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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.

HPU announces new online master’s degree program in criminal justice

BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University has announced the unveiling of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program to be offered beginning in October 2016. Coursework, offered completely online, is designed to provide preparation for those who are interested in furthering their career goals in a field of criminal justice.

The degree program’s curriculum is designed to provide an appropriate balance of theory with practical application. Instruction will be centered in a Christian servant-leadership model focusing on the balance of justice and restoration. Two tracks will be offered in which the student will choose either nine hours of law enforcement elective courses or nine hours of corrections elective courses. The 36-credit-hour, non-thesis degree can be earned in six semesters including summer sessions.

“After a successful 12-year history with our undergraduate criminal justice program at Howard Payne University, we are thrilled to be able to offer a Master of Science degree in criminal justice,” said Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology. “Additionally, the online format will help make the program more accessible to those whose work schedules or locations would keep them from attending classes at HPU during regular daytime hours.”

HPU recently received word that the program has been added the university’s scope of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, fully authorizing the university to proceed with the enrollment of students and the delivery of the degree. The new degree program was developed with the committed involvement of Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities.

“Our faculty and staff have been working hard to create a program that will challenge students, developing in them, within a Christian context, the knowledge and skills they need to be effective practitioners in the field of criminal justice,” said Dr. Kimery. “We are grateful for the opportunity to equip those who serve our communities.”

The new master’s degree is an attractive option for graduates of other colleges and universities but especially for students of HPU’s undergraduate program in criminal justice. Christina Calleros, a 2015 HPU graduate, plans to enroll in the new master’s program and is grateful for her HPU experience during her undergraduate years.

“As a single mother who works full time, I was searching for a program that was accommodating to my needs,” Calleros said. “The faculty members at HPU are friendly and supportive. They always go the extra mile.”
More details about HPU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program are available at www.hputx.edu/mscrj. Students interested in pursuing this or any other degree offered at HPU are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020. Information about the university can also be found online at www.hputx.edu.

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HPU New Braunfels Center to celebrate grand opening of new facility

HPU NB Center exteriorBROWNWOOD – September 2, 2016 – The grand opening of Howard Payne University’s new location in New Braunfels will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Numerous supporters including government officials and other dignitaries will be on hand for the festivities. The public is welcome to join in celebration of this new facility, located at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100.

New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space. He generously offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

Led by HPU’s Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies, and Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer for the south-central region, the university raised funds to renovate the facility and prepare it for use by students.

“The opening of this beautiful, new facility furthers the mission of offering Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke. “It’s the next step in our vision to establish a full residential campus in New Braunfels on the Veramendi property. We praise God for his abundant blessing as the mission and vision take shape.”

HPU has maintained a presence in the community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs with classes located at New Braunfels High School and an office suite in the city.

The newly remodeled facility includes the McKenna Foundation Computer Center, administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas. Large wall designs featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery complete the facility’s look.

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility on September 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fall class scheduling underway at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

HPU NB Center exterior NB Center Wall Graphics

BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – There is still time to register for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Classes begin August 22 at the center’s new facility located at 4102 TX-337 Loop in New Braunfels.

The newly remodeled facility includes administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU in the area. Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery round out the facility’s design.

HPU has maintained a presence in the community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs with classes located at New Braunfels High School and an office suite in town.

New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space. He generously offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

“Most people have that one big thing in their lives that they pray they can accomplish for God’s Kingdom,” Knoll said. “When I discovered HPU’s need in New Braunfels, I knew this was the thing God wanted me to do for the foreseeable future.”

Led by Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies, and Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region, the university raised funds to renovate the facility and prepare it for use by students.

A grand opening for the new facility, sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will be held for the public on Thursday, September 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

“The facility looks great and we’re thrilled to welcome our returning and new students for the fall semester,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re also excited to invite the community to learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center and the university’s mission of offering a Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor.”

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, or to register for the fall 2016 semester, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Exterior – HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now scheduling classes for the fall 2016 semester. Classes will be held at HPU’s newly remodeled New Braunfels facility.

Wall graphics – Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery complement the facility’s design.

HPU New Braunfels Center raises more than $13,000 during 24-hour giving event

big give 2016BROWNWOOD – May 27, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center recently took part in The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour fundraising event for nonprofits in the San Antonio area. The center raised $13,455 from 94 donors during the event, exceeding its goal for funds raised and number of donors.

“This was our second year to participate in The Big Give and we are pleased to announce that we more than doubled our donor base from last year,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region.

HPU, with its flagship campus based in Brownwood, has maintained a presence in the New Braunfels community since March 2012. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs.

HPU alumnus Bob Knoll, CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The building is located off Interstate 35 at 4102 Loop 337 and is being remodeled to include administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU. Classes will be held in the new building beginning in fall 2016.

According to Meinecke, all funds raised during The Big Give S.A. will fund the start-up costs of the new facility.

“We were very thankful to see the support from the HPU community, alumni from both New Braunfels and Brownwood, and community friends,” she said. “We are more than halfway to our goal of $200,000 for the new facility start-up costs and can’t wait to see the doors open this August.”

HPU is now enrolling for the fall 2016 semester. To learn more about becoming at student at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: During The Big Give S.A., HPU New Braunfels students were asked to write messages encouraging donations. Pictured is Shelli De La Garza, sophomore from Seguin.

HPU New Braunfels 5K raises more than $16,000 for facility renovation

Buzzsaw and PetittBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center hosted its inaugural HPU 5000 event last Saturday at New Braunfels’ Landa Park. The walk/run 5K race garnered participation from 155 registered runners and support from 28 local businesses. The event raised a total of $16,150 for the center which will be used in the renovation of a facility for students.

“It was such an exciting event,” said participant Beth Hall, HPU NB supporter. “They did a great job of putting it all together. I run a lot of 5Ks every year and this one was by far my favorite. I look forward to the seeing the lives HPU NB will change in our community through its new facility.”

The runner with the fastest time was Xenophant Petitt of New Braunfels who won a $250 gift card, t-shirt and cap from Gruene Harley Davidson. There were also drawings for prizes such as frozen yogurt, sport watches and tubing and rafting trips.

“The race exceeded our expectations for funds raised and number of participants,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU major gifts officer for the south-central region. “The morning was full of energy and excitement and it was encouraging to see HPU NB students and alumni as well as community friends supporting HPU’s work in New Braunfels.”

In addition to Meinecke, the 5K planning team consisted of HPU NB Master of Business Administration graduates Matt Lotz, Kevin Wartsbaugh and Tara Roussett, as well as Dr. Chuck Grear, adjunct instructor of history.

“I was excited and honored to help coordinate the 5K because I believe that quality Christian higher education is needed in Comal County and this race served to continue those efforts with all proceeds going for our new building,” said Roussett. “This is such an exciting time for the growth and expansion of HPU.”

Buzzsaw and NB personnelHPU alumnus Bob Knoll, CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The building is located off Interstate 35 at 4102 Loop 337 and is being remodeled to include administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU. Classes will be held in the new building beginning in fall 2016.

The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

“Veramendi is proud to be partnering with Howard Payne University, and we were excited to see such a great turn out on Saturday in support of HPU,” said Tiffany Lacey, vice president of ASA Properties, the Veramendi developers. “We are particularly proud of 12-year-old Rylie Blackmon, who ran for Team Veramendi and placed first in her division.”

A number of local and area businesses served as sponsors for the race. Sponsors included:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsors – Express Lube, HMT Engineering and Surveying, Krueger Construction and McKenna Foundation

Silver Sponsors – Chick-fil-A, Comal Custom Homes, Premier Dental Center, Raba Kistner Consultants, Rockin’ R, Rougeux & Associates, Seidel Construction, Soleus Running and Treetop Pediatric Dentistry

Bronze Sponsors – Dr. Stephen C. Bennett, DDS; CgM and Associates Architects; Big Frog; Eden Hill, Edward Jones, Kevin Wartsbaugh; Gruene Harley Davidson; J&R Gymnastics; Mark Hamtpon Century 21, Randall Morris & Associates; Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt; The Merchant Network; Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union; Rodney Roussett, MA, LPC, PA, Psychotherapist; and Schlitterbahn

For more information about the HPU New Braunfels Center, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: Xenophant Petitt of New Braunfels was the fastest overall racer at the HPU New Braunfels Center’s inaugural 5K race held last Saturday. He is pictured with Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot.

Personnel from HPU’s New Braunfels Center are pictured with Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket Mascot, during Saturday’s 5K race. Pictured left to right are Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies; Whitney Hooper, assistant director of admission for extension centers; Ginger Taylor, New Braunfels Center receptionist; and Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer for the south-central region.

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.