Students in the East Texas Baptist University School of Natural and Social Sciences traveled to China as a part of the Global Study and Serve Program. Roy Darville, biology professor and chair of the department of biology and chemistry, led the group as they visited Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Beijing. The ETBU students taught English to Chinese students and served at orphanages. They earned academic credit for hands-on training at a panda bear base in Wolong, and they visited city parks, botanical gardens, zoos and the Great Wall of China. The group also met several former students and teachers who had participated in an exchange program at ETBU—many of whom became Christians through the program.
Howard Payne University recognized Kaitlyn Bush of Brownwood as outstanding student in practical theology and outstanding student in Christian studies, Matthew Davis of Canyon Country, Calif., as outstanding student in Christian education, Cecily McIlwain of Dayton as outstanding student in cross-cultural studies and outstanding student in Christian studies, Eli Williams of May as outstanding student in biblical languages and Rachel Carpenter of Rowlett as outstanding student in Bible. They were among 61 students recognized at the university’s academic awards convocation at the end of the spring semester.
Students in Hardin-Simmons University’s physician assistants program were one of only 36 teams from throughout the United States—and the only team from Texas—that advanced to compete at the 29th annual National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colo. The National Medical Challenge Bowl—held during the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference—allows students around the country to gather and answer questions that test their knowledge of topics within the medical profession.
Children At Heart Ministries named Maynard Phillips vice president for mission advancement. In his new role, Phillips is responsible for designing and implementing comprehensive mission advancement programs, increasing community engagement, building corporate and foundation relationships, growing endowment and planned gifts, and initiating positive fundraising outcomes for Children At Heart Ministries. Phillips spent the past seven years as vice president for development at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. Prior to that, he served as a senior principal and resident campaign manager for Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a Chicago-based fund-raising firm. He also has been executive director of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Development Foundation and executive director of development at Lubbock Christian University. Maynard and his wife Debra have five children and six grandchildren.
20th for Bradley Maybin as minister to students at First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
10th for James Booth as minister of recreation at First Baptist Church in Amarillo.
Fifth for Manassee Ngendahayo as pastor of Rest for the Nations Baptist Church in Abilene.