Jun
29
2015

Writing Books in Retirement



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


Hilltop News September 2002- ETBU Registrar Pinkston prepares diplomas for the graduates of the Class of May 2002. Photo by Mark A. Dimmitt

Hilltop News September 2002- ETBU Registrar Pinkston prepares diplomas for the graduates of the Class of May 2002. Photo by Mark A. Dimmitt

For 19 years, Jeanie “Nethery” Pinkston served East Texas Baptist University as an employee. She retired in September 2006 as the Registrar. The Mineola, Texas native even received her degree from ETBU in 1992 while working and raising a family.

When Jeanie graduated from ETBU, her daughter Keri “Pinkston” Wilson, walked the stage just as she did.  Her other children, Kristi (’95) and Greg (’98), are graduates as well.

Jeanie has a love for writing and since retirement has become a published author.  Recently, her hometown newspaper, the Mineola Monitor featured her and her sister Linda “Nethery” Cunningham in a story.

Jeanie has written five Christian fiction books and her sister, who is an author as well, writes children’s books.

To read Josh Land’s story on the Nethery sisters, click here.

A “Tiger Pride High Five” to Jeanie for using her writing talents to share with others about the Christian faith.

Jun
15
2015

A Total of 340 Years of Faithful Service



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


Karen Wiley (standing left) was recognized for 30 years of service at East Texas Baptist University during the annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty.  Standing with her are Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler and Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Catherine Crawford. Wiley serves ETBU as the Dean of Academic Services in the  Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Karen Wiley (standing left) was recognized for 30 years of service at ETBU during the annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty. Standing with her are Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler and Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Catherine Crawford. Wiley serves ETBU as the Dean of Academic Services in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

East Texas Baptist University held its annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty at the end of the Fall Semester. The celebration started with a time of worship and prayer in Baker Auditorium and finished with a luncheon in the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms of the Ornelas Student Center to honor employees for service. A total of 30 were recognized that represented 340 years of faithful service to the University.

Those honored for years of service are:

Five Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Stanley Coppinger, Professor of English

Sherry Covington, Instructor of English

Dr. George Day, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Melisa Murphrey, School of Business Administrative Secretary

Mike Pappas, Assistant Football Coach

Martha Payne, Office Coordinator – Physical Facilities

Blair Prevost, Director of Ornelas Student Center & Assistant Dean-Student Affairs

Danna Robins, Administrative Secretary – Institutional Technology

Amanda Rickards, Retail – Sodexo

10 Years of Faithful Service

Sharon Hall, Secretary – Football

Dr. Warren Johnson, Professor of Religion & Master of Arts Program Director – Religion

Dr. Mark Miller, Associate Professor of Sociology

Garry Ormes, Carpentry Lead Man – Physical Facilities

Dr. Dennis Robertson, Professor of Communication

Dr. Darrell Roe, Associate Professor of Communication

Janae Shirley, Head Softball Coach

Dr. Will Walker, Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Michael Welch, Facilities Manager – Physical Facilities

Dr. Jeanna White, Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center

Carolyn Engel, Administrative Assistant – Sodexo

Amber Dortch, Catering Director – Sodexo

Melinda Faulkner, Dining Room Attendant – Sodexo

15 Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Dane Fowlkes, Associate Vice President for University Advancement

Dr. Israel Nandamudi, Professor of Political Science

Debbie Rogers, Director of Campus Services

Etherlene Silmon, Baker – Sodexo

ETBU employee Vickey Williams stands with Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler after being recognized for 25 years of service. Williams is a member of the Physical Facilities department serving on the housekeeping day crew.

ETBU employee Vickey Williams stands with Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler after being recognized for 25 years of service. Williams is a member of the Physical Facilities department serving on the housekeeping day crew.

20 Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Catherine Cone, Professor of Biology

Dr. John Harris, Professor of Religion – Dean of the School of Christian Studies

25 Years of Faithful Service

Vickey Williams, Housekeeping Day Crew – Physical Facilities

30 Years of Faithful Service

Karen Wiley, Dean of Academic Services – Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Jun
9
2015

Larzabal Receives ASC Community Service Award



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


Nicolas Larzabal in action vs. LeTourneau University. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Nicolas Larzabal in action vs. LeTourneau University. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Each year the American Southwest Conference recognizes student/athletes who make a difference in their respective communities through community service. East Texas Baptist University senior tennis player Nicolas Larzabal was one of five named as a winner of the 2014-2015 ASC Community Service Award after a vote of the league’s athletic directors.

