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HPU honors 234 for academic success during spring 2018 semester

HPU campus skylineBROWNWOOD, TEXAS – June 11, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 234 students for academic success during the spring 2018 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:

Abbott
Kylie Johnson, President’s List

Abilene
Miranda Rice, Honor Roll

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, President’s List

Allen
Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Cyle Johnson, Dean’s List
Audrey Kirkland, President’s List
Natalie Stephens, President’s List

Alvin
Bryan Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Davis, President’s List

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel White, Dean’s List

Arlington
Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Honor Roll

Austin
Erin Buergner, President’s List
Christopher Dunn, Dean’s List
Marissa Godbey, President’s List
Luke Victor, Honor Roll

Bangs
Jarryd Evans, Dean’s List
Landon James, Honor Roll
Jordan Pitman, President’s List

Beaumont
Rickey Guillory, Dean’s List

Belton
Abigail Miller, President’s List

Boerne
Charles Lewis, Honor Roll

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Brownwood
Travis Adams, Dean’s List
Amy Baskin, Dean’s List
Kelsy Bellah, President’s List
Audrey Binion, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, Dean’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Regina Dunlap, President’s List
Tanya Glasscock, President’s List
Kristen Herring, President’s List
Kindell Hill, Honor Roll
Tiffany Hogue, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Ho, President’s List
Sierra Jackson, President’s List
Hannah Justice, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Limer, President’s List
Cheyanne Lovelady, Dean’s List
Jennifer Martinez, Honor Roll
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, Honor Roll
Hannah Netherton, President’s List
Debbie Odom, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, Dean’s List
Seth Owen, Dean’s List
Tandi Patton, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, President’s List
Gip Sills, Dean’s List
Isaac Sommers, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Thompson, President’s List
Chancey Thurmon, Dean’s List
Keegan Torres, President’s List
Connor Vara, Honor Roll
Caitlin Vincent, President’s List
Tricia Webb, Dean’s List

Bruceville
McKenna Walker, Honor Roll

Bulverde
Preston Davis, President’s List
Madelyn Deviney, Dean’s List

Burleson
Lexie Hobby, President’s List

Burnet
Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Canton
Sierra Ross, President’s List

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Honor Roll

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry, Dean’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Goodwin, Dean’s List

Chandler
Madison Neal, Dean’s List
Carter Renfro, Honor Roll

Cisco
Robert Caraway, Honor Roll
Tonya Thompson, Honor Roll
Camille Webb, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Comanche
Allison Auvenshine, President’s List
Enna Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Randolph, Dean’s List

Conroe
Ryan Mason, Dean’s List

Crawford
Sadee Regian, Honor Roll

Cuero
Audrey Simpson, President’s List

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain, Honor Roll

DeSoto
Spencer Wolverton, President’s List

Early
Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Shaunna Connelly, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
Jakayli Coppic, Honor Roll
Conner Drew, President’s List
Jacob Ledbetter, Honor Roll
Dylan Person, Dean’s List
Meagan Sessler, Dean’s List

Eldorado
Anna McBride, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Zachary, President’s List

El Paso
Rodolfo Castro, Honor Roll
Mary Martinez, Honor Roll

Floresville
Dorian Buitron, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Errico, Dean’s List
Brooke Gibbs, President’s List
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Collin Wright, Dean’s List

Fredericksburg
Kalin Brown, President’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Barnett, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Augusta Johnson, Dean’s List

Godley
Breanna Hunt, Honor Roll
Ty Wright, Honor Roll

Goldthwaite
Ryan Miles, Dean’s List

Goliad
Sarah Fernandez, Honor Roll
Hanna Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, Dean’s List

Granbury
McKinzey Boyer, Dean’s List
Madison Miller, Dean’s List
Katelyn O’Conner, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hallettsville
Kade Kahanek, Honor Roll

Hamilton
Trey Carpenter, Dean’s List

Harker Heights
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Leffers, President’s List

