Elizabeth Franklin crowned Miss MHB
Nov05

Elizabeth Franklin crowned Miss MHB

Elizabeth Franklin is crowned Miss MHB at Walton Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 as previous Miss MHB winner Molly Rodeffer applauds at right. Photo by Gavin Green By Reagan Murr Elizabeth Franklin won the Miss MHB 2020-2021 title at Walton Chaple on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31. She was crowned at a unqiue Miss MHB pageant with social distancing in place. Franklin, a junior psychology major from Georgetown represented the student recruiting organization Search CRU. For 50 years, the annual Miss MHB pageant provided young female students at UMHB the chance to show off their talents while advocating for causes that are important to them, and make new friends.  Even with the challenges that COVID-19 presents, the pageant continued to play a vital role on UMHB’s campus this year. “It’s a chance to get to know people and be silly and dance,” said senior Miss MHB contestant Alissa Edgington.  “[Miss MHB] is a chance to meet new people and get yourself out of your comfort zone.” Kaysie Sparks, a former Miss MHB contestant, directed this year’s pageant.  Sparks’ experience as a participant created a desire to put her own spin on the event. As director, she was responsible for getting the contestants ready for their pageant performances. “People all the time think that we just throw the girls on stage and this is all stuff they do on their own, but we practice three times a week from 5:45 to 9 o’clock,” said Sparks. This training begins about a month and a half before the actual show. “We go over every detail of pageant with them,” Sparks said. “We practice anything from walking in heels to how they’re going to give their platform speech to the judges. They kind of do everything.” Eunice Michaelson, who participated in last year’s pageant, expressed how intimidating being the pageant can be at first. “It’s almost like syllabus week,” Michaelson said. “You’re taking it all in, and that’s kind of how the first week of pageant is.  [There’s] this long list of things to do, and it can feel overwhelming.” But Michaelson also said that once practices began, it felt much more manageable.  “It grew to be this really comfortable thing where we all knew each other, we all got comfortable with each other’s talent,” Michaelson said.  “We just kind of formed this bond.” Elizabeth Franklin was crowned Miss MHB on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Photo by Gavin Green An article in The Bells, “Miss Search Cru wins Miss MHB 2020” by Destinee Reinauer, highlighted the camaraderie of the girls as the pageant winner, Molly Rodeffer, was announced last year.  The goal...

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Three tips for incoming freshmen

By C.J. Halloran College is a scary and exciting time in every high school graduate’s life. Independence, the new friends, and the new classes can all make or break a college student’s experience. Coming from high school, college can present itself as an unexplored land of opportunities. In order to get the best out of these opportunities, finding a guide or at least some advice is an absolute must. These are three tips that might be helpful: 1. Beware of Procrastination Unlike in high school, nobody is here to push you or make sure all your work is done. It can become very easy to completely forget about homework and spend all your time with your friends or at different activities. Your professors will not let you know when things are due, they just assume you know based on the syllabus and website, so it is imperative that you organize your time properly and stay on task. “Coming into college, I wish I would have known that procrastination would be my biggest enemy.” Junior Marissa Zermeno’s words seem simple and may sound like a repetition of what your parents have said in the past, but they ring true. 2. Partake in Campus Events One of the hardest things to do when you first arrive at college is to make friends. Getting paired with a roommate you have never met before, in a hall of people you know nothing about, can be intimidating when you first arrive. The best way to make friends during that first day on campus is to sign up for Welcome Week. UMHB’s Welcome Week was created with the intention of drawing new students close to each other and having them begin making a community of people that they could see themselves hanging out with for the rest of their college careers. But new events arise after Welcome Week and throughout the semester and year, so consider attending new functions, activities, and student association or club meetings, even if they are only online during the pandemic. 3. Budget Your Food Money Regardless of how good the cafeteria food is, as a college student you will always be tempted to go off campus for food. Maybe the cafeteria is not open, maybe it is, and you just do not want what they serve that day. That temptation to go out and get some food with friends will always be there. Going every so often is not a bad idea, but every student needs to mind their food budget, because the threat of going broke by eating off campus is real.  If you decide against going to the...

