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HPU plans more than 30 events to celebrate Homecoming 2016

Homecoming 2016 logoBROWNWOOD – October 17, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s extended “family” of alumni, students, personnel, friends and community members will gather this month to take part in the university’s Homecoming 2016 celebrations. More than 30 Homecoming events, many of community-wide interest, are scheduled Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (325) 649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

This year’s theme is “The HPU Family Tree,” honoring the university’s commitment to fostering a close-knit, familial environment.

“We always say that HPU is a family and that is never more evident than during Homecoming each year,” said Laura Benoit, associate director of alumni relations. “We’re excited to welcome everyone back to campus for this year’s festivities.”

New events this year include Bonfire and Fireworks on the Bayou at Brownwood’s Riverside Park at 9 p.m. on Friday. Also new this year is the Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away throughout the year. The remembrance event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall by the statue.

Additional events are highlighted below.

Performances of “Bone-Chiller!” will be held at the HPU Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at (325) 649-8044.

The photography of Julie Mize ’96 will be exhibited in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art gallery located inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Golden Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 1966, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by HPU’s Alumni Association, will be held Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. During the banquet, the Homecoming 2016 honorees will be recognized. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Following the banquet on Friday will be Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s Cafeteria. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall.

Saturday morning’s Decades Breakfast, sponsored by Willie’s T’s, begins at 8 a.m. During this time, alumni are invited to reunite with friends from their class decades in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast in Bullion Suites B and C of the Mabee University Center and the Letterman’s Breakfast in the Beadel Dining Hall.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will host an Authors’ Reception and Archival Display on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Ave. and end at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Avenue.

Following the parade, a Pep Rally sponsored by Brownwood Chamber of Commerce will take place in HPU’s Old Main Park.

Little Jackets’ Nest, games and other free activities for children, will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday behind the Packer Administration Building.

A Family Picnic Lunch, sponsored by the Early Chamber of Commerce, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza and Mall and Beadel Dining Hall.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Grace Chapel.

A variety of departmental and student-organization receptions will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A complete list of participating departments and organizations is available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play McMurry University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium. Prior to the game, beginning at 3 p.m., all HPU classes are invited to participate in a tailgate event featuring games, snacks and beverages. Additional tailgates will be held for the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy reception and African-American Alumni Chapter reception.

Married alumni will have the opportunity to renew their vows Sunday morning in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The service begins at 9 a.m.

A variety of reunions, athletic events and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A complete schedule of events and ticket prices are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following business for their support: PF&E Oil Company, Mills County State Bank, Dr Pepper Bottling, United Supermarkets, Early Blooms & Things, Prosperity Bank, TexasBank, Citizens National Bank, Painter & Johnson Financial, Porter Insurance Agency, Robnett Integra Insurance Services, Kool Kreations Custom Boat Docks and Repair, and Smith & Sharpe Insurance.

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HPU Homecoming festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

hpu-bonfire-raft-2016 BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2016 – Howard Payne University will host a bonfire, a fireworks show and a parade as featured parts of the university’s Homecoming 2016 celebration. The Bonfire and Fireworks on the Bayou event is scheduled for Friday, October 28, at 9:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in Brownwood. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend each of these events.

The bonfire will be built on a steel 8-foot-by-8-foot raft that will float on Pecan Bayou. The steel for the raft was donated by Sweetwater Steel in Early and the raft was constructed by Ricky Brooks of Kool Kreations Custom Boat Docks at Lake Brownwood. The HPU men’s soccer team collected the wood that will be used for the bonfire, which will be lit by a flaming arrow shot by HPU senior Ivy Nichols of Richardson. Following the bonfire, an exciting, 15-minute fireworks show will light the night sky. The fireworks are made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor to HPU.

“We are excited to have the bonfire and fireworks this year as part of our Homecoming events,” said Stephen Sullivan ’11, MBA ’14, director of development and alumni relations at HPU. “Our hope is that these events will provide an opportunity for HPU alumni to engage with current students as well as the community. Everyone is invited to attend.”

In addition to the bonfire and fireworks, various HPU student organizations will provide games and activities at Riverside Park during the events. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and snacks for this event. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Parade Route Map_Revised_2014This year’s HPU Homecoming parade will follow the same route as last year. Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw. Additionally, there will be a variety of floats and participants from the community.

