Apr
10
2014

Dr. Pierce Called As Pastor of FBC, Hallsville


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Dr. Monty Pierce, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Hallsville and ETBU Board of Trustee member

Dr. Monty Pierce, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Hallsville and ETBU Board of Trustee member

East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustee member and alumnus Dr. Monty Pierce has been called as pastor of First Baptist Church of Hallsville, Texas. Dr. Pierce is the 36th pastor of FBC, since the church was established in 1870.

Thomas Richardson, who writes a column for the Marshall News Messenger titled “Hallsville Happenings”, wrote this in his column that was published on April 4th :

Dr. Monty Pierce, 53, has been called and accepted as pastor of First Baptist Church in Hallsville at a business meeting Sunday morning.

Bro. Pierce was elected by secret ballot after the pastor search committee had unanimously recommended him. He had been with the church 11 years and served as associate pastor of Education Administration. It’s hard not to say “Monty,” served as interim pastor while Dr. David Massey was ill and has continued since his death last year.

Pierce is from New Boston, graduated from high school there and received his college degree from ETBC in 1983. He received his Master’s degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in early 1991 and his Doctorate from the same school in December of 1991. He worked at churches in Arkansas and the panhandle of Texas before coming to Hallsville.

Bro. Monty is married to Candice who works at Eastman and strongly supports him. They have a son, John Calvin Pierce, who is a senior at Hallsville High School.  He is an accomplished singer and pianist who performs at church and school.

To read the rest of Richardson’s column, which he writes about the history of First Baptist Church Hallsville, click here.

Mar
25
2014

Downtown Denver Hotel Has New Employee


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The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver hotel. Photo courtesy of Hilton website.

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver hotel. Photo courtesy of Hilton website.

Christen Larsen, a 2005 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, has been appointed as Director of Sales for The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown hotel.  She graduated from ETBU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Management.

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown is a full-service hotel located right in the heart of Downtown Denver, giving easy access to many of the city’s top attractions like the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a myriad of Denver museums, Denver sports venues and much more that the Mile High City has to offer.

While at ETBU, the Dickinson, Texas native received the Edwin F. Moore Award from the Fred Hale School of Business given to a student who excels in economic study.

Here is information from the press release released by Hilton:

This award-winning downtown Denver hotel is excited to add new talent to its fantastic sales team and looks forward to Larsen’s contributions to the 221-room property. Ms. Larsen has held a variety of sales positions across multiple hotel brands, most recently at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver. An East Texas Baptist University graduate, Larsen has experience as an Event Manager with Hilton and a Group Sales Manager with Starwood. Larsen recently spent a year at Queens University Belfast, Ireland obtaining an MSc International Business, where she participated in various projects analyzing performance of global companies in all areas. She has been recognized by Hilton with the Americas Pride Award in 2006 and the Hilton Chairman’s Recognition for the 3rd trimester in 2007, as well as earning acknowledgement by Starwood Hotels as a Star Sales Representative in 2010.

Larsen started at her new place of employment in early March. Congratulations from your alma mater.

Mar
24
2014

Veteran Receives World War II Service Medals


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


Captain Gil Miller, USN, Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base pins the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on World War II veteran and East Texas Baptist University alumnus Joe Hogue. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Captain Gil Miller, USN, Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base pins the Distinguished Flying Cross medal on World War II veteran and East Texas Baptist University alumnus Joe Hogue. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

A standing room only crowd filled Lampsato Chapel on the second floor of the Ornelas Student Center at East Texas Baptist University on Friday morning, March 21. The crowd was gathered to witness a ceremony to honor World War II veteran and alumnus Joe Hogue.

Hogue, who is a member of the ETBU Athletic Hall of Fame and still very active supporting his alma mater, was awarded two medals he earned 70 years ago over the South Pacific during World War II.

Family, friends, students as well as a large contingent from the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base were in attendance as Captain Gil Miller, USN, pinned both a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal on Hogue  for his service from November 15, 1943 to May 4, 1944.

Capt. Miller in conversation with one of the attendees of the ceremony shared,  “For these young sailors in attendance today, this ceremony is a life changing experience for them as they witness a World War II veteran being honored for his service.”

To read more about the ceremony, click here.

To view KLTV news story click here.

To view the Freedom Fighters segment about Joe Hogue aired on KLTV click here.

Mr. Hogue, thank you for your service to our country and your alma mater.

Feb
27
2014

2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series Banquet


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Left to right: Becky Palmer, Sam Moseley, Kay Moseley, Amanda Wynn, Dr. Dub Oliver, and Sandra Bodenhamer. Photo by Mike Midkiff

Left to right: Becky Palmer, Sam Moseley, Kay Moseley, Amanda Wynn, Dr. Dub Oliver, and Sandra Bodenhamer. Photo by Mike Midkiff

When plans were being made for this year’s Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series Banquet a large crowd was expected to attend.  The evening lived up to its expectation and more as both the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms inside the Ornelas Student Center were at capacity level.

