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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.

A Campus You Can Be Proud Of

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

We’ve nearly posted 100 stories that make us so proud of our Tiger Family. From academics to athletics, organizations to faculty/staff honors, we can truly say we have so much to be thankful for, so much to be proud of.  I’d like to add one more to the list:

Our campus.

Maybe you haven’t been to the Hill in years. For some, the last time they saw ETBU was the day the walked across the stage to receive their degree. If that’s you, then you need to come on back for a visit.

You may not recognize the place.

Is it the new Ornelas Student Center? Perhaps. This is a building that was promised to the students years ago, and now it is a reality. Students hang out, study, meet, worship, eat, and drink in this building. It is a beautiful building that fits perfectly with the architecture of the existing campus, but most importantly, it is a place the students can say was built just for them.

You need to come for a visit.

And then there’s the former Bennett Student Center, now called the Bennett Student Commons (BSC), a building built years before the current students were born (maybe even before their parents were born)! Though it has stood for nearly a half century, it was clear that it needed an upgrade.

After around 90 days of construction over the 2011 Summer, we were happy to open its doors for the start of the Fall 2011 semester!

And again if you are one of those who hasn’t been back in a while, you wouldn’t recognize it. A massive new facade/entryway on the north side of the Quad  gives way to a completely remodeled, greatly enlarged Caf. I was with a few students during that first day and all the could say is, “Are you sure we’re at ETBU?”

You need to come for a visit.

The entryway is in the exact spot where Phillips Dining Hall once was. Phillips has made a move to the lower floor of the BSC. The new entryway on the north side of the BSC leads into a classy, fine dining space in in the place of the old bookstore and post office areas and boasts stained hard wood paneling, recessed ceilings and lighting, and fine carpets – not to mention the fact that about three old Phillips could fit in the new Phillips. It truly will take your breath away!

You need to come for a visit.

The Murphy Science Building has new flooring, $200,000 of new scientific equipment, renovated labs including a biology class with attached lab. The unsightly power lines near Meadows, Linebery, and Mabee have been moved underground. A new statue, “The Divine Servant” is now just outside the north entrance of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. A new athletics facility, the Tiger Football Strength Training Center, will provide a space for Tigers to workout and serves as the visiting team’s locker room during the season. A new Faculty-in-Residence apartment has been created in the University Apartments. The Library has all new carpeting. Oh, and last season, the football stadium got lights which allow for night games at ETBU. We have two new masters programs, education and religion. Our enrollment is up, the best in five years, our students are happy, and our campus is as pretty as a picture.

Like I said, you really need to come visit.

So much has been going on. So many changes have been happening. The campus is beautiful and the buildings are amazing – it’s something to be proud of. But most importantly, what I always remember, is that, no matter how many buildings come and go, no matter how often faculty, staff, and students’ faces change, and no matter how long it has been since you’ve seen pines, oaks, and the hallowed hill, the light still shines, for academic excellence and for Jesus Christ our Savior.

It’s time for a visit. Come see what our Tiger Family is so very proud of.

GO BLUE!!

How about Homecoming 2011? The weekend of October 14th-16th ETBU will be alive with Tiger Spirit as we celebrate Blue and Gold Forever: A Legacy That Lasts. You can learn more here!

You Have a Voice!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

We’re making a ton of improvements around campus, so we wanted to share one improvement we’re making to Tiger Pride!

A new feature to Tiger Pride is the ability to comment on each post!  To comment, go to the individual story by clicking on it’s title, then just type your comments in the form beneath the story and we’ll get an email informing us of your comment.  Once we approve it, its live!

Great things are happening at ETBU and it is a great time to be on the Hill!

The Bennett Student Commons is near completion, our Ornelas Student Center is entering it’s 2nd year of service to the campus, and there have been a ton of improvements, from new labs to remodeled rooms, new training facilities – we’ve even buried some power lines to help beautify our campus.

If you haven’t been around in a while, take a trip to Marshall and ETBU!

We are so proud of what’s been going on and we’re sure you will be too!

GO BLUE!!

www.etbu.edu

The BSC is Already Making Headlines

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff aren’t the only ones taking notice of the changes on the ETBU campus.

It seems everyone is.

Recently, ETBU’s Bennett Student Commons (BSC) was featured on KTBS in Shreveport. Reporter Carolyn Cerda and a camera crew were on campus to highlight one of the three projects that have been completed, or are still under construction – those three being the Ornelas Student Center, The BSC, and a brand new facility to be used by football that includes a weight room, study area, and visitors locker room.  All of these projects have been funded by the generous, and appreciated gifts from donors.

The BSC renovations have nearly doubled its capacity, with it’s cafeteria now holding 500 people and is a great reflection of the growth in student population.

We are very excited about the renovations and new construction on campus!.  The BSC is going to be a phenomenal facility, and in the words of Public Relations Director, Mike Midkiff, “It will not look like any way, form or fashion what they (students) saw when they left here in the spring.”

Proof positive that it is a great time to be at East Texas Baptist University.

So a massive THANK YOU! to the donors who have funded these projects!  Way to go!  GO BLUE!!

Watch and read the full story on the KTBS site here.

Luncheon Held in Honor of ETBU Retirees

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Dr. Dub Oliver addresses the ETBU Retirees at the annual ETBU Retiree Luncheon held July 13 in the OSC.ETBU recently held a luncheon to honor ETBU faculty and staff retirees. The annual luncheon is hosted by Dr. Dub and the administrative cabinet.

Now, it’s great that those who attended were able to come back to the Hill and see the new OSC, the BSC (which is currently being renovated), and to learn about what is going on around the campus.

For that, we’re proud.

But even more than that, we are proud of our retirees. Years of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and loyalty to our University is something that will never go unnoticed. We talk a lot about the Light on the Hill that shines so brightly, but just as bright are the years of service our ETBU retirees have given to this school. Through good times, bad times, times of ease, and times of great difficulty, these retirees have served with integrity and honor and have done so much more than educate, administrate, or serve the physical needs of the University…they’ve left a legacy.

As a graduate of ETBU, I am honored to be a part of a family of Tigers who have lived amazing lives in service to their fields, their country, their university, and most importantly, to our Father in Heaven. But now as an employee of this great institution, I have joined the ranks of those who served before me to allow this place to fufill the motto, A World of Opportunity in a Community of Faith.

So it is more than the desire to do a good job, or to see the University advanced. We, the faculty and staff of ETBU work diligently with purpose to educate and facilitate our students. But we also strive to honor the legacy of those who have come before us – a legacy of honor, service, and integrity.

For that, we are monumentally proud.

So to those ETBU retirees who were able to attend, to those who were not, and to all those who have gone before us, thank you for your service to this great University. As the current faculty and staff are proud of your time on the Hill, we hope to honor the legacy you left by our honor, service, and integrity.

Way to go ETBU Retirees! GO BLUE!

You can read the full story from the ETBU Retirees Luncheon on the ETBU Website here or at the Marshall News Messenger here.