Jul
17
2014

McClain Nominated for Allstate Good Works Team


Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors, Student Life


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The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has released the list of candidates for the Allstate Good Works team and East Texas Baptist University’s Jake McClain is on the list.  Over 182 nominees from across the country are on the list from NCAA Division I to NAIA and McClain is the only nominee from the American Southwest Conference.

 “Jake is well deserving of this nomination as he gives a lot back to this community, ETBU, and his churches he is a part of,” says head coach Joshua Eargle.  “He is a hard worker and is what ETBU football is all about.”

 McClain will be a junior at ETBU and played in three games last year as the quarterback.  The Teague, Texas, native has volunteered at numerous church events and been a leader in small groups.  At ETBU he is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader, a Journey parent for Baptist Student Ministry, and helps with the Tupas Discipleship program.  He has taken two mission trips in the last year to Honduras and Mexico and been a camp counselor at “Nextreme.”  He volunteers at Mission Marshall and the ETBU Sports Camps last spring along with leading a weekly Bible study.  He has also preached at First Baptist Church in Redwater. 

To read the complete release from ETBU Sports Information click here.

The Marshall News Messenger also reported on McClain’s nomination, read the story by clicking here.

Jul
3
2014

Zach’s Story


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


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The Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List for the Spring Semester recognized 366 students for their academic achievement in the classroom. Everyone on the list has a story.

One particular student on the Dean’s List with Honors , sophomore Zach Whitlow of McKinney, had the opportunity to tell his story of faith in the Spring 2014 Texas Baptist Magazine published  by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Whitlow has answered God’s call to serve as a minister of the Gospel and is seeking his education in the School of Christian Studies to prepare himself for service in God’s Kingdom. For the past year, he has been serving as a youth intern at Central Baptist Church of Marshall.

A quote by Whitlow in the article states, “When you are called into the ministry, it means you need to start serving today. You do not need to wait around until you are prepared, because God is constantly preparing you for how He wants to use you. “

To read his story in the Texas Baptist Magazine, click here.

To see who else is in on the ETBU Spring Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List, click here.

Apr
28
2014

Shear Love


Posted by Tiger Pride in Spiritual Life, Student Life


East Texas Baptist University junior Payton Beggs, before Shear Love and afte Shear Love.  Photo by Layne Bruno.

East Texas Baptist University junior Payton Beggs, before Shear Love and after Shear Love. Photo by Layne Bruno.

East Texas Baptist University students, faculty and staff rallied together and initially raised $5,500 during a fundraiser called Shear Love.  The Shear Love effort raised funds to help two people battling with cancer.  A total of 21 people put their hair on the line as donors were asked to stuff jars with cash with a photo of each of the volunteers pasted on it. The money raised by each person determined the type of hair cut they would receive. The hair cutting for Shear Love occurred Monday, April 21 in the Ornelas Student Center and an additional $500 came in after the event.

Tiger Pride interviewed junior Payton Beggs of Wichita Falls, she was one of the student organizers for the event, after she got her hair cut for the cause.

TIGER PRIDE: Why did you get involved?

BEGGS: A group of us wanted to organize a fundraiser to help fellow student Nathan Mathias and Jessica Bendo, sister of student Gabrielle Garcia. Some kind of hair sacrifice thing was our big fundraiser idea. After discussing details and nailing down some ideas, we decided to call the fundraiser “Shear Love.” Because I was a part of the planning, it made sense to put my hair on the line. I figured it was the least I could do for Nathan (one of the most selfless people I know) and for Gabrielle (who has been such an encouragement to me since I’ve known her). Both are incredible ministry partners and my dear friends. For all that they have done for me, organizing this fundraiser and sacrificing my hair was the least I could do.

TIGER PRIDE: What can you say about the support from the students?

BEGGS:  I was completely blown away by the support from the students. Students were dropping big bucks into the mason jars, and there were students emptying out their coin purses every day to save their friends from losing their hair.

