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H A R D I N - B A Y L O R
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H A R D I N - B AY L O R OFFICE
It is with a tremendous sense of pride and enthusiasm that I write this letter today. Our spring semester is off to a great start. In fact, I am writing these comments from my new office in the Sanderford Administrative Complex which we dedicated on January 12. Opening the new addition of Sanderford was a great experience, and I am very thankful to be in my new surroundings overlooking Millennium Oaks Park. What a wonderful privilege and honor it was to have Former First Lady Barbara Bush speak to us in February for the annual McLane Lecture! Once again, our good friends Drayton McLane, Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth, provided a tremendous outreach opportunity for UMHB, drawing in nearly 3,000 friends and supporters as well as considerable media attention, by sponsoring Mrs. Bush’s visit. Following the lecture, a private luncheon was held in the Lord Conference Center, where Mrs. Bush continued to delight those present with her quick wit and sense of humor. We are so grateful for these wonderful opportunities to highlight this great university. Additional special events in the near future are listed in the calendar. We will dedicate the Irene Li Tennis Complex on April 13; and shortly thereafter, the College of Humanities Governor’s Forum featuring two former governors of Texas, Mark White and Dolph Briscoe will be held on April 19. I want to encourage you to attend as many of these events as your schedule will allow. Finally, I am pleased to report that our enrollment figures continue to be promising for the university. Spring enrollment was up in both graduate and undergraduate students from last year. We have a total of 2,570 students compared to 2,543 students the previous spring semester. We have much to be thankful for at UMHB, and Vicky and I are especially thankful for you, our alumni. You continue to faithfully support your alma mater with your time, financial commitment, and prayers – and for that we are truly grateful. Please stop by campus soon, and visit me in my new office.
Jerry G. Bawcom, Ph.D. President
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In this issue
Jerry G. Bawcom, Ph.D.
Volume 26, Number 2 Spring 2007
Vice President for External Relations William Townsend, J.D., Ph.D. Editor
Rebecca O’Banion ’93 Paula Tanner
Contributing Writers Jennifer Sicking Jon Wallin Carol Woodward Graphic Designer
Randy Yandell ’99
David Rowley ’03 Carol Woodward Randy Yandell ’99
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Inaugural Doctorate Program
Calendar of Events
12 McLane Lecture 15 Philanthropy 16 Heart of a Servant 18 Athletic Life 19 Alumni Travel Cru 20 Alumni Life 21 Weddings 21 Births 22 Deaths 24 Memorials 24 Honoraria
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LEAD Requirements C o re C o u r s e s
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etween 20 and 25 students will inaugurate the university’s ﬁrst doctoral program this fall. “It is with a sense of pride and accomplishment that we are able to announce the ﬁrst doctoral program at UMHB,” University President Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom said. “Moving this university into the realm of doctoral programs has been the desire of many people for many years, and we are pleased to be able to provide this next level of higher education.” The university’s board of trustees recently unanimously approved beginning a doctorate of education program, which is pending accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “We anticipate accreditation in June of this summer,” said Dr. Austin Vasek, assistant professor in the College of Education. Potential students from across Central Texas have begun applying to the program, choosing to focus on either kindergarten through 12th grade or higher education. Vasek said the ﬁrst cohort of 20 to 25 students would be announced on April 1.
“With the overwhelming response, we anticipate ﬁlling the ﬁrst cohort and then immediately beginning on the second cohort,” he said. The response shows the tremendous need for the doctoral program in Central Texas, according to Dr. Marlene Zipperlen, dean of the College of Education. “A viable niche exists for this program in Central Texas, and UMHB plans to ﬁll that niche,” she said. While a number of people have shown interest in the program by attending initial informational meetings, statistics also show the need will probably grow. “The United States Labor Bureau projected that by the year 2014, professional positions in education and health services will increase by 30.6 percent,” Zipperlen said. “UMHB is positioning itself in the ﬁeld of education to provide welltrained and degreed persons to step into those newly created jobs.” Interest in the program could be seen in the number of attendees at a series of informational meetings held in late January throughout Bell County and Central Texas. About 30
It seeks to balance research with people attended the ﬁrst meeting at professionals always have something relevancy and content with process, the Parker Academic Center, with – UIL, meetings – on weeknights.” according to Vasek. For core classes, doctoral students several completing applications at In conjunction with the doctoral that meeting. will take courses in leadership, adprogram, the university also plans to “We are conﬁdent what you will ministration, organizational change, establish the Center for Leadership, encounter in August is a unique ethics, law and religion. They also Evaluation, Alignment and Research program,” Dr. Graham Hatcher, prowill take classes in their specializa(CLEAR), which will help with vost, said to the attendees. “It should tion of K-12 or higher education. student and faculty research. It also be. We are a unique institution.” Summer institutes are designed to will serve as an outreach service for Dr. Derek Davis, dean of the provide students with state, national partner school districts by providing and international perspectives. Graduate School, said they didn’t information, training and support in Through the courses, students know how many people would atleadership development, program tend the ﬁrst meeting. also will be prepared to sit for the evaluation, curriculum alignment and “We thought 10 people would superintendent certiﬁcation test. local action research projects. To meet the needs of the doctoral be great,” he said. “I think we have Vasek said the students will move students and to prepare them for about 30 people here.” through the program as a cohort, Lesley Keeling-Olson, criminal graduation, the College of Educawhich becomes like a family with the tion has constructed a framework justice department chair at Temple students starting, crying, lamenting that has been named Leadership in College, was one who attended the and celebrating together. Educational Administration (LEAD). meeting to ﬁnd out more information. Each of the doctoral students “Individual course offerings proAfter listening to the presentation, brings their own experiences and vide unique content and practical Keeling-Olson said she planned to backgrounds to share with the others implications by focus area,” apply to the program and began to in the cohort. ﬁll out the application. “It adds so much ﬂavor The advantages of such a “We are pleased to provide the and richness to the learndegree were the reasons next level of higher education.” ing experience,” he said. why she wanted to obtain —Jerr y G. Bawcom In encouraging the her doctorate. students, Vasek said the “It provides me with doctoral program would be an exZipperlen said. “The LEAD proadditional information to be a betciting time for them. gram will maintain alignment and ter teacher in my classroom, and it “It’s going to be better than you’ve consistency through the use of a makes me ﬂexible to do other things ever imagined it could be,” he said. framework for instruction, learning outside the classroom,” she said. Students will earn 60 hours in the and application, which we currently incorporate.” nontraditional program by attending The framework identiﬁes universal intensive classes one weekend per themes for content delivery and promonth and summer institutes, which vides a lens for students to reﬂect will combine travel and coursework, upon and synthesize learning. during a three-year period. “The framework includes “In conversations with people change, decision-making, in the ﬁeld, we found they need a perspective, systems, ethics delivery system that utilizes weekand relationships,” she said. ends,” Vasek said. “Many practicing
Dr. Austin Vasek, assistant professor in the College of Education and director of Ed.D. program.
Calendar of Events APRIL 2 4 5-7 6 12 14
May 14–17 Exalting the Ruler of Our Nation –Psalm 22:28
Dr. Wallace Davis Preacher
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Rev. Dan Wooldridge Bible Teacher
Rev. Joe Baisden Banquet Speaker
Lecture in the Humanities featuring Dr. Karl Kilinski II, Lord Conference Center, 4:00 p.m. Easter Pageant, Luther Memorial, 12:30, 3:00 and 5:30 p.m. Congreso, Mayborn Campus Center Good Friday Holiday (Campus Closed) Play Day Bell Civic Chorale Spring Concert, First Baptist Church Salado, 7:30 p.m. Governor’s Forum featuring Mark White and Dolph Briscoe, Lord Conference Center, 9:30 a.m. Hillman Visiting Artist Series, William Vermeulen, Horn, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Robing Chapel, W. W. Walton Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Midnight March, Quad “Our Stories – Nuestros Cuentos,” Hillman Series, Shelton Theater, 7:00 p.m. Wind Ensemble Outdoor Concert & Picnic, Capt Amphitheater, 4:00 p.m. Conservatory Choirs Concert, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:00 p.m. Conservatory Strings Concert, Hughes Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m.
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Nurses Pinning, W. W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Education Pinning, Lord Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. Social Work Pinning, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Spring Commencement, Bell County Expo Center, 10:00 a.m. Minimester Registration & Classes Begin Senior Saints Summit Memorial Day Holiday (Campus Closed)
JUNE For more information contact Bill Muske at 254-295-4606 or at email@example.com
Summer I & II Advising and Registration (Day and Evening) Summer I Campus Classes Begin (Day and Evening)
JULY On the Cover:
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Independence Day Holiday (Campus Closed) Additional Summer II Registration Summer II Classes Begin (Day and Evening)
AUGUST Mrs Bush holds up her Crusader “C” during the 2007 McLane Lecture.
