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Faithful in His Calling: Graduate School Alum Breon Dennis Jr.

Learning from his failures and using experience to guide him are 2 key reasons why Breon Dennis, Jr., is where he is today.

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A Life Together with Christ at the Center: The Ramirez Family

Family is an important part of Hispanic culture and the Ramirez family shows what it looks like to have family as community.

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Celebrating the Legacy of Alumni Steve and Elaine Maddox at Dallas Fire-Rescue

DBU Alumni Steve and Elaine Maddox first met on the DBC campus in the '70s. Now, the Maddox family has tirelessly served the Dallas community together through Dallas Fire Rescue for nearly 40 years.

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Faithful In Her Calling: College of Education Alum Lenora Brown

Servant leadership is a principle that focuses on serving others before self and is a driving force behind all that Lenora Brown has done and still does in her career in the field of education.

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Faithful in His Calling: College of Business Alum Mitchell Cantwell

Mitchell Cantwell learned many important principles while gaining a higher education at DBU and is thriving by continuing to use these principles in his career today.

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Alumna Emily Reilly: Relying on the Lord to Overcome MS and Reach Her Goals

DBU alumna Emily Reilly recounts her time as a student living on campus with multiple sclerosis and how the Lord has used her since she graduated in 2010.

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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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International Student Matilde Lindner Spends Summer Break at Home in Denmark

Student Matilde Lindner reflects on her past summer spent at home overseas.

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DBU Community Partners Luncheon Honors Voice of Hope

This year's honorary recipient Voice of Hope that serves the West Dallas community. Established in 1982, the organization now serves over 300 students in after-school programs and summer camps.

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From Elementary School to DBU and Beyond: Best Friends for Life

Gala Wilson Milburn and Carolyn Stutts Henry went to the same elementary school, attended DBU together in the late 1960s, and remain best friends to this day. Read more of this true friendship story.

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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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Prepared to Thrive: Faith DeLaGarza

DBU student athlete Faith DeLaGarza shows how being a student and athlete has helped prepare her for her calling.

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DBU Students Awarded $30,000 Scholarships by The Sumners Foundation

Greyson Goebel, Gage Roberts, and Joseph Alcazar were 3 out of only 34 students nationally to be awarded $30,000 scholarships by the Sumners Foundation for 2021.

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The Story Behind the Stories: Former IEP Director Publishes Book Series

Elizabeth Ann Boyles, known by Ann, retired from teaching at DBU this past December. The former teacher and Intensive English Program Director now leads Bible studies for a group of students and is currently writing her fourth book while marketing her already published fiction series, the Dragonfly Trilogy.

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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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Giving Back: DBU Alum Ranjita Kumar

DBU Alum Ranjita Kumar recently completed her Master of Science in Management and shares her story of God's faithfulness and provision throughout her time at DBU.

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Memorial Day 2021: ROTC Commemorates the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy

DBU faculty and staff Captain Lee Bratcher and Dr. Ross O'Brien hosted a Murph Challenge workout in honor of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy for ROTC cadets at DBU's Soccer Field and Old Intramural Field.

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Lessons in Student Teaching: Senior Hannah Sullivan

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

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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.

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Anticipating Christ’s Second Triumphal Entry by Recalling His First

Twenty-first century Christians often can’t take in the incredible impact of Christ’s triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, but when we reflect on its place within the larger story of God’s redemption, we stand in awe and anticipation of how God moves and crafts His grand narrative.

“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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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DBU's Baptist Student Ministry Director: Eric Bean

The pandemic has made Eric’s role as BSM Director unique and challenging, but it has not stopped his intent to actively engage students to become catalysts for changing the world.

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DBU Establishes New Hispanic Student Union

The DBU Hispanic Student Union hosts special fellowship events and service opportunities to connect its growing population of Hispanic students while spreading appreciation for Hispanic culture and heritage throughout the DBU Family.

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MAGL Alumni Sara Estes and Sarah Hilkemann

Meet two graduates of DBU's Master of Arts in Global Leadership program who are serving the Lord faithfully in their callings.

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Two Chunks & a Hunk, LLC: DBU Alumni Host Rising Movie Review Podcast

It's a fun and wholesome podcast that provides independent movie reviews of must-sees as well as just-skips in the world of cinema.

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Painting an Unbidden Narrative

Jim Hutchinson's career in art has included illustrating maps for Abeka books as a college student to refining his art in New York to now serving at DBU.

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Dr. Bob Brooks: Glorifying Christ through the Musical Arts

The church's musical influence was what planted the seeds of an incredible and unexpected artistic career for Dr. Brooks.

