University adds historic home
Nov19

University adds historic home

It’s big. It’s red. And it’s a new addition to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus. The Curtis Mansion, also known as the Miller-Curtis House, was built in 1902 by William Ray Miller and his wife Ida. The house was built after the good cotton years left the family wealthy. In its architecture, Queen Anne features are mingled with Shingle style, which were popular in the eastern U.S. during that time. The design included fireplaces in every room. Fine materials and detailing inside and out gave elegance to the structure, according to uncoveredtexas.com. In 1914, A. Lon and Cora (Lee) Curtis acquired the property. For the next 59 years, the Curtis family occupied the mansion, thus earning the name of the “Curtis Mansion.” In 1977, The Curtis House became an official historical landmark, and received a medallion and plate on site. The recent owners, Richard and Pat Dale, former UMHB alumni, have owned the house for over 30 years. Dr. Steve Theodore, Senior Vice President for Administration & Chief Operating Officer, said UMHB has maintained a good relationship with the Dale family over the years. “It’s a beautiful home, and they’ve kept it immaculate…it’s in great shape, even for an old home” When the Dale family decided it was finally time to put the house up for sale, UMHB jumped at the chance to own the home in September of 2015. But despite the university’s eagerness to own the property, there aren’t any big plans for the house quite yet. Theodore said the University felt it was important, given the location, to purchase it. “We’re looking forward to doing something with it. We want to keep the house and keep it in its beautiful condition, and show it off. It’s a great place.” Several years ago, a cluster of rooms were renovated in the Curtis Mansion, but overall it still needs some work. “The house will need some upgrades like the air conditioning and probably a new roof. We’ve got some work to do to the house, but it’s a beautiful home.” As UMHB prepares to work in the Curtis Mansion, they know that changes will need to be made in order to make it appropriate for University usage. “As we use it for an institutional building, we’ll have to get it ADA (American Disability Act) compliant,” Theodore said. “We’ll have to have ramps, or possibly an elevator.” Students and those who grew up in the area are excited to see the building become a campus facility. “As a child, my siblings and I would always talk about living in the house and what it would be like.” said...

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Halloween DIY: Costume Edition
Oct29

Halloween DIY: Costume Edition

Who needs to buy one of those expensive, cheaply-made costumes from a big box store when you can make a DIY costume? As college students, we don’t have much money to spend on Halloween costumes. So, why not make one yourself from clothing articles you already have. Here are some helpful tips for making a costume that is sure to be a hit. Be inspired by your favorite TV shows and movies. Are you a Frozen fan? Then maybe you could dress up as Anna or Elsa. Or do you like Despicable me? Dress like a minion. It is easy and cute. Star Wars fan? Dress like Princess Leia or Darth Vader. For example, if you want to be Leia, find a white dress, make a grey utility belt using gray paper and a Sharpie, and role your hair in Leila’s signature side buns. Go to Walmart Walmart has plenty of character themed t-shirts like Batman or Superman that you could easily add pants or a skirt to creat a one-of-a-kind costume. Make sure you pick a costume you have time to make. It would be a shame to pick a costume that you do not have time to make depending on how close Halloween is. Find a few friends to help Don’t make your costume alone. Grab a few friends and make a night out of it. Look at what you have in your closet Sometimes you can make a costume with what you have already without having to purchase anything. One year I dressed up as Miss America. I used one of my old formal dresses, borrowed a fake crown from my little sister, made a sash from some ribbon lying around, and voila! It’s okay if you can’t sew There are many different ways to make a costume without knowing how to sew. You can even buy fabric glue from a craft store or Walmart at a minimal cost. Be modest You can have a cute costume without sacrificing your modesty. Making your own costume allows you to have control over how low your neckline is or the length of a skirt. Combine costume ideas If you can’t decide between two costumes, combine them. If you’re stuck between dressing up as Hannah Montana or a zombie, be Zombie Hannah Montana. Be Creative Don’t just go with the cookie-cutter costume that is the latest hit this year. Pick something you really want to be, and think outside of the...

