Apr
17
2014

Debate Team Ranked 7th


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


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


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


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


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


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.

Feb
5
2014

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Student Life


Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Dec
2
2013

Congratulations


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Ken & Carol Fairweather

Ken & Carol Fairweather

Congratulations to ETBU Associate Professor Dr. Ken Fairweather and his wife, Carol, as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 30, 2013. Ken, originally from North Dakota, but wintered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Carol, from McKeesport, Pa. met while students at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago Ill. They were married November 30, 1963, at Riverview Baptist Church in McKeesport, Pa.

Following their marriage, they spent 29 years serving as missionaries in Costa Rica, Mexico and the U.S. with CAM International (now Camino Global) and Missionary TECH Team.  Ken taught at LeTourneau University for 19 years before coming to ETBU in 2012. Carol has been a receptionist at Heaton Eye Associates for 14 years.

“So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 

-  Matthew 19:6 (NIV)

Oct
14
2013

Fire Ant Festival


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Just for Fun


Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

This past weekend, the Marshall community held its annual Fire Ant Festival downtown around the historic Harrison Country Courthouse.  The Fire Ant Festival with its many fun activities to participate in has been held for the past 30 years. ETBU was well presented in the annual Fire Ant Festival parade.

President Dub Oliver and First Lady Susie, served as the Grand Marshall for the parade that travels through downtown.  Dr. Oliver tweeted (@DrDub_ETBU) at the parade, “Great fun for Susie and me to be Grand Marshall of the Fire Ant Parade! #WeLoveMarshall #FireAntFestival #ETBU.”

Miss ETBU Macy Freeman, a nursing major form Midlothian, was also in the parade representing ETBU.

Don’t forget about another parade on the calendar, the 2013 Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday (Oct. 19) at 11:00 a.m. traveling through campus on Tiger Pride.

 Click here for information on Homecoming 2013.

Oct
3
2013

A Tiger In Norway


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Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the mountains surround Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Dr. Cassie Falke on the top of Lovstakken, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, Norway. The Falke family has been climbing a different peak every weekend while in Norway. PHOTO: Damon Falke

Right now ETBU has a one of its own in Norway.  What is Associate Professor of English Dr. Cassie Falke doing in Norway?  Back in July, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and is spending a whole year in Norway, teaching and doing research. Dr. Falke is on her sabbatical and her husband, Damon, and their two boys were able to go Norway with her. 

Just recently, she sent word via email to ETBU Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Lawrence Ressler an update of what she  is experiencing  at the at the University of Bergen. The University of Bergen is located in the heart of the city and has about 14,500 students enrolled, and 3,200 faculty and staff.  

She writes: “All is well here. I am teaching three seminars (two for undergrads and one for masters students) and sharing a lecture course with three Norwegian professors. The department here has received me warmly, and teaching has gotten off to a good start. The students here only take exams once, or maybe twice a semester and receive no formal evaluation beyond those exams, so my time in the office generally goes to preparing for classes and research.” 

“I had a backup plan in case I did not receive the Fulbright. That plan was to write about the ways that reading literature strengthens the mental habits of attention, empathy and hope – the same mental habits we use to love God and neighbor. My proposal to present an excerpt of this writing at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago was accepted, so I am getting to work on this project some while I am here as well. This is the largest literature conference in the world, with thousands of people attending (not my session, but the conference), so I am honored to be working toward that. I feel especially honored to be expounding on the work of a Christian philosopher in such a large forum.”

“As a family, we are enjoying Bergen, Norway tremendously. The city is ringed round with seven mountains and green on every side except at the harbor, where the city opens right onto the sea and fjord land. We have climbed to a different peak every weekend we have been here. Our oldest boy, spent yesterday afternoon memorizing Viking poetry in a museum. Our littles spent it picking currants in our backyard with his Papa. Needless to say, they like Norway.”

“I miss my students, but so far my sabbatical is providing just what a sabbatical is designed to provide: a sabbath from my regular teaching and administration there and an opportunity to refine competencies that will help me continue growing as a professor.”

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals abroad each year to more than 150 countries. ETBU is proud of Dr. Falke and what she is experiencing as a Fulbright Scholar. The ETBU family is praying for God’s blessings upon her and her family as they are away from East Texas.

Sep
4
2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter


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Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

Teri McKinley, co-author of the book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child. PHOTO: ETBU/Ryan Perry.

“Like mother, like daughter.”  For Teri McKinley that well known phrase has come true. Teri’s mom, Crystal Bowman, is an accomplished author.  Mom has been writing children’s books for over 20 years.  Now, daughter is a published author as well.  Teri co-authored a children’s devotional book, My Mama and Me: Rhyming Devotions for You and Your Child, with her mom that has been recently published by Tyndale House Publishing. 

 When Teri received a copy of her first book she said, “Excitement doesn’t begin to describe the feeling I had when I held the book for the first time! It was the first moment I truly grasped the weight of the opportunity I had been given. Pride, joy, and giddiness were the feelings that washed over me. I also felt a huge sense of gratefulness to the Lord—I couldn’t believe He would use me, a young woman in East Texas, to reach children in this way.”

 To read more about the book and Teri, click here.