Yearly News Archives: 2012

HPU faculty members complete doctoral degrees

towell_and_cox_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 29, 2012 – Two Howard Payne University faculty members recently celebrated the completion of their doctoral degrees with a reception on campus.

Dr. Trissa Cox, associate professor of computer information systems, completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Science degree from the University of North Texas in May. Her dissertation topic was “Factors Associated with Behavioral Intention to Disclose Personal Information on Geosocial Networking Applications.”

Dr. Lester Towell, also associate professor of computer information systems, completed a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in June. His dissertation title was “Factors that Affect Instructors’ Intent to Use Online, On-Demand Lecture Capture.”

“HPU is proud of the accomplishments of Drs. Cox and Towell,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “They are outstanding faculty members, and I am confident the completion of these degrees will add to the educational experiences they provide to their students.”

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Photo cutline: Drs. Lester Towell and Trissa Cox recently celebrated the completion of their doctoral degrees.

HPU exhibits work of new art professor, department chair

harmon_art_for_webBy Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – October 29, 2012 – Howard Payne University will host a reception and viewing of paintings by David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center on November 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will also be a lecture by Harmon from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the art center. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend both the reception and the lecture.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

“It is our hope that the community will take this opportunity to view Mr. Harmon’s work and get to know an outstanding new addition to the HPU faculty,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5. Photo by Rachel Ellington, HPU freshman.

HPU’s Winds of Triumph bring London experiences back to the classroom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABROWNWOOD – October 25, 2012 – Howard Payne University is known for providing unique educational experiences, but quite a few people on campus are still in awe of one such opportunity presented to students this summer. One of the most discussed events of the summer, the 2012 Olympic Games, was held in London and HPU students not only were in attendance – they were on stage.

Winds of Triumph, HPU’s highly lauded instrumental ensemble comprised of 13 students and recent graduates, was invited by the Greater London Authority to play in a number of venues throughout London in conjunction with the Olympic Games. HPU was one of only four university musical groups invited to perform.

“The students were selected to represent Howard Payne University, the state of Texas and the United States of America as musical ambassadors at the Olympic Games,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of Winds of Triumph.

Though a few months have passed since the performances, the memories are still fresh. Before arriving in London, the group traveled to Paris to play the Arène de Montmartre.

“In both Paris and London the students received standing ovations and had requests for multiple encores,” he said. “We were told that people in London were very reserved and never asked for encores. But they did for our group.”

The students were strengthened and encouraged by the audiences.

“We were the smallest group performing,” said Allen Andrus, a senior from Anson. “We were worried about how we would sound against the bigger bands in an audience situation. But the crowd was very responsive, very receptive. We were playing spiritual pieces and I could see people mouthing the words.”

London venues included Exhibition Road, Victoria Park and Olympic Park.

“The most memorable moment of the trip for me was at Victoria Park,” said Tyler Cooper, a senior from Brownwood. “It was a very special performance because it had been raining all day and it seemed like it was never going to stop. As soon as we played the first note, the rain stopped completely.”

According to Cooper, the group played the entire set without a drop of rain. When they played the last chord, the rain returned.

Said Goacher, “We really felt like God was caring for us and looking out for us. All of our needs were met.”

When they arrived at Olympic Park, the group was treated to a unique performing experience.

“We had the opportunity to play in the world’s first inflatable acoustic shell,” Goacher said. “Our ensemble fit perfectly in the shell. Though no microphones were used, our music could be heard throughout Olympic Park as if there were theater speakers right next to the ears of each member of the audience.”

By the time of their second performance at Olympic Park, word about Winds of Triumph had spread.

“Entire groups of Olympic Park workers took their break during our performance and came just to hear our band,” Goacher said. “It was a wonderful reception for our students.”

Goacher described a photo taken at that particular performance.

“People of every nation, every color, every land, every tribe were all seated on the grounds of the park listening to the music,” he said. “The music we played was to the glory of God and presented in an upbeat style with pleasant harmonies. The people were just drawn to it. Maybe that’s a scene of Heaven. The weather was perfect and people from every nation were gathered in a beautiful outdoor spot listening to the music that praises God.”

Goacher and the students expressed appreciation to the many people who made the trip possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Obviously when you undertake something like this, it is fantastically expensive,” Goacher said. “Everyone shouldered the expense. We found we were greatly blessed and greatly supported by donors. The response was wonderful. In fact, it was overwhelming. We more than met our goal for fundraising.”

Tyler Matthews, a senior from Peaster, expressed appreciation on behalf of the students.
“As a group, we want to thank our faithful fans and new fans we received along the way,” he said. “Winds of Triumph would not be the experience it is for us if were not able to provide the music for them. Above all, I want to thank God because without Him this would not have happened.”

According to Goacher, the students proved to everyone, including themselves, that they are capable of great feats.

“What our students learned back in the classrooms and rehearsal halls in Brownwood, Texas, was still relevant on the world stage.”

In addition to Andrus, Cooper and Matthews, other performers on the trip included Elizabeth Bates, a May 2011 graduate from Austin; Christopher Burnett, a sophomore from Early; Mercedes Cardenas, a junior from Brownwood; Kimberly Collins, an August 2012 graduate from Bay City; Talitha Cook, a May 2012 graduate from Howe; Taylor Cook, a junior from Howe; Megan Irwin, a sophomore from Brownwood; Grant Newman, a senior from Springtown; Ethan Yeats, a sophomore from Big Spring; and Kyle Ziegler, a senior from Brownwood. Sponsors included Doris Goacher and Kevin and Jill Holamon.

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Photo cutlines: Audiences gather to watch HPU’s Winds of Triumph perform at Olympic Park in London.

Winds of Triumph perform onstage at Exhibition Road in London.

HPU students, faculty and staff walk for cancer awareness

newburys_at_walk-a-thon_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 25, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently held the Brenda Newbury Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, with proceeds going to cancer research. The event is named in honor of Brenda Newbury, wife of HPU chancellor and former president Dr. Don Newbury.

More than 200 people participated in the walk, raising more than $3,700. Funds are still being tallied and the final total will be announced next week.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Don Newbury, HPU chancellor and former president, and his wife, Brenda, pause before the walk with two of their grandchildren – Kedren Penney, left, and Juliana Penney.

HPU promotes Kevin Kirk to associate VP for enrollment management

kevin_kirkBROWNWOOD – October 22, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Kevin Kirk has been promoted from assistant vice president for enrollment management to associate vice president for enrollment management. In his new role, Kirk joins HPU’s executive team as a member of the university’s administrative council.

Kirk joined the HPU staff in December 2009, after serving for 13 years at Baylor University. While at HPU, he has overseen the areas of admission and recruiting. Kirk will now also oversee student recruitment and admission processes for the El Paso and New Braunfels campuses.

Under Kirk’s leadership in 2010, the Office of Admission enrolled the largest new student class since 1996 and the university continues to see large numbers of prospective students participating in recruitment events on campus. He recently finished a term as president of the National Association for Baptist Enrollment Professionals. His department will now report to the Office of the Provost.

“We are proud of Kevin’s numerous accomplishments at HPU,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “He has served the university faithfully and we are pleased that he has accepted this new role on campus.”

Kirk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 1993. He and his wife, Lauren, instructor of education at HPU, have three daughters – Lindsey, Bethany and Aubrey.

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Photo cutline: Kevin Kirk was recently promoted to associate vice president for enrollment management at HPU.

Ammons and Scofield crowned Homecoming Queen and Princess

BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2012 – Carlee Ammons of Houston (left) and Robin Scofield of Naples, Fla., were crowned Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Queen and Princess during a ceremony held on campus today.

ammons_and_scofield_for_webAmmons is a senior communication studies major and Scofield is a junior Academy of Freedom student and communication studies major. The pair will be featured in Saturday’s Homecoming Parade and during the halftime show of the HPU football game.

HPU freshman looks forward to another Homecoming

BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2012 – With Homecoming festivities coming up at the end of this week, Howard Payne University freshman Ashley Miller recalls her past memories of Homecoming weekends spent at HPU. For the 2012 graduate of Austin’s James Bowie High School, college has always been a part of life. For as long as she can remember, Miller has been attending HPU events with her grandparents, Dr. Damon ’54 and Betty ’58 Miller.

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When her grandfather was inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the student rode in the Homecoming Parade with her cousins. She also remembers getting to wear an HPU mum for the annual Homecoming celebrations.

Miller says that her grandparents have many other stories about their years at HPU. One of her favorites is when her grandfather and some of his friends put a Volkswagen Beetle into the boys’ dorm lobby and then hid the keys.

Miller also says that back when HPU was still called Howard Payne College, “the freshmen were required to wear green and gold beanies at all times. Upperclassman could tell any freshman to ‘button up’ at any time or any place, both downtown or on campus. To ‘button up,’ the freshman had to stand up with his or her thumb on the button of the beanie and do some sort of HPC yell.”

A liberal arts and biology major, Miller plans to go into pediatric nursing.

