing .............. Dr. Sharon Souter 4 | UMHB LIFE

Cooper named assistant dean Dr. Tammi Cooper, assistant professor in the College of Business was promoted to a newly created position of Assistant Dean of Learning and Student Success. “Dr. Cooper brings high energy, a ‘can-do’ spirit, excellent analytical and organizational skills, and creative problem solving to this new post,” said Dr. Steve Oldham, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Cooper will be formulating and

Two hundred and seven students received their degrees in winter commencement ceremonies on December 20. Student recognitions included the Alpha Chi Award for highest overall GPA, which went to Chelsea Joy Caspell of Allen; the Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university, which went to Daena Lynae Yerkes of Huntsville (left) and Lindsey Marie Harkrider of Boerne (center); and the President’s Award for meritorious service went to Carrie Lee Norwood of Lorena (right). coordinating the university’s student retention efforts. She will have oversight of the Center for Academic Excellence and will coordinate the Freshman Seminar courses. She will also organize Crusader Connection activities and will assist with special initiatives. Dr. Cooper is in her fourth year of teaching in the College of Business and has taught in the areas of management, marketing and information systems. Faculty tenure approved The board of trustees approved several faculty members for tenure. The faculty approved for tenure, effective fall 2009, include Mr. Ted Barnes, dean of visual and performing arts/professor, art; Mr. Phil Dunham, professor, art; Dr. Karen Estes, assistant professor, education; Ms. Barbara Fontaine-White, associate professor, art; Mr. John Hancock, professor, art; Ms. Helen Kwiatkowski, associate professor, art; Dr. Kerry Owens,

professor, communications; Dr. Brady Peterson, associate professor, English; Dr. Rebecca Peterson, history; Dr. Aida Sapp, associate professor, nursing; and Mr. Hershall Seals, professor, art. Hogan to serve as festival director The Natchez Festival of Music has appointed Mr. George Hogan as Artistic Director for the 2009 Natchez Festival of Music. Hogan, director of opera activities and associate professor of music, has been associated with Natchez since 1991 when he participated in the very first performance of the Festival as Don Quixote in the Man of La Mancha. Over the years, audiences of the festival have seen Hogan perform numerous roles, most recently as Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte in 2008.

Patrick Munoz was crowned Mr. Crusader Knight 2009 in February. The junior Christian studies major represented the organization Crosscultural Cru. The honor brought with it a $5,000 scholarship for the first time this year. Also honored at the event was President Jerry Bawcom, whom the contestants presented with a Crusader Knight crown of his very own. UMHB LIFE | 5


Students celebrate Charter Day with birthday bash Students, faculty and administrators gathered in the Crusader Café in the basement of the Mabee Student Center on February 4 to join in a grand birthday party for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Marking the university’s 164th birthday, Dr. and Mrs. Bawcom did the honors of cutting the cake with the official Crusader sword, which is used each fall for dubbing new students. The Bawcoms then blew out the candles

Vocalist wins 2009 crown for Miss MHB

First Year Council and a number of Baptist Student Ministry activities. Her platform was “empowering students to achieve boldness.” First runner up was Miss Junior Class Sarah Potter, a junior from Houston. Second runner up was Miss Getty’s Hall Kristen Grogan, a senior from Dallas; third runner up was Miss Student Foundation Allison Hankins, a sophomore from Pf lugerville; and fourth runner up was Miss Beall Hall Erica Jackson, a sophomore from Belton.

Miss McLane Hall Brianna Edwards, of Highlands, TX, was crowned 2009 Miss Mary HardinBaylor on November 15 in the annual pageant at the university. Edwards is the 19-year-old daughter of Tim and Robin Edwards. She is a vocal performance major. Edwards has been involved in Welcome Week, 6 | UMHB LIFE

and invited everyone joined in the celebration. Just prior to the birthday party, the traditional Charter Day Chapel was held in W. W. Walton Chapel. Dwight Edwards, Class of 1980, spoke on the importance of “doing something extraordinary with your life.” “What do we do with this short sliver of a life?” asked Edwards. “The alternative to doing something is to sit at home and watch the world go by – that’s not life, that’s existence.” Comparing life to a ship, he encouraged students to be a battleship which is reserved to do something significant. “You are hardwired to do things that no one else can do. Every person has a unique calling on this planet,” said Edwards. “Find what you were born to do, and do it!” Senior class officers then walked with Dr. and Mrs. Bawcom to place a wreath at Judge Baylor’s grave in the center of campus in the tradition of Charter Day before attending the birthday party put on by Student Life.

Young authors and illustrators meet to share publishing tips

Chemistry club marks tenth year with highway cleanup program The American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affi liates chapter, Sigma Pi, recently received recognition from Central Texas engineers for 10 years of service to the state of Texas as sponsors in the Adopt-a-Highway program. Dr. Darrell Watson, faculty advisor of the Sigma Pi, said he is proud of the students for their willingness to help keep the local highway by scheduling regular clean up days for the area. The chapter also received kudos from the American Chemical Society again this year for activities which the students planned and performed during the 2007-08 academic year. ACS named the UMHB chapter as one of the forty most outstanding chapters in the United States, for the chapter’s work to promote recycling and many other community service activities.

Children rushed out of the college classrooms and down the stairs as they anxiously moved to the next session of the 2009 Young Authors and Illustrators Conference held on campus in February. The Central Texas Reading Council and the College of Education held the annual children’s conference to promote reading and writing among students first through 12 grades. More than 75 children engaged in topical discussions, participated in hands-on activities, shared their work with peers and met professionals in the field. Diane Genz, a teacher at Pirtle Elementary in Belton, said the conference was a perfect opportunity to take the students out of a classroom setting and let them try some new ways of

writing. With several writing genres to choose from, the students had many ways to jump in and get their hands wet. The students were encouraged to bring works to the conference for peer criticism, which were later published in an online anthology. “I like getting them excited and for them to see you can have fun with writing. They see that writing is not just a chore, and the students can go back to school and show what they made,” Genz said. She said the conference helped make writing come alive. The students met real authors and were told how many times it took to get published and the process of publication, which made the idea of writing genuine to the students. —Jena Coulson



Jersey inspires young patriots on both sides of the Atlantic One by one, the soldiers left their barracks, each placing a hand on a purple jersey with the number six on it. They moved with pride and courage as they faced the ever present danger of insurgent enemies and rebellion in Iraq. Many heroic soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division lost their lives fighting to bring peace to a country in need. These soldiers fought proudly under the American flag and were reminded of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s support every time they saw the purple and gold jersey hanging on the wall. On February 25, Major General Jeffrey Hammond presented the jersey, which had served as an inspiration for his troops, back to the football team in honor of the soldiers who lost their lives in the 4th ID. Hammond’s relationship to the football team began when he played football under Head Football Coach Pete Fredenburg at Louisiana State University. After seeing General Hammond years later at a golf tournament at Fort Hood, Coach Fredenburg invited him to give a pre-game speech to the university football team prior to the 4th ID’s deployment to Iraq. At that time the team presented the jersey and a helmet to the 4th ID. From Belton, the Cru memorabilia traveled to Iraq. The gathering to mark the return of the jersey was an emotional one for the football players, coaches and university officials, including President Jerry G. Bawcom. 8 | UMHB LIFE

Major General Jeffrey Hammond returns Crusader jersey number 6 to Coach Pete Fredenburg, with thanks from the 4th Infantry Division.

