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HPU students, employees among Empty Bowls volunteers

empty bowls 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – March 27, 2015 – More than 50 students and employees from Howard Payne University joined the volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

For a $10 donation, guests received a hand-painted ceramic bowl and a meal of soup and water. HPU volunteers were among those ladling soup and assisting the diners.

The project raised $19,000 all of which will be used to fight hunger. Ninety percent of the funds will stay in Brown County, while 10 percent will be tithed to an organization that fights hunger internationally.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, coordinated the volunteers.

“We’re very fortunate to have organizations such as Good Samaritan Ministries in our community,” he said. “The staff of that organization does excellent work in fighting hunger in Brownwood. I was proud to be a part of the Empty Bowls project.”

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Photo cutline: Danyel Bradley, right, a junior criminal justice major from DeSoto, was among the HPU volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

HPU’s Social Work Club helps create lasting memories for local high school students

cinderella project for webBROWNWOOD – March 26, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club recently helped facilitate special moments in the lives of several local high school girls by giving away free prom dresses. Dubbed the Cinderella Project, 22 dresses were placed with new owners.

The like-new dresses, some complete with store tags, were donated by HPU students and others in the community. A total of 37 girls, accompanied by friends and loved ones, browsed through the collection.

The Social Work Club played music and set up a dressing room to complete the boutique experience.

“Rather than simply handing out dresses, we really wanted to help create a special moment that the girls and their families can remember fondly for years to come,” said Dan Humeniuk, club adviser, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.

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Photo cutline: HPU Social Work Club member Angelica Gray, a junior from San Antonio, browses the free prom dresses available during the club’s recent Cinderella Project.

HPU to present special evening of music in New Braunfels

A Joyful Heart poster for webBROWNWOOD – March 25, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a concert on Monday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels.

Titled “A Joyful Heart,” the concert will showcase the talents of HPU students and faculty in a vibrant collage of sound. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Among those performing will be the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers include Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

“The music to be presented spans a wide variety of genres and diverse styles so that the program has something that will appeal to and touch everyone,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts.

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is located at 290 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfelsconcert.

“We’re pleased to welcome faculty and students from HPU’s flagship campus for an evening of wonderful music here in New Braunfels,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs. “This is a very talented group of individuals and we look forward to their performances.”

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is an extension of the university’s original campus in Brownwood. The New Braunfels Center offers a range of undergraduate degrees and dual-credit courses as well as the Master of Business Administration degree and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

HPU’s Resurrection Week to be time of renewal

BROWNWOOD – March 25, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s spring revival, Resurrection Week, will be next Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1. The community is invited to attend these services, intended as a time of spiritual renewal for the campus.

Mike Satterfield for webThis year’s speaker is Mike Satterfield, the founder of Field of Grace Ministries. Satterfield has a tremendous passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that flows through every facet of his ministry. Having received his mandate from God, Satterfield obediently fulfills his calling communicating spiritual truths to all audiences, both students and adults. He is an effective communicator with fresh and original illustrations. God has given him the ability to engage the audience with his skilled use of words and his warm personality. He combines both to reflect the vitalizing truths laid out in God’s Word in a relevant message to the world. His vision is uncompromisingly clear, with one central principle: to build and develop a kingdom of empowered people for God. Holding firmly to the commissioned mandate in Matthew 28:18-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,” he has taken the Gospel into national and international communities of the world.

Satterfield is the teaching pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington. He and his wife, Rhonda, have two children.

Mike Romero for webWorship will be led by Mike Romero Music out of Houston. Originally from Seattle, Mike Romero moved to Texas in 1998 to manage the Robbie Seay Band and practice live sound engineering for that band as well as the David Crowder Band. He later transitioned into full-time student ministry at First Baptist Church in Magnolia where he developed a love for ministry and a passion for leading others in worship. Mike Romero Music was birthed from Romero’s ministry at FBC Magnolia, the band being comprised of several of his former students. Romero and his bandmates have released two studio albums, both produced by The Digital Age and recorded in their Waco studio, Asterisk Sound. Mike Romero Music’s long history as friends and partners in ministry has created a unique chemistry and fueled their vision to write music that resonates with listeners inside and outside the church. The band believes that authentic stories of life, relationships, pain and redemption have the power to point people to the Gospel and the glory of Christ.

“Resurrection Week is always a powerful time at HPU,” said Corey Ash, director of bands and Chapel coordinator. “The campus community comes away rejuvenated and we’re glad that we can open it up so the public can experience that as well.”

Services on Monday and Tuesday will be held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the last service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Each will take place in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. For more information, contact Ash at (325) 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

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Mike Satterfield, founder of Field of Grace Ministries, is the speaker for this year’s Resurrection Week at HPU.

Mike Romero Music will lead worship during Resurrection Week at HPU.

HPU’s Burnett and Krueger to partner for senior recital

burnett for webBROWNWOOD – March 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University students Christopher Burnett of Early and Ashley Krueger of Sherman will present a senior recital on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. Burnett will perform on the trumpet and flugelhorn while Krueger will perform on the French horn.

“We’re excited to invite the community to Christopher and Ashley’s recital which is a culmination of many hours of hard work and diligence to their art,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts.

krueger for webThe public is welcome to attend the recital and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Christopher Burnett will play the trumpet and flugelhorn during his senior recital at HPU on March 24.

Ashley Krueger will play the French horn during her senior recital at HPU on March 24.

Photos by Jill Holamon.

HPU Health Fair aims to enhance wellbeing of students, personnel

Students at intellectual health booth for webBROWNWOOD – March 17, 2015 – Howard Payne University celebrated the upcoming spring season recently with a “Spring into Health Fair” for faculty, staff and students. The second annual fair featured health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways.

“The purpose of the Health Fair is to assist our campus community in taking a proactive and holistic approach to health,” said Dr. Graham Hatcher, professor and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Campus personnel and vendors from the community set up booths that addressed health from seven perspectives: physical, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, emotional, environmental and social.

At the “social” booth, for example, students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication led attendees in impromptu speaking challenges designed to enhance communication skills.

“Many face-to-face conversations have been replaced with texting and social media,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication. “We wanted to help students regain confidence with interpersonal communication and conversational skills.”

Leslie King and student for webDr. Hatcher said that people often overlook many of the components that comprise one’s overall health and wellbeing.

“Humans are very complex beings,” he said. “It’s necessary to take a well-rounded approach as we care for ourselves.”

Vendors included the Brown County Extension Agency, Brown County Health Department, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Chick-fil-A, Cook Children’s Hospital, Family Services Center, GNC, Public Health Preparedness, Sodexo, United Health Services and the WIC Program.

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Photo cutlines: Students gather around a booth at HPU’s second annual “Spring into Health Fair.”

HPU’s rock climbing instructor Leslie King, left, assists Dominic Packer, a freshman from Austin, with a hanging challenge.

HPU community enjoying newly renovated Mabee University Center

By Emily Peisker, HPU junior

Students in Mabee foyer for webBROWNWOOD – March 17, 2015 – Since its reopening at the beginning of the fall semester, the Howard Payne University community and campus guests have enjoyed the recently renovated Mabee University Center, including the updated Fambrough’s Eatery and Coffee Bar and expanded Spirit Store.

“The new center is much more open, but it still has that feeling of coziness,” said Brittany Cavness, a senior from Lampasas. “I also really like that Fambrough’s has new healthy options.”

In addition to upgrades to the eatery and campus store, the extensive redesign included a renovated dining hall, study lounge, social spaces, enhanced technology, new office suite for the vice president for student life and her staff, additional conference rooms and improved Bullion Suites to host events for the university and the community. Recent campus photographs and archival photographs were used in spirited wall graphics throughout the center.

“I think the new Mabee Center is beautiful,” said Kaleigh Tankersley, a senior from Iraan. “The renovations made the building more student-friendly. I love the professional aspect of the upper floor and the school spirit displayed on the lower floor.”

Andrew Overmiller, a sophomore from Natalia, also expressed his appreciation of the new center and its social spaces.

“I love the renovations that were made to the Mabee Center,” he said. “It has become a great environment in which to hang out with friends and study.”

Local contractor Waldrop Construction worked with SmithGroupJJR of Dallas, one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms, to complete the remodeling project. Bill Fishback, HPU’s assistant vice president for business and human resources, was the university administrator responsible for the construction phase of the project.

“During the construction phase of the Mabee Center renovation project, SmithGroupJJR representatives Nick Back, Kenda Draper and Eden Vaughn were invaluable as we worked with Waldrop Construction and subcontractors to ensure the end result would be a great facility for students,” said Fishback. “Nick Back, associate construction manager, is the consummate professional and was our ‘go to’ person at SmithGroupJJR, assisting us daily throughout the project.”

HPU has received positive feedback on the renovations from campus guests, as well.

Beadel Dining Hall for web“We’ve hosted several community events since the remodel and many are scheduled for the future,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “The Mabee Center renovations have received great reviews and people from our community are delighted and amazed with the improvements.”

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Students gather in HPU’s Mabee University Center foyer.

Students enjoy the new social spaces in HPU’s Mabee University Center, including the completely renovated Beadel Dining Hall.

Chili’s to support HPU’s Spring Sing 2015

BROWNWOOD – March 16, 2015 – A portion of Chili’s proceeds tomorrow, March 17, will benefit Howard Payne University’s Spring Sing 2015. With each flyer presented, the Brownwood restaurant will donate 10 percent of the event day sales in support of HPU’s annual musical event.

The flyer may be downloaded at www.hputx.edu/springsing2015. The event will take place Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. at Chili’s Brownwood location, 210 E. Commerce Street.

Spring Sing is slated for Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium with a repeat performance the same time on Saturday. This year’s theme is “Night at the Cinema” during which student organizations will recreate some of their favorite movie moments. Participants include members of Alpha Psi Omega, Chi Alpha Omega, Delta Chi Rho, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Theta Phi, Tau Beta Sigma and Zeta Chi.

“These groups have been practicing hard for many weeks to put on a great show for the community,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “We’d like to encourage everyone to support our students by eating at Chili’s tomorrow evening and coming out to see the shows this weekend.”

Tickets for reserved Spring Sing seats may be purchased at HPU’s Cashier’s Office inside the Packer Administration Building for $10 and general admission tickets will be $5 at the door on the evening of the event.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Student Life at (325) 649-8017.

Several HPU students to spend Spring Break serving others

Beach Reach group 2015 for webBy Rachel Ellington, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – March 6, 2015 – At Howard Payne University, the Great Commission – Jesus’ command to his followers in Matthew 28 to “go and make disciples of all nations” – is a closely held belief. As a result, several departments and organizations, including HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, send students to a variety of locations each year to spread the love and Gospel of Christ. This tradition will be continued during HPU’s Spring Break, March 9-13, as the BSM takes 19 students to minister to vacationers at South Padre Island.

The students will work alongside ministry teams from churches and other universities in a collective project known as Beach Reach. The purpose of the ministry is not just to evangelize to the beachgoers but to adopt the servant-like attitude modeled by Jesus Christ.

Beach Reach volunteers from across the nation will serve those vacationing at South Padre Island by giving free, safe van rides throughout the island, preparing and serving pancake breakfasts on the beach and lending a helping hand to those in need.

This year marks Beach Reach’s 35th anniversary.

“This is a great opportunity for college students to witness to their peers and share the Gospel,” said Kim Garner, HPU’s Beach Reach coordinator. Garner is a 2014 HPU graduate serving as the BSM intern. “The BSM requests prayers for both the volunteers and the beachgoers.”

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Photo cutline: Nineteen HPU students left for South Padre Island Friday afternoon to minister to beachgoers during Spring Break. They are led by Kim Garner (front row, third from left), BSM intern and Beach Reach coordinator.

HPU’s Daniels, champion team to be honored during Saturday’s basketball games

Nat Champ Team Photo for webBROWNWOOD – February 19, 2015 – Several Howard Payne University basketball standouts have been inducted into the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor and will be honored in between the women’s and men’s basketball games this Saturday, February 21, at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Meia Daniels, 2008 HPU graduate and current head women’s basketball coach for the university, and the members of the 2007-08 HPU women’s basketball team were inducted into the ASC Hall of Honor in December. According to the ASC, the team holds distinction as the first to win an NCAA Division III team title for the conference.

Team members include Daniels, Stacy Blalock, Stephanie Brewer, Makiesha Davis, Mionca Hall, Elaine Hobbs, Hope Hohertz, Kimberly Hoffman, Sarah Pfiester, Daphnie Pippins, Katy Sarem, Tiffany Warner, Chris Kielsmeier (then head coach), Lindy Hatfield (then assistant coach) and Traci Ortiz (then student manager).

“These young women and their coaches brought national attention to HPU and the Brownwood community during their record-setting season,” said Mike Jones, HPU athletic director. “We hope the community joins us Saturday as we honor their achievements.”

Tickets to the game are $3 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and $1 for children ages 12 to 18. Children under 12 receive free admission.

