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The Scott & White College of Nursing moves into the state-of-the-art Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center

PLUS: Men’s basketball advances to National Championship | University launches new athletic logo

B I G P I C T U R E | The campus community was invited to sign the steel beam that would be placed at the highest point of the student union and stadium complex. This final beam was set in place during a Topping Out ceremony March 14, completing the foundational structure of the new student union building and Crusader Stadium.

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5| C A M P US L I F E University launches new athletic logo, Momentum campaign raises $40.9 million to date, Charter Day 2013 festivities, and more

10| AT H L E T I C L I F E Men’s basketball team advances to the national championship, women’s golf nationally ranked. 11| P H I L A N T H R O P Y Drayton McLane, Jr., awarded prestigious Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal for his outstanding contributions to Texas higher education 24| A LU M N I L I F E Check out what’s happening in the lives of alumni and their families— plus profiles on Mateo Gamboa ’11, Amy Eason Beskow ’06, and Mary Pate ’76 and Linda Pate Dufner ’76.



F E A T U R E S B U I L D I N G T H E F U T U R E |12 The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center opened its doors for the first time this spring. Learn more about about the state-of-the-art facility and take a photo tour of the building. CO F F E E M U GS & S O N I C C U P S |18 Brittany Pumphrey ’15 sits down with five prolific UMHB professors to discuss teaching Shaq, raising longhorns, and everything in between.

O N T H E COV E R | J1 nursing students Kelsey DeLaRosa and Megan Chapman are among the first group of students who will use the new nursing education center during the entire course of their time in the Scott & White College of Nursing program. P H O T O BY J E N N I F E R M E E R S J ON E S ’0 8

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Lindsey Villerreal ’10 sported an alumni t-shirt as she worked at Tees Valley Youth for Christ in England.

Mary Beth Kelton ’10, MBA ’12, along with other Young Alumni Board members, is planning and helping host Senior Social, an event for graduating seniors, this April. Mary Beth’s co-workers know she is a #trucrualumni, because on her birthday they decorated her entire cubicle in purple.

Leslie Cross Ayuko '10 and her husband, Billy, traveled from Murang'a, Kenya, to come visit with Leslie's professors, and to check out the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House and UMHB's new facilities.

Teaven Barnum ’10 named his dog Sader.

Skeeta Jenkins ‘00, MBA ’08, Stephanie Gadeken Ray ‘09, and Stuart Platt ’09 returned to campus to serve as Crusader Knights judges. Mark Leech ‘07 serves as the contest’s auditor.

Jake McGinnis ’11 has a TRU CRU license plate.

Charlie Barganier ’97 had a UMHB ornament on his Christmas tree.


Congratulations to #trucrualumni Daniel Rowe ’09, winner of the Design our Alumni Seal contest.

Name and date: unique to our university

Horizon line: mindful of the sun rising on alums worldwide

Chapel: consistent with existing university branding

Dubbing phrase: symbolic of our lives as Crusaders


Following the Feb. 14 press conference, students proudly wore T-shirts displaying the new logo.

University launches a new athletic logo to rave reviews in February B Y B R I T TA N Y P U M P H R E Y ’15 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 pride in a great tradition,” Mann said. “We chose to make the face unseen inside the closed helmet so that it represents all of our athletes—men and women of all ethnic backgrounds—because at UMHB, wherever we come from, we are all Crusaders.” The new logo will be used in various forms on uniforms, helmets, and other athletic apparel. These designs were modeled by student athletes during the February press conference. Junior nursing major Deanna Dawdy said she is pleased with the logo, which was designed by Woodward Creative Group in Temple. “This new logo reminds me of how proud I am to be a Crusader. It came at the perfect time. I like how the school colors are used to distinguish the mascot and the letters. It looks great!” Dawdy said. The university has continued to experience an unprecedented growth in enrollment, and the new logo is one of several changes introduced on campus this year, such as the new visual arts and nursing facilities and the current construction on the student union building and Crusader Stadium. Sophomore education major Kathryn Smith said she feels that now is a particularly fitting time for the university to unveil the new logo. “It’s somewhat of a symbol for all of the new and exciting changes being made throughout the campus,” she said. “This is an awesome time to be a Crusader because we get to experience the school in this state of progress. This logo is a great start to what’s to come at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.”

“We wanted an image that would convey a sense of honor and pride in a great tradition. We chose to make the face unseen inside the closed helmet so that it represents all of our athletes—men and women of all ethnic backgrounds—because at UMHB, wherever we come from, we are all Crusaders.” — R A N DY M A N N , UMHB Athletic Director



Melissa Bragg was named director of gift planning in March. Bragg earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and her MBA from Texas A&M-Central Texas. She also holds a law degree from Texas Tech and is a licensed attorney. She lives in Belton with her husband, Jeff, and their one-year-old son, Preston. Stephanie Glorioso was named assistant director of development services in January. Glorioso earned her Bachelor of Business degree in accounting from UMHB in 1987 and her CPA in 1990. She previously worked at a CPA firm in Temple. She lives in Temple with her husband, David, and their children Kristin, 17; Collin, 15; and Colette, 14.



Trip to Independence reunites One Voice/New Edition members On Sunday, March 3, the day after many across the state celebrated Texas Independence Day, students and alumni traveled to historic Independence, Texas, where UMHB was chartered in 1845 under the Republic of Texas. “It is so important for us, as a university, to remember our roots,” assistant director of alumni relations Dani Beth Crosby said. “This event was an opportunity for alumni to reconnect at the actual birthplace of our university.” Many alumni, students, friends of the university, and Independence community members attended a reception at Old Baylor and attended a church service and concert at Independence Baptist Church (the same church students from Baylor College’s male and female departments attended when the school was located in Independence). The event also served as a reunion for the One Voice/New Edition choir alumni. Along with current One Voice members, 23 of the choir’s alumni attended. Both past and present members joined together to perform a special concert for the other students and alumni in attendance. Former One Voice director Dr. David Guess ’83 and current director Matt Crosby ’01 directed the concert.

Momentum: The Campaign for Mary Hardin-Baylor has been living up to its name in the early months of 2013 as excitement has grown about the array of projects supported by the campaign. Since the public launch of the campaign in May 2012, alumni and friends of UMHB have pledged or given $40.9 million in support of student scholarships, the university endowment, and facilities called for in the Campus Master Plan. With the support of campaign gifts, three facilities were completed in 2012-13: a field house addition, a visual arts center, and a nursing education center. Construction of Crusader Stadium and the adjoining student union building is well underway, with the stadium scheduled to be finished in time for the fall 2013 football season and the SUB opening shortly thereafter. Now, with construction on these facilities nearing completion and plans taking shape for a new performing arts center, there’s never been a better time to support UMHB with a gift. To learn how you can be a part of the momentum, contact Brent Davison, Vice President for Development, at 254-295-5044 or



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Andrea Palpant Dilley (left) takes audience questions about the events that inspired her memoir, Faith and Other Flat Tires. Leslie Leyland Fields reads an excerpt from her book The Spirit of Food.


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Festival inspires young writers B Y N I C O L E J O H N S O N ’13 Authors from across the country spoke at the annual Writer’s Festival hosted by UMHB’s literary journal, Windhover. The event was held on Feb. 6-8 and featured numerous distinguished writers including Ron Hansen, Leslie Leyland Fields, and Andrea Palpant Dilley. Hansen was educated in English literature at Creighton University. He is the author of eight novels, including The Assassination of Jesse James. He has been nominated twice for a PEN/Faulkner Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award for his novel Atticus. Fields is the author and editor of eight creative nonfiction books, including The Spirit of Food, Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Far Edge of America, and Parenting is Your Highest Calling . . . and Eight Other Myths. As a documentary producer, Dilley has had work aired nationally on American Public Television. Her memoir, Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt, tells the story of her faith journey. Senior English major Faith Forester attended several panels and presentations that allowed poets and writers to read their works. She also presented a short non-fiction piece called “Pretense” at Open Mic Night. “I believe I’m called to be a writer. Attending the Writers Festival and being able to talk to all the authors about their work, and who I am as a young writer, was very inspiring,” she said. Forester attended writing workshops with Fields and Hansen. “The workshop with Fields was geared toward writing non-fiction. Writing is like the burden that’s put on you from your experiences. It’s your duty, if you’re a writer, to tell the world your experiences.” Over 200 students attended the Writer’s Festival. With spiritual memoir workshops, band performances, Open Mic night, and the George Nixon Memorial Lecture, there was something for everyone. “I think there’s a commonality we can all share when we hear these writers’ work about the human experience,” Forester said. “They are sharing their life through their work. And I think anyone can relate to that.”

