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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 New Braunfels Center to host apologetics workshop

Apologetics WorkshopBROWNWOOD – September 8, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center and Abba’s House Bible Training Center of New Braunfels are joining together to host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The cost is $15 per person and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The event is created around 1 Peter 3:15, which states “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; only do it with gentleness and respect.” Discussions will be led by Tyler Ferguson, director of adult education and operations at Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.

The workshop is designed to give evidence that the God of the Bible is the one, true God. Based loosely on the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Dr. Frank Turek, this class will look at the topic of Christian apologetics in a new light.

“Christians must understand that not only is God real and the story that the Bible tells is true, but there is evidence to prove it,” said Ferguson. “At the end of this class you will be more confident in your faith, being able to defend the truth to those who don’t believe and walk with fellow believers struggling with doubt.”

All Christians will benefit from the material, especially church leaders, high school students and parents, and those with unbelieving relatives or friends.

To purchase tickets or to view the schedule of events, visit www.hputx.edu/nb/reasons.

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Cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World” on Saturday, September 16.

HPU New Braunfels Center to host 5K race

HPU 5000 2017 logo for newsBROWNWOOD – May 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host its second-annual HPU 5000, a 5K race, next Saturday, May 13. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Pavilion 5 of New Braunfels’ Landa Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish scholarships for HPU New Braunfels Center students in need, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD.

Interested participants may register for the race by visiting www.hputx.edu/nb/5k. Entry fees are $25 for early registration and $30 on the day of the event. A free t-shirt and gift bag are included with registration.

“We had a great turnout last year and we’re expecting a large crowd again this year,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “This is a fun event and a great way to learn more about HPU’s mission in New Braunfels while enjoying the beautiful scenery at Landa Park.”

Based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. Since that time, the HPU New Braunfels Center has served more than 130 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels, and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from the New Braunfels community over the past five years,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re thankful to the community and to the generous sponsors who have made the HPU 5000 possible.”

Sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsors – HMT Engineering & Surveying, McKenna Foundation and Prosperity Bank

Silver Sponsors – Raba Kistner Consultants, Seidel Construction and Texas Goldstar Real Estate

Bronze Sponsors – Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Comal Custom Homes, Edward Jones, Mark Hampton – Century 21 Randall Morris & Associates, Merchant Network, Rougeux and Associates and Soleus Running/Adao Global

In-Kind Sponsors – Orange Leaf and Rockin’ R

For more information about the HPU 5000 or HPU’s academic offerings in New Braunfels, visit www.hputx.edu/nb or contact the HPU New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or via e-mail at newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

HPU New Braunfels Center participating in 24-hour online giving event

HPU NB studentsBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center is a participating organization in this year’s The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online giving event that will begin at midnight on May 4. The Big Give S.A. is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in South Central Texas.

“Last year 91 individuals gave toward our goal of $10,000 and we raised $14,500,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “The proceeds helped us purchase furniture for our new facility.”

This year, Meinecke said, the center is raising money for scholarships. Prizes are awarded by The Big Give to the organizations with the highest number of unique donors.

“We hope to have 120 individuals give toward our goal of $12,000,” he said. “With $300,000 in prize money available from The Big Give organization, every donation counts.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, began offering classes in New Braunfels in 2012 and has continued to grow each semester. HPU’s New Braunfels Center offers degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. In the fall 2016 semester, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The university is planning a permanent campus in the city as part of the Veramendi development project.

HPU’s donation page will be live from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 4 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on May 4, please contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or give@hputx.edu.

To learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call 830-629-2366.

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Cutline: Students at HPU’s New Braunfels Center display their university pride. Left to right: DJ Freeman, senior; Jennifer Sanders, senior; Christina Duncan, senior; Joseph Torres, senior; Aaron Heatherly, sophomore; Daniel Reina, senior; and Travis Kiers, junior.

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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.

Eight graduate from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

BROWNWOOD – December 15, 2016 – Eight students from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center were recognized during the university’s Commencement ceremony in Brownwood on December 10. Two of the students completed degree requirements in May while the remaining six completed their degrees in December.

“We’re proud of these students and excited for their futures,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “We look forward to seeing the great things they will continue to do in life.”

HPU New Braunfels graduates included Glenda Brownlow, Bachelor of Science degree in business administration; Darryl Fresne, Master of Business Administration degree (May graduate); Ashley Greene, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies; Justin Hall, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration); Elizabeth Kensing, Master of Business Administration degree; Francene Larrabee, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration (May graduate); Jolind Tavs, Master of Business Administration degree; and Courtney Wilder, Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now enrolling for the spring 2017 semester. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Recent graduates from HPU’s New Braunfels Center are pictured with university administration and faculty. Left to right: Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Ashley Greene; Glenda Brownlow; Francene Larrabee; Justin Hall; Darryl Fresne; and Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. Not pictured are Elizabeth Kensing, Jolind Tavs and Courtney Wilder.

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.