Hannah Sullivan

Lessons in Student Teaching: Senior Hannah Sullivan

Senior Hannah Sullivan is preparing for her career in education while student teaching during the pandemic.

Bob Doll

Marketplace Leader Bob Doll Speaks at Annual Gallup Lecture Series

A Christian leader in the marketplace with over 40 years of portfolio management expertise and numerous appearances on major news networks, Bob Doll spoke at this year's annual Gallup Lecture Series.  

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DBU Partners with Classic Learning Test (CLT)

Newer to the college entrance exam world, the Classic Learning Test (CLT) has quickly become more and more accepted as an entrance exam for college and university admissions offices along with the standard SAT and ACT exams. As a premiere partner, DBU will serve as a host for the exam on April 17.

Chapel

The Triumph of Jesus Christ: Easter and the Promise of a New Creation

Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time in His earthly ministry to waving palm branches and exuberant cries of praise. By Friday evening, He was dead and buried. His disciples had left everything to follow this teacher from Nazareth around the dusty roads of Palestine. But this same man in whom they had put their trust, after having been shamefully crucified as a criminal, now lay buried in a tomb along with their hopes. How could they go on? What would they do now? How could they have been so mistaken about Him? What was God doing in all of this?

Chapel

His Suffering was Great, but His Faithfulness was Greater: A Reflection on Good Friday

Even in His suffering, Jesus remained obedient to the Father’s will. His suffering was great, yet His faithfulness proved to be greater. While it was obedience that led to His suffering and death, this was also His triumph and the reason He would be exalted.

Martin Luther King Jr.

A Funeral for a Man Named King

As we remember King, we not only remember how he lived but how he died. It’s been 53 years since he stood on that balcony in Memphis, yet violence is still among us: it’s in our speech, in our halls of Congress, in our universities, in our pulpits, and even at our kitchen tables. King’s tragic death serves as an object lesson, for as he often stated: “an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.”

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Learning about the Civil War and Civil Rights in South Carolina: Student Reflections

This year, DBU introduced a new travel study trip to South Carolina. The trip, envisioned and led by Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jay Harley, focused on South Carolina's role in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights Era.

“My role is to challenge students to continue to strive for excellence in their craft by teaching them skills, by instilling in them high artistic standards, and encouraging them to grow in self-confidence in their craft and for their lives.” Dr. Uriah Rinzel serves as an assistant professor of music theory, composition, and songwriting in DBU’s College of Fine Arts. Dr. Rinzel leads and instructs his students with the utmost zeal, viewing music as “a powerful means of spreading the Gospel.” Dr. Rinzel passes this passion down to those he teaches in hopes that one day, they too may use their talents to make the Lord known. When Dr. Rinzel was sixteen, his father bought him his first electric guitar. Naturally, Dr. Rinzel immediately started a rock band with his school friends and also began playing for his church. He says “carrying my violin or guitar on the bus was a natural conversation starter.” When asked by his bus driver what he’d like to do as a career, Dr. Rinzel confidently responded “I want to be a musician.”  Dr. Rinzel’s passion would contain an immense amount of hard work and a strong dose of luck- he says “I knew this from my dad’s experience playing in several rock and fusion bands in the 70’s.” Determined to make his dreams a reality, Dr. Rinzel worked throughout his high school years to learn as much as he could about scales, chords, improvisation, patch-work, and songwriting. He recalls that when he received his first acoustic guitar, he “couldn’t put it down.” Dr. Rinzel had found his calling and it was not something he took lightly.  After high school, Dr. Rinzel began his personal journey of pursuing an extensive music education. He received an Advanced Diploma in Worship and Technical Arts from the Christ for the Nations Institute. While at CFNI, Dr. Rinzel joined the praise band led by Klaus Keuhn. Here he quickly learned how to memorize diverse set lists of worship and gospel songs and developed his improvisation skills even deeper. This is also when Dr. Rinzel really began writing, recording, and producing music. He started his time at DBU as an undergrad and received his Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition in 2012 with hopes of one day teaching collegiate musicians. Following this, Dr. Rinzel attended Southwestern Methodist University where he obtained both his Master of Music in Composition and his Master of Music in Theory Pedagogy. Finally, Dr. Rinzel has recently received his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Composition from Texas Christian University in 2019. Currently, Dr. Rinzel teaches courses mainly in music theory, but also instructs in the areas of applied composition and music business. When Dr. Rinzel was first brought on board at DBU as an adjunct professor, he taught Advanced Songwriting Techniques, an upper level music business course. He says “my favorite part (of his job) is seeing how proud students are at the end of the course when they realize how much work they have accomplished and the skills that they developed.” Dr. Rinzel takes his position at DBU very seriously. He shares his strategy through the courses he teaches is to “equip each student with a modern take on comprehensive musicianship including engagement with the main streams of music study: classical, jazz, and pop; and relating them to the technical side as well: acoustics, signal processing, and digital audio.” He goes on to say “my role as instructor in Christian higher education is to model, challenge, and mentor. My role is to model excellence in artistry, a professional output that engages culture, and character befitting a Christian leader.” He expresses that, though he loves teaching in class, the most fulfilling part of his role takes place during lessons and his office hours. “Being able to encourage, challenge, and help students find their way is a large part of why teaching at DBU isn’t just a job for me, it’s a vocation.”  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Rinzel is hard at work creating unique and exciting music of his own. From his oratorio “Revealed: Visions of Jesus in the End Times” which includes post-tonal methods paired with math metal to his Requiem Mass “Grant Us Rest” containing blends of medieval sacred sounds with folk and minimalism to his rock and pop songs, Dr. Rinzel’s music covers a variety of different styles, genres, and instrumentation. All of Dr. Rinzel’s music, though, is bonded by one main goal: “to engage the relationship between my classical background and training with rock and pop music.”  Dr. Rinzel met his wife, Abby, at Gateway Church where he served in the worship department from 2008-2018. They were married at Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church in Plano in 2015. Together, the Rinzel family has one son, Michael, who is nearly 2 years old. The family now partners with Venture Church in Keller. DBU is grateful for dedicated teachers like Dr. Rinzel whose goal is to provide students with both a Christian education and the tools needed to succeed in their careers. Dr. Rinzel’s personal aim as a professor is one that spreads across DBU’s campus: “to encourage students in their individual strengths, providing timely advice for their career and vocational goals, artistic opportunities, and life beyond higher education.”

