Regents Approve New Degree Program, Engineering Campaign

Nov. 12, 1999

by Larry D. Brumley

Baylor University's Board of Regents today approved a new master of divinity/master of social work degree program and authorized a $5 million capital campaign to fund an addition to the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building.

The joint MSW/M.Div. degree program will be offered through Baylor's School of Social Work and the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and will combine theological and professional social work education to prepare social workers for service in congregations, religiously-affiliated organizations and faith communities.

Students in the four-year program will complete the entire core of theological education that Truett Seminary offers and will concentrate their social work study in family services or health services. The first students will be accepted into the program beginning in January. Currently, no social work program in the nation offers this joint-degree combination.

The 35,000-square-foot addition to the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, which was constructed in 1988, will allow the School of Engineering and Computer Science to accommodate its rapidly growing enrollment by adding classrooms, offices and labs. The building also houses Baylor's Information Technology Center, which provides computer and networking services for the entire university.

In other action, the board re-elected four individuals to the board of directors for Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation, which operates local public television station KCTF. Re-elected to three-year terms were Dr. Corey Carbonara, professor of communication studies and associate vice president for technology management at Baylor; Dr. Michael Korpi, professor of communications studies and director of Baylor's telecommunication division; Randy Ramey, Waco investments adviser; and Bob Senter, executive director of the Baylor-Waco Foundation.

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