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American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor

Friday, May 20th, 2016

asc academic winnersAmongst the elite in the American Southwest Conference, Conner Combs and Morgan Garrett are the recipients of the Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Awards from East Texas Baptist University. Each ASC member school awards one male and one female the award who is graduating and has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.

Below are the bios for ETBU’s recipients:

Conner Combs | Business Administration | Baseball | Southlake, Texas
Conner Combs is a business administration major with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. The East Texas Baptist SAAC representative, Combs received the ETBU Athletics Academic Excellence Award and was the team captain and team chaplain in the 2016 season. For the past two seasons Combs has been recognized with the James Morgan Memorial Award. Voted on by his teammates, the award is based on the characteristics that former ETBU baseball player James Morgan showed during his life in terms of leadership, community outreach, and spiritual qualities. He has been selected this year onto the All-ASC first-team and was the ASC Player of the Year along with being on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Morgan Garrett | Physical Education | Basketball | Coushatta, La.
Morgan Garrett is physical education major with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. She received the East Texas Baptist Athletics Academic Excellence Award in 2015 and 2016. Named Miss ETBU in 2015, Garrett has been a four-year varsity player on the Tigers’ basketball team and served as team captain in the 2015-16 season. A CentriKids Camp Recreation Staffer (2013, 15′), Garrett received the Dean’s Award, is in the School of Professional Studies (2016) and has the highest GPA in Teacher Education (2016).

My Tigers Will Win!

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Photo by Mike Midkiff

Jason, Addie and Julia Pfingsten courtside at the ETBU NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game played in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Photo by Mike Midkiff

When the Pfingsten’s of Centerville, Minnesota heard that the East Texas Baptist University Tiger basketball team would be playing their NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game against Northwestern-St. Paul in Stevens Point, Wisconsin they were excited.  The reason being is that Addie, a 2002 ETBU grad, is married to Jason, an alumnus of Northwestern-St. Paul.  Since Stevens Point was close by, plans were made to be courtside when the Tigers and Eagles tipped off this past March 13.

Addie admits that the trash talking about who would win the match-up began with her. “I have been the one doing the most trash talking. Living here in Minnesota and being married to a man passionate about most sports, I have always helped cheer on ‘his’ teams.  Now that ‘my’ team is the one playing against one of ‘his,’ I have done my fair share of trash talking,” said Addie.

Addie and Jason made the three hour drive to be in the stands, bringing one of their three daughters to watch whose alma mater would be victorious.

Addie shared, “As soon as I found out about the matchup, I went online and ordered some gear for my youngest and I to wear at the game, and we made a pact to cheer on whichever team made it to the game on Saturday.”

“It was definitely a kind hearted trash talking, but don’t get me wrong, every morning I would pull out an old ETBU t-shirt and wear it. Thanks to my fond memories of my ETBU days, I haven’t let go of too much of my ETBU gear,” said Addie.

After teaching in elementary schools for nine years, Addie made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom to Mallory (10 years-old), Marissa (6 years-old) and Julia (3 years-old).  She also assists Jason in the family business called Thirst Missions (

“Our organization brings groups from all over North America to minister to the Belizeans.  We bring college and youth groups, medical teams, family groups, as well as many more, down to Belize and help facilitate their ministry experience,” said the true blooded Tiger grad originally from Bay City, Texas. “We organize their housing, transportation, and food, to providing ministry opportunities such as construction, Bible schools, medical work, and orphanages for the teams. Our goal is to partner up teams with churches and schools in Belize and to build a partnership they can continue for years to come.”

Addie has a deep fondness for her time on the Hill. “I have so many great memories from ETBU that it might be hard to pick just one,” she said.

“My friendships that I made with my Merle Bruce third floor hall mates have to be the basis for all my great memories. From having amazing dorm parents, Dave and Christy Collins, to professors such as Dr. John Harris and Dr. Bruce Tankersley, who led a class trip, I was on to Greece to learn about Paul’s Missionary Journey.”

“The guidance and counseling of Dr. Donna Dooley, who encouraged me on my first teaching job overseas in Russia, to being a part of Student Foundation, led by Dr. Catherine Crawford. I loved ETBU, and all the experiences and friendships that continue from being a part of it.  Those third floor hall mates are still my closest friendships to this day.”

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A Tiger Pride “high five” to Addie for her dedication and enthusiasm for her alma mater who beat her husband’s alma mater, 70-46, to advance to the “Elite 8” of the NCAA Division III National Basketball Championship Tournament.

(Note: ETBU alumnae Amanda Zagrzewbki was also at the games played in Stevens Point. Amanda, who graduated in 2001, is from Stevens Point and lives there today working in a family business. The Stevens Point Journal did a story on her while the Tigers were in Wisconsin. Click here to read. )

The New Miss ETBU

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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.

Fire Ant Festival

Monday, October 14th, 2013
Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

Dr. Dub Oliver and Susie, prior to start of the Fire Ant Festival Parade.

This past weekend, the Marshall community held its annual Fire Ant Festival downtown around the historic Harrison Country Courthouse.  The Fire Ant Festival with its many fun activities to participate in has been held for the past 30 years. ETBU was well presented in the annual Fire Ant Festival parade.

President Dub Oliver and First Lady Susie, served as the Grand Marshall for the parade that travels through downtown.  Dr. Oliver tweeted (@DrDub_ETBU) at the parade, “Great fun for Susie and me to be Grand Marshall of the Fire Ant Parade! #WeLoveMarshall #FireAntFestival #ETBU.”