“I just want to bring this jersey back to its rightful owners and tell you how grateful 4th ID and our families are for each of you,” General Hammond said, “You’re living the dream. You’re playing football. You’re going to school. You’re getting an education. You’re going to make us all proud in the future, and you sure made us proud this year.” Coach Fredenburg replied to General Hammond with appreciation and humility. He said, “Thank you for allowing all of us to share this with you. We will hang this, General Hammond, in a place of honor where football players for years to come will know what the sacrifices of those 94 soldiers meant to you, to their fellow soldiers and to our football program. It is a real honor to know you, and we cherish and honor your successes.” General Hammond also addressed Dr. Bawcom and recognized the remarkable job he has done as president of the university.

“Sir, thank you for running such a magnificent university where kids have the freedom to learn and fulfill their dreams,” he said. “Kids like this can play football and have such great leadership in their coaching staff. If I could do it all over again, I would come here. “It means a lot to us to know that in the midst of what you were doing, you were thinking of us from time to time,” he said. General Hammond will be moving on to the next stage of his career with the Army, but will not forget about the small university in the middle of central Texas. He said, “I am going to be moving on to the Pentagon, but my heart will always be here at Mary Hardin-Baylor.” The head coach noted the significance of the gift. “We are going to immortalize it and recognize the impact it made on soldiers in Iraq,” he said. “When we see it, we will remember the incredible sacrifice that soldiers make for our freedom.” — Mateo Gamboa


Alumna’s love for alma mater leads to $3 million estate gift Although she had not been back to campus since she graduated in 1940, alumna Alma “Symie” Symonds Burrow recently provided the largest estate gift in UMHB history. To date the university has received nearly $2 million of an estimated $3 million that will be disseminated to UMHB. Over the last decade, Director of Alumni Development Bobby Johnson spoke to Mrs. Burrow many times over the phone. Each time he suggested visiting her in Florida, she insisted that it would be too much trouble, and the trip never materialized. She would respond to his request to visit by asking if he was a Christian. “Yes ma’am I am,” Bobby said. “Well, if you’re a Christian, you’ll see me in heaven one day, and I’ll look a lot better then,” she would always say. As a child Alma grew up in the Panama Canal Zone. She came 2,000 miles from home to attend college at Mary Hardin-Baylor in 1936. In those days it was common for college students from the Canal Zone to leave Panama in the summer on a ship for New York, and from there they would travel by train to their respective colleges. Alma’s train ride extended from New York to Belton, Texas, where she stayed until the next summer before making the reverse trip home. She said she never got homesick because she had so many friends. During those college years she came to love the Townsends and the Hardys; she recalled that Dr. Hardy always referred to her as the “little Canal Zone girl.” Alma married Thomas E. Burrow in

you okay?’ She would say, ‘I’m just fine! The wind hasn’t blown me away yet.’” The last time he spoke to Alma was in 2006, shortly after she broke her 1940 in Panama, and they lived there until his retirement in 1965. They ended femur and was placed in a care facility. Once more he asked to come visit her, up moving to but response was always the same. Gulfport, Florida, “Bobby, it would be much better where he eventually preceded her in to wait and see me in heaven, I’ll look better there!” she said. death. Although Bobby never met Mrs. Bobby began calling Mrs. Burrow Burrow, he knew he had lost a special friend when word came of her passing in in 1999, and they November 2006. would enjoy long Alma Burrow ’40 To date, the university has received conversations about $1,890,000 from Mrs. Burrow’s estate, Mary Hardin-Baylor and her love for with the remainder to come after the the college. Over time, the two became sale of her home in Gulfport. The estate friends who talked with each other on gift has been designated to endow scholthe phone several times each year. arships for students who have a calling “If I knew there was a hurricane in —Carol Woodward the Gulf, I’d call her and say, ‘Alma, are to the ministry.

A recent gift from the Tri-City Gem and Mineral Club made it possible for the College of Science to acquire several small collections of gems and stones, to provide examples for students studying geology. The collection also will be made available for science teachers in the local public schools to check out, to provide “hands-on” teaching in their classrooms. UMHB LIFE | 9




the students of MHB have every opportunity to learn to live as Christians as they pursue their college degrees. He was an Eagle Scout from West Texas when he enrolled at Texas Tech in 1962 with the goal of teaching and coaching high school football, basketball and track. It was at Tech that Bawcom met coed Vicky Keene; they fell in love and were married in 1965. After their graduation, they worked as school teachers in Lubbock for 2 years. Bawcom then took a risk and applied for a job as a dorm supervisor and assistant dean at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, so he could continue his education at the University of North Texas. At Texas Wesleyan, Bawcom proved himself “ I ’ D LIKE TO BE RE ME MBERED to be an administrator of AS A PRESIDENT WHO NOT uncommon skill, quickly O N LY C A R E D A B O U T rising through the ranks to the presidency in S T U D E N T S , FA C U LT Y A N D just 15 years, at age 40. S TA F F A N D W H O A DVO C AT E D Though the school faced great challenges during THEIR SUCCESS, BUT ALSO

n an era when the average tenure of a university president is five years, Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom is an uncommon man. Now in his 19th year as president of UMHB, Bawcom has successfully led the Baptist university through years of denominational turmoil and increasing competition for student dollars. Though fiscally conservative, he has guided the school through a series of building and renovation projects that have transformed the Belton campus into a place that fosters learning and growth with excellent academic, athletic and residential centers. As a Christian educator, he is known as a man who not only talks the talk but also walks the walk, making certain that


their years there, the Bawcoms grew to love Texas Wesleyan. Their own Baptist heritage, however, drew them to look with interest at Mary Hardin-Baylor when President Bobby E. Parker announced his intention to retire, and the Board of Trustees was quick to approve the young but seasoned administrator as the 21st president of UMHB in November 1990. With quiet authority, Bawcom has led UMHB to a position of prominence in the last two decades, with steady growth in student enrollments and significant expansions in the school’s academic offerings (For a list of milestones achieved during his presidency, see page 13.) His decision to step down in May 2009 was quietly made last summer with his typical thought and prayer. Since then, he has achieved what most presidents only dream of—a smooth transition to a successor who shares his values and vision for the university. In September, the Board of Trustees was unanimous in its selection of Dr. Randy O’Rear, a 20-year veteran of the UMHB LIFE | 11

university who has served as Bawcom’s executive vice president for the last four years. The board also asked Bawcom to accept the role of chancellor, to provide continuity and support in on-going public relations and fund raising activities. In February, UMHB Life asked Dr. Bawcom to pause at this pivotal point in his career and share some of the memories and insights he has gained during his years at UMHB. His observations give a rare glimpse at the life of a university president and what the future may hold for UMHB.



