Groundwork for the Future

Posted by Tiger Pride in Student Life

Aerial view of Centennial Hall.  Courtesy photo.

Aerial view of Centennial Hall construction. Courtesy photo.

Every year the Marshall News Messenger publishes a special Progress Edition.  On this past Sunday, Centennial Hall was featured on the front cover of this special edition. Below is the story published by the Marshall News Messenger on the progress of Centennial Hall.

MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (3/23/14) – East Texas Baptist University’s newest residence hall is primed to complete construction by the beginning of the fall semester.

The idea for a new residence hall and living life center has been in the works at ETBU since early 2012.

“The project was discussed by the ETBU Board of Trustees beginning in January of 2012,” said ETBU President Dr. Samuel “Dub” Oliver.  “The new living learning center was one of the recommendations that resulted from The Centennial Council and documented in their report.  The project was approved by the Board in September of 2012, and planning and designing commenced immediately.”

Once the groundwork was laid out, construction began on the new building last year.

“Construction began May 6, 2013,” Oliver said.  “There is one building being built that will hold 362 students, one faculty in residence, and one resident director.  The total cost of the project is $20.675 million.”

Dubbed the Centennial Hall, the new residence is a testament to ETBU’s history in Marshall.  As a living learning center, the new building will not only serve as a home for students, but also a place of learning and academic opportunities.

“The living learning center is named Centennial Hall,” Oliver said.  “The name is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of East Texas Baptist University (originally called the College of Marshall).  Centennial Hall celebrates the history and heritage of a great institution as well as points to the bright future of ETBU.”

Though Centennial Hall started construction under Oliver’s presidency at ETBU, it will not be completed until after his departure from Marshall to serve as president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn.  Oliver expects the building to be fully installed and ready for use by Aug. 1.

“Centennial Hall will advance the mission of ETBU by building on the core strengths of the university while helping us attract and retain even more students,” he said.  “ETBU is a classic Christian liberal arts institution that is residential based.”

“In order for the University to grow, we needed additional residence hall space to house students.  With a faculty in residence, a classroom in the building, and spaces organized to maximize student interaction, the building will help us be even better at those core strengths.”

The residence hall isn’t the only construction project slated for completion this summer; Oliver noted that tennis courts are set for completion in July.  After that, the future of ETBU’s construction falls into the hands of the school’s next president.

“There are always facility needs and projects to work on in the future,” Oliver said.  “The next one to be built immediately will be the tennis courts (to be started in May 2014 and completed by the end of July 2014).”

“There are other projects under consideration – academic buildings, performance spaces and athletic facilities – but there is nothing in the queue after the tennis courts.  The new president will have the opportunity to chart that course.”

(Used by permission Marshall News Messenger. Written by Education Reporter Austin King)


Marshall News Messenger Editorial

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

mnm editorial etbu wc 2

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)


Downtown Denver Hotel Has New Employee

Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver hotel. Photo courtesy of Hilton website.

The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Denver hotel. Photo courtesy of Hilton website.

Christen Larsen, a 2005 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, has been appointed as Director of Sales for The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown hotel.  She graduated from ETBU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Management.

The Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown is a full-service hotel located right in the heart of Downtown Denver, giving easy access to many of the city’s top attractions like the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a myriad of Denver museums, Denver sports venues and much more that the Mile High City has to offer.

While at ETBU, the Dickinson, Texas native received the Edwin F. Moore Award from the Fred Hale School of Business given to a student who excels in economic study.

Here is information from the press release released by Hilton:

This award-winning downtown Denver hotel is excited to add new talent to its fantastic sales team and looks forward to Larsen’s contributions to the 221-room property. Ms. Larsen has held a variety of sales positions across multiple hotel brands, most recently at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver. An East Texas Baptist University graduate, Larsen has experience as an Event Manager with Hilton and a Group Sales Manager with Starwood. Larsen recently spent a year at Queens University Belfast, Ireland obtaining an MSc International Business, where she participated in various projects analyzing performance of global companies in all areas. She has been recognized by Hilton with the Americas Pride Award in 2006 and the Hilton Chairman’s Recognition for the 3rd trimester in 2007, as well as earning acknowledgement by Starwood Hotels as a Star Sales Representative in 2010.

Larsen started at her new place of employment in early March. Congratulations from your alma mater.


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.


Parker & Linsey Named ASC Players of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

player of the week parker mcclendon


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.


McLendon ASC Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

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.


Tigers Gain Awards by ASC

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

asc logo

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


Lady Tiger Parker Named National Pitcher of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

ranked 6th

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.


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.


2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series Banquet

Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors

Left to right: Becky Palmer, Sam Moseley, Kay Moseley, Amanda Wynn, Dr. Dub Oliver, and Sandra Bodenhamer. Photo by Mike Midkiff

Left to right: Becky Palmer, Sam Moseley, Kay Moseley, Amanda Wynn, Dr. Dub Oliver, and Sandra Bodenhamer. Photo by Mike Midkiff

When plans were being made for this year’s Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series Banquet a large crowd was expected to attend.  The evening lived up to its expectation and more as both the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms inside the Ornelas Student Center were at capacity level.

The annual event commemorates the late U.S. Representative and federal judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU.

Attendees enjoyed a great meal and heard multiple Hall of Fame Coach, National Champion head coach of the 1992 University of Alabama football team, and a renowned motivational speaker Gene Stallings. The retired coach lives in Paris, Texas and is a longtime friend of the Hall family.

To read the Marshall News Messenger report on the evening, click here.

Marshall Attorney and former ETBU Board of Trustee Chair Sam R. Moseley received the 2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award presented to him by Judge Hall’s daughters, Amanda Wynn, Becky Palmer, and Sandra Bodenhamer.

Moseley, after receiving the award, shared stories about, Judge Sam B. Hall. “Through the years, we became really good friends,” remarked Moseley, who as a junior high student first became acquainted with Hall as he watched the young lawyer represent clients during trials in the historic Harrison County Courthouse.

“I am little hesitant to say he was one of my closest friends because I have never met anybody that knew Sam Hall and they didn’t say he was one my closest friends,” said Moseley. “He made you feel that way, even if he did not know you very well.”

“To have my name associated with Sam Hall’s name, that is a good thing. I am very thankful,” Moseley concluded.

For more on the Sam B. Hall Lecture series click here.