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RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Nurse
Level G-04
Salary Range:  $10 to $18 Hourly
Part-time, 25 hours/week, 34 weeks/year

Institutional Mission
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross-culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world

Major Responsibilities:
• Provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses
• Triage health needs to include referral to medical care, counseling services, and/or community resources
• Follow up with individuals with illnesses/accidents
• Provide confidential health counseling and guidance for students
• Educate students and staff to maintain good health
• Serve as liaison between parents, doctors, and students in medical matters
• Update the Policy and Procedure manual annually
• Maintain inventory control of clinical supplies and order as needed
• Participate on health-related committees
• Act as a resource to the campus community with regard to health issues


Qualifications:
• Minimum licensure of LVN (RN preferred)
• One to two years of previous experience
• Must have proof of personal liability insurance and First Aid/AED certification

Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment . Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at www.sagu.edu/employment .

Fair Labor Standards Act
This position is not exempt from overtime.
SAGU is participating for the second time in North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas. The goal is to raise as much money as possible within one day for nonprofits across North Texas, including SAGU. The 2016 day to give will be September 22 from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. To be eligible, gifts must be made through our profile at northtexasgivingday.org  – ( HERE ).
Job Summary: Instruction in business curriculum such as general business, management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and sport management.

Job Responsibilities: This position is a 9-month appointment in the Department of Business. In addition to teaching, the position requires the applicant to fulfill responsibilities in program planning, advisement-mentoring, committee work, and assessment. This role may require activity in distance education instruction, and serve on graduate and undergraduate levels.

Qualifications: 1) Earned Doctorate in business from a regionally accredited university preferred; ABD status and the ability to complete the terminal degree will be considered. 2) Applicants must hold a minimum of a Master's degree in a business field with at least 18 graduate hours in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Sport Management, Human Resource Management, Management, or Marketing. 3)Leadership abilities with a vision to develop and enhance programs in the department. 4) Evidence of successful market place experience. 5) Experience and/or knowledge or ability in teaching in both on campus and online delivery formats. 6) Ability to effectively communicate across diverse populations in verbal and written expression. 7) Willingness to collaborate and sustain a collegial environment. 8) Awareness of and active participation in the Assemblies of God.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Please submit application and support material via: https://www.sagu.edu/aboutsagu/employment

Directly contact: Dr. Larry Goodrich, Dean of the College of Business and Education, [email protected] , 972.825.4768 work number, SAGU, 1200 Sycamore St., Waxahachie TX 75165
ADMISSIONS

Undergraduate Admissions Counselor, Online Admissions
Level S05
Salary Range:  $910 to $1,510 Bi-Weekly Salary

The projected start date for this position is June 1, 2016.

Institutional Mission
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function
In consultation with the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Director of Online Admissions, the Undergraduate Admissions Counselor is responsible for attracting, recruiting, and maintaining a diverse student body consistent with the university’s goals and objectives in a strategic manner and effectively presenting accurate information about the university to prospective students, their families, and others who influence the college decision.

Major Responsibilities
20% – Travel to represent Southwestern Assemblies of God University in various capacities outside of the University for the purpose of recruitment. Job consists of approximately 20% external travel.
·         Plan, coordinate, and execute recruitment travel to represent the University at: college fairs, college preparedness events, community colleges, school visits, churches (e.g., Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, etc.), church related events (e.g., AG district events, retreats, etc.), home visits, “Starbucks” events, and other types of events/venues
·         Assist in the strategic selections of which events to attend
·         Develop, nurture, and maintain relationships with key constituents who play a role in influencing potential students on their choice of school (e.g., guidance counselors, pastors, youth pastors, youth leaders, etc.)
·         Train, equip, and manage students who travel and represent the University through the office of Admissions

65% – Consistently communicate, while in the office and in the field, via personal counseling, written correspondence, e-mail, telephone, text messaging, social media, etc. with prospective students, parents, and others, providing admissions counseling information about the university (which may include, but is not limited to, admissions requirements, academic programs/curriculum, financial aid, scholarships, and campus culture).
·         Respond to all inbound communications in a timely manner
·         Plan, coordinate, and execute on the outbound communication plan in a timely manner, which includes communication to and connection with students in each stage of the admissions process via personal counseling, written correspondence, e-mail, telephone, text messaging, social media, etc.
·         Reach out to schools/colleges, guidance counselors, pastors, etc. as needed to clarify information and gather missing data for the student file
·         Serve as Admissions Counselor for assigned online extension sites and develop, nurture, and maintain relationships with online extension site leadership

8% – Evaluate transcripts, both official and unofficial, from other colleges/universities and develop degree plans for prospective students.
·         Accurately evaluate transcripts, develop degree plans, and communicate said information to students in a timely manner

5% – Execute campus visit experiences to ensure prospective students and their families understand the value of a SAGU education and have a positive experience while visiting
ATHLETICS

Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Institutional Mission
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function:
The Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University is responsible for the overall administration, team and player development, and academic integrity of the football program. The successful candidate will oversee an NAIA/NCCAA affiliated program in a Christ-centered environment intentional about recruiting, retaining and developing young women toward a Christian worldview.

Major Responsibilities
·         Recruitment and retention of quality student-athletes that fit the mission and scope of SAGU
·         Develop and maintain a competitive intercollegiate program
·         Limit program attrition and maintain roster stability through retention of student-athletes
·         Monitor and support student-athlete academic progress
·         Ensure that institutional/NAIA/NCCAA/SAC rules and regulations are followed, with no major violations
·         Manage program budget as identified prior to the start of each academic year
·         Manage team fundraising activities
·         Oversee and support team involvement in community service
·         Manage related program administrative duties, including: compliance, equipment inventory, practice/game scheduling and requirements of related support service areas (i.e. SID, AT, facilities and game management)
·         Possible teaching assignment in sports management or physical education major areas
·         Other duties as assigned by athletic director or institution
Organizational Relationship
·         Reports directly to and is accountable to the athletic director
·         Oversight of women’s soccer team

Qualifications:
·         Affirm the mission and distinctives of SAGU through lifestyle and program development.
·         Have a minimum of a Master’s; a Bachelor’s degree will be considered.
·         Possess 5+ years soccer coaching experience with collegiate coaching experience preferred.
·         Teaching experience a plus
·         Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, computer proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Other
  • Employment is subject to an introductory period to monitor employee performance
  • Must be able to operate a licensed motor vehicle and possess a valid state driver’s license or have access to reliable transportation. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driver’s record
  • Will be evaluated annually

Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .


FLSA
Exempt

Waxahachie, Texas- August 29, 2015- In the 2015 season, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team will have a completely different look.  From over 50 new players to a different coaching staff, the team is ready to begin a new era of SAGU football.

“The players are responding really well to the new energy of the coaches,” explains first year head coach Frank Tristan , “Players are drawn to energy and enthusiasm and our new coaches bring both.”

In 2014, the Lions ended 4-6 and in second place behind Langston University in the Central States Football League (CSFL).  The biggest loss from that squad was graduating five offensive linemen, four of which were starters.  According to Tristan, filling those positions was of upmost priority, “When it came to recruiting, we wanted to secure our offensive line after losing so many players to graduation.”

Senior Derius Griffin and junior Javier Lopez are returning starters for the offensive line.  Two freshmen; Dayne Maclin and Malik Garrett , will see significant playing time in the o-line position.

The Lions return sophomore quarterback CJ Collins .  As a freshman, Collins led the CSFL in passing, averaging nearly 200 yards per game.  Tristan expects even bigger things for Collins this season, “CJ is definitely more comfortable this year and is picking up the new offense well.  He has been very accurate during preseason camp.”

Wide Receiver Andrez Brewster was Collins’ favorite target in 2014.  Brewster returns for a final season.  Sophomore Toras Hill will look to replace Dylan Moore .  Moore was a two-time CSFL pick.

First-year assistant coach Paul Hansen will be leading the offense.  This year the offense will have a different tempo, “Coach Hansen likes to run a fast-paced game.  You can guarantee he will be getting more guys involved,” explains Tristan.

Pre-Season All-American Ethan Eastwood will be back in the linebacker position for SAGU.  Last season Eastwood averaged over 10 tackles a game.   Senior linebacker Jeremiah Maat will be returning to the lineup after sitting out last season due to injury.  In 2013, Maat averaged nearly eight tackles a game.

Defensive end Matt Lighter led the Lions in sacks last season and will be returning for his sophomore year.  Sophomore Carl Morgan , senior Shakeem Taylor and junior Deonte Morrison all were starters as defensive backs, all three players will be returning.

Kicker Chadd Dearen will be returning for a junior season.  Dearen was named as the CSFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014.  He was also picked as a NAIA Pre-Season All-American.

In the CSFL preseason poll, SAGU was picked to once again end in second place, behind Langston University.  Tristan agrees Langston has earned number one pick, “From our performance last year, this is a very fair ranking.  Langston deserves to have that top spot as they have been the team to beat the last several years.”

SAGU will kick-off the 2015 season on Saturday, September 5 th .  The Lions will host Westminster College (Fulton, MO).  The game will be played at Midlothian ISD Stadium at 11am.  You can watch the game live at SAGU.tv.  This is the first time SAGU and Westminster College have played.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or

Waxahachie, Texas- August 30, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s soccer team got their first win of the season on Saturday when they beat Jarvis Christian College (JCC), 2-1.  SAGU is now 1-1 for the season.

Around the 10 minute mark JCC received a yellow card.  SAGU’s Robert Ambrosie kicked a penalty kick for a goal, putting SAGU up 1-0.

In the 58 th minute, SAGU’s Gerardo Nava found the back of the net on an assist from Ambrosie.  SAGU led 2-0.

Jarvis was able to score one goal at 70:08.  JCC’s Julio Jimenez scored the lone goal.

The game was a physical showdown.  Jarvis recorded 12 fouls compared to SAGU’s six.

SAGU head coach Clem Oancea was determined to work on finishing the game strong after Wiley College came from behind to beat the Lions in the last 20 minutes of the game earlier in the week.   Oancea was pleased with his team’s victory.

On Saturday, September 5, 2015 SAGU will host Texas College (1-0).  Game time is at 5pm.


About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 29, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s soccer team got their first win of the season, beating Jarvis Christian College 3-0.  The Lady Lions are now 1-1 for the season.

“I was very pleased with the outcome of this game. It was fun to watch the girls be creative in the attack,” says head coach Mandy Fortner.

The first goal of the game came in the 38 th minute when SAGU freshman Nadine Jaimes scored off of a deflection, putting SAGU up 1-0.

SAGU added another point to the scoreboard when Jaimes scored the second goal off of an assist from Samantha Gonzales in the 73 rd minute.

With ten minutes left to play, SAGU freshman Kenzie McNutt scored from just inside the box.  The final score was 3-0.

Coach Fortner was proud of her team’s performance, “It was a team effort and it was a well-deserved win. I'm proud of the effort that was put on the field today.”

The Lady Lions have one week of rest before they host Texas College on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 3:00pm.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Marshall, Texas- August 26, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s soccer team kicked-off their season against Wiley College . Despite a very promising first half, SAGU lost to Wiley 4-1.

In the second minute of the game, SAGU was able to score.  Senior Robert Ambrosie pressured the goalkeeper and then the quickly passed the ball to Parker Sturgeon .  Sturgeon found Isai Bonilla and with his first touch, Bonilla was able to put the ball in the back of the net.  SAGU went up 1-0.

SAGU was able to hold the lead until the 72 nd minute of the game.  At that point Wiley’s Dwight Pope scored the Wildcats first goal.

Wiley scored three more goals in the 75 th , 85 th and 87 th minute of the game.  The final score put Wiley up, 4-1.

“The turnovers in the middle of the field with less than 20 minutes on the clock is what changed the game for us,” says head coach Clem Oancea , “We can't be so careless with our decisions on that part of the field.”

SAGU goalkeeper Cesar Espana had nine saves for the game.

On Saturday, August 29, 2015 the Lions will host Jarvis Christian College .  Game-time is at 1pm.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Marshall, Texas- August 25, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s soccer team has officially got the first game jitters out of the way.  The Lions fell to Wiley College , 4-2.

Wiley College was the first to put a point on the board with a goal by Kayla Taylor at 17:27.  Taylor wasn’t done, and scored two more goals in the first half alone.  Her second goal at 32:34 put Wiley up 2-0.

At 36:28, Mariah Sanchez scored for the Lady Lions.  The momentum was in SAGU’s favor, five minutes later Laura Barba scored, making the game 2-2.

SAGU let one more slip by when Taylor scored again right before halftime, putting Wiley up 3-2.

“Our ladies played a much tighter game in the second half,” says head coach Mandy Fortner , “We had a few very promising opportunities but couldn’t score.”

Less than 30 seconds into the second half, Wiley’s Stephanie Covarrubias scored a goal.  After that, the Lady Lions tightened up their defense and the rest of the game went scoreless.

On Saturday, August 29, 2015 SAGU will host Jarvis Christian College .  Kick-off is at 11:00am.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – August 25, 2015 – Former Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and Men's Basketball coach Terry Bryan passed away on August 19, 2015, at age 61 in Goessel, Kansas. He and his twin brother, Larry, also a SAGU alumnus, fought courageous battles against Huntington’s Disease.

Coach Bryan attended SAGU in 1976-1979 earning an associate and bachelor’s degree and was active with the Men's Basketball team during his time as a student. In 1984, he returned as the Men’s Basketball head coach taking the season win total from 11 to 27 before retiring in 1990. In his last two seasons, SAGU won back-to-back Championships at the Assemblies of God Basketball Tournament. Coach Bryan also helped establish SAGU's Youth Ministries program.

Throughout Coach Bryan's career, he coached and taught at Englewood Christian School in Independence, Missouri; Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana; Cathedral Christian School in Beaumont, Texas; Hamilton Christian School in Lake Charles, Louisiana; and Cornerstone Christian School in Waxahachie, Texas.

Coach Bryan was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marsha Bryan Voth, and brother Larry. Terry is survived by his daughters, Kelly Bryan Nunley of Howard, Kansas and Jodi Bryan of Newton, Kansas; son Cody Bryan of Newton, Kansas; nieces Bethany Voth Maris of Minneapolis, Minnisota and Amy Bryan Richards of Grand Junction, Colorado; grandnephew, Kingslee Alexander Richards of Grand Junction, Colorado; foster family, Archie and Linda Niccum of Gardner, Kansas, Scott Niccum of Edgerton, Kansas, Jennifer Dorsey of Fountain, Colorado, and Laura Henson of Alma, Arizona.

A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., August 29, 2015 at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church, 12400 Antioch, Overland Park, KS. Visitation will be held at 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 28, at the church. Private family inurnment in the afternoon at the Brazilton Cemetery, Brazilton, Kan. Memorial contributions may be made to Hereditary Neurological Disease Centre, 3223 N Webb Rd, Wichita, Kansas 67226-8175.

Current SAGU Men's Basketball Coach Donny Bostwick added, “I have been blessed to meet some of the players who played for Coach Bryan and it is evident through their accomplishments and character that he produced incredible fruit.”

Please join SAGU in remembering the entire family in prayer during this difficult time.

Waxahachie, Texas- August 25, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s soccer team’s locker room has a completely new look.  All summer long, head soccer Coach Mandy Fortner and her husband Derek, have worked hard to makeover the locker room.

New paint, carpet, lockers and couches are some of the things that have changed for the Lady Lions.  The players were thrilled to come into training camp and see the locker room for the first time, “We were all so excited!  We felt so professional,” says junior Ashley Nop, “It’s awesome to have somewhere to go to in between three-a-days or classes and just relax and watch Netflix.  It’s a pretty cool hangout place.”

In preseason Coach Mandy Fortner had her girls practicing three times a day.  The Lady Lions will see if all of their hard work paid off when they kick-off their season on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 against Wiley College .

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]



Waxahachie, Texas- August 22, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team wrapped up their opening weekend of play.  On the final day of the Red River Athletic Conference / Sooner Athletic Conference clash, the Lions went 1-1, putting them 2-2 overall.

Senior setter Caitlin Paschall reached the 1,000 assist mark in the second game against Jarvis Christian College.  Head coach Hank Moore is proud to add Paschall into the elite club, “I’m very proud of her.  1,000 assist is a very good accomplishment.  Only four people in SAGU volleyball history have met that mark.  This is quite an accomplishment.”

In game one on Saturday, SAGU lost to Our Lady of the Lake in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-18.  Celi Bruce led SAGU in digs with 11.  The Lady Lions had a difficult time getting things going on offense.  Freshman Faith Pittman had seven kills, freshman Kali Shaw and sophomore Mollie McBride added six kills each.  Senior Caitlin Paschall had 22 assists for the game, needing only two assist to reach that 1,000 mark.

Against Jarvis Christian College, the Lady Lions topped the bulldogs in three sets (25-17, 25-11, 25-14). Paschall easily made her 1,000 assist after adding 26 to her total.  Senior libero Emmalee Smith had 16 digs for SAGU.   McBride once again led SAGU in kills, adding 10.  Shaw had seven kills.

“I knew that our seniors were going to be pretty good, but we had a lot to learn about our underclassmen going into this weekend,” says Moore, “Our freshmen now have four collegiate matches under their belt.  I thought they all three did some extremely good things.”

The Lady Lions will not compete again until September 1, 2015.  On September 1 st SAGU will host University of Dallas at 7pm.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team kicked off their season hosting the Red River Athletic Conference/Sooner Athletic Conference Clash.  The Lady Lions played two games, going 1-1.  SAGU topped Langston University before falling to University of St. Thomas-Houston (USTH).

In game one against Langston, SAGU won in three straight sets (25-19, 25-11, 25-16).  Caitlin Paschall had a big day, getting double/doubles in both games.  Against Langston, Paschall had 25 assist and 10 digs and against USTH she had 33 assist and 14 digs.  After today, she only needs 24 more assists to hit the 1,000 mark.

“We saw some great things today and it was a day of learning,” says head coach Hank Moore, “However, USTH was a very tough loss.  When you hit .082 for the match you will have a tough time winning.”

Against the Celts, SAGU won the first two sets right out of the gate.  In the third set, UST gained momentum and didn’t let up, taking the final three sets.  Four players for SAGU went double digits on digs.  Senior libero Emmalee Smith had 23, senior Caitlin Paschall had 14, freshmen Celi Bruce and Kali Shaw each added 12 digs.

Two sophomores led SAGU’s offense, Summer Skillern and Mollie McBride.  Skillern had 12 kills and McBride added 11.  McBride hit an impressive 0.370 against Langston.

“We had some good play from four freshmen.  I know we will rebound and only get better from here,” says Moore.

SAGU will play two more games in the RRAC/SAC tournament on Saturday.  The Lady Lions will then take over a week to regroup before playing University of Dallas on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – August 21, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) was ranked among Online Christian Colleges ” 50 Most Beautiful Campuses ” and referred to as a “paradise for students” while being recognized for its 73-acre campus and “natural beauty.”

SAGU was featured along with 50 other highly respected institutions such as, Southern Methodist University , Baylor University and University of San Diego .

The campus blends the nobility of the Farmer Administration Building, a registered historic landmark constructed in 1901 recognized for it’s “grand construction that dates back to the early 1900s,” with expansive new amenities in the additions of the Garrison Wellness Center (GWC) and Hagee Communication Center (HCC).

The HCC houses a 600-seat performing arts auditorium and an Einstein Bros. Bagels. The new eatery offers a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items beyond the traditional bagel. The new venue also provides a new place for campus family and the local community to work and study while enjoyinghot and cold coffees, smoothies and more.

The GWC has become a key resource for athletic camps. The 32,000-square-foot building provides an indoor basketball court, track, junior Olympic-style pool, racquetball courts, weights and cardio equipment.

SAGU recently celebrated 71 years in Ellis County . In addition to the Administration Building, SAGU's on-campus historical buildings include Nelson Memorial Library that was originally founded at Southwestern Bible School in Enid, Oklahoma , but moved to Waxahachie in 1943. It was named after P. C. Nelson , former president from 1927 to 1942, who is the founder of SAGU. He also collected 30,000 volumes that established the library.

Another historical building is the Collins Dormitory named after Rev. M. E. Collins who was president from 1947 to 1960, and the Claxton Gymnasium .

Take a tour through the history of SAGU and view the historic buildings by scheduling a visit here , or take a virtual tour here .

About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling1-888-YES-SAGU

Waxahachie, Texas- August 19, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team added a new player to the roster. Rieanha Cano from Dilly, Texas will be a Lady Lion.

“Rieanha has a solid softball background and is very versatile.  She is athletic enough to play multiple positions effectively,” says first year head coach Sarah Harman .

Cano will be a utility player for the Lady Lions.  She received multiple honors as a utility player at Dilly High School.  Cano was named 1 st Team All-District (utility), 2 nd Team All-District (outfield), MVP and has received All Tournament Team honors.

Cano is ready to get on campus and get involved, “I chose SAGU because it is a school where I can further my education and still be in a good atmosphere filled with the presence of God.”

“I am excited to see her grow on and off the field during her four years here at SAGU,” says Harman.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 18, 2015- The start of the 2015 season for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s soccer team is only days away and the team has been hard at work to make this season a success.

The Lions graduated five seniors from a team that went 5-10-2.  Although those lost to graduation will be tough to replace, head coach Clem Oancea is excited for those returning, “We have most of our starting lineup returning like Cesar Espana in the goal, Marvin Pichardo , Juan Salas and Danny Castro leading out the back line. Rolando Hernandez , Parker Sturgeon and Robert Ambrosie will be leading our attack.”

Espana will be the goalkeeper for the Lions.  Espana battled an injury last season, causing him to set out for portions of the season.  Another leader for the Lions is senior forward Robert Ambrosie.  In 2014 he led the team in scoring with seven goals.  Coach Oancea believes Ambrosie will be a go-to attacker.

“I am expecting a more mature team in terms of what college soccer is all about,” says Coach Oancea, “I expect my guys to compete till the last minute of the game.”

The 2014 year was a bit disappointing for the Lions so the 9 th place Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) pre-season poll placement isn’t surprising, but it doesn’t mean much to Oancea, “We proved every year that we can compete with everyone in the conference so that should speak in our behalf.”

The start of training camp has brought many positives to mind for Coach Oancea, “The boys have been working hard and have done everything we have asked of them.  We are proud of every single one of them.  We want to fight till the last play of the game and they are learning to do just that.”

SAGU soccer will kick off on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.  The Lions will play Wiley College in Marshall Texas.  SAGU won’t begin SAC play until the end of September.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

August 15, 2015-   On August 21, 2015 the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team will take the court for the first game of the season. With many new players on the roster, SAGU will have a much different look but one thing should remain the same, the strength of the defense.

In the 2014 season, the Lady Lions were one of the top NAIA schools in defense.  Coach Moore doesn’t expect this season to be all that different, “Our 2014 team was in the top 10 in the NAIA in defense. This team could be even better. Our defense is going to be our strength.”

Libero Emmalee Smith, who is a four-year starter, will anchor the defense.  If she has a year on track with any previous year she has played, Smith could easily break the all-time dig record at SAGU.  Currently, she is in 5 th place in digs with 1,367.  Smith only needs 394 to break the school record.

Another returner primed for the record books is senior setter Caitlin Paschall.   “Caitlin will start her second season as our primary setter. She will be one of the top setters in our conference,” says Moore, “Her senior leadership has been excellent the first week of practice. She has grown greatly in our offense and this will be a great year for her.”

Paschall is now ranked third for all-time assists with 912. She is 82 away from 1,000.  This season Paschall will likely move into the third place spot for all-time assists.

Senior Katie Ryan is a returning captain for the Lady Lions.  Ryan will bring leadership as a defensive specialist.  Also returning sophomore Mollie McBride could be one of SAGU’s strongest outside hitters.
When it comes to new faces for SAGU volleyball, Moore believes three new-comers will have an instant impact, “This year were able to sign some very good players. Kali Shaw, Faith Pittman and Jenna Kirk will all three see significant roles as freshmen.”

In the Sooner Athletic Conference pre-season poll, SAGU was picked to end in the fifth place spot.  Coach Moore believes that is a fair placement after 2014’s  16-18 finish.

It won’t take long to see where the Lady Lions stack up.  SAGU will host a Red River Athletic Conference / Sooner Athletic Conference crossover tournament on August 21 & 22, 2015.  “We play four matches next weekend, we will find out quickly where we are as a team. Our kids have bought into the process. The season is not a sprint, it is a marathon,” says Moore.

The first game of the season is at 2:00pm on Friday the 21 st against Langston University.  At 6pm SAGU will play the University of St. Thomas-Houston.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 12, 2015- It’s the time of year that practices are long and the heat builds to near 100 degrees each time you step on the field.  For Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU)   women’s soccer team, that’s exactly how the first week of preseason has played out.

The Lady Lions are working hard to top last season’s record of 2-15.  Head coach Mandy Fortner believes her girls have come into the season ready to play, “I am pleased with the overall fitness level of the team. We have been able to put our focus on team play and less on catching up with fitness and technical work.”

Four seniors graduated from the 2014 squad.  Goalkeeper Amber Belisle will be the biggest loss for SAGU.  Belisle had 97 saves for the season, averaging over five saves a game.

This year, four new seniors will step into the vacated spots.  “All four of our seniors this year are going to play a huge role in the success of our team. Joy Reyes and Samantha Gonzales will add to our offense. Leslie Paez and Gloria Lozano are going to be key to the midfield and defensive positions. All four have tremendous talent and work ethic,” says Fortner.

In the off-season Fortner worked hard to recruit players to add to the attack, “I was looking for players who had experience playing at the college level. I was also recruiting attackers heavily. We have always been pretty strong as a team defensively. In fact, we lost several games last year by only a goal. This year, I think we have players who can be a scoring threat.”

One new name to watch on the field will be Laura Barba.  Barba is a transfer from Northwood University.  At Northwood, Barba was voted by coaches as the SAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2013.

In the 2015 SAC Pre-season Poll SAGU was picked to end in 9 th place.  Fortner believes that is a fair assessment after last year’s season, but she thinks her girls will end higher than in 9 th place, “I think it is fair based on where we finished the last two years. However, I think that we are going to surprise a lot of teams this year and I look forward to the success that is ahead of us.”

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, SAGU women’s soccer will host a scrimmage against Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, Texas).  The game will begin at 10:30am on SAGU’s campus.  On September 29, 2015 SAGU will begin conference play against no. 3 ranked Oklahoma City University.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – August 13, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and long-serving administrator Dr. H. Glynn Hall received the Distinguished Administrator Award by The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education presented by General Superintendent George Wood on August 5, 2015, during General Council.

Dr. Hall responded, “After thirty-six years of ministry in various administrative and teaching roles in Assemblies of God higher education I can truly say it has been a good journey. My life has been enriched as I have had the opportunity to work with many outstanding administrators, colleagues, and support staff. The interaction with these individuals contributed to any measure of success I may have achieved. I have been blessed by a supportive family; my wife, Johnnie Evelyn, my son, Hayward G. Hall, II and daughter, Sheree D’Awn Hall.”

The Distinguished Administrator Award is established for the purpose of recognizing administrators who have distinguished themselves in the Fellowship by consistent excellence in administration and have made an outstanding contribution and lifetime commitment to Christian higher education in the Assemblies of God.

Dr. Hall was born in Atmore, Alabama and later moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he grew up attending Assemblies of God churches. Two years after graduating from high school he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served from 1954-1957. Most of his three-year enlistment was spent in Hawaii where he experienced two events that influenced the direction and manner of my life’s journey thereafter.

First, after teaching a Sunday school class at a local church in Honolulu, he was given the opportunity to begin preaching. This experience led to the opportunity to conduct several youth revivals throughout the islands during furloughs from the Army. He began to feel a strong passion for the study of Scripture that eventually led me into several academic programs of study.

Secondly, the context into which the military and the location of his assignment exposed him to culture and religious diversities he had not previously experienced. As a result he began to understand the value of cooperative work with other cultures and denominational memberships. He also discovered that much work could be accomplished by working with diverse groups without compromising his Pentecostal doctrine or heritage. This knowledge proved to be an asset when he attended non-Pentecostal seminaries and later as he worked with the accrediting associations and various other publics in relation to his administrative roles.

After discharge from the Army, Dr. Hall entered Southwestern Bible College (SBC) (Later SAGU) with a major in Christian Education. Shortly after graduation, he was ordained by the Assemblies of God. For the next four years he ministered as an evangelist. Dr. Hall explained, “While at SBC I developed an awareness and a burden for the training of Sunday school teachers and leaders for the local churches.”

Dr. Hall became involved in evangelism as well as leading teacher training workshops. “From that time on Christian Education became an integral part of the ministry which I felt God had set before me.”

After four years of evangelistic and teaching ministry, Dr. Hall entered a 60-hour Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) program at Phillips Seminary (Disciples of Christ) in Enid, Oklahoma. Shortly after graduating, he accepted an invitation from Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland,

Waxahachie, Texas- August 11, 2015- If you can’t make it to your favorite sporting event at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) you may be able to catch it on your computer.  SAGU Sports Network has released the 2015 fall broadcast schedule and 20 games will be covered live.

The fall broadcasting schedule will kick-off on Saturday, September 5, 2015 when SAGU football plays Westminster College at 11am.  Each home football game will be covered.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, two home volleyball games will be covered.  On the 12 th , SAGU will play Mid-America Christian University and Texas College.  Volleyball games will also be covered on September 18, October 6, 30 and 31.

Five men’s and women’s soccer games will also be broadcast by SAGU Sports Network.  The first soccer game to be aired live will be on September 24, 2015 against Huston-Tillotson.  Games on October 2, 17, 29 and 31 will also be covered.

All games will be broadcast at SAGU.TV.  There will be a pregame show before each game is broadcast.  You can follow on Twitter @SaguSportsNet for official times pregame shows will start.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – August 12, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) incoming freshman Erin Gaddis was awarded the 2015 Ralph Riggs General Superintendent’s National Scholarship (GSNS) sponsored by the Assemblies of God (AG) Trust and The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education . Two other incoming students, Bree Manning and Tyler Peterson, were chosen as semi-finalists for the GSNS.

GSNS winner Erin Gaddis Erin Gaddis ​was selected as the female winner of the GSNS scholarship. She is from Steelville, Missouri and graduated from Steelville High School. She participated in plenty of extracurricular high school activities including Student Council, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Class of 2015 student government, and Honors Band.

Gaddis is actively involved in her church and community. She has competed in the Fine Arts festivals at the district and national levels for the past seven years, placing top 10 multiple times and winning a National Award of Merit for Worship Dance Troupe in 2011.

In her town, she has been a member of the Missouri Community Betterment program and Steelville Youth Council for the past six years. Through these organizations, she has gained experience in planning and executing projects and events.

Gaddis is majoring in Human Services-Psychology and has a passion to help others. She said, “I am very excited to find out what God has in store for me as I begin my journey of higher education at SAGU!”

Bree Manning is a GSNS semi-finalist. She is from Toxey, Alabama and attended South Choctaw Academy (SCA). In high school, she was in the National Art Society and the National BETA Club. She was also the Student Government and FCA president at SCA.

Manning will be pursuing a bachelor's in Church Leadership in the new LEAD program and an associate degree in Education. She wants to work in the children's department at a church and teach elementary education.

Tyler Peterson is from Montrose, Colorado , and graduated from Vision Charter Academy. He is also a GSNS semi-finalist. He is pursuing a bachelor's in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Intercultural Studies. He wants to become a missionary and feels called to the Philippines.


The Riggs Scholarship Fund is made available by the AG Trust through The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. It is distributed in the following ways:

The General Superintendent's National Scholarship (GSNS) consists of two scholarships of up to $30,000 each (awarded over a 4-year period) awarded to one male and one female high school graduate who will be attending an Assemblies of God endorsed institution of higher education.

Ten finalists are selected; the eight not chosen for the GSNS receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship awarded over the first two semesters enrolled in an AG school.

AG Trust partners with AG Higher Education to “advance the training of leaders for future generations by providing scholarships for students planning to attend or attending Assemblies-of-God-endorsed, higher education institutions.”

AG Trust also provides loan repayment assistance for graduates of AG colleges and universities.

For more information about AG Trust and to complete an application, visit AG Trust Online . For more information about the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, visit AG.org.

“The General Council of the Assemblies of God appreciates the diversity of the Body of Christ and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, color, national…

Waxahachie, Texas – August 10, 2015 – Following the faithful service of two long-time presidents, Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) two primary auxiliary support organizations, the SAGU Alumni Association and the Southwestern Women’s Auxiliary (SWA), are now under new leadership.

Outgoing Alumni Association President Elwyn Johnston , and outgoing SWA President Gayle Henegar served their respective positions fully and faithfully for many years. Both Presidents were recognized for their service during the 2014-15 academic year, and continue to remain active members of the SAGU family.

SAGU is pleased to announce Renee Davis as President for SWA and Greg Thurstonson as President for the SAGU Alumni Association.

Renee Davis grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. She graduated from SAGU (then Southwestern Assemblies of God College) with an associate's Degree in Education in 1977. She then transferred to Texas A&M Commerce and completed a bachelor's degree in Education in 1979. Renee also received a master’s degree in Education from SAGU in 2014.

Renee has had a successful 30-year career in Texas public schools. She taught in Grand Prairie, Texas , and Maypearl, Texas , school districts. She explained, “These two districts were polar opposites of each other. One district was big and one was tiny, but each had children that needed a teacher to love and accept them.”

Renee served on the SWA board during its inception in 1993. She said, “SWA gives me an outlet to meet and serve with women from all walks of life. I love SAGU and am blessed to continue to give back.” Renee has a strong familial connection to SAGU, along with her husband, James Davis, who is the Grandson of former North Texas Superintendent , and President F.D. Davis .
Those early beginnings set the stage for SWA's continued service 22 years later. Although SWA is primarily for the beautification of the campus, they continue to play a major part on the SAGU campus by:

  • Presenting sponsor of Christmas at SAGU, the annual lighting of the Campus

  • Providing lemonade and cookies to families moving their students into the dorms

  • Supplying two yearly scholarships to deserving women serving in education during the semester in which they are student teaching

  • Planning events for missionary students to meet and fellowship

  • Providing roses to the graduating female seniors on commencement day

  • Raising funds for landscaping, the design of flowerbeds, and the decoration of walkways around campus

Through special projects, they have also contributed thousands of dollars to the development of the East University Drive entrance, the Momentum Residence Hall Campaign, the Emmaus Prayer Walk beautification and brick paver sales, the irrigation system for the law at Sycamore St. and the new fountain that adorns the courtyard of the Hagee Communication Center.
Any SAGU Alumna or friend of the university is eligible to join SWA. For more information, visit www.sagu.edu/swa .

Greg Thurstonson ​graduated from SAGU (then SAGC) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education in 1985. Greg brings a wealth of leadership, and knowledge to this position, having served on several ministry, nonprofit and community based governing and advisory boards. He previously served as the South Texas representative to the Alumni Council. He also serves as a member of the SAGU Board of Regents by virtue of his current position.

Greg and his wife, Deena, have over 30 years of ministerial experience and pioneered Dominion

Waxahachie, Texas- August 7, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) women’s basketball coach Tiffany Phillips has wrapped up her recruiting class for the 2015-2016 season.  Phillips is beginning her first year with the Lady Lions.

“I am very excited about this recruiting class. It was a fast and furious spring and summer but I am proud of the girls we signed and the players we have returning. I think that our practices will be very competitive and very intense and I like that a lot,” says Phillips.

Kaitlin Gibson is a freshman from Mexia, TX.  Phillips says the 5’8 guard will be a go-to defender, “Kaitlin is a very athletic young lady, she is quick and can jump out of the gym. She will develop into a great basketball player and I think she will be able to guard anybody on the floor.”

Peyton Stephens is a 5’8 guard from Keene, TX. Phillips is most impressed with Stephens work ethic, “Stephens is just a tough kid who has a passion for the game. She will come in and provide some competition in practice and make things more intense.”

Zengy Enabulele is a transfer junior from Jacksonville College.  Enabulele is a 5’9 forward from Ft. Worth, TX.   “Zengy is just an incredible athlete with great physical size and strength. She will provide some much needed offense for us and is just a competitor. She doesn’t want to lose and she is incredibly crafty on the offensive side of the floor,” explains Phillips.

YaYa Enabulele is a 5’7 forward from Ft. Worth, TX.  Enabulele is a transfer junior from Jarvis Christian College and is the sister of Zengy.  Phillips believes the visit to campus lured Enabulele to SAGU, “YaYa came in with Zengy on the tryout and I think she just loved the campus and the style of basketball we want to play. She is going to work hard on both ends of the floor and has a grit about her that I really like.”

Zoe Brown is a freshman from Pine Bluff, AR.  The 5’7 guard graduated from White Hall High School. “Zoe will be a walk-on for us,” says Phillips, “She will have time to acclimate to the college game.   She loves basketball and is a great fit for SAGU.”

Aundrea Morales is a 5’10 freshman forward from Billings, Montana.  Phillips expects Morales to make an instant impact, “I am really excited about what Aundrea brings to the team. She is a great shooter, she runs the floor well, she has great basketball IQ and she loves SAGU.”

“I cannot wait for the team to arrive on campus and get started and from talking with our players, they feel the same way. You can just sense the excitement around the program. I am ready to see what this group has,” says Phillips.

The Lady Lions will begin their season on November 3, 2015 when they play Wiley College at home.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 5, 2014 – Langston University was voted as the top team in the 2015 Central States Football League (CSFL) preseason poll, which marks the third consecutive season the Lions have been favored as the No. 1 team in the league’s preseason poll. Langston received a total of 60 votes, including 12 first place votes. Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) received the second place vote in the preseason picks.

“It’s a great compliment to our seniors who have worked hard and earned the respect of conference coaches,” says first-year head coach Frank Tristan.

Langston was eight points ahead of second-ranked SAGU, who received 52 total points and a pair of first place votes. SAGU’s placement in the preseason poll corresponds to last year’s finish for the Lions.  SAGU placed second in the CSFL behind Langston after a 38-10 loss to the number one team.

Bacone College (Ok.) sewed up third place with 37 points, as only one point separated Arizona Christian University and Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), who finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lyon College (Ark.) received 19 points to rank them in the sixth spot and Texas College rounded out the poll as the number seven team with 17 points.

During the 2015 season, seven teams will compete for the CSFL title, including three teams from Texas, two schools from Oklahoma, one University out of Arizona and one from Arkansas. The CSFL is comprised of Arizona Christian University, Bacone College, Langston University, Lyon College (Ark.), Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), and Texas College.

The 2015 season is the inaugural season for both Arizona Christian University and Lyon College.  The poll is compromised of the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

2015 CSFL Preseason Poll

Rank      School                                                                  Points (1st place votes)
1.            Langston University                                                        60 (12)
2.            Southwestern Assemblies of God (Tex.)                     52 (2)
3.            Bacone College                                                               37
4.            Arizona Christian University                                          34
5.            Wayland Baptist University (Tex.)                                33
6.            Lyon College (Ark.)                                                         19
7.            Texas College                                                                  17

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Press Release by Ryan Hintergardt
Edited by Natalie Tristan

Waxahachie, Texas- August 3, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has announced Sarah Harman as the new head softball coach.  Harmon will make the move to SAGU from Marion Military Institute.

“SAGU is excited about the opportunity to have Coach Harman join the campus community,” says Athletic Director Jesse Godding, “Coach Harman has demonstrated her abilities as a softball coach on multiple collegiate levels.  She possesses the skills and abilities to lead SAGU Softball into a new era.”

Harman has an extensive softball background.  Before taking the head coaching position at MMI, she was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton (Ohio).  In 2007-2009, Harmon was an assistant coach at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.  She received her graduate degree from Ball State (Muncie, Indiana) where she worked as a graduate assistant for the softball team.

At Defiance College (Defiance, Ohio), Harmon pitched for the softball team as well as played volleyball.  She was a four-year letter winner in both sports.  Harmon was a three-year All-Conference selection in softball.  She currently holds records for strikeouts, innings pitched, and games started.  In 2013 she was inducted into the Defiance College Hall of Fame for both volleyball and softball.

“As solid as her softball credentials appear, Coach Harman is a better individual who will have the best interests of the SAGU student-athlete at the forefront of the program.  SAGU is blessed to have been able to land an individual of her character,” says Godding.

“It’s an honor to lead the softball program at SAGU.  I would like to thank God and Coach Godding for entrusting me with this great opportunity.  I am thrilled to be a Lion now and to meet the team and hit the ground running,” says Harman.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- August 1, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team has announced a new assistant coach with the hire of Lauren Crenshaw.  Crenshaw has spent the past year as an assistant coach at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.

SAGU women’s head coach Tiffany Phillips is eager for Crenshaw to start working with the team, “I think Lauren is a great fit for SAGU. She comes from a great basketball background and has played and coached under some of the best coaches in the state of Arkansas. I am very excited to work with Lauren and I know she will be a hard worker and recruiter.”

Crenshaw is a 2014 graduate of Harding University.  Before Harding, Crenshaw played for former Sooner Athletic Conference foe Oklahoma Baptist University for two seasons.  She led Newcastle High School to a berth in the Oklahoma Class 4A quarterfinals in 2009 and was named the most valuable player in the 2010 Jim Thorpe All-Star Game.

“I am looking forward to starting my college coaching career in an amazing Christian environment,” says Crenshaw, “I am also looking forward to being under Coach Phillips.  She has great experience and I know I’ll learn a lot from her.”

“She is young and brings a lot of energy to the staff and she isn't far removed from playing at the college level. I think the girls will be able to relate well with her and she can help them grow on and off the court,” explains Phillips.

