Study Abroad: an interesting alternative to higher education
Feb25

Study Abroad: an interesting alternative to higher education

“Global learning, whether it occurs in local communities or abroad, provides an array of skills and experiences that follow students throughout their civic and professional lives.” This is what the Association of American Colleges & Universities concluded after extensive research into the effects of travel abroad programs have on a wide variety of college students in the 2017 academic year. They also noted on their site that despite the clear advantages that such programs have on student’s academic and professional careers’ only 1.5% of US college students partake in study abroad. Many students in the United States are concerned with the supposed ‘downsides’ to partaking in study abroad programs. However, some students had no problems with any downsides that may plague some students. UMHB student Maya Wiemokly found none. “I was fortunate enough to hear about the London study abroad program early in my time at UMHB, “Wiemokly said, “so I planned ahead to make it possible. I saved some basic and pre-requisite courses that I knew were more likely to be offered in London.” Students in the United States are not the only ones that are able to partake in the study abroad program unhindered. Nick Van Riel, a communication major at the University of Amsterdam stated when asked about his travel abroad program. “There is already a semester scheduled in our programs to do study abroad programs. This means, as long as I will pass my courses in Melbourne, I will be fully on schedule for my graduation.” The statement that study abroad programs will delay a student’s graduation date is also rebutted by NAFSA, which is a nonprofit organization connecting international teaching communities. They stated on their website: “Far from the fears that studying abroad will delay a student’s graduation, multiple large-scale studies have found that students who study abroad, especially underrepresented or “at-risk” students, are more likely to complete their degrees or certificate programs than students who did not study abroad.” The pros of study abroad programs appear to outweigh the cons. The everlasting bonds and life-changing experiences that are created by these programs can be summed up by Wiemokly. “I had never left the country before studying abroad in London and it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Traveling allowed me to experience other cultures and recognize how BIG the world really is.” Wiemokly said. “The group that went with me to London quickly became my family. I still talk with some of the UMHB students weekly. Even those who do not go to UMHB or live near Belton still make an effort to meet up every few months.”...

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Women’s Basketball finished home season with historic performance
Feb25

Women’s Basketball finished home season with historic performance

Mayborn was host to one of the most memorable games in the history of the UMHB Women’s Basketball program on Saturday, Feb. 8. Not only did the Crusaders completely crush the visiting Howard Payne Yellowjackets 112-70, but two major milestones were reached. Coach Mark Morefield achieved his 100th win while with the Crusader program and senior Guard Hannah Holt, a marketing major from Lumberton broke the school record for most career points (in the NCAA era). These two major milestones were just the icing on the cake for this college team, whose passion and hard work are on display in their win-loss record for this year. Following the impressive performance of the national anthem by the Black Shirt Cru the game was finally underway. The Cru won the opening tip-off and started their offensive onslaught without any delay. Within the first opening minutes of the game, the score was quickly 5-0 as the Yellowjackets failed to score any points within their first few drives. Then the Cru managed to make one of their free throws, making the score 7-1. After that, both sides tried their best to score, however it was obvious to everyone watching that the Crusaders’ defense was tightknit and would not buckle under any pressure. The same could not be said for the Yellowjackets, however, as the halftime score was Cru 59, Yellowjackets 39. If the Yellowjackets had hoped that they could regroup and come back in the second half, that was simply not the case. The lead had grown larger and larger until it was obvious to everyone, including the Howard Payne roster, that this game was a lost cause. Regardless, the Yellowjackets played on and in an admirable attempt to make the gap between the two scores as small as possible, playing their best basketball of entire game from then on. Had the Yellowjackets been able to play the entire game as hard as they did in the final quarter, then perhaps they would have had a shot at a victory. By the conclusion of the 112-70 blowout, the announcer told everyone to bring their attention to the center of the court. There stood Coach Morefield getting doused by a single water bottle in celebration for his milestone of 100 wins with the Crusader program. Following this was the celebration of the four seniors. This game marked the final home game of their college careers and the school made sure that they went out in style. All four received framed jerseys with their numbers and a bouquet of flowers as well. The senior guards Hannah Holt, Kendall Rollins, Alicia Blackwell, and Ke’Aunna Johnson all...

