Confidence is key for lady Crusaders
Oct05

Confidence is key for lady Crusaders

Written by Austin McCormick The women’s soccer team has been in preparation for a winning season since the beginning of the school year. The Lady Cru are striving for strong team unity and holding themselves to high expectations for their upcoming matches. Junior nursing major Erica Harris said, “Reaching the conference tournament is very important. Confidence is key for me in the games.” Head coach Meghann Brown guided the Cru women to a 12-6 overall record last year. Hard work paid off in the American Southwest Conference to set a record of 10-3 for the 2009 season. The UMHB women set school records for single-season victories along with most conference wins. Senior marketing major Kellee Shearer said, “We need to find motivation in the goals we will set weekly from now on. Confidence in me from my coach and teammates helps me to play well. We need to have more communication on the field between our teammates to keep each other up.” A big crowd excites the whole team from the start of a game. Loyal fans that cheer loudly make the squad feel that the school is behind them and boost the confidence of the team. The women have practice shirts that have the words “unity, respect, trust and integrity” across the front. The words represent what the team is pushing for its season to be successful. Freshman education major Laura Briner said, “I am always really aggresive on the field at practices and games.” Playing strong defense, keeping strong team unity and attacking the opponent are all important qualities for the team’s success this season. The upcoming soccer games are conference matches that need to be won in order for an invitation to the conference tournament. Winning the American Southwest Conference is an important stepping  stone to making it to the national tournament. Shearer said, “We are four games into conference play, and I know we are coming together as a team. Things are starting to look up for us. The team record is three wins, four losses and one tie. With only seven conference games remaining, the Lady Cru must stay focused and keep their eyes on the prize. Freshman accounting major Maizey Cardy said, “We have the ability  to make it to the tournament. It is just a matter of working together as a...

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Signs of Love helps Honduras
Oct05

Signs of Love helps Honduras

Written by Ashley Ramirez Vista Community Church of Belton, has partnered with Signs of Love to help the deaf and the sick in villages around Honduras. The church sent two teams to Honduras this summer. Temple College sophomore Jefte Campos went on the first trip in June. He said that Vista helps Signs of Love financially. They contribute to the gas used while Signs of Love drives throughout the country to help the deaf in surrounding villages. Vista also helps “aid the cause by sending people passionate about the ones who need love and help,” Campos said. Senior nursing major Sarah Herriott was also part of the medical team in June. She joined the group just days before plane tickets were purchased. A woman from the church approached her after hearing Herriott had an interest in going. “She knew I was a nursing major, and at that point they were looking for more medical people,” Herriott said. Her decision to go had to be made quickly because the down payment of $500 was due soon. Her financial needs to go were met. “The same afternoon that I dropped my check off for that, I got a check from my grandparents’ church for $500. Such awesome confirmation right there,” she said. Herriott believes God allowed her to learn and experience much of His beauty and power. “He taught me what it looks like to function as the body of Christ and how He can unify even the most diverse people to glorify His name,” she said. Herriott also saw a miraculous healing occur during her visit to the camp. A woman entered the clinic complaining about “swollen lymph nodes,” which was actually cancer. Herriott and two other team members prayed for the woman. One person anointed her with oil before praying for healing. Herriott said “We opened our eyes and the bump was significantly smaller. It was a miracle. It was huge.” Sophomore Shawn Cain went on the second trip to Honduras, where they served at a camp for the deaf. “Our purpose was to minister to the deaf of northern Honduras. We were to help, to serve, to teach language and most importantly to love,” he said. Cain enjoyed playing with the children. Two of the boys were Eduin and Felix. Cain thought of the children as his while he was there, “which means I was to make sure they were doing OK, staying out of trouble and enjoying themselves,” he said. As the team was leaving the camp, and after multiple hugs from the children, Cain looked out the window of the van and saw Eduin and Felix...

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Enrollment swells to record numbers

