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ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer Invited to Take Part in the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

C.F. Kuykendall. Photo credit: Kevin Green

Ninety-one year old ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer, Charles Findley Kuykendall was recently honored by receiving an invitation to take part in the 75th Edition of the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic. Kuykendall will not be able to travel to the game because of health issues but will be honored by Oil Bowl officials.

Amazingly, he played in the first Oil Bowl Game on September 5, 1938.  The Oil Bowl, played in Wichita Falls, is considered to be the oldest all-star high-school football game in the world. After playing in the first Oil Bowl game, Kuykendall reported to the College of Marshall, now ETBU, to play football. He only played one year of football for COM because the football program was dropped after the 1938 season. ETBU brought back football in 2000, playing at the NCAA Division III level.

After football was discontinued at COM, it became necessary for him to earn an athletic scholarship at another school and he played football at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1940-42. Kuykendall was a 6-2 180 pound offensive and defensive tackle during his playing days.  He was fast and also ran track at SHSTC.

After obtaining his degree, Kuykendall spent his career in education. He returned home to Tatum to coach. Later he became principal at Pine Tree High School and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of PTISD in 1980. Kuykendall was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

This year’s Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl game, featuring top high school players from Texas and Oklahoma, was played on Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls

Way to go C.F.!  GO BLUE!

Thanks to PR Director Mike Midkiff and the Longview News-Journal for this story and Kevin Green for the photo.

Click here for a link to the story from the News-Journal story.

ETBU Unveils Centennial Logo

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

100 years ago, the very spot where I sit and type this was simply a hill.  No Scarborough.  No Marshall Hall.  Not even the College of Marshall, which would become East Texas Baptist College, then East Texas Baptist University.

Just a hilltop whose destiny would be forever changed by the formation of the University we now know and love.  It has been an amazing 100 years!

So we’re going to spend this next year of 2012 honoring those 100 years!  What a better way to kick it off than with the recently unveiled Centennial Logo.

The logo was developed through collaboration with the Centennial Council, the President’s Office, and the division of Enrollment Management and Marketing.

The logo incorporates the official lowercase ETBU and name with a banner featuring our official school colors, the word Centennial, and the date of our founding 1912, and the 100th year, 2012.  The logo also features a symbol of the University, the Beacon, and the numerals 00 to create 100.

The Centennial Year will be a busy one, including 4 special editions of the Hilltop Magazine, all dedicated to various point of University history, a Centennial themed 2012 Homecoming, and many more events throughout the year.

Help us celebrate the Centennial Year of East Texas Baptist University!  Stop by campus, get involved in an event, and don’t miss Homecoming this year.

It has been an amazing 100 years and we look forward to the next 100 years!


Read more about the logo here.

A Campus You Can Be Proud Of

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

We’ve nearly posted 100 stories that make us so proud of our Tiger Family. From academics to athletics, organizations to faculty/staff honors, we can truly say we have so much to be thankful for, so much to be proud of.  I’d like to add one more to the list:

Our campus.

Maybe you haven’t been to the Hill in years. For some, the last time they saw ETBU was the day the walked across the stage to receive their degree. If that’s you, then you need to come on back for a visit.

You may not recognize the place.

Is it the new Ornelas Student Center? Perhaps. This is a building that was promised to the students years ago, and now it is a reality. Students hang out, study, meet, worship, eat, and drink in this building. It is a beautiful building that fits perfectly with the architecture of the existing campus, but most importantly, it is a place the students can say was built just for them.

You need to come for a visit.

And then there’s the former Bennett Student Center, now called the Bennett Student Commons (BSC), a building built years before the current students were born (maybe even before their parents were born)! Though it has stood for nearly a half century, it was clear that it needed an upgrade.

After around 90 days of construction over the 2011 Summer, we were happy to open its doors for the start of the Fall 2011 semester!

And again if you are one of those who hasn’t been back in a while, you wouldn’t recognize it. A massive new facade/entryway on the north side of the Quad  gives way to a completely remodeled, greatly enlarged Caf. I was with a few students during that first day and all the could say is, “Are you sure we’re at ETBU?”

You need to come for a visit.

The entryway is in the exact spot where Phillips Dining Hall once was. Phillips has made a move to the lower floor of the BSC. The new entryway on the north side of the BSC leads into a classy, fine dining space in in the place of the old bookstore and post office areas and boasts stained hard wood paneling, recessed ceilings and lighting, and fine carpets – not to mention the fact that about three old Phillips could fit in the new Phillips. It truly will take your breath away!

You need to come for a visit.

The Murphy Science Building has new flooring, $200,000 of new scientific equipment, renovated labs including a biology class with attached lab. The unsightly power lines near Meadows, Linebery, and Mabee have been moved underground. A new statue, “The Divine Servant” is now just outside the north entrance of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. A new athletics facility, the Tiger Football Strength Training Center, will provide a space for Tigers to workout and serves as the visiting team’s locker room during the season. A new Faculty-in-Residence apartment has been created in the University Apartments. The Library has all new carpeting. Oh, and last season, the football stadium got lights which allow for night games at ETBU. We have two new masters programs, education and religion. Our enrollment is up, the best in five years, our students are happy, and our campus is as pretty as a picture.

