Yearly News Archives: 2012

HPU’s Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry program to begin January 2013

BROWNWOOD – November 14, 2012 – In response to requests from current students and alumni, Howard Payne University will offer a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (MATM) degree beginning in January 2013.

The MATM will provide preparation for those who minister to people through the local church and other related ministries, as well as provide a foundation for further graduate theological education. The 42-hour, non-thesis program is designed to be accessible to ministry students who are currently serving in locations away from the Brownwood area, and relocation is not required.

Similar to the university’s Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree, the MATM will be offered in a two-year rotation in a “modular” format. The modular format is a blended delivery system in which the equivalent of two-thirds of the instruction time is accomplished face-to-face in an intensive 8-hour per day, 4-day per week format. The remaining instruction is fulfilled through the combination of assigned readings and electronic interactions.

“We believe that complementing our current Master of Arts in Youth Ministry degree with the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree is a logical and healthy step forward for the School of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of the School of Christian Studies.

HPU has diversified and expanded its graduate and undergraduate degree offerings in recent years under the charge of Dr. Bill Ellis, university president.

“The university continually strives to meet the needs of our student body,” said Dr. Ellis. “The Master of Theology and Ministry degree is highly requested at HPU, and we are confident it will be a beneficial program for many years to come.”

HPU appoints assistant vice president for finance

SONY DSCBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently appointed Emily (Tittle) Attaway, a 2009 graduate of the university, as assistant vice president for finance. Attaway, a certified public accountant, will direct and oversee HPU’s business office, which is responsible for financial reporting, accounting operations, budget management, student accounts, cashiering, accounts payable and audit compliance.

A Brownwood native, Attaway graduated summa cum laude from HPU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. While at HPU, she was a member of Sigma Beta Delta, a national business honor society. After leaving the university, she moved to Dallas and, in 2010, graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science degree in accounting and information systems. She subsequently passed the CPA exam in 2011.

“We are excited that Emily has returned to HPU to serve as assistant vice president for finance,” said Brenda Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration. “Her expertise in accounting and information technology will be a tremendous asset in HPU’s business and finance operations.”

Attaway was most recently employed at JHB, LLP in Dallas, where she was responsible for managing preparation of clients’ financial statements, complex tax returns and oil and gas accounting.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. She has been an active member of First Baptist Church Rockwall, serving as Sunday School teacher, MOPS leader and a leader in various youth activities. Attaway is married to Daniel Attaway, who graduated from HPU in 2008 with a degree in Christian studies. He recently earned his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Photo cutline: HPU recently named Emily Attaway as assistant vice president for finance.

HPU’s Concert Choir to present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America”

hpu_concert_choir_-_2011-12_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 12, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America,” on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The patriotic concert will include songs with texts by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Phillis Wheatley as well as pieces by William Billings, who is considered the “Father of American Choral Music.”

In addition, the choir’s premiere performance piece was composed by HPU’s Dr. Elisabeth Greene, adjunct instructor of music. The composition is based on a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, former U.S. President John Adams.

“These students have been working hard to bring the HPU community a fantastic collection of music based on the writings of the American Revolution,” said Dr. Monte Garrett, associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir will present a special performance of words and music inspired by Revolutionary America.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to host discussion at HPU

BROWNWOOD – November 12, 2012 – The public is invited to attend a special presentation by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on Howard Payne University’s campus November 29. The presentation, “Dialogue with the Dallas Fed,” will be held in the Bullion Suites of the Mabee University Center from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Highlighting the program will be Thomas F. Siems, senior economist and director of economic outreach in the Financial Institution Relationship Management Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In this capacity, he partners with economists in the Fed to gather information on emerging trends and policy issues of interest to financial institutions in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico. He also oversees economic outreach that provides additional opportunities to listen to and learn from the region’s constituents. Siems also teaches operations research and management sciences courses for Southern Methodist University. He has published more than 50 articles in various academic journals, books and Federal Reserve publications. Siems earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan and master’s and doctoral degrees in operations research from SMU. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Public Finance Institute, the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking and SMU’s Graduate Marketing Certificate program.

Also speaking will be Stephen M. Clayton, economic education specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is responsible for researching and developing technology-driven resources to enhance understanding of economics and personal finance. His particular focus is the secondary classroom. Clayton has a bachelor’s degree from Austin College with a focus on economics, philosophy and mathematics and has done post-graduate work in economics at the University of North Texas.