Alumnus Returns to DBU as Music Professor: Dr. Uriah Rinzel

Dr. Uriah Rinzel recently joined the full-time faculty as Assistant Professor of music theory, composition, and songwriting in the College of Fine Arts.

DBU Education Alumna Joy Johnson Serving in Burundi

DBU Education Alumna Joy Johnson Serves Next Generation in Burundi

In the fall of 2008, DBU alumna Joy Johnson, alongside her husband Jesse, opened the doors of Discovery School, a private Christian preschool, primary, and secondary school in Burundi, Africa.

Chandler Jacobs

LSC Defensive Player of the Year - Chandler Jacobs

Chandler Jacobs became the first player in DBU history to garner USBWA National Player of the Week honors. Seven days later, he became the first to do it twice.

Transfer Honor Roll

DBU Recognized as Member of 2021 Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll

Dallas Baptist University has been recognized as one of 150 colleges to receive membership on Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s (PTK) Transfer Honor Roll for 2021.

Black History Month

Student Stories | Black History Month

Student Stories | Black History Month

Students studying

Helping Students See Who They Want to Be

MEDHE Program Director, Tish Hearne, discusses the importance of having a both/and and not either/or vision when developing school curriculum and how that vision is needed in order to help students see who they want to be, better reflect the rich history of subjects, and most importantly demonstrate the glory of God's creation.

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God on the Brain: DBU Faculty Panel Discusses Intersection of Faith, Psychology, and Biology

At a recent Friday Symposium, DBU professors engaged in an interdisciplinary conversation on issues related to faith and contemporary neuroscience.

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Treasure Hunter Discovers Alumna's Lost DBU Ring

Treasure Hunter Scott Pearce has found many rings and reconnected them with their owners, including the recent discovery of alumna Brittany O'Neal's lost DBU ring.

DBU's New Director of the MBA - Dr. Jonathan Wilson

DBU's New Director of the MBA - Dr. Jonathan Wilson

From Zimbabwe to Texas, Dr. Wilson brings a wealth of global experience and business insight to the MBA program, positioning the University for a great future ahead in one of DBU’s most sought after degrees.

Camila Ramos

MSITM Student Camila Ramos Awarded Multiple Scholarships Aimed at Empowering Women

Camila Ramos received multiple scholarships from Zunta International, an organization devoted to empowering women around the world.

MLK Day

DBU Honors the Legacy of Dr. King through Service and Unity Walk

DBU faculty, staff, and students, celebrated the 5th annual MLK Unity Walk on University Hill.

Martin Luther King Memorial in DC

The Beloved Community: The Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Our Reality

On the third Monday of January, we pause as a nation to honor not how King died, but how he lived and gave his life to help "redeem the soul of America."

New Scholarships

DBU Establishes New Scholarships for First-Year, Transfer, and Adult Students

DBU added several new scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students in 2021.

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MAGL Commissional Corner: New Years' Resolutions

We asked a few of our MAGL students about their hopes for 2021. Here are answers from Isabel Alvarez and Melisa Barrera.

December Commencement

December 2020 Commencement

DBU celebrated its first in-door, in-person Commencements in 2020 with 401 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral graduates - with all necessary safety precautions in place!

First Responder Scholarship

DBU Establishes New Scholarship for First Responders

The College of Professional Studies now offers a $500/semester scholarship for those who serve our communities courageously in First-Responder career fields.

Blanton Feaster

Equipping Discipleship Leaders and Student Ministers - Dr. Blanton Feaster

With a heart for the local church and training its future leaders, learn more about one of DBU's newest professors serving in the Graduate School of Ministry.

Ruth Awards 2020

35th Annual Ruth Awards Celebrated in Pilgrim Chapel

In honor of the 35th anniversary of the event, DBU celebrated the Ruth Awards in Pilgrim Chapel and recognized all previous recipients.

Exauce Madjibe

International Student Exauce Madjibe Returns Home for Christmas

International student Exauce Madjibe reflects on his DBU experience and returning home for Christmas after two years of being away.