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Alum of the ETBU Athletic Training Program Credited for Saving Player’s Life

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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The East Texas Baptist University Academic Catalog defines that an “athletic trainer is qualified allied health care professional, educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sport participation.”  This definition was put to the test when ETBU alum and Spring Hill ISD athletic trainer Michael Rich attended to Spring Hill quarterback Garrett Plumlee as he suffered a concussion in Panther football game against Atlanta this past Friday night.

In a story that was published in the Longview News-Journal (11/10/2014), “According to Spring Hill Head coach and athletic director Mark Sartain, Plumlee suffered a concussion during the third quarter of Friday’s loss to Atlanta. The training staff, led by trainer Michael Rich, took immediate precautions and called an ambulance, and while en route to the hospital Plumlee had to be resuscitated by medical officials.”

“Hats off to Michael Rich and the emergency crew that picked him up,” Sartain said, who was the ETBU head football coach from 2007-2012.  “As soon as he got into the ambulance, he started having issues. Michael handled it quickly, and efficiently, and the emergency crew took care of him on the way to the hospital. It could have been one of those tragic situations.”

Rich, who has been on staff at Spring Hill ISD for two years, began evaluating Plumlee before he even reached the sideline after being hit. In a news report by KLTV-Tyler, Rich shared, “He was complaining about how much his head hurt and being nauseous was just a huge red flag, and I just wanted to make sure he got appropriate medical care.”

Plumlee was eventually taken to a Plano Hospital because of the seriousness of his condition.  The family reported that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The ETBU community is very thankful to God for using Rich to recognize the care this young athlete needed. The family of Plumlee would appreciate your prayers for a full recovery for Garrett.  

11/13/13- Click here for an update on Garrett’s condition in story by Longview News-Journal Sport Editor Jack Stallard.

National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row)  Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row) Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

There are many reasons people fall in love with East Texas Baptist University. One would only have to look at the many different groups who come back for homecoming to learn why.  Last year, alumni of the signing group, Innerview came back and performed the national anthem at the Homecoming football game.

This year along with the different class reunions, a group of accomplished student athletes reconnected on the Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ETBU’s first athletic national championship.   

In 1998, Tiger Soccer coach Jose Alonzo, led his team to win the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic National Soccer championship. One year later, with many members of the ’98 team back to put on the blue and gold Tiger uniform, they won it all again.

Members of the back-to back championship teams gathered Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Homecoming weekend in the Phillips Great Room to visit and recall the two championship seasons. Members of the national championship teams were also recognized at the Tiger soccer match played that afternoon vs. Ozarks as well as the Tiger football game vs. Howard Payne that evening.

Two members who were on the team were brothers, Clint and Cody Carter, from Whitehouse, came to play for the Tigers. Clint, the oldest, came first, and then was followed by his younger brother. Both Clint and Cody are medical doctors today.  

“We always played together growing up since we are only a year apart,” said Cody. “But still, it was a blessing to play collegiate soccer with my brother at ETBU.”

When asked what it was like to play for Coach Alonzo Clint shared, “Coach was good at recruiting guys that were motivated to want to win and work hard.”

“Coach Alonzo was such a laid back guy, shared Cody. “All my memories of him getting mad at our play on the field really stand out because the episodes were few and far between.”

“He was very good at putting us together on the field at the right place and the right time. It was an honor to play for him,” concluded Clint.

Both had an enjoyable experiences seeing past teammates and visiting Coach Alonzo.  “It was fun watching the videos and seeing the pictures back when were skinnier and had hair,” laughed Clint.

(ETBU Director of Admissions Jason Soles contributed to this Tiger Pride posting)

2014 Homecoming

Monday, October 20th, 2014

East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

The weekend on the Hill for Homecoming 2014 was outstanding. The East Texas weather was picture perfect as many alumni came back to see the changes on campus and see old friends.

 

The popular place to be on Saturday afternoon was the Tiger/Cub Carnival held by the Office of Alumni Relations with student help from the Office of Student Affairs.  The carnival was held right next to Tiger Alley at the corner of Van Zandt and North Grove, next to the new Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex.

Children had large inflatables to play on as well as fun activities at carnival like booths staffed by ETBU students.  The Tiger Marching Band booth gave children the experience of playing musical instruments like a violin or a trumpet.

On Friday, many alumni were honored with awards. The award recipients were Jerry Ellis (’73) and Janeth (Bass ’71) Ellis, Alumni Achievement Award; Wes Hinote (’03) and Rhonda (Parker ’03) Hinote, Beaux Hinote (‘03) and Amy (Churchman ’02) Hinote, Young Alum Award; Robert Cole (’82) and Joan (Cook ’82) Cole, “Unsung Hero” Award; Gary Stokley (’68), J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award; and Mr. and Mrs. T.D. “Rusty” Howell, the W.T. Tardy Service Award.   

