Feb
19
2015

Assistant Principal Saves 6th Grader from Choking


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


ETBU alum Blake Coleman and Athony Middle School sixth grader Grayson Barger being interviewed by KRIV-FOX 26 Houston. (Screen shot-www.myfoxhouston.com)

ETBU alum Blake Coleman and Athony Middle School sixth grader Grayson Barger being interviewed by KRIV-FOX 26 Houston. (Screen shot-www.myfoxhouston.com)

If you have ever been in a middle school cafeteria during lunch you have witnessed all the activity that occurs while students eat.  There is visiting among students, school personnel walking around the cafeteria to maintain order and on occasion a small food fight might break out.

At first Anthony Middle School Assistant Principal Blake Coleman thought he was being summoned to break up “horse-playing” among students. He quickly assessed that students gathered around sixth grader Grayson Barger was trying to help him because he was choking.

Coleman, who graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2004 with a Business Administration degree, reacted quickly to perform the Heimlich maneuver to save Barger’s life.

Coleman said in an article published on the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website, “When I first turned around I saw one male student with two other male students around his back and my first thought was they were horse playing or fighting. I quickly realized what was happening and asked Grayson if he was in fact choking. He was bright red but was able to nod.”

The website article reports that Coleman had never performed the Heimlich maneuver, but—visualizing an instructional poster he had seen—stood behind Barger and joined his hands around his abdomen, making three forceful compressions under the diaphragm. The food lodged in the sixth graders throat popped out and he was no longer at risk.

Tiger Pride commends alum Coleman for his action that saved Barger’s life.

To watch an interview by KRIV FOX 26 with Coleman, Barger and his mother, click here.

To read the story on the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD website, click here.

Feb
4
2015

ETBC Grad Retiring After 38 years in Ministry


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


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Tiger Pride has learned from the latest digital edition of the Baptist Standard that East Texas Baptist College graduate Troy Richardson is retiring after 38 years in ministry.

Here is what was posted by the Baptist Standard:

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Troy Richardson, Jan. 15, after seven years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Warren and 38 years in ministry. A graduate of East Texas Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he spent his first eight years as a pastor in Utah. Since 1985, he has served Texas churches in San Augustine, Bon Weir, Woodville, Amarillo and Warren. He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children.

Jan
29
2015

He is not a famous pastor but probably should be.


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


Retiring pastor Dr. Wallace Watkins, left, presents a Bible to Central Baptist Church's new pastor, Patrick Adair. Both Watkins & Adair are alumni of ETBU. (Courtesy photo)

Retiring pastor Dr. Wallace Watkins, left, presents a Bible to Central Baptist Church’s new pastor, Patrick Adair. Both Watkins & Adair are alumni of ETBU. (Courtesy photo)

Over the weekend, the Marshall News Messenger published a story written by Cait Shields about Dr. Wallace Watkins.  Bro. Wallace has retired as pastor of Central Baptist Church of Marshall. He joined Central almost 38 years ago.

The membership of Central held a service on January 11 to say farewell to Bro. Wallace and hello to their new pastor Patrick Adair.   

Bro. Patrick, a 2001 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, was quoted in the article saying, “There’s a friend of mine who said, Wallace Watkins is not a famous pastor but probably should be.”

I agree. My first contact with Bro. Wallace came in 1997 as he was serving as the Interim Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall and Vice President for Spiritual Development at ETBU. I called him because the pulpit search committee at Friendship was showing interest in me becoming there next pastor.

He was very gracious on the phone and encouraging as we talked “pastor things” concerning Friendship.  As we finished the conversation he said, “Mike, anyway I can be of help to you, call me.”  I served as pastor of Friendship for six years before coming to ETBU as the Director of Public Relations in 2003. During those six years, when I ran into him he always asked, not in a casual way but in a concerned, caring way, “How are you doing?” 

When I arrived at ETBU and went by to visit with Bro. Wallace. He once again offered his help and welcomed me to the Hill. Bro. Wallace has been a friend to me since that first phone call and I wonder just how many others he and wife, Susie, have offered help to in the name of Jesus Christ?  The number has to be large.  

After Bro. Wallace served the first time at Central as pastor for 18 years (1977-1995), he served at ETBU which is his alma mater, for 10 years. He has helped many churches in his role as an intentional interim pastor after leaving the university. He did this type of ministry, helping churches, for five years then was called back to Central as pastor for a second time.

