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HPU to confer 161 degrees this Saturday

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2017 – Howard Payne University will graduate 161 students during the spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Danny Reeves ’94, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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; Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, faculty president and associate professor of physical science; Leigh Ann Glaze, registrar; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the Christian studies graduate programs and professor of Christian studies; Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology; Matthew Haynie ’09, president of the Alumni Association; Dr. Millard J. Kimery, Jr., dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Thomas Kyle, candidate for graduation; Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Rodney McGlothlin, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brownwood; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and associate professor of history; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business administration; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, May 5, by the 60th-annual Chime Out ceremony, 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.


HPU honors 69 students at Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 69 students for academic achievements during the spring 2017 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation held recently on campus.

Receiving awards were:

Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Mock Trial Student

Natalie Stephens, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Tayler Rushing, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Erin Buergner, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Ely Self, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Don Greenwood, Honor Award in Psychology
Andrew Stevenson, Outstanding History Student

Daniel Harris, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Isaac Sommers, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Moot Court Student

Travis Adams, Outstanding Senior in Art
Elizabeth Allen, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Tammy Arreola, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Major
Christy Ash, Outstanding Student in Multimedia
Kelsy Bellah, Mattie Anderson Hale Scholarship
Jack Judd, Honor Award in Criminal Justice
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Biology
Stephen Lynn, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Master’s Degree Student
Drew McNeill, Outstanding Senior in Art
Megan Peterson, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Canyon Lake
Ally Henry, Outstanding Freshman in Art

TaShana Hooker, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Paulo Flores, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Chemistry
Madi Neal, Most Promising Freshman in English

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Kostreva, Glenn Hopp Writing Award

Kaeli Goodgion, Outstanding Senior in Art
Jaze Randolph, HPU Distinguished Scholar Athlete

Copperas Cove
Robert Martinez, Outstanding Student in Practical Theology

Gabrielle McWhirter, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz, Tami Patillo Memorial Award

Spencer Wolverton, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Communication Studies

Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry
Thomas Givan, Outstanding Student in Marketing

Cody Perrin, Outstanding Model United Nations Student
Dezeray Tafte, Outstanding Athletic Training Major

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher

Fort Worth
Hannah Williamson, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher

Rachel Mahagan, Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems
Mason Samsel, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Sydney Spencer, Honor Award in Social Work

Jody Loudamy, Outstanding Student in Management

J Bailey, ASC Male Medal of Honor and Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award

Trey Carpenter, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Keith Baker, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Ashlyn Ellis, Outstanding Student in General Biology

Katie Cravey, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Hannah Ball, Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Biology

Josiah Horton, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Jaclyn Bonner, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

Callie Molloy, Highest GPA (Kinesiology), Outstanding Kinesiology Major, ASC Female Medal of Honor and HPU Distinguished Scholar-Athlete

Chad Anders, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member
Emily Ball, Outstanding Student in Bible

Gil Jaime, Excellence in Chemistry

Mount Pleasant
Joshua Dykes, Outstanding Student in Youth Ministry

Corey Ross, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Nicole Hamilton, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Outstanding Student in Mathematics

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Goodwin, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry

Keaton Fletcher, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation (Biology)

Thomas Kyle, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages and Outstanding Christian Studies Student

San Angelo
Juan Andres Luna, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish

San Antonio
Andrew Collazo, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages
AJ Hettler, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Braxton Clark, Texas All-State Forensics Squad

Diana Rebeca Puente, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Government Student

Morgan Ashmore, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Communication Studies and Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member

Cassia Rose, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre


Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Diana Ellis with Yellow Rose Scholar 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship to sophomore Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Gutierrez is working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management with a minor in coaching and is a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a scholastic honors organization. She plays for the HPU women’s soccer team and was awarded the American Southwest Conference All-American Team Award, granted to student athletes who earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average by the end of the academic semester in which the sport concludes.

