Yearly News Archives: 2012

HPU group tours four Spanish cities

spain_trip_for_web2BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Students make many memories throughout their college years, but seeing the Cathedral of Toledo or the paintings of Picasso will likely stand out as some of the best for students in Howard Payne University’s Culture and History of Spain class.

Twelve students returned from Spain this summer, ready to start the fall semester – or, for those who graduated, life after college – with a new mindset and broadened horizons.

“It was really cool to get outside of the United States again and see how others live,” said Cory Edwards, a May graduate from Oak Point. “The trip was another reminder of how people are just people wherever you go, despite living conditions or cultural rituals.”

The class was led by Carla Hawkins, assistant professor of modern languages, and Dr. Danny Brunette-Lopez, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Curly Cox, associate professor of exercise and sport science, and Trissa Cox, associate professor of Computer Information Systems, accompanied the group as sponsors.

“We had met for class all semester long and already studied the places we would visit,” Hawkins said. “When we got to Spain, we were constantly on the go. We took the high-speed train, bus and commuter train, and did a ton of walking.”

The group toured Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia and Toledo, seeing royal palaces, castles, Roman aqueducts, world-class art museums and cathedrals while exploring the foreign cities. The students also had the opportunity to take part in a large street celebration for the Atlético Madrid soccer team.

“It was such a privilege to be a part of the sports celebration of the Europa Cup Champions, Atlético Madrid,” said Michael Delgado, a senior from Mesquite. “We were able to experience how much soccer means to the people of Spain and how they support their teams.”

The students returned to HPU to write summaries of their experiences. They marveled at Spain’s art, architecture, culture and history.

Austin Adams, a senior from Brownwood, noted his feelings after viewing Picasso paintings such as the famous “Guernica.”
“The paintings by Picasso depict some of the imagery during this time of war after the bombing left the country in bad shape,” he wrote. “Picasso expressed Spain as a suffering nation that cried out in pain over the troubles of war.”

Keslie Satterwhite, a senior from Panhandle, wrote about the Royal Pantheon in El Escorial which holds marble sepulchers containing the remains of the kings and queens.

“The burial room of the kings and queens was incredible and fit for just that – royalty. I was shocked to learn about the waiting room that holds bodies for 25 years before they are placed into the large caskets.”

She continued, “This thrilling trip has taught me that all people are unique in their own way, yet we are all similar; beauty is seen in all aspects of life such as nature, art, architecture and style.”

Other students on the trip included Robert Anders, a senior from Midlothian; Corissa Brown, a senior from Carrollton; Natalie Cardenas, a senior from Brownwood; Katie Carl, a junior from Princeton; Ruben Fuentes, a junior from Bangs; Ashley Whitaker Maley, a junior from Brownwood; Eric Villanueba, a senior from Paradise; and Ryan Young, a junior from Mesquite.


Photo cutline: A group of HPU students and faculty recently returned from Spain. Pictured outside the Spanish city of Toledo are (back row, from left) Eric Villanueba, Robert Anders, Cory Edwards, Keslie Satterwhite, Corissa Brown, Ashley Whitaker Maley, Ryan Young, Natalie Cardenas, Dr. Trissa Cox, Curly Cox and Austin Adams. Front row, from left: Carla Hawkins, Katie Carl, Michael Delgado, Dr. Danny Brunette-Lopez and Ruben Fuentes.

HPU graduate receives scholarship to continue education at Baylor Law School

by Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Lauren Teel, a 2010 graduate of Howard Payne University, recently received the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University. Teel, a student at Baylor Law School, who hails from Canton, was the first recipient of this award.

The Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by relatives and friends of Nancy S. Lee, a former professor of political science at HPU who passed away in 2009. Lee obtained her bachelor’s (1967) and master’s (1970) degrees in political science from Baylor University. Because of her dedication to both universities, the fund is available to graduates from HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program, who are attending Baylor Law School or are enrolled in a graduate program at Baylor.

Lee’s cousin, Roxanne Boyd, shared how excited her family is about the fund.

“We are so pleased that Nancy’s wish to support graduate education has become reality,” Boyd said, “and we hope that the endowment will continue to grow.”

While at HPU, Teel became involved in the Student Speaker Bureau and Moot Court. She gives credit to these activities and her courses in the Academy of Freedom for her consequent success in law school.

