Yearly News Archives: 2014

Dr. Cynthia Clawson performs for HPU Steinway campaign

Photo 1 -Clawson performing for webBROWNWOOD – May 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University hosted alumna and Grammy-award winning artist Dr. Cynthia Clawson in concert last Sunday afternoon. Dr. Clawson, accompanied by Steinway artist Marvin Gaspard, performed several songs at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church in support of HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School.

In addition to her Grammy Award in 1981 for Gospel Album of the Year, Dr. Clawson has been honored with five Dove awards and numerous Dove nominations. Her rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” was featured in the 1985 Oscar-winning motion picture “The Trip to Bountiful.” She is also a member of the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Photo 2 -Clawson and Gaspard onstage for webDr. Clawson received a vocal performance scholarship to attend HPU and was a member of the A Capella Choir and the Oratorio Chorus. She was also an original member of the HPU Heritage Singers. Her career has spanned more than four decades with 22 recordings to her credit. She was named “The most awesome voice in gospel music” by Billboard magazine.

“Not only does the university pride itself in recruiting the very best among music faculty and students, but we also bring in amazing performers throughout the year,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady. “It is always a treat to hear Dr. Clawson perform and she is a true testament to the quality of musicians produced by the university. It is vital that the musical instruments HPU offers its students, faculty and guests are of the same caliber as the performers who will use them.”

The concert was the latest event hosted by the university in celebration of the Steinway campaign. Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas in New York City, visited the campus in early May to preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

For more information about HPU’s All-Steinway School campaign, please contact Randy Yeakley, Photo 3- Group at sign for webvice president for development, at (325) 649-8804 or ryeakley@hputx.edu.

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Photo 1: Dr. Cynthia Clawson performs in support of HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School.

Photo 2: Dr. Cynthia Clawson, accompanied by Steinway artist Marvin Gaspard, performs at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church.

Photo 3: HPU is in the process of becoming a prestigious All-Steinway School. Left to right: Dr. Cynthia Clawson, alumna and Grammy-award winning artist; Mrs. Carol Jordan, All-Steinway School campaign committee member, Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady; and Mr. Marvin Gaspard, Steinway artist.

Kelsan Wolverton of Lampasas receives HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship

2014 Yellow Rose Scholarship for webBROWNWOOD – May 22, 2014 – Howard Payne University sophomore Kelsan Wolverton of Lampasas was named the recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The award was presented at the tenth annual HPU Woman’s Club Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held on campus last month.

Wolverton is a cross-cultural studies and Bible major and minors in theatre. She is involved in a wide range of campus activities and is a member of the Student Planning Committee, the Student Activities Council and the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team. She has also been selected as an officer of the Ministerial Alliance and president of the HPU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society. She is a student worker in HPU’s special events department.

Wolverton is the daughter of Kelly ’96 and Susan Wolverton. Her sister, Sharon, is a freshman at HPU.

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is presented annually to a female HPU student who will begin her junior year in the upcoming fall semester and who has maintained a 3.0 GPA since beginning her freshman year at HPU. The recipient participates in campus extracurricular activities and exhibits leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs foundational to the university.

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Photo cutline: Kelsan Wolverton, second from left, received the HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is pictured with (from left) Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady; Sharon Wolverton, her sister and HPU freshman; and Susan Wolverton, her mother.

HPU band fraternity and sorority honored at Southwest District Convention

Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma for webBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band fraternity and sorority, brought home three awards from the annual Southwest District Convention at Baylor University.

HPU’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi was presented the Outstanding Service to Music Education Award, which recognizes extraordinary service furthering music education at the university or in the community. The university’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma was presented the Patsy Drury Hejl Outstanding Chapter Award for chapters consisting of 17 or more members, the highest award a chapter can receive in the Southwest District.

Additionally, Allen Andrus, a May graduate from Anson, was awarded the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award, established in 1991 to recognize student leaders who have made outstanding contributions to college bands and the fraternity. Andrus served as Kappa Kappa Psi chapter president and the district’s vice president.

Allen Andrus Kappa Kappa Psi Award for web“The J. Lee Burke Student Achievement award is one of the highest Kappa Kappa Psi awards an individual can receive in the nation,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of alumni relations and sponsor of the HPU chapter. “Typically this award is selected by the district council, but this year the national council of Kappa Kappa Psi nominated Allen for this award. This speaks volumes to his dedication and the Christian servant leadership that Allen exhibited during his time at HPU.”

The Southwest District consists of colleges and universities of all sizes from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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Photo cutlines: Howard Payne University’s chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, national honorary band fraternity and sorority, were honored at the annual Southwest District Convention at Baylor University.

