Apr
10
2015

My Tigers Will Win!


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill


Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Photo by Mike Midkiff

Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Photo by Mike Midkiff

When the Pfingsten’s of Centerville, Minnesota heard that the East Texas Baptist University Tiger basketball team would be playing their NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game against Northwestern-St. Paul in Stevens Point, Wisconsin they were excited.  The reason being is that Addie, a 2002 ETBU grad, is married to Jason, an alumnus of Northwestern-St. Paul.  Since Stevens Point was close by, plans were made to be courtside when the Tigers and Eagles tipped off this past March 13.

Addie admits that the trash talking about who would win the match-up began with her. “I have been the one doing the most trash talking. Living here in Minnesota and being married to a man passionate about most sports, I have always helped cheer on ‘his’ teams.  Now that ‘my’ team is the one playing against one of ‘his,’ I have done my fair share of trash talking,” said Addie.

Addie and Jason made the three hour drive to be in the stands, bringing one of their three daughters to watch whose alma mater would be victorious.

Addie shared, “As soon as I found out about the matchup, I went online and ordered some gear for my youngest and I to wear at the game, and we made a pact to cheer on whichever team made it to the game on Saturday.”

“It was definitely a kind hearted trash talking, but don’t get me wrong, every morning I would pull out an old ETBU t-shirt and wear it. Thanks to my fond memories of my ETBU days, I haven’t let go of too much of my ETBU gear,” said Addie.

After teaching in elementary schools for nine years, Addie made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom to Mallory (10 years-old), Marissa (6 years-old) and Julia (3 years-old).  She also assists Jason in the family business called Thirst Missions (www.thirstmissions.org).

“Our organization brings groups from all over North America to minister to the Belizeans.  We bring college and youth groups, medical teams, family groups, as well as many more, down to Belize and help facilitate their ministry experience,” said the true blooded Tiger grad originally from Bay City, Texas. “We organize their housing, transportation, and food, to providing ministry opportunities such as construction, Bible schools, medical work, and orphanages for the teams. Our goal is to partner up teams with churches and schools in Belize and to build a partnership they can continue for years to come.”

Addie has a deep fondness for her time on the Hill. “I have so many great memories from ETBU that it might be hard to pick just one,” she said.

“My friendships that I made with my Merle Bruce third floor hall mates have to be the basis for all my great memories. From having amazing dorm parents, Dave and Christy Collins, to professors such as Dr. John Harris and Dr. Bruce Tankersley, who led a class trip, I was on to Greece to learn about Paul’s Missionary Journey.”

“The guidance and counseling of Dr. Donna Dooley, who encouraged me on my first teaching job overseas in Russia, to being a part of Student Foundation, led by Dr. Catherine Crawford. I loved ETBU, and all the experiences and friendships that continue from being a part of it.  Those third floor hall mates are still my closest friendships to this day.”

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A Tiger Pride “high five” to Addie for her dedication and enthusiasm for her alma mater who beat her husband’s alma mater, 70-46, to advance to the “Elite 8” of the NCAA Division III National Basketball Championship Tournament.

(Note: ETBU alumnae Amanda Zagrzewbki was also at the games played in Stevens Point. Amanda, who graduated in 2001, is from Stevens Point and lives there today working in a family business. The Stevens Point Journal did a story on her while the Tigers were in Wisconsin. Click here to read. )

Jan
6
2015

A New Semester & Congratulations to the Graduates


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Honors, Memories on the Hill, Student Life


Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President's Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President’s Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

The Spring Semester at East Texas Baptist University begins tomorrow (Jan.7). Yesterday students started to move back into the residential halls. The number of students returning yesterday was light but today it will be in full force.  Classes resume bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Congratulations to the 72 students who were awarded degrees on Saturday, December 20, during Fall Commencement. Of those, 59 received baccalaureate degrees and 13 received master’s degrees. The Fred Hale School of Business had its first every graduates of the Master of Business in Entrepreneurial Leadership program with six. The new program began during the fall 2013 semester. The Schools of Christian Studies, Education and Natural and Social Sciences also awarded master degrees during commencement.