“The Academy put me around bright peers and brilliant professors,” Teel explained. “I was challenged, asked to complete hard tasks and learned to write essay exams –which prepared me for the pressure of law school’s written exams.”

Teel also had the privilege of being featured in the “Baylor Law Review,” a scholarly journal in which the top 15 percent of the enrolled law students at Baylor are published.

“The Academy exams were almost the sole determining factor for my eligibility for the law review at Baylor,” she said. “The only exceptions were two legal writing classes, for which writing my Academy thesis helped prepare me.”

Dr. Justin Murphy, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities and director of the Academy of Freedom honors program, discussed Teel’s great character as a student.

“I am gratified to learn that Lauren received the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship,” Murphy said. “She certainly epitomizes the values that Nancy Lee held and I know that Ms. Lee would most definitely approve of Lauren to be the first to receive this scholarship. It was an honor to serve as one of Lauren’s professors.”

HPU Academy of Freedom graduates planning to further their education at Baylor University are eligible for the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship. For more information contact Baylor’s Student Financial Services division at 254-710-2611.

HPU music professor spends summer teaching English in Southeast Asia

garretts_in_southeast_asia_for_web2BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music at Howard Payne University, spent two weeks in Southeast Asia this summer, teaching English to men and women who will, in turn, teach the language to local children.

Garrett and his wife, Tricia, traveled with the support of Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church and joined other Central Texas missionaries from churches in Glen Rose and Dublin. Once they arrived in Southeast Asia, they met with HPU graduates Tim (’08) and Molly (’09) Heinze, who are Coggin Avenue missionaries permanently stationed in a remote village there.

The group partnered with a local school to work with English teachers to improve their skills with the language.

“We did activities and asked them questions in English to help them feel more comfortable with the language,” Garrett said. “Many of the teachers were fluent but had not had the opportunity to practice with a native English speaker for more than 10 years.”

The Garretts had been told they might experience some resistance among the teachers, but found them to be very receptive to instruction.

“Though I couldn’t communicate in their native language, I didn’t find it hard to teach English,” Garrett said. “All of the teachers were willing to try the activities we had prepared.”

Garrett and his wife also spent four days in Beijing, China, visiting tourist sites such as the Great Wall of China, the Olympic Village and the Forbidden City at the Imperial Palace.

“It was my first time in China,” Garrett said. “It was a great experience – a lot of fun and very rewarding.”


Photo cutline: Dr. Monte Garrett and his wife, Tricia, far left, joined other representatives from Texas to teach the English language to teachers in Southeast Asia.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program announces fall classes

BROWNWOOD – August 31, 2012 – The Pre-College Music and Art Program at Howard Payne University is hosting fall classes in music and art. Classes and lessons are available for both children and adults, and the registration deadline for the fall semester is Friday, September 7.

Music classes offered this fall include: Piano, Voice, Strings, Guitar, Band Instruments, Kindermusik and the new Kids’ Musical Theatre Chorus, “Stinger Singers.” Art classes include Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting.

“The Pre-College Music and Art Program at HPU is designed to serve Brownwood and the surrounding communities in providing music and art lessons to children and adults,” said Diane Owens, program director. “Our program fosters the love of music and art inherent in all students and seeks to develop these abilities in each individual. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope that your experiences will be fulfilling and rewarding.”

For more information about the program, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or via e-mail at You may also contact Jill Holamon, administrative assistant in the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or via e-mail at

Dr. Richard Jackson speaks at HPU Convocation

BROWNWOOD – August 31, 2012 – Dr. Richard Jackson, Howard Payne University alumnus and interim pastor of First Baptist Church of San Angelo, addressed new and returning HPU students, faculty and staff during University Convocation on Wednesday. University Convocation marks the first chapel service of the 2012-13 academic year, and faculty and various administrators donned academic regalia for the service.

richard_jackson_for_webDr. Jackson earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU and the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has served as pastor at churches in Bangs, May, Bluff Dale, Cleburne and Sulphur Springs. Dr. Jackson also served the North Phoenix Baptist Church for more than 25 years prior to his retirement. During his time in Phoenix, he led his church to grow from fewer than 500 members to 22,000 members. Dr. Jackson served on HPU’s Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004.

Additional Convocation program participants included Dr. Bill Ellis, president; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; Wendy Grooms, associate professor of math; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre; Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music; Dr. Daresa Voss, professor of education; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, faculty assembly president and professor of music; and Jeremy Bartley, Student Government Association president.