Triangle—Dallas/Fort Worth down to San Antonio and over to Houston. That allowed us to grow. As president of Texas Wesleyan, “It quickly became clear that, if we Bawcom had been friends with President didn’t provide for additional student Bobby Parker for several years, and housing, we would in essence limit our their paths crossed regularly through own enrollment. And imbedded in all of the athletic conference in which both this was the most important challenge Texas Wesleyan and UMHB were of all: making sure we remained true to members. Through their conversations our mission of personal attention and and later talks with trustee Clark smaller classes while we were in the Potter, who chaired the presidential middle of continued growth. As enrollment search committee, Bawcom felt he had grew, we had to have additional faculty a clear picture of the role he would be offices and classrooms, so that we could stepping into as president of UMHB. stay true to our mission. “I thought I knew Mary Hardin“It also became clear that the univerBaylor when I came here in 1991,” sity needed to change its athletic conference. We “ I T I S B E C AU S E O F T H E changed from NAIA to GO OD PEOPLE WHO WORK NCAA Division II, but it H E R E T H AT U M H B H A S quickly became apparent that where we really BECOME SO MUCH MORE belonged was Division THAN WE EVER DREAMED IT III. We have found that, philosophically, Division C O U L D B E . W E R E A L LY H AV E III is the best fit for our B E E N B L E S S E D .” institution. The idea of ‘student first and athlete second’ is still very compelling for us.” Bawcom was pleased to discover Bawcom says, “but I didn’t really,” he that his role at UMHB was somewhat adds with a smile. “I thought my primary different than it would have been at objective in my early years would be to a public college or university. “Our build a new library and to increase the institution’s faith commitment makes endowment. But it became readily apparent that there were different kinds functioning here a bit different, but even more fulfilling. I think there is of needs. an expectation from trustees, from “We needed to diversify our student alumni board members, from faculty enrollment. At that time, 75 percent and staff, even from students, that of our students lived within 70 miles everything we do needs to be bathed of the campus. So we changed our in prayer and sought through God’s recruitment philosophy. We began counsel. That is very different from recruiting in earnest all across the state, everyday life at a state institution, and particularly in what’s called the Texas

it’s been a great joy to be unapologetic about that.” Bawcom also was pleased to find a dedicated group of people working at UMHB. “Dr. Parker left a good legacy, and I have benefited from it,” Bawcom says. “Many of the people who took leadership roles in my administration were people who had served under Dr. Parker. Some of them are still in leadership and have an even longer experience with Mary Hardin-Baylor than I do—Dr. Randy O’Rear, Dr. Steve Theodore, Edd Martin, Ben Shipp. “I’ve always believed that people make the difference in the spirit and heart of the institution,” Bawcom continues. “Without their support and commitment, the university simply cannot be what the good Lord wants it to be. It is because of the good people who work here that UMHB has become so much more than we ever dreamed it could be. We really have been blessed.”

CHALLENGES AND JOYS When asked what he has enjoyed most about being president of UMHB, Bawcom is quick to answer. “The best part of these years has been having the opportunity to be with our faculty, staff and students, and watching them grow and change and be successful. The idea that Vicky and I may have had a part in enabling their growth or success is very, very satisfying. “Another recurring satisfaction has been when we have reached full funding on a building and then have been able to see it through to the dedication of the new facility. The best part is seeing the faces of the people who are going to get to live and work in the building. We just experienced that this fall with the

Highlights of the Bawcom Years • Student enrollment has grown from around 1,700 to more than 2,700 this fall. At the same time, average SAT scores for entering freshmen increased from 890 to 1024 in fall 2008. • New student housing construction has included 12 residence halls and apartment buildings which have increased the number of beds on campus from approximately 400 to more than 1,200 beds. • Degree programs added during Bawcom’s presidency include the Master of Science in Information Systems, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the Doctor of Education degrees. • New facilities constructed include » Addition to Mabee Student Center (1993) » Addition to Townsend Memorial Library (1994) » York Science Center (1996) » Parker Academic Center (2002) » Crusader Sports Complex (2004) » Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center (2005) » Addition to Sanderford Administrative Complex (2006) » Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center (2008) • Total campus acreage has grown from approximately 100 acres to more than 250 acres. • Athletic teams were expanded in 1998 to include a football program and women’s soccer team. The university also moved from NAIA to NCAA Division III competition that same year. UMHB has competed for multiple national championships (baseball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis and football), winning the 2000 Women’s Golf Championship, and the football program has won the ASC Conference championship for four years straight. • With more than 350 full-time employees, the university’s economic impact on the surrounding community has grown to more than $145 million a year. • The university has remained fiscally sound throughout Bawcom’s tenure, and the endowment has more than quadrupled under his leadership.


Meyer Center for Christian Studies. That kind of experience is very rewarding.” Of course, the role of the president also brings with it serious responsibilities. “What weighs heaviest on the mind of someone in my position is the fact that you are completely and totally responsible for everything,” Bawcom says with candor. “The most difficult part of the job is knowing that you have to raise the funds to build facilities, to fund the institution, to insure that you meet your budget so people are taken care of. And imbedded in that responsibility is the difficulty of managing your time. Those challenges are very real, and they are always with you. “You know, I still wake every morning excited about those challenges, but they do constitute a very serious responsibility,” Bawcom says. “Of course, as I move into the role of chancellor, that will be changing for me a little bit. I’ll keep the excitement part but not the burden part so much!”

B E I N G C H A N C E L LO R On June 1, 2009, Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom will step into a different role, that of university chancellor. Since it has been 9 years since UMHB has had a chancellor, many people have asked Bawcom what exactly he’ll be doing in his new position. “There are generally two different approaches to a chancellorship,” Bawcom explains. “At large public institutions, the chancellor is the leader over several campuses, and the presidents of the various campuses answer to the chancellor. At smaller colleges and universities, the role is reversed: the chancellor is someone who advises and assists the president. That’s what my role will be. “My job will include continued public relations efforts. I’ll represent the president when he can’t be somewhere, and I will assist him in continued fundraising efforts. And I will also have the opportunity to teach. I already play a small role lecturing in the doctoral

program in educational administration. It looks like that role may be expanded, and I know I would enjoy that.” Bawcom concedes that there will be aspects of the presidency that he will miss. “I’ve enjoyed the time I have spent with students so much—seeing them grow, participating in and observing their activities, performances and athletics. I also have enjoyed seeing alumni return to the campus and sharing their delight in our growth, in the physical beauty of the campus and success that we’ve been able to experience. I’ll continue to do these things, but it will be different. “And I know I will miss the camaraderie of the administrative leadership team. We spend many hours of the week together and support one another. I’ll miss that. “On the other hand, there are things I won’t miss,” Bawcom says with a grin. “I am not going to miss discipline appeals or grade appeals. Unhappy folks generally end up in the president’s office. I’ll not miss that part of the job at all!”

