ETBU Grad Welcomed as TBU Scholar
A 2008 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, Jessi Hampton, has been chosen to participate in the Texas Baptist Universities (TBU) Scholars program. The Baylor University Graduate School, in cooperation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), has launched a program designed to recruit top graduate student applicants from the state’s Baptist universities for Baylor’s Ph.D. programs.
Hampton traveled recently to Dallas Baptist University to meet the Chief Academic Officers of the BGCT affiliated schools. Hampton, along with graduate students from Hardin-Simmons University and Mary Hardin-Baylor University, gathered to talk about each ones plan to integrate faith and learning while participating in the scholars program. The scholars were selected based on expressed interest to pursue a career teaching in a Baptist University.
The former middle school theatre arts teacher in the Cleburne Independent School District has moved to Waco to become a full-time graduate student. “The Masters in Theatre program is exceptionally rigorous and makes it difficult to hold an outside job,” said Hampton. She is working part-time as a research and teaching assistant in the Baylor Theatre Department.
Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at ETBU was in attendance and introduced Hampton at the event held on the DBU campus. “What an honor to have an ETBU graduate selected to participate in the Texas Baptist Universities (TBU) Scholars program,” said Dr. Emberton.
“Ms. Hampton represents the type of graduate that has chosen to continue the integration of her faith in learning as she prepares to complete graduate study in theatre. This program will allow her to complete the terminal degree in her field and hopefully promote a desire to continue in Christian higher education as a future faculty member,” added Dr. Emberton.
The TBU program was brought to Hampton’s attention ETBU’s Dean of the School of the Fine Arts Dr. Tom Webster. “I received a phone call in which Dr. Webster explained the program through Baylor and asked if I would be interested in submitting my name for review for candidacy,” said Hampton. “I loved my time at ETBU and thoroughly enjoyed that my professors were able to integrate faith and education.”
“There are many conflicts between the arts and religion. ETBU pushed me to understand my craft and also my position as a Christian within that craft,” said Hampton. “The Texas Baptist Scholar program is very appealing because I am continuing to learn more about the integration of faith and education.”
Way to Go Jessi! GO BLUE!!
Story: Mike Midkiff