May
20
2015

ETBU Teacher Education Grad Named Teacher of the Year for Moore Elementary


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

ETBU graduate Tiffany Blalock Stevenson was named J.H. Moore Elementary Campus Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy by MISD Communications Officer David Weaver.

The past Monday at the Marshall ISD Board Meeting the district recognized campus teachers of the year.  As one goes down the list of 12 teachers named for being outstanding educators at their respective campuses you will find the name of Tiffany Blaylock Stevenson.

Stevenson is a second grade teacher at J.H. Moore Elementary located just blocks from the East Texas Baptist University campus. The Livingston native graduated from ETBU in 2013 and is married to Will Stevenson, a graduate of ETBU as well.

This is Stevenson’s second year at Moore but taught fourth graders the previous year. She writes on her Moore Elementary personal web page, “Each day is an exciting adventure. My goal is to help students learn the school content and social aspects of life. I also desire for each student to feel loved and encouraged each day at Moore.”

Stevenson will now be considered for the district teacher of the year award which will be announced at next month’s Marshall ISD Board Meeting.

Congratulations to Stevenson for being named Teacher of the Year at Moore Elementary.

 

May
18
2015

Special Presentations at Spring Commencement


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


Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Spring Commencement was held on May 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Family, friends, alumni, current students and well-wishers came to see the 126 East Texas Baptist University students walk across the stage to receive their degrees.

ETBU President-Elect Dr. J. Blair Blackburn addressed the graduates. He encouraged them by saying, “Students, soon to be graduates of East Texas Baptist University, congratulations to you on the completion of your educational journey. The earning of your degree is a remarkable achievement but the journey of lifelong learning and discovery does not end with the awarding of your earned degrees. Today, you will commence from here to passionately pursue the vocational calling, God has on the rest of your life.”

Not only did the graduates receive the recognition they earned the ceremonies also had a time for special presentations. Three professors received Professor with Distinction honors and one student received the Presidential Award.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner received the Presidential Award from Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. The Lumberton native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors and Mathematics. Her Honors Project was titled “Community Plant Analysis: 10-Years of Succession.” 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.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement.  Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement. Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

Three faculty members were presented Professor with Distinction honors for the 2014-2015 academic year. The three honored were Dr. Stan Coppinger, professor of English; Dr. Bill Mills, professor of Computer Science; and Dr. Donna Dooley, professor of Teacher Education and Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley is retiring after serving 17 years at ETBU.

Two sessions were held with the morning ceremony including graduates of the Fred M. Hale School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Humanities, and the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies (Nursing).  The afternoon ceremony had graduates of the School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Congratulations to the Spring graduates of ETBU and those who received special honors.

May
11
2015

Two With ETBU Connections Elected to City Government Seats


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Election Day was this past Saturday in East Texas. Two men who have strong ties to East Texas Baptist University were elected to serve in positions in their respective cities they live in.

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson, ETBU Professor of Communication, was elected to the Gladewater City Council, Place 6 and alumnus LaDarius Carter was elected to the District 4 seat of the Marshall City Commission. Both Robertson and Carter edged out incumbents.

Dr. Robertson has been at ETBU since 2005 and has lived in Gladewater for 20 years.  He won over incumbent Councilman Scott E. Owens and challenger Mark Carpenter.

Dr. Robertson, after winning, told a reporter from the Longview News-Journal, he will enter office in study mode.

“We’ve got to figure out where we are right now before we can take major steps,” he said. Dr. Robertson added that Owens had called to offer assistance to the new council member. “All (three) of us are friends,” he said. “And they both congratulated me.”

LaDarius Carter

LaDarius Carter

Carter is a 2010 graduate of ETBU and works at Marshall ISD as the site coordinator for the ACE afterschool program.  He won the Marshall City District 4 seat over incumbent Bill Marshall.

In the Sunday edition of the Marshall News Messenger Carter said, he looked forward to what the future holds for Marshall. “I feel great about tonight. There’s so many people in this community, some that are friends, some that I just met, who came out and knocked on doors, they made campaign donations, they told their friends, they made phone calls, they encouraged us…  I’m excited about what the next several years will bring for this community.”

Carter is a 2006 graduate of Marshall High School and serves as the youth minister for the Marshall campus of Mobberly Baptist Church.  His wife Trista is a graduate of ETBU and teaches kindergarten at Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall ISD.

Congratulations to Dr. Robertson and Carter.

May
7
2015

ETBU Grad Receives Advisors with Heart Award


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


Photo by Marc Bailey.

Photo by Marc Bailey.

Since 2013, The Chinn Guitar Project has donated more than 340 guitars to musical therapy programs and schools. The project also finds teachers to teach the ones who received the guitars, all paid for by private donations. The founder of the project is an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University.

