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Commissional Corner: September 2021

This month's Commissional Corner focuses on DBU alumnus Matthew Johnston who diligently serves as an ESL teacher, mentor for refugees and immigrants, and trainer for those who desire to do the same.

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MAIS 5304: Seeking International Peace Amidst a World of Great Conflict

Professor Russell Chun's MAIS 5304 Long Summer students work to build bridges by working closely with Dallas refugees and create Cultural Summary Sheets to be across Texas and Colorado.

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Equipping the Church for Foster Care: Bishop Aaron Blake Speaks at DBU Chapel

Bishop Aaron Blake began to foster 6 high school boys while serving as a bi-vocational pastor and high school counselor. Little did he know how this decision would impact fostered and orphaned children in Texas today.

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Commissional Corner: August 2021

The Graduate School of Ministry celebrates the work of 2017 alumnus, Aaron, who shared the gospel through education in Korea, became involved in Korean refugee ministries, and partnered with IMB missionaries.

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Oasis for Orphans: Breanne Jackson

Breanne Jackson felt a calling to go serve children on mission. In Kijabe, Kenya, Breanne saw the Lord's hand working all throughout her trip.

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DBU's Commitment to Service: A Look Back on 2020-21

Even in the midst of a pandemic, DBU remained focused on its mission of serving others as Christ has served us.

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Humility: The Heart of Servant Leadership

The core of our mission at DBU is to produce servant leaders. But what is servant leadership and why is it the heartbeat of all we do at DBU. Read here to find out.

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Helping Refugee Families Reach Self-Sufficiency: DBU Alumna Angela Hayward Serves with World Relief

DBU alumna Angela Hayward has witnessed amazing stories of God’s faithfulness and provision since she started with World Relief following her graduation with a degree in sociology.

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MAGL Commissional Corner: From Learners to Leaders

We highlight how DBU's Master of Arts in Global Leadership alumni are working all over the world and congratulate the Spring 2021 MAGL graduates.

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DBU Hosts 21Wilberforce "Speak Freedom" Conference

21Wilberforce, a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending the universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience for all people, recently held its annual “Speak Freedom Conference” on the campus of Dallas Baptist University.

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DBU’s Global Community: Creating Kingdom-Minded Schools Across the World

The Global Community at DBU is a consortium made up of over 40 schools in 14 different countries representing a population of 500,000 students worldwide aiming to raise up the world's next generation of Christian leaders.

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.

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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.

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Commissional Corner: MAGL Students Amin and Luisa

Amin and Luisa met at Baptist University of Americas, married, and now are students together in the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program answering a call to missions.

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DBU's Global Community Virtual Forum Supports 26 Partnering Schools Around the World

On July 15-17, 2020, DBU hosted its inaugural three-day Forum Broadcast with 26 Global Community school partners in lieu of the canceled on-campus conference. In 2019, DBU established the Global Community to serve as an international consortium that strengthens partnerships around the world with educational entities who are striving to produce the next generation of leaders.

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A Recap of DBU's Inaugural Prayer Challenge

During a week that signaled a series of innovative firsts in the shadow of COVID-19, Dallas Baptist University lit a small candle of spiritual realignment that turned into a wildfire on its social media on May 14: the first-ever 12-Hour Prayer Challenge.

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Becoming a Cross Cultural Witness

Through each course, she teaches and each speaking engagement she is a part of, Professor Kaylyn Hopper is able to demonstrate how Christians can share their faith cross-culturally and preach the gospel to all nations.

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BridgeBuilders: Engaging and Empowering the Bonton Community

The mission of BridgeBuilders is to engage, equip, and empower individuals and families within the Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas so that they may encounter the love of Jesus Christ and see their community transformed.

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The Commissional Corner: February Issue

Christy Cornelius, one of DBU's MAGL students, explored the beautiful country of Israel with 24 other students from the Graduate School of Ministry.

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A Decade of Service Totals 1.6 Million Hours

From the DBU Center for Service-Learning, here is a small peek at how DBU students have lived out their calling to serve others this decade.

