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HPU to host Accounting Day this Friday

BROWNWOOD – September 25, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s School of Business will host an Accounting Day this Friday, September 28. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. session in room 136 of Newman Hall on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus.

Four alumni will be welcomed back to the university to share their successes in the accounting field.

“The goal of the presentation is to promote the accounting profession and to show how one may become employed with a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm,” said Dr. Les Plagens, dean of the School of Business. “We are very pleased to have these four exemplary graduates come to campus and give back to our students. They have an excellent message to share.”

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Emily (Tittle) Attaway received an accounting degree from HPU in 2009 and is a 2010 graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree in accounting information systems. She was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in August 2011. Attaway interned as a tax season clerk at JHB, LLP in Dallas during the 2010 tax season and is currently employed there full time as a tax associate.

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Clee Heston graduated from HPU in 2002 with degree in accounting. He began his career as an audit intern with KPMG LLP in January 2003 and obtained his CPA license in March 2004. During his tenure at KPMG, he served on multiple public and private client engagements in the assurance practice. In November 2006, he accepted a position with HMT, Inc., a private construction company serving the energy industry, where he served as assistant controller and eventually as corporate controller. In September 2011, Heston accepted the assistant controller position at C&J Energy Services, a public oilfield services company.

 

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Tristan Summers, CPA, is a 2009 graduate of HPU and the Academy of Freedom. He holds a master’s degree in professional accounting from The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, where he attended under merit scholarship. In 2011, Summers joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Austin where he provides assurance services to one Fortune 50 technology client.

 

 

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A 2005 HPU accounting graduate, Justin Woodard, CPA, is in the seventh year of his professional career. After completing his undergraduate studies at HPU, Woodard attended The Ohio State University and received a Master of Accounting, summa cum laude, in 2006. He was a University Fellow at Ohio State and received a full-ride scholarship to the graduate program. He began his career with KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm, and worked for five years in external audit at both KPMG and a regional accounting firm affiliated with BDO Seidman. He recently joined Sabre Holdings in Southlake, where he works in technical accounting.

 

For more information, contact Mary Hill in the School of Business at (325) 649-8704 or via e-mail at mhill@hputx.edu.

Howard Payne University student spends summer in Malaysia

galindo_with_camper_for_webBy Jes Miera, Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – September 21, 2012 – Many Howard Payne University students spend their summers working at camps. This summer Jessi Galindo, an HPU athletic training major from Del Rio, followed in the footsteps of her peers. However, Galindo’s camp was in Malaysia.

The camps at which Galindo volunteered were offered through the Christian Sports Medicine Alliance (CSMA) through a partnership with the International Sports Federation. Galindo served as an athletic trainer and volunteered at camps in four Malaysian cities.

A goal of the camps was to teach fundamental basketball skills to students from elementary through high school. Additionally, Galindo functioned as an athletic trainer, taping ankles, helping players stretch and attending to other minor scrapes and bruises. CSMA’s other main goal with the camps was for the volunteers to build relationships and share the Gospel with students.

“We held basketball camps in the morning and in the afternoons we played pick-up games against colleges and other teams,” Galindo said. “After the games we would go out to eat with the teams and talk to them.”

Galindo spoke about one student with whom she grew close while she was there. One night at dinner she simply asked him, “What do you believe?”

He replied “When you do bad, you have to do good to make up for it. Otherwise you won’t go to heaven.”

Then it was Galindo’s turn and she began to tell him what she believed. Galindo quoted Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Then she asked him if he had ever heard of Jesus. He had not.

Reflecting back on the conversation Galindo said, “It was so peculiar to me that he was 19 and didn’t know who Jesus was. It really made me think about how many people have probably never heard about Christ. If there was no one to tell this teenager, then it was likely his parents and grandparents didn’t know about God either.”

Through her experiences this summer, Galindo was greatly encouraged because God showed her that He is the one who leads her steps. Not only was she able to encourage the students, but she was encouraged by the relationships she built with them. “He puts the right people in your life to encourage you and push you along, because He knows exactly what you need,” she said.

