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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


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.

Click here to read more.

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

Dec
9
2015

Lady Tiger Earns 2nd ASC Weekly Award



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


ETBU's April Leonard shoots a 3-pointer vs. Hardin-Simmons. Leonard scored 24 points in the 78-77 win by ETBU. Photo by Brittany Gatlin.

ETBU’s April Leonard shoots a 3-pointer vs. Hardin-Simmons. Leonard scored 24 points in the 78-77 win by ETBU. Photo by Brittany Gatlin.

For the second time this year East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball player April Leonard has been named the American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week. Leonard guided ETBU to a 2-0 week and a 1-0 start in the ASC.

She averaged 20.5 points per game in helping ETBU improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in Ornelas Gym. She had her third 20+ scoring game this season with 24 points vs. HSU. She scored 17 vs. McMurry on Thursday shooting .500 from the floor (6-of-12) with six assists. She made 8-of-10 free throws vs. HSU. In the last 2:08 of the game vs. HSU, she scored six of the 10 points making a three-pointer and going 3-of-4 from the FT line. With 13 seconds left and a one-point lead, she made both free throws to take a three-point lead, 77-74. She then made one-of-two FTs with five seconds left for a three-point lead, 78-75. ETBU is now 4-0 at home this year.

ETBU defeated both McMurry and Hardin-Simmons for the first time in over 10 years. ETBU last defeated HSU in 2005-06 and McMurry in 2002-03. Leonard also leads the ASC in scoring at 19.0 points per game.

Dec
4
2015

Mission Marshall Receives over A Ton of Food from KSLA/ETBU Holiday Food Drive



Posted by Tiger Pride in Ministry, Student Life


KSLA's Matt Harris records a thank you message while sitting among the food donated canned goods giving to the KSLA/Holiday Food Drive.  Photo by Mike Midkiff

KSLA’s Matt Harris records a thank you message to air on Channel 12.  The KSLA/Holiday Food Drive collected over a ton of food for the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry. Photo by Mike Midkiff

East Texas Baptist University joined KSLA-TV for its Annual Holiday Food Drive held on Wednesday, Dec. 2.  The Marshall community donated over one ton of canned goods and non-perishable food items during the drive held from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The donated food is now on the shelves of the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry at Mission Marshall to be distributed to Harrison County families in need.

KSLA’s Matt Harris broadcast live from the collection point in front of Marshall Hall during the channel 12’s newscasts asking the Marshall community to donate food.

Hunger is not only a national problem, with over 48.1 million American homes without enough food; it’s a local community issue as well. The United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry reports that in Harrison County, 20.6% of community does not have enough food. That translates to 13,250 residents.

“One does not know how much the donated food from today will make a difference,” said food pantry board president Rebecca Searcy at the end of drive. “The food collected will make a huge impact in our community.”

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The 13-hour drive saw over 14 different ETBU groups ranging from athletic teams, students, faculty, staff, and student organizations volunteering their time in hour increments to receive donations. Many of the groups brought food items as well to donate. During the noon newscast viewers, were entertained with Christmas music performed by the Tiger Band as Harris reported on how the food drive was progressing. The Tiger Cheer Team, and mascot “Toby the Tiger, wearing a Santa Suit, were also featured during the live cut-in as about 40 members of the Tiger football team and the Office of Financial Aid donated food.

The drive ended with the ETBU Lady Tiger basketball team helping representatives from Mission Marshall to load just over 2,000 pounds of donated food in two trucks and one SUV.  Last year, the food drive netted over 500 pounds of donated food.

Nov
30
2015

ETBU Grad Elected President of Pastors Conference



Posted by Tiger Pride in Alumni


ETBU grad Nathan Davis (left) was elected as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Pastors Conference. He is standing with vice-president Jason McGuffie and secretary/treasuere Thumper Miller. Photo by Brian Blacwell of the Louisiana Baptist Message.

ETBU grad Nathan Davis (left) was elected as president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention Pastors Conference. He is standing with vice-president Jason McGuffie and secretary/treasurer Thumper Miller. Photo by Brian Blacwell of the Louisiana Baptist Message.

The newly elected president of the Louisiana Baptist Pastors Conference is a 2002 graduate of East Texas Baptist University. Dr. Nathan Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church of Coushatta, La., was elected at this year’s conference held at First Baptist Church Bossier City, La., Nov. 8-9th.

Brad Jurkovich, pastor of First Baptist Church in Bossier City, was quoted in the October 22 edition of the Louisiana Baptist Message, “I have known Nathan to be a godly man and leader. He and I received Doctorates from Southwestern Seminary together. He is strong biblically, shepherds his congregation with faith and vision and is committed to seeing Southern Baptist make a difference for Christ throughout Louisiana, America and the world.”

Since 2010, Davis has served as pastor of FBC, Coushatta.  The church averages around 160 people in worship and has witnessed 13 baptisms from Aug. 31, 2014 to Sept. 1 of this year.  His wife, Melanie (Latiolais) graduated from ETBU in 2000.  Melanie is a stay at home mom with their children, Reagan and McKinley.

Davis is the pastor of current Miss ETBU Morgan Garrett who plays on the Lady Tiger Basketball Team.

Nov
20
2015

Leonard is ASC East Player of the Week



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


leonard pow 11 20Just one game into the 2015-16 season, the East Texas Baptist University women’s basketball team has earned an American Southwest Conference weekly award. Senior April Leonard has been named the ASC East Division player of the week.

Leonard scored a career-high 30 points and had six three-pointers in the win against Southwestern University on Saturday, November 14. Leonard scored the majority of her 30 points with 19 in the second half and hit three 3-pointers. When SU pulled to within one with 4:37 remaining, Leonard hit a three-pointer for a four-point lead. Southwestern took the lead with 1:19 left to play but Leonard hit another three-pointer at the 1:06 mark to regain the lead. She then made one free throw with eight seconds left for a three-point lead (69-66) to put the game away.

This is the third time in her career that she has earned an ASC weekly award.

Nov
19
2015

Two Volleyball Players Named All-Americans



Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors


avca awards volleyballIt is the second time in three years that the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team has received AVCA awards both regionally and nationally. Mallory Sanders and Adaeze Elonu were voted AVCA All-American honorable mention and All-Region in a five-day span. ETBU has now had three AVCA All-American honorable mention selections in three years as Kolby Sharp was an All-American in 2013.

Regionally, it was the first time in program history that ETBU had two players earn all-region awards. It was also the third straight year that ETBU has had players on the all-region team.

Sanders continued her historic career at ETBU earning two more awards to already go with her ASC awards. She was the ASC East Division co-Player of the Year, All-ASC, and All-ASC East first-team along with being the ASC East Division player of the week, twice, and the AVCA National Player of the Week once. She was then voted both AVCA All-Region and All-American adding to her awards. This year she finished with 384 kills and a .258 attack percentage averaging 3.86 kills per set. She also added 297 digs (3.0 per set) and 49 blocks.

Elonu earns her first All-American award and second All-Region award adding to her All-ASC and All-ASC East Division awards. She leaves ETBU as the all-time blocks leader and finished the year with 125 blocks averaging 1.26 per set. She also added 253 kills (2.56 per set) with a .344 attacking percentage. In her career, she was a three-time All-ASC first-team (East Division or ASC) selection and a two-time All-AVCA regional selection.

ETBU finished the year 21-7 and second in the ASC East Division.