Jan
25
2013

Tree dedication


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


Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

The Student Government Association on Tuesday dedicated the four newly planted trees in front of Marshall Hall. The four young oaks replaced the large oaks that were removed in November because of disease.

“Over 75 years ago, four trees were planted on this front lawn,” said Brad Mashburn, SGA President and senior from Mesquite. “ETBU has had 100 years of growth. As the school grew so did the trees, making them a representation of how far this University has grown. Four new trees have been planted. What does it mean? We look forward to what this next century is going to bring to us. As the four trees that were removed represented the last 100 years, these four new oaks represent the next 100 years.”

The tree planted closest to Scarborough Hall represents the freshman class. The placement represents where students begin by attending classes. The senior class tree is the one planted nearest to the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center were commencement is held representing graduation.

Read story, here.

Oct
22
2012

100 Years


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


100 years ago today, something was launched that has changed my life, and countless others as well.

We learned here. Some have worked here. We all grew here. Quite a few have met theirs spouses here (Ring by Spring never fails!). And we all love here.

That here is Van Zandt Hill. Nestled beneath powerful oaks and towering pines, it is on this Hill a dream became an idea, an idea became a plan, and a plan became a reality.

And the reality is that this place is more than a school. It is more than a great place to get an education. It is home. It is a familiar place. It is a place where memories live and remembrances always have a place.

You can leave for 40 years and come back to find that though the buildings have changed, there is something that never does. Maybe a feeling, and ideal.

I think it is because we are all a family. I know when I go home, the smells and warmth and feeling is something I can always expect, I count on it.

It’s the same here too. We are a Family. It unites us. It allows us to cross boundaries of age or personal history. A current sophomore and a 1952 graduate talk about ETBC back in the day. A cheerleader from years past finds herself on the field at the homecoming game teaching a cheer from her time to the current squad. Things that may not be so readily seen elsewhere are common on the Hill. And that is a part of what makes this place special. You’re never just a student.  You’re family.

It is amazing to think about the humble beginnings of this school – that the founders simply wanted a place where men and women of integrity and initiative could get a quality Christian education. But my how we have gotten so much more! Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of the legacy of ETBU? To call yourself a Tiger? I say YES!

So today we celebrate a dream that became a reality. The College of Marshall that became East Texas Baptist College that became East Texas Baptist University. They’ve always been dedicated to high-quality Christian education. But also to family.  We are Tigers. And no matter where we are or how far away we get from Van Zandt Hill, that will never change.

We are forever Tigers. And for this University, its history, its legacy, its impact, especially on this day, we are forever grateful.

Happy Birthday East Texas Baptist University. May your next 100 be greater than your first. And may the Light on the Hill never die.

GO BLUE!

Oct
19
2012

Local Media Celebrates ETBU’s Community Impact


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Photo Galleries, Research, Spiritual Life, Student Life


It is reasonable to think we are excited about ETBU, about homecoming, about our Centennial Celebration this weekend.

Excited…more like REALLY EXCITED!!!!! And one of those things we are excited about is the impact that we as a University, and member of the Marshall community, and greater East Texas community, make upon this area – even the world.

That’s why when we read that the Marshall News-Messenger says things like, “Had we a bit more talent, perhaps we could adequately express in words the meaning of East Texas Baptist University to Harrison County and the city of Marshall,” we feel honored.

Or when we hear things like this from KLTV.com, “Even today, with students from the world over, ETBU is at heart an East Texas institution,” we feel grateful.

When it comes to accolades like these, we are quick to keep our perspective.  We have had great success as a University, through good times and bad, but we strive always to keep our focus on making an impact in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and family, being a positive influence on the surrounding community, being a beacon of quality education, and being a light for Jesus Christ in this world, remembering that our boast is in the Lord Jesus. (Ps 34:2)

We are a Tiger Family so proud of what the Lord has done on the Hill, and we are so very thankful for the kind words from these two sources, and for so many who have voiced kind words of congratulation to us! GO BLUE!

You can get the full story from the Marshall News-Messenger here and from KLTV.com here.

Oct
19
2012

ETBU Celebrates 100 Years of Christian Education


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Photo Galleries, Research, Spiritual Life, Student Life


Celebrating 100 years of high-quality, Christian education on the Van Zandt Hill and around the country has been going on all year.  From fine arts events, to regional celebrations, to alumni gatherings, the Tiger Family has been singing the praises of 100 years of ETBU all over.

And today begins a weekend that will take that celebration to a whole new level!

Today, Friday, October 19th launches our Centennial Celebration and Homecoming weekend.  This weekend is jam-packed with events, reunions, meals, open houses, picnics, concerts, a bonfire, a parade, sporting events, a gala – all culminating in a celebration on ETBU’s most important day, October 22, its birthday. 100 years…can you believe it?!?!?

A lot can happen in 100 years.  A lot has happened in 100 years, and I can say this with certainty, that ETBU’s next 100 will be just as great – greater even – than its last.

I’d love to go back in time to that moment in 1912 when a dream became a reality and tell them how we’re doing. Here’s what  I would tell them:

- we are now a University with over 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees
- we have 36 beautiful buildings on campus, with a 37th slated to begin in months
- Marshall Hall stands as proud as ever, its Beacon shining brightly
- we are financially strong, educationally sound, and are still standing firmly in Christ Jesus
- and lastly, thank you, hoping I could put into words the impact this campus has had on thousands upon thousands of people.

It was a good vision, a courageous initiative, and, as 100 years have shown, ETBU was and is, a brilliant success.

What would you tell them? What impact has ETBU made on you? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

Come to the Hill this weekend and experience the Centennial and Homecoming Weekend at ETBU.

We are thankful for this University, grateful for those men and women who had a part in bringing a dream to live, and we are proud, so very proud, to be Tigers.

GO BLUE!

Find out everything you want to know about the Centennial Celebration at www.etbu.edu/100

Oct
1
2012

ETBU Women’s Basketball Serve the Community


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


Reaching out to help the community around them, the East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball team volunteered their time on Saturday, September 22, to help clean up a historic local cemetery.  The ETBU students worked together with Wiley College students to help clean up the historic cemetery.

“Our players had a surprisingly rewarding experience today,” says head women’s basketball coach Dustin Howard.  “They were amazed at the historical significance of this small cemetery, basically right here in our back yard.  We had fun working together with our cross town friends Wiley College to help give back to the community that gives us so much.”

Both schools teamed together to clean up Loves Cemetery in Scottsville, Texas.

We are so proud of our Lady Tigers!

Read the full story from Marshall News Messenger here.

Sep
4
2012

ETBU Alum Turns 104!


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


In 1912, the College of Marshall (COM) became a reality and all this year we have been celebrating our Centennial Year. But did you know something else happened four years prior to the founding of COM that was pretty awesome as well?

Bonnie Kay was born.

Think of that!  The airplane was only 5 years old. Oklahoma had just become a state. Teddy Roosevelt was president. The first Model T was developed and sold for $850.

She was 4 when the Titanic sank.  She was 10 when World War 1 began.  She was 21 when the stock market crashed.

And in 1930, she was 22 years old and was graduating from the College of Marshall.

Bonnie Kay is, and has been for a while, our oldest alumni.  It is amazing to consider the things she has seen, living in a century that has seen the greatest number of advances in the history of mankind.  But even better is the fact that she is in good health and she loves her alma mater! In fact, Bonnie Kay, the only living member of the class of 1930, has won the coveted Gravy Bowl on behalf of her class a couple times over the last few years!

Recently, faculty, staff, and students were given the opportunity to sign a handful of birthday cards that were presented to her by Alumni Relations Director, Paul Tapp.  She was delighted to receive the cards and kind wishes from the Tiger Family!

One of the things that has made the biggest impact on me since coming to ETBU has been the idea of legacy.  It is an amazing feeling knowing that once you become a student or faculty/staff member, or even a friend of the University, you join in with this amazing legacy.  You become a part of the story that is ETBU.  It is a good story.  It is filled with the best people, like the Grammers and Hogues, like the Huffmans and Footes and Unkels, and countless others.

And people like Mrs. Bonnie Kay.

This time, our pride isn’t tied up with a fancy achievement or award, though living to 104 is a pretty big achievement!  Today we are full of pride in the Legacy of COM, ETBC, and ETBU.  It is a wonderful legacy filled with wonderful people and stories and experiences.  And best of all, we are ALL a part of it!

Help us celebrate Bonnie Kay and her 104 years. And help us honor her by honoring her legacy and the legacy of ETBU! Isn’t it great!?!?

GO BLUE!!

Jun
13
2012

ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer Invited to Take Part in the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic


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


C.F. Kuykendall. Photo credit: Kevin Green

Ninety-one year old ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer, Charles Findley Kuykendall was recently honored by receiving an invitation to take part in the 75th Edition of the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic. Kuykendall will not be able to travel to the game because of health issues but will be honored by Oil Bowl officials.

Amazingly, he played in the first Oil Bowl Game on September 5, 1938.  The Oil Bowl, played in Wichita Falls, is considered to be the oldest all-star high-school football game in the world. After playing in the first Oil Bowl game, Kuykendall reported to the College of Marshall, now ETBU, to play football. He only played one year of football for COM because the football program was dropped after the 1938 season. ETBU brought back football in 2000, playing at the NCAA Division III level.

After football was discontinued at COM, it became necessary for him to earn an athletic scholarship at another school and he played football at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1940-42. Kuykendall was a 6-2 180 pound offensive and defensive tackle during his playing days.  He was fast and also ran track at SHSTC.

After obtaining his degree, Kuykendall spent his career in education. He returned home to Tatum to coach. Later he became principal at Pine Tree High School and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of PTISD in 1980. Kuykendall was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

This year’s Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl game, featuring top high school players from Texas and Oklahoma, was played on Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls

Way to go C.F.!  GO BLUE!

Thanks to PR Director Mike Midkiff and the Longview News-Journal for this story and Kevin Green for the photo.

Click here for a link to the story from the News-Journal story.

Dec
14
2011

ETBU Unveils Centennial Logo


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Spiritual Life, Student Life


100 years ago, the very spot where I sit and type this was simply a hill.  No Scarborough.  No Marshall Hall.  Not even the College of Marshall, which would become East Texas Baptist College, then East Texas Baptist University.

Just a hilltop whose destiny would be forever changed by the formation of the University we now know and love.  It has been an amazing 100 years!

So we’re going to spend this next year of 2012 honoring those 100 years!  What a better way to kick it off than with the recently unveiled Centennial Logo.

The logo was developed through collaboration with the Centennial Council, the President’s Office, and the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

The logo incorporates the official lowercase ETBU and name with a banner featuring our official school colors, the word Centennial, and the date of our founding 1912, and the 100th year, 2012.  The logo also features a symbol of the University, the Beacon, and the numerals 00 to create 100.

The Centennial Year will be a busy one, including 4 special editions of the Hilltop Magazine, all dedicated to various point of University history, a Centennial themed 2012 Homecoming, and many more events throughout the year.

Help us celebrate the Centennial Year of East Texas Baptist University!  Stop by campus, get involved in an event, and don’t miss Homecoming this year.

It has been an amazing 100 years and we look forward to the next 100 years!

Way to go ETBU and HAPPY BIRTH-YEAR!!

Read more about the logo here.

Aug
30
2011

A Campus You Can Be Proud Of


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Spiritual Life, Student Life


We’ve nearly posted 100 stories that make us so proud of our Tiger Family. From academics to athletics, organizations to faculty/staff honors, we can truly say we have so much to be thankful for, so much to be proud of.  I’d like to add one more to the list:

Our campus.

