Judge Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series and Banquet, February 25, at ETBU: Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings, Keynote Speaker
MARSHALL, Texas (1/22/14) – The 2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture and Banquet will be held on Tuesday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms on the second floor of the Ornelas Student Center at East Texas Baptist University. The lecture series program commemorates the late United States Representative and federal judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU.
Coach Gene Stallings, a multiple Hall of Fame coach and National Champion head coach of the 1992 University of Alabama football team, and a renowned motivational speaker, will speak at the evening event. Stallings, a native of Paris, Texas, and living in retirement there with his wife Ruth Ann, played for and later served as head football coach at Texas A&M. He was defensive secondary assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1972 to 1986, afterward head coach of the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, and then was hired as head football coach at the University of Alabama in 1990. Through the time of his retirement in 1996, his Crimson Tide teams compiled an official record of 62 wins and 25 losses, won several SEC West Championships, and won the national championship in 1992.
According to Dr. Jerry Summers, ETBU Dean of the School of Humanities, "The Hall Lecture Series speakers usually have offered wisdom on history, politics, government, or law. Coach Stallings is the first career coach to speak, and we have been given a wonderful opportunity to host and to hear from an exceptional man who has proven himself effective in athletics, leadership development and life.” Stallings is a renowned speaker and a longtime friend of the Hall family.
The program will also include the announcement of the fifth annual Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award recipient. Previous honorees were Madeleine Segal Hall (in memoriam), Ray and Mona Lawson, Sue Jordan, and Frank and Bonnie Strauss.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person and can be reserved by calling the ETBU School of Humanities at (903) 923-2083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested individuals or groups may inquire to reserve an entire table. Advance reservations are recommended by February 17th as seating is limited. Any and all proceeds from the program will be added to the Hall Endowment.
Coach Stallings’ book, “Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son,” will be available for sale, and proceeds will go to benefit the foundations the Stallings family supports. Also, “Whatever is Right: Sam B. Hall, Jr., the biography of Judge Hall,” will be offered for sale, with proceeds going to benefit the endowment in Judge Hall’s name.
The Sam B. Hall Professorship and the Lecture Series were endowed in 1993 by the family and friends of Congressman and U.S. District Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr. A native of Marshall and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, now ETBU, and the Baylor University School of Law, Judge Hall served in and was president of several civic organizations and the Marshall Regional Medical Center before his death in 1994. The Hall Professor of History is Dr. Jerry L. Summers, Dean of the School of Humanities at ETBU.East Texas Baptist University offers graduate programs in business, counseling, religion and education, as well as 40 undergraduate degree programs. ETBU provides a Christ centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for “Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” For information, visit www.etbu.edu.