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Students Travel to New England and Cuba Over Fall Break to Learn and Serve

Over fall break, DBU students spanned out all over the map, from learning about America's founding leadership in New England to serving alongside the growing church in Cuba.

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Former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Mattis Speaks at DBU

On Friday night, General James Mattis spoke in Dallas about his new book, the need for leadership, and the importance of civility in today’s tribal culture. The event took place in the Pilgrim Chapel at Dallas Baptist University. Working in conjunction with the DMA Arts and Letters Live Series and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Institute for Global Engagement presented An Evening with General Mattis.

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A Call to Serve

Hayden’s heart and calling to serve students with disabilities developed while studying missions and completing his master’s degree in global leadership at DBU. In particular, it was his realization that these students, who often experience exclusion and neglect, are an unreached group right in our own backyard whom God desires be included fully in the body of Christ.

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The Commissional Corner: Around the World

Our MAGL students and alumni continue to amaze us with how they serve the Lord in their spare time. Here we highlight the MAGL Family around the world.

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DBU Launches Global Studies Program

For many years, DBU has provided travel opportunities for students through mission trips and classroom experiences, yet this spring, DBU launched a new initiative to develop a centralized approach to these trips as a part of DBU’s Global Studies Program, headed by Dr. David Cook, Dean of Global Studies and Pre-Professional Programs.

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Students Serve with Hungarian Baptist Aid

This May, a group of DBU students traveled to Hungary to minister to local schools throughout the country allowing faculty, staff, and students to build relationships with the Hungarian community as they served.

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Alumnus Named 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow

This year, one of DBU's own Ph.D. in Leadership Studies graduates, Dr. Brent Hutchinson, was recognized for outstanding leadership in his community and received the distinguished honor of being one of only twenty others around the world to be awarded a fellowship by the Obama Foundation.

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DBU Senior Interns for Senator

This summer, DBU Senior Spencer Hamilton secured an internship in Washington, D.C. working for Colorado Senator.

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Alumnus Starts Nonprofit to Serve Kenyan Students

DBU Alumnus Fred Ndavi was raised in Kenya in a community that experienced poverty and educational hardships. After earning an MBA in International Business, a degree many in his community have no opportunity to achieve, he went on to be the founder and executive director of Inspire Spaces—an international non-profit organization that focuses on education in Kenya.

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Global Leadership Grad Highlights MAGL Program

Kayla Askey, a recent DBU MAGL graduate, encourages first-semester students in the program to hold the perspective that every course is presently equipping students with tools in life.

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MAGL Grad Reflects on Program

Sarah Estes, graduate of DBU’s M.A. in Global Leadership Program, states that she now has a stronger visual of what the integration of faith and culture looks like after going through this educational experience.

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A Chance to be a Kid Again

DBU international students, under the direction of Adjunct Professor Russell Chun from DBU’s Intensive English Program (IEP), make that happen every month. The bevy of international students along with some mission-minded Americans form a reverent circle inside the clubhouse, and prayers like incense begin wafting to heaven:

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DBU Alumni Combine a Passion for Evangelism and Filmmaking in their latest work, Run the Race

Passionate about acting and the film industry, Jake began his college education at other schools, seeking training on the stage. Yet, he always felt a desire to pursue theological education in order to better connect the world of movies and the Church.

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Lion’s U Engages Aspiring Business Leaders at DBU

This month DBU students had the opportunity to attend Lion’s U, a three-day conference in conjunction with Lion’s Den DFW, that allowed inspiring business leaders the opportunity to learn how they can integrate their faith with their careers. Students heard from a variety of BAM (Business as Mission) leaders, including business professors, authors, and professionals in the field. Throughout the event attendees networked, interviewed, and engaged with these speakers as well as other business professionals.

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DBU Faculty Member Delivers Gifts with Operation Christmas Child

Every Christmas season, the colorful shoeboxes line our churches, our schools, and our homes. For more than three decades, the work of Operation Christmas Child has become an integral part of our national consciousness, and on the DBU campus, it is no different.

