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Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

The Quad at ETBU

There are three flags in the Quad at ETBU. These flags wave at the highest point on our campus as symbols of faith, courage, and freedom. These are three flags that represent our state, our nation, and our faith – three points of hallowed pride.

On the right side is the Texas Flag – a standard that represents the resolve of the men and women who lived and died longing for freedom.  And through courageous deeds, last stands, thunderous battles, and cries like “Come and Take It,” and “Remember the Alamo,” Texans became free.

On the left side is the Christian Flag – a symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  As Soldiers of the Cross, we realize the importance of Christ’s presence in our lives and the Christian Flag in our Quad serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifice of Jesus our Savior, and of those who came behind that gave their lives for the cause of Christ, knowing deep within their and our hearts alike, that “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)

And in the center proudly waves the Flag of the United States of America – a banner that is a source of honor and pride to people across this nation.  From dawn’s early light to the stormy beaches of Normandy, from the thick jungles of Asia to the sandy landscape of the Middle East, the US Flag has always been more than a strip of cloth; it has been a symbol of freedom and a beacon of justice all over the world.  And whether it flies at The US Capitol or the front line, our Quad, or draped across the casket of a fallen hero, it represents who we are, why we became a nation, and what we want to bring to the four corners of the earth: freedom.

It’s at this flag that I pause for a moment.  We are proud of many things at our University.  So many men and women have in the past, and still today, lead lives that are honorable, noble, and accomplish great things for our school, our city, our state, our nation, our world, and for the cause of Christ.  Yet let us not forget the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we experience today.

At ETBU, we, campus-wide, wake up in the morning under a blanket knit by the courage and sacrifice of our military and leaders, work and learn in environments free of danger or harm, and worship in a land that guarantees our right to call on the name of Jesus Christ.  These liberties weren’t born by happenstance, but by the ink of a pen, and sadly, but with utmost respect, the end of a musket.

Many within our Tiger Family have served, and are still serving all over the world to provide security, protection, and a safeguard of the freedoms that we enjoy.  Furthermore, they struggle against evil and injustices to bring freedom to oppressed peoples; as Isaiah 61 says, to proclaim freedom to those who are captive. It is truly a noble task.

So to these men and women who serve our nation in the Armed Forces, especially those who are a part of our Tiger Family, we are monumentally grateful, profoundly humbled, and extraordinarily proud of you.  Thank you for your service and dedication to your nation. You not only sacrifice so much for your nation, you honor us at ETBU and this great nation by your dedication and willingness to serve.

As you experience this 4th of July with your family and friends, let’s not forget to honor and say a prayer for those men and women in harm’s way who stand as sentinels on the walls to provide the very freedoms we enjoy today.  Perhaps you are friends with a soldier on Facebook or know a sailor in your community. Maybe you are familiar with an airman, a marine, a reservist, or a member of our Coast Guard.  Be sure  to thank them this 4th for their service to our nation, to the world, and to Christ.

May God bless ETBU, Texas our Texas, and may God Bless America!


New Student Orientation at ETBU a Success

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Students receive packets from the Admissions Staff during the New Student Orientation held Monday.

This past Monday saw around 135 students not counting families and friends at the New Student Orientation (NSO) at ETBU.
Starting at 8 am, the students learned about a variety of things from academic and athletic opportunities to ministry and student life opportunities, they took campus tours of the campus, attended open house sessions from the academic departments and even had the opportunity to register for classes.


“It was great to have new students on campus,” said Magen Bunyard, Dean of Students. “This is one of the programs that ETBU provides to help students and their families prepare for the ETBU experience.”

We are looking forward to a great 2011-12 academic year with our returning, transfer, and new students!


Read the full story here.

ETBU’s New Athletic Logo

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Official ETBU Athletics Logo

You read correctly!

ETBU unveiled the new athletics logo this week complete with official athletic lettering and an official tiger that utilizes a shield-type design.

The new logo includes the ETBU colors of navy, gold, and white, and, effective immediately, will serve as the face of the ETBU Athletic department, including Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Cheerleading, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Volleyball.

The new logo comes after months of collaboration with the President’s Office and the Marketing, Public Relations, and Athletics departments and an independent designer. The logo can be used in several different pre-determined arrangements and in a variety of color arrangements within the official ETBU colors of Blue PMS 289, Gold PMS 124C, and white.

