___ HSU to honor Whitaker. Hardin-Simmons University will present its highest alumni award Oct. 16 to Jake Whitaker, a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, where he is a deacon and Sunday School teacher. The John Keeter Jr. Alumni Service Award will be presented to the retired dentist, a 1951 HSU graduate, at a homecoming luncheon. The day before, three graduates will be honored as recipients of distinguished alumni awards: Steve Stroope, a 1976 graduate who is pastor of Lake Pointe Baptist Church in Rockwall; Jim Towns, a 1965 graduate, who is a communication professor at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches; and Bob Tremaine, a 1957 graduate, who is director of missions for Parker-Palo Pinto Baptist Area.
___ Hanna to lead South Texas Children's Home. Homer Hanna has been named interim president of South Texas Children's Home. The agency's former president, John Lockhart, resigned to become pastor of First Baptist Church of Richmond. Hanna is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary who has been an administrator at the children's home 21 years.
___ Racial reconciliation rally planned. The Amarillo Racial Reconciliation Ministry plans its third annual citywide conference Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center. Keynote speaker will be Claude Cone, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Music will be provided by Huntley Brown of Big Rock, Ill.
___ DBU enrollment sets record. Dallas Baptist University has set a new record for fall enrollment, with 3,921 students enrolled this fall. That is a 5 percent increase over last fall and the 12th consecutive year of enrollment increases.
___ Burchette retiring from Baylor Alumni. Ray Burchette Jr. has announced his retirement as executive vice president of the Baylor Alumni Association, effective May 31. He has led the 17,000-member association since 1991.
___ Patterson named associate dean at HSU. Coleman Patterson has been named associate dean of Hardin-Simmons University's School of Business. He has been assistant professor of management there since last January.
___ Tutu coming to Baylor. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa will speak at Baylor University Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. Tickets, which range in price from $25 to $10, are available from the Student Center ticket office.
___ HSU enrollment on par. Fall enrollment at Hardin-Simmons University is 2,291, a 1 percent drop over last fall's total. However, enrollment in the university's graduate programs is 330 this fall, a 14 percent increase. Last year's overall enrollment of 2,317 was the university's second-highest ever.
___ Christian Women's Job Corps session planned. An informational seminar on Christian Women's Job Corps, the Woman's Missionary Union program to help poor women get off welfare, is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 at South First Baptist Church of Austin. For registration information, call (512) 659-4380 or (512) 659-4338.
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