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and Women 10 Men Great in Power The new Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House showcases the history and traditions of Mary Hardin-Baylor.


14 Water, Shelter, Hope

Students and alumni step forward to help Haitians rebuild after a devastating earthquake.


13 Campus Life

New apartments, Crusader Knight antics, and more

18 Athletic Life

Men’s and women’s basketball teams take first place in ASC West.

10 Philanthropy

Great-granddaughters of M.V. Smith give pulpit Bible to museum.

17 Alumni Life

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

7 On the cover: Jen Savage Sutton ’07 comforts a young boy displaced from his home in the village of Guibert, Haiti.



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McLane Lecture, Dr. S. Ward Casscells, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Mayborn Campus Center Arena, 11:00 a.m. Wind Ensemble Concert, W.W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Hillman Visiting Artist Series, Clancy Newman, cellist, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Play Day Senior Robing and Ring Ceremony, Manning Chapel, 8:00 p.m. Midnight March Awards Chapel, W. W. Walton Chapel, 11:00 a.m. University Choirs and Bell Civic Chorale, Memorial Baptist Church, Temple, 4:00 p.m. Bell Civic Chorale Spring Concert, Manning Chapel, Meyers Christian Studies Center, 7:30 p.m. Song & Jazz 3, Luther Memorial, 7:30 p.m.

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Museum Dedication and Grand Opening, Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House, 1:00 p.m. Education Pinning, Lord Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. Nurses Pinning, W.W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Social Work Pinning, Manning Chapel, 7:00 p.m. Spring Commencement, Bell Country Expo Center, 10:00 a.m. May Minimester Registration & Classes Begin Senior Saints Summit, W.W. Walton Chapel, 7:00 p.m. Memorial Day (Campus Closed)

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Summer I & II Advising and Registration Summer I Classes Begin (Day and Evening) Kindermusik Camps (Ages: Newborn – 7) Swim Camp Visual Arts Camp (Ages: 8 – 12) Champions Football Camp (Grades: 6 – 12) Champions Football Camp (Grades: 6 – 12) Kindermusik Camps (Ages: Newborn – 7) Middle School Band Camp (Grades: 6 – 8) All-State Choir Camp (High School Choir Students)

UMHB LIFE Volume 29, Number 3 Spring 2010 President Randy O’Rear, Ed.D. Editor-in-Chief Paula Price Tanner, Ed.D. Editor Carol Woodward Graphic Designer Randy Yandell ’99 Contributing Designer Zeal Design Studio Photographers Carol Woodward Randy Yandell ’99 Interns Anna Jauregui Heather Myers UMHB Life is published three times a year by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. Please send comments, story ideas or letters to: UMHB Life UMHB Box 8431 900 College Street Belton, Texas 76513 Alumni Life is compiled by the Office of Alumni Relations. Please send any information for publishing or change of personal information to: Alumni Relations UMHB Box 8427 900 College Street Belton, Texas 76513

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Summer II Additional Registration Summer II Classes Begin July 4th Holiday (Campus Closed) Drum Major & Color Guard Camp Youth Summer Musical Camp – OKLAHOMA! (Ages: 12 – 20) Swim Camp OKLAHOMA! Cultural Activities Center, Temple, Saturday, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 3:00 p.m. Summer Commencement, Mayborn Campus Center, 10:00 a.m. 1-800-727-UMHB 2 | UMHB LIFE


Construction underway on additional campus housing Three-story complex to provide apartments for 141 students by fall 2010 Construction at the university began in February on a new student housing project which will provide additional campus apartments for 141 students. Planners estimate the apartmentstyle complex will cost $6 million. The residential facility will include 72 units with 141 beds. University administrators expect the complex to be completed by fall 2010. According to Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Theodore, the university continues to see an increase in freshmen each year, and many sophomore, junior, and senior

students want to continue to reside on campus, making additional housing necessary. “This fall we had a record enrollment with 2,768 students and a record freshman class. Currently, we are on track to have another record enrollment next fall – so additional housing is a must,” said Theodore. “We look forward to being able to provide additional student housing so more young people can have the full UMHB experience,” said Theodore. The new apartment complex will be an attractive, state-of-the-art facility. Each apartment will have two private

bedrooms with attached private bathrooms and a shared living area. The complex will be the first keyless residence facility on the campus. Students living there will be able to use their student identification cards to enter the facility, similar to hotel cardkey entries. As an addition to the Independence Village apartments, the style of the complex will be similar to the existing student apartments at the corner of University Drive and Crusader Way. The building will be three stories with a brick façade. —Carol Woodward UMHB LIFE | 3


Campus community cheers Beach family’s selection for ‘makeover’ recommendations, they had their house built by the ABC program, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Ron Brown, director of financial aid at UMHB, sent a letter to the ABC network recommending the family for selection. Brown spoke highly of Michael Beach as a student, saying, “Michael has a great Christian heart, and it’s ‘yes, sir/no, sir’ to every question. You can tell he is very well raised and very grateful,” said Brown. Brown also mentioned in the letter about the struggles the family goes through their medically fragile children. “You can imagine a family of 15, with 13 of them still at home, trying to fit into two trailer houses,” said Brown. On January 7, 2010, the Beach family heard a knock on the door, and Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover told them they had been chosen to receive a new home. For the week that the Extreme Makeover crew was building their house, the family was sent to

