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and advances to NCAA Elite Eight

Save the Date Homecoming 2018 Also Inside: Dr. Ben Raimer (’69): Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger Steve and Penny Carlile receive Sam B. Hall Civic Service Hilltop Award Spring 2018

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President’s Message Dear Alumni, Families, and Friends of East Texas Baptist, In reflection of the Spring 2018 semester, we celebrate how the Lord has empowered East Texas Baptist University to further the Kingdom of God by proclaiming His truths and equipping His disciples. With an understanding that abundant blessing and enduring success are experienced in being faithful and obedient to our Heavenly Father, ETBU is building upon the foundation of our Christ-centered commitment and the legacy of the framers and builders of our beloved institution. In Hebrews 12:1-2, the author reflects on the legacy of the faithful men and women in Israel’s history illustrated in chapter 11,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

This passage from Hebrews and the lives of those dedicated servants, who came before us give our ETBU Family encouragement and exhortation for daily living. We stand today as witnesses of the true victory that comes from persevering in life with our eyes focused on Jesus. Within this issue of The Hilltop, you will witness what we have in East Texas Baptist is the result of God’s provision and guidance and the response of His people. With the generous contributions of more than 180 donors, the ETBU School of Nursing exceeded the campaign goal of $1.8 million to reach $2.5 million. The program was also recognized by the Annual RegisteredNursing. org Registered Nurse (RN) Program State Rankings as the eighth ranked RN Program in Texas, and first among all East Texas institutions. We appreciate every individual, who has contributed to producing quality nurses, who deserve recognition for not only their academic success, but also their sincere care for people and their patients. As we start a new chapter of our nursing program by relocating to the campus of the Marshall Grand, ETBU remains dedicated to excellence in Christ. This new academic facility will be an essential part of the quality educational program of ETBU and an anchor for economic development and community engagement in the historic downtown district of Marshall. Actively involved in revitalizing the community, ETBU partners with local ministries to show Christ’s love, address poverty, and promote economic growth in Marshall. Through the generosity of Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas WMU, and other supportive donors, ETBU’s Neighborhood Renewal Initiative continues to restore homes and impact the lives of needy families. While Tiger Athletics experienced a record-setting year, the programs are committed to winning games, and more importantly, winning souls for the Lord. Women’s Basketball completed one of the most significant program turnarounds in the nation, from 3-22 last season to finishing the 2018 campaign in the NCAA Elite Eight. With the addition of Men’s & Women’s Golf and Acrobatics & Tumbling, over 550 student-athletes engage in scholarship, training, fellowship, discipleship, service, and global missions. Through the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience, student-athletes studied and served around the world in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Serbia. Our desire is to leave lasting impressions on all people—influencing the campus, the community, and the world for the cause of Christ. Our vision is to extend the legacy of Christcentered education…a legacy written on the heart of God, a legacy lived out as faithful witnesses of Jesus. Grace be with you all,

Dr. J. Blair Blackburn President

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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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President’s Message

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Elite Eight

14 Homecoming 2018 Save the Date: October 26-27, 2018

18 Once a Tiger, Always a Tiger

20 Dr. Bill Arnold and Jerry Carlisle, Texas Baptists ETBU Neighborhood Renewal Initiative receives

ETBU Women’s Basketball makes history

Building on the foundation of ETBU, Dr. Ben Raimer (’69) spends his life investing in others

donations from Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas WMU, and Richard and Christina Anderson

22 Fall Commencement Mr. Ray Martinez challenges the largest Fall ETBU

graduating class in history to learn from their failures

24 Faculty Publications A listing of scholarly publications of ETBU faculty

28 ETBU Tiger Sports Highlights

30 TAME: Dominican Republic ETBU Baseball shares the Gospel through

40 2018 Tiger Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Ayrika Henderson (’10), Trey Luster (’05), Bert West (’72),

praise with Jubilate Deo

54 Whatever is Right ETBU celebrates the legacy of Sam B. Hall, Jr.

and Angela Gonzales (’06) receive recognition

48 Community in Christ Wiley College and ETBU Choirs lift their voices in joyful

their God-given talents

and honors Steve and Penny Carlile

60 Accent on Alumni

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From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. EPHESIANS 4:16

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MAKE HISTORY ETBU Women’s Basketball wins the ASC Championship, NCAA Dallas Regional, and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight

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omen’s Basketball completed one of the most significant program turnarounds in the nation, finishing as American Southwest Conference (ASC) tournament champions and in the NCAA Division III Elite 8. Under first year Head Coach Rusty Rainbolt, ETBU Women’s Basketball went from a 3-22 season in 2016-2017 to a record 25-7 this year. The 2017-2018 season marked the first conference championship and first NCAA tournament appearance in program history. ETBU also broke a program record for the most wins in the Division III era with their 25 wins. The team began the season anticipating a restorative year, and they accredit their success to the Lord. “I was really excited going into basketball season,” senior Katy Boren commented. “I knew that with a good team of talent, work ethic, and strong chemistry, we would have a chance to go far. The foundation of our basketball team was built on the Lord, which was different from many of the teams I had been on previously.

Experiencing what God did for us and through us exceeded my expectations. We were able to use our opportunities as a way to talk about Jesus and tell people everything He was doing in our lives. We knew that we were playing for a greater purpose.” Six ETBU players earned conference awards, including Boren, sophomore Kim Childress, freshman Madison McCoy, junior Erin Meeks, junior Sydney Saxton, and sophomore Amanda Wilson. Childress and Coach Rainbolt were honored by D3hoops.com being named AllRegion Third Team and the “South Region Coach of the Year.” The team also received a No. 11 ranking by the D3hoops.com poll. “We can’t take credit for it. The Lord is good,” Coach Rainbolt said. “These girls have grown much, and God has transformed our hearts both individually and as a team. I can honestly say that we keep playing for Him. We play the game

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We aren’t doing this for ourselves. We want as a team, to promote the Lord, and I believe these girls have done that. RUSTY RAINBOLT ETBU WOMEN’S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

of basketball, but we want it to be about something more. We aren’t doing this for ourselves. We want as a team, to promote the Lord, and I believe these girls have done that.” Although the end of the season was bittersweet, the young women were undeterred because they accomplished their true goal. Not only did the team put ETBU on the NCAA Division III map for Women’s Basketball, but they remained a program passionate about pursuing excellence in Christ. “I knew we had the passion and talent to be the ASC Champions and play in the NCAA tournament. It was our journey that completely caught me offguard,” McCoy said. “The personal and team growth that took place far exceeded my expectations. Coach Rainbolt told us to look beyond ourselves and our abilities to rely on the Lord. He said we were given a unique opportunity and platform to show the love of Jesus to others. When I began to play basketball with this perspective in mind, it changed my life and made our success much more rewarding. Winning the ASC Championship was one of the most amazing moments of my life, because of ’for Whom’ we played and ’for Whom’ I had become.”

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SAVE THE GOLDEN BLAZERS

CHAPEL

GAMES

CARNIVAL

FOOTBALL R 26-27

BE OCTO ALUMNI

TAILGATING

MAY THE LIGHT ON THE HILL NEVER DIE

SIR SARGE ALMA MATER GO TIGERS

HOME ON THE HILL FOOTBALL

HOMECOMING 2018

HOMECOMING COURT TIGERS FOREVER

BLUE REVUE: A FINE ARTS CELEBRATION

TIGER PEP RALLY GOLDEN LIGHTKEEPERS

LATE NIGHT BREAKFAST FIREWORKS FAMILY BAND

TIGER WALK DECADE REUNIONS

ALUMNI AWARDS CHAPEL

BLUE & GOLD SNOW CONES TOBY & TABBY POPCORN

TIGERS

MUSIC FUN

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DATE HOMECOMING 2018 OCTOBER 26-27, 2018 2018 Homecoming Tigers Forever Registration Form

Name

Class Year

Spouse’s Name

Spouse’s Class Year

Mailing Address City

State

Zip

Home Number

Cell Number

Email

COSTS: Tigers Forever T-Shirt

No. of T-shirts

at $15/t-shirt $

No. of Tickets

at $15/ticket $

Perkins Family and Friends Reunion Concert

No. of Tickets

Free

Late Night Breakfast

No. of Tickets

at $5/ticket $

1960’s Decade Reunion: 1968 Honor Class

No. of Tickets

Free

1970’s Decade Reunion: 1978 Honor Class

No. of Tickets

Free

1980’s Decade Reunion: 1988 Honor Class

No. of Tickets

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1990’s Decade Reunion: 1993 Honor Class

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Free

2000’s Decade Reunion: 2004 & 2008 Honor Classes No. of Tickets

Free

Friday, October 26, 2018 Golden Lightkeeper Luncheon

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Register by October 19, 2018

Total $ To pay via check, please mail registration and payment to: East Texas Baptist University Office of Advancement One Tiger Drive | Marshall, TX 75670

See full schedule on pages 16-17

To pay via credit card, please register online at ETBU.edu/hc2018

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2018 HOME TIGERS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 8:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.

Homecoming Awards Chapel/Golden Blazer & Golden Lightkeeper Ceremony Baker Chapel, Ornelas Spiritual Life Center

11:30 A.M.

Homecoming Award Recipient & Golden Lightkeeper Luncheon honoring Class of 1968 Woods & Cornish Great Rooms, Ornelas Student Center For Homecoming Award, Golden Blazer & Golden Lightkeeper recipients & their families

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Tiger Table Games: Bridge/Dominoes/Billiards Huffman Activities Area, Ornelas Student Center Campus Tours 2nd Floor, Marshall Hall

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Perkins Family & Friends Reunion Concert Baker Chapel, Ornelas Spiritual Life Center

8:30 P.M.

