The Bells editors bid farewell

Emily Mahan: Editor-In-Chief This May, I will be graduating from UMHB, bringing my time as Editor-In-Chief of The Bells to a close. Although I have only held this title for one semester, I have learned so much. Not only have I improved practical skills such as writing, editing, photography and newspaper design, but I have also had the opportunity to learn from and work with the best staff I could ask for. First and foremost, I want to thank Dr. Rebecca McEntee, adviser to The Bells. Not only did you teach me everything I need to know about working for a newspaper, but you also encouraged me throughout every step of my journey from staff writer to editor. I truly could not have done this without you. Second, I want to thank the professors in UMHB’s English and communication departments. As a double major in English and public relations, most of my classes have been in these fields, and I am inspired by each of the wonderful professors who helped me succeed. I would especially like to thank my advisers, Dr. Nathaniel Hansen and professor Avery Green, department chairs Dr. Joey Tabarlet and Dr. Laura Bedwell, and Associate Dean of Humanities Dr. Jacky Dumas. I would also like to thank Bri Bullion, Assistant Editor of The Bells. Not only are you an amazing editor, but you’re also an amazing friend. Thank you for always being there for me, going on coffee runs with me, having late night homework parties and obsessing over cats with me. In addition, I would like to thank the incredible Bells staff. Madi, thank you for helping me learn how to use Adobe InDesign and always letting me cuddle Moses, your adorable dog. Beau, thank you for dealing with my lack of sports knowledge and, more importantly, being one of my best friends. Amy, Kayla, Randi and Kate—thank you for always being so enthusiastic and bringing so much fun to the newsroom. I also want to thank Lauren Lum, former Editor-In-Chief, as well as Jimmy, Sarah, Bria and Jasmin. Finally, I would like to thank the students, alumni, faculty and staff for reading The Bells. Our paper truly could not exist without your support. Thank you for walking with us through our journey. As I step into the future and embrace life after graduation, I will keep in mind all of the knowledge I gained at UMHB, and I will cherish the lifelong friendships I have made here. I am so grateful for everything I have experienced in college. These past three years could not have been any better, and I will never stop calling this amazing...

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Play Day Photo Gallery
Apr24

Play Day Photo Gallery

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Music Man Photo Gallery
Apr24

Music Man Photo Gallery

Lauren Carlson, who portrays Marian Paroo, performs a solo. Junior Christian studies major Isabelle Smith portrays Eulalie Shinn. Lauren Carlson, who plays Marian Paroo, and Kyle Parsons, who portrays Professor Harold Hill, dance during the musical number “Marian the Librarian.” Lauren Carlson, who plays Marian Paroo, performs “My White Knight.” Lauren Carlson, who plays Marian Paroo, is surrounded by the women of River City, Iowa. Lauren Carlson, who plays Marian Paroo, and Kyle Parsons, who portrays Professor Harold Hill, perform the musical number “Till There Was You.” Freshman physical education major Kyle Parsons, who portrays Professor Harold Hill, leads the group in the musical number “Seventy-Six Trombones.” Sean Clark, who portrays Jacey Squires, speaks with Kyle Parsons, who portrays Professor Harold Hill. The cast participates in a musical number. Lauren Carlson, who portrays Marian Paroo, leads a girl in piano lessons during the first act of the play. Freshman physical education major Kyle Parsons, who portrays Professor Harold Hill, participates in a musical number. (L-R) Sean Clark, Caleb Morrow, Joshua French and James Jones, who play the quartet members, perform a song during the...

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Easter Pageant Photo Gallery
Apr24

Easter Pageant Photo Gallery

Senior psychology major Schyler Malloy portrays the angel in the pageant. Senior social work major Briana Frederickson performs “O Praise The Name.” Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, hangs on the cross. Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, holds up the girl portraying Jairus’ daughter who is resurrected. Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, rides on a donkey for the Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem. Joey Mainini and Savannah Sepulveda hug Director Katie Aday after the pageant. Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, gathers with the disciples for the Last Supper scene. Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, is led by guards. Junior history major Jaden Napolez portrays Thaddeus in the pageant. Jesus, portrayed by Joey Mainini, comforts Mary Magdalene, portrayed by Brianne Long. The guards raise the three crosses. Senior social work major Joey Mainini, who portrays Jesus, flips a table during the Cleansing of the Temple scene. Four women participate in the...

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UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ
Feb27

UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ

Over 150 women gathered for UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Bawcom Student Union. They enjoyed fellowship and worship together at the conference, which was founded and organized by senior public relations major Sydney Stolz. “The Lord planted this seed in my heart for women’s ministry years ago, but I never would have dreamed it would grow into the Psalm 139 event,” Stolz said. The conference highlighted the message of the psalm, which reads: 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) Marissa Halvorsen, a sophomore psychology major who attended the event, said that “as women, we think we have to fit the mold of doing everything for everyone and pleasing everybody.” However, Halvorsen said that women already have their identity. “We have to make sure our identity is not found in our peers, parents, significant others, school work, etc.,” she said. “Our identity is in the Lord—He takes the pressure off of needing to please others, we only need to work to please Him.” According to sophomore business major and Psalm 139 committee member Eunice Michaelson, keynote speaker Merritt Johnston’s presentation emphasized the importance of coming to that realization. “She made us laugh, cry, and most importantly realize the truth about our identity in Christ,” Michaelson said. “Merritt Johnston is truly an incredible woman of God.” Johnston is a UMHB graduate who founded SAGE Ministries for girls while she was in college. Now president of the endeavor, she leads a team of volunteer chaplains at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham. As she addressed students at the conference, Johnston encouraged them to find their “3:15” moment of realizing freedom, a reference to her time spent on the mission field in Germany where she visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp. While there, Johnston was able to see what it was like to be a prisoner inside the walls of the camp and to be able to see the city around the camp – and freedom – right on the other side. She said that when prisoners were declared to be free at 3:15 p.m. on April 11, 1945, the clock stopped permanently, forever a reminder of freedom at that moment. Johnston related the story to everyone’s own personal prisons. “What is your 3:15 moment?” she asked. “What walls are separating you from your total freedom in Christ? When will you declare your freedom?” Sophomore nursing student and member of the Psalm 139 steering committee Amy Luong was deeply encouraged by Johnston’s words of encouragement. “For me, I’ve always been so focused on the future that I don’t realize that once I have Jesus Christ, my life is on track,” Luong...

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