TIGERS FOREVER | HOMECOMING 2018 ETBU MINISTERS IN ISRAEL AND JAMAICA Also Inside: CARE for Craig Hall Hilltop Fall 2018 ETBU sets record for student enrollment for the second year in a row
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious
He may strengthen
you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being
established in love, may have
together with all the Lordâ€™s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be
to the measure of all the
fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him
glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
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Expanding the Tiger Family
ETBU hits record enrollment for second year in a
row and impacts the next generation of Christian
ENGAGING MINDS | Be Enriched
16 ETBU at Kilgore College ETBU reaches out to transfer students through
new programs on Kilgore Collegeâ€™s campus
18 CARE for Craig Hall
Commitment to Academic Resources for Excellence
EMBRACING FAITH | Be Rooted
22 United in Prayer ETBU seeks to impact the region, state,
and world for Godâ€™s glory through prayer and peace
26 Fenton Honors Hall
Lance Fenton provides funding for Fenton
Honors Hall and fills its walls with historic Bibles and artifacts
EMPOWERING LEADERS | Be Empowered
39 Hope for Hailey
ETBU Freshman Kinesiology major Hailey Strole
is empowered by her experiences to uplift others
44 Fall Sports Highlights ENHANCING COMMUNITY | Be Fulfilled
52 Musical Ministry
ETBU Global Study and Serve program led
University Singers in partnership with Peru church
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THE TIGER FAMILY ETBU hits record enrollment for second year in a row and impacts the next generation of Christian servant leaders “Each student has a story, and every student contributes to the larger purpose of the University. It is a conviction I have, shared by the ETBU community, to invest in students during this transitional season,” ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey said. “If students use the resources put in front of them, they will leave changed and prepared to be successful. I enjoy being a part of bringing more students to ETBU, that they may experience the joy and transformation of Christ and the exciting life here on the Hill.” East Texas Baptist University has more students attending this year than ever before with 1,613 total students, a 5.2 percent increase over Fall 2017. The Fall 2018 enrollment represents 23.3 percent growth over the last three years. In addition, the University’s 83 percent
retention rate continues to rise with expanded student life and spiritual development activities, academic support and opportunities, alumni interactions, donor support, facility improvements, and athletic participation. “The Admissions Staff finds fulfillment in helping students achieve their dream of receiving a Christ-centered education by navigating them through the process, from meeting students at college fairs to moving boxes into their new college homes,” Caffey shared. The collaborative effort of the institution’s Academic Affairs, Athletics, Alumni Relations, Advancement, and Admissions divisions has led to record enrollment and a freshman cohort retention increase of over eight percent and transfer cohort retention increase of over 14 percent since Fall 2017. Graduate student enrollment also reached an all-time high with a 14 percent increase.
ENGAGING MINDS BE ENRICHED ETBU now offers 11 graduate and 43 undergraduate programs, recently adding bachelorâ€™s degrees in Clinical Lab Science, Sports Communication, Public Relations, Worship Studies, and an RN to BSN. In graduate studies, the University added a Master Degree of Education in College and University Leadership and a Master of Education in School Counseling, as well as a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. With program and student population growth comes the need for facility enhancements. East Texas Baptist recently opened the second phase of Louise Ornelas University Park Row Houses, a living-learning community for upperclassmen and graduate students; refurbished the second floor of Linebery Hall for residential housing; and restructured Jarrett Library to house an Honors Hall for scholarly research and focused study. The School of Nursing will move into East Texas Baptistâ€™s downtown campus in the historic Marshall Grand and renovations are set to begin on academic space for the School of Professional Studies in Craig Hall this spring. These improvements will allow the growing Tiger student population the space needed to thrive academically, spiritually, and socially.
EMBRACING FAITH BE ROOTED “We want our graduates to be Christian servant leaders and lifelong learners,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “The ‘light of knowledge’ which stands in front of Marshall Hall serves a symbol of the University’s commitment to the integration of academic discipline and faith in Jesus Christ, and our faculty and staff are passionate about investing in every student’s academic and spiritual development. Students who choose to be a Tiger will find quality programs, full support, and genuine community.” Leading into the Fall 2018 Semester, the University hosted Tiger Camp: ETBU’s Welcome Week to provide a smooth transition for incoming freshmen and transfers. The five-day event invited new students to jump-start their college experience through large group sessions focused on holistic development, small group Bible studies, service projects, and games. Beyond this initial welcome, the Tiger Family enjoyed many events during the first weeks of class, including the Tiger Family Gathering, Church Day, Organization Fair, Back to School Bash, and Ornelas Nights community-wide tailgate.
EMPOWERING LEADERS BE EMPOWERED “Given ETBU’s commitment to preparing Christian servant leaders, we believe it is important to create opportunities for students to develop skills and a heart for servant leadership from their earliest days on campus,” ETBU Assistant Provost Emily Prevost shared. Every freshmen takes LEAD 1111: Learning and Leading, where they are introduced to the concepts of servant leadership and begin to practice them through service in the local community. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my position is watching our student leaders serve the incoming students,” ETBU Director of Student Activities Laura Coursey said. “They are all full-time students volunteering because they love ETBU and want to be a part of building community here. Seeing them in action is a great representation of our servanthearted mission. We host events to create an environment that establishes what it means to live and love as Christ did.”
ENHANCING COMMUNITY BE FULFILLED “The generations of ETBU alumni and friends before you pray that you join the story,” ETBU Coordinator of Gift Accounting Minda Purdie said during this fall’s first chapel service. “They pray for you to be who God has called you to be – that you embrace your faith, engage your minds, are empowered to become the next generation of Christian servant leaders, and enhance the communities around you. We are here to bring glory to God. Take that task seriously, and it will change you and the world around you.” ETBU students receive opportunities to apply course content outside of the classroom through service learning initiatives, theatre, debate competitions, student organizations, intramurals, club sports, and athletics. After last year’s record-setting athletics and the recent additions of Developmental Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Golf, and Acrobatics and Tumbling, over 585 total and 280 new student-athletes engage in training, fellowship, discipleship, and global missions. Participation in Tiger Athletics has grown nearly 11
percent over the past year. “As a Tiger, I have learned that every individual plays a role in reaching a goal, and that community is important,” senior Athletic Training major Reid Adams shared. “ETBU has taught me to lead by example rather than by words. Living out my faith through service has enabled me to further God’s Kingdom in a real way.” The ETBU student experience is characterized by Christian faith integration. Through ministries, missions, chapel, worship, Bible studies, discipleship, and prayer, the University’s goal is for students to encounter the Lord and discover His plan for their future. While East Texas Baptist continues to see increased enrollment, its mission of providing a transformational, Christ-centered education remains constant. “Whether you are beginning your first days at ETBU, continuing your college degree, or teaching your twentieth year on the Hill, God has created us for His glory and His purposes,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn challenged the ETBU Family during the first week of classes. “When we respond to Christ’s love and His offer of grace by trusting in Him and living for Him, His purposes become our mission. As representatives of Christ and ETBU Tigers, we want you to put belief into practice by helping and serving others.”
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East Texas Baptist University is committed to academic excellence.
Taught by faculty pursuing excellence in Christ, students receive individualized instruction and the resources necessary to succeed. Each of the 43 undergraduate and 11 graduate programs are structured to enable all students to embrace and share the Gospel of Jesus now and in their future ministry, service, and vocations.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) names ETBU to national Transfer Honor Roll, ETBU hosts PTK leadership conference “The ETBU Transfer Admissions Team intentionally seeks PTK members from local community colleges, because they add marked value to the student body as scholars and servants in the classroom and community,” ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey said. “Phi Theta Kappa is built on four pillars – service, scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. As we see PTK students practice these qualities at their community colleges, we are confident they will transition well as Tigers and become influential on our campus.” The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is an international scholastic society of two-year colleges and academic programs that consists of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations. PTK members have a 72 percent transfer rate, compared to the 29 percent rate of traditional community college students. ETBU and PTK share a commitment to walking alongside students and assisting them in achieving their full potential. East Texas Baptist was honored at the 2018 PTK Catalyst Convention as one of 112 top four-year colleges and universities successfully creating community college transfer pathways. ETBU received high marks in the areas of scholarship and
financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities. Following this prestigious award, ETBU volunteered to host PTK’s annual Texas Region Leadership Conference in October. These regional conferences provide affordable and accessible conventions that allow chapters to network in their regional areas. The event featured sessions with guest speakers on various topics of leadership, panel discussions, and small group workshops. Because I Said I Would Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Amanda Messer, PTK Division IV International VP Philippe Schicker, Angelina College Professor Michael Alberts, Missouri PTK Regional and Associate Regional Coordinators Steven and Jo Fritts, and Odessa College Professor William Bess presented during the conference. “The PTK Texas Region Leadership Conference was an opportunity to network, share my story, and hear other people’s stories,” Philippe Schicker said. “It was exciting to be exposed to new ideas and views throughout the event. I met people with different backgrounds and was challenged by others’ perspective. ETBU’s efforts to partner with PTK,
an organization that represents equality and diversity, speaks to the University and what they stand for as well.” With more than 360 student participants from nearly 40 Texas and Missouri community colleges in attendance, the PTK Conference at ETBU promoted economic development in Marshall. According to Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stormy Nickerson, the participants significantly impacted the local community and economy. Conference participants also partnered with Mission Marshall by donating more than 15 boxes of children’s books to the local Little Free Library Sharing Network. A neighborhood book exchange, the non-profit organization places book-sharing boxes where they can be a catalyst for improving reading motivation and deepening community. “Little Free Libraries foster a love of reading, empowers success in school, and especially impacts those in low-tomoderate income households,” Mission Marshall Director Misty Scott shared. “We were floored by the overwhelming support by PTK and ETBU. It’s this kind of generosity that enables us to do all the work we do in Marshall. Both organizations encourage service and equip students to be effective leaders as they volunteer.”
