News Archives: New Braunfels Center

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 alumna “pays it forward” with scholarship benefiting female ministerial students

jespersen-familyBROWNWOOD – January 6, 2017 – Joanna (Cornelius) Jespersen, a 1998 Howard Payne University graduate, recently established the Jespersen Direct Scholarship with the university to benefit females studying in HPU’s School of Christian Studies at the Brownwood campus or the New Braunfels extension center. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each fall and spring semester ($500 each semester).

The spring 2017 recipient is Elizabeth Allen, a senior from Kempner double-majoring in cross-cultural studies and English at the Brownwood campus.

After graduating from HPU with a Bachelor of Science degree in counseling and psychology, Jespersen served as a journeyman with the International Mission Board in Brazil. She returned to the United States and, in 2006, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Today she serves as minister to children and families at Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas.

Jespersen is married to Dr. Ryan Jespersen, director of urban missions through the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and they have two daughters, Rachel Beth, 6, and Mary Kate, 4.

“I am excited about giving back to HPU through this scholarship that Ryan and I have set up for female ministerial students,” she said. “I am forever indebted to HPU for all that I received during my time there including scholarships, forever friendships, the deepening of my own faith and practice, and the Godly instruction and guidance by my wonderful Christian professors and the helpful staff there.”

Jespersen said she knew, even as a student, that she wanted to give back to the university when she was in a position to do so.

“I feel compelled and responsible to ‘pay it forward’ in this way since so many blessed me on my own journey at Howard Payne,” she said. “My hope and prayer for Howard Payne is that she continues to be a school focused on educating and training up future Christian leaders who will make an eternal impact on our country and world. I am so happy that I am a part of that legacy and I pray that Howard Payne continues to shine for the Lord in these years ahead.”

If you would like to establish a scholarship at HPU, please contact Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations, at ssullivan@hputx.edu or 325-649-8069.

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Cutline: Joanna Jespersen, 1998 HPU alumna, recently established a scholarship with the university. She is pictured with her husband, Dr. Ryan Jespersen, and daughters Rachel Beth and Mary Kate.

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.

First endowed scholarship established at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

Marjorie DePriestBROWNWOOD – November 17, 2016 – A San Antonio donor with family ties to Howard Payne University has established the first endowed scholarship for HPU’s New Braunfels Center. The $20,000 scholarship was established in honor of the donor’s sister, 1957 HPU graduate Marjorie C. DePriest, and will benefit a New Braunfels Center student.

“We are thankful for the generosity of the donor and are thrilled to have this scholarship established at the New Braunfels Center,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region.

HPU, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, has maintained a presence in the New Braunfels community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels.

DePriest graduated from HPU in Brownwood with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and then attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her master’s degree in theology.

She worked with the Baptist Board and spent two years with the Peace Corps. She taught high school Spanish in Nashville, Tennessee, for 27 years and retired in 1988. DePriest passed away on July 18, 2015.

According to her sister, DePriest is best remembered for her love of children and young people.

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

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Cutline: HPU New Braunfels Center recently established its first endowed scholarship in memory of Marjorie C. DePriest ’57, pictured in HPU’s 1957 yearbook, The Lasso.

Marroquin receives HPU New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship

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BROWNWOOD – September 27, 2016 – Marzena Marroquin of New Braunfels has been awarded Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship. The scholarship, the first to be presented by HPU in New Braunfels, provides $2,700 per semester.

Marroquin, a sophomore business administration major, graduated from Canyon High School in New Braunfels in 2014. She is the daughter of Linda Medrano Martinez of New Braunfels.

“We are honored to have Marzena as the recipient of HPU NB’s first scholarship,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region. “Marzena is the type of student who makes her hometown proud and we are thrilled to have her as a student. I am excited to see what the future has in store for her.”

The scholarship was established in memory of J. Mart Findlater by family members to benefit a graduate of the Communities In Schools of South Central Texas program.

