Around the State: HSU graduates 217

Hardin-Simmons University awarded 217 bachelor’s degrees, 48 master’s degrees and three doctorates during spring commencement ceremonies. Pictured are Grayson Bunnell of Abilene, Corinn Burgess of Plano and Juan Caceres of Guatemala.

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Hardin-Simmons University awarded 217 bachelor’s degrees, 48 master’s degrees and three doctorates during spring commencement ceremonies.

The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing achieved its fundraising goal of $750,000 to support endowed scholarships for nursing students during the third annual Going for the Gold Gala. Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton was the keynote speaker.

Six hundred twenty Dallas Baptist University students received degrees during spring commencement ceremonies. Three hundred sixty-nine received bachelor degrees, 241 earned master’s degrees, seven earned doctoral degrees and three received associate degrees. Commencement speakers were Matt Murrah, vice president for technology; Steve Mullen, dean of the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith; and Shauna Chaffin, DBU graduate. Michael Arnold received an honorary doctor of humanities degree.

The Sabine Neches Baptist Area Seminary Extension Women’s Division presented certificates in women’s ministry to Carolyn Douglas, Dolores Wentworth and Susan Woodall. In the fall, “The Educational Ministry of a Church” will be offered. For more information, call (409) 423-2224.

Wayland Baptist University granted emeritus status to Kent Brooks who retired last month after 27 years of service. For 19 years, he served as dean and executive director of Wayland’s Lubbock campus. In 2006, he became the campus’ director of development.

Council for Life and Young Leaders for Life awarded Buckner Children and Family Services $40,000 raised from the fifth annual Run for Life 5K held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. This is the second year Buckner has been a beneficiary of the run.

Howard Payne University honored Marcie Drew, university controller, as its outstanding staff member, and Mark Patton, professor of business administration, posthumously received the outstanding faculty member award. Certificates for excellence in teaching were presented to Wendy McNeely and Lester Towell. Awards for length of service also were presented: 10 years—Deborah Childs, Celeste Church, Gregory Church, Russell Ezzell, Katrina Lynn, Stephen Lynn, Brent Marsh and Rodney Stephens; 15 years—Teresa Cavitt, Abram Choate, Trissa Cox, Jerry Don Gleaton, Stephen Goacher and Marilyn Mathis; 20 years—Lynn Humeniuk, Wendy McNeely, Diane Owens and Juanita Sypert; 25 years—Bob Bicknell, Mike Daub and Don Gunter; and 40 years—Lana Wagner.

East Texas Baptist University honored several staff and faculty for their years of service. Those honored included: 10 years—David Collins, Butch Graves, Shelly Lewis, Kim Mullikin and Don Spencer; 15 years—Thomas Webster; 20 years—Jose Alonzo and Bert West; 25 years—Eric Wilburn; 30 years—Bill Mills; and 35 years—Kathy Bland and Cassandra King.

San Marcos Baptist Academy honored three individuals and one family by naming campus streets for them. Members of the board of trustees, academy staff and families of the honorees were on hand to celebrate the dedication of four streets— Jack Byrom Trail, Bobby Dupree Drive, Jimmie Scott Circle and Mafrige Drive. The newly constructed gated entry to the school also was dedicated as the Bobbie and Jack Byrom Entryway.


Anthony Sisemore, fifth, as pastor of The Woods Baptist Church in Tyler.

Carl Whitworth, fifth, as pastor of Reagan Baptist Church in Reagan.

Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale, 60th, June 18. The church will celebrate with an ice cream social at 6 p.m. June 18, a dinner and concert June 21 at 5 p.m., and a brunch/fellowship and service June 22. Russ Willis is pastor.


Providence Baptist Church in Caldwell held a homecoming service followed by a meal. Malcom Bane is interim pastor.

Mount Zion Baptist Church in Rockdale will hold its annual homecoming service June 8. Darren Donaldson will be the guest speaker. A meal will follow the service. Luther Shelander is pastor.


Kevin Burnett, Don Walker and Bob Treadaway as deacons at Southmont Church in Denton.


Kokomo Baptist Church, Gorman; June 22-25; evangelist, Bubba Fleming; pastor, James Hunter.

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