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Karson Kent Honored as Senior Girl Call-Out

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Karson Kent (left) stands next to her "little sister" Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Karson Kent (left) stands next to her “little sister” Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 67th year on Friday, April 11, 2014, naming the 2013-2014 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant. Last year, Karson’s older sister, Kallie Kent Philips was named the Senior Girl Call-Out. Miss Kent is a Business Management major. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Kent. Karson, has three sisters, Kaitlyn, Kinsey, and Klaire, they are quadruplets and students at ETBU.

While at ETBU,  Miss Kent played tennis her freshman and sophomore years and was chosen Academic All Conference in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  She was inducted into Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta, chosen Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors every semester.  Karson enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and drinking coffee with friends.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the business field. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday nights, she volunteers in the three and four year old class at Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about this year’s ceremony click here.

To see the video of the announcement  click here.

The New Miss ETBU

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.   Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major,  represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major, represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

What a great evening to see the talent and poise of 10 young ladies who competed in the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday evening April 5th, in Baker Auditorium at East Texas Baptist University.   The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Emily Prevost, E TBU Director of Leadership.

When Dr. Prevost announced Contestant #3 Sarah Alvis as the new Miss ETBU it took a few seconds for her to react as she was totally caught off guard.  The sophomore nursing major from Fort Worth said afterwards, “It was the last thing I would have ever thought. When I even entered this pageant, I did not ever expect to win. I expected to have a great time with the girls. Winning was the last thing on my radar.”

Last  year’s Miss ETBU, Macy Freeman, along with ETBU President Dr. Dub Olver and Student Government President Kinsey  Kent crowned Miss Alvis before a large enthusiastic crowd.

Miss Alvis, representing University Apartments, is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. While attending ETBU, Sarah has been involved in the University Scholars Program, and served as a Resident Assistant for University Apartments. She has made the Dean’s List with Honors for three semesters while at ETBU. She says her ministry is serving her residents in her position as Resident Assistant. She attends Crossroads Community Church in Longview. After graduation Sarah plans to work as a nurse, obtain her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and serve wherever the Lord leads her. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, dancing, traveling, nursing, hiking, and learning about other cultures.

Jermaca Brown, a junior kinesiology major from Fairfield, was selected first runner up. Miss Brown, representing Baptist Student Ministry, is the daughter of Greg and Sonya Gibson.

Selected second runner up was sophomore business major Paige Redmon of Bonham. Miss Redmon representing the ETBU Spirit Program is the daughter of Gary and Kelli Redmon. Miss Redmon also received the Best Talent Award.

The Miss Congeniality Award went to junior nursing major Natalie Pippin of Marshall. Miss Pippin, representing Texas Nursing Student’s Association, is the daughter of Randy and Sally Pippin.

The remaining Miss ETBU contestants and the campus organizations they represented included: sophomore Hannah Parks of Burleson, representing Student Foundation; sophomore Natalie Davis of Houston, representing Linebery Hall; junior Audrey Winders of Kingwood, representing the American Marketing Association; sophomore Sally Perkins of League City, representing Alpha Psi Omega; junior Jenny Utterback of Rowlett, representing the Athletic Training Education Program; and junior Lynlea Hansen of Houston, representing Ornelas Hall.

To view a video of the announcement click here.

To read the bios of each contestant printed in the Marshall News Messenger, click here.

Groundwork for the Future

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Aerial view of Centennial Hall.  Courtesy photo.

Aerial view of Centennial Hall construction. Courtesy photo.

Every year the Marshall News Messenger publishes a special Progress Edition.  On this past Sunday, Centennial Hall was featured on the front cover of this special edition. Below is the story published by the Marshall News Messenger on the progress of Centennial Hall.

MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (3/23/14) – East Texas Baptist University’s newest residence hall is primed to complete construction by the beginning of the fall semester.

The idea for a new residence hall and living life center has been in the works at ETBU since early 2012.