“We are thrilled that this scholarship is benefitting one of our Communities In Schools of South Central Texas graduates, opening doors to a high-quality education at Howard Payne University in such a supportive and more intimate environment,” said Christine (Chris) Douglas, chief executive officer of Communities In Schools of South Central Texas, Inc. “We share our appreciation with the donors!”

J. Mart Findlater was a son of Irish immigrants who came to Texas in 1882. Findlater’s father, a rancher who realized other ranchers had a constant need for supplies, founded the Findlater Hardware Co. in San Angelo in 1895 and sold windmills, pipe fittings, water towers and fencing materials. J. Mart Findlater became one of the first Boy Scout Leaders in San Angelo and attended Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, and Texas A&M University in College Station. He also served in the Texas Calvary during World War I. After the war, he joined the family business and eventually became president of Findlater Hardware Co., a position he held for more than 50 years. He passed away in 1972 and is remembered for his unselfish nature, strong Christian faith, integrity and patriotism.

To establish a scholarship at HPU NB, contact Christy Meinecke at cmeinecke@hputx.edu or call 830-629-2366.

Since 2012, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. The center recently opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, New Braunfels, TX 78130. More information about HPU NB is available online at www.hputx.edu/nb.

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Photo cutline: HPU sophomore Marzena Marroquin, of New Braunfels, is the recipient of HPU New Braunfels Center’s J. Mart Findlater Scholarship.

HPU New Braunfels Center holds festivities marking new facility’s grand opening

hpu-nb-ribbon-cuttingBROWNWOOD – September 16, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center celebrated the grand opening of its new facility on September 8 with a reception and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“We were encouraged by the attendance of nearly 150 guests from both New Braunfels and HPU’s main campus in Brownwood,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “It was a blessing to have so many on hand to celebrate this next phase of bringing quality, Christ-centered higher education to the area.”

Since March 2012, 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. New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space and offered the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center during the next several years. The university plans to build a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

With the fall semester underway at the new facility, Dr. Meinecke expressed his enthusiasm for the spacious, well-designed learning environment.

“It’s wonderful to see our faculty members and students now coming to class in a beautiful, new space that reflects the excellence of HPU’s academics,” he said.

The new facility for HPU’s New Braunfels Center is located at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100. For more information, call 830-629-2366, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Representatives from Howard Payne University were joined by officials from New Braunfels and other supporters as HPU’s New Braunfels Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new facility.

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’s New Braunfels Center receives $30,000 grant from McKenna Foundation

hpu-nb-mckenna-check-presentationBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the McKenna Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing the well-being of the New Braunfels community.

The grant for $30,000 will fund all technology and supporting infrastructure for the computer lab at the university’s new facility. The lab will be named the McKenna Foundation Computer Center.

“This generous gift from the McKenna Foundation will allow us to further the mission of bringing quality, Christ-Centered, higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor,” said Christy Meinecke, major gift officer for South Central Texas. “We are grateful for this partnership with the McKenna Foundation so that together we can benefit the community.”

The McKenna Foundation exists to advance the well-being of the New Braunfels community. The sale of McKenna Memorial Hospital created a fund that became the foundation’s gifting source. In addition to McKenna’s own initiatives, there are dozens of great organizations and existing service providers in New Braunfels who share these goals and aspirations. The McKenna Foundation reaches out as a partner to design and fund programs, educational efforts and services to deliver on the promise of well-being for our community.

“The Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center broadens the local educational spectrum for our residents,” said Alice Jewell, Executive Director of the McKenna Foundation. “The presence of a professional, first class institution of higher education in our community is invaluable. The McKenna Foundation appreciates their interest and investment in New Braunfels and we look forward to partnering with them as they grow.”

For more information, contact HPU’s New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or visit www.hputx.edu/new-braunfels.
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Photo cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the McKenna Foundation that will fund its new facility computer lab.

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.