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Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Faculty/Staff

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At the age of two, Carson Bryant was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  The words of the diagnosis heard by his parents, Tom and Leslie Bryant, are words a parent never wants to hear.

Tom works at East Texas Baptist University in our Institutional Technology Department.  Leslie is a graduate of ETBU and served as a teacher at Waskom Elementary until she decided to direct her devotion to Carson and her daughter Avery Kate, who just turned one.

I first became friends with Leslie when she began to work as a student worker in the Public Relations office here at ETBU during her early years on the Hill as a student. The Sulphur Springs native worked in the PR office until she graduated.  She was a shy young lady as she began to work in my office but grew into a mature, confident lady.

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

2005: Leslie Nelson Bryant aids hurricane victims on their way to shelters in Dallas. PHOTO: Hilltop News/Ron Munden

I remember when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 I saw Leslie jump into action one day to help those fleeing New Orleans. If you recall, a large group of people had to be evacuated from New Orleans to a shelter in Dallas. The route that the buses took came through Harrison County and they made a stop at the Texas Travel Information Center in Waskom.  

The call from officials is that volunteers were needed to greet the ones who no longer had homes and to hand out supplies as they stopped in East Texas. Leslie was on the front line handing out water, clothing, and food.  She got out of her comfort zone at ETBU to serve those in need.

Leslie and Tom are servants. Tom, even with a heavy burden on his heart concerning his son does his job each on our campus with a smile on his face. This strength to carry on, in my opinion, is because of their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Take time to read their story in the Marshall News Messenger and see how the Bryant’s are giving back in an effort to help others.

Click to read, ‘Three-year old Waskom Child looks to overcome leukemia’.


Lady Tiger Salas Named ASC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

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Earning her first shutout of the year, junior Christina Salas has been named the American Southwest Conference “Defensive Player of the Week.”  This is the second week in a row that ETBU has had an ASC Player of the Week as Kia Jelley was given the award last week.

Salas recorded four saves in a 2-0 shutout of Millsaps College in Mississippi as ETBU moved to 3-1 on the year. The win is the second straight for ETBU which was last done in 2012.  She faced 10 shots from Millsaps and stopped shots for saves in the 27th, 57th, 77th, and 79th minutes.  Her defensive stops in the box were key each time as ETBU took the win.

ETBU will be back home on Friday, September 19th hosting Belhaven College at 5:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.


Two Tiger Football Players Named ASC Players of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

pow football sept 13Winning their home opener over Austin College, 43-27, East Texas Baptist University has two players that were named the American Southwest Conference Players of the Week.  Junior Josh Warbington and freshman Wayne Grice both earned the award.

Warbington was named the offensive player of the week for throwing over 400 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  His 408 yards is second best in his career and only the second time to reach 400 yards passing. He completed over 70% of his passes (27-of-38) and had touchdown passes of 63 yards, 43 yards, and 25 yards.  After ETBU took a 16-14 lead on a safety, he drove his team to two straight scoring drives and a third one that ended on the one-yard line. 

Grice earns his first ever award as the special teams player of the week helping ETBU with field position on kickoffs.  He returned six kickoffs for 138 yards with his longest of the night being 53 yards. That run was stopped by the kicker that was between him and the goal line. 

 ETBU hosts Southwestern University at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20th in Ornelas Stadium.


Jelley Named ASC Player of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

jelley pow(9/10/14) – For the second week in a row an East Texas Baptist University soccer player has been named the American Southwest Conference co-Player of the Week.  This week, women’s soccer player Kia Jelley enjoys the award after men’s soccer player Christian Garcia won it last week.

Jelley played in only one match last week due to the weather but made the most of it netting both goals in a the 2-1 win over Texas Lutheran.  She collected the game winning goal in the 55th minute two minutes after Texas Lutheran tied the match at one.  Her first goal was in the eight minute of the match for the 1-0 lead.  She took five shots in the game with four on goal and two scoring. 

Overall, she now has four goals and two assists for 10 points on the year leading the team.  It is the third time in her career to have two goals in a match and is the second time in a week as she put in two goals in the season opening 6-1 victory over Centenary. 


