News Archives: New Braunfels Center

HPU New Braunfels graduate published in scholarly journal

By Jaclyn Bonner, HPU sophomore

BROWNWOOD – September 29, 2014 – Dwayne M. Eastwood of New Braunfels, a 2014 Master of Business Administration graduate of Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center, was published online last month in Risk & Insurance, a professional journal that features articles by leading executives concerned with the topic of risk management.

Dwayne Eastwood for webEastwood researched efficiency, health and safety in the work field for his capstone project, focusing on the innovation of stand-up desks. At the conclusion of his studies he met his goal of submitting his findings for publication.

His article, “Stand Up for Health,” analyzed the health benefits, long-term cost reduction and risk factor limitation of providing employees with a sit-stand option.

“Having a piece of work published is the pinnacle for people who are passionate about what they do for a living,” Eastwood remarked. “I received advice, support and encouragement from the professors at HPU’s New Braunfels Center during the process. