See You at the Pole at Walton Chapel
Oct16

See You at the Pole at Walton Chapel

The BSM sponsored See You at the Pole this year in Walton Chapel on campus instead of at the flag pole, because it rained the night before. Students gathered at 7 a.m. on Sept. 23 while socially distancing. They were led in worship by sophomore church music major Collin Elkins and in prayer by sophomore Christian ministry major Daniel Richardson. Photo by Dakota Powell/The...

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The impact of COVID-19 on UMHB’s nursing program
Oct05

The impact of COVID-19 on UMHB’s nursing program

By Regan Murr The spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect across the globe and, most noticeably, on the medical field.  Nurses stand on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus, often at great personal risk, as they struggle to combat the pandemic.  This outbreak, coupled with an ongoing nursing shortage in the United States, has profoundly impacted the environment that future nursing students must confront after they graduate.  At the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor, students in the nursing program face having to adapt to many changes in learning methods and class structures, while also preparing for their future careers in a profession that continues to face unique challenges. Molly Radar, a senior nursing student at the university, plans to work in pediatrics after her graduation next spring.  She describes the transition to CRUflex classes this semester as “cool, but…wild and weird.” “It’s crazy that I will be starting a job, maybe, during a global pandemic,” said Radar.  “It’s kind of terrifying.” Junior UMHB nursing major Hannah Glass studies in between classes for an upcoming exam in the Townsend Memorial Library on campus in September 2020. Photo by Malaika Randolph At the same time, the pandemic has highlighted, perhaps more than ever, the need for more nurses in the workforce.  According to the American Nurses Association, there is projected to be far more nursing jobs available as compared to any other profession in 2022.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 1.1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022 to replace retirees and to avoid a continued shortage. When asked whether or not she was concerned about her future career during COVID-19, senior nursing student Sarah Hughes said: “No, because we’re needed.” Hughes also stated that she felt ready to enter the profession. “As nurses, we’re going to be dealing with a whole lot of infectious stuff all the time,” Hughes said.  “This is just a new infectious disease that we have to deal with.” Junior UMHB nursing major Hannah Glass studies in between classes for an upcoming exam in the Townsend Memorial Library on campus in September 2020. Photo by Malaika Randolph Nursing schools may also be facing dramatic fluctuations in applications due to COVID-19.  According to Ilana Kowarski’s  article in  U.S. News and World Report , “How coronavirus affects nursing school admissions,”  universities such as Villanova in Pennsylvania and Regis College in Massachusetts, have witnessed an increase in nursing school applications, which may be due to the pandemic. Still, it is possible that safety concerns may result in fewer applicants to nursing schools across the board, according to Kowarski’s article.  Only...

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ROTC’s Color Guard at the Salute to America at Crusader Stadium
Oct05

ROTC’s Color Guard at the Salute to America at Crusader Stadium

The United States Flag unfurls in the wind during The Salute to America on Friday, Sept. 11, which honored the events of 9/11 on the Crusader Stadium field. After the invocation by senior ROTC Cadet Stone Klingaman, ROTC’s Color Guard helped kick off the event along with the Black Shirt CRU Spirit Band on the field. L-R are cadets Alexia Brown, Jasmine Taylor (holding the U.S. Flag), Jami Hayden (holding the Texas flag), and Kayla Nielsen. Photo by Cadet Alexandria...

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Online learning with CRUflex: Is it worth keeping?
Oct05

Online learning with CRUflex: Is it worth keeping?

By Kailyn Strain – Contributing Writer Online learning with CRUflex: Is CRUflex worth keeping? Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) launched CRUflex, which allows students to attend class online through Zoom. CRUflex gives students the option to either go to classes online or in the classroom, giving them the freedom to choose how they want to learn. Associate Dean of Humanities and English Professor Dr. Jacky Dumas talks with sophomore education interdisciplinary studies major Willameana Norman in Davidson Hall, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. The two were discussing he application of lighting in Young Frankenstein and Opale’s video for “Sparkles and Wine.” Photo by Rebecca McEntee Not only does CRUflex allow students to attend class virtually, but it also allows a student the option to go back and listen to previous lectures if they feel like they missed something. With its flexibility, CRUflex has helped many students at UMHB to be able to attend class regardless of work, illness, and or disability, especially during the pandemic. Education worldwide has changed drastically, and according to studies in the World Economic Forum’s, article, The COVID-19 pandemic has changed education forever. This is how, online learning has been shown to increase retention of the material and take less time. CRUflex is classified as E-learning. The Salem Press Encyclopedia defines E-learning as “the use of online computer-based technologies to complete an area of instruction,” which it says can occur in or out of classrooms while led by an instructor in real-time or it can be completed at a student’s preferred pace. It can also take place as a hybrid or combination of both teaching modes.  UMHB faculty and staff have taken steps to integrate such online learning with CRUflex and the incorporation of Zoom while  ensuring a smooth transition for both professors and students.   Dr. Susan Wegmann, associate dean of Digital Learning and Innovation, stated that they began developing CRUflex in early May. Training faculty began in June, utilizing Canvas and Zoom to host the training sessions. While training was going on, the Information Technology department (IT) and the Physical Plant department bought and installed the webcams that make CRUflex possible. “It was an incredible effort by the CDL team, IT, and the Physical Plant,” Dr. Wegmann said. Many students are excited to have CRUflex as an option for their learning. Jacquelyn Gonzales, a senior majoring in engineering, is one. CRUflex has allowed Jacquelyn to focus more on her health and be present for classes. “I think CRUflex is great,” Gonzales said.  “I believe CRUflex has made life and school so much easier to manage, as well as more...

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CRUflex –  a new multimodal way of learning: Class in person, online with Zoom,  or with video tapes of classes
Oct05

CRUflex – a new multimodal way of learning: Class in person, online with Zoom, or with video tapes of classes

By Cole Garner – Editor-in-Chief and Dakota Powell – Staff Writer Students wearing masks listen and take notes as Dr. Kerry Owens teaches his Public Speaking class in Davidson Hall Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Students L-R are: pre-nursing major and cross country athlete Justin Miller; ROTC pre-nursing sophomore Bernadette Rivera; and freshman Christian studies major Ashley Moore. The students look close together here in this photos as the photo is compressed with a long lens. However these students’ desks are at least 6 feet apart. Photo by Rebecca McEntee This year, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor needed to try to do things a little differently. After COVID-19 caused UMHB and other universities across the country to move their classes to an online format last spring, UMHB’s strategists knew that they would have to make the fall semester look very different. In doing that, UMHB started using a new way of learning. This is what the university now calls CRUflex. CRUflex is based on a hybrid learning approach that offers multiple ways to complete a course. Students can either attend class in person, or they can attend class virtually, or, they can watch a video of the taped class at a more convenient time for them. They can even combine their modes of accessing class and information, such as when reviewing a taped class they have already attended or viewed. All classes are videotaped with a program named Panopto. So most professors are teaching live on campus to some students in their seats in the classroom, while some of their other students attend with their computer desktops in the program known as Zoom. All of it, class in the classroom with students in attendance, along with students’ faces on computer tops through Zoom, is videotaped during class time. The video tape is then placed into a module reachable through myCampus courses for the week, so that students can access classes through their personal myCampus entry. Dr. Kerry Owens talking to his students in his Public Speaking class in Davidson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Pre-nursing major and cross country athlete Justin Miller listens in foreground. Photo by Rebecca McEntee Only a select number of students can attend each classroom because students must social distance.  Those who attend sit in desks that are placed at least six feet apart, which allows fewer students in each classroom. Students who may attend are rotated if needed, depending on the number of students and the room size, so sometimes students must alternatively attend class by tuning in with Zoom. Since attendance is not required, but encouraged when possible, faculty assign ARA’s (Academically Related Assignments)...

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