Archive for the ‘Academics’ Category

ETBU Student Chosen For JAMP

Monday, October 6th, 2014

ETBU Junior Skylyn Potts

ETBU Junior Skylyn Potts

A big “Tiger Pride” high five to East Texas Baptist University junior Skylyn Potts of McLeod, Texas. Potts, a Biology major, was recently accepted into the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP). 

Potts is the first ETBU to be chosen for the JAMP program. Through this program, he was able to spend the summer studying at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  

JAMP is funded through the Texas High Education Coordinating Board and is a unique partnership between all nine Texas medical schools and 65 public and private four-year undergraduate institutions.  

JAMP has been helping Texas students become tomorrow’s medical professionals by providing:


  •          Support through undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer stipends


  •          Mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for medical school


  •          Hands-on experience through summer internships


  •          Guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school if all requirements are met


ETBU Professor Nominated to Serve With BWA

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, "Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience." Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, “Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience.” Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches.  Last week, during its annual meeting held in Izmir, Turkey, a faculty member of the East Texas Baptist University School of Christian Studies was elected to serve on the BWA  Nominations Committee for the term of 2014-2019.

Dr. Elijah Brown, ETBU’s Director of the Freedom Center and Associate Professor of Missions, was nominated by the North American Baptist Fellowship to serve on this vital committee.

“With 26 member bodies, the North American Baptist Fellowship promotes fellowship and collaboration among Baptists across both Canada and the United States.  It is an honor to be selected as one of their representatives to the nominating committee of the Baptist World Alliance,” said Dr. Brown from Izmir.  “I am grateful for the support offered by East Texas Baptist University and for the willingness of both the NABF and the BWA to intentionally include young leaders in their decision making processes.” 

Dr. Brown  also tweeted from the meeting, “Thank you @NABF for recommendation with @samchaise_cbm to help with nominating committee @TheBWA for 2014-2019. Honored by the opportunity.”  Sam Chaise, the other NABF nominee, serves with Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Another attendee at the Annual Gathering, George Bullard, president of Columbia Partnership, based in Columbia, South Carolina, posted to his blog (, “It is important that this group have God’s wisdom in choosing a diversity of qualified people to serve BWA in the years to come so it’s a true worldwide organization.” Bullard also serves as the general secretary of the NABF.

While in Turkey, Dr. Brown took the opportunity to visit several early New Testament sites like Ephesus and the Church of Saint John, which is the traditional burial site where John the Apostle is said to have been laid to rest.  

To read more, click here.

To discover more about the ETBU School of Christian Studies,click here.

Zach’s Story

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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The Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List for the Spring Semester recognized 366 students for their academic achievement in the classroom. Everyone on the list has a story.

One particular student on the Dean’s List with Honors , sophomore Zach Whitlow of McKinney, had the opportunity to tell his story of faith in the Spring 2014 Texas Baptist Magazine published  by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Whitlow has answered God’s call to serve as a minister of the Gospel and is seeking his education in the School of Christian Studies to prepare himself for service in God’s Kingdom. For the past year, he has been serving as a youth intern at Central Baptist Church of Marshall.

A quote by Whitlow in the article states, “When you are called into the ministry, it means you need to start serving today. You do not need to wait around until you are prepared, because God is constantly preparing you for how He wants to use you. “

To read his story in the Texas Baptist Magazine, click here.

To see who else is in on the ETBU Spring Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List, click here.

ETBU Has 31 Winter/Spring Athletes Named ASC All-Academic

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


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The East Texas Baptist University winter and spring sports were recently honored by the American Southwest Conference as 31 student-athletes made the all-academic team.  The sports teams  that had athletes on the academic teams were men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track & field, and men’s and women’s tennis.

The softball team led the way with 10 student-athletes on the list which was the second best in the softball category.  The baseball team followed with six student-athletes while men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s  tennis teams each had three on both teams.  The women’s track team added two student-athletes and men’s track had one student-athlete to finish up the 31 student-athletes.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes 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. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Below are ETBU’s athletes that made the all-academic team:


Kayla Garcia East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Navasota, Texas
Jessica Delgado East Texas Baptist Jr. Criminal Justice Arlington, Texas
Mallory Westbrook East Texas Baptist Jr. Psychology Rusk, Texas
Maranada Westbrook East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Rusk, Texas
Shelby Parker East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Brazoria, Texas
Kelly Jo McLendon East Texas Baptist So. Kinesiology Livingston, Texas
Alyssa Romero East Texas Baptist Sr. Education & Biology Humble, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Lacy Liles East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Elysian Fields, Texas
Shelby Phillips East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Nederland, Texas


Jordan Brewer East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Rowlett, Texas
Ben Beltran East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology El Paso, Texas
Kirby Moore East Texas Baptist Jr. Secondary Education Minden, La.
Ernesto Perez East Texas Baptist So. Math Corpus Christi, Texas
Joshua Warbington East Texas Baptist So. Accounting Hallsville, Texas
Cody Pruitt East Texas Baptist Jr. Mass Communications Huffman, Texas

Men’s Basketball

Eric Horton East Texas Baptist So. Business Paris, Texas
JD Richardson East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Erby Thompson East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Pitkin, La.

Women’s Basketball

Kelly Johnstone East Texas Baptist Sr. Criminal Justice Howe, Texas
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas
Morgan Garrett East Texas Baptist Jr. Undecided Coushatta, La.

Men’s Tennis

Nicolas Larzabal East Texas Baptist So. History & Sociology Bogota, Columbia
Tyler Tolopka East Texas Baptist So. Biology Sugarland, Texas
Jeremy Rhodes East Texas Baptist So. Business Bullard, Texas

Women’s Tennis

Kayla Franklin East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Princeton, Texas
Kali Kipp East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Fort Worth, Texas
Hannah Word East Texas Baptist Jr. Accounting Centerville, Texas

Women’s T&F

Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas
Megan Merrill East Texas Baptist So. Biology Mount Pleasant, Texas

Men’s T&F

Landon Price East Texas Baptist So. Religion & Missions Mount Vernon, Texas

Athletic Training

Bailey Alanis East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Elgin, Texas
Dana Boyd East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Harley McCoy East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Dallas, Texas
Brady Tomlin East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Gilmer, Texas
Tiffannee Byrd East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Livingston, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Houston, Texas
J D Richardson East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas

Sports Information

Drew Dawson East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Marshall, Texas

Liles Voted onto CoSIDA All-District Academic Team

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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Named one of the top academic softball players in the West Region, senior Lacy Liles (Elysian Fields, Texas) was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team for her grades and athletic awards.  This is the fourth year in a row that ETBU has had a player named academic all-district.

“This is a well-earned award by Lacy as she was voted the top second baseman in the region academically,” says ETBU Director of Sports Information Adam P. Ledyard.  “Earning this award is very hard with the competition in such a large region.  It’s always an honor to have a player named to the CoSIDA all-district team.”

There are 21 states in the West Region and Canada that have NCAA Division III programs where players were nominated from.  The first team has only 13 players selected as five were selected for the infield.

Liles carries a grade point average of 3.8 as a business major, is a two-time All-ASC first-team selection, a NFCA All-American second-team selection, and a three-time ASC hitter of the week.  She helped ETBU to the 2013 ASC tournament championship and to two straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances.

The First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the third year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

To be nominated an athlete has to have a 3.5 grade point average or higher and be in attendance at the school for at least two semesters.



Alford Named to NFF’s Hampshire Honor Society

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


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Being a true student-athlete at NCAA Division III balancing being a football player and pursuing his academic goals, East Texas Baptist University’s Jacob Alford was given another academic award from the National Football Foundation.  Alford was a NFF scholar-athlete earlier this year for his grades and work on and off the field and now will be a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

“Jacob is such a great person to be around and has a strong work ethic,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I am not surprised that he has been given these awards as he has earned everything that has been given to him.”

Alford recently graduated with an education degree after playing four years for ETBU as an offensive lineman.  He was an All-ASC selection, preseason all-American, and won the ASC’s sportsmanship award.  Below are the qualifications to make it into the Hampshire Honor Society.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

  • Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;
  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.

TigerCompass Wins Best News Story at TIPA

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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The TigerCompass, East Texas Baptist University’s student-produced campus newspaper, was honored at this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in San Antonio April 10 with the Division III “Best News Story” award in the newspaper division.

Former ETBU student Angelina Vannicola received the award for her story on the Boston bombing and the impact it had on ETBU coaches Natalie and Michael Prather, who were at the event when the bombs exploded. Natalie was a contestant in the marathon, but had already crossed the finish line before the bombs went off.

This is the first year the TigerCompass has entered the TIPA competition. Forty-seven schools and more than 500 students took part in the competitions this year. Winning the award for best news writing is quite an accomplishment, according to TigerCompass adviser Dr. Dennis Robertson.

“There are so many schools and so many participants, to win Honorable Mention would have been a good thing,” Dr. Robertson said. “To win best news story was quite an accomplishment.”

To read the winning story by Vannicola click here.

Debate Team Ranked 7th

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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.

Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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.

Marshall News Messenger Editorial

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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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)