Photo by Matthew Peterson

When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas coastal community of Kemah in 2008, UMHB student Michael Beach and his family lost everything; to make do until they could rebuild their home, they moved into two FEMA trailers parked in front of their ruined house. What made the situation particularly difficult was that Michael comes from a very large family. His mother and father, Larry and Melissa Beach, have 13 children, ranging in age from 22 months to 23 years old. Four are their biological children and nine are children with special needs whom the Beaches adopted. The Beach family is known in the community for its compassion; in the 23 years of their marriage, Larry and Melissa have opened their home to 85 foster children. Nearly two years after the storm, the Beach family has finally been able to move back into their home. Through nominations from their community, and with a little help from

Disney World in Orlando, Florida. A 6,340-square-foot home was built for the family by more than 5,000 area volunteers and 600 skilled labor workers during one week of building. The house consists of eight bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. Supporters from UMHB were invited to attend the reveal and stand next to the Beach family for the big moment. Among the supporters who were able to attend were Michael’s fellow students, Brown and his wife, and other administrators. The Kemah community raised the funds to build the house. The donations made it possible for the house to be given with no mortgage or property taxes for the family and with the first full year of utilities paid. The episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be televised on April 4 during a two-hour special on ABC. UMHB students will be in the crowd yelling “move that bus” when a beautiful, two-story home for the Beach family is finally revealed. —Anna Jauregui

Members of the Beach family stand on the porch of their new home; Michael (in black cap, center) signals a Crusader "C" to his friends. 4 | UMHB LIFE

‘Bachelorette’ brings fun to Crusader Knights Crusader Knights took on a whole new perspective this year as First Lady Julie O’Rear played the central character of a “bachelorette,” which followed the theme of “The Bachelorette” television show. In the final night of judging, Julie called the top ten contestants by name, handing each one a long-stemmed red rose and asking, “Will you accept this rose?” In their own unique and distinctive ways, each of the finalists gladly accepted the rose from their “bachelorette.” Next, the traditional videos rolled; however, these also took on a different tone. All of the videos were in the setting of a dinner-out with the bachelorette. Julie played along with each bachelor as they joined her at the table. Again, each bachelor brought his own unique talent to the table, trying to

Miss MHB Rachel Jaster assists First Lady Julie O'Rear as she presents her final rose to the 2010 Crusader Knight Evan Mullins, who represented the Freshman Class.

impress and win the heart of the First Lady. Julie endured everything from a military fanatic who asked her what she likes to do between wars, to one date who only spoke Spanish, to riding and singing a duet with a date on a flying Aladdin carpet, to a Randy O’Rear

impersonator trying to win her hand. In the end, Julie’s top pick to accept her last rose and be crowned 2010 Crusader Knight was Evan Mullins, a math education major from Sweeny, Texas, who represented the Freshmen Class.

Campus comic goes national

Sophomore Garrett Pekar's comic strip "Shrimp" chronicles the foibles of a typical undergraduate trying to find his way through college life.

A comic strip about two immature college students trying to be cool has placed student Garrett Pekar in the national spotlight. The sophomore mass communications/journalism major works on The Bells newspaper staff as the opinions page editor. He learned from his advisor and professor, Victoria Kendig, that MCT Campus, a national wire service, was looking for new cartoonists. “I submitted a few comic strips, and now I have a trial contract with them,” he said. UMHB LIFE | 5


$61.9 million for 2010-11. The Board approved a $35 per hour increase in tuition ($645 per undergraduate hour) and a 4% increase in room and board rates, but no increase in student fees. The average annual cost of attendance for the typical resident student in 201011 will increase 4.84%.

Lamm joins staff as associate VP for enrollment Gary Lamm has been named associate vice president for enrollment management. Lamm, who previously worked at UMHB in the financial aid office for 12 years, began in January. As associate vice president for enrollment management, Lamm will oversee all enrollment efforts, including overseeing student recruiting, student admissions, international student recruiting, and financial aid services. Lamm’s most recent position was at Baylor University, in the financial aid office as the senior associate director of financial aid. He is currently completing his doctorate of education degree with an emphasis in higher education at UMHB and will be in the first graduating class of the Ed.D. program.

Dr. Tammi Cooper has been named assistant provost. In her new role, Dr. Cooper will retain her current duties as assistant dean of the Learning and Student Success program plus oversee the university-wide institutional effectiveness program and the SACS reaccreditation activities. As assistant dean of Student Learning and Success, Dr. Cooper has been successfully leading the Center for Academic Excellence, the Freshman Seminar and Advising activities, and the Crusader Connection events. She is

also currently coordinating efforts for the SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report. First MSN grads receive diplomas: Members of the first graduating class of the new Master of Science in Nursing received their hoods during the winter Commencement on December 11. Of the 25 students receiving master’s degrees, five of them were in the MSN program. A total of 207 students received their degrees. Undergraduate students who were recognized with awards during the ceremony included Tamera McKinney of Austin who received the Alpha Chi Award for highest overall GPA; Luke Beasley of Red Oak who received the Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university; and Layne Grisham of Mesquite who received the President’s Award for meritorious service.