Tiger Soccer Player Named ASC Player of the Week

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

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After just one week of play, the East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team has picked up an award with an American Southwest Conference player of the week.  Christian Garcia was named co-offensive player of the week for his play in two matches.

“Christian has always been a very good player for our program and last year we told him that he would have to carry a bigger load this year for us,” says head coach Paul Grant.  “For him to score three goals and get us back into the match with Centenary was big.  He is just that kind of player.  If you give him the ball something is going to happen.  It was a well-deserved award for him this past weekend.”

Garica netted all three goals for ETBU in a 5-3 loss to Centenary scoring them all in the second half in a 15 minute period.  Down 3-0, he cut the lead to two with his first goal in the 49th minute.  Just eight minutes later, he took a break away pass and put it into the top right corner of the net.  The tying goal came in the 64th minute when he slipped a shot just past the goalie’s hands in the box.  The hat trick is the second of his career as he collected four goals vs. Ozarks in 2012. 

ETBU is currently 0-1-1 and will host Texas Lutheran and Schreiner this weekend on Friday and Saturday at Cornish Field.


ETBU Employee Sings National Anthem at Rangers Game

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ETBU Physical Facilities employee Devin Crandell sings the National Anthem at Globe Life Park on August 15.  Courtesy Photo from Crandell family.

ETBU Physical Facilities employee Devin Crandell shown on the big screen at Globe Life Park as he sings the National Anthem prior to a Texas Rangers game.  Courtesy Photo from Crandell family.

Baseball fans in Texas like to see the Rangers play at Globe Life Park in Arlington.   Back on August 15, East Texas Baptist University HVAC & Controls Technician, Devin Crandell. was in the park not only to see the Rangers play but also sing the National Anthem.

Crandell is an excellent singer and has sung the National Anthem before a Rangers game many times.

“I believe my first time was 2005,” said Crandell. “I’ve sang at Globe Life Park 12 times.  I have sung once a year since 2005 and in 2010 sang twice. In 2011, I also sang God Bless America at the ballpark.”

Crandell is in high demand in the Marshall area to sing the National Anthem as well as other patriotic arrangements and Christian themed pieces.  He has sung before ETBU Athletic events and also at the Marshall/Harrison County Law Enforcement Banquet, Veterans Day events, Chamber of Commerce activities, Marshall ISD Special Needs Day , flag changing ceremony at the MISD Flag complex, and other special events.

A Tiger Pride high five to Crandell for his service of singing in the Kingdom of God


The 30th Year for the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics

ETBU Lady Tigers in action last year vs Mary Hardin-Baylor in Ornelas Gymnasium. This weekend, for the 30th year, the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational being played on campus.  Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

ETBU Lady Tigers in action last year vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor in Ornelas Gymnasium. This weekend, for the 30th year, the Marshall High/ETBU Invitational being played in the Dean Healthplex on campus. Photo by Ryan C. Perry.

The athletic venues of East Texas Baptist University are not only used by Tiger Athletics but also by area high schools.  The top notch athletic facilities have played host to high school tournaments as well as playoff games through the years. 

This weekend Ornelas Gymnasium is hosting the Marshall High School/ETBU 2014 Invitational Volleyball Tournament.  This is the 30th year for the local high school volleyball teams to be on campus. The tournament started in 1984 by ETBU’s Randy Pringle, manager of Recreational and Athletic Facilities, and former Marshall High volleyball coach Faye Whitlow.

A total of 16 teams are playing in the invitational. The high school teams are Marshall, Rusk, Center and Nacogdoches in Pool A. Pool B consists of Carthage, New Diana, Henderson, and John Tyler. Pool C consists of Arp, Gilmer, DeKalb, and Mount Pleasant. Pool D consists of Pleasant Grove, Tatum, Kilgore and Elysian Fields.

It is good to have high school students and their families on campus because one day they could become NCAA Division III student athletes playing for the Tigers.


