Best Buddies facilitates relationships between students and the special needs community
Feb09

Best Buddies facilitates relationships between students and the special needs community

For those looking to join a fun and rewarding organization that not only provides community outreach, but also builds valuable, longlastingfriendships, Best Buddies may be the perfect match. Best Buddies is a national organization that allows students to connect with those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community. “The main goal that we have in Best Buddies, especially in this chapter, is just friendships with the special needs communities,” Best Buddies UMHB Chapter President Idaly Ramirez, a junior education major, said. “They truly are such a beautiful community; they are so powerful. We try to get young adults with special needs to feel more comfortable in our environment. We want to introduce them to our world and allow them to introduce us to theirs. Ramirez says that along with building meaningful friendships, community service is a huge part of the organization. “We go down to the Ark in Temple, which is a whole gym for special needs individuals,” she said. “They host special Olympics, which has a bunch of tournaments that we go and cheer on and help out in. We are able to volunteer with cleaning and keeping score and things like that. We also do more personal activities with our buddies, such as movie or game night, or go skating and things like that.” While Best Buddies is a small organization here at UMHB, its benefits have greatly impacted both students and the special needs community. “We have 16 members currently, and two buddies,” Ramirez said. “We are also about to add a third buddy. Currently, we are split into two groups of three or four people, and each group is paired with one of the buddies.” “Right now, I believe we are the only organization that really focuses on outreach to those in the special needs community. Our university does have an interdisciplinary studies degree, so having an organization like this available allows the students that are studying that to gain experience.” One benefit of Best Buddies that is different than any other student organization on campus is its flexibility. Since there are not many regular meetings, it is a perfect organization for those who have busy schedules. “Our organization is different in that our meetings are more on a personal basis, so it is flexible to your schedule,” Ramirez said. “The buddy groups will meet whenever everyone is available. As an organization, we will meet at least once a month for more big events, such as movie night and things like that.” While Best Buddies gives students the opportunity to experience many things, there are a few things in particular that Ramirez believes...

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Apostolic Cru: a new ministry on campus
Feb09

Apostolic Cru: a new ministry on campus

Apostolic Cru is the latest addition to the list of two new campus ministry orgs – Cru Catholics and the Baptist Student Ministry. Apostolic Cru was approved the fall semester of 2017. Students gather to learn more about Jesus and have fellowship every Thursday, in Davidson 204. The meetings alternate between fun night and spiritual night. “Lauren and I have known each other for many years now, and ever since we’ve been at this school, we’ve just had that kind of burning desire to be able to touch other people like us,” Vice President Raquel Rivera, a senior management major, said. “We’re Apostolic Pentecostal, and there are others like us here on campus, so this is the place where they can connect with us, they can have that support system, and so that’s what we’re here for.” Rivera explains that their goal as an organization is to reach as many students as possible. “Our goal is to connect [with students] because we all love Jesus, that’s our main goal in life… reach those who don’t know.” President Lauren Lum, a senior accounting major, has wanted to start the organization for some time. “Back in high school, I started a Bible study called “Project 7” during my senior year with my sister, and then when I got here, I wanted to do something similar,” Lum said. “I wanted to start it way back in freshman year, but we went through some difficulties getting paperwork together, and we finally got approved as a campus ministry by the university this past fall.” Apostolic Cru has many events planned, including a Valentine’s Day bake sale and guest speakers. “We are planning a fundraiser for Feb. 13, and we will be selling Valentine’s Day treats. We will be selling Rice Krispy Treats, and then we are also selling cups of love, which will basically be like cups of chocolate candy, and they’re decorated for Valentine’s Day,” Lum said. “Next Thursday, February 8th, we will be having a minister from a church in Copperas Cove come speak, and then the Thursday after that, that’ll be the Thursday after Valentine’s Day, we will be doing an event called PB & Jesus. We will have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and hang out, and probably play some games.” “God has given me a passion and a burden for young adult ministry,” Lum said. “I’ve seen people leave the church during their college/single years because they didn’t have a group of people their own age supporting them. That is my goal for Apostolic Cru. College is a transition period, and having a group of people to learn more...