The Lady Lions will have a whole new look for the upcoming season with new leadership as well as a full roster of 16 players.  SAGU’s first game is November 3, 2015 versus Wiley College.  The game will be at SAGU with tip-off at 6pm.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- July 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football coaches, along with a handful of players, hosted over 100 kids from Life Church (Midlothian, Texas) in a game-day challenge.

“Coach Tristan and his team helped us show the love of Christ to the kids.  I am proud to be a Lion.  SAGU invested in my life and I wanted to let me university do the same for the kids.  We wanted to give them a glimpse of hope and that college is something that is obtainable,” says Life Church Kid’s Pastor Amy Urbanowicz.

Life Church kids made the afternoon trip to SAGU as part of their Day Camp.  In the morning session kids have a jam-packed church service where children discover and grow in their relationship with God and in the afternoon the kids take a wild field trip to places all around DFW.

At SAGU, Life Kids first participated in a scavenger hunt around then campus and then went to the athletic fields and played various games provided by the Game-Day Challenge Ministry.  The kids played flag-tag, human frogger, crazy three ball and had parachute races.

“On the bus ride home multiple students said that this was the best day camp field trip ever,” says Urbanowicz, “A big thanks to SAGU for making an impact on the kids of Life Church.”

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, ntristan[email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- July 28, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball assistant coach Garrett Jones has been named the new head coach at Montreat College.  Jones has spent the past four years coaching under head coach Donnie Bostwick at SAGU.

“I truly feel like I’ve played and worked for the best coach in college basketball,” says Jones, “A lot of people ask me what I would do different than Donnie as a head coach and I tell them, “nothing.” If I can be half the coach and leader that Donnie is, then I will make a great head coach.”

As a college basketball player at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), Jones played two years for Coach Bostwick.  As a senior, Jones led OKWU to a National Championship (NAIA Div. II).  After graduation, he spent two years at OKWU as a graduate assistant before making the move to SAGU in 2011.

At SAGU, Jones has made three trips to the NAIA National Tournament and appeared once in the NAIA National Championship.  Jones was a part of the Red River Conference Championship team in 2013 and the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship team in 2014. Over his past four years at SAGU, he has helped to amass a record of 108-33.

Coach Bostwick is excited to see where Jones leads Montreat’s program, “I am very excited for Garrett and Whitney. Montreat is getting a tremendous coach. Our programs would not have enjoyed the incredible success over the past eight seasons without him. He loves the Lord and coaches to glorify Christ. That places him in an elite group right there!”

Montreat College is a Christian college located in Montreat, North Carolina.  The School, like SAGU, is involved in the NAIA.  In the 2014-15 season, Montreat went 8-17 overall.  MC is a part of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

“Montreat's men's basketball program is very similar to SAGU's before we arrived. Our staff faces challenges but we are believing in God's plan for our program and looking forward to what he has in store,” says Jones.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- July 25, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) student-athlete Taylor Hill has been chosen to represent the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) as the 2015 nominee for the NAIA’s Duer Award. Hill was chosen by a SAC committee from nominees submitted by the 10 member schools. Hill, a native of Waxahachie, Texas, will be a senior on the women's basketball team at SAGU where she actively involved in both her academics and her community. She has been selected as an NAIA Scholar Athlete, SAC All-Academic Team, and is a member of the Dean’s Honor with a cumulative grade point average of 3.77.

Hill spends a portion of her time teaching at various basketball camps throughout the summer, including the Dallas Mavericks camps.  She also serves as an academic tutor on campus.

“The university could not have hand-picked a better student athlete to represent our institution,” said head football coach and university professor Frank Tristan. “We couldn’t be more proud of how she has committed to excellence in every area of her life and allowing us to continue to push her in that pursuit.”

The national award was created to honor A. O. Duer, the NAIA's former executive secretary who served the association for 26 years. The award has been annually presented since 1967 to a male and female junior student-athlete in any sport who has excelled in scholarship, character, and citizenship.

The NAIA will announce the winner on their National Awards Day which is September 15.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – July 24, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Krystle Sonmore was recently hired as an associate producer and host for Universal Sports Network (USN) in Denver, Colorado , covering Olympic sports and the process of qualifying.

Sonmore graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media. Upon graduation, she began working at KKCO 11 News and KJCT News 8 in Grand Junction, Colorado , as a weekend sports anchor. Eight months later she was promoted to sports director/news anchor where she anchored the evening sports Monday–Friday.

Sonmore said, “I loved Grand Junction and the time I spent there. After a lot of prayer I decided to go out of my comfort zone by moving to Denver and working with USN.” She is now writing scripts, editing feature stories, producing live shows, assisting with voice over sessions, on-air hosting and much more.

She explained how her decision to attend a smaller university prepared her for what she is doing now, “I asked myself, 'What can I get from a small Christian college in the broadcasting field?' I was looking at a couple other big universities, but in the end I felt God was leading me to SAGU. Every day was further confirmation that I was in the right place, and my professors truly wanted to help me pursue my dream.”

She contributes her success in media to the knowledge she gained at SAGU and the experience from student directing one of SAGU's four award-winning films. She explained, “Working with SAGU TV and being chosen as the student director for ‘ Under the Sun ’ gave me the knowledge and confidence to not only be a host or reporter, but to handle the behind-the-scenes work that I am doing now at USN.”

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About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Waxahachie, Texas – July 14, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor and Practical Theology Department Chair Dr. Clancy Hayes' book, ” Perpetuating Truth Through Teaching ,” has recently been translated into Portuguese and two other of his books are in the process of translation.

Dr. Hayes along with three other internationally published authors; Dr. Stan Toler , Dr. Marlene LaFever , and Michelle Anthony , addressed over 3200 participants at the 8th National Sunday School Congress sponsored by the Brazilian Assemblies of God’s publishing House (CPAD).

Dr. Hayes spoke on the subject of gathering and retaining people in the discipleship process. In addition, he presented seminars explaining the importance of connecting belief to behavior and how to be creative when teaching teens in discipleship settings.

When reflecting on his experience in Brazil, Dr. Hayes states, “The Christians in Brazil have a passion for discipleship. The church has a great opportunity to plant the seeds of the gospel into the minds of the young people in Brazil.”

Dr. Hayes has taught at SAGU since 2006 and leads the Practical Ministries Department at SAGU. His primary focus of teaching is in the area of spiritual formation. Before coming to SAGU, he served as national training coordinator for the Discipleship Department at the headquarters of the General Council of the Assemblies of God . He has served Assemblies of God congregations in Northern California and New Hampshire .

Dr. Hayes has written many articles, curriculum lessons, and books mostly associated with Christian education and spiritual formation. The tile of Hayes’ latest book is ” Reach All Your Students: Helping Students Enjoy the Learning Journey .”

Dr. Hayes regularly speaks at district events, local churches and internationally. For more information on scheduling, contact Dr. Hayes at [email protected] .

For infomation on his books, click here .

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- July 15, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) is proud to announce the recipients of the Team Academic Awards as presented by Cypress Risk Management for the recently completed 2014-15 sports season.  SAGU's men's track and field team took the top spot of all competing schools in the same sport with a 3.41 GPA.

The SAC Team Academic Award is given annually to each sports team whose student-athletes achieve the highest combined grade point average in conference-sponsored sports. Team GPA is computed based on all team members certified for eligibility in a given season and will include their cumulative GPA for the year (Fall & Spring semesters combined).

Wayland Baptist and Oklahoma City each had the most teams recognized with four each. WBU topped in baseball, women’s golf, men’s golf and shared volleyball with John Brown. OCU was tops in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, men’s soccer and softball.

Oklahoma Baptist had the top team grade point averages in three sports, including women’s soccer, women’s track and field, and women’s basketball.

Southwestern Assemblies of God had the best GPA in men’s track and field.

A total of 45 SAC teams had cumulative grade point averages higher than 3.0 with volleyball having the most with six.

2014-15 SAC Team Academic Awards
SPORT SCHOOL TEAM GPA
Women’s Cross Country Oklahoma City 3.65
Women’s Soccer Oklahoma Baptist 3.39
Women’s Track and Field Oklahoma Baptist 3.45
Women’s Golf Wayland Baptist 3.60
Women’s Basketball Oklahoma Baptist 3.47
Volleyball Wayland Baptist & John Brown 3.48
Softball Oklahoma City 3.42
Men’s Cross Country Oklahoma City 3.20
Men’s Soccer Oklahoma City 3.20
Men’s Track and Field Southwestern Assemblies of God 3.41
Men’s Golf Wayland Baptist 3.28
Baseball Wayland Baptist 3.10

Press Release by Justin Tinder, SAC Sports Information Director

St. Mary’s, Alaska- July 13, 2015- Two Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball players had the once in a lifetime opportunity to coach basketball camps in rural areas across Western Alaska.  Senior’s Rishaad Alexander and Jason Gentry worked for NBC Camps while traveling to different villages teaching fundamentals to local village children.

The young men had the opportunity to work with Southeastern University’s (Florida) head basketball coach RJ Barsh .  SAGU’s head basketball coach Donnie Bostwick made the introduction.

“I never would have thought that God would send me to Alaska to do something that I love to do,” says Alexander, “I must say it was quite a journey to get there, having to catch small planes and ferries but with my trust in God’s guidance and His protection I was able to have a safe trip.”

Gentry was the first to arrive in Alaska.  Making it to the primitive Hooper Bay, and then keeping up with the basketball schedule, wasn’t for the faint of heart.  He flew into Anchorage before hopping onto a small eight-seater plane, landing in Hooper Bay at 6pm and starting camp at 7pm.

Gentry was impressed with how basketball-crazy the kids in Alaska were, “Coach Barsh set the tone early and it didn't take long for me or the village kids to realize RJ was the real deal. At Hooper Bay we had camp for four days. We started at 9am and went until 9pm. The village kids live for basketball. That's all they do there.”

According to Gentry, coaching basketball was enjoyable but it wasn’t the best part, “At the end of the Hooper Bay camp we ended up having 32 salvations.  That was the best experience of the camp.”

After four days in Hooper Bay, Gentry flew inland to St. Mary’s, where Alexander met up for the next camp. Alexander appreciated the stark difference of life in Alaska, “The village life in St. Mary's, Alaska is a lot different from the urban life in Chicago but overall it is just as beautiful in its own way.  Majority of the people rode four wheelers to get around the village.  There is 23 hours of daylight in St. Mary's so it was kind of hard to get sleep as the sun would shine through our blinds and curtains.”

Alexander and Gentry also had the chance to experience life like a local.  They ate fresh King Salmon and moose pepper sticks as well as fishing in the Andreafsky River .  Alexander was the only one to catch a fish, which was a first for him.  Both young commented on how this trip was an opportunity that won’t easily come around again.

Hooper Bay is over 500 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska.  There is no way to drive to Hooper Bay from Anchorage and no way to commute by car from Hooper Bay to St. Mary’s.

Coach Donnie Bostwick will be offering an NBC Camp at SAGU on July 20-23, 2015.  Ages 8-18 are welcome.  Click HERE for more information.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – July 11, 2015- Seven Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU ) football players have been named to the 2015 USA College Football NAIA Division Preseason All American list.  Juniors Ethan Eastwood and Chadd Dearen made 1 st team.

“This is a well-deserved honor for all of these guys. They work hard and are committed to excellence,” explains head coach Frank Tristan , “I appreciate the fact that they are more excited to see the success of the team than to see their individual success.”

Eastwood is a linebacker from Maypearl, Texas . In 2014 he led SAGU in tackles, averaging over 10 a game. He ranked number 18 in the NAIA (in all positions) for tackles per game. He was named 1 st Team Central States Football League (CSFL) Defense .

Dearen is a kicker from Rowlett, Texas.  Last year, Dearen was named CSFL’s Special Teams Player of the Yea r. He had a 39.2 punt average.  Dearen was 10 of 16 for field goals with a long of 49 yards.

Senior tight end Tyler Jenkins (Weatherford, Texas) was named 2 nd Team Offense. Freshman defensive end Matt Lighter (Katy, Texas) was named 2 nd Team Defense.

Seniors Andrez Brewster and Shakeem Taylor, as well as junior Javier Lopez all made Honorable Mention.

SAGU football will start their season on September 5 th when they host Westminster College .  The game will be played at Midlothian High School Stadium with kick-off set for 11am.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – July 8, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus John Stout cooks with compassion as manager of the Texas unit of Mercy Chefs.

Nine years ago, when Chef Gary LeBlanc and his wife Ann witnessed the type of food being offered to those putting out so much effort as well as to those suffering such great loss, they knew they had to do something about it. So, they launched the compassion ministry Mercy Chefs, as the couple knew well prepared “comfort foods” not only are nourishing, but truly do provide a sense of comfort and well being.

In 2010, Chef John Stout, an Assemblies of God minister, felt he wasn't truly fulfilling his calling, so he began seeking the Lord. “I was praying for God to open doors to ministry that wasn't pastoral ministry,” Stout recalls. “Then I met the CEO of Mercy Chefs , Gary LeBlanc. He told me about the program and it captured my attention.”

Stout would get his “feet wet” with Mercy Chefs with a 6-week stint volunteer effort in Haiti , as untold thousands were in desperate need of food and clean drinking water following the massive earthquake that struck the island.

Was Mercy Chefs an answer to prayer for Stout? Undeniably.

“We've been to just about every major disaster in the United States since 2010,” Stout says. “I'm actually on a 400-mile trip home right now — I just left Wimberley [Texas, where historic flooding left behind death and ruin] having spent the last 12 days there, and I've been deployed for 45 consecutive days, having come from two tornado disasters prior to that.”

The efforts of Mercy Chefs, which currently cover most of the Central and Eastern United States, is more than one might first imagine.

Stout explains that they have a refrigerated box truck (for food) and a 32-foot and 42-foot mobile kitchen where Chefs prepare and serve meals — meals that include savory meats, seasoned vegetables, a variety of expertly prepared “starch” foods such as roasted potatoes, and homemade desserts along with a drink all served in a “stay warm” container. Mercy Chefs partners with a local church and sets up its mobile kitchen in the church's parking lot, where church and community members can volunteer to help. The meals are offered to all who are in need, for Stout says the old adage holds much truth — the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

“We served about 15,000 meals, working 16- to 18-hour days, for 12 days in Wimberley,” Stout says. “Of those meals, I would estimate 13,500 of them were personally delivered to people — victims, first responders, and volunteers. This gives a church unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to those who otherwise may have nothing to do with the church.”

Stout, who has been the manager of the Texas unit of Mercy Chefs for the last two years, explains that they have about 25 or 30 chefs and 150 volunteers who minister through Mercy Chefs on a rotating basis.

“The chefs and volunteers donate their time,” Stout says, “so, they can't be expected to be gone from their jobs for weeks at a time. But we are adding more chefs to our list of volunteers almost every day.”

Although it would seem that Mercy Chefs would be happy for any help they could get, Stout says chefs are carefully selected through an interview process. Chefs must not only be Christians, but Christians who openly display the love and joy of Christ through their expressions, words, and actions.

“You can't give what you don't have,” Stout says

Waxahachie, Texas- July 8, 2015- The Southwest Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team has picked up junior transfer student Carlie Tuiasosopo.  Tuiasosopo will come to SAGU from North Lake College.

“Carlie brings with her two years of collegiate play.  She is a very strong player who can play all three front positions as well as play back row,” says head coach Hank Moore, “We are a very young team and see will give us great depth and maturity.”

At North Lake College, Tuiasosopo had 222 kills for the season, averaging over 2.5 kills per set.  Her hitting percentage was .204 for the season.  She was named 2 nd Team All-Conference.  Tuiasosopo attended Odessa College her freshman year.  She graduated from Copperas Cove High School where she made 1 st Team All District her senior year and was Academic All District all four years.

After visiting SAGU, Tuiasosopo knew it was the school for her, “I’m excited to be at SAGU of course for volleyball, but also to be surrounded with like-minded people.  I chose to go to SAGU because I felt like the values I have matched the values the school holds.”

The Lady Lions 2015 season will begin on Friday, August 21 at 2:00pm, when SAGU plays Langston University.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- July 7, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball coach Donnie Bostwick has announced one more basketball camp at the end of July.  This camp is geared for the smallest of aspiring basketball players.

SAGU’s diaper dandy camp will be offered for boys and girls ages four to 10 years old.  The two-day camp will be on Friday July 24 and Saturday July 25, 2015 from 9am to noon.  Cost is $50 per camper.

Coach Bostwick has one simple goal for the camp, “We want to make this an enjoyable experience for little kids as they learn the basics of dribbling and shooting. We will have a few contests for the older kids but the emphasis is on participation and everyone leaving camp with a fun, positive experience.  We want these kids forever hooked on the game of basketball.”

The goals will be lowered in the gym and the athletes will be broken up into three groups; small, smaller and smallest.  The camp will be held in the Sheaffer Gymnasium.  Sign-up on the day of the event is welcome.  For more information call the Athletics Office at (972) 825-4672.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – July 7, 2015 – BestColleges.com recognized Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) as one of Texas' Best Colleges for 2015.

SAGU ranked #24 on The 50 Best Colleges in Texas list with University of Texas at Austin , Rice University , Texas A&M University , Texas Christian University and Baylor University included in the rankings.

BestColleges.com reviewed over 150, 4-year schools in the Texas by assessing key performance indicators such as enrollment, retention, graduation, and loan default rates.

SAGU has grown from its humble beginnings of 43 students to nearly 2,000 students. SAGU recently set its second consecutive record dorm enrollment with 1002 students living on campus. The number is the highest in SAGU’s history.

Also, SAGU's Harrison Graduate School reached record highs thanks in part to the addition of an MBA, MOL, and Doctor of Ministry. SAGU offers more than 70 academic degrees in professional and theological studies including criminal justice, history, counseling/psychology, mathematics, theology, ancient studies, social work, digital media arts, and sports management and many more. Small class sizes and a student teacher ratio of 21-to-1 provide a personal and comfortable learning environment.
The 73-acre campus has five residence halls; two of which, Bridges and Teeter, were built since 2006. A new two-story wellness center opened in 2010, and in Fall 2013 SAGU opened the state-of-the-art John & Diana Hagee Communication Center (HCC) to house the digital media, music and theatre programs.

In addition to opening the campus for special events and camps during the summer, SAGU’s HCC provides more opportunities to partner with the community. The HCC also houses a 600-seat performing arts auditorium and an Einstein Bros. Bagels. The new eatery offers a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items beyond the traditional bagel. The new venue also provides a new place for campus family and the local community to work and study while enjoying hot and cold coffees, smoothies and more.

Interested in what undergraduate and graduate degrees SAGU offers? Click here .

About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Waxahachie, Texas- July 2, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s soccer team will be losing sophomore player Stephen Gracza in the fall.  Gracza has received the rare opportunity to attend the United States Military Academ y in West Point, New York.

At 12 years old Gracza received “ The West Point Candidate Book ” as a gift from his grandmother.  After reading the book, West Point became his dream, “I fell in love with the United States Military Academy and what it stood for. The institution's motto – Duty, Honor, and Country – represented what I felt God had called me to at a young age. For the last eight years I have been preparing myself academically, physically, and mentally.”

One year ago Gracza applied to West Point, but did not get accepted.  It was a blow, but he never lost sight of his goal, “It was hard to bounce back, focus, and stay dedicated to my dream. I had to redo the whole application process, while attending college, but God is gracious and helped me see it through. I felt blessed and humbled by what has been accomplished,” he explains.

What makes Gracza’s story even more amazing is that this past year at SAGU was his first full year living in the states.  His parents, Paul and Jocelyn Gracza, are missionaries to Hungary.  Gracza was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and grew up bilingual in the Hungarian education system.

He believes living 5,500 miles away from home has helped prepare him for his future in New York, “I developed better time management skills and a greater appreciation for the people around me. The soccer team was a huge help acclimating and preparing for what lay ahead. Coach Oancea and the guys kept me physically prepared for West Point and gave me a family to call my own. I hope to utilize my soccer skills at the United States Military Academy this coming year.”

The next four years will be spent at West Point, and after that he is required to serve at least five active years in the military.  Gracza is unsure of how those five years will be spent as a second lieutenant in the US Army, “Whether that will be in military intelligence, infantry, or military police, I have not fully decided. I believe a cadet must stay open-minded with an understanding that initial ideas might change. I plan on majoring in International Relations during my four years and will utilize the skill set where I feel God is leading me.”

Even though SAGU was only home for one year, Gracza is thankful for his time in Waxahachie, “I will miss all the people that have blessed me over the span of a year, my friends who encouraged me, the students who made the atmosphere very pleasant and the teachers and faculty that took the time to invest in my life with wise words and prayers. Teachers really do develop a closer connection and relationship with their students here at SAGU.”

Congressman Pete Olson chose Gracza as the principle nominee to represent the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. Gracza was told on January 7, 2015 that he was accepted.  Only 9% of applicants to the United States Military Academy are accepted each year.

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling

Waxahachie, Texas- June 26, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball has announced the dates of their upcoming camps.  The camp will be offered for grades four through seniors in high school.

The junior high camp (grades 7 & 8) is offered July 13-15, 9:00am to noon.  Senior high camp is July 13-15, 1pm to 4pm.  The camp will cost $85.

The Elementary Camp will be July 16-18, 9am to noon.  Grades four-six are invited to attend.  The price for the three-day camp is $85.

For more information on the camps call the Athletics Office at (972) 825-4672.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- June 25, 2015- After leading Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) athletics department to yet another successful season, Lions athletic director Jesse Godding has been voted by his peers as the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Athletic Director of the Year.

Godding will be the league’s official nomination for consideration of the NAIA National Athletic Director of the year scheduled to be announced later this year.

Godding, who is in his fifth year as AD at SAGU, previously served as the Lions’ head football coach for 13 years.

“On behalf of the SAC, I extend our congratulations to Jesse,” stated Commissioner John Hudson. “His commitment to the overall development of the student-athlete is evident, and he is a well-respected leader within the conference.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition from the conference as a representative of SAGU Athletics,” said Godding. ” SAGU coaches, support staff, and administration been responsible for the development of something very special in the Lion Athletic Department over the years.   Any individual recognition is a direct reflection of the success of SAGU student-athletes on the field of play, classroom, and in the community. I am honored and extremely blessed to be able to lead SAGU athletics and receive this recognition.”

Godding oversees an athletic department that consists of 12 varsity sports including baseball, softball, football, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field.

Godding’s tenure as SAGU athletic director has seen the addition of five varsity sports, renovation of athletic practice facilities, creation of on-campus baseball and softball facilities, modification in athletic scholarship procedures, and entrance into the Sooner Athletic Conference.

In addition to serving as athletic director Godding is program coordinator for the Business Sports Management major, monitors sport management internships, is President of the Central States Football League and served as NAIA football rater from 2011-2014.

Dr. Kermit Bridges, SAGU President, said, “This is a significant honor for both Jesse and SAC and is reflective of his consistent hard work and deep devotion to the ideals of the Sooner Athletic Conference, the NAIA, and SAGU.

Godding is a 1999 graduate of Northern State University with a Master of Arts in Teaching and is currently pursuing Doctor of Education in Sports Management from United States Sports Academy.

Press Release by: Justin Tinder, SAC Sports Information Director

Waxahachie, Texas – June 25, 2015 – The Utah Jazz hire former Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) head athletic trainer Brain Zettler.

Zettler, who was the head athletic trainer for SAGU from 1998-2000, has been working the professional basketball ranks for 18 years, including as the Jazz's assistant athletic trainer and equipment manager for the past 12 years. He previously assisted the Dallas Cowboys' training staff for four years and was the vice president of the Arena Football Physician and Trainers Association while working as the Dallas Desperados' trainer.

Before joining the Jazz, Zettler gained NBA training experience with the Dallas Mavericks from 1997 until 2003. He's also been on the training staff for NBA Basketball Without Borders in Spain (2009), Africa (2011) and Rome (2013).

Zettler will become just the fourth head athletic trainer in Jazz history when he officially takes over in July after Gary Briggs' contract expires.

Zettler has a pair of college degrees from Texas A&M (bachelor's) and North Texas (master's) and received his athletic trainer certification through the National Athletic Trainers Association program.

In 2013, Zettler, who has a wife (Hope) and four children, was named the Man of the Year for his efforts working on behalf of Utah's Leukemia and Lymphoma Society . He helps sponsor a scholarship for students in his hometown of Waxahachie, Texas, who demonstrate excellence in sports, schoolwork and in that community. He was elected to the inaugural Waxahachie High School Athletic Hall of Fame class in 2012.

About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. Theuniversity was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus oronline. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Adapted from article by Jody Genessy , Deseret News.

Waxahachie, Texas – June 24, 2015 – Following Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) 107th Commencement in May, students departed for summer break. However, the SAGU campus remains a hub of activity and has become a North Texas hot spot for camps and conventions. In total, SAGU will host 5,055 campers and an estimated 6,000+ visitors by the end of July, beating the previous years total of 4,560 campers.

This summer, SAGU plays host to North Texas Fine Arts Festival, Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders, Assemblies of God North Texas District Council, Camp U, Encounter God's Presence Camp, Royal Family Kids Camp, Art-Life Camp, SAGU Soccer Day Camp, Christian Cheerleaders of America, 220 Camp, Nike Football/Baseball Camp, SAGU Basketball Camp, FC Dallas Youth Soccer Camp, SAGU Basketball Day Camp, Church of God of Prophecy District Council and SAGU Volleyball Day Camp .

SAGU was voted #37 in The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World by Christian Universities Online. The campus blends the nobility of the Farmer Administration Building, a registered historic landmark constructed in 1901, with expansive new amenities in the additions of the Garrison Wellness Center (GWC) and Hagee Communication Center (HCC).

The GWC has become a key resource for athletic camps. The 32,000-square-foot building provides an indoor basketball court, track, junior Olympic-style pool, racquetball courts, weights and cardio equipment.

The HCC, which opened in Fall 2013, created even broader resources for small and large events. The upscale performing arts center features a state-of-the-art recording studio, a television studio, black box theatre and a 600-seat performing arts auditorium.
Groups can schedule events in the HCC by contacting Tom Lepper at 972-923-5500 or emailing [email protected] . For any other on-campus events contact Terry Phipps at 972-825-4801 or email [email protected] .

About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. Theuniversity was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus oronline. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Maat2RS Waxahachie, Texas- June 21, 2015- It wasn't the way Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football stand-out Jeremiah Maat pictured his junior football season going. During spring ball over a year ago, the linebacker tore his rotator cuff. It was a season-ending injury and it changed the course of the next year.

“Having to sit out last season was the worst for me,” says Maat, “It was the first time that I haven't played and started football in my position since I began football in 7th grade.”

It didn't take Maat long to readjust his focus. The mission's major from Slidell, Louisiana , decided to take an internship in Zimbabwe, Africa. He spent three months oversees, completing a semester of school while getting invaluable hands-on experience, “I worked with the missionaries on the field, and was allowed to do many things on my own such as speaking engagements, prayer meetings, and just fellowshipping with local pastors who became good friends.”

Maat worked hand in hand with local missionaries, helping to build churches, visiting villages and speaking to congregations. One all-night prayer meeting stood out in his memory, “We arrived at what I can only describe as a brick and mud hut. It had two rooms and no water or electricity. We had a small lantern for light and our voices for music. It was me and these amazing African people worshiping God in a hut the entire night. We sang and danced at times, cried out to God, and just sat in his presence at times.”

The semester overseas was life-changing for Maat as he came to realize people, at the core, were all the same, “It's those moments when you make a friend despite color of skin, continent you grew up on, or amount of money you have. Those are my favorite moments.”

Currently, Maat is back in the United States preparing for what will be his final season of football, “I have never worked out harder in all of my life as I am now. My shoulder is getting stronger than it has ever been, and there is no doubt in my mind that I will come in this season in my best shape.”
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Being in his best shape ever is exciting news for SAGU football. In 2013, Maat helped lead his team to a 6-4 record and a Central States Football League Co-Championship, averaging nine tackles a game as a sophomore.

Maat's immediate goal is focused on his strongest football season ever, but his long-term goal is to make it back to the mission's field, “My time overseas has changed my outlook on life a lot. I have a deeper perspective on what poverty is and what is necessary for happiness. I learned just to love people no matter what because that is what Christianity is at the core of it all.”

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
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Waxahachie, Texas – June 18, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) ranked in Best Counseling Degree's “Top 25 Most Affordable Advanced Degrees in Pastoral Care and Counseling.”

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Counseling/Psychology Dr. Robert Mapes said, “We are pleased that our degrees have received this recognition. We believe we have combined the most credible curriculum, outstanding faculty and a combination of effective experiential learning sites to graduate students who are immediately ready to step into ministry and service sites to make a positive difference.”

​SAGU's Harrison Graduate School (HGS) ranked 21st overall for the affordable Master of Divinity with a concentration in counseling and the Master of Science in Human Services Counseling programs. HGS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges . It was established in 1996 and now offers 21 master’s and doctoral degrees.

The Master of Divinity allows students to choose from among six concentrations including Counseling. The Master of Science in Human Services Counseling (Non-Clinical) degree provides counseling skills to individuals and ministry professional seeking advanced training for work in agencies, institutions and church related settings. These degrees are offered on campus and online.

  • Graduate Tuition: $10,080

  • Student Population: 1984

  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1

The list was created by assessing regionally accredited schools that offer graduate degrees in the pastoral counseling field. Schools that had programing with a counseling track concentration and a pastoral/biblical focus were then sorted by affordability, ranking from high to low. When looking at the schools that met our initial criteria (118 schools) the tuition ranged from $4,590 – $40,200. This list covers the 25 most affordable of these schools ranging in cost from $4,590 – $10,674.

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About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado – June 18, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) men’s basketball coach Donnie Bostwick wrapped up a week working to decide the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team . Twelve players from across the U.S. made the team.

“I want thank God for this opportunity,” says Bostwick, “ USA Basketball does an incredible job of selecting and preparing these young players. I have learned over the years to enjoy the journey and build relationships. Sharing God's love while doing this is where true joy is found. The last thing I told each player was to win the gold and that I would be praying for them.

While Bostwick was in Colorado he worked as a court coach. For three days Bostwick and two other court coaches worked closely with all of the 21 athletes. At the end of the camp, the three court coaches, along with the USA Coaches Committee , worked together to decide what players made the team. A process that was difficult to do says Bostwick, “With each decision a player’s dream to play for the USA would either come true or be shattered.”

Out of the 12 players selected for the team, eight already boast prior USA Basketball experience. The USA U19 squad will look to defend its 2013 U19 gold at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship from June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece . Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 19 years old or younger.

Coach Bostwick was honored with the opportunity he received with USA Basketball, “It was important to me to represent the NAIA and small college coaches to the best of my ability. There are many incredible coaches who never get this sort of opportunity. The credit goes to my assistant coaches, players, and my family. Along with God's favor, these people are the ones who have sacrificed a lot resulting in our success.”
The returning gold medalists named to the U19 squad include: Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic H.S./Union, N.J.); Jalen Brunson (Stevenson H.S./Lincolnshire, Ill.);Terrance Ferguson (Homeschooled/Dallas, Texas); Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C.); Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep, Calif./Southfield, Mich.); Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.); Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.) and Allonzo Trier (Findlay Prep, Nev./Seattle, Wash.).

Also selected for the USA U19 Team were: Jawun Evans (Kimball H.S./Dallas, Texas); Chinanu Onauku (Louisville/Lanham, Md.); L.J. Peak (Georgetown/Gaffney, S.C.); and Thomas Welsh (UCLA/Redondo Beach, Calif.).
The 2015 USA Men's U19 World Championship Team will be led by Sean Miller (Arizona), along with USA assistant coaches Ed Cooley (Providence) and Archie Miller (Dayton).

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]




SAC Waxahachie, Texas- June 16, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) has announced the 2014-15 SAC Academic All-Conference team for winter and spring sports and 19 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) athletes made the list. To be eligible for the team, students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA during the previous two semesters.  Athletes also must be letter winners of their respective team.  The award is presented by Cypress Risk Management.

The athletes to make the team are as follows.  Track and field: Jose Campos and Luke Flattery.  Softball: Britney Johnson, Bethany Krock, Lynnette Riggs and Laken Ward.  Baseball: Collin Gifford, Eric Hagstron, Kevin McCreight, Gregory Threadgill.  Women’s Basketball:  Kassy Cox, Brittany Griffin, Taylor Hill, Bethany Krock, Shaina Tanks, Laken Ward.  Men’s Basketball:  Andrew Erskine, Caleb Feemster, Clayton O’Neill.

The Sooner Athletic Conference has announced 261 student-athletes have earned their spot on the 2015-16 Academic All-Conference teams in the winter and spring sports of basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis and golf.

About SAGU:  Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – May 27, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) introduced a new 4-year need-based scholarship that is designed to complement the existing financial aid offerings for new on-campus students.

Vice President for Enrollment & Retention Eddie Davis said, “We are committed to serving students by providing the necessary financial resources to meet their educational goals and financial obligations to the university.” He continued, “The new 'SAGU Grant' allows us to continue to assist students that have a desire to come to SAGU, but have additional financial needs.”

Financial need is determined through a number of factors. Some of these include family income, number of people in the household and the amount of other financial aid the student receives. The first steps to qualifying for this new need-based aid are: applying to SAGU and completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .

SAGU uses both financial need and academic information to determine the goal discount of each new on-campus student. If traditional federal, state and institutional grants and scholarships are not enough to reach that goal discount, SAGU commits to make up the difference with this new scholarship.

Click here to apply and visit www.fafsa.gov to complete your FASFA.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

SWEliteCampRS Waxahachie, Texas- June 9, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) played host to the 2015 Southwest Elite Football Camp.  The event was a one-day camp that introduced local high school athletes to college coaches from across Texas, as well as coaches across the nation.

The Elite Camp at SAGU was the first one to be held in the DFW area.  Several colleges were represented including Oregon State University, Midwestern State University (Abilene), Trinity University (San Antonio) Navarro College, as well as SAGU.

Position coaches were on hand to take quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, offensive/defensive linemen, defensive backs and linebackers through drills.  67 high school athletes attended the camp.

SAGU football coach Frank Tristan is impressed with the turn-out for the first year as well as the goal of the camp, “The best part about this camp is that it is attended by coaches from multiple schools, which ultimately gets more kids scholarships for college.”

The Southwest Elite staff will travel to Langham Creek High School (Houston, Texas) on June 11 th before finishing the Lone-Star State tour at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas for a camp offered on June 12 th.

Southwest Elite Camps are hosted by the same organization that puts on the Northwest Elite Camps in the Northwest.  The camp in Seattle is attended by all PAC-12 coaches and over 700 student-athletes attend.

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan- [email protected]

Rambo Waxahachie, Texas – June 8, 2015 – In his first professional season, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Dominique Rambo won a Mongolian National Basketball (MNBA) Championship and was awarded MNBA Playoffs Most Valuable Player in his professional rookie season with Xapuara Hawks in laanbaatar, Mongolia .

Rambo said, “I just thank God for opening the door to travel the world, play the game I love and meet so many new people.” He continued, “Mongolian fans are passionate about basketball, much like at SAGU . They treated me great.”

Rambo joined the Xapuara Hawks halfway through the regular season, sitting in ninth place. As he did in 2013 at SAGU , Rambo ignited the team on an unlikely run advancing to post-season play.

He led the Hawks on a 14 game winning streak, catapulting them to a second place finish in the regular season and earning a highly sought after playoff berth. It also brought Rambo the honor of Most Valuable Player for the second half of the regular season.

Rambo joined former Chicago Bulls draft pick, 6’10 American Tommy Smith, in leading the Hawks through three rounds of playoff victories that took them to the MNBA Championship .

Rambo, who was named Playoffs Most Valuable Player , was humbled by what God accomplished, “The way God brought our team together was amazing. Our Rambo1 team got a new coach when I arrived and it took a couple of games for all of us to come together, but God really showed up. I knew God’s favor was a part of what was happening.”

A former two-time NAIA Player of the Year , Rambo led SAGU to the 2013 National Championship game.

Head Basketball Coach Donnie Bostwick said, “Success seems to follow him. He credits that success to his faithfulness to God and always strives to give God the glory.” He continued, “With his hard work, faith and talent, don’t be surprised if God has bigger things in store for him.”

MNBA games are broadcasted on MNBATV . Rambo also made an appearance on a Sprite commercial. Rambo explained, “ SAGU prepared me spiritually and athletically. I am so thankful for that. Every day I thank God for my health, my family, friends, and all he has done and will do in my career.”

About SAGU :
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Adapted from article by: Donnie Bostwick

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Head Coach Bostwick Colorado Springs, Colorado- June 3, 2015- Collegiate head coaches Donnie Bostwick of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), Kerry Keating from Santa Clara University and LeVelle Moton of North Carolina Central University will serve as court coaches for the 2015 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp. The USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team committee selected the court coaches.

“The court coaches are just as important as any individuals in the USA Basketball program,” said Jim Boeheim Syracuse Hall of Fame head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. “Part of sustaining a successful program is insuring that the instruction will be the best we can provide.”

The three court coaches will assist the 2015 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team coaching staff during training camp, which will take place June 13-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, will be played June 27-July 5 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, where the USA will be led by the University of Arizona's Sean Miller and assistant coaches Ed Cooley of Providence College and Archie Miller of the University of Dayton.


In his four seasons at Southwestern Assemblies of God (2011-12 to present), Bostwick has collected a 108-33 record (.766 winning percentage), and he led his team to two conference championships and the 2013 NAIA Championship game.

“I am so honored to have this opportunity,” said Bostwick. “God has blessed me with an amazing journey, which includes winning national championships, traveling to Africa, Asia, Europe, Hawaii and speaking at many coaching events, including the NCAA Final Four, but I place this experience with USA Basketball at the top. Representing my country and my God is both humbling and pure joy.

“I take this opportunity as a privilege and will cherish it.”

Completing in 2014-15 his eighth season (2007-08 to present) as head coach at Santa Clara, Keating has compiled a 128-139 record. He has led his team to appearances in the 2013 College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament and the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

An assistant at UCLA for four seasons (2003-04 to 2006-07), Keating helped the Bruins to back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances (2006 and 2007), two Pacific-10 Conference titles and a 91-41 record (.690 winning percentage).

“I am humbled and honored to be included in the USA U19 training camp,” Keating said. “I am looking forward to helping the staff and players in any way possible as they prepare for the (FIBA U19 World Championship) and look forward to seeing them progress towards their ultimate goal of a gold medal.

“USA Basketball has always had a special place in my coaching career dating back to helping P.J. Carlesimo in the 1991 World University Games (training) camp – a team that coincidentally included Sean Miller.”

Moton will enter his first USA basketball coaching assignment after becoming the first men's basketball coach in North Carolina Central history to repeat as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season champions with a 16-0 record in 2014-15.

In his six years at his alma mater, Moton has amassed a 114-75 record (.603 winning percentage), which includes three 20-win seasons.

The NCCUHall of Famer joined the program's staff after serving as the boys basketball coach at Sanderson High School in North Carolina from 2004 to 2007, where he led the Spartans to an
AaronEmbry Waxahachie, Texas- June 2, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball coach Donnie Bostwick has signed Aaron Embry to the 2015-2016 roster.  Embry is a graduate from San Antonio’s Southwest High School.

“Aaron is unique combination of a great outside touch with solid frame to play inside as well,” explains Bostwick, “His reach allows him to play bigger than he is. I believe he is going to turn into a very good college basketball player. I love forwards who can both shoot and will battle inside.”

Embry, a 6’4 forward, was named 1 st Team All-District 28-6A.  He averaged 17.8 points per game, shooting over 65-percent from the field and nearly 40-percent from the three point line.  Embry also averaged almost seven rebounds per game.

Embry will join five other new commitments for the fall; incoming freshman Isaak Rowe (Mansfield Legacy), Markey Young (Colleyville Heritage), Elbert Lawrence Jr. (Arlington Grace) as well as transfers Tyler Pate (Blinn Junior College) and Keyunta Watkins (Temple College).

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – June 2, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) hosts The Isaacs on July 18, 2015, in the Hagee Center Performance Hall at 6 p.m.

The Isaacs are a multi-award winning family group that began singing 35 years ago based out of Hendersonville, Tennessee . The group consisting of mother Lily Isaacs, and daughters Becky and Sonya Isaacs and son Ben Isaacs, along with John Bowman (husband of Becky Isaacs) as an instrumentalist and songwriter.

The Isaacs’ many awards and accomplishments include Grammy nominations, numerous SGN and Singing News Fan Awards , and four Dove Awards including the 2008 Dove Award for Country Album of the Year (Big Sky) .

In addition to their success as performers and recording artists, Becky and Sonya are also making their mark on the gospel music industry as songwriters. Most recently, their song, “Your Cries Have Awoken the Master” was named the #1 Singing News Song of 2008.

The Isaacs have become a favorite on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and they maintain a full schedule of their own tour dates, performing in all kinds of venues from small country churches to bluegrass festivals to large arenas, as well as their regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.

Their album “The Living Years” reached #10 on the Billboard Christian Albums in 2013 and #1 on the Billboard US Bluegrass albums.

Tickets are $20 and on sale here

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
MarvinElementaryRS2 Head coach Tiffany Phillips meeting kids at Marvin Elementary for the first time Waxahachie, Texas- June 1, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team is proud to announce a new partnership with Clift Elementary in Waxahachie.  The Lady Lions will be working with Clift Elementary closely through the school year to help mentor students.

Many students at Clift ride the school bus, arriving at school around 7:15AM.  There is a 30 minute time period where students eat breakfast in the cafeteria and then wait in the gym for school to begin.  During that time, SAGU players will have the opportunity to help look over homework, listen as student’s practice reading to complete reading logs, and spend time motivating students who may need extra attention.

