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HPU takes first place at crime scene investigation competition

With reporting by Alsatia Jowers, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2016 – A Howard Payne University team recently won first place in a crime scene investigation competition at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in Oklahoma City. HPU students competed against six other teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

crj-group-photo-for-webHPU participants included Jessica Huckaby, sophomore from Brownwood; Alsatia Jowers, junior from Brownwood; Jacob Salazar, junior from Lockhart; Amy Segura, senior from Brownwood; and Blake Wynn, senior from Rockwall. The team members were students in a crime scene investigation course taught by Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety. Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, and Gina Gibbs, instructor of criminal justice, accompanied the team to the competition.

“These were dedicated students who represented HPU in a very professional manner,” said Humeniuk. “I am so very proud of these five students, Ms. Gibbs for guiding them at the conference and Dr. Lilly for preparing them in class.”

At the competition, students were asked to demonstrate their knowledge in conducting an investigation by securing the crime scene, finding evidence and creating logs for all information related to the investigation, all in a span of 40 minutes. Each member had a specific task to handle, but the team worked closely together to ensure complete diligence.

Gibbs said she was very impressed with how the students conducted themselves during the conference and at the competition.

“It is very rewarding to work with such outstanding young men and women,” she said. “Our students’ professionalism, courteousness and preparedness made a strong impression on the conference attendees. I am very proud to have them represent HPU.”

The students also attended several roundtable panels and lectures at the conference, during which they learned about many important issues and studies related to the criminal justice system. Topics included incarcerated women, the difficulties students have in online classes and the dangers of the dark net.

Dr. Lilly was unable to attend the conference but said he was proud of the students for winning their first competition.

“Crime scene and criminal investigations are very difficult subjects to learn, and both fields take a tremendous amount of studying accompanied by practical training to master,” he said. “For these students to have taken first place in the competition, and to do so the very first time HPU has ever competed, is simply remarkable. Words cannot adequately express how proud I am of them.”

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Cutline: A team from HPU recently took first place at a crime scene investigation competition. From left are Gina Gibbs, Blake Wynn, Jessica Huckaby, Amy Segura, Alsatia Jowers, Jacob Salazar and Dr. Paul Lilly.

HPU announces new online master’s degree program in criminal justice

BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University has announced the unveiling of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program to be offered beginning in October 2016. Coursework, offered completely online, is designed to provide preparation for those who are interested in furthering their career goals in a field of criminal justice.

The degree program’s curriculum is designed to provide an appropriate balance of theory with practical application. Instruction will be centered in a Christian servant-leadership model focusing on the balance of justice and restoration. Two tracks will be offered in which the student will choose either nine hours of law enforcement elective courses or nine hours of corrections elective courses. The 36-credit-hour, non-thesis degree can be earned in six semesters including summer sessions.

“After a successful 12-year history with our undergraduate criminal justice program at Howard Payne University, we are thrilled to be able to offer a Master of Science degree in criminal justice,” said Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology. “Additionally, the online format will help make the program more accessible to those whose work schedules or locations would keep them from attending classes at HPU during regular daytime hours.”

HPU recently received word that the program has been added the university’s scope of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, fully authorizing the university to proceed with the enrollment of students and the delivery of the degree. The new degree program was developed with the committed involvement of Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities.

“Our faculty and staff have been working hard to create a program that will challenge students, developing in them, within a Christian context, the knowledge and skills they need to be effective practitioners in the field of criminal justice,” said Dr. Kimery. “We are grateful for the opportunity to equip those who serve our communities.”

The new master’s degree is an attractive option for graduates of other colleges and universities but especially for students of HPU’s undergraduate program in criminal justice. Christina Calleros, a 2015 HPU graduate, plans to enroll in the new master’s program and is grateful for her HPU experience during her undergraduate years.

“As a single mother who works full time, I was searching for a program that was accommodating to my needs,” Calleros said. “The faculty members at HPU are friendly and supportive. They always go the extra mile.”
More details about HPU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program are available at www.hputx.edu/mscrj. Students interested in pursuing this or any other degree offered at HPU are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020. Information about the university can also be found online at www.hputx.edu.

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HPU holds Convocation ceremony

HPU Convocation 2016 photoBROWNWOOD – August 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2016 Chapel and Student Assembly season last week with its annual University Convocation ceremony. Dr. Dalton Bigbee ’69, professor of finance at Northeastern State University, addressed the audience.

