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ETBU Has 44 Athletes Named Academic All-ASC

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

all academic asc 2014With the 2013 fall season in the books, East Texas Baptist University had 44 athletes named American Southwest Conference All-Academic for their work in the classroom.   That number increased by 13 from 2012 for ETBU.

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.


Award Winners

Men’s Cross Country

Nicolas Larzabal              Jr.           Bogota, Columbia
Seth Powers                      Jr.           Midlothian, Texas
Landon Price                    Jr.           Mount Vernon, Texas


Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman          Jr.           Sugarland, Texas

Leslie Martinez                 So.          Marshall, Texas

Megan Merrill                   So.          Mount Pleasant, Texas


Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams                   Jr.          Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus                     So          Kilgore, Texas

Chandler Frazer              So.         Deer Park, Texas

Juan Perez                        So.         Willis, Texas


Women’s Soccer

Paola Bear                       Sr.          Baytown, Texas

Kelsey Biscoe                   Sr.          Clear Lake, Texas

Kayla Cradit                    Jr.          Houston, Texas

Ashley Gonzalez             Jr.          Henderson, Texas

Nicole Graham               Jr.          Athens, Texas

Kia Jelley                        Jr            Deerfield, Mass.

Whitney Justice             So.         Tyler, Texas

Shelby Klein                    Jr.           Seattle, Wash.

Sasha Kotowych             So.         Humble, Texas

Jasmine Perez               So.         Willis, Texas

Amber Pless                   So.         Willis, Texas

Christina Salas               So.         College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom                  Jr.          Rockwall, Texas

Erin Slaughter               So.          Longview, Texas

Natalie Torres               Jr.          Mabank, Texas


Football

Jacob Alford                  Sr.           Lindale, Texas

Isaac Avery                    So.         White Oak, Texas

Romeo Botelua             So.         Saginaw, Texas

Alex Curl                        So.         Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Dicks                  So.         Missouri City, Texas

Daniel Esposito            Jr.          Springfield, Ohio

Bryce Hale                     So.         Quinlan, Texas

Blaine Knipe                  Sr.          Snyder, Texas

Jacob McClain             So.         Teague, Texas

Marcus Olearnick         So.         Cibolo, Texas

Cody Pruitt                    So.         Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson               Jr.          Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington          So.         Hallsville, Texas

Harvey Wiggins             Sr.          Lancaster, Texas


Volleyball

Kassie Freitag                So.         San Antonio, Texas

Hannah Jones                So.         Magnolia, Texas

Melanie Moyer               Jr.          Katy, Texas

Kolby Sharp                    So.         Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor                    Jr.          Arlington, Texas

Congratulations to the Newest Alumni

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington.  The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry.

ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington. The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. Photo: Ryan Perry.

Fall Commencement was held on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Baker Auditorium as 53 Tigers accomplished a great goal in their lives, graduating from ETBU.  

 The President’s Award was presented to Brent Hetherington during Fall Commencement held on December 14, 2013. 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. 

A crystal memento was presented to a surprised Hetherington by ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver. The Gladewater native graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance along with 52 others. 

“Brent Hetherington is an outstanding student. He involves himself in activities far beyond that which is required and works with exceptionally high standards. Even though he has extensive and diverse talents, he has maintained a gentle and humble spirit,” shared Dr. Oliver to the Commencement audience.        

            While at ETBU, Hetherington has been on the Dean’s List or Dean’s List with Honors every semester. He has been intensively involved in Choral Actives including the Chapel Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and University Singers. In 2012, he was one of only 18 students selected in the state to be a Texas Choral Directors Association student conductor.  Hetherington also served as an intern for the Texas Shakespeare Festival and spent a summer studying in Austria. He was in 12 different theatre, musical theatre and opera activities at ETBU.

Four Authors, Four New Books

Monday, October 28th, 2013
Don Piper, author of "90 Minutes in Heaven" with ETBU grad and author Brian Brown at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference. Photo: courtesy of Brain Brown.

Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven” with ETBU grad and author Brian Brown at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference. Photo: courtesy of Brian Brown.

Four authors with ETBU connections have recently published books. 

Rev. James Webb, pastor of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Marshall, has written a devotional book titled, “Power Walk through the Holy Spirit.”  Rev. Webb is a graduate of ETBU’s Certificate in Ministry program as well as board of trustee member. He is rotating off the Board in December after serving nine years as a trustee.

