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An Inspirational Story about a new ETBU Student

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Houston ISD Communications Senior/Producer Debra Sanchez-Treese videos Alisa Hamiltion walking with ETBU Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Jeff Sorrels.

Houston ISD Communications Senior/Producer Debra Sanchez-Treese videos Alisa Hamilton walking with ETBU Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Jeff Sorrels.

East Texas Baptist University freshman Alisa Hamilton is a young lady that has overcome many obstacles in her life that many will never face in a lifetime. Her drive to graduate from Bellaire High School and attend college was recognized by the Houston Independent School District.

Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier made a surprise visit to her high school last May to present the dedicated and hardworking Hamilton with a $10,000 college scholarship. The award was given to her, who was selected by Dr. Grier, because of her drive to succeed academically and be involved on campus despite significant personal challenges.

A few weeks ago, HISD Communications Senior/Producer Debra Sanchez-Treese was on the ETBU campus to check on how Hamilton is doing in her first semester on the Hilltop.

To view the story, click here.

ETBU Employee Sings National Anthem at Rangers Game

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ETBU Physical Facilities employee Devin Crandell sings the National Anthem at Globe Life Park on August 15.  Courtesy Photo from Crandell family.

ETBU Physical Facilities employee Devin Crandell shown on the big screen at Globe Life Park as he sings the National Anthem prior to a Texas Rangers game.  Courtesy Photo from Crandell family.

Baseball fans in Texas like to see the Rangers play at Globe Life Park in Arlington.   Back on August 15, East Texas Baptist University HVAC & Controls Technician, Devin Crandell. was in the park not only to see the Rangers play but also sing the National Anthem.

Crandell is an excellent singer and has sung the National Anthem before a Rangers game many times.

“I believe my first time was 2005,” said Crandell. “I’ve sang at Globe Life Park 12 times.  I have sung once a year since 2005 and in 2010 sang twice. In 2011, I also sang God Bless America at the ballpark.”

Crandell is in high demand in the Marshall area to sing the National Anthem as well as other patriotic arrangements and Christian themed pieces.  He has sung before ETBU Athletic events and also at the Marshall/Harrison County Law Enforcement Banquet, Veterans Day events, Chamber of Commerce activities, Marshall ISD Special Needs Day , flag changing ceremony at the MISD Flag complex, and other special events.

A Tiger Pride high five to Crandell for his service of singing in the Kingdom of God

A Tiger at the Super Bowl

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII.  Courtesy photo.

ETBU alumna Hannah Rigg is second from the left as Renee Fleming sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Courtesy photo.

The Facebook page of East Texas Baptist University alumna Hannah Rigg  “blew up,” after the National Anthem was sung by opera star Renee Fleming at Super Bowl XLVIII.   The reason for over 100 posts to her page in a very short time is that family, friends and former ETBU classmates saw Rigg performing with Fleming.  She was as a member of the Armed Forces Chorus singing back up.

Friend Christy Fitzwater posted, “Hannah, could you hear us screaming from Montana when we saw you?” Several times on the Fox Sports telecast, Rigg was shown wearing her blue United States Air Forces Uniform on the front row of the chorus just over the right shoulder of Fleming.

ETBU nursing graduate and former classmate Judson LaGrone wrote on Riggs newsfeed wall, “The most exciting thing about this Super Bowl is not who wins for me; it was watching my dear friend from college sing back up for the National Anthem.”

Rigg graduated from ETBU in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. She then went to Southern Methodist University earning her Master’s degree in vocal performance.   Rigg auditioned for The Singing Sergeants of the United States Air Force in March of 2013 and earned a spot with the chorus. After undergoing basic training she joined the official chorus of the United States Air Force in August 2013.

As Rigg and the group traveled back to their hotel after their performance she shared with her family in a phone call back to Tomball, Texas how thrilled she was at the hundreds of texts and words of  encouragement on Facebook she had viewed.  Her father Dan, posted on his daughter’s wall, “We will never forget Super Bowl XLVIII. Thank you God for this moment together, this small place in history, and may you always be honored.”

“Thank you to all of my friends and family who watched the Super Bowl,” posted Rigg to her Facebook wall. “To the One who made it all possible, I am truly grateful!”

Helping Preserve History at Love Cemetery

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Photo courtesy of Marshall News Messenger

Photo courtesy of Marshall News Messenger

Located in eastern Harrison County near Scottsville is Love Cemetery.  For 40 years, access has been limited to this historic African-American cemetery because of the private property that surrounds Love Cemetery. Some of the graves date back to slavery.

One can imagine how large the growth of wisteria, grass and weeds is because no one has been able to do any grounds keeping.  Access to the cemetery has been granted to the Love Cemetery Burial Association and student volunteers from East Texas Baptist University have been helping on scheduled clean-up days.  

This past Saturday (9/28/13), ETBU Great Commission Director, Dr. Lisa Seeley, along with over 30 students helped again at the cemetery.

