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The HBU podcast, “Think About It,” features faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Jerry Johnston, vice president for Innovation and Strategic Marketing. “Think About It” is great place to to familiarize yourself with the University and its vision. Each guest featured on the podcast embodies the mission and vision of HBU.

Think About It: A Podcast from HBU Houston Baptist University

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The HBU podcast, “Think About It,” features faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Jerry Johnston, vice president for Innovation and Strategic Marketing. “Think About It” is great place to to familiarize yourself with the University and its vision. Each guest featured on the podcast embodies the mission and vision of HBU.

    #242 Dr. Michael Cook, Director of the Gideon Institute of Psychology and Counseling, is featured on Think About It

    #242 Dr. Michael Cook, Director of the Gideon Institute of Psychology and Counseling, is featured on Think About It

    Dr. Michael D. Cook (PhD, LMFT) currently serves as the Chair of the Counseling Department and the Director of the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling at Houston Baptist University. Michael has had a career of 25 years in Christian Higher Education, serving previously at Huntington University and Taylor University. His undergraduate degree is in Sociology (BA) from Albany State University; his advanced degrees are an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries and a PhD in Psychology and Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and previously served in several mental health facilities and in several churches. He specializes in marital therapy, trauma therapy, Christian spiritual formation and Christian counseling.

    • 24 min
    #241 Shawn Washington, Director of HBU's Graduate Admissions, is featured on Think About It

    #241 Shawn Washington, Director of HBU's Graduate Admissions, is featured on Think About It

    Shawn Washington is HBU’s new Director of Graduate Admissions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Prior to entering higher education, he received a full athletic scholarship to play football for Baylor University. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the late rounds and let go in his rookie year. He played briefly for the Washington Redskins  before retiring from football due to injuries after playing three seasons of Arena Football for the Houston Thunder Bear. He began his work in the education field as a student services advisor, then transitioned into an admissions recruiter position before moving into management roles as director of admissions for multiple career colleges and local universities. He held the role of vice-president of high school admissions for Everest College where he was responsible for creating a new recruiting platform for different campuses located in multiple states. He also served as a campus president of a small career college in Killeen, Texas that catered to returning military veterans. His hobbies include traveling; taking cruises with his wife, attending local and regional car shows, barbequing for family, friends and neighbors but a lot of his time these past couple of years has been spent serving as president of the board and coaching special needs athletes through a local non-profit organization, “Basketball for All, Inc.” 

    • 20 min
    #239 Ritamarie Tauer, Associate Provost for Operations, is featured on Think About It

    #239 Ritamarie Tauer, Associate Provost for Operations, is featured on Think About It

    As Associate Provost for Operations, Ms. Ritamarie Tauer reports directly to the University Provost. Working in concert with the Provost, Ms. Tauer is responsible for leadership, direction and support of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Compliance Support, the Library, and the Office of the Registrar. In addition, Ms. Tauer serves as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Accreditation Liaison. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into the planning and evaluation process of the institution, notifying the Commission of substantive changes, familiarizing faculty, staff, and students with the Commission’s accrediting policies and procedures, and coordinating the preparation of the Annual Profiles, Fifth-Year Interim Report, and Decennial Reaffirmation Certification required by the Commission. Prior to her role as Associate Provost, Ms. Tauer served as the Dean of the College of Continuing Studies. She oversaw the development of this new College, including the selection and oversight of a committee to determine the feasibility of opening this College, developing on-campus and online courses, recruiting and hiring College instructors, securing partnerships with leaders in the continuing studies industry, and marketing the College to the community. 

    • 19 min
    #238 Michael Collins featured on Think About It

    #238 Michael Collins featured on Think About It

    Michael Roque Collins served as a Visiting Professor of Art in 1998 and now holds the rank of Senior Artist in Residence-Painting and is Professor of Art. In addition, he is the Senior Director of the department of Studio Visual Arts. He earned a BFA in Art from the University of Houston and was a Meadows Fellow and Teaching Assistant during his MFA period of study in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University. His teaching focus is on introducing college students to the field of art and to social and creative thinking within a Christian context. In addition, he is dedicated to the further advancement of HBU art majors and to advanced graduate study in studio art.  Collins has accomplished 55 solo exhibitions and he has been awarded over 50 awards in regional and national and international juried competitions including three Houston Cultural Arts Council Grants for excellence in painting. He has also won a prestigious MAAA-NEA grant award for excellence in painting and works on paper. His painting was also awarded recently in the UNESCO Bio-Ethics art competition which, featured artists from 23 countries where Collins was one of eleven top prize winners. Collins art may also be seen in the permanent collections of eighteen museums around the country including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The San Antonio Museum of Fine Art, The El Paso Museum Of Art and Art, the Lowe Museum of Fine Art, Miami, Florida and the Ogden Museum Of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

    • 31 min
    #237 Dr. Eric Johnson featured on Think About It

    #237 Dr. Eric Johnson featured on Think About It

    Eric L. Johnson is Professor of Christian Psychology at the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling at Houston Baptist University. He previously taught psychology, worldview studies, and Christian counseling for 28 years. Eric is currently working on the 3rd edition of “Psychology & Christianity: Five Views,” and he co-edited “Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy and Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World.” In addition, he has written over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles or chapters, as well as “Foundations for Soul Care: A Christian Psychology Proposal and God” and “Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith,” and he was a co-author of “Christian Psychotherapy in Context.” His wife is Rebekah, and they have two children and three grandchildren.  

    • 31 min
    #236 Brenda Rio Brombacher is featured on Think About It

    #236 Brenda Rio Brombacher is featured on Think About It

    Brenda Brombacher was recently named Director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at HBU. She earned her BA in International Business from UH-Downtown, a Master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University and is near completion of a DBA in Entrepreneurship from Walden University. She served previously as the Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Community Relations at Houston Community College, where she demonstrated skill in grant writing, development, and building community partnerships. She also has teaching experience at UH-Downtown, worked five years for the US Department of State (promoting and executing entrepreneurship programs throughout Africa and the Middle East), and has 2.5 years of experience in a start-up company. She also has a broad range of experience working directly with teams and organizations that developed and implemented on-site entrepreneurial programs and activities that directly impacted regions and communities. But her most foundational experience in entrepreneurship came as she worked in her parents’ family business here in Houston, which has left her with an enduring network of business relationships and a deep commitment to the possibilities of free enterprise in America today. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with my two doodles, Bella and Beau, traveling, as well as playing the piano. 

    • 25 min

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