Photo cutline: Dr. Richard Jackson addressed the HPU community during University Convocation.

ICUT Foundation awards UPS scholarship to Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – August 28, 2012 – Samantha Guerrero, a Howard Payne University junior from Big Lake, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation.

Guerrero, the daughter of Juan and Gloria Guerrero of Big Lake, is a 2010 graduate of Reagan County High School. She is an English major working toward her goal of becoming a teacher and coach, and she competes on both the tennis and cheer teams. She also works as a dance instructor at the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County.

The ICUT Foundation is a 510(c) (3) charitable organization operated by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, a statewide association for private colleges and universities. ICUT Foundation is an affiliate of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Since 1985, The UPS Foundation has funded more than $2.1 million in scholarships for Texas students. At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $86,400 to the ICUT Foundation. The college or university awards these scholarships based on the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

“In 2011, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $93.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer service, to the local communities in which we operate,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s private colleges.”

The CIC-UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by CIC, funds the UPS Scholarships. Since its inception, this fund has generated nearly $49 million in scholarship aid to support more than 17,000 students.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 640 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

The UPS Foundation (NYSE: UPS), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS foundation can be found on the web at UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. UPS news is available at

The ICUT Foundation is the state member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). The Foundation includes 36 member independent colleges and universities. It represents the interests and protects and promotes the general welfare of the non-profit, tax-exempt independent colleges and universities located in Texas.

Public invited to tomorrow’s memorial service for former HPU dean

BROWNWOOD – Aug. 24, 2012 – The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Dr. George Baker, former dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Music, tomorrow, August 25, at 2 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

george_bakerDr. Baker, who resided in Granbury, passed away Sunday, July 22, after a lengthy illness. He and his wife, Sara, who was an associate professor of music, retired from HPU in 1998. Along with Mrs. Baker, Dr. Baker served on the President’s Development Council at HPU.

“We hope you make plans to attend this remembrance and celebration of Dr. Baker’s life,” said Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music and fine arts and extended education at HPU. “Please remember also to keep his family and friends in your prayers during this time.”

There will be a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the George and Sara Baker Music Endowed Scholarship Fund at HPU.


Photo cutline: HPU will hold a memorial service for Dr. George Baker, former dean of the School of Music.

HPU to offer courses in New Braunfels this fall

BROWNWOOD – Aug. 22, 2012 – Howard Payne University will offer classes this fall at New Braunfels High School in advance of a permanent campus currently in development. The university, which has partnered with the Veramendi development project to bring higher education to the Comal/Guadalupe County area, will offer five undergraduate courses beginning on Aug. 27.

HPU, based in Brownwood for nearly 125 years, will provide the same high-quality educational experiences in New Braunfels that generations of students have known at the main campus.

Until HPU’s permanent campus in New Braunfels is constructed as part of the exciting new Veramendi project, courses will be offered at New Braunfels High School and online. The fall 2012 schedule includes the following courses: College Algebra, Music Appreciation, Principles of Personal Fitness and Wellness, U.S. History to 1877 and American Government. Expanded course offerings including full-degree programs and the Master of Business Administration degree will be presented in future semesters.

Students studying at HPU in New Braunfels are also encouraged to look into the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program, available entirely online. This program is designed to prepare students to become certified principals in the State of Texas.

Registration for the fall 2012 semester will take place Monday, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, located at 2154 Loop 337 N in New Braunfels. High school students planning to take courses for dual credit should contact their high school counselors for more details about registration. High school graduates interested in pursuing course credit for degree purposes should call 325-649-8025.

To find out more, e-mail, call 325-649-8025 or visit For more information about the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, visit

HPU welcomes new faculty for fall 2012

BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2012 – Howard Payne University welcomes two new faculty members beginning this fall. David Harmon will serve as professor of art and chair of the art department and Dr. Shane Kendell will serve as assistant professor of chemistry.

new_faculty_fall_2012_for_webHarmon received his bachelor’s degree from Webster University and master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as associate professor of art, director of the Red Planes Art Gallery and temporary chair at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.; as professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.; and as the chair and associate professor of art at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind.

Kendell received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of New England at Armidale in Australia. He previously served at R.G. Cole High School in San Antonio and as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Northwest Vista College. He also taught freshman chemistry lab courses at Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition, Kendell had a chemistry lecturing appointment and served as a teaching assistant at the University of New England.

“These two gentlemen will make excellent additions to the faculty here at HPU,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Howard Payne University faculty members demonstrate the highest academic standards and we are confident Mr. Harmon and Dr. Kendell will help foster our students’ intellect while also guiding them to become Godly men and women.”


Photo cutline: David Harmon, left, and Dr. Shane Kendell, recently joined the faculty at HPU

HPU athletic trainer treats injuries while sharing the word of Christ

BROWNWOOD – August 14, 2012 – According to Kara Taylor, assistant athletic trainer at Howard Payne University, no sports medicine professional would leave home without basic supplies.

“I keep rolls of athletic tape in my car, in my backpack,” she said. “It’s in our DNA, or maybe it’s drilled into us in school.”

csma_ukraine_for_webTaylor and other athletic trainers are always prepared to attend to people’s physical injuries but, more importantly, a unique ministry has developed in which they can also address their spiritual needs. Taylor volunteers as director of mobilization and volunteers with the Christian Sports Medicine Alliance (CSMA), an organization that allows sports medicine professionals the opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ through their gifts and talents around the world.

She recently returned from mission trips to Costa Rica and Ukraine sponsored by the organization. She had a similar purpose in each country – to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through sports medicine.

“We were able to spend only a week in Costa Rica,” she said. “We spoke at the University of Costa Rica and Santa Paula University about the similarities and differences in sports medicine between their country and ours, and we showed them what we do in the field.”

They also had the opportunity to meet and demonstrate the importance of proper warm-ups and stretching to members of the University of Costa Rica men’s basketball team, a few local soccer teams and a ladies’ fitness group.

Taylor wrote periodic updates to her friends, family and supporters of her mission work back home. She shared an experience from a soccer game she attended.

“One girl had been hurt the previous day and the coach asked if I could take a look at her,” Taylor wrote. “She had a muscle strain in her thigh. I was able to explain to her and her family what that meant and how to take care of herself and get better. They were very thankful we were there. We were probably the only sports medicine professionals they had ever met. What a blessing to be able to help others!”

Just a few weeks after she returned home to the U.S., Taylor traveled to Ukraine where she spent two weeks working with the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) organization.

The first week in Ukraine, she assisted with the FCA Power Camp for children ages 8 to 16. Five schools and churches participated in the camp which encompassed lessons in 10 different sports.

“The children started every day by warming up and reciting the Lord’s Prayer,” Taylor said. “Then they would split up into huddles, grouped by ages. They would play sports and have a huddle time of Bible lessons. On the medical side of things, I gave out a few Band-Aids and cleaned up some scrapes and bruises. Praise God there was nothing more serious.”

During her second week in Ukraine, Taylor gave presentations to government sports medicine professionals in the city of Rivne and at the International University of Economics and Humanities.

“We took six 50-pound bags of donated supplies to leave with them,” Taylor said. “It was our way of saying, ‘The Lord has blessed us so we can bless you.’”

During her visits to both Costa Rica and Ukraine, Taylor was questioned about what it means to be a Christian sports medicine professional.

“We were able to share our testimonies and let the Lord lead how we spoke, without ‘preaching’ to them,” she said.

Mike Jones is HPU’s athletic director and Taylor’s supervisor.

“Kara has a heart for missions and a great desire to share Christ through sports medicine,” he said. “It is wonderful to see staff members volunteer their time to serve others and spread the Gospel. I am very proud of her and glad she is on our staff.”

Taylor developed many friendships in Ukraine and Costa Rica that will last a lifetime. She specifically mentions a young woman named Tanya.

“She knew no English, but wanted to learn,” Taylor said. “We began learning each other’s languages together and became fast friends. We worked on English and Ukrainian between sports and she sat with me during one of the huddle times at camp. I was able to tell her in Ukrainian that I love her and that I love Jesus Christ. The people of Ukraine are open, waiting to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and feel the love of our Savior. The opportunities for CSMA to be used there in the future are endless.”

The Christian Sports Medicine Alliance, made up of 45 volunteers from 15 states across the U.S., bills itself as “medicine with a mission.” It was founded in 2009 by Paul Waller, who serves as the president. The group aims to provide sports medicine professionals with opportunities to participate in mission projects around the world. For more information about the organization, visit or e-mail


Photo cutline: Kara Taylor, right, assistant athletic trainer at HPU, demonstrates sports medicine techniques while on a mission trip to Ukraine.