“Quality time invested in a child’s life is a precious commodity,” explains Clift Counselor Anita Barnes, “We are glad to know that a coach, who has just moved to Waxahachie to serve at your college, is already looking to offer that to our students.”

SAGU head coach Tiffany Phillips can’t wait for the school year to get started, “I'm very pleased about the opportunity to partner with Clift Elementary to mentor their students. I think it will be great for my young ladies to be involved in these children's lives. I'm thankful to Clift for allowing us to be a part of their elementary and the student’s growth.”

Coach Phillips plans to do something on a weekly basis with Clift Elementary as well as Marvin Elementary.  Both schools are in Waxahachie.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Los Angeles, California – May 27, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men's soccer junior goalkeeper Cesar Espana was selected by the the Salvadoran Football Federation to play in the 2015 World Minifootball Federation (WMF) Arena Soccer World Cup for El Salvador .

Espana said, “It was an honor to represent my country in a tournament like this. It was a great experience and I am excited to see where God leads me in my soccer career.”

Minifootball is 6v6 indoor soccer with tens of millions of amateur and professional players around the world.

The 2015 WMF Arena Soccer World Cup was the first of its kind. In 2013, the Confederacion Panamericana de Minifutbol (CPM) , in conjunction with the Major Arena Soccer League were selected to host the event which was played March 21-29, 2015, in multiple cities and venues in the United States and Canada .

Espana grew up playing with the Salvadoran National Team until coming to the United States in 2008. Espana graduated from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas , where he was the starting keeper and was awarded Most Valuable Player in his senior year.

He began studying at SAGU in Fall 2011 and played a role in SAGU men's soccer first ever NCCAA regional tournament championship and national tournament appearance. He graduates from SAGU in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Business–Sports Management.

Upon graduation, he plans on pursuing professional soccer in North America , Central America and Europe. Concluding his playing career, he plans on furthering his education to becoming a university teacher and soccer coach, along with his goalkeeping academy.

​Espana is also a coach for South City F.C. and a board member for a nonprofit organization that offers character building, educational assistance, and soccer training in El Salvador called El Golazo De Tu Vida .

The Chicago Mustangs , members of the Major Arena Soccer League , hosted the final of the WMF World Cup that saw the United States National Arena Soccer Team defeat Team Mexico 5-3 at the Sears Centre Arena .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
FootballCampRS Waxahachie, Texas- May 25, 2015- The Southwest Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team is excited to announce the 2015 Contact Football Camp schedule.  This is the third year SAGU will play host to the Contact Football Camp.

New head coach Frank Tristan is taking over the camp this year and is looking forward to July, “This is an outstanding camp.  Every year we have kids return to camp because of the one-on-one coaching they receive.  Football is all about blocking and tackling, and unlike any other camp, this camp teaches how to properly block and tackle.”

The camp is offered for boys, eight to 15 years old.  Each individual will be grouped by age, weight and ability.  SAGU coaches and players will conduct contact drills and scrimmages to teach proper form for tackling and blocking.  The camp will also include daily training to develop speed, strength and agility.

Contact Football Camp will be offered July 18-21, 2015.  There are options for half day, full day and overnight camp.  For more information go to USSportscamps.com or call 469-446-7971.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Zingy1 Waxahachie, Texas- May 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team is adding Izegbe Enabulele to the roster.  Enabulele is a transfer junior from Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Texas.

Head Coach Tiffany Phillips is pleased to announce her newest addition, “She is the type of player that can be our go-to scorer and I’m excited to see what she can do here at SAGU.  She creates major problems for other team's defense because she is very versatile and doesn’t mind going inside to post somebody up.”

Enabulele spent her freshman year at Redlands Junior College where she averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.  She also shot 42-percent from the three point line.  Enabulele graduated from North Crowley High School.

“SAGU is a good name to carry.  Love motivates me and God is love,” says Enabulele, “I’m ready to work hard with my team and shake our conference up.  I’m just hoping to add on to the great things that SAGU has done.”

“I am very excited to add Zingy to my first recruiting class.  She adds some flare and athletic ability to a very talented team.  I believe she will fit into my system and contribute immediately,” exclaims Phillips.

Enabulele joins Peyton Stephens in Coach Phillips first recruiting class.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Department of Business was granted the status of candidate for accreditation by the The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) at its meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on April 12-14, 2015.
In granting candidacy status, the Board of Commissioners has determined that the Department of Business has developed an appropriate outcomes assessment plan; has satisfied candidacy requirements relating to its business programs, resources, and operational processes; and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review.

SAGU Department of Business continues to reach new heights with the addition of new programs and hosting business influencers such as Tom Ziglar with Zig Ziglar Inc. to speak to the student body.

IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally-recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) . The IACBE is the leader in mission-driven and outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world.

Click here for more information on SAGU's associate, bachelor's and master's business programs

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
KatBurnsRS Waxahachie, Texas- May 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) head volleyball coach Hank Moore has announced the signing of setter Kat Burns.  Burns is a Cum Laude graduate of Baytown Christian Academy where she carried a 4.19 GPA.

“Kat is a very good little setter who plays the game with great passion,” says Moore, “She is an honor student and an incredible leader. Kat will be a great addition to our program.”

Burns is happy to have the opportunity to be at SAGU, “I chose SAGU because immediately when I walked in I knew it was the place for me! I am excited about being able to be in a Christ -like environment and still being able to carry out my dreams of playing volleyball at the collegiate level.”

Burns was the captain of her high school volleyball team and received the team MVP award her senior year.  As a junior and senior Burns was selected 1 st Team All-District and Academic All State.  She was a 2014 PCA-Houston Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship recipient and was also selected for the Baytown Sun Super 25 Volleyball Players.  Burns was named as the number 10 player in all of the Houston area.

Burns keeps busy with multiple extracurricular activities. She plays softball and made it to the TAPPS State Tournament.  She is treasurer for the National Honor Society as well as Vice-President of Key Club and a member of Student Council.  Burns was a trainer for the varsity football team.  She is currently 2014 Miss Highlands.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
PeytonStephensRS Waxahachie, Texas- May 15, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team has signed Peyton Stephens.  Stephens is the first signee for new head coach Tiffany Phillips.

“I think she has tons of potential to be a great leader for our basketball team.    She is very passionate about the game and it shows in her work ethic,” says Phillips.

Stephens is a 5’7 guard from Keene, Texas.  As a senior she averaged 10 points, three assists, three rebounds and three steals per game.  Stephens was second team All-County as a junior and first team All-County as a senior.  She was also a three time All-District performer.  As a senior, she helped lead the Chargers to a 24-11 record.

Against Dallas Life High School in a bi-district game, Stephens had a season-high of 24 points, going 4-for-7 from the three point line and adding nine rebounds.

Stephens believes SAGU is a natural fit for her, “I am so excited about coming to SAGU and becoming a Lady Lion.  I’m very passionate about Jesus, people and basketball and when I found a university where I could pursue all three, I was hooked!  I can’t wait until this fall and the start of a great college experience. “

Phillips is excited for Stephens to join the SAGU family, “Peyton will be my first signee as a college head coach.  She will always be a special player for me.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

IsaakRoweRS Isaak Rowe Waxahachie, Texas- May 13, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team continues to fill up the 2015-2016 roster after signing two new players.  Colleyville Heritage High School’s Markey Young and Mansfield Lake Ridge High School’s Isaak Rowe have both signed letters of intent to play at SAGU.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick is pleased with the additions of Young and Rowe, “We have added depth, athleticism and two fine young men to our front court with the addition of Isaak and Markey.  I love players who can play multiple positions, giving us the opportunity to cause mismatch situations for our opponents.  We like to get out and run off our defense and both these guys love filling the lanes.  I am looking forward to coaching both of them.”

Rowe is a 6’6 forward that averaged ten points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks per game.  He was selected as the District Defense Player of the Year for two consecutive years.

Bostwick is impressed with Rowe’s honor, especially since he played in one of the toughest districts in the state, “That speaks to his work ethic and potential to change a game.  He has good offensive skills and is able to go play inside and out.  Left handed players are hard to guard and often block a lot of shots as their left hand lines up with most right handed players when they release the ball.  Isaak is going to have a great career, I am confident of that because of his character and work habits.” MarkeyYoung Markey Young

Young is a 6’5 forward that was named First Team All-District.  He averaged 15 points per game, eight rebounds per game and shot for 50% from the field.  Young helped to lead his team to a 20-9 record his senior season.

“Markey was ranked as one of the top 120 seniors in the state of Texas by a few different recruiting services.  He is another great SAGU fit with both high character and strong faith.  He has the ability to play both inside and out with the athleticism to run the floor, rebound and defend at a high level.”

Rowe and Young have joined Elbert Lawrence Jr. as well as transfers Tyler Pate and Keyunta Watkins as the commitments for the fall.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
KelseyKoburn Waxahachie, Texas- May 12, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) Kelsey Coburn has been named to the National Christian Colleges Athletics Association (NCCAA) Central Region 2015 All-Region Softball Team.

Coburn is a 5’6 junior from Lewisville, Texas.  She plays third base for the Lady Lions.  In 43 games played, Coburn committed only five errors leaving her with a fielding percentage of 0.968.

On offense Coburn led SAGU, batting 0.379.  She had nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and 18 RBI’s for the season.

Oklahoma Christian took the three top spots on the list.  Kendra Pierce was named Player of the Year, Shea Coats was named Pitcher of the Year and Tom Heath was named Coach of the Year.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
CeliBruceRS Celi Bruce with Head Coach Hank Moore Waxahachie, Texas- May 11, 2015- Waxahachie native Celi Bruce has signed to play volleyball at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU).  Bruce, a 5’6 defensive player, will be transferring from Henderson State University where she was red-shirted.

“Celi is a very special player. She will add great depth to our team as a defensive specialist,” says Head Coach Hank Moore, “She is a great kid and a great player. We are very excited about adding her to our volleyball family.”

At Waxahachie High School, Bruce was team captain both her junior and senior seasons.   As a junior she was 1 st Team All District.  During her senior year she was named Defensive Player of the Year and made 15-4A District All State Team, she also received Defensive All-Tournament Awards at three different tournaments.  Bruce also holds the record at WHS for most digs in a season with 733.

Bruce is excited for the opportunity to play in her hometown, “I’m most excited about getting to play for Coach Moore!  I have known him for a long time and he has coached me during club volleyball.  He is a very good coach.”

Coach Moore, who has watched Bruce grow up, is thrilled to coach Bruce at the college level, “I have known Celi all of her life. I used to pick her up from Elementary school and bring her to play in our gymnasium until her momma got off work.”

Bruce is the first-ever Waxahachie High School alumni to play volleyball for SAGU.  She will join Faith Pittman, Jennifer Strawn, Kali Shaw and Sarah Scott as the new signees for the 2015 season.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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Waxahachie, Texas – May 7, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Department of Bible and Theology held its annual banquet on April 25, 2014 and announced the award recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Department of Bible and Theology Chair Bruce Rosdahl, Ph.D., The purpose of the awards is to recognize students who represent excellence in their studies and character. The nominations come from the faculty in the department who can give direct testimony to the quality of their work and personal character. The conferring of the awards is a highlight for the department to celebrate with its students who have distinguished themselves among their peers.”

Luca Perolli received the award for Excellence in Greek Studies .
Perolli is a Bible and Theology major from Rome, Italy. This award is given each year to the department’s outstanding student in New Testament Greek.

Antonio Montiel, Jr. received the award for Excellence in Hebrew Studies . Montiel, Jr is a Bible and Theology major from San Antonio, TX. This award is given each year to the department’s outstanding student in Biblical Hebrew.

David Hoffman and Jordon Salvato received the M. Paul Brooks Award for Bible and Theology . Hoffman is a Bible and Theology major from Tucson, Arizona. Salvato is a Bible and Theology major from Springfield, Missouri. This award is given each year to the department’s outstanding student in Bible and Theology. The honor is conferred in the name of Dr. M. Paul Brooks who has served SAGU for over twenty years and continues to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a professor, he championed the need for expository preaching and teaching and was instrumental in the formation of the School of Distance Education.

Hannah Smith received the John W. Wyckoff Award for Theological Studies . Smith is a Theological Studies major from San Antonio, Texas. This award is given each year to the department’s outstanding student in the Theological Studies. The honor is conferred in the name of Dr. John W. Wyckoff who served SAGU for over forty years as a professor of Bible and Theology and the Graduate Chair for Theological Studies in the Harrison School of Graduate Studies.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas – April 24, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) recently introduced a Human Resource Management degree in Fall 2014 as SAGU's Business Department continues to grow to new heights.

Business Department associate professor Dr. Christi Sanders explained, “If you have a head for business, but a heart for people, human resources might be the right career field for you. No other organizational position touches literally every single employee in an organization in such a fundamental way.” She continued, “Not only do you have the opportunity to advocate for employees, but you can help organizations realize the full potential of its greatest asset, it’s people.”

Human Resource Specialists have been identified by O*Net as having a “Bright Outlook” for the future. This means there are going to be plenty of jobs available. “HR Specialists have a U.S. median wage of about $57,420 annually, and projected job openings of 109,500 through the year 2022.” ( O*Net )

The Human Resource Management degree consists of 57 hours of major studies and 6 hours of electives. The total program consists of 120 Hours including general education.

Students who graduate from SAGU graduate on average with 20% less debt than other private universities. SAGU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

For more information on the degree click here

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas- April 3, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) has released its list of post-season softball honors and four Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions have been selected.

Utility player Brittany Johnson, infielder Kelsey Coburn and pitcher Hannah Lee and have all been selected with second team honors.  Pitcher Ashley Abair was named as the 2015 Golden Glove for SAGU.

Coburn led SAGU offensively, batting .379.  Coburn had 44 hits and 18 rbi’s for the Lady Lions.

Johnson was near perfect in the field, only committing one error on the season.

The Lady Lions ended their season 6-37.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
DGarzaNCCAARS Rome, Georgia- May 3, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) Destiny Garza ran her final event, the 5K, at the National Christian Colleges Athletics Association (NCCAA) Track & Field Championships.

Garza finished in 10 th place out of 16 runners.  She finished the race in 19:09.65.   Earlier in the season Garza qualified for the National Championship after she set the school record in the 5,000m run with a time of 18:48:47, which was good enough for 4th place out of 30 ladies at the Marc Randle Classic.

On Friday, Garza finished with the silver medal in the 10K with a time of 37:49.17.  Garza came in second out of 16 athletes.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- May 1, 2015- The season has officially ended for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s (SAGU) softball team.  The Lady SACRS Lions went 0-3 at the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament.

The opening round of the SAC tournament found the Lady Lions in pool play at Oklahoma City University.  The first game of the tournament, SAGU played no. one ranked Oklahoma City University.  OCU is ranked no. one in the nation as well as in the SAC.  OCU beat SAGU 8-0.  SAGU’s Ashley Abair pitched and Britney Johnson went two for three at the plate.

There was no rest for the weary; SAGU played Mid-America Christian University (MACU) immediately after the OCU game.  MACU topped SAGU 3-0.  Hannah Lee pitched for the Lady Lions, striking out one and allowing five hits.  MACU scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning.  SAGU struggled with hitting in the second game.

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) kept SAGU scoreless in their 8-0 victory over the Lions.  Kelsey Coburn was able to go a perfect two-for-two at the plate, but was unable to bring in any runs.  Hannah Lee pitched the final game of SAGU’s season.

The Lady Lions end their season with a record of 6-37.  On Saturday, Oklahoma City University and no. 13 ranked University of Science & Arts will play for the SAC Championship.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
DestinyGarzaNCCAARS SAGU track & field coach Jason Covarrubias and Destiny Garza at the NCCAA National Championships Rome, Georgia- May 2, 2015- Destiny Garza has won silver.  The sophomore from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has taken second place at the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association (NCCAA) Track & Field Championship’s 10K event.

Garza was seeded fourth coming into the race with a time of 39:51.08.  She improved her time by over two minutes at the National Championship.  Garza ended the race in second place with a time of 37:49.17.

Glynnis Meade, from Dallas Baptist University, took the top spot out of the 16 runners.  Meade finished the race at 39:10.83.  Indiana Wesleyan’s Katherine Arch finished third, coming in at 38:11.67.

Garza has one more race to run.  Saturday afternoon she will compete in the 5K.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
DGarza Waxahachie, Texas- May 1, 2015- Destiny Garza will be Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s first athlete ever to participate in the National Christian Colleges Athletics Association (NCCAA) Track & Field National Championship.  Garza, a sophomore from Aldine, Texas, will be participating in the 5K and 10K at the Championships.

Garza also qualified and participated in the NCCAA Cross Country Championships.  Despite a cold and snowy meet in Houghton, New York, Garza finished 30 th in the nation with a time of 19:42.3.  117 athletes participated in that event.

Below is an interview with the SAGU Cross Country and Track stand-out.

High School: MacArthur High School

High School honors: Graduated top 20% of class, awarded runner of the year and also MVP for cross country

College honors: Fall 2014 Dean’s list, Academic All-Conference, Scholar Team Award, Runner of the Year 2013-2014, 2014-2015, SAGU Athlete of the Year 2014-2015

What event/events will you be participating in at nationals?

I will be participating in the 5k and 10k.

How are you preparing for nationals?

My prep for nationals is no different than any other prep for races. I just know I need to stay healthy, have fun, be consistent, learn from any mistakes, be positive when I have a bad practice and lastly recover because there’s no improvement without recovery.

You are really helping to build the program at SAGU, what is your goal going forward for the program and you personally?

As we get new teammates on the team, my goal is for them to have a great and positive mindset. We want them to set goals and work hard to reach them. I also want to make sure that they are giving their all during practices and races. Hard work is the key to success. I believe that Fall 2015 will be a great season of cross country!

As captain, I hope to be an impact on the girls on the team. I want my team to be successful rather than just myself. As a leader I want to put the success of the team ahead of my own needs and be truly concerned with the well-being of all team members. I would rather have a whole girls’ team running than just myself.  I want to push them to work hard and be happy with their times they run.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

The highlight of my career would have to be my relationship with God. It has gotten so much stronger since I’ve been here at SAGU.

Which event is your favorite?

My favorite event? Well I don’t just have one. My favorite events would have to be the 5k and 10k. Long distance races are a lot more exciting to me than shorter distances. I remember the time when coach told me I was going to run the 10k and I didn’t want to because 25 laps on the track does not sound exciting at all! The 1 st time I ran that race, it was hard and long, but I finished.  You have to have guts to run that race!

What has been your favorite memory at SAGU, athletically or otherwise?

My favorite memory here at SAGU would have to be going to New York for cross country nationals! For the longest time I had wanted to go to New York.  We got to visit Niagara Falls, which was very beautiful and had some of the best pizza! Also, running in the snow was cool too!

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is
Waxahachie, Texas – April 23, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna and current administrative assistant for the Harrison Graduate School Mary Beadles traveled to the Dominican Republic last November to teach rescued prostitutes how to support themselves through her sewing ministry.

In the spring of 2014, Mary decided to go with her husband and SAGU women's basketball coach Arlon Beadles and the women's Basketball team to the Dominican Republic for a mission’s trip. They went to the city of Juan Dolio and ministered to women rescued from prostitution with the Lily House . After ministering to these women, Mary’s desire was to find a way to help.

“I knew the women had a need,” Beadles said. “I learned back in May that the leaders needed something for the women to do so that they can support themselves outside of the rescue mission. I told them that I could teach the women how to sew purses to sell and make uniforms for their children.”

Beadles has been making her signature reversible purses for the past two years, and was able to sell them through her website called IYQPurses.com. She got the logo from a special needs nephew who can't pronounce “I Like You” correctly, and it sounds like IYQ, so that is her logo on the outside, and on the inside it says “IYQ2”.

“Through the sales of my purses, I was able to raise enough money for my airplane ticket, room and board,” Beadles said. “Other funds that were given were especially for the women of Lily House it was used to buy over 60 yards of fabric, buttons, irons, and sewing needles for the women to use at the shelter. Now, the women have their own little boutique to sell the purses.”

Director of Graduate Student Relations Dr. Dan Shong said, “I have worked with Mrs. Beadles for the past 9 years, and her character is to love God and serve others. The way she interacts with people emphasizes her servant's heart and how much she truly cares about them. This fed into her desire to go with her husband Coach Beadles and the women's basketball team to the Dominican Republic. She truly exemplifies who we are as a university.”

Beadles is planning to retire from SAGU at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. She hopes that her work in the Dominican Republic with Lily House could become a long-term ministry opportunity and plans to bring others with her on mission’s trips to help teach the women in the future.

For more information on how to support Mary Beadles' mission’s efforts to the Dominican Republic, email her at [email protected] . or visit her website here .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
StrawnandHansenRS Jennifer Strawn and WFAA's Dale Hansen Waxahachie, Texas- April 29, 2015- Two Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball recruits have been featured as WFAA’s Dale Hansen’s Scholar Athlete of the Week.  Jennifer Strawn and Faith Pittman were featured in the sports special in back-to-back weeks.

Head Coach Hank Moore is thrilled that Strawn and Pittman have been acknowledged for all of their hard work, “We are very proud to be adding these two young ladies to our volleyball family. Jennifer and Faith are scholar athletes, who are not only gifted students, but they are also gifted athletes. Both of these special kids will add greatly to our volleyball program in every way.”

Strawn is a senior at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and a part of Texas Association of Future Educators.  She is in the top 5% of her graduating class and plans to major in secondary math.  Strawn is also active in her church, North Richland Hills Baptist Church.

Pittman is a senior at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.  The 6’0 standout is a two-time District 5-5A All Academic All District player who carries a 4.1 GPA. Pittman plans on becoming a doctor after graduating from SAGU. PittmanandHansenRS Faith Pittman and WFAA's Dale Hansen

“Both of these girls definitely live out Colossians 3:17-23; Whatever you do, be it in word or in deed. Do it with all your might as unto The Lord. SAGU will be impacted by these two exceptional student athletes,” says Moore.

WFAA and Dale Hansen showcase North Texas high school seniors who have excelled in academics and athletics, as well as contribute to making their community a better place to live.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Washington D.C. – ​April 29, 2015 – The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) will honor Foreign Service Specialist David Eugene Collins , who lost his life serving the United States overseas, during AFSA’s annual memorial ceremony on Friday, May 1, at 10:20 a.m. in the Department of State’s C Street lobby. Collins’ name will be inscribed on the memorial wall next to the names of 245 individuals who have been recognized for making the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Collins joined the Foreign Service in 2009, and served as a Financial Management Officer in South Africa and Nigeria . As an ordained minister, he worked for the Assemblies of God between 1988 and 2003 and for the Compassion Ministries Convoy of Hope in Brussels , Belgium from 2003 until 2008. Collins, who lost his life in April 2013 when he tragically drowned off the coast of Nigeria , was motivated by a love of God and country, and made his career decisions so that he could make a difference to those around him, as well as making the best use of his skills. He was described by his coworkers as a team player and was admired for his ingenuity, integrity and commitment to excellence.

Collins was an Iowa native, and held an associate’s degree from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., as well as a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas . At the time of his death, he was 54 years old. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife Donna Collins; their four children—Danelle Spalla and her husband, Michael Spalla; Daniel Collins and his wife, Kelsey Collins; Deanna Collins; and David L. Collins; one granddaughter, Eloise Spalla; his parents, Bernard and Janice Collins; and three siblings.

Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy will speak and AFSA President Robert J. Silverman will preside over the ceremony. The AFSA Memorial Plaque was created in 1933 and was unveiled in March of that year by then-Secretary of State Henry Stimson.
Waxahachie, Texas- April 28, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team has added two new player’s to the 2015-2016 roster.  Transfer junior Tyler Pate and incoming freshman Elbert Lawrence Jr. have committed to become SAGU Lions.

Pate Tyler Pate Pate is a 6’5 guard/forward from Port Aransas, Texas.  Pate will be transferring from Blinn Junior College.  During preseason, he broke his shooting hand causing him to miss much of the season.  Before Blinn, Pate signed to NCAA D1 Florida Atlantic University out of high school.

At Port Aransas High School Pate was a two time All-State member, four time All-Region selection, one time District Offensive MVP, two time District MVP, McDonald’s All-American nominee as well as the all-time leading scorer in Port Aransas history.

“We recruited Tyler out of high school where he was a big time scorer,” says Bostwick, “He has the ability to score inside and out. He has good size and is a good athlete as well. Tyler played summer basketball with SAGU seniors Jason Gentry and Andrew Erskine, so he is excited about reuniting with them.”

Elbert Lawrence Jr. will be an incoming freshman from Arlington Grace Prep Academy in Arlington, Texas.  Last year Lawrence averaged 18 points and five assists per game, leading his team in scoring, assists and steals.  He was TABC First Team All-State selection, TAPPS First Team All-State selection , District 2-3A Tapps MVP, All-District First Team, TAPPS North Region All-Tournament Team, TAPPS State Final Four All-Tournament Team.
LawrenceBostwick Elbert Lawrence Jr.
In the past two seasons Lawrence helped to lead his team to 45 victories, two playoff appearances, a district championship, regional championship and a Final Four appearance.  As a junior, he was named to the TAPPS 4a All-State Team.

“Elbert has had an incredible high school career and we are very excited about him choosing SAGU. He can play both PG & SG and is a very tough defender as well. I think he has a chance to join the list of great guards we have had in our program the past ten years,” says head coach Donnie Bostwick.

Pate and Lawrence join Keyunta Watkins as commits for the fall.  Coach Bostwick is thrilled for his incoming recruits, “We have signed the two top guards on our wish list in Elbert and Keyunta. Add these two guards to our returning guards and we have a really talented backcourt with awesome depth. We have added some front-court help in Tyler Pate. He can go inside and out! We will be adding a couple more recruits to the front court, so stay tuned.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Dr. Amanda Lee Hing presented strategies on “Building A Successful Collegiate Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) ” at the MTNA National Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 24, 2015.

The session focused on ideas for educational enrichment, community outreach projects, fundraising events and various benefits of becoming a collegiate member of MTNA . The event was well attended by independent music teachers, music faculty and MTNA collegiate members throughout the United States.
She currently serves as the advisor of SAGU Collegiate Chapter of MTNA that was initiated in May 2012. Since the initiation of the chapter at SAGU , music students have been actively involved in outreach program such as performing at assisted living and memory care facilities and public schools, fundraising activities to support MTNA members to attend music conferences and campus outreach/mission's projects, as well as organization of musical events – Song Writing Competition and Honors Recital that are held annually to enrich students’ educational and performance experiences. The collegiate chapter had also won the ” Benjamin Whitten Collegiate Chapter of the Year Award ” in 2013. MTNA Headquarters presented the award for a collegiate chapter that demonstrates excellence in its chapter activities.

Dr. Lee Hing is also serving as the Chair of Texas Music Teachers Association ( TMTA) Collegiate Chapters . There are a total of nineteen collegiate chapters in the state of Texas . On June 14, 2015, a collegiate conference of TMTA will be held in Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas . Two of SAGU collegiate members, Kristen Neel (piano performance major) and Heide Leipheimer (music education major), have been selected to serve as adjudicators at the All-Star Festival – a piano event that will be performed by K-12 graders and judged by selected collegiate members. In addition, Neel has been selected by the TMTA college faculty committee to present her research topic at the collegiate conference.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas- April 27, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team completed their regular season with two losses against HannahLeeRS University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO).  USAO topped the Lions 12-3 and 3-1.  The Drovers (38-7 overall, 21-3 in the SAC) are currently ranked no. 14 in the NAIA national poll.

USAO started off game one with a bang when Kayla Adams hit a three-run homerun over the fence on a 0-0 count.

In the bottom of the first, SAGU’s Amber Gignac was able to make it to base after hitting a single to the infield.  Bailey Balloun hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Gignac to second.  Gignac was able to score after Kelsey Coburn singled to short.  At the end of the first, USAO was up 4-1.

The Drovers scored another four runs in the third inning.  SAGU was able answer with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.  Stephanie Garza reached base on a walk and advanced to second after Ashlyn Stanfill grounded out to the infield.  Brittany Johnson doubled to left field, driving in Garza.  Johnson made it to third, advancing to third on the throw.  Balloun singled to the infield, scoring Johnson on USAO’s wild throw.

Ashley Abair pitched two innings for the Lady Lions.  Hannah Lee pitched four innings for SAGU, striking out two.  Katelyn Veteto went two for three at the plate.

In game two, SAGU was able to score first.  In the bottom of the first SAGU scored one run after Johnson singled on a hit through a hole at shortstop.  Balloun grounded out to short, getting Johnson to second.  Johnson then made it to third after a USAO wild pitch.  Veteto singled shallow down the right field line, scoring Johnson.  Lady Lions go up 1-0.

Unfortunately, SAGU couldn’t keep the lead.  USAO went onto score one run in the second, third and sixth innings, winning with a final score of 3-1.

SAGU’s Hannah Lee pitched all seven innings.  Brittany Johnson went scored one run after going one-for-three.

The Lady Lions end regular season play with a record of 7-31.  SAGU picked up steam at the end of the year, going 3-3 in the final six games of the season.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Victoria, Texas- April 26, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team has ended their season after losing all three games of an away series to University of Houston-Victoria (7-3, 6-0 & 7-2).  SAGU has ended the season with a 10-39-1 record.  UHV is now 26-19.

In the first game, SAGU was able to get out to the early lead after scoring one run in the top of the first.  Preston Hornbeck reached on a walk.  Brock Schneider hit a sacrifice bunt, advancing Hornbeck to second.  Carson Conarty singled to center, scoring Hornbeck.

In the top of the third, Ancira doubled to deep left.  Hornbeck reached base after a bobbled bunt that also advanced Ancira to third.  Schneider singled to shallow left, driving in Ancira and getting Hornbeck to second.  Hornbeck advanced to third after UHV’s wild pitch.  Threadgill reached base on a walk, loading the bases.  Conarty singled to shallow right, scoring Hornbeck and advancing runners to second and third.  Griffin Glenn hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving Schneider in.  Lions take the lead 4-0.

The Jaguars were able to answer in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs of their own on three hits.  UHV continued to score four more runs, making the game a final of 7-4.

Conarty went two for four with two RBI’s.  Kiefer Ballard pitched three and 2/3 innings with two strike-outs.  Jared Pisors pitched four and 2/3 innings, setting down five.

In the game two, SAGU couldn’t get any momentum at the plate.  The Lions had five hits, but unfortunately hits didn’t equal runs.  SAGU’s Tyler King pitched all six innings.  David Ancira went two for two at the plate and Bryant Threadgill went two for three.

In the final game of the season UHV was in the lead, 7-0, going into the ninth inning.  In the bottom of the ninth, McCreight reached base after being hit by a pitch.  Hagstrom reached first on the fielder’s choice but McCreight was forced out.  Wallace singled to left, advancing Hagstrom advanced to second.  Glenn doubled deep down the leftfield line, scoring Hagstrom and Wallace.  The final score was 7-0.

Hayden Killebrew started on the mount for the Lions.  He pitched six and 1/3 innings, striking out seven.  Tucker Burt, Joseph Watson and Sal Rico all helped to finish up the game.  Chris Wallace and Eric Hagstrom each had one run after going two for four at the plate.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- April 24, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team added another Sooner Athletic Conference win after softballRS splitting with Mid-America Christian University (MACU).  MACU won the first game 6-4 and SAGU won the second game 5-2.  SAGU earned their first SAC victories after sweeping Southwestern Christian on Thursday.

In game one, SAGU was able to put a run on the board in the first, second, third and fifth innings.  MACU was able to come up big in the third, scoring four runs after SAGU committed three errors.

Ashley Abair pitched seven innings for SAGU.  Hannah Lee came in relief, pitching one inning.  Bailey Balloun went one for three at the plate, scoring two runs.  Kelsey Coburn went two for three, with two RBI’s and one run.

In the second game MACU got out to an early lead, they went up 2-0 going into the third.  In the bottom of the third, Sarah Smith and Bethany Krock were both put out.  Brittany Johnson singled to short.  Balloun reached base on a walk, advancing Johnson to second.  Coburn singled to short, bringing Johnson home and advancing Balloun to second.  Balloun and Coburn were each able to advance on the throw.  Katelyn Veteto doubled to center, scoring both Balloun and Coburn and putting the Lions up 3-2.

In the fifth, Johnson singled to first and was able to score after a bunt by Veteto.  In the sixth, SAGU scored one more run after Krock tripled and Johnson singled, bringing Krock home.

SAGU’s Brittany Johnson went a perfect four-for-four with one RBI and two runs scored.  Veteto went two for three with three RBI’s.  Hannah Lee pitched all seven innings.

On Saturday, April 25, SAGU will host no. 14 ranked Science & Arts of Oklahoma.  Game time is set for 2:00pm.  USAO is 34-7 overall and 17-3 in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
StringerRS Waxahachie, Texas- April 24, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team (4-28 overall) won both games of a doubleheader against Southwestern Christian University (11-29 overall), 2-1 and 9-1.  This was SAGU’s first wins in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).

In the 9-1 win over SCU, SAGU’s Ashley Abair started on the mound and pitched four innings.  Ciara Dittfurth pitched 1/3 inning and Hannah Lee finished up, going one and 2/3 innings for the Lady Lions.

In the bottom of the first SAGU scored the first run of the game.  Brittany Johnson hit a double down shallow left field.  Amber Gignac hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Johnson to third.  After a passed ball by the catcher, Johnson made it home.

In the third, Southwestern Christian scored their only run.  SCU’s Orozco singled to deep left-center.  She was able to score after a RBI by Robinett, making the score 1-1.

The Lions were able to answer with two runs in the third.  Johnson hit a triple to deep right-center but was tagged out after a bunt by Gignac.  Gignac advanced to second after a passed ball.  Bailey Balloun singled to shallow right-center, advancing Gignac to third.  Gignac was able to steal home and score for the Lions.  Kelsey Coburn doubled down the left field line, scoring Balloun.  SAGU takes the lead, 4-1.

In the fourth, Lee reached on a walk.  Dittfurth came into run for Lee and was able to steal second.  Garza hit a sacrifice bunt and Dittfurth was able to make it to third.  Bethany Krock singled to shallow center, scoring Dittfurth.

In the bottom of the fifth SAGU scored two more runs off of two hits by Coburn and Abair.  The Lions led the Eagles 6-1 going into the sixth.

The Lady Lions kept the momentum in the final inning, scoring three runs.  SAGU’s Johnson, Gignac, Balloun and Lee all got hits.  SAGU left two on base and the Eagles made no errors in the sixth.

Lead-off batter Johnson led the Lions offensively, going three-for-four at the plate and scoring two runs.  Coburn went three-for-three with two RBI’s and one run.  Lee had three RBI’s.

Due to computer problems, statistics for game one are not available at this time.

SAGU has a busy schedule for the next few days.  On Friday, April 24, SAGU will host Mid-America Christian University (22-16 overall, 10-12 in the SAC) at 1pm.  On Saturday, April 25, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (34-7 overall, 17-3 in the SAC) will begin a doubleheader at 2pm at SAGU.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

TiffanyPhillipsRS Waxahachie, Texas- April 22, 2015- For the first time in 10 years the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team has a new leader.  Tiffany Phillips has been named head coach for the Lady Lions.

Athletic Director Jesse Godding is excited for the future of SAGU women’s basketball, “Coach Phillips has played and coached at a very competitive level in her career.  She has shown the ability to develop players and produce winning teams.  SAGU is pleased to have a coach of her caliber to lead the women’s basketball program.”

Phillips has first-hand knowledge of playing and coaching at many levels during her successful career.  At Greenland High School Phillips earned two State Championships, and was a three-time All-State, All-Region and All-Conference player.  Twice she was named to the All-State Tournament Team, as well as the State Tournament MVP.  After graduation Phillips played basketball for Arkansas Tech University for two years before transferring to Harding University.  At Harding she received multiple Conference Player of the Week honors.  Phillips also holds records for most three-pointers made in a game at Harding.

Phillips became a graduate assistant at Delta State University (Cleveland, Mississippi).  After Delta State she went on to be an assistant coach at Central Arkansas University (Conway, Arkansas) for nearly four years.  At both universities Phillips was named the recruiting coordinator.

In 2010 Phillips left the college game to take her first job as head coach at Marshall High School.  After one season at Marshall she moved to Sacred Heart High School before making her last stop at Hector High School.  She has lead three different teams to the state tournament and had winning records at each stop.

TiffanyPhillipsCoaching Phillips is excited to bring that same winning tradition to SAGU, “The environment at SAGU is so rare and I am thrilled to have the chance to coach in a place where God is glorified every day.  Coaching has always been my avenue to reach young people for Christ and to be able to do that at this level is amazing. I know that God has great things in store at SAGU and particularly for women's basketball.”

When it comes to playing style, Phillips hopes to change the pace of the game for the Lady Lions, “I want to change the culture of the women's basketball program. I want to put a product on the floor that people want to watch and be a part of. I like to get after people on defense and push the tempo of the game. I think a fast-paced game is more exciting for everyone.”

The Sooner Athletic Conference that SAGU plays in is one of the strongest in the country.  Oklahoma City University is now the reigning back-to-back National Champion.  With competition as tough as OCU, Phillips is confident that SAGU will be ready to play, “We can't be scared when we walk on the floor. I guarantee that we will be prepared for every opponent we face. We will have confidence and give our best effort each night out.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – April 22, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men's basketball team visited Waxahachie ISD's Clift Elementary to help encourage students to get excited for STAAR testing.

“As a team, we do as much community service as we can,” Head Men's Basketball Coach Donnie Bostwick said. “When we as a team serve others, it really helps us to focus on Christ; we know our blessings and favor come from our desire to point others to Him.”

Last spring, SAGU alumna and Clift Elementary teacher Annalise Saenz, reached out to Coach Bostwick and asked if the team would come visit the school and inspire the students to excel in their STAAR testing. It went over so well that Saenz asked if the team would come again this year.

“We first broke into four groups and the players read stories to them,” Bostwick said. “Then I and a couple of my players talked to the kids about chasing their dreams, overcoming adversity, and explaining that they can reach their dreams through faith and hard work. Lastly, we did some basketball interaction and had a dunk contest, which the kids really enjoyed.”

“Coach Bostwick and the team inspired our students beyond the STAAR,” Saenz said. “They encouraged them to dream big, work hard, respect authority, believe in themselves, and face their obstacles with a mindset of determination. Clift Elementary will definitely be inviting Coach Bostwick and the team back next year. There's no question about that.”

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (known as STAAR) program is a series of state-mandated standardized tests used in Texas' public schools. These tests are used to determine each student's achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
KeyuntaWatkinsRS Waxahachie, Texas- April 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team has added a new player to the 2015-2016 roster.  Keyunta Watkins has signed to become a SAGU Lion.

“We are very excited about the addition of Keyunta to our basketball program,” says head coach Donnie Bostwick, “It always feels great when you land one of the top recruits on your wish list.  Key is an explosive guard who can score, pass, and defend.”

Watkins is a 5’7 transfer junior from Temple College (Texas).  He helped lead Temple College to a 20-11 record this season.  Before Temple, Watkins attended Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas).  At one game in February Watkins had a career highlight of sinking eight three-pointers to propel his team over Southwestern Christian.  He scored 28 points that game.

Bostwick believes Watkins is the type of player that will fit perfectly in his SAGU-style of play, “Keyunta may only be 5’7, but he is a big time athlete.  He is strong and explosive, similar to Dominique Rambo and Caleb Gentry.  That formula worked pretty well for us in the past.”

At Temple, Watkins averaged 15 points per game.  He shot over 84-percent from the free-throw line.  He was also able to pull in three rebounds per game.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- April 20, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team finished their home season over the weekend with a series against Oklahoma City University (OCU).  OCU is currently ranked no. four in the NAIA, with a record of 34-10 overall and 16-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  OCU swept the series with SAGU (5-0, 17-1, 12-4).

On Sunday, SAGU honored five seniors; Kiefer Ballard, Preston Hornbeck, Lance Marks, Dej Mathis and Bryant Threadgill.

The first game of the series was the closest; however, the Lions couldn’t get any momentum at the plate.  In the bottom of the first, SAGU got two hits but couldn’t finish and left two on base.  Threadgill went two for three at the plate.  Tyler King pitched all nine innings, setting down four.

OCU pitched their ace, Carlos Chavez, in the second game.  Chavez struck out 12, but was unable to get the shutout.  In the seventh inning Threadgill doubled to right-center.  After a balk by Chavez, Threadgill made it to third and was able to score on another balk by Chavez.

In game three, SAGU was up 4-3 going into the sixth inning.  In both the first and fourth innings Griffin Glenn was able to get on base (after a double and triple).  Collin Gifford came into pinch run and scored both innings.

In the bottom of the fifth inning SAGU scored two runs.  Josh Terry doubled to second.  Brock Schneider hit a sacrifice bunt and advanced Josh Terry to third.  Threadgill reached base on a walk and Anthony Montalvo came into pinch run for Threadgill.  Glenn singled to shallow left, scoring Terry and advancing Montalvo to second. Kevin McCreight singled to third, advancing Montalvo and Glenn.  Preston Hornbeck reached base on an OCU bobble, allowing Montalvo to score.  The Lions went up 4-3.

The lead was short-lived because the sixth inning was huge for OCU.  The Stars scored six runs and SAGU went through three pitchers in the sixth inning alone.  OCU added three more runs in the seventh, making the final score 12-4.

The Lions have ended their conference play at the bottom of the pack and won’t be playing in the SAC tournament.  SAGU has one more series of the season.  On Friday and Saturday (April 24 & 25), SAGU will travel to play University of Houston-Victoria.  Game time of Friday is at 6:00pm and Saturday the doubleheader begins at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- April 18, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team hosted St. Gregory’s University (SGU) in a Sooner AStanfill Athletic Conference (SAC) match-up.  The Lady Lions dropped both games of the doubleheader, 9-1 and 0-9.

