Monthly News Archives: September 2017

Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

ReedBROWNWOOD – September 22, 2017 – Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood has been named a recipient of Howard Payne University’s Medal of Service. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Dr. Reed and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

After 34 years of service to the university, Dr. Reed retired from HPU in May 2015 as professor of music and university organist. Dr. Reed was an integral member of HPU’s faculty, serving as teacher, performer, mentor, colleague and leader.

He continues to lend his musical talents to the university, often serving as organist for HPU concerts. He additionally plays the organ at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church and Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

He and his wife, Judy, have three children, Elisabeth, Katie ’01 and David ’05. Additionally, the couple has four grandchildren.

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Cutline: Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace publishes article in professional piano magazine

Elizabeth Wallace 2017BROWNWOOD – September 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article titled “Reflections of a Guild Adjudicator” published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

Dr. Wallace’s article is one of three features in the summer 2017 edition of the magazine, which is the official publication of the American College of Musicians and its teacher division, the National Guild of Piano Teachers. It has a circulation of more than 10,000.

“Dr. Wallace has built an impressive career through compassionately demanding excellence of herself and her students in the studio and the classroom and on the performance stage,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “She has increasingly been involved with sharing her expertise through publication, and her efforts in this area provide a model and an encouragement for HPU students. Dr. Wallace is to be commended for her ongoing achievements.”

Dr. Wallace attributes her success, in part, to Dr. Fiese and the School of Music and Fine Arts.

“Dr. Fiese has encouraged me to submit my writing for consideration in professional publications many times,” said Dr. Wallace. “I have thought about writing for submission for years but it is his support that has given me the courage to take action.”

This is the second article Dr. Wallace has had published in recent years. Both were personal reflections on the importance of organizations such as the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

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Cutline: HPU professor Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

HPU to host Family Weekend

Familyweekend draft4BROWNWOOD – September 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its annual Family Weekend event on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. Family members of current HPU students who have not yet registered for this event are encouraged to do so by visiting www.hputx.edu/familyweekend as soon as possible.

Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and other family members to visit campus and share in the student’s college experience. Registration is $20 per person and includes breakfast and dinner, bowling, a ticket to HPU’s football game versus East Texas Baptist University, and an information session on HPU’s Study Abroad program. HPU students do not need to purchase tickets. A complete schedule of events is located on the registration webpage.

“The beginning of the academic year can be an emotional time for families and students,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “Family Weekend is a great way for families to feel more connected to their children at HPU by joining them for fun events on campus and around Brownwood.”

For more information about Family Weekend, visit www.hputx.edu/familyweekend.

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HPU names six faculty promotions

Faculty Promotions Fall 17BROWNWOOD – September 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University announced the promotion of six faculty members at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Receiving promotions are Dr. Celeste Church, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Kevin Kelley, Dr. Paul Lilly, Dr. José Romero and Dr. Rusty Wheelington.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these individuals,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “The promotions granted are indicative of their hard work and faithful service to the university.”

Dr. Celeste Church, HPU faculty member since 2005 and formerly associate professor of music, was named professor of music. She additionally retains the title of dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

Dr. Gregory Church, formerly associate professor of music, has been named professor of music. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2004.

Dr. Kevin Kelley, who joined the HPU faculty in 2013, was named associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Family Studies. He was formerly assistant professor of organizational psychology and business.

Dr. Paul Lilly, formerly assistant professor of criminal justice, was named associate professor of criminal justice. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2011 and also served as director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. José Romero, previously associate professor of mathematics, was named professor of mathematics. He joined HPU’s faculty in 1996 and additionally serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Dr. Rusty Wheelington, who joined the HPU faculty in 2006, was named professor of Christian studies. Dr. Wheelington formerly served as associate professor of Christian studies.

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Cutline: Six HPU faculty members were promoted at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Left to right: Dr. José Romero, Dr. Rusty Wheelington, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Celeste Church and Dr. Paul Lilly. Not pictured is Dr. Kevin Kelley.

HPU’s James Crow receives Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award

Crow and PowellBROWNWOOD – September 18, 2017 – James Crow, a recent Howard Payne University graduate and student in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program, has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. Nominees for the fellowship award must be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business, serves as president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

“We were honored to nominate James for this award,” she said. “He was an outstanding student throughout his undergraduate studies and has been a great addition to our MBA program. We’re proud to have him as a representative of HPU’s School of Business.”

Crow graduated Magna Cum Laude from HPU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. He began the MBA program this fall.

Sigma Beta Delta was founded to recognize outstanding student achievement in the fields of business, management and administration and to promote honorable service to mankind. Recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta fellowship award are chosen based on their achievement in these fields. Past HPU recipients include Jill McLaughlin (2006), Emily (Tittle) Attaway (2008), Cody Hambrick (2010), Zachary Varner (2011) and Lacy Culpepper (2014).

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Cutline: HPU’s James Crow has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. He is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

Mac Eric Villanueba of Paradise among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Villanueba HC HonoreeBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise has been named Outstanding Young Graduate by Howard Payne University. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Villanueba and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Villanueba graduated from HPU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. While a student, he participated in the Sigma Theta Phi fraternity and the Student Planning Committee.