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Photo cutline: Jessi Galindo volunteered at summer camps in Malaysia. She is shown with one of the camp participants.

HPU lauded by national publication for providing quality education and great value

BROWNWOOD – September 13, 2012 – Howard Payne University was again named one of the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report released Wednesday. HPU was also named to the “Great Schools at Great Prices” list, in which the publication determines the value of education received by comparing the quality of the programs offered to the cost of attendance.

In the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” category, HPU maintained its 2012 ranking, tying for 13 out of 35 ranked institutions. The university ranked eighth among “Regional Colleges of the West” in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category.

“HPU continues to add new academic programs, extracurricular activities and other opportunities for students, all of which contribute to the high-quality education we provide at the university,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, president. “HPU’s faculty, staff and administrators are dedicated to offering these opportunities at an incredible value to our students.”

To determine a school’s ranking on the “Best Colleges” list, U.S.News & World Report measures a number of objectives including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Schools are ranked within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

The “Great Schools at Great Prices” rankings are determined through a formula that relates the school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2013 “Best Colleges” ranking, to the 2011-12 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

HPU’s Millard Kimery completes doctorate in English

kimery_doctorate_for_webBROWNWOOD — Sept. 5, 2012 — Millard Kimery, associate professor of English at Howard Payne University, recently completed his doctorate in English. His dissertation is titled Imagining Membership and Its Obligations: The Voice of John Ruskin in Wendell Berry’s Fiction.

Dr. Kimery is shown with his daughter Elin (left) and wife, Cindy. Not pictured is daughter Jesse.

HPU group tours four Spanish cities

spain_trip_for_web2BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Students make many memories throughout their college years, but seeing the Cathedral of Toledo or the paintings of Picasso will likely stand out as some of the best for students in Howard Payne University’s Culture and History of Spain class.

Twelve students returned from Spain this summer, ready to start the fall semester – or, for those who graduated, life after college – with a new mindset and broadened horizons.

“It was really cool to get outside of the United States again and see how others live,” said Cory Edwards, a May graduate from Oak Point. “The trip was another reminder of how people are just people wherever you go, despite living conditions or cultural rituals.”

The class was led by Carla Hawkins, assistant professor of modern languages, and Dr. Danny Brunette-Lopez, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages. Curly Cox, associate professor of exercise and sport science, and Trissa Cox, associate professor of Computer Information Systems, accompanied the group as sponsors.

“We had met for class all semester long and already studied the places we would visit,” Hawkins said. “When we got to Spain, we were constantly on the go. We took the high-speed train, bus and commuter train, and did a ton of walking.”

The group toured Madrid, Barcelona, Segovia and Toledo, seeing royal palaces, castles, Roman aqueducts, world-class art museums and cathedrals while exploring the foreign cities. The students also had the opportunity to take part in a large street celebration for the Atlético Madrid soccer team.

“It was such a privilege to be a part of the sports celebration of the Europa Cup Champions, Atlético Madrid,” said Michael Delgado, a senior from Mesquite. “We were able to experience how much soccer means to the people of Spain and how they support their teams.”

The students returned to HPU to write summaries of their experiences. They marveled at Spain’s art, architecture, culture and history.

Austin Adams, a senior from Brownwood, noted his feelings after viewing Picasso paintings such as the famous “Guernica.”
“The paintings by Picasso depict some of the imagery during this time of war after the bombing left the country in bad shape,” he wrote. “Picasso expressed Spain as a suffering nation that cried out in pain over the troubles of war.”

Keslie Satterwhite, a senior from Panhandle, wrote about the Royal Pantheon in El Escorial which holds marble sepulchers containing the remains of the kings and queens.

“The burial room of the kings and queens was incredible and fit for just that – royalty. I was shocked to learn about the waiting room that holds bodies for 25 years before they are placed into the large caskets.”

She continued, “This thrilling trip has taught me that all people are unique in their own way, yet we are all similar; beauty is seen in all aspects of life such as nature, art, architecture and style.”

