Monthly News Archives: April 2017

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 28, 2017 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 4, at Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The band is comprised of area musicians and meets on Monday evenings each spring for rehearsal. Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, directs the band.

“The program will include music that will undoubtedly suit everyone’s musical tastes,” said Ash.

Selections include “Semper Fidelis” march by John Phillip Sousa, “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, an exciting Israeli folk dance suite and more.

“It is always exciting to get community members from all over central Texas together to bring a musical offering to the community at large,” said Ash. “We have musicians from age 13 to those who are retired. I hope everyone will make an effort to come and support this musical community project.”

For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU student and faculty member present at Texas Academy of Science meeting

Justin HughesBROWNWOOD – April 28, 2017 – A student representative and a faculty member from Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics presented recently at the 2017 Texas Academy of Science meeting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

Justin Hughes, freshman engineering science major from Llano, presented preliminary results on his work into chemical thermodynamics with a presentation titled “Heats of Combustion of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners.”

Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of physical science and head of the chemistry program, sponsored the trip to the meeting and provided academic guidance to Hughes.

“Mr. Hughes performed superlatively and represented us well despite the fact that he has completed only one semester in chemistry,” said Dr. Smith. “Other faculty members in attendance at the session and his university peers were equally impressed with his very confident presentation.”

Dr Derek Smith presentingAt the same meeting Dr. Smith delivered a presentation titled “Public-Private Partnerships in Science Education” to a group concerned with science education. The presentation was based on Dr. Smith’s recent experience with securing funding for student research projects from private business owners in the region.

“I enjoy very good relationships with some successful small-business owners, and I impressed upon them the benefit of contributing to science education by sponsoring my students’ research,” said Dr. Smith. “The educators and administrators in attendance were particularly receptive to the novelty of framing the proposal phase of the projects as a pitch to investors, as in the popular television program ‘Shark Tank.’”

Dr. Smith plans to expand this initiative by contacting other local small businesses and even corporations that may be willing to invest into academic research programs.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at 325-649-8400.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

Cutline: Justin Hughes (top) and Dr. Derek Smith present at the 2017 Texas Academy of Science meeting at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

HPU honors 69 students at Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 69 students for academic achievements during the spring 2017 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation held recently on campus.

Receiving awards were:

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Mock Trial Student

Alvarado
Natalie Stephens, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Arlington
Tayler Rushing, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Austin
Erin Buergner, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Ballinger
Ely Self, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Bangs
Don Greenwood, Honor Award in Psychology
Andrew Stevenson, Outstanding History Student

Boerne
Daniel Harris, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Isaac Sommers, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Moot Court Student

Brownwood
Travis Adams, Outstanding Senior in Art
Elizabeth Allen, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Tammy Arreola, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Major
Christy Ash, Outstanding Student in Multimedia
Kelsy Bellah, Mattie Anderson Hale Scholarship
Jack Judd, Honor Award in Criminal Justice
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Biology
Stephen Lynn, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Master’s Degree Student
Drew McNeill, Outstanding Senior in Art
Megan Peterson, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Canyon Lake
Ally Henry, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Carrollton
TaShana Hooker, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Chandler
Paulo Flores, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Chemistry
Madi Neal, Most Promising Freshman in English

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Kostreva, Glenn Hopp Writing Award

Comanche
Kaeli Goodgion, Outstanding Senior in Art
Jaze Randolph, HPU Distinguished Scholar Athlete

Copperas Cove
Robert Martinez, Outstanding Student in Practical Theology

Crosbyton
Gabrielle McWhirter, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz, Tami Pattillo Memorial Award

Desoto
Spencer Wolverton, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Communication Studies

Early
Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry
Thomas Givan, Outstanding Student in Marketing

Eastland
Cody Perrin, Outstanding Model United Nations Student
Dezeray Tafte, Outstanding Athletic Training Major

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher

Fort Worth
Hannah Williamson, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher

Georgetown
Rachel Mahagan, Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems
Mason Samsel, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Sydney Spencer, Honor Award in Social Work

Goldthwaite
Jody Loudamy, Outstanding Student in Management

Gunter
J Bailey, ASC Male Medal of Honor and Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award

Hamilton
Trey Carpenter, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Hico
Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Houston
Keith Baker, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Howe
Ashlyn Ellis, Outstanding Student in General Biology

Huntsville
Katie Cravey, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Justin
Hannah Ball, Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Biology

Lockhart
Josiah Horton, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Lytle
Jaclyn Bonner, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

Memphis
Callie Molloy, Highest GPA (Kinesiology), Outstanding Kinesiology Major, ASC Female Medal of Honor and HPU Distinguished Scholar-Athlete

Midlothian
Chad Anders, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member
Emily Ball, Outstanding Student in Bible

Mission
Gil Jaime, Excellence in Chemistry

Mount Pleasant
Joshua Dykes, Outstanding Student in Youth Ministry

Navasota
Corey Ross, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Nocona
Nicole Hamilton, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Outstanding Student in Mathematics

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Goodwin, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry

Perryton
Keaton Fletcher, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation (Biology)

Salado
Thomas Kyle, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages and Outstanding Christian Studies Student

San Angelo
Juan Andres Luna, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish

San Antonio
Andrew Collazo, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages
AJ Hettler, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Shepherd
Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Southlake
Braxton Clark, Texas All-State Forensics Squad

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Government Student

Weatherford
Morgan Ashmore, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Communication Studies and Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

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HPU’s Balderas awarded conference scholarship from Brownwood Garden Club

Andrea BalderasBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University junior Andrea Balderas recently received a scholarship from the Brownwood Garden Club to help fund her trip to the Botany 2017 – Botanical Crossroads conference in Fort Worth in June.

“The Brownwood Garden Club is honored to award Miss Andrea Balderas a scholarship to attend the American Botanical Society national convention,” said Gilda Stanford, treasurer. “Our club seeks to provide scholarships to worthy students studying horticulture or botany. Andrea has proven herself in the classroom and the prestigious national conference will allow her to observe, meet and identify with scientists from all over the world.”

Balderas, a biology major from Lytle, works for HPU’s Department of Biological Sciences as herbarium manager. While at the conference in June, she will participate in two field trips sponsored by the American Botanical Society. One field trip will give Balderas the opportunity to look at native ferns of Texas and the other is a tour of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth.

“I am incredibly blessed and excited that the Garden Club awarded me this scholarship,” said Balderas. “The botany conference is going to be fun and very educational.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU junior Andrea Balderas was recently awarded a conference scholarship from the Brownwood Garden Club.

HPU Model United Nations wins five awards at Milan conference

MilMUN AwardsBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Model United Nations team recently participated in the Milan International Model United Nations conference in Italy, winning four out of an available six Best Delegate awards and an Honorable Mention.

MUN takes current world issues and asks students, who represent the different countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations.

Best Delegate awards were given to Jaclyn Bonner, senior from Lytle, representing Italy on the European Council; Braxton Clark, senior from Southlake, representing the Republic of China on the League of Nations; Caleb Kostreva, sophomore from Clifton, Colorado, representing El Salvador on the Human Rights Council; and Lainee Hasty, junior from Runaway Bay, representing India on the Social and Economic Council. Joshua Dykes, senior from Mount Pleasant, received an Honorable Mention for his representation of Argentina on the Social and Economic Council.

“Everyone put in so much hard work in preparation for the conference, and it definitely paid off,” said Emma Reed, junior from Arlington, who served as head delegate of the HPU MUN team. “We all learned great lessons about other cultures and world politics.”

Additional participants included Reed, representing China on the Security Council; co-delegate Cody Perrin, senior from Eastland, representing France on the League of Nations; Joel Justice, junior from Brownwood, representing the United Kingdom on the League of Nations; Penny Stehlik, freshman from Round Rock, representing China on the Human Rights Council; and Jessica Swonger, sophomore from Midway, Arkansas, representing Spain on the European Council.

“I am proud of the HPU MUN team for their efforts at the Milan conference,” said Dr. Kevin Kelley, team sponsor and assistant professor of organizational psychology. “Not only did they represent Howard Payne University well, but they did so through humble diplomacy. Emma Reed, HPU’s head delegate, led our team admirably.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Five HPU students received awards at the Milan International Model United Nations conference in Italy. Left to right: Caleb Kostreva, Lainee Hasty, Joshua Dykes, Jaclyn Bonner and Braxton Clark.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts 11 new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2017BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted 11 new members into its organization. Andrew Hansen ’08, construction superintendent for Trafalgar Homes, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event.

Membership into Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Taylor Bicknell, senior from Cleburne; Shawn Brody, senior from Round Rock; James Crow, senior from Brownwood; Jada Evans, junior from Killeen; Cody Hughes, sophomore from Harlingen; Julia James, junior from Brownwood; Ryan Mason, junior from Conroe; Riley Morrison, junior from Austin; Amy Villarreal, senior from Brownwood; and Jason Washburn, senior from Early.

“We have a great group of students being inducted this year,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They are wonderful examples of the Sigma Beta Delta principles of wisdom, honor and aspiration, and I am looking forward to see what awesome things they will accomplish in their lives.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at (325) 649-8704.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducted 11 new members for 2017. Pictured from left: Andrew Hansen ’08, distinguished guest speaker; Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business; Ryan Mason; Taylor Bicknell; Shawn Brody; Amy Villarreal; James Crow; Emily Ball; Riley Morrison; Julia James; Cody Hughes; Jason Washburn; and Mike Dillard, chapter secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration. Not pictured: Jada Evans.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau wins individual, team awards at national championship

SSB Team PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, competed at the 20th annual National Christian College Forensics Association Invitational National Championships, held in March at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. The team won numerous awards for their performances in both individual events and debate.

Freshmen Erin Haley, communication major from Mason, and Brooklyn Britton, theatre major from Brownwood, were awarded novice national champions in dramatic duo interpretation.

