New sport and new coach arriving on campus
Jan30

New sport and new coach arriving on campus

UMHB has chosen its new coach for its new sport: Acrobatics and Tumbling. Head coach Courtney Pate will help build this new program, which will begin in the spring semester of 2020. Pate graduated from Belton High School and Baylor University, where she helped win two team national championships and three individual national championships in the sport. On Thursday, Jan. 3, Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann announced the addition of the sport. “We are very excited to add the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling to our sport offerings,” he stated in a release on the UMHB website. “We have been studying this opportunity for a couple of years now, and the time is right for us to launch the Acrobatics and Tumbling program at UMHB. We are proud of our success as a department and look forward to having another competitive program. We are anxious to get a head coach in place to begin recruiting talented student-athletes with that goal in mind,” his statement reads. Because the sport is not recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the new team will compete as part of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA). According to their website, “the mission of the NCATA is to bring the sport of Acrobatics and Tumbling through NCAA emerging sport status to become a fully sanctioned NCAA championship sport.” Currently, 26 universities compete as members of the NCATA. Other Texas colleges that participate in the organization are Baylor University, which has earned the NCATA national title for the past four years, and East Texas Baptist University. In an official news release on the NCATA website, NCATA President Dr. Renee Baumgartner said, “We are proud to share the news that the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has added Acrobatics & Tumbling to their varsity sport offerings… UMHB is an excellent NCAA Division III institution that builds upon recent NCATA expansion in Texas. We are excited by their decision and commitment to new opportunities.” Freshman education major Alena Bellon is excited that there will be a new team that allows students to practice their tumbling skills without being a member of the cheerleading team. “I am excited for the team because the only way in the past to actually tumble was through the cheer team,” Bellon said. “This is a great opportunity for me to work on my skills without the cheer setting.” Senior psychology and criminal justice double major Kelly Taylor thinks that the new team will be a great addition to the school. “I would definitely participate if I had any coordination whatsoever and wasn’t graduating!” Taylor, who is excited to see the new...

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English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party
Nov13

English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party

On Monday evening, Oct. 29, students and faculty members gathered at Luther Memorial for the annual Edgar Allan Poe Party. The evening was filled with food, trivia contests, Halloween music and a reading of “The Raven.” Students also had the chance to participate in the “Faux Poe” contest, where they wrote a parody of the first two stanzas of “The Raven.” Prizes were awarded for Most Humorous and Most Twisted submissions. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the first Poe Party. It is hosted each October by the UMHB English Club, a group that strives to promote literacy and a love of reading in the community. In addition to the Poe Party, the club sponsors a semi-annual book club, Shakespeare by the Pond and various community service events. However, the Poe Party is not just for English majors and members of School of Humanities. Students from every department on campus are welcome to attend the fun-filled evening. Associate Dean of Humanities and English professor Jacky Dumas has been in charge of organizing the event for the past 8 to 9 years. “I think it went well,” he said. “We had 38 total [people] in attendance throughout the night.” Senior Jesse Cade is a double major in English and history, and he serves as president of the English Club. For the party, he dressed up as a humorous depiction of the capstone to the English major class. “I enjoyed the Poe Party because we got a lot more people to come than [in] previous years,” he said. “It was also fun to see people dress up and go all out for their costumes. Someone came as a cactus. It was pretty great.” One student who attended the party is Miracle Gant, a junior English major and fine arts minor. She performed a dramatic reading of “The Raven” at the event. “I love the Poe Party because it’s a concrete example of how we can make literature real to readers. Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t have to stay in the back section of our American literature books if we don’t want him to—we can bring him out and invite him and his scholarship into our existing conventions if we so choose.” Students who missed out on the Poe Party this year don’t need to worry—it will be held again next year just in time for the Halloween...

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Crusader soccer seasons going strong
Nov13

