April 16, 2001

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UMHB President Jerry Bawcom receives a check from alumni leaders Regan Miller and Martha Smirl Cooper.

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___bluebull Professor's paper awarded. Carol Crawford Holcomb, assistant professor of religion at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, recently received the 2001 Norman Cox Award for writing the best article published by the Southern Baptist Historical Society. Holcomb's article is titled "The Kingdom at Hand: The Social Gospel and the Personal Service Department of Woman's Missionary Union, Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention."
___bluebull Logsdon honors D'Amico and Hendrix. David D'Amico and Jerry Hendrix received Distinguished Alumni Awards from Hardin-Simmons University's Logsdon School of Theology April 16. D'Amico, a 1962 graduate, is a former seminary professor who currently is a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionary to the diplomatic community of the United Nations. Hendrix, a 1981 graduate, is minister to youth at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene. The awards are given annually to two HSU alumni who have involvement in vocational ministry.
___bluebull Hall of Leaders unveiled. Hardin-Simmons University has established a "Hall of Leaders" to honor distinguished graduates or former students. The first 12 inductees all were honored posthumously. They include Earl Ingerson, William Buel Irvin, Rupert Johnson, Ruth Legett Jones, George Herman Mahon, Charles McLaughlin, Mildred Paxton Moody, William Thomas Reid, Rupert Norval Richardson, Carl Coke Rister, A.B. "Stormy" Shelton and Walter Hines Sims.
___bluebull UMHB names dean. George Loutherback has been named dean of student organizations and spiritual life at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Loutherback has been director of student organizations and campus spiritual life since 1997. He previously served as director of Baptist Student Ministries at El Centro College, San Jacinto College/Wharton County College, Stephen F. Austin State University and Baylor University.
___bluebull DBU auxiliary honors Cooks. The Women's Auxiliary Board of Dallas Baptist University honored DBU President Gary Cook and his wife, Sheila, during this year's Bluebonnet Luncheon April 5. The auxiliary presented a $4,200 donation to the Gary and Sheila Cook Endowed Scholarship Funds in appreciation of their 13 years of service to DBU.
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___bluebull Thorn and White named Elder Statesmen. Bill Thorn and Fred White will receive the Texas Baptist Elder Statesman Award June 3, at the kickoff event of the first annual Baptist Heritage Month in Texas. Thorn, of San Angelo, is retired president of Dallas Baptist University. White, of Dallas, is retired professor of Christian faith at DBU. The Elder Statesman Award has been presented annually since 1959. This year's presentation, which takes place at the annual homecoming of Independence Baptist Association at Independence near Brenham, marks the first time the Baptist General Convention of Texas Baptist Distinctives Committee has held Baptist Heritage Month in Texas.
___bluebull DBU ringers to play. Dallas Baptist University's handbell choir, the University Ringers, will perform their home concert April 17 at 7 p.m. in the John Mahler Student Center on the DBU campus.
___bluebull Maciel named assistant dean. Rene Maciel, director of student services at Baylor University's Truett Seminary, has been named assistant dean for administration and academic services. He succeeds Michael Morgan, who recently resigned to become development director for the Baptist Standard. Maciel is a graduate of Hardin-Simmmons University and Baylor. His father, Eleazar "Charles" Maciel, is pastor of Ambler Baptist Church in Abilene.
___bluebull Holcomb to lead Baylor Press. David Holcomb has been named director of Baylor University Press. He has been acting director since last June and previously worked as acquisitions/marketing editor for the press. He is a graduate of William Jewell College and Baylor University, with advanced degrees in church-state studies.
___bluebull UMHB alumni contribute $3.6 million. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Alumni Association has raised $3.65 million for the university's "Challenge Beyond 2000" capital campaign, surpassing the goal of $3.5 million in a year's time.

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