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HPU New Braunfels Center to host preview events for undergraduate, graduate programs

nb center orientation for webBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host two preview events in July for those interested in learning more about undergraduate and graduate offerings in the community.

The center will host a casual get-together on Thursday, July 16, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt off Highway 46 in New Braunfels. Those interested in learning more about HPU will have an opportunity to spend time with the center’s staff members and enjoy a complimentary cup of frozen yogurt during this come-and-go event. Please register online in advance at www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels.

On Thursday, July 30, from noon to 1 p.m., the staff will host a free Master of Business Administration informational luncheon at Mamacita’s Restaurant off Interstate 35 in New Braunfels. Prospective MBA students will have the opportunity to chat with current students and staff members and receive all the information necessary to begin the program. Registration is also required online at www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels.

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, offering degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project.

Whitney Hooper, assistant director of admission for HPU’s extension centers, said she is excited to meet prospective students and help them learn more about starting or completing their education at HPU’s New Braunfels Center.

“We understand that enrolling at a university can be overwhelming for both undergraduate and graduate students,” she said. “That’s why we love hosting these informal events for our future students. We’ll share a lot of information with you and we’ll have fun at the same time.”

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will host two preview events in July. Students are pictured attending an orientation session last fall.

First undergraduate student receives degree from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

Meinecke and Scardami for webBROWNWOOD – May 12, 2015 – Among the 140 students receiving diplomas from Howard Payne University on Saturday was James Scardami Jr., the first to earn an undergraduate degree from HPU’s New Braunfels Center.

Scardami moved to New Braunfels in 2004 after four years with the United States Marine Corps. After briefly considering pursuing a degree from an online university, he discovered HPU in 2012.

“I had given up on the idea of attending college when I met Christy Meinecke at a job fair,” he said. “I got her business card and the rest was history.”

Christy Meinecke, admission counselor and extension center office assistant, and her husband, Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs, moved their family to New Braunfels in 2012 to facilitate the university’s entrance into the community. HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since that time and began offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in 2013. Nine students have subsequently graduated from the center with Master of Business Administration degrees.

“James has been with us since the first semester we began offering undergraduate degrees,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke. “We greatly enjoyed having him as a student and we’re so proud of his accomplishments.”

Scardami, who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration, calls his experience at HPU “life changing.”

“I would absolutely recommend HPU’s New Braunfels Center to everyone,” he said. “The quality of the education is outstanding.”

Scardami has now enrolled in HPU’s MBA program and is pursuing the opportunity to open an Edward Jones Investments office in the community. He said that HPU has given him more than just educational opportunities.

“You feel like literally every faculty and staff member cares about you,” he said. “The people I have met along the way will be a part of my life forever.”

Scardami wrote an e-mail to Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, further praising HPU’s family-like atmosphere and the effects it had on his own family – Lesley, his wife of five years, and twin three-year-olds, Emily and Conner.

“My family and I attended church for the first time as a family last weekend,” he wrote. “My wife and I had been to church before we met, but never since we have been together and never with our children. I know, with other circumstances in life and God as the director, that I owe this to the amazing Dr. Dale Meinecke. I have never met someone so loving of God, his wife and his students and that makes me want to be a better man in every aspect of my life. He has encouraged me to do more and be better.”

He continued, “I earned every ‘A’ I received and I got many of them, but the quality and value from the experience far exceeds any knowledge I attained.”

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now enrolling for the fall 2015 semester. To learn more, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: James Scardami Jr. (right) is the first student to receive an undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. He is pictured with Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs.

HPU’s New Braunfels Center surpasses fundraising goal during 24-hour giving event

the big give student message for webBROWNWOOD – May 6, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center took part in yesterday’s The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour fundraising event, exceeding its goal of $10,000 during the first 9 hours of the event. By midnight, 36 people had made gifts to the university totaling $14,505.

Included in the total is a gift from an anonymous donor who agreed to match up to $5,000.

“We’re tremendously grateful to the many alumni, community members and friends of the university who helped us surpass our goal,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs. “We’re blessed to be a part of the New Braunfels community and the funds raised will go toward our efforts of creating our permanent university home in the area.”

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, and now offers degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project.

HPU is now enrolling for the fall 2015 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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Photo cutline: During yesterday’s giving event, HPU New Braunfels students were asked to write messages encouraging donations.

HPU’s New Braunfels Center to take part in 24-hour online giving event

undergrad class nb for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2015 – 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 5. The Big Give S.A. is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in South Central Texas.

“We’re very grateful for the opportunity to participate in The Big Give,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs. “The funds raised will assist us in our ongoing commitment to providing quality, affordable and Christ-centered higher education in the New Braunfels community.”

An anonymous donor has agreed to match the funds raised up to $5,000.

“We’re so thankful for this donor’s generosity,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re hoping for other alumni and friends to give generously, whether that’s $1,000 or $10. Any gift of any size will help us reach our goal.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for 125 years, began offering classes in New Braunfels in 2012 and has continued to grow each semester. The center offers degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project.

HPU’s donation page will be live from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 5 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on May 5, 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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Photo cutline: Howard Payne University has been a part of the New Braunfels community since 2012. Those interested will have an opportunity to support HPU during a 24-hour online giving event on May 5. Pictured in the foreground are HPU New Braunfels students Cristofer Amundson, sophomore, and Ali Brooks, freshman.

HPU music students, faculty perform in New Braunfels

Brauntex Marquee for webBROWNWOOD – April 17, 2015 – The Brauntex Performing Arts Theater in New Braunfels recently played host to students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s flagship campus in Brownwood. More than 150 guests from the community enjoyed Monday evening’s concert titled “A Joyful Heart.”

Performers included the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers included Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, offering degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project.

Symphonic Band for webFor more information about Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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The Brauntex Performing Arts Theater marquee announces the HPU concert.

HPU’s Symphonic Band was among the evening’s performers.

HPU New Braunfels concert to offer wide range of musical selections

A Joyful Heart poster for webBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2015 – Many of Howard Payne University’s finest musicians will take the stage at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater in New Braunfels on Monday, April 13, as the university presents its “A Joyful Heart” concert. This special evening of music will cover a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to opera and beyond.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfelsconcert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, offering degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project. Faculty and staff at both locations are excited for this opportunity to present an entertaining evening of music for the community.

Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs, and his wife, Christy Meinecke, HPU admission counselor and office assistant, moved their family to New Braunfels in 2012 to lead HPU’s entrance into the community. They have developed many close relationships in the area as the New Braunfels Center has grown and word of HPU’s commitment to Christ-centered higher education has spread.

“We’re very excited that students and faculty from HPU’s Brownwood campus will be here to share their talents with our friends in the New Braunfels community,” said Dr. Meinecke.

The artists scheduled for the evening include the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers include Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

“HPU’s Department of Music is blessed with an amazing array of talented students served by a faculty of dedicated teachers,” said Stephen Goacher, who will perform a solo in addition to directing the Jazz Ensemble. “The program in New Braunfels will give our entire university the opportunity to show that what we learn in the classrooms, rehearsal halls and studios at HPU is world-class on any stage.”

Dr. Diana Ellis, wife of Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, will perform numbers such as the aria “Habanera” from Bizet’s popular opera Carmen. She will also sing a duet with Dr. Celeste Church.

“I’ve had the pleasure of performing with musicians and singers from HPU’s Department of Music many times, both on campus and in international settings such as Salzburg College in Austria,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be able to perform in New Braunfels and believe the show will offer something for everyone.”

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is located at 290 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information, call the HPU New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

HPU’s New Braunfels Center begins spring 2015 with increased enrollment

HPU NB Sign for webBROWNWOOD – January 22, 2015 – Fifty students are enrolled for the spring 2015 semester at Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center, continuing a trend of steady growth for the center since it first began offering classes in spring 2013.

“We began with six students in 2013 and have since graduated eight Master of Business Administration students with three more walking the stage at Commencement this May,” says campus administrator Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations.

