Students honor Month of the Military Child
Apr02

Students honor Month of the Military Child

The month of April is known for numerous holidays such as Easter, April Fools’ Day and Earth Day. However, what many people don’t know is that April is also the Month of the Military Child. This is a special time of the year dedicated to honoring the children of military parents all over the world. UMHB takes great pride in recognizing students who fall into that category. There are approximately two million military children all over the U.S., ranging from newborns all the way up to 18-year-olds (sheerid). Their lives seem to be no easy task, as many of them endure lots of challenges such as anxiety, separation and relocation. “One of the most challenging things about being a military kid is moving around,” said Micki Hutchins, a freshman social work major. “I learned to only make surface-level friends because moving away from a best friend after two to three years over and over again became too painful. However, I have a great relationship with my immediate family because of this.” Many organizations around the world take advantage of the month and hold events to honor those who are children of military parents. The Department of Defense Education Activity and The Department of Defense team work together to encourage schools to plan events dedicated to the Month of the Military Child. Operation Megaphone is a worldwide event dedicated to connecting military teens around the world and helping them discuss everyday issues that they face. Many group seven hold specific days for  people to wear purple in an effort to show their support. A lot of organizations also hold events such as contests and festivals. Senior filmstudies major Viranda Brooks described events that she has participated in. “When I was younger and lived on a base in Germany, they had a big carnival with free prizes and food,” she said. “It was a lot of fun.” While their parents are deployed in other parts of the country, many dependents have to find ways to cope with the fact that their parents are gone. Some children do not understand why their parents have to leave for such long periods of time, and this can make them angry. Being able to communicate is one of the most important ways children of military parents can deal with their parents’ absence. Writing letters is one of the main ways they communicate, as many people in the military do not have access to cell phones or other communication devices. It is also important for people of authority such as teachers, counselors and non-military parents to be as helpful and supportive as possible. “I would always go to my mom and see...

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Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound
Apr02

Jeb Zolman: pitcher returns to the mound

Junior pitcher and pre physical therapy major Jeb Zolman has made a comeback to the mound this baseball season after recovering from an elbow injury. His baseball career at UMHB wasn’t always planned—in fact, he didn’t originally plan on attending UMHB at all. Zolman started his first semester of college at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he quickly learned that this wasn’t the right choice for him. After six months there, he decided to return to his hometown of Humble and attend community college for the rest of the spring semester. “I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I was at a loss,” Zolman said. “I started touring colleges again. I visited Southern Methodist University and UT Dallas, but on the way home from touring, we came through Belton.” A few years before this, Zolman’s older brother had toured UMHB. Remembering this, Zolman decided to take a tour himself. After he toured the school, he knew that UMHB would be his home. “I wasn’t even home yet on the drive back and I told my mom, ‘I think I want to go there.’ UMHB just felt like home,” Zolman said. Zolman was previously out of the game for almost a year due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), a devastating elbow injury that can take months to heal and typically requires surgery. He received this injury during the beginning of the 2018 season. He first realized that something was wrong during a game against LeTourneau University. He described how during the first inning of the game, his pitching ability began to suffer. “Through the first inning…I just knew something wasn’t feeling right,” Zolman said. After having surgery and going through rehab, Zolman made his first appearance at the mound this season during the game against Blackburn College on Wednesday, March 13. Having played baseball since he could crawl, being able to play for UMHB again was a relief. “It was pretty exciting to be back. You work for nine to 10 months just to do one little thing, and you know that in your mind, you worked your tail off to do that,” he said. Head coach Ben Shipp is excited to see Zolman back on the mound. “Jeb has been a big missing element for this team,” he said. “He had moved into the number one pitching slot for us, and his injury in 2018 was part of our downfall last year. When you lose a kid like Jeb…it was devastating.” Shipp said that when Zolman started attending UMHB, he approached the team himself about wanting to...