In the first game, Stephanie Garza pinch hit for pitcher Hannah Lee.  Garza went one for one at the plate and scored one run for the Lady Lions.  Amber Gignac had one RBI.

Garza’s one run came in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Garza singled, making it on base.  Bailey Balloun singled, advancing Garza to second.  Gignac reached first on the fielder’s choice which allowed Garza to score.  The Lady Lions had one run off of three hits with two left on base.

In the game two, SAGU’s Ashley Abair pitched five and 2/3 innings and Ciara Dittfurth came in relief for the final out of the game.  Freshman Balloun and Katelyn Veteto both went two for three at the plate.

The Lady Lions will play a home game on Thursday, April 23 rd at 1:00pm.  The game will be played at SAGU and is against Southwestern Christian University.  SCU is seventh in the SAC while SAGU is eighth.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – April 15, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has opened its doors for FC Dallas Youth South soccer training on campus.

SAGU Men’s Soccer Head Coach Clem Oancea who is a former professional and is the FC Dallas Director of Coaching for the South Division will hold the sessions.

Oancea said, “We will focus on mastering the ball for the first month by a lot of repetition. This will help them become comfortable with the ball at their feet.” He continued, “The players will get maximum attention and encouragement from the coaching staff.”

Groups will be separated by age and ability. There will also be specific training for goalkeepers.

Every player will need a ball.

Dates: Friday, April 17, 2015 and every Friday night following
Cost: $10
Ages : 6-15
Time : 6:00-7:30PM
Where: SAGU Soccer Complex
1200 Sycamore St. Waxahachie, Texas 75116

Call or email Clem Oancea at 214-868-1794 or [email protected]

A credit card will be needed to register and ​no refunds will be given. Visit www.fcdallassouth.com for details

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas – April 10, 2014  – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Theatre Department will present ” These Shining Lives ” on April 24-26 in the Hagee Communication Center Black Box Theatre .

Showtimes:
  • Friday, April 24 at 7:30p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 at 7:30p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.
These Shining Lives ” chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; however, theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as their refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits–or endanger the lives of those who come after them.

Admission is free. Click here reserve your tickets.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas- April 15, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team played the NAIA no. one ranked Oklahoma City KelseyKoburn SAGU junior Kelsey Coburn hit a 2-run home run against OCU. University.  The Lady Lions found out first-hand why the Stars received the number one ranking, OCU beat SAGU 16-2 and 14-0.

In the first game, OCU started with a bang.  The first batter, Kyndra Holasak, hit an over-the-fence home run to right field on a 3-2 count.  The Lady Lions were able to get out of the inning after a double play.  OCU’s Jamie Ratliffe flied out to left field and Cheyanne Terry was tagged out after getting in a hot box between third and home.

In the bottom of the fourth, SAGU scored two runs.  Freshman Bailey Balloun singled to shallow center.  Junior Kelsey Coburn hit a two run home run to left on a 0-1 count.  Junior Ashley Abair reached base on a walk, but was unable to make it home.  At the end of the fourth the score was 14-2, OCU.

In game two, sophomore Amber Gignac was able to go two-for-two at the plate.

Oklahoma City University is a perfect 16-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 39-1 overall.  Their only loss comes from University of Houston-Victoria.

SAGU will play back-to-back home games over the weekend.  On Friday, no. 10 ranked St. Gregory’s University will come to town.  The game will be played at SAGU.  On Saturday, April 18, the Lady Lions will host Oklahoma Baptist University at Waxahachie Sports Complex.  Game-time is 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – April 8, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) cinema department had major success when the department's first feature-length film ” Drawing A Blank ” was premiered at the Waxahachie Showbiz Theaters on March 23 and 24, 2015, breaking the school record for SAGU Cinema premiere attendance.

The film's website launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, and 46 backers across 10 states donated $4,300 in the days leading up to the premiere. This fund was able to balance the $30,000 budget that production of Drawing A Blank rang up. On the opening night, nearly every seat was filled, and through the course of both nights, there were an approximate number of 600 ticket sales and 100 Blu-ray orders.

Several of SAGU's Digital Media Arts alumni made their way to support the film. Family members of actors and crew also came to celebrate the result of the month-long period where the 24 crewmembers worked to produce the feature length film. The response from moviegoers was that of excitement about SAGU Cinema's future and how far it has come since its inception 8 years ago.

To order a Blu-ray disk of the film – complete with special features and behind the scene clips – Click Here

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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Waxahachie, Texas- April 14, 2015- On Saturday, April 18 th , the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team will play their final home game of the 2015 season.  The Lions will host no. four ranked Oklahoma City University (OCU).

Saturday’s game will the last home game for five seniors; Kiefer Ballard, Preston Hornbeck, Lance Marks, Dej Mathis and Bryant Threadgill.

The three-game series will begin on Friday, April 17, at 6:00pm.  Friday’s game will be played at Waxahachie Sports Complex.  Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00pm.

The SAGU women’s soccer team will be working the concession stand on Saturday to raise money for their program.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- April 12, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team finished the 2015 spring season with their annual SpringGameRS Purple and White game on Saturday.  White topped purple, 14-6.

Frank Tristan was pleased with his first spring ball as head coach, “I thought the guys did a great job overall.  I thought our intensity and enthusiasm was strong.  Most importantly, we went through spring practices without any major injuries.

New offensive coordinator Paul Hansen was able to install a new offense the first week of practice before having to return to Missouri. The new look of the Lions will be an up tempo offense and will include four new starters on the offensive line.

“After installing a new offense, both teams moved the ball well.  The players seemed to keep good intensity throughout the scrimmage,” says Tristan.

Returning sophomore quarterback CJ Collins led the white team throwing two touchdown passes.  Last year, Collins led the Central States Football League (CSFL) in passing yards per game.  The Lions are hoping for an even bigger year for Collins in 2015.

Defensively, sophomore Carl Morgan had an interception for the white team.  Returning CSFL Special Teams Player of the Year, Chadd Dearen, along with Craig Campbell each kicked a field goal for the purple team.

The Lions have a little less than five months before they kick-off their 2015 season against Westminster College on September 5 th .  SAGU will host Westminster at 11:00am.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Destiny GarzaTFRS Sophomore Destiny Garza New Summerfield, Texas- April 12, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s and women’s track teams finished their second season in school history on Saturday.  The teams competed at the East Texas Invitational hosted by New Summerfield High School.

The Lions were led by freshman Gabriel Price, who placed fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:14:89.  Price beat his own school record by two seconds.  Sophomore team captain Jose Campos set a personal record with the time of 4:17:25.  Sophomore Jerry Nava finished ninth with the time of 4:25 and freshman Luke Flattery came in shortly behind Nava in 11 th place.

Sophomore Cameron Solomon was the closest to qualifying for the NCCAA National Outdoor Championships but came up six tenths of a second short.  He placed 13th in the 100m with a new school record and personal best of 10:31.  Ben Alvarez also set a season best in the 100 with the time of 10:51.  The men’s six man roster finished with 9 points and in 9th place in the team rankings.

Sophomore Destiny Garza once again led the women’s team.  Previously this season, Garza had qualified for the NCCAA National Outdoor Championships (end of April) in the 10,000m and the 5,000m.  She was hoping to hit the qualifying standard of 5:02 in the 1500m for the trifecta. Unfortunately, Garza finished in third place with a time of 5:11, just nine seconds shy of the National qualifying time.

Garza got a first place finish in the 5,000m, finishing at 18:44.  She recorded the fastest time in school history.

Sophomore Cesia Garcia also competed in the 5,000m run and set a season best of 23:45, finishing in 15 th place.  The three team roster finished with 16 points and in seventh place overall.

“Hats off to the entire team this year, many of them were placed into new events and held their own,” says head coach Jason Covarrubias, “They trained relentlessly. This season was a huge step for what we are trying to build here at SAGU.  I am proud of each and every one of them, they represented Jesus, our university, their family, and themselves well!”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
AshleyAbairRS Junior Ashley Abair stretches to make the play. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- April 11, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team fell to the top ranked team in the nation, Oklahoma City University (OCU), 13-1 & 8-0.  OCU is a perfect 12-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 35-1 overall.

OCU scored all of their runs in the first three innings.  SAGU was able to score their only run in the top of the third.  Kristin Stringer got on base by a walk and Stephanie Garza came into pinch run for Stringer.  Garza advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bethany Krock.  Brittany Johnson hit a double to left field, scoring Garza.

SAGU’s Hannah Lee pitched all four innings.  Johnson, Kelsey Coburn and Katelyn Veteto each went one for two at the plate.

In the second game, Ashley Abair pitched for SAGU.  The Lady Lions gave up six runs in the second inning and were unable to recover.

SAGU will play Southwestern Christian University on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Game one of the doubleheader starts at noon.  SCU is 11-17 overall and 5-9 in the Sooner.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Shawnee, Oklahoma- April 10, 2015- It came down to one run in both games, and both times St. Gregory’s University (SGU) came out on the winning end.  The BryantThreadgillRS Junior Bryant Threadgill fields a ball for the Lions Cavaliers topped the Lions 3-2 and 4-3.  SGU improved to 10-28 overall and 5-12 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  SAGU is now 10-32-1 overall and 1-18 in the SAC.

St. Greg’s started off the game with a bang when SGU’s Nick Hoffman hit a homerun over the left field fence on a 2-2 count.  In the second inning SGU scored when Jesse Foster singled through a hole at short stop, scoring Adrian Soltero.

In the top of the fourth, Brock Schneider reached base on a walk.  Bryant Threadgill started off a three-hit rally followed by Eric Hagstrom and Preston Hornbeck.  Hornbeck singled to short, scoring Schneider and making the score 2-1.

SAGU was able to tie the game up, 2-2, in the top of the sixth.  Threadgill singled to right field.  Montalvo came in to pinch run for Threagill.  Justin Harvey bunted and popped out to the pitcher and Hornbeck flied out to center, making two outs.  Griffin Glenn singled up the middle, getting Montalvo to third.  Montalvo scored on SGU’s bobble.

Unfortunately, SGU was quick to answer scoring one run of their own in the sixth.  David Montano made it to base after being hit by a pitch.  Soltero, who was pinch running for Montano, stole second base.  SGU’s Logan Hart singled to right field, scoring the winning run by Soltero.

SAGU’s Tucker Burt pitched five and 1/3 innings, giving up five hits, three runs and sitting down three.  Kiefer Ballard came in relief, pitching the final 2/3 innings.  Bryant Threadgill went two for three at the plate.

In the second game SGU scored two runs right off the top.  SAGU was able to score one run in the top of the third.  Anthony Montalvo singled to left field.  Josh Terry singled to center, advancing Montalvo to the third.  Schneider doubled to right, scoring Montalvo.

In the seventh the Lions came up with two runs.  Griffin Glenn singled to left.  Collin Gifford came into pinch run for Glenn.  David Ancira hit a sacrifice bunt that got Glenn to second.  Gifford advanced to third after Dej Mathis flied out to right.  Josh Terry singled to right, scoring Gifford.  Terry was able to score after Schneider singled up the middle.  The Lions went up 3-2.

The Cavaliers tied up the score 3-3 in the seventh after getting one run off of two hits without a SAGU error.

In the eight, SGU got three quick outs.  The Lions were unable to get anyone on base.

SGU got a walk-off win when Adrian Soltero scored on a bases loaded error in the bottom of the eighth.

Hayden Killebrew pitched for the Lions.  Killebrew struck out four.  Josh Terry led SAGU offensively, going two-for-three with one run and one RBI.

The final game of the series will be played on Saturday, April 11 th at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – April 9, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) launched ” ThoughtHub “, a blog and video website that provides content on a wide range of topics from Thought Leaders that serve SAGU students daily.

Vice President for Academics Paul Brooks said, “ SAGU is pleased that it’s excellent academic resources can be made available to alumni and friends on an ongoing basis. ThoughtHub provides an opportunity to do so.”

ThoughtHub updates weekly with topics such as: apologetics, archeology, Bible, business, communication, counseling, education, film, government, history, leadership, marketing, mathematics, music, politics and psychology.

Some of the latest blogs include:
Current contributors include:
  • Gary McElhany, Ph.D.
  • LaSharnda Beckwith, Ph.D.
  • Rob Price, M.M.A.
  • Rob Starner, Ph.D.
  • Bruce Rosdahl, Ph.D.
  • LaShera McElhany, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Magruder, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Logue, Ph.D.
  • Calvin George, M.A.
  • Ryan McElhany, MBA
  • Tom Ferguson, Ph.D.
  • Linda Robins, M.M.E.
  • Bruce Stayments, M.A.
  • Matt Goode, M.A.
  • Christi Sanders, Ph.D.
  • Chuck Wilson, Ed.D.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Fort Worth, Texas- April 8, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God university (SAGU) softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Texas Wesleyan University (TWU).  In game one the Lady Lions lost 6-1 and in the second game SAGU lost a close one, 4-3 on a walk-off win by TWU.  SAGU is now 4-22 for the season.  TWU is 14-14.

In the first inning, TWU’s Lauren Gunter hit a two-run home run with two outs.  The Lady Rams took the 2-0 lead. TWU added three more runs in the second inning.

The Lady Lions picked up their only run in the top of the sixth inning. Kelsey Coburn lined a base hit into center field.  Katelyn Veteto doubled to right, bringing in Coburn to make it a 5-1 game.

In the sixth, TWU scored a final time when Kayla Prachyl made it home on a SAGU error.

SAGU’s Hannah Lee pitched for the Lady Lions. She allowed six runs on nine hits, sitting down two.

In game two, the first four innings were scoreless.  TWU was able to pick up three runs in the bottom of the fifth.  Giving the Rams a 3-0 lead.

In the sixth, Amber Gignac started a line of four base hits.  Coburn RBI single to right field.  A TWU error allowed a second SAGU run.  Coburn tried to take home to tie the game but was thrown out at the plate.

SAGU tied the game in the seventh after a dropped third strike allowed the tying run to reach base.  Brittany Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice.  Johnson stole second, and a passed ball advanced her to third.  Gignac hit one passed the pitcher for a RBI single, making it a 3-3 game going into the bottom of the seventh.

TWU was able to load the bases in the seventh.  Lauren Davis hit a walk-off RBI to right field for the 4-3 win over the Lady Lions.

SAGU’s Ashley Abair pitched all seven innings, striking out three in the process.

Amber Gignac went two-for-four at the plate, scoring one run and bringing one in.

On Friday, April 10 th , SAGU will play at Oklahoma City University.  The doubleheader begins at 5:00pm.  OCU is ranked no. one in the NAIA with a record of 33-1.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
BrockSchneider2RS SAGU's Brock Schneider scored a run in the second game for the Lions. San Antonio, Texas- April 7, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (10-30-1) spilt a doubleheader with Our Lady of the Lake (15-22-1).  The Lions won the first game 2-1 and lost the second, 7-8.  Less than a month ago SAGU won one  and tied one against OLOTL when playing at home.

In game one, SAGU’s Tyler King pitched six and 1/3 innings before Carson Conarty came in relief for the final 2/3 innings.

The Lions started off strong, scoring their two runs right off the bat in the first inning.  Josh Terry reached base on a walk.  Terry advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt by Brock Schneider.  Bryant Threadgill singled to deep right-center, scoring Terry.  Eric Hagstrom reached base on a walk, Threadgill advanced to second.  Preston Hornbeck singled to right field, scoring Threadgill.  SAGU left three on base in the first inning.

Threadgill went two for three, scoring one and driving one run in.

In the second game, SAGU went through five pitchers.  Tres Ortiz pitched two innings, Brett Carroll pitched one and 1/3 innings, Cody Sonnier pitched two innings, Carson Conarty and Jared Pisors each pitched one inning.

SAGU had a big inning in the fourth, where the Lions scored all seven of their runs.  Eric Hagstrom, Chris Wallace, Anthony Montalvo, Brock Schneider and Bryant Threadgill all got hits in the fourth inning.  SAGU was able to capitalize on two errors made by the Saints.

Going into the seventh inning the score was tied 7-7.  SAGU was able to get two on base, but wasn’t able to score.

In the bottom of the seventh, OLOTL’s Dante Vigiletti grounded out to second base and Enrique Ruiz III struck out.  The next three batters reached base on a walk.  The Saints Chance Evans singled to right field, scoring Darius Patton and winning the game.

On Friday, April 10 th the Lions will travel to play St. Gregory’s University (8-28 overall, 3-12 in the Sooner Athletic Conference).  On Friday the doubleheader begins at 1:00pm and on Saturday game-time is at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – April 6, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) Harrison Graduate School ranked 44th on the Christian Universities Online guide to Christian online graduate schools earlier this March.

Dean of Graduate Studies Robert Harden said, “We are committed to academic excellence and servant leadership as we serve God fulfilling the Great Commission. You will find Harrison Graduate School to be a caring and supportive Christ-Centered institution where you are stretched intellectually and spiritually”.

The leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online , published a comprehensive guide of Christian colleges and universities with online graduate degree programs. Tuition costs and the number of degree programs were used to rank the schools. Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, claimed the top spot on the list, followed by Luther Rice University in Lithonia, Georgia, and Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

SAGU's Harrison Graduate School online program was ranked #44 overall. HGS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges . It was established in 1996 and now offers 21 master’s and doctoral degrees. 17 of the 21 master's and doctoral programs can be completed entirely online.

SAGU uses Blackboard Technology and the average class size is around 11 students. Interaction and discussions between classmates and professors is encouraged.

HGS set a new online enrollment record in Fall 2014. HGS was established in 1996 and now offers 21 master’s and doctoral degrees. 17 of the 21 master's and doctoral programs can be completed entirely online.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas- April 3, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University lost all three games against University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (12-0, PrestonHornbeckRS 14-0, 13-2).  The Lions played one game Thursday and two games on Friday.  SAGU is now 9-29-1 overall and 1-13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  USAO is 23-14 overall and 7-7 in the SAC.

The Lions went through four pitchers in the first game.  Kiefer Ballard pitched five innings, Jared Pisors pitched one inning, Tres Ortiz pitched 1/3 inning and Carson Conarty pitched the final 2/3 inning.  USAO’s Alsis Herrera pitched six innings while striking out seven.

In game two, Hayden Ballard pitched two innings, Cody Sonnier pitched one and 1/3 innings and Tucker Burt finished up with two and 2/3 innings pitched.  SAGU’s Bryant Threadgill went two for three with one double at the plate.

In the final game of the series, the Drovers and Lions both scored one run in the second inning.  Hornbeck reached base on a walk.  Devin Ward doubled to deep left-center, advancing Hornbeck to third base.  Hornbeck scored after Conarty grounded out to the pitcher’s mound.

In the bottom of the fourth, Dej Mathis reached on a walk.  Josh Terry came into pinch run for Mathis.  Terry was able to advance to third on USAO’s wild throw.  Hornbeck hit a double to right, scoring Terry.  The Lions end the inning with one left on base.

Hornbeck went one for one, scoring one run and bringing one run in.  Ward and Schneider each went one for two at the plate.

On Tuesday, April 7 th , SAGU will host a doubleheader with Our Lady of the Lake University (13-18) at 2:00pm.  In March, SAGU played Our Lady and won the first game (1-0) and tied the second game (4-4).

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
StanfillRS Chickasha, Oklahoma- April 3, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Mid-America Christian University (MACU), 1-9 & 5-10.  MACU improves to 16-8 overall and 4-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  SAGU is now 4-20 overall and 0-12 in the SAC.

Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched the first game for the Lady Lions.  Sophomore Amber Gignac went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with one RBI.  The lone run was scored in the top of the third after freshman Bailey Balloun tripled.  Gignac singled, scoring Balloun.

In game two, junior Ashley Abair pitched for SAGU.  The Lady Lions started out strong, scoring three runs in the first inning.  Gignac reached base on a MACU bobble, and advanced to second on another MACU misstep.  Gignac reached third on a single by junior Kelsey Coburn’s single.  Freshman Katelyn Veteto singled, scoring Gignac and advancing Coburn to second.  After a wild pitch, Coburn made it to third and Veteto got to second.  Lee singled, scoring Coburn and Veteto.

MACU was quick to answer with three runs of their own.  SAGU was able to get out of the inning with zero errors and two left on base.

In the second, freshman Ashlyn Stanfill reached base off of a single.  Gignac singled, advancing Stanfill to second.  Coburn doubled, driving in Stanfill and making the score 4-3, SAGU.

SAGU scored their final run in the sixth.  Freshman Sarah Smith singled and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by Stanfill.  Gignac singled, scoring Smith.

The Evangels scored four runs in the second, two in the fifth and one in the sixth making the final score 10-5, MACU.  Coburn went three-for-four with one RBI.  Gignac went 2-for-four with one RBI and scoring one run.

The Lady Lions will continue their packed April schedule with a game on Tuesday, April 7 th at Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth).  The game is schedule for 5:00pm.  TWU is currently 11-11 overall and 3-3 in the SAC.  In the previous match-up the Lady Rams swept SAGU, 11-0 & 12-1.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
USAOSoftballRS Photo courtesy of USAO Chickasha, Oklahoma- April 1, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader against University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), 12-0 and 8-0.

In the first game, the Lady Lions only went four innings.  Sophomore Hannah Lee and junior Ashley Abair each pitched two innings.  SAGU couldn’t get their bats going, sophomore Amber Gignac got one hit for the Lions.

In the second game, Abair and Lee shared pitching duties again.  Abair started on the mound for the Lady Lions.

USAO got an early lead on SAGU, scoring all eight runs in the first inning.  The Lions kept the Drovers scoreless for the rest of the game.  Gignac, Lee and freshman Kaitlynn Veteto each went one for two at the plate.

SAGU is now 4-18 overall and 1-13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  On Thursday, April 2 nd SAGU will play at Mid-America Christian University.  The double-header will begin at 2:00pm.  MACU is 14-8 overall and 2-4 in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- March 31, 2015- We may only be in the early days of spring, but the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team has given us a glimpse of fall with the release of its 2015 schedule.  This season will have a different look including a new coaching staff, playing style as well as different opponents.
The first game will kick-off on Saturday, September 5 th at home against Westminster College.  Westminster College is a new addition for the Lions.  WC is a NCAA Division III school out of Fulton, Missouri. WC is part of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.  The Blue Jays finished last season 6-4.
The Lions will continue to play non-conference match-ups against Austin College, Howard Payne University and Texas Lutheran University to fill up September.

On Saturday, October 3 rd , SAGU will travel to Tyler, Texas to begin Central States Football League (CSFL) play.

For homecoming, the Lions will host a new CSFL opponent when Lyon College comes to town.  The 2015 season will be the inaugural year for the school out of Batesville, Arkansas.

Another new addition to the CSFL is Arizona Christian University.  After finishing 2-7 in 2014, this fall will be the second season for the young football program.  SAGU will travel to Phoenix, Arizona on October 31 st to take on the Firestorm.

The Lions will take their bye week on November 7 th .  They will close the season with a home game against Bacone College on November 14th.

Longtime foes Bethany College, Oklahoma Panhandle University and Oklahoma Baptist University have all been dropped from the 2015 schedule.

In 2014, the Lions went 4-6, finishing second in the CSFL behind Langston University.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – March 19, 2015 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) was recently honored by bestmastersprograms.org as having the 24th best online graduate counseling program in the United States .

Dr. Robert Mapes, chair of SAGU's Counseling and Psychology department, said of the honor, “We are pleased to get this recognition; our faculty members have helped us develop a high quality program that prepares students to be among the best in their field. The success of our program is demonstrated by the quality of our graduates and the great contributions they are making in churches and in the professional market place.”

SAGU offers an online master’s degree in Human Services Counseling , Non-Clinical . This degree provides counseling knowledge and skills to individuals and ministry professionals who desire practical graduate level training for effective intervention and care giving in human service agencies and institutions as well as various church related settings.

SAGU offers a second master's degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology . This degree prepares professional counselors whose psychological understanding of human persons and practice of counseling are essentially informed, shaped and given dimension by a biblically-based view of humankind.

The ranking was chosen by evaluating public data about SAGU, including student-faculty ratio, percentage of faculty holding terminal degrees in their field, admissions and retention rates, estimated cost, and counseling-specific accreditation. They were weighed so that potential students could make informed decisions about where to invest in their education. SAGU's accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges also was a key factor of this honor.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
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The SAGU Master of Business Administration is offered online, allowing you to network with successful classmates from across the country and tackle advanced coursework in a flexible format.

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Shawnee, Oklahoma- March 27, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team lost two games to St. Gregory’s University, 10-2 and 8-0.  SAGU is now 4-14 overall and 0-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  St. Gregory’s University, which is ranked no. seven in the NAIA, is 17-3 overall and 4-2 in the SAC.

Hannah Lee pitched game one for the Lions.  St. Gregory’s capitalized on two SAGU errors in the first inning; the Cavaliers scored seven runs in the bottom of the first.  Ashlyn Stanfill went one for two, scoring one run.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Lions scored two runs.  Kelsey Coburn got on base after a SGU error.  Ashlyn Stanfill bunted, reaching base and advancing Coburn to third.  Ashley Abair singled to center field, advancing Stanfill to second and scoring Coburn.  Stephanie Garza singled to shallow right-center, advancing runners to second and third.  Kirsten Stringer singled to left field, bringing in Stanfill.

In the second game, Ashley Abair pitched for the Lady Lions.  Hannah Lee, Kelsey Coburn and Bailey Balloun each went one for two at the plate.

The Lady Lions are back in action at Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday, March 28 th .  The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas – September 23, 2013 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will host an archaeology seminar “Unearthed: Tombs and Altars” on September 24 – 26. Eric Welch and Christopher Gornold-Smith are guest speakers for the event. The event is open to the public. Parts of the seminar will spotlight SAGU 's involvement in an archaeological find in Tell es-Safi, Israel during Summer 2013.

Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Barnes Student Center Lobby
9:30 a.m. – “Lions in the Levant: SAGU 's expedition to Tell es-Safi, Israel” presented by Eric Welch

Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Barnes Student Center Lobby
10:15 a.m. – “The tomb of Jesus, Part 1: First Century Jewish Burials” presented by Christopher Gornold-Smith
Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Nelson Memorial Library
6 p.m. – “Finds from Tell es-Safi: SAGU exhibit introduction” presented by Eric Welch

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Barnes Student Center Lobby
9:30 a.m. – “The tomb of Jesus, Part 2: history and archaeology – locations in Jerusalem” presented by Christopher Gornold-Smith

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Walter Waxahachie, Texas- March 26, 2015- Senior Jonathan Walter has received one of the highest honors a college athlete can; Walter has been named a NAIA Division I All-American Honorable Mention.  Walter is a senior member of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team.

Head coach Donnie Bostwick recruited Walter four years ago and can remember the first time he saw him play, “When I first saw Jon, I said this young man is loaded with potential. Few players ever reach that potential.  Jon goes about his business in such an unselfish manner that few recognize the impact he has had on our success the past four years. To watch him grow every year into what he has become, I can’t put into words how proud I am of him.”

Walter led his team to a 22-11 record this season.  He was the leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game.  Walter also had 66 steals this season; ranking 11 th in the nation in overall steals.  He averaged two steals per game, which is 18 th in the NAIA.

In the pre-season Sooner Athletic Conference poll, SAGU was picked to finish sixthout of nine teams.  Walter refused WalterSGU to accept that ranking says Bostwick, “Jon took that personal, telling his teammates that he was going to make sure that he would help this team return to KC.  He came through on that promise. He continued to get better all the way to the end of his career.”

Walter is one of the few players in SAGU history to average in double figures over their career, with 10.7 points per game over four years.  At SAGU, Walter ranks second in games played with 135, third in career scoring with 1,451 points, sixth in career rebounding with 723, fourth in field goals made with 515, sixth in three pt. field goals made with 146 and third in career steals with 188.

During his time as a Lion, Walter has been a key player on the most successful teams in school history.  He is a two-time Conference Champion, a NAIA National Runner-Up.  Walter qualified for the NAIA Tournament three times, received a first ever NAIA no. one ranking, a NCCAA third place finish as well as an overall career record of 108-37.

“His performances down the stretch on the road at USAO, JBU and Texas Wesleyan were some of the best performances by any player ever to wear the Purple and Gold,” says Bostwick, “ You can see by his stats and our success that he is a special player.  Numbers don’t lie!”

Walter is the second SAGU player of Coach Bostwick that has received a NAIA All-American honor.  Dominique Rambo, who graduated in 2014, also received the honor.

Walter is a Criminal Justice major from Garland, Texas.  He is the son of Buddy and Cathy and the brother of Amberly and Adrienna.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas -– March 18, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Scott Bottoms published his first book called ” The Centrality of the Spirit's Empowerment in the Great Commission ” in December of 2014.

“I designed this book to encourage people to embrace the empowerment of the Holy Spirit,” Bottoms said, “primarily for being a personal witness of the gospel of Jesus.”

Bottoms spent over four years working on this project, which is an academic book for his doctoral project. A few international educators read the book and requested to use it for educational purposes, so they arranged to have it published. Although this was only his first book, Bottoms was able to have published the book in the U.S. and Germany.

“The only hope humanity has is a church that is empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry the gospel to every person,” Bottoms said. “That is the message that I hope will come across to those who read this book.”

A Bible study is also included with the book to guide people toward a lifestyle of personal evangelism through scriptural teaching and practical application.

Scott Bottoms graduated from SAGU in 2002 with a Church Ministries degree. He is the lead pastor of the Church at Briargate in Colorado Springs, Colorado .

For more Information, contact Scott Bottoms at [email protected] or click here .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Rescheduled dates for OCU and SCU games announced

SAGU returns to the court on Tuesday at Dallas' Paul Quinn College

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  — The effects of the current winter storm that has gripped much of the country has left two more postponed college basketball games in its frozen clutches.

Saturday afternoon's scheduled doubleheader between Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Southwestern Christian University has been postponed due to adverse travel conditions in the region.

Already nearly 1,000 flights have been cancelled on Friday alone as a result of the inclement weather.

Jesse Godding and Mark Arthur , the respective Athletic Directors at SAGU and SCU, made the decision while also establishing the make-up date.

The two schools, new members in the Sooner Athletic Conference , have moved the date to Monday, January 6.

The women's game will be played at 6:00pm at the Pickens Springer Gymnasium in Bethany, Oklahoma (suburb of OKC). The men will play at approximately 8:00pm (CST).

SAGU also had their games against Oklahoma City University , originally slated for Thursday, December 5, postponed as well.

The new date has been announced as Monday, Jan. 13, at the Sheaffer Center . Six o'clock and 8:00pm are the new tipoff times.

Both postponed dates were conference games, meaning the entire 20-game SAC ledger will be played following the holidays.

Next two games are local

Both the Lady Lions (4-4) and Lions (5-1) are expected to return to the court on Tuesday, December 10.

SAGU will take on Paul Quinn College , located in southeast Dallas (near I-45). The women's game will begin at 5:30pm with the men's game to follow at 8:00pm.

Both SAGU teams have one more home game this semester. It is set for Monday, December 16, against Arlington Baptist College .

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

NEWS BRIEF: Full Report to be posted later

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma  —  Southwestern Assemblies of God University split a basketball doubleheader this evening at the Abe Lemons Arena against Oklahoma City University .

WOMEN'S SUMMARY

After trailing the No. 7 ranked Stars at halftime by 34-26, the Lady Lions were routed in a 77-47 verdict.

SAGU, now 10-11 overall and 4-7 in the Sooner Athletic Conference , missed 13 of 25 free throws and were dominated on the boards, 47-29.

OCU (13-2 / 10-1 in SAC) held the league's top scorer, Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS ), to just eight points. Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS ) and Jirah Rodriguez (Georgetown, Tx / Georgetown HS ) scored 12 and 10 points respectively.

MEN'S SUMMARY

The Lions scored the game's final four points to pull out a tight, 65-62, victory over OCU. In a classic defensive battle, the lead changed hands 11 times.

No. 4 ranked SAGU (18-2 / 10-1 SAC) tied the score at 61 on an offensive tip-in by Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) with 4:09 to play. It would be the last basket by either team.

A steal by Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) led to a pair of Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) free throws for a two-point lead at the 1:44 mark.

The Stars' Jamaal Crayton made one of two from the foul line with 1:29 remaining.

Walter grabbed a defensive rebound, was fouled, and converted two critical shots from the charity stripe. The clock showed 0:44 remained and SAGU led 65-62.

The hosts missed a pair of three-pointers as the Lions defense stymied the Stars down the stretch. OCU missed their final four shots and were forced into two turnovers.

Rambo, Gentry and Walter all scored in double figures. Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ) reeled in 10 rebounds.

SAGU returns home on Saturday, February 1. They will entertain Southwestern Christian University for a pair of matinee contests at 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

Current Standings : http://www.soonerathletic.org/

Stories and Stats to come later! For now, Today's Results:

SOFTBALL

SAGU and Hillsdale College split a doubleheader in Moore, Oklahoma. The Lady Lions won the opener, 7-4, the Lady Saints won the second game, 10-2.

The teams will play twice on Saturday. No video or Live Stats available.

BASEBALL

The Lions went to Austin, Texas for a four game series with Huston-Tillotson University . Today's twinbill witnessed each team grab a win. The host Rams edged SAGU in the opener, 3-2, before the Lions roared back in the second, 8-2.

They return to the diamond on Saturday for another doubleheader. No video or Live Stats available.

BASKETBALL

SAGU hosts Wayland Baptist University on Saturday, Feb. 22. The games start two hours earlier than normal. Plus, it's SENIOR DAY. A ceremony to honor them starts at approximately 2:30pm.

1:00pm (CST) Women's Basketball.  3:00pm Men's Basketball. Both will be aired on SAGU TV .

A preview of both games will be posted on the SAGU Athletic website.

Waxahachie, Texas- March 25, 2015- The Texas Wesleyan Rams were too much for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions softball BballounRS Freshman infielder Bailey Balloun fielding a ball. team.  TWU swept SAGU in a doubleheader on Tuesday, 11-0 and 12-1.

In game one, TWU run ruled SAGU in three.  Junior Ashley Abair and sophomore Stephanie Garza each went 1-for-2 at the plate.  Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched for the Lady Lions.

In the final game, Abair was on the mound for SAGU.  In the bottom of the fourth, SAGU scored their lone run.  Freshman Bailey Balloun singled to right field.  Junior Kelsey Coburn singled to shortstop, advancing Balloun to second. Freshman Katelyn Johnson doubled down the left field line, scoring Balloun.  SAGU had one run, three hits and one left on base in the fourth.

On Friday, March 27 th SAGU will travel to Shawnee, Oklahoma to play St. Gregory’s University (15-3).  SGU is currently ranked no. seven in the NAIA.  The Lady Lions (4-12) are still searching for their first conference win.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Lady Lions win in hoops, fall in volleyball

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  —  Southwestern Assemblies of God University has a fistful of big contests this weekend. They got started locally on Friday night.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Lady Lions basketball team edged McPherson College (Ks), 48-46, on the hot hand of Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS, Panola College) and a solid defense.

SAGU, now 2-0 on the young season, was as cold on offense as they were effective on defense. The Purple Pride limited the Bulldogs to .306 shooting and forced 21 turnovers.

Meanwhile, the Lady Lions misfired often against a scrappy McPherson team that built its largest lead, seven, midway through the first half.

Winston poured in a game-high 23 points, including a pair of three-pointers in each half, to propel SAGU to a hard-fought victory. Tied at 35, she sparked an 8-0 run that was enough to hold off the 'Dogs.

Bailey Brown knocked down back-to-back threes in the last ninety-seconds to draw McPherson to within two. Their last possession ended when Aubrey Barton drove near the baseline before making an errant pass inside to Cami Engelbert .

Winston got the ball on the inbounds pass with one second remaining to seal the victory.

More details will be posted following SAGU's 3:00pm Saturday game against No. 25 ranked LSU-Shreveport (1-0).

The Lady Pilots scored two free throws with a minute to play for a 62-60 lead, then staved off a frantic bid to tie the game by Texas Wesleyan University . LSUS managed only 29% shooting and made 21 turnovers.

VOLLEYBALL

SAGU (15-15) dropped a 3-1 decision at Texas Wesleyan on Friday night; losing the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-18. The team rallied to take the third, 30-28, before suffering a 25-21 loss in the fourth.

Junior Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) paced Team Purple with 18 kills, while freshman Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) pounded 11.

SAGU finished with less hitting errors than Wesleyan, 22 to 27, but the Lady Rams front line was formidable on this night. TWU held a solid 62 to 43 advantage in kills.

A detailed review of the match, coupled with action photos from the Sid Richardson Arena , will be posted this weekend.

The season-ending setback, ended the team's bid for a ninth straight season with a winning record in the regular season.

Third place Wesleyan, who lost at SAGU, 3-1, three weeks ago, is 18-17 overall and 10-6 in league matches.

The Lady Lions record in the Sooner Athletic Conference slipped to 8-8, good for sixth place.

Next is the conference tournament in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which the top six teams qualified. Pairings will be announced this weekend.

Final regular season standings are posted at: http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/3.php

CROSS COUNTRY

Both the men's and women's teams are scheduled to compete in Saturday's SAC Championship in Shawnee, Ok. The first year program hopes to see the Lions finish in fifth or sixth following an impressive fall season.

FOOTBALL

The Lions (4-4) are on the road on Saturday. They will tangle with Texas College (1-7) in Tyler. Game time is set for 2:00pm at the Rose Stadium.

Senior QB Reid Golson (Grandview, Tx / Grandview HS, Howard Payne Univ) will become SAGU's all-time leader in total offense with eight yards on Saturday.

There is no media coverage of anykind for the game. However, score updates will be announced inthe Sheaffer Center as well as on the Facebook fan page for the SAGU Sports Network . Follow on Twitter

ScholarAthletes Going clockwise left to right, Clayton O'Neill, Brittany Griffin, Taylor Hill and Kassy Cox. Waxahachie, Texas- March 24, 2015- Four members of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) basketball teams have been selected as 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Division I Basketball Scholar-Athletes.  Junior Taylor Hill and senior’s Kassy Cox and Brittany Griffin have made the grades from the women’s team and senior Clayton O’Neill has been selected from the men’s team.  This is the second time Cox and O’Neill have received this honor.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Athletes must also be a junior or a senior. 104 student-athletes have been named to the women’s teams, with 48 qualifying on the men’s side.

Head coach Arlon Beadles is thrilled that three of his players have received the honor for the Lady Lions, “It’s great to see students who are great athletes, yet do so well in their studies. Each of these ladies really are student-athletes. It has been a pleasure to see them grow into outstanding Christian women.”

“Clayton is not only one of the brightest young men I have coached, he is also one of the hardest working.  He already has a job lined up in Kansas City.  I am so proud of all that he has accomplished,” says head coach Donnie Bostwick.

On the men’s side, Biola (Calif.) led all institutions with five individuals on the list.  And for the ladies, Avila (Mo.), Baker (Kan.), Culver-Stockton (Mo.), Great Falls (Mont.), Vanguard (Calif.), Westminster (Utah) and William Woods (Mo.) lead all institutions with four individuals on the list.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

fans-at-lumpkins-2012 VOLLEYBALL
Lady Lions went 2-2 at the Austin College Classic.
SAGU lost to Southwestern University (Tx), 3-0; and to the University of Dallas , 3-1, on Friday. Today the Lady Lions topped Austin College (Tx), 3-1, and then swept Sul Ross State University (Tx), 3-0.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
The Lady Lions fell at Louisiana College today, 2-1, in overtime.

MEN’S SOCCER
The Lions came up short at Louisiana College , 3-0, this afternoon.

CROSS COUNTRY
The Lions competed against nine teams at a tournament in Abilene, Texas. The squad finished sixth. The women’s team wasn’t able to pick up points. Due to injuries they didn’t have enough runners to score, though they did compete.

FOOTBALL
SAGU fell to Bethany College , 35-20, at Midlothian Stadium. The Lions built a 20-7 lead early in the second quarter before the Swedes scored 28 unanswered points.

Articles reviewing each of the teams will follow on the website tonight and Sunday.

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

lions-head-solo VOLLEYBALL @ Kansas Wesleyan Tournament:

SAGU 3-0 over York College (Neb).  SAGU 3-1 over McPherson College (Ks). Lady Lions now 6-3. York is 2-10, McPherson is 9-5. Full review coming later tonight.

The Lady Lions have their home opener on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Mid-America Christian University (2-8) is the opponent and the best-of-five match will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live .

WOMEN'S SOCCER :

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 3-0 over SAGU Lady Lions. UMHB is 4-0, SAGU is 1-4. Watch for a game review on Sunday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL :

Howard Payne University 41-27 over SAGU. HPU is 1-1, SAGU 0-2. A full review will be posted on Sunday, including action photos.

SAGU SPORTS NETWORK fan page on FACEBOOK :

Be sure to check out the page daily. It currently includes the highlights of Men's Soccer and last week's Football game against Bethany College. Be sure to ' Like ' us. The entire SAGU vs Bethany game can be viewed now. On the home page, click on WATCH SAGU TV , then go to Sports.

PHOTOS OF SAGU FOOTBALL : Visit the website of Moving Pictures ( Steve Patterson , photographer) on Sunday PM to view and/or purchase from hundreds of photos of the football game, cheerleaders, fans, the broadcast crew, etc. There are also pics of the Men's Soccer team from last week, as well as over 600 pix of the SAGU-Bethany College game. Go to :  movingpictures.photoreflect.com

Lions football earns first victory, 19-8

lions-heads-solo WAXAHACHIE, Texas  — A very busy weekend for Southwestern Assemblies of God University witnessed the Cross Country teams in a meet scheduled for East Texas, the Volleyball squad playing three matches on the road, the men’s and women’s soccer teams in action as well as the football Lions playing in northeast Kansas.

