Briana Frederickson crowned Miss MHB
Nov13

Briana Frederickson crowned Miss MHB

“Here’s to the ones who dream, foolish as they may seem.” No quote could be more fitting for this year’s Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor pageant theme, which is derived from the 2016 rom-com film “La La Land.” Nineteen female students representing various organizations and campus buildings took to the stage to showcase their talents and passions. The pageant was split into numerous sections, such as the talent competition, special talent presentation, group dance, evening gown walk, behind the scenes video, and interviews of the top five finalists. In addition, the women were judged according to four categories – interview, talent, platform, and evening gown. The person behind the pageant was Alexis Goddard, a senior social work major. “I have loved the process of pageant,” Goddard said. “The audience only gets to see the final production, which is awesome, but it’s really fun to be there for every comical, creative, and captivating moment,” Goddard said. “Seeing the unique growth in each girl is what this pageant is all about. Being the director has reminded me that it truly takes a village to make this tradition happen. Going into it, I had the mindset of ‘okay, I’ve got to do this, this and this,’ but if I tried to do it all on my own, the show would go horribly wrong,” she said. “There are a million moving parts involved and I have had the most talented team surrounding me.” Some of these talents featured spoken word, interpretive dances, musical skills such as singing and piano performance, and skits. Jordan Eilers, a senior English education major, represented an organization called Circle K, and performed a skit about a story close to her heart, called “Pinkalicious.” She chose this story because her platform is engaging struggling learners through reading. “My favorite part has definitely been getting to know all the girls and making friends with people I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet,” Eilers said. Senior Criminal Justice and psychology major Kelly Taylor represented Campus Activities Board. She performed a comedic skit about wrapping Christmas presents. “Getting to know the other 18 amazing girls has definitely been my favorite part,” Taylor said. “Everyone is so encouraging and uplifting and they brighten my day at every practice.” In addition, the contestants performed group dances to “La La Land” songs such as “Someone in the Crowd” and “A Lovely Night.” After the group dances came the evening gown walk. The women entered the stage in stunning dresses, and were escorted by male students as their background was described by the hosts. The judges came to a decision about the top five finalists: Miss Student...

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Homecoming: Camels/movies/PBJs/Stunt Night
Nov13

Homecoming: Camels/movies/PBJs/Stunt Night

A week of homecoming celebrations began Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a tank top giveaway and a Night of Lights event where students worshipped and lit candles. The next day, students were treated to PBJ sandwiches and a camel on King Street. On Tuesday night, students watched Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” at Luther Memorial for Family Movie Night. Before the event, students sampled dishes from several local restaurants, including Pignetti’s, Dead Fish Grill, Raising Cane’s, Shipley’s Donuts, Jimmy John’s, and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Wednesday followed up with a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Thursday and Friday nights featured Stunt Night in Walton Chapel, which is a tradition that began in 1909 as a way to cure homesickness for students who couldn’t go home for the holidays. For Stunt Night, each class performed a skit based around the year’s theme, but they add in a UMHB twist. This year’s theme was Game night and focused on board games. The freshmen’s skit, based on Chutes and Ladders, showed the ups and downs of four students as they navigated through the school year. The sophomore class had Candyland, with four UMHB students getting sucked into the board game. They must take a journey to meet the king so they can find out how to get home. In the Junior class’ skit, the Clue Cru teamed up to find their kidnapped homecoming sponsor. In the seniors’ skit, Mr. Monopoly tries to steal all of UMHB’s prized artifacts. The Best Song and Dance went to the junior class. The Best Costume went to the sophomores. The Best Comedic Moment went to the junior class’ Hardin Simmons Cowboy, who was played by Nathan Vandolzer. He said it was different to play a HSU Cowboy. “I don’t have a country accent, but he does. Also, the overalls and boots are completely the opposite of me, but it was fun,” Vandolzer said. The Best Actor went to Kyle Parsons, who played the role of the director in the freshman class’ skit. Best Actress went to Gabby Shbeir, who played Miss White in the juniors’ skit. Parsons said he was humbled to win Best Actor. “I love acting. [I give] glory to God. It’s just a super fun experience,” Parsons said. Junior class won Stunt Night, and took home both the Campus Choice and Judges’ Choice awards. After Stunt Night on Thursday, students went to Rock Wall N’ Roll, where they climbed a rock wall, enjoyed music by Willow City, and dined on local cuisine from food trucks. Friday included the 2nd performance of Stunt Night, followed by a pep rally at Luther Memorial and a dessert party/carnival at the Alumni...

