Yearly News Archives: 2013

HPU professor and dean recalls experiences in North Korea

Bryant in North Korea[This story was originally published in the summer 2013 issue of the HPU Update.]

In 2012, Dr. Pam Bryant, professor of chemistry and dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics, delivered a message titled “The Magnitude of God” at the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation at Wheaton College in Naperville, Ill. Shortly after her speech ended, she was approached by two people who presented her with an opportunity to learn even more about the power of God in her own life.

“I was introduced to Joshua Song and Pilju Kim,” Dr. Bryant said. “They talked to me about a school in North Korea that taught in English and was run by Christian faculty.”

Pilju Kim, who serves as the director of agricultural research and development at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, explained that the university needed a biochemist for the summer.

“They wanted to know if I was interested,” Dr. Bryant recalled. “All I could think was, ‘Surely you must mean South Korea!’ I didn’t even know that Americans could go to North Korea.”

She admitted that she didn’t know much about the communist country or its citizens.

“All I knew was that they were our enemy and that they were trying to make a nuclear bomb,” she said. “However, sometimes you just know when God is calling you to do something.”

After much prayerful consideration, and many discussions with her pastor, friends and family, Dr. Bryant agreed to teach biochemistry for eight weeks in May-June 2012 in Pyongyang to 20 undergraduate and seven graduate students.

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is the only private university in North Korea and is funded in part by Christian donors from around the world. Though North Korea is largely closed off from the rest of society, the university brings scientists from other cultures to teach its students. The Christians who support the university seize the opportunity to share the love of God, however indirectly, with the students.

“I was not allowed to minister to my class or even mention God,” Dr. Bryant said. “But I made an effort to show the Christian spirit. These young people are taught daily that Americans are mean and evil, so I showed them the fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23, such as peace, patience and goodness.”

Upon arrival in North Korea, she was required to surrender her passport and cell phone, and was housed in a compound surrounded by a fence and guards during the length of her stay.

“Outsiders cannot talk directly with ordinary people in North Korea, nor may they use the taxis,” Dr. Bryant said. “They must communicate through a minder (escort) and use an official driver.”

According to Dr. Bryant, the North Korean government realizes its students are behind in science education due to these strict societal rules. Rather than sending students out of the country to expand their educations, the government officials recruit scientists from around the world so that their students may experience other cultures while still remaining under their control. Dr. Bryant found her class to be very receptive to her teaching.

“These students were so hungry for knowledge they would sometimes come to class almost exhausted from trying to learn so much so fast,” she said. “The students all appreciated the opportunity they were given in my classroom. I worked to be a good steward for the U.S., my God and the subject I taught.”

Last fall, Dr. Bryant presented a paper titled “Teaching Biochemistry in Pyongyang, North Korea” at the Fourth International Conference on Science in Society at the University of California, Berkeley. She spoke with colleagues from universities around the world.

“I was sent to North Korea to come back and tell the world about my experiences,” she said. “This university in Pyongyang is a gift from God. It’s there because of the people who say ‘yes’ when God asks for simple things.”

To view Dr. Bryant’s complete article as presented at the University of California, Berkeley, click here.

Photo cutline: HPU’s Dr. Pam Bryant teaches a class at North Korea’s Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. (Photo by Yu Chon)

HPU graduates 125 at Commencement in May

BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2013 – Howard Payne University graduated 125 students at its Commencement ceremony at the close of the spring 2013 semester. Dr. Bill Ellis, university president; Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr., chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Graduates included:

Allen
Jonathan Harrott – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Alvarado
Thomas Head – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Andrews
Blake Gribble – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Austin
Sarah Davies – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Danny Jaime – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
John King – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis), Magna Cum Laude
Karl Stewart – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Azle
Nicholas Rayburn – Bachelor of Science in social studies composite
Kayla Scott – Master of Business Administration in business administration
Jordan Villanueva – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Bangs
Richard Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in communication
Ruben Fuentes – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Baytown
Brian Asp – Master of Business Administration in business administration

