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HPU hosts BGCT’s Super Summer camp for Texas youth

super summer 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – July 21, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer camp, a weeklong event designed to foster leadership skills in young Christians. In addition to hundreds of Texas youth, approximately 65 HPU alumni, students, faculty and staff members participated in the camp.

Youth ministers from churches across the state – 18 of them HPU alumni or graduate students – brought students to the camp. Additional Super Summer camps are hosted by other Texas Baptist universities throughout the summer.

At least nine of the young people who attended HPU’s Super Summer will start classes at the university in the fall.

Camp youth are divided into schools, designated by colors, based on their ages. This year, HPU was one of only two universities to also include a Purple School, which provides preparation for students who feel called to vocational Christian ministry. Dr. Rusty Wheelington, associate professor of Christian studies at HPU, served as dean of the Purple School.

“Spending a week with some of the best youth ministers and students across the state is always encouraging and a blessing,” said Dr. Wheelington. “This year we even had one student from Haiti. Super Summer is a week of intense teaching and training to help students become more effective leaders, disciples and sharers of the Gospel in their schools, communities and homes.”

According to Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs, other students also recognized God calling them to ministry throughout the week.

“I met two students who were not a part of Purple School who sensed during the week that God is calling them to vocational Christian ministry,” he said. “What a privilege for HPU to host such a week where God is at work in the hearts of so many students. I can’t imagine anything that would bring greater joy to the hearts of those who founded our university than to know the campus is being used for such events.”

Chuck Gartman ’72, adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Christian Studies and minister of education/leadership development at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, served as dean of Super Summer’s Leadership Forum at HPU.

“Howard Payne’s Leadership Forum at Super Summer continues to be a breath of fresh air for me personally as I facilitate this process,” he said. “Leaders have the opportunity to hear from some of our state’s best youth leaders and are also able to express concerns or sources of praise in their own settings. I’m privileged to be a part of this great opportunity for youth leaders around our state.”

Natalie Stary ’03, HPU admission counselor, coordinated HPU’s camp this year.

“Super Summer has had a huge impact on Baptist students for more than 40 years,” she said. “Super Summer at HPU will always be special to me because I attended as a student 19 years ago.”

It was during that time, Stary said, she felt called to ministry and to become a student at HPU.

“I feel very honored to get to now serve in a leadership role with the planning and implementation of Super Summer at Howard Payne,” she said. “The Lord continues to use Super Summer and HPU to train up future generations of Texas Baptists for His service locally and around the world.”

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Photo cutline: Super Summer campers gather near HPU’s Old Main Tower.

Apply now for fall 2015 semester at HPU

BROWNWOOD – July 16, 2015 – Summer is passing quickly, but there is still time to apply for the fall 2015 semester at Howard Payne University. Visit us online at www.hputx.edu/apply to complete a free application or to learn more about our academic offerings and student life.

Those living in Brown County or surrounding counties may be eligible for HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $56,000 over four years to eligible applicants. Numerous additional scholarships are also available. Contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or enroll@hputx.edu for more information.

HPU student studying in Mabee Center for webHPU offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in six schools: business, Christian studies, education, humanities, music and fine arts, and science and mathematics. Additionally, the university offers five master’s degree programs: the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership.

HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model United Nations, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and 30 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.

Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference and others who enjoy athletics take part in well-attended intramural sporting competitions.

“Campus visits are a great way to learn more about the university and see if HPU is the right fit for you,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management. “It’s a great time to be a Yellow Jacket and we’re always excited to add more to our swarm.”

For more information about HPU, visit www.hputx.edu or contact the Office of Admission via any of the methods listed above.

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Photo cutline: HPU offers students a high-quality educational experience in a friendly campus environment.

TexasBank awards $25,000 in scholarship funds to HPU through Doss Foundation

dodds and ellis 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – June 10, 2015 – TexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2015.

Within the past seven years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $500,000 to area educational institutions.

“TexasBank is proud to be affiliated with the Doss Foundation, whose gift will give back to local students through HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund,” said Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank. “We believe that the Heart of Texas Scholarship has provided an opportunity for a quality university degree for an ever increasing number of local students. The scholarship provides these students with a $14,000 annual award and greatly helps to ease any financial burdens after college. The Board and Ownership of TexasBank value our relationship with Howard Payne University, and we are honored to support this institution and its students.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, also voiced his appreciation to the Doss Foundation and TexasBank.

