May
15
2014

ETBU Alum Speaks at Jacksonville College Commencement


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Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

Rev. Richard Smith, ETBU Alum

East Texas Baptist University graduate Rev. Richard W. Smith delivered the key note address for spring commencement at Jacksonville College (Texas) held May 9th.

Rev. Smith graduated from Jacksonville College with his A.A.  in 1979 and from East Texas Baptist College in 1981 with a B.A.   He also holds a master’s degree in Theology from Jacksonville BMA Seminary.

He has been serving as the pastor of Farley Street Baptist Church of Waxahachie since March 1993.  He  and his wife Kim have been  married for 33 years.

A Tiger Pride “high five” to Rev. Smith for his faithful years of service in the ministry.

May
5
2014

She Fished and Caught a Bass Worth $500


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ETBU alumnae Allison Ratcliff holds up her "money bass" caught during the KYKX Big Bass Bonanza fishing tournament. Standing next to Allison is her brother, Mike Ratcliff, who was fishing with her when she landed the 5.88 bass and the title of Top Female Angler of the tournament.  Photo Courtesy of Allison's Facebook page.

ETBU alumnae Allison Ratcliff holds up her “money bass” caught during the KYKX Big Bass Bonanza fishing tournament. Standing next to Allison is her brother, Mike Ratcliff, who was fishing with her when she landed the 5.88 bass and the title of Top Female Angler of the tournament. Photo Courtesy of Allison’s Facebook page.

Fishing can be a very relaxing outing on a beautiful afternoon on your favorite lake.  This past weekend East Texas Baptist University alumna and former All-American Lady Tiger softball player Allison Ratcliff spent time fishing in the KYKX Big Bass Bonanza 2014 held at Lake O’ The Pines.

The relaxing part turned into an adrenaline rush as Ratcliff caught a 5.88 lb. bass fishing with a white spinner bait. The catch made her the Top Female Angler during the bass tournament and received a nice check for $500. She picked up additional prize earnings as her fish came in second in the heaviest fish of the hour competition held each day during the two-day tournament. Alison was fishing with her brother, Mike Ratcliff, when she made the money catch.

According to tournament officials over 1800 anglers participated in the KYKX Big Bass Bonanza.   The overall winner was Larry McNeese, who landed a 7.79 pound bass on Saturday, claiming the top spot winning $105,000 in cash and prizes.

ETBU was also one of the sponsors for the two-day event held by the Longview radio station.

Apr
24
2014

Re-sil-ince [ri-zil-yuhs ns]


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff


 

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

ETBU Cross Country Coach Natalie Bach-Prather (far right) gives instruction to Tiger runner Landon Price of Mount Vernon during the Centenary Invitational. Photo courtesy of ETBU Sports Information.

Re-sil-ience [ri-zil-yuh ns] – the ability to recover readily from adversity, or the like.

As some 36,000 runners raced in the Boston Marathon on Monday  (April 21) with an estimated one million gathering on the 26.2 mile course to show support of the runners and remember the ones who died and were injured, “resilience” is the word that comes to mind after last year’s tragic bombing at the finish line.

As I heard the news last year for the first time that a bomb exploded near the finish line my mind wondered quickly, “Is East Texas Baptist University Cross Country coach Natalie Bach-Prather okay?”

I knew she was running in the 2013 race.  As I checked various social media outlets I saw the post from Natalie’s husband, Michael that she was okay. Natalie had crossed the finished line about 5 minutes after the bomb went off.

Natalie, 2008 graduate of ETBU, raced again in the Boston Marathon finishing with a time of 3:36:20.  Last week on a report by KSLA-TV about how Americans just can’t be shaken the Marshall native said, “You can’t stop us. We’ll show up every year in bigger, stronger, better numbers.”

Yes, resilience is the word that comes to mind.

“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” –Psalm 37:24 (NLT)

To read more about Natalie’s experience at the 2014 Boston Marathon, click here.

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


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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


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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.