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HPU’s Perspectives Conference explores ministering in changing cultures

chuck_gartman_perspectives_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 7, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently hosted its second annual Perspectives Conference, an event which brings together youth ministry professionals to explore the many facets of their field of ministry. Among the participants were HPU undergraduate and graduate students as well as other youth ministers from around the state.

This year’s theme was “Penetrating the Cultures with the Gospel,” and covered ways to minister in a lost culture, a changing community culture, a changing youth culture and more.

Guest speakers included Dr. Mary Carpenter, former missionary and retired professor of cross-cultural ministries at HPU; Danny Dawdy, director and CEO of Highland Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Spicewood; Elias Garcia, youth minister at First Baptist Church of Plainview; Dr. Allen Jackson, professor of youth ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and adjunct faculty member at HPU; Mike Satterfield, lecturer and staff evangelist at Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington; and Jane Wilson, youth ministry specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

“We are grateful for good attendance and especially for mutual encouragement and insight gained from sitting around the table with other youth ministers, discussing topics that are so vital to effective ministry,” said Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of the youth ministry graduate program. “Our hope is that this conference provided a context in which ‘iron sharpens iron’ as youth ministers learned from our speakers and engaged in dialogue with one another.”

The third annual Perspectives Conference is slated for the spring 2014 semester. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies at (325) 649-8403.


Photo cutline: Chuck Gartman, adjunct faculty member in HPU’s School of Christian Studies, addresses youth ministers gathered for the second annual Perspectives Conference.

HPU’s Currie-Strickland lectures addresses issues of Christian moral discernment

holloway_speaking_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – Howard Payne University held its sixth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics, Feb. 28-March 1 on the HPU campus.

Guest lecturer Dr. Jeph Holloway, professor of theology and ethics at East Texas Baptist University, addressed the topic of “The Practice of Christian Moral Discernment.”

“Dr. Holloway’s lectures were both thought- and action-provoking,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “He challenged the audience to carefully and prayerfully consider the way we live out our faith as Christians.”

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.currie-strickland_group_shot_for_web


Photo cutlines: Dr. Jeph Holloway was the guest speaker at the recent Currie-Strickland lectures on the HPU campus.

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie and the memory of Mr. Phil Strickland. From left are Dr. Bill and Dr. Diana Ellis, Dr. Jeph and Mrs. Joy Holloway, Dr. David and Mrs. Loretta Currie, Mrs. Carolyn and Mr. Danny Slaughter (sister and brother-in-law of Mr. Currie).

Group from HPU recalls trip to Israel

auvenshine_at_israel_lecture_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – Several faculty, staff and students from Howard Payne University gathered recently to share with peers their reflections from a trip to Israel. The group returned from the Holy Land in January with more than just suitcases full of souvenirs – they brought back memories to last a lifetime.

Seven of the 23 who journeyed to Israel spoke at the semester’s first installment of the University Colloquium Series, events designed to provide a forum for interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, staff and students with a wide-ranging scope of topics in focus.

“These colloquia, or conversations, allow a broad sense of learning as well as fascinating engagement with other fields of study within the context of a community of scholars and teachers,” said Dr. Danny Brunette-López, chair of the modern languages department and associate professor of Spanish.

Dr. Brunette-López organizes the University Colloquium Series with Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies.

Speaking about their trip to Israel were Nancy Anderson, dean of libraries and professor of library science; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Bill Fowler, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dr. Gary Gramling, director of the youth ministry graduate program and professor of Christian studies; Coby Kestner, director of media relations; Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, assistant professor of education; and Clarissa Toler, a sophomore Bible major from Duncanville.

Dr. Auvenshine and Dr. Gramling have led many HPU trips to Israel.

“We enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the interesting experiences we had during our trip,” Dr. Auvenshine said of the Colloquium event. “I am always fascinated by the different things that impress each one of us. Dr. Gramling and I love to take people to Israel and expose them to biblical history and geography, as well as the contemporary cultures and political circumstances of modern Israel.”

The group toured the country for 11 days, tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Among many other notable sites, the HPU group visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, thought to be built over the location where Jesus was born; the Garden of Gethsemane where, according to the Gospels, Jesus and His disciples prayed before He was arrested and crucified; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb, each thought to be the place where the body of Jesus was placed and where He subsequently was resurrected.israel_group_in_qumran_for_web

The group also visited sites crucial to Jesus’ ministry including the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum and Sepphoris.
“This trip has made the Bible more real for me,” said Dr. Fowler. “As I read the Gospels, I go back and visit Jerusalem, Galilee – I get to go back and visit it over and over again. Now when I show pictures in class, I show my own pictures.”

