Monthly News Archives: February 2018

HPU students and employees paint bowls for Good Samaritan Ministries

Bowl Painting Feb. 2018.1BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Office of Student Life recently hosted employees and students for a bowl-painting activity for Good Samaritan Ministries’ Empty Bowls Project. The annual Empty Bowls event is slated to be held April 5 at the Brownwood Coliseum. Pictured from left is sophomore Lillie McDonald from Tuscola, senior Titus Brown from White Castle, Louisiana, and freshman Brooke Wischnewsky from Spring.

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HPU graduates 94 at close of fall 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – Howard Payne University graduated 94 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2017 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2017 and December 2017 graduates. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Allen
Zachary Paul Wilkins – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching

Austin
Jason Lee Disney – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management

Bangs
James Roland Hair II – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
John Thomas Patton McClatchy – Bachelor of Science degree in political science – general

Beaumont
Adrian Marquettes Hopkins, Jr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice

Big Lake
Samantha Lynn Guerrero – Master of Business Administration degree

Blanket
Taylor Wesley Kent – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
Brandi Renee Welch – Master of Business Administration degree

Brownwood
George Newton Alexander James Atkinson – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification)
Bryan Austin Baker – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry, Magna Cum Laude
Troy A. Drummond – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership
Regina Mayrene Fleming – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, Summa Cum Laude
Karina Marie Garcia – Bachelor of Science degree in social work
Shelbie Jo Harry – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general
Brandon Russell Helm – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership
Samantha Michelle Henry – Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology -psychology and ministry
Jose Angel Hernandez – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification)
Zane Timothy Martin – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry
Lindsey Rachel McKinney – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing, Magna Cum Laude
Maria Elizabeth Mireles – Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish
Megan Leanne Peterson – Bachelor of Science degree in family studies, Magna Cum Laude
Dakota James Pulley – Master of Business Administration degree
Michael Joe Sellers, Jr. – Master of Business Administration degree
Edem Sessou – Master of Business Administration degree
Adam Lowman Sherrill – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching
Christopher Reid Stuard – Master of Arts degree in theology and ministry

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies, Cum Laude

Carlton
Tobias Ty Turney – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry

Carrollton
TaShana Rae Hooker – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude

Cisco
Kristian Jalyn Baker – Master of Business Administration degree

Coleman
Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong – Master of Business Administration degree
Allison Kate Straach – Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6 and psychology – general, Cum Laude

Comanche
Caisson William Montieth – Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

Crystal City
Alberto Joseph Martinez – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching

Early
Brittiny Lynn Kelley – Bachelor of Science degree in social work
Frank Neil Ritter – Bachelor of Science degree in physical science: high school (Grade 6 -12)
Preston Erika Smith – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6, Summa Cum Laude
Michelle Elaine Teague – Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and family studies, Cum Laude

El Paso
Roxanne Jurado – Master of Business Administration degree
Ramon Martinez – Master of Business Administration degree
Davita Solorzano – Master of Business Administration degree
Iban Antonio Torres – Master of Business Administration degree

Fort Worth
Victoria Louise Malone – Bachelor of Music degree in performance – voice
Jenna Rynea Underwood – Bachelor of Science degree in biology

Fredericksburg
Serayah Smith – Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice

Garland
Heather Elaine Brandenburg – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

Graham
Laine Waymond Melikian – Master of Arts degree in youth ministry

Grand Prairie
Donovan Jarel Jenkins – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Grandview
Bailey Brian Smith – Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

Harker Heights
Katie Nicole Schulte – Bachelor of Science degree in biology

Hico
Lydia Mae Heinrichs – Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6, Summa Cum Laude

Hurst
Carrie Deann Condra – Bachelor of Arts degree in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science – global studies, Summa Cum Laude

Irving
Adam McCoy Jones – Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education, Summa Cum Laude
Julio Adalberto Lazo Reyes – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing

Kyle
David D. Hethcock – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

Levelland
Joshua Evan Shedd – Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Little Elm
Melanie Janene Lee – Master of Education degree in instructional leadership

Lytle
Jacob Josaiah Carrillo – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership

May
Stephanie M. Kerby – Bachelor of Arts degree in family studies

Memphis
Callie Anne Molloy – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – personal trainer

Midlothian
Rebecca May Blohm – Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and social work, Summa Cum Laude
Chelsea Nicole Webster – Bachelor of Arts degree in English language arts and reading: high school (grade 7-12)

Monroe, Louisiana
Jessica Heather Simms – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership

New Braunfels
Joseph Paul Coughlin – Master of Business Administration degree
William Albert D’Avanzo – Master of Business Administration degree
Randi Nicole Davis – Master of Business Administration degree
Robert Elton Droddy – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
Constance Angelee Favaro – Master of Business Administration degree
Chelsea Taryn Pitts – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

New Orleans, Louisiana
Kristine Marie Dietrich – Master of Business Administration degree

Odessa
Catherine Elizabeth Haston – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6

Ozona
Kodi M. Glosson – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Pasadena
Justin Vincente Acosta – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science

Plano
Dillon Schuster Hughes – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry

Princeton
Estevan M. Arbaiza – Master of Business Administration degree

Red Oak
Emily Morgan Selman – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication

Richardson
Emily Grace Wright – Bachelor of Arts degree in English language arts and reading: high school (grade 7-12)

Robert Lee
Everett S. Wilson – Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science
Joshua Steven Johnson – Master of Business Administration degree
Devin Sara Mendelson – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general
Edgar Omar Torres – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Sidney
Dustin Charles Crawford – Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Stephenville
Lucas Jake Bowling – Bachelor of Science degree in psychology – general

Temple
Brandon Charles McGibeny – Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology – general
Maranda Alexandria Marlin – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6

Trinity
Jeremiah Thomas Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration

Troup
Ethan Chase Molnari – Bachelor of Arts degree in practical theology

Universal City
Aaron Allen Pendley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice

Vernon
Timothy Scott Emery – Bachelor of Music degree in music – church music

Waco
Ivon Teresa Mendoza – Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology – counseling/clinical track and Spanish
Lazhay Tranisha Winn – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication, Magna Cum Laude

Weesatche
Doris Caroline Walton – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication

Wichita Falls
Timothy Michael Stary – Master of Arts degree in theology and ministry

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HPU employees support Heart Health Awareness

heart month 2018 photo

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – A group of Howard Payne University employees wore special t-shirts on Fridays throughout the month of February in support of the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month.

Representing the group of employees on Friday, February 23, were staff members (left to right) Diane Hackney, custodial supervisor; Dora Hernandez, facilities department coordinator; Renee McClung, custodian; Nikki Donathan, cashier; and Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer.

HPU faculty member leads forensic science workshop at BHS

Smith at BHS for webBROWNWOOD – February 26, 2018 – Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry at Howard Payne University, recently visited Brownwood High School to present a two-hour forensic science workshop to students in the pre-health services program.

The workshop was tailored to students who are considering careers in health science and technology. Dr. Smith was invited to provide demonstrations of how various techniques that involve biological materials may be applied to careers in forensic science.

Ann Tew serves as health science technology teacher at Brownwood High School. She invited Dr. Smith to instruct how the current studies of these pre-professional students may open the way to careers in alternative fields. Students learned the fundamentals of blood phenotyping and how identifying proteins on red blood cells can lead to very specific identification or exclusion of suspects and victims.

“Most of the students knew only of ABO and Rh factor typing, but there are actually thousands of proteins that can potentially be referenced to develop a very specific profile of individuals,” said Dr. Smith.

Additionally, students learned the basic principles of DNA analysis from known and suspect electrophoregrams.

“Within short order students were able to include or exclude individuals from paternal consideration and estimate the number of contributors to a mixed DNA profile,” said Dr. Smith. “These students are quick studies and quickly demonstrated a proficiency of techniques that I have only learned in recent years.”

Mrs. Tew, wife of HPU’s provost Dr. W. Mark Tew, said it was exciting to see the students process and understand the fundamentals of forensic science.

“We have several students who have expressed a sincere desire to pursue a career in this field of study and Dr. Smith’s presentation certainly encouraged them to continue their pursuit,” she said. “We are fortunate to have several professionals at Howard Payne University who are available for a variety of health career presentations. These faculty members greatly assist our students in planning their future careers.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry, leads a forensic science workshop for Brownwood High School students in the pre-health services program.

HPU to host Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Christopher Adkins in recital

Photo 1-Christopher Adkins 2018BROWNWOOD – February 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host guest artist Christopher Adkins, principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in a recital on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no charge for admission and the recital is open to the public.

Adkins is the son of HPU alumna Dr. Alis Dickenson Adkins ’57. He studied music at the University of North Texas in Denton and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony. Adkins has also held positions with symphonies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado. Adkins joined the DSO in 1987. He currently teaches repertoire and studio classes to cello students at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts where he joined the faculty in 1988.

Selections from the recital will include “Trio in A minor, Opus 114” by Johannes Brahms, “A Frog He Went A-Courting: Variations on an Old-English Nursery Song” by Paul Hindemith and other familiar melodies from several operas.

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018Accompanying Adkins in the recital on piano is HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music. Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU, will accompany Adkins on the clarinet.

“Mr. Goacher and I are excited to collaborate with Mr. Adkins to bring fine music to the community,” said Dr. Wallace. “We encourage everyone to come enjoy this wonderful recital.”

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: 1. Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will perform at HPU on March 1.
2. HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music, and Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will accompany Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in a recital hosted by HPU on March 1.

HPU hosts Currie-Strickland lectures, recognizes students in Christian ethics and theology

CS 2018 Award group 1BROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – Four Howard Payne University students were honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology at the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics event earlier this month. Those honored include senior Emily Ball, business management and Bible double major from Midlothian; sophomore Kaitlyn Bush, Bible major from Brownwood; senior Garrett Ford, cross-cultural studies major from Monahans; and senior Julie Jo Yarbro, cross-cultural studies major from Odessa.

This lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston ’75 and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie ’75 and the memory of Phil Strickland. This year’s speaker for the lectures was Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Rev. Paynter previously served as director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, the organization to which the late Phil Strickland dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry. At the recent lecture, Rev. Paynter’s theme was “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction.”

Each year, Currie-Strickland scholars are selected by HPU Christian studies faculty and staff based on an evaluation of achievement in their classes and on the ways they have excelled in their thinking in the fields of Christian ethics and theology. This year’s honorees each received a certificate of their accomplishment and three books: “Do Justice, Love Mercy,” by Phil Strickland; “Songs in the Desert,” by David Currie; and “Ethics,” by James William McClendon, Jr.

Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, presented the awards.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Hatch. “We have the privilege of teaching many exceptional HPU students and these four show serious dedication to the practice to critical reflection within the life of the church.”

The four students plan to pursue ministry-related goals after graduation. Ball plans to attend Truett Seminary in Waco to pursue dual Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration degrees. Bush said she feels led to pursue music ministry at this time. Ford plans to do mission work in central Asia and Yarbro currently serves as part of the youth ministry team at Brownwood’s Southside Baptist Church.

“It is our prayer that God will continue to encourage and guide these students in thought, word and deed as their vocations unfold in the future,” said Dr. Hatch.

For more information, please contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies at 325-649-8403 or visit HPU’s website at www.hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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: Four HPU students were recently honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology. Pictured from left are Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Kaitlyn Bush, sophomore from Brownwood; Garrett Ford, senior from Monahans; Julie Jo Yarbro, senior from Odessa; and Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies.

HPU student leaders attend Christian Association of Student Leaders conference

HPU CASL GroupBROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – A group of Howard Payne University students attended the Christian Association of Student Leaders conference at Dallas Baptist University during the weekend of January 25-27.

Chartered by eight Baptist universities in Texas in 1998 and sponsored by the Congregational Leadership Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, CASL’s intention is to foster collaboration and idea sharing between student leaders from different universities. Through this, the goal of CASL is to create strong Christian leaders committed to the service of Christ.

Nineteen HPU students were selected by the Office of Student Life to serve as representatives from various aspects of campus life including Baptist Student Ministry, Chapel Worship Team, Greek Life, Intramurals, Jacket Journey, Residence Life, Student Activities Council and Student Government Association.

Representatives from six other Baptist universities joined HPU representatives at DBU for the conference.

“CASL reminds individual students that all of our schools have one common purpose of glorifying God and praising Him, helping us to stay focused in our organizations to achieve that one common goal,” said Emma Reed, a junior family studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Kennedale.

Joining Reed as HPU representatives were Keith Baker II, sophomore art major from Houston; Brooklyn Britton, sophomore English and history major from Brownwood; Jayland Brown, sophomore music major from Temple; Titus Brown, senior management major from New Roads, Louisiana; Caleb Callaway, sophomore youth ministry major from Early; Jessica Catlett, senior social work and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Alleyton; Devin Caraway, senior business administration major from Cisco; Karli Conrad, senior marketing major from Katy; Jaime Dodson, senior communication and psychology major from Cisco; Sawyer Fisher, junior business administration major from Bertram; Caleb Kostreva, junior global studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Clifton, Colorado; Charles Lewis, sophomore marketing and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; Jessica Meeks, junior family studies major from Bridgeport; Riley Morrison, senior marketing and engineering science major from Austin; Rachel Myers, junior education major from Buffalo Gap; Dani Puente, sophomore biochemistry and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Waskom; Foga’a Solomona-Afoa, sophomore athletic training major from Fort Hood; and Haylee Williams, junior communication and practical theology major from Bellville.

The 2018 CASL conference featured speaker Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Ph.D., co-author of Habits: Six Steps to the Art of Influence. In addition, the conference offered student leaders the opportunity to meet with representatives from other schools, attend leadership workshops and collaborate in group sessions about service and improving campus life.

The encouragement offered by discussing problems and solutions with other students is very helpful, said several HPU student representatives.

“We do a lot of things well here at HPU and at CASL we learned things to bring back and apply in our organizations,” said Fisher.

Additionally, Baker commented that CASL made him grateful to be at HPU.

“We have wonderful resident directors and resident assistants here,” he said. “I’m happy to be here.”

Ultimately, the conference is a learning opportunity and chance to be encouraged for all the students who attend. HPU representatives have taken valuable lessons from the 2018 conference.

“It is encouraging to know that you share the struggles of people in similar positions,” said Reed, “but also that they have found solutions.”

The encouragement from other student leaders to continue striving to improve their respective campuses was appreciated by attendees of CASL.

“Being on the Student Activities Council, some events will work really well while others don’t,” said Solomona-Afoa. “CASL made me realize that it’s okay for things to not always go exactly as planned.”

In January 2019, HPU will host the CASL conference, an occasion for the university to show how it excels in fostering servant leadership and what makes the university unique.

“This is an exciting opportunity for HPU to be able to host CASL and a good opportunity for other students to see what a different campus looks like,” said Kostreva.

In anticipation of the 2019 conference, planning has already begun and HPU’s representatives are looking forward to hosting next year.

“We are very excited to be planning this conference and inviting our peers from across the state to our campus,” stated Reed. “We are in prayer that that we will glorify the Lord in this.”

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Cutline: HPU representatives at the recent CASL conference put up HPU’s “Sting ’Em Jackets” hand sign. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Caleb Kostreva and Keith Baker II; (middle row) Jayland Brown, Charles Lewis, Rachel Myers, Jessica Catlett, Jessica Meeks, Jaime Dodson, Riley Morrison, Caleb Callaway and Sawyer Fisher; and (front row) Titus Brown, Devin Caraway, Karli Conrad, Emma Reed, Dani Puente, Brooklyn Britton, Haylee Williams and Foga’a Solomona-Afoa.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library to host annual book sale

book sale 2018BROWNWOOD – February 22, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host its annual book sale Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2, with a clearance sale to be held Sunday, March 4. The sale is open to the community with hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. The sale is hosted by the Friends of the Library group.

A large selection of books, including duplicate titles and books the library does not traditionally carry in the academic collection, will be available for purchase. The sale will also include a large selection of children’s books. Most paperbacks and hardcover books will range from $.50 to $1.00 with rare books varying in price.

“The book sale this year has a wide selection of books and will be the largest sale we have ever done,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “We are excited about the opportunity for the public to look through the selections and pick up a few treasures.”

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit students through library improvements. With the proceeds from last year’s book sale, the library was able to purchase new commentaries for the library’s reference room and white boards for students to use in the study rooms.

“The library appreciates the Friends group and all that they do for the library at HPU,” said Riggs.

The goal of the Friends of the Library is to promote interest in the library and support for its collections and programs. Anyone is welcome to join with memberships ranging from $10 to $100. Library memberships are available to HPU alumni and members of the Friends of the Library. More information on these membership opportunities will be presented at the sale.

The Walker Memorial Library is located on Fisk Street on the HPU campus. For more information, call 325-649-8602 or send an e-mail to library@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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 student Mike Nowak, sophomore from Weatherford, shelves books for the annual book sale, scheduled for March 1, 2 and 4 at the HPU Walker Memorial Library.

Recent HPU graduate discusses missionary work in Uganda

Jaclyn Bonner with graduatesBROWNWOOD – February 16, 2018 – Jaclyn Bonner, a May 2017 Howard Payne University graduate, was back on campus recently to talk with students about her mission work in Uganda. Bonner delivered a presentation on the Ugandan culture to students in a sociology class taught by Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program.

Bonner spent more than three months in Kampala, Uganda, last fall, serving as a missionary through the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Go Now Missions program. She worked with Refuge & Hope International, a faith-based organization that serves refugees who have fled to the area. The primary focus of the organization is to share the love of Christ with refugees and help equip them through English as a Second Language (ESL), General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and entrepreneurship courses. Bonner, who majored in communication studies and minored in sociology at HPU, was able to utilize what she learned in the classroom while assisting with marketing and communications, ESL teaching and tutoring.

“I believe it is important to have a missional mentality wherever I live,” she said. “However, this opportunity was particularly unique because it perfectly incorporated my calling, passion and skills. As a Christian, I am called to share Christ and make disciples. As an individual, my passion is helping marginalized people. As a recent communication studies graduate, I was able to use my skills to help make the operation run efficiently and equip refugees to succeed.”

Bonner explained to the HPU students that Uganda’s culture is much broader than she could adequately explain in the time allotted during class.

“We’re just looking at a part of a mosaic,” she said as she showed them photos of rural villages and cosmopolitan cities.

Bonner first became involved with missions through HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry and served in Brownwood, in New York City and with service projects like Beach Reach on South Padre Island.

“Each of these mission experiences were impactful and formative for me,” she said. “I learned more about spiritual discipline and the character of God. My exposure to local, state and national missions helped prepare me to serve internationally.”

While an HPU student, Bonner also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in London and travel internationally with HPU’s Model United Nations team.

“These experiences exposed me to world events and issues, such as the refugee and migration crisis, that I have come to care about greatly,” she said. “Additionally, HPU’s Christian worldview has exposed me to ministry opportunities and encouraged me to pursue missions for this season of my life.”

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Cutline: Jaclyn Bonner (center), a 2017 HPU graduate, recently served as a missionary to Uganda. She is pictured with graduates of an educational program sponsored by Refuge & Hope International.

HPU’s Symphonic Band to present winter concert

SpringBandConcert18BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its annual late-winter concert, titled “How Suite It Is,” on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for the concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

The concert will feature “First Suite in E-Flat,” a band masterpiece by Gustav Holst. Other selections include “October” by award-winning American composer Eric Whitacre; “Commando March” by Samuel Barber, a titan of 20th-century American music; “Arabian Dances,” a newly released piece by Brian Balmages based on Middle Eastern folk music; “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3,” one of four by Clare Grundman; and “On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason” by David R. Holsinger and based on Lowell Mason’s 1832 work “My Faith Looks Up To Thee.”

HPU’s Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, director of bands and associate professor of music.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to present these band masterworks to our community,” said Ash. “We hope everyone will tell a friend and join us for the exhilarating concert.”

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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 Symphonic Band will present its winter concert Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.