From the  ASC website: Larzabal (Bogota, Columbia/Northstar Academy) is a two sport athlete in cross country and tennis, and the third East Texas Baptist recipient of the ASC Community Service award.

In his time at ETBU, Larzabal has consistently been involved in some form of voluntary community service. For the last two years, he volunteered at least 40 hours a semester at the Soda Lake Baptist Association Clothes Closet. He contributed at the Marshall Food Pantry and has taken part in a variety of conference and institution-level Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiatives.

For the last several years, he served as a volunteer at different summer youth camps and has taken part in all of the volunteer service projects through the ETBU Cross Country and Tennis teams. He served as a volunteer coach for the Kaboom Project, which built a new playground at Robert E. Lee Elementary.

“Nick has been an invaluable member of our team, with a servant’s heart and a positive attitude,” said ETBU cross country coach Natalie Bach-Prather. “Besides being a part of every service project on campus and getting involved in off campus ministry, he is constantly encouraging everyone around him. Nicolas is very deserving of this award.”

Others male athletes receiving the award are Louisiana College senior Brand Bignar and Sul Ross State senior Zakk Revelle. Two women student-athletes were named co-winners as McMurry senior Kayla Hines and Texas Dallas senior Chelsea Sartor.

This is the first time in the history of the award that five student-athletes have been named winners of the ASC Community Service Award.

Jun
8
2015

ETBU Student-Athletes Earn ASC Academic Award



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics


43 awardsThe American Southwest Conference released the list of the All-Academic players and East Texas Baptist University had 43 student-athletes on the list. This list is compromised of the winter and spring sports for ETBU of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball. The list also includes the student athletic trainers in which ETBU had 18 earn the award.

To be eligible for ASC Academic All-Conference honors, students must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution prior to the season in which they are honored. All student-athletes and sports information student assistants named Academic All-Conference carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average while athletic training student assistants carry a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average.

Softball led the way for ETBU with 14 players earning the award which was the best for that sport tying with Texas Dallas. Baseball followed with 12 players on the list while women’s track and field added eight as the top three teams for ETBU. Below is the list of student-athletes on the ASC All-Academic list:


Baseball

Ben Beltran East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology El Paso, Texas
Conner Combs East Texas Baptist So. Business Southlake, Texas
Zach Compton East Texas Baptist So. Business Pflugerville, Texas
Zach Ervin East Texas Baptist So. Business Administration Mount Pleasant, Texas
Matt Lefler East Texas Baptist Sr. Criminal Justice Conway, Ark.
Tanner Matthews East Texas Baptist Jr. Speech Communications Joshua, Texas
Kirby Moore East Texas Baptist Sr. Secondary Education Minden, La.
Ernest Perez East Texas Baptist Jr. Mathematics Corpus Christi, Texas
Jaxon Rader East Texas Baptist So. Business Paris, Texas
Jacob Wadle East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Tyler, Texas
Cody Wilk East Texas Baptist So. Business Allen, Texas
Brice Winter East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Paris, Texas

Softball

Jessica Bowden East Texas Baptist Jr. Marketing Pearland, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Katy Hill East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Wichita Falls, Texas
Kaitlyn Hollingshead East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training New Braunfels, Texas
Kayla Garcia East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Administration Navasota, Texas
Lacey Lindsey East Texas Baptist So. Nursing Leander, Texas
Kelly Jo McLendon East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Livingston, Texas
Alexis Padilla East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Houston, Texas
Shelby Parker East Texas Baptist Gr. Sports Management Brazoria, Texas
Jayme Perez East Texas Baptist So. Mass Communications Austin, Texas
Shelby Phillips East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Nederland, Texas
Lindsey Vasquez East Texas Baptist So. Business Accounting Hallsville, Texas
Maranda Westbrook East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Rusk, Texas
Mallory Westbrook East Texas Baptist Gr. Sports Management Rusk, Texas

Women’s Track and Field

Rachel Ferguson East Texas Baptist Jr. Psychology Hemphill, Texas
Hannah Godwin East Texas Baptist Jr. Education Spring, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Madison Kauffman East Texas Baptist Gr. Education Sugarland, Texas
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas
Shelby Sparks East Texas Baptist So. Kinesiology Richardson, Texas
Shelby Taylor East Texas Baptist So. Elementary Education Flint, Texas
Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas

Men’s Track and Field

Cody Blankenship East Texas Baptist So. Business Hallsville, Texas
Bryce Hale East Texas Baptist Jr. History Education Quinlan, Texas
Landon Price East Texas Baptist Gr. Religion / Missions Mount Pleasant, Texas

Men’s Basketball

Eric Horton East Texas Baptist Jr. Business Paris, Texas
Seth Powers East Texas Baptist Jr. Math Education Midlothian, Texas
Erby Thompson East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Pitkin, La.

Women’s Basketball

Morgan Garrett East Texas Baptist Jr. University Studies Coushatta, La.
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas

Men’s Tennis

Tyler Tolopka East Texas Baptist Jr. Biology Sugarland, Texas

Women’s Tennis

Shavonne Nuall East Texas Baptist So. Biology Grand Prairie, Texas

Athletic Training

Alanis Bailey East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Elgin, Texas
Dana Boyd East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Hailey Brown East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Bogota, Texas
Tiffannee Byrd East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Livingston, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Brett Forbus East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Anastasia Grimaldo East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Tatum, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Katy Hill East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Wichita Falls, Texas
Kaitlyn Hollingshead East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training New Braunfels, Texas
Desirae Pearcy East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Arlington, Texas
JD Richardson East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Sami Rios East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Joshua, Texas
Sam Stampley East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training McKinney, Texas
Brady Tomlin East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Gilmer, Texas
Jenny Utterback East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas
Jacob Wadle East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Tyler, Texas
Brice Winter East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Paris, Texas
May
27
2015

Parker, Lindsey, Perez are NFCA All-Americans



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


all america softballEarning All-American status is hard to do and the East Texas Baptist University softball team has three NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Americans players this year. Shelby Parker, Lacey Lindsey, and Jayme Perez are all NFCA All-Americans announced at the annual NCAA National Championship Banquet in Salem, Va.

Parker becomes ETBU’s fifth NFCA All-American first-team selection following Ayrika Henderson (2009-pitcher), Allison Ratcliff (2004-DP), Tonya Minor (2004-OF), and Angela Gonzales (2004-catcher). It is the first time that Parker has been named an All-American and she is only one of two pitches selected on the first-team. The other pitcher selected is Tufts University Allison Fournier. This adds to the awards Parker has already earned in NFCA All-West Region first-team, ASC Pitcher of the Year, All-ASC first-team, five-time ASC pitcher of the week, and CoSIDA Academic All-District. Parker owns seven ETBU pitching records and leaves with over 600 career strikeouts and 78 wins.

Earning a spot on the NFCA All-American second-team is Lindsey (at-large) and Perez (designated player).  Both players were NFCA All-American third-team selections in 2014. Lindsey finished the year as the ASC co-Player of the Year and was a two-time ASC Hitter of the Week. She broke the ETBU single season record for home runs, held by Ratcliff, with 16. Perez hit 11 home runs and was also an All-ASC first-team selection.

This is the third year in a row that ETBU has had a NFCA All-American player.

May
27
2015

Doud Voted ABCA All-West Region



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


dynas doudFor the third year in a row the East Texas Baptist University baseball team has landed a player on the ABCA All-Region team. Junior Dynas Doud (Adel, Iowa) was voted onto the third-team for his performance at short stop. The last two years outfield Tyler Bates was on the ABCA All-West Region third-team.

This is Doud’s second post-season award as he was an All-ASC first-team selection, too. He finished with a .358 batting average with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 37 RBI. This is his first year at ETBU after transferring from Tyler Junior College.

Doud was one of 10 ASC players selected for the all-region team. The ASC had six players on the first-team and then two on the second and third teams each.

The ABCA/Rawlings All-Region teams are voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the process is led by the ABCA NCAA Div. III All-America Committee. All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors.

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. The 72nd annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 7-10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

May
20
2015

ETBU Teacher Education Grad Named Teacher of the Year for Moore Elementary



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

The past Monday at the Marshall ISD Board Meeting the district recognized campus teachers of the year.  As one goes down the list of 12 teachers named for being outstanding educators at their respective campuses you will find the name of Tiffany Blaylock Stevenson.