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Shining Christ's Light through the World of Business

Gracy shares about an opportunity she had to put her dream into practice after landing an internship with the Human Resources team at a large corporation in DFW during the summer.

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Church Fundraising During Times of Economic Hardship: A Panel Discussion

Ryan Jespersen, Director of Denominational Relations at DBU, recently hosted a virtual panel which addressed the topic of church fundraising during times of economic hardships.

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Model of Prayer: Sculptor Remembers Creating Mahler Prayer Statue

Next to the Mahler Student Center on the DBU campus, a bronze sculpture depicts a man kneeling at a chair, bent over an open Bible, his head cradled in his hand as he fervently petitions God. Be it a prayer for guidance, for peace, or for healing; whichever his petitions may be, the man in the sculpture inspires the viewer with a sacred moment captured by Texas-based artist Bridgette Mongeon.

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Anna Catherine Bradley: A Life Lived with an Open Heart

Anna Catherine’s story can be defined as one of passion and devotion to finding her calling in life. As she moved to DBU, she was expectant of what God would do throughout her college years, not knowing that God would exceed all her expectations.

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The Road Ahead: Serving God’s Kingdom as an Accountant

Recruited by DBU to run for the cross country and track and field teams, Micaela Lamb has now crossed the finish line with her awarded degree but her race to continue growing in her relationship with God goes on in her new job starting this fall working for one of the four largest public accounting firms in the world.

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A Model of Leadership in Ministry

When it came time to choose his dissertation research in DBU's doctoral program, Dr. Bryan Price considered the challenges of his own pastoral context and was inspired to study the leadership of the late Civil Rights activist and pastor Gardner C. Taylor.

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A Story of Restoration and Service

Resident Director Wayne Briggs's story reflects the nature of intentionally seeking to serve others, after having been found, served and restored himself.

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DBU Alum Dr. Cheryl Goodwin: Leading Relationship Workers in the Fourth Industrial Age

DBU Alum Dr. Cheryl Goodwin hopes that her research on leading relationship workers will contribute to a much larger conversation on leadership challenges and opportunities in a society steadily moving toward greater automation and machine learning.

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Andrew and Aubra Bulin: DBU Alumni Called to Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake devastated northeastern Japan and unleashed a savage tsunami whose effects reverberated throughout the world. The impact of that earthquake was also felt in the hearts of people far away, including DBU alumni Andrew and Aubra Bulin, for whom the crisis served as God’s clear calling to send them to Japan.

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Brother Bill's Helping Hand

In the wake of disruption, many organizations have been forced to adapt their approach so as to continue providing much-needed services while protecting the health of their staff and the people they serve. Among these are local non-profit ministries like Brother Bill's Helping Hand, which has been serving the West Dallas and Oak Cliff communities for many years.

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Service Through Sisterhood

Through their Coffeehouse fundraiser in February, featuring recording artist Chris Renzema, DBU's Zeta Chi sorority was able to raise $9,000 to donate to several non-profits.

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A DBU Graduate's Call to Law

A native of McKinney, Texas, Stuart Foister's calling to the field of law began to develop before he ever set foot on University Hill.

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DBU Patriette Reflects on God's Faithfulness

DBU Senior Mackenzie Lohnes shares how God's faithfulness has been a common theme throughout her time on the Hill and as part of the Patriettes dance team.

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Faithful in Every Footnote

Faithful in every footnote is the phrase that was scripted above Dr. Christine Jones's desk as a doctoral student. While she worked on her dissertation, those words would morph into her personal outlook on education.

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Tuning into an Alumna's Passion for Music

"My greatest passion is to inspire, train, and encourage new generations of musicians; more than anything else, this has driven me to become a better performer and teacher," DBU Alumna Meredith Tompkins shared. Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Meredith grew up in a musical family and eventually gravitated to studying music herself.

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Our Common Humanity: Reflections on the Vision and Legacy of Dr. King

Dr. King’s call for racial equality and justice in America is far from fulfilled as we enter this new decade. That unfinished call goes beyond the starting point of awareness and a change of mind to move toward individual and collective accountable action, including participating in constructive dialogue, hiring without prejudice, conscientious engagement in civic life, and joining together to ensure a fair and impartial justice system, as well as ending cycles of poverty and educational disadvantages in underprivileged communities.

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Two Sisters from Brazil Sharing One Heart for the Global Oppressed

For current DBU graduate students, Shirley and Joyce Porto, the religious freedoms enjoyed by some are an urgent call to speak out for others around the world without them. Together they are working on campus to inspire students to give voice to the voiceless and make the world a more just place for all.

