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HPU honors 264 for academic success during fall 2015 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University honored 264 students for academic success during the fall 2015 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Abilene
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Alahna Nicole Baze, Dean’s List
Ruby Patricia Johnson, Dean’s List
Micah Allen Lasater, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Amarillo
Xavier Juiqueil McFalls, Dean’s List

Amherst
Shawnece Vandela Wormly, Honor Roll

Anson
Kierstyn Lauren Evans, Dean’s List

Apex, N.C.
Kristen Nicole Terway, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Ark.
Rachel Leigh White, Dean’s List

Arlington
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Honor Roll

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Honor Roll
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List
Angelica Carolyn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Rebekah Elizabeth Weaver, President’s List

Ballinger
Alexandra Lemus, Dean’s List

Bangs
Callie Ann Adams, Dean’s List
Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, Honor Roll
Charles Anthony Long, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Courtney Caprice Seybert, President’s List

Bartlett
Garrett Grayson Wright, Dean’s List

Bedford
Bryan Austin Baker, President’s List

Blanket
Jakob Stefan Morgan, Dean’s List

Blooming Grove
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List

Boerne
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List
Danielle Paige Strickland, Dean’s List

Brady
Janis Dianne Groves, President’s List

Brazoria
Micah Brannan Huebner, President’s List

Brownwood
Christy Renee Ash, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Sharon Michelle Berger, President’s List
Blake Lawton Biessener, President’s List
Christina Calleros, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Caleb Nathan Dillard, President’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Dean’s List
Christopher Brent Freeland, Dean’s List
Misty Ann Fry, Honor Roll
Cherita Mae George, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
James Roland Hair, Dean’s List
Brogan Shea Henderson, President’s List
Jose Angel Hernandez, Honor Roll
Molly Jane Hull, President’s List
Jerry Talton Hurt, President’s List
Cynthia Lisett Ibarra, Honor Roll
Hannah Celeste Justice, President’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Summer Christine King, Dean’s List
Kindry Cruz Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Adam Justin Lloyd, Dean’s List
Kelcie Michelle Lloyd, President’s List
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez, Honor Roll
Bridgette Taylor Mayfield, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Dean’s List
Saulo Elias Mendoza, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, Dean’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Honor Roll
Seth Robert Owen, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, President’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Dean’s List
Sandy Rodriguez, President’s List
Heather Ann Rowlett, Dean’s List
Chelsea Louise Taylor, President’s List

Burleson
Caleb Michael McConnell, Honor Roll
Paighton Leanne McNeely, Dean’s List

Burnet
Kristian Jalyn Simpson, Honor Roll

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Honor Roll

Canyon Lake
Jennifer Katelyn Cardenas, President’s List

Carbon
Brooke Lyndsey Goad, Dean’s List

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham, Dean’s List
TaShana Rae Hooker, Dean’s List

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker, President’s List

Cibolo
Geoffrey Vaughn Rolando, Dean’s List

Cisco
Robert Devin Caraway, President’s List
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Dean’s List
Shawna Sha’Nae Rains, Dean’s List

Cleveland
Matthew David Daniel, Dean’s List

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Clyde
Neal Edward Kucinski, Honor Roll

Coleman
Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong, President’s List
Allison Kate Straach, Dean’s List

Comanche
Nathan Wayne Byrd, President’s List
Lisa Michelle Moreno, Dean’s List
Angela Rose Parker, President’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Honor Roll

Converse
Christian Armond Hosley, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Nathan Michael Brockett, Honor Roll
Caprica Danyelle Brooks, Honor Roll
Robert Vincent Martinez, Dean’s List

Corpus Christi
Samuel Lang Hoffman, Dean’s List

Crystal City
Michael Roy Garza, Dean’s List

Dallas
Richard Treviso, Dean’s List

De Leon
Kelci Ann Feist, Honor Roll

Decatur
Bridgette Lee Cummings, Dean’s List

DeSoto
Bettina Ayna Ballet, Honor Roll
Kelsan Marie Wolverton, Dean’s List
Sharon Allen Wolverton, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Honor Roll