“The university is very grateful to have TexasBank as a partner in providing the highest quality education to our students,” he said. “HPU is blessed to be a part of Brownwood and to have the support of so many friends in the community like TexasBank.”

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Photo cutline: Greg Dodds, left, president and CEO of TexasBank, presents a $25,000 check to Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

HPU’s Natividad joins board of BGCT’s Hispanic Education Initiative

David Natividad for webBROWNWOOD – January 16, 2015 – David Natividad, a Howard Payne University admission counselor, recently began a term with the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Education Initiative (HEI) within the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

The goal of the HEI is to prepare pre-kindergarten children for school and help students succeed through graduation and into college.

“The HEI works with young children and families to prepare them for school and it works with high school students who want to continue their education,” said Natividad, whose desire is to work with middle school and high school students. “We give information about colleges and also offer resources including GED preparation programs.”

Each year, the HEI, in partnership with the Convention’s Education Commission, raises funds to award at least 20 $1,000 scholarships to Hispanic students during the Hispanic Convention’s annual meeting.

Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management, said Natividad is doing a great job leading the way for the university’s increased engagement with Texas Baptist Hispanic youth.

“We are very excited for the honor and for the opportunity David has to serve in this way,” Kirk said.
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Photo cutline: HPU admission counselor David Natividad recently began a term with the Board of Directors for the BGCT’s Hispanic Education Initiative.

HPU to host financial aid seminars for parents of local students

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2014 – Parents of local junior and senior high school students are invited to attend a free seminar covering general college financial aid information with an emphasis on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event will be hosted by Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, at 6:30 p.m. on January 29 and February 5 in the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus.

According to Huff, it is extremely advantageous to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.

“Some universities have very early priority dates for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “These sessions are open to parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet unconditional admission requirements.

For more information about the seminars or scholarships, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU financial aid, visit www.hputx.edu/financialaid or call (325) 649-8015.

HPU named a great value, veteran-friendly institution by U.S. News & World Report

PrintBROWNWOOD – September 10, 2014 – Howard Payne University maintained high rankings in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The publication announced Tuesday that HPU advanced four places from 2014 to be ranked fourth among the regional colleges of the west in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Additionally, the university placed 15 out of the ranked institutions in the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” category and seventh among the regional colleges of the west in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.

According to the publication, U.S. News determines its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by taking into account an institution’s academic quality based on its “Best Colleges” ranking and the 2013-2014 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the publication stated.

U.S. News determines the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by examining institutions in the 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings which participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Institutions are ranked in all categories within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West. Universities and colleges in Texas and Oklahoma compete in the West region, which is the largest geographic section, encompassing the entire Western U.S.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, voiced the university’s pleasure at once again being recognized as one of the top institutions in the region.

“We continually strive to be an outstanding value to our students and their families,” he said. “We’re honored to have been recognized for these efforts.”

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Photo cutline: HPU, celebrating 125 years of excellence in 2014, maintained high rankings in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

TexasBank awards $25,000 in scholarship funds to HPU through Doss Foundation

TexasBank presentation 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – June 24, 2014 – TexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2014.

Within the past seven years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $425,000 to area educational institutions.

“TexasBank is proud to be affiliated with the Doss Foundation, whose gift will give back to local students through HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund,” said Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank. “The Heart of Texas Scholarship has played a vital role in providing an affordable path to a quality university degree for our local high school students. The success of this program is evidenced by the steadily increasing proportion of the total student population at HPU that is comprised of our own kids from nearby communities. The Board and Ownership of TexasBank value our relationship with Howard Payne University, and we are honored to support this institution and its students.”

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Photo cutline: Greg Dodds, left, president and CEO of TexasBank, presents a $25,000 check to Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

HPU scholarship creates new opportunities for Lampasas-area students

Emily Ramsey for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2014 – One of the most appealing aspects of Howard Payne University, according to freshman Emily Ramsey from Lampasas, is the sense of community.

