ETBU Alum Chosen for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

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Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Upon graduating from ETBU in 2011, Constance Massey and her roomate, Alison Midkiff, spent a month in Thailand. While in Thailand they worked with a Baptist missionary helping him teach children in the local schools. Here is Constance with students she taught during her time in Thailand. Photo Facebook.

Have you ever received an email that just made your day?  East Texas Baptist University graduate Constance Massey did recently.

Here is what Constance posted on Facebook back on April 14th: “I got a super exciting email today!! I applied to go to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy last fall and heard back today that I was selected to attend the all-expense-paid academy in New Jersey!”

Out of 1,500 applicants only 150 are chosen to attend the Academy July 27-31 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The selection panel based their decision on teacher qualifications, dedication to inspiring students and overall commitment to enhancing the teaching profession.

During the week-long Academy, participants will work with a curriculum developed by the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions. After the program, teachers will return to their classrooms reinvigorated with the passion to teach students how to be science literate, using hands-on experiments that show how math and science surround us daily.

Constance graduated from ETBU in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She teaches 5th grade Science and Social Studies at Pine Tree Middle School in Longview.  The Gilmer native also taught in her hometown upon graduating from ETBU before moving to Pine ISD two years ago. She also is the owner of Constance Massey Photography.

A “Tiger Pride” high five for being chosen to participate in the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.


Lady Tigers Ranked #3 in the Nation & Two Players Gain Player of the Week Awards

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lindsey parker powThe East Texas Baptist University Lady Tiger softball team enters the last three games of the regular season ranked nationally in NCAA Division III Softball.  The latest poll released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association ranks ETBU at number three.

The Lady Tigers, coached by former ETBU softball player Janae Shirley, have a season record of 28-2 and an American Southwest Conference record of 24-2. The Lady Tigers travel to Sul Ross State for a three-game series April 24-25 to end the regular season. In conference play ETBU is in second place one game behind the University of Texas at Tyler (26-1 ASC, 34-1 overall).

Lady Tiger players Lacey Lindsey and Shelby Parker have been recognized this week by the ASC as players of the week for games they played in April 13-19.

CO-HITTER OF THE WEEKLacey Lindsey, 1B, So., East Texas Baptist
Sophomore first baseman Lacey Lindsey (Leander, Texas/Leander HS) had a strong performance against No. 16 Louisiana College hitting .556 with a 1.222 slugging percentage and two home runs with for six RBI for the series. In the first game Lindsey had a home run in the fifth inning to make it 3-0. In game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday she was HBP, walked, and still went 1-for-2. In game three she went 3-for-3 with five RBI and a home run in a 7-1 win over LC. After two scoreless innings in the final game she hit a single up the middle for two runs making it 2-0. In the sixth inning leading just 4-1, she hit a three-run home run to make it 7-1 for her third hit of the game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEKShelby Parker, RHP, Gr., East Texas Baptist
Graduate pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas/Columbia HS) shut down the No. 16 Louisiana College line up striking out 23 of the 53 batters faced in two complete games. Parker recorded 15 strike outs in a 4-1 win in game one. She retired the first 11 batters of the game and had a perfect game in the fourth inning. In a 7-1 in the final game of the series Parker retired the first 10 batters and had eight strike outs overall before LC got a hit. She is now 15-0 and has 145 strike outs on the year.

After the Sul Ross State series the Tigers will play in the 2015 ASC Championship Tournament to be held April 30-May 3.


The 2015 NASCAR Control Tower Fan of the Year is awarded to ….

Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors

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If you want to see Brian Brown’s passion for racing all one has to do is ask, “Who is your favorite drive?”  The passion the Hallsville resident has for NASCAR has brought him recognition from the sport.

Brown, who has a motivational speaking ministry called Open Arms, was awarded recently the 2015 NASCAR Control Tower Fan of the Year.  The award is given to a fan who demonstrates the most unwavering spirit.

Brown is an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree in fall 2008.  When he was a student at ETBU he always had a NASCAR or Jeff Gordon bumper sticker on the back of his motorized wheelchair.

Marshall News Messenger reporter Naomi Prioleau wrote a story on Brown about the honor NASCAR has bestowed upon him. To read her story, click here.