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: a fraternity that mixes a love of music with community service
Feb09

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia: a fraternity that mixes a love of music with community service

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a fraternity on campus that is dedicated to young men who are passionate about serving the community through music. This nationally recognized fraternity was founded by Ossian Everett Mills in Boston, Massachusetts at the New England Conservatory in 1898. It is the oldest music fraternity in America, and UMHB’s chapter is just one of over 300 active chapters in the United States since its founding. According to President DeAundre Lewis, a senior computer science major, the organization serves the community through the concert they put on every semester along with several service projects. Their project for last year, was painting the choir room in Presser Hall. Every spring semester the fraternity has a rush process for students wanting to join. The rush officially began this Sunday; however, if a student is interested in joining, they can contact either Lewis or Vice President Logan Gwin, a junior accounting major, to begin the process. “You don’t have to be a music major to be a part of this organization. You don’t have to be able to read music or sing. You just have to like giving back to the community,” Lewis said. The fraternity has regular business meetings on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room of Presser Hall. “We discuss literally everything that you could think of that goes with being an organization. This includes money, the wellbeing of brothers, we see if anyone has any prayer requests, and we plan rush events. Then, we practice,” Gwin said. Every semester the fraternity puts on a concert where the members sing. Their most recent concert was on Tuesday, Jan. 30, but they will have another concert on April 19. “The one that we did on Tuesday is our American music recital, so we sang a lot of songs that have an American feel or have American composers,” Gwin said. For this semester, the fraternity is planning on visiting Stoney Brook Senior Living of Belton (located behind Grand Avenue Theatre) in early March to sing for the residents. “We have a former brother who is in that home, and he loves to hear us,” Lewis said. “They always ask for us to come back… For a group like this to take a little time out of our day to sing for them makes their day.” Gwin said that being in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia has impacted his college career. “As a freshmen coming into college… I didn’t have very many friends… I went to a couple of interest meetings that we usually hold, and I just got hooked. It teaches good values for a musically inclined...

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Summer camps recruit counselors for 2018
Feb09

Summer camps recruit counselors for 2018

Would you like to make a difference in the world by mentoring kids, growing and helping others grow in the faith, and having fun at the same time? Then being a camp counselor might be the right job for you. What exactly does a camp counselor do? The job may include such tasks as introducing and participating in activities, lending emotional support, lending a listening heart to kids who need it and teaching them about Jesus. A few camps visited campus recently to talk about their programs and encourage students to apply to become a counselor. Matthew Honeycutt is a camp director for Rose City Summer Camps in Tyler, Texas. His camp serves kids who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. He explains how Rose City serves the children in the area. “So our goal is to have an overlap in the kids that we serve, which is the campers in Tyler, and a lot of those kids are kids that don’t get the opportunity to have other experiences,” Honeycutt said. “Maybe other summer camps are a little too expensive. So we want to provide them with an opportunity to come to a camp and what we do is we partner with a local school district.” Throughout the day at camp, Honeycutt said counselors have the opportunity to impact kids’ lives by telling them about Christ. “You go into it and think you’re going to change lives, but more so you get to work with these kids … you get to see some things that are really tough.” He added that through “some really cool conversations,” lives are changed. “ A counselor would oversee about eight campers …, and they just walk them through the camp …. shepherding them,” Honeycutt said. having fun with them, getting them to that activity class we have, Bible study, clubs, worship, all those different things. One large part of the organization is the emphasis on the importance of diversity. Rose City Summer Camps believes that it isimportant to show God’s love through mentoring all types of people. “A big heart of ours as a ministry is multi-ethnic, so we want to be diverse,” Honeycutt said . “We serve a diverse group of kids and we want our staff to also be diverse,” Honeycutt said.. “So we have a heart to see all different shapes, sizes, and colors of people working together to also get to serve people there, a lot of different races.” Another camp that came to the university was Forest Glen, a camp in the city of Rosebud. Their main focus targests boys and young men in order to inspire them...