Other program participants included Dr. Rick Beelby, associate professor of kinesiology; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, president of HPU’s Faculty Assembly and associate professor of physical science; Abraham Cooper, senior music performance major and biochemistry major; Dr. Bill Ellis, president; Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dr. Allen Reed, professor emeritus of music; Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music; Sydney Spencer, president of HPU’s Student Government Association; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace ’71, professor of music.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Dalton Bigbee, professor of finance at Northeastern State University and 1969 graduate of Howard Payne University, delivered the address at HPU’s recent University Convocation ceremony. Pictured with Dr. Bigbee are Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music (left); Dr. Gerry Clarkson, chair of the department of physical sciences and associate professor of physical science (center); and Dr. Bill Ellis, president (right).

HPU honors 262 for academic success during spring 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 23, 2016 – Howard Payne University honored 262 students for academic success during the spring 2016 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Abilene
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List
Christy S. Williams, President’s List

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List

Alvarado
Alahna Nicole Baze, Dean’s List
Brennan Dawn Holder, Honor Roll
Jay Taylor Holland, Dean’s List
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Amarillo
Miranda Kristeen Rice, Honor Roll

Anson
Kierstyn Lauren Evans, Honor Roll

Apex, N.C.
Kristen Nicole Terway, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Ark.
Rachel Leigh White, Honor Roll

Arlington
Reagan McKinley Grisham, Dean’s List
Brittany Kara Ponder, Honor Roll
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Dean’s List

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Jonathan Michael George, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Honor Roll
Riley G. Morrison, President’s List
Grayson Scott Olguin, Dean’s List

Ballinger
Ely Chance Self, Honor Roll

Bangs
Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Victoria Lee Hardin, President’s List
Courtney Caprice Seybert, President’s List

Bastrop
Courtney B. Turner, Honor Roll

Beaumont
Rickey Andrew Guillory, Dean’s List

Belton
Abigail Nicole Miller, Honor Roll
Micah Stephen Thompson, Honor Roll

Blanket
Taylor Wesley Kent, President’s List

Blooming Grove
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List

Boerne
Daniel Edward Harris, Dean’s List
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Brownwood
Christy Renee Ash, President’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Sharon Michelle Berger, President’s List
Blake Lawton Biessener, Dean’s List
Shelby Nicole Byrd, Honor Roll
Selena Leonor Castillo, Dean’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Timothy Scott Emery, Honor Roll
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
Jessica Leigh Harris, Honor Roll
Jose Angel Hernandez, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, President’s List
Cynthia Lisett Ibarra, Honor Roll
Erica Danielle Jordan, President’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Honor Roll
Bridgette Taylor Mayfield, President’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Honor Roll
Grace Victoria Milcherska, Dean’s List
Jason Alexander Murphy, Dean’s List
Seth Robert Owen, Dean’s List
Shannon Shae Parrish, Honor Roll
Tandi Joy Patton, Dean’s List
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Honor Roll
Jeffery Allen Phillips, President’s List
Priscilla Lynn Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Sandy Rodriguez, President’s List
Heather Ann Rowlett, Dean’s List
Chelsea Louise Taylor, President’s List
Chelsea Lynn Thomason, Honor Roll
Keegan Ryan Torres, President’s List
Mari Amy Villarreal, Dean’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Burleson
Paighton Leanne McNeely, Honor Roll

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Jennifer Katelyn Cardenas, President’s List

Carlton
Tobias Ty Turney, Honor Roll

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham, President’s List
TaShana Rae Hooker, President’s List

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker, President’s List

Cibolo
Nathan Kyle McDowell, Honor Roll

Cisco
Robert Devin Caraway, Dean’s List

Cleburne
Taylor Renea Bicknell, Dean’s List

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Clyde
Rachel Renee Jackson, Dean’s List
Neal Edward Kucinski, Dean’s List

Coleman
Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong, President’s List
Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Comanche
Walker Seth Dailey, Honor Roll
Lisa Michelle Moreno, Dean’s List
Angela Rose Parker, Dean’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Dean’s List

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
James Lowell Sullivan, Dean’s List

Crystal City
Michael Roy Garza, President’s List

De Leon
Micah Jo Cisneroz, Dean’s List

DeSoto
Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Sharon Allen Wolverton, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Honor Roll

