Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery
Nov15

Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor photo gallery

Emma Spellings and Shara McClure wait while Jenna Albright intoduces herself. Photo by Madeline Oden. Tori Pharris plays the alma mater using wine glasses. Hannah John performs a traditional Indian dance for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Hannah Yoes plays the flute for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Ally Jordan performs her Bon Qui Qui Starbucks skit. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell praise dances to “Don’t Cry” by Kirk Franklin during the talent portion of the pageant. Photo by Madeline Oden. Jenna Albright sings about avocados as she makes guacamole. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf dressed as Napoleon Dynamite for her talent. Photo by Madeline Oden. Haley Whitmore scooters onstage during her talent. Photo by Lauren Lum. Laurin Hoffa poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Rosalind Harrell poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Sara Lindsey poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Alexys Wharton poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Katie Winekauf poses in her evening gown. Photo by Madeline Oden. Bridget Silman poses in her evening gown. Photo by Lauren Lum. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris. Photo by Madeline Oden. 2018 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Tori Pharris reacts as 2017 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Bridgit Sillman crowns her Saturday, Nov. 11 in Walton Chapel. Pharris’ rendition of the alma mater using musical glasses had the audience singing along, and her platform to support military families, interview contributed to a winning performance. Contestants left to right are Bailey Haire, Shara McClure, Hannah Yoes, Haley Whitmore, and Sarah Jane Leaverton. The masters’ of ceremonies at right are: Kris Hurst and Annah Jane Paschall. Photo by Madeline Oden. Among others, Danielle Salazar, Keyarius Johnson, Ally Jordan, Emma Spellings, Sara Lindsey, Jenna Albright and Haley Brewis pose in their evening gowns. Photo by Madeline...

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Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats,  and the best places to find them
Oct26

Spooky Central Texas: tricks, treats, and the best places to find them

With the weather turning cooler, many students on campus are excitedly anticipating Halloween. On campus and around the Belton area, there will be various events and activities that people of all ages can enjoy during this spooky holiday. Tricks, treats, and fun activities will make for this year’s Halloween a spook for the books. This year, UMHB’S American Marketing Association is hosting a scare walk, Tuesday, Oct. 31. The event will take place in the Conference Center from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. The walk will consist of spooks and scares, and organizers hope it will be a fun event for Crusaders of all ages. “Me and my boyfriend are going to the Scare Walk on Halloween.” senior marketing major, Kelly Carlin said. “We’re super excited about it. I’ve heard that it’s supposed to be really scary. I love supporting my university, and supporting my peers.” The Robinson Family Farm will be hosting a pumpkin patch throughout the month of October, and on Halloween host various activities including hay rides, corn mazes, and selling pumpkins to carve. The pumpkin patch could be a fun photo opportunity for those seeking to post something festive on their social media. The city of Temple will be hosting a Haunted Walk About in downtown Temple that will detail the darker history of the city and its residents. The event will be free to people of all ages. “My boyfriend is from the area, and he found out about the Haunted Walk About from his mom.” said junior film studies major Starr Rivers. “We’re going with a group. It’s just a fun thing to do for free; a little bit of a spook with some food after.” If students are willing to travel outside of the Belton and Temple are, there are also some Halloween activities in other areas of central Texas. At The Killeen Escape Room, students can bring a group of friends to be locked into various themed rooms and asked to find a way to get out. Be sure to call ahead if you’d like a chance to participate on Halloween...

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Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences
Oct26

Opera/Musical Theater program wows audiences

The UMHB Department of Music has done it again. The Opera/Musical Theatre wowed the audience with their renditions of songs from a variety of Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. The program was conducted by Mr. George Hogan, the Director of OMT. The night started off with the “Carousel Waltz,” performed by a 50-piece orchestra. The first song, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from the musical State Fair stu nned the audience. Penny Hogan, the Associate Director of the OMT program, led the vocals with grace as the OMT singers accompanied in the background. And instead of just including students in the performance, alumni were also invited to perform in the program. It was a unique touch that was an amazing addition to homecoming week. One of the favorite performances was “There is Nothing Like a Dame” from South Pacific. The OMT men put on a hilarious performance that had the audience laughing on more than one occasion. This song even included a cameo appearance from Mr. Hogan. The show ended with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. It featured several OMT singers with individual parts. At the end of the song, the alumni came on stage and the song ended with the voices from both the current and past OMT performers. The performance was spectacular. It was a show filled with nostalgic songs from the musical classics that will never get old. The Opera/Musical Theatre performed these songs with a beauty and grace that would make Rodgers & Hammerstein...

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What students need to know before registering
Oct26

What students need to know before registering

Registration for spring and summer classes will open Monday, Oct. 31 for seniors and honors students. It will continue throughout the week for each class. Here are some ways to be prepared for advising and registration for the upcoming semester. Students should be aware of who their advisor is and how to contact that person. They can obtain this information by logging onto myCampus and selecting the “personal info” button on the left side bar. Students can then choose the “Academic info” tab and the advisor’s name should be listed near the top right side. Students can prepare for these sessions by becoming familiar with their degree plans. They should have an idea of what classes they want to register for. Those looking for information about the spring, May minimester and summer classes can go to myCampus and choose the “My Academics” tab. In the “Register or Search for Courses” portal, click on “Course Search.” Here students can fill in what term, department, course code, division, and course title they are seeking. Fill in the necessary boxes and click search. For example, if a student is searching for an art class, they would enter the term (spring 2018), the department (art), and division (undergraduate). If they already know the course code or title, they should be be able to quickly find a specific course. One thing students in the College of Business should be aware of are the changes being made to the business degree plans. Mr. Larry Locke, the associate dean and professor in the McLane College of Business, explained that administrators decided to make the courses more flexible and personalized to a student’s career goals. “We determined that our BBA degrees were all strong, but unnecessarily restrictive and that [the alterations] might allow our majors to more personally craft their degrees to suit their career aspirations,” Locke said. The College of Business is merging a few classes, creating a couple new classes, and moving the higher-level classes and lower-level classes around to make them more personalized and “transfer friendly.” This will go into effect fall of 2018 but the professors wanted to let students know about the change in case they wanted to alter their degree plans. Current students can continue along their current degree plans, but it is recommended that they compare their current BBA and the newer BBA on the UMHB website to see if the new BBA is better suited towards their needs. However, once a student switches degree plans they cannot revert to their old one nor can they merge requirements from the two. If a student switches they will have to fully...

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2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together
Oct26

2017 Homecoming festivities bring students, alumni together

Crusaders enjoyed a fun-filled homecoming week with Race for the Gold competitions, skits, lanterns, and a win against Belhaven University. Homecoming week kicked off with a tank giveaway and early morning yoga at Luther Memorial on Monday. The day continued with Race for the Gold events: three-legged soccer and balloon juggle. The night ended with Lanterns and Lily Pads, a new homecoming event where students lit paper lanterns in Burt Pond. “[Lanterns and Lily Pads] was so serene, and a much-needed night during a stressful week,” said junior mass communications major Felicia Suominen. Tuesday continued with more Race for the Gold events and ended with Taste of Belton, where students sampled eats and treats from Belton restaurants. On Wednesday, students participated in a mechanical bull contest on King Street and then went to various church small groups. The fun continued Thursday with Giant Jenga on King Street. In the evening, students enjoyed a Cru-Toon-themed Stunt Night. The freshmen skit was a long lost episode of Spongebob Squarepants, where Sandy misses her home at UMHB, so Spongebob and the gang try to cheer her up. The sophomore’s skit followed Timmy Turner of The Fairly-Odd Parents on his first day as a sophomore at UMHB. The juniors’ portrayed how Pebbles and Bam-Bam from The Flintstones first started dating at the University of Mary Hardin-Boulder. The seniors ended the night with their skit featuring Scooby-Doo and the gang as they track down who stole the diplomas from the Alumni House. After watching skits, students headed to the Hoco Hoedown on King Street. The hoedown had food trucks and live music by the Hunter Rea Band. On Friday, students answered trivia questions at the Trivia Challenge, while alumni reminisced about their life at UMHB at the “When I was Here” Alumni Mixer. Students and alumni gathered Friday night to watch the Stunt Night skits. During intermission, the homecoming court was introduced. Senior exercise sports science major Matthew McVey and senior nursing major Kristin Cherry were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. “It’s a blessing honestly,” McVey said about winning Homecoming King. “Two years ago I would have never thought this would have happened. I’ve made so many friends and built relationships. I’m blessed to be here.” Next came the announcement of the Stunt Night awards. Best Song and Dance went to the senior class. Best Costumes went to the junior class. Best Comedic Moment went to Gary, the snail. Best Actress was awarded to junior Schyler Malloy as Pebbles, and junior Ben Roark won Best Actor as Fred Flintstone. The senior class was awarded Audience Choice. Malloy was thrilled to win Best Actress and...

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Missions-focused event inspires future missionaries
Oct26

Missions-focused event inspires future missionaries

UMHB’s 18th annual Missions Emphasis Week provides opportunities for missionaries and students to connect over global awareness, relationships, opportunities and service through a week of events, seminars and special appearances. Seek the City, this year’s theme, is based on Jeremiah 29:7, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…” The multifaceted theme, illustrated by cross-cultural events and seminars, focuses on working in the best interest of one’s community. MEW co-director Jamie Habermehl, senior education major, oversees the prayer subcommittee. “[Seek the City] applies to a lot of things. It could be here in Belton because that’s where we are, or when God calls you to another city or another country; pretty much wherever you are to spread the Gospel and seek the good of the city.” Habermehl is currently focusing on benefiting the UMHB community, but anticipates to wherever the Lord may send her next. “I seek to do the best I can to serve [UMHB] and do whatever I can for the people here.” Shawn Shannon, director of the Baptist Student Ministries, looks forward to the relationships fostered during MEW. “When I look up and I see a missionary talking to a student or I see missionaries from different agencies obviously brainstorming and the sparks are flying, I thank the Lord that our steering committee built a nest under the Lord’s leadership for that kind of stuff to land in.” Missionaries visiting UMHB seek their areas of influence in the same way, like Keith McDougal, founder of Agape Impact Ministries. Him and his wife Naan seek to care for orphans in the Philippines, which has an orphan population of 1.8 million. “We’ve been in ministries where people say they won’t care for orphans, so we stepped out in faith and trust in Him.” As McDougal’s second year at MEW, his goals are not to recruit students, but to educate them about the issue and about Agape Impact. “Somebody has to take care of these kids, and there’s young men and woman here that have a heart to care for orphans. If God brings one of those to us, that’ll be a beautiful thing,” he said. Habermehl looks forward to reconnecting with missionaries that she’s met at previous missions emphasis weeks, like Mike Kahil. “[Kahil] does bible translating for regions and people that don’t have a bible in their language,” Habermehl said. “I’ve gotten to meet him over the past two years and we’ve gotten close.” When asked about the importance of MEW, Habermehl spoke highly of the week. “It shows students that missions is something they can do. I never thought of it before...

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