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Sports Spotlight
Oct29

Sports Spotlight

Senior psychology major Elizabeth Ostroff is from The Woodlands, Texas and graduated from College Park High School. Growing up, she enjoyed being outside, whether it was adventuring, traveling, running, hiking, soccer or playing tennis. Going into high school, she began to focus on playing tennis. “I started playing tennis seriously my freshman year of high school. When I was younger I played soccer, then I moved on to try cross country and track, but I never enjoyed these as much as I have enjoyed tennis,” she said. At UMHB, Ostroff has contributed each season. Her freshman year, she helped the Cru capture the ASC West Division Team title and earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 2 doubles. As a sophomore, she earned ASC Honorable Mention for line No. 5 singles and the Second Team for line No. 3 doubles. Last year, she earned ASC West Division Second Team honors for line No. 3 singles. She has also been named to the ASC Winter/Spring Distinguished Scholar-Team and ASC All-Academic Team. “Over the past 3 years this team has taught me so much; I have learned from the coach, past players, and even opponents from other teams. My way of saying thank you would be to do all I can possibly do to get us in the position to win.” Ostroff and the Cru have been to the post-season each of her three tennis team seasons, falling in the ASC Semifinals each year. She hopes to take the next step by winning the conference. “I am personally seeking to win as many of my matches as I can this season. As a team, I want us to win conference. I think we have the potential, but it won’t be easy,” she said. The Crusader life was the perfect choice for Elizabeth. “I chose UMHB because I felt like this was where God was calling me at the time. It’s been the best experience of my life thus far, and I couldn’t be more thankful,” she said. Off the court, Elizabeth is a student athlete representative for the UMHB Student Advisory Athletic Committee (SAAC). She is also participating in the Miss MHB pageant and is involved at The Vista Community Church. She also believes tennis is a sport that provides lifelong lessons. She said, “I love the competition that tennis provides, both in the team aspect and individually,” she said. “It’s a sport that I believe builds character and encourages independence....

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International students adjust to new culture
Oct29

International students adjust to new culture

The international student population at UMHB is at an all-time high. Currently, international students make up around 10 percent of the student body, with the majority of these students enrolled in graduate studies. Many of these students are from India or China. Junior Computer Information Systems major, Bei Lui, is one of these students. She is from Beijing, China and has enjoyed assimilating to Texas culture. “My favorite thing has been the Texas barbecue, especially from Texas Roadhouse,” Lui said. But despite her love of all things Texas, it can be difficult learning new customs and culture. Lui said UMHB International Student Services has made the transition much easier. “They are very helpful with everything that allows me to stay here,” she said. “They also answer any questions I may ask.” The International Services office works one-on-one with International students in nearly every way possible. They act as academic advisors for the international students, and make time each semester to work with graduating international students. “If a student wants a driver’s license, wants to move off campus, or find a job, we help them look for one. We help them with anything they may need as long as it is within their student visa,” said Dr. Elizabeth Tanaka, director of International Student Services. “Also, for the first few weeks we have a couple of vans that run to the store and other places so they can get adjusted.” While international students are attending UMHB, many of them find employment on campus. Shortly after arriving here, Lui became a student worker in the Mayborn Campus Center. Even though she has only worked there for a short time, she has already made an impact on the students she works with. “I like working with Bei because she is fun to talk to which helps the shifts pass by,” said junior history major, Kelsey Riegel. “But I like Bei because she is sassy, goofy and Bei is Bei.” Communicating and relating to other students helps international students assimilate to US college life, and want to come back year-after-year. International students have come to love UMHB so much that the population has grown considerably over the years. “We have had as little as 12 [International] students and it has been as high as 400 [International] students at one time,” Tanaka said. Other than speaking with other internationals who have attended UMHB before, one of the most effective ways to communicate with an International student has been the university’s website. “The website is very International friendly,” Tanaka said. “They stay away from words that may seem common here in United States. Instead of saying...

