Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams
Apr24

Allie Dalle pursues military and softball dreams

UMHB sophomore Allie Dalle has a clear vision of what she wants to do with her life. Dalle, who is a criminal justice major from Lake Travis, wants to fly Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the United States Army. Dalle has known that she wanted to join the military since she was around eight years old. In order to prepare for life in the Army, she is apart of UMHB’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. This will allow her to join the Army as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. She has had a great experience with UMHB’s ROTC program. She originally planned to join a larger military program in college, such as Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets. However, after finding out about UMHB’s ROTC program, she realized that she was supposed to be a Crusader. “I love it,” she said in reference to the school’s ROTC program. “It’s more of a personal experience rather than being thrown out into a big group of random people. I get to be closer with all the cadets in the program.” While earning her degree at UMHB, Dalle is fulfilling another lifelong passion—softball. “I’ve been playing softball since I was about four or five years old,” she said. “I’ve always loved it, and [I’ve] wanted to play college ball since I was probably 10.” Here at UMHB, Dalle has served as a utility player, playing a variety of positions on the team. She has played at first and third base, as well as centerfield. “Wherever they need a spot to be filled, I’ll play,” she said. Her impressive statistics for this season include a .405 batting average and a .957 fielding percentage. Softball Head Coach Larry Hennig is proud of everything Dalle has accomplished. “Allie has been a huge catalyst for our program this year. We have asked her to play several positions and she always performs well. She is one of our hardest workers at practice, and she has made herself into one of the top hitters in our conference.” According to Hennig, Dalle is a valuable member of the team not just for her softball skills, but also for her personal characteristics. “She is highly respected and loved by everyone that she comes in contact [with]. She has all of her priorities in the right place. We are so fortunate to have her in our program.” Balancing ROTC, softball and college classes can be difficult. Dalle begins her weekdays with early morning ROTC workouts. Afterwards, she heads to class, and when her classes are over for the day, she goes to softball practice. After practice, she makes time...

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Midnight March
Apr24

Midnight March

Each year, UMHB seniors gather on a Friday night at the end of the spring semester for Midnight March. This year’s ceremony was held at midnight on Saturday, April 13. Students gathered near the Sesquicentennial Plaza in the Quad on Friday night in preparation for the seniors to arrive. During the week before Midnight March, members of the senior class decorate candles and distribute them to students and faculty who have impacted them in a positive manner during their time at UMHB. In addition, each senior chooses a member of the junior class to robe during the ceremony. At the event, students stand in a circle with their candles, and the seniors come around and light them. After all the candles are lit, the seniors robe the junior class. This gesture symbolizes the transition to the next group of seniors. After the juniors have been robed, the graduating class and the juniors usually sing the senior song, “Up with the Purple.” However, they did something different this year. Instead of singing the traditional song, all of the students participated in the Cru Spirit Dance, which is a fan favorite at football games and other school events. Senior Kelly Taylor, who is a double major in psychology and criminal justice, thinks that this change was a good one. “While ‘Up with the Purple’ is the senior song and it’s tradition to sing it, I feel that the Cru Spirit Dance was more fitting for this occasion because Midnight March is all about reflecting back on your time at UMHB, while ‘Up with the Purple’ looks more towards the future,” she said.“One of my first memories here is during Welcome Week at Spirit and Traditions, when the Cru Spirit Dance was played over and over and over again. It was nice to reflect back on that memory during this tradition.” After Midnight March ends, members of the graduating class can ring the Senior Bell. The bell is located near the Parker House, which contains the Musick Alumni Center and Museum. This year, free popcorn was available for students, and seniors were able to take home a commemorative cup. Bonnie Moriarty, a senior English education major, enjoyed being able to participate in Midnight March. “My favorite experience with Midnight March was how everything stayed centered on celebrating friendships at UMHB,” she said. “It was meaningful to light candles of underclassmen who impacted our time here.” Moriarty robed Chloe Poe, a sophomore education major. “I am so blessed to have a friend like Bonnie,” she said. “I hope I am as good[of]a dorm Resident Assistant as her. I can’t wait for when I...