CALLED TO THE CLASSROOM ETBU Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Kristy Mulkey (’00) emphasizes the importance of calling for effective teaching
Dr. Kristy Mulkey (’00) Assistant Professor Teacher Education Doctor of Education Stephen F. Austin State University Master of Education in Educational Administration Texas A&M University-Texarkana Bachelor of Science East Texas Baptist University
“Over the past 20 years, the Lord has continued to reveal the tools He has equipped me with. I know without a doubt that my spiritual gift is teaching, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to use it every day.” Dr. Mulkey earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from ETBU in 2000, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana in 2007, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2014. While serving as the Assistant Director of Head Start at Region 7 Educational Service Center, raising her children, caring for her parents, and completing her doctoral studies, Dr. Mulkey sensed the Lord’s prompting in a moment of overwhelming responsibility. “Through tears, I prayed for guidance and felt the Holy Spirit moving profoundly. I knew then that God was leading me back to ETBU. In that moment, I called former ETBU Dean of the School of Education Donna Dooley. I boldly shared that, though I realized there were not any open positions, I was confident God was calling me to the University.” The next day, Dr. Dooley contacted Dr. Mulkey needing a part-time University Supervisor for clinical teachers. Since then, Dr. Mulkey has been provided with various opportunities to grow and will begin her fifth year with the ETBU Teacher Education program in Fall 2018. Though she did not anticipate the path, Dr. Mulkey has learned to trust the Lord throughout her time at the University. “In my first year at ETBU, I took pride
in what I was doing in the classroom. I thoroughly planned each lesson and activity with diligence. Then, life took an unexpected turn down a difficult path. During that year, I lost my mother, husband, home, and my life as I knew it. Working as a single mother, I realized that I could not do it on my own or rely on my talents. I fully surrendered my teaching to the Lord, learned to trust Him in each moment, and watched Him move in profound ways.” The Teacher Education Program has held over a 95% pass rate on the Texas Educator Certification Exams for the past five years. Dr. Mulkey explained that various factors contribute to the department’s success, including well-trained faculty that seek to grow, student-oriented instruction, Christcentered curriculum, and students and faculty, who see this career as a calling to serve God’s children. “I have come to understand that God brought me to ETBU to speak through me to impact the students He placed in my classroom. I tell my students that my job is not only to teach them how to be quality teachers, but also to help them grow into the people God has intended them to be. The most effective teachers are those grounded in Scripture and their personal faith. I believe teaching is a calling, and there is nothing more powerful than knowing God is using you to shape others.” For her excellence in the classroom, Dr. Mulkey received a nomination this fall from ETBU for the Minnie Piper Stevens Professor Award, a national program recognizing professors for superior teaching at the university level.
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LEARNING TO LIVE FULLY ETBU Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences Laurie Smith is recognized as Professor with Distinction
or her excellence in service, scholarship, teaching, and integration of faith and learning, Dr. Laurie Smith was named the 2018 Professor with Distinction. The award includes a $1,500 honorarium to be used for professional development and personal enrichment. A former student of Dr. Smith described her as, “truly caring for her students. Always making herself accessible, she teaches in a way that enables her classes to understand and absorb the material. Dr. Smith is dedicated to helping students, especially when they are struggling. She encourages us in our walk with Christ by relating the subject matter to her own faith.” For almost 30 years, Dr. Smith has taught courses in research, criminology, and gender studies. In 1994, she initiated a course entitled, Death and Dying. In 2001, the course became a platform for Dr. Smith to share how her faith impacted her personal grief journey and an outlet to give a message of hope to students. “I always tell my students that we can all learn about living from studying dying,” Dr. Smith expressed. “Everyone must face death at some point, whether our own or death of a loved one. However, our society is uncomfortable with talking about death realistically. The class gives students the opportunity to explore different
aspects of death and how it relates to them.” Dr. Smith continued, “When my son died of SIDS 17 years ago, the course became more personal. I openly talk about how the experience affected me and my family, and emphasize how the Lord guided me through the dark and difficult period after Andrew’s death. I’m doing what God designed for me to do. It is not a job. It is a joy.” Saved at a young age, Dr. Smith was led to Christ by the same pastor, who offered her a job at ETBU 19 years later. Her testimony is a story of her growth as a Christian, the process of coming to trust in God’s perfect timing and purpose, and realizing how God uses even the most tragic circumstances for good. “God meets all of us where we are and provides what we need in each moment,” Dr. Smith shared. “We all have spiritual landmarks that come along the journey of faith – moments where we must make a choice to turn to Him or from Him. In a moment, everything I knew, believed, and trusted in was shaken. I had to decide between becoming bitter or becoming better. Since that moment, the Lord has taught me that I can rely on Him, who loves me, will not leave me, and has plans not to hurt me, but to restore me.” Dr. Smith has worked at East Texas Baptist for 27 years and currently serves as Dean of the School
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of Natural and Social Sciences and Chair of the ETBU Department of Behavioral Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Master of Arts in Sociology from Baylor University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. “The faculty at our University see Dr. Smith not only as a hard-working and excellent colleague, but also as a friend, and as a person of admirable character,” Retired ETBU Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences Lynn New said. “She is always generous in giving time to the work of her department, and in giving herself to serve students as an advisor, a mentor, and a role model.” As a member of First Baptist Church – Hallsville, Dr. Smith is actively involved with the Women’s Ministry. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 25 years and have three sons – Jacob, a junior at Texas A&M University; Lucas, a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State University; and Andrew, who is with his heavenly Father. Whether in her family, church, or work, Dr. Smith has distinguished herself as a scholarly servant leader, who reflects the light of Christ.
F A I T H . L E A R N I N G . L E A D E R S H I P.
Training Christian counselors with a heart for service
The Master of Arts in Counseling provides students substantive training in human growth and development, abnormal human behavior, assessment techniques, counseling theories and techniques, lifestyle and career development, socio-cultural factors, integration of faith in counseling, and professional issues. In the field of counseling, the personhood and the interventions of the counselor are both essential aspects of the helping relationship. Students in the MAC program engage in significant self-reflection and experiential learning in their training as Christian counselors.
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gradadmissions@ETBU.edu | Dr. David Deel, Director Master of Arts in Counseling | 903.923.2252 Fall 2018 Hilltop
REGISTERED NURSE TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
ETBU reaches out to transfer students through new programs on Kilgore College’s campus
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ith a shared mission to meet the needs of students across the East Texas region, East Texas Baptist University and Kilgore College (KC) deepened their partnership. ETBU will house university-level courses on KC’s Kilgore campus starting in the Fall 2018 Semester, allowing KC students to take ETBU courses leading toward a bachelor’s degree in Education (early childhood through sixth grade) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
“We are grateful to KC President Brenda S. Kays for her leadership in enhancing our educational partnership with Kilgore College,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “Expanding our programs at Kilgore College will allow ETBU to place even more well-trained, Christian nurses and teachers into communities to provide high quality, compassionate health care and instruction.” Kilgore College will also provide ETBU an office for recruiting, student service, and advising for KC students and graduates. The partnership encourages the completion of the associate and bachelor’s degrees available at the institutions, while ensuring that all students receive the resources necessary to be successful in their respective callings. “Kilgore College has much to gain by working with the universities in our region for the benefit of our students,” Dr. Kays said. “The agreement with ETBU provides our students with additional options as they continue their educational journey. A community college graduate, Dr. Blackburn personally understands the purpose of community colleges and the value our transfer students can bring to the university environment. We look forward to working with ETBU to further student success.” ETBU Nursing, ranked eighth in the state, consistently
achieves 100% pass rates on the NCLEX and 100% of graduates receive job offers upon graduation. In addition, ETBU’s Teacher Education Program has held over a 95% pass rate on the Texas Educator Certification Exams for the past five years. “Our partnership with Kilgore College is an excellent example of our commitment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030,” ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders commented. “Together, we are providing a seamless transition for students to finish an undergraduate degree.” In an effort to create an accessible and affordable avenue for higher education, East Texas Baptist is actively seeking to continue existing partnerships and initiate new relationships with institutions in the surrounding community through the ETBU Tiger Transfer Track program. Committed to walking alongside transfer students throughout their transition, ETBU created an updated Course Equivalency Guide that can be viewed at www.ETBU.edu/transfers. To learn more about the ETBU Admissions process, contact admissions@ETBU. edu or 903.923.2000.
CARE FOR CRAIG HALL
Commitment to Academic Resources for Excellence
obert E. Craig Hall is a two-story brick building of Georgian colonial architecture at East Texas Baptist University. Originally built in 1953, the Sanderson Hall of Science was renamed and repurposed for the ETBU School of Nursing in 1992. After more than 25 years, the University now has the opportunity to restore the outdated building as the School of Nursing transitions to the historic Marshall Grand in downtown Marshall. Designed for 21st century learning and training, Craig Hall will house the Frank S. Groner School of Professional Studies. The school consists of Adult Education, Athletic Training, Kinesiology, and University Studies departments. The project will ensure that Craig Hall continues to provide quality, Christ-centered educational training to students. “In honor of Dr. Craig’s commitment to academic resources for excellence during his tenure at our home on the Hill, ETBU invites alumni and friends of the University to join us as we extend his legacy by showing CARE for Craig Hall,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders shared. “Your support will provide our current and future students with the modern educational space needed to develop skills for their callings. East Texas Baptist will invest an estimated $500,000 to create this contemporary learning environment. Renovation is set to begin in Spring 2019.” To partner with ETBU in paying tribute to Dr. Craig’s presidential leadership and provide our students with 21st century educational space, visit www.ETBU.edu/CAREforCraigHall.
Our campus is a very fine Christian institution, with a friendly and outstanding faculty and student body. It is the kind of institution our world needs if we are going to make a difference. DR. ROBERT E. “JACK” CRAIG (’50) ETBU’S 10TH PRESIDENT (1986-1992) Hilltop
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The integration of Christian faith is the foundation of the ETBU experience. Faithfully investing in every studentâ€™s holistic development, faculty and staff are focused on and passionate about cultivating and demonstrating Christ-like character.
Through ministries, chapel, Bible studies, discipleship, prayer, and fellowship, students encounter the Lord and discover their purpose, find their path, and pursue their calling.