We are really excited about the new look! Tell us what you think!  You can leave comments at the official Tiger Athletics Facebook page here.


Read the full story from SID David Weaver here.

ETBU Honored with Shining Star Award

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

East Texas Baptist University Trustee member Hal Cornish, Director of Athletics Kent Reeves, Trustee Member Glenn Bickerdike, President Dub Oliver and First Lady Susie, visit after ETBU received the Shining Star Award from the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO: ETBU/Mike Midkiff

Earth Wind and Fire must have been singing about ETBU back in 1975.

Why? Because at the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Appreciation Luncheon, ETBU was honored with the Shining Star Award given in recognition of special achievements and contributions to the community.

“This year’s recipient of the Shining Star Award is always a great example to the rest of us of excellence, positive influence, outstanding work in education, the personal development of their employees and leadership,” said Alan Grantham, chairman of the Chamber.

This is a wonderful award and is very special since it is not given every year.

So to the faculty, staff, administration, students, and to Tigers everywhere:  Way to Go!  GO BLUE!

Read the full story by Public Relations Director Mike Midkiff here.

Ornelas Student Center Honored By Local Historical Preservation Societies

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Student Center

It’s not even a year old and the Ornelas Student Center has already been given an award.

An historic award at that.

This past Sunday, May 15th, the OSC was honored by the Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board and the Harrison County Historical Commission at the 1901 Historic Harrison County Courthouse, as one of the three recipients of the “New Construction in an Historic Area” award.

The awards were presented by Main Street Director Bo Ellis, and many of the recipients addressed the crowd with appreciation as well as anecdotes from their projects.

Many awards were handed out in several different areas, such as “Exterior Painting of a Historic Building,” “Outstanding Contribution to Overall Promotion of Historic Preservation,” “Neighborhood Revitalization,” “Adaptive Reuse,” “Investment in an Historic Area,” “Interior Painting of a Historic Building,” and “Restoration of Architectural Elements.”

We are already so happy about and proud of our beautiful new student center! Way to GO OSC!! GO BLUE!

Read the full story by Marshall News Messenger’s Terri Richardson here.

ETBU Honors Employees at Luncheon

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Dr. Lynn New was honored for 25 years of service to ETBU.

ETBU held a luncheon on Wednesday, May 11th to honor employees who have given 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

A total of 49 employees were honored including Dr. Laurie Smith and Dr. Jerry Summers for 20 years as well as Dr. Lynn New who has served at ETBU for 25 years.

We are SO proud of our faculty and staff as they serve students and the Lord. Way to go!  GO BLUE!!

For a complete list of honorees, see the full story by Director of Public Relations, Mike Midkiff, here.

Tigers with a Mission

Friday, March 25th, 2011

During chapel, East Texas Baptist University prayed for the students, faculty and staff, who went on mission trips during spring break.

Marshall.  Carthage.  Padre.  Laredo.  Chicago.  Ethiopia.

Seems like these places barely have anything, if anything in common.

But in reality, they do.  They are full of people who need Christ, and full of opportunity to serve.

And one more thing:  Tigers.

This spring break, a large group of students, faculty, and staff from various departments and organizations at ETBU went to various places across the globe to serve.  In some aspects it was teaching, in others construction, still others serving the needy.  The group that went to Padre even helped people in the wee hours of the morning get home safely after long hours of Spring Breaking.  The beauty of it all was that students were willing to serve others and share the love of Jesus Christ.

The BSM led by Mark Yates took a group to Padre for Beach Week which is a BGCT-sponsored ministry.  Also, a group from the BSM led by BSM Intern and ETBU Grad Tyler Moore headed south to Laredo to help construct housing for needy families.  While in Laredo, they teamed up with 3 groups: one from Illinois, one from Maine, and another from FBC, Athens.  The group from FBC was operating a medical clinic out of a Catholic church.  The group from ETBU provided childcare for the patients while they were treated.

Allan Thompson took a group of 10 from the Great Commission Center to Chicago and worked with inner city mission organizations.

One of our sororities, Delta Pi Theta, led by Karyn Solly, went to Carthage to work with Mission Carthage, which is an organization that serves Panola, Rusk, Shelby, and Harrison counties.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and his wife Susie, religion professor Dr. Elijah Brown, and Crossroads Baptist Church’s Pastor David Rice went to Ethiopia to teach a verse-by-verse study over the book of Ephesians at an Ethiopian Bible college and had the opportunity to serve in a local orphanage.

