Miss MHB pageant showcases true inner beauty
Oct27

Miss MHB pageant showcases true inner beauty

The word pageant can evoke many negative words such as fake, beauty contest, and cat-fights. However, Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant, which is Nov. 6-7 this year, focuses on sincere friendships, genuine beauty and Christian fellowship. “The ultimate goal of pageant is to highlight the inner beauty of the contestants and to bring glory to the Father. If pageant becomes a biting competition or a selfish endeavor, it will not be successful,” said Pageant Director Audrey Chumchal, senior Biblical studies major. Before 1967, the pageant was titled The Bluebonnet Beauty Pageant and featured a swimsuit competition. The contestants were judged on their “All American Girl” qualities of charm, poise, grooming, beauty and personality. The winner went on to represent the university at the Miss Texas Pageant. Today, Miss MHB showcases contestants who were nominated by different organizations and residence halls on campus to compete in talent, evening gown and interview on stage. For many girls, pageant is a way for them to form friendships with people they may never speak to otherwise. The idea of becoming friends within the competition is something that is rarely seen in standard beauty pageants. Miss Junior Class Melody Haynes an elementary education major said, “The friendships I have made in pageant are ones that I know will continue outside of pageant. Every contestant is there for each other.” Throughout the seven week practice schedule, daily devotions and spiritual encouragement are poured into the contestants’ lives. Unlike the worldly views of beauty pageants, Miss MHB is focused and centered on Christ and giving him the glory. Miss Johnson Hall Rachel Jaster, a sophomore social work major has been reminded to step out of her comfort zone and to do her best. “I live a new life in Christ—one that is not timid and afraid, but ‘of power, of love, and self-discipline’,” said Jaster. Pageant can be a very stressful time for many girls with practices three times a week for three hours at a time. Balancing class schedules, studying for tests and being involved with other campus activities can present many challenges and force contestants to learn time management. “When the girls are authentic with each other and themselves, true community is established and having that will get them through the hard work leading up to pageant as well as the pageant nights,” said Contestant Committee Head Allison Hankins, a junior elementary education major. This year’s theme is “A Night in Morocco” chosen by Chumchal because she wanted to share her passion for missions with UMHB and the community. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. each night in W.W. Walton Chapel. Tickets for...

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Summer camps in Texas offer 2010 service opportunities

Summer is only a distant memory now for many students. The glorious days of lounging around doing absolutely nothing are replaced with mid-terms and finals lurking around the corner. However, summer never ends for camp directors. They are constantly brainstorming ways to make the next summer even better than the last, and this includes recruiting new staff members. “Our campers are our most valuable asset, so hiring the right staff is very important to our mission” said Pine Cove’s Associate Operations Manager and UMHB alum Jeff Olchesky. Many summer camps start their recruiting processes in the fall to ensure that they have the best possible group of counselors they can find. They travel all over Texas, as well as bordering states to visit as many colleges as possible in order to promote their camp. Sophomore computer graphics design major Lauren McKenzie put others before herself this past summer by working at Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children with chronic illnesses and disabilities in Killeen. “I found out about PKRC through UMHB’s huge camp fair in the SUB,” McKenzie said. “Setting aside your personal needs to serve God for an entire summer is a huge commitment, but, honestly, it’s so worth it.” UMHB holds its annual Summer Camps Fair at the beginning of the spring semester. During this time, camps from all over meet in the SUB for one day and set up booths to attract and recruit students to work at their camp. Camps such as Sky Ranch, T Bar M, Trinity Pines, Highland Lakes, Sabine Creek Ranch and Camp Olympia usually recruit at the fair. Working at a summer camp may seem intimidating to many, but it can offer countless new experiences as well as present various challenges. “I learned how to work better with others and I was able to experience God showing up unexpectedly in big ways,” said junior biblical studies major Matt Cavanaugh, who served at Camp Peniel in Marble Falls. Sophomore exercise and sport science major John Jimenez worked at Forest Glen Camp Good News in Huntsville. He learned much about leadership and about being an effective communicator. “It’s a job where we (counselors) have the responsibility of making the summer a fun time for the campers. We get to have all sorts of fun and share the Bible with campers. Plus, we get paid,” Jimenez said. Olchesky encourages students to work at a summer camp in order to sharpen their life skills and to live out the principles they learn in class. “Whether team building, counseling, athletics, leadership development, music, customer service or conflict resolution, the camp atmosphere forces students to live, serve and...

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Schumann composes her Imaginations
Sep29