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DBU Students Travel to Learn and Serve over Spring Break

Spring Break is a week-long vacation for most college students, one that is spent catching up with family, friends, and possibly even homework. However, some students choose to attend university-led trips that provide a learning or serving experience over the break. Such was the case for three groups of DBU students traveling to Washington D.C., New York City, and Arkansas.

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DBU Alum Speaks on MAGL Program’s Impact

DBU Alumnus Hayden Garner was first introduced to the Master of Arts in Global Leadership graduate program through one of his classes, Developing a Christian Mind.

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MAGL Alum now IEP Instructor at DBU

DBU Alumnus Russel Chun graduated with an M.A. in Global Leadership and Theological Studies in 2017 and now serves as the Resource Coordinator for World Relief in Fort Worth.

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Senior Studies Abroad in Uganda

From the beginning of January to the middle of May 2018, DBU senior Katie Evenson studied abroad in Uganda, attending Uganda Christian University in a town called Mukono. For Evenson, this opportunity to learn in another country was something that has been on her heart for a long time.

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Students Traveling the Globe: Highlights from Some of DBU's Winter Trips

Over winter break, DBUs campus was quiet as many students returned home to spend time with their families and prepare for the upcoming spring semester. Some, however, took the opportunity to join in DBUs global studies opportunities and travel abroad to locations such as Greece, Rome, Israel, and Spain.

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Faith and Provision Full Circle

Current DBU student Ranjita Kumar grew up in an Indian orphanage. Her biological family practiced Hinduism, and she herself was a professing atheist. At the young age of seven, her biological mother placed her in a Christian orphanage.

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DBU Students and Alumni speak at Herb Robbins Symposium

Dallas Baptist University recently held the 16th annual Herb Robbins Symposium. This two-day event provided current and former DBU students the opportunity to present on their research experiences and other academic activities. The Herb Robbins Symposium is co-sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and by DBU’s chapter of Tribeta Biological Society.

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DBU To Honor Whitfill, Fletcher at Annual Alumni Dinner

This evening, Dallas Baptist University will recognize two individuals on campus during the annual Alumni Dinner as a part of Homecoming Week. Travis Whitfill will be honored with the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award, and Dr. Aaron Fletcher will be presented with the 2018 Honorary Alumnus Award.

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Greek Life at DBU: Breaking the Mold

The term “Greek Life” in most settings these days is often accompanied with negative connotations, emotions, or headlines, as news and culture draw attention to instances of hazing or scandal associated with such organizations.

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Discovery Driven by Faith: DBU Alumnus Travis Whitfill Making Waves in Biotech Research and Finance

If you opened Forbes Magazine last fall, you may have noticed a familiar face among their “30 Under 30” listing—DBU’s very own Travis Whitfill. Travis, who graduated with a biology and mathematics degree in 2010, recently founded a drug development company called Azitra in New Haven, Connecticut, and is also making his name known as a Venture Capital Partner with Bios Partners in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Ambassador Brownback Gives International Religious Liberty Update

Samuel Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, spoke on the role of the United States concerning international religious liberty at Dallas Baptist University on Tuesday night.

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Engage Missions Conference

DBU’s annual Engage Mission Conference took place this September. Composed of a variety of lectures and events, the conference is devoted to training and challenging students to take part in God’s mission and passionately share the love of Jesus Christ through their respective callings as they serve both domestically and abroad.

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Helping the Pitch

DBU senior Derrick Battle is the embodiment of DBU’s vision to produce Christ-centered servant leaders by utilizing his degree in Entrepreneurship as the Site Manager at Camp Sunshine in Oak Cliff.

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PPE Student Interns in Spain

A central Texas native, Corinna Keck, is known for her bold faith, exemplifying diligence, and risk-taking attitude. A few years ago, Corinna began searching online for internships abroad and came upon an internship in Spain with which she fell in love.

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Music Business Student Takes First in International Great Composers Competition

Senior, Joey Goodale was named one of the two first prize winners in the International Great Composers Edvard Grieg Competition. Goodale’s performance of Ich Liebe Dich was selected among submissions from musicians around the world.

