May
20
2016

American Southwest Conference Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics, Just for Fun


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).

Feb
15
2016

Marshall News Messenger Editorial: Maverick University A Marvelous Idea


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics


editorial marshall news 2 14 16The schools in the Marshall area always work diligently to provide the best education for their students but sometimes a new initiative comes along that is simply inspired. Such was the announcement of Maverick University, a partnership between Marshall High School and East Texas Baptist University that allows students to earn a previously unheard of number of college credits while still in high school. This program will greatly serve both schools and most importantly the students.

Qualifying juniors and seniors at MHS will be able to earn up to 27 college credits without leaving campus as ETBU instructors will come to them for class at a fraction of the cost to the high school students. Courses cost $50 per credit hour or $150 per a three-hour course plus the cost of books. That is half of the current cost for high school students currently enrolled in ETBU dual credit courses. This is a great savings from a top-notch private institution.

And while MHS students were able to take dual credit courses before, under Maverick University students will be able to take many more as a total of nine courses are being offered including American History I and II, English I and II, College Algebra, Statistics, Calculus I and II and Speech. This will make graduating seniors essentially sophomores when they enroll in college. A better head start they could not hope for.

So far 20 students are enrolled but the program is aiming for 100 and surely they will meet that goal as this truly is a good gig for students.

To help defray the already reduced costs, the Marshall Education Foundation is taking donations in order to offer scholarships to help some qualifying students who can’t afford tuition or books. The Marshall Education Foundation was one of the key movers behind this effort to create a better educational opportunity for Marshall students. This truly gives students that take advantage a leg up in college and in life. In today’s world, the cost of a college education is daunting and we applaud their efforts.

This will offer a nurturing environment for students who may not have been exposed to institutions of higher learning before. We can only hope this inspires students who were not considering college to think again.

We hope MHS students take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of their last years in high school.

(Editorial published 2/14/16 Marshall News Messenger)

Oct
8
2015

Ponder Shares Information with the Texas Library Journal


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff


Manager of Instruction and Information Services Elizabeth Ponder shares with students about the resources available to them when seeking out information to write a research paper.  Photo by ETBU Public Relations.

Manager of Instruction and Information Services Elizabeth Ponder shares with students about the resources available to them when seeking out information to write a research paper. Photo by ETBU Public Relations.

The Mamye Jarrett Library at East Texas Baptist University holds over 120,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials.  Students also have access to over 2 million electronic books, databases, some 25,000 electric journals and newspapers and access to more than 105,000 streaming audio and video formats.

The Jarrett Library is under the direction of Cynthia Peterson, Directory of Library Services. Recently, one of Peterson’s support staff, Elizabeth Ponder, Manager of Instruction and Information Services, had information published in the Fall 2015 Texas Library Journal.

Ponder submitted information when a questioned was asked on a listerv. Here is what she sent to Texas Library Journal and it was chosen to be shared with others.

Libraries are exciting places because… they change lives! During each fall semester, we

meet individually with each of our 300 plus freshmen at the reference desk to help them with their first research project. This gives us a chance to get to know our students and gives our students a chance to try out the process of asking a librarian for assistance. Our hope is that this: a) lets them know that we are here to help them and b) decreases their anxiety level the next time they need to ask us for help with their research assignments.

A “Tiger Pride” thank you to Elizabeth Ponder for sharing how the Jarrett Library helps students succeed in the classroom.

Jun
8
2015

ETBU Student-Athletes Earn ASC Academic Award


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics


43 awardsThe American Southwest Conference released the list of the All-Academic players and East Texas Baptist University had 43 student-athletes on the list. This list is compromised of the winter and spring sports for ETBU of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball. The list also includes the student athletic trainers in which ETBU had 18 earn the award.

To be eligible for ASC Academic All-Conference honors, students must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution prior to the season in which they are honored. All student-athletes and sports information student assistants named Academic All-Conference carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average while athletic training student assistants carry a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average.

Softball led the way for ETBU with 14 players earning the award which was the best for that sport tying with Texas Dallas. Baseball followed with 12 players on the list while women’s track and field added eight as the top three teams for ETBU. Below is the list of student-athletes on the ASC All-Academic list:


Baseball

Ben Beltran East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology El Paso, Texas
Conner Combs East Texas Baptist So. Business Southlake, Texas
Zach Compton East Texas Baptist So. Business Pflugerville, Texas
Zach Ervin East Texas Baptist So. Business Administration Mount Pleasant, Texas
Matt Lefler East Texas Baptist Sr. Criminal Justice Conway, Ark.
Tanner Matthews East Texas Baptist Jr. Speech Communications Joshua, Texas
Kirby Moore East Texas Baptist Sr. Secondary Education Minden, La.
Ernest Perez East Texas Baptist Jr. Mathematics Corpus Christi, Texas
Jaxon Rader East Texas Baptist So. Business Paris, Texas
Jacob Wadle East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Tyler, Texas
Cody Wilk East Texas Baptist So. Business Allen, Texas
Brice Winter East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Paris, Texas