Webb told Marshall News Messenger reporter Cait Shields that he wrote the book to be “user friendly.”  Webb said to her in an interview, “The way it is written, you can open the book at any spot and still understand it. So if you have a problem with worship, you can just go to that chapter. “

To read the complete article in the Marshall News Messenger, click here.

Brian Brown, a 2008 ETBU graduate from Hallsville, has cerebral palsy. During the East Texas Christian Writers Conference held at ETBU October 25-26, Brown displayed his first book titled, “A Legacy of Faith: A Story of Perseverance through a Foundation of Faith.”

Brown, who has a speaking ministry called Open Arms, posted on his Facebook  page, “OMG, I was at a Christian writers conference at ETBU today selling my book and best-selling author Don Piper (author of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven)  actually bought my book!”

To find out more, click here to go to Brown’s website.

The 3rd author, Nathan Lorick, is an ETBU grad currently serving as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.   The title of his book is “Dying to Grow: Reclaiming the Heart for Evangelism in the Church. “ 

In the book, Lorick brings out the importance of gospel-based evangelism for the local church.  He states, “Hell will tremble when churches once again make evangelism the central theme of their strategy.”

To learn more about the book published by Life Sentence Publishing, click here.

ETBU Professor of History Dr. Jerry Hopkins most recent book is titled “A Growing Adventure” is a history of Clever Creek Baptist Church located in rural Shelby County, Texas.  Dr. Hopkins has been the bi-vocational pastor of Clever Creek Baptist Church since 1993. To learn more about the book, email Dr. Hopkins at jhopkins@etbu.edu.  Dr. Hopkins has served as a professor of history at ETBU since 2001.

A Tiger Pride high five to the four authors.

Dr. Day Elected Officer of SWACJ

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Assistant Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Dr. George Day has been elected 2nd Vice President of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) during their annual meeting held in San Antonio recently. Then during the 2015-2016 academic year, he will serve as the president of SWACJ. This is the first time that a faculty member from a faith based institution has served as president of the association. 

While at the SWACJ, the ETBU Quiz Bowl and Crime Scene Interpretation teams both won second place in their respective competitions.

The quiz bowl team consisted of: sophomore Jordan Anderson of Beckville, sophomore Halie Melot of Blossom, freshman Stormie Rains of Jacksonville, senior Florentino Perez of Marshall, and senior Cayden Cunniff of Joshua. The CSI team consisted of: Cunniff, senior Jonathan Burkhart of Oceanside, Calif., junior Christopher Hendrix of Marshall, and sophomore Dyllon Morin of Longview.

For more information on the Criminal Justice Program at ETBU, click here

One of the Best In the NCAA

Monday, September 16th, 2013

swaner top nine

What an experience for the ETBU family back in 2010 when the Lady Tigers won the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. One of the players on the national championship team was freshman catcher Lya Swaner from Wylie, Texas. Lya was behind the plate every game for the Tigers that year. In her four years of  playing softball at ETBU, it was hard not to find a game that she was not behind the plate.

 Fast forward to May 2013, Spring Commencement in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, Lya walks across the stage to graduate with honors with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She is not only an All-American National Champion softball player, but a very bright, smart young lady.

 If you recall back on August 21, Tiger Pride reported that Lya had been named as one of the Top 30 Women in the NCAA.  The NCAA has announced the Top Nine Finalist for the Woman of the Year Award and Lya is one of the top nine. The nine finalists were selected in recognition of their accomplishments in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. 

 Here is the release from the NCAA about one of the best student/athletes to ever walk the ETBU campus:

 Lya was a campus leader at East Texas Baptist University, where she was a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and president in her senior year. She also held a work-study job on campus while volunteering for the Dallas Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics.

 Double-majoring in biology and chemistry and graduating with honors, Lya earned multiple academic scholarships, was inducted into the National Honor Society and made the Dean’s List each semester on campus, and was voted a Capital One Academic All-American. She was also recognized with the American Southwest Conference Scholar-Medal of Honor, which is awarded to one graduating male and female student-athlete at each member university for most outstanding academic, athletic and leadership records and awarded the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete award given to one American Southwest Conference softball player.

 The two-year team captain and four-year starter led the East Texas Baptist University softball team to three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, including winning the NCAA National Championship in 2010. She also won two American Southwest Conference Tournament championships and was named the tournament MVP in 2013. She was given the Top Tiger Award, which recognizes the top overall female athlete at East Texas Baptist.