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Summer Commencement, Mayborn Campus Center, 10:00 a.m. University Housing Opens Fall Advising and Registration Fall Classes Begin (Day and Evening)
Sanderford Opens Front Doors in Grand Style With a prayer that it would be more than bricks and mortar, university officials dedicated the new wing of the Sanderford Administrative Complex. On Jan. 12, students, faculty, staff and Chamber of Commerce members from Belton, Killeen and Temple gathered to officially open the newest building at the university. The original Sanderford building was built in 1978 to house administration offices and to handle the 1,200 students that attended the university. Now student enrollment has swelled to more than 2,700 students, and the staff has grown as well to meet the needs of the students. Shuffling of space through the years to meet students’ needs eventually sent Dr. Bawcom to a storage room for what was supposed to be a temporary move. For 10 years, Dr. Bawcom operated out of a windowless office so that other needs could be met at the university. That has now changed. “When you see my office, you’ll be just as excited as I am,” Bawcom said in his welcoming remarks at the dedication of the $3.8 million addition.
During that afternoon Bawcom met visitors in his new office with crossshaped windows overlooking the Millennium Oaks Park, student memorial and reflection pond. “It’s really peaceful and a nicer place to bring major donors,” he said from inside his office with its purple carpet, gold curtains and numerous Crusader decorations. The two-story, 16,500-squarefoot addition not only moved Dr. Bawcom out of storage; the provost, executive vice president, human resources department and the vice president for business and finance moved into the new space as well. Their move freed space for information technology, admissions and recruiting, financial aid and others to expand. Architecture in the addition with its arched windows and brickwork blends with the arched entries and brick in the existing wings. “This will serve as the front door to new students, the community and the world,” Bawcom said in welcoming visitors that were gathered in the courtyard. Chris Burkley, student body president, thanked God for the
building in his dedicatory prayer. “We ask that it will be more than bricks and mortar,” he prayed. “Let it be the heart and soul as the administration uses it for God’s glory.” Jane Sanderford Potter called the new addition wonderful. The administrative complex is named for her parents, T.E. and Nellie Ruth Munford Sanderford ’29, who both taught at the university. “Mary Hardin-Baylor is just growing by leaps and bounds,” she said. The close connection with the university has continued as Mrs. Potter’s husband has been a trustee for more than 29 years. Her mother graduated from the school and taught chemistry there. “She’d be really proud,” Mrs. Potter said of the new addition to the building with the family’s name. More than 200 people gathered in the Sanderford courtyard to observe the official ribbon cutting as (L-R) Laura Enzor ’92, Paul and Gail Bradbury, First Lady Vicky Bawcom and President Jerry G. Bawcom, Jane Sanderford Potter and Clark Potter, building manager Mike Jackson and architect Keith Bailey stand at the ribbon, with ambassadors from the Killeen, Belton and Temple Chambers gathered behind. UMHB LIFE
Campus Life Humanities Lecture Focuses on Frank W. Mayborn Award
Mrs. Sue Mayborn, president, editor and publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram and Killeen Daily Herald and president of News Channel 6, Inc., speaks about recipients of the Mayborn Humanitarian Award.
Mrs. Sue Mayborn welcomed Jeannette Kelley ’76 as the guest speaker during the Frank W. Mayborn Humanitarian Award Program held on campus this fall. The program was part of the College of Humanities Lectures and Events Series. Kelley, herself a 2004 receipient of the Frank W. Mayborn Humanitarian Award, spoke about her work in the community. The program included an overview of the award and the selection process. It was for her work with Project Angel Tree and Project Apple Tree that Mrs. Kelley was chosen for the award. Project Angel Tree is a
community drive each year at Christmas to provide toys for children in need in Central Texas who have at least one parent in prison or in jail. Project Apple Tree is a program to provide quality clothing and school supplies to Belton school district children in need. By 2004, when Mrs. Kelley received the award, more than 4,000 children had been assisted through the Apple Tree program. The Frank W. Mayborn Humanitarian award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Frank W. Mayborn, former editor and publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram and president of the Killeen Daily Herald.
Celebrating The Art (and Craft) of Writing Angela O’Donnell leaned over the table with a needle flashing as she sewed pages of a book together with twine. “This is something you can do with your hands, but your mind is free,” said the Fordham University teacher and poet who was attending the Writers’ Festival in January. “This is different than making poems where your mind has to be totally focused on the words.” Three years previously, when she attended her first festival, she said the gathered writers made a collage painting. “That was very fun,” she said. “I wrote some poems about that process.” While writers attending the festival have a chance to exchange ideas about poetry, read their work and listen to others, there also is an art class. “We always try to have some connection with art or music to have
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stimulation for the writers to stretch and think in new ways,” said Dr. Audell Shelburne, chair of the English department and festival director. The festival, which is in its 10 th year, brings together Christian writers from throughout the United States to discuss their prose and poetry, many of which have been published in Windhover: A Journal of Christian Literature (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Press). This year writers gathered to read and discuss their work as well as the basis of prose and poetry. “Writers from all across the country come to read their work to us,” Shelburne said. “Some of the best writers come from right here – Dallas, Austin and the Panhandle.” Shelburne said about 75 people participated throughout the weekend. The festival brings together a
Angela O’Donnell of Fordham University in New York looks on as art professor Helen Kwaitaski shows her how to stitch her book during the bookbinding workshop.
“wonderful community of artists,” said O’Donnell. “It’s an energizing experience,” she said. “When I go home I write a bunch of stuff.”
Colts Find New Home at Children’s Retreat UMHB acted as the conduit for the donation of two foals from a family in the Waco area to Peaceable Kingdom, a retreat for chronically ill children in Bell County. Sherri Johnson Lobban of Robinson said when they thought of donating a horse, their thoughts turned to UMHB. “We just wanted to do something,” she said. The family, which owns JMB Ranch and Johnson Roofing Company of Waco, commonly donates Appaloosa foals from its ranch. Lobban’s father, Bill Johnson, estimated the family has donated between 10 and 20 colts and fillies a year for the past 30 years. “We use horses as a medium to help others,” Johnson said.
President Bawcom immediately thought of Peaceable Kingdom when the Johnsons approached him about their donation. “Jim Bowmer (who founded Peaceable Kingdom) was a trustee at UMHB for over 30 years,” President Bawcom said. “Jim was such a good friend to Mary Hardin-Baylor.” Peaceable Kingdom, a 170-acre retreat, helps about 7,000 children a year experience the outdoors and forget about their illnesses for a short time. Bowmer and his wife, Daurice, established it in 1984 in honor of their three diabetic grandchildren and in memory of their grandson, Charles Bowmer Schreiner, who died of a heart ailment at 11 months. The camp assists children through summer camps, weekend retreats and educational programs.
Pictured L-R from the colts: Sherri Johnson Lobban and her father Bill Johnson of the Johnson family ranch in Waco, donors of the colts, stand with Dr. Bawcom and Scott Simmons, director of Peaceable Kingdom.
(L-R) Dr. Stephen Wyrick, Danny McFarland, Dr. Sandy Warner, Mekyoung VanBuren, Sarah Robeson, and Chris Burkley stand at Caesarea Philippi, in the Holy Land.
Study Abroad Takes Students to Israel Senior Chris Burkley stood on the top of Mount Carmel in awe. “We stood on this hill where God had revealed himself to the people of that time in such a powerful way,” the art major from Dallas said of the place where the prophet Elijah called down fire. “It gave me goose bumps as I was reminded of the awesome power our Lord has.” Burkley was one of 16 students, faculty and friends of the university that joined Dr. Stephen Wyrick, Hebrew, archeology and Old Testament professor, on a study abroad journey to Israel from Dec. 26 through Jan. 8. The group studied the geography of Israel, selected archaeological sites, the Galilean ministry of Jesus and the Old and New Kingdoms of ancient Egypt. Wyrick said the visits also expand students’ understanding of cultures in the Middle East. “While I knew coming into this whole experience I would learn new things, I had no idea the vast amount of knowledge I would walk away with,” Burkley said. “It was truly life changing.” UMHB LIFE
Campus Life Faculty Give of Themselves for Guatemalan Children Two faculty members welcomed in the New Year surrounded by 90 children at the Fundacion Salvacion Children’s Home in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. Dr. Isaac Gusukuma, associate professor of social work, and Dr. Austin Vasek, assistant professor of education, traveled with 12 mission team members and five interpreters, on their second journey to Guatemala. They spent their winter break with the children and staff at the children’s home. Confronted with poverty, abuse and neglect, many of the children are placed in the home by the government for their safety and protection. “One would think that in such stark surroundings and circumstances, there
would be an absence of God, but it’s just the opposite,” said Vasek. “In the midst of these children, God’s presence is very powerful – He is with the children and they are with Him. In spite of the harsh realities, I found myself thinking on more than one
Dr. Austin Vasek spends time in Guatemala bringing Christmas cheer to children.
Several students receive awards during the Winter Commencement. The Alpha Chi Award for highest overall GPA went to (above, L-R) Barbara Wright of Killeen, Jelle Scheepstra of Temple, Brandi Mordan of Temple, Lauren Graber of Round Rock, and Catherine Chadwell of Palestine; the Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university went to Catherine Chadwell of Palestine (top right); and the President’s Award for meritorious service went to Elise Klose of Bertram.
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occasion, these kids are ministering to us more than we are ministering to them.” “This mission trip is about the children,” said Dr. Gusukuma. “It’s about expressing God’s love by loving the children and meeting their needs.”
State Ethics Champions Four students were the state champions in the third annual Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas Ethics Match held in Dallas. The winning students (Lauren Graber of Round Rock, Danny Jeanes of Temple, Elaine Lipscomb of Kingwood, and Ray Wilson of Austin) competed in five rounds against teams from 18 Texas colleges. UMHB brought home the first place trophy and a $1,000 grant to continue discussions of ethics with business leaders in their local community.
The winning team (L-R): Dr. Marty McMahone, associate professor; Ray Wilson; Danny Jeanes; Lauren Graber; Elaine Lipscomb; Harry Sweet, assistant professor; Stan McCarthy, TICF board member; and Marcia Hawkins, President of TICF.
Students travel to Kenya to Share Good Hope at Christmas Instead of spending her Christmas with her family, senior Katie Speckman opted to spend it with 40 children in Africa. “It was really hard. It was the first time I’d ever done it,” the elementary education major from New Braunfels said about spending the holiday away from home. Yet, even with troubles she and her friend encountered on the way, she said it was the right decision to travel to Nairobi, Kenya. “It was totally worth it giving 40 children who never had a Christmas a gift on Christmas morning,” she said. Speckman first encountered Kenya in 2005 when she and other college students traveled there for a mission trip. After leaving, she felt that she must return to the Good Hope Children’s Home in Nairobi. During her last year at the
university, Speckman and her friend Terah Sellars began thinking about taking Christmas to the children at the home. “They don’t have anything,” said Sellars, a sophomore art major from Kingwood. The girls packed tennis shoes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, watches,
Terah Sellers (left) and Katie Speckman sit with all the boys who live at the Good Hope Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, while visiting for Christmas.
toys and UMHB Welcome Week shirts for each of the children. “It was actually a disaster,” Speckman said. “It took four days to get there instead of one. Satan really worked hard to keep us away.” Yet, the children made the trip worth it, according to the girls. “The kids were awesome,” Sellers said. “You go over there to serve these kids. They serve you 10 times more,” Speckman said. “They’re the perfect example of servanthood.” It also made the girls thankful for their homes. “I’ve heard this all my life – if you go to a third-world country, it will change your life, change your perspective,” Speckman said. “It makes you thankful for what you have in your life.”
Percussion Professor Performs in Taiwan Dr. Stephen Crawford, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, was invited to perform three recitals, numerous master classes and percussion seminars in Taiwan in December. He made recital appearances in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taigchang. While in Taiwan, Crawford gave percussion demonstrations to area teachers and practical product s e m i n a r s t o Ta i w a n e s e m u s i c dealers and manufacturers. He presented seminars on instrument specifications, standard quality of the market trends in percussion, and playing strategies in the areas of marimba and timpani performance. Crawford is a performing artist and clinician for Ross Mallet Percussion and sits on their Product Advisory Council. “This was a very exciting opportunity for me to travel to Taiwan and represent the university,” said Crawford.
Dr. Crawford is the author of “Building a Better Percussion Section.” He has published several compositions. Two of his compositions are presently on the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List.
He was nominated for 2004-2005 Texas Composer of the Year by the Texas Music Teacher’s Association and is a four-time winner of the Barclay Music Composition Contest.
Dr. Stephen Crawford works with a group of Taiwanese students as he demonstrates the marimba.
Tavaziva Crowned Crusader Knight
Photo by Kristine Endsley, senior art major
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Tatenda Tavaziva of Zimbabwe was crowned Crusader Knight 2007 during the fourteenth annual Crusader Knights contest in February. This year’s theme was “Crusader Knights 007” based on the premise of James Bond. Various campus organizations sponsored the 15 contestants. Tatenda represented Johnson Hall. First-runnerup was Josh Hobratsch of Georgetown, representing the Student Government Association and second-runner-up was Kyle Pierce of Lamesa representing the Senior Class.
Students Walk the Talk through Prayer in Japan Four students journeyed to Tokyo, of Japan, but also a Shinto shrine, they were going to visit a Shinto Japan, as part of Go Now Missions to Buddhist shrine, around the emperor’s shrine to pray for the people and share Christ through Christmas music, palace and through universities. the place. They were supposed to English practice, and prayer walking. “Prayer walking was huge,” said meet journeymen missionaries at the “Prayer walking would be described Cody Callen, a junior Christian studies train station, but at the last minute as spontaneous praying while walking major from Hearne. “God was faithful one couldn’t attend. around a city or building,” said Jennifer to our prayers.” “At the shrine, we met nine college Jendrusch, a freshman performance In one such instance, Callen said, students looking for foreigners to take studies major from Corpus on tours to practice their Christi. English,” he said. “There Every day, the students happened to be nine of would take a walk through us.” the city and pray for the Jendrusch said with lives around them. only 10 days in the city it “This involved walking was difficult to see how around the city of Tokyo effective their prayers praying for whatever God were. put on your heart, whether “I believe that if more it was praying for someone teams go and continue that walked by you or a with what we were doing building,” Jendrusch said. then the people of Japan Their prayer walking can start to believe in included not only the streets As UMHB students were prayer walking in a Tokyo subway, four school Christ,” she said. boys asked to have their picture taken with Jennifer Jendrusch.
Certificate of Ministry Program Offers Education for Laymen Starting in mid-January, several classes began as a part of the Certificate of Christian Ministry program. The program is designed to reach people who are interested in a formal ministerial training without the time and cost of a four-year college education. The Certificate in Christian Ministry is earned by completing 18 one-unit courses, typically over a period of three years. The necessary classes are offered during the regular school semester at four different central Texas locations in Belton, Killeen, Cedar Park and Round Rock. They are designed to meet the needs of individuals who have families, work full-time, or are looking for an
alternative to traditional schooling. “It is not limited just to people who are going into the professional ministry; it is also for people who want to grow in their knowledge of the Bible or doctrine or church history,” Bill Muske, director of church relations said. “It’s really open to anyone who wants to enroll in it.” The certificate program began about four years ago and has had approximately 17 graduates. “Whether students are preparing for full-time service in the ministry or simply desire to take an educational approach to understanding their faith, the certificate will give them a significant amount of credibility,” Muske said.
Education Professor Carolyn Owens presents graduating senior Kari Cave (right) the “Preservice Educator of the Year Award” while Dean Marlene Zipperlen looks on. Cave is the first UMHB recipient of this award. Sponsored by the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, this new award will be given annually to a deserving student who exhibites excellence in the following areas: grade point average, field-work, student teaching, service learning, service, professional growth, and contribution to the program and institution. UMHB LIFE
F ORMER F IRST L ADY D ELIGHTS THE C ROWD WITH W IT AND W ISDOM
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ith wit and warmth, former First Lady Barbara Bush kept the crowded auditorium hanging onto her words as she spoke during the annual College of Business McLane Lecture Series. During her speech on February 26th at the Mayborn Campus Center, Bush frequently downplayed her own role as the wife of the 41st President, George H.W. Bush, and as mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush. However, the university recognized her role by awarding her an honorary doctor of humanities degree. “Mrs. Bush, your presence here today is a highpoint in this university’s history,” President Jerry G. Bawcom said.
last year’s speaker,” she joked, referring to her husband, George H.W. Bush, who spoke at the McLane Lecture in 2006. Whether a person is pursuing education, a career, service or life, he or she must have joy in it, Mrs. Drayton McLane, Jr., Bush said. introduces his good “Life must have friend Barbara Bush. fun,” she said. One reason she married her husband, she said, was because he made her laugh. “Sometimes we laugh through the tears,” she said. There has been laughter and tears throughout her life. In 1953, her eldest daughter died from leukemia. Her husband served as vice president and then president of the United States until he left the White House in 1993 after losing a re-election bid. George W. Bush is halfway through his second term as president after ﬁrst taking ofﬁce in 2001. Another son, Jeb, recently served as governor of Florida. Mrs. Bush said it has been great and terrible to have a husband and
In introducing Mrs. Bush, Drayton McLane Jr., CEO of the Houston Astros and McLane Group chairman, touched upon the affection many Americans feel toward the former ﬁrst lady. “You might have ﬁve children and 17 grandchildren, but you’ve inherited us all,” McLane said. He then turned to the audience and said, “You’re assured this won’t be a dull morning. Hold on.” The audience did as Mrs. Bush mingled one-liners and jokes with a more serious message of leadership through service. President Bawcom looks on as Mrs. Bush addresses nearly 3,000 people “I’m not crazy in the Mayborn Campus Center. about following
Mutual Houston Astros fans, banter on stage during McLane Lecture.
son serve as president. “It hurts you when they’re criticized, a lot,” she said in a private interview. “George always said, and it’s true, when the boys and the girl were young and they came home with an ‘A’, we were thrilled. Now, it’s about the same. Every one of their successes whether it’s in politics or in sports, is like when your boy hits a home run. It’s the same thing. His hurts are my hurts, and his successes are thrilling to me. We have ﬁve children, and we equally love all ﬁve.” During the speech, Mrs. Bush thanked Board of Trustees Chair Henry Adrion III for praying for her “boy,” President Bush. “He feels your prayers,” she said. Her speech quickly focused upon calling students and
those in attendance to get involved in the world around them and in the big ideas of their time. “Many of us go to our graves with music still inside us,” she said. The
she has supported the Mayo Clinic Foundation and Ronald McDonald Houses. She and President Bush also serve as co-chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups with a common goal to ﬁght cancer. Literacy remains her niche. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has awarded nearly $20 million to more than 600 family literacy programs in 48 states and the District of Columbia. “If more people could read, write and comprehend, so many of our social issues could be solved,” she said. “Illiteracy leads to ignorance which leads to hopelessness.”
