U N I V E R S I T Y
M A R Y
H A R D I N - B A Y L O R
UNIVERSITY OF MARY
HARDIN-BAYLOR OFFICE OF THE P RESIDENT
As I sit to write this letter, I cannot help but look back on the spring semester and be amazed by all that has taken place. We witnessed the dedication of the Mayborn Campus Center, spring revival, Easter Pageant, Zig Ziglar speaking at the Heavin Forum, the dedication of the Red Murff Baseball and Dee Dillon Softball fields, and the new tradition of combining Robing Chapel with the celebration of the Golden Anniversary Class Reunion and the Heritage Club luncheon. You will be able to read about these events in this issue. Now with summer underway, we are in the midst of additional changes, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store. I am pleased to announce that we have added the position of Executive Vice President/COO and that Dr. Randy O’Rear has filled this position. As Executive Vice President/COO, Randy will oversee all non-academic areas of the university. As President, I have recognized the significant demand that university growth has placed on my time and schedule. In the past, I have tried to budget more of my time toward trustee development, university public image improvement and particularly, donor relationship development and recruitment. I have come to realize that to meet the goals of the university, I need assistance in leadership regarding the overall operation of the university, and Randy will be able to assist in this capacity. Many of you know Randy through his fundraising efforts which he has been leading as Vice President for External Relations for many years. Another change taking place this summer is the construction of additional student housing. As you will read in this issue, this will be a 144-bed housing facility located at the corner of College and University Drives. Although we have maintained a steady managed growth in our enrollment, we still find that our current housing is simply not meeting the demand for the number of young people wanting to reside on campus. To emphasize the fact that UMHB continues to strengthen its status as the university of choice, I would like to share a story from our alumni office. We recently had an eighth-grader try to register on the new alumni on-line community. When the office pointed out that this was reserved for graduates, she explained that after being assigned the task of researching UMHB for a class project, she realized this was the place for her and she hated to wait four more years before getting connected. Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a special event. September 17 is our first home football game since the Crusaders made their historical run at the national title in December 2004. After such a successful season, we’d love to have alumni out in force to launch our 2005 football season. There will be many activities this fall to bring you home to UMHB, and we hope to see you at all of them.
Jerry G. Bawcom, Ph.D. President UMHB Box 8001 • 900 College Street • Belton, Texas 76513 • (800) 727-UMHB • (254) 295-4500
In this issue
Jerry G. Bawcom, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for External Relations Michael Street Editor
Kay Anderson ’63 Amy Bawcom ’93 Robby Jackson ’87 Amy Austin Wick ’97
Robby Jackson ’87 Jon Wallin Amy Austin Wick ’97 Carol Woodward
Randy Yandell ’99
Danielle Hampton Carol Woodward Randy Yandell ’99
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Volume 24, Number 4 Summer 2005
Calendar of Events
10 From Texas to China 12 Making an Impact 14 Alumni Life 17 Weddings 17 Births 18 Deaths 20 Memorials 20 Honoraria
Calendar of Events Opera Presentations Audiences had the opportunity to enjoy Impresario and Gianni Schicchi during the spring semester.
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Scenes of 13 th century Florence, complete with elaborate costuming, thrilled those who attended the Spring Opera Gianni Schicchi.
Independence Day Holiday (Campus Closed) Summer II Classes Begin
Summer Commencement, Mayborn Campus Center – 10:00 a.m. University Housing Opens Welcome Week Advising and Registration Day Classes Begin Evening Classes Begin
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Labor Day Holiday (Campus Closed) Football at Willamette, Salem, OR – 3:30 p.m. Football vs. Texas Lutheran, Tiger Stadium – 7:00 p.m. Convocation, W.W. Walton Chapel – 11:00 a.m. Football at Louisiana College, Pineville, LA – 7:00 p.m.
OCTOBER Mark your calendars for the fall production of:
k r o Y New & s t h g i N n a t li o p a Ne October 13 – 15 Hughes Recital Hall 7:30 p.m.
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Football vs. Mississippi College, Tiger Stadium –2:00 p.m. Sheryl Goodnight in Recital, Hughes Recital Auditorium – 7:30 p.m. Football at Howard Payne, Brownwood – 2:00 p.m. Fall Break, No Classes, Administrative Offices Open Football vs. Sul Ross, Tiger Stadium – 1:00 p.m. New York and Neapolitan Nights, Opera Workshop, Hughes Recital Auditorium – 7:30 p.m. Parent Weekend Football at Hardin-Simmons Univ., Abilene – 2:00 p.m. Football vs. East Texas Baptist Univ., Tiger Stadium – 2:00 p.m.
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Homecoming Football vs. McMurry, Tiger Stadium – 1:00 p.m. Miss MHB Pageant, W.W. Walton Chapel – 7:00 p.m. Crusader Preview Weekend Thanksgiving Holidays (Campus Closed)
DECEMBER On The Cover: Zig Ziglar delivers the Heavin Lecture in Walton Chapel.
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Concert Choir and Temple Symphony Orchestra – TBA Christmas Gala Concert, First Baptist Church, Belton – 7:00 p.m. Commencement, Mayborn Campus Center – 7:00 p.m. Christmas Holidays (Campus Closed)
Offices Open Spring Registration Classes Begin MLK Jr., Holiday (Campus Closed)
Zig Ziglar Brings Entertaining Message
eople arrived by the hundreds to hear world-renowned author and speaker, Zig Ziglar, in W. W. Walton Chapel on March 31. Ziglar spoke at the Heavin Lecture of Christian Principles in Business Leadership, which was underwritten by Waco businessman and owner of Curves International, Gary Heavin. “My objective is to give you hope,” said Ziglar. Through his message of hope, he conveyed that we are not victims. In fact, he emphasized that there are things everyone can do that will make a difference in life. “If you are somebody to anybody – you are somebody! You are endowed for accomplishments. The picture you have of yourself is critically important,” he continued. His quips included the need for good habits in life. “Motivation gets you going, but habit gets you there. Make motivation a habit and you will get there more quickly and have more fun on the trip. You were born to win, but you must plan to win and prepare to win. If you don’t plan your life, somebody else is going to run it,” he said. He continued by sharing one of his great principles of life. “If you go out into life looking for friends, they’ll be scarce; if you go out into life to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.” He also stressed the importance of balance in life and success. “What is success? Where are you going with your life? If quality of life is your
Zig Ziglar, Gary Heavin and President Bawcom pose between sessions of the Heavin Lecture.
number one objective in life, your standard of living will go up. But if your standard of living is number one, then your quality of life will never improve. You can have everything in life if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.” He said the picture we have of ourselves is critically important. “God is the one we want to look to for our self image. You are God’s creature – He is our creator. When you look at what life is all about, our values determine our behavior. Your values are the key. In order to get all that life has to offer, you’ve got to be the right
kind of person, you’ve got to do the right kinds of things.” The Heavin Forum on Christian Principles in Business Leadership was sponsored by Gary Heavin and the College of Business. Heavin is a new trustee, and he is the founder and CEO of Curves International, the largest fitness franchise company in the world. Curves has more than 8,700 centers worldwide and more than 4 million members. Heavin is also the author of several best-selling books, including Permanent Results Without Permanent Dieting, Curves, and Curves on the Go. UMHB LIFE
Campus Life O’Rear Appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Randy O’Rear ’88, MBA ’90, has been n a m e d executive vice president and chief operating officer effective June 1, 2005. In this newly c r e a t e d position, O’Rear will oversee all nonacademic functions of the university. President Jerry G. Bawcom announced the appointment of O’Rear, who has served the university since 1988, most recently as vice president for external relations. “We are very excited to promote
Trustees Grant Tenure The following faculty were approved for tenure, effective fall 2006: Dr. Carolyn Allemand, associate professor of education; Dr. Suzanne Beltz, professor of nursing; Dr. Lon Chaffin, associate professor of music; Dr. Steve Crawford, associate professor of music; Dr. Shirley Dahl, professor of education; Dr. Brent Gibson, assistant professor of English; Dr. Carol Holcomb, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dr. Marty McMahone, assistant professor of business; Dr. Jamey Plunk, professor of exercise and sport science and Dr. Kathleen Wood, assistant professor of biology.
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Randy O’Rear to this position. He has an outstanding track record and has served this university as a committed leader for 17 years,” said Bawcom. Under his fundraising leadership, the university endowment has significantly increased and several major capital projects have been completed, including the construction of the new Parker Academic Center, the Crusader SportsPlex and the Mayborn Campus Center. “As president, I have increasingly recognized the significant demand that university growth has placed on my time. With Randy handling day-to-day operations, I will be able to concentrate my efforts on the overall vision for and direction of the university,” said Bawcom. In his new role, O’Rear will be
responsible for overseeing the business and finance, enrollment management, athletic, external relations and student life divisions. O’Rear said he looks forward to supporting the other vice presidents as they seek to continue improving all areas of the university. O’Rear, of Belton, has worked at the university in several capacities, including assistant baseball coach, associate director of advancement, director of development, associate vice president for enrollment management, and vice president for external relations. O’Rear earned both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from UMHB, and his Doctor of Education from Baylor University. A search for a new external relations vice president is underway.