We asked on Facebook: Which class at UMHB was your all-time favorite? What made it so outstanding? New Testament Honors with Dr. Martin. First ‘A’ I made in college, and the beginning of a great relationship with an awesome professor who has made a HUGE impact in my life! —NAOMI FLORES ‘14

Too long ago to remember his name, but history class with the professor who looked like Mark Twain. The desks in the room were the neatest also—old wood ones where everyone carved their names in the top. — MELISSA LEE SMITH ’93

Phil Dunham’s art classes. I don’t even remember the names of the classes, as much as his push to explore potential. —ANDY HELMS ’01 Wait, we were supposed to attend classes??? I thought Revival Steering Committee, RHA, Easter Pageant, Focus and Chapel were the classes! Okay, just kidding... Dr. Kemp’s Old Testament class, for sure. — WAYNE ROARK ’02

Old and New Testament with Dr. Oldham. They were two of the most challenging classes I’ve ever taken, but I own my faith now and can defend it after being a part of those two classes. — KRISTEN KING VON GONTEN ’06



Quoted “Being only the second UMHB student to ever qualify for the American Forensic Association tournament is a huge honor. I learned so much from my coach, my fellow forensicators, and my judges. I plan to use what I learned at this tournament to continue improving my skills even more for upcoming competitions.” — R E B ECC A M AU L , a freshman nursing major, who qualified for the American Forensic Association (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament, held April 6-8 in Hutchinson, Kan. Nationwide, only about 150 students qualify each year. Rebecca is the second UMHB student to ever qualify for AFA.

University celebrates its 168th year This year’s Charter Day combined time-honored traditions, such as laying the wreath on Judge Baylor’s grave, with newer events, like the campus-wide birthday party. New to the mix this year was a social media contest sponsored by the Alumni Association and Student Foundation. Snapshot Jackpot invited current students to visit the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House to take a creative photo of themselves inside the building. Once they posted the photo to social media, they were entered into the contest. The photos with the most “likes” on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram won a $50 prize. The most creative photo also won a $50 prize. “This was a fun way to get current students excited about Charter Day. We had great participation—one of the photos received 164 ‘likes’ on Instagram,” assistant director of alumni relations Dani Beth Crosby said. “UMHB has such a rich history, and Charter Day is a great day to celebrate how far we have come as a university,” said Student Foundation president Anna Payne, who helped coordinate the day’s events. “It is impressive that we have maintained relevance as an institution for so long. Charter Day is a reminder of how we have persevered through the years.”

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Social Work Pinning, Lord Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. Education Pinning, Manning Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Nurses Pinning, W. W. Walton Chapel, 7 p.m. Spring Commencement, Bell County Expo Center, 10 a.m. Minimester registration & classes begin Memorial Day (campus closed)


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Summer I registration & classes begin (day and evening) All-State Choir Camp, Hughes Recital Hall, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Swim Camp – Session I Swim Camp – Session II

S NA PSHO T JACKPOT // More than 50 photos were posted on social media using #umhbcharterday13. The winning photos are below:

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Summer II registration & classes begin (day and evening) July 4th holiday (campus closed) Swim Camp – Session III Youth Summer Musical Camp, Cultural Activities Center, Temple Youth Summer Musical, CAC, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Youth Summer Musical, CAC, 2 p.m.



Clockwise from top left: President and First Lady Randy and Julie O’Rear pray with students in front of Judge Baylor’s grave; the university community celebrates the college’s 168th birthday with a party in the Mabee Student Union Building; signs around campus encourage students to participate in Snapshot Jackpot; Campus Activities Board member Kia Torres laughs with friends while handing out cupcakes.

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James Allen and Brian Todd fight for a rebound in the first half of the NCAA Division III National Championship Game in Atlanta, Ga., on April 7.

Men’s basketball first Texas team to play for National Championship


Ken DeWeese named national coach of the year In the midst of the best season in the history of the men’s basketball team, Cru head coach Ken DeWeese was named’s National Coach of the Year, ASC West Division’s Coach of the Year, and the 2013 Schelde North America/DIII News Coach of the Year. DIII News has named a Coach of the Year every season since 1993-94. DeWeese is the first coach from the ASC to capture the award. “Ken did a great job with his team this season, first going through a tough conference schedule and then taking his team to the national title game,” said DIII News editor and publisher Gary Rubin. “This is an absolute extreme honor. I am humbled and honored,” DeWeese said following the announcement.



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 opponents after opening the postseason with a 25-point win over conference rival Concordia Texas. The team then headed off to Spokane, Wash., for another rematch of a regular season game with the Sectional Round match-up at Whitworth University. UMHB posted a 71-63 victory, scoring 17 of the game’s final 20 points to move into the National Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Cru went on to beat St. Mary’s 69-66 in the National Quarterfinals, setting up a showdown with top-ranked St. Thomas in the Semifinals. UMHB was down by 14 with 10:22 remaining, but outscored the Tommies 34-13 the rest of the way, punching UMHB’s ticket to the title game. “To come back after being down so much to beat the #1 team in the country, and to see the look on people’s faces, I think that has to be the most memorable moment for me,” junior forward Kitrick Bell said. The clock struck midnight on the Cru’s Cinderella story with an 87-70 loss to Amherst in the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Game Sunday, April 7, in Atlanta. “I thought we played pretty well defensively, holding them to 41 percent shooting,” said Cru Head Coach Ken DeWeese. “But for some reason we just couldn’t score the way we usually do. I thought we had some good looks, but the shots just didn’t go down. I give Amherst a lot of credit; they are very deserving national champions.” The game was played in front of 6,250 fans at Philips Arena in conjunction with the Division I Final Four and Division II National Championship Game as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Men’s Basketball Tournament. More than 300 UMHB students made the trip, along with a large contingent of administrators, employees, friends, and families, to provide an incredible atmosphere for the title game. The game was also televised on CBS Sports Network. “Everything this postseason is something I will never forget,” senior wing Cory Meals said. “Everyone dreams of making it to the national championship, and we knew it would be difficult. We worked so hard to get here, and I’m just thankful to have had the opportunity.”


Drayton McLane, Jr. (center), displays the Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal he was awarded during a luncheon in Austin. He is joined by UMHB President Randy O’Rear and Baylor President Ken Starr, who jointly nominated McLane for the honor.

McLane awarded for outstanding contributions to Texas higher ed On Jan. 23, the prestigious Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal was awarded to Drayton McLane, Jr., for extraordinary contributions to higher education in Texas. The award was presented to McLane by UMHB President Randy O’Rear and Baylor President Ken Starr, who jointly nominated McLane for the honor. The medal is awarded annually by members of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors, and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. In accepting the award at an awards luncheon in Austin, McLane told the group, “Investing in higher education will provide rewards and dividends beyond anything you can do in life.” In his letter of nomination, Dr. O’Rear noted that the McLane family has given of their time, resources, and expertise to further the mission of UMHB and many other Texas institutions. “Strategic and visionary gifts from the McLane family have led to the addition of important capital projects for the campus, such as the York Science Center, McLane Dorm, Parker Academic Center, and most recently, Crusader Stadium. The family’s gifts for scholarships have helped make UMHB an affordable option for many students who might not have otherwise been able to afford tuition. . . . Drayton McLane, Jr., and his family live their lives in such a way that those around them are inspired by their generosity, leadership, and integrity. The McLane family’s willingness to draw upon personal associations with prominent leaders and organizations across the nation has helped raise the stature of UMHB in many ways.” McLane earned his BBA in management from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Today, he is chairman of the McLane Group and CEO of McLane Advanced Technologies, located in Temple, Texas. McLane is the former CEO/owner of the Houston Astros Baseball Club, which he purchased in 1992 and sold in 2011. His many awards include the Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo and Distinguished Citizen’s Award, the Leadership Houston Distinguished Leadership Award, the Houston Community Partners Father of the Year Award, and the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award. He also has been inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons and five grandsons.

