Nov
20
2014

Two Eagle Scouts From the Same Family


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Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on.  (Courtesy photo)

Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on. (Courtesy photo)

The highest rank a young man can achieve as a member of the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. For an individual to obtain this ranking they at least earned 21 merit badge and demonstrate “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.

East Texas Baptist University Professor of Sociology Dr. Laurie Smith, and her husband,  Michael, now have two Eagle scouts in their family as sons, Jacob Wiley Smith , 16, and Lucas Raymon Smith, 15,  earned their Eagle Scout designation during a Court of Honor held at First Baptist Church of Hallsville on Nov. 16.

To read more about these two fine young men, click here to read a story published in the Marshall News Messenger about the ceremony.

Congratulations from the ETBU family to the Smith’s. Dr. Smith has been teaching at ETBU since 1991.

Nov
3
2014

The Beauty of the Hill


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The front entrance to East Texas Baptist University. Photo by Jason Funderburk.

The front entrance to East Texas Baptist University. Photo by Jason Funderburk.

One comment that students, faculty and staff hears on a regular basis from the Marshall community is how beautiful the campus looks. The entrance where one finds the brick wall with East Texas Baptist University spelled out is looking so colorful and nice after work done by the Physical Facilities Department.

According to Ground Maintenance Manager Jason Funderburk, the university purchased from Ellis Home and Garden of Marshall a total of 58 chrysanthemums and 10 flats of marigolds to plant this year. The gold, yellow and purple flowers are very stunning when the morning sun shines brightly on them each new day.   

A Tiger Pride high five to Funderburk, Joshua Klitz, Windell Moris and Randall Murphy for a job well done of landscaping the entrance to ETBU. 

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’.

Jul
14
2014

ETBU Professor Nominated to Serve With BWA


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Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, "Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience." Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, “Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience.” Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches.  Last week, during its annual meeting held in Izmir, Turkey, a faculty member of the East Texas Baptist University School of Christian Studies was elected to serve on the BWA  Nominations Committee for the term of 2014-2019.

Dr. Elijah Brown, ETBU’s Director of the Freedom Center and Associate Professor of Missions, was nominated by the North American Baptist Fellowship to serve on this vital committee.

“With 26 member bodies, the North American Baptist Fellowship promotes fellowship and collaboration among Baptists across both Canada and the United States.  It is an honor to be selected as one of their representatives to the nominating committee of the Baptist World Alliance,” said Dr. Brown from Izmir.  “I am grateful for the support offered by East Texas Baptist University and for the willingness of both the NABF and the BWA to intentionally include young leaders in their decision making processes.” 

Dr. Brown  also tweeted from the meeting, “Thank you @NABF for recommendation with @samchaise_cbm to help with nominating committee @TheBWA for 2014-2019. Honored by the opportunity.”  Sam Chaise, the other NABF nominee, serves with Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Another attendee at the Annual Gathering, George Bullard, president of Columbia Partnership, based in Columbia, South Carolina, posted to his blog (www.BullardJournal.org), “It is important that this group have God’s wisdom in choosing a diversity of qualified people to serve BWA in the years to come so it’s a true worldwide organization.” Bullard also serves as the general secretary of the NABF.

While in Turkey, Dr. Brown took the opportunity to visit several early New Testament sites like Ephesus and the Church of Saint John, which is the traditional burial site where John the Apostle is said to have been laid to rest.  

To read more, click here.

To discover more about the ETBU School of Christian Studies,click here.

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
17
2014

Debate Team Ranked 7th


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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


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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.

Feb
25
2014

Debate on Evolution vs. Creationism


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From www.kltv.com

From www.kltv.com

From time to time, professors at East Texas Baptist University are invited to speak at other university campuses. Recently, ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. Warren Johnson was invited to be part of a panel at LeTourneau University in Longview. He was joined by two other professors from LETU, Wilson Cunha from the theology department and Karen Rispin from the biology department.

The panel discussion held for LETU students and the community was in response to a debate on evolution vs. creationism between Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” and Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis. The debate was held on Feb. 4th at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.   The Nye-Ham debate was estimated to have been viewed by millions via a live internet video stream.

At the panel discussion at LETU, each panelist prepared a 5-minute response to the Nye-Ham debate, followed by 10 minutes in which the panelists discussed responses before taking questions from the audience.

KLTV Channel 7 in Tyler did a story on the panel discussion.  To view the story, click here.

Dr. Johnson, who has spoken at LETU before, believes he was chosen from the ETBU faculty because “I have a science undergraduate degree and theology graduate degrees.”

ETBU has many faculty and staff members who are willing to speak on subjects that they have expertise in.

 

Feb
20
2014

Daughter of ETBU Math Professors Does Well In County Spelling Bee


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee.   Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second.  Courtesy photo.

Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee. Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second. Courtesy photo.

Spelling Bee teams from East Texas Baptist University have had success in the annual Corporate Spelling “BEE” for Literacy fundraiser luncheon held each fall. The Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council sponsors the Corporate Spelling “BEE.” In both 2010 and 2012, a team from ETBU finished as the top spelling team.

Spelling well seems to have trickled down to some Harrison county junior high/middle school students with ETBU connections.

At the recently held Harrison County Spelling Bee, Marshall Junior High 8th grader Samantha Reeves finished in third place.  Samantha is the daughter of ETBU mathematics professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves.  The Reeves have been teaching at ETBU since 1996.

Samantha finished behind first place winner, Hannah Emerson, and second place winner Hannah Sheard, both representing Hallsville Middle School.

Olivia Runnels, granddaughter of ETBU Board of Trustee member, Bill Runnells, represented Trinity Episcopal School.  A total of 12 students representing six Harrison County Schools competed in the event.

Marshall Junior High principal and ETBU alum David Segers presided over the event.

The winning word spelled for first place was “omnipotent.”

To read more about the Harrison County Spelling Bee click here.

Feb
18
2014

ETBU Honors Retiree Martha Moore


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East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room.  Photo by Ryan Perry

East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room. Photo by Ryan Perry

The afternoon the Office of Administration and Finance of ETBU held a retirement reception to honor Coordinator of Accounts Payable, Martha Moore, snow could be seen falling through the windows of the Phillips Great Room.   It might have been cold outside but the love expressed to Martha warmed many hearts during her reception.  She retires after 24 years of service to ETBU.

“We are so thankful for your faithful service to East Texas Baptist University,” said ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver, during the presentation.  “On behalf of all of us here, I want to express our gratefulness for the example of service you have set, your good humor, and your warm friendship to all of us.”

Dr. Oliver presented her with an engraved decorative crystal bowl as a token of appreciation for her service. While holding the gift he read the inscription to the crowd, “Martha Moore, in appreciation of faithful service, 24 years, East Texas Baptist University.”

ETBU Director of Financial Services, Richard Hutsell, who has been working with Martha for 17 years,   presented her another gift: a wooden rocking chair.  He said to Martha, “May you have many years of happiness rocking your grandkids.”

“I don’t know what to say. I love you. God bless all of you,” Moore said in gratitude to the people in attendance at the reception.

Dr. Oliver closed the presentation with prayer, giving thanks to God for Martha’s faithful service to ETBU.