Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon
Mar20

Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon

UMHB has several organizations that students can get involved with. Heart of Gold is one of these organizations, and it has a unique mission. Members of this group work together with students and members of the community to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Heart of Gold raises most of their money at their annual Dance Marathon, but they also hold several other small events throughout the school year to raise money for these organizations. Senior elementary education major Bria Garner is the co-president of the organization. She gave a brief history of Heart of Gold and how it began. “Heart of Gold was started when a girl named Taylor Helland was diagnosed with cancer her senior year of high school,” she said. “Luckily, she had treatment and was declared cancer-free before she went to school at TCU.” A few years later, Helland’s cancer returned, but she was determined to reach out to other people who were having similar experiences. “She knew that she was not the only one that was going through something like this, and she made it her mission to bring joy to other children who were going through something similar to her,” Garner stated. Helland started Dance Marathon at Texas Christian University, an exciting event created to raise money for children with pediatric illnesses. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer the week before the event. Here at UMHB, a few of her close friends wanted to honor all of her hard work, so they founded Heart of Gold. “All of her friends have now graduated, but Dance Marathon continues to be an event that brings them together either here or at TCU,” Garner said. Dance Marathon is held on college campuses all across the United States to fundraise for local children’s hospitals. On Friday, March 22, Heart of Gold will host their annual Dance Marathon on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union from 5 to 10 p.m. Students and members of the local community are welcome to come and enjoy food, carnival games, dancing, door prizes and trivia alongside young patients from McLane Children’s Hospital. Admittance is only $15, which includes a Dance Marathon T-shirt. If you wish to attend, you can register at www.events.dancemarathon.com or in person at the event. The main purpose of Dance Marathon is to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year, Heart of Gold has set a fundraising goal of $10,000. Other events held by Heart of Gold have included bake sales, hospital visits and gift-themed fundraisers. Members have also participated in various service projects. This year, they have made blankets for...

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Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off
Mar20

Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off

UMHB’s Nursing Student Association (NSA) hosted their third annual chili cook-off just in time for the cold front on Monday, March 4. Students and faculty came together for a friendly competition to decide who makes the best chili and the best dessert. The event, which was held in the lobby of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, had a successful turnout. Attendees gave five dollars to the NSA as a donation and received a bowl, sample cups and a dessert tray. If the chili they chose left them wanting more, attendees could refill their bowls for three dollars. The purpose of the student vs. faculty chili competition was to raise money for prizes, future events, NSA graduation cords and various other expenses that the organization has. Attendees could choose from vegetarian, beef, chicken, spicy or mild chili, as well as a variety of toppings and desserts. At the end of the line, students and faculty could cast their vote for who should win the awards for best chili and best dessert. The contestant with the most votes would receive a $25 gift card to Chili’s, while the runner-up would receive an Amazon gift card. The winner of the dessert contest would receive a Chick-fil-A gift card. Winners of the cook-off were Rebecca Starkey (who received first place for her white chili) and Cristy Simmons (who won second place for her spicy chili). The winner of the dessert contest was Amy Sanders, who made Reese’s cupcakes. Dr. Amy Mersiovsky, an assistant professor of nursing at UMHB, provided two pies for the events dessert competition and attended the event. “I think it was really good. This is a fun activity that is done every year; it’s a good way for us to have friendly competition between the students and the faculty.” Senior nursing major Brianna Turner attended the cook-off and was very pleased with the results. “It was freaking delicious…I got [chili] number one. It is unique because it had chicken in it instead,” Turner said. To find out more about NSA, visit the Student Organizations section on UMHB’s website and select “Nursing Student Association” from the list of all...