Dublin
Aaron Robert Callaway, Honor Roll

Early
Brittany Elaine Benson, President’s List
Chelsea Diane Chesser, Honor Roll
Colby Scott Compton, President’s List
Ryan Mathew Contreras, Dean’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, Dean’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, President’s List
Kelly Kaake, Honor Roll
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Nathan Lee Lacy, Dean’s List
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, Dean’s List
Sydni Brooke Thompson, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List

Eastland
Sloan Elisabeth Ahrlett, President’s List
Elena Maria Mendoza, President’s List
Cody Neal Perrin, President’s List
Dezeray Dawn Tafte, Dean’s List

El Paso
Jessica Kristine Galaviz, Dean’s List
Mark Andrew Montes, Honor Roll
Christina Noriz, President’s List
Grace Christine Stout, Dean’s List

Elgin
Elizabeth Daisy Miller, Honor Roll
Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ennis
Ashley Briann Chapman, Honor Roll

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List
Zachary H. Sterling, Honor Roll

Ferris
Olivia Ann Belsher, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Dean’s List
Andrew Christopher Errico, Dean’s List
Trey Weldon Franks, Dean’s List
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, Dean’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, Dean’s List

Fredericksburg
Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List
Serayah Smith, Honor Roll

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Murry Roy Clingerman, President’s List
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Georgetown
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, President’s List
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Jackson William Spencer, Honor Roll
Sydney Drew Spencer, President’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, Dean’s List

Goldthwaite
Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Dean’s List
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey, Honor Roll
Granbury
Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Kayla Michelle Smith, Honor Roll
Jenna Rynea Underwood, Honor Roll

Grapeland
Alexandria Cymone Davis, Honor Roll

Greenville
Anna Lauren Jeffers, Honor Roll

Hallettsville
Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Hamilton
Trey Joe Carpenter, Dean’s List
Jeremiah Kayne Wenzel, Honor Roll

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Hartley
Jacob Russell Vincent, President’s List

Hico
Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

Holland
Steven Ray Palousek, President’s List

Howe
Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Hurst
Carrie Deann Leach, Dean’s List

Hutto
Chase Anthony Collazo, Dean’s List

Irving
Vanessa Renae Albert, Honor Roll
Adam McCoy Jones, Dean’s List

Jarrell
Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Joshua
Julia Lynne James, Honor Roll

Justin
Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Katy
Karli Gail Conrad, Honor Roll

Kermit
David Tyrone Dingle, Honor Roll

Kerrville
James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List
Catrina Leigh Hooten, Dean’s List

Killeen
Kaytlin Dianne Hunkins, Honor Roll

Kingsville
Brett Ollen Quackenbush, Dean’s List

Lampasas
Mason D. Murray, Dean’s List
Kelsan Marie Wolverton, Dean’s List

League City
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List

Lindale
Leonard Paul Baker, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Dean’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Dean’s List

Llano
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Honor Roll

Longview
Benjamin Paul Fountain, Honor Roll

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Honor Roll

Lytle
Jaclyn Rose Bonner, President’s List
Rebekah Joyce Lytle, Dean’s List

May
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, President’s List

McKinney
Tara Brooke Carroll, Dean’s List
Fred Zavala, Dean’s List

Memphis
Callie Anne Molloy, Dean’s List

Midland
Eric Trey Haverstock, President’s List
Kelsey Reid Johnson, President’s List
Gaby V. Muniz, Honor Roll

Midlothian
Chad Holman Anders, Honor Roll
Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, Dean’s List
Tyler Christopher Colburn, President’s List
Gabriella Glenn Guest, President’s List

Miles
Caitlin Courtney Wood, Dean’s List

Mineral Wells
Rachel Ann Merritt, President’s List

Montgomery
Candace Leeann Montgomery, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes, Honor Roll

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley, Dean’s List
Andrew William Overmiller, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List

Newark
Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Nocona
Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Odessa
Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Honor Roll
Julie Jo Yarbro, Dean’s List

Perryton
Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Dean’s List

Plano
Grant Michael Saltar, Honor Roll

Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Jack Henry Judd, Honor Roll

Princeton
Destiny Sherell Dyson, President’s List

Ranger
Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, President’s List

Richland Hills
Luke G. Jester, Dean’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza, Honor Roll
John Carl Reyes, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Stacy Rachaun Beattie-Anderson, Honor Roll
Shawn Michel-Alexa Brody, Honor Roll
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Dean’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, Dean’s List

Saginaw
Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Honor Roll

Salado
Ruben Daniel Lemus, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome, President’s List

