Apr
20
2016

Senior Girl Call-Out Ceremony


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


ETBU First Lady Michelle Blackburn presented roses to this year’s Senior Girl Call-Out recipient, Gabrielle Besch of Bonham.  The 69th ETBU Senior Girl-Call Out ceremony was held on the front lawn of Marshall Hall on Friday, April 15.

ETBU First Lady Michelle Blackburn presented roses to this year’s Senior Girl Call-Out recipient, Gabrielle Besch of Bonham. The 69th ETBU Senior Girl-Call Out ceremony was held on the front lawn of Marshall Hall on Friday, April 15.

East Texas Baptist University’s oldest, most honored tradition returned for its 69th year on Friday, April 15, 2016, naming the 2015-2016 Senior Girl Call-Out. The ceremony was held on the front lawn of Marshall Hall.

This year’s Senior Girl Call-Out is Gabrielle Besch of Bonham. Miss Besch is an Elementary Education major with a specialization in English/Language Arts. Her parents are Jared and Jennifer Besch.

The Senior Girl Call-Out ceremony is a simple, but beautiful ceremony honoring senior women who best reflect the values of the University. The one “called-out” is a young woman who is courteous, kind, loves scholarship, appreciates beauty, and shows evidence in her daily living of spiritual perception and reverence.

Miss Sallie Duncan, then Dean of Women initiated Senior Girl Call-Out in 1947. The script for the ceremony, which was written by former librarian Dr. Mary K. Armstrong, has remained the same for 69 years. Armstrong also wrote the arrangement for the ETBU school hymn.

This year, 23 senior girls participated in the ceremony along with their “little sisters” who are underclassmen chosen by the seniors. Charlotte Keifer of Cypress was the little sister of Miss Besche. From all the senior girls who choose to participate in the Call-Out, the ETBU faculty and staff elect one to honor as the Call-Out recipient.

To read more about Senior Girl Call-Out click here.

Apr
15
2016

Miss Brittany Smith Crowned as Miss ETBU 2016


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


Miss ETBU 2015 Morgan Garrett places the crown on the new Miss ETBU Brittany Smith. East Texas Baptist University held the 60th Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant on April 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.  Looking on is ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Heather Hadlock and Student Government Association president Gavin McAdam.

Miss ETBU 2015 Morgan Garrett places the crown on the new Miss ETBU Brittany Smith. East Texas Baptist University held the 60th Miss ETBU Scholarship Pageant on April 2 in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Looking on is ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Heather Hadlock and Student Government Association president Gavin McAdam.

The 60th  Miss East Texas Baptist University Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday, April 2, with sophomore nursing major Brittany Smith of Los Angeles, California crowned as Miss ETBU 2016. Miss Smith competed against 10 other contestants in the pageant held in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.

Miss Smith is the daughter of Steve and Sharon Jones. While attending ETBU, she has been a Resident Assistant in Centennial Hall and is a worship leader of a ministry organization called “Charge.”  She has been on Dean’s List and has received several academic and Christian leadership scholarships. She attends Praise Temple in Marshall. After graduating, she plans to work in a hospital emergency environment for a few years to prepare her to eventually work in medical missions with children overseas. She enjoys singing, playing the guitar, painting, and creating intentional conversations.

Pictured left to right: First runner up, Heather McGowin; Miss ETBU 2016, Brittany Smith; second runner up, Lauren McCollum; and voted Miss Congeniality, Corrie Andrews.   Miss McGowin also received the Talent Award for the pageant.

Pictured left to right: First runner up, Heather McGowin; Miss ETBU 2016, Brittany Smith; second runner up, Lauren McCollum; and voted Miss Congeniality, Corrie Andrews. Miss McGowin also received the Talent Award for the pageant.

When Mistress of Ceremonies Traci Ledford, ETBU Associate Professor and Chair of the Department Theatre Arts, called Smith’s name as the new Miss ETBU she was not sure at first it was her.

“My first reaction was as if they had made a mistake,” Miss Smith said afterwards. “I did not believe it at first. My stomach kind of dropped when everyone started applauding. I heard contestant number six, and said to myself, that’s me. I stepped up and still did not believe it. I am so blessed to be named Miss ETBU.”

Last year’s Miss ETBU, Morgan Garrett of Coushatta, La., along with ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Heather Hadlock, and Student Government Association, President Gavin McAdam, crowned Miss Smith before a large enthusiastic crowd.

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
10
2015

ETBU Crowns Homecoming King and Queen


Posted by Tiger Pride in Honors, Student Life


Pictured left to right: President Dr. Blair Blackburn, 2014 Homecoming Queen Anna Alonzo, 2015 Homecoming Queen Jayme Perez,  2015 Homecoming King Caleb Dorsey, and 2014 Homecoming King Tafadzwa Charum. Photo by Ben Daily, Daily Photograpy, Marshall

Pictured left to right: President Dr. Blair Blackburn, 2014 Homecoming Queen Anna Alonzo, 2015 Homecoming Queen Jayme Perez, 2015 Homecoming King Caleb Dorsey, and 2014 Homecoming King Tafadzwa Charum. Photo by Ben Daily, Daily Photography, Marshall

East Texas Baptist University crowned the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen during the Friday Night (Oct. 23)  Pep Rally held in Ornelas Gymnasium. The King is senior Caleb Dorsey of Palestine and the Queen is junior Jayme Perez of Austin.

Caleb is the son of Carl and Barbara Dorsey. He is a Religion major and represented Residence Life. Jayme is the daughter of David Perez and Karen Gebhardt. She is a Mass Communications major and represented Student Foundation.

Other members of the Court were senior: Joe Meadows of Mountain Home, Ark.; junior Desirae Pearcy of Arlington; senior Halen Sanders of Austin; senior Jeremy Rhodes of Bullard; junior Zhari Taylor of Shreveport, La.; and senior Brady Tomlin of Gilmer.

The 2014 Homecoming Queen, Anna Alonzo, and King, Tafadzwa Charuma, assisted ETBU President Dr. Blair Blackburn during the ceremony for crowning the King and Queen.

Oct
2
2015

Learning & Leading Classes Serving MISD


Posted by Tiger Pride in Ministry, Student Life


The ETBU Office of Academic Success tweeted Thursday evening, "ETBU freshman did a great job at South Marshall Elementary. Way to help out!."

The ETBU Office of Academic Success tweeted Thursday evening, “ETBU freshman did a great job at South Marshall Elementary. Way to help out!.”

All East Texas Baptist University freshmen are enrolled in the Learning and Leading program, which challenges students to faithfully live as Christian servant leaders on campus and beyond. Through collaborative experiences with faculty, students begin to plan and implement ways to change the world around them. Each learning and leading classes participate in a service project during their semester together.

On Thursday evening, individual Learning and Leading classes converged together to hold Fall Festivals at two Marshall Independent School District campuses. Children and their families were invited to play games as well participate in other fun activities at Lee Elementary and South Marshall Elementary. Both fall festivals had great attendance on a beautiful, cool East Texas evening.

Every freshman student takes learning and leading as a part of ETBU’s commitment to empower them as leaders. Students in Learning and Leading are equipped to be successful as a college-level learner, build the character necessary for credibility in leadership and enhance their skills for leadership.

A Tiger Pride high five to those who served and brought many smiles to children of Marshall ISD who attended the Fall Festivals.

Apr
17
2015

“I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!”


Posted by Tiger Pride in Student Life


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Do you remember the television series The A-Team?  The show was an action-adventure series starring George Peppard as John “Hannibal” Smith. This is the show that also boosted the fame of “Mr T” during the 1980’s.

There was a line that Hannibal used often in the series, do you remember it? “I love it when a plan comes together.”  That line is so appropriate for what I experienced this past Saturday night at the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at LeTourneau University in Longview.

The event was the Longview Symphony Orchestra Concert Series presenting “Freedom Rings A Celebration of America.”  The concert also featured the choirs of East Texas Baptist University and Wiley College.

The guest conductor was ETBU’s Dean of the School of Fine Arts Dr. Thomas R. Webster with special guests Dr. Justin Hodges, ETBU Director of Choral Activities and Wiley College Choir Director Professor Stephen L. Hayes.

The first part of the program featured the symphony as they played American Salute, Hymn to the Fallen, Fanfare for the Common Man, Variations on America and Stars and Stripes Forever. Following an intermission, the choirs joined the performance. The second half of the program included Overture to Candide, Dry Your Tears, A`frika, Shout for Joy and America the Beautiful.

The ETBU choir program invited all alumni to sing in the performance as well as they held a reunion event before the performance. I saw and said hello to former Miss ETBU Kelly Mills (2007), Rachel “Farley” Massey, Amanda “Bean” Thompson and Ashley “Bean” Sterrett, all past members of the ETBU Choir.

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The evening of music and song was wonderful. I personally enjoyed before the concert the acappella performances of both choirs in the foyer of The Belcher Center. The choirs were up on the walkways of the second and third floors singing to those below in the foyer.  The voices were sweetness to the ears below.

After the performance I was on stage and witnessed Dr. Webster, Dr. Hodges and Professor Hayes celebrate together. Dr. Webster told his two colleagues, “Thank you for your hard work, I could not have done this without you.”

What a great showing of team work between the Longview Symphony League and Orchestra, East Texas Baptist University, Wiley College and the staff of The Belcher Center to provide the East Texas community with an event that was encouraging and inspiring.