Semester’s End Brings Retirements
Among those retiring this year are (L-R) Hope Morin, secretary for international student services; Darlene Lacy, nursing professor; W. D. English, marketing professor; Steve Alexander, biology professor; Kay Anderson, social work professor; and Stewart Smith, history/political science professor. Not pictured: Lucia Tipton, assistant dean, nursing.
Outstanding Seniors Recognized
(L-R) Shirley Walker, associate professor of social work, presents Kay Anderson with a gift of appreciation for her years of service.
Social work, education and nursing graduating seniors were honored in pinning ceremonies held the evening prior to commencement. Thirteen students received their Social Work pin and three awards were given. The Academic Achievement Award was given to Laura Kuban of Terrell; the Spirit of Social Work Award was given to Tracy Benson-Daniel of Waco; and the Outstanding Field Student Award
New Trustees Three new trustees joined the Board of Trustees in February. The new members are Gary Heavin of Gatesville, John Messer of Belton, and Mary Priest of Salado. Gary Heavin is founder and CEO of Curves International, the largest fitness franchise company in the world. Curves has more than 8,700 centers worldwide and more than four million members. Mr. Heavin is also the author of several best-selling books including Permanent Results Without Permanent Dieting, Curves, and Curves on the Go. He has a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College, and he has received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from TESC. In 2004, Heavin
went to Carey Glenney of Georgetown and to Bonnie Curington of Palacio. Kay Anderson ’63 was given special recognition for her more than 30 years of service in the department of social work. She retires at the end of the summer session. Eighty students were pinned during the Education Pinning Ceremony. The students elect two students to represent them during the ceremony by giving their personal reflections on the year. This year the students chosen for this honor were Kristal Boyd, of New London, speaking for elementary education; and Spenser Wiley, of Austin, representing secondary education. Thirty graduates participated in the Nurses Pinning Ceremony. During the program, outstanding graduates were recognized and given awards. The Spirit of Nursing Award was presented by U.S. Army Capt. Lauren Dowless to Jessica Wright of Leander.
The Golden Cross Award was given to Jamy Dillon of Leander. The Purple Heart Award was given to Amber Thiele of Crawford. Two graduates were awarded the Clinical Excellence Award: Seresea Mitchell of Temple and Kayla Ranly of Westphalia. The Academic Achievement Award, which is given to the student with the highest GPA, was presented to Emily Rackley of Greenville who had a 3.93 GPA. The recipient of the Laura Cole Wiley reflects Award was Spencer on his experiences in B e v e r l y secondary education. Torrecillas of Cedar Park.
was honored with the first-ever International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association Visionary of the Year award; he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the southwest region, and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the national level. Gary and his wife, Diane, are members of Highland Baptist Church in Waco. John Messer has been with the law firm of Messer, Potts & Messer since June of 1977. A 1970 graduate of Belton High School, Mr. Messer received his B. A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and his law degree from Baylor University in 1977. He is a past-president of the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce, Belton Lions Club and Belton ISD
Board of Trustees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of First Texas Bank, Belton. Mr. Messer and his wife, Laura, are members of the First Baptist Church in Belton. Mary Priest attended UMHB in 1968-69. She and her late husband, Redge, were in the stocker-feeder business close to Moody. She continues to be associated with Priest Cattle Company which is run by her son. A member of First Baptist Church in Salado, Priest has spent many years teaching Sunday School and the last ten years teaching the adult singles. She served as a member of the community action group for the Salado school bond issue. Originally from Round Rock, Mary has two grown children and six grandchildren. UMHB LIFE
Sara Pearson Smith joins Gilewicz Hall of Fame Sara Pearson Smith ’53 was inducted into the Gilewicz Hall of Fame on April 15 during the annual ceremony, which was combined with the Heritage Club luncheon. Mrs. Smith, of Fairfield, was the 28th Hall of Fame honoree. She is a trustee and an avid supporter of the university. She has been faithful to attend most annual gatherings of alumni and classmates at Charter Day, Homecoming and Alumni Association reunion meetings. She continues to be a professional musician, teaching weekly piano and voice lessons and leading a vocal ensemble of homeschooled children in her local community. She is quite active in her church as children’s music coordinator, director of the fourth through sixth-grade children’s choir, and she is an adult choir member. In addition to her busy musical life, she
manages her cattle ranch. Upon graduation from UMHB, Sara began her professional career at the First Baptist Church of Gatesville, doing secretarial work and directing the children’s choir program. Her next venue was in Princeton, New Jersey, where she attended Westminster Choir College, pursuing the Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting. As a Westminster student, she was able to perform in New York City at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. She married and moved to the Philadelphia area where she taught public school music, sang in the Camden Choral Society and performed frequently with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband were transferred to Arizona and then back to Massachusetts where she remained for twenty years and continued her church
Students Reach Out
Jordan Jones, a junior recreation major from Layton, Utah, and Rebecca Nibbe, a senior accounting major from Highlands, Texas, volunteering at the Belton Christian Youth Center as part of Reaching Out. Nearly 100 students were involved in Reaching Out this spring.
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music activities and vocal and piano solo work. She returned to Texas in 1983 and taught first grade and middle school music, and she became music director of a Methodist church. Eventually, she returned to the Baptist church and became active as children’s choir coordinator, children’s camp counselor and interim adult choir director and adult choir member. The program included a recital by education major Carolyn Neal, of Austin. Neal, who played the harp, has played the instrument for 14 years and is a student of Gretchen Williams of Harker Heights.
Journalism Students Win Intercollegiate Press Awards The University came away a winner at the recent Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference in Dallas, both for the Bluebonnet yearbook and the Bells newspaper. The Bluebonnet students won 14 top individual awards, Best Overall and the highest award, the Sweepstakes Award for Division II. Equally impressive, the Bells won the Best Overall, the Sweepstakes Award, 10 first-place individual awards and 20 other individual awards. Bells editor in chief, Natalie Kaspar, was the winner of the largest 2005 TIPA scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Amy Patterson took first place in live contests for yearbook design. UMHB journalism students competed against other universities and colleges in its division for awards in previously submitted stories, photos, ads and page designs. In addition, the students took part in on-site contests against students from large and small universities and colleges throughout the state.
New Student Housing Construction Underway Ground was broken in March for additional campus housing at the intersection of University and Campus Drives on the northwest side of campus. The anticipated completion date is October 2005. According to Edd Martin, vice president for business and finance, the university will invest $6 million in the project. The new housing will be designated for upperclassmen. The university currently has enough residential space to accommodate the annual influx of freshmen, but with many sophomores, juniors and seniors wanting to continue residing on campus, the additional construction was necessary.
The apartmentstyle project will include three buildings adjacent to the existing Tryon Apartments. Each of the new buildings will provide 16,500 square feet of living space, and together they will house a total of 144 students. The buildings will include 24 twobedroom residence facilities. The exteriors will feature red brick facades to match other buildings on campus. A commons building will also be constructed at the same time to provide a location for social gatherings and
postal facilities for resident students. The building will include a director’s apartment, a central mail box area, a satellite computer center and a meeting room and kitchen for large group gatherings. During the construction, the city of Belton will redesign the intersection of Campus and University Drives.
Heidi Catherine Kinder of Lake Jackson receives the Alpha Chi Award for highest overall GPA.
Matthew Levi Bush of Temple receives the President’s Award for meritorious service.
Carly Brooke Skaggs of Georgetown receives the Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university.
Spring Commencement was held on May 7 at the Bell County Expo Center. It was the university’s 149 th graduating class. Two hundred and eighty-four students were awarded degrees. Of these, 272 received baccalaureate degrees, and 12 received master’s degrees. UMHB LIFE
New Endowment Levels Set To reinforce the university’s efforts to attract qualified faculty and outstanding students, the Board of Trustees approved raising the minimum levels for endowments. Endowments are gifts the university invests to provide support in perpetuity for programs designated by the donors. Two endowments under the new levels were established this spring. The Catherine Pirtle Howes Chancellors Endowed Scholarship was established by an estate gift of $400,000 following her death in November 2003. Catherine (“Kitty”) Pirtle only attended Mary Hardin-Baylor one year, 19371938, but her sister, Angielena Pirtle, was a graduate of the Class of 1928. In 2001, Kitty created a Presidential Endowed Scholarship in memory of her sister, Angielena. Trustee Bob Black and his wife, Linda (who was Kitty’s niece), helped the university secure this gift. Under terms of Mrs. Howe’s will, the scholarship is to assist deserving students further their college education.
The Mary Jo McCain Chancellors Endowed Scholarship, in the amount of $100,000, was also received as an estate gift. Mary Jo McCain never attended the university, but she was a friend of trustee Jerry Raines when he was her pastor at Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Temple. Mrs. McCain’s bequest was used to create the Mary Jo McCain Chancellors Endowed Scholarship, which will support ministerial students. Under terms of her will, the students must maintain a 2.7 or higher grade point average.
The following are the new scholarship names and amounts for each level.
New Scholarship Endowment Levels: Cornerstone Endowed Scholarship ............... Presidential Endowed Scholarship ................ Chancellors Endowed Scholarship ................ Founders Endowed Scholarship .................... Legacy Endowed Scholarship .......................