The New Braunfels Center will also graduate its first undergraduate student at the May Commencement services to be held at HPU’s main campus in Brownwood.

Some of the center’s enrollment growth is due to students enjoying the easy transition from area high schools to HPU.

“My professors this year were some of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” says Abby Congdon, HPU New Braunfels freshman and 2014 New Braunfels High School graduate. “They were unbiased, caring and always willing to help me, whether it was class related or not.”

Tara Roussette, MBA student and regional director for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, says she chose to further her education at HPU because of the intimate class sizes, rigorous curriculum, relevance to her career and perfect location in New Braunfels.

“I am a resident of Comal County, I work in Comal County and now I am proud to say that I am a student in Comal County,” she says.

DJ Freeman, a New Braunfels resident and father of three, notes that the experience of going back to school has been easier than he imagined.

“As an adult, with a growing family and a busy work schedule, HPU courses have made achieving a college education easier than I could have ever imagined,” he says. “The staff and faculty have helped me immensely as I have begun this journey in pursuit of a college degree.”

1259 Building for webThe HPU New Braunfels Center administrative offices are located at 1259 Loop 337, Suite 100. MBA classes are held at the 1259 Building and undergraduate classes are held at New Braunfels High School until a permanent campus is built in conjunction with the Veramendi project. Visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels to register for upcoming preview events and to learn more about how HPU New Braunfels Center can help you reach your educational goals.

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HPU NB Sign – A permanent HPU New Braunfels campus will be constructed in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

1259 Building – Until the new campus facilities are constructed, the HPU New Braunfels Center’s administrative offices are located at 1259 Loop 337, Suite 100. MBA classes are held at the 1259 building and undergraduate classes are held at New Braunfels High School.

HPU students intern at New Braunfels church

Oakwood Interns for webBROWNWOOD –September 24, 2014– Three Howard Payne University students interned this summer with Oakwood Church in New Braunfels.

The students, who are enrolled at HPU’s Brownwood campus, are Brandon “Beaux” Pace, a junior Christian education major from Magnolia; Francis Schmaltz, a freshman Christian education major from Grand Prairie; and Kelsan Wolverton, a junior cross-cultural studies and Bible major from Lampasas.

The students completed a “360 Internship” in which they rotated between pastoral ministry, creative arts ministry, children’s ministry, student ministry and administration/facilities.

According to Pace, the time the students spent with Ray Still, Oakwood senior pastor and HPU Board of Trustees member, was “invaluable.”

“I think the biggest thing that I learned from this summer was that no matter the size of the church and no matter the amount of work you may have to do, the people come first,” said Pace. “I have never seen a church that has been so in tune with the word and the will of the Father.”

Schmaltz said the internship helped him to decipher God’s calling in his life.

“Each rotation gave me different challenges and showed me my own strengths,” he said. “It forced me to rely on God or fail of my own accord. I grew so much over the 10 weeks there.”

Wolverton said she also grew in her spiritual walk with the Lord. Among other tasks, she helped research Sunday School curriculum and create advertisements for an upcoming church conference. She also had the opportunity to substitute for the high school minister for a week.

“My father was a youth minister when I was growing up and it was a great experience to be able to fill a similar role,” she said.

HPU has had a presence in New Braunfels since 2012 when it was announced that a permanent campus would be constructed as part of the Veramendi development project.

“We’re very thankful for the opportunities provided to HPU students through Oakwood Church and Rev. Still,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations. “The entire New Braunfels community has been very welcoming to the university and we’re grateful for the support.”

Until the permanent structure is completed, HPU is offering dual-credit, undergraduate and graduate courses at New Braunfels High School, online and at 1259 Loop 337 North, Suite #100.

For more information about the HPU New Braunfels Center, please visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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Photo cutline: Three HPU students were among the summer interns at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels. The interns included, from left, Holmes Lybrand, University of Texas; Francis Schmaltz, HPU; Kelsan Wolverton, HPU; Denae Dreessen, Houston Baptist University; and Beaux Pace, HPU.

