Jan
23
2015

Tigers On the ASC Fall All-Academic Teams



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics, Honors


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The American Southwest Conference has announced its 2014 Fall All-Academic Teams with 34 East Texas Baptist University student/athletes on the list. More than 350 student-athletes from 12 member institutions are on the honor list and include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Making the 2014 ASC Fall All-Academic Teams from ETBU are:

Men’s Cross Country

Aaron Durham – Liberty, Texas

Nicolas Larzabal – Bogota, Columbia

Jack Perkins -  Anna, Texas

Landon Price – Mount Vernon, Texas

Ian Spencer – Marshall, Texas

 

Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman – Sugarland, Texas

Megan Merrill – Mount Pleasant, Texas

Shelby Sparks – Richardson, Texas

Shelby Taylor – Flint, Texas

 

Football

Travis Danford – Fort Worth, Texas

Bryce Hale – Quinlan, Texas

Ricky Jenkins – Fort Worth, Texas

Jacob McClain – Teague, Texas

Onisokien Osuamkpe – Rosharon, Texas

Cody Pruitt –  Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson -  Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington -  Hallsville, Texas

 

Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams – Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus – Kilgore, Texas

 

Women’s Soccer

Kayla Cradit – Houston, Texas

Whitney Justice – Tyler, Texas

Sasha Kotowych – Humble, Texas

Erin Miller – Lumberton, Texas

Amber Pless – Willis, Texas

Christina Salas – College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom – Rockwall, Texas

Natalie Torres – Mabank, Texas

 

Volleyball

Nicole Buzzard – Round Rock, Texas

Megan Elrod – Irving, Texas

Kayla Green – Keller, Texas

Morgan Rupp – Mansfield, Texas

Mallory Sanders –  Mansfield, Texas

Kolby Sharp – Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor – Arlington, Texas

Jan
7
2015

4th Consectutive Year: President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role



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


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For the fourth consecutive year, East Texas Baptist University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. ETBU was recognized in the General Community Service category which recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents.  

The ETBU Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Lisa Seeley, encourages students to be involved in community service projects. ETBU was named to the 2014 Honor Roll for its community and service work accomplished during the 2012-2013 academic year.

To read more about this honor, click here.

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.

Dec
16
2014

Carver Named ASC Player of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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Averaging a double-double last week, East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player Amber Carver has been named the American Southwest Conference Player of the Week.  This is the first time ETBU has had a player of the week since February 19, 2013, when April Leonard was given the award.

Carver averaged 23 points and 10.5 points per game against the University of the Ozarks and Rust College.  She scored a career-high 29 points with 11 rebounds in an ASC loss to Ozarks and then added 17 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Rust College.  Against Ozarks, she shot .619 from the floor (13-of-21) in just 22 minutes of play.

For the year, Carver is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.  She has nine blocked shots and is shooting .567 from the floor.

ETBU is 4-3 overall and hosting Texas-Tyler on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Dec
16
2014

Five Players Earn All-American Awards



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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Picking up more awards for the 2014 season, East Texas Baptist University had five players earn All-American awards from the USA Football Network. Stephen Alfred, Kendall Roberson, Josh Warbington, Tyler Bates, and Dylan Bowman all received awards.

Alfred was named an USA Football Network All-American first-team selection. This award goes with his All-ASC first team and D3football.com All-Region third-team awards.  He finished the year with 1,210 yards receiving breaking the ETBU single season record for yards receiving.  He also had 12 receiving touchdowns to lead the ASC and also breaking the ETBU record.

Warbington earns his fourth post-season award as he was All-ASC second-team, D3football.com All-Region third-team, a Gagliardi Trophy semi-finalist, and now a second-team All-American.  He broke several ETBU single season, game, and program records.  He threw for 3,580 yards, 30 touchdowns, and had a 163.4 passing efficiency.

Roberson gains his second post season award after being named All-ASC first-team.  He is on the USA Football Network’s All-American second-team.  He led ETBU in rushing with 629 yards and six touchdowns.  He averaged 6.4 yards per carry and 69.6 yards per game.

Bates received a vote onto the USA Football Network’s second-team, too, for his play.  He was also All-ASC first-team as a receiver.  He became the third receiver in program history to catch more than 1,000 yards in a year with 1,156 and posted 11 touchdown catches.  He also set the single season record for receptions at 84 breaking his own record from 2013.