Softball

Jessica Bowden East Texas Baptist Jr. Marketing Pearland, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Katy Hill East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Wichita Falls, Texas
Kaitlyn Hollingshead East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training New Braunfels, Texas
Kayla Garcia East Texas Baptist Sr. Business Administration Navasota, Texas
Lacey Lindsey East Texas Baptist So. Nursing Leander, Texas
Kelly Jo McLendon East Texas Baptist Jr. Kinesiology Livingston, Texas
Alexis Padilla East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Houston, Texas
Shelby Parker East Texas Baptist Gr. Sports Management Brazoria, Texas
Jayme Perez East Texas Baptist So. Mass Communications Austin, Texas
Shelby Phillips East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Nederland, Texas
Lindsey Vasquez East Texas Baptist So. Business Accounting Hallsville, Texas
Maranda Westbrook East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Rusk, Texas
Mallory Westbrook East Texas Baptist Gr. Sports Management Rusk, Texas

Women’s Track and Field

Rachel Ferguson East Texas Baptist Jr. Psychology Hemphill, Texas
Hannah Godwin East Texas Baptist Jr. Education Spring, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Madison Kauffman East Texas Baptist Gr. Education Sugarland, Texas
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas
Shelby Sparks East Texas Baptist So. Kinesiology Richardson, Texas
Shelby Taylor East Texas Baptist So. Elementary Education Flint, Texas
Jenny Utterbeck East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas

Men’s Track and Field

Cody Blankenship East Texas Baptist So. Business Hallsville, Texas
Bryce Hale East Texas Baptist Jr. History Education Quinlan, Texas
Landon Price East Texas Baptist Gr. Religion / Missions Mount Pleasant, Texas

Men’s Basketball

Eric Horton East Texas Baptist Jr. Business Paris, Texas
Seth Powers East Texas Baptist Jr. Math Education Midlothian, Texas
Erby Thompson East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Pitkin, La.

Women’s Basketball

Morgan Garrett East Texas Baptist Jr. University Studies Coushatta, La.
Amanda Rucker East Texas Baptist Sr. Kinesiology Grand Saline, Texas

Men’s Tennis

Tyler Tolopka East Texas Baptist Jr. Biology Sugarland, Texas

Women’s Tennis

Shavonne Nuall East Texas Baptist So. Biology Grand Prairie, Texas

Athletic Training

Alanis Bailey East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Elgin, Texas
Dana Boyd East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Hailey Brown East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Bogota, Texas
Tiffannee Byrd East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Livingston, Texas
Sara Clements East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Pearland, Texas
Brett Forbus East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Kilgore, Texas
Anastasia Grimaldo East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Tatum, Texas
Kristen Hensley East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Van Alstyne, Texas
Katy Hill East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Wichita Falls, Texas
Kaitlyn Hollingshead East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training New Braunfels, Texas
Desirae Pearcy East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Arlington, Texas
JD Richardson East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training White Oak, Texas
Sami Rios East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training Joshua, Texas
Sam Stampley East Texas Baptist Jr. Athletic Training McKinney, Texas
Brady Tomlin East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Gilmer, Texas
Jenny Utterback East Texas Baptist Sr. Athletic Training Rowlett, Texas
Jacob Wadle East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Tyler, Texas
Brice Winter East Texas Baptist So. Athletic Training Paris, Texas
May
18
2015

Special Presentations at Spring Commencement


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner with ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. Miss Garner received the Presidential Award. Photo by Ben Daily of Daily Photography-Marshall.

Spring Commencement was held on May 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Family, friends, alumni, current students and well-wishers came to see the 126 East Texas Baptist University students walk across the stage to receive their degrees.

ETBU President-Elect Dr. J. Blair Blackburn addressed the graduates. He encouraged them by saying, “Students, soon to be graduates of East Texas Baptist University, congratulations to you on the completion of your educational journey. The earning of your degree is a remarkable achievement but the journey of lifelong learning and discovery does not end with the awarding of your earned degrees. Today, you will commence from here to passionately pursue the vocational calling, God has on the rest of your life.”

Not only did the graduates receive the recognition they earned the ceremonies also had a time for special presentations. Three professors received Professor with Distinction honors and one student received the Presidential Award.