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MBA student reflects on 21st Century Wilberforce Emerging Leaders Conference

Taking part in the 21st Century Wilberforce Emerging Leaders Conference, 20 students ventured to Washington, D.C. last week with the Cook School of Leadership. The conference aimed to educate and equip young professionals to advocate for religious liberty.

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Year in Review

In May, we wrapped up our 2017-2018 academic school year, and what a year it was! From new construction initiatives, to athletic championships leading our Patriots to a 3rd consecutive Heartland Commissioner’s Cup, to increased student life involvement, growth defined campus these past 10 months. Take a look at some of the highlights!

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DBU Students Serve Over Spring Break

Each Spring Break, DBU sends out teams of students to serve both locally and nationally and return with stories of lives that were impacted. Two such stories are featured below from the eyes of senior Madison Gould and Junior Cooper McCullough.

Michael Gerson, former Chief Speechwriter and Assistant to the President for Policy and Strategic Planning in President George W. Bush’s White House, spoke to DBU students, faculty, and staff about integrating faith and politics. Photos by Amanda Penwarden.

Michael Gerson Speaks at DBU Institute for Global Engagement

Dallas Baptist University and the Institute for Global Engagement were honored to host Michael Gerson, a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, to discuss faith and politics.

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Student Spotlight: Luke Schlenker

"We are confident that he will approach his work with a passion for justice and mercy and a commitment to excellence that reflects the character of God."

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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Lentz

"This was not part of my plan, but it was a problem that needed addressing. I’ve learned that entrepreneurs recognize opportunities and take action, even when that takes them way outside their comfort zones."

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DBU Students Travel over Winter Break

Over winter break, DBU students traveled to various places around the world, serving or celebrating the Lord's creation. One group traveled to Denia, Spain to lead a Vacation Bible School at Alfa y Omega School; another group found themselves exploring Biblical and geopolitical sites around Israel, and Apartment Life held their annual Ski Trip to Copper Mountain, Colorado.

DBU students partnered with First Baptist Church, Irving for a day of service to conclude the 2017 Engage Missions Conference. Photo by: Ryan Crisman.

DBU Hosts Annual Engage Missions Conference

Dallas Baptist University hosted its annual Engage Missions Conference on September 17-23, led by DBU Director of Global Missions Chris Holloway and DBU student Sheldon Norred, and featuring keynote speaker Mike Dsane, Lead Pastor at King’s Harbor Church in Torrance, California.

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Update on DBU Responds Efforts

DALLAS, TX – DBU is continuing its efforts to raise support for those effected by Hurricane Harvey. To date, the DBU Responds fund totals more than $24,000, the first shipment of water bottle cases have left for Houston, and plans are in place to send a Response and Relief Missions Team to the affected area next week.

DBU is collecting whole cases of water to be delivered to the area through the efforts of Texas Baptist Men

Update on DBU Responds Efforts

DALLAS, TX – Prayers, support, and donations continue to arrive through the DBU Responds fund. Below is an update from DBU President Dr. Adam C. Wright.

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DBU Responds to Hurricane Harvey

DALLAS, TX – Hurricane Harvey has impacted thousands of lives throughout the Texas Gulf Coast area. In order to help respond to the devastation, the DBU Family has established a DBU Responds fund, which will help DBU students who are affected by this catastrophic weather.

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DBU Students Build Relationships in Israel

Dallas, TX – For the sixth consecutive year, Dallas Baptist University sent a group of students to Israel for experiences touring and learning, as well as opportunities to serve.

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DBU Travel Study Trip to Germany

Dallas, TX – Travel Study trips are one of the best ways for DBU students to take learning to a higher level. Recently, a group of students returned from such a trip, exploring the lives and legacies of Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer while venturing through the country of Germany.

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DBU Sky Ranch Partnership

Dallas, TX – Bridging the gap between theory and practice is at the heart of the Graduate School of Ministry’s partnership with Sky Ranch, a Christian camp with locations in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma. The first cohort of students participating in the partnership program will graduate in August, after spending two years doing on-site ministry with Sky Ranch while simultaneously completing online coursework at DBU.