UNITED IN PRAYER
ETBU seeks to impact the region, state, and world for God’s glory through prayer and peace
As an institution committed to Christ, we believe in the power of prayer, and we seek God’s wisdom… Through our prayers and the empowerment of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Lord responds. DR. J. BLAIR BLACKBURN PRESIDENT, ETBU “God, we pray for the leaders of the City of Marshall and Harrison County and ask that You would align their vision with Yours. Give them discernment and understanding as they seek to do what is right in Your sight,” Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor prayed at ETBU’s National Day of Prayer event, themed UNITY based on Ephesians 4:3. “Please protect and comfort the fire and police departments as they
put themselves in harm’s way to serve others. I lift up all of the community leaders who do not know You. Bring them Your Word and Spirit, that they may believe in the one and only Truth.” During this nation-wide day of prayer, community members, including Texas State Representative (District 9) Chris Paddie and Judge Taylor, led the ETBU campus in a special prayer service for the nation, military, governmental leaders, local school educators, and students. East Texas Baptist is committed to both individual and corporate prayer. The campus community hosts special events, like the National Day of Prayer and See You at the Pole, prayer conferences, prayer groups, and weekly chapel services. “See You at the Pole was started by students, who wanted to win their friends to Christ. I hope the same things for this University, that we would all know Christ and desire to serve Him because His love for us,” ETBU freshman and Tiger Basketball player Christian Phillips expressed. “I look forward to how God will continue to move here at ETBU. SYATP is just one event here on campus that promotes integrating faith and learning. ETBU is all about equipping servant leaders to go out to their communities and share the love of Christ.” This emphasis on prayer is integrated into the Christ-centered campus culture at ETBU. The University’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry recently named a new Coordinator, Kalee Brearton, and is expanding its reach to impact more people through prayer.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. EPHESIANS 4:3
“As an institution committed to Christ, we believe in the power of prayer, and we seek God’s wisdom. We unite with other believers to pray for peace across our land. We don’t need a nation divided by walls; we need bridges that unite us together as Americans. America must stand as a beacon of light for freedom in Christ,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “Philippians 4:6 says ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ As we know, one element of prayer is intercession– petitioning our Lord on behalf of one another, our community, our nation, and our world. Through our prayers and the empowerment of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Lord responds.”
REUNITED THROUGH MINISTRY
Graduate students, Kimberley Attaway (’18), and Rebecca Wolff Kahil (’17) discover a shared history with each other
s infants, Kimberley Attaway and Rebecca Wolff Kahil both attended Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. Both girls were dedicated to Christ by ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders, the Hyde Park Baptist Church Children’s Minister at that time. After losing contact for over 15 years, Attaway and Kahil were reunited with each other and Dr. Sanders in a graduate class at ETBU. “Last December, Dr. Sanders invited a group of students to dinner, one of them being Kimberley,” Kahil shared. “We were reunited for the first time since our Hyde Park days. We talked about our shared history, who we remembered, and how we ended up at ETBU. Both of us found our way to the University through Dr. Sanders.” Kahil was reunited with Dr. Sanders during the undergraduate New Student Orientation at ETBU she attended as an incoming freshman. “My family and I were walking to the cafeteria for lunch when we heard a familiar voice call out to us from across campus,” Kahil said. “Sure enough, it was Dr. Sanders. My parents were ecstatic to have someone at ETBU,
who could look out for me, especially since the University is so far away from our home in Georgetown, Texas. After changing my major to Religion, God moved His hand and Dr. Sanders became my new advisor.” Dr. Sanders was reintroduced to Attaway in 2016 at the Baptist General Convention of Texas Childhood and Family Ministry Summit, where he told her about ETBU’s Master of Arts for Children’s Ministry program. “By this time, I knew the Lord was calling me to children’s ministry, and I was beginning to look into graduate programs that offered it,” she explained. “Dr. Sanders told me about ETBU’s program. I applied, and through prayer, I made the decision to attend East Texas Baptist to get my MACM. It is a blessing to learn how to be a children’s minister from the children’s minister, who dedicated me as a baby.” After graduating from Ouachita Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Attaway began to think seriously about children’s ministry. According to her, the Lord clarified a call in her life through an internship and confirmed it through the encouragement of Dr. Sanders.
Dr. Sanders told me about ETBU’s program. I applied, and through prayer, I made the decision to attend East Texas Baptist to get my MACM. It is a blessing to learn how to be a children’s minister from the children’s minister, who dedicated me as a baby. KIMBERLEY ATTAWAY (’18) ETBU GRADUATE STUDENT
“I started considering children’s ministry as an undergraduate student,” Attaway said. “I was in an unsure season, trying to discern whether my vocation was supposed to be through music education or fulltime ministry. I was an intern in the Children’s Ministry at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, and I fell in love with the career. God clarified His calling on my life in so many encouraging ways.” In regard to her own calling to children’s ministry, Rebecca Kahil expressed her initial uncertainty. “Upon entering ETBU for my undergraduate studies, I had no idea what I wanted to do,” Kahil said. “I enjoyed working with kids and attending church, but I never connected the two. One day, I found myself in the Registrar’s Office changing my major. I can’t remember how I ended up there, but I do remember how I felt leaving. I walked out of Marshall Hall overwhelmed with peace as I finally responded to God’s call on my life.” She continued, “I discovered my calling at ETBU, and I was adequately prepared to answer it. I was able to take various undergraduate classes with the wonderful religion faculty, including several courses with Dr. Sanders.” With plans to graduate in December 2018 and May 2019 respectively, Attaway and Kahil are both studying to receive their Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry. “As Kimberley and I pursue our MACM’s together, Dr. Sanders continues to be my professor,” Kahil said. “He went from Mr. Tommy, our first children’s minister, to Dr. Sanders, the man preparing us to start our own children’s ministries.”
FENTON HONORS HALL Lance Fenton provides funding for Fenton Honors Hall and fills its walls with historic Bibles and artifacts
ance Fenton, among other generous anonymous donors, provided funding for the Fenton Honors Hall within the Jarrett Library on campus. Completed in August of 2018, the room features the Fenton Collection Exhibit and Yeshua, a sculpture of Jesus Christ by Max Greiner, Jr. of Kerrville, Texas. In the spring of 1986, during a time of great difficulty, Greiner was called by God to begin making Christian art. The Fenton Collection’s “Yeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah” is the third in Greiner’s creation of Yeshua. Noted by Griener on the sculpture is the biblical inspiration and reference to his artwork, from Jesus’ words in Luke 4:18 and the prophecy of Christ in Isaiah 61:1. “We are grateful for the contributions of our generous donors, who have committed to give of their resources. When people partner together to do God’s work, facilities such as this are possible,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn
The experiences that occur in this room are eternally significant. Students begin discerning and fulfilling the call that God has placed on their lives as they fellowship with their friends and spend time pouring over their studies and His Word. DR. J. BLAIR BLACKBURN PRESIDENT, ETBU said. “The experiences that occur in this room are eternally significant. Students begin discerning and fulfilling the call that God has placed on their lives as they fellowship with their friends and spend time pouring over their studies and His Word.” The Fenton Collection Exhibit showcases a collection of rare Bibles and special display pieces. Included in this collection is a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible (1455), a Tyndale New Testament (1566), Coverdale Bible (1535), Great Bible (1539), Geneva Bible (1608), Bishop’s Bible (1568), 1611 edition King James Bible, and 1762 revised King James Bible. Printed in Latin, the Gutenberg Bible leaf is from Numbers 22. Published on the Gutenberg printing press circa 1455, the leaf is one of less
than 50 copies of the Bible known to exist today. “The invention of the printing press by Gutenberg would have been equivalent to the invention of the internet to this society,” Fenton Collection Curator Benjamin Crawford expressed. “It changed the world. When Bibles were made by hand, it was a painstakingly slow process. Now, Bibles can be set and printed overnight.” Upon its publication in 1526, the Tyndale New Testament formed the foundation for what future Bible translators would pick up and carry. Printed in 1566, ETBU’s copy of the Tyndale New Testament was the third illustrated quarto edition of Tyndale’s translation to be printed by Richard Jugge, a prominent London printer. This edition features an ornately gilt spine and paneled covers and is illustrated throughout with numerous woodcuts. “It is the finest printing of the New Testament that I have ever seen,” Crawford said. “It is an example of the earliest English translation. It was against the law to do what Tyndale had done, so he did it on the run. He spent the last part of his life in exile, and his friend ultimately betrayed him into the hands of Henry VIII and Tyndale was executed. Tyndale’s last words were ‘Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.’ Henry VIII’s heart turned, and God used him to accomplish His purpose. The King began to open his mind to the possibility of an English Bible. An instrumental man named Miles Coverdale would be the one to print the first Bible in English.” The Coverdale Bible was translated from German and Latin by Coverdale. Educated at Cambridge, Coverdale encountered Martin Luther’s German translations when he joined the Augustian friars in 1514. Coverdale built
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upon Tyndale’s published and unpublished English translations to publish the first complete English translation of the Bible. Beginning in 1538, every parish in England was required by law to purchase a copy of an English Bible and place it in “some convenient place” for all to see and read. To meet this demand, the Great Bible, so called because of its size, was put into production by Coverdale under the direction of Lord Oliver Cromwell, as the first authorized English Bible. “These Bibles have a strong connection to us, because they are English texts,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders explained. “Martin Luther was driven to create translations of Scripture for the common person. We are excited about, not just the age of these books, but what they represent. Dr. Blackburn’s vision, and Mr. Fenton’s support of it, enhanced the space, our knowledge, and the students’ ability to be around such meaningful and historic texts.” Written by exiles in Geneva, Switzerland following the Catholic Queen Mary Tudor’s accession to the throne in 1553, the Geneva Bible was originally published in 1560. The version on display
in the Fenton Honors Hall was printed in 1608. The Geneva Bible was used by Shakespeare and other English authors of the day and would remain the most popular English Bible until well into the 17th Century. “There wasn’t another English Bible printed in England for almost 10 years,” Crawford explained. “During the time of the Queen Mary persecutions, many of those in danger, who had needs and resources fled to Geneva. There, they undertook the translation called the Geneva Translation. When Mary was put to death and her reign ended, Elizabeth I came to power, and the English exiles returned. It ushered in a golden age.” In 1568, the Archbishop of Canterbury commissioned the Bishop’s Bible as a replacement for the Geneva Bible and an update to the Great Bible. This Bible was prepared by a panel of bishops, and it prioritized “polite” language and removed all polemical marginal notes. While the Bishop’s Bible never achieved much popularity, everyone was familiar with it because it was the official text used in all church services.
