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48 Letters and comments can be sent to: alumni@ETBU.edu Update online: Visit: www.ETBU.edu/ alumniupdate Please send any information for publishing or change of personal information to: Alumni Relations East Texas Baptist University One Tiger Drive Marshall, TX 75670 903.923.2071

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Marshall Grand Nursed to Health School of Nursing moves to new home in downtown Marshall

18 Leave a Legacy for God’s Purpose Fall 2018, Spring 2019 graduates step across the stage to

follow their vocational callings

22 Ringing in a New Tradition Senior Tigers receive official class ring to commemorate their



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24 Orchestrated by God

ETBC changes the trajectory of Dr. Ike Chang’s (’55) life

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32 Homecoming 2019 Register Now: October 25-26

38 Walking in Faith and Learning

42 ETBU Tiger Sports Highlights

Honoring Dr. J. Ward Walker through the Walker legacy

48 Reaching the Nations

The ETBU Family answers Jesus’ call to make disciples

54 Christian Scholarship

ETBU community pursues academic excellence in and beyond

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58 Called to Create Faith integration influences 2018-2019 Theatre Arts

Department season

60 Empowering the Next Generation ETBU women disciple future female servant leaders


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President’s Message Dear Alumni, Families, and Friends of East Texas Baptist, Reflecting on the 2018-2019 academic year, we remain united in the calling to empower this generation of ETBU students to be grounded in their Christian faith and scholarship. As a University Family, we strive to build a community of strong Christian servant leaders. In the Bible, we read story after story about God’s search for willing hearts to carry out His will. ETBU, as a Christ-centered institution, has the distinct responsibility of teaching and equipping the next generation of Godly leaders to engage our churches and communities. Paul instructed the early church in Romans 12:1-2, Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Renewing our minds with the things of God connects us to the Lord in ways that will place us at the center of His will. This is the essence of faith in leadership—spiritual leadership flows from God’s will to follow God's Kingdom purposes. How can we leave the legacy of a righteous life lived in God’s will? As Scripture says, we must live to please God and serve others in light of eternity. In this issue of The Hilltop, you will witness what we at East Texas Baptist University view as the growing legacy of God’s love and His development of the leadership of His people. You will learn how the University Family is being empowered daily to take the Word of God to others. You will also see how His hand has enabled us to bestow degrees upon more than 300 ETBU graduates and create a new tradition, symbolically focused on carrying our message throughout the world by granting a class ring to each new Tiger alumnus. The Lord has called us to share His love at home on the beaches of South Padre Island and overseas to the mountain ranges of Austria through our campus ministries, and Global Study and Serve program. While ETBU Athletics has earned extraordinary victories on the field, student-athletes and coaches also glorify God around the world through the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience. ETBU’s sports teams have boldly proclaimed the Gospel this year in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Slovakia, and France. ETBU continues to grow and impact our city through the partnership with donors and friends of the institution. The first phase of construction at the Marshall Grand was completed this year, with the School of Nursing officially moving downtown for the Fall 2019 semester. This new academic center will be an essential part of our excellent health care educational program and a catalyst for economic development and community engagement in the historic downtown district of Marshall. We appreciate every individual, who has contributed to the training of quality nurses. Our School of Nursing graduates, who have achieved five consecutive years of 100% pass rates on the NCLEX, deserve recognition for not only their academic success, but also their sincere love for Christ with care and concern for His people. God is truly doing great things in our student body across all disciplines. We pray for God’s blessing on every individual, who the Lord used to make this year such a triumph for His glory. Whether an alumni, friend of the University, student, faculty, or staff member, God is actively working in and through our University community to build a legacy in His name. God Bless, and Go Tigers!

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School of Nursing moves to new home in downtown Marshall


aced with the welcomed challenges of growing enrollment and program expansion, ETBU needed to find a new home for the ETBU School of Nursing. Through a creative and collaborative effort, the University decided to repurpose a historic hotel into a center for health care excellence. This May 2019, East Texas Baptist hosted the Grand Opening of the renovated Marshall Grand in downtown Marshall to celebrate with alumni, donors, and friends of the University what God accomplished through the power of generous donations and God-given vision. “It has been a remarkable journey to transform a building that initially opened in 1929 into the modern training facility that it is today,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said at the Grand Opening of the School of Nursing. “As Isaiah 25:1 says, the Lord planned this long ago. None of it would be possible without the provision of God’s hand stirring the spirits of His generous people. In 1912, the College of Marshall was founded. Today, ETBU is still Marshall’s university. The people of Marshall and ETBU’s supporters helped make this restoration possible. We are grateful for your prayers and support. Thank you for sharing what God is doing at ETBU. Pray that He will continue to use this institution to be a light on the Hill at our main campus and on this hilltop in Marshall’s downtown district.” Marshall native and businessman Jerry Cargill and his wife, Judy, along with former Texas State Senator and former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson and his wife, Christina, donated the building to ETBU in 2013 for the advancement of Christ-centered education and the benefit of the local community and East Texas region. ETBU continued its renovation of the five out of eight floors of the historic Marshall Grand, formerly known as the Hotel Marshall, three of which will be utilized by the School of Nursing. “One of my friends encouraged me to fix up some of the old buildings downtown. I knew then that downtown Marshall would not make it until someone fixed up the hotel. We put together a fundraising program with the Andersons and raised enough money to do the first phase in the restoration of this building,” Jerry Cargill shared. “Six years ago, we donated the Marshall Grand to the University. To see where they have taken it, we know it was the perfect thing for us to do. We are delighted that ETBU came to us with a plan. It gives the community a sense of pride, and we believe it will revitalize the whole community.” ETBU raised over $3 million to renovate the Marshall Grand, with significant contributions from the Andersen Foundation, Moody Foundation, Meadows Foundation, and J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation. The School of Nursing campaign also garnered support from foundations across the state including the Rosa May Griffin Foundation, the T.J. and LaVerne Plunkett Foundation, and the Wece and Martha Johnson Foundation. As others partner with ETBU, the University will be able to



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develop additional floors within the historic building for institutional needs. “We are thrilled with the response that we received from the extended ETBU family, foundations, and community members to our School of Nursing,” ETBU Vice President for Advancement Scott Bryant shared. “Relocating the School of Nursing to the Marshall Grand provides us the additional space needed to train more nurses and help meet the growing need for medical personnel in our region and state.” Dr. Charles and Jo Ann Whiteside, Dr. D.M. Edwards, the Marshall Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO), and the City of Marshall made significant contributions to the innovative technologies available in the Nell Whiteside Starling Center for Nursing Education on the third floor, which includes the D.M. Edwards Nursing Simulation Laboratory and the MEDCO Nursing Skills Laboratory. MEDCO provided a $200,000 development grant to support ETBU’s purchase of vocational training equipment for the nursing skills and simulation laboratories. The simulation equipment includes mannequins, headboards, hospital and medical treatment beds, gurneys, cameras, and computer simulation technology. “As MEDCO’s mission is focused on workforce training, this project was a perfect way for us to partner with ETBU in their endeavor to train students,” Marshall Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Donna Maisel said. “The mannequins can be programmed to simulate illnesses and life-threatening conditions. It is a state-of-the-art facility and will be here for a long time into the future. As the nursing program grows, we hope that we can help through our continued partnership.” From seizures to a breech birth, the seven wireless mannequins simulate a broad range of realistic conditions. Students can complete a full-body assessment, perform chest compressions, check for a

We are delighted that ETBU came to us with a plan. It gives the community a sense of pride, and we believe it will revitalize the whole community. JERRY CARGILL MARSHALL NATIVE AND BUSINESSMAN Hilltop

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pulse, and insert intravenous (IV) and intraosseous medications into the mannequins. Every physical contact a student has with a mannequin is recorded, allowing faculty and staff to review each case with the class. Faculty and staff will not intervene even if the patient crashes. Simulation provides a safe environment for skill set practice prior to patient encounters. These simulation experiences are specifically designed for hands-on, nurse-patient skills training. As students enter the simulation activity and clinical setting, they leave the capacity of student behind and take on the calling of the skilled professional nurse. “It is critical for nurses to be trained beyond providing medicine to patients. In the simulation laboratory, we are committed to teaching our students the value of assessment,” ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders commented. “As a University, we are thankful for all of the individuals, who came together over 100 years ago to invest in Christian higher education in Marshall. We are grateful that this vision has not faded in our town and for the opportunity to see something old become new. I thank God for every individual, who had a hand in this construction and, in turn, is a part of extending the healing hand of Christ throughout this nation.” The nursing training facility includes instructional, clinical, and study spaces for effective student learning and skills development. On three floors dedicated to the School of Nursing, the Marshall Grand houses two teaching laboratories, five classrooms, a testing and technology lab, a conference room, and a fellowship lounge that will be utilized for additional academic areas as institutional health care programs are expanded. The ETBU School of Nursing learning experience leads to the ultimate goal of equipping servanthearted nurses to enter a complex health care environment prepared to serve with compassion, knowledge, and excellence. “We see the move to the Marshall Grand as an opportunity to grow our program, while providing needed resources for our students. Ultimately, this impacts health care practice in our community, the East Texas region, and wherever our students go as they serve Christ as nurse professionals,” ETBU Dean of the School of Nursing Rebekah Grigsby said. “This new space provides an innovative environment to accomplish our mission to educate nurses, who will leave the University prepared to deliver holistic, Christ-centered nursing care.” Since 2015, ETBU nurses have achieved 100 percent pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and received job offers within three months of degree completion. The nursing program was also recently ranked sixth among 119 programs in Texas by RegisteredNursing.org. With the expansion to the Marshall Grand, ETBU intends to develop Master of Science programs in nursing education and speech pathology. “ETBU has always taken our training seriously, but this facility shows us even more so. I am excited to receive hands-on experience and be prepared for so many different situations,” ETBU sophomore Nursing major Reagan Dean shared. “Especially with the lounge and other study areas, I think we will grow closer together as a program. The facility will allow us to build stronger relationships with one another, while helping us feel more connected to the community of Marshall.”



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SEAMLESS TRANSITIONS ETBU reaches out to students from every walk of life


uring my time as a recruiter, I have had the philosophy that I am just an arm of God’s sovereignty. He lays it on people’s hearts, and I am the messenger to tell them about ETBU,” Transfer Counselor Max Turner (’15) said. “I encounter people from every walk of life and have had the opportunity to share about Jesus and how we integrate faith into our education.” On behalf of ETBU, Turner accepted an award at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) Catalyst 2019. At this annual convention, the PTK Honor Society recognized all schools named to the PTK Honor Transfer Roll. One of only 78 institutions from across the country selected to receive this honor, ETBU exhibited excellence in community college and transfer pathway development among four-year colleges



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and universities. The University was also included in the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa Partners in Excellence publication, distributed to higher education leaders nationally. “I decided to transfer to ETBU because of the PTK scholarship, Christ-centered environment, and transfer counselors, who showed such interest in getting me here,” ETBU senior Nursing major Chloe Jenkins shared. “My membership with PTK and education at the University prepares me for the future by pushing me to be an above-average student, stay involved, and have fun with my fellow students. I learned to go the extra mile with PTK and am continually challenged to do the same at ETBU.” To further the mission of providing students from

diverse educational backgrounds with the best opportunity to succeed in the college admissions process, ETBU partnered with Classic Learning Initiatives and joined the CLT College Network to begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) submitted by prospective students as a college admissions score. “When we learned of the CLT, and after researching the test, ETBU leaders knew it would be a great standardized test option for prospective Tigers,” ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey said. “With the growing number of homeschool and private school students choosing ETBU, we found the CLT appropriate for the education they received in high school. We expect it will provide an accurate measure of college readiness as we determine admission for these students.” ETBU remains committed to providing quality and accessible opportunities for students to prepare for college and grow spiritually. In partnership with Texas Baptists (BGCT), ETBU hosted a Congreso Experience designed specifically for Hispanic youth. More than 70 local students from six churches attended the one-day, regional event. ETBU Freshman Admissions Counselor Ana Asencio led a workshop on college readiness. “I hope families left with a sense of belonging, knowing they have the opportunities and resources to fulfill their purpose,” Asencio commented. “Overall, the event empowered Latino students in their potential and affirmed the importance of diversity among the campus community.”

My membership with PTK and education at the University prepares me for the future by pushing me to be an above-average student, stay involved, and have fun with my fellow students. I learned to go the extra mile with PTK and am continually challenged to do the same at ETBU. CHLOE JENKINS SENIOR, NURSING MAJOR


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LEAVE A LEGACY FOR GOD’S PURPOSE Fall 2018, Spring 2019 graduates step across the stage to follow their vocational callings


ommencement ceremonies at ETBU celebrate the relationship between students, staff, and faculty and remind the community of the University’s commitment to the integration of academic discipline and faith in Christ. “Graduates, we prayed over you before you enrolled, we prayed with you through your educational journey, and now we pray that God will take you to make a bold imprint on this world,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “ETBU is committed to being a distinctively Christ-centered University, dedicated to glorifying God by transforming students into Christian servant leaders through your time here. Your journey in the pursuit, discovery, and application of God’s truths does not end on this Hill. It is our prayer that as our graduates, who are fully equipped and empowered, you use your intellectual and spiritual gifts to transform the world for the glory of God.” During the 2018-2019 academic year, ETBU sent more than 300 new graduates to pursue their callings. In his keynote address to the Fall 2018 graduates, Dean International CEO and former Texas Secretary of State David Dean emphasized the importance of reflecting on the past, anticipating the future, and finding a place in eternal Kingdom work. “You have an advantage in life because you have been educated at a Christ-centered university that encourages you not to lean on your own understanding but to discern the will of God and follow your calling,” Dr. Dean shared. “Each of you is graduating prepared and equipped to navigate this world. I challenge you not to squander what you have learned and to help others understand the Truth. Find the need and fill it. Christ came to Earth to fulfill the need of humanity by redeeming His creation and restoring relationship with the Father. My charge to you, graduates, is to take advantage of the bright future the Lord has given you.” An example of an ETBU alumnus serving God and humanity throughout his career, Dr. Ben G. Raimer (’69)



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received an honorary Doctor of Science during the Spring 2019 commencement service. In his charge to the new ETBU alumni, Dr. Raimer challenged the graduates to live and serve faithfully for God. “I cannot express in simple terms my gratitude for this recognition. However, the recognition belongs to those, who came long before me. It belongs to those who taught me not just in science, but also in the Christian principles that would guide my life,” Dr. Raimer shared. “Fifty years ago, I walked across the stage in Scarborough Chapel with 68 of my lifelong friends to receive my undergraduate degree. From my time at East Texas Baptist, I profoundly remember the people who cared about me, loved me, and wanted me to be a success. Every day, I become more appreciative. My experience at ETBU began a journey that led me to a life of service. Students, chart a course based on the principles you have learned at this institution. I hope you start a journey of becoming all you can for God’s purpose.” Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Executive Director and Treasurer Tamiko C. Jones reminded students to trust God’s plan for their lives, “I enjoyed an enriching career as an electrical engineer. Now, I serve a local congregation and am blessed to lead a 138-year-old organization for the state of Texas. Even in my amazement, this was not always my dream. I had my own plans, but I have learned over the years

My experience at ETBU began a journey that led me to a life of service. Students, chart a course based on the principles you have learned at this institution. I hope you start a journey of becoming all you can for God’s purpose. DR. BEN G. RAIMER (’69) SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, UTMB HEALTH POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS


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about trusting God’s plan for my life. All journeys are different. Doing the right thing may seem to have the wrong outcome, and your ideal path to success may have a few detours. To enjoy the journey, you must be flexible, trust the process, and choose to move forward.” Students on the path to success, Bachelor of Science in Accounting graduate Mpanga Chanda and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training graduate Reid Adams received the 2018 and 2019 President’s Awards, respectively, for their exceptional example as Christian leaders, scholars, and servants. Both Chanda and Adams were actively involved on and off campus, obeying the Lord through their academic studies, student leadership, and volunteer community service. “Receiving the 2019 President’s Award is such an honor,” Adams commented. “I cannot say thank you enough to my parents and family for all of their love and support over these last four years. I am thankful for amazing mentors, professors, and friends, who poured into me, helped me grow in my faith, and allowed me to become the man I am today. I will forever be grateful to ETBU and all the University has given me, and I am excited to see where the Lord leads me in this next phase of life.” Recognized for embodying excellence in service, scholarship, teaching, and integration of faith and learning, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science Sandy Hoover received the 2019 Professor with Distinction Award. Dr. Hoover serves as the Chair of Faculty Senate at ETBU and Pastor at Athey Baptist Church in Harleton, Texas. Dr. Hoover was described as a faculty member who, “goes out of his way to accommodate the needs of our students and works diligently to help them succeed. All of his students love him dearly, and they participate happily whenever he takes them to local community development projects. Sandy is not only an excellent teacher, researcher, pastor, and community leader; he is also one of the finest persons you would ever happen to meet. He is kind, generous, and humorous.” In addition to honoring current alumni and faculty, the University also celebrated the lives of Darrian Anthony McClintock, Jr. and Norvontre LaShawn Harrison. Three years ago, these young men died together in an act of bravery and friendship. DJ and Tre, then ETBU freshmen, would have graduated with the Class of 2019. Their families were presented with diplomas to recognize their sons with honorary Bachelor of Science degrees. McClintock and Harrison are examples of sacrificial servant leadership and accountability of brotherhood for current and future ETBU students. “Their sacrifice brought our campus together in ways that can still be felt today,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “I was reminded recently that, while it is difficult to bear, grief is a reminder of love. Today, I want you all to know how much we loved these two men. We cherish their memory and the legacies they left behind, not merely at ETBU, but in all the lives they touched.”



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RINGING IN NEW TRAD Senior Tigers receive official class ring to commemorate their ETBU years


hese rings serve as a reminder of what God has called us to do as Christian believers and a University Family,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said at the inaugural Ring Blessing ceremony in December. “I am honored to be a part of this new tradition that connects all ETBU graduates from generation to generation. Every student earning his or her bachelor’s degree will receive this ring as a symbol of their Christ-centered education at ETBU. The ring represents the culmination of what God has done in your lives during your time at the institution and how He is working through ETBU. We challenge you to use the ring to reflect the Light of Christ and tell others about ETBU.” East Texas Baptist University’s Ring Blessing honors graduating seniors by presenting them with an official ETBU Class Ring. Designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students and connect generations of alumni, the graduation ring is a token of appreciation to graduating seniors and symbolizes the University’s blessing over students as they commence from ETBU to pursue their career callings. “ETBU has prepared me for the future by equipping me with the knowledge, servant leadership, and compassion that is necessary to become a practicing physician,” ETBU Bachelor of Science in Biology

graduate Rileigh Boyd commented. “As a thirdgeneration ETBU graduate, this ring represents tradition. My dad has always worn his class ring, and I have his tassel hanging in my car as an inspiration for me.” Inspired by Deuteronomy 6, the ETBU Class Ring allows ETBU alumni to display their Christ-centered educational experience. Each ring features the seal of East Texas Baptist, surrounded by the University’s hallmarks—Veritas, Mores, and Scientia, which translate from Latin to Truth, Character, and Knowledge. “St. Andrews’ cross on the logo depicts the sacrifice of the disciple Andrew, who was crucified not on the cross standing upright, but on a cross that was turned on its side,” ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders explained in his address to students at the April 2019 ceremony. “We recognize that this pursuit of those three things—character, truth, and science —call us to sacrifice. That’s why that cross is in the middle of our seal.” Anchoring the University seal is the year 1912, when ETBU’s forerunner, the College of Marshall, was founded. The seal also features two Texas Lone Stars, representing the College of Marshall and East Texas Baptist College, and the institution’s Texas Baptist heritage and rich contribution to Texas history. The ring

The St. Andrew’s Cross of Jesus Christ is emblazoned on the center of the shield, an armor proclaiming the foundation of ETBU built on the cornerstone of Christ.

Surrounding the shield are the Latin words Veritas, Mores, and Scientia. These hallmarks translate to Truth, Character, and Knowledge.

1912, the year Rev. W.T. Tardy founded ETBU’s forerunner, the College of Marshall. The seal features two Texas Lone Stars, representing the College of Marshall and East Texas Baptist College.



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Marshall Hall, built in 1916, is the institution’s oldest building and has stood as an icon for Christian education since its inception.

The Light on the Hill was installed in 1932 and remains front and center of the University as a symbol of enduring guidance, knowledge, and truth.

Our "Home on the Hill" is nothing without our students, proudly known as Tigers. This signifies that the future of ETBU is in the hands of its Tiger graduates.

A ITI N also features the symbol of a globe. “The globe represents Jesus’ Great Commission to His followers in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples,” ETBU Bachelor of Arts in History graduate Brian Baca said. “This globe not only focuses on this command to reach the nations in His name, but also represents the impact of ETBU alumni, who are living and serving across the world.” The reverse side of the ring depicts an image of Marshall Hall and the Light on the Hill, two of the most significant pieces of history and tradition at ETBU. Marshall Hall, built in 1916, is the institution’s oldest building, and the Light on the Hill was installed in 1932, remaining front and center of the University as a symbol of enduring guidance, knowledge, and truth. “Marshall Hall has stood as an icon for Christian education since its inception,” ETBU Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership graduate Victoria Gutierrez shared. “The Light on the Hill, which burns brightly night and day, serves as a reminder of the campus community’s call from Matthew 5:16 to be a city on a hill shining the Light of Christ into the lives of others. Our hope is that the ring will do the same thing, and open the door for Gospel conversations with others about how God has worked in our lives and through ETBU.”

Max Greiner’s Divine Servant ® statue, which sits in front of the Louise Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, inspires the University Family to follow Jesus Christ’s model of humble, servant leadership.

The prominent engraving of the Bible showcases ETBU’s commitment to integrating biblical faith and learning. The sprigs of oak, pine, and myrtle are symbols of the heritage handed down through generations of Tigers – the strength of the oak, the ever-flourishing life of the pine, and the grace of the myrtle.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. MATTHEW 5:16

Scarborough Cross is a significant reminder that the grace of God is sufficient for all things and as a symbol of students’ spiritual formation here on the Hill. The globe keeps our focus on the Great Commission, but also represents the impact of over 11,000 ETBU alumni, who have lived and served throughout the world. Proverbs 3:5-6, the University’s theme verse, appears on the chevron as a guidepost to the University Family.


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ETBC changes the trajectory of Dr. Ike Chang’s (’55) life and career

Fresh off a train, Dr. Ike Chang (’55) vividly remembers seeing East Texas Baptist College for the first time. Surrounded by pine, oak, and myrtle trees, Dr. Chang and fellow international student, Charles Chiou (attd. ’53), spotted the front entrance of the college. Riding in the backseat of a taxi, they drove under an arch bearing the institution’s name. Over the next three years, that arch would grow familiar as ETBC and Marshall became Dr. Chang’s home. His arrival on the Hill was set into motion by former ETBC President Harvey Daniel Bruce. During Dr. Bruce’s tenure at the institution, he notified Southern Baptist missionaries around the globe that ETBC was recruiting outstanding international students. Missionaries in China notified Dr. Chang of the opportunity, which prompted him to write a letter to Dr. Bruce expressing his interest in furthering his education at ETBC. Much to Dr. Chang’s surprise, Dr. Bruce responded with a full scholarship. “I had been offered admittance to the University of Michigan, but I wasn’t given any financial assistance. This made receiving Dr. Bruce’s letter even more exciting,” Dr. Chang said. “Every step of the way, God’s sovereignty was evident. I had a friend lend me the $2,400 deposit to the American Consulate to receive my visa, and I was one of 10 chosen to receive a travel subsidy by the Taiwan Provincial Government. Only God could orchestrate the details that led me to ETBC.” When he arrived on campus, Dr. Chang was assigned a room in the newly constructed Feagin Hall. In order to improve his English, he specifically requested an American roommate. Freshman Music major Charles Napp (’58) agreed.

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“My time at Feagin Hall holds a special place in my heart,” Dr. Chang said. “I didn’t have an automobile, and my family was thousands of miles away. I spent the majority of my time at ETBC within the four walls of that residence hall. It became as much my home as any other place I have lived.” Unexpectedly to Dr. Chang, the registrar’s office recorded his newly adopted American name as his official name. He said it wasn’t long before friends and professors began calling out to “Ike” as he walked around campus. “I experienced incredible kindness from fellow students and professors, while enrolled at ETBC,” Dr. Chang said. “During the Christmas holidays, my classmates often invited me to visit their homes. It provided me with the opportunity to see the world outside of the campus and make new friends with the local residents.” During his first semester, Dr. Chang enrolled in five courses. He received good grades, but was not pleased with his progress in English. Prior to enrolling at ETBC, Dr. Chang

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had already begun his career as a journalist in mainland Taiwan. A 1949 graduate of National Chengchi University, Dr. Chang spent three years as a newspaper reporter and press secretary for Taiwan Governor Cheng Chen. However, he was not as comfortable writing in English. He began considering other disciplines due to this obstacle. The invention of nylon in 1940 at his future employer, DuPont, played a major role in his decision to change his major to chemistry. “As a student in a Chinese middle school, I was fascinated by the miracle of science and developed a deep interest in the subject,” Dr. Chang said. “The well-known, man-made fiber, named nylon, was invented at DuPont. Five years later, the first nylon stockings were produced in America. The news of the commercialization of nylon stockings and other manmade fibers attracted the attention of millions of people in China, myself included. Remembering my fascination with science and marveling at the creation of manmade fibers, I decided to change majors and careers.” Changing his major altered the trajectory of his life. After completing his second bachelor’s degree from

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ETBC, he obtained a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow and became a chemical engineering scholar. “In 1963 after completing nine years of academic work, I began serving at DuPont as a research scientist. In 1964, I became a naturalized citizen,” Dr. Chang said. “I was the first member of my family to pursue the American dream. This would not have been possible without the generosity of Dr. Bruce and ETBC.”

It is because of this generosity and the experience he had on the Hill that Dr. Chang established the Dr. Ike Y. Chang Endowed Scholarship in memory of former President Dr. H. D. Bruce in the Fall of 2018 benefiting students majoring in chemistry at ETBU. Today, Dr. Chang resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He retired from DuPont after 29 years in 1991 and enjoys spending time with his son and two grandchildren.


GENEROSITY Dr. Ike Chang establishes an endowment in honor of former ETBC President H.D. Bruce With his visa and a full tuition scholarship to East Texas Baptist College, Dr. Ike Chang (’55) boarded the President Wilson, a passenger ship sailing from Hong Kong to San Francisco, to chase the American dream. After a 19-day journey, Dr. Chang and fellow international ETBC student, Charles Chiou ( attd. ’53), stepped foot on American soil for the first time on September 19, 1952. Sixty-six years later, in honor of his arrival in America, Dr. Chang graciously established the Dr. Ike Y. Chang Endowed Scholarship in memory of the former ETBC President, Dr. H.D. Bruce. “Before coming to the United States, I had a dream that I would eventually work and retire in America,” Dr. Chang said. “My American dream came true, because of the scholarship awarded to me by East Texas Baptist College and Dr. H.D. Bruce. The education I received there helped me build a solid foundation to pursue my dreams.”

Donors, like Dr. Chang, who establish endowments provide continual financial support to the University for generations to come. Endowments can be designated by the donor to impact a specific program, building, student scholarships, or remain unrestricted. “On the 66th anniversary of my arrival in the United States, it was my great honor to have the opportunity to establish an endowment in honor of Dr. Bruce,” Dr. Chang said. “I am incredibly grateful, and it is my sincere hope that my endowment will provide financial support for future qualified chemistry students at ETBU to achieve their educational goals.” If you would like to speak to someone about establishing an endowment or contributing to an existing scholarship, please contact the Advancement Office by calling 903.923.2071 or emailing at advancement@ETBU.edu.


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Over the last century, East Texas Baptist University has educated generations of Christian servant leaders. This year we have over 1,600 students studying at ETBU, volunteering in our community, and going into the world on mission. Help us continue to transform the lives of current and future ETBU students through a contribution to the Blue & Gold Fund.



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East Texas Baptist University is called to provide a quality, Christcentered education to students. With the help of alumni and friends of the University, ETBU provides scholarships to students based on Christian leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. Please consider making a contribution to general scholarships or an endowment to ensure ETBU is accessible and affordable for everyone who feels called to the Hill.

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ETBU honors fallen U.S. Military through Sam B. Hall, Jr. Memorial Day Celebration

oday, we reflect on what it means to live in the land of the free,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn said. “We are grateful for a nation that stands for liberty, especially religious liberty. That is why we have Christian institutions, like ETBU, that stand true to God’s Word, with the freedom to integrate faith and learning. As citizens of Marshall and Harrison County, you can continue to count on East Texas Baptist to hold fast to what God has called us to do. A part of our commitment as an institution is to honor the life of Sam B. Hall, Jr. each year. The Hall Family provided an endowment to ensure Judge Hall’s patriotic legacy of service lives on, and we continue to tell the story of what it means to be an American patriot through ETBU’s Sam B. Hall, Jr. Professor of History Endowed Chair.” Hosted at the historic Harrison County Courthouse Square in downtown Marshall, the 24th annual tribute to Sam B. Hall featured patriotic live music performed by the East Texas Symphonic Band and a salute to the men and women, who sacrificed their lives in U.S. military service. As the Sam B. Hall, Jr. Professor of History, ETBU Dean of the School of Humanities Jerry Summers commemorated the life of Judge Hall. “Judge Hall was a patriot, in love with Marshall, his country, and the flag,” Dr. Summers shared. “He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in the Second World War, a Representative for the United States First Congressional District of Texas, and a Texas Eastern District Federal Judge. He was the son, grandson, and grandnephew of men, who fought in the Civil



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War and First World War. He appreciated veterans and stood up for them when not many would. He actively helped veterans, letting them know how much he treasured them for their service and sacrifice. Memorial Day was a chief holiday for Sam B. Hall. In the spirit of Judge Hall’s gratitude, how proper it is for us to remember those, who died in the line of duty.” Sam B. Hall delivered the first lecture of the Hall Lecture Series, endowed in 1993 by his family and friends to celebrate his life and legacy. A native of Marshall, he was a graduate of the College of Marshall, forerunner of ETBU. Judge Hall served as United States Congressman-Texas, District 1 and Federal Judge for the Texas Eastern District Court. The Memorial Day event was held adjacent to the Sam B. Hall Federal Courthouse and Harrison County Courthouse in Marshall. Judge Hall practiced law for more than 20 years in these courthouses, serving under his father for 10 years. His daughters, Becky Palmer and Amanda Wynn, shared reflections during the ceremony. “To see the Hall Courthouse right here is very emotional for us,” Palmer expressed. “My father was still living when they decided to name the courthouse for him, and he was honored. When we were trying to decide what to do for the event this year, we had a meeting with Dr. Blackburn. As he shared his vision with us, Amanda and I looked at each other in amazement. Everything he said, we had talked about already. It was a God thing.” Wynn added, “It is a very memorable day for all of us.

We are proud to have two veterans in this family, our father, who was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and my husband, Tom, a Vietnam veteran. We are forever grateful for all of those, who gave their lives that we might be here tonight and that we would be a free nation. Our dad did not just celebrate today. He celebrated the men and women, who gave their lives every day. He held a special place in his heart for the people, who served our country.” In the shadow of ETBU’s newly restored Marshall Grand, a backdrop of Memorial Day pictures and information accompanied the patriotic music directed by Dr. James Snowden. The East Texas Symphonic Band volunteered to perform songs such as the National Anthem; Victory; Armed Forces Salute; Texas, Our Texas; God Bless the USA; and Stars and Stripes Forever. “The pictures, numbers, music, and all of the thoughtfulness that went into this Memorial Day Celebration helped us understand the sacrifices that have been made for us,” Elysian Fields High School teacher and ETBU Board of Trustees member Jana Sims shared. “This day is especially meaningful for me because my grandfather served in World War II. When I visited my 95-yearold grandmother in the nursing home, I saw pictures of my grandparents together, wearing their American shirts. They raised me with World War II generation values—the love for America and taking pride in your people. We need to impart these values and pass the flame we have inside us to the next generation. I would encourage others to find someone who has served and get to know them personally, take care of our veterans, and consider joining the armed forces.”

