Crusaders race for cure
Apr12

Crusaders race for cure

April is Cancer Awareness Month, and for UMHB that means to give back and show that the university cares about finding a cure for cancer. This past Saturday, students and staff of UMHB organized a 5K run called Cru For a Cause in honor of the month and to support those who have been affected by this disease. Sophomore nursing major Mandi Watts was one who participated in the event and said she accomplished something for people with cancer or who have had it. “It was a great feeling knowing that I was, even in a small way, helping someone who has cancer in their life,” she said. “At first I was nervous about running it because a 5K seems so far, but I ran a little, walked a little and so on with my friend.” The race started in front of the Mayborn Campus Center and was open for anyone who wanted to run. Some ran the race for other reasons than just to honor someone affected by cancer. Junior accounting major Bob Beckworth ran the race to support study of the disease. “I ran more for support of cancer research,” he said. “This is a great way for UMHB to reach beyond just the community but into the research that will affect all of those who have been afflicted by cancer.” The event was sponsored by the university’s housing staff. “We want to honor people who have battled cancer or are currently battling cancer,” said  organizer and resident director Christan Hammonds. This wasn’t just an event for students or adults. There was a Kid K for children right after the 5K. Some other things planned for little kids were face painting booths, a bouncy house and a special art project station. Watts was impressed with the turnout. “There were a lot more people than I thought,” she said. “That’s just proof to me that nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way and in return that everyone wants to put an end to all forms of the disease. I am so proud to go to a school that would want to help put an end to cancer and honor those who have it or have had it.” For Hammonds, the race was about all who have been afflicted by cancer. “We have had people within our own UMHB family who have fought cancer, both faculty and students, so this is important to us. This disease impacts everyone,” she said. Racers could   name someone they wanted to honor. With the shirts they were given, they could write the name of a loved one and race for...

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Pageant portrays Christ’s story
Apr12

Pageant portrays Christ’s story

One of the most important stories of all time is the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It’s emotionally hard to imagine it happening and to see it in person would be heartbreaking. Students and others have the opportunity to see a portrayal of the Easter story that is both realistic and compelling to watch, thanks to UMHB. Taking place in the Luther Memorial, this year’s Easter Pageant features senior Christian studies major Mark Miller as Jesus, senior elementary education major Allison Hankins as Mary the mother of Jesus and many others as crowd members, priests or disciples. They are all directed by junior social work major Tracie Byrd and junior Christian studies major Colton White. Byrd said she became assistant director because Easter Pageant is one of her favorite traditions at the university. “It builds community, it’s fun, and it’s all about portraying the life of Christ and sharing the gospel,” she said. Senior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer, who plays a crowd leader, says the leadership is phenomenal this year. “Colton and Tracie have been a tremendous blessing to us all and are always there to answer questions when we have them,” she said. “I can tell just by looking at the way that they live their lives each and every day that they love the Lord and strive to be more like him.” One of the hardest roles to portray in history is Jesus Christ, and this year the directors and administration  choose  Miller. “The role of Jesus is not something that I went looking for,” Miller said. “But it is an honor to have the opportunity to portray Christ for a year.” Sophomore Christian missions major Ryan Murphy, who plays the high priest Caiphias this year, said there is a great resemblance between Miller and Jesus. “It’s crazy, but when I or anyone else pictures what Jesus looks like, he looks like Mark Miller,” Murphy said. By representing these historical figures, most of the actors gain a different perspective of the Easter story. “I feel like being part of this story really makes me feel like a lot of Jews did back then. When we practice the “yelling” scenes while Jesus is being crucified/arrested, we give it our all, but I have found in years past that doing those scenes is so hard,” Widmer said. By acting out the Easter story, students as well as the audience connect with the message. “I have come to the realization that it really was me yelling those things at him,” Widmer said. “On pageant day, it is so hard to yell because tears are streaming down my face...