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Sader Belles win national championship
Apr02

Sader Belles win national championship

UMHB’s dance team, The Sader Belles, won the Division II national title at the 2019 American Dance and Drill Team (ADTS) Collegiate Championship on Saturday, March 23. The women traveled to the University of North Texas in Denton for the competition, where they performed in the jazz and pom categories. Coach Christy Hawkins, who has coached the team for five years, is proud that the women were able to overcome several hardships and find victory in the championship. “We had some injuries, some illnesses…one girl performed with a sprained ankle,” Hawkins said. One woman tore ligaments in her ankle in February, requiring the team to readjust the routine. Despite these challenges, the women fought hard and won first place with their pom routine, which was set to a remix of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” This helped them secure the overall national championship. UMHB competed in Division II with several larger schools such as Tarleton State University and Dallas Baptist University. They brought two routines to the competition, making Hawkins proud. “We took two dances, which is huge,” she said. In addition to performing at competitions, The Sader Belles perform at football, volleyball and basketball games, as well as events in the community. Tryouts for the 2019-2020 team will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in the Mabee- Farris Recreation Gym in Mayborn Campus Center. Applicants must learn a 30-second routine before the tryouts and be prepared to perform it during the auditions. This video can be found on the Sader Belle Facebook and YouTube pages. On the day of the tryouts, this routine will be added to new choreography. Applicants must bring a typed Sader Belle application, a photo copy of their UMHB acceptance letter, a photo of themselves in all-black dance wear and two letters of recommendation to the tryouts. To learn more about the Sader Belles and to learn more about tryouts, visit go.umhb. edu/students/rec/sader-belles or follow UMHB Saderbelles on...

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Education majors participate in job fair
Apr02

Education majors participate in job fair

UMHB students pursuing a career in education attended the Education Job Fair on Thursday, March 21. Around 50 employers were present at the fair, which was held from 2-3:30 p.m. in McLane Great Hall in Bawcom Student Union. The fair targeted senior education majors who are looking for teaching jobs. Education majors who planned to attend the job fair registered in advance and gathered for a meeting before the event started. They came prepared with copies of their résumés to hand out to potential employers. At the fair, they had the opportunity to visit with employers from several different schools, each of which had their own table. The employers talked to students about their schools and the job openings they have available. Senior interdisciplinary education major Jimmy Boutte attended the event. “The job fair was a great opportunity to see different school districts around the Central Texas area,” he said. “I really enjoyed seeing what they had to offer.” After graduation, he hopes to get a job in north Houston. Another student who attended the job fair is senior elementary education major Taylor Gusler. “There were a lot of schools and districts there,” she said. “I felt that it was very helpful. There were many schools from different parts of Texas and different types of schools there. There were public and private schools, and there were a couple international mission groups focused on education as well.” After graduation, she hopes to get a job in the Waco area. The job fair was sponsored by the UMHB Career Services Center, which focuses on helping students prepare for life in the workforce after graduation. They have held multiple job fairs this semester, including the Job and Internship Fair on Feb. 12 and the Nursing Job Fair on Feb. 19. The Career Services Center offers several tools and resources to help students prepare for life after graduation, including a free skills assessment, personalized career plans, internships, job searches, mock interviews and a recruiting and event platform called Handshake. In addition, students can sign up for Apprentice Belton, a mentorship program between UMHB students and professionals in the community. According to the Belton Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, the purpose of Apprentice Belton is “to develop tomorrow’s young professionals and the future leaders of Belton.” Career Services has three upcoming events in April, including the PreMed Panel on April 4, Camp Cho-Yeh recruiting on April 9 and the semester’s Apprentice Belton Closing Ceremony on April 23. For a full list of events and resources offered by Career Services, visit their page on UMHB’s website or call...

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Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas
Apr02

Tennis defeats Howard Payne; falls to UT Dallas

On Friday, March 29, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Brownwood to face the Yellow Jackets of Howard Payne University. Before facing Howard Payne, the men’s team held a 4-2 season record, while the women’s team held a 0-2 record for the season. The men’s team led 2-1 after doubles and swept singles, leading them to an 8-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The women’s team took the lead during doubles and swept the bottom of the singles lineup, leading them to a 5-4 victory. After the victories over Howard Payne, the men’s team stood at a 5-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record, while the women’s team had a 1-2 season record and a 1-0 ASC record. The next day, both teams traveled to Richardson to face the UT Dallas Comets. The men’s team earned a few wins in singles, but ultimately lost 2-7, while the women’s team lost 0-9 to the Comets. After the games in Richardson, the men’s team stands at a 5-3 season record and 1-1 ASC record, while the women’s team has a 1-3 season record and a 1-1 ASC record. Both teams will face Sul Ross State University on Friday, April 5 in Belton. They will travel to Georgetown the following day to face Southwestern...

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