Around the State: Truett Seminary to open Houston extension

(Photo / Ken Camp)

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Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary will launch an extension campus in Houston. The Houston campus initially will offer the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree and the Master of Theological Studies degree. Classes will be held at Tallowood Baptist Church during evenings and weekends to accommodate students who also are full-time working professionals. Truett faculty from the seminary’s main campus in Waco, in addition to adjuncts from the Houston area, will teach the courses. The seminary will offer a preview event of the Houston campus at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Road. For more information, click here.

Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash will present its 23nd annual American Music Spectacular April 24. The evening’s activities begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the university’s Mims Auditorium with food available from local food truck vendors. Live outdoor music featuring performances by faculty and students from HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will begin at 6 p.m. The main concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium, with doors opening at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, and there is no charge for concert admission. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project. For more information, call (325) 649-8500.

Houston Baptist University choirs, faculty soloists and orchestra will present the Texas premiere of “Song of the Captive” as part the President’s Concert at 3 p.m. April 29 in Dunham Theater on the HBU campus. A reception will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the adjoining McNair Hall. “Song of the Captive,” based on the Psalms, was composed by Terre Johnson, director of choral activities at HBU and chair of the music department. It first was performed in Florence, Italy, in 2016. The President’s Concert also will feature sophomore soprano Sydney Fabregas, performing with the orchestra. The concert—made possible by a gift from the late Mildred Wilkes—is free and open to the public.

Kayla Barrentine, a senior at East Texas Baptist University, was crowned as the 62nd Miss ETBU.

Kayla Barrentine of Canton, a senior music education major at East Texas Baptist University, was crowned as the 62nd Miss ETBU. Barrentine was selected from eight contestants at the annual scholarship pageant sponsored by ETBU’s Student Government Association. She is a member of Central Baptist Church in Marshall, where she sings in the choir and the praise team, and she serves as a volunteer with the church’s children’s ministry and Hearts for the Hungry ministry. At ETBU, she is involved in the concert choir and the Tiger Marching Band, as well as Baptist Student Ministry.

Howard Payne University received a $207,000 grant from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation of Midland. The funds are designated for the university’s biomedical science program, with $150,000 to be used for an endowed scholarship in Davidson’s name. The remaining $57,000 will be used for new furnishings and fixtures in a lecture hall in of HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science.

The Alpha Eta chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society marked its 60th birthday by inducting Bobby Hall, president of Wayland Baptist University, as an honorary member. Membership in Alpha Chi is reserved for students who are in the top 10 percent of their class academically. Wayland students inducted into the honor society were Aimee Brooks, Marissa Felton, Jonathan Frost, Tre Hinds, Jesus Mendoza, Pennington Moore, Makayla Nicholson, Bryan Nunez, Mackenzie Parks and Jai’Cee Tudman. Six graduating seniors were recognized and presented with Alpha Chi cords to wear at the commencement ceremony on May 5—Emily Boardman, Stephanie Gannaway, Carley Hardage, Ellen Hedlund, Jessica Stohlmann and Amanda Vickers.

Howard Payne University will sponsor a dessert reception for alumni and friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 in the Wade Building at First Baptist Church in Arlington. There is no charge, but reservations are requested. To make a reservation, click here. For more information, email or call (325) 649-8007.



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