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HSU Enrollment Increases Retention Rate
Up; Record CraduatePost Graduate
By HSU Media Relations (Press
Hardin-Simmons University's fall
enrollment is 2304 up 6 over last
year's 2291. Freshman and graduate
enrollment also noted gains. Retention of
freshmen rose to 73 from 67 last fall.
The Baptist university's graduatepost
graduate enrollment of 394 rose by 7.4
over the previous year. Records were
established with 352 graduate students
compared to 330 last year or a 6.7
A total of 396 new freshman or 8.5
more than enrolled at the same time last
year are on the " Forty Acres" this fall.
There are 139 transfer students making a
total of 535 new undergraduates. SAT
scores also rose to an all-time high.
Dr. Dan McAlexander associate vice-
president for planning and dean of gradu-
ate studies also reported that HSU's full-
time equivalent of 2080.5 that is students
taking 12 hours or more increased 1.4
from a year ago.
Other significant data related to this
year's student body:
A total of 1910 undergraduates
compared to last year's 1914 have
signed for classes.
Undergraduate full-time including
those with 12 hours or more total 1672
which is three more than last year.
HSU Student Named
By HSU Media Relations
Marta DeLeon a senior at HSU from
Fairbanks Alaska has been named a
(Cont. from "Scholar")
Gates Millennium Scholar (GMS) for the
2000-2001 school year.
Sara Martinez Tucker president and
chief executive officer of the Hispanic
Scholarship Fund San Francisco
California informed Miss DeLeon of the
honor. She receives $3950 each semester.
The scholarship is funded by a grant
from the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. It is awarded based on need
high academic achievement and leader-
She has been active in student activi-
ties at HSU. Her extra-curricular involve-
ment includes Executive Council of the
Baptist Student Ministry Moot Court
(fourth year) Gamma Beta Phi honor and
service club (secretary) Sigma Tau Delta
English honor society (president) Student
Foundation March of Dimes board mem-
ber (three years) and summer missionary
for the Baptist General Convention of
Her dad Ramon DeLeon is the pastor
of a Spanish mission at Fairbanks Alaska
and her mother Marta DeLeon is secre-
tary for the Tannana Valley Baptist
Association in Fairbanks.
Rill and Janis Altom
Honored with Altom
By HSU Media Relations
Bill and Janis Altom of Abilene were
named first recipients of The Altom
Christian Service Award at HSU's annual
Convocation Thursday Sept. 7 in
Dr. Lanny Hall president presented
the couple both of whom are graduates of
HSU with a plaque and praised them for
their involvement with HSU students
The citation in their honor read:
"Bill and Janis Altom epitomize the "
meaning of Christian service on the HSU
campus through their involvement with
Baptist Student Ministries. Janis (class of
'69) and Bill ('71 graduate) the second of
three generations of HSU products began
dating while on a then Baptist Student
Union trip to Indiana in 1969.
"After being volunteered by Janis Bill
helped sponsor a Hardin-Simmons
University mission trip to Trinity Texas in
January of 1983. Thus the involvement
with university students began for the
"Searching for a way to minister to
students they began the 'ministry of
chocolate chip cookies." To date Bill and
Janis have baked and given 7844 dozen
cookies to HSU students.
"For over three decades the Altoms
have assisted with and prepared meals for
students on more than 30 HSU mission
trips and Glorieta trips. In addition to
their involvement with HSU events they
also have been a part of the university
ministry at First Baptist Church of
Abilene serving as outreach directors and
cooking for various retreats and trips.
"In recognition of their outstanding
and exemplary Christian service the first
HSU Christian Award is presented to Bill
and Janis Altom. To further recognize the
Altoms' selfless contribution to Hardin-
Simmons University this award shall be
awarded in the future to other worthy stu-
dents and former students and shall be
known from this day forward as "The
Altom Christian Service Award."
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Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 3, Ed. 1, Thursday, September 21, 2000, newspaper, September 21, 2000; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth97689/m1/3/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.