Stevenson is a second grade teacher at J.H. Moore Elementary located just blocks from the East Texas Baptist University campus. The Livingston native graduated from ETBU in 2013 and is married to Will Stevenson, a graduate of ETBU as well.

This is Stevenson’s second year at Moore but taught fourth graders the previous year. She writes on her Moore Elementary personal web page, “Each day is an exciting adventure. My goal is to help students learn the school content and social aspects of life. I also desire for each student to feel loved and encouraged each day at Moore.”

Stevenson will now be considered for the district teacher of the year award which will be announced at next month’s Marshall ISD Board Meeting.

Congratulations to Stevenson for being named Teacher of the Year at Moore Elementary.

 

May
18
2015

Special Presentations at Spring Commencement



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Spring Commencement was held on May 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Family, friends, alumni, current students and well-wishers came to see the 126 East Texas Baptist University students walk across the stage to receive their degrees.

ETBU President-Elect Dr. J. Blair Blackburn addressed the graduates. He encouraged them by saying, “Students, soon to be graduates of East Texas Baptist University, congratulations to you on the completion of your educational journey. The earning of your degree is a remarkable achievement but the journey of lifelong learning and discovery does not end with the awarding of your earned degrees. Today, you will commence from here to passionately pursue the vocational calling, God has on the rest of your life.”

Not only did the graduates receive the recognition they earned the ceremonies also had a time for special presentations. Three professors received Professor with Distinction honors and one student received the Presidential Award.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner received the Presidential Award from Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. The Lumberton native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors and Mathematics. Her Honors Project was titled “Community Plant Analysis: 10-Years of Succession.” The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement.  Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement. Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

Three faculty members were presented Professor with Distinction honors for the 2014-2015 academic year. The three honored were Dr. Stan Coppinger, professor of English; Dr. Bill Mills, professor of Computer Science; and Dr. Donna Dooley, professor of Teacher Education and Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley is retiring after serving 17 years at ETBU.

Two sessions were held with the morning ceremony including graduates of the Fred M. Hale School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Humanities, and the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies (Nursing).  The afternoon ceremony had graduates of the School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Congratulations to the Spring graduates of ETBU and those who received special honors.

May
16
2015

Tigers Honored with Post-Season Honors



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


baseball all asc

Spring sports at East Texas Baptist University ended after both Tiger Baseball and Lady Tiger Softball made strong runs in the post season. The Lady Tigers lost in the championship game of the NCAA Division III Tyler Regional to end their season. Tiger baseball made the American Southwest Conference Championship losing in the semi-final round to end their season. First time since 2005 that Tiger baseball had made it into the ASC Tournament.

Post season awards are coming in with many ETBU student/athletes receiving honors.  Find our more continue reading.

 

Five Players Earn All-ASC; Doud on First-Team

Five players were named to the 2015 American Southwest Conference team after East Texas Baptist University made their run in the conference tournament. Dynas Doud was a first-team selection while Zach Compton made the second-team. Brice Winter, Jimmy Russo, and Matt Lefler were on the honorable mention team.

Doud was a first-team selection at short stop as the best short stop in the ASC. He batted .358 with 14 doubles, four home runs, and 37 RBI. He had a .910 fielding percentage with 61 putouts and 110 assists. His .358 batting average was 13th in the ASC while he was third in doubles and sixth in RBI.

Compton earns his first ASC award being voted onto the second team at third base. In the ASC, he was second in doubles (15), eighth in hits (57), and ninth in RBI (32). He finished second on the team in batting behind Doud at .352 and RBI (32) and also produced two home runs and 18 runs scored. He had a .886 fielding percentage with 33 put outs and 115 assists.

Earning honorable mention status were Brice Winter at utility and Jimmy Russo and Matt Lefler as relief pitchers. Winter batted .324, which was third on the team, and had six doubles with two home runs for 18 RBI. He went to the plate 111 times and had 36 hits and a .432 slugging percentage. Russo pitched in 28.1 innings winning two games in 19 appearances recording four saves with 22 strikeouts. Lefler pitched in 13 games with a 3-0 record in 24.1 innings recording 12 strikeouts.