“I chose this field because I knew I wanted to work with kids and I have an appreciation for those in the medical field and the kind of work they do,” she says.

Miller says that she loves HPU because, “everyone is so close and friendly. It’s really like a big family!”SONY DSC

Dr. Damon Miller of Austin received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 and his master’s degree in 1958. His wife, Betty, graduated in 1958. They are delighted that their granddaughter is attending their alma mater. She also has many other relatives, including two aunts, who graduated from HPU.

“I am looking forward to meeting new friends, getting my degree and making my grandparents and aunts proud,” Miller says as she discusses her excitement about embarking on her new life at HPU.

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Photo cutlines: As a child, Ashley Miller often came to HPU events with her grandparents. She is shown wearing a mum at Homecoming 2001.

Ashley Miller poses with Buzzsaw, HPU’s mascot, while attending a preview event on the HPU campus in 2012.

HPU to present Homecoming theatre performances

homecoming_performance_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 10, 2012 – Howard Payne University will begin its theatrical season with the comedic musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Performances correspond with HPU’s Homecoming 2012 celebration, Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s theatre department and director/choreographer of the play, stated that “Forum” is one of her all-time favorite musicals.

“The songs are delightful and the story keeps you laughing all the way to the end,” she said.

“Forum” opened on Broadway in May of 1962. Humfeld says the musical is inspired by plays of the second century B.C. Roman playwright Plautus and is “gloriously free of serious moments.”

“The show’s action, dialogue, songs and dances are the essence of farce,” she said. “The single goal is to keep the audience laughing deliriously from the first note of the opening number, ‘Comedy Tonight,’ until the final curtain comes down.”

The original production was directed by George Abbott with choreography and musical staging by Jack Cole. Produced by Harold Prince, it ran for 964 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1963.

HPU cast members include Taylor Crow of Brownwood; Katie Dobson, a junior from Garland; Timmy Emery, a freshman from Brady; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Lindsey Jones, a junior from Georgetown; Lawrence Martinez, a freshman from Austin; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Elizabeth Oliver, a freshman from Snyder; Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; Judi Parten, a junior from Goldthwaite; Chris Phelps, a senior from Brownwood; Tiffani Peeples, a freshman from Eastland; Jared Russell, a sophomore from Hillsboro; Alexandra Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a freshman from Lolita; and Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, October 11-13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. Reservations may be made through the box office at (325) 649-8516 or tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: HPU students rehearse a scene from the university’s Homecoming performance, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

HPU announces Homecoming Parade route

Campus map LATESTBROWNWOOD – October 8, 2012 – Howard Payne University has announced the parade route for Homecoming 2012. The parade will travel around the HPU campus Saturday, October 13, beginning at 11 a.m., and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The parade will wind its way from HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center around the Mabee University Center, down Fisk Street to Austin Avenue, where it will turn and re-enter the campus on Center Avenue. The parade will end on HPU’s Wilson Walkway.

A variety of reunions and other events will also be held throughout the weekend. Alumni and visitors can register for Homecoming events by visiting homecoming.hputx.edu or by calling 1-800-950-8465 or 325-649-8069. A full calendar of events, various ticket packages and other information can be found online.

HPU announces Homecoming 2012 Honorees

BROWNWOOD – October 5, 2012 – Howard Payne University will recognize nine outstanding alumni during Homecoming 2012 weekend, Oct. 12-14.

Honorees include Distinguished Alumni – Joe ’55 and Almola ’55 James; Outstanding Young Graduate – Chad Gann ’97; Medal of Service – Winifred Dodds ’58 (posthumous); Medal of Service – Chuck Gartman ’72; Coming Home Queen – Joyce Clay ’77; Grand Marshals – Dale ’55 and LaVerne ’54 Gore; and Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award – Dr. Moises Rodriguez’81.

Six of the awards will be presented during the Sodexo Alumni Banquet on Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Area. Tickets packages for Homecoming Weekend can be purchased by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-950-8465 or 325-649-8069 or by visiting http://homecoming.hputx.edu/.

The Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the Hispanic Alumni Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 a.m. This event will be held in the Mabee University Center’s Bullion Suites and is free of charge.

Biographies of the honorees follow:

Joe ’55 and Almola ’55 James – Distinguished Alumni
joe_and_almola_james_for_webA native of Spur, Texas, Joe James graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 1955 and later completed a Master of Science degree in 1963. He received many awards while attending HPU and is a member of the HPU Sports Hall of Fame and former president of the Letterman’s Club.