Since graduating, he has served as a patrol deputy with the Hood County Sheriff’s Office and is currently a patrol corporal for Palmer Police Department. Earlier in 2017, he was honored by the Garland Police Department for taking heroic, life-saving actions in rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

He is active in his church, Watermark Community Church of Dallas, where he serves with the young adults ministry and plays in the church league softball team.

He believes the biggest way HPU prepared him for success was by teaching him how to be a Christ-like servant.

“As a supervisor, I get to be a servant to my officers and I get an opportunity to reveal to them a Christ-centered style of leadership,” he said. “I honestly believe that I would have not learned all of these things if it were not for HPU.”

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Cutline: Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau prepares for upcoming debates and events

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team is preparing for a busy fall semester of tournaments and events.

A group of students from across majors and disciplines, Student Speaker Bureau members compete at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, host high school UIL speech and debate workshops and adjudicate elementary, middle and high school UIL tournaments. Team members are also called upon often to emcee events on campus and in the community.

At the end of September, the group will compete at the Storm Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The team will then host the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate on Sunday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

In November, the team will travel to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association fall championships tournament. HPU will also host its annual UIL Speech and Debate Workshop for area high school students in November.

Fall 2017 team members include Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, junior psychology, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is an excellent team of speakers and debaters,” said Dr. Welker. “They all have heavy course loads and active lives but spend a great deal of their time keeping up with current events and honing their debate and presentational skills to prepare for competition. I’m looking forward to seeing their achievements this fall.”

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb. The exhibition debate with the British National Debate team is open to the public. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.

Angela Groves ’03 speaks at HPU Chapel service

Angela GrovesBROWNWOOD – September 14, 2017 – Angela Groves, a 2003 Howard Payne University graduate, was the guest speaker during HPU’s Chapel service on Wednesday, September 13. Titling her presentation “When Life Throws You a Curveball,” Groves spoke candidly about her previous struggles with infertility and her current battle with cancer.

Groves, who works at New Hope Christian Academy in Plano, chronicled how her family, friends, co-workers and church family have rallied together to support her through her cancer treatments.

“While this journey is not something I would choose, it’s so amazing to see how it’s brought people together,” she said. “We just have to say, ‘God what are You going to do? How are You going to heal relationships? How are You going to work within us?’”

Groves has kept a positive attitude throughout her treatment, wearing superhero capes to chemotherapy appointments and asking her family and friends who accompany her to participate in what she calls “Chemo Karaoke.”

She encouraged audience members to trust God with all of the trials in their lives.

“Cancer is serious – don’t get me wrong,” she said. “I don’t take it lightheartedly. But I serve a God Who is bigger.”

She and her husband, Tim Groves, a 2004 HPU graduate, have two sons, Titus and Judah.

The overall theme for HPU Chapel this semester is “Love God, Love Others.” To see the full slate of Chapel speakers, visit www.hputx.edu/chapel.

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Cutline: Angela Groves, a 2003 HPU graduate, spoke at HPU’s Chapel service on September 13.

HPU to host Encounter Week fall revival services

Zack RandlesBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host Encounter Week fall revival services next Monday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 20. This year’s guest speaker is Zack Randles and worship will be led by the Nick Gainey Band.

Randles is founder and lead pastor of Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C. A native Texan, he graduated from Oklahoma State University. Additionally, Randles is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Autumn, have three children and one on the way.

Nick GaineyGainey is a 2008 HPU graduate and has fronted The Nick Gainey Band in leading worship for almost eight years. Gainey additionally serves as worship leader at Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall. The band members and all of their families live in the DFW area.

Services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday at 10:00am. All Encounter Week services are open to the public.

Corey Ash, chapel coordinator, associate professor of music and director of bands, said he eagerly anticipates Encounter Week.

“I’ve been planning Chapel events for more than 10 years here at HPU, and I know from experience that God has amazing plans to meet us and challenge us when we come together to worship Him, look into His Word and grow together,” he said. “Every single year there are students who come to Christ for the first time as Savior. There are also students and personnel who make commitments to walk more faithfully with the Lord. As a result, the anticipation is great.”

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Zack Randles, lead pastor at Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week services.

Nick Gainey ’08, lead singer of The Nick Gainey Band, will lead worship during HPU’s Encounter Week services.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library hosts “Postcards to Home” display for students

Postcards to Home displayBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library is hosting a postcard-writing display this week in its lobby area for students to write postcards to loved ones. The public is invited to stop by the library to view the display through this Friday, September 15.

HPU students of all classifications were invited to visit the library to fill out postcards to tell family and friends about their first weeks on campus this semester. To add humor and lightheartedness, the postcard proudly proclaims that the students have “found the library.” The library provided the postcards and the postage for the display.

“In this technology-driven age, we are always looking for ways to bring students to the physical library,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “We decided, as in the past, to offer the students the opportunity to send some ‘snail mail’ home. It is an activity that many students look forward to each year.”

Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays.

For more information about HPU’s Walker Memorial Library, call 325-649-8602 or visit www.hputx.edu/library.

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Cutline: HPU student Isaac Williams writes a message on a postcard at the university library’s “Postcards to Home” display.