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WBUSA Newsletter
Wayland Baptist University - San Antonio

November, 2011

November 2011
News from the Wayland Baptist University San Antonio Campus
Volume 3

It’s hard to believe, but the blistering Texas summer is finally over! Fall is offi-cially here and, with it, some cool-er weather. But we continue to pray for the return of rain on our parched lands.

Fall means a lot of things for a lot of people. For Wayland Baptist Uni-versity, fall means the beginning of a new academic year. As with other Wayland terms, there are many events on our San Antonio campus to cele-brate! We enrolled a record-setting 1,848 students! We regrettably bid farewell to Dr. Alan McNear as he retired from our Master of Education degree program, but we welcomed Dr. Mee-Gaik Lim to the faculty in the Master of Arts in Counseling program and Dr. Sylvia Phipps to the School of Education faculty. We opened a fitness trail on the property and we received a permanent property tax exemption from Bexar County. We celebrated with 336 WBUSA summer 2011 grad-uates and with those who received one of the many Academic Achievement Awards. Three of our MBA program graduates, Michael Bilicki, Marcus James and Matthew Posey were recog-nized nationally for their participation in the Worldwide Business Strategy game where they earned 15th place out of 5,166 teams from 313 universities. Not bad for a small private school from the Panhandle and South Texas.

Making A Difference By Patty Cacace

When thinking of a foundation that makes a difference in their commu-nity, you don't have to search very far to see the difference that the Baptist Health Foundation is mak-ing.

Blessings often arrive unexpectedly, and Mary Villar, a senior nursing major and scholarship recipient, has experienced such blessings.

“I am now able to com-plete my last semester of the RN-BSN program at Wayland Baptist University,” Villar said. “For medical reasons I had to cut back on my hours at work.” “However, thanks to the Baptist Health Foundation for the generous scholarship, I won’t have to worry about making ends meet for my last year of school,” Villar said. “Upon graduation, I would like to make a difference in the lives of those that I serve.”
Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio is committed to improving the health of our community by fostering and funding clinical, educa-tional, spiritual and scientific initiatives while honoring God and our Baptist heritage.

Since 2006, the Founda-tion has awarded 99 scholar-ships totaling more than $205,750.00 to WBU students.

San Antonio and Plainview Recruiters join together for TACRAO College Day/Night programs By Beverly Houston

Recruiter Beverly Hou-ston and Director of Institu-tional Advancement Deanna Spruce from the San Antonio Campus joined forces with Rosa Padilla and Linda Gail Walker from the Plainview Home Campus to attend re-cruiting events that extended from San Antonio to the Hill Country and far south for the annual Texas Association of Collegiate Regis-trars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO) Col-lege Day and Night Programs. TACRAO is a nonprofit educational association with the pur-pose of advancing professionally the work in the offices of admissions, records, registration and other related functions among institu-tions of higher learning.

During October, the recruiters covered more than 60 events with over 2,700 in attendance. In many instances, recruiters attended as many as three sessions per day. They found high percentages were interested in the nursing and education programs and a lot of interest in the new football program at the Plainview Campus. Wayland’s undergraduate tuition of $693 for a 3-hour course and the popular eleven-week term were “highlighted” during discussions. This year was a record year performance for Wayland San Antonio.

C E L E B R A T I N G 2 7 Y E A R S O F S E R V I C E T O S A N A N T O N I O
BHFSA board members pictured with 2011 scholarship recipients at a appreciation luncheon on Oct. 5, 2011.

Beverly Houston, Rosa Padilla and Deanna Spruce

School of Nursing Update
WBU School of Nursing currently has approximately 75 students in the program between the generic traditional program, the online BSN program, the RN to BSN program, the LVN to BSN program and the MSN program. We will be graduating our first class of online BSN students this October. Our next graduating class for the generic traditional program will be in February. There will be 7 graduating in October and 25 graduating in February.

WBU School of Nursing is currently in the process of renovating our skills lab to begin incorporating more simula-tion for the nursing students. As clinical space becomes more difficult to obtain, every term/semester schools of nursing are turning more to simulation to aug-ment the students clinical experiences. Leading the school of nursing in upgrad-ing our skills lab is nursing faculty and lab coordinator Terri Dutton. We will let everyone know when we are up and running so that you can come by the AUC and see what we have done.

Rewriting the Future is published by Wayland Baptist University’s San An-tonio Campus to update donors and friends about campus news. For more information, contact Deanna Spruce at NEW BEGINNINGS By Vidal Muñiz

God orchestrated the best season to bring Wayland Baptist University to the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas. The uniqueness of our Valley culture provides a world of opportunities for such a fine institution to be-come an indige-nous academic community where people can find mentors, educators and leaders who will help them create the future God has in mind. I’m privileged to see the launching of new genuine partnerships between Wayland Baptist University and local organizations with the solid purpose to equip and unleash the Rio Grande Valley’s potential. We live and face such a critical stage in the history of our young communities today that our current generation searches for guidance with an undeniable de-sire to find authenticity and integrity in a time where values become shakable and even non-existent. Through WBU the Rio Grande Valley has the much needed opportunity not only to educate but to literally shape the lives of those who are creating the future. Wayland Baptist University’s academic environment and long standing structure provides a way to bring back to society a new generation of professionals with a world-view that reflects the Scriptures.

August 15, 2011 became the platform in the launching of mul-tiple Wayland academic programs hosted in the University Center at the Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, as well as the Texas A&M Health Science Center in McAllen. As we close the Fall Term and work diligently towards a pros-perous and successful Winter Term for the months of November through February, new opportunities are born for Wayland Baptist University and the Rio Grande Valley. An exciting Fall Term is concluding for our three Wayland programs in South Tex-as with 125 students registered in The Certifi-cate of Ministry, Multiple Undergraduate Pro-grams and the Master of Christian Ministry. The best is yet to come.

WBUSA received a generous check in the amount of $31,000 from the Baptist Health Foundation for scholarships in related degree programs.

Wayland continues to expand its presence in South Texas with the launch of two new teaching sites in the Rio Grande Valley. Classes are now being offered in Harlingen at the new Texas State Tech-nical College’s University Center and in McAllen at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. Site Coordinator Vidal Muñiz is working hard to add both students and faculty to our work there.

Finally, Wayland has been a strong supporter of the United States military for decades. There literally are thousands of Wayland graduates all over the world. Thanks to all of you for your service to our great country, and congratulations and thanks to eve-ryone – staff, faculty, students, and graduates for representing Wayland Baptist University so well!

I could go on. These are the kinds of things that get me out of bed to go to work every morning. Be sure to check us out on Facebook and/or visit our website at

Best Wishes!
Dr. Jim Antenen, Executive Director and Campus Dean

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Rio Grande Valley Campus on August 31, 2011.
Some of the areas visited were Northeast Lakeview College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio College, Alamo Heights ISD, Comfort ISD, East Central ISD, Edgewood ISD, Fredericksburg ISD, Judson ISD, Kerrville ISD, Pearsall ISD, Jourdanton ISD, Kerrville ISD, Medina Valley ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Somerset ISD, South San ISD, Southside ISD, Southwest ISD and many others.
It is always a pleasure to work with Debbie Stennett, Director of Admissions, and her staff at Plainview. For more than a century, Wayland Baptist University has and continues to provide an academically superior education.


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