CAE’s finals frenzy prepares students for difficult finals

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Finals Frenzy, an event hosted by the Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) and the Writing Center on the second floor of the Mabee Student Success Center. Finals Frenzy happened Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Throughout the night the CAE and the Writing Center offered students various resources for free. Some of the resources they offered included free tutoring for basic subjects like anatomy and physiology and writing. This was a resource that was heavily used by students. Especially at this point in the semester, when it is crunch time. The CAE’s mission is to assist students in pursuing academic excellence in a Christ-centered learning community while valuing them as individuals, and this event falls in line with this focus. Finals Frenzy is co-hosted with the Writing Center. The center offers help with basic writing skills and assistance in writing term papers. “Finals Frenzy is a way to prepare students for what they might see on their finals, and to get them in the mentality of working hard,” sophomore English and history double major and writing tutor said. Cade organized the writing center’s portion of the event by creating the various stations that students participated in during the event. Along with time spent with tutors and in learning stations, the event also included the gift basket giveaway. The basket included scantrons, pencils, Nutri-grain bars, pretzels, chocolate—and of course, coffee. They also offered free scantrons, blue books, pencils, food and giveaways all throughout the night. Cade said the Finals Frenzy isn’t just helpful academically but also financially. Between the late nights studying and the late night meals that accompany it, being able to save a few dollars on testing supplies goes a long way. Like most huge study events, it would not be complete without food. So throughout the night as students study, students also stuffed their mouths. Students entered to be a part of Finals Frenzy by swiping in. When students attended the event and swipeed in, they were entered into a drawing. The prizes for the drawing will be given away all thoughout finals week. These are just a few things that the CAE and the Writing Center have to offer. Find out how else the center can help your academic achievement, visit...

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SGA and Sodexo strive to reduce university’s carbon footprint

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells The university has recently begun taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint. The Student Government Association (SGA) and Sodexo Dining Services are leading the way by taking precautions against unnecessary waste of food, fuel, and energy. The possibility of having to-go containers in the dining hall of Bawcom Student Union was initially raised in SGA’s annual Buddy Night in October, and the organization has since performed research and contacted Sodexo to make to-go containers a reality. However, doggie bags aren’t the only way to cut back on food waste in Bawcom. Alex Kown, student body vice president for the SGA, is looking into creating a compost out of the disposed food so it can be used as a fertilizer, which will reduce gardening costs. James Quinn, the general manager for dining facilities, shares the composting vision as well. “We plan on creating a food compost that would eventually contribute to us having our own herb garden,” he explains. “That way we’ll have our own rosemary, parsley, anything we need right on campus.” There will be quite a few new, exciting changes to Bawcom under Quinn’s leadership. For one, Quinn is replacing his senior staff with people who have more experience and education in culinary arts and dietary needs. This means that gluten-free and dairy-free options will be more abundant in the coming semester, and a larger variety of food will be offered. Kown plans on incentivizing the students to contribute to reducing the school’s carbon footprint. “Students can recycle, they can turn out their apartment lights more, and they can just walk or ride their bike to class instead of drive.” To encourage more energy efficiency, Kown intends to use a scraps program from another university. The scraps concept is that whatever money that is saved month to month on the energy bill is donated to a nonprofit environmental organization. “Since we go to a university where the students actually care about the world, it should be easy to get them on board.” Specialized lids and awareness of the strict rules that recycling demands will all aid the process of making the university more environmentally conscious, according to Kown. Student participation is an essential part of making UMHB more energy efficient. Although SGA is aware of the parking situation for students who live on campus, they would like to encourage students to walk or ride their bikes to class. Kown would like to see UMHB become a carbon neutral campus and to run on solely renewable sources. He also encourages students, if they have any other concerns or ideas,...

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Loutherback serves 50 years with college students

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Dr. George Loutherback has worked with UMHB students for the past 20 years and will soon be celebrating 50 years of mentoring students for various universities. At the beginning of his career, Loutherback, who is affectionately called “Dr. L,” was the director of the Baptist Student Union, which is now called the Baptist Student Ministry. Before coming to UMHB he worked at many junior colleges and even supervised the BSM at Baylor University for 14 years before coming to UMHB. Loutherback has done a lot to make his mark during his time with the university. He was the original founder of the Christian Association of Student Leaders, a specialized student life conference for Christian universities, and the beloved Welcome Week. As the university’s current chaplin Loutherback teaches his own New Testament course and oversees all chapel services for the university, including bringing in speakers that will challenge the current generation with their messages. He also helped start the revival program that takes place during the spring semester each year. He even provides marriage and grieving counseling for students who need the assistance. Loutherback also has a big role in the England mission trip that happens every summer. The university chaplain said he loves his job because he doesn’t have to follow a strict routine. . “There is no day that is exactly the same because I have different people come through that door every day,” He said. As a mentor and counselor to students on campus, Loutherback works with all students with different needs. He finds out what need they need help with and then builds a relationship with the student from there. If a student wants to work on anything, they they can confide in “Dr. L” for help. “Every student faces challenges that allow them to grow and expand on what they’ve learned before they come in to see me again,” Dr. Loutherback said. Dr. Shawn Shannon,the current director of the BSM here on campus said she respects Loutherback for how long he has followed Jesus and how he encourages others to do the same. Shannon has worked with him for 28 years, including his years as BSU director.. She believes Loutherback is committed to raising up leaders among students with whom he serves.. “One way we know what others value is to observe those things that they will do that are inconvenient or personally costly. I see Dr. L giving his time and life to develop leaders and to share Christ with the United Kingdom and to provide experiences where others can meet, commit to, and...

