Tigers Eye The Chance To Win Big In ETBU’s Centennial Year Celebrationby Hannah DeClerk-News Messenger
MARSHALL NEWS MESSENGER (6/26/12)-East Texas Baptist University will give away a 2012 Dodge Charger in the university’s colors of blue and white to one lucky student this fall in honor of its centennial celebration.
ETBU partnered with major sponsor, Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Marshall, to provide the sport edition, Charger, with custom ETBU graphics.
"Obviously we love our students and wanted to include them in the fun of our centennial,” ETBU President Samuel "Dub” Oliver said.
The car will be on campus for special events like new student orientation, new student move-in, and football games. The Charger was parked recently in front of the Ornelas Student Center during two new student orientation sessions. At all other times it will be at the dealership on Highway 59 South.
All full-time students enrolled for the fall 2012 semester will have the opportunity to sign up at no charge to be entered in the drawing to win the vehicle.
Sign up will start at the beginning of the fall semester and the drawing for the vehicle will be held during the centennial campus celebration on Oct. 22.
"On Oct. 22 we will have a celebration just for students and faculty, and that is when we will be giving away the car as well,” Oliver said. "So that evening, one student will get to drive off in a brand new 2012 car.”
The vehicle is solid white with a solid blue racing stripe that in the center reads "ETBU.”
Vehicle equipment options include an 8 Speed Automatic 8HP45 Transmission, the powerful 3.6L V6 24V VVT Engine, Connectivity Group, Sport Appearance Package, UCONNECT, Upgraded CD/MP3/Satellite Premium Radio, Premium Cloth Low Back Bucket Seats, and one year service of Satellite Sirius Radio.
According to Dr. Oliver, the new car giveaway is just one of many events planned to help mark the 100 year celebration.
Most recently representatives from the institution traveled to Oklahoma, Central Texas, Dallas, Mesquite and several other locations where they held centennial celebrations for alumni.
In May, officials handed out diplomas to 2012 graduates that contained the centennial logo.
He said the main celebration will take place around homecoming week, Oct. 19 through Oct. 21, and the actual 100th birthday on Oct. 22, 2012.
Oliver said several committees have been formed to help plan the centennial gala, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.
The gala will be a black tie event, and is open to alumni, students, friends, family, and community members.
Tickets will be $100, with all proceeds going toward student scholarships.
"We are trying to find all the ways we can mark the year in terms of our community,” Oliver said. "One hundred years is a huge milestone in the life of any organization so we are celebrating this whole year, and we are excited to do it.”
To keep track of the centennial celebration events, ETBU has set up a special Web site: www.etbu.edu/centennial.
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