University welcomes new faculty this fall
Sep14

University welcomes new faculty this fall

UMHB welcomes more faculty this semester as the new Provost and 11 new Professors join the Cru Nation. Dr. John Vassar is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He previously worked as a provost at Louisiana State University for four years and was a professor there for 13 years prior. Vassar explains that the role of the provost is essentially geared at serving the faculty and making sure that the programs the university offers are of the highest quality. The provost has already started working with the faculty by holding meetings and setting up regular phone calls with the deans of each college. Vassar announced his promotion of Arts and Science Dean Daniel Mynatt to vice provost in order to ensure support for faculty and accreditation. The new professors will also be able to provide a diverse new perspective in the colleges. Dr. Kim Bodenhammer has taught here at UMHB in the past, but paused her professorship after the birth of her child. She is the only new professor for the College of Christian Studies. “Many students in my class come from a Christian background, but express that they are much more familiar with the New Testament than the Old Testament,” Bodenhammer said, “I want students to come away from my ‘Engaging the Old Testament’ class with a better understanding and appreciation for the Old Testament and what it can mean for their lives, as well as an appreciation for the art of reading texts.” Ms. Laura Williams will also be returning to UMHB since leaving her position as Mayborn operations manager back in 2009. Now, she will become an instructor for the College of Education under the Exercise and Sport Science department. “I want to teach my students to think for themselves, to find their own paths, and to embrace the power of technology to achieve their goals and dreams. I want students to walk away from my classes with the knowledge and ability to ask the right questions and find the right answers. It seems so simple, but it’s a skill that’s often overlooked,” Williams said, “[I want them to gain] that personal drive and entrepreneurship that are pretty much necessities in today’s workforce. If you want to achieve something big, no one’s going to give you a trail of breadcrumbs to follow – you’re going to have to chart your own path.” Dr. Todd Ferguson and Dr. John Snow are both new professors in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Ferguson will work with the social sciences while Snow will be working in the mathematics department. Ferguson explains that his goals are...

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PAC almost finished: Faculty prepares for art performances
Aug23

PAC almost finished: Faculty prepares for art performances

In the spring semester of 2017, ground was broken to make way for a new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on campus. Now, construction on the building is close to being finished and performances are being planned. The building is quickly becoming the new pride and joy of many and after $20 million, months of hard work, and seeing the building’s result, it is easy to see why. The new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center will be able to seat up to 546 people in the performance hall, which is 246 more than the 300 seats in the Hughes performance hall. This new feature on campus will bring students live cinema, plus it will be equipped with a spacious lobby and a box office with a walk-up window. The Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center will also hold classes for students looking to broaden their performing skills. “We don’t have an official date for the dedication ceremony at this time, but it will be in October. At that event, which will be open to the public, there will be a ribbon cutting and tours of the facility,” James Stafford, Director of marketing and Public Relations, told Belton journal during an interview. Director of Operations & Technical Director for the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Erik Vose, believes the new addition to campus will be extremely beneficial and will open more options for the College of Visual and Performing Arts to offer the student body. Shyanne Hoffman, a freshman forensics major with a music minor, says she is excited for the new opportunities the building and the class will have in store for her. “I think it’s going to be a great addition to UMHB and I’m excited to see what amazing things it has to offer.” Hoffman said. Freshman music education major, Makaila Showels, believes the newest addition to campus will be able to give her a new sense of responsibility. “I am very excited. I never had a chance to perform or work in a brand new Performing Arts building. “This building will provide music and performance students with a professional level performance space that will help them gain better experience as performers,” Vose said. “The rest of the student body will also have a beautiful new venue to visit for their Fine Arts Experience credits. Hopefully, they will enjoy the experience enough to come back even when they don’t need credit.” The Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is the last project of the 2011 Campus Master Plan and will pave the way for more innovative plans to...

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Midnight March tradition continues
Apr26

Midnight March tradition continues

Published in the April 26, 2017 issue of The Bells Charter Day is a campus tradition that celebrates the history and heritage of the university and commemorates the initial signing of the school’s charter on February 1, 1845. It is usually celebrated on the first Wednesday of each February. Sophomores ring the sophomore bell and seniors place a wreath at the grave of Judge R.E.B. Baylor located in Heritage Plaza. The school recently celebrated the 172nd year since being chartered in 1845. This year, the school spiced things up by having a charter weekend on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22. Many events were held on campus to celebrate the occasion, which included a Heritage Club tea and reception, a dinner and floral presentation, multiple club reunions, and the Midnight March and robing ceremony. The school even provided campus tours for visiting alumni to see how much the school has grown. A dinner and floral presentation were held on Friday to honor the first ladies of UMHB. 1975 graduate Norman Northen presented original floral arrangements while telling heartfelt stories of the first ladies. The dinner also included a display of seven dresses, each owned by a first lady of UMHB. Jim and Caroline Cope met at UMHB and attended the weekend events. Caroline attended UMHB from 1963-1967 and Jim met her in ’63 before moving to Howard Payne. They attended the Charter Day festivities not only to celebrate the school’s founding, but also their 50th anniversary. Jim Cope studied PE with a biology minor here before he transferred, and Caroline studied Home Economics. “A lot has changed since we were students,” Jim Cope said. “There were only around ten buildings on campus when we were here.” Caroline’s class was the first to graduate from Walton Chapel after the original chapel burned down, and they were also the first people to see the construction of Getty’s Hall completed. “We really enjoyed the dinner and floral presentation, the chapel service, and the reunion events,” Caroline Cope said. Friday festivities also included the traditional Midnight March and robing ceremony that is an opportunity for students to honor their friendships with each other and exhibit their loyalty to the university. During the week prior, seniors give candles to special friends and invite them to attend the event. The robing ceremony symbolizes the passing of the student leadership from the senior class to the junior class. Seniors place their caps and gowns on the juniors, and this is the first time the juniors can sing the alumni/senior song, “Up with the Purple.” Rumored to have started in 1902, this tradition is a highlight...