$ $ $ $ $
25,000 50,000 100,000 500,000 1,000,000
New Program Endowment Levels: Professorship ............................................... $ 1,000,000 Chair ............................................................ $ 2,000,000 Name a College ............................................ $ 10,000,000
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Dedication Draws Fans to Red Murff Baseball and Dee Dillon Softball Complex The official dedication of the new Red Murff Baseball and Dee Dillon Softball Complex was held Friday, April 22, as more than one hundred gathered in the warm afternoon sun. Red Murff and his family and many close friends were among those in attendance. The Red Murff Baseball Field was named for John Robert “Red” Murff, former major league baseball player and scout, who began his baseball career pitching for the Baton Rouge Red Sticks. In 1955, Murff was named the Minor League Player of the Year. 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. His most notable accomplishment was signing Nolan Ryan to his first professional baseball contract. Murff, of Tyler, was
Red Murff (seated) and members of his family gather by the stage as Dr. Bawcom speaks.
named an Honorary Alumna by the UMHB Alumni Association. In 1995, the women’s softball complex was dedicated in her honor, just a few years prior to her death in 1999. The Emma DeLacye Dillon Presidential Endowed Scholarship was established in her memory at the university for young women majoring in physical education. After the dedicatory prayer was given by vice-president for athletics Ben Shipp, the first pitch for the softball program was thrown by all six Lady Crusader seniors. The first pitch for baseball was thrown by former Mets catcher, Jerry Grote, a long-time friend of Red Murff and husband of Cheryl Truesdale Grote ’81. Immediately following the dedication, the Lady Crusaders beat Sul Ross State. While the Crusader baseball team fell to Schreiner University.
associated with UMHB in the early 1970s while he was scouting for the Montreal Expos. In an effort to help the university boost male enrollment, Murff founded the UMHB baseball program in 1973. Murff assisted the university in securing the funding necessary to build the original “Red Murff Field.” The Dee Dillon Softball Field was named for Emma D. (Dee) Dillon, who joined the Mary Hardin-Baylor faculty in 1953 as a teacher in health and physical education programs. She brought recognition to the college through her professional activities at the state and national level. Dillon founded and directed the former Camp MAHABA, a camp for children, which was located on campus. In 1964, her personal and professional accomplishments were The crowd gathers on the concourse for the Gerry Grote signs the baseball used for the first pitch for catcher Jason King, a senior from Montgomery. recognized when she was dedication ceremony.
Texas China to
Making a difference in the world, one baby at a time
hen Jane Ramsey graduated in 1973, she had no idea where life would lead her, but she never thought that she would end up working as a teacher in China or publishing her new book Baby in a Box – about her experiences in that country. Baby in a Box is the story about a baby girl, Mei Mei, abandoned in the streets of Nanchang, China, and God’s faithfulness in seeing her adopted by an American family. It also tells about the “trials and tribulations” involved in the adoption process, due to the strained relationship between China and America, and the new adoption law China was instituting. It is a true story, written from Jane’s perspective, giving insight to the plight of baby girls being abandoned due to the restrictions on families in China. Jane’s own story began in Texas. She grew up near Fort Hood, and said she had envied her friends that had lived in Europe because their dads were in the military. She knew she wanted to travel and see the world, but before moving to Asia the only traveling she had done was to Canada and
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Mexico – a far cry from the life she now leads. “I never had a clue that I would end up in Asia for most of my adult life,” she said. “I never thought about living in a foreign country and rearing my children there.” After she married her husband, LeRoy Ramsey, she told him that she would be willing to live anywhere with him as long as it was in Texas. The Ramseys soon felt that they were being called to work in a foreign country, but after doing some investigating into how they could serve, the couple discovered they were not “qualified” to be sent because neither of them had seminary training. This didn’t stop them and they continued to seek God’s guidance in how they could serve. “In January 1985, LeRoy was reading a Christian school publication
and there was an advertisement about teaching English in China. English Language Institute/China was sending Christian English teachers to Chinese universities and colleges,” Jane said. “Both LeRoy and I were qualified to teach. By August of the same year, we and our three children were standing on the Great Wall of China!” Although their children were excited about the possibility of living abroad, she said there was resistance from other family members, such as their parents. “I’ve read articles later that talked about ‘letting go’ expressing the belief that ‘letting go,’ could often be more difficult than ‘going.’ I could see that in our family,” Jane said. “As we began to speak at churches to share about our work in China, many people expressed their fears about us going to a Communist country. It seemed odd that our secular friends seemed to be more positive and excited for us than our Christian friends.” Today, people seem less surprised when they learn where the couple live and work as more and more American business people work in China. Working as an
“Our major testimony is how God can use anyone for His work.”
English teacher in a foreign country was not what Jane had in mind when she finished her degree at UMHB. She had planned to be a public information specialist with the government. At the time, the university did not have a public relations degree program, but Jane was allowed to do independent studies and field experiences. That experience included six weeks at the Killeen Police Dept. and six weeks at the Information Office at Fort Hood. She was also assigned family counseling sessions at Kinsolving Lodge during her last year. Although she did not know it at the time, the counseling training she received at the university would prove to be very helpful in preparing her for what she now does in Asia on a daily basis. “Much of our work in Asia has involved counseling and encouragement to full-time Christian workers as well as Chinese people,” Jane said. “The big difference is the need to be sensitive to the Chinese culture. American and Chinese cultures are very different. I have done marriage counseling and grief counseling. Because of the rapid modernization of Chinese cities, many of the traditional roles are changing. It is hard for young people to find a balance and they are very confused at times.” Of her experiences in China, the story told in Baby in the Box is very close to Jane’s heart due to the main character of the book. “The reasons we wrote the book were to provide the story in a concise form for our goddaughter, Kali, and to show others how God is faithful in helping us in impossible situations,” Jane said. “We’ve had many interesting and exciting events but the 1991-92 school year definitely was a pivotal time for us.”
LeRoy and Jane Ramsey ’73
She said that in the past many people encouraged them to write the story about the “baby in a box,” and that they were happy to finally be able to tell the story from their perspective of the events. “LeRoy is the writer in the family and was able to weave the history of our time in China with the story of ‘MeiMei’,” Jane said. The book is also adding to the Ramsey’s goal of serving by reaching a broad audience inside and outside of the Christian community. “When we were in the States in January of this year, we did two book signings and spoke at churches. Because the book signings were announced in newspapers, people showed up who had an interest in China or were involved in Chinese baby adoptions,” Jane said. “The book is already reaching a broader segment of people than the Christian community and that is what we had hoped for.” Although the book is about the Ramsey’s experience in China, it will not be published in that country due to the potential reaction of the government. “The government would not be favorable to the publication and there would be problems for us and our Chinese friends that were involved in
the story,” Jane said. “We try to keep a low profile in China because we do not want to be expelled from the country.” The couple is already working on a second book, but this time it will focus on some of their history here in America and also on how they have been used by God. “LeRoy is working on a second book about his family in East Texas,” Jane said. “We are also gathering some of our stories for a future book about our experiences where we have been used unintentionally by God. The tentative title is ‘Backing in the Front Door’.” She said being used unintentionally by God is her “major” testimony to other people. Her example of being used unintentionally is the way they have been allowed to teach in China and the amount of experiences that opportunity has brought them. “Our major testimony is how God can use anyone for His work. We hope that is what is conveyed in our book,” Jane said. “He took a couple from Texas that was not qualified to be traditional m’s and sent them where they were qualified to reach people in the largest populated country in the world that did not allow m’s.”
in Belton and Beyond
Robert Domingez, Jr., president and CEO of Ambreco Inc, and winner of the 2004 Hispanic Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award, is featured on the December cover of Hispanic Business.
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t is easy to be proud of winning a national business award, but Robert Dominguez, Jr. ’80, is also proud to have a company that remains competitive on a national level, and is part of a “small town” community. Dominguez is the president and CEO of Ambreco Inc., a general contractor company he started in March 1992. The company specializes in federal projects with various agencies, and Robert was named the winner of the 2004 Hispanic Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was chosen for the award partly because of his company’s use of web-based technology in the construction industry that allows the company to view worksites, in real-time, from their home office in Belton. The technology was also a factor in helping Ambreco receive many of its federal contracts. “Technology of this nature is instrumental to my overall operation. Ambreco has (15) projects across the State of Texas, including El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Ft. Worth, Big Springs and Huntsville,” Dominguez said. “Without this technological management tool, we would not be able to provide administration to the diversity of geographic project sites nor the number of projects that are ongoing.” With this technology, Ambreco is able to continue to grow in success while maintaining the small town connection that Dominguez said is important to him and his company. “The values of a small community regarding integrity, forthrightness and a sense of responsibility have all contributed to the reputation that our company has established in the federal marketplace,” he said. “Those same values are employed as a matter of principle in the federal marketplace and are well received by the government.” Although large communities also include the type of values that are part of having a successful business, the Belton community seems to have embraced those values and worked hard to continue them as it grows, according to Dominguez. “I’m not saying that larger communities don’t encompass those virtues, but I know that the heritage of Belton has embraced small town values and that has helped Ambreco in reflecting that same image,” he said.