Summa Cum Laude graduate Brittney Garner received the Presidential Award from Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler. The Lumberton native graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors and Mathematics. Her Honors Project was titled “Community Plant Analysis: 10-Years of Succession.” The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement.  Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler with Dr. Donna Dooley, retiring Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley, along with Dr. Stan Coppinger and Dr. Bill Mils were presented Professor with Distinction honors during Spring Commencement. Photo by Brendon Sceroler.

Three faculty members were presented Professor with Distinction honors for the 2014-2015 academic year. The three honored were Dr. Stan Coppinger, professor of English; Dr. Bill Mills, professor of Computer Science; and Dr. Donna Dooley, professor of Teacher Education and Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Dooley is retiring after serving 17 years at ETBU.

Two sessions were held with the morning ceremony including graduates of the Fred M. Hale School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Humanities, and the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies (Nursing).  The afternoon ceremony had graduates of the School of Education, School of Fine Arts, and School of Natural and Social Sciences.

Congratulations to the Spring graduates of ETBU and those who received special honors.

Jan
23
2015

Tigers On the ASC Fall All-Academic Teams


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Athletics, Honors


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The American Southwest Conference has announced its 2014 Fall All-Academic Teams with 34 East Texas Baptist University student/athletes on the list. More than 350 student-athletes from 12 member institutions are on the honor list and include the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.

To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Making the 2014 ASC Fall All-Academic Teams from ETBU are:

Men’s Cross Country

Aaron Durham – Liberty, Texas

Nicolas Larzabal – Bogota, Columbia

Jack Perkins –  Anna, Texas

Landon Price – Mount Vernon, Texas

Ian Spencer – Marshall, Texas

 

Women’s Cross Country

Madison Kauffman – Sugarland, Texas

Megan Merrill – Mount Pleasant, Texas

Shelby Sparks – Richardson, Texas

Shelby Taylor – Flint, Texas

 

Football

Travis Danford – Fort Worth, Texas

Bryce Hale – Quinlan, Texas

Ricky Jenkins – Fort Worth, Texas

Jacob McClain – Teague, Texas

Onisokien Osuamkpe – Rosharon, Texas

Cody Pruitt –  Huffman, Texas

Evan Simpson –  Dew, Texas

Josh Warbington –  Hallsville, Texas

 

Men’s Soccer

Justin Adams – Kilgore, Texas

Brett Forbus – Kilgore, Texas

 

Women’s Soccer

Kayla Cradit – Houston, Texas

Whitney Justice – Tyler, Texas

Sasha Kotowych – Humble, Texas

Erin Miller – Lumberton, Texas

Amber Pless – Willis, Texas

Christina Salas – College Station, Texas

Nicole Salom – Rockwall, Texas

Natalie Torres – Mabank, Texas

 

Volleyball

Nicole Buzzard – Round Rock, Texas

Megan Elrod – Irving, Texas

Kayla Green – Keller, Texas

Morgan Rupp – Mansfield, Texas

Mallory Sanders –  Mansfield, Texas

Kolby Sharp – Pearland, Texas

Kayla Taylor – Arlington, Texas

Jan
6
2015

A New Semester & Congratulations to the Graduates


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Alumni, Honors, Memories on the Hill, Student Life


Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President's Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler presents Payton Beggs with the President’s Award during fall commencement. Photo by Mike Midkiff.

The Spring Semester at East Texas Baptist University begins tomorrow (Jan.7). Yesterday students started to move back into the residential halls. The number of students returning yesterday was light but today it will be in full force.  Classes resume bright and early tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Congratulations to the 72 students who were awarded degrees on Saturday, December 20, during Fall Commencement. Of those, 59 received baccalaureate degrees and 13 received master’s degrees. The Fred Hale School of Business had its first every graduates of the Master of Business in Entrepreneurial Leadership program with six. The new program began during the fall 2013 semester. The Schools of Christian Studies, Education and Natural and Social Sciences also awarded master degrees during commencement.

During fall commencement, Payton Beggs was presented the President’s Award by ETBU Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler.   

The President’s Award is given to a graduating senior judged by the faculty to be the best all-around student enrolled in the University. The award includes scholastic ability and development, the degree of involvement in activities which reflect the ideals of the institution, character, integrity, and general attitude.

When Dr. Ressler called her named I was watching her as she sat among her fellow graduates.  She was stunned. It appeared to me she said to herself, “Did he just call my name. Let me wait and make sure it was my named he called before I stand up.”

Payton is a young lady who was very involved during her time at ETBU. She told me she is going to miss the Hilltop very much.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of  North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

East Texas Baptist University Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Dr. Scott Ray calls the name of graduate Haley Marie Hilton of North Richland Hills. Behind Hilton, awaiting their names to be called are sisters Kaitlyn and Karson Kent of Mount Pleasant.

