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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 (www.BullardJournal.org), “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.

Re-sil-ince [ri-zil-yuhs ns]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

 

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.

As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday  (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.

As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”

I knew she was running in the 2013 race.  As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.

Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20.  Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”

Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)

To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, 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.

Debate on Evolution vs. Creationism

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
From www.kltv.com

From www.kltv.com

From time to time, professors at East Texas Baptist University are invited to speak at other university campuses. Recently, ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. Warren Johnson was invited to be part of a panel at LeTourneau University in Longview. He was joined by two other professors from LETU, Wilson Cunha from the theology department and Karen Rispin from the biology department.

The panel discussion held for LETU students and the community was in response to a debate on evolution vs. creationism between Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” and Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis. The debate was held on Feb. 4th at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.   The Nye-Ham debate was estimated to have been viewed by millions via a live internet video stream.

At the panel discussion at LETU, each panelist prepared a 5-minute response to the Nye-Ham debate, followed by 10 minutes in which the panelists discussed responses before taking questions from the audience.

KLTV Channel 7 in Tyler did a story on the panel discussion.  To view the story, click here.

Dr. Johnson, who has spoken at LETU before, believes he was chosen from the ETBU faculty because “I have a science undergraduate degree and theology graduate degrees.”

ETBU has many faculty and staff members who are willing to speak on subjects that they have expertise in.

 

Daughter of ETBU Math Professors Does Well In County Spelling Bee

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee.   Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second.  Courtesy photo.

Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee. Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second. Courtesy photo.

Spelling Bee teams from East Texas Baptist University have had success in the annual Corporate Spelling “BEE” for Literacy fundraiser luncheon held each fall. The Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council sponsors the Corporate Spelling “BEE.” In both 2010 and 2012, a team from ETBU finished as the top spelling team.

Spelling well seems to have trickled down to some Harrison county junior high/middle school students with ETBU connections.

At the recently held Harrison County Spelling Bee, Marshall Junior High 8th grader Samantha Reeves finished in third place.  Samantha is the daughter of ETBU mathematics professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves.  The Reeves have been teaching at ETBU since 1996.

Samantha finished behind first place winner, Hannah Emerson, and second place winner Hannah Sheard, both representing Hallsville Middle School.

Olivia Runnels, granddaughter of ETBU Board of Trustee member, Bill Runnells, represented Trinity Episcopal School.  A total of 12 students representing six Harrison County Schools competed in the event.

Marshall Junior High principal and ETBU alum David Segers presided over the event.

The winning word spelled for first place was “omnipotent.”

To read more about the Harrison County Spelling Bee click here.

ETBU Honors Retiree Martha Moore

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room.  Photo by Ryan Perry

East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room. Photo by Ryan Perry

The afternoon the Office of Administration and Finance of ETBU held a retirement reception to honor Coordinator of Accounts Payable, Martha Moore, snow could be seen falling through the windows of the Phillips Great Room.   It might have been cold outside but the love expressed to Martha warmed many hearts during her reception.  She retires after 24 years of service to ETBU.

“We are so thankful for your faithful service to East Texas Baptist University,” said ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver, during the presentation.  “On behalf of all of us here, I want to express our gratefulness for the example of service you have set, your good humor, and your warm friendship to all of us.”

Dr. Oliver presented her with an engraved decorative crystal bowl as a token of appreciation for her service. While holding the gift he read the inscription to the crowd, “Martha Moore, in appreciation of faithful service, 24 years, East Texas Baptist University.”

ETBU Director of Financial Services, Richard Hutsell, who has been working with Martha for 17 years,   presented her another gift: a wooden rocking chair.  He said to Martha, “May you have many years of happiness rocking your grandkids.”

“I don’t know what to say. I love you. God bless all of you,” Moore said in gratitude to the people in attendance at the reception.

Dr. Oliver closed the presentation with prayer, giving thanks to God for Martha’s faithful service to ETBU.

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Congratulations

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Ken & Carol Fairweather

Ken & Carol Fairweather

Congratulations to ETBU Associate Professor Dr. Ken Fairweather and his wife, Carol, as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 30, 2013. Ken, originally from North Dakota, but wintered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Carol, from McKeesport, Pa. met while students at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Ill. They were married November 30, 1963, at Riverview Baptist Church in McKeesport, Pa.

Following their marriage, they spent 29 years serving as missionaries in Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S. with CAM International (now Camino Global) and Missionary TECH Team.  Ken taught at LeTourneau University for 19 years before coming to ETBU in 2012. Carol has been a receptionist at Heaton Eye Associates for 14 years.

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

-  Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

Fire Ant Festival

Monday, October 14th, 2013
Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

This past weekend, the Marshall community held its annual Fire Ant Festival downtown around the historic Harrison Country Courthouse.  The Fire Ant Festival with its many fun activities to participate in has been held for the past 30 years. ETBU was well presented in the annual Fire Ant Festival parade.

President Dub Oliver and First Lady Susie, served as the Grand Marshall for the parade that travels through downtown.  Dr. Oliver tweeted (@DrDub_ETBU) at the parade, “Great fun for Susie and me to be Grand Marshall of the Fire Ant Parade! #WeLoveMarshall #FireAntFestival #ETBU.”

Miss ETBU Macy Freeman, a nursing major form Midlothian, was also in the parade representing ETBU.

Don’t forget about another parade on the calendar, the 2013 Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday (Oct. 19) at 11:00 a.m. traveling through campus on Tiger Pride.

 Click here for information on Homecoming 2013.