Others on the trip included Allison Auvenshine and Sande Auvenshine of Brownwood; Phillip Bertrand, a December 2012 graduate from Early; Hannah Gramling, a May 2012 graduate from Brownwood; PJ Gramling, director of admission; Dustin MacTavish and Jo Beth MacTavish, alumni from Houston; Cooper Morelock and Scott Morelock of Brownwood; Dr. Frankie Rainey, a former HPU faculty member; David Taylor and Zac Taylor of Corsicana; Amy Fowler-Tennison and Thane Tennison of Round Rock; Edmond Wheeless of Brownwood; and Brandi Wright, senior youth ministry major from Farmington, N.M.


Photo cutlines: While in Israel, the HPU group and their tour guide paused to take a photo at Qumran, the discovery place of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of the School of Christian Studies at HPU, discusses a recent trip he led to Israel during the semester’s first installment of the University Colloquium Series.


Presidential biographer reflects on lives of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan at HPU lecture

morris_lectures_for_webBROWNWOOD – February 14, 2013 – Edmund Morris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and well-known presidential biographer, addressed area residents, students, faculty, staff and board members at a lecture held on Howard Payne University’s campus Monday.

Morris spent several years as President Ronald Reagan’s official biographer and is the author of The New York Times bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan.

Morris described Reagan as reserved in one-on-one situations and animated in front of a crowd. He went on to call Reagan a “consummate actor” with a strong moral code.

The speaker also noted the parallels between the presidencies of Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt, whom he also considered a great showman. Morris’ book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first in a trilogy, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

“It was a great privilege to have a prominent historian of Mr. Morris’ stature address Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff, as well as area high school students,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program. “This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be remembered by all.”

A frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs, Morris was born and educated in Kenya and immigrated to the United States in 1968. He has authored several books throughout his career and extensively written on the topics of literature and music for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. His television appearances include a two-part profile segment on 60 Minutes. Among other elite venues, he has lectured at Harvard, Princeton and Brown universities.

In addition to HPU students, approximately 100 students and sponsors from local and area high schools were in attendance. Students represented Brownwood, Dublin Premier, Granbury, Lampasas, Panther Creek and Richland Spring high schools and Brownwood’s Victory Life Academy. Prospective Academy of Freedom students from around the state were also in attendance. These high school students and HPU’s Academy of Freedom students received complimentary, autographed copies of Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan and attended a luncheon before the lecture.

“Howard Payne was thrilled to give these students the opportunity to interact with Mr. Morris,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management. “This experience allowed the students to see the level of world-class educational opportunities that are available at HPU.”morris_signs_book_for_web


Photo cutlines: Edmund Morris discusses the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan at a lecture held on the HPU campus.

Edmund Morris signs a copy of his book Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan for HPU Academy of Freedom student Lauraleticia Alvarado of Early.

HPU to host sixth annual Currie-Strickland lectures

jeph_holloway_for_webBROWNWOOD – February 5, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host the sixth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics on Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1. Anyone interested in theology and Christian issues is encouraged to attend this free lecture series. Reservations are requested.

Dr. Jeph Holloway, professor of theology and ethics at East Texas Baptist University, will present discussions on “The Practice of Christian Moral Discernment.”

“We are looking forward to Dr. Holloway’s lectures,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “I believe that he will provoke us to think carefully about living out our commitment to Christ.”

Dr. Holloway holds Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, focusing in the field of Christian ethics. He has also done additional graduate study at Duke University and Columbia Theological Seminary. Since 1990, he has served Baptist institutions of higher learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since 1978, his ministry experiences have included serving in the positions of youth minister, assistant pastor, interim pastor and pastor.

Dr. Holloway’s academic contributions include 17 publications and presentations. He has been featured in publications such as Christian Ethics Today, Southwestern Journal of Theology and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Thursday’s lecture, “Deciding Against Decisionism: There’s Just More to It than That” will begin at 7:30 p.m. The following day at 10 a.m., Dr. Holloway will present “The Juncture of Mind and Spirit: Moral Discernment in the Letters of Paul.” Each lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Both lectures will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. To reserve a seat at the lectures, please contact HPU’s Office of University Marketing and Communications by e-mail at or by phone at 325-649-8009.


