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ETBU Receives Congratulations from Washington D.C.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

For the second time in the last few weeks, the words “East Texas Baptist University” rang out on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.  This time, it was in reference to congratulatory remarks from the House of Representatives and Rep. Louie Gohmert, representative from the First District of Texas, encompassing 12 counties in the eastern portion of Texas.

Rep. Gohmert had this to say while addressing the House, “ETBU stands by its commitment to the development of intellectual inquiry, social consciousness, wellness, and skills for a contemporary society, global awareness, and Christian character. Its focus is on quality academic programs in the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and selected professional areas. Staff and faculty of ETBU affirm that the liberal arts form the surest foundation for education and that the Christian faith provides the surest foundation for life.”

Pictured with this article is the official proclamation received by ETBU from the 112th Congress, Second Session, on Monday, February 27, 2012 honoring ETBU for its 100th anniversary.

A hearty thank you to Representative Louie Gohmert for his kind remarks for our University as he addressed the House.

We are so proud to be a part of this wonderful University.  We are so thankful for the last 100 years and are thrilled to see what God will do in the next 100.


Read Rep. Gohmert’s full remarks here

“We Bought a Zoo” and the Lessons It Can Teach

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Dr. Kathleen Mays

ETBU Assistant Professor of Management, Dr. Kathleen Mays, was recently the featured column in the Business Section of the Longview News Journal.

Her post, describing the lessons that can be taken from the new blockbuster movie, “We Bought a Zoo,” includes comments on adapting to contextual needs and being an effective leader, all from a business standpoint.

While she doesn’t necessarily recommend you go out an buy a zoo, give her article a read.  It’s great advice for business, and for life!

Way to go Dr. Mays!  GO BLUE!

Read the article at the Longview News Journal here.

Service and Collaboration in Kilgore

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

New Birth Fellowship and Cornestone Fellowship both in Kilgore, Tx, come together for community service and worship. Photo courtesy Longview News Journal/Justin Baker.

A massive part of what it is to be Christian involves two things: outreach – showing Christ’s love through service, and collaboration – working together with other congregations to see God’s Kingdom realized here on earth. When those two aspects meet, beautiful things happen.

Carl Mohn knows about this first-hand.

ETBU Alum and pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship in Kilgore, Carl (01) recently teamed his congregation with New Birth Fellowship in Kilgore to serve residents throughout the community through service and worship.

After doing a variety of tasks from yard work for the elderly and disabled, to visiting nursing homes, the two congregations met in Pentecost Park for lunch, music, and worship.

Carl is the son of ETBU Alum and former Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, David Mohn (71). David is retired and resides in Mt. Pleasant.

We are very proud of Carl and the two congregation’s work in Kilgore.  Way to Go!  GO BLUE!

Read the full story here from the Longview News-Journal.

You can learn more about Cornerstone Fellowship on Facebook here or on WordPress here.

Senior Ryan Yezak Among 6 Tigers Named to All ASC East Team

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Six ETBU Baseball players were named to the All-ASC East Team, including recent graduate Ryan Yezak, a four-year player, who recently snagged the American Southwest Conference East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year.

Among those selected were Ryan Yezak, first base, 2nd team; Sophomore Spencer Copeland, utility, 2nd Team; Jeremy Phillips, 2nd base, Honorable Mention; Michael Cox, outfield, Honorable Mention; Stephen Wostal, 3rs base, Honorable Mention; and Chad Cox, pitcher, Honorable Mention.

We are very proud of our student-athletes!  Way to go!  GO BLUE!

Read the full story by SID David Weaver here.

ETBU Alum and Current Faculty Member Runs the Boston Marathon

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Natalie Prather

Natalie Prather, current ETBU Cross Country coach and 2008 graduate of ETBU recently ran the Boston Marathon and out of 26,000 + runners, she finished 14,712 with a time of 3:54:40.

Natalie has always been a runner and was a part of the cross country team while a student at ETBU.  It was at ETB U that her sport, in her words, became an addiction.  During her last few semesters at ETBU she began running in half marathons and triathlons where she realized that running wasn’t just about college, but about competition, about something that she could continue to participate in even after college.

Natalie qualified for the Boston Marathon when she ran her first full marathon in Dallas at the Dallas White Rock in December of 2009.

There are currently several media sources to learn more about Natalie’s awesome story.  We encourage you to read the full story on the ETBU website by clicking here.

Also, KLTV Tyler reported this story you can read here.  And our local paper, The Marshall News Messenger wrote a great piece you can read here.

We are MONUMENTALLY proud of Natalie!  Way to Go!  GO BLUE!!

It’s No Debate, ETBU Int’l Student Benjamin Xi is Good!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Benjamin Xi debates at ETBU. Photo: Hannah DeClerk.

Most of us take speaking English for granted.

For international student Benjamin Xi (Jin Rui Xi), it is something he has to work at furiously.

So to better his grasp of the language, Benjamin joined ETBU’s award-winning Debate Team where he has excelled.

“For language learners, it is a big challenge to speak in front of people. Of course, I believe it is a necessary stage you have to pass,” Benjamin told Hannah DeClerk of the Marshall News Messenger.

He must be doing well because at the debate hosted by Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tx, Benjamin took third place overall and at the debate hosted by ETBU, he took fouth place out of 23 in the novice division.

“What I have accomplished is much beyond the award. During the whole process, I was accomplishing friendships with my teammates, we talked a lot, and we didn’t always debate,” he said.


Click here for the full story from the Marshall News Messenger’s Hanna DeClerk.

Cassy Rains, Miss ETBU 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Miss ETBU 2011, Cassy Rains

This past Saturday night, March 26, a new Miss ETBU was crowned at the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

Cassie Rains, a junior nursing major from Benton, LA and one of 13 contestants, was chosen by a panel of judges to be the 55th Miss ETBU.

A hearty congratulations to Cassy and great job to all the other contestants as well!


Read the full story from Mike Midkiff here.

Snow Day…Snow MONTH!!!

Friday, February 12th, 2010

So East Texas had a very unusual spring in that we had tons of snow on several different days.  On Friday, February 12, we had a massive snow storm (in Texas terms at least).  Naturally, classes were canceled because the roads were horrible.  All of the local news outlets were encouraging people to stay indoors unless driving is absolutely necessary.  So naturally I got in my Yukon and headed to ETBU to see the snow!  I recorded this video while driving around campus:

Students came out in huge numbers as well.  Students were doing everything from building snowmen to snowball fighting to sliding down the hill behind Mabee housing Complex.  A group of students (pictured below) even went to the football field and, using a wakeboard, began “snowboarding” down the hills!

To see more shots of students having fun on Snow Days click here!

In Texas, we do have a lot of fun in the sun, but this spring, we had a ton of fun in the SNOW!!  How about that Texas weather!?!

Though it would seem appropriate to say ‘Go White!’, we’ll just end this post with, Go Blue!!