Schumann composes her Imaginations

Associate professor, world renowned pianist and artistic director are just a few of the many words used to describe Dr. Michelle Schumann. She has been a professor at the university for seven years, but a pianist for many more. “I love being able to express myself through the piano,” she said. “I was 5 years old when my parents brought home our first piano, and I wanted to play it all the time, so I started taking lessons right away,” she said. Her achievements include a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Texas, a Young ArtistDiploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory. Schumann performs locally as well as worldwide, touring in Canada and Europe, playing solo concerts and collaborating with top ensembles throughout the U.S. Sophomore music major Nick Arbuckle was impressed with Schumann’s accomplishments. “I can’t believe that she … has done so much and dedicated so much of herself to learning all about the piano,” he said. Schumann just released her fi rst CD titled “Imaginations.” It is composed of works described as fantasy, an emotional genre. She said creating the CD was a “culmination of a lot of study and really forming who you are and what is important to you as an artist.” English department chairperson Dr. Brady Peterson believes that Schumann is “brilliant.” “By her own admissions she plays with emotion. I don’t know which is better, to watch her play or to close your eyes and listen to her music.” Schumann loves the idea of communicating without words and letting her music speak to listeners. “Having the means to be able to transform people’s feelings through music is the most wonderful thing,” she said. “I love the transformative nature of music.” Senior recreation major Dennis Greeson attended her CD release concert and party Sept. 17, and noted how low-key and personal her concert was. “Before each piece she would share her heart and talk about the emotions stirred up in her through the journey of learning each piece,” he said. Schumann believes achieving her goals is never as rewarding as the hard work and dedication it takes to get there. Instead, she focuses on the journey of working hard consistently and reaping her benefits in the end. “Being a university professor was a huge goal of mine, but I didn’t set myself in a certain path to make sure that happened,”she said. “In many ways it was a gift from God. I worked steadily and it happened.” Schumann enjoys her interaction with students. “I love being able to teach my art to the...

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Weathersbee invests in students’ lives
Sep21

Weathersbee invests in students’ lives

Over the summer, Dr. Byron Weathersbee was appointed as the Vice President for Student Life. In this role, he will oversee the spiritual, academic and physical needs of students by supervising various offices like residence life, career services and campus recreation. But Weathersbee does not sit in his office all day dictating rules and making decisions—he is actively pursuing the students’ best interest and is involved with daily campus activities. “We have a 2,700 student population. The student life vice president serves as the chief advocate for students to the UMHB administration,” said Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer. “Dr. Weathersbee will sit at our President’s Council. He will sit at the table where all the decisions are made at this campus and…represent the student’s best interest.” Theodore served as the past vice president for Student Life from 2005 to 2009 and believes Weathersbee will be a perfect fit for the position. “He is a fantastic guy and a great friend who loves students and loves the Lord— what better combination could you have,” Theodore said. Working at UMHB is not Weathersbee’s first time on a college campus. Previously, he served as the interim university chaplain and as the sports chaplain at Baylor University where he spoke at chapel and before baseball games. It was right up his alley, considering he loves being outdoors. “I love to water ski and wake board. I love sports. I am a sports nut,” he said. Additionally, Weathersbee founded Legacy Family Ministries with his wife Carla where he continued to work with students and help them to understand who they are as individuals before becoming involved in a serious relationship. To spread his ministry Weathersbee planned to visit 25 college campuses in two years and give away 5000 books. He reached his goal in nine months by visiting 20 campuses and giving away 4000-4500 books. It was while on tour for his book, Before Forever: How do You Know That You Know?, that he realized he missed not being able to build strong relationships. He said, “I wanted to find someplace where I could invest my life into people and into a system that is investing their lives into people.” Weathersbee’s goal for his office is “to serve the directors of campus recreation and the nurse and student organizations in such a way that they can do their job with excellence, so that it enhances the whole experience that UMHB has to offer.” Weathersbee is excited about many of the school’s traditions and said he feels privileged to be a part of the inauguration of the university’s 22nd...

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Softball slow start; hitting harder to have a successful rest of season
Mar31

Softball slow start; hitting harder to have a successful rest of season

  The Lady Crusader softball team kicked off its season with a rough start. Now, mid-way through, they are looking to turn the season around. The team has played several preseason games, participated in a couple of tournaments and started its ASC conference play. Junior first base, Courtney Johnston said, “I think this season has started off a little bumpy, but we are still learning to play with each other. Each day we grow and become closer as a team.” The Cru is 7-13 overall and 0-4 in conference play, losing two double headers to Howard Payne University. At the LeTourneau Tournament in February, the team went 2-2 for the weekend, beating Nebraska University, Wesleyan University, and Southwestern University and dropping games to U.T. Tyler and East Texas Baptist. The women then participated in the ASC First Pitch Tournament going 3 for 1 overall, capturing victories over U.T. Dallas, University of the Ozarks and LeTourneau. The team’s only loss in the tournament was to the Mississippi College Choctaws.   This past weekend in Louisiana the Cru lost two close games to nationally- ranked DePauw University. The team also suffered from two devastating losses against ASC East Division Louisiana College on Saturday. Head Coach Kasey Blomquist said the team is striving to be able to play in the championship game of the post-season tournament. “As a whole, we are disappointed with the start, but we are working hard and turning things around. We have been practicing extremely hard this week, and the pitchers have been working hard to cut down on walks.” Although the season started off rough, the ladies are not giving up making it to the playoffs. Johnston believes the team has what it takes. “It will be harder than we would like, but I think it’ll give us more drive to get the job done,” she said. The women also celebrated the recognition of teammate Erica Salazar as ASC West Division Hitter of the Week for games played during the week of March 2. “Erica went 6 for 11, which gave her a batting average of .545,” Blomquist said. The second base junior had two walks, a double, a home run and 3 RBI’s at the ASC First Pitch Tournament. “Becoming hitter of the week never once crossed my mind I’ve just made sure to work hard during practice and continued to correct the little things I was doing wrong, and it definitely paid off,” Salazar said. The Lady Crusaders will continue their conference play Friday night at 5 p.m. in Kerrville, Texas with double headers against Schreiner University, which is 3-1 in ASC West Division. The team...

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