The story on each team will be posted by Sunday night. Six of the eight events were out of town.

Here is a brief summary:

VOLLEYBALL
The Lady Lions played three different teams on the road in the Oklahoma City area. They swept St. Gregory’s University and Southwestern Christian University , 3-0, and dropped all three games to Southern Nazarene University .

WOMEN’S SOCCER
SAGU put up a valiant fight against an Our Lady of the Lake University team that has a 7-1-1 record before losing 1-0. Team Lioness held the Saints scoreless until the 73rd minute.

MEN’S SOCCER
The Lions were tied with unbeaten Our Lady of the Lake University , 1-1, in a well-played match at Lumpkins Stadium. A penalty kick in the 58th minute was the turning point in what became a 3-1 setback.

CROSS COUNTRY
The eight-teams who were scheduled for the East Texas Invitational received a day off after the meet was cancelled due to inclement weather. Torrential rains on Thursday and Friday made the course unsafe for hundreds of runners.

FOOTBALL
The Lions picked up their first win of the season, 19-8, over Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas. The defense forced five turnovers and held the run-oriented Indians to only 79 yards. Quarterback Reid Golson threw a pair of touchdown passes.

SOCCER POSTPONED

Both games were cancelled due to lightning activity in the area. SAGU and Oklahoma City University are seeking to reschedule the men’s and women’s games, as they were SAC conference games.
The Lady Lions and Lions return to action on Friday, Oct. 4 at Mid-America Christian University (Ok).

VOLLEYBALL FALLS

The Lady Lions took the first game against John Brown University , and then lost the next three in a very tightly contested match. SAGU plays at Oklahoma City University on Monday night.

LIGHTNING STORM NIXES FOOTBALL

After one quarter of play in Seguin, Texas, a strong thunderstorm moved into the region, cancelling the game between SAGU and Texas Lutheran University . Officials tried to wait out the lightning activity, but called the game three hours later. The non-conference game will not be made up.

SAGU plays at Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday, October 5, at 2:00pm.

Articles on each will be posted Sunday afternoon.

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 468-658-2847.

Busiest week in SAGU Athletics had 11 games

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  — This week was the busiest yet at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in athletics. There were eleven games, matches or meets that SAGU teams participated in since Monday.

The women's and men's soccer teams each had two games, including a doubleheader on Saturday. Both Cross Country teams ran in a meet held in Oklahoma. The volleyball team had four matches in six days for the third time in the past month. The football team played on Saturday.

Six of the eleven games were at home over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, SAGU managed to win just twice this week, both by the VB team.

Since students were enjoying Fall Break , attendance was clearly down.

A complete review of all Saturday activities will be posted by Sunday night.

Here is a brief summary:

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Lady Lions performed well until a goal in the 70th minute gave Wayland Baptist University a 1-0 victory. The Lady Pioneers are 7-5 overall and 5-1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference .

SAGU is 2-9 and 0-3, and have been shutout six times while being outscored 23-5. The Lady Lions play at Oklahoma Baptist University (6-5, 4-1 SAC) on October 15 at 5:00pm.

MEN'S SOCCER

SAGU lost for the sixth straight time, 3-0 to Wayland Baptist University (9-2-1, 4-1 SAC). The Lions are 3-8 overall and 0-3 in the Sooner.

Tuesday, October 15, the Lions will be in Shawnee, Ok where they will meet Oklahoma Baptist University (1-10, 0-5 SAC).

VOLLEYBALL

The Purple Pride came up short in a very competitive match against Southern Nazarene University , an NCAA Division II team. The Lady Lions lost 20-25, 20-25 and 25-27.

SAGU is 12-11 overall after a 2-2 week. SNU improved to 14-6 with the non-conference win.

The Lady Lions have a chance to pick up another conference win on Monday when they travel to play Mid-America Christian University (3-17 / 0-8 SAC) at 7:30pm.

FOOTBALL

SAGU took a 41-17 defeat on the chin on Saturday afternoon at home to Langston University . The preseason pick to win the Central States Football League , built an early 21-0 lead and rolled to their first win of the season. Team Purp rallied to within 27-17 early in the fourth quarter.

SAGU is now 2-3 in all games and 1-1 in the CSFL. They will be on the road on Saturday, Oct. 19, when they play Austin College (1-5) in Sherman, Tx (94 miles north of Waxahachie on hwy 75). Kickoff is set for 1:00pm.

CROSS COUNTRY

WOMEN: Finished eighth in the nine team meet hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University . They were ahead of University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO).

MEN: The Lions were ninth, one spot above Texas Wesleyan University .

Both teams are entered in a local meet on Saturday, Oct. 19. The University of Dallas Invitational will be held in Irving.

Stay tuned for 10 big stories and a BONUS article coming soon!

lions-head-solo WAXAHACHIE, Texas  — Things are much more quiet on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University during the Christmas and New Years break than they will be in a few weeks. That doesn't mean little is happening behind the scenes.

Fans can expect to read plenty of news about SAGU Athletics during the holidays! Check in daily for the latest on the Purple Pride !

Here are a few headline stories to watch for on the SAGU Athletic website (here):

1) The NCCAA Announces the 2013 All-American Football Team –  yes, Lions made it!

2) Relive SAGU's thrilling 38-34 comeback win over No. 25 Bacone College  –  video highlights in HD!

3) Interview with Dylan Moore –  the Wide Receiver retells the came-winning TD in the final minute!

4) Ringing of the Salvation Army bells –  SAGU athletes volunteer their time during the holidays

5) Q & A with the new SAGU Baseball Coach Sam Blackmon and the new-look Lions

6) SAGU Lady Lions Softball Schedule released

7) Having Fun at the Y-M-C-A –  a  SAGU team volunteered to conduct a clinic at the Waxahachie YMCA

8) Keeping Score –  photos of the new softball and baseball scoreboards on the campus fields

9) Who is the Sooner Athletic Conference –  Q & A with Ray Fink ; a history and update on the NAIA's best league. Ray is the veteran Sports Information Director of the S.A.C.

10) Preview of the SAC Basketball Season –  both SAGU's men's and women's teams begin their first season

BONUS : Previews of the Lions and Lady Lions hoopsters after the first semester

The basketball teams return to practice prior to their first game, January 2, at Oklahoma Baptist University . They have three games in five days to jumpstart the new semester!

Fans can anticipate the start of the new SAGU Sports Network broadcast schedule, which includes all home basketball games in HD. They debut on Saturday afternoon, January 4, when Mid-America Christian University visits the Sheaffer Center !

As for baseball and softball – they hold their first practice this semester on Monday, January 13, when classes resume.

Be sure you are following the tracks of your favorite Lions teams during the holidays!

SOCIAL MEDIA –   Follow SAGU Sports with news updates on Twitter @SAGUSportsNet , as well as the Facebook fan page at SAGU Sports Network .

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

Full Report and Photos Later Tonight

lions-head-solo CEDAR HILL, Texas  —  Southwestern Assemblies of God University took a pair of college basketball games from Northwood University at the Nutting Arena.

The Lady Lions rolled to an 87-43 triumph over Northwood, who play their home games at Trinity Christian School . With 13 players scoring the Purple Pride led from the outset.

SAGU was led by Nia Winston , who had 20 points, and two others in double figures.

As a team the Lady Lions made 51% of their shots and limited the Lady Knights to 28%.

Winning their second straight game improved SAGU's record to 10-9 overall. They are 4-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference . The triumph raised their road record to 6-4.

They will complete the first round in the SAC when they travel on Thursday to meet Wayland Baptist University (8-8 / 5-2 in SAC).

The Lions claimed the men's game as well.

After holding a 38-36 halftime lead, SAGU reeled off the first 13 points of the second half en route to a 92-84 win. The Knights never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

No. 1 ranked SAGU, now 16-1 in all games and 9-0 in the league, extended their lead to 75-59 with 6:59 to play.

Northwood, whose three-game winning streak came to an end, held their own inside, holding a 47-45 edge on the boards.

They had little answer to the Lions' backcourt. SAGU knocked down seven three-point baskets in each half.

Dominique Rambo hit five triples, all but one in the second half. He finished with 25 points and, despite defensive pressure throughout, made just one turnover.

Caleb Gentry added 18 points.

The game included 63 fouls and 97 free throws.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at Wayland Baptist

SAGU returns to the court on Thursday with a long road trip to Plainview, Texas (362 miles from Waxahachie). They will tangle with No. 24 ranked Wayland Baptist University (12-5).

The game will be available video livestream, LiveStats as well as on the radio. Information will be posted in the game preview on Thursday.

A full report on both games will be posted later tonight, including statistics and action photos.

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

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lions-head-solo WAXAHACHIE, Texas  — A busy day of sports action was completed this evening on the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University .

A full report with stats and action photos from the four home games will be posted later tonight.

SAGU swept two games from Hillsdale College by scores of 17-0 and 17-4 to take the weekend series, 4-0.

In women's basketball action the Lady Lions held off a spirited rally by Southwestern Christian University , 68-66. SAGU had a 27-point lead with 14 minutes remaining. Team Lioness evened their season record at 11-11.

No. 4 ranked SAGU led from start to finish in a 78-56 triumph SCU. The leading three-point shooting team in the Sooner Athletic Conference , the visiting Eagles, didn't make their first triple until late in the game and finished 3-of-25. The Lions are now 19-2.

This Week :

Baseball – The Lions host Central Christian College (Ks) in a Thursday doubleheader. The games will be played at the Waxahachie Sports Complex starting at 4:00pm.

Basketball – SAGU travels to Chickasha, Ok to play the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma ; women at 6:00pm, men at 8:00pm.

Both the Lady Lions and Lions return home next Saturday, February 8, for a big twinbill against Texas Wesleyan University at 3pm and 5pm.

Contact : Mark “Link” Warde , SAGU Sports Information Director, at [email protected] or at 469-658-2847.

lions-head-solo WOMEN'S SOFTBALL :

SAGU swept a doubleheader on campus, 9-4 and 12-4 over Texas College . A review of the games will be posted this weekend.

The team then departed for a 402-mile trip to Hobbs, New Mexico. The Lady Lions, 3-1, will play a four game series this weekend against the University of the Southwest . The Lady Mustangs are 4-2.

SAGU and USW will play a doubleheader on Friday that starts at 1:00pm. They have another twinbill on Saturday. It is scheduled to begin at noon.

BASEBALL :

The Lions, 5-3, will host two doubleheaders against Wiley College (0-1) on Friday and Saturday. All four games will be played on campus with the action beginning at noon on both days.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL :

No. 5 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University (22-3 / 14-1 in SAC) looked every bit as real as advertised in a 77-48 triumph over the SAGU Lady Lions (12-13 / 6-9 in SAC). OBU led at the half, 41-25.

SAGU plays in Oklahoma City on Saturday when they clash with Mid-America Christian University (14-10 / 8-7 in SAC) at 3:00pm (CST).

A preview will be posted on Saturday morning with links to video livestream and LiveStats .

MEN'S BASKETBALL :

The Lions, No. 5 in the NAIA, outlasted Oklahoma Baptist University , 69-61, in men's hoops. SAGU (21-3 / 13-2 in SAC) overcame a 13-point first half deficit to take their first lead, 42-40, with 14:37 to play.

SAGU trailed 51-49 with ten minutes left, and were tied, 55-55, before winning the defensive battle with a 14-6 closing surge.

The Lions have a huge contest against second place MACU (14-7 / 10-5 in SAC) on Saturday at 5:00pm.  The Evangels are ranked No. 14.

A preview will be posted on Saturday morning with links to video livestream and LiveStats .

Lions and Lady Lions suffer upset losses at USAO

Baseball Lions split doubleheader with Central Christian

lions-head-solo WAXAHACHIE, Texas  —  Southwestern Assemblies of God University had a busy day of sports news. A full report on each will be posted later tonight.

BASEBALL : The Lions split a doubleheader with Central Christian College (Ks), losing the first by a 7-5 count, then bouncing back to take nightcap, 4-2.

SAGU will host Southern Nazarene University in a noon doubleheader on Saturday. The twinbill will be played on campus.

SOFTBALL : Friday's home opener has been cancelled. The team will play, as planned, on Saturday against Texas College .

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL : The Lady Lions dropped a tough 65-63 decision to University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma .

MEN'S BASKETBALL : SAGU ran into a sizzling hot USAO team and lost, 88-80, in Chickasha, Ok.

Both SAGU basketball teams are at home on Saturday against Texas Wesleyan University ; Lady Lions at 3:00pm, Lions at 5pm.

KaliSigningRS Coach Moore pictured with Kali and her mom, Cyndi, at Kali's signing. Waxahachie, Texas- March 24, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team has added two new players to the roster for 2015.  Head coach Hank Moore has signed two outside hitters, Kali Shaw and Sara Scott.

“Kali is an excellent player who will compete for a starting spot immediately. She is a very strong hitter, passer and blocker,” says Moore.

Kali Shaw is a 5’11 senior from Meadows Place, Texas.  Shaw was a three-time lettermen and two-year varsity starter at Dulles High School.  She received district All Academic Honors her junior and senior years, as well as a district Honorable Mention as a senior.

Shaw also plays softball as well as participating on the recreational swim league for the past 13 years.  She also is active in PALs (Peer Assistance/Leadership), FFA, and River Pointe Church.

Head coach Hank Moore is also excited to welcome Sara Scott, “Scott is an outstanding young lady who will be a great addition to our volleyball program. She is an outside hitter who will come in and compete for a spot on the floor.” SaraScott Sara Scott, pictured with Coach Moore and family.

Scott is a 5’10 outside hitter from Tarkington High School.  She was named district Honorable Mention her senior year.  Scott has played volleyball year-round for the past six years, including her school team as well as club ball.  Along with volleyball, Scott is a cheerleader and is active in National Beta Club.

“I love SAGU so much already, and I cannot wait to actually be a part of it,” says Scott, “I know this is where I belong. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me at SAGU.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
CamposandPriceRS Gabriel Price and Jose Campos Abilene, Texas- March 22, 2015 – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s and women's track teams competed in their second meet of the outdoor season at the War Hawk Classic hosted by McMurry University.

“This was the meet that a few of our runners were looking forward to because it was the only meet on the schedule that had a 10,000m run,” says head coach Jason Covarrubias.

Destiny Garza is adding medals to her count as well as adding to her events for the NCCAA National Outdoor Track Championships.  Last week, Garza qualified in the 5k, this week she qualified in the 10k.  Garza’s time of 39:51 crushed the qualifying standard of 43:00.   Garza finished in second place at the meet, leaving her team to an overall score of eight points for the day.

“Destiny knew what she had to do to qualify and she showed up,” says Covarrubias, “It's hard to reproduce what you have done in practice at a meet but she did more than that today!”

For the men, Gerado “Jerry” Nava finished second overall in the 10,000m.  Nava, in his second track meet of his career, ran a time of 35:23 in the 6.25 mile race,  which is 25 laps, spring transfer Danny Castillo came in 3rd with the time of 36:53.  Freshman Gabriel Price finished 6th in the 1,500m and 10th in the 800m.  Captain Jose Campos, competed in the same races as Price, finished 7th in the 1,500m.  The men finished with 19 points and ten out of 13 teams.

For official War Hawk Classic results, click HERE .  The Lion’s will travel to compete in the OBU Invitational on Saturday, March 28 th .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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Fort Worth, Texas- March 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (9-23-1) lost the rubber game against Mid-America Christian University (MACU), 8-1.  Rain forced the game to Southwest High School in Fort Worth as well as a delayed start.

Kiefer Ballard pitched one and 2/3 innings for the Lions, Tucker Burt pitched six and 1/3 and Anthony Montalvo finished the game with the final inning.

SAGU fell behind 6-0 in the second inning and couldn’t overcome the deficit.

In the bottom of 8 th , Preston Hornbeck doubled down the left field line.  Hornbeck advanced to third, after Devin Ward grounded out to second.  Hornbeck was able to score after David Ancira hit a sacrifice fly to right-center.

Hornbeck and Bryant Threadgill both had two hits each.

On Friday, March 27 and Saturday March 28 th , the Lions will play at Southwestern Christian University (2-7 SAC, 11-13 overall).  On Friday the doubleheader begins at noon.  The game begins at 2:00pm on Saturday.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Beadles Winona Lake, Indiana- March 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team has officially ended their season on a win at the National Christian College Athletic Association.  The Lady Lions beat Grace College (17-18), 51-47.

Head coach Arlon Beadles is thrilled with the final game, “What these ladies accomplished tonight was nothing short of fantastic.  There are few coaches who have the opportunity to culminate a career by winning their final game in the NCCAA National Tournament.  Words can’t explain the joy I’m feeling right now.”

The Lady Lions were led by sophomore All-Tournament Team player, Laken Ward, with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Senior Kassy Cox scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.  Junior Taylor Hill added 10 points.

In the first half, scoring was kept to a minimum.  SAGU led at halftime, 20-17.

In the second half, SAGU never let go of the lead.  At 8:31, Charity Page made two free throws, giving the purple and gold their biggest lead of the night at 14.  Grace College worked to cut that lead down, getting it to 48-44 with 1:21 left in the game.

In the final minute Taylor Hill made one basket and one free-throw, extending the Lions lead, 50-44.  With 0:09 left, Grace College’s Allison Kauffman hit a three-point shot, but it wasn’t enough.  SAGU wins, 51-47.

With this win, Beadles ends more than 50 years of coaching, “Even with the excitement of tonight’s win, this moment is bittersweet.  As the game came to an end, I knew I would be closing a chapter in my life that has meant so much to me for so many years.  I will miss all the players which have brought so much joy into my life.  I will miss the practices, the recruiting, the competition, and all of the fellowship this game afforded me. “

SAGU ends the season 16-20.  The Lions placed 5 th in the NCCAA National Tournament.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
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HLeeRS SAGU Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched game one for the Lady Lions. Waxahachie, Texas- March 20, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team lost a Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader to Southwestern Christian University (5-1 & 0-9).  This was SAGU’s first SAC competition of the year.

SAGU pitcher Hannah Lee was on the mound all seven innings in the first game.  Kelsey Coburn went two-for-one at the plate, scoring one run.

SCU scored three runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth.  Going into the seventh inning, the Lady Lions were down 5-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Coburn reached on a walk.  Ashley Abair singled to left field, advancing Coburn to second. Stringer hit a sacrifice bunt and was putout, but advanced Coburn to third.  Stanfill singled to left field, driving Coburn in. The Lady Lions had one run off of two hits and two left on base.

In game two, Abair pitched for SAGU.  Southwestern Christian scored two runs right off the top in the first inning.  In the third, SAGU committed two errors that the Lady Eagles were able to capitalize on, they went onto score seven runs off of seven hits.

The Lady Lions are now 4-10 for the season.  The game scheduled for Friday, March 20 th against University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, has been postponed due to weather.  No makeup date has been scheduled yet.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
HaydenBallardRS Hayden Ballard pitched game one for SAGU. Waxahachie, Texas- March 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (9-22-1) got their first Sooner Athletic Conference victory, after a win over Mid-America Christian University (12-12-1).  SAGU won the first game, 5-4 on a walk-off single by Bryant Threadgill.  In game two, MACU topped SAGU 6-2.

“I was really pleased with how our guys competed today. In game one Hayden Ballard did a good job in his first start of the season and the team did a great job throughout the lineup of executing situations,” says head coach Sam Blackmon.

In game one, Hayden Ballard pitched all seven innings for the Lions.  Ballard had seven strike-outs.

MACU was the first to score, putting a run on the board in the first inning.  In the second inning, SAGU scored two.  Preston Hornbeck got on base after being hit by a pitched.  Eric Hagstrom hit a single through a hole at second base.  Hornbeck scored off of a wild pitch by MACU.  Hagstrom scored off of a Schneider RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, the score was tied 4-4.    Josh Terry reached base on a MACU error. Two batters later Threadgill singled to third, bringing Terry home for the win.

Hagstrom was two-for-two at the plate and scored two runs. Threadgill also added two hits.  Devin Ward added an RBI double.

In the second game, SAGU’s Hayden Killebrew started on the mound and pitched six and 1/3 innings.  Jared Pisors came in as relief and finished 2/3 inning.

Ancira was three-for-three at the plate, with one RBI.  Lance Marks went two-for-three, with one RBI.

Going into the seventh inning, the score was tied, 2-2.  The Crusaders were able to score four runs off of three hits and one SAGU error.  The Lions got out of the inning with one left on base.

In the bottom of the seventh, Ancira and Harvey were able to make it on base, but they couldn’t turn base runners into runs.  They dropped the final game of the doubleheader, 6-2.

The final game of the series will be played on Friday, March 20 th at noon.  SAGU Sports Network will be broadcasting audio live at SAGU.tv .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Winona Lake, Indiana- March 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team won their second game of the National BKrockRS Sophomore Bethany Krock drives to the basket. Christian College Athletics Association’s National Basketball Championship.  The Lady Lions upset number five seed, University of Northwestern-St. Paul (18-12), 66-39.

“After Northwestern got off to a 9-0 start, Bethany Krock entered the game and provided a huge spark which led to us taking our first lead,” explains head coach Arlon Beadles, “After that, these young ladies never looked back.  It was an exciting game.”

SAGU was able to come back from the initial 9-0 start, and take a convincing lead going into halftime.  The Lady Lions led the Lady Eagles, 31-21.

With 12:00 left in the game, SAGU was up 47-31.  From that point on, the Lions continued to add to their convincing lead.

SAGU defense forced 23 Northwest turnovers.  The Lady Lions capitalized and scored 26 points off of those turnovers.

Senior Jirah Rodriguez and junior Taylor Hill each had 14 points for SAGU.  Rodriguez added six rebounds and six steals.  Senior Kassy Cox added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Lady Lions.

On Friday, March 20 th , SAGU will play their final game of the season when they take on Grace College for a 5 th place title. Grace College is seeded number six in the tournament and has a record of 18-16 overall.

Friday’s game will also be the final game for Coach Beadles and he is set to retire after nearly 50 years of coaching.  Beadles tells us this tournament has been the perfect way to cap off his career, “I can’t tell you how hard our girls have played here at the NCCAA National Tournament.  There is no coach more proud of a team than I am.  This has been a blast and I cannot think of a better way to end a lifelong coaching career than being here with this great group of players.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – March 19, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Rod Loy published his third book tilted ” After the Honeymoon ,” a book of marriage advice geared for both newly weds and refreshers for more mature marriages.

“This book was actually an accident,” Loy said. “When my oldest son Tyler was nearing his wedding date, I started writing words of advice to him and his bride Emilie, which were based on 27 years of marriage to my wife, Cindy. I posted the advice on Facebook and tagged my son; to my surprise, the post went viral. The company that I published my first two books with–Influence Publishing–followed my posts and saw the opportunity for a book.”

After the Honeymoon ” is a 90-day book of marital advice that is designed for married couples to complete once a day for three months. It focuses on principles to build healthy, enduring relationships that anticipate challenges. Every day includes either items to talk about or activities to do together to help in the learning journey.

“I want people to learn from my mistakes and successes,” Loy said. “The book includes a lot of my own personal stories and funny blunders as well as timeless principles that apply to all marriages. Right now, we're using it as a supplement to marriage counseling.”

The official release date for the book coincides with the Assemblies of God General Council in August of 2015. It will be available for purchase on ibooks.com, amazon.com, and various retail outlets.

Rod Loy graduated from SAGU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Education. He has been in full-time pastoral ministry for 28 years and is currently the Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas . In the last fourteen years under Loy's leadership, the 103-year-old church has grown to over 4,500 in average weekly attendance on six campuses. Inspired by Loy's love for missions, First Assembly currently gives over a million dollars to missions every year and has helped plant more than 1100 churches in 63 nations. Loy and his wife Cindy have been married for twenty-seven years and have two boys: Tyler, his wife Emilie, and Parker.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
NAIATournamentRS Jason Gentry and Marcus price fight for the ball against Martin Methodist. (Photo courtesy of Gina Godding) Kansas City, Missouri- March 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team lost to Martin Methodist College (Tennessee) in the first round of the 2015 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.  The RedHawks (29-4) topped the Lions, 74-56.  SAGU ends their season with a record of 22-11.

The game was the last of the night, tipping off near midnight, and wrapping up close to 1:30am.

The Lions stayed close for much of the second half.  With 9:10 left, junior Emmanuel Adoyi hit a three-pointer, coming within one of MMC.

“We gave ourselves a challenge as it was a 4 point game with a little over 5 minutes to go, but Martin Methodist finished better than we did tonight. They have a great team. I wish them the best the rest of the Tournament,” says SAGU head coach Donnie Bostwick.

At 5:23, Martin Methodist was up 56-51, after a made basket by senior Jonathan Walter.

The Lions couldn’t piece together a late run, and MMC outscored SAGU 18-6 in the final five minutes.

“I’m very proud of a group of young men that accomplished a lot this season.  My five seniors have won 126 games and been to three NAIA Championships,” says Bostwick.

Junior Rishaad Alexander scored 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.  Walter recorded 12 points and seven rebounds for SAGU.  Adoyi and junior Jason Gentry each added 10 points.  The 56-points were a season-low for SAGU.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Ward Sophomore Laken Ward led in rebounding and scoring for the Lady Lions. Winona Lake, Indiana- March 18, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team lost their first game in the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) National Tournament.  The SAGU Lady Lions lost to Lee University, 75-52.  NCAA Division II Lee is the number one seed in the tournament.

Despite the loss, Head Coach Arlon Beadles is proud of the way his team played, “Our girl’s played with tremendous effort and heart today against the number one seeded Lee University.  After they jumped out to an early lead, our girls fought back and closed the gap.  In the end, Lee’s three point shooting allowed them to pull away.”

Sophomore Laken Ward had a double/double, scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds.  Senior Kassy Cox ended the game with 12 points and six rebounds.

“I’m very pleased with the fight our girls had in them today.  They never gave in and fought to the end,” says Beadles.

The Lady Lions will play University of Northwestern-St. Paul on Thursday, March 19 th at 12:00pm (11:00am CST).  University of Northwestern is 18-11.  For more information, visit the tournament website HERE .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Kansas City, Missouri – March 11, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team has received an at-large bid into the 2015 Buffalo Funds- NAIA Division I National Championship tournament.  The tournament consists of 32 teams and is single elimination.

In the first round, the Lions will play no. 8 ranked Martin Methodist (Tennessee) on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30pm. Martin Methodist is the Southern States Athletic Tournament Champion.  The RedHawks are 28-4 for the season and ranked no. 7 in the final NAIA national coaches’ poll of the season.

SAGU finished fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) . In the semi-finals of the SAC tournament, the Lions lost to Mid-America Christian University in overtime, 98-92. SAGU is now 22-10 for the season and ranked no. 25 in the NAIA.

If the Lions win, round two will be played on Friday, March 13 at 4:30pm. All games will be played at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo .

All of the national championship action will be video-streamed live on NAIANetwork.com. The championship final will be broadcast for a second-straight year on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. on March 24.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Tyler King Freshman Tyler King pitched all nine innings to win his first college game. Waxahachie, Texas- March 17, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (8-21-1) played a doubleheader against Our Lady of the Lake University (11-12-1).  SAGU won the first game in nine innings, 1-0.  The second game was forced to end in a tie, 4-4, because of sunset.

Head Coach Sam Blackmon is proud of his freshman pitcher, “Tyler King pitched an outstanding game going nine innings and recording a shutout for his first college win. He's worked hard and Coach Semprun has done a great job of bringing him along through the season.”

King had four strike-outs, while only walking one in all nine innings.

The game went scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when David Ancira reached base thanks to a walk. Brock Schneider got to first on the fielder’s choice, Ancira was forced out.  Schneider made it to second and third off of a passed ball by Our Lady of the Lake.  Schneider was able to score after a balk by Cunningham, bringing the nine innings to an end.

In game two, the Lions went through a handful of pitchers.  Tucker Burt pitched three innings, striking out five.  Cody Sonnier pitched one inning, Jacob Watson went two innings, Kiefer Ballard pitched 2/3 innings and Hayden Killebrew finished the game with 1/3 innings pitched.

Ancira had two hits for the Lions and Schneider scored two runs.

SAGU was quick to score, getting two runs in the bottom of the first.  Schneider reached base on a walk and was able to make it around the bases and score off of walks and passed balls.  Preston Hornbeck reached base on a walk and was able to score after Bryant Threadgill doubled down the left field line.  The Lions left two on base.

In the top of the third, the Saints were able to score two off of one hit.  In the fourth, the Saints scored again, putting OLLU up by one.

In the sixth inning, sophomore Tallon Ralstin singled to shallow center field.  Collin Gifford came in to pinch run for Ralstin.  Gifford scored off of a Saint’s bobble.

Going into the seventh, the game was tied 3-3.  The Saints reached base quickly off of a single to right by Patton.  Patton reached second by a sacrifice bunt and reached third off a passed ball by Griffin Glenn.  Patton tried to make it home off another passed ball, but was tagged out by Glenn.  OLLU’s DeJesus reached base on a walk and eventually scored.  Killebrew came into pitch and got SAGU out of the inning with three left on base.

In the bottom of the seventh, SAGU was able to tie the score.  Ancira singled up the middle.  Schneider bunted and reached on a base hit, advancing Ancira to second.  Devin Ward pinch running for Ancira.  Ward was caught stealing home.  Schneider was able to score off a walk-in.  Just like the Saints, the Lions left three on base.

On March 20 and 21 st , SAGU will host Mid-America Christian University (10-11-1).  Friday’s game will start at 2:00pm.  Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
WBBNotreDameRS SAGU Lady Lions visiting Notre Dame on their way to Grace College Waxahachie, Texas- March 16, 2015- The regular season may have come to an end, but the games aren’t done for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team.  The Lady Lions will be competing in the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association’s National Championships held at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.

“We are blessed and honored to have been selected to play in the NCCAA National Basketball Tournament,” says Head Coach Arlon Beadles, “The team was excited to hear the news and they are looking forward to playing at Grace College.”

The Lions lost to Southwestern College in the final round of the NCCAA Regional Tournament.  SAGU received an at-large bid into the National Tournament.

“I believe the at-large bid we received is a reflection of the highly competitive schedule we played in the Sooner Athletic Conference,” remarks Beadles, “We will have to call upon that experience when we tip off against #1 seed Lee University at noon on Wednesday.”

The Lady Lions will have to prepare to take on an NCAA Division II opponent on Wednesday, March 18 th at noon.  Lee University (Tennessee) is 20-8 for the season. The Lady Flames finished fourth out of 12 teams in the Gulf South Conference.

SAGU will play three games in a bracket format.  A total of eight teams are in the National Tournament; #1 Lee University (Tenn.) Flames, #2 Southwestern Christian University (Okla.) Eagles, #3 Bethesda University (Calif.) Flames, #4 Emmanuel College (Ga.) Lions, #5 University of Northwestern (Minn.) Eagles, #6 Grace College (Ind.) Lady Lancers, #7 Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) Warriors, #8 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) Lions.  For more information on the tournament, visit Grace College’s website HERE .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- March 16, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team left for the 2015 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship on Monday morning.

This is the third year in a row that the Lions have made it into the national tournament (fourth overall), and for senior Jonathan Walter, it is a lot like his sophomore year, “This year is similar to the first because no one expects us to win.”  It was three years ago that SAGU shocked everyone and advanced to the championship game.  The Lions ultimately finished second in the nation.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick is ready for his team to play on familiar territory, “I am very proud of our team for the effort and challenges they overcame to reach this goal of returning to Kansas City.  Now we can focus on the goal we have every season for our program; making a run at KC in an attempt to glorify God on the biggest stage!”

The Lions may need to get an extra shot of caffeine before their first game.  SAGU is scheduled to play Martin Methodist (Tennessee) at 10:30pm on Wednesday, March 18 th .  The Red Hawks are 28-4 for the season and are ranked no. seven in the NAIA.  SAGU is 22-10 and rank no. 25 nationally.  The Lions will have to shut down lead-scorer Monte Burney, who averages nearly 15 points per game.  Burney also ranks no. two in the entire NAIA in total steals at 72.

Statistically, SAGU and MM are evenly matched.  On paper, SAGU’s Walter is nearly identical to Burney, averaging over 15 points a game and ranking no. 10 in the NAIA in total steals, with 62.

“Martin Methodist has a great team, but every team in Kansas City is good,” says Bostwick, “The team that comes together at the right time can do something special. We are going to play for The Lord and put our hope in him.”

“The only nerves I have are about each game being possibly the last of my college career,” says Walter, “I’m really looking forward to making a run at the championship and shocking everyone.”

All games will be played at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.  Live video of the tournament can be purchased at naianetwork.com .  Free audio can be found at 810Varsity.com .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
BrockSchneiderRS Sophomore Brock Schneider sliding into second. Schneider scored the only run for the Lions in the third game. (Photo courtesy of Moving Pictures) Grand Prairie, Texas- March 14, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team(7-21) fell in a three-game sweep to Texas Wesleyan University (13-0, 9-4, 3-1).  The Lions are still looking for their first Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) win.

In the first game, the Rams dominated in all areas.  The Lions went through three pitchers; Jared Pisors pitched one and 1/3 innings, Hayden Ballard pitched one inning and Tres Ortiz pitched the final one and 2/3 innings.  The Lions could only muster up four hits, but compared to Texas Wesleyan’s 15, it wasn’t enough to make a dent in the score.

In game two, Keifer Ballard started on the mound, going six innings.  K. Ballard had three strike-outs.  Hayden Ballard pitched one inning in relief.

Griffin Glenn went two for three at the plate.  Preston Hornbeck went one for two, with two RBI’s.

In the final game of the series, Hayden Killebrew threw a complete game, scattering five hits and only giving up three runs, while striking out three.  Unfortunately, the SAGU bats didn’t come alive and they were only able to get one run across.  Brock Schneider was a perfect two-for-two at the plate and scoring the lone run for the Lions.

Over 21 innings, the Texas Wesleyan pitching staff only gave up five runs. The Rams are currently 4-1 in the SAC and 10-10 overall.

On Tuesday, March 17 th SAGU travels to play a non-conference doubleheader against Our Lady of the Lakes.  The Saints are currently 10-10.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Paragould, Arkansas- March 13, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions lost to Southwest Christian University (SWCU) in the National Christian College Athletics Association regional championship, 63-54. SAGU is now 14-19 for the season.

SAGU fell behind early in the game.  By halftime, SWCU was ahead 30-16.  Early, the Lady Lions couldn’t catch a break in shooting, going 0 for nine from the three pt. line.

The second half was much better for SAGU.  The Lady Lions went five for 11 (45.5%) from the three pt. line.

The night before against Mid-America Christian University, free throw shooting made the difference for SAGU.  The same story could be told against SWCU, just not for the better.  In the second half, the Lady Lions were one for seven (14%) from the line.

Sophomore Charity Page led SAGU in scoring with 13 points.  Senior Kassy Cox, sophomore Laken Ward and junior Taylor Hill all added eight points.  Cox also had 17 rebounds for the Lady Lions.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
FaithPittmanRS Faith pictured with Coach Moore and her parents, Felecia and Michael Pittman Waxahachie, Texas- March 10, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) volleyball team has added a middle hitter to the roster for the fall.  Faith Pittman has signed a letter of intent to be a Lady Lion.

“Faith is an incredible young lady and her priorities fit SAGU perfectly,” says Head Coach Hank Moore,
“She loves The Lord with all her heart. Faith is an all-state scholar athlete and an all-around great athlete as well.”

Pittman is a senior at Ryan High School in Denton, Texas.  The 6’0 standout is a two-time District 5-5A All Academic All District player who carries a 4.1 GPA. Pittman plans on becoming a doctor after graduating from SAGU.

Pittman, who has a brother that plays football for the Lions, says she felt at home at SAGU, “When I visited the campus, there was an atmosphere that I loved.  Any anxiety that I had before going on campus had drastically diminished when I could feel how genuinely honest and caring the staff and players were to me.”

Coach Moore is anticipating the immediate impact Pittman will have for the Lady Lions, “She is an excellent blocker.  We are just very excited to have Faith as part of our SAGU Volleyball Family.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
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Cox Senior Kassy Cox led the Lady Lions in both scoring and rebounding against MACU. Paragould, Arkansas- March 12, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team beat Mid-America Christian University (MACU), 65-64.  Thursday’s game was the first round of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Central Region Tournament.  This was the third time MACU and SAGU met this season.  In mid-December, SAGU won the contest 67-61.  At the end of January, MACU got revenge and topped the Lady Lions 72-68.

“Our guards did a great job handling Mid-America’s pressure tonight and our posts held their own against MACU’s inside game,” says Head Coach Arlon Beadles, “It was back and forth the entire game and our girls never wavered.”

At halftime, the Lions were up 34-28.  SAGU extended their lead right after the half, going up 40-29.  According to Beadles, the game was decided by SAGU’s free throws in the final minutes.

Senior Kassy Cox led the Lions with 20 points and 15 rebounds.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey scored 15 points and Laken Ward added 12.  Sophomore Charity Page had 10 rebounds for the night.

On Friday, March 12 th , SAGU will play Southwestern Christian University for the Championship of the Central Region.  SAGU has split the previous two games with SCU, losing game one 82-52 and winning game two 68-65.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – March, 10, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) ranked 10th on Sports Management Degree Guide's (SMD) 20 Great Small Colleges for a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management 2015 .

SMD examined selective small colleges and universities with an undergraduate population of 3,000 students or less that offer a bachelor’s degree in sports management or a related field, and overall undergrad student body information that specific to the sports management degree program. All data points were taken from College Navigator .

SAGU's Sports Management program is designed to prepare students for a career in sports management from a Christian perspective. Students gain a background in sports and fitness, while developing business skills and management focus.

The major studies are comprised of 63 credit hours that combine core studies, management studies, and professional development. General electives combined with the major requirements makes up a total of 126 program hours. Students who graduate with a degree in Sports Management are able to employ the principles learned in the sports industry. Students are prepared to lead, manage, and operate sports and athletics facilities.

The sports industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, according to the North American Society for Sport Management . Sport management is a field of study that focuses on the business aspects of sports and recreation. Colleges and universities offering bachelor degrees in sport management often combine physical education, fitness and kinesiology with business and finance, providing students with a wide scope of the sport industry.

Students who major in sports management are presented with a wide variety of career options. Graduates pursue careers as agents, managers, publicists and administrators in the sports industry.

Click here for degree information

(Article adapted from Sports Management Degree Guide)

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
waylandRS Photo courtesy of Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas- March 8, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball Lions were swept by Wayland Baptist University in a three-game series (10-0, 2-1, 11-1).  SAGU is now 7-17 overall and 0-5 in Sooner Athletic Conference play.

In the first game, Keifer Ballard started on the mound for the Lions.  K. Ballard pitched one and 1/3 innings.  He had three strike-outs and allowed seven hits.  Hayden Ballard came in to pitch four and 1/3 innings.  H. Ballard had three strike-outs, four hits and three runs.

SAGU’s Preston Hornbeck had two hits for the Lions but SAGU didn’t get any runs.  On defense, the Lions gave up five runs in the second inning.

In game two, SAGU’s Hayden Killebrew pitched all six innings.  Killebrew had two strike-outs, while allowing two hits and two runs.  Bryant Threadgill and Carson Conarty each had two hits.  Devin Ward had one RBI, driving Conarty in for the Lions one run.

In the final game of the series, Jared Pisors and Hayden Ballard each pitched two innings.  Cody Sonnier and Joseph Watson each pitched one inning.

The Pioneers scored seven runs in the second inning.  The Lions couldn’t answer, scoring only one run by David Ancira in the third. Kevin McCreight and Bryant Threadgill each had two hits for SAGU.  Josh Terry had SAGU’s lone RBI for the game.

The Lions will travel to Abilene, Texas to take on McMurry University on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  SAGU will play one doubleheader that starts at 2pm.  The War Hawks are currently 12-3.  Live Stats and Video will be provided HERE .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Bullock, Texas- March 8, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions competed in their first Track meet of the season at the Marc Randle Classic hosted by UT Tyler and Wiley College.  The meet’s field consisted of 12 teams ranging from NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and NAIA.  In the first meet, Destiny Garza qualified for the NCCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Coach Jason Covarrubias was pleased with the performance of the first meet, “This was the team’s first taste of competition since cross country and many rose to the occasion, especially Destiny Garza on the women’s side!”

Garza set the school record in the 5,000m run with a time of 18:48:47, which was good enough for 4th place out of 30 ladies.  This time has also qualified her for the NCCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Shorter University (Rome, GA) on April 30-May 2nd. Garza ended the meet with a photo finish to get 3rd place in the 1500m and another school record of 5:11.31. She edged out Southern Arkansas’ Ashley Price by 16 milliseconds.

Cesia Garcia and Kristen Herrington also competed well in the 5k and are looking forward to continued success this outdoor season. The team of three ladies finished in 9th place for a total of 11 points.

On the men’s side, the Lions brought seven runners to compete.  They had good showings from Gerardo “Jerry” Nava in both the 5,000m and the 1500m.  In his first college track meet, Jerry ran an impressive 16:08 (5K) placing in 7th place out of 21 runners and 4:28 in the 1500m.  Freshman standout Gabriel Price showed off his speed in the 1500m with the time of 4:23. Captain Jose Campos put together a great showing in the 800m with the time of 2:05.

Cameron Solomon, a transfer from Ranger College, sprinted his way to nearly becoming the first NCCAA National Championship qualifier in the 100m with a time of 11:69.  The team finished in 12th place with two points for their season opener.