The sense of values in the Belton community was one reason that Dominguez, who grew up in Belton, returned home when he decided to start Ambreco. Until then, he had been working in the banking business in larger communities, like Dallas. “I worked for several years while in the banking business away from Belton, but always searched for a way to make my living in Belton,” Dominguez said. “My extended family was living in Belton and the raising of my kids with that extended family was important to me.” Dominguez attributes attending UMHB with providing him with the tools needed for running his business – which is classified as a small business by the government. “Ambreco is technically classified as a small business and recognized as such in the industry. Therefore, many of the attributes and characteristics of a small business are tied back to the method of education I received at a smaller university,” Dominguez said. “The same attention to detail provided by a small university is the method by which our company performs for the government. One thing is for sure; in my business none of the achievements this company has received would have been accomplished without the education I received at UMHB.” Since his graduation, Dominguez said he continues to remember lessons taught by his professors and the friendships that he made with the administrators of the school. He said it was these types of relationships, with administrators, professors and students that made UMHB unique among other universities in the country. “It has been over 25 years since I
Robert and his wife, Jane Pirtle Dominguez ’79.
education,” he said. “I believe I have genetically inherited his determination to succeed in the business world, but I would advise young business persons that education takes you to the next level.” Although the award, along with his other accomplishments, make Dominguez a role model to both Hispanics, in general, and business students in particular, he said he feels every person can serve as a role model to someone else, whether they are aware of it or not. He admits the award does allow him to speak to a larger audience. “I have had several opportunities to speak to groups throughout the country, and the main message has always been that each person who achieves success has a responsibility to his employees, community and to those less fortunate to share in that success,” Dominguez said. He would also remind students, or those in business, that perseverance is needed to succeed in the business world. “It is my opinion that being successful without being significant is a hollow victory.” Dominguez said he plans to maintain his company’s success rate and looks forward to seeing it continue to grow. He also plans to continue to depend on the lessons he has learned in his life, from his father and his education. He does not plan to leave his small community, no matter how large his business grows, and wants to continue to be a vital part of Belton’s roots. “I moved here with my family to be home, and home is where I would like to live out whatever years the Lord gives me,” Dominguez said. “In the meantime, I will endeavor to accomplish all my federal work from Main Street, Belton, Texas.”
“One thing is for sure; none of the achievements this company has received would have been accomplished without the education I received at UMHB.” graduated from UMHB; however, I can attest to several classes and a fond memory of “Corky” Johnson (retired vice president for academic affairs), who was instrumental as an administrator, that helped me finish my education at UMHB. Also, Dr. Parker became a close friend during my tenure at the university,” he said. “I don’t think many universities can offer such a personal relationship with the president of the university.” Along with his education, Dominguez said his father also provided him with the drive to succeed in business and credits him with what his company has achieved. “He (Dominguez’s father) dreamed of owning his own business when he came to Belton but the road was made more difficult because he spoke no English. However, perseverance and determination were his strongest attributes and he achieved a successful living that also enabled four of his children to receive a college
Spring 2005 Alumni Events
(Front L-R) Patsy Dahnke Dillon ’50, Mary Lou Boushard Buenger ’49-’51, Margaret Powell Dickinson ’55, Flora Muller Daude ’50, Marion Walker Barren ’47, Elizabeth “Tim” Timmons Glazener ’53. (Second L-R) Mary Alice Cowley Marshall ’29, Mary Jo Smith Edwards ’44, Alice Noe ’55, Anna Huey Epps ’55, Joan Marlowe Myrah ’53, Yuri Tanamachi Nakayama ’50, Lynelle Sweat Mason ’53, Janell Huey Hobbs ’47. (Third L-R) Sara Pearson Smith ’53, Fayly Hardcastle Cothern ’47, Mary Hamilton Purcell ’47, Pat Lockridge Shannon ’53, JoAnna Crouch Peek ’53, Betty Payne Huber ’52, June Reagan Caldwell ’52, Janet Pritz Wilson ’55, Jean Hyuck Lyles ’55, Dorothy Nesbit Wyatt ’55. (Fourth L-R) Rosina Hailey Sattawhite ’48, Joan Burton Cox ’50, Gladys Chatham May ’50, Bonnie Jean Smith Rohde ’50, Betty Donnelly Bell ’47, Anne Upham Keith ’52, Gordon Edwards HA, Glenella Grant Scarborough ’50, Jo Reinhard Smith ’53, Meriworth McMillan Mabry ’50, Leska Hightower Hendricks ’54, Beth Wright Bergman ’55, Margaret Cochran Kiefer ’53, Lou Soileau Benjamin ’53, Joy Watts Allen ’55, Eleanor Grisham Dugger ’51, Margaret Pearce Timmons ’55, Laura Stringer McLallen ’55, Chris Weathers Westbrook ’53, Nelda East Sanders ’54, Janet Livingston Erwin ’55, Jane Jones Vardiman ’55, Lou Provence Laine ’55.
The semi-annual meeting of the Heritage Club took place on April 15, in conjunction with Robing Chapel and the Golden Diploma Ceremony of the Class of 1955. Forty-eight members of the Heritage Club were in attendance at chapel to witness Robing and the diploma presentation, followed by lunch and the induction of Sara Pearson Smith ’53 into the Gilewicz Hall of Fame. For the past two spring meetings, members of the Heritage Club have submitted memories from their college days to be included in UMHB’s Living History Book. This year’s memories were focused on Big Sisters/Little Sisters. The Alumni Office is still collecting memories throughout the year. The next meeting of the Heritage Club will be on Friday, November 4, during Homecoming Weekend.
The Class of 1955 started their Golden Reunion festivities with a tour of the president’s home and a dinner on Thursday, April 14. Fifteen members of the class were present for the event, along with other friends and family members, and several members of their Big Sister Class, the Class of 1953. Those in attendance were (Front L-R) Mary Hall Williams, Joy Watts Allen, Janet Pritz Wilson, Jean Huyck Lyle, (Second L-R) Laura Stringer McLallen, Alice Noe, Virginia Jones Calhoun, Beth Wright Bergman, Jane Jones Vardiman, Lou Provence Laine, (Third L-R) Anna Epps Huey, Janet Livingston Erwin, Dorothy Wyatt Nesbit, Margaret Pearce Timmons and Margaret Powell Dickinson.
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A group of former athletes and physical education majors from the 60’s gathered at the cabin of Dr. Mickey Little in Johnson City, TX, for a reunion. They enjoyed a great barbeque brisket lunch, a hike through Dr. Little’s property and shared lots of memories and stories. Pictured Back (L-R) Dr. Mickey Little, Dr.Carole Smith ’65, Front (L-R) Ellen Cooper Truesdale ’67, Anne Carol Brown Redden ’65, Jackie Haynes Bartee ’65, Linda Owens ’63, Betty Hightower ’64, Jenitta Petty Dworacyzk ’67 and Maggie James ’69.
On April 23, alumni and former members of the men’s baseball and golf teams met for their annual reunion. Baseball players and their families met at the new Red Murff Baseball Field for lunch and then cheered the Crusaders on to victory in their season finale against Schreiner University. The golfers met at Mill Creek Country Club in Salado for lunch, followed by the Old Timer’s Golf Tournament. Golfers from the 70’s through the current golf team enjoyed a great afternoon of golf, followed by an awards banquet back on campus, and a tour of the new Mayborn Campus Center. Plans are already underway for a possible tournament during Homecoming Weekend.
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Participants in the “Old Timer’s” golf tournament were (Front L-R) Randy Mann, Hector Huertas ’83, Rodney Newell ’80, Tim Mewis ’95, Jeff Thomasson ’91, Kevin Vansau ’89, Sloan Kuehl ’92, Mac Hickerson (Second L-R) Keith Harris, Brad Henry ’96, Greg Madsen ’99, Bill Upshaw ’87, C.T. Sutton ’83, Lester VanDyke ’88, Phil Jemison ’01, Todd Anderson ’04, Lance Rust ’02, Hagan Cohle ’04 (Third L-R) Dr. Bawcom, Don Owens ’72, Billy Hall ’82, Bryon Ding ’98, Scott Thrush ’02, Vince Anderson ’96, Brett Holmes ’03, Randy Bolen ’91, Brad Siebert ’03, Josh Speck ’04, Judd McCutchen.
On April 2, a group of Oklahoma alumni gathered in Oklahoma City for lunch and a time of fellowship. Those pictured are Debbie Shumate Barrier ’84, Holden Barrier ex ’81-’82, Betty Witherspoon Edwards ’57, JoAnna Crouch Peek ’53, Priscilla Younts Hogan ’64, Sharon Hunter ’67 and Linda Kuntz ’69.
Homecoming 2005 November 4–5 Make plans to attend. Reunions for ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00 & ’03 Crusader football Tailgate party and much more!
A reunion for all men’s and women’s basketball alumni and former players was held on campus February 12. Members of the 1993-1994 women’s team and the 1994-1995 men’s team were honored for their accomplishment of being the first women’s and men’s basketball teams from UMHB to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. Pictured are (Front L-R) Rachel Goodwin ’04, Linda Owens ’63, Maggie James ’69, Julie Wiese ’04, (Second L-R) Laura Deford ’01, Ellen Cooper Truesdale ’67, Tiffany Friesenhahn Howard ’96, Dr. Marlene Mixon Zipperlen ’67, Margie Williamson ’93, Anne Brown Redden ’65, Dr. Cliffa Foster, Amy Austin Wick ’97, (Third L-R) Angelena Morris ’00, Chrystal Jones ’04, Krista Sawtelle ’00, Olivia Jones ’99, Rosa Oliva ’01, Danielle Cordaway Hale ’97, Rhonda Rogers ’96, Delaune Radin ’83, Marty Garcia ’96, Wanda Spencer Brown ’83, Lorraine Cordaway Fatheree ’97, Kecia Davis ’86, Nancy Bell ’94, Kari LaFuente Kieper ’92, Angela Krajca ’96, Chris Brown ex ’79-’83, (Fourth L-R) Marie Grigsby Heldreth ’01, Diane Mynarcik Konarik ’00, Chris McKinney ’98, Juan Marshall ’95, Mike Gatewood ’96, Jimmy Kennedy ’96, Torrance Beans ex ’93-’96, Ana Paula Monteiro-Lily ’98, Jason Byrd ’98, Angela Schneider Bailey ’93, Reuben Fatheree ’96 and Kenny Driska ’94.
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1920s Willie Mae Ward McCormick ’29 was selected as the first recipient of the Lifetime Contribution Award for her invovlement with the City of Euless. She moved to Euless in 1948 and has been a pioneer not only for women, but for Euless. Willie Mae was the first person in her family to finish high school, first female engineer at LTV, Euless’ first female Councilperson and first female Mayor Pro Tem. She may be reached at 2300 N. Main St., Euless, TX 76039.
1940s Gail Thompson Gower ’45 retired as organist and was named Organist Emeritus at the St. Paul Presbyterian Church in San Angelo on January 30. She has been a church organist since 1959 and has been organist at St. Paul since 1985. Gail has taught piano for 30 years, and for many years, was organist for the city-wide choir in Del Rio. She and her husband, Dan, may be reached at 3001 Cumberland Dr., San Angelo, TX 76904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cook ’61 represented UMHB as a delegate at the inauguration of the president of the University of Saint Thomas on January 25. She and her husband, Eugene, former judge on the Texas Supreme Court, may be reached at 204 Cecilia Ct., College Station, TX 77845 or email@example.com.
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On January 29, alumni from the Dallas and Ft. Worth area met at Lake Point Church in Rockwall for lunch and a time of fellowship. Those in attendance were (Front L-R) Betty Burns ’82, Amy Blundell ’03, Kathryn Shindoll ’03, Betty Parmely Whetsell ’52, Angela Kidwell Conlon ’02, Trent Worsham ’02, Jenny Lindquist Worsham ’02, Evelyn Hampton Beaird ’47 (Second L-R) Amy Austin Wick ’97, Martha Smirl Cooper ’51, Melanie Williamson Negri ’98 & son, Nathan, Christi Rain ’00, Greg Bradford ’98, Rebecca Blackhurst Bradford ’00, Ryan Conlon ’02, Charis Adams ’00, John Borum ’03, Colin McAvoy ’99, Jeremy Johnston ’99, Kathryn Byrum Sowell ’98, Eric Sowell ’99 & son, Jonathan, Mary Bettis Quick ’56, (Third L-R) Robby Jackson ’87, Joy Rost Pierson ’74, June Reagan Caldwell ’52, Nancy Salisbury Sullivan ’44, Nicole Franco Helfand ’97, Mary Helen Irish Brumley ’53, Betty Payne Huber ’52, Laura Stringer McLallen ’55, Alice Noe ’55, Janet Livingston Erwin ’55, and Kay Williams Combel ’72. Elizabeth “Betty” Herrera Martinez ’69 retired from Bryan ISD after 35 years as an educator. She may be reached at 2208 Barak Ln., Bryan, TX 77802.
1970s Anita Jimenez Battle ’70 is in Christian Pro-Life Ministry and currently is a Help Line volunteer with the Pregnancy Care Center in San Antonio. She may be reached at P.O. Box 27204, San Antonio, TX 78227 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Edith Urbanousky Vick ’72 is living in Black Forest, Colorado, where she works as a school nurse. She and a coworker are in the developmental stage of a software product designed for school nurses. Prior to her current career, Edith spent time overseas while her husband, James, was stationed in Germany. During this time, she worked at the Air Force Hospital in Wiesbaden for four years and the Army Hospital in Stuttgart for two years. When they returned to the states, she began work at the Air Force Academy Hospital in Colorado Springs on the obstetrics ward. Edith then worked in home care nursing until she had the opportunity to begin work in the schools. She has a 27-year-old son and a 26-yearold daughter, and her husband is currently working at Colorado Springs Utilities. She may be reached at 3925 Wavy Oak Dr., Black Forest, CO 80908 or email@example.com.
1980s Bruce Mercer ’81 is the pastor of Family Bible Fellowship in Belton. Prior to this position, he served in churches in Texas and Utah. Bruce’s wife, Valerie Perry Mercer ’83, is a stayat-home mom and homeschools their four daughters, Danielle, Erika, Andrea and Kristi. They may be reached at 13475 Iron Bridge Park Rd., Moody, TX 76557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Richardson Law ’88, (Left) her husband, CDR Jack Law, and their friends, Brigham and Jaquelynn McCown, attended the Texas State Society’s 2005 Boots & Black Tie Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. Jack works for the Chief of Naval Reserve. The Law’s may be reached at 10081 Marshall Pond Rd., Burke, VA 22015.
Julie Gardner Opperman ’89 received the 3rd Infantry Division, Commanding General’s Installation Volunteer of the Year award for Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA. She was the Volunteer of the Year nominee for 3rd ID, Aviation Brigade. Julie was also awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold Presidential Volunteer Awards, which came with a letter from President Bush. Her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey K. Opperman, is the Executive Officer for the 3rd Infantry Division, Aviation Brigade. He is on his third deployment in four years. Julie stays busy volunteering for the Family Readiness Group, leading Sparks at AWANAS, volunteering in other areas at church, playing the piano for memorial services at Hunter Army Airfield and home schooling their two children, Joseph and Katherine. The Oppermans may be reached at 170 Rosemont Ct., Richmond Hill, GA 31324 or J3KO9910@aol.com.
1990s Connie Schultz ’96 has been promoted to assistant vice president, auditor, with Extraco Banks. She is a certified internal auditor, certified bank auditor and certified fiduciary investment risk specialist. Connie participates each year in the Race for the Cure for cancer. She may be reached at P.O. Box 14, Flat, TX 76526. Blake Kimbrough ’97 received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He is the pastor at First Baptist Church, Flat. Blake and his wife, Dawnya Winsman Kimbrough ’01, may be reached at 9773 S. State Hwy. 36, Gatesville, TX 76528 or email@example.com Patrick Stanford ’99 has opened a full-service real estate agency, Patrick Stanford Properties. He is a member of the Temple-Belton Board of Realtors and the National and Texas Association of Realtors. He may be reached at P.O. Box 4 2 8 0, Te m p l e , T X 7 6 5 0 5 o r firstname.lastname@example.org.
2000s Angela Neuses Caddell ’00 teaches art at Killeen High School. Angie and her husband, Craig Caddell ’02, may be reached at 621 Bench Mark Trl., Belton, TX 76513 or email@example.com. Charles “Skeeta” Jenkins ’00 has published his second book, entitled Moxie. Moxie means the ability to overcome difficulty with spirit and courage. In the book, he tells his story of a boy growing up in a single-parent home that overcomes hardships and meets challenges with love, hard work and perseverance. Skeeta is a foster home developer with the Child Placement Center in Killeen and is currently serving on the Alumni Board of Directors. His wife, Tanya Newman Jenkins ’99, teaches 4 th grade math at Jefferson Elementary School. They may be reached at 2503 S. Wall Street, Belton, TX 76513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tennessee Area Meeting Alumni from across the state of Tennessee met at First Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, on March 5. Pictured in photo are: (front L-R) Donna Bolick Johnson ’71, Frances Webb Davis ’60, Lou Soileau Benjamin ’53, Willie Ruth Boyd Ethridge ’56, Jacqueline (Louise) Boyd ex ’54-’57, Glenda Shelton Turner ’58, (back L-R) Brandi Manes ’02, Robby Jackson ’87, Bobby Johnson ’76, Deane Webb ’95, Brandon Tidwell ’98, Amanda Johnson ’99, Jared Johnson ’02 and Annette Craddock Howse ’57. Patrick Johnson ’03 has been promoted to assistant vice president, technology services, with Extraco Banks. Patrick has been with Extraco Banks for over two years. He and his wife, Jennifer Carle Johnson ’00, may be reached at 103 David Reese Dr., Lorena, TX 76655. M ik e Ra d e ma c h e r ’ 04 is a Workforce Development Specialist with Texas Workforce Commission in Waco. He also works with the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program. He may be reached at 1003 Woodshadows, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or email@example.com.