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Cru softball wins three-game series
Apr02

Cru softball wins three-game series

UMHB’s softball team continued their season with a three-game stretch at home against McMurry University. The Cru was sitting just below .500 with a 10-11 record going into this series of games. To hit .500, the Cru would have to win two out of the three games. The McMurry War Hawks were also sitting below .500 with an 8-12 record. Even if the War Hawks were to win all three games and sweep the Cru, they still would not hit .500, but it would only bring them one win away. Freshman Kathryn Reed from Axtell took the mound for the first game of the series on Thursday, March 21. Her presence on the mound played a pivotal role in the game. She pitched for five innings and did not allow a single run. The offense began to score in the second inning with a single by junior Hannah Wolfe, which sent in Kourtney Cummings to score the Cru’s first run. The team continued to score until the fourth inning. The Cru’s scoring was capped off with a three-run home run by sophomore Allie Dalle. The Cru left the first game of the series with an 8-0 victory. On Friday, March 22 the Cru entered the second game of the series. This would also be the first game of a doubleheader. The previous day’s game left a bad taste in the War Hawks’ mouths, and they entered game two seeking. They tried to prove that their offense was a force to be feared. Their statement was made with an offensive barrage in the first inning. It started off with a single with two runners on base. The runner on third scored, only allowing one point. Then, a walk with bases loaded advanced a runner to home plate, allowing another score. Another McMurry single advanced two more runners to home. The Cru finally got out of the first inning, but not before allowing the War Hawks to score four runs. In order to stay alive, the Cru had to score. It is almost as if the Cru employed the turtle and the hare method in this game. They slowly put up runs one by one, and by the end of the second inning, they tied the game 4-4. The War Hawks looked tired and were not able to score during the second or third innings. UMHB was still in the fight. However, it seemed as if the War Hawks caught their breath, because they scored five more runs before the game was over, defeating the Cru 9-5. This tied the series 1-1, and the final game would determine who took the...

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Easter egg decorating ideas
Apr02

Easter egg decorating ideas

Easter is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with the age-old tradition of decorating eggs? If you have been stuck in a rut with your dying methods year after year, you might want to change it up this time. Here are some alternative and unique ways to decorate your eggs that will impress your company this Easter holiday. One of the easiest ways to decorate your eggs is with non-toxic paint. Create outer space-themed eggs by turning each egg into a galaxy filled with planets. Using black, blue, purple and pink, apply the paint with a sponge brush, alternating between colors. When the paint is dry, use a small brush to splatter white paint to create stars. For a more simple but bold look, cover your eggs with metallic or glitter paint. Another fun idea for children to enjoy is giving each egg its own personality by painting faces on them. Paint each egg like a fictional character or model it after one of your family members. To create a more elegant look, use nail polish and water to make the eggs look like marble. Pour one or multiple colors of nail polish into a bowl of water and use a toothpick to make designs in the polish. Then, dip the egg into the polish. A simpler way to decorate your eggs is by gluing on various objects. Adding flowers, feathers or leaves will bring a little piece of nature to your table. To go along with the theme of spring and new life, turn your eggs into little farm animals with a few simple steps. To make a lamb, glue on cotton balls and use a black permanent marker to draw on eyes and a nose. White paper or pipe cleaners can become ears and whiskers to turn a plain white egg into an Easter bunny. Cut ears and a nose from pink felt to make a pig. Yellow paper can be used to create a beak and wings for a chick. If you would like to have the eggs stand on their own as a decoration, cut small pieces of pipe cleaner and glue them on for legs. If you are not a fan of hard boiled eggs, you can still participate in the Easter egg festivities. Make some confetti eggs to smash over your friends’ heads. Crack a small hole on the top of the egg and empty out its contents. After rinsing the eggshell, fill it with confetti and glue a small piece of tissue paper overthe hole. Egg hunts are also a fun activity to get the whole family involved. Decorate...

