Heart of Gold Dance Marathon
Apr02

Heart of Gold Dance Marathon

Student organization Heart of Gold turned McLane Great Hall into a circus full of fun with games, food and dance lessons for their annual Dance Marathon on Friday, March 22. The event is hosted by colleges across the country with the purpose of raising money for children with pediatric illnesses. The idea behind the event is to gather a group of people together to dance for the children who are not able to dance. The Dance Marathon slogan “For the Kids” serves as a reminder of the organization’s purpose. However, the event includes much more than dancing. Also included in this year’s Dance Marathon were carnival games, face painting, a video game tournament and a silent auction. Several entertainers added to the night’s festivities. There were musical performances by the reigning Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, Briana Fredrickson, and a trio of Baylor students called the Spicy Boyz. There was also a juggling contortionist, and a few UMHB students volunteered to dress up as Disney princesses and superheroes for the children. At the top of every hour, members of Impact Dance taught the attendees a three part dance to a mashup of songs from “The Greatest Showman.” Children who are currently undergoing treatment at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple were invited to attend the event and share their stories throughout the night. This year, two nine-year-old girls from the hospital attended the Dance Marathon and represented the children who could not be there. “Dance Marathon was really eye opening,” freshman psychology pre-med major Janeajia Green, who volunteered at the event, said. She said that meeting one of the children from the hospital inspired her. “It was such blessing to be able to make a difference and simply give my time, even if I was not able to give much money. Meeting Ava gave me such an energy boost. I felt like I was meeting my very own superheroes. When I grow up, I want to be just like them, showing people and inspiring them to be more than they can [be],” Green said. Every guest received a hospital bracelet to wear. At the end of the night, two of the children from McLane Children’s Hospital cut the bracelets off of students’ arms. This Dance Marathon tradition is a reminder that attendees are able to take off their bracelets, while these children have to continue wearing theirs as they undergo treatments. At the start of this school year, Heart of Gold set a goal to raise at least $10,000 in donations for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year’s Dance Marathon helped the organization exceed its goal and raise $10,622.28 in total. This money will go toward...

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Students prepare for Easter Pageant
Apr02

Students prepare for Easter Pageant

Since 1940, UMHB has celebrated Easter by telling Christ’s story during the Easter Pageant. Each year, students lead the event and use their talents and passion for the Gospel to tell the story of Jesus’ life and sacrifice. This year, the Easter Pageant will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Senior music education major Savannah Sepulveda will be portraying Mary in this year’s production of the Easter Pageant. “Portraying Mary is such an honor,” Sepulveda said. “I’ve been able to gain more of an understanding from her perspective. For her to faithfully say yes to the Lord is so encouraging. I’m reminded to have childlike faith, practice humility and to understand how small I am and how dependent I am on God.” Sepulveda is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant and feels that the event is life-changing. “It’s absolutely wonderful,” Sepulveda said. “It’s a blessing to be able to grow from it, but it’s an even bigger blessing to be able to lead others and help them grow. I love that people have been able to do this for 80 years!” Junior history major Jaden Napolez will be portraying one of the twelve disciples in this year’s production. “I am humbled to be a disciple,” Napolez said. “It is a unique opportunity to grow closer to God!” The tradition of the Easter Pageant also attracts students who are new to UMHB. Senior English major Jessica Maughan transferred from Dallas Baptist University in the fall of 2018 and is excited to participate in the Easter Pageant when she came to UMHB. “I knew that when I transferred here that I wanted to be a part of the Easter Pageant,” Maughan said. “I participated in First Baptist’s production when I was a child. That experience has really stuck with me and influenced much of my walk with God. The experience helped me to connect everything I was hearing and learning with a visual of how we believe it happened. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for everyone involved in the production.” Maughan also appreciates the history and tradition that Easter Pageant provides for UMHB. “UMHB is full of traditions and history. I feel like my being a part of the Easter Pageant is like me being a part of that history,” Maughan said. “It is an honor to be able to participate in the 80th production of the Easter Pageant.” Freshman education major Michelle Long is participating in the Easter Pageant for the first time this year. “I got involved [in Easter Pageant] with a couple of...

