Foster Love Bell County
Apr02

Foster Love Bell County

Foster Love Bell County celebrated the grand opening of their Foster Love House on Friday, Feb. 22. FLBC works to serve children who are in the foster care system in the Bell County area. Candace Cartwright founded the organization in February 2016. “I founded it [Foster Love] about three years ago,” Cartwright said. “I didn’t have a big vision or anything like this [the house] in mind, but it started out as a group on Facebook after my husband and I adopted from foster care.” The organization realized their need for a house facility when they discovered that children without a foster family assignment did not have a place to stay. FLBC moved into the house on Dec. 1,2018, and officially openedthe house on Feb. 22, 2019. The house provides several services for individuals involved in the foster program in Bell County. “We are kind of like a multi-resource center,” Cart- wright said. “We are open for conferences—we have two conference rooms that are available for case workers to use. Throughout the course of a case, there are a lot of conferences that have to take place and they have their unit meetings here.” The house also has a kitchen, laundry room, playroom, supply closet and two bedrooms for children and other individuals involved in the foster program. “One of the main reasons we opened the house was for the bathrooms,” Cartwrightsaid. “The Temple office doesnot have a shower facility and so the kids come in here needing to be cleaned.” The search for the Foster Love House began as a quest to find an office space for members of FLBC to use. “We were initially looking for an office space,”Cartwright said. “Over time, knowing what was going on in the CPS (Child ProtectiveServices) offices and that kids often come into care needing either a shower or a meal or a snack or supplies changed that. Often times they sit in an office for hours waiting for a placement with really nothing to do in an office-type setting, which is why the playrooms are there. Unfortunately, that wait does transfer overnight, and we knew that instead of sleeping on an office floor, a bedroom would be better in a home-like setting.” The Foster Love Bell County mission statement is to “raise awareness and mobilize the community to care for those in the child welfare system.” They accomplish this goal by providing a safe place for children in the foster system and engaging the community in helping the children in need. UMHB students are getting involved in helping at the Foster Love House in various ways. “We are so excited...

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Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony
Mar20

Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony

This year, several freshman students have enjoyed living in Lord Hall, UMHB’s newest residence hall. On Friday, March 1, the school held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new building, which opened in August of 2018. Attendees gathered in front of the building to hear from various speakers and celebrate the official opening of the dorm. After the ceremony, they had the opportunity to tour the building and explore eight student rooms. Lord Hall is named after Griff and Kathy Lord, Michael and Sharon Lord Daggett, and their family members. The Lord family has contributed to several other campus buildings and facilities, including Parker Academic Center, the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, and the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. In addition, Sharon Lord Daggett established the Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship in honor of her grandmother, who attended the school in 1905. Since the scholar- ship’s establishment in 1996, it has helped over 326 students with their finances. Sophomore special education major Katelyn Blackhurst is a recipient of the scholarship. At the ceremony, she expressed her gratitude for the impact it has had on her life. “I’m beyond thankful for the Lords and this scholarship, and the fact that this incredible building is named in their honor just makes sense,” she said. “Now, whenever I pass by, I’ll remember the blessings I’ve received thanks to them.” UMHB President Randy O’Rear personally thanked the Lord family for their generous contributions to the university. “We could not be more proud to have your name on this wonderful building,” he stated to the family members. “We love you. Our university will never be the same, thanks to your generosity, and we certainly wouldn’t be the university we are today without you.” Lord Hall is not only the newest residence hall on campus, but also the largest. The 49,614 square foot building has room for 214 students. Previously, the largest freshman dorm was McLane Hall, which holds 190 students. Lord Hall is a unique residence hall due to the fact that it houses both male and female students. The two wings are separated, but share a central lobby. The building features study rooms, computer stations and two laundry rooms on each floor. A feature unique to Lord Hall is the common room on the third floor, which is equipped with a kitchen for students to...

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Nursing job fair introduces senior students to job opportunities
Feb27

Nursing job fair introduces senior students to job opportunities

Senior year is a stressful time for college students. As they prepare for graduation, one question continually lingers in every student’s mind: Where will I work after graduation? Nursing majors must decide whether they want to work in a large hospital, small clinic or other healthcare setting. Finding jobs in the nursing field is especially important for UMHB students, as the nursing program is the largest undergraduate program on campus. In order to alleviate some of the stress that comes with job-hunting and to help prepare students for life in the workforce, UMHB’s Career Services hosts several job fairs throughout the school year. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Nursing Job Fair was held in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. Nursing students who will be graduating in May attended the event dressed in professional attire to impress prospective employers. About 15 different employers had booths set up at the event. Students had the opportunity to visit each table, learn more about the employers who were present and ask questions about life as a nurse. Director of Career Services Don Owens thought the event was a success. “The recruiters are always most impressed with our students,” he said. “The seniors attending the event are always so well prepared and dressed professionally.” Senior nursing major Marvellous Ukuku attended the event. “I enjoyed the opportunity to showcase my credentials and see the different avenues the nursing world has for me to explore,” she said. After she graduates in May, she hopes to work as a neonatal infant care nurse. “I would like to be a nurse that provides care to all spectrums of vulnerable populations,” she stated. According to the Career Services website, “the mission of University Career Services, a division of Student Life, is to encourage and assist students in the discovery of their unique talents and gifts, development of career and job-related skills, and leadership in purpose and vision as they pursue their vocation.” Not all of the job fairs hosted by Career Services are exclusively for nursing students. On March 21, an Education Job Fair will be held in McLane Great Hall in Bawcom Student Union from 2-3:30 p.m. Students who want to pursue a career in education are encouraged to attend. Owens recommends that all UMHB students join Handshake, a recruiting platform that allows students and alumni to connect with potential employers online. To learn more about upcoming events hosted by Career Services, stop by their office on the second floor of Mabee Student Success Center or call...

