News Archives: El Paso Center

HPU names Alumni Association’s El Paso Chapter 2018 officers

HPU AA EPC 2018 OfficersBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently announced the 2018 officers of the El Paso Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association. All of the officers are graduates of HPU’s El Paso Center.

The chapter’s new president is Priscilla Macias, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice in 2006. Macias is projected to complete her Master of Business Administration degree from the Center this summer. Vice president is Roxanne Jurado, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration in 2009 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2017. The chapter’s new treasurer is Irene Guerra, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies/practical theology in 2002 and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2006. Serving as secretary is Nelda Valerio, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Christian studies/Bible and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management, both in 2008.

Serving as mentors and advisers to the chapter officers are Blanca Gamez, who earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration degree in 2016; and Dr. Adrian Gil, who serves as director of the El Paso Center and associate professor of business.

“Faculty and staff of the HPU El Paso Center are confident the new officers of the El Paso Chapter of the Alumni Association will continue the great work started by last year’s inaugural chapter,” said Dr. Gil.

The chapter’s first general meeting was held in November 2017. Today, there are 54 official members of the organization.

Among other activities in 2017, the El Paso Chapter officers established bylaws and accounts for operations and scholarships; helped facilitate a $16,860 donation, which led to the creation of the HPU El Paso Center Scholarship; and led the El Paso Center’s participation in El Paso Giving Day. The 2018 officers are planning additional activities this year including a picnic for chapter members, current students and personnel; a community service project; and the center’s participation in the 2018 El Paso Giving Day event.

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: Serving as 2018 officers of the El Paso Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association are Priscilla Macias, president (top right); Roxanne Jurado, vice president (bottom left); Irene Guerra, treasurer (bottom right); and Nelda Valerio, secretary (top left).

Hunt Family Foundation and other local supporters create new opportunities for HPU El Paso students

BROWNWOOD – March 1, 2018 – A $10,000 grant to Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center has paved the way for new scholarship opportunities in 2018 and beyond. The funds were donated by El Paso’s Hunt Family Foundation, which regularly supports charitable organizations and initiatives in the area.

The Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation created in 1987 by Woody Hunt and his wife, Gayle, supports not-for-profit organizations and initiatives that focus on the Paso del Norte region, which includes El Paso County, Texas; Doña Ana County, New Mexico; Otero County, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. The Foundation also supports organizations whose programs impact the state of Texas and the nation as a whole. Mr. Hunt currently serves as chairman of the foundation and Mrs. Hunt serves as vice president.

The Hunt Family Foundation Scholarship is a need and merit-based scholarship opportunity for HPU El Paso Center graduate and undergraduate students majoring in business administration. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving university students.

HPU’s El Paso Center now offers 11 scholarships specifically for students at the center. These are made possible by the Hunt Family Foundation gift and other recent donations including a substantial gift from the Ladies Auxiliary of the International Baptist Bible Institute and the establishment of an endowed scholarship by noted El Paso citizen Dr. Richard W. Nassar.

Additional scholarship support was created by charitable giving during the second annual El Paso Giving Day this past November. The event, which coincides with National Philanthropy Day, involves a 24-hour online fundraising campaign.

“We’re very thankful to the Hunt Family Foundation for its generous gift and to all of those who donated during El Paso Giving Day and throughout the year,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “We’re proud to be a part of the El Paso community.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, has maintained an extension center in El Paso since 1991. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/elpaso-center.

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Three students named first recipients of HPU El Paso Center Scholarship

HPU EP Alumni Association Members and Scholarship Recipients for webBROWNWOOD – December 5, 2017 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center were recently named recipients of the 2017-18 Howard Payne University El Paso Center Scholarship. The scholarship, in its inaugural year, was created by a donation from the Ladies Auxiliary of IBBI-HPU.

Recipients of the scholarship are Beatriz Cabrera, freshman general studies major; Melory Carter, junior general studies major; and Everardo Hernandez, Master of Business Administration student. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

IBBI, which stands for International Baptist Bible Institute, partnered with HPU in 1991 to create a baccalaureate degree program. Today, HPU’s El Paso Center awards four bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees. The Ladies Auxiliary of IBBI-HPU recently made a donation to the newly created HPU Alumni Association El Paso Chapter which, in turn, established the HPU El Paso Center Scholarship.

The officers of the Alumni Association El Paso Chapter and the chapter’s adviser, Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business, have managed the process of creating the scholarship application, setting a deadlines schedule, creating a scholarship selection committee and awarding the scholarships.

“We were proud to award the first HPU El Paso Center Scholarships to these outstanding students,” said Dr. Gil. “These three students are diligent in their studies and most deserving of this award.”

Hernandez said he was grateful for the opportunity the scholarship provides him.

“It will help me offset some school costs which I had planned to cover with personal funding,” he said. “I am very thankful to the selection committee.”

Cabrera also expressed her appreciation.

“I am extremely grateful for the scholarship that I received,” she said. “It lifts some of the burden of paying for school and it feels good to have been chosen from the group of students here at Howard Payne. I absolutely love this school!”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities at HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Three students from HPU’s El Paso Center were named the first recipients of the university’s HPU El Paso Center Scholarship. Seated, from left to right, are Everardo Hernandez, Beatriz Cabrera and Melory Carter. The scholarship recipients are pictured with officers from the HPU Alumni Association El Paso Chapter. Standing, from left to right, are Roxanne Jurado, treasurer, Blanca Gamez, president, Iban Torres, vice president, and Priscilla Macias, secretary.

Three HPU El Paso students awarded Nassar scholarship

Dr. Nassar and scholarship recipientsBROWNWOOD – November 29, 2017 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. Dr. Nassar, who holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from HPU, is a faithful supporter of the university and its students.

Three deserving students are chosen to receive the scholarship each year. This year’s recipients are Roberto Elizalde, senior Christian studies major, Bernadette Rowlison, senior Christian studies major, and Brandon Rutkowski, freshman Christian studies major. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

Dr. Nassar, a published author and poet, was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He is an active member and ordained deacon of El Paso’s First Baptist Church. Dr. Nassar has focused his ministry on establishing a dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews.

The scholarship recipients recently had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nassar.

“It was an honor to greet and listen to Dr. Nassar,” said Rowlison. “He is very inspirational. His Christian faith is solid and gracious, especially considering the horrific trials his family went through in the Middle East. He is filled with grace rather than hate. He is one of those people you meet and realize that you are in the presence of greatness.”

Rutkowski expressed his appreciation for the scholarship.

“Through the events surrounding Dr. Nassar’s scholarship and meeting with him, God proved His providence and blessings,” he said. “None of this would have been possible without God’s guiding hand and Dr. Nassar’s compassion.”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities at HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or email hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Three students from HPU’s El Paso Center were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. Standing, left to right: Roberto Elizalde, Dr. Richard Nassar and Brandon Rutkowski. Seated: Bernadette Rowlison.

HPU El Paso Center taking part in El Paso Giving Day today

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center is taking part in El Paso Giving Day today, Wednesday, November 15. El Paso Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign built for nonprofits. Beyond the dollars raised, El Paso Giving Day provides a special, high-profile day annually to bring attention to the work and worth of El Paso’s nonprofit sector, to help nonprofits increase their capacity and to introduce new and younger donors to charitable giving.

“The HPU El Paso Center asks for your prayers on this day and requests that you consider donating a couple of dollars or more if your situation permits,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “Thank you for your prayers and contributions.”

The proceeds will benefit the Center’s activities and scholarships for its students. While donations will be accepted all day, donations during the Power Hour of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MST) will multiply the Center’s opportunities.

To donate, visit https://elpasogivingday.org/npo/howard-payne-university-el-paso-center. For more information about HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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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 El Paso Center collects cans and other food items for local food bank

El Paso Center Food Drive for webBROWNWOOD – January 30, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center hosted a three-week food drive during the 2016 Thanksgiving season through which students, faculty and staff donated more than 170 pounds of food. The collected canned-food was donated to The El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

“I’m proud of all of those who were a part of this initiative,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of HPU’s El Paso Center and associate professor of business. “It was great to come together as a university and serve our local community.”