From Stand Up-Comic to Minister of the Gospel

Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni

ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.  (Courtesy photo)

ETBU alumnus Chris Elrod has performed before thousands with his stand-up comedy routine. Now he is the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida. (Courtesy photo)

When pastors attend a conference or training event in which they meet fellow pastors for the first time usually a series of questions are asked to break the ice.  The questions typically are:  What church do you serve at? How many do you run? (meaning average attendance of Sunday School) or have you heard any good jokes lately? 

Rev. Chris Elrod, a graduate of East Texas Baptist University, would have no problem answering the questions above.  Elrod graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fred Hale School of Business. 

At one time Elrod was a nationally-known comedian, averaging more than 250 speaking engagements each year. Today, he serves as the pastor of Impact Church in Lakeland, Florida.

Impact church is located in a high crime area in Lakeland. Many who attend the services come after sleeping on the streets.

The Marshall News Messenger did a feature story on Elrod that was published in the paper this week about his time on the Hill and the ministry God has called him to.

 To read “Nurturing Success” written by reporter Rebecca Holland, click here.

Before you click to another webpage, how about a good joke?

Did you hear about the time ‘Dennis the Menace’ was sitting at the kitchen table with his dad and pastor?  The pastor had knocked over his cup of coffee and it spilled right in front of Dennis.   Dennis looked at his pastor and asked, “Did your cup runneth or spilleth over, Reverend?”

 “A joyful heart does good, like medicine,” – Proverbs 17:22.


ETBU Ranked As One of the Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.

Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors


East Texas Baptist University has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.”  The website, Christian Universities Online ( ranked ETBU at 35. 

“ETBU has always worked hard to keep costs affordable for our students,” said ETBU Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing Vince Blankenship. “That commitment is reflected in the more than $9 million in ETBU aid that is awarded.” 

The website posted “East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  Students can choose from over 38 undergraduate majors and four graduate majors.   Undergraduate majors cover a very wide range of fields such as criminal justice, kinesiology and elementary education to give only a few of them.  More than 85% of ETBU’s full-time faculty have earned doctorates or terminal degrees and each student has an abundance of opportunity for one-to-one interaction with each of them given the very low student-to-faculty ratio.  Spiritual and professional development is facilitated through a variety of campus programs, chapel services, and community events.”

Christian Universities Online reports that the colleges on the Top 50 list had to be accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools or a member/affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  The website ranked the 50 schools by average net price data put out by the National Center for Education Statistics. Also, in order to ensure the comparisons were as commensurable and practical as possible, the website set a lower limit on the student population at 1,000.

 ETBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Fall 2013 enrollment was 1,247. The average net price to attend ETBU was $18,235. For the upcoming academic year ETBU will award over $9 million in financial aid to students and over 99% will receive financial aid.  


ASC Honors ETBU Sports Information Department

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors

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Before the start of a new year of classes and athletic contests on the campuses of members of the American Southwest Conference, a meeting is held of all the Sport Information Directors (SID) in the conference. The meeting is a time for the SID’s from their respective universities to visit with ASC Commissioner Amy Carlton and Assistant Commissioner Jimmy Glenn about the upcoming athletic seasons as well as learn of any NCAA Division III rule changes.

SID’s have the responsibility to report and keep official statistics for every game played. SID’s are usually the first to arrive at the stadium, gym, field, or court, and the last to leave. Since 2008, the ASC has given out a Sports Information Department of the Year award.

This year, ETBU’s SID department led by Adam Ledyard is the co-recipient of this year’s award along with the staff at UT-Tyler.

I am very humbled by this award and being honored by my peers,” said Ledyard after receiving the award.  “I had a great staff last year in Erik Holth, Kayla Franklin, Drew Dawson, and T.J. Barnes helping out. They deserve this award just as much as I do. I am grateful to use my gifts every day that God has given me to use and am thankful for those gifts.”

Congratulations to the ETBU SID staff.  Keep up the good work on reporting the great things the #TigerFamily is accomplishing on the field as well as the classroom.

To read more about the ASC Sports Information Department Staff of the Year Award, click here.

ETBU competes in NCAA Division III athletics for a number of sports: football, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, softball, and baseball.