The college of nursing seeks to produce world changers through their new high-tech education center
While more than 500 people spilled into the halls of the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center with excited laughter and reminiscent chatter on the day the building was officially dedicated, one room was quiet, reverent.
The room, unassuming in a corner of the first floor, is what the dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Sharon Souter, calls the crown jewel of the 77,000-square-foot building. Phelps Chapel not only serves...
Five prolific UMHB professors discuss teaching Shaq, raising longhorns, and everything in between
Looking back, every UMHB graduate can recall at least one professor who defined their time at the university. Whether it was a lecture that shaped the student’s thought process, or the time and energy the professor invested helping them discover and pursue their own passions, the profound impression these instructors make often influences the direction of their students’ lives. Over the course of a couple of weeks, UMHB Life sat down...
The 2012-13 season was a year of firsts for the men’s basketball team. The Cru posted a school single-season record with 27 victories on the year and became the first American Southwest Conference men’s basketball program to advance beyond the Elite Eight, the first men’s basketball team from the state of Texas to play for a Division III National Championship and the first UMHB men’s basketball team to move beyond the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III National Championships.
The Cru beat three nationally ranked...
A new set of Crusader athletic logos were revealed at a press conference in Mayborn Campus Center Feb. 14. The name “The Cru” has become increasingly popular among students, faculty, and staff since the original logo was created 15 years ago. A new logo was created to incorporate the nickname and give the athletic logo a more modern appearance.
Athletic Director Randy Mann said he wanted the logo to reflect the dedication and commitment of the university’s student athletes.
“We wanted an image that would convey a sense of honor and...
Former opera singer Amy Easdon Beskow ’06 creates a symphony of flavor with successful food blog
When Amy Easdon Beskow ‘06 studied vocal performance at UMHB, she had no idea that she would someday be trading the stage for a spatula and a costume for an apron.
“The plan was that I would go to grad school, then I would go to New York and become an opera singer,” Beskow said. “That had always been my goal, and I worked really hard at UMHB to achieve that.”
So, after graduation, she moved with her new husband, Joel, to Fort Worth to...
In the ‘80s they carried a drum and supported the basketball team. In the ‘90s they sat on couches and cheered on the soccer team. Today they fill the stands in the end zones of football games and shake noise makers. These are the groups that have championed the Crusader teams through the years.
Phi Tuba Luba began in the mid-‘80s with a group of male students who were searching for something fun to do on campus. They were originally called the “Tube Brothers” because the members would wear sleeves cut from a Polo-style...
Fifty-seven years ago, a family began all because two people fell in love at UMHB. Some may call it a tradition, but to the Kemp family it was a coincidence that three sons followed in their parents’ footsteps and met and married women from the university.
The year was 1954. Leroy Kemp was tall and had dark brown hair, and the girl was charming and beautiful. He had noticed her while attending First Baptist Church in Belton and realized he wanted to take her out on a date.
“I kind of liked her looks and was kind of attracted...
Matt Crosby ’01 is choral director and an assistant professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He is also an alumnus of the university—along with more than a dozen members of his family.
“I can remember coming to my sister Sharon’s recital on campus as a kid,” Crosby said. “She was the first person I can remember coming to UMHB. I saw her experience, and I knew I wanted to go here.”
He was not alone. His niece Rebekah Crosby Deris ’99 had enrolled a few years earlier. “I thought it was really cool for him...
Exactly who is this masked man doing back flips and crazy dance moves during football and basketball games? UMHB Life investigates.
By James Stafford
He steals the show at athletic events and pep rallies, but who is the man behind the CRUnk mask?
Larry Stitle may not look like a cheerleader, but at 6’ 6” he looks every bit the basketball player that he was throughout his high school career, even winning the state championship his junior year.
“I wanted to be a mascot in high school, but I was always playing basketball,”...
In 1968, basketball coach Carole Smith ’65 selected a nickname for her team. Little did she know that name would become the official school mascot.
By Jennifer Meers Jones ’08
When you drive around campus, evidence of the Crusader mascot is everywhere, from the road sign marking Crusader Way to the Cru Athletics emblems adorning the sports complexes to the Crusader statue outside Mayborn Campus Center.
For Dr. Carole Smith ’65, all of this takes on a special meaning, because she was the one who chose the...
