Spring break volunteer opportunities available. A break from school this spring provides young people and families an opportunity to help people still suffering from 2012 hurricanes. Texas Baptists’ disaster recovery ministry aims to mobilize at least 100 volunteers for mission opportunities March 9-16 in Staten Island, N.Y. and La Place, La. Volunteers can help with the clean-up process and work on construction projects in both locations. For more information about Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery mission opportunities as well as to register to participate, click here. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery efforts are made possible by gifts designated to the cause. To support this effort financially, click here. Additional Spring Break mission opportunities through Texas Baptists can be found here.
New CERI executive named. Baptist Child & Family Services has named Gary Huckaby executive director of its global human services division, Children’s Emergency Relief International. Huckabay assumes the role in April when Dearing Garner, former pastor of First Baptist Church in Kingwood, moves toward retirement, stepping down from the full-time position to take on a part-time support role for CERI. Huckaby, a former pastor in Colorado and New Mexico, has worked as director of admissions and financial aid at Denver Seminary, dean of adult and continuing education at Dallas Baptist University and president of Williams Baptist College in Arkansas. Most recently, he served as a strategic analyst and planner with Analytic Services and global strategist for the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Huckaby earned his master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary and his doctor of philosophy degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Ethics lecture set at Howard Payne. Jeph Holloway, professor of theology and ethics at East Texas Baptist University, will discuss “The Practice of Christian Moral Discernment” at the sixth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics, Feb. 28-March 1 at Howard Payne University. Thursday’s lecture, “Deciding Against Decisionism: There’s Just More to It than That,” begins at 7:30 p.m. The following day at 10 a.m., Holloway will present “The Juncture of Mind and Spirit: Moral Discernment in the Letters of Paul.” A question-and-answer session will follow each lecture. The lectures are free, but reservations are requested. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (325) 649-8009.
MBA curriculum at ETBU approved. East Texas Baptist University has ratified curriculum for its new master of business administration in entrepreneurial leadership degree, and plans are in line for the program to be offered in the fall through ETBU’s Fred M. Hale School of Business. The business graduate program curriculum includes 12 courses taught in accelerated eight-week terms and can be completed in 16 months. The 33-hour graduate program is designed to integrate business theory and application. Students in the program will create and develop their own business concepts and business plans. ETBU trustees approved the MBA program last September. The proposed degree program is contingent upon approval by the regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The decision by SACS is expected soon.
Chemistry scholarship set up at HSU. Ken Burnam established a scholarship for undergraduate chemistry students at Hardin-Simmons University in recognition of his family and its long connection to the university, dating back to his grandfather, Joseph Edward Burnam, who taught at HSU from 1913 to 1961. The scholarship is in memory of Otto Olive Watts, a chemistry professor at HSU from 1920 to 1971. Ken Burnam, who taught science 42 years, served as a lab instructor under Watts from 1957 to1961.