Welcome back to campus! (Or if you are new to UMHB, welcome to campus!)
I hope that each of you has had a great summer. I have had a chance to visit with many of your professors and members of the campus staff as they have been preparing for your return, and I know that they are as excited as I am about welcoming you back to our learning community.
It has been a busy summer on our campus, with lots of people hustling to finish construction of Garner Hall (the new apartment complex on University Drive) in time for the fall semester. Our faculty and staff members have been busy preparing for the largest freshman class in the history of UMHB. We all are very excited about being a part of your academic journey.
The world has never been more in need of Mary Hardin-Baylor graduates, and your faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you with opportunities for leadership, service, and faith-informed decision making as you pursue your degree.
As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage each of you to get involved this fall in the many activities available on our campus. Resolve to try something new — go yell with the Couch Cru at a football game, take in a musical production, attend a lecture on a topic outside your usual field of interest. There is no better time than now to expand your horizons, and no better place to do it than the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
I feel certain that this is going to be a great year at UMHB, and I’m glad that each of you is here to share it with us. Welcome home!
-Randy O’Rear, Ed.D.