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Safe Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has a Safe Return to Campus Plan posted on its website that addresses safety in nine key areas, each with information that can be found on the umhb.edu website, in a purple box at the lower left of the page. The areas of interest address safety within academics, student life, student services, student housing, athletics, and dining services. They also highlight cleaning protocols, health and safety protocols, the mandatory reporting of symptoms of exposure, and there is a section where student notices addressing these issues can be downloaded. The topic on academics explains the CRUflex plan of content delivery and teaching this fall semester that offers students three different options for participation and learning. CRUflex has already begun to offer students the opportunity to attend class, and/or attend online synchronously, or to attend asynchronously online. The academics topic also discusses the computers required and the safe use of them, and lets students know that in some cases, specific lab instructions and protocols are provided in class.  This section also lists the general safety protocols for being physically on campus, and interacting with fellow students and professors. These protocols, guided by CDC guidelines (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), involve using masks, staying at a safe social distance, and the section specifically addresses when masks and face coverings are required, as follows:   Student Health and Safety Protocols All UMHB community members are required to properly wear face coverings or face masks: Upon entering all campus buildingsIn all common areas and shared environments on campus, including hallways, restrooms, elevators, or university-provided group transportation (i.e. vans).When entering/exiting classrooms and lecture halls andFor students, throughout the duration of the class, lab, clinical activity, etc. Faculty must wear a mask until everyone is seated and properly socially distanced in class. So as to assist in communication with the class, faculty may or may not elect to wear a mask while they are teaching. Students and employees are typically not required to wear face coverings in outdoor areas of the campus, as long as at least 6 ft. social distancing is maintained. Students are required to furnish their own face coverings or face masks that conform to CDC guidelines; plan to bring at least two to campus. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available in all classrooms, labs and on-campus clinical areas. All students must sanitize hands upon entering a classroom. Students who do not comply with health and safety protocols in the face-to-face class classroom, lecture hall, labs, or clinical areas will be required to leave the academic activity immediately. Disciplinary action may be imposed by the Dean...

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UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary
Feb25

UMHB celebrates its 175th anniversary

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor kicked off its 175th birthday celebration with a family-style dinner that included chicken, green beans and apple pie on Saturday, Feb. 1. Two hundred and sixty people attended the gathering, representing alumni from the years 1946-2019. “All dining on campus used to be family-style,” UMHB Alumni Director Jeff Sutton said. “This was a throwback memory for a lot of our alumni.” The night ended with a candle lighting ceremony at which alumni shared their love and support of the university. This year the tradition was taken to the internet, and over 500 alumni checked in across the globe, offering a way for everyone to connect even if they could not physically make it to the celebrations. A celebration, complete with a photo booth and school-colored cupcakes followed the candle lighting in the Bawcom Student Union. President Randy O’Rear and his wife Julie led attendees in a song of “Happy Birthday” and blew out candles on a cake, denoting 175 years. Feb. 1 has been coined by the City of Belton as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Day. This is because on that day in 1845, the Ninth Congress of the Republic of Texas granted a charter to the university that provided the framework to form two universities: UMHB and Baylor. The school has since grown and changed drastically. UMHB is now in a different location than it was in 1845. The school used to be located in Independence, and it was a women’s school until 1971. Present-day students now shared their more recent memories and wishes for UMHB at the birthday gathering in Bawcom. “My favorite memory at UMHB is Midnight March,” student Laela Collins said. “It’s my favorite tradition because I spend it with all my closest friends.” The gathering meant even more than that to Collins, as it is one of the closing events of the year. “It gave us an opportunity to say goodbye to those friends that are about to graduate and start their lives,” Collins said. “It’s really touching to be together as a student body.” For first-year student Joftnnia Holts, Welcome Week has been the most fun so far. “I got to know a lot of new people and everyone is so different!” Holts said. “I have a lot of friends from a lot of classifications.” Another Charter Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 in Independence Texas. It will include a chapel service in the historic Independence Baptist Church, followed by a luncheon on the lawn. Other upcoming events commemorating UMHB’s 175th birthday include Belton’s Fourth of July Parade with the school’s float that will feature...

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ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays
Feb27

ROTC members volunteer at Big Red Relays

The UMHB ROTC program volunteered at the Big Red Relays event on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Belton High School. The group volunteered to serve food to the athletes competing in the event. Junior social work major and ROTC cadet Nathan Gammage coordinated with Belton ISD to volunteer at the event. He heard about the event from Nicholas Cormier, a UMHB ROTC cadet and intern at Belton High School. “I want to show how awesome our program is by volunteering and representing the program,” Gammage said. “It’s also to show people that we stand for something bigger than ourselves and to show that we love serving our community.” According to Gammage, the event went well. “I am happy to have seen all the hard work and dedication the program displayed during the event.” “We helped serve food to the coaches and participants of the Big Red Relays event, and I would say, ‘mission...

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