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Lion's Den DFW

Dallas, TX – For the second consecutive year, Kingdom-minded entrepreneurs and Christian investors joined together on the DBU campus for The Lion’s Den DFW, an event structured similarly to the hit television series “Shark Tank.” Hosted by DBU’s Center for Business as Mission, which is led by Dr. Ross O’Brien, this year’s event featured 10 different entrepreneurs who each had the opportunity to pitch their vision, business model, and passion to a panel of expert judges.

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DBU Alumnus Serves through Entrepreneurship

One of the hallmarks of a DBU education is the process of learning what it means to be a Christian servant leader. Alumnus Doug Hewitt is putting his DBU education into practice through a recent business venture in northern California. Hewitt, along with a business partner, decided to launch a coffee shop that would help others while also being profitable. The result is called 1951 Coffee Shop, which is staffed exclusively by refugees.

World Series MVP and DBU alumnus Ben Zobrist spoke at DBU as a part of the 2017 Patriot Baseball Banquet

DBU Hosts World Series MVP Ben Zobrist at 25th Annual Patriot Baseball Banquet

Dallas, TX – With more than 1,000 people gathered in the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel, DBU alumnus and 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist recalled his historic moment during this past year’s World Series. Zobrist, who served as a veteran influence for the Chicago Cubs, had an outstanding impact on the series, culminating in a go-ahead RBI double that sealed the Cubs victory in extra innings in Game 7.

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DBU Patriettes Use Dance to Share the Gospel in England

Dallas, TX – This January, the DBU dance team, the Patriettes, travelled to Northern England to spend a week in ministry, using their gift of dance to spread the love of Christ.

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DBU Hosts MEDIAlliance International Christian Communicators Summit

Dallas, TX – This past week Dallas Baptist University hosted a unique gathering of Christian media leaders from around the world for the Media Leadership Summit, sponsored by MEDIAlliance International. The event, which was held in Jim and Sally Nation Hall on the DBU campus, lasted for three days bringing together 30 religious broadcasting leaders from around the world.

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DBU Students Spend Fall Break in Spain

Dallas, TX – Boarding a plane in DFW, Shelby Weatherly, a junior biology major at Dallas Baptist University, grew increasingly excited about the week ahead. While many of her classmates spent their Fall Breaks at participating in travel studies or visiting family at home, Weatherly decided to join a group of DBU students to serve overseas in Denia, Spain.

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DBU Celebrates 10 Years in Oxford

This June, Dallas Baptist University sent a group of 15 doctoral students to Oxford, England for the annual Oxford Institute with the Gary Cook School of Leadership. As a part of the Leadership Studies program, this trip is designed to look at globalization and the future of leadership, particularly in the areas of power, geopolitics, and cultural intelligence. In addition, the idea of Incarnational Leadership serves as an overarching theme of the experience.

Eric Metaxas (center) along with Dr. Adam Wright, vice president and dean of the Gary Cook School of Leadership (left) and Dr. Jim Denison, founder and president of the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture and senior fellow of the Institute for Global Engagement.

New York Times Bestselling Author Eric Metaxas Speaks at DBU

Dallas, TX – Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author, recently spoke on the DBU campus as a part of the inaugural Institute for Global Engagement Leadership Lecture Series. The event, which took place on October 20 and 21, marked the beginning of a new series sponsored by DBU’s Institute for Global Engagement.

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DBU Celebrates 50 Years in Dallas

On October 1, 1965, Dallas Baptist College held its first day of classes. On September 30, 2015, 50 years later, Dallas Baptist University held a special anniversary chapel service to commemorate this milestone.

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Tree Campus USA Recognition

Dallas, TX – One of the goals of Dallas Baptist University is to offer a beautiful campus to its students all year round by continually improving the campus through landscaping.

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DBU Greek Life Members Spend Two Weeks of Summer Serving in Chile

Dallas, TX – While most students are quick to head off for vacation or home to relax after finals, a team of 19 students, all members of Greek organizations at Dallas Baptist University, spent their first two weeks of summer serving in Chile.

