Archive for the ‘Academics’ Category

Bieschke, Swaner earn ASC Medal of Honor

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Lya Swaner and Collin Bieschke earned ASC Scholar-Athletes Medal of Honor Awards.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Lya Swaner and Collin Bieschke earned ASC Scholar-Athletes Medal of Honor Awards.

Two East Texas Baptist University student-athletes, Lya Swaner and Collin Bieschke, were honored this past week as American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor award winners. Swaner was a four year letterman on the softball team, and Bieschke was a four-year letterman on the football team.

The ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award is presented to one male and one female member of the graduating class who has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership during their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.

See the complete story and bios for Bieschke and Swaner, here.

27 Tigers named to All-Academic Teams

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Amanda Rucker was one of 27 ETBU student-athletes named to ASC All-Academic Team.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Amanda Rucker was named to ASC All-Academic Team.

East Texas Baptist University had 27 student-athletes honored on the American Southwest Conference All-Academic teams for the winter and spring sports. The softball team recorded the most athletes for ETBU with eight.

The women’s tennis team had six athletes earn the award, which tied for the most in their area with Schreiner University. The softball team’s eight members was second overall in their area. Both men’s basketball and baseball had four athletes each while women’s basketball finished with three players and men’s tennis had one athlete on the list.

See the full story and the complete list of students, here.

Swaner named Academic All-American

Friday, May 24th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Lea Swaner anticipates the play before scoring a run against UT-Dallas.

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

NCAA Division III sports information directors have named ETBU catcher Lya Swaner an Academic All-American 3rd team member — marking the 3rd consecutive year an ETBU Softball player has earned the honor.

“This award puts her as one of the top student-athletes in the nation for NCAA Division III,” said Adam P. Ledyard, ETBU Sports Information Director. “ETBU will definitely miss her leadership and attitude, as she was a special athlete to have around.”

Swaner, who graduated with honors this month with a double major in chemistry and biology, helped ETBU to its 7th ASC Tournament Championship this year with a .500 batting average. She plans to go to medical school and become a doctor.

Read the full story, here.

Windham, Pinder, Bates are ASC 1st Team Selections

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Outfielder Tyler Bates was named Freshman of the Year.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Outfielder Tyler Bates was named ASC East Freshman of the Year.

ETBU Baseball’s Phillip Windham, Tyler Bates and Jeremy Pinder were all named 1st-team All-American Southwest Conference East Division.  Bates was named the ASC East’s “Freshman of the Year” for his play.

ETBU, under first-year head coach Lee Driggers, advanced to the ASC Tournament for the first time since 2005 as the East Division’s no. 4 seed.  They finished the season a 19-23 overall and was 9-9 in the ASC East. ETBU finishes 4th in the NCAA in home runs (31) and 5th in home runs per game (.30).

Windham led the ASC in home runs with 12, and he led ETBU in RBI and slugging percentage.

Read the full story, here.

News Messenger pens editorial about ETBU budget

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
May 8, 2013 Opinion page editorial on ETBU's growth

May 8, 2013 Opinion page editorial on ETBU’s growth

The editors at the Marshall News Messenger wrote an article highlighting the growth at ETBU and how that helps Harrison County.

The editorial focused on the approved budget for 2013-14 ($39.5 million), the strength of ETBU and the community impact.

From the editorial: “For as long as we have been aware, ETBU has always operated in a fiscally conservative manner from the president on down and that has not changed. When it comes to spending, the university is not going to be in a “stretch” mode. That is one of the reason Marshall citizens can be sure that it will be around for as long as we can see into the future.”

“But 11 percent, that is a real indicator that ETBU is not just healthy. It is experiencing a major growth spurt. With a budget of $39.5 million, that 11 percent represents an increase of about $4 million.”

Read the full story, here.

ETBU Debate wins national awards

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the  International Public Debate Championships. ETBU Department of Communication Photo

Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the International Public Debate Championships.
ETBU Department of Communication Photo

The East Texas Baptist University debate team earned top awards at the International Public Debate Association National Championship Debate Tournament March 21-24. More than 200 competitors from 23 universities competed at the three-day event held on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Heather DeVille, ETBU senior from Tyler, won the National Championship Tournament Varsity Division Speaker Championship and Dr. Cole Franklin, coach of the ETBU team, won the Professional Division Speaker Championship. The titles mean that the competitors received more speaker points than any other competitor in their respective divisions over the course of eight preliminary rounds of debate at the tournament.

The National Championship Tournament was the final tournament of the academic year for the ETBU debate team. The squad will return to competition in September.

Read the full story, here.

ETBU Softball team climbs in rankings, now 11th

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Alyssa Romero hits against Austin College. Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

Alyssa Romero hits against Austin College.
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

The East Texas Baptist University softball team has climbed to no. 11 in the NFCA Division III National Poll. This poll marks the 4th consecutive week the team has been ranked in the top 25.

ETBU, now 14-2, faces the no. 3 team in the nation, UT-Tyler, 5 p.m. today at Taylor Field. UT-Tyler is 17-1, and the winner will reach the top spot in the ASC East.

ETBU is completed a sweep of LeTourneau University on Tuesday with back-to-back shutouts, 3-0 in the 1st game and 12-0 in the 2nd.

Read the full story, here.

Follow the game against UT-Tyler, here.

Read the NFCA top-25 article, here.

 

Debate team excels in Oregon

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Heather Deville (left) and Dakota Hiltzman took top prizes at the Oregon State University Speech and Debate Tournament. Hiltzman came in first in the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking competition and Deville finish right behind him in second.  Cole Franklin/ETBU Photo

Heather Deville (left) and Dakota Hiltzman took top prizes at the Oregon State University Speech and Debate Tournament.
Cole Franklin/ETBU Photo

The East Texas Baptist University Debate team earned many top awards Feb. 23-24 at tournament at Oregon State University. Fifteen universities competed in the competition.

Dakota Hiltzman and Heather DeVille won 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking competition.

Tania Albuja compiled a 4-1 preliminary record in the debate competition and advanced to elimination rounds. She won her first elimination round and finished the competition as a Silver Medalist. Albuja also was the fourth place Novice speaker out of 55 Novice debaters.

Read the story, here.

 

 

Dr. Holloway to speak at Howard Payne University

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
Dr. Jeph Holloway

Dr. Jeph Holloway

ETBU Religion Professor Dr. Jeph Holloway will speak on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the 6th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lecture in Christian Ethics at Howard Payne University in Brownswood.

Dr. Holloway will give the lecture “Deciding Against Decisionism: There’s Just More to It than That,” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, and he will present the lecture “The Juncture of Mind and Spirit: Moral Discernment in the Letters of Paul,” 10 a.m., Friday, March 1.

Holloway holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, focusing in the field of Christian ethics. He has been at ETBU since 2001.

Read the story, here.

31 Tigers name to Fall All-Academic Teams

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
ETBU Women's Soccer had nine players on name to the Fall All-Academic Team.

ETBU Women’s Soccer had nine players on name to the Fall All-Academic Team.

The American Southwest Conference has released the 2012 Fall All-Academic team as East Texas Baptist has 31 athletes represented.  The women’s soccer team claimed the most with nine athletes for ETBU.

To be eligible for the honor, 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.

See the list, here.