Kyle Parsons wins CRU Knights 2021
Apr18

Kyle Parsons wins CRU Knights 2021

By Cole Garner Editor-In-Chief Kyle Parsons is interviewed in front of the crowd at Walton Chapel during the final round of the Crusader Knights competition on Saturday, Feb. 27. (Screen grab photo from UMHB CRU Knights video) UMHB’s annual tradition of Crusader Knights returned on Saturday, Feb. 27, in Walton Chapel. Men representing organizations and resident halls all around UMHB performed for the title of Crusader Knight. The winner, Mr. University Ambassadors Kyle Parsons, received a Crusader Knight helmet and was knighted by UMHB President Randy O’Rear. The award for best interview was given to Mr. Cru Films, Noah Sprinkle. The award for Best Spotlight was given to Mr. McLane Hall, Christopher Johnson. The award for best video and the Timothy Award winner, which is the award given to the man with the most Christ-like character, was Jacob Dellinger. The finalists of the event were Mr. First Year Collective Jackson Leedy, Mr. Delta Psi Theta Seth Brennan, Mr. Search Cru Evrhett White and Mr. Independence Village Kellen...

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Book Club selects “Man’s Search for Meaning”
Mar21

Book Club selects “Man’s Search for Meaning”

The English Club presents “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl at their Spring Central Texas Book Club meeting on Tuesday, March 30, from 6-8:00 p.m.. This will be both a virtual and in-person event,  by Zoom and at the Lord Conference Center.  The special guests are Dr. Tim Crawford and Dr. Aaron...

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Midday Music on the plaza at Bawcom Student Union
Mar14

Midday Music on the plaza at Bawcom Student Union

By Bells Staff UMHB’s Small Brass Chamber Ensemble performed on the plaza in front of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March 11. Midday Music was presented by music department students to bring their music to people outside during the pandemic. More Midday Music events are planned for the rest of the spring semester. Professor Michael Garasi conducts the Small Brass Chamber Ensemble during Midday Music on the plaza in front of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March 11.Courtesy Photos UMHB Freshman James Garcia, Jr., plays the tuba at center back, while Joseph Kriczky plays the French horn at foreground left and Cory Gunter plays the euphonium at right in the Small Brass Chamber Ensemble performance of Midday Music Thursday, March 11. Professor Matthew Kundler, a euphonium instructor at UMHB, applauds for music students performing in the Small Brass Chamber Ensemble on the plaza in front of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March 11. Father Nick Kriczky and grandmother Jane Bolgen, at right, applaud for UMHB music student Joseph Kriczky after his performance with the Small Brass Chamber Ensemble in front of the Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March 11. Also applauding for this Midday Music performance at background middle is Provost John Vassar. Joseph Kriczky’s father Nick, of Hutto, is a UMHB alumnus. To bring students’ music to people during the pandemic, Midday Music was presented by the music department at UMHB on the plaza in front of Bawcom Student Union. More Midday Music events are planned for the rest of the spring semester. UMHB senior vocal performance major Maggie DeWulf applauds the performance of her peers in the music department’s Small Brass Chamber Ensemble Thursday, March 11. Senior music education major Travis Dent plays his tuba during a performance by the Small Brass Chamber Ensemble on the plaza in front of Bawcom Student Union on Thursday, March...

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Students find new opportunities at job and internship fair

McLane Hall was filled with booths occupied by 42 companies and organizations around the Belton area on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Company representatives were looking for students from all different majors. The UMHB career services department job internship fair was to “help students and alumni find opportunities, talk with recruiters directly, and hopefully find jobs,” Assistant Director of Career Services Emily Kelly said. Kelly said she hoped that “students find work they love.” For over 20 years, UMHB has been holding job fairs. Recently, they have added internships to broaden the opportunities for students. Students were seen talking in business attire with a name tag featuring their name and major on it for company recruiters, who were willing to give jobs to anyone they saw as a good fit for their specific company. Not only was the job and internship fair a good way for students and alumni to get jobs, but it was also a great way to freshen up their interview skills. The interviews were like what you would see in speed dating, where a recruiter would be standing talking to one candidate then would move on to the next recruiter after they were done. Overall, whether the student or alumni got a job or internship they had an experience that they can carry on with them...