Receiving Golden Blazers were Morris Brock, Bachelor of Arts 1954; Leon Carter, Bachelor of Arts 1980; Billy Foote, Doctor of Divinity, 2009, Attended 1960-65;  Jana (Allen) Sims, Bachelor of Science 1996;  Mike Templeton, Bachelor of Music 1964; and David Warren, Bachelor of Arts 1970.

The Golden Lightkeeper Award recipients include James Best (’55), Morris Brock (’54), and Annette Harrison (’51). The “Golden Lightkeepers” include those who have been alumni for 50 or more years.

ETBU crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tiger football game with Howard Payne University at Ornelas Stadium. The King is senior Tafadzwa Charuma of Harare, Zimbabwe and Queen is senior Anna Alonzo of Marshall.   

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature on Annette Harrison who received a Golden Lightkeeper award. Read the story by clicking here.

Education Reporter Rebecca Holland also reported on the Homecoming activities and her story was published in the Sunday’s edition of the Marshall News Messenger. Read the story about ETBU’s 2014 Homecoming by clicking here.

Kristine Reyes Crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently.  Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently. Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 during The Grand Coronation Night on Friday, September 26 held at The Ramada Palace Hotel Gudaibiya.  She competed against 11 other aspiring young ladies. 

Reyes received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas Baptist University in 2012. 

Reyes posted this on Facebook after winning the pageant, “WOW! Praise the Lord for everything that has happened. Thank God so much for blessing me with the opportunity (and responsibility) to be crowned as Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 and bag the Miss Photogenic & Best in Talent Awards!!!. Without Him, I would have never been able to make it through and win. Thank God for the strength, favor, guidance, wisdom, peace, calm nerves, energy, confidence, and every little thing in between! I am so overwhelmed and still in shock.  But very much grateful because I know God has a mission & purpose for me to fulfill in this new journey.”

Being crowned is not something new for Reyes.  In 2011, she was crowned the ETBU Homecoming Queen. While on the Hill she was involved in numerous groups on campus, Baptist Student Ministry Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Blue Crew, CEO, Tigerline, Dot Com, ETBU Cares, Intramurals, Merle Bruce Hall Council, Student Foundation, and Student Activities Board.

Need To Read An Encouraging Story?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

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At the age of two, Carson Bryant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  The words of the diagnosis heard by his parents, Tom and Leslie Bryant, are words a parent never wants to hear.

Tom works at East Texas Baptist University in our Institutional Technology Department.  Leslie is a graduate of ETBU and served as a teacher at Waskom Elementary until she decided to direct her devotion to Carson and her daughter Avery Kate, who just turned one.

I first became friends with Leslie when she began to work as a student worker in the Public Relations office here at ETBU during her early years on the Hill as a student. The Sulphur Springs native worked in the PR office until she graduated.  She was a shy young lady as she began to work in my office but grew into a mature, confident lady.

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I saw Leslie jump into action one day to help those fleeing New Orleans. If you recall, a large group of people had to be evacuated from New Orleans to a shelter in Dallas. The route that the buses took came through Harrison County and they made a stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Waskom.  

The call from officials is that volunteers were needed to greet the ones who no longer had homes and to hand out supplies as they stopped in East Texas. Leslie was on the front line handing out water, clothing, and food.  She got out of her comfort zone at ETBU to serve those in need.

Leslie and Tom are servants. Tom, even with a heavy burden on his heart concerning his son does his job each on our campus with a smile on his face. This strength to carry on, in my opinion, is because of their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Take time to read their story in the Marshall News Messenger and see how the Bryant’s are giving back in an effort to help others.

Click to read, ‘Three-year old Waskom Child looks to overcome leukemia’.

From Stand Up-Comic to Minister of the Gospel

Friday, August 15th, 2014

ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.  (Courtesy photo)

ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

When pastors attend a conference or training event in which they meet fellow pastors for the first time usually a series of questions are asked to break the ice.  The questions typically are:  What church do you serve at? How many do you run? (meaning average attendance of Sunday School) or have you heard any good jokes lately? 

Rev. Chris Elrod, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, would have no problem answering the questions above.  Elrod graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fred Hale School of Business. 

At one time Elrod was a nationally-known comedian, averaging more than 250 speaking engagements each year. Today, he serves as the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Impact church is located in a high crime area in Lakeland. Many who attend the services come after sleeping on the streets.

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature story on Elrod that was published in the paper this week about his time on the Hill and the ministry God has called him to.

 To read “Nurturing Success” written by reporter Rebecca Holland, click here.

Before you click to another webpage, how about a good joke?

Did you hear about the time ‘Dennis the Menace’ was sitting at the kitchen table with his dad and pastor?  The pastor had knocked over his cup of coffee and it spilled right in front of Dennis.   Dennis looked at his pastor and asked, “Did your cup runneth or spilleth over, Reverend?”

 “A joyful heart does good, like medicine,” – Proverbs 17:22.