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DBU Students Lead EQUIP Worship Conference in Vancouver

A group of Dallas Baptist University students traveled to Vancouver, Canada, from May 16 to May 25, in order to lead a conference on congregational worship led by Larry Tardy. Working with the various ethnic congregations in the Vancouver area, these DBU students organized and taught different sessions on worship leadership and musical styles.

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DBU Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Eighth Consecutive Year

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University has been named to the 2014 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the eighth consecutive year, and the fifth time to be recognized with distinction. DBU received this honor in recognition of its efforts to instill a spirit of servant leadership in each of its students.

Gil Stricklin and his wife.

DBU Honors Gil Stricklin with Tom Landry Leadership Award

Dallas, TX – Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University honored Mr. Gil Stricklin, of Dallas, during the Eighth Annual Tom Landry Leadership Award Dinner on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The dinner was held at 6:00 p.m. on the DBU campus.

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More than 600 DBU Students Serve Across the Metroplex

Dallas, TX – More than 600 incoming and transfer students from Dallas Baptist University participated in service projects around the Metroplex on Friday, August 23. Participants in Student Welcome and Transition (SWAT) Week, volunteered at a variety of locations with projects ranging from landscaping to assembling backpacks filled with school supplies for a local church.

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DBU Receives $2 Million Gift From Jim and Sally Nation

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University has received a $2 million gift from Jim and Sally Nation to be used for the construction of Nation Hall, a new building to house the Gary Cook School of Leadership.

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DBU-Oak Cliff Dinner Honors Jim Palmer and John Clem

Dallas, TX – – Dallas Baptist University hosted the 25th Annual DBU-Oak Cliff Partnership Dinner on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, on the DBU campus. During the dinner, the 2013 Good Samaritan Awards were presented to Jim Palmer, founder of the Silver Serenaders of Texas, and John Clem, DBU director of development. Dr. Rose-Mary Rumbley, retired DBU professor, served as the chair of the Advisory Committee. All proceeds from the dinner provide scholarships for students from Oak Cliff who are attending DBU.

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DBU Encourages West Students to Stand with Hope

Dallas, TX – On Friday, April 26, a busload of 54 junior high and high school students from West, Texas, traveled to the Dallas Baptist University campus in southeast Dallas for a Disciple Now (DNow) weekend of spiritual renewal, small group interaction, recreational games, and an outpouring of love from college students.

DBU students Chase Thomson (center) and Jessica Kowalski (right) pray with a student during Beach Reach 2013 in South Padre Island.

DBU Students Serve in Sand and Snow During Spring Break

Dallas, TX –From a warm, sunny beach in South Padre Island, Texas, to the snowy, frozen tundra of Des Moines, Iowa, 35 students from Dallas Baptist University spent their Spring Break serving and sharing the Gospel.

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DBU Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll for 2013

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University has been named to the 2013 U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year, and the fourth time to be recognized with distinction. DBU received this honor in recognition of its efforts to instill a spirit of servant leadership in each of its students.

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DBU Hosts Global Missions Conference “Praying for the Nations”

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University hosted the 2013 Global Missions Conference on February 12 and 13 with an emphasis on “Praying for the Nations.” Dr. Bob Garrett, director of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program in the Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership, coordinated the two-day event held on the University campus, which was sponsored by the generous support of the Christ is Our Salvation Foundation, Inc.

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DBU Students Serve for MLK Jr. Day

Dallas, TX – Seventy-nine students from Dallas Baptist University spent Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Day serving around the Metroplex, in recognition of the civil rights leader who taught about the importance of volunteering and making a positive impact on communities. Coordinated through DBU’s Center for Service-Learning, the students served at four different locations.

(Pictured left to right) Parker Wallace, Chris La, Angel Marrufo, Ryan Solt, Anastasia Widjaja, Jordan Andrews, Hannah Jones, Ally Stryker, Alyssia Sloan, J.D. Noyes, Dr. Ross O'Brien, Kaile Rawls, and Dr. Amie Sarker.