Coach Covarrubias noted, “They are close.  We leave feeling accomplished as the men are only several seconds away from qualifying for nationals in their respective events.”

The teams will have a week off from competition during spring break, but will resume on March 20th in Abilene, TX at the McMurry Invitational.

You can find the results of the Marc Randle Classic HERE.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
JasonGentryMACURS Junior Jason Gentry drives to the basket against MACU Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- March 7, 2015- It went into overtime, but Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) wasn’t able to pull out a victory over Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in the semi-finals of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Tournament.  The Evangels topped the Lions, 98-92.

MACU, who is ranked no. 14 in the NAIA, was the top seed going into the SAC tourney.  No. 24 ranked SAGU finished the regular season in 4 th place.  The two teams have met twice, each winning one game.

The Lions led for much of the first half.  After a three-point shot by junior Jason Gentry, the Lions were up by seven points with 13:19 left.  The Evangels went on a 14-4 run in the final seven minutes of the half.  At halftime, MACU was up 32-29.

MACU came out of the locker room ready to play, extending their lead to 15 points in three minutes.  From that point on, SAGU had to battle to get back in the game.

With 2:47 left in the game, Gentry hit a three, bringing the game within four points.

At 0:23, MACU’s Semar Farris made two free throws, putting the Evangels up 77-73.  Seconds later, SAGU junior Rishaad Alexander made a basket off of a fast break.  Junior Emmanuel Adoyi quickly got the ball back for the Lions after a well-timed steal.

With 0:12 left, Jason Gentry made a free-throw, bringing the game within one point.  At 0:10, Semar Farris made two free-throws, giving MACU the lead 79-76.  With seconds left, the Lions had one chance to tie the game, and Jason Gentry came through with a three-point shot, tying the game 79-79.

In overtime, MACU took the early lead and never looked back.  In the end, the Evangels topped the Lions 98-92.

SAGU’s Jason Gentry scored 25 points, going 6-for-12 from the three-point line.  Junior Marcus Price scored 20 points, going 8-for-10 from the field.  Junior Rishaad Alexander added 15 points.  Junior Emmanuel Adoyi had seven rebounds and three steals for the Lions.

SAC Player of the Year, Semar Ferris, had 22 points for MACU.

Now, the Lions will wait and see if they get a bid into the NAIA National Tournament.  If that doesn’t happen, the Lions will continue post-season play in the National Christian College Athletics Association tournament.  The Lions have ended their season with a 22-10 record overall.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
CalebFeemsterRS Senior Caleb Feemster playing defense against SGU Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- March 6, 2015- For the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team, the third times the charm when it comes to beating St. Gregory’s University (10-8 SAC, 14-13 overall).  The Lions topped the Cavaliers, 75-73. In their first two match-ups of the season SGU beat SAGU both times.  SAGU advances to play the top team in the SAC, Mid-America Christian University in the semi-finals on Friday.

In the first half, SAGU led by as much as seven points with 4:56 left.  SGU went on an 11-2 run before halftime, putting the Cavaliers up 34-32.

“It was another close battle, I expected no less,” explains Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “I was thrilled we were finally able to finish the job last night. Neither team would let the other pull away.”

At 6:49, SGU’s Marty Wilkerson made a jumper, giving them their final lead of the game.  SAGU was able to answer, scoring seven points in less than a minute after Junior Emmanuel Adoyi made a three-pointer and junior Rishaad Alexander made four quick points.

This season, SAGU has had a way of going to the wire. With 0:34 left in the game, SAGU was leading 70-65.  The Cavaliers went on an eight point run in the final seconds. At 0:11, Adoyi made two free throws, putting SAGU up by five.  At the buzzer SGU’s Richard Shields made a three, but it wasn’t enough to top the Lions. Swearingin Freshman Josh Swearingin

“The usual leaders stepped up, but the locker room was most excited for freshman Josh Swearingin, who was the catalyst in tonight's victory. I needed a defensive energy guy to pick up Wilkerson full court and interrupt their flow on offense. Josh gave us that and more,” says Bostwick.

Junior’s Emmanuel Adoyi and Jason Gentry led all-scorers with 14 points.  Adoyi added eight rebounds and Gentry had seven.  Senior Jonathan Walter scored 13 points.  Junior Marcus Price had eight rebounds.

Bostwick is looking forward to Friday’s match-up, “Last year's regular season SAC Champion vs. this year's regular season SAC Champion. It should be a good one. Another big challenge taking out another giant led by another great point guard, Samar Farris. We are looking forward to the battle!”

The Lions are now 22-9 overall.  SAGU will play MACU on Friday, March 06, 2015, at 8:00pm.  Currently, MACU is ranked no. 14 in the NAIA and they finished no. 1 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  In early December, MACU beat SAGU 77-69.  In the second match-up, the Lions won 78-61.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- March 4, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team lost in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament on Wednesday.  John Brown University topped the Lady Lions, 81-53.

The Lady Lions struggled with shooting in the first half, going nine for 29 from the field (31%) compared to John Brown University’s 19 for 32 (59%).  At halftime the Golden Eagles were winning 51-25.

SAGU’s shooting didn’t fare much better in the second half and JBU increased their lead to 28 by the end of the game.  Five of JBU’s players scored in the double digits.

Sophomore Laken Ward had 14 points and nine rebounds.  Senior Kassy Cox had 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey added 10 points.

SAGU's season is not over yet.  The Lady Lions will play in the NCCAA Regional Tournament.  Times and dates have yet to be released.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
SACTourney Waxahachie, Texas- March 4, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team will play their first game in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament on Thursday, and it’s against an opponent they have yet to beat this year.

SAGU will play St. Gregory’s University on Thursday, March 5 th , at 9:45pm. Oklahoma City University is hosting the 2015 SAC tournament.   The Lions finished regular season conference play in fourth place, going 11-7 in the SAC and 21-9 overall.

SGU finished 5 th in the SAC with a record of 10-8 and 14-12 overall.

SAGU and SGU met twice this season.  The Cavaliers topped the Lions in both games.  In early January, SGU beat SAGU, 67-64.  Three weeks ago, the score looked very similar, 74-70.

Currently, SAGU is ranked no. 24 in the NAIA.  The top four teams in the SAC are nationally ranked; MACU is no. 14, Wayland Baptist is no. 13 and Oklahoma City is no. 23.   National rankings are important this time of the year.  If SAGU can remain in the top 25, there is a chance they will advance to the NAIA National Tournament.  Of course, winning the SAC tournament would give them an automatic bid to play for a national title.

You can watch the game live HERE .  The winner of Thursday’s game will play on Friday at 8:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
SACTourney Waxahachie, Texas- March 3, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) tournament kicks off on Wednesday, March 4 th at Oklahoma City University.  In the first round, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team will play John Brown University (JBU) at 3pm.

The Lady Lions enter the tournament in ninth place with a SAC record of 4-14 and an overall record of 12-18.

John Brown finished 8 th in the SAC.  They went 6-12 in conference play and 11-17 overall.

This will be the third match-up between JBU and SAGU.  JBU has won both games this season.  In mid-January the Golden Eagles topped SAGU, 52-43.  Two weeks ago, JBU beat SAGU, 61-55.

Wednesday's game will be broadcast live HERE .  The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to play Oklahoma City University on Thursday at 2:15.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

W axahachie, Texas – March 3, 2015 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Business department will host a leadership conference in the Hagee Communications Center on April 14, 2015. The conference will feature Tom Ziglar , CEO of Zig Ziglar, Inc. , and Micheal Williams , Founder and President of 3i Construction . The cost of attendance is $100.

#LeadCon2015 is applicable to MBA students and business professionals, but is designed for leaders of all organizational types. It will give participants an inside look into the business world, not only as a Christian, but as a business leader.

Session topics :
  • The Performance Formula
  • Why attitude is so important
  • The difference between success and significance
  • The connection between the personal life and the business life
  • The eight things in life everyone wants
  • Why no organization or individual buys training, and how to sell them exactly what they want and need
  • The number one pandemic facing America, and how it’s spreading across the globe
  • The most overlooked and misunderstood leadership secret
  • The power of dream alignment
  • Zig Ziglar’s Seven Step Goal Setting Formula
  • Principles of teamwork and reliability

Session schedule:
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Tom Ziglar, CEO Zig Ziglar, Inc. – Hagee Center Multipurpose Room (H1050)
12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 – 3:00 PM: Tom Ziglar Goal Setting Session – Hagee Center Multipurpose Room (H1050)
3:00 – 5:00 PM: Micheal Williams, Founder and President, 3i Construction – Hagee Center Multipurpose Room (H1050)

Tom Ziglar , as CEO of Ziglar, Inc. , carries on the legacy of his father, Zig Ziglar , which is to help individuals become significant by equipping them to help others become significant. Prior to being named CEO, Tom initially began his career in retail and direct sales. He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987, learning every aspect of the business as he climbed from working in the warehouse, to sales, to seminar promotion, to sales management and then on to leadership.

Micheal Williams is the founder and President of 3i Construction, LLC . He started the company in 2001. A member of a number of boards, including Baylor University Business School’s advisory board , Williams is a former Baylor University All-American and a National Basketball Association player who played on the world champion Detroit Pistons basketball team. It is his drive for “excellence,” combined with the principles and discipline he has brought to his professional basketball career, with which Williams manages 3i Construction, Inc .

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Fort Worth, Texas- March 3, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (7-14) began Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play on Monday.  The Lions took on Oklahoma Baptist University (16-0), and it wasn’t the start SAGU was hoping for.  OBU won both games of the doubleheader, 11-1 and 10-1.  OBU is currently ranked no. 4 in the NAIA.

Pitcher Jared Pisors started on the mound for the Lions and pitched two and 1/3 innings.  Pisors had one strike out.  Cody Sonnier came in for 1/3 innings before Hayden Ballard finished the game, going three and 1/3 innings.

Josh Terry got two hits and scored one run for the Lions.  Terry’s run came off of an RBI by Devin Ward in the third inning.

Kiefer Ballard began pitching in game two.  Ballard went three innings.  Hayden Ballard pitched one and 1/3 innings.  Hayden Killebrew pitched 1/3 innings before Tucker Burt finished the game with one and 1/3 innings pitched.

In the top of the fourth, Devin Ward made it to base off of a single.  Ward advanced to second after an OBU balk.  Bryant Threadgill singled, driving Ward in.

SAGU will continue conference play when they travel to Plainview, Texas to take on Wayland Baptist University (9-8).  The game is scheduled for Friday, March 6 th at 3:00pm.  They will play one doubleheader on Friday and one game on Saturday to finish the series.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Cox Senior Kassy Cox Waxahachie, Texas- March 3, 2015- Two members of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team have received post-season recognition from the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  Senior Kassy Cox has been named an honorable mention for the 2014-2015 All-SAC Women’s Basketball Team. Sophomore Monica Dorsey was named with the Sportsmanship Award.

Cox leads the Lady Lions in rebounding, averaging over nine rebounds per game.  In 12 games this season, Cox reached double numbers in rebounding. She has 280 rebounds for the season, which makes her no. 8 in the NAIA for total rebounds.  Against St. Thomas, Cox had a season-high of 19 rebounds.

Head Coach Arlon Beadles believes Cox’s award is well-deserved, “Kassy has the heart of a champion and will never quit, even against the top teams in the nation. Every coach would love to have a player like her on their team! It has been a pleasure to coach her.” Dorsey Sophomore Monica Dorsey

Sophomore Monica Dorsey was named with the co-sportsmanship award.  Dorsey shares the award with Elisabeth Daniels from Oklahoma Baptist.  Dorsey won the award based on great character, good sportsmanship and a player who overall promotes the game.  Over a dozen players were nominated, and only two were given the award in the entire conference.  Last year, SAGU junior Taylor Hill won the award.

The Lady Lions will play their first game in the SAC tournament on Wednesday, at 3pm, when they take on John Brown University.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Walter Senior Jonathan Walter Waxahachie, Texas- March 3, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) has announced 2014-2015 All-SAC Men’s Basketball Team and three Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) players have made the list.  Senior Jonathan Walter was named second team All-Sac, junior Rishaad Alexander was named to the third team and junior Jason Gentry was an honorable mention.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick is pleased with the recognition, “I really believe these honors are a combination of a team award, along with individual effort to help their team succeed.  I know each one of these young men will give God all the Glory!”

Walter leads the Lions in scoring and in steals.  Walter averages 15 points a game on 47% shooting from the field.  He also averages two steals per game, with a total of 62 steals for the season.  Walter ranks no. nine in all of the NAIA in steals. Alexander Junior Rishaad Alexander Twice this season Walter has had a season-high 29 points.

Bostwick feels that Walter’s award is a compilation of four-years of hard work, “Jon, along with our other four seniors, have been such a huge part of our program reaching the level it has. To see him step up and really take leadership especially late in conference play has really put an explanation mark on his career.”

Alexander is a transfer junior to SAGU.  Alexander averages 14 points per game with a field goal percentage of 44.9%.  Alexander scored a season-high 27 points against John Brown University.

“Rishaad has been as good as I thought he would be,” claims Bostwick, “He has done a great job fitting in quick after joining the team at semester break. I believe he has yet another level you will see him reach before he is done!”

JGentry Junior Jason Gentry Gentry is another transfer junior for the Lions.  He leads SAGU in assists, averaging three per game and 102 for the season.  Gentry also averages 10 points per game, with a season-high of 22 points against Southwestern Christian.

Bostwick feels Gentry’s has earned this award, “Jason deserves this honor as he has been rock solid, along with Emmanuel, and he has been our toughness and guts. He had to make adjustments after transferring to SAGU but I see him reaching another level in the playoffs and next year as well.”

The Lions will begin post-season play on Thursday, March 5 th when they take on St. Gregory’s University at 9:45pm.  The SAC tournament is hosted by Oklahoma City University this year.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
EmmanuelAdoyiRS Junior Emmanuel Adoyi leads the Lions in rebounds, averaging six per game. Ft. Worth, Texas- February 28, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team ended regular season play with a win after topping Texas Wesleyan, 87-79.

The Lions found themselves in familiar territory early on, once again trailing in the first half.  TWU’s largest lead of the game came mid-way through the half, when they were up by 12.

With 1:47 left in the half, the Rams were up by 10.  Luckily, SAGU is a team of runs.  Senior Jonathan Walter made a three and junior Jason Gentry scored a basket, quickly bringing the score 49-44 at half.

The second half was a much closer ballgame.  The lead flip-flopped between TWU and SAGU.  At 3:36, the game was tied for the 11 th and final time after SAGU’s Jason Gentry made two free throws.  SAGU’s defense kept TWU to only one basket in the final three minutes, while the Lions went on to score 10 points.

“We had great balance and everybody stepped up and made big plays,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “Jon kept us in it early, E and Marcus were rock solid on the boards, Rishaad kept us in it late, then Jason finished it off. To overcome their great shooting the first half was a big test!”

Five SAGU players scored in the double-digits.  Senior Jonathan Walter had 26 points and two steals.  Junior Jason Gentry had 17 points, junior Rishaad Alexander added 16 points, junior Emmanuel Adoyi had 14 points and nine rebounds and junior Marcus Price had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Bostwick and his team have now set their sights on postseason, “We came together when we needed it most and claimed 4th place in the SAC standings.  Now we prepare for our 3rd season to begin, post season!”

As Bostwick said, SAGU is now fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) with an 11-7 record.  Mid-America Christian University (14-4) is in first place, followed by Wayland Baptist (13-5) and in third is Oklahoma City (12-5).  The 2015 SAC Tournament begins on Wednesday, March 4 th .  Oklahoma City University will host this year’s tournament.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]


Ft. Worth, Texas- February 28, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team ended regular season play on Saturday BethanyKrockRS Sophomore Bethany Krock bringing the ball down the court for SAGU. Krock had two steals for the Lady Lions. when they took on Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) .   The game came down to the final second when the Rams beat the Lady Lions, 63-61.

According to Assistant Coach Kory Henry, the girls faced extra adversity with the absence of Coach Beadles, who was under the weather, “The girls played a terrific game today.  They maintained a high level of effort and focus throughout the game. “

TWU held the lead for the first half, leading by as much as 12 points with 8:06 left.  The Lady Lions were able to close to gap to five points after a 15-6 run right before halftime, making the score 36-31 TWU.

With 8:32 left in the game, SAGU took their first lead of the night after sophomore Monica Dorsey scored a basket.  The score quickly swung back in TWU’s favor when Katelynn Threats made two free throws.

The Lady Lions continued to fight.  At 0:43, junior Taylor Hill tied the score at 59-59.  A SAGU foul sent TWU’s Amy Easley to the line, putting the Lady Rams up 61-59.

With only 0:18 left in the game, SAGU senior Kassy Cox pulled in an offensive rebound before calling a time-out. With 0:09 left on the clock, Monica Dorsey was fouled and sent to the line.  Dorsey came up big, making her two free-throws and tying the game 61-61.  TWU had one final possession, and with a shot at the buzzer, Amy Easley made a basket.  TWU beat SAGU, 63-61.

“It was heartbreaking for the game come to an end on a last second shot by TWU after the team fought so hard for 39 minutes and 59 seconds,” says Henry, “They gave everything they had and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Junior Taylor Hill scored 17 points and had five assists.  Sophomore Laken Ward added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals.  Senior Kassy Cox had a huge game on the boards with 16 rebounds.

TWU’s Katelynn Threats scored 18 points and had seven rebounds.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 28, 2015- The winter weather in north Texas has messed with the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team’s schedule over the past week.  The Lions were scheduled to begin Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play on Thursday, when they were to travel to play Oklahoma Baptist University.  Thursday’s game was canceled and now has been rescheduled.

SAGU will play OBU on Monday, March 2 nd , at Southwest Christian High School in Fort Worth, Texas.  The double-header will begin at 1:00pm.  Initially, the schedule contained a three-game series.  Now, only two games will be played.

OBU is ranked no. 4 in the NAIA.  The Bison are 14-0. SAGU is 7-13.  Monday’s game will be the first SAC game for both teams.

Southwest Christian is located at 6901 Altamesa Boulevard.  For GPS, use 7001 Benbrook Lake Dr. 76123.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected].edu
WalterDunkRS Senior Jonathan Walter going for a final dunk on his home court against OKCU Waxahachie, Texas- February 27, 2015- Five seniors from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team (10-7 SAC, 20-9 overall) took the home court for the final time on Thursday when they played Oklahoma City University (12-5 SAC, 16-7 overall).  It was a close game, but OKCU topped SAGU, 82-78.

Currently, SAGU is ranked no. 24 in the NAIA National Poll.  OKCU is currently ranked no. 23 in the nation.  In mid-January, OKCU beat SAGU 65-62.  Coming into the game, Coach Donnie Bostwick knew it would be a fight to the end, “I knew there was a good chance the game was going to come down to one or two big possessions. We missed some good opportunities, but battled through adversity and just came up a little short.”

Seniors Jonathan Walter, Tyler Guidry, Caleb Feemster, Adam Martinez and Clayton O’Neil all started for the Lions.  OKCU was able to take the early lead.  At 15:58, the Stars were up by seven.  With 0:19 left in the half, SAGU was able to tie the game, 39-39, after a shot made by Feemster.

The Lions came out of the locker room ready to play in the second half, taking the lead and keeping it until 3:33 when OKCU’s R.J. McGhee made a basket.  OKCU went up 76-75.

With 0:21 left, senior Tyler Guidry made two free-throws, bringing the score within one.  The Lions committed back-to-back fouls and OKCU’s Gary Inglett made four free-throws in a row with less than 0:20 left.

“They beat us on the offensive boards which I felt was the difference in the game, along with them shooting 47 percent,” explains Bostwick, “When you lose those two stats, you have very little margin of error. We need to refocus quickly and get ready for TWU.”

Junior Jason Gentry scored 16 points for the Lions.  Junior’s Rishaad Alexander and Emmanuel Adoyi each had 15 points.  Senior Jonathan Walter added 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Lions finish up regular season play on Saturday when they travel to Texas Wesleyan University (4-13 in the SAC, 15-13 overall).  The game is scheduled for 5:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 27, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team (3-14 in the SAC, 12-17 overall) played their final home game of the season on Thursday evening.  No. 2 nationally ranked Oklahoma City University (16-1 in the SAC, 21-2 overall) topped the LakenWardRS Lady Lions, 87-44.

Thursday’s game was the last home game for three SAGU seniors; Kassy Cox, Brittany Griffin, and Jirah Rodriguez.  The OKCU game was also Head Coach Arlon Beadles final home game of his SAGU career.

OKCU got off to a strong start, leading by 12 points just three minutes into the game.  SAGU was able to go on a 2-10 run, bringing the score to 15-18 with 10:59 left in the first half.  That was the closest the score was for the remainder of the game.

SAGU senior Kassy Cox led in scoring and rebounding with nine points and six rebounds.  Sophomore Laken Ward also scored nine points and pulled in five rebounds.  Senior Brittany Griffin and sophomore Alexis McAfee each had seven points.

The Lady Stars were led by Marisha Wallace.  Wallace scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds.  Rateska Brown added 22 points.

On Saturday, February 28, the Lady Lions will play their final game of the season when they travel to Ft. Worth to take on Texas Wesleyan University (18-11 overall, 9-8 in the SAC).  Game time is scheduled for 3:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – February 25, 2015 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) ranked 10th in Cappex’s 25 Best College Dorms in the nation.

The 2015 Cappies™ is a compilation of more than 1.4 million student reviews of approximately 2,000 colleges and universities. The reviews are broken out into lists that honor America's top 25 favorite schools across multiple categories. SAGU placed 10th in the United States in the ” Best College Dorms ” category.

Dean of Students Lance Meche said, “We strive to be as creative as possible with dorm space and features specific to the personalities of the residents for both freshmen and upperclassmen. Every dorm has a unique family dynamic that promotes the overall vision of SAGU Residential Life, 'Connecting Students Through Community'.” He added, “It is an honor to see that SAGU’s students are enjoying their housing experience.”

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
CoachBeadles SAGU Head Coach Arlon Beadles will coach his final game on Thursday. Waxahachie, Texas- February 24, 2015- On Thursday, February 26 th, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) basketball teams will host Oklahoma City University for the final home game of the season.  The men’s team will honor five seniors, the women’s team will honor three seniors and Head Coach Arlon Beadles will coach his last game at SAGU.

For the Lady Lions senior’s Brittany Griffin, Kassy Cox and Jirah Rodriguez have collected a career record of 44-66.  Their last home game will also be Coach Beadles final game as a Lady Lion.  Beadles has coached at SAGU for 10 seasons.  He has had two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and is also the only SAGU coach to beat a NCAA Division I program.

Adam Martinez, Caleb Feemster, Clayton O’Neil, Tyler Guidry and Jonathan Walter have been a part of the most successful run in SAGU men’s basketball history.  Over the past four years they have collected a 106-30 record, back-to-back conference championships and two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament along with a national runner-up finish in 2013.

The women’s game tips-off at 6:00pm with the men’s following at 8:00pm.  The games will be broadcast live at sagu.tv.  More information on each senior is posted on sagu.edu/athletics.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
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Waxahachie, Texas- February 23, 2015- On Thursday, February 26 th , five seniors from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team will play in their last home game as a Lion.  Adam Martinez, Caleb Feemster, Clayton O’Neil, Tyler Guidry and Jonathan Walter all came to SAGU as freshman and have been a part of the most successful run in school history.

SeniorSquare Seniors from left to right: Adam Martinez, Jonathan Walter, Caleb Feemster, Clayton O'Neil and Tyler Guidry “Through the good times and bad times, our staff wants to thank each and every one of these young men and what they have done for us,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “Most importantly is the confidence that I have that I will meet each of these young men along with their family and friends in heaven someday.”

Below Coach Bostwick shares a little more about each of his seniors:

Adam Martinez – Adam has been with me five years. He originally redshirted at Oklahoma Wesleyan then transferred to SAGU.  He is one of the most loyal and hardest working players I have ever coached.  He has overcome so much in his basketball career and he is an inspiration to all of us.  He not only brings full effort every day in practice, he has a strong passion for Christ and is a spiritual leader as well.

When we were preparing for our trip to Angola, we all received five pills to take for malaria.  We were to take one pill a week beginning two weeks prior to our trip.  In our team meeting before practice on the first Monday, I asked if everyone took their first pill.  Adam eyes got big and he said, “One pill, coach I took all five pills”.  The entire team’s jaws dropped, as I tried to act like it was not a big deal and sent them out to begin their shooting.  I quickly went into my office to call poison control. It was a scare for sure; basically he took the amount of medicine you would take if he had gotten malaria. It is funny now looking back, but it sure was not at the time.

Caleb Feemster – I like to call Caleb a glue guy.  He brings our team together and has a way about him that brings people together.  Caleb is a fan favorite for his tendency to hit the three-pointer that often wins wings for the SAGU fans.  In his freshman season, he hit the 3 that got fans their first ever wings. He did so at the buzzer, which caused the fans to storm the floor and carry Caleb around the floor.  He has been a key part of our team for three seasons.  Caleb has scored over 700 points in his 3 years SAGU career, with career highs of 23 points, 14 rebounds, six three’s and five assist.

Caleb does a little illusion and card tricks and put on a show for some students we worked with in Angola.  Another fun experience is when Jon and Caleb helped me with an assembly for elementary students.  The goals were only nine foot high so that allowed both Caleb and I to dunk, like Jon.  Talk about kids in a candy store.  Caleb also had dance off with one of the students. That was a real treat.

Clayton O’Neill – Clay is an energy guy.  Our team feeds off his smile and bounce every day.  We all appreciate him so much and how he comes every day giving his very best.  His biggest game came in a huge win over National Power LSUS last season.  Clay is a tenacious defender and is also a fan favorite due to his 3pt shooting ability.  Every day is a fun story for Clay, he is either hitting me with a snowball, diving across the floor, flexing his big muscles or going the second mile for a teammate.  He is such a key part of us…
Walter Siloam Springs, Arkansas- February 22, 2015- For the second time in as many games, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) senior Jonathan Walter has hit the game winning three-point shot in the final seconds.  This time, it was against John Brown University, which SAGU beat 69-66.  SAGU is now 20-8 overall, and 10-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

“Tonight was another midnight hour miracle,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “We are 6-2 in games decided by less than five points this year. Seasons are usually made by finding a way to win those kinds of games.”

The first half the game flip flopped leaders, but the score remained within a few points.  The Lions were able to go on a 20-2 run, putting SAGU on top 35-26 at halftime.

With 2:56 left in the game, JBU went up 63-60, when Max Hopfgartner hit a three. SAGU was able to take the lead with a quick basket by junior Emmanuel Adoyi and a free throw from Walter.

With 0:28 left, JBU’s Samson Olayemi made one free throw, making the score 66-66.  SAGU got the ball and junior Rishaad Alexander drove in the lane drawing the double-team. Alexander passed to Walter, who made the game winning three.  SAGU won 69-66.

Bostwick is encouraged by the leadership of Walter, “Jon has shown great faith, maturity and leadership of late. I believe God is rewarding him for that. We will need all of our upperclassmen to continue to step up big and lead for us to make a postseason push.”

Walter led all-scoring with 25 points, including 6-of-8 from the 3pt. line.  Walter, who ranks 7 th in the NAIA in total steals, had three for the night. Rishaad Alexander added 17 points and four assists.  Junior Marcus Price had nine rebounds and Emmanuel Adoyi added seven.

On Thursday, February 26 th SAGU will host Oklahoma City University (15-7 overall, 11-5 in the SAC) at 8:00pm.  The game will be broadcast live at SAGU.tv.  Thursday night will be Senior Night for the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team lost both games in a Saturday doubleheader to KristenStringerRS SAGU's Kristin Stringer diving for the ball against Sterling College. Sterling College, 7-4 and 8-1.

Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched the first game for the Lady Lions.  Lee had four strike-outs, whole allowing eight hits and seven runs.

Sterling got an early lead when they scored four runs in the top of the second.  The Warriors had four hits and one left on base.  SAGU left the inning without any errors.

In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Bailey Balloun was able to get on base thanks to a hit to shallow right field.  Balloun was able to capitalize and score off of a wild SC throw.

In the bottom of the sixth, Britney Johnson singled to third.  Sophomore Amber Gignac bunted, and reached base after advancing Johnson to third. Junior Kelsey Coburn reached base on a walk.  Freshman Katelyn Vetoto hit a single to left field, bringing in Gignac and Coburn.

In the seventh, freshman Ashlyn Stanfill hit a triple.  Stanfill was able to score off of Gignac’s  RBI ground out to second.

Junior Ashley Abair pitched for SAGU in game two.  Abair had six strike-outs.

SAGU’s lone run came in the first inning. Britney Johnson reached base on a walk and was able to advance off of ground-outs by Gignac and Balloun.  Johnson was able to score after a wild pitch.

On Saturday, February 28 th the Lady Lions will begin Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play when they travel to Chickasha, Oklahoma to play at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.  The first game of the doubleheader begins at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
JarrodPisorsRS Junior Jerrod Pisors pitching in game one against Hutson-Tillotson. Waxahachie, Texas- February 21, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team lost both games of Saturday’s twin bill to Hutson-Tillotson, 1-2 and 4-9.

SAGU Junior Jarrod Pisors started pitching and went 6 and 1/3 innings.  Pisors had two strike-outs, while allowing three hits and two runs.  Hayden Ballard came in as relief for 2/3 innings and was able to get two quick strike-outs.

SAGU’s lone run came in the first inning.  Freshman Griffin Glenn reached base off of a HTU error.  Freshman Devin Ward came in to pinch run for Glenn.  Ward stole second, and then was able to score off of a wild throw.  At the end of the first, SAGU was up, 1-0.

In the top of the third, HTU was able to score two runs off of two hits and one SAGU error.  In the end, the Rams won with those two runs.

In game two, SAGU junior Hayden Killebrew started on the mound, going 2 and 2/3 innings.  Killebrew had two strike-outs.  Sophomore Tucker Burt pitched 2 and 2/3 innings with one strike out.  Sophomore Hayden Ballard finished for the Lions, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings with two strike outs.

In the top of the third, HTU scored six runs off of six hits.  The Lions only had one error in the inning.

SAGU was able to rally in the bottom of the fifth when Glenn, Ward, and junior Bryant Threadgill all got on base thanks to singles.  Freshman Dustin Miller singled through a hole at second, allowing Glenn and Ward to score.  Junior Carson Conarty made it to base thanks to a single up the middle.  Freshman Josh Terry hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Miller.  With bases loaded, sophomore Tallon Ralstin reached base on a walk, bringing Conarty home.  SAGU had four runs off of five hits with three left on base.

On Friday and Saturday February 27-28th, the Lions will begin Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play when they travel to take on Oklahoma Baptist University.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
DorseyJBURS Monica Dorsey going up for two against JBU. Siloam Springs, Arkansas- February 21, 2015- John Brown University handed the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team a 61-55 loss in the latest Sooner Athletic Conference match-up.  SAGU is now 3-13 in the SAC, while JBU improved to 6-10.

Despite the loss, Head Coach Arlon Beadles is proud of the way his team played, “We played a great game today on both sides of the ball.  We just had a few critical rebounds we missed and a couple of turnovers late in the game that led to JBU points.  All-in-all, it was a good showing for our team against a tough JBU squad. “

With less than a minute left in the first half, JBU was leading by nine points.  SAGU junior Taylor Hill made a three-pointer with 0:19 left in the half, to make the score 23-17.

Two minutes into the second half, SAGU was able to take the lead after a 7-2 run.  At 5:10, JBU took the final lead of the game after a three-point shot made by Lauren Rogers.

Taylor Hill led in scoring for the Lady Lions with 15 points.  Senior Kassy Cox had a double/double, scoring 13 points and adding 12 rebounds.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey had 12 points and four assists.  On Thursday, February 26 th at 6:00pm, SAGU plays their final home game of the season.  SAGU will host no. 2 ranked Oklahoma City University for Senior’s Night.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 21, 2015- The McMurry War Hawks (9-3) finished their sweep of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team in a doubleheader on Friday, winning 3-0 and 10-0.

SAGU’s Kiefer Ballard pitched all seven innings for the Lions in game one.  Ballard had three strike-outs, while allowing three hits and three runs.

In game two, the Lions went through four different pitchers.  Justin Harvey started on the mound, pitching 2 and 1/3 innings.  Joseph Watson pitched 3 and 1/3 innings.  Tyler King came in to get the Lions out of the inning and Tucker Burt pitched the final inning with two strike-outs.

SAGU will play one more home doubleheader against Huston-Tillotson.  On Friday and Saturday February 27-28 th , the Lions will begin Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play when they travel to take on Oklahoma Baptist University.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Shreveport, Louisiana- February 20, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) split a doubleheader with Centenary College.  In game one SAGU won 5-4.  In game two Centenary College beat the Lions 9-0 in five innings.

Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched in game one for SAGU.  Lee had six strike-outs, while allowing 10 hits and four runs.

SAGU scored one run in the first and fourth innings.  In the fifth inning, SAGU was able to score three runs.

Freshman Katelyn Veteto led the Lady Lions in hitting with three hits and two RBI’s.

Gam e two didn’t have nearly the same outcome.  SAGU freshman Ciara Dittfurth started on the mound and pitched one and 2/3 innings.  Junior Ashley Abair pitched two and 1/3 innings and had two strike-outs.

SAGU’s Abair and freshman Kristin Stringer each had a hit for the Lady Lions.

The Lady Lions are now 3-9 for the season.

On Saturday, February 21 st SAGU will host a doubleheader with Sterling College.  Game time is at 11am and the games will be played at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
USAOEmmanuelAdoyi Junior Emmanuel Adoyi goes up for a basket against the Drovers. Chickasha, Oklahoma- February 20, 2015- It came down to the final seconds of the game, but the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team beat the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), 73-70.

Although the score remained close, the Lions were able to keep the lead for the vast majority of the game.  At halftime SAGU was up 42-36.

“I’m very proud of our team's preparation, focus and hunger in the game. We sought God this week, diligently focusing on Joshua 1:8. I believe God rewarded us with the strength and courage necessary to finish strong and overcome,” explains Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

At 6:09, the Drovers were able to tie 58-58 after a shot made by Donnie Brown.  SAGU senior Jonathan Walter made back-to-back baskets which put SAGU ahead again.

With 0:50 left in the game, USAO tied the score, 70-70, with a three-point shot by Jerry Coriolan.  At 0:19, Walter made the game-winning three-pointer.  With seconds left on the clock, the Drovers were able to attempt to tie, but missed and junior Emmanuel Adoyi pulled in a defensive rebound to end the game.

Walter led all-scorers with 19 points.  He also had four steals.  Junior Rishaad Alexander had 18 points and six assists.  Adoyi added 11 points and seven rebounds.

USAO’s Ed’Lexus Collier had 18 points and nine rebounds.

The Lions are now 9-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 19-8 overall.  On Saturday, February 21 st SAGU will play another SAC game against John Brown University.  Game-time is at 3:00pm and you can watch it live at Jbuathletics.com/live.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team fell to McMurry University, 15-3.  SAGU is now 7-8, McMurry is 7-3.

The War Hawks jumped on the Lions early.  In the first inning McMurry scored two runs, in the second and third innings they scored three runs each time at bat.  By the fifth inning the War Hawks were up 9-0.

In the fifth inning the Lions were able to wake-up their bats.  Justin Harvey led the inning off with a single to right field.  Carroll followed with a walk.  Preston Hornbeck hit a single to shallow-left center, driving in Harvey.  Terry singled to shallow left-center, scoring Carroll and Hornbeck.  The Lions had three runs off of four hits with two left-on-base.

The Lions host McMurry in a doubleheader on Friday, February 20 th at 3:00pm.  The games will be played at Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
USAOBethanyKrock Sophomore Bethany Krock bringing the ball down the court against USAO. Chickasha, Oklahoma – February 19, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team lost to the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, 75-55.  The Lady Lions are now 12-14 for the season and 3-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  USAO is 7-15 overall and 4-10 in the SAC.

The Lady Lions were able to lead by as much as 12 points with 7:05 left in the first half.  At that point, USAO went on a 20-6 run, ending the half with SAGU up by one, 35-34.  In the second half, SAGU wasn’t able to hold the lead; the Drovers outscored them by 21 points.

“We got off to a quick start and shot 50% from both the floor and from beyond the arc in the first half.  However, tonight was a tale of two halves.  During the second half there seemed to be a lid on the basket and we struggled keep pace with USAO,” says Head Coach Arlon Beadles, “The girls played hard and gave tremendous effort.  For that, I’m very proud.”

Junior Taylor Hill scored 14 points.  Sophomore Bethany Krock added 11 points.  Senior Kassy Cox added nine points and eight rebounds.  Sophomore Alexis McAfee had three steals for the Lady Lions.

USAO’s Ndeye Ngom scored 19 points, she had six rebounds and three steals.

On Saturday, February 21 st SAGU travels to John Brown University (10-16 overall, 5-10 in the SAC).  Game time is at 1:00pm and live stats and game video can be found HERE .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – January 30, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Rev. John D. VanderKaay released his non-fiction memoir called ” The Surrender Paradox ” in September of 2014 that details his triumph over Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his experiences as a chaplain in Iraq .

VanderKaay said, “I began writing the book in 2007, as part of my own healing from PTSD .” He explained, “I continued to write over the next six years and continued to experience God’s grace in powerful ways. In early 2013, I felt that the Lord was leading me to complete the book as a testimony and encouragement to others.”

The Surrender Paradox” contains two sections. The first half describes VanderKaay's personal testimony of ministering as a chaplain in Iraq and the struggles that he and his family endured following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the second half, VanderKaay notes what he learned from those experiences and what he hopes others will learn from them as well.

“My inspiration for this book were the thousands of military men and women, as well as the hundreds of fellow pastors and ministers, that I’ve been blessed to meet during my ministry,” Vanderkaay said. “My fervent hope and prayer is that the book conveys to every reader that God’s grace is truly sufficient for everything we face, whether sickness, persecution or lost hope.”

“I’m alive today because of the grace of God,” VanderKaay affirmed. “My prayer in every speaking and preaching opportunity is that every person would see the need for the Lord and unconditionally surrender to Him.”

VanderKaay graduated from SAGU in 1995 with an associate degree in Bible and a bachelor's in Biblical Studies/Pre-Seminary. He then received a master's degree in Theological Studies (1997) and a Master of Divinity, specializing in Pastoral Counseling (1998), both from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary . He recently defended his doctoral dissertation and has been approved to graduate this May with a Doctorate of Ministry in Marriage & Family Counseling. VanderKaay is endorsed by the Assemblies of God General Council as the first Marriage & Family Chaplain. He currently serves as President and Executive Director of The Center for Mighty Marriages & Families in Conroe, Texas.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


Waxahachie, Texas – February 17, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Theatre Department premieres its spring musical ” The 1940's Radio Hour ” on March 26-29, in the Hagee Center Performance Hall .

Showtimes:
Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. ( Exclusive Campus Days performance )
Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Admission is $10 plus a $1 online processing fee. Admission is free for SAGU students, faculty and staff.

Reserve your seat now

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Shawnee, Oklahoma- February 14, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team traveled to St. Gregory’s University (SGU) with the goal of avenging an early season conference loss.  Once again, SGU topped the Lions, 74-70.  With this loss, both SAGU and SGU are tied for fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).

The Cavaliers took the early lead.  Going into halftime, SAGU was down 35-25.

Lately, SAGU has been known for their strong second-half play along with come-behind wins.  With 8:14 left, SAGU took the lead when junior Emmanuel Adoyi made a three-point shot.   Less than a minute later, Adoyi stole the ball and made another three, extending SAGU’s lead 56-52.

The Lions were able to keep the lead over SGU until 0:38 left in the game when SGU’s Trey Jones made a shot, putting them up by 1, 69-68.  Despite two made free-throws by junior Rishaad Alexander, SAGU couldn’t contain SGU, and they ended up scoring five more points in the final seconds.

SAGU senior Jonathan Walter led all-scorers with 29 points.  Walter also had six rebounds.  Alexander had 12 points and four assists.  Junior Andrew Erskine added 10 points.  Adoyi had seven rebounds for the Lions.

SGU’s Marty Wilkerson had 20 points and eight assists.  Wilkerson ranks no. six in the NAIA with points per game, averaging 21.

On Thursday, February 19 th , SAGU travels to Chickasha, Oklahoma to take on University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.  The men’s game begins at 8:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Ward Sophomore Laken Ward led SAGU in scoring against St. Gregory's. Ward also had a double/double for the Lady Lions. Shawnee, Oklahoma- February 14, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team topped St. Gregory’s University, 49-44.  The Lady Lions are now 12-14 overall and 3-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

“This was a critical win for us today.  This keeps us alive in the race for the Sooner Conference Tournament,” says Head Coach Arlon Beadles.

The first half was close with the lead flipping between SAGU and SGU.  No team led more than six points in the game.  Going into halftime the Lady Lions were ahead of the Lady Cavaliers 26-23.

“I was proud of the resiliency our team showed today,” says Beadles, “With all of the injuries and a couple of players not at 100% today, we fought to the end and finished with a win.”

With 4:46 left in the game, SGU was able to cut SAGU’s lead to 1 point after a three-point shot by Stacy Lee.  From that point on, SAGU’s defense left the Lady Cavaliers scoreless.  At 4:20, sophomore Monica Dorsey made a basket, putting SAGU up 47-44.  With 0:12, SGU fouled sophomore Laken Ward.  Ward hit both of her free-throws, making the final score 49-44.

Ward had a double/double, scoring 10 points and pulling in 13 rebounds.  Dorsey added nine points and three assists.  Senior Kassy Cox had eight points and 11 rebounds.

