Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve
Nov16

Reaching Out helps community, encourages students to serve

Reaching Out is an event that allows students to serve alongside one another, and give back to the community around them. While this event has been a tradition for many years, this November 4th marked the first year students have had the chance to be involved in planning the event’s service activities. Sarah Herbsleb, a sophomore who participated in Reaching Out last year, was eager to apply for the newly-formed steering committee. “Reaching Out is one of my favorite events at UMHB. It has impacted my life simply by the people I have been able to serve through it.” When Hersleb heard that Reaching Out would have a steering committee she knew she wanted to be a part of it. “I saw how big this event could get and how much more of an impact we could have on the Belton and Temple community,” she said. As this tradition grows, faculty and students are hoping to not only touch the lives of more people in the community, but encourage more students to give back. “I want to see Reaching Out become an event that the campus and the community gets excited about,” said Reaching Out co-director, Nathan VanDolzer. “One thing that we are excited for is letting people sign up together. and bond through service.” Most student-led activities on campus have their own steering committee to plan out every aspect of the event. Director of student organizations, Tiffany Wurdemann realized that events were more successful when they had a separate committee. So even though Student Government Association (SGA) hosted Reaching Out in previous years, Wurdemann knew a steering committee would provide more opportunities for more student involvement. “We decided to give it a try and take it out of SGA. Since then it has truly flourished,” Wurdemann said. She is hopeful that these changes will impact the campus and community in a positive way. This year, around 250 people gathered together on a Saturday morning to participate in Reaching Out. These volunteers helped out at Feed My Sheep, a soup kitchen for the homeless,helped with demolition at a boy’s shelter, and visited senior homes in the area to play games with the elderly. Leah Smith, sophomore public relations major, and a director for Reaching Out said, raking leaves and picking up trash might seem like a small act of service, but it can mean a clean yard, a new start, and a fresh look at life for the recipient. “My favorite part of Reaching Out is hearing from the sites after everything is done and hearing how much of an impact the students have made,” she...

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Nursing students present at Houston conference
Nov16

Nursing students present at Houston conference

Five nursing students from UMHB are headed to Houston to present at a health care conference that draws hundreds of health care professionals from around the country. Nicole Ikefuna, Daniella Llanas, Laryssa Wills, Alaijah Taylor, and Deanna Hopkinson were chosen out of the entire Novice 1 nursing cohort throughout the university to participate in this honor, and have been working hard recently to prepare for their presentation. “We will be speaking at the TAHCH conference, which is a conference for the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice,” Nicole Ikefuna said. The convention takes place at the Westin Hotel in the Houston Galleria. Our presentation will take place on Wednesday, the 15. Students from UMHB will be presenting at the conference, along with their teacher, Dr. Emerson and her husband, who will present additional information as well. Although the conference will cover a wide range of topics, the UMHB group will be presenting specifically on religion and how it impacts health care. Each member has done extensive research on a religion of their choosing and will present that information individually. “We will be presenting on religious diversity in relation to end-of-life care practices for hospice care,” Ikefuna said. “Health care professionals will be attending this conference, including hospice care providers and home health nurses. We’ve prepared for this project by doing research and making sure that all of our information was accurate. We have also spent a lot of time as a group, as well as individually practicing to make sure we can get our point across in the best way possible,” Ikafuna said. It was a lengthy process in getting chosen to present at such a large and notable conference and these young women know that it is an experience of a lifetime. “The process for being chosen to present at this conference began with our whole nursing cohort being divided up into groups of five people of creating and submmitind a presentation for our teacher. “Our teacher then chose the top two presentations out of each class and we had to present in front of a panel, where they then chose the winning group.” For Ikefuna, this experience is one that she hopes will further her evolution into a professional nurse, but she also wants to gain a clearer picture regarding the field of nursing she plans to pursue in the future. “I think that this experience will give me an opportunity to explore a side of nursing that I have always wanted to do, which is public health nursing,” she said. “I am very interested in that field of nursing. I think it will also help...

