Monthly News Archives: September 2017

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau to host British debate team

DebateBROWNWOOD – September 29, 2017 – Two members of Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team will publicly debate members of the British National Debate Team on Sunday, October 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

HPU juniors Christopher Freeland of Bangs and Tyler Olin of Howe will debate against British team members Rebecca Howarth and Richard Hunter. The topic for the debate is “This house regrets social media.”

Christopher Freeland, a theatre education major, serves as the Student Speaker Bureau team captain and draws from many years of cross-examination and parliamentary debate. In University Interscholastic League (UIL) Cross Examination debate, Freeland qualified in the state octo-finals as District Champion. In the March 2017 National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament, Freeland ranked 7th National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) Junior Varsity Speaker and debated in the finals junior varsity round of NPDA Debate. Freeland also participates in extemporaneous and impromptu speaking as well as prose and poetry interpretation.

Tyler Olin, a social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major, is in his second year on HPU’s speech and debate team. He had three years’ experience of team policy debate in high school, placing at the regional qualifiers meet his senior year. In college he has been named an octofinalist at a regional tournament in Texas, a semifinalist at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Fall Championship and a finalist in junior varsity at the National Christian College Forensics Association national championship. He also achieved a semifinalist finish in individual parliamentary debate at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Fall Championship.

Rebecca Howarth studied economics with German at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2015. Her key debating achievements include reaching the quarter finals of the European University Debating Championships in Vienna, Austria. Between 2012 and 2015, she won five and qualified for the finals of approximately 14 national and international competitions. While studying abroad in Berlin, she reached the finals of the “German as a foreign language” category of the German National Debating Championships. She is also an accomplished judge, having been selected as chief adjudicator for approximately six tournaments and judging numerous finals, including the Japanese University Debating Championships. She currently works in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she runs a debating initiative designed to improve communication skills in the workplace.

Richard Hunter grew up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and began competitively debating at a young age, twice reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition. He went on to attend the University of St Andrews, pursuing a degree in modern history. While at university, he was able to participate in dozens of competitions in the United Kingdom and around Europe competing against students from all over the world. His debating achievements include reaching the final of the Scottish leg of the John Smith Memorial Mace in 2017 as well as acting as an adjudicator at the European University Debating Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Dr. Julie Welker, HPU professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the Student Speaker Bureau.

“We’re proud to host the members of the British National Debate Team and look forward to this opportunity for cultural exchange,” she said. “We hope the community will join us for this exhibition debate.”

High school teachers interested in bringing their students to the debate are encouraged to contact Dr. Welker by e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – September 29, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27. This free exhibit is open to the public and available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

The art exhibit, by members of the Brownwood Art Association, features works of art including photography, acrylic and oil paintings, and pencil and watercolor sketches.

“The Brownwood Art Association is a wonderful group of local artists who have ‘The Art Spirit,’” said David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art. “In 2013, we hosted a self-curated exhibition that involved the artists’ selections of their best works and have decided to repeat the process with this exhibit. I am sure everyone will be delighted to see the best of local Brownwood visual talent.”

The exhibit will be open to the public on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2 Art Exhibit” through Friday, October 27.

HPU Chapel speaker urges Christians to show Christ-like hospitality

Nell Green HPU Chapel for webBROWNWOOD – September 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University held its weekly Chapel service Wednesday morning with Nell Green, missionary with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Internationals, delivering the address to students, faculty and staff.

Green encouraged her fellow Christians to show Christ-like hospitality to others, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.

“You are in a position right now to be used by God as a blessing to the nations,” she said.

Green and her husband, Butch, are based in Houston. They work extensively with international refugees and immigrants.

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: Nell Green, missionary with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Internationals, spoke at HPU’s Chapel service on September 27.

HPU names Laura Benoit director of alumni relations

Laura Benoit director for webBROWNWOOD – September 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently named Laura Benoit as director of alumni relations. Benoit joined the university’s staff in October 2014 as assistant director of alumni relations and was promoted in 2016 to the position of associate director.

“Laura has been a valuable member of our staff for the past three years and is a natural fit in this role,” said Randy Yeakley, vice president for development. “We’re proud to have her working with our vast network of alumni and former students.”

Benoit said she’s enjoyed meeting many of HPU’s alumni and friends.

