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Dallas Baptist University has been blessed with a beautiful campus. One of the features of University Hill is our buildings, many of which are modeled after traditional Colonial architecture. Right now we are doing a short blog series highlighting a few of the buildings on the DBU campus. Be sure to check out all of our blogs about our campus as we release them in the coming weeks!

 Jim and Sally Nation Hall is one of our newest additions to the DBU campus. Modeled after Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, this building is one of the most fascinating and unique buildings on campus. It is located right next to the Pilgrim Chapel overlooking Swan Lake, and can be seen from the main entrance. 

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 Nation Hall was built to house the Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership. The Central Hall and Grand Hall offer space for receptions, banquets, and other formal events. The building houses a harp, grand piano, and harpsichord on the main floor. Upstairs there is a balcony overlooking the main floor and a large classroom inside the dome. Meeting rooms, administrative support office space, faculty offices, student study and reading areas, and specialty collection academic libraries are dispersed throughout Nation Hall, and the porticos, terraces, and garden areas around the building will be used for all kinds of student activities and outdoor events held at DBU.

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Just as Thomas Jefferson designed Monticello to be a place for personal restoration, retreat, and learning, and Nation Hall replicates this by offering DBU students an environment in which mental and spiritual growth is encouraged and promoted. The training and raising up of servant leaders that will come out of this architectural masterpiece will impact many generations to come. If you have not yet taken a walk through this new addition to DBU, I definitely encourage you to take the time to do so.

The DBU campus is constantly growing and expanding to make room for our growing number of students and the changing needs of the university, and everyone is so excited about this addition to our ever-growing campus. This is certainly an exciting time to be a student at Dallas Baptist University!

Jay Harley Interview

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We at DBU International are so excited to be starting a new semester! To kick off Spring 2016 we will be doing a new blog series highlighting some of our amazing faculty and staff members here at DBU. To start this series off I had a chance to sit down with Jay Harley, DBU’s Dean of Spiritual Life and Student Life. I was able to talk to Jay Harley about his job at DBU. Most students know him as the organizer/leader of our chapel services; however, his job entails much more than that.

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 How did you get to DBU?

“I’m originally from South Carolina, and I moved to Texas after graduating from Clemson University to attend Southwestern seminary. While I was in seminary I started doing some volunteer work at DBU helping out with discipleship groups for the athletic department. After graduating from seminary I was offered a job as the director of spiritual life, and since 2010 I have been the Dean of Spiritual Life.”

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What do you do at DBU?

“I oversee student affairs and spiritual life areas, which is residence life, apartment life, the career center, the counseling center, chapel, BSM, Global Missions, and student activities.”

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How do you envision DBU’s Christ-centered community continuing to grow as DBU grows and changes?

“That is a tough question, and it is something we at DBU are constantly thinking about. I think the biggest thing we can do practically is to have more ministries, student organizations, and discipleship opportunities. I think we need to have more student life activities as well to encourage community. One way we are encouraging this type of growth is through making more places on campus for students to study and hang out. Our new Learning Center is a great of example of this. Typically the students who are active and engaged in the DBU community are also the ones who excel academically. It is so important for students to make friends and get involved in the activities and events that are happening on campus.”

DBU students have been blessed with incredible professors and faculty members who love to serve, teach, lead, and point their students to Christ. Be on the look out for our next installment in blog series highlighting a few of these individuals, and if you see Jay Harley or any of our other faculty or staff, make sure to thank them for all they do for our university!

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