During fall commencement, Payton Beggs was presented the President’s Award by ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler.   

The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

When Dr. Ressler called her named I was watching her as she sat among her fellow graduates.  She was stunned. It appeared to me she said to herself, “Did he just call my name. Let me wait and make sure it was my named he called before I stand up.”

Payton is a young lady who was very involved during her time at ETBU. She told me she is going to miss the Hilltop very much.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of  North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

The Wichita Falls native graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. Earlier in the fall semester, she received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award.  During her time on the Hilltop, Payton was a member of the very successful ETBU Debate team as well as being involved in the ministries of the Baptist Student Ministry. She also led the worship service many times for Refuge that is held on Tuesday evenings. She attended Crossroads Baptist Church while a student at ETBU.

One of the joys of serving at ETBU is watching students achieve their educational goals by receiving their degrees from ETBU.  As the spring semester begins, I am looking forward to commencement on May 2nd to witness again those who graduate from the Hilltop.  

To see the Fall graduate list, click here.

Oct
21
2014

National Champions Back On Campus 15 Years Later


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Memories on the Hill


Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row)  Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

Members of the ETBU 1998 & 1999 National Christian Collegiate Athletic Associaiton National soccer championship team held a reunion at homecoming. Pictured left to right: (front row) Ken Morris, Trey Carlile, Clint Carter, Ike Awagu, and Buddy Ogletree. (Back row) Antonio Encarnacion, Justin Cooley, Jonathan Cardenas, Cody Carter, Stu Morrow, Gonzalo Gonzales, and Head Coach Jose Alonzo. Photo by Jason Soles.

There are many reasons people fall in love with East Texas Baptist University. One would only have to look at the many different groups who come back for homecoming to learn why.  Last year, alumni of the signing group, Innerview came back and performed the national anthem at the Homecoming football game.

This year along with the different class reunions, a group of accomplished student athletes reconnected on the Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ETBU’s first athletic national championship.   

In 1998, Tiger Soccer coach Jose Alonzo, led his team to win the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic National Soccer championship. One year later, with many members of the ’98 team back to put on the blue and gold Tiger uniform, they won it all again.

Members of the back-to back championship teams gathered Saturday afternoon during the 2014 Homecoming weekend in the Phillips Great Room to visit and recall the two championship seasons. Members of the national championship teams were also recognized at the Tiger soccer match played that afternoon vs. Ozarks as well as the Tiger football game vs. Howard Payne that evening.

Two members who were on the team were brothers, Clint and Cody Carter, from Whitehouse, came to play for the Tigers. Clint, the oldest, came first, and then was followed by his younger brother. Both Clint and Cody are medical doctors today.  

“We always played together growing up since we are only a year apart,” said Cody. “But still, it was a blessing to play collegiate soccer with my brother at ETBU.”

When asked what it was like to play for Coach Alonzo Clint shared, “Coach was good at recruiting guys that were motivated to want to win and work hard.”

“Coach Alonzo was such a laid back guy, shared Cody. “All my memories of him getting mad at our play on the field really stand out because the episodes were few and far between.”

“He was very good at putting us together on the field at the right place and the right time. It was an honor to play for him,” concluded Clint.

Both had an enjoyable experiences seeing past teammates and visiting Coach Alonzo.  “It was fun watching the videos and seeing the pictures back when were skinnier and had hair,” laughed Clint.

(ETBU Director of Admissions Jason Soles contributed to this Tiger Pride posting)

Jul
31
2014

The Martian of ETBU


Posted by Tiger Pride in Memories on the Hill, Student Life


The 2013-2014 is available for viewing online.

The 2013-2014 Martian yearbook is available for viewing online.

East Texas Baptist University began as the College of Marshall. In 1912, the State of Texas issued the charter to start a two-year college on Van Zandt Hill. First classes did not begin until September 18, 1917.

The first annual or yearbook for the College of Marshall was called The Martian. Even today, ETBU students publish The Martian.  I have had many people ask me, how did the name of The Martian come about?

As I browsed through the 1918 Martian , here is what I discovered.