WEDDINGS Kristi Simmons ’02 and Melanie Pustka ’02 participated in a mission trip to Haiti sponsored by Power Plus Youth Camps and Hope For The Hungry. While in Haiti, they helped in the construction of an orphanage. Pictured are Kristi (left) and Melanie (right) with another missionary and some of the girls living at the facility. Kristi is a registered nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care unit at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston and may be reached at 207 N. 6th, Highlands, TX 77562 or KristiLSimmons@aol.com. Melanie teaches at Belton Intermediate School and may be reached at 1314 Comay Dr., Belton, TX 76513 o r firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kris Baugh ’99 to Mickey Whitaker, March 12, in Temple. Kris is employed by Region 10 Early Head Start program, and Mickey is an assistant manager for Famous Footwear in McKinney. They may be reached at 7301 Alma St., #1113, Plano, TX 75025 or email@example.com.
Tara Corlies ’04 to Isaac Fleener ’04, August 1, in Durango, CO. Tara is working at F i r s t Community Title in Belton while getting her MA in counseling at UMHB, and Isaac is in commercial real estate at Elbert Aldrich, Inc. Realtor. They may be reached at 3111 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop, #254, Temple, TX 76502 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
BIRTHS Debbie Russell Kearse ’88 and her husband, A l l a n , announce the birth of their son, Joshua Eldon, June 10, 2004. He joins his big brothers and s i s t e r s , Andrew, Zachary, Hannah and Kaylee. Debbie is a stay-athome mom and homeschools their children. Allan is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and is in command of a Field Artillery Training Support Battalion at Fort Lewis, WA. They may be reached at 2374 Yellowstone Ct., Fort Lewis, WA 98433 or firstname.lastname@example.org. LaShawn Boston Knowles ’89 and her husband, C u r t i s , announce the birth of their son, Dakota Cordero, October 8. They may be reached at 17407 Russet Dr., Bowie, MD 20716 or email@example.com.
CORRECTION In the wedding announcement published in the Spring 2005 issue for Melissa Lee ’93, her matron of honor was Katsy Krebs Joiner ’94. The correct address for Melissa and R. Lee is 2001 FM 389 #53, Brenham, TX 77833 or Texaskies@alpha1.net
Jennifer Ann Kooker ’01 to Eric Alan Atchison, December 11, in Conroe. They may be reached at 9618 Indian Trl., Sanger, TX 76266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sabrina Hanks Freeland ’90 and her husband, Brent, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Corinne Elisabeth and Emma Rachel, January 27. They may be reached at 95 Beaver Ridge Dr., Youngsville, NC 27596 or email@example.com.
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Shane ’93 and Lisa Martin Scott ’95 announce the birth of their son, Ethan Shane Allon, November 6. He joins big sister, Grace. They may be reached at 187 Country Rd., 4964, Kempner, TX 76539 or email@example.com. UMHB LIFE
Alumni Life Kenneth Driska, Jr. ’94 and his wife, Alushka, announce the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Jayne, March 4. Kenneth is assistant principal at Rosebud-Lott High School, and Alushka is a third-grade teacher at Scott Elementary in Temple. They may be reached at 1905 Waterbury Ct., Temple, TX 76502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James ’96 and Pauline Walther Davidson ’96 announce the birth of t h e i r daughter, Hannah Ruth, on December 11. She joins big brother, Benjamin. James is currently working as an ER doctor in Boise, Idaho. The family may be reached at 11650 Sea Star Way, Fishers, ID 46038 or email@example.com. Sabra Boykin Golden ’96 and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their daughter, Mallory Alise, February 12. She joins big sister, Moriah Evelyn. They may be reached at 307 Andy Johns Dr., Smyrna, TN 37167 or Jason@fbcsmyrna.org.
Darrell Heugatter ’94 and his wife, Sally, announce the birth of their son, Jackson Reed, March 2. Darrell is a quality control technician at Wilsonart Adhesives in Temple, and Sally is a dental hygienist in Temple. They may be reached at 506 Ellis Ave., Troy, TX 76579. J a s o n ’ 9 4 and D e b r a S e a g o Wright ’94 announce the birth of their daughter, Hannah Elyse, December 16. She joins big sister, Kirsten. They may be reached at 789 California Trl., Keller, TX 76248 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael ’96 and Carey Palmer Bourland ’97 announce the birth of their son, Tyler Douglas, November 3. He joins big brother, Cole. Michael is an attorney with Flowers, Davis, PC in Waco, and Carey is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 220 Crescent Dr., Hewitt, TX 76643 or email@example.com.
Kalaya Lee Minatra Riccio ’96 and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their daughter, Sarina Lee, August 28. They may be reached at P.O. Box 777, Blessing, TX 77419 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alan ex ’97-’99 and Sue Ellen Pipes Hale ’95 announce the birth of their son, David Alan II, May 27. David is the grandson of Jerry Priest Pipes ’63 and the nephew of Glen ’87 and Ann Carol Pipes Tatum ’86 and Jeff ex ’86-’88 and Lynne Koenig Pipes ’88. Alan is a firefighter and medic, and Sue Ellen is a stay-at-home mom. The Hales may be reached at 5709 Fruitland Farm Rd, San Angelo, TX 76903 or email@example.com.
Jennifer Cheek Nash ’99 and her husband, Jonathan, announce the birth of their son, Collin Brady, February 24. He joins big sisters, Brianna and Kayli. Jennifer teaches third grade at Venus Elementary School. They may be reached at 9009 Thompson Rd., Alvarado, TX 76009 or firstname.lastname@example.org. John ’99 and Laura Hartman Osborn ’01 announce the birth of their son, Jackson Thomas, November 10. He joins big sisters, Kierstan and Madeline. John is the UMHB men’s basketball assistant coach and Laura is a stay-at-home mom. They can be reached at 2 S. Bowman Drive, Belton, TX 76513. Randy ’99 and Kim Kittredge Yandell ’96 announce the birth of their daughter, S h a u n a Abigail, January 30. Randy is the printing coordinator for UMHB, and Kim works for Professional Data Services Inc. They may be reached at 7214 Tanglehead Dr., Temple, TX 76502 or email@example.com. David ’00 and Whitney Wood Hill ’01 announce the birth of their son, Caden Christopher, September 18. David is an area manager with Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Amarillo, and Whitney is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 6905 Thunder Rd., Amarillo, TX 79119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris ’97 and Amy Nunley Tyner ’95 announce the birth of their son, Jonah Gordon, April 1. He joins big brother, Noah, and big sister, Leah. Chris is the senior buyer/merchandiser at McLane Western in Frederick, CO, and Amy works part-time as the women’s ministry assistant at Rocky Mountain Christian Church. They may be reached at 5232 Mount Arapahoe Cir., Frederick, CO 80504 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Amber Higginbotham Irving ’00 and her husband, C h r i s , announce the birth of their daughter, Karalyn Grace, December 15. Amber is a second grade teacher in Crowley ISD, and Chris is the minister to students at North Euless Baptist Church. They may be reached at 7250 Park West Circle, #103, Fort Worth, TX 76134 or email@example.com. Derek ’01 and Farrah Davis Dunaway ’00 announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Faith, August 4. They may be reached at 1209 N. Grove St., #61, Marshall, TX 75670 or fdunaway@etbu. Shelby Bryant Lawrence ’01 and her husband, Tim, announce the birth of their son, Micah R y a n , September 22. Shelby is a stay-at-home mom, and Tim works for Boeing and will be serving in Iraq for the next year. They may be reached at 1614 Garfield, Wichita Falls, TX 76309 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kristi Powell Paulsen ’01 and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of their twin sons, Ethan Powell and Peyton Eli, March 27. They join big sister, Olivia Grace. They may be reached at P.O. Box 538, Thorndale, TX 76577or email@example.com.
DEATHS G. Helen Sammons Brown ex ’24-’26, April 23, in Anchorage, AK. She traveled widely for 40 years as a representative of Vanda Beauty Cosmetics Company. She operated a children’s apparel shop in downtown Anchorage for eight years; worked for 13 years as traveling auditor and credit supervisor for Montgomery Ward
and Company; and for several years, she gave fashion presentations on local radio and television programs. Helen conducted seminars for women in business and for teenage girls. She was an instructor at Gambell Street Business College on personal development and business behavior teaching poise, personality and good grooming. She was named Anchorage Woman of the Year; appeared in Alaska’s Who’s Who; was Toastmistress Regional SpeakOff winner; a charter member, past president and lifetime member of the Zonta Club of Anchorage; and a charter member of the Anchorage Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was also given The Order of the Rose Degree. Helen supervised the preparation and publication of a Handbook for the Z Clubs for Zonta International, which was used in 47 countries and published in seven languages.
Sadie Blue Wisdom ’34, March 17, in Cleveland. She taught school in Evergreen, Magnolia, Goodrich and Tarkington Prairie. On July 4, 2004, Sadie turned 100 years old, and was presented a certificate from the Alumni Office proclaiming her a Centennial Belle of UMHB.
Nellie Addison Lucius ex ’24, February 22, in Many. She taught at Fort Jessup, Plainview High School, Mt. Carmel School and Florien High School before retiring after 28 years.