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, Dean’s List
Andrew Uriah Collazo, Honor Roll
Taylor Ann Gorman, Dean’s List
Arthur Joseph Hettler, President’s List

San Juan
Lorien Elisse Rubio, Honor Roll

Shepherd
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Dean’s List

Southlake
Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Springtown
Elizabeth Ann Rainey, President’s List

Stephenville
Lucas Jake Bowling, Dean’s List
Shadd C. Cole, Honor Roll
Libby Ann Evans, Honor Roll

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Temple
Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Honor Roll

Three Rivers
Chasity Danielle Coquat, President’s List

Tolar
Holly Ann Leatherman, Dean’s List

Troup
Taryn Cheney Cover, President’s List
Ethan Chase Molnari, Honor Roll

Tuscola
Sierra Dawn Bennett, Honor Roll

Uhland
Ariana D. Rehm, Honor Roll

Universal City
Joshua Brian Varnes, President’s List

Vernon
Haley Elaine Smith, Dean’s List

Waco
Jacob Drew McNeill, Dean’s List
Ivon Teresa Mendoza, Dean’s List

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Waurika, Okla.
Courtney Elise Howard, Dean’s List

Waxahachie
Michael Nathan Snow, President’s List

Weatherford
Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List
Kaylee Jae Blevins, President’s List

Whitehouse
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List

Wylie
Montana Shay Phelps, Honor Roll

Zephyr
Jordan Lisa Pitman, President’s List

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HPU graduates 94 at close of spring 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University graduated 94 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the spring 2016 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

The list below includes the May graduates as well as a few students who are completing final degree requirements. 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.

Graduates included:

Abilene
Carson Brent Burns – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Alvarado
Ruby Patricia Johnson – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Amarillo
Xavier Juiqueil McFalls – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Austin
Jordan Allen Shaw – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Bangs
Callie Ann Adams – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Summa Cum Laude
Victoria Lee Hardin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Charles Anthony Long – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Leah’Shae Ann Martinez – Bachelor of Science in mathematics
Courtney Caprice Seybert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Belton
Dana Kaye Everett – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Bertram
Conner Trent Fisher – Master of Business Administration

Big Spring
Kelsey Reed Weir – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (grade 8-12)

Brazoria
Micah Brannan Huebner – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Briggs
Allison Victoria Eaton – Master of Business Administration

Brownwood
Mackenzie Draye Burrows – Bachelor of Science in social work
Terry Wayne Cantwell – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Caleb Nathan Dillard – Bachelor of Science in business administration
William Brett Ellis – Bachelor of Music in music performance – voice
Kimberley Kay Garner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Molly Jane Hull – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude
Douglas Arnold Hurt – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kindry Cruz Kirbo – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude
Mary Catherine Kunkel – Bachelor of Science in athletic training
Sylvia Diaz Laureles – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (restorative justice)
Jefferson Scott Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)
Adam Justin Lloyd – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Jason Alexander Murphy – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and accounting, Cum Laude
Sandy Rodriguez – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude
Amber Nicole Schroepfer – Master of Business Administration
Kristian Jalyn Simpson – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Chelsea Louise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude
Stephanie Michelle Upfold – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)
Lois Elizabeth Wallace – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education
Derek Robert Wilson – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Bulverde
Tyler Evan Krug – Master of Business Administration

Burleson
Caleb Michael McConnell – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, political science (general) and history (general), Magna Cum Laude

Burnet
Jordan Michelle Brown – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Canyon Lake
Tara Lee Roussett – Master of Business Administration

Cedar Creek
Samuel Joe Austin Parmley – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker – Bachelor of Arts in studio art, Magna Cum Laude

Cleveland
Matthew David Daniel – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)

Comanche
Walker Seth Dailey – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Corsicana
Anthony David Johnston – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
Jeffrey Lance Rhodes – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Cross Plains
James Lowell Sullivan – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development), Cum Laude

De Leon
Kelci Ann Feist – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Deer Park
Jason Wilburn Havner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

DeSoto
Danyel Marie Bradley – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice)

Dripping Springs
Elliott Nicole Gray – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Early
Melanie Elaine Clark – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Aaron J. Tassin – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Peyton Nicole Walker – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

El Paso
Yessenia Angelica Cazares – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Jessica Kristine Galaviz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Mark Andrew Montes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Ennis
Ashley Briann Chapman – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Spanish and political science (general)