“Drayton McLane, Jr., and his family live their lives in such a way that those around them are inspired by their generosity, leadership, and integrity. The McLane family’s willingness to draw upon personal associations with prominent leaders and organizations across the nation has helped raise the stature of UMHB in many ways.” — DR. R ANDY O’REAR President



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The college of nursing seeks to produce world changers thro 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 as a place for



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students to pause for a moment of prayer, but it also is a symbol of what the university and the College of Nursing represent. “When parents and families come to UMHB, their number one question is, ‘Why should I send my student to Mary Hardin-Baylor when I can get the same type of education 30 minutes from here and pay half as much?’” Souter said. “I tell them it’s because of that room—that room and what it represents.”

The students who come through the nursing program aren’t just there to learn how to treat symptoms. They are there to serve the whole patient, including the patient’s spiritual needs.

Faith-Based Learning “To me, having the chapel lays the foundation that God is first here,” said senior nursing major, Anna Burnstad. “Nursing school is stressful. It’s great to have all of the computer labs and simulation labs and have available

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instructors. But sometimes you need that little piece of quiet where you can just catch your breath for five minutes and remember that there’s a reason that you’re there at the Scott & White College of Nursing. It’s because God has called you there.” While the chapel provides much needed tranquility in an intense learning environment, the students find other ways outside of the stained glass walls to support each other and live out their faith.

“The students pray before tests, they pray for each other,” Souter said. And possibly the biggest influence their faith has is on those whose lives they heal and touch. “One of our students came in from clinicals, and he was really excited,” Souter said. “Typically, when male students are excited it’s because they got to go back to the OR or they got to start an IV or something. But he said, ‘Dr. Souter, I had such a great time at clinicals today.’ And I said,

‘Really, Andrew. What’d you get to do?’ And he said, ‘I got to pray with my patient.’” That story is the epitome of Christianity in the nursing program, Souter said. And it’s what sets UMHB apart from other nursing programs in the country.

State-of-the-art Facilities With the opening of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, another distinctive of



the UMHB program is the high-tech setting where students learn. Not only is there a fully-functioning simulated hospital complete with an emergency room, a Critical Care Unit, and a labor and delivery suite, but there are also rooms filled with real hospital beds and sophisticated mannequins that can sweat, breathe, bleed, and even cry. “Getting such a high-tech, realistic experience in the program makes it easier to enter a hospital situation— whether that’s in clinicals or as you’re following your career,” Burnstad said. “You can say, ‘I’ve seen this before. I know what to do.’” The senior nursing student, who will graduate this spring, said that in the nursing program’s previous



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facilities, students would have to pretend to be in the hospital, administering oxygen by connecting tubing to a picture on the wall. “With the new facilities, it looks and feels like the real thing because it is the real thing,” Burnstad said.

Vision for the Future Souter and many others have made sure that the new nursing education center is a state-of-the-art, futureproof building that will meet the needs of a growing number of nursing students. “We really tried to be visionary,” the dean said. “We toured several newer nursing education centers in the state and across the country. We went to the University of Michigan and Johns

Hopkins and other places to see how others were doing it well and to hear stories of what they wish they had done differently.” The team that set out to create a one-of-a-kind, high-tech facility also researched the best classroom designs for fostering teamwork and good communication. Souter also wanted the learning environment to be as realistic as possible. “I wanted the building to be so state-of-the-art that, when students walked in, they would have the same apprehensiveness that they have when they go into the hospital,” she said. “And we wanted the building to be real and high-tech enough that, when they went anywhere else, nothing would surprise them.”

According to Souter, the new nursing education center allows the students to experience the reality of what they will face in the hospital, with the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. One aspect of the new building that the dean is most excited about is that the faculty can now remove themselves from the environment and truly hand over a “patient” to a nurse-in-training. “What was happening before was that the nursing faculty couldn’t get out of the environment and control the mannequins,” she said. “We’re nurses, too, so when a student was about to make a big mistake we’d flinch.” Now, through a control room,

professors can view what their students are doing and control what happens with the simulation mannequins. At the same time the faculty are controlling the scenario, the future nurses are putting their skills to the test and being recorded through a system of cameras. “When the scenario is complete, we go to the debriefing room and see exactly what they did,” Souter said. “I want the students to be able to think critically, and the simulated scenarios help them do just that.”

World Changers With the new building already serving 468 students, and more than 670 declared nursing majors on campus, it is safe to say that the college of nurs-

ing will be turning out large numbers of highly-skilled nurses in the future, which will help relieve the current nursing shortage. Souter and the rest of the faculty in the college of nursing want their students to use the new facilities available to them to not only become the best and brightest and help ease the need for more highly-educated nurses, but they also want their students to use their skills to make a real difference. “I want this building to help us put out graduates who are world changers,” Souter said. “Nursing needs world changers.” To take a photo tour of the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, please turn to page 16.






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1. The main lobby features an information desk for visitors and students; a flat screen television which displays campus announcements, news, and weather; and a soothing water feature. 2. The chapel offers a quiet place for students to retreat to pray. Stained glass windows featuring Christian symbols and the lamp of learning contribute to the peaceful atmosphere. 3. The third floor lobby’s floor-toceiling windows provide one of the best views of campus. 4. The Leroy and Merle Weir Lecture Hall seats over 200 students. Each seat has a dedicated power outlet, wired internet connection, and microphones which are positioned between each pair of seats. The SMART Podium allows instructors and guest lecturers to interact with their presentation that is displayed on dual drop down projection screens. 5. The Physical Diagnosis Lab has 12 exam tables. Students use the same equipment that they will see in the clinical setting. Student nurses are able to gather at the tables in the center of the lab, receive instruction on a particular skill, and immediately move to the








exam tables to practice these skills. 6. In the main lobby, an interactive kiosk station provides the schedule for the building and campus. Directory information is also available to allow guests to find office numbers for faculty and staff. 7. Two skills labs on the second floor feature a total of 24 beds and 12 mannequins. Students are able to use these labs throughout the program to learn and practice basic nursing skills like IV sticks and catheterization. The mannequins in the labs have pulses and realistic heart and lung sounds, among other features. 8. The simulation hospital provides a realistic environment for learning. It includes ten high fidelity simulation mannequins including SimMom (who is able to give birth) and SimNewB (a newborn simulator). These mannequins can speak, breath, bleed, seize, and much more. The nurses’ station in the middle of the hospital allows nurses to chart the patient’s progress using electronic health record software. Video and audio recordings allow students to receive immediate feedback after the simulations in a debriefing room.


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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 with five such Mary Hardin-Baylor instructors to delve into what makes them tick. What led them into their chosen field, and what research and projects keep them passionate about that topic year after year? We entered each of these professors’ worlds—sitting with them in their offices, musing over little clues to who they really are—from the history professor’s cluttered but cozy office, to the journalism professor’s perfectly organized work space. Through our conversations, we discovered the professors were as diverse as their drink preferences—from coffee mugs to Sonic cups. 18


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Communication professor Dr. Kerry Owens is an animated man with an easy laugh. His office environment is laid back, with a collage of pictures of his two children taped on the doorframe and a few spare brown loafers sitting in the corner—for emergency situations where extra shoes might be needed, he explained. A coffee mug sits next to his computer with coffee rings circling the paper underneath. While describing his “natural environment,” he jokingly holds up a Hershey’s bar, a standard feature of his office environment. A FAMILY AFFAIR You could say that UMHB is in Owen’s blood. He comes from a long line of Mary Hardin-Baylor connections. “My mother is a graduate and has taught in the College of Education for 38 years,” Owens begins, adding that his wife, Kathy, is also a communication professor at the university. But the connections don’t stop there. “My father was a Campus Boy back before the school was co-educational. He was able to go here for two years tuition-free with room and board paid in return for work. And his parents,

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my grandparents, were both custodians on campus, so, essentially, for as long as I can remember, I have been connected to Mary Hardin-Baylor. I practically grew up on this campus as a child.” TEACHING HAS ITS PERKS Owens earned journalism and communication degrees from Baylor, then attended LSU for graduate school. He previously worked as a journalist for the Temple Daily Telegram, but says he found his true calling interacting with students in the classroom. “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students who are absolutely terrified to stand in front of an audience overcome that fear and learn to present their thoughts in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.” Plus, Owens adds with a smile, teaching does have its perks. He taught basketball great Shaquille O’Neal while he was a professor at Louisiana State University and taught current Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman here at UMHB. “So taking my public speaking course is practically the fast track to professional athletic stardom,” he laughs.

