Debate Team Ranked 7th

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

The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communication

The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communications

Once again the East Texas Baptist University Debate Team coached by ETBU Professor of Communication Dr. Cole Franklin experienced a great year competing. The team finishes the year ranked 7th in the nation after debating at the the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament held April 10-13 at Middle Tennessee State University.

The ETBU team went up against some 250 competitors from 33 universities from across the nation.

“Over 80 universities competed in the IPDA circuit this year” said Dr. Franklin. “We are one of the very smallest universities competing in IPDA. To finish the season ranked seventh in the country is quite an accomplishment. We are very happy with our results.”

Dr. Franklin finished the season ranked fourth nationally out of 145 individuals that competed in the IPDA Profession Division this season.

The ETBU debate team has been competing in the IPDA debate organization since 2007. Membership on the team is open to any ETBU student, faculty, or staff member. No experience is necessary. The 2014-2015 season will begin in September, 2014.

To read more about the ETBU Debate Team and how other Tiger debaters finished nationally, click here.


Second Time for Blankenship

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

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East Texas Baptist University freshman track and field athlete Cody Blankenship of Hallsville has done it again. After winning another meet in the high jump, the American Southwest Conference has named him one of the Men’s Athletes of Week for competition held April 9-15th.

His latest first place jumped occurred at the Hardin-Simmons University Track & Field meet held in Abilene on April 12. Blankenship won the high jump clearing 1.98 meters (6’5”) in a field of five athletes.  Coming into the weekend, he was tied for seventh in NCAA Division III in the high jump with a leap of 2.03 (6’8”) with four other athletes.

In his first-ever collegiate meet (Mississippi College Invitational) he cleared 6’8’ to win his event over seven others who competed.  Blankenship also received the ASC Conference award for Men’s Athlete of the Week in Track & Field for his winning jump at Mississippi College.

Next up for the ETBU Track & Field athletes is the ASC Conference Championship Meet, April 25-26th.

Cody is the son of Vince and Susan Blankenship. Vince serves at ETBU’s Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing.


Windham ASC Hitter of the Week

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Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Putting on a hitting clinic in game one of the series against Sul Ross State University, Phillip Windham has been named the American Southwest Conference’s “Hitter of the Week.”  Windham batted .500 in the series with five RBI and three home runs.

On Friday night, Windham collected three home runs going 3-of-3 with four RBI in an 11-0 route of the Lobos.  He hit home runs in the second, fourth, and seventh innings of the game with the first two giving ETBU the lead.  His first shot in the second inning was a solo shot and then he added his second of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.  His final moonshot was his longest of the night over the left field fence that landed out in the ETBU intramural field as a solo home run.

On Saturday, he collected another RBI as the first run of the game in game one of the 8-4 win.  His three hits ties a career high in a game and the three home runs in a game is a career high.

ETBU is currently on a six-game winning streak sweeping the last two ASC series from UT-Tyler and Sul Ross State.  They are now 13-18 and 10-14 in the ASC.


Karson Kent Honored as Senior Girl Call-Out

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Karson Kent (left) stands next to her "little sister" Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Karson Kent (left) stands next to her “little sister” Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 67th year on Friday, April 11, 2014, naming the 2013-2014 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant. Last year, Karson’s older sister, Kallie Kent Philips was named the Senior Girl Call-Out. Miss Kent is a Business Management major. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Kent. Karson, has three sisters, Kaitlyn, Kinsey, and Klaire, they are quadruplets and students at ETBU.

While at ETBU,  Miss Kent played tennis her freshman and sophomore years and was chosen Academic All Conference in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  She was inducted into Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta, chosen Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors every semester.  Karson enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and drinking coffee with friends.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the business field. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday nights, she volunteers in the three and four year old class at Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about this year’s ceremony click here.

To see the video of the announcement  click here.


Dr. Pierce Called As Pastor of FBC, Hallsville

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Dr. Monty Pierce, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Hallsville and ETBU Board of Trustee member

Dr. Monty Pierce, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Hallsville and ETBU Board of Trustee member

East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustee member and alumnus Dr. Monty Pierce has been called as pastor of First Baptist Church of Hallsville, Texas. Dr. Pierce is the 36th pastor of FBC, since the church was established in 1870.