Around the Campus Budget set: Meeting on February 5, the UMHB Board of Trustees approved a university budget totaling 6 | UMHB LIFE

Graduating in December was the first cohort of the new Master of Science in Nursing program. Pictured (L-R) Tamara New DeShazo BSN '92, Jolene White Bethune BSN '05, Malaika Harris Jenkins BSN '01, Amy Turner Mersiovsky, and Glenda Truax Moore BSN '85.

Dr. Sharon Souter, dean of the Scott & White College of Nursing, was recognized by the Oklahoma Baptist University Alumni Association as an outstanding alumnae when she received the 2009 Profile of Excellence Award. The 1976 OBU graduate was one of 12 Profile In Excellence recipients. Souter was recognized for her years of service in the nursing profession, not only as a nurse educator, but also for her continued research on the nutrition of senior adults. Nurse educators certified: The Scott & White College of Nursing announced this fall that Linda Pehl, PhD, RN, and Margaret Prydun, PhD, RN, have both earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. Drs. Pehl and Prydon lead the newly established MSN degree program. An Organ Concert and Dedication was held in the Manning Chapel of the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center on February 25. During the service President Randy O’Rear recognized Dr. and Mrs. Burton Patterson for their gift of the chapel organ. The three guest organists for the event were Glenda Bundick, UMHB professor emerita and organist for Christ Episcopal Church of Temple; Robert Green, UMHB alumnus and organist for First United Methodist

Celebrating 165 years on Charter Day, Judge Baylor (sophomore Ben Colston), Elli Moore Townsend (sophomore Landra Davison), First Lady Julie O'Rear, and President Randy O'Rear lead students in "Happy Birthday, UMHB" before blowing out the candles at the birthday party.

Church of Belton; and Ken Mowell, UMHB adjunct organ instructor and organist for Immanuel Lutheran Church of Temple. Spring 2010 enrollment set a record high for spring this year, with 2551 students enrolled in classes. Recruiting officers report that applications for admission, acceptances, and deposits are all being submitted in greater numbers than last year at the same time.

Shirley Walker and Marilyn Byrd

Tenure was granted to three faculty members in February. The Board of Trustees approved tenure for Dr. Cathleen Early, assistant professor, biology; Dr. Ty Leonard, assistant professor, graduate counseling; and Dr. Sharon Souter, dean, Scott & White College of Nursing. Dr. Marilyn Byrd, assistant professor in the College of Business, served as a co-editor and contributor to a recent issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources titled “Giving Voice: The Socio-cultural Realities of African American Women’s Leadership Experiences,” published October 2009. UMHB’s Professor Shirley Walker was also a contributing author to the issue. Professor Walker’s article is titled “Reflections on Leadership from the Perspective of an African American Woman of Faith.” Walker teaches Social Work in the College of Sciences. UMHB LIFE | 7


Basketball teams make history with dual ASC West championships The Mayborn Campus Center arena was filled with excitement as the fans cheered the men’s basketball team on to victory over UT-Dallas to win the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament on February 28. Both the men’s and women’s teams competed for the conference title after each team had made exceptional runs during the season. During the first week of the regular season, Lady Cru was regionally ranked No. 4 and attained No. 3 status in the second week. Led by head coach Kim KirkpatrickThornton and assistant coach Hollie Stanton, the women posted 16 straight wins and earned a spot in the ASC

Senior Kallie White was named to the ASC Academic All-Conference Team for the third time this spring. 8 | UMHB LIFE

Championship Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. This was the first time the women were picked as West Division #1 seed, and they won the West Division championship for the first time in school history. At the ASC championship tournament, the women won their first round against East Texas Baptist University, but missed the last shot at the buzzer to take the semi-final game with McMurry University into overtime. The game ended 49-47. The men’s team also posted a great season. With head coach Ken DeWeese and assistant coach Jimmy Smith, the Crusaders were 19-6 overall and 17-4 in ASC play. For the season opener, the men defeated Trinity, 78-52. Leading the game were Sterling Phillips, Dean Pele, and Greg Wiernas. Among other leading players were Theo Ard, Ervin Johnson, Zane Johnston, and Rich Moore. Twice, throughout the season, Dean Pele was awarded ASC West Division Player of the Week. From the beginning, the men were picked to win the ASC West Division in the pre-season polls. In the end, the team proved true to the polls and won the West Division title. Throughout the season, the Cru had eight straight wins giving them home-court advantage for hosting the ASC Championship Tournament in the Mayborn Campus Center for the second time in university history. This was their tenth overall appearance at the conference tournament.

Starling Phillips (22) led the Crusaders in scoring and was named Most Valuable Player for the ASC Tournament.