Harlingen
Cody Hughes, President’s List

Helotes
Kira Teel, Honor Roll

Hico
Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Houston
Jeremiah Wenzel, Dean’s List

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, President’s List

Humble
Hunter Bazan, President’s List

Hurst
John Killough, Dean’s List

Hutto
Noah Acord, Honor Roll

Irving
Abner Reyes, President’s List

Jarrell
Anissa Peralta, Dean’s List

Joshua
Julia James, President’s List

Katy
Anastasia Willis, Dean’s List

Kaufman
Talon Davis-Rentfro, Honor Roll

Keller
Tyla Tipton, Honor Roll
Maggie Van Nes, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Green, President’s List

Kerrville
Catrina Hooten, President’s List
Morgan Patterson, President’s List

Killeen
Kaytlin Hunkins, Dean’s List
Tyler James, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Smith, Dean’s List

Lampasas
Hope Veroneau, Dean’s List

Leander
Matthew Martin, Dean’s List

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Gerig, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Doering, President’s List
Brady Wade, President’s List

Llano
Rachel Hughes, Dean’s List

Lytle
Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Malakoff
Rachel Henry, Honor Roll

May
Donna Moses, Dean’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

McAllen
Emily Villarreal, Dean’s List

McKinney
Tara Carroll, President’s List
Fred Zavala, President’s List

Mesquite
Kori Harrison, Honor Roll
Harlei Struck, Dean’s List

Mexia
Stephen Featherston, Honor Roll

Midland
Kimberly Bogart, President’s List
Britt Boler, Dean’s List
Jacob Lehrer, Honor Roll

Midlothian
Emily Ball, Dean’s List
James Laney, Dean’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Dean’s List
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Monahans
Garrett Ford, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler, President’s List
Maci Dorsey, President’s List
Joshua Dykes, Dean’s List

Natalia
Zoe Emley, Honor Roll
Andrew Overmiller, Honor Roll

New Braunfels
Emily Dixon, President’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Travis Kiers, Honor Roll
Eric Lehr, President’s List

Newark
Carissa Higbee, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, President’s List

Odessa
Larry Potter, Dean’s List
Destiny Ramirez, President’s List
Julie Yarbro, Honor Roll

Paradise
Colton Horton, Honor Roll

Pipe Creek
Aryn Morris, President’s List

Plano
Grant Saltar, Dean’s List

Poth
Keeley McKinney, Dean’s List

Richardson
Scott Wright, President’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Garza, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nall, President’s List

Roanoke
Michaela Brandt, Dean’s List

Rockdale
Benjamin Blanchard, President’s List
Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List
Erin Blanchard, Dean’s List

Round Rock
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Stehlik President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, President’s List
Austin Miller, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Haman, Dean’s List
Juan Luna, Honor Roll
Adriana Mata, Dean’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Brittany Brown, President’s List
DeVanté Donald, Honor Roll
Sabrina Martinez, President’s List
Collin Salyers, President’s List
Micah Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Caelob, Hardman, Honor Roll

Scurry
Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Springtown
Britni Hays, Honor Roll

Stephenville
Shadd Cole, Dean’s List

Sweetwater
Michael Hazard, President’s List

Taylor
Elizabeth Reynolds, President’s List

Terrell
Cali Brockway, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Tuscola
Sierra Bennett, President’s List
Lillie McDonald, Dean’s List

Tulia
Kayla Chadwick, Honor Roll

Uhland
Ariana Rehm, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Honor Roll

Waco
Chandler Clark, Honor Roll
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Harrison, President’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Ganus, President’s List
Michael Nowak, Honor Roll

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy, President’s List

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, President’s List

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. 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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Finding community at HPU: Haylee Maddox uses her time to challenge herself and form relationships

By Seth Rainey, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2018 – As she searched for colleges to continue her academic career, sophomore Haylee Maddox of Bellville sought out a place where she would be challenged to grow spiritually and academically.

“College is this beautiful time to be challenged in every way because you’re not going to get this time back,” Maddox said.

