News Archives: Alumni Relations

Recent HPU graduate accepted into forensic science graduate program

Kierstyn Evans for webBROWNWOOD – May 16, 2017 – Among the Howard Payne University seniors who crossed the stage during HPU’s recent Commencement ceremony was Kierstyn Evans of Anson. Evans, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science, has been accepted into the forensic science graduate program at Texas Tech University.

Evans is a lifelong fan of Texas Tech and originally planned to earn her undergraduate degree there as well.

“Tech was my dream school,” she said. “I wasn’t planning on going anywhere else.”

Upon learning that the university did not offer an undergraduate forensic science major, however, she was left with a big choice.

“I was either going to stick with forensic science and go to a different school or change my major to go to my dream school,” she said.

Despite being accepted to Texas Tech during her senior year of high school, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in forensic science. She took to the Internet to research her options.

Around that same time, she learned about HPU through her high school band director and associate band director, both of whom are alumni. When HPU came up in her searches for undergraduate forensic science programs in Texas, she decided to visit campus.

“I remember that my tour guide talked about how close everyone is on campus,” Evans said. “The more I looked into Howard Payne, the more I liked it.”

The forensic science offering at HPU is a relatively unique program, said Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of physical science and director of the chemistry program.

“Most universities that offer training in forensic science include it as an emphasis under criminal justice, rather than as a standalone major,” he said.

A forensic science major combined with HPU’s friendly campus atmosphere made the university an obvious choice for Evans. She served as a Jacket Ambassador for HPU’s Office of Admission as a student, leading her own university tours.

“I told prospective students that they will have professors who truly care about them,” she said. “There was a professor I had my freshman year who still knew my major and remembered things we talked about years later. I don’t think you can get that from other universities.”

Though it wasn’t what she originally planned, Evans is happy with her decision to come to HPU first.

“I love Howard Payne,” she said. “Especially being from a small town, I feel like I would have gotten lost in the crowd at Tech. I like the small classes at HPU.”

Dr. Smith said Evans is the first student whose progress he has witnessed from beginning to end.

“She enrolled in general chemistry I with me and concluded in instrumental analysis this spring,” he said. “Few students have been willing to enroll in the full complement of chemistry courses that the forensic science degree requires, but Kierstyn persevered. I am proud of her accomplishment and look forward to news of her continued success.”

Another big factor in Evans’ decision to come to HPU was the Central Texas Scholarship which awards substantial financial assistance to graduates from high schools in Jones County and other counties in the Central Texas area. For more information about this and other financial aid opportunities, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Kierstyn Evans, a recent HPU graduate, has been accepted into the forensic science graduate program at Texas Tech University.

HPU Yellow Rose Award presented to Brownwood’s Ann Jones

Ann Jones with rosesBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented alumna Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president, surprised Jones with a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses. The award is given annually to a woman who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

Jones and her husband co-owned a manufacturing company in Dallas and later, after selling the family business, moved back to Brownwood. In 2011, she opened her own business, Ann Jones Real Estate.

Jones’ list of civic involvement and volunteer efforts is extensive. It includes affiliations such as Brownwood Community Concert Association Board, Brownwood Preservation Partnership, Arts Council of Brownwood, Keep Brownwood Beautiful, The Woman’s Club of Brownwood, Brownwood Garden Culture Club, Downtown Brownwood Association, Brownwood Coalition, Brown County Republican Women, Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper Advisory Board, Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council, Board of Trustees for First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross Board of Directors, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Board of Directors and many more.

She impacts the lives of current HPU students through gifts to the Annual Fund, the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Fund and the A Call to Send Campaign.

“Ann is a blessing to everyone who knows her,” said Dr. Diana Ellis. “I personally know she is truly an inspiration. The way she lives her life – faithfully serving and doing what needs to be done – is a gift she freely shares with others.”

Diana Ellis with Shirley Barret for webThe guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret, former Miss America and noted speaker and author.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub, e-mail womansclub@hputx.edu or call 325-649-8305.

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Cutline: The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently presented Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award.

Dr. Shirley Cothan Barret, right, former Miss America and noted speaker and author, was the guest speaker at this year’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president.

HPU alumnus named men’s athletic chaplain at Texas Tech University

Corbin YoungBROWNWOOD – March 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University alumnus Corbin Young was recently appointed by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes the new men’s athletic chaplain at Texas Tech University. In this position, Young serves the seven men’s sports teams at Texas Tech by encouraging and equipping the coaches and athletes through Christ.

“I’m excited and humbled beyond words by this opportunity to represent Christ, through the ministry of FCA, at one of the largest state schools in Texas,” Young said. “Serving in this capacity, as a college sports chaplain, has been a ministry dream job for me since I first surrendered to God’s calling on my life at 18 years old.”

Young said college students, particularly male student-athletes, are among the church’s most unreached people groups in the nation.

“Consequently, I see this as one of the most strategic and vital ministry opportunities for advancing the Gospel in our sports-obsessed culture,” he said. “As I seek to earn the trust of these Red Raiders, my role will be all about building relationships and making disciples by encouraging and equipping them in their faith, character and leadership through the loving ministry of presence.”

Young, a former HPU student-athlete, earned his bachelor’s degree in practical theology in 2010 and a master’s degree in theology and ministry in 2014. He was a four-year letterman in football (2006-2009), team captain (2009), American Southwest Conference all-conference slot receiver (2009), three-time academic all-conference selection (2007-2009) and a collegiate national championship qualifier in Olympic weightlifting (2007).

“Corbin was a model student-athlete while he attended HPU,” said Hunter Sims, the university’s athletic director. “We are extremely proud of his service to the Kingdom and to have him as an alumnus.”

Young began working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2010 as the Big Country area representative based in Brownwood. In 2013, he became the founding area director for the organization in Midland where, under his leadership, the FCA staff and ministry rapidly grew around the Permian Basin.

He is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister and has served on staff at churches in Brownwood and Paradise as well as in Saskatchewan, Canada. Most recently, he served as the lead pastor at First Baptist Church of Tarzan, Texas.

Young is married to Kandace (Schuelke) Young, also an HPU graduate and former student-athlete. They have a 4-year-old son, Kensler, and a second child due in August 2017.

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Cutline: HPU alumnus Corbin Young was recently named the men’s athletic chaplain at Texas Tech University through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

HPU Alumni Association’s El Paso Chapter announces officers, holds inaugural meeting

HPU EP Alumni AssociationBROWNWOOD – March 8, 2017 – The El Paso Chapter of the Howard Payne University Alumni Association held its inaugural chapter meeting recently with four alumni from the center serving as officers.

The chapter’s president is Blanca Gamez, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2009 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2016. Additional officers include Iban Torres, vice president, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration and Christian studies in 2012; Priscilla Macias, secretary, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice in 2006; and Roxanne Jurado, treasurer, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2009. Torres, Macias and Jurado are each slated to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from the university in 2017.

“The El Paso Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association promises to be a very active and proud chapter of HPU alumni, family and friends,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and associate professor of business. “The chapter members shared with me that they are happy to serve God and honor their peers using the principles of servant leadership representative of Howard Payne University. They look forward to working with fellow HPU alumni and friends to build upon the godly foundation instilled in them.”

To learn more about HPU’s El Paso Center or to get involved with the El Paso Chapter of HPU’s Alumni Association, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Members of the HPU Alumni Association’s newly created El Paso Chapter are (back row) Blanca Gamez and Priscilla Macias and (front row) Roxanne Jurado and Iban Torres.

HPU graduates 95 at close of fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University graduated 95 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2016 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

The list below includes December and August graduates. Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Austin
Allan Chehadi – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Bartlett
Dylan Wright – Bachelor of Science in biology

Bastrop
Courtney Turner – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Big Spring
Heather Hildebrand – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)

Brownwood
Blake Biessener – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Kaitlyn Cochrum – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Morris Farr – Bachelor of Arts in history (high school: grade 8-12)
Lorenzo Flores – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Christopher Hickey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Erica Jordan – Bachelor of Arts in English
Joel Larrea – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristopher Lowrey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Joshua Martinez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Saulo Mendoza – Master of Business Administration
Kassie Milam – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Kali Parks – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Sydnee Petty – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, psychology (general), Cum Laude
Dakota Pulley – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Amy Segura – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice), psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristen Terway – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Chelsea Thomason – Bachelor of Science in social science: jurisprudence, Cum Laude

Burleson
Tiffani-Ann San Miguel – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Burnet
Brandon Garrett – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Cibolo
Ruth Davis – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Cleburne
Terry Chumbley – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Clyde
Neal Kucinski – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude

Coleman
Taylor Armstrong – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Comanche
Angela Parker – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Samuel Hoffman – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, accounting, Cum Laude

Crandall
Darbi Frazier – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Del Rio
Jessi Galindo – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Denton
Tyler January – Master of Business Administration

Early
Brittany Benson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Chelsea Chesser – Bachelor of Science in English language arts and reading (middle school: grade 4-8)
Richard Cole – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)
Andrea Culpepper – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Amy Tyler – Bachelor of Science in social work

Eastland
Amy Rice – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

El Paso
Ryan Durkes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Blanca Gamez – Master of Business Administration
Alma Quintero – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Grace Stout – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Magna Cum Laude

Flatonia
Colby Mica – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 8-12)

Fort Worth
Bryan Adams – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Darron Perry – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Georgetown
Balentin Carranco – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
David Stippick – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Cameron Wong – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Godley
Austin Upchurch – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Goliad
Evan Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Grapevine
Nicholas Crome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems

Gunter
Richard Young – Master of Business Administration

Jacksboro
Austin Williamson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Katy
Evan Vaden – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Kaufman
Bethany Harper – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Kennedale
Allison Mantell – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Mansfield
Ashley Willis – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Marion
Ashley Greene – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Midland
Jerry Hurt – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Kelsey Martin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Gaby Muniz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Midlothian
Gabriella Guest – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice), Magna Cum Laude

Miles
Caitlin Wood – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social science: jurisprudence, Summa Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Glenda Brownlow – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Jolind Fritsche – Master of Business Administration
Justin Hall – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration)
Elizabeth Kensing – Master of Business Administration
Francene Larrabee – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude
Courtney Wilder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Ocala, Fla.
Benjamin Long – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Ozona
Adrienne Sanchez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Pearland
Lynsie Anderson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Pflugerville
De’andre Walker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Port Aransas
James Contreras – Master of Business Administration

Red Oak
Tiffany Bullock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude
Garrison Pate – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Redlands, Calif.
Briana Williams – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Richardson
Ivyanne Nichols – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication studies (public and media), social science (international studies), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock
Shelby Spaulding – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

San Angelo
Robert Estevis – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

San Antonio
Alexis Acuna – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

San Juan
Lorien Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Santa Anna
Jerry Bromley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Springtown
Melanie Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Three Rivers
Chasity Coquat – Bachelor of Arts in social science: jurisprudence

Tomball
Donald Preston – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Trophy Club
Adam Snyder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Waelder
Vincent Sullivan – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Waxahachie
Michael Snow – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education), Magna Cum Laude

White Settlement
Celina Ortiz – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Zephyr
Andrew Taylor – Master of Business Administration
Sydni Thompson – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

HPU’s Alumni Association eliminates annual dues, introduces “alumni by choice”

Alumni Assocation new logo BBROWNWOOD – January 16, 2017 – In an effort to further bolster the close-knit community of Howard Payne University alumni, the university’s Alumni Association has eliminated annual dues. All HPU alumni and “alumni by choice” may take part in the Association at no cost.

Alumni with at least 24 credit hours at HPU have been automatically deemed members of the Association. Individuals who did not attend HPU or former students with fewer than 24 credit hours may become alumni by choice by contacting HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations.

“Members of the Alumni Association have been so loyal to their alma mater by volunteering, attending regional events, engaging in the lives of students and giving back financially,” said Stephen Sullivan ’11 and MBA ’14, director of development and alumni relations. “We’re excited to give back to them by offering this membership free of charge.”

Alumni Association members are invited and encouraged to take part in fun events each year. A list of events is maintained at www.hputx.edu/alumni.

To declare yourself an HPU alumnus/alumna by choice, or to learn more about the benefits of an HPU Alumni Association membership, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@hputx.edu or 325-649-8044.

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Attached: HPU Alumni Association logo

HPU alumna “pays it forward” with scholarship benefiting female ministerial students

jespersen-familyBROWNWOOD – January 6, 2017 – Joanna (Cornelius) Jespersen, a 1998 Howard Payne University graduate, recently established the Jespersen Direct Scholarship with the university to benefit females studying in HPU’s School of Christian Studies at the Brownwood campus or the New Braunfels extension center. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each fall and spring semester ($500 each semester).

The spring 2017 recipient is Elizabeth Allen, a senior from Kempner double-majoring in cross-cultural studies and English at the Brownwood campus.

After graduating from HPU with a Bachelor of Science degree in counseling and psychology, Jespersen served as a journeyman with the International Mission Board in Brazil. She returned to the United States and, in 2006, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Today she serves as minister to children and families at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas.

Jespersen is married to Dr. Ryan Jespersen, director of urban missions through the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and they have two daughters, Rachel Beth, 6, and Mary Kate, 4.

