Around the State: ETBU Servant Awards

Pictured from left are ETBU President Emeritus Bob Riley, Gayle Riley, Dorsey, Brown, Michelle Blackburn and ETBU President Blair Blackburn. (ETBU photo/Brendan Sceroler)

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East Texas Baptist University presented the seventh annual Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award to Jermaca Brown of Fairfield and Caleb Dorsey of Palestine. The annual award goes to two students who exhibit exceptional servant leadership. Each recipient received a miniature replica of Max Greiner’s sculpture of Jesus washing the feet of Simon Peter titled “The Divine Servant” and a scholarship award. 

Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas Baptist UniversityMore than 1,700 American flags lined the campus of Dallas Baptist University in honor of the service of U.S. veterans. The university also held a reception in honor of DBU faculty, staff and students who served in the military.

Howard Payne University raised $2,065 through its 10th annual Brenda Newbury Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon. HPU donated the money to the patient fund at Walker Cancer Center to assist breast cancer patients with medication, travel expenses, utilities and other necessities. 

Karon Chapa garnered the title of Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor 2016 during the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s annual pageant. The sophomore music major from Arlington advocated serving special needs families. Katie Stringer was first runner-up and also recognized with the Miss Congeniality Award.

Wayland Baptist University alumnus Katrinka Park created an endowed scholarship at her alma mater. Interest from the scholarship will be used to help students in need.


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