ETBU Honors Retiree Mary Beth Benderby Mike Midkiff
MARSHALL, Texas (3/01/13) - The Office of Spiritual Development of East Texas Baptist University hosted a retirement reception for Administrative Assistant Mary Beth Bender. Faculty, staff, family and friends gathered Thursday afternoon, February 28, 2013, in the Cornish Great Room of the Ornelas Student Center to honor her for 29 years of service to ETBU.
In 1983, Mary Beth began her time at ETBU working in the Admissions office as a secretary. She retired as the administrative assistant for the Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development Dr. Scott Bryant. Mary Beth spent her last 12 years at ETBU in the departments of Spiritual Life and Religion and Spiritual Development.
"Mary Beth was both a great promoter of the institution and also a great staff member. Every student that encountered Mary Beth felt her love and care for them as individuals,” said Dr. Bryant. "She treated every student that walked in to her office with care, compassion, and dignity. Even if they came in upset about something they would often leave with a smile on their face.”
Mary Beth continues to be a great ambassador for the university. As she introduced her family members to the well wishers she proudly proclaimed that five of her immediate family members are graduates of ETBU.
ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver remarked, "When I think of Mary Beth Bender I think of the fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23. Addressing Mrs. Bender Dr. Oliver continued, "The students you served and the colleagues you worked with were blessed by your joy-filled attitude and your willingness to serve.”
He presented her with an engraved decorative crystal bowl as a token of appreciation for her service. Dr. Oliver holding the gift read the inscription to the crowd, "Mary Beth Bender, in appreciation of faithful service, 1983-2012.”
During the presentation time at the reception, ETBU Baptist Student Ministry Director Mark Yates shared, "You are someone who has always been an encourager. You find the best in every person.”
Alan Huesing, ETBU Director of International Education, said, "The scripture that comes to mind when I think about Mary Beth is the second half of Proverbs 31, which describes a Godly woman.”
Dr. Bryant closed the presentation time with a prayer, giving thanks to God for Mary Beth’s faithful service to ETBU.