Farmington, N.M.
Zachary H. Sterling – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Florence
Luis Anthony Robles – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Magna Cum Laude

Fredericksburg
Chandler Jacob Condra – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Fulshear
Will Orion Roberts – Master of Business Administration

Gatesville
Murry Roy Clingerman – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Georgetown
Michael Clifton Bailey – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Jacob Daniel Spivey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Zachary Charles White – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Goldthwaite
Brittany Renae Martin – Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts (all-level certification: early childhood – grade 12)

Granbury
Tyler Kirk Jones – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (multimedia), Magna Cum Laude

Grandview
Bailey Dawn Simmons – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Highlands
Hannah Marie Strebeck – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude

Iowa Park
Joshua Lee Farquharson – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Kerrville
Willie Claudius Locke – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Lampasas
Astin K. Murray – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kelsan Marie Wolverton – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Magna Cum Laude

Lewisville
Christopher Ryan Beaty – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Lockhart
Timothy Layne Counce – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Longview
Benjamin Paul Fountain – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

May
Sarah Katherine Brown – Bachelor of Arts in English
Rebecca Danielle McFarland – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Heather Renae Starnes – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Midland
Garrick Hunter Seigler – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Midlothian
Tyler Christopher Colburn – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Mineral Wells
Dustin Adam Rollings – Bachelor of Science in biology

New Braunfels
Darryl Leigh Fresne – Master of Business Administration
John Ross Kublank – Master of Business Administration

Paradise
Nathan Cole Lamb – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Rachel Catherine Runnels – Master of Business Administration

Pflugerville
Lawrence Adom Martinez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Port Lavaca
Amber Christine Jackson – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Rochelle
Cantrell Oldham Miller – Bachelor of Arts in studio art

Salado
Michael Joe Sellers – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (grade 8-12), Cum Laude

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Kristin Leeann Haman – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Summa Cum Laude

San Saba
Marshal Lynn McIntosh – Master of Business Administration

Santo
Sarah Jane Van Remmen – Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Cum Laude

Seguin
Vanessa Mae Marquez – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude

Spring
Colby Ray Byrd – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Dustin James Kelver – Master of Business Administration

Stephenville
William Cody Cain – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Libby Ann Evans – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Sutherland Springs
Christopher Lee Gonsalves – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Sweetwater
Stephanie Elizabeth Baker – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

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HPU honors 64 students during Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently honored 64 students for academic achievements during the spring 2016 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation.

Receiving awards were:

Abilene
Brittony Walker, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Spanish

Alvarado
Ashleigh Moss, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre
Natalie Stephens, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) – Lower-Division

Amarillo
Xavier McFalls, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Arlington
Reagan Grisham, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Communication Studies

Austin
Nicole Goodwin, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Biology

Bangs
Callie Adams, Outstanding Exercise and Sport Science Major and American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Major
Victoria Hardin, Honor Award in Psychology

Big Spring
Kelsey Weir, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Briggs
Allison Eaton, American Southwest Conference Female Medal of Honor

Brownwood
Travis Adams, Outstanding Freshman in Art
Blake Biessener, Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems
Lydia Conrad, Outstanding Senior in Art
Chelsea Garcia, Outstanding Nontraditional Student
Molly Hull, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Student in General Biology
Kindry Kirbo, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation in Biology
Jason Murphy, Outstanding Model United Nations Student
Zachary Peterson, Most Promising Freshman in English

Comanche
Kaeli Goodgion, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Dallas
Richard Treviso, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Chemistry

Desoto
Danyel Bradley, Tami Pattillo Memorial Award

Early
Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) – Lower-Division Student and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry
Amy Tyler, Honor Award in Social Work

Eastland
Cody Perrin, Outstanding History Student

Edinburg
Andrea Culpepper, Outstanding Student in Management

Ennis
Ashley Chapman, Outstanding Government Student

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church, Outstanding Student in Bible and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies
Zachary Sterling, Outstanding Student in Youth Ministry

Florence
Luis Robles, Honor Award in Criminal Justice and HPU Male Scholar-Athlete

Fredericksburg
Chandler Condra, Outstanding Student in the School of Business

Gatesville
Murry Clingerman, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Godley
Tolli Wylie, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

Goldthwaite
Brittany Martin, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

Greenville
Anna Lauren Jeffers, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Gunter
Richard Young, Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award and American Southwest Conference Male Medal of Honor