Bowman was named to the All-Freshman team for his play.  He finished fifth on the team in tackling with 54 tackles.  This is his first award as a player at ETBU.  He also recorded one interception, recovered one fumble, and forced two fumbles.

ETBU finished the year with four wins and broke numerous offensive records.  They also won four games in Ornelas Stadium which is the most since 2003.

Dec
10
2014

Tigers Voted to D3Football.com All-Region Team



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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Landing two players on the D3football.com All-South Region team, East Texas Baptist University continues to bring in awards to the program for the 2014 season.  Both Josh Warbington and Stephen Alfred were voted to the third-team. Over 252 players were nominated for the awards with 79 players earning awards. This is the first time ETBU has had a player selected on the D3football.com All-Region team since 2008.

This is the third post-season award for Warbington as he was a Gagliardi Trophy semi-finalist and All-ASC second team.  He finished the season leading NCAA Division III in passing 3,580 yards and passing yards per game (358) and was in the top 10 in two other categories.  He broke a combined 24 records from individual game, individual season, team, and program. 

Alford earns his second post-season award after being an All-ASC first team selection.  He broke the ETBU single season record for receiving yards with 1,210 surpassing Jamaine Sherman’s record from last year.  He led the American Southwest Conference in receiving and was in the top 10 in NCAA Division III in receiving yards.  He averaged 121 yard per game receiving and 20.5 yards per catch.

ETBU won four games in 2014 continues to improve under second year head coach Joshua Eargle. The four games were won at home which were the most since 2003.  

Warbington was not selected as one of the final four for the Gagliardi Trophy. To read more about his selection, click here.

Dec
4
2014

Tigers Gather Food To Help Mission Marshall



Posted by Tiger Pride in Ministry


KSLA's Matt Harris going live from ETBU during the KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive.

KSLA’s Matt Harris going live from ETBU during the KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive.

The first donation of can foods to the KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive on Wednesday, December 4th,  came at 6:29 a.m. East Texas Baptist University students Zach Whitlow and Brooks Lloyd volunteered early to be the first of many students who manned the drop off location in front of Marshall Hall throughout the day.

All during the day students of ETBU from various athletic teams and organizations volunteered their time to help with the collection of food. The collected goods were picked-up by volunteers from Mission Marshall at the end of the food drive. The food collected will benefit needy families in Marshall and Harrison County.   

This year ETBU partnered with KSLA-TV Shreveport by participating in their 2nd Annual Holiday Food Drive. KSLA weekend sports anchor Matt Harris and cameraman Fred Gamble spent over 12 hours on the Hill broadcasting live during all of KSLA’s newscasts.

Mission Marshall Director and ETBU alum Misty Scott was interviewed during one of the live segments. Harris asked her how the food drive benefits the ministry of Mission Marshall.

“We have grown over 50% in the last two years of those needing assistance through Mission Marshall. Every can good and every non-perishable item donated helps us meet the demand in our community,” said Scott.

Children donate food to the KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive.

Children donate food to the KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive.

  

Harris encouraged everyone watching to bring a donation of can goods to campus.  When Harris reported live for the final time at 6:48 p.m. on KSLA News at 6:00 p.m. he said, “over 500 pounds of food had been donated throughout the day.”  The food drive concluded in front of Marshall Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Read the Marshall News Messenger story by clicking here.

Click here to watch a video of what happened during the Food Drive.

 

Dec
2
2014

Tiger QB Top 10 Semi-Finalist for Gagliardi Award



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More history is being made for the East Texas Baptist University football team as junior quarterback Josh Warbington (Hallsville, Texas) is a top 10 semi-finalist for the NCAA Division III Gagliardi Trophy.  This is the first time a player from ETBU has been awarded a spot on the ballot as a top 10 semi-finalist and he becomes the 10th player from the American Southwest Conference to be up for the NCAA Division III Player of the Year.  The ASC  has not had a top 10 finalist since 2010.

“Josh is a young man who exemplifies excellence in every part of his life,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “I cannot say enough about what an outstanding young man he has become.  On the field, his numbers speak for themselves.  He is the best quarterback in the country.”

The Gagliardi Trophy represents the total NCAA Division III athlete in community service, academics, and leadership on the football field.  The award committee takes into fact what the player has done on the field, in the classroom, and his service to the community.

Click here to read more….

Dec
2
2014

All-ASC Football Named with 12 Tigers on the List



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Wrapping up the 2014 season with 12 players earning All-American Southwest Conference awards, East Texas Baptist University had three players earn first-team awards.  Overall, ETBU had eight players on the first and second teams.

Offensively, ETBU had three players all first-team led by wide receivers Tyler Bates and Stephen Alfred and running back Kendall Roberson.  Bates, who was also named to the honorable mention team as a return specialist, led the ASC in receptions (84) and receptions per game (8.4) while setting a new ETBU record for receptions in a season.  He is the third ETBU receiver to go over 1,000 yards receiving with 1,156 yards and this was the second year he was All-ASC as he was on the second team in 2013. He set a career-high of 195 yards receiving, which is third best all-time, against Sul Ross State.

Alfred led the ASC in receiving yards with 1,210 and receiving yards per game at 121 yards.  He broke ETBU’s single season record for yards receiving and receiving touchdowns (12) and averaged 20.5 yards per catch.  He had 100 yards or more in seven of the 10 games he played in and caught two touchdowns in four different games.

Roberson earns his first ASC award in his first year as a junior at ETBU.  In limited time playing due to injuries, he acquired 629 yards on just 98 carries while recording six touchdowns.  He had two games over 100 yards rushing with 172 yards vs. Texas Lutheran and 182 yards vs. Howard Payne in back-to-back weeks.  He also recorded three touchdowns against Howard Payne.

Receiving All-ASC second team on offense were Josh Warbington, Roy Butler, Charles Williams, Alex Shetter, and Dominque Bailey.

Warbington, who led the ASC in four different offensive categories and is the top passer in NCAA Division III for passing yards and passing yards per game, gains his first All-ASC award.  He was the ASC’s player of the week three times this year and broke a combined 24 records at ETBU this season for team, game, and individual.  He threw for 3,580 yards and 30 touchdowns recording a 163.36 pass efficiency.  In seven of the 10 games, he passed for three or more touchdowns with five against Millsaps when the offense broke the record for total offense (715 yards) and points (68).

Butler earns his first ASC award as a slot back finishing with 458 yards receiving.  He had four touchdowns and a career-high 131 yards receiving vs. Austin College.  He averaged 10.7 yards per catch in 10 games played.

Williams and Shetter both were awarded their first-ever ASC award on the offensive line.  They both were on the D3Football National Offensive Line of the Week in September and helped ETBU break numerous offensive records.  Both started all 10 games this year and started 20 straight games the past two years.

Bailey once again is on an All-ASC for the second time in his career as he was a second team selection in 2012.  Interception three passes this year he finished with 34 tackles and five pass break ups.

Earning honorable mention were Michael Garcia (OL), Jourdan McNeill (RB), Xavier Davis (DL), and David Jaynes (DL).  It is the second time Garcia and Jaynes have been given an All-ASC award.

ETBU finished with four wins in 2014 and broke numerous individual, game, season, and program records in head coach Joshua Eargle’s second year.

Nov
20
2014

Two Eagle Scouts From the Same Family



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on.  (Courtesy photo)

Jacob Smith, right, and his brother, Lucas Smith, listen to the Eagle Scout Challenge at their joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Parents, Laurie and Michael Smith look on. (Courtesy photo)

The highest rank a young man can achieve as a member of the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. For an individual to obtain this ranking they at least earned 21 merit badge and demonstrate “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.

East Texas Baptist University Professor of Sociology Dr. Laurie Smith, and her husband,  Michael, now have two Eagle scouts in their family as sons, Jacob Wiley Smith , 16, and Lucas Raymon Smith, 15,  earned their Eagle Scout designation during a Court of Honor held at First Baptist Church of Hallsville on Nov. 16.

To read more about these two fine young men, click here to read a story published in the Marshall News Messenger about the ceremony.

Congratulations from the ETBU family to the Smith’s. Dr. Smith has been teaching at ETBU since 1991.