Bro. Wallace reflected in the Marshall News Messenger story, “Central Baptist had been going through a difficult time in its life, and while I never expected to serve as pastor there again, I received as clear an impression from God as I have ever received about anything. I needed to make myself available to go back to Central and see if the Lord could not use me to help them move back to focusing on those things for which they were established in 1943.”

During the past five years he served as pastor of Central, I have witnessed, how God has used him to prepare a church for its next chapter of service in the Kingdom of God. 

Like was said earlier, he is not famous but should be because of his love for His Savior and the love he has for others

The Watkins will remain members at Central and is looking forward to a new perspective being out in the pew. He said to close the story in the paper, “It will be so nice to have a pastor.”   

Bro. Wallace, thank you for your service to ETBU, Central Baptist Church, and to the community of Marshall, Texas.

(Copy from Marshall News Messenger ‘From the Hilltop’ blog written by ETBU Director of Public Relations Mike Midkiff.)

To read the story published in Marshall News Messenger, click here.

Jan
6
2015

A New Semester & Congratulations to the Graduates


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


Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President's Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President’s Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

The Spring Semester at East Texas Baptist University begins tomorrow (Jan.7). Yesterday students started to move back into the residential halls. The number of students returning yesterday was light but today it will be in full force.  Classes resume bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Congratulations to the 72 students who were awarded degrees on Saturday, December 20, during Fall Commencement. Of those, 59 received baccalaureate degrees and 13 received master’s degrees. The Fred Hale School of Business had its first every graduates of the Master of Business in Entrepreneurial Leadership program with six. The new program began during the fall 2013 semester. The Schools of Christian Studies, Education and Natural and Social Sciences also awarded master degrees during commencement.

During fall commencement, Payton Beggs was presented the President’s Award by ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler.   

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.

When Dr. Ressler called her named I was watching her as she sat among her fellow graduates.  She was stunned. It appeared to me she said to herself, “Did he just call my name. Let me wait and make sure it was my named he called before I stand up.”

Payton is a young lady who was very involved during her time at ETBU. She told me she is going to miss the Hilltop very much.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of  North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

The Wichita Falls native graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. Earlier in the fall semester, she received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award.  During her time on the Hilltop, Payton was a member of the very successful ETBU Debate team as well as being involved in the ministries of the Baptist Student Ministry. She also led the worship service many times for Refuge that is held on Tuesday evenings. She attended Crossroads Baptist Church while a student at ETBU.

One of the joys of serving at ETBU is watching students achieve their educational goals by receiving their degrees from ETBU.  As the spring semester begins, I am looking forward to commencement on May 2nd to witness again those who graduate from the Hilltop.  

To see the Fall graduate list, click here.

Nov
12
2014

Alum of the ETBU Athletic Training Program Credited for Saving Player’s Life


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


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The East Texas Baptist University Academic Catalog defines that an “athletic trainer is qualified allied health care professional, educated and experienced in the management of health care problems associated with sport participation.”  This definition was put to the test when ETBU alum and Spring Hill ISD athletic trainer Michael Rich attended to Spring Hill quarterback Garrett Plumlee as he suffered a concussion in Panther football game against Atlanta this past Friday night.

In a story that was published in the Longview News-Journal (11/10/2014), “According to Spring Hill Head coach and athletic director Mark Sartain, Plumlee suffered a concussion during the third quarter of Friday’s loss to Atlanta. The training staff, led by trainer Michael Rich, took immediate precautions and called an ambulance, and while en route to the hospital Plumlee had to be resuscitated by medical officials.”

“Hats off to Michael Rich and the emergency crew that picked him up,” Sartain said, who was the ETBU head football coach from 2007-2012.  “As soon as he got into the ambulance, he started having issues. Michael handled it quickly, and efficiently, and the emergency crew took care of him on the way to the hospital. It could have been one of those tragic situations.”

Rich, who has been on staff at Spring Hill ISD for two years, began evaluating Plumlee before he even reached the sideline after being hit. In a news report by KLTV-Tyler, Rich shared, “He was complaining about how much his head hurt and being nauseous was just a huge red flag, and I just wanted to make sure he got appropriate medical care.”

Plumlee was eventually taken to a Plano Hospital because of the seriousness of his condition.  The family reported that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The ETBU community is very thankful to God for using Rich to recognize the care this young athlete needed. The family of Plumlee would appreciate your prayers for a full recovery for Garrett.  

11/13/13- Click here for an update on Garrett’s condition in story by Longview News-Journal Sport Editor Jack Stallard.

Oct
21
2014

National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later


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


Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row)  Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row) Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

There are many reasons people fall in love with East Texas Baptist University. One would only have to look at the many different groups who come back for homecoming to learn why.  Last year, alumni of the signing group, Innerview came back and performed the national anthem at the Homecoming football game.

This year along with the different class reunions, a group of accomplished student athletes reconnected on the Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ETBU’s first athletic national championship.   

In 1998, Tiger Soccer coach Jose Alonzo, led his team to win the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic National Soccer championship. One year later, with many members of the ’98 team back to put on the blue and gold Tiger uniform, they won it all again.

Members of the back-to back championship teams gathered Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Homecoming weekend in the Phillips Great Room to visit and recall the two championship seasons. Members of the national championship teams were also recognized at the Tiger soccer match played that afternoon vs. Ozarks as well as the Tiger football game vs. Howard Payne that evening.

Two members who were on the team were brothers, Clint and Cody Carter, from Whitehouse, came to play for the Tigers. Clint, the oldest, came first, and then was followed by his younger brother. Both Clint and Cody are medical doctors today.  

“We always played together growing up since we are only a year apart,” said Cody. “But still, it was a blessing to play collegiate soccer with my brother at ETBU.”

When asked what it was like to play for Coach Alonzo Clint shared, “Coach was good at recruiting guys that were motivated to want to win and work hard.”

“Coach Alonzo was such a laid back guy, shared Cody. “All my memories of him getting mad at our play on the field really stand out because the episodes were few and far between.”

“He was very good at putting us together on the field at the right place and the right time. It was an honor to play for him,” concluded Clint.

Both had an enjoyable experiences seeing past teammates and visiting Coach Alonzo.  “It was fun watching the videos and seeing the pictures back when were skinnier and had hair,” laughed Clint.

(ETBU Director of Admissions Jason Soles contributed to this Tiger Pride posting)

Oct
20
2014

2014 Homecoming


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

East Texas Baptist University nursing students provided cotton candy at the Tiger/Cub Carnival during homecoming. Photo ETBU Public Relations

The weekend on the Hill for Homecoming 2014 was outstanding. The East Texas weather was picture perfect as many alumni came back to see the changes on campus and see old friends.

 

The popular place to be on Saturday afternoon was the Tiger/Cub Carnival held by the Office of Alumni Relations with student help from the Office of Student Affairs.  The carnival was held right next to Tiger Alley at the corner of Van Zandt and North Grove, next to the new Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex.

Children had large inflatables to play on as well as fun activities at carnival like booths staffed by ETBU students.  The Tiger Marching Band booth gave children the experience of playing musical instruments like a violin or a trumpet.

On Friday, many alumni were honored with awards. The award recipients were Jerry Ellis (’73) and Janeth (Bass ’71) Ellis, Alumni Achievement Award; Wes Hinote (’03) and Rhonda (Parker ’03) Hinote, Beaux Hinote (‘03) and Amy (Churchman ’02) Hinote, Young Alum Award; Robert Cole (’82) and Joan (Cook ’82) Cole, “Unsung Hero” Award; Gary Stokley (’68), J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award; and Mr. and Mrs. T.D. “Rusty” Howell, the W.T. Tardy Service Award.   

Receiving Golden Blazers were Morris Brock, Bachelor of Arts 1954; Leon Carter, Bachelor of Arts 1980; Billy Foote, Doctor of Divinity, 2009, Attended 1960-65;  Jana (Allen) Sims, Bachelor of Science 1996;  Mike Templeton, Bachelor of Music 1964; and David Warren, Bachelor of Arts 1970.

The Golden Lightkeeper Award recipients include James Best (’55), Morris Brock (’54), and Annette Harrison (’51). The “Golden Lightkeepers” include those who have been alumni for 50 or more years.

ETBU crowned the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Tiger football game with Howard Payne University at Ornelas Stadium. The King is senior Tafadzwa Charuma of Harare, Zimbabwe and Queen is senior Anna Alonzo of Marshall.   

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature on Annette Harrison who received a Golden Lightkeeper award. Read the story by clicking here.