A HISTORICAL NARRATIVE This summer, Owens will devote his time to another passion: his research on the role of public communication in the Civil Rights Movement. “I have been interested in this topic since I was in graduate school, and I wrote my dissertation on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X,” he said. “In particular, I have had a specific interest in how King and Malcolm X’s speeches work together to help contribute to the historical narrative we use to define the Civil Rights Movement.” Owens plans to compile his research into a publication-length manuscript titled Mythmaking in the Civil Rights Movement: The Case of Malcolm X. “I hope that by studying X’s writings and speeches, I can offer some insight into the overall mythic structure he uses to explain the history of African Americans, the role African Americans play in society, and the way that they fit into the overall American story. There’s a lot about the Civil Rights Movement that doesn’t get as much scholarly attention as I think it should. So hopefully anything that I can add will be a good thing.”



dr. chrisann merriman M A R K E T I N G P R O F ESS O R

Stepping inside marketing professor Dr. Chrisann Merriman‘s office, the first thing you might notice are the framed longhorn pictures hanging on the wall behind her chair and the abundance of books lining her shelves. And among the array of papers on her desk, you would be likely to find a Sonic cup. Asked if it is too warm for coffee, she laughs. Apparently, the marketing professor, who is known for her charismatic, energetic personality, gets asked quite frequently how much coffee she drinks. With a huge smile she proudly declares, “None at all!” MORE TEXAN THAN TEXANS Merriman is originally from New Hampshire, where she worked for a high-tech marketing company. She 20


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was transferred to Texas ten years ago, and she found she loved the state— particularly its warm weather, which is in sharp contrast to the frigid New Hampshire winters she was accustomed to. “After about a year, my company wanted me back in New Hampshire, but I told them, ‘the weather’s just too nice down here!’ We’ve lived here nearly a decade now, and a lot of people think we’re more Texan than Texans,” she says. Glancing up at the longhorn pictures framed on her wall, she explains that she, along with her husband, Kelly, and son, Owen, raise eight longhorns on 14 acres in Belton. THE START OF SOMETHING GREAT Merriman will spend this summer working on a research project, thanks to the UMHB Faculty Summer Leave Grant. The research focuses on digital badges, which she describes as a portable online portfolio. These badges are obtained when students reach certain skill sets, including completing a course, conducting research, or working with a client. The badges are connected to LinkedIn,

which can help students find jobs once they graduate. Because the badges are digital, students can continue using them well after graduation. “Later on, as technology evolves or things change, graduates can go back and take a class or professional development course, or take a test by a third party to verify their knowledge and skills. They can update their badges, which will be extra credentials, basically.” These badges are a new concept, and Merriman’s goal is to work them into the UMHB marketing curriculum this fall. There will be a pilot study on marketing students to determine if the badges help students get a job. If successful, this could be the start of something great not just at UMHB, but potentially on other campuses, as well. THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS So if Merriman doesn’t drink coffee, what, then, is the source of her energy? “We all have our off-days, but for the most part I’m happy with life,” she says. “I’m not saying everything is perfect, but it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you deal with it. Happiness is a choice you make every day.”


Communication professor Vicky Kendig’s neatly organized office reveals many of the great passions of her life. Her bookshelves are filled with framed family portraits next to photos of newspaper staffs from years past. Numerous plaques and awards are proudly displayed around her office, including awards for sweepstakes and best all-around student newspaper. There is no coffee mug to be seen. Not even a water bottle or old restaurant cup can be found. But even in such a tidy space, a stack of newspapers to the right side of her desk makes it clear that she is a journalism professor. She explains that she collects newspapers from all over the world. “I have papers from countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Korea, India, Taiwan, China, and many more. Students bring me papers from places they visit, and when I am given one from a new country, you would think I was a kid in a candy store.” LITTLE DID SHE KNOW… Kendig began her tenure at UMHB in 2001, although this was not her first

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encounter with the university. As a child, Kendig lived in Fort Smith, Ark., and her best friend was related to the family for whom Wells Science Hall was named. “My friend’s family used to come to Belton all the time to visit family. When I was about eight years old, I begged my dad to let me come out and visit the campus. I remember the big tall trees and how beautiful it was, even at that time.” Little did she know that decades later she would find herself back on UMHB’s campus as a professor. A HEART FOR STUDENTS Conversations with Kendig always seem to turn to The Bells, UMHB’s school newspaper, which she has advised since 2001. It is clear that her true passion is helping guide her students from apprehensive first-year journalism students into budding reporters. She has been known to recruit many promising young writers from her classes onto The Bells staff. She smiles as she recalls the surprise she received in 2006, when she was

named Adviser of the Year during the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference she and her students attend each spring. “I was secretly nominated by my students and didn’t find out that I received the award until my name was called at the awards ceremony at the end of the weekend. The award means so much to me because I know that it came from my students.” DIGGING THROUGH THE ARCHIVES In her spare time, Kendig is working on an ongoing project about the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM). This worldwide organization traces its roots back to UMHB, where the very first chapter was chartered in 1922. Eventually, she would like to publish her research in a book. But for now, she plans to publish the two history chapters as articles. “We’ve had some really interesting things start at UMHB. This campus has been blessed with a lot of unusual, great things that have come out of it. I love bringing attention to these little nuggets of school history. It’s fascinating.” F E A T U R E S


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History and political science professor Dr. David Holcomb warmly greets visitors to his small, cozy office on the third floor of Heard Hall. Camouflaged in the piles of papers on his desk is a coffee mug that he typically sips as he visits with students. Holcomb is known for his challenging and thought-provoking lectures, which demonstrate his passion for diving into the complexities of controversial topics such as religion and politics. But he is equally known among his students for his sense of humor. “I have a cheesy, corny sense of humor that I torture my students with on a regular basis. I get a lot of eye rolls in the classroom,” he laughs. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE Holcomb has coordinated the UMHB London Studies program since 2007. Each spring semester, the program gives ten students the opportunity to study abroad in London. During that time, students take a full load of classes, instructed by both British and American faculty. Every Friday, they take trips to places such



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as Canterbury and Hampton Court. Weekly theater and musical productions are also part of the London Studies program curriculum. Holcomb had a similar experience as a student at William Jewel College in Missouri, so coordinating the program felt like a natural fit. “One of the most significant events during my undergraduate career was the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Oxford, England,” he says. “I was able to take courses in the British tutorial fashion under some brilliant Oxford professors. My tutor in the French Revolution could read and write in 24 different languages!” Once his semester abroad ended, Holcomb and his roommate spent a month backpacking through Europe: traveling to Amsterdam, visiting the Christmas markets in Germany, skiing the Alps in Switzerland, visiting the Louvre in Paris, and attending Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican. “It was an amazing and, in many ways, transformative experience. I find directing the London Studies Program very gratifying because I get

to see UMHB students have some of the same meaningful experiences I enjoyed as a college student. Whether it’s for missions or academic purposes, traveling abroad really gives people an important perspective on their lives and the world.” GUARDIAN OF THE WALL Holcomb is currently under contract with Lexington Books to publish his book, Guardian of the Wall: Leo Pfeffer and the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, which is an expanded and revised version of his doctoral dissertation. He first became acquainted with Leo Pfeffer’s work while he was in graduate school at Baylor. During Pfeffer’s career, which spanned the 1940s to the 1980s, he argued more First Amendment religion clause cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than anyone else in history. “The thing that attracted me to this topic was Pfeffer’s influence on church-state law,” he said. “I hope that I can convey through this book how relevant his arguments remain to our current debates over the proper role of religion in public life.”

helen kwaitkowski A R T P R O F ESS O R

Helen Kwaitkowski’s office in the new Baugh Center for the Visual Arts is clearly that of an art professor. Her paintings line the walls while student art projects sit drying on a table nearby. A little coffee maker and several coffee mugs make their home in the corner, while a paint-splattered travel mug sits on her desk. “Moving into this building was such a long time coming that it just feels right, like we’ve always been here,” she says. “And my office is sloppy enough now—it’s piled up with enough stuff that it feels like I’ve been here for a while.” LITTLE HELEN Kwaitkowski never considered becoming an artist growing up. It wasn’t until she took her first drawing class in college that she decided to change her major from pre-med and “never looked back.” Her most acclaimed works are the approximately 40 paintings included in her Little Helen series, which feature images of Kwaitkowski as a child. “The series started so innocently,” she said. “I was just trying to get

through this period of mourning when my dad died. I decided to do a couple of these paintings, but here I am 14 years later, still painting them. The character has now become more of a platform to address things that trouble me, but they don’t look that way because of the bright colors and the little Helen character.” POETIC PAUSE Kwaitkowski will spend this summer working on a limited edition art book, which will compile many of her Little Helen paintings into hand-bound books. This is her third summer leave grant from UMHB. In 2007, the grant made it possible for Kwaitkowski to embark on a month-long stay in Paducah, Ky. During her time there, she stayed at A.I.R. Studio as a participant in their working artist-in-residence program. “I wanted to go to a place where I could be completely anonymous so that I could get a really honest, fresh take on my work. That’s when I first started thinking about putting the Little Helen series into a book.” Once the project is completed, she

plans to display the books in a gallery exhibition, along with her Little Helen paintings. “I think enough time has gone by that I need a poetic pause to look at the work, what it was, what it is, and what it will become. At this point, I don’t know if this book is the beginning of a change or just a continuation, but I don’t think I will ever be completely done with the series.” A PEACEFUL ENDEAVOR Five years ago, Kwaitkowski started the annual Art of Peace Festival, which is a community gathering of artists, poets, and musicians to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton. Kwaitkowski also hosts an annual on-campus service celebrating the International Day of Peace, which gives art students the opportunity to take part in an international project called “Pinwheels for Peace.” Each fall, hundreds of these colorful, painted pinwheels are displayed on campus. “The idea is to have the pinwheels spinning all over the globe to show an international prayer for peace. That collective energy helps heal the world.”



The men’s basketball team is welcomed home after securing their spot in the Division III National Championships, Saturday, March 23, in Salem, Va. The Cru defeated the #1 team in the country, St. Thomas (MN), earning the program’s first berth in the national title game.


Anita Dugger Kelley is the food manager for the food bank licensed by Hamilton First Baptist Church. She taught school for 41 years, retiring in 2007.

taught business courses to U.S. Air Force personnel at the Misawa Air Force Base in northern Japan, in the Kwajalein Atoll, and in South Korea. Neal also taught at UMHB, Southwestern University, Southwest Texas State University, and St. Edwards University. He is an award-winning photographer whose photographs have appeared in travel magazines and newspapers including National Geographic; U.S. Embassy, Army, and Air Force publications; and Korean Tourism Association brochures and posters. He and his wife, MeeHee Jang Proctor, have a daughter, Jennifer, and two grandsons.



Lolete Bales Ratliff ex celebrated her 100th birthday with two parties: one at the Rosewood Care Center in Killeen and another hosted by her daughter and nieces with her 42 Club friends at the Stonetree Golf Course in Killeen. She is now a UMHB Centennial Belle. Her favorite pastime is playing 42 with friends, and her favorite hobby is collecting owls. Her sister was Margaret Bales Ratliff ’37, who preceded her in death.


Neal Proctor is a professor of business at the University of Maryland-Asian Division located in Okinawa, Japan. Prior to joining the faculty there in 1992, he



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Gayle Lindner retired from the Harris County Juvenile Probation Education Division.


Jim ’87 and Lisa Alexander Goforth ’84 live in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where Jim is the senior pastor of Faith Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in the International Baptist Convention. It serves the largest population of U.S. citizens outside the country in service to the Air Force and Army in the Kaiserslautern military community. Jim continues to perform as a concert artist and is a songwriter and musician. Lisa has semiretired from teaching after 28 years as a public educator. Jim and Lisa have two sons: Andrew, who lives in Kansas City, and Bryan, who is a student in Dallas. They may be reached at Klosterstrasse 7, 67677 Enkenbach-Alsenborn, Germany or Faith Baptist Church, Lichtenbrucherstrasse 17, 67661 Kaiserslautern, Germany, or www.

Got news? Alumni Life reports news received Oct. 15, 2012, through Feb. 15, 2013. If you have news to share, send it to: Alumni Relations, UMHB Box 8427, 900 College Street, Belton, Texas 76513 or To make a memorial gift, please contact: Development, UMHB Box 8433, 900 College Street, Belton, Texas 76513.


explores how families are created not because you look the same, but because God perfectly orchestrates families. Anjanette is an adoptive mother. Her blog address is


Olga Vaca Durr has written her first book, It’s Not About Childhood Obesity. The book, based on the research she did for her dissertation, serves as a guidebook to help people—especially young people—live healthier lives by balancing the scales of caloric intake and physical activity. Olga worked in the educational field for 14 years and holds degrees in elementary and special education, educational administration, and leadership, with specializations in early childhood, bilingual education, and diagnostics. She is currently working on a second book and a journal to accompany It’s Not about Childhood Obesity. Olga will be signing copies of the book at McWha Bookstore in Belton, May 31, from 12-3 p.m.


Anjanette Martin Walchshauser had a children’s book published titled On the Far Side of Poplar Pond. It is a story of a duck family that adopts a turtle. The book


Debra Van Manen White graduated from Baylor University Dec. 15, with a Master of Science in Nursing from the neonatal nurse practitioner program. She is employed in the NICU at McLane Children’s Hospital at Scott & White.


Celisa Seybold is a children’s book author working on a series, The Keys to Adventure. She has three books published and is in the process of finishing a fourth, with plans set for a fifth book.


Wendy Erb Koch teaches kindergarten at Duncan Elementary School at Fort

University in Rome, Ga. She may be reached at 9 Dixie Park Rd. NE, Rome, Ga., 30165 or

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Lance Brumfield is a financial advisor for Jefferson and Franklin Financial Company.

Shannon Woodruff was one of four students in the United States to receive the 2012 Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society in December. He is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry, studying polymer synthesis under the direction of Dr. Nicolay Tsarevsky at Southern Methodist University. Shannon and his wife, Holly Gaskamp Woodruff ’10, live in Plano.

W E D D I N GS Jessica Christine Whitmire ’10 to Thomas Austin Boggs, Dec. 1, in Salado. Jessica is an accounting assistant at Scott & White.


Landra Davidson ‘12 to Randy Garza ’13, Dec. 8, in Clyde. Landra is an admissions and recruiting counselor at UMHB, and Randy is director of operations at BCC General Contractors. They live in Temple.


Jacqueline Findley ‘12 to Beau Styne ’12, June 2, in Belton. Jacqueline is an admissions and recruiting counselor at UMHB, and Beau is an IT consultant at CGI. They live in Temple.


Laura McRight Lusby has published her first book, More Than a Story: Lessons from the Book of Job. It is available through and Gina Scurlock is First Year Experience Coordinator and Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Success at Shorter



B IRT H S Brent ’04, M.Ed. ’06 and Kristin Pearson Burks ’07 announce the birth of their daughter, Perry Rene, Oct. 30. Devon Owens Zukowski ’04 and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their daughter, Harper Elizabeth, Sept. 10. She joins big brother Jaxon. Devon is a stay-at-home mom while working her Stella & Dot Jewelry business, and Joe works at WalMart Distribution Center and is continuing his education at Texas State University. Chad Hines ’06 and his wife, Cynnamon, announce the birth of their daughter, Connally McCarty, Dec. 12. She joins big sister, Harrison Leah. Chad is an art professor at Central Texas College in Killeen, and Cynnamon is a stay-at-home mom. They live in Temple. Kristy Balthrop Landry ’07 and her husband, Josh, announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Mae, Dec. 18. Megan Raschke Rios ’08 and her husband, Jaime, announce the birth of their identical twin daughters, Maisy Christine and Payton Michelle, Nov. 19. Jared ’08, M.Ed. ’11 and Jessa Grassi McClure ’08 announce the birth of their son, Asa Michael, July 12. He joins three-year-old big sister Adalyn Rose. Jared works as Simulation Lab Technology Coordinator for the



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UMHB College of Nursing, and Jessa works as a marketing consultant and freelance writer. They live in Belton. Alyssa Atteberry Berryhill ’10 and her husband, Brett, announce the birth of their son, Aaron Lynn, Dec. 7. They live in Oglesby.