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Coach Mike Stawski on board to invigorate Crusader Baseball
Feb25

Coach Mike Stawski on board to invigorate Crusader Baseball

With the retirement of Coach Ben Shipp last January, it was only a matter of time before UMHB hired a coach who would meet the school’s numerous requirements. “When our head baseball coach position became open, our goal was to hire a great coach who would also be a great fit at UMHB,” President of UMHB Randy O’Rear said. “We believe we accomplished that and hired one of the best coaches in the country. Coach Stawski is a faithful Christian, strong leader, and has a proven track record of building championship NCAA Division III baseball programs.” The timing for this change in leadership for the baseball program could not have been more well-timed. With football, volleyball and women’s basketball teams coming off of fantastic seasons in both 2018 and this year so far, it is time for baseball to have its time in the spotlight. Coach Stawski has the ability to turn programs from average into championship contenders. However, that is not the only goal that Stawski has in mind for the program at UMHB. “We’re going to graduate really great kids from here,” Stawski said. “Kids that we are going to be proud of…what we are doing is developing the full person here, which is unfortunately lost sometimes in college athletics. But it will not be lost on us here. I will retire before I put winning ahead of my players,” Stawski said. “People are going to walk away saying, the baseball program developed great people who have made an impact.” Coach Stawski’s devotion to these tenants was reflected in what the players think of him. “He is definitely a genuine guy,” junior pitcher Andrew Hutchings said. “It was obvious that the player-coach relationship really matters to him. Right off the bat, I could tell he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the game.” “I think having Stawski as the new face of the program is going to get Cru base-ball exactly where we need to be,” Hutchings said. “His attitude and coaching skills are already having a positive impact on all of the players. There is no doubt that this program is heading in the right direction.” Hutchings seemed very positive. “I can guarantee that we will be in the best physical and mental state possible because of [Coach] Stawski, Wilson, J-Rod, and Coach Ram. We are going to play every game hard and we are going to win. Stawski’s strategy and mindset will show on the field through us players,” he said. Stawski had a slightly different outlook regarding the performance of the team these next couple of seasons. “The most important thing…is for the guys...

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Students find new opportunities at job and internship fair

McLane Hall was filled with booths occupied by 42 companies and organizations around the Belton area on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Company representatives were looking for students from all different majors. The UMHB career services department job internship fair was to “help students and alumni find opportunities, talk with recruiters directly, and hopefully find jobs,” Assistant Director of Career Services Emily Kelly said. Kelly said she hoped that “students find work they love.” For over 20 years, UMHB has been holding job fairs. Recently, they have added internships to broaden the opportunities for students. Students were seen talking in business attire with a name tag featuring their name and major on it for company recruiters, who were willing to give jobs to anyone they saw as a good fit for their specific company. Not only was the job and internship fair a good way for students and alumni to get jobs, but it was also a great way to freshen up their interview skills. The interviews were like what you would see in speed dating, where a recruiter would be standing talking to one candidate then would move on to the next recruiter after they were done. Overall, whether the student or alumni got a job or internship they had an experience that they can carry on with them...

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One Voice inspires with praise

The One Voice choral ensemble rocked the Fikes Chamber Performance Hall Oct 10- Oct 11 with music that brought its audience on an emotional joyride. The concert began in reverence with Salvator Mundi from Requiem, written by Herbert Howells. The song detailed in heart-aching, searing beauty, an expression of loss that echoed with every line throughout the performance hall. The choir sang “Save us! Help us!” tenderly as the piece concluded. Taking a few steps back in time with traditional selections such as Canticum B.Simeonis Herr, nun lässest Du Deinen Diener and Cantate Domino, by Heinrich Schütz, which were performed in the late 1500s and early 1600s carried the typical cathedral sound partial to church music of the time period. It was this sound that served as the cornerstone for choral music as a whole, even now. One Voice’s seamless performance of this very sound had the audience at a standstill; they basked in the melancholic melodies that washed over them as three soloists, James Jones, Cydney Wilkerson and Sarah Ash sang to represent the Blessed Soul of the Fallen, the Holy Spirit, and the Seraphim, while the rest of the ensemble carried on as the procession. This piece included wonderful, solemn instrumentation provided by Lisa Clement, organist and voice teacher at UMHB, Ashton Yarbrough, a student at Temple College and cellist Nathaniel Keefer, a teacher at Lamar Middle School in Temple. What was truly astounding was One Voice’s flexibility in mastering the execution of so many different styles of voice and song. Singing in order from year of release and style (from traditional to modern to something in-between at the program’s closure), the One Voice program consisted of classic choral, gospel, contemporary christian and even a funky be-doop style partial to barber shop singers in the 40s. “I auditioned for One Voice because I had heard about all the things they had performed and I wanted to be a part of their legacy,” said freshmen music education major and One Voice member, Chandler Webb. “When I auditioned for the ensemble, one of the things I told the director during my meeting with him was I wanted to grow in two ways,” Webb said. “Spiritually and musically. I feel that this ensemble has done both …for me because we have sung in so many styles that all praise God, “ Webb said. Throughout the performance, a sense of comradery could be felt in the singers as they swayed, snapped, clapped and even kazooed together. It was infectious in nature, spreading to the audience. “The thing I like the most about One Voice is we’re a family growing and worshiping...

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