The annual event commemorates the late U.S. Representative and federal judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU.

Attendees enjoyed a great meal and heard multiple Hall of Fame Coach, National Champion head coach of the 1992 University of Alabama football team, and a renowned motivational speaker Gene Stallings. The retired coach lives in Paris, Texas and is a longtime friend of the Hall family.

To read the Marshall News Messenger report on the evening, click here.

Marshall Attorney and former ETBU Board of Trustee Chair Sam R. Moseley received the 2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award presented to him by Judge Hall’s daughters, Amanda Wynn, Becky Palmer, and Sandra Bodenhamer.

Moseley, after receiving the award, shared stories about, Judge Sam B. Hall. “Through the years, we became really good friends,” remarked Moseley, who as a junior high student first became acquainted with Hall as he watched the young lawyer represent clients during trials in the historic Harrison County Courthouse.

“I am little hesitant to say he was one of my closest friends because I have never met anybody that knew Sam Hall and they didn’t say he was one my closest friends,” said Moseley. “He made you feel that way, even if he did not know you very well.”

“To have my name associated with Sam Hall’s name, that is a good thing. I am very thankful,” Moseley concluded.

For more on the Sam B. Hall Lecture series click here.

Feb
14
2014

Surratt Named Texas High School Football Class 3A Co-Coach of the Year


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Honors


The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: "Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously."  Photo by Sara Kneipp

The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: “Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously.” Photo by Sara Kneipp

With the Carthage High School Bulldogs winning their 4th state championship in six years, Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt has picked up another state honor. The 63rd annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Football team has been released.

ETBU alum Surratt shared Coach of the Year Honors in Class 3A with Argyle’s Todd Rogers. The former  Tiger baseball player was a four-year letterman on the Hill. In 2004, Surratt was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame and the plaque to commemorate the honor is located in the Tiger Room at Ornelas Gymnasium with all the other members’ plaques.

One of Surratt’s players also picked up a superlative, senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz  shared Offensive Player of the Year and was named  as first team Class 3A all-state player.   Other Carthage players coached by  Surratt  that made first team all-state were Griffin Bankhead (guard),  Tee Goree (receiver), and Mario McCain (defensive lineman).

Jan
22
2014

A Fond Farewell, Thank You Gaye Christy


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


 

ETBU President Dub Oliver tweeted after the Trustee Dinner, "Blessed to honor Gaye Christy for her amazing service to #ETBU! #ShesTheBest #Grateful .

ETBU President Dub Oliver tweeted after the Trustee Dinner, “Blessed to honor Gaye Christy for her amazing service to #ETBU! #ShesTheBest #Grateful .”

If you have ever called the East Texas Baptist University President’s Office over the past 10 years, more than likely Gaye Christy answered the phone.  With her enthusiastic voice, you could hear how blessed and proud she was serving at the University she graduated.

The Board of Trustees honored Gaye during the Trustee dinner, Jan. 16 at The Marshall Grand prior to the Friday trustee meeting.  The Trustees and President Dub Oliver presented her as a show of thankfulness an engraved crystal bowl.  The faculty and staff of ETBU honored her during a reception before the Christmas Holiday break.

If you know Gaye personally, you know she has a servant’s heart like Christ and wants everything carried out for God’s purpose and glory.  She leaves ETBU to continue the call on her life to serve others by becoming the administrative assistant to Dr. Glynn Stone, pastor of Mobberly Baptist Church of Longview.  Mobberly is the home church for Gaye and her husband, Gary.

When everyone was mingling and visiting, after the trustee dinner, Gaye was overheard saying to Becky Scott, the new administrative assistant to Dr. Oliver, “Call me anytime day or night if you have any questions,” another testimony to her servant’s heart.

Jan
2
2014

Four State Championships


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


The big screen at AT & T Stadium shows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presenting the Texas High School Class 3A Div. I State Football Championship trophy to the Carthage High Bulldogs. Photo: Mike Midkiff

The big screen at AT & T Stadium shows Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones presenting the Texas High School Class 3A Div. I State Football Championship trophy to the Carthage High Bulldogs. Photo: Mike Midkiff

East Texas Baptist University Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame member Scott Surratt can put another state championship football trophy into the case at Carthage High School.  The Carthage Bulldogs defeated the Kilgore High School Bulldogs back on Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium, 34-23, to win the Class 3A, DI state championship.  It is the fourth time in six years, that the former Tiger baseball player has coached his football team to a state championship title.

