Nursing students present at Houston conference
Nov16

Nursing students present at Houston conference

Five nursing students from UMHB are headed to Houston to present at a health care conference that draws hundreds of health care professionals from around the country. Nicole Ikefuna, Daniella Llanas, Laryssa Wills, Alaijah Taylor, and Deanna Hopkinson were chosen out of the entire Novice 1 nursing cohort throughout the university to participate in this honor, and have been working hard recently to prepare for their presentation. “We will be speaking at the TAHCH conference, which is a conference for the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice,” Nicole Ikefuna said. The convention takes place at the Westin Hotel in the Houston Galleria. Our presentation will take place on Wednesday, the 15. Students from UMHB will be presenting at the conference, along with their teacher, Dr. Emerson and her husband, who will present additional information as well. Although the conference will cover a wide range of topics, the UMHB group will be presenting specifically on religion and how it impacts health care. Each member has done extensive research on a religion of their choosing and will present that information individually. “We will be presenting on religious diversity in relation to end-of-life care practices for hospice care,” Ikefuna said. “Health care professionals will be attending this conference, including hospice care providers and home health nurses. We’ve prepared for this project by doing research and making sure that all of our information was accurate. We have also spent a lot of time as a group, as well as individually practicing to make sure we can get our point across in the best way possible,” Ikafuna said. It was a lengthy process in getting chosen to present at such a large and notable conference and these young women know that it is an experience of a lifetime. “The process for being chosen to present at this conference began with our whole nursing cohort being divided up into groups of five people of creating and submmitind a presentation for our teacher. “Our teacher then chose the top two presentations out of each class and we had to present in front of a panel, where they then chose the winning group.” For Ikefuna, this experience is one that she hopes will further her evolution into a professional nurse, but she also wants to gain a clearer picture regarding the field of nursing she plans to pursue in the future. “I think that this experience will give me an opportunity to explore a side of nursing that I have always wanted to do, which is public health nursing,” she said. “I am very interested in that field of nursing. I think it will also help...

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Senior soccer player shines on and off the field
Nov15

Senior soccer player shines on and off the field

The UMHB men’s soccer team has made history this year, earning the program’s first ASC championship as they head to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. Senior midfielder Caleb Almanza, who was recently selected to compete on the First Team All-ASC and is a starter for the Cru, has played a big part in the team’s success this season. “This season has been great, we are playing well and put ourselves in a great position to do something amazing and make history,” Almanza said. “I feel I put in a lot of work to my team and do whatever it takes to win.” While Almanza has had many people in his life who have inspired and helped him in his soccer career, there is a certain person who has left a special impact on his heart. “My older brother, who is in the Navy is my biggest inspiration in life,” Almanza said. “I look up to him every day. He has helped me through everything throughout my life and is the reason I am who I am today.” Soccer has always been more than just a game for Almanza; it is a part of him that no matter where he goes, he will always take with him. “I have played soccer since I was 3 years old, so it’s been about 18 years,” Almanza said. “My parents got me started in it and it has been a part of my life ever since. I love that I forget about everything while I’m playing. It’s my time to get away from everything and do what I love, and I thank God for letting me do that every day. “It has been what I have done my entire life, soccer has taken me all over the world, brought me to a great university and just been a massive part of my life.” Although soccer holds so many special memories in the past for Almanza, his next step in life is to pursue his other dream: to become a physical therapist. “I plan on pursuing my career after I graduate and not play soccer anymore. I need to focus on my long-term future even though I would love to continue playing,” Almanza said. Choosing to further his athletic career as a Crusader was not a tough decision for Almanza and throughout his four years here, he has realized that this is exactly where he belongs. “I loved my visit when I came to visit UMHB,” he said. “They have great academics and Coach Bankhead ran a very good program so I wanted to be a part of it. To this day,...

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Astros headed to World Series
Oct26

Astros headed to World Series

For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are the American League pennant champions and are competing in the World Series for the first time since 2005. The Astros, who have never won a World Series game, are facing the Major League Basbeall (MLB) best regular season record holder the Los Angeles Dodgers in a best of seven game series. With a showdown between two 100 win teams, this Fall Classic is set to be an unforgettable one. The Astros are no stranger to adversity. After getting swept in four games by the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 World Series, losing 100+ games each in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons, and coming up short in the ALDS in 2015, the Astros are hungry for redemption. It has been a historic season for the Astros, to say the least. Some even argue that this has been the strongest Astros team ever. Led by MVP favorite Jose Altuve and postseason veteran Justin Verlander, the Astros finished the 2017 regular season with a 101-61 record and won the American League West Division for the first time in franchise history. The Astros went on to the ALDS, beating the Boston Red Sox in only four games. The Astros next challenge was the New York Yankees, who proved to be stiff competition. The Astros initially went up two games on the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, but then were swept in three games in New York. The two teams then headed back to Houston for game six, where the Astros topped the Yankees 7-1, forcing a game seven. On October 22nd, the Houston Astros became the American League Champions, shutting out the Yankees 4-0 in a thriller game seven. However, things have not always been so great for this team. For the entire city of Houston, 2017 has been a year of hardship. Just eight short weeks ago, Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, a storm that left the fourth largest city in America underwater and thousands of people displaced. While the Astros were on the road at the time of the storm, they were able to return home on Sept. 2 for a series against the New York Mets. Although the majority of the city was still underwater and many were left without homes, thousands of fans gathered at Minute Maid Park on that emotional September day. The Astros, wearing the Houston Strong patches on their jerseys, ironically faced NY Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and were able to come out on top, beating the Mets 12-8. That game marked the beginning of a new focus for the...

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Are we doing enough to prevent head injuries in football?
Oct13

Are we doing enough to prevent head injuries in football?

It’s no secret that football is a tradition that has been a part of America for over a hundred years. No other sport can compare to the heated rivalries, the tradition of Thanksgiving football games, and the Super Bowl games that draw millions of viewers from across the world every year. It’s also no secret, however, that football is one of the most dangerous sports to play. Across the high school, collegiate, and professional level, football-related injuries are not uncommon, with head traumas accounting for a large percentage of those injuries. Last year, in the NFL alone, there were over 200 concussions reported. A study done by the American Academy of Neurology also found that “more than 40 percent of retired National Football League players had signs of traumatic brain injury based on sensitive MRI scans” (www.washingtonpost.com). This begs the question: should the NFL be doing more to protect players from head trauma injuries? While head injuries in the NFL have always been a topic of discussion, the news of Aaron Hernandez, former star tight end for the New England Patriots, was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. This event sparked national controversy on the safety of players. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a degenerative disorder believed to be caused by repeated trauma to the head. Unfortunately, this disease is not diagnosable until an autopsy in the deceased. Hernandez, unfortunately, was not the only one. A recent study done on over 200 deceased brains of former football players across all levels found a substantial percent of CTE. In former NFL players included in this study, 110 out of 111, a whopping 99%, were diagnosed with CTE. With more and more evidence coming out that multiple concussions are the most prominent risk factor for developing CTE, it is clear that NFL players are at a huge risk for developing this life-threatening disease. While concussion protocol in the NFL has come a long way in recent years, it is clear that these efforts can only go so far in protecting players from the risk of traumatic brain injuries. The NFL now allows a neurologist on the sidelines at each game that can assess and prevent any player from going back out on to the field if they believe they have been subject to some kind of brain trauma. The NFL also has implemented a strict protocol for players who are assessed and confirmed to have a concussion that does not allow them to go back out on the field the same day. While this was implemented years ago, it wasn’t until the 2016 season that the NFL enforced disciplinary actions...

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Nurses Christian Fellowship
Oct13

Nurses Christian Fellowship

Nurses Christian Fellowship is a student organization on campus that is available to nursing students who are looking for a way to get involved and take a break from the crazy hectic life of being in nursing school to spread the love of Jesus throughout campus and in the local community. “We are an organization that just wants to share the love of Christ and encourage each and every one of you,” Senior nursing student and president of the Nurses Christian Fellowship Keyarius Johnson said during the first NCF meeting of the year. “We are a very team driven organization. We work together, we don’t leave anyone behind.” Bethany Whately, historian of NCF, takes pride in her position as a board member and wants to share her love of the organization with other nursing students. “We are little people that just love Jesus,” Senior nursing student and NCF historian Bethany Whatley said. “However, we are all graduating this semester, so if you want to be a part of something, help encourage others and want to be a part of the board, let us know. “We need people to take our spots.” NCF aims to create a sense of a community among students during their journey through nursing school by supporting and encouraging one another always and lifting each other up through the whirlwind of it all. “In the past, we have had devotions where we get up in the morning, feed you guys breakfast and pray and have worship before any major exams,” Johnson said. “We know that after a long week of studying, sometimes the nerves just get the best of us so we just try to make sure you guys are relaxed and confident and just able to go in there knowing that you can do all things through Christ.” In addition to loving one another, NCF also shares the love of Jesus Christ with members of the Belton and Temple community through service. After the devastating hurricane that left many people homeless in Houston this fall, NCF sprung into action to create donation box for those that were taking shelter at the Bell County Expo Center. This is just one example of the many opportunities that NCF provides students with. “We have volunteer opportunities throughout the semester that we will let you guys know about how you all can participate in. We are trying to partner with Temple ISD this semester to try to get kind of a big sister/big brother club going to where we can volunteer with kids on the weekend and bring them to Cru football games and stuff like that. We also...

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