2012 Year in Review

Unfortunately for the Mayans and anyone with a bunker full of unneeded food, we’re still alive. 2012 didn’t end in tsunamis and earthquakes, but many changes did rock UMHB over the course of the year.

The lengthy list of construction for the campus master plan received quite a few check marks. Groundbreaking for the $50 million football stadium and student union building became a historic event for the university.

“By itself, the new state-of-the-art student union building would transform the student life experience on campus,” President Dr. Randy O’Rear said. “However, its unique design in tandem with and overlooking the new home for Crusader football will redefine our campus community.”

The structure will include a dining hall, grill, sports hall, Starbucks, Chick-fi l-A and all of the other services the SUB now offers. Looking ahead at the new year, the development of this building, thanks to a record donation by the Drayton McLane family, will greatly impact the school.

The Rec Plex relocated, providing students with more recreation opportunities, fields and courts. Also joining the list is the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, which provides students with more work space and tools to encourage Cru artistry. Cummins Field House opened, which will help in the process of recruiting athletes when the stadium reaches completion.

Another historic moment occurred at the birthplace of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The ownership of Old Baylor Park in Independence, Texas, was returned to UMHB and Baylor University. Now the schools plan on refurbishing the historic site as a reminder of where both universities began.

Along with new building additions, the university also hosted a variety of speakers last year, from David Murphy of the Texas Rangers to Kimberly Spradlin, winner of Survivor: One World, inspirational speaker Jinny Henson and more. They sought to inspire change in students with their personal testimonies. Henson motivated a first at UMHB — Maggie Lee for Good Day, where each person was encouraged to do one good deed.

Murphy summed up the messages of these leaders of faith.

He said, “You don’t have to be the most well educated, well spoken person to talk about Jesus and tell people about Jesus. You just have to have the right heart and be willing to do the work that God wants you to do.”

Students and administration improved policy and processes as well. The Student Government Association made progress on a bill to ease the transition into college for non-traditional students.

Changes in the housing process made applying for residency much easier for students and will make things faster and simpler for the Residence Life staff.

Welcome Week leaders participated in a revised peer mentoring program that better equipped them to lead students.

Student Organizations chartered Freedom Movement, a group dedicated to fighting human traffi cking, while the university’s literary journal the Baylorian celebrated its 100th year.

Traditions were revisited as well. The sophomore class won Stunt Night, Crusader Knights became heartthrobs, and Miss MHB produced a new winner, Kat Pasichnyk. There were also a few firsts,
like “Own the Night” parking lot dance, a student-led activity that became a regular for Thursday night two-steppers.

In the world of football, the Giants trumped the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, the Cru went deep in the playoffs and former Crusader Jarrell Freeman signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Lacrosse hit the field for the first time as an official league sport, competing in games with other universities.

“Our team will continue as long as there are players that are willing to be proactive and play,” sophomore psychology major Jonas Lanier said.

Not only was it a big year for the purple and gold. The U.S. elected President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for a second term. Also, Kony 2012, a video aimed at bringing an African warlord
to justice, dominated social media and made Kony a household name.

On television, Americans watched as Michael Phelps prevailed in the pool in the London Summer Olympics.

The Hunger Games hit the big screen and set a new standard for the movie industry.

Fans left unsatisfied and begging for the sequel, which will release late next November.

With such an eventful year in the books, the new one has a lot to live up to.

2013, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Author: Katelyn Holm

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