Meia Daniels
A four-time all-conference honoree and three-time West Division Player of the Year, Meia Daniels capped her Howard Payne women’s basketball career with a NCAA Division III national championship, selection as the WBCA Division III Player of the Year (2008) and as a finalist for the Women’s Collegiate Sports 2008 Athlete of the Year award. Daniels is one of two women to twice earn American Southwest Conference Female Athlete of the Year honors, claiming the league’s highest student-athlete honor for both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

A point guard, Daniels is one of two women’s basketball student-athletes to have been named to the All-ASC team in each of her four seasons (2005, ’06, ’07, ’08). She also earned All-West Division First-Team honors all four seasons and was three times voted ASC West Division Player of the Year (2006, ’07, ’08). Daniels was the 2005 ASC West Division Freshman of the Year. Howard Payne made four straight ASC Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament appearances during Daniels’ collegiate career, winning the conference title three times (2005, ’07, ’08) with Daniels selected the tournament most valuable player in her junior and senior years (2007, ’08).

Daniels was named Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Final Four and selected to the All-Tournament team. The WBCA named Daniels as an all-American in 2008 and honorable mention all-American in 2007. Her list of collegiate honors included WBCA and D3hoops.com all-South Region awards, including D3hoops.com South Region Player of the Year citations as a junior and senior (2007, ’08).

As a player, Daniels was part of an HPU program that posted a 109-12 record and made four trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Both Howard Payne and American Southwest Conference records bear Daniels’ name. She still holds seven Howard Payne career, season and game records and currently holds two ASC career marks – games played (121) and field goals attempted (1,694) – and five conference season records – points (649), field goals made (215) and field goals attempted (479). Daniels lists second all-time in career scoring in the ASC and at Howard Payne (2,118).

Daniels holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from HPU (2008) and a master’s degree in organizational management from Wayne State College Nebraska (2010). Following graduation from HPU, Daniels spent two seasons as a women’s basketball graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division II Wayne State College (Neb.). She helped guide WSC to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship in 2010.

Daniels is a member of the Howard Payne University Athletics Hall of Fame, both as a student-athlete and as a member of the 2007-08 HPU women’s basketball national champion team. Daniels is presently assistant director of athletics/senior woman administrator and women’s basketball head coach at Howard Payne.

The 2007-08 Women’s Basketball Team
The American Southwest Conference claimed its first NCAA Division III national team championship when the 2007-08 Howard Payne University women’s basketball team capped a perfect 33-0 season with a 68-54 win over Messiah College for the 2008 national title. It was just the fifth time a team had gone undefeated in claiming the Division III women’s basketball championship. The HPU women’s basketball team was the only collegiate basketball team, men’s or women’s at any level, to finish the 2007-08 season with an undefeated record.

In addition to winning the first national team title in the ASC, the 2007-08 team also recorded the first national team title for Howard Payne since the institution joined the NCAA in 1996. The 2007-08 women’s basketball national championship team was inducted to the Howard Payne University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Howard Payne’s championship season included an American Southwest Conference title and West Division championship. The Lady Jackets led Division III women’s basketball in home attendance average and extended their Brownwood Coliseum home win streak to 36 games. The HPU win streak vs. ASC opponents stretched to 34 games. Only four of the season’s 33 games were decided by 10 or fewer points, and HPU led NCAA Division III women basketball in scoring margin (27.8 pts. per game).

The 2007-08 Lady Jackets established three ASC season records that still stand: points (2,485), free throws made (671) and free throws attempted (885). During the season, Howard Payne earned the first No. 1 national ranking for women’s basketball in school history.

In addition to team accolades, the 2007-08 Howard Payne team produced numerous national, region and conference individual award winners, including WBCA Division III National Player of the Year and All-American, Meia Daniels; WBCA and D3hoops.com National Coach of the Year, Chris Kielsmeier; WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, Stacey Blalock; and three all-region picks, Daniels, Blalock and Kim Hoffman. The conference postseason awards list included HPU players on the all-ASC team, all-West Division first, second and defensive teams; West Division freshman team; and ASC All-Academic team. ASC West Division awards were presented to Daniels (Player of the Year), Blalock (Defensive Player of the Year) and Kielsmeier (Coach of the Year).

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Photo cutline: Meia Daniels and the members of the 2007-08 HPU women’s basketball team were inducted into the ASC Hall of Honor and will be honored during HPU’s basketball games this Saturday.