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Teaching and athletic training paths combine for HPU grad’s career

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BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2015 – Ty Goodwin, senior from Stephenville, will graduate with a double major this Saturday, December 12, from Howard Payne University. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training and in exercise and sport science (ESS) with all-level certification.

Goodwin wanted to attend HPU after high school but did not feel it would be possible for financial reasons. However, HPU contacted Goodwin and offered a scholarship that would make it possible for him to attend.

Goodwin started at HPU while the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) was still working on its accreditation. Through the faculty at HPU, Goodwin found athletic training appealing and hoped to pursue a certification in that area as well. When the athletic training program gained accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), he was told that the athletic training degree would become a major. So, he geared his studies toward the athletic training degree in addition to ESS with all-level certification.

In addition to classroom instruction for both ESS and athletic training, Goodwin traveled with various HPU sports teams which gave him more hands-on training opportunities, but took much of his time.

“The amount of hours an athletic training student puts in is a lot like going to school full time while working a full time job,” said Susan Sharp, certification officer and administrative assistant in the School of Education. “Ty was a hard worker and had a great attitude about the work load.”

Goodwin completed his ESS student teaching requirement at Dublin Secondary School, which is a seventh through twelfth grade campus. After graduation, he will teach at Dublin Secondary School and be the district’s athletic trainer. He stated that being a double major in ESS and athletic training offers more opportunities because he can teach part of the day and do athletic training the other part of the day.

“HPU really laid the framework for me to be certified in both teaching and athletic training,” said Goodwin.

Goodwin credits much of his success to the many relationships he fostered while at HPU. He says that all of the HPU faculty members were very helpful and flexible in helping him achieve both of his degrees.

“It’s about the relationships,” said Goodwin. “You’re not just a number.”

Mike Terrill, assistant professor of athletic training and Athletic Training Education Program director, was Goodwin’s advisor.

“Ty is an outstanding young man and has been a great student,” said Terrill. “Once Ty passes the Board of Certification exam, he will be a National Association of Athletic Trainers (NATA) Certified Athletic Trainer and a Texas State Licensed Athletic Trainer.”

Including Goodwin, HPU will graduate 16 new teachers from its School of Education this Saturday.


Photo cutline: Ty Goodwin will graduate with a double major in athletic training and exercise sport science this Saturday, December 12.

Four Ways to Show Genuine Thankfulness

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November is a time during which we stop to enjoy all the things for which we feel especially grateful. This may include things such as our families and pets, cars or other materialistic items and, most importantly, faith. But how often are thoughts of this nature from a prideful heart rather than a heart of sincere thanksgiving?

Here are some ways to show your sincere appreciation and thankfulness this holiday season:

1. Reflect. Take time to write down things for which you’re thankful. Consider people, experiences and other factors that have shaped you. Think of the things you take for granted like food, a bed, talents and abilities you’ve been given. Reflect on the importance of these things and show gratitude to the One from whom all blessings are given.

2. Be real. Don’t simply post on Facebook or social media about how grateful you are for things. If you’re thankful for specific people, take the time out of your day to call or text them and share with them why you’re thankful for their presence in your life.

3. Volunteer. There are many opportunities this time of year to participate in a food drive, Angel Tree, Operation Christmas Child or similar charitable project. Give of your time and/or money because you realize how truly blessed you are by what you’ve been given.

4. Be intentional. Giving of yourself means so much more than a shout-out on social media. Drive to your grandparents to spend a weekend with them. Babysit for a friend who needs a night out with his or her spouse. Go to lunch with an elderly person – he or she will appreciate your time and interest and you’ll leave with a little more wisdom about life. Invest in people and realize how blessed you are by the people in your life.

Giving thanks isn’t just for November. Make it a point to do these things more than just once a year. It’s easy to show gratitude and serve when everyone around us is doing the same, but we should be intentional to do all of this year round. Everyone needs a friendly smile, a helping hand or a kind word every now and then and you can be the person to offer that. Reflecting on our blessings also gives us refreshed perspective and a sometimes-needed attitude adjustment. I encourage you to take time to think and act on each of these things and I think you’ll find that you reap the most benefit.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and take time to reflect on the many blessings God has given you – especially grace and salvation.