Gutierrez is a student worker in the university’s Elliston-Cassle Wellness Center and serves as treasurer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through FCA, she has the opportunity to be a leader to middle school athletes during the Weekend of Champions Retreat. She also attended College Advance, a retreat through which area students come together to worship God and learn how to be godly leaders. She additionally volunteers through the Fields of Faith Ministry and at Southside Baptist Church.

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

“It was my honor to present the Yellow Rose Scholarship to Miss Gutierrez,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, president of the HPU Woman’s Club and the university’s first lady. “She is an outstanding student and athlete who strives to put Christ first in everything she does.”


Cutline: HPU sophomore Dayane Gutierrez (center) was recently awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with (from left) Vanessa, her sister; Maria Angelica, her mother; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club President; and Lindsay Badgeley, wife of HPU’s head women’s soccer coach, Brandon Badgeley.

HPU junior Hannah Justice accepted into medical school prep program

Hannah Justice 2017Howard Payne University junior Hannah Justice of Brownwood has been accepted into the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). She is the first HPU student to be accepted into this prestigious medical school prep program.

“I am so excited about this opportunity,” said Justice. “Throughout this journey, God has shown me how faithful He is to provide for my needs by opening doors that I didn’t know existed and by aligning my passions with His will.”

According to the JAMP website, the program was created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified students pursuing medical education. It provides students with educational and clinical learning opportunities to better equip them as they pursue careers in medicine.

Justice heard about JAMP from one of her professors, Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and JAMP faculty director at HPU.

“I am thrilled that Hannah, who also was recently accepted to HPU’s new Biomedical Science Program, will begin as a JAMP student in the program’s 2017 cohort,” said Dr. Hutchins. “Hannah has actively sought out exposure to the field through medical internships in our community, excelled in her courses and has been involved in campus student organizations all while continuing to walk with the Lord. I couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments.”

The JAMP application process is identical to a traditional medical school application that is completed the third or fourth year of college. For JAMP, applicants apply between their first and second years of college. Then, applicants who meet the initial qualifications are invited for an interview. After the interview, prospective JAMP students are notified as to whether they have been chosen to be in the program.

“Most pre-med students do not go through an application process like this until later in their time at college, so it was a little nerve-racking at times to go through it as an underclassman,” said Justice. “I wanted my application to be the best it could be. I am thankful that I have such wonderful professors who have mentored me and helped me prepare.”

Justice will participate in an internship this summer at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. She will have the opportunity to participate in clinical and clerkship settings, take medical school classes in basic sciences and prepare to take the MCAT. She will also participate in an internship the following summer. During her next year at HPU, she will apply to all 10 of the medical schools in Texas, a JAMP requirement; take the MCAT; and then interview with each medical school in Texas. Pending her MCAT score, she will be matched to one of the medical schools. Once she graduates from HPU, she will attend medical school for four years and then participate in a residency program for three to five years to become board certified in a specialty of her choosing.

“It’s hard to decide which specialty to go into until you experience clinical observations of each,” said Justice. “I am considering hematology/oncology or infectious disease, and want to serve in the medical mission field.”

Dr. Hutchins shared her final thoughts about Justice and the JAMP program.

“We’re excited to see Hannah progress through JAMP as she prepares at HPU for medical school,” said Dr. Hutchins. “It is an excellent opportunity that we are happy to be part of here at HPU.”

For more information about JAMP, contact Dr. Kristen Hutchins in HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at 325-649-8158 or


Cutline: HPU junior Hannah Justice has been accepted into the prestigious Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP).

HPU launches Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing human-health careers

Hannah Justice at microscopeBROWNWOOD – February 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University announces the launch of a four-year Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, biomedical research and other human-health fields.

The rigorous program, set within HPU’s distinctive Christian liberal arts framework, exceeds requirements for most health professions programs. In addition to completing a robust slate of academic coursework, scholars in the program will experience medical internships, skills clinics, mock interviews, mentorship with local health professionals and program visits to various professional schools in Texas.