Memorial Day was a chief holiday for Sam B. Hall, Jr. In the spirit of Judge Hall’s gratitude, how proper it is for us to remember those, who died in the line of duty. DR. JERRY SUMMERS DEAN, SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES Hilltop

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MILES TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 8:00 A.M. Registration Ornelas Student Center 10:00 A.M. Homecoming Chapel/Golden Blazer & Golden Lightkeeper Ceremony Baker Chapel, Ornelas Spiritual Life Center 11:30 A.M. Homecoming Awards & Golden Lightkeeper Luncheon honoring the Class of 1969 Woods/Cornish Great Room, Ornelas Student Center For the Class of 1969, Homecoming Award, Golden Blazer, and Golden Lightkeeper recipients and their families 2:00 P.M. Campus Tours 2nd Floor, Marshall Hall 6:00 P.M. ETBU Volleyball vs. Louisiana College Ornelas Gymnasium, Dean Healthplex 7:00 P.M. Perkins Family & Friends Reunion Concert Baker Chapel, Ornelas Spiritual Life Center 8:30 P.M. Late Night Breakfast Bennett Student Commons 10:00 P.M. Tiger Pep Rally & Fireworks Ornelas Stadium

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 8:00 A.M. Registration Ornelas Student Center 10:00 A.M. Tiger Family Carnival & Tailgating (until 1:00 P.M.) The Grove 10:00 A.M. 1950s Decade Reunion: 1959 Honor Class Calvert Room, Ornelas Student Center



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1960s Decade Reunion: 1969 Honor Class Woods Great Room, Ornelas Student Class

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1970s Decade Reunion: 1979 Honor Class Cornish Great Room, Ornelas Student Center

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1980s Decade Reunion: 1989 Honor Class Cornish Great Room, Ornelas Student Center

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1990s Decade Reunion: 1994 Honor Class Huffman Activities Area, Ornelas Student Center

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2000s Decade Reunion: 2004 & 2009 Honor Classes Huffman Activities Area, Ornelas Student Center

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Marshall Grand Open House and Nursing Alumni Reunion Marshall Grand - 201 W. Houston, Downtown Marshall

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Tiger Tales: Story Time with Toby & Tabby Fenton Honors Hall, Jarrett Library

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Tiger Walk The Grove Cheer the ETBU Tiger Football Team to Victory!

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ETBU vs. Howard Payne University Ornelas Stadium

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ETBU Women’s Soccer vs. Howard Payne University Cornish Field

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ETBU Men’s Soccer vs. Howard Payne University Cornish Field


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MILES TO OCTOBER 25-26, 2019 2019 Homecoming Registration Form Name

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Friday, October 25, 2019 Golden Lightkeeper Luncheon

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Perkins Family and Friends Reunion Concert

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Late Night Breakfast

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 1950s Decade Reunion: 1959 Honor Class

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1960s Decade Reunion: 1969 Honor Class

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1970s Decade Reunion: 1979 Honor Class

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1980s Decade Reunion: 1989 Honor Class

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1990s Decade Reunion: 1994 Honor Class

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Register by October 18, 2019 To pay via check, please mail registration and payment to: East Texas Baptist University Office of Advancement One Tiger Drive | Marshall, TX 75670 To pay via credit card, please register online at www.ETBU.edu/hc2019


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WALKING IN FAITH AND LEARNING Honoring Dr. J. Ward Walker through the Walker legacy


eginning in 1991, Dr. J. Ward Walker served as ETBU Vice President for Spiritual Life. During his tenure, Dr. Walker actively exemplified and supported the integration of faith and learning as a central pursuit for all and the cultural fabric at the University. “A part of my father’s legacy at ETBU was to find ways to integrate your faith into your discipline,” Chick-fil-A Restaurant Operator James Walker (’09) shared. “Meaning that if I am a business major or nursing student, I am still a minister. We learned to be intentional in how we serve the Lord through the discipline God equipped us to pursue. I believe ETBU has successfully placed the Gospel at the center of all that is taught on campus. My time spent as a college student was some of the most spiritually formative years of my life. ETBU has always been consistent.” According to the Walker Family, through the generations ETBU faculty and staff have pursued academic excellence with faith as the foundation. As students, the Walkers experienced a holistic and interdisciplinary education that has proved applicable throughout their careers. “I wanted to know God and understand people,” Amazon Learning Experience Designer Josh Walker (’03) said. “ETBU gave me a way to pursue both, not just on paper as a double major in theology and psychology, but with the mental models that helped make more sense of the world around me. What I appreciated about ETBU was how it wrapped challenge and support together. I realized overlapping themes emerged in my classes. I would carry reflections from my psychology class to a philosophy course, then over to history and hermeneutics. It was a dream come true to explore ways to harmonize across disciplines. I have since carried these reflections with me everywhere I go.” Josh, alongside his siblings, chose ETBU due to their rich family history on the Hill. Beginning with Dr. Walker, the Walker



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family now has a multi-generational lineage at East Texas Baptist. Dr. Ward's and wife, Dianne’s, daughter and three sons (Cari, Tim, Josh, and James) have continued their father’s legacy at ETBU. Each of his children met their spouses at ETBU and many of their children, nieces, and nephews attended or are current students at the University. Dr. Walker mentored Philip Johnson (’18), now married to Cari (Walker) Johnson (’93), as a student before becoming his father-in-law. “When I began at ETBU, I was a young believer. My faith grew through my experiences at the school,” Philip explained. “The most influential person for me was Dr. Walker. He was patient and loving as I navigated through my beliefs, and he encouraged me to find my own way in my relationship with Christ. I love the family atmosphere ETBU has always provided.” Philip began his educational career at ETBU in the fall of 1991. After three years, he spent four more years as a part-time student and full-time employee as a mechanic at ETBU. He transitioned to another full-time career in 1998, 18 hours away from earning an undergraduate degree. As a first generation college graduate in his family, Philip completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at ETBU in December of 2018 and now works as a Distribution System Inspector for AEP SWEPCO in Longview, Texas. He attended the University alongside his two children, Luke and Ardyn Johnson. “Philip promised he would finish his degree someday, and he never gave up. My mom and brothers were supportive, enthusiastic, and proud of him for completing his coursework,” ETBU Religion Department Secretary Cari Johnson commented. “I was touched to see our kids’ excitement and patience as their dad worked through his classes. They understood he was working hard toward something important, just as I understood about my father.” Cari continued, “My dad modeled a love of learning for all of us. He earned his second doctorate, while I was in high school and let me help with his research. If my brothers and I have anything in common, it is a sense of calling. I feel a sense of legacy as my children are receiving an education at ETBU. Their grandfather influenced and helped shape the context of the University in which they now thrive. Since my dad chose ETBU in 1991, we’ve been following his lead.” From Dr. Walker to grandchildren Luke and Ardyn, the shared experience at ETBU has brought the Walker Family together. Connected by Dr. Walker’s commitment to integrating faith and scholarship, today’s distinctive emphasis on faith integration at East Texas Baptist has left a lasting impact on each family member. “I grew up in Marshall and have always been around ETBU,” Luke said. “My uncle, James, lived with us while he attended, and I saw the impact ETBU had on his life as well. The environment at ETBU has encouraged us to grow in our faith through the strong Christian leaders on campus. I think being a Tiger is choosing to be different, holding yourself to a higher standard than most. The University sculpts individuals to stand up and make a positive impact on the world.”


GENERATIONS ETBU recognizes Dean and Professor John Sargent for upholding Walker’s principles

East Texas Baptist University recognized Dr. John Sargent with the 2019 J. Ward Walker Award. Dr. Sargent is a committed Christian educator, who believes in the power of God’s Word to mold and transform lives and seeks to instill those values into his students. “In my faith-filled life, ETBU has allowed me to respond to the call of God in a personal way,” ETBU Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Teacher Education John Sargent said. “Teaching at ETBU and serving the students here provides me with a tremendous opportunity to not only share my personal faith, but also mentor students on their journey with Jesus Christ. Teaching at ETBU in the School of Education provides the means to change the world in a practical and spiritual sense.” Each year, the ETBU Integration of Faith and Learning Committee acknowledges a faculty or staff member as the J. Ward Walker Award recipient to lead the Walker Lecture on changing the world with the Gospel. “I thank the members of the committee for their faithful commitment to the task of promoting the integration of faith and learning at ETBU,” ETBU Professor of Religion and Chair of the Integration of Faith and Learning Committee Warren Johnson said. “We are honored to identify members of our community, who demonstrate the qualities of Christian scholarly discipleship, following the example of J. Ward Walker as he imitated Christ.” The committee selects recipients of the award named in Dr. J. Ward Walker’s memory based on their exemplary and consistent engagement of faith with scholarship, teaching, or administrative service. “We are thankful for the way ETBU has made the annual J. Ward Walker Lecture Series special for our family,” James Walker said. “ETBU has impacted us far beyond the classroom.”


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Spring 2019 seasons showcase ETBU Tiger student-athletes winning in action, excelling inside the classroom, and serving across the globe



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Softball Men’s Tennis

Women’s Tennis ETBU won the American Southwest Conference East Division for the first time in program history and finished as ASC Tournament runners-up. The Tigers started their season 3-0 with wins over McMurry University (6-3), the University of the Southwest (90), and Howard Payne University (8-1). ETBU also added two more 8-1 wins against Occidental College and Saint Mary’s College (Ind.). This season saw four ASC East Player of the Week awards given to Mullika Seekhieo, Tiffany Stankiewicz, and Elisa Kendall. Seven members were recipients of All-ASC awards with Kendall being named ASC East Division Player of the Year and First Team All-ASC East. Also earning awards were Olivia Parmelly, Ashley Schenck, Seekhieo, Kaleigh Smith, Stankiewicz, and Tess Willis. Kendall was named ITA All-American. Head Coach Jeff Bramlett and his staff were the ASC East Coaching Staff of the Year.

Men’s Tennis started their season with three straight wins against McMurry University, University of the Southwest, and Howard Payne University. The Tigers received four ASC East Player of the Week awards with John Herr being named as the recipient twice, while Andrew Deutsch, Joseph Salinas, and Ty Tarver picked up the other honors. ETBU finished second in the ASC East Division with a 3-1 conference record and went 7-9 overall. The Tigers qualified for the ASC Tournament for the fourth straight season. Deutsch, Tyler Howard, Adam Morris, and Tarver were named to the All-ASC East Division Second Team.