“I love it when a plan comes together.”

(The column was published in the Marshall News Messenger. Mike Midkiff is the Director of Public Relations at ETBU)

Jan
7
2015

4th Consectutive Year: President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Role


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


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For the fourth consecutive year, East Texas Baptist University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. ETBU was recognized in the General Community Service category which recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents.  

The ETBU Great Commission Center, led by Dr. Lisa Seeley, encourages students to be involved in community service projects. ETBU was named to the 2014 Honor Roll for its community and service work accomplished during the 2012-2013 academic year.

To read more about this honor, click here.

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.

Jul
31
2014

The Martian of ETBU


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


The 2013-2014 is available for viewing online.

The 2013-2014 Martian yearbook is available for viewing online.

East Texas Baptist University began as the College of Marshall. In 1912, the State of Texas issued the charter to start a two-year college on Van Zandt Hill. First classes did not begin until September 18, 1917.

The first annual or yearbook for the College of Marshall was called The Martian. Even today, ETBU students publish The Martian.  I have had many people ask me, how did the name of The Martian come about?

As I browsed through the 1918 Martian , here is what I discovered.

The graduation class of 1919 elected to issue an annual for the college.

The forward states, “Thru a committee of the Faculty the annual was named THE MARTIAN. The annual was proposed to be in keeping with our present war, refraining from the use of many artistic ‘touches’ so much needed.  As a staff it has been our purpose to please merely, not to turn out a “treatise on literature,” but to present something that will in after years recall to alumnus the scenes of the college life, and renew the year of  ‘17-18. The MARTIAN is yours.

Pax vobiscum!”

With the World War I on their minds the faculty named the college yearbook after Mars, the Roman God of War.

If you would like to view the 1918 Martian you can do so through the online archives of the ETBU Mamye Jarrett Library.  (Click here)  

There are many interesting photos and copy to read about life on the Hilltop back then.  One area in the Martain that I found interesting are the advertisements in the back of the annual.

Here is the copy from one that caught my attention.

Mallard Drug Company

Ginocchio Building

Complete line of anything found in a first class drug store.

Closest drug store to the College of Marshall.

Quick Delivery.

Phone : 85

We appreciate your trade.

 Did you catch the phone number? Today, we have to dial ten numbers to place a call.  That’s progress, right?

The digital version 2013-2014 Martian is available for viewing. Just click here.

The Martian is totally student-produced with assistance from Ryan Perry (ETBU’s graphic designer and photographer) and Dr. Dennis Robertson, yearbook advisor.

Almost all the photos and text were produced by students. This year’s Martian staff consisted of Roe Burns, Payton Beggs, Shelby Peeples, Macy Yglesias, Ashley Ramos, and Alex Ramos.

Jul
28
2014

Facilities To Be Proud Of


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


The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

The south entrance of the new Centennial Hall living and learning center at East Texas Baptist University. The 362-bed, 123,500 square foot, four-story facility will be the home of ETBU students for the first time this fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 25. Photo by Mike Midkiff

Normally, a posting to Tiger Pride is about something good that has happened to either a current student or an alumnus of East Texas Baptist University.   This posting is not about a person but about the various buildings that make up the physical foot print of the university. The entire campus has been used for the good of the kingdom of God over the past two months.

While students have been away for the summer, residential halls, athletic fields, and buildings, like the Ornelas Student Center, Dean Healthplex, and Bennett Student Commons,   have seen many walk through their doors or stepped on the grass by outside groups. These outside groups needed a place to hold their camps. The beautiful ETBU campus was a perfect place to accommodate their needs. 

Did you know that nearly 2,000 campers stayed on campus during the months of June and July during week long camps? The campers came from all over the region.  Some of the camps were week-long youth camps designed to challenge and encourage teenagers to be bold in their witness for Christ. Other camps like Debate and Cheer camps helped students to improve their skills of debating or cheering.

The ETREYS (East Texas Rural Electric Youth Seminar) camp organized by the nine East Texas Electric Cooperatives brought high school sophomores and juniors on campus to foster positive ideas among the attendees and to enhance skills in leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal relationships.

The Central Texas area U.M. ARMY, United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission By Youth was in town for a week of roofing, painting and providing the labor for other types of repairs for various homes as a ministry. First Methodist in downtown Marshall provided space for the youth to rest each night but shower facilities needed to be increased to handle the large group.  ETBU let the water flow as it opened shower facilities in the Dean Healthplex for use.  

A Tiger Pride high five to the facilities as well as the ETBU support staff that helped each group this summer have a great experience during their time at One Tiger Drive.  

God has provided a place on Van Zandt Hill, which is the highest elevation in Harrison County, for ETBU to be a light to the world.