The graduation class of 1919 elected to issue an annual for the college.

The forward states, “Thru a committee of the Faculty the annual was named THE MARTIAN. The annual was proposed to be in keeping with our present war, refraining from the use of many artistic ‘touches’ so much needed.  As a staff it has been our purpose to please merely, not to turn out a “treatise on literature,” but to present something that will in after years recall to alumnus the scenes of the college life, and renew the year of  ‘17-18. The MARTIAN is yours.

Pax vobiscum!”

With the World War I on their minds the faculty named the college yearbook after Mars, the Roman God of War.

If you would like to view the 1918 Martian you can do so through the online archives of the ETBU Mamye Jarrett Library.  (Click here)  

There are many interesting photos and copy to read about life on the Hilltop back then.  One area in the Martain that I found interesting are the advertisements in the back of the annual.

Here is the copy from one that caught my attention.

Mallard Drug Company

Ginocchio Building

Complete line of anything found in a first class drug store.

Closest drug store to the College of Marshall.

Quick Delivery.

Phone : 85

We appreciate your trade.

 Did you catch the phone number? Today, we have to dial ten numbers to place a call.  That’s progress, right?

The digital version 2013-2014 Martian is available for viewing. Just click here.

The Martian is totally student-produced with assistance from Ryan Perry (ETBU’s graphic designer and photographer) and Dr. Dennis Robertson, yearbook advisor.

Almost all the photos and text were produced by students. This year’s Martian staff consisted of Roe Burns, Payton Beggs, Shelby Peeples, Macy Yglesias, Ashley Ramos, and Alex Ramos.

Jul
28
2014

Facilities To Be Proud Of


Posted by Tiger Pride in Memories on the Hill, Student Life


The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

Normally, a posting to Tiger Pride is about something good that has happened to either a current student or an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University.   This posting is not about a person but about the various buildings that make up the physical foot print of the university. The entire campus has been used for the good of the kingdom of God over the past two months.

While students have been away for the summer, residential halls, athletic fields, and buildings, like the Ornelas Student Center, Dean Healthplex, and Bennett Student Commons,   have seen many walk through their doors or stepped on the grass by outside groups. These outside groups needed a place to hold their camps. The beautiful ETBU campus was a perfect place to accommodate their needs. 

Did you know that nearly 2,000 campers stayed on campus during the months of June and July during week long camps? The campers came from all over the region.  Some of the camps were week-long youth camps designed to challenge and encourage teenagers to be bold in their witness for Christ. Other camps like Debate and Cheer camps helped students to improve their skills of debating or cheering.

The ETREYS (East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar) camp organized by the nine East Texas Electric Cooperatives brought high school sophomores and juniors on campus to foster positive ideas among the attendees and to enhance skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.

The Central Texas area U.M. ARMY, United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission By Youth was in town for a week of roofing, painting and providing the labor for other types of repairs for various homes as a ministry. First Methodist in downtown Marshall provided space for the youth to rest each night but shower facilities needed to be increased to handle the large group.  ETBU let the water flow as it opened shower facilities in the Dean Healthplex for use.  

A Tiger Pride high five to the facilities as well as the ETBU support staff that helped each group this summer have a great experience during their time at One Tiger Drive.  

God has provided a place on Van Zandt Hill, which is the highest elevation in Harrison County, for ETBU to be a light to the world.

Mar
4
2014

Former Trustee Named Citizen of the Year


Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors, Memories on the Hill


Glen Bickerdike receives a gift of appreciation from ETBU President Dub Oliver at the Board of Trustee Dinner held Sept. 5, 2013, for nine years of service as a trustee.  Bickerdike was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Greater Marshall Champber of Commerce. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Glenn Bickerdike receives a gift of appreciation from ETBU President Dub Oliver at the Board of Trustee Dinner held Sept. 5, 2013, for nine years of service as a Trustee. Bickerdike was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Greater Marshall Champber of Commerce at the chambers annual membership banquet. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

A Tiger Pride “High Five” to former East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustee member Glenn Bickerdike for being named Outstanding Citizen for 2013 by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce.  Bickerdike was surprised by the announcement as he and his family attended the chamber’s annual membership banquet held March 3 at the Marshall Convention Center.

Bickerdike, who rotated off the ETBU Board of Trustees after nine years of service in 2013, is the president of Bancorp South of Marshall, and his wife, Karen, is employed by ETBU serving in the Office of Student Success.  They have three children, Chase, Cade and Kendal and are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about the evening at the annual chamber membership banquet and Bickerdike’s comments to the audience, click here for the story by the Marshall News Messenger.

ETBU alum John Mark Francis was up for the Mover and Shaker Award, but it went to Trudy Harris.  ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver voiced the benediction to conclude the evening.

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.

Sep
16
2013

One of the Best In the NCAA


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Honors, Memories on the Hill


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What an experience for the ETBU family back in 2010 when the Lady Tigers won the NCAA Division III National Softball Championship in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. One of the players on the national championship team was freshman catcher Lya Swaner from Wylie, Texas. Lya was behind the plate every game for the Tigers that year. In her four years of  playing softball at ETBU, it was hard not to find a game that she was not behind the plate.

 Fast forward to May 2013, Spring Commencement in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, Lya walks across the stage to graduate with honors with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She is not only an All-American National Champion softball player, but a very bright, smart young lady.

 If you recall back on August 21, Tiger Pride reported that Lya had been named as one of the Top 30 Women in the NCAA.  The NCAA has announced the Top Nine Finalist for the Woman of the Year Award and Lya is one of the top nine. The nine finalists were selected in recognition of their accomplishments in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. 

 Here is the release from the NCAA about one of the best student/athletes to ever walk the ETBU campus:

 Lya was a campus leader at East Texas Baptist University, where she was a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and president in her senior year. She also held a work-study job on campus while volunteering for the Dallas Fire Department, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics.

 Double-majoring in biology and chemistry and graduating with honors, Lya earned multiple academic scholarships, was inducted into the National Honor Society and made the Dean’s List each semester on campus, and was voted a Capital One Academic All-American. She was also recognized with the American Southwest Conference Scholar-Medal of Honor, which is awarded to one graduating male and female student-athlete at each member university for most outstanding academic, athletic and leadership records and awarded the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete award given to one American Southwest Conference softball player.

 The two-year team captain and four-year starter led the East Texas Baptist University softball team to three NCAA tournament appearances in four years, including winning the NCAA National Championship in 2010. She also won two American Southwest Conference Tournament championships and was named the tournament MVP in 2013. She was given the Top Tiger Award, which recognizes the top overall female athlete at East Texas Baptist.

 The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20th during a ceremony in Indianapolis.  The nine finalists were selected from more than 450 nominees.

 Congratulations Lya!  Your ETBU family is cheering for you to be named the NCAA Top Woman of the Year.

Aug
21
2013

2013 Senior Class Gift


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Memories on the Hill, Student Life


Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry

Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University. Photo: Ryan Perry

The ETBU graduating class of 2013 has given back to its alma mater a gift that will be seen by many in the years to come. The gift is an archway located at the main entrance to the campus. The archway spells out East Texas Baptist University in Tiger gold and is trimmed in navy blue with the seals of the University displayed.

            “I wanted my class to give something back because I wanted us to have pride in our alma mater when we come back to visit,” said Brad Mashburn, who served as Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year and graduated this past May.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Aug
20
2013

Tigers Move-In Tradition Continues


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Memories on the Hill, Student Life


ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

Move-in Day for first time freshmen and transfer students is an event on the ETBU campus that is looked forward to each year.  Staff, faculty and student leaders serve together to help the new Tigers move belongings from the vehicle to the dorm room. Also helping welcome the new Tigers to the Hill are members from local churches. Local churches set up booths on the Quad handing out corn dogs, bar-b-q sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, water, and other items.

Jimmy Isaacs, a reporter from CBS19-TV, did a story on the new Tigers moving in. Click here to watch the story that aired on the Tyler TV station.

ETBU Professor of Computer Science Bill Mills said, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students.  It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”

Fall classes began August 19.