Mrs. Bush is presented with a bowl of purple and gold chocolate kisses by Student Body President Chris Burkley.
music stays on pause because someone doesn’t raise a hand during a meeting or dare to ask someone out, she explained. But she also cautioned that a person shouldn’t wait for something big in which to get involved. “Everybody wants to save the world; nobody wants to do the dishes,” she said. Many heroes go to work every day then come home to reach out to a neighbor or a friend in need, she said. “Ordinary people become heroes,” she said. She urged the students to ﬁnd an area in which to be involved. “It doesn’t matter where you work, what race you are or how much money you make. Find your niche,” she said. Involvement has been a cornerstone of Mrs. Bush’s life as
During a question and answer session with four business students, Mrs. Bush also showed a quick wit. When student Ray Wilson asked her how the Internet and interactive media would affect literacy, Mrs. Bush admitted she wasn’t a fan of the Internet. “Although I do use a BlackBerry®, that’s not a question you should be asking me,” she said to laughter. “You should be asking me what I
learned about leadership when my husband was president.” Accounting major and Cru quarterback, Josh Welch, asked her if she had any advice for informal leaders. “Work hard, work harder than the next person,” she said. Later, she added, she wasn’t good at answering such questions. She said she worked once in her life at a cooperative for half a day. “Maybe my advice is marry well,” she said, which generated peals of laughter from the audience. However, the joking came to an end as she faced the next student, 1st Lt. Minnie Tanner-Cohen with the United States Army. “Thank you for your time,” Tanner-Cohen started. “No, thank you for your time,” Mrs. Bush responded. “It’s not every day I get to ask my boss’ mother a question,” she replied. She then asked how Mrs. Bush managed as a geographically single mother with her husband gone much of the time. Tanner-Cohen and her husband, who is currently serving in Iraq, are parents and have traded single-parent duties during Business major 1st the war in Iraq. Lieutenant Minnie Mrs. Bush Tanner-Cohen is one of four students said she couldn’t who asked Mrs. compare herself Bush questions with the difﬁculduring the lecture. ties facing the young lieutenant. She said she knew it wasn’t easy for Tanner-Cohen. “Your commander-in-chief, whom I talked to this morning when he was calling to check on his dad, is so thankful for what you do,” she said. “I can only say, God bless you, and God bless you for what you are doing for our country.” Mrs. Bush is presented with the UMHB Doctor of Humanities degree at the outset of the McLane Lecture. (L-R) UMHB Board Chairman Henry Adrion III, Mrs. Bush, President Jerry G. Bawcom, and Provost Graham Hatcher
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Ceremony Dedicate Site to the Study of Christian Teachings With a commanding voice, Dr. Leroy Kemp began the responsive reading: “To the glory of God, the Creator, Maker of heaven and earth; To the glory of Christ, the Savior of the world; To the glory of the Holy Spirit, the divine presence in the world.” In a crowded tent on a cold February 2 morning, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor officials, faculty, students and donors gathered to commit the ground for the newest building on campus. “Today, a vision nurtured for many years and by many individuals will become a reality with the breaking of the ground for the new Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center,” Dr. Bawcom said. “This state-of-the-art facility will be an invaluable resource for our entire university and the surrounding community.”
The College of Christian Studies was created as a separate college in 2003. “The Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center will benefit all students because all students are required to complete six hours of religion courses as part of their core curriculum,” Bawcom said. “For teaching the Bible; For recounting the history of the church; For exploring the mysteries of the person of God, the nature of Christ and the work of the Spirit.” Mrs. Meyer, who grew up in Temple, has fond memories of the university. “My first recollections of UMHB are on Easter Sunday mornings – my mom waking me up to attend the sunrise pageants,” she said. To help build upon the university’s Christian foundation, the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation
University officials and special guests sing “How Firm a Foundation” as they prepare to break ground for the Meyer Christian Studies Center. (L-R) President Jerry G. Bawcom; Jane and Paul Meyer of the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation in Waco; Dr. Henry Adrion III, chairman of the board; George Farris, representing Martha White Farris ’42 and the Farris Family Foundation of Floydada; Sharon Caskey and R. Griffin Lord, representing the Grogan Lord Foundation in Georgetown; Diane and Gary Heavin of Curves International in Waco; and Pastor Andy Davis, chair academic affairs committee.
President Jerry G. Bawcom, Jane and Paul J. Meyer, and Dr. Henry Adrion III turn the earth at ground breaking ceremonies in February.
provided a $1 million lead gift toward the building of the $4.1 million project. The family was glad to give toward the Christian Studies Center because it will be used to train students in perpetuity. “All of our assets are a gift from God. We are stewards,” Mrs. Meyer said. “We hope to be good stewards.” Bawcom’s emphasis on staying true to the university’s original mission is what drew the Meyers to the project. “We think so much of him, and he’s keeping this a Christian school,” she said. “There’s no deviating from that, and we appreciate it.” “For preparing to preach, to teach, and to lead; For learning to interpret the word of God for the church; For becoming ministers of reconciliation.” The 18,815-square-foot, two-story building will have five classrooms, several conference rooms, a dean’s office, a reception area and a chapel on the first floor. The second floor will include additional classrooms, faculty offices, a reading room and lounge area for students. Jade Beaty, a junior from La Mesa who is a Christian studies minor with a social work major, said it would be good to have a place dedicated to studying Christianity. “It’s another way to help students become ministers instead of just graduates,” she said. UMHB LIFE
artha Farris’ granddaughter had one simple question when she learned her grandmother would be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on December 16, 2006. “One of my granddaughters said, ‘Do we have to call you Dr. Grandmother now?’” the 1942 graduate recounted with a laugh. While that won’t be a requirement for family members, or anyone else for that matter, Farris
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said the award from her beloved university surprised her. She received the telephone call from Dr. Bawcom telling her she had been selected for the honorary doctorate. Family members had ﬂown in to visit that weekend, but she remains sure they were in on the surprise. “I looked back, and they were all grinning,” she said. “I nearly dropped the phone.
Dr. Bawcom said ‘are you there, are you all right?’ I said ‘Did I hear what I think I heard?’” She did, and on that December morning, she was hooded and presented with her honorary doctorate. Although this isn’t the ﬁrst time Farris has been recognized for her accomplishments it is one that means the most to her, she said. “It would be the epitome,” she said. It’s an award, she said, she doesn’t deserve. “I just feel so inadequate. I’m deeply grateful. I feel a great humility,” she said. “I never thought it would happen to me. It happens to presidents and ministers.” Yet university trustees and other officials think otherwise, citing Farris’ many accomplishments. Bawcom said Farris was recognized for her many years of service to her hometown and the university. “She has demonstrated her love of Floydada where she has lived most of her life,” he said. She taught at the Floydada Independent School District and served on the school board. The Study Club of Federated Women’s Clubs named her Woman of the Year in 1950. The Floydada Chamber of Commerce also named her Citizen of the Year. After she served as a Girl Scout leader and as an area service chairperson, the Caprock
“I look back on the years, and I 55 years by teaching Sunday school see the impact the people and the and vacation Bible school, singing in atmosphere had on the remainder of the choir, planning the World Day of my life,” she said. “Being in a ChrisPrayer and playing the piano for the tian atmosphere with loving, giving children’s assembly. She also helped people helped to mold my life.” to convert a church building into a She came to the college when community day care center. she was 16 years old, after a life of She has stayed true to the following her Baptist preacher father purple, gold and white. Bawcom through the South. She was born in said she placed the university at the Cameron, but when she was one, top of her priority list because she her family moved to North Carolina. wanted the students to experience Before turning 16, she had lived what she did. To that end, Farris served as the honorary chair of Challenge Beyond 2000, a successful capital and endowment fundraising campaign. She contributed generously to the Parker Academic Center and the Mayborn Campus Center through that campaign. She also UMHB Alumnae Martha White Farris ’42 receives honorary doctorate. established the Pictured (L-R) Graham Hatcher, provost; Martha Farris, award recipient; Bess Bobo White Martha Smirl Cooper ’51, trustee; Jerry G. Bawcom, president Music Scholarship in memory of her in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia mother, who was a 1916 graduate. It’s a small repayment for what and Florida before returning to Texas when she was a senior in high school. the university gave to her, she said. It was natural to follow her moth“Whatever I’ve done for this er to her alma mater. Her mother university, I’ve done out of love,” she not only graduated from the university in 1916, but also stayed for an additional year assisting a music teacher. In speaking to the students and 169 graduates at the commencement, Farris said she planned to continue her support of the university. “This day is not the end of the journey in giving and caring,” she said. “I know what it has done for me, said. “It’s just a pause to celebrate, and I desire to do it for someone else.” then I’ll pick up my bag and continue Her appreciation of the university on the journey.” has grown through the years, she said.