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English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party
Nov13

English club hosts the Poe-fect Halloween party

On Monday evening, Oct. 29, students and faculty members gathered at Luther Memorial for the annual Edgar Allan Poe Party. The evening was filled with food, trivia contests, Halloween music and a reading of “The Raven.” Students also had the chance to participate in the “Faux Poe” contest, where they wrote a parody of the first two stanzas of “The Raven.” Prizes were awarded for Most Humorous and Most Twisted submissions. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the first Poe Party. It is hosted each October by the UMHB English Club, a group that strives to promote literacy and a love of reading in the community. In addition to the Poe Party, the club sponsors a semi-annual book club, Shakespeare by the Pond and various community service events. However, the Poe Party is not just for English majors and members of School of Humanities. Students from every department on campus are welcome to attend the fun-filled evening. Associate Dean of Humanities and English professor Jacky Dumas has been in charge of organizing the event for the past 8 to 9 years. “I think it went well,” he said. “We had 38 total [people] in attendance throughout the night.” Senior Jesse Cade is a double major in English and history, and he serves as president of the English Club. For the party, he dressed up as a humorous depiction of the capstone to the English major class. “I enjoyed the Poe Party because we got a lot more people to come than [in] previous years,” he said. “It was also fun to see people dress up and go all out for their costumes. Someone came as a cactus. It was pretty great.” One student who attended the party is Miracle Gant, a junior English major and fine arts minor. She performed a dramatic reading of “The Raven” at the event. “I love the Poe Party because it’s a concrete example of how we can make literature real to readers. Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t have to stay in the back section of our American literature books if we don’t want him to—we can bring him out and invite him and his scholarship into our existing conventions if we so choose.” Students who missed out on the Poe Party this year don’t need to worry—it will be held again next year just in time for the Halloween...

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Thanksgiving with the Cru: Student orgs get festive
Nov13

Thanksgiving with the Cru: Student orgs get festive

Student organizations all around campus are preparing to celebrate the holidays in their own unique ways. Here are four student organizations who are getting into a festive spirit before the Thanksgiving break. Apostolic Cru is a fairly new organization and will be celebrating their one year anniversary as a campus ministry later this month. To celebrate Thanksgiving, Apostolic Cru is hosting a Friendsgiving in Meyer 216 on Thursday Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. There will be food, games, and worship. “Thanksgiving is a holiday about coming together as a community,” Apostolic Cru’s President, Senior accounting major Lauren Lum, said. “The first thanksgiving was about how the pilgrims and the Native Americans came together and celebrated through fellowship. We want to recreate that fellowship.” For more information on the event follow Apostolic Cru on Instagram at Apostolic.Cru. The Association of Black Students (ABS) hosts several events throughout the year. Last year, their event was a multicultural fashion show. This year, ABS is hosting a Fall Festival and Talent Show on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the McLane Great Hall on the third floor of the Bawcom Student Union. There will be a speaker, and students perform their talents in front of their peers. There will also be a collection box for helping hands so attendees can bring donations and give to the community through this event. The English Club also hosts two events annually. “Operation Christmas Child” allows students to donate different items like toys, hygiene products, school supplies, etc. to underprivileged children in the bell county area. Students can find boxes for donating in Heard, Sanderford, the nursing building, the library, as well as the the York and Wells building, until Nov. 12. The English Club’s other annual event, “Literary Hand Turkey Contest” involves designing a mock book cover that features a hand turkey every November. Past winners include Hedda Gobbler, Don Turkeyote, The Gizzard of Oz. and As I Lay Frying. Competitors vie for various prizes including the coveted “Baste in Class.” The ASTRA Club (a community service club: Ability Service Training Responsibility Achievement) held its fall-themed appreciation dinner on Friday Nov. 2 for members and staff of the famous “meth house,” which serves lunch to college students every Wednesday. The Methodist church’s congregation was served chicken fried steak, a variety of vegetables, mashed potatoes, and deserts made by the students. After a sermon and a meal, congregation members were given ornaments engraved with a special note from the club. “The president of the club and several others have gone to the meth house for lunch all through their time in college,” Astra advisor Traci Squarcette said....