Longview, Texas based Wells Fargo Financial Advisor and founder of the project Ken Chinn graduated from ETBU in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry. Wealth Management.com has recognized Chinn’s efforts by presenting him an “Advisors with Heart Awards.”

The Kilgore native was inspired to donate guitars to others by his daughter, Tara. A few years back, she was receiving treatment for frontal lobe epilepsy at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and passed the time playing the guitar. A nurse saw how she was spending her time strumming the guitar and introduced the Chinn family to musical therapy.

To read more about the Chinn Guitar Project, click here.

A “Tiger Pride” high five to the founder of the Chinn Guitar Project.

Apr
27
2015

ETBU Alum Chosen for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Have you ever received an email that just made your day?  East Texas Baptist University graduate Constance Massey did recently.

Here is what Constance posted on Facebook back on April 14th: “I got a super exciting email today!! I applied to go to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy last fall and heard back today that I was selected to attend the all-expense-paid academy in New Jersey!”

Out of 1,500 applicants only 150 are chosen to attend the Academy July 27-31 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The selection panel based their decision on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

During the week-long Academy, participants will work with a curriculum developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. After the program, teachers will return to their classrooms reinvigorated with the passion to teach students how to be science literate, using hands-on experiments that show how math and science surround us daily.

Constance graduated from ETBU in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She teaches 5th grade Science and Social Studies at Pine Tree Middle School in Longview.  The Gilmer native also taught in her hometown upon graduating from ETBU before moving to Pine ISD two years ago. She also is the owner of Constance Massey Photography.

A “Tiger Pride” high five for being chosen to participate in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

Apr
21
2015

The 2015 NASCAR Control Tower Fan of the Year is awarded to ….


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


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If you want to see Brian Brown’s passion for racing all one has to do is ask, “Who is your favorite drive?”  The passion the Hallsville resident has for NASCAR has brought him recognition from the sport.

Brown, who has a motivational speaking ministry called Open Arms, was awarded recently the 2015 NASCAR Control Tower Fan of the Year.  The award is given to a fan who demonstrates the most unwavering spirit.

Brown is an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree in fall 2008.  When he was a student at ETBU he always had a NASCAR or Jeff Gordon bumper sticker on the back of his motorized wheelchair.

Marshall News Messenger reporter Naomi Prioleau wrote a story on Brown about the honor NASCAR has bestowed upon him. To read her story, click here.

To learn more about Brown’s public speaking ministry, Open Arms, click here.

Apr
14
2015

ETBU Grad Helping Disaster Victims


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


alicia ethridgeA 2012 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, Alicia Ethridge, was featured in a story on Mesquite’s Online News and Information Destitution ionmesquite.com. Ethridge is participating in FEMA Corps- An AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps program.

The program enlists young adults to assist disaster victims across the country while expanding career opportunities. The Mesquite native will spend 10 months serving with FEMA Corps. This time of service will allow her to be eligible for almost $6,000 to pay for college loans she inquired while earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and speech communication from ETBU.

Volunteer service is not new for Ethridge.  In June of 2009,  she participated in an effort with other ETBU students working alongside Faith Baptist Church delivering blessing bags to the citizens of Deport, Texas. Deport is a small town of 700 in Northeast Texas, just south of Paris.

While at ETBU, Ethridge was a contestant in the 55th Miss ETBU Pageant and won second place in the annual Bennett Speech Contest in 2011 sponsored by the ETBU Department of Communication.

To read the complete story about Ethridge by Kent Miller at ionmesquite.com, click here.

Apr
10
2015

My Tigers Will Win!


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill


Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Photo by Mike Midkiff

Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Photo by Mike Midkiff

When the Pfingsten’s of Centerville, Minnesota heard that the East Texas Baptist University Tiger basketball team would be playing their NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game against Northwestern-St. Paul in Stevens Point, Wisconsin they were excited.  The reason being is that Addie, a 2002 ETBU grad, is married to Jason, an alumnus of Northwestern-St. Paul.  Since Stevens Point was close by, plans were made to be courtside when the Tigers and Eagles tipped off this past March 13.

Addie admits that the trash talking about who would win the match-up began with her. “I have been the one doing the most trash talking. Living here in Minnesota and being married to a man passionate about most sports, I have always helped cheer on ‘his’ teams.  Now that ‘my’ team is the one playing against one of ‘his,’ I have done my fair share of trash talking,” said Addie.

Addie and Jason made the three hour drive to be in the stands, bringing one of their three daughters to watch whose alma mater would be victorious.

Addie shared, “As soon as I found out about the matchup, I went online and ordered some gear for my youngest and I to wear at the game, and we made a pact to cheer on whichever team made it to the game on Saturday.”

“It was definitely a kind hearted trash talking, but don’t get me wrong, every morning I would pull out an old ETBU t-shirt and wear it. Thanks to my fond memories of my ETBU days, I haven’t let go of too much of my ETBU gear,” said Addie.