Four graduate with MBA from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

NB graduates Spring 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2014 – Four area businesspeople recently graduated with Master of Business Administration degrees from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Kimberly Ashley-Stevens, Steve Ellery, Brittney Overstreet and Frank Wall received their diplomas during the university’s Commencement ceremony on May 10 in Brownwood.

HPU began offering the MBA degree in New Braunfels in the spring 2013 semester and undergraduate degrees the following fall.

Kimberly Ashley-Stevens works for an international secondary customer service provider.

“The Howard Payne MBA program reinforced a value that had shaken me to my core when I was working in the public sector,” she said. “There are Christians who are captains of industry and they do not have to compromise their values to be successful and to carry on Christ’s ministry. My excitement in regards to business has been rekindled and my focus is once again on the right prize.”

Designed to work around busy schedules, HPU’s MBA degree can be achieved in as few as 12 months, with all courses offered at night and on weekends.

Steve Ellery is the group product manager at Hexcel Corporation in Seguin, a manufacturer of aerospace carbon fiber composite materials. He is responsible for marketing, technical service and customer service.

“I really enjoyed my experience at HPU in New Braunfels,” he said. “The instructors and class formats were excellent and the class schedules did not interfere with my work schedule. Enrolling in the MBA program at HPU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is a great program for professionals who already have a career and want to broaden their skills.”

Brittney Overstreet serves as the production-creative coordinator for small business and leadership programs at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“I am so glad HPU came to New Braunfels,” she said. “It was convenient to take classes without having to commute.”

Though the program has a business core, it also includes courses such as organizational communication and psychological applications, designed to add a deeper understanding of practical skills to business and management applications. Prerequisite self-study course work is available for non-business undergraduates entering the program.

Frank Wall is director of information technology at Simpson Performance Products, Inc., a manufacturer of driver safety equipment for the auto racing industry.

“HPU’s MBA program provided me with rich experiences and information from highly qualified instructors, strong course materials and a diverse array of business and life perspectives from fellow students,” he said. “Overall, it was a challenging and enriching experience that I highly recommend to anyone wanting to take his or her career and capabilities to the next level.”

The HPU New Braunfels Center office is located at 1423 N. Walnut Ave., Suite 105. Until HPU’s permanent New Braunfels campus is constructed as part of the Veramendi development project, courses are being offered at New Braunfels High School, at the Aflac Suite (1259 Loop 337 North, Suite #200) and online. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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Photo cutline: Four area businesspeople recently graduated with MBA degrees from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Left to right: Steve Ellery, Frank Wall, Brittney Overstreet and Kimberly Ashley-Stevens.

HPU’s New Braunfels Center receives $10,000 grant from McKenna Foundation

New Braunfels grantBROWNWOOD – November 20, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center recently received a $10,000 grant from the McKenna Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing the well-being of the New Braunfels community.

“We’re very thankful for the support from the McKenna Foundation and other New Braunfels organizations that have made the university feel so welcome in the community,” said Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for extended programs and church relations. “Businesses, individuals and organizations in the area have gone out of their way to show us that Christian higher education in New Braunfels is a priority.”

The grant funds will be used for marketing and promotion of the HPU New Braunfels Center.

“We’re very excited to be able to extend our outreach to this wonderful community,” Meinecke said.

The HPU New Braunfels Center office is located at 1423 N. Walnut Ave., Suite 105. Until HPU’s permanent campus structure is constructed as part of the Veramendi development project, courses are being offered at New Braunfels High School, at the Aflac Suite (1259 Loop 337 North, Suite #200) and online. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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Photo cutline: Representatives from the McKenna Foundation recently presented a $10,000 check to Howard Payne University. Left to right: Lindsay Morgan, grants coordinator for the McKenna Foundation; Randy Yeakley, vice president for development at HPU; Christy Meinecke, HPU admission counselor to the New Braunfels area; Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for extended programs and church relations; Alice Jewell, executive director of the McKenna Foundation; and Jerry Major, CEO of the McKenna Foundation.