Archive for the ‘Academics’ Category

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.

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.