“Do we have to call you Dr. Grandmother now?” Council of Girl Scouts presented her with the Woman of Distinction Award. She also has served in the First Christian Church of Floydada for
Alumnus Preston Meyer receives the ASC Hall of Honor award. (L-R) Coach Pete Fredenburg, Preston Meyer, ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton and Vice President for Athletics Ben Shipp
Honors for All-Star Continue Beyond Graduation Preston Meyer ’02, M.Ed. ’04, finished his UMHB football career as the most decorated player in the history of Cru football. Now, four years after his playing career ended, Meyer may have received his greatest honor. Meyer was inducted into the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game versus Sul Ross State University on February 8. He is the first former UMHB studentathlete to be inducted into the league’s Hall of Honor and is the first ASC student-athlete to be selected for the Hall. Meyer was a four-year letterman for the Cru football team as a middle linebacker from Sabinal, Texas. He finished his career as UMHB’s career leader in tackles and tackles for loss. Meyer also ranked among the Cru alltime leaders in interceptions, sacks and interception return yardage. He was a two-time ASC Defensive Player of the Year and capped his senior year by becoming the only studentathlete in ASC history to win the conference’s Athlete of the Year and
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Sportsmanship Awards in the same year. He was UMHB’s first American Football Coaches Association AllAmerican and is the only player to be named twice to the AFCA AllAmerica team. He was selected to play in the Aztec Bowl and was voted co-captain by his teammates in that All-Star game. Meyer was one of the building blocks in the foundation of success in the football program. He was a three-time All-ASC selection and a two-time All-South Region pick. Meyer played for the first ASC team to qualify for the postseason in 2001, and he was also a member of the Cru’s first ASC Championship Team in 2002. “I was shocked when I first heard about it, and I feel like there are so many other people deserving of induction,” Meyer said. “I think it is a direct reflection of the university and the job the school does to insure a quality experience for the studentathlete. Dr. Bawcom, Ben Shipp and Pete Fredenburg have done so much for me, and I really appreciate this honor and all that the university has helped me accomplish.”
Meyer’s off-the-field accomplishments are just as impressive. He was a team leader and charter member of the team’s Unity Council. He served as team captain and spearheaded every major community service project involving the football program. Those projects include; “Adopt-A-Family,” Scott & White Hospital’s “Designs For Hope” pediatric cancer patient program and “Helping Hands” ministry. Meyer is currently teaching and coaching at Ellison High School in Killeen. Meyer is one of three inductees in the 2006-07 ASC Hall of Honor Class. He joins former ASC commissioner Fred Jacoby and former U.T.-Dallas women’s soccer player Cara Smedley Murez. The ASC Hall of Honor Class of 2006-07 represents the fourth group of individuals selected to the Hall and is the first group of inductees since 2001. The ASC Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding former student-athletes, coaches and administrators who brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions.
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1930s Edwin Holt CB ’36-’38 learned to play the piano in spite of his arthritis and hearing problems. On his 90th birthday, Ed gave seven recitals for his friends so he could include everyone, and each time, he had a new cake to cut. His wife, of 65 years, is Helen Dreibelbis Holt ’37-’39.
1940s Fayly Hardcastle Cothern ’47 and Marjorie White Kuban ’61 have served on the Arizona State Baptist Historical Society as president and vice president respectively for the past four years. Marjorie has recently been named archivist/curator of the Arizona Baptist Historical Collection. Gaylon and Fayly Cothern recently published a book entitled, From A to Z in the ASBC. Jo Fred Burt Evans ’48 has been c e r t i f i e d a s a Te x a s M a s t e r Naturalist. After completing 40 hours of classes and 40 hours of volunteer work with Texas Tech University - Junction Campus, she helped create a herbarium. As volunteer curator, she identifies and catalogues a collection of various herbs, trees and plants in the Western Edwards Plateau. She also has been selected for the 2007 Marquis Who’s Who in America. Jo continues ranching on ancestral land in Kimble County, Texas.
1960s Frances Saringer Jones ’62 has published a book entitled Orphan Journey. The book is about her experiences growing up for more than 18 years as an orphan at Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas.
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Dr. Altrac Ruth Tomlin ’67, of Killeen, was honored with the Woman of the Year award by the Mu Theta O m e g a Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This was the first time the sorority had presented this award. A representative from the Killeen mayor’s office proclaimed the day as “Ruth Tomlin Day.” Ruth was the first AfricanAmerican graduate of UMHB; she then completed a master’s degree in 1974 and a doctorate degree in 1987, both from Texas A&M University. She has operated the Adolescent & Family Counseling Center, Inc., since 1988 and continues to work as a therapist and counselor in the areas of compulsive gambling, sexual abuse, gang intelligence, drug and alcohol abuse, stress management and domestic abuse. The center is licensed as one of 27 state-funded programs for battery intervention. Marisela Saldana ’68 began her term of office as Judge of the 148 th District Court on January 1, serving Nueces County in Corpus Christi. Previously, she was judge of the Nueces County Court at Law 3 for 12 years. Marisela received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the Law School of the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, and practiced law for ten years. Prior to studying for her law degree, she had been administrative assistant with the Human Relations Division of the City of Corpus Christi, enforcing the city’s fair housing ordinance and employment ordinance. After graduating from UMHB, she was a senior adoption worker for six years in San Benito. That office launched a pilot program and formed an adoption unit which proved successful and became the state’s model program. She has received several honors during her judicial tenure, but especially cherishes the recognition by the president of the State Bar “for individual leadership in improving justice in Texas and for being among the first judges in the state who have met the standards of certification of special competence.”
Candy Massar Hawks ’86, M.Ed. ’ 8 9, is the special education coordinator for the Belton Independent School District. She was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Special Education Continuous Advisory Committee with an assignment on the subcommittee for Access to the General Curriculum. Candy has participated at the state level in the stakeholders meeting on the new commissioner’s rules. Candy and her husband, Mike, may be reached at 1100 Cedar Creek Dr., Belton, TX 76513. Vivian Rivera ’89, M.A. ’93, is a bilingual agent with Century 21 Accent in Temple. She is a member of the Temple-Belton Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
1990s The grandchildren of David ex and Patsy Fritz Daniel ’70 are front: Brinley Agee; middle row: Grace and Luke Thompson and Joe Agee; and back row: Jacob Thompson, Burke and Landry Agee. The Agees’ parents are Joey ex and Mandy Perry Agee ’97, and the Thompsons’ parents are Jeremy ’01 and Lindy Perry Thompson M.Ed. ’99. Fancy Huddleston Jezek ’77 was appointed by Governor Rick Perry as judge of Bell County’s new 426 th District Court. The T e x a s Legislature authorized creation of the county’s fifth district court in 2005 in response to sharp growth in both population and caseloads. Prior to this appointment, Fancy was a partner at the law firm of Holbrook, Jezek and Griffin and an attorney for both the Temple and Killeen school districts.
1980s B e t t y B u r n s ’ 8 2 is the 401K administrator for Petrosystems in Plano.
Jay Paul Roy ’90, M.A. ’95, is a licensed professional counselor, and he helps lead worship at Celebration Church in Georgetown. He was the 2004 White Dove Radio Artist of the Year. He recently released a new recording titled “Winds of Change.” Jay Paul, his wife, Kari, and their two sons, Judson and Straton, live in Georgetown. Amy Laszewski Ward ’92 is a stay-at-home mom after 12 years of teaching. Amy and her husband, Mike, have two children, three-yearold Callie Reese and 12-year-old Kamron Michael. Scott Haluska ’93 has been a specialty representative w i t h Boehringer Ingleheim Pharmaceutical Company for five years. Alysia Allen Haluska ’93 is leading praise and worship for women’s events, and she helps with the dance/drama for “The Esther Experience” women’s ministry. She is a member of a southern gospel trio, “His Voice.” Scott, Alysia and their sons, Jaylen and Reese, may be reached at 8338 Bay Gardens Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Kenneth Driska, Jr. ’94 received his master’s degree in educational administration on December 15 from Tarleton State University in Stephenville. He is the Rosebud Intermediate School principal. Kenneth, his wife, Alushka, and their daughter, Ainsley, may be r e a c h e d a t 2 5 0 3 C r y s t a l D r. , Temple, TX 76502. Paulette Watkins Henry ’94 is working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Christie Stawarczik Pippin ’95 is the clinical director of Helping Hands and Hearts Hospice in Angelton.