Haylee Maddox for webIn her college search, she found Howard Payne University to be an institution that would fulfill her academic and spiritual goals, while also giving her the possibility of playing softball at the collegiate level. However, due to injuries in her later years of high school, she was unable to pursue college athletics. Additionally, Maddox chose to participate in a year-long Christian Leadership program known as “Link Year,” paving a nontraditional path for the future HPU student.

She did not visit the campus until Day 1, an HPU-hosted event at which incoming students come to campus in the spring and early summer to register for their first classes at HPU. Upon arriving, she immediately recognized a sense of intentional interconnectedness between fellow students and determined to find her place within this community.

“Right off the bat, I found a solid friend group and got plugged in with the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM),” said Maddox.

These first experiences in university life, what she dubbed the “real world” away from family and familiar surroundings, gave her hope of finding belonging at college.

Maddox is challenging herself academically as a double major in practical theology and communication. She is also very involved in extracurricular activities, participating in numerous student organizations.

She recently became the president of HPU’s Christian women’s sorority Pi Theta Chi. Additionally, she is on the BSM’s leadership committee and serves as a sophomore senator in the Student Government Association. She also writes for “The Yellow Jacket” student newspaper and serves as the treasurer for Appointed, an organization for women going into ministry.

Maddox believes that student involvement in campus life enhances the university experience. She is active in a variety of capacities to help others benefit from personal participation.

“I truly want HPU to be for everyone else what it is for me,” said Maddox.

She appreciates the chances HPU has offered her to get to know a diverse group of people. The university’s size and structure allow students to serve in multiple ways. She said this accessibility to involvement is part of what makes HPU unique.

“There are so many influential people here, but they aren’t concentrated in one area,” said Maddox. “I really like the involvement that everyone has here on campus.”

Looking back, Maddox recalled that she thought she knew what to expect from college when she was in high school. However, the differences between her expectations and reality have been enriching to her.

“HPU has been exactly what I needed from my college experience,” she said, “and what I continue to need.”

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 for students. 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 Haylee Maddox speaks during the weekly university chapel service.

Japanese Debate Association members participate in forum at HPU

Japanese National Debate TeamBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau Speech and Debate Team recently held discussion sessions with Japanese students Kanaru Sato and Takuya Higuchi, the 2018 Japanese National Team from the Japan Debate Association.

The campus events, which focused on the importance of dialogue as a means of understanding intercultural and international differences, were hosted by the Student Speaker Bureau as a part of the National Communication Association’s Committee on International Discussion and Debate.

“The exchange of culture and opinions is a good opportunity for us and the institutions we are touring,” said Higuchi. “Through this exchange, we can learn more about our own culture as well as other cultures.”

Sato and Higuchi spoke with HPU students about the criminal justice system of Japan, cultural differences between the United States and Japan, and the value of and strategies for academic debate.

“Hosting these two Japanese students was an excellent opportunity for HPU students to engage with international students on a one-on-one basis,” said Dr. Julie Welker, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication.

The visiting debate team members stopped at HPU during a two-week tour of seven U.S. colleges and universities. Other academic institutions on the tour were Weber State University, Randolph-Macon College, Duquesne University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Southern California and California State University.

“It has been interesting to visit some of the states in the U.S. and see their unique cultures,” said Higuchi.

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: Takuya Higuchi (left) and Kanaru Sato (right) field questions from HPU students.

HPU honors 232 for academic success during fall 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 232 students for academic success during the fall 2017 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:

Abbott
Kylie Grace Johnson, President’s List

Abilene
Sarah Elizabeth Carey, President’s List

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Allen
Brianna Marie Weaver, Dean’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Jay Taylor Holland, President’s List
Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, Dean’s List

Alvin
Bryan Lee Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Anson
Chelsea Paige Walker, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White, Dean’s List

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List
Joshua Tomas Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Luke Peter Victor, Dean’s List

