Baseball achieves a promising win
Mar20

Baseball achieves a promising win

The Cru snapped their nine-game losing streak in abig way on March 13 at Red Murff Field. They hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers were in the midst of a Texas tour. With the win, the Cru improved to 4-12 (0-3), while the Beavers remained winless, dropping to 0-7. The Cru used a platoon of pitchers who yielded just the one unearned run. The run for the Beavers came across in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the inning, Blackburn shortstop Tyler Jackson hit a high popup to shallow left field. Cru shortstop Jackson Godoy appeared to get under it, but it bounced off the heel of his glove. Advancing to score was Christian Padilla, just moments before Steven Diaz was thrown out at third while trying toadvance from first. The Cru pitchers included three freshmen making their Division III debuts – Zach Godin, Jackson Ryan and Jeb Zolman. Ryan is a grandson of the great Nolan Ryan, former big league pitcher and current executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros. The Cru offense only needed three innings to plate the 10 runs. In the bottom of the third, Jacob Dellipoali drew a walk to get things started for the Cru. Dellipoali advanced to second when Jack Herbert reached on an error by Beaver third baseman Logan Presley. One pitch later, Jackson Godoy singled, driving in Dellipoali and giving the Cru a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Landon Dieterich led things off with a single. Two batters later, Mitch Patterson starteda two-out rally which included three consecutive hits. In the midst of the offensive barrage, Dellipoali delivered his team-leading 10th RBI of the season, driving in Dieterich. Herbert also recorded a RBI as he drove in Patterson. Following Herbert’s single, Godoy walked, loading the bases. Garrett Gonzales came up and delivered a three-run double to left-center field. After four, the Cru had a 6-0lead. The Cru tacked on four more in the sixth inning. With two outs, Dieterich and Malek Bolin hit back-to-back home runs. Dieterich’s home run was a three-run homer, while Bolin’s was a solo shot. Gonzales finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dieterichwas 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the home run. Dellipoali was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bolin went 2-for-4 with that home run. Picking up the win on the mound for the Cru was Hayden Ball, who recorded his first win of the season. The Cru continued their home stand with a three-game conference matchup against the University of the Ozarks on the weekend of March 15. Sadly,...

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Faculty spotlight: Brandon Skaggs
Mar20

Faculty spotlight: Brandon Skaggs

Dr. Brandon Skaggs strongly advocates getting involved in campus activities. This comes from someone who was very involved in his own student career. When he attended UMHB as an undergraduate, he was Student Body President in 2003 while being involved in multiple organizations. “Every student should be involved in some sort of co-curricular experience, because it just helps them develop as a person,” Skaggs said. Some of the other activities and organizations Skaggs was involved with while at UMHB included Welcome Week, Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board, as well as Stunt Night and Crusader Knights. Now Vice President of Student Life at the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor, he works hard to help students get involved on campus. “We want to provide students with an experience outside of the classroom that can help you grow as a leader, a businessman or woman, a teacher or a civic leader in whatever community God calls you to,” he said. Dr. Skaggs stays very involved himself, opening his home to students and hosting dinner parties for student organizations such as the Association of Black Students, among others. He attends and plans numerous student led events to ensure that everyone has a safe and good time. He has a lot of support behind him in this effort. “I have a wonderful family that is very supportive, my wife loves the ministry we were called to which is the Mary Hardin-Baylor students, and my kids love being up here as well. You cannot do this job without any of them; they are my biggest supporters,” Skaggs said. Graduating with a double major in Business Management and Computer Information Systems in 2003, Skaggs then went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Management from Tarleton State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He began his career as Director of Admissions Recruitment at DBU, which led him to work as the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Oklahoma Baptist University before coming home to UMHB. It seems that he brought back to UMHB that involvement and inspiration he had as a leading undergraduate. “Working alongside Dr. Brandon Skaggs has been a delight. I see his desire to “work at all things as if working for the Lord,” Yvette Shackelford, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Skaggs, said. “He has an ability to bring out the best in everyone that works alongside him. It has been a complete joy and blessing to work alongside...

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Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon
Mar20

Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon

UMHB has several organizations that students can get involved with. Heart of Gold is one of these organizations, and it has a unique mission. Members of this group work together with students and members of the community to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Heart of Gold raises most of their money at their annual Dance Marathon, but they also hold several other small events throughout the school year to raise money for these organizations. Senior elementary education major Bria Garner is the co-president of the organization. She gave a brief history of Heart of Gold and how it began. “Heart of Gold was started when a girl named Taylor Helland was diagnosed with cancer her senior year of high school,” she said. “Luckily, she had treatment and was declared cancer-free before she went to school at TCU.” A few years later, Helland’s cancer returned, but she was determined to reach out to other people who were having similar experiences. “She knew that she was not the only one that was going through something like this, and she made it her mission to bring joy to other children who were going through something similar to her,” Garner stated. Helland started Dance Marathon at Texas Christian University, an exciting event created to raise money for children with pediatric illnesses. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer the week before the event. Here at UMHB, a few of her close friends wanted to honor all of her hard work, so they founded Heart of Gold. “All of her friends have now graduated, but Dance Marathon continues to be an event that brings them together either here or at TCU,” Garner said. Dance Marathon is held on college campuses all across the United States to fundraise for local children’s hospitals. On Friday, March 22, Heart of Gold will host their annual Dance Marathon on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union from 5 to 10 p.m. Students and members of the local community are welcome to come and enjoy food, carnival games, dancing, door prizes and trivia alongside young patients from McLane Children’s Hospital. Admittance is only $15, which includes a Dance Marathon T-shirt. If you wish to attend, you can register at www.events.dancemarathon.com or in person at the event. The main purpose of Dance Marathon is to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year, Heart of Gold has set a fundraising goal of $10,000. Other events held by Heart of Gold have included bake sales, hospital visits and gift-themed fundraisers. Members have also participated in various service projects. This year, they have made blankets for...

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English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner
Mar20

English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner

The UMHB English Club hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner to celebrate their recent book club meeting on March 7. The event honored the club’s recent reading of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” The event featured a game which followed a murder mystery plot. Players were given cards with elements of their character’s personalities, including who they liked or did not like. The game began with players collecting evidence to try and solve the mystery. Senior English major and treasurer of the English Club Emma Andrews said, “Our idea [for] the event stemmed from our biannual book club. We read and discussed Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None.’ We thought a murder mystery dinner would encourage people to come to both events and get involved in the English Club.” After everyone had a chance to collect information about the other characters, they were each handed a card stating their status as a killer, bystander or victim. Once each player read their card, the victims went to their murder scene and posed with a note stating how they died. Bethany Darwin, a junior graphic design major who attended the event, played the part of a victim. “I loved being the victim,” Darwin said. “It was a unique part of the experience and it really let me play into my theatrical side. It was fun to interact with the characters and then hear my friends’ reactions to my role as the victim while I pretended to be dead.” Once everyone viewed the murder victims, the bystanders and killers gathered in a conference room to place their accusations. Players turned in their accusation papers and tried to prove their innocence once they were accused of being the killer. Finally, the accusations led to UMHB’s Physical Plant Special Events Coordinator Jamie Smith, who played the part of a crossing guard who killed the victim with a candlestick. Overall, the Murder Mystery Dinner helped build community within the English department at UMHB and helped students show off their theatrical talents. “I feel like letting yourself be a little ridiculous is a great way to build trust in any group and did wonders for our English community,” junior English major and Vice President of the English Club Miracle Gant said. “I definitely thinkI would participate in another murder mystery. Personally,I’m less of a ‘solve-the-mystery’ girl and more of a ‘plan- the-perfect-murder’ girl, but I’d love for us to do more theatrical activities.” Members of the English Club were pleased with the outcome of the Murder Mystery Dinner. “I was very happy with the dinner,” Andrews said. “Everyone was engaged and having a great...

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Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event
Mar20

Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event

Domestic violence is something that no person should ever have to face. It happens not only here in America, butin many different countriesand cultures as well. To help address this issue, Faith in Action, a student group sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry, featured this subject at Arise, an event they held in McLane Great Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28. Their mission was to break the silence and address important topics happening in our world today. Members of Aware Central Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and family violence in and around the Bell Country area, participated in the event. Blanca Ortiz, the group’s family violence case manager, was one of the first speakers of the night. She discussed some facts about domestic violence and what people may not know about it. “Female victims are more likely to report than males are,” Ortiz said. “It’s something that’s very serious and needs to be talked about.” There are many different forms of domestic violence, including not only physical abuse, but also verbal, emotional and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many people don’t leave the situation in hope that the abuser may soon change. Some victims also fear that telling authorities will only cause bigger problems. However, Ortiz advised that calling the police will not result in trouble. Aware Central Texas provides many resources for domestic violence victims, some of which include clothing, shelter, and a 24/7 support hotline. They also offer many different services such as safety planning, danger assessments and support groups. Shortly after Ortiz’s speech, Briana Frederickson, who is serving as the current Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, came onstage to deliver her testimony and talk about her personal connection with domestic violence. “Through all of it, I cycled between feeling broken and lost, to angry and cynical, to numb and apathetic,” Frederickson said. “I tried to make sense of everything that was happening but could not find the answers. So for the most part, it was easier to just shut off my emotions and my thoughts. That way, I didn’t have to deal with it.” Though Frederickson faced many trials and tribulations, the things she endured only brought her closer to God. As a social work major, she uses her strengths and what she went through to help others who may be dealing with similar situations. “If I could encourage others to seek help, I would first like to say something to them personally,” Frederickson said. “For those of you still trapped in darkness, those of you who can’t get to the surface, you are doing so well. You are holding on and you are fighting so well. Your time for...

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Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off
Mar20

Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off

UMHB’s Nursing Student Association (NSA) hosted their third annual chili cook-off just in time for the cold front on Monday, March 4. Students and faculty came together for a friendly competition to decide who makes the best chili and the best dessert. The event, which was held in the lobby of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, had a successful turnout. Attendees gave five dollars to the NSA as a donation and received a bowl, sample cups and a dessert tray. If the chili they chose left them wanting more, attendees could refill their bowls for three dollars. The purpose of the student vs. faculty chili competition was to raise money for prizes, future events, NSA graduation cords and various other expenses that the organization has. Attendees could choose from vegetarian, beef, chicken, spicy or mild chili, as well as a variety of toppings and desserts. At the end of the line, students and faculty could cast their vote for who should win the awards for best chili and best dessert. The contestant with the most votes would receive a $25 gift card to Chili’s, while the runner-up would receive an Amazon gift card. The winner of the dessert contest would receive a Chick-fil-A gift card. Winners of the cook-off were Rebecca Starkey (who received first place for her white chili) and Cristy Simmons (who won second place for her spicy chili). The winner of the dessert contest was Amy Sanders, who made Reese’s cupcakes. Dr. Amy Mersiovsky, an assistant professor of nursing at UMHB, provided two pies for the events dessert competition and attended the event. “I think it was really good. This is a fun activity that is done every year; it’s a good way for us to have friendly competition between the students and the faculty.” Senior nursing major Brianna Turner attended the cook-off and was very pleased with the results. “It was freaking delicious…I got [chili] number one. It is unique because it had chicken in it instead,” Turner said. To find out more about NSA, visit the Student Organizations section on UMHB’s website and select “Nursing Student Association” from the list of all...

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