Crusader soccer seasons going strong

Both of UMHB’s soccer teams have had an amazing season so far, and as the season comes to a close, the teams continue to succeed. So far, the men’s team has won eleven games, lost three and tied one. The women’s team has nine wins, four losses and two ties. The men are currently ranked second in the NCAA Division III West Region poll. In addition to the great team records, players from the men’s and women’s teams have had many personal achievements this season. Senior goalkeeper Travis Aday was named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Defensive Player of the Week for the last week of August. He has played over 1,300 minutes this season, and he has had 32 saves. “This season has been great so far,” Aday said. “One of our major themes has always been about working hard every game for 90 minutes and building on our performances. We want to be playing our best soccer when November rolls around for post-season play, and a large part of that is fighting for the guy next to you at every opportunity and taking responsibility for your own actions. As long as we do that and everyone does their job, we are a great team.” Junior forward Chelsea Graham was named ASC Offensive Player of the Week for the last week of September. She has played over 930 minutes this season and has scored 10 goals. “I love soccer at UMHB because our team is all so close,” Graham said. “We are a family and we play together very well because we play for each other. There’s something different about playing for a team that is all so close because you are always having a fun time and practice seems like two hours of hanging out and playing with your best friend¬¬s.” On Monday, Oct. 22, both the men’s and women’s teams played home games at UMHB against Hardin-Simmons University. The women’s team lost 0-1, and the men’s team won their game with a 1-0 shutout. Each team will have one more season game at Sul Ross State University in Alpine on Saturday, Oct. 27. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will play at 3:30...

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Nursing program still growing
Nov13

Nursing program still growing

It is impossible to think about UMHB without thinking of the nursing program. This major has a higher enrollment than any other program on campus, and if you aren’t a nursing major yourself, you definitely know one. One of the most familiar sights on campus is the iconic purple scrubs that the nursing students wear. In 1903, a school of nursing was founded at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. The program was later transferred to UMHB, and in 1970, it became a baccalaureate degree program. In 1972, the first group of nursing students graduated from the program with 28 students in the class. Since its beginnings at UMHB, the nursing program has earned accreditation from the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nurses and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Scott & White School of Nursing currently has 23 faculty members as well as 57 adjunct faculty members. As of fall 2017, the program has 699 enrolled students, making it the largest on UMHB’s campus. The nursing program is housed in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. The state-of-the-art building is over 76,000 square feet and contains a simulation hospital, clinical labs, offices, classrooms, a chapel and other rooms that help nursing students prepare for the workforce. Junior nursing major Emily Crowson loves being a part of UMHB’s nursing program. After graduation, she hopes to work as either a labor and delivery nurse or a nurse in a neonatal infant care unit (NICU). She says that the best part of the nursing program is clinicals, where students get to practice a real-life application of their skills. “Clinicals [are] awesome. That’s my favorite part.” One of the most life-changing experiences she has had as a nursing student was witnessing and assisting with the birth of a baby. “That was the most amazing experience…I’ve ever witnessed in my life…I think that’s what made me want to try to do labor and delivery.” In addition to offering undergraduate nursing degrees, UMHB offers masters and doctorate degrees within the program. Dr. Lynn Heise serves as an assistant professor and the Interim Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice. She says that the best part of the nursing program is the simulation labs. “The faculty [members] that work in simulation are very supportive of us. The [undergraduates], before they actually get into the hospital, have already learned the skills on mannequins…so it’s not quite as frightening.” Not all nursing programs have simulation hospitals for their students to use, and by providing this for the students, UMHB has given the nursing students a competitive edge in the workforce....

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New faces on campus
Sep12

New faces on campus

Every year, UMHB excitedly welcomes new faculty members to campus. This year, the school hired 16 new members including professors and instructors. In addition to the new hires, some faculty members were promoted and given new titles. One new faculty member is Dr. Jerome Lockett, the new assistant professor in the Accounting, Economics and Finance Department. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Lockett lived in the Chicago area before coming to UMHB. He said that his favorite part of UMHB is the students. “The students brought me here…I think [the school] has one of the best student bodies I’ve ever taught.” Lockett is excited to experience UMHB traditions for the first time, especially Texas football with the Crusaders. A professor who received a new title this year is Dr. Rebecca Peterson, who is in her 14th year teaching at UMHB. In addition to being a professor in the History and Political Science Department, she is now the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Her position involves overseeing the associate deans of the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. She said that the best part of her job is “being able to help people as they’re planning,” as well as the opportunity to help others solve problems. Peterson also enjoys the fact that her job allows her to get to know professors and instructors in other departments that she would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with. With the addition of the 16 new faculty members, UMHB now has 180 professors and instructors, with 23 in the McLane College of Business, nine in the College of Christian Studies, 12 in the College of Education, 58 in the College of Humanities and Sciences, 55 in the Mayborn College of Health Sciences, and 23 in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Every class is taught by one of these talented faculty members, providing students with the quality education they deserve. Most importantly, each of the professors and instructors are followers of Christ. According to UMHB’s website, “faculty members must have not only outstanding professional credentials but also a proven commitment to teaching and mentoring students.” Using these criteria, the school carefully hires teachers that truly care about passing on their knowledge to students and helping them succeed. It is evident that the faculty members at UMHB care deeply about their classes and the students, which is one of the many reasons why the university is such a great place to go to...

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