 The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20th during a ceremony in Indianapolis.  The nine finalists were selected from more than 450 nominees.

 Congratulations Lya!  Your ETBU family is cheering for you to be named the NCAA Top Woman of the Year.

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Cassie Falke

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

ETBU now has a Fulbright Scholar among its faculty.

 Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Norway, to teach, learn, and do research. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. Dr. Falke and her family leave on Wednesday, July 31st, to spend a year in the land of the midnight sun.

 The Fulbright Scholar Program began in 1946 when Congress approved and the program signed into law by President Harry Truman. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas proposed the program to Congress.  Sen. Fulbright viewed the proposed program as much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” 

 Do you know why Norway is called the land of the midnight sun? From late May to late July, because of Norway’s high latitude, the sun never completely descends beneath the areas north of the Article Circle.

 To read more about the year ahead for Dr. Falke click here.

  

ETBU students, faculty spread globally for summer

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Logo and 3 EsMay Term at ETBU was a great opportunity for students to study abroad, if they choose. This past term, students traveled with ETBU professors to five continents: Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America.

In China, Dr. Kathleen Mays led one group in studying international business. A 2nd group studied ecology and ecological management led by Dr. Roy Darville. Mark Yates led a 3rd group engaging in a cultural exchange.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Elijah Brown led students in studying the History of Christianity in Africa.

In Ecuador, Dr. Catherine Cone and Connie Wyszynski co-led in teaching Global Community Health.

In England, Dr. Cassie Falke taught British Romanticism literature to ETBU students.

In Israel, President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Israel Nandamudi led a group to the Holy Land focusing on the History, Politics and Religion of Israel.

What an experience for the students that will be a memory for a lifetime.

Read about experiences in Israel, Ethiopia, and Ecuador by clicking on the appropriate link.

 

To read about ETBU Students Journey to Israel to Study Culture, Politics, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Travel to Ethiopia, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Combine Study, Ministry In Ecuador, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Overcome Travel Obstacles While In Ecuador, click here.

 

Two faculty members earn Ph.D.s

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Dr. Laci McRee was one of two faculty members to earn a doctorate this past academic year.

Dr. Laci McRee was one of two faculty members to earn a doctorate this past academic year.

Two ETBU faculty members, Robin McLaran and Laci McRee, have earned their doctorates during the past academic year. They also both are alumnae of ETBU.

Dr. McClaran earned her Ph.D. in Education Sciences with an emphasis in Mathematics Education in May from the University of Kentucky. Dr. McClaran taught at Marshall High School for 27 years before joining the mathematics faculty at ETBU this past fall.

Dr. McClaran graduated from ETBU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Education-Secondary Mathematics and her master’s degree is from the University of Texas-Tyler.

Dr. McRee received her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University in Kinesiology with emphases in sport management and business administration.

After earning her master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sports Psychology from the University of North Texas, Dr. McRee came back to her alma mater as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Exercise Science in the fall of 2011.

To read the full story, click here.

 

 

Swaner on NCAA Woman of the Year Ballot

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Lea Swaner anticipates the play before scoring a run against UT-Dallas.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Lea Swaner anticipates the play before scoring a run against UT-Dallas.

The American Southwest Conference selected ETBU Softball catcher Lya Swaner as their nominee for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year ballot.

Swaner will join nominees from Division I, II and III conferences on the NCAA Woman of the Year ballot. In its 23rd year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics manages the nomination and selection process.

“I was shocked and ecstatic when I found out I won this award,” Swaner said. “I am grateful to be recognized by the American Southwest Conference and I’m honored to also represent East Texas Baptist as a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.”

-Greg Weghorst, ASC Asst. Commissioner

Read the full story and watch a video, here.

 

Dr. Bashaw gives baccalaureate service for Marshall ISD graduating class

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Dr. Jennifer Bashaw

Dr. Jennifer Bashaw

Dr. Jennifer Bashaw, Assistant Professor of New Testament at ETBU, delivered the sermon Thursday night at the baccalaureate service honoring the Marshall High School 2013 graduating class. She encouraged the graduates to set themselves apart from current trends by following God, being patient, and aligning their social media persona with who they truly are.

The service was at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Marshall, and it featured prayers, readings and songs from students. The Marshall High School Chorale and String Ensemble both performed.

For news and information from the School of Christian Studies, click here.