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Release date:October 13, 2006

Science faculty seeking to honor longtime member with scholarship

PLAINVIEW – In the past few months, several new endowed scholarships have been completed or established, with dedication of those coming soon. Now, another endowment is in the works as the faculty and friends of Wayland’s Science Department seek to honor one of their own as he prepares to retire.

              Dr. Harold Temple, professor of chemistry, will retire at the end of the 2006-07 school year. His wife, Audrey, a former elementary classroom teacher, has been a partner in his mentoring of students throughout the years and has served with him in leading Sunday school classes for students.

              For this reason, the faculty and graduates seek to honor the couple with the Harold and Audrey Temple Endowed Scholarship. Specifically, Dr. Joel Boyd, assistant professor of chemistry at WBU and a 1997 graduate who studied under Temple while a student, is heading the charge to get the scholarship endowed.

              “Dr. Temple has been the heart and soul of the chemistry program at Wayland for many years. For many of those years, he was the chemistry program!,” said Boyd. “It is very difficult to envision Wayland Chemistry without Dr. Temple. Mrs. Temple has also been actively involved in ministering to Wayland students through the years, and our students will be the poorer as her presence on campus decreases. I see this endowed scholarship as a way for those of us influenced by the Temples during his career to ensure that their legacy at Wayland Baptist University is never forgotten.”

              Dr. Temple has taught chemistry at Wayland since 1976, with a brief hiatus as dean of the Graduate Program from 1983-88. He has taught every course in the chemistry curriculum since coming to Wayland. More than 50 percent of his students went on to attain post-graduate or professional degrees.

              Audrey Temple taught for 18 years at Edgemere Elementary in Plainview. She has remained involved in the lives of Wayland students, serving with her husband both on and off campus. They led various college Sunday school classes at College Heights Baptist Church and have been both friend and mentor to many students.

              The scholarship will be awarded to a declared chemistry major selected as the outstanding student in chemistry at the end of the student’s sophomore year. The student will then receive the scholarship for the next two years provided he or she makes suitable progress toward the bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

              While respect for Temple among WBU faculty is evident, some like Boyd have a more personal take on the situation.

              “As a Wayland chemistry alumnus and a colleague for the past five years, I have benefited more than I can say from Dr. Temple's mentorship,” Boyd added. “He is a primary reason that I am a chemist and a huge reason that I am back at Wayland as a teacher. I can hardly imagine a post-Temple chemistry department at Wayland, but I am excited to continue to grow and build on his legacy.”

              The science faculty hopes to raise the $25,000 in time to be able to dedicate the plaque for the scholarship at the close of the year. Donations to the scholarship may be sent to the Office of Advancement, 1900 W. 7th St., CMB 621, Plainview, Texas 79072. For more information, contact advancement at (806) 291-3425.