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Alumnus Pastors Church Recognized for Creativity in Missions

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

baptist mission graphic

The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) honored First Baptist Church of Universal City (FBCUC) with Innovator Award for Creativity in Missions. The pastor of FBCUC is East Texas Baptist University alumnus David Lindow.  The award was given to FBCUC during the TBMF Missions Awards Luncheon held during the recent Texas Baptist Family Gathering held in San Antonio.

            “To be quite honest, we were shocked. We are not trying to be innovated but obedient to the call,” Lindow said. “As our people develop passions concerning different missions we empower them to do them.  Currently, we have 26 missions ministries occurring with members championing the causes.  Most of the vibrant mission ministries were the brain child of the membership, not the staff.  That’s humbling but exciting.”        The Innovator Award honors an individual or organization that has provided a model for ministry that others can adopt. The program for the award luncheon described FBCUC this way, “The church not only provides a blueprint for building missions, but infuses the ‘actual construction’ with the personality and the intent of Christ. This church is committed to ‘Loving up, Loving in, and Loving out’- encouraging all members to express God’s love in their community, state, nation and world.”     

Lindow is not the only ETBU graduate on the ministerial staff of FBCUC.  He serves with fellow Tigers Bryan Cash and Charles Fannin. “Serving with two other ETBU graduates has been a great joy.  Being able to reflect back on former professors and classmates has been a joy,” reflected Lindow.

“One of those ETBU graduates happens to be my father-in-law (Charles Fannin), who now serves as our Senior Adult minister.  What a joy to have a godly father-in-law who is also a partner in ministry.  The other is our executive pastor.  I couldn’t lead this congregation without the expertise of Bryan Cash.  His attention to detail and impeccable people skills complement my gifts perfectly.” 

Lindow graduated from ETBU in 1984, Cash in 1985 and Fannin in 1959.

            FBCUC ministers to the community through their Needs and Seeds Ministry (household donations for the needy), New Found Freedom Ministry (outreach to the incarcerated at Giddings State School), Palisades Park Fellowship (multi-housing complex weekly worship), Women’s Shelter Bible Study, English as a Second Language classes, Spanish Ministry Sunday School class, medical and dental mission trips to the border, Disaster Relief Team, and other mission opportunities.

            Lindow has fond memories of his time at ETBU.  “The fondest memory I have is meeting my beautiful wife Lisa.  God connected me to my life and ministry partner while at ETBU.”

“Second to that would be the impact of my religion professors Dr. Don Potts and Dr. Franklin Atkinson. These two men had a profound impact upon my ministry development.  I learned more about pastoral care under Dr. Potts than I did at seminary. Dr. Atkinson taught me the incredible importance of attitude in ministry by his perpetual upbeat spirit. I’ll never forget the day that Dr. Atkinson sent someone to get me out of bed to attend Greek class because he thought I was over in my absentees. He was determined not to let me flunk. What a professor,” shared Lindow. 

The Texas Baptist Family Gathering was a meeting like never before as the African American Fellowship of Texas, Texas Fellowship of Cowboy Churches, Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of Texas, Lao Baptist Fellowship, Chinese Baptist Fellowship and Hispanic Baptist Convention held their respective annual meetings in conjunction with the Baptist General Convention of Texas Annual Meeting.

2012-13 Martian Yearbook available

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The 2012-13 ETBU  yearbook, The Martian, now is available.

See the e-edition, here.

Tree dedication

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

The Student Government Association on Tuesday dedicated the four newly planted trees in front of Marshall Hall. The four young oaks replaced the large oaks that were removed in November because of disease.

“Over 75 years ago, four trees were planted on this front lawn,” said Brad Mashburn, SGA President and senior from Mesquite. “ETBU has had 100 years of growth. As the school grew so did the trees, making them a representation of how far this University has grown. Four new trees have been planted. What does it mean? We look forward to what this next century is going to bring to us. As the four trees that were removed represented the last 100 years, these four new oaks represent the next 100 years.”

The tree planted closest to Scarborough Hall represents the freshman class. The placement represents where students begin by attending classes. The senior class tree is the one planted nearest to the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center were commencement is held representing graduation.

Read story, here.

100 Years

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

100 years ago today, something was launched that has changed my life, and countless others as well.

We learned here. Some have worked here. We all grew here. Quite a few have met theirs spouses here (Ring by Spring never fails!). And we all love here.

That here is Van Zandt Hill. Nestled beneath powerful oaks and towering pines, it is on this Hill a dream became an idea, an idea became a plan, and a plan became a reality.

And the reality is that this place is more than a school. It is more than a great place to get an education. It is home. It is a familiar place. It is a place where memories live and remembrances always have a place.

You can leave for 40 years and come back to find that though the buildings have changed, there is something that never does. Maybe a feeling, and ideal.

I think it is because we are all a family. I know when I go home, the smells and warmth and feeling is something I can always expect, I count on it.

