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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Cru rings Belhaven 45-7
Oct26

Cru rings Belhaven 45-7

The undefeated Cru gave fans a treat for homecoming, handily defeating the Belhaven Blazers 45-7. UMHB improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in ASC play. UMHB dominated on both sides of the football: the offense exploited personnel mismatches to score seemingly at will, and the defense ground out a near-perfect game. After a solid first quarter, in which running back Byron Proctor rumbled for a 34-yard score and kicker John Mowrey added the extra point and a field goal, the Cru offense took it up a notch, racking up 28 more points in the second quarter. After a 3-and-out from the Cru defense, quarterback Kyle Jones led the offense on a 43-yard drive, capping it off with a perfect pass to receiver TJ Josey for a 38-yard touchdown with 12 minutes to go in the quarter. Jones had targeted Josey on a similar route on the opening drive of the game, but Josey came up short with a rare drop in the end zone. After the game, Josey shared some insight on bouncing back and making the second-quarter play. “I was upset with myself,” Josey said. “But you’ve got to have amnesia; you can’t let it affect you. You have to forget about it and go out and make the next play.” Josey did exactly that. After the defense forced a turnover on downs, Jones began his second drive of the second quarter. He led the Cru to the Belhaven 23-yard line, but there was shaken up. “I moved up in the pocket and their guy hit me right in the chin,” Jones said after Saturday’s win. “I was a little dizzy, but I’m feeling better now.” Quarterback Carl Robinson III entered the game in relief and scored on his first snap of the quarter, cooly hitting receiver Bryce Wilkerson with a bullet to put the Cru up 24-0. Wilkerson had an explanation for the immediate touchdown. “Carl and I have been putting in extra work after practice,” Wilkerson said. “I got around the linebacker who had been jamming me at the line, and Carl saw me, and I scored.” The third touchdown of the Cru’s monstrous second quarter came at the hands of cornerback Kris Brown. Brown recorded his third pick-six of the season, returning the interception 40 yards for a score with six minutes left in the half. Brown continued his dominant play, also logging four tackles and a pass deflection. After defensive end Khevon Shepard recovered a fumble forced by linebacker Tevin Jones, Robinson III led the Cru into the red zone, setting up running back Olan Vining for the team’s fourth touchdown of the second...

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UMHB alumnus brings new life to downtown theater
Oct26

UMHB alumnus brings new life to downtown theater

The Beltonian Theatre, originally built in the 1920s, will reopen for audiences to enjoy classic films Friday, Nov. 3. Because the new owner of the renovated theater is owned by UMHB alumnus, Zechariah Baker, it will accept Cru cash. Baker, who graduated from the university in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music, bought the theater three weeks ago. “I’ve wanted to open my own business since I was a kid,” he said. “About three or four years ago, I was managing a movie theater, and I saw the Beltonian was for sale. I started saving and planning. Everything fell the right way a couple of months ago.” The Beltonian, located at 219 E. Central Ave, boasts a 150-seat screening room complete with a small stage. Baker hopes to show classic films, UMHB games and other sporting events, and silent films. He will also be bringing in local artists. “A lot of these old classic movies are films that people saw when they grew up and now can only watch at home,” Baker said. “Now, they’ll be able to see quality classics on a big screen again in a great theater that has a long history in Belton.” Central Texas native and country singer Jenna McDaniel will kick-off opening weekend with a concert from 7 to 9 p.m on Friday, Nov. 3. Then Baker will play The Magnificent Seven (1969) starring Yul Brynner, Steven McQueen and Charles Bronson. The theatre will be open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Baker also plans to keep the theatre open every day during the summer months. Tickets will be $3.99 apiece. “A lot of folks in the area have been to the theatre when they were kids,” Baker said. “I want to be able to provide the same kind of experience they got at a discount price.” The Beltonian will not only be showing classic films, but it will also serve buttery popcorn, cotton candy, fountain drinks, candy and a few locally-made gourmet items. Baker hopes that UMHB students will come to the theater for an inexpensive and fun experience. “It’s going to be affordable and close to [campus],” he said. “I’m working with several different organizations on the campus to get some activities here.” UMHB Junior Noah Crosby remembers visiting the theater as a child, when his church rented the theater to show a Gospel movie. “I went there with some old friends of mine, and they were serving popcorn,” Crosby said. “It was nice on the inside with dark red carpet. Crosby regrets that he didn’t go more often when he was younger. “I’ll probably go again. I didn’t know...

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Professor brings home international film prize
Oct26

Professor brings home international film prize

UMHB’s Assistant Professor Andru Anderson took the top prize at the 17th Annual International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films in Varna, Bulgaria on Oct. 12-15. His documentary about overcoming adversity, “Turn Left Now: Surviving the Unbelievable,” will have a preview showing at the new Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Anderson’s film revolves around the lives of young adult stroke victims, and highlights the fact that as much as 1 in 7 strokes occur in adolescents and young adults, ages 15 to 49 (Centers for Disease Control, 2016) “Part of this movie is trying to show the audience that strokes are not a condition of the elderly. Strokes are actually something that can hit anybody at any part of their lifespan,” Anderson said. “Everyone has a grandfather or grandmother who was either affected by a stroke or has essentially died from a stroke,” he said. “I started looking at that, and then I met a bunch of survivors who were younger.” The film took four years to make, with the first two in pre-production and filming, and then two years of post-production. He had a lot of help from his wife Natalia, he said. “She did everything I did,” he described of her assistantship over the four years. The two met in Dzershinsk, Russia through some friends when traveling there, and six years later they were married. She has seen him go from his industrial film work with Andersen Worldwide and Applied Materials, utilizing his undergraduate and masters degrees from Baylor, to working as a lecturer at Baylor while pursuing his MFA at SMU in Dallas. During this time, he participated in many film projects, and perfected his craft. “I’ve done just about everything: small shorts, full length, film and digital and soup-to-nuts filmmaking,” he said. Anderson is in his third year now at UMHB as the Assistant Professor of Film Studies, and teaches Introduction to Film Studies, Screenwriting, Film History and Criticism, Documentary Film Making, Narrative Film Production, and Special Topics. The program has gone from four students when he got here, to now 22, “I’m preparing students to be independent filmmakers,” he said. He does this by addressing their need to tell stories. “Everyone who makes films wants to tell a story that has not been told before, and then have people see it.” Anderson’s creativity goes beyond film and teaching, as he has always had a glass blowing hobby on the side. But he knew he wanted to do something with production in his career, even in high school when he was building sets for theater. “I...

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