Danny Isom ’97 is the worship media director at Hill Country Bible Church NW in Austin. His wife, Joanna Robinson Isom ’99, is a stay-at-home mom raising their two daughters, Taylor and Erin. Eric Weeden ’97 is the director of accounting and business development with Pattillo, Brown & Hill, L.L.P. in Temple. He is a member of Leadership Temple and Rotary Temple South.
Cameron Gage ’02 graduated from the Central Texas Regional Police Academy on August 11. He may be reached at 610 W 9th Ave. #187W, Belton, TX 76513 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (L-R) Chairman Jonathan Cella, Sgt. Patrick Boone, Cameron Gage and Director Hugh Anderson.
G r e g We g h o r s t ’ 0 3 i s t h e director of m e d i a relations for the NCAA Division III affiliated American Southwest Conference after serving in an interim role since August 2006. Greg and his wife, Casey McDaniel Weghorst ’03, live in Plano.
Christy Ann Carlisle ’00 to Justin Lee Truitt, October 28, in Belton. Christy is an elementary school teacher with Killeen Independent School District, and Justin is employed by Ace Lumber Company in outside sales. Nichole Pantin ’01 to Dan Holmes, August 12, in Houston. Rhonda Ramirez ’01 served as maid of honor, and Joni Guess Lacefield ’01 served as bride’s maid. Nichole is a social worker at DePelchin Children’s Center, and Dan is the owner of a Matco Tools franchise.
Jeff Gravens ’05 is minister to students at Brookview Baptist Church in Waco while attending Truett Seminary.
Cynda Cosper ’04 to Jeff Anderson, August 26, in Oklahoma City. Cynda works for Questar Exploration and Production in the operations department, and Jeff is a p r o j e c t engineer for Boeing.
M a n d i B u n d r i c k ’ 0 6 is the administrative assistant to the children’s pastor and education ministries at Central Baptist Church in Round Rock. She may be reached at 7720 O’Connor Dr., #3204, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Amy Michelle Hargrave ’04 to Michael Austin Gaskins, December 23, in Temple. Amy is employed at Sparta Elementary in the Belton Independent School District, and Michael is a partner of Central Texas Mortuary Service in Temple.
R i c h a r d A l a n T u r n e r ’ 0 4 to Jennifer Wolfinger, November 18, in Houston.
Rachel Atkinson ’04 is a member with Wycliffe Bible Translators, recruiting ministry partners. This year, she is living on MV Doulos, a floating bookstore that carries books and ministers to ports in Southern Asia and Africa.
Victoria Suniga ’93 to Robert Esparza, Jr., October 21, in San Antonio. Victoria is the director of human resources with the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and Robert is the business manager for San Fernando Cathedral. Amanda Johnson ’99 to Blake L u f b u r r o w, December 26, in S a l a d o . Amanda is attending Harvard Divinity School, and Blake is employed by G a r t n e r Consulting in Bedford, NH. Amanda is the daughter of Bobby ’76 and Donna Bolick Johnson ’71 and the sister of Jared Johnson ’02.
George Jan Turosik ’05 to Felicia Marie Abbott, November 11, in Temple.
Catherine Colette Chadwell ’06 and Nathan Jeffrey Loudin ’06, January 13, in Palestine. Amy Kathleen Easdon ’06 to Joel Haston Beskow, September 23, in Cleburne. Amy plans to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University, and Joel is employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers. Jenna Kay Mann ’06 and James Weldon “Trey” Ledbetter III ’05, January 13, in Salado. Jenna is employed at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco as a registered nurse in the operating room, and Trey is a customer engineer with NCR.
BIRTHS John ’93 and Sherri Frei Contreras ’95 announce the birth of their son, C a r s o n T h o m a s , November 3.
Justin ’95 and T a b i t h a M y e r s Millikan ’94 announce the birth of their daughter, R a c h e l Celeste, July 24.
Mary Camille Britt ’06 to Aaron Keith Bragewitz, December 16, in Waco. Camille is a first-grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in the Belton Independent School District, and Aaron is a current student at UMHB and a program facilitator at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children in Killeen. Megan Jane Brown ’06 and M a t t h e w D i a l C a n n o n ’ 0 2, December 16, in Troy. Megan is a first-grade teacher at Troy Independent School District, and Matthew is employed by Nestle Waters North American as a key account manager while pursuing his MBA at UMHB.
Danielle Smith Odom ’98 and her husband, Andy, announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Noelle, December 18. She joins big sister, Abby. Danielle teaches elementary music at Cedar Valley Elementary School in Killeen Independent School District. They may be reached at 715 Liberty Hill, Temple, TX 76504.
Michael ex and Kimberly Vaughn Wiley ’98 announce the birth of their daughter, Courtney Madison, December 12. She joins big brother, Alexander Nathanael. Michael is a government sales contractor, and Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 306 Woods Dr., Gatesville, TX 76528.
Kimberly Hartmann Druilhet ’99 and her husband, Andrew, announce the birth of their daughter, Kara Rose, September 8. She joins big brother, Aaron Andrew. Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom, and Andrew is a Blackhawk pilot in the U.S. Army. Proud grandmother is E t h e l Skypala Hartmann ’70. Darbi Winsman Tidwell ’01 and her husband, Blu, announce the birth of their daughter, Cambree Rain, November 11. Darbi is a homemaker, and Blu is the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Alvarado, and he attends Southwestern Seminary. They may be reached at 1206 Rene Dr., Alvarado, TX 76009. Ross Funk ’02 and his wife, Christi, announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Jane, January 8.
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Richard ’01 and Amber Grimes Nash ’02 announce the birth of their daughter, Gracelyn Elisabeth, December 12. Kelly Gearhart Benson ’02 and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Brayden, May 13. His uncles are Chauncey Gearhart ’03 and B l a k e Gearhart ’05, and his aunt is Monica Gearhart ’04. Kelly is a special education teacher in Round Rock Independent School District, and Michael is going to school and working at UPS. They may be reached at 1609 Crestline Ct., Round Rock, TX 78664 or email@example.com.
Kevin ’04 and Lauren Wilkinson Morehouse ’03 announce the birth of t h e i r daughter, M e r c y Elizabeth, January 3. Kevin is a choir teacher at Rancier M i d d l e School in Killeen Independent School District. Kristy Matta France ’06 and her husband, William, announce the birth of their daughter, Y a z m i n Penelope, December 1. She joins big s i s t e r s , Yaralyn and Ya m i l e t . Kristy is a registered nurse at the VA Hospital in Temple. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEATHS Gladys Touchstone McDonald ex ’25, December 10, San Antonio. She taught for many years in the Lytle schools. Willie Mae Ward McCormick ’29, January 13, in Fort Worth. She worked for LTV for 20 years and retired in 1973 as an engineer. Willie Mae was elected to the Fort Worth city council in May 1973.
Charles ’03 and Bonnie Russell Covin ’03 announce the birth of their son, Garrison James, November 21. He joins big brother, Wesley. Charles is minister of worship and young adults at the First Baptist Church of Lorena, and Bonnie is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 105 N. Oak St., Lorena, TX 76655 or email@example.com.
Helen Watson Buie ’30, October 23, in Odessa. Her first teaching job was governess on the Babb Ranch where she taught children from horseback along the Rio Grande. Helen worked for West Texas Utilities until she began her teaching career in Odessa. She was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, life member of the Retired Teachers Association and vice regent in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was awarded the W.D. Noel Volunteer of the Year; Heritage of Odessa, Community Statesman Award for Humanities, 1992; First Lady of Odessa, 1998; and Good Samaritan Award, 1997. She was past president and/or a member of Twentieth Century Study Club, Odessa Forum, Theta Mu Chapter and Delta Kappa Society International, American Cancer Society, Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary and Family Hospice.
