Meet the Admissions Team


Amanda Harmon: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2008     aharmon@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from East Texas and Louisiana
Education: Bachelor of Science in University Studies from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Jacksonville, TX
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with scarves.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Old-Soul
Favorite Quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." - Albert Einstein
Favorite Thing about ETBU: I love the welcoming atmosphere.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Make the most of your time on the hill. Get involved with as much as you can, and strive to learn more about your spiritual life with your new friends and family.

Amanda Ringo: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2015      aringo@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from Dallas/Fort Worth
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Fun Fact: I have a comic book collection (it's small, but still a collection)
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Loyal and Passionate
Favorite Quote: "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." - The Emperor, Mulan
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The overall class size is significantly smaller than most universities (average class size is 20), making a more intimate and personable classroom experience that allows for longer and more in-depth discussion and questioning.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Ask every question that pops in your head, even if you think it is silly, pointless or may not make any sense to someone else. There will be someone who will try 110% to understand you. Ask until you think you have gotten all the information you need to be successful.

Jacqueline Ramos: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2009     jramos@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Transfer students from the Houston area
Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Fun Fact: I lived in Cardiff, Wales for a year.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Caring and Loyal
Favorite Quote: "Do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa
Favorite Thing about ETBU:  The family-like environment that the faculty and staff provide for the students.
What advice would you give to incoming students:  Get involved with on-campus organizations. Don't be afraid to ask faculty/staff for help spiritually, personally and academically.

Brad Keifer: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2007     bkeifer@etbu.edu
Recruits: Transfer students from Dallas/Fort Worth, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Texas Baptist University
Pursuing Master of Business Administration at ETBU
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun Fact: I want to be a helicopter pilot.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Enthusiastic and Hopeful
Favorite Quote: "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" - C.S. Lewis
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The passion for students that the professors have
What advice would you give to incoming students: You're not going to make friends from your bedroom - step outside your comfort zone and join an organization or go talk to someone you don't know - everyone is just as nervous as you.

Crystal Williams: Admissions Counselor    903-923-2012     cwilliams@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from Houston
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun Fact: I've never been to Disney World (or Land)
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Hospitable and compassionate
Favorite Quote: "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." - Audrey Hepburn
Favorite Thing about ETBU: RELEASE (Tuesday night worship service) and the Prayer Garden (on the corner next to UA and the Fred Hale School of Business)
What advice would you give to incoming students: Join/Regularly attend a local church while a student at ETBU. It is so important to be connected to a local church body. We are not meant to walk through life alone. There is so much you learn from elders in a church and by serving in a church. ETBU is not a church. Yes, get involved and embrace the community here, but do not forget to join a church. Don't spend 4 years 'church-hopping'.

Meredith Palmer: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2010     mpalmer@etbu.edu
Recruits:
Freshman students from the I-35 corridor of Texas, Tyler area, and all states besides Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication Media Studies from Texas A&M University
Hometown: Marble Falls, TX
Fun Fact: My maiden name (Piatek) means Friday in Polish
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Hard Worker and Perfectionist
Favorite Quote: "Second place is the first loser."
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The sense of community and faith-centered education
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved. Make new friends, go to ETBU events and sports games, and enjoy the tiger experience. This is also a time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try new and different things. Most importantly, use this time at college to make your faith your own. Find a church here where you can grow and fellowship with others and let God do amazing things through you while you are at ETBU.

 

Matt Upshaw: Admissions Counselor     903-923-2006    mupshaw@etbu.edu
Recruits: Freshman students from North Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Religion from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Waco, TX
Fun Fact: I enjoy getting my Call of Duty on as an XBOX 360 gamer. I'm obsessed with the word biscuit.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: ADHD
Favorite Quote: "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." - Henry David Thoreau
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The community of ETBU is one of a kind. It has shaped me with its loving and servant-driven culture. It has contributed to the way I live for Christ today, and has strengthened my faith in a challenging yet rewarding learning environment.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Get involved. Make friends, serve everyone selflessly, and be joyful. College is a fresh start, so do something different and become the person you want to be.

Madison McGaughey: Admissions Recruiter    903-923-2016     mmcgaughey@etbu.edu
Recruits:
All regions of Texas
Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University
Hometown: Longview, TX
Fun Fact: I was pulled on stage during a Flame concert and rapped Lecrae's part to "Joyful Noise"
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Hardworking and Friendly
Favorite Quote: "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The fact that professors usually pray before class.
What advice would you give to incoming students: When you are on campus, make the most of your time here. These are the best four years you will probably ever have. It goes by quicker than you think, so don't waste it.

Kristine Slate: Campus Visit Coordinator   903-923-2013   kslate@etbu.edu
Education: Bachelor of Arts in English from East Texas Baptist University
Pursuing Master of Business Administration at ETBU
Hometown: Hallsville, TX
Fun Fact: I am slightly obsessed with Texas Rangers baseball
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Grammar Critic
Favorite Quote: "Be good. Be sweet. I love you." - My mom
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The size. As a smaller university there is more opportunity for lifelong friendships and personal growth through smaller class sizes and campus organizations. 
What advice would you give to incoming students: Ask questions. If you are unsure or need clarification, ask someone. Don't be afraid to be honest with your advisers - they are here to help you be as successful as you can be. Graduation is the goal and there are people eager to assist you.

Jason Soles: Director of Admissions     903-923-2011     jsoles@etbu.edu
Education: Bachelor of Science from East Texas Baptist University
Hometown: Farmersville, TX
Fun Fact: I can juggle.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Boss man  
Favorite Quote: "There is no substitute for hard work." - Thomas A. Edison
Favorite Thing about ETBU: The people.
What advice would you give to incoming students: You can't get out what you don't put in. Be sure to regularly get out of your comfort zone. Above all else remember you are here to learn.

Support Staff


Barbara Taylor     903-923-2003     btaylor@etbu.edu
Education: Baskin High School, Baskin, Louisiana
Hometown: Baskin, LA
Fun Fact: My grandchildren call me Lucy. I've had this nickname since I was in the 6th grade.
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: Encourager
Favorite Quote: "Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:4
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Being a part of a wonderful family
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don't stress over what your major will be. You will figure it out as you begin to take your classes.

Theresa Swearingen     903-923-2000     tswearingen@etbu.edu
Education: Attended ETBC/ETBU from 1982-1985
Hometown: Marshall, TX (I'm a preacher's kid so I have many hometowns)
Fun Fact: I have two precious children and am about to have one awesome son-in-love
Word or Phrase that Best Describes You: I love to laugh
Favorite Quote: "Your lack of preparation is not my cause for emergency."
Favorite Thing about ETBU: Family unit
What advice would you give to incoming students: Clean your dorm room at least once a month.