It’s the same here too. We are a Family. It unites us. It allows us to cross boundaries of age or personal history. A current sophomore and a 1952 graduate talk about ETBC back in the day. A cheerleader from years past finds herself on the field at the homecoming game teaching a cheer from her time to the current squad. Things that may not be so readily seen elsewhere are common on the Hill. And that is a part of what makes this place special. You’re never just a student.  You’re family.

It is amazing to think about the humble beginnings of this school – that the founders simply wanted a place where men and women of integrity and initiative could get a quality Christian education. But my how we have gotten so much more! Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of the legacy of ETBU? To call yourself a Tiger? I say YES!

So today we celebrate a dream that became a reality. The College of Marshall that became East Texas Baptist College that became East Texas Baptist University. They’ve always been dedicated to high-quality Christian education. But also to family.  We are Tigers. And no matter where we are or how far away we get from Van Zandt Hill, that will never change.

We are forever Tigers. And for this University, its history, its legacy, its impact, especially on this day, we are forever grateful.

Happy Birthday East Texas Baptist University. May your next 100 be greater than your first. And may the Light on the Hill never die.

GO BLUE!

Local Media Celebrates ETBU’s Community Impact

Friday, October 19th, 2012

It is reasonable to think we are excited about ETBU, about homecoming, about our Centennial Celebration this weekend.

Excited…more like REALLY EXCITED!!!!! And one of those things we are excited about is the impact that we as a University, and member of the Marshall community, and greater East Texas community, make upon this area – even the world.

That’s why when we read that the Marshall News-Messenger says things like, “Had we a bit more talent, perhaps we could adequately express in words the meaning of East Texas Baptist University to Harrison County and the city of Marshall,” we feel honored.

Or when we hear things like this from KLTV.com, “Even today, with students from the world over, ETBU is at heart an East Texas institution,” we feel grateful.

When it comes to accolades like these, we are quick to keep our perspective.  We have had great success as a University, through good times and bad, but we strive always to keep our focus on making an impact in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and family, being a positive influence on the surrounding community, being a beacon of quality education, and being a light for Jesus Christ in this world, remembering that our boast is in the Lord Jesus. (Ps 34:2)

We are a Tiger Family so proud of what the Lord has done on the Hill, and we are so very thankful for the kind words from these two sources, and for so many who have voiced kind words of congratulation to us! GO BLUE!

You can get the full story from the Marshall News-Messenger here and from KLTV.com here.

ETBU Celebrates 100 Years of Christian Education

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Celebrating 100 years of high-quality, Christian education on the Van Zandt Hill and around the country has been going on all year.  From fine arts events, to regional celebrations, to alumni gatherings, the Tiger Family has been singing the praises of 100 years of ETBU all over.

And today begins a weekend that will take that celebration to a whole new level!

Today, Friday, October 19th launches our Centennial Celebration and Homecoming weekend.  This weekend is jam-packed with events, reunions, meals, open houses, picnics, concerts, a bonfire, a parade, sporting events, a gala – all culminating in a celebration on ETBU’s most important day, October 22, its birthday. 100 years…can you believe it?!?!?

A lot can happen in 100 years.  A lot has happened in 100 years, and I can say this with certainty, that ETBU’s next 100 will be just as great – greater even – than its last.

I’d love to go back in time to that moment in 1912 when a dream became a reality and tell them how we’re doing. Here’s what  I would tell them:

- we are now a University with over 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees
- we have 36 beautiful buildings on campus, with a 37th slated to begin in months
- Marshall Hall stands as proud as ever, its Beacon shining brightly
- we are financially strong, educationally sound, and are still standing firmly in Christ Jesus
- and lastly, thank you, hoping I could put into words the impact this campus has had on thousands upon thousands of people.

It was a good vision, a courageous initiative, and, as 100 years have shown, ETBU was and is, a brilliant success.

What would you tell them? What impact has ETBU made on you? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

Come to the Hill this weekend and experience the Centennial and Homecoming Weekend at ETBU.

We are thankful for this University, grateful for those men and women who had a part in bringing a dream to live, and we are proud, so very proud, to be Tigers.

GO BLUE!

Find out everything you want to know about the Centennial Celebration at www.etbu.edu/100

ETBU Women’s Basketball Serve the Community

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Reaching out to help the community around them, the East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball team volunteered their time on Saturday, September 22, to help clean up a historic local cemetery.  The ETBU students worked together with Wiley College students to help clean up the historic cemetery.

“Our players had a surprisingly rewarding experience today,” says head women’s basketball coach Dustin Howard.  “They were amazed at the historical significance of this small cemetery, basically right here in our back yard.  We had fun working together with our cross town friends Wiley College to help give back to the community that gives us so much.”

Both schools teamed together to clean up Loves Cemetery in Scottsville, Texas.