Other students on the trip included Robert Anders, a senior from Midlothian; Corissa Brown, a senior from Carrollton; Natalie Cardenas, a senior from Brownwood; Katie Carl, a junior from Princeton; Ruben Fuentes, a junior from Bangs; Ashley Whitaker Maley, a junior from Brownwood; Eric Villanueba, a senior from Paradise; and Ryan Young, a junior from Mesquite.

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Photo cutline: A group of HPU students and faculty recently returned from Spain. Pictured outside the Spanish city of Toledo are (back row, from left) Eric Villanueba, Robert Anders, Cory Edwards, Keslie Satterwhite, Corissa Brown, Ashley Whitaker Maley, Ryan Young, Natalie Cardenas, Dr. Trissa Cox, Curly Cox and Austin Adams. Front row, from left: Carla Hawkins, Katie Carl, Michael Delgado, Dr. Danny Brunette-Lopez and Ruben Fuentes.

HPU graduate receives scholarship to continue education at Baylor Law School

by Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – Sept. 4, 2012 – Lauren Teel, a 2010 graduate of Howard Payne University, recently received the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University. Teel, a student at Baylor Law School, who hails from Canton, was the first recipient of this award.

The Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by relatives and friends of Nancy S. Lee, a former professor of political science at HPU who passed away in 2009. Lee obtained her bachelor’s (1967) and master’s (1970) degrees in political science from Baylor University. Because of her dedication to both universities, the fund is available to graduates from HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program, who are attending Baylor Law School or are enrolled in a graduate program at Baylor.

Lee’s cousin, Roxanne Boyd, shared how excited her family is about the fund.

“We are so pleased that Nancy’s wish to support graduate education has become reality,” Boyd said, “and we hope that the endowment will continue to grow.”

While at HPU, Teel became involved in the Student Speaker Bureau and Moot Court. She gives credit to these activities and her courses in the Academy of Freedom for her consequent success in law school.

“The Academy put me around bright peers and brilliant professors,” Teel explained. “I was challenged, asked to complete hard tasks and learned to write essay exams –which prepared me for the pressure of law school’s written exams.”

Teel also had the privilege of being featured in the “Baylor Law Review,” a scholarly journal in which the top 15 percent of the enrolled law students at Baylor are published.

“The Academy exams were almost the sole determining factor for my eligibility for the law review at Baylor,” she said. “The only exceptions were two legal writing classes, for which writing my Academy thesis helped prepare me.”

Dr. Justin Murphy, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities and director of the Academy of Freedom honors program, discussed Teel’s great character as a student.

“I am gratified to learn that Lauren received the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship,” Murphy said. “She certainly epitomizes the values that Nancy Lee held and I know that Ms. Lee would most definitely approve of Lauren to be the first to receive this scholarship. It was an honor to serve as one of Lauren’s professors.”

HPU Academy of Freedom graduates planning to further their education at Baylor University are eligible for the Nancy Stallings Lee Endowed Scholarship. For more information contact Baylor’s Student Financial Services division at 254-710-2611.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program announces fall classes

BROWNWOOD – August 31, 2012 – The Pre-College Music and Art Program at Howard Payne University is hosting fall classes in music and art. Classes and lessons are available for both children and adults, and the registration deadline for the fall semester is Friday, September 7.

Music classes offered this fall include: Piano, Voice, Strings, Guitar, Band Instruments, Kindermusik and the new Kids’ Musical Theatre Chorus, “Stinger Singers.” Art classes include Beginning and Intermediate Drawing and Painting.

“The Pre-College Music and Art Program at HPU is designed to serve Brownwood and the surrounding communities in providing music and art lessons to children and adults,” said Diane Owens, program director. “Our program fosters the love of music and art inherent in all students and seeks to develop these abilities in each individual. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope that your experiences will be fulfilling and rewarding.”

For more information about the program, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or via e-mail at dowens@hputx.edu. You may also contact Jill Holamon, administrative assistant in the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

ICUT Foundation awards UPS scholarship to Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – August 28, 2012 – Samantha Guerrero, a Howard Payne University junior from Big Lake, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation.

Guerrero, the daughter of Juan and Gloria Guerrero of Big Lake, is a 2010 graduate of Reagan County High School. She is an English major working toward her goal of becoming a teacher and coach, and she competes on both the tennis and cheer teams. She also works as a dance instructor at the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County.

The ICUT Foundation is a 510(c) (3) charitable organization operated by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, a statewide association for private colleges and universities. ICUT Foundation is an affiliate of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Since 1985, The UPS Foundation has funded more than $2.1 million in scholarships for Texas students. At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $86,400 to the ICUT Foundation. The college or university awards these scholarships based on the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

“In 2011, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $93.5 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.6 million hours of volunteer service, to the local communities in which we operate,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “UPS is proud to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s private colleges.”

The CIC-UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by CIC, funds the UPS Scholarships. Since its inception, this fund has generated nearly $49 million in scholarship aid to support more than 17,000 students.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 609 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 640 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and 90 higher education 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 that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

The UPS Foundation (NYSE: UPS), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. UPS news is available at pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

The ICUT Foundation is the state member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). The Foundation includes 36 member independent colleges and universities. It represents the interests and protects and promotes the general welfare of the non-profit, tax-exempt independent colleges and universities located in Texas.

HPU to offer courses in New Braunfels this fall

BROWNWOOD – Aug. 22, 2012 – Howard Payne University will offer classes this fall at New Braunfels High School in advance of a permanent campus currently in development. The university, which has partnered with the Veramendi development project to bring higher education to the Comal/Guadalupe County area, will offer five undergraduate courses beginning on Aug. 27.

HPU, based in Brownwood for nearly 125 years, will provide the same high-quality educational experiences in New Braunfels that generations of students have known at the main campus.

Until HPU’s permanent campus in New Braunfels is constructed as part of the exciting new Veramendi project, courses will be offered at New Braunfels High School and online. The fall 2012 schedule includes the following courses: College Algebra, Music Appreciation, Principles of Personal Fitness and Wellness, U.S. History to 1877 and American Government. Expanded course offerings including full-degree programs and the Master of Business Administration degree will be presented in future semesters.

Students studying at HPU in New Braunfels are also encouraged to look into the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program, available entirely online. This program is designed to prepare students to become certified principals in the State of Texas.

Registration for the fall 2012 semester will take place Monday, August 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oakwood Baptist Church, located at 2154 Loop 337 N in New Braunfels. High school students planning to take courses for dual credit should contact their high school counselors for more details about registration. High school graduates interested in pursuing course credit for degree purposes should call 325-649-8025.

To find out more, e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu, call 325-649-8025 or visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels. For more information about the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership, visit http://hpu.educampusonline.com/.

HPU welcomes new faculty for fall 2012

BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2012 – Howard Payne University welcomes two new faculty members beginning this fall. David Harmon will serve as professor of art and chair of the art department and Dr. Shane Kendell will serve as assistant professor of chemistry.

new_faculty_fall_2012_for_webHarmon received his bachelor’s degree from Webster University and master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. He previously served as associate professor of art, director of the Red Planes Art Gallery and temporary chair at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan.; as professor of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.; and as the chair and associate professor of art at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind.

Kendell received his bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of New England at Armidale in Australia. He previously served at R.G. Cole High School in San Antonio and as an adjunct professor of chemistry at Northwest Vista College. He also taught freshman chemistry lab courses at Trinity University in San Antonio. In addition, Kendell had a chemistry lecturing appointment and served as a teaching assistant at the University of New England.

“These two gentlemen will make excellent additions to the faculty here at HPU,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Howard Payne University faculty members demonstrate the highest academic standards and we are confident Mr. Harmon and Dr. Kendell will help foster our students’ intellect while also guiding them to become Godly men and women.”

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Photo cutline: David Harmon, left, and Dr. Shane Kendell, recently joined the faculty at HPU