Service animals become more common on campus
Oct13

Service animals become more common on campus

With an increase in awareness of mental illness, and a growing acceptance for animal services for disabilities, the UMHB campus has seen a spike in the number of Emotional Support Animals (or ESA’s) and Service Animals. Seeing a service animal in class is becoming more and more common on campus. To date, there are 21 ESA’s on campus and 4 service animals on campus. Service animals are allowed in all buildings at UMHB, and allowed to live with their handler. For those who are unaware of the etiquette of approaching or encountering the animal, the experience can be new and confusing. “A service animal is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.” Said Dr. Nate Williams, head of both counseling center, and overseeing support and service animals. “Other animals, whether domestic or wild, do not qualify as service animals. Examples of such work or tasks may include guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with a mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, and/or performing other duties. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. These animals serve important purposes in the lives of people with disabilities. ” When asked about his own personal experience with service animals, Dr. Williams was eager to brag on his diabetic alert dog, Lucy. “My service dog has been a life saver for me. In many ways, she is another reminder to me of my disability, but at the same time she is one of my greatest allies in my fight for ongoing health. She amazes me almost daily.” There are a few simple things to remember when encountering a service animal, that can ultimately benefit both your and the handler’s experience over all. First, make sure to remember that the animal is working. When a service animal has a vest on, or even when it doesn’t, it is expected to focus on the tasks it has been trained to perform. This means that distracting the animal by petting or cooing at them can deter them from their work. If you want to pet the animal, but are unsure if it is appropriate, ask the handler. Some handler’s do not mind this attention; however some find it detrimental to the training. Next, be sure to...

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Job fairs, etiquette dinners prepare students for future
Oct13

Job fairs, etiquette dinners prepare students for future

Career Services hosted the Job and Internship Fair in Lord Conference Center this fall. Located on the second floor of Mabee, Career Services hosts several events throughout the semester to help students find jobs. There were 36 different booths set up at the fair. Students had the opportunity to visit with representatives from the various companies, score free merchandise, and submit resumes to potential employers. According to Career Services’ Director Don Owens, the university restructured the fair this year to include more majors. Before the restructuring, most of the booths were geared toward business and IT majors. Some of the companies at the fair included Baylor Scott and White Health, CGI, Farmer’s Insurance, FBI San Antonio, McLane, the U.S. Army, McLane Company and Dell. A unique feature of the job fairs is that students can submit their resumes before the event to be included in a resume guide that Owens gives to every employer. “[Employers] do not get a recruiter’s guide at many places,” he said. Senior finance major Kegan Hayes plans to graduate in May of 2018, and hopes that he will be called in for an interview with one of the companies he visited with at the fair. “I’ve talked to a couple of people and put my resume out there,” he said. “I’m excited to hear back from them.” Owens said that while employers such as IBM or one of the “Big 4” accounting firms aren’t represented a t the fair, students should attempt to practice their elevator speeches and find out about careers they may not have explored in the past. UMHB alumni Dylan Teepole (’15) and Lamar Seals (’16) were at the job fair representing CGI, where they work as a business analysts. “I remember coming to these things, and thinking that everybody is a big professional, but we’re all people here too,” Teepole said. Seals said that communication skills are imperative for any college student. “The way you present yourself is very important,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to talk to an employer because they’re a person like you’re a person.” The job fairs for each sector (business, education and nursing) are held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. The teacher job fair will be in Lord Conference Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Owens said that 20 school districts have signed up for the fair. However, as many as 60 school districts have come to the spring fair in the past because more schools are hiring in the spring. Another career services event coming up is the annual senior etiquette dinner held...

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Inaugural performance at the PAC
Oct12

Inaugural performance at the PAC

The Sue and Frank Mayborn Center’s inaugural performance, Foundations: A UMHB Instrumental Showcase, started off the week of grand opening festivities. Foundations featured the Jazz Emsemble, Sax Cru, Brass Quintets, Woodwind Choir, Brass Choir, Brass Quintet, Percussion Ensemble, and the Wind Ensemble. The celebration will continue with a private event hosted by President Randy O’Rear for benefactors on Thursday. On Friday, the ribbon and dedication ceremony will take place on the front steps on the center at 1 p.m. The saxophone section of the Jazz Ensemble. Photo by Bryan Guice Audience members walk into the new building for the performance. Photo by Bryan Guice. Audience members wait for the performance to start. Photo by Peter...

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200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win
Oct03

200 and counting: Crusaders advance to 4-0 as Coach Fredenburg gets milestone win

By Dylan Jones of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor The Crusaders’ dismantling of the Southwestern Pirates in Georgetown Saturday by a score of 44-10 marked win number 200 for Coach Pete Fredenburg and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football program. It began with starting quarterback T.J. Josey moving back to wide receiver, the same position he played in the last two seasons, since standout sophomore receiver Jonel Reed was out with an injury, and the Cru needed a big threat in the passing game.  With three catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns, Josey didn’t disappoint. Kyle Jones, who got the nod to start at quarterback, found Josey for two touchdowns, while Bryce Wilkerson and Demetrius Taylor each got a touchdown. With a typically run-heavy offense, the Cru decided to do their damage Saturday night by air. Four touchdowns and 397 yards, which is a UMHB record, doesn’t look bad on a stat line, but Jones threw two interceptions as well. The Cru defense had some takeaways of their own: two fumble reco veries for touchdowns for 25 and 93 yards by Kris Brown and Tevin Jones (another UMHB record), respectively. With a halftime score of 16-0, thanks to the two defensive scores – it was unclear if the Cru offense would show up for the second half. However, on the first two possessions of the second half, Kyle Jones found TJ Josey for touchdowns of 56 and 59 yards. Then early in the 4th quarter he found Wilkerson for a 9-yard strike, and with just over two minutes in the game, Jones threw a beauty to Taylor for a 61-yard touchdown. The Pirates weren’t able to get much going offensively, but they were able to muster up 4 sacks on Jones, and as mentioned earlier, intercept him twice. Everyone not named Frederick Hover struggled to find a groove. Pirate quarterback Hover led in both passing and rushing yards with 227 yards and 41 yards respectively. Running back Elijah Smith chipped in with just under 40 yards on the ground. AJ Daniels had two grabs for 60 yards and a touchdown, which was scored with 3:06 in the game. Coach Fredenburg describes the progress the football program has made since 1998 and was quick to let it be known that he was not taking all the credit. “It’s awesome. The 200th win for this program says an awful lot about a whole lot of people,” Fredenburg said. “It makes me very humble. I truly respect and admire all the people that do so much to help our program.” One of those people being Jack Johnson, the special team s coordinator...

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Kathy: Professor, speech coach, survivor
Sep28

Kathy: Professor, speech coach, survivor

“It was devastating,” Kathy Owens, speech coach and speech communications professor at UMHB, said of her cancer diagnosis. “I will never forget that moment in the doctor’s office. That was truly one of those turning points in my life, and it was kind of hard to believe it was happening.” Kathy received her diagnosis of Stage II squamous cell rectal cancer on Jan. 4, which is such a rare form of cancer doctors hesitated to give a diagnosis. Kerry Owens, Kathy’s husband, who is also a speech communications professor at UMHB, said the diagnosis was difficult and took a while to pin down. Owens would eventually undergo chemo and radiation in the spring, surgery in the summer and another series of chemo treatments in the fall. “We really didn’t know what it was because the doctor wouldn’t commit one way or the other as to whether or not it was malignant. So, we had to wait a week to find out for sure. There’s not much of a reaction when you hear that; you’re just kind of numb,” Kerry said. An eight centimeter tumor was discovered during Kathy’s first baseline colonoscopy, which was performed to provide a reference point for future exams. Unfortunately, her results were anything but average. According to the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, there have been fewer than 150 cases since 1919. Due to the lack of studies performed with squamous cell rectal cancer, doctors were reluctant to diagnose. “We were frustrated with the doctor at first because it felt like he was holding back information; like he just wouldn’t tell us anything. Then we found out it’s actually an incredibly rare form of cancer….[the doctor] was as lost as we were. This is truly one of those bad luck cancers,” Kathy said. Despite the unsure nature of their diagnosis journey, the couple found waiting to be the most difficult part. “Cancer could be a death sentence or something you recover from. The time we had to go through to find out if this was treatable or terminal was the worst part of it all,” Kerry said. Another obstacle the couple faced with such a rare cancer was the lack of an estimated recovery time. “The other scary thing about it being a very rare form of cancer is that there is no prognosis. They haven’t been able to do any long term studies to know what the outcome will be,” Kathy said. “We had lots and lots of questions but the doctors just didn’t have answers for them because most of us have never seen it before.” Kathy said even though the cancer diagnosis...

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BSM restructure encourages involvement
Sep28

BSM restructure encourages involvement

UMHB’s Baptist Student Ministries recently experienced a leadership restructuring that leaders hope will get more students involved in campus ministry opportunities and bring students closer to Christ. The BSM is now divided into nine emphases, according to BSM Director Shawn Shannon. The nine divisions are: Campus Outreach, Church Relations, Community Partnerships, Faith in Action, Freshmen Outreach, International Engagement, Promotions, Specialized Ministries, and Student Missions. One or two Lead Team members head each emphasis. Three Core Team leaders oversee the Lead Team members. Then, Dr. Shannon and Assistant Dir ector Karl Baker split the emphases that they oversee. Each emphasis has several ministries underneath it. For example, under the Specialized Ministries emphasis, students can be involved in Drama Ministry, Heart for the Nations, and Worship in the Quad. Underneath Community Partnerships, there is Raising Arrows, Hope for the Hungry and Children’s Ministry. Shannon said that the flexibility to add various ministries under each emphasis is an advantage. “We had a freshman student that arose that said, ‘I really want to work with senior adults.’ So, by two weeks later we have a group going out to Park Place,” Shannon said. “Since then, we’ve had two other students come to us with ministries that will fit well under Community Partnerships.” The Gathering, which is held every Tuesday evening at the BSM building at 7:30 p.m, was created as a part of this restructure, so that students can meet with the Lead Team members to learn more about each emphasis, and how they can get involved. “During the Gathering, we usually have a “big group” time, which is unique every week… After that, we break out into each ministry emphasis, and students are welcome to attend any breakout session that interests them,” said junior Christian studies major Bekah Gaff who serves as a lead team member of Promotions. Shannon likes the Gathering because students can visit with each emphasis to find out where their strengths will best be used and cultivated. “It’s kind of like going to Sam’s on Saturday; there’s samples, so you can check things out,” Shannon said. Baker said that the Gathering is an easy on-ramp to get involved with ministries immediately. “If you showed up next week [to the Gathering], then you could jump into any of our 9 emphases, and make a real contribution right away,” he said. “Previously, it took a little more time. You could go to a ministry and learn more about it, but you were localized to just that one experience. You weren’t really tapping into the whole picture of the BSM.” Shannon said that her goal for the BSM is to nurture...

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