The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is dedicated to preparing students for lives of leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. The fall semester of 2016 marked the university's eighth consecutive record freshmen enrollment. Despite consistent growth, university officials remain committed to the personal attention that has been a cornerstone of the UMHB experience for more than 170 years.The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers bachelor's degrees in 47 undergraduate majors and graduate degrees in seven master's programs in business, counseling, education, exercise physiology, information systems, nursing, and sport administration. The university's Doctor of Education program offers doctorate degrees in P-12, Higher Education, and Leadership in Nursing Education. UMHB is also home to a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and 2016 saw the launch of the school's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.In February 2016, UMHB began construction on a new performing arts center. Set to open in the fall of 2017, the 40,725-square-foot facility will include multifunctional rooms that will allow it to be easily utilized for both learning and performance purposes. The center will feature a 546-seat theater with a proscenium stage, fly space, and orchestra pit. The design also includes a 2,000-square-foot chamber hall, which can be used as a classroom, a venue for small concerts or recitals, or a reception space for social gatherings.The UMHB Board of Trustees has also approved construction of a 46,000-square-foot residence hall on the north side of the campus. The three-story facility will offer dormitory-style housing for up to 214 students. The building will be designed so the different floors and wings can be closed off from one another; this will make it possible to house both men and women in separate spaces in the building and will provide a flexible way to adjust the allocation of beds, depending on the demographics of the freshman class, year by year. Plans call for construction of the residence hall to begin this summer, with the goal of having the project completed and ready for use for the fall 2018 semester.UMHB students take active and personal roles in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ across the world. Last year, more than 130 Crusaders spent their Christmas vacations, spring breaks, or summers taking part in mission activities in 27 countries.In March, UMHB held its 78th Annual Easter Pageant. The student-led production depicts moments from the life and ministry of Christ, including His triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, crucifixion, and resurrection. This event has become a tradition for many Central Texas families.For the CRU football program, 2016 marked the greatest season in program history. The CRU won the first National Championship in program history with a 10-7 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Stagg Bowl XLIV. The team closed out the season with a perfect 15-0 record to set new school and American Southwest Conference records for single-season victories.