Photo cutline: Dr. Jeph Holloway, professor of theology and ethics at ETBU, will speak at Howard Payne University’s sixth annual Currie-Strickland lectures.

HPU adjunct addresses Houston attorneys

BROWNWOOD – February 5, 2013 – David Balkum, adjunct instructor in Howard Payne University’s criminal justice department, addressed the Houston Chapter of the Christian Legal Society on January 31.

Operating in the nation’s capital, the Christian Legal Society is, according to its website, “a growing nationwide fellowship of Christian lawyers and law students who act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God.”

Adopting Micah 6:8 as its corporate vision, it exists “to inspire, encourage, and equip Christian lawyers and law students both individually and in community to proclaim, love and serve Jesus Christ through the study and practice of law, the provision of legal assistance to the poor and needy, and the defense of the inalienable rights to life and religious freedom.”

The group supports chapters in major cities, in many law schools and on some undergraduate campuses for pre-law groups.

Balkum’s audience included attorneys in private practice, ministerial staff and appellate judges. His address focused on the ethical and spiritual dilemmas faced by attorneys called on to represent their own churches, creating a dynamic known as a “dual relationship.”

While Balkum, author of Sheep Among Wolves: Texas Churches and the Law, stressed that all believers have a duty to support their churches, there are times when an attorney’s ethical obligations may conflict with his or her spiritual obligations. This particularly can occur over issues of confidentiality and when the parties involved have different expectations of an attorney’s role.

“That conflict also can arise even over rather mundane matters in which church members harbor hard feelings for the manner in which the attorney’s legal opinion happens to fall,” he said.

Balkum recounted one instance in which he was serving on his church’s missions committee and a committee member loudly blamed the church’s lawyers for scrapping a mission project which she supported.

“These situations can create problems for the attorney’s family, as well,” he said. “A solution is for Christian attorneys to be more proactive in developing referral networks to assist each other and sister churches in those times when representation is necessary. Such networks can bring much needed independence, formality, clarity and objectivity, in the form of an outsider looking in, to sometimes emotionally charged situations.

“That simple referral can keep the member attorney from becoming a lightning rod and, in so doing, safeguard his and his family’s more important roles as members of that congregation.”

Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of sociology, calls Balkum a “blessing to the university.”

“He lives out his faith in his professional law practice as well as in his interactions with our HPU students.”

HPU to host Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Edmund Morris

edmund_morris_for_webBROWNWOOD – January 23, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host a lecture by presidential biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris on Monday, February 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

Morris, noted presidential biographer and lecturer, spent several years as President Ronald Reagan’s official biographer and is the author of The New York Times bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. Additionally, his book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first in a trilogy, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Morris is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs. His HPU lecture is titled “The American Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.”

“HPU and the Brownwood community are very fortunate to host a distinguished lecturer such as Edmund Morris,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program. “He is highly in-demand as a speaker and nationally acclaimed expert on the American presidency. With the country having recently observed the presidential election and inauguration, this is sure to be a fascinating and timely lecture event.”

Morris was born and educated in Kenya and immigrated to the United States in 1968. He has authored several books throughout his career and extensively written on the topics of literature and music for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. His television appearances include a two-part profile segment on 60 Minutes. Among other elite venues, he has lectured at Harvard, Princeton and Brown universities.

Books are available to purchase online before January 30. To reserve a seat at the lecture and/or order a book, visit Those who purchase a book may pick it up and have it signed on the day of the event. No books will be available for purchase at the lecture.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8009 or via e-mail at


Photo cutline: The public is invited to attend a lecture by noted presidential biographer Edmund Morris at HPU.

HPU honors 288 students for academic success in fall 2012 semester

BROWNWOOD – January 16, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently announced its academic honors for the fall 2012 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 3.50-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Abby Laurel Parmelly, Dean’s List
Ryan Cade Smith, Honor Roll

Jonathan Dallas Harrott, Dean’s List

Thomas Jerome Head, President’s List
Ruby Patricia Johnson, Dean’s List

Kaitlin Shawna Leslie, Dean’s List
Linsey Leeann Reed, Honor Roll

Allen Glenn Andrus, Dean’s List

Larissa K. Lynskey, Dean’s List

Apex, N.C.
Jessica Marie Terway, Dean’s List

Samuel Storm Marich-Edwan, Honor Roll
Allison Ann Ninedorf, Dean’s List

Ryan Heath Colvin, President’s List
Sarah Ruth Davies, President’s List
Jasmine R. Glaser, Dean’s List
Danny Jaime, Honor Roll
John David King, President’s List
Rebekah Elizabeth Weaver, President’s List