DBU Students Share Knowledge and Hope in Bangladesh

Dallas, TX – In Bangladesh, more than 40 percent of the population is underemployed, with many people working only a few hours a week at low wages. With so many living in hard conditions, there is a great need for help. Thirteen students from Dallas Baptist University, accompanied by three faculty members, had the opportunity to travel to this impoverished country over winter break and to provide aid through principles they learned in the classroom.

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DBU Prepares 3500 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

Dallas, TX – The Dallas Baptist University community joined together throughout the month of November to prepare 3,500 shoeboxes full of love and gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. DBU has partnered with the ministry for many years and serves as the relay center drop-off location for the surrounding community. Through this partnership, DBU and the additional relay centers in the area collected and shipped more than 40,000 boxes to children in war-torn and impoverished countries around the world.

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DBU Students Learn How to Help Others Through Business

Dallas, TX – This fall, students in Dr. Ross O’Brien’s Social Entrepreneurship mini-term course at Dallas Baptist University were introduced to a new side of Dallas and ideas about business practices they had not previously considered.

DBU International students display their floral arrangements before taking them to the nursing home.

International Students Serve with Local Ministry for Fall Break

Dallas, TX – Fall break on a university campus is often a quiet week. Most students have traveled home to be with the family, but for some students, home is too far to go, which is why DBU’s International Office plans activities for international students throughout the week. Without school during the day, international students are given the opportunity to learn more about their new community and those around them.

Pictured (l to r): Dr. Gail Linam, DBU provost; Ken Shields and Victoria Jones representing CC Young; Sean Mann representing Bethesda Young Life; Andrew Briscoe, DBU director of service-learning; Dr. Nancy McLaughlin, chair of the DBU Service-Learning Committee.

DBU Honors Community Partners

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University hosted the annual Community Partners Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, July 12. Two partners were honored this year for their significant contribution to the service-learning program at DBU. CC Young was recognized as the Community Partner of the Year for Curriculum, and Bethesda Young Life was honored as the Community Partner of the Year for Co-Curriculum.

A group of 21 students and two leaders from Dallas Baptist University worked with children during a mission trip to Brazil.

DBU Students See God’s Faithfulness on Mission Trip to Brazil

Dallas, TX – DBU students are often taught about following Christ’s example of love and service. Recently a group of 21 students traveled to Atibaia, Brazil, for a week-long mission trip where they were able to learn how to be the hands and feet of Christ despite the language barrier.

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Fraternity Brothers with a Heart for the Homeless

Dallas, TX – The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance estimated that in 2011 there were 5,783 homeless people in Dallas County, many living in the downtown area less than 20 miles from Dallas Baptist University. Several fraternity brothers at DBU were moved by this statistic and decided that they would dedicate time each month as a fraternity to serve the needy population in their community. Since service is a key component of each Greek organization at DBU, the members of Pi Theta Tau made homeless ministry a central aspect of their organization.

The 2012 Good Samaritan Award was presented to the DFW National Cemetery. Accepting the award on behalf of the cemetery, pictured (left to right) Bruce Boyea, cemetery representative; Ron Pemberton, director; Melvin Carson, foreman; Mike Mattiza, work leader; and Roy Martin, cemetery representative.

DBU-Oak Cliff Dinner Honors DFW National Cemetery and Dr. Dan Griffin

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University hosted the 24th Annual DBU-Oak Cliff Partnership Dinner on May 8, 2012, on the DBU campus. During the dinner, the 2012 Good Samaritan Awards presented to the DFW National Cemetery and Dr. Dan Griffin, pastor emeritus and minister of outreach at Cliff Temple Baptist Church.

DBU students helped clear brush and debris from this home that was destroyed by the tornado.

DBU Students Minister to Tornado Victims in Arlington

Dallas, TX – On April 3, nearly a dozen tornadoes ripped through North Texas. Neighborhoods in Arlington and Lancaster—just minutes away from Dallas Baptist University—were among the hardest hit. Thirteen area counties were eventually given state disaster declaration as they began to rebuild.

Pictured (l to r): Congressman Sam Johnson, former Tom Landry Award recipient and honorary chair; Alicia Landry, honorary chair; Fred Moses, 2012 Tom Landry Award recipient; and Ronald Skaggs, DBU trustee.