Bangs
Jarryd Blake Evans, Honor Roll

Beaumont
Jazmine Bridges, Dean’s List
Djimonii Rai Jackson, President’s List

Belton
Abigail Nicole Miller, Dean’s List

Bertram
Sawyer Riley Fisher, Honor Roll

Boerne
Isaac Conrad Herrera Sommers, President’s List

Brady
Jeffrey Scott Gilseth, Dean’s List

Briggs
Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, President’s List

Brownwood
Skyler Andrews, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Joy Colegrove, Honor Roll
Angela Leigh Curtis, Honor Roll
Regina Ellen Dunlap, Dean’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, Honor Roll
Anissa Marie Garcia, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Katherine LeAnn Griffin, Honor Roll
Samantha Michelle Henry, President’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Dean’s List
Jessica Carol Huckaby, Honor Roll
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Colton Ross Jenkins, Honor Roll
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, President’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Shelly LaDean King, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Honor Roll
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, President’s List
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, President’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Hannah Jean Netherton, Dean’s List
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Clara Octani Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, Dean’s List
Keegan Ryan Torres, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Vincent, President’s List

Bruceville
McKenna Kirsten Walker, Dean’s List

Bulverde
Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Burkburnett
Mitchell Jennings, Honor Roll

Burleson
Lexie Madeleine Hobby, Honor Roll

Burnet
Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Canyon Lake
Alyssa L. Henry, Dean’s List

Carlton
Sierra Anne Ross, President’s List

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham, President’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Chandler
Madison Rianna Neal, Dean’s List

Cisco
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Dean’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Cleveland
Hillary Bryanne Jackson, Honor Roll

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Comanche
Enna Mae Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Russel Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Michelle Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Dean’s List
Nicole Renee Rivera, Honor Roll

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason, Dean’s List

Crawford
Sadee Gail Regian, President’s List
Lucas Phillip Steinkamp, Dean’s List

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Dayton
Cecily Noel McIlwain, Honor Roll

Desoto
Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Dean’s List

Early
Conner Mac Drew, President’s List
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, Dean’s List
Jacob Warren Ledbetter, Dean’s List
Alexis Nicole Ray, Honor Roll
Stormie Jo Schoolcraft, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, President’s List
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List

Eastland
Hailey Perrin, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Armando Ezequiel Monroy, Dean’s List
Robert Cordes Sweeny, Honor Roll
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Eldorado
Anna Kaye McBride, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Honor Roll
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Brooke Gibbs, Dean’s List
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Lucy Manning, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Honor Roll

Fredericksburg
Kalin Rose Brown, Dean’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Ann Barnett, President’s List
Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Godley
Ty Wright, Dean’s List

Goldthwaite
Amber Lynn Breum, Dean’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, Dean’s List

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey, Honor Roll

Granbury
Mackinzey Mishelle Boyer, Honor Roll
Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, Dean’s List

Grandview
Bailey Brian Smith, Dean’s List

Greenville
Jordan Alexandria Sweat, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hamlin
Klaye Kiel Georges, Honor Roll

Harker Heights
Derek Nathan Anderson, Dean’s List
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Danielle Leffers, Dean’s List

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Hico
Sara A. Heinrichs, President’s List

Houston
Keith Douglas Baker, President’s List
Emily Elizabeth Craft, Honor Roll
Alejandro J. Molina, President’s List
Diana Torres, Honor Roll

Howe
Lindsey Brooke Krueger, Dean’s List
Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Humble
Hunter Gordon Bazan, President’s List
William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Huntsville
Kathleen Diane Cravey, Dean’s List

Irving
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Jarrell
Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List
Anissa Joyce Peralta, President’s List

Katy
Josiah Quinn Hughes, Dean’s List
Anastasia Alexis Willis, President’s List

Kaufman
Talen Arman Davis-Rentfro, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Ann Green, President’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List

Kerrville
Brandy Bratton, Honor Roll
Catrina Leigh Hooten, Dean’s List
Morgan Makenzie Patterson, President’s List

