Monthly News Archives: July 2016

HPU alumnus and JROTC instructor enjoys being back on campus

Col. Stephen Jones on HPU campusBROWNWOOD – July 12, 2016 – Colonel Stephen Jones, 1979 Howard Payne University alumnus, has returned to the HPU campus each summer for the past seven years, bringing dozens of high school students with him. Col. Jones, who serves as senior aerospace science instructor and head of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps department at Wylie High School, is among the many participants of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp held for the past 19 years on the HPU campus.

Nearly 500 cadets and staff attended the camp this summer, the purpose of which is to train cadets and give them the tools needed to become top leaders.

“It is a thrill to be back on campus,” Col. Jones said. “I love coming back year after year. Our JROTC instructors could not praise Howard Payne enough. The support we get from the staff is second to none.”

Col. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from HPU, one of seven family members to graduate from the university. He was active on campus, involved in activities such as student government and intramural sports. Additionally, he served as student body president his senior year. Upon graduation, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life but knew his main desire was to serve others.

“So I thought I would serve my country for one enlistment and then get out of the military and pursue something else,” he said. “A few years turned into 30 years of military service.”

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 with 22 years of active duty and eight years in the reserves.

During his time in the reserves, he earned a Master of Arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in three churches in DeSoto and Austin, primarily in the role of minister of education/administration. He also has a Master of Science degree in organizational management from the University of Southern California.

His final assignment on active duty was as the director of operations at the Air Force JROTC headquarters, the largest aerospace science education program in the world with more than 107,000 students. Upon retirement, Col. Jones began teaching JROTC at Wylie High School. He noted that all JROTC instructors are military retirees.

Col. Jones enjoys the opportunity to bring students back to the campus he loves.

“HPU was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I met many wonderful people at Howard Payne who have become lifelong friends. I would be thrilled if one of my cadets attended HPU as a student.”

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Cutline: Col. Stephen Jones, HPU alumnus, returns to campus each summer for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp.

HPU’s Sport and Wellness Leadership graduate students complete summer travel course

SWELL summer travel courseBROWNWOOD – July 7, 2016 – Fifteen students and a faculty member from Howard Payne University’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) recently traveled more than 4,000 miles to engage with national leaders in the sport and wellness industries.

Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology and instructor for the course, wanted to provide a unique learning experience for his second-year graduate students.

“If you aspire to be a leader in sport and wellness, you really need to engage those making headlines,” said Dr. Hatcher.

Prior to departure, each student completed background assignments on organizational profiles in advance of the site visits and an annotated bibliography on a sport/wellness issue or trend.

The group’s itinerary included stops in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Green Bay, St. Paul, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Hatcher sought to blend daily visits to leading sport and wellness venues in each stop along the way.

Students interacted with executive staff at Learfield Communications (leaders in college athletic marketing) and Triple Crown Sports (owner of the National Invitation Tournament basketball tournaments and numerous nationwide youth sport competitions). They also visited the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, the nation’s oldest sports commission and one of four led by a female.

Other sites visited included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ national offices and the headquarters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Junior College Athletic Association. Additionally, they visited the Indianapolis Indians (AAA baseball) ballpark and the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field (NFL); the U.S. Olympic Training Center; and the headquarters of the University Interscholastic League.

Students also attended the annual meeting of the National Wellness Institute, met with the leadership of corporate wellness providers (Organizational Wellness Learning Systems, Cerner Corporation and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport) and heard presentations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on international efforts to manage the Zika outbreak and the Texas State Health Services Department on statewide health promotion initiatives.

“Learning about and then visiting the organizations advanced the idea that I could see myself working in these places,” commented Chassidy Holloway, HPU student from Lafayette, Alabama. “It also gave me a boost of confidence in my abilities and what I have to offer to each of those organizations as well.”

HPU’s Master of Education degree in Sport and Wellness Leadership is offered through the Department of Kinesiology within HPU’s School of Education. The 10-course, 21-month-long program will begin accepting applications for its second cohort of students (entering August 2017) on September 1. More information can be found at www.hputx.edu/swell.

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Cutline: Students and faculty in HPU’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership are pictured with staff from the nationally recognized Cerner Corporation’s Employee Wellness Program.

HPU names Brownwood’s Clark-Goff dean of education

Dr. Kylah Clark-GoffBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently appointed Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff as dean of the university’s School of Education. The Brownwood resident has experience in education both as a school teacher and in collegiate teacher preparation.

Dr. Clark-Goff most recently served six years as assistant professor in Tarleton State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that, she served as an elementary school teacher in a private Christian school in Maryland as well as in public school districts in Crowley, Mansfield and Abilene. Additionally, Dr. Clark-Goff taught English as a Foreign Language courses in Mozambique and Jordan through the International Mission Board.

During her tenure at Tarleton, Dr. Clark-Goff received the Dr. O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, she was inducted into Tarleton’s Crystal Apple Society for her contributions and dedication to the teaching profession.

Dr. Clark-Goff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a specialization in early childhood education from Baylor University in 1995. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in 2008.

“We’re fortunate to welcome Dr. Clark-Goff to the HPU family as dean of our School of Education,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “She is an outstanding educator and will serve our students and faculty well.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said great things are happening in HPU’s School of Education.

“I am glad to be a part of the growth and development of a generation of teachers and community leaders,” she said.

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Cutline: Brownwood’s Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff was recently named dean of HPU’s School of Education.

Registration ending soon for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

Summer and Young Scholars Brain Games for webBROWNWOOD – July 5, 2016 – There is still time to register children for Howard Payne University’s popular Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps. Registration ends Friday, July 15, for the camps which will be held July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The programs, open to all students in first through sixth grades, feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The theme for this year is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and physical education. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science, music and physical education.

The programs, designed to be fun as well as educational, will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s gym, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach and director of intramurals, will lead the physical activities segment of both camps.

“Coach Arbaiza’s coaching, athletics experience and past work with camps will add a new level of expertise to our physical activities component of the Summer and Young Scholars program,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies.

Additionally, 3M engineers will teach the science portion of the program for the Summer Scholars camp.

“I’m delighted that we will have five engineers from 3M Corporation teaching the science component of Summer Scholars,” said Dr. Welker. “These experts will be teaching science and engineering concepts and giving students an opportunity for hands-on experience.”

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

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. 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.

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Cutline: Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps, HPU’s popular summer programs for children, will take place July 18-22. This year’s theme is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

HPU hosts BGCT’s Super Summer camp for Christian students

Super Summer studentsBROWNWOOD – July 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer camp, a weeklong leadership event for Christian students. Hundreds of youth from Baptist churches all across Texas participated in the camp, as well as many HPU alumni, students, faculty and staff members.

Super Summer is designed for Christian students who exhibit leadership attributes and desire to learn more about how to maximize their effectiveness in sharing the gospel and living a godly lifestyle. Each year’s camp theme is emphasized through all aspects of the camp. This year’s theme revolved around 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Debbie Childs, HPU’s director of university events, said that she always looks forward to Super Summer each year.

“It reminds me of how grateful we are as a university to have students and leaders on our campus who follow Christ and then step up to be leaders these teens can follow as well,” Childs said. “It’s about relationships and I love that.”

This is the BGCT’s 43rd year to present Super Summer camps. The organization held seven sessions of Super Summer this summer, with the fifth session hosted at HPU. The other Super Summer camps are held at five other Texas Baptist universities throughout the summer.

“HPU has an amazing honor and privilege to host a week of Super Summer,” said Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs. “This means that we have the opportunity as a university to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of these students. It’s a joy to get to walk around campus and talk with students who are hearing God speak to them through His word and beginning to own their faith.”

blue school studentsCampers are divided into schools, designated by colors, based on the grade they recently completed in school, from seventh grade up to recently graduated high school seniors. Within these color schools, the students spend time in a very disciplined schedule of teaching sessions, worship sessions, small-group discussions and quiet time for personal reflection. They also get to have fun during recreation time, playing games that help emphasize the year’s theme with a focus on sportsmanship and teamwork rather than athletic ability.

“It is amazing to see these young Christian leaders at Super Summer continue to grow in their faith while having a great time and making lifelong friends,” said Kathy James, HPU’s special events coordinator. “I love having them on our HPU campus each summer.”

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Cutlines: Super Summer campers cheer during recreation time on the HPU campus.

Campers in Super Summer’s Blue School have fun on the HPU campus.