“The project was discussed by the ETBU Board of Trustees beginning in January of 2012,” said ETBU President Dr. Samuel “Dub” Oliver.  “The new living learning center was one of the recommendations that resulted from The Centennial Council and documented in their report.  The project was approved by the Board in September of 2012, and planning and designing commenced immediately.”

Once the groundwork was laid out, construction began on the new building last year.

“Construction began May 6, 2013,” Oliver said.  “There is one building being built that will hold 362 students, one faculty in residence, and one resident director.  The total cost of the project is $20.675 million.”

Dubbed the Centennial Hall, the new residence is a testament to ETBU’s history in Marshall.  As a living learning center, the new building will not only serve as a home for students, but also a place of learning and academic opportunities.

“The living learning center is named Centennial Hall,” Oliver said.  “The name is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of East Texas Baptist University (originally called the College of Marshall).  Centennial Hall celebrates the history and heritage of a great institution as well as points to the bright future of ETBU.”

Though Centennial Hall started construction under Oliver’s presidency at ETBU, it will not be completed until after his departure from Marshall to serve as president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn.  Oliver expects the building to be fully installed and ready for use by Aug. 1.

“Centennial Hall will advance the mission of ETBU by building on the core strengths of the university while helping us attract and retain even more students,” he said.  “ETBU is a classic Christian liberal arts institution that is residential based.”

“In order for the University to grow, we needed additional residence hall space to house students.  With a faculty in residence, a classroom in the building, and spaces organized to maximize student interaction, the building will help us be even better at those core strengths.”

The residence hall isn’t the only construction project slated for completion this summer; Oliver noted that tennis courts are set for completion in July.  After that, the future of ETBU’s construction falls into the hands of the school’s next president.

“There are always facility needs and projects to work on in the future,” Oliver said.  “The next one to be built immediately will be the tennis courts (to be started in May 2014 and completed by the end of July 2014).”

“There are other projects under consideration – academic buildings, performance spaces and athletic facilities – but there is nothing in the queue after the tennis courts.  The new president will have the opportunity to chart that course.”

(Used by permission Marshall News Messenger. Written by Education Reporter Austin King)

Marshall News Messenger Editorial

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Marshall is lucky enough to be the home of several top-notch institutions of higher learning. They are a credit to their fields of study and allow East Texans the opportunity to study in their own backyard.

Last week two of these schools, East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College, signed an articulation agreement that will fast track the completion of a Master of Arts in Religion from ETBU for Wiley students. The program will allow seniors at Wiley to earn dual credit for courses in religion, in one swoop rounding out their bachelor’s degree and getting a head start on their master’s.

This program will surely foster a closer relationship between the two institutions. Wiley and ETBU already share many qualities, not least of which are they are both private schools, they each stress Christian values and serving the community and one another. This program will bring a greater diversity to all students enrolled who will be able to share their unique experiences learned at their respective colleges with one another. This agreement will benefit students in several ways.

While there are scholarships and financial aid available to students, there is no way to gloss over the expense of a college degree. Being able to shave off even a few semesters from a student’s college career can save thousands of dollars of debt the student or parents would otherwise owe after graduation.

Time saved is another great advantage of this program. While many students enjoy the simple act of learning in itself, being able to complete one’s education and begin working in a chosen career path quickly is no small benefit.

Earning a master’s degree before the typical timeline could feel like a reward for students who know going into their degree plan what they want to do in life and what they want to achieve in school.

We are glad to see this type of program adopted locally as it has been implemented successfully at other, larger schools in the state.

This is the first time an articulation agreement has been set between the institutions and ETBU President Samuel “Dub” Oliver and Wiley President Haywood L. Strickland both expressed their positive hopes for the future of the program and the cooperation of the two schools at the signing last Wednesday.

We hope students see the tremendous value in this dual education program and seek these schools out to be a part of the master’s program. The success of the program will be measured by the success of the students as they prepare for life after college.