James was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1954 and began his coaching career in 1955 at Hamilton High School. Later he served at LaVega High School as assistant coach, athletic director and head football coach. In 1964, he returned to HPU as head football coach. He served four years at HPU before becoming a sporting goods representative. He also served in the National Guard, 142nd Infantry, 36th Division, and has been an active deacon at First Baptist Church in Brownwood for many years.

His wife, Almola (Clements) James, is also a 1955 HPU graduate. A native of San Saba, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from HPU, followed by Master of Education and Master of Art degrees in 1966. Her teaching career of 34 years includes tenures at LaVega High School, Brownwood High School and HPU. She has been an active member of FBC Brownwood for many years and enjoys active membership in numerous organizations, such as The Mary Garland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Welcome C. Chandler Chapter of the Republic of Texas, the Pecan Valley Genealogy Society, Brown County Retired Teachers and the National Society of Colonial Dames, to name just a few.

The couple was married in 1954. They enjoy traveling and consider themselves fortunate to have visited all fifty states. They have two children.

 

Chad Gann ’97 – Outstanding Young Graduate
chad_gann_for_webChad Gann graduated from HPU in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music degree. While at HPU, he participated in several campus groups including the A Capella Choir, Heritage Singers, Iota Chi Alpha fraternity and the Student Senate. As a student, Gann was active in the local community through work as a licensed paramedic. He also served a student ministry internship at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, where he was promoted to a fulltime associate minister to students upon graduation.

In 2000, Gann joined the Arlington Police Department and, in 2004, was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Gann was asked to serve as the accreditation manager and policy analyst for the Arlington Police Department in 2007. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2008 where he served as patrol commander until his appointment as the Special Operations (SWAT) Commander in 2011. Currently, he serves as the acting deputy chief over the Operations Support Division, which includes overseeing SWAT, traffic investigations, homeland security and special events.

He earned a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006, a Master of Arts in criminology and criminal justice from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2008 and is currently in the dissertation phase of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in public and urban administration with an emphasis in criminal justice administration, also from UTA.

Lt. Gann has served as an adjunct professor at HPU, UTA and Dallas Baptist University.

 

 

Winifred Dodds ’58 (posthumous) – Medal of Service
winifred_dodds_for_webWinifred Dodds, a graduate of Early High School, was a member of HPU’s Class of 1958. While a student at HPU, he was on the Howard Payne CenTex Aggies judging team, which he greatly enjoyed. He later went on to receive his master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1967.

Dodds spent a total of 34 years in the public school system, 31 of those years in administration. He loved working with students. His first teaching and coaching job was in Norton. From there, Dodds served in Noodle-Horn, where he received the honor of Basketball Coach of the Year in 1971 for the Abilene West Texas Area. He later became superintendent at Noodle-Horn, as well as at Paint Creek, Jonesboro and Blanket.

He was one of four Dodds brothers who graduated from HPU. Winifred, Marlin ’54, Bobby ’60 and Roy ’63 were all superintendents for independent school districts in the state of Texas at the same time. Research showed that no other family in Texas had ever had four brothers accomplish this.

Dodds wanted to stay involved with students even after his retirement in 1989, so he began working with Scholastic Analyst to complete teacher appraisals throughout the state. He also worked nine years with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. During his retirement, he also served as interim superintendent in a variety of locations. In 1994, he was employed by HPU as the student teacher supervisor, a role he held for 17 years. In 2010, he was chosen to serve on the HPU School of Education’s Advisory Council.

Dodds was married to the love of his life, Shirley Boyd, for almost 54 years. They have three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Dodds passed away in November 2011.

 

Chuck Gartman ’72 – Medal of Service
chuck_gartman_for_webCharles “Chuck” Gartman graduated from McAllen High School before coming to HPU. During his time at HPU, he was the president of the Baptist Student Union and later the BSU student assistant, student assistant athletic dorm director, president of his fraternity and was named to the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He graduated from HPU in 1972.

Upon graduation Gartman attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in ethics and pastoral care in 1974. Later, he attended the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary to continue post graduate studies in youth ministry. Soon after returning to HPU in 2002 as assistant professor of Christian studies, Gartman received the university’s award for Excellence in Teaching for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Gartman was instrumental in helping HPU establish a youth ministry emphasis in its religious education program. He also served as a consultant in creating the Master of Arts degree in youth ministry. Active in a variety of missions and educational endeavors, Gartman currently teaches as adjunct for the Christian Studies department and is president of “Go To” Youth Ministry, Inc., a national youth ministry consulting firm. He also serves as the minister of education/leadership development at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne.

Gartman met his wife, Connie (Glass) Gartman, while they were students at HPU. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.