“HPU’s Homecoming parade will include community, alumni and current student participants,” said Laura Benoit, associate director of alumni relations at the university. “We are excited this year to have Rick Phelps of Victory Life Church in Brownwood to help us coordinate the parade and we look forward to seeing many community members on Saturday morning enjoying this HPU tradition.”

The Homecoming parade is sponsored by Bruner Auto Group.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at www.hputx.edu/alumni/homecomingparade.

A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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An 8-foot-by-8-foot bonfire raft will float on the Pecan Bayou during HPU’s Homecoming 2016 Bonfire and Fireworks on the Bayou event. The raft was constructed by Ricky Brooks of Kool Kreations Custom Boat Docks using steel donated by Sweetwater Steel.

HPU’s Homecoming 2016 parade will begin at Brownwood Coliseum and end in front of the Doakie Day Art Center on the HPU campus.

HPU to host world premiere of choral work by alumnus

Alumni_Choir_LogoBRdr-william-batesOWNWOOD – September 23, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Alumni Choir will present a concert featuring the world premiere of HPU alumnus Dr. William Bates’ setting of “O Sing to the Lord a New Song” on Saturday, October 29, at 1:30 p.m. The Alumni Choir will perform during the university’s Concert Choir performance in HPU’s Grace Chapel. All HPU choir alumni are invited to join the choir and be a part of this exciting world premiere during Homecoming.

The new piece was composed by Dr. Bates to honor the HPU music faculty of the class of 1966.

Dr. Bates earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ and church music as well as a Bachelor of Arts in music theory from HPU in 1966. He went on to earn both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degrees from Indiana University. Dr. Bates has presented recitals and workshops for churches and American Guild of Organist chapters throughout much of the United States. He has also presented recitals in Europe, including those at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and King’s College in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Bates’ teaching career spans a total of 46 years. He served at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina, as professor of organ and music history, associate dean and director of graduate studies for the university’s School of Music. In 2012, Dr. Bates was named a recipient of the Oswald Gleason Ragatz Distinguished Organist Alumnus Award at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

The Alumni Choir will make its first appearance at Homecoming with hopes of growing the ensemble to explore more performance opportunities. The choir will gather from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, to rehearse and will be showcased at 1:30 p.m. during the Concert Choir concert. The Alumni Choir will present the world premiere of Dr. William Bates’ new piece and join the HPU Concert Choir on Fettke’s “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name.”

The Alumni Choir and the Concert Choir are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, director of choral activities.

“The HPU choral program spans nearly 70 years and we are excited to be able to celebrate generations of great music-making on this momentous occasion,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Being an HPU alumnus, I am honored to share in this experience. We are grateful to Dr. Bates for his contribution and encourage the public to come be a part of this ‘new song’ in the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts.”

To join the Alumni Choir, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming/choir.

For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU will present the world premiere of a choral work by alumnus, Dr. William Bates. All HPU choir alumni are encouraged to join the Alumni Choir and celebrate this honor.

HPU education alumni honored for excellence in teaching

BROWNWOOD – August 1, 2016 – Several alumni from Howard Payne University’s School of Education were honored by their respective school districts for outstanding teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, recently appointed dean of HPU’s School of Education, said she is proud to join an institution that is well known for its educator preparation.

“HPU has a great reputation and long legacy of producing excellent teachers,” she said. “I am honored to join HPU and be a part of producing the next generation of outstanding educators.”

Honorees include:

Brownwood ISD
Martha Asebedo ’76 – 35 years of service and Regional Elementary Teacher of the Year nominee
Kenan Boland ’02 – Brownwood Middle School Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Corissa Brown ’14 – Coggin Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Dana Cyr ’97 – Northwest Elementary Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Tori Moore ’14 – Northwest Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Telise Murray ’09 – Brownwood High School Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Crowley ISD
Cory Lee ’09 – Secondary Teacher of the Year

Newton ISD
Rachel Jeffers Prestwood ’04 – Teacher of the Year

Ralls ISD
Amber Wilson ’04 – Ralls High School Teacher of the Year

Tomball ISD
Matt Anderson ’07 – Teacher of the Year

The preceding list was reported to HPU’s School of Education. To alert HPU of an omission, please contact Susan Sharp, administrative assistant and certification officer, at ssharp@hputx.edu. An updated list will be maintained on the university’s website.