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Former Navy SEAL speaks of memories
Apr12

Former Navy SEAL speaks of memories

Written by Thanh Duong Marcus Luttrell served as a Navy SEAL for 14 years. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 along with three other men in his unit. Their inspirational journey became the foundation for his best-selling book Lone Survivor. Luttrell told of his trek through Afghanistan at the McLane Lecture March 31. He began to tell the gruesome story of the fight to freedom and the attempt to save the lives of his platoon members. Although years have gone by since his active duty in the military, the visions of what happened in the six days he was lost are still vivid in his mind. He describes the heavy firearms and the rounds of RPG’s blowing them off the mountainsides. He remembers the triangle formation of the men as they discreetly waited for their opportunity to fight back. Senior international business and marketing major Kevin Ramirez, who attended the lecture said, “I’ve never heard any story like this before. It’s mind blowing and seems unreal.” Luttrell told what he had witnessed of his best friend’s terrifying death. “Mikey was out on a big perch and had a satellite phone. I forgot he had it. He took two rounds sideways on each side of the belly. It really threw me into a tantrum because he was my best friend. You know, I loved him.” Luttrell said. “I tried to scream to him ‘Come down here, come to me, I’ll carry you down the mountain.Get to me.’ He didn’t see me; he went left and disappeared behind a rock embankment.” Luttrell can still recall the dialogue between him and his friend. “I could hear his gun go off, and I could hear him start to take heavy fire. I could hear him screaming for help. He started screaming my name ‘Marcus I need help, man. I need help,’ and the way he was screaming my name was so terrifying that I actually put my gun down and covered my ears because I couldn’t handle the way he was screaming my name,” Luttrell said. “I don’t know if that makes me a coward or not, but I did that. And they killed him. I never saw him again.” There was no embellishment in the descriptions of how every member of his unit lost their lives. Junior social work major Cara Scott said, “It amazed me how he went into detail to tell about all of their wounds. It made me cringe at times, and it made me feel like I was really there watching it all happen in front of me.” As the uneasy feelings began to surface and tears...

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Seniors take last shot at Stunt Night
Mar29

Seniors take last shot at Stunt Night

They have lived in living room closets and game rooms for years. When college students were children, they were played and loved dearly, and visions of playing either board games, or being addicted to a Nintendo, Play Station or any kind of video game are forever embedded in memories. It’s that time of year again, the time when classes compete against each other in the ultimate campus competition — Stunt Night. Games have been chosen as the theme. The individual classes are performing their representation of different forms of gaming. Senior class is portraying the classic video games they grew up with, like Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong and Sonic the Hedgehog. Creativity has been limitless for this group. Senior nursing major Andrew Kester has played a part in the annual Stunt Night event his whole college career. “The first two years, our class was rough, but last year was golden …. This year we are just building off last, and it’s only going to be better,” he said. Kester said their show is “incredibly witty and really funny,” which is what Stunt Night is all about. While the cast continues to practice for the big show Friday, April 1, many other students are working hard to make sure every detail is perfect for the performance. Senior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer is one of those. “I love Stunt Night and have really loved being a part of it every year that I have been at UMHB,” she said. Being a resident assistant has held her back from being part of the cast. For the past two Stunt Nights, she was not able to fully commit to attending every practice, so she works behind the scenes. “The seniors are amazing and so easy to work with, so it really makes my job fun and easy,” she said. Widmer and senior marketing major Julia Bishop are working together. The two have been brainstorming different ideas of what they’ll use for costumes and props. Most of which have been handmade during any free time they have. “Julia, some of the other seniors and I have thought of some really creative things to incorporate in the skit …. I think it will truly be a performance loved by all,” Widmer said. She is eager to hear laughter from the audience. “All of the classes have been working super hard to make their skits perfect,” she said. Senior psychology major Adam Fischer enjoys the practices because “all the fun you get to have with friends is just translated into a production.” Fischer gets to work with his close circle of friends, and is ready...