Marcille McRae Carbone ’42, February 7, in Ingram. She began her career teaching English and music at Garden Villas Elementary and Hamilton Junior High in Houston ISD. She then studied specialized violin for a year at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, followed by two years as head of the violin department at San Marcos Academy. Marcille went on to teach piano and violin at Baylor University for three years, after which she signed on for a five-state tour as music director with the 4 th Army Civilian Theatre Group in 1951. In 1952, she toured as pianist with the company of the Broadway hit “Call Me Madam” and in 1953, played with the touring company of “Pal Joey.” Marcille wrote 18 entire musical comedies, composing original scores and lyrics, and she wrote eight more variations on original works. She wrote 500 children’s songs, of which 40 were published for use in dance studios across the nation. In 1956, she wrote the song “No Time for Sergeants,” recorded by Andy Griffith. Following the death of her husband, Marcille moved to Houston where she performed with the First Baptist Church orchestra, the Houston Civic Symphony and the Houston Sinfonietta.
Presley Ward Hahn ’25, April 2, in Sealy. She taught kindergarten for many years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sealy and the Sealy Eastern Star. Imogene Forman Green ’27, April 29, in Cyclone. She taught school in Cyclone before meeting her husband, Frank. After retirement she enjoyed crocheting, table games and listening to sports on the radio. She also researched and authored a book showing the genealogy of the extended Richard Green family. Eugenia Spillman Rawlins ex ’28, March 2, in Dallas. For a number of years, she was pianist and organist at First Baptist Church, Lancaster. Eugenia was active in the Shakespeare Club, Sewing Club, P.E.O. and Garden Clubs in Lancaster and in the Garden Club and Salvation Army in Hobbs, NM. Mildred Ward Redmon ex ’31’33, February 2, in Alice. Her son, Doug Redmon, may be reached at 1512 Fairdale St., Alice, TX 78332. Dorothy Ferrell Bedell ’33, in March, in Bullard. She was pianist and Sunday School teacher at Garden Oaks Baptist Church. Dorothy enjoyed traveling, spending time in Mexico, South America, Israel, the Galapagos Islands and Hawaii.
Audrey Norene Jasper Smith ex ’36, January 19, in Austin. She retired as assistant vice president from First City Bank in Farmers Branch in 1982. While living in Leakey, she was active in the Friends of the Library and volunteered at the Real County Historical Museum. Charlie Williams Straw ’37, February 27, in Gatesville. She taught school in Buckholts, Johnson City and Gatesville ISD prior to owning and operating a retail gift shop. Her husband, Jack, may be reached at 1308 Pidcoke St., Gatesville, TX 76528.
Yvonne Northrup Martin ’46, April 22, in Houston. As a young adult in Columbus, she owned her own insurance agency, sold real estate and was a pilot by avocation. She later moved to Houston and was a stockbroker for Milton Underwood Investments, being one of just three female brokers in Houston at that time. In 1956, Yvonne married and became a homemaker. She went back
to work part time as the first female commodities trader at Houston’s Merrill Lynch office and continued to trade securities from home until her death. Yvonne was a former member of Lakeside Country Club, The Briar Club and The Doctors’ Club.
Ruby Witherspoon, February 16, in Norman, OK. She was the mother of Betty Witherspoon Edwards ’57. Ruby was very active in Texas Woman’s Missionary Union. Betty may be reached at 924 Goshawk Dr., Norman, OK 73072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morine Ashmore Nelson ’48, April 9, in Santa Rosa, CA, and her husband, Gene, April 23, in Vista, CA. Morine and Gene lived in Baton Rouge, LA, for 42 years. After their retirement, they enjoyed traveling, visiting over 50 countries and much of the United States. In 1990, Morine and Gene moved to Santa Rosa to be close to their children.
Jessie Whitis, former faculty, Feburary 27, in Belton. He was the father of Nelda Whitis Shipp ’66, Dillard Whitis CB ’58-’60, Jack Whitis CB ’59-’60 and Bob Whitis CB ’61-’62. He was a bus driver and maintenance worker for Belton ISD for more that 30-years. Nelda may be reached at 242 Molly Ln., Mineola, TX 75773, Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis ’61 may be reached at 3522 Le Blanc St., San Antonio, TX 78247, Jack may be reached at 1101 Salado Oaks Dr., Salado, TX 76571 and Bob and Grace Richardson Whitis ’68 may be reached at 13070 W. State Highway 36, Temple, TX 76502.
Joe W. Sims, husband of Juanita Trimmier Sims ’53, March 7, in Nolanville. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. Joe was instrumental in building the Nolanville City Hall and was an elected member of the water board for 42 years. He donated the land for the community center which was named the J.W. Sims Community Center. Blance Burt Morgan, mother of Glenna Morgan Stamps ’53, March 18, in Hillsboro. Glenna may be reached at 501 N. Pleasant St., Hillsboro, TX 76645 or email@example.com. Anna Maria Lopez Garza ’54, January 11, in Brownsville. She was active in the medical technology field for 50 years. In Brownsville, she was employed at Serafy Laboratories, Los Ebanos Women’s Clinic and at Proficiency Testing Sevices. Anna was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, American Association of University Women, Texas Medical Technologists Association, Association of Bionalysts and the Registry of Clinical Pathologists. Her sister, Alma De La Garza, may be reached at 1001 Susan Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539. Velma A. Thill Bass, May 6, in Temple. She was the mother of Betty Bass Hiles ’56 and Peggy Bass Albin ’58. Velma and her husband were involved in oil, gas and farming operations. In Rio Grande City, she was president of the Band Boosters Club, the Parent-Teachers Association, the Woman’s Club, and she was Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Starr County Hospital Auxiliary, winning first place in the state convention for her tray favors display. Betty may be reached at 3610 Hopi Trl., Temple, TX 76504 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and Peggy may be reached at P.O. Box 449, Belton, TX 76513.
George O’Hair, March 17, in Lampasas. He was the father of Betty O’Hair Anderson ’64. She may be reached at 6402 Pat Cole Rd., Temple, TX 76502 or email@example.com. Mary Ruth McFadden ex ’64-’65, February 15, in San Antonio. Lupe Herrera, January 21, in Bryan. She was the mother of Eunice Herrera Bosquez ex ’55-’56, Molly Herrera Grimaldo ’66, who may be reached at 300 South Coulter, Bryan, TX 77803 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Elizabeth Herrera Martinez ’69, who may be reached at 2208 Barak Ln., Bryan, TX 77802; and Pauline Herrera Spencer ’71. She and her husband, Kenneth Spencer ex ’70-’71, may be reached at 3610 Windridge Dr., Bryan, TX 77802 or email@example.com. V.C.Russell, Jr., March 7, in Rogers. He was the father of Sheila Russell Reynolds ’70. V.C. worked as a rancher in Bell County for 50 years. Sheila may be reached at 3709 Sherwood Ln., Temple, TX 76502. Harolyn C. Moreau ’71, May 8, in Temple. She worked for the state, primarily in children’s protective services. She held various positions in Bell County and worked in the regional and state headquarters in Austin. Harolyn was a longtime advocate for children and families and was instrumental in bringing the first emergency shelter for abused and neglected children to Temple. She was in charge of the Bell County adoption program for several years and an ombudsman to the executive director of Texas Child Protective Services to ensure the concerns of all children were being properly handled. As a volunteer, UMHB LIFE
Alumni Life Harolyn served on the Family Outreach Board, worked with meals on wheels and at Scott and White Memorial Hospital. Carolyn Sue Younts ’71, May 5, in Temple. She was a teacher in Temple and Rogers for many years. Mary Alice Exley ex ’77, April 29, in Temple. She was in the Nurse Cadet Corps during World War II and was head nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Temple. Dwayne Jackson ’81, January 26, in Salado. His wife, Sherry Tabor Jackson ’73, may be reached at 680 Hackberry Rd., Salado, TX 76571 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Arthur Wadford, Sr., ’81, March 9, in Kempner. He joined the U.S. Army in 1963 and served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1973 for medical reasons. Hunting was his passion, and he volunteered for many years as a master guide at Fort Hood as a shooter. Arthur was a member of the National Rifle Associaton, the Texas State Rifle Association and Disabled American Veterans.
Bold type denotes person honored or memorialized.
MEMORIALS Verdell Banks Hulen Holt J. B. Nunnalee Thomas Polk Leroy Vickrey Anne Wiese Halbert
Dorene Jay Brandon, April 12, in San Antonio. She was the mother of Jo Ann Brandon ’83. Jo Ann may be reached at P.O. Box 302345, Austin, TX 78703 or email@example.com. Janice Marie Sweet, wife of Harry Sweet, MBA ’90, January 22, in Temple. She was actively associated with the Temple Civic Theatre as a costumer. Harry is an assistant professor in the College of Business. He may be reached at 4417 Buckskin Trl., Temple, TX 76502. Amy Blundell ’03, March 21, in Dallas. She was a labor and delivery nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, and while a student at UMHB, she was awarded the Golden Cross Award. Amy participated in the Bible Study Fellowship International and served as a camp counselor at Hidden Acres Retreat Center in Kaufman. She served for a month with the Evangelical Alliance Missions in Germany teaching English as a Second Language to German students and volunteered at the downtown Pregnancy Center in Dallas. Amy’s brother, Jonathan Blundell ’03, may be reached at 610 W. 5th Ave., Belton, TX 76513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jimmie Dykes Joyce Johnson Harold Thomas Marietta Parker George Elliott Kent & Darius Owens Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens
Kathlyn Fischer ex, February 24, in Olympia, WA. She was secretary to Congressman South in Washington, D.C. Kathlyn and her husband, Fred, were in the restaurant business in Bellevue, WA, until his death in 1980. She was active in the Senior Citizens Center in Bonney Lake and Sumner, WA, and the Yelm Senior Citizen Center in Rainier. Dagmar Johnson Lind ex, January 29, in Elgin. She taught in Webberville and Cottonwood schools. Later in life, she became an LVN and worked at the Austin State School and Hospital. Virginia Bevering Parrish ex, February 28, in Dallas. Dora Edna Garnett Ryan ex, January 10, in Kilgore. She was a retired Texas school teacher of 31 years and was the recipient of the 30 Years of Exemplary Teaching award by Uvalde ISD.