The Big “10” Just Ahead

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Starting at 11:00 and going counter-clockwise, the Bryant quintuplets (in birth order) are Austin Corley, Mackenzie Jordyn, Kaitlyn Ann, Peyton Elizabeth, and Caleb Scott.  Photo: ETBU Archives/Hilltop News Winter 2005 Issue/Brenda Fuller

Starting at 11:00 and going counter-clockwise, the Bryant quintuplets (in birth order) are Austin Corley, Mackenzie Jordyn, Kaitlyn Ann, Peyton Elizabeth, and Caleb Scott. Photo: ETBU Archives/Hilltop News Winter 2005 Issue/Brenda Fuller

They are about to turn 10 years old. Who? Austin, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn, Peyton, and Caleb Bryant will turn 10 on September 17th.  Their parents, Craig and Darcy Bryant are graduates of East Texas Baptist University.

The Bryant Quintuplets were the talk of East Texas when they were born and last week they were in the news again. The Bryants have joined an effort to help the Seals family of Maud, Texas, in which they can relate too very well.  Back in March, mother Michelle delivered quintuplets – four girls and one boy. 

 The Bryants, who live in Hallsville, have reached out to the Seals offering encouragement and participating in a diaper drive for the family. Darcy told KTBS-TV reporter Jessica Crandall “she remembers when her five came home they went through 35 diapers a day.” 

In a phone conversation with Darcy she said, “Hard to believe my children will be entering the fourth grade. Each one has a different personality.”  The Bryants also have been blessed with another daughter, Olivia, who is five-years-old.

To watch the KTBS story on the Bryant’s click here.

When the Bryant quintuplets were born, ETBU awarded them full tuition scholarships. Darcy said after learning of the ETBU scholarship over nine years ago, “The scholarship is a blessing.

When we found out about the five, one of the hang-ups I had was how would we ever provide for our children. God provides.”

Craig graduated from ETBU in December 2002 while Darcy received her degree in June 2003.

New Pastor Helping Church Continue A Long-Time Ministry

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

ETBU alum Rev. Kevin Welborn, with his wife, Cara.  Photo courtesy Clovis News Journal.

ETBU alum Rev. Kevin Welborn, with his wife, Cara. Photo courtesy of Highland Baptist website.

Mount Pleasant, Texas native Kevin Welborn graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Careers.  Welborn was recently called as the senior pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. That is a long way (520 miles) from his hometown where the past 10 years he has served as youth pastor of South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.

The Clovis News Journal just recently did a story on Welborn and a ministry that Highland has been doing for years.  The ministry is helping local children in need get a solid start on the school year.

To read the story, “Highland Baptist Collects School Supplies for Less Fortunate in Area” by writer Vanessa Kahin, click here. 

Liles Plays Softball in Europe

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

Lacy Liles in her Team USA uniform before playing softball in Europe.

East Texas Baptist University All-American softball player Lacy Liles, who graduated this past May, had the opportunity to play a few more softball games even though her time in a Lady Tiger uniform had ended.  

Liles was chosen by the organization American International Sports Teams to play softball overseas. She represented the United States of America during a 10-day trip across Europe.

Upon returning back home to East Texas, Marshall News Messenger sports editor Nathan Hague reported on her international softball playing experience.

To read the story by Hague, click here.

Preaching the Gospel for 60 Years

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The caption read from the 2000 Martian- “ ‘Mark Warren’  (Brett Manley) reprimands  ‘Jason Fortenberry’  (Dr. Wallace Watkins) for having a hat on in chapel during the Big Switch.”  The Big Switch is when faculty/staff members switch places with students for a day.

The caption read from the 2000 Martian- “ ‘Mark Warren’ (Brett Manley) reprimands ‘Jason Fortenberry’ (Dr. Wallace Watkins) for having a hat on in chapel during the Big Switch.” The Big Switch is when faculty/staff members switch places with students for a day.

Soda Lake Baptist Association Director of Missions Randy Babin sent an email today (7/21/2014) to pastors and staff of cooperating churches of the association to share about a milestone obtained by Dr. Wallace Watkins, pastor of Central Baptist Church of Marshall.

Over the weekend, Wallace celebrated 60 years of preaching ministry.  Randy shared in the email, “Over 30 of that time has been here in Soda Lake.  We have been blessed by his ministry in our area.”

The congregation of Central Baptist recognized his faithful proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the morning service held on July 20.   

Wallace is a graduate of East Texas Baptist College holding a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and doctor’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He began serving his second term as pastor of Central Baptist on June 1, 2010. He had previously served from 1977-95.

From 1995-2005, Wallace served ETBU as Vice President for Spiritual Development.  He has also served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Hitchcock and associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Texarkana as well as numerous interims of churches in East Texas.

Congratulations, Bro. Wallace!

To listen to the sermon that Bro. Wallace preached at Central Baptist Church on July 20, click here. The title, “Throwing Stones,” the text from John 8:2-11.