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Cargills benefits ETBU nursing students


East Texas Baptist University is partnering with the Cargill family to facilitate the Polly Cargill Nursing Scholarship Program. The ETBU Polly Cargill Nursing Scholarship was established with an initial donation of $ 282,000, and a matching donation from an anonymous donor increased the corpus to $ 564,000. The scholarship will be awarded upon request to students admitted to the ETBU School of Nursing. Jack Cargill donated as a legacy to the ETBU Polly Cargill Nursing Scholarship. Jerry and Judy Cargill also made a contribution of $ 282,000 to the Polly Cargill Nursing Scholarship Fund organized at a foundation in Dallas to benefit nursing students at ETBU, Kilgore College, Panola College, University of Texas-Tyler and other schools in the region. Jerry and Jack Cargill founded the scholarship to honor their mother, Polly cargill, and support nursing students on their journey to become competent, equipped and compassionate healthcare workers. Since its inception 19 years ago, the Polly Cargill Nursing Scholarship has provided financial assistance to 60 nursing students from area schools. “We are deeply grateful to the Cargill family and their unwavering generosity in providing scholarships to nursing students in East Texas and Northwest Louisiana,” ETBU President. J. Blair Blackburn mentionned. “Their legacy of love and support for healthcare education has given life and hope to many, certainly here on the hill at East Texas Baptist University and in our nursing school at the center. -City of Marshall Grand. I praise God for the Cargill family and look forward to what lies ahead in our shared kingdom educational partnership.

STCH Ministries, formerly known as South Texas Children’s Home, is partnering with Bluebonnet Youth Ranch to use its Yoakum property as the Homes for Families campus. STCH Ministries Homes for Families at Bluebonnet Ranch will be a resource for single mothers and their children who are facing crisis and need help making the transition to independent living. The four-phase program provides a safe and comfortable setting for mothers and their children to start a new chapter, while staff help meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. “We are delighted to partner with Bluebonnet Youth Ranch and look forward to continuing the legacy they created so many years ago,” said Eron Green, President and CEO of STCH Ministries.

Wayland Baptist University School of Music is offering a new online certification in Piano Pedagogy. The certification is primarily designed for piano teachers who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and teaching techniques. Offered entirely online, students will participate in a 12-credit hour program in four eight-week sessions. The teachers are Richard Fountain, piano teacher, and Kennith freeman, associate professor of collaborative piano. Students registering for the 2021-22 academic year will benefit from a special reduced rate. Students will take two courses at a time, starting in August. The second course will start in mid-October and end in early December. Spring sessions will start in mid-January and end in mid-May. For more information about the program, call (806) 291-1076 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

Howard Payne University established the Diane Owens Excellence in Music Education Fellowship to honor the life and work of Diane owens, director of the pre-university music program at the university. Owens was the program director for 20 years and taught pre-college music for a total of 27 years. The scholarship will offer recipients $ 500 per semester or $ 1,000 per year. Eligible HPU students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be a junior or senior student who has demonstrated high moral character, a heart for service, excellence in music education, and work of exemplary course. Students teaching in the pre-university Music and Art program will be given preference, if all other qualifications are equal. Fellows will be selected by the Dean of the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts.

BaptistWay Press changed its name to GC2 Press. “GC2 represents the Great Commission and the Great Command and reflects the mission and hearts of the Baptists in Texas,” said Bob billups, editor of GC2 Press. BaptistWay Press began under the direction of Bill Pinson, then executive director of the Texas Baptist General Convention, and Bernie spooner in the Sunday School Discipleship Team. BaptistWay Press was started in 2000 to provide a Bible studies program for adults, students and children. Its program is currently in use in 40 states and many countries around the world. Bible studies for adults have been translated into several languages, including Cambodian, Korean and Spanish.

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has appointed three people to academic and administrative leadership positions—Travis H. Trawick as deputy provost, F. Edward Upton as Acting Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Lucas hahn as director of admissions. Trawick has been Vice President of Institutional Advancement since 2018. Upton, who will be considered for his election to his post by the Seminary Board of Directors at its fall meeting, arrived at Southwestern Seminary in 2020 as associate vice-president for institutional relations. Hahn previously held admissions positions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Missouri Baptist University, and University of Fontbonne.

Howard Payne University presented its Outstanding Faculty Member Award to Dennis gibson, associate professor of chemistry and department head, and outstanding staff member awarded to Sims Hunter, sports director. HPU’s Athletic Training Department received the Outstanding Department Award, recognizing all members of the department for their service. The university awarded certificates of excellence in teaching to Chuck gartman, assistant professor of Christian studies and director of ministry orientation; and Jill heupel, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership program. HPU presented certificates recognizing excellence in service to Wendy McNeeley, assistant vice-president for university affairs and dean of general education; and Bob Pacatte, Director of the Public Security Department of the HPU and Chief of Police.


James fuller after 27 years as senior pastor at Calder Baptist Church in Beaumont and 43 years in Christian vocational ministry, effective May 31.


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