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HPU claims Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall at home tournament

ssb_tifa_fall_2012_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, the Student Speaker Bureau, recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) state championship tournament. HPU received several honors including Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall.

The university hosted 19 institutions from Texas and other southern states and almost 200 people including competitors, coaches and judges. With 31 teams competing, the event had the largest Fall TIFA debate participation ever.

“Hosting this tournament for the first time on the HPU campus was a privilege and everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the communication department and Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) coach. “We were delighted to have so many guests on campus competing.”

HPU had the top two debate teams, winning the Debate Sweepstakes. The teams were comprised of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle, and Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass.

The SSB’s 2nd Place Overall win included points earned from debate and individual events. Individual scores are as follows: Aschmutat, 2nd place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, 5th place Impromptu Speaking, 6th place Impromptu Speaking; Bonner, 3rd place Persuasive Speaking, 5th place Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi, 5th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking; Palmer, 7th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; and Mullaney, 9th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking. Also competing were Marcos Corley, Sarah Owens, Kaleigh Tankersley, Jessica Ramirez and Dorie Walton. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also served as coach.

“I’m so proud of our team’s winning performance at this tournament,” Welker said. “It’s always nice to win but especially when you get to win on your own turf.”

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Photo cutline: HPU recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association state championship tournament. HPU competitors included (back row, from left): Dorie Walton, Jake Aschmutat, Marcos Corley and Ben Palmer. Front row, left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Jessica Ramirez, Kaleigh Tankersley, Sarah Owens and Katie Mullaney. Not pictured is Timothy Hardy.

HPU wins Moot Court tournament at South Texas College of Law

moot_court_south_texas_college_of_law_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – The Howard Payne University team of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Charity Chambers, a senior from Derby, Kan., recently won the South Texas College of Law Moot Court Tournament in Houston.

The pair beat a team from the United States Air Force Academy in the final round, resulting in a unanimous 5-0 decision for Aschmutat and Chambers. The panel of judges consisted of the dean of the law school, a state appellate judge in Houston and one of the founding members of the undergraduate moot court organization, among others.

Aschmutat and Chambers were each awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their victory. A cash award also went to HPU’s Joshua Milam, a senior from Midland, who earned a 5th place oralist award out of 76 competitors and $100.

Additional honors for HPU included a 9th place oralist award to Chambers and advancement to Octofinals for the teams of Milam and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle; and Cayden McDonald, a junior from Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Rogers, a junior from Grand Junction, Colo.

Other HPU students competing included Bethany Berry, a junior from Post; Zachary Gafford, a sophomore from Snyder; Landon Hankins, a senior from Decatur; and Caleb McConnell, a sophomore from Burleson.

HPU’s teams are coached by Mandy Locker, assistant professor of political science and criminal justice and Sandefer Chair of Political Science at HPU.

“I am extremely proud of Jake and Charity and all of their hard work that translated into such an amazing win at the South Texas College of Law tournament,” Locker said. “I am also very proud of all of the Howard Payne students who competed well, because even prior to Jake and Charity’s win, the law school admissions office was remarking about how great all of our students were and how much they wanted to make a visit to our campus to recruit.”

HPU competed against teams from 38 institutions including the Air Force Academy, Baylor University, the University of North Texas, California State University at Long Beach, Arkansas State University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University and more.

“This tournament was the first competition of the Moot Court season, and Howard Payne has set the bar high,” Locker said. “I feel like HPU has earned the reputation of being ‘the school to beat’ at the regional competitions.”

The Moot Court team will next travel to the Texas Tech University School of Law to compete in a tournament on November 16 and 17. Teams that break into quarterfinals during this competition will receive an automatic bid to the National Tournament at Regent University School of Law in January.

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Photo cutline: Members of HPU’s Moot Court recently returned from a tournament at South Texas College of Law. Shown are HPU students who were honored at the tournament. Left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Octofinal qualifier; Elizabeth Rogers, Octofinal qualifier; Cayden McDonald, Octofinal qualifier; Jake Aschmutat, tournament champion; Charity Chambers, tournament champion and 9th place oralist; and Joshua Milam, Octofinal qualifier and 5th place oralist.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau has busy semester with tournaments at home and abroad

ssb_colorado_springs_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 30, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, has a busy month ahead hosting and competing in tournaments. In addition to conducting the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association state championship tournament Nov. 2-4 on the HPU campus, the SSB will travel to Oxford, England, to compete in the Oxford IV Inter-Varsity Debate Tournament Nov. 8-10.

Approximately 200 competitors, judges and coaches from 20 universities and colleges from Texas and other southern states will arrive on the HPU campus at the end of the week.

“We are absolutely delighted to host this competition for this first time ever on the HPU campus,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the communication department and SSB coach. “The Fall TIFA tournament attracts many schools from across Texas and the surrounding states. We are excited about having these universities and junior colleges visit and compete at HPU.”

Directly on the heels of the TIFA tournament, HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau will travel to England for the Oxford debate tournament. The Oxford IV is the largest and most prestigious debating competition on the UK university circuit and is hosted by the famous Oxford Union.

“Several years ago I was presented with the idea of our team competing at the Oxford tournament and it’s been our goal to make that happen,” Welker said. “We normally compete in parliamentary debate, which differs from British Parliamentary style debate, so we knew making the transition would be a challenge.”

Welker added that she has relied heavily on the help of SSB member Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, to whom she gave the task of learning about BP-style debate and coaching the students who are competing.

“Jake has done an outstanding job of coaching the BP students,” Welker said. “He has gone above and beyond to prepare them for the Oxford tournament.”

Welker will take eight students to Oxford. Two teams will compete – Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass., and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle; as well as Aschmutat and Jessica Ramirez, a junior from Bangs. Kaleigh Tankersley, a freshman from Iraan, and Marcos Corley, a freshman from Corpus Christi, will serve as “wing judges” at the competition, assisting the judges in adjudicating the debate. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication and SSB coach, will also travel with the team and serve as a wing judge along with Welker.

The group also recently travelled to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the 50th Annual Forensics Classic Tournament.

For the first time in HPU history, the team competed in BP-style debate, governed by the World Universities Debating Council. SSB also had teams entered in parliamentary debate and individual events.

The team of Bonner and Mullaney advanced to the quarterfinal round.

“We weren’t sure what to expect since this was our first BP-style tournament, but we were very pleased that one team advanced to quarters – especially at a tournament like this with teams of a very high caliber competing,” Welker said.

Other students who competed included Aschmutat; Corley; Ramirez; Tankersley; Sarah Owens, a freshman from San Antonio; Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; and Dorie Walton, a freshman theatre major from Lolita.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is having a busy semester hosting and competing in tournaments. Pictured at a recent competition at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., are: Dr. Julie Welker, Sarah Owens, Dorie Walton, Jessica Ramirez, Jake Aschmutat, Kaleigh Tankersley, Marcos Corley, Catherine Mullaney, Ben Palmer, Katie Rose Bonner and Kim Bryant.

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.