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Baseball achieves a promising win
Mar20

Baseball achieves a promising win

The Cru snapped their nine-game losing streak in abig way on March 13 at Red Murff Field. They hosted the Beavers of Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. The Beavers were in the midst of a Texas tour. With the win, the Cru improved to 4-12 (0-3), while the Beavers remained winless, dropping to 0-7. The Cru used a platoon of pitchers who yielded just the one unearned run. The run for the Beavers came across in the top of the eighth inning. With two outs in the inning, Blackburn shortstop Tyler Jackson hit a high popup to shallow left field. Cru shortstop Jackson Godoy appeared to get under it, but it bounced off the heel of his glove. Advancing to score was Christian Padilla, just moments before Steven Diaz was thrown out at third while trying toadvance from first. The Cru pitchers included three freshmen making their Division III debuts – Zach Godin, Jackson Ryan and Jeb Zolman. Ryan is a grandson of the great Nolan Ryan, former big league pitcher and current executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros. The Cru offense only needed three innings to plate the 10 runs. In the bottom of the third, Jacob Dellipoali drew a walk to get things started for the Cru. Dellipoali advanced to second when Jack Herbert reached on an error by Beaver third baseman Logan Presley. One pitch later, Jackson Godoy singled, driving in Dellipoali and giving the Cru a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Landon Dieterich led things off with a single. Two batters later, Mitch Patterson starteda two-out rally which included three consecutive hits. In the midst of the offensive barrage, Dellipoali delivered his team-leading 10th RBI of the season, driving in Dieterich. Herbert also recorded a RBI as he drove in Patterson. Following Herbert’s single, Godoy walked, loading the bases. Garrett Gonzales came up and delivered a three-run double to left-center field. After four, the Cru had a 6-0lead. The Cru tacked on four more in the sixth inning. With two outs, Dieterich and Malek Bolin hit back-to-back home runs. Dieterich’s home run was a three-run homer, while Bolin’s was a solo shot. Gonzales finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Dieterichwas 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the home run. Dellipoali was 1-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bolin went 2-for-4 with that home run. Picking up the win on the mound for the Cru was Hayden Ball, who recorded his first win of the season. The Cru continued their home stand with a three-game conference matchup against the University of the Ozarks on the weekend of March 15. Sadly,...

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Faculty spotlight: Brandon Skaggs
Mar20

Faculty spotlight: Brandon Skaggs

Dr. Brandon Skaggs strongly advocates getting involved in campus activities. This comes from someone who was very involved in his own student career. When he attended UMHB as an undergraduate, he was Student Body President in 2003 while being involved in multiple organizations. “Every student should be involved in some sort of co-curricular experience, because it just helps them develop as a person,” Skaggs said. Some of the other activities and organizations Skaggs was involved with while at UMHB included Welcome Week, Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board, as well as Stunt Night and Crusader Knights. Now Vice President of Student Life at the University of Mary Hardin- Baylor, he works hard to help students get involved on campus. “We want to provide students with an experience outside of the classroom that can help you grow as a leader, a businessman or woman, a teacher or a civic leader in whatever community God calls you to,” he said. Dr. Skaggs stays very involved himself, opening his home to students and hosting dinner parties for student organizations such as the Association of Black Students, among others. He attends and plans numerous student led events to ensure that everyone has a safe and good time. He has a lot of support behind him in this effort. “I have a wonderful family that is very supportive, my wife loves the ministry we were called to which is the Mary Hardin-Baylor students, and my kids love being up here as well. You cannot do this job without any of them; they are my biggest supporters,” Skaggs said. Graduating with a double major in Business Management and Computer Information Systems in 2003, Skaggs then went on to earn an MBA in Finance and Management from Tarleton State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. He began his career as Director of Admissions Recruitment at DBU, which led him to work as the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Oklahoma Baptist University before coming home to UMHB. It seems that he brought back to UMHB that involvement and inspiration he had as a leading undergraduate. “Working alongside Dr. Brandon Skaggs has been a delight. I see his desire to “work at all things as if working for the Lord,” Yvette Shackelford, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Skaggs, said. “He has an ability to bring out the best in everyone that works alongside him. It has been a complete joy and blessing to work alongside...