“We hope the public will seize this unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with the distinguished guests from our regional Federal Reserve Bank,” said Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business. “This should be of importance not only to students, but to anyone with an interest in economics.”

Originally scheduled for September, the presentation was rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. The event is free of charge. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Mary Hill, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Business, at (325) 649-8704 or via e-mail at mhill@hputx.edu.

HPU’s Jazz Ensemble to present “The Very Best of Times”

jazz_ensemble_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 9, 2012 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a special concert Thursday evening, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. with the theme: “The Very Best of Times.” The concert, open to the public and free of charge, will take place in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

The program will open with the 2011 big band composition “The Very Best of Times” by Hollywood composer Gordon Goodwin. Following will be a collection of Christmas Carols and Christmas songs in a big band setting including “Hot Chocolate,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Yo Tannenbaum!,” a selection from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Special guests on the program will be HPU’s Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett. Heritage Singers will perform “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me” accompanied by the Jazz Ensemble in addition to other vocal jazz selections.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Jazz Ensemble will present a special concert Thursday evening.

HPU to host annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

thanksgiving_feast_2011_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2012 – The 29th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. The event is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The annual tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“Before I began working on it, people were asking if they can help with the Thanksgiving meal at Howard Payne again this year,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “I am thrilled this community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors is that important to those who serve each year. Another heart-warming aspect of the day is being able to provide the meals to our friends at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in this community.”

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, prepared by the staff of HPU’s Sodexo Services, will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Last year, volunteers served 691 meals at the Mabee Center and delivered 1,348 meals to area residents. Those who are living in Brownwood and Early and are unable to attend the feast at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to their homes by calling the Brownwood-Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 by noon on Friday, November 16.

“Because people were so generous last year, we have money left over to help us get started with this year’s meal,” Fishback said. “The community always comes through, so I am not worried about paying the bills.”

According to Fishback, many of the volunteers have helped for years and make serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving traditions.

“The most difficult part of coordinating the event is finding enough jobs for all of the people who want to help, and that’s a great problem to have,” he said.

Fishback said volunteers enjoy visiting with each other and guests while working to serve the meals as quickly as possible.

“I am truly blessed to live in a community where so many people willingly give their time and money to support this wonderful event,” he said. “We hope to be part of a Thanksgiving Day filled with joy as we give thanks to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways.”

Volunteers do not need to call in advance.

“They simply need to show up at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and we will put them to work,” Fishback said.

To help support the Thanksgiving meal, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast” and send them to Bill Fishback at Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, Texas 76801.

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Photo cutline: Volunteers serve the community at Howard Payne University’s annual Community Thanksgiving Feast last year.

HPU makes donation to Brownwood’s Walker Cancer Center

walkathon_check_presentation_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2012 – Howard Payne University presented a check for $3,857.81 to representatives from Brownwood Regional Medical Center’s Walker Cancer Center on Tuesday. The donation represents funds raised during the university’s Brenda Newbury Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon held last month.

From left, are: Gail Hightower, Walker Cancer Center social worker; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Jamie Skaggs, RN, HPU nurse; Chip Camp, CEO of BRMC; and Tammy Means, Walker Cancer Center director.

HPU claims Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall at home tournament

ssb_tifa_fall_2012_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, the Student Speaker Bureau, recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) state championship tournament. HPU received several honors including Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall.

The university hosted 19 institutions from Texas and other southern states and almost 200 people including competitors, coaches and judges. With 31 teams competing, the event had the largest Fall TIFA debate participation ever.

“Hosting this tournament for the first time on the HPU campus was a privilege and everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the communication department and Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) coach. “We were delighted to have so many guests on campus competing.”

HPU had the top two debate teams, winning the Debate Sweepstakes. The teams were comprised of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle, and Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass.

The SSB’s 2nd Place Overall win included points earned from debate and individual events. Individual scores are as follows: Aschmutat, 2nd place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, 5th place Impromptu Speaking, 6th place Impromptu Speaking; Bonner, 3rd place Persuasive Speaking, 5th place Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi, 5th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking; Palmer, 7th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; and Mullaney, 9th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking. Also competing were Marcos Corley, Sarah Owens, Kaleigh Tankersley, Jessica Ramirez and Dorie Walton. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also served as coach.