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One Voice inspires with praise

The One Voice choral ensemble rocked the Fikes Chamber Performance Hall Oct 10- Oct 11 with music that brought its audience on an emotional joyride. The concert began in reverence with Salvator Mundi from Requiem, written by Herbert Howells. The song detailed in heart-aching, searing beauty, an expression of loss that echoed with every line throughout the performance hall. The choir sang “Save us! Help us!” tenderly as the piece concluded. Taking a few steps back in time with traditional selections such as Canticum B.Simeonis Herr, nun lässest Du Deinen Diener and Cantate Domino, by Heinrich Schütz, which were performed in the late 1500s and early 1600s carried the typical cathedral sound partial to church music of the time period. It was this sound that served as the cornerstone for choral music as a whole, even now. One Voice’s seamless performance of this very sound had the audience at a standstill; they basked in the melancholic melodies that washed over them as three soloists, James Jones, Cydney Wilkerson and Sarah Ash sang to represent the Blessed Soul of the Fallen, the Holy Spirit, and the Seraphim, while the rest of the ensemble carried on as the procession. This piece included wonderful, solemn instrumentation provided by Lisa Clement, organist and voice teacher at UMHB, Ashton Yarbrough, a student at Temple College and cellist Nathaniel Keefer, a teacher at Lamar Middle School in Temple. What was truly astounding was One Voice’s flexibility in mastering the execution of so many different styles of voice and song. Singing in order from year of release and style (from traditional to modern to something in-between at the program’s closure), the One Voice program consisted of classic choral, gospel, contemporary christian and even a funky be-doop style partial to barber shop singers in the 40s. “I auditioned for One Voice because I had heard about all the things they had performed and I wanted to be a part of their legacy,” said freshmen music education major and One Voice member, Chandler Webb. “When I auditioned for the ensemble, one of the things I told the director during my meeting with him was I wanted to grow in two ways,” Webb said. “Spiritually and musically. I feel that this ensemble has done both …for me because we have sung in so many styles that all praise God, “ Webb said. Throughout the performance, a sense of comradery could be felt in the singers as they swayed, snapped, clapped and even kazooed together. It was infectious in nature, spreading to the audience. “The thing I like the most about One Voice is we’re a family growing and worshiping...

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Miss Search CRU wins Miss MHB 2020
Nov09

Miss Search CRU wins Miss MHB 2020

  17 stunning young women made their way into Walton Chapel Saturday, Nov. 9 to throw their hat into the ring for the opportunity to be crowned Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor for 2020. The show began and contestants introduced themselves, stated their hometown and said something witty regarding where they were from. The talent portion of the pageant featured the contestants’ musical stylings and speeches, with one contestant even shooting arrows to show off her archery marksmanship. There was never a dull moment during the night as contestants sought to show UMHB what they were capable of. They were judged on confidence, creativity, preparation, originality and their overall presentation. “What I liked about the talent portion was all the different things and how all the girls weren’t afraid to express themselves or to step outside the box,” said Hailey Baez, freshman psychology major. “Not only does it show that no one on campus is afraid to be themselves, but also they know everyone wants to see who they truly are. It inspires and encourages people to go out and do what they feel they are good at and have fun doing,” Baez said. Following the talent portion of the pageant, the 17 contestants joined one another on stage to perform a group dance number set to the popular show tune “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” The contestants skillfully and gracefully danced on stage twirling umbrellas. At one point they bounded into the audience, to envelop the crowd in song and dance. The evening gown portion of the show featured the contestants walking with grace and poise to show off their silken and jeweled gowns. During this time, the audience would learn a little bit more about each contestant as they strode elegantly across stage. These contestants were graded on gracefulness, ease of movement in their gowns, color and dress appropriateness and overall impression. From here the top five finalists were narrowed down and thus began their interview from 2019’s Mr. Crusader Knight, Richard Rogers. The answers presented would determine who was to be crowned Miss MHB, and the runner-ups for the position. They were judged on confidence, diction, personality and sincerity of response. This was followed by one last evening gown stroll and heartfelt goodbye with Miss MHB 2019, Briana Fredrickson, as she prepared to hand the crown off to Mary Hardin’s next Pageant Queen. In her farewell address she stated: “To have held the crown as Miss MHB has truly been one of my most treasured experiences and I cannot thank you enough,” Fredrickson said. Overall, the pageant was a stark representation of the heart and passion many of...

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