Late Night Breakfast Bennett Student Commons

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COMING FOREVER SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 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. 1960s Decade Reunion: 1968 Honor Class Hogue Room, Ornelas Student Class 10:00 A.M. 1970s Decade Reunion: 1978 Honor Class Woods Great Room, Ornelas Student Center 10:00 A.M. 1980s Decade Reunion: 1988 Honor Class Cornish Great Room, Ornelas Student Center 10:00 A.M. 1990s Decade Reunion: 1993 Honor Class Cornish Great Room, Ornelas Student Center 10:00 A.M. 2000s Decade Reunion: 2004 & 2008 Honor Classes Huffman Activities Area, Ornelas Student Center 10:30 A.M. Tiger Tales: Storytime with Toby & Tabby Jarrett Library 11:45 A.M. Tiger Walk The Grove Take time to support the ETBU Tiger Football Team! 2:00 P.M. ETBU vs. Texas Lutheran Ornelas Football Stadium

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Alumni Feature

ONCE A TIGER ALWAYS A TIGER

Building on the foundation of ETBU, Dr. Ben Raimer (’69) spends his life investing in others

“I believe that Christ commissioned His followers to teach, preach, and heal through various ministries. My wife and I are committed to guiding students toward their role in Kingdom work.” Dr. Ben Raimer and his wife, Dr. Sharon Smith Raimer, use their careers as a platform to meet the physical, academic, social, and spiritual needs of students. Sharon is currently a Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the

ETBU prepared me to live a life of servant leadership by training me in the Word of the Lord. DR. BEN RAIMER (’69) UTMB SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND PROFESSOR

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University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, while Ben serves as Senior Vice President for Health Policy and Legislative Affairs and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventative Medicine and Community Health at UTMB. Raimer earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Texas Baptist College in 1969, a Master of Human Genetics from the UTMB School of Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctor of Medicine from the UTMB School of Medicine. During his time at ETBC, he developed a passion for social justice in response to the cultural condition of the time. “I became interested in politics and campus life improvement. I was elected as President of the Student Government Association in my final year of college at ETBC. That memorable year was framed by war, poverty, and protests. I realized a need for reform and recognized the importance of student involvement.” With the encouragement and inspiration of faculty and staff on the Hill, Raimer was empowered to make a difference. “I found refuge in English literature. Dr. Arlis Hiebert opened my world to music and the classics, which led me


to a lifelong appreciation of the arts. Mr. E. M. Adams, the librarian, taught me to listen, observe the human condition, maintain an inquisitive mind, and develop a good social memory. Countless individuals at the institution had a role in influencing my life.” Much of Raimer’s practice has been devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He is a nationally recognized expert and author on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He has been honored by several state and national children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions. Raimer works at both the state and national levels on issues related to the delivery of health care to marginalized populations. “ETBU prepared me to live a life of servant leadership by training me in the Word of the Lord. I came to understand the significance of serving my fellow mankind in treating the sick, relieving pain, and providing comfort. I learned to seek justice for all, stand for and love truth, as well as speak for those who have no voice. I found reality in the words of 2 Timothy 1:7.”

in recognition of his contributions to the University. “My prayer is for ETBU to continue to grow and attract quality students from which the graduate schools around the nation recruit in multiple fields. I hope to see the advancement of the health profession programs at ETBU. The new Nursing School located in the historic Marshall Grand is a promising and exciting endeavor.” According to Raimer, the University is expanding, but the values and traditions that make ETBU transformational remain constant. “Once you become a Tiger, you are always a Tiger. It becomes a part of your personal DNA, goals, aspirations, and even the way you think and consider solutions when faced with problems. I am constantly reminded that I thrive best in community with my Tiger Family. I still count on my friends from the Class of 1969 for advice, prayer, support, comfort, and just to have a good time.”

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and selfdiscipline. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 To support students in the same way they were invested in, Ben and Sharon initiated the Ben G. and Sharon Smith Raimer Endowed Scholarship for ETBU Biology or Chemistry students in 1984. Dr. Raimer received ETBU’s J. Wesley Smith Achievement Award in 1999 for his exemplary professional achievement, Christian character, and continued involvement with East Texas Baptist. In 2015, he received the prestigious Golden Blazer

Dr. Ben and Dr. Sharon Raimer generously funded ETBU’s new cast iron fountain that sits upon the brick foundation donated by his ETBC Class of 1969. This significant landmark found in the Quad, the center of East Texas Baptist campus life, stands as a tribute to the legacy of the Tigers of ’69 and the Raimers’ faithful servanthood.

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ETBU Neighborhood Renewal Initiative receives donations from Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas WMU, and Richard and Christina Anderson The Texas Baptist Missions Foundation provided ETBU with a grant of $20,000, the largest one-time donation given by the organization to the University for its Neighborhood Renewal Initiative (NRI). Vice President for Texas Baptist Missions Foundation and Vice President for the Baptist World Alliance Jerry Carlisle and President for Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Bill Arnold presented the contribution during an ETBU chapel service. Teaching on Hebrews 12:1-3 during the service, Dr. Carlisle encouraged students to become who they were created to be. “To be fired up about Jesus and find freedom, you first have to become fed up with anything else and realize nothing but Christ will fulfill you,” Dr. Carlisle said. “You were made for God’s purpose. What does God say about where you are headed and how you are going to get there? You were made to follow Jesus—to know God and be known by Him, to love Him and share His news, to be His witness.” At the beginning of his remarks, Dr. Carlisle shared about the partnership between the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation and the ETBU NRI. The foundation also donated $10,000 in support of the program last year, enabling the ETBU Construction Department to secure equipment and supplies to restore dilapidated homes of low income families in Marshall. “With a vision to promote economic growth in

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Marshall and to develop students into servant leaders, East Texas Baptist partners with the City of Marshall, the Christian Life Commission, and the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation,” ETBU Director of Construction Management Program Cameron Burger commented. “It is our role as a Christian institution to be involved in transforming the community. We strive to show the city that we are called to love and help those in need.” Judge Richard and Christina Anderson also donated $9,500 to the NRI. ETBU has benefited from the generosity of the Andersons, along with Jerry and Judy Cargill with the donation of the historic Marshall Grand to the University. The Anderson and Cargill donation of this facility has opened the door for the move of the School of Nursing to ETBU’s new downtown campus in the Marshall Grand. “We celebrate the opportunity to partner with the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, Texas WMU, and the Andersons as we seek to renew neighborhoods in Marshall through home restoration and future construction of quality housing for families in need of assistance,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn expressed. “ETBU will continue its Neighborhood Renewal Initiative work in partnership with the City of Marshall Community Block Development Grant program, as well as Habitat for Humanity Brush with Kindness, Critical Home Repair, and Veterans’ Home assistance programs.”


PURSUE A GRADUATE DEGREE IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY OR THEOLOGICAL STUDIES 100% Tuition Scholarship at ETBU East Texas Baptist University and Texas Baptists (BGCT) partner to help ministry students develop strong leadership and a sound theological foundation through ETBU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry or Master of Arts in Theological Studies. To qualify for this graduate scholarship opportunity, students must: •

Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from ETBU since 2017

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ROAD TO CHARACTER

Mr. Ray Martinez challenges the largest Fall ETBU graduating class in history to learn from their failures “This is the largest Fall Commencement in the history of East Texas Baptist University,” ETBU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “ETBU first awarded associate degrees in 1919 and bachelor’s degrees in 1945. Commencement has always been a special time in the life of the University. It is an event that celebrates the relationship between students, staff, and faculty. It is also a time for the University and our graduates to join in pride and celebration.” ETBU held its Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 9 in Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center. Eighty-two students received undergraduate degrees and 23 received graduate degrees, for a total of 105 new ETBU Tiger Alumni. Mr. Ray Martinez III, President of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), gave the charge to the graduating class as keynote speaker. Mr. Martinez received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Prior to joining ICUT, Mr. Martinez served as Chancellor of Western Governors University-Texas, held senior government relations positions at Rice University and with the Texas A&M University System, and was the Director of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas Senate. Mr. Martinez encouraged students by offering a testimony to God’s faithfulness through his personal faith experiences. “Whatever comes next in your career, you will undoubtedly experience failure,” Mr. Martinez said. “When I began my career and as I continue in professional life, I often felt out of place and overwhelmed. However, the Lord used it all for my good and the glory of His Kingdom. He brought success in His timing and by His plan. Failure is a necessary ingredient to success; it is the road to character. As you set out, remember the inner virtues you have cultivated here at this Christcentered institution. Go forth and live the life that God has planned for you without fear.” Samantha Busby, a Bachelor of Arts graduate in International Studies, received the President’s Award. This award is given to the graduating student, who is the best

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representation of a Christian leader, scholar, and servant. While at ETBU, Busby served with the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), remained involved at Friendship Baptist Church in Marshall, made the Dean’s List with Honors every semester, and was an active member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. “Samantha Busby’s career here at ETBU shows us the fruits of discipline and devotion. She is well recognized for her service and leadership within and beyond the classroom,” Professor of History and Dean of the School of Humanities Jerry Summers said. “Samantha is a top student in our history program. She is smart, but it is her attitude toward the world, work, and service that sets her apart. Through these qualities and accomplishments, Samantha Busby is an inspiration to our ETBU community.” ETBU Master of Business Administration graduate Sydney Sumpter gave the Invocation. Graduation featured readings of the ETBU theme verses, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Matthew 28:19-20, led by ETBU Bachelor of Science in Business Administration graduate Rolando Vargas. Special music was performed by ETBU’s Concert Choir directed by Director of Choral Activities Justin Hodges. Dean of the School of Communications and Performing Arts Thomas Webster directed worship during the ceremony. Music throughout the service featured Staff Accompanist Cathy DeRousse and the Faculty Brass Quintet. “We are a University that raises, equips, and empowers anointed servant leaders, who serve God in all walks of life,” President J. Blair Blackburn shared. “ETBU has a Kingdombuilding mandate to stand as the Light of Christ as a ’city on a hill.’ We are called to raise up His disciples to shine as they reflect Christ as the Light of the World. Just as we cannot hide what God has done physically on this Hill, we certainly cannot hide what God has done spiritually among His people through the Tiger Family. You, as graduates, are to be the beacons of this generation.” Blackburn continued, “We challenge you to lead like Jesus led, as faithful Christian servant leaders. Now, go into this world and make a bold impact for His glory.”


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BILL MILLS, ED.D. PUBLICATION •

“Creating Effective Social Media Campaigns,” IABPAD Fall 2017 Journal, Baton Rouge, LA; December 2017.

EMILY PREVOST, PH.D.

KAREN LINSTRUM, PH.D.

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Book Chapter, “Informed Leadership Fusion,” co-authored with Elizabeth Ponder, First Year Experience Cookbook, Association of College & Research Libraries; 2017.

“Written Forms of SelfExpression: Changes from 1985 to 2016,” co-authored with Jacqueline Ramos, a graduate student at the time, who was first author, College Student Journal, September 2017.

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DOUGLAS LOCKARD, D.M.A.

TROY A. LADINE, PH.D.

JOAN STRUTTON, PH.D.

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“Cuong Vu Trio-Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, Volume 41, No. 2, p. 69-70; January 2017. “Adam Rudolph’s Moving PicturesGlare of the Tiger,” International Trumpet Guild Journal, Volume 42, No. 1, p. 100; October 2017.

Age and Sex Specific Vehicle Induced Mortality in Raccoons (Procyon lotor),” Texas Journal of Science; December 2017. “Activity Patterns and Social Organization of Raccoons (Procyon lotor),” Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity; Summer 2017.

“Both Parents Should Care for Babies: A Cross-Sectional, CrossCultural Comparison of Adolescents’ Breastfeeding Intentions, and the Influence of SharedParenting Beliefs,” Coauthored with Swanson, V., Hannula, L., Eriksson, L., and Wallin, M., BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. MS ID: PRCH-D-1500344R3. JWF MS ID: 12884_2017_1372; 2017.

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TROY WHITE, PH.D.

ELIZABETH PONDER, M.S.L.S.

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“Spies in the Land,” Biblical Illustrator 44, p. 62-66; Fall 2017.

“Taking Responsibility for Invisible Writers,” co-written with Zachary Beck, CCTE Studies, vol. LXXXII; October 2017.

Book Chapter, “Informed Leadership Fusion,” coauthored with Emily Prevost, First Year Experience Cookbook, Association of College & Research Libraries; 2017.

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned… TITUS 2:7-8A

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TYLER WATTS, PH.D.

COLLEEN HALUPA, ED.D.

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“Taking Responsibility for Invisible Writers,” co-written with Troy White. CCTE Studies, vol. LXXXII; October 2017.

“A Monetary Explanation for the Recession of 1797,” co-authored with N. Curott, Eastern Economic Journal; 2017. “Institutional Inefficiency: Small Farms Starve India’s Economy,” co-authored with Molly Woodruff, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy 6(2); 2017. Chapters of E-Book The Principles of Economics: A Christian Perspective, TEL Library, 2017. Watts wrote the following chapters from a Christian business perspective: “Costs” “The Market’s Invisible Hand” “Property: Land, Labor, and Capital” “Government Spending: For What” “Everyday Political Economy” “Efficient and Inefficient Taxation” “Limits of Economic Thinking” “Regulating Moral and Social Order” “Socialism: The Man”

Book Chapter, “Mentoring Dissertation Students in Online Doctoral Programs,” Fostering Effective Student Communication in Online Graduate Courses, IGI Global, Hershey, PA; March 2017. Book Chapter, “Differentiation in roles: Instructional Designers and Faculty in the Creation of Online Courses,” Learning, Design, and Technology. An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, J.M. Spector, B.B. Lockee & M.D Childress, Eds., New York, Springer; November 2017. Book Chapter, “Are Students and Faculty Ready for Transformative Learning?” Learning, Design, and Technology. An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, J.M. Spector, B.B. Lockee & M.D Childress, Eds., New York, Springer; December 2017.

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ETBU’s young 2018 team finished the year 21-21 making a fourth straight trip to the American Southwest Conference Tournament. Six players earned All-ASC awards as Zach Gartner and Casey Combs picked up AllASC second team while Derrick Findley, Call Florence, and Blaine Parker were on the third team, and Jeremy Bateman was honorable mention. Both Findley and Florence were also ASC Pitchers of the Week once during the season. This season brought key wins over storied programs #13 Centenary, twice, and took the series win over #12 UTTyler, who went on to win the NCAA Division III National Championship. ETBU took series wins from Southwestern University, Pacific University, Howard Payne University, and Belhaven University.

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Under first year Head Coach Rusty Rainbolt, ETBU Women’s Basketball went from a 3-22 season in 2017 to a record 25-7 2018 season. Starting the season off 7-0, ETBU went 6-0 against American Southwest Conference West Division teams and finished third in the ASC East with a 13-5 record. In the ASC Championship Tournament, ETBU defeated Howard Payne University (50-36), #18 University of Texas Dallas (66-61), and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (71-70) to clinch the Tigers first ASC Tournament Championship. In a run to the NCAA Elite 8, ETBU won against #19 Whitman College (65-59), UT-Dallas (64-51), and #6 University of St. Thomas (61-58) before falling to #2 Wartburg College (6561). Six ETBU players earned conference awards, including Katy Boren (ASC East Honorable Mention), Kim Childress (All-ASC, ASC East Newcomer of the Year, All-ASC East First Team), Madison McCoy (ASC East Honorable Mention, ASC Tournament MVP), Erin Meeks (ASC East Honorable Mention), Sydney Saxton (ASC All-Tournament Team), and Amanda Wilson (ASC All-Tournament Team). Childress and Head Coach Rusty Rainbolt were also honored by D3hoops.com being named All-Region third team and the “South Region Coach of the Year.”


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Making the program’s 13th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and sixth straight, ETBU finished the 2018 season with 33 wins. Ranked as high as 11th this year, ETBU posted a 17-1 record at Taylor Field and were the ASC Tournament runners-up. Eight players were named All-ASC as Morgan Arst, MacKenzie Anderson, Jordan Anderson, and Linzie Lewis were on the first team. Daniella Solis and Rocki Tello made the second team, Sabrina Salts was third team, and Jackie Ramos was honorable mention. Eight times this season, ETBU had ASC Hitter or Pitcher of the Week in Jordan Anderson (twice), Tello (twice), Arst, Mackenzie Anderson, Madison Prince, and Lewis. Arst was also named the NFCA National Hitter of the Week on March 20 for hitting .867 in five games (13-of-15) and scoring 13 times. Garnering NFCA All-West Region second team were Lewis, Arst, and Jordan Anderson as MacKenzie Anderson and Salts were third team members.

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In Head Coach Brandon Curran’s second season, the ETBU Men’s Basketball team posted a 21-7 record. Finishing 13-5 in the ASC East, they won against Trinity University (99-92), LeTourneau University (96-93, 108-101), and UT-Tyler (80-79). ETBU advanced to the ASC Championship game by knocking off University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (86-82), and LeTourneau (108-101) before falling to host Sul Ross State University (68-65). Five players received awards including Landin Brown (All-ASC East Second Team, All-ASC East Defensive Team), Robby Dooley (All-ASC East First Team, ASC All-Tournament Team), Jordan Gosey (All-ASC Second Team), Westin Riddick (All-Freshmen Team), and Darrice Whitley (ASC All-Tournament Team).

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he East Texas Baptist University Baseball Team traveled to the Dominican Republic (DR) during the Christmas holidays as a part of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) program. Fifty-one student-athletes engaged in sports ministry with clinics for children and neighborhood renewal with home improvements. The Tigers also played four games, including two games against Dominican winter league teams and two Dominican national teams. “Watching Dylan Sumpter share the Gospel with the DR Naval Academy made me realize that it can be as simple as a game of baseball to bring people closer to Christ,” ETBU junior Kepen Florence said. “I have been reminded what it looks like to play for the love of the game. Throughout the trip, I was humbled because the people of the DR do not complain about their circumstances. They were welcoming and always had smiles on their faces. I was blessed to serve in the Dominican Republic.” The Tigers were immersed in the culture as they toured the downtown colonial area of Santo Domingo and learned the history of Christopher

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Columbus’ discovery of the Americas and the settling of Espanola. They also visited the Fort de Ozama on the Ozama River and spent time in the downtown Spanish cathedral. Following the excursion, the team competed against Los Caneros, a team in the Dominican league. “After the game, Blaine Parker shared his testimony and our appreciation for allowing us to play against them,” ETBU freshman James Veloff said. “A member of Los Caneros shared with us about his journey in baseball and how we should play the game the right way. After dinner, we attended a local church, Iglesias Fe’ Apostolica, where Tiger Infielder Jesse Burns gave a challenging sermon to the congregation from Romans 1:15-17. It was a great experience to witness how the Dominican culture worships the Lord.” The ETBU Baseball Team conducted two separate, two-hour, youth baseball clinics to over 100 children in the village of Boca Chica and Gautier. The camp consisted of ten different stations including hitting drills, ground balls, fly balls, and a presentation of the gospel. “It was an absolute joy to watch our Tiger


Devyn Nicholson 17 Dec 2017

I’m pretty sure I got like 2 shades darker but I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic this past week with my fellow tigahhhhs to play ball and spread God’s word!!!

jeremy7bateman This week my team and I had the once in a life time opportunity to bring the word of God to the Dominican Republic. These people are living in the harshest of circumstances and still manage to have a constant smile on their face. This trip has taught me to cherish the little things, and don’t take things for granted. This trip has forever changed my outlook on life and how every encounter we have with someone is an opportunity to spread the word of God with them. Forever grateful to my several sponsors that made this trip happen through their contributions!

Baseball players serve the people of Dominican Republic,” ETBU Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin said. “To have a group of student-athletes give up part of their Christmas break to travel to a third world country and use the sport of baseball to impact the Kingdom, shows what type of dedicated Christian players we have at ETBU. Dr. Blackburn and I, were blessed to be able to observe the guys outside of their comfort zone to use their talents in baseball to teach others about Christ.” The trip to the Dominican Republic is the third Tiger Athletic Mission Experience. TAME provides ETBU studentathletes the opportunity to use their God-given athletic talents as a platform to connect with people and share the Gospel of Jesus around the world.

Alek Arellano 14 Dec 2017

Blessed with the opportunity to come down to the Dominican Republic and share the love of Christ while playing the sport I love, with kids like Edwin. Hooked Edwin up with a new glove and he was “muy agradecida”

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Men’s Tennis finished their season with six wins and were 4-1 in the American Southwest Conference East Division. They qualified for the ASC Championship Tournament for the third year in a row and defeated the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, 5-3, in the first round. Starting off the spring season with their first-ever program win over McMurry University, 6-3, ETBU earned wins over Louisiana College, Belhaven University, LeTourneau University, and the University of the Ozarks. Sophomore John Herr was named the ASC East Player of the Week on March 13, earned All-ASC East second-team honors, and was voted the ASC East Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year. Earning All-ASC awards were Joseph Salinas, Ty Tarver, Andrew Deutsch, and Tyler Howard.

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The Women’s Track & Field Team came in fifth place out of 10 teams at the American Southwest Conference Championships held in Abilene. Brooklen Butler won the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.87 and was named All-ASC. She also earned ASC Athlete of the Week for her third place finish at the Jet Relays earlier in the year. Aaryn Honeywood also had a strong year with a fourth place finish in the 400 meter dash at the ASC Championships and then placed second at two other meets.


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Women’s Tennis played one of the hardest schedules in the nation this spring facing five nationally ranked teams. They finished the year with six wins and won a match in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament over Howard Payne University, 5-0. Elisa Kendall (April 3, February 20) and Jabree McClaine (March 20) won ASC East Players of the Week. ETBU was ranked as high as 37th in the ITA National poll. Kendall, McClaine, Kaleigh Smith, Mullika Seekhio, Tess Willis, and Ashley Schenck all earned ASC post-season awards.

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Winning two individual American Southwest Conference championships, ETBU Men’s Track and Field Team claimed their best finish in program history taking third place out of 10 teams. Mack Broussard, who was named the ASC Freshman of the Year and All-ASC, won the 10,000 meter run. The 4x100 meter relay team, made up of Roderick Monroe, Xavier Montgomery, Leo Brownfield, and Detavion Lewis, took first place with a time of 42.06. Thomas Reynolds earned the ASC Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year award, and was the ASC Athlete of the Week (March 13). Zack Biles narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault being ranked 20th in the nation with his highest clearance of the year, 15’11.25”, at the McMurry University Invitational. Both Biles and Reynolds were named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team for their season performance.

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p_mill10 Loved making new foreign friends and showing them how good our God is! Hvala Serbia

SERVING IN SERBIA ETBU Volleyball team reaches out to Eastern Europe afrias8 Through the support of my family and school, I was given the opportunity to experience this one in a lifetime trip with some amazing people. So blessed and grateful to be a part of God’s work in Serbia. Volim te mi Serbia

lizeth_flores14 Serbia you’ve been good to me, thank you for the many blessings and being able to connect with God in amazing ways.

Keely Peterson 15 Mar 2018 This has been an amazing experience! There are incredible people here and such beauty. It’s been so easy to see God at work this week.

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he East Texas Baptist University Volleyball Team spent Spring Break in Eastern Europe as a part of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) program. The group of 16, led by Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin and his wife, Kristy, along with Head Volleyball Coach Keely Peterson, partnered with two ETBU alumni currently serving overseas. Through TAME, the Tigers were enabled to engage in outreach by hosting volleyball clinics, teaching English, and competing with local club teams. “Practicing with the Stampedo Volleyball Club and their coaches allowed us to make connections and see the Lord work through the relationships built,” Peterson said. “We went to Eastern Europe to make a difference and in turn, I have been encouraged by the growth seen in our team’s spiritual walk. I am thankful for the help provided by our host contacts. Their ministry is unique and they are committed to share God’s Word through any and every opportunity. It was a privilege to work with them and the community they serve in Eastern Europe.” ETBU student-athletes spent the evenings at the local community center investing in the neighborhood teenagers and teams. While playing cards and board games, the players shared about their personal lives and faith in the Lord. The Tiger Volleyball Team also coordinated an “Amazing Race” scavenger hunt through downtown. Eight teams and over 35 people participated in the event.


“It was interesting to not only see how volleyball is played at an international level, but also how cultural differences seem to disappear when we step on the court,” ETBU sophomore Gabby Guy shared. “The locals have welcomed us with open arms, and I have enjoyed building relationships through our time in fellowship. The Lord had so much in store for us in Eastern Europe.” The family that hosted the ETBU group serve with the informal education branch of the sending agency Teach Beyond to teach English courses and offer cultural exchange events and seminars. The couple works with a small local Baptist church to meet the needs of the community. They graciously supported their alma mater by collaborating with the university volleyball team. “Our host family taught me several things through their ministry and how to love others like Jesus does. They put their full trust in God with their jobs, finances, children and more, setting an incredible example of faith for us,” ETBU senior Abby Weaver expressed. “They took us in like we were family and gave us the opportunity to do what we love, play volleyball, and take those relationships off the court, and then have conversations with the girls about the Gospel. Seeing how they live by faith and love others so well is something that will forever stay with me and challenge me in my personal relationship with God.” The trip to Eastern Europe was the fifth Tiger Athletic Mission Experience.

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ETBU Hockey completed their second season with another winning record at 16-6. After starting the season 3-3, ETBU would then go on a ten-game winning streak, which included sweeps of Texas Christian University, University of North Texas, Dallas Baptist University, Auburn University, and Southern Methodist University. Some of the biggest wins for ETBU included a 5-4 shootout victory and 6-5 overtime win against DBU and a 5-4 overtime win against TCU. ETBU will become full members of the Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference (TCHC) next year and eligible for the TCHC and ACHA post-season for the 2018-2019 season.

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The ETBU Bass Fishing Team is having another great season in their second year of existence. Among the top finishes included a second place finish at the FLW Yeti College Fishing Open by Chad Poulsen and Jacob Sanders, which qualified them for the 2019 FLW National Championship. Sanders also finished in 16th place at the Texas Lunker Challenge, and Colby Simmons and Brandon Barber placed sixth at the Fort Gibson Lake Qualifier in Oklahoma. For the second season in a row, ETBU competed at the FLW College National Championship which was held on the Red River in Bossier City, Louisiana. Simmons and Barber finished in the top 50 percent at the FLW Tournament. Jacob Keith and Mason Beatty also qualified for the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship scheduled July 19-21 on Lake Tenkiller in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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AMAZED IN THE AMAZON ETBU Bass Fishing fishes for men along the Amazon River and surrounding villages

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n partnership with Amazon Outreach, an organization that works directly with Brazilian missionaries to spread the Gospel to the people of the Amazon River region, the ETBU Bass Fishing Team traveled to Brazil in January as a part of the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME) program. “The team that traveled with us to Brazil exceeded my expectations throughout the entire trip. Removing technology from our day-to-day lives allowed us to focus on the people of the Amazon and grow spiritually,” ETBU Head Bass Fishing Coach Cameron Burger said. “They stepped outside of their comfort zone, whether it was handing out eyeglasses, working in the pharmacy, sharing the Gospel with someone, or giving their testimony.” The boat served as the home for the team, they ate, slept in hammocks, practiced fishing, and traveled the Rio Negro and Amazon River ministering to nine different villages along the way. The team began each day with worship on the boat between the translators and crew. The studentathletes ministered door-to-door, helped in the medical and dental clinic, assisted with the eye glass ministry, and hosted Vacation Bible Schools. “This trip was eye opening, from experiencing another culture to spreading the love of God,” ETBU junior Accounting major Jared Penton shared. “It was rewarding to see the different ways in which God was working through the team and the villagers.” ETBU Bass Fishing was able to meet a need of the people of Santa Maria by transporting equipment and building a water well in the village center. The group also spent several days assisting with a construction project, which consisted of making concrete mortar and plastering it to a brick structure in the village of Monte Moria. “Being used by God to answer the prayers of the villagers made this trip amazing,” ETBU sophomore Business Administration major Brett Clark said. “The way God moves in the people and in the missionaries is something special. This was an humbling experience for me, and one that I will never forget.” After ministry each day, the team enjoyed fishing,

swimming in the Amazon River, and soccer games with the Brazilians. Every evening, the team attended the local village’s church service and took part in the Lord’s Supper. Tiger Bass Graduate Assistant Coach Zach Ervin led worship and many members of the group from ETBU shared their testimonies with the various congregations. “I cannot put into words the experiences these guys and I shared this week while on the Amazon,” ETBU Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin confessed. “I am beyond proud of every one of them for giving up part of their winter break, their willingness to grow and share their faith, and working to use their God-given talents and abilities to transform the lives of the people they encountered during their time in Brazil.”

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CHAMPION OF FAITH

Brian Mayper, ETBU’s New Head Football Coach possesses a heart for God and for discipling men

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he ETBU Athletic Department announced in February of 2018, a transition in head coaches for the Tiger Football Team. Former Navarro College Head Coach and 2013 Fellowship of Christian Athletes Central Texas Coach of the Year Brian Mayper now leads the program after Head Coach Scott Highsmith resigned for family health reasons. Mayper has an extensive and record-setting coaching background with leadership at the NCAA Division I, II, III, junior college, and professional levels. “We are grateful for the significant contribution Coach Scott Highsmith made to the advancement of Tiger Football,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn shared. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Highsmith and Ms. Kathy. We have enjoyed great success over the past few years, and now we turn to a new chapter for ETBU under

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the coaching and spiritual leadership of Head Coach Brian Mayper. Brian has a heart for God and desires to use sports as a platform for evangelism, ministry, and discipleship. Coach Mayper shares our vision for program excellence and is committed to building our Tigers into Christ’s champions.” Mayper has previously coached at Lamar University (NCAA Division I), Southern Arkansas University (NCAA Division II), Howard Payne University (NAIA, NCAA Division III), Navarro College (NJCAA), and professionally in Europe. Mayper brings his knowledge and strong Texas recruiting network to ETBU. “We are excited to announce Brian Mayper as the sixth head coach of the ETBU Football program,” Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin said. “Coach Mayper brings a wealth of experience to ETBU. He understands Christ-centered athletics and embraces a program that is committed to


discipleship. His passion for mentoring young men through the sport of football is exactly what we strive for in a head coach.” Mayper earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Education from Southern Arkansas University. He served as Head Coach for the Belgrade Wolves in the Central European Football League in 2016 before returning to the United States. In that year, the team finished with a 12-3 record and as the European Championship runner-up in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). He also coached Mihailo Josovic, the SAAF MVP of the European League. Upon his return to Texas, Mayper became the passing game coordinator at Brennan High School. He and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 22 years and have two daughters, Myka and Mia. “My family and I are truly blessed and honored that God has laid a path that will allow us to carry out our call to be servant leaders at ETBU,” Mayper said. “During our visits with Dr. Blackburn and Ryan Erwin, we were excited about the Christ-centered programs that are in place and how ETBU aligns with our core values in serving the community as we disciple and teach players about God’s glory. We will succeed as we set high expectations to be champions on the field, in the classroom, and throughout the world.”