D E AT H S Anna Lou Harrell Swank ’26, Dec. 29, in San Antonio. She began her professional career as a lab technician for an east Texas hospital. She then became a legal secretary, working with Judge Robert Lee Bobbitt, Sr., and Robert Lee Bobbitt, Jr. Anna and her husband were founding members of St. John’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio. Daisy Fowler Edwards ’30-’32, Jan. 19. She began teaching in the one-room schoolhouse in Wyatt in 1932. She taught fourth and fifth grades for 31 years, mostly for Midlothian ISD. She was active in the United Methodist Women’s ministry in Sardis and taught Sunday School at the Methodist church in Sardis. Lois Stork, Aug. 27, in Houston. She was the wife of Chester Stork CB ’35-’39, who preceded her in death. Maxine Minnox Key ’36, Oct. 24, in Houston. She taught in the El Paso area and throughout Texas for over 40 years. She had a passion for music, and later on in her life she was a church pianist. Alpha Mel Stanley Stuart ’36, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif. As the wife of a minister, she lived in Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. In 1965, she began teaching sixth grade at South San Jose Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla., where she taught and served as assistant principal until 1986. She was the sister of Patsy Stanley Davis ’42-’43, who preceded her in death. Dr. J.Q. Thompson CB ’39-’40, Dec. 10, in Temple. He was the husband of Peggy Grainger Thompson ’44, who preceded him in death. After graduating from Baylor Medical School in Houston in 1947, he

received internship and residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He spent one year in the Navy V12 program and remained in the naval reserve for three years. He then resigned to join the army in 1950. He spent time in Camp Pickett, Va., then at the 361st Station Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, during the Korean War. He then spent one year in the Panama Canal Zone at Fort Kobbe, where he was in General Internal Medicine and served as Post Surgeon and Medical Company commander. Following that assignment, he began his work at Scott & White Hospital. While on staff at S&W, he was a member of the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, was a consultant to the Santa Fe and V.A. Hospitals in Temple, and served as an associate professor at Texas A&M University Medical School. He was a member and past president of the Bell County Medical Society and a member of several state and national organizations. He was a practicing physician at S&W for 30 years. Billie Payne Capes ’40, Oct. 11, in Murrells Inlet, S.C. She worked for the U.S. Defense Department in Washington, D.C., in the 1940s and early 1950s. After moving to San Bernardino, Calif., in 1956, she worked as an administrative assistant to the San Bernardino County Treasurer and later worked as an administrative assistant to the Superintendent of San Bernardino City Schools. Billie moved to Burgess, S.C., in 2005. Doris Bravo Barr ex ’41, Nov. 10, in Houston. She was a longtime social worker for the state of Texas. She was a member of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Sharpstown Baptist Church of Bellaire. Joy Crosslin Kilgore ’44-’46, Oct. 20, in Tucker, Ga. Dorothe Sullivan Edwards ’45, Nov. 28, in Kerrville. She loved artwork and, in between her activities at CAM, bridge club, German Dance Club, investment, and quilting club, she managed to paint many Hill Country scenes in watercolor, give art lessons, and even had an art exhibit in Kerrville in 2010 with her pottery and watercolor paintings. She was a charter member of Sunrise Baptist Church.

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Mateo Gamboa ’11 speaks with evening news anchors Nikki Laurenzo and Doug Currin before going on the air.


Captain of the newsroom In three years, Mateo Gamboa ’11 advances from part-time intern to B Y N I C O L E J O H N S O N ’13 KCEN-TV’s executive news producer When Mateo Gamboa ’11 started a summer internship during college, he had no idea where it would lead. The position, working once a week on the website at KCEN-TV, was meant to give him experience with online journalistic writing to fulfill a graduation requirement. But Gamboa cleverly turned his internship into an empire. Three years later Gamboa, now in his early 20s, has advanced from a part-time intern to the network’s executive news producer, in charge of overseeing the morning and weekend shows, as well as the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news broadcasts. “Whenever you’re that young and in a leadership position, there’s a higher level of expectation,” he said. “People expect great things from you because you’re this young kid doing a hard job. I try to let my work speak for itself.” Climbing up the corporate ladder so quickly took dedication and sacrifice. At the beginning of Gamboa’s senior

year at UMHB, he applied for an open producer position at the station. He got the job, which required him to work overnight and then go to school during the day. “Perseverance is the key to being where you want to be,” Gamboa said. “That is one of my strongest character traits: I don’t give up on things. The real test comes when you’re ready to give up. I got here by perseverance. I never thought I would be executive producer at 23 years old, but it’s only because I was willing to sacrifice.” The work of a producer is not easy. The pressure of delivering the news to thousands of people on a daily basis can be overwhelming at times. “This industry is not for everyone. From the minute I walk in the door, I’m going 100 miles an hour. I’m planning things with our production team on how I want our shows to look for the day. I constantly have to hit deadlines and make sure everyone else is hitting

their deadlines too. It’s a very intense schedule. But you have to always remember that everything is going to pan out at the end of the day.” Gamboa describes the KCEN newsroom as family. And although, like in any family, there is an occasional bumping of heads, in the end everyone comes together to deliver the best product to their viewers. With hard work and perseverance instilled in him, Gamboa hopes to one day become a news director at one of the dominant news networks. But for now, he plans to continue gaining valuable experience while never using his age as a crutch. “For people to take you seriously in this industry, more than anything else, it’s your work that sets you apart. And if you can constantly show that you can outwork everybody in the newsroom, you command respect instead of demanding it. My team works hard because I work hard.”



Eva Slover Sanderlin ’45, Feb. 13, in Knippa. She began teaching elementary education in Knippa in 1959. In the early 1960s, she attended Our Lady of the Lake University during the summer semesters and graduated with a master of education degree in 1966. She was the first kindergarten and journalism teacher in the Knippa school system. Eva was an active member in several organizations including the UMHB Heritage Club, Texas Press Women, and Texas Agri-Women. She was a prolific writer who found her niche in recording history. Among her many projects, she wrote a historical column for the Uvalde Leader News. She went on to selfpublish several books documenting Uvalde area history, her family, and her life. These books include Letters of Charles Spurgeon Slover, History of Knippa Schools, What Happened to the Class of ’45, Faith on the Frontier, and 85 Years Old and Holding! Her latest book, which is the story of her life, is finished and ready to be published. Addie Virginia Banks Hatfield ’46, Dec. 30, in Birmingham, Ala. She served as secretary to the presidents of Clarke Memorial College and Mississippi College. She served as a missionary in southern Louisiana under the auspices of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. She was a pastor’s wife in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia, with the final pastorate being for 26 years at First Baptist Church of Alpharetta, Ga. After her husband retired, she served with him in several interim pastorates in north Georgia churches and also in International Baptist Churches in Korea, Okinawa, Hungary, and Germany through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mary Frances Brashear Ater ex ’47, Nov. 27, in Bryan. She was a member of the Upper Room Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church Bryan, active in the Republican Party of Brazos County, an active alumni of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a volunteer for the Texas A&M College Republicans and the Bryan ISD HOSTS program. Elizabeth McBryde Bigham ’48, Jan. 15, in Killeen. She taught school for 41 years in Bell County, with 38 of those years in Killeen Independent School District. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, member of the Wednesday Review Club, Killeen Retired Teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and the Killeen Educational Foundation Board.



