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HPU graduates 125 at Commencement in May

BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2013 – Howard Payne University graduated 125 students at its Commencement ceremony at the close of the spring 2013 semester. Dr. Bill Ellis, university president; Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr., chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Graduates included:

Allen
Jonathan Harrott – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Alvarado
Thomas Head – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Andrews
Blake Gribble – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Austin
Sarah Davies – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Danny Jaime – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
John King – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis), Magna Cum Laude
Karl Stewart – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Azle
Nicholas Rayburn – Bachelor of Science in social studies composite
Kayla Scott – Master of Business Administration in business administration
Jordan Villanueva – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Bangs
Richard Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in communication
Ruben Fuentes – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Baytown
Brian Asp – Master of Business Administration in business administration

Beaumont
Tyler Gaddis – Bachelor of Business Administration in management (marketing emphasis)

Blanket
Tylene Middleton – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Brownwood
Amanda Anderson – Bachelor of Science in biology
Anthony Arreola – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Kevin Baker – Bachelor of Music in music-performance (instrumental)
Stephanie Baldwin – Bachelor of Arts in history
Brittany Beelby – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Joel Berends – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Bethany Berry – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science (pre-law)
Natalie Cardenas – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Andrew Chisholm – Master of Business Administration in business administration
Shannon Costello – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Summa Cum Laude
Molly Davis – Bachelor of Science in biology
Richard Diaz – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (Bible concentration)
Roy Haley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
John Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry
Hayden Hewitt – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Houston Holmes – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management), Summa Cum Laude
Kerri Jones – Bachelor of Science in standard chemistry, Cum Laude
Amy Martin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Katy McBeth – Bachelor of Science in social work
Maitreyee Nigalye – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Summa Cum Laude
Emily Rainey – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Mary Raschke – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude
Alexandra Ratulowski – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Ethan Selman – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Tracer Skelton – Bachelor of Science in biology, Magna Cum Laude
Jesse Smith – Bachelor of Music in music-performance (voice concentration)
Michael Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Luis Vallecillo – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (coaching)
Megan Wickline – Bachelor of Arts in art (all-level certification)

Canyon
Anna McCay – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Cum Laude

Cedar Hill
Senae Dillard – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Cedar Park
Regan Hogan – Bachelor of Arts in history (American emphasis), Summa Cum Laude
Ryan Hogan – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology, Summa Cum Laude
Laura Peisker – Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude

Chappell Hill
Haley Clanahan – Associate in Health Science in health science

Cisco
Haleigh Caraway – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Clint
Genaro Astorga – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Clovis, N.M.
Heather Emch – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sarah Stamps (Cooke) – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude

Comanche
Ricardo Martinez – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Molly Marriott – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Crane
Jacelynn Cunningham – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Dayton
Jessica Taylor – Bachelor of Science in biology

Derby, Kan.
Charity Chambers – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom, communication studies (public/media) and political science, Summa Cum Laude

Duncanville
Michael Talley – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Early
Kelli Ezzell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Cum Laude
Sara Jones – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Stefani Williams – Bachelor of Science in psychology (family psychology), Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Brandi Wright – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Fort Myers, Fla.
Sarah Weber – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude

George West
Hillary Sellman – Bachelor of Arts in English, Cum Laude

Georgetown
Brandi Castillon – Bachelor of Music in music (church music – vocal)

Goldthwaite
Jaime Speegle – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology), Magna Cum Laude

Granbury
Lori Horn – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Jonathan Morris – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management)
Baillie Trumble – Bachelor of Science in biology

Harlingen
Edward Martinez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Helotes
Cheryl Sarem – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude

Highland Village
Samuel Dollahite – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Houston
Kathryn Barrackman – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom, political science (international studies) and mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
Karla Kalantar – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Humble
Eric Sailors – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Iowa Park
Aimee Gow – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

La Grange
Dana Marrs – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (exercise and sport management)

Lampasas
Christa Lee – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Leander
Nathaniel Pepe – Master of Business Administration in business administration

Lindale
Kaitlyn Kelm – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom and political science (general), Cum Laude

Longview
Kyle Huesing – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Summa Cum Laude

