Glad you are here

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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor! Whether you are a new student experiencing college life for the first time, or a returning upperclassman back on campus after summer break, we are so glad you are here.

Over the past few weeks, the UMHB campus has been alive with energy as we anticipated the arrival of our biggest group of students the university has ever seen. Faculty and staff alike have been eager to see you and kick off the 2011-2012 school year.

Many changes have taken place over the past few months. We have a beautiful new apartment complex, Farris Hall, on University Drive, as well as construction set to begin soon on the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts and the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center.

We also anticipate breaking ground on the new football stadium and student union building, which will include a new band hall, in January.

However, even though there are physical and structural changes taking place, the heart of Mary Hardin-Baylor remains the same through our mission of preparing students for leadership, service and faith-informed discernment in a global society, and visions of UMHB being the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.

As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you on our campus.

The fall atmosphere on campus is electric – there is always something going on. Go to as many activities as you are able, and immerse yourself in the Crusader traditions.

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 am excited about our future here at UMHB and excited that our future is you. Welcome!

Randy O’Rear, Ed.D.
University President

Author: The Bells Staff

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