Around the State: ETBU nursing school moves to Marshall Grand

East Texas Baptist University Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders explains the various functions of the seven wireless mannequins in the simulation laboratory at the School of Nursing to guests touring the new downtown Marshall facility. Students can complete a full-body assessment, perform chest compressions, check for a pulse, and insert intravenous medications in the bone and tissue of the mannequins. (ETBU Photo)

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Jerry and Judy Cargill, along with former Texas State Senator and former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson and his wife, Christina, see steps toward their vision of restoring downtown Marshall come to fruition. The Cargill and Anderson families donated the building, formerly known as the Hotel Marshall, to East Texas Baptist University in 2013. (ETBU Photo)

East Texas Baptist University hosted alumni, donors and friends of the university at the grand opening of the ETBU School of Nursing at the Marshall Grand in downtown Marshall on May 4. The event included facility tours, recognition of donors and a dedication ceremony. Jerry and Judy Cargill, along with Richard and Christina Anderson, donated the historic eight-story building—formerly the Hotel Marshall—to ETBU in 2013. ETBU raised $3 million to continue the renovations the Cargills and Andersons started. The university received significant contributions from the Andersen Foundation, the Moody Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. The campaign to relocate the School of Nursing also garnered support from the Rosa May Griffin Foundation, the T. J. and LaVerne Plunkett Foundation, and the Wece and Martha Johnson Foundation, along with many individual donors and the Marshall Economic Development Corporation.

Sara Diaz (center) shares a laugh with Wayland President Bobby Hall (right) and her father Lozaro. She is the first recipient of Wayland’s Hispanic Leadership Scholarship, which pays tuition, room and board to a qualified student. (Wayland Photo)

Sara Diaz of Midland is the initial recipient of the Hispanic Christian Leadership Scholarship offered by Wayland Baptist University. She is the daughter of Lazaro Diaz and Eva Rangel, both Wayland graduates. In the fall, she will begin her studies at Wayland, where she plans to earn a degree in sociology and hopes to put it to use helping victims of human trafficking. For information about the scholarship, click here.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor named Michele Hackney as dean of the Scott & White School of Nursing. She served as interim dean during this academic year and previously as associate dean. She has been on the UMHB faculty nine years. Hackney holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University with a specialization in nursing education and earned a doctorate in education from UMHB.  She also holds certification as a nurse educator from the National League for Nursing.

Howard Payne University has opened registration for its Young Scholars and Summer Scholars day camps for children. The camps are scheduled July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. In the Young Scholars program, designed for children entering first through third grades, campers will receive instruction in music, robotics, science and recreation. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center and other campus locations. Cost is $110 per student. To register online, click here.  For more information, call (325) 649-8508 or e-mail

The Faith and Sport Institute at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary is accepting applications for its second annual retreat, June 16-22. The institute seeks to train and equip high school athletes physically, emotionally and spiritually to help cultivate greatness in sports and in life, Program Director Cindy White explained. To apply, click here.

Houston Baptist University is accepting applicants for the inaugural class of two new graduate degrees within its School of Fine Arts. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for students who wish to pursue poetry or fiction, and the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting is designed to prepare students to write for film, television, video games and emerging digital media. For more information on how to apply, click here.


George Loutherback will retire at the end of the semester after 22 years as chaplain at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Previously, he served 14 years as director of the Baptist Student Union at Baylor University.

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