Monthly News Archives: May 2018

HPU’s School of Education honors future teachers

Clinical teachers groupBROWNWOOD – May 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently recognized 19 graduating seniors at the Clinical Teacher Reception, held to honor the completion of their work in the school’s Educator Preparation Program.

HPU students honored at the ceremony were Katie Ash, a technology applications major from Brownwood; Kelsy Bellah, an English/language arts/reading major from Brownwood; Sierra Bennett, an elementary education major from Tuscola; Erin Buergner, a math education major from Austin; Dorian Buitron, a music education major from Floresville; Kristin Cunningham, a physical education major from Carrollton; Rachel Henry, an elementary education major from Malakoff; Carissa Higbee, a music education major from Newark; Daniel Lemus, a physical education major from Salado; Corey Martinez, a physical education major from Bangs; Cassandra Mendez, a math education major from Brownwood; Abigail Miller, an elementary education major from Belton; Kinsey Nall, an elementary education major from Rising Star; Judy Pack, a music education major from Fort Worth; Matthew Parks, a physical education major from Georgetown; Tandi Patton, an elementary education major from Brownwood; Micah Smith, an elementary education major from San Antonio; Andrew Stevenson, a social studies composite major from Brownwood; and Fred Zavala, an English/language arts/reading major from McKinney.

Jeremy Bartley, pre-K teacher at the Jane Long Early Childhood Center in Abilene, served as the guest speaker for the event. Bartley earned two degrees from HPU: the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2014 and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership in 2018.

Additional program participants included Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Lauren Kirk, instructor of education; Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer; and Jill Underwood, instructor of education. Other representatives of the School of Education in attendance were Amy Briley, administrative assistant, and Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education.

Teacher reception candle ceremonyThe reception concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony. Area teachers, in whose classrooms the HPU students served as student teachers, lit candles held by the students, symbolizing the transfer of knowledge and the carrying forward of that knowledge into classrooms where these future teachers will serve.

“We are so proud of these students who have worked diligently to learn how to be the teachers of tomorrow,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “Likewise, we are greatly indebted to teachers from Bangs, Brownwood and Early who have welcomed them into their classrooms, modeled great teaching and provided a venue in which the students could grow and develop as educators.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students recognized at the Clinical Teacher Reception are, front row from left, Abigail Miller, Cassandra Mendez, Carissa Cromer, Kinsey Nall and Judy Pack; middle row from left, Tandi Patton, Sierra Bennett, Rachel Henry, Dorian Buitron, Erin Buergner and Fred Zavala; and, back row from left, Corey Martinez, Matthew Parks, Kelsy Bellah, Kristen Cunningham, Andrew Stevenson, Katie Ash, Daniel Lemus and Micah Smith.

Photo cutline: Teachers from the area light candles held by HPU students as part of the recent Clinical Teacher Reception held on the HPU campus.

HPU among beneficiaries of TexasBank’s generosity

TexasBank scholarship group photoBROWNWOOD – May 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University is among several local and area educational institutions benefitting from $88,000 in scholarship funds TexasBank has gifted this year through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation.

In addition to HPU, which received $25,000, institutions benefitting from these funds include Tarleton State University and Texas State Technical College Regents Circle. Additional scholarships totaling $33,000 have been gifted to graduating high school students from Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties.

“HPU is thankful for community partners like TexasBank,” said Randy Yeakley, HPU’s vice president for development. “The institution’s investment in HPU students and other students throughout the community and area will pay dividends for many years to come.”

TexasBank is a community bank committed to serving all customers in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties, as well as all neighboring counties. TexasBank has 10 conveniently located full-service banking centers in the region.

“The Board and Ownership of TexasBank is proud to continue our commitment to the education of future leaders of the communities we serve in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties,” said Greg Dodds, TexasBank president and CEO in a news release issued by the bank. “We believe the success of these up and coming leaders adds to the long-term stability of the economies of our communities. Making a real difference in the lives of these students and their families is what community banking is all about; it sets us apart and nothing is more rewarding.”

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Cutline: Several HPU students are current recipients of the James and Dorothy Doss Scholarship distributed by TexasBank. Left to right: Hayley Megarity, Conner Drew, Devin Caraway, Keegan Torres, Greg Dodds (TexasBank president and CEO), Dr. Bill Ellis (HPU president), Jaze Randolph and Peyton Donahoo.

HPU’s accelerated Christian studies program provides the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years

Dr. Wheelington grad class 2018BROWNWOOD – May 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies offers its majors the opportunity to complete either a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry or a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry one year after completing an undergraduate degree.

Students who have completed 75 hours of classes and have a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for entry to the accelerated master’s program. In the accelerated program, students take 12 hours of graduate classes as a part of their undergraduate studies. These hours also count toward a 42-hour graduate degree.

Anna Lauren Jeffers is a graduate student in the program set to graduate in December 2018. She is currently serving at West University Baptist Church in Houston as the KidStuff preschool ministry director. Because of this position, she has been able to see how the program is benefiting her.

“I was able to take advantage of the opportunity to work towards my master’s degree while also being surrounded and supported by professors who cared about me as a student, a person and a minister,” said Jeffers. “I am able to be a better minister because of this investment.”

The accelerated master’s program was begun in 2012 to allow Christian studies majors to efficiently earn a graduate degree. At HPU, there is financial assistance available to graduate students in the School of Christian Studies.

“We offer a church match scholarship for grad students,” said Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of graduate programs in the School of Christian Studies. “If a church gives $100 per hour, HPU will match that.”

He added that there is an additional benefit for students of the accelerated program. Typically, graduate courses in the School of Christian Studies will include students who are currently serving as full-time ministers in churches.

“When you are in this accelerated program, you are in classes with our other grad students, so you begin to build this great network of fellow students,” said Dr. Gramling. “If you can make some lifelong friends in ministry, they will be a wonderful network of encouragement and support to you in the days to come.”

Another important feature is the focus of the Christian studies faculty, staff and students.

“This is the part in the journey where students get to come and be prepared for what it is God is calling them to do,” said Dr. Gramling. “We do not want you to major in Christian studies unless you sense God has put it in your heart to do that. That is a great thing for us though because we get to welcome in men and women who feel called by God to a certain ministry vocation.”

Jeffers noted the ways her classes in the accelerated program have taught her and encouraged growth.

“I learned valuable lessons in the classroom that challenged me to think deeper and grow in knowledge,” she said. “I also learned equally important lessons out of the classroom about serving and loving people by watching the professors at HPU embody their teaching.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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: Undergraduate students at HPU have the opportunity to take graduate courses through the accelerated Christian studies program.

HPU students complete semester-long criminal justice internships

CRJ internsBROWNWOOD – May 30, 2018 – Ten Howard Payne University students were recently honored for the successful completion of criminal justice internships. The students and their supervising agencies were recognized at the end of the spring 2018 semester at a luncheon held at Section Hand Steakhouse in Brownwood.

Criminal justice majors are required to complete 150 hours of service with an agency or organization which reflects three credit hours toward their degrees. Internships include working with “at risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law firms, law enforcement agencies and many other opportunities that help students prepare for a future in the field of criminal justice.

Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program, expressed her appreciation to the individuals who mentored the HPU students throughout the length of their internships.

“Their guidance is very beneficial to the interns,” Humeniuk said. “Our students are well poised to enter careers in the field of criminal justice due to their own hard work and the mentorship from their supervisors. The men and women from our supervising agencies go above and beyond to model the true meaning of how to serve and protect. Our criminal justice program and our interns are truly blessed.”

Criminal justice interns for the 2017-2018 academic year included Amber Carroll, junior from Brownwood, intern at Hope Home Ministry; Andria Garza, senior from San Antonio, intern at Steele Law Firm; Matthew Gomez, senior from Brownwood, intern at Comanche County Probation Department; Alsatia Jowers, senior from Brownwood, intern at New Horizons; Keeley McKinney, senior from Poth, intern at the Ron Jackson Unit; Krystal Moreno, senior from Marion, intern at the Brownwood Police Department; Jacob Salazar, senior from Lockhart, intern at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office; Kyle Steele, senior from Brownwood, intern at the Brown County District Attorney’s Office; Michael Thomas, junior from Brownwood, intern at the Texas Department of Public Safety; and Jeremiah Wenzel, senior from Brownwood, intern at Comanche County Probation Department.

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Cutline: HPU’s criminal justice interns are pictured with their supervisors and HPU faculty and staff. From left to right are Gina Gibbs, instructor of criminal justice; Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program; Rebecca Cadena, supervisor at Ron Jackson Unit; Keeley McKinney, intern; Kyle Steele, intern; Alsatia Jowers, intern; Matthew Gomez, intern; Amber Carroll, intern; Jeremiah Wenzel, intern; Krystal Moreno, intern; Michael Thomas, intern; Cynthia Givan, departmental administrative assistant; and Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of chemistry.

