Students prepare for summer missions
Apr24

Students prepare for summer missions

Summer break is just a few weeks away, and UMHB students are gearing up for various trips and adventures during their timeoff. Many people choose to spend their time serving others and spreading the love of God with people on summer mission trips. Here are four students’ plans for participating in mission trips this summer and next summer, and why they decided to serve. Robin Ontiveros, sophomore clinical psychology major: “I am going to East Islip, New York! I will be working as a summer recreation staff member with Crossroads Church. Overall, I will spend the whole summer there working with kids through sports ministries. I will have the opportunity to teach them volleyball, soccer and basketball while also having gospel activities. We will also be going out in the community and building relationships with people who may or may not know Christ. I am doing this through GoNow, and it was a completely last minute thing. I had been feeling called to mission for quite some time, but I kept ignoring it. Finally, I met with Mary [Hebison], who is in charge of [the] BSM here on campus, and she told me about GoNow. I prayed about it and felt God telling me to just fill out the application, so I did. He really took hold of everything and placed me in New York. It wasn’t one of my options, but after praying and hearing about it, I knew God was calling me there. I grew up Catholic, and East Islip is [a] majority Catholic community. Even now as I am fundraising and preparing to go this summer, He keeps on leading me and opening doors that seem difficult. I have never done missions before, so God has really been giving me peace, guidance and community through this new journey!” Sarah Ifft, junior public relations major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England in May. This will be thefirst time I’ve ever left the country, so I am very excited about the trip! This will also be the first time I’ve gone on a mission trip, so I am thrilled to see how the Lord will use His team for His glory first hand. The team and I will be going around public schools in the Tees Valley area and sharing our testimonies as well as helping with after-school programs and local churches. We’ll [UMHB] be partnering with Stephen Corner of Big Kids and Mike Taylor of UK-USA ministries.” Alexys Wharton, junior nursing major: “I am going to Middlesbrough, England, and we will be going into schools and sharing the Gospel with children and adults. Only about 3 percent...

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Easter egg decorating ideas
Apr02

Easter egg decorating ideas

Easter is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with the age-old tradition of decorating eggs? If you have been stuck in a rut with your dying methods year after year, you might want to change it up this time. Here are some alternative and unique ways to decorate your eggs that will impress your company this Easter holiday. One of the easiest ways to decorate your eggs is with non-toxic paint. Create outer space-themed eggs by turning each egg into a galaxy filled with planets. Using black, blue, purple and pink, apply the paint with a sponge brush, alternating between colors. When the paint is dry, use a small brush to splatter white paint to create stars. For a more simple but bold look, cover your eggs with metallic or glitter paint. Another fun idea for children to enjoy is giving each egg its own personality by painting faces on them. Paint each egg like a fictional character or model it after one of your family members. To create a more elegant look, use nail polish and water to make the eggs look like marble. Pour one or multiple colors of nail polish into a bowl of water and use a toothpick to make designs in the polish. Then, dip the egg into the polish. A simpler way to decorate your eggs is by gluing on various objects. Adding flowers, feathers or leaves will bring a little piece of nature to your table. To go along with the theme of spring and new life, turn your eggs into little farm animals with a few simple steps. To make a lamb, glue on cotton balls and use a black permanent marker to draw on eyes and a nose. White paper or pipe cleaners can become ears and whiskers to turn a plain white egg into an Easter bunny. Cut ears and a nose from pink felt to make a pig. Yellow paper can be used to create a beak and wings for a chick. If you would like to have the eggs stand on their own as a decoration, cut small pieces of pipe cleaner and glue them on for legs. If you are not a fan of hard boiled eggs, you can still participate in the Easter egg festivities. Make some confetti eggs to smash over your friends’ heads. Crack a small hole on the top of the egg and empty out its contents. After rinsing the eggshell, fill it with confetti and glue a small piece of tissue paper overthe hole. Egg hunts are also a fun activity to get the whole family involved. Decorate...

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Heart of Gold Dance Marathon
Apr02

Heart of Gold Dance Marathon

Student organization Heart of Gold turned McLane Great Hall into a circus full of fun with games, food and dance lessons for their annual Dance Marathon on Friday, March 22. The event is hosted by colleges across the country with the purpose of raising money for children with pediatric illnesses. The idea behind the event is to gather a group of people together to dance for the children who are not able to dance. The Dance Marathon slogan “For the Kids” serves as a reminder of the organization’s purpose. However, the event includes much more than dancing. Also included in this year’s Dance Marathon were carnival games, face painting, a video game tournament and a silent auction. Several entertainers added to the night’s festivities. There were musical performances by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Fredrickson, and a trio of Baylor students called the Spicy Boyz. There was also a juggling contortionist, and a few UMHB students volunteered to dress up as Disney princesses and superheroes for the children. At the top of every hour, members of Impact Dance taught the attendees a three part dance to a mashup of songs from “The Greatest Showman.” Children who are currently undergoing treatment at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple were invited to attend the event and share their stories throughout the night. This year, two nine-year-old girls from the hospital attended the Dance Marathon and represented the children who could not be there. “Dance Marathon was really eye opening,” freshman psychology pre-med major Janeajia Green, who volunteered at the event, said. She said that meeting one of the children from the hospital inspired her. “It was such blessing to be able to make a difference and simply give my time, even if I was not able to give much money. Meeting Ava gave me such an energy boost. I felt like I was meeting my very own superheroes. When I grow up, I want to be just like them, showing people and inspiring them to be more than they can [be],” Green said. Every guest received a hospital bracelet to wear. At the end of the night, two of the children from McLane Children’s Hospital cut the bracelets off of students’ arms. This Dance Marathon tradition is a reminder that attendees are able to take off their bracelets, while these children have to continue wearing theirs as they undergo treatments. At the start of this school year, Heart of Gold set a goal to raise at least $10,000 in donations for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year’s Dance Marathon helped the organization exceed its goal and raise $10,622.28 in total. This money will go toward...