Bonnie Ernst Hearon and Tom Hearon
Bonnie Ernst Hearon graduated from UMHB in 1973 and eventually joined the staff of Texas A&M University. She took a group of students on a mission trip to Brazil and felt God nudging her. “It was while I was in Brazil that God really spoke to my heart about being involved in missions for a lifetime. That was really when I felt my calling.”
She completed that year at A&M and went on to seminary, where she met her husband, Tom. “We were both focused on eventually going overseas for mission...
Rachel Lewis graduated from UMHB in May 2016 with a major in Art, a minor in Psychology, and a heart for the Gospel. In March, Lewis will move into a full-time role with the Signs of Love ministry as it serves the hearing-impaired in Honduras. “I’m going to be doing art therapy with the deaf to help them deal with the hard emotional issues that all of them have but that are very difficult for them to express with language,” she said.
The culture in Honduras can be very unkind to the hearing-impaired. “People are not educated about...
Dr. Brandon Skaggs ’03
Jeff Sutton ’07
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor has announced that Dr. Brandon Skaggs has been promoted to the position of vice president for student life and Jeff Sutton will join the Development Department as the director of alumni relations. Both transitioned to their new positions on January 2, 2017.
Skaggs joined the administration of the university in January 2016 as director of alumni relations and has more than 10 years of experience in Christian higher education administration. A 2003 UMHB...
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s volleyball team earned the second place title at the 2016 American Southwest Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament after playing the UT Dallas Comets on November 5, 2016. Junior Natasha Evans led all athletes in the tournament with 163 assists; sophomore Maddie Frerich was the tournament’s leading blocker with 24; and freshman Sarah Paolini had a third-best performance in points with 67.5. The UMHB team had a strong finish to the season with a 20-11 record.
The UMHB Alumni Association has named Norman Niesen and Jack Phelps honorary alumni. Honorary membership is given to individuals who, although not graduates of the University, exhibit love and loyalty to the school in various ways.
Norman Niesen’s wife, Dorothy
“Lane” Niesen, received her degree from UMHB in 1948. They met while Dorothy was in school at UMHB, and Norman was a soldier at Fort Hood. Just prior to graduation, Norman proposed to Dorothy on the steps of Stribling Hall, where he had sat with her many times before curfew....
On October 21 and 22, 2016, UMHB celebrated its Homecoming. Hundreds of alumni journeyed back to campus to enjoy fun activities, traditions, and special events.
Homecoming kicked off Friday afternoon with a carnival in Millennium Oaks Park. The carnival featured rides, games, and refreshments, and it served to reunite many alumni for the first time. This included former UMHB tennis play-er Jose Artiles ‘86, who traveled from Spain to Belton to celebrate his 30th reunion with friends and his UMHB tennis coach, James Cohagan.
On Saturday, October 22, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held a special ceremony retiring the jersey number of standout alumnus Jerrell Freeman during halftime of the Cru’s Homecoming game against Hardin-Simmons University.
The ceremony began with a video celebrating Freeman’s football career, from his first season at UMHB to his current play for the Chicago Bears. Following the video, Freeman was joined at midfield by his parents, Angela and Jimmy Freeman, UMHB President and First Lady Randy and Julie O’Rear, Cru Vice President for...
Cru football wins national championship:
For the first time in program history, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team became NCAA Division III National Champions on Friday, December 16, following a 10-7 victory over the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans in the 2016 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, held in Salem, Virginia.
The playoff season began for the Cru on November 19 with a 50-28 victory over the Redlands Bulldogs in Crusader Stadium. This win advanced the Cru to the second round of playoffs, where they beat Linfield College 27-10 on November...
Life Lessons Learned in Theatre:
Last fall, the Department of Music presented the UMHB Opera Theatre production of the 2016 Broadway Revue, and the production featured hits from Broadway classics like Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, and Kiss Me Kate. It was directed by George and Penny Hogan, who also served as conductor and stage director, respectively, and the numbers were performed by student vocalists. Six of these vocalists gathered recently to discuss the performance and what...
Why Church History Matters in an Undergraduate Curriculum:
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” When William Faulkner wrote this line in his novel Requiem for a Nun, he conveyed the notion that history matters because the past actively resonates in and shapes the present. When it comes to education, though, students often don’t see the point of studying history, especially when they are convinced the present is what really matters. Dr. Carol Holcomb, professor of Christian Studies at UMHB, is quite familiar with these issues...