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Commissioned by King James I following his accession to the throne in 1603 to redress any errors of the English Bibles that had come before, the Authorized King James Bible was published in 1611. Six companies of translators divided the Bible and compared their respective sections to existing English translations and a variety of other sources, including Hebrew, Latin, and Greek versions. When the KJV was printed, a typographical error was found in Ruth 3:15, where the printer had incorrectly printed “and he went into the city.” After the error was found, a later printing correctly reads “and she went into the city.” These are respectively known as the Great He and the Great She, and both editions are held within the Fenton Collection. Printed in Cambridge in 1762, the King James Standard Edition Bible is considered to be the “standard” edition of the King James Version. Along with the Blayney Oxford edition of 1769, it became the foundation of the modern King James Bible. The language for this edition was modernized, marginal references were expanded, and previous printing errors were removed. The
ETBU copy is preserved in its original red morocco fine binding and is uncut, with the marginal directions to the bookbinder still visible in the lower margin of the general title. “We are honored to have the financial ability and desire to be tasked with the preservation of these reminders of the Christian heritage,” Fenton said. “Our hope is that all come and enjoy the historical pieces and are filled with the Holy Spirit that lives and breathes through the timeless truths of their pages.” The University will continually work toward enhancing the environment for student learning. ETBU intends on expanding the collection of classic texts for use within the Hall and improving other areas in the Jarrett Library. “So much history is available to us in the Fenton Honors Hall,” ETBU sophomore Gloria Baker commented. “It’s incredible that Mr. Fenton is so supportive and encouraging of us that he donated the Honors Hall and this collection of original Bibles. I can’t believe that students at ETBU are getting to benefit from this. It truly represents the Christcentered education we’re receiving here.”
Fenton Honors Hall connects the rich tradition of the past with the anticipation of a bright future. The four red oak trees that formerly stood in front of Marshall Hall have been integrated into the woodwork of Fenton Honors Hall. “Those historic trees will always be a part of this academy,” Dr. Blackburn shared. “It is special to think about all of the individuals, who walked around those trees and sat under their shade throughout the generations of ETBU, ETBC, and the College of Marshall.” While Fenton Honors Hall is open to all students for focused study, the room is specifically used as classroom space for the Honors Program and special academic events. “The Honors Program is doing fantastically,” ETBU Honors Program Director and Professor of English Zachary Beck commented. “We have some great students that are very enthusiastic about the work we are doing. We have a number of students that have started Honors projects. I believe the Fenton Honors Hall will assist students as they complete advanced study within their fields.”
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Students receive various opportunities to apply all they learn, including service learning initiatives, more than 45 student organizations, intramural sports, five club sports, and 16 record-setting NCAA Division III athletics.
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DESIGNED FOR GREATNESS ETBU graduates challenged to respect Christ with excellence through service during Spring 2018 Commencement ETBU held its Spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. Out of the 160 students being honored, 138 received bachelor’s degrees and 22 received master’s degrees. “The earning of your degree is a remarkable achievement, but the journey of life-long learning and discovery by the renewing of your minds and transforming of your hearts does not end here,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “You will commence – you will begin anew – from here to pursue your vocational and spiritual callings for the cause of Christ. As a distinctively Christ-centered University, we are dedicated to producing graduates, who will transform the world by serving and ministering to people with the spirit of Christ in and through them for the glory of God. Our family of faculty, staff, trustees, students, alumni, and you, new graduates, are to be beacons for this generation.” Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor and ETBU Board of Trustees Secretary James Webb served as the keynote speaker for the graduates of the Schools of Business, Communication and Performing Arts, Education, and Religion at the morning ceremony. In his address, Webb encouraged the graduates to pursue greatness (G-Gratitude, R-Righteousness, E-Excellence, A-Adversity, T-Trusting) through his words and the gift of a special wristband. “The true definition of greatness, found in Matthew 23:11, is attainable through servanthood and measured in Christ,” Webb shared. “Anyone can be great, because everyone can serve. Regardless of
the road you take or the delays, discouragements, and disappointments you face along the way, I challenge you to be great as you navigate through the journey of life.” At the service, ETBU School of Natural and Social Sciences Dean Laurie Smith was recognized for her excellence in service, scholarship, teaching, and integration of faith and learning with the Professor with Distinction Award. Dr. Smith is described by many students as genuinely passionate about not only her course content, but her students holistic development as well. She is committed to her Christian faith and integrating this faith into her field of expertise. See a full story featuring this awardwinning professor on page 14 of this Hilltop. ETBU Bachelor of Arts graduate in Speech Communication Halee Vasquez received the President’s Award for being the best representation of a Christian leader, scholar, and servant. While at ETBU, Vasquez served as a President’s Leadership Fellow, member of Student Foundation, leader of Titus Women’s Ministry, resident of the Campus Women’s Ministry House, cofounder of the Word Movement, and youth intern at First Baptist Church in Longview. Dr. Blackburn, along with FBC Senior Pastor and ETBU Board of Trustees Chair Cary Hilliard, presented the award to Vasquez. “From the day Halee set foot on our campus, she has demonstrated outstanding Christian leadership, scholarship, and service,” Dr. Blackburn stated. “Her vivacious personality, coupled with her love for God and His people, make Halee a natural choice for ETBU’s 2018 President’s Award.”
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CHAMPIONS Tiger Athletics honors student-athletes that excel in and beyond the classroom
iger Athletics held the third annual Breakfast of Champions in April for every studentathlete, who earned a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or higher. From all 18 intercollegiate programs, 129 ETBU Tigers were invited. “The annual Breakfast of Champions is always a special event where we celebrate our studentathletes, who have excelled in the classroom,” Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin said. “These student-athletes have shown they can balance their academic and athletic endeavors effectively. This event also highlights and honors the ETBU faculty and staff that impacted the lives of our studentathletes, and we are very appreciative for their continued support of Tiger Athletics.” Tiger student-athletes were asked to invite an ETBU faculty or staff member, who has influenced his or her life during their time at the University to be his or her special guest at the event. Each Tiger player was recognized and asked to introduce their guest and explain why the individual was chosen. ETBU sophomore Business major and Tiger Men’s Basketball point guard Nathan Fontenot invited the team’s graduate assistant, Terry Potter. “He was such a servant-leader for our team last season, and he is someone I aspire to be like,” Fontenot shared. “The way all of our coaches set the standard of striving to live by faith in God and surrender to Him is something that will stick
with me forever.” Karrigan Falber plays goalie for the ETBU Women’s Soccer Team, studies Kinesiology Wellness Management, and serves as President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Falber brought Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Professor of Kinesiology Joseph Brown as her guest. “Since I stepped on campus as a freshman, Dr. Brown has constantly challenged me in the classroom and in my life,” Falber explained. “He even attended my baptism during my sophomore year. Every time I am in his office, Dr. Brown asks how my spiritual walk is and if there is any way he can pray for me.” The Breakfast of Champions encourages studentathletes to continue growing in the classroom, on the field, as a team, and in their relationship with the Lord. “Breakfast of Champions was uplifting and rewarding because our hard work was recognized. Each year, the invitation gives me an extra push to maintain my GPA. My goals for this year are to do my best in the classroom and continue to grow in my relationship with God,” Falber continued. “ETBU holds a special place in my heart, because of the community and fellowship. The soccer team always says, ‘we are one.’ That is true for us. We are a unified group—a family.”
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NEW TIGER SPORTS ACROBATICS AND TUMBLING
HAILEY HAILEY HOPE FOR ETBU Freshman Kinesiology major Hailey Strole is empowered by her experiences to uplift others
At 11 years old, ETBU freshman Kinesiology major Hailey Strole was diagnosed with a rare childhood brain tumor. The diagnosis resulted in seizures and other complications, limiting Strole’s ability to pursue her passion. Since she was five, Strole has participated in gymnastics. At the time of diagnosis, she was training as a Level 8 competitive gymnast for up to 30 hours each week. “For her first surgery, Hailey was under for 11 hours,” Natalie Strole, Hailey’s mother, said. “One of the risks of the procedure was temporary loss of movement on her right side. When she woke up, she was asked to lift her right leg. She not only lifted her leg, but also pointed her toe. Our team in the recovery room learned exactly what type of child they were dealing with. Nothing was going to stop Hailey from reaching her goals.” While following the rules in regard to her recovery, Hailey pushed the boundaries in her physical therapy, longing to return to training. “Hailey begged to go back to the gym,” Natalie commented. “First, we took her just to sit and watch. As her surgeon released her to do more, she would do everything she could. It was hard to watch as a mother, but I learned of the passion that kept her focused on the future.” She continued, “I’ll never forget the day she was released to go upside down. She did a handstand in the doctor’s office! Her comeback was incredible.” For Hailey, treatment was a lens through which she could see her dream to continue gymnastics. “My life changed, but to me, it was just an adjustment,” Hailey explained. “My initial response to my diagnosis was, ‘When can I go back to gymnastics?’ I reset my goals every season and planned my future based on those goals. During this time, I realized that my ability to do the sport I loved could be taken away at any time. I also began to
realize my testimony could help inspire others to never give up!” According to Strole, the medical staff, gymnastics community, and her family and friends showered her with love and support. Strole credits her determined spirit to the individuals that made a lasting impact on her life. “When I think of what hope means to me, I remember my friends, family, and teammates standing around me in a prayer circle before surgery,” Hailey said. “I hope that my story and the way that I live my life can be an example for others of what God’s amazing grace and love look and feel like.” “Over the past eight years, we’ve learned the importance of placing focus on the positive things ahead,” Natalie shared. “Hailey has new dreams and goals to look forward to now. I’m proud of my daughter and excited for the future she envisions for herself. When Hailey was first diagnosed, her teammates had shirts made that said ‘Hope for Hailey.’ The word, hope, has conveyed many different meanings to us. Now, we hope for the best life Hailey can live.” Strole learned of the Acrobatics and Tumbling team at ETBU through social media. After communicating with Acrobatics and Tumbling Head Coach Farrah Dunaway, she attended a Tiger preview event on campus. “ETBU was the perfect fit for me,” Strole shared. “After arriving on campus, God gave my mom and me a sense of peace about the decision. I knew then that God had been leading me to East Texas Baptist. The timing of the new Acrobatics and Tumbling program was an answer to prayer. I feel privileged to be able to be involved and give God all of the glory.”
