Annual job fair gets an upgrade
Oct10

Annual job fair gets an upgrade

UMHB’s Career Services held the semi-annual Job and Internship Fair in the McLane Great Hall on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Previously, this job fair has been in the Lord Conference Center located in Parker Academic Center, but it was moved to the McLane Great Hall this year. According to Career Services Director Don Owens, they decided to move the job fair because of the growing number of companies coming to the fair. “Traditionally, we would have maybe 28-36 employers, and it was pretty cramped,” Owens said. “All of a sudden we have 46-48 employers. With the parking, we were going to have to take up 48 parking spaces [by Parker Academic Center]… As we grow these, we plan for them to be in the Great Hall in Bawcom because we had a little more room.” Career Services switched from Cru Connection to Handshake over the summer. Handshake is an online job posting platform. Through this site, students can schedule appointments with the Career Center, make a customized profile, look for jobs, schedule interviews with possible employers, and look up upcoming events from Career Services. Career Services used Handshake for students to sign into the Job and Internship Fair with their student ID number. Upon signing in, students received name tags that included their name, major and degree. Students turned in their resumes early to the Career Services team, who in turn made a resume book that they gave to each recruiter upon arrival. Students spoke with representatives from various companies and groups including CGI, Fikes Company, the United States Marine Corps. Other companies that sent representatives include Edward Jones, several local CPA firms, Dell, McLane Company, the Austin Police Force, and others. According to Owens, approximately 139 students came to the career fair. He hopes that the job fair will grow every year with the number of employers and students attending. Owens believes that students shouldn’t wait until their junior or senior years to attend the job fair. “Traditionally, we don’t think it’s ever too early to start going to the job fair. A lot of those companies like to start tracking students early,” Owens said. “It’s good for students to practice knowing how to introduce themselves and getting a feel for how job fairs work.” He also said that recruiters are often impressed with UMHB students who attend the job fair. “We are continuously told by recruiters that our students are well prepared,” Owens said. Junior management major Michael Davis spoke to many of the companies at the job fair. “Right now I’m just keeping my eyes open to find what...

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Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons
Oct10

Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

By Claire Henry Contributing Writer It was a dark and stormy night in Belton, Texas on Saturday Oct. 6. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) was playing their rival, Hardin Simmons University (HSU). After an hour and a forty-five-minute lightning delay, the game eventually started and within the first couple of minutes, UMHB made their first touchdown with DeNerian Thomas scoring. In the same quarter, Thomas scored again, making it 13-0 until halftime. Starting off the second quarter, Jase Hammack scored against HSU, bringing the score up to 20-0. Thomas scored again in the final quarter, finalizing the score at 26-0. The stands were packed with purple and gold, for both sides during this rainy, rivalry game. Reggie Cole, senior management and marketing major, plays corner and is one of the team captains this year. Cole has played for UMHB for four years. “Being a freshman coming in, you have to learn how the system works and you learn from the seniors that are above you,” Cole said. “They motivate you and help pull the team together. It’s now my job to teach the freshman and help motivate them to succeed. I have to encourage them and not put them down. Got to have enthusiasm and stay loud.” The game against HSU was an important one, so the team had to be on point together. “We played well as a team and even with the delay we came out strong,” Cole said. “We kind of had a chip on our shoulder because the Abilene Reporter-News said that HSU was going to beat us, so we had to prove them wrong. Also there were so many alumni there, that we wanted to impress them.” Cole said there were some things that the team needs to improve on. “We need to improve on the little things like our running, our effort in the game, mental mistakes, and then football mechanic, which is where we watch the tapes back to figure out our mistakes.” UMHB is a nationally ranked team and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Cole had some predictions for the rest of the season. “I think we will go to the Championship again,” Cole said. “This was the hardest game because of the rivalry. So after this, we just need to fix a few things. But I have high hopes for my...

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UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event
Sep12

UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, UMHB students gathered together in Walton Chapel for a time of worship and fellowship known as ONE. This event, held once a month on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., features a worship team consisting of members of various local churches as well as a speaker. According to the UMHB chaplain’s office website, “It’s time we realize that the unity of the church is a top-tier theological matter,” Which is why the event focuses on bringing members of various churches together. This was the first ONE of the semester, and the chapel was packed with students who were excited to worship God in community with their peers. After the event, students gathered at Luther Memorial for lemonade and snacks with their friends. This ONE featured Logan Reynolds, the college pastor at First Baptist Belton, as well as a five-member worship band. Bassist John Allen Davidson, who graduated from UMHB in 2013, said, “It was a really cool experience to come back as an alumnus and see hundreds of college students worshiping together.” Many students who attended the event have been participating in ONE for years. Seth Blankenship, a junior pre-physical therapy major, has been coming to ONE since his freshman year. Blankenship said that his favorite thing about ONE is “getting to hear other speakers and bands that I don’t normally hear, just getting a different perspective.” He stated that this month’s ONE has been one of his favorites. For other students, this was their first time attending ONE. Garret Snyder, a freshman film studies major, came to ONE on Wednesday for the first time. “The music…made you feel very uplifted and excited to be there.” Snyder said he will definitely be attending ONE again in the future. ONE is a valued event on campus because it is the only on-campus worship event that is held on a regular basis. In addition, it allows students to hear from a variety of speakers that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. ONE was started in an attempt to unite the local churches in the Belton and Temple areas that students attend. The chaplain’s office website states that, “The fullness of the gospel is always seen when the people of God are able to recognize the difference between essential and non-essential theological doctrines and then risk overcoming divisive tribalism through strong expressions of unity in worship and service.” The next ONE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students can look forward to a great time interacting with their peers and worshiping God in community with...

