Student’s fall unites campus
Sep20

Student’s fall unites campus

Ask anyone on campus what they love about the university, and they would say the family environment. There is a strong community on this campus that is undeniable and somewhat unexplainable. Although everyone experiences the love of the school differently, senior management and marketing double major Clayton Giraudin witnessed it firsthand at the beginning of the semester. It all started with a back flip and ended in a halo, but the time in between made Giraudin realize that he made the right choice when he chose to attend almost four years ago. Giraudin’s mother said, “When we first visited UMHB in Clayton’s senior year of high school it was love at first sight. We both knew God was directing his college experience …. And things just fell into place.” From the moment Giraudin landed on his neck after over rotating his back flip, UMHB employees immediately came to his aid. Health Service Coordinator Debbie Rosenberger and Officer Stephen Mosley helped stabilize him until the paramedics arrived. Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Theodore realizes the importance of their quick response. “Their swift response coupled with their knowledge and skills are very likely what prevented Clayton from suffering long term and/ or permanent damage to his spine,” he said. Word spread quickly around campus that Giraudin was injured and being taken to the hospital, and before anyone knew the results, UMHB went into action. His mom said, “To have God’s love demonstrated so joyfully, freely…. I can’t say enough about the quality of friends Clayton has at UMHB, kids who eagerly grabbed our hands to pray, friends who visited and stayed so I could take a nap and friends who brought him silly gifts and useful ones.” The day after the accident, the student had X-rays that determined that his C6 and C9 vertebra were out of place and his C2 was slightly fractured. This information had not made it back to campus in time before the rumors started. “There was a rumor that I did a back flip off the O’Rear’s house, but my favorite is the one that I did a back tuck off of my bike while riding it,” he said. In order to keep the gossip down and the facts straight, Giraudin’s older brother, Scott set up a Facebook update group. “Looking back on the Facebook group and seeing how many people joined and commented was weird,” Clayton said. “I felt loved by UMHB.” When he came out of surgery, faculty, staff and friends were anxiously awaiting the report. Lindajean, his mother remembers that moment vividly when the doctors came out...

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Pinterest blasts onto virtual screen

As if Facebook and Twitter are not time consuming enough, Silicon Valley has given us yet another tool for procrastination – Pinterest. It is a virtual board that allows members to pin things they are interested in and share them with the rest of the community. A pin is simply a picture of anything that shows up under a certain category. Once users see something that interests them, they can either repin it onto one of their boards or like it. Time magazine recognized Pinterest on its list of the 50 Best Websites of 2011 for its innovative technology.  It offers users a Pin It button that lets them grab pictures of their favorite things as they browse the Web. Senior elementary education major Taylor Tyre uses Pinterest to gather ideas for crafts and random things. “I love it because you can find and save your ideas all in one place,” she said. “Everyone’s creativity shines through one website.” Topics that members can browse are food and drink, travel, design, photography, fashion, wedding, do-it-yourself crafts, technology and many more. Senior elementary education major Miranda Moon was first attracted to Pinterest because of a pin about decorating classrooms. “It’s a money saver with all the DIY (do-it-yourself) stuff, and it also has really innovative, out-of-the-box ideas,” she said. “I just want to keep looking for more.” To become a member on Pinterest is fairly easy. Just find a friend who is a member and have that person invite you. Sign up with an email address, and your life will never be the same again. Junior accounting major Audrey Ohendalski has used Pinterest for decorating her bedroom and also to gather ideas for gifts to give her family and friends. “Pinterest is addicting because as you scroll down the page, you find more and more new ideas that you like or want to repin …. It is also addicting because it is so convenient,” she said. “You can easily see an item you love and post it in your personal online memory board.” Although it may seem that Pinterest is a female-dominated website, six out of the seven employees at the company are males, including the two co-founders. Guys, if planning your dream wedding or browsing photos of fashion does not sound appealing, how about starting a conversation with a girl like this, “So, yesterday on Pinterest….” No doubt  she’ll fall head over heels for you.  “I think Pinterest is definitely more of a girl-friendly website, but people can use it if they want to be more crafty or are looking for some original and thoughtful pieces ….,” Ohendalski said. One...

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River improvements, movie theater in the works for city of Belton
Sep13

River improvements, movie theater in the works for city of Belton

The rumors are true.  A $4.5 million six-screen movie theater will be opening in the spring in Belton, and Nolan Creek is undergoing a $1.5 million recreational improvement project. Both of these additions will benefit UMHB as well as students by providing more local entertainment options. The proposed Nolan Creek plan will allow for the creation of a whitewater park that will be used for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and tubing. Mark Arrazola, programs director at The Belton Area Chamber of Commerce and UMHB class of ’05, believes that both additions will help keep money local. “With the addition of new businesses and attractions to Belton, students are getting a lesson on shopping local. Why drive far and spend money on gas when you can do the same thing here and save money, travel time and support the community?” he said. Grand Avenue Theaters will be located on Oakmark Drive behind the Walgreens and Jack-in-the-Box in Belton.  It will premier first-run movies in auditoriums ranging from around 75 seats to 300. The three larger screens will have 3-D options as well as reserved seating. Unlike the other theaters in Temple or Harker Heights, Grand Avenue Theaters will offer a movie and grill format.  There will be a full cafe when patrons walk through the door with menu items such as burgers and pizza and an old fashioned soda fountain. David K. Leigh, president of Grand Avenue Theaters, has several big ideas for the independent theater. “We want to use kiosks for customers to order tickets as well as food,” he said.  “After you place your order, you take the buzzer and go find a seat. When the buzzer goes off, you go pick up your tray and enjoy.” Also, don’t be surprised if Grand Avenue Theaters creates an app that enables the purchase of tickets and food. “We are trying to appeal to both the younger and older generations. The younger moviegoers want to do everything online and before they step foot in the theater,” he said. “However, the older crowd likes the box office feel of waiting in line and getting their big bag of popcorn and carrying it into the theater.” Although the theater will be all digital and social media savvy, Leigh hopes to create a retro vibe with the art deco decor in the cafe as well as the neon sign above the entrance. Ticket prices will be competitive with the surrounding theaters, and Leigh is hoping to be able to offer discount ticket prices on certain nights designated for students. As if a new theater is not enough excitement for a...

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New master’s programs create more opportunities for careers
Apr12

New master’s programs create more opportunities for careers

With the economy still in a recession, more and more students are looking to continue their education instead of jumping into the workplace right after graduation. To keep up with this trend, UMHB has added two new master’s programs: Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Education in Administration of Intervention Programs. This is the College of Nursing’s third master’s program and the College of Education’s sixth. Both are expecting a receptive response from current students as well as people looking to receive their master’s from the university. Professor and Master of Science in Nursing Program Director Dr. Margaret Prydun, credits the location of the campus with the need for the new program. “We are in a unique position because we are the only provider of higher education in our area,” she said. “There are other nursing programs that have bachelor’s or associate degrees, but to go to a graduate school, you would have to travel north or south on I-35.” The College of Nursing decided to add the new program after receiving numerous calls from nurses in the community who were looking to advance their education and more specifically as a family nurse practitioner. As a licensed FNP, they will perform many of the same duties as a physician and will be able to serve a much higher population. “They can work in the physician’s office and work independently in clinics,” she said. “They can counsel, teach patient education, be a patient advocate, receive prescriptive authority and be involved in research. There is a great amount of care a FNP can give.” The two-year program will be a hybrid of 2/3 online work and 1/3 in a classroom.  Currently 14 students fill the 20 spots, and enrollment is still open until June. Dean of the College of Nursing Dr. Sharon Souter is excited about the possibilities the program has to offer students. “It gives them the opportunity for advances in employment,” she said. “We believe that the more education one gets, the better prepared they are. We believe in lifelong learning.” The Master of Education in Administration of Intervention Programs is aimed at preparing teachers to address the changing needs in school districts and provide professional assistance to at-risk students ages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Professor and director of the new program Dr. Karen Estes said, “In order to effectively work with students, who need additional support, whether as an interventionist or an administrator of intervention programs, individuals with specific training are more likely to be successful in assisting these students.” The program is designed to accommodate the hectic schedule of a graduate student by meeting...

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Fun things to do in weird city
Apr12

Fun things to do in weird city

Keep Austin Weird. A phrase smacked on the front of tie-dyed T-shirts, plastered on store fronts and stamped on any touristy item, but have you ever spent a day to find out what makes Austin so weird? Is it the gourmet food trailers lined up on South Congress Avenue, the unique coffee shops tucked away throughout the city or the laid-back attitude of the people? The state capitol, the Texas Longhorns and South by Southwest all receive a fair amount of attention throughout the year, but what about all the local musicians, art galleries, museums, recreation and food? Austin has numerous websites devoted to attracting people to the city and, once they are there, supplying them with a detailed list of activities. A few favorite activities are watching millions of bats fly into the night from under the bridge on Congress Avenue, checking out a show on 6th Street or taking a stroll down the Drag. Although it is fun to do the “touristy” thing, it is also fun to find unique stores, delicious dives and see the city the way the locals do. For around $10 an hour, you can rent the latest in outdoor recreation, a stand-up paddle board and propel your way around Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin or Lake Travis. Kayaks and canoes can be rented as well for around the same price from Rowing Dock or Texas Rowing Center. If the arts appeal to you, Austin offers several theaters, comedy clubs and playhouses that often have student discounts. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema combines box-office hits with a full menu. If live shows are more your type, Esther’s Follies is a great place that features both comedy and magic shows for a decent price.  Austin is also home to several local theater companies that put on a variety of productions from dramas to operas and everything in between. Austin would not be weird if it did not serve as a culinary melting pot for cultures from around the world. Sushi restaurants fly fresh fish in from Japan daily and Indian food that takes your taste buds far away, barbecue that you can smell for miles around and most importantly there is local cuisine that is taken to a whole new level. Oasis, the largest outdoor restaurant in Texas, offers diners an incredible view of the sun setting over Lake Travis.  It has an energetic vibe, reasonably priced Tex-Mex food,  live music and stores. Stubb’s is another Austin icon known for its honky-tonk atmosphere, concerts and mouth-watering barbecue. Most people can’t pass through Austin without stopping at a local favorite, the historic Magnolia Cafe, which offers delicious...

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