Students in an event marketing class at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor put into practice what they learned in the classroom, organizing a Putt for a Purpose event to raise awareness and donations for the local Food for Families drive. The students converted the Lord Conference Hall on the UMHB campus into a black light miniature golf course. The organizer approached local businesses to sponsor holes, constructed out of cans of food. Participants gained admission with cash donation or canned goods. Through the event, the students were able to donate 1,700 pounds of canned goods and nonperishable groceries to Food for Families.
Raymond Harris received the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award from Dallas Baptist University. Harris, an architect and venture capitalist, is a founding partner of the Global Cities Movement Day, a cofounder of the Christian Economic Forum, and is actively involved with international sustainable community development projects in Asia and Africa. He is chairman of the board of Erwin Brothers Entertainment and an executive producer for inspirational movies distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures. He and his wife Marydel are members at The Village Church’s Dallas Northway campus. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., was keynote speaker at the gala dinner where Harris received the 2018 Russell H. Perry Award, presented annually by DBU to recognize leaders for achievements in free enterprise and community service. Over the past three decades, the gala event has provided scholarship support for more than 2,400 DBU students.
Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team excelled at the Baylor University Moot Court Invitational tournament, competing against nine colleges and universities from across Texas and neighboring states. Four HPU students competed at the event—Jordan Hahn from Burnet, Lucy Manning from Fort Worth, Bailey Myler from Brownwood and Lauren Piper from Early. Hahn and Manning defeated the University of North Texas in the final round to win the tournament, and Hahn was named top speaker at the tournament.
Fifth for Jim Troxel as pastor of Battetown Baptist Church in Cameron.