Like I said, you really need to come visit.

So much has been going on. So many changes have been happening. The campus is beautiful and the buildings are amazing – it’s something to be proud of. But most importantly, what I always remember, is that, no matter how many buildings come and go, no matter how often faculty, staff, and students’ faces change, and no matter how long it has been since you’ve seen pines, oaks, and the hallowed hill, the light still shines, for academic excellence and for Jesus Christ our Savior.

It’s time for a visit. Come see what our Tiger Family is so very proud of.


How about Homecoming 2011? The weekend of October 14th-16th ETBU will be alive with Tiger Spirit as we celebrate Blue and Gold Forever: A Legacy That Lasts. You can learn more here!

You Have a Voice!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

We’re making a ton of improvements around campus, so we wanted to share one improvement we’re making to Tiger Pride!

A new feature to Tiger Pride is the ability to comment on each post!  To comment, go to the individual story by clicking on it’s title, then just type your comments in the form beneath the story and we’ll get an email informing us of your comment.  Once we approve it, its live!

Great things are happening at ETBU and it is a great time to be on the Hill!

The Bennett Student Commons is near completion, our Ornelas Student Center is entering it’s 2nd year of service to the campus, and there have been a ton of improvements, from new labs to remodeled rooms, new training facilities – we’ve even buried some power lines to help beautify our campus.

If you haven’t been around in a while, take a trip to Marshall and ETBU!

We are so proud of what’s been going on and we’re sure you will be too!


The BSC is Already Making Headlines

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff aren’t the only ones taking notice of the changes on the ETBU campus.

It seems everyone is.

Recently, ETBU’s Bennett Student Commons (BSC) was featured on KTBS in Shreveport. Reporter Carolyn Cerda and a camera crew were on campus to highlight one of the three projects that have been completed, or are still under construction – those three being the Ornelas Student Center, The BSC, and a brand new facility to be used by football that includes a weight room, study area, and visitors locker room.  All of these projects have been funded by the generous, and appreciated gifts from donors.

The BSC renovations have nearly doubled its capacity, with it’s cafeteria now holding 500 people and is a great reflection of the growth in student population.

We are very excited about the renovations and new construction on campus!.  The BSC is going to be a phenomenal facility, and in the words of Public Relations Director, Mike Midkiff, “It will not look like any way, form or fashion what they (students) saw when they left here in the spring.”

Proof positive that it is a great time to be at East Texas Baptist University.

So a massive THANK YOU! to the donors who have funded these projects!  Way to go!  GO BLUE!!

Watch and read the full story on the KTBS site here.

Luncheon Held in Honor of ETBU Retirees

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Dr. Dub Oliver addresses the ETBU Retirees at the annual ETBU Retiree Luncheon held July 13 in the OSC.ETBU recently held a luncheon to honor ETBU faculty and staff retirees. The annual luncheon is hosted by Dr. Dub and the administrative cabinet.

Now, it’s great that those who attended were able to come back to the Hill and see the new OSC, the BSC (which is currently being renovated), and to learn about what is going on around the campus.

For that, we’re proud.

But even more than that, we are proud of our retirees. Years of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and loyalty to our University is something that will never go unnoticed. We talk a lot about the Light on the Hill that shines so brightly, but just as bright are the years of service our ETBU retirees have given to this school. Through good times, bad times, times of ease, and times of great difficulty, these retirees have served with integrity and honor and have done so much more than educate, administrate, or serve the physical needs of the University…they’ve left a legacy.

As a graduate of ETBU, I am honored to be a part of a family of Tigers who have lived amazing lives in service to their fields, their country, their university, and most importantly, to our Father in Heaven. But now as an employee of this great institution, I have joined the ranks of those who served before me to allow this place to fufill the motto, A World of Opportunity in a Community of Faith.

So it is more than the desire to do a good job, or to see the University advanced. We, the faculty and staff of ETBU work diligently with purpose to educate and facilitate our students. But we also strive to honor the legacy of those who have come before us – a legacy of honor, service, and integrity.

For that, we are monumentally proud.

So to those ETBU retirees who were able to attend, to those who were not, and to all those who have gone before us, thank you for your service to this great University. As the current faculty and staff are proud of your time on the Hill, we hope to honor the legacy you left by our honor, service, and integrity.

Way to go ETBU Retirees! GO BLUE!

You can read the full story from the ETBU Retirees Luncheon on the ETBU Website here or at the Marshall News Messenger here.

Do You Have Tiger Pride?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Do you know a Tiger who has landed a great job lately? Perhaps you know a person who has done well in their career or made a contribution to their field?

Do you know a Tiger who has gone out of their way to help another? Go on mission? Do something great at their local church?