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After two seasons of playing softball at Northeast Texas Community College, Ayrika Henderson arrived to ETBU in the 2008-09 year where she thrived as a pitcher and an outfielder. Ayrika would lead ETBU to two NCAA Tournaments, a West Region Championship, and most importantly, ETBU’s first ever NCAA National Championship in 2010. As a junior, Henderson led ETBU to a 39-9 record, which included a 19-3 record as a pitcher and a .28 ERA, the lowest in the country.

The Tiger Family always had my back and made me into who I am today. I am thankful and blessed to have been a part of such an amazing University. AYRIKA HENDERSON (’10) She posted 170 strikeouts in only 125.1 innings, including an ASC record 19 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout victory, as well as 10 or more strikeouts in six games, while posting 10 shutouts, an ETBU record. She was unanimously voted First Team NFCA All-American, ASC Pitcher of the Year, and ASC Athlete of the Year in 2009. The following year, she posted a school record 21 wins on the mound and a 1.74 ERA to lead ETBU to the NCAA National Championship. As of right now, she is sixth in innings pitched (282.2), fifth in wins (40), third in strikeouts (306), and third in ERA (1.09). Henderson graduated from ETBU in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science. She is the elementary Physical Education Coach in Woden, Texas.

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Joining ETBU in the 2000-01 year, Trey Luster was a two-year letterman and starter in football from 2000-2001 and a four-year letterman and starter in baseball from 2002-2005. On the Tiger Football team, Luster started all 10 games as a freshman and finished with 20 receptions, 266 yards, and two touchdowns, while leading the team in punt and kickoff returns. However, it was on the baseball diamond where Luster would make a name for himself as he would finish his career ranked in the top 10 in nine different baseball career offensive categories, including first in runs scored (177) and stolen bases (77), third in hits (200), fourth in doubles (37), fifth in total at-bats (535), sixth in walks (71), seventh in batting average (.374), seventh in RBI (116), and eighth in home runs (24).

If it weren’t for my coaches and their influence throughout my baseball career, this opportunity would not have been possible. I absolutely love the sport, who I played for, and who I played with. The people made all the difference. TREY LUSTER (’05) In 2004, Luster was selected as the American Southwest Conference Player of the Year, as well as being named First Team All-ASC, First Team NCAA All-West Region, and NCAA All-American, as an outfielder in 2005. He would earn a Bachelor of Science in 2005 from ETBU.


Coming to the former East Texas Baptist to play basketball under ETBU Hall of Fame Head Coach R.C Kennedy in 1969, Bert West graduated from ETBC in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree. West would then make high school coaching stops throughout Texas and Arkansas before leading Zwolle High School in Louisiana to four straight state championships and a 50-game winning streak. He finished his stint at Zwolle going 99-3 in his final two seasons before being named ETBU Men’s Basketball Head Coach in 1991. In the 1994-95 season, ETBU would lead the NAIA in scoring with 102.8 points per game while one year later, they posted a then program-best 28-5 record.

You cannot out give. Whatever I have given ETBU, I have received back a hundredfold. Give all you have – on the field, in the classroom, and to others. You do have to give your best in all that you do. Never give in, and never give up. BERT WEST (’72) West was ETBU’s Head Coach until 1997 when he accepted the head coaching job at Southern Arkansas University. Three years later, after stints at Magnolia and Marshall High School, West returned to ETBU as Head Coach where he would remain until his retirement in 2016. In 22 years as ETBU’s head coach, West guided the Tigers to an NAIA National Tournament appearance, 10 ASC Tournament trips, a Big State Conference Championship, and a run to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 during the 2014-15 season, which included the University’s first ASC regular season and tournament championships. Overall, West had over 800 wins, including 315 collegiate wins and 303 wins at ETBU, making him the winningest coach in program history.

Arriving at ETBU in the 2000-01 year, Angela Gonzales started her softball career as a first base and designated hitter before moving to catcher where she would thrive for the rest of her collegiate career. Gonzales led the Tigers to four straight American Southwest Conference Champions from 2001-2004. As a freshman, she was part of the NCCAA World Series with ETBU before leading the Tigers to the NCAA postseason over her next three seasons. A three-time NFCA All-American, Gonzales was named the 2004 NCAA Division III Catcher of the Year after posting a .453 batting average with 63 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, and 50 RBI as a senior. At ETBU, Gonzales is seventh in games played (178), sixth in batting average (.380), sixth in at-bats (518), 10th in runs scored (119), fourth in hits (197), third in doubles (43), eighth in triples (6), seventh in home runs (16), third in RBI (162), and ninth in walks (54).

Regardless of those who told me that I wasn’t talented, I learned that with dedication, heart, and hard work, anyone can accomplish anything. The Lord placed opportunities and individuals in my life, both good and bad, and He gave me purpose through it all. Now, my primary goal is to continue pursuing what He has for me. ANGELA GONZALES (’06) Gonzales graduated ETBU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and served as Assistant Coach for ETBU Softball during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. She now teaches 6th grade science for Bryan ISD and owns and operates the Cooper Catch Softball Instruction for Magnolia Area Softball Association.

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ast Texas Baptist University hosted alumni, donors, and friends of the University for the Grand Opening Celebration of the completed Tiger Softball Clubhouse. The event consisted of facility tours, donor recognition, and ETBU Softball’s first home game. “The Tiger Softball Clubhouse is a remarkable facility made possible by the rich history of ETBU Softball,” ETBU Vice President for Athletics Ryan Erwin said. “We could never have built a facility like this without the generosity of our donors and supporters. Our coaches and studentathletes are excited about their new home.” The Domus Victorium—Solus Christus…A Home for Champions—For Christ Alone campaign was launched to raise funding for a 3,000 square foot facility, featuring a locker room for 32 student-athletes, coaches’ offices,

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and a lounge for team study, fellowship, and discipleship. In addition to the clubhouse, ETBU upgraded Taylor Field with artificial turf and a new padded outfield wall for enhanced player safety. “We have already seen how the Tiger Softball Clubhouse has provided more opportunities to grow closer as a team and build community,” ETBU Head Softball Coach Janae’ Shirley shared. “Our new facilities have increased interest from more prospective students and allows our program to continue encouraging athletes as they pursue Christ and refine their skills.” Tiger Softball is an NCAA Division III National Championship caliber program and the Tiger’s goal is to use their top-ranked team as a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus. The clubhouse is one of the many


SOLUS CHRISTUS A HOME FOR CHAMPIONS—FOR CHRIST ALONE upgrades and renovations made to the University under the leadership of ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn. “We want to emulate Christ in our relationships, academics, competition, and facilities,” Dr. Blackburn said. “Every contact with our Tigers is an opportunity for them to minister and be the hands and feet of Jesus to others. The transformation that we see in and through our students as we support, shape, and mold them to fulfill God’s calling is the mission of our University.” Tiger Athletics believes in building players, who become ambassadors for Christ in their field of study. Tiger Softball Alumni and current student-athletes are grateful for the support and encouragement of those who have

recognized the hard work and success of the program. “To know that donors and alumni have provided the updated facilities is overwhelming. I appreciate how they care for ETBU,” ETBU senior Linzie Lewis shared. “Being a part of Tiger Softball has truly changed my life. I have become stronger in my relationship with God, because the coaches have helped me prepare and have perseverance. My teammates and I always have fun, no matter the circumstance, and now we have a space to feel more like a family. I hope prospective students commit to ETBU in order to experience the life-changing Tiger Softball program.”

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Wiley College and ETBU Choirs lift their voices in joyful praise with Jubilate Deo

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his spring, the voices, hearts, and spirits of ETBU and Wiley College united together to bring joy to our community. The concert featured a full orchestra and choirs from both institutions. Sponsored by local businesses and supporting donors, Central Perks, Jack Cargill, Jucy’s Hamburgers, Judge Richard and Christina Anderson, and Marshall News Messenger, the event emphasized the importance of community. “Performing with Wiley College made Marshall seem more like home to me,” ETBU freshman Molly Brinkley shared. “I enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with the group. It was an honor to perform with Wiley and I look forward to the next combined event.” Conducted by ETBU Director of Choral Activities Justin Hodges and Wiley College Choir Director Stephen L. Hayes, Jubilate Deo featured the music of Roland Carter and Dan Forrest. The composition is based on the call from Psalm 100, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands.” Dan Forrest sets the work in seven different languages to enable audiences to worship as one. “The resources and performing forces needed to execute such a monumental work as Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo is something that neither group could satisfactorily do on their own,” Hodges said. “It was a rewarding investment and process to add over 90 voices together combined with a full orchestra to create the amount of energy and communicative power that is called for by the musical score.” Wiley College’s A Cappella Choir performed at the White House in 2011 and 2013. In addition to being featured in The Birth of a Nation soundtrack, the group performed at the film’s Hollywood premiere. The ETBU Choir has completed several tours across the United States and beyond, including a 2004 tour of Russia and

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a 2013 tour of New York. The tour Together, the talented choirs glorified God in their united performance as Christian universities in Marshall. “Performing Jubilate Deo with the ETBU Choir enabled both groups to come together as Christian institutions and sing for the Lord,” Wiley College senior Emanuel Echols commented. “I learned how essential community is in standing for a cause with support and love. My faith has been strengthened because I was a part of the united effort to spread the Word of God through song.” The two institutions have joined together for performances in the past, collaborating with Marshall Community Chorus, Greggton United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church of Marshall, Central Baptist Church of Marshall, and First Baptist Church of Longview for a performance of Handel’s Messiah in December 2012. The two choirs also combined for a performance of Freedom Rings, A Celebration of America with the Longview Symphony in 2015. Most recently, ETBU and Wiley College worked together alongside Panola College and Texas State Technical College in support of expanding railroad transportation for residents and businesses along the I-20 corridor. “The Wiley College students are encouraging in their faith, and I am so grateful that they shared their stories with me,” ETBU freshman Hannah Rosser shared. “One Wiley student encouraged, ’Your life is your testimony and wherever you are at any given time is your mission field.’ By observing the Wiley students’ example, I was inspired to speak up for the Lord in every situation. Jubilate Deo showed me that we can all worship our Lord with the same gratitude in our hearts.”


