Texas Baptist Men’s long-term recovery program is seeking volunteers to repair flood-damaged homes in Texas and Louisiana. A “Super Week of Caring” is scheduled Jan. 29-Feb. 4, leading up to Super Bowl 2017, in the Houston area. Spring-break mission trips are scheduled March 8-11 in Brazoria, March 12-16 in Southeast Texas and March 13-17 in Jennings, La. Summer trips are scheduled June 11-16 in Brazoria, June 19-24 in Southeast Texas, July 9-14 in Houston and July 16-21 in Southeast Texas. Cost for spring-break and summer trips is $175 per person for food and lodging. Work may include hanging drywall, installing tile or trim, plumbing, roofing, debris removal, mold remediation and yard work. Projects include service opportunities for church groups—youth or adult—and Baptist Student Ministries groups. TBM disaster relief training is not required for long-term recovery work. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, and volunteers age 18 or older who stay overnight must have a current background check on file. TBM long-term recovery seeks to serve individuals and families who are uninsured, disabled or elderly. The program works with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with congregations, associations and other recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness of specific needs. For more information, call Marla Bearden at (214) 537-7358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gerald Davis at (214) 924-6401 or email email@example.com.
The annual Moustache Wheel of Doom event at Howard Payne University raised more than $9,000 for Go Now Missions, the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ student missions program. Male students, faculty and staff let their beards grow throughout November and solicited funds for missions. Members of the two teams who raised the least money were subject to a spin of the “wheel of doom” that determined how their facial hair should be shaved. Options included half-beard, stripes, handlebars and the crowd’s choice.
Neville Callam delivered the charge to graduates during fall commencement ceremonies at East Texas Baptist University, Dec. 10. Citing the biblical principles of gracious speech and love as taught in Colossians 4 and Romans 12, Callam challenged the graduates to “be respectful agents of reconciliation in our conflict-ridden world.” At the ceremony, 79 graduates received bachelor’s degrees, and 20 received master’s degrees. President Blair Blackburn presented the President’s Award to Gabrielle Besch of Bonham, who graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Faculty select the award recipient whom they judge to be the best all-around student based on scholastic ability and development, involvement in activities, and the degree to which the student reflects the ideals of the institution in terms of character, integrity and general attitude.Baptist World Alliance General Secretary
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor conferred degrees on 502 students at fall commencement Dec. 9, with 336 receiving bachelor’s degrees, 164 receiving master’s degrees and two earning doctorates. Seven students, each of whom graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, received the Provost Medal—Allyson Baker of Fort Worth, Marina Hanshaw of Killeen, Emily McGee of Cypress, Edgar Ortiz of Belton, Christina Sawyer of Nolanville, Kayla Shepherd of Temple and Josh Wesselius of Belton. Taylor McClintock of Round Rock and Andria Ramirez of League City each received the Loyalty Cup, awarded to the student considered most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university. Julia Brown of Temple received the President’s Award for meritorious service. She served with Student Foundation, University Singers and One Voice.
Howard Payne University’s Model United Nations team won a Distinguished Delegation Award at a national conference in Washington, D.C. The team, which represented Spain, ranked among the top quarter of the 125 teams in the competition. Student delegates to the Model United Nations are expected to research their assigned country’s positions and debate from that perspective. They draft resolutions outlining how to solve problems, which are submitted, debated and voted upon according to UN procedures. HPU students participating were Braxton Clark from Southlake, Jimmy Abbatiello from Kerrville, Mike Hord from Montgomery, Augusta Johnson from Gatesville, Joel Justice from Brownwood, Cody Perrin from Eastland, Emma Reed from Arlington, Sydney Spencer from Georgetown, Penny Stehlik from Round Rock and Caitlin Wood from Miles.
Members of the East Texas Baptist University American Model United Nations team won the Outstanding Delegation Award for the second consecutive year at a national conference in Chicago. Team members are Sara Corley from Carthage; Zachary Smithee from Lindale; Chad Herring from Petal, Miss.; Joshua Boyd from Trinity; Catherine Clawson from Jefferson; Connor Mason from Fort Worth; Ryan Pearce from Oktaha, Okla.; Charles Quigley from Houston; and Terry Couvillion from Longview. The ETBU team served as the delegation from Afghanistan in the simulated United Nations after spending the fall semester researching that nation’s government, economy and foreign policy.