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Texas Tidbits: Crenshaws donate $1 million to Baylor

Baylor receives $1 million for student commons. Ed and Denise Crenshaw of Lakeland, Fla., donated $1 million to Baylor University to establish a student commons within the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The $100 million, 275,000-square-foot Foster Campus will provide a new home for Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The Crenshaw Student Commons will accommodate and encourage a variety of activities, such as individual and group study, student-faculty meetings and collaboration on group projects, as well as provide enhancements to student life such as career fairs, receptions, presentations, donor events and alumni gatherings.

DBU and Wayland recognized as military-friendly schools. Military Advanced Education honored Dallas Baptist University and Wayland Baptist University in its 2014 guide to military-friendly colleges and universities. Among the attributes considered in evaluating institutions for inclusion in the guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, participation in the Service-member Opportunity Colleges program, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental-health concerns.

ETBU approved as academic alternative training provider for peace officers. Students at East Texas Baptist University can now complete a bachelor’s degree and become a licensed peace officer with additional police academy training. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement approved the ETBU criminal justice program as an academic alternative peace officer basic training provider—the only four-year institution and the only faith-based university awarding baccalaureate degrees that offers the alternative licensing program. ETBU already offered concentrations in public safety administration and offender rehabilitation.  Upon graduation, students completing this option immediately will be eligible to test for a basic Texas peace officer’s license.

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