Feb
25
2014

Debate on Evolution vs. Creationism



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


From www.kltv.com

From www.kltv.com

From time to time, professors at East Texas Baptist University are invited to speak at other university campuses. Recently, ETBU Professor of Religion Dr. Warren Johnson was invited to be part of a panel at LeTourneau University in Longview. He was joined by two other professors from LETU, Wilson Cunha from the theology department and Karen Rispin from the biology department.

The panel discussion held for LETU students and the community was in response to a debate on evolution vs. creationism between Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” and Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis. The debate was held on Feb. 4th at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.   The Nye-Ham debate was estimated to have been viewed by millions via a live internet video stream.

At the panel discussion at LETU, each panelist prepared a 5-minute response to the Nye-Ham debate, followed by 10 minutes in which the panelists discussed responses before taking questions from the audience.

KLTV Channel 7 in Tyler did a story on the panel discussion.  To view the story, click here.

Dr. Johnson, who has spoken at LETU before, believes he was chosen from the ETBU faculty because “I have a science undergraduate degree and theology graduate degrees.”

ETBU has many faculty and staff members who are willing to speak on subjects that they have expertise in.

 

Feb
20
2014

Daughter of ETBU Math Professors Does Well In County Spelling Bee



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee.   Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second.  Courtesy photo.

Samantha Reeves (far right), daughter of ETBU Math professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves finished third in the Harrison County Spelling Bee. Hannah Emerson (center) finished first with Hannah Sheard (left) came in second. Courtesy photo.

Spelling Bee teams from East Texas Baptist University have had success in the annual Corporate Spelling “BEE” for Literacy fundraiser luncheon held each fall. The Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council sponsors the Corporate Spelling “BEE.” In both 2010 and 2012, a team from ETBU finished as the top spelling team.

Spelling well seems to have trickled down to some Harrison county junior high/middle school students with ETBU connections.

At the recently held Harrison County Spelling Bee, Marshall Junior High 8th grader Samantha Reeves finished in third place.  Samantha is the daughter of ETBU mathematics professors Kevin and Melissa Reeves.  The Reeves have been teaching at ETBU since 1996.

Samantha finished behind first place winner, Hannah Emerson, and second place winner Hannah Sheard, both representing Hallsville Middle School.

Olivia Runnels, granddaughter of ETBU Board of Trustee member, Bill Runnells, represented Trinity Episcopal School.  A total of 12 students representing six Harrison County Schools competed in the event.

Marshall Junior High principal and ETBU alum David Segers presided over the event.

The winning word spelled for first place was “omnipotent.”

To read more about the Harrison County Spelling Bee click here.

Feb
18
2014

ETBU Honors Retiree Martha Moore



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


 

East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room.  Photo by Ryan Perry

East Texas Baptist University Director of Financial Services Richard Hutsell presents Martha Moore, Coordinator of Accounts Payable, with a rocking chair during her retirement reception Friday, Feb. 7, in the Phillips Great Room. Photo by Ryan Perry

The afternoon the Office of Administration and Finance of ETBU held a retirement reception to honor Coordinator of Accounts Payable, Martha Moore, snow could be seen falling through the windows of the Phillips Great Room.   It might have been cold outside but the love expressed to Martha warmed many hearts during her reception.  She retires after 24 years of service to ETBU.

“We are so thankful for your faithful service to East Texas Baptist University,” said ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver, during the presentation.  “On behalf of all of us here, I want to express our gratefulness for the example of service you have set, your good humor, and your warm friendship to all of us.”

Dr. Oliver presented her with an engraved decorative crystal bowl as a token of appreciation for her service. While holding the gift he read the inscription to the crowd, “Martha Moore, in appreciation of faithful service, 24 years, East Texas Baptist University.”

ETBU Director of Financial Services, Richard Hutsell, who has been working with Martha for 17 years,   presented her another gift: a wooden rocking chair.  He said to Martha, “May you have many years of happiness rocking your grandkids.”

“I don’t know what to say. I love you. God bless all of you,” Moore said in gratitude to the people in attendance at the reception.

Dr. Oliver closed the presentation with prayer, giving thanks to God for Martha’s faithful service to ETBU.

Feb
17
2014

Tigers Among Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors


Marshall Hall completed in 1916, was the first permanent structure erected on campus.  Photo by Ryan Perry.

Marshall Hall completed in 1916, was the first permanent structure erected on campus. Photo by Ryan Perry.

The publication Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include 17 East Texas Baptist University students in the latest edition.  The students were chosen because of their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

The 17  are:  Micah Alonzo of Marshall, Accounting major; Anna Alonzo of Marshall, Spanish/Business Administration major; Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls, Speech Communication major; Dalton Buchanan of Hallsville, Business Administration major; Taylor Cruse of Fort Worth, Religion major; Michelle Gallimore of Allen, Education major; Esther Jeong of Round Rock, Biology major; Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant, Business major; Kaitlyn Kent of Mount Pleasant, Business major; and Klaire Kent of Mount Pleasant, Speech Communication major.

