International students get a taste of Texas
Oct08

International students get a taste of Texas

For a few short hours on a Friday night in a small Texas town, students from all over the world were able to come together to share their cultures at a Baptist Student Ministries event called Texas Night. The event took place on Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lord Conference Center at Parker Academic Center. The night was full of dancing, food, smiles and laughter, as students from many different places and backgrounds got a taste of what true Texan culture is like. “It was mostly a dance. We teach some line dances and two-stepping. We also do some American culture games such as Jeopardy about Texas trivia,” English and Christian studies major Jake Raabe said. While the event only lasted a few hours, the memories and friendships that were made that night were ones that will truly last a lifetime. “It’s important for us to allow students to meet and blend different cultures together,” Raabe said. “The purpose of Texas Night is to assimilate internationals to Texas culture, and also to help internationals and Americans build relationships. There are students here from all over the world. We want people to meet here,” Raabe said. The event seemed to be a hit as students, traditional and international alike, joined in on the festivities. “Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. [The international students] really enjoyed the large line dances where, if I remember correctly, only one or two students stayed off to the side,” junior international business and business management major Dylan Hall said. Shawn Shannon, the Director of the BSM, was pleased with the impact Texas Night had on the international students. “We ended up with around 80 people total or so there. We all had a lot of fun,” Shannon said. Future events are already being planned that will allow International students and American students to gather and share their lives and cultures with one another. “In November we will be having an International Thanksgiving meal where we will have a meal for both international and American students as another way to make sure we are allowing students to meet,” Raabe...

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CAB has new ideas for upcoming year
Oct08

CAB has new ideas for upcoming year

Campus Activities Board is a student organization that allows UMHB students the chance to help plan activities for the students. From huge events to passing out small gifts for students, CAB plans it all. “Every campus activity meeting is set up similarly. We asses the events that we had the week prior and then we plan for upcoming stuff,”Assistant Director of Campus Activities Jeff Sutton said. During the first week of classes, the student organization spent a lot of time talking about a leadership conference they attended that helped the organization come up with event ideas for the rest of the year. “Now we are taking all of the information we gained at the conference and actually calendaring out events and letting students sign up to lead those events and plan all the details of those,” Sutton said. He also said its main goal is to be an outlet for students to have some social experiences. “We want to create community on campus while equipping students to lead and learn,” he said. The assistant director said CAB’s meetings are definitely different than most. “We have a structure but the structure submits to the people. Our meetings are always 30 minutes and after we discuss our previous week’s event and figure out our next event, we break up into smaller groups to get work done,” Sutton said. CAB has already begun planning and executing future events that will happen throughout the year. “This semester alone we are working on some new events that we have never had on campus before. We are participating in Preview Weekend, October Hump Day Giveaway which is a pumpkin spice giveaway, National Night Out, study break, Christmas events, passing out bubble wrap to help relieve stress, Disney Trivia Night, and many, many more,” Sutton said. While CAB gives students the opportunity to experience many things, Sutton believes there is a bigger impact. “The best thing you can get out of CAB are relationships. It’s a great way to meet new people and serve. You take things you are learning in a classroom and put it into real life experience,” Sutton said If students are still interested in joining CAB, the meetings are every Monday at 9 p.m. in the creative thinking space on the second floor of Maybee. “The great thing about it is that we have an open enrollment which means that anyone and everyone can join at anytime,” said Jeff...

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