Around the State: UMHB honors military, celebrates championship

A military honor guard—(left to right) Makenna Frerichs, Jacob Ellis and Eunic Chanco—present the flags during Military Appreciation Day at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The university granted 369 veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families free admission to the final home game of the Crusaders regular football season. (UMHB Photo)

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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders football team finished the regular season undefeated and secured the American Southwest Conference title. Amy Carlton, commissioner of the American Southwest Conference, presents the trophy to Coach Pete Fredenburg. (UMHB Photo)

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor observed Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, by granting 369 veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families free admission to the final home game of the Crusaders regular football season, as well as treating them to free concessions during military appreciation day. Lt. Col. Christopher G. Archer, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment command chaplain, delivered the invocation, and Col. Steven Carozza, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, conducted the coin toss. At halftime, the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band performed a medley of patriotic music followed by the official hymn of each brand of the armed services. UMHB defeated the East Texas Baptist University Tigers 31-21, finishing the season undefeated and securing the American Southwest Conference title. It marks the 13th straight conference title for the UMHB football program and the 15th time the team has won the conference in the program’s 20-year history. The team will open the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs Nov. 18, in Crusader Stadium.

Dallas Baptist University student Sarah Weatherly from Denison, talks with prospects about DBU’s Rec Team during camp day at DBU. The DBU Rec Team travels to camps during the summer and ministers to students through recreational activities. (DBU Photo)

Dallas Baptist University served as host to 46 summer camps from around the nation recently as a part of DBU’s annual camp day. The event allows students to connect with summer camps and learn about various ways to serve during their summer break. For several years, DBU has partnered with camps throughout Texas and surrounding states, including developing a camp matching scholarship program. It allows camps to designate scholarships funds for students that DBU will match up to $1,500 per academic year. DBU also developed the camp and sports leadership undergraduate major that equips students who are called to camp ministry. Ed Walker, who leads the program, also helped organize the camp day event.

“Come Home for Christmas” is the theme of the 65th anniversary celebration for South Texas Children’s Home Ministries Dec. 2 at the Boothe Campus. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for alumni and staff, and the event is open to the general public at 3 p.m. The celebration includes games, a movie theater presenting stories from STCH Ministries history, free dinner and refreshments. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To make a reservation, click here.

Leaders of a recent international symposium in Dallas on building global relationships through research, missions and scholarship included (left to right) Shelley Conroy, dean of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing; Shelby Garner, assistant professor and Fulbright Scholar at Baylor’s nursing school; Naveen Thomas, chief executive officer of Bangalore Baptist Hospital; Rebekah Ann Naylor, founder and president of Samaritan Outreach Ministries; Leena Raj, director of the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing at Bangalore Baptist Hospital; and Tanya Sudia of Baylor’s nursing school. (Photo / Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing served as host to an international symposium Nov. 6 on building global relationships through research, missions and scholarships in India. Guest speakers were Naveen Thomas, chief executive officer of Bangalore Baptist Hospital, and Leena Raj, director of the Rebekah Ann Naylor School of Nursing at the hospital in Bangalore. The partnership between the nursing school in Dallas and the nursing school and hospital in Bangalore has produced research on nurse migration, health capacity building, nursing simulation and mobile health technologies. Baylor faculty, undergraduate and graduate students also have served in missions alongside the pastoral care department at Bangalore Baptist Hospital on annual mission trips to India.

A “Protect the DREAMer Rally” is scheduled at 7 p.m., Nov. 28 in the parking lot of Baptist Temple in San Antonio at 902 E. Drexel Ave. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to the church’s worship center. The event focuses on young people who have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. For those who want to make their views known to the U.S. Congress but who are unable to attend the rally, letters of support for DREAMers are available online here. (https://ccda.org/camino-de-Suenos/)

A $2.5 million gift from Lynda and Robert Copple of Frisco will enable Baylor University to create an endowed chair in Christian school leadership within the university’s School of Education. The inaugural holder of the Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair will lay the academic foundations of the Center for Christian Education and establish the center as a provider of professional development for leaders of Christian schools and for Christian leaders in nonsectarian school settings.

 

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