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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Remschel Hall hosts annual tacky prom
Feb27

Remschel Hall hosts annual tacky prom

UMHB students joined the residents of Remschel Hall for their third annual Tacky Prom, on Friday, Feb. 22. Attendees were encouraged to dress in tacky 90s-style attire with crazy patterns and colors. Tutus, brightly colored suits and graphic tees filled up the dance floor. Before walking through the front door, students could see the colored lights through the large windows and the music could be heard throughout the quad. Inside, the lobby was decorated like a typical high school prom with a little 90s flair. Shiny gold curtains were hung on the walls and in the doorways, and glow sticks and Ring Pops lined the tables. Bright and colorful lights reflected off of the disco ball which hung over the dance floor. Streamers adorned the walls and old rock band posters decorated the snack area. Sophomore nursing major and Remschel RA Laura Sanchez was relieved that the event was successful. “We worked so hard to create this community and it was truly special to see it come to life,” Sanchez said. Students danced the night away to popular dance music, including hits like “Footloose” and “The Cupid Shuffle.” In addition to dancing, the Remschel RAs planned fun activities including a hulahoop contest, electing a prom king and queen, karaoke and a guessing game about the amount of Skittles in a jar. Freshman graphic design major Macy Mitchell was voted prom queen. “I never felt the need to attend prom in high school,” Mitchell said. “Remschel held Tacky Prom, and I decided to go because honestly, it sounded like it was mocking high school proms. The event was really fun. I ended up being crowned Tacky Prom Queen, so one could say I was prom queen at my very first prom. Overall, it has probably been one of my favorite events that Remschelhas held.” While dancing was not for everyone, students enjoyed the interactive photo booth and the snack bar, complete with popsicles and a chocolate fountain. Freshman physical therapy major Lezley Garcia also enjoyed the night. “Tacky prom was awesome… It was an amazing moment and a good break from all the studying,” Garcia said. “ It was a fun time seeing everyone’s sweet moves and having a blast. [I really enjoyed] everything because it reminded me of my high school prom and I hope to attend again next...

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Spreading the love
Feb13

Spreading the love

When February 14 is mentioned, shades of pink and heart-shaped candies immediately come to mind. Valentine’s Day is a time when love is celebrated all over the world. While Valentine’s Day is devoted to showing the people around you that you love them, we often get caught up in the commercial side of the holiday. So, in addition to the mass amount of sweets consumed throughout the day, try challenging yourself to share love with others in simple but impactful ways. Here are a few ways to share the love around campus and the community: 1. The small things: Sharing love doesn’t always have to be a large, romantic gesture. Everyone has those days where nothing seems to be going right. Small acts of kindness can turn a person’s day around and lift their spirits. You can hold a door or elevator open for someone, compliment a friend, offer to help someone with their homework or give someone a hug. 2. Write a note: Back in elementary school when it came time to open valentines, the small card with a simple ‘to’ and ‘from’ written on it was quickly torn away to reveal a sweet treat. If you plan on sharing valentines with your friends, try taking the time to write them a note telling them how much they are loved. Kind words can let people know how much they are appreciated. 3. Donate: A big part of sharing love with others is giving. There are people in every community who struggle daily with providing for themselves and their families. If you have old clothes or coats, donate them to Goodwill or a homeless shelter. Instead of buying that third tub of ice cream, buy a few cans of food to donate to a local food pantry such as The Source at UMHB. 4. Pay it forward: More often than not, people have things they need or want to pay for, but they are not able to because of limited funds. Offering to pay for someone’s meal or coffee can be more beneficial to them than you know. Whether you’re helping a friend or a complete stranger, you could help make someone’s bad day great. 5. Take a meal: Nothing eases the soul quite like the smell of a homemade meal or a fresh-baked dessert. While at college, students tend to eat out often because it is convenient or because they do not have the time or the means to cook a homemade meal. Make a friend’s day by offering to bake them some fresh cookies or by inviting them over for a homemade meal. Of course, this doesn’t...

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The art of Sofia LeJeune: child prodigy’s artwork featured
Jan30

The art of Sofia LeJeune: child prodigy’s artwork featured

The art of Sofia LeJeune, a 10-year-old legally blind and autistic child artist from McKinney, Texas was on display from December 2018 to Jan. 14 at the UMHB Baugh Center for the Visual Arts. Sofia’s interest in art began when she was just 18 months old, and she has been creating ever since. During a phone interview, Sofia was more than happy to share about her life and her passion for art. She says that it is a great way to “…express your feelings, it looks pretty,” and it’s a “…good way to impress people.” Her mother, Rebeca Gracia, shared the details about how Sofia’s condition has developed over time. “She was severely autistic when she was younger. We have been using natural therapies… for the past five years with great success. Now, she is high functioning, and we thought we would see how she likes public school,” Gracia said. After being homeschooled since the start of her education, Sofia began her first year of public school in 2018. “Sofia’s vision impairment originates in the brain, not the eye. [It] has several components: nystagmus, which is improving, decreased acuity, which has remained the same, and astigmatism, which has worsened since starting public school,” Gracia said. In relation to Sofia’s talents, Gracia said that Sofia’s school does not have a strong art program, so it brings her daughter joy when people share an interest in art and talk to her about her artwork. Sofia said that she tried her hand at pottery and made some books with a lady named Helen. She was talking about Helen Kwiatkowski, who teaches book arts, photography and design here at UMHB. Although Sofia has experimented with various media and subjects, her preference is for drawing animals of all kinds. Using simple pencils and any scratch paper she can find, she creates lively illustrations through contour lines and expression. Sofia was recently diagnosed as legally blind but has struggled with her vision for a while. She described her vision as, “kinda good, kinda bad.” She can see to draw up close but has a very hard time seeing far away. Aside from her artistic hobbies, she, like most third graders, finds additional joy in a large array of things. Her favorite subject in school other than art is, as she said, “Science! Science! Science!” Sofia has also been participating in mixed martial arts for two years and is delighted to share that she has just earned her yellow belt. She also enjoys playing games inside and outside, like checkers, Go Fish and playing pretend. She shows pure excitement when she talks about the fun times she has on her great-grandmother’s...

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