Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event
Mar20

Faith in Action hosts Arise awareness event

Domestic violence is something that no person should ever have to face. It happens not only here in America, butin many different countriesand cultures as well. To help address this issue, Faith in Action, a student group sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry, featured this subject at Arise, an event they held in McLane Great Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28. Their mission was to break the silence and address important topics happening in our world today. Members of Aware Central Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and family violence in and around the Bell Country area, participated in the event. Blanca Ortiz, the group’s family violence case manager, was one of the first speakers of the night. She discussed some facts about domestic violence and what people may not know about it. “Female victims are more likely to report than males are,” Ortiz said. “It’s something that’s very serious and needs to be talked about.” There are many different forms of domestic violence, including not only physical abuse, but also verbal, emotional and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, many people don’t leave the situation in hope that the abuser may soon change. Some victims also fear that telling authorities will only cause bigger problems. However, Ortiz advised that calling the police will not result in trouble. Aware Central Texas provides many resources for domestic violence victims, some of which include clothing, shelter, and a 24/7 support hotline. They also offer many different services such as safety planning, danger assessments and support groups. Shortly after Ortiz’s speech, Briana Frederickson, who is serving as the current Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor, came onstage to deliver her testimony and talk about her personal connection with domestic violence. “Through all of it, I cycled between feeling broken and lost, to angry and cynical, to numb and apathetic,” Frederickson said. “I tried to make sense of everything that was happening but could not find the answers. So for the most part, it was easier to just shut off my emotions and my thoughts. That way, I didn’t have to deal with it.” Though Frederickson faced many trials and tribulations, the things she endured only brought her closer to God. As a social work major, she uses her strengths and what she went through to help others who may be dealing with similar situations. “If I could encourage others to seek help, I would first like to say something to them personally,” Frederickson said. “For those of you still trapped in darkness, those of you who can’t get to the surface, you are doing so well. You are holding on and you are fighting so well. Your time for...

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Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off
Mar20

Nursing Student Association hosts chili cook-off

UMHB’s Nursing Student Association (NSA) hosted their third annual chili cook-off just in time for the cold front on Monday, March 4. Students and faculty came together for a friendly competition to decide who makes the best chili and the best dessert. The event, which was held in the lobby of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, had a successful turnout. Attendees gave five dollars to the NSA as a donation and received a bowl, sample cups and a dessert tray. If the chili they chose left them wanting more, attendees could refill their bowls for three dollars. The purpose of the student vs. faculty chili competition was to raise money for prizes, future events, NSA graduation cords and various other expenses that the organization has. Attendees could choose from vegetarian, beef, chicken, spicy or mild chili, as well as a variety of toppings and desserts. At the end of the line, students and faculty could cast their vote for who should win the awards for best chili and best dessert. The contestant with the most votes would receive a $25 gift card to Chili’s, while the runner-up would receive an Amazon gift card. The winner of the dessert contest would receive a Chick-fil-A gift card. Winners of the cook-off were Rebecca Starkey (who received first place for her white chili) and Cristy Simmons (who won second place for her spicy chili). The winner of the dessert contest was Amy Sanders, who made Reese’s cupcakes. Dr. Amy Mersiovsky, an assistant professor of nursing at UMHB, provided two pies for the events dessert competition and attended the event. “I think it was really good. This is a fun activity that is done every year; it’s a good way for us to have friendly competition between the students and the faculty.” Senior nursing major Brianna Turner attended the cook-off and was very pleased with the results. “It was freaking delicious…I got [chili] number one. It is unique because it had chicken in it instead,” Turner said. To find out more about NSA, visit the Student Organizations section on UMHB’s website and select “Nursing Student Association” from the list of all...

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Sarah Fox elected student body president
Mar20

Sarah Fox elected student body president

After a long campaign for the prestigious title of Student Body President, UMHB’s Student Government Association announced on Feb. 28 that junior public relations major Sarah Fox will be the 2019-2020 Student Body President. Fox is excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve the university as Student Body President. “I am so grateful and blessed to become the next Student Body President,” Fox said. “I am overwhelmed with emotions being chosen by the student body to represent them for the 2019-2020 school year.” With her new title, Fox plans to address many issues and important topics on campus including focusing on helping student entrepreneurs find success during their time at UMHB. “I want to work towards making sure every voice on this campus is being heard and represented,” Fox said. “I want to look into a space on campus for student entrepreneurs to grow their business and become a cool hangout on campus. I also want to promote diversity and educate people on the amazing people and cultures here at UMHB!” Fox looks forward to that work and is grateful to the people who supported her during her campaign. “I want to say thank you so much for your support, for your belief in me and for believing in the future of UMHB,” Fox said. “We are going to accomplish incredible things together!” Senior political science pre-law and speech communication double major and retiring Student Body President Tyler Baker is excited to welcome Fox as the new Student Body President. “I have known Sarah for three years now,” Baker said. “And I can say with confidence that she will be a great Student Body President. She has always been extremely enthusiastic about SGA and loves the organization. I look forward to seeing how her vision comes to life over the next year.” If you have any questions about how to get involved in SGA, visit their website at go.umhb.edu/ students/student-government/home#1845. If you have a question or concern you would like the organization to address, contact them via the “Contact Us” link on their...