 

 

Joyce Clay ’77 – Coming Home Queen
joyce_clay_for_webJoyce Clay, a native of Clarendon, is a 1977 HPU graduate. She is a member of the HPU Alumni Association and has served for three years on the organization’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a member of the HPU African American Alumni Association where she has served as both secretary and vice president.

Clay has served in many churches across the state, working as a youth director, Acteens director and director of a reading improvement program. She has also served in the Navarro County Food Pantry as a volunteer and on its board as vice president. Additionally, she served on the Mary Peterson Day board in Corsicana and the Martin Luther King Board of Directors.

Clay is currently a member of the Giddings New Horizons Lions Club, where she is a member of the board, the Lion Tamer and was named Lion of the Year in 2011.

She is a member of Concord Church in Giddings, where she is a deaconess, director of The Kitchen and former member of the Praise Team. Clay met her late husband, Chester, during their time at HPU. They have one son.

 

 

 

Dale ’55 and LaVerne ’54 Gore – Grand Marshals
dale_and_laverne_gore_for_webDale Gore, a native of Corpus Christi, enrolled at HPU upon the influence of his pastor, Kenneth Hiner, an HPU graduate. Gore was editor of the Yellow Jacket for two years and was involved in the Life Service Band and Mission Band. Following graduation, he was on the staff of First Baptist Church Uvalde and later First Baptist Hillsboro. He then pastored Baggett Creek Baptist Church in Comanche County while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

After graduation from seminary, he served as music and youth director at First Baptist Church of Brownwood. After two years in Brownwood, Dale was called to be pastor of FBC Whitewright. Other pastorates included FBC Goldthwaite; Trinity Baptist, Sherman; and FBC Denison. In 1989, he was called to be the executive director of the Austin Baptist Association where he served for 10 years. Upon retirement he pastored the Elm Grove Baptist Church in Bell County for 12 years.

While he was an HPU student, he met his future wife, LaVerne Dennis. They shared several classes, sat in consecutive rows of assigned seats in Mims Auditorium at Chapel and sang in the school chorus. They were engaged by the beginning of their junior year.

LaVerne grew up in Brownwood, where her father pastored Melwood Baptist Church. She graduated from HPU in August 1954, and the couple married the same month. While her husband completed his senior year, she taught school in Cross Plains. She went on to teach at schools across the state, retiring in 1989. For six years she served as a special education consultant for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, helping churches begin and maintain Sunday school and Vacation Bible School programs for special-needs children and adults. She also taught in the education department of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for four years.

The Gores have remained active at HPU through Homecoming and the Alumni Association. They each served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, with Dale serving as president for a term. He also served on the HPU Board of Trustees for nine years and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1988. He is presently serving on the board again. LaVerne was named Coming Home Queen during Homecoming 2002.

They are now retired, enjoying their home in Salado and engaging in activities at FBC Salado. They particularly enjoy time spent with their children, grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

The couple’s son Jeffrey graduated from HPU in 1984 and, since 2007, four of their grandchildren have graduated from HPU: Addie Barnett and husband R.J., Emily Gore and Molly Gore.

 

Dr. Moises Rodriguez ’81 – Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award
moises_rodriguez_for_webDr. Moises Rodriguez, a native of Carrizo Springs, enrolled in HPU’s Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom program in 1977. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1981, he pursued his Master of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, gaining that degree in 1986. In 1997, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Baylor University.

Dr. Rodriguez has served as the outreach worker for Southside Area Ministries in Fort Worth, providing assistance and orientation to American life for refugees. He has also served as the pastor for Mision Bautista of Dublin, Primera Baptist Church of Fort Worth and Iglesia Bautista Del Salvador of Waco, growing those churches during his time with them.

From 1990 until 1997, Dr. Rodriguez and his family lived and served in Atlanta, working as field staff for the Southern Baptist Convention. He was the associate director of ethnic leadership development for the SBC and also interim pastor at Mision Bautista Briarlake. Later, he became the director of the Church Multiplication Department for the SBC before moving on to a position as manager for the SBC’s Hispanic Church Planting Unit.

Recently, Dr. Rodriguez has served as the pastor and senior pastor of Primera Baptist Church in Fort Worth while also serving as director of the North Texas Church Planting Institute and Leadership Development Center. Active in a wide range of ministry and training roles, his current work includes serving as dean of the Baptist Bible Institute and continuing education departments for the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio.

Dr. Rodriguez married Abigail Dominguez in 1984. They have two children, one of whom – Julia – is a junior at HPU.

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