Also recognized: Amanda Oswalt of Grand Praire, Speech Communication major; Clinton Salmon of Longview, Business Administration major; Michael Spencer of Jefferson, Criminal Justice major; Megan Walker of Marshall, Biology major; Harvey Wiggins of Lancaster, Education major; Audrey Winders of Kingwood, Business Administration major, and Ying Xie of China, Accounting major.

Since 1934, the Who’s Who program has honored outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements.  The students from ETBU join others from more than 1,900 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign nations.

 

Feb
14
2014

Surratt Named Texas High School Football Class 3A Co-Coach of the Year



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Honors


The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: "Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously."  Photo by Sara Kneipp

The caption from the 1989 ETBU Martian: “Thinking about it- Scott Surratt takes practice seriously.” Photo by Sara Kneipp

With the Carthage High School Bulldogs winning their 4th state championship in six years, Carthage Head Coach Scott Surratt has picked up another state honor. The 63rd annual Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State Football team has been released.

ETBU alum Surratt shared Coach of the Year Honors in Class 3A with Argyle’s Todd Rogers. The former  Tiger baseball player was a four-year letterman on the Hill. In 2004, Surratt was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame and the plaque to commemorate the honor is located in the Tiger Room at Ornelas Gymnasium with all the other members’ plaques.

One of Surratt’s players also picked up a superlative, senior quarterback Blake Bogenschutz  shared Offensive Player of the Year and was named  as first team Class 3A all-state player.   Other Carthage players coached by  Surratt  that made first team all-state were Griffin Bankhead (guard),  Tee Goree (receiver), and Mario McCain (defensive lineman).

Feb
5
2014

Golden Gloves Champion On Campus



Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Student Life


Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men's Novice at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.  Courtesy photo.

Coach Doug Krantz poses with Drew Dawson after he won first place in the 201 lbs Men’s Novice Division at the 74th Annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament. Courtesy photo.

A Golden Gloves boxing champion on the Hill? Yes, indeed and his name is Drew Dawson. Dawson works in the ETBU Physical Facilities Department full-time and is finishing his last semester as a student.

The former ETBU football player represented Marshall’s D-Rocks Gym Boxing Club at the 74th annual East Texas Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament held at the UT-Tyler Herrington Patriot Center last month.  Dawson of Kountze, Texas, captured the Men’s Novice 201-pound title with a majority decision over Frankie Puron of Bravo’s Boxing Club.

Dawson is scheduled to graduate this May with his Mass Communication degree and will report to boot camp just days following Spring Commencement on May 3. Dawson will serve our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Dawson and his wife, Kaylee, have three children, Brooklyn, and twin girls, Allyson and Kaitlyn.

Feb
4
2014

A Tiger at the Super Bowl



Posted by Tiger Pride in Uncategorized


ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII.  Courtesy photo.

ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Courtesy photo.

The Facebook page of East Texas Baptist University alumna Hannah Rigg  “blew up,” after the National Anthem was sung by opera star Renee Fleming at Super Bowl XLVIII.   The reason for over 100 posts to her page in a very short time is that family, friends and former ETBU classmates saw Rigg performing with Fleming.  She was as a member of the Armed Forces Chorus singing back up.

Friend Christy Fitzwater posted, “Hannah, could you hear us screaming from Montana when we saw you?” Several times on the Fox Sports telecast, Rigg was shown wearing her blue United States Air Forces Uniform on the front row of the chorus just over the right shoulder of Fleming.

ETBU nursing graduate and former classmate Judson LaGrone wrote on Riggs newsfeed wall, “The most exciting thing about this Super Bowl is not who wins for me; it was watching my dear friend from college sing back up for the National Anthem.”

Rigg graduated from ETBU in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. She then went to Southern Methodist University earning her Master’s degree in vocal performance.   Rigg auditioned for The Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force in March of 2013 and earned a spot with the chorus. After undergoing basic training she joined the official chorus of the United States Air Force in August 2013.

As Rigg and the group traveled back to their hotel after their performance she shared with her family in a phone call back to Tomball, Texas how thrilled she was at the hundreds of texts and words of  encouragement on Facebook she had viewed.  Her father Dan, posted on his daughter’s wall, “We will never forget Super Bowl XLVIII. Thank you God for this moment together, this small place in history, and may you always be honored.”

“Thank you to all of my friends and family who watched the Super Bowl,” posted Rigg to her Facebook wall. “To the One who made it all possible, I am truly grateful!”

Jan
30
2014

Softball Ranked 8th in Nation by NFCA



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics


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Writing about spring sports at ETBU is strange this week since the weather on campus has been cold with morning lows below freezing the past few days.  All week both the ETBU softball and baseball teams have been braving the cold as they hold practices for the upcoming season. Matter of fact, light snow flakes fell on one afternoon on Woods and Taylor Fields.

Lady Tiger softball once again is on the national map as one of the best softball programs in the nation.  The National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll has been released. The Lady Tigers, coached by Janae Shirley, are ranked eighth, one spot higher than where they finished in 2013.

In the American Southwest Conference Preseason softball poll, the defending ASC Champs Lady Tigers, are picked to finish second in 2014 behind Texas-Tyler.

After the ASC poll was released, KTAL-TV sports director Brandon Dunn (@BrandonDunnNBC6) tweeted, “The defending ASC softball champion from @ETBU_Softball have been picked to finish second in conference. Don’t bet against them!!!”

Totally agree with the tweet.

ETBU softball opens the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14 in Abilene, Texas, against Hardin-Simmons University.

ETBU baseball starts the season against Centenary College on Friday, Feb. 7, at Woods Field with first pitch scheduled at 2:00 p.m.

Jan
23
2014

ETBU Has 44 Athletes Named Academic All-ASC



Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics


all academic asc 2014With the 2013 fall season in the books, East Texas Baptist University had 44 athletes named American Southwest Conference All-Academic for their work in the classroom.   That number increased by 13 from 2012 for ETBU.

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.


Award Winners

Men’s Cross Country

Nicolas Larzabal              Jr.           Bogota, Columbia
Seth Powers                      Jr.           Midlothian, Texas
Landon Price                    Jr.           Mount Vernon, Texas


Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman          Jr.           Sugarland, Texas

Leslie Martinez                 So.          Marshall, Texas

Megan Merrill                   So.          Mount Pleasant, Texas


Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams                   Jr.          Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus                     So          Kilgore, Texas

Chandler Frazer              So.         Deer Park, Texas

Juan Perez                        So.         Willis, Texas


Women’s Soccer

Paola Bear                       Sr.          Baytown, Texas

Kelsey Biscoe                   Sr.          Clear Lake, Texas

Kayla Cradit                    Jr.          Houston, Texas

Ashley Gonzalez             Jr.          Henderson, Texas

Nicole Graham               Jr.          Athens, Texas

Kia Jelley                        Jr            Deerfield, Mass.

Whitney Justice             So.         Tyler, Texas

Shelby Klein                    Jr.           Seattle, Wash.

Sasha Kotowych             So.         Humble, Texas

Jasmine Perez               So.         Willis, Texas

Amber Pless                   So.         Willis, Texas

Christina Salas               So.         College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom                  Jr.          Rockwall, Texas

Erin Slaughter               So.          Longview, Texas

Natalie Torres               Jr.          Mabank, Texas


Football

Jacob Alford                  Sr.           Lindale, Texas

Isaac Avery                    So.         White Oak, Texas

Romeo Botelua             So.         Saginaw, Texas

Alex Curl                        So.         Cedar Park, Texas

Austin Dicks                  So.         Missouri City, Texas

Daniel Esposito            Jr.          Springfield, Ohio

Bryce Hale                     So.         Quinlan, Texas

Blaine Knipe                  Sr.          Snyder, Texas

Jacob McClain             So.         Teague, Texas

Marcus Olearnick         So.         Cibolo, Texas

Cody Pruitt                    So.         Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson               Jr.          Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington          So.         Hallsville, Texas

Harvey Wiggins             Sr.          Lancaster, Texas


Volleyball

Kassie Freitag                So.         San Antonio, Texas

Hannah Jones                So.         Magnolia, Texas

Melanie Moyer               Jr.          Katy, Texas

Kolby Sharp                    So.         Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor                    Jr.          Arlington, Texas

Jan
23
2014

Windham Named Pre-season All-American



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


windham all americanOn the very first day of baseball practice (Jan. 21st), East Texas Baptist University received great news to start the season as senior Phillip Windham was named a pre-season All-American.  D3Baseball.com voted Windham to the pre-season All-American first-team at first base.  Windham is the only American Southwest Conference player listed out of all three teams.

Windham finished last year third in NCAA Division III in home runs with 12 and was just two away from leading the nation.  He recorded 41 RBI to lead the team and had a .311 batting average with five doubles and a .615 slugging percentage.  Starting 40 games, he led the ASC in home runs and was second in slugging percentage, third in RBI, and fourth in runs scored (83).

Last year Windham earned All-ASC East first-team honors and was a member of the ABCA All-West Region first-team and the D3Baseball.com second-team.

ETBU hosts their season opener on Friday, February 7th, at 2:00 p.m. against Centenary College.