Mason
Virginia Lemke – Bachelor of Science in business administration

May
Bryan Pate – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Mesquite
Michael Delgado – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (all-level: early childhood – grade 12)

Midland
Julie Fowler – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Cassandra Jolly – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Cum Laude
Rebecca Knighton – Bachelor of Science in family studies, Summa Cum Laude
Joshua Milam – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and political science (pre-law), Summa Cum Laude

Montgomery
James Lamberth – Bachelor of Science in communication (public and media communication)

Mullin
Ethan Fisher – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Olden
Timber Curtis – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Paradise
Dustin Campbell – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
James Castleberry – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Kelley Miller – Bachelor of Science in Academy of Freedom and political science (general), Magna Cum Laude
Courtney Wilmoth – Bachelor of Arts in English, Cum Laude

Pflugerville
Dustin Taylor – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Plano
Jessica Baniewicz – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies and Spanish, Cum Laude
Kollin Fields – Bachelor of Arts in Academy of Freedom and social studies composite (grade 8-12)

Port Arthur
Sharon Jarquin – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, Summa Cum Laude

Poth
Megan Haverlah – Bachelor of Science in communication (public and media communication), Cum Laude

Red Oak
Jimmy Cuellar – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification)

Richmond
Carlee Ammons – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication), Summa Cum Laude

Rising Star
Adrian Greenfield – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Julieann Steubing – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Cum Laude

Robstown
Raul Elizondo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Rockwall
Molly O’Brien – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Roscoe
Kaitlinn Reed – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Rowlett
Kyle Heidelberg – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Summa Cum Laude
Tyler Heidelberg – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education, Summa Cum Laude
Andrew Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Sachse
Brandon Helm – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

San Angelo
Rachel Wohl – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Summa Cum Laude

San Antonio
Amanda Munoz – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Savoy
Reed Klose – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Splendora
Allison Moore – Bachelor of Science in biology

Springtown
Grant Newman – Bachelor of Arts in music (instrumental)

Stanton
David Anderson – Bachelor of Music in music (church music – vocal)

Sunnyvale
Whitney Sirois – Bachelor of Arts in English

Sweetwater
Timothy Rhoades – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry, Cum Laude

Temple
Madeleine Daugherty – Bachelor of Science in middle school education (grade 4-8), Summa Cum Laude

Universal City
James Timmons – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (traditional)

Waco
Jake Shelton – Bachelor of Music in music-instrumental (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Wichita Falls
Oliver Barker – Bachelor of Science in business administration

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.

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HPU to hold spring Commencement on May 11

BROWNWOOD – May 7, 2013 – Howard Payne University will graduate approximately 138 undergraduate and graduate students at its spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m., in the Brownwood Coliseum.

Dr. Ellis Orozco, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Richardson, will deliver the charge to the graduates. The undergraduate degrees will be conferred by Dr. Bill Ellis, university president; Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr., chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees and senior pastor of First Baptist Church in El Paso; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; and Lana Wagner ’97, registrar. Graduate degrees will be conferred by Drs. Ellis and Tew; Dr. Lois Patton, director of the graduate program in business administration and professor of business administration; Dr. Leslie Plagens, dean of the School of Business and professor of business administration; Dr. Joe Robinson, director of the instructional leadership graduate program and associate professor of education; and Dr. Michael Rosato, dean of the School of Education.

Other program participants will include: Corey Ash ’92, director of bands and associate professor of music, directing the Howard Payne University Instrumental Ensemble; Rev. David Cozart ’96, president of HPU’s Alumni Association and minister of education/administration at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Waco; Tyler Matthew Heidelberg, graduating senior; Ryan David Hogan, graduating senior; Dr. Ronny Marriott, member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi; Dr. Justin Murphy, dean of the School of Humanities, professor of history and director of the Academy of Freedom; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace ’71, faculty president and professor of music.

Remote parking and shuttle service to the Brownwood Coliseum for Commencement will be available at the parking lot across from the Packer Administration Building on the HPU campus. Buses with identification signs in the windows will begin picking up passengers from remote parking at 9 a.m. and will continue running until one hour after the ceremony. Parking in the vicinity of the Brownwood Coliseum will be more limited than usual on the day of Commencement.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, May 10, 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 J. Howard Hodge Memorial Bell Towers. For more information about Chime Out and Commencement, contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8009 or via e-mail at communications@hputx.edu.

HPU students awarded for servant-leadership qualities

Kalantar Nat Tracy Award for webBROWNWOOD – May 2, 2013 – Five Howard Payne University students were honored recently for their acts of servant leadership on campus and in the local community. Awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

Karla Kalantar, a senior social work major from Houston, was presented with the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award.

The Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor HPU seniors who best demonstrate servant leadership qualities as exemplified by the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a member of HPU’s Bible faculty from 1950-1975.

HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to Shannon Bundy, a junior social work major from Port Aransas; Jonathan Henderson, a senior Christian education major from Plainview; Rebekah Steadman, a junior social work major from Fort Worth; and Erik Swenson, a senior Academy of Freedom major from Carrollton.

Established in 2007 by the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, this award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of his/her scholarship award to be given to his/her chosen charity.
“These students exemplify what it means to be a follower of Christ and a leader among their peers and in the community,” said Dr. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer. “It is our honor to recognize them for their achievements.”hpu servant leadership award recipients 2013 for web

Nominations for these awards are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

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Photo cutlines: Karla Kalantar was named the recipient of the 2013 Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award at HPU.

HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to, from left, Rebekah Steadman, Shannon Bundy and Jonathan Henderson. Not pictured is Erik Swenson.

Five HPU seniors honored at annual Sumners Banquet

Sumners Scholars 2013 for webBROWNWOOD – April 30, 2013 – Five graduating seniors in the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom honors program at Howard Payne University were recently honored during the annual Sumners Banquet held on the HPU campus.

The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars honored during the banquet included Charity Chambers, of Derby, Kan.; Gabi Guerrero, of Red Oak; Landon Hankins, of Decatur; Kait Kelm, of Lindale; and Kelley Miller, of Paradise. The students dined with members of the Foundation, the HPU Board of Trustees and Academy of Freedom Board of Directors, as well as Sumners Scholar alumni from HPU, before receiving plaques and expressing their gratitude to the Foundation.

Current HPU Sumners Scholars present at the banquet included Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass.; Jessica Ramirez, a senior from Bangs; and Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla. Liz Rogers, a junior from Grand Junction, Colo., was studying abroad in London at the time of the event.

The Sumners Scholar program provides a generous scholarship of $5,500 per semester for two years. Students are selected after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation.

“Sumners Scholars not only receive significant financial assistance but, more importantly, the opportunities to attend lecture series by national figures and participate in public policy seminars and student leadership conferences,” said Dr. Justin Murphy, Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Academy.

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

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Photo cutline: Five HPU seniors were honored during the annual Sumners Banquet. Left to right: Charity Chambers, Gabi Guerrero, Kait Kelm, Kelley Miller and Landon Hankins.

HPU students complete criminal justice internships

cj_picnic_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2013 – Eight Howard Payne University students were recently honored for the successful completion of criminal justice internships. The students were recognized at the annual luncheon held at HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice.

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

“One of the best paths to future employment is for a student to intern at an agency or organization in his or her field,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program. “Many HPU criminal justice interns have reaped the benefits of internships by building strong resumes and learning valuable insights from experts in the field. Our university is extremely blessed to have professionals who are willing to supervise our interns and, in the process, apply the valuable information students learn in the classroom.”

Participating students included Haleigh Caraway of Cisco, intern at Brown County Legal Aid; Senea Dillard of Cedar Hill, intern at Brown County Boys and Girls Club; Justin Jones of Austin, intern at HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Amy Martin of Brownwood, intern at Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Complex; Austin Mobley of Azle, intern at State of Texas Department of Public Safety; Linsey Reed of Alvin, intern at Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Complex; Justin Taylor of Early, intern at Brown County Sheriff’s Office; and Blaine Wynn of Rockwall, intern at HPU’s Department of Public Safety.