A press release from 2009 reports, “Love Cemetery has graves not only of prosperous black farmers, teachers, educators and former slaves, but Native Americans too. Family lore points to Caddo ancestry, Cherokee too. Though Caddo were the primary tribe in the area for over 1,000 years, Comanche, Creek, Osage, Lipon Apache, Kiowa and others, also lived in East Texas and may be buried there.”


To read the Marshall News Messenger story click here.

To watch CBS-19 TV story click here.

Hill, again, wins billiards tournament

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

etbu will hill 5 (2)East Texas Baptist University student William Hill  once again has won the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 9 Ball Region 12 Billiards Tournament. This is the third year in a row that Hill, a senior psychology major from Tyler, has won the regional tournament. He now will advance to play in the national tournament in which he finished 10th last year.

Read the story, here.

Read Joe Holloway’s feature story about William Hill in the Marshall News Messenger, here.

ETBU Alumnus named Jefferson Police Chief

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Joe C. Hall

Joe C. Hall

A 1985 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, Joe C. Hall, has been named the police chief of Jefferson, Texas.  Since 2011, Hall has been teaching as an  adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice program at ETBU.  He is also the pastor of the Cowboy Church of Harrison County.

“Joe’s a good, easy going Christian man,” said Richard Turner, Jefferson Mayor to the Marshall News Messenger. “He’s got a lot of knowledge, can train some people and get us where we need to be.

Read Robin Richardson’s story in the News Messenger, here.

All-star Tigers

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Kwame Spikes stands with his family as he is announced on Senior Day.

Kwame Spikes stands with his family as he is announced on Senior Day.

Four ETBU players were part of the Dream Bowl this past weekend in Virginia. Kwame Spikes, Jordan Hayes, Collin Bieschke and Alex Cloudy played in the game.

The game was played at Salem Stadium in Roanoke, Va. The All-Star game is a showcase of the best D-III and NAIA players from across the country. There were a series of events lined up during the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.

The event included a combine and an competitive game for the students to showcase their skills for professional scouts.

It was the third all-star game for Spikes to play in and the second for Cloudy.  Both Bieschke and Hayes played in their first all-star game.   All four players leave ETBU with their names in the record books on offense and defense as they look to continue their careers at the next level.

Read story here.

ETBU Grad Named Region VII Elementary Teacher of the Year. Again!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

It is a pretty amazing thing to be named the Elementary Educator of the Year at some point in your teaching career, but for ETBU grad (BSE ’97, ME ’12) Sharone Woolen, it has become a regularity.

Sharone, a 4th Grade social studies teacher at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, for the second year in a row earned that honor, and will also represent Region 7 as its nominee for the 2013 Texas Teacher of the Year.

“I was excited when I was nominated for the district, but when I opened the letter saying I will represent the region in Austin, that was huge,” she said. “There are just so many schools in our region alone, so it is just such an honor.”

Born and raised in Marshall, she is a 1993 graduate of Marshall High School, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from ETBU in 1997, and in April 2012, she receive her Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction, also from ETBU, and graduated May 2012.

How does she do it?  She said she is a different type of teacher in that she enjoys singing, dancing and even rapping with her students.

“I think when people walk by my room they wonder what is going on in there,” she said. “You never know– at any given moment I could just stop and say let’s dance. So it was very lively in my room.”
“It is about getting away from the worksheet and the textbook,” she said. “If I am bored teaching, I can’t imagine how my students feel. I always tell my students you can learn and have fun at the same time.”

What an accomplishment!  We are SO proud to have Sharone in the Tiger Family!  Way to go!  GO BLUE!!

Click here for the ETBU Press release.

ETBU President Elected to IABCU Board

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

ETBU’s President, Dr. Dub Oliver, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Association of Baptist College and Universities (IABCU).

“It is an honor to serve in this capacity and to represent East Texas Baptist University in the larger higher education community,” remarked Dr. Oliver.

ETBU is one of 52 IABCU member schools. The Association is owned and operated by its member schools located in 17 states and two foreign countries including 49 colleges and universities, two Bible schools, and one theological seminary.

Way to go Dr. Dub!  GO BLUE!

Read the full press release from PR Director Mike Midkiff here.

Tiger Second Baseman Named ASC Baseball Player of the Week

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

ETBU second baseman Chris Abascal has been named the American Southwest Conference Hitter of the Week.

Chris, a sophomore from El Paso, went 9 for 15 with four doubles and a home run for the Tigers (6-14, 2-1 ASC), who opened conference play by taking two of three games at University of the Ozarks over the weekend. Chris was a major player in that, hitting a game-winning, three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to rally ETBU to a 10-9 win in game one on Friday.

Chris also scored four runs and did not strike out during the week. He capped the series by going 4 for 4 in the final game on Saturday.

Way to go Chris!  GO BLUE!

Sports coverage and article from ETBU SID David Weaver.