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Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony
Mar20

Lord Hall officially dedicated in ribbon cutting ceremony

This year, several freshman students have enjoyed living in Lord Hall, UMHB’s newest residence hall. On Friday, March 1, the school held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new building, which opened in August of 2018. Attendees gathered in front of the building to hear from various speakers and celebrate the official opening of the dorm. After the ceremony, they had the opportunity to tour the building and explore eight student rooms. Lord Hall is named after Griff and Kathy Lord, Michael and Sharon Lord Daggett, and their family members. The Lord family has contributed to several other campus buildings and facilities, including Parker Academic Center, the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, and the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center. In addition, Sharon Lord Daggett established the Ida Myrtle Roberts Manning Endowed Scholarship in honor of her grandmother, who attended the school in 1905. Since the scholar- ship’s establishment in 1996, it has helped over 326 students with their finances. Sophomore special education major Katelyn Blackhurst is a recipient of the scholarship. At the ceremony, she expressed her gratitude for the impact it has had on her life. “I’m beyond thankful for the Lords and this scholarship, and the fact that this incredible building is named in their honor just makes sense,” she said. “Now, whenever I pass by, I’ll remember the blessings I’ve received thanks to them.” UMHB President Randy O’Rear personally thanked the Lord family for their generous contributions to the university. “We could not be more proud to have your name on this wonderful building,” he stated to the family members. “We love you. Our university will never be the same, thanks to your generosity, and we certainly wouldn’t be the university we are today without you.” Lord Hall is not only the newest residence hall on campus, but also the largest. The 49,614 square foot building has room for 214 students. Previously, the largest freshman dorm was McLane Hall, which holds 190 students. Lord Hall is a unique residence hall due to the fact that it houses both male and female students. The two wings are separated, but share a central lobby. The building features study rooms, computer stations and two laundry rooms on each floor. A feature unique to Lord Hall is the common room on the third floor, which is equipped with a kitchen for students to...

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Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament
Mar20

Women’s basketball team makes school history competing in national tournament

On Friday, March 1, the Cru women’s basket- ball team entered into the NCAA National Championship Tournament. Fans of the team were filled with excitement, as this is the first time the team has earned a spot in this tour- nament in the program’s history. The Cru traveled to Richardson to play the first game of the tournament against the Lynx of Rhodes College. Rhodes got off to a great start with consistent scoring in the first few minutes of the game. Their defense kept the Cru at a zero in the score column for the first two and a half minutes of the first quarter. However, the Cru starting capitalizing on their three-pointers, which helped them begin to close the lead. The Cru went 8 for 14 from the three-point line in the first half. They also began to capitalize on their defensive opportunities. In the second quarter, the Crusaders forced seven turnovers. These turnovers by Lynx College launched the Crusaders into the lead. At the end of the first half, the score was 39-23 with UMHB in the lead. At this point, the Cru held on to the lead and did not look back. The game ended with a 70-56 Crusader victory, which brought them into the second round of playoffs. In their second game, they met the UT Dallas Comets for the third time this season. They met once in the regular season, where the Cru achieved a five-point victory and once in the conference championship, where the Comets earned a five-point victory. They were scheduled to meet again on Saturday, March 2 for the second round of the tournament. Fans did not know how to feel entering into this game, since the teams were so evenly matched. The Cru took the lead early on and kept it for the remainder of the game. This would not have been possible without the Cru’s defense keeping the Comets at bay. The Cru had two blocksin the first quarter and numerous defensive rebounds. They also had their fair share ofsteals. UMHB totaled fivesteals throughout the game,and that definitely impacted the Comet’s offense. The Cru finished the game witha 66-57 victory and entered into the third round of the championship tournament. On Friday, March 8, the Crusaders left Richardson and traveled to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to play Washington University in St. Louis. It was a very close game, and the two teams stayed within one point of each other all the way to the five-minute mark of the second quarter, causing several lead changes. At this point, WUSTL slowly started to increase their lead. Their defense was a force to be reckoned...

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UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ
Feb27

UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event empowers women through Christ

Over 150 women gathered for UMHB’s first Psalm 139 event on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Bawcom Student Union. They enjoyed fellowship and worship together at the conference, which was founded and organized by senior public relations major Sydney Stolz. “The Lord planted this seed in my heart for women’s ministry years ago, but I never would have dreamed it would grow into the Psalm 139 event,” Stolz said. The conference highlighted the message of the psalm, which reads: 13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV) Marissa Halvorsen, a sophomore psychology major who attended the event, said that “as women, we think we have to fit the mold of doing everything for everyone and pleasing everybody.” However, Halvorsen said that women already have their identity. “We have to make sure our identity is not found in our peers, parents, significant others, school work, etc.,” she said. “Our identity is in the Lord—He takes the pressure off of needing to please others, we only need to work to please Him.” According to sophomore business major and Psalm 139 committee member Eunice Michaelson, keynote speaker Merritt Johnston’s presentation emphasized the importance of coming to that realization. “She made us laugh, cry, and most importantly realize the truth about our identity in Christ,” Michaelson said. “Merritt Johnston is truly an incredible woman of God.” Johnston is a UMHB graduate who founded SAGE Ministries for girls while she was in college. Now president of the endeavor, she leads a team of volunteer chaplains at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham. As she addressed students at the conference, Johnston encouraged them to find their “3:15” moment of realizing freedom, a reference to her time spent on the mission field in Germany where she visited Buchenwald, a former Nazi concentration camp. While there, Johnston was able to see what it was like to be a prisoner inside the walls of the camp and to be able to see the city around the camp – and freedom – right on the other side. She said that when prisoners were declared to be free at 3:15 p.m. on April 11, 1945, the clock stopped permanently, forever a reminder of freedom at that moment. Johnston related the story to everyone’s own personal prisons. “What is your 3:15 moment?” she asked. “What walls are separating you from your total freedom in Christ? When will you declare your freedom?” Sophomore nursing student and member of the Psalm 139 steering committee Amy Luong was deeply encouraged by Johnston’s words of encouragement. “For me, I’ve always been so focused on the future that I don’t realize that once I have Jesus Christ, my life is on track,” Luong...

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