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Group from HPU recalls trip to Israel

auvenshine_at_israel_lecture_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – Several faculty, staff and students from Howard Payne University gathered recently to share with peers their reflections from a trip to Israel. The group returned from the Holy Land in January with more than just suitcases full of souvenirs – they brought back memories to last a lifetime.

Seven of the 23 who journeyed to Israel spoke at the semester’s first installment of the University Colloquium Series, events designed to provide a forum for interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, staff and students with a wide-ranging scope of topics in focus.

“These colloquia, or conversations, allow a broad sense of learning as well as fascinating engagement with other fields of study within the context of a community of scholars and teachers,” said Dr. Danny Brunette-López, chair of the modern languages department and associate professor of Spanish.

Dr. Brunette-López organizes the University Colloquium Series with Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies.

Speaking about their trip to Israel were Nancy Anderson, dean of libraries and professor of library science; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Bill Fowler, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dr. Gary Gramling, director of the youth ministry graduate program and professor of Christian studies; Coby Kestner, director of media relations; Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, assistant professor of education; and Clarissa Toler, a sophomore Bible major from Duncanville.

Dr. Auvenshine and Dr. Gramling have led many HPU trips to Israel.

“We enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the interesting experiences we had during our trip,” Dr. Auvenshine said of the Colloquium event. “I am always fascinated by the different things that impress each one of us. Dr. Gramling and I love to take people to Israel and expose them to biblical history and geography, as well as the contemporary cultures and political circumstances of modern Israel.”

The group toured the country for 11 days, tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Among many other notable sites, the HPU group visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, thought to be built over the location where Jesus was born; the Garden of Gethsemane where, according to the Gospels, Jesus and His disciples prayed before He was arrested and crucified; and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Garden Tomb, each thought to be the place where the body of Jesus was placed and where He subsequently was resurrected.israel_group_in_qumran_for_web

The group also visited sites crucial to Jesus’ ministry including the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum and Sepphoris.
“This trip has made the Bible more real for me,” said Dr. Fowler. “As I read the Gospels, I go back and visit Jerusalem, Galilee – I get to go back and visit it over and over again. Now when I show pictures in class, I show my own pictures.”

Others on the trip included Allison Auvenshine and Sande Auvenshine of Brownwood; Phillip Bertrand, a December 2012 graduate from Early; Hannah Gramling, a May 2012 graduate from Brownwood; PJ Gramling, director of admission; Dustin MacTavish and Jo Beth MacTavish, alumni from Houston; Cooper Morelock and Scott Morelock of Brownwood; Dr. Frankie Rainey, a former HPU faculty member; David Taylor and Zac Taylor of Corsicana; Amy Fowler-Tennison and Thane Tennison of Round Rock; Edmond Wheeless of Brownwood; and Brandi Wright, senior youth ministry major from Farmington, N.M.

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Photo cutlines: While in Israel, the HPU group and their tour guide paused to take a photo at Qumran, the discovery place of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, dean of the School of Christian Studies at HPU, discusses a recent trip he led to Israel during the semester’s first installment of the University Colloquium Series.

 

HPU names Randy Yeakley as vice president for development

ImageBROWNWOOD – March 4, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently named Randy Yeakley ’83 to the position of vice president for development. He will assume this role on March 18.

Yeakley will oversee the annual fund, programmatic fundraising and other operations at the university’s Harrison House. He will also serve on the Administrative Council.

He joins HPU from LeTourneau University in Longview where he has served as director of research, corporate and foundation giving since 2005. Other experience includes serving as director and manager of the Sabine Valley Center in Longview, as MR crisis services manager at MH/MR of Tarrant County, and as health educator for HMR of Fort Worth.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from HPU, he holds a Master of Science degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Lamar University.

He and his wife, Leslie, also a 1983 HPU graduate, are parents to two sons, Nicholas, 25, and Richard, 22. Leslie, who currently serves as assistant principal at Longview Christian School, will join Randy in Brownwood this summer.

“I’m pleased to have this fine, dedicated individual joining us in our work here at HPU,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president.

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Photo cutline: Randy Yeakley, pictured with wife, Leslie, will assume the role of vice president for development at HPU on March 18.

HPU faculty and staff members wear red for heart health awareness

heart_month_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – February 22, 2013 – Several Howard Payne University faculty and staff members wore red on Friday in support of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign for heart health awareness.

Pictured are (back row) Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication; Susan Sharp, administrative assistant and certification officer for the School of Education; Mary Hill, administrative assistant for the School of Business; and Gretchen Campbell, student accounts coordinator. The front row, from left, includes Diane Hackney, administrative assistant for the School of Science and Mathematics; Tammy Dake, custodian; Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication; Nikki Donathan, cashier; and Kim Rosato, instructor of exercise and sport science.