— Whitney Hooper, assistant director of admission, extension centers

Classes underway for HPU’s sport and wellness leadership graduate program

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Holloway and Evans for webBROWNWOOD – November 4, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s newest graduate program, the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL), is underway this fall with an opening cohort of 19 graduate students. Students are taking two courses, Leadership Seminar and Resource Management, on Monday and Tuesday evenings on the Brownwood campus. In addition, 11 of the students are serving HPU as graduate assistants in athletic coaching, sports information, event management, intramurals and departmental administration, gaining practical experience while preparing for leadership roles in the sport and wellness industries.

Among this initial cohort are six with no previous ties to HPU and five current university employees. The remaining students are HPU graduates, both recent and as far back as 2005.

Chassidy Holloway was completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama – Birmingham when she learned of HPU and the SWELL program.

“Once I made my visit to campus, I knew that this would be the perfect fit,” she said.

Today, Holloway serves as a graduate assistant in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS).

“The way classes are structured allows the students opportunities to really engage in the topics we discuss and find ways to incorporate them into our current work,” she said. “The classes have really helped me to cultivate my thinking and expand my insight on the opportunities available in the sport and wellness community. We have all bonded through our respect and passion for our respective fields and I believe that our engagement in class is a direct result of that bond.”

Dr. Graham Hatcher serves as program director and chair of the ESS department.

“We are already seeing the vitality of our department enhanced by our graduate students,” he observed. “They have served as class resources, assisted with fitness assessments for our ESS 1100 course and interacted informally with our undergraduate majors. We’ve moved from simply describing what graduate school offers to being able to demonstrate that firsthand. This group has had a range of professional experiences already in such diverse fields as international sport coaching, business ownership, university athletic administration and undergraduate teaching, yet they saw the benefit of added value by pursuing an advanced academic degree. Our department and the university are benefiting from their presence in measurable ways.”

Holloway said she feels honored to be at HPU and a member of the initial cohort of the SWELL program.

“The faculty I encounter daily are knowledgeable and accessible,” she said. “Having attended a larger institution as an undergraduate, I love the intimate feel on campus here at Howard Payne.”

To learn more about HPU’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree program, visit or call Dr. Graham Hatcher at (325) 649-8966.


Photo cutline: Chassidy Holloway, left, graduate assistant in HPU’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership program, assists Jada Evans, sophomore, on the treadmill.

6 Tips to Ace Adjusting to College

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The time has come and you’re beginning a new chapter of your life! With new beginnings come new feelings – often excitement of a fresh start combined with nervousness and confusion as to what this new adventure will hold. Staff members from Howard Payne University’s Office of Admission are here to give you a few helpful tips for acing this new adjustment.

1. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there – The best advice Whitney Hooper, assistant director of admission for extension centers, has been given is simply to remember: “Each person sitting at new-student orientation with you is in the same boat. Sure, someone might know his or her roommate in advance, but most people are desperately hoping someone will say hi to them and be their friend. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and remember everyone is looking for a smiling face and a new friend.”

nbblog825152. Arrive early to class the first week (and always if you can) – The first week of class is a chance to make first impressions, claim your seat and show your professors you’re ready for this. This is definitely not the time to roll out of bed and run to class five minutes late. Set the tone for your semester and impress your professors.

3. Take care of yourself – This goes beyond just physical health – though watch out for the “Freshman 15.” It is important to care for yourself mentally and spiritually, as well. Sidni Kirby, HPU admission counselor, advises students to “seek peace, seek health and call home when life gets busy.”

4. Get involved – This can look different to different people. You can volunteer at a local food kitchen, get involved in your church in an area you feel called to serve or join organizations associated with your school. Seek opportunities and get involved. It can also be a great way to meet people.