“Many professional schools encourage applicants to take additional undergraduate coursework beyond the required basics to better prepare them for the medical field,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, program director and associate professor of biology. “HPU’s Biomedical Science Program provides the experiences and coursework that help develop strong candidates for admission to these schools. We’re excited to connect this program with health professionals in our community and create opportunities for our students to learn as much as possible about their future careers.”

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and interview with an admissions committee for consideration into the program. Hannah Justice, junior from Brownwood, was the first student admitted into the program.

“I am excited to be a part of this program since it will take a specific focus on students who are preparing to go into the health field,” she said. “I will get to learn key concepts and skill sets that most students wouldn’t get to see until in a graduate program. One of the most important benefits to me is the mentorship that comes from the faculty. They have invested so much time in pushing me to achieve excellence in my studies and outside of the classroom as well.”

To view degree requirements and suggested four-year courses sequences, visit For more information, contact Dr. Hutchins at 325-649-8158 or


Cutline: Hannah Justice of Brownwood is the first student admitted into HPU’s new Biomedical Science Program.

HPU graduates 95 at close of fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University graduated 95 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2016 semester.

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

The list below includes December and August graduates. 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:

Allan Chehadi – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Dylan Wright – Bachelor of Science in biology

Courtney Turner – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Big Spring
Heather Hildebrand – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)

Blake Biessener – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Kaitlyn Cochrum – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Morris Farr – Bachelor of Arts in history (high school: grade 8-12)
Lorenzo Flores – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Christopher Hickey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Erica Jordan – Bachelor of Arts in English
Joel Larrea – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristopher Lowrey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Joshua Martinez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Saulo Mendoza – Master of Business Administration
Kassie Milam – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Kali Parks – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Sydnee Petty – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, psychology (general), Cum Laude
Dakota Pulley – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Amy Segura – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice), psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristen Terway – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Chelsea Thomason – Bachelor of Science in social science: jurisprudence, Cum Laude

Tiffani-Ann San Miguel – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Brandon Garrett – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Ruth Davis – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Terry Chumbley – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Neal Kucinski – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude

Taylor Armstrong – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Angela Parker – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Samuel Hoffman – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, accounting, Cum Laude

Darbi Frazier – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Del Rio
Jessi Galindo – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Tyler January – Master of Business Administration

Brittany Benson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Chelsea Chesser – Bachelor of Science in English language arts and reading (middle school: grade 4-8)
Richard Cole – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)
Andrea Culpepper – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Amy Tyler – Bachelor of Science in social work

Amy Rice – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

El Paso
Ryan Durkes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Blanca Gamez – Master of Business Administration
Alma Quintero – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Grace Stout – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Magna Cum Laude

Colby Mica – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 8-12)

Fort Worth
Bryan Adams – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Darron Perry – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Balentin Carranco – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
David Stippick – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Cameron Wong – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Austin Upchurch – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Evan Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Nicholas Crome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems

Richard Young – Master of Business Administration

Austin Williamson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Evan Vaden – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Bethany Harper – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Allison Mantell – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Ashley Willis – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Ashley Greene – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Jerry Hurt – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Kelsey Martin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Gaby Muniz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Gabriella Guest – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice), Magna Cum Laude

Caitlin Wood – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social science: jurisprudence, Summa Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Glenda Brownlow – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Jolind Fritsche – Master of Business Administration
Justin Hall – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration)
Elizabeth Kensing – Master of Business Administration
Francene Larrabee – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude
Courtney Wilder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Ocala, Fla.
Benjamin Long – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Adrienne Sanchez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Lynsie Anderson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

De’andre Walker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Port Aransas
James Contreras – Master of Business Administration

Red Oak
Tiffany Bullock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude
Garrison Pate – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Redlands, Calif.
Briana Williams – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Ivyanne Nichols – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication studies (public and media), social science (international studies), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock
Shelby Spaulding – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