Worship event to focus on HPU provost book

BROWNWOOD – January 16, 2013 – A book by Dr. Mark Tew, Howard Payne University provost and chief academic officer, will be the focal point of a worship event at San Saba’s First Baptist Church this Sunday, January 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

During the event, the Gospel of Luke will be studied using music, art, dance, poetry, drama, media and the spoken word. Dr. Tew’s book, “Luke: Gospel to the Nameless and Faceless,” will be used to guide the production.

Dr. Tew’s book on Luke was published in December 2011 and combines a detailed examination of the Greek text, a fresh translation of the Gospel and a commitment to presenting the meaning of the Gospel in a fluid and contemporary fashion. Dr. Tew will share passages from his book during the event.

Also performing will be Mike Lewis, painter; Margo Truelson, dancer; the Austin String Quartet and the San Saba First Baptist Church Praise Team. Other HPU faculty/staff members involved include Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Danny Ingram, instructor of music; Stephen Sullivan, admission counselor and Mobile Go Center coordinator; and Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education. A number of HPU students and alumni will also perform.

San Saba’s First Baptist Church is located at 208 W. Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. For more information, call (325) 372-5761 or go to www.visitfbc.org.

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HPU faculty and staff support Hope Home Ministry

hope_home_donation_for_webBROWNWOOD – December 18, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently presented a gift of $800 to Hope Home Ministry of Brownwood. The funds were collected during the annual President’s Christmas Reception for HPU faculty and staff.

Founded by Chassidy Carroll and Beka Mullins, both 2008 HPU graduates, Hope Home is a faith-based transitional home for young women who are released from juvenile correctional facilities. The program focuses on teaching girls the life skills they need to become responsible adults and giving them true hope through a growing relationship with Jesus.

For more information about the organization, visit www.hopehomeministry.org.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, presents a gift representing an $800 donation to Chassidy Carroll, co-founder and program director of Hope Home Ministry of Brownwood.

HPU announces holiday schedule

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2012 – Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement, located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, to process end-of-the-year gifts. The Office of Institutional Advancement may be reached at 325-649-8006.

HPU’s spring 2013 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 15.

HPU art exhibit open through December 5

harmon_art_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 26, 2012 – There are still opportunities to view the works of David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Howard Payne University. The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. Harmon’s work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

For more information about the exhibit, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5.

HPU’s Concert Choir to present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America”

hpu_concert_choir_-_2011-12_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 12, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present “We the People: Words and Music of Revolutionary America,” on Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The patriotic concert will include songs with texts by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Phillis Wheatley as well as pieces by William Billings, who is considered the “Father of American Choral Music.”

In addition, the choir’s premiere performance piece was composed by HPU’s Dr. Elisabeth Greene, adjunct instructor of music. The composition is based on a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, former U.S. President John Adams.

“These students have been working hard to bring the HPU community a fantastic collection of music based on the writings of the American Revolution,” said Dr. Monte Garrett, associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir will present a special performance of words and music inspired by Revolutionary America.

HPU makes donation to Brownwood’s Walker Cancer Center

walkathon_check_presentation_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2012 – Howard Payne University presented a check for $3,857.81 to representatives from Brownwood Regional Medical Center’s Walker Cancer Center on Tuesday. The donation represents funds raised during the university’s Brenda Newbury Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon held last month.

From left, are: Gail Hightower, Walker Cancer Center social worker; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Jamie Skaggs, RN, HPU nurse; Chip Camp, CEO of BRMC; and Tammy Means, Walker Cancer Center director.

Sara Haley promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU

sara_haley_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently promoted Sara Haley from director of facilities and planning to assistant vice president for facilities and planning. In her new role, she has assumed additional responsibilities to lead HPU’s efforts of planning for future campus facilities and the renovation of existing facilities.

Haley joined the HPU staff in January 2011 and leads approximately 35 employees in the areas of grounds, building and mechanical systems maintenance, custodial services, construction coordination and utilities.

She has organized and coordinated multiple planning sessions on HPU’s future campus development with the SmithGroup architectural firm in Dallas. In addition, she recently assumed the role as HPU liaison in the Independent Colleges and University of Texas’ compliance initiative program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As such, the university is performing self-audits to ensure safe environmental practices are observed on campus. This past year, Haley completed EPA technical training and recently served as a compliance peer evaluator for another Texas university.

“Sara has been a tremendous asset to HPU,” said Brenda Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We are confident that she will continue to serve the university to her utmost ability in her new role.”

Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to HPU, she was employed in commercial construction services and architectural design services. She and her husband, Joe, a senior at HPU, have a daughter, Katherine.

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Photo cutline: Sara Haley was recently promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU.