Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course
Nov13

Olivia Robinson excelling on and off the golf course

UMHB’s Olivia Robinson has been playing golf since she was in fifth grade. Robinson is a junior public relations major with a minor in marketing. She used to accompany her father on his trips to the golf course, where she grew to appreciate the sport. She began to play for fun at golf camps and eventually she played competitively at her high school in Houston. There she won over fifty medals ranging from first to fifth place, and the district championship for three consecutive years. When it came time for Robinson to choose a college, she settled on The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Although she received scholarship offers from other schools, her heart was set on UMHB. When asked about what helped her make her decision, she commented on the welcoming campus and staff. “I came to UMHB because of their unapologetic faith. In my first ever meeting with Coach Ralston, I could see her love for the Lord and knew that she would be an amazing coach and leader in my life. When I visited the school, I saw the same light that I saw in her all over campus and I knew that that was where I wanted to be. I also met Randy O’Rear in my first visit and saw how much he cared about me, just as a prospective student. Ever since I’ve been here, he’s proven to me over and over how much he really does care.” Since she has joined the team, Robinson has had many successes. In addition to multiple top-five awards, she finished sixth out of 93 golfers at a nationally ranked tournament in Florida. She commented about how her experience with the Women’s Crusader Golf Team has been. “The team dynamic is good. I have met my best friend and roommate, Cassidy Rawls on the golf team. I have met some of my future bridesmaids on the golf team. This year is different because we have five freshmen, which basically creates a completely different team. But we have good chemistry and are always laughing.” Her favorite experiences with the team have been winning the playoff conference, which she will remember forever. Also, she enjoyed spending time with her team in Florida at Nationals. “We got to go to Universal in Orlando and it was just an exciting tournament overall.” Comparing high school to college in terms of golf, she said, “College golf is different for me personally in the fact that it is more of a team sport. When I was in high school, it was all individual but at UMHB we compete as a team and care about each...

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UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship
Nov13

UMHB hosts and wins ASC Volleyball Championship

To win the American Southwestern Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament (ASC) that UMHB hosted last week, the Cru began by winning the game Friday night, November 2, 2018. Then the Crusader Women’s Volleyball team took two, 3-1 victories on day two of the tournament. In the match against the McMurry War Hawks, the team began strong with two set wins. After the War Hawks took the third set, UMHB fought back and won the fourth. Later that day, the Cru played the University of Texas at Dallas Comets and took the victory. On Saturday, the team faced the Comets once again to battle for the championship title. Both teams alternated wins in the first four sets, resulting in a fifteen point face-off in the fifth. The Comets took the lead at the start, but the Cru fought back to win the match against UT Dallas and ultimately, the 2018 title. Three UMHB team members, Jenna Gillean, Corinne Novak and Miranda Klein, received the All-Tournament Team award. Miranda Klein also received the MVP award for the tournament. The UMHB Women’s Volleyball team will now move on to Regionals this weekend. Freshman pre-physical therapy major, Kayla Janikula, shared her thoughts about this season so far. “We have a really special team. We have worked hard all year to win the conference tournament and it paid off. The team can’t wait to go to regionals this coming weekend and bring home some more success back to...

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Missionaries brought to campus
Nov13

Missionaries brought to campus

Last week, missionaries from all around the globe came to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to share their stories with the student body. The Baptist Student Ministry hosted Missions Emphasis Week, a time for students to learn about mission work across the world and how they can get involved. The theme of the week was ‘Live Sent,’ serving as a reminder that God calls his children to share His Word with others. Special focus seminars, each led by a person in the mission field, were held throughout the week. Some topics included how to discern your calling, the living situations for missionaries across the world, the different types of missions, and what missionaries can encounter in the field. The missionaries were also able to share their stories to individual classes, as well as at chapel, at ONE and the ONE After Party. A large portion of the student body had the opportunity to hear a missionary experience during chapel on Wednesday. After the students participated in worship, the Executive Director of UK-USA Ministries, Mike Taylor, shared his story. He began with the statement, ‘God loves go,’ and supported it by reading from Matthew 9:35-38. Taylor asked students to look for opportunities around them and to listen to what God is trying to say. Although he works to bring the Gospel to the United Kingdom, he left students with the encouraging word that serving God does not have to be worldwide, but can be right here on this campus. “He is calling you. He is calling me to engage with the culture around us,” Taylor said. “There’s no time like this time to be sent by God.” The BSM also hosted a number of special events throughout the week. A Prayer Room was open every day for students and faculty and a mission fair was set up all week in Bawcom Student Union. On both Tuesday and Thursday, a girls night was held in Burt and a guys night was held at the BSM. At the missions fair in Bawcom, students could learn all about how to get involved with the local and global community. The missionaries that participated worked in many different countries including Africa, Asia and Europe. Kelly Curry, founder and director of Foundation in Christ Ministries, leads a mission program in Galway, Ireland that reaches out to students in the community. The ministry has a few different outreaches they lead, a local Christian coffee shop, a youth outreach and a counseling center. At his mission’s display table adorned with shamrocks and a large Irish Flag, Curry shared all about his work in Ireland, including why he created...