LO O K I N G TO THE FUTURE Bawcom will be turning the job of president over to Dr. Randy O’Rear, who has worked at the university for 20 years, the last four as executive vice president and chief operating officer. “It is very unusual to have worked with someone so long, and for him to be young enough that now he is in a position to succeed me,” Bawcom says. 14 | UMHB LIFE

“ That may be one of the most gratifying aspects of my presidency,” Bawcom adds. “Having a smooth succession afterwards is very unusual these days, and the university, the board and the campus will be the beneficiaries of our transition. Dr. O’Rear is different, and yet he is the same. He may be different in the way he goes about things, but he certainly has the same vision and heart for our university that I have had.“ Despite the great progress achieved at UMHB in that last 19 years, the future will continue to offer great challenges, Bawcom says. “The state of the world’s economy is such that keeping Mary Hardin-Baylor affordable will continue to be a priority. Our ability to provide student scholarships is very critical to our future,” he says. “Managing our university’s growth will also continue to be a challenge,” Bawcom says. “Increases in enrollment create the need for additional faculty; there will always be a tension between our growth and our commitment to personal attention for our students. “And like all small, private colleges, we must continuously work at UMHB to maintain and upgrade facilities and even add facilities like the new student union building that we so greatly need. In the current economy, this is even more of a challenge than it has been in recent decades. That is why I am pleased that I will be able to be able to stick around a while and continue to help raise funds for our capital projects.”

L E G AC Y O F G R OW T H When Bawcom leaves the presidency on May 31, he will leave behind a lengthy list of accomplishments (see sidebar, page 13). Throughout this

final year of his presidency, accolades have been showered upon him by civic groups, service organizations, denominational and educational groups who have praised his dedication, his leadership and his integrity. When asked how he would like for his presidency to be remembered, though, his answer is simple. “Typically, I suppose that a president would say that he or she would like to be remembered as the one who facilitated and managed growth and success in the academic program, enrollment and facilities of the university. But I’d really like to be remembered as a president who not only cared about students, faculty and staff and who advocated their success, but also one who prayed for them,” he says. The years that Jerry and Vicky Bawcom have spent at UMHB have been very special ones, and that has made it possible for them to look toward this new phase of their lives without sadness. Bawcom describes their feelings in this way: “A favorite photograph of ours is the last picture that was taken of us at Texas Wesleyan. Someone took a picture

“I’ve enjoyed the time I have spent with students so much—seeing them grow, participating in and observing their activities. . . “ of us walking away down the sidewalk from the final reception that was given for us there. The photograph is both poignant and bittersweet; it reminds us how difficult it was to leave Texas Wesleyan after 22 years, years in which we went through some difficult challenges. “But here, at UMHB, we feel a great joy, because we’re still going to be here—we’re not walking away! I won’t say that I’m completely satisfied with everything that I have done. But we’ve made great progress, and in handing it over to Dr. O’Rear, I feel complete trust that under his leadership we will continue to be highly successful.”




Clockwise, from upper right: Zachary Raygoza looks at how the old columns fit into the original building on Academy Hill; students from the Crusader Leadership Conference pose for a group photo; a pavilion and marker on Windmill Hill mark the site of the men’s campus of Baylor University; La’Tamera Fry reads the plaque at the base of the columns on Academy Hill; bluebonnets surround a typical settler’s home from the 1850s at Old Baylor Park.


Clockwise, from lower left: at Independence Baptist Church, student Dennis Greeson looks at the massive chandelier nicknamed “The Twelve Apostles�; in the church sanctuary, students gather on pews which were handcrafted by slaves more than century ago; Bethany Carter and Maggie Curry study an old Bible at the Texas Baptist Museum.


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Mark your calendar! Homecoming 2009 will be October 23-24. Reunion gatherings will be held for the Classes of ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, and ’04. If you are interested in helping to plan your reunion, contact the alumni office at 254-295-4599 or

1940s Mary Frances Clark ’40 may be reached at 2615 Lynnwood Cir., Norman, OK 73072 or

1970s Bill Mills ex ’72-’73 was elected sheriff in Aransas County. He served as Aransas County Constable for six terms.

1980s Sally Wakefield Gillam ’80 was appointed to the board for the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She is the chief nursing officer at South Austin Hospital. Bruce ’81 and Valerie Perry Mercer ’83 have recently moved to Belton and re-opened the Morning Glory Inn Bed & Breakfast. They have rooms available for alumni events and other visits to the campus. They may be reached at 254-933-8500, 877-645-6794 or via their website at Their middle two daughters, Erika and Andrea, both UMHB music education majors, are enjoying their short commute to campus from 1018 Main St., Belton, TX 76513.

President Jerry G. Bawcom, Honorary Alumnus ’92, was named the 2008 Beltonian, the highest honor given by the City of Belton, during the annual Belton Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet in January. Dr. Bawcom was recognized for his many contributions and years of service to Belton and the surrounding community. Charles McKamie ’94 was selected “Teacher of the Month” for October by the Gatesville Lions Club. He teaches sixth-grade history and has been teaching for 17 years. Charles is also pastor of King Baptist Church in Gatesville. Danyelle Harper Harris ’95 home schools her four children, Alyssa, Caleb, Dax and Baylee. Her husband, Paul, is the music minister at Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. They may be reached at 1207 River Oaks Dr., Benton, AR 72019 or Julie McCullough Davis ’99 received a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from Texas Wesleyan University on December 12. She is practicing in the Midland/Odessa region.


Kathleen Ketcham Ross, MHS ’01, was promoted to assistant vice president of physician services at Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Burleson. Her responsibilities include strengthening the interconnectedness between the hospital and community physicians by building relationships with the doctors, identifying the medical services they need and educating them about Huguley’s services. Previously the director of physician recruitment, she will continue to recruit physicians to Huguley to meet the needs of the growing community. Kathy first joined Huguley in 1997 as the utilization management coordinator and served as director of managed care from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Tonya Hammer ’04 is assistant professor of counseling at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education. She served three years as a case manager with Communities in Schools. Amanda Winkler ’04 is the cheer and tumbling coach at Central Texas Family Fitness Center in Belton. She is a competition judge for UCA, Cheer Power and Spirit Events. Amanda has six years of head cheer coaching experience ranging from middle school to college age. Amanda is AACCA safety certified and first aid/CPR certified. She taught high school for four years and is the director of A+ Learning Academy’s Mother’s Day Out in Belton. James Henderson ’05 is a biology and math extension teacher’s aide at C.H. Yoe High School in Cameron. James, his wife, Adrienne Terry Henderson ’06, and their daughter, Jessilynn, live in Cameron. Melissa Gaskey Shelton, MA ’06, is a counselor at Cameron High School. She previously was the counselor at Cameron Elementary School. Thara Platt ’07 is completing international studies at Capernwray Bible School in Carnforth, England.

Nikki Ray ’00 is the head trainer for the Taylor High School athletic department. She was the head trainer at Cuero High School for three years. UMHB LIFE | 21

ALUMNI L I F E Erin Kathleen Harper ’99 to Jeff Rose, November 8, in Conroe. Erin is a teacher with Conroe Independent School District, and Jeff is a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville.

