Education Job Fair brings future teachers and school districts together at Bawcom
Nov22

Education Job Fair brings future teachers and school districts together at Bawcom

By Allyson Hinkle, Assistant Editor Career Services Center hosted the Education Job Fair for graduating education majors on Thursday, Oct. 7. The purpose of the event was for students and school districts to make connections in order to begin hiring processes by the time the students graduate from the university. The event hosted 32 different school districts from around the state of Texas, with one of the districts coming from New Mexico. The doors opened at 2 p.m. and students walked around introducing themselves in hopes of making connections.   Before the event started, all of the districts lined up in McLane Great Hall. Not only were the districts eager to meet the students in order to take names back for hiring, but they were simply excited to be back in person since the pandemic. Seniors Sandra Rangel, middle, and Keilah Singleton, right, talk with the Killeen ISD representative during the Education Job Fair in Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Photo by Allyson Hinkle. “We’re just very excited for the future of teaching … and to be back in person again,” Bryan ISD Staffing Coordinator Angela Behrens said.    “The majority of employers have been very receptive to return to campus,” Director of Career Services Don Owens said when asked if it was difficult to get districts to return in person.  The outcome of students who attended the event was what led Director Don Owens to say that the Education Job Fair was a success.   With around forty-six students in attendance, the hall was bustling with friendly exchanges as students went to the onslaught of districts for the different opportunities offered. Students came to the event mainly for the reason senior Daniel Leon gave: “to get my foot in the door and potentially find a job before I graduate.”  However, they were surprised that the event exceeded their expectations.  “Everyone was so open and friendly, and the energy was so lively inside,” senior Brittnay Minter said. “I loved it.”   Many of the students left the event feeling positive about the connections they made with the school districts and their chance to potentially have a job by the time graduation is near.  The students were not the only ones who left the event feeling like it had gone well. “We met so many nice people and we’re just so excited about this new crop of teachers,” Assistant Principal of Killeen ISD Carmin Hankins said.   The districts also felt as if the students were very professional and well prepared for what is ahead.  “UMHB does such a great job with the College of Education that we knew what we...

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Prepping for the Halloween Season From haunted houses to reading “The Raven”
Nov22

Prepping for the Halloween Season From haunted houses to reading “The Raven”

By Allyson Hinkle Assitant Editor Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas scared English Adjunct and Alumna Miracle Gant at the Poe Party in Lord Conference Center, Thursday, Oct. 21.Courtesy Photo The latter half of the month of October saw a number of different festive events around campus, and more are on the way. Thursday, Oct. 21, the English Club hosted an Edgar Allen Poe Party with a poetry contest that senior Katelynn Pizzio won. Junior Paige Buyer won the costume contest dressed as Newt Scamander. Participants read Poe’s “The Raven,” and Associate Dean Dr. Jacky Dumas, dressed as Oogie Boogie from “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Oct.26 the Student Government Association  (SGA) hosted a costume party in McLane Great Hall with a costume contest, with a purse of $200. The spirit of Halloween will continue Halloween night when the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi will be hosting a haunted house – “Halloween Headquarters” – in Presser Hall from 7:00 -11 p.m. The fraternity has been planning this event throughout the month of October, and the haunted house will consist of different floors that will persistently get scarier as guests are led through the building. A line forms behind A.J. Johnson (External VP) as students in costume stand in line to read their part of “The Raven”: at the Poe Party. Left-Right behind Johnson is Emily Schmid (Internal VP); Paige Buyer (Treasurer); Zoe Villegas (Secretary); and Luke Bentz (President).Courtesy Photo Anyone is invited to attend, from students to family members, as the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi have made a valiant effort to return Halloween Headquarters to its former spooky status due to the events of the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Nov. 5, there will be the traditional Zombie Run across campus starting at 7:30 p.m. College View apartments. Overall, the festivities across campus have served as a small moment to relax for students as they prepare for finals, which begin on Nov....

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Roach breaks UMHB’s leading scoring record
Nov15

Roach breaks UMHB’s leading scoring record

By Jordan Beechum, Contributing Writer Patrick Roach started this 2021 regular season with the mean feat of breaking the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor’s men’s soccer all-time scoring record. Roach, a fourth-year student, scored against Texas Lutheran in the 61st minute to bag his first goal of the season. But this was not just any goal for the senior. This capped off an incredible career as he scored his 25th collegiate goal to break UMHB’s all-time goal record. This came off a colossal flip throw-in from fellow senior Nick Villanueva that went to the back post where Roach was to head it in the net. “At first, I could not really tell, it looked like my own goal, but I guess we can give it to him,” said Villanueva jokingly. These two have played together since freshman year and have connected like this several times. “A lot of people are satisfied once they accomplish something of that stature, but this just makes me want to contribute even more for my team,” said Roach. During his first year for the Cru, he recorded eleven goals to cement his starting spot at center forward. He received Second Team All-West Region, American Southwest Conference (ASC) Offensive Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-ASC that year. This was a solid foundation to begin his collegiate soccer career. “It is awesome for him to make history right in front of my eyes,” said Ashley O’Daniel, a UMHB soccer super-fan. She is a senior and has gone to nearly every game. “It’s exciting seeing him develop and grow on the field these past three years,” O’Daniel said. Roach is especially excited about this season. “I think we have a chance to go all the way to the ASC Championship and much more,” he said, and that he has great confidence that this team has the ability to do something historic that has never happened at UMHB before. The Crusaders are currently 5-3 on their season, with their losses coming against Messiah, Franklin and Marshall, and Trinity, all of whom are in the top 20 ranked teams in the nation. Playing East Texas Baptist and Letourneau University in their first two games, the Cru are currently 3-0 in the ASC. The Crusaders’ last game was home against the Ozarks on Sept. 30, who kicked them out last year in the quarterfinals of the ASC tournament. Roach and the Cru won 3-2, smashing in a penalty kick into the top right corner to take the lead and add to his...