Mrs. Glenn Morgan Lou Provence Laine Mr. & Mrs. John P. Minten Esther Minten Dorothy Minten Morine Ashmore Nelson Bill & Martha Chambers Herod Wilford Otholt Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges
Harold “Hal” Taylor ex, April 19, in Temple. He coached in Somerville, Giddings and Buckholts. Hal worked at Scott and White Memorial Hospital, retiring after 27 years of service. During World War II, he operated the Tiger Den and was a Boy Scout scoutmaster in Belton. Vista McKay Turner ex, July 29, in Brownwood. Helen Ferrell, former employee, January 17, in Belton. She was secretary in the College of Education from 1965 until 1984. Joyce Johnson, former employee, April 26, in Harker Heights. She was secretary for First Baptist Church in Breckenridge and at UMHB. Harold D. Thomas, former professor in the College of Education, January 30, in Temple. He was named a UMHB “Favorite Son-In-Law” in the late 70s.
Dr. Diane Howard Dr. Howard Horton Dr. Ron King Dr. Mary Last Dr. Marty McMahone Penny Mercer Dr. Bert Moquin Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Marietta Parker Tom & Liz Popejoy Drs. Bill & Paula Tanner Danny Taylor Donna Loomis Teel Dr. Karen Turner Julia Amason Walker Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr. Dr. Larry & Carol Woodward
Cecil Barfield Dan & Laura Stringer McLallen
Helen Ferrell Kay Anderson George & Ouida Mae Dulany Marietta Parker
Juanita Bawcom George & Ouida Mae Dulany Anne Wiese Halbert
Nancy Stewart Foote June Wyatt Nesbit Lucille Swindoll
Mildred Ward Redmon Betty Sue Craven Beebe
Laura York Bible Dorothy Minten
Anna Lopez Garza Glen & Nelda East Sanders
John H. Shannon, Sr. Elmer & Elizabeth Timmons Glazener
Doris Wade Thomason Edwin & Meriworth McMillan Mabry
Amy Blundell Julia Amason Walker
Parker Glasscock Rev. Eugene H. Hoover Robert & Dene Ozment
By Swackhamer Marion Walker Barren Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Ray & Betty Donnelly Bell Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Gene & Jeanne Bruce Drake Gene & Janell Huey Hobbs Gene & Kathie Kimes Lee Holcomb Means Bill & Mary Hamilton Purcell Anna Haynes Taylor
Sallie Walker Peggy Hayes Craik
Carolyn Ruth Brewer Peggy Bass Albin Tommy Burress Curtis Davis Wilma Williams Glen & Glenda Dennis Cosper Florence McMahan Campbell Ed & Meriworth McMillan Mabry Lucille Cearley Charles Fulcher, Sr. Jack N. Noyes Dr. & Mrs. Carl C. Bradley Frances Dunn Marion Walker Barren
Marion Hampton Roger & Valerie Adams Hampton Dr. Mark Hensley Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Carl C. Bradley Lupe Herrera Pauline Herrera Spencer Dr. Larry & Harriet Vann Holmes Boyce & Jane Jones Vardiman Flossie Hyatt Fidelity Benefits & Insurance Services Julia Amason Walker Johnie Wilson Jordan Ruth Tucker Hess
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Dr. Bobby E. Parker Dr. Nicholas & Beth Christoff
Janice Sweet Dr. Lee Baldwin Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Carl C. Bradley Peggy Hayes Craik Barbara Dalby Jay DuBose Dr. W. D. English Ann Eubanks Dr. Mike Fabritius Sam & Fran Farrow
Jessie Whitis Roy & Beverly Norwine Adams Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Andres Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Bob & Marie Bolding Cheryl Bulls Gladys Dimsdle Garland & Sara Hector Nancy Henderson Denzel & Margie Holmes Bobbie Hunt Dr. Beatrice Huston Jim & Sheryl Ketchum Keith & Patsy Oswalt Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Harold & Janice Palmer Marietta Parker Donald & Agnes Phillips David & Jennifer Whitis Plyler Pat Lockridge Shannon Lynn & Nelda Whitis Shipp
Dillard & Karolyn Norwine Whitis Howard & Jean Ketchum Whitis Jay Kyle Whitis Robert & Grace Richardson Whitis Dr. & Mrs. Delbert Williams Jessie & Marjorie Oswalt Whitis Dr. Rachael LaRoe Rev. E. Guinn Williams Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Dillard & Karolyn Norwine Whitis Joyce E. Williams Flora Jane Young Glen & Glenda Dennis Cosper George & Ouida Mae Dulany Robert & Grace Richardson Whitis
HONORARIA Joy Watts Allen Minnie Alice Noe Kay Anderson Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Dan & Laura Stringer McLallen Class of 1955 Class of 1953 Elizabeth Timmons Glazener Dan & Laura Stringer McLallen Sondra Attaway Cook Gayla Vardeman Corley Gayle Albert Crain Jeannette Mayfield Kelley Rev. Regan Miller Nelda Cook Perry Julia Amason Walker Betty Sue Craven Beebe
“So why do you give?” Loyalty Fund — for life. Opportunity came rolling to my home in a small town in Texas in the form of a partial scholarship which opened the doors to Mary Hardin-Baylor. I found riches there beyond belief which followed me into a new world. I give to the Loyalty Fund because generosity can cause opportunity to visit others and help them to find the way to an enriched life. They can enjoy an environment which builds a wonderful foundation for a blessed future. My husband, Jim, and I are enjoying that “blessed future” because someone before us contributed to it. We rejoice that we have the privilege of sharing with others. —Nell Nordstrand Cox ’58
Dot Ezell Davis Nancy Salisbury Sullivan Evelyn Hampton Beaird Janet Livingston Erwin Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Dan & Laura Stringer McLallen Dr. LaVerne Gallman AARP – Grief & Loss Program Elizabeth Timmons Glazener Class of 1953 Dr. Graham Hatcher Claude & Delma Garner Jacks Virginia Herndon Keith Gayle Albert Crain Kimberly Bird Lamm Marlene de la Cerra Smith Randy & Kim Kittredge Yandell Mary Alice Cowley Marshall Arla Ray Tyson Glen & Glenda Dennis Cosper The Optimistic Garden Club Lucretia Donnell Coke Dr. Randy O’Rear Roger & Valerie Adams Hampton Claude & Delma Garner Jacks Marjorie Pitts Marietta Parker Pat Lockridge Shannon Betty Sue Craven Beebe Dan & Laura Stringer McLallen Doris Watters Wood Jane Blakely Joseph C. Wood, Jr.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Alumni Association Board of Directors 2005 OFFICERS President Jeannette Mayfield Kelley ’76 Temple First Vice President Roosevelt Huggins ’95 Killeen Second Vice President Betty O’Hair Anderson ’64 Temple Secretary Nelda East Sanders ’54 Horseshoe Bay Director of Alumni Relations Robby Jackson ’87 Belton Asst. Director of Alumni Relations Amy Austin Wick ’97 Temple
DIRECTORS Barbara Warren Birkes ’57 Houston
Doris Goldston Parker ’49 Duncanville
Gayla Vardeman Corley ’61 Abilene
Clara Nesmith Patterson ’59 Killeen
Eugene Darnell ’86 Henderson
Donna Hacker Shipp ’97 Belton
Greg Fore ’87 Cat Spring
Lynda Solis ’91 Waxahachie
Jason Goings ’94 Port Lavaca
Trey Turner ’92 Temple
Debbie Ham ’76 Austin
CLASS REPRESENTATIVES Ryan Conlon ’01 Plano
Charles “Skeeta” Jenkins ’00 Belton Terry Beaver Lazenby ’87 Cibolo Greg Morris ’89 Harker Heights Soveida Obregon ’61 Dilley
Trent Worsham ’02 Garland John Borum ’03 Belton Heritage Club Representative Mary Winn ’50 Belton
The sixty-sixth annual Easter Pageant was performed on March 23 in three performances before an estimated crowd of 5,000. The production included scenes from the life of Christ, such as His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the Last Supper, His trial and crucifixion and His resurrection and ascension. Benjamin Tindall of Grapeland portrayed Christ. Rachel Boeselt of Belton was the narrator, portraying Mary, the mother of Jesus. She narrated the pageant from Mary’s perspective of Jesus’ life. Annie Weldy of New Braunsfels served as the pageant director.
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