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ETBU crowns senior Kayla Barrentine as Miss ETBU 2018 Senior Music Education major Kayla Barrentine of Canton was crowned as the 62nd Miss ETBU. Barrentine, a member of the Concert Choir, Tiger Marching Band, National Association for Music Educators, Association for Texas Professional Educators, and the Baptist Student Ministry, was selected from eight contestants at the annual scholarship pageant sponsored by ETBU’s Student Government Association. As Miss ETBU, she received a generous academic scholarship as well as the opportunity to represent the University throughout the region. “I have been in love with ETBU since I first visited in high school,” Barrentine shared. “During the campus tour, I heard about Miss ETBU and her responsibility to the community. I am honored to have the opportunity to represent East Texas Baptist. The role will enable me to serve Marshall and the surrounding area and apply my abilities as a public speaker and performer.” Barrentine has been recognized for her work as a Resident Assistant in University Apartments and as an outstanding student by the University Singers. She has made both the President’s List and Dean’s List. As a member of Central Baptist Church in Marshall, she serves with the church’s choir, praise team, children’s, and Hearts of the Hungry ministry. Miss ETBU 2017 Taylor Rowlands, assisted by ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn, passed the crown to Barrentine. “The position encouraged me to spread the good news of Jesus Christ wherever I went,” Rowlands said. “I have been able to serve my University and community, meet inspiring

individuals, and advocate for causes that are important to me. It was truly an honor serving as Miss ETBU 2017. My advice to Miss ETBU 2018 is to always walk close to Jesus. I look forward to seeing the Lord continue to work through the role of Miss ETBU in the upcoming year.” Gabrielle Henley of Fort Worth was voted Miss Congeniality, the contestant who earned the respect and admiration of her peers and deemed the most charismatic and inspirational participant. Henley is a sophomore English Education major involved in ETBU Women’s Soccer as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). “It was both rewarding and humbling to be named Miss Congeniality,” Henley said. “Participating in Miss ETBU allowed me to share the joy that the Lord provides in every circumstance.” ETBU sophomore Raven Williams of Conroe was selected First Runner-Up and junior Hayley Rowlands of Houston was named Second Runner-Up. The Best Talent Award was given to junior Ashley Simmons of Texarkana for her spoken word performance of If I Were a Poet. The piece, written by Simmons, recounts the healing process from her father’s passing and how she came to rely on the heavenly Father. “It is a blessing to be affirmed that my gifts are being used for God’s glory,” Simmons expressed. “The opportunity to participate in Miss ETBU enabled all of us to grow, build relationships, and gain confidence by stepping out of our comfort zones. My experience in the pageant was empowering.”

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FOUNDATION FOR ETBU celebrates the quality and success of the School of Nursing

Recognized by the Annual RegisteredNursing.org Registered Nurse (RN) Program State Rankings as the eighth ranked RN Program in Texas out of 114 programs, ETBU celebrates the quality and success of the School of Nursing. “Four years ago, we began to reconstruct our nursing program from leadership, academic program requirements, admissions standards, curriculum, to faculty with one goal in mind—to produce highly knowledgeable, exceptionally skilled, and deeply caring Christian servant BSN graduates,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders said. “The national recognition of the nursing program and increased student interest are additional signs of progress toward that goal. Our faculty, staff, and students deserve this recognition, but even greater than this accolade is that our students are the hands of Christ in caring and healing, which is the heart of our mission at ETBU.” Since 1992, ETBU has been equipping nurses with professional skills and compassion. ETBU Nurses have consistently achieved 100% pass rates on the National

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Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and 100% of the East Texas Baptist Nursing School graduates within the last three years have received job offers upon degree completion. The University commences construction this summer in anticipation of relocating the School of Nursing to the Marshall Grand in Spring 2019. The new facility will not only be an essential part of the educational nursing program of ETBU, but also an anchor for community engagement and economic development in downtown Marshall. The renovation will allow ETBU to educate additional nurses to help meet the growing need for healthcare professionals throughout the region. East Texas Baptist University exceeded the School of Nursing Campaign’s goal of $1.8 million with the support of over 180 donors for a total of $2.5 million. With Phase I fundraising complete, building the planned additional classroom space for Phase II of the Marshall Grand became an immediate need. God inspired a supportive donor couple, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Whiteside, to step


FAITH AND HEALING forward with a challenge gift commitment of $250,000. With the Whiteside’s support, one of the dedicated floors for the School of Nursing will be named Nell Whiteside Starling Center for Nursing Education in memory of Dr. Whiteside’s beloved sister, who served as a nurse. “The recognition could not have come at a more opportune time, as we start a new chapter of our nursing program,” ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn shared. “Striving to reflect the Light of Jesus, we keep our eyes fixed on the vision God has for our University. His plans through the new School of Nursing facility have been made possible with the faithful support of giving and caring donors like the Whitesides, and generous grants from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Andersen Foundation, Moody Foundation, and Meadows Foundation. These donations will shape the lives of ETBU students and impact the care of patients our nursing graduates will serve.” With 135 students currently enrolled in ETBU’s Nursing Program and projected growth with the expansion of the new RN to BSN program, there is still a need for donor

support to help make Phase II of the nursing school in the downtown Marshall Grand a reality. Phase II will allow East Texas Baptist to triple the number of students accepted into the program with the goal of addressing the medical needs of more citizens in the Ark-La-Tex region. The successful completion of this phase will afford ETBU the opportunity for future expansion of the nursing school’s academic offerings to the graduate level with a Master of Science in Nursing. “What an honor for us to stand tall with this group of excellent nursing programs in our state,” ETBU Dean of the School of Nursing Rebekah Grigsby said. “Our mission at ETBU is to educate our students and provide them with the knowledge and skill-set to deliver high quality patientcentered care, which is reflected in successful completion of the NCLEX-RN Exam. Our value and emphasis in Christcentered nursing care is foundational to the excellence in nursing our graduates provide. We are ecstatic, yet challenged, to continue our pursuit for excellence in nursing education.”

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ETBU celebrates the legacy of Sam B. Hall, Jr. and honors Steve and Penny Carlile

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Hall, Jr. Lecture Series, which was endowed in 1993 by his family and friends to commemorate his legacy of American patriotism, Congressional statesmanship, and judicial leadership. In addition to the lecture and award presentation, the program included a musical tribute to America with a performance of We the People by the ETBU Concert Choir and Orchestra. Sam Baxter, Principal of McKool Smith, former Texas State District Judge, and Harrison County District Attorney, presented the 2018 Sam B. Hall Scholars, Marshall High School seniors Christian Lovera and Fabiola Hernandez Cervantes. Each scholar received a $2,500 scholarship to ETBU, made possible by McKool Smith. The Honorable Kent R. Hance, former Texas Tech University Chancellor, Texas Railroad Commissioner, United States Congressman–Texas, District 19, and Texas State Senator–District 28, served as Distinguished Lecturer for the event. “Sam B. Hall, Jr. was an ambassador for Christ throughout his career. While he was firm in his beliefs, he worked with people from both sides of the aisle,” Hance commented. “He wanted what was best for the public and spent his life sharing the Gospel as a light for Jesus.” Grandson of Sam Hall, Chase Palmer shared reflections on behalf of the Hall family, “My grandfather was committed to Marshall, respected the community, and wanted to share his love for people.” Palmer continued, “I grew up hearing stories about Phil Gramm, Buddy Roemer, and Kent Hance—individuals, who were actively involved in the government of our country. I am grateful for the longstanding support of Chancellor Hance and his significant impact on my family and our society.”

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ast Texas Baptist University recognized Steve and Penny Carlile as the 2018 Sam B. Hall Civic Service Award honorees for their civic leadership and commitment to community enhancement during the 23rd annual Sam B. Hall, Jr. Lecture Series on April 17. Since 2010, ETBU has presented this leadership award to individuals in recognition of their dedicated Christian service and significant contributions to community life. “God wants to direct our steps, and the challenge is whether we will allow His Spirit to guide us. Through this honor, you acknowledge the work of God through our lives,” Steve Carlile expressed. “Proverbs 2:20 instructs believers to follow in the steps of good men. We have had good men and women, such as Sam and Madeline Hall, who walked ahead of us and modeled how to serve.” Sam B. Hall, Jr., a native of Marshall, was a graduate of the College of Marshall, forerunner of East Texas Baptist University, and Baylor University School of Law. His biography, Sam B. Hall Jr.: Whatever is Right by ETBU Dean of the School of Humanities and Sam B. Hall, Jr. Professor of History Jerry Summers, was published in 2005. “I am thankful for the opportunity to honor Judge Hall and remember the characteristics that define us among the nations as a country, followers of Jesus Christ, and representatives of Christian higher education,” Dr. Summers said. “The title of Judge Hall’s biography is a reference to his favorite verse, Philippians 4:8, and conveys his ethic and reputation. He demonstrated standing for truth and is an example to us still today.” Judge Hall delivered the first lecture of the Sam B.