Faye Moore Howard ’35, January 22, in Denver, CO. Edna Fowler Reed ’36, February 2, in Barry. She taught for 14 years in Barry and 25 years at Bowie Elementary School in Corsicana. Edna served on the board of the Central Texas Credit Union, was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association and PALS. Kathryn “Kay” Wilson Green ’37, November 26, in Lexington. She taught home economics in McGregor and Lorena then moved to Cameron as an assistant extension agent for Milam County. Kay graduated from the Landig School of Mortuary Science in 1943 and began operating the Green Funeral Home, while her husband, Carroll, served in World War II. Frances Farmer McQueen ex ’37-’39, October 20, in Dallas. She was active in the PTA in Dickson and Scott Elementary schools in Temple. Frances was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, where she served as cradle-roll director, president of the Women’s Missionary Union, worked in Bible School, sang in the choir and was co-leader of the homebound department. Edwina “Cindy” Miller ’37, January 15, in Dallas. She had a successful career with Ford Motor Company in Dallas until the plant closed. Following her years with Ford, Cindy worked for Temco, the p r e d e c e s s o r t o E- S y s t e m s i n Garland. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic, Mary Ann Lawhon Chapter. Martin Love CB ’39-’41, February 10, in Austin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1973 and s e r v e d w i t h t h e 5 2 9 th S i g n a l Operations Company, 10 th Army in Okinawa and Korea and was discharged honorably in 1946. In 1951, Martin went to work with the Texas Department of Health and Mental Retardation. He later transferred to the Texas Department of Health, where he worked as a purchaser until he retired in 1981 after 30-years of state service. Sunbeam “Sunny” Northrup ’39, October 30, in Columbus. She taught in the Belton Independent School District, YMCA camp in Rio Hondo, Harlingen Independent School District, Columbus Independent School District and t h e Yo u n g M a r r i e d W o m e n ’ s
Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Columbus. For 15 years, Sunny served as a teacher, principal and curriculum supervisor in Germany, France and Spain with the United States Army’s American military schools. Upon returning to the United States, she worked with t h e Te a c h e r C o r p s O f f i c e o f Education, Health and Welfare, training college graduates in the special methods needed to reach and teach the deprived children of poverty. Sunny lived intermittently at her island home, Morning Mist in Nevis, British West Indies, where she co-authored two books A Motoring Guide to Nevis and A Motoring Guide to St. Kitts, which can be found in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Evelyn Barrow Brooks ’42, October 25, in Chatsworth, CA. Helen Gates Little ’42, June 20, in Dunedin, FL. She was the wife of Duard Little CB ’42. Helen was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, a Life Master of the National Bridge Association and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Wilma Alice Wilson Nixon ’44, October 25, in Houston. She taught in Los Fresnos Independent School District. Wilma was a life member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, a founding member of the San Benito Chapter Junior League, the San Benito Porcelain Club and numerous other social organizations in the Rio Grande Valley. Luther A. Dillard CB ’46-’47, September 15, in Beaumont. He served in the United States Navy for four years as an armed guard/ radio operator during World War II. Reverend Dillard was an ordained minister from 1948 to 2000, serving as pastor in Cedar Creek, Granger, Somerville, Lufkin, Tomball, Beaumont, Taylors Valley and County Line. During the 1950s, he was a school teacher, bus driver, principal, high school coach and little league coach. Donald Lee Moore CB ’47-’48, February 5, in Temple. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany in 1945. Don was a teacher in Vera, Belton, Brazosport, El Paso and La Vega Independent School Districts. His wife, Joyce McGehee Moore ’54, may be reached at 3602 Gholson Rd., Waco, TX 76705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valjean McCarty Hessing ’52’54, October 7, in Onarga, IL. Of Choctaw Indian decent, she used her artistic talents to record Choctaw history, legends and h u m o r. Va l j e a n w o n n u m e r o u s awards and was honored with the title of Master Artist of the Five Civilized Tribes. She is represented in many museums, galleries, publications and private collections nationwide and abroad.
Marjorie Hyden, Honorary Alumna ’89, November 29, in Waco. She was on the UMHB faculty from 1956 to1970. Her husband, Dr. A.A. Hyden, Honorary Alumnus ’89, may be reached at 224 Guittard Ave., Waco, TX 76706. Anise Tourk ex ’90, November 2, in Amarillo. He worked for Hastings, United Way, AIG Insurance and enjoyed his own successful computer business.
Al Hardin, October 31, in North Richland Hills. He was the husband of Billie Middleton Hardin ’53.
Brenda Kay Roberts December 4, in Dallas.
Grace Liu ex ’64-’65, November 25, in Dallas. She was the sister of Hannah Liu Lee ’52 and Irene Liu Li ex ’50-’51.
Jessica Velez ’05, December 14, in Cameron. She was a student teacher and a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church.
Jonathan Mark Moore ex ’64-’66, September 10, in Austin. He was a painter, photographer and sculptor.
George Allen, Sr. ex, November 3, in Temple.
Ruth Hughes Harris ex ’67-’68, December 17, in Ruskin, FL. Her mother, who preceeded her in death, was H e l e n S c h u c h a r t Hughes ’32. Her son, Chris Harris, may be reached at 1601 E. 153 rd St., Olathe, KS 66062. Charles Carroll ’70, January 16, in Killeen. He was the husband of Sarah Swearingen Carroll ’70. Charles was a speech-language pathologist for the Killeen Independent School District. He had previously worked with the Florence and Georgetown school districts, Metroplex Hospital in Killeen and area VA hospitals. He was a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and Pi Lambda Theta. Beatrice Schultz Scott ’71, November 29, in Kingwood. She taught first grade in the Killeen Independent School District, where she became a Level 4 career teacher. Beatrice was a member of Delta Zeta, Beta Sigma Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, American Business Women’s Association and a life member of the United Methodist Women’s Club. Althea Showalter, April 28. She was the mother of Elaine Showalter Watson ’74 who may be reached at email@example.com. Loy Ann Lee Archilles, August 15, in Fort Worth. She was the mother of Patti Archilles ’79 who may be reached at 6441 Locke Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kathy Cummings ex, November 11, in Moody. She was a member of Eagle Springs Baptist Church. Emelia Bertha Prieto Garcia ex, December 6, in Laredo. She was involved in the Laredo Civic Music Association, and in San Antonio, she was involved in the Birthday Club and the Ladies 12 Club, where she served as the group’s photographer. Edith Sims Graham ex, January 14, in Navasota. She was a retired transcript clerk in the Registrar’s Office at Texas A&M University. Edith was a former member of the Women’s Club of Bryan, the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Methodist Church. Opal Gray ex, January 13, in Denton. She worked for the Federal Home Administration from 1933 until she retired in 1965. Faith Anne Johnson ex, February 5, in Georgetown. She was an elementary school teacher in the Rockford and Bellwood, Illinois, public schools. She served in the Temple Independent School District for 27 years as an elementary teacher, a part-time adult education instructor and coordinator of Federal and State programs. Jeannette Crane Medlenka ex, January 14, in Fort Worth. She was a licensed vocational nurse and nursing home administrator. Laura Fay Harrison-Moore ex, November 18, in Conroe. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Conroe.
A nna B ell e Powe l l Schachtshneider ex, October 22, in Marshall. During World War II, she was employed in the finance office at Fort Hood until she married in 1947. In 1949, Anna and her husband moved to Marshall where she worked in the wholesale grocery business until she retired. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall. Mary Lou Morris Sherrill ex, October 28, in Lubbock. She was active in many civic organizations and clubs including the Lubbock Symphony, Girl Scouts of America as a troop leader and Ranching Heritage Center as a docent. She w a s a c t i v e i n t h e Te x a s Te c h Museum Association, Southwest L i b r a r y C o l l e c t i o n , Te x a s Te c h University Alumni Association, Lubbock Women’s Club, Knife and Fork Club, Horizon Study Club, Military Officers Association of America, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Home Economist in Home and Community, Lubbock Community Theater, 42 Club, Readers Club and Supper Club. Mary Ann Smith ex, November 24, in Belton. She was a member of the Esther Bible Class and the Golden Age Club at First Baptist Church in Belton. She was a member of the Popcorn Gang, the Late Bloomers and the Bluebonnet Bridge Clubs. Lola B. Whitacre ex, October 21, in Ennis. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church; the Eastern Star, where she served as a worthy matron; and the Garden Club. Elizabeth Wiggin ex, November 5, in Abilene. During her early nursing career, she served 43 counties in Eastern Kentucky as a public health nurse for the American Cancer Society. After moving to Lubbock in 1956, she worked as a private-duty nurse. Virginia Brumbach, former faculty, January 7, in Garland. Before her 30-year tenure with the Dallas County Community College, Dr. Brumbach taught in the HurstEuless-Bedford and Birdville school districts as well as at the University of Texas-Pan American and UMHB. Dan Lewis Steakley, former trustee, January 17, in Temple.
Alumni Life Bold type denotes person honored or memorialized.