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HPU alumnus and JROTC instructor enjoys being back on campus

Col. Stephen Jones on HPU campusBROWNWOOD – July 12, 2016 – Colonel Stephen Jones, 1979 Howard Payne University alumnus, has returned to the HPU campus each summer for the past seven years, bringing dozens of high school students with him. Col. Jones, who serves as senior aerospace science instructor and head of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps department at Wylie High School, is among the many participants of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp held for the past 19 years on the HPU campus.

Nearly 500 cadets and staff attended the camp this summer, the purpose of which is to train cadets and give them the tools needed to become top leaders.

“It is a thrill to be back on campus,” Col. Jones said. “I love coming back year after year. Our JROTC instructors could not praise Howard Payne enough. The support we get from the staff is second to none.”

Col. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from HPU, one of seven family members to graduate from the university. He was active on campus, involved in activities such as student government and intramural sports. Additionally, he served as student body president his senior year. Upon graduation, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life but knew his main desire was to serve others.

“So I thought I would serve my country for one enlistment and then get out of the military and pursue something else,” he said. “A few years turned into 30 years of military service.”

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 with 22 years of active duty and eight years in the reserves.

During his time in the reserves, he earned a Master of Arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in three churches in DeSoto and Austin, primarily in the role of minister of education/administration. He also has a Master of Science degree in organizational management from the University of Southern California.

His final assignment on active duty was as the director of operations at the Air Force JROTC headquarters, the largest aerospace science education program in the world with more than 107,000 students. Upon retirement, Col. Jones began teaching JROTC at Wylie High School. He noted that all JROTC instructors are military retirees.

Col. Jones enjoys the opportunity to bring students back to the campus he loves.

“HPU was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I met many wonderful people at Howard Payne who have become lifelong friends. I would be thrilled if one of my cadets attended HPU as a student.”

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Cutline: Col. Stephen Jones, HPU alumnus, returns to campus each summer for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp.

HPU graduates 94 at close of spring 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University graduated 94 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the spring 2016 semester.

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

The list below includes the May graduates as well as a few students who are completing final degree requirements. 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:

Abilene
Carson Brent Burns – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Alvarado
Ruby Patricia Johnson – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Amarillo
Xavier Juiqueil McFalls – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Austin
Jordan Allen Shaw – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Bangs
Callie Ann Adams – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Summa Cum Laude
Victoria Lee Hardin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Charles Anthony Long – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Leah’Shae Ann Martinez – Bachelor of Science in mathematics
Courtney Caprice Seybert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Belton
Dana Kaye Everett – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Bertram
Conner Trent Fisher – Master of Business Administration

Big Spring
Kelsey Reed Weir – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (grade 8-12)

Brazoria
Micah Brannan Huebner – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Briggs
Allison Victoria Eaton – Master of Business Administration

Brownwood
Mackenzie Draye Burrows – Bachelor of Science in social work
Terry Wayne Cantwell – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Caleb Nathan Dillard – Bachelor of Science in business administration
William Brett Ellis – Bachelor of Music in music performance – voice
Kimberley Kay Garner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Molly Jane Hull – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude
Douglas Arnold Hurt – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kindry Cruz Kirbo – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude
Mary Catherine Kunkel – Bachelor of Science in athletic training
Sylvia Diaz Laureles – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (restorative justice)
Jefferson Scott Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)
Adam Justin Lloyd – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Jason Alexander Murphy – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and accounting, Cum Laude
Sandy Rodriguez – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude
Amber Nicole Schroepfer – Master of Business Administration
Kristian Jalyn Simpson – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Chelsea Louise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude
Stephanie Michelle Upfold – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)
Lois Elizabeth Wallace – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education
Derek Robert Wilson – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Bulverde
Tyler Evan Krug – Master of Business Administration

Burleson
Caleb Michael McConnell – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, political science (general) and history (general), Magna Cum Laude

Burnet
Jordan Michelle Brown – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Canyon Lake
Tara Lee Roussett – Master of Business Administration

Cedar Creek
Samuel Joe Austin Parmley – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker – Bachelor of Arts in studio art, Magna Cum Laude

Cleveland
Matthew David Daniel – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)

Comanche
Walker Seth Dailey – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Corsicana
Anthony David Johnston – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
Jeffrey Lance Rhodes – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Cross Plains
James Lowell Sullivan – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development), Cum Laude

De Leon
Kelci Ann Feist – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Deer Park
Jason Wilburn Havner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