We are so proud of our Lady Tigers!

Read the full story from Marshall News Messenger here.

ETBU Alum Turns 104!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

In 1912, the College of Marshall (COM) became a reality and all this year we have been celebrating our Centennial Year. But did you know something else happened four years prior to the founding of COM that was pretty awesome as well?

Bonnie Kay was born.

Think of that!  The airplane was only 5 years old. Oklahoma had just become a state. Teddy Roosevelt was president. The first Model T was developed and sold for $850.

She was 4 when the Titanic sank.  She was 10 when World War 1 began.  She was 21 when the stock market crashed.

And in 1930, she was 22 years old and was graduating from the College of Marshall.

Bonnie Kay is, and has been for a while, our oldest alumni.  It is amazing to consider the things she has seen, living in a century that has seen the greatest number of advances in the history of mankind.  But even better is the fact that she is in good health and she loves her alma mater! In fact, Bonnie Kay, the only living member of the class of 1930, has won the coveted Gravy Bowl on behalf of her class a couple times over the last few years!

Recently, faculty, staff, and students were given the opportunity to sign a handful of birthday cards that were presented to her by Alumni Relations Director, Paul Tapp.  She was delighted to receive the cards and kind wishes from the Tiger Family!

One of the things that has made the biggest impact on me since coming to ETBU has been the idea of legacy.  It is an amazing feeling knowing that once you become a student or faculty/staff member, or even a friend of the University, you join in with this amazing legacy.  You become a part of the story that is ETBU.  It is a good story.  It is filled with the best people, like the Grammers and Hogues, like the Huffmans and Footes and Unkels, and countless others.

And people like Mrs. Bonnie Kay.

This time, our pride isn’t tied up with a fancy achievement or award, though living to 104 is a pretty big achievement!  Today we are full of pride in the Legacy of COM, ETBC, and ETBU.  It is a wonderful legacy filled with wonderful people and stories and experiences.  And best of all, we are ALL a part of it!

Help us celebrate Bonnie Kay and her 104 years. And help us honor her by honoring her legacy and the legacy of ETBU! Isn’t it great!?!?

GO BLUE!!

ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer Invited to Take Part in the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

C.F. Kuykendall. Photo credit: Kevin Green

Ninety-one year old ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer, Charles Findley Kuykendall was recently honored by receiving an invitation to take part in the 75th Edition of the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic. Kuykendall will not be able to travel to the game because of health issues but will be honored by Oil Bowl officials.

Amazingly, he played in the first Oil Bowl Game on September 5, 1938.  The Oil Bowl, played in Wichita Falls, is considered to be the oldest all-star high-school football game in the world. After playing in the first Oil Bowl game, Kuykendall reported to the College of Marshall, now ETBU, to play football. He only played one year of football for COM because the football program was dropped after the 1938 season. ETBU brought back football in 2000, playing at the NCAA Division III level.

After football was discontinued at COM, it became necessary for him to earn an athletic scholarship at another school and he played football at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1940-42. Kuykendall was a 6-2 180 pound offensive and defensive tackle during his playing days.  He was fast and also ran track at SHSTC.

After obtaining his degree, Kuykendall spent his career in education. He returned home to Tatum to coach. Later he became principal at Pine Tree High School and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of PTISD in 1980. Kuykendall was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

This year’s Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl game, featuring top high school players from Texas and Oklahoma, was played on Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls

Way to go C.F.!  GO BLUE!

Thanks to PR Director Mike Midkiff and the Longview News-Journal for this story and Kevin Green for the photo.

Click here for a link to the story from the News-Journal story.

ETBU Unveils Centennial Logo

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

100 years ago, the very spot where I sit and type this was simply a hill.  No Scarborough.  No Marshall Hall.  Not even the College of Marshall, which would become East Texas Baptist College, then East Texas Baptist University.

Just a hilltop whose destiny would be forever changed by the formation of the University we now know and love.  It has been an amazing 100 years!

So we’re going to spend this next year of 2012 honoring those 100 years!  What a better way to kick it off than with the recently unveiled Centennial Logo.

The logo was developed through collaboration with the Centennial Council, the President’s Office, and the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

The logo incorporates the official lowercase ETBU and name with a banner featuring our official school colors, the word Centennial, and the date of our founding 1912, and the 100th year, 2012.  The logo also features a symbol of the University, the Beacon, and the numerals 00 to create 100.

The Centennial Year will be a busy one, including 4 special editions of the Hilltop Magazine, all dedicated to various point of University history, a Centennial themed 2012 Homecoming, and many more events throughout the year.

Help us celebrate the Centennial Year of East Texas Baptist University!  Stop by campus, get involved in an event, and don’t miss Homecoming this year.

It has been an amazing 100 years and we look forward to the next 100 years!

Way to go ETBU and HAPPY BIRTH-YEAR!!

Read more about the logo here.