ETBU Tiger Softball won their ninth American Southwest Conference Tournament championship with a 2-1 win over the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Tigers hosted the NCAA Division III Marshall Regional and finished the year with 39 wins and ranked 12th in the final NFCA national poll. ETBU started the year with a program best 20-game winning streak. In that time Head Coach Janae Shirley achieved a milestone on February 25, 2019, against Belhaven University when she picked up her 400th career win. ETBU received accolades along the way, including four ASC Pitchers of the Week, one Hitter of the Week, and one NFCA National Pitcher of the Week honors for Beatriz Lara, while Daniella Solis was honored with an FPN National Hitter of the Week. Eight players were given honors from the ASC with Lara taking top honors as both ASC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. Lara was named FPN All-American. ETBU was awarded ASC Coaching Staff of the Year.

ETBU Women’s Track and Field had one of their best seasons in the history of the program. At the American Southwest Conference Championship, the Tiger Women finished in fourth place overall as they were led by the first place 4x100 meter relay team of Tia Steen-Baker, Randa Slone, Aaryn Honeywood, and Triniti Wilson. Steen-Baker then added to her achievements with first place finishes in both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash, while Gracie Almond captured the high jump championship. These five athletes were selected All-ASC for their performances. Steen-Baker, a three-time ASC Track Athlete of the Week, also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Meet becoming the first ETBU female athlete to do so finishing 21st in the 100 meter dash.

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Baseball Tiger Baseball finished the season at 30-14 and 17-7 for third place in the American Southwest Conference. It was their third, 30win season in four years as ETBU earned victories over eventual 2019 NCAA Division III National Champion Chapman University, sweeps over Hendrix College and Belhaven University, and series wins against Southwestern University and LeTourneau University. Head Baseball Coach Jared Hood became the all-time most successful coach in program history with 133 wins. ETBU had six ASC Player of the Week awards and one D3baseball.com Team of the Week. Casey Combs was drafted in the 27th round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins after gaining AllAmerican First-Team awards from D3baseball.com and ABCA. Combs was also the West Region and American Southwest Conference Player of the Year. Combs and Dylan Sumpter were voted CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Making All-ASC First Team were Combs, Zach Gartner, and Alan Underwood. Underwood was also named the ASC Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

Completing their finest season to date, ETBU Men’s Track and Field put up strong finishes throughout the 2019 Spring season. Leading the way was Mack Broussard, who posted six first place finishes overall, including three at the American Southwest Conference Championship. Broussard’s wins (10,000 meter, 5,000 meter, 1,500 meter run) were just part of six first place finishes in the ASC Championship. Both Detaveon Lewis (100 meter dash) and Xavier Montgomery (200 meter dash) contributed wins individually in their races, while teaming up with Leo Brownfield and Zack Biles to claim the 4x100 meter relay event. These five along with Stephen Brown were selected to the All-ASC Team. Also during the season, Broussard and Montgomery were selected as ASC Track Athletes of the Week. Biles qualified for the NCAA Division III National Meet in Geneva, Ohio, for pole vault, where he finished 13th in the nation.


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For the sixth straight year ETBU Men’s Basketball made the American Southwest Conference Tournament. 2018-2019 provided a competitive season as ETBU had one of the strongest schedules in the region finishing with 12 wins and going 8-8 in the ASC East Division. Robby Dooley hit a milestone in his career recording his 1,000th point against the University of the Ozarks in a comeback, overtime win. Dooley, the two-time ASC East Player of the Week, was also an All-ASC East Division Second Team member and on the ASC AllDefensive Team. Spencer Cochran was named the ASC Tri-Freshman of the Year and was on the AllFreshman Team. Also earning AllASC awards were Nathan Fontenot, Jordan Gray, Christopher Haynes, and Westin Riddick.

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Women’s Basketball The Tiger Women’s Basketball Team finished 23-4 after producing back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2001. ETBU started the season off 6-0 and had a 10-game winning streak in the middle of the season. The Tiger Women were nationally ranked as high as 14th during the year and finished their season in the semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Tournament. Newcomer Kendrick Clark swept through the ASC awards. Clark was named to the All-ASC team, All-ASC East First Team, ASC East Defensive Team, and was the ASC East Newcomer of the Year. Kim Childress earned her second AllASC East First Team honor, while Amanda Wilson was All-ASC East Second Team. Valarie Matlock made the ASC East Defensive Team and both Taylor Singleton and Hanna Hudson were on the All-ASC East Freshman Team.

The ETBU Women’s Golf Team began their 2019 Spring season with a fourth place finish at Howard Payne University. Their next tournament at the Pinecrest Intercollegiate Invitational in Longview resulted in a third place finish in the two-day tournament. Emily Watson (T8th, 179) and Charlsee Carter (10th, 180) would each finish in the top 10. The Tiger Women followed that with another third place finish at the Hal Sutton Invitational hosted by Centenary College. By the end of the season, ETBU appeared in their first American Southwest Conference Championship taking fifth overall. Elizabeth Hardy had the biggest impact on the team as she shot a third round 74 to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Bass Fishing Acrobatics & Tumbling

Men’s Golf Tiger Men’s Golf began their inaugural Spring 2019 season at Howard Payne University. ETBU finished seventh out of eight teams after defeating Howard Payne in match play before falling to LeTourneau University in the consolation bracket. ETBU took sixth place overall at the Pinecrest Intercollegiate Invitational in Longview with 638 in the two-day tournament. Riley Griffin made the top 10 placing ninth with 157 (7978). At the Hal Sutton Invitational, hosted by Centenary College, ETBU won their first tournament in the history of the program. Hank Crain (5th, 153), Brady Wright (6th, 154), and Riley Griffin (7th, 155) gave the Tigers their first victory. ETBU played in their first American Southwest Conference Championship and finished seventh of nine teams. Brady Wright was named to the ASC All-Tournament Team, finishing fifth. Hank Crain and Riley Griffin were tabbed with All-ASC Honorable Mention awards for their play throughout the season.

Spring 2019 was an exciting inaugural season for ETBU Acrobatics and Tumbling. The Tigers opened against defending National Champions Baylor University in Ornelas Gym and followed with road trips to West Virginia and the Carolinas for national competition. ETBU earned their first win for the program in North Carolina, defeating Belmont Abbey College 197.81-126.90. ETBU AT had only one graduating senior, Madison Dyer. The core of Tiger AT returns for the 2019-2020 season, preparing for a successful year of tournament competition.

The ETBU Tiger Bass Team completed their 2018-2019 season at the FLW National Championships in Bryans Road, Maryland, on the Potomac River as teams Brett Clark and Cody Ross, and Chad Poulsen and Jake Sanders were a part of the anglers. Clark and Ross finished in 57th place, while Poulsen and Sanders came in 64th place. ETBU won two tournaments this year, which was the first-ever for the program. ETBU was ranked fifth in the FLW Team of the Year standings heading into the National Championships. In November, Clark and Ross took first place at Toledo Bend with a five bass catch of 19 pounds and 3 ounces. Taking the top two spots at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in February, Clark and Ross once again came away with first place hauling in a total of 24.4 pounds, while Jacob Keith and Mason Beatty were second at 22 pounds. All four have qualified for the 2020 FLW National Tournament. For the fourth consecutive year, since the program’s founding, the ETBU Tigers have qualified for a national championship tournament.


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NATIONS The ETBU Family answers Jesus’ call to make disciples


rom a call to salvation to a vocational call, the Spring 2019 mission trips transformed the lives of University students and those they met. ETBU prepares students to embrace the Gospel and live out the Great Commission from Matthew 28:19-20. Through programs such as Global Study and Serve, Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME), Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), and other campus efforts and ministries, ETBU students have international and local opportunities to share their faith. “Jesus left the Church His commission to make disciples. We are all His missionaries, regardless of our career,” ETBU BSM Director David Griffin shared. “The servanthood evangelism model draws me to continue to lead teams to Beach Reach. Nearly every person asked us why we paid money to serve others. These conversations offered us the opportunity to share our testimonies. It was wonderful to watch our students boldly share the Gospel and labor for the sake of Christ.” The ETBU BSM sent 18 student leaders to South Padre Island, Texas as a part of Beach Reach, an annual spring break evangelism initiative to share the hope of Jesus by providing free food and transportation to beach visitors. The 79 Texas spring breakers that began a relationship with Jesus and 40 that recommitted their lives to Christ were given the

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opportunity to be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico. ETBU senior and Beach Reach participant Jamarcia “JC” Banks decided to take advantage. His baptism, among others, was a public testimony for all those watching. “Although I came to know Christ during my junior year of high school, I experienced a breakthrough with one of the other students on a bus ride,” Banks commented. “As she shared her testimony, I realized underlying issues in my own life that I needed to deal with. With the weight lifted, I chose to be baptized, because it felt like the right time in my life.” While these Tigers served in Texas in March 2019, the ETBU Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, as part of the ninth Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) trip, to share the Good News of Christ through sports clinics, international soccer games, personal testimonies, and Bible distributions. During Family Night, an event open to the local community, ETBU senior Athletic Training major McKenna Medders shared her testimony. “Through the experience, I found a love for missions and felt a strong calling to go into full-time mission work,” Medders expressed. “On the days where the work seemed to be hardest, I had unexplainable energy. My own joy and the excitement and support of my team confirmed my calling.”

