Mae Houston-Lantrip had the foresight to realize that she might be able to make the biggest impact of her life after her lifetime. See how she made an impact on Hardin-Simmons University.
Jerry Phillips credits HSU for providing a quality education and providing his with many opportunities over the years. But, he's most grateful to HSU for introducing him to his wife, Lyn.
We estimate more than 100 students have attended HSU because we brought them to campus or we encouraged them to visit. There are even current HSU students whose parents we recruited!
Some of my closest friends are those I met while a student at Hardin-Simmons.
With more than 20 family members attending HSU over a span of 100+ years, it should be no surprise that Hardin-Simmons is in our family's blood.
I married my soul mate and the love of my life, Edward M. "Ed" Wooten III, on October 21, 2000. Ed had inoperable cancer, and we knew it would take a miracle for him to live to celebrate our first anniversary.
My mother graduated from Simmons College in 1919, and it was her dream for me to also go there. Eventually, it became my dream, too.
Growing up, there was always music in our house. I started playing the piano at age five, and later learned to play the guitar and the saxophone.
With 500 students in my high school graduating class, I knew I wanted to attend a small university.
When I think back on my days as a student at Hardin-Simmons, all kinds of wonderful memories come flooding back.
Mark and I both LOVE Hardin-Simmons. It's the place we met and fell in love.
We've been farmers and ranchers for a long time, and there's a code most of us live by: when a neighbor or friend needs your help, you show up and do whatever you can.
Growing up in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, I had never heard of Hardin-Simmons nor been to Abilene.
I grew up in Robstown and ended up in Abilene because my (now former) husband was stationed at Dyess AFB.
We met at Hardin-Simmons when Sonja was a freshman and I was a sophomore. We became engaged when she was a senior and I was in grad school.
While neither Loyd nor Brenda Hawthorne attended Hardin-Simmons University, their love for the institution is as strong as that of the most loyal alumni.
In the fall of 1963, I went with my parents to visit my oldest sister, Jolene, who was a student at Hardin-Simmons.
Until my senior year in high school, I planned to pursue a degree in political science.
I was born in Abilene and attended public school there and was a gym rat at the old Rose Field House gym since being 12-13 years old.
Bob Comstock clearly remembers the first time he saw Tiffany Henderson on the HSU campus.
While the paths that led Jim and me to Hardin-Simmons University are quite different, we both had wonderful experiences there, and share a deep love for our alma mater.
Charles and Mary Love's story truly is a love story. Their love for God, each other, their family, and Hardin-Simmons University is well known among their large family and many friends.
When I was a student at Hardin-Simmons, I applied for every scholarship I could find.
Hardin-Simmons has been a blessing to my family for more than 100 years with over 20 members of my immediate and extended family having attended the college.
When we think about Hardin-Simmons University, we think about investment.
One of 15 children, my mother, Katie Foy Austin, entered what was then Simmons College in 1915.
Cathy and I met through Student Congress at Hardin-Simmons University. We both often say that four of the best years of our lives were those we spent on the HSU campus.
Hardin-Simmons University holds a special place in our hearts. We met in high school, spent all four years of our college careers at HSU, and became engaged there.
As a first generation college graduate, I believe that education is one of the best ways a person can change their life and achieve financial security.
We've supported a variety of causes at Hardin-Simmons University through the years because the university is important to us.
We can't sit down at the end of the year and write a $1,000 check like some people can.
Simply put, I give to Hardin-Simmons for the same reason I give to any other organization: I believe in the mission, and I want to support it.
I love Hardin-Simmons University, and there are three reasons I give to my alma mater.
Elaine and I love purple and gold. Those colors combine to make us sentimental, nostalgic, and appreciative for what Hardin-Simmons did for us.
If it weren't for Hardin-Simmons University, we wouldn't be where we are today.
We give to Hardin-Simmons University because HSU provides an education that is grounded in faith. Christian values are upheld university-wide, which is very important to our family.
Barry and Bea Tyler both grew up in the Texas Panhandle. In July 1976, they both made a commitment to full-time Christian service.
We all have causes and endeavors that we support. Though Wanda didn't attend Hardin-Simmons University, I'll briefly tell you why we are advocates of Christian education.
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