UMHB holds 80th annual Easter Pageant
Apr24

UMHB holds 80th annual Easter Pageant

Three wooden crosses lay on the grass by Luther Memorial in preparation for UMHB’s eightieth annual Easter Pageant on Wednesday, April 17. Though the event faced a 10 minute rain delay prior to the 12:30 show, this year’s production was otherwise another success and provided an opportunity for students to minister to members of the community. Junior engineering major Daniel Roberson served as an assistant director for this year’s Easter Pageant. “It really is an honor to be able to not only participate in, but to help direct Easter Pageant this year,” he said. “It is one of the most unique traditions that we have, and I am certain that it is something I will one day tell my children about.” The tradition of the Easter Pageant began in 1940 when UMHB President Gordon Singleton had an idea to use the ruins of Luther Hall to portray the story of Christ. The event gives students the opportunity to tell the story of the Resurrection and to share the story with the community. Students are encouraged to participate in this event, which also features children and grandchildren of UMHB students and staff. The university president selects students to portray Jesus and Mary for the production, which is student-led and directed. This year, Easter Pageant was directed by senior nursing major Katie Aday. Senior social work major Joey Mainini portrayed Christ and senior music education major Savannah Sepulveda portrayed Mary. The event also featured live music performed by UMHB’s One Voice, which consists of Sarah Ash, Kelli Chaka, James Jones, Hannah Killough, Tyler Medelin, Caleb Morrow, Ruben Ortega, Jancarlo Rodrigues, Douglas Stephen, Angel Tolbert, Katelyn White and Cydney Wilkerson. The songs featured were “In the Name of the Lord,” sung by Wilkerson; “Via Dolorosa,” sung by Sepulveda; “O Praise the Name,” sung by Frederickson; “Joy and Sorrow,” sung by Ray Martin. The performance also featured group renditions of “He is Jehovah” and “Any Other Way.” “Easter Pageant is my favorite tradition at UMHB and holds some of my most cherished memories,” said junior nursing major Emma Spellings, who was an assistant director for this year’s Easter Pageant. “I was honored to play a role in orchestrating something that so clearly speaks the Gospel.” Spellings encourages students who have not previously been involved in Easter Pageant to join the tradition in the future. “I would absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to get involved in Easter Pageant,” she said. “One misconception about Easter Pageant is that you have to have theater background or be a perfect Christian. Neither of those things are true. Easter Pageant is for everyone and offers authentic community and...

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Foster Love Bell County
Apr02

Foster Love Bell County

Foster Love Bell County celebrated the grand opening of their Foster Love House on Friday, Feb. 22. FLBC works to serve children who are in the foster care system in the Bell County area. Candace Cartwright founded the organization in February 2016. “I founded it [Foster Love] about three years ago,” Cartwright said. “I didn’t have a big vision or anything like this [the house] in mind, but it started out as a group on Facebook after my husband and I adopted from foster care.” The organization realized their need for a house facility when they discovered that children without a foster family assignment did not have a place to stay. FLBC moved into the house on Dec. 1,2018, and officially openedthe house on Feb. 22, 2019. The house provides several services for individuals involved in the foster program in Bell County. “We are kind of like a multi-resource center,” Cart- wright said. “We are open for conferences—we have two conference rooms that are available for case workers to use. Throughout the course of a case, there are a lot of conferences that have to take place and they have their unit meetings here.” The house also has a kitchen, laundry room, playroom, supply closet and two bedrooms for children and other individuals involved in the foster program. “One of the main reasons we opened the house was for the bathrooms,” Cartwrightsaid. “The Temple office doesnot have a shower facility and so the kids come in here needing to be cleaned.” The search for the Foster Love House began as a quest to find an office space for members of FLBC to use. “We were initially looking for an office space,”Cartwright said. “Over time, knowing what was going on in the CPS (Child ProtectiveServices) offices and that kids often come into care needing either a shower or a meal or a snack or supplies changed that. Often times they sit in an office for hours waiting for a placement with really nothing to do in an office-type setting, which is why the playrooms are there. Unfortunately, that wait does transfer overnight, and we knew that instead of sleeping on an office floor, a bedroom would be better in a home-like setting.” The Foster Love Bell County mission statement is to “raise awareness and mobilize the community to care for those in the child welfare system.” They accomplish this goal by providing a safe place for children in the foster system and engaging the community in helping the children in need. UMHB students are getting involved in helping at the Foster Love House in various ways. “We are so excited...

