Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey
Oct22

Sport Spotlight: Chad Peevey

Chad Peevey is a senior sport management major  from Bryan/College Station. Peevey went to St. Joseph’s High School. He was voted to the Beyond Sports network Preseason All-America squad. He was named to the Third Team as Punter. Outside of football, Peevey enjoys spending time with his friends. “I like to hang out with the guys, cook, play washers and golf,” he said. Peevey’s favorite thing about football is being with his teammates, on and off the field, as well as winning. Peevey has pre-game rituals before every contest. “On away games, we all go to the movies. Tim and I get a large popcorn and large drink before every movie. We do it every game. On home games, I do a little jog in the morning before the game,” he said. Peevey is the primary punter and kickoff specialist this season, but he has been responsible for all of the kicking duties in past years. Recently he was awarded American Southwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his  performance against Louisana College. Peevey kicked a school-record 79-yard punt. He is averaging 37.1 yards per punt, which leads all other  punters in the ASC. His dream job is to one day take his game to the big league. “Playing pro, playing at the next level, punting the football and kicking it, that would be nice,” he said. The Crusaders will not only be missing one of the best kickers in Division III when his eligibility runs out next season. They will also be missing a tremendous leader on and off the...

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Graduates Share Keys to Their Success in Business
Oct22

Graduates Share Keys to Their Success in Business

Each year, a new class of Crusaders crosses the stage to face life’s next challenge: What’s next? Often, alumni pave the way for students. Some continue their education; others apply for jobs. Many start businesses, crediting their alma mater for life lessons that shaped their careers. Alumnus Luke Nunnally, ’07 business management, founded Squeaky Wheel Marketing out of a class project. He credits Dr. Barbara Dalby for sparking his interest in starting a business. “I thought I was going to work in some sort of management, like a real estate type deal,” he said. “She’s really good at inspiration and trying to give people an idea.” During an entrepreneurship class, Nunnally learned about using website grids to sell advertisements to local businesses. He seized the opportunity and bought a domain on his iPhone during class. Nunnally and a friend sold spots on their website around Belton and tasted the excitement of running their own business. “We presold … seven to eight thousand dollars in that November to December timeframe,” he said. “If you get eight grand in college off a project, you’re pretty pumped.” Today, Squeaky Wheel Marketing provides website designs and social media management as well as operating several boards across the state. While Nunnally ended up in the business world he studied, 2008 theology/philosophy alumna Haley Ogle followed a different path. “I was one of those students who had no clue what I wanted to do when I entered college,” she said. “I changed my major almost every semester until I was in my junior year.” Ogle decided it was better to invest in something she was passionate about than something “practical” she would never use. After graduating, Ogle enrolled at the Culinary Academy of Austin and earned a Pastry Arts Certificate. She now runs The Garden Market and Bakery in Brenham. Starting a business can be challenging, but Ogle says it’s all about perspective. “Running a business is full of ups and downs,” she said. “The key is perspective and being able to laugh at yourself and all your stupid mistakes at the end of the day.” 2008 social work alumna Jade Pierce combined her passions into a photography business. The idea formed while working at a non-profit organization with special needs children. As Pierce got to know the families, she began capturing their stories with a camera. Though she considered it a hobby, Pierce began wondering if her photography could blossom into more. “After our daughter Gemma was born, it was like I could see time passing before my eyes. Moments were literally flying by me,” she said. “I started to feel the desire to...

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Barnes Sparks Growth, Puts Out Fires
Oct22

Barnes Sparks Growth, Puts Out Fires

Belton is a house where a tight-knit group of service-oriented people gather to both better themselves and reach out to the community. It is recognizable by its massive clear garage door and the bright red trucks that wait behind it, ready to go at a moment’s notice. It’s Station 2 of the Belton Fire Department, and it’s also where you usually find junior nursing major Jacob Barnes two nights of the week. He’s been a volunteer fireman in training since July. His nursing major is among the most rigorous at UMHB, but somehow he manages to find the time to give of himself and do what he loves — helping people. “Being a volunteer fireman, you have to remember, you’re a volunteer,” Barnes said. “While you’re not required to go to all the fires or the wrecks … it’s a good thing to go to the ones you can. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it to all of them. We have training on days that make it convenient for college students to go to.” With his purpose clear, Barnes has no problem managing a hectic schedule. “It’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s about giving back to the community and protecting those around you,” he said. Born in Germany on an American military base, Barnes mostly grew up in Belton after a few years of life in Europe. He feels a special connection to the city and to the work that’s done through the station. In a sense, he’s living out a childhood dream. “I always wanted to be a fireman and help out. I was the little kid who had the fire truck and played around with it all the time,” he said. Now that he’s matured, he still carries his enthusiasm. “It’s a wake up call for service for sure for the community. I’m still new, but from what I’ve done so far, I’ve definitely grown,” he said. Tim Euting, originally from Wisconsin, moved to Texas when he joined the military. He’s move to the Lone Star State also marked the beginning of his career as a volunteer fireman. Currently serving as chief of the volunteers, he shares Barnes’ same sense of duty to serve. He has no regrets. It’s a huge connection with the people of the community, when you’re the one providing the services they often need … I just really enjoy it. Of Barnes, with whom he’s worked closely through the training process, he said, “I think he’s a very motivated individual, and I look forward to seeing him grow as a firefighter. A university professor is impressed with Barnes’ ability...

