Central Texas Baylor scholarship brunch set Feb. 16th
TEMPLE—The 19th annual Central Texas Baylor Scholarship Brunch will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 16 at Wildf lower Country Club in Temple. A silent auction will be held and all funds go to the Central Texas Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University. Every year, students from this area are awarded needs-based scholarships, with four students each year being the recipients. These students will be recognized at the Brunch.
Each year a woman is named Distinguished Baylor Woman of Central Texas. This year’s honor goes to Carol Smalley Mills, Baylor Class of 1976, daughter of Verna and Raby Smalley of Gatesville. She was a 1972 graduate of Gatesville High School, played basketball, was a cheerleader and was named Homecoming Queen her senior year. While at Baylor, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and was their Homecoming Queen nominee in 1975. She majored in Secondary Education with minors in Business Administration and English. She has served on the Baylor University Development Council.
She is presently Vice President of First Advisors, Inc. in Austin and is an investment partner in Killeen Holdings Partnership. In 2010 she served as Director of Killeen ISD Educat ion Foundat ion. From 2006 to 2008 she was Executive Director of the Belton Economic Development Corporation. She previously was Executive Director of the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation and Director of Marketing for the CCEDC and Director of Business Development, staffing the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce committees and implemented policies promoting the economic vitality of Killeen.
She is married to Billy Mills, who was a graduate assistant coach under Coach Grant Teaff. He left coaching after the 1982 season to join his father’s business, Modern TV and Appliance in Killeen. They have two sons, Courtney, married to Dr. Natalie Mills, the former Natalie Kahanek, and Cullen and his wife, Erin, who teaches 2nd grade at Mountain View Elementary in Killeen. They have two grandchildren, Noah, age 2, and Avery, 2 months.
Each year the Baylor Woman at Heart Award is given to a woman in the area who loves Baylor and shows tremendous support of Baylor, but did not at tend the university. This year’s recipient is Lynn Ringstaff Neal.
The Style Show will be from Susan Marie’s in Salado, with Alice Winders as moderator. Cheri Flanagan, of Salado, is in charge of the style show.
The program will be a one-woman dramatic musical presentation by Martha Jane McMurray Wof ford, a 1968 graduate of Baylor who also earned a masters degree in English and History. She portrays Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whose museum of works is housed at Baylor. She will be dressed authentically from the 1800”s and will share, in word and music, the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Emcee for the event will be Stephanie Turnham, last year’s Distinguished Baylor Woman, Baylor graduate in Museum Studies and Director of the Bell County Museum in Belton.
The Brunch will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will finish by noon. The cost is $35 per person, with $20 of each ticket going to the Endowed Scholarship. Deadline for reservations is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.13, and payment may be made at the door. Call Pam Dial Taylor, President of the Central Texas Baylor Club at 254-760-8855 or email Brunch Chairman, Joycelyn Miller of Salado at firstname.lastname@example.org.