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Weathersbee departs from UMHB: Director of Student Life makes difference during time at university

Published in the December 7, 2016 issue of The Bells Earlier this fall, Dr. Byron Weathersbee, Vice President of Student Life, announced his departure from the university following the end of the semester. Weathersbee and his wife, Carla, have accepted positions at Summer’s Mill Retreat Conference Center in Belton. “This place has been incredible,” Weathersbee said. “We have mixed emotions. We’re excited about what we’re going to do, but yet…we will greatly miss the students and the student interaction; no question.” Weathersbee, affectionally referred to as Dr. B, has served at the university since the fall of 2009. During his tenure at the university, he has seen and helped implement many changes on campus. “It’s been a phenomenal time to be a part of UMHB’s history,” he said. “When we came here in 2009, it was before we built these $100 million worth of facilities, so we’ve gotten to see those facilities being built. I’ve really been riding on the coattails on some phenomenal leaders.” Weathersbee spends his time working with the deans and directors of campus recreation, spiritual life, student organizations, campus activities, intramurals, career services, the health center, and judicial affairs to make sure that students are receiving everything they need during their college experience. “One of the things that UMHB does so well, and what drew me to this place, is that we’re very student friendly,” he said. “Students are the very centerpiece of what we do… I hope that we’ve been able to have an impact on seeing that happen.” The Student Life division has had several notable accomplishments under the leadership of Weathersbee. In the past 7 plus years, Student Life has established new Game Day traditions/events such as the CRUise, the Cru Spirit Dance, Welcome Weeks’s Spirit and Traditions rally. They also created a Network of Christian Minsters, which evolved into “ONE.” The divison also helped usher in Sodexo’s transition to Bawcom Student Union, as well as, helped oversee changes in various programs such as Stunt Night, Family Weekend, Miss MHB Pageant, and others. Junior history major Danny Kown works closely with Dr. Weathersbee due to his involvement with Student Government Association. Weathersbee works diligently with the SGA to decide on important issues that will affect the student body. “Dr. B has really helped me grow as a leader,” Kown said. “Being in Student Government for the past two years and really getting to help serve alongside Dr. B has been nothing short of a blessing. I hope that wherever he goes in life it will serve him well.” Kown fondly remembers the time Dr. Weathersbee helped him film a parody video of...

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United States honors veterans

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells According to military.com, legislation was passed in 1938, that November 11 would be “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” This was specifically to commemorate the first anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor veterans who served during this time. In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress and President Eisenhower amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the change, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars through all times. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Military.com states that Memorial Day honors service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Deceased veterans are also remembered on Veterans Day, but the day is set aside to thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime. Fun Facts about Veterans: -7 million veterans served in the Vietnam War era (1964-1975) -2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953) -5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (Aug. 2, 1990- Present) -16 million Americans served during World War II (1941-1945), 620,000 of which are still alive -2 million veterans are...

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ASTRA club hopes to serve community

Published in the November 16, 2016 issue of The Bells You might be asking yourself, what is the Astra Club and what do they do? Astra Club stands for Ability Service Training Responsibility and Achievement. Astra Club has been on campus for three years and focuses on helping the community. Not only do they get involved in the community, but they are also international. One of the Astra Club’s members, junior nursing major Arissa Rosales, has been a member since her freshman year. “One of the Astra Club’s missions is to help the community, and work as a group as God wanted us to,” Rosales said. She said she enjoys the club because she has a passion to do good for the community. She loves the Astra Club because she can help in a variety of ways. One of the ways the club serves the community is by helping the organization Feed My Sheep. Feed My Sheep helps provide meals for students who rely on the free school lunch program. During winter and spring breaks Feed My Sheep packs lunches and gives them to those who do not have food at home. Rosales believes that partnering with Feed My Sheep is a way for the club to have an even larger reach. “Since joining the club, I have made lots of friends and feel a connection with everyone involved in the club,” she said. “I would love to continue with the organization after I graduate.” Junior computer science major Keznyc Walton said that one of the missions of the Astra club is to go out in the community and give back. Walton has been a part of the organization for two years and got involved when his Cru leader suggested that he join. “I love that the organization is very hands- on. I also like that there are opportunities to serve people internationally, and anyone is able to participate,” he said. One of these opportunities is the ability to send a bucket to Africa with basic necessities. He also enjoys the connection he has with everyone in the club. “Everyone is friendly and they all love giving back to the community. The organization is very low-key and that’s what I love about it.” And when they’re not giving back to the community they are hosting events here on campus. In November, the club hosted Sadie Hawkins dance in the Mclane Great Hall and the profits went to a women’s homeless shelter called The Well. Senior nursing major Ricky Sanchez, a new member of the club, was excited to be a part of it. “I wish I could’ve became a...

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