Annual job fair gets an upgrade
Oct10

Annual job fair gets an upgrade

UMHB’s Career Services held the semi-annual Job and Internship Fair in the McLane Great Hall on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Previously, this job fair has been in the Lord Conference Center located in Parker Academic Center, but it was moved to the McLane Great Hall this year. According to Career Services Director Don Owens, they decided to move the job fair because of the growing number of companies coming to the fair. “Traditionally, we would have maybe 28-36 employers, and it was pretty cramped,” Owens said. “All of a sudden we have 46-48 employers. With the parking, we were going to have to take up 48 parking spaces [by Parker Academic Center]… As we grow these, we plan for them to be in the Great Hall in Bawcom because we had a little more room.” Career Services switched from Cru Connection to Handshake over the summer. Handshake is an online job posting platform. Through this site, students can schedule appointments with the Career Center, make a customized profile, look for jobs, schedule interviews with possible employers, and look up upcoming events from Career Services. Career Services used Handshake for students to sign into the Job and Internship Fair with their student ID number. Upon signing in, students received name tags that included their name, major and degree. Students turned in their resumes early to the Career Services team, who in turn made a resume book that they gave to each recruiter upon arrival. Students spoke with representatives from various companies and groups including CGI, Fikes Company, the United States Marine Corps. Other companies that sent representatives include Edward Jones, several local CPA firms, Dell, McLane Company, the Austin Police Force, and others. According to Owens, approximately 139 students came to the career fair. He hopes that the job fair will grow every year with the number of employers and students attending. Owens believes that students shouldn’t wait until their junior or senior years to attend the job fair. “Traditionally, we don’t think it’s ever too early to start going to the job fair. A lot of those companies like to start tracking students early,” Owens said. “It’s good for students to practice knowing how to introduce themselves and getting a feel for how job fairs work.” He also said that recruiters are often impressed with UMHB students who attend the job fair. “We are continuously told by recruiters that our students are well prepared,” Owens said. Junior management major Michael Davis spoke to many of the companies at the job fair. “Right now I’m just keeping my eyes open to find what...

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Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons
Oct10

Mary Hardin-Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons

By Claire Henry Contributing Writer It was a dark and stormy night in Belton, Texas on Saturday Oct. 6. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) was playing their rival, Hardin Simmons University (HSU). After an hour and a forty-five-minute lightning delay, the game eventually started and within the first couple of minutes, UMHB made their first touchdown with DeNerian Thomas scoring. In the same quarter, Thomas scored again, making it 13-0 until halftime. Starting off the second quarter, Jase Hammack scored against HSU, bringing the score up to 20-0. Thomas scored again in the final quarter, finalizing the score at 26-0. The stands were packed with purple and gold, for both sides during this rainy, rivalry game. Reggie Cole, senior management and marketing major, plays corner and is one of the team captains this year. Cole has played for UMHB for four years. “Being a freshman coming in, you have to learn how the system works and you learn from the seniors that are above you,” Cole said. “They motivate you and help pull the team together. It’s now my job to teach the freshman and help motivate them to succeed. I have to encourage them and not put them down. Got to have enthusiasm and stay loud.” The game against HSU was an important one, so the team had to be on point together. “We played well as a team and even with the delay we came out strong,” Cole said. “We kind of had a chip on our shoulder because the Abilene Reporter-News said that HSU was going to beat us, so we had to prove them wrong. Also there were so many alumni there, that we wanted to impress them.” Cole said there were some things that the team needs to improve on. “We need to improve on the little things like our running, our effort in the game, mental mistakes, and then football mechanic, which is where we watch the tapes back to figure out our mistakes.” UMHB is a nationally ranked team and with that title comes a lot of pressure. Cole had some predictions for the rest of the season. “I think we will go to the Championship again,” Cole said. “This was the hardest game because of the rivalry. So after this, we just need to fix a few things. But I have high hopes for my...

