Apr
15
2014

Windham ASC Hitter of the Week


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Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Senior Phillip Windham of Keithville, La., has been named ASC Hitter of the Week

Putting on a hitting clinic in game one of the series against Sul Ross State University, Phillip Windham has been named the American Southwest Conference’s “Hitter of the Week.”  Windham batted .500 in the series with five RBI and three home runs.

On Friday night, Windham collected three home runs going 3-of-3 with four RBI in an 11-0 route of the Lobos.  He hit home runs in the second, fourth, and seventh innings of the game with the first two giving ETBU the lead.  His first shot in the second inning was a solo shot and then he added his second of the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead.  His final moonshot was his longest of the night over the left field fence that landed out in the ETBU intramural field as a solo home run.

On Saturday, he collected another RBI as the first run of the game in game one of the 8-4 win.  His three hits ties a career high in a game and the three home runs in a game is a career high.

ETBU is currently on a six-game winning streak sweeping the last two ASC series from UT-Tyler and Sul Ross State.  They are now 13-18 and 10-14 in the ASC.

Apr
14
2014

Karson Kent Honored as Senior Girl Call-Out


Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors, Student Life


Karson Kent (left) stands next to her "little sister" Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Karson Kent (left) stands next to her “little sister” Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 67th year on Friday, April 11, 2014, naming the 2013-2014 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant. Last year, Karson’s older sister, Kallie Kent Philips was named the Senior Girl Call-Out. Miss Kent is a Business Management major. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Kent. Karson, has three sisters, Kaitlyn, Kinsey, and Klaire, they are quadruplets and students at ETBU.

While at ETBU,  Miss Kent played tennis her freshman and sophomore years and was chosen Academic All Conference in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  She was inducted into Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta, chosen Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors every semester.  Karson enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and drinking coffee with friends.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the business field. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday nights, she volunteers in the three and four year old class at Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about this year’s ceremony click here.

To see the video of the announcement  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.

Apr
1
2014

McLendon, Lindsey Take ASC Player of the Week Awards


Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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The excitement and strong play from the series against the University of Texas-Dallas has led to two East Texas Baptist University softball players being named co-American Southwest Conference players of the week.  Lacey Lindsey and Kelly Jo McLendon both were given the award for a second time this year.

McLendon was named the pitcher of the week as she put together a strong showing in the circle going 3-0 and picking up 13 strikeouts while only walking one batter in 67 batters faced.  She threw a 2-hit shutout against regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, 5-0, with four strikeouts.  She followed with another complete game win, 5-2, over Texas-Dallas in game one with three strikeouts and her only walk of the week.  She then came in relief beginning in the 4th inning vs. Texas-Dallas in the final game of the series and took the win in extra innings with six strikeouts and only four hits.  In two of the four innings she retired the side striking out the first three batters she faced.  She had a 1.11 ERA on the week with three earned runs coming in the series vs. UTD.

Lindsey had another phenomenal week for ETBU hitting three home runs with her last being a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of 8th inning to come from behind over Texas-Dallas, 3-2, to sweep the series.  The ball was hit over the right CF fence and pushed the netting back on the scoreboard, hitting the scoreboard.  She was 2-of-4 in the final game vs. Texas-Dallas with a double and home run.  She also hit a home run in the second game of the series, a 9-0 win over Texas-Dallas.  In the series sweep of regional opponent Pacific Lutheran, she had two of the five RBI in the 5-0 win singling in the first run in the first inning and homering in the 3rd inning.  In the first game vs. Texas-Dallas, a 5-2 win, Lindsey singled in two RBI to put ETBU ahead 4-1 in the 3rd inning giving the Tigers insurance runs.  She is now on a six-game hitting streak and has nine home runs on the year which is second in the ASC.  For the week she had a 1.125 slugging percentage and a .529 on-base percentage.  In 16 at-bats, she never struck out, too.

ETBU is currently 23-5 on the year and 17-4 in the American Southwest Conference ranked ninth in last week’s NFCA national poll.  To follow ETBU softball go to @ETBU_Softball on Twitter.

Mar
26
2014

Marshall News Messenger Editorial


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors, Spiritual Life, Student Life


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Marshall is lucky enough to be the home of several top-notch institutions of higher learning. They are a credit to their fields of study and allow East Texans the opportunity to study in their own backyard.

Last week two of these schools, East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College, signed an articulation agreement that will fast track the completion of a Master of Arts in Religion from ETBU for Wiley students. The program will allow seniors at Wiley to earn dual credit for courses in religion, in one swoop rounding out their bachelor’s degree and getting a head start on their master’s.

This program will surely foster a closer relationship between the two institutions. Wiley and ETBU already share many qualities, not least of which are they are both private schools, they each stress Christian values and serving the community and one another. This program will bring a greater diversity to all students enrolled who will be able to share their unique experiences learned at their respective colleges with one another. This agreement will benefit students in several ways.

While there are scholarships and financial aid available to students, there is no way to gloss over the expense of a college degree. Being able to shave off even a few semesters from a student’s college career can save thousands of dollars of debt the student or parents would otherwise owe after graduation.

Time saved is another great advantage of this program. While many students enjoy the simple act of learning in itself, being able to complete one’s education and begin working in a chosen career path quickly is no small benefit.