When he graduated in December, Kendall McAtee became the third generation in his family to graduate from UMHB. Pictured, L-R are Stephanie Prinz McAtee ’81, Kendall McAtee ’08, Kellie Prinz Johnson, MBA ’01, and Arthur P. Prinz ’69. Colby Nichols ’08 was selected to be district director by State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock. He will attend events throughout Killeen and Bell County and will attend city council and Rotary club meetings, as well as chamber of commerce events. Colby interned with U.S. Congressman John Carter in Washington, D.C., before accepting the position. Byron Serna, MBA ’08, is the laboratory manager at Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park, Colorado. He has a lab staff of six. Tara Todd ’08 is employed by the Mesquite Independent School District. Kyle Tubbs ’08 is a youth minister at First Baptist Church in Eula, Texas. He lives in Abilene and is working on his Master of Divinity degree at Logsdon Seminary.

WEDDINGS Diane Balloun Gerritz ’67 to Hank Severson, August 8, in Tacoma, Washington. Diane met Hank following the death of her late husband. Diane retired from teaching at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, and Hank is a retired Boeing engineer. They may be reached at 1724 96th St., Tacoma, WA 98444 or joy4ne1@ George Alan Highsmith ’87, MHS ’95, to Diane Lynn Harrington, October 18, in Belton. George is employed by the Bell County Public Health District, and Diane is a licensed vocational nurse at Central Counties Center MHMR in Killeen.


Sarah Berwick ’00 to Brian Duncan, December 6, in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Sarah teaches school, and Brian is a control systems engineer for Procter & Gamble. They may be reached at sasduncan@ Jennifer Leigh Pratt ’01 to Mickey Joe Rodi, September 13, in Temple. Jennifer is employed by VistaCare, and Mickey is employed with the Temple Fire Department. Katy Michelle Wheat ’04 to Travis Michael Ward, June 28, in Temple. Katy is a leasing professional for Greystar Management and is working on her teaching certification, and Travis teaches seventh grade at Decker Middle School in Manor. Kelly Corbin ’05 and Stephen Morton ’06, March 15, in Lampasas. Kelly is a seventh-grade special education teacher and coach for Magnolia Junior High School, and Stephen is the new assistant director at the Mayborn Campus Center at UMHB. David Israel Griffin ’06 to Catharine Beck Sutherland, January 3, in Dallas. David and Catharine are attending Dallas Theological Seminary. J. Grant Hickman ’07 to Jenna Lani Felechner, June 28, in Maui, Hawaii. Grant is a student at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Jenna is a student at UMHB. Jason Lynn Hoelscher ’07 to Jennifer Sue Bishop, January 3, in Temple. Jason is employed by Lakewood Elementary School in Belton, and Jennifer is employed by Leon Heights Elementary School in Belton. Kelly Michelle Jones ’07 and Timothy Adam Stanley ’08, September 27, in Belton. Kelly is attending Truett Seminary and Baylor University in a dual degree program of Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work, and Timothy is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Truett Seminary.

Danielle Dawn Hampton ’08 and Earle David Stone, August 8, in Temple. Danielle is a freelance photographer for Lackland Air Force Base and Calvary Apostolic Church in San Antonio, and David works as a data technician for Fisk Electronics. They may be reached at 2600 N.E. Loop 410 #2308, San Antonio, TX 78217 or Marissa Samu ’08 to Bradley Beierman, December 20, in Temple. Marissa is a fourth-grade math teacher at Scott Elementary in Temple, and Bradley is a branch manager for Architectural Polishing, Inc.

BIRTHS Melodie Jennings Cartwright ’91 and her husband, Craig, announce the birth of their son, Phillip Lawrence, October 11, 2007. He joins big brother, Steven. Darla DuBose Hodgkiss ’93 and her husband, Mark, announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Elizabeth, November 5. They may be reached at 1201 West Flournoy St., Beeville, TX 78102 or Sherry Pheasant Fuessel ’97 and her husband, Erik, announce the birth of their daughter, Liesl Annalynn, September 22. She joins big brothers, Elis Cole and Hogan Thomas. They may be reached at 2205 Stratford Dr., Temple, TX 76502. Antonio ’97 and Maria Teresa Mascorro Sanchez ’03 announce the birth of their son, Cruz Adrian, June 27. He joins eight-year-old Maritza and four-year-old Antonio. Bill Braxton ’00 and his wife, Bonnie, announce the birth of their son, William Cole, December 13. He joins big sister Bella.

Jason ’02 and Audrey Moore Mayo ’06 announce the birth of their son, Jase Aiden, October 2. Leslie Leech Brown ’03 and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of their daughter, Avril Elizabeth, January 9, in Bangkok, Thailand. John ’03 and Holly Cox Chase ’03 announce the birth of their daughter, McKenzie Leigh, March 10. They may be reached at 3305 Shady Hill Dr., Temple, TX 76502. Kara Locke Erdelac ’03 and her husband, Evan, announce the birth of their son, John Phillip, May 29. He joins big brother Ethan Taylor. Jared ’04 and Natalie Till Briggs ’96 announce the birth of their son, Josiah Watson, November 8. He joins big brother Joshua. Travis Funk ’04 and his wife, Melissa, announce the birth of their son, Jackson Andrew, November 20. He is the great-grandson of Doris Morehead McCullough ’50. Travis received a Master of Science degree in financial planning from Texas Tech University and is a financial consultant with Wells Fargo Investments in Lubbock. Craig ’04 and Andrea Weldy McCann ’05 announce the birth of their son, James Craig, October 22.

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Kevin ’04 and Lauren Wilkinson Morehouse ’03 announce the birth of their daughter, Annabelle Grace, November 10. She joins a big sister, Mercy. Kevin is the head choir director at Rancier Middle School in Killeen, and Lauren is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 3401 Lawnwood Cir., Temple, TX 76502 or Jennifer Dolezal Pharris ’05 and her husband, Brandon, announce the birth of their son, Dax Johnson, October 2. Jennifer teaches third grade at Chilton Independent School District. Alice Barnett Rodriguez ’07 and her husband, Raymond, announce the birth of their son, Christian Michael, August 12.

DEATHS Mary Wright Morris ’29, November 21, in Oglesby. She taught in Oglesby for 12 years. Ruth Sheaffer Muzzy ’29, January 24, in Mountain View, Arkansas. She was the mother of Betty Muzzy Lumbley ’52 who may be reached at 4570 Reagan St., Beaumont, TX 77706 and Yolande Muzzy Jolley ’53-’55 who may be reached at 686 Country Charm Rd., Mountain View, AR 72560.