Four graduate with MBA from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

NB graduates Spring 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2014 – Four area businesspeople recently graduated with Master of Business Administration degrees from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Kimberly Ashley-Stevens, Steve Ellery, Brittney Overstreet and Frank Wall received their diplomas during the university’s Commencement ceremony on May 10 in Brownwood.

HPU began offering the MBA degree in New Braunfels in the spring 2013 semester and undergraduate degrees the following fall.

Kimberly Ashley-Stevens works for an international secondary customer service provider.

“The Howard Payne MBA program reinforced a value that had shaken me to my core when I was working in the public sector,” she said. “There are Christians who are captains of industry and they do not have to compromise their values to be successful and to carry on Christ’s ministry. My excitement in regards to business has been rekindled and my focus is once again on the right prize.”

Designed to work around busy schedules, HPU’s MBA degree can be achieved in as few as 12 months, with all courses offered at night and on weekends.

Steve Ellery is the group product manager at Hexcel Corporation in Seguin, a manufacturer of aerospace carbon fiber composite materials. He is responsible for marketing, technical service and customer service.

“I really enjoyed my experience at HPU in New Braunfels,” he said. “The instructors and class formats were excellent and the class schedules did not interfere with my work schedule. Enrolling in the MBA program at HPU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is a great program for professionals who already have a career and want to broaden their skills.”

Brittney Overstreet serves as the production-creative coordinator for small business and leadership programs at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“I am so glad HPU came to New Braunfels,” she said. “It was convenient to take classes without having to commute.”

Though the program has a business core, it also includes courses such as organizational communication and psychological applications, designed to add a deeper understanding of practical skills to business and management applications. Prerequisite self-study course work is available for non-business undergraduates entering the program.

Frank Wall is director of information technology at Simpson Performance Products, Inc., a manufacturer of driver safety equipment for the auto racing industry.

“HPU’s MBA program provided me with rich experiences and information from highly qualified instructors, strong course materials and a diverse array of business and life perspectives from fellow students,” he said. “Overall, it was a challenging and enriching experience that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to take his or her career and capabilities to the next level.”

The HPU New Braunfels Center office is located at 1423 N. Walnut Ave., Suite 105. Until HPU’s permanent New Braunfels campus is constructed as part of the Veramendi development project, courses are being offered at New Braunfels High School, at the Aflac Suite (1259 Loop 337 North, Suite #200) and online. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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Photo cutline: Four area businesspeople recently graduated with MBA degrees from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Left to right: Steve Ellery, Frank Wall, Brittney Overstreet and Kimberly Ashley-Stevens.

HPU dean of students to serve on NASPA Region III board

Dr Brent Marsh NASPA for webBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2014 – Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students at Howard Payne University, was recently appointed to a two-year term as the Student-Athlete Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA Region III, an organization for student affairs administrators in higher education.

Dr. Marsh just completed his tenth year at HPU, a career through which he has had the opportunity to collaborate with and supervise a team of student affairs professionals and athletics personnel.

“I am thankful for this leadership and service opportunity within NASPA,” said Dr. Marsh. “The position will provide a platform to advocate for the needs and interests of student-athletes at large, but my experience at HPU should be especially helpful in providing a voice for NCAA Division III participants.”

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Photo cutline: Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students at Howard Payne University, was recently named the Student-Athlete Knowledge Community Representative for NASPA Region III.

Six HPU students honored during annual Servant Leadership Program

Photo 1 Ellis and Bartley for webBROWNWOOD – May 16, 2014 – Six Howard Payne University students were honored recently for their acts of servant leadership on campus and throughout the community. The awards were presented during the university’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

“HPU recognizes students each year who embody the servant leadership qualities most notably demonstrated to us by Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of the School of Christian Studies.

Jeremy Bartley, a senior elementary education major from Brownwood, and Rebekah Steadman, a senior social work major from Fort Worth, were presented the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. The award was established in 1998 to honor the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a member of HPU’s Bible faculty from 1950-1975.

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HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to juniors Marlie Austin, a psychology major in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy from Garland; Lacy Culpepper, a business management major from Zephyr; Dillon McDugle, an exercise and sport science major from Tomball; and Kaitlin Vernon, a secondary education/history major from Bangs.

Established in 2007 by the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, this award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of the scholarship award to be given to his or her chosen charity.

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Nominations for both awards are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

“It’s not unusual for institutions to recognize those who show great leadership qualities, but it is rare in today’s society to honor those who lead by service to others,” said Dr. Auvenshine. “It is our privilege to bring attention to these students who serve others with no desire for recognition at all.”

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, presents the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award to Jeremy Bartley (Photo 1) and Rebekah Steadman (Photo 2).

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Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, presents the HPU Servant Leadership Award to Lacy Culpepper (Photo 3) and Marlie Austin (Photo 4).

Not pictured are Dillon McDugle and Kaitlin Vernon.