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Methodist church hosts lunch for college students
Nov16

Methodist church hosts lunch for college students

Students can enjoy homemade meals at College Lunch every Wednesday at First United Methodist Church here in Belton. College Lunch is a ministry that 20 volunteers from the church put on for UMHB students from 11-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For a donation, students can select from multiple entrees, sides, a salad bar, homemade desserts, and a drink. At last week’s meal, College Lunch offered breaded ranch chicken, oregano chicken, pulled-pork sandwiches and baked potatoes. For sides, there was corn, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, a salad bar, soup and hot biscuits. To wash down the meal, there was pink lemonade, water and sweet tea. Senior Education major Elleny Ohendalaski has been attending College Lunch since she was a freshman. “The people that work at this church or attend this church care enough for the college students in this area to make lunch for us,” she said. “It’s nice to have a home cooked meal during the week, and there’s so many different options.” First Methodist began College Lunch in 2005. Chairman of the college ministry team, John Sykes, said that before the lunch, they tried Bible studies and discussion groups, but they weren’t working. “We had been trying at the church for a number of years to come up with some kind of outreach to college students, specifically at Mary Hardin-Baylor,” Sykes said. “Our new pastor at the time, Darren Walker, recounted what he did when he was a Wesley Foundation minister at Tarleton [State University]: they served a free lunch for the kids. That sounded like an interesting idea.” The lunch, which runs strictly on donations from the students and members of the congregation, started out with 20 to 30 students. Now, over 200 students attend the lunch. The volunteers make enough for 350 lunches because many people come back for seconds. “The purpose of the lunch is to feed students; we’re not trying to get them to come to our services. The purpose is to feed,” Sykes said. “We’ve never refused seconds unless we just don’t have anything.” College Lunch has been lovingly nicknamed ‘Meth House’ by the students, and Sykes says that the volunteers have embraced the name, after alerting the police. “As soon as the chaplain for the police department, Reverand Darren Walker, heard we were being called ‘Meth House,’ he sat down with the [Belton] police chief, and he explained the meaning behind the name,” Sykes said. Set-up usually begins for the lunch on Tuesdays, when volunteers begin cooking and setting up tables. Sykes said that he chooses the menu based on prices, what the students seem to like, and the feasibility of cooking for...

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Thankful for Thor:  a review of the new film
Nov16

Thankful for Thor: a review of the new film

Marvel has been producing quality movies since Iron Man debuted in 2008, and Thor Ragnarok falls in line with Marvel’s other superhero films. Thor Ragnarok’s opening debut was Nov. 3 and has been received with mostly positive responses. On IMDb, it has an 8.2/10 rating, and according to Vulture, the third installation to the Thor movie series earned the highest rating of any Marvel movie on Rotten Tomatoes. The film begins with Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, chained up by a fiery monster named Surtur. Escaping to Asgard, Thor meets up with his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and they’re transported to earth to find their father. After discovering that they have an evil sister named Hela (Cate Blanchett) who decides to take over Asgard, the duo find themselves on a mysterious planet called Sakaar run by the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). As the power struggle ensues in Asgard, Thor is trapped on Sakaar, forced to battle gladiator-style against none other than Hulk. The rest of the movie is about Thor and his focus on getting back to Sakaar to confront Hela. This was by far my favorite Thor film, as Thor: The Dark World, that was released in 2013, was a disappointment. It was boring compared to Thor Ragnarok, which was filled with many comedic moments as well as plenty of action. There are some characters in the movie that make a stunning debut, such as Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a fierce and brave warrior who quarrels with Thor constantly. There’s also Korg, another warrior trapped on Sakaar who wants a rebellion against the system on Sakaar. And of course there’s the Grandmaster, who rules over the planet with great eccentricity. Also, the Incredible Hulk makes a return after his last appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Perhaps my favorite part about this movie is the incredible graphics. Everything appears so lifelike, and, no spoilers, but the last fight scene is one of the most epic ones I’ve ever seen. Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely. Whether you’ve always been a Marvel fan or know little to nothing about the franchise, this film incorporates all kinds of genres that are sure to please just about anyone. In an industry that seems to be rehashing the same ideas over and over again, this film is refreshing in its originality. Thor Ragnarok breaks the typical barrier of an action film, combining humor, adventure, and drama in one package. Also, make sure to stay after the movie for two after-credit...