Killeen
Kaytlin Dianne Hunkins, Honor Roll
Tyler Lee James, Honor Roll

Kopperl
Alexandra Irene Thompson, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Timothy Smith, President’s List

League City
Thomas Harold Carte, Honor Roll

Leander
Matthew Adam Martin, Dean’s List

Liberty Hill
Chesney Beth Goza, Dean’s List

Lindale
Graham Walters White, President’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Rebekah Doering, President’s List

Llano
Justin Christopher Hughes, Honor Roll

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Dean’s List

Lubbock
Sydni Ann Salvato, Dean’s List

Lytle
Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Mansfield
Emily Laura Lang, Honor Roll

May
Sarah Abigail Brown, President’s List
Stephanie M. Kerby, Honor Roll
Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll
Hannah Elizabeth Williams, President’s List

McKinney
Grant Iverson, Dean’s List
Fred Zavala, Dean’s List

Midland
Britt Thomas Boler, Dean’s List
Jaci DeeAnn Frazier, President’s List
Jacob Daniel Lehrer, Dean’s List

Midlothian
Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Mauricio Manolof, President’s List
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Monahans
Garrett Ford, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Paul Isaac Chandler, Dean’s List

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

New Braunfels
Chad Matthew Adams, Dean’s List
Adelaide Anne Joralemon, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List

Newark
Carissa Caley Higbee, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, President’s List

Paradise
Dalton Roy Pendergrass, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, President’s List

Poth
Keeley Jo McKinney, Dean’s List

Ranger
Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, President’s List

Richardson
Scott Walton Wright, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, President’s List
Alexander Elliott McMurtrey Wheeler, President’s List

Roanoke
Michaela Dawn Brandt, President’s List

Rockdale
Benjamin Cade Blanchard, Dean’s List
Brian Joseph Blanchard, President’s List

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody, President’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Rose Stehlik, President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

San Angelo
Erin Lenore McCleer, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, Dean’s List
Sabrina Abagail Martinez, President’s List
Collin Rex Salyers, Dean’s List
Micah Andrew Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Daniel Jae Rosales, Dean’s List

Santa Anna
Marlen Longoria, Honor Roll

Seguin
Carol Sue Aramendia, President’s List

Sidney
Dustin Charles Crawford, Honor Roll

Sour Lake
William Ryan Meade, Honor Roll

Splendora
Jesse James Paschal, Honor Roll

Spring
Jacob Rodriguez, Honor Roll

Springtown
Britni Dawn Hays, Dean’s List

Stephenville
Shadd C. Cole, Dean’s List

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Terrell
Cali Lin Brockway, President’s List

Tomball
Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Dean’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Troup
Ethan Chase Molnari, President’s List

Tuscola
Sierra Dawn Bennett, President’s List

Uhland
Ariana D. Rehm, Honor Roll

Uvalde
Gabriela Rei Flores, Dean’s List

Vernon
Moo Hser, Dean’s List

Waco
Cameron Gutierrez, Honor Roll

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Lynne Ganus, President’s List

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy, Dean’s List

Winnsboro
Cassia Noelle Rose, Dean’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk, Honor Roll

HPU senior Carla Morales awarded UPS Scholarship

Carla MoralesBROWNWOOD – October 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University senior Carla Morales, a Spanish major and kinesiology minor from Magnolia, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Carla is the daughter of Javier and Veronica Morales and a 2014 graduate of Magnolia High School.

At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $170,250 in UPS Scholarships to 39 students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization focused on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

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Cutline: HPU senior Carla Morales is the recipient of this year’s UPS Scholarship.

HPU names six faculty promotions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HPU moves to dissolve arrangement with Ranger College regarding nurse education

BROWNWOOD – September 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University has announced its plans to dissolve a collaborative arrangement between HPU and Ranger College on nurse education. On Friday, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, informed the Ranger College president, Dr. Bill Campion, of the university’s intent to end the arrangement. HPU has two primary reasons for this action: lack of student interest and confusion regarding HPU’s stance on Ranger College’s efforts to make Brown County a taxing district.

