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Parents Weekend 2010: We've Got a Reason to Celebrate

Let's face it. Without the support of interested and caring parents, Baylor University simply could not be the unique community we all love and value. And that's why, every year, we take a weekend to celebrate all Baylor parents--and honor one special couple in particular.

Introducing Baylor University's 2010 Parents of the Year: Max and Debbie Underwood

When their children left home for Baylor, Max (BBA ’78; MBA ’04) and Debbie (BSEd ’81; MS ’82) promised themselves not to call too much or to dictate too many choices. But they did find the perfect outlet for supporting Brad (BA ’08) and Emily, a Baylor senior, throughout their college years: involvement in the Baylor Parents League--and a lot of prayer.

"Two of our main joys are being parents and being a part of the Baylor community," Max said. "So being able to combine those by serving through the Baylor Parents League is a natural outcome of the joy we have."

Supporting other Baylor parents in their own community, Max and Debbie have served as leaders of 1st Call to Prayer monthly meetings and are faithful supporters of the Parents Fund, not to mention the dozens of other ways this Colleyville, Texas, couple actively serves the Baylor family. Debbie is currently president of the Northeast Tarrant County Parents League Chapter and has served as former president of the Baylor University Women's Council of Tarrant County.

"My parents have always recognized that you should give to your community and the Body of Christ because that's how each is strengthened," Emily said. "I could not be more proud of who they are and what their lives represent."

"Max and Debbie's Baylor roots go deep and wide, and their abiding care for the University is felt by all who know them," Judy Maggard, director of parent programs at Baylor, added. "They have embraced and encouraged so many other Baylor parents and continue to answer every call to service with a resounding ‘yes.' It is our honor to recognize Max and Debbie for their loyalty and faithfulness to Baylor University and to the Parents League organization, in particular."

Along with honoring the 2010 Baylor University Parents of the Year, Parents Weekend also offered several events, ranging from Parent Faculty Coffee to History and Campus Tours, allowing parents to experience the community and spirit that their students enjoy each day as a Baylor Bear.

For more information on how you can get involved with Baylor Parents League in your area, please call the Parents Helpline at 1-888-287-5557 or visit Baylor Parents League.