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ETBU alumna Folake Ishola (’14) traveled across the world to answer God’s call
t a young age, Folake Ishola (’14) left everything she knew to follow a call to ETBU. “I came all the way from Nigeria with two suitcases and no family in the United States,” Folake said. “I really didn’t know what to expect. I was able to grow spiritually and mentally as I attended ETBU, despite being so young at the time. I also made lifelong friends that are family to me now.” After graduating from ETBU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Folake transitioned to Johns Hopkins University to pursue a Master of Science in Biotechnology. According to Folake, her time at ETBU empowered and prepared her to pursue a career in medicine. “At ETBU, I was surrounded with God-fearing people that truly loved the Lord,” Folake shared. “I cherish the fact that I was integrated in a curriculum that allowed holistic development.” Although she did not anticipate her path taking her so far from home, Folake says she has learned to trust the Lord as He uses her in Kingdom work around the world.
“I never expected to end up where I am today,” she stated. “Looking back, everything has truly been by the grace of God. My relationship with God is one that has truly shaped me into the person I am today.” During her time studying pre-med at ETBU, Folake formed close relationships with the faculty and staff, including professors such as ETBU Chair of Department of Biology and Chemistry Roy Darville, Professor of Biology Catharine Cone, and former Director of International Education Alan Huesing. “He truly influenced me during my stay,” Folake said of Huesing. “He became a father figure to me as he coordinated grocery runs for me and other international students, taught me how to drive, and opened his home to us. He truly went above and beyond his role as the director to ensure that I had everything I needed while in the States.” With aspirations of becoming a medical doctor, Folake is currently studying in Barbados at the Ross University School of Medicine. In two years, she will return to the
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. EPHESIANS 3:20 United States for clinical rotations. “My experience at ETBU has definitely played a part in my relationship with God, and keeps me grounded as I pursue my dreams of becoming a physician,” she expressed. “I am thankful that God placed me there, and I thank Him for His unending grace!”
Dylan Sumpter ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor
Abby Weaver ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor
Courage Award Jabree McClaine
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Cody Highsmith Courage Award
Karrigan Falber Best Supporting Role
Jacob Keith Best Supporting Role
Kim Childress Rookie of the Year
Riley Knott Rookie of the Year
Jordan Anderson Highlight of the Year
Westin Riddick Highlight of the Year
ETBU Roar Corps Tiger Spirit Award
Linzie Lewis Most Valuable Tiger Award
Richard Johnson Most Valuable Tiger Award
Claire Montondon Sportsmanship Award
David Simpson & Stephen Lane Top Tiger Fan
Jordan Burke Chloe Hudson Craig Christian Craig Christian 42 Hilltop Athlete Award Fall 2018Athlete Award
Chloe Hudson & Beau Billings Cross Country Toughest Tiger Award
Amy Frias Volleyball Tiger Mentality Award
Dylan Bowman Football Iron Tiger
Kristi Freund Women’s Soccer We Are One Award
Chasca Ortega Men’s Soccer Timothy Award
Riley Knott Hockey Lady Byng Award
Chad Poulsen Bass Fishing Angler of the Year
Carrie Sparks Tiger Pom Most Outstanding Award
Ronni Ward Cheer Titus Award
Javin Murdock Women’s Basketball Heart of a Tiger
Dion Mack Men’s Basketball Barnabas Award
Matthew Barry & Aaryn Honeywood Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Toughest Tiger Award
Women’s Track & Field Emily Laenger
Men’s & Women’s Tennis MVP’s John Herr & Jabree McClaine
Morgan Arst Softball Heart of a Tiger
Dylan Singletary Baseball Tiger Champion Award
All-Academic Team (top GPA on the team) Women’s Cross Country Chloe Hudson Men’s Cross Country Nathanael Whisman Women’s Volleyball Bailey Byas
Football Regan Wilkins Women’s Soccer Makenzie Bass Men’s Soccer Justin Groves
Ice Hockey Dutch Schneeman Bass Fishing Noah Batts Tiger Pom Carrie Sparks
Cheerleading Chloe Jenkins Women’s Basketball Brittney Jones Men’s Basketball Jordan Gray Hilltop
Men’s Track & Field Xavier Gray Women’s Tennis Mullika Seekhieo Men’s Tennis Cody Highsmith Women’s Softball Morgan Arst Women’s Softball Jessica Gann Women’s Softball Alexis Nixon Men’s Baseball Dylan Sumpter
TIGER SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS VOLLEYBALL Volleyball completed the third season under Keely Peterson making their 17th appearance in the American Southwest Conference Tournament. They finished the season at 14-15 and were second in the ASC East Division at 7-8. A highlight of the season was a five-match winning streak, where the Tigers swept Centenary College, Linfield College, Howard Payne University, Austin College, and Sul Ross State University in 15 straight sets. Seven players earned All-ASC honors, including Sydney Lopez (First Team), Paige Miller (Second Team), Elyse Shaw (Second Team), Bailey Byas (Honorable Mention), Natalie Coburn (Honorable Mention), Julia De Los Santos (Honorable Mention), and Karina Lay (Honorable Mention). Both Lopez and Lay were also ASC Players of the Week during the season.
FOOTBALL Under first year Head Coach Brian Mayper, the ETBU Tiger Football Team finished with a winning record for the fourth straight year, which continues to be a program record. ETBU won six games by an average of 34 points per game and tied for third place in the American Southwest Conference. Richard Johnson broke the career record for receiving touchdowns finishing with 40. ETBU also kept â€œThe Border Clawâ€? for the fourth straight season with a 48-37 win over Louisiana College. The 2018 senior class leaves ETBU with 27 wins, an ASC Championship in 2015, and four consecutive winning seasons. Three players also earned ASC Player of the Week honors: Brian Baca (Offensive, Nov. 4, Oct. 7), Dominic Haggerty (Special Teams, Sept. 2), and Aaron Buckley (Defensive, Oct. 21).
MEN’S SOCCER The ETBU Men’s Soccer Team, led by Head Coach Chris Crawford, completed a historic season, winning their first-ever NCAA Division III post-season match and finishing with the most wins since 2005. ETBU shut out the University of the Ozarks, 1-0, in the American Southwest Conference Tournament first round at Cornish Field for their 10th win of year, which is the most since 2005. The Tigers also finished fourth in the ASC, which was the best finish since 1999. Six players earned All-ASC honors, including Daniel Rutter (First Team), Travis Atkinson (Second Team), Silas Sangano (Third Team), Jacob Lopez (Honorable Mention), Juan Cairo (Honorable Mention), and Bryant Botello (Honorable Mention). Botello and Rutter also become ETBU’s first ASC All-Tournament selections.
WOMEN’S SOCCER The ETBU Women’s Soccer Team made their fourth straight American Southwest Conference Tournament with the last three coming under Head Coach Erik Solberg. The Tigers finished the season at 8-8-1 overall and were 5-6-1 in ASC play. Five players were named All-ASC including Ashleigh Rondon (Second Team), Kibriana Bonner (Third Team), Raegan Kappler (Third Team), Brianna Mickshaw (Third Team), and Kendall Shirley (Honorable Mention). Rondon also was the ASC Player of the Week on October 22.
MEN’S TENNIS ETBU Men’s Tennis had a successful fall at the American Southwest Conference Individual Fall Championships and the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament. In the ASC Fall Individual Championship Tournament, the pair of Andrew Deutsch and Tyler Howard won the consolation match in Flight A doubles, while Ty Tarver made it to the finals in Flight E singles, finishing second. At the ITA Southwest Regional Tournament, Juan Blanco won three matches in Flight E singles before being defeated in the championship match.
WOMEN’S TENNIS For the second time in four years, the ETBU Women’s Tennis Team produced an ITA Fall Regional Champion as Elisa Kendall won the singles tournament advancing to the ITA National Tournament. With the win, she became an ITA All-American, which is the second such award for the program. ETBU started their fall season in dominance as they took six singles titles and two doubles titles at the ASC Individual Fall Championships. The next week, ETBU brought back two championships from the ITA Regional with Kendall winning the Flight A singles title and Ashley Schenck and Cassidy Wilcoxson taking the Flight B doubles championship.
MEN’S GOLF In their first season as a program, the Tiger Men’s Golf Team competed in three tournaments during the fall season. ETBU placed eighth out of nine teams in their first event in Seguin, Texas, while taking ninth in their next event in Hobbs, N.M. Their best finish was sixth place at Belton, Texas, in which the Tigers would produce two golfers in the top 20 and Hank Crain tied for third place and made the All-Tournament team.
WOMEN’S GOLF ETBU Women’s Golf took part in three tournaments during the fall semester with their best finish in fifth place at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Invitational. Jaden Crow recorded the best individual result of the season in fifth at UMHB. ETBU also competed in Hobbs, N.M., placing sixth, while finishing in 15th at the Dallas Baptist University Invitational.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Mack Broussard made history and set several firsts for ETBU Cross Country during the 2018 season. At the ASC Championship Meet, Broussard became the first ETBU runner to claim an individual championship and two weeks later, he was named NCAA All-Region for his performance at NCAA Regionals. His first place finish at the conference meet helped ETBU claim third place. Broussard and Beau Billings both were named to the All-ASC first-team for their finishes as Billings was the Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year for the third year in a row. With a third place team finish, ETBU advanced as a team at the NCAA South/Southwest Regional Meet for the second time in program history. Broussard also brought home four ASC Runner of the Week awards, which is also a program record.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Mel Kidder and Almalisseth Rodriguez helped ETBU to a fifth place finish at the ASC Championships finishing in eighth and ninth place overall. Both runners were named All-ASC second team as Rodriguez earned the program’s first-ever ASC Freshman of the Year award. ETBU’s young team started the season finishing second at the LeTourneau University Invitational and also had a third place finish at McMurry. Kidder, Rodriguez, and Rachel Morrison represented ETBU at the NCAA Regional meet at Berry College.
