Around the State: HPU collects donations, plans concert to benefit disaster relief

Members of Howard Payne University’s Yellow Jacket baseball team stack items at the team’s recent donation drive to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (HPU Photo)

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Howard Payne University baseball players unload donated cleaning supplies. (HPU Photo)

The Howard Payne University baseball team worked in partnership with Brownwood businesses to help support disaster relief efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast. Team members spearheaded a donation drive to collect financial contributions, about 1,000 cases of bottled water, cleaning supplies and hygiene items they planned to deliver to Joseph Jones, pastor of First Baptist Church in Port Lavaca and a Howard Payne alumnus.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will open its Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center free from debt, thanks to the gifts of contributors who matched a $5 million challenge grant from a major donor. Completion of the performing arts center marks the final project in the university’s $100 million campus master plan, approved by the UMHB board of trustees in 2011.

More than 300 Dallas Baptist University students attended a missions interest dinner sponsored by the DBU global missions office to learn about mission trips scheduled during this academic year. Mission opportunities planned in Texas include disaster recovery following Hurricane Harvey and Beach Reach at South Padre Island. A Habitat for Humanity trip to Florida is planned, as well as international trips in partnership with schools in Spain, Israel and Hungry. Chris Holloway is director of global missions at DBU.

Howard Payne University’s music department will present a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 14, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation, and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery. “The Sounds of Restoration” concert will feature many of the university’s student ensembles and music faculty. For more information, call (325) 649-8500 or email jholamon@hputx.edu.

Glenn Simmons (center, in hat) executive director and dean of Wayland Baptist University Sierra Vista is surrounded by WBU staff and members of the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and community as he cuts the ribbon commemorating 20 years Wayland has provided higher education in Sierra Vista, Ariz. (Wayland Baptist University Photo)

Wayland Baptist University recently celebrated 20 years of service in Sierra Vista, Ariz., with a ribbon cutting. Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller participated in the ceremony, along with representatives of the city council and chamber of commerce, as well as students and faculty. Wayland Sierra Vista was established in 1997 on the Fort Huachuca campus and opened a downtown location in 2003. The campus still operates a teaching site at Fort Huachuca and has expanded to include sites in Tucson and El Paso.


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