In the ASC playoffs, the men played U.T. Tyler Friday afternoon for the first round of the tournament and won 82-61. On Saturday, the men played Mississippi College for the semifinals and won 78-63. Then on Sunday, the victory against U.T. Dallas, 80-70, awarded the men their second ASC championship title in three years and advanced the team to the NCAA National championship for the third time in four seasons. For the first time in Cru basketball history, UMHB was selected to host an NCAA national playoff. The Crusaders fought hard to subdue the Wheaton College Thunder before a packed house at the Mayborn Campus Center arena, but the Wheaton team prevailed beating UMHB 73-58. —Anna Jauregui


Gift commemorates M.V. Smith, pastor who championed moving Baylor Female College to Belton In October, five women brought a precious family heirloom, their great grandfather’s large leather Bible, to the newly established Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House. Sisters Ann Huffman, Betty Sue Penny, and Carolyn “Tina” Gent and their cousins, Sally Griffin and Susan Griffin, all presented the pulpit Bible of Reverend Martin Van Buren Smith, their great grandfather, to Museum Curator Betty Sue Beebe. The significance of the Bible for the museum collection was tied directly to the importance of Reverend Smith and all he did for Belton, Baylor Female College, and Texas Baptists. M. V. Smith (1837–1893) had a pioneer spirit, and that spirit led him to “always be starting something new for the good of his church or town or state,” his son Charles B. Smith wrote in a brochure in 1940.1 When M. V. Smith and his wife and five children came to Belton’s First Baptist Church in 1875 because of a call to preach, there were only about 25 members, but according to his son, Belton is where his father’s “real life work began.” Not only did he erect a church building (originally attached to their home) in Belton and serve as the pastor for 18 years, but he was also the driving force behind relocating Baylor Female College from Independence to Belton. It was M. V. Smith that urged the Baptist General Convention of Texas to relocate the college. It was M. V. Smith

who began a “vigorous” campaign in 1885 to bring the all-girls’ school to Belton. And it was M.V. Smith who nearly single-handedly raised $31,000 and the 10 acres necessary to bring the college to Belton. Raising that amount of money in a small town of 2,000 people in 1885 was no small undertaking. “Day and night for three months he worked, begged, preached, and talked education for women,” records his son. “For a month meetings were held in his large church three nights each week to hear speeches till finally he had completed the task. One of the greatest sermons I ever heard him preach was on the Sunday preceding the final ‘rally’ for funds. His text, ‘That Our Daughters May be As Corner Stones, Polished after the Similitude of a Palace.’ For forty minutes he poured out his very soul on the subject of Christian education for women. His

audience was so stirred by his winsome voice and their great love for him that on Monday night when the pledges were tabulated, he had a thousand dollars more than asked for. ” Smith went on to be known for many campaigns in his lifetime, including starting the newspaper for Texas Baptists, the Baptist Standard. As a citizen of Belton, his other contributions included raising money for the city water-works, an electric lighting system, new public school buildings, a telephone exchange, Belton Male Academy, a dam across the Leon River, and bringing the Santa Fe and M.K. & T. railways to Belton. Each of these is an enduring legacy to M.V. Smith. But perhaps the greatest contribution he made was bringing the small women’s college known as Baylor Female College to Belton. Because of the vision of his great granddaughters, the university museum now will include the pulpit Bible of a man who changed lives – M. V. Smith. —Carol Woodward 1

Charles B. Smith, “Some Words, Works and Ways of Martin Van Buren Smith,” 1940; UMHB museum.

Betty Sue Penny, Ann Huffman, Carolyn "Tina" Gent, Sally Griffin, and Susan Griffin presented their great-grandfather's Bible to UMHB in October. UMHB LIFE | 9











Chemistry Class ,1944 Alumni Life reports news received October 16, 2009 through February 15, 2010. If you have news to share, send it to: Alumni Relations, UMHB Box 8427, 900 College Street, Belton, Texas 76513 or send via email to

1930s Genevieve McCaleb Trees ’38 taught elementary school for 38 years, 35 of them in Leakey public schools. She taught the ladies’ Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Leakey and was active in mission work. As a charter member of Frio Canyon Baptist Church, she was active in church committees and led ladies’ Bible study. In the 1990s, she was named Teacher of the Year and, in 2003, she was named Citizen of the Year and Honorary Marshall of the local July Jubilee Parade. An elementary school building is named in her honor. Genevieve currently volunteers at the local library and museum and is a member of the Historical Society and the Eastern Star.



Dr. Anna Beth Connell ’43 received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Salute to Healthcare banquet in Lufkin in November. Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce 2009 Chairman Todd Kassaw and 2010 Board Chairman Van Watson presented the award to Dr. Connell for her many years of service to the community as a physician.

The class of 1964 met for lunch at the Stagecoach Inn in Salado during Homecoming 2009. Members present were Glenda Gray, Beverly Lisby Owen, Brenda Hatcher Knowles, Bernice Jones Evans, Betsy Dabbs Polgue, Betty O’Hair Anderson, andVelva Schrader Riddle.

1950s The class of 1958 will have their 52 year reunion during Homecoming scheduled for October 8-9, 2010.

Save the Date! Homecoming Oct. 8-9, 2010 UMHB LIFE | 19


1990s Amy Bawcom ’93 joined Scott and White Hospital’s development office in January as the manager of Foundation Relations. She may be reached at Minerva Cruz-Solano McCutchen ’94 owns Fitness Evolution in Brownwood. The gym features Life Fitness equipment , free weights and treadmills. It also offers Les Mills Body Pump and Body Combat classes, certified personal trainers, and group fitness classes including Zumbia, Yoga, Spin, Body Blitz, and Evolution Kettleball. Minerva has 16 years’ experience as a personal trainer. She is also certified in Crossfit Elite Fitness, Pilates, and RPM indoor cycling. Kimberli Lee ’95 has finished her first book, entitled I Do Not Apologize for the Length of This Letter: Mari Sandoz and Native American Rights. She had a book signing at the Gatesville Public Library on December 19. The book is an edited collection of letters written by Mari Sandoz, a Nebraska author, who championed Native American rights in the 1940s and 1950s. The book was based on Kimberli’s doctoral dissertation. Melissa Mikes Denman ’96 is a stayat-home mom, and her husband, Brian, is the director of Fiscal Planning at Baylor University. They have two children: 7-year-old Brian Scott and 2-year-old Mary Madeleine. They may be reached at 1701 Live Oak Valley Cir., Waco, TX 76710 or Ramona Nunez Bolivar ’97 was Teacher of the Week at Cameron Elementary School for October 26-30. She is certified to teach English as a Second Language, Spanish, and Bilingual. Ramona has been teaching ESL classes for 11 years at Cameron Independent School District. Christina Thompson Garcia ’97 is director of social services at Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beeville. Martin Valko ’97 was appointed by the Government of the Slovak Republic as its Honorary Consul to the State of Texas, his consular district. He will be engaged in promoting Slovakia, its culture, history, tourism, business, and the development of economic cooperation between Slovakia and Texas. Martin is a partner in the Dallas-based immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko, LLP. 20 | UMHB LIFE

Shana Johnson ’98 was Teacher of the Week at Cameron Independent School District, where she teaches 5th grade. She taught at Jarrell Elementary School for three years before going to Cameron. Doyl McMurry ’98 has been commissioned into the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. He will be stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, following his training. Jason Whisenant ’99 was a recipient of the 2009 President’s Meritorious Service Award at Texas A&M University on December 1 at the Presidential Conference Center located at the George Bush Presidential Library Center. Jason works in the office of the vice president for research. Photographed are Jason and his wife, Rachel Taylor Whisenant ’99, attending the reception.

2000s Susan Kay Polach ’00 was inducted into Golden Key International Honour Society during a ceremony at Northern Arizona University. Golden Key International Honour Society, founded in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, is the world’s premier collegiate honor society, with more than 1.7 million members and over 360 chapters in the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. The global nonprofit organization provides academic recognition to top-performing college and university students, as well as scholarships and awards, career and internship opportunities, networking service, and leadership development opportunities. Membership into the society is by invitation only, to students in all fields of study. Angie French ’01 was ordained in 2008 by Pastor Harry Lucenay at the Kowloon International Baptist Church in Hong Kong, where she has been serving as the minister of music since 2005. After receiving her degree in music from UMHB, Angie went on to earn two graduate degrees: Master of Divinity and Master of Music in Church Music from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. The Hong Kong congregation includes 30 different nationalities, and Angie has built a music program which includes a 50-member choir, a Ladies’ Choir (almost exclusively Filipino women), and several children’s choirs.

Wesley Craig ’02 is the Minister of Missions at Baptist Temple Church in San Antonio. He served a three-year tour as Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary in Bucharest, Romania. Craig and his wife, Susan Muske Craig ’03, live in San Antonio. Melissa Welstead ’03 is an academic dean at Sam Houston High School in San Antonio. Charity Holmes ’04 had an article published in the American Journal of Infection Control in February. The title of her article was “Preventive Efficacy and Cost-effectiveness of Point-of-use Water Filtration in a Subacute Care Unit.” She is the manager of Safety & Regulatory Compliance in the Infection Control Department at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. Riley Baumann ’06 received the prestigious Salesman of the Year for 2009 award at the National Sales Meeting for Taylor Made/Adidas in Carlsbad, California, on January 21. He is an Adidas/Ashworth sales representative with the company. Riley and his wife, Laurie Selchert Baumann ’05, live in Tampa, Florida. Amy Easdon Beskow ’06 has been singing with the Fort Worth Opera for three years. She will be singing in a world-premiere opera, Before Night Falls, with the Fort Worth Opera. Amy teaches voice lessons at Coppell High School. Viki Burges ’07 had an article published in the National Student Nursing Association Journal. The title of her article was “Theories of Nursing: A Student’s Vantage Point.” Viki is a staff nurse in the Emergency Department at the V.A. Hospital in Temple. She is a graduate student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner degree plan. Kyle Tubbs ’08 is the minister of youth at Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater and is working on his master of divinity degree at Hardin-Simmons University. His wife, Kaily Luckett Tubbs ’09, is working for the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing at HardinSimmons University and is working on her master’s degree to become a reading specialist. Sara Hamilton ’09 has established an orphanage in Uganda through Rafiki African Ministries.

WEDDINGS Julie Ann Blair ’98 to Christopher Lee Gadoury, December 6, in San Antonio. Members of the wedding party were Leland Hartmann ’00 and Jeffrey Clayton ’97. Julie is the founder of the Law Office of Julie A. Blair, specializing in immigration and nationality law, and Christopher is also an attorney in Houston. Brett Renee Heitmiller ’07 to James Eliot Littlejohn, November 21, in West. Brett teaches sixth-grade English/language arts and coaches volleyball, basketball, and track for Colleyville Middle School, and James is attending Texas A&M Health Science Center pursing a medical degree and doctorate degree in molecular biology. Lindsey Diane Fuessel ’09 and Paul Jonathan Schiller ’08, January 16, in Temple. Lindsey and Paul are employed at Scott & White Hospital. Bradley Berry Bowen ex to Lorena Andrea Ayala, in San Antonio. Bradley is head of the training department, and Lorena is a fitness professional at Lifetime Fitness at The Rim in San Antonio.