BASS FISHING Cody Ross and Brett Clark became ETBU’s first anglers to win a tournament, as they finished in first place at the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Toledo Bend with five fish weighing in at 19 pounds, 3 ounces. With the win, the duo qualified for the FLW College Fishing National Championship that will take place on the Potomac River in Maryland in June 2019. ETBU also fished in one other meet this fall at the Collegiate Bass Open, coming in third place out of 185 boats.
ICE HOCKEY ETBU Tiger Ice Hockey is in the middle of the third season and has a 7-9 overall record and a 7-7 record in the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC), including wins over TCU, DBU, and UNT. The Tigers have had two individuals named TCHC Player of the Week, Michael Garvie, who scored eight goals and nine assists against UNT, and Davis Van Gemerden, who had four goals and two assists against TCU.
THE ROAD TO MINISTRY David Griffin joins the ETBU community to serve as the new Director of the Baptist Student Ministry “As I shared what God was doing in my life, He stirred the hearts of many students, who were there,” Griffin commented. “I was blown away that God used me to help others in their faith. After speaking on a few other occasions with the youth and college groups, my college minister asked me if I felt God was leading me into ministry. His question and the opportunities to speak led me toward submitting my life to vocational ministry.” Griffin graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and transitioned to Dallas Theological Seminary to earn a Master of Theology. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serving as the new BSM Director for ETBU. “I am excited that David Griffin has accepted the call of God to serve as the BSM Director for the University,” ETBU Dean of Spiritual Life Scott Stevens commented. “David brings a passion to equip the next generation
to become Christian servant leaders and combines his passion with a wealth of collegiate ministry experience. I can’t wait for our students, faculty, and staff to get to know David and his family. I look forward to what God has in store for us all.” Prior to his position with ETBU, Griffin was the BSM Director for Sam Houston State University. He and his wife, Catharine, moved to Marshall in May with their two children, James (7), and Sam (5). “As someone who was deeply impacted at a Baptist university, I have always seen myself ministering through a similar context,” Griffin said. “My aim is to develop a holistic vision for ministry that would embrace the entire campuse—both reaching the lost and growing the saved. I am impassioned by the vision of Christian higher education, and I am excited to work as an essential component of that overarching goal.”
SYMPHONIC BAND AND CONCERT CHOIR Music and Missions Tour March 6-15, 2019 ETBU AUSTRIA WORLD 2019 STAGE Please be in prayer for these students. For more information on how you can support this student music missions experience, contact: music@ETBU.edu | 903.923.2158
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Through partnerships with ministries and organizations, ETBU is active in showing Christâ€™s love to all. Faculty and staff equip students to use their God-given talents to fulfill Jesusâ€™ Great Commission. Students volunteer locally and internationally through The Great Commission Center, Global Study and Serve, Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME), semester abroad, and community service.
MUSICAL MINISTRY ETBU Global Study and Serve Program leads University Singers in partnership with Peru church
he Global Study and Serve Program led the ETBU University Singers to Peru this July. Overseen by ETBU Board of Trustees Chair and Wiseman Ministries Development Director Cary Hilliard, Dean of the School of Communication and Performing Arts Tom Webster, and First Baptist Church-Longview Children’s Minister Angela Webster, the group used the trip to perform and minister at public schools, community centers, and medical facilities. “The Holy Spirit caused wondrous events to occur and prayers to be answered throughout our trip,” Dr. Webster said. “We witnessed the people around us, living in such a dry and poor place, come to know the spring of living water that is Jesus Christ.” The Music Department partnered with Camino de Vida (Way of Life), a multi-site church that has served in the capital city of Lima for the past 29 years. Joining the church’s active outreach efforts, the students assisted in the delivery of more than 2,000 bread rolls and 55 gallons of coffee to the guards, patients, and family members at a local hospital. They also distributed Spanish Bibles and assembled wheelchairs for 40 disabled individuals. “I was moved by the opportunity to serve a man as we fitted him for a wheelchair,” Dr. Hilliard commented. “He smiled from ear to ear and repeatedly said, ‘Gracias, gloria a Dios!’ His gratitude was evident as I lifted him into his wheelchair, and I was reminded of how often God lifts us up as we walk with Him in faith. This team made an immediate impact and supported the ongoing leadership better than I have ever witnessed before. Our students are rising leaders.” Casa Gracia (Grace House), another ministry operated by Camino De Vida, is a shelter for young women, who have been physically and emotionally abused. The University Singers handed out necklaces with cross pendants to each of the women as a reminder of Jesus’ unconditional and transformational love. The students also volunteered at elementary schools, an orphanage for special needs children, and a nursing home. At each site, the team shared their testimonies, led worship, and taught Biblical stories of creation, God’s love, and salvation through Christ. “It was humbling to be a part of God moving in such a way,” ETBU Sophomore Haley Harmening expressed. “We left with precious memories, new friends, and a sense of togetherness. Those kids and teachers accepted what Jesus had for them, and He kicked down those barriers and tied us together. I’m so excited to see what God has in store for our futures.”
BONDING THROUGH BASKETBALL
Tiger Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams experience Scripture in a new light while connecting with other cultures during TAME trips to Israel and Jamaica A group of twenty-four student-athletes, coaches, student-athletic trainers, ETBU faculty, and staff traveled to Israel this past May as part of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) program. The Men’s Basketball Team toured the country, studied Scripture and history, volunteered, hosted sports camps, and competed against international basketball teams. Then in August, the ETBU Women’s Basketball Team partnered with Ignite International, an organization that uses the platform of sports to share the Gospel overseas, to minister to the people of Jamaica. With Ignite, the Tiger Women competed with international basketball teams, conducted sports clinics for local children, volunteered in schools, and visited orphanages. “The opportunity to travel to the land that God promises to His people has continued to deepen our bond with each other,” ETBU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brandon Curran stated. “The Lord has drawn us closer to Him by allowing us to know more personally the man, Jesus Christ. Seeing the towns, villages, and synagogues where Jesus taught and healed brought the Scriptures to life.”
From Nazareth to Jerusalem, the Tiger Men took steps forward in their relationship with Christ as they traced the life of Jesus. The team read, reflected upon, and responded to the Biblical passages corresponding to each site as they navigated the region. “I am so thankful for all we learned and experienced on the trip to Israel,” ETBU senior Davis Robinson shared. “The most significant challenge that the Lord placed on my heart is to be more aware of His prompting and move when He asks. Throughout the week, God repeated to me, ‘This is the land I chose and where Christ walked, but I am no further from you where I have placed you.’ He has reminded me that His Spirit lives in me wherever I go.” The Women’s Basketball Team sought ways in Jamaica to express and demonstrate Christ’s love throughout the trip, whether serving at nursing facilities and children’s homes or competing against international basketball teams. The team played at the University of West Indies against Jamaican Olympic and National Team athletes, and during half-time, the groups gathered on the court to share testimonies and pray together. Following the games, the teams spent time together in worship and fellowship.
“We went to the Melody House for Girls, a home for abused teenage women,” ETBU junior Kayla Bise explained. “A few of my teammates shared their testimonies, a powerful experience that created a connection with the girls. Afterwards, the women had the opportunity to share their stories with us and ask questions. One girl expressed how she knew who Jesus was, but felt like God didn’t love her. We had the chance to open the Bible and show her how much God cares for her.” Bise continued, “By the end of the conversation, she accepted Jesus into her heart, and at that moment, I thought to myself, ‘This is it. This is why we are here.’” ETBU senior Valarie Matlock shared that it was a blessing to play with ladies from another country, who the Tigers could relate to on and off the court. “At half-time, we brought the team in the middle of the court and told the crowd about what God does for us,” she said. “We prayed together and showed them that God is more significant than our ability to play basketball. ETBU won 41-39, but the score was not as important as the fact that we were able to spread the Word of God as a team.” The group also visited West Haven Children’s Home, a privately funded home for children with disabilities. Here, the Tiger Women’s Basketball Team spent time dancing, playing with, and feeding the children. “I walked in thinking about how much we were going to impact these kids’ lives and love on them. Little did I know, it would impact me much more,” ETBU sophomore Abi Shaheen expressed. “The kids were unable to communicate verbally, so they would hold my hand and hug me a lot. I started to think about how God communicates with us. He doesn’t verbally speak to us, except through His Word, and if we aren’t focusing on Him, we might miss it.” The trips to Israel and Jamaica mark the sixth and seventh of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience, which provides student-athletes the opportunity to use their God-given talents as a platform to connect with people and share the Gospel of Jesus. “Our visits to the physical places Jesus lived, ministered, died, and rose again allowed us to further understand the immense sacrifice He willingly endured for each one of us,” ETBU freshman Westin Riddick shared. “We were reminded
that no matter color, culture, or past, God loves and desires a relationship with all people. The experience of worshipping as a group will forever be stamped in my memory, because of the joy in my heart as we proclaimed together the name of Jesus and celebrated that the grave is empty. He is alive. We are set free.” ETBU Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin will be taking the ETBU Hockey Team to Austria and Slovakia in early January for the next TAME trip. To be a part of what God is doing through ETBU’s TAME program, please email Ryan at rerwin@ETBU.edu. “These mission trips are the experiences of a lifetime in so many ways,” ETBU Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rusty Rainbolt, who led the Jamaica trip, said. “I can’t begin to describe all that we saw and experienced through those nine days. I can say that, more than ever, our team experienced the Biblical elements of love, patience, longsuffering, and kindness. May we never forget, and may we never be the same.”
TO HONOR AND TO SERVE ETBU hosts Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon
he annual ETBU Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon was held Thursday, May 17 to honor all of the public servants that serve our community and region as part of the 2018 National Police Week. “On behalf of the University, I express our sincere appreciation for you all,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “We acknowledge your service to our citizens within Marshall, Harrison County, and the state of Texas. You approach each day with an understanding that you could give your life for the sake of protecting others. I am reminded of God’s call to Ezekiel to watch over the house of Israel. In the Old Testament, watchmen were the first ones to see and respond to attacking armies or unwelcomed travelers. You have been set apart and see what we do not. We are grateful for your protection and our prayers are with you.” A devotional book, Experiencing God by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby, was presented by Dr. Blackburn to Harrison County Sherriff Tom McCool, Marshall Police Department Chief Cliff Carruth, and Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Matt Beatty. The book, God’s Promises for Your Every Need by J. Countryman and Thomas Nelson, was also distributed to each attending officer.