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GOSPEL DRIVEN ETBU BSM participates in Beach Reach during Spring Break ’18

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he ETBU Baptist Student Ministry group joined over 750 other college students during Spring Break to fulfill their duty as followers of Christ by sharing the Gospel, feeding the hungry, and caring for others on South Padre Island. According to the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, more than 35,000 spring breakers visited the Texas beach from all over the country. Eleven ETBU students dedicated their break from classes for the annual tradition of ministering to college students through the Texas BSM Beach Reach. The students began their week on Sunday with an amazing day filled with worship and studying God’s Word. The ministry on the beach began in the late evening hours until early in the mornings. That Sunday night the hotline began to ring. The hotline allowed spring breakers to call “beach reachers” when they needed a ride. The beach reachers took them anywhere they needed to go on the island or back to their hotels. Opportunities to share hope through Christ were abundant with each person who crossed the ministry team’s path. “Every Texas BSM group participating in Beach Reach travels on vans and is assigned a phone number to give out to spring breakers. We had a unique opportunity to show the love of the Lord to those who used our hotline,” ETBU

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junior Ashley Simmons said. “It was rewarding to receive gratitude from the beach goers for our ministry and to obey Christ by sharing the Gospel.” Each evening of Spring Break, the ETBU BSM attended Port Isabel Baptist Church as an additional resource for fellowship, discipleship, and encouragement. For further support, beach reachers contributed to an online prayer wall by using the branded hash tag, #brspi18, on Twitter. The prayer wall enabled students to request support for specific individuals they encountered.   “After talking with two college students that needed a ride, ETBU senior Connor Guthrie began to specifically talk about how God works and how He speaks to people,” ETBU BSM Intern Austin Damron said. “One of the travelers commented that he wished God would speak to him. I jumped in and said that God was currently speaking to him through Connor. Connor then led the two college students through what it looks like to call on God in faith. Both of them said a prayer in their own words, asking Christ to save them. Following their commitment to trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, we encouraged them to be baptized on Thursday at a planned baptism service for those reached during the course of the week.”   On Thursday of Spring Break, 55 new believers were baptized in the Gulf of Mexico off the beach of South Padre Island. The Beach Reach effort celebrated 13,897 rides given, 8,934 Gospel conversations, 8,781 people prayed with, 167 decisions to follow Christ, and 47 re-commitments to walk faithfully with Jesus. Twentysix BSM groups from various universities and colleges partnered to reach the lost at South Padre Island.   “Beach Reach seeks to connect students, who made decisions during Spring Break with the BSM ministries at a local college campus,” Dean of Spiritual Development Scott Stevens commented. “Beach Reach also challenged our ministry students as they became the hands and feet of Jesus to their fellow students on the island. Our prayer is that we all take what we experienced at South Padre and bring the same passion for Christ to our own communities.”


ROOTED IN FAITH Poet, Amena Brown inspires women to unite in Christ

The power of a woman speaking truth echoed through Baker Chapel of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center at ETBU’s second annual Women’s Summit. Attendees were uplifted and electrified by the resonance of truth spoken in verse, the glory of God’s love, and the personal journey of a woman on a mission to help others feel the grace of Christ.   ETBU hosted Amena Brown Owen as the keynote speaker for the Women’s Summit. The event consisted of a chapel service, women’s leadership luncheon, and special evening session. Amena shared her journey of healing and how she has allowed “the music of God’s love to replace the broken records in her life.”   “God was faithful in leading us to Amena Brown as our speaker. She was integral in accomplishing our hopes for the 2018 Women’s Summit,” ETBU Women’s Ministry Coordinator Jennifer Curran shared. “The summit provides an avenue for all female students, faculty, and staff on campus to feel seen and heard, worship and grow together as a corporate body of sisters in Christ, and be challenged and encouraged to use their unique gifts to impact the world.”   Amena is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Changemakers, Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and the non-fiction book, Breaking Old Rhythms, and her newest book, How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chickfil-A Leadercast, as well as toured with the Gungor Band, Ann Voskamp, and the Reconnect HBCU Tour. During the summit chapel service, Amena expressed the importance of personal history and testimony through her original poems. A closing session was held on campus Monday evening for all ETBU female students, faculty, and staff. The gathering was structured to resemble a conversation as

Every time my grandmother speaks, I realize that words have roots. That are kind of like trees but mostly like seeds, Who you groom and raise. You hope you plant them well, That fertile ground will receive them, That they will find a place to stand and stretch their meaning, That someday somebody will take them home, Call them their own, That they will find a place to belong. Words keep teaching me to dream, Keep reminding me that God listens when I sing. That’s how I know this is real. AMENA BROWN POET, SPEAKER AND AUTHOR Amena invited questions and interacted with the audience. Worship was led by ETBU Director of Admissions and Recruitment Meredith Palmer, Coordinator of Testing and Academic Support Jacqueline Ramos, Tiger Pom Coach Madison Kauffman, and senior Griselda Alvarado. “Amena made a point to make every woman in the room know that she was created exactly the way God intended. I sincerely felt like I could, no matter how difficult it can be, let go of my insecurities and truly be who God created me to be,” ETBU sophomore Erica Key said. “It stood out to me how fearless Amena was; she was honest and displayed her heart without any hesitation. It was amazing to join with my sisters in Christ to worship Jesus and listen to a strong leader speak. I think it is important for ETBU to host events such as the Women’s Summit to encourage female students to fellowship and grow in their faith.”

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he 2017-2018 Theatre season included performances of The Christians by Lucas Hnath, The Voice of the Prairie by John Olive, Moon Over the Brewery by Bruce Graham, and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. Each production was intentionally chosen to challenge and stretch both the audience and actors. “The most rewarding aspect of training students is seeing them grow as professionals and individuals. In addition to the practical skills they learn, producing a play teaches them about the human condition and empathy,” ETBU Artistic Director Traci Ledford said. “Their worldview is opened and they are enabled to see effort, struggle, pain, loss – whether in the characters they bring to life or the lives of their collaborators. That is Christ at work, and it is a beautiful process to be a part of.”

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MOON OVER THE BREWERY

THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE

Hedda Gabler displays life without faith or hope: desperate and at a dead end. It allows audiences to realize the impact of their words and actions, while reminding them of the responsibility of believers to show Christ’s love. PAYTON WEINZAPFEL ETBU SENIOR DIRECTOR OF HEDDA GABLER Hilltop

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THE CENTER OF IT ALL Woven Conference instructs students to weave God’s love into relationships

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ast Texas Baptist University held Woven, a one-day event focusing on God’s design for relationships, on Valentine’s Day. The conference addressed topics such as singleness, dating, engagement, marriage, and purity. Woven consisted of a chapel service for all students, faculty, and staff and a luncheon for those seriously dating, engaged, or newly married. “Navigating relationships can be challenging and we wanted to provide students with a concentrated focus on God’s purpose for relationships and for marriage,” ETBU Vice President for Student Affairs Heather Hadlock shared. “The conference is another resource for students to learn that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.” Keynote Speaker Byron Weathersbee and his wife, Carla, are the founders of Legacy Family Ministries and have been ministering to seriously dating and engaged couples for over 30 years. They served for 15 years in the local church and 15 years in higher education. Currently, they manage Summers Mill Retreat Center in Central Texas. During the opening session at chapel, Weathersbee taught on Ephesians 5:31-33. “You will marry an imperfect person and when your expectations are not met, you have two choices. You can either rip up the person and hold on to the picture or rip up the picture and hold on to the person,” Weathersbee explained. “The covenant should be a picture of Christ’s love. I have learned to hold on to the real Carla – the woman with whom I have walked through childhood cancer, disabilities, and failure. Marriage is the profound mystery of God revealing Himself, that we may understand that He was ripped up for us. That is the kind of love God demonstrates. We ought to love the way He loves us.” The luncheon allowed attendees the opportunity to ask questions of Weathersbee as a marriage and

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family specialist. He led the discussion, specifically focusing on the foundation of relationships and the preparation for marriage. As a leader, who has been teaching courses on marriage preparation since 1995, Weathersbee stressed the importance of marriage education in creating healthy relationships. He charged students to seek out a mentor or mentor couple, noting that a university setting is ideal for developing fruitful relationships. “I decided to participate in Woven, because I wanted to know how to sustain a godly relationship with my girlfriend, Madeline Dawson. I learned about conflict management, the problem of unrealistic expectations, and the purpose of relationships being to glorify God,” ETBU senior Religion major James Ash said. “I have grown significantly in my faith since I have been at ETBU. I have seen numerous examples of godly men, women, and their Christ-like relationships during my time here. They practice what they preach, and it encourages me to do the same.”


SENIOR GIRL CALLOUT Lauren McCollum receives the 2018 Senior Girl Call-Out Award

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auren McCollum was recognized during the 71st annual Senior Girl Call-Out, ETBU’s longest standing tradition. Selected by faculty and staff, the senior female “called out” each year is distinguished for her exemplary Christian character, social consciousness, personal poise, academic achievement, and spiritual vision. “The most rewarding aspect of participating was having my grandmother [Martha Hedgecock Rich (’63)] witness it. She accepted Christ, earned her degree, and met her husband [John Rich (’61)] on the Hill over 50 years ago. From a young age, I have loved ETBU, because of my grandmother’s stories, and I am proud to share this honor with her,” McCollum said. “My time at the University has been unforgettable. It is a unique place where each student is valued and supported. I know that it will always be home to me.” McCollum actively served on and off campus throughout her time at ETBU. Her involvement with Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society, the Honors Program, and Texas Nursing Student Association enriched her academic development. McCollum found her ministry to students in her leadership positions as a Resident Assistant in Linebery Hall, Leadership Fellow, Chapel Worship Team, and ETBU Women’s Ministry Worship Team. A member of FBC Marshall, McCollum volunteered on the praise team, college and young adult ministry team, children’s ministry team, and on ministry staff search committees. “It has been a blessing to watch Lauren learn, grow, and mature during the last four years at ETBU,” Dr. Emily Prevost shared. “Senior Girl Call-Out is an encouragement for all of us to finish strong the race before us, not grow weary in doing good, and celebrate the work of God in our lives. The tradition also reminds us that we have a responsibility to pass on what we have learned to those who come after us.”

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Accent on Alumni UPDATES

1980s Brenda (Hutcheson) Fickey (’80) was featured on CUTV News Radio for her career as an author and for promoting literacy among young readers through The Reluctant Reader’s Friend. Bruce Guenter (’82) has served many years as an IT Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security/ US Customs and Border Protection. He and his wife, Julie, along with their children, Sean and Erin, reside in Aransas Pass. Bruce also serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Oakridge Baptist Church. 1990s Scott Surratt (’90) was honored as the All-East Texas Coach of the Year. As Head Coach, Scott led the Carthage Bulldogs to their second consecutive Class 4A Division I State Championship in football and the sixth crown in his 11 seasons at Carthage High School.

2000s Brandon Hixson (’01) graduated with a Master in Worship Leadership from DBU and released a new CD titled, “Only By Grace...The Best of Brandon Hixon” in January. The album is available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon. Dr. Justin Terry (’01) was recently named Superintendent at Forney ISD. Justin has served as Deputy Superintendent for the district since 2014, and will begin his duties at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Andrew (’02) and Kristi (’02) Francis are serving at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Andrew is the Young Singles Pastor.

