Around the State: HPU presents awards; DBU students travel to Germany

Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy recently recognized three students who participated in the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars program—(left to right) Samuel Hoffman of Corpus Christi, Ivyanne Nichols of Richardson and Caleb Michael McConnell of Burleson. They are joined in the photo by Dale Crane, a trustee of the Hatton M. Sumners Foundation. McConnell will graduate in May; Hoffman and Nichols are scheduled to graduate in December. The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation—named for a Texas congressman who served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee—is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.

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Rowe family friends 300Joyce Rowe (center), recipient of the Yellow Rose Award from the Howard Payne University Woman’s Club, is congratulated by (left to right) Jaci Garrett, Shawn Garrett, Melissa Rowe and Louise Sharp. (HPU Photo)Joyce Rowe received the Yellow Rose Award from Howard Payne University Woman’s Club. The organization grants the award annually to a woman who has demonstrated exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, exhibited support for HPU and represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to the university. Rowe has served on both the HPU alumni association board of directors and the university’s board of trustees. She is a charter member of Bacon Heights Baptist Church in Lubbock, where she served more than 45 years as church pianist.

Taylor Reid Kristen HutchinsTaylor Reid, a student from Harper, received the Yellow Rose Scholarship from the Howard Payne University Woman’s Club. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology, is Reid’s faculty adviser. (HPU Photo)Taylor Reid, an HPU student from Harper, was named recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship. Reid, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, has played for the HPU varsity volleyball team two seasons, has been involved as both a player and referee in intramural sports and volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The HPU Woman’s Club awards the Yellow Rose Scholarship annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs central to HPU.

Linda Bright, ministry assistant for South Central Baptist Area since 1981, was elected president of the Texas Baptist Ministry Assistants organization at the group’s recent statewide meeting in San Antonio.

DBU Bonhoeffer 300Dallas Baptist University students experience a week of German culture while studying the life and work of pastor/theologian/martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer.Jay Harley, dean of students and spiritual life at Dallas Baptist University, led ten studentsfrom an upper-level religion class on a one-week trip to Germany to learn about pastor/theologian/author/martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Students visited many of the locations significant to Bonhoeffer’s life in Berlin and Nuremberg, as well as the site of the seminary of the Confessing Church at Finkenwalde, near Szczecin, Poland. They also visited the concentration camp where Bonhoeffer was imprisoned and ultimately executed April 9, 1945. At each site, students read Bonhoeffer’s writings and discussed that part of his life and work.


Elm Grove Baptist Church near Waelder, 160th, March 20. Jack Broadwater is interim pastor.

Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church in Hudson Oaks, 25 years, April 24.

Sharland Sledge, 30 years at Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, where she is associate pastor.


Dusty Smith to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Church in Gladewater, where he is minister to youth and families.

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