Has a Tiger been elected to office or honored with an award?

Maybe you just want to tell how awesome a Tiger you know truly is.

All of these are EXCELLENT stories that we want to hear about!  Simply click the Post-It note at the top of the page and submit a Tale of Tiger Pride. If you have a photo, send it along too!  Maybe a video?  You can place the link in the comment box or email it to

So COME ON! Let’s hear those stories that make our hearts swell with Tiger Pride!

As always, thanks for reading, and GO BLUE!

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

The Quad at ETBU

There are three flags in the Quad at ETBU. These flags wave at the highest point on our campus as symbols of faith, courage, and freedom. These are three flags that represent our state, our nation, and our faith – three points of hallowed pride.

On the right side is the Texas Flag – a standard that represents the resolve of the men and women who lived and died longing for freedom.  And through courageous deeds, last stands, thunderous battles, and cries like “Come and Take It,” and “Remember the Alamo,” Texans became free.

On the left side is the Christian Flag – a symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  As Soldiers of the Cross, we realize the importance of Christ’s presence in our lives and the Christian Flag in our Quad serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifice of Jesus our Savior, and of those who came behind that gave their lives for the cause of Christ, knowing deep within their and our hearts alike, that “whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36)

And in the center proudly waves the Flag of the United States of America – a banner that is a source of honor and pride to people across this nation.  From dawn’s early light to the stormy beaches of Normandy, from the thick jungles of Asia to the sandy landscape of the Middle East, the US Flag has always been more than a strip of cloth; it has been a symbol of freedom and a beacon of justice all over the world.  And whether it flies at The US Capitol or the front line, our Quad, or draped across the casket of a fallen hero, it represents who we are, why we became a nation, and what we want to bring to the four corners of the earth: freedom.

It’s at this flag that I pause for a moment.  We are proud of many things at our University.  So many men and women have in the past, and still today, lead lives that are honorable, noble, and accomplish great things for our school, our city, our state, our nation, our world, and for the cause of Christ.  Yet let us not forget the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we experience today.

At ETBU, we, campus-wide, wake up in the morning under a blanket knit by the courage and sacrifice of our military and leaders, work and learn in environments free of danger or harm, and worship in a land that guarantees our right to call on the name of Jesus Christ.  These liberties weren’t born by happenstance, but by the ink of a pen, and sadly, but with utmost respect, the end of a musket.

Many within our Tiger Family have served, and are still serving all over the world to provide security, protection, and a safeguard of the freedoms that we enjoy.  Furthermore, they struggle against evil and injustices to bring freedom to oppressed peoples; as Isaiah 61 says, to proclaim freedom to those who are captive. It is truly a noble task.

So to these men and women who serve our nation in the Armed Forces, especially those who are a part of our Tiger Family, we are monumentally grateful, profoundly humbled, and extraordinarily proud of you.  Thank you for your service and dedication to your nation. You not only sacrifice so much for your nation, you honor us at ETBU and this great nation by your dedication and willingness to serve.

As you experience this 4th of July with your family and friends, let’s not forget to honor and say a prayer for those men and women in harm’s way who stand as sentinels on the walls to provide the very freedoms we enjoy today.  Perhaps you are friends with a soldier on Facebook or know a sailor in your community. Maybe you are familiar with an airman, a marine, a reservist, or a member of our Coast Guard.  Be sure  to thank them this 4th for their service to our nation, to the world, and to Christ.

May God bless ETBU, Texas our Texas, and may God Bless America!


New Student Orientation at ETBU a Success

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Students receive packets from the Admissions Staff during the New Student Orientation held Monday.

This past Monday saw around 135 students not counting families and friends at the New Student Orientation (NSO) at ETBU.
Starting at 8 am, the students learned about a variety of things from academic and athletic opportunities to ministry and student life opportunities, they took campus tours of the campus, attended open house sessions from the academic departments and even had the opportunity to register for classes.


“It was great to have new students on campus,” said Magen Bunyard, Dean of Students. “This is one of the programs that ETBU provides to help students and their families prepare for the ETBU experience.”

We are looking forward to a great 2011-12 academic year with our returning, transfer, and new students!


Read the full story here.

ETBU’s New Athletic Logo

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The Official ETBU Athletics Logo

You read correctly!

ETBU unveiled the new athletics logo this week complete with official athletic lettering and an official tiger that utilizes a shield-type design.

The new logo includes the ETBU colors of navy, gold, and white, and, effective immediately, will serve as the face of the ETBU Athletic department, including Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Cheerleading, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, and Volleyball.

The new logo comes after months of collaboration with the President’s Office and the Marketing, Public Relations, and Athletics departments and an independent designer. The logo can be used in several different pre-determined arrangements and in a variety of color arrangements within the official ETBU colors of Blue PMS 289, Gold PMS 124C, and white.

We are really excited about the new look! Tell us what you think!  You can leave comments at the official Tiger Athletics Facebook page here.


Read the full story from SID David Weaver here.