For more information about HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Students, faculty and staff from HPU’s El Paso Center recently collected more than 170 pounds of food for a local food bank. A portion of the food is pictured in a bin decorated with an image of HPU’s mascot, Buzzsaw.

HPU’s El Paso Center awards two undergraduate degrees, first MBA degree

EP Fall 16 Graduates for webBROWNWOOD – January 24, 2017 – Three students recently graduated from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center including the first student from the center to receive the university’s Master of Business Administration degree. Commencement activities were held in Brownwood, the location of HPU’s main campus.

El Paso Center graduates are Blanca Manuela Gamez, Master of Business Administration degree; Grace Christine Stout, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Christian studies; and Alma Veronica Quintero, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration.

“We are so very proud of our HPU El Paso graduates, notably our very first El Paso Center MBA graduate,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and associate professor of business. “I am certain these women will utilize their Christ-centered education to enact positive change in our world.”

Gamez, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from HPU in 2009, said the Christian servant-leadership model of HPU’s MBA degree program was a great fit for her.

“The MBA at HPU has helped me to grow professionally and spiritually with the added benefit of making lifelong friends along the way,” she said.

For more information about HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: The fall 2016 graduates from HPU’s El Paso Center are pictured with faculty members. Left to right: Dr. Adrian Gil, Dr. Carmen Santana-Melgoza, Grace Christine Stout, Alma Veronica Quintero, Blanca Manuela Gamez and Dr. Stephen Kovach.

HPU El Paso students awarded Nassar scholarship

Nassar and studentsBROWNWOOD – December 7, 2016 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to three deserving students each year.

This year’s recipients were Miguel A. Estrada, sophomore criminal justice major; Fernando L. Fernandez, freshman ministry major; and Veronica Quintero, senior business administration major.

Dr. Nassar, a published author and poet, was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He is an active member and ordained deacon of El Paso’s First Baptist Church. Dr. Nassar has focused his ministry on establishing a dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews. In December 2015, HPU granted Dr. Nassar its highest honor, the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

“Dr. Nassar has done great things for the Kingdom of God in El Paso and around the world,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “We’re pleased to award the scholarships in his honor.”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities at HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Three HPU El Paso students were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. Left to right: Dr. Richard Nassar, Miguel Estrada, Veronica Quintero and Fernando Fernandez.

HPU El Paso Center celebrates opening of new facility

el_paso_ribbon_cutting_for_webThe Howard Payne University El Paso Center celebrated the opening of its new facility at the First Baptist Church in El Paso on April 29. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, gave a special address to the attendees of the open house and Dr. Stephen Kovach, professor of Christian studies for the El Paso Center, offered a prayer of dedication. As part of the celebration, Blanca Gamez, a 2009 graduate with a double major in Christian studies and business management, shared an inspiring story of how her HPU education from the extension center has made a remarkable difference in the life of her family. A special award was given to Bertha Valle, office manager, for her almost 20 years of dedicated service to the extension center. The award was presented by Dr. Ellis and Dale Meinecke, HPU assistant vice president for external programs and church relations.

The extension center’s new home allows for easier access for students all across the El Paso region to attend. Several new courses will be offered next fall as the HPU El Paso Center makes new strides for the future. The Chamber of Commerce, represented by Alicia Ward, held a ribbon cutting and presented the El Paso Center with its own “star” of El Paso.valle_award_presentation_for_web

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Bob Nickell, associate pastor of First Baptist Church in El Paso; Christy Meinecke, HPU admission counselor; Alicia Ward, El Paso Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Carmen Santana, professor of business; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady; Dr. Stephen Kovach, professor of Christian Studies; Dr. David Lowrie, pastor of First Baptist Church in El Paso; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Dale Meinecke, HPU assistant vice president for external programs and church relations; Robyn Lowrie, pastor’s wife, First Baptist Church in El Paso; Bertha Valle, office manager of HPU El Paso Center; Erick Jimenez, HPU El Paso admission counselor; and Clinton Wolf, First Baptist Church member.

Pictured from left to right are Dale Meinecke, HPU assistant vice president for external programs and church relations; Bertha Valle, office manager of HPU El Paso Center; and Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.