DBU Honors Fred Moses with Tom Landry Award

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University honored Mr. Fred Moses, of Plano, during the Sixth Annual Tom Landry Award Dinner on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The dinner and award program was held on the DBU campus.

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DBU Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Sixth Consecutive Year

Dallas, TX – Dallas Baptist University has been named to the 2012 U.S. President’s Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth consecutive year. DBU received this honor in recognition of its efforts to instill a spirit of servant leadership in each of its students.

Spring Break Beach Reach – The DBU team that worked with Beach Reach in South Padre Island, Texas, during Spring Break.

DBU Students Minister During Spring Break Service Trips

Dallas, TX – During Spring Break this year, Dallas Baptist University students traveled on two trips to help spread the Gospel and serve those in need.

Sixty-five faculty, staff and students from Dallas Baptist University participated in the second annual “Run with a Mission” event to raise money for student mission opportunities.

DBU Students Run With A Mission

Dallas, TX – Fundraising can be a major concern for college students when it comes to going on a mission trip. But Dallas Baptist University’s Baptist Student Ministry has found that with a little creative thinking a lot can be accomplished. Sixty-five members of the DBU family recently came together to raise over $7,000 for summer missions though a BSM-sponsored event called “Run with a Mission.”

Students attending CASL 2012 worship in the Pilgrim Chapel at Dallas Baptist University during a general session.

Student Leaders Network at DBU

Dallas, TX – This past week, 267 college students and staff from across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi gathered at Dallas Baptist University on January 26-28 for the annual Christian Association for Student Leaders (CASL) Conference. Students were selected from their respective universities based upon their leadership roles on campus. Attendees included students from DBU, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, Louisiana College, Mississippi College, Oklahoma Baptist University, and the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

DBU swim team members Rebecca Steele (left) and Amy Brewer (right) pose with National Give Back Day Hero John Darjean (center) and several children that they worked with on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

DBU Students Serve Community on MLK Jr. Day

Dallas, TX – More than 75 students at Dallas Baptist University spread out around the community to serve their neighbors on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in honor of the civil rights activist who taught about the importance of volunteerism and making a positive impact on communities.

Zeta Chi members (left to right) Meredith Bacon, Kelsey Grose and Sorority President Hannah Wolfers.

DBU Sorority Raises Funds to Prevent Human Trafficking in India

Dallas, TX – The tragedy of human trafficking and slavery may not daily be on the forefront of the minds of many college students, but that’s not the case for sorority sisters at Dallas Baptist University who have banded together to raise awareness and money for this issue.

Dallas Baptist University hosted the 24th Annual Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Dinner on Monday, November 7 at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Pictured: Joe Gibbs, dinner speaker; Norm Miller, 2011 recipient of the Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award; Boone Powell, Jr., honorary chair of the dinner committee; and Mike Arnold, chair of the dinner committee.

2011 Russell H. Perry Award Dinner at DBU Honors Norm Miller

DALLAS—Dallas Baptist University honored Norm Miller, Interstate Batteries chairman, as the recipient of the 2011 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award during the annual award dinner which was held on Monday, November 7, at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

the globe on campus

DBU Students Teach Principles for Life in Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone - When Dr. Ross O’Brien traveled to Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, in March of this year, he could not foresee that just seven months later he would be returning with five students from Dallas Baptist University as a part of his International Travel and Management class.

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DBU, One of Two Texas Universities Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

DALLAS, Texas - For the fourth consecutive year, DBU has been recognized for its community service efforts by being named to the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. For the third time, DBU was named to the Honor Roll with Distinction and, along with the University of Texas at Austin, was one of only two universities in the State of Texas to receive this honor in 2009 and the only Baptist institution in Texas.

the logo for the National Center for Church Architecture

DBU Set to Host Church Architecture Seminar

DALLAS – Dallas Baptist University’s Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership will be hosting a leadership training seminar led by The National Center for Church Architecture. The seminar is designed to provide churches with the tools and direction needed in the development of church property, construction of new buildings, and potential relocation.