Crusader cheer team participates in national cheer tournament in Orlando
Feb11

Crusader cheer team participates in national cheer tournament in Orlando

The Crusader Cheerleaders returned to UMHB this month with some good memories and lessons learned. The cheer team went to Disney World in beautiful Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Cheer Competition on January 17. They competed against 24 other teams and eventually ranked seventeenth in the competition. The cheer teams were judged on spirit, technique, difficulty, and a game-day routine. The UMHB Cheerleaders performed the fight song, a chant, and a timeout routine. Freshman nursing major Ansley Howard had a good time competing at Nationals and thought highly of her cheer team members. “Our performance went well for our team,” Howard said. “We all felt like that was the best we had ever done, but the judges thought otherwise.” Howard went on to say that what the team took away from the competition was that “everything happens for a reason.” Freshman Lauren Berry remembers a positive experience at Disney. “When things aren’t perfect you can still have fun,” Berry said. She went on to say that the best part of the trip was “competing at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and that “…we got to compete in front of the castle.” Berry also said that she was looking forward to “continuing to grow the [cheer] team and learn more about the competition. Even though the cheer team did not win the National Cheer Competition, they did come back to UMHB with good memories and lessons...

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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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Touchdowns celebrates Belton’s Down’s syndrome community

UMHB welcomed Cru fans with Down’s syndrome to attend the East Texas Baptist University vs. UMHB football game. The event was held to show the Crusader support for people who have Down’s syndrome. This was the third year that the event has been put on by UMHB. Before the game began there was a tailgate for the fans to attend. This was a place for them to hang out and build up their spirit for the game. Before the game, Hannah Clark, a member of the Bell County 18+ program, sang the national anthem. Everyone in the crowd was in awe and amazement at her beautiful voice. After she finished, the crowd roared with applause. Not only were the participants in TOUCHDOWNS watching the game, they were also cheering them on. The participants did cheers and chants with the cheerleaders. They then went on to dance with the Sader Belles in the third quarter.  The participants were seen having fun with smiles on their faces as they cheered on the Crusaders to their victory over East Texas Baptist University. The biggest part of TOUCHDOWNS was when all the participants came onto the football field during half time. You could feel the excitement in the air as they all lined up on different yard lines and got ready to make the touchdown. As soon as they made it to the end zone for their touchdown, the crowd stood up and cheered for the participants as they jumped and celebrated their...

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