September 29, 1999

Houston Baptist University:
Developments mark exciting new year

___As we approach the new millennium, we can look back with pride on what we have accomplished. Following a year that included a visit from Lady Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain, the addition of an award-winning marketing campaign and being named for the third consecutive year to America's 100 Best College Buys, Houston Baptist University begins the 1999-2000 academic year with enthusiasm for what promises to be an exciting year.

___bluebull Our freshman class is 368 strong, surpassing our goal, and includes six valedictorians, four salutatorians, one Olympic hopeful and a student who scored the highest score possible on the ACT. Seven states and eight foreign countries also are represented.
___bluebull On-campus living is at an all-time high. The men's and women's dorms, as well as Husky Village and campus apartments, are filled to capacity.
___bluebull Our new faculty join the ranks of distinguished colleagues, including David Capes, recipient of the Junior Scholar Award from the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies.
___bluebull In continuing the trend toward providing students an opportunity to maintain and develop well-being and physical fitness, HBU has joined in a collaborative effort with Houston's Memorial Hermann Healthcare System on the Wellness Center, a community facility located on HBU property. The center enhances not just physical, but social, psychological and spiritual health.
___bluebull SERV, a Texas Baptist program that provides scholarship money for students involved in training for ministry, has seen an increase of 10 percent this school year.
___bluebull At our annual Freshman Welcome Days, the alumni provided Bibles to each of the freshmen for the third consecutive year. Also, with the increase in freshmen, we increased our manpower as the freshmen descended upon Houston in a culminating activity for Welcome Days to work on community service projects at 18 non-profit organizations.
___bluebull As we look forward to our inaugural season of women's basketball, we also remember our past accomplishments with great pride. HBU was awarded the first Red River Athletic Conference All-Sports trophy after each of the Huskies' teams won conference championships in the RRAC inaugural year.
___As we embark on the year, we are thankful for our friends in Texas Baptist life.
___We look forward to the opportunity of educating our students in an environment where a commitment to Christian values and academic excellence is a part of our mission.
___If you haven't visited our campus, we invite you to stop by and say hello. And if you would like to be a part of what we do at Houston Baptist University, please pray for us.


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