1990s Byron Earle Reynolds (’95) earned a Master of Divinity with a major in Chaplaincy from Liberty University this spring. Zach Bryant, son of James Bryant (’95), shows off his t-shirt from the ETBU Tiger Club celebrating his eighth birthday and Tiger pride! Valerie J. Cox (’98) has self-published her first novel titled, “Pearls on a Broken String.” The Christian teen fiction story follows high school senior, Ava Zinfield, on her journey to faith. Purchase the book on Amazon today! Or visit Valerie’s Book Baby page: https://store.bookbaby. com/book/Pearls-On-a-Broken-String

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Jennifer (Battarbee) Gerlich (’08) is the new Director of Square One Event Center & Loft in downtown Bryan. Jennifer runs the event venue and upstairs vacation loft in the historic district and is very excited about her new position. She resides in Bryan with her husband, son, and baby on the way. Makynzie Collins, daughter of Billy (’07) and Julie (Parker, ’07) , shows off the new t-shirt she received from transitioning from the ETBU Cub Club to the Tiger Club! Antay (Pond) Parker (’08), DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, CNOR, RNFA, C-EFM graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City in May 2018. She will remain in private practice as a women’s health nurse practitioner in Fort Worth, Texas.

Four ETBU graduates recently reunited to catch up and recall fond memories of their time on the Hill. Pictured left to right are Robert Welch (’03), Senior Pastor at Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Gevan Spinney (’98) Pastor at First Baptist Church in Haughton, LA, Nathan Lorick (’03), Executive Director of the Colorado Baptist Convention, and Todd Kaunitz (’03), Lead Pastor at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Longview.

Robyn Miga (’09) has begun working as the City Planner for Georgetown, Texas.

Lance Mathis (’05) is now the President and CEO of Graylin Energy Advisors in Tyler.

Payton Beggs (’14) recently completed Texas Tech Law School and has joined the Lubbock firm of Payne and Truitt.

Richard Matthew (’06) received his Doctorate of Ministry from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in December 2017.

Jessica Bowden (’16, ’17) now serves as a sales associate for the Houston Rockets.

Congratulations to James Walker (’09) who opened his first Chick-fil-A in Stillwater, OK. Michelle Ray (’14) will begin her internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio this summer.


Morgan Garrett (’16, ’17) led the Lady Rebels at Riverdale Academy in Coushatta, LA, to a Class A State Championship in basketball as first year Head Coach.

7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20 inches long. Kerrigan’s parents are Josh (’05) and Melodie (McTaggart ’13) Blackmon. Melodie will begin training this summer as an emergency medicine physician at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Bailey Weinzapfel (’17) is the Sports Ministry Associate at LakePointe Church in Rockwall.

WEDDINGS AND ANNIVERSARIES Stephen (’88) and Pattie Ingram (’89) Woytkewicz will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Aug. 22, 2018. The couple has three daughters, six sons, and a new son-in-law. They live in Lockhart, where they have homeschooled all of their children. Stephen is a police officer in Austin.

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Christy (Shipley, ’07) and Coby Gipson are pictured with their daughter Camryn and son, Connor, who was born in July 2017. Kendall (Clary) Ventura (’09) and her husband Matthew welcomed their second child, Leo Elliott, in Nov. 17. Leo was 10 pounds, 12 ounces and 21.5 inches long.

May 7, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Merle (Oldham) Jordan (attd. ’52). James Manuel “Lefty” Fuller (attd. ’56) passed away on May 10, 2018. Rev. Bruce Alexander Will, Jr. (attd. ’58) passed away on Dec. 8, 2017. Dr. Calvin Grantham (’58) passed away on March 5, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Margie Jean Day (’59). He is survived by his three daughters Karen Darby (’82), Amanda Grantham (attd. ’82), and Becky Henricks (’91) and his college sweetheart and wife, Ola Mae (Heard, attd. ’59). Peggy (Little) Sneed (’58) passed away on June 23, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas (’58). John Rich (’61) passed away on January 18, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Martha “Marty” Hedgecock (’63). Rev. Harry Lee Wilson (’63) passed away on Jan. 15, 2018. Robert “Jerry” Lomax (attd. ’64) passed away on Feb. 5, 2018. Betty Jean Hendrick (’66) passed away on Feb. 10, 2018.

Kevin Charles (’01) and his wife Caitlin welcomed their first son, Luke Dalton Charles, on Oct. 13, 2017. Luke was 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and 21.5 inches long. His two sisters, Lydia and Hope, are crazy about him. The Charles family lives in Kannapolis, NC. Kevin is the Director of Finance & Social Enterprise at Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry in Kannapolis. Caitlin is a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. You can reach them at KevinWCharles@aol.com. Kerrigan Grace Blackmon came into the world on Jan. 29, 2018, at 5:15 a.m. She was

Tyler (’15) and Ashley (Pollard, ’15) Martin welcomed daughter, Ava Grace, on Dec. 16, 2017. Ava weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

DEATHS Broughton Lynn Hand, College of Marshall (’42), passed away on Oct. 27, 2017. Eugene Wesley Jones, College of Marshall (’43), passed away on March 15, 2018. Robert Lancaster (’50) passed away on Oct. 30, 2017. Robert Jordan (’52) passed away on

Byron Richard Simmons (attd. ’67) passed away on Feb. 13, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Doris (Owen) Simmons (’59). Virginia (Simmons) Neely Sellers (’68) passed away on Jan. 20, 2018. Mac Groves (’75) professor of Theatre at ETBU 1976 -1983, passed away on January 9, 2018. At the time of his death, he was a full professor at Northern Arizona University, where a scholarship has been established to honor his work with students. He was an accomplished playwright and Shakespearean scholar. He leaves behind Rosemary Shively Groves (’79), his wife of 37 years, his son

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Patrick Groves, his daughter Anna Groves Zimmer, his son-in-law Cale Zimmer, and his grandson Ronnie Zimmer. Joel Allen (’82) passed away on Feb. 15, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen James (attd. ’82). Wendell Mark Jones (attd. ’82) passed away on Nov. 27, 2017. Debra “Jenean” Van Benthuysen (’82) passed away on Feb. 17, 2018. She is survived by her husband Bill (attd. ’82). Kevin Cecil Cowan (attd. ’86) passed away on March 16, 2017. Donald Dudley Swofford, Jr. (’89) passed away on May 13, 2018. Donna Leslie (’12) passed away on Aug.18, 2017. Nicole (Muldrew) Roberts (attd. ’08) passed away on May 4, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Darius Roberts, Senior (’08) and three children, Darius II, Devin, and Leah. Gerald Wayne Bottoms (attd. ’81-’83) passed away on Jan. 26, 2018. Edith Findley, who served as the Dorm Director for Linebery Hall from 1982 until 1988, passed away in January of 2018. B. L. “Buddy” Shaw, longtime friend, donor, and a member of the ETBU Board of Trustees, passed away on Jan. 18, 2018. L. A. Fugler, Jr., ETBU supporter and patron, passed away on Jan. 30, 2018. Wilma Davis, respected friend and benefactor of ETBU, passed away on Feb. 4, 2018. Mrs. Davis’ late husband, “Red”, served on the ETBU Board of Trustees.

STAY CONNECTED WITH US New jobs, weddings, births, accomplishments, updates— whatever your news, share it with your ETBU Family. Send to: Alumni Relations East Texas Baptist University One Tiger Drive Marshall, TX 75670 Email:

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T. D. “Rusty” Howell, longtime friend and donor of ETBU, passed away on March 9, 2018. Mr. Howell’s late wife, Joy, served on the ETBU Board of Trustees. This couple received the W.D. Tardy Service Award in 2014. Gracie Fletcher passed away on March 10, 2018. Mrs. Fletcher was a consistent and respected supporter of ETBU. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Carrol.

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GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING Endowments are the gifts that keep on giving. The principle of the endowment is invested and the income generated is distributed to the University for use according to the wishes of the donor. This strategy ensures that the endowed gift will exist in perpetuity and will have an impact for generations to come. Endowments can be designated by the donor to impact a specific program, building, student scholarships, or remain unrestricted to meet the most critical needs of the University. Donors can name a new endowment, and many choose to honor a loved one, recognize a favorite professor, or create the endowment in their own name.

Dr. Ben Condray Endowed Scholarship The Dr. Ben Condray Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students, who major or minor in Chemistry. Dr. Condray began his time in the Chemistry Department at ETBC in 1950 and retired in 1987. He impacted many lives during his time on the Hill, both in and beyond the classroom. East Texas Baptist Chemistry students have enjoyed successful careers as doctors, researchers, business leaders, and educators. The establishment of the Dr. Ben Condray Endowed Scholarship will ensure that future ETBU chemistry students will have the financial support needed to achieve their educational goals and career aspirations.

Rufus Spraberry Alumni Scholarship Alumni Rufus Spraberry was a 1953 graduate of East Texas Baptist College. He served as Vice President for Development from 1984 until 1987, when he was tragically killed in a plane crash on his way to a Texas National Guard function, in which he served as the state chaplain. To honor his alma mater, fellow alumni, and service to the institution, Mrs. Doris Wells Spraberry endowed the Rufus Spraberry Alumni Scholarship Fund in memory of her late husband. Mrs. Spraberry also attended ETBC. The Spraberry Alumni Scholarship Fund has helped provide thousands of dollars in scholarship assistance to children and grandchildren of ETBU Tiger Alumni. Join the Spraberry’s in helping students find their Home on the Hill.

Class of 1952 Endowed Scholarship The Class of 1952 Endowed Scholarship was started in 2012 when class members Charles Foxworth, Joe Jones, Joe Rogers, and Earle Oldham united to rally their class to endow a scholarship for their 60th ETBC reunion. This scholarship goes to support junior and senior students, who are pursuing careers in education. To date, this is the largest scholarship endowed by a particular class. Mr. Oldham serves as the class agent for the Class of 1952. He regularly contacts class members about the status of the endowment. We invite other alumni to continually grow scholarship funds to help as many current and future ETBU students as possible.

Danger Ranger Endowed Scholarship The Danger Rangers completed their first year in existence in the 19841985 ETBU school year. This former student group awards a scholarship each year to a deserving student, to assist in the development of individuals to their highest potential through respect, responsibility, discipline, education, and knowledge. Take inspiration from these dedicated alumni and support ETBU students through scholarship donations.

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