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“Kinesiology” name change better reflects HPU department’s mission

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Xavier McFalls KinesiologyBROWNWOOD – April 7, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science recently announced that it has changed its name to the Department of Kinesiology to better reflect the department’s mission and purpose.

Dr. Graham Hatcher, head of the department and professor of exercise and sport science, said many academic departments nationwide have adopted similar name changes since the National Research Council recognized kinesiology as an academic discipline in the life sciences in 2006.

“Our focus is on the multidimensional study of physical activity and its impact on health, society and quality of life,” he said, “so this is an especially appropriate designation for us and our bachelor’s degrees in kinesiology and athletic training as well as the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree.”

Dr. Hatcher mentioned the department has had several other names throughout Howard Payne’s history: elocution and physical culture (1898), physical education (1923), athletics and physical education (1934) and health and physical education (1955). It was named the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in 1994.

“In the past two-and-a-half years we have crafted our mission statement, revised both undergraduate degrees, gained national accreditation for our Athletic Training Education Program and introduced the Master of Education degree in Sport and Wellness Leadership,” said Dr. Hatcher. “Those efforts were conducted intentionally as a prelude to this name change, which better reflects our core programs focusing on physical activity and human movement.”

The mission statement for HPU’s Department of Kinesiology is “To provide a Christ-centered approach to the field of human movement through study, practice, and service.” Fall 2015 enrollment in the department was 191 majors, minors and graduate students. The department employs six full-time faculty members and 19 adjunct instructors.

Kinesiology major Xavier McFalls, senior from Amarillo, said the department has opened doors for him regarding his future career options.

“The kinesiology program not only academically challenges me but also helps me take what I learn and apply it outside the classroom,” he said.

For more information about HPU’s Department of Kinesiology, visit www.hputx.edu/kinesiology or contact Dr. Hatcher at (325) 649-8966 or via e-mail at hatcher@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Xavier McFalls (blue mat), senior kinesiology major at HPU, leads a yoga class for fellow athletes.

HPU hosts health fair to promote well-being of students, personnel

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Health Fair 2016BROWNWOOD – March 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently celebrated the upcoming spring season with the “Spring into Health Fair.” The third-annual health fair featured health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for students, faculty and staff of HPU.

Staff and faculty from HPU along with local vendors set up booths that each focused on one of seven dimensions of health: emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, spiritual and social.

At the physical health booth, for example, the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) offered three different experiences. These included a pull-up contest and therapeutic modality experiences such as electrical stimulation and manual therapy. The physical health booth also offered an evaluation station where participants could be evaluated by either an athletic training student under the supervision of a certified athletic trainer or by a certified athletic trainer.

“The physical health booth provided health screening and physical assessments to promote overall wellness,” said Mike Terrill, assistant professor of athletic training and director of ATEP. “The athletic training students and I had a great time.”

At the intellectual health booth, faculty and staff from HPU’s Walker Memorial Library hosted a memory game. Out of the 49 participants, the winner of the memory game was Derek Anderson, junior political science major from Harker Heights, who won a $15 Subway gift card.

“It was a fun day and we enjoyed visiting with the students who came by our table,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “The health fair is a highlight of our spring semester and it’s nice to have time outdoors observing students putting their skills into practice.”

Keith Platte, director of the Baptist Student Ministry, administered a spiritual survey for student reflection at the spiritual health booth.

“The survey contained 15 questions about spiritual aspects we identified as being beneficial ways to help strengthen one’s faith,” said Platte.

Vendors for the health fair included Abilene Behavioral Health, American Red Cross, Brown County Health Department, Chick-fil-A, Cross Timbers Health Clinic, Family Service Center, GNC, KPSM, National Marrow Donor Program, Sodexo and WIC.

“We are very grateful to our vendors for helping make the HPU health fair a success each year,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “They educate our campus on different programs and services available in the health industry and how to navigate those programs.”

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Cutline: Senior Mason Murray takes junior Marino Ochoa’s blood pressure at HPU’s health fair.

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.

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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