Balch Springs
Edgar Villa, Honor Roll

Samantha Avery Bly, President’s List
Bertha Mireya Mendoza, President’s List
Presley Neshaydith Parker, President’s List
Jessica Lynann Ramirez, Dean’s List
Zachary James Tharp, President’s List
Kaitlin Nicole Vernon, Dean’s List

Dylan Shane Wright, Honor Roll

Tyler Aaron Gaddis, Dean’s List

Brittney Michelle Flores, Honor Roll

Ben Wheeler
Jarrod Wayne White, Dean’s List

Big Spring
Ethan Michael Yeats, President’s List

Mary Elizabeth Vasquez, President’s List

Boylston, Mass.
Catherine Macdonald Mullaney, President’s List

Susan Nicole Lohn, Honor Roll

Micah Brannan Huebner, President’s List

Katy Alaine Nix, Honor Roll

Kali Rachel Parks, Honor Roll

Brittany Kristin Beelby, President’s List
Nicholas Calvin Bennie, Honor Roll
Joel Eliezer Berends, President’s List
Shelby Nicole Byrd, Dean’s List
Juanita Mercedes Cardenas, President’s List
Natalie Nicole Cardenas, Honor Roll
Chasity Dawn Cartwright, Dean’s List
Taylor Mckay Combs, Dean’s List
Amber Diane Corley, President’s List
Shannon E. Costello, President’s List
Dustin Jayme Crager, Honor Roll
Shylah Marie Cutbirth, Honor Roll
Ennis Davila, President’s List
Carminia Del Toro, Dean’s List
Joshua Allen Dillard, President’s List
Rubin Abraham Dillard, Dean’s List
Jeffrey Scott Edmondson, President’s List
Justin Allen Fisher, President’s List
Zachary Benjamin Gafford, President’s List
Bradi Nicole Gill, President’s List
Daniel Aaron Harmon, Honor Roll
Michael Jeffrey Harmon, Dean’s List
Christy Benae Hazelwood, Honor Roll
Matthew James Hazelwood, Dean’s List
Lara Leeann Hernandez, Dean’s List
Hayden Bryce Hewitt, President’s List
Jeremy Allen Hogue, Dean’s List
Houston Chase Holmes, President’s List
Molly Jane Hull, President’s List
Jared Briant Huntley, Dean’s List
Megan Michele Irwin, Dean’s List
Erica Danielle Jordan, President’s List
Julie RayAnn Kennedy, Dean’s List
Kimberley Kay Lilley, Dean’s List
Ashley Elyssa Maley, Honor Roll
Dana Brooke Marrs, Honor Roll
Valerie Hanna Marrs, President’s List
Jarrod Scott McCandless, Dean’s List
Sean Peter McMahan, Honor Roll
Saulo Elias Mendoza, Dean’s List
Maitreyee Narendra Nigalye, President’s List
Cameron Derrick Polaski, Dean’s List
Jessica Marie Powers, President’s List
Mary Meagan Raschke, President’s List
Stephany Denise Sanchez, Honor Roll
Ethan Michael Selman, Dean’s List
Jherica Larie Simental, Dean’s List
Tracer Louis Skelton, Honor Roll
Hillary Grace Stippick, President’s List
Barbara Louise Tiner, President’s List
Jarrod Smith Tipton, Dean’s List
Brogan Shea Turner, President’s List
Sierra Montana Westerman, Honor Roll
Shandi Denise Winstead, Honor Roll
Joshua Blain Woods, President’s List

Aaran Wiley Hopkins, President’s List

Cristalyn Hope Fitzgerald, President’s List
Caleb Michael McConnell, President’s List

Kaitlyn Erin Cochrum, Dean’s List

Anna Karissa McCay, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Ashley Marie Krohn, Dean’s List

Corissa Lynn Brown, President’s List
Erik Bryan Swenson, Honor Roll

Cedar Park
Regan Lee Hogan, President’s List
Ryan David Hogan, President’s List
Emily Janice Peisker, Honor Roll
Laura Ruth Peisker, President’s List