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Velma McNabb Fletcher ’33-’35, October 5, in Lubbock. She ran a country store and lunch counter on the yard of Buster’s Gin and helped establish a family newsletter called the “McNabb Gab.” Velma was a dietician at Baylor College of Medicine and West Texas Hospital in Lubbock. She became a roving dietician to small rural hospitals and nursing homes. Florence Brown Gilbert ’35, October 21, in Dallas. She was a choral teacher at Brackenridge High School, McCollum High School and Rhodes Junior High School in San Antonio. Florence was a pianist at several churches until she was 93 years old. Miriam Albertson Lowrance ’35, November 5, in Boerne. She taught at Brownwood Independent School District, was an assistant professor of art at Howard Payne University in Brownwood and was head of the art department at Sul Ross State University in Alpine for 21 years. Miriam was best known for developing and working a series of National Art grants to research and document Indian rock art in the Trans-Pecos area. Her work was compiled into six volumes that are recognized as one of the premier archaeological reference publications of Indian rock art in Texas. In 1974 she was recognized by Who’s Who in the South. She is also included as an early Texas artist, and her works have been selected for display at the Texas Art Museum in Dallas. Dorris Daniel Keath ’37, November 13, in Sabinal. She taught in the Sabinal public schools. She was organist, pianist and assisted in leading worship for more than 40 years at First Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School, served on many church committees and was active in the UMHB LIFE | 23

ALUMNI L I F E Woman’s Missionary Union at the local and state levels. Dorris was involved in the Sabinal Civic Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Vocational Homemaking Teachers of Texas, Texas Retired Teachers Association, Order of the Eastern Star, Uvalde County Historical Society and AARP. Mary Eleanor King Cox ’41, September 29, in Kennewick, Washington. She was a pastor’s wife, serving in churches in the northwest for many years, and she taught in the elementary schools in Washington. Mary was a member of West Side United Protestant Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, the Genealogy Society, the Kennewick Flower Club and the Alpha Zeta Chapter of A.D.K. She was the niece of Emma King 1896, an English teacher at Baylor Female College from 1902-1942. Mary was the sister of Corin King Giddens ’43, now deceased, and Alice Ray King Greenwood ’55. Her daughter, Jeanne Cox Hultgrenn, may be reached at 9120 Whipple Rd., Pasco, WA 99301. Mary Turrentine Roach ’41, December 30, in Odessa. She taught in Paint Rock and El Paso, Texas, and in Caprock, New Mexico. Mary taught literature at Odessa College and acted as campus sponsor for the Shakespeare Club. Bonna McLain Clark ’43, December 11, in Bryan. She taught at Calvert, Normangee and Crockett elementary schools and retired after 43 years. Bonna was a worthy matron of the Eastern Star, an officer in the Retired Teachers Association and a member of First Baptist Church. Aletha Vinson Southwell ex’44-’45, January 15, in Austin. She taught business courses at McLennan Community College in continuing education and served on the taskforce to establish the legal secretary curriculum. She was employed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) FLYTAF and 12 th Air Force. Aletha served as personnel officer for the VA regional office in Louisville, Kentucky, where she received an outstanding rating, a Special Equal Opportunities Employment award and was made an honorary Kentucky Colonel. She was transferred to the VA Medical Center in Charleston as a personnel officer and later to Shreveport VAMC. Aletha was active in the Waco Legal Secretaries and in the Waco Management and Personnel Association. She was a member of Zonta and was named in Who’s Who Personalities of the South and Woman of the Year by the American Business Women Association.

Isabel Socolofsky Rutherford ’47, December 22, in El Campo. She was an elementary and junior high school teacher for 35 years. She was a member of the Wharton County Retired Teachers Association and a volunteer, and she served on the board of the Blessing Cup. Isabel was a member of the Baptist Women, a Sunday School teacher and a member of the First Baptist Church choir for 64 years. Charles Conner CB ’49, January 13, in Waco. He was the associational missionary for Red River Baptist Association in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for over 31 years. He established summer Bible schools and preached at various churches in the five-county association. He and his wife, Irene Burton Conner ’40, worked with the local 4-H, and he was elected president of the Clark County Fair Association. Charles was active in the Lions Club in Arkadelphia. He was raised as a Master Mason at John Armstrong Lodge in Valley Mills in 1948 and served as lodge chaplain. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. Jewell Dodd Talley ’52, December 14, in Alvin. She taught public school throughout Texas, finishing her career in the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District. Rev. Elemer Glazener, December 18, in Ferris. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Tim” Timmons Glazener ’53. Geraldean W. Hitt ’56, October 24, in Belton. She taught Biology I, II and AP Biology at Belton High School for 32 years. Beverly Brown Deines ’59, February 2, in Denton. She taught Latin and was the Latin Club sponsor at Denton High School. Beverly was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Altar Guild, ICC Cancer Outreach Group, American Association of University Women, TWU Needlecraft Group, a former UMHB alumni board member and a ham radio operator.

Janice Penney ’73, December 12, in Houston. Galen Lloyd Linder, January 23, in Katy. He was the father of Gayle Lindner ’74, Terry Lindner Crotinger ’78 and Tracy Lindner Coe ex. Gayle may be reached at 19450 Cypress Arbor, Katy, TX 77449 or Deborah L. Huffman ex ’77, December 2, in Temple. She was employed at various companies such as Southland Corporation, C & H Dye Casting, Seven-Eleven, and many years at Wilson Art. Deborah was a member of Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She served as past president of the Northwest Texas Missionary Society and E.C.B. LaQuay Missionary Society Choir. Judy Frances Prince ex ’78, October 25, in Temple. Janice Caldwell ’79, December 10, in Temple. She was a nurse at Scott & White Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years, where she was a two-time recipient of the Shining Star Nurses award. Janice was an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider and a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She was the wife of Jerry Caldwell ’73, and the mother of Jennifer Caldwell ’02.

Cara Cooksey Allison, December 13, in Temple. She was the mother of Carolyn Allison Owens ’61.

Janet Bostick, November 24, in Killeen. She was the mother of Cherie Bostick Heimsoth ’81.

James Wright, January 6, in Temple. He was the husband of Marilyn Jackson Wright ’61.

Larry Turnbo, January 30, in Marble Falls. He was the father of Tammy Turnbo McAnally ’84.

Rosalie Bartek Horton ’62, November 27, in Temple. She taught at Gatesville State School for Boys for 20 years. Rosalie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for more than 60 years and a longtime member of the Altar Society.

Ralph Norment, MBA ’91, January 1, in Dover, New Jersey. He was senior infrastructure analyst team leader at M&M/Mars where he retired in 2006 after 25 years of service.

Jonathan Hall Moss, January 10, in Charleston, West Virginia. He was the son of Diane Clampitt Moss ’67 who may be reached at 1831 West DuPont Ave., Belle, WV 25015. 24 | UMHB LIFE

Roy Finney ’72, January 27, in Temple. He taught in Red Oak, Irving, Miller Heights Elementary and Belton High School in Belton, Willow Springs Elementary in Killeen, Central Texas Christian School and Temple College. Roy was awarded Belton Independent School District Teacher of the Year in 1989. While at Belton Independent School District, he coached 39 All-State Choir members and 13 Outstanding Performers for Texas UIL State Vocal and Ensemble. He served as musical or vocal director for many productions at the Temple Civic Theatre. He was a member of Texas Music Educators Association. Roy was inducted into the UMHB School of Fine Arts Gilewicz Hall of Fame in 1997. He was the brother of Judy Finney Norton ’68.

Dennis Fennell ’92, November 29, in Round Rock. He was a registered nurse with certifications in medical-surgical nursing and adult critical care nursing. Dennis was certified as a commercial diver, an advanced diver and international open water diver.

Christopher Martin ’01, December 15, in Austin. He was a manager at Steiner Ranch Steakhouse in Austin. Betty Duckworth Bunker ex, January 20, in Temple. She worked with the Officer’s Wives Club Magazine in Washington, D.C., as well as the Alexandria, Virginia, Welfare Department and a publishing services company. Betty served as president of the Officer’s Wives Club at Hanscom Airforce Base. In 1973 she founded a school of English for foreign-born Air Force wives. She owned the Needleworks in Salado. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society, the Bunker Family Association and the Bell County Museum. Edna O. Carberry ex, December 8, in St. Cloud, Florida. She taught school in various locations in Texas including Hess Community School, where she was principal. She later was employed by Montgomery Ward and SH Kress in San Angelo. Edna was also a private-duty nurse until her retirement.

Alumni invest in tomorrow through endowed scholarships President and Mrs. Jerry Bawcom hosted a series of luncheons this spring to recognize the generosity of three alumni families who have established presidential endowed scholarships for students at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Dorothy ’49, Esther ’52, and Janie Minten ’70 recently established an endowed scholarship in memory of their parents, John and Alice Minten of Falfurrias, Texas. Their gift was recognized at a February 5 luncheon, where the sisters treated guests to a special song they had written to honor their parents for having sent them to college at Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Lottie Fraser ex, October 14, in Temple. She was a dietician for Belton school district and Santa Fe Hospital and was an Avon representative. Lottie was a member of Avenue T Church of Christ.

Mary H. Winn ’50 invited classmates and other friends to celebrate the establishment of her new endowed scholarship at the President’s Home on February 20. Mary established the Jim and Eunice Hamilton Winn Endowed Scholarship in memory of her parents, “who willingly sacrificed to provide educational opportunities for their children.”

Doris Garrett ex, November 5, in Kingwood. She worked in banking in Fairfield and as a pastoral secretary for the First Baptist Church in Nederland and the Baptist Temple Church in Houston Heights. Lillian Akins Gotcher ex, January 4, in Abilene. During World War II she was employed by the FBI in Washington, D.C., and El Paso, Texas. Lillian worked for 30 years at Highland Hospital in Lubbock. Joye Hart Hamilton ex, December 26, in Jasper. She taught for more than 35 years in Jasper County schools. After retiring from teaching, she wrote the curriculum and organized one of the first gifted and talented programs in the Jasper schools. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jasper where she served as president of the United Methodist Women. Joye was president of the Jasper Retired Teachers Association and an officer in the Jasper Civic Club. Madge Forman Matthews ex, January 20, in Llano. She taught in Center Oak, Six Mile School, Dallas and San Angelo. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Belton, the Sportsman Club and the Serendipity Book Club.

Glenella Grant Scarborough ’50 and her husband, Robert, joined with Dr. Bawcom on February 16 to unveil the plaque that will commemorate the Glenella and Robert Scarborough Endowed Scholarship. The Scarboroughs created the new scholarship “to enable young people to experience the Christian atmosphere and influence of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.” Endowed scholarships may be established with a gift or bequest of $25,000 or more. For information on how you may endow a scholarship at UMHB, contact Dr. Gene Kimes at 254-295-4608.


ALUMNI L I F E Vodie Irene Schoepf Pybas ex, October 2, Temple. She was a vocational nurse and a member of Miller Heights Baptist Church. Wesley Thomas Wooten ex, November 12, in San Antonio. He joined the United States Navy in 1996 and was assigned to the USS Yorktown, ARCO ARDM-5 in San Diego and most recently in Lemoore Naval Hospital in California. Wesley was accepted into the Navy nurse program and was commissioned as an officer in the Navy Nurse Corps in August 2008. His awards included three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, Joint Unit commendation ribbon, four Navy Battle “E”s, three Navy Good Conduct medals, two National Defense Service ribbons, Global War on Terrorism Service medals, two Navy Sea Service medals and Expert Navy Rifle and Pistol medals. John R. “Red” Murff, former baseball coach, November 28, in Tyler. Pitching for the Baton Rouge Red Sticks, Murff was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 1955. He went on to play for the Milwaukee Braves, earning his first major league victory on April 28, 1957. Following his years as a professional baseball player, he became a celebrated baseball scout, signing nearly 200 players in 33 years. In 1973, he helped boost male enrollment at UMHB by founding the university’s baseball program, and he assisted the university in securing the funding to build the original baseball field on University Drive. In 2004, the baseball field in the new Crusader SportsPlex was named “Red Murff Field” in his honor.

MEMORIALS Henry Adrion, Jr. Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Ed & Meriworth McMillan Mabry Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Cara Lois Allison James & Jane Allison John & Kay Allison Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Angela Arp Frank & Robbie Arp Jamie & Ashley Arp Mr. & Mrs. RB Barganier Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Forest & Doris Beach Betty Sue Craven Beebe Hugh Delle & W. D. Broadway Karen & Lawrence Duncan Billy & Wilma Easley David & Cindy Entzminger Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Entzminger W. C. & Bernice Jones Evans Robert E. Ford Mary Ann Gilliland 26 | UMHB LIFE

John & Lynn Leroy Glover James M. Hinton Dr. & Mrs. Bob Holland Marie Jacobi Lillie Lowery Harold & Leila May John & Evelyn May Eula Woodyard McKown Dorothy Miller L. D. Milliorn Kent Owens Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Rob Owens & Mabel Taylor Bill Reaves Eldon Reiter Shirley Cowan Sommer UMHB College of Education Debbie James Wade Dr. Sandra Wanner Dillard & Karolyn Norwine Whitis Bob & Grace Richardson Whitis Betty Whitlock Walter & Farrel Wilson Beatrice Wooley Vivian Prideaux Baldwin Vernon & Geneva Larson Vernon & Charlotte Satterthwaite Marion Sivright Kathryn Vittum Carilane Newman Vieregg Gladys Barnett Beatrice Wooley Donald Becker Marietta Parker Dick Birkenholz Sarah Walker Dr. & Mrs. J. A. Reynolds Virginia Parham Blackwell Dealey & David Herndon Dr. & Mrs. D. P. Posey James & Nedra Van Ness Alva Brewer Robert B. & Betty James Maggie James Janice Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. Carroll Adcock John & JoAnn Banks Pam Barton Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Greg & Susan Bond Mr. & Mrs. Charles V. Capen Cath Lab Staff, Scott & White Memorial Hospital Dr. & Mrs. John Cooney Nancy Snowden Ellis Dr. LaVerne Gallman Bobby & Helen Greenberg

David & Phyllis Hardy Patti Packard Hooper Dr. Allen Koonsen Dr. Grace Labaj Keller & Connie Matthews Evelyn Muehlstein PACU, Scott & White Memorial Hospital Marietta Parker Dr. Linda Hood Pehl Dr. Aida Smith Sapp Lucinda Gersbach Stinson Barbara Lyon Thomas Bob & Grace Richardson Whitis Frank Cannon Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Marietta Parker Julie Chaney Coker Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Marietta Parker George Connorty Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges Beverly Brown Deines Faye Davis Lee Carolyn Russell Watkins Rev. Gordon Edwards Gladys Chatham May Julia Amason Walker Roy Finney Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Joe B. & Janelle Baisden Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Sandra J. Boyd Glen & Glenda Dennis Cosper Robert Finney George & Sue Fitch Deborah Guthrie Joe & Nora Guthrie Jeannette Mayfield Kelley Coletta N. Lively Dorothy Minten Esther Minten Janie Minten John & Chloe Navarrette Lee & Judy Finney Norton Don & Judy Owens Marietta Parker Dr. Delia G. Quintanilla Texas Music Adjudicators Association David & Jean Tritenbach Maysie Foster Addie McGee Nan Webb Pryor