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Students prepare for Easter Pageant
Apr02

Students prepare for Easter Pageant

Since 1940, UMHB has celebrated Easter by telling Christ’s story during the Easter Pageant. Each year, students lead the event and use their talents and passion for the Gospel to tell the story of Jesus’ life and sacrifice. This year, the Easter Pageant will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Senior music education major Savannah Sepulveda will be portraying Mary in this year’s production of the Easter Pageant. “Portraying Mary is such an honor,” Sepulveda said. “I’ve been able to gain more of an understanding from her perspective. For her to faithfully say yes to the Lord is so encouraging. I’m reminded to have childlike faith, practice humility and to understand how small I am and how dependent I am on God.” Sepulveda is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant and feels that the event is life-changing. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” Sepulveda said. “It’s a blessing to be able to grow from it, but it’s an even bigger blessing to be able to lead others and help them grow. I love that people have been able to do this for 80 years!” Junior history major Jaden Napolez will be portraying one of the twelve disciples in this year’s production. “I am humbled to be a disciple,” Napolez said. “It is a unique opportunity to grow closer to God!” The tradition of the Easter Pageant also attracts students who are new to UMHB. Senior English major Jessica Maughan transferred from Dallas Baptist University in the fall of 2018 and is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant when she came to UMHB. “I knew that when I transferred here that I wanted to be a part of the Easter Pageant,” Maughan said. “I participated in First Baptist’s production when I was a child. That experience has really stuck with me and influenced much of my walk with God. The experience helped me to connect everything I was hearing and learning with a visual of how we believe it happened. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for everyone involved in the production.” Maughan also appreciates the history and tradition that Easter Pageant provides for UMHB. “UMHB is full of traditions and history. I feel like my being a part of the Easter Pageant is like me being a part of that history,” Maughan said. “It is an honor to be able to participate in the 80th production of the Easter Pageant.” Freshman education major Michelle Long is participating in the Easter Pageant for the first time this year. “I got involved [in Easter Pageant] with a couple of...

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English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner
Mar20

English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner

The UMHB English Club hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner to celebrate their recent book club meeting on March 7. The event honored the club’s recent reading of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” The event featured a game which followed a murder mystery plot. Players were given cards with elements of their character’s personalities, including who they liked or did not like. The game began with players collecting evidence to try and solve the mystery. Senior English major and treasurer of the English Club Emma Andrews said, “Our idea [for] the event stemmed from our biannual book club. We read and discussed Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None.’ We thought a murder mystery dinner would encourage people to come to both events and get involved in the English Club.” After everyone had a chance to collect information about the other characters, they were each handed a card stating their status as a killer, bystander or victim. Once each player read their card, the victims went to their murder scene and posed with a note stating how they died. Bethany Darwin, a junior graphic design major who attended the event, played the part of a victim. “I loved being the victim,” Darwin said. “It was a unique part of the experience and it really let me play into my theatrical side. It was fun to interact with the characters and then hear my friends’ reactions to my role as the victim while I pretended to be dead.” Once everyone viewed the murder victims, the bystanders and killers gathered in a conference room to place their accusations. Players turned in their accusation papers and tried to prove their innocence once they were accused of being the killer. Finally, the accusations led to UMHB’s Physical Plant Special Events Coordinator Jamie Smith, who played the part of a crossing guard who killed the victim with a candlestick. Overall, the Murder Mystery Dinner helped build community within the English department at UMHB and helped students show off their theatrical talents. “I feel like letting yourself be a little ridiculous is a great way to build trust in any group and did wonders for our English community,” junior English major and Vice President of the English Club Miracle Gant said. “I definitely thinkI would participate in another murder mystery. Personally,I’m less of a ‘solve-the-mystery’ girl and more of a ‘plan- the-perfect-murder’ girl, but I’d love for us to do more theatrical activities.” Members of the English Club were pleased with the outcome of the Murder Mystery Dinner. “I was very happy with the dinner,” Andrews said. “Everyone was engaged and having a great...

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Sarah Fox elected student body president
Mar20

Sarah Fox elected student body president

After a long campaign for the prestigious title of Student Body President, UMHB’s Student Government Association announced on Feb. 28 that junior public relations major Sarah Fox will be the 2019-2020 Student Body President. Fox is excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the university as Student Body President. “I am so grateful and blessed to become the next Student Body President,” Fox said. “I am overwhelmed with emotions being chosen by the student body to represent them for the 2019-2020 school year.” With her new title, Fox plans to address many issues and important topics on campus including focusing on helping student entrepreneurs find success during their time at UMHB. “I want to work towards making sure every voice on this campus is being heard and represented,” Fox said. “I want to look into a space on campus for student entrepreneurs to grow their business and become a cool hangout on campus. I also want to promote diversity and educate people on the amazing people and cultures here at UMHB!” Fox looks forward to that work and is grateful to the people who supported her during her campaign. “I want to say thank you so much for your support, for your belief in me and for believing in the future of UMHB,” Fox said. “We are going to accomplish incredible things together!” Senior political science pre-law and speech communication double major and retiring Student Body President Tyler Baker is excited to welcome Fox as the new Student Body President. “I have known Sarah for three years now,” Baker said. “And I can say with confidence that she will be a great Student Body President. She has always been extremely enthusiastic about SGA and loves the organization. I look forward to seeing how her vision comes to life over the next year.” If you have any questions about how to get involved in SGA, visit their website at go.umhb.edu/ students/student-government/home#1845. If you have a question or concern you would like the organization to address, contact them via the “Contact Us” link on their...

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