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Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon
Mar20

Heart of Gold hosts dance marathon

UMHB has several organizations that students can get involved with. Heart of Gold is one of these organizations, and it has a unique mission. Members of this group work together with students and members of the community to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Heart of Gold raises most of their money at their annual Dance Marathon, but they also hold several other small events throughout the school year to raise money for these organizations. Senior elementary education major Bria Garner is the co-president of the organization. She gave a brief history of Heart of Gold and how it began. “Heart of Gold was started when a girl named Taylor Helland was diagnosed with cancer her senior year of high school,” she said. “Luckily, she had treatment and was declared cancer-free before she went to school at TCU.” A few years later, Helland’s cancer returned, but she was determined to reach out to other people who were having similar experiences. “She knew that she was not the only one that was going through something like this, and she made it her mission to bring joy to other children who were going through something similar to her,” Garner stated. Helland started Dance Marathon at Texas Christian University, an exciting event created to raise money for children with pediatric illnesses. Unfortunately, she lost her battle to cancer the week before the event. Here at UMHB, a few of her close friends wanted to honor all of her hard work, so they founded Heart of Gold. “All of her friends have now graduated, but Dance Marathon continues to be an event that brings them together either here or at TCU,” Garner said. Dance Marathon is held on college campuses all across the United States to fundraise for local children’s hospitals. On Friday, March 22, Heart of Gold will host their annual Dance Marathon on the third floor of Bawcom Student Union from 5 to 10 p.m. Students and members of the local community are welcome to come and enjoy food, carnival games, dancing, door prizes and trivia alongside young patients from McLane Children’s Hospital. Admittance is only $15, which includes a Dance Marathon T-shirt. If you wish to attend, you can register at www.events.dancemarathon.com or in person at the event. The main purpose of Dance Marathon is to raise money for McLane Children’s Hospital. This year, Heart of Gold has set a fundraising goal of $10,000. Other events held by Heart of Gold have included bake sales, hospital visits and gift-themed fundraisers. Members have also participated in various service projects. This year, they have made blankets for...

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English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner
Mar20

English club hosts Murder Mystery Dinner

The UMHB English Club hosted a Murder Mystery Dinner to celebrate their recent book club meeting on March 7. The event honored the club’s recent reading of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None.” The event featured a game which followed a murder mystery plot. Players were given cards with elements of their character’s personalities, including who they liked or did not like. The game began with players collecting evidence to try and solve the mystery. Senior English major and treasurer of the English Club Emma Andrews said, “Our idea [for] the event stemmed from our biannual book club. We read and discussed Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None.’ We thought a murder mystery dinner would encourage people to come to both events and get involved in the English Club.” After everyone had a chance to collect information about the other characters, they were each handed a card stating their status as a killer, bystander or victim. Once each player read their card, the victims went to their murder scene and posed with a note stating how they died. Bethany Darwin, a junior graphic design major who attended the event, played the part of a victim. “I loved being the victim,” Darwin said. “It was a unique part of the experience and it really let me play into my theatrical side. It was fun to interact with the characters and then hear my friends’ reactions to my role as the victim while I pretended to be dead.” Once everyone viewed the murder victims, the bystanders and killers gathered in a conference room to place their accusations. Players turned in their accusation papers and tried to prove their innocence once they were accused of being the killer. Finally, the accusations led to UMHB’s Physical Plant Special Events Coordinator Jamie Smith, who played the part of a crossing guard who killed the victim with a candlestick. Overall, the Murder Mystery Dinner helped build community within the English department at UMHB and helped students show off their theatrical talents. “I feel like letting yourself be a little ridiculous is a great way to build trust in any group and did wonders for our English community,” junior English major and Vice President of the English Club Miracle Gant said. “I definitely thinkI would participate in another murder mystery. Personally,I’m less of a ‘solve-the-mystery’ girl and more of a ‘plan- the-perfect-murder’ girl, but I’d love for us to do more theatrical activities.” Members of the English Club were pleased with the outcome of the Murder Mystery Dinner. “I was very happy with the dinner,” Andrews said. “Everyone was engaged and having a great...

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