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Lynn Bunch ’48-’49, in December, in Temple. She was employed by the Stat Comptroller’s office in Austin for 40 years. Retiring in 1992, she received letters of congratulations from John R. Sharp, the Comptroller, and from Governor Ann Richards. After retirement she stayed active in her church. Doris Sease Penick ’48, Nov. 29, in Georgetown. She was an accomplished violinist at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, LSU, Centenary College in La., University of Texas at Austin, and the Fort Worth Conservatory. She married Cochrane Penick in 1936, and then they spent five months as freelance musicians in New York City. They moved to Texas in 1937 for a ten-year period of studying, teaching, and performing, with stints in Austin, Fort Worth, and Belton. They ultimately moved to Georgetown, where Doris continued teaching violin and joined the Southwestern University and Austin Symphony orchestras. Doris taught and played violin up until the final weeks of her life. She was an honorary member of the Georgetown Music Study Club, and a generous contributor to charities. Robert “Bob” Mayfield, Dec. 26, in Cleburne. He was a former UMHB Trustee. Bob was the husband of Neta Sawyer Mayfield ’49, who preceded him in death. Dr. Bobbie Wilborn ’50, Nov. 10, in Denton. She taught at the University of North Texas from 1971-1994, where she was named a Meadows Honors Professor and served as chairman of the Department of Counselor Education and then the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Development. She was awarded the UMHB Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. From 1950-1969, Bobbie taught in the public schools of Bellville, Silverton, and Dallas. In Dallas she served as a junior high school and senior high school counselor and was named a Woman of Achievement in Education by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. She also served as president of the Classroom Teachers Association of Dallas, District V of Texas State Teachers Association, and the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. She was a member of the Texas State Board of Examiners for Teacher Education, Texas Teacher Education and Professional Standards Commission, and the National Commission for Teacher Education and Professional Standards. During her tenure at the University of North Texas, she served as president of the North Central Texas Personnel and Guidance Association and

the Texas School Counselor Association. She was active in the Texas Counseling Association, American School Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. She served on several professional editorial boards, accreditation teams, and as a consultant to school districts. She received several awards in recognition of her outstanding service. She authored many journal articles, monographs, and book chapters, completed numerous research projects, and presented many papers and workshops. Mary Jackson Adair ’51, Jan. 5, in Plano. She taught in Panama City, Fla., and in Dallas for 30 years. She taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir. Maidel Sorensen Browder ’51, Feb. 8, in Houston. She taught school in Corpus Christi and Spring Branch. She retired early to care for her growing family. She remained active as a member of First Baptist Church of Houston where she taught Sunday School and worked in the church library. She enjoyed her neighborhood friends in the Afton Village Women’s Club and TIPS (her women’s investment club). She revered the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and frequently wrote letters to her congressmen. Jim Scoggins CB ’51, Feb. 15. A noted architect, commercial realtor, private pilot, artist, and staunch advocate for Deaf rights, Jim graduated in 1947 from David Crockett High School in Conroe, and went on to study fine arts as a Campus Boy at Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 1948, he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force, became a chaplain, and then served in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant with bronze star honors, Jim enrolled at the School of Architecture at the University of Texas in Austin, fulfilling his lifelong dream to become an architect. While there, he saw a job posting for a part-time resident advisor at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, where he added a new dimension to his life by acquiring American Sign Language skills that were honed while teaching football to 40 deaf middle school students. This led to his later commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Deaf community on the local, state, national and international levels. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas in 1957 and ran a successful architectural firm in Irving. Among his company’s many commissions were the current Irving City Hall, numerous

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Singing for her supper


Former opera singer Amy Eason Beskow ’06 creates a symphony of flavor with successful food blog When Amy Eason 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 attend grad school and sing with the Fort Worth Opera. But as she continued to work toward her dreams of hitting it big, she began to notice a new passion developing. In the early months of her marriage, the need arose to cook something more for her husband than a boxed dinner. So, she set out to find recipes that would satisfy her hungry hubby and keep her taste buds singing. She perused a popular site for newlyweds, where other newlymarried women were sharing recipes. “A lot of girls had food blogs, so I

would read their blogs every day and start cooking,” she said. “Eventually, I got really inspired and decided to start a blog, too.” With the help of her computer savvy husband, she created a blog entitled Sing For Your Supper. From appetizers to football food to recipes for dogs, Beskow cooks and writes about it all. Now, her blog gets 50,000 to 80,000 hits a month and has thousands of loyal followers. “The success of the blog has surprised me because there are so many good food blogs out there.” In the last few months, Beskow has added a new category to her mile-long repertoire of tasty treats—baby food. With the addition of her daughter Cassidy a little over a year ago, Beskow now has a new palette to impress. “Currently my baby’s favorite food is spaghetti, so I like to make spaghetti with a homemade sauce.” Some of Beskow’s other greatest hits include “Everyone’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies,” “Creamy Mac and Cheese,” and “Joel’s Favorite Chicken

Tortilla Soup.” And although the new mother has given up singing opera professionally, she is still influenced by music every day—even when she’s cooking. “I try to incorporate music into the blog as much as possible. I’ll talk about my experiences with the opera company, I’ll talk about my favorite arias, or I’ll throw a dinner party with a music theme.” As for the future of the blog, Beskow says she’s “flying by the seat of her pants.” “I’m just enjoying the ride and seeing where it takes me,” she said. Even though her dreams have changed over the years, she is just as happy with her new path. “Singing with the opera was hard and strenuous and stressful, but it was what I loved doing, and what I was passionate about. If you find something like that, then don’t give up and work hard at it,” she said. “But if your priorities happen to change along the way, then that’s absolutely okay. If you fall in love and get married, then that’s okay. That’s a job, too.” Top: Amy Eason Beskow ’06 poses in front of the play kitchen she and her husband, Joel, recently made for their daughter. Left: Beskow’s “Creamy Mac and Cheese” is a blog favorite. ALUMNI L I F E


churches, commercial buildings, public schools, personal residences, and shopping centers across North Texas. In 1993, he retired and continued to work as an architectural consultant. At the time of his death, he served on a committee for the construction of a new police facility in Jonestown. While advancing his professional career, Jim was a fierce defender of the human and educational rights of Deaf persons and worked in partnership with Deaf community leaders and members. He attained national certification as an American Sign Language interpreter and went on to serve as elected president of the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf. He was instrumental in legislation that led to the creation of the Texas Commission for the Deaf in 1971, now known as the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services within the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Subsequently, he served on the state commission and received recognition by the Texas Association of the Deaf. Jim also served as interpreter and state coordinator for a seven-state Billy Graham Crusade tour, formed the Baptist Center for the Deaf, and chaired several international fundraising efforts to benefit Deaflympics athletes through his involvement with the Kiwanis Club of Irving. Well-loved by many for his kind soul and gentle nature, Jim doted on Bobbie Beth Bridges, who he married in 1978, and their shared love story of over 35 years is one that bridged families, languages, communities, and countries. Thelma Alexander Fisher ’53, Jan. 4, in Waco. She served as a librarian in Waco ISD for 25 years. She worked with the students attending Waco High School and later University High School until her retirement in 1990. After her retirement, she served as part-time librarian in Riesel schools. Betty Dickens Whitis ’53, Oct. 5, in Lampasas. She taught for over 50 years in Texas public schools, retiring in Dec. 2011 from Lampasas ISD. After short stints in Belton and Victoria, she taught music at West Oaks Elementary (now Kline Whitis Elementary) before moving to the high school where she finished out her career teaching choir and music history. She created the choral program at Lampasas High School and assisted in presenting district-wide music festivals where more than 1,000 students were involved. During her career, she upgraded the school district’s music program,



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including arranging for Lampasas ISD to host the UIL Regional Choir Contest. Betty and her husband were longtime members of First Presbyterian Church, which her family helped establish. They directed the youth group, and she presented an organ and piano program of Christmas music annually for the past 25 years. Betty is a recipient of the Lamar Medal of Excellence in Education from Saratoga Masonic Lodge in Lampasas. In addition, she was named Spring Ho Grand Parade Marshal in 2007. She was a longtime member of Oak Hill Cemetery Association where she served as chairman for more than 20 years. Virginia Walker Zavatson ’53, Dec. 27, in Abilene. She taught school and physical education in Brownsville. She was an Air Force wife, with stations in San Antonio, Taiwan, Hawaii, Illinois, McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, and Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. She worked many years in banking and retired from Bank of America. Anita Andrews White ’57, Jan. 12, in Hewitt. She taught Spanish for 35 years in public schools in Texas, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. She was a member of Lakewood Christian Church and the Waco Kiwanis Seniors. Mary Ann Yaws Scott ’59, Nov. 21, in San Antonio. She was a singer who loved to praise God with her vocal talents. She was also an accomplished artist who loved acrylic tole painting. Texas bluebonnets were one of her favorite subjects to paint. She embraced technology and became a proficient genealogist. Later in life she used computers to create new forms of ministry that reached countless lives across the country. John Cronier, Nov. 29, in Brownwood. He was the husband of Mary Bowen Cronier ’62. Mary Anne Woodliff Cox ’68, Jan. 11, in Temple. She taught school for 27 years at Cater, Reagan, and Jefferson Elementary schools in TISD. She was involved in Delta Kappa Gamma, National Reading Association, and Temple/Bell County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Temple, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Donna Wiebelhaus ’69, Feb. 3, in Belton. She was a member of the Bell County Medical Society and Christ the King Church. She founded the King’s Daughters