BIRTHS Eric ’95 and Julie Bohn Madsen ’96 announce the birth of their daughter, Annelise Claire, December 2. Eric is a chemist for Haldor Topsoe, Inc., and Julie is a stay-at-home mom. They may be reached at 12619 Fern Walk Ct., Houston, TX 77089 or julie@ Laura Golden Luedeke ’99 and her husband, Shay, announce the birth of their daughter, Kerris Audrey Renee, February 8, 2008. She joins big brother Jett. Laura is CED for, LLC, and Shay is senior consultant for PDI. They may be reached at 3271 Hester Way, Salado, TX 76571 or lluedeke@ Catherine Gelsthorpe Lyman ’01 and her

husband, Andrew, announce the birth of their daughter, Charlotte Anne, June 26. Catherine is a stay-athome mom, and Andrew is a fire fighter with the City of Round Rock. Ted ’02, MED ’06, and Allison Wiethorn Smith ’01 announce the birth of their daughter, Avery Renee, August 12. Ted is an assistant principal at Shoemaker High School in Killeen, and Allison is a family nurse practitioner at Scott & White. They may be reached at 5022 Warwicke Dr., Temple, TX 76502. John ’03 and Chaynie Isbell Borum ’05 announce the birth of their son, Beckett Winston, November 6, 2008. He joins three-yearold big brother Boston. John is the minister of students and contemporary worship for First Baptist Church, Pittsburg, Texas, and Chaynie works for Dallas Baptist University as a course editor for their Department of Online Education. Stephanie Irwin Halpert ’05 and her husband, Matthew, announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Grace, December 1.

Terry ex and Erin Trusty Timberlake ’04 announce the birth of their son, Mason Eli, March 31. Erin teaches fourth grade at Pirtle Elementary School in Belton.

Mendi Hunter Wellborn ’09 and her husband, Eric, announce the birth of their daughter, Emie Tate, December 16. Mendi works for Customer Impact, and Eric is employed as an electrician with Britt Rice Electric. They may be reached at 3331 Longleaf Cir., College Station, TX 77840 or mendi_h@

DEATHS Anna Rulfs Holbrook ’34-’35, November 4, in Nacogdoches. She taught school for 43 years in Cushing and San Augustine. Anna was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of the Eastern Star 428, Pines Garden Club, Magna Carta Dames and San Augustine Study Club where she was the organizer and first president. Oleta Curlee ’38, December 25, in Orange. She taught for 30 years at Bowie and Anahuac. Victoria Cooper Bayless ’39, November 22, in Memphis, TN. She worked as a cartographer for Shell Oil Company in Houston and Magnolia Oil Company in Dallas during World War II. Marie Cron Wallace ’39, November 3, in Culpeper, Virginia. After teaching math and science in Texas, she moved to Washington, DC, in 1942, where she was a metallurgist at the National Bureau of Standards. Marie was a member of the McLean Chapter of Quilters Unlimited and Novum Quilters in Madison. She was a member of Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church in Washington, Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, Virginia, and Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison. Eliza Bishop ’41, December 12, in Crockett. Her accomplishments include certification of more than 300 markers in Houston County, authoring three editions of Houston County Cemeteries and the Houston County History Book, being the last surviving charter member of the Davy Crockett Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and serving as past president of the Texas Women’s Press Association. Eliza was recognized for her work in the Texas Heritage Project by the Texas Historical Foundation as a Woman of Achievement by the Texas Press Women, and as former editor of the Crockett Democrat newspaper. She was news commentator for radio station KNET, KTRE TV, and KIVY. Eliza worked with Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and as a 4-H leader. She donated time and money to the Mary Allen Seminary Restoration Project as well as the Eliza Bishop Depot Museum-Visitors Center. She supported the Mission Tejas and Rice Stage Coach Inn projects and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Crockett. Mary Jo Rogers Lankford ’41, October 6, in Electra. She taught junior high school for 30 years in Odell and Knox City. Mary Jo was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers Association, and First Baptist Church of Vernon, where she taught the Bethany Sunday School Class.


ALUMNI L I F E Mary Jo Sims Zabcik ’42, November 5, in Houston. She began her career teaching high school music and marching band in Giddings. She served as organist for Baptist churches in Woodville, Palestine, and Paris. Mary Jo taught elementary music from 1958 to 1968 in Palestine and Paris and taught grade-level classes in Corsicana. After retirement, she taught private piano, served as a pianist for her Sunday School class, sang with the “Solid Rockers” of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, and provided piano accompaniment for various nursing homes. While in Corsicana she was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Kinsloe House, The Literary Club, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She received the International Hall of Fame of Music Guild of USA Award, and in 2002, she received the UMHB Distinguished Alumni Award. Druscilla Longley Jones ’44, December 18, in Lexington, Kentucky. She taught at Henry Clay Senior High School for 11 years and served as the Fayette County public schools secondary language arts coordinator for 22 years. Druscilla was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, the Lexington Woman’s Club, and the Central Kentucky Woman’s Club and was past president of the Lexington Lioness Club. During her professional years, she served as president of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English, director of the National Council of Teachers of English, and on the board of the Kentucky Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language. In 1987 she received two awards for outstanding service from Phi Delta Kappa, the national educators’ honorary, and the Kentucky Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language. Marie Meyer Peck ’44, November 19, in Georgetown. She was a homemaking teacher for many years. Reverend Robert Hogg, April 5, in Tyler. He was the husband of Mary Jane Stephens Hogg ’48 and the father of Gina R. Hogg Mahaffey ’87. They may be reached at 424 Winchester Dr., Tyler, TX 75701. Elaine Battles Easterling ’51, September 7, in Dothan, Alabama. She taught school in Fort Worth, Albany, Georgia, Daleville, and Fort Rucker. Carolyn Ferguson Chastain ex ’52, November 1, in Longview. She was a minister’s wife, serving alongside her husband at churches in Louisiana and Texas. She served as a Sunday School teacher, department superintendent, Vacation Bible School director, and WMU director for 25 years. Carolyn was a 22 | UMHB LIFE

