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News - 2019

September 12, 2019

ETBU retention rates soar while celebrating second-highest enrollment in University history

East Texas Baptist University celebrates the second-highest enrollment in ETBU’s 106-year history with 1,593 total students. The Fall 2019 enrollment exhibits 84% undergraduate retention – the highest of record and 4% above the 5-year average. This high retention rate is a reflection of expanded student life and spiritual development activities, academic support and opportunities, alumni interactions, donor support, facility improvements, and athletic participation.

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September 11, 2019

ETBU remembers fallen heroes of 9/11

In remembrance and honor, East Texas Baptist University and the Marshall community paid homage to the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. A prayer service, memorial stair climb, and a special memorial presentation during ETBU’s chapel service were held on Wednesday to honor those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Before the memorial stair climb, ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn gave the benediction at the annual 9/11 community prayer service held Wednesday morning at Telegraph Park in historic downtown Marshall.

September 10, 2019

ETBU enters into 2019-2020 academic year with Convocation

East Texas Baptist University held its annual 2019 Fall Convocation chapel service on Friday, September 6. Faculty, staff, students, and governance leaders gathered for Convocation to celebrate the official start of the new academic year. During the service, the University recognized Judge David L. Anderson with an Honorary Doctorate degree.

ETBU breaks ground on Kenny Ponder Park and Chapel on the Hill

September 6, 2019

ETBU breaks ground on Kenny Ponder Park and Chapel on the Hill

East Texas Baptist University faculty, staff, and trustees met together on Friday, August 30 at the future site of the Chapel on the Hill and Kenny Ponder Park, as President J. Blair Blackburn and the Ponder family officially broke ground for the new construction. Located adjacent to the pond on ETBU’s campus, this facility will be a dedicated house of worship to focus on the power of prayer, the sanctity of biblical marriage, and the celebration of loved ones.

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August 29, 2019

ETBU shows appreciation for firefighters and EMS responders

East Texas Baptist University presented a check for $1,000 to Marshall Fire Chief Reggie Cooper for the Marshall Fire Department’s Historic Bell project. On August 29 at the presentation ceremony, ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn shared his appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices made by firefighters and EMS responders.