The Wichita Falls native graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication. Earlier in the fall semester, she received the Bob and Gayle Riley Servant Leadership Award.  During her time on the Hilltop, Payton was a member of the very successful ETBU Debate team as well as being involved in the ministries of the Baptist Student Ministry. She also led the worship service many times for Refuge that is held on Tuesday evenings. She attended Crossroads Baptist Church while a student at ETBU.

One of the joys of serving at ETBU is watching students achieve their educational goals by receiving their degrees from ETBU.  As the spring semester begins, I am looking forward to commencement on May 2nd to witness again those who graduate from the Hilltop.  

To see the Fall graduate list, click here.

Oct
6
2014

ETBU Student Chosen For JAMP


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Honors


ETBU Junior Skylyn Potts

ETBU Junior Skylyn Potts

A big “Tiger Pride” high five to East Texas Baptist University junior Skylyn Potts of McLeod, Texas. Potts, a Biology major, was recently accepted into the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP). 

Potts is the first ETBU to be chosen for the JAMP program. Through this program, he was able to spend the summer studying at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  

JAMP is funded through the Texas High Education Coordinating Board and is a unique partnership between all nine Texas medical schools and 65 public and private four-year undergraduate institutions.  

JAMP has been helping Texas students become tomorrow’s medical professionals by providing:

 

  •          Support through undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer stipends

 

  •          Mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for medical school

 

  •          Hands-on experience through summer internships

 

  •          Guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school if all requirements are met

 

Jul
14
2014

ETBU Professor Nominated to Serve With BWA


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Faculty/Staff, Honors


Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, "Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience." Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

Dr. Elijah Brown post a selfie from Ephesus on Twitter. He tweeted out, “Enjoyed seeing Ephesus today! Amazing experience.” Photo by @ElijahMBrown.

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is a fellowship of 228 conventions and unions in 121 countries and territories comprising 42 million members in 177,000 churches.  Last week, during its annual meeting held in Izmir, Turkey, a faculty member of the East Texas Baptist University School of Christian Studies was elected to serve on the BWA  Nominations Committee for the term of 2014-2019.

Dr. Elijah Brown, ETBU’s Director of the Freedom Center and Associate Professor of Missions, was nominated by the North American Baptist Fellowship to serve on this vital committee.

“With 26 member bodies, the North American Baptist Fellowship promotes fellowship and collaboration among Baptists across both Canada and the United States.  It is an honor to be selected as one of their representatives to the nominating committee of the Baptist World Alliance,” said Dr. Brown from Izmir.  “I am grateful for the support offered by East Texas Baptist University and for the willingness of both the NABF and the BWA to intentionally include young leaders in their decision making processes.” 

Dr. Brown  also tweeted from the meeting, “Thank you @NABF for recommendation with @samchaise_cbm to help with nominating committee @TheBWA for 2014-2019. Honored by the opportunity.”  Sam Chaise, the other NABF nominee, serves with Canadian Baptist Ministries.

Another attendee at the Annual Gathering, George Bullard, president of Columbia Partnership, based in Columbia, South Carolina, posted to his blog (www.BullardJournal.org), “It is important that this group have God’s wisdom in choosing a diversity of qualified people to serve BWA in the years to come so it’s a true worldwide organization.” Bullard also serves as the general secretary of the NABF.

While in Turkey, Dr. Brown took the opportunity to visit several early New Testament sites like Ephesus and the Church of Saint John, which is the traditional burial site where John the Apostle is said to have been laid to rest.  

To read more, click here.

To discover more about the ETBU School of Christian Studies,click here.

Jul
3
2014

Zach’s Story


Posted by Tiger Pride in Academics, Spiritual Life, Student Life


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The Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List for the Spring Semester recognized 366 students for their academic achievement in the classroom. Everyone on the list has a story.

One particular student on the Dean’s List with Honors , sophomore Zach Whitlow of McKinney, had the opportunity to tell his story of faith in the Spring 2014 Texas Baptist Magazine published  by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Whitlow has answered God’s call to serve as a minister of the Gospel and is seeking his education in the School of Christian Studies to prepare himself for service in God’s Kingdom. For the past year, he has been serving as a youth intern at Central Baptist Church of Marshall.

A quote by Whitlow in the article states, “When you are called into the ministry, it means you need to start serving today. You do not need to wait around until you are prepared, because God is constantly preparing you for how He wants to use you. “

To read his story in the Texas Baptist Magazine, click here.

To see who else is in on the ETBU Spring Dean’s List with Honors and Dean’s List, click here.