Crusader alumnus signs with former world series champions Washington Nationals
Nov05

Crusader alumnus signs with former world series champions Washington Nationals

Landon Dietrich sits with his parents, Chris and Melisa Dieterich, as he signs to the Washington National’s rookie developmental league, the Gulf Coastal League Nationals on June 22, 2020. He signed at home, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Former Crusader baseball player Landon Dieterich was drafted earlier this year to the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals. In the history of the UMHB baseball program, only 8 players had been drafted. Dieterich raised the number to 9. The road to the majors is very long and full of difficulty, and to do so from Division Three baseball makes the journey all the more difficult. Most college athletes play merely to enjoy the sport they love for four more years, and to develop as a person. Very few actually make it to the next level in any sport. UMHB faced Schreiner Univ. in the home series opener at Red Murff Field, Belton, on Saturday, February 15, 2020. While Dieterich is only playing currently in a rookie developmental league with the Gulf Coast League (GLC), this is an important step that many great players have had to take. Dieterich already seems to understand the importance and difficulty of where he is at. “I am absolutely blessed,” Dietrich said.  “I realize it is a rare opportunity, and I just hope to make everyone proud.”                        Dieterich was never alone in his journey towards where he is today. Along the way he had many of his close friends and family to guide him and give him support whenever he needed it. UMHB and its students and faculty were also a big part of his support system. “UMHB was everything to my baseball career,” Dietrich said.  “It made me into the player and person I am. Everyone from coaches to professors. Definitely the best 4 years of my life.”  His years playing for UMHB mean more to him than most people may understand. “A lot of people do not realize UMHB was my only chance to play baseball,” Dieterich said, “No one else wanted to take a chance on me back then.” However, his job upon graduation from UMHB was not guaranteed, so going through the drafting process was stressful.   “[The draft] started off super stressful, and the stress just kept growing,” Dietrich said. “After all, this was a lifelong dream. So, eventually, I just had to let it go and trust whatever God had for me.” UMHB faced Southwestern Univ. at Red Murff Field, Belton, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Dieterich said that he had so many memorable moments while playing at UMHB he could not pinpoint the most memorable. “I think we would need...

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UMHB BSM and Burt Hall celebrate 100 anniversaries
Nov05

UMHB BSM and Burt Hall celebrate 100 anniversaries

Former BSM director Tom Hearon receives a gift from the BSM with his wife Bonnie Hearon. Another former BSM director, Shawn Shannon, stands in the background with a gift. Photo by Adrian Matthews. By Cole Garner Both Burt Hall and the Baptist Student Ministry celebrated their 100th year in mid-October 2020. A sign and balloons help celebrate Burt Hall’s 100 years. Over 20,000 young women have lived in Burt Hall over the last 100 years. Photo courtesy of Burt Hall. For the BSM, music played as students gathered to play games like cornhole, spike ball, and football on the Quad.  The socially-distanced party on Tuesday, Sept.13 exercised safety precautions needed during this pandemic as students enjoyed pre-packaged food and drinks (to make sure they were not touched by anyone other than the person who planned to eat or drink the food). One hundred years ago, the UMHB Baptist Student Ministry first gathered together as the Baptist Student Union, before its name was changed, along with its mission to be more ministry based. Burt Hall. The party had a special guest, Shawn Shannon, the previous UMHB BSM director. She worked for the BSM for 15 years, so she is considered to be an important figure in BSM’s 100-year history on campus.  Shannon dedicated her speech to the things that last and interacted with the audience by giving them the chance to answer: What four things last in life? Together, everyone came up with the answer that she was looking for, which up being “God, the souls of people, the will of God and the Word of God.” Gettys Hall Resident Director Eric Moore looks into the case in Burt Hall that commemorates the halls’ 100th anniversary. Photo courtesy of Burt Hall. After Shannon’s speech, the BSM lead team’s member Daniel Richardson handed a gift to present BSM director Daniel McAfee. The gift featured a thank you card from the lead team, which included seniors Adrian Matthews, Bethany Vassar, Katya Jimenez, junior Jared Poe, and sophomores Audrey Moseley, Daniel Richardson and Cole Garner. The gift basket also included gummy bears and beef jerky. At Burt Hall on Thursday, Oct. 15, students gathered for the unveiling of a showcase in the lobby of Burt Hall by President Randy O’Rear and his wife Julie.  The party moved onto the Quad for activities that included music, games and refreshments. Shawn Shannon speaks at the 100th anniversary of the BSM. Some interesting artifacts in the case from the last 100 years at Burt Hall included some old photographs of young women on the phone, sitting in the lobby in long dresses, and lined up in...