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His Will be Done

Belén Ramírez’s testimony of one incredible answered prayer for healing followed by several more that went unanswered for a long time illustrates a valuable spiritual lesson: “We are not God; we do not decide when God heals and when He doesn’t. You have to always ask for His will. And His will be done.”

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Crossing Paths, Crossing Stories

For every anxious or drifting student who walks into Dr. Mary Nelson's office, ready to withdraw from their programs at any moment’s notice, she sees an image her younger self knew all too well.

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Living a Learning Legacy

It was a big decision, and it called for a family meeting. DBU Alumnus Brance Barker, then a fourth-grader, hopped on his parents’ bed and sat next to his sister, wondering why a family meeting had been called. His father, Dewain Barker, who had been leading a homeschool co-op at the time, shared he was feeling led to pioneer the concept of the “University Method of Education." And so Brance’s young life changed significantly.

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Alumna Partners with Origin Church in Vancouver

Before she ever attended her first missions class at DBU, the Lord had already been working in Brindley Taylor's heart to help her see every lost person through the eyes of His redemption.

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Directing His Steps

The theme of senior Connor Torre’s story can be told in the one realization he has constantly faced the last four years: “God is directing my steps.”

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Faculty Profile: Shermain Reed

The Lord has given Shermain many experiences that have prepared her for her current role at DBU as the Director of Financial Aid.

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DBU and North Texas Giving Day

Since 1898, DBU has been dedicated to providing a genuine, Christ-centered community and education. The result has been generations of servant leaders who transform lives for Christ.

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The Commissional Corner: New Beginnings

To provide insight into MAGL, we asked Madison Houston, one of our new students, and Addison Zody, one of our Spring 2019 graduates, some questions regarding our program.

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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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DBU Alumnus Experiences a Life of Trials, Tragedy, and Triumph

“The doctor says I have cancer,” Dale Braswell’s father blurted out as they packed up his dorm room in Lange Hall on the Dallas Baptist University campus. Dale’s roommates had just taken a few boxes of out to the car, and in this brief moment alone, Dale’s dad dropped the bombshell. His father’s eyes welled up. “We’re gonna try to figure this thing out,” he said.

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An Act of Faith: DBU Alumna Donates Kidney

The diagnosis looked grim. Although Patricia had battled cancer and won, a new problem emerged-kidney failure. For two years she spent her mornings, driving to her dialysis clinic, sitting through the process, and knowing that in a couple of days it would start all over again, four hours at a time.

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Senior Justin Myers Reflects on Time at DBU

The sweet aroma of freshly brewed coffee is the perfect motivation for a groggy mind that clings to bed in the morning. And the incentive of coffee’s scent is second best only to the promise of coffee’s taste. It is this same coffee-instigated impetus to wake up in the morning that becomes an aid for the focus of mind in class later on. Either the same cup, or a fresh one is adequate company in the classroom.

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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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An Attitude of Educational Leadership

DBU alumnus Dr. Dionel Waters is known for a great length of educational achievements that have led and prepared him for his current role today as a principal in Arlington, Texas.

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We Were, We Are, We Will Be

Birthed in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, a period of unparalleled development in African American art, music, literature, theater, and politics, Negro History Week (which later became Black History Month) was founded in February 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Woodson wholeheartedly believed that the immersive study of black history and culture would be the path to racial uplift and progress.

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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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Why I Love Being a Teacher

Valentine’s Day serves as an annual challenge to intentionally care for those around us. Developing a servant’s heart and awareness for the needs of our surrounding community is difficult. Yet, teachers approach this task on a daily basis. Every day, teachers around the world spend hours in the classroom demonstrating love and a commitment to the development of upcoming generations.

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Most-Read Articles: 2018

We wrote the articles, but you especially fell in love with these stories. 2018 brought so much for the DBU Family – excitement, growth, challenges, and for some, even heartbreak. Yet, through it all, God has been good to us and we have seen His sovereign hand every step of the way. Thank you for reading along with us this year, and in case you missed them, here are the top 10 most-read articles from 2018!

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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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A Deeply-Rooted Legacy: Ryan Wilson’s Journey to University Hill

DBU is in the blood of freshman Ryan Wilson. His grandmother came to the school, as did both of his parents, and his older sister is a current student as well. There simply has not been a time in his life when DBU was not in the picture.