 

HPU business students assist local organization

BROWNWOOD – May 16, 2014 – Howard Payne University students in Dr. Kevin Kelley’s organizational behavior class recently finalized and delivered an applied class project to Doak Givan, executive director at Brownwood’s Family Services Center.

The students reviewed and updated the Family Services Center’s job descriptions, a project which took approximately 10 weeks to complete.

“The students successfully made entry, negotiated scope, identified project leaders and teams, developed an interview guide, trained interviewers, scheduled interviews and interviewed 20 Family Services Center employees,” said Dr. Kelley, assistant professor of organizational psychology. “They then revised and rewrote job descriptions and delivered a polished product. Mr. Givan was exceptionally pleased with the team’s professionalism, timeliness, dedication and final product.”

In addition to applying what they learned in the classroom to a live consulting project, students divided into teams and leaders volunteered to manage both tasks and people. Finally, a project manager was promoted, which allowed the students run the entire project to completion.

Students participating in the project were Neva Bowers, junior from Victoria, project manager; Shelby Creed, senior from Brownwood, team member; Lacy Culpepper, junior from Zephyr, final deliverable manager; Ray Delgado, junior from Brownwood, deliverable lead; Ethan Ferrel, senior from Childress, team member; Kalin Hanna, senior from Brownwood, team member; Zach Herman, senior from Brownwood, scheduling lead; Dustin Kelver, senior from Spring, deliverable lead; Lizzie Mitchell, senior from Mesquite, team member; Jake Sadler, junior from Liberty Hill, team member; Will Thomas, senior from Brownwood, team member; Skyler Turpin, senior from Graham, team member; and Ross Whittet, senior from Granbury, scheduling lead.

HPU students complete criminal justice internships

criminal justice interns for webBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2014 – Fifteen Howard Payne University students were recently honored for the completion of internships in the field of criminal justice.

The students completed 150 hours of service which reflected three credit hours toward their major in criminal justice. Internships included working with “at risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law firms, law enforcement agencies and many other service organizations that help students prepare for a future in the field of criminal justice.

“We’re very thankful to the many agencies who hosted our students and to the individuals who served as supervisors, sharing their skills and knowledge with our interns,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice/sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program. “Internships are an invaluable resource to our students and a great pathway to future employment.”

Participating students included Mitchell Bailey, senior from Early, intern at Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility; Ashley Biering, senior from Spring Branch, intern at Brown Country District Attorney’s Office; Carlton Brown, senior from Brownwood, intern at Brownwood Fire Department’s Office of Arson Investigation; John Gramling, senior from Brownwood, intern at Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Alejandro Guerrero, December 2013 graduate from Dallas, intern at Brownwood Police Department; Manuela Holguin, senior from El Paso, intern at Vista College Office of Financial Aid; Taylor Jordan, senior from Brownwood, intern at Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility, Texas Juvenile Justice Department; Wesley Livingston, senior from Wylie, intern at HPU Department of Public Safety; Pricilla Patino, senior from Abilene, intern at HPU Department of Public Safety; Josh Simons, senior from Bangs, intern at Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Daniel Taylor, senior from Florence, intern at Glorieta Baptist Encampment; Jarrod Tipton, senior from Brownwood, intern at Texas Department of Public Safety; Tommy Valencia, senior from Brownwood, intern at Texas Parks and Wildlife; Eric Villanueba, senior from Paradise, intern at Texas Department of Public Safety; and Eric Young, senior from Yantis, intern at Early Police Department.

Individuals serving as supervisors were Tony Aaron, captain, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Elisha Bird, assistant district attorney for Brown County; Rebecca Cadena, case manager, Texas Juvenile Justice Department; Bobby Duvall, assistant chief deputy, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; James Fuller, assistant chief, Brownwood Police Department; Susan Gunn, case manager, Texas Juvenile Justice Department; Carl Kesee, sergeant, Texas Department of Public Safety; David Mercer, chief of police, Early Police Department; Josh Modt, director of Fuge Camps, Glorieta Baptist Encampment; Lt. Bob Pacatte, assistant chief, HPU Department of Public Safety; Buddy Preston, fire marshal, Brownwood Fire Department; Grady Suey, assistant fire chief, Brownwood Fire Department; Arika Vallejo, Vista College Office of Financial Aid; and Capt. Malcolm Wilkes, district director, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Others serving as mentors to students included Dave Bosecker, game warden, Texas Parks and Wildlife; Chris Delgado, corporal, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sandra Garcia, administrative assistant, Early Police Department; David Modgling, captain, Texas Parks and Wildlife; and John Moody, trooper, Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Photo cutline: HPU students were recently honored for the successful completion of criminal justice internships. They are pictured with supervisors and other mentors as well as with HPU faculty. Standing, from left, are: Carlton Brown, Buddy Preston, John Moody, David Modgling, Chris Delgado, Dave Bosecker, Wesley Livingston, Bob Pacatte, Susan Gunn, James Fuller, Jarrod Tipton, Josh Simons, Eric Young and David Mercer. Seated, from left, are Tommy Valencia, Lynn Humeniuk, Taylor Jordan, Sandra Garcia and Daniel Taylor.