“These individuals helped shape the university’s rich history, so it’s a joy to have the opportunity to develop relationships with them,” she said.

Prior to arriving at HPU, Benoit served as director of parent relations for Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. She and her husband, Joseph, have two adult children, Amanda and Aaron.

Among other responsibilities at HPU, Benoit will oversee the university’s Homecoming celebrations each fall. HPU’s Homecoming 2017 festivities are slated for October 20-21.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Laura Benoit was recently named director of alumni relations at HPU.

HPU hosts Encounter Week fall revival

Zack Randles at HPU for webBROWNWOOD – September 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Encounter Week fall revival event was held last week with a concluding discussion on the importance of maintaining momentum in the pursuit of Christ-like living.

Zack Randles, founder and lead pastor of Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C., was the guest speaker for each of the five Encounter Week services. Leading worship was The Nick Gainey Band. Gainey, a 2008 HPU graduate, serves as worship leader at Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall.

Nick Gainey Band at HPU for web“The whole reason for revival services is to move forward in our faith,” Randles said.

He urged the audience to steer clear of things that can halt the Christian’s momentum, including gossip, negativity, slander, pride and fear.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands, serves as Chapel coordinator.

“Zack and the members of The Nick Gainey Band were a huge blessing to our campus community,” he said. “Several of our students professed faith in Christ for the first time during the week, while many others rededicated their lives to Him. There’s a great feeling of spiritual renewal on campus.”

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: Zack Randles was the guest speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week fall revival services.

The Nick Gainey Band led worship for the week.

Mark Albin of Crandall among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

AlbinBROWNWOOD – September 26, 2017 – Mark Albin of Crandall has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Grand Marshal. 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.

Albin 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.

A 1979 HPU graduate, Albin earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in religious education with a minor in recreation. He was very involved at HPU, participating in the Ministerial Alliance, Dorm Council, Student Foundation, intramurals and the Baptist Student Union among other activities.

He has served as a youth minister and educator and has been in the pawn shop business for more than 30 years. He is an active member at Point View Baptist Church in Combine, served eight years on the Crandall ISD School Board and is a retired Crandall volunteer firefighter.

Albin and his wife, Beth, have three children – Angela, Amanda and Adam – and four grandchildren. Angela and her husband, Tim Groves, are both HPU graduates.

He said that HPU’s small-school atmosphere prepared him for future success.

“Howard Payne is a place where a student, usually away from home for the first time, can develop lifelong relationships in a safe environment,” he said. “I’m truly thankful to be an alumnus of this wonderful university.”

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Cutline: Mark Albin of Crandall is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU files Letter of Intent to Texas Board of Nursing for pre-licensure BSN degree

BROWNWOOD – September 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University continues to make strides in its efforts to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The university is working closely with representatives from the Texas Board of Nursing to ensure necessary measures are taken with regard to nursing faculty and curriculum.

Dr. Nina Ouimette, HPU’s dean of nursing, recently filed a Letter of Intent with the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) that outlined the university’s intentions of establishing a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. TBON reviewed Dr. Ouimette’s academic transcripts and verified that she holds the necessary qualifications to serve as HPU’s proposed Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education program director.

Dr. Ouimette and Laci Sutton, HPU instructor of nursing, are registered to attend a TBON new program development information session on October 10 in Austin.

“We’re pleased with the progress Dr. Ouimette and Mrs. Sutton have made so far and we’re encouraged by the Board of Nursing’s affirmation of Dr. Ouimette’s qualifications,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer. “We look forward to keeping the public informed of our progress through the Board of Nursing’s approval process.”

Dr. Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002. She was employed by HPU in June.

Sutton, who joined the HPU faculty in 2016, received her Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2009 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Lubbock Christian University in 2014. Her experience includes clinical examiner and adjunct faculty positions at Excelsior College in New York. She has also held positions at the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, including unit nurse tech, unit registered nurse and relief charge nurse. Concurrent with HPU’s development of a proposal for a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Sutton is completing work toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Grand Canyon University.

HPU continues to recruit students to its RN-to-BSN degree program. This program allows for a registered nurse with an unencumbered license to continue his or her education toward a post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

For more information about HPU’s RN-to-BSN degree program, visit www.hputx.edu/nursing.

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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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