Around the State: Community service part of ETBU Family Weekend

More than 60 East Texas Baptist University students and their family members worked in nursing homes and other settings as part of Tigers Serve, a community service project scheduled in conjunction with Family Weekend at ETBU. (ETBU Photo)

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More than 465 family members of East Texas Baptist University students visited the Marshall campus on Family Weekend, Sept. 14-15. In addition to meeting faculty, enjoying ice cream floats provided by the ETBU Alumni Association and attending a Tiger football game, more than 60 students and family members participated in Tigers Serve community service activities throughout the Marshall area. Participants volunteered at Heritage House Nursing Home, Boys and Girls Club, Soda Lake Baptist Association, Dayspring Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center and My Friend’s House shelter and thrift store. “Tigers Serve was hard and rewarding work. My family and I enjoy being involved in the community, and this event was a great opportunity to do that,” ETBU freshman Madelyn Moses-Tolopka said. “I feel part of the Tiger family because it is easy to get to know other people through the events ETBU offers, especially since the university incorporates the Lord into everything and provides service opportunities.”

Houston Baptist University named Michael Kenneth Holt as dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business and Julie Fernandez as dean of its College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Holt most recently was dean of the Middle Georgia State University School of Business. He earned his undergraduate degree at Union University, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University and a doctorate from the University of Memphis. Fernandez was department chair of leadership and counseling at HBU and program coordinator for the education administration program. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a doctorate from the University of Houston.

Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association will host a 5K race Nov. 3 in conjunction with the university’s homecoming activities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the HPU Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and student and alumni programming. Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at 7:45 a.m. at Festival Park, 3206 Milam Dr. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event. The entry fee for non-students is $30 if paid through 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 or $35 on race day. To register in advance, click here. (http://www.hputx.edu/alumni/homecoming/)

Anniversary

25th for Agape Baptist Church in San Antonio. Originally, the church was known as Northwest Hispanic Baptist Church Iglesia Bilingüe Multicultural SBC, which later was shortened to Northwest Hispanic Baptist Church. Jorge Vazquez is pastor. Jesse Rincones, executive director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention, was a guest speaker at the Sept. 16 anniversary celebration, held at TriPoint Event Center in San Antonio.

Retirement

David Balyeat after 12 years as minister of missions at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas. He served formerly as soccer coach at Dallas Baptist University and as a sports evangelist with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board in Argentina.

Judy Burks after 51 years on staff at First Baptist Church in Frankston, where she was financial secretary and office manager.

 

 

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