volunteer with the Angleton/Danbury Hospital Volunteer’s Association, a member of the Retired Teachers Association, and she assisted with children at Noah’s Ark at First Baptist Church in Angleton. Marie Gannaway James ’52, January 14, in Austin. She was a teacher in Belton and Austin. Marie was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of women educators. Nettie Hodge West ’52, January 7, in Round Rock. She was a retired elementary school teacher in Smiley and Bastrop. Nettie was a gifted writer and served as editor of the Baylorian while attending UMHB. She was the mother of Lucinda Wilcoxen ’76, sister of Bettye Hodge Patton ’58, and cousin of Josephine Branton Butler ’53. Joseph F. Keifer, Sr., October 29, in Temple. He was the husband of Margaret Cochran Kiefer ’53. Mary Elizabeth Sprott ’58, January 9, in Harker Heights. She taught for 25 years in the Killeen Independent School District at Killeen High School, Rancier Junior High, and Ellison High School, where she was head of the home economics department. Mary was a member of the Killeen Church of Christ. Dr. Joseph Lee Slack, November 28, in Lake Jackson. He was the husband of Bobby Lewis Slack ’59 who preceded him in death in 2007. Kenneth W. Root, August 25, in Houston. He was the husband of Marita White Root ’62. Jerry Priest Pipes ’63, February 11, in Grandview. She worked for the United States Post Office as a clerk for several years in Grandview until she became post master for the post office in Rio Vista. Jerry was the mother of Ann Carol Pipes Tatum ’85 and her husband, Glenn Tatum ’87; Jeff Pipes ex ’86-’88 and his wife, Lynn Koenig Pipes ’88; and Sue Ellen Pipes Hale ’95 and her husband, Alan Hale ’99, and she was the grandmother of Andy Pipes, current UMHB student. Marilyn LeRoy Glover ’66, January 12, in Little River Academy. She taught first grade with Academy and Temple Independent School Districts. She also served as president of the Temple Teachers Association. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Little River. Dorothy O’Dell Goodnight ’68, December 31, in Killeen. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Maxdale Ladies Club, the Modern Study Club, and the Church of Christ.

Loren V. Copeland, December 5, in Orlando, Florida. He was the husband of Eleanor Copeland ’75. Ivor Parry Evans, October 24, in Abilene. He was the father of Jan Evans Thomas ’77. Treva Marshall Brown ’78, October 27, in Alamogordo, New Mexico. She taught for 10 years in the Belton Independent School District. She was a member of Grace Methodist church in Alamogordo. Nelda T. Aguilar ’80, January 1, in Corsicana. At the time of her death she was employed as director of human resources at Navarro College in Corsicana. Prior to that she was director for human resources for the Benedictine Ministries Corporation in Boerne from 1998 to 2001. She had been active in the religious education program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple, serving as a religious educator and director of the Religious Education (CCD) Program. Nelda was the sister of Dr. Teresita Aguilar ’77 and Melissa Aguilar Delarosa ’05. Beverly Sorrow Ulmer ’87, November 4, in Waxahachie. She was the sister of Tina Sorrow Mendoza ’85 and Suzanne Sorrow Rollo ’95. Mark David Taylor ’94, January 22, in Waco. He worked for Professional Data Solutions, where he tested software. He was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco. Florine Ellison Burns ex, January 14, in Temple. She taught school in Baileyville and was a homemaker. She was a member of Rosebud Church of Christ. Jean Warren Epperson ex, October 12, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Betty Roden Sappington ex, January 16, in Edna. She was a secretary for Farmers Home Administration in Edna. Betty was a member of Baptist Temple Church in Edna, where she served as organist for 40 years. She was also a member and past matron of the Eastern Star. Keith McPherson, November 13, in Temple. He was the controller at UMHB for 23 years. Keith was the father of Amanda (Mandy) McPherson ’98. William B. Long, MD, February 23, in Belton. Dr. Long was the husband of former faculty member in the English department Mary Long, father-inlaw of associate professor in the College of Nursing Kathy Long, and grandfather of current UMHB students Will Long and Meredith Long. Dr. Long served as the campus physician for many years.