Brittany Morgan Cavness, President’s List

Clovis, N.M.
Heather Diane Cooke, President’s List

Molly Christine Pritchard, Dean’s List

Nathan Wayne Byrd, President’s List
Ricardo Martinez, Honor Roll
James Matthew Smith, Honor Roll
Laurie Elizabeth Smith, Dean’s List
Wesley Jacob Wilkerson, Dean’s List

Katie Elizabeth Poerner, President’s List

Commerce, Mich.
Stephanie Marie Boggs, Dean’s List

Kellee Taylor Morgan Greenwood, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Anthony Dane Bryant, Honor Roll

Corpus Christi
Jacob Alexander Aschmutat, President’s List
Timothy Devon Hardy, President’s List
Samuel Lang Hoffman, Honor Roll

Jacelynn Carol Cunningham, Dean’s List

Cross Plains
Samuel Colton Rockett, Dean’s List
James Lowell Sullivan, Dean’s List

Lance Vaughn Forehand, Dean’s List

Jessica Brooke Taylor, Dean’s List

Michael Angelo Crunelle, Dean’s List

Clarissa Leigh Toler, Honor Roll

Lauraleticia Alvarado, Dean’s List
Phillip Karl Bertrand, President’s List
Shelby Jayne Creed, Honor Roll
Conner Mac Drew, President’s List
Addison Bryant Ebarb, Honor Roll
Kelli Diane Ezzell, President’s List
Dacia D’Shea Griffin, Dean’s List
Kevin Fitzgerald Holamon, President’s List
Sara Jayne Jones, Dean’s List
Mark Alan Parker, Honor Roll
Bo Grant Ross, Honor Roll
Jasimine Monae Sterling, Dean’s List
Stefani Lynette Williams, Dean’s List

Keeley Nicole Lowrance, President’s List

Baylee Elizabeth Wolcott, Dean’s List

El Paso
Martha Alicia Barranco, Dean’s List
Heidi Veronica Hernandez, Dean’s List
Itza Mar Jaramillo, Honor Roll
Grace Christine Stout, Honor Roll

Erie, Colo.
Hannah Elizabeth Jansen, Dean’s List

Cote Charles Schacherl, Honor Roll

Daniel William Taylor, Dean’s List

Flower Mound
Donald Lee Brake, President’s List
Clinton Lee Hawkins, Dean’s List
Hannah Marie Hicks, Dean’s List

Fort Davis
Kyla Claire Zimdars, Honor Roll

Fort Myers, Fla.
Sarah Anne Weber, President’s List

Fort Worth
Michelle Danielle Bates, Honor Roll
Sarah Ashley Moreau, Honor Roll

Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List

Amanda Ruth Driggers, Dean’s List

Marlie Amanda Austin, Dean’s List
Rachel M. Ellington, Dean’s List

McKamie Claryse Place, Dean’s List

George West
Hillary Deanne Sellman, Honor Roll

Brittany Rachelle Bailey, Honor Roll
Jonathon Alan Dobernecki, Honor Roll
Lindsey Elise Jones, President’s List
Ethan Zachary West, Dean’s List
Zachary Charles White, Honor Roll

Melanie Paige Robison, President’s List

Glen Rose
Caidon Breanne George, Dean’s List

Tolli Bre Wylie, Dean’s List

William Hays Massey, Honor Roll
Janakay Frances Oliver, Honor Roll
Jaime Lynn Speegle, President’s List
Anna Prestwood Spruell, Dean’s List

Jaime Leann Johnston, Honor Roll

Lori Renee Horn, President’s List
Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Brady Lee Timmons, President’s List
Lawrence Ross Whittet, Dean’s List

Richard Austin Young, Dean’s List

Cheryl Lynn Sarem, President’s List

Highland Village
Samuel Thomas Dollahite, Dean’s List

Jessi Nicole Jordan, President’s List

Hobbs, N.M.
Joshua Paul Puckett, Dean’s List

Kathryn Marie Barrackman, Dean’s List
Tonya Kara Bloomer, President’s List
Kerrie Diane Ford, President’s List
Dariann Renae Reed, Honor Roll

