Apr
17
2014

Debate Team Ranked 7th


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors


The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communication

The ETBU Debate Team. Photo courtesy of the ETBU Department of Communications

Once again the East Texas Baptist University Debate Team coached by ETBU Professor of Communication Dr. Cole Franklin experienced a great year competing. The team finishes the year ranked 7th in the nation after debating at the the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament held April 10-13 at Middle Tennessee State University.

The ETBU team went up against some 250 competitors from 33 universities from across the nation.

“Over 80 universities competed in the IPDA circuit this year” said Dr. Franklin. “We are one of the very smallest universities competing in IPDA. To finish the season ranked seventh in the country is quite an accomplishment. We are very happy with our results.”

Dr. Franklin finished the season ranked fourth nationally out of 145 individuals that competed in the IPDA Profession Division this season.

The ETBU debate team has been competing in the IPDA debate organization since 2007. Membership on the team is open to any ETBU student, faculty, or staff member. No experience is necessary. The 2014-2015 season will begin in September, 2014.

To read more about the ETBU Debate Team and how other Tiger debaters finished nationally, click here.

Apr
3
2014

Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, India, (equivalent to a university president in the United States) Dr. G S N Raju, shakes hands with  East Texas Baptist University Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi. Dr. Nandamudi delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment held at Andhra University, March 5-6.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Nandamudi.

Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, India, (equivalent to a university president in the United States) Dr. G S N Raju, shakes hands with East Texas Baptist University Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi. Dr. Nandamudi delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment held at Andhra University, March 5-6. Photo courtesy of Dr. Nandamudi.

East Texas Baptist University offers over 40 majors of study in seven schools.  The seven schools are School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Education, School of Humanities, School of Fine Arts, School of Natural and Social Sciences and School of Nursing.  ETBU, in its second century of offering Christ-centered higher education,  also offers graduate programs in Business, Religion, Education and Counseling.

Another fact, 90% of the faculty is terminal. What does that mean?

A terminal degree is the highest academic degree in a given field of study.  Of the professors teaching at ETBU, 90% have earned the highest degree in their field. Students who sit in their classrooms are getting top notch instruction.  It does not surprise me when ETBU professors are asked to speak locally or internationally on a topic in their field of study.

Recently, ETBU Professor of Political Science Dr. Israel Nandamudi,  was invited by his alma mater, Andhra University in India to be the key note speaker at the International Conference on Gender Mainstreaming: Issues and Strategies for Empowerment.  To read about his trip to the conference, click here.

Then on Monday, April 7, ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. Jeph Holloway will be at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn. He is has been invited to speak at the T.B. Maston Lecture in Christian Ethics.  His lecture will focus on the importance of how the moral life God intends for us is thoroughly bound to our identity as people of worship.”

To read more about the T.B. Maston Lecture in Christian Ethics, click here.

Mar
26
2014

Marshall News Messenger Editorial


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors, Spiritual Life, Student Life


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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)

Feb
17
2014

Tigers Among Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors


Marshall Hall completed in 1916, was the first permanent structure erected on campus.  Photo by Ryan Perry.

Marshall Hall completed in 1916, was the first permanent structure erected on campus. Photo by Ryan Perry.

The publication Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include 17 East Texas Baptist University students in the latest edition.  The students were chosen because of their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

The 17  are:  Micah Alonzo of Marshall, Accounting major; Anna Alonzo of Marshall, Spanish/Business Administration major; Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls, Speech Communication major; Dalton Buchanan of Hallsville, Business Administration major; Taylor Cruse of Fort Worth, Religion major; Michelle Gallimore of Allen, Education major; Esther Jeong of Round Rock, Biology major; Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant, Business major; Kaitlyn Kent of Mount Pleasant, Business major; and Klaire Kent of Mount Pleasant, Speech Communication major.

Also recognized: Amanda Oswalt of Grand Praire, Speech Communication major; Clinton Salmon of Longview, Business Administration major; Michael Spencer of Jefferson, Criminal Justice major; Megan Walker of Marshall, Biology major; Harvey Wiggins of Lancaster, Education major; Audrey Winders of Kingwood, Business Administration major, and Ying Xie of China, Accounting major.

Since 1934, the Who’s Who program has honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.  The students from ETBU join others from more than 1,900 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign nations.

 

Jan
23
2014

ETBU Has 44 Athletes Named Academic All-ASC


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics


all academic asc 2014With the 2013 fall season in the books, East Texas Baptist University had 44 athletes named American Southwest Conference All-Academic for their work in the classroom.   That number increased by 13 from 2012 for ETBU.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.