“I am thrilled that Erin and Brooklyn won the title of novice national champions for their outstanding performance,” said Dr. Julie Welker, Student Speaker Bureau team coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “These two young ladies have worked all year to perfect this piece, and it certainly paid off for them.”

Senior Gabby McWhirter, theatre major from Brownwood, and junior Reagan Grisham, communication major from Arlington, won fifth place overall in open dramatic duo.

“This is the first time in several years that we have had duo competitors do so well,” said Dr. Welker. “It was exciting to have them place in both novice and open divisions.”

In parliamentary debate, the HPU team won third place overall debate sweepstakes.

The junior varsity team of Christopher Freeland, sophomore biochemistry major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, sophomore social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, advanced to the final round. The team lost on a 2-1 decision to Colorado Christian University. Olin was named fourth top junior varsity speaker, and Freeland was named seventh top junior varsity speaker.

The junior varsity parliamentary debate teams of Morgan Ashmore, communication major from Brock, and Reagan Grisham, junior communication major from Arlington, advanced to semifinals.

The novice parliamentary debate team of Madi Neal, freshman communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler, and Isabelle Stahrfisher, freshman communication major from Fort Worth, advanced to the semifinals round.

Other students competing in the tournament were Braxton Clark, senior social science global studies major from Southlake; Aimee Orozco, junior communication major from Shepherd; Isaac Sommers, senior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; and Haylee Williams, freshman communication major from Bellville. Sidni Carruthers, instructor of communication, assists with the team.

This year, 23 universities from across the nation participated in NCCFI. All schools are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. More than 250 students competed in the tournament.

“Having nine of 13 HPU students advance or win some type of speaker award is success by any measure,” said Dr. Welker. “We were competing against some of the best debate and individual events schools in Christian higher education. Our HPU students did a fabulous job!”

While in Phoenix, the team traveled to the Grand Canyon National Park for sightseeing.

“These trips are about more than just competing,” said Dr. Welker. “We want our students to have a well-rounded education through travel and experience the culture of each city we visit. While competition is our primary focus, getting out and about and networking with alumni is an important part, too.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau includes, from left, Dr. Julie Welker, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Aimee Orozco, Isabella Stahrfisher, Madison Neal, Christopher Freeland, Gabi McWhirter, Erin Haley, Brooklyn Britton, Isaac Sommers, Andrea Balderas, Haylee Williams, Reagan Grisham, Tyler Olin and Ms. Sidni Carruthers.

HPU’s Psi Chi inducts six new members

Psi Chi group 2017BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society recently inducted six new members for 2017.

The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of its individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

This year’s inductees included seniors Michelle Teague from Gorman and J Bailey from Gunter, and juniors Devin Caraway from Cisco, Jaime Dodson from Cisco, Katie O’Conner from Granbury and Jordan Pitman from Bangs.

“At HPU, we are delighted when our students excel and it is always a privilege to recognize their outstanding achievements and induct them in HPU’s Psi Chi chapter,” said Dr. Jennifer Mobley, chapter advisor and assistant professor of psychology and family studies. “We look forward to how each of these new inductees will enrich our chapter and the university.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Humanities at 325-649-8201.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Psi Chi inducted six new members for 2017. Pictured from left are Dr. Keith Mask, chair and professor of psychology; Dr. Jennifer Mobley, chapter advisor and assistant professor of psychology and family studies; Amy Baskin, chapter secretary; Michelle Teague; Katie O’Conner; Lexie Farar; Jordan Pitman; Jaime Dodson; Devin Caraway; Brittony Walker, chapter president; Aryn Morris; Katie Straach, chapter vice president; and Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities, chair and professor of English.

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 22nd annual “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The band will feature music by composers who have helped to shape the American musical landscape. Selections include “Circus Bee” by Henry Filmore, “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, “Bandancing” by Jack Stamp and “American Patrol” by Frank Meacham. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Duty, Honor, Country” by Harold L. Walters which is a narrated tribute honoring our American military heroes. The Concert Choir will join the band to present Bach’s “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just.” The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“This evening of Americana has become a true tradition within the central Texas area,” said Ash. “We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy. You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America and her heroes.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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HPU and BHS choirs to join for spring concert Tuesday

BROWNWOOD – April 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will join with Brownwood High School’s A Cappella Choir to present a combined spring concert titled “In Paradisum” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church in Brownwood and is free to the public.

The HPU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. The BHS A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Cindy Franklin, BHS choir director and BISD Choral & Elementary Program director.

The concert is based on “The Eternal” featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and several timeless hymns from the sacred harp tradition. Personnel performers for the concert are organist Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church; pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; pianist HPU sophomore Abraham Cooper; soprano soloist Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music; and baritone soloist Dr. Iwao Asakura, assistant professor of music at Tarleton State University.

“While we celebrate the liturgical season of Easter, this concert comes just in time to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus,” said Dr. Rosborough. “This collaborative event allows the community to come together and present something truly special. It is my hope that this spurs even more musical interest in the community in years to come.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.