Taylor Grace Cook, President’s List

Kyndal Nicole Broome, Dean’s List

Morgan Michelle Griffith, President’s List

Iowa Park
Joshua Lee Farquharson, Honor Roll

Kaleigh Jo Tankersley, Honor Roll

Andrew Garrett Hultin, Honor Roll

Natalie Margarita Batres, Honor Roll

Allison Nicole Mantell, Dean’s List

Allyson Michelle Gainey, President’s List
Trent Cameron Gainey, Dean’s List

Amanda Michelle Cruddas, Dean’s List

Lillie Claire Davis, Honor Roll
Jennifer Lynn Hilla, Dean’s List
Kelsan Marie Wolverton, Honor Roll

Michelle Marie Hawkins, President’s List

Kaitlyn Leigh Kelm, Dean’s List

Timothy Layne Counce, Dean’s List

Kyle Ray Huesing, Dean’s List

Steven Austin Bolton, President’s List
William Colton Curry, President’s List
Benjamin Taylor Finlayson, Dean’s List

Katie Rose Bonner, President’s List

Bryan Ross Pate, Dean’s List

David Bryant Rucker, Dean’s List

Nellie Beau Brieanna Clevenger, President’s List
Rebecca Danielle Knighton, President’s List
Gage Logan Smith, Honor Roll

Gabriella Glenn Guest, Dean’s List

Ethan Lynn Fisher, President’s List

Naples, Fla.
Robin Elizabeth Scofield, Dean’s List

Katie Dawn Murphy, President’s List

Timber Lee Curtis, President’s List

Courtney Ray Andrews, Dean’s List
Ashley Ann Wellborn, Dean’s List
Courtney Lynn Wilmoth, Dean’s List

Allison Paige Morrison, Dean’s List

Danin Renee Wilson, Dean’s List

Jonathan Rick Henderson, President’s List

Jessica Marie Baniewicz, President’s List

Erica Renae Lopez, Honor Roll

Port Arthur
Sharon Elizabeth Jarquin, President’s List

Red Oak
Analicia Gabriella Guerrero, President’s List

Ivyanne Alyssa Nichols, President’s List

Carlee Linae Ammons, President’s List

Rising Star
Julieann Marie Steubing, Dean’s List

Nathanael Adams, Honor Roll
Cantrell Oldham Miller, Honor Roll

Molly Blair O’Brien, President’s List
Blaine Michael Wynn, Dean’s List

Matthew Allen Melendez, Honor Roll
Michael Anthony Melendez, Dean’s List

Round Rock
Kyle Edward Kulczyk, Dean’s List

Kyle Andrew Heidelberg, President’s List
Tyler Matthew Heidelberg, President’s List
Adrianna Nicole Perez, Dean’s List

Royse City
Hannah Marie Strebeck, Dean’s List

Emily Marie Bird, Dean’s List

Cara Cathleen Shelton, President’s List

Michael Joe Sellers, Dean’s List
Paul Jefferson Warren, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Cara Ann DeLoach, President’s List
Kristin Leeann Haman, President’s List
Rachel Louise Wohl, President’s List
Sarah Amanda Yeats, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Rebecca Marie Etter, Honor Roll
Angelica Maria Gray, Dean’s List
Victoria Rene Krawczynski, President’s List

San Saba
Marshal Lynn Mcintosh, President’s List

Santa Anna
Shelbie Paige DeLeon, President’s List
Jonathan Shayne Holland, Dean’s List
Jordan Ashleigh Jewell, Dean’s List

Ryan Shane Klose, Honor Roll

Kathryn Alaine Burns, Dean’s List

Leslie Anne Jones, Honor Roll

Sierra Blanca
Rachel Jean Moore, Dean’s List

Spring Branch
Ashley Ann Biering, Dean’s List

Mallory Laurette Orms, President’s List

Courtney Alyse Officer, Dean’s List
Garrett Lee Sadler, Honor Roll

Whitney Joy Sirois, Dean’s List

Timothy Cole Rhoades, Honor Roll
Bryson Taylor Wallace, Honor Roll

Madeleine Leigh Daugherty, President’s List
Macy Catherine McPherson, Dean’s List

Haley Clair Jones, President’s List
Taylor Brooke Jordan, Honor Roll
Jack Burton Wells, President’s List
Lauren Danielle Wells, President’s List

Ashleigh Renee Felkins, President’s List

Ruth Lynn Tapley, Honor Roll

Sarah Delyn Belser, Dean’s List

Neva Marie Bowers, Honor Roll

Jake Cameron Shelton, President’s List

Camryn Leigh D’Rubio, President’s List

Nicole Ann Bird, Dean’s List

Ashley Marie Moon, President’s List
Michael Nathan Snow, Dean’s List
Rachel Leigh Terry, President’s List