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Family Weekend gives parents a chance to see their students, meet professors
Oct10

Family Weekend gives parents a chance to see their students, meet professors

Family Weekend on Sept. 28-29 gave students’ families a chance to see what they’ve been up to since they started their first month at school at UMHB. Parents and siblings met and talked with professors and campus staff, while they also attended various sporting events and participated in university traditions. Families began to arrive on campus on Friday afternoon. At this time, multiple events were occurring simultaneously, creating a loose schedule for families and their students to join in on. After registering with Campus Activities Board where families received parent weekend T-shirts, they had the opportunity to head over to the Musick Alumni Center for a tour of the University museum. This museum shares the history of the university and houses all sorts of paraphernalia from students and campus. A meet and greet was held on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to talk with President O’Rear’s Council representatives and different leaders of Student Organizations. From here, students and their families were given the opportunity to have quality time together and fellowship over dinner, and to visit students’ dorm rooms. This time was special to freshman business management major, Kat Primm, as she shared about the time she got to spend one-on-one with her family. “My favorite part would probably be when my parents and I walked around the Belton square and saw some cute, classic shops like a bookstore and a hand-made soap shop.” The ring ceremony was held in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., in which seniors were presented with their class ring. Afterwards, families joined the student body in an energetic display of school spirit at the Friday night pep rally in preparation for the multiple Cru sporting events that were to take place on Saturday. Here, the Blackshirt Cru Spirit Band played upbeat melodies while the Sader Belles and Cru Cheer performed multiple cheers and dance numbers. Members of the football team also hyped up the crowd by performing their own cheer. The rally ended with the Cru Spirit Dance and students singing the Alma Mater. Saturday’s activities began at 8:30 a.m. at the Manning Chapel in Meyer Christian Studies Center as Shawn Shannon and a student worship band from the Baptist Student Ministry led a worship service. Later, brunch was held on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union where parents were able to meet and talk with their student’s professors about their classes. Molly Mitchell, mother of freshman graphic design major Macy Mitchell shared that her favorite part about the weekend was “… getting to spend time with Macy and meeting her...

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Listening to student concerns:  Student Government Association
Sep12

Listening to student concerns: Student Government Association

With the first month of the 2018-19 school year complete, students at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have settled back in to their weekly routines. New students are adjusting to university life by actively getting involved in organizations and events around campus. Student organizations are an important piece of the overall experience here at UMHB, and offer many different ways to get involved with the school whether it be through community service, leadership positions or spiritual life. One organization in particular, the Student Government Association (SGA), offers an opportunity for students to represent their class and ultimately, be a voice for the student body as a whole. One member in particular, senior political science, pre-law and speech communication double major Tyler Baker, is very excited about his involvement this year as the Student Body President. In addition to his extensive set of majors, Baker knew since his freshman year at UMHB that he wanted to participate and eventually help lead this student organization. “It’s an incredible opportunity to serve the students and be a part of an organization that has a true impact on campus,” Baker said. This semester, SGA welcomes seven new students to the senate. Six freshmen and one sophomore will soon be a part of this unique leadership experience. On Tuesday evening, the first meeting of the academic year commenced. The Director of Spiritual Life and sophomore sociology major, McKenzie Decker, opened the meeting with a prayer and a short message about leadership. She encouraged the students with a reading of Philippians 2:3-8, a passage that teaches how to be a humble and selfless leader, just as Christ was during his time on earth. Then Baker took the floor with an official swearing in of the seven new senators. He continued with a brief presentation of his vision for this year using three simple words; “up, in and out.” In greater detail, his goal for each member of the association is for them to grow upwards by strengthening their relationship with Christ, to grow inward by establishing unity within the SGA, and lastly, to grow outward by improving the student body. With these words in mind, various members of the executive council continued to lead the meeting with policies, guidelines and procedures for the upcoming semester. The final item on the agenda was the first official open floor, where members of the senate can voice their proposals and concerns for potential reforms and policies. Topics up for discussion included comments on visitor parking as well as the current smoking policy on campus. Senators are not the only people who can come up with ideas to be...

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