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Campus hosts spring org fair
Feb09

Campus hosts spring org fair

By Olivia Robinson, Kaylee Blumenfeld, Taylor Powell, and Jacob Burlingame One of the benefits of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) is the student life, specifically the student organizations offered to students. They are a great way to get plugged in on campus, meet new people and serve the Lord. Often times, it can be hard to discover these organizations and dive in. That is why UMHB holds the Student Organizations (SO) Spring Fair in addition to its fall organization fairs. Each organization manned a table with their representatives and information about their group during the fair at Bawcom Student Union Jan. 17, where approximately two-hundred and fifty students were able to walk by and survey over seventy student organizations that varied from a gaming organization called “League Cru Tespa,” to The Association of Black Students, and to Phi Mu Alpha – a music fraternity established in 1898. Representatives stood ready to answer any questions coming from interested students. “The fair helps organizations get their name out and recruit people and students looking to get involved can see all of their options,” sophomore Gabby Shbeir said as she represented the University Ambassadors table. Many of the tables even had flyers, candy or other treats to draw people in, but the fair was more than just informing students about the organizations on campus. It is also considered one of the many fun events that take place at UMHB. There were giveaways for students via Twitter, and Chick-Fil-A food was given to the first five students whtold Tiffany Wurdemann, the director of SO, about new organizations they learned about. Although junior Adrian Alvarado has been attending UMHB for three years, and knows a lot of the information that is offered at the fair, he continues to attend because it is fun. “I have always enjoyed walking around the fair each year,” Alvarado said.” It is really interesting and fun to see what each organization is doing on campus and I love learning about the new ones that form throughout the year.” “Over the years we have seen an increase in attendance and in the number of organizations on campus,” junior Haleigh Johnson, who helped plan the event, said. “By people becoming more aware of the organizations on campus, they are enabled to become more involved while also allowing them to create organizations that are best fit for them,” she said. “We have a wide variety of organizations,” Katy Hartt, assistant director of Student Organizations, said. She added that new organizations are always welcome. “The new organization deadline to apply [for the spring semester] is January 31,st ” she said. Apostolic Cru...

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Campus men rehearse Crusader Knights
Feb08

Campus men rehearse Crusader Knights

Practices are already underway for the annual Crusader Knights competition on February 24. Crusader Knights first began in 1993 as a fundraiser by the senior class. Since then, it has evolved into an annual competition where men are chosen to represent various organizations to compete for the title of Mr. Crusader Knights. Last year, the title was awarded to senior Alex Miller. Junior education Isaac Felan is directing this year’s competition, along with assistant directors Ben Roark, Daniel Martinez, and Tori Bradburry. “We’re in charge of deciding what the show’s going to look it…getting all the guys together and making sure they have a good time doing Crusader Knights.” The 18 contestants will be judged on their interview, unique video, individual spotlight questions, and campus vote. Felan said that this year’s competition is going to have a few surprises, and that he’s excited about seeing the audience’s reaction. “I’m not going to spoil anything, but [Crusader Knights] will be a little different this year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing… the smiles and laughs from the crowd as a source of encouragement that change was good and that what me and my assistant directors [changed] was good for Crusader Knights as a whole.” Felan said that he feels a little weird being a young director. “Some of them are older than me. It’s weird being in a position of command when I’m one of the youngest in the room, but it’s encouraging that they’re listening to me.” Junior international business major Jacob Hindman enjoys going to the practices and spending time with the contestants. “[Practices] are like getting together on a weekend with a bunch of really close friends and sharing stories like everyone was there,” said Hindman, who’s representing Farris Hall. Junior multimedia and information technologies major Chase Mariott who’s representing the Junior Class said that he’s having fun working with the contestants. “I feel honored to be representing the junior class and UMHB,” he said. “It’s such a pleasure to get to be a part of this… We all have our own personality and quirks, and everyone just has a good time.” Be sure to come to Crusader Knights on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Walton...

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