On Thursday, February 19 th , the Lady Lions will travel to University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (3-10 in SAC, 12-14 overall).  Game time is at 6:00pm.  In December SAGU played Science & Arts in their first conference game of the season.  USAO topped SAGU 66-46.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Feb13RS Sherman, Texas- February 13, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team took on Austin College in a double header on Thursday.  The Lady Lions lost to the Roos 1-3, 1-7.

In game one, sophomore Hannah Lee pitched for SAGU.  Lee had six strike-outs.   AC was able to get an early lead with two runs in the third inning.  SAGU’s sole run came in the sixth when junior Kelsey Coburn made it home off of a hit by freshman Ciarra Dittfurth.  Coburn had two hits for SAGU.

The second game didn’t go quite as well for SAGU despite getting a run in the first inning.  Freshman Bailey Balloun was the lead-off hitter and was able to get SAGU’s one run.   Austin College was able to score two runs in the first and fifth innings, and three runs in the sixth.  Sophomore Ashley Abair pitched for the Lady Lions.

The Lady Lions will play a double header at Ecclesia on Friday, February 13, 2015.  Game-time is scheduled for 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 13, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team (2-11 in the SAC, 11-14 overall) fell KassyCoxOBURS Senior Kassy Cox looking to make her move against OBU defender to the no. 10 nationally ranked Oklahoma Baptist University (10-3 in the SAC, 18-4 overall), 46-64.

The Lady Lions started off strong, keeping the lead for the first 10 minutes of the game. The Lady Bison led at halftime, 33-21.

Coming out of the locker room, OBU dominated on offense, showing their worthy of their national ranking.

On defense SAGU was able to force 11 OBU turnovers.   SAGU’s shooting struggled going 14-of-49 (29%) from the field.

Senior Kassy Cox and sophomore Monica Dorsey led SAGU scoring with 13 points.  Cox also had nine rebounds.  Junior Taylor Hill had seven points.  Sophomore Alexis McAfee had seven rebounds for the Lady Lions.

On Saturday, February 14 th , SAGU travels to St. Gregory’s University.  Game-time is at 3pm.  St. Gregory is also 2-11 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 3-19 overall.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
RishaadAlexanderLayupRS Junior Rishaad Alexander going up for a lay-up against OBU. Alexander scored 18 points for the Lions. Waxahachie, Texas- February 13, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team improved to 8-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) after a win over Oklahoma Baptist University (6-7 in the SAC, 17-8 overall).   The Lions topped OBU 62-58. Currently, the Lions are ranked no. 24 in the NAIA.

Once again, SAGU trailed most of the game and for much of the last half.  For Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, he felt the game would be decided in the final few minutes, “We won in SAGU style tonight, fought to the end and got big stops to finish a big win. I had a feeling it was going to come down to a five minute game. “

In the first half, the score stayed within a few points. Freshman Micah Gentry came off the bench and made three three-pointers.  His first two made shots were within one minute of each other.

OBU took their biggest lead before going into halftime when Cale Jackson made a three, putting the Bison up 35-28.

As Coach Bostwick predicted, the game came down to the final five minutes.  SAGU was able to keep OBU to only two points in the final five.  With 3:26 left in the game, SAGU took the lead 57-56, with a basket made by  Marcus Price.

SAGU had 15 steals compared to OBU’s eight.  Senior Jonathan Walter led with three steals and junior Jason Gentry had two.

Junior Rishaad Alexander led all scorers with 18 points.  Alexander also had four assists and seven rebounds.  Junior’s Jason Gentry and Marcus Price, as well as freshman Micah Gentry each had nine points.  Junior Emmanuel Adoyi added six rebounds.

The Lions are tied for third-place in the SAC with Oklahoma City University. “We just have to play one game at a time and enjoy playing for The Lord. The rest will take care of itself,” says Bostwick.

On Saturday, February 14 th , SAGU plays St. Gregory’s University (7-6 in SAC, 11-10 overall) at 5:00pm.  In early January St. Gregory’s beat SAGU 67-64.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

MarcusPriceDefense Junior Marcus Price causing the Bison to tumble as he goes for the loose ball.

Drawing a blank Waxahachie, Texas – February 16, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) award-winning Communication Arts Department announced the release of its first ever feature-length film ” Drawing A Blank ” on March 23-24, 2015, at ShowBiz Cinemas on the SDX screen in Waxahachie, Texas .

“Drawing A Blank” is the fourth major project by SAGU Cinema after releasing three short films since 2008. In this film, SAGU Cinema takes production to a whole new level by shooting the movie in 4k, four times higher quality than HD television, and increasing the duration from a short film to a feature length movie.

Theatre address is: 108 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165

Price said, “The entire process from script to screen took nearly 20 months. Making movies with professionalism and excellence takes time, and we have such a great story to tell. This movie is far beyond the scope of a simple class project.”

Price chose senior Chelsea Groomer’s screenplay out of 20 other scripts in one of his writing classes. The plot line follows the trail of two characters Candice Bruno and Jace Haden, who both wake up in a hospital with amnesia. With no memories to rely on, they team up on a whirlwind adventure in attempts to rediscover their pasts. Running into rival mafia families and escaping a frantic FBI unit, the two unlikely friends realize they're fighting the wrong enemy. Revealing clues not only lead them to a growing attraction for each other, but also expose them to a bigger threat. Side by side, they stumble upon the key that unlocks a corrupt scheme as well as their shaky memories.

The film’s budget was just $30,000 and included 57 speaking roles, 67 locations, over 300 costumes and nearly 30 days of principle photography during May 2014.

Groomer and Ryan Wermich, the film’s director, both knew that the goal of producing a full length feature film with limited and a relatively inexperienced student crew would be a daunting task. But both say their degree’s course work and careful preparation gave them a fighting chance to do what seemed impossible. Groomer explained, “Considering the script was three times as long as our previous short films, Ryan and I knew this project would be a massive challenge. But a challenge our crew and cast were determined to make a reality.”

SAGU Cinema set itself on the playing field with major film schools by purchasing the Sony F-55 camera . Deliver us from Evil , The Blacklist and Fox Sports News are productions filmed with the Sony F-55 .

Director of Photography Jonathan Utley explains, “The power in this camera is its ability to capture color that even our eyes cannot see in a given frame. It has taken the look of our film to the next level. The quality is that of major Hollywood films and television shows. With this camera anything is possible.”

Price and his students have launched a mini-fundraising campaign via the Kickstarter.com service. The goal of $4,000 will help with critical post-production expenses such as theater rental, Blu-ray production and film festival entry fees.

If you are Interested in learning more or to making a pledge, click here . Incremental rewards are given to donors based on the amount pledged.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees…
Waxahachie, Texas- February 9, 2015- Midland College (MC) swept the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team in a double-header on Monday afternoon.  In game one MC won 13-2.  Game two wasn’t much better for the Lions, they lost 12-4.  The Lions are now 6-4 in the young season.

In the first game, SAGU went through four pitchers.  Sophomore Tres Ortiz started on the mound and pitched three innings.  Ortiz had two strike-outs and allowed six hits.  Freshman Cody Sonnier pitched 2/3 innings.  Freshman Joseph Watson pitched two 2/3 innings and junior Carson Conarty pitched the final inning.

Freshman David Ancira had two hits and one RBI.  Senior pinch hitter Dej Mathis had one hit and one RBI.

For the Warriors, Dylan Steyer had three hits and two RBI’s.  Cole Gray had three hits, including one double and scored three times.

In game two, junior Jared Pisors started on the mound for the Lions.  Pisors had five strike-outs and allowed four hits.  Freshman Tyler King pitched three innings.  Freshman Russell Walters and sophomore Hayden Ballard each pitched one inning.

SAGU’s junior Bryant Threadgill had two hits with one RBI. The top three batters in the line-up each scored; sophomore Josh Terry, freshman Devin Ward and senior Preston Hornbeck, along with Ancira.

The Lions have a few days off before going to play Wiley College (3-1).  SAGU will play two doubleheaders, starting on Friday, February 13 at noon.  On Saturday game-time is at noon as well.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
AnciraScoringRS David Ancira scoring the game winning run. A collision at home plate knocked the ball free from the catcher. Waxahachie, Texas- February 8, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team improved to 6-2, after splitting the final double header with Central Christian College (2-4).  In the first game SAGU won in eight innings, 5-4.  CCC won the final game 4-0.

Senior Keifer Ballard started on the mound and pitched five and 2/3 innings.  K. Ballard had six strike-outs, five hits and three runs scored.  Sophomore Hayden Ballard finished the game pitching two and 1/3 innings.

In the second inning the Lions scored two runs.  Junior Eric Hagstrom got on base off of shallow hit to left.  Freshman Griffin Glenn singled with a shallow hit down the right field line, advancing Hagstrom to second.  Hagstrom advanced to third off of a wild pitch.  Freshman Anthony Montalvo hit a sacrifice bunt-squeeze allowing Hagstrom to score.  Freshman David Ancira singled to shallow right, driving in Montalvo.  The Lions got out of the second inning up 2-0.

In the top of the fourth, Glenn made it to base off of a single up the middle.  Montalvo came into the game to run for Glenn.  Montalvo steals second and advances to third off a wild pitch.  Ancira singles and Montalvo scores making it 3-1 SAGU.

Central Christian was able to score one run in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.  SAGU tied up the score in the seventh when junior Bryant Threadgill doubled down the left field line.  Threadgill made it to third off of a sacrifice bunt by freshman Justin Harvey.  Threadgill was able to score after a pop-fly deep into left field by sophomore Tallon Ralstin.

In the bottom of the eighth, Ancira reached base on a CCC error.  After a collision at the plate and the catcher losing the ball, Ancira was able to score the game-winning run.  SAGU topped CCC 5-4.

In the second game, Justin Harvey started on the mound and pitched five and 1/3 innings before Tucker Burt came in as relief.  Burt pitched one and 2/3 innings.

In the first inning, CCC scored when Cramer was hit in by Howard.  Howard was able to score on a sacrifice bunt by Eshelman.  Central Christian also scored one run in the fourth and sixth inning.

Over the weekend, Coach Blackmon believes four players anchored the offense for the Lions, “Offensively we were led by these four players: Bryant Threadgill (8-of-10 with 2 doubles), David Ancira, (5-of-10), Eric Hagstrom, (4-of-9 with 2 doubles and a triple) and Josh Terry ( 4-of-7 with a double).”

The Lions will host Midland College (Nebraska) for a double header on Monday, February 9 at noon.  Midland College is currently 2-2.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
HannahLeeRS Sophomore Hannah Lee pitching for the Lady Lions. (Photo courtesy of Moving Pictures) Waxahachie, Texas- February 8, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team finished their home series with University of the Southwest, dropping their final two games.  In game one the Lady Mustangs won 6-3, and in game two USW topped SAGU 1-8.

“USW are coming off of a second place finish in the Red River Conference last year.  We were excited to have competed with them this weekend.  However, we knew it would be challenging,” says Head Coach Tim Grant.

In the first game, USW scored one run in the first inning.  Gonzalez scored off of a hit by Zamora.  SAGU was able to answer and they scored two runs in the first inning.  Sophomore Amber Gignac hit a single and advanced to second off of a sacrifice bunt by freshman Bailey Balloun.  Junior Kelsey Coburn tripled to shallow right center driving in Gignac.  Freshman Katelyn Veteto reached base off of a USW error, which also allowed Coburn to score.

Sophomore Hannah Lee pitched for the Lady Lions in game one.  Lee struck out two and gave up 10 hits.

In the fourth, SAGU’s Vetoto scored off a ground hit to second by freshman Ashlyn Stanfill.

In game two, SAGU split pitching duties.  Freshman Ciara Dittfurth pitched three and 1/3 innings.  Sophomore Ashley Abair pitched three and 2/3 innings.

The Lady Lions scored their sole run in the sixth inning.  Balloun reached base off of a single to center field.  Balloun reached second off of a sacrifice bunt by Lee.  Balloun was driven in by Coburn’s single to left field.

Coach Grant says there is work to do when it comes to hitting, “We did leave a number of runners stranded with accumulating just 8 runs over the 4 games, so we will definitely have a lot of work there to do.”

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 SAGU travels to Longview, Texas to play LeTourneau University.  The first game of the double header is at 1pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
RishaadAlexanderOutsideRS Junior Rishaad Alexander led all-scorers on Saturday. Alexander had 22 points for the Lions. Waxahachie, Texas- February 7, 2015- For the second time this season, Wayland Baptist University (WBU) topped the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team in Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) play.  The final score was 87-77.  Both WBU and SAGU are currently ranked in the NAIA national poll.  WBU is no. 21, SAGU is no. 25.

The Pioneers and the Lions were both in a four-way tie for second place in the SAC.  Before the game, both had a 7-4 SAC record.  Now, the Lions are tied for third with St. Gregory’s University (7-5).

Wayland took the lead early on in the game and stayed on-top for nearly the majority of the night.  Only twice did SAGU hold a lead, which wasn’t for very long.  At 7:37, junior Marcus Price made a three, putting SAGU up 26-24.  WBU was quick to tie it after a made shot by Ta’Quan McDew.

With 4:47 left in the half, SAGU senior Jonathan Walter made a three and put the Lions ahead 29-28.

Wayland was quick to put more points on the board and from this point on, SAGU was fighting from behind.  Before the half, WBU made a 10-point run and was up 38-29 going into the locker room.

With 11:51 left in the game, the Pioneers took their biggest lead of the night when they went up by 23 points.  Slowly, SAGU was able to work away at that lead by causing turnovers and committing fouls on the perimeter to stop the dominant inside game of Wayland.  Head Coach Donnie Bostwick also spent the final eight minutes subbing in and out strong defensive-style guys for offensive players.

Freshman Micah Gentry was put in the game to score, and he did exactly that.  Gentry hit three three-pointers in the final few minutes.  At 1:55, junior Rishaad Alexander hit a three and brought SAGU within five but that was as close as the Lions could get.

Alexander was leading scorer with 22 points for the Lions.  He also had four assists.  Walter scored 17 and had 12 rebounds.

Five players from Wayland scored in double-digits. Scoring for WBU was led by Ta’Quan McDew with 21 points.  Royal Crouch had 20 points and 12 rebounds.  Bunja Yobe had 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pioneers.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015 SAGU will host NAIA ranked no.15 Oklahoma Baptist University at 8:00pm.  OBU is currently 6-6 in the SAC.  The game will be broadcast live at SAGU.tv.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

MDorseyRS Sophomore Monica Dorsey led the Lady Lions in scoring with 14 points. Waxahachie, Texas- February 7, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team (11-3) lost to Wayland Baptist University (14-8), 84-60.   The Flying Queens are currently tied for second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference with Oklahoma Baptist University.

WBU outshot SAGU on all fronts except free-throws.  The Flying Queens were 30-of-59 (51%) from the field compared to SAGU’s 21-of-58 (36%).  On three-pointers, WBU was 11-of-20 (55%) and the Lady Lions were 4-of-12 (33%).

SAGU was led in scoring by sophomore Monica Dorsey with 14 points and four assists.  Junior Taylor Hill had 12 points and senior Kassy Cox added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Lions.  Sophomore Laken Ward had five rebounds.

WBU’s Gabby Gonzales scored 15 points.  LaTericka  Anderson added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Flying Queens.

On Thursday, February 12, 2015 SAGU will host Oklahoma Baptist University at 6:00pm.  OBU is currently ranked no. 10 in the NAIA.  The game will be broadcast live on SAGU.tv.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 7, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team opened their season with a home stand against University of the Southwest (New Mexico).  Southwest beat SAGU 6-0 in game one and 3-7 in game two.

SAGU sophomore pitcher Hannah Lee was on the mound for the Lady Lions in game one.  Lee had two strike outs and allowed seven hits.

The Mustangs were able to get runs on the board early.  In the first inning, University of the Southwest scored four runs.

SAGU was able to get eight hits against the Lady Mustangs.  Freshmen Kirstin Stringer and Katelyn Veteto each had two hits in the first game.

In game two, SAGU freshman Ciara Dittfurth pitched four innings.  Sophomore Ashley Abair came in as relief, pitching the final three innings.  Amber Gignac was able to get two hits and one run for SAGU.  Stringer and Veteto were each able to score in the second game.

The Lady Lions finish their series with University of the Southwest on Saturday.  Game time is at 11am.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
JoshTerryRS Sophomore Josh Terry had four hits and two runs against Central Christian on Friday night. Waxahachie, Texas- February 7, 2015- It was a rough start for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team (5-1) when taking on Central Christian (Kansas).  SAGU dropped the first game 7-3, but came back and won the second game 3-2.

CCC (1-4) put runs on the board quickly in the first game.  SAGU junior Jared Pisors started on the mound and pitched 2 1/3 innings.  In the first three innings, CCC had six runs on five hits.  SAGU sophomore Tucker Burt was brought in to get the Lions out of the third inning.

Freshman Cody Sonnier pitched four innings for the Lions.  Sonnier had four strike-outs and allowed one run.

In the fifth inning, SAGU scored two runs. Freshman Chris Wallace got on base with a single to right field.  Sophomore Josh Terry singled, advancing Wallace to second.   On a hit by junior Bryant Threadgill, Wallace and Terry both scored.

In the second game the Lions were able to hold CCC to only two runs.  Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week Hayden Killebrew started on the mound and pitched six innings.  Killebrew had nine strike-outs, with one hit and one run scored.  Sophomore Hayden Ballard and sophomore Tucker Burt got the Lions out of the final inning.

In the bottom of the first, Terry, Threadgill and junior Eric Hagstrom got on base by a walk.  Threadgill scored on a wild pitch.  Putting the Lions up 1-0.

In the fourth, sophomore Brendan Martinez made it on base off of a single to left field.  Sophomore Collin Gifford laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Martinez to second.  Freshman Anthony Montalvo came in to pinch run for Martinez.  Montalvo stole third on a passed ball.  Freshman David Ancira singled to right field, allowing Montalvo to score.  Lions up, 2-0.

SAGU’s final run came in the bottom of the seventh when Terry singled to short.  Threadgill hit a sacrifice bunt, advancing Terry to second base.  Bases were loaded from walks when CCC pitcher Sean Day hit Martinez, allowing Terry to score .

Central Christian was able to score in the sixth and seventh innings.  Eshelman got on base from a walk and was able to score off of a dropped popup by Stoops.  In the seventh, Boedeker and Herbig got on base after being hit by a pitch.  Cramer reached base on a walk, leaving bases loaded.  Gorman hit Boedeker in.  SAGU’s Burt was able to get out of the inning leaving three stranded on base.

The Lions will finish out their home series with Central Christian on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at noon.  They will play at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
KCoxRS Senior Kassy Cox going up for a rebound. Cox is averaging 10 rebounds per game for SAGU. Waxahachie, Texas- February 6, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) pulled out a close victory in the final seconds over Southwestern Christian University (SCU), 68-65.  SAGU is now 2-9 in the SAC and 11-12 overall.  The game was an upset of sorts as Southwestern Christian is in a three-way tie for third place in the SAC.  SCU is 6-5 in conference play and 10-13 overall.

Head Coach Arlon Beadles is proud of the way his team played, “This was a great win for our team. SWCU has been playing great basketball and is coming off a huge win over Oklahoma Baptist University.  Our ladies played with tremendous confidence and resolve.”

The Lady Lions were ready to play from the start, getting the early lead and keeping it throughout the majority of the game.  At 9:54 in the first half, SCU had their only lead of the game when they were up 13-12.

With 5:55 left in the game, SCU’s Kim Hayes made a three point shot, making the game tied at 48-48.  From that point on the Lady Lions took the lead and kept it until the end.

“I thought the girls played with poise down the stretch hitting key free throws. Charity Page, Monica Dorsey, and Taylor Hill stepped up big time going 7 for 8 from the line in the final minute to secure the win,” says Beadles.

At :02, Grace Hadley made three free throws, bringing the Lady Eagles within one point.  In hopes to take the win, SCU fouled Charity Page immediately.  Page made her two free throws, putting the Lady Lions up 68-65.

Three SAGU players came up with double-digit scoring.  Senior Kassy Cox had 19 points, sophomore Monica Dorsey added 18 points and junior Taylor Hill scored 11 and had five assists.  Cox had a double/double, pulling down 13 rebounds.  Cox also had three steals.

SCU’s Kim Hayes scored 20 points for the Lady Eagles.  Grace Hadley added 18 points.

The Lady Lions will host Wayland Baptist University on Saturday, February 7 th at 1:00pm.  WBU is currently tied for second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  Earlier in the season, WBU topped SAGU 71-60.  The game will be broadcast live at SAGU.TV.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
AdoyiDefenseRS Junior Emmanuel Adoyi showing his tough defensive style he has become known for. Waxahachie, Texas- February 6, 2015- The game wasn’t decided until the final 0:02 when Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) beat Southwestern Christian University (SCU) with a buzzer beater by junior Emmanuel Adoyi, 64-62.  SAGU is now in a four-way tie for 2 nd in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a record of 7-4. SCU is now in last place with 1-10 SAC record.  Currently, SAGU is ranked no.25 in the NAIA.

“SCU is a very underrated team. They have had some bad luck losing six, now seven, conference games decided in the last 2 minutes. We were very blessed to get the victory,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

SCU led the game from the start. SAGU tied multiple times but could never take the lead.  At halftime, the Eagles were ahead 28-22.

The Lions struggled with shooting for the night, going 30% from the field.  Despite poor shooting, Bostwick is proud of how his team overcame adversity, “Every night it takes our entire team to succeed. Emmanuel and Jon stepped up big in the second half, but a play here and a play there by everyone else was just as valuable.”

At 8:23, SAGU was down by 11 points when tides started to turn.  Adoyi stole the ball and went up for a lay-up when he was fouled and brought to the floor by SCU’s Austin Turner.  Turner received two technical fouls, allowing Adoyi to shoot four free throws.  After making the final three, the Lions were down by eight, 47-39.  Turner was ejected from the game.

SAGU continued to work at the score and with 1:05 left in the game, the Lions took their first lead of the night when senior Jonathan Walter made a basket from the paint.

With :08 left, SCU’s Martin Matejcik made a three, leaving the game tied, 62-62.   Junior Marcus Price fouled Matejcik, allowing him to shoot a free throw.  Matejcik missed and Adoyi got the rebound.  Junior Rishaad Alexander brought the ball to the top of the key, and then made a perfect pass through traffic to Adoyi.  With :02 left, Adoyi made the basket and SAGU topped SCU, 64-62.

Senior Jonathan Walter led all scorers with 19 points.  Adoyi added 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Junior Marcus Price had 12 rebounds for the Lions.

For the Eagles, Austin Turner scored 17 points.  Rishawn Brown added 14 points.

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, SAGU hosts Wayland Baptist University at 3:00pm.  Nearly a month ago, WBU beat SAGU easily 95-72.  Currently, Wayland (7-4 in SAC, 18-4 overall) is ranked no.21 in the NAIA national poll.  Wayland is also tied for second in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- February 5, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) softball team has put in many hours of hard work to prepare for the 2015 season.  The team will soon see if all of the hard work in the off-season pays off when they open the season with two double headers against University of the Southwest.

Last season, the Lady Lions were 12-40.  Their first season in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) wasn’t ideal, going 2-30.

Last year’s squad only graduated  a handful of  seniors.  The graduating class was led by now assistant coach Heather Wyatt.  Wyatt, a catcher, was SAGU’s first-ever recipient of a Golden Glove Award for the SAC.

SAGU will be anchored by team captains, junior Kelsey Coburn and sophomore Hannah Lee.

Last year, third baseman Coburn was incredibly steady on defense.  In 2014, she fielded 170 balls and made only eight errors.  She threw out base runners 99 times.  According to Head Coach Tim Grant, Coburn will also be expected to lead the offense “Every time she steps up to the plate we can rely on her to do her job and take care of business. She has proven herself over the past two years to do whatever it takes for the sake of the team.”

Pitcher Hannah Lee will be back on the mound for the Lady Lions.  Last year, Lee led the league in innings pitched (182.2), striking out 91 and walking 26 during 35 games.  “This year you can expect her to push herself even more when it comes to pitching and I wouldn't be surprised if her bat woke up even more this year,” says Grant, “She worked extremely hard over summer and during the fall.”

This year’s squad has seven freshmen on the roster.  Even though they will be young, Grant believes speed and talent will be on their side, “We have several girls who bring a lot of talent to our young program and are going to surprise the teams that we face. We are definitely a fighting team and will not give up until the umpires call the game.”

SAGU will play eight games before they start conference play against University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma on February 28, 2015.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- February 4, 2015- Signing day 2015 is in the books and 14 high school seniors have made commitments to be a part of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team.

“I am really excited about the character of the young men that have signed.  We have a great group of returners and these guys will complement our returners well,” says football Head Coach Frank Tristan.

The 2015 recruiting class will bring in nine offensive players and five defensive players.  According to Tristan this group’s quickness is a big positive, “The athleticism of this recruiting class is the best we’ve had in a while.  They will increase our overall team speed.”

Ty Walker – QB from Tulsa, OK – Berryhill High School  Junior and Senior year all district and All Metro Selection

Taber Stanfield – OL from Clovis, NM- Clovis High School, 1 st Team All-District

Kortrell Williams – DB from Shreveport, LA – Evangel Christian Academy,  1 st Team All-District, Honorable Mention All City

Matt Williams – WR from Rotan, TX- Rotan High School, 1 st Team All District and 2 nd Team All Region Safety

Marshall Gilbreath – LB from Azle, TX,-Azle High School, Two Time 1st Team All District

Josh Stewart – DL from McKinney, TX-  Boyd High School,  1 st Team All  District

Frank Solis – ATH from Rockwall, TX- Rockwall High School, Special Teams Player of the Year

Andre Thomas – WR from Houston, TX- C.E. King High School

DeAundre DeJean – FB from Lake Charles, LA- Hamilton Christian High School

Magnum Burcham – QB from Marble Falls, TX- Faith Academy High School

David Banda – OL from Dallas, TX – Adamson High School

Steven Ruiz – LB from Pflugerville, TX – Pflugerville High School

Dayne Maclin – OL from Justin, TX – Northwest High School

Jerrell Williams – WR from Dallas, TX – Life School Oak Cliff

The football program lost 14 seniors to graduation.  The Lions return 77 players.  Last year the Lions were 4-6.  SAGU returns 1st Team All-Conference Linebacker Ethan Eastwood and Special Teams Player of the Year Chadd Dearen.  Returning quarterback CJ Collins led the conference in passing yards.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
GentrySigningSquare Micah and Jason Gentry signing letters of intent to play at SAGU. Hondo HS Coach Ray Fierro, Coach Donnie Bostwick, Sherry, Caleb and Richie Gentry posed in the back row. Waxahachie, Texas- February 3, 2015- If you spend much time around the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team, there is one name you will hear a lot of, Gentry.  Three Gentry brothers have been a key part of SAGU’s success.  Caleb (Hondo) Gentry graduated last year, and was around for the fall semester working on his master’s degree.  Junior Jason Gentry and freshman Micah Gentry both suit up for the Lions.

For the past three seasons, Caleb Gentry helped lead the team to two conference championships as well as appearances in two national tournaments.  His tenacious defense made him a star for the Lions.

Gentry matriarch, Sherry Gentry, was thrilled at the possibility at having her youngest three join Caleb at SAGU, “We had been praying that if it was God's will to please Dear Lord, let it be. We would finally get to see all of them at the same time playing basketball.”

It sounded like an easy decision, but Jason Gentry was in the midst of a successful college career at Dallas Baptist University.  Leaving his teammates and a strong program was a difficult decision, “It started to become a reality when Micah decided he was coming and Caleb was going to be around as well. There was no way I wasn’t going to come with both of my brothers being here.”

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick has known the Gentry family for six years.  They first met when Bostwick was recruiting Caleb to play at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Bostwick left OKWU to take the position at SAGU. Gentry eventually headed south and back home to Texas to play for Bostwick. “The Gentry family have become the heart and soul of our program at SAGU. Godly men who have a heart of David. The truth is though their mother is a source of spiritual strength mightier than all the boys,” says Bostwick.

All together there are six boys in the Gentry family.  Caleb, Jason and Micah are the youngest.  The three oldest; Robert, Dustin and Stephen all went to Texas A&M, they also were more involved in football and baseball.  The focus of the Gentry family quickly changed when Caleb became interested in basketball, “At our new house my dad actually built an entire half court set up.”
JasonGentryBasketballCourt Jason Gentry playing basketball on the backyard court Richie Gentry built.
Basketball frenzy began to take over.  Anytime the three could get to the gym they’d jump at the chance.  Often times they would beg the principal to leave the gym open.  When the principal said no, they were let into the gym by a high school basketball player.  “They played all night and fell asleep in the locker room, only to be found by the cleaning lady the next morning (Saturday) just in time for Little Dribblers games to begin.  Unfortunately, they had to stay after school for three days but they always said it was worth it,” tells Sherry.

With six boys, every day was competitive in the Gentry house.  One of the favorite competitions amongst the boys was a game they invented called Hammadeedian.  They lined up two trampolines with basketball goals on each end.  Caleb was in the middle of a 360 dunk when things took a turn for the worst, “My teeth got stuck in the net and I was just hanging there.  The teeth stayed in my mouth but they were straight up to my nose.  There was blood going everywhere.  They took me to the hospital and the guy started shoving my teeth down.  It…
Hayden Killebrew Junior pitcher Hayden Killebrew Waxahachie, Texas- February 2, 2015- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) pitcher Hayden Killebrew is named Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Pitcher of the Week.  Killabrew is a 6’2 junior from Red Oak, Texas.  Killebrew led the Lions to a 3-0 win over Hillsdale Freewill College (HFC).

In Killebrew’s shutout of HFC, he allowed just one hit while striking out 10 batters over six innings.

“I am really proud and excited for Hayden,” says Head Coach Sam Blackmon, “He has worked extremely hard over the summer and fall to prepare for this spring. Seeing the success he had Friday night and being rewarded for his efforts is really special.”

The SAGU Lions went 4-0 against Hillsdale Freewill College.  February 6-7, 2015 SAGU will host Central Christian College.  Both games are being played at Waxahachie Sports Complex.  On Friday, the double header begins at 4pm.  On Saturday, the first game begins at noon.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, T exas – January 29, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Chair of the Department of Business and the MBA/MOL programs Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith released her new book titled ” It's Your Life; Own It!: No Blame, No Excuses . . . ” on November 10, 2014.

Dr. Beckwith explained, “Taking ownership of your life will make you successful. We all experience a whole range of emotions, but you have to decide if you are going to take ownership or blame others for your mistakes and missed opportunities.”

She continued, “Connecting with God everyday will help keep us in the right mindset to not blame others. Even in failures God is elevated. God reveals himself to us if we try to connect with him. He’s sitting there waiting, we just need to give him our time.”

In the book, Dr. Beckwith shows ways of overcoming obstacles and negative thoughts that has kept people from living the life they want to live by staying connected to God through daily prayer, Bible reading and Self-Reflection.

“Self-reflection is important to take a moment and really look at ourselves to see if the way we are living is consistent with the Bible and how God wants us to live.”

“In the book, I explain the 4 C's of living a successful life: Christ, Challenge, Courage and Commitment. My favorite part is the 21-day journal that is integrated at the back of the book. It takes 21 days to create a habit, the purpose is to give a scripture a day to reflect on and help create a habit of reading the Bible every day.”

Beckwith is a graduate of Capella University , with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organization & Management with a specialization in Leadership. She has an MBAA with Distinction from Embry-Riddle University and a Masters of Arts in Business Management with a minor in Human Resource Development from Webster University .

Her undergraduate degree from Barry University is in Professional Studies.
She holds two lifetime professional certifications: Certified Professional Project Manager and Certified Management Professional from the Management Science Institute. She has completed several Executive Management Programs at University of Michigan , the Center of Creative Leadership and Wharton School of Business.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
JonathanWalterOutsideRS Senior Jonathan Walter led SAGU in scoring against MACU. He had 18 points. Waxahachie, Texas- February 1, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team defeated Mid-America Christian University (MACU), 78-61.  MACU, currently 8-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), is in first place in the SAC. MACU is also ranked no.17 in the nation in the NAIA.  With this win, SAGU is now in a five-way tie for second place in the SAC.

Before the game, the 2013-2014 basketball team was honored for their conference championship.  SAGU unveiled the new SAC Champions banner as well as presented the team with rings for their accomplishment.

With 5:00 left in the first half, MACU was leading 29-23.  The Lions put together 13-2 late half run.  Junior Jason Gentry hit a three with five seconds left that gave SAGU a 36-31 lead going into halftime.

Out of the locker room, MACU was able to get within two points after two free-throws made by Josh Smith.  From that point on, SAGU took the lead and never looked back.

“I thought it was our best all-around game this far. Our defense, rebounding and hustle was the difference in the game. It is a good sign when I can quickly recall hustle plays.  Plays by Marcus, Reamhad, Jon, and Tyler all come to mind,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

The Lions were led by senior Jonathan Walter who scored 18 points.  Walter also added eight rebounds.  Junior Jason Gentry was 4-of-7 from the 3pt. line, he scored 14 points.  Junior Marcus Price scored 13 points and added eight rebounds.  Junior Rishaad Alexander added 10 points and five assists for SAGU.

MACU’s Semar Farris led all-scorers with 22 points.  He was MACU’s only player to reach double digit scoring.  Farris averages 17 points a game for MACU.

Bostwick is pleased with a win over the Evangels, “MACU has a great team. They have a great coach and a go to player in Farris.  The win kept us in the conference championship hunt as we are now tied with 5 teams for second place.”

On Thursday, February 5 th , SAGU will host Southwestern Christian (1-9 SAC, 5-13 overall) at 8pm.  The game will be broadcast live at SAGU.tv.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
SlideRS Senior Preston Hornbeck sliding into 3rd in game three(Photo courtesy of Moving Pictures) Waxahachie, Texas- January 31, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team finished the first home series strong.  The Lions swept all four games against Hillsdale Freewill College.  Game three SAGU won 5-1, in game four the final score was 9-4.

Senior Kiefer Ballard got his first start on the mound for the Lions in game three.  Ballard pitched 6 and 2/3 innings, forcing nine strike-outs.

In game three, SAGU had their strongest showing at bat and they kept the momentum for the last game as well.  In the second inning, freshman Justin Harvey had a double to right field, bringing in junior Eric Hagstrom.  In the bottom of the fourth, Hagstrom scored off of a hit to right by Harvey.  Carroll was hit in by Ancira.

In the fifth inning, Terry made it to second base off of a hit to center field.  Hagstrom brought in Terry off of a triple to center.  Hagstrom was brought in by Brett Carroll.  Harvey went 3-3 with three doubles and three RBI’s.  Eric Hagstrom had a triple with two runs scored.  Brett Carroll had two hits.

In the final game of the series, sophomore Tres Ortiz started on the mound and pitched 6 1/3 innings.  Sophomore’s Josh Terry and Tallon Ralstin both went 2-2 at the plate. Sophomore Collin Gifford and freshman Devin Ward both added doubles.

February 6-7, the Lions will host Central Christian College.  On Friday, February 6 th , the double header begins at 4pm.  Saturday’s game time is 12pm.  Both games will be held at Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Waxahachie, Texas- January 31, 2015- Mid-America Christian University (MACU) was too much for the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) TaylorHillRS Junior Taylor Hill led the Lions in scoring with 18 points. Hill made four 3-pointers. women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon.  They topped the Lady Lions 72-68.

In the first half, SAGU and MACU were back and forth on who led the game.  With 0:15 left, SAGU’s Monica Dorsey made a shot, putting SAGU up 35-29.  On MACU’s last possession of the half, Tierra Brown made a 3-pointer, cutting SAGU’s lead to two.

In MACU’s first possession of the second half, the Lady Evangels took the lead and kept it for the remainder of the game.

Three Lady Lions scored in double digits.  Junior Taylor Hill was four-for-eight from the three-point line.  She led SAGU with 18 points.  Hill also added three assist.  Senior Kassy Cox scored 16 points and sophomore Charity Page added 14 points.  Both Cox and Page had nine rebounds for the night.  Sophomore Laken Ward pulled down eight rebounds.

SAGU is now 10-12 for the season and 1-9 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  MACU improved to 6-4 in the SAC and 13-6 overall.  On Thursday, February 5 th at 6pm, SAGU will host Southwestern Christian (10-12, 6-4 SAC).

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Blackmon400thRS SAGU Athletic Director Jesse Godding, Assistant Baseball Coach Jeremy Cross, Head Coach Sam Blackmon and Assistant Coach Jared Denton Waxahachie, Texas- January 31, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team opened their season with two wins against Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (HFBC).  The Lions were able to shut-out the Saints in the double header.  SAGU won the first game 2-0, the second game finished with a score of 3-0.  With the first victory of the season, Head Coach Sam Blackmon won his 400 th game.

In honor of his 400th win Coach Blackmon  was presented with a personalized Louisville Slugger bat and a ball signed by the team.

Junior Jarod Pisors started on the mound for the Lions in game one.  He pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed only three hits and no runs.  Sophomore Hayden Ballard came in to relieve Pisors in the 5 th inning.  Ballard pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up no hits.

Sophomore Brock Schneider led the offense with a single and a double.  Schneider scored a run and drove a run in.  The final score was 2-0.

In game two, junior Hayden Killebrew had a strong pitching performance.  Killebrew allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in six innings.  Sophomore Tucker Burt finished in relief retiring the side in the seventh.

Offensively, sophomore Tallon Ralstin led the Lions with two doubles and two RBI’s in a 3-0 win.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas — January 30, 2015 — Join Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) for the Assemblies of God's annual 7:14 Prayer Conference on March 3-4, 2015. Registration is free .

Conference speakers will include AG General Superintendent George O. Wood , Assistant General Superintendent Alton Garrison , General Secretary J ames T. Bradford and General Treasurer Douglas E. Clay.

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a life-changing event,” says Wood. “When some 2,000 Spirit-empowered Christians gather with the purpose of seeking the face of God, transformation of minds, lives and ministries occurs.”

“I urge pastors, leaders and young people passionate about what God has in store for the future to make plans to attend the 7:14 Prayer Conference,” Wood says. “When you purposefully dedicate these days to seeking the face of God, there can be no more fruitful investment in your life and ministry!”

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Event Schedule:

Session I: Divine Healing – Doug Clay – Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.
Session II: Prayer – Wednesday, March 4, at 8:30 a.m.
Session III: Spirit Baptism – Alton Garrison – Wednesday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m.
Session IV: Salvation – Jim Bradford – Wednesday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m.
Session V: Second Coming – George Wood – Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

The conference would not have been possible without the following district sponsors: Arkansas • Central Hispanic • Kansas • Louisiana  • New Mexico  • North Texas • Mississippi • Oklahoma • Rocky Mountain • South Central Hispanic • South Texas • Texas Gulf Hispanic • Texas Louisiana Hispanic • West Texas • West Texas and Plains Hispanic.

All sessions will be broadcasted live in HD on sagu.tv or click here
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Resident Hall Director (Dorm Pastor) – 10 month position

Salary Range:  $17,000 to $19,630 (benefits include housing and meal plan)


Institutional Mission:
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function :
Resident Director/Dorm Pastors serve in the Residence Life Department under the direction of the Dean of Students to provide the students who live in the Residence Hall with administrative, spiritual, and safety oversight.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Serve as pastor/dorm director in a live-in capacity for the Residence Hall
  • Promote a campus environment in which students can grow within their community and develop character training and leadership skills
  • Model maturity, integrity, and spirituality for others in every facet of personal life
  • Recruit, train, and mentor Resident Assistants in an effective program of pastoral ministry to students
  • Build community within the residential hall as well as eating meals in the cafeteria and attending events sponsored by student groups and campus leadership
  • Communicate and uphold school policy and disciplines
  • May be required to fulfill summer duties

Qualifications:
  • Pastoral heart for people
  • College degree with counseling courses in background preferred
  • Previous full-time ministry experience preferred
  • Ability to manage residence hall facility, a team of Resident Assistants, and residence hall life
  • Understanding of all academic, spiritual, and social aspects of University life
  • Ability to relate to the general concerns of ministry within the Assemblies of God and must attend an Assemblies of God Church
  • Ability to relate well to students, faculty, and staff

Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .


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JirahRodRS Senior Jirah Rodriquez going up for the lay-up. Rodriquez led the Lady Lions in scoring with 12 points Waxahachie, Texas- January 30, 2015- The Lady Lions (10-11, 1-8 in SAC) weren’t able to pull out a victory over Texas Wesleyan University (15-6, 6-3 in SAC).  TWU topped the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), 72-57.

The Lady Rams are tied for third in the Sooner Athletic Conference; they also have received votes in the NAIA national poll.

The Lady Lions were led by senior Jirah Rodriquez with 12 points.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey added 10 points for SAGU and sophomore Charity Page had nine points.  Senior Kassy Cox and Page each had eight rebounds.  Sophomore Bethany Krock had four steals and three assists for SAGU.

TWU’s Krissy Parker and Stacey Darnley each had 17 points.

SAGU will host Mid-America Christian University on Saturday, January 31 st at 3pm.  MACU is 12-6 overall and 5-4 in the SAC.  The game will be broadcast live on SAGU.tv.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
TylerGuidryRS Senior Tyler Guidry had a pair of 3-pointers to pull the Lions ahead for good against TWU Waxahachie, Texas- January 30, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team improved to 5-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) after a win over Texas Wesleyan University.  TWU is 3-6 in SAC play.

Historically, TWU always plays SAGU a close game.  The last time the Rams have topped the Lions was in 2012, when SAGU was still a part of the Red River Conference.  Thursday’s win was the biggest margin of victory (8 points) of the past four games.

