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Art department’s mural brightens back entrance to campus

PLUS: Strategic Plan | Rare Bible manuscript on campus | McLane Lecture

B I G P I C T U R E | Incoming students gather in family groups led by upperclassmen during Welcome Week. These groups are designed to help new students create instant connections during their first days on campus. For the first time this year, students will continue these mentoring relationships in a seven-week freshman seminar class during the first semester.

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5| C A M P US L I F E Gift for the nursing building, cheerleading state title, rare Bible manuscript on campus, and more 10| AT H L E T I C L I F E Women’s tennis wins ASC West, Ken DeWeese named Coach of the Year, and more

11| P H I L A N T H R O P Y Class of 1961 celebrates its golden anniversary with Stunt Night performance and gift to university. 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 Chrissy Moore Bernal ’01, Rodney Deyoe MBA ’11, and Wendy Withrow ’69

F E A T U R E S T H E A R T I S T ’ S D E F E N S E |12 Ted Barnes, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, discusses the complex relationship between religion and the arts. Can the two happily coexist? CO N C R E T E C A N VA S | 16 The art department transforms a graffiti-riddled wall at the back entrance to campus into a work of art. T H E F U T U R E S TA R T S H E R E | 20 The Strategic Plan lays out the steps UMHB will take to become “the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.”

O N T H E COV E R | Junior art student Joanne Cervantes works on the mural the art department painted under the Loop 121 overpass at the rear entrance to campus.


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Meyer family gives $5 million gift for nursing education center In May, the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation pledged a gift of $5 million toward the construction of a new nursing building. In recognition of this lead gift, the three-story building will be named the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center in memory of Paul Meyer’s mother, who worked both as a nurse and as an educator during her lifetime. The new 70,000-square-foot home for the university’s Scott & White College of Nursing will Jane Meyer feature state-of-the-art simulation centers where students will practice their clinical nursing skills. The facility will feature high-tech classrooms designed for best practices in nursing education. A learning resource center, faculty offices, and a large lecture hall will also be included in the center. The nursing building grant is the second major gift to UMHB from the Meyer family. In 2003, Paul and Jane Meyer contributed the lead gift for the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, to provide a home for the College of Christian Studies. “We are very grateful to Jane Meyer and her family for this timely gift,” said President Randy O’Rear. “This gift will give our nursing program room to grow, so that many more students will be able to study nursing at UMHB in the years to come.” Jane Meyer traces her interest in UMHB back to her early years growing up in nearby Temple. “I have always appreciated Mary Hardin-Baylor’s strong commitment to Christian higher education. I have been praying about what role I could play in helping the university with its new Campus Master Plan. I am so excited to support the construction of this transformational facility for the College of Nursing.” The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will be constructed on the southern edge of the campus at 9th Avenue and Shine Street. GSC Architects of Austin is designing the building, which is expected to carry a price tag of $20 million. The university plans to break ground for the facility by the end of this year with the goal of completing the building by fall 2013.

Weir Trust gives $500,000 as a catalyst for future giving The Leroy and Merle Weir Charitable Trust made the first major gift toward a new nursing building in May. The trustees approved a grant of $500,000 to be made to the university as a catalyst for generating additional gifts and grants for the project. The trust was established in 1978 to provide continuing support for Texas Baptist organizations, with special emphasis on education and nursing. For more than 25 years, the trust has supported UMHB through gifts for scholarships and the endowment. “We deeply appreciate the trustees of the Leroy and Merle Weir Charitable Trust for taking the initiative to kick off fundraising for this project with such a generous gift,” Dr. Randy O’Rear said. “We are confident that this gift will encourage other major donors to step forward to assist in funding this new home for the College of Nursing.”



Dr. David Howard (assistant professor of Christian studies) was the key-note speaker at the annual Chief of Chaplain’s Senior Leader Development Training March 1-4. He was invited by the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver. The theme for the training event was “Spiritual Leadership: Living Our Call, Loving Our Soldiers.” Dr. Jacky Dumas (assistant professor of English) was selected as the new chair of the department of English in May. Dumas joined the English department in the fall of 2007. Derek Dunaway (athletics) was named head baseball coach in May. Dunaway served as interim head coach during the 2011 season. He was previously assistant coach for five seasons and was a fouryear letterman for the Crusaders as a student.



Cru cheer team wins collegiate cheerleading state title in March The Cru Cheerleading team earned the State Championship for Division III title at the inaugural Texas State Collegiate Cheerleading Championship hosted March 26 by St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Competitors from all over Texas, including junior colleges and Divisions II and III, gathered for the events consisting of cheers, skills, and stunt routines. The Cru cheerleaders walked away with the Texas State Collegiate Championship D-III title, as well as a first place in the skills routine, which is 2.5 minutes with back-to-back stunts, gymnastics, and dance. They also claimed second through fourth places in the open group stunt division. “The most difficult part of preparing for competition was being able to overcome obstacles dealing with injuries and illnesses, staying mentally tough, and remaining focused on our ultimate goal of execution,” coach Farrah Dunaway said. “The interesting part of conditioning was watching the team step outside of their individual comfort zones and working towards executing new skills for the sake of the team’s success.”

The premier firm in sports architecture, Populous, was selected to design the university’s first on-campus football stadium. The lead architect on the project, Earl Santee, has designed award-winning venues such as Yankee Stadium and Minute Maid Park. The project will feature an innovative design in which the stadium will be built in conjunction with a new student union building, which will anchor the visitors’ side of the stadium. Planners hope to break ground on the project in early 2012, with the goal of having the stadium ready for play in the fall of 2013.



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Renowned architect to design stadium

The Desert Speaks: rare Bible manuscript displayed on campus

Dr. Daniel Mynatt was recently named dean of the College of Humanities. Mynatt earned his BA from Wake Forest University and his MA and PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mynatt served at Anderson University for over 19 years, and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2002. He and his wife Marcy have two sons.

This year, those attending the Easter Pageant also had the opportunity to view a tangible piece of ancient history. A oneday exhibit titled “The Desert Speaks: The P39 Manuscript” was displayed in Walton Chapel Wednesday, April 20. Though this manuscript is normally not allowed to be shown to the general public, the university was granted permission to put the small treasure on display in conjunction with the annual Professor Renata Hood and Christian studies student Evan Duncan (right), Easter Pageant. explain the history behind the P39 The exhibit featured an origiManuscript to an exhibit attendee. nal papyrus leaf with Greek text written on both sides, which was discovered in the ruins of the Egyptian village of Oxyrhynchus in 1897. Known as P39 (Papyrus 39), the manuscript was on loan to the university through the Green Collection. The collection, was established in 2009 by the Green family, founders of Hobby Lobby International, Inc. The university was one of the first colleges chosen to be part of the Green Scholars Initiative, through which students are allowed to study and do research on rare Bible manuscripts. Dr. Renate Hood, associate professor of Christian studies, served as the local scholar/mentor for the students. “The vision of the Green Scholars Initiative is to involve undergraduate students and to include smaller schools which normally do not get these opportunities,” Hood said. P39 is one of the oldest existing New Testament fragments in the world. The Greek text of the manuscript has been identified as a portion of John 8:14-22. Part of the work being done at UMHB is to reevaluate the dating, which is estimated to be early third century to late second century A.D. “There are only a handful of manuscripts which are this old,” Hood said. “It was written by a generation of scribes whose grandparents could have been alive during Christ’s lifetime.”



The collaborative work of John Hancock (professor of art) and his brother Charles was recently featured at the The Croft Art Gallery in Waco in a show titled “Slop Bucket.” Elizabeth Webb was named assistant registrar in June. She had previously worked as a UMHB admissions counselor since 2007. Elizabeth earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMHB. She lives in Temple with her husband, Daniel. James Stafford was appointed director of marketing and public relations in June. Before coming to UMHB, Stafford served as marketing coordinator at Temple Parks and Leisure Services. He is a University of Texas graduate. James and his wife, Tara, reside in Temple with their daughter Sydney.



Mascot takes fifth in nationals Quoted “We had very short deadlines because NASA intentionally tried to stress us out to see how we react. The people on my team were all doing things they did well. It was a combination of that and the final presentation; those two things won it for us.” — E R I C S A N F O R D,

a junior computer science major who won a prestigious contest sponsored by NASA in April. Eric’s team devised the best plan to send a probe to Mars, collect soil samples and return them to earth.

Junior communications major Sam Williams is well known around campus for his enthusiastic portrayal of CRUnk, the campus mascot with an impressive repertoire of spirited dance moves. This past April, he gained national recognition, placing fifth in the National Cheer & Dance Association’s Collegiate Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. This was the first year that the university competed in the mascot category at nationals. Williams was the sole representative for Division III. The remaining line-up included 12 mascots from Division I schools and 3 from Division II. Williams was awarded a full-paid bid while attending National Cheerleaders Association camp last July. The NCA camp staffers choose the most spirited collegiate mascot from those attending and grant them a fully paid passage through the preliminary process for the championship each spring. “Getting that bid at camp in the midst of my peers was very special. I took everything that I learned from the last two years and showcased it at camp,” Williams said. Competing at the national level was an unprecedented experience for Williams. “I had never before been in the setting as a mascot where all eyes are on me being judged,” he said. “It’s easy to dance for a minute-and-a-half to get a crowd to react, but to learn to flip in costume I had to lean back and trust that God had my back.”


17 University Housing Opens 18-19 Advising & Registration (day and evening) 18-24 Welcome Week 22 Fall classes begin 22 College of Nursing Convocation, W.W. Walton Chapel, 7:30 a.m. 24 University-wide Convocation, Mayborn Campus Center, 11 a.m.


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5 Labor Day Holiday (campus closed) 10 Football vs. Wisconsin Lacrosse, Tiger Stadium, 6 p.m. 16-17 Family Weekend 17 Football vs. McMurry University, Tiger Stadium, 6 p.m. 24 Football at Hardin-Simmons University, 1 p.m. 30 Homecoming


N EWS BRIEFS // Students place first at Texas Section Calculus Bowl

Luttrell brings McLane Lecture


1 Homecoming 1 Football vs. Louisiana College, Tiger Stadium, 1 p.m. 4 Business & Career Job Fair, Lord, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 8 Football at Mississippi College, 6 p.m. 15 Football vs. Southern Oregon, Tiger Stadium, 1 p.m. 18 Nursing Job Fair, Lord, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 22 Football vs. East Texas Baptist, Tiger Stadium, 2 p.m. 27 Teacher Job Fair, Lord, 2 – 4 p.m. 27 Concert Choir Fall Concert, Manning Chapel, 7:30 p.m. 29 Football at Howard Payne University, 2 p.m.


Speaking to more than 1,000 people, retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell gave a detailed account of his training as a SEAL and service to his country during the annual McLane Lecture Thursday, March 31, in the Mayborn Campus Center. Luttrell’s primary message was “never quit,” as he recounted the events of the Operation Redwing mission in Afghanistan in which he and three other SEALs were attacked by some 150 Taliban fighters. “People always ask what kept me going out there,” he said. “It was my faith in God, my faith in my family, and my kinship with my team.” The operation’s mission was to gather intelligence on a Taliban leader with ties to Osama bin Laden. The four-man team was ambushed by a large Taliban force on a remote ridge in the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Luttrell and his teammates fought for hours, displaying characteristic SEAL determination and bravery despite being heavily outnumbered. In the course of the battle, Luttrell saw all three friends die and was literally blown off the mountain by an RPG. A rescue helicopter carrying 16 special operation forces to the site was also shot down, killing all on board, making the encounter the single largest loss of life in a day in SEALs history. In 2006, Luttrell was awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism by President George W. Bush. Luttrell’s experiences became the basis for his 2007 #1 New York Times best-selling book, Lone Survivor. Luttrell was the eighth speaker to participate in the annual McLane Lecture, which is hosted by the College of Business and is provided through the generosity of Temple residents Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Jr.

A team of six students won first place in the Mathematical Association of America Texas Section Calculus Bowl, held Thursday, April 14, at the University of Texas at Tyler. Eighteen teams from colleges and universities across Texas competed in the quiz bowl buzzer-style competition that tests knowledge of calculus. This was the first year for UMHB to send a team to the annual event.

Microsoft Imagine Cup team earns honors Students from the Business Computer Information Systems department received Honorable Mention in Microsoft’s 2011 Imagine Cup Software Design competition, an annual worldwide competition. “This is the first year UMHB entered the Imagine Cup competition and earning Honorable Mention in a competition of this magnitude is outstanding,” said Dr. Jim King, dean of the College of Business.

4-5 Miss Mary Hardin-Baylor Pageant, W.W. Walton Chapel, 7 p.m. 5 Football vs. Sul Ross State, Tiger Stadium, 1 p.m. 12 Football at Texas Lutheran Univer., 1 p.m. 18 Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert, Hughes Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. 18-19 Crusader Preview Weekend 23-25 Thanksgiving Holidays (campus closed)



N EWS BRIEFS // Hennig leads softball team to ASC West Division title The softball team placed nine players on the American Southwest Conference All-West Division teams, and pitcher Erica White was named West Division Pitcher of the Year. In his first season as head coach, Larry Hennig guided the Cru to a 28-14 overall record and a 21-3 mark in ASC West Division play. Hennig led the team to its second straight ASC West Division title and also shared ASC West Division Coaching Staff of the Year honors with assistant coach Julie Norris.

Basketball coach DeWeese wins Coach of the Year Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ken DeWeese was named the 2010-2011 Small College Coach of the Year at the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Convention in May. This is the fourth time DeWeese has been honored by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. “It is always rewarding for your peers to recognize your work, and I am appreciative to them for this honor,” DeWeese said.

Women’s tennis wins ASC West It was a season of firsts for the women’s tennis team. The team advanced to the American Southwest Conference Championship Match, hosted the championship tournament, and received its highest ranking ever, all for the first time in program history. The women’s tennis team ranked 13th in the West Region in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Rankings. The ranking was the highest regional ranking for the Cru women since making the move to NCAA Division III in 2000. The ITA provides the only regional ranking for NCAA Division III programs, and those rankings are used for selections and seedings in the NCAA Division III National Championships. The team posted a 13-6 overall record this spring, winning the ASC West Division and earning the right to host the ASC Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournaments. The women snapped Hardin-Simmons’ 84-match West Division winning streak, taking the ASC West Division championship for the first time in school history. The Cru women advanced to the ASC Championship Match, falling to U.T.-Tyler May 1. “We had a good run,” senior Rebecca Everett said. “This was our first year to win the West Division. We hadn’t beaten Hardin Simmons since I’ve been here, so when we did it was the greatest feeling. We have come so far together as a team.” Head coach James Cohagan was also honored as the American Southwest Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year. Cohagan was previously named Co-Coach of the Year in 2000.

Cru women finished 14th in the NCAA Division III National Championships May 13. The four-day, 72-hole event was played on a par-73, 5,884-yard layout on the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. The team has now advanced to a national tournament 11 times in the 15-year history of the program. “The girls learn through experience, and I thought the tournament was a really good four days of learning experience for us,” head coach Darla Kirby said.




Women’s golf advances to nationals


Reprise! Class of ’61 returns to stage, exceeds gift giving goal B Y J EN N I F ER M EER S J O N ES ’0 8 After 50 years, the faces, buildings, and scenes of campus might have been different, but when the Class of ’61 stepped back on the Stunt Night stage this past April, it was as if nothing had changed. “I think we all felt at home being on stage and having fun like we used to,” Delia Lucky Stephens ’61 said. Members of the Class of ’61 chose to hold their 50th anniversary reunion during Stunt Night weekend. The traditional event holds many memories for the class of their own college days acting out skits at this annual competition between classes. They decided to return to the stage and perform their own skit at this year’s Stunt Night. Class president Sarah McGlamery Grantham ’61 said the group had no trouble choosing a skit topic. “Ideas began to come—among them college life in our day. When Carolyn Allison Owens, who teaches at UMHB today, told us how today’s students react when she tells them some of the rules we had back then, we knew that we had our theme,” Grantham said. After a lively, crowd-pleasing performance Friday night, the reunion weekend continued with a Saturday luncheon where the 25 class members in attendance received their Golden Diplomas and presented the university with a gift of $30,250. Grantham said that the class spent five years raising the funds for the gift, exceeding their original goal of $30,000. “We felt this was a way to express our gratitude to UMHB for the influence it has had on our lives,” she said. The gift was designated for the university museum and has funded the renovation and furnishings of the President’s Room exhibit. Grantham said the reunion weekend was a special time of honoring traditions of the past while making new memories. “There is strong bond between many class members that has remained over the years. It was noticeable in the relationships that were renewed at the reunion.”

“In our hearts the years fade away; all the time past is just yesterday. The ties that bind still hold strong. And to UMHB we’ll always belong.” — CORNERSTONE R AP LYRIC written by Beverly Ward Wood ’61 and performed during the class’s Stunt Night skit April 1, 2011.

Top left: Faye Edomm Redmon ’61 (center) joins her classmates in reciting the Cornerstone Rap at the conclusion of their Stunt Night skit. Right: Soveida Obregon ’61 gives a spirited performance, portraying a fun-loving college student from the 1960s.





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Can religion and the arts happily coexist? Ted Barnes, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, argues the two actually work together toward the same purpose. B Y T ED B A R N ES

have been an artist all of my “Hey, it’s all right, he’s an artist. They enrich every part of my existence. And life; I could not have been are always a bit different.” I consider I have never felt that my faith has kept anything else. As a child I really myself a lucky guy. me from the freedom I have needed to didn’t need toys, because I was pursue being an artist. always making things instead. If I was FINE ARTS AND SPIRITUALITY Actually, my faith has given me the given a toy, I would tear it apart and Artists and the works they produce freedom to search and explore more then put it back together, making it play an important role in our lives, espeopenly not only as an artist, but also into something different; for me, that cially in religion, faith, and worship. The as an individual seeking God’s truth. was much more fun than the original arts serve as a mediator in the human This rich spiritual life has enhanced my toy. During high school, I put together religious experience—a fact which has artwork and has helped me become model car kits, always modifying them been overlooked now for too long. closer to God, like the old hymn by C.B. into outrageous hot rods. I began to In the Genesis creation account, we McAfee, Near to the Heart of God. take my painting seriously but with learn God is the Divine Creator and Many of us, day in and day out, a preference toward a bohemian we are made in His likeness. My faith no matter what we do for a living, abstraction. I wrote, directed, and affects who I am; it governs my whole struggle with the question, “Is what I acted in 8mm movies (usually a parody being—the intellectual side and the am doing worthwhile?” This has never of some historical narrative). I played rock ‘n’ roll I have never felt that my faith has kept me from the in garage bands, trying to merge rock-a-billy and I have needed to pursue being an artist soul music. It seems I have always wanted to create and look at things differently. imaginative side. I believe we were been a problem for me. Believing that I like being an artist; it has advancreated in the likeness of a creative I have been created in God’s image as tages. It allows for being quirky and God. We were made with the distinct a creative being, what could be more eccentric. I can walk across campus impulse to create. natural than being an artist and teachwith these funny looking tortoise Personally, I can’t fathom not being ing others to be artists as well? shell glasses on, wearing loafers with an artist, or what my life would be God is the Divine Creator and we no socks, and most people will say, without the presence of the arts to are made in His likeness. We are made



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to be creative and experience the fruits of creativity. We were designed to be “near to the heart of God.”

WHY DO WE NEED THE ARTS? This question presupposes that the arts are a waste of time, a self-indulgence instead of a calling from God. I argue instead that experiencing the arts brings us closer to God. The role of the artist is to portray what the camera alone cannot capture, to capture what the eyes of others do not see. The artist’s mission is to help all of us to see better. Artists do not merely make objects that can be seen through our eyes, but they uncover for us something that we have not seen, or something we have only imperfectly realized. Art is not merely an illustration of reality; it is the illumination of reality unseen. The 20th-century painter Paul Klee once said, “Art does not reproduce the visible. Rather, it makes visible.” Our Christian The faith has is to always affirmed the belief in the visible and the invisible. In many ways, this is the quintessential definition of faith. The artist lives out that definition by making visible the invisible. Artists are able to capture a vision



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or an idea in ways that focus our attention more specifically. Art helps us to celebrate and to offer praise in new and profound ways. It can prompt us to think and explore and work out ideas, to see things we hadn’t seen before, to better understand the mysteries of life. We need art because it adds meaning to faith. It seems to me that artists and the church have common goals.

THE BRIDGE BUILDER I think that there exists today a divide between the Christian community and the arts, which runs opposite to what I believe God intended. This is not only the church’s problem. Our society suffers from a divide between the arts and the public. This can be seen not only in the church, but also in our educational and political systems today. Why is it that music, theater, and art are the subjects cut first when funding is down in the public schools?

help all of us see better. From its beginning Protestantism (which had a founding influence on America) has always had a mistrust for the fine arts. My guess is because of its openness to personal interpretation, which is different than the

written or spoken word used in church where, more often than not, words are understood in a straightforward or literal manner. Understanding meaning is much easier with words than with images or sounds that use interpretation for understanding and appreciation. Personal interpretation and the ambiguity of the arts have always been a little unnerving for the church. The Reformation focused on words; it has always denied and suppressed our intuitive nature, that part of us that hungers for the imagination and the creative. From the Reformation on, the church, and especially Baptists, have viewed the arts as unimportant rather than central to conveying the gospel and have placed word over aesthetics. If considered at all, the arts have been viewed as only decoration, and usually then in a trite, mediocre way, rather than in any substantial or intelligent manner. I see a terrible dilemma in the church’s suspicion of the arts, because as soon as we move outside the walls of the church, we are saturated with visuals and sound-bytes. I see the church needing to recognize that it doesn’t stand a chance of reaching a generation that has grown up with TV, movies, iPods, and computers unless we bring the arts back to the church. I believe we need to encourage our

denomination to embrace the arts again with imagination and purpose, as I believe God intended us to do.

EMBRACING THE ARTS So how, as Christians and educators, do we embrace the arts again?

aware of different cultures and cultural values helps us to see ourselves as part of a larger culture. It cultivates and broadens our view of the world around us and helps us to define and understand better who we are. When we seriously encounter works

The act of creation demands enormous and teaches us to handle failure and frustration in How can we draw “near to the heart of God?” We must approach the arts with an open mind and be willing to experience what happens. As Christians we can gain much by approaching the arts with curiosity. The challenge is not to settle for sentimentality or mediocrity but instead to expect artworks that are rich in substance and meaning—works that are challenging. It is time again for us to reengage the idea of truth and beauty. Leon Alberti, the most important art theorist of the Italian Renaissance, said, “Without beauty, God cannot manifest Himself.” Our challenge is to be open to looking for beauty in the arts in ways that are creative, inventive, and unfamiliar. Openness to art in this manner is important because it helps us to better understand God’s civilization. Learning to appreciate, understand, and be

How can we truly express our religious beliefs or our deepest joys and sorrows without the arts? As playful as it may seem, the act of creation demands enormous self-discipline and teaches us to handle failure and frustration in pursuit of an idea. It

pursuit of an idea.

of art, we learn that the more we put into it, the more we will derive from it. The more we explore, the more we will discover and understand about the world and ourselves. One of the paradoxes involved in this activity is that the more you learn about the differences of art culture, the more you see the similarities in your own culture. Art helps us to expand our ability to express and communicate. It introduces us to concepts and perceptions we could not have acquired in any other way and demonstrates human communication within and across cultures. It makes the invisible visible. We as human beings are unique from other life forms because we capture our experience through expressive and symbolic means. We cannot adequately convey the human experience through just the written or spoken word alone. Think about this.

requires setting goals, determining a technique, figuring out how to apply it, developing craftsmanship, and continually making evaluations and revisions. Art requires divergent, rather than convergent thinking—it teaches us how to think and solve problems. In other words: there is more than one answer to any particular question or problem, and differences in ideas and opinions should be welcome. Experiencing the arts in a serious manner teaches us to think through ideas. I believe this is how God allows us to understand and have faith within this complex world that He has created. Exposure to the arts helps Christians to replenish our spirit and affirms our humanity; it strengthens our relationship with the Divine Creator. The arts helps us define who we are and understand our special sense of being. Art brings us “near to the heart of God.”




The art department transforms a graffiti-riddled wall at the back entrance to campus into a work of art. S TO R Y A N D P H OTOS B Y J EN N I F ER M EER S J O N ES ’0 8



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very morning, Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer Steve Theodore drives onto campus using the rear entrance directly below the Loop 121 overpass. While the university’s front entrance cheerfully welcomes visitors with an abundance of purple banners, colorful flowers, and an impressive stone sign, the rear entrance offered little more than an empty concrete expanse of wall below an overpass. This first glimpse of campus was ho-hum at best, but at times the wall was marked with graffiti—not exactly a first impression that was fitting for the beautiful UMHB campus you were approaching. Theodore began thinking that it would be nice to have something that represented the university at this highly trafficked rear entrance. And now, one year later, Theodore’s idea is a reality. What was once a dull, empty, grey expanse filled with vandalizers’ off-color tags is now a vibrant work of art, beckoning visitors to campus with a vibrant portrayal of university landmarks and symbols. Hershall Seals, professor and chair of the art department, oversaw a team of approximately 20 art students to create a vibrant mural featuring the Luther arches, the chapel, the Crusader mascot, and the UMHB letters. Seals was immediately identified by Theodore as the man for the job because he has led students in similar projects including the designing, painting, and restoring of the Belton Lake mural in the summer of 2000. Before the first paintbrush could touch the wall, though, the university had


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faculty and students worked on the mural

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Grid system used to keep everything in proportion

December 6, 2010 to request permission from the state, since Loop 121 is a state highway. Theodore presented the idea to officials from the City of Belton, who responded enthusiastically to the idea and helped the university obtain the required permission from the state to alter the wall. In the fall, Seals enlisted the help of his figure drawing class to brainstorm ideas for the mural’s basic theme. “We felt it was important to incorporate immediately recognizable UMHB imagery like the Luther arches and the Independence ruins with a bright, sunny background. We wanted this to be a cheerful greeting as you entered the campus, while also acknowledging the school’s heritage and traditions,” Seals said. Once the class sketched out the basic elements included in the mural, junior art major Joanne Cervantes used watercolors to paint a draft based on that sketch. After using Photoshop to create a few alterations of the draft (for example, one version did not include the Crusader mascot; another



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changed the placement of the university landmarks), they began seeking feedback from students, faculty, and administration. Seals said they incorporated the feedback into the final draft. “Our first design looked to some like it was too feminine or too sweet and flowery. We made the letters thicker and bolder and intensified the color scheme to balance out the femininity of the flowers, which seemed to help,” he said. Once the final concept was nailed down, a team of students battled the blistering winter cold to begin the mural. The group started by drawing a grid to help them translate their final draft proportionately onto the 13’x40’ wall. After the design was sketched onto the wall, the painting began. Students worked on the final touches over the summer, and the mural was completed in July. Cervantes said she has received a lot of response from the community. “We’ve heard many positive comments about how this mural

brightens the area. Everyone talks about what a happy, colorful addition it is to the back of campus,” she said. Theodore said he enjoys seeing the mural every morning as he drives into the campus. “The primary goal of the mural was to create a beautiful entrance to the campus, and I believe Mr. Seals and our art students truly accomplished that goal,” Theodore said. “The mural is creative, intriguing, imaginative, and something we are proud to display. It is yet another example of UMHB’s extraordinary faculty and innovative students.” For Cervantes and the other students who worked on the mural, it is exciting to know their work will leave a lasting mark. “I think it really changes the face of campus,” Cervantes said. “There are so many exciting changes going on right now at UMHB; it’s really inspiring to be a small part of those changes. It is cool to know that something we are creating now will be enjoyed by students and the community for many years to come.”

Final draft used as reference as mural was created

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What will it take for UMHB to become “the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest?” By Paula Price Tanner



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Building upon the success of UMHB’s Strategic Plan 2005-2010 (see sidebar, page 23), the plan for 20112018 calls for continuous improvement in all aspects of university life, from academic offerings and campus life to the hiring of top-notch faculty and staff members. The facilities called for in the Campus Master Plan form a component of the Strategic Plan, as do strategies for securing the funds needed to build those projects. The UMHB Strategic Plan for 2011-2018 can be downloaded in its entirety from the university website at http://about.; what follows is an overview of ways planners hope to make UMHB “better, faster, stronger, smarter” in the years to come.

A Focus on Mission Imperative 1: We will deepen our commitment to our Christian mission and Baptist heritage. By 2018: The university will regularly host lectures and chapel programs on Christian topics and on the history and distinctives of the Baptist denomination. There will be more children of Baptist missionaries and pastors enrolled at UMHB, and additional scholarship money will be available for students preparing for careers in Christian ministry. Students will participate

in leadership and service activities as a component of their chapel requirements, and all academic disciplines will offer opportunities for their majors to develop their skills in leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment. Imperative 2: We will cultivate a campus culture of global engagement. By 2018: The presence of many international students will enrich campus life at UMHB. A new Office of Global Engagement and Study Abroad will help many students incorporate study abroad experiences into their degree programs. The university will offer multiple study-abroad opportunities of varying lengths, from full-semester trips to short courses taught in the May term or during a summer session. Exchange programs and partnerships with other universities will open additional opportunities for UMHB students to earn course credits by taking classes at other universities around the globe. Imperative 3: We will hire, develop, and retain highly qualified people who are passionate about contributing to the UMHB experience. By 2018: A new “Hire for Success” program will enhance the university’s reputation as a place where the



n the spring of 2010, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor community announced a new vision for the university’s future: “UMHB will be the university of choice for Christian higher education in the Southwest.” Reaching consensus on that shared vision was just the first step, though, in a lengthy planning process. The second phase of planning brought faculty, staff, and students together to analyze what facilities were needed to support a growing learning community at UMHB. Working with campus planning consultants, they devised a new Campus Master Plan which identified what new buildings would be required, where they should be located, and in what order they should be added to the campus (see UMHB Life, Spring 2011, pp. 14-19). With this plan completed, the final phase in the long-range planning process was to map out the steps the university should take to move from its current level of effectiveness toward the goals articulated for its future. Faculty and staff worked with administrators to outline steps each area of the university will take to move Mary Hardin-Baylor to the forefront of Christian higher education, and in May 2011 the Board of Trustees approved the new Strategic Plan for 2011-2018.



brightest and best people want to work. A new Employee Enrichment Program will focus on engaging faculty and staff in the history, mission, and vision of the university and in enhancing career fulfillment at UMHB through a variety of methods.

A Focus on Students Imperative 4: We will be recognized for our student-focused culture. By 2018: Students will find all interactions with the university to be easy and accessible, whether they need to enroll in a class, pay a bill, or look for a job after graduation. Technology will be used to give students access to grades and account information and to notify them should an emergency or inclement weather disrupt campus activities. A unified student support center will offer students tutoring, counseling, and health care just a few steps from where they live, and the on-site career services center will help students secure internships as well as interviews for part-time or full-time employment. Imperative 5: We will foster and grow a robust residential campus community. By 2018: With 65 to 70 percent of its full-time undergraduate students residing on campus, UMHB will be a place where students feel they are part of an exciting Christian learning community. A new student union building will offer numerous places for students to eat, hang out with friends, and participate in a wide range of organizations and activities. A “firstyear experience� zone will be created by locating student support services near the dormitories on the central



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quad of the campus, so that freshmen who are adjusting to the demands of college life can always find help just a few steps away. Students will increasingly spend weekends on campus to participate in athletic competitions, service opportunities, and special events geared toward their interests.

through conservative financial practices and strategic recruiting. All areas of the university will be involved in programs to help students succeed in their studies and stay at UMHB until they complete their degrees, which will also keep student enrollments at healthy levels.

A Focus on Learning

Imperative 8: We will strengthen our commitment to excellent teaching.

Imperative 6: We will offer exceptional academic programs that distinguish UMHB as a leading university. By 2018: A strong core curriculum and degree programs modeled on national accreditation standards will ensure that UMHB students are well prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The university will be an acknowledged leader in key programs and will enjoy academic partnerships with other colleges and universities. A growing Honors Program will offer challenging degree options for unusually gifted and talented students, and the faculty and staff will use a continuous review cycle to make certain that the curriculums for all majors are comprehensive and up-to-date. Imperative 7: We will offer a highquality educational experience while remaining one of the most competitively priced private universities in the Southwest. By 2018: Recognizing that the university’s budget will inevitably increase over time, UMHB will spread the impact of rising costs through a program of controlled enrollment growth. The university will keep tuition prices competitive without sacrificing the quality of its educational programs

By 2018: At the heart of the UMHB experience are committed, credentialed professors who put great effort into sharing their knowledge and challenging their students both in and out of the classroom. The importance of great teaching will be emphasized through faculty evaluations which stress classroom teaching skills and professional development programs which promote best practices in pedagogy. Annual awards will recognize the work of outstanding teachers, and a new Center for Undergraduate Research will encourage professors to incorporate hands-on research projects in their curriculums, so students can experience the thrill of discovery for themselves.

A Focus on Resources Imperative 9: We will provide attractive facilities that advance student learning and campus life. By 2018: King Street and Moore Street will be closed to form pedestrian walkways throughout the center of the campus; students will experience a sense of community as they cross paths with friends and classmates walking from residence halls to classes, dining venues, and recreational areas each day. A new nursing

education center will provide classrooms and laboratories for a nursing program serving more than 500 majors, opening up existing classrooms in other buildings for use by other departments. The new student union building will be buzzing with activity at all hours of the day and night as students gather there to hang out, study, and participate in student government and other club activities. The student union will offer expanded dining options both for students on meal plans and for employees and university guests. Visitors from surrounding communities will come to campus regularly to view exhibits in the gallery of the new visual arts center, to see operas and musical productions in the new performance hall, and to cheer the Cru football team to victory in the new stadium. Imperative 10: We will secure the financial resources needed to accomplish our vision. By 2018: The conservative fiscal policies employed by the university will enable it to achieve the initiatives of the 2011-2018 Strategic Plan while practicing good stewardship in all areas of institutional spending. Careful budgeting and debt management will allow the university to meet the needs of a growing student body while keeping the cost of attendance competitive with costs at other private institutions. A comprehensive fundraising campaign will engage alumni and friends in the ongoing activities of the university and provide significant funding for scholarships, endowments, and the construction of new facilities.

What did the Str ategic Plan of 2005-2010 do? >> Shaped enrollment

Increased percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups from 24% to 32% of the student body • Increased percentage of international students from 0.6% to more than 2% of the student body • Increased dollars budgeted for scholarships from $4.8 million in 2004-05 to $11.2 million in 2009-10

>> Strengthened academic progr ams

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Updated the core curriculum Added two new graduate degree programs—the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Education Revamped the Freshman Seminar program

>> Invested in faculty

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Increased the number of full-time faculty and reduced the use of adjunct faculty in lower-level core courses Instituted a faculty sabbatical program Created Center for Effectiveness in Learning and Teaching, to help faculty continuously improve teaching methods

>> Enhanced student life

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Added four new apartment complexes for students Expanded the career center to better meet the needs of students seeking internships or employment Added lighting for the intramural fields, to extend the hours for student recreational activities Continued progress in all athletic programs by earning 11 conference championships and increased activities to foster school spirit among all students

>> Improved campus facilities

Added irrigation to many areas across campus and installed attractive fencing along the boundaries of the SportsPlex Increased the number of classrooms and offices with two new facilities—the Paul and Jane Meyer Christian Studies Center, and the Sanderford Administrative Addition.

>> Used technology to improve services

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Introduced on-line registration system Added instructor computer stations and projectors to all classrooms on campus Installed wireless internet service in all campus residences, the library, and many other areas of campus




Elizabeth McBryde Bigham was honored as a Distinguished Killeen Independent School District Alumna at the fifth Distinguished Alumni and Donor Reception at Nolan Middle School in March. She taught for 41 years—38 years in Killeen, and three years in rural schools in Cedar Valley and Iduma. Elizabeth taught eight years before earning her degree from UMHB, and then became the librarian at Killeen High School. She also taught at Avenue D School and East Ward Elementary School in Killeen.


Mary Belle Brown retired from the Bell County Historical Commission and was recognized by the Bell County Commissioners Court with a proclamation denoting Jan. 18, 2011, as Mary Belle Brown Day in Bell County. As a member of the historical commission, she was



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instrumental in researching and obtaining 19 state historical markers. Mary Belle organized the first annual Memorial Day Service in 1991, honoring veterans buried at the Old Salado Graveyard and Cemetery, and was key in acquiring official Historic Texas Cemetery status for the site in 2000. She authored several historical pieces, including the 100-year history of the Salado Church of Christ and the history of Salado. She has held memberships in Salado Historical Society, Salado Chamber of Commerce, Salado Area Republican Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Order of Confederate Rose, and First Families of Texas.


Linda Connorty Barnes served as a judge for the Temple Daily Telegram’s 80th annual Bell County Spelling Bee. She has been a secretary for the director of communications at Temple College since

1990. She previously served as administrative assistant at the Temple Coordinated Child Care Council for 14 years. Linda is an active member of Professional Secretaries International, where she has served as president, secretary, board member, and chairperson of the scholarship committee. She was named Secretary of the Year in 1990 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman in America in 1978.


Paulette Manning received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Wayland Baptist University on Feb. 25. She is the assistant superintendent for federal programs with Plainview Independent School District, where she previously served as director for federal programs, secondary instruction coordinator, career and technology coordinator, and middle school instructional coordinator. A longtime classroom teacher, Paulette served as

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math department chairman at Plainview High School, English and math teacher at Coronado Junior High School in Plainview, and math teacher at Temple High School and Travis Junior High School in Temple, and La Vega High School in Bellmead. Additionally, she served as adjunct education professor for Wayland’s Plainview, Lubbock, and Hawaii campuses. She received the Plainview High School Teacher Recognition Award, Outstanding Mathematics Teacher from the Texas Tech Department of Mathematics, Plainview Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Week, Tandy Technology Scholars Outstanding Teacher in Mathematics, Plainview ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, Honorary Chapter Degree from the Plainview FFA, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, World Who’s Who of Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. A former president of the Plainview Lions Club, she is a recipient of the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellow,

life member of the Great Plains Lions Eye Bank, co-chair for the Queens Contest for Plainview Lions Club and District 2-T2, and has received her club’s Distinguished Service Award. Paulette is co-chair of Plainview Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, past co-president of Plainview High School Choir Boosters, past Plainview High School PTA treasurer, past president of Iota Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a graduate of Leadership Plainview, and participates on Plainview ISD and First Baptist Church Relay for Life Teams.


Larry Wickham is the gift-planning director at University of Texas at Tyler. He was in the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam as an accounting clerk, which led to an assignment as chief of Fort Hood’s accounting branch. Upon discharge from the Army, he went to work for Sears as a credit collections manager in Houston and Lubbock. He served as education minister at First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., for five years, and then took a job with Dalhart Church. He worked for New York Life and as a vocational pastor at Midway Baptist Church in Tyler, where he served for 20 years until recently retiring.


Albert Rodriguez, Jr. is a published author and motivational speaker. His first book is titled Coconuts and White Bread and his second book is titled Albertisms. Both books are available at major online bookstores. His website is


Jeremy Roy ex is director of pastoral care chaplain at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin. He has been with the hospital for nine years and head of his department for approximately five. He was recently brought on as Cross Church’s minister of music, choir director, and worship leader. Roy was ordained and licensed by Central Baptist Church in Luling and received his clinical pastoral education from Baptist Health System. He is vice president of the Guadalupe County Ministerial Association, president of Seguin Area Recovery, a member of the Noon Rotary, a member of the Friends of the Library (where he has previously served as vice president and president), and has served on the library board. He was recognized as one of the Seguin Gazette’s Vision Award winners.


Porter Briggs, who serves as a full-time missionary in Honduras, met former president George W. Bush during a recent visit to the United States. He and his old college roommate, Sloan Kuehl ’92, were golfing at Ridgewood Country Club in Waco at the same time Bush’s group was playing. They were able to talk with the president for several minutes.



Chris Nagel received the Outstanding Chaplain award for VITAS Innovative Hospice’s Houston program for the second consecutive year.


providing them the nursing education and skills needed to care for trauma patients in Iraq or Afghanistan. Norma hopes to move back to Hawaii to continue research or educational work with the military.

Cheryll Gaffney Milgrim, MEd ’98, is the interim vice principal at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, N.M. She previously served as College Board’s executive director of district reform, where she was involved in developing a new high school reform model that is currently in the pilot phase in multiple districts across the nation. Prior to working with College Board, she worked as vice president for the AVID Center and as the district advanced program specialist for the Killeen Independent School District.


Kori Whatley Yates has published a book titled Olive Drab Pom-Poms. It challenges military wives to find God’s calling for them today regardless of location or circumstance. Comparing the lifestyle of a military wife to that of a cheerleader, the book recognizes the true talents and real-life struggles of military wives, inspiring them to seek out God’s direction in every situation along the way. Kori has been an Army wife for seven years. She and her husband, Kyle, currently live in Kansas and have two children, ages six and three. Kori may be reached at or


Norma Suarez recently graduated with a PhD in nursing with a focus on education and research from the University of Hawaii. She is employed at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio as a family nurse practitioner and clinical researcher. However, that position is on hold since she is an activated Air Force reservist; she prepares Army, Air Force, and Navy nurses for deployment by



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Christie Morris Crim, Julie McCullough Davis, and Barbara Newberry Smith met in the nursing program at UMHB. Since 2003 they have taken get-a-ways to stay connected with one another. They have traveled to San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, Canada, and Hawaii. They plan to continue their annual excursions and are making tentative plans for their trip next year. Jennifer Morton Sumrall received Teacher of the Year at Dickinson Independent School District, where she has taught high school art for 10 years.


Cameron Gage is a state park police officer at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin. He may be reached at 1141 Brandi Cir., Kyle, Texas 78640 or


Amanda Simmons Winkler has been elected to the Belton Independent School District Board of Trustees.


Karen Norrod was crowned the 2010 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Texas State Queen this April in Beaumont, with a 100-pound loss to goal. She went on to represent Texas at the TOPS international conference in Milwaukee July 7-10. The person who reached his/her goal that year and lost the most total amount of weight (regardless of how long

it took) is state royalty. Karen started at a size 26W and is now a size 10.


Ryan Arnold is senior pastor at First Christian Church, Ruidoso, N.M. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Truett Seminary in August 2010. Ryan, his wife, Kristyn Meacham Arnold ’07, and son, Jack, live in Ruidoso. Kristen King Von Gonten is the director of nurture at Salado United Methodist Church. Kristen and her husband, Matthew, live in Belton.


Dominic White received the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award from the Betty Martin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He teaches history at Belton Middle School.


Jacob Tatum was on his third day on the job as a Temple Police Officer in June when he received word that a 1-yearold girl was choking on a barrette. Tatum was able to dislodge the barrette and the infant began breathing. She was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and later released. Tatum is credited with saving the infant’s life.


Rachel Prince Mageo completed officer candidate school after graduation. She is now a 2LT in the U.S. Army and is working in Washington State in their PACU (pre-op area).

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Chrissy Moore Bernal ’01 publishes two children’s books about her daughter’s experience as a primordial dwarf B Y J EN N I F ER M EER S J O N ES ’0 8


Sienna (left) and Sierra Bernal are the only known set of twins of which one twin is a primordial dwarf while the other is average-height.

same rate as her twin sister. “It took us six years and many, many specialists to finally find one who knew what test to do in order to find an actual diagnosis,” Bernal said. “While visiting Texas Children’s Hospital, a visiting geneticist from Belgium happened to be there and had seen a few cases like Sienna. It was a ‘God thing’ that we found the one doctor who was able to give her the primordial dwarfism diagnosis.” Sienna, now 12, is one of approximately 200 people in the world diagnosed with primordial

Left: Chrissy Moore Bernal ’01 signs a copy of Sienna’s Locket (below) at a recent book signing at the UMHB Bookstore. The Bernal family is scheduled to be featured on a future episode of ABC’s 20/20 broadcast in a special story about primordial dwarfism.


The first six months of pregnancy were a breeze for Chrissy Moore Bernal ’01. Besides putting on weight really quickly, there was no reason to suspect anything out of the ordinary. One doctor’s appointment in October 1998 changed everything. During the ultrasound, the technician discovered that the baby girl they had been preparing for wasn’t alone. There was a second baby, another girl who was developmentally five weeks behind her sister (which is probably why doctors had not detected her in earlier ultrasounds). The girls, Sierra and Sienna, were born the following December, three months premature. While Sierra was small but healthy, Sienna weighed just 23 ounces at birth and spent her first 108 days in intensive care. The doctors’ outlook was grim, giving her just a 10 percent chance of survival. Sienna beat the odds, but as she grew it became clear that she wasn’t developing at the

dwarfism and is the only known case of a primordial dwarf with an average-height twin. With such a rare condition, the Bernal family has fielded questions from people everywhere from the grocery store to the schoolyard all of Sienna’s life. “After telling Sienna’s story throughout the years, many people suggested I write about it,” Bernal said. “Once Sienna started school and I started to see how others were reacting to her, I decided to write a children’s book about it.” In the summer of 2010, Bernal published a short biography about Sienna’s extraordinary beginning called Living Life Sinny-Sized. She recently published a children’s book, Sienna’s Locket, the first in a series about adventures that only Sienna can solve because she is just the right size for the situations at hand. “Sienna has such an amazing outlook on life. I wanted to use her spirit to tell fun and imaginative stories that would help teach children that having something about you that’s different is actually great.”


Chelsea Ruiz (pictured centered, below) is a doctoral candidate in Baylor University’s chemistry department. She represented the Baylor Graduate School at the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities annual meeting at HardinSimmons University. She is a member of the Baptist College and University Scholar’s Program, an initiative designed to recruit top students at Baptist schools for graduate study at Baylor. The Baptist College and University Scholar’s program at Baylor works closely with other Baptist schools to identify and support potential students for graduate study. The aim is to create a partnership with undergraduate institutions to retain potential doctoral students in Baptist universities, with the hope that these students will return as faculty.

WEDDINGS Norma Molina ’01 to Brian Hinojosa, April 23, in Comfort. Norma is a charge nurse in a telemetry unity in Austin, and Brian is a home health marketing director. Kevin Louis Colwell ’03 and Brittany Taylor Harrison ’07, Nov. 13, in Fredericksburg. Kevin is employed by PDI in Temple, and Taylor is employed as the director of student ministries at First Christian Church in Temple. David James Cannon ’06 to Audrey Sommer Morrison, March 19, in Belton. David and Audrey are both employed by Chick-Fil-A. Jaime Rochelle Ratliff MBA ’06, to Cedric Sherrod Brew, April 9, in Temple. Jennifer Lynn Rush ’07, MA ’10, to Brandon Lyn Mathiews, April 2, in Belton. Jennifer is employed by Scott & White Memorial Hospital, and Brandon is employed by Temple Police Department.

Luke Travis Beasley ’09 and Lindsey Nicole Weaver ’10, Sept. 25, in Gatesville. Luke is a seventh grade history teacher and basketball and track coach for Castleberry Independent School District, and Lindsey is the Father’s Heart Economic Development Coordinator at Family Legacy Missions International in Irving. Natalie Hannah McKay ’10 to Matthew Bryce Olson, March 15, in Austin. Stephanie Amanda Wheeler ’10 to Sean Garrett Biefeld, May 14, in Belton. Stephanie is employed by McLane Company as a human resources generalist, and Sean is employed by McLane Advanced Technologies as a software engineer. Allison Hankins ’11 to Kevin Ryan Dickey, June 5, in Round Rock. Allison is the secretary at Challenge School at Avery Ranch in Austin, and Kevin is a barista at Starbucks.

Football alum signs professional contract Former Cru football player Bryson Tucker ’11 signed a contract with the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League in May. Tucker is on the Blizzard roster as a defensive back after signing his deal on May 11th. Tucker was a four-year letterman for the Cru from Caldwell High School. He was one of the most versatile players in UMHB football history and is the only Cru player to account for a touchdown in six different ways: passing, receiving, rushing, punt return, kick return, and fumble return. Tucker spent most of his career as a defensive back and finished with 146 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and three interceptions. He also rushed for 1,230 yards and 11 touchdowns as a running back, caught four passes for 25 yards and a touchdown, averaged 21.3 yards per kickoff return and 12.3 yards per punt return, and returned three combined kicks for touchdowns during his career. Tucker was an AFCA and All-American as a senior and was also a three-time American Southwest Conference All-Conference selection. Tucker played for four ASC championship teams, four NCAA postseason qualifiers, and a pair of national semifinalist teams at UMHB.

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Enrolling in the graduate school helps trustee Rodney Deyoe, MBA ’11, gain insight on the Mary Hardin-Baylor experience from the viewpoint of a student As a UMHB Board of Trustees member, Rodney Deyoe has served the university through many roles: trusted adviser, confidant, community member, and friend. However, one role he had never experienced firsthand was that of a student. That all changed two-and-a-half years ago when Deyoe enrolled in the university’s MBA program. This past May, he became the first trustee to graduate while also serving as a member of the board. Deyoe said he chose to attend the university so he could experience a UMHB education for himself. “As a trustee we usually look at things from a macro-perspective. We look at the big picture and make decisions based on that big picture. Often we don’t get the opportunity to really see how well the institution is doing through the eyes of a student. I felt like, to be the best trustee that I could

be, I needed to find out how well we are doing from the student’s perspective,” Deyoe said. Deyoe grew up in Houston and moved to Central Texas in 1991. Ten years ago he purchased The Charter Group, which he recently sold. He continues to serve as vice president of Charter Commercial Brokerage. Deyoe and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Kristi, 26, and Matthew, 13. After meeting Deyoe through the Temple Chamber of Commerce, thenpresident Jerry Bawcom asked him to join the university’s Board of Trustees. Deyoe has served on the board for five years now. Deyoe said he was impressed by the quality of instruction he received in the MBA program. “The classroom instructors were absolutely wonderful,” he said. “I really enjoyed the tenured guys who have been there for a long time and have a

great proficiency in their field of study. On the other hand, I also enjoyed the adjunct professors who came in and had so much real life experience to add to the lessons. I could really tell that all the professors truly cared about the success of each student.” While in classes, Deyoe said he made special effort to get to know his classmates so he could better understand how important university decisions affect the lives of current students. “I think I will now be able to see things more clearly from the student’s perspective,” he said. “When the trustees are making decisions, I will be able to have a better feel for how those decisions would affect students. Of course, we have a lot trustees who are former students of UMHB, but most of them graduated 20, 30, or 40 years ago. I now have a real-time perspective on how the decisions we make might affect students.”



B IRT H S John ’94 and Jennifer Weeden Manning ’94 announce the birth of their son, Ethan Stafford, Oct. 19. John and Jennifer are both partners at Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP in Waco. Kimberly Klentzman Kirnan ’00 and her husband, Sean, announce the birth of their son, Ezekiel Jackson, Jan. 29. His aunt is Dr. Jill Klentzman ’04.

David Griffin ’06 and his wife, Catharine, announce the birth of their son, James Herbert, Jan. 27. David graduated with a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2011, and he is the BSM director at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Danielle Hampton ’08 announces the birth of her son, Colton Ethan, March 9. Danielle works for the Temple Police Department. Joshua ’08, MA ’10 and Alyssa Persky Taube ’08 announce the birth of their son, Jack Neal, Sept. 22. Alyssa is a registered nurse and stayat-home mom, and Josh is a case manager at Central Counties Center for MHMR Services.

Jonathan Blundell ’03 and his wife, Laurie, announce the birth of their twin sons, Hayden James and Ian Christopher, Oct.21. They live in Forney and may be reached at Jeremy Dale Hill ’03 and Amanda Christine Day Hill ’04 announce the birth of their son, Cody Dale, April 22. He joins big sisters Ansley, age 4, and Emily, age 2. They may be reached at Melissa Forehand Morris ’04 and her husband, Clint, announce the birth of their son, Grayson Richard, July 3. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom and Clint is a marketing consultant.

D E AT H S Novella Marie Orrick ’35, March 5, in Dallas. She taught in Kerns and Austin before securing a position teaching U.S. servicemen in Munich and Berlin, Germany. Novella returned to Dallas and taught at George B. Dealey Elementary School from 1958 to 1974. Then began another teaching contract in Frankfurt, Germany, where she officially retired from the Overseas American School in 1984. She was a member of the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest, Helen Poe Study Club, Review Club, Prudence Alexander Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the James Butler Bonham Chapter of the Texas Society of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, where she was Poet Laureate for many years. Novella was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Mary Rode Neumeister ’40, Feb. 24, in Dubuque, Iowa. She taught first grade and was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Willowa Beagle Club of Grant County, Wis., and the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Association. She served as president of the YWCA and on its Board of Trustees for many years. Mary co-founded the Battered Women’s Program of Dubuque. Madeline Gilley ’42, June 9, in Temple. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She was a volunteer at King’s Daughters Hospital and a member of Good Sam’s RV Club. Mary Lyon Isom ’43, March 21, in Dallas. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant and was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church. Dorris Cleghorn Kent ’45, Feb. 26, in Ellenton, Fla. Walnita Wong Char ’50, Feb. 6, in Hilo, Hawaii. Gilbert Granado, May 21, in Dallas. He was the husband of Enedina Anguiano Granado ex ’57-’59. Donald “Don” Thurlow, April 24, in Whitehouse. He was the husband of Mary Adams Thurlow ’58. Effie Mae Bell, March 17, in Killeen. She was the mother of Alice Marie Bell ’69. Jannett Sprayberry Pritchard ’71, June 10, in Copperas Cove. She worked for Exxon Oil Company in Hobbs, N.M., and owned Western Auto with her husband in Copperas Cove. She retired after 31 years of service as a teacher and counselor in the Copperas Cove Independent School District. Jannett was active in Delta Kappa Gamma and the Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she volunteered and was a member of the Monday Bible Study group. Christel Wilson, March 11. She was the mother of Helen Wilson Harris ’75.

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The Argus-eyed Zarf B Y L AU R EN P I ERC E Y ’11

The walls in Burt basement have a lot to say. Down from her home in Anchorage, Alaska, Wendy Withrow ’69 recently visited the old hangout and coffee house she founded in the late 1960s. Withrow grew up on the west coast in the San Francisco Bay area. As a college student, she missed the folk music and coffee house culture of her childhood. “There was nothing to do on campus. There was no student center. If you didn’t have a date, there was no place to go unless you wanted to go to the gym,” she said. As a sophomore, Withrow met some locals who played guitar. They began dreaming of a venue where folk musicians could gather to play music. Withrow took the issue up with then-president Leonard L. Holloway.

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She told him her idea of opening an on-campus coffee house. Holloway said he would think about it, and Withrow took his response as a no. A couple of weeks later, he told her to look at a room in the basement of Burt with an outside entrance by the trash chute. Despite the cluttered interior and dirt floor, Withrow thought the space was perfect. After Christmas break, Withrow returned to a new room. “Maintenance spray painted the whole room white. It was nice because it played down all the duct work in the ceiling, but it also made it look like a hospital, which was not exactly the ambience I wanted for a coffee shop.” To spice up the walls and provide character Withrow got creative. “I bought poster paint and paintbrushes so people could paint on the walls so it wouldn’t be so white and pristine,” she said. Withrow said the name for the hangout took some research. “I decided I had to give the coffee house a really cool name, so I looked through the A’s in the dictionary and found the words argus-eyed. Then I

went to Z and I found the word zarf.” Withrow thought the words were appropriate because Argus was a giant from Greek mythology with many eyes; therefore, argus-eyed means observant and a zarf is a metal cupshaped holder for a hot coffee cup. The hangout was open from 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. Patrons could buy instant coffee, apple cider, or hot cocoa for a dime and listen to performers. “It was open mic. Anyone who wanted to could bring a guitar and have a turn on stage.” The Argus-Eyed Zarf remained in operation only a couple of years after Withrow graduated. This spring, Withrow returned to the spot for the first time since leaving campus in 1969. She shared the story of this little-known piece of campus history with museum curator Betty Sue Beebe. “I was pleased to get the full story about the coffeehouse,” Beebe said. “I knew there had been one established at some point, but did not know the details or who was responsible for it. This is a great story of student activities for our campus history.”


C o l l ecti ng Memories

Do you have a story about an event, prank, building, or professor that you would share? The museum is collecting stories about student life throughout different eras of UMHB history. These stories may be printed in UMHB Life, used in a museum exhibit, or recorded for the university archives.

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Submit your stories to museum curator Betty Sue Beebe: • UMHB Box 8427, 900 College St., Belton, Texas 76513 ALUMNI L I F E


Bringing back the 1990s

Amy Blundell ’87, April 15, in Troy. She worked for 25 years as a registered nurse, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont. Amy was the sister of Cindy Blundell ’94. Her parents, Ray and Martha Blundell, may be reached at 1560 Eagle Buff Dr., Troy, Texas 76579. Elizabeth Kushner Brocklehurst ’90, Feb. 27, in Austin. Her career included nursing at oncology, maternity, and day surgery centers.


Cynthia Berdick Scholle ’91, MA ’92, June 5, in Louisville, Colo. Dustin Stephens, March 21, in Tyler. He was the husband of Amanda Dickinson Stephens ’04.

In June, a group of alumnae from the 1990s gathered at the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House for a reunion and baby shower for Glenna Roscoe Pearce ’97. Are you interested in hosting a reunion at the Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House? Contact the Alumni Office at 254 295 4599. Charles R. Purcell, Nov. 21, in San Antonio. He was the husband of Elizabaeth Morales Purcell ’75. James Hereford ’79, April 8, in Temple. He spent a year in the U.S. Navy Reserves before joining the U.S. Army where he served in South Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. His military awards include the Silver Star and Army Commendation Medal. He retired from the Army in 1975, then taught at West Ward Elementary School. He later taught and coached the football team at Fairway Middle School in Killeen. James was a member of American Legion Post No. 223, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9191, and Alpha Phi Kappa Sigma Lamba Chapter in Killeen. He received a pastor’s license from True Hands of Hope International Ministries and was senior pastor of Independent Missionary Baptist Church in Rosebud. Natha Wetzel Grigsby ’82, April 27, in Temple. She worked as a supervisory management analyst and the chief director



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of a logistics program management office at Fort Hood. Jane Walinder, Feb. 25, in Harker Heights. She was the mother of David Walinder ’82. Jane was former instructor of education and student teacher supervisor at UMHB. Mary Windham LaGrone ex ’83, March 22, in Killeen. She was a member of the Westphalia VFW Auxiliary; the Queen of the Prairie Civic Club in Lott; Belles and Beaus; and was a lifetime member of Lott Chapter No. 594 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as secretary for more than 20 years. Volney Willis ’85, Feb. 16, in Killeen. He served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years and was a Vietnam veteran. He was a registered nurse at the Olin E. Teague Veteran Center in Temple for 26 years and retired in 2004. He was a member of 10th and Avenue M Church of Christ in Temple.

Tara Coet Felmly ’06, May 8, in Plano. The Tara Coet Felmly Film Scholarship has been created as a tribute to her leadership and guidance in the establishment of UMHB’s film program and her extensive work with the Texas Film Industry. She was a member of Christ Church. Lisa Engram Elliott ’08, June 5, in Temple. She was project coordinator in the UMHB Office of Campus Planning. Lorene Thompson Berkman ex, Feb. 15, in Corpus Christi. She was a bookkeeper at Shaw Jewelry Company in Corpus Christi and Pratt Furniture Company in Spokane, Wash. Lorene served on the executive committees for Bishop’s 50th and 75th celebrations. She was a member First Baptist Church in Bishop, the Bishop Cancer Society Board, the Needle Sewing Club, and president of the PTA. In 1970 she was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Gussie Louise Collins ex, April 6, in Coolidge. When she was six weeks old, Louise was adopted from Hope Cottage in Fort Worth. At age 10, her father was forced to place her in Buckner’s Orphan’s Home in Dallas after his wife passed away in the midst of the Great Depression. Louise remained very close to her father, but when he remarried two years later and sought to bring her back home she

convinced him to let her stay at Buckner’s with all the friends she had made. Louise graduated from Buckner’s in 1940 and accepted a job at Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she was able to continue her education while working as the president’s secretary. When the nation became engulfed in World War II in 1942, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to work in the war department. Louise went on to work as a secretary to the base chaplain at James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, served as an officer in the Department of Defense Ladies Club, and worked as a service representative for the Social Security Administration. She was very active in the First Baptist Church in Coolidge, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher and church secretary. Dorothy M. Lash ex, March 12, in Temple. She worked as a secretary for 17 years at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, the AAA office, and for five years with the Bell County District Attorney’s office. She was a member of Miller Heights Baptist Church since 1961. Ila Evelyn Griffin LeNoir ex, Feb. 13, in Elgin. She was a teacher, homemaker, and nurse in Longview. She continued her nursing career at Methodist Hospital in Houston until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of the Kilgore Eastern Star, the Robert E. Lee Chapter #186 United Daughters of the Confederacy, and a lifetime member of the Elgin Alumni Association. Betty McElroy ex, April 14, in Temple. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Belton for more than 50 years. Dorothy Cox Musgrave ex, March 21, in San Antonio. She worked for Frank Murchison and was executive secretary to Lucy Seeligson Roe for 26 years. Charles W. Clements, former employee, May 26, in Temple. He taught at UMHB from 1954 to 1961 and also served as the university’s business manager.