ETBU finished the year at 21-22 going 2-2 in the ASC Tournament. The two wins were the first in 10 years for the program in the tournament and the 20-win season was the first since 2006.

four players softball 2015Lady Tigers Named NFCA All-Region

Four East Texas Baptist University softball players have been awarded with NFCA awards being voted onto the All-West region team. Shelby Parker, Lacey Lindsey, Jayme Perez, and Kayla Garcia have all been named all-region.

Earning NFCA All-West Region first team are Parker, Lindsey, and Perez. Parker, a graduate student, was just one of two pitchers selected for the first-team. She finished the year at 24-2 with a 1.52 ERA and 210 strikeouts with four saves. She pitched in 166.1 innings and only walked 21 batters.

Lindsey earns her second straight All-West Region first-team award at first-base as a sophomore. Last year she was on the team and named a third-team all-American. She led the ASC with 16 home runs breaking the program record of 15 that she tied last season. She finished the year with a .381 batting average, 12 doubles, one triple, and led the team with 55 RBI. This year she was the co-ASC Player of the Year, a NFCA National Player of the Week, and an All-ASC first-team selection at first base.

Perez also gains her second straight All-West Region first-team award as a designated player and now has a chance to become an All-American again. She finished the year with 11 home runs and 36 RBI while batting .373. She had 44 hits with 10 doubles and two triples and a .771 slugging percentage. She was also an All-ASC first-team selection.

Garcia was voted onto the All-West Region third-team earning her second NFCA award. In 2013 she was also a third-team selection. She was second on the team in batting at .402 and finished with 10 doubles, 15 RBI, and 49 hits. She had a 1.000 fielding percentage in outfield with 40 putouts and one assist.

Parker, Lindsey, and Perez will now be put onto the All-American ballot that will be released during the 2015 NCAA Division III National Softball Championship banquet May 21-24.

parker cosida 2015Shelby Parker Voted to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

For the fourth year in row the East Texas Baptist University softball team has a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as Shelby Parker has made the team. Parker was voted to the team by the sports information directors of district 8.

Parker was the only American Southwest Conference player selected to the 12-player team and only one of two pitchers chosen. She will now be put on the national ballot to try and earn a spot on the Academic All-American team. She carries a 3.8 grade point average in graduate school at ETBU.

Other ETBU softball players that have been All-District are Lacy Liles (2014), Lya Swaner (2013), and Ashton Brey (2012). All of them were then voted All-American for their academic and athletic accomplishments.

Parker finished the year at 22-2 with over 200 strikeouts for the second year in a row.  She owns all the program records for pitching and has played in four NCAA Tournaments. She was recently just named to the NFCA All-West Region first-team and is the ASC’s Pitcher of the Year. ETBU finished their season at 35-6 in the NCAA Tournament.

May
11
2015

Two With ETBU Connections Elected to City Government Seats



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Election Day was this past Saturday in East Texas. Two men who have strong ties to East Texas Baptist University were elected to serve in positions in their respective cities they live in.

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson, ETBU Professor of Communication, was elected to the Gladewater City Council, Place 6 and alumnus LaDarius Carter was elected to the District 4 seat of the Marshall City Commission. Both Robertson and Carter edged out incumbents.

Dr. Robertson has been at ETBU since 2005 and has lived in Gladewater for 20 years.  He won over incumbent Councilman Scott E. Owens and challenger Mark Carpenter.

Dr. Robertson, after winning, told a reporter from the Longview News-Journal, he will enter office in study mode.

“We’ve got to figure out where we are right now before we can take major steps,” he said. Dr. Robertson added that Owens had called to offer assistance to the new council member. “All (three) of us are friends,” he said. “And they both congratulated me.”

LaDarius Carter

LaDarius Carter

Carter is a 2010 graduate of ETBU and works at Marshall ISD as the site coordinator for the ACE afterschool program.  He won the Marshall City District 4 seat over incumbent Bill Marshall.

In the Sunday edition of the Marshall News Messenger Carter said, he looked forward to what the future holds for Marshall. “I feel great about tonight. There’s so many people in this community, some that are friends, some that I just met, who came out and knocked on doors, they made campaign donations, they told their friends, they made phone calls, they encouraged us…  I’m excited about what the next several years will bring for this community.”

Carter is a 2006 graduate of Marshall High School and serves as the youth minister for the Marshall campus of Mobberly Baptist Church.  His wife Trista is a graduate of ETBU and teaches kindergarten at Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall ISD.

Congratulations to Dr. Robertson and Carter.