Gary Cayden McDonald, Dean’s List

Katelyn Marie Wood, Honor Roll

Zachary Edward Herman, Dean’s List

Lacy Harrison Culpepper, President’s List

Community invited to learn more about HPU’s MBA degree offered in New Braunfels

BROWNWOOD – December 18, 2012 – Those who may be interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard Payne University in New Braunfels are invited to attend a free informational session on Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:00 p.m. The one-hour event will be held at the Aflac Suite located on the second floor at 1259 Loop 337 N., New Braunfels, TX, 78131.

MBA coursework will be offered in New Braunfels beginning in mid-January, pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Designed to work around busy schedules, the MBA degree can be achieved in as few as 12 months, with all courses offered at night and on weekends.

“We hope that New Braunfels and the surrounding communities will attend this special informational session for a chance to learn more about this educational opportunity,” said Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business. “We look forward to getting to know our prospective students and answer any questions they may have.”

Though the program has a business core, it also includes courses such as organizational communication and psychological applications, designed to add a deeper understanding of practical skills to business and management applications. Prerequisite self-study course work is available for non-business undergraduates entering the program.

HPU began offering courses in New Braunfels in the fall 2012 semester. Until the permanent campus structure is constructed as part of the new Veramendi project, courses are being offered at the Aflac Suite, New Braunfels High School and online.

Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations, oversees enrollment services and development of the New Braunfels campus.

“It’s been such a joy to meet so many wonderful folks here in New Braunfels,” he said. “We are so excited to have Howard Payne University be a part of the community and to serve the area with a quality Master of Business Administration degree program.”

For more information about the MBA program, visit or call (325) 649-8704. To learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit or call (325) 649-8023.


HPU’s Death and Dying course prepares students for life

By Courtney Wilmoth, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2012 – The name is sure to get attention – “Death and Dying.” Then one may wonder what a class called Death and Dying is like – perhaps morbid, definitely somber, maybe even depressing. Even so, Howard Payne University’s 8 a.m. class this fall reached the maximum enrollment and even had a waiting list.

Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of sociology and chair of the criminal justice program, teaches the class. She points out that the required textbook is titled Death & Dying, Life & Living. Students look at life every day during the class. They examine trends and processes of how and when dying occurs within ethnicities and around the world.

Humeniuk can remember the first time she was asked to teach the class in 2001.

“I was not happy about it,” she said. “I thought no one would talk.”

More than 40 students enrolled in the class, and before long Humeniuk was having them raise their hands so everyone could have a chance to speak. This was her seventh semester to teach the class, and she passionately believes every student should take it.

Her goal for the class is to prepare students to cope with sudden as well as anticipated death. No matter the career a student chooses, Humeniuk also seeks to relate the material in ways that will apply to a student’s career path.

Students are required to write journals, based on topics provided by Humeniuk.

“I learn a lot about my students through their journals,” she said.

Senior communication major Molly Marriott of Corpus Christi decided to take the class because she heard from her peers that it was interesting. She soon found the journals to be beneficial.

“It’s a good way to learn a lot about ourselves and how we would handle things,” Marriott said.

A number of guest speakers shared their own experiences with death. They included parents of children lost to suicide, automobile accidents and fires, as well as while traveling abroad. The class also heard from a couple who is dealing with a brain tumor and people who work in hospice care. Students visited a funeral home and volunteered at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood during the semester, completing tasks such as distributing flags to veterans’ graves, trimming weeds around tombstones and assisting with office work.

Junior criminal justice major Daniel Taylor of Florence enjoyed the Greenleaf Cemetery project.

“I felt it allowed me to do something meaningful for others who have passed before me,” he said.

Along with the traditional lectures, guest speakers and volunteer work, Humeniuk shared her own personal stories about death and encouraged students to maintain healthy lifestyles. She regularly presented students with preventive measures to take care of their own bodies, discussed the value of nutrition and encouraged students to keep others safe, using videos that address texting and driving.

Humeniuk says issues of eternal life do come up in class, and she is thankful to work at a Christian university where conversations like this can happen. Students learn from each other, and honesty and respect are valued during class discussions.

“You’re going to get three hours of credit,” she said, “but you’re going to get a lot more than that.”