Around the State: UMHB recognizes servant leaders; ETBU fills Christmas shoeboxes

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor seniors Bailey Bohlken (left) of Mount Vernon and Maddie Rarick of Sugar Land received the Gary and Diane Heavin Servant Leadership Award.

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The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor presented the Gary and Diane Heavin Servant Leadership Award to seniors Bailey Bohlken, an education major from Mount Vernon, and Maddie Rarick, a Christian studies major from Sugar Land, for the time and energy they devoted to ministry and community service while at UMHB. Each student received a $1,000 cash award, a portion of which could be donated to an organization of their choice. Bohlken, a four-year member of the Crusader softball team, is involved in Athletes in Action and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volunteers at Ralph Wilson Youth Club in Temple and recently traveled to Kenya to work at the Naomi’s Village orphanage. She used part of her cash award to make gifts to the orphanage and to Love Thy Neighbor charity in Mount Vernon. Rarick has been a Sunday school teacher and life group leader two years at First Baptist Church in Temple. At UMHB, she is co-director and founder of The Merge Project, a student organization designed to minister to students. She was student government chaplain two years, and for the last three summers, she worked as an intern at several churches across Texas. Rarick donated a portion of her award to Compassion International’s fund for disaster relief in Haiti.

sculpture 200Howard Payne University is exhibiting the sculptures of David Hill. Hill’s artwork features themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs and those who exhibit the spirit of martyrdom such as this sculpture of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, better known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Howard Payne University will exhibit “Whole,” the sculptures of David Hill, through Dec. 2 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Hill was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised by missionaries. His artwork focuses on and is inspired by his Christian faith. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the exhibition, contact David Harmon at (325) 649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

ETBU Op Xmas Child 300Claire Alexander, a freshman member of Tiger Cheer at East Texas Baptist University, prepares a toy-filled shoebox during the inaugural ETBU athletic department’s Operation Christmas Child wrapping party.Student athletes at East Texas Baptist University filled 181 shoeboxes with small toys and other gifts for impoverished and vulnerable children around the world. They delivered the filled boxes to Summit United Methodist Church in Marshall, the local collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.



Marjorie DePriest 150Marjorie DePriest An anonymous San Antonio donor with family ties to Howard Payne University established the first endowed scholarship for the university’s New Braunfels Center. The scholarship is named for Marjorie DePriest, a 1957 HPU graduate and longtime Spanish teacher who died July 18, 2015.


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