Career Services prepares students for graduation
Feb16

Career Services prepares students for graduation

“Start Early, Be Prepared Get Noticed!” That’s exactly what Career Services can help graduating seniors do. College students are all here for the same thing; to get an education and gain experiences that will help them attain future jobs. Finding a job before graduation can be a difficult task, but with the help of UMHB’s Career Services, the process can be easier. Career Services helps students create resumes, make connections in the field they’re interested in, and assist seniors in finding full-time jobs directly out of college. “We feel career planning is a four-year activity and students need to take advantage of their college years to explore and confirm career paths,” said Don Owens, the director of Career services. Owens said that the four steps to succeed in finding a job are: completing an interest assessment as a freshman and then at the start of junior year, start your professional career resume right away, review it every month to add skills and experiences that will be required for field work, complete three different internships, and build connections and a network. Career Services offers workshops throughout the year in addition to eight job fairs: the Senior Etiquette Dinner, Speed Interview Events, Mock Interview Appointments, Employer Information Sessions, and Employer Campus Interview Days. The department also actively partners with the Belton Chamber of Commerce to aid in the Apprentice Belton Mentoring program, and the Alumni Association to bring the Fall Homecoming Alumni Career Connection BBQ. “We will also partner with the Social Work Program to host the first Social Work Expo on March 4 and with the Modern Foreign Languages Program for Spanish in the Marketplace roundtable.” Jobs offered through Career services include off-campus, part-time positions, internships, and full time jobs. These job opportunities could be anywhere from local, regional, statewide, national, or even international positions. “I’ve been multiple times and they’ve given me great advice. [Career Services] Made me feel more secure about getting into the field I’m going into,” said junior psychology major Scott Carter. Career Services offers a program called “Cru Connection” which is a university career management tool. Cru Connection is used to link students and alumni with employers. Owens suggests that students, if available, bring a current resume to the meeting, if they have one available. If students do not have a resume available, then the Career Services staff, will gladly assist the student in developing their professional resume. Career Services is located on the second floor of Mabee, room 202. They will take appointments or walk-ins. For more information, call 254-295-4691 or send an email to careerservices@umhb.edu. Students can also find the Career Services page...

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Students raise the curtain on new drama club
Feb16

Students raise the curtain on new drama club

The Crusader Company is one of the newest organizations on campus and was formed in the fall semester of 2015. The club hopes to help students prepare for work in show business. Whether students have experience or not, the club accepts them all. “We wanted to make the club because there was no drama club on campus,” said Danielle East, the club’s president. The purpose of Crusader Company is to help students gain knowledge of everything that would happen onstage or backstage, like using props, making costumes, creating a scene, and acting. The club will host workshops this semester to help students improve in a certain area and rehearse for upcoming plays. Club sponsor and supervisor Kathy Owens said the organization is a way for those interested in theatre to get their feet wet. “It will introduce them to the various tasks that theatre production require,” Owens said. “It will also allow like-minded individuals to bond over their shared love of theatre.” Owens likes the potential of the organization,” “It has the potential to be a wonderful force on campus,”she said. There will be many events this spring semester in which students can get involved. For their February fundraiser, the organization will be selling chocolate covered strawberries (two for a dollar) in the first floor of Bawcom on Friday, Feb. 12. The club will also be partnering with ROTC in March for a unique service project. Members of Crusader Company will pose as civilians, leaders, and military personnel during a training exercise put on by the ROTC. The opposing forces (played by the Crusader Company members) and the ROTC members will both be armed with paintball guns to simulate combat. The organization also plans to perform a small play for students and the community sometime during the semester. With the organization continuing to gain recognition, East said she has realized the need for such a club on campus. “I like how [Crusader Company] has gained a lot of feedback about how an organization like it needs to be on campus,” East said. The organization is currently meeting every other Monday in the Baugh Center for Visual Arts at 8...

