Pillar #5 of the Ten Pillars vision calls for HBU to "Increase our Cultural Impact through our Faculty." All of our faculty are doing that in every class that they teach. This is a place to recognize just some of the impact that our faculty make beyond the classroom.

Dr. Philip Tallon portraitDr. Philip Tallon, assistant professor of theology, recently spoke at the New Room Conference in Franklin, TN, a gathering for evangelical pastors and theologians in the Wesleyan tradition. His presentation was titled "A Vision for Catechesis for Confirmation to College." He also spoke at the conference about his book, The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, an introduction to Christian theology which will be published in 2016.

Dr. Eric Van Caemelbecke portraitDr. Eric Van Caemelbecke, professor of chemistry, and his two undergraduate Welch Research Scholars, Dayna Patterson '16 and Kenneth George '16, presented their work at the American Chemical Society Regional Conference in Memphis, TN on November 6, 2015. The title of their presentation was: "Axial and Equatorial Ligand Binding Reactivity of Ru2(dpf)3(OAc)Cl where dpf is the N,N'-diphenylformamidinate ion".

Dr. Encarna Bermejo portraitDr. Encarna Bermejo spoke at the Language and Professional Speaker Series - Healthcare at the University of Houston Downtown on November 11, 2015. The title of the talk was "¡Sana, Sana! Language Competency and Cultural Awareness through Medical Spanish."

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Dean Riley, professor of Library Science and systems librarian for Moody Library and Alan W. Presley, associate director of Web Strategies and Operations co-presented at the 10th Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Technology Conference at Lee College in Baytown, TX, on the topic of "Utilizing LibAnswers to Create a Campus-Wide Knowledge Base". The presentation discussed how they repurposed Springshare's "LibAnswers" product from library reference database to campus-wide knowledge base for everything regarding the institution. The non-traditional use of LibAnswers, now rebranded as "HBU Answers", has become a searchable FAQ system that is centralized, flexible in its delivery, logical in its use by our target audiences, and available 24/7. The presenters believe HBU Answers will make a positive impact and improve retention rates and satisfaction. 

Dr. David GrubbsDr. David Grubbs, assistant professor of English, interviewed Dr. Chris Tilling, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St. Mellitus College in London, for the Christian Humanist Profiles podcast regarding Tilling's recent book, Paul's Divine Christology. Christian Humanist Profiles is an interview podcast, engaging authors of recent books in the areas of Christian theology and the humanities.

Nancy PearceyNancy Pearcey, professor of Apologetics and Scholar in Residence, has signed a contract with David C. Cook to write a new book on life and sexuality issues. The book will be based on plenary addresses Pearcey has delivered in several venues, including L'Abri, Denver Seminary, New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Apologetics Canada, Southern Adventist University, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, and Igreja Batista da Lagoinha, reputed to be the largest church in South America. Pearcey has also published on the subject in the Christian Post, and in mainstream media such as The Daily Caller and The American Thinker.

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