Beaumont
Tyler Gaddis – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Blanket
Tylene Middleton – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Brownwood
Amanda Anderson – Bachelor of Science in biology
Anthony Arreola – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Kevin Baker – Bachelor of Music in music-performance (instrumental)
Stephanie Baldwin – Bachelor of Arts in history
Brittany Beelby – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Joel Berends – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Bethany Berry – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science (pre-law)
Natalie Cardenas – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Andrew Chisholm – Master of Business Administration in business administration
Shannon Costello – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Summa Cum Laude
Molly Davis – Bachelor of Science in biology
Richard Diaz – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (Bible concentration)
Roy Haley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
John Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry
Hayden Hewitt – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Houston Holmes – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management), Summa Cum Laude
Kerri Jones – Bachelor of Science in standard chemistry, Cum Laude
Amy Martin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Katy McBeth – Bachelor of Science in social work
Maitreyee Nigalye – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Summa Cum Laude
Emily Rainey – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Mary Raschke – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Alexandra Ratulowski – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Ethan Selman – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Tracer Skelton – Bachelor of Science in biology, Magna Cum Laude
Jesse Smith – Bachelor of Music in music-performance (voice concentration)
Michael Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Luis Vallecillo – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (coaching)
Megan Wickline – Bachelor of Arts in art (all-level certification)

Canyon
Anna McCay – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Cum Laude

Cedar Hill
Senae Dillard – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Cedar Park
Regan Hogan – Bachelor of Arts in history (American emphasis), Summa Cum Laude
Ryan Hogan – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology, Summa Cum Laude
Laura Peisker – Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude

Chappell Hill
Haley Clanahan – Associate in Health Science in health science

Cisco
Haleigh Caraway – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Clint
Genaro Astorga – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Clovis, N.M.
Heather Emch – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sarah Stamps (Cooke) – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude

Comanche
Ricardo Martinez – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Molly Marriott – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Crane
Jacelynn Cunningham – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Dayton
Jessica Taylor – Bachelor of Science in biology

Derby, Kan.
Charity Chambers – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom, communication studies (public/media) and political science, Summa Cum Laude

Duncanville
Michael Talley – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Early
Kelli Ezzell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Cum Laude
Sara Jones – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Stefani Williams – Bachelor of Science in psychology (family psychology), Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Brandi Wright – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Fort Myers, Fla.
Sarah Weber – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude

George West
Hillary Sellman – Bachelor of Arts in English, Cum Laude

Georgetown
Brandi Castillon – Bachelor of Music in music (church music – vocal)

Goldthwaite
Jaime Speegle – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology), Magna Cum Laude

Granbury
Lori Horn – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Jonathan Morris – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management)
Baillie Trumble – Bachelor of Science in biology

Harlingen
Edward Martinez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Helotes
Cheryl Sarem – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude

Highland Village
Samuel Dollahite – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Houston
Kathryn Barrackman – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom, political science (international studies) and mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
Karla Kalantar – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Humble
Eric Sailors – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Iowa Park
Aimee Gow – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

La Grange
Dana Marrs – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management)

Lampasas
Christa Lee – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Leander
Nathaniel Pepe – Master of Business Administration in business administration

Lindale
Kaitlyn Kelm – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom and political science (general), Cum Laude

Longview
Kyle Huesing – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Summa Cum Laude

Mason
Virginia Lemke – Bachelor of Science in business administration

May
Bryan Pate – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Mesquite
Michael Delgado – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (all-level: early childhood – grade 12)

Midland
Julie Fowler – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Cassandra Jolly – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Cum Laude
Rebecca Knighton – Bachelor of Science in family studies, Summa Cum Laude
Joshua Milam – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science (pre-law), Summa Cum Laude

Montgomery
James Lamberth – Bachelor of Science in communication (public and media communication)

Mullin
Ethan Fisher – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Olden
Timber Curtis – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Paradise
Dustin Campbell – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
James Castleberry – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Kelley Miller – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom and political science (general), Magna Cum Laude
Courtney Wilmoth – Bachelor of Arts in English, Cum Laude

Pflugerville
Dustin Taylor – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Plano
Jessica Baniewicz – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies and Spanish, Cum Laude
Kollin Fields – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and social studies composite (grade 8-12)

Port Arthur
Sharon Jarquin – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, Summa Cum Laude

Poth
Megan Haverlah – Bachelor of Science in communication (public and media communication), Cum Laude

Red Oak
Jimmy Cuellar – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification)

Richmond
Carlee Ammons – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication), Summa Cum Laude

Rising Star
Adrian Greenfield – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Julieann Steubing – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Cum Laude

