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Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Graphic Design Kenneth Koester Joins the DBU Faculty

Professor Koester balances setting a high bar of expectation in the classroom with encouragement that quality design is possible and attainable for each student. Read more about one of DBU’s newest faculty members.  

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DBU Celebrates 395 New Graduates at Winter Commencement Services

DBU celebrated 395 new undergraduate, master's, and doctoral graduates, and now DBU alumni, at this year’s winter Commencement services held on Friday, December 15. More than 41,000 graduates are now spread throughout the world to bring the transforming light of Christ into their professional and ministry callings.

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GSOM December Commissional Corner - Graduate Feature: Jessica Foster do Nascimento

This December, the MAGL program has two students completing their degrees. With the knowledge they gained in intercultural studies and servant leader skills, the MAGL graduates are ready to take the next steps in missions and church planting to further God’s Kingdom.

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DBU’s Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) Hosts General Petraeus

On December 5, DBU's Institute for Global Engagement was honored to welcome General Petraeus to the campus to share about his distinguished military career and to comment on his new book.

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Home on the Hill 2023

From the Float Tip-Off Party to mark the official start of the week to the last few moments of the Bonfire Bash after the basketball game, Patriot spirit was at an all-time high at DBU Homecoming 2023.

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Counseling Connections - Volume 1

Counseling Connections is a quarterly newsletter you will receive as students and alumni of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program.

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Texas Baptists Executive Director, Dr. Julio Guarneri, Speaks in DBU Chapel

Dr. Julio Guarneri, who was recently installed as the new Executive Director of Texas Baptists, spoke to students in DBU Chapel this November. In his message, Guarneri urged students to remember the people of faith who have gone before us.

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GSOM November Commissional Corner: Alumni Darbi Moore

Darbi Moore graduated with her Master of Arts in Global Leadership with a concentration in English as a Second Language and her Advanced Certification in English as a Second Language earlier this year.

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Herb Robbins Research Symposium

On November 3 and 4, DBU Hosted the annual Herb Robbins Research Symposium. The two-day-event, sponsored in partnership with the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society, has since 2008 featured student and alumni presentations of scientific research.

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36th Annual DBU Leadership Gala

The DBU Leadership Gala, held on November 6 in the Chantilly Ballroom of the Hilton Anatole, honored Jim and Sally Nation as recipients of this year’s Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award, and Bob Lilly as the recipient of the Tom Leadership Award.

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Meghan Hendrickson: DBU's New Director of Baptist Student Ministry

Meghan Hendrickson is serving as DBU's new BSM Director.

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October Commissional Corner: EMS Conference

As part of a Special Topics course, Dr. Mark Alexander took his class to the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS) annual conference.

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Dr. Jodi Grimes - DBU's 2023 Piper Outstanding Professor

The DBU Faculty Council recently voted Dr. Jodi Grimes to receive the 2023 Piper Outstanding Professor Award.

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Waging Hope: New Faculty Member Dr. Julie Leslie, Her Husband Gary, and Their Cancer Story

Dr. Julie Leslie recently joined the DBU Faculty as Director of Research for the Ed.D., K-12 program. In 2016, she and her husband Gary began the difficult journey in a fight against his life-threatening pancreatic cancer.

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Following Christ toward our Heavenly Summit: Dr. Tyler Cooper of Cooper Aerobics Speaks in DBU Chapel

Dr. Tyler Cooper of Cooper Aerobics recently spoke to students at DBU Chapel about their spiritual journeys with Christ toward the ultimate summit of heaven.

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DBU Group Returns Home Safely from Israel, Expressing Gratitude for Support

DBU is thrilled to announce that the entire group from Israel has successfully returned home, safe and sound. We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who have shown care and prayed over our DBU family during this time.

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Update on DBU Israel Group

We are delighted to share a positive update regarding the safety of our DBU family and friends who were previously in Israel. The remaining nine individuals who were in Israel have now safely made it out of Israel and are on their way back home to DFW.

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DBU Group Remains in Israel, Set to Return Wednesday

Currently, there is still a group of 9 members of the DBU Family in Israel who were part of a larger group of 18 that included students, alumni, and friends on an Israel tour that was set to conclude on Saturday, October 7.


DBU Hosts Texas Baptists Conclave NextGen Conference

DBU hosted this year’s Texas Baptists Conclave NextGen Conference, a two-day event of spiritual encouragement, ministry training and resourcing, networking, and meaningful times of worship geared towards children, youth, and family ministry staff from local churches.

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Seeking Shalom in Dallas: Alumna Lauren Hunskor Serving at Advocates for Community Transformation (Act)

A '22 DBU graduate in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a minor in Biblical Studies, Lauren Hunskor is serving at Advocates for Community Transformation (Act) in Dallas, which works on behalf of residents to end drug-trafficking in their neighborhoods.

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DBU Celebrates Missions Emphasis Week

A special missions emphasis focus turned students' attention to the great spiritual need of the world with a special chapel message, luncheon, and outdoor mission organization fair.

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Raymond H. Harris Appointed as Senior Fellow of Entrepreneurship for DBU's Institute for Global Engagement

Raymond H. Harris was recently appointed by DBU as Senior Fellow of Entrepreneurship for the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE).

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Dr. Julia Hyman Joins DBU Faculty as Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Hyman is no stranger to DBU but is new to the full-time family in her role as Assistant Professor of Education. She brings a passion for teaching, training educators, and views the classroom as her mission field.

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Leadership and the Power of Writing: Friday Symposium Featuring Dr. Mary Nelson of the Cook School of Leadership

Dr. Mary Nelson, Director of the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, recently spoke to students and faculty about the leadership that Dietrich Bonhoeffer exercised through his writing, especially during the difficult days of his incarceration by the Nazi Third Reich.

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Three DBU Students Named to Texas Business Hall of Fame

DBU students Ritesh Rana, Zak Kos, and Gavin Duke were three recipients of the Mitchell Family Foundation Scholarship and were recently added to the Texas Business Hall of Fame family.

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DBU Faculty Workshops Engage AI and Digital Learning Technologies

As a part of their ongoing faculty training and development, DBU full-time attended annual workshops prior to the start of the school year. This year’s theme was about "Igniting Engagement: Empowering Faculty and Students for Academic Success."

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Incoming Class Participates in Student Welcome and Transition (SWAT) Week 2023

As a part of Student Welcome and Transition (SWAT) week, incoming students participated in outdoor activities and games, nights of worship, Candlelighting, and a Service Day at various locations of the Metroplex.

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DBU's Madison Brown Named LSC's Representative for 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year

DBU's Madison Brown, a standout in both women's cross country and track & field, will represent the Lone Star Conference on the ballot for the 2023 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

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New Full-Time Faculty

Several new full-time faculty joined the DBU Family for the 2023-2024 year. Dallas Baptist University is excited to see them guide students in various fields.

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GSOM August Commissional Corner: Go Now Summer Missionary Jo Allen

Jo Allen is a student worker in the Baptist Student Ministries office here at DBU. This summer, she joined Texas Baptists Go Now Missions as a summer missionary to Eastern Europe, where she spent 8 weeks spreading the gospel and growing in her walk with the Lord.


Summer 2023 Commencement: DBU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Richard Chang  

DBU celebrated 126 new graduates during its Summer Commencement Service at 10:00 a.m. on August 4. The University awarded Dr. Richard Chang the Honorary Doctor of Humanities.

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A Passion to Free Youth from Trafficking: Alumna Spotlight on Hannah Adeoye

Hannah Adeoye is Mission Engagement Coordinator at Traffick911, an organization that exists to free youth from sex trafficking by building trust-based relationships. Hannah oversees the organization’s print and digital graphic design needs and assist with social media, photography, and email marketing.


Senior Cade Bauer: Summer Internship with NASA

Cade Bauer is following a calling into the field of computer science. This summer he interned with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Ed.D. Alumnus Dr. Aaron Glover: Serving as Head of School at King's Academy Christian School

Drawn to leadership and academic excellence in his youth, called into spiritual education as a young adult, and finally accepting his new role as Head of School and Upper Campus Principal of King's Academy Christian School, Dr. Aaron Glover (Ed.D. '20) inspires future generations towards their God-given callings.

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DBU Faculty Publications 2022-23

A list of featured publications from our esteemed faculty for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Faculty and Staff Summer Reading

Check out what books are currently on the DBU Faculty and Staff summer reading lists.


The Journey Begins: New Patriot Orientation 2023

Preparations for the Fall 2023 semester at Dallas Baptist University have once again opened in a burst of confetti at New Patriot Orientation, known on campus as NPO, a celebration and guide for all incoming students, from first-year freshmen to new transfer students.

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A Pastor to Generations: Alumnus Jordan McKinney

Alumnus Jordan McKinney serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.

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Introducing MAGL Alumnus Matthew Johnston: The Commissional Corner

Since graduating with his Master of Arts in Global Leadership with a concentration in English as a Second Language in 2012, alumnus Matthew Johnston has faithfully served in both Asia and North Texas.

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Degrees for Exclusively Online Students Coming This Fall

DBU is excited to announce the launching of ten online bachelor’s and master’s degrees for exclusively online students at an affordable, reduced price beginning this Fall 2023.

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Chancellor Dr. Gary Cook Presented with Honorary Doctorate at Spring Convocation

Dallas Baptist University was honored to present Dr. Gary Cook, Chancellor and former President of 28 years, with an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity during the Spring Convocation service. Together, the DBU Family celebrates the past 35 years of Dr. Cook's service to DBU and looks forward to the years to come.

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A Heart for the Harvest: Alumna Spotlight on Kathleen Sotomayor

Since graduating, alumna Kathleen Sotomayor has been faithful and obedient in her calling as she serves as the Local Missions Minister at the Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas.

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DBU Hosts Eighth Annual Lion's Den DFW Conference

DBU welcomed over 400 off-campus individuals and over 100 DBU students to the 8th annual Lion's Den DFW Conference and Pitch Competition this past month.

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Patriot Debate Team Celebrates Stellar 2022-2023 Season

In just their second year together, the Patriot Debate Team has been named the #1 Scholastic program in the United States after competing in nine tournaments, debating 1,129 collective rounds, and bringing home 185 awards throughout their 2022-2023 season.

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Fulfilling the Ministry: New Testament Principles for Faithful Ministry

DBU Professor of Biblical Studies Dr. Joseph Matos offers valuable insight into four principles from the New Testament that help us better understand how we can most effectively fulfill our ministry.

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Commissional Corner: Spring Break Urban Church Planting for NYC Brooklyn Mission Trip

As part of the MAGL 5336 course, Dr. Mark and his students served alongside Swerve Church in Brooklyn, New York, this past Spring Break on a short-term mission trip.

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Alumna Shelby Cantwell: Director of Grants and Development for the World Affairs Council of DFW

An undergraduate and graduate alumna of DBU, Shelby Cantwell has boldly stepped into her role as the Director of Grants and Development for the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

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Distinguished Gallup Lecture Series Welcomes Dr. Ben Carson to DBU Campus

Dallas Baptist University was honored to host Dr. Ben Carson as this year's Distinguished Gallup Lecture Series speaker.

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Former Home to Decatur Baptist College Tragically Lost to Fire

Together, the DBU Family mourns the loss of the Wise County Heritage Museum to tragic fire, the former administrative home to Decatur Baptist College, the fore-runner to DBU.

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DBU’s Graduate School of Ministry Establishes Residency Fellowship Program

DBU is proud to be the home of the Ministry Fellowship Program within the Graduate School of Ministry. The Ministry Fellowship Program offers comprehensive, accredited graduate classes to participants in church residency programs through Advanced Certificates that may be utilized to transfer courses directly towards a master's degree.

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Introducing Master of Arts in Global Leadership Alumnus Hayden Garner

After graduating with his Master of Arts in Global Leadership in 2017, Hayden Garner has since stepped into his role as Area Director for Young Life North Texas Capernaum, where he leads their outreach program for young people with disabilities.

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Facing the Future without Fear: Lieutenant Jason Webb

After graduating from DBU in 2013, Lieutenant Jason Webb has been faithfully serving in the United States Navy. Now, Jason dives into a new adventure without fear as he studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their 2N Naval Construction and Engineering Program.

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Equipping the Next Generation of Biblical Scholars: Dr. Aaron Son Returns to University Hill

After 14 years of serving the Lord in different capacities, DBU is excited to welcome Dr. Aaron Son back to campus as he assumes his role as a Professor of Biblical Studies.

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Celebrating the Release of Alumnus Dr. Marcus Goodloe's "The Next Level"

DBU was proud to welcome Dr. Marcus "Goodie" Goodloe to campus to celebrate the release of his new book "The Next Level."

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DBU Hosts Ninth Annual Christian Leadership Summit

This past month, the Gary Cook School of Leadership hosted over 100 individuals on campus for this year's Christian Leadership Summit.

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Commissional Corner: Introducing Victoria Gacita

The Graduate School of Ministry is proud to introduce student worker Victoria Gacita to the DBU Family.

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Bringing Light to the Study of Law: DBU Alumna Faith Myers

From DBU to OU Law School, Faith Myers has been faithful in pursuing the calling the Lord has placed upon her life. Together, the DBU Family celebrates all the Lord has done and continues to do in Faith's life.

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DBU’s Institute for Global Engagement and the World Affairs Council of DFW Host Mike Pompeo

Dallas Baptist University was proud of welcome former Secretary of State and former Director of the CIA Mike Pompeo for this year's Leadership Lecture Series held on campus.

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Showing Christ in All Things: DBU Welcomes Dr. Brian Horn to College of Education Faculty Team

“Regardless of what I am teaching, I hope to approach its application through a Christ-centered lens. I challenge my students to do the same,” Dr. Brian Horn says. “A teacher’s students must be able to see Christ in their actions and reactions; only then will students want to know more about what is different in you.”

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Dallas Baptist University Hosts Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Unity Walk

Dallas Baptist University was proud to host this year's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service put on by the William B. Dean Center for Service-Learning and our on-campus Unity Walk.

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Commissional Corner: Celebrating More December Graduates of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership

The Graduate School of Ministry celebrates two more Master of Arts in Global Leadership December Graduates, Seeun Youn and Heydi Cayoja.

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CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra Receives Honorary Doctorate at DBU’s Winter Commencement

Dallas Baptist University was honored to present Council for Christian Colleges & Universities President Shirley Hoogstra with an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree during our 10:00 a.m. December Commencement Ceremony.

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2022 Big Idea Challenge Awards Glatzl, Rodriguez, and Cook with 1st Place for "Our Journey"

After screening 120 applicants and hosting our annual on-campus competition, Dallas Baptist University proudly named Morgan Glatzl, Marina Rodriguez, and Tiara Cook the 2022 Big Idea Challenge champions.

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DBU Women’s Auxiliary Board Honors Frankie Horn, Dr. Norma Hedin, and Kimm Wright at Annual Ruth Awards Luncheon

Dallas Baptist University was proud to hold this year's annual Women's Auxiliary Board Ruth Awards Luncheon to honor 3 women who consistently exemplify what it means to be a Servant Leader.