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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!


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.

Do You Have Tiger Pride?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Do you know a Tiger who has landed a great job lately? Perhaps you know a person who has done well in their career or made a contribution to their field?

Do you know a Tiger who has gone out of their way to help another? Go on mission? Do something great at their local church?

Has a Tiger been elected to office or honored with an award?

Maybe you just want to tell how awesome a Tiger you know truly is.

All of these are EXCELLENT stories that we want to hear about!  Simply click the Post-It note at the top of the page and submit a Tale of Tiger Pride. If you have a photo, send it along too!  Maybe a video?  You can place the link in the comment box or email it to

So COME ON! Let’s hear those stories that make our hearts swell with Tiger Pride!

As always, thanks for reading, and GO BLUE!

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.