HPU Cheer Team places second at American Cheer Power Competition

HPU Cheer Team Spring 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2014 – The Howard Payne University Cheer Team traveled to San Antonio recently to participate in the American Cheer Power Competition. The team was awarded second place in the College Division and received the New School Award.

The team is coached by Alyson Price and coordinated by Gretchen Campbell, executive assistant to the vice president for student life and dean of students.

HPU cheerleaders perform at all home football and basketball games throughout the academic year. The team raised money to cover travel expenses for the trip through fundraisers such as bake sales, child care and cheer judging at area middle and high schools.

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Photo cutline: The HPU Cheer Team recently placed second at the American Cheer Power Competition. Back row, left to right: Dalton Sembritzky, freshman from Fredericksburg; Kris Lowrey, sophomore from Brownwood; Zach Eller, junior from Temple; Luis Solis, senior from Prosper; and Cameron Garcia, senior from Rosenberg. Front row, left to right: Sierra Damron, sophomore from Baird; Krista Cook, freshman from Brownwood; Cassi Parsons, freshman from Gordon; Kathryn Riddle, freshman from Midland; Raven Gilreath, sophomore from Stinnett; Shelby Creed, senior from Brownwood; and Kelci Feist, junior from De Leon.

Dr. Cynthia Clawson to perform free concert for HPU Steinway campaign Sunday, May 18

 

Cynthia Clawson Pianos for Praise for webBROWNWOOD – May 9, 2014 –For Dr. Cynthia Clawson, 1970 Howard Payne University graduate and Grammy award-winning vocalist, returning to Brownwood feels like coming home.

“And in this day and time, everyone is looking for ‘home,’” she said.

The Houston native will return to Brownwood on Sunday, May 18, to perform a free concert at First United Methodist Church celebrating HPU’s initiative to become an All-Steinway School.

The campaign will ensure that every piano on the HPU campus – from the rehearsal halls to the performance stages – is designed by the prestigious Steinway & Sons Company. Dr. Clawson is a passionate supporter of this goal.

“There are only about 165 institutions in the world that are All-Steinway Schools,” she said. “Having this distinction would prove to the world that HPU believes in its students and supports the arts. It would be a life-changer for HPU.”

Dr. Clawson received a vocal performance scholarship to attend the university and was a member of the A Capella Choir and the Oratorio Chorus. She was also an original member of the HPU Heritage Singers.

“There were several rehearsal halls on campus,” she recalled. “But if no one was in Mims Auditorium, you could practice on stage with the Steinway piano. It made all of the difference in the world.”

She went on to have an award-winning career. In addition to her Grammy Award in 1981 for Gospel Album of the Year, Dr. Clawson has been honored with five Dove awards and numerous Dove nominations. Her rendition of “Softly and Tenderly” was featured in the 1985 Oscar-winning motion picture “The Trip to Bountiful.” She is also a member of the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

Her career highlight, however, is hearing that her music has moved someone to tears.

“If people tell me I made them cry, I say ‘Oh, good.’” she said. “That means the music moved past their ears and down to their souls. That’s not about me. It’s from God.”

She has remained a dedicated HPU alumna, returning to the university numerous times to graciously share her gifts with the HPU family. She was chosen as HPU’s Distinguished Alumna in 1989, the Homecoming Grand Marshal in 1998 and in 2013 received the Yellow Rose Award from the HPU Woman’s Club. In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from HPU, the university’s highest honor.

She and her husband, author and playwright Ragan Courtney, live in Houston. They have two adult children, Will and Lily.

An ardent supporter of the arts, Dr. Clawson described her experiences visiting the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City.

“I cried all the way through because the people who work there care so much,” she said. “Each person is crafting one little piece of a piano but they come together to create a masterpiece. The sound produced by of one of those pianos might change someone’s life.”

According to Dr. Clawson, she is looking forward to the concert on May 18 to see all of her friends in the area and to perform once again with her good friend Marvin Gaspard, a Steinway artist, who will accompany her on piano. She is especially looking forward to helping emphasize the importance of the All-Steinway School campaign.

“HPU has always been set apart for being such a caring campus,” she said. “But this will distinguish us even more. Prospective students, if they’re musicians, will know exactly what they can expect from HPU – a university that believes in them and believes that artists can change the world.”

The concert, “Pianos for Praise,” will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at First United Methodist Church of Brownwood. There is no charge for admission, but campaign donations are appreciated. For more information, contact (325) 649-8128 or dtinkler@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Cynthia Clawson will perform in concert on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.