Dec
10
2015

An Expression of Love through Service and Giving


Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Faculty/Staff


athletes rakingA group of East Texas Baptist University student-athletes heard about a need facing an elderly Marshall couple and acted upon that need. ETBU baseball, softball, volleyball, and soccer players joined together this past Sunday afternoon with rakes in hand to do much needed yard work at the couple’s home. Health issues have kept the couple from taking care of their yard.

Lady Tiger softball coach Janae Shirley shared that the students were willing to set aside a few hours to do something nice for someone they did not know. “They were not made to do this, they just wanted to help this couple,” Shirley said.

Then last week, the Tiger football team, after raising funds themselves, went to J.H. Moore Elementary School to bless eight children with Christmas gifts. These eight children come from families in need.

Tiger football members on the Moore campus is not an unusual sight. Each week about 20 players volunteer their time to work with the children in the Afterschool Centers for Education (ACE) program.

ACE Site Coordinator LaDarius Carter expressed his thankfulness in a Letter to the Editor in Sunday’s Marshall News Messenger.  He wrote, “Coach Joshua Eargle did not want much attention paid to these acts of kindness because his goals were simply; bless some kids in need and to show his team the importance of giving back.”

Right before the Thanksgiving break, ETBU students, faculty, and staff participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child ministry.  The ETBU community donated 207 Christmas gift boxes for children around the world through Samaritan’s Purse.

Why this giving by the ETBU family to the Marshall community and the world?  The giving is motivated by the love that God has shown to world by sending His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

-Luke 2:12

Oct
27
2015

ETBU Professor Presents at National Conference on Mentoring


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


10313822_695868500459592_2155463141167603600_nEast Texas Baptist University Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice, Dr. Bob Benefield, presented at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute National Conference held October 20-23.

Dr. Benefield, who has been teaching at ETBU since 2001, made two presentations. His poster session presentation was titled, “Three Steps and Thirty Ideas for Promoting Peace in your Heart and your Relationships.”  His conference paper presentation was titled, “Sustained Neutrality:  A Peace Psychology Model for Bridging Duality and Non-Duality Consciousness in Transformational Mentoring.”

Both presentations focused on applications in peace-building through transformational non-duality consciousness which is the central theme of the Psychology of Peace course taught by him at ETBU.  This peace-building model includes the role of contemplative prayer in transformational consciousness, creative anger and stress reduction, self-management of cognitive processes, and applying mediation and conflict resolution principles to daily living.

The conference theme this year was “New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation.” The conference is attended by faculty, staff, and students of higher education, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

A “Tiger Pride” thank you to Dr. Benefield for sharing his expertise and knowledge with others at the conference.

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.

Aug
13
2015

ETBU Professor Asked to Speak at Marshall “No Labels, No Colors” Dinner


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


mnm front august 13A Professor of Spanish at East Texas Baptist University was asked to speak at a culture awareness meeting hosted by the Marshall Police Department on Wednesday, August 12.  The meeting brought the Marshall community together to focus on educating attendees about Hispanic culture, traditions, and food. The free public dinner was an event of the ongoing “No Colors, No Labels” initiative by MPD and the City of Marshall, birthed by police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa.

Jose Alonzo, who has been at ETBU since 1994, shared with those gathered his story of being Hispanic living in the United States.

Marshall News Messenger reporter Ryan Waggoner reported on the event and below is two excerpts from his story.

Alonzo, who is originally from Honduras, focused on how U.S. politicians and others use generalized terms that don’t address unique cultures when describing Hispanic people, or when they refer to the continents of North and South America.

 “There are 20 or so different Latin American countries, but people think anyone south of the border is just ‘Mexican,'” Alonzo said. “Anyone brown is ‘Mexican.’ We need to make sure to teach our kids that America is a whole continent that also has 20 Latin American countries, all of which have different ideas in regards to culture.”

Jose Alonzo, ETBU Assistant Professor of Spanish, speaking at meeting. Photo by Ryan Waggoner-Marshall News Messenger

Jose Alonzo, ETBU Assistant Professor of Spanish, speaking at meeting. Photo by Ryan Waggoner-Marshall News Messenger

 Alonzo hadn’t experienced any major incidents of racism personally since coming here, he said, and attributed that to his attitude when dealing with different people and the advantage of being educated.

“Education is extremely important,” Alonzo said. “If you are well-educated, people will respect you, no matter what.”

Former ETBU professor Blanca Jenkins also presented at the event held at the Marshall Visual Arts Center.

 Jenkins, the last speaker of the evening, shared her story of coming to the U.S. at the age of 19 in 1994, knowing no English, to go to boarding school, and also talked about why something as simple as cooking tamales can be a bonding experience for Hispanic families.

