Sep
3
2014

Tiger Soccer Player Named ASC Player of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


garcia player of the week

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.

Aug
29
2014

ETBU Employee Sings National Anthem at Rangers Game



Posted by Tiger Pride in Uncategorized


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

Aug
22
2014

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.

Aug
15
2014

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.

Aug
14
2014

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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors


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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 (www.christianuniversitiesonline.org) 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.  

Aug
5
2014

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.

Jul
31
2014

The Martian of ETBU



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


The 2013-2014 is available for viewing online.

The 2013-2014 Martian yearbook is available for viewing online.

East Texas Baptist University began as the College of Marshall. In 1912, the State of Texas issued the charter to start a two-year college on Van Zandt Hill. First classes did not begin until September 18, 1917.

The first annual or yearbook for the College of Marshall was called The Martian. Even today, ETBU students publish The Martian.  I have had many people ask me, how did the name of The Martian come about?

As I browsed through the 1918 Martian , here is what I discovered.

The graduation class of 1919 elected to issue an annual for the college.

The forward states, “Thru a committee of the Faculty the annual was named THE MARTIAN. The annual was proposed to be in keeping with our present war, refraining from the use of many artistic ‘touches’ so much needed.  As a staff it has been our purpose to please merely, not to turn out a “treatise on literature,” but to present something that will in after years recall to alumnus the scenes of the college life, and renew the year of  ‘17-18. The MARTIAN is yours.

Pax vobiscum!”

With the World War I on their minds the faculty named the college yearbook after Mars, the Roman God of War.

If you would like to view the 1918 Martian you can do so through the online archives of the ETBU Mamye Jarrett Library.  (Click here)  

There are many interesting photos and copy to read about life on the Hilltop back then.  One area in the Martain that I found interesting are the advertisements in the back of the annual.

Here is the copy from one that caught my attention.

Mallard Drug Company

Ginocchio Building

Complete line of anything found in a first class drug store.

Closest drug store to the College of Marshall.

Quick Delivery.

Phone : 85

We appreciate your trade.

 Did you catch the phone number? Today, we have to dial ten numbers to place a call.  That’s progress, right?

The digital version 2013-2014 Martian is available for viewing. Just click here.

The Martian is totally student-produced with assistance from Ryan Perry (ETBU’s graphic designer and photographer) and Dr. Dennis Robertson, yearbook advisor.

Almost all the photos and text were produced by students. This year’s Martian staff consisted of Roe Burns, Payton Beggs, Shelby Peeples, Macy Yglesias, Ashley Ramos, and Alex Ramos.

Jul
30
2014

The Big “10” Just Ahead



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


Starting at 11:00 and going counter-clockwise, the Bryant quintuplets (in birth order) are Austin Corley, Mackenzie Jordyn, Kaitlyn Ann, Peyton Elizabeth, and Caleb Scott.  Photo: ETBU Archives/Hilltop News Winter 2005 Issue/Brenda Fuller

Starting at 11:00 and going counter-clockwise, the Bryant quintuplets (in birth order) are Austin Corley, Mackenzie Jordyn, Kaitlyn Ann, Peyton Elizabeth, and Caleb Scott. Photo: ETBU Archives/Hilltop News Winter 2005 Issue/Brenda Fuller

They are about to turn 10 years old. Who? Austin, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn, Peyton, and Caleb Bryant will turn 10 on September 17th.  Their parents, Craig and Darcy Bryant are graduates of East Texas Baptist University.

The Bryant Quintuplets were the talk of East Texas when they were born and last week they were in the news again. The Bryants have joined an effort to help the Seals family of Maud, Texas, in which they can relate too very well.  Back in March, mother Michelle delivered quintuplets – four girls and one boy. 

 The Bryants, who live in Hallsville, have reached out to the Seals offering encouragement and participating in a diaper drive for the family. Darcy told KTBS-TV reporter Jessica Crandall “she remembers when her five came home they went through 35 diapers a day.” 

In a phone conversation with Darcy she said, “Hard to believe my children will be entering the fourth grade. Each one has a different personality.”  The Bryants also have been blessed with another daughter, Olivia, who is five-years-old.

To watch the KTBS story on the Bryant’s click here.

When the Bryant quintuplets were born, ETBU awarded them full tuition scholarships. Darcy said after learning of the ETBU scholarship over nine years ago, “The scholarship is a blessing.

When we found out about the five, one of the hang-ups I had was how would we ever provide for our children. God provides.”

Craig graduated from ETBU in December 2002 while Darcy received her degree in June 2003.

Jul
28
2014

Facilities To Be Proud Of



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


The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

Normally, a posting to Tiger Pride is about something good that has happened to either a current student or an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University.   This posting is not about a person but about the various buildings that make up the physical foot print of the university. The entire campus has been used for the good of the kingdom of God over the past two months.

While students have been away for the summer, residential halls, athletic fields, and buildings, like the Ornelas Student Center, Dean Healthplex, and Bennett Student Commons,   have seen many walk through their doors or stepped on the grass by outside groups. These outside groups needed a place to hold their camps. The beautiful ETBU campus was a perfect place to accommodate their needs. 

Did you know that nearly 2,000 campers stayed on campus during the months of June and July during week long camps? The campers came from all over the region.  Some of the camps were week-long youth camps designed to challenge and encourage teenagers to be bold in their witness for Christ. Other camps like Debate and Cheer camps helped students to improve their skills of debating or cheering.

The ETREYS (East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar) camp organized by the nine East Texas Electric Cooperatives brought high school sophomores and juniors on campus to foster positive ideas among the attendees and to enhance skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.

The Central Texas area U.M. ARMY, United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission By Youth was in town for a week of roofing, painting and providing the labor for other types of repairs for various homes as a ministry. First Methodist in downtown Marshall provided space for the youth to rest each night but shower facilities needed to be increased to handle the large group.  ETBU let the water flow as it opened shower facilities in the Dean Healthplex for use.  

A Tiger Pride high five to the facilities as well as the ETBU support staff that helped each group this summer have a great experience during their time at One Tiger Drive.  

God has provided a place on Van Zandt Hill, which is the highest elevation in Harrison County, for ETBU to be a light to the world.

Jul
23
2014

New Pastor Helping Church Continue A Long-Time Ministry



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


ETBU alum Rev. Kevin Welborn, with his wife, Cara.  Photo courtesy Clovis News Journal.

ETBU alum Rev. Kevin Welborn, with his wife, Cara. Photo courtesy of Highland Baptist website.

Mount Pleasant, Texas native Kevin Welborn graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Careers.  Welborn was recently called as the senior pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. That is a long way (520 miles) from his hometown where the past 10 years he has served as youth pastor of South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant.

The Clovis News Journal just recently did a story on Welborn and a ministry that Highland has been doing for years.  The ministry is helping local children in need get a solid start on the school year.

To read the story, “Highland Baptist Collects School Supplies for Less Fortunate in Area” by writer Vanessa Kahin, click here.