DeSoto
Danyel Marie Bradley – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice)

Dripping Springs
Elliott Nicole Gray – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Early
Melanie Elaine Clark – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Aaron J. Tassin – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Peyton Nicole Walker – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

El Paso
Yessenia Angelica Cazares – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Jessica Kristine Galaviz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Mark Andrew Montes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Ennis
Ashley Briann Chapman – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Spanish and political science (general)

Farmington, N.M.
Zachary H. Sterling – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Florence
Luis Anthony Robles – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Magna Cum Laude

Fredericksburg
Chandler Jacob Condra – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Fulshear
Will Orion Roberts – Master of Business Administration

Gatesville
Murry Roy Clingerman – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Georgetown
Michael Clifton Bailey – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Jacob Daniel Spivey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Zachary Charles White – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Goldthwaite
Brittany Renae Martin – Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts (all-level certification: early childhood – grade 12)

Granbury
Tyler Kirk Jones – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (multimedia), Magna Cum Laude

Grandview
Bailey Dawn Simmons – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Highlands
Hannah Marie Strebeck – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude

Iowa Park
Joshua Lee Farquharson – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Kerrville
Willie Claudius Locke – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Lampasas
Astin K. Murray – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kelsan Marie Wolverton – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Magna Cum Laude

Lewisville
Christopher Ryan Beaty – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Lockhart
Timothy Layne Counce – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Longview
Benjamin Paul Fountain – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

May
Sarah Katherine Brown – Bachelor of Arts in English
Rebecca Danielle McFarland – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Heather Renae Starnes – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Midland
Garrick Hunter Seigler – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Midlothian
Tyler Christopher Colburn – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Mineral Wells
Dustin Adam Rollings – Bachelor of Science in biology

New Braunfels
Darryl Leigh Fresne – Master of Business Administration
John Ross Kublank – Master of Business Administration

Paradise
Nathan Cole Lamb – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Rachel Catherine Runnels – Master of Business Administration

Pflugerville
Lawrence Adom Martinez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Port Lavaca
Amber Christine Jackson – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Rochelle
Cantrell Oldham Miller – Bachelor of Arts in studio art

Salado
Michael Joe Sellers – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (grade 8-12), Cum Laude

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Kristin Leeann Haman – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Summa Cum Laude

San Saba
Marshal Lynn McIntosh – Master of Business Administration

Santo
Sarah Jane Van Remmen – Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Cum Laude

Seguin
Vanessa Mae Marquez – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude

Spring
Colby Ray Byrd – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Dustin James Kelver – Master of Business Administration

Stephenville
William Cody Cain – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Libby Ann Evans – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Sutherland Springs
Christopher Lee Gonsalves – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Sweetwater
Stephanie Elizabeth Baker – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

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Twenty receive HPU Alumni Association Scholarship

Alumni Association logoBROWNWOOD – May 27, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association recently awarded the HPU Alumni Association Scholarship to 20 students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is presented annually to relatives of HPU alumni as selected by the association’s Scholarship Committee.

This year’s recipients include Stephen Bailey, freshman from Georgetown; Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Bryan Bourque, freshman from Alvin; Jacob Bowren, freshman from San Antonio; Paul Chandler, freshman from Mount Pleasant; Madelyn Deviney, freshman from Bulverde; Kailey Doering, freshman from Little Elm; Katherine Hailey, senior from Bangs; Rebecca Hamilton, senior from Nocona; Chanda King, freshman from Childress; Lindsey Krueger, freshman from Howe; Holly Leatherman, junior from Tolar; Rachel Lilley, freshman from Comanche; Anna McBride, freshman from Eldorado; Madison Miller, freshman from Granbury; Taylor Reid, junior from Harper; Lauren Tipton, freshman from Brownwood; Bailey Waller, senior from Weatherford; Eli Williams, freshman from May; and Spencer Wolverton, sophomore from Desoto.

Alumni Association Scholarships are awarded annually to selected new students who have earned an average grade of “B” or above in high school or returning students who have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above in their college coursework. Scholarships will be considered only for students who have at least one relative as a current dues-paying Alumni Association member.

“HPU is thankful for members of the Alumni Association whose dues make it possible to award these scholarships,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations. “It’s exciting to welcome new students who are carrying on a generations-long legacy in their families by choosing to attend HPU.”

For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/alumni/alumnischolarship or contact HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations at (325) 649-8044.

HPU alumnus named 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year

mark nickolsBROWNWOOD – May 24, 2016 – Howard Payne University alumnus Mark Nickols was recently named the 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He serves as assistant basketball coach at San Angelo’s Central High School.

According to the San Angelo ISD website, Nickols helped his team reach the playoffs for the second straight year this season. They finished the season with a record of 21-12. He will be recognized this month at the annual convention of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

“At HPU, I really appreciated the small classes and professors who truly cared about my success,” said Nickols.

Nickols said it was Coach Troy Drummond’s friendship with San Angelo’s Coach Jaime Boswell that led him to begin his career at Central High School.

Drummond serves as head men’s basketball coach, head golf coach and associate athletic director for operations at HPU.

“I am very proud of Mark for taking an opportunity and making the most of it,” said Drummond. “When Coach Boswell got the job at San Angelo Central and was talking to me about his assistant position I really thought that Mark would be a great fit. Mark is an exceptional young man with a great work ethic. I’m so very happy for him and his family and wish him all the best.”

A 2010 HPU graduate, Nickols is the son of John and Barbara Nickols of Brownwood. John Nickols serves at HPU as assistant professor of history and political science and special assistant to the athletic director.

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Cutline: HPU alumnus Mark Nickols was recently named the 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Photo courtesy of San Angelo ISD.

HPU New Braunfels Center graduates two

Roussett hoodingBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2016 – Two students from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center participated in the university’s Commencement ceremony in Brownwood on May 7. Tara Roussett of Canyon Lake and John Kublank of New Braunfels graduated with Master of Business Administration degrees.

“We are proud of these graduates and their successes,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “Both have left their mark on HPU NB and we look forward to what is still to come from each of them as they continue to serve at the university.”

Kublank was voted vice president of the HPU New Braunfels Alumni Chapter for the coming year and Roussett serves as a member of the university’s Advisory Council for the New Braunfels Center.

Kublank and MeineckeAlso completing degree requirements from HPU’s New Braunfels Center were Darryl Fresne of New Braunfels, MBA student, and Francene Larrabee of New Braunfels, undergraduate business administration major. Fresne and Larrabee will take part in HPU’s December Commencement ceremony.

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Cutlines: John Kublank, left, recently graduated from HPU’s New Braunfels Center with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is pictured following the Commencement ceremony with Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies.

Tara Roussett, center, recently graduated from HPU’s New Braunfels Center with a Master of Business Administration degree. She is pictured during the hooding portion of the Commencement ceremony with Dr. Brad Lemler, left, interim dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business administration.

HPU alumna named All-Big Country Coach of the Year

Heather Hohertz and teamBROWNWOOD – May 4, 2016 – Heather Hohertz, 2007 Howard Payne University graduate, said she credits her HPU professors and coaches in guiding her to be her best. Hohertz, who serves as head basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Brownwood High School, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes 4A-6A by the Abilene Reporter-News. She additionally won the award in 2010.

“By playing under Coach K (Chris Kielsmeier, former HPU basketball coach), I learned how to dedicate myself toward my passion and I learned the work ethic to become successful on the court and in life,” she said.

Hohertz grew up in Priddy and during her senior year of high school was a member of the team that won the first-ever state championship for the small community.

“When I was searching for a college to continue my playing career, Howard Payne was an easy choice,” she said. “Coach Kielsmeier recruited me and I knew I had to become a member of the Lady Jacket family.”

Today, Meia Daniels, a former teammate of Hohertz, serves as head women’s basketball coach for the university.

“Heather is very deserving of the award,” said Daniels. “She works hard and is very competitive, which she relays through her team. I am very proud of her and I know she will continue to do great things in the future.”

During seven years at Brownwood High School, Hohertz has led her team to many victories and has a win-loss record of 147-74.

“This year, we matched our best record in the school’s history,” she said. “We were 25-8 and made the school’s first-ever trip to the regional tournament.”

Hohertz said it’s a great honor to be named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year because there are so many great coaches in the area.

“It’s a tribute to the great kids I have had the opportunity to coach,” she said. “They bought into my philosophy and they strive to be successful.”

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Cutline: HPU alumna Heather Hohertz, kneeling, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes 4A-6A by the Abilene Reporter-News. She is pictured with members of her Lady Lions basketball team. Photo contributed.