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Baylor entrepreneurs receive grant. Entrepreneurs from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and School of Engineering and Computer Science won a $200,000 grant that will accelerate their work in bringing electricity to rural villages in the developing world. Baylor alumnus Ryan McGhee and Brian Thomas, senior lecturer in electrical and computer engineering, formed VEI—for Village Energy Inc.—with an initial focus on Honduras. VEI’s Honduran business entity, Energía Para Aldeas—Energy for Villages—partnered with a Honduran nonprofit organization promoting renewable energy in Honduras, to enter the Energy Innovation Contest sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and GVEP International. More than 1,000 entries were submitted, and the Baylor group received one of 21 awards to help improve energy access to impoverished people in Latin America.

Correction: In an article about the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting, on page 7 of the Nov. 23 print edition of the Baptist Standard, Kyle Childress incorrectly is identified as making a motion to create a process of advance notification and verification for any challenge to the seating of messengers. Kyle Henderson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Athens, made the motion, as correctly noted in the photo cutline on page 2 of that issue.

HBU raises tuition, increases aid. Houston Baptist University’s board of trustees has announced undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 academic year will increase—but the school also plans to increase scholarships and financial aid. Total cost of attendance—including tuition, fees, and room and board—will increase 9.73 percent for freshmen and transfer students entering HBU in the 2010 fall semester. Returning undergraduate students will see a net increase of 6.9 percent in tuition after a $600 grant is applied. In the 2010 fall semester, HBU plans to award more than $7.5 million in gift aid to freshmen and transfer students, an increase of $2 million over the $5.5 million in gift aid awarded in fall 2009. About 88 percent of HBU students benefit from some form of need-based or merit-based financial assistance. Overall, undergraduate tuition for 2010-2011 will be $21,970, which is up from $19,990 in 2009-2010. HBU will set tuition rates for its graduate programs in the spring.

UMHB nursing master’s program accredited. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Master of Science in nursing degree program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The certificate of accreditation is for a five-year term from April 15, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2014. The master’s degree program is designed for currently employed nurses. It provides a “hybrid” approach, combining courses taught online with classroom interaction. The computer-based courses allow students to maintain flexibility with their schedules. Students in the program are able to choose from one of three clinical areas of practice to carry out their educator role—adult heath, mat-ernal/child and mental health nursing. Currently, 12 students are in the program, and five are scheduled to graduate in December.

 

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