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Week reflects on missionaries’ stories
Oct29

Week reflects on missionaries’ stories

Missionaries who are serving all over the world converged on campus Oct. 19-23 during Missions Emphasis Week. The week included events and seminars whose purpose was to connect missionaries and students. One of these seminars was called “Latte for the Lord” and was led by Susan and Kelly Curry. In 1996, the Currys created a coffee shop called An Tobar Nua in Galway, Ireland. They were nicknamed ‘The Jesus people’ by the locals and have worked hard to create relations with the people of Galway. “They didn’t trust us for a long time… they thought we were a cult. They thought we were going to pull them away from the Catholic Church,” Kelly Curry had said, “In the beginning it was so slow and we played monopoly in the afternoon because no one was there.” Kelly told a story of how a woman had come to them with her husband who was suffering from depression. The couple had taken a three-hour bus ride to get to the coffee shop, where they were prayed over by the staff for at least an hour. After three weeks Kelly called to check up on the man and found out that after 11 years his depression broke on the bus ride home. Junior Elementary Education major Beth Ann Earley was particularly moved by the Curry’s story and said she knows mission work is in her future. “I personally feel called to missions. I have always found other cultures interesting and there are so many human rights needs around the world,” Early said. “People don’t have the things that we have and we can do something about it.” The missionaries were also invited to speak to classes throughout the week. A young missionary spoke to Sara Billingsley’s literature class, and the junior Christian studies major was inspired by what he said. “[The missionary] graduated from UMHB and he came and talked about his Journeyman term. He served in Nepal and worked on sharing the gospel to unreached people groups,” Billingsley said, “It was encouraging to meet someone who graduated from UMHB who decided to commit to mission work. It was nice to get some advice on that kind of stuff.” Baptist Student Ministry Director Shawn Shannon said MEW raises awareness about the need, opportunity, purposefulness, and joy of missions. “We pray for missionaries to be in transforming conversations that help others connect their personal vocations,” she said. “We seek opportunities for missionaries to engage in relationships with students, staff, faculty, and local churches.” Some of the events on campus were the glow run, girls/boys night out, coffee house, the world market, and the prayer...

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‘Starbucks lady’ brightens students’ days
Oct29

‘Starbucks lady’ brightens students’ days

By Starr Rivers Along with attentive faculty members, UMHB is known for its student-centered staff. Those who work in buildings such as Bawcom, Mabee, and Mayborn are especially treasured by students. They are not just employees or someone who wipes down tables or takes a Chick-Fil-A order, but they are an integral part of students’ lives. And for them, the students are just as valuable. Terry Hunt, “the Starbucks lady,” has been a UMHB employee for a decade now and her devotion to the campus and its students has continued to grow. She is a passionate Crusader Football fan who attends every home game and most away games and sees her job as more than a paycheck. “I worked at Mayborn for eight years and it was like going home, not going to a job.” She said. Terry believes her purpose here is to make a connection with the students. “The kids here are my lifeline,” she said. “My kids live in California, so being here, the kids keep me from being lonely.” Her love for the students has always been evident, and last spring she learned that the feeling was very mutual. “January 2nd [of 2015], I was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. I was given six months to a year [to live],” Hunt said. Because of the effects chemotherapy would have on her body, she was given the choice to continue working or just rest; it was up to her. She decided to keep working. She would work for two weeks, then take a week off after treatments, and then work another two weeks and so on. But the support she received was astounding. “The students and the staff rallied around me,” she said. “The Mayborn staff started a GoFundMe account and it has helped amazingly. They took up a collection and paid my deductible on my insurance.” But it did not stop there. “They began holding special prayer meetings for me. The BSM reached out and I received hundreds of cards and letters from so many people. They are now all on my wall pinned up.” Terry said continuing to work while sick was extremely hard, and that the cancer was not just getting to her physically but mentally, too. “There were days I didn’t want to get up. And at home, when I was alone, the cancer would get to me. But when I was here, the kids would keep me going.” The students became motivation for her to keep going. They would bring cards, letters, flowers, but more importantly, they prayed. Former UMHB president Dr. Jerry G. Bawcom and First Lady Vicky Bawcom...

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