San Juanita Garza John & Alice Minten Dorothy Minten Esther Minten Janie Minten Eloise Shipp Gavin Isabelle Pettigrew Drach Rev. Elmer Glazener Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Donald & Patsy Shannon Deere James & Lucy Lin Hom Sharon Reed Gary & Terri Ross Judy & Kenneth Schoen Pat Lockridge Shannon Sara Pearson Smith Rev. Stanley & Glenna Morgan Stamps John Clifton Hanks Sabrina Hanks Freeland Steve Hill Julia Amason Walker Ruth Hendrix Barbara Richardson Eula Woodyard McKown Geraldean Hitt Oleta Henry Cox

Dorothy McNamara Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Sue Souter Miller UMHB College of Nursing John Robert “Red” Murff Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Steve & Mary Sue James Sandra J. Lange Nurses of Aldine I.S.D. Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Richard & Lynann Schneider Scott Sentell

Priscilla Bagby Howard Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Kattner Carolyn Kattner Stacy Dorris Daniel Keath Margaret Dillard Burns Elizabeth Underwood McAnelly James R. King Jerry Reeves David Theodore Amy M. Bawcom Audrey Fenzl Klump David & Val Stovall Ron & Kathy Wilson Freddie Martinez Betty Herrera Martinez Mary Ruth McFadden Millie Alexander Cull

John H. Shannon, Sr. Donald & Patsy Shannon Deere Pat Lockridge Shannon Frank Simon James M. Hinton Aletha Vinson Southwell Dr. LuOuida Vinson Phillips

Ruth Sheaffer Muzzy Betty Sue Craven Beebe

Sammie Sullivan Talley Louis C. Talley

Donny Norman Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson

Rachel Tomlin Beatrice Wooley

Dr. Bobby E. Parker Thomas E. & Bonnie Ernst Hearon

Frances Turney Ed Spivey

Josephine Annie Posival Elena DiBiase Peggy McCauley Susan Owens

Dr. Arthur K. Tyson Morris S. Tyson Dillard & Karolyn Norwine Whitis

Patsy Ann Reaves Cindy Entzminger Lynn & John Glover

Mabyl “Stuffy” Walker Warren Hollis Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Janice Hancock Houston Faye Moore Howard Marguerite Roberts Tornga Ruth Tucker Hess

Mary Rimmer Marietta Parker Nan Webb Pryor Debbie Rosenberger Julia Amason Walker

Maurine Wiese Michele Morgan Raines Dr. Delbert Williams Rev. James “Richard” Hammonds Barbara Williams

Alumni Association Board of Directors 2009 Cindy Breaux Roberts ’90, President Sandra Sanders Mattson ’92, Vice President Marty Whitfield Portmann ’78, Second Vice President Amy Best Haberern ’94, Secretary Rebecca O’Banion ’93, Director of Alumni Relations Melissa Ford ’07, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

Directors Becky Pettit Adams ’73 Kenneth Driska ’94 Amy Edgemon ’96 Greg Fore ’87 Mike Gatewood ’96 Norman Northen ’75 Shaylon Rettig ’95 Minnie Abrego Sanchez ’74

Lester Sombito ’96 Shirley Cowan Sommer ’60 Stephanie Thompson ’94 Kevyn Whatley Trammell ’98 Peggy Williams ’70 Margie Crouch Wright ’67 Trish Stewart Woods ’03

Class Representatives

Heritage Club Representative

Kristel Boyd ’05 Mark Leech ’07 Jeff Olchesky ’06

Mary Winn ’50



HONORARIA Charla Adcock Dr. Linda Hood Pehl UMHB College of Nursing Staff UMHB Nursing Class of 2008 Mr. & Mrs. Carroll Adcock Lawton & Peggy Bass Albin Randi Carter Peggy Bass Albin Ruth Flores Barnard Doris Speed Bollinger Randi Carter Nadine Clark Erekson Johnette Shaffer Fisher Betty O’Hair Anderson Julia Amason Walker Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges

Rev. & Mrs. Joe Bailey, Jr. Marjorie Elam Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Roger Bailey Mr. & Mrs. Bud Morgan & Hannah Cash & Lou Beth Birdwell Dr. Dudley Baker Ted & Kathy Floca Dr. William K. & Ruth Flores Barnard Class of 1958 Marion Walker Barren John & Barbara Lewis Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges Morris S. Tyson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Linda Breaux Sunny Wilson

Recognizing 18 years of leadership at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Betty Sue Craven Beebe Gladys Walker Janeway Mary Winn Doris Swafford Gilliland Virginia Brookshire Steve & Gail Brookshire Class of 1951 Shirley Ann Huckabee Kirk Rev. Andy Davis Carl Hudson Gordon Wiggers Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Dr. Mildred Fussell Dr. Dan McLallen Betty Sue Craven Beebe DJ Reinhard Hogwood Diane Riley Cindy Taylor Pam Hogwood Wilson Mary Alice Cowley Marshall Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Marietta Parker Shirley Cowan Sommer Joan Marlowe Myrah Bob & June Reagan Caldwell

An Evening Honoring President and Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Tuesday, April 21 Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center 923 University Drive Belton, Texas Receiving line at 6:00 P.M. Dinner at 6:30 P.M.

Black tie preferred $25 per person

Deadline for reservations is April 14. Seating limited; tickets required. To reserve tickets, call (254) 295-4620 or order online at

Dr. Randy O’Rear Morris S. Tyson Mary Hamilton Purcell Estate of Emogene Emery Heather Reaves Lynn & John Glover Richard Schrimsher Dr. David Sloan Debbie James Wade Amy M. Bawcom Pat Lockridge Shannon Bob & June Reagan Caldwell Donald & Patsy Shannon Deere Rosemary Sims Charlene Tapman Vicky Bawcom Shirley Cowan Sommer Mary Alice Cowley Marshall

Alumni are encouraged to express their appreciation to Dr. Bawcom for his years of service to the university. Visit the alumni website and click on the link, “Notes to Dr. Bawcom” to send him your note as well as to view others written to him.


Doris Watters Wood Joe C. Wood, Jr. Joy Wood

I grew up in Belton and knew about UMHB through my church and family. I was excited about going to college and thought I would go somewhere else, but my parents wisely convinced me to attend my first two years at UMHB before transferring to another college. After experiencing all that UMHB had to offer, I was connected and never considered transferring. I was challenged both academically and spiritually. My time on campus enhanced my faith on many levels. I developed friendships, and these friendships have spanned the years since graduation. UMHB also connected me with my future. My experiences with Christian professors changed my life’s course. I discovered that my gift for helping others could be expressed through many different career choices. I gained knowledge and developed the skills needed to begin my career as a social worker. When I am asked why I give of my time, talents and money to UMHB, my answer is simple: connections. I give to UMHB because I want all students who cross the threshold of the university to develop the same connections I did . . . connections to faith, friends and future. —Cindy Breaux Roberts ’90


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