Dripping Springs
Elliott Nicole Gray, Honor Roll

Early
Brittany Elaine Benson, Honor Roll
Melanie Elaine Clark, Dean’s List
Colby Scott Compton, Honor Roll
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, Dean’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Dean’s List
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List

Eastland
Sloan Elisabeth Ahrlett, Dean’s List
Tiffani Rose Peeples, President’s List
Hailey Alexandra Perrin, Dean’s List
Dezeray Dawn Tafte, Dean’s List

El Paso
Christina Noriz, Honor Roll
Brian Alan Seguin, Honor Roll
Marina Ariana Sheets-Ochoa, Honor Roll

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ennis
Ashley Briann Chapman, Dean’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Euless
Kwame Sekou Harris, Dean’s List

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List

Ferris
Olivia Ann Belsher, President’s List

Flatonia
Abraham Esteban Centeno, Honor Roll

Florence
Luis Anthony Robles, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Kevin Ray Leis, Honor Roll
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, Honor Roll

Fredericksburg
Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Garland
Rachel M. Ellington, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Murry Roy Clingerman, President’s List
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Georgetown
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Zachary Charles White, Dean’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, President’s List

Goldthwaite
Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Honor Roll
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey, Dean’s List

Gorman
Michelle Elaine Teague, Dean’s List

Graham
David Dean Groves, Dean’s List

Granbury
Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, Dean’s List

Groesbeck
Trishawn Jeremiah Townes, Honor Roll

Gunter
Richard Austin Young, President’s List

Hallettsville
Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List
Dillon Keith McCord, Honor Roll

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Hamilton
Trey Joe Carpenter, Honor Roll

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Hartley
Jacob Russell Vincent, Honor Roll

Hico
Lydia Mae Heinrichs, Dean’s List

Highlands
Hannah Marie Strebeck, President’s List
Jonathan Bennett Strebeck, Honor Roll

Hillister
Jessi Nicole Jordan, President’s List

Holland
Steven Ray Palousek, Dean’s List

Houston
Jerry Bonilla, Dean’s List

Howe
Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Humble
William Noah Payne, Dean’s List

Hurst
Carrie Deann Leach, President’s List

Hutto
Analisa Marie Anzaldua, Honor Roll

Irving
Vanessa Renae Albert, Honor Roll
Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Jarrell
Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Joshua
Julia Lynne James, Dean’s List

Justin
Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Keller
Maggie Ariette Van Nes, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Ann Green, Honor Roll

Kermit
David Tyrone Dingle, Dean’s List

Kerrville
James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List

Killeen
Jada Evans, Dean’s List

Kingsville
Brett Ollen Quackenbush, Honor Roll

Liberty Hill
Mason Marie Samsel, President’s List

Lindale
Leonard Paul Baker, Dean’s List
Peyton Nicole Cooley, Honor Roll

Llano
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Dean’s List

Lockhart
Timothy Layne Counce, Dean’s List

Lytle
Jaclyn Rose Bonner, President’s List
Rebekah Joyce Lytle, Dean’s List

May
Rebecca Danielle McFarland, President’s List
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, Dean’s List
Heather Renae Starnes, Dean’s List

McAllen
Nicholas Matthew Keathley, President’s List

McKinney
Fred Zavala, Honor Roll

Memphis
Callie Anne Molloy, Dean’s List

Mesquite
Nancy Chiamaka Okafor, Honor Roll

Midland
Britt Thomas Boler, Honor Roll
MaryClaire Swallow, Honor Roll

Midlothian
Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, Dean’s List
Tyler Christopher Colburn, Dean’s List
Gabriella Glenn Guest, President’s List

Miles
Caitlin Courtney Wood, President’s List

Mineral Wells
Rachel Ann Merritt, President’s List

Montgomery
Candace Leeann Montgomery, Honor Roll

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

New Braunfels
Adam Richard Lalanne, President’s List
Samuel Douglas Soape, Honor Roll

Newark
Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Nocona
Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, President’s List

Pasadena
Gabrielle Trysten Roque, President’s List

Perryton
Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

Pflugerville
De’andre Rashuad Walker, Honor Roll

Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Jack Henry Judd, Dean’s List

Poth
Keeley Jo McKinney, Honor Roll

Red Oak
Tiffany Michelle Bullock, Honor Roll
Brittany Taylor Davis, Dean’s List

Richardson
Ivyanne Alyssa Nichols, Honor Roll

Richland Hills
Luke G. Jester, Honor Roll

Robinson
Ally Presley McKethan, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexa Brody, President’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Honor Roll

Saginaw
Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Dean’s List

Salado
Thomas Parker Kyle, President’s List
Ruben Daniel Lemus, Honor Roll
Michael Joe Sellers, President’s List

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome, President’s List

San Antonio
Angelica Maria Gray, President’s List
Arthur Joseph Hettler, Dean’s List
William Rangel-Alfaro, Honor Roll
Jacqueline Marie Vega, Honor Roll

San Juan
Lorien Elisse Rubio, Honor Roll

Santo
Sarah Jane Van Remmen, Honor Roll

Seguin
Vanessa Mae Marquez, President’s List

Shepherd
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, President’s List

Splendora
Michael Ray Moore, Dean’s List

Stephenville
William Cody Cain, Honor Roll
Courtney Jean Tatum, President’s List

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, Dean’s List

Temple
Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Dean’s List

Tennessee Colony
Colten James Hearrell, Honor Roll

Trophy Club
Thomas Arthur Llewellyn, Dean’s List
Adam C. Snyder, President’s List

Troup
Taryn Cheney Cover, President’s List
Ethan Chase Molnari, Dean’s List

Tulia
Kayla Denae Chadwick, President’s List

Universal City
Joshua Brian Varnes, Dean’s List

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Waxahachie
Michael Nathan Snow, President’s List

Weatherford
Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List

Weimar
Jessye Elizabeth Trefny, Dean’s List

Whitehouse
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, Honor Roll

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk, Honor Roll

Zephyr
Courtney Renee Ake, Honor Roll
Jordan Lisa Pitman, President’s List

HPU celebrates Black History Month with special Chapel service

Black History Chapel 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – February 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University celebrated Black History Month during a Chapel service held Wednesday morning.

Participants comprised of members of HPU’s African-American Alumni Association and current HPU students, read stories and shared facts about black historical figures. Additionally, the participants performed several songs and led the audience in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Negro National Anthem.

The program is written and directed each year by Wilbert Rogers ’75. Gladys Murray ’79 serves as the assistant coordinator and technical specialist.

“Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Murray put a tremendous amount of effort into the program each year, and we greatly appreciate their leadership,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We’re honored to come together as a university to celebrate Black History Month.”

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Photo cutline: Chapel participants, led by HPU senior Victoria Malone at the podium, perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem.

HPU senior takes advantage of university-provided opportunities

By Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – February 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University offers many opportunities for study programs, internships and on-campus activities to supplement students’ education with hands-on experiences. Senior Dani Coquat has used her time at HPU to prepare for her future by taking advantage of such opportunities.

Coquat, a political science major with a pre-law emphasis, plans to use her major for criminal defense, global law or a hybrid of the two. As an HPU student, she has met with a current foreign relations professional, attended a law forum in Houston and traveled around the state for Moot Court competitions. One of her most memorable experiences at HPU was pursuing an internship in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015.

In June and July, Coquat interned for the Department of Commerce’s Initiative Business USA in D.C. She took an economics course through George Mason University and lived on the George Washington University campus. Coquat was also present for Supreme Court rulings and met with a few Congressmen and lobbyists. She took the opportunity to explore the area and visit potential law schools to see where she might practice after graduation.

“The friends and memories that I made while there will last a lifetime,” she said. “The experiences I had helped me to grow and realize that I can actually survive on my own. Living in the heart of the nation’s capital, I was able to see the lifestyle and learn how to balance having a social life and work, all while still furthering my education.”

Coquat has had many memorable experiences at home on HPU’s campus as well. She minors in theatre and works in HPU theatre productions with her fellow Alpha Psi Omega members.

“I pledged Alpha Psi Omega, which is the national theatre fraternity, this last spring,” she said. “Through Alpha Psi, I have helped with events such as a dunking booth to raise awareness of and money for leukemia and 24-hour theatre. I have been a part of a number of productions here at Howard Payne, including a children’s show this past fall, and will participate in the Christian University Theatre Festival this spring.”

Coquat made the decision to attend HPU after visiting the campus during band camp her junior year of high school. Along with her membership in Alpha Psi Omega, she has been part of the HPU Yellow Jacket Band during her first two years at HPU and the archery club during her freshman year.

“My time at HPU has helped to me to further my desire to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “With a career in criminal defense or global law, I will be in a position where I can help those who are most in need of it, those who don’t have voices of their own. I have made lasting friendships at HPU and I have been able to grow and change during my time here. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

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Photo cutline: Dani Coquat, a Howard Payne University senior, is pictured on the HPU campus.

HPU graduates 84 at Commencement in December

BROWNWOOD – February 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University graduated 84 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2015 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Austin
Rebekah Elizabeth Weaver – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Summa Cum Laude

Bangs
Bradley Scott Wilson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (coaching)

Brady
Janis Dianne Groves – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication), Summa Cum Laude

Brookeland
Kellie Lynn Warner – Bachelor of Science in chemistry

Brownwood
Michael Christian Ballejo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (Christian education concentration)
Christina Calleros – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Presley Neshaydith Davila – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Jesus Antonio Esparza – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Chelsea Nicole Garcia – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Victor V. Gonzales – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (coaching)
John Gray Gramling – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Cum Laude
Brogan Shea Henderson – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Summa Cum Laude
Jonathan Rick Henderson – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Juan Gregorio Hernandez – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification)
Jerry Talton Hurt – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry, Summa Cum Laude
Paula Michelle Johnson – Bachelor of Science in social work
Summer Christine King – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Kelcie Michelle Lloyd – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude
Saulo Elias Mendoza – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude
Sierra Montana Westerman – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Laura Caroll Whiteley – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Burleson
Cristalyn Hope Fitzgerald – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies and political science (general)
Hector John Rodriguez – Master of Business Administration

Canyon
Marcus David Muldrow – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Carbon
Brooke Lyndsey Goad – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, Cum Laude

Carrollton
Courtney Alyse Officer – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Clyde
Cathryn Michaela Rasbury – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification)

College Station
Troy Edmund Cuff – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Comanche
Nathan Wayne Byrd – Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Summa Cum Laude

Dallas
Stephanie Michelle Jackson – Bachelor of Arts in English

Decatur
Bridgette Lee Cummings – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)

Early
Christopher Michael Burnett – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification)
Marcie Lynn Drew – Master of Business Administration

Eastland
Corey Wynn Howie – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry
Tiffani Rose Peeples – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication), Magna Cum Laude

El Paso
Raquel Cowans – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Matthew Stephen Gray – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)
Reggie Ortiz – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration), Summa Cum Laude

Fort Worth
Edith Angelica Rodriguez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Frisco
Dillan Elaine Hanks – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Gardendale
Gage Logan Smith – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Cum Laude

Garland
Rachel M. Ellington – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology), Magna Cum Laude
Christina Ruthann Roush – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Godley
Tolli Bre Wylie – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Gonzales
Margarita Melissa Solis – Bachelor of Arts in history

Gunter
Richard Austin Young – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude

Hillister
Jessi Nicole Jordan – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and biblical languages, Summa Cum Laude

Honolulu, Hawaii
Camryn Leigh Lopez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Cum Laude

Houston
Dustin Vincent DeJohn – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Kyle
Richard Charles Porche – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Lewisville
Derrian Arnell Thompson – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Liberty Hill
Jacob Ryan Sadler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Magnolia
Brandon Reno Pace – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Marble Falls
Patricia Ann Burleson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

May
Adrian Renee Sandoval – Bachelor of Science in biology

Mesquite
Patrick Kyle Dillard – Bachelor of Science in social studies composite (grade 8-12)

New Braunfels
Matthew Ryan Aguirre – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
John Marshall Hill – Master of Business Administration
Matthew Wayne Lotz – Master of Business Administration
Randall Scott Murphy – Master of Business Administration
Kevin Douglas Wartsbaugh – Master of Business Administration
Patrick Thomas Youngblood – Master of Business Administration
Rose Marie Zamora – Master of Business Administration

Pleasanton
Kelsie Lyn Piland – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)

Pottsville
Halye Payge Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Purmela
Colton Jess McCabe – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and political science/pre-law, Cum Laude

Red Oak
Brittany Taylor Davis – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Rochelle
Nathanael Adams – Bachelor of Arts in English

Salado
Mikayla Nicole Warren – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

San Antonio
Angelica Maria Gray – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Summa Cum Laude
Zacchaeus Miguel Steidel-Santiago – Bachelor of Arts in communication (organizational and leadership communication)

Santa Anna
Loren Rae Pritchard – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (all-level: early childhood-grade 12)

Seguin
John Wade Tomlinson – Master of Business Administration

Spearman
Benjamin Reese Moore – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Springtown
Joel Torres Muzquiz – Master of Business Administration

Stephenville
Dakota Lee Gibson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (finance emphasis)
Tyler Garrett Goodwin – Bachelor of Science in athletic training and exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Courtney Jean Tatum – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Summa Cum Laude

Trophy Club
Thomas Arthur Llewellyn – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Waco
Christy Benae Hazelwood – Bachelor of Music in music-choral (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Waxahachie
Ashley Marie Moon – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Wichita Falls
Eduardo Nunez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Zephyr
Katrina Nicole Mann – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Seth Ian Pitman – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

HPU to host speaker Dr. Robert Sellers for ninth annual Currie-Strickland lectures

Sellers Formal Press Shot for webBROWNWOOD – January 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University will host its ninth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics next month with guest speaker Dr. Robert P. Sellers, professor of theology and Connally Chair of Missions at Logsdon Seminary in Abilene. The lectures are Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12, in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. The lectures are free to the public and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thursday’s lecture, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is titled “Love your [Non-Christian] Neighbor as Yourself: Religious Pluralism and the Second Great Commandment.” The second lecture, to be held Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., is titled “Do Not Oppress the Foreigner or the Poor: Religious Pluralism and the Care for the Alien and Stranger.”

Dr. Sellers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology from Mississippi College as well as a Master of Divinity degree in New Testament and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theological ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has done postgraduate work at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and at Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts.

For almost 25 years, Dr. Sellers and his wife, Janie, served as missionary student workers and theological educators in Java, Indonesia. Before returning to the United States, he taught ethics at the Indonesia Baptist Theological Seminary and the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. From 1996 to 1998, he was visiting professor at Truett Seminary and in Baylor University’s religion department before beginning his tenure at Logsdon.

Dr. Sellers is a member of the Board of Trustees and the chair for the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. He serves on the Interfaith Relations Commission of the Baptist World Alliance and is a Baptist member of a joint Baptist-Muslim Task Force that has coordinated two National Baptist-Muslim Dialogues. He is currently serving his second five-year term representing the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on the Interfaith Relations and Collaboration Table of the National Council of Churches. Locally, he is the Protestant representative on the board of the Abilene Interfaith Council.

Janie Sellers serves as an officer on the Board of Trustees for the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio as well as on the Board of Consultants for the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. The Sellers’ children, Tyler and Marnie, were both born in Indonesia and both currently work for Texas Baptist universities.

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, please contact Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at currie-strickland@hputx.edu or by phone at (325) 649-8403.

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Photo cutline: HPU will host speaker Dr. Robert Sellers during its ninth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics.

HPU student TJ Counce wins accolades at Baylor Mock Trial Tournament

By Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – January 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Mock Trial team participated in the Green and Gold Invitational Mock Trial Tournament at Baylor University, with TJ Counce, senior from Lockhart, receiving the award for second-best overall witness.

Mock Trial is a simulation of lower-court trials in the United States judicial system. The American Mock Trial Association acts as the governing body for intercollegiate Mock Trial competition and hosts tournaments at universities across the nation to provide opportunities for college students to gain experience for future law careers. Through the trial simulations, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

Other HPU participants were J Bailey, junior from Gunter; Joshua Dykes, junior from Mount Pleasant; Zachary Eller, senior from Temple; Katherine Hailey, junior from Waxahachie; Lainee Hasty, freshman from Runaway Bay; Rachel Hughes, sophomore from Llano; Caleb Kostreva, freshman from Clifton, Colorado; Daniel Lacy, sophomore from Kerrville; Sierra Mendez, sophomore from Brownwood; Jakob Morgan, sophomore from Blanket; Danya Rios, junior from Brownwood; Skyler Schoolfield, sophomore from Aledo; and Andres Zambrano, junior from Brownwood. The team is led by Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government.

The students played the roles of attorneys and witnesses during the conference. Team members who served as attorneys for the defense and prosecution prepared opening statements, closing arguments, and direct- and cross-examination for the witnesses. Counce served as a witness while playing several expert roles and won accolades from all the judges.

The three-day contest, which is sanctioned by the AMTA, attracted 30 teams of undergraduate students from across Texas. Local attorneys and law students served as judges for the tournament.

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Photo cutline: HPU senior TJ Counce was named second-best overall witness at the Green and Gold Invitational Mock Trial Tournament at Baylor University.

HPU names Michael Rodgers CFO, vice president

Mike Rodgers for webBROWNWOOD – January 19, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently named Michael Rodgers, Certified Public Accountant, as chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration.

Since 2009, Rodgers has served as vice president of business and chief financial officer at Criswell College in Dallas. He has held several administrative roles at First Baptist Academy in Dallas and All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler and was an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Baptist University and Criswell College. He has additional experience working with the Dallas Seminary Foundation and with private accounting firms and has maintained his CPA license since 1979.

Rodgers received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Arts in Christian Education degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Dallas.

At HPU, Rodgers will oversee business operations including finance, human resources and facilities and planning.

“Mr. Rodgers has a proven track record of excellence and commitment to Christian education,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “We’re delighted to welcome him as we start the spring 2016 semester at HPU.”

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Photo cutline: Michael Rodgers was recently named chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration at Howard Payne University.

HPU to exhibit works by artist Ruben Salinas

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2016 – The artwork of Ruben Salinas, painter and digital design artist, will be on exhibit at Howard Payne University January 25 through March 5. The collection, titled “Aspects of Black and White,” will be exhibited in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, and following the footsteps of his father, who worked as an illustrator and art director, Salinas studied communications and majored in advertising at Universidad Regiomontana. He moved to Houston in 1980 where he continued his education in visual communications at The Art Institute of Houston. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University. Salinas moved to Savannah, Ga., in 2005 to teach at Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, he continues work as a freelance illustrator and painter.

Salinas is the author of “The Spirit of Gesture,” a practical drawing guide for capturing the essence and energy of the subject, written for illustration, animation and concept development students and enthusiasts. He is also the founder of Art Studio Press, a graphic design, illustration, publishing and giclee printing studio.

“Mr. Salinas is a very talented illustrator and painter,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “We’re pleased to exhibit his work and invite the community to come take a look.”

HPU’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

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Attached: Promotional poster for Ruben Salinas exhibit at Howard Payne University

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2016 – It’s time to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsals for the spring 2016 season on Monday, January 25, at Howard Payne University.

The band will meet in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m. Corey Ash, director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“Everyone is invited to be a part of this exciting group,” said Ash. “The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert. From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

For more information, contact Ash at (325) 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

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HPU announces holiday schedule

BROWNWOOD – December 15, 2015 – Howard Payne University will be closed Monday, Dec. 21, through Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (The Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, and Thursday, December 31, to process end-of-the-year gifts. The Office of Institutional Advancement may be reached at (325) 649-8006 or (800) 950-8465.

HPU’s spring 2016 semester begins Monday, Jan. 11.