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An Evening with C.S. Lewis
Sep12

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

“Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” “Mere Christianity,” “The Screwtape Letters,” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” All of these books have one thing in common and that is their author, C.S. Lewis. According to the official website of C.S. Lewis, “Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day.” On Sept. 6, 2018, UMHB hosted the “Highways & Byways Series: My Life’s Journey: An Evening with C.S. Lewis” with actor David Payne portraying Lewis. David Payne is a veteran British actor, and has performed this C.S. Lewis show over 500 times. Erik Vose, the director of the Performing Arts Center, has been working at UMHB for a little over a year and wanted to bring some of his work from California back with him.“We haven’t done anything like the Highways & Byways one-man performance before here at UMHB,” Vose said. “I wanted to expand out and do more theater projects here and this one is a great starter as a one-man show, kind of simple and can help us ease our way into integrating more theater into the Highways and Byways and UMHB in general.” Payne’s website said that he doesn’t believe it is an especially religious play but that  “you couldn’t do a play about Lewis and not include part of what made him tick, and that was his Christian Experience.” In his performance, Payne came onto the Performing Arts Center stage with a pot full of tea and made himself at home. There was a comfy looking chair and a side table with a teacup and saucer resting on it. Payne sat down and immediately became Lewis. It is a plus that he looks like him, too. He talked about all the different aspects of his life starting with his early childhood in Belfast, Ireland and how his home felt warm and full, especially when his mother was there. Unfortunately, his mother passed away in 1908, and soon after he was sent off to boarding school in England. After graduating from boarding school, he was offered a full scholarship to the University of Oxford and while he was there he enlisted in the British Army. Payne/Lewis jumped ahead a few years and talked extensively about his friendship...

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Listening to student concerns:  Student Government Association
Sep12

Listening to student concerns: Student Government Association

With the first month of the 2018-19 school year complete, students at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor have settled back in to their weekly routines. New students are adjusting to university life by actively getting involved in organizations and events around campus. Student organizations are an important piece of the overall experience here at UMHB, and offer many different ways to get involved with the school whether it be through community service, leadership positions or spiritual life. One organization in particular, the Student Government Association (SGA), offers an opportunity for students to represent their class and ultimately, be a voice for the student body as a whole. One member in particular, senior political science, pre-law and speech communication double major Tyler Baker, is very excited about his involvement this year as the Student Body President. In addition to his extensive set of majors, Baker knew since his freshman year at UMHB that he wanted to participate and eventually help lead this student organization. “It’s an incredible opportunity to serve the students and be a part of an organization that has a true impact on campus,” Baker said. This semester, SGA welcomes seven new students to the senate. Six freshmen and one sophomore will soon be a part of this unique leadership experience. On Tuesday evening, the first meeting of the academic year commenced. The Director of Spiritual Life and sophomore sociology major, McKenzie Decker, opened the meeting with a prayer and a short message about leadership. She encouraged the students with a reading of Philippians 2:3-8, a passage that teaches how to be a humble and selfless leader, just as Christ was during his time on earth. Then Baker took the floor with an official swearing in of the seven new senators. He continued with a brief presentation of his vision for this year using three simple words; “up, in and out.” In greater detail, his goal for each member of the association is for them to grow upwards by strengthening their relationship with Christ, to grow inward by establishing unity within the SGA, and lastly, to grow outward by improving the student body. With these words in mind, various members of the executive council continued to lead the meeting with policies, guidelines and procedures for the upcoming semester. The final item on the agenda was the first official open floor, where members of the senate can voice their proposals and concerns for potential reforms and policies. Topics up for discussion included comments on visitor parking as well as the current smoking policy on campus. Senators are not the only people who can come up with ideas to be...

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Information session for veterans and dependants
Sep12

Information session for veterans and dependants

Veteran Career Advisor Sarah Phillips told veterans about eight different programs available to them. This occurred when UMHB’s chapter of Salute Veteran’s National Honor Society sponsored a Texas Veteran’s Commission information session in the Lord Conference Center located in Parker Academic Center on Tuesday, Sep. 4. These eight different programs she addressed are: The Claims Department of the Texas Veteran’s Commission helps veterans who have a discharge other than honorable to upgrade their discharge so they can get access to benefits. The Education De- partment approves all VA schools in Texas, and they approve on-the-job training programs. The Entrepreneur program helps veterans start and expand a business. The Fund for Veterans Assistance program provides grants to charitable organizations that provide direct assistance to veterans. The Healthcare Advocate program helps veterans navigate through the VA Hospital. The Mental Health program provides training to veterans, their families, and licensed mental health providers. The Woman Veterans program helps female veterans get the benefits they have earned. The employment program helps veterans fine-tune their resumes, plus look for and obtain jobs. Phillips spoke on the importance of having a master resume. “A master resume is usually a monster of a document. You don’t send it to anyone, but you keep track of everything you have ever done on this document,” she said. “You want to keep it updated as much as you can.” Phillips said that students should highlight how they can be team players on their resumes. “You can’t train someone to be a team player,” Phillips said. “If there’s some aspect [on a group project] that you took the lead on, say it ,” she said. Phillips also spoke about potential employers labeling candidates as over-qualified. “The reason that you’re told you’re over-qualified is because you’re putting things like you’re a leader on your resume, even though the position doesn’t require it,” she said. Phillips also said that having volunteer experience gives students hands-on experience with the job that they are interested in. “A lot of companies would love to have someone work for them for free. It’s also a great networking opportunity,” she said. Phillips also spoke about the VA work-study program. This program is available to veterans or their spouses that are in school and utilizing the GI bill. Students can work on average 25-hours a week for $7.25 per hour with this program. Phillips said that she has a passion for speaking to veterans about finding a job because she used to be in their shoes. “I was a veteran who didn’t know how to find a job,” Phillips said. “I walked into the workforce center thinking I...

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