MEMORIALS Sue Aspen Carilane Newman Vieregg Lois Barton Dr. LaVerne Gallman Dr. Grace Labaj James Bell Anne Wiese Halbert

Parry Evans The Calvin Lee Family Joe and Debbie Stapp Daniel Ralph Ewing Fran Roach Ewing Rev. Elmer Glazener Elizabeth Timmons Glazener

Travis S. Berry Marty Havens Godwin

Marilyn Leroy Glover Kent Owens and Darius Kerry and Kathy Owens Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens

Edna Earle Bland Glen Brenek

Chris Gomez Carilane Newman Vieregg

Jim P. Blevins Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis

Linda Goossen Amy M. Bawcom

Bill and Doodle Townsend Bridges Geneva Bridges Baker

Grant Hagberg Carilane Newman Vieregg

Janice Caldwell Julia Roush Butler Michael A. Cook

Eugene Hannon Rob Owens Family

Beth Childress Minnie Abrego Sanchez Wilson Childress Amy M. Bawcom Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens Dr. and Mrs. Steve Theodore Dr. and Mrs. Byron Weathersbee Mary Frances Clark Richard and Patricia Merchant Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis Marie Burdett Crook Genevieve McCaleb Trees Byron Davis Amy M. Bawcom Calvin Davis Amy M. Bawcom Viola Dennis Marietta Parker Elaine Battles Easterling Nadyne Owen Roberts Jane Elmore Carilane Newman Vieregg

Arlene Heller Amy M. Bawcom Dr. Dolores Hinton Julia Roush Butler Edward E Hogwood, Jr Diane E. Riley Pamela Hogwood Wilson Stella Jackson Marilyn Jackson Wright Eddie Jaramillo Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens

Laura Stringer McLallen Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis Keith McPherson Beverly Norwine Adams Amy M. Bawcom Cynthia Entzminger Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson Karl Kuykendall Beverly McPherson Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens Marietta Parker Joe and Wanda Scott Whiteley Dr. Larry and Carol Woodward Randy and Kim Kittredge Yandell Paul Meyer Amy M. Bawcom Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear Marietta Parker Caleb Morgan Katherine Knapp Stutts Dr. Bobby Parker Anne Wiese Halbert Johnnie Pechal Mark and Betty O’Hair Anderson Patricia Ann Perry Amy M. Bawcom Dr. Grace Labaj Viola Ranly Amy M. Bawcom Fred Rathjen Carilane Newman Vieregg

Johnie Wilson Jordan Ruth Tucker Hess

Bill Reaves Kent Owens and Darius Kerry and Kathy Owens Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens

Joseph Kiefer Pat Lockridge Shannon

Bill and Pat Reaves Cynthia Entzminger

Azalea Lockridge Nellie Birkenholz MaryAnn Lyons Griffin Joan Marlowe Myrah Marilyn Gore Phillips

Kenneth W. Root Marita White Root

Bryan Lumpkin Riley and Carolyn Allison Owens

Grace D’Albora Roush Julia Roush Butler

Larry Maxey Anne Wiese Halbert

Frank Ruehle Carilane Newman Vieregg

J. P. Ross Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Bridges


ALUMNI L I F E Ellis Seidel Amy M. Bawcom

Jane Utley Betsy Dabbs Polgue

Class of ’65 Millie Alexander Cull

John H. Shannon, Sr. Patricia Lockridge Shannon

Dan Vittum Carilane Newman Vieregg

Fayly Hardcastle Cothern Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis

Oscar Lynn Shipp, Jr. Nelda Whitis Shipp

Walt Westbrook Fran Roach Ewing

Natalie Ervin Marilyn Gore Phillips

Jennie Shull Gene and Kathie Kimes

Mary Jo Sims Zabcik Betty Sue Craven Beebe Kathryn R. Sims

Cheryl Garza Mark and Betty O’Hair Anderson

Bobby Lewis Slack F.R. Caraway Julie H. Cody Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Kelly

HONORARIA Marjorie Bailey Cash and Lou Beth Birdwell

Betty Bass Hiles The Grandchildren: Jordan, Karah, Matthew, Zachary, Jacob, Tanner, Kelsey, and Braeden

Dr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Bawcom Anne Weise Halbert

Dorothy Jean Reinhard Hogwood Daniel and Sarah Diane E. Riley Pamela Hogwood Wilson

Mary Sandlin Billeck Eula Woodyard McKown

Katherine Houston Jordan James and Janice Hancock Houston

Bobby and Edna Penny Bridges Russell Bridges

Ron and Evelyn McNeill Nicholas Jones

Alice Bagby Smith Dr. and Mrs. Jimmye S. Hillman

June Regan Caldwell Lynelle Sweat Mason

Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear Anne Wiese Halbert

Sammie Sullivan Talley Louis C. Talley

Class of ’47 Marion Walker Barren

Marietta Parker Anne Wiese Halbert

Dr. Arthur Tyson Dillard and Karolyn Norwine Whitis

Class of ’51 Shirley Huckabee Kirk

Patricia Lockridge Shannon Donald and Patsy Shannon Deere

Beverly Sorrow Ulmer Betty Sue Craven Beebe

Class of ’64 Dan and Debby Utley

Doris Watters Wood Judith L. Wood Mary Jane Wood

Dr. Joe Slack F.R. Caraway Julie H. Cody Pat Johnson Cummings Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Ken Miller, Sr. James and Jolene Renfro Friends of Kelly J. Slack – Al, Walt, Kim, and Steve

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