2023

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

Focused Programs, a Broad Reach

Dallas International University prepares global leaders to partner with local communities, forging solutions to locally expressed needs. 

INSTITUTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

3RD EVER

PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

On November 12th, 2022, Dallas International University inaugurated its third president, Dr. Scott Berthiaume, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Texas. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university attended the ceremony, including delegates from other universities in the region. While Scott had already begun his presidential duties on July 1st, the inauguration formally symbolized the transfer of leadership.

24TH COMMENCEMENT

On May 5, 2023, DIU held its 24th Commencement exercises. An array of speakers encouraged the graduates during the evening, beginning with President Scott Berthiaume, who reminded them of DIU’s core values of interculturality, mobilization, connectedness, and innovation. Please join us in thanking God for this year’s 24 graduates!

1ST ANNUAL FRIENDS OF DIU FESTIVAL

On March 24, DIU hosted the first Friends of DIU Annual Festival. The festival celebrated DIU’s passion for the world, God’s many blessings, and friends like you who share in both.  We at Dallas International University praise God for how our faithful friends have blessed us thus far, and we look forward to your continuing partnership as we pursue our passion for the world.

1ST ANNUAL NATIONS' CUP

The Nations’ Cup was a successful inaugural golf tournament that fostered relationships within the local community and raised funds for the University’s 4TheWorld campaign. The nine teams included 36 golfers, including representatives from nine corporate and church sponsors, as well as around 40 silent auction sponsors. The tournament raised more than $13,000 for the university and will become an annual event.

SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT

BACCALAUREATE

A special chapel to end each semester, featuring graduating DIU students who share about their journey at DIU and their plans after graduation. We conclude by praying over each student.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Many students have been involved in local volunteer work in a variety of ways. The University encourages such service as it helps our students gain valuable experience.

DAY OF PRAYER

Each February & November, Dallas International University suspends classes and closes offices so that faculty, and staff can focus on the prayer needs of the university. This year, the DIU Day of Prayer focused on Psalm 62:8.

1ST MURAL

On May 24, in partnership with the International Linguistics Center, the DIU Student Body Association unveiled the school’s first mural in the lobby of the ILC’s Mahler building.

TRANSFORM

Every Monday and Wednesday, DIU faculty, staff, and students gather for a community worship service called Transform.

7 New Programs

in the past five years

20 Undergrad Degrees Completed

since BA Program launched in 2013

467 Grad Degrees Completed

in DIU’s History

1 First Doctoral Degree Completed

since PhD program launched in 2018

FEATURED GRADS

TIMOTHY HATCHER

FACULTY MEMBER OF THE YEAR

At our Fall In-Service we recognized Timothy Hatcher as the outstanding faculty member of the year. Tim has served as an Assistant Professor in the department of Applied Anthropology since 2017. He is serving as the program coordinator for our Graduate Certificate in Scripture Engagement and our MA in Human Migration. In addition to serving as the program coordinator, Tim was instrumental in establishing both of these programs. The Human Migration program had its inaugural class in the 2022-2023 academic year. He also served the school as the Chair of the Applied Anthropology department. His leadership and forethought have been invaluable as we think about the skills that DIU wants to develop in its students.

FINANCIALS

DIU has a strong mission, an incredible legacy and a bright future as a University dedicated to intercultural and incarnational ministry. This past year has seen encouraging contributions among our Permanently and Temporary Restricted Funds, and strong market growth for much of the fiscal year.

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Johnny & Ellen Walker

Johnny Walker (Certificate in Applied Linguistics, 2007) and his wife, Ellen, (MA in Language Development, 2009) have contributed greatly to Wycliffe Bible Translators’ (SIL) Mara Cluster Project, working with ten related Tanzanian languages! Ellen serves in literacy development and Johnny in language development tasks such as orthography and dictionary formation.

During their time at DIU, Johnny learned the methodologies and computer software that he has used extensively to study the Mara languages and cultures. DIU even gave him the opportunity to visit a Tanzanian church for a class project, giving him a head start on understanding the country that would become his new home.

In March 2023, Johnny and Ellen attended the Kabwa and Ikoma New Testament dedications, delighted to celebrate with the communities they have labored with for so long. They listened with joy as community members read adeptly from the Scripture. Such public readings would not have been possible a decade ago before literacy took root through the efforts of workers like Ellen.

The Kabwa community also eagerly anticipates receiving their first dictionary this summer. Johnny has been instrumental in producing this valuable and honorable resource for their community, and he is excited that they will be able to use it at last. The Walkers now live in Rwanda, where they continue to work remotely with the Mara Cluster and contribute to other projects locally.

PARTNERSHIPS

In addition to the many organizational partnerships held by DIU, the University enjoys a rich history of formal agreements with peer institutions of higher education.  Students benefit from the broad range of options these cooperative agreements and articulated credit arrangements provide.  DIU and Dallas Theological Seminary signed a new agreement to expand a cooperative master’s in biblical Exegesis and Linguistics to include a new translation advising track. Colorado Christian University incorporated DIU linguistics courses into its new bachelor’s in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics. DIU welcomed students from both institutions last year!

HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS BY YEAR

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