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Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon
Mar20

Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon

UMHB has several organizations that students can get involved with. Heart of Gold is one of these organizations, and it has a unique mission. Members of this group work together with students and members of the community to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Heart of Gold raises most of their money at their annual Dance Marathon, but they also hold several other small events throughout the school year to raise money for these organizations. Senior elementary education major Bria Garner is the co-president of the organization. She gave a brief history of Heart of Gold and how it began. “Heart of Gold was started when a girl named Taylor Helland was diagnosed with cancer her senior year of high school,” she said. “Luckily, she had treatment and was declared cancer-free before she went to school at TCU.” A few years later, Helland’s cancer returned, but she was determined to reach out to other people who were having similar experiences. “She knew that she was not the only one that was going through something like this, and she made it her mission to bring joy to other children who were going through something similar to her,” Garner stated. Helland started Dance Marathon at Texas Christian University, an exciting event created to raise money for children with pediatric illnesses. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer the week before the event. Here at UMHB, a few of her close friends wanted to honor all of her hard work, so they founded Heart of Gold. “All of her friends have now graduated, but Dance Marathon continues to be an event that brings them together either here or at TCU,” Garner said. Dance Marathon is held on college campuses all across the United States to fundraise for local children’s hospitals. On Friday, March 22, Heart of Gold will host their annual Dance Marathon on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union from 5 to 10 p.m. Students and members of the local community are welcome to come and enjoy food, carnival games, dancing, door prizes and trivia alongside young patients from McLane Children’s Hospital. Admittance is only $15, which includes a Dance Marathon T-shirt. If you wish to attend, you can register at www.events.dancemarathon.com or in person at the event. The main purpose of Dance Marathon is to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year, Heart of Gold has set a fundraising goal of $10,000. Other events held by Heart of Gold have included bake sales, hospital visits and gift-themed fundraisers. Members have also participated in various service projects. This year, they have made blankets for...

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Plans and ideas for a fun-filled spring break
Feb27

Plans and ideas for a fun-filled spring break

As this semester continues, students are counting down the days until spring break. This ten-day period is the perfect mid-semester break from the stress of college. Freshman criminal justice and sociology double major Bria Schwartz already has her travel plans laid out. “I’m going to visit my family and grandpa in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I haven’t seen them in over a year,” she said. Junior nursing major Emma Spellings is traveling internationally. “I will be spending spring break in Costa Rica with a team of college students serving the people there, working alongside churches, loving on people and sharing the Gospel. I can’t wait to see what this is going to look like and ultimately see what the Lord is going to have me do,” Spellings said. Freshman elementary education major Bridgette Holak isn’t planning to travel. “I am mostly going to hang out with friends and family and work on driving more so that I can get my drivers license,” she said. Freshman nursing major Haley Lum has a quiet break planned. “I’m excited for a week of fun and relaxation with family and friends,” she said. “I plan on going kayaking, shopping and sleeping a lot.” Senior public relations major Tori Van Hooser plans to go to Galveston with some friends for spring break.“This is my last spring break as a college student, so I’m really excited to spend it with my girlfriends,” Van Hooser said. “We’re going to Surfer Shores and we even rented an Airbnb.” If you have yet to decide what to do on spring break, here are some ideas for a fun and relaxing break: Try to read a whole book. While you’re at college, it isn’t easy to find down time between classes, homework and extracurricular activities. This spring break, when you get a moment away from all of the hustle and bustle, try to read a book. Sitting outside in the spring weather with a good book is one of the best ways to relax. Go camping in a national park. Sometimes, the best way to feel refreshed and rejuvenated is to spend time in nature. Camping is an adventurous and relatively inexpensive way to relax. If sleeping under the stars is not your cup of tea, spending a day in a national park either hiking or reading a good book can be good for the soul. Have a movie marathon. Almost everyone has a genre or series of movies that they can watch over and over again. Over the nine days of the break, pick a category and binge-watch to your heart’s content. Choose an actor or actress whom you love and watch a collection of their best movies, or pick up that trilogy or series that you have heard so much about but had never had time to watch. With the wide selection of on demand movies available, the possibilities are endless. Perfect your cooking skills. If there is one delicious...

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