Jessica Leigh Lauderdale Named to Hardin-Simmons University's Homecoming Court

ABILENE, TX (10/11/2013)(readMedia)-- Jessica Leigh Lauderdale of Azle, Texas, was named to Homecoming Court for Hardin-Simmons University's 2013-2014 Homecoming festivities.

The announcement of HSU's Homecoming Court came October 11 in a ceremony at Behrens Auditorium. The ceremony was one of 70 Homecoming events October 10 – 13, 2013.

Jessica is the daughter of Greg and Jennifer Lauderdale. A social work major, Jessica plans to start graduate school next fall. She is involved in Alpha Iota Omega, the Social Work Club, and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Currently, a South Side Baptist Church college ministry intern, Jessica has a passion for serving others and believes that as a Christian she is called to share the gospel and reach people for Christ.

About Hardin-Simmons:

HSU has an enrollment of approximately 2,300 undergrad and graduate students from 31 states and 12 countries. HSU has a 12:1 student faculty ratio with a campus that sits on 228 acres, with 86% of HSU's faculty members holding the highest degree in their field.

The university is named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States and is listed by The Princeton Review as a Top Ten Best in the West University. It is a member of the Colleges of Distinction and the Chronicle of Higher Education named HSU to its list of Great Colleges to Work For. HSU has been name as a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and is a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Seven undergraduate degrees encompass 70 major fields including: athletic training, criminal justice, social work, counseling, sociology, psychology, molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental science, religion, music, art, theatre, teaching, communications, business administration, accounting, and management. Ten graduate degrees, encompassing 26 programs, include the Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Education in Leadership, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

International study programs include England, Austria, Hong Kong, Spain, and Australia.

Hardin-Simmons University, founded in 1891, is a private Christian liberal arts university, and has been affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) since 1941.