After teaching in elementary schools for nine years, Addie made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom to Mallory (10 years-old), Marissa (6 years-old) and Julia (3 years-old).  She also assists Jason in the family business called Thirst Missions (www.thirstmissions.org).

“Our organization brings groups from all over North America to minister to the Belizeans.  We bring college and youth groups, medical teams, family groups, as well as many more, down to Belize and help facilitate their ministry experience,” said the true blooded Tiger grad originally from Bay City, Texas. “We organize their housing, transportation, and food, to providing ministry opportunities such as construction, Bible schools, medical work, and orphanages for the teams. Our goal is to partner up teams with churches and schools in Belize and to build a partnership they can continue for years to come.”

Addie has a deep fondness for her time on the Hill. “I have so many great memories from ETBU that it might be hard to pick just one,” she said.

“My friendships that I made with my Merle Bruce third floor hall mates have to be the basis for all my great memories. From having amazing dorm parents, Dave and Christy Collins, to professors such as Dr. John Harris and Dr. Bruce Tankersley, who led a class trip, I was on to Greece to learn about Paul’s Missionary Journey.”

“The guidance and counseling of Dr. Donna Dooley, who encouraged me on my first teaching job overseas in Russia, to being a part of Student Foundation, led by Dr. Catherine Crawford. I loved ETBU, and all the experiences and friendships that continue from being a part of it.  Those third floor hall mates are still my closest friendships to this day.”

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A Tiger Pride “high five” to Addie for her dedication and enthusiasm for her alma mater who beat her husband’s alma mater, 70-46, to advance to the “Elite 8” of the NCAA Division III National Basketball Championship Tournament.

(Note: ETBU alumnae Amanda Zagrzewbki was also at the games played in Stevens Point. Amanda, who graduated in 2001, is from Stevens Point and lives there today working in a family business. The Stevens Point Journal did a story on her while the Tigers were in Wisconsin. Click here to read. )

Mar
18
2015

Bert West Named Coach of the Year


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Honors


west coach of the year south

Adding more accolades to the historic season, head coach Bert West has been named the D3Hoops.com South Region “Coach of the Year.” It is his second coach of the year award this season as he was also the American Southwest Conference coach of the year.

West took a team that was voted to finish seventh in the American Southwest Conference and had a Bennett Ranking of 171 to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.  He also guided his team to their first-ever American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and a 3-1 record in the NCAA Tournament.

West, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of ETBU as well as a former Tiger basketball play.

Other accomplishments the team had this year were 26 wins which are the second most in program history, an 8-0 start (program best), a 10-game winning streak (program best), first-ever NCAA Division III national ranking at 25th, and the second longest home winning streak in NCAA Division III at 22 games. ETBU also had one of the top defensive shooting percentages in the nation, too.

ETBU defeated Hendrix College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Northwestern-St. Paul in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Elite Eight. ETBU also defeated conference champions Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Centenary (SCAC regular season), Hendrix (UAA), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC), and Northwestern-St. Paul (UMAC).

Click here to watch Coach West on the ETBU Extra Show.

 

Mar
6
2015

Classroom Interruptions Can Be Good


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

School teachers do not like interruptions in their classrooms when they are teaching. Some distractions are good. East Texas Baptist University alum Bethany Bradley was involved in teaching her seventh grade reading class when she heard the Bonnette Junior High (Deer Park ISD) fight song being played in the hallway.

Bradley shared, “The symphonic band came marching down the hall to our fight song and interrupted class.  My principal had a bouquet of flowers for me.”

Why the interruption? Bradley, who graduated from ETBU in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Reading, was being presented the Teacher of the Year Award for Bonnettee Junior High.  The Pullman, Washington native will now be nominated for the Deer Park ISD Teacher of the Year Award.

This is her third year teaching at Bonnette and she taught three years prior in the Cy-Fair ISD. Bradley enjoys the relationships she creates with her students and the celebration of growth as they learn.

Her fondest memory of her days on the Hilltop, “ETBU’s education program offered so many different opportunities to be in so many different classrooms. Without that, I wouldn’t be teaching middle school, I would be in lower elementary having no idea I would have missed out on the fun age of middle school. One of my professors, Dr. Paul Vickers actually forced me to try middle school, knowing I would fall in love, and he was exactly right.”

In the essay Bradley wrote as part of the Teacher of the Year process she writes:

“Teaching is about making a difference, building confidence that never even existed before, and finding ways to make each other better no matter what we are doing. My heart beats for students who have had a rough life, who have to work harder than the average Joe to keep up, who think they hate to read and write, for it is with these students that the planted seeds sprout and blossom to the surprised delight of a cynical world. When my year is done with each of these loves, I will send them on with the hope that each will continue to bear fruit, to their own satisfaction and the benefit of their families, friends, and associates.”