Jácome Flamenco troupe ignites the Performing Arts Center
Jan30

Jácome Flamenco troupe ignites the Performing Arts Center

The latest Highways and Byways performance in the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 24, left audience members in awe. Jácome Flamenco, led by Chris B. Jácome, performed breathtaking flamenco routines that had the crowd bobbing their heads and tapping their feet along with the music. During the introduction, Jácome encouraged the audience to interact throughout the performance by yelling “Olé!” and cheers to the dancers. Chayito Champion, the lead singer of the group, jokingly stated they didn’t want to hear any “yee-haws,” which prompted laughter from the crowd. Three of the troupe members played various instruments while Champion sang and three dancers made their way onto the stage. The emotion and intense dancing, as well as the beautiful music, captivated the audience, causing many to cheer and chant with the dancers. After intermission, each of the dancers performed a solo. Jácome and Champion performed a duet. There was never a dull moment. While the dancers underwent costume changes, Jácome shared some facts and trivia about the flamenco form to the audience. The show went wonderfully, which is why it was surprising to hear they didn’t rehearse beforehand. “We got here today, did sound check, talked about what we were going to do, and we did it. No rehearsals,” Champion said. When asked how she knew when to chime in with her singing or clapping without rehearsals, she explained, “Sometimes they just give me a look or do something with their body, and I know to come in. Its all about feeling.” After the event, audience members had the chance to buy signed CDs and take pictures with the performers. Paulina Riewald is a senior sports management major who attended the show. “I loved it. I wanted to be up there with them,” she said. “I loved the music and the dancing was beautiful and it was really fun.” To learn more about Jácomes Flamenco, visit jacomeflamenco.com. There you can browse merchandise, find tips and tricks about the art of flamenco and get a sneak peek at where they will be performing...

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UMHB’s 10-year Transformation
Jan30

UMHB’s 10-year Transformation

If you have been on the internet or social media recently, then you have probably noticed the new trend called the “10-Year Challenge.” People are posting a photo of themselves from ten years ago next to a current photo to show how their look and personal style have evolved over time. Just like the individuals in these personal comparative photos, the UMHB campus has also seen many changes in the last 10 years. Since 2009, several new buildings have been added to campus to accommodate academics, athletics, visual and performing arts and residence life. There is also a new parking lot. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts, named after Eula Mae and John Baugh, opened in the fall of 2012. The art department had outgrown its home in the basement of Presser Hall, creating a need for a new building solely for the visual arts. Located across the street from the Mabee Student Success Center, the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts has accommodations for all types of art, including studios for painting, drawing and ceramics, as well as computer design labs and an art gallery. The Scott and White College of Nursing at UMHB has grown substantially in the last 10 years, presenting the need for a building for all things medical.   Dedicated in 2013, the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center brought a new look to campus. Thanks to generous donations, including a leading contribution from the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, the three-story building was designed to include classrooms, offices and a simulation hospital equipped with state-of-the-art technology. One of the greatest and most recognizable additions to UMHB is Bawcom Student Union and Crusader Stadium. This two-year construction project resulted in a new main hub for student activity on campus. In Bawcom, you can find students enjoying a meal in the dining hall, studying with friends, buying supplies at the bookstore or practicing their instruments in Farris Band Hall. In addition to several offices and conference rooms, each floor has a panoramic view of Crusader Stadium. This 8,000-seat stadium was the first football field on campus, providing a permanent home field for the Cru. In 2017, a dream was turned into a reality when the first performing arts center at UMHB was opened. The Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center is outfitted with rooms used to host theater productions, ensemble performances, dance recitals and other performing arts events. The Baugh Performance Hall occupies the main portion of the building. It seats 524 audience members in front of a multipurpose performance stage equipped with an orchestra pit and accommodations for theater productions. Each year,...

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Pottery Sale preview
Nov29

Pottery Sale preview

Looking to get something unique and creative for the holiday season? Or maybe you just want to support local artists? Then you should check out the Christmas Pottery Sale, which will be located in Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The sixth annual Christmas Pottery Sale offers a chance to see and purchase some beautiful pottery made by students and faculty at UMHB. According to the campus website, the items for sale include mugs, bowls, vases and other useful pottery and art pieces. Professor David Hill has been teaching ceramics at UMHB for the past seven years. He is also the coordinator for the event. “After a year of teaching, [I] started the Christmas Pottery Sale in the fall of 2013,” Hill said. “It has grown every year since, and I’m very grateful for the support of our campus community each year.” Senior art education major Jessica Theilacker will participate in this event for the first time. Some of her work includes elegantly designed mugs and teapots, which she made using a tape resist glazing method. “I’m looking forward to all the people who will come to appreciate these functional pieces and hopefully purchase a few things,” Theilacker said. “A piece that is handcrafted with love and patience and used in someone’s everyday life is what the ultimate goal of making pottery is for me.” Hill also expressed what he appreciates most about the event, which allows for the community to be able to experience and witness the wonderful art the students and faculty have worked on. “My favorite aspect of the sale is getting a chance to share a little of what we do in the art department with the rest of UMHB’s students, faculty, staff and the Belton/Temple community at large,” Hill said. “If it weren’t for the sale, the unfortunate reality is that much of what the students make in class would end up in a dusty box in a closet or attic. We’d much rather these handmade artworks to be treasured and used by someone.” “Students should come to the Christmas Pottery Sale to see what their friends and peers are making in the art department as well as what they would have a chance to learn if they took one of our classes,” Hill said. “It is also a great opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts for friends and...