Earning a master’s degree before the typical timeline could feel like a reward for students who know going into their degree plan what they want to do in life and what they want to achieve in school.

We are glad to see this type of program adopted locally as it has been implemented successfully at other, larger schools in the state.

This is the first time an articulation agreement has been set between the institutions and ETBU President Samuel “Dub” Oliver and Wiley President Haywood L. Strickland both expressed their positive hopes for the future of the program and the cooperation of the two schools at the signing last Wednesday.

We hope students see the tremendous value in this dual education program and seek these schools out to be a part of the master’s program. The success of the program will be measured by the success of the students as they prepare for life after college.

(Editorial published in the Marshall News Messenger, March 23, 2014)

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.

Mar
19
2014

Parker & Linsey Named ASC Players of the Week


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Two East Texas Baptist University softball players have been named American Southwest Conference Players of the Week. Shelby Parker and Lacey Lindsey,  continues to gain awards for the team.  It is the second week in a row that ETBU has had a conference player of the week and the third for a player of the week.

Parker became ETBU’s all-time strike outs leader with 320 in her career with 11 strikeouts on Saturday.  She finished the week with a 3-0 record and 25 strikeouts with a 1.17 ERA.  She recorded 22 strikeouts in two appearances against LeTourneau and a finished the weekend with a four-hit shutout win.  In the 14 innings pitched in the ASC series she retired the side six times.  This is her second award of the year as two weeks ago she was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week.

Lindsey earns her first career award as the hitter of the week batting .538 in five games with three home runs in which one was a grand slam, and had a 1.308 slugging percentage and eight RBI.  In the ASC series against LeTourneau she batted .714 with six RBI and had a home run in each game.  In 14 plate appearances she did not strike out and she scored seven of the 11 times she made it on base.  In the series against Trinity she recorded a double and had two RBI.

In the lastest NFCA Division III Top 25 poll, the Lady Tigers are now ranked fifth in the nation.

Mar
17
2014

McLendon ASC Pitcher of the Week


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Kelly Jo McLendon delivers a pitch vs. the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field.  Photo by ETBU Sports Information.

Kelly Jo McLendon delivers a pitch vs. the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field. Photo by ETBU Sports Information.

Improving to 5-0 on the year by winning two games on Saturday, March 8th,  against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kelly Jo McLendon (So.; Livingston, Texas) has been named the American Southwest Conference pitcher of the week for March 3-8.  This is the first ASC award of the year and the second pitching award of the year for ETBU.  Last week Shelby Parker was named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week

“We are very excited for Kelly Jo as she had a great pitching performance the week before and came back this week and helped us bounce back from the loss on Friday so we were very pleased with the performance she gave us.  Every time she gets into the circle she gives us an opportunity to win and that’s what we are looking for,” says head coach Janae Shirley.

McLendon won both games on Saturday against Mary Hardin-Baylor pitching 13 innings and striking out 10 batters.  She pitched a two-hit shutout in game one and the only allowed four hits in game two with no earned runs in the series on her record.  She threw 11 scoreless innings before three unearned runs were scored in the fifth inning of game two ending her 21.1 scoreless inning streak.

In game one vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor, the game started off rocky as the bases became loaded in the top of the first inning with no outs.  She followed with two strikeouts and a fly out to get out of the jam and roll into a 5-0 shutout win with just two hits.  In both games combined, she retired the side five times and only walked one batter in 49 batters faced.

Mar
6
2014

Tigers Gain Awards by ASC


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The American Southwest Conference has recognized student-athletes at East Texas Baptist University for outstanding performances while competing.

First, the ASC has announced the All-Conference teams in both men’s and women’s basketball.

Four players from the Tiger basketball team, coached by Bert West, have been recognized. Jamil Samuel, Erby Thompson, Tyler Day and Dylan Augustine are the players.  Click here to read more.

Then on Coach Dustin Howard’s Lady Tigers, Amanda Rucker and Jasmine Davis gain All-ASC Awards. Click hereto read more.

Secondly, ETBU has brought back Track and Field to give athletes another avenue in which to compete at the NCAA level.   Freshmen Tiger high jumper Cody Blankenship has been named the ASC Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week. Click here to read more.

To keep up with all the latest Tiger Athletic news, go to www.etbusports.com.

Mar
6
2014

Lady Tiger Parker Named National Pitcher of the Week


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East Texas Baptist University pitcher Shelby Parker has gained national recognition as she has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the week.

Parker, a senior right-hander from Brazoria, Texas, was personally 2-0 in a 3-0 week for the (10-0) Tigers. She fanned the first nine batters of the game en route to a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 4-1 complete-game victory over Howard Payne in the opener of a three-game American Southwest Conference series. In the final game of the series, she struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings to total nine strikeouts — half of the batters she faced — over the first five innings of a 8-2 triumph.

Her teammate, junior outfielder Sara Clements, was highlighted on the NFCA website as one of the Top Performers in the nation.  Clements batted .667 (6-of-9) with a .778 slugging percentage, four runs scored, a double and three RBI in a 3-0 conference week for the Tigers. She has a 12-game hitting streak dating back to the last two games of 2013.

The nationally ranked ETBU softball team heads into a weekend series with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at Taylor Field on campus.  The 10-0 Lady Tigers moved from number eight to number six in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III Top 25 poll.