ETBU Symphonic Band and Concert Choir Graz, Austria

Global Missions Week Marshall, Texas The testimonies of faithful believers have the power to connect and empower generations of God’s people across cultures. Twenty-two student athletes, coaches, and staff ministered to the people of Slovakia during the Tiger Hockey TAME trip. At a safe house for the elderly in the home of a community member, ETBU senior Michael Garvie’s perspective shifted. “We had the privilege of connecting with a few residents, hearing their stories and the instrumental role God has played in their lives,” Garvie shared. “One takeaway I had was a response from one of the older residents to our question, ‘Who is Jesus to you?’ He responded, ‘My faith is everything to me. Without it, I would not have any of this and would not be here.’ This came from a man without money, a job, and with challenging health issues. The contrast provided from witnessing how genuinely rich these people were in their faith was uplifting and humbling.” Garvie continued, “Overall, the trip was a unique platform to serve those in need and play the game we love. It was amazing to share the Word of God and act as a vessel for His endless love and care.” Alongside ETBU students, faculty, and staff, communities across the globe experienced the unity that faith provides. During their Global Study and Serve trip to Austria, the ETBU Symphonic Band and Concert Choir provided lapel pins for all audience members following a performance. The pins’ design consisted of a combined Texas and Austrian flag. “The pins were a small token that served as a reminder for us that we are all neighbors and God’s children, no matter where in the world we live,” Department of Music Chair Justin Hodges said. “We are most proud that we were able to minister through our music and that each performance financially supported local missions and orphanages. To share music and leave an impression of Christ’s love on the other side of the world was life-changing for all of us on the tour.” ETBU students used their unique giftedness as an avenue to have intentional conversations. As a part of the national Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, ETBU students

traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to serve local families in low-income and tornado-affected areas through home construction and rehabilitation. “The week was a true blessing as we spread the joy and love of Christ to homeowners and other college students through our mission,” ETBU freshman Colton Haynes shared. “I am truly grateful to be a part of the Tiger Family, who provided this opportunity to share the Gospel in a hands-on environment.” To allow faculty, staff, and students to learn about practical ways to build the Kingdom of God, ETBU hosted the annual Global Missions Week consisting of Mission Marketplace, Mission Interest Lunch, Go Now Missions Run, and missions-oriented speakers for chapel services. “Global Missions Week is designed to help our students develop a fuller understanding of the call of Christians to missions and give them access to available opportunities for them to serve locally, nationally, and globally,” ETBU Director of Global Education and the Great Commission Center Lisa Seeley shared. “The University’s emphasis on serving the community is itself an emphasis on missions. The most rewarding part of my ministry is encouraging students

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to love the Lord with all they are and, out of that, develop an overwhelming desire to love their neighbors.” One of the many student organizations on campus, the ETBU BSM Disciple Now (D-Now) Ministry focuses on preparing students to serve as leaders in local churches for D-Now events, retreat-style weekends of Bible study, small group sessions, corporate worship, and recreational ministry. “The University emphasizes the importance of discipleship by providing opportunities to serve through efforts like the D-Now Ministry,” senior Child Development major Ashleigh Taylor said. “At ETBU, I am constantly encouraged and equipped to mentor others. I have seen D-Now weekends change the lives of ETBU student leaders and the youth they serve. I love how the people of the churches we visit welcome and care about us. These weekends teach us about the church and allow us to experience unity.” Along with giving Tigers the opportunity to minister in local churches, each year ETBU holds a Spiritual Renewal Week, seven days of spiritual transformation, to help students in the midst of the spring semester to remember to stay focused on their personal relationships with God. Bethlehem Baptist Church Youth Pastor Carlos Francis spoke in chapel and at worship events about the importance of focusing on Christ, especially through trials. “In Hebrews 11, we read a list of people who have been faithful,” Francis said. “When the author says ‘a great cloud of witnesses’ in chapter 12, he is referring to this ‘Hall of Faith.’ These witnesses would tell you that even through trials God was faithful to them. If you are trying to do what God has called you to do, you will face hard times. Satan wants to isolate you, but God calls us to live as a unified body of believers. Not only do you have a Father in Heaven, He has surrounded you with a history and current community of followers, who can testify to His faithfulness. The obstacles you face may look too large to overcome, but stop looking at the race. Keep your focus on God, who is faithful yesterday, today, and forever.”

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The obstacles you face may look too large to overcome, but stop looking at the race. Keep your focus on God, who is faithful yesterday, today, and forever. CARLOS FRANCIS YOUTH PASTOR, BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH

Beach Reach South Padre Island, Texas

TAME: Men’s Hockey SummerSlovakia 2019 51 Hilltop Bratislava,


“Bringing joy to the local families by immersing ourselves in their culture was the biggest blessing during the Outreach Festival. We relied on God to shine through us and achieve a team victory for His Kingdom.” Ty Tarver, Senior Accounting



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“For every lesson I learned in valuing the earth through biology, I learned a lesson in valuing people. We went to the classes to show Christ’s love to the Chinese students, but left feeling more loved than we could dream of repaying.” Hannah Rosser, Junior Music Education

School of Nursing to the Philippines

School of Natural Sciences to China

Men's and Women's Tennis to France

ETBU students spend the summer learning and serving across the globe

“Using culture immersion to focus on nursing education and medical missions, this trip provides layers of education for our nursing students. Students learn that they can use their career to participate in shortterm or long-term missions and that their everyday job as a nurse is a mission field of its own.” Dr. Rebekah Grigsby, Dean Assistant Professor of Nursing


“I connected the Bible to a physical location for the first time and gained a fresh perspective. During the twoweek trip, we discussed the common theme throughout Scripture about who people said Jesus was. When we have the right view of God, our response changes.” Morgan Little, Junior Religion

Fred Hale School of Business to Vietnam

Global Study and Serve to Israel


“Our students stepped out of their comfort zones to gain a new perspective and communicate the Gospel to those unfamiliar with Jesus. This international study opportunity proved to be life changing and provided life-long memories for both the professors and students.” Dr. Barry Evans, Dean Professor of Business Administration



Tiger Athletic Mission Experience: Japan | August 2019 Cheer, Pom, and Acrobatics and Tumbling

Tiger Athletic Mission Experience: Greece | January 2020 Cross Country

Greece Tiger Athletic Mission Experience: Scotland | June 2020 Golf

Scotland Tiger Athletic Mission Experience: United Kingdom | August 2020 Football

United Kingdom Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 Hilltop

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ETBU community pursues academic excellence in and beyond the classroom

Every day is a preparation for your future, and I believe God can equip you if you are willing to learn from Him and follow Him, as the disciples learned in the Gospels. DR. ROY DARVILLE CHAIR, BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT



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t ETBU, we are blessed to be able to integrate learning and our faith,” ETBU Biology and Chemistry Department Chair Roy Darville said during the Academic Awards Chapel. “When we look at the Gospels, we see that Jesus spent about three years training and preparing His disciples to carry out God’s ministry on Earth. Likewise, each and every course that our students take serves a purpose in their education, preparing them for their future career and for God’s calling on their lives.” Committed to excellence in Christ, the University recognizes members of the ETBU community, who excel in their field through annual events such as the Scholars Forum and Academic Awards Chapel. East Texas Baptist also provides grant funding for faculty to encourage and promote professional development in their fields. Acknowledged for her scholarly contributions at the Scholars Forum, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Laci McRee traveled with senior Kinesiology major Mehgan Carter to the Sport Marketing Association Annual Conference, where Dr. McRee delivered two presentations on sports branding for faith-based universities. “Christian scholarship is very important for each discipline,” Dr. McRee said. “I am currently working on a project called, Mentoring Model for the Christian Sport Professional. The model will help develop a professional mentoring mindset. This topic was inspired by the Thrive mentoring program at ETBU and after the campus reading of Cultivate by Jeff Myers. I am extremely grateful to use my research skills to help my current, past, and future students be more successful in their chosen profession.” One of many professors also honored at the Scholars Forum, ETBU Biology Professor Troy Ladine presented “

research at the Texas Academy of Sciences alongside four students: Lindsey Settles, Madison Alexander, Ariana Lopez, and Hunter Barnes. “By attending conferences, students see and experience science beyond the classroom,” Dr. Ladine shared. “This widens their horizons and strengthens their interest. Students learn more about the science they have been introduced to if they are applying content through research. The greatest benefit a faculty member receives from conducting scholarly work is keeping up with the advances or changes in a particular field of study. To successfully convey information to students and in order for them to be successful after they leave ETBU, students must be taught the most current thinking in the field.” ETBU Dean of Online Education and Associate Professor of Clinical Lab Science Colleen Halupa has presented academic research regionally, nationally, and internationally, including Spain, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand. She believes that remaining aware of changes in her field and relating her academic research to students allows them to grow in their fields and become lifelong learners. “I challenge my Clinical Laboratory Science students by using practical, problem-based assessment that is relevant to the real world,” Dr. Halupa commented. “This gives them an advantage when they graduate and are employed. While other new employees may only have theoretical knowledge, I ensure my students can actually do something effective to improve their organization with the skill sets and competencies they have learned. Most of my current students are already employed at the technician level in their field and can readily apply these skills, while they are finishing their degree to assist their health care


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organizations. Practical, relevant instruction helps students appreciate education and view it positively, which leads to the lifelong pursuit of learning.” ETBU junior English major Grace Perry and senior English major Lila Robinett accompanied Assistant Professor of English Ellis Purdie and his wife, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life at First Baptist Church Marshall Minda Purdie, to the Sigma Tau Delta English Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Robinett contributed her poem, In Their Minds, as part of a poetry panel, while Perry was selected to present her essay, After Eden: Jay Gatsby as a Modern American Adam. “My paper discussed the way Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby aligned with and diverted from the myth of the American Adam,” Perry shared. “In preparation for the presentation, I received helpful feedback from my English professors, who helped me revise the paper for submission and provided advice on how to present at a conference. Their support and encouragement gave me the confidence to submit my work. I deeply enjoyed sharing something I had worked hard on and receiving feedback from other people with similar interests. It was great preparation for presenting at the graduate level.” With a goal to prepare students for their future, whether in the workplace or graduate-level study, faculty



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at ETBU are driven educators, collaborating with other universities to enhance opportunities for all students. ETBU Dean of the School of Communication and Performing Arts Tom Webster presented alongside Hardin-Simmons University Dean of the College of Fine Arts Robert Tucker on academic program costs and value at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities International Forum. “As an advocate for arts programs in education, I set out to determine if the traditional ways of evaluating program costs and value were sufficient, comprehensive, and effective,” Dr. Webster stated. “The data that Dr. Tucker and I uncovered provided evidence that in order to understand the real fiscal impact of specific academic programs, institutions must conduct a discipline-specific analysis of student use of the institutional services and programs. This research proved to have far-reaching implications for arts advocacy that will benefit my students’ understanding of their current and future roles as music educators. As an educator myself, I teach my students to be strong advocates of arts programs in their public schools and communities as well as challenge them to pursue opportunities to lead worship and use their talents in churches and ministries.” ETBU Dean of the Fred Hale School of Business Barry Evans led the ETBU Enactus Team to compete

at the National Competition and Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri. The ETBU Enactus Team presented their entrepreneurial project, Heavenly Scent Soap Company. Senior Marketing major Mackenzie Hutto was selected as Marketing Leader of the Year National Semi-Finalist at the Enactus national meeting, while senior Marketing major Mary Sharp Smith was chosen as Project Leader of the Year National Semi-Finalist. Additionally, senior Business Administration and Criminal Justice major Jace Rasor and senior Business Administration major Alcide Bennett III were invited to professional interviews during the Enactus Career Fair, while junior Accounting major Angel McDaniel received a $500 scholarship from Hallmark. “The self-driving requirement of Enactus was something I hadn’t experienced before, especially in a business-focused environment outside of a classroom,” Rasor commented. “We would be in meetings and raise questions such as, ‘How can we expand and better our project? What steps need to be taken?’ There is no study guide, no ten-step plan to follow, and no professor to ask for the answer—we had to come up with it on our own. Developing our own vision and continually keeping the team on track to accomplish our goals at an efficient rate was definitely a learning experience.” At the conclusion of the Spring 2019 semester, 13 students received Academic Excellence Awards and more than 100 students were inducted into honor societies at the Academic Awards Chapel. The longest-standing faculty member at ETBU, Dr. Darville, urged students to seek God’s calling on their lives and follow Him as they prepare for their future. “John 21:15-25 reminds us of our response to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and how we can apply that to education,” Dr. Darville said. “It is the story of Jesus, appearing to the disciples one week after the resurrection, while they were fishing. Over breakfast, Jesus asked Peter three times, ‘Do you love Me more than these?’ Did Peter truly understand what Jesus was asking him to do with the rest of his life? On that day, Jesus gave Peter a purpose for his life—tend my sheep. Jesus told him to ‘follow Me.’” Darville continued, “When I started college, I didn’t understand what career I wanted, or to what God was calling me. My journey to a career was a gradual one. Every day is a preparation for your future, and I believe God can equip you if you are willing to learn from Him and follow Him, as the disciples learned in the Gospels.”

Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.”Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” JOHN 21:15-16 Hilltop

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“I will always be fond of the experience and the people involved. Rendering Laura’s demeanor took patience, and I have learned so much about myself as an actress. My limited schedule also caused me to evaluate when I can spend time alone with the Lord.” Savannah Bradshaw, Sophomore Children’s Ministry



“Early in the creative process for the show, I came across Colossians 1:9-14. Dickens’ story immediately became an illustration of the lengths our Lord will go to save a soul.” John Dement, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

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“As a Christian, I find equality, diversity, and unity important because of the nature of God and His creation. God created everyone, which makes them equal; He created everyone differently, which makes them diverse; and He made them to live in harmony.” Emory Lambert, Senior Theatre Arts

Marjorie Prime

Men on Boats

A Christmas Carol

The Glass Menagerie

Faith integration influences 2018-2019 Theatre Arts Department season

“Playing a Prime, a humanlike device essentially empty on the inside, gave me insight into the potential God has given us to experience life and how He uses our memory of the past to shape who He wants us to be. Taking on such a complex role was a challenging and rewarding learning experience.” Josh Bumpas, Sophomore Mass Communication, Criminal Justice

“An important life lesson that A Christmas Carol teaches is that human kindness and benevolence are essential components to a happy life.” I think a show like this takes a strong cast full of Christian people to adequately get the message of the musical across. I like to think that my faith had a part in that.” Drew Frazier, Senior Theatre Design and Tech

“I was encouraged by the constant support of my fellow actors. The main thing they taught me was to become confident and comfortable in my character’s skin. I can’t thank them enough for helping me improve in what I love to do.” Caleb Helfrick, Sophomore Speech Communication

Marjorie Prime

Men on Boats

The Glass Menagerie

A Christmas Carol

Check out next year’s season line up at www.ETBU.edu/theatre

“As Christians, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We all have the same potential to serve the Lord and honor Him. By acknowledging diversity we recognize that each of us has something different to bring to the table.” Viridiana JassoDelagarza, Senior English/ Education

“Through Marjorie Prime, I grew in my confidence as a performer, was challenged socially, and discovered the deeper meaning of loss found in the story. While the script includes the struggle involved with dementia, depression, and grief, the story is ultimately about the importance of love.” Anna Beth Simmons, Sophomore Theatre Arts


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EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION The women of ETBU disciple future female servant leaders


ach with their own story, the women of ETBU were drawn to campus as students, teachers, administrators, and donors to give the next generation a better future. From providing funding to founding ministries, the Lord uses their legacies to make a difference for His Kingdom. Born to Japanese immigrants in 1924, the late Esther Ando (’46) allowed the challenges in her life to shape her rather than define and limit her. Ando chose to attend ETBC to find fellowship with other Christians and protection from the growing hostility against people of Japanese heritage shortly after World War II began. After she graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in math and chemistry, Ando worked as a lab assistant and professor before joining Shell Oil Company. In 2016, Ando established the Esther Ando Endowed Scholarship benefiting Japanese American students, who wish to study at ETBU. Because East Texas Baptist prepared her well for her own life, Ando “felt compelled to help others, who may be struggling for whatever reason to get a good education.” Raised with the traditions of her Japanese heritage, Ando believed the gift would honor her parents’ memory. Ando passed away on January 11, 2019. Through her influence and generous support during her lifetime, students will continue to find and receive education through encouragement at East Texas Baptist University.



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Known as the matriarch of ETBU, the late Dr. Louise Herrington Ornelas (’93), who grew up in Arp, Texas, also found a profound connection to her passions at her adopted University and her "Home on the Hill". A child during the Great


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"I honestly anticipated great difficulty in pursuing God’s calling on my life, but at every turn, God has provided an opportunity for me to serve Him. Even though I strongly felt that I wanted to be in the classroom, the path to get here was not a direct one. God has used every step of my journey to teach me something or to shape my life. One of my mentors once told me that one of the most influential people in shaping his life was a woman, who just faithfully did as God called, wherever that led her and no matter what others said. I try to live by that same pursuit of faithfulness and would encourage others to do the same." 62


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Depression, Dr. Ornelas watched and learned as her family sacrificially provided for others. “I like to think that I am somehow following in my parents’ footsteps whenever I’m able to help someone else,” Dr. Ornelas shared. “I’m deeply thankful for the opportunities I’ve had over the years to support the great work God is doing. Education is one of my favorite causes to support, and I believe Christian education is especially important for young people. I’ve always had to work harder for everything in my life, and I’m happy to support ETBU for challenging young people to also work hard for their dreams.” Before her passing on December 18, 2018, Dr. Ornelas was dedicated to God’s work within Christian higher education. She generously provided funding for seven facilities on ETBU’s campus, including the Ornelas Residence Hall, Louise Ornelas University Park, Ornelas Student Center, Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, Ornelas Gymnasium, and Ornelas Stadium.

From an all-female residence hall to a place of spiritual worship, "Ms. Lou," as she was affectionately known at ETBU, helped build the foundation for students to connect with one another and the Lord. “Living in Park Row has been an incredible opportunity to have my own personal space, yet also enjoy the nature and exciting community of residents around me,” ETBU junior nursing major Chloe Jenkins explained. “As a leader for ETBU’s Titus Women’s Ministry, I am able to open up my home to my group every week. There is so much room, and my girls always tell me how comfortable they feel when they are at my row house.” Dr. Ornelas’s generosity provides paths for the next generation of Tiger women to connect through campus ministries. Titus is one of many efforts led by the East Texas Baptist Women’s Ministry, along with hosting events such as the Women’s Summit. Annually, Women's Ministry invites nationally

recognized writers and speakers, including Amena Brown and Jamie Ivey. ETBU Women’s Ministry Coordinator Jennifer Curran shares her vision for a strong female community on campus. “My goal with the Women’s Summit is to bring diversity to our campus to ensure all female students feel seen and heard. Heaven will be filled with all shapes, sizes, and colors,” Curran commented. “Although we are divided by different majors or teams, the Women’s Ministry creates an encouraging space for us to grow together as a unified body of sisters in Christ.” A former Titus leader, ETBU Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication graduate Halee Vasquez (’18) initiated The Word Movement (TWM) during her time at the University. The organization started as a daily text forwarded to friends and gradually developed into a full website with social outreach and merchandise, including an upcoming devotional, to spread the Word of God around the world. TWM has now reached 13 states and three countries. “The word we felt the Lord giving us was ‘movement.’ TWM is a movement among believers to create community and accountability in the pursuit to look more like Christ,” Vasquez said. “Looking back, I

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue... Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. PROVERBS 31:25-26; 30-31 Hilltop

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“I recently heard the story of Tabitha in Acts 9. A widow in a time when women were not respected, she is the only female in the Bible referred to as a disciple. Regardless of what society expected of her, she conformed her life to what Jesus called her to do. That is what I want to do. We are in a time when the female voice is growing. It is my goal to ensure that when it is time to raise our voice and take a stand, we are not doing it to make a statement about gender. There is a bigger purpose about who Christ has called us to be.”



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never would have dreamed to be where I am now. The people of ETBU encouraged me to explore routes that led me to where the Lord was calling me. They helped me to be authentic, transparent, and vulnerable with my faith. They challenged me to make my faith my own, and I learned that my confidence is in Christ.” Vasquez also served as an intern with IF, a non-profit organization that exists to equip women with Gospelcentered resources, events, and community. In her role as Volunteer Coordinator, she recruited 30 ETBU students and alumni to serve at the IF: Gathering, a twoday conference held in Dallas, Texas for thousands of women around the world. “Serving at the IF: Gathering was amazing,” ETBU graduate student and Presidential Communication and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Katelyn Cooper (’18) said. “The ETBU community is truly making a difference. It was a testament to how God is working on our campus, transforming the hearts of students, faculty, and staff and using us all to spread the Gospel.” Female Tigers are making a difference through many diverse avenues. Founded by another ETBU alumna, Graciously Broken is a non-profit organization led by Executive Director Amanda Rucker (’05). Graciously Broken is a 12-month residential program for women 18 years and older. Residents pursue recovery through daily Bible studies, prayer, classes, church attendance,

weekly meetings, and personal and professional development. Beginning in March of 2016 with three women, the ministry now houses over 30 women. “In God’s timing, our heart is to help as many as He allows us to,” Rucker shared. “We feel God moving us to help even more women just like us. He is calling us to expand, and we want to follow Him. God has and will continue to provide everything we need to care for our women, to share the gospel with them and disciple them.” ETBU seeks to edify women across campus to embrace all that God has created them to be. Through events such as Senior Girl Call Out, Miss ETBU, special luncheons, and various Bible studies and ministries, the women of ETBU find a community that empowers them to glorify God in anything they choose to pursue on and beyond campus. “There is such a strong sense of community on campus,” ETBU senior Mass Communication major Helen Sperling said. “Our voices together are so powerful, and we need each other. We all need time set aside to be still and worship with other women. At ETBU, we are reminded that God does not use perfect people. We are all broken, and not one of us is better than the other to bring glory to God’s name. He will work in each one of us. It is just a matter of believing and trusting in His power to do so.”


“I am passionate about helping people, specifically within the context of leadership. I enjoy identifying strengths in my team members and giving them space to utilize them. I would advise others to know their strengths and surround themselves with people with different strengths than they possess. Leadership is about facilitating the interaction between various people. You don’t always have to have the answer yourself.”


