Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students
Sep12

Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students

The life of college student isn’t always easy. Between trying to get good grades, maintaining a social life, going to church, staying healthy, and getting a decent amount of sleep each night, we have a lot on our plate. How do we do it without going crazy? Time management is the key for any college student to survive. Here are a few tips to manage your time wisely: 1) Write everything down If I don’t write something down, I won’t remember it. So, when you’re in class and your professor gives you a due date and extra information on your homework assignment, jot it down. This way you can go back in your notes and remember exactly when the due date is for your upcoming homework assignment. 2) Maintain a planner This is a cheap and easy way to remember due dates, your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s birthday and the dates of the Cru’s football games. It’s all in one place. Some people like to color code their planner. Whatever works best for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, at the very least make a list of upcoming assignments starting with the one that’s due first. Prioritize assignments. Don’t work on an assignment that’s due 5 weeks from now if you have one that needs to be finished by tomorrow. 3) Make time for fun “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You can’t study 24/7. UMHB has many student organizations to get involved in. Just don’t overload yourself with too many organizations. Find a couple that you are passionate about, attend their meetings, participate in organization activities and make friends. 4) Don’t be distracted by electronics We all get into the habit of working on an assignment, picking up our phone for just a minute or two, and suddenly 30 minutes has passed while we were checking our Facebook and Instagram. When studying or working on homework, put your phone away. Whether you must put it in your desk drawer or tuck it into the pocket of your backpack, put it away so you’ll be less likely to get distracted. 5) Don’t wait until the night before Many students think they can wait until the night before to finish an assignment due the next day. Speaking from personal experience, waiting until the night before to complete an assignment is very stressful. If you have a large assignment that is going to take you many hours, start early. Get a little bit done each week. This way you will not be stressing the night before. It will also give you time to ask your professor...

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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 tea cup 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 with...

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New faces on campus
Sep12

New faces on campus

Every year, UMHB excitedly welcomes new faculty members to campus. This year, the school hired 16 new members including professors and instructors. In addition to the new hires, some faculty members were promoted and given new titles. One new faculty member is Dr. Jerome Lockett, the new assistant professor in the Accounting, Economics and Finance Department. Originally from Gary, Indiana, Lockett lived in the Chicago area before coming to UMHB. He said that his favorite part of UMHB is the students. “The students brought me here…I think [the school] has one of the best student bodies I’ve ever taught.” Lockett is excited to experience UMHB traditions for the first time, especially Texas football with the Crusaders. A professor who received a new title this year is Dr. Rebecca Peterson, who is in her 14th year teaching at UMHB. In addition to being a professor in the History and Political Science Department, she is now the Interim Dean for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Her position involves overseeing the associate deans of the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. She said that the best part of her job is “being able to help people as they’re planning,” as well as the opportunity to help others solve problems. Peterson also enjoys the fact that her job allows her to get to know professors and instructors in other departments that she would not otherwise have the opportunity to interact with. With the addition of the 16 new faculty members, UMHB now has 180 professors and instructors, with 23 in the McLane College of Business, nine in the College of Christian Studies, 12 in the College of Education, 58 in the College of Humanities and Sciences, 55 in the Mayborn College of Health Sciences, and 23 in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Every class is taught by one of these talented faculty members, providing students with the quality education they deserve. Most importantly, each of the professors and instructors are followers of Christ. According to UMHB’s website, “faculty members must have not only outstanding professional credentials but also a proven commitment to teaching and mentoring students.” Using these criteria, the school carefully hires teachers that truly care about passing on their knowledge to students and helping them succeed. It is evident that the faculty members at UMHB care deeply about their classes and the students, which is one of the many reasons why the university is such a great place to go to...

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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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Showcasing students’ businesses
Sep12

Showcasing students’ businesses

College students often find themselves in need of a quick way to earn money. For some, their passions and talents drive them to create their own business. Several students here at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor share how they built their businesses and give advice on how students can start their own. Matt Murray, a senior mathematics major, started Pedagon Education in June of this year. Pedagon Education, a combination of polygon and pedagogy, is a tutoring, mentorship and consultancy business that focuses on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics area of education. They also work on consulting with prospective students by helping them build four-year plans. Pedagon Education serves students in the Belton, Temple, Killeen and Austin areas. Tutoring subscription rates start at 25 dollars for high school students and 35 dollars for college students. The first session is always free. “I had been wanting to start the business for a while, but found myself in need of a marketing representative,” Murray said. This is where Katie Scott, a senior marketing major, comes in. Katie focuses on the social side of the business. Murray believes you need to find someone to be able to approach others online and to get your name out there. Scott recommends that if someone is looking to start their own business they should network and use social media to get their name out there and build their brand. Murray agrees that you need to find someone to show off your skills. You can get in touch with them by email, katie.scott@pedagonedu.com and matt.murray@pedagonedu.com, or phone at 254-228-9609 and 817-600-6892. And check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @PedagonEdu. Danielle Demetria East, a senior studio art major, sells her artwork on the side of earning her degree. She is a talented sculptor and also makes handmade journals and mixed media collages. When East came to college she thought this would be a good way to “jump start her career” and make a little cash on the side. Her products range anywhere from 5 dollars to 300 dollars depending on the piece. East recommends that students speak up and meet new people to network with. She advises artists to know their work and its value and not to sell themselves short. Follow her on Instagram @danielledemetria or check out her website danielledemetria.portfoliobox.net. Megan Henefield, a freshman education major, specializes in portrait, group, and live-action photography. Her business started during her sophomore year of high school. She grew up in a family of photographers, so it was natural for her to choose this profession. “I grew up in front of a camera and gradually stepped...

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