Not pictured are interns Andria Garza and Jacob Salazar and supervisors Chassidy Carroll (Hope Home Ministry), Sgt. Scott Fraiser (Texas Department of Public Safety), Assistant Chief James Fuller (Brownwood Police Department), Regina Johnson (Comanche County Adult Probation), Chief Mike Lummus (Travis County District Attorney’s Office), Michael Murray (Brown County District Attorney’s Office), Todd Steele (Steele Law Firm) and Niki Terway (New Horizons).

Kaitlyn Bush pursues ministry and music at HPU

Kaitlyn BushBROWNWOOD – May 30, 2018 – Kaitlyn Bush has long had a connection to Howard Payne University. The HPU senior, majoring in practical theology and minoring in music, said living just a few miles outside of Brownwood meant the university was a familiar feature throughout her early years.

She says her youth pastors, HPU alumni Dustin Wright ’12 and Seth Pitman ’11, MATM ’15, brought their students to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’s discipleship camp Super Summer at HPU. These trips were some of her early experiences at the university.

“While at Super Summer, I got to meet members of the Christian studies department who were helping,” she said. “It seemed like a really encouraging atmosphere.”

This encouraging atmosphere and the closeness of the HPU community, found in the relationships of faculty, staff and students, is a key part of what makes the university special in Bush’s eyes.

“I feel like everyone cares about everyone,” she said. “Where else are you going to see that?”

She has found the School of Christian Studies to be full of great people with meaningful experiences. The faculty’s familiarity with a variety of ministries imparts a unique value to the education that they offer their students.

“What our Christian studies faculty are teaching us is important on its own, but also a lot of it comes from their personal experiences,” she said. “What they have experienced is not going to be very different from what we are going through or will go through as ministers, so their knowledge is very helpful.”

When she first came to HPU, Bush knew God was leading her to pursue a life serving in music ministry.

“I came to HPU to become equipped for music ministry and decided I wanted to focus on the ministry aspect of this and study toward a major in the Christian Studies department,” she said. “However, because music is a part of my calling and also a passion of mine, I chose to minor in music.”

Bush is active in the HPU music department in addition to pursuing a life of ministry. In the fall, she plays the mellophone and marching horn while also serving as a drum major. During the spring concert season, she plays in HPU’s Symphonic Band.

Music has played a significant role in her life. While in high school, Bush said she benefited from her participation in her high school’s band. In addition to spurring personal growth, music brings her enjoyment even when practicing.

“In music, there are compositions from great composers who express feeling through music,” said Bush. “Knowing this and getting to play that expression is meaningful, especially when the expression aligns with your life and experience.”

Thanks to the faculty of HPU’s music department, she has been able to follow God’s leading in an atmosphere conducive to learning about a subject she loves.

“The professors in the music department are so talented and knowledgeable,” said Bush. “They care about our lives, not just about what we are playing, but what is going on in our personal lives.”

As she nears the final year of her time at HPU, Bush reflected on what the university has meant to her life.

“Hopefully when you leave these walls you are a reflection of what you are learning and a reflection of the God you serve,” she said. “The person I was when first arriving on campus two years ago is different than the person I am now. I am definitely shaping and forming as a person and it’s because of the people pouring into my life.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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: Kaitlyn Bush has chosen to follow the passions God has given her, pursuing a life in music ministry.

National band sorority and fraternity hold district convention at Howard Payne University

TBS & KKY ConventionBROWNWOOD – May 29, 2018 – The Southwest District Convention of national band sorority Tau Beta Sigma and fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi was recently held at Howard Payne University.

Delta Upsilon and Zeta Beta, HPU’s branches of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, served as the hosts of the weekend’s events. More than 700 fraternity and sorority members, representing institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, met at the HPU campus to take part in various events and traditions.

“Howard Payne was represented well through the efforts of these dedicated students,” said Alexia Riggs, Tau Beta Sigma sponsor and HPU dean of libraries. “The national officers noted not only the great facilities but the servant’s heart these two chapters have as they made the weekend a great experience for those in attendance.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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: National band sorority and fraternity Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi recently held the Southwest District Convention at Howard Payne University.

HPU freshman receives Sheriffs’ Association of Texas scholarship

Ratliff and HillBROWNWOOD – May 25, 2018 – William Ratliff, Howard Payne University freshman from Kyle, has been awarded a scholarship by the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. Sheriff Vance Hill of Brown County presented the award to Ratliff during a luncheon held at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

Ratliff is a criminal justice major and a member of the HPU Yellow Jacket football team.

“I would like to thank the Sheriffs’ Association for granting me this scholarship and Sheriff Hill for presenting it to me,” said Ratliff.

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas offers scholarships to eligible students pursuing an academic degree at a college or university. In addition to the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas scholarships, several others are made available through the generosity of individuals or organizations. These funds are managed by the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas to award to qualified students. The scholarships are awarded once in the spring semester and once in the fall semester of each year.

Each applicant must have a parent in law enforcement in Texas; must be a high school graduate and have completed at least one semester of college; must be enrolled in a college or university, in an academic course of study, as a full-time student during the semester the application is submitted; must be younger than 25 years of age at time of application; must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5; and must not have been convicted of a crime which would make an individual ineligible for employment in his/her field of study.

For the spring 2018 semester, the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas awarded 16 scholarships to students throughout the state.

“Will Ratliff is an outstanding young man who is a blessing to have in the classroom,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program. “I am grateful to Sheriff Hill for all his support with the criminal justice program at HPU and for representing the Sheriffs’ Association that is so generous with its funds.”

For more information about the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, visit www.sheriffstx.org.

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Cutline: Sheriff Vance Hill of Brown County (right) recently presented the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas scholarship to HPU freshman William Ratliff.

HPU criminal justice student assesses mock crime scene

Mock Crime Scene 2018 2BROWNWOOD – May 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University sophomore Cody Ewing, criminal justice major from Valley Mills, gathers evidence at a mock crime scene where an alleged assault took place in the office of Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Program. The mock crime scene project is part of HPU’s Criminal Investigation course that helps students become familiar with procedures on gathering evidence that can be defended in a court of law. Bob Pacatte, director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety and chief of police, was instrumental in setting up the mock crime scene for the students.

Cutline: HPU criminal justice student assesses mock crime scene

HPU’s Dr. Derek Smith leads forensic science workshop for local elementary students

Dr. Derek Smith Forensic Science WorkshopBROWNWOOD – May 23, 2018 – During the spring 2018 semester, Howard Payne University’s Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry, conducted a forensic science workshop for 35 local elementary students at the Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood.

The workshop was sponsored by the Andy Roddick Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational enrichment for low-income students.

The young investigators undertook blood droplet height-angle analysis as well as fingerprint collection and development with enhancement powders.

Dr. Smith praised the purpose of the Andy Roddick Foundation.

“These workshops provide an excellent opportunity for children of any social status –
disadvantaged or not – to explore current fields of study and form a familiarity that can lead to future exploration and professional opportunities,” he said.

In past years, Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, has presented workshops on astronomy and star viewing to similar groups with equal success.

“These opportunities are important for the participants and our faculty alike, as well as the larger community,” Dr. Bryant commented. “We are honored that education- and enrichment-based groups would invite us to participate.”

Drs. Smith and Bryant agree that the School of Science and Mathematics looks forward to leading another science-based, hands-on workshop next year and express thanks to the funding organizations and facilitators for their sponsorship.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Derek Smith conducts a forensic science workshop for 35 local elementary students.

HPU Sumners Scholars attend public policy lecture by Alan M. Dershowitz

BROWNWOOD – May 23, 2018 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy recently attended a public policy lecture through the Institute for Policy Innovation. Alan M. Dershowitz, acclaimed civil liberties attorney, spoke on the topic “The Constitution: Rights and Wrongs” as part of the IPI’s Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series.

Students attending the lecture were Rachel Hughes, senior from Llano; Tyler Olin, junior from Howe; Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne; and Rachel White, senior from Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

HPU Sumners Scholars are selected for the competitive four-semester program after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board. Additionally, the students are invited to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences, such as this one, to supplement their learning.

Named for its founder, former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.

“The Sumners Foundation is committed to promoting programs that increase understanding of civic responsibility and personal potential which is of great interest and importance to faculty and students in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, director of the Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government. “We’re very thankful that our students have opportunities such as these through the Sumners Foundation.”

More information about the Academy and the Sumners program may be found at www.hputx.edu/academy and www.hputx.edu/sumners, respectively.

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