Feb
10
2016

Quillian is the ASC East Player of the Week



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quillan pow feb 2016For the third straight week in a row an East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player has earned the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week as Jordan Quillian is given the award. Bret Atkins won the award the previous two weeks.

Earning his first award of the year, Quillian averaged 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game with ETBU winning all three of its games. He shot 64.0 percent from the field (16-of-25) and 80.0 percent at the foul line (12-of-15).

On Feb. 1 against Louisiana College, Quillian finished with a team-high 18 points. Two days later against the University of Texas-Tyler, he chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. To close out the week, Quillian contributed 16 points and nine rebounds on Feb. 6 against LeTourneau (Texas) University.

For the season, Quillian averages 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shoots 54.0 percent from the floor.

ETBU plays next on Feb. 11 at the University of the Ozarks (Ark.) starting at 7:30 p.m.

Feb
9
2016

ETBU Singing Alumnae Back at the Super Bowl



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni, Honors


Third from the left is ETBU alumnae Sgt. Hannah Rigg Shirey. She is singing at Super Bowl 50 with a chorus comprised of members from of all the United States Armed Forces. Photo from CNN.com, 'Super Bowl  50 best photos.'

Third from the left is ETBU alumnae Sgt. Hannah Rigg Shirey. She is singing at Super Bowl 50 with a chorus comprised of members representing each branch of  the United State of America military. Photo from CNN.com, ‘Super Bowl 50 best photos.’

Super Bowl Trivia question: What East Texas Baptist University graduate has sung in not one, but two Super Bowl pregame festivities within the past three years? I will give you a hint, she graduated from ETBU in May 2010 and is a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force.

As CBS was showing the pregame activities of Super Bowl 50, announcer Jim Nantz said something like, “And now to perform God Bless America, select members representing all the Armed Forces bands and singing groups…”

Many of the ETBU family began to look for Hannah Rigg Shirey. The camera panned from left to right and as it got to the middle of the chorus there she was on the front row.

Technical Sergeant Shirey has been a member of the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants since 2013. The Tomball, Texas native was also part of the chorus when Renee Fleeming sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII when Denver lost to Seattle, 43-8.

In 2010, Shirey along with five others from ETBU shared their Christian testimony on a DVD produced by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The DVD was part of the Texas Hope 2010 evangelism outreach to the entire state of Texas.

Before Shirey knew Christ as Savior she shared, “When I was 13, my oldest brother Isaac was murdered. He was shot and killed in Austin, Texas and I could not understand how this merciful, gracious God could do something like that.”

After knowing Christ as Savior, she found hope. “My brother died, then my sister died in a car accident, and it was really tough.  Had I not had Jesus to cling too, I would have not been able to surpass any of those trials.”

Here is another trivia question: What ETBU alumnae is returning back to Marshall to perform?

The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants National Tour visits ETBU on April 12.

Feb
5
2016

Atkins 3rd ASC Honor This Season



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Senior Bret Atkins. American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week

Senior Bret Atkins. American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week

For the third time this year and second week in a row, East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player Bret Atkins has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division “Player of the Week.” Atkins hit 10 three-pointers on the week with eight vs. Texas-Tyler. He has earned this recognition on Dec. 14 and Jan. 25.

During this past week, Atkins averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He shot 66.7 percent from the field (12-of-18), 71.4 percent from 3-point range (10-of-14) and 90.0 percent from the foul line (nine-of-10).

On Jan. 25, Atkins contributed 10 points and five rebounds in ETBU’s victory against LeTourneau University. Two days later, he scored a career-high 33 points converting his first seven shots from the three-point line. He went 8-of-10 from the arc in that game scoring 30 points in the first half.

This season Atkins has started all of the team’s 21 games and is averaging 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

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Feb
2
2016

ETBU Debate Wins Championship



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ETBU Debater Shayne Davis won the championship in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament.

ETBU Debater Shayne Davis
won the championship in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament.

A “Tiger Pride” high five to East Texas Baptist University debate team member Shayne Davis. Davis, a junior from Marshall, Texas, competed in the Junior Varsity Division at the Southern Forensics Classic Debate Tournament held in Shreveport, La., Jan. 30-31.

Davis won the tournament’s Junior Varsity Division Championship, besting 30 other competitors in the division field. Davis posted a 3-3 preliminary record, entering the elimination rounds as the 12th seed. Davis became dominant in the elimination rounds, however, defeating his opponents in the octofinal round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds to take the division championship.

This is the second championship ETBU Debate has won in as many tournaments. ETBU debater Harleigh Parrish, a sophomore from Huntington, won the Novice Division Championship at the Mississippi College Debate Tournament in December 2015.

The ETBU squad will next compete at the Bossier Parish Community College debate tournament Feb. 20-21.  The ETBU debate team is open to any ETBU student, faculty, or staff member that would like to participate. No experience is required. For more information about the ETBU debate team, please contact Dr. Cole Franklin via email cfranklin@etbu.edu 

Jan
26
2016

Two Times Now for Tiger Atkins



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atkins vs utdallasEarning the award for a second time this season, East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball player Bret Atkins is the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. He also won the award in December.

During this past week, Atkins averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 50.0 percent from the field (11-of-22) as well as from 3-point range (five-of-10) in two ETBU victories. In the win over Texas Dallas, he made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the four-point win. On Jan. 21, he contributed 15 points in ETBU’s win over the University of Texas Dallas. Two days later, Atkins had 20 points in another ETBU victory, this one against the University of the Ozarks (Ark.). For the season, he is averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Jan
26
2016

Lady Tiger Alexander Named ASC Player of the Week



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taylee vs ut dallas 2Averaging a double-double on the week in two games, East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player Taylee Alexander has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. She is the second player for ETBU to receive this award this year as April Leonard has earned it twice.