Award Winners

Men’s Cross Country

Nicolas Larzabal              Jr.           Bogota, Columbia
Seth Powers                      Jr.           Midlothian, Texas
Landon Price                    Jr.           Mount Vernon, Texas


Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman          Jr.           Sugarland, Texas

Leslie Martinez                 So.          Marshall, Texas

Megan Merrill                   So.          Mount Pleasant, Texas


Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams                   Jr.          Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus                     So          Kilgore, Texas

Chandler Frazer              So.         Deer Park, Texas

Juan Perez                        So.         Willis, Texas


Women’s Soccer

Paola Bear                       Sr.          Baytown, Texas

Kelsey Biscoe                   Sr.          Clear Lake, Texas

Kayla Cradit                    Jr.          Houston, Texas

Ashley Gonzalez             Jr.          Henderson, Texas

Nicole Graham               Jr.          Athens, Texas

Kia Jelley                        Jr            Deerfield, Mass.

Whitney Justice             So.         Tyler, Texas

Shelby Klein                    Jr.           Seattle, Wash.

Sasha Kotowych             So.         Humble, Texas

Jasmine Perez               So.         Willis, Texas

Amber Pless                   So.         Willis, Texas

Christina Salas               So.         College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom                  Jr.          Rockwall, Texas

Erin Slaughter               So.          Longview, Texas

Natalie Torres               Jr.          Mabank, Texas


Football

Jacob Alford                  Sr.           Lindale, Texas

Isaac Avery                    So.         White Oak, Texas

Romeo Botelua             So.         Saginaw, Texas

Alex Curl                        So.         Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Dicks                  So.         Missouri City, Texas

Daniel Esposito            Jr.          Springfield, Ohio

Bryce Hale                     So.         Quinlan, Texas

Blaine Knipe                  Sr.          Snyder, Texas

Jacob McClain             So.         Teague, Texas

Marcus Olearnick         So.         Cibolo, Texas

Cody Pruitt                    So.         Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson               Jr.          Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington          So.         Hallsville, Texas

Harvey Wiggins             Sr.          Lancaster, Texas


Volleyball

Kassie Freitag                So.         San Antonio, Texas

Hannah Jones                So.         Magnolia, Texas

Melanie Moyer               Jr.          Katy, Texas

Kolby Sharp                    So.         Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor                    Jr.          Arlington, Texas

Dec
18
2013

Congratulations to the Newest Alumni


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Honors


ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington.  The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry.

ETBU President Dub Oliver shares with the Fall Commencement audience the accomplishments of graduate Brent Hetherington. The Gladewater native received the President’s Award which is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. Photo: Ryan Perry.

Fall Commencement was held on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Baker Auditorium as 53 Tigers accomplished a great goal in their lives, graduating from ETBU.  

 The President’s Award was presented to Brent Hetherington during Fall Commencement held on December 14, 2013. The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude. 

A crystal memento was presented to a surprised Hetherington by ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver. The Gladewater native graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance along with 52 others. 

“Brent Hetherington is an outstanding student. He involves himself in activities far beyond that which is required and works with exceptionally high standards. Even though he has extensive and diverse talents, he has maintained a gentle and humble spirit,” shared Dr. Oliver to the Commencement audience.        

            While at ETBU, Hetherington has been on the Dean’s List or Dean’s List with Honors every semester. He has been intensively involved in Choral Actives including the Chapel Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and University Singers. In 2012, he was one of only 18 students selected in the state to be a Texas Choral Directors Association student conductor.  Hetherington also served as an intern for the Texas Shakespeare Festival and spent a summer studying in Austria. He was in 12 different theatre, musical theatre and opera activities at ETBU.

Oct
28
2013

Four Authors, Four New Books


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni


Don Piper, author of "90 Minutes in Heaven" with ETBU grad and author Brian Brown at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference. Photo: courtesy of Brain Brown.

Don Piper, author of “90 Minutes in Heaven” with ETBU grad and author Brian Brown at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference. Photo: courtesy of Brian Brown.

Four authors with ETBU connections have recently published books. 

Rev. James Webb, pastor of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church of Marshall, has written a devotional book titled, “Power Walk through the Holy Spirit.”  Rev. Webb is a graduate of ETBU’s Certificate in Ministry program as well as board of trustee member. He is rotating off the Board in December after serving nine years as a trustee.