To learn more about Brown’s public speaking ministry, Open Arms, click here.


Two Lady Student/Athletes Honored by ASC

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Two East Texas Baptist University women student/athletes were honored by the American Southwest Conference as outstanding players in their respective sports for games played April 6-13th.   Softball player Shelby Parker was named Pitcher of the Week and Elizabeth Morton  Women’s Player of the week.

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ETBU starting pitcher Shelby Parker won three games to improve to 13-0 on the season and win the American Southwest Conference Pitcher of the Week Award.

Two games she pitches were shutouts, including her 3-0 shutout of Division II Ouachita Baptist. In that game she struck out four batters and only allowed one walk. In her first of two starts against Ozarks, she struck out the first six batters faced and allowed her only run in the fifth on an RBI single. In her second start of the series against Ozarks she allowed just two hits and struck out six in four innings of a five inning game.

It is the fourth time in her career she has won Pitcher of the Week in the ASC.

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Following teammates Sierra Pizarro and Kate Bramlett earlier this season, Elizabeth Morton has now been named Women’s Tennis Player of the Week in the American Southwest Conference.

She won third flight singles against Ozarks’ Andrea Munoz (6-0, 6-0) in her first time playing in the third flight this season. She also won top flight doubles with Karah Hedquist 8-2 over Mollie Wilkinson and Megan Wallace. She helped move ETBU to 2-0 in ASC play this season. This is the first time Morton has won the award.

The Lady Tiger women’s tennis team has qualified as the #2 seed for the ASC Tournament which is the first-time ever for the program. ETBU will be the #2 seed from the ASC East in the ASC Tournament and will face Mary Hardin-Baylor on April 23rd in Tyler, Texas.


Shelby Parker NFCA National/ASC Pitcher of the Week

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parker national pitcher of the weekAdding to already stellar career at East Texas Baptist University, graduate student pitcher Shelby Parker (Brazoria, Texas) has been named the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) National and American Southwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. This is the second time in her career she has been named the national pitcher of the week.

“We are really excited for Shelby as she has done a great job for our program over the past few years and she is really throwing the ball well now and we are excited for her and the honor,” says head coach Janae Shirley.

Parker went 3-0 last week with a 0.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts not walking a batter. She earned her first win in a 5-2 dual with then #4 Texas-Tyler handing them their first loss of the season. In the last three innings vs. Texas-Tyler, she retired the side to ensure the win, too. She followed that with 10 strikeouts each in shutout wins over Concordia-Texas in games one and three of the series.

She was also the ASC Pitcher of the Week on March 23rd.  Last year, she was the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on March 5th.

This year she is 10-0 with 98 strikeouts and only 11 walks in 67.2 innings pitched. She also has three saves and a 1.76 overall ERA.

ETBU is currently 17-2 and ranked third in the latest NFCA National Poll.


Two ETBU Staff Members Win TAPME State Awards

Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors

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Two East Texas Baptist University staff members have won state awards for the blogs they write for the Marshall News Messenger website.

At the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference held in Waco (3/29/15), in the Best Blog category for  similar size papers in the state,  Ryan Lueders, Schedule/Records Assistant in the Registrar office,  received the second place award. Mike Midkiff, Director of Public Relations in Enrollment Management and Marketing, received the third place award.

Lueder’s “Reel Ryan’s Movie Reviews” blog, brings a unique look at movies through the perspective of an actor who watches a ton of films, and also has a local Marshall perspective.

Midkiff’s  “From the Hilltop” blog, is about the good that happens at ETBU through the lives of students, faculty, and staff.

To read blogs by Lueder click here.

To read blogs by Midkiff click here.

The editorial staff of the Marshall News Messenger entered the blogs in the statewide completion. Each year, the TAPME joins the headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism as practiced by the state’s daily newspapers.

The staff of the Marshall News Messenger also did well at the annual convention winning many awards.  Among the honors were first place in the Freedom of Information category and Star Online Package of the year.  Click here to read “Marshall News Messenger wins at Texas APME.”

To see the complete list TAPME winners click here.


Bramlett Named ASC East Player of the Week

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For the second time this season the East Texas Baptist University women’s tennis team has an American Southwest Conference East Division player of the week. Kate Bramlett earned the award this week for her play over two matches. Sierra Pizarrio has also earned the award this spring.