Miss ETBU Macy Freeman, a nursing major form Midlothian, was also in the parade representing ETBU.

Don’t forget about another parade on the calendar, the 2013 Homecoming Parade will be held this Saturday (Oct. 19) at 11:00 a.m. traveling through campus on Tiger Pride.

 Click here for information on Homecoming 2013.

Moonlight Prowl

Friday, September 27th, 2013
Photo from tweet by @ETBUCoachEargle of Midnight Prowl. Coach Eargle tweeted, "I love my family! #TigerFamily Let's write history!

Photo from tweet by @ETBUCoachEargle of Moonlight Prowl. Coach Eargle tweeted, “I love my family! #TigerFamily Let’s write history!

The ETBU Cheer Team cheered. The ETBU Tiger Band played. ETBU students had fun. Why? The first Moonlight Prowl was held at Ornelas Stadium on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. before the undefeated Tigers play their first home game this Saturday (9/28, 7:00 p.m.) vs. Willamette University.

ETBU head football coach Joshua Eargle told the large enthusiastic crowd, “This is not all about football tonight. This is about the ETBU family being together and having fun, celebrating all that is good about our University.”

It was a wonderful evening of Tiger Spirit being expressed. Kerry McClahan, who plays basketball for the Tigers, said after Midnight Prowl, “It was a great night to see all the athletic teams together, as well as, the students. The attendance was larger than I expected. It was not just a football event but a time for all us to be together and celebrate being part of the ETBU Tiger family.”

The evening ended with the Tiger Football team out on the football field leading the students in singing the school song.

Tiger Pride shining at Moonlight Prowl.

Having Fun While Helping

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
ETBU won the Spirit Award at The 2013 Corporate Spelling Bee. Photo by Mike Midkiff

ETBU won the Spirit Award at The 2013 Corporate Spelling Bee. Photo by Mike Midkiff

One of the fun community events that occur each year in Marshall is the Corporate Spelling Bee to raise funds for the Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Council. Marshall businesses/institutions pay an entry fee in order to have a team compete to be named the best spellers in Harrison County.  ETBU sends a team of spellers each year and a group to cheer on the team. 

 This year’s Spelling Bee team of Elizabeth Ponder, Manager of Instruction and Information Services for the Mamye Jarrett Library, Dr. Emily Prevost, Director of Leadership Development, and Dr. Mary Thompson-Price, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, came back to defend the title they had won in 2012.  ETBU also won the title in 2010.

 Unfortunately, the team went out in a difficult round that saw six other teams exit as well.  The word that ETBU misspelled was narcissistic. The Tigers did come away with an award from the event.

 The ETBU cheering section of 16 supporters and Tiger mascot, “Toby” was on hand to cheer loudly and enthusiastically for the ETBU Bee team of three.  At the end of the event, ETBU was awarded the Spirit Award.

 ETBU alum Brad Howlett was the master of ceremonies for the event. The winning team of Brenda Bolton, Anna Lane, and Laurie Thompson, from the City of Marshall won by spelling, “euthanasia.”

Other teams in the competition were Bancorp South, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Good Shepherd Medical Center, Heart’s Way Hospice, KMHT, Marshall Independent School District, Marshall Lions Club, Marshall News Messenger, Republic Industries, Rotary Club of Marshall, Texas State Technical College, Waskom Independent School District and Wiley College. 

Competing in the Corporate Spelling Bee is not the only way that ETBU supports the Marshall- Harrison County Literacy Council. This past year ETBU donated computers for use in the teaching lab of the center.

Learning to Hit the Curve

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

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!


100 Years

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

100 years ago today, something was launched that has changed my life, and countless others as well.

We learned here. Some have worked here. We all grew here. Quite a few have met theirs spouses here (Ring by Spring never fails!). And we all love here.

That here is Van Zandt Hill. Nestled beneath powerful oaks and towering pines, it is on this Hill a dream became an idea, an idea became a plan, and a plan became a reality.

And the reality is that this place is more than a school. It is more than a great place to get an education. It is home. It is a familiar place. It is a place where memories live and remembrances always have a place.

You can leave for 40 years and come back to find that though the buildings have changed, there is something that never does. Maybe a feeling, and ideal.

I think it is because we are all a family. I know when I go home, the smells and warmth and feeling is something I can always expect, I count on it.

It’s the same here too. We are a Family. It unites us. It allows us to cross boundaries of age or personal history. A current sophomore and a 1952 graduate talk about ETBC back in the day. A cheerleader from years past finds herself on the field at the homecoming game teaching a cheer from her time to the current squad. Things that may not be so readily seen elsewhere are common on the Hill. And that is a part of what makes this place special. You’re never just a student.  You’re family.

It is amazing to think about the humble beginnings of this school – that the founders simply wanted a place where men and women of integrity and initiative could get a quality Christian education. But my how we have gotten so much more! Isn’t it wonderful to be a part of the legacy of ETBU? To call yourself a Tiger? I say YES!

So today we celebrate a dream that became a reality. The College of Marshall that became East Texas Baptist College that became East Texas Baptist University. They’ve always been dedicated to high-quality Christian education. But also to family.  We are Tigers. And no matter where we are or how far away we get from Van Zandt Hill, that will never change.

We are forever Tigers. And for this University, its history, its legacy, its impact, especially on this day, we are forever grateful.

Happy Birthday East Texas Baptist University. May your next 100 be greater than your first. And may the Light on the Hill never die.


Local Media Celebrates ETBU’s Community Impact

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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, “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 here.

ETBU Celebrates 100 Years of Christian Education

Friday, October 19th, 2012

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.


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