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Mr. Big Chief Through the Years

This evening will mark DBU’s 38th annual Mr. Big Chief talent show. In this all-male competition, contestants compete in three categories, swimwear, talent, and formalwear, as they set their sights on the coveted title of Mr. Big Chief! Campus has been buzzing in preparation for tonight’s event, so as we get ready to see the 2018 contestants take the stage, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane!

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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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A Day in the Life: Tori Corbo

I climb 112 stairs every day to get to the top of the hill. I think every DBU student can attest that there is an abundant amount of stairs at our beloved school. What makes this funny to me, and fascinating to others, is that I love the stairs. They are a little challenge for me every day.

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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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DBU Alumna Named Texas Student Teacher of the Year

While many have the ability and training to teach children, certain individuals clearly possess a deep passion for doing more than just communicating information to a group of students. One such individual is DBU Alumna Alyssa Feuerbach.

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Called to Medicine

Senior Blake Pate spent his summer days on a college campus other than the one he calls “home.” Instead of his familiar hill in Dallas, Pate walked the halls of Yale School of Medicine as he had the opportunity to intern with DBU alumnus and Yale Affiliate, Dr. Carlos Oliveira, on the HPV Effectiveness Project.

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Click Nation

Miley isn’t the only one coming in like a wrecking ball. Today, we live and move in an internet world where one savage destroys another snowflake, the ghost of Hitler looms in the other person’s position, animals play instruments, and the most amazing thing you will ever see comes at you three times a day, every day.

Lee Bratcher, Program Director, Master of Arts in International Studies; Assistant Professor of Political Science; Program Coordinator, PPE Program (Cook School of Leadership).

Faculty Profile - Lee Bratcher

Meet Lee Bratcher! He is the Director of DBU’s Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) program, which is designed to equip leaders for service in a broad array of multicultural contexts, including for-profit business, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, diplomacy, and government.

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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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Game-Changers: Coach Flickner

Athletics is an intense environment. Competition can run high as coaches seek to push every last ounce of effort out of an athlete, and athletes seek to push themselves beyond the limit. In such a high-stress, and oftentimes self-focused, environment, how can a Christian maintain their witness and still thrive?

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More and More Students Call DBU Home

In the fall of 1988, DBU’s on-campus population numbered some 293 students, housed in one of three residence halls.

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Along the Scarlett Road

Scarlett’s story has reached over 60 countries. Through social media, thousands of people have heard Scarlett’s story. Where Scarlett’s story is heard, the gospel is heard.

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Grounded, Surrounded, and Astounded

Sixteen years ago, I stood in your shoes. It was the summer awaiting my first semester at DBU. I ran the full gamut of emotions—excited about exercising my own independence, anxious regarding making new friends, fearful about whether or not I could pass my classes (and pay my bills!), overwhelmed in the layout of the campus and location of buildings, and the list goes on.

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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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Why Study History?

Why do I love history? Why do I find it necessary within modern education?

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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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Steffy Andina Senior Spotlight

On August 17, 2014, Steffy Andina waited with excitement for a friend to pick her up from DFW Airport after a long flight from Indonesia. After traveling to campus, her home for the next four years, Andina headed to the International Office to check in and receive her room assignment.

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Felix Pandutama Senior Spotlight

August 18, 2014 Felix Pandutama arrived at DFW Airport after a 12 hour flight from his hometown Surabaya, Indonesia. Soon to begin his college journey, Pandutama anxiously awaited the arrival of a DBU International Office staff member to drive him to campus.

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Allie Hall Senior Spotlight

In August 2015, Allie Hall and her parents drove onto campus in a line full of cars holding anxious incoming students. Move-In day came and went in a flash as Hall and her parents quickly unpacked the car, arranged her belongings in her Crowley dorm room, and then shuffled her off to SWAT opening ceremonies.

Sarah Edwards, a staff member, holds up a photo of her favorite memory from a travel study with DBU

Highlights from the #ShareDBU Campaign

During the month of April, we called upon our faculty, staff, alumni, and students to help us #ShareDBU! More specifically, we asked for our DBU community to share their favorite moments or memories from their time as a Patriot on social media.

Briana Kuykendall

Briana Kuykendall, Student, Reflects on Time at DBU

As part of the ShareDBU campaign, we wanted to hear directly from one of our students. Senior Briana Kuykendall shares here some of the impactful memories that shaped her time at DBU.

Austin and Amy Reese

Austin Reese, Alumnus, Reflects on Time at DBU

Continuing on in the month-long #shareDBU campaign, we are honored to hear from alumnus Austin Reese about some of his reflections of his time at DBU and his first few years as an algebra teacher.