“I’m so proud of our team’s winning performance at this tournament,” Welker said. “It’s always nice to win but especially when you get to win on your own turf.”

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Photo cutline: HPU recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association state championship tournament. HPU competitors included (back row, from left): Dorie Walton, Jake Aschmutat, Marcos Corley and Ben Palmer. Front row, left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Jessica Ramirez, Kaleigh Tankersley, Sarah Owens and Katie Mullaney. Not pictured is Timothy Hardy.

HPU wins Moot Court tournament at South Texas College of Law

moot_court_south_texas_college_of_law_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – The Howard Payne University team of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Charity Chambers, a senior from Derby, Kan., recently won the South Texas College of Law Moot Court Tournament in Houston.

The pair beat a team from the United States Air Force Academy in the final round, resulting in a unanimous 5-0 decision for Aschmutat and Chambers. The panel of judges consisted of the dean of the law school, a state appellate judge in Houston and one of the founding members of the undergraduate moot court organization, among others.

Aschmutat and Chambers were each awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their victory. A cash award also went to HPU’s Joshua Milam, a senior from Midland, who earned a 5th place oralist award out of 76 competitors and $100.

Additional honors for HPU included a 9th place oralist award to Chambers and advancement to Octofinals for the teams of Milam and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle; and Cayden McDonald, a junior from Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Rogers, a junior from Grand Junction, Colo.

Other HPU students competing included Bethany Berry, a junior from Post; Zachary Gafford, a sophomore from Snyder; Landon Hankins, a senior from Decatur; and Caleb McConnell, a sophomore from Burleson.

HPU’s teams are coached by Mandy Locker, assistant professor of political science and criminal justice and Sandefer Chair of Political Science at HPU.

“I am extremely proud of Jake and Charity and all of their hard work that translated into such an amazing win at the South Texas College of Law tournament,” Locker said. “I am also very proud of all of the Howard Payne students who competed well, because even prior to Jake and Charity’s win, the law school admissions office was remarking about how great all of our students were and how much they wanted to make a visit to our campus to recruit.”

HPU competed against teams from 38 institutions including the Air Force Academy, Baylor University, the University of North Texas, California State University at Long Beach, Arkansas State University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University and more.

“This tournament was the first competition of the Moot Court season, and Howard Payne has set the bar high,” Locker said. “I feel like HPU has earned the reputation of being ‘the school to beat’ at the regional competitions.”

The Moot Court team will next travel to the Texas Tech University School of Law to compete in a tournament on November 16 and 17. Teams that break into quarterfinals during this competition will receive an automatic bid to the National Tournament at Regent University School of Law in January.

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Photo cutline: Members of HPU’s Moot Court recently returned from a tournament at South Texas College of Law. Shown are HPU students who were honored at the tournament. Left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Octofinal qualifier; Elizabeth Rogers, Octofinal qualifier; Cayden McDonald, Octofinal qualifier; Jake Aschmutat, tournament champion; Charity Chambers, tournament champion and 9th place oralist; and Joshua Milam, Octofinal qualifier and 5th place oralist.

Sara Haley promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU

sara_haley_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently promoted Sara Haley from director of facilities and planning to assistant vice president for facilities and planning. In her new role, she has assumed additional responsibilities to lead HPU’s efforts of planning for future campus facilities and the renovation of existing facilities.

Haley joined the HPU staff in January 2011 and leads approximately 35 employees in the areas of grounds, building and mechanical systems maintenance, custodial services, construction coordination and utilities.

She has organized and coordinated multiple planning sessions on HPU’s future campus development with the SmithGroup architectural firm in Dallas. In addition, she recently assumed the role as HPU liaison in the Independent Colleges and University of Texas’ compliance initiative program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As such, the university is performing self-audits to ensure safe environmental practices are observed on campus. This past year, Haley completed EPA technical training and recently served as a compliance peer evaluator for another Texas university.

“Sara has been a tremendous asset to HPU,” said Brenda Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We are confident that she will continue to serve the university to her utmost ability in her new role.”

Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to HPU, she was employed in commercial construction services and architectural design services. She and her husband, Joe, a senior at HPU, have a daughter, Katherine.

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Photo cutline: Sara Haley was recently promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU.