ETBU Centennial Gala A Once in A Lifetime Celebration
MARSHALL, Texas (10/26/12)- Van Zandt Hill was shining brightly as nearly 450 attended the Centennial Gala held Saturday evening, October 20, to celebrate 100 years of East Texas Baptist University. The Hill was transformed into an elegant and festive setting to hold this once in a lifetime celebration.
As guests arrived in front of historic Marshall Hall they were greeted by ETBU students as they registered on the Plaza. The Plaza was decorated with white tents highlighted by colorful lighting and blue and gold sashes. Gala guests then visited in the Quad enjoying hors d`oeuvres and beverages under a pleasant East Texas evening sky. North Grove Six, a jazz band, comprising of ETBU faculty and alumni provided music as guest visited before dinner.
ETBU President Dr. Samuel “Dub” Oliver welcomed the guests at the Centennial Gala Dinner. The Invocation was given by President Emeritus Dr. Bob E. Riley.
Dinner was served in a clearspan structured tent erected on the Scarborough Hall parking lot providing over 9,000 square feet of space for everyone to enjoy the Gala. Guests were amazed at the beautiful table settings under four chandeliers hung from the ceiling. A four course meal was served ending with a specially created dessert, Raspberry Mousse Fraiche in a chocolate box featuring the ETBU Centennial logo.
After dinner, Judy M. Kayse, who attended ETBU from 1962-1966, provided an oratory walkthrough of the ETBU history in her written piece titled “Inherit the Dream.” Trustee Emeritus and Class of 1957 graduate Dr. William C. Everett offered a prayer of “Blessings on our University.” Dr. Oliver presented Centennial comments and Janae Shirley, from the Class of 2005 and head softball coach, voiced the Benediction.
While guest enjoyed the Gala, ETBU students had their own celebration with a concert and meal held on the Intramural Field. The evening concluded with a fireworks show launched from the Tiger baseball field and choreographed to music.