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Prayer Wall Spiritually Revives Campus
Oct22

Prayer Wall Spiritually Revives Campus

At this point in the semester, it’s easy to hit a wall.  To-do lists grow larger, and classes get tougher. So, what can you do? One option is to go to another wall—the Prayer Wall. The  Wall can be found on the Student Life and Spiritual Life pages on the university website, but for students, chances are it’s most easily accessed on the MyCampus homepage. Web Services manager Matt Irvine said that the Prayer Wall was up once before in 2011 but that it “wasn’t very well used.” He and Baptist Student Ministry Assistant Jena Coulson decided to get the wall back up and running at the start of the semester. “I don’t think there are problems with it at all,” Irvine said. It’s also user-friendly. He said, “You just click the form and submit it.” Simple, yet effective. Every request that is submitted is prayed for. “I pray daily as I see the requests in my inbox,” Coulson said. “The Spiritual Life staff does weekly. Monthly, we ask two other departments on campus to share in the prayer support.” Submissions are moderated, Irvine said. “We want to make sure that we are looking out for privacy.” Instead of becoming a place for gossip or pranks, the Wall is meant, as Irvine said, to do two things: “To submit prayer requests … and to pray for other people.” One of the  features of the Wall is that “if you want to get an update when someone prays for you, it’ll email you that someone has prayed for your request,” Irvine said. “It gives this real connection spiritually.” Sophomore Christian ministry major Mike Perry thinks  the Prayer Wall will build community on campus. “It gives us an ability to see each others’ prayers. It’s raising awareness that there are broken people on campus that need prayer, that need love.” Perry sent his own request asking for prayer that God would be glorified through Missions Emphasis Week, which begins this week. “I am on the prayer committee for MEW, and I just really wanted to get our needs out there … as a steering committee, as a whole.” Coulson said that’s the goal, for “students … to tap into the resource of prayer.” She hopes  the board will “be a place for faculty and staff to engage with students in a different way.” It’s a place for UMHB to access the power of...

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New Goodwill Impacts Community
Oct22

New Goodwill Impacts Community

The first Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries retail store in Belton opened on Sparta Road behind Wal-Mart in September, and many students are checking out what it has to offer. Retail store Manager Tiffany Spears said with Halloween around the corner, the workers are seeing a lot of college students come in to search for costumes. “I enjoy seeing them trying out different looks and having fun with it, but the best part is knowing that they’re buying something at an affordable price, especially since a lot of their money is going towards their education,” Spears said. The donated items sold at Goodwill go through a thorough inspection to ensure only quality goods make it to the racks and shelves said Director of Retail Rebecca Potter. “The sorters, pricers, taggers and cashiers are all trained to look for stains, tears and scratches on products, so each merchandise is reviewed several times before a customer purchases it,” Potter said as she explained the inspection and selection process. She added that employees set out most of the newly received donations within 24 hours, and an average of more than 800 new clothing items are hung on the racks every day, a fact that impressed sophomore multimedia and information technology major Hannah Warren. “I’ve never really considered shopping at a Goodwill in the past, but once I noticed that a lot of my friends shopped there, I decided to go to the store myself. You’d be surprised at all the great things you can find there, and you can always find something new each time you go,” Warren said. She thinks the thrift shop trend is increasing, especially among people in college, because most of them try to find even the smallest way to save money. Regional Manager CC Davis said business has been steady so far for the new store in the early going. “These past couple of weeks have been very busy for us, and we are very optimistic that customers will keep coming back, new ones will keep coming in, and that we will continue to be as busy as we have been lately.” In addition to the retail store is a Goodwill Industries Learning Center, which teaches important life skills and is funded by the profits made by the retail store. “The mission of the center is to actively pursue the full participation in society of people with disabilities and disadvantages by expanding their opportunities and capabilities through our employment and training programs,” Learning Center Coordinator Sabrina Negron said. The Center gives people tools to become more employable, which can range from teaching them how to write resumes...

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Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay
Oct22

Freshman 15: Students Seek Health to Keep Pounds at Bay

It’s only halfway through the semester, and there is already a significant decrease in the number of people going to the gym. Those who seem to make it a habit are either athletes, upperclassmen or afraid. Afraid of the freshman 15, that is. People are scared into thinking that once they start college, they will gain weight along with knowledge. But is the freshman 15 something that all freshmen worry about? “I have actually lost weight since attending college,” freshman John Joyce said. He goes to Mayborn to work out at least three times a week and, like most college students, doesn’t have an eating schedule. He said he eats “breakfast at least two times a week, lunch if I don’t eat breakfast and dinner almost every day.” Unafraid of gaining the extra weight that is frightening many incoming freshmen everywhere, Joyce doesn’t have any special eating habits and even enjoys a few meals at Hardy Hall. Like most teens, freshman Haley Gates eats when she’s bored. Along with that, she enjoys two or three cups of coffee a day from her Keurig. “I’m trying not to gain it…. I’m going to start working out,” Gates said. Although she has bad eating habits developed in the past, she hasn’t gained any weight in the first half of the semester. “I don’t think I’m going to gain it because when I went home, I weighed myself, and I didn’t gain anything,” Gates said. Now here’s an interesting twist: Freshman business marketing major Geoffrey Hinkson is actually gaining the freshman 15. He is trying to avoid the weight in fat by trying to gain it in muscle. He said, “It’s hard to explain.… I’m still deciding if I want to play a sport.” Interested in playing football or basketball for the school, his motives are to get more in shape and buff up for whichever sport he chooses. “I work out every day except weekends,” Hinkson said. Along with eating a lot of protein, he avoids Hardy most of the time and eats his own food. Freshman exercise sports science major Jada Ellis admits to not knowing the details of  the freshman 15. “I thought it was where they got a lot of freshmen and they put them in trash cans,” Ellis said. Now that she is in college and knows more about the subject, she doesn’t feel like it’s a big deal. Like Joyce, she has lost weight since being away from home. While the number of people going to Mayborn has gone down, it is expected to go back up again after Christmas break. That’s when people resolve to...

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