Written by Tanner Clarke With the increase in student population to a record 2,956, the Admissions and Recruiting staff members have a huge job ahead of them. Along with the growing population on campus over the past few years, there has also been an increase in the number of prospective students still in high school visiting UMHB every day. This accumulation of interest has the 10-person staff excited and ready for the future. Director of Admissions and Recruiting Brent Burks is emphasizing strategic ways of going about the difficult task of contacting more students than last year with the same number of staff. They are using tools like tours, Sader Days, Cru Camps, Preview Weekend and outside sources to target more prospects. “Without student involvement those things wouldn’t happen,” Burks said, emphasizing the important role that current students play in the recruiting process. “Families want to see more face time with current students.” Another thing that helps the staff is “student recruiters.” “(Many students) become recruiters after they enroll.When you have a good experience, you want to tell people about it,” Burks said. The older methods of recruiting are still being used and are just as effective and helpful to the staff. Travel season for the Admissions and Recruiting staff is still a good way to build relationships with students interested in UMHB. October and November, the Admissions and Recruiting staff travel to all parts of Texas telling people about the university at college fairs and other events. The biggest focus for the staff is interacting and talking to more prospective students but maintaining the personal touches that have been inviting to many students in the past. Burks said, “One thing we have not sacrificed at all is the customer service and face-to-face value that we think makes Mary Hardin-Baylor special and sets us apart.” The challenge of maintaining the balance between the personal touches of a small university and the growing number of students visiting campus is one that the Admissions and Recruiting staff is stepping up to. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Gary Lamm is looking at new ways to recruit students. Some of the areas are utilizing social networking sites and the UMHB website for recruiting as well as getting a new recruiting video to show potential students. A partnership with other departments on campus has helped the Admissions and Recruiting staff in maintaining the personal touch into the student’s admissions experience. A message or contact from a certain college “goes a lot further than we can do,” Lamm said. “We are just the Admissions and Recruiting office. We rely on so many other areas...

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Career Services gives assistance

Written by Dylan Pribilski Acquiring a higher education is a daunting task, but getting employed with just the credentials earned in college is far more difficult for some. What can a student do to avoid these hurdles? Career Services on the second floor of Mabee Academic Center is one of the best resources students have for acquiring experience and getting their careers on track. The department networks through professors, employers and even students themselves to find new internship openings. It helps students organize their documents such as resumes, and presents them to the employers for consideration. Don R. Owens has been director of Career Services for nearly 10 years. When referring to students’ experience, Owen said, “Internships are priceless opportunities for them to get real world exposure on how business is conducted in their various majors.” Owens said his department is not always the first or final stop for a student seeking an internship. But some students have a tremendous amount of faith in the department, simply because it got them on the right track. Senior computer graphics and design major Joshua Benitez is one. He was recently hired into an internship that was networked through Career Services. “First Baptist Church in Belton contacted Career Services with an opening. They contacted my professor, my professor contacted me. I applied the next day and within a week had the position locked down,” he said. Benitez commented on the convenience and ease with which he acquired his internship. “With the university in such a tight community, it’s no surprise that companies gather students from this campus.” Senior computer graphics and design major Chris Wilson also had success with Career Services. His goals of becoming well versed in the real-world dealings of his major are being realized through his internship at Quick Copy in Temple. Much like Benitez, Wilson was referred to the position by a professor. His hunt for an internship ended within three weeks of applying. Across the country the National Association for Colleges and Employers has done a survey that said 58 percent of students in internships who were surveyed experienced being hired faster and starting at a higher rate of compensation. Career Services is doing its part to help students get the experience they need to succeed in their job market. Wilson said, “It’s very helpful when you have someone there to have your back, and actually look out for you, when you’re trying to find these...

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Cru soccer makes history, sets goals for season
Sep28

Cru soccer makes history, sets goals for season

Written by Carissa Lucas The men’s soccer team made history two weeks ago when they moved up to #7 in the nation on the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com Top 25 National Poll, but the victory was short lived when a loss dropped the men from #7 to #24 in one weekend. The Cru men are currently 5-2 for the season, and 2-2 in American Southwest Conference play. Brad Bankhead, the men’s soccer coach for the last five seasons, and the ASC’s Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2009 believes his team is a good team, but concedes the rest of the season will tell him a lot. “We don’t know if this team is a special team yet. I think it’s still early,” Bankhead said. “I think if you ask me that in two months …. I could give you a better answer.” Despite the rise and fall of the rankings the team maintains its attitude.  The Cru’s goal, Bankhead says is to be “a national contender.” Senior Christian studies major and goalkeeper Mark Miller, credits the early season successes to the players of the past. “The (#7) ranking had a lot to do with how we played last season,”Miller said. The Cru was ranked in the top 25 for several weeks last season. However, the early successes of the year could not prepare the men for the road blocks they would hit. Senior history major Benjamin Allen, tries to keep a positive attitude despite the bumps in the road. “Obviously the team is disappointed, but rankings mean nothing right now,” Allen said. “It’s a long season, and there are a lot of games left.” Adam Cecil, a junior goalkeeper for the Cru learned from the losses. “Falling from #7 to #24 was tough for us,” he said. “I think overall it was a humbling experience that showed us the importance of taking every game seriously and playing hard the full 90 minutes.” The Cru went into a weekend of ASC matches and came out 1-1 for the weekend with U.T.-Tyler handing the Cru their second loss on Friday. The men rallied back with an overtime victory against Concordia University on Saturday. Bo Baker, a mid center for the Cru, tries not to focus too much on the rankings and instead chooses to look forward to the rest of the season. He said the team needs to “maintain our attitude and make sure we get better as the season goes on.” “As of right now we have to continue to do what we have been doing,” Baker said. “We have to look past the ranking and work to be better. We...

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