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Cru celebrates Friendsgiving
Nov16

Cru celebrates Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving, a time of year where turkeys are gobbling and the end of the fall semester is slowly approaching. Across campus, the leaves are changing colors, from Texas brown to fall yellow, and plans are being made for Friendsgiving, an annual tradition for friends to get together and celebrate the holiday. Friendsgiving has been an ongoing tradition for years, and has become vastly popular amongst friend groups on campus. The event gives friends a chance to celebrate their friendships. During this event, there is also an abundance of food. Because it takes place in an apartment or dorm, it usually doesn’t include a full-blown turkey dinner, but a more college-friendly feast. Some ideas for such a feast could include: individuals bringing a different fast food item, everyone bringing a homemade dish, or turkey sandwiches with various thanksgiving-themed foods. “I didn’t know Friendsgiving was a thing until I came to College.” said Annah Jane Paschall, junior art education major. “Friendsgiving to me has been so fun because it brings a group of people together and helps us all really get into the holiday spirit and focus on the things we are thankful for. It also helps us all slow down in our busy schedules and focus on the present moment. My tip would be invite people to your friendsgiving that you enjoy spending time with. Allow yourself to soak up that time and not worry about anything else going on.” Thanksgiving classics such as games and communion are welcome at friendsgiving events. Often, the gathering includes not only time for food and friends, but a time to break away from the stresses of the semester. Some fun ways to prepare for friendsgiving could include decorating and getting the apartment (or dorm) ready for guests. Some easy and fun ways to do this would be decorative place settings, signs that are photo op ready, and putting lots of disposable cameras around for your friends to snap shots all evening. “Last year, me and my friends had a Friendsgiving, and I told my friends about it. We’re looking forward to doing one this year,” said freshman nursing major Valeria Ortiz. “Obviously, it’s going to be different because we’re in dorms. But we all decided that we wanted to de-stress. This semester has been tougher than we thought it would be. My friends and I are all planning on bringing a bunch of junk food and setting up some chairs. We’ll probably play Cards Against Humanity. It’s going to be so much fun and I’m so excited.” Kick off this holiday season in style by hosting a Friendsgiving, or attending one. With a...

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McLane Thanksgiving fundraiser a success
Nov16

McLane Thanksgiving fundraiser a success

The season of thanks and giving is in full swing, and with UMHB’s win against ETBU Saturday came one more thing to be thankful for. The men of McLane Hall pledged to donate a Thanksgiving meal for each touchdown scored against ETBU. These meals will be distributed to local families in need before Thanksgiving. The Cru football team scored four touchdowns in their 31-21 victory over the ETBU Tigers, the tenth win of their undefeated regular season. However, McLane Hall raised over $135, enough money for six meals, so they will be donating in surplus this year. Daegan Fletcher, a sophomore Christian studies major, was one of the RAs responsible for gathering donations. Fletcher enjoyed the open-handed spirit of giving displayed by the hall’s residents. “It’s good to see a bunch of guys in the dorm come together for a good cause,” Fletcher said. “I hope our small donations will fill both the hearts and the stomachs of the needy this Thanksgiving.” Sophomore business major Taylor Billingsley was another RA impressed by the willingness to give shown by the McLane men. “It’s actually quite touching to see how much these guys care,” Billingsley said. “Watching broke college guys go through their wallets for spare change, just so others can enjoy Thanksgiving is what this holiday is all about.” Billingsley appreciated how much his fellow students care for their community. “This event always shows how much McLane hall cares about the people of Belton,” Billingsley said. “What better way to spread Thanksgiving joy than with the gift of a good meal?” This is the sixth year McLane Hall has held Turkeys for Touchdowns. In that time, the residents of the hall have provided more than 35 families with Thanksgiving meals. Additionally, they have donated over $1,400 to Helping Hands Ministry of Belton. Last year, Helping Hands donated 1,678 meals to the needy during the holidays. McLane Hall looks to continue their tradition of generosity for years to...

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