In the first half, the Lions maintained the lead.  The Lions had the biggest lead of the night with 3:50 to go in the first half, they led by 16 points.  Going into halftime, SAGU was up 40-30.

“Our goal is to reach the 5 minute mark left in the game, then call on God to help us finish strong with fierce resolve,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “Last night we let God do just that. We asked and then acted, giving God the chance to shine.”

At the 10-minute mark, TWU’s Merv Lindsay sunk two free throws and then made a three-pointer to tie the game, 55-55.  Up until 4:23, SAGU and TWU were neck-and-neck.  The last four-minutes, the Lions took the lead thanks to two three-pointers by Tyler Guidry and one by Rishaad Alexander.  After that, the Lions never looked back and pulled out an eight-point victory.

SAGU Junior Rishaad Alexander scored 16 points and had nine assists.  Senior Tyler Guidry added 15 points and junior Jason Gentry had 13 points.  Senior Jonathan Walter dominated the boards, he had 15 rebounds.

The Lions will host the #1 team in the SAC on Saturday, January 31 st .   Mid-America Christian University (15-6) is also ranked #17 in the NAIA.

“What an honor to play against a team coached by one of the winningest coaches in college basketball history. Not only that, one of the best Christian examples of a coach. This is his best team ever and a worthy challenge. We look forward to the battle,” explains Bostwick.

Game-time is at 5pm.  You can also watch the game live at SAGU.tv .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
coach-sam-blackmon-2014 Head Coach Sam Blackmon is one win away from his 400th career win Waxahachie, Texas- January 28, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) baseball team will kick off its 2015 campaign this weekend against Hillsdale Freewill College (HFC).  Friday, January 30 th SAGU will host HFC at Waxahachie Sports Complex.  Game time is 4pm.  On Saturday, the game will be at SAGU but because of rain in the forecast, the game will now begin at 10am.

Waxahachie Sports Complex is located at 151 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie.

Head Coach Sam Blackmon will begin his second season with the Lions.  Currently, Coach Blackmon is at 399 career wins.  The first win of the 2015 season will put him at 400.  Last season Blackmon led the Lions to 18-33.

February 6-7, SAGU will host Central Christian (Kansas).  On February 9 th , Midland will visit Waxahachie.  On February 13, SAGU will play their first away game at Wiley College.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- January 28, 2015- When the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) basketball teams play Texas Wesleyan University, they will also be taking on a much larger opponent, cancer.  Thursday, January 29th is the 2015 Coaches vs. Cancer game.

Coach Arlon Beadles, SAGU Women’s Basketball Head Coach, will make a presentation at half-time of the men’s game.  Following the brief presentation, buckets will be passed around the stands for donations.  All donations will go to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.  The women’s game starts at 6pm, the men follow at 8pm.  Coaches vs. Cancer will also take a special offering at the February 10th, 2015 chapel service.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  This initiative leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs.  Since 1993, coaches have raised more than $87 million for the American Cancer Society.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – January 22, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Michael Gundling received the Light of Hope Foster Care Legacy Award at the Montgomery County Light up the Night Gala on December 31, 2014, which benefited children in Child Protective Services .

“I was interviewed at the Texas Foster Family Association (TFFA) conference in September of 2014,” Gundling stated. “After the interview, I was told that I would be put up for consideration to receive the Foster Care Legacy Award . When I found out the next month that I had won, I felt extremely humbled and honored.”

Gundling, after graduating from SAGU in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Church Ministries and an associate's degree in Bible, is now a youth and college minister at South Plains Church near Lubbock, Texas . His adoptive parents raised him in church, but he felt called into the ministry after going on a mission trip to Mexico . He received the Foster Care Legacy Award for the accomplishments that he has made since he left the foster care system.

“I was in foster care for five years,” said Gundling, who was adopted in 1995. “My two brothers and I were the first African-Americans to be adopted by Caucasians through the state of Texas. Since then, we have done well for ourselves. My older brother Robert is working on opening a sports complex specifically for special needs children, and my younger brother Darren is in his 4th year of traveling around the United States teaching dance studios how to be great with a dance program.”

The award ceremony was held at the La Torretta Resort and Spa in Montgomery, Texas . The proceeds benefited children who were in Child Protective Services at the time.
“There are always commercials about the kids in Africa, but we were no different from them. We just had a system called Foster Care, but we were still orphans. We were still  kids that needed a home and to be given a second chance at life. The name of the system does not change the reality of the situation.”

Click here for more information about Gundling's story and journey through foster care

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex  in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas – January 26, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team (14-6) topped Southwestern Christian University (5-11), 79-59 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on January 25, 2015.

They are now tied for fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) with Oklahoma Baptist , John Brown and Oklahoma City with a 4-4 record.

SAGU basketball will begin a five-game home stand when they host rivals Texas Wesleyan University (14-5) on Thursday, January 29, in the Sheaffer Center Auditorium . The games will be broadcasted live in HD on SAGU.tv . Women play at 5 p.m., and men at 8 p.m.

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Baseball
SAGU baseball begins their 2015 season on Friday, January 30, when they host Hillsdale Freewill College at 4 p.m. at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Complex address: 151 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165

Head Coach Sam Blackmon is very optimistic about the upcoming season. He said, “We had a really good fall semester and strong start to the spring, so we are excited to kick the season off. We want to continue to build off last season and get back into the conference tournament, and qualify for the NCCAA Regionals .”

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Softball
SAGU softball begins their 2015 season on Friday, January 30, when they host Hillsdale Baptist College at 4 p.m. at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.

Complex address: 151 Broadhead Road, Waxahachie, TX 75165

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Football
SAGU football team promoted a current offensive coordinator Frank Tristan to head football coach since Athletic Director Jesse Godding announced his stepping down from the roll to focus on his administrative position.

Since June of 2011, Godding has served in the dual roles of athletic director and head football coach. SAGU president Kermit Bridges added, “Under Coach Godding’s leadership the SAGU football program has experienced a complete turnaround from a one-win club and last in conference to a conference co-championship, consistent .500 seasons and competitive in all its games.”

Godding became the leader of SAGU football in 2002, becoming the fifth head coach in four years for the infant football program. The past 13 years has seen growth in multiple areas in the program both on and off the field.

Godding believes Tristan was an ideal candidate for the job, “What will make Coach Tristan a success is his love for God, love for SAGU and desire to build relationships with players that result in life-long changes. I am confident that the football program at SAGU is in very capable hands and will thrive with Frank at the helm.”

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas- January 22, 2015- Despite being in the dead of winter, signs of spring are starting to pop up all around.  One very clear indication is the start of baseball.  For the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions, the first game arrives at the end of January.

“I think this year’s team is a little more balanced overall,” explains Head Coach Sam Blackmon, “I think we have more depth than a year ago.”

Blackmon, who’s in his second year with the Lions, led 2014’s squad to an 18-33 record overall and 8-19 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  2014 was the first year that SAGU baseball participated in the SAC.

SAGU graduated four seniors in 2014; Jeremy Cross, Jared Denton, Tali Fletcher and Nick Sheffield.  Denton led the Lions in hitting and runs batted in, with an average of .380 and 19 RBI’s on the season.

Seven position players, and all but one pitcher, will be returning for the season.  Infielder’s Preston Hornbeck, Bryant Threadgill and Dej Mathis, along with catcher Lance Marks will be back as seniors to lead the Lions.

“I feel overall this will be a fun group to watch play.  They are a very hardworking and energetic group that plays with a lot of determination and heart,” says Blackmon.

Senior catcher Lance Marks will be back in action for the Lions. This 2015 schedule starts off similar to last year’s schedule.  SAGU has dropped Southern Nazarene and added Midland University early in the season.  The Lions will have nearly one month of play under their belt before they begin conference play with a very strong Oklahoma Baptist University on February 27 th .

OBU is ranked #4 nationally in the NAIA preseason poll.  OBU is also picked to finish first in the SAC preseason coach’s baseball poll.  In 2014, the Bison went 56-9. Following OBU in the preseason poll is  Oklahoma City, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma is picked 3 rd , followed by Wayland Baptist, Texas Wesleyan, SAGU, Mid-American Christian 7 th , with St. Gregory’s and Southwestern Christian at the end.

Blackmon believes preseason polls don’t mean a lot when it comes to play in the  SAC, “As far as predictions on the conference, it is always a tough call.  With the strength of this conference I just know you better be prepared to play every week.”

SAGU will play their first game on Friday, January 30 th when they host Hillsdale Freewill College.  They will play a double header at Waxahachie Sports Complex starting at 4pm.  The Lions will have a five-game home stand before playing their first road game at Wiley College February 13 th .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected] BaseballTeamPhoto


JGentry Junior Jason Gentry had 22 points, four rebounds and three assists over Southwestern Christian Shawnee, Oklahoma- January 25, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team (14-6) topped Southwestern Christian University (5-11), 79-59.  The Lions are now in a four-way tie for fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  Oklahoma Baptist, John Brown, Oklahoma City and SAGU are all 4-4 in the SAC.

The first half was a back and forth on who had the lead.  With two minutes left in the half, SAGU was up by six points.  SCU’s Rishawn Brown was able to cut the halftime lead to two thanks to a made basket.  Going into intermission, SAGU led 37-35.

The second half was strongly in SAGU’s favor.  The Lions forced 12 turnovers in the second half alone.

Junior Jason Gentry led all scorers with 22 points.  Senior Jonathan Walter added 12 points and senior Caleb Feemster had 10 points.  Junior Marcus Price had five rebounds.  Gentry and senior Tyler Guidry each had four rebounds.

The Lions will host Texas Wesleyan University on Thursday, January 29 th .  TWU is 14-5 overall and 3-5 in the SAC.  SAGU will broadcast the game live at SAGU.tv .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Shawnee, Oklahoma- January 24, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team (9-10) fell to Southwestern Christian (8-12), 82-52 Saturday afternoon.

Senior Jirah Rodriquez led the Lions with 18 points.    Rodriquez also had six rebounds.  Sophomore forward Charity Page added 10 points and five rebounds.  Junior Taylor Hill scored eight points for SAGU.  Hill also had seven assists.  Senior Kassy Cox led SAGU in rebounding, bringing in 15 for the game.

On Thursday, January 29, SAGU will host Texas Wesleyan University.  TWU is currently 14-6 overall and 5-3 in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- January 23, 2015- The #2 team in the NAIA, Oklahoma City University (OCU), had a convincing win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), 94-43.  The Lady Lions are now 10-9 overall and 1-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  OCU is 12-1 overall and 7-0 in the SAC.  OCU’s only loss came from Langston University early in the season.

SAGU sophomore Bethany Krock led the Lady Lions in scoring with eight points.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey added seven points and had three assists.  Junior Taylor Hill and senior Kasey Cox each had six points.

OCU’s Rateska Brown went 6-11 from the 3 point line and scored 31 points for the Stars.

The Lady Lions don’t have a lot of time to recover, as they head to Shawnee, Oklahoma on Saturday, January 24 th , to take on Southwestern Christian at 3:00pm.  SCU is 3-4 in the SAC and 7-12 overall.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
EadoyiRS Junior Emmanuel Adoyi scored 14 points against OCU Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- January 23, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team fell to Oklahoma City University (OCU), 62-65.  The Lions are now 13-6 for the season and 3-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).

For the first half, the game remained close.  With eight-minutes remaining, junior Emmanuel Adoyi hit a three point shot extending SAGU’s lead by 10.  That was the biggest lead the Lions held for the night.  With one-second left in the first half, OCU’s Evan White sunk a 3-point shot, cutting SAGU’s lead to three.  Going into half-time SAGU was up 33-30.

The Lions kept the lead throughout much of the second half.  With seven-minutes left in the game, OCU senior Gary Inglett scored and was fouled in the process.  With Inglett’s made free throw, OCU took the lead.

With less than one-minute left, SAGU was trailing 63-54.  SAGU forced an OCU turnover and Adoyi sunk a three, cutting the lead to six.  With seven-seconds left, Rishaad Alexander made 2-of-3 free throws, and cut OCU’s lead, 64-59.  OCU’s Tharone Chilton made a free-throw with five-seconds left on the clock.  At the buzzer, Alexander hit a three, leaving SAGU three-points behind.  The final score was 65-62.

SAGU’s Alexander led in scoring with 19 points.  Junior Marcus Price scored 15 points and had six rebounds.  Adoyi added 14 points and seven rebounds.

On Saturday, SAGU takes on Southwestern Christian University at 5pm in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  SCU is 5-10 overall and 1-6 in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
volleyball-all-academicRS Waxahachie, Texas- January 21, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) announced the 2014 fall sport’s Academic All-Conference teams and 16 athletes from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) made the list.  To be eligible for the SAC Academic All-Conference team, students must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA during the previous two semesters and are letter winners.

Senior Jessica Giesse, sophomore Faith Hardin, junior Katie Ryan and sophomore Courtney Tobolka made the 2014 Academic All-Conference Volleyball team as presented by Cypress Risk Management.  56 volleyball players made the team from across the SAC.

116 student-athletes have earned their spot on 2014 Academic All-Conference Soccer team as presented by Cypress Risk Management.  Four members from the women’s soccer team and five members from men’s soccer have made the team.  Sophomore Kaylie Cox, junior Emily Jones, sophomore Kristen Lambdin and junior Gloria Lozano made the team for the Lady Lions.  Making the grades for the men were senior Juan Cardenas, junior Danny Castro, senior William Elliott and junior Cesar Espana Quintanilla.

For the Cross Country team, three SAGU athletes earned their spot on the 2014 Academic All-Conference Cross Country team as presented by Cypress Risk Management.  Sophomore Jose Campos, freshman Luke Flattery and sophomore Destiny Garza  were listed.  49 cross country runners made the list for the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Alexander Junior Rishaad Alexander Waxahachie, Texas- January 21, 2015- The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) has announced the Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week and Rishaad Alexander of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) has won the honor.

Alexander is a 5’10 junior guard from Chicago, Ill.  He averaged 19.5 points and 3.5 assists in two games as SAGU upset #7 Oklahoma Baptist (63-60) while on the road and then beat John Brown (84-81) at home.  Alexander shot better than 74% (14-of-19) in those two games.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick is proud of Alexander’s performance, as well as the entire team, “Our team had a great week going 2-0. We like to think of all honors as team awards. That is our team's second Player of the Week this year. Rishaad is very unselfish and it is good to see that rewarded.”

Next up for the Lions is Oklahoma City University (6-6) on Thursday, January 22 nd .  You can watch the game live HERE .  Radio and live stats will also be provided.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – January 15, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Michelle Garland has been selected as the new Children’s Ministries Director for the North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God.

Michelle and her husband, Michael, have been married for 11 years and have two daughters: Ava, 7; and Emma, 6. Michael and Michelle were both recently on staff at Radiant Church in Surprise, Arizona .

The Children’s Ministry at Radiant Church was one of the largest in the Arizona District and also helped Radiant Church to be recognized on Outreach Magazine’s Largest Church” list in 2011 and “ one of the 25 most innovative churches in America .” Michelle was also an integral part of the District Children’s Ministry team serving in many roles including speaking at District Kids Camps .

She is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God ; has her bachelor’s degree from SAGU in Church Ministry; and M.A. in Counseling from Northern Arizona University . She also continues to serve as an adjunct instructor at Rio Salado College in Tempe in Counseling and Personal Development.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Waxahachie, Texas- January 17, 2015- It was neck-and-neck in the final seconds, but the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team pulled out a win over John Brown University (11-7) with a final score of 84-81.

SAGU (12-5) and JBU are now both 3-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  Mid-America Christian University is in the lead with a SAC record of 5-1.  Currently, five schools in the SAC are nationally ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA. SAGU is receiving votes.

Junior Rishaad Alexander led the Lions with a season high 27 points.  Alexander had an impressive night of shooting, going 10-of-13 from the floor, 3-of-4 for 3pointers, and 4-for-4 from the line.  He also had three steals and two assists.  Senior Jonathan Walter scored 16 points.  Juniors Jason Gentry and Marcus Price both added five rebounds.

JBU’s Max Hopfgartner scored an impressive 29 points.  At 6’9 he has an unassuming outside shot, going five-for-eight in 3pointers.  Another of JBU’s post players, 6’5 Griffin Brady, went three-for-six on 3pointers, scoring 15 points overall.

SAGU is back in action on Monday when Dallas Christian College comes to town.  Tip-off for the men’s game is at 8:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
CharityPageJBRS Sophomore Charity Page led the Lady Lions in scoring and rebounding against John Brown University Waxahachie, Texas- January 17, 2015- John Brown University women’s basketball team (7-10) defeated Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), 52-43.  SAGU is now 1-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) and JBU is 2-4.

At half-time the Lady Lions were behind 32-17.  SAGU rallied and outscored the Golden Eagles in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the victory.

SAGU sophomore Charity Page led in scoring and rebounding.  She had 13 points and eight rebounds.  Senior Kassy Cox added 10 points and junior Taylor Hill had nine.  Sophomore Alexis McAfee had four steals for the Lady Lions.

JBU’s Sofia Mendoza had 17 points for the Golden Eagels.  Morgan Ankrom pulled in eight rebounds for the contest.

Dallas Christian College will come to town to take on SAGU, Monday, January 19 th .  Game-time is 6:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – January 9, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Tom Ferguson received a grant to attend the 30th International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics in Ghent, Belgium , in July of 2014.

Ferguson stated, “My thesis advisor urged me to apply for the grant through the University of Minnesota , which was the school that was administering the grant for this country. A few weeks after I applied, I was notified that I had received the $2800 grant to attend, all expenses paid. It was an experience that I will not forget.”

The International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics (ICGTMP) , est. in 1973, is a biennial worldwide event with physicists and mathematicians from over 40 countries in attendance. The ICGTMP website states that it is “…dedicated to the application of symmetry and group theoretical methods in physics, chemistry and mathematics…it aims at bringing together experts and young researchers from
different fields, encouraging cross disciplinary interactions.” The next ICGTMP colloquium will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro .

“The research that I'm doing, particularly in the area of abstract algebra, was one of the key topics of this event. Physicists have been trying for decades to find the ' God Particle ' in particle physics research through atom smashers, and the mathematics that is needed to make those calculations are in the branch of abstract algebra,” Ferguson explained.

“It was only until the 1950's that our predecessors realized that their extensive calculations complemented each other and were working towards the same goal,” Ferguson said. “It's events like these that are meant to form partnerships between mathematicians and physicists alike to work and solve complex projects together.”

Ferguson graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Two years later, he attained a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in Mathematics. In 2008, Ferguson left a career of 24 years in the business world to teach mathematics classes at SAGU , and since then has played a major role in the development of the new mathematics programs offered at SAGU . This February, he will complete his Ph.D. in pure mathematics, a fact that made him a prime candidate
for this grant.

“It was interesting to hear the awe in Mr. Yuji Tachikawa's voice, the man who won the Hermann Weyl Prize for 2014, as he described the details of his research,” Ferguson concluded. “Of course, he was coming from an atheistic point of view, but he was amazed at how it all worked. I know that it's the Lord's doing, but they just can't see Him and His footprints in creation…yet.”

For more information, visit the CGTMP website
here: http://www.group30.ugent.be/ or contact Tom Ferguson at [email protected] .

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie,
Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
IMG 0218e Copy Waxahachie, Texas- January 16, 2015- For the first time in 12 years, Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team has a new head coach.  Current offensive coordinator Frank Tristan has taken over the reins of SAGU football.  The announcement was made after Athletic Director Jesse Godding stepped down as Head Football Coach to focus only on the administrative position.

“Upon learning of Coach Godding’s decision, the university determined to explore all viable options, both within the current staff and without,” explains SAGU President Kermit Bridges, “Several qualified individuals emerged as candidates, but the SAGU administration was unanimous in its selection of Frank Tristan.”

Tristan has led the SAGU offense for the past three seasons, as well as coaching the offensive line in 2007.  Tristan is excited for the opportunity to lead the Lions, “I feel like this job is the best of both worlds.  I love coaching the game of football, but ultimately I want to train young men to be strong Christians, good dads and husbands and future leaders.

Tristan came to SAGU from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri.  At Kickapoo, Tristan was the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs.  He’s also spent time at Hillcrest High School and Evangel University, also in Springfield.

Godding believes Tristan was an ideal candidate for the job, “What will make Coach Tristan a success is his love for God, love for SAGU, and desire to build relationships with players that result in life-long changes for the young men he coaches.  I am confident that the football program at SAGU is in very capable hands and will thrive with Frank at the helm.”

As a defensive end at Evangel University, Tristan was a two-time Heart of America all-conference player.  His senior year he was named as an Honorable Mention All-American.  In his junior season, he helped to lead the Crusaders to an 11-1 record.  Tristan was a four-year letterman in football and baseball for Evangel.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


RAlexanderRS Junior Rishaad Alexander led SAGU in scoring, along with Marcus Price, with 12 points Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- January 16, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball team came up with a huge win against Oklahoma Baptist University (14-3).  It was close into the final seconds of the game, but SAGU topped the Bison 63-60.  OBU is ranked #7 in the nation in NAIA.

“The funny thing is nobody sticks out statistically when you look at the box score, but we won the small battles like offensive rebounds and defensive field goal percentage,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “Not sure we understood the importance of those battles until practice this past week. We prepared and worked hard and it paid off. It usually does.”

Juniors Marcus Price and Rishaad Alexander both scored 12 points for SAGU.  Junior Jason Gentry and senior Jonathan Walter each added 11 points for the Lions.  Price also had 10 rebounds, five of those being offensive rebounds.

OBU struggled shooting three-pointers.  They were 3-for-21 at 14%.

SAGU is now 2-3 in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) while OBU is 3-2 in the SAC.  Bostwick knows how important this win was for the Lions, “Any win against one of Doug Tolin's teams is a great win. He is one of the best college coaches in America. Not only that but he is a class act.”

On Saturday January 17, 2015 SAGU hosts John Brown University (11-6) at 3:00pm.  JBU is coming off an upset over #17 Texas Wesleyan University.  They beat TWU 85-78.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
CoachGoddingRS Waxahachie, Texas- January 15, 2015- Jesse Godding announced Thursday his decision to step down as Head Football Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU).  Godding will remain as SAGU Athletic Director.  Since June of 2011, Godding has served in the dual roles of athletic director and head football coach.

“Under Coach Godding’s leadership the SAGU football program has experienced a complete turnaround from a one-win club and last in conference to a conference co-championship, consistent .500 seasons, and competitive in all its games,” says President Kermit Bridges.

The expansion of the athletic director role and SAGU’s growing athletic department, as well as personal commitments were listed as catalysts for Godding’s decision.   SAGU and Godding also realized the necessity for a coach fully committed coach to the football program.

President Bridges is pleased that Godding will stay in a leadership role for SAGU, “As Athletic Director, Jesse has provided guidance in the success and development of all our varsity programs and we are so grateful to know we will continue to benefit from his capable leadership in this capacity.”
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Godding became the leader of SAGU football in 2002, becoming the fifth head coach in four years for the infant football program.  The past thirteen years has seen growth in multiple areas in the program both on and off the field.  Facilities, roster and staff size, changes in scholarship structure, continued academic expansion, and administrative support have all resulted in the competitive growth of the program during Godding’s tenure at SAGU.

Godding credits his assistant coaches and players over the years as critical to any success SAGU Football has accrued.  “The loyalty of players and coaches to this program and SAGU has always impacted me deeply.  In the early years here multiple reasons existed for players and coaches to view SAGU as a dead-end for playing and coaching.  Their capacity and desire to persist at SAGU laid the foundation for a competitive program.  The current players and coaches remain dedicated and loyal to the program and the reason has more to do with the type of institution we are part of than any personality involved with the program.”

SAGU has named offensive coordinator, Frank Tristan, as head coach.  Since 2012 Tristan has served as offensive coordinator when he returned to SAGU where he had previously been offensive line coach in 2007.  Press release will follow.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
RESIDENTIAL LIFE

Administrative Assistant
Level G-04
Salary Range: $10.00 – $18.00 per hour

Institutional Mission:
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function:
The Administrative Assistant facilitates all Residential Life needs that fall under housing as well as assists the Dean of Students with day-to-day operations of student dorms.

Major Responsibilities
¨        Responsible for all housing functions of the Residential Life Office (room placement, roommate matching, billing, meal plan selection, meal plan reports, off campus rosters, etc.)
¨        Assist Dean of Students with overall physical aspects of dorms.
¨        Oversees work order issues and overall maintenance of dorms.
¨        Prepares weekly occupancy and retention reports for University Administration.
¨        Acts as a primary point of contact for students and parents regarding housing placement, concerns, and issues.
¨        Assists with outside events and camps during the summer while being the primary contact for housing for the Assistant Dean of Students.
¨        Assist Dean of Students with planning and implementation of RA In-Service.
¨        Understand and provide training of software programs and procedures for Dean, Resident Hall Directors, and Work Study students.
¨        Works with the Vice President for Student Services in developing and maintaining the relationship between SAGU and parents of SAGU students.

Qualifications:
¨        Bachelor’s degree in Business field preferred, but not required.
¨        Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, and experience with various graphical programs and Internet Explorer.  Experience with Crystal Reports and mail merge is a plus.
¨        High degree of personal initiative and motivation.
¨        Organizational skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, and data entry skills.
¨        Ability to accomplish multiple tasks effectively and efficiently in short periods of time.
¨        Self-motivated / able to work alone and with a team.


Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .


FLSA
Non-exempt

ADMISSIONS

Admissions Specialist
Level S-05
Salary Range:  $910 to $1,510 Bi-Weekly Salary

Institutional Mission
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Role
In consultation with the Director for Online Admissions, the Admissions Specialist is the primary evaluator of college transcripts for prospective on-campus and online undergraduate students.

Responsibilities:
  • Evaluate transcripts for on-campus and online students (both official and unofficial) from other universities/colleges.
  • Develop degree plans for both online and on campus prospective undergraduate students.
  • Maintain system to track and document incoming transcripts.
  • Provide in-office admissions support to Admissions Counselors via phone and email communication with prospective students.
  • Assist in course selection/registration of new online students.

Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university is highly preferred. Experience in higher education is a plus.
·         A strong attention to detail is essential. Must be able to consistently meet deadlines.
·         Must possess a strong working knowledge of MS Excel (MS Access is a plus).
·         Candidate must demonstrate strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with staff, faculty and prospective students.
·         Candidate must possess strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently.

Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .

FLSA
Exempt
RishaadAlexanderRS Junior Rishaad Alexander led the Lions in scoring against Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas- January 10, 2015- Wayland Baptist University (WBU) men’s basketball team (14-1) improved to 1 st in the Sooner Athletic Conference after a 95-72 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU).  Currently, WBU is ranked #15 in the NAIA and SAGU is #25.

“I was very pleased with our guys focus and preparation for the game. We executed the first 15 minutes of the game as well as any team I have ever coached. I saw signs of what I believe this team is capable of,” says Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

In the first half, SAGU was up by as much as 10 points.  Wayland was able to cut the Lions lead to two going into halftime.

Despite leading for the first half of the game and giving up that lead, Bostwick believes Wayland deserved to win, “Wayland is just playing some great basketball right now. I said it before the game and I will repeat it now, I believe they are a top 5 NAIA team.  We simply got beat by a better team today.”

Junior Rishaad Alexander led SAGU in scoring with 15 points.  Senior Caleb Feemster and junior Jason Gentry both added 12 points.  Senior Jonathan Walter grabbed seven rebounds.  Junior Emmanuel Adoyi and Gentry both had six rebounds.

“I know it is hard to believe but I believe today's loss was a step forward for our team,” says Bostwick, “We did some good things before having to change our style of play once getting behind.”

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Oklahoma Baptist University (13-1) will host SAGU.  OBU is currently ranked #8 in the NAIA.  The Bison are also ranked #2 behind WBU in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Plainview, Texas- January 10, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team (9-6) fell to Wayland Baptist University (7-6), 71-60.

WBUResize Junior Taylor Hill looks to pass to freshman Ebony Colbert against Wayland Baptist defenders (Photo courtesy of WBU) The Lady Lions fell behind by 20 going into halftime.  In the first half, SAGU shot only 23% (8-34) from the floor.

“This afternoon we got off to a slow start both offensively and defensively.  The second half was another story.  We made adjustments on offense and began to open up scoring opportunities,” says SAGU Head Coach Arlon Beadles.

With the second half adjustments, SAGU improved to 57% (12-21) from the floor.  Sophomore Charity Page led the Lady Lions, going 5-for-5 in shooting and 8-for-9 from the line.  Page ended with 18 points and six rebounds.  Senior Kassy Cox had 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Sophomore Monica Dorsey and Junior Taylor Hill both added 11 points.

On Thursday, January 10, 2015, SAGU travels to take on nationally ranked Oklahoma Baptist University.  OBU is ranked #5 in the NAIA and are currently 11-2 overall.   OBU is #2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas- January 9, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team lost a Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) game to St. Gregory’s University, 65-61.  The Lady Lions are now 9-5 for the season, 1-2 in the SAC.

The Lady Lions fell behind early in the game.  At halftime, SGU led 34-24.  SAGU outscored the Cavaliers by six in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to end with a win.

Junior Taylor Hill had 15 points for SAGU.  Senior Kassy Cox pulled another double/double.  Cox had 14 points and 12 rebounds.  Sophomore forward Charity Page also had a big night, she had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

SAGU travels to Plainview, Texas to take on Wayland Baptist University on Saturday, January 10.  WBU is 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the SAC.  Tip-off is at 1:00pm.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
WalterSGURS Senior Jonathan Walter led SAGU with 16 points. Walter is the team's leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game. Waxahachie, Texas- January 9, 2015- In the first game back from an extended Christmas break, St. Gregory’s University (SGU) beat Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), 67-64.  SAGU, who is ranked #25 in the NAIA, is now 10-4.

“In some ways it felt like we were starting the year over again as we had a long break and have added three important players to our team,” explains Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, “We have to find a way to win games, while improving.”

The Cavaliers (6-4) quickly gained the lead in the game and kept it for the entirety.  At halftime, SGU was ahead 36-26.  By the final few minutes of the game, SAGU cut the lead to a basket but in the end, they couldn’t finish on top.

Senior Jonathon Walter led the Lions in scoring with 16 points.  Junior’s Marcus Price and Jason Gentry both added nine points.  Junior Emmanuel Adoyi pulled in nine rebounds.  Gentry had seven rebounds.

SGU’s Marty Wilkerson is the leading scorer in the NAIA and he only added to his numbers against SAGU.  Wilkerson had 21 points.  He averages 24 points a game.

Currently, the Lions are 1-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.  Despite the record, Bostwick says it only takes one win to get back on track, “Right now we are still one game out of first and one game out of last. We focus everything on Wayland Baptist and improving. They are probably the best team in the SAC right now.”

Wayland Baptist is 2-1 in the SAC and 13-1 overall.  WBU is ranked #15 in the NAIA.  Game time is at 3:00pm on Saturday, January 10, 2014.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
Waxahachie, Texas – December 18, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor and alumna Amy George was selected to write a poem for the Seedbed Publishing’s new 25-day advent reader “ Not Yet Christmas: It's Time for Advent , ” edited by J.D. Walt .

George explained, “It was definitely a God-given opportunity. Dr. Ben Witherington of A sbury Theological Seminary reviewed my book “ Desideratum ” that released in 2013. Afterwards, he put me in touch with J.D. Walt , an editor at Seedbed Publishing , to see if he would be interested in my work.”

After reading her book, Walt contacted George and asked if she would write a poem for their advent reader, and she agreed wholeheartedly.

George graduated from SAGU in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Church Ministries. She then completed a master's degree in Creative Writing from National University . Upon completion of her masters, she returned to SAGU as a professor and is pursuing a doctorate degree.

Seedbed Publishing approached George in the summer of 2013 to write the poem ” Among Us ” for the devotional. George shared, “This was such a unique project for me to be a part of. Although this was my third collaborative project, it was my first time to work with fellow Christian authors on a topic like this.” She continued, “Advent is a unique church tradition, so it was interesting to have a chance to be a part of a publication that celebrates it.”

Seedbed's website states that “…This twenty-five day reader offers an opportunity for individuals, groups, and communities to get on the same page in preparation for the season of Christmas . When the church reclaims Advent, the culture will behold Christmas .”

For more information contact [email protected]

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas . The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Waxahachie, Texas – January 5, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Karen F. Norton released a daily devotional companion to the One Year Chronological Bible (NIV) 2011 Edition entitled “Connections” published by WestBow Press on October 29, 2014. The devotional connects the Old and New Testament , shows the relevancy of the Testaments to today and acts as a one-year Bible reading resource.

Norton said, “It is my desire to encourage people to become lifelong students of God’s Word. Some people attempt to read the Bible front to back and never finish. The devotional helps achieve their goal. It also reiterates that God's truths and principles remain the same throughout time.”

Norton began her SAGU education part-time in 2001 while working full-time as an associate pastor at Lufkin First Assembly . In 2006, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries/Christian Education . Her daughters Jamie Norton Lund and Janet Norton Yancey also graduated from SAGU in 1998 and 2000.

One of Norton's inspirations for the book was her oldest daughter Jamie, who had served as a missionary to Northern Asia for 12 years until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in spring of 2011.

Norton shared, “I had never thought of writing a book until Jamie’s diagnosis. When God took Jamie to heaven on November 17, 2012, I began writing Jamie’s biography ‘ Mom, God's Got This! on January 1, 2014, but it was so difficult that I couldn’t finish it.” She continued, “That’s when God impressed upon me to write a devotional first.”

“God gave me the idea for the devotional just six months earlier, so, with the Holy Spirit's help as my number one encourager and Gene as a close second, I wrote it. ‘Connections’ was completed on August 5, 2014.” Jamie's biography will be published later this year.

“Connections” is available in hardback, soft cover and as an ebook.
Click here to purchase the devotional.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.​
KassyCoxReboundRS Senior Kassy Cox led in scoring and rebounds against JCC, pulling in 16 rebounds and scoring 17 points Hawkins, Texas- January 7, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) women’s basketball team improved to 9-4 after beating Jarvis Christian College, 74-62. Going into halftime the game was tied 31-31.   SAGU is now ranked 7 th nationally in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national poll.

The game was dominated by SAGU’s inside game.  Senior center Kassy Cox had a huge game with 17 points and 16 rebounds.  Sophomore forward Laken Ward added 16 points and 14 rebounds.  Sophomore forward Charity Page had 10 points and eight rebounds for the night.

For JCC, Porsche Gavin led the team in scoring with 15 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Lions will resume Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday, January 8 th at 6:00pm when St. Gregory’s University (1-10) comes to Waxahachie.  The game will be broadcast live on SAGU.tv .  Thursday night is also Ellis County Night.  Ellis County residents are able to get into the game free with an I.D.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]
ADMISSIONS
Associate Director for On-Campus Admissions
Level – S-06
Salary Range:  $1,160 to $1,835 Bi-Weekly


Institutional Mission:
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function:
In consultation with the Assistant Dean for Admissions, the Associate Director for On-Campus Admissions is primarily responsible for the management of the admissions team production, managing and coordinating larger recruitment team events, insuring daily and weekly organizational goals are met by the on-campus admissions team and maintaining the overall management of specified Admission services.


Major Responsibilities:

·         Assists the Assistant Dean for Admissions in establishing admissions team priorities, functional operation and production.
·         Insures that daily and weekly organizational goals are met.
·         Maintains the overall management of specified Admissions services such as campus-visit events, the campus visit experience, etc.
·         Maintains substantial knowledge of the admissions process and key office-wide procedures.
·         Conducts research and prepares statistical reports and spreadsheets for the Assistant Dean.
·         Manages the production of the Assistant for Guest Relations and the On-Campus Admissions Assistant.
·         Develops and refines an annual admissions recruitment strategy.
·         These duties may be subject to change at any time, due to reasonable accommodations or other reasons.





Qualifications:


·         A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
·         Must be able to supervise, train and monitor Admissions employee performance.
·         Experience in Admissions is preferable.
·         Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with students, staff, faculty and prospective students.
·         Candidate must demonstrate strong written communication skills.
·         A strong customer service orientation is essential.
·         Must possess strong organizational and time-management skills with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks concurrently, as well as, being a self-starter.
·         Must be flexible and adapt quickly to changing priorities.

Email: [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .


FLSA
Exempt
Waxahachie, Texas- January 5, 2015- All of those living in Ellis County have a free night of great basketball ahead of you. Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will host Ellis County Night on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  All Ellis County citizens gain free admission to the games with an I.D.

The men’s and women’s teams will host a conference game against St. Gregory’s University (SGU).  The women play at 6:00pm, with the men following at 8:00pm.  Groups and sports teams are welcomed.

The Lady Lions are currently 8-4 overall.  They have a 1-1 record in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC).  SGU is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the SAC.

SAGU men’s team is currently ranked number 23 in the NAIA national poll.  The Lions are 10-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  SGU is also 1-1 in the SAC and with a record of 5-5 overall.

SAGU plays all home games at the Sheaffer Center.  SAGU is located at 1200 Sycamore Street in Waxahachie.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

USTTaylorRS Houston, Texas- January 4, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) ladies basketball team was back in action after Christmas break, beating University of St. Thomas-Houston (6-6) in overtime, 66-60.

At halftime St. Thomas had a convincing lead over SAGU, 38-22.  In the second half, the tables turned and the Lions were able to take control for the rest of the game.

SAGU junior Taylor Hill led with 25 points.  Sophomore Laken Ward and senior Kassy Cox each had nine points.  Cox was also strong on the boards, pulling down 19 rebounds.  Ward added nine rebounds.

Junior Tannon Slater led The Celts in scoring with 15 points.  Sophomore Chante Jefferson had nine rebounds.

On Tuesday, January 6, 2014 The Lady Lions will travel to play Jarvis Christian College (1-6).  Earlier in the season SAGU beat Jarvis 62-56.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

Teacher Education

Administrative Assistant

Level G-04

Salary Range:  $10 – $18 Hourly

Institutional Mission
The purpose of Southwestern Assemblies of God University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally so as to successfully fill evangelistic, missionary and church ministry roles and to provide quality educational and professional Christian service wherever needed throughout the world.

Primary Function

The Administrative Assistant I provides support to the Education Department as needed.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordinating all aspects of field experience and student teaching practicums.  This full-time staff position provides assistance to the Director of Teacher Education.  The Administrative Assistant 1 reports and is directly responsible to the Director of Teacher Education.

Major Responsibilities
  • Maintains and updates student records for undergraduate education majors
  • Assigns and monitors field experience for Teacher Education students, including placement, paperwork for Criminal Background Checks, and scheduling
  • Communicates via phone, e-mail and letters with cooperating local districts and participants of field experience
  • Assists the Director of Teacher Education as needed
  • Communicates via phone, e-mail and letters with cooperating SDE field experience participants and their districts
  • Communicates requirements and deadlines for Education Program
  • Tracks education majors for progress toward student teaching
  • Assigns and monitors student teaching experience, including placement, paperwork for Criminal Background Checks, and correspondence
  • Corresponds with school districts regarding job opportunities

Organizational Relationship
  • Reports and is directly accountable to the Director Teacher Education

Qualifications
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Excellent computer and word processing skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Teaching background or experience preferred
  • Good public relation skills
  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, administrators, and students
  • Skilled in working with databases including exporting of data and generating reports
  • Detail and multi-task oriented
  • Ability to grasp instructions quickly


Contact :  Human Resources at [email protected]

Application Process: Applications are available in the Human Resources office or one can be downloaded and printed at www.sagu.edu/employment .  All 4 pages of the application, the President’s Letter and the Background Check page must be completed before the applicant will be considered for employment.  Incomplete forms will not be accepted.  Your resume may be included when submitting the application to the Human Resources Office.  An online application is also available at https://sagu.wufoo.com/forms/application-for-employment/ .


FLSA
Non-exempt
Waxahachie, Texas – November 11, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Teacher Education Department hosted the first annual Teacher's Exposition for local Ellis County Independent School Districts on November 3, 2014.

The program featured several superintendent speakers, such as Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Jerome Stewart, Red Oak ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Niven and Waxahachie ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. They shared their passion for their schools and how they use Christian faith and values to stay dedicated to their students' futures.

Dr. LaShera McElhany, assistant professor of education at SAGU , attended the event and thought it was a success. “The ISD Expo was a great way for our students to connect with local districts on an administrative level and hear the 'heartbeat' of the school districts via the superintendents. Our students were able to connect and network with local districts and see the passion for education exhibited by the superintendents.”

She continued, “We are aggressively seeking ways to expand our students’ understanding of the daily business of education and to help them build connections with district officials.”

SAGU students were able to attend the conference, and many felt that the whole experience helped them grow as future teachers. SAGU student Faith Harden said, “The superintendents spoke on how they look for a teacher's passion more than anything else in an interview.”

Carina Cazares, another SAGU student, said, “Beforehand I had a good understanding of my passion, but when the superintendents shared their passions, values and what their schools are all about, it set my passion on fire.”

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
MattLighter Freshman Matt Lighter was named 1st Team Defense Waxahachie, Texas- December 28, 2014- Three Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football players have been named to the 2014 All-National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Football Team.  Freshman Matt Lighter was named to the 1 st team defense.  Senior Peter Akorikin made the 2 nd team offense and sophomore Ethan Eastwood received an honorable mention.

Defensive lineman Matt Lighter, from Katy, Texas, led the team in sacks with 4.5 for the season.  He also had nine tackles for loss, and averaged three tackles per game.  SAGU Head Coach Jesse Godding is impressed with the performance of Lighter, “This is a tremendous honor for Matt and SAGU.  Matt is a terrific young man who works hard every play.  I am happy that his talent and effort as a football player has been recognized.”

PeterAkorikin