Webb told Marshall News Messenger reporter Cait Shields that he wrote the book to be “user friendly.”  Webb said to her in an interview, “The way it is written, you can open the book at any spot and still understand it. So if you have a problem with worship, you can just go to that chapter. “

To read the complete article in the Marshall News Messenger, click here.

Brian Brown, a 2008 ETBU graduate from Hallsville, has cerebral palsy. During the East Texas Christian Writers Conference held at ETBU October 25-26, Brown displayed his first book titled, “A Legacy of Faith: A Story of Perseverance through a Foundation of Faith.”

Brown, who has a speaking ministry called Open Arms, posted on his Facebook  page, “OMG, I was at a Christian writers conference at ETBU today selling my book and best-selling author Don Piper (author of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven)  actually bought my book!”

To find out more, click here to go to Brown’s website.

The 3rd author, Nathan Lorick, is an ETBU grad currently serving as the Director of Evangelism for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.   The title of his book is “Dying to Grow: Reclaiming the Heart for Evangelism in the Church. “ 

In the book, Lorick brings out the importance of gospel-based evangelism for the local church.  He states, “Hell will tremble when churches once again make evangelism the central theme of their strategy.”

To learn more about the book published by Life Sentence Publishing, click here.

ETBU Professor of History Dr. Jerry Hopkins most recent book is titled “A Growing Adventure” is a history of Clever Creek Baptist Church located in rural Shelby County, Texas.  Dr. Hopkins has been the bi-vocational pastor of Clever Creek Baptist Church since 1993. To learn more about the book, email Dr. Hopkins at jhopkins@etbu.edu.  Dr. Hopkins has served as a professor of history at ETBU since 2001.

A Tiger Pride high five to the four authors.

Oct
10
2013

Dr. Day Elected Officer of SWACJ


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors, Student Life


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

Sep
16
2013

One of the Best In the NCAA


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Honors, Memories on the Hill


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What an experience for the ETBU family back in 2010 when the Lady Tigers won the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. One of the players on the national championship team was freshman catcher Lya Swaner from Wylie, Texas. Lya was behind the plate every game for the Tigers that year. In her four years of  playing softball at ETBU, it was hard not to find a game that she was not behind the plate.

 Fast forward to May 2013, Spring Commencement in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, Lya walks across the stage to graduate with honors with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She is not only an All-American National Champion softball player, but a very bright, smart young lady.

 If you recall back on August 21, Tiger Pride reported that Lya had been named as one of the Top 30 Women in the NCAA.  The NCAA has announced the Top Nine Finalist for the Woman of the Year Award and Lya is one of the top nine. The nine finalists were selected in recognition of their accomplishments in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. 

 Here is the release from the NCAA about one of the best student/athletes to ever walk the ETBU campus:

 Lya was a campus leader at East Texas Baptist University, where she was a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and president in her senior year. She also held a work-study job on campus while volunteering for the Dallas Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics.

 Double-majoring in biology and chemistry and graduating with honors, Lya earned multiple academic scholarships, was inducted into the National Honor Society and made the Dean’s List each semester on campus, and was voted a Capital One Academic All-American. She was also recognized with the American Southwest Conference Scholar-Medal of Honor, which is awarded to one graduating male and female student-athlete at each member university for most outstanding academic, athletic and leadership records and awarded the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete award given to one American Southwest Conference softball player.

 The two-year team captain and four-year starter led the East Texas Baptist University softball team to three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, including winning the NCAA National Championship in 2010. She also won two American Southwest Conference Tournament championships and was named the tournament MVP in 2013. She was given the Top Tiger Award, which recognizes the top overall female athlete at East Texas Baptist.

 The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20th during a ceremony in Indianapolis.  The nine finalists were selected from more than 450 nominees.

 Congratulations Lya!  Your ETBU family is cheering for you to be named the NCAA Top Woman of the Year.

Jul
30
2013

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Cassie Falke


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

Dr. Cassie Falke helps students during class in Scarborough Hall.

ETBU now has a Fulbright Scholar among its faculty.

 Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Norway, to teach, learn, and do research. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. Dr. Falke and her family leave on Wednesday, July 31st, to spend a year in the land of the midnight sun.

 The Fulbright Scholar Program began in 1946 when Congress approved and the program signed into law by President Harry Truman. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas proposed the program to Congress.  Sen. Fulbright viewed the proposed program as much-needed vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” 

 Do you know why Norway is called the land of the midnight sun? From late May to late July, because of Norway’s high latitude, the sun never completely descends beneath the areas north of the Article Circle.

 To read more about the year ahead for Dr. Falke click here.