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Elizabeth Franklin crowned Miss MHB
Nov05

Elizabeth Franklin crowned Miss MHB

Elizabeth Franklin is crowned Miss MHB at Walton Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 as previous Miss MHB winner Molly Rodeffer applauds at right. Photo by Gavin Green By Reagan Murr Elizabeth Franklin won the Miss MHB 2020-2021 title at Walton Chaple on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31. She was crowned at a unqiue Miss MHB pageant with social distancing in place. Franklin, a junior psychology major from Georgetown represented the student recruiting organization Search CRU. For 50 years, the annual Miss MHB pageant provided young female students at UMHB the chance to show off their talents while advocating for causes that are important to them, and make new friends.  Even with the challenges that COVID-19 presents, the pageant continued to play a vital role on UMHB’s campus this year. “It’s a chance to get to know people and be silly and dance,” said senior Miss MHB contestant Alissa Edgington.  “[Miss MHB] is a chance to meet new people and get yourself out of your comfort zone.” Kaysie Sparks, a former Miss MHB contestant, directed this year’s pageant.  Sparks’ experience as a participant created a desire to put her own spin on the event. As director, she was responsible for getting the contestants ready for their pageant performances. “People all the time think that we just throw the girls on stage and this is all stuff they do on their own, but we practice three times a week from 5:45 to 9 o’clock,” said Sparks. This training begins about a month and a half before the actual show. “We go over every detail of pageant with them,” Sparks said. “We practice anything from walking in heels to how they’re going to give their platform speech to the judges. They kind of do everything.” Eunice Michaelson, who participated in last year’s pageant, expressed how intimidating being the pageant can be at first. “It’s almost like syllabus week,” Michaelson said. “You’re taking it all in, and that’s kind of how the first week of pageant is.  [There’s] this long list of things to do, and it can feel overwhelming.” But Michaelson also said that once practices began, it felt much more manageable.  “It grew to be this really comfortable thing where we all knew each other, we all got comfortable with each other’s talent,” Michaelson said.  “We just kind of formed this bond.” Elizabeth Franklin was crowned Miss MHB on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Photo by Gavin Green An article in The Bells, “Miss Search Cru wins Miss MHB 2020” by Destinee Reinauer, highlighted the camaraderie of the girls as the pageant winner, Molly Rodeffer, was announced last year.  The goal...

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The impact of COVID-19 on UMHB’s nursing program
Oct05

The impact of COVID-19 on UMHB’s nursing program

By Regan Murr The spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect across the globe and, most noticeably, on the medical field.  Nurses stand on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus, often at great personal risk, as they struggle to combat the pandemic.  This outbreak, coupled with an ongoing nursing shortage in the United States, has profoundly impacted the environment that future nursing students must confront after they graduate.  At the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor, students in the nursing program face having to adapt to many changes in learning methods and class structures, while also preparing for their future careers in a profession that continues to face unique challenges. Molly Radar, a senior nursing student at the university, plans to work in pediatrics after her graduation next spring.  She describes the transition to CRUflex classes this semester as “cool, but…wild and weird.” “It’s crazy that I will be starting a job, maybe, during a global pandemic,” said Radar.  “It’s kind of terrifying.” Junior UMHB nursing major Hannah Glass studies in between classes for an upcoming exam in the Townsend Memorial Library on campus in September 2020. Photo by Malaika Randolph At the same time, the pandemic has highlighted, perhaps more than ever, the need for more nurses in the workforce.  According to the American Nurses Association, there is projected to be far more nursing jobs available as compared to any other profession in 2022.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 1.1 million new registered nurses will be needed by 2022 to replace retirees and to avoid a continued shortage. When asked whether or not she was concerned about her future career during COVID-19, senior nursing student Sarah Hughes said: “No, because we’re needed.” Hughes also stated that she felt ready to enter the profession. “As nurses, we’re going to be dealing with a whole lot of infectious stuff all the time,” Hughes said.  “This is just a new infectious disease that we have to deal with.” Junior UMHB nursing major Hannah Glass studies in between classes for an upcoming exam in the Townsend Memorial Library on campus in September 2020. Photo by Malaika Randolph Nursing schools may also be facing dramatic fluctuations in applications due to COVID-19.  According to Ilana Kowarski’s  article in  U.S. News and World Report , “How coronavirus affects nursing school admissions,”  universities such as Villanova in Pennsylvania and Regis College in Massachusetts, have witnessed an increase in nursing school applications, which may be due to the pandemic. Still, it is possible that safety concerns may result in fewer applicants to nursing schools across the board, according to Kowarski’s article.  Only...

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ROTC’s Color Guard at the Salute to America at Crusader Stadium
Oct05

ROTC’s Color Guard at the Salute to America at Crusader Stadium

The United States Flag unfurls in the wind during The Salute to America on Friday, Sept. 11, which honored the events of 9/11 on the Crusader Stadium field. After the invocation by senior ROTC Cadet Stone Klingaman, ROTC’s Color Guard helped kick off the event along with the Black Shirt CRU Spirit Band on the field. L-R are cadets Alexia Brown, Jasmine Taylor (holding the U.S. Flag), Jami Hayden (holding the Texas flag), and Kayla Nielsen. Photo by Cadet Alexandria...

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CRUflex –  a new multimodal way of learning: Class in person, online with Zoom,  or with video tapes of classes
Oct05

CRUflex – a new multimodal way of learning: Class in person, online with Zoom, or with video tapes of classes

By Cole Garner – Editor-in-Chief and Dakota Powell – Staff Writer Students wearing masks listen and take notes as Dr. Kerry Owens teaches his Public Speaking class in Davidson Hall Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Students L-R are: pre-nursing major and cross country athlete Justin Miller; ROTC pre-nursing sophomore Bernadette Rivera; and freshman Christian studies major Ashley Moore. The students look close together here in this photos as the photo is compressed with a long lens. However these students’ desks are at least 6 feet apart. Photo by Rebecca McEntee This year, the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor needed to try to do things a little differently. After COVID-19 caused UMHB and other universities across the country to move their classes to an online format last spring, UMHB’s strategists knew that they would have to make the fall semester look very different. In doing that, UMHB started using a new way of learning. This is what the university now calls CRUflex. CRUflex is based on a hybrid learning approach that offers multiple ways to complete a course. Students can either attend class in person, or they can attend class virtually, or, they can watch a video of the taped class at a more convenient time for them. They can even combine their modes of accessing class and information, such as when reviewing a taped class they have already attended or viewed. All classes are videotaped with a program named Panopto. So most professors are teaching live on campus to some students in their seats in the classroom, while some of their other students attend with their computer desktops in the program known as Zoom. All of it, class in the classroom with students in attendance, along with students’ faces on computer tops through Zoom, is videotaped during class time. The video tape is then placed into a module reachable through myCampus courses for the week, so that students can access classes through their personal myCampus entry. Dr. Kerry Owens talking to his students in his Public Speaking class in Davidson Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Pre-nursing major and cross country athlete Justin Miller listens in foreground. Photo by Rebecca McEntee Only a select number of students can attend each classroom because students must social distance.  Those who attend sit in desks that are placed at least six feet apart, which allows fewer students in each classroom. Students who may attend are rotated if needed, depending on the number of students and the room size, so sometimes students must alternatively attend class by tuning in with Zoom. Since attendance is not required, but encouraged when possible, faculty assign ARA’s (Academically Related Assignments)...

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