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Photo cutline: Criminal justice students from HPU recently gathered with mentors and faculty members to celebrate the successful completion of their internships. Left to right: Chief Paul Lilly, mentor, HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Lt. Bob Pacatte, mentor, HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Justin Jones, intern; Blaine Wynn, intern; Senea Dillard, intern; Austin Mobley, intern; Danny Willingham, mentor, Brown County Boys and Girls Club; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program; Bobby Duvall, mentor, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Linsey Reed, intern; Justin Taylor, intern; Delana Smethers, mentor, Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex; Chief Mike Corley, mentor, Brownwood Police Department; Lisa Ritter, mentor, Brown County Juvenile Probation Department; Lisa Marks, mentor, Brown County Legal Aid; and Laurie Lindsey, mentor, Brown County Legal Aid. Not pictured are interns Amy Martin and Haleigh Caraway.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau wraps up successful spring semester

ssb_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, completed their spring tournament schedule in March.

The Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) competed in two tournaments during the spring semester: The Sweetheart Swing at Oklahoma University in Norman and the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The team had a strong showing in debate at both tournaments. The open division team of Marcos Corley, a sophomore criminal justice major from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior youth ministry and Academy of Freedom major from Van, advanced to quarterfinals at the Sweetheart Swing.

At nationals, the team of Katie Bonner, a sophomore political science and Academy major from Lytle, and Katie Mullaney, a junior English and Academy major, advanced to quarterfinals. Additionally, Mullaney won 8th place debate speaker award.

“I am extremely proud of all four of these students,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and SSB coach. “We debate against the some of the best teams in the nation and we consistently hold our own.”

Dr. Welker added that the SSB competes against teams from schools that travel to a tournament every other weekend and are more seasoned in terms of competition.

“Our students have been able to step in and succeed even though we have travelled and competed much less than other teams this year,” she said. “This has been a growing semester for us. We have a smaller team than usual and have no graduating seniors, but on the flip side that is exciting in terms of next year’s season.”

Other students who competed in both debate and individual events this spring were Kaleigh Tankersley, a sophomore communication studies major from Iraan, and Dorie Walton, a sophomore communication studies and theatre major from Lolita. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, helps coach the team.

At the national tournament, Dr. Welker was re-elected treasurer for another two-year term for the National Christian College Forensics Association.

“I’m looking forward to next year’s season,” she said. “We have some great recruits and are already preparing for next year.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s SSB recently completed its spring semester. Back row, from left: Marcos Corley, Dorie Walton and Ben Palmer. Front row, from left: Kim Bryant, Katie Bonner, Katie Mullaney, Kaleigh Tankersley and Dr. Julie Welker

HPU hosts Model United Nations conference

BROWNWOOD – April 9, 2013 – Howard Payne University hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference recently, welcoming 40 students from five universities across Texas. In addition to HPU, participants included Baylor University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

HPU’s MUN team members hone their understanding of the world and the United Nations system through weekly class sessions and attending conferences. In recent years, the team has traveled to San Francisco, Washington D.C., Austria, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

“Hosting a MUN conference was a great learning experience for our students,” said Dr. Samuel Greene, assistant professor of political science and MUN sponsor. “Understanding all that goes into developing and running a conference will make us better delegates as we travel. It was an honor for us to host a group of talented delegates and staff members from four other universities, and we look forward to building on this experience.”

HPU team members include Kathryn Barrackman, a senior from Houston who served as the conference director; Ashley Chapman, a freshman from Ennis; Cara DeLoach, a junior from San Angelo; Kerrie Ford, a junior from Houston; Adrianna Perez, a sophomore from Rowlett; Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla.; Erik Swenson, a senior from Carrollton; and Ryan Young, a senior from Mesquite.

HPU provost coedits book on faculty development

dr_w_mark_tew_compressedBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2013 – Working with a collaborative research group, Dr. W. Mark Tew, Howard Payne University provost, recently coedited and contributed to a volume of “New Directions in Teaching and Learning,” a periodic monograph published by Jossey-Bass, a noted higher education publisher.

Titled “The Breadth of Current Faculty Development: Practitioners’ Perspectives,” the coeditors brought together authors, university presidents and noted faculty from Harvard University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Michigan State University; and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our contributors,” said Dr. Tew. “Educators care greatly about improving their teaching ability and this desire was reflected in each chapter.”

