UMHB’s 10-year Transformation

If you have been on the internet or social media recently, then you have probably noticed the new trend called the “10-Year Challenge.”

People are posting a photo of themselves from ten years ago next to a current photo to show how their look and personal style have evolved over time.

Just like the individuals in these personal comparative photos, the UMHB campus has also seen many changes in the last 10 years. Since 2009, several new buildings have been added to campus to accommodate academics, athletics, visual and performing arts and residence life. There is also a new parking lot.

The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, named after Eula Mae and John Baugh, opened in the fall of 2012. The art department had outgrown its home in the basement of Presser Hall, creating a need for a new building solely for the visual arts.

Located across the street from the Mabee Student Success Center, the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts has accommodations for all types of art, including studios for painting, drawing and ceramics, as well as computer design labs and an art gallery.

The Scott and White College of Nursing at UMHB has grown substantially in the last 10 years, presenting the need for a building for all things medical.

Construction workers build the new stadium in 2013. Before the stadium was built, UMHB’s football team played at Belton High School’s football field.


Dedicated in 2013, the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center brought a new look to campus.

Thanks to generous donations, including a leading contribution from the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, the three-story building was designed to include classrooms, offices and a simulation hospital equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

One of the greatest and most recognizable additions to UMHB is Bawcom Student Union and Crusader Stadium.

This two-year construction project resulted in a new main hub for student activity on campus.

In Bawcom, you can find students enjoying a meal in the dining hall, studying with friends, buying supplies at the bookstore or practicing their instruments in Farris Band Hall.

In addition to several offices and conference rooms, each floor has a panoramic view of Crusader Stadium.

This 8,000-seat stadium was the first football field on campus, providing a permanent home field for the Cru.

In 2017, a dream was turned into a reality when the first performing arts center at UMHB was opened.

The Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is outfitted with rooms used to host theater productions, ensemble performances, dance recitals and other performing arts events.

The Baugh Performance Hall occupies the main portion of the building. It seats 524 audience members in front of a multipurpose performance stage equipped with an orchestra pit and accommodations for theater productions.

Each year, enrollment continues to rise, and the size of the freshman class continuously beats the previous record.

Due to this growing number, there has been a need for more student housing on campus. In 2010, Garner Hall was added to Independence Village, increasing the number of on-campus apartments. In 2011, Farris Hall, which houses 163 students, was completed.

Crusader Stadium was finished later that same year. The Cru played Wesley College for their first game in the new stadium on Sept. 21, 2013.


Most recently, Lord Hall was opened in the fall of2018 with the ability to house 214 students.

This co-ed, three-story dorm is the first on campus to offer key card access for all residential rooms. With the completion of Lord Hall, renovations are set to begin this semester on Stribling Hall, which previously housed female freshman students.

The most recent addition to campus is the large parking lot located on the corner of College Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

This new parking lot provides much-needed space for faculty and commuter students so that they can be closer to their specific buildings.

Remschel Hall Resident Director Julie Barr, class of 2008, shared her thoughts about the changes on campus over the past10 years.

“While the campus has changed a lot, what I love most is that it’s not unrecognizable. It’s still the same place I fell in love with as a 17-year-old high school student. The heart of the campus hasn’t changed. It’s only grown more beautiful and has managed to keep the parts we hold dear to our hearts the same….with maybe a fresh coat of paint.”

These additions are only a few of the improvements that UMHB has experienced over the past 10 years, and students can expect even more great things to come in the school’s future.

Author: Amy Lucas

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