Thomas Richardson, who writes a column for the Marshall News Messenger titled “Hallsville Happenings”, wrote this in his column that was published on April 4th :

Dr. Monty Pierce, 53, has been called and accepted as pastor of First Baptist Church in Hallsville at a business meeting Sunday morning.

Bro. Pierce was elected by secret ballot after the pastor search committee had unanimously recommended him. He had been with the church 11 years and served as associate pastor of Education Administration. It’s hard not to say “Monty,” served as interim pastor while Dr. David Massey was ill and has continued since his death last year.

Pierce is from New Boston, graduated from high school there and received his college degree from ETBC in 1983. He received his Master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in early 1991 and his Doctorate from the same school in December of 1991. He worked at churches in Arkansas and the panhandle of Texas before coming to Hallsville.

Bro. Monty is married to Candice who works at Eastman and strongly supports him. They have a son, John Calvin Pierce, who is a senior at Hallsville High School.  He is an accomplished singer and pianist who performs at church and school.

To read the rest of Richardson’s column, which he writes about the history of First Baptist Church Hallsville, click here.


The New Miss ETBU

Posted by Tiger Pride in Just for Fun, Student Life

Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.   Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major,  represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major, represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

What a great evening to see the talent and poise of 10 young ladies who competed in the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday evening April 5th, in Baker Auditorium at East Texas Baptist University.   The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Emily Prevost, E TBU Director of Leadership.

When Dr. Prevost announced Contestant #3 Sarah Alvis as the new Miss ETBU it took a few seconds for her to react as she was totally caught off guard.  The sophomore nursing major from Fort Worth said afterwards, “It was the last thing I would have ever thought. When I even entered this pageant, I did not ever expect to win. I expected to have a great time with the girls. Winning was the last thing on my radar.”

Last  year’s Miss ETBU, Macy Freeman, along with ETBU President Dr. Dub Olver and Student Government President Kinsey  Kent crowned Miss Alvis before a large enthusiastic crowd.

Miss Alvis, representing University Apartments, is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. While attending ETBU, Sarah has been involved in the University Scholars Program, and served as a Resident Assistant for University Apartments. She has made the Dean’s List with Honors for three semesters while at ETBU. She says her ministry is serving her residents in her position as Resident Assistant. She attends Crossroads Community Church in Longview. After graduation Sarah plans to work as a nurse, obtain her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and serve wherever the Lord leads her. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, dancing, traveling, nursing, hiking, and learning about other cultures.

Jermaca Brown, a junior kinesiology major from Fairfield, was selected first runner up. Miss Brown, representing Baptist Student Ministry, is the daughter of Greg and Sonya Gibson.

Selected second runner up was sophomore business major Paige Redmon of Bonham. Miss Redmon representing the ETBU Spirit Program is the daughter of Gary and Kelli Redmon. Miss Redmon also received the Best Talent Award.

The Miss Congeniality Award went to junior nursing major Natalie Pippin of Marshall. Miss Pippin, representing Texas Nursing Student’s Association, is the daughter of Randy and Sally Pippin.

The remaining Miss ETBU contestants and the campus organizations they represented included: sophomore Hannah Parks of Burleson, representing Student Foundation; sophomore Natalie Davis of Houston, representing Linebery Hall; junior Audrey Winders of Kingwood, representing the American Marketing Association; sophomore Sally Perkins of League City, representing Alpha Psi Omega; junior Jenny Utterback of Rowlett, representing the Athletic Training Education Program; and junior Lynlea Hansen of Houston, representing Ornelas Hall.

To view a video of the announcement click here.

To read the bios of each contestant printed in the Marshall News Messenger, click here.


Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom

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

Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, India, (equivalent to a university president in the United States) Dr. G S N Raju, shakes hands with  East Texas Baptist University Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi. Dr. Nandamudi delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment held at Andhra University, March 5-6.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Nandamudi.

Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, India, (equivalent to a university president in the United States) Dr. G S N Raju, shakes hands with East Texas Baptist University Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi. Dr. Nandamudi delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment held at Andhra University, March 5-6. Photo courtesy of Dr. Nandamudi.

East Texas Baptist University offers over 40 majors of study in seven schools.  The seven schools are School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Education, School of Humanities, School of Fine Arts, School of Natural and Social Sciences and School of Nursing.  ETBU, in its second century of offering Christ-centered higher education,  also offers graduate programs in Business, Religion, Education and Counseling.

Another fact, 90% of the faculty is terminal. What does that mean?

A terminal degree is the highest academic degree in a given field of study.  Of the professors teaching at ETBU, 90% have earned the highest degree in their field. Students who sit in their classrooms are getting top notch instruction.  It does not surprise me when ETBU professors are asked to speak locally or internationally on a topic in their field of study.

Recently, ETBU Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi,  was invited by his alma mater, Andhra University in India to be the key note speaker at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment.  To read about his trip to the conference, click here.

Then on Monday, April 7, ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. Jeph Holloway will be at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn. He is has been invited to speak at the T.B. Maston Lecture in Christian Ethics.  His lecture will focus on the importance of how the moral life God intends for us is thoroughly bound to our identity as people of worship.”

To read more about the T.B. Maston Lecture in Christian Ethics, click here.


McLendon, Lindsey Take ASC Player of the Week Awards

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The excitement and strong play from the series against the University of Texas-Dallas has led to two East Texas Baptist University softball players being named co-American Southwest Conference players of the week.  Lacey Lindsey and Kelly Jo McLendon both were given the award for a second time this year.

McLendon was named the pitcher of the week as she put together a strong showing in the circle going 3-0 and picking up 13 strikeouts while only walking one batter in 67 batters faced.  She threw a 2-hit shutout against regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, 5-0, with four strikeouts.  She followed with another complete game win, 5-2, over Texas-Dallas in game one with three strikeouts and her only walk of the week.  She then came in relief beginning in the 4th inning vs. Texas-Dallas in the final game of the series and took the win in extra innings with six strikeouts and only four hits.  In two of the four innings she retired the side striking out the first three batters she faced.  She had a 1.11 ERA on the week with three earned runs coming in the series vs. UTD.

Lindsey had another phenomenal week for ETBU hitting three home runs with her last being a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of 8th inning to come from behind over Texas-Dallas, 3-2, to sweep the series.  The ball was hit over the right CF fence and pushed the netting back on the scoreboard, hitting the scoreboard.  She was 2-of-4 in the final game vs. Texas-Dallas with a double and home run.  She also hit a home run in the second game of the series, a 9-0 win over Texas-Dallas.  In the series sweep of regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, she had two of the five RBI in the 5-0 win singling in the first run in the first inning and homering in the 3rd inning.  In the first game vs. Texas-Dallas, a 5-2 win, Lindsey singled in two RBI to put ETBU ahead 4-1 in the 3rd inning giving the Tigers insurance runs.  She is now on a six-game hitting streak and has nine home runs on the year which is second in the ASC.  For the week she had a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage.  In 16 at-bats, she never struck out, too.

ETBU is currently 23-5 on the year and 17-4 in the American Southwest Conference ranked ninth in last week’s NFCA national poll.  To follow ETBU softball go to @ETBU_Softball on Twitter.


Groundwork for the Future

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Aerial view of Centennial Hall.  Courtesy photo.

Aerial view of Centennial Hall construction. Courtesy photo.

Every year the Marshall News Messenger publishes a special Progress Edition.  On this past Sunday, Centennial Hall was featured on the front cover of this special edition. Below is the story published by the Marshall News Messenger on the progress of Centennial Hall.

MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (3/23/14) – East Texas Baptist University’s newest residence hall is primed to complete construction by the beginning of the fall semester.

The idea for a new residence hall and living life center has been in the works at ETBU since early 2012.

“The project was discussed by the ETBU Board of Trustees beginning in January of 2012,” said ETBU President Dr. Samuel “Dub” Oliver.  “The new living learning center was one of the recommendations that resulted from The Centennial Council and documented in their report.  The project was approved by the Board in September of 2012, and planning and designing commenced immediately.”

Once the groundwork was laid out, construction began on the new building last year.

“Construction began May 6, 2013,” Oliver said.  “There is one building being built that will hold 362 students, one faculty in residence, and one resident director.  The total cost of the project is $20.675 million.”

Dubbed the Centennial Hall, the new residence is a testament to ETBU’s history in Marshall.  As a living learning center, the new building will not only serve as a home for students, but also a place of learning and academic opportunities.

“The living learning center is named Centennial Hall,” Oliver said.  “The name is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of East Texas Baptist University (originally called the College of Marshall).  Centennial Hall celebrates the history and heritage of a great institution as well as points to the bright future of ETBU.”

Though Centennial Hall started construction under Oliver’s presidency at ETBU, it will not be completed until after his departure from Marshall to serve as president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn.  Oliver expects the building to be fully installed and ready for use by Aug. 1.

“Centennial Hall will advance the mission of ETBU by building on the core strengths of the university while helping us attract and retain even more students,” he said.  “ETBU is a classic Christian liberal arts institution that is residential based.”

“In order for the University to grow, we needed additional residence hall space to house students.  With a faculty in residence, a classroom in the building, and spaces organized to maximize student interaction, the building will help us be even better at those core strengths.”

The residence hall isn’t the only construction project slated for completion this summer; Oliver noted that tennis courts are set for completion in July.  After that, the future of ETBU’s construction falls into the hands of the school’s next president.

“There are always facility needs and projects to work on in the future,” Oliver said.  “The next one to be built immediately will be the tennis courts (to be started in May 2014 and completed by the end of July 2014).”

“There are other projects under consideration – academic buildings, performance spaces and athletic facilities – but there is nothing in the queue after the tennis courts.  The new president will have the opportunity to chart that course.”

(Used by permission Marshall News Messenger. Written by Education Reporter Austin King)


Marshall News Messenger Editorial

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors, Spiritual Life, Student Life

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Marshall is lucky enough to be the home of several top-notch institutions of higher learning. They are a credit to their fields of study and allow East Texans the opportunity to study in their own backyard.

Last week two of these schools, East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College, signed an articulation agreement that will fast track the completion of a Master of Arts in Religion from ETBU for Wiley students. The program will allow seniors at Wiley to earn dual credit for courses in religion, in one swoop rounding out their bachelor’s degree and getting a head start on their master’s.

This program will surely foster a closer relationship between the two institutions. Wiley and ETBU already share many qualities, not least of which are they are both private schools, they each stress Christian values and serving the community and one another. This program will bring a greater diversity to all students enrolled who will be able to share their unique experiences learned at their respective colleges with one another. This agreement will benefit students in several ways.

While there are scholarships and financial aid available to students, there is no way to gloss over the expense of a college degree. Being able to shave off even a few semesters from a student’s college career can save thousands of dollars of debt the student or parents would otherwise owe after graduation.

Time saved is another great advantage of this program. While many students enjoy the simple act of learning in itself, being able to complete one’s education and begin working in a chosen career path quickly is no small benefit.

Earning a master’s degree before the typical timeline could feel like a reward for students who know going into their degree plan what they want to do in life and what they want to achieve in school.

We are glad to see this type of program adopted locally as it has been implemented successfully at other, larger schools in the state.

This is the first time an articulation agreement has been set between the institutions and ETBU President Samuel “Dub” Oliver and Wiley President Haywood L. Strickland both expressed their positive hopes for the future of the program and the cooperation of the two schools at the signing last Wednesday.

We hope students see the tremendous value in this dual education program and seek these schools out to be a part of the master’s program. The success of the program will be measured by the success of the students as they prepare for life after college.

(Editorial published in the Marshall News Messenger, March 23, 2014)