Robstown
Raul Elizondo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Rockwall
Molly O’Brien – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Roscoe
Kaitlinn Reed – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Rowlett
Kyle Heidelberg – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Summa Cum Laude
Tyler Heidelberg – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education, Summa Cum Laude
Andrew Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Sachse
Brandon Helm – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

San Angelo
Rachel Wohl – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Summa Cum Laude

San Antonio
Amanda Munoz – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Savoy
Reed Klose – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Splendora
Allison Moore – Bachelor of Science in biology

Springtown
Grant Newman – Bachelor of Arts in music (instrumental)

Stanton
David Anderson – Bachelor of Music in music (church music – vocal)

Sunnyvale
Whitney Sirois – Bachelor of Arts in English

Sweetwater
Timothy Rhoades – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry, Cum Laude

Temple
Madeleine Daugherty – Bachelor of Science in middle school education (grade 4-8), Summa Cum Laude

Universal City
James Timmons – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (traditional)

Waco
Jake Shelton – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Wichita Falls
Oliver Barker – Bachelor of Science in business administration

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.

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HPU preparing for a busy summer

summer_camp_staff_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – June 7, 2013 – Most Howard Payne University students have left Brownwood for the summer, but a variety of camps and programs will continue to bring many visitors to the community. More than 2,000 young people are expected to be on campus throughout June and July.

“Summer is a fun time at HPU,” said Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator. “We are happy to welcome these students and help them to feel at home on the HPU campus.”

In addition to band, athletic, JROTC and church camps, HPU will host the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer. The program is a leadership training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and want to know more about sharing Christ with others.

Several camps for younger students will be held at HPU, including HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps for students entering first through sixth grades and CentriKid Camp for students in third through sixth grades.

HPU students will facilitate most of the programs. Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs, serves as the student leader for the summer camp staff.

“This will be my second summer serving on staff and I am looking forward to how God will use this incredible group of people that He has brought together for this purpose,” he said. “It’s going to be a great summer.”

For more information about HPU summer camps, or to inquire about summer 2014 camp availability, contact Childs at dchilds@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s summer camp staff includes (standing, from left): Ashley Krueger, a junior from Howe; Kelsan Wolverton, a sophomore from Lampasas; Katie Vernon, a junior from Bangs; William Massey, a senior from Goldthwaite; Joshua Snow, a senior from Waxahachie; Nathan Lamb, a sophomore from Paradise; Taylor Combs, a junior from Brownwood; and Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs. Seated, from left, are: Michael Snow, a freshman from Waxahachie; Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator; and James Snow, a junior from Waxahachie.

HPU to host college search event for high school students and families

mgc_side_2_for_webBROWNWOOD – June 4, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host a free celebration for area high school students and family members beginning the college search process on Friday, June 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the KPSM (99.3) radio station parking lot at 910 Main Street in Brownwood, adjacent to the HPU campus. KPSM will broadcast live during the event and serve free hot dogs and other refreshments.

HPU’s Mobile Go Center (MGC) will be on hand for those wishing to learn more about the university and the general college search process. The 42-foot MGC trailer, equipped with laptop computers, satellite Internet and more, visits schools, community events, festivals and churches throughout the state to present information about higher education in an atmosphere comfortable to prospective students and their families. HPU acquired the trailer and accompanying 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Crew Cab truck in 2012 through a generous grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation of San Marcos and assistance from the Bruner Auto Family of Brownwood.

“HPU’s Mobile Go Center is a great resource for area high school students and these communities,” said Stephen Sullivan, HPU admission counselor and Mobile Go Center coordinator. “We are excited to engage Heart of Texas students in the college selection process in ways they have perhaps never experienced and assist each student in selecting a college that will be a great fit for his or her higher-education needs.”

For more information, call HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or (800) 880-4478.

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Photo cutline: HPU will host a college search event for area high school students and families at KPSM’s studio on Main Street this Friday. HPU’s Mobile Go Center will be on hand for those wishing to learn more about the university and the general college search process.

HPU announces dates for Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs

summer_scholars_2012_robotics_for_webBROWNWOOD – May 30, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host its annual Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus. The programs, for students in first through sixth grades, will feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body.”

“We have an outstanding lineup of HPU professors and area public-school teachers who are experts in the fields of study they will be teaching our students,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU. “The curriculum this year includes biology, robotics and its application in the medical field, reading and, of course, our popular physical activities.”