“I am excited about giving back to HPU through this scholarship that Ryan and I have set up for female ministerial students,” she said. “I am forever indebted to HPU for all that I received during my time there including scholarships, forever friendships, the deepening of my own faith and practice, and the Godly instruction and guidance by my wonderful Christian professors and the helpful staff there.”

Jespersen said she knew, even as a student, that she wanted to give back to the university when she was in a position to do so.

“I feel compelled and responsible to ‘pay it forward’ in this way since so many blessed me on my own journey at Howard Payne,” she said. “My hope and prayer for Howard Payne is that she continues to be a school focused on educating and training up future Christian leaders who will make an eternal impact on our country and world. I am so happy that I am a part of that legacy and I pray that Howard Payne continues to shine for the Lord in these years ahead.”

If you would like to establish a scholarship at HPU, please contact Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations, at ssullivan@hputx.edu or 325-649-8069.

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Cutline: Joanna Jespersen, 1998 HPU alumna, recently established a scholarship with the university. She is pictured with her husband, Dr. Ryan Jespersen, and daughters Rachel Beth and Mary Kate.

HPU to participate in #GivingTuesday online giving event

givingtuesday-logoBROWNWOOD – November 22, 2016 – Next Tuesday, November 29, Howard Payne University will take part in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of #GivingTuesday is to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

HPU’s goal for the 24-hour giving period is to receive financial donations from 127 individuals.

“We chose 127 because HPU has provided a Christ-centered higher education to students for 127 years since its establishment in 1889,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations. “We hope you will be willing to participate and help us reach and exceed our goal of 127 gifts.”

Those interested in supporting HPU’s ongoing endeavor of delivering Christ-centered higher education may give online at www.hputx.edu/givingtuesday.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

About #GivingTuesday
92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together more than 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 million online in the US alone.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on
social media.

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Cutline: HPU will participate in #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour online giving event, next Tuesday, November 29.

HPU graduate elected president of Baptist General Convention of Texas

With reporting by TexasBaptists.org

BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2016 – Danny Reeves, 1994 Howard Payne University graduate, was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) during the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 14. Reeves is pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Danny ReevesAs stated on its website, the BGCT is an organization which “encourages, facilitates and connects churches in their work to fulfill God’s mission of reconciling the world to himself.”

Previously, Reeves served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Edna and First Baptist Church in McGregor. He also served on staff of churches in Mart, Big Lake and Blanket. He is the first graduate of Truett Seminary to serve as BGCT president. Reeves and his wife, Charissa, have three children, Courtney, Emily and Ryan.

Jason Burden, pastor of First Baptist Church of Nederland, nominated Reeves for the position.

“Danny will be a president we can believe in,” Burden said. “He will be a president we can follow whose example will be of such a high standard that we will strive to be a better convention and better people.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, said Reeves is a fine example of the many distinguished HPU graduates serving the Kingdom of God.

“We at HPU are thankful for graduates like Danny who strive to serve the Lord in all they do,” Dr. Ellis said. “We look forward to the great things God will accomplish through Danny’s leadership of Texas Baptists.”

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Cutline: Danny Reeves, 1994 HPU graduate, was recently elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Bonner and Mata crowned HPU Homecoming Queen and Princess

BROWNWOOD – October 28, 2016 – Jaclyn Bonner, senior from Lytle, and Adriana Mata, junior from San Angelo, were crowned Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Queen and Princess during a ceremony held today on campus.

Bonner, the daughter of Rosemary and James Bonner, is a communication major and sociology minor. She is the senior presiding senator of the Student Government Association, a leader within the Baptist Student Ministry and a columnist for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper. Additionally, she serves as a resident advisor, as a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society and as a volunteer intern for Genuine College Ministry. Upon graduating from HPU, she would like to work with marginalized people groups abroad then return to the United States to begin a career in advocacy and government relations.

Mata, an elementary education major minoring in music performance, is the daughter of Gloria and Lupe Mata. She is a member of the Student Activities Council and an honorary member of Sigma Theta Phi. She aspires to become an elementary teacher to share her love of music with the next generation of musicians.

The Homecoming Court will be featured during the halftime show of the football game as HPU takes on McMurry University this Saturday. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.

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Cutline: Adriana Mata, left, and Jaclyn Bonner, right, were crowned HPU’s Homecoming Princess and Queen, respectively. They are pictured with HPU’s 2016 Coming Home Queen, Martha Dufresne ’71.