(Editorial published in the Marshall News Messenger, March 23, 2014)

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Hammers, Nails, Lumber…

Monday, November 11th, 2013
ETBU students help put up a wall at an all woman build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.  Photo by Lisa Seeley.

ETBU female students put up a wall at a build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall. Photo by Lisa Seeley.

Hammers, nails, and lumber instead of text books, smart phones, and tablets were in the hands of 14 female East Texas Baptist University students this past Saturday (Nov. 9) in Marshall. 

ETBU male and female students involved in a Habitat for Humanity project in Marshall is not something new. What makes the latest build different is the volunteer base is all women.  It is the first ever women’s build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.

According to ETBU Director of the Great Commission Center Dr. Lisa Seeley, “We were there helping to put up the walls of the house.  It was awesome!”

Last week members of the local chapter were on campus participating in ETBU’s Mission Marketplace to seek out volunteers.  Only requirements for volunteers are a good hammer and nail pouch, and if you don’t have one, Habitat for Humanity Marshall has plenty.   

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  The homes that the ministry builds are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families.

The all women build is the 12th Habitat For Humanity project in Marshall.   Dr. Seeley shared, “We will be back out there this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Marshall, click here.

Leadership Principles From the Coaching Box

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

“Common Call” magazine is published monthly by the Baptist Standard.  The October edition features stories of leaders.  On pages 12-13 of the magazine East Texas Baptist University head softball coach Janae Shirley is featured.

Here is the text of the article written by Ken Camp:

Janae Shirley has served as head softball coach at her alma mater, ETBU, six seasons. Under her leadership, the Tigers have posted a 141-45 record. In 2010, her team won the program’s first national championship, and she and her staff were named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year.

She and her husband, Guy, have one son, Carter, and another child due in December. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.

As coach, several leadership principles guide her:

(1) Lead by example. She recognizes the decisions young women make between age 18 and 22 can shape the course of their lives. “I want to be a godly influence in their lives,” she said. She wants them to understand femininity and athleticism are not mutually exclusive. She seeks to model professionalism and also allow her players to see her as a wife, mother and Christian young woman. “I try to open my life up to my girls and be a good example.”

(2) Work hard for long-term goals. Delay gratification. “Winning is fun, but it’s also hard work- and sometimes hard work is not fun,” she tells her team. “Work hard now, and payoff comes later.”

(3) Focus on what can be controlled. Mistakes happen, and she does not scold players for strikeouts or errors-unless they are due to lack of effort. “Control what you can control-your attitude and your effort.”

The 2013 Tigers won the American Southwest Conference championship and the team recently received their championship rings.

Dr. Day Elected Officer of SWACJ

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Assistant Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Dr. George Day has been elected 2nd Vice President of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) during their annual meeting held in San Antonio recently. Then during the 2015-2016 academic year, he will serve as the president of SWACJ. This is the first time that a faculty member from a faith based institution has served as president of the association. 

While at the SWACJ, the ETBU Quiz Bowl and Crime Scene Interpretation teams both won second place in their respective competitions.

The quiz bowl team consisted of: sophomore Jordan Anderson of Beckville, sophomore Halie Melot of Blossom, freshman Stormie Rains of Jacksonville, senior Florentino Perez of Marshall, and senior Cayden Cunniff of Joshua. The CSI team consisted of: Cunniff, senior Jonathan Burkhart of Oceanside, Calif., junior Christopher Hendrix of Marshall, and sophomore Dyllon Morin of Longview.

For more information on the Criminal Justice Program at ETBU, click here

2013 Senior Class Gift

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry

Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University. Photo: Ryan Perry

The ETBU graduating class of 2013 has given back to its alma mater a gift that will be seen by many in the years to come. The gift is an archway located at the main entrance to the campus. The archway spells out East Texas Baptist University in Tiger gold and is trimmed in navy blue with the seals of the University displayed.

            “I wanted my class to give something back because I wanted us to have pride in our alma mater when we come back to visit,” said Brad Mashburn, who served as Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year and graduated this past May.

Read the full story by clicking here.

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.