“I want to thank the University—Dr. Blackburn, the board of trustees, and the staff of ETBU—for hosting this event. I believe that it is important because our officers often face negativity and rarely experience encouragement,” Carruth commented. “Throughout my six months of service in Marshall, I have been shocked at the community’s response and support of our force. Thank you for your much needed expression of appreciation.” In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. “During National Police Week, I am always reflective on and proud of my family’s heritage in law enforcement. I have been blessed to have someone in my family commissioned since 1952,” ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey shared. “I personally respect, and we as an institution recognize, the sacrifice each of you make in your line of work. John 15:13 says, ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.’ Christ demonstrated this on the cross, and you all reflect His example.”
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ETBU Enactus creates Heavenly Scents Soap Co. to serve disabled individuals in Marshall
SOAP WITH A STORY
ETBU Enactus partners with Marshall Community Healthcore to create Heavenly Scent Soap Company
eavenly Scent Soap Company started in 2018 as a joint project between East Texas Baptist University and Marshall’s Community Healthcore (CHC) to improve the lives of the community members through social entrepreneurship. “Individuals with Developmental Disabilities have the same rights as the rest of us to receive an education, be independent, and earn an honest wage,” Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program Supervisor Tanya Wallace said. “Big things often have small beginnings. One of our employees stated, ‘People think we can’t work, but we can if you would just give us a chance!’” Marshall’s CHC focuses on providing programs to help people lead free lives, assisting people with intellectual disabilities, and enabling families to holistically heal. The partnership allows IDD clients to learn workplace skills, build confidence in daily living tasks, earn wages, and find pride in meaningful work accomplished with their own hands.
IDD Clients have the same rights as the rest of us to receive an education, be independent, and earn an honest wage. TANYA WALLACE IDD PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
“I have pride in doing this, and I have fun doing it,” Soap Specialist Robert Wilson shared. “I had never heard of someone with disabilities making soap. When I interviewed and received the job, I thought, ‘Thank you! I get to do something different all of the time with my hands.’” ETBU students developed a marketing plan, obtained initial funding, created the website, and trained IDD clients to make artisanal glycerin and goat’s milk-based soap lines to sell to the public through craft shows, boutiques, and an online store. “The most rewarding aspect of participating in the Heavenly Scent Soap project is knowing that I am helping IDD clients live a more fulfilling life,” ETBU junior Jace Rasor commented. “My involvement in Enactus as Treasurer has challenged me to grow because everything we do is for others. Knowing that what I’m doing will support others and provide opportunities is encouraging.” Enactus is a network of global business, academic, and student leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. One of more than 1,730 Enactus campuses, the collegiate
chapter at ETBU was initiated last year by the Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Barry Evans in 2017. “I am excited about the mutually beneficial partnership between our ETBU Enactus Team and Community Healthcore,” Dr. Evans said. “Our students experience the process of starting a business and learn marketing and website design, inventory management, and logistics. The IDD clients, who are making the soap are learning excellent practical workplace skills and the pride that comes with producing a high quality product. To connect the consumer and the product, each bar of soap includes a card with personal information about the soap specialist.” The company currently offers Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap Bars, Strawberry Vanilla Soap Bars, Honeysuckle Goat’s Milk Soap Bars, and Eucalyptus Soap Bars for $7.00 each. All profits go back into Heavenly Scents Soap Co., benefiting IDD clients at CHC. To purchase or learn more about the product, visit www.heavenlyscentsoap.com.
EVERGREEN, EVER-REMEMBERED ETBU honors former Tiger James Morgan (’05) at the 2018 Arbor Day observance ETBU celebrated the 2018 Arbor Day by planting three Live Oak trees in memory of Tiger Baseball player James Morgan (’05), who lost his life at the age of 29 in a 2012 airplane crash. Nearly 60 students gathered to reflect on Scripture, pray, and plant trees. ETBU Student Body President Reid Adams read the story of creation from Genesis 1:1-13, and senior Dylan Sumpter prayed over the campus, community, and world. “As a backdrop to the Baseball field, these trees will forever serve as a reminder that James is looking down on our team as we compete,” Tiger Baseball Head Coach Jared Hood commented. Each year, Tiger Athletics honors Morgan’s legacy by selecting a current student-athlete to wear number 16, Morgan’s Tiger jersey number. Sumpter received the James Morgan Award in 2017 and dons the number each game. “Getting the James Morgan Award is something that will stay with me forever,” Sumpter shared. “It has been a humbling experience, and I hope I can represent the number well by reflecting God’s glory on and off the field. I am reminded to never take anything for granted because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I hope to serve and give back in the same way James Morgan did.” Hood initiated the award during the 2014-2015 Tiger Baseball season soon after he was hired. The recipient, chosen by a team vote, is selected for displaying the qualities of Morgan, including athletic excellence, academic integrity, service to the community, leadership, and overall Christian character. “As a Marshall native, Morgan was actively involved in the community,” Hood shared. “He was five years older
than me, and I always looked up to him. He went out of his way to invest in others. It’s our program’s privilege to remember his legacy and uplift his family and friends.” In addition to his membership and service at Immanuel Baptist Church, Morgan volunteered much of his time at Airport Park in Marshall, a regional hub for baseball and softball activities. Whether playing baseball, leading sports camps, or serving in the church, Morgan left an impression on everyone he came into contact with. “Seeing the impact that James Morgan left on the Tiger Baseball Team and ETBU as a whole is inspiring,” ETBU senior Carrie Sparks expressed. “I hope and pray that, like James, I live a life that represents Christ daily. The event reminded me that if we remain rooted in God, we will always bear fruit for His glory.” ETBU observes Arbor Day annually to provide an opportunity to educate the campus community on the benefits of urban reforestation, environmental stewardship, resource conservation, and campus landscape beautification. The University recently received recognition as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. ETBU is one of 28 Tree Campus USA colleges and universities in Texas, and one of over 350 Tree Campus USA colleges in America. “As evergreens are plants that virtually keep leaves throughout the year, these three trees are a representation of the true and lasting life offered by Christ,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “Today is an extension of our mission to teach students to invest in others as Jesus did and as James Morgan modeled. Arbor Day is yet another reminder that while we walk upon this Earth, we have a responsibility as God’s stewards for conserving, cultivating, and caring for what He has created.”
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2018 Golden Lightkeeper: Dr. William Everett (’57)
Alumni Achievement Award: Scott Surratt (’90)
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J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award: Dr. Annemarie Whaley (’86)
Unsung Hero Award: Ruth Rhodes (’73)
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EXPERIENCING LIFE ON THE HILL ETBU’s annual Hilltop University encourages senior adults
his May, ETBU held its annual Hilltop University, a spiritual retreat for senior adults that offers the opportunity for them to experience life on the University campus at ETBU through worship, biblical teaching, fellowship, and entertainment. More than 200 senior adults were in attendance this year. “This is my fourth year to attend the conference, and every year I look forward to being back on campus to visit with old friends and make new memories,” Dale Coates (’65) shared. “Hilltop University is a great threeday retreat, geared specifically for us as senior adults. The most rewarding aspect of the conference, for me, was hearing the Word of God presented by the best Bible teachers.” Texas Baptists (BGCT) Executive Director David Hardage, South Main Baptist Church—Pasadena Senior Pastor Ron Lyles, and Retired ETBU Professor and Bible Lessons International Founder Bob Utley served as keynote speakers. “To demonstrate that we, as believers in Christ, have been transformed to live a life pleasing to God, we must be a people of integrity, humility, mercy, and dependability,” Dr. Hardage said. “The way to make a difference is to be different, and the way to be different is to be the same. When we consistently exhibit that we are set apart, from day to day in our various roles, it will be an experience that others pass on.” Through Bible study sessions and coffee-and-dessert fellowship, the retreat allowed participants to experience the Christ-centered environment and community of ETBU. Worship sessions were led by the Foto Sisters and Benjie Harlan; The Isaacs, a multi Grammynominated family group from Tennessee, and vocalist Scot Cameron both performed concerts. “We enjoyed hosting our guests for Hilltop University,” Vice President for Advancement Scott Bryant commented. “The days were filled with outstanding sermons, great worship, and fun fellowship. It was a
wonderful few days on the Hill.” Breakout sessions, such as “Paul’s Prayer for Living” taught by ETBU Professor of Religion Jeph Holloway and “Ten Tips on How to Enjoy Life” facilitated by First Baptist Church in Kilgore Associate Pastor Pete Freeman, challenged and encouraged participants in their walk with Christ. “East Texas Baptist University has been built by those who have come before us, and I am reminded of the significance of a legacy,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “I pray your legacy will empower future generations to follow your lead. You are the great cloud of witnesses, the examples, mentors, and teachers that spur on an entire community to keep the faith and finish the race Christ set before us.”
The most rewarding aspect of the conference, for me, was hearing the Word of God presented by the best Bible teachers. DALE COATES ETBU ALUM (’65)
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Accent on Alumni UPDATES 2010s Danae (Corley) Stack (’10) recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a MA in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago. In August, she relocated from Moscow, Russia to become Executive Director of a new Christian nonprofit, Impact Pendleton in Pendleton, Oregon. She and husband, Dante, have served in Slovenia, Russia, and Texas. They are excited to follow God’s call to Oregon. Congratulations to Kelsey Roady (’13) for starting a new position as a Surgical Oncology Nurse at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Folake Ishola (’14) graduated from Johns Hopkins University on May 23, 2018 with her Master of Science in Biotechnology. Folake has been accepted into Ross University School of Medicine and will begin her studies in August 2018. Alena Vaughn (’15) recently received her Master of Divinity from Logsdon Seminary in Abilene and began her ministry at Sugar Land Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor of Missions, June 10, 2018.
celebrate Travis’ graduation from the Dallas Police Academy.
served as the principal at Judson Middle School in Longview.
2000s Nathan and Brianne Dean (’03) are moving to Hillister, Texas, where Nathan has accepted his first pastorate at Hillister Baptist Church.
Michael Landers (’94) was named the Athletic Director for Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Landers has been with Navarro College since August 2013. He has served as Assistant Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach, and Kinesiology Chair.
