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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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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Windhover Writers’ Festival provides opportunities for aspiring writers
Feb27

Windhover Writers’ Festival provides opportunities for aspiring writers

The third floor of Bawcom Student Union took on a new look as UMHB hosted the annual Windhover Writers’ Festival from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. Attendees lined up at the registration table to claim their spots and purchase the featured speakers’ books. All attendees had the chance to improve their writing at workshops led by keynote speakers. UMHB students also had the opportunity to attend free workshops exclusively for students. The Writers’ Festival featured four keynote speakers including D.S. Martin, Daniel Taylor, Sarah M. Wells and Still on the Hill. The different speakers provided insight on a wide variety of writing including poetry, novel writing, essay writing and songwriting. The event began with a Black History Month creative writing panel and creative writing showcase featuring works by UMHB students. The festival also included an open mic night on the first day of the festival. The Writers’ Festival also included panels with various writers including Kim Bond, Christine Boldt, Bill Stadick, R.W. Haynes, Patricia Hamilton, Chris Haven, Janet McCann, Joe Christopher and Mark Bennion. The event included workshops such as “Mining Memory: Digging Deeper to Enrich Your Writing” with Sarah M. Wells, “Flash Fiction: Seeing a World in a Grain of Sand” with Daniel Taylor, “Becoming a Poet (With or Without an MFA)” with D.S. Martin and a songwriting workshop with Still on the Hill. Additionally, attendees were able to attend readings with Sarah M. Wells and D.S. Martin as well as the George Nixon Memorial Lecture with Daniel Taylor. The festival also included a concert performed by Still on the Hill. Miracle Gant, a junior English major, attended workshops led by poet D.S. Martin and author Daniel Taylor. “I think the workshops are very beneficial because you get to learn a new skill, but you also get to see how someone teaches that skill,” Gant said. “Watching someone break something down that you might be generally familiar with, like prose or poetry, reminds you of the basics and the many ways there are to do the basics.” Gant has participated in the Writers’ Festival for two years and believes it is beneficial for new writers who are working to network with published writers. “Honestly, it really helps newer writers build contacts,” Gant said. “You meet some of your heroes, discover new work you like and find journals and magazines you can submit [works] to. It kind of works as a giant networking/ reading list building event.” The festival also offered a unique question and answer session with the keynote speakers as part of a partnership with the UMHB Career Services office. The session was free and open to the public. “We approached the English department two summers ago to see if there was a place that we could merge into the Writers’ Festival to have a session that students who are aspiring to be writers could quiz published writers about how they got into the field,” Don Owens, director of Career Services at UMHB, said. “We feel like the event will grow. The authors and writers are really gracious to stay and answer questions during the little window we had. We think that the Q&A session has the potential to grow.” Dr. Nathaniel Hansen, associate professor of English at UMHB and editor of The Windhover, UMHB’s national literary journal, has organized the festival for...

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