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Art Inspired by Sound – FAE event combines painting and music
Oct01

Art Inspired by Sound – FAE event combines painting and music

“Art Inspired by Sound” combined two different art forms in a performance at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on campus Thursday, Sept. 20. Piano music composed by UMHB’s Dean Kathryn Fouse of the College of Visual Arts accompanied projections of paintings inspired by her music. The artwork was painted to the sound of her music by Samford University’s Associate Dean and Professor of Art and Design Larry Thompson. The piece performed was “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” created by American composer Frederic Rzewski in 1975. It was heavily inspired by “El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido,” a Chilean revolutionary song written by Sergio Ortega. The music describes the events of June 1973, when Ortega witnessed a street singer yelling “the people united will never be defeated,” which is a “well-known Chilean chant for social change” (Rice.edu). According to the Rice article, the song was designed to be performed by a guitar ensemble and voices. There were six sets of the song performed, each with six different variations of the song. To end the performance, the introductory sounds returned, bringing the piece full circle. Fouse, who has performed at venues such as the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, and the soundscape New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, never seemed to waver as she played beautiful melodies, and her passion was definitely brought into the performance. Andrew Ortega, a Fort Hood resident, was an attendee at the event. “My favorite part was when the pianist was playing …. toward the end of the presentation,” Ortega said, “and the music began to swell with emotion and the pianist was so invested in the piece it seemed to move her emotionally.” Thompson described how his painting process worked to fit in conjunction with the musical piece. “I spent hours with headphones on, listening to the color of the sounds, the moments of emphasis, and instances of transitions in sound,” Thompson said. “Pages of my sketchbook were filled with thumbnail sketches and ideas of how to layer a painting based on what I was hearing on a formal level.” He took pictures of each transition of his artwork to fit the timing of Fouse’s playing. The paintings were abstract and minimalist, although Thompson would not label himself as that kind of artist because he believes in the ideology that, as he said, “art… should be what it needs to be, given the message to be communicated.” Thompson’s works have been featured across the globe and in the United States. Belton resident Jessica Ortega said that she and her husband made a date night out of the event...

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UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event
Sep12

UMHB becomes ONE at multi-church worship event

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, UMHB students gathered together in Walton Chapel for a time of worship and fellowship known as ONE. This event, held once a month on a Wednesday night at 8 p.m., features a worship team consisting of members of various local churches as well as a speaker. According to the UMHB chaplain’s office website, “It’s time we realize that the unity of the church is a top-tier theological matter,” Which is why the event focuses on bringing members of various churches together. This was the first ONE of the semester, and the chapel was packed with students who were excited to worship God in community with their peers. After the event, students gathered at Luther Memorial for lemonade and snacks with their friends. This ONE featured Logan Reynolds, the college pastor at First Baptist Belton, as well as a five-member worship band. Bassist John Allen Davidson, who graduated from UMHB in 2013, said, “It was a really cool experience to come back as an alumnus and see hundreds of college students worshiping together.” Many students who attended the event have been participating in ONE for years. Seth Blankenship, a junior pre-physical therapy major, has been coming to ONE since his freshman year. Blankenship said that his favorite thing about ONE is “getting to hear other speakers and bands that I don’t normally hear, just getting a different perspective.” He stated that this month’s ONE has been one of his favorites. For other students, this was their first time attending ONE. Garret Snyder, a freshman film studies major, came to ONE on Wednesday for the first time. “The music…made you feel very uplifted and excited to be there.” Snyder said he will definitely be attending ONE again in the future. ONE is a valued event on campus because it is the only on-campus worship event that is held on a regular basis. In addition, it allows students to hear from a variety of speakers that they would not normally have the chance to interact with. ONE was started in an attempt to unite the local churches in the Belton and Temple areas that students attend. The chaplain’s office website states that, “The fullness of the gospel is always seen when the people of God are able to recognize the difference between essential and non-essential theological doctrines and then risk overcoming divisive tribalism through strong expressions of unity in worship and service.” The next ONE will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. in Walton Chapel. Students can look forward to a great time interacting with their peers and worshiping God in community with...