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How to host a Christmas party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Christmas only about five weeks away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about what to do for the season. To add a little pumpkin spice to your holly jolly Christmas, have you thought about having a party? Why not throw a Christmas party in your dorm or apartment? Because we’re college students and we have to be wary about spending money, it is important to make a budget. One way to be realistic about your budget and still create a jolly atmosphere is to “start with what’s most important when it comes to hosting a Christmas party: paper goods, main dishes, appetizers, desserts, (UMHB appropriate) drinks, decorations, and tablecloths” (daveramsey.com). The blog goes on to say that if you run out of money as you buy the items, you can avoid buying the decorations that don’t matter as much as the main attractions. For decorations, you can get a small Christmas tree that can fit inside your apartment. Make sure you check with your RA or RD about what kind of lights you can hang, but if you can, Christmas tree lights will really make your living room stand out. One source suggests that a fun and cheap way to get decorations is to make your own. Including your friends in the decoration process is another sure way to start a fun and successful Christmas party. Another suggestion is to plan classic holiday activities such as stringing popcorn and cranberry garlands, or cutting paper snowflakes (voices.dyouville.edu). After the decoration portion is done, next you would need to plan either to cook or buy food. Naomi Michaelson is a junior education major who has hosted a few Christmas parties on campus with her friends, and she agrees that food is an essential ingredient in planning a party. “I think we all know that, especially in college, the main way to get anyone to go to anything is food,” Michaelson said. “Food is a very important part of a party. I personally love themed snacks, especially for holiday parties.” Cookie decorating is always a good idea for a Christmas party. Allowing your guests to be a part of the experience is even better. Also, you can never go wrong with hot chocolate. Providing these kinds of traditional treats is a sure way to keep your guests in a cheerful mood. Now that the party is well under way and your guests have settled in, you should plan to bring out some more activities. Some ideas are: having a holiday movie marathon, holiday karaoke, and secret Santa or white elephant (hercampus.com). You...

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Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students
Sep12

Stay on top of your semester: Time management tricks for students

The life of college student isn’t always easy. Between trying to get good grades, maintaining a social life, going to church, staying healthy, and getting a decent amount of sleep each night, we have a lot on our plate. How do we do it without going crazy? Time management is the key for any college student to survive. Here are a few tips to manage your time wisely: 1) Write everything down If I don’t write something down, I won’t remember it. So, when you’re in class and your professor gives you a due date and extra information on your homework assignment, jot it down. This way you can go back in your notes and remember exactly when the due date is for your upcoming homework assignment. 2) Maintain a planner This is a cheap and easy way to remember due dates, your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s birthday and the dates of the Cru’s football games. It’s all in one place. Some people like to color code their planner. Whatever works best for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, at the very least make a list of upcoming assignments starting with the one that’s due first. Prioritize assignments. Don’t work on an assignment that’s due 5 weeks from now if you have one that needs to be finished by tomorrow. 3) Make time for fun “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” You can’t study 24/7. UMHB has many student organizations to get involved in. Just don’t overload yourself with too many organizations. Find a couple that you are passionate about, attend their meetings, participate in organization activities and make friends. 4) Don’t be distracted by electronics We all get into the habit of working on an assignment, picking up our phone for just a minute or two, and suddenly 30 minutes has passed while we were checking our Facebook and Instagram. When studying or working on homework, put your phone away. Whether you must put it in your desk drawer or tuck it into the pocket of your backpack, put it away so you’ll be less likely to get distracted. 5) Don’t wait until the night before Many students think they can wait until the night before to finish an assignment due the next day. Speaking from personal experience, waiting until the night before to complete an assignment is very stressful. If you have a large assignment that is going to take you many hours, start early. Get a little bit done each week. This way you will not be stressing the night before. It will also give you time to ask your professor...

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Showcasing students’ businesses
Sep12

Showcasing students’ businesses

College students often find themselves in need of a quick way to earn money. For some, their passions and talents drive them to create their own business. Several students here at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor share how they built their businesses and give advice on how students can start their own. Matt Murray, a senior mathematics major, started Pedagon Education in June of this year. Pedagon Education, a combination of polygon and pedagogy, is a tutoring, mentorship and consultancy business that focuses on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics area of education. They also work on consulting with prospective students by helping them build four-year plans. Pedagon Education serves students in the Belton, Temple, Killeen and Austin areas. Tutoring subscription rates start at 25 dollars for high school students and 35 dollars for college students. The first session is always free. “I had been wanting to start the business for a while, but found myself in need of a marketing representative,” Murray said. This is where Katie Scott, a senior marketing major, comes in. Katie focuses on the social side of the business. Murray believes you need to find someone to be able to approach others online and to get your name out there. Scott recommends that if someone is looking to start their own business they should network and use social media to get their name out there and build their brand. Murray agrees that you need to find someone to show off your skills. You can get in touch with them by email, katie.scott@pedagonedu.com and matt.murray@pedagonedu.com, or phone at 254-228-9609 and 817-600-6892. And check them out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @PedagonEdu. Danielle Demetria East, a senior studio art major, sells her artwork on the side of earning her degree. She is a talented sculptor and also makes handmade journals and mixed media collages. When East came to college she thought this would be a good way to “jump start her career” and make a little cash on the side. Her products range anywhere from 5 dollars to 300 dollars depending on the piece. East recommends that students speak up and meet new people to network with. She advises artists to know their work and its value and not to sell themselves short. Follow her on Instagram @danielledemetria or check out her website danielledemetria.portfoliobox.net. Megan Henefield, a freshman education major, specializes in portrait, group, and live-action photography. Her business started during her sophomore year of high school. She grew up in a family of photographers, so it was natural for her to choose this profession. “I grew up in front of a camera and gradually stepped...

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