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Texas Tidbits: Baylor alumni win Battle Royale

Baylor defeats TCU in giving and on gridiron. In an alumni-giving competition between Baylor University and Texas Christian University, 1,315 Baylor young alumni prevailed, giving more than $164,500 to their alma mater. Dubbed the I-35 Battle Royale, the competition challenged each university’s young alumni—graduates between 2003 and 2013—to make a gift to any area of their respective university during the month leading up to the Nov. 30 Baylor vs. TCU football game. Baylor reached 49 percent of the participation goal, and TCU reached 40 percent. In addition, 576 young alumni made financial gifts to Baylor for the first time. The Baylor Bears also prevailed on the gridiron, narrowly defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 41-38.

ETBU expands counseling services. Effective Jan. 6, East Texas Baptist University will expand services of its Counseling Care Center to Marshall-area residents. Since the center opened a year ago, it provided services primarily to students and university employees, with counseling care offered to community residents on a limited basis. “Our services to the community in the past had a two- to four-week wait. Now, a person should be able to receive services within 24 hours,” said Tom Haygood, ETBU associate professor of counseling. The center, located in the ETBU Mamye Jarrett Library, has been staffed by licensed professional counselors. Since ETBU now has a master of counseling program, graduate students in clinical training for licensure also will provide counseling, increasing the center’s ability to respond to community needs. A clinicial psychologist also is on staff at the center. For more information, call (903) 923-2360.

Literacy Connexus equips ESL teachers. In 2013, Literacy Connexus trainers and apprentices in the Teaching English with Excellence program equipped more than 375 people through weekend workshops. Surveys showed more than 64 percent of the trained individuals immediately put their skills to work in English-as-a-Second-Language classrooms. Teachers trained in the Teaching English with Excellence program—including those equipped in previous years—reached more than 12,000 English language-learners each week throughout the school year.

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