- December 5, 2003
- By John Rutledge
ETBU honors nine. The College of Marshall and East Texas Baptist University honored nine alumni during homecoming weekend: Madeleine Hall of Marshall received the Sallie Duncan Life Enrichment Award; Louise Bates of Mount Pleasant received the Frank Groner School Development Award; Clarence Parker of Dallas received the John Hugh Hill Scholarly Achievement Award; Rita Storie Turner of Tyler received the Wesley Smith Achievement Award; Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim of Pittsburg received the W.T. Tardy Service Award; Rudy Robbins of Bandera received the Alumni Achievement Award; Dana Rice of Longview received the Young Alumnus Award; Bobby Spross of Orange and Frank Beeman of Crescent City, Fla., each received Unsung Hero Awards.
Sharp re-elected to lead HSU board. Joe Sharp of Granbury has been re-elected chairman of the Hardin-Simmons University board of trustees. Other trustee officers include Hilton Hemphill of Dallas, vice chairman; Inez Kelley of Houston, secretary; and Fred Aurbach of Dallas, vice chair and assistant secretary.
DBU honors Hamilton and Estes. Dallas Baptist University honored Wayne Hamilton and Weldon Estes during the Alumni Homecoming Banquet. Hamilton, currently the longest serving executive director of the Republican Party of Texas, received the 2003 DBU Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hamilton and his wife, Kara, live in Elgin and are members of Highpointe Baptist Church. Estes, who has served as a professor at Dallas Baptist University 30 years, was named the Honorary Alumnus. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are members of First Baptist Church of Dallas.
HSU seeks military alumni. Alumni of Hardin-Simmons University who are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States or who have done so in the past are invited to attend a veterans reunion at the 2004 HSU homecoming. A steering committee headed by Lt. Col. Earl Garrett, director of HSU's human resources office, is planning the reunion. Alumni who are military veterans are asked to send their mailing addresses and e-mail addresses to Garrett at egarrett@ hsutx.edu or HSU Box 16030,Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene 79698.
Weir scholarship named. The Leeman Weir Endowed Memorial Scholarship has been established at Hardin-Simmons University by Joe and Amy Weir of Colleyville. It was named in memory of Joe Weir's father, Marvin Leeman Weir, who was a farmer and rancher in Childress. Joe and Amy Weir are both 1995 graduates of HSU. Both serve on the HSU Board of Young Associates. First preference for this scholarship will be a science major who is a Childress County resident.
HBU will match church scholarships. For the first time, Houston Baptist University will match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000, any scholarship given by a Christian church in Texas to a full-time undergraduate student. The new financial aid incentive will begin in the 2004-2005 academic year.
DBU honors Stricklin. Gil Stricklin received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from Dallas Baptist University during fall convocation. Stricklin is founder and president of Marketplace Ministries. He and his wife, Ann, are members of First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Singles celebration planned. San Jacinto Baptist Association plans a Singles Celebration Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. It will be held at Northside Baptist Church in Baytown. Singles of all ages are invited for games, a talent show and food. For more information, call (281) 422-3604 or visit sjbaptist.org.
One more issue. The Baptist Standard's final issue for 2003 will be dated Dec. 22. Due to the Christmas holiday, the first issue of 2004 will be dated Jan. 12.