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.
Nancy Pearcey, professor of apologetics and scholar in residence, was invited to be the guest speaker at a fundraising gala for Geneva Academy in Tampa, Florida, on November 14. Her address was titled "Finding Truth: A Biblical Approach to Critical Thinking."
Dr. Dawn Wilson, professor of education, and Dr. Katie Alaniz, assistant professor of education, were invited to present at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference at Lee College on November 6, 2015. Their presentation was entitled "Let's Get Personal: Differentiated Tech PD That Impacts Every Teacher" and provided an in-depth discussion of their book Naturalizing Digital Immigrants: The Power of Collegial Coaching for Technology Integration, which was published in April, 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Dr. Jason Lester, interim dean of the School of Fine Arts and chair of the music department, had the distinct honor of serving as Governor for the 65th annual Texoma National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Regional Conference held at Oklahoma City University on November 11-14, 2015. This conference includes multiple Artist Series presentations, a Guest Recital by international operatic star Nathan Gunn, a performance of Donizetti's opera Don Pasquale, a master class with internationally renowned teacher Stanford Olsen from the University of Michigan, Young Artist Program Auditions, Singer of the Year competition, and the Student Auditions Competition. There were 572 students, 140 teachers, and 94 pianists who registered and competed in this year's conference from universities across Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. As Governor, Dr. Lester organized, coordinated, and managed all aspects of the conference and is honored to be HBU's first Texoma Governor.
Dr. Joshua R. Farris, assistant professor of theology, presented a paper and gave closing remarks at the Heythrop College (Univ. of London; where he is presently a Fellow) conference called The Self in Light of Divinity and book launch for The Ashgate Research Companion to Theological Anthropology. The conference was well attended by students, professional philosophers, and professional theologians. It was a successful meeting around the topic of the merits of analytic theology for both philosophers and theologians. It was a great time and a fantastic gathering!
Dr. 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, 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".