Cody Earley (’06) recently became the Vice President of Commercial Lending at American Nation Bank. Laura Corley (’07) will be teaching Chemistry at Melissa High School this Fall. Laura spent the last several years teaching at Brownsboro High School. Dr. Antay (Pond) Parker (’08), DNP, APRN, WHNPBC, CNOR, RNFA, C-EFM recently published an article entitled, TeamSTEPPS: An Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Clinical Errors Threatening Safety in Outpatient Settings: An Integrative Review in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. It is expected to appear in print in the Winter 2018/2019 publication. Congratulations to Dr. Brooke (McGehee) Hensley (’09) on joining Dermatology Associates of Pikeville in eastern Kentucky. 1990s Lynn Heatherly (’90), recently started a new job as the TCC Software Development Director at ESC, Region 20.
Travis Ruston (’16) and his wife, Jordan (Rosenberger) Ruston (’15),
William Houff (’94) is the new principal of Chapel Hill High School outside of Tyler. Prior to this job, Houff
James Bryant (’95) became Principal of Gruver High School in Gruver, Texas. He recently earned his Superintendent Certification and serves on the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Board of Directors. Dr. Karen Rambo-Hernandez (’97) was promoted to Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. RamboHernandez has been serving at WVU as a professor since 2014. Abdon Rangel (’98) recently joined Andersen Tax as the Managing Director of their Houston office. Abdon has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry and specializes in global tax consulting, federal tax planning and mergers & acquisitions. Samuel Lee Brown, Jr. (’99) graduated with his Master of Science in Information Systems from Tarleton State University. He and his wife, Kristina, had a baby girl this fall, Kaci Grace Brown. Dr. Van Patterson (’99) was named Vice President for Administration at Galveston College. Previously, Dr. Patterson was the Director of the Longview University Center, a branch campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.
1970s Ron Massey (’73) presented another concert of sacred piano arrangements at Emmanuel Baptist in Shreveport on July 15, 2018, where he has served as pianist for 33 years. He has also sold retail print music for 39 years at Pendley Piano Gallery in Shreveport. 1960s
Dr. Jim Teague (’68), CEO and Director of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on July 25, 2018. Congratulations, Jim on this incredible honor. Go Tigers!
DEATHS Faculty and Staff Aubrey Hampton passed away June 23, 2018. She faithfully served in Admissions at ETBC from 1971 to 1983. Marila Ann Dollahite Palmer died July 28, 2018. She served in administrative leadership at ETBU. Janie Newman passed away July 31, 2018 at the age of 90. She and her husband, Ben, were longtime friends of ETBU. Mary Hall passed away October 9, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Harlan, who served as an ETBU Trustee. 1930s Richard Thompson passed away October 23, 2018. He served faithfully on the ETBU Board of Regents. 1940s Maude Ellen (Stone) Whitehead (’48) passed away July 20, 2018. Maude Ellen taught Chemistry in Gaston and West Rusk for 30 years and was a faithful member
of Turnertown Baptist Church for 68 years. She is survived by her husband, Roger (attd. ’48), of 70 years. Corinne (Cherry) Young (’48) went home to be with the Lord, October 14, 2018. Corinne spent her life educating students at Tatum High School in Tatum. She was known for her trademark wit and loved to travel the world. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, James. 1950s Jason Berton Franklin (’56) died on May 22, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Sondra. Billie Wiggins (’57) of Palestine died July 8, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 67 years Forrest Wiggins (’58). Jo Dixon (’57) passed away November 27, 2017. 1960s G.A. “Stan” Stanfield (’60) passed away October 3, 2018. He pastored several East Texas churches and served as a teacher and principal throughout his life. Betty Sue (Russell) Zgarba (’60) passed away April 3, 3018 surrounded by her friends and family. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Weldon, their two sons, and many grandchildren. Dr. Glenda (Langford) Nelson (’60) died July 30, 2018. Glenda served as an educator for 36 years, loved reading, and traveling. She will be missed by her family and friends. Nona Kay Bickerstaff (’61) died September 13, 2018. She spent her life serving in the
mission field. During her time at ETBC, she was a Class Favorite in 1960. Maurice Hatton (’62) passed from this earthly life on April 17, 2018 after a brief illness. He first came to ETBC in 1952, where he met his lovely wife, Dee Birch Hatton (attd.’56). Maurice spent his career teaching and leading music and teaching high school special education. He was a lover of family, music, antiques, and plants, and was an avid hobbyist and collector of many things. He is survived by his wife Dee, of Village Mills, Texas, one son, John and daughter, Rachel (‘86), five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Maurice paved the way to ETBC for his siblings—Reba June Hatton Irwin (’57), Kenneth Hatton (’65) who married Carol Pessel Hatton (’64), Melinda Hatton Williams (attd.’68) who married Michael Williams (’71), and Eva Hatton Norvell (’75) who married Wayne O. Norvell (’72). Other family alumni include Rachel Hatton Niemann (’86), Amy Hatton Wood (’92), and Paul Hatton (attd.’87-’91). Tommy Wardell passed away on August 20, 2018. Tommy is survived by his wife, Mary Lou (Arnold) Wardell (’62). Roy Gunter (’63) passed away on April 9, 2018. He was a retired engineer and an active member of Holly Brook Baptist Church in Tyler. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and their two daughters. Dr. Leslie Mills (’66) went home to be with the Lord July 10, 2018. During his life, he was fortunate to serve as a pastor of churches in Louisiana, Texas, Indiana, and Australia. He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Darden) Mills (’66), their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 1980s Roger Roades (’81) passed away on July 17, 2018.
Ron Dyess (’82) passed away August 5, 2018. Ron was a retired Baptist minister and funeral director. He is survived by his wife, Janice, of 34 years and their children and grandchildren. 1990s Matt Haggard passed away on June 7, 2018. He was serving as the Pastor of Sabine Parish Church at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, April (’97), and their two boys.
WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES Weddings Madison (Kauffman) Collier (’13) married Will Collier July 28, 2018 in Garrison. Since graduating from ETBU in 2013, Madison went on to earn her Master of Education in Sports Leadership from ETBU in 2015, and currently serves as the Tiger Pom Coach. At the event of their marriage, Madison not only gained a husband to love, but also two little boys, Watson and Raider. The couple will reside in Elysian Fields, Texas. Congratulations to Hayden (’17) and Emily (Whitehead) Leverett (’17) on their marriage! These college sweethearts got married April 15, 2018, and are now residing in Plano. Emily (Shaver) Carroll (’17) married Kourt Carroll April 22, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. The Carrolls are now living in Rowlett.
Taylor Therwhanger (’17) and Taylor (Rowlands) Therwanger (’18) tied the knot July 14, 2018 in The Woodlands. The couple met at an ETBU football game. The Therwangers are both teaching at Timpson ISD and reside at Lake Murval in Gary. Anniversaries Sam Park (’73) and his wife, Diana (Jacobsen) Park (’73), celebrated 47 years of marriage on August 21, 2018.
TIGER CUBS Drew (’06) and Rachel Barkley are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Brynlee Rae Barkley. Brynlee was born July 11, 2018 and joins big sister, Bri, and big brother, Beckett. Brynlee is also the granddaughter of Bil (’81) and Brenda (Trent) Barkley (’81). Christopher Hudson proudly shows off the Tiger Club t-shirt he received for his birthday. Christopher is the son of Shawn and Alicia (George) Hudson (’07). Jacob (’07) and Kelli (Pruitt) Richardson (’09) announce the birth of their son, Carter James Richardson, born January 12, 2018. He joins big sister, Kate. Jacob also recently joined Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP as an attorney.
Reid Clifton celebrates graduating to the Tiger Club. Reid is the son of Mark (’07) and Kristen (Jones) Clifton (’09) and can’t wait to grow up and play soccer for the Tigers just like his dad. Megan (Hunter) Dudark (’06) and her husband, Ryan, welcomed their third child, Clara Brooke, on August 29, 2018. Her big brothers, Tyler (5) and Jace (2), love taking care of her. Tim (’09) and Jenni (Stapleton) Darst (’10) welcomed their third child, Ella Brooke, April 11, 2018. Ella joins big brothers, Eli and Levi. The Darsts are currently living in Round Rock. Billy (’12) and Kayla (Collins) Baker (’13) welcomed their son, Elias Jack Baker, on August 25, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Elias weighed in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. Congrats to the Baker family! Tyler (’15) and Ashley Pollard (’15) Martin’s daughter, Ava, shows off her new Cub Club onesie.
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Managing Editor Becky Davis Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communication Writers Allison Peteet (’99) Assistant Vice President for Advancement Emily Roberson Director of Alumni Relations and Advancement Communication Kristin Williams (’16) Communication Coordinator Ashlyn Randall Haley Wheat Designers Carmen Maciel (’17) Lead Graphic Designer Julie Baugus Graphic Designer Kelsey Dagle Photographers Caleb Kwok Carmen Maciel James Coreas Jayme Perez (’18) Julie Baugus Katy Harmon (’18) University Leadership Dr. J. Blair Blackburn President Dr. Thomas Sanders Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Scott Bryant Vice President for Advancement Kevin Caffey Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Ned Calvert (’95) Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs Dr. Heather Hadlock Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Erwin Vice President for Athletics and Director of Athletics Lee Ferguson Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs Deans Dr. Joseph D. Brown Dean, Frank S. Groner School of Professional Studies Dr. Rebekah Grigsby Dean, School of Nursing Dr. Colleen Halupa Dean, Online Learning Dr. John L. Harris Dean, School of Christian Studies Dr. Barry Evans Dean, Fred Hale School of Business Elizabeth Ponder Dean, Library Services Dr. John Sargent Dean, School of Education Dr. Laurie Smith Interim Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences Dr. Scott Stevens Dean, Spiritual Life Dr. Jerry Summers Dean, School of Humanities Dr. Thomas R. Webster Dean, School of Communication and Performing Arts Dr. Marty Warren Dean, Academic Services and Institutional Research
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“THEN THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM, ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID, FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE TO ALL PEOPLE. FOR THERE IS BORN TO YOU THIS DAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID A SAVIOR, WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD.’” LUKE 2:10-11 76 Hilltop Fall 2018