We are thankful for each of these who sacrificed time and money to be about the business of the Kingdom.  We can say for certain that lives were changed and seeds were planted from Carthage to Ethiopia, and that we are very proud of our Tiger Family!

Way to go Tigers! GO BLUE!

ETBU Alum Named to 2000s All-Decade Team

Friday, March 25th, 2011

ETBU Alum Scott Verhalen on the sidelines at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii in 2003.

How far can you punt a football?

Most people can’t punt it very far, but during the fourth football game against Howard Payne in 2000, the year football returned to the Hill, Scott Verhalen connected on a team record 82 yard punt.

Someone that can kick the ball that well may seem like a shoe-in for such an honor as being named to the 2000s All-Decade team.  Yet what proves he belongs there is the fact that Scott is a four-time All-American, that he is still the all-time team leader in attempts (199), punting yards (8,538), and yards per punt (42.9), that he has been named to the 2000 National Christian College Athletic Association All-American team, the D3 All-America team from 2001-2003, a two-time American Football Coaches Association All-American team in 2001-02, and that he helped lead the Tigers to share the ASC Championship in 2003.

What’s more, is that he was also named a two-time All-American by Football Gazette magazine, a three-time All-American on the Hewlett Packard/Sports Information Director’s All-America team from 2001-03, and that he was selected to play in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii in 2003.

So as you can see, it makes perfect sense that Scott be recognizedby with this amazing honor.

Before ETBU, Scott was a standout punter at Marshall High School, and after leaving ETBU, Scott was invited to several NFL mini-camps after the 2004 NFL Draft.  He attended camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that spring.

Scott and his wife, former Lady Tiger soccer standout Kristen Bowden-Verhalen, live in the Dallas area with their newborn daughter, Hadley, who was born last fall.

We are very proud of Scott!  Way to go! GO BLUE!

Local Editorial Sings Praises of ETBU and the New OSC

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Dr. Smauel W. "Dub" Oliver officially dedicates the new Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Student Center before a packed audience of donors, trustees, faculty, staff, students, representatives, and friends.

This past weekend, in the wake of the Friday dedication of our new Louise H. and Joseph Z. Ornelas Student Center, the Marshall News-Messenger boasted of ETBU and the new complex in an editorial.

Words and phrases like, “a centerpiece in Marshall,” and “ETBU is known for holding to high standards, ethically, morally and educationally,” have us swelling with pride, yet not in the sense of superiority, but in the understanding that God has done great things on our beautiful campus and that he will continue to do so.

Our school pride is in the fact that we know we, as  a part of the Tiger Family, are blessed to be involved with a school that is making a difference in the lives of students, preparing them for the future, making active Kingdom Citizens, and making an impact in our local area.

Please take a moment and read the beautiful words of this editorial found here.

We are certain after reading it, you will be swelling with Tiger Pride!

Way to go, ETBU!  GO BLUE!!

ETBU Jarrett Library Creates the Mary K. Armstrong Society

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Perhaps your library in your town has an organization that promotes the library within the community.  Most of these organizations have a title like, “Friends of the Marshall Public Library.”  Well we have an organization just like that on the Hill now as well!

The Jarrett Library has announced the formation of a new society called the Mark K. Armstrong Society, named for the long-time College of Marshall/East Texas Baptist College librarian.  The purpose of the organization is to to promote Jarrett Library’s involvement in the life of ETBU and the community-at-large. The “friends” group will also develop financial and human resources to hold activities and programs.

On Monday, May 11, 2010, the organization became official as the charter was signed by the members of the charter committee, which includes Dr. Eileen Baland, Assistant Professor of English, and Dr. Catherine Cone, Professor of Biology, representing the faculty; local resident Le Illa Dixon, representing the larger Marshall community; Noma Jean Folmar, ETBC Class of 1957 and Joan Odle, ETBC Class of 1956, representing alumni; Annie Henderson, Head of Access Services , representing the library staff; and Peterson. ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver signed the charter as well.

A drive will be held in the fall and information about becoming a “friend” will be available later this summer.   For more information on the  Armstrong Society click here!

What a great opportunity to honor a beloved member of our Tiger family, and also an opportunity to play a part in the education of current and future Tigers!

Go Blue!!