ETBU breaks ground on Centennial Hall

Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Photo Galleries, Student Life

etbu centennial hall groundbreaking 3Students, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of East Texas Baptist University gathered April 16 for the ceremonial groundbreaking for Centennial Hall. The 362 bed student living-learning community is scheduled to open August 2014 and will be located west of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

“This is an exciting day at ETBU,” said Dr. Dub Oliver, ETBU President. “Centennial Hall will meet a critical need for our campus. One of the defining characteristics of the ETBU experience is the close community we offer. That community is built on strong social interactions between and among students, faculty, and staff. Having a residence hall that facilitates such interaction will only serve to enhance and strengthen our students’ learning experience. This project, when it is completed, will help us more fully realize our mission.”

Read the full story and see a photo gallery, here.


ETBU Debate wins national awards

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

Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the  International Public Debate Championships. ETBU Department of Communication Photo

Dr. Cole Franklin, left, and Heather Deville won top awards at the International Public Debate Championships.
ETBU Department of Communication Photo

The East Texas Baptist University debate team earned top awards at the International Public Debate Association National Championship Debate Tournament March 21-24. More than 200 competitors from 23 universities competed at the three-day event held on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Heather DeVille, ETBU senior from Tyler, won the National Championship Tournament Varsity Division Speaker Championship and Dr. Cole Franklin, coach of the ETBU team, won the Professional Division Speaker Championship. The titles mean that the competitors received more speaker points than any other competitor in their respective divisions over the course of eight preliminary rounds of debate at the tournament.

The National Championship Tournament was the final tournament of the academic year for the ETBU debate team. The squad will return to competition in September.

Read the full story, here.


Serving others on Spring Break

Posted by Tiger Pride in Spiritual Life, Student Life

Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island. Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Macy Yglecias from East Texas Baptist University hands out cards for free rides to a couple on South Padre Island.
Gabe Hernandez/San Antonio Express-News

Spring Break was an opportunity for many students at ETBU to use the time off to go and serve. The Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Melody Maxwell, took a group of students to East Tennessee to serve with One Accord Ministries. While in Rogersville, Tenn., students made home visits, worked in a food pantry and thrift store. Nine ETBU students joined Friendship Baptist Church of Marshall for their annual mission trip to East Saint Louis, Illinois, to work with a local church to minister to children and help with a construction project. The pastor of Friendship is Matt Paul, his wife, Kelley, is the administrative assistant to ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sherilyn Emberton.

Read the full story, here.

The ETBU Baptist Student Ministry once again served at Beach Reach on South Padre Island ministering to college students by providing free rides and pancakes. The San Antonio Express reported on the event and interviewed ETBU student Amber Smith.

To read the Express story, click here.


Tree dedication

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

Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

Students, faculty and staff stand between the Senior (left) and Junior class trees Tuesday during the dedication ceremony.
Ryan C. Perry/ETBU Photo

The Student Government Association on Tuesday dedicated the four newly planted trees in front of Marshall Hall. The four young oaks replaced the large oaks that were removed in November because of disease.

“Over 75 years ago, four trees were planted on this front lawn,” said Brad Mashburn, SGA President and senior from Mesquite. “ETBU has had 100 years of growth. As the school grew so did the trees, making them a representation of how far this University has grown. Four new trees have been planted. What does it mean? We look forward to what this next century is going to bring to us. As the four trees that were removed represented the last 100 years, these four new oaks represent the next 100 years.”

The tree planted closest to Scarborough Hall represents the freshman class. The placement represents where students begin by attending classes. The senior class tree is the one planted nearest to the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center were commencement is held representing graduation.

Read story, here.


Service to the community

Posted by Tiger Pride in Spiritual Life, Student Life

The Great Commission Center has worked to improve Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall — most recently by planting shrubs and flowers at the school’s entrance.

The Marshall News Messenger featured Dr. Melody Maxwell, Director of the Great Commission Center, and the group’s work at Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall.

The group recently planted flowers and shrubs around the school’s entrance. In the fall, the GCC helped build a playground at the school.

Dr. Maxwell told the News Messenger the work is a vital part of the university’s mission.

“Basically the goal of what we’re doing is to connect our students and others with opportunities to serve,” she said. “We say we have the light on the hill here, and as Christians, our goal is to let our light shine for others so they’ll see God and glorify him.