Dr. Ray Haywood Ben & Sally Green
Lupe Herrera Pauline Herrera Spencer
William Jack Bawcom Tucker & Kay Bonner William Jack & Juanita Bawcom Marie Keene Crusader Parent Organization Board Kristi Billington Russ & Judy Mullins Joan Barnes Brace Betty Sue Craven Beebe David & Julia Woodyard Nation Nelda Whitis Shipp John Louis Burton The TNT Group Rose Marcille McRae Carbone Martha Lou “Marty” Barnett Stovall Dr. Anna Beth Connell Florence Caudle Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Frances Tyson Cheek Hazel Steel Sarah McGlamery Grantham Amy Corinn Chesnutt Velma Leverkuhn Chesnutt Pairlee Cochran Joe & Margaret Cochran Kiefer Dorothy Garner Cordero Claude & Delma Garner Jacks Doris H. Cottle Audrey Cottle Cook Charles Cullum Betty Todd Ferguson Frank Little Richard Watson C. Newman Vieregg Ellen May Curtis Tanya Wright Brown Jamie Dillon Patsy Dahnke Dillon Charlene Dossman Joe B. & Janelle Baisden Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Extraco Banks – Belton First Texas Bank – Belton David Ray & Phyllis D. Hardy Dr. & Mrs. Leroy Kemp Sam & Valerie McKinney Michael & Ilene Miller John & Beverly Rueter J. Ralph Ewing Frances Roach Ewing Elsie Gentry Martha Van Allen Robertson Robert Wade Julia Amason Walker
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Valjean McCarty Hessing Christene Weathers Westbrook Bonnie Hobratsch Amy M. Bawcom Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Carl & Becky Amason Bradley Gary & Janet Smith Julia Amason Walker Edward E. Hogwood, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Fayly Hardcastle Cothern “DJ” Reinhard Hogwood Gene & Kathie Kimes Lee Holcomb Means Betty Reinhard Taylor Mary Winn Lola Penny Hoover Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges Russell Bridges Community Care Fund, Israel Loring Elementary School, Sudbury, Massachusetts Gene & Kathie Kimes Rita Kleypas Marietta Parker Hal & Ginny Tarleton Alfred Wetzel Faye Moore Howard Betty Sue Craven Beebe Bette Donaldson Marjorie Hyden Kay Anderson Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Carl & Becky Amason Bradley C. W. Clements Kathleen E. Kruse David & Julia Woodyard Nation Shirley Cowan Sommer Arla Ray Tyson Julia Amason Walker Mary Louis Hayes James Anna E. Haynes Taylor Millie Dean Johnson Wayland Lawler Nan Webb Pryor Edwin Labaj Jean Garrett Barbara Lyon Thomas Jeanette Kay Labaj West Dr. Rachael LaRoe Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Dorothy Minten Janie Minten Harold Smedley Carol A. Treible Mason & Janie Tate Wheeler
Grace Liu Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Huey Irene Liu Li Randy & Julie Wheeler O’Rear Pat Lockridge Shannon Mr. & Mrs. Richard Yip
Leora Cabaniss Stoneham Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Marietta Parker
Sallie Martinez Catherine Burkett Cornelio
Julia S. Stovall Gayla Vardeman Corley
Monte Gray Dub & Gusteen Trimble Bob & Pam Wittkower Louis & Pauline Wittkower Kimberly Wittkower Gray
Neta Sawyer Mayfield Robert B. Mayfield
Mary Beth Cox Swackhamer Lee Holcomb Means
“DJ” Reinhard Hogwood Pam Hogwood Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Minten Dorothy Minten Esther Minten Janie Minten
A. B. Talley Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Betty Sue Craven Beebe Gene & Kathie Kimes Marietta Parker
Dr. Grace Labaj Jerry & Janice Caldwell
Sammie Sullivan Talley Louis C. Talley
Laura Stringer McLallen Norma Raye Ives Cole
Don Moore Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges Pat Lockridge Shannon
Jessie Merle Harrell Wallace Peggy Wallace Harlan
North End Gang Mason & Janie Tate Wheeler
Stephen John Neale Mary Castillo Neale
Andy Whetsell Rev. & Mrs. Elmer Glazener
Marietta Parker Fred & Jeanne A. Pavoggi
Bessie Owens Don Owens Julia Amason Walker
Edward Woodfin, Jr. Bob & Grace Richardson Whitis
Dr. Linda Hood Pehl Richard & Aida Smith Sapp
Nan Webb Pryor Joan Foster Yost
Lucinda Wilcox Montgomery Pat Stanfield Bennett
Dr. Bobby E. Parker Fred & Jeanne A. Pavoggi Maude Carter Perdue Lilah Perdue Smedley Ellis L. Phillips, Jr. Lucretia D. Coke Al Purifoy Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Louis Richardson Mr. & Mrs. Jack Pittman Lorraine J. Rowton Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Mr. & Mrs. Dick Braun Mr. & Mrs. James Cohagan Mr. & Mrs. Ray Martin Marietta Parker
Carrie Storms Kent & Karisma Owens Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens
Kay Anderson Betty Sue Craven Beebe Mabyl “Stuffy” Walker Warren Hollis Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Joe & Angela Bailey Marjorie Elam Bailey Roger & Donna Bailey Bud & Mary Jane Bailey Morgan Cash & Lou Beth Bailey Birdwell Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Sara Pearson Smith Glenda Bundick Sabrina Hanks Freeland Rev. Robert & Sandra Sanders Mattson
John H. Shannon, Sr. J. Patrick & Judy Shannon
Hawkins Taylor Campbell Gina Winkler Agold
Grace Skirvin Yvonne Fleming Harmon
Class of 1949 Kathryn Sims
Ann Spurlock Don & Brenda Newbury
Class of 1951 Shirley Huckabee Kirk
Dan Steakley Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Patricia N. Burkett Shane & Shelby Cook Ted & Kathy Floca Paul Hoge Bill & Janis Holmes Gene & Kathie Kimes Marietta Parker Lynn Ringstaff
Class of 1971 Catherine Burkett Cornelio
James Stewart Dr. & Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Marietta Parker
Carroll & Martha Smirl Cooper Dr. Bill Townsend Austin Cole Wick Marion Walker Barren Joan Burton Cox Al & Doris Swafford Gilliland Ed & Meriworth McMillan Mabry Joe Durrett David M. Smith
Parry & Midge Evans Jan Evans Thomas Al Gilliland Doris Swafford Gilliland
Don McCauley Curtis & Brenda Morrow Troy
Karen Michelle Reeves Marietta Parker Pat Lockridge Shannon Donald & Patsy Shannon Deere Joan Marlowe Myrah Bess Simmons Mickie Fuller McConachie Rolie & Terry Sombito Lester Sombito Dr. George Stansbury Rev. Robert & Sandra Sanders Mattson Howard Whitis Dillard Whitis Jack Whitis Robert Whitis Nelda Whitis Shipp Doris Watters Wood Joseph C. Wood, Jr. Jane Wood
“So why do you give?” Loyalty Fund — for life. Years ago Mary Hardin-Baylor provided me with many valuable experiences, cherished memories and lifelong friendships within a campus that furnished a special Christian environment for learning and development. For this I will always be grateful. I support the Loyalty Fund, not only because of what UMHB has meant in my life, but for what it has continued to signify in the lives of others. As my husband, Lawton, and I observe UMHB students today, we get a glimpse of their potential. We know there is no better investment for the future than being faithful in giving to UMHB, and in helping these young people and others in the coming years to attend this university.
— Peggy Bass Albin ’58
Do you know an alumnus of UMHB deserving of an award? The Awards committee of the Alumni Association urgently requests your nominations for annual awards. The committee relies heavily upon your suggestions and nominations of those who deserve recognition. Distinguished Alumni Award: Graduate of 20 years or more whose professional achievements or community distinctions reflect credit and honor upon UMHB.
To make a nomination, please send the following:
• Your name, address, email address, phone number and year of graduation or attendance at UMHB.
Crusader Alumni Award: Graduate of less than 20 years whose professional achievements or community distinctions reflect credit and honor upon UMHB.
• The name, address,
Honorary Membership to the Alumni Association: Individual who exhibits love for and loyalty to UMHB, though not a former student or graduate.
• Brief description and supporting information as to how
The Parker Award: Multi-generational or multi-member family who demonstrates loyalty, support and commitment to UMHB. The Golden Shield Award: Recognition for a short-term and/or one-time accomplishment. This may be given when an alumnus/alumna has been publicly recognized individually by his/her community, profession, church, a professional organization, sorority or fraternity. This recognition should result in honoring the alumna/alumnus as well as the University.
email address, phone number and year of graduation of person being nominated. the person being nominated fulfills the criteria of the award.
• Names and contact information of other alumni who know the person being nominated who support the nomination. Mail nominations to Awards Committee, Alumni Association, UMHB Box 8427, 900 College Street, Belton, TX 76513. You may also fax nominations to 254-295-5013. Email: email@example.com, or log onto www.umhb.edu/alumni and fill out the nomination form on-line.
After 162 Years, UMHB Still Stands for Christian Values “Don’t leave the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor without being spiritually blessed” was the message alumnus Bill Gravell ’86 brought to the annual Charter Day Chapel in February. He spoke, too, of Judge Baylor and his legacy after 162 years. “The seniors will lay a wreath at Judge Baylor’s grave today, 162 years later. Will anyone lay a wreath at your grave after that many years?” he asked. According to Gravell, founding pastor of Sonterra Fellowship in Jarrell, attending UMHB changed his world view, and he encouraged students to allow the university to do the same for them, so that they can make a lasting difference in their world. “Learn to bend, be flexible, and embrace others’ ideas, because God wants you to expand and lengthen the cords of your tent,” said Gravell as he spoke from Isaiah 54.
Mark Leech, senior class president, and Haley Walker, senior class vice president, stand with Dr. Bawcom at the site of Judge Baylor’s grave on campus as the senior class gathers to pray. Bill Gravell ’86 provides insight through humor on Charter Day.
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