 “It was a blessing that I learned English,” Jenkins said, echoing Alonzo’s sentiments of attitude and education as factors for her success in the U.S. “It has opened many doors for me. Whenever I am with Hispanic friends, I always tell them they need to learn English, and I when I am with my Anglo friends I tell them how learning English was a huge task. We need understanding on both sides.”

A “Tiger Pride” high five to Alonzo and Jenkins for sharing at the “No Colors, No Labels” event.

Click here to read Waggoner’s full story reported in the Marshall News Messenger.

Jul
28
2015

ETBU Professor Offers His Expertise to those with ADHD


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff


counseling bannerMembers of the faculty at East Texas Baptist University are asked often to provide expert information on various issues and topics in their field of study. Dr. Gerald Nissley, ETBU assistant professor of Psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist, is quoted in a recent article by Rachel Hartman titled, “7 Organizing Tips for People With ADHD.”

Hartman brings out information reported by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America that 8 million adults have ADHD.  Many who have ADHD, “struggle with getting and staying organized.”

Dr. Gerald Nissley

Dr. Gerald Nissley

Under the heading “Break it Up,” Dr. Nissley states, “ADHD is a disorder of intention, not attention. Thus, it’s important to structure the organizing process in a way that allows it to be less daunting.”

According to the article, “one way to do this: Divide the project into manageable parts. If you’re going to put a room in order, start by standing in the middle of the space. Mark off grids, or sections, to be organized.

A couple of other ways to split up a project:

Make a list of what needs to be done in the room. When you complete a task, cross it off.

Draw a picture of the room and make notes to guide you through each step.”

To read the complete article, “7 Organizing Tips for People with ADHD” click here.

Thank you Dr. Nissley for providing information that helps individuals who have ADHD.

Dr. Nissley has been teaching at ETBU since 2011 and specializes in ADHD. He is the director for the Master of Arts in Counseling program at ETBU.  If you would like information about any of the graduate programs at ETBU, click here.

Jun
15
2015

A Total of 340 Years of Faithful Service


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


Karen Wiley (standing left) was recognized for 30 years of service at East Texas Baptist University during the annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty.  Standing with her are Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler and Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Catherine Crawford. Wiley serves ETBU as the Dean of Academic Services in the  Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Karen Wiley (standing left) was recognized for 30 years of service at ETBU during the annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty. Standing with her are Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler and Vice President for University Advancement Dr. Catherine Crawford. Wiley serves ETBU as the Dean of Academic Services in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

East Texas Baptist University held its annual End-of-the-Year Celebration for full time staff and faculty at the end of the Fall Semester. The celebration started with a time of worship and prayer in Baker Auditorium and finished with a luncheon in the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms of the Ornelas Student Center to honor employees for service. A total of 30 were recognized that represented 340 years of faithful service to the University.

Those honored for years of service are:

Five Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Stanley Coppinger, Professor of English

Sherry Covington, Instructor of English

Dr. George Day, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Melisa Murphrey, School of Business Administrative Secretary

Mike Pappas, Assistant Football Coach

Martha Payne, Office Coordinator – Physical Facilities

Blair Prevost, Director of Ornelas Student Center & Assistant Dean-Student Affairs

Danna Robins, Administrative Secretary – Institutional Technology

Amanda Rickards, Retail – Sodexo

10 Years of Faithful Service

Sharon Hall, Secretary – Football

Dr. Warren Johnson, Professor of Religion & Master of Arts Program Director – Religion

Dr. Mark Miller, Associate Professor of Sociology

Garry Ormes, Carpentry Lead Man – Physical Facilities

Dr. Dennis Robertson, Professor of Communication

Dr. Darrell Roe, Associate Professor of Communication

Janae Shirley, Head Softball Coach

Dr. Will Walker, Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Michael Welch, Facilities Manager – Physical Facilities

Dr. Jeanna White, Professor of English & Director of the Writing Center

Carolyn Engel, Administrative Assistant – Sodexo

Amber Dortch, Catering Director – Sodexo

Melinda Faulkner, Dining Room Attendant – Sodexo

15 Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Dane Fowlkes, Associate Vice President for University Advancement

Dr. Israel Nandamudi, Professor of Political Science

Debbie Rogers, Director of Campus Services

Etherlene Silmon, Baker – Sodexo

ETBU employee Vickey Williams stands with Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler after being recognized for 25 years of service. Williams is a member of the Physical Facilities department serving on the housekeeping day crew.

ETBU employee Vickey Williams stands with Interim President Dr. Lawrence Ressler after being recognized for 25 years of service. Williams is a member of the Physical Facilities department serving on the housekeeping day crew.