Harlingen
Cody H. Hughes, Most Promising Freshman in English

Hico
Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Highlands
Hannah Strebeck, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) – Upper-Division Student

Kennedale
Hailey Green, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Kerrville
Jimmy Abbatiello, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Communication Studies

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Biology

Llano
Rachel Hughes, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member

Lockhart
TJ Counce, Outstanding Mock Trial Student

Lytle
Jaclyn Bonner, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

McKinney
Fred Zavala, Academic Achievement in English

Memphis
Callie Molloy, HPU Female Scholar-Athlete

Midlothian
Gabriella Guest, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) – Upper-Division

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Outstanding Lower-Division Mathematics Student

Perryton
Keaton Fletcher, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Biology

Richardson
Ivyanne Nichols, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages

Richland Hills
Luke Jester, Outstanding Upper-Division Mathematics Student

Salado
Thomas Kyle, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies

San Angelo
Kyndal Broome, Outstanding Student in Management and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Spanish
Kristin Haman, Highest GPA in Exercise and Sport Science and Outstanding Athletic Training Major

Santo
Sarah Van Remmen, Excellence in Chemistry

Shepherd
Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Spanish

Southlake
Braxton Clark, Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member

Spurger
Jessi Jordan, Outstanding Student in Christian Studies

Temple
Zachary Eller, Outstanding Student in Business Administration

Waco
Drew McNeill, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Waskom
Rebeca Puente, Outstanding Moot Court Student

Waxahachie
Michael Snow, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

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HPU to graduate 116 students this Saturday

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Howard Payne University will graduate 116 students during the spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Robert R. Ellis, associate dean for academics at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary, will deliver the charge to the graduates.

Additional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Rev. Cory Brand ’98, minister of discipleship and pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Corsicana; Jane Collette ’81, president of the HPU Alumni Association; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the graduate program in youth ministry and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Millard J. Kimery Jr., interim dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Dr. Brad Lemler, interim dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Joe Robinson, director of the instructional leadership graduate program and professor of education; Dr. Harlan Scott, faculty president and associate professor of biology; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; Dr. Daresa Voss, interim dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Lana Wagner ’97, registrar; Rev. Kelly Wolverton ’96, pastor of Hampton Road Baptist Church in Desoto; Kelsan Wolverton, candidate for graduation; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, May 6, by Chime Out, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

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Thirty-two HPU students named to prestigious “Who’s Who” list

BROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently recognized 32 students named to the 2016 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Nominees must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students who have been noted for their academic abilities, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to HPU and potential for future achievement.

“We’re very proud to honor these students for their exceptional achievements,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students.

Those recognized were:

Amarillo
Xavier McFalls, senior exercise and sport science major

Bangs
Callie Adams, senior exercise and sport science major
Victoria Hardin, senior psychology major

Boerne
Isaac Sommers, junior English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Brownwood
Tammy Arreola, senior exercise and sport science major
Katie Ash, junior technology applications (high school grade 8 – 12) major
Doug Hurt, senior criminal justice major
J.T. Hurt, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry student
William Rumfield, senior exercise and sport science major

Cedar Park
Emily Peisker, senior studio art major

Cibolo
Ruth Davis, senior athletic training major

De Soto
Kelsan Wolverton, senior cross-cultural studies major
Sharon Wolverton, senior elementary education major

Dripping Springs
Elliott Gray, senior elementary education major

Early
Abraham Cooper, senior music performance and chemistry major

Ferris
Olivia Belsher, senior elementary education major

Florence
Luis Robles, senior criminal justice major

Fredericksburg
Chandler Condra, senior management major

Georgetown
Michael Bailey, senior criminal justice major
Rachel Mahagan, senior management major

Gunter
J Bailey, senior social science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Kerrville
Jimmy Abbatiello, junior communication major

Lytle
Jaclyn Bonner, junior communication major

May
Amber Shipman, senior elementary education major

Miles
Caitlin Wood, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Nocona
Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, senior elementary education major

Perryton
Keaton Fletcher, senior biology major

Richardson
Ivyanne Nichols, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

San Angelo
Kristin Haman, senior athletic training major

Seguin
Vanessa Marquez, senior social work major

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Weatherford
Morgan Ashmore, senior communication major

Three sisters share college experience at HPU

By Amy Pitman, communications assistant

BROWNWOOD – April 6, 2016 – Growing up, the Wolverton sisters each had different thoughts of where they might attend college someday. Their parents, Kelly and Susan Wolverton, taught each of them to follow God’s leading in their lives. Even though they share the same last name, Kelsan, Sharon and Spencer Wolverton have all made individual names for themselves in their majors and hobbies while following God’s lead at Howard Payne University.