Carolyn Ruth Brewer Johnette Shaffer Fisher

Daren Adams James M. Hinton

Faye Bulger Pam Manly

Roy L. Adams Beverly A. Adams

Janice Muehlstein Caldwell Dr. Lucia McClure Tipton

Jean Closs Anderson Johnette Shaffer Fisher

Lee Roy Calhoun Virginia Jones Calhoun

Marvin & Norma Andres Mark & Betty O’Hair Anderson

Susie Cearns James M. Hinton

Lee Blankenship Yvonne Campbell Family Vivian A. “Pug” Davis Gerald Allcorn Cattle Rick & Mary Graves Marda Vey Swartz Dale & Judy Vaughan

Charles W. “Chuck” Clements Johnette Shaffer Fisher Shirley Cowan Sommer

Amy Blundell ’87 Bob & Jo Ann Barnes Betty Sue Craven Beebe Valerie A. Brocato Eleanor Bruton Kay Darlington & Family Jamie Dooley Rankin V. Hitt Jacques Family Jim & Judy Kline Robert G. Laffoon Family Harold Mathews Family Tami McDowell Drayton & Elizabeth McLane Ronald & Helen Oechsle Malory Parker Family Marietta Parker Mary Lou Parker Mickey Parker Family Timmy Parker Family Pat & Ellen Patterson Janet & Gary Peavler Dr. Linda Hood Pehl Harold & Glenda Pomykal Tammy Pope Family Glenda Savage Family Ken Schenck Ray & Joyce Slaydon Voncille D. Taylor Tracie Tedrow Jack & Elizabeth Thompson Steve & Mary Nash Walker LaVerne Boyd Marietta Parker

Kenneth Dixon Sharon Dixon Rhoads Ann L. Egger Mary Winn Lisa Engram Elliott Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Marietta Parker Marshall, Penny, Margaret & Ross Renfro Dr. Larry & Carol Woodward Randy & Kim Kittredge Yandell Tara Coet Felmly Dimitri Apostolovich Peter & Anita Baily Chuck, Lennette & Ella Coet Ed & Eve Coet Sherry & Roscoe Guffey Dr. Diane E. Howard Barbara Kimball Little Vegas Bowling League Emmanuel & Darlena Medeiros Adam J. Pearson Marina M. Seitsinger Donna J. Teel Glenn & Rose Van Buskirk R. F. Ford Natha McMinn Mitchell Ellie Foster Nan Webb Pryor Nancy Dillard Franklin Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Marietta Parker



Cru Encounter: On the Road “Driving through northern Missouri on our family vacation, we noticed the car next to us had a UMHB sticker on it. I gave the driver the Cru sign and she waved back. Thinking this was quite amazing, we continued on our trip. We stopped at the Iowa welcoming center to take pictures, and up drives the same car with the UMHB sticker! We were able to meet each other and laugh about how we Crusaders met on the road many miles from UMHB.” - Wendy Hendrickson Frei ’96


Bonita Monahan ex from Round Rock, Texas, now living in Minneapolis, Minn., and Wendy Hendrickson Frei ’96 from Temple, Texas, stop for a picture inside the Iowa welcome center. Lenard Fulton Teresa Buck Denise Karimkhani Dr. Martha Villalobos Galligan Charles & Patty Galligan Roberts

Have you had a Cru Encounter? Have you met a fellow Crusader miles from home? Or discovered that your child’s teacher, or your family’s pastor is also a Crusader? Submit your story to

Edward Ellis Hogwood, Jr. Keith & Pam H. Wilson

Mary Dean Moore Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Bridges

Roy L. Jacobs, Jr. Marietta Parker

Delores Murray Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Dr. & Mrs. Ron Owens

Paul Garcia Dr. & Mrs. Ron Owens

Joe Johnson Dr. & Mrs. E. Leroy Kemp Dr. & Mrs. Ron Owens

Jean Garner Julia Amason Walker

Edwin Labaj Dr. Lucia McClure Tipton

Natha Wetzel Grigsby Kay Anderson Betty Sue Craven Beebe Marietta Parker

Julian “Mitch” Mitchell Landry Greg Pittman Dr. Amy LeVesconte Olive Fuller Wilson

Dorothy Lane Niesen Betty Sue Craven Beebe Norman Niesen Rosina Hailey Sattawhite Charles Pehl Dr. Lucia McClure Tipton Norman Powers Dorothy R. Bunch

Clinton Hacker Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens

Mary Beaty Curry Lewis Betty Sue Craven Beebe

Stacey Price Preston Betty Sue Craven Beebe Jessica Hobratsch White

Dr. H. B. Halbert Anne Wiese Halbert

Malcolm McKay Julia Woodyard Nation

Bill Purcell Betty Sue Craven Beebe

Mr. & Mrs. Clyde Ham Debbie Ham

Lillian McKibben Rodney H. Deyoe Gene & Kathie Kimes Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear

Marvin Ramey Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens UMHB College of Education

John & Alice Minten Dorothy Minten Esther Minten Janie Minten

Cynthia Berdick Scholle Kay Anderson

Bill Herod Marion Walker Barren Betty Sue Craven Beebe Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Marietta Parker

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William H. Sheppard Kelly Gibson Horn Theda Maxfield Dr. Lucia McClure Tipton Robert Taylor III Frank & Robbie Arp Kent Owens & Darius Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Boyd Thomas Dr. Lucia McClure Tipton Donald Thurlow Lawton & Peggy Bass Albin Johnette Shaffer Fisher Carlie Tice Charlene Potter Burk Sarah Potter Davison Dr. & Mrs. Randy O’Rear Jane Potter Caroline Valdivia Johnette Shaffer Fisher H.E.D. Walker Mildred Dicus Walker Virginia Watkins Dr. & Mrs. Ron Owens

Clifford & Maurine Wiese Anne Wiese Halbert

Class of 1971 Catherine Burkett Cornelio

Christine Wilson Kay Anderson Debbie Stapp Daniel

Gayla Vardeman Corley Brady J. Vardemann

Aubrey Woolley Kathy Harden Kerry & Kathy Owens Riley & Carolyn Allison Owens Dorothy H. Planas UMHB Faculty Assembly

HONORARIA Marion Walker Barren John & Barbara Lewis Betty Sue Craven Beebe Carolyn Brunson Vardeman Dr. Edna Penny Bridges Carol A. Treible Class of 1943 Olive Fuller Wilson

Flora Muller Daude Ellen Muller Brooks Dorothy Jean Reinhard Hogwood Pam Hogwood Wilson Betty Payne Huber Kathy Huber Dr. Grace Stoebner Labaj Theda Maxfield Dr. Randy O’Rear Mary Christine Woods Arla Ray Tyson Betty Sue Craven Beebe UMHB College of Nursing Kandice Mullen Kirkley Doris Watters Wood Jane Wood

Class of 1951 Nadyne Owen Roberts

Attention Class of ’71: S E P T E M B E R 3 0 - O C T O B E R 1, 2 011



Homecoming 2011




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Why We Give Why do we give? Because we love UMHB! Some of the most important parts of our lives began here.

• We received a fantastic education in a Christian environment that fostered one-on-one attention from the faculty and staff. • We have life-long friendships that began at UMHB – not just our fellow students, but professors, coaches, administrators, and staff, as well. • We use our accounting degrees every day and feel that we were fully equipped, both technically and socially, to compete and succeed in the current business environment.

The ongoing success of UMHB inspires us. • The physical transformation of the campus over the last fifteen years is amazing! The new facilities are first-class and truly depict the individualized devotion to each student that exists across the university. • While UMHB looks quite different, the commitment to high-quality education remains the same. We are able to experience that commitment first-hand as we hire graduates of the business school and work with them on a daily basis. Their technical skills are competitive and often surpass those of graduates from across the state. • Through financial aid and scholarships, we were able to attend UMHB. It is our privilege to give back in order for students to experience the “CRU” way of life that we loved.

Having met at UMHB and now having a “Future Crusader,” we are passionate about the continued success of the university and future students. Our lives were changed for the better at UMHB, and we only hope that we can pass that positive impact along. GO CRU!

- John ’94 and Jennifer Weeden Manning ’94

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