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Missionaries brought to campus
Nov13

Missionaries brought to campus

Last week, missionaries from all around the globe came to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to share their stories with the student body. The Baptist Student Ministry hosted Missions Emphasis Week, a time for students to learn about mission work across the world and how they can get involved. The theme of the week was ‘Live Sent,’ serving as a reminder that God calls his children to share His Word with others. Special focus seminars, each led by a person in the mission field, were held throughout the week. Some topics included how to discern your calling, the living situations for missionaries across the world, the different types of missions, and what missionaries can encounter in the field. The missionaries were also able to share their stories to individual classes, as well as at chapel, at ONE and the ONE After Party. A large portion of the student body had the opportunity to hear a missionary experience during chapel on Wednesday. After the students participated in worship, the Executive Director of UK-USA Ministries, Mike Taylor, shared his story. He began with the statement, ‘God loves go,’ and supported it by reading from Matthew 9:35-38. Taylor asked students to look for opportunities around them and to listen to what God is trying to say. Although he works to bring the Gospel to the United Kingdom, he left students with the encouraging word that serving God does not have to be worldwide, but can be right here on this campus. “He is calling you. He is calling me to engage with the culture around us,” Taylor said. “There’s no time like this time to be sent by God.” The BSM also hosted a number of special events throughout the week. A Prayer Room was open every day for students and faculty and a mission fair was set up all week in Bawcom Student Union. On both Tuesday and Thursday, a girls night was held in Burt and a guys night was held at the BSM. At the missions fair in Bawcom, students could learn all about how to get involved with the local and global community. The missionaries that participated worked in many different countries including Africa, Asia and Europe. Kelly Curry, founder and director of Foundation in Christ Ministries, leads a mission program in Galway, Ireland that reaches out to students in the community. The ministry has a few different outreaches they lead, a local Christian coffee shop, a youth outreach and a counseling center. At his mission’s display table adorned with shamrocks and a large Irish Flag, Curry shared all about his work in Ireland, including why he created...

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Nursing program still growing
Nov13

Nursing program still growing

It is impossible to think about UMHB without thinking of the nursing program. This major has a higher enrollment than any other program on campus, and if you aren’t a nursing major yourself, you definitely know one. One of the most familiar sights on campus is the iconic purple scrubs that the nursing students wear. In 1903, a school of nursing was founded at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple. The program was later transferred to UMHB, and in 1970, it became a baccalaureate degree program. In 1972, the first group of nursing students graduated from the program with 28 students in the class. Since its beginnings at UMHB, the nursing program has earned accreditation from the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nurses and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Scott & White School of Nursing currently has 23 faculty members as well as 57 adjunct faculty members. As of fall 2017, the program has 699 enrolled students, making it the largest on UMHB’s campus. The nursing program is housed in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center. The state-of-the-art building is over 76,000 square feet and contains a simulation hospital, clinical labs, offices, classrooms, a chapel and other rooms that help nursing students prepare for the workforce. Junior nursing major Emily Crowson loves being a part of UMHB’s nursing program. After graduation, she hopes to work as either a labor and delivery nurse or a nurse in a neonatal infant care unit (NICU). She says that the best part of the nursing program is clinicals, where students get to practice a real-life application of their skills. “Clinicals [are] awesome. That’s my favorite part.” One of the most life-changing experiences she has had as a nursing student was witnessing and assisting with the birth of a baby. “That was the most amazing experience…I’ve ever witnessed in my life…I think that’s what made me want to try to do labor and delivery.” In addition to offering undergraduate nursing degrees, UMHB offers masters and doctorate degrees within the program. Dr. Lynn Heise serves as an assistant professor and the Interim Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice. She says that the best part of the nursing program is the simulation labs. “The faculty [members] that work in simulation are very supportive of us. The [undergraduates], before they actually get into the hospital, have already learned the skills on mannequins…so it’s not quite as frightening.” Not all nursing programs have simulation hospitals for their students to use, and by providing this for the students, UMHB has given the nursing students a competitive edge in the workforce....

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