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UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ
Feb27

UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ

Over 150 women gathered for UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Bawcom Student Union. They enjoyed fellowship and worship together at the conference, which was founded and organized by senior public relations major Sydney Stolz. “The Lord planted this seed in my heart for women’s ministry years ago, but I never would have dreamed it would grow into the Psalm 139 event,” Stolz said. The conference highlighted the message of the psalm, which reads: 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) Marissa Halvorsen, a sophomore psychology major who attended the event, said that “as women, we think we have to fit the mold of doing everything for everyone and pleasing everybody.” However, Halvorsen said that women already have their identity. “We have to make sure our identity is not found in our peers, parents, significant others, school work, etc.,” she said. “Our identity is in the Lord—He takes the pressure off of needing to please others, we only need to work to please Him.” According to sophomore business major and Psalm 139 committee member Eunice Michaelson, keynote speaker Merritt Johnston’s presentation emphasized the importance of coming to that realization. “She made us laugh, cry, and most importantly realize the truth about our identity in Christ,” Michaelson said. “Merritt Johnston is truly an incredible woman of God.” Johnston is a UMHB graduate who founded SAGE Ministries for girls while she was in college. Now president of the endeavor, she leads a team of volunteer chaplains at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham. As she addressed students at the conference, Johnston encouraged them to find their “3:15” moment of realizing freedom, a reference to her time spent on the mission field in Germany where she visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp. While there, Johnston was able to see what it was like to be a prisoner inside the walls of the camp and to be able to see the city around the camp – and freedom – right on the other side. She said that when prisoners were declared to be free at 3:15 p.m. on April 11, 1945, the clock stopped permanently, forever a reminder of freedom at that moment. Johnston related the story to everyone’s own personal prisons. “What is your 3:15 moment?” she asked. “What walls are separating you from your total freedom in Christ? When will you declare your freedom?” Sophomore nursing student and member of the Psalm 139 steering committee Amy Luong was deeply encouraged by Johnston’s words of encouragement. “For me, I’ve always been so focused on the future that I don’t realize that once I have Jesus Christ, my life is on track,” Luong...

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Student organization BRIDGEs the gap

UMHB held its second meeting for a new organization on campus called Cru Bridge on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, Feb. 14. Cru Bridge is a multicultural club that is meant to celebrate diversity and emphasize internationality. The club is encouraging people to join, explaining that it is educational while allowing students to experience cultures that they may have never been exposed to before. “I’ve noticed a lot of people from UMHB tend to be homeschooled or from small towns, and growing up in those environments doesn’t really allow people to taste different cultures,” freshman Bridge Club President Cecilia Nguyen said. “This club will allow for that to be accessible and fun.” “I love the idea that emerged from the creation of the group itself,” Dat Nguyen, a freshman biology pre-med major, said. “As you know, the United States is a country of immigrants. There are so many different ethnicities and cultures existing here where we live. And Cru Bridge is a place where we can be exposed to and learn about different people with different backgrounds. I’m excited about the knowledge that I can gain, the people that I can meet, and a chance to show new people the wonderful things of my culture as well as the common culture on the U. S.” The club was brought about when three students, Vydia Lu, Tu Le and Cecilia Nguyen came together, wanting an organization dedicated toward international students. After much consideration, the students took the idea to the Student Government Association in the fall. They went through the required steps for approval, leaving many of the SGA members fascinated with their topic and goals. The organization was soon approved, and Cru Bridge held their first meeting on Jan. 31. Cru Bridge plans to be involved in many upcoming activities, including a multicultural festival in March. This festival will be held in collaboration with the Association of Black Students and the Hispanic Student Association. Some of the many activities that may be included in the festival are a Tai Chi demonstration, Chinese calligraphy and a Folklorico dance show. In April, Cru Bridge also plans to collaborate with the Psychological Science Club and have a panel of students of color talk about their experience with UMHB. “We just want to be a bridge for multiple different people or groups, including people who grew up in different cultures,” Cecilia Nguyen said. The club wants their meetings to include activities that represent the idea of internationality. “We want to have cultural games that people played as children and introduce those to people,” said the Cru Bridge adviser Dr. Haedy Liu. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 28 in Conference Room A, located on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. All students are invited and encouraged to...

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Students skate the night away at CAB event
Feb27

Students skate the night away at CAB event

Neon lights and the sound of laughter greeted students as they walked into Wheels Family Skating Center in Temple on Thursday, Feb. 21. The skating center hosted the UMHB students for their annual skate night, which is planned each year by the Campus Activities Board. Students were encouraged to attend the event wearing outfits from their favorite fashion decade. Senior criminal justice and psychology double major Kelly Taylor, who is also a CAB member, attended the event. “I really enjoyed getting to see my friends there!” Taylor said. “The thing I love the most about skate night is that it caters to all sorts of different student groups. So, not only did I get to see my normal circle of friends, but also those friends that I don’t get to see all that often because our classes and work schedules don’t mesh.” Students skated to music from every decade and laughed with friends as they glided across the floor. Sidney Locke, a sophomore church music major, had fun at the event. “It had been a long time since I skated,” Locke said. “I wanted to go to the skate night to hang out with my friends and maybe re-live some good childhood memories. I also thought it was a good way to relax and maybe even go back to a different decade.” The decades theme was a hit amongst the students who attended. “I think this was a great theme,” Locke said. “The decades are so traditional and unique and going back in time is spontaneous. One of the things I loved the most about skate night was the music because it was good, classic music.” The skate night also included a costume contest and a limbo contest. While no one was able to conquer the lowest level during the limbo contest, students came prepared for the costume contest. Steven Neaves, a junior finance major, won the male costume contest. Sophomore physical education major Maya Reinauer won the female costume contest. The skate night required a lot of planning from CAB members, including selecting the theme. Brianna Flanter, a freshman pre-dental cell biology major and member of Exec CAB, helped plan the event with members of CAB. “In the past, we’ve done an 80s theme and we wanted to do something like that again. After some talking with our CAB members, we realized opening the theme up to any decade would allow people to feel more comfortable in their costume of choice,” Flanter said. “I think it worked well!  We had so many people show up in decades from the 20s to the 90s.” While the decades skate night required a tremendous amount of planning, the large number of students who attended the event proves that the hard work CAB put into the skate night was worth it. Events like this one help CAB achieve its goal of building community on campus. If you want to help plan similar events for students, CAB meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Organizations office on the second floor of Bawcom Student Union. If you want to learn more about...

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Richard Rogers crowned Mr. Crusader Knight

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 16 men participated in the 2019 Crusader Knights competition, each hoping to earn the coveted title of Mr. Crusader Knight. Each student represented a different campus organization or residence hall. This year’s theme was the Olympics, and the participants each selected a sport to represent. Announcers Alex Suominen and Steve Villalobos kicked off the night by welcoming the audience members, who filled the seats of Walton Chapel. The judges were then introduced. This year’s judges were Chris Barnes, Tanner Clarke and Angela Platt, all alumni of UMHB. On Saturday afternoon, the judges interviewed each contestant to get to know them on a personal level before the event. The men were scored on their interview, and this score helped determine their final standing in the competition. After the judges were introduced to the audience, the contestant videos began. Each representative had prepared a humorous one-minute video reflecting the Olympic sport they chose to represent. After the presentation of their video, each contestant competed in a spotlight question with the help of the emcees. This year’s emcees were Aria Flores, Jenna Albright, Monica Bernal and Tanner Watson. The men then came together to participate in a group dance, prompting plenty of laughter and cheers from the enthusiastic audience. At this point, there was a brief intermission, and audience members were given the chance to cast their votes for their favorite contestant. The contestant who received the most audience votes would automatically be a finalist. After intermission, the audience watched a music video of the contestants that was put together by UMHB alumnus and reigning Mr. Crusader Knight Caleb Fitzwater. The contestants then returned to the stage for the announcement of the top six finalists. Each finalist was presented with questions by Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Frederickson. While the judges made their final decisions, the audience watched a behind-the-scenes video that demonstrated how much fun the men had preparing for the event. Director Daniel Martinez and Assistant Directors Lauren Turner and Peter Zuniga took the stage to express their gratitude and their love for the Crusader Knights event. The representatives took the stage once more for the announcement of the awards. Each contestant was judged on their interview, video, campus vote (30 percent each) and spotlight (10 percent). The finalists were then given their titles. Fifth runner up was Seth Blankenship, Mr. Search Cru. Fourth runner up was Carter Williams Jr., Mr. Burt Hall. Third runner up was Dakota Stark, Mr. Nursing Student Association. Second runner up was Connor Tubbs, Mr. First Year Collective. First runner up was Samuel Kinnin, Mr. Circle K. Richard Rogers, Mr. Gettys Hall,...

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