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Helping Hands offers hope to Bell County
Feb16

Helping Hands offers hope to Bell County

lton Ministers Fellowship in 1995, Helping Hands has aided thousands of families who have fallen on hard times. Aid can be anything from groceries, items for new parents, financial help, and professional training, all at no cost to the participant. The executive director of the ministry, Rucker Preston, said it is important to have something like Helping Hands available in the community in order to solve social and economic problems that face the people of Belton, TX. “The reason we do what we do is because we believe Jesus meant what He said, so we are to follow His example and serve people in a very holistic way,” Preston said. “We do that through three different initiatives—relief, development, and advocacy.” Relief comes in the form of helping someone with their pressing physical needs like providing food, clothing, praying with them in the organization’s chapel, providing school supplies, or providing emergency needs for homeless families. “And then there’s development, which is where we work towards helping someone work their way out of poverty, save for the future to get a higher education, or find a job in our employment mentoring ministry,” Preston said. The director said it is also important for the organization and those who support it to be an advocate and a voice for the families who are trapped in poverty. Advocacy can come through talking to others about Helping Hands, providing donations, or volunteering at the organization. Senior social work major, Braden Wilson, said he chose the ministry to fulfill his internship requirements because of what they do for less fortunate families and the Kingdom of God. “I just love that Helping Hands is faith-based,” Wilson said. “[The organization] is supported by all different churches in the area who really work together to better the community.” Wilson also said that she likes Helping Hands’ holistic approach to helping each person who benefits from the ministry. “We ask them, is this helping? How can we improve this? What can we do better?” she said. “So, they really work for the clients.” Helping Hands is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, which means the services they provide are not funded by the government. They fund their charitable giving through a resale shop, donations from private donors, and monetary support from local churches. Senior social work major and Helping Hands intern, Michael Carpenter, said the work he’s done through the organization has not only helped needy families, but it has also helped him gain a unique perspective and experience that will help him in his future career. “I am a social work major and Helping Hands directly helped me by allowing...

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Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy
Feb16

Sports Spotlight: Senior carries out family legacy

On and off the court, Senior Exercise and Sport Science major and women’s basketball player Tori Tucker has always led by example, and aspires to be the best that she can be. With 15 years of basketball experience under her belt, Tucker hopes to finish this season strong, and along with the help from the rest of the team, have a shot at winning the conference championship in a sport that she has devoted her entire life to playing. “Both my parents are coaches, so I kind of grew up with the game. I started by playing with Little Dribblers. That’s where it all started,” Tucker said. “My mom was my coach, so I grew up playing for her, and I played Amateur Athletic Union for about 10 years. All of that led up to me coming to play here at UMHB.” Tucker’s biggest inspiration in basketball, however, didn’t come from her parents or other coaches, but instead came from her older sister, who also played basketball for UMHB. “My sister, Taylor played basketball here for three years,” she said. I have always looked up to her on the basketball floor. I have always tried to strive to be like her because her work ethic was exceptional.” While Tucker loves playing for UMHB for many reasons, there are a few that stick out to her specifically. “My favorite part of playing here is probably the facilities. However, it is also because of the EXS staff and how they give me insight and background on the sport,” Tucker said. “I love being a part of a team because of the team chemistry. Doing things together outside of the court kind of helps us on the court.” Tucker has used the sport to help her in many different ways. Besides getting to play the game that she loves, basketball has also taught her a lot about life. “Basketball is important to me because it is my getaway. It always has been. If I am going through something, I kind of use basketball to help me cope,” she said. “It helped me find myself when I didn’t know who I was.” This season, Tucker is looking to put her best foot forward and do everything she can to help this team to be successful. “Even though for about three years I wasn’t able to contribute to the team because I was hurt, I feel like this year I am a contributor through leadership,” Tucker said. “I lead by example with how to do stuff full speed and giving 110 percent. Nobody can say that I am not giving it my all. I...

