A $ 2 million donation to Baylor University from an alumnus Matthew B. Lindner of Cincinnati, Ohio, will support the university’s film and digital media department to develop and implement the Baylor in LA program. The Los Angeles-based program, currently in the early stages of planning, will provide a highly selective and competitive residential learning opportunity for students seeking careers in film and digital media in California. The Baylor in LA program will be an immersive educational experience providing students with internship experiences and industry connections that will help them advance their careers after graduation. “It’s no secret that we have long wanted to expand our presence in Los Angeles as we seek to provide our students with opportunities to establish themselves in the film and television industries there, and the Mr. Lindner’s donation gives us the opportunity to do this in a way that allows all students equal access to internships and opportunities, ”said Chris Hansen, president of the cinema and digital media department. The Lindner Endowment is the second such fund created to support efforts on the West Coast by Baylor’s Film and Digital Media Department. In 2019, Kathy and Don Tinius established the Tinius Family Endowed Fund in Film and Digital Media for Baylor in Los Angeles to help advance institutional planning for the program and encourage other donors to contribute to the project, efforts that have been delayed due to the COVID pandemic -19.
East Texas Baptist University faculty, staff, donors and supporters gathered on October 15 to bless the founding of the Great Commission Center. The ceremony included a time of prayer, worship and dedication for the learning center and the discipleship center. Participants wrote a scripture of dedication or blessing on cards that were sealed in cans and placed on the job site before the foundation was poured. The Great Commission Center will be home to the Great Commission Program, an institution-wide initiative that connects the ETBU community with service opportunities locally and globally, the Hale School of Business and the Career Development Center. Construction began with the development of the site in August. The planned completion date for the Great Commission Center is Spring 2023.
Luis C. Juarez was appointed for his role as Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students of Criswell College during a service on October 24 at First Baptist Church in Kaufman. Brent Gentzel is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Kaufman, and Pablo Juarez is pastor of First Baptist Church Kaufman en Español. Barry Creamer, President of Criswell College, joined church leaders including Jesse Rincones, executive director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and Nora lozano, Executive Director of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute as guest speakers at the Commissioning Department. Speakers noted that Juarez, originally from Nicaragua, is among the few Hispanics to hold a leadership position at a college or university in Texas. Juarez is a graduate of Baptist University of the Americas and Dallas Baptist University.
Wayland Baptist University received a grant of $ 299,956 from the Department of Justice to fund safety programs on the Plainview campus. The grant will be used as part of the Protecting Pioneers initiative, to increase security measures and educate students about the dangers of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The project will increase training, including bystander intervention training, for all students, while developing local programs and improving safety on the Plainview campus. The training will also educate students on the reporting process and protocols, and provide access to local and national support resources. It will cover topics such as laying local criminal charges, common myths about the causes of violence against women, how to support peers who are victims, and the benefits of reporting these crimes. The grant will also fund the installation of 23 surveillance cameras and 20 keyless entry systems on the Plainview campus, including electronic locks in residences that are not already equipped with an advanced locking system. Wayland will form a coordinated community response team with the participation of the Crisis Center and Plainview Police Department to increase information sharing and make services more efficient.
Dallas Baptist University Faculty Members Dave arnott and Sergiy saydometov, with the administrator Jeffrey Johnson, Dean of the College of Business, launched the Institute for Christian Economics. Their expressed purpose is to help Christians engage in the world of economics in a biblical way. Arnott and Saydometov are the authors of Biblical economic policy: ten biblical truths for budget and monetary decision-making. Arnott also produces a weekly podcast, “Christian economist. “
About 500 students, faculty and guests gathered on the campus of Mary Hardin-Baylor University in Belton on October 22 for the dedication of the McClinton Family Intramural Fields. Carol and Paul “Crunch” McClinton de Waco donated $ 1 million to convert 2.6 acres of natural grass pitch to artificial turf. Other improvements include new field lighting, the Crunch Time pavilion and permanent bands for recreational sports on these fields, including football, lacrosse, soccer and softball. National Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Nolan ryan launched a ceremonial first throw at the dedication ceremony. “We are proud to have the McClinton name on this incredible UMHB facility,” said UMHB President. Randy O’Rear. “Our intramural grounds are one of the busiest places on campus, and our students deserve this beautiful new space to gather and play.”
East Texas Baptist University hosted its seventh annual conference calling on October 20. The event enabled students who feel drawn to vocation ministry to better understand how to identify and pursue their callings with opportunities to learn from experienced ministry professionals. Guest speakers included Julio Guarneri, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, and Christophe dickey, chaplain and member of the Military War College of the University of Notre Dame. The program also included leaders from the Texas Baptist General Convention Tom tillman, director of music and worship; Cory Liebrum, specialist in youth and family ministry; Jennifer howington, specialist in the children’s ministry; and Erica Harnisch, Deputy Director of Go Now Missions.
The Brownsville Police Department and Buckner Child and Family Services have announced a new collaboration to support vulnerable children and families in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers will distribute contact cards to youth and parents at risk, referring them to the Buckner Family and Youth Success program. Cards are printed in English and Spanish and include a QR code as well as phone numbers and the program’s website. “This program enables officers to provide the best possible care and assistance to families in our community when they are in crisis,” said the Brownsville Police Chief. Felix Sauceda noted. Buckner Family and Youth Success is designed to reduce family conflict, help with family support and skills, and prevent issues of running away, school attendance and delinquent behavior. The free program helps youth and families resolve crises and set and achieve goals that strengthen and promote healthy families. Services provided to youth and families include screening / admission, crisis intervention, skills training, case management services, case follow-up and outreach.
10th for Milfred Minatrea as pastor of the Grand View Baptist Church in Mesquite.
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John mccullough after 15 years as a bivocational pastor at Berea Baptist Church in Big Spring and 52 years in ministry. The Berea Baptist Church donated $ 30,000 to the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board and $ 27,000 to Send Relief in her honor.