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Foster Love Bell County
Apr02

Foster Love Bell County

Foster Love Bell County celebrated the grand opening of their Foster Love House on Friday, Feb. 22. FLBC works to serve children who are in the foster care system in the Bell County area. Candace Cartwright founded the organization in February 2016. “I founded it [Foster Love] about three years ago,” Cartwright said. “I didn’t have a big vision or anything like this [the house] in mind, but it started out as a group on Facebook after my husband and I adopted from foster care.” The organization realized their need for a house facility when they discovered that children without a foster family assignment did not have a place to stay. FLBC moved into the house on Dec. 1,2018, and officially openedthe house on Feb. 22, 2019. The house provides several services for individuals involved in the foster program in Bell County. “We are kind of like a multi-resource center,” Cart- wright said. “We are open for conferences—we have two conference rooms that are available for case workers to use. Throughout the course of a case, there are a lot of conferences that have to take place and they have their unit meetings here.” The house also has a kitchen, laundry room, playroom, supply closet and two bedrooms for children and other individuals involved in the foster program. “One of the main reasons we opened the house was for the bathrooms,” Cartwrightsaid. “The Temple office doesnot have a shower facility and so the kids come in here needing to be cleaned.” The search for the Foster Love House began as a quest to find an office space for members of FLBC to use. “We were initially looking for an office space,”Cartwright said. “Over time, knowing what was going on in the CPS (Child ProtectiveServices) offices and that kids often come into care needing either a shower or a meal or a snack or supplies changed that. Often times they sit in an office for hours waiting for a placement with really nothing to do in an office-type setting, which is why the playrooms are there. Unfortunately, that wait does transfer overnight, and we knew that instead of sleeping on an office floor, a bedroom would be better in a home-like setting.” The Foster Love Bell County mission statement is to “raise awareness and mobilize the community to care for those in the child welfare system.” They accomplish this goal by providing a safe place for children in the foster system and engaging the community in helping the children in need. UMHB students are getting involved in helping at the Foster Love House in various ways. “We are so excited...

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Dr. Joey Tabarlet: Professor and friend
Apr02

Dr. Joey Tabarlet: Professor and friend

UMHB’s Communication and Media Studies Department chair Dr. Joey Tabarlet has been inspiring students on campus since 1995. Tabarlet is also a movie buff, cat lover, dad-joke comedian and guitarist. Besides teaching, his research explores major historical events in mass media and moral depictions in film. He has also been involved with curriculum development and assessments. Tabarlet has been president of the UMHB faculty assembly and served on the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Honors Committee and the Nominating Committee. He also founded the Central Texas Film Society. “I thought he was a very interesting professor to have,” freshman film studies major Sarah McGirk said. “He had a lot of interesting stories and real-world information that made the class easier to understand and relate to.” McGirk said that she felt challenged by the assignments he gave, and she noted that he always made sure to give feedback for improvements. Anytime she did not understand a topic, she said that he was very helpful in explaining things. “As a freshman, I found it refreshing to have a professor who treated his students like adults and let us talk and work at our own pace. While the class did require work, it felt accomplishable. I really loved having Dr. Tabarlet and hope I get to take another one of his classes sometime in my college career,” McGirk said. Tabarlet earned both his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Louisiana State University. His doctorate is from Florida State University. He taught at Wesleyan College in Georgia for three years before coming to UMHB in 1995 as the chair of the Speech and Drama Department, which would later become the Department of Communication and Media Studies. Since then, Tabarlet has taught many courses including Introduction to Mass Media, Film Studies and Public Speaking. He credits his interest in the communication field to his experiences in high school and college. “I was on the speech debate team in high school and college,” Tabarlet said. “That was a turning point because that really determined what I wanted to do.” It was there that he found his love for speech and debate. “I’ve taught public speaking a lot,” Tabarlet said. “This semester is the first semester in 10 or 15 years I haven’t taught Public Speaking, so I really miss it.” Tabarlet’s colleagues are also appreciative of his contributions to the school. “I’ve worked with him for a number of years in the Honors program,” said English professor Brent Gibson. “I enjoy working with him and he’s been very helpful in the Honors Seminar. I really appreciate him as a colleague and enjoy his...

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