Maybe you haven’t been to the Hill in years. For some, the last time they saw ETBU was the day the walked across the stage to receive their degree. If that’s you, then you need to come on back for a visit.

You may not recognize the place.

Is it the new Ornelas Student Center? Perhaps. This is a building that was promised to the students years ago, and now it is a reality. Students hang out, study, meet, worship, eat, and drink in this building. It is a beautiful building that fits perfectly with the architecture of the existing campus, but most importantly, it is a place the students can say was built just for them.

You need to come for a visit.

And then there’s the former Bennett Student Center, now called the Bennett Student Commons (BSC), a building built years before the current students were born (maybe even before their parents were born)! Though it has stood for nearly a half century, it was clear that it needed an upgrade.

After around 90 days of construction over the 2011 Summer, we were happy to open its doors for the start of the Fall 2011 semester!

And again if you are one of those who hasn’t been back in a while, you wouldn’t recognize it. A massive new facade/entryway on the north side of the Quad  gives way to a completely remodeled, greatly enlarged Caf. I was with a few students during that first day and all the could say is, “Are you sure we’re at ETBU?”

You need to come for a visit.

The entryway is in the exact spot where Phillips Dining Hall once was. Phillips has made a move to the lower floor of the BSC. The new entryway on the north side of the BSC leads into a classy, fine dining space in in the place of the old bookstore and post office areas and boasts stained hard wood paneling, recessed ceilings and lighting, and fine carpets – not to mention the fact that about three old Phillips could fit in the new Phillips. It truly will take your breath away!

You need to come for a visit.

The Murphy Science Building has new flooring, $200,000 of new scientific equipment, renovated labs including a biology class with attached lab. The unsightly power lines near Meadows, Linebery, and Mabee have been moved underground. A new statue, “The Divine Servant” is now just outside the north entrance of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. A new athletics facility, the Tiger Football Strength Training Center, will provide a space for Tigers to workout and serves as the visiting team’s locker room during the season. A new Faculty-in-Residence apartment has been created in the University Apartments. The Library has all new carpeting. Oh, and last season, the football stadium got lights which allow for night games at ETBU. We have two new masters programs, education and religion. Our enrollment is up, the best in five years, our students are happy, and our campus is as pretty as a picture.

Like I said, you really need to come visit.

So much has been going on. So many changes have been happening. The campus is beautiful and the buildings are amazing – it’s something to be proud of. But most importantly, what I always remember, is that, no matter how many buildings come and go, no matter how often faculty, staff, and students’ faces change, and no matter how long it has been since you’ve seen pines, oaks, and the hallowed hill, the light still shines, for academic excellence and for Jesus Christ our Savior.

It’s time for a visit. Come see what our Tiger Family is so very proud of.

GO BLUE!!

How about Homecoming 2011? The weekend of October 14th-16th ETBU will be alive with Tiger Spirit as we celebrate Blue and Gold Forever: A Legacy That Lasts. You can learn more here!

Aug
12
2011

You Have a Voice!


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Photo Galleries, Research, Spiritual Life, Student Life


We’re making a ton of improvements around campus, so we wanted to share one improvement we’re making to Tiger Pride!

A new feature to Tiger Pride is the ability to comment on each post!  To comment, go to the individual story by clicking on it’s title, then just type your comments in the form beneath the story and we’ll get an email informing us of your comment.  Once we approve it, its live!

Great things are happening at ETBU and it is a great time to be on the Hill!

The Bennett Student Commons is near completion, our Ornelas Student Center is entering it’s 2nd year of service to the campus, and there have been a ton of improvements, from new labs to remodeled rooms, new training facilities – we’ve even buried some power lines to help beautify our campus.

If you haven’t been around in a while, take a trip to Marshall and ETBU!

We are so proud of what’s been going on and we’re sure you will be too!

GO BLUE!!

www.etbu.edu