Surratt graduated from ETBU in 1990. While at ETBU, he was a four-year letterman with the baseball team. Surratt’s name is found in the Tiger baseball record book ranking in the top 10 in hits, doubles and rbi’s. In 2004, he was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Read the game story from the Longview News-Journal by clicking here.

Surratt is also the Athletic Director for CISD serving alongside Superintendent Dr. Glenn Hambrick, a 1978 graduate of East Texas Baptist College.

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.

Nov
21
2013

Blue Springs Community Mourns The Loss of Alum Joey Butler


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From The Martian (1988): The Compass Staff.  Pictured back: Kenny Cargill Smith, Will Nichols, Joey Butler, Keelyn Waycaster, Robbin Perry, Jerry Watson, Sara Kneipp. Front: Natalie New, Kelli Guess, Neil McClendon.  Butler served as editor of the ETBU student newspaper.

From The Martian (1988): The Compass Staff. Pictured back: Kenny Cargill-Smith, Will Nichols, Joey Butler, Keelyn Waycaster, Robbin Perry, Jerry Watson, Sara Kneipp. Front: Natalie New, Kelli Guess, Neil McClendon. Butler served as editor of the ETBU student newspaper.

Pastor Joey Butler made a difference in the Blue Springs, Mo. Community where God called him to serve. Butler, a 1988 grad of ETBU, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, after a lengthy fight with cancer. His impact as a minister of the Gospel was evident by the standing- room- only attendance as well as from the ones who shared about him on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at his Celebration of Life service.

Butler, was the co-founder of Gatehouse Church in Blue Springs, along with Scott Sterling. As the cancer was zapping his strength, he resigned in March because he humbly felt that he could no longer serve Gatehouse with the passion and energy that the members deserved. The Kansas City Star was present that day and published a video on their website. You can view the video by clicking here. Read the story written by Kansas City Star reporter Lee Hill Kavanaugh by clicking here.

The Tiger Pride team reached out to Bill Althaus, a sportswriter for The Examiner, and he shared, “I don’t know an individual who was more loved and honored than Joey Butler. The impact he made on the lives of people in and around Blue Springs, Mo., will last a lifetime, as those he touched will touch others. At his celebration of life, more than 1,200 people flooded the Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs High School. They filled the aisles, the lobby and every seat. And I am sure that most of the people in their heard this from Joey: ‘What can I do for you today, and what have you done for God?’ He will be missed, but he will never be forgotten.”

One of the ongoing ministries Butler had was serving as the chaplain of the local high school football team.  FOX 4 TV in Kansas City featured Butler in a sportscast recently, to view the report, click here.

Althaus reported in the Examiner on Wednesday after attending the Celebration of Life service  the night before that there was laughter, tears, laughter and more laughter as Butler’s friends, family members and his former college roommate-turned-pastor Neil McClendon celebrated the life of a man who impacted the lives of far too many to imagine.

“Joey wasn’t a thoroughbred; he was a plow horse,” said the fiery McClendon, who regaled the audience with tales of young Joey Butler and the way he developed his love of Christ and helping those in need.

McClendon talked about how Butler would keep plowing, so he could meet and help as many people as possible.

The standing-room-only crowd, which included the Blue Springs High School football team and coaching staff, was a living, breathing testimony to Butler’s devotion.

To read the full report by Althaus, click here.

Our prayers and sympathy to his wife, Dawn Boseman Butler, an ETBU alum as well, his sons, Joey Tyler “Ty” Butler, Zacchaeus Jon “Zac” Butler,  and daughter Josy Dawn Butler.

The impact that this servant leader had for his community is immeasurable but has been revealed to Him in heaven.

Nov
19
2013

Raimer Appointed By Gov. Perry


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Dr. Ben Raimer delivered the keynote address last May at Spring Commencment. Photo: Ryan C. Perry.

Dr. Ben Raimer delivered the keynote address last May at Spring Commencment. Photo: Ryan C. Perry.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has appointed East Texas Baptist University alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees Dr. Ben Raimer of Galveston as chair of the Health and Human Services Council for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The council helps develop policies and rules for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and makes recommendations regarding the management and operation of the commission.

Dr. Raimer is a board certified pediatrician, and senior vice president and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Texas and American Medical associations, Texas Pediatric Society, and Texas Public Health Association. He is also a member and past president of the Galveston County Medical Society, a public representative for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Task Force on Local Health Care Initiatives, an executive committee member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and is past chairman of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, and Health Disparities Task Force. He will serve as chair of the council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

Dr. Raimer holds an undergraduate degree in biology from ETBU, a master’s degree in human genetics from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate from the UTMB School of Medicine. Much of his practice has been devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. A nationally recognized expert on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, he has been honored by several state and national children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions.