Letter from Dr. O’Rear

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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, a returning upperclassman or a graduate student back on campus after summer break, we are glad you are here. Over the summer, our faculty and staff have been praying for you, preparing for you and anxiously awaiting your arrival. Now that you are here, we are excited to kick off the 2012-2013 school year!

When you look around campus, you will notice many changes have taken place. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, UMHB’s brand new art facility, just opened on the south side of the university. Next door, work continues on the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, while the student union building and the first on-campus home for our football team, Crusader Stadium are rising up out of the ground. The ongoing construction is a physical reminder of the blessings and growth we are experiencing at UMHB, and I am glad you are here to be a part of what promises to be a remarkable year in the life of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

As we start the new semester, I would like to encourage you to get involved in the many activities available to you at UMHB. During the fall, there is always something happening on campus. Go to as many events as you are able, try new activities, enjoy your classes and immerse yourself in the Crusader traditions. It is my hope that when you cross the stage to accept your diploma at the end of your educational journey, you will truly have received an education for life and had the experience of a lifetime.

I am excited about our future here at UMHB, and excited that our future is you. Welcome home, Crusader!


Randy O’Rear, Ed.D.


Author: The Bells Staff

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