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Health fair benefits community, students

More than 50 vendors from health and wellness related businesses in the area gathered March 25 in Mayborn Campus Center Arena for the 12th annual UMHB and Community Health Fair, known as Health Quest. With a variety of exhibits, the fair offered information and demonstrations for students, faculty, staff and the public. Campus Nurse Debbie Rosenberger is in charge of the event and works yearlong to ensure that it provides the campus and community with access to the important healthcare information and services available to them. “We do the health fair for a couple of reasons,” Rosenberger said. “One is to increase health awareness. Also, it is to be a resource to students.” Rosenberger said the vendors from the free and reduced-cost clinics in the area, as well as free services offered throughout the day, are some of the most valuable aspects of Health Quest. “We have a pretty good component of our students who don’t have health insurance, and we want to give an option,” she said. Other represented  businesses included Belton Eye Center, Fitness Equipment Unlimited, Scott & White Hospital and many more. “Vendors vary from year to year,” Rosenberger said. “I think people have been pretty happy with what’s been here, and there’s been a wide variety of things folks can do.” The Central Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse was one organization present to inform and educate the public. Felix Rubert, the representative from CTCADA, hoped that by attending the event, he could help bring awareness to students in a relaxed environment. “We don’t want to force it on you not to do drugs,” he said. “But, you can come over to look at our things, and if you have questions we can provide answers.” Rubert thinks that the key to the organization’s mission is education, which is the purpose for attending. “You’re going to make a choice one way or the other. If you learn enough about it, you can make an educated choice,” he said. Along with information, the event also offered exercise demonstrations, free massages and smoothies and door prizes. Sophomore business major Michael Murphy was enticed to come to Health Quest after attending last year and hearing about this year’s big give-away, a Kindle. “I came last year, too, and it was fun. And, when I heard they were giving away a Kindle, I came,” he said Sophomore psychology major Kristina Zufall is a student worker for counseling and health services, which puts on Health Quest, and thinks the event was successful. “We had a bunch of students come in, especially around lunch time,” Zufall said. “It’s been really awesome.”...

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Campus revival to focus on God’s grace
Mar29

Campus revival to focus on God’s grace

A revival is coming. Speaker Afshin Ziafat and the Jeff Johnson Band will be ready to speak truth and worship underneath a big white tent in the middle of the Quad beginning Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Everybody from campus and the surrounding communities are welcome to attend the three-night event. Freshman graphic design major Diana Fadal is on the publicity sub-committee. “I like being responsible for things week by week,” she said. The planning process has taken a year for the revival steering committee to prepare. Not only does everyone have a list of duties, but they are encouraged to reach out and build relationships with others. Fadal’s best experience so far is “getting to pray all together and interact with people outside of the committee.” A theme was decided in October 2010. After talking about the vision of how the committee should present the event to the university and community, grace came to mind. Fadal believes “Ocean of Grace” is a perfect fit for this year. “So many things have been popping up as confirmation,” she said. “It could only have been made by God.” After deciding on a theme, the full committee chose a verse to represent it. 2 Corinthians 15:10 says, “But by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace to me was not without effect”. The verse was selected because to the committee, there is no denying God’s grace covers all, can humble all and change all. “It just reminds me of how abounding His grace is for me. Sometimes I forget that and take it for granted,” sophomore math major Melissa Donham said. Freshman graphic design major Jacob Brenton serves on the publicity committee, and will attend his first Revival at UMHB. “I’m looking forward to seeing all of our heart work come to fruition, and seeing people who may never have given Jesus a thought get real with Him,” he said. Those attending revival, the speaker, band and all fine details have been prayed for since the forming of the committee. She is also ready to see how God continues to work in the committee. “I am excited that people are excited,” Fadal said. “I can’t wait to see who all comes and hear how God rocked their world and changed them.” Donham hopes the evenings run smoothly. “One thing I’ve always told myself is that no matter if we, as the committee, don’t get everything accomplished that we hope to, God will still be working at Revival,” she said. “He can use anything for His glory. That’s my prayer for this...

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