5. Define your college experience – College is what you make of it. You can go to a large university, but if you sit inside all day your college experience will be similar to staying home and commuting to college. It’s all about how you decide to spend those magical four years. Get involved, make friends and serve the community or local church. Network. Take internships that build your experiences. Study abroad. Travel. Experience all that life can offer you in this short time because you’ll look back and realize it was one of the greatest seasons that life can bring.

Admission counselor Lacy Culpepper says, “Take advantage of every opportunity to make friends and acquaintances. College is a time during which you can meet some of the best friends you will ever have and lifelong mentors. It’s a time during which you are able to choose who you really want to be and what will define you.”

6. Remember that these years will change your life – College is only a short time in your life, but it can be the best four years if you allow it to challenge and shape you academically, spiritually and professionally. As mentioned above, travel and experience new things as you are able. Find yourself and, most importantly, your identity in Christ. You may find being on your own and making decisions for the rest of your life to be challenging, but remember that, in Christ, each day is a new beginning and a chance to get it right. Keep pressing on and you’ll be just fine.

William Massey, admission counselor, says “One must keep a still heart even in the most trying of circumstances. Don’t worry when things aren’t going according to your plan. College is an exciting and busy time. Just stay calm and keep moving forward.”

Your future is waiting on you! Get ready to define your experience and your life. It’s all up to you and what you choose to do. Best wishes on this new adventure. Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13. Welcome to the HPU family, Yellow Jacket!

Summer in New Braunfels

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Guest post by Brittney Overstreet, 2014 graduate from HPU NB’s MBA program

Brittney Overstreet

Brittney Overstreet

With Texas’ scorching temperatures, what better way to cool off than one of the many water recreational activities in New Braunfels? From floating the river to riding one of the many rides at Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels is just the place to keep you cooled off this summer.

New Braunfels is known for floating the river, or “tubing” as we locals call it. Just hop into an inner tube and enjoy the ride. There are two rivers to choose from in New Braunfels: the Comal and the Guadalupe. Both rivers are natural so flow conditions and float lengths are subject to change. Make sure to check with a river outfitter before floating.

Tubing isn’t the only activity you can do on the river. Many kayakers enjoy navigating the rapids of the Guadalupe River. If you don’t own a kayak or canoe, many outfitters have them available to rent. They will make sure to put you on the best part of the river for your trip.

Located along the Comal River, Schlitterbahn Waterpark is more than 70 acres of water bliss with a variety of rides suitable for all ages. Ride down six stories on the Master Blaster or hop on The Falls to float around the park. Pack a picnic to take a break from this day-long water adventure. With more than 40 attractions, Schlitterbahn is sure to provide fun for the whole family.

Are you looking to wakeboard but don’t have a boat? No worries! Texas Ski Ranch is a cable park that allows you to wakeboard from a cable system on a man-made lake. Texas Ski Ranch also has a boat lake to allow riders to practice wakeboarding behind a boat with one of their professional drivers. The cable park is the perfect place to wakeboard for all skill levels.

Guadalupe RiverIf you have a boat, there are two lakes close by for you to use: Canyon Lake and Lake Dunlap. Canyon Lake has an 80-mile shoreline and is a short 30-minute drive from New Braunfels. Wakeboarding, jet skiing, hoverboarding and jetpacking are some fun activities for the whole family to do on Canyon Lake. Lake Dunlap is a 410-acre lake located in New Braunfels. Boating, water skiing, jet skiing and fishing are common activities along this lake. The public access ramp located off I-35 is the perfect place from which to fish or boat.

If you’re looking for a nice place to have a picnic with a great view, Hinman Island is the place to go! Pack your lunch, lounge in the grass and watch all the tubers float by on the Comal River. Surrounded by trees, Hinman Island even features a playground area for the kiddos to enjoy. Bring your bathing suit so you can jump into the river to cool off.

Landa Park features a spring-fed pool that stays 72 degrees year round. This 1900s historic body of water is one of the oldest bathing pools in Texas. The spring-fed pool has a mushroom fountain and water slide in the shallow end. In the deep end there is a two-story-tall waterslide and an overhead cargo net for climbing, rope swinging and zip lining.

So don’t sit inside this summer, check out some of the awesome water-recreation activities New Braunfels has to offer!