___ Aggie BSM gets challenge grant. The Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., has approved a $195,000 challenge grant for the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry as part of the $1.5 million Operation Northgate Campaign to build a new Baptist Student Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. To receive the grant and complete the campaign, the BSM must raise an additional $500,000. Currently, $805,000 has been committed in gifts and pledges. For more information, contact Texas Baptist Missions Foundation at (800) 558-8263.
___ Wayland breaks ground for renovations. Wayland Baptist University officials, campaign members and donors recently unearthed the first mounds of dirt in order to start renovations on the rear entrance of Harral Memorial Auditorium and the parking area between Harral and Hutcherson Physical Education Building. This marks the start of an extensive renovation project, funded through Wayland's $1 million Plainview Campaign.
___ HBTS gets grants. Hispanic Baptist Theological School in San Antonio received a $50,000 gift from Mr. and Mrs. Barry McClanahan of San Antonio through the Davidson Family Foundation, a $50,000 anonymous gift from a Midland family, a $26,000 grant from the High Plains Christian Ministries Foundation for a state-of-the-art computer lab/classroom, a $10,000 gift from Howard E. Butt Jr. and a $9,000 gift from the estate of the late C.G. Carter, first president of the school.
___ Wayland enrollment climbing. Combined spring enrollment at Wayland Baptist University is 4,549 students, according to Provost Bill Hardage. The total includes 941 students on the Plainview campus and 3,608 students at 11 extension centers. Extension center enrollment is up 15 percent over last year, he said.
___ Innovative worship conference planned. Ecclesia 2000, a house party focusing specifically on ways to reach postmillennials, will be held at Granada Hills Retreat Center in Austin March 18. The conference will launch a two-year Baptist General Convention of Texas initiative called the Boaz Project. For conference information, call First Baptist Church of Austin at (512) 476-2625. Registration is limited.
___ Truett moves toward accreditation. The Association of Theological Schools, primary accrediting agency for seminaries, has granted candidate status to Baylor University's Truett Theological Seminary. This is the last major step toward receiving full accreditation, which could be awarded in two years. The seminary already is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
___ HBU adds master's degree. Houston Baptist University will offer a new combination bachelor's and master's degree program in theological studies beginning this summer. The master of arts and theological studies degree will allow students to earn a master's degree with one year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree. For information, call Joe Blair at (281) 649-3288.
___ Evangelism training set. A one-day seminar on talking with Muslims about Christianity will be offered at Baylor University April 8. The seminar is presented by Arab International Ministry of Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. For registration, call (888) 446-5457.
___ Enrollment grows at HBTS. Spring enrollment at Hispanic Baptist Theological School's San Antonio campus is 75, a 42 percent increase over last spring. Off-campus enrollment is 210.
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