Patron recognizes team with gift
Sep11

Patron recognizes team with gift

The dedication for Cummins Field House was held last Friday, honoring the patrons of the facility, Chris and Cindy Cummins of College Station, Texas. The 9,429-square-foot facility was completed in the fall of 2011 and has been in use since its completion. Chris and Cindy Cummins, accompanied by family, were present to cut the ribbon on the field house. University President Dr. Randy O’Rear recognized the Cummins and presented them with a plaque. “I don’t know that they’ve ever been asked, one time, to make a gift,” O’Rear said. “They show up. Chris has a smile on his face … and he hands us a check and says ‘We want to be a part of it. We believe in what you’re doing.’” Cummins is a local; he grew up in Belton and was an offensive tackle at Belton High School. He was offered a scholarship to play for the University of North Texas where he would meet his wife, Cindy. After marrying, the couple would find their way to Belton and to UMHB, where Chris would graduate with a bachelor’s in business in 1975. Chris would become Senior Vice President of Proppant, an affiliate of Frac Tech Services, a company that supplies fracturing sand to the petroleum industry. Despite his success in the oil business, Cummins has not forgotten his roots. The Cummins couple have shown their support in the form of several donations toward the football program. Now entering its fifteenth season, the football program has amassed a winning record of 134-33 as of Saturday’s victory over Kean University. With the success that Head Coach Pete Fredenburg has found over the years with the Cru, it has grown in size, and the former locker room accommodations were no longer enough to service the needs of the team. “There were, I think, 167 lockers, and we would have in excess of 200 guys in there, so it was pretty tight,” Fredenburg said. The locker room in Anderson was torn down and used as an expansion to the weight and meeting rooms. The weight room only had nine barbells before the Cummins was built; now up to 24 athletes can use barbell stations at once. Junior mathematics major and running back for the Cru, Darius Wilson, shared his thoughts on the new field house and the effect it has had on the team. “It allows you to see firsthand, that hard work pays off,” Wilson said. “Because without winning, you know, this wouldn’t be possible.” Joining the two field houses is the Captains’ Tower where team captains are honored with a monument. Nine out of 15 seasons have resulted in...

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From the ASC to the NFL, Menkin excels
Aug21

From the ASC to the NFL, Menkin excels

Under the bright lights of Reliant Stadium in Houston, one of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s very own lives out his dream. Of the thousands of athletes within and beyond the NCAA, Nate Menkin joins the lucky few among his peers to stand out as a professional athlete. It wasn’t until his senior year in 2011 with Cru football that Menkin began to realize that his size and stats compared to that of NFL linemen. Soon, the thought of reaching the NFL drove the offensive tackle to push his efforts into overdrive. “(Menkin) took a lot of pride in getting his body physically prepared to be the best that he could be,” said Joe George, UMHB’s offensive line coach. Menkin started all 13 games in the Cru’s 2011 season and was a part of an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks over the course of the season and blocked for an offense that racked up more than 3,700 yards rushing. After turning heads at Baylor’s pro day, Menkin went on to the Super Regional Combine in Detroit to post impressive numbers: 5.0 second 40-yard dash, 39 repetitions of 225 pounds on bench press. He weighed in at 294 pounds and measured six feet four inches in height. Menkin graduated from UMHB in May, and did so as an undrafted free agent for the Houston Texans after signing with them in late April. Now halfway through preseason, he is competing for a spot on the Texans roster. The rookie has seen a couple dozen snaps in the two victories he has shared with the Texans, two games deep into the preseason, but still has much to prove. Patrick Starr, editor and owner of the website State of the Texans, touched briefly on Menkin in an article previewing Texans training camp. “Not many people have heard of this Division III offensive tackle from Mary Hardin-Baylor … but this Lago Vista native is a player to watch.” He has the strength and size to compete; however, there is one thing that critics point out time and time again. “(Menkin) will have to make a huge jump from Division III football to the NFL level,” continued Starr in that same article. Menkin himself admits that at first coming from a Division III school did have an effect on him mentally because he wasn’t used to the competition. Additionally, his technique wasn’t as fine-tuned because he played Division III. “I was … bigger and stronger than a lot of my competition, and my technique didn’t have to be as good. So there was definitely a big learning curve once I got here.” There are also those...

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Students create TV program for KPLE
Apr24

Students create TV program for KPLE

A new opportunity has presented itself to the university with the cooperation of the Killeen Christian television station KPLE. An independent affiliate of Trinity Broadcast Network, KPLE is a non-profit Christian broadcasting station serving the Central Texas area. The station has recently shifted to more education-based programming through the Connect2Texas, a network of Texas-based educational content providers. It broadcasts educational programming to audiences across Texas and the nation through video conferencing webinars, which can vary in subject from math to art, and have a viewership ranging from pre-K to adults. In recent months, communication and media studies Professor Dr. Diane Howard has been working with KPLE as an adviser for programming, and she has used her students to record programs for KPLE. “I believe that our Lord has provided a beautifully equipped local television station and a well trained staff for airing of excellent programs produced by Christians,” Howard said. Recently, a group of Howard’s students made the trip to the station and split up to record five programs for KPLE in subjects ranging from Shakespearean use of prose to students with           disabilities. When the students arrived, they were directed to the set and explained the do’s and don’ts of TV. After a quick lesson, they recorded a program they had been working on for a few weeks. At the end of the day, KPLE decided to air one of the five programs but will keep the other four to try to use later. Also, all of the participants will receive a DVD copy of their programs to have for job interviews and portfolios. Howard has been pursuing a relationship between UMHB and KPLE. “Christians who are producing good programs need to seize the day and share their programs on KPLE. It is a win-win situation for all involved,” Howard said, referring to both Christian              institutions. For the university, KPLE could open a door for students to gain valuable experience in the field of broadcasting if both parties agree that they mutually benefit from a relationship. All mass communication/journalism majors require three internships as part of their degree plan: print, online and broadcast. Many internships are undertaken in the summer, but few are paid. The problem is that students often also work and take classes during the summer. Many find a summer internship to  be  a conflict and cannot afford to pile on another job. Catherine Mason, owner of KPLE affirmed that UMHB students are welcome at KPLE and commented that it has been so in the past. “At one point, students were serving as news anchors. It was a blessing for the students and the station. Of course,...

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Indianapolis’ fate lies with rookie quarterback
Apr24

Indianapolis’ fate lies with rookie quarterback

Beginning in Baltimore, the Colts have had a history of great quarterbacks. Johnny Unitas, Jim Harbaugh and Peyton Manning have all been names under center in times of great success for the Colts. With the end of the Manning era in Indianapolis, Colts fans await the 2012 NFL Draft to reveal the future of their beloved stampede blue and white. Due to setbacks from Manning’s neck surgery in the months following the 2010 season, the Colts lost the eleven-time Pro Bowl quarterback for 2011. Manning’s absence made it painfully apparent just how blatantly dependent they were on his leadership and ability as a player. After watching the performances of Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky, the Colts realized they didn’t have a team without Manning. In a decision of preemptive action intended to avoid repeating another 2011 season, the Colts released the 14-year veteran and arguably one of the best ever to play the game. Due to a 2-14 record, the Colts earned themselves the number one overall pick in this year’s draft.  With it, they hope to replace the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft and the player who ultimately led them to the postseason 11 of 13 years as a starter and two Super Bowls. The rookie will have to live up to the success brought to the Colts organization by number 18, and that man has been narrowed down to be one of two players—Andrew Luck of Stanford or Robert Griffin III of Baylor. Luck has been all but downright declared the first overall pick by sport analysts all over the country, but the Colts did show interest in Griffin. All the fuss about Griffin refusing to do a private workout for the Colts does not rule him out. The Heisman Trophy winner released a statement earlier this year in which he said he would not do any private work outs for any team. Griffin believes he has marketed himself sufficiently with the 2011 season at Baylor, the NFL Combine and his own personal Pro day that he held in Waco to which every NFL team was invited. So if Griffin is indeed a viable option, should he be chosen instead of Luck? Comparatively, Griffin is faster and according to NFL Films legend Greg Cosell, he has the better throwing ability. The Baylor alumnus ran the second fastest 40-yard dash all-time for quarterbacks losing only to the versatile Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles. RG3 is also very accurate on the run and can open up the run game with quarterback options. Playing in the AFC he won’t see as much of the...

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GOP golden boy’s secret to success
Mar27

GOP golden boy’s secret to success

As the impending 2012 election lingers over the heads of the remaining Republican candidates, standings become painfully clear. The hypes of Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have come and long since gone. This is now a two-man race that is itself lopsided. Late bloomer Rick Santorum can still mathematically upset the high and mighty Romney, but judging by the completed primaries, it isn’t likely. The GOP golden boy has an edge on his competitor —his gold. There isn’t much you can’t buy these days, and when the American public sees a successful man, they trust him. Money airs the commercials that discredit his opponents and exposes his name to the public to trust. Romney has spent nearly $67 of the $74 million he has raised according to opensecrets.org — more than Paul, Gingrich and Santorum     combined. Those $67 million have plastered his name and face all over television, the Internet, social media and the minds of voters. No, Santorum is not a good fund raiser. Yes, that’s his fault. Romney has simply used one of his strengths to take an edge on his competition, but how he does so could backfire on him. Romney is financially savvy, but raising $74 million before he even gets the Republican bid? How is that? In a CNN/ORC poll held in February, the question raised was which social class Romney favors, rich, middle class or the poor. The results were something for the GOP to grimace at. They reported that of the voters, 65 percent believe that the Republican front-runner is biased toward the rich. If you look, for example, at the Louisiana primary, Santorum won nearly every demographic, save those earning more than $200,000 per year. Romney’s success appeals to the successful, to those with money to throw in to the account of a candidate that will protect their assets. In a country filled with the 99 percent, however, his attitude simply won’t fly. In a mid-March interview, after talk of being friends with major league sports elites, Romney was pressed on the issue of his wealth by Fox reporter Megyn Kelly. He replied, “Megyn, guess what? I made a lot of money, I’ve been very successful. I’m not going to apologize for that.” Not to say that he owes an apology for making the money he has made. However, the tactless way in which he responded says much about the candidate. He is running for  the presidency in a United States that is plagued with the worst unemployment in 30 years. Don’t throw your success in the faces of the people you’re trying to get a vote from. A...

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