“HPU is like a small town in itself,” she said. “It feels a lot like Lampasas. It’s a very personable school – everybody knows you and the teachers care about you and are focused on your success.”

Emily said she has no doubt God led her to HPU.

“I applied here and one other university,” she said. “I got a great scholarship to attend HPU, but none from the other university. It was an easy decision.”

She is one of many students receiving HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, which awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas and the surrounding counties. Students such as Emily are finding they can attend a nationally recognized university not far from home.

“I’m only an hour away from Lampasas, but I still have the space I need away from home,” she said. “I know I can go home at any time and I also have friends and professors here who I can trust with anything.”

Emily is a business management major with a concentration in marketing/advertising and a minor in computer information systems. When not in class, she spends most of her hours at her on-campus job, Fambrough’s Eatery & Coffee Bar. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I’ve always been a worker,” she said. “I got my first job at 16, and I haven’t stopped working since.”

Her position allows her to interact with others on campus.

“Emily always seems to enjoy talking to students, faculty and staff while she prepares and serves their food,” said PJ Gramling, director of admission. “And we enjoy talking with her! She is a great addition to our campus.”

After graduation, Emily plans on having a career in advertising with a focus on web design. At HPU, she’s found the support she needs to help her achieve those goals.

“I can go to my professors at any time for any reason,” she said. “I love HPU. It is the perfect school for me.”

To learn more about HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, call the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or e-mail enroll@hputx.edu. For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Emily Ramsey is one of many students receiving HPU’s Central Texas Scholarship, which awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas and the surrounding counties.

HPU admission counselor guides Lampasas-area students through the transition to college

Natalie Stary for webBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University admission counselor Natalie Stary’s goal is to help as many young people as possible take part in the same college experiences she enjoyed as a student. Stary graduated from HPU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and now works for her alma mater, recruiting students from Lampasas and the surrounding Central Texas areas.

Stary develops close relationships with prospective students and their families and enjoys guiding them through the college selection and transition process.

“It is an honor to be allowed to walk with students through the senior year of high school and into the first year at HPU,” she said. “Because my office is not located on the main campus in Brownwood, I have the opportunity to meet many of my students at places such as coffee shops in their hometowns. I feel that I get to know my students and their families on a personal basis.”

Now in her fourth year as an admission counselor for HPU, Stary is seeing many of the students in her first recruiting class graduating and transitioning to a new stage in life.

“It is so exciting to see how they have made HPU their home and how they are about to venture out into the working world,” she said.

Stary hopes that opportunities such as the university’s Central Texas Scholarship will inspire even more students from Lampasas and the surrounding areas to consider HPU. The scholarship awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas County and other counties in the area. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and score 910 or higher on the SAT (critical math and reading combined) or 19 or higher on the ACT to qualify for the scholarship.

“The Central Texas Scholarship was developed as a way for HPU to invest in students who live in counties that are close to the university,” Stary said. “I have seen how this scholarship has enabled students, who previously did not think it was possible, to receive a college education.”

More than anything, Stary said, she wants prospective students to know that HPU is “unlike any other university in the world.”

“The faculty and staff at HPU are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met,” she said. “I am always amazed at how quickly students feel loved and feel like HPU is their home. I think it is because of how HPU’s faculty and staff invest in the lives of students who come here. My time at HPU is something I will treasure the rest of my life, and I am so proud to tell people about my alma mater.”

Stary and the other staff members in HPU’s Office of Admission enjoy the opportunity to speak with students interested in attending HPU. Contact them at (325) 649-8020 or via e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu. For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU admission counselor Natalie Stary helps Lampasas area students transition from high school to the university.

HPU to host financial aid seminar for parents of area high school students

BROWNWOOD – Feb. 3, 2014 – Parents of area juniors and seniors in high school are invited to a free seminar at Howard Payne University to learn more about financing college educations. HPU will host the meeting on financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will discuss the financial aid process with a special emphasis on the FAFSA, the application used to award loans and grants to students at universities across the nation.

According to Huff, it is extremely essential to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.

“Some schools have very early ‘priority dates’ for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “Parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU, are welcome to attend this session.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet the requirements.

For more information about the seminars, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU financial aid, visit www.hputx.edu/financialaid or call (325) 649-8015.