Hospital Auxiliary and served as director before retiring in 1989. Patricia LaNeil Grisham Edwards ’70, Nov. 30. She was the sister of Eleanor Grisham Dugger ’51. In 1955, she became the wife of a military officer and put her goal to obtain a degree on hold. In 1970, she became a licensed realtor and broker in Texas and Virginia. She enjoyed outstanding success in that endeavor, ultimately owning a real estate brokerage in northern Virginia. She sold the brokerage in 1990 when she and her husband decided to retire and return to Texas. LaNeil had the opportunity to serve the City of Lakeway as council member and numerous other organizations. In Dec. 2009, the mayor selected her to receive Lakeway’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her many years as a volunteer in the city and a multitude of other civic and social organizations. She was a member of Lakeway Church for more than 20 years. She served the church membership as a trustee before the current elder/ deacon leadership was adopted. Ina Woods Burnes ’72, Jan. 22, in Alba. She was an accomplished pianist, quilter, and bookkeeper. She was both a student and teacher of the Bible, and even handwrote the entire Bible twice. She and her husband spent 35 years building over 100 mission churches from Mexico to Canada as volunteers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Quitman. Ronald Poston ’72, Sept. 27, in Waco. He owned and operated a farming and ranching operation and was a real estate investor. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Gatesville. Maurine Foster, Nov. 13, in Rockdale. She was the mother of Bramlette Foster Younts ’72 who may be reached at 1226 CR 335, Rockdale, Texas 76567. Gary Cody, Feb. 17, in Killeen. He was the husband of Susan Pavoggi Cody ’72. Lillian Zehr Cripe ’73, Nov. 8, in Temple. Lillian and her husband owned and operated Valet Cleaners in Temple for 35 years. She was a member of First Christian Church. Willis Carder ’74-’75, Nov. 4, in Georgetown. He served more than 26 years with the Department of Defense as a civil service employee for the Air Force and Army, retiring in 1978 as an air traffic controller. In 1975, he was ordained as a

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Like mother, like daughter

Mother and daughter who graduated together from the College of Nursing in 1976 return to tour new nursing center BY JENNIFER MEERS JONES ’08 As Linda Pate Dufner ’76 and her mother Mary Pate ’76 toured the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center on a crisp day last December, their eyes lit up as College of Nursing Dean Sharon Souter explained the facility’s features. Their excitement made it clear that the mother-daughter duo share a common passion for nursing. In fact, not only do the two share the same career, but they also graduated from the UMHB nursing program together in 1976. Mary completed the Scott & White nursing diploma program in the 1950s and had worked as a pediatric nurse for many years in Temple and Georgetown. After finishing high school, Linda decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a nurse. She enrolled at Mary Hardin-Baylor and moved into Burt Hall on campus. “Linda started bringing home her nursing books, and I felt like I was so far behind. The great debate back then was what was going to be accepted as the entrance into professional nursing,” Mary said, alluding to the changing standards that led the American Nursing Association to begin recom-

mending registered nurses have a baccalaureate degree in the mid-1960s. This change compelled Mary to go back to school to earn her BSN. So a year after her daughter enrolled at Mary Hardin-Baylor, Mary decided she would do the same. “The night I came onto campus for my first class, Linda was sitting out on the steps waiting for me to get there so she could show me where I needed go. Some of her friends told her, ‘We’d just have a fit if our mother was in class with us!’ It had never even dawned on me that she might not want me there,” Mary joked, laughing. Linda was quick to say that she enjoyed sharing the experience with her mom. “We always had fun,” Linda said. “I enjoyed having my mother in classes with me. People couldn’t believe we were mother and daughter.” Mary is now a retired nurse, after working for over three decades with the Georgetown health department. Linda has served as an emergency room nurse,

Top: Dean Souter shows Mary (left) and Linda the simulated hospital unit in the new nursing building. Right: On graduation day, Mary adjusts her daughter’s tassel before they walk across the stage together.

a shift supervisor, nurse manager of an oncology unit, and now works in quality control at a hospital in Oregon. Both contribute their successful careers to the education they received at UMHB. After touring the new building, they are even more excited about what the future holds for the university’s nursing program. “There are so many more complicated surgeries and procedures than there used to be, especially when I was in diploma school,” Mary said. “We certainly need a building like this to prepare today’s students.” Linda agrees. “The hands-on learning experiences this new building provides for students is invaluable. The facilities and simulations are so similar to a real hospital setting—it’s almost like the students have already been working in a hospital by the time they go out into the workforce.”



gospel minister. He served as minister of education and developed church services for the Bell Baptist Association. He was pastor of Elm Grove Baptist Church. Willis also served as a missions volunteer with the Home Missions Board, serving as a supply and interim pastor in churches throughout Central Texas.

Kristy Hagler ’01, MBA ’03, Jan. 19, in Academy. She received her certified fundraising executive certification in 2012 while working for Scott & White Health Care Foundation. She had just been promoted to Assistant Philanthropy Director. Kristy was an active member of First Baptist Church of Academy.

Patsy Long Derr ’80, Oct. 17, in Harker Heights. Following her retirement in 1996 as a certified public accountant and vice president of Wilson Derr Thompson PC in Harker Heights, the Rotary Club became her full-time passion. She was named Rotarian of the Year for 1996 and, in 1997, she was named to the District 5870 Roll of Fame. In 2000, she became the 86th governor of District 5870—the first woman to hold the position. She received the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, one of only nine Rotarians in the history of District 5870 to hold both awards. Prior to falling ill, she was nominated for the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. If selected by the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, she will become only the second Rotarian in the history of District 5780 to hold all three recognitions. She was past president of the Exchange Club of Killeen, and was a charter and sustaining member of the Junior Service League of Killeen. She was a member of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Modern Study Club, and the Institute of Humanities in Salado.

Betty Fox Casarez ex, Nov. 23, in Lorain, Ohio. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Amherst. She served as a missionary in Fort Worth and was a Sunday School teacher, prayer chain member, and a member of the International Mission Board-Southern Baptist Convention. She was a retired registered nurse and served as a nurse educator and staff development coordinator at Elyria Memorial Hospital in Elyria, Ohio, retiring in 1989. Her nursing career spanned over 30 years. She also served at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital and as a supervisor at Lorain Community Hospital. She was also a substitute teacher for the Lorain City Schools, taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation at Lorain County Community

George Mahalko ’91, Nov. 28, in Killeen. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1985 after more than 28 years of service. He was decorated with the bronze star, National Guard Achievement for Meritorious Service, National Defense Service, U.S. Vietnam Service, Korean Defense Service, Joint Service Commendation, United Nations Korean Service, the Vietnam Campaign, and numerous commemoratives. Jacquelyn Henderson-Taylor ’99, Jan. 11, in Killeen. She was employed with Copperas Cove ISD at Copperas Cove Junior High School. She transferred to Killeen ISD at Palo Alto Middle School, where she taught until her retirement on Dec. 30. She also served in the active duty Army National Guard, 195th Supply, 94th Army Reserve Command, Roslindale, Mass. Misty Bunch Harrell ’00, Dec. 15, in Salado. She was employed with Temple College for ten years.



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College, was instrumental in developing the cardiac program at EMH, and taught at MBJ School of Nursing at Elyria Memorial Hospital. Betty was a member of the American Nursing Association and the Ohio Nursing Association. Febe Hernandez Garza ex, Dec. 30, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was a longtime resident of Santa Barbara, and worked for 20 years in the Goleta Union School District, teaching kindergarten at Goleta Union and La Patera Elementary schools. Larry Johnson ex, Jan. 4, in Dallas. In 1984 he began his 26-year career in the insurance sales industry. He was a lifetime member of the NRA. Marie Pledger Mitchell ex, Jan. 7, in Morrilton, Ark. She began her teaching career in Hot Springs, Ark. She joined the faculty at Northside Elementary School as a first grade teacher and continued teaching at Northside and Reynolds Elementary. She retired from teaching in 1986.

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UMHB Life | Spring 2013  

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor alumni magazine, Spring 2013 issue

UMHB Life | Spring 2013  

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor alumni magazine, Spring 2013 issue