UMHB hosts annual  Writer’s Festival
Feb21

UMHB hosts annual Writer’s Festival

This year’s Windhover Writer’s Festival featured writing styles from poetry to prose and hosted three keynote writers, as well as a songwriting duo, who presented their work with readings. Each author also hosted a workshop for participants to help sharpen their writing skills, since the idea of the festival is to motivate writers of all levels and skill sets.This year’s Windhover Writer’s Festival featured writing styles from poetry to prose and hosted three keynote writers, as well as a songwriting duo, who presented their work with readings. Each author also hosted a workshop for participants to help sharpen their writing skills, since the idea of the festival is to motivate writers of all levels and skill sets.The festival was hosted on Feb. 14-16 in Bawcom Student Union at UMHB. It is named after the journal, The Windhover, which has been around since 1997, according to the journal’s editor and associate professor of the English department, Dr. Nathaniel Hansen. Writer Suzanne M. Wolfe of England, who now resides in Seattle as a Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University, was one of the presenters. Wolfe’s writing inventory includes book, essays, and blogs. Wolfe is a well-acclaimed Christian writer. Her fiction novel, Confession of X, was based partially on her travels with her husband. Wolfe’s workshop gave attendees tips and pointers regarding fiction writing. The second presenter was Amy Peterson. Peterson is a writer and an adjunct professor at Taylor University. Peterson’s works have been featured in a wide variety of journals and her book, Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World. Peterson’s writing can be raw and honest, but it truly encompasses her Christian background.   See Festival, pg. 3          Her workshop specialized in nonfiction. The third presenter was Thom Caraway. Caraway is an associate professor at Whitworrth University. Caraway is also the editor-in-chief for Rock&Sling, a journal of witness. He also founded and publishes of Sage Hill Press. His poems have been featured in a many journals throughout the country and his workshop focused on poetry. His reading was interesting and kept the audience entertained as he read some of his best poems. Still on the Hill was the featured musical duo, which makes do with a wide variety of traditional instruments from the Ozarks, such as the banjo, fiddle and harmonica. Still on the Hill hosted a writing workshop as well as a concert on Thursday night.  The addition of music to the Writers’ Festival was a great touch. Many students enjoyed hearing the band play their unique style of music. A slew of writers from all over the country to serve as panelists. Authors included Elizabeth Dell, Chris...

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Nurses utilize simulation lab at UMHB
Feb21

Nurses utilize simulation lab at UMHB

In order to prepare nursing students for the clinical setting, the Scott and White College of Nursing has implemented three unique components that make up the Clinical Simulation Learning Center. These components include a skills laboratory, a standard clinic, and a simulation hospital. Each component is crucial in helping students to gaining experience and confidence in their skillset in order to grow into a successful professional nurse. The first component is the skills laboratory, which contains mannequins for students to learn, practice and perfect their clinical skills with. These labs are open for students throughout the week, with nursing faculty present to assist with teaching and evaluating students’ technique in clinical skills. “The skills lab is a relaxed setting in which students can really just become better in preforming all sorts of nursing skills,” junior nursing student Clarissa Canchola said. “As student nurses, we are often evaluated in our skillset, which can be very stressful. So it is very helpful to have an easy-going place for us to just practice and ask questions.” The second component is the patient clinic, which emulates a doctor’s office. The purpose for this clinic is for students to be evaluated in a more formal way, with faculty and other students who act as patients. The student nurse is then able to perform a wide variety of skills, including basic skills such as vital signs and a full health assessment, along with medication administration. “The environment of the practicums that take places in the clinic area make it seem like we are actually working as nurses in a health care setting,” sophomore nursing student Bennett Cardoso said. “We have to verbalize everything to our instructors, which will help us when we are at the hospital to explain the procedures step by step to our patients to help them feel more comfortable. Knowing these practicums are an essential part of our grade, we have to practice and make it perfect. This will help us in the future to use our assessment skills in real life. Practice definitely makes perfect.” Finally, the third component, which is the most advanced and realistic educational tool, is the simulation hospital. Each semester, students in each level of the nursing program have the opportunity to apply their skills to a life-like situation. These simulations each have a different concept that they cover and the nursing students work together in groups to provide care to mannequin patients. However, these mannequins are unique in that they can be controlled by the nursing faculty to do different things. The students must figure out how to deal with a wide array of situations, which...

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Dr. Randy Dale campaigns for Bell County’s 264th District Judge seat
Feb21

Dr. Randy Dale campaigns for Bell County’s 264th District Judge seat

From being a Hardin Simmons graduate to spending two years in Afghanistan teaching law, to becoming an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Dr. Randy Dale is looking to add Bell County’s 264th District Judge to his list of accomplishments. Dale grew up in Memphis, a small farming community in the Texas Panhandle. He graduated from Hardin Simmons in 1976, and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1979. He also holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D from Texas State University. Dale believes that part of what made him want to become a lawyer stemmed from being raised by a former highway patrolman. “My dad was a highway patrolman before I was born,” he said. “You can take the person out of the law enforcement, but not the law enforcement out of the person. He drove a truck for a living, but I was raised by a highway patrolman. I had that kind of law-enforcement-follow-the-rules-be-held-responsible kind of mentality.” Dale began teaching classes at UMHB almost 10 years ago. Originally he taught Business Law for the McLane College of Business, but as of last year he is now teaching classes for the criminal justice department too. “I am a product of a small Baptist school. I love the kid that kind of school draws, the faculty it draws.” After teaching at UMHB for two years, Dale got the opportunity to go to Afghanistan with a private corporation to teach the rule of law system to Afghan government officials. “We held classes that we invited them to. We talked about evidence, procedure, and all elements of criminal justice,” Dale said. “They would come to our class because they would get $5 a day for going. For a three day class, 15 American dollars was a bunch of money to them, so they would smile and listen, but they weren’t going to make any changes.” Dale made his career as a trial prosecutor at the Bell County Justice Center after returning from Afghanistan. He also got his job back at UMHB. “I’ve always loved prosecuting. I’ve always loved being on the side that brings the case and tries to hold people responsible for their conduct,” Dale said. Dale is now campaigning for the 264th District Judge seat to replace former Judge Martha Trudo, who retired a year before her term was to end. Dale was approached by several defense lawyers in the area, who thought that he should run for the position. “I went home, talked to Melinda, and we prayed about it. The more we thought and talked...

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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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