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DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY (DBU), formerly known as DALLAS BAPTIST COLLEGE, is a Christian
Christian
liberal arts university located in Dallas
Dallas
, Texas
Texas
. The main campus is located approximately 12 miles (19 km) southwest of downtown Dallas
Dallas
overlooking Mountain Creek Lake. Founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist
Baptist
College, Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University currently operates campuses in Dallas
Dallas
, Plano , and Hurst .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Growth and expansion

* 3 Academics

* 3.1 Academic divisions * 3.2 University
University
Honors Program * 3.3 Accreditations * 3.4 Rankings and recognition

* 4 Life on campus

* 4.1 Residence "> A view of the University
University

The school has a current fall 2014 enrollment of 5,445 students. The university offers 70 undergraduate majors, 26 master’s degree programs, over 40 dual master's programs, and two doctoral programs. While in its early years, the school had the reputation of being a commuter college, today's DBU has well over 1,700 students living on campus.

In 1992, the John G. Mahler Student Center, the first new building on the DBU campus in more than 20 years was dedicated. The building is a close replica of Independence Hall
Independence Hall
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
, and it was the first of many new buildings in the Georgian architectural style on the campus. Nation Hall (foreground) and Pilgrim Chapel

In 2009, the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel was dedicated. The structure is used for various events such as chapel services and concerts, and houses office space for the Graduate School of Ministry along with classrooms and a large multipurpose room. The inspiration for the exterior of the building came from the First Baptist
Baptist
Church in America , located in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
. Joan and Andy Horner Hall

In the fall of 2011, the university opened the Joan and Andy Horner Hall. Named after the founders of Premier Designs, Horner Hall houses the DBU communication department, the offices for the College of Fine Arts, a multipurpose classroom and video recording studio, a design lab, and a music business recording studio, designed by the Russ Berger Design Group. The exterior of the structure is modeled after Congress Hall located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
.

In 2001, DBU-North opened in Carrollton, Texas
Texas
as DBU's first regional academic center, serving North Dallas
Dallas
and Collin County . For several years, DBU-North was located in Frisco, Texas
Texas
, and in 2011, moved to Plano, Texas
Texas
. DBU also opened DBU-Hurst-Colleyville at Hurst in the Summer of 2005. Sadler Global Missions Center

In January 2013, the Jeannette and Cletys Sadler Global Missions Center was completed. Apart from housing two classrooms and a large multipurpose room, this building houses the Office of Student Affairs, as well as offices for the Baptist
Baptist
Student Ministry (BSM), Global Missions Initiative, and the Master of Arts in Global Leadership.

In 2015, Jim and Sally Nation Hall opened its doors. A near replica of Monticello
Monticello
, the building is the home of the Gary Cook School of Leadership, as well as other administrative offices. The building also houses several classrooms as well as a special event space situated in the dome of the building.

Other new campus buildings include the Henry Blackaby Hall, the William B. Dean Learning Center, Moon International Center, the Tom and Alicia Landry Welcome Center, and the Ebby Halliday Center. New residences include Spence Hall, the Colonial Village Apartment Complex (D. Harold Byrd, Jr. Hall, J. Blair Blackburn Hall, Sheila Cook Hall, Noble and Jane Hurley Hall, Fred and Mary Lou White Hall), and the Williamsburg Village Townhomes and Brownstones. Athletic facilities include Horner Ballpark, the Sadler Clubhouse, the Tabor Guesthouse, and the Sedwick Soccer Fieldhouse.

ACADEMICS

ACADEMIC DIVISIONS

The university is divided into seven colleges: the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian
Christian
Faith, the Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, the College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Professional Studies. The university also houses two schools: the Graduate School of Ministry, as well as the Gary Cook School of Leadership. The University
University
offers the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies through the Cook School of Leadership and the Ed.D in Educational Leadership K-12 through the Bush College of Education.

In 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality recognized DBU as number one in the nation for primary teacher preparation.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

In 2006, DBU introduced the University
University
Honors Program to help its brightest and most gifted students discover the extent of their own abilities and callings. The program has an interdisciplinary core that encourages students to make connections across disciplines and engage in a high level of critical thinking. Benefits include study abroad opportunities, smaller faculty-student ratios, and opportunities to attend events sponsored by the Paideia College Society including the Friday Symposium, Fall Study Retreat, and Spring Conference. Admittance is selective. Requirements include enrollment in advanced classes taught on the campus by DBU faculty, attendance at enrichment events, and a Senior Thesis or Project. Successful completion carries with it recognition at graduation and on the student’s transcript which assists in admission to graduate school and future interviews.