This year’s Summer Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins, seventh-grade language arts teacher and head cross-country coach at Early Middle School and assistant basketball and track coach at Early High School; Tami Hull, sixth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School and coach of the robotics and University Interscholastic League science and mathematics teams; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction in the area of science education; and Dr. Evelyn Romig, professor of English at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in English.

Young Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins; Deanna Erxleben, adjunct instructor of music at HPU, who holds a master’s degree in vocal performance with a concentration in voice science and pedagogy reading; Jennifer McKibben, eighth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School; and Clairissa Tucker, second-grade biology teacher at Bangs ISD who holds a master’s degree in education.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study biology, physical education, robotics, computer graphics and reading. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades. The campers will receive instruction in biology, physical education, music and reading.

“We focus on creative problem solving, science and reading activities related to our theme,” Welker said. “We like to think of our camp as brain exercise for kids during the summer. It gives children a chance to sharpen their intellectual skills midsummer.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. The deadline for registration is July 10.

“We look forward to providing quality education for kids in a fun, summer-camp environment at HPU,” Welker said. “We want students to be challenged, learn something new and have a great time.”

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/scholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for “Summer and Young Scholars” on www.facebook.com

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Photo cutline: Students receive a lesson in robotics from Tami Hull during the 2012 Summer Scholars program at HPU. Hull, who coached Early I.S.D. robotics teams to state competitions for the past three years, will return to teach at HPU’s camp this summer.

HPU observes Mathematics Awareness Month

math_awareness_day_for_webBy Kaleigh Tankersley, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – May 24, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Mathematics recognized April as Mathematics Awareness Month. The national theme for this year, according to the American Mathematical Society, was Mathematics of Sustainability, “balancing needs and seeking solutions for a complex changing world.”

The month of April was an exciting time for the students and faculty in the math department as they hosted HPU’s second annual Math Day and participated in many other events.

During the second week of April, two faculty members and four students from the math department traveled to Texas Tech University to attend the Texas Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. While there, the students in attendance represented HPU in the Annual Calculus Bowl. The HPU team consisted of senior mathematics majors Laura Peisker of Cedar Park and Kathryn Barrackman of Houston, as well as juniors James Smith of Comanche and Tim Marlin of Uvalde. Improvement was shown from last year’s team, the first in HPU’s history to compete, as the 2013 team advanced from one of the two preliminary rounds into finals.

“This activity is both fun and competitive for students as it heightens interest in calculus, which is a core discipline for mathematics majors,” said Dr. Kenneth Word, department chair and professor of mathematics.

Toward the end of the month, the School of Science and Mathematics hosted the HPU General Education Math Day. The keynote speaker was Michael Sullivan, professor of mathematics at Joliet Community College in Illinois, the oldest community college in the U.S. Sullivan is the author of “Fundamentals of Statistics,” a Pearson Education publication, which is the textbook used for Introduction to Probability and Statistics at HPU. Sullivan demonstrated a statistics software program called StatCrunch used for data analysis and descriptive statistics that accompanies the MyStatLab software used with his textbook.

The School of Science and Mathematics also hosted the Engineering Math Day, featuring guest speaker Dr. Ron Larson, professor of mathematics at Penn State University in Erie. Dr. Larson is known as the lead author of a comprehensive program for mathematics which spans middle school, high school and college courses. Dr. Larson is even more well-known on HPU’s campus as the author of the pre-calculus text and co-author of the calculus text, both Cengage publications, currently used by the math department. Dr. Larson spoke about six mathematical models that are the basis for most mathematical, physics and engineering problems. He particularly discussed the linear model used to determine Hooke’s Law and the linear regression of a natural logarithmic model used to determine Kepler’s Law concerning the orbits of the planets around the sun.

Also speaking at Engineering Math Day was Thomas Hummel, a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station and Central Texas College near Fort Hood. An IBM circuit design engineer and retired Army veteran, Hummel is also a veteran of the Iraqi campaign. He spoke of the importance of mathematics in building one’s resume for career prospects in science or engineering.

According to Dr. Word, Mathematics Awareness Month has become a tradition for the HPU mathematics department over the last two years.

“This tradition not only benefits the department but the whole campus as well,” he said.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Ron Larson, professor of mathematics at Penn State University in Erie, speaks to students during HPU’s Engineering Math Day.

HPU honor student receives scholarship to study in D.C.

BROWNWOOD – May 22, 2013 – Elizabeth Rogers, a senior political science and European history major in Howard Payne University’s Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom multidisciplinary honors program, was recently chosen to participate in the 2013 Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems (ICPES) to be held this summer in Washington, D.C.

Rogers was chosen for ICPES through her participation in the Hatton W. Sumners Program through HPU. Sumners Scholars receive significant financial assistance and opportunities to attend lecture series by national figures and participate in public policy seminars and student leadership conferences. Through the generosity of the Hatton W Sumners Foundation Inc., Rogers was awarded a full scholarship to the D.C. program, covering her tuition and housing expenses.

A native of Grand Junction, Colo., Rogers has participated in Moot Court and Model United Nations throughout her HPU career. She recently completed her junior year while studying abroad in London.

“After graduating from HPU, I plan to attend law school to study criminal or international law,” she said.

ICPES participants take courses for transferable credit, attend a variety of guest lectures and briefings, and take advantage of opportunities for professional development and networking. Students who complete the program are guaranteed an internship with a government agency, Congressional office, policy group, political organization or law firm.

“I am so very proud of Elizabeth to be one of the select few to receive this tremendous opportunity though the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholarship,” said Dr. Justin Murphy, Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Academy. “It is a reflection of her preparation through the Academy program and her outstanding qualities as a student.”

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HPU staffer named Chamber Ambassador of the Month

karina_daniel_chamber_ambassadorROWNWOOD – May 22, 2013 – Karina Daniel, director of corporate, community and foundation relations at Howard Payne University, was named the May 2013 Ambassador of the Month by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Ambassadors participate in various Chamber and community events and serve as the core volunteer group for the Chamber. The Ambassador of the Month is chosen based on participation in events and programs during the previous month.

Daniel first became involved with the Chamber in 2011 when she participated in Leadership Brownwood through then-employer Blaylock Funeral Home. In the fall of 2011, she volunteered for the Total Resource Campaign (TRC), the Chamber’s eight-week sponsorship and membership drive, and was appointed to the TRC Advisory Committee. She has continued to remain active with the TRC, this year helping to raise more than $118,000 in sponsorships for Chamber events as well as new Chamber memberships.

Daniel became a Chamber Ambassador in spring 2012 and has helped with Chamber activities such as ribbon cuttings, monthly lunches, Business After Hours events, the annual Chamber Banquet, business showcases and more.

Since joining the HPU staff in September 2012, Daniel has remained active with the Chamber.

“I have been very fortunate to have the support of the university,” she said. “Randy Yeakley (vice president for development) encourages me to be active in my Ambassador role for the Chamber, as my involvement benefits HPU and helps build and strengthen community relationships.”

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Photo cutline: Karina Daniel, director of corporate, community and foundation relations at HPU, was named the May 2013 Ambassador of the Month by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

TexasBank awards $25,000 to HPU through Doss Foundation

texasbank_check_presentation_for_webBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2013 – TexasBank recently announced that more than $79,000 in scholarship funds will be given to local and area high schools and colleges – including $25,000 to Howard Payne University – through the Doss Foundation.

In addition to HPU, benefitting institutions include Tarleton State University ($25,000) and Texas State Technical College Regents Circle ($5,000), with the scholarships being awarded to students from Brown, Comanche and Erath Counties. School districts receiving funds include Bangs, Blanket, Brookesmith, Brownwood, Comanche, Dublin, Early, Goldthwaite, Gustine, May, Sidney, Stephenville and Zephyr.

“TexasBank is proud to be affiliated with such a significant investment in furthering the education of the youth in the markets in which we serve,” said Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank. “Commitment to the education of our future leaders is of great importance to our Board and Ownership as evidenced in the nearly $350,000 given by the Doss Foundation over the past six years.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, announced that the funds donated to HPU will support the university’s Heart of Texas Scholarship. He expressed his appreciation to the Doss Foundation and TexasBank.

“We are proud to partner with TexasBank to provide the highest-quality education to students in Central Texas,” he said. “Their continued financial support for HPU shows TexasBank’s commitment to Brownwood and students in the Heart of Texas.”

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Photo cutline: Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank, presents a check to Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.