Wolverton SistersKelsan, the oldest sister and senior cross-cultural studies major, wasn’t always sure that HPU was where she wanted to attend college. However, after all of the positive outreach she received from HPU faculty and staff during her senior year in high school, Kelsan felt that God was indeed leading her to the university.

“It is the best thing that the Lord could have done in my life,” said Kelsan. “Everything I prayed about wanting in college has happened at HPU, like finding Christian friends, having great professors who care about me and lots of other wonderful opportunities.”

Kelsan will graduate this May and plans to partner with a non-profit organization by traveling to Laos to teach college students for a year.

Although Kelsan may have originally doubted HPU was the place for her, Sharon, the middle sister and junior elementary education major, says she always knew that she wanted to attend HPU, especially after attending one of the university’s summer camps at a young age.

“Even in eighth grade, I already felt Howard Payne was my home,” said Sharon. “One thing that I prayed was that I would make godly friends at HPU who would challenge me and love me for who I am, and that has happened during my time here.”

Youngest sister Spencer, a freshman kinesiology major, was a bit apprehensive about coming to HPU and being in the shadows of her sisters’ accomplishments. Like them, she wanted to be her own person. Coming to HPU confirmed that she could indeed do that while attending the same university.

“The good thing about HPU is that each person has the opportunity to be involved in so many different things and you can really be yourself,” said Spencer. “The three of us all do different things on campus and HPU encourages us to use our talents in areas such as student government, social clubs and mission opportunities, just to name a few. Everyone can make a difference here in their own ways.”

The Wolverton sisters each have individual personalities, talents and goals, but they do enjoy spending time together when they can by watching movies, eating out and encouraging each other during tough times.

“We watch out for each other even though we may not see each other that much,” said Sharon. “We love each other and enjoy being close.”

Kelly, 1996 HPU graduate and pastor of Hampton Road Baptist Church in DeSoto, is very happy that all three of his daughters chose his alma mater.

“I like that they chose to go to HPU because I knew they would excel in the Christian family environment that the school offers,” said Kelly. “I appreciate the faculty and staff at HPU because you aren’t just a number. At HPU, you are a person who is loved like family.”

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Photo cutline: (From left) Sharon, Kelsan and Spencer Wolverton enjoy their time as students as HPU.

HPU awards honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to El Paso’s Richard W. Nassar

Dr Richard Nassar for webBROWNWOOD – February 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently granted its highest honor, the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, to Richard W. Nassar of El Paso. Dr. Nassar was awarded the degree during the university’s fall Commencement ceremony in December.

Dr. Nassar was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He is an active member and ordained deacon of El Paso’s First Baptist Church. Dr. David Lowrie, senior pastor of the church and former member of HPU’s Board of Trustees, wrote a letter to Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, recommending Dr. Nassar for this honor.

“As a Christian businessman he looked for ways to use his professional and personal influence to advance the cause of the Christ in the world, especially in El Paso,” wrote Dr. Lowrie. “He helped many people escape the dangers of persecution by sponsoring them for citizenship.”

Upon his retirement, Dr. Nassar focused his efforts on establishing a dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews, Dr. Lowrie continued in his letter of recommendation.

“In 2013, he helped the church launch the Middle Eastern Studies Ministry which has created a safe place for people of different Middle Eastern faiths to dialogue and seek greater understanding,” wrote Dr. Lowrie. “All the while, Mr. Nassar’s focus has been on presenting the claims of Christ by his words and example. His influence in the Middle Eastern community of El Paso is vast and very significant. I believe Mr. Nassar is the kind of man of courage and peace who offers hope in our world that we can find peaceful ways to live together.”

Dr. Nassar is an author and poet and recently finished a book of Arabic poetry. The collection is scheduled to be published in Lebanon in 2016.

“HPU was delighted to present its honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Dr. Nassar, a man who has made the pursuit of peace among nations and the cause of Christ his lifelong mission,” said Dr. Ellis. “We commend the work he has done in El Paso and around the world and join him in prayer for a more peaceful world.”

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Photo cutline: Upon receiving the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, Dr. Richard Nassar addressed the crowd at HPU’s fall Commencement ceremony.