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Baseball hopes to take the next step forward in 2016
Feb16

Baseball hopes to take the next step forward in 2016

The grass has been cut, the infield groomed and the excitement of a new season lingers in the air at Red Murff Field as the Crusader baseball team prepares to take the diamond for the first time in 2016. The team will start the season Saturday at 11 a.m. against Rhodes College as part of the Central Texas Weekend. UMHB has teamed up with Concordia University Texas and Southwestern University to host five teams from across the nation throughout the weekend. “It’s a great weekend. By now, everybody in Division III is talking about it,” Head Coach Ben Shipp said. “We’ve got teams from the West Coast all the way over to Georgia. Very seldom do you get that in Division III.” The Cru has been picked to finish fourth in the American Southwest Conference preseason poll. Last season’s squad finished fifth in the ASC with an overall record of 19-22 and was eliminated from the conference tournament after losing its first two games. Shipp believes the team’s struggles in recent years are a product of the players’ mental makeup. “I think two things have held us back: the lack of pitching depth, and an inability to bring our A-game at the conference tournament. I think our play is attributable to not being confident.” Senior outfielder Chase Burrow has experienced the highs and lows of the last few seasons and he said the clubhouse has a different feel this time around. “I think that the lack of confidence comes from the team chemistry not really being there. This year so far, everybody has been rallying around each other,” Burrow said. “We’ve been playing more as a unit. If we keep doing that, our confidence will keep going up.” Shipp said this year’s squad is shaping up to be a well-rounded team. “I like the way they’ve worked. I think we’re a good combination of team speed, defense and pitching with occasional power. We haven’t always had that balance,” he said. “I feel much better about being able to attack from the top of the order to the bottom.” Aaron Barteau is one of just five seniors on the roster. Last season, he was named an All-Conference pitcher. Barteau said he takes responsibility for keeping the pitching staff focused through the monotony of the season. “Pitching a grind. It’s tough staying focused when you get hit around a little bit,” he said. “I see myself as a big part of helping guys stay focused and make sure they flush their memories really quickly whenever bad stuff starts happening.” Shipp served a prior stint as the team’s head coach from 1986-96,...

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Men’s and women’s basketball try to right the ship
Feb16

Men’s and women’s basketball try to right the ship

The Cru went head-to-head against the McMurry War Hawks Jan. 30 and the U.T.-Dallas Comets Thursday Feb.4. Both teams displayed control and strategy on the court that resulted in a 69-66 victory for the women and an 86-70 win for the men. But at Mayborn Campus Arena against U.T.-Dallas, only the women were able to conqure the Comets 60-55. The women played hard from the start of the clock on Jan. 30 with the score only tying twice. In the second quarter, the teams were tied 26-26 at 8:09, but Kendra Wynn grabbed a lead for the Cru with a jumper making the score 28-26. The War Hawks tried to take the lead with a steal and a 3-pointer by Taylor Russell, but Wynn responded with a layup in the paint, placing the team at 30-29 with 5:43 left. The Cru managed to hold their lead until the final buzzer ending the game 69-66 bringing the season record to 9-10. Wynn was the high scorer for the women with 14 points followed by Tori Tucker with 13 and Jonelle Smith with 12 points. Tucker said that their current record doesn’t tell the team’s whole story. “Our record does not define the type of basketball team we are to date. We have overcome adversity throughout the season.” The men’s basketball team shot down the War Hawks, pushing their record to 11-12. At the start of the game, McMurry held a brief lead until 6:19 when Daniel Mills of the Cru scored with a layup in the paint. The team shot an impressive 88 percent of 3-pointers in the first half, and dominated the scoreboard with only 37 seconds left in the fist half at 54-20. During the second half, the War Hawks tried to close the gaps but their efforts were not enough to reverse the damage done by the Cru. At 54-35, with 15 minutes left on the clock, the men continued to blaze up the court, adding points to the scoreboard. Bench points for the team totaled 50 and the largest lead of the night was by 34 points at 37 seconds in the first half. The Cru left the War Hawks in the dust 86-70. High scorers included Damarius Cress with 16 points, Russell Green with 13 points, Daniel Mills with 11 points, and Layton Zinsmeister with eight points. The men’s and women’s teams took to the court again Thursday Feb.4 in Mayborn Campus Arena, where the Cru faced off against the U.T.-Dallas Comets. The women’s basketball team curbed the competition, winning 60-55. In the first quarter the ladies came out calm trying to get a feel...

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