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.

Oct
10
2013

Dr. Day Elected Officer of SWACJ


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors, Student Life


ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Criminal Justice students recently attended the 2013 Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) Annual Meeting held in San Antonio. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Anderson, Christopher Hendrix, Halie Melot, Dyllon Morrin, Stormie Raines, Ashley Morris, Florentino Perez, Jonathan Burkhart, and Cayden Cunniff.

ETBU Assistant Professor and Director of Criminal Justice Dr. George Day has been elected 2nd Vice President of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ) during their annual meeting held in San Antonio recently. Then during the 2015-2016 academic year, he will serve as the president of SWACJ. This is the first time that a faculty member from a faith based institution has served as president of the association. 

While at the SWACJ, the ETBU Quiz Bowl and Crime Scene Interpretation teams both won second place in their respective competitions.

The quiz bowl team consisted of: sophomore Jordan Anderson of Beckville, sophomore Halie Melot of Blossom, freshman Stormie Rains of Jacksonville, senior Florentino Perez of Marshall, and senior Cayden Cunniff of Joshua. The CSI team consisted of: Cunniff, senior Jonathan Burkhart of Oceanside, Calif., junior Christopher Hendrix of Marshall, and sophomore Dyllon Morin of Longview.

For more information on the Criminal Justice Program at ETBU, click here

Aug
21
2013

2013 Senior Class Gift


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


Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University.  Photo: Ryan Perry

Class of 2013 graduate Brad Mashburn stands with President Dub Oliver under the new archway marking the entrance to the University. Photo: Ryan Perry

The ETBU graduating class of 2013 has given back to its alma mater a gift that will be seen by many in the years to come. The gift is an archway located at the main entrance to the campus. The archway spells out East Texas Baptist University in Tiger gold and is trimmed in navy blue with the seals of the University displayed.

            “I wanted my class to give something back because I wanted us to have pride in our alma mater when we come back to visit,” said Brad Mashburn, who served as Student Government Association president for the 2012-2013 academic year and graduated this past May.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Aug
20
2013

Tigers Move-In Tradition Continues


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


ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and others help a new student to move-in.

Move-in Day for first time freshmen and transfer students is an event on the ETBU campus that is looked forward to each year.  Staff, faculty and student leaders serve together to help the new Tigers move belongings from the vehicle to the dorm room. Also helping welcome the new Tigers to the Hill are members from local churches. Local churches set up booths on the Quad handing out corn dogs, bar-b-q sandwiches, cookies, ice cream, water, and other items.

Jimmy Isaacs, a reporter from CBS19-TV, did a story on the new Tigers moving in. Click here to watch the story that aired on the Tyler TV station.

ETBU Professor of Computer Science Bill Mills said, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students.  It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”

Fall classes began August 19.

Jul
15
2013

ETBU students, faculty spread globally for summer


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Spiritual Life, Student Life


Logo and 3 EsMay Term at ETBU was a great opportunity for students to study abroad, if they choose. This past term, students traveled with ETBU professors to five continents: Asia, Africa, South America, Europe and North America.

In China, Dr. Kathleen Mays led one group in studying international business. A 2nd group studied ecology and ecological management led by Dr. Roy Darville. Mark Yates led a 3rd group engaging in a cultural exchange.

In Ethiopia, Dr. Elijah Brown led students in studying the History of Christianity in Africa.

In Ecuador, Dr. Catherine Cone and Connie Wyszynski co-led in teaching Global Community Health.

In England, Dr. Cassie Falke taught British Romanticism literature to ETBU students.

In Israel, President Dr. Dub Oliver and Dr. Israel Nandamudi led a group to the Holy Land focusing on the History, Politics and Religion of Israel.

What an experience for the students that will be a memory for a lifetime.

Read about experiences in Israel, Ethiopia, and Ecuador by clicking on the appropriate link.

 

To read about ETBU Students Journey to Israel to Study Culture, Politics, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Travel to Ethiopia, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Combine Study, Ministry In Ecuador, click here.

 

To read about ETBU Students Overcome Travel Obstacles While In Ecuador, click here.

 

Apr
26
2013

ETBU runs for Boston


Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Student Life


Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo Natalie Bach-Prather, right, and Susie Oliver run during the "Run for Boston" tribute at ETBU.

Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo
Natalie Bach-Prather, right, and Susie Oliver run during the “Run for Boston” tribute at ETBU.

A week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, East Texas Baptist University honored the fallen victims with a “Run for Boston.”  Natalie Bach-Prather, the ETBU head cross country coach, put the event together to remember that day in Boston. Bach Prather finished the race in 3:29.44, and she left the bombing scene minutes before the explosions.

“Today we ran four loops in honor of each victim and had great support from the students and ETBU faculty and staff.  Each lap is in memory and honor of the people that lost their lives last week in Boston,” Bach-Prather said.  “We had several professors come out, and our President Dr. Oliver and his wife participated, too.”

More than 40 people participated in the run.

Read the full story, here.