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A Tiger In Norway

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the mountains surround Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Right now ETBU has a one of its own in Norway.  What is Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke doing in Norway?  Back in July, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and is spending a whole year in Norway, teaching and doing research. Dr. Falke is on her sabbatical and her husband, Damon, and their two boys were able to go Norway with her. 

Just recently, she sent word via email to ETBU Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lawrence Ressler an update of what she  is experiencing  at the at the University of Bergen. The University of Bergen is located in the heart of the city and has about 14,500 students enrolled, and 3,200 faculty and staff.  

She writes: “All is well here. I am teaching three seminars (two for undergrads and one for masters students) and sharing a lecture course with three Norwegian professors. The department here has received me warmly, and teaching has gotten off to a good start. The students here only take exams once, or maybe twice a semester and receive no formal evaluation beyond those exams, so my time in the office generally goes to preparing for classes and research.” 

“I had a backup plan in case I did not receive the Fulbright. That plan was to write about the ways that reading literature strengthens the mental habits of attention, empathy and hope – the same mental habits we use to love God and neighbor. My proposal to present an excerpt of this writing at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago was accepted, so I am getting to work on this project some while I am here as well. This is the largest literature conference in the world, with thousands of people attending (not my session, but the conference), so I am honored to be working toward that. I feel especially honored to be expounding on the work of a Christian philosopher in such a large forum.”

“As a family, we are enjoying Bergen, Norway tremendously. The city is ringed round with seven mountains and green on every side except at the harbor, where the city opens right onto the sea and fjord land. We have climbed to a different peak every weekend we have been here. Our oldest boy, spent yesterday afternoon memorizing Viking poetry in a museum. Our littles spent it picking currants in our backyard with his Papa. Needless to say, they like Norway.”

“I miss my students, but so far my sabbatical is providing just what a sabbatical is designed to provide: a sabbath from my regular teaching and administration there and an opportunity to refine competencies that will help me continue growing as a professor.”

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals abroad each year to more than 150 countries. ETBU is proud of Dr. Falke and what she is experiencing as a Fulbright Scholar. The ETBU family is praying for God’s blessings upon her and her family as they are away from East Texas.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

“Like mother, like daughter.”  For Teri McKinley that well known phrase has come true. Teri’s mom, Crystal Bowman, is an accomplished author.  Mom has been writing children’s books for over 20 years.  Now, daughter is a published author as well.  Teri co-authored a children’s devotional book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child, with her mom that has been recently published by Tyndale House Publishing. 

 When Teri received a copy of her first book she said, “Excitement doesn’t begin to describe the feeling I had when I held the book for the first time! It was the first moment I truly grasped the weight of the opportunity I had been given. Pride, joy, and giddiness were the feelings that washed over me. I also felt a huge sense of gratefulness to the Lord—I couldn’t believe He would use me, a young woman in East Texas, to reach children in this way.”

 To read more about the book and Teri, click here.

The Biggest Running Backs Coach In America

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

  

ETBU running back coach Lee Grimes (far right) coaching the Tigers during practice.  PHOTO: Drew Dawson

ETBU running back coach Lee Grimes (far right) coaching the Tigers during practice. PHOTO: Drew Dawson

When ETBU running backs football coach Lee Grimes walks into a room or stands on the sideline at Ornelas Stadium, people notice.  Why? He stands six feet, seven inches tall.  Unofficially, he may be the biggest running backs coach in America, according to head football coach Joshua Eargle.

Playing for Brownwood High School, Coach Grimes was voted All-District and All-State twice as an offensive lineman.   He had a stellar college career at Texas A&M being selected All-Big 12 and Aggie All-Decade Team in 2009.  He also has NFL experience with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Diego Chargers.

As the ETBU Tigers prepare for the season opener at Austin College (Sept. 14), Coach Grimes was featured recently in a story by KTAL-TV’s Lance Snow.  Click here to view the story that aired on KTAL.  

Tigers Move-In Tradition Continues

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

Move-in Day for first time freshmen and transfer students is an event on the ETBU campus that is looked forward to each year.  Staff, faculty and student leaders serve together to help the new Tigers move belongings from the vehicle to the dorm room. Also helping welcome the new Tigers to the Hill are members from local churches. Local churches set up booths on the Quad handing out corn dogs, bar-b-q sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, water, and other items.

Jimmy Isaacs, a reporter from CBS19-TV, did a story on the new Tigers moving in. Click here to watch the story that aired on the Tyler TV station.

ETBU Professor of Computer Science Bill Mills said, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students.  It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”

Fall classes began August 19.

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.

 

 

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.

Dr. Falke chosen for seminar series

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Dr. Cassie Falke

Dr. Cassie Falke

The School of Humanities of East Texas Baptist University announces that Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke has been selected to attend one of seven “Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers” sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A large number apply but only a few are chosen to attend, which brings together teachers from a broad variety of institutions to work in collaboration with peers and to study with experts in various humanities disciplines.

Dr. Falke, who is also the director of ETBU’s University Scholars Program, will participate in a seminar entitled “Reassessing British Romanticism” held at the University of Nebraska. The seminar will be directed by Stephen C. Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

Read the full story, here.

Dr. David C. White’s retires after 30 years at ETBU

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Dr. Dub Oliver, left, presents Dr. David White a crystal bowl during White's retirement ceremony.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Dr. Dub Oliver, left, presents Dr. David White a crystal bowl during White’s retirement ceremony.

ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. David C. White is retiring after 30 years of service and teaching in the School of Christian Studies. Current faculty, staff, and students, along with former faculty and staff, paid honor to Dr. White this past Monday during a reception in the Phillips Great Room of the Bennett Student Commons.

Dr. White shared with the well wishers gathered, “I have been very fortunate to be at this school and serve in the Religion department with folks I have come to love and appreciate. I have been amazed how God has worked in the lives of the students after they have graduated.”

The Tulsa, Oklahoma native estimates he has taught more than 8,500 students throughout the years. White came to ETBU in 1983 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as the director of the Children’s Center. He, and his wife Brenda, have faithfully shown their support of students by attending student events; like athletic contests, fine arts performances, and other extracurricular events in which students are involved.

At Spring Commencement this Saturday, May 4, Dr. White will be the Mace Bearer for the final time. The Mace is carried by the senior faculty member at all academic processions. A total of 181 students will be receiving degrees — 150 bachelor’s degrees and 31 master’s degrees.