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From Staff and Wire Reports
Aug. 31, 2013 at 11 p.m.

<strong>Credit union names employee of month</strong>

Suzy Rojas has been recognized by East Texas Professional Credit Union as the employee of the month. Rojas is a new accounts representative at the credit union's 409 E. Loop 281 location in Longview. She has been employed since January 2012.

Rojas was nominated and selected by fellow employees for her positive attitude and commitment to exceptional member service. Rojas eagerly accepts new responsibilities and quickly mastered new lending software. She has originated more than $1 million and recaptured more than $500,000 in loan volume this year.

East Texas Professional Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing financial services to residents in 15 surrounding counties. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in Anderson, Angelina, northern Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Smith and Upshur counties.

<strong>Texas Bank and Trust names new senior vice president</strong>

Bryan Robinson has joined the staff of Texas Bank and Trust Co. as senior vice president and mortgage origination manager, according to bank Chairman Rogers Pope.

Robinson has more than 15 years of banking experience including his most recent position as location president in Marshall for Austin Bank. He also has held positions in sales management, business development and mortgage lending. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from East Texas Baptist University.

In his new role with Texas Bank and Trust, Robinson will be responsible for the oversight and management of residential mortgage originations, process development, portfolio growth and retention.

<strong>Morgan Stanley employee marks 35 years</strong>

Morgan Stanley has announced the 35-year anniversary of Richard A. James, senior portfolio manager, senior vice president, wealth management, financial adviser of the The James Group at Morgan Stanley.

James, a Longview native, has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and its predecessor firms since August 1978. He began his career at E.F. Hutton as a financial adviser from 1978-88 and was branch manager from 1988-2002. He has spent his entire tenure at the firm's Wealth Management office in Longview. James holds a MBA from Texas A&M University - Commerce, where he graduated in 1978.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisery services, financial and wealth planning, banking and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

<strong>Edward Jones adds financial advisor</strong>

Charlotte Anderson has joined Edward Jones Financial Advisors in Marshall.

Anderson has 10 years experience in the financial service industry. She is a graduate of Stephen F Austin University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountacy.

<strong>LeTourneau University professors published in new books</strong>

LeTourneau University theology professors Dr. Kelly D. Liebengood and Dr. Aaron J. Kuecker have co-authored a chapter in a new book, "Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism."

In their chapter titled "The Paul of Acts and the Paul of the Epistles," Kuecker and Liebengood analyze the historical critical claims that the chronology of Paul's letters does not match the account of Paul's life in Acts, and that the theology found in Paul's letters is different than the theology that Paul promotes in his sermons in the book of Acts.

The book seeks to address the challenges of historical criticism which, at times, seem to undermine the Christian faith.

Kuecker is also the author of "The Spirit and the 'Other': Social Identity, Ethnicity, and Intergroup Reconciliation in Luke – Acts" published in 2011.

Liebengood is the author of "The Eschatology of 1 Peter: Considering the Influence of Zechariah 9-14," published in 2013, and he co-edited "Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception" published in 2009.

<strong>Local agent becomes PPACA certified</strong>

Judith Robinson with CFG Insurance has become certified through the National Association of Health Underwriters new professional development course on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This continuing education course for agents has been approved in all 50 states.

Robinson completed this 10-hour course to receive the current information on the key technical components of PPACA and is prepared to counsel clients on upcoming required health care changes and new options for health plans.

<strong>SFA names director of development</strong>

Nacogdoches native and Stephen F. Austin State University graduate Trey Turner has been named executive director of development at the university.

Turner joined the SFA development team as a major gift officer in 2008 when the office was restructured to include a fundraising team that focuses solely on securing major gifts for the university.

In his new job, he will oversee that team and administer the daily operations of the Office of Development, including SFA giving programs and capital campaigns. He fills the position left open by Jill Still, who was promoted to vice president for university advancement in June 2012.

Turner graduated from SFA in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and earned a Master of Public Administration from the university in 2002. In addition, he also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is nearing completion of a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Texas A&M and expects to graduate within a year.

<strong>ETBU names Seely director of center</strong>

East Texas Baptist University's Office of Spiritual Development has announced that Dr. Lisa Seeley has been named the director of the Great Commission Center.

Seeley comes to ETBU after seven years as an adjunct professor in the College of Humanities/Social Sciences and the Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University.

She also has been the associate director and coordinator for the Scarborough Institute for Church Planting and Growth at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She received her graduate diploma and Master of Arts in Theology from the seminary.

Seeley earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Dallas Baptist University in leadership and ministry.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Seeley join our ETBU family. She is a gifted administrator and student minister but most importantly is passionate about advancing the kingdom of God," said University Chaplain and Vice President for Spiritual Development Dr. Scott Bryant.

ETBU officials said The Great Commission Center is dedicated to creating and equipping servant leaders who can serve locally in Marshall as well as anywhere around the world where God may call them.

<strong>U.S. oil, gas rig count holds steady at 1,776</strong>

HOUSTON (AP) - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. did not change this past week, remaining at 1,776.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday 1,388 rigs were exploring for oil and 380 for gas. Eight were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,894 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained two rigs and Alaska, California, Oklahoma and Utah each gained one.

Pennsylvania and Texas each lost two rigs and Colorado and Wyoming each lost one. Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and West Virginia were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

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