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Richard Rogers crowned Mr. Crusader Knight

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 16 men participated in the 2019 Crusader Knights competition, each hoping to earn the coveted title of Mr. Crusader Knight. Each student represented a different campus organization or residence hall. This year’s theme was the Olympics, and the participants each selected a sport to represent. Announcers Alex Suominen and Steve Villalobos kicked off the night by welcoming the audience members, who filled the seats of Walton Chapel. The judges were then introduced. This year’s judges were Chris Barnes, Tanner Clarke and Angela Platt, all alumni of UMHB. On Saturday afternoon, the judges interviewed each contestant to get to know them on a personal level before the event. The men were scored on their interview, and this score helped determine their final standing in the competition. After the judges were introduced to the audience, the contestant videos began. Each representative had prepared a humorous one-minute video reflecting the Olympic sport they chose to represent. After the presentation of their video, each contestant competed in a spotlight question with the help of the emcees. This year’s emcees were Aria Flores, Jenna Albright, Monica Bernal and Tanner Watson. The men then came together to participate in a group dance, prompting plenty of laughter and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. At this point, there was a brief intermission, and audience members were given the chance to cast their votes for their favorite contestant. The contestant who received the most audience votes would automatically be a finalist. After intermission, the audience watched a music video of the contestants that was put together by UMHB alumnus and reigning Mr. Crusader Knight Caleb Fitzwater. The contestants then returned to the stage for the announcement of the top six finalists. Each finalist was presented with questions by Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson. While the judges made their final decisions, the audience watched a behind-the-scenes video that demonstrated how much fun the men had preparing for the event. Director Daniel Martinez and Assistant Directors Lauren Turner and Peter Zuniga took the stage to express their gratitude and their love for the Crusader Knights event. The representatives took the stage once more for the announcement of the awards. Each contestant was judged on their interview, video, campus vote (30 percent each) and spotlight (10 percent). The finalists were then given their titles. Fifth runner up was Seth Blankenship, Mr. Search Cru. Fourth runner up was Carter Williams Jr., Mr. Burt Hall. Third runner up was Dakota Stark, Mr. Nursing Student Association. Second runner up was Connor Tubbs, Mr. First Year Collective. First runner up was Samuel Kinnin, Mr. Circle K. Richard Rogers, Mr. Gettys Hall,...

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Campus opens food pantry in Mabee Student Success Center
Feb13

Campus opens food pantry in Mabee Student Success Center

There’s no doubt that college is expensive. After paying for tuition, textbooks and transportation, many students find that there isn’t that much money left over for food. Sometimes, UMHB students can have a hard time getting enough to eat. However, a new resource for students has opened to help alleviate this problem. UMHB Enactus is an organization that focuses on bringing about change through entrepreneurial action. In order to combat food insecurity among UMHB students, the organization founded The Source, an on-campus food pantry specifically for students. The Source opened for the first time on Feb. 4. Dr. Terry Fox, a professor of Business Computer Information Systems, serves as the faculty adviser for Enactus and was instrumental in founding The Source. In 2018, Fox was approached by Dr. James King, another business professor, about opening a food pantry on UMHB’s campus. “He (King) shared with me a newspaper article that was in the Waco paper about Baylor opening up a food pantry on their campus,” Fox said. “We worked with Dr. Skaggs and put together a survey that we sent out last spring to all of our students.” The results showed that over 40 percent of UMHB students have experienced food insecurity in the past year. When they realized the severity of this problem, they knew that something had to be done to fix it. Fox presented the idea to the members of Enactus, who were enthusiastic. “Dr. Skaggs and I worked throughout the summer and last fall putting together what a campus food pantry would look like,” Fox said. “We’ve had a variety of folks across campus that have pitched in and helped with this project.” After plenty of hard work and many generous donations, The Source is officially open. Sadly, food insecurity is a problem on many college campuses. According to The Source’s page on UMHB’s website, “Food insecurity among college students is a cause of poor academic performance, poor class attendance, lack of proper school supplies, and dropping out of college.” Opening The Source is a major step toward eliminating food insecurity among UMHB students. The Source is located in Mabee 228, and it is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 p.m. It is also available by appointment. Students will be asked to show their Cru card upon arriving at The Source, but they will not need to provide their name. Students may also complete an optional questionnaire regarding the food products they need the most. Each student can select up to 15 items per day, and volunteers will be available to answer any questions. With some smaller food items, such as granola bars, students...

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