Jan
26
2016

Two Times Now for Tiger Atkins



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


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.

Dec
17
2015

Tiger Coach Featured In NCAA Publication



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics


ncaa_story_prather_intEast Texas Baptist University’s Natalie Bach-Prather was featured in last October’s Champion Magazine, published by the NCAA.

Here is what Taylor Grayson wrote about Coach Bach-Prather:

Natalie Bach-Prather was home-schooled while growing up in Marshall, Texas, where her only taste of running came from racing her dad. But now she is making up for lost time – all without leaving her hometown. After enrolling at nearby East Texas Baptist University, Bach-Prather befriended the cross country coach and joined the team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English in 2008, then became a volunteer assistant coach. Soon, she was the women’s cross country head coach.

Four years later, she took over the men’s team, as well. And in 2014, East Texas Baptist decided to revive its track and field program – and Bach-Prather agreed to coach both the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams, too, starting with just four students. This spring, that number had grown to 52, and now that Bach-Prather is a 27-year-old coach of four Division III teams, she wonders: Could indoor track and field be in East Texas Baptist’s future, too?

Click here to view the article on the NCAA website.

Dec
15
2015

Atkins Named ASC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week



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Tiger guard (#23) Bret Atkins awaits for the play to develop as ETBU plays La. College in Ornelas Gym. Photo by Brittany Gatlin

Tiger guard (#23) Bret Atkins awaits for the play to develop as ETBU plays La. College in Ornelas Gym. Photo by Brittany Gatlin

Tiger senior guard Bret Atkins has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the  Week for his oustanding play in games played Dec. 7-13.  Atkins scored a career-high 27 points in a 78-68 win over Louisiana College. Atkins shot .700 from the floor, was a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range and was 9-of-10 at the foul line.

In a non-conference game against Rust College, Atkins had 15 points shooting .600 from the floor (6-of-10) with six rebounds. Overall, he averaged 21 points per game, shot .650 from the floor, .500 from three-point distance, and .857 from the free throw line. Against Louisiana College with 12:13 remaining, ETBU led by four points when Atkins scored the next nine points in four minutes for a 60-51 lead on a 9-4 run.

In the latest D3hoops.com  National Top 25 Poll, the Tigers move from number 22 to 15 this week. ETBU is 7-1 on the year.

 

Dec
11
2015

Three Players Gain All-Region Awards



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south region 2015Kendall Roberson, Tyler Bates, and Xavier Davis have earned another post-season award as they were named to the D3football.com All-South Region team. It is the first time ETBU has had All-Region awards in back-to-back years since 2005-06 and the first D3football.com all-region award for all three of them.

“It’s always an honor to have players receive post season awards,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. “These players have been a part of a senior class that has worked really hard to put ETBU back on the map in football and these awards represent the entire team.”

Last year, Josh Warbington and Stephen Alford were named to the third-team at quarterback and wide receiver. Prior to that it had been since 2008 when ETBU had an All-Region player. The last back-to-back seasons for All-Region awards came in 2005 and 2006 on the AFCA All-Region team for ETBU.

Roberson and Davis were both named to the All-South region second-team while Bates was a third-team selection at wide receiver. It is the second year in a row that ETBU has had an All-Region receiver.

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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