Bramlett had her best weekend of the year posting a 2-0 singles and doubles mark. In a 6-3 loss to Southwestern, she scored a point at #1 singles and #1 doubles. Then, in the 9-0 shutout win over Howard Payne, she also scored two points.

Against Southwestern, she won 6-1, 6-3, and then teamed with Elizabeth Morton to win #1 doubles, 8-1. She then took a 6-2, 6-0 win vs. Howard Payne at #1 singles and won #1 doubles, 8-2.

The win over Howard Payne was also the first for ETBU this year.


Pizarro Named ASC Player of the Week

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tennis player of the week.Earning East Texas Baptist University’s first American Southwest Conference award of the year is junior Sierra Pizarro. She has been named the ASC East tennis player of the week.

She scored two of ETBU’s four points in a 5-4 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor. She won the #3 singles match, 6-1, 6-2, over Hayley Hicks. She then teamed with Jabree McClain for an 8-6 win at #2 doubles.

ETBU will host Southwestern and Howard Payne this weekend at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Courts.


Bert West Named Coach of the Year

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Adding more accolades to the historic season, head coach Bert West has been named the D3Hoops.com South Region “Coach of the Year.” It is his second coach of the year award this season as he was also the American Southwest Conference coach of the year.

West took a team that was voted to finish seventh in the American Southwest Conference and had a Bennett Ranking of 171 to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.  He also guided his team to their first-ever American Southwest Conference regular season and tournament championships and a 3-1 record in the NCAA Tournament.

West, a native of Arkansas, is a graduate of ETBU as well as a former Tiger basketball play.

Other accomplishments the team had this year were 26 wins which are the second most in program history, an 8-0 start (program best), a 10-game winning streak (program best), first-ever NCAA Division III national ranking at 25th, and the second longest home winning streak in NCAA Division III at 22 games. ETBU also had one of the top defensive shooting percentages in the nation, too.

ETBU defeated Hendrix College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and Northwestern-St. Paul in the NCAA Tournament before falling in the Elite Eight. ETBU also defeated conference champions Texas Lutheran (SCAC), Centenary (SCAC regular season), Hendrix (UAA), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (SCIAC), and Northwestern-St. Paul (UMAC).

Click here to watch Coach West on the ETBU Extra Show.



Classroom Interruptions Can Be Good

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ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

ETBU Alum Bethany Bradley was recently named Teacher of the Year for Bonnette Junior High (Dear Park ISD). Photo: Facebook

School teachers do not like interruptions in their classrooms when they are teaching. Some distractions are good. East Texas Baptist University alum Bethany Bradley was involved in teaching her seventh grade reading class when she heard the Bonnette Junior High (Deer Park ISD) fight song being played in the hallway.

Bradley shared, “The symphonic band came marching down the hall to our fight song and interrupted class.  My principal had a bouquet of flowers for me.”

Why the interruption? Bradley, who graduated from ETBU in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Reading, was being presented the Teacher of the Year Award for Bonnettee Junior High.  The Pullman, Washington native will now be nominated for the Deer Park ISD Teacher of the Year Award.

This is her third year teaching at Bonnette and she taught three years prior in the Cy-Fair ISD. Bradley enjoys the relationships she creates with her students and the celebration of growth as they learn.

Her fondest memory of her days on the Hilltop, “ETBU’s education program offered so many different opportunities to be in so many different classrooms. Without that, I wouldn’t be teaching middle school, I would be in lower elementary having no idea I would have missed out on the fun age of middle school. One of my professors, Dr. Paul Vickers actually forced me to try middle school, knowing I would fall in love, and he was exactly right.”

In the essay Bradley wrote as part of the Teacher of the Year process she writes:

“Teaching is about making a difference, building confidence that never even existed before, and finding ways to make each other better no matter what we are doing. My heart beats for students who have had a rough life, who have to work harder than the average Joe to keep up, who think they hate to read and write, for it is with these students that the planted seeds sprout and blossom to the surprised delight of a cynical world. When my year is done with each of these loves, I will send them on with the hope that each will continue to bear fruit, to their own satisfaction and the benefit of their families, friends, and associates.”