San Angelo
Robert Estevis – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

San Antonio
Alexis Acuna – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

San Juan
Lorien Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Santa Anna
Jerry Bromley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melanie Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Three Rivers
Chasity Coquat – Bachelor of Arts in social science: jurisprudence

Donald Preston – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Trophy Club
Adam Snyder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Vincent Sullivan – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Michael Snow – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education), Magna Cum Laude

White Settlement
Celina Ortiz – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Andrew Taylor – Master of Business Administration
Sydni Thompson – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

HPU honors 277 for academic success during fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 277 students for academic success during the fall 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:

Shelby Leiann Harrison, Honor Roll
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Cole Patrick Bene’, Dean’s List
Brianna Marie Weaver, Honor Roll

Jessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List

Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Reagan McKinley Grisham, Dean’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Dean’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Ysabel Austine Cuellar, Dean’s List
Jonathan Michael George, Dean’s List
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, President’s List
Brooke Alexandra Landry, Dean’s List
Ashley Paige Miller, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List

Lucila Meraz, Dean’s List

Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List
Bailey Jean Watkins, Honor Roll

Rickey Andrew Guillory, Honor Roll

Xavier Michael Haines, Honor Roll

Jakob Stefan Morgan, Dean’s List

Charles Patrick Lewis, Dean’s List
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Travis Toby Adams, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List
Christy Renee Ash, President’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Gabriel Wise Cardenas, President’s List
Lydia Melissa Conrad, Honor Roll
Christin Deann Cooper, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Angela Leigh Curtis, Dean’s List
Shannon Rose Ellis, President’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Evan Andrew Fleming, Honor Roll
Lorien Elisse Fleming, President’s List
Cherita Mae George, President’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Samantha Michelle Henry, Dean’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, Honor Roll
Tiffany Joanne Hogue, President’s List
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, Dean’s List
Jack Henry Judd, Dean’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, President’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Brittiny Lynn Kelley, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Dean’s List
Jacob Drew McNeill, President’s List
Kassie Christine Milam, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Kory Scott Owen, Dean’s List
Eva Adelaida Ozuna, President’s List
Kali Rachel Parks, Dean’s List
Tandi Joy Patton, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, Dean’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, President’s List
Sydnee Paige Petty, Dean’s List
Dakota James Pulley, Honor Roll
Andreahnna Loree Rosenquist, Honor Roll
Clara Octani Tarigan, Honor Roll
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, President’s List
Chelsea Lynn Thomason, Honor Roll
Lauren Nicole Tipton, Honor Roll
Keegan Ryan Torres, Honor Roll
Mari Amy Villarreal, President’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Mary Myers, Honor Roll

Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll

Tobias Ty Turney, Honor Roll

TaShana Rae Hooker, President’s List

Madison Rianna Neal, President’s List

Ruth Ann Davis, Honor Roll

Robert Devin Caraway, President’s List
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Honor Roll
Tonya Gayle Thompson, Honor Roll

Taylor Renea Bicknell, Dean’s List

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

Kaeli Breann Goodgion, President’s List
Caisson William Montieth, Honor Roll
Jaze Mance Randolph, President’s List

Ryan Wesley Mason, President’s List

Darbi Lee Frazier, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
Morgan Hayley Megarity, Honor Roll

Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Cecily Noel McIlwain, Dean’s List

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

Colby Scott Compton, President’s List
Ryan Mathew Contreras, President’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Andrea Shannon Culpepper, President’s List
Kelly Franks, Dean’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, Dean’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Nathan Lee Lacy, Honor Roll
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List
Ryan Kinsey Wofford, Dean’s List

Elena Maria Mendoza, President’s List
Cody Neal Perrin, Dean’s List
Hailey Alexandra Perrin, Honor Roll

El Paso
Sarahi Castillo, President’s List
Fernando Louis Fernandez, Dean’s List
Krystal Lopez, Dean’s List
Brian Alan Seguin, President’s List
Benny Gerald Steagall, President’s List
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Anna Kaye McBride, President’s List

Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Elm Mott
Haley Madison Cummings, Honor Roll

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List

Olivia Ann Belsher, President’s List

Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Hood
Foga’a Elizabeth Solomona, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Honor Roll
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Dean’s List
Vivian Thi Nguyen, Dean’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Dean’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, President’s List

Kalin Rose Brown, President’s List

Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Honor Roll

Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

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

Austin Blake Upchurch, Honor Roll

Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Dean’s List
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List
Ricky Shane Miles, President’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, President’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Aimee Michelle Keel, Dean’s List
Michelle Elaine Teague, Dean’s List

Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Marie Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Bailey Brian Smith, Honor Roll

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Dean’s List

Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Trey Joe Carpenter, Honor Roll

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

Emily Elizabeth Craft, President’s List

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

William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Carrie Deann Leach, President’s List

Alyssa Cymone Beasley, Honor Roll

Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Julio Adalberto Lazo Reyes, Honor Roll
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Josiah Quinn Hughes, President’s List

Bethany Noel Harper, Dean’s List

Hailey Ann Green, Honor Roll

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

Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Wesley Timothy Smith, Dean’s List

Graham Walters White, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Dean’s List
Kailey Rebekah Doering, Honor Roll

Ashlye Laura Grover, Honor Roll

Justin Christopher Hughes, Dean’s List
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Dean’s List

Josiah James Horton, Dean’s List

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

Mikayla Elizabeth Burckhard, Dean’s List
Emily Laura Lang, President’s List

Aimee Lynn Rolando, Dean’s List

Stephanie M. Kerby, Dean’s List
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, President’s List

Callie Anne Molloy, President’s List

Andrew Mitchell Erwin, Honor Roll
Kelsey Reid Martin, Honor Roll

Chad Holman Anders, President’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List
Chelsea Nicole Webster, Dean’s List

Midway, Ark.
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Gil Eduardo Jaime, Honor Roll

Garrett Ford, President’s List

Candace Leeann Montgomery, President’s List

Rachel Ann Lightfoot, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes, Dean’s List
Maci Ann Dorsey, Dean’s List

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

Madison Kaye Witherwax, President’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List
Dylan Wayne Johnson, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List
Bradley K. Schmid, Honor Roll
Sandi Renee Shahan, Dean’s List
Courtney Lynn Wilder, Honor Roll

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

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

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood, Dean’s List

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

De’andre Rashuad Walker, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Dean’s List

Grant Michael Saltar, Dean’s List

Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, Honor Roll

Red Oak
Tiffany Michelle Bullock, President’s List
Ian D. Tyra, Honor Roll

Emily Grace Wright, President’s List
Scott Walton Wright, Dean’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza, Honor Roll

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, Honor Roll

Katherine Alexandra Mendoza, Honor Roll

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

Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, Honor Roll

Thomas Parker Kyle, President’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman, President’s List
Erin Lenore McCleer, Dean’s List

San Antonio
Arthur Joseph Hettler, Honor Roll
Micah Andrew Smith, Honor Roll
Jacqueline Marie Vega, President’s List
Nathan Richard Weyrauch, Honor Roll

Aimee Orozco, Honor Roll
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Dean’s List

Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Elizabeth Ann Rainey, President’s List

Lucas Jake Bowling, Dean’s List

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Dean’s List

Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Honor Roll

Trophy Club
Adam C. Snyder, Dean’s List

Kayla Denae Chadwick, Dean’s List

Sierra Dawn Bennett, Dean’s List
Lillie Cheyenne McDonald, Dean’s List

Ivon Teresa Mendoza, Honor Roll
Lazhay Tranisha Winn, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List
Kaylee Jae Blevins, President’s List
Bailey Michelle Waller, President’s List

Morgan Andie McCoy, Honor Roll

Cassia Noelle Rose, President’s List

Jordan Lisa Pitman, Honor Roll
Sydni Brooke Thompson, President’s List

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.”


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 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


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.


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).