Sacrifice is tough, and I think students saw the sacrifice from the beginning and were encouraged and challenged by those who were willing to sacrifice their hair. I was even blown away by those who put their hair on the line. They fundraised at their home churches, from the Marshall community, and solicited donations from professors who have been incredibly supportive. It was a unique fundraiser, which helped us get support from students. It was also a chance to be a part of something greater than ourselves. There was a need in our ETBU community, and students came together and did what we could the meet that need- even if they don’t know Nathan or  Jessica.

TIGER PRIDE: Do you know how many who had jars to donate in?

BEGGS: I’m not sure about exact numbers, but I think there were 8 girls and 9 guys with jars. There was also Buck Buchanan,  our beloved maintenance man, who would have given up his beard if $500 were put in his jar. The deciding factor for the girls’ cuts was their place in fundraising. The less you rose in comparison with the other girls, the shorter your hair was. The deciding factor for the guys was similar to an auction. The highest bidder for one guy’s head got to cut that guy’s hair, or at least decide what they wanted it to look like.

TIGER PRIDE: Was it just students or did ETBU staff and faculty get involved?

BEGGS: Baptist Student Ministry Director Mark Yates was our biggest organizer and advocate for the fundraiser, and he also put his hair and facial hair on the line. ETBU staff and faculty have donated money and given so much encouragement to their students. I emailed almost every professor or faculty member that I had ever come in contact with, asking for donations. They were more than willing to give and were also lifting up Nathan and the family of Gabrielle in prayer.

To read the Longview News-Journal story about  Shear Love, click here.

Apr
14
2014

Karson Kent Honored as Senior Girl Call-Out


Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors, Student Life


Karson Kent (left) stands next to her "little sister" Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

Karson Kent (left) stands next to her “little sister” Morgan Walters after being named Senior Girl Call-Out. Photo by Ryan Perry.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 67th year on Friday, April 11, 2014, naming the 2013-2014 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on a gorgeous East Texas afternoon on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant. Last year, Karson’s older sister, Kallie Kent Philips was named the Senior Girl Call-Out. Miss Kent is a Business Management major. Her parents are Kevin and Jill Kent. Karson, has three sisters, Kaitlyn, Kinsey, and Klaire, they are quadruplets and students at ETBU.

While at ETBU,  Miss Kent played tennis her freshman and sophomore years and was chosen Academic All Conference in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.  She was inducted into Alpha Chi and Sigma Beta Delta, chosen Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and has been on the Dean’s List with Honors every semester.  Karson enjoys playing tennis, traveling, watching movies, and drinking coffee with friends.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the business field. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Pleasant. On Wednesday nights, she volunteers in the three and four year old class at Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall.

To read more about this year’s ceremony click here.

To see the video of the announcement  click here.

Apr
7
2014

The New Miss ETBU


Posted by Tiger Pride in Just for Fun, Student Life


Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.   Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major,  represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

Miss Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth was crowned Miss ETBU 2014 at the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday night in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Miss Alvis, a sophomore nursing major, represented University Apartments and is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. Photo by Talton Cooper.

What a great evening to see the talent and poise of 10 young ladies who competed in the 58th Miss ETBU Pageant held Saturday evening April 5th, in Baker Auditorium at East Texas Baptist University.   The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Emily Prevost, E TBU Director of Leadership.

When Dr. Prevost announced Contestant #3 Sarah Alvis as the new Miss ETBU it took a few seconds for her to react as she was totally caught off guard.  The sophomore nursing major from Fort Worth said afterwards, “It was the last thing I would have ever thought. When I even entered this pageant, I did not ever expect to win. I expected to have a great time with the girls. Winning was the last thing on my radar.”

Last  year’s Miss ETBU, Macy Freeman, along with ETBU President Dr. Dub Olver and Student Government President Kinsey  Kent crowned Miss Alvis before a large enthusiastic crowd.

Miss Alvis, representing University Apartments, is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. While attending ETBU, Sarah has been involved in the University Scholars Program, and served as a Resident Assistant for University Apartments. She has made the Dean’s List with Honors for three semesters while at ETBU. She says her ministry is serving her residents in her position as Resident Assistant. She attends Crossroads Community Church in Longview. After graduation Sarah plans to work as a nurse, obtain her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and serve wherever the Lord leads her. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, dancing, traveling, nursing, hiking, and learning about other cultures.