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ASL students host week of events to spread awareness
Mar29

ASL students host week of events to spread awareness

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells Deaf Awareness Month is here and the campus’ Sign Language program will be hosting Deaf Awareness Week (DAW), March 28-30. The week of events promotes awareness of the deaf community, what deaf culture looks like, and what the deaf community values. It also encourages students on campus to get involved by taking American Sign Language classes and going out to personally interact with deaf people. “There is a group of people that the world forgets to recognize as a community,” said Dr. Parker Kennedy, the ASL professor here on campus. “The deaf community is one of the most unreached people groups— that right there says a lot, and should be especially important to a community like UMHB.” In the past years the sign language team has gone to deaf churches, Deaf Expo, deaf chats, and visited a deaf-owned business in Austin called Crepe Crazy. Throughout the week, the team will have a booth in Bawcom from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for any students who have questions about the deaf community or culture. On March 28, there will be an ASL movie night showing the story of the deaf wrestler, The Hammer. The movie will show the hearing what it is like growing up deaf in a hearing world. On March 29, during the ONE service, a music interpreter will be on stage signing throughout the session. Lastly, they will be hosting a wax museum on the second floor of Bawcom about significant people in the deaf community from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 30. Senior speech communications major, Briana Hennington, has participated in DAW for the past four years. She is now a teaching assistant in ASL and helped coordinate this year’s event with the other two TAs. “It’s important for everyone to know about the deaf community. They aren’t just a group of people who can’t hear,” said Hennington. “They have their own culture, language, values, and tradition just like any other people group. I think students can get a better understanding of that from Deaf Awareness Week.” In the past four years, Hennington found a passion in the deaf community. “I always look forward to DAW because I get to spend time talking about what I love, and I also get to advocate for them, which is just as important,” she said. Organizers of Deaf Awareness Week hope to spread an understanding and acceptance of the deaf community, and encourage students to learn new things about deaf...

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Student art exhibit now open
Mar29

Student art exhibit now open

Published in the March 29, 2017 issue of The Bells The university’s art program has officially opened its doors to the annual student art exhibit. Student artists submitted 107 pieces of art and only 45 pieces of art were selected to be displayed in the gallery. Earlier this year, students were encouraged to submit up to three peices of art to be judged for display by this year’s art judge: Patrick Veerkamp. Veerkamp was an art professor for over 30 years at Southwestern University in Georgetown and recently retired. Veerkamp and a few selected jurors went through the works of art and chose the ones that are currently displayed in the gallery. The art department believes that having an outside opinion come and judge the art pieces will give students an idea of what they’ll face outside the walls of the university. Art professor Hershall Seals doubles as the Department Chair & Director for Baugh Center for the Visual Arts Art Gallery. “The quality is definitely there, and the judge chose very good works,” Seals said. Seals believes this art gallery is a good learning experience for students, and provides different experiences through the artworks displayed. Students can get a sense of validation for the work that they put into their peices and can see that it is appreciated by others. Seals said his favorite thing about hosting this event is seeing the comaraderie between the students. “They’re learning about each other’s art. Students whose works aren’t a part of the show still take part in the process, and exhibit and are encouraged to re-enter later on,” Seals said. During the contest, there were 20 students who received an honorable mention: Laura Yates, Callie Millegan, Isaac Barnhill (two awards), Erin Dona, Rebekah Brooks, Rebecca Macias, Anastasia Hale, Tori Redding (two awards), Jessica Theilacker, Samantha Juarez, Patti Cummings, Chriscina Lampkin, Madeline Hernandez, Ariana Baptiste, Ariel Davis and Courtney Vela. Rebekah Brooks won “Best of Show” for her watercolor painting “Moody, Texas Fever Dream.” Brandon Luna won third place for his set of porcelain vases entitled “Amber and Blue, Mystery and Black, Celadon and Amber.” Maria Ramos won second place for her digital painting “My traditions, heritage and culture.” And Danielle East won first place for her sculpture “An Ode to Those Who Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.” “I feel like all my work paid off and all the time I spent in college and being an art major will work out,” East said. The art gallery is filled with sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, and much more. The gallery will be open until April 7 in the Baugh Center for...

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