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Accent on Alumni UPDATES 2010s Lynn Cowles (’10) graduated with a Master of Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives and Special Collections from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her first graduate degree in History from the University of New Orleans. Lynn is now the Assistant Archivist and Assistant Professor at Nicholls State University. Constance Massey (’11) was named the Longview ISD Primary Teacher of the year. Congratulations, Constance! After spending five years in West Plano, Corey Gummelt (’13) accepted a Student Pastor position in Coppell, Texas at Valley Ranch Baptist Church. Corey and his wife, Tenley, are excited about reaching the diverse community around them and seeing lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Congratulations to Andrew Midkiff (’16) on joining Henry and Peters as a tax associate. Austin Odom (’16) is the new Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Austin and his wife, Caitlyn, served previously at First Baptist Church in Gladewater. Zachary Smithee (’17) has started a new position as Human Resources Administrator at Edible Beats in Denver, CO. 2000s Jeremy Roberts (’04) received his Doctor of Educational Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December of



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2017. He celebrated 10 years of service at Immanuel Baptist Church in Marshall, Texas September of 2018 and continues to serve as Minister of Education and Administration at IBC with his wife, Katy (Dison) Roberts (’06), and their three children.

Christian University and Supervisor of Day Surgery at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth. She is also the proud mother of three terrific children.

Cody Earley (’06) started a new position as Vice President of Commercial Lending at AccessBank Texas.

Chris Welch (’92) was promoted to Senior Director of Research and Development at ACS Technologies. This position is responsible for all customer-facing software development. This includes managing a staff of 110 across three offices in Florence and Greenville, South Carolina and Phoenix, Arizona.

Congratulations to Adam Golden (’06) for being named one of DFW’s Great 100 Nurses chosen out of over 1,500 nurses. The award honors RNs, who were nominated by their peers and selected for being role models, leaders, and compassionate caregivers. Adam is currently serving at Parkland Health and Hospital System. After graduating from ETBU, Amber Cunningham (’06) married Josh Harrington. The couple has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua, Indonesia since 2008. Josh and Amber have two girls: Kate, age 5, and Allie, age 1. They support the work of Bible translation through aviation maintenance and education. Every furlough they travel to Marshall to visit ETBU and their friends at Crossroads Baptist Church. Dr. Oteka JacksonCenales (’07) graduated from Walden University on February 11, 2018, with her Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Jackson-Cenales is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Texas


Congratulations to Amy Downey (’92), who published her second book, Maimonides’s Yahweh, in April 2019.

1980s Dr. Charles Gray II (’88) has been serving as the President of GraceLife University since November 5, 2017. He also serves as the President of GraceLife College of Biblical Studies and GraceLife Ministries. 1970s Kermit (’70) Tandberg is now serving part-time as Senior Adult Minister at First Baptist Church in Lewisville. In addition to his church work, he has organized choirs to minister on cruise ships. This year he organized and trained a 77-voice choir to perform three concerts of a variety of music including classical, southern

gospel, patriotic, and Broadway tunes on a large cruise ship to Nova Scotia. Sandy (Payne) Tandberg (’71) teaches Bible study classes at First Baptist Church Lewisville. Wayne Mahaffey (’77) announced his retirement from Grapeland ISD on January 8, 2019, after 42 years of coaching and 22 years as a head football coach. 1960s Gaynor Yancey, D.S.W. (’67) was honored on April 12, 2019, by Baylor University during their annual Academic Honors Convocation as the 2019 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year. The award recognizes a Baylor faculty member, who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor through teaching, research, and service. 1950s Dr. Sam Houston (’58) has retired from being the Pastor of Woodrow Baptist Church in Covington after 34 years of service. He will continue to serve on the National Religious Relationship Committee of the Boy Scouts of America and as National Chaplain of the Association of Baptists for Scouting. He is also on the Executive Board of the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America.

DEATHS Faculty, Staff, and Friends of ETBU Dr. Carolyn Snow passed away November 21, 2018. Dr. Snow taught behavioral sciences at ETBU for 27 years. ETBU mourns the passing of longtime supporter Louise Herrington Ornelas, who passed away December 18, 2018. Dr. Ornelas' significant generosity to ETBU has left a lasting impact on the institution, and each student, who has benefited from her enduring kindness. Although she was best known for her philanthropy around East Texas, Dr. Ornelas always thought of herself as simply the Girl from Arp. "Ms. Lou" will

be missed dearly by her family, friends, and ETBU Tiger Family. 1930s Joyce (Mullis) Oney (’36) passed away March 7, 2019. Joyce was a longtime teacher and Harleton native. 1940s Claude Jackson (’49) passed away December 6, 2018. Claude spent his life as an educator and concluded his career as the Superintendent of Wallis/ Orchard School District. Esther Ando (’46) passed away January 11, 2019, at the age of 94. Ms. Ando often told her family that ETBU prepared her well for the future, and the faculty and students protected her from the harshness of World War II. Her ETBC Family always made her feel wanted. After graduation, she worked for Shell Oil until her retirement in 1987. Esther was the second generation and last child of her parents’ generation that immigrated from Japan to America. Esther is survived by many nieces and nephews. EJ Kearney (’49) passed away on December 18, 2018, in Texarkana. He just turned 99 two days before his death. He was part of the Greatest Generation, having served in the Navy for three years prior to becoming a student at ETBC. He made his presence known as Freshman Favorite, President of the Baptist Student Union, Author of Veteran’s Play produced by Little Theatre, Sophomore Class President, ‘Martian’ Staff, and Feature Editor of the ‘Compass’. He pastored churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Tennessee for over 50 years. He was best known for his first-person portrayal of many Bible characters. He is survived by his three children, Kay Williams, Mike Kearney, and Teresa (Kearney) McFadden (’69).

1950s Nitalene (Waldron) Stafford (’50) passed away March 15, 2019. She and her husband, Sid, lived in Hallsville where she taught school for 22 years and was an active member at First Baptist Church Hallsville. Nita was a loving wife, mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Robert Lock (’51) died March 15, 2019. Robert spent most of his life coaching football, teaching, and working with young people. He leaves behind loving children and grandchildren. Sammye (Beasley) Turner (’54) passed away June 5, 2019. Jack Conley (’56) passed away January 27, 2019. Jack served 26 years as a foreign missionary and pastored churches throughout Texas and Florida. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sally, and many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Bob Anderson (’57) died December 13, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. After graduating from ETBC, Bob went on to pastor churches in Texas and Louisiana. He was the longtime pastor of Parkview Baptist Church and was the founder of Parkview Baptist School, one of the largest private schools in Louisiana. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rochelle (Reeves) Anderson (’67). Julie (Reed) Abernathy (’58) passed away September 18, 2018. Julie was a faithful friend to ETBU and she will be missed. 1960s Sara (Aten) Ethridge (’61) passed away August 4, 2018. Sara served with her husband, Charles in church ministry for almost 57 years, using her teacher training in the work of the church. Her love and passion was teaching nursery and


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preschool children. She was an active member of Pine Street Baptist Church for 40 years. She is survived by her husband, their four children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lee Schaffer (’62) passed away January 13, 2019, at his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was married to his wife, Vickye (Dunn) (’64) for 51 years. After graduating from ETBC, Shaffer went on to graduate from Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1964. During his life, Lee pastored churches throughout Missouri, was a Director of Investigations for the Missouri Human Rights Commision, and a Pardon and Parole Officer for the City of St. Louis. Lee also worked for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. Maralene (Noe) DeBoer (attd. ’69) passed away December 2, 2018. Charlie Deich (’69) passed away November 29, 2018. 1970s Lena Scasta (’74) passed away February 2, 2019. Lena dedicated her life to educating students and taught in Marshall ISD for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, John, and their three children. Shirley (Humbles) Perkins (’77) passed away December 23, 2018. Shirley was married to the love of her life, Dale Perkins, Sr., and was the mother of five children. She was active in church ministry for 64 years, 40 of which were dedicated to Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview. She leaves behind numerous family and friends, who cherish her memory. Dollie McMakin (attd. ’71) passed away April 11, 2019.



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WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES Weddings Nathan Jones (’10) married Shelby Thomas (’13) on December 16, 2018, in Longview, Texas. Their wedding party included six ETBU alumni. The couple will reside in Hallsville, Texas with their pup, Olson. Megan Cumbee (’12) married Ryan Burns March 15, 2019, in Tyler, Texas. Luke Pinkard (attd.’13) and Lauren McCallum (’16) tied the knot November 10, 2018. The couple met at ETBU in 2011, and they are grateful ETBU allowed their paths to cross. Clarke Tanner (’15) and Rebekah Still (’18) tied the knot January 5, 2019, at the Silver Lake Ballroom in Shreveport, Louisiana surrounded by family and friends. The couple will reside in Rowlett, Texas. Troy Merriman (’16) married Emmy Graham (’18) at the Oaks at Williams Creek on September 29, 2018, in Kaufman, Texas. These high school and college sweethearts now reside in the Dallas area. James Ash (’18) and Maddie Dawson (’18) were married March 18, 2019, in Angleton,

Texas. They celebrated their big day surrounded by family, friends, and fellow Tigers. The couple resides in the Houston area. Anniversaries Richard Bethea (’77) and his wife, Robbie (Cowles) Bethea (’78) celebrated 40 years of marriage on December 22, 2018.

TIGER CUBS Shawn and Alicia (George) Hudson (’07) proudly introduce David Garrett Hudson born on December 8, 2018, at 5:08 p.m. in Houston, Texas joining big brother and sisters Christopher, Rachel, and Caroline. Grant (’08) and Sydni (Thomas) Massey (’08) welcomed their son, Locke Orion Massey, into the world on Friday, November 23, 2018. He was born at 4:17 a.m. in McKinney, Texas, weighing 8 lbs., 7oz. and was 20” long. Locke is their first child. Michael (’09) and Lindsay (Hollowell) Hill (’11) welcomed a new addition to the Tiger Family. Their daughter, Hadley Mae Hill, was born September 27, 2018, weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. and 19.75" long. Nick and Trisha (Oliver) Smith (’13) announce the birth of their daughter, Sutton Grace Smith.

Sutton was born January 29, 2019, at 10:13 a.m. weighing in at 7 lbs., 1 oz. and 20” long. Brittany (Conner) Cleveland (’14) and her husband, Kory, announce the birth of their son, Konnor Issac Cleveland. Konnor was born December 5, 2018, at 7:37 a.m. weighing 8 lbs., 7 oz.

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Caroline Burkhalter, daughter of ETBU Music Education Coordinator Cammy Burkhalter, shows off her new Tiger Club shirt. Morgan and Taylor Bush proudly display their new Tiger Club shirts. Morgan's and Taylor’s mom, Marla is the Administrative Secretary for Graduate Admissions and Institutional Research at ETBU. One of our little Tigers, Henry, proudly wears his Cub Club onesie to cheer on his uncle Clayton Bell as he finishes his degree at ETBU.

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Alicia (George) Hudson’s (’07) son, Chris, poses proudly wearing his ETBU Tiger Club shirt he received for his birthday before school.

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