Formerly Pew College Society, Paideia College Society has steadily grown since its conception in 1997. It is now internally funded by DBU, with Dr. David Naugle at its helm. The rather unfamiliar term "Paideia" (pronounced py-dee-a or py-day-a) comes from the Greek word pais or paidos meaning "child." It refers literally to the training and education of children. In due course, it was used in the classical Greek system of education, and referred specifically to a complete course of study in order to produce a whole, fully educated citizen. The Paideia College Society at DBU is rooted in this venerable tradition, and takes as its purpose the educating of Christian students into their true nature as the image of God. The goal of the society is to unite the themes Pietas, Doctrina, and Humanitas, meaning piety, learning, and humanity, in order to become "fully human under God".

ACCREDITATIONS

Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University
University
is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
.

The teacher, principal and superintendent education programs of the University
University
are accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

The College of Business is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) business degrees.

The Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University
University
Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

DBU is also affiliated with the Baptist
Baptist
General Convention of Texas
Texas
.

RANKINGS AND RECOGNITION

* U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report
ranks Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University, DBU, as 214th among "National Universities" in its 2017 edition. * Ranked #1 in the nation for elementary teacher preparation by National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). * Ranked #2 in Texas
Texas
for secondary teacher preparation program by National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). * DBU graduates have a 70% acceptance rate into medical school—twice the national average.

LIFE ON CAMPUS

RESIDENCE "> Williamsburg Village Townhomes and Brownstones

DBU has four dormitories for underclassmen, and several living arrangements for upperclassmen known as the Colonial Village Apartments, the Williamsburg Village Townhomes, and Brownstones. The apartments have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and are located on the east side of campus. Townhomes and brownstones have three bedrooms and three bathrooms and are located on the north side of campus.

STUDENT LIFE

DBU currently has over 50 student organizations, including the Christ-centered Greek Life program established in 2009. The University currently has six local sororities (Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Chi, Delta Theta, Kappa Gamma, Sigma Chi Eta, and Zeta Chi) and four fraternities (Beta Beta, Pi Theta Tau, Psi Omega Phi, and Tau Alpha Phi). The Student Government Association is DBU's oldest active student organization, having been established in 1958. The current Student Body President is Cassy Thompson.

TRADITIONS

In its early years, Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University's mascot was the Indians, but in the late 1980s, it was changed to the Patriot, and the school colors were changed from blue and gold to the more patriotic theme colors of red, white, and blue.

CROSS RING

The Official DBU Cross Ring serves as a symbol of the Christ-centered education students experience at DBU. The ring features many university symbols, including the Mahler Student Center, the Fishers of Men statue, as well as the university seal.

MR. BIG CHIEF

One of DBU's longest running tradition, stemming from when DBU's mascot was the Indians, is the Mr. Big Chief pageant. This anticipated event allows male students to show off their skills, humor, and creativity. The show, a mock beauty pageant, begins with an opening number performed by all the contestants and is followed by four categories: talent, beachwear, formalwear, and an interview—all before a panel of judges. Magic tricks, lip-syncing, and musical interpretations are just some of the ways contestants have attempted to gain points in the past. The contestant with the most points at the end wins the coveted title, and has rights to wear the headdress on display in the Mahler Student Center.

FAMILY EVENTS

Family Weekend and Grandparents Day allow students to invite their families into their lives on campus. Notable events include the Family Softball Game, Movie on the Quad, and Art Show as well as a family service project. Families are invited to fellowship with their students as well as the University
University
faculty and staff through community activities and other fun events.

BASEBALL HONORING FALLEN VETERANS

A more recent tradition has been added to underscore loyalty to the DBU Patriot mascot. Since completion of the Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery in 2000, DBU baseball has honored the fallen each home game by pausing the game at 7:00PM as " Taps
Taps
" is played. The adjacent proximity of the cemetery to Horner Field provides a stirring tribute with the evening bugle call clearly audible.

ATHLETICS

Main article: Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
Patriots

Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University's Patriot Athletic Department sponsors 15 intercollegiate athletics teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA
NCAA
) and the National Christian College Athletic Association ( NCCAA ). DBU also sponsors cheerleading and beginning in the fall of 2010, ice hockey at the club levels. All teams compete at the NCAA Division II
NCAA Division II
level and compete in the Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference
, with the exception of the baseball team, which is a member of the Division I Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Conference
, which they joined in the 2014 season. Although the baseball team played as an independent for several years, they accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
for the 2013 season. DBU also sponsors six intercollegiate club sports. The Diamond Belles are also an active part of the Patriot Athletic Department, serving as an auxiliary group of the Athletic Department. Horner Ballpark

The Athletic Department also features a Christ-centered Patriot Discipleship program, entitled "Champions for Christ," as well as the Athletic Department's Global Missions Initiative with athletic mission trips to Guatemala, Northern England, Peru, and South Korea.

TEAMS

A member of the Heartland Conference
Heartland Conference
, Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University sponsors eight men's and seven women's teams in NCAA
NCAA
sanctioned sports:

MEN\'S INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS WOMEN\'S INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS CLUB SPORTS

Baseball Cross Country Ice Hockey

Basketball Golf Cheerleading

Cross Country Soccer Drill/Dance (Patriettes)

Golf Tennis Bass Fishing

Soccer Track and Field Men's Lacrosse

Tennis Volleyball

Track and Field

* NOTE = The Division I baseball team competes as an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

NOTABLE ALUMNI

NAME CLASS NOTABILITY

Vic Black

Relief pitcher
Relief pitcher
in the New York Mets
New York Mets
organization

David O\'Neal Brown

Former chief of the Dallas
Dallas
Police Department

Harley True Burton 1910 Texas
Texas
historian and former president of Clarendon College ; attended as Decatur College

Lew Ford

Outfielder
Outfielder
for Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
(played 5 years for Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Twins
)

Ryan Goins

Infielder
Infielder
for Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto Blue Jays

Darren Hall

Baseball player with a five-year career

Kari Jobe

Christian
Christian
music artist

Phil King

Member of the Texas
Texas
House of Representatives

Les Lancaster

First DBU alumnus to make it to the majors

Jason LaRue

Catcher
Catcher
for St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals

Scott Mullen

Baseball player with a four-year career

Freddy Sanchez

Infielder
Infielder
for San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
, World Series
World Series
Champion

Gwyn Shea

Former Texas
Texas
secretary of state (2002–2003) and a member of the Texas
Texas
House of Representatives (1983–1993)

Ron Simmons

Member of the Texas
Texas
House of Representatives for District 65 in Denton County since 2013

Ben Zobrist

Infielder
Infielder
and Outfielder
Outfielder
for Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs
, two-time World Series champion, 2016 World Series
World Series
"Most Valuable Player."

PHOTO GALLERY

*

The Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel *

Pilgrim Chapel Sanctuary *

John G. Mahler Student Center *

Blackaby Hall *

Spence Hall, a women's dorm modeled after the Wren Building *

The Hillcrest Great Hall of the Mahler Student Center. *

The Roberts Building, one of the original four completed in 1965. *

Colonial Village Building One and the Ebby Halliday Center. *

Ellis Prayer Garden. *

Bush Pond. *

Overlooking Mountain Creek Lake at Sunset. *

View from the Linam Room of the Collins Learning Center. *

Campus at Christmas Time.

REFERENCES

* ^ U.S. News and World Report, Best Colleges 2017, Accessed 15 September 2017 * ^ "Best Colleges 2009", U.S. News and World Report, 2009, archived from the original on 2009-01-06, retrieved 2009-02-04 * ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. * ^ A B Williams, Michael Sr (1998), To God Be the Glory: the Centennial History of Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University, Arlington: The Summit Publishing Group, p. 117 * ^ Williams, Michael Sr (1998). To God Be the Glory: the Centennial History of Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University. Arlington: The Summit Publishing Group. p. 183. * ^ Texas
Texas
Baptist
Baptist
Annual. Baptist
Baptist
General Convention of Texas. 2005. p. 110. * ^ Teaching Them: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Texas
Texas
Baptist Education. Dallas, Texas: Baptist
Baptist
General Convention of Texas. 1996. pp. 65–66. * ^ " Dallas
Dallas
Baptist
Baptist
University
University
Dedicates Pilgrim Chapel". Baptist Standard. October 30, 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2011. * ^ http://www.baptiststandard.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12808&Itemid=53 * ^ "DBU North - Dallas
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Baptist
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Dallas
Business Journal. April 11, 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2011. * ^ "Around the State: DBU Opens New Center". Baptist
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Dallas
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Texas
Education Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2011. * ^ "Current ACBSP Educational Institution Members". Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. * ^ "Accredited Members". National Association of Schools of Music. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2011. * ^ Teaching Them: A Sesquicentennial Celebration of Texas
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