Education Reporter Rebecca Holland also reported on the Homecoming activities and her story was published in the Sunday’s edition of the Marshall News Messenger. Read the story about ETBU’s 2014 Homecoming by clicking here.

Sep
30
2014

Kristine Reyes Crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently.  Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

ETBU Alum Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 recently. Photo courtesy Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 Facebook page

Kristine Reyes was crowned Miss Philippians Bahrain 2014 during The Grand Coronation Night on Friday, September 26 held at The Ramada Palace Hotel Gudaibiya.  She competed against 11 other aspiring young ladies. 

Reyes received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from East Texas Baptist University in 2012. 

Reyes posted this on Facebook after winning the pageant, “WOW! Praise the Lord for everything that has happened. Thank God so much for blessing me with the opportunity (and responsibility) to be crowned as Miss Philippines Bahrain 2014 and bag the Miss Photogenic & Best in Talent Awards!!!. Without Him, I would have never been able to make it through and win. Thank God for the strength, favor, guidance, wisdom, peace, calm nerves, energy, confidence, and every little thing in between! I am so overwhelmed and still in shock.  But very much grateful because I know God has a mission & purpose for me to fulfill in this new journey.”

Being crowned is not something new for Reyes.  In 2011, she was crowned the ETBU Homecoming Queen. While on the Hill she was involved in numerous groups on campus, Baptist Student Ministry Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Blue Crew, CEO, Tigerline, Dot Com, ETBU Cares, Intramurals, Merle Bruce Hall Council, Student Foundation, and Student Activities Board.

Sep
18
2014

Need To Read An Encouraging Story?


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Faculty/Staff


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At the age of two, Carson Bryant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  The words of the diagnosis heard by his parents, Tom and Leslie Bryant, are words a parent never wants to hear.

Tom works at East Texas Baptist University in our Institutional Technology Department.  Leslie is a graduate of ETBU and served as a teacher at Waskom Elementary until she decided to direct her devotion to Carson and her daughter Avery Kate, who just turned one.

I first became friends with Leslie when she began to work as a student worker in the Public Relations office here at ETBU during her early years on the Hill as a student. The Sulphur Springs native worked in the PR office until she graduated.  She was a shy young lady as she began to work in my office but grew into a mature, confident lady.

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I saw Leslie jump into action one day to help those fleeing New Orleans. If you recall, a large group of people had to be evacuated from New Orleans to a shelter in Dallas. The route that the buses took came through Harrison County and they made a stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Waskom.  

The call from officials is that volunteers were needed to greet the ones who no longer had homes and to hand out supplies as they stopped in East Texas. Leslie was on the front line handing out water, clothing, and food.  She got out of her comfort zone at ETBU to serve those in need.

Leslie and Tom are servants. Tom, even with a heavy burden on his heart concerning his son does his job each on our campus with a smile on his face. This strength to carry on, in my opinion, is because of their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Take time to read their story in the Marshall News Messenger and see how the Bryant’s are giving back in an effort to help others.

Click to read, ‘Three-year old Waskom Child looks to overcome leukemia’.

Aug
15
2014

From Stand Up-Comic to Minister of the Gospel


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.  (Courtesy photo)

ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

When pastors attend a conference or training event in which they meet fellow pastors for the first time usually a series of questions are asked to break the ice.  The questions typically are:  What church do you serve at? How many do you run? (meaning average attendance of Sunday School) or have you heard any good jokes lately? 

Rev. Chris Elrod, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, would have no problem answering the questions above.  Elrod graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fred Hale School of Business. 

At one time Elrod was a nationally-known comedian, averaging more than 250 speaking engagements each year. Today, he serves as the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Impact church is located in a high crime area in Lakeland. Many who attend the services come after sleeping on the streets.

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature story on Elrod that was published in the paper this week about his time on the Hill and the ministry God has called him to.

 To read “Nurturing Success” written by reporter Rebecca Holland, click here.

Before you click to another webpage, how about a good joke?

Did you hear about the time ‘Dennis the Menace’ was sitting at the kitchen table with his dad and pastor?  The pastor had knocked over his cup of coffee and it spilled right in front of Dennis.   Dennis looked at his pastor and asked, “Did your cup runneth or spilleth over, Reverend?”

 “A joyful heart does good, like medicine,” – Proverbs 17:22.