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Marshall speaks on community involvement at tea time

Nov. 6, 2007

Marshall speaks on community involvement at tea time

Nov. 6, 2007

By Rea Corbin

Reporter

Over afternoon tea at Brooks College today, Baylor alumnus Allan Marshall returns to speak as director of community development for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

His talk will focus on his role in the Chamber, a non-profit hub for local businesses.

Marshall said in his position he focuses on community involvement, including a partnership for student leaders between Baylor, McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College.

"Eventually we want to turn it into something where students from all the schools work together on one project," Marshall said.

One activity Marshall is working on is a retreat for student leaders.

Other leadership projects include student leaders of local high schools shadowing current student government members, and a fair in the spring focused on local careers and internships.

"We want to try and get students to stay in Waco if they want to really get involved," Marshall said.

Because of his work involving Baylor in the wider community during his time as EVP Marshall said he is trying to continue to strengthen the relationship between Baylor and Waco.

Part of this means bringing back the One Book, One Waco program that "fizzled out" last year. This year, Allan and the Chamber have stepped in to bring the program back.

Garland junior Bryan Fonville is the current EVP and chair of the book selection committee for One Book, One Waco.

Fonville sees it as a way to bring together the diversity of Waco through many people reading and discussing the same book.

"We want to build it into something that will stand the test of time," Fonville said.

Fonville has worked with Marshall in the past in student government, and describes their relationship now as "taking that partnership to a greater level."

"Anything Allan chooses to take on, he goes full speed," Fonville said. "He's really passionate about anything he does."

Doug Henry, director of the Institute of Faith and Learning, said he and his wife host the tea at 4 p.m. every Tuesday in their home in Brooks College.

Although anyone is free to come, it's principally for residents of the college.

"The purpose is to provide an opportunity in an informal setting to think about our aims as a college," Henry said.

Henry said he ran into Marshall at the beginning of the year, as Marshall was on a "self-guided tour of the college." At that time, he extended an "open-ended invitation to the members of the community" to speak at the tea.

"We're very eager for Brooks College to be a good steward in the local community," Henry said.

Because Marshall is involved in community development, Henry said he'd like to see some projects for Brooks College to emerge from the tea.

In part, Marshall's talk will be a chance to learn about the needs of the local community and develop steps for the members of the college to pursue.