Tempress Jackson, Dean of Students

Tempress Jackson, Dean of Students, Reflects on Time at DBU

While Jackson may be new to the position, she first came to DBU as a freshman in the fall of 2004. When asked to share about her favorite moments, she focused almost entirely on the impact of mentoring on DBU’s campus.

A fraternity performs in front of the crowd

DBU Alumni Reflect on Spring Sing

Spring Sing is a beloved tradition for DBU’s Greek Life organizations. Every year, sororities and fraternities hone their singing, acting, and dancing skills as they put on shows written entirely by themselves. Each show is a unique expression of the organization’s creativity, but only one group can be chosen as the winner by our panel of judges.

Dr. Wes Moore sits in front of a Steinway piano on the chapel stage

Faculty Profile - Dr. Wes Moore

Meet Dr. Wes Moore! He is the Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Music, as well as an Assistant Professor of Voice. The Department of Music seeks to educate students in order that they might engage the global music industry through transformational musical performance, scholarship, and service.

shareDBU

ShareDBU

In today’s culture, social media has become the outlet through which individuals are sharing their ideas, theirs values, and their stories. And we believe that your story is worth sharing, not only because it’s important to your friends and to your family, but because it has the ability to reflect how the power of Christ can transform our lives.

The DBU Beach Reach team getting ready to head to South Padre

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.

Dr. Christina Chen, Professor of Statistics and Chinese in the DBU College of Business

Faculty Profile - Dr. Christina Chen

Meet Dr. Christina Chen! She is a Professor of Statistics and Chinese in DBU’s College of Business (COB). The COB seeks to prepare students with both the tangible and intangible skills necessary for the global business environment. As a professor in the COB, Dr. Chen seeks to equip students through business and language courses.

Dr. Brent Thomason, Program Director of the M.A. in Global Leadership

Faculty Profile - Dr. Brent Thomason

Meet Dr. Brent Thomason, Director of the Master of Arts in Global Leadership program. The MAGL program aims to equip servant leaders to model Christ-like leadership in international and cross-cultural contexts. As the director of this program, Dr. Thomason trains students to be biblically and globally minded.

Dr. Adelita Baker, Program Director of the M.Ed. in Bilingual Education and M.Ed. in Reading and English as a Second Language programs

Faculty Profile - Dr. Adelita Baker

Meet Dr. Adelita Baker who teaches in the College of Education at Dallas Baptist University. DBU’s College of Education has gained national attention the past several years, as it has been recognized as being in the top 1% of elementary teacher preparation programs in the nation.

A group of DBU students in front of a valley in Israel

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.

Dr. Justin Gandy in front of a whiteboard displaying management tactics

Faculty Profile - Dr. Justin Gandy

Meet Dr. Justin Gandy, Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Sponsor of The Regiment, who teaches Management, Management Communication, Organizational Behavior, Social Entrepreneurship, Business Leadership, and Developing a Christian Mind.

DBU Leadership lead the MLK Day Unity Walk through campus

Dallas Baptist University Honors Dr. King through Annual MLK Day Unity Walk

In remembrance of all that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished in his lifetime and in celebration of the unity found in Christ, the DBU Family gathered Monday afternoon for their second annual MLK Day Unity Walk.

Mark Batterson speaks at DBU commencement

Washington Pastor Speaks at December Commencement

Dr. Mark Batterson, lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., served as the keynote speaker for two of DBU’s December Commencement ceremonies and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.

The DBU Skyline

Share DBU

During the month of November, Dallas Baptist University launched a #ShareDBU campaign on social media prompting individuals to share moments of gratitude from their time at DBU.

DBU Students in Israel

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.

Marietta Lofton

Marietta Lofton: Discovering Her Calling

Marietta was able to earn a master’s degree that opened the doors she needed for career advancement.

David Cook, J.D. lecturing students in front of Wartburg Castle

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.

A group stands in a vibrant yellow field of flowers in Asia

God is at Work

God At Work In My Life. I come from a missions family. My mom and dad both served overseas and worked closely with missionaries when they returned, so a significant portion of my life was spent in this missions context.

Doug Hewitt sitting at a table with coffee

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.

The DBU Patriettes dance team along with DBU staff sponsors in England.

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.

Gerry Burns

Gerry Burns: Finding His Future

He did not have to sacrifice the biggest parts of his life in order to obtain the graduate degree he desired.

Matt Garrison

Matt Garrison: Continuing His Higher Education Journey

After moving to Fort Worth to start a new job, Matt Garrison knew he needed to go back to school to finish his graduate degree. Due to the demands of his job, finding time for graduate school was challenging.