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Orange Theory classes offer credit as well as great workout
Nov15

Orange Theory classes offer credit as well as great workout

By Marissa Zermeno, Contributing Writer A fitness trend is racking up academic credits for UMHB students, however not everyone knows about it yet. A whopping 73% of students on campus are aware that the Orange Theory fitness classes are offered on campus, and only 57% know that it is offered as a course for credit. Orange Theory is a high intensity interval workout that is presented by Kim Thornton, MS, and several certified personal trainers at the Orange Theory studio in Temple. This course is offered in the Fall and the Spring semesters for either an A or B term and is considered an upper-level elective. “Orange Theory Fitness allows students to work at their own pace while challenging their level of fitness,” Thornton said. For some it may be a struggle to add working out to an already busy full course load and homework. However, adding a credited class could help students balance a busy schedule. “I have trouble motivating myself to workout, so by having a class that would make me consistently workout sounded great,” freshman Regan Woodley said. A link on their website explains how this type of workout operates. It explains that there are five heart zones: resting, easy, challenging, uncomfortable, and all out. These zones help determine the pace you need to push yourself. The goal is to keep yourself in the “orange zone” for 12 minutes to keep your metabolism going even after the workout is completed. When in the class you are given a heart rate monitor that will match your beats per minute to the different heart rate zones. This helps you keep track of where you are physically during the workout. With the cases of COVID-19 increasing, Orange Theory Fitness is taking steps to ensure a safe environment to exercise. CNN’s Matt Egan reported that Orange Theory is overcoming the obstacles with social distancing, mask requirements, regular cleaning, and a reduced class sizes. Orange Theory aims to give students a good workout while also teaching them about their overall health. Personal Trainer Jenavi Piña helps to explain when she says explains how Orange Theory “creates a better understanding of how the heart functions under certain intensities.” “Everyone is able to come out of the studio with more knowledge along with a great workout!” Piña says that classes are small, the workout is quick, and the staff along with Professor Thornton is extremely motivating. “This workout class is challenging, but so rewarding and so fun,” Woodley...

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The extra hard work worth it for most Cru student athletes
Nov15

The extra hard work worth it for most Cru student athletes

By Avery Hagler, Contributing Writer College is hard. Some semesters you may take 12 credit hours or even 18 credit hours. Imagine having all those hours of school plus 10 hours of workouts, practices, and game days. Student athletes have a lot on their plate, including excelling on and off the field and maintaining a social life in college. Student athletes work extremely hard for years to perform at this level. Athletes we spoke to say there are many sacrifices, but also countless benefits of competing on a collegiate level. Juggling classes, practice, and social life is hard work, but thankfully many professors and coaches are aware of that. “Sometimes it can get very stressful, but don’t give up. Continue to try new things, and eventually you will learn what works best for you,” said Kirsten Jeitz, a junior nursing major who is also a cheerleader. Many universities are committed to their players and their success. Some aids that UMHB requires is for student athletes are to attend mandatory tutoring hours every week. This study time requires the student to complete their work and also allows them to get help if needed. Although it can be challenging, there are countless benefits. According to the official page of the University of Oregon, some of the pros include “financial security, education, career, and discipline,” to name a few. Some athletes are able to get a scholarship for their talents. Every dollar counts no matter what school an athlete is attending, due to the high costs of going to college. Some say the cost of a higher education keeps them from completing a degree, however any scholarship can help make pursuing a diploma attainable. Being a student athlete also teaches many life lessons beyond sports. University of Mary-Hardin Baylor football coach, Pete Fredenburg, explained how important this is. “Many players here won’t go to play in the NFL, so our mission is to make these men better fathers, husbands, and people by the time they leave our program,” Coach Fredenburg said. While it can be difficult at times for athletes, many say the community and camaraderie that are a part of being a student athlete makes the college experience so much more enjoyable. Athletes on campus say it is encouraging to be surrounded by people in the same season of life, who are experiencing the same struggles. “Soccer brings all of us together, and I have found myself to be close friends with people I wouldn’t have gotten to know if it wasn’t for soccer,” said Harper...

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