More than four years in the making, Dr. Tew indicated the project started when he and three other researchers, Mrs. Mitzy Johnson of Mississippi State University, Dr. William Ritchie of Keiser University in Florida and Dr. C. William McKee of Cumberland University in Tennessee, surveyed the 800 colleges and universities of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) regarding current practices in faculty development.

“After making a presentation on our findings at an annual SACSCOC meeting, we revised our study and re-surveyed institutions in the southern region,” he said. “It was during the second phase of our work that we were approached by Jossey-Bass about a publication.”

Each chapter identifies areas of opportunity in faculty development. According to the editors, it is their hope that “every reader will be able to glean details that might provide a spark or fan a flame on campus.”

“We are very proud of Dr. Tew’s contributions to this project,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “Dr. Tew leads the faculty of Howard Payne not only by his understanding of academic programs and teaching but also by his example as a scholar-teacher. His passion for academic thought and research is inspiring. This book is a reflection of the great work he’s done as provost at Howard Payne.”

The volume edition is Number 133, Spring 2013, and can be ordered at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.v2013.133/issuetoc.

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Photo cutline: Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost, recently coedited a book on faculty development.

HPU launches “A Call to Send” campaign to Heart of Texas residents

ellis_at_campaign_luncheon_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 8, 2013 – Howard Payne University held a luncheon on Monday afternoon to announce its A Call to Send campaign to community leaders from the Heart of Texas area. In preparation for the launch of the campaign, the university unveiled Phase I, which features plans for major new facilities and endowment growth.

A Call to Send is a 10-year, three-phased $65 million campaign that will empower the university to continue to fulfill its mission of providing a quality, Christ-centered education. Phase I is an $18 million campaign with three projects: a new Welcome Center and Academy of Freedom (honors program) building, a new academic building for the School of Education and the Collegium program (advising, tutoring and other services) and increasing the university’s endowment funds for student scholarships and academic program support.

In addition to allowing for the first new buildings on the HPU campus in more than 10 years, the campaign will provide funding to support HPU’s quality academic programs, its state-of-the-art facilities and its scholarships and financial aid to attract and retain students.

Keith Clark of Citizens National Bank welcomed luncheon guests from the Heart of Texas area and introduced Campaign Co-Chairs Dr. Leonard Underwood, retired, of Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, and Dr. Walter C. “Dub” Wilson, business executive, as well as Honorary Chair Dr. O.C. “Putter” Jarvis of Landmark Life Insurance. Clark and Bart Johnson, of Painter & Johnson Financial, serve as the Heart of Texas co-chairs. An invocation was offered by Dr. Dallas Huston, pastor at Center City Baptist Church and sports broadcaster.

Additional Heart of Texas committee members introduced to the community included Dwain Bruner of Bruner Auto Family; Chip Camp of Brownwood Regional Medical Center; Steve Fryar of PF & E Oil Company; Dennis Graham of Airgas; Iva Hamilton, retired from El Paso Natural Gas Company; John Harkey of Ag-Mart; Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes of Haynes Law Firm; Draco Miller of Draco Janitorial and Auto Detailing; Tom Munson of Landmark Life Insurance; J. Fred Perry, retired from PF & E Oil Company; and Robert Porter of Porter Insurance Agency.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, shared the university’s vision for Phase I of the campaign and the effect it will have on the community.

“The relationship between Howard Payne and Brownwood goes back to the earliest days of the community’s history,” he said. “There are very few universities that are more intimately connected with the communities that surround them than Howard Payne. These projects we are showing you today are going to impact this community in very significant ways.”

Dr. Ellis spoke briefly on the many students who graduate from HPU and return to Brownwood to rear their families and continue their careers.heart_of_texas_committee_for_web

“This entire campaign is about attracting students to this university,” he said. “It is about giving them the funds and resources they need to come to this school, so we can send them into the world to make a difference.”

Dr. Leonard Underwood, well known for being a philanthropist in the community and a supporter of the university, spoke about the importance of investing in such a campaign.
“Working closely with the faculty and the students over the years, I’ve learned what a special place this university is,” he said. “It’s a place that has the ability to change the lives of those who pass through here. I’ve discovered the joy of giving to something that’s worthwhile and makes a difference in the lives of so many people.”