Alexander averaged 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocked shots per game as ETBU went 1-1 against a pair of conference opponents. On Jan. 21, she totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and four blocked shots in an ETBU victory over the University of Texas Dallas. That was only ETBU’s third victory over Texas Dallas in seven years. Two days later, she posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in a loss against the University of the Ozarks (Ark.). For the season, she has a team-best six double-double performances.

Jan
22
2016

Ro Burns Chosen To Present Paper at Regional Conference



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Ro Burns

Ro Burns

East Texas Baptist University student Katelynn Rochelle “Ro” Burns, a senior speech communication major, has been selected to present an original research project as part of the Undergraduate Honor’s Conference at the Southern States Communication Association’s annual convention.

Burns’ research project, titled “Nonprofit Organizations and the Art of Fundraising”, utilizes a mixed research methodology to determine what strategies and tactics nonprofit organizations use to persuade individuals to donate funds. The project specifically examines the persuasive approaches taken by one international organization, Compassion International headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and one local organization, The Hub Urban Ministries headquartered in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Ro,” said Dr. Cole Franklin, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at ETBU. “She will have the chance to present her original research to an audience of communication scholars from a variety of different universities and obtain specific feedback on her work from a faculty respondent with a specialty in the subject area.”

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Jan
19
2016

ETBU Trustee Honored with MLK Humanitarian Award



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Rev. James Webb preaches in Chapel at ETBU back during the Fall Semester.

Rev. James Webb preaches in Chapel at ETBU back during the Fall Semester.

A trustee of East Texas Baptist University, Rev. James Webb, has received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, from the Greater Longview Pan-Hellenic Council. Rev. Webb has been the pastor of Bethseda Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall for 17 years.

Rev. Webb received the award during a ceremony held at Red Oak Baptist Church in Longview on Jan. 17.

The Longview News-Journal reported, “When the Rev. James Webb was told that he would be receiving the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award on Saturday night, he said he was honored and surprised.

“One of the things I have tried to do is just serve, without any expectation of recognition because I really believe that is our true purpose,” Webb said. “My own personal vision statement is to glorify God with my words, with my works and with my walk, that I might be a worthy witness to the world.”

The president of the Greater Longview Pan-Hellenic Council that sponsors the annual award, Alfred Taylor, said, “This award is given to a person who does something outside of his work area, who contributes in civic organizations. He is one who gives his all to the community, not only in Marshall but the Longview area.”

Rev. Webb is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has completed the ETBU Certificate in Ministry program. He is a representative at Merk Safety and First Aid Services in Longview.

To read the story that was published in the Longview News-Journal, click here.

Jan
11
2016

Tiger Football Players Named All-Americans



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all american football 2016Receiving one last award before the college football season ends, the East Texas Baptist University football had five players gain recognition from the USA Football Network with two being All-Americans. Josh Warbington and Kendall Roberson were named to the All-American team for NCAA Division III while C.J. Johnson, Tony Jones, and Bryston Parker made it onto the All-American Rookie Team.

For the second year in a row Warbington is on the All-American team. This is his second post-season award as he was voted All-ASC first-team at quarterback. He finishes a stellar career at ETBU throwing for over 7,000 yards and now holds 12 overall records from single game, single season, and career records. This past season he threw for 2,180 yards and 17 touchdowns with a 157.5 passing efficiency.

Roberson earns his first All-American award and this is his third post season award. He was already voted to the All-ASC first-team and the D3football.com All-South Region second-team. As one of the top premier back in NCAA Division III, he finished the year with 1,626 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns averaging 162.6 yards per game. At one point near the end of the season he was leading NCAA Division III in rushing touchdowns before post season play. He will finish in the NCAA Division III top 10 in three different categories. In September, he posted 420-yards rushing and five touchdowns vs. Belhaven University. The 420-yards rushing is eighth all-time in all NCAA.

Making it onto the All-Rookie team is Johnson (linebacker) and offensive linemen Parker and Jones. Johson was an All-ASC first-team selection and had 55 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Jones was an All-ASC second team selection and Parker was honorable mention.

ETBU finished the year at 7-3 and were tri-champions in the American Southwest Conference. It is the second championship in program history and the first winning season in 10 years.

Jan
8
2016

ETBU MBA Grad named To JPMorgan Chase Position



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tiger pride jpmorgan bank mba etbuJPMorgan Chase has a new Head of Mortgage Servicing who is an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University. Peter Muriungi, who received his Master of Business Administration degree from ETBU in December 1998, was named to the position recently.

Muriungi was chosen as the new head of Mortgage Servicing to replace Mike Weinbach, who was named CEO of Chase’s Mortgage Banking division in December.

According to DSnews.com:

Muriungi joined Chase in 2013. Prior to being named head of Mortgage Servicing with Chase, he worked for the last year as the head of Shared Services with the Mortgage Banking Leadership team. His team played a key role in making sure that Chase met all the requirements of the National Mortgage Settlement and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s consent order, which was enacted in June 2015. Chase was just released from the OCC’s consent order after the OCC determined that the bank is now in full compliance with the terms of the 2013 Independent Foreclosure Review.

“Under Peter’s leadership, we’ve made significant improvements in how we serve our customers, while meeting all regulatory requirements,” Weinbach said, also noting that Muriungi’s team has “successfully enabled us to tie how we do business with the regulations we follow.”

To read the complete story at DSnews.com, click here.