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Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season
Sep12

Both men’s and women’s soccer teams kick off to a strong season

The UMHB men’s and women’s soccer teams each had a two-game stretch over the weekend of Sep. 1. The women’s team had played two exhibition games prior to these first games of the season. In those games, they won 2-0 against Huston Tillotson University and tied in a scoreless game against Schreiner University. The women’s team kicked off their regular season on Friday night, Aug. 30, against Southwestern University at home. The defense shined, only allowing Southwestern one shot on goal. The Southwestern Pirates also did a great job on defense, with 13 saves on 16 shots on goal. However, the Crusader offense overwhelmed the Pirates, and UMHB won the game 3-0. The team continued their two-game stretch on Saturday night against the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs. This was the second consecutive home game of the season for the Crusaders. The game was a hard-fought battle between the two teams all the way to the end. Texas Lutheran’s defense stepped up to the occasion by recording ten saves against the Cru’s nine shots on goal. For the second game in a row, the Cru’s defense was exceptional, only allowing four shots on goal. These teams were very well matched, so much so that the game was forced to go into double overtime. Ultimately, the game resulted in a 1-1 tie. On Friday, Aug. 30, the men’s soccer team played their first season game against the University of Puget Sound at Tyler, Texas. The team was spectacular on defense, only allowing one shot on goal and five total attempted goals. The Cru’s offense was also impressive. They had eleven shots on goal, and scored two of them. The Cru defeated Puget Sound 2-1 in double overtime. Freshman forward Tyson Beechum from Waxahachie said, “We felt calm and collected. We played a great game both periods, and we knew we could keep that up. We knew what the goal was and what we had to do to get to that goal, to leave the game with a win.” On Sunday, the team played their second game of the weekend against the University of Dallas at home. The Crusaders took the lead early in the game, with Martin Lopez scoring in the first period from 35 yards out. The Cru had eleven goal attempts in total, and ended up winning the game 1-0. After their first two games, the team remains...

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Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus
Sep12

Men’s and women’s cross country teams return after 17-year hiatus

After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB.  After a 17-year hiatus, UMHB’s cross country program has hit the 2018 season running. Led by coach Alex Aldaco, both the men’s and women’s teams are excited to be part of the new generation of runners at UMHB. “It’s amazing to be the first group back,” senior cell biology and pre-med major Alex Suominen said. “It carries a certain honor and draws attention from fellow students who are also wishing to participate.”Junior sports management major Cade Baker is looking forward to the legacy of the team. “It’s awesome to be able to walk on and get to help rebuild the program,” Baker said. “This program is going to be special one day and it’ll be great to look back and see [that] I got to rebuild it from day one.”Although the team is in its infancy, they are already coming together as one team that feels like family. “My favorite part about running UMHB is the community the team has,” Baker said.  “From day one I felt like everyone clicked well with each other and wanted to be on the team.”Suominen also has similar feelings about the team atmosphere. “We all struggle together and we all triumph together, it’s a special bond,” Suominen said.Both the men’s and women’s teams are a good mix of upper and lower classmen. With a mixture of younger and older students on the team, it creates a good basis for the program with experienced runners who can help lead the younger team members. These same young runners will then help continue to build the program in the next few years. The team has so far participated in one meet this season, on August 31, 2018 at the Nicole Leman Invitational Meet in Longview. The men’s team took 6th place out of seven teams. The women’s team placed 4th out of five. There are three more invitational meets scheduled for the year before the ASC Championship on October 27, 2018 in Abilene. The teams run at Concordia University in Austin on September 29th, the East Texas Baptist University DIII Texas Championships in Marshall on October 6th and the University of Dallas Invitational on October 13th in Irving. The teams are both enthusiastic about the upcoming season and the program as a whole. It is always an exciting time when UMHB expands their sports department to include a new sport. “We get to show the beautiful balance of education and sports and how they are able to coincide without too...

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