“It can be easy in campus life to get absorbed in our own things, classes and stuff like that and we want our students to have a broader view of what God is doing around the world, starting right here in Marshall.”

Read the story, here.


Wonderland of Lights Christmas Parade

Posted by Tiger Pride in Student Life

Sam Mosely, along with his wife, Kay and Miss ETBU Carolyn Stevens, rode at the beginning of the 80 plus entries in a vintage red and white convertible during the parade in Downtown Marshall.
Photo by Ryan Perry

The Marshall Wonder of Lights Christmas Parade is attended each year by over 6,000 watchers. East Texas Baptist University was a major sponsor of this year’s parade produced by the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau. Each entry in the parade must be decorated with lights, which provides a wonderful trail of lights through the downtown area.

The Grand Marshall of the Parade was ETBU Board of Trustees Chair Sam Moseley. Sam, along with his wife, Kay and Miss ETBU Carolyn Stevens, rode at the beginning of the 80 plus entries in a vintage red convertible. The ETBU Cheer Team participated by leading off the parade and one entry from ETBU garnered an award. The Student Government Association won the Best Lighted Truck Award. The truck that SGA members decorated was the ETBU Centennial Truck won by Debbie Higginbotham back on Founders Day. Debbie, and her husband Billy, brought the truck to Marshall to be in the parade. The Higginbotham’s daughter, Savannah is a junior and member of SGA.

The ETBU Symphonic Band presented its annual Christmas concert following the parade performing on the north side of the downtown square with the historic Harrison County Courthouse providing a beautiful setting.

Members of the ETBU Baseball team also participated in the parade. Congratulations to SGA for picking up the award for Best Lighted Truck.

Check out the Parade Video here!


Learning to Hit the Curve

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Just for Fun, Student Life

Blayne Knox – Parents Kenny and Skye Knox of Marshall

Current ETBU student, Skye Knox, made a decision at thirty to go back to school and finish her education. But as we all know, sometimes life throws a curveball.  That curve came in the form of the surprise that Skye and her husband, Kenneth, a 2001 ETBU grad, were expecting.

That’s a pretty good curve.

In baseball they teach you how to hit the curve.  Tuck that shoulder in and drive the ball to right field for a base hit.I was always a pull hitter, so waiting on the curve to get deep in the strike zone so that I could hit it was tough.  It took patience, determination, concentration, and it took my being willing to take a swing.

That works in life too. Skye can tell you that. Some people may have just dropped the bat never to take that swing, but not Skye .  It has been tough at times and has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance, but Skye will graduate in 2013 with a BA in Accounting.

That sounds like a hard line drive base hit to right field if you ask me.

“It has been a challenge but with God as my strength and my family supporting me, I have persevered through the past year. God has blessed me with the opportunity to further my education and to him I owe all the glory,” said Skye about her experiences.

As a little icing on the cake, her adorable daughter, Blayne, was in the Centennial Homecoming Parade!

Kenneth Knox owns Knox Financial Advising, Inc. in Marshall and has been in business for over 12 years. He may be getting a new employee in the next few years as Skye’s plans are to pursuing her masters in accounting, as well as earning a CPA license.

We know college is hard, even more so with a little one at home! But we are so proud of Skye and her family for working hard to reach her goal. That curve may be hard to hit, but with God by your side, and with a great family to support you, you can knock it out of the park!



Local Media Celebrates ETBU’s Community Impact

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Photo Galleries, Research, Spiritual Life, Student Life

It is reasonable to think we are excited about ETBU, about homecoming, about our Centennial Celebration this weekend.

Excited…more like REALLY EXCITED!!!!! And one of those things we are excited about is the impact that we as a University, and member of the Marshall community, and greater East Texas community, make upon this area – even the world.

That’s why when we read that the Marshall News-Messenger says things like, “Had we a bit more talent, perhaps we could adequately express in words the meaning of East Texas Baptist University to Harrison County and the city of Marshall,” we feel honored.

Or when we hear things like this from KLTV.com, “Even today, with students from the world over, ETBU is at heart an East Texas institution,” we feel grateful.