The audience was lastly issued a challenge by Dr. Putter Jarvis, described by Clark as a great advocate for Howard Payne, Brownwood and Brown County.

“It’s up to us to see Howard Payne rise to its destiny,” he said. “Will we play our part? We can and we will.”

To contribute to the campaign, or for more information, contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006 or 1-800-950-8465.

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, discusses plans for new facilities to be constructed at HPU as part of the university’s A Call to Send campaign.

A Call to Send campaign leaders include, from left, Dr. Bill Ellis, Iva Hamilton, Draco Miller, Dr. Leonard Underwood, Keith Clark, Steve Fryar, Dennis Graham, Stephen Haynes, J. Fred Perry, Dwain Bruner, John Harkey, Robert Porter, Bart Johnson and Dr. O.C. “Putter” Jarvis. Not pictured are Dr. Walter C. “Dub” Wilson, Chip Camp and Tom Munson.

HPU announces engineering science degree program

BROWNWOOD – April 5, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently announced the launch of an engineering science degree program, designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as engineering assistants or to pursue bachelor’s or master’s degrees in engineering disciplines of their choice. The degree program was approved during a recent meeting of HPU’s Board of Trustees.

The multidisciplinary degree program will draw on the knowledge and expertise of HPU’s science, math and computer information systems faculty members while combining with the university’s liberal arts background and Christian worldview.

In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer information technology, students will study statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, fluids, circuit analysis and environmental issues and engineering. During their senior year, all students will select a focus area of study and complete a proposal that integrates the scientific principles of research, design and analysis and applies them to engineering.

“There is a strong market for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in the U.S.,” said Dr. Brett Coulter, associate professor of mathematics, who serves as the engineering science program director. “Our newly developed program will provide HPU students with solid STEM training. All of the faculty members involved have both practical experience and much graduate-level preparation in the engineering science courses they will teach.”

Before coming to HPU, Dr. Coulter, a civil engineer, spent 13 years performing thermo-stress and structural analyses on solid rocket motors and nozzles for The Aerospace Corporation, a contractor for the U.S. Air Force Space Command. He has taught at the undergraduate level for many years, including courses in mathematics, statics, dynamics and mechanics of materials. He received his doctorate in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois.

In addition to Dr. Coulter, other engineering science faculty members from the mathematics department include Dr. Kenneth Word, department chair and professor of mathematics, who earned a doctorate in mathematics education from The University of Texas; and Tom Johnson, assistant professor of developmental mathematics, who holds a master’s in environmental science from West Texas A&M University and was employed as a QA/QC Coordinator for ZIPP Fertilizers for seven years.

Engineering science faculty members from the biological and physical science departments include Dr. Pam Bryant, professor of chemistry, chair of the department of physical sciences and interim dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, who holds a doctorate in chemistry from Louisiana State University and completed post-doctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, associate professor of physical science, who holds a doctorate in geophysics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; and Dr. Gerald Maxwell, adjunct instructor, who holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from The University of Texas and has 25 years industrial experience in computer design and biomedical instrumentation and 10 years of classroom experience at the high school and university levels.

Dr. Lester Towell, department chair and associate professor of computer information systems, will also teach in the engineering science program. He holds a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University and taught physics and reactor principles in the Naval Nuclear Power School for four years.

According to Dr. Word, HPU’s four-year engineering science degree will be more robust than the typical ‘3+2’ engineering program offered at other liberal arts universities, in which students complete three years at a liberal arts university and two in an engineering undergraduate program.

The faculty members and administrators believe that a general engineering degree that promotes critical thinking and problem solving such as HPU’s engineering science degree will always be in demand.

“The diverse backgrounds of those who will teach the engineering science courses will serve our students well – both while they are on campus and once they leave to pursue their careers or further their education,” said Dr. Mark Tew, university provost and chief academic officer.

For more information about the program, contact HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at (325) 649-8400 or via e-mail at dhackney@hputx.edu.

Note: Future students, and others interested in the engineering science program, may download more information here.