19th Annual Baylor Women’s Scholarship Brunch to take place Feb. 10
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Keith Bahlmann
The 19th Annual Central Texas Baylor Scholarship Brunch will be held at Wildflower Country Club on Sat., Feb. 16, from 9:30 to noon. 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.
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 Education Foundation. From 2006 to 2008 she was Executive Director of the Belton Economic Development Corporation. She previously was Executive Director of the Copperas Cover 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. 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 attend 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 Wofford, 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