Jermaca Brown, a junior kinesiology major from Fairfield, was selected first runner up. Miss Brown, representing Baptist Student Ministry, is the daughter of Greg and Sonya Gibson.

Selected second runner up was sophomore business major Paige Redmon of Bonham. Miss Redmon representing the ETBU Spirit Program is the daughter of Gary and Kelli Redmon. Miss Redmon also received the Best Talent Award.

The Miss Congeniality Award went to junior nursing major Natalie Pippin of Marshall. Miss Pippin, representing Texas Nursing Student’s Association, is the daughter of Randy and Sally Pippin.

The remaining Miss ETBU contestants and the campus organizations they represented included: sophomore Hannah Parks of Burleson, representing Student Foundation; sophomore Natalie Davis of Houston, representing Linebery Hall; junior Audrey Winders of Kingwood, representing the American Marketing Association; sophomore Sally Perkins of League City, representing Alpha Psi Omega; junior Jenny Utterback of Rowlett, representing the Athletic Training Education Program; and junior Lynlea Hansen of Houston, representing Ornelas Hall.

To view a video of the announcement click here.

To read the bios of each contestant printed in the Marshall News Messenger, click here.

Mar
27
2014

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)

Mar
26
2014

Marshall News Messenger Editorial


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


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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)

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.

Nov
11
2013

Hammers, Nails, Lumber…


Posted by Tiger Pride in Spiritual Life, Student Life


ETBU students help put up a wall at an all woman build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.  Photo by Lisa Seeley.

ETBU female students put up a wall at a build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall. Photo by Lisa Seeley.

Hammers, nails, and lumber instead of text books, smart phones, and tablets were in the hands of 14 female East Texas Baptist University students this past Saturday (Nov. 9) in Marshall. 

ETBU male and female students involved in a Habitat for Humanity project in Marshall is not something new. What makes the latest build different is the volunteer base is all women.  It is the first ever women’s build for Habitat for Humanity Marshall.

According to ETBU Director of the Great Commission Center Dr. Lisa Seeley, “We were there helping to put up the walls of the house.  It was awesome!”

Last week members of the local chapter were on campus participating in ETBU’s Mission Marketplace to seek out volunteers.  Only requirements for volunteers are a good hammer and nail pouch, and if you don’t have one, Habitat for Humanity Marshall has plenty.   

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live.  The homes that the ministry builds are simple, decent and affordable to low-income families.

The all women build is the 12th Habitat For Humanity project in Marshall.   Dr. Seeley shared, “We will be back out there this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Marshall, click here.

Oct
15
2013

Leadership Principles From the Coaching Box


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Athletics, Student Life


Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

Members of the 2013 American Southwest Conference Championship Tiger softball team receive their championship rings. Photo: Ryan Perry

“Common Call” magazine is published monthly by the Baptist Standard.  The October edition features stories of leaders.  On pages 12-13 of the magazine East Texas Baptist University head softball coach Janae Shirley is featured.

Here is the text of the article written by Ken Camp:

Janae Shirley has served as head softball coach at her alma mater, ETBU, six seasons. Under her leadership, the Tigers have posted a 141-45 record. In 2010, her team won the program’s first national championship, and she and her staff were named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year.

She and her husband, Guy, have one son, Carter, and another child due in December. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall.

As coach, several leadership principles guide her:

(1) Lead by example. She recognizes the decisions young women make between age 18 and 22 can shape the course of their lives. “I want to be a godly influence in their lives,” she said. She wants them to understand femininity and athleticism are not mutually exclusive. She seeks to model professionalism and also allow her players to see her as a wife, mother and Christian young woman. “I try to open my life up to my girls and be a good example.”

(2) Work hard for long-term goals. Delay gratification. “Winning is fun, but it’s also hard work- and sometimes hard work is not fun,” she tells her team. “Work hard now, and payoff comes later.”

(3) Focus on what can be controlled. Mistakes happen, and she does not scold players for strikeouts or errors-unless they are due to lack of effort. “Control what you can control-your attitude and your effort.”

The 2013 Tigers won the American Southwest Conference championship and the team recently received their championship rings.