The agreement originated in August 2016 and was designed to allow students admitted to Ranger College’s pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to live on the HPU campus, participate in the university’s student life activities and, on completion of the ADN program, apply for admission to HPU’s post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Despite publicity about the agreement between the two institutions and some initial interest expressed by students, no students took advantage of the arrangement.

“As part of our university’s culture of assessment, we regularly evaluate the way we deliver course offerings and other programs,” said Dr. Ellis. “After being in place for a full year without any students, it is obvious to us that this collaborative arrangement is not of interest to students.”

Additionally, HPU has not taken a public stance on the matter regarding the proposed taxing district, preferring to leave the decision entirely in the hands of the citizens of Brown County. However, Dr. Ellis expressed concern that the agreement has been misconstrued as an endorsement by HPU of Ranger College’s tax referendum, which is not the case.

“Based on these issues, HPU has decided the best course of action is to dissolve the formal arrangement,” Dr. Ellis said.

The procedure for terminating the agreement by either party is included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the presidents of the two institutions.

Graduates from Ranger College or elsewhere who are registered nurses (RN) with unencumbered licenses to practice in Texas may continue their education at HPU through the post-licensure RN-to-BSN degree program, and HPU will admit each of those students on a case-by-case basis.

HPU’s post-licensure RN-to-BSN program is directed by Dr. Nina Ouimette, new dean of the university’s School of Nursing. Her career includes 17 years with Abilene’s Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, most recently as dean and professor of nursing with tenure, and previous service at hospitals and health care systems in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.

As a nursing school administrator, Dr. Ouimette is experienced in matters of program and curriculum development, student and faculty recruitment, nursing regulation and accreditation. In addition to overseeing HPU’s post-licensure RN-to-BSN program, she is directing HPU’s efforts to pursue a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“I have known Dr. Ouimette personally and professionally for more than 15 years,” Dr. Ellis said. “I am absolutely confident Brown County will be very pleased with the high quality of nurse education we are working diligently to bring to our area.”

Eleven full-time faculty members join HPU for fall semester

new faculty fall 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – August 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2017 semester this week with eleven new full-time faculty members among its ranks.

“Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and the university as a whole,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “HPU’s entire body of faculty demonstrates the highest of academic standards, and we look forward to the year ahead.”

New full-time faculty members include Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Dave Claborn, professor of government; David Clemons, instructor of history; Dr. Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical science; Dr. Leslie Griffin, associate professor of psychology and family studies; Dr. Rick Grimes; associate professor of kinesiology; Richelle Hair, instructor of communication; Dr. Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing; and James Wunderle, Jr., instructor of psychology.

Teresa Cavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from HPU. She served as an adjunct instructor at HPU from 1999 to 2017 and as an aerobics instructor for Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church from 1990 to 1998.

Dr. Dave Claborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served at Olivet Nazarene University from 2011 to 2016 as associate professor and from 2006 to 2011 as assistant professor. Prior to that, he served as assistant to the pre-law advisor and as teaching assistant, advisor and instructor at the University of Massachusetts.

David Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as an HPU adjunct instructor and as a doctoral teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as a history instructor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Dennis Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Leslie Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Human Services from 2015 to 2017 and as family and consumer services teacher for Crowley ISD from 2011 to 2017. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University from 2012 to 2015 and as an adjunct faculty member at American Public University from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Rick Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston. He served as senior lecturer at the University of North Texas from 2014 to 2017, as assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville from 2007 to 2012, and as assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2000 to 2002 and as instructor and chair of the physical education department at Lone Star College District (Tomball College) from 1988 to 1999.

Richelle Hair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her previous experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2015 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant consultant at Texas Tech University from 2016 to 2017.

Dr. Jill Heupel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from Tarleton State University. She served as a graduate assistant in teaching at Tarleton State University from 2016 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant in research from 2015 to 2016. She also served as an assistant principal in Stephenville ISD from 2011 to 2015, as a physical education teacher with Stephenville ISD from 1996 to 2011 and as a physical education teacher/junior high coach with Mexia ISD from 1995 to 1996.