When it comes to accolades like these, we are quick to keep our perspective.  We have had great success as a University, through good times and bad, but we strive always to keep our focus on making an impact in the lives of our students, faculty, staff, and family, being a positive influence on the surrounding community, being a beacon of quality education, and being a light for Jesus Christ in this world, remembering that our boast is in the Lord Jesus. (Ps 34:2)

We are a Tiger Family so proud of what the Lord has done on the Hill, and we are so very thankful for the kind words from these two sources, and for so many who have voiced kind words of congratulation to us! GO BLUE!

You can get the full story from the Marshall News-Messenger here and from KLTV.com here.


ETBU Celebrates 100 Years of Christian Education

Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Athletics, Faculty/Staff, Honors, Just for Fun, Memories on the Hill, Photo Galleries, Research, Spiritual Life, Student Life

Celebrating 100 years of high-quality, Christian education on the Van Zandt Hill and around the country has been going on all year.  From fine arts events, to regional celebrations, to alumni gatherings, the Tiger Family has been singing the praises of 100 years of ETBU all over.

And today begins a weekend that will take that celebration to a whole new level!

Today, Friday, October 19th launches our Centennial Celebration and Homecoming weekend.  This weekend is jam-packed with events, reunions, meals, open houses, picnics, concerts, a bonfire, a parade, sporting events, a gala – all culminating in a celebration on ETBU’s most important day, October 22, its birthday. 100 years…can you believe it?!?!?

A lot can happen in 100 years.  A lot has happened in 100 years, and I can say this with certainty, that ETBU’s next 100 will be just as great – greater even – than its last.

I’d love to go back in time to that moment in 1912 when a dream became a reality and tell them how we’re doing. Here’s what  I would tell them:

- we are now a University with over 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees
- we have 36 beautiful buildings on campus, with a 37th slated to begin in months
- Marshall Hall stands as proud as ever, its Beacon shining brightly
- we are financially strong, educationally sound, and are still standing firmly in Christ Jesus
- and lastly, thank you, hoping I could put into words the impact this campus has had on thousands upon thousands of people.

It was a good vision, a courageous initiative, and, as 100 years have shown, ETBU was and is, a brilliant success.

What would you tell them? What impact has ETBU made on you? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

Come to the Hill this weekend and experience the Centennial and Homecoming Weekend at ETBU.

We are thankful for this University, grateful for those men and women who had a part in bringing a dream to live, and we are proud, so very proud, to be Tigers.


Find out everything you want to know about the Centennial Celebration at www.etbu.edu/100


ETBU Student Receives Amazing Study Abroad Opportunity

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

Shelbi Herndon, a vocal performance major, is having an experience this year she’ll never forget – an experience that began in February of 2012 with an application.

Even though Shelbi was a freshman with hardly any experience, she completed that application, which was for a study abroad program with the University of Miami that would take place from July to August in Salzburg, Austria.  The application, along with a performance CD including 3 art songs and 1 aria, and a whole lot of hope, were packed away in an envelope and sent away to Florida.

A week and a half passed, and, unbelievably, Shelbi received a letter from Miami congratulating her on her acceptance!

Now to pay for it…

$6000, not including airfare is a pretty steep hill to climb, however, she was able to raise the entire amount, which included a $500 scholarship, in ONE WEEK! But that still left airfare. I just checked Kayak.com and that is about a $2000 flight.  So she went to talk to a member of the ETBU Tiger faculty/staff for advice on how to raise the money for airfare.

She went for advice, but left with the money in hand to cover the cost of the flight.

On July 9th, Shelbi flew out to Austria and returned on August 9th.  In one month, she has taken master classes from famous singers, artists, pianists, conductors, and teachers from all over the world. She has seen the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Hampson, Die Zauberflote, Ariadne auf Naxos, Elina Garanca, and Placido Domingo–just to name a few. She is studying with an amazing voice teacher and has been coached by amazing professors.

Not only has she received instruction from the world’s best, she has seen many majestic, old, beautiful, amazing things while in Austria.

Shelbi had this to say (written days ago from a dorm room in Austria, “I am truly blessed. I have grown as a musician and an artist and a person. I can’t wait to be with my ETBU Fine Arts family again and share what I have learned, put my skills to the test, and just go after the school year! I’m on fire for my major and for life. This study abroad trip has truly changed my life and I’m proud to be a Tiger!”

What a story! We are so proud of Shelbi!  She had many people help her, providing funds and support, but it says a lot that a freshman with little experience was able to land such an amazing opportunity!  We’re so proud!  GO BLUE!