20 Years of Faithful Service

Dr. Catherine Cone, Professor of Biology

Dr. John Harris, Professor of Religion – Dean of the School of Christian Studies

25 Years of Faithful Service

Vickey Williams, Housekeeping Day Crew – Physical Facilities

30 Years of Faithful Service

Karen Wiley, Dean of Academic Services – Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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.

May
11
2015

Two With ETBU Connections Elected to City Government Seats


Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Election Day was this past Saturday in East Texas. Two men who have strong ties to East Texas Baptist University were elected to serve in positions in their respective cities they live in.

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson

Dr. Dennis Robertson, ETBU Professor of Communication, was elected to the Gladewater City Council, Place 6 and alumnus LaDarius Carter was elected to the District 4 seat of the Marshall City Commission. Both Robertson and Carter edged out incumbents.

Dr. Robertson has been at ETBU since 2005 and has lived in Gladewater for 20 years.  He won over incumbent Councilman Scott E. Owens and challenger Mark Carpenter.

Dr. Robertson, after winning, told a reporter from the Longview News-Journal, he will enter office in study mode.

“We’ve got to figure out where we are right now before we can take major steps,” he said. Dr. Robertson added that Owens had called to offer assistance to the new council member. “All (three) of us are friends,” he said. “And they both congratulated me.”

LaDarius Carter

LaDarius Carter

Carter is a 2010 graduate of ETBU and works at Marshall ISD as the site coordinator for the ACE afterschool program.  He won the Marshall City District 4 seat over incumbent Bill Marshall.

In the Sunday edition of the Marshall News Messenger Carter said, he looked forward to what the future holds for Marshall. “I feel great about tonight. There’s so many people in this community, some that are friends, some that I just met, who came out and knocked on doors, they made campaign donations, they told their friends, they made phone calls, they encouraged us…  I’m excited about what the next several years will bring for this community.”

Carter is a 2006 graduate of Marshall High School and serves as the youth minister for the Marshall campus of Mobberly Baptist Church.  His wife Trista is a graduate of ETBU and teaches kindergarten at Robert E. Lee Elementary in Marshall ISD.

Congratulations to Dr. Robertson and Carter.

May
5
2015

ETvarsity Best Preps Banquet: The Natalie Bach-Prather Cross Country Runner of the Year Award


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


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It is not every day that an award that represents the best is named after you. Well, this has happened to East Texas Baptist University Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Natalie Bach-Prather.

The first ETvarsity Best Preps Banquet will be held on June 16 in Longview and the top male and female cross country runner will be awarded the Natalie Bach-Prather Cross Country Runner of the Year award. The evening will recognize the top high school athletes in all sports in the combined coverage areas of the Longview News-Journal, Marshall News Messenger and Panola Watchman.

Here is what the Longview News Journal printed on May 3rd  about Coach Bach-Prather.

Bach-Prather is a Marshall native, who was homeschooled and later attended and ran cross country at ETBU. In the fall, she will begin her seventh season as ETBU’s coach.

“Never in a million years did I expect this,” Bach-Prather said. “I would never have thought that this is where I would end up but I’m so glad and grateful that I did. It’s just awesome.”

Bach-Prather was a four-year letter winner and All-American Southwest Conference runner at ETBU, and she has competed in the Boston Marathon three times.

“It’s so cool, it’s such a huge honor,” Bach-Prather said of having the awards named after her. “I feel so honored to be a part of this. It’s just so cool. It’s great for the kids to have a big ceremony like this. It’s fantastic.”

Apr
6
2015

Two ETBU Staff Members Win TAPME State Awards


Posted by Tiger Pride in Faculty/Staff, Honors


blogs photo

Two East Texas Baptist University staff members have won state awards for the blogs they write for the Marshall News Messenger website.

At the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference held in Waco (3/29/15), in the Best Blog category for  similar size papers in the state,  Ryan Lueders, Schedule/Records Assistant in the Registrar office,  received the second place award. Mike Midkiff, Director of Public Relations in Enrollment Management and Marketing, received the third place award.

Lueder’s “Reel Ryan’s Movie Reviews” blog, brings a unique look at movies through the perspective of an actor who watches a ton of films, and also has a local Marshall perspective.

Midkiff’s  “From the Hilltop” blog, is about the good that happens at ETBU through the lives of students, faculty, and staff.

To read blogs by Lueder click here.

To read blogs by Midkiff click here.

The editorial staff of the Marshall News Messenger entered the blogs in the statewide completion. Each year, the TAPME joins the headliners Foundation of Texas to recognize outstanding journalism as practiced by the state’s daily newspapers.

The staff of the Marshall News Messenger also did well at the annual convention winning many awards.  Among the honors were first place in the Freedom of Information category and Star Online Package of the year.  Click here to read “Marshall News Messenger wins at Texas APME.”

To see the complete list TAPME winners click here.