Dr. Jane Metty-Samons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. She served as professor of education at Mercer University from 2010 to 2016 and as instructor at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2010. She has developed and delivered various programs and courses for a number of schools and universities.

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

James Wunderle, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He served as instructor at Ecclesia College from 2015 to 2017, as therapist at Ozark Guidance from 2015 to 2017 and as therapist/CEO at Cornerstone Counseling from 2004 to present. Additionally, he served as therapist/CEO of NWA Family Counseling, Inc., from 2005 to 2015 and as therapist at the Counseling Center of Denton from 1998 to 1999.

(Updated October 12, 2017)

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Cutline: HPU’s new faculty members include, from left, Dr. Rick Grimes, Teresa Cavitt, Dr. Jill Heupel, Dr. Dennis Gibson, Dr. Dave Claborn, David Clemons, Dr. Nina Ouimette (front row), Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Richelle Hair. Not pictured is James Wunderle, Jr.

HPU hosts University Convocation featuring Rev. René Maciel

Rene MacielBROWNWOOD – August 23, 2017 – Rev. René Maciel, community life pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church of Waco, addressed Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff at University Convocation on Wednesday morning. The event marked the first Chapel service of the academic year.

Rev. Maciel invested more than 31 years in higher education and administration with Baptist institutions such as Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He also served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) from 2015 to 2016.

He discussed the importance of finding one’s identity in Christ.

“I believe that when you know who He is, you will discover who you are,” he said. “God created you in likeness of Him and He has a purpose and plan for your life.”

Additional Convocation program participants included Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, associate professor of physical science and president of HPU’s Faculty Assembly; Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Alexa Maddox ’04, instructor of developmental studies and academic services coordinator; Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music; Isaac Sommers, president of HPU’s Student Government Association; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace ’71, professor of music; and Dr. Craig Younce, associate professor of biology.

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Cutline: Rev. René Maciel, community life pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church of Waco, spoke at HPU’s University Convocation ceremony Wednesday morning.

Dr. Nina Ouimette named HPU dean of nursing

Dr. Nina OuimetteBROWNWOOD – August 17, 2017 – Having served as a teacher and administrator in faith-based educational systems for almost 20 years, Dr. Nina Ouimette, Howard Payne University’s new dean of the School of Nursing, recognizes the importance of holistic nursing care.

“This means providing for the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually,” she said.

Dr. Ouimette joined HPU’s faculty this summer after serving 17 years with Abilene’s Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, most recently as dean and professor of nursing with tenure. She has additionally worked at hospitals and health care systems in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Her career experience and fields of specialization are broad, ranging from women’s and children’s health to nursing informatics. Dr. Ouimette holds a Doctor of Education degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation, which focused on developing and implementing online nurse education, was titled “Community of Inquiry as a Foundation for Academic Success: A Study of Social, Teaching and Cognitive Presence in Undergraduate Nursing Hybrid Courses.” Additionally, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University; a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University.

As a nursing school administrator, Dr. Ouimette has experience in matters of program and curriculum development, recruitment, regulation and accreditation. At HPU, she will lead the university’s efforts in making application to the Texas Board of Nursing to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Dr. Ouimette has numerous publications to her credit and her professional memberships include the Texas Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Informatics Association, the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, said the university is pleased that Dr. Ouimette has joined the faculty.

“Dr. Ouimette has extensive experience in the areas of administration, education and nursing,” he said. “We look forward to seeing HPU’s School of Nursing advance under her leadership.”

Dr. Ouimette said she feels called by God to the nursing profession and to the education of nurses.

“I believe the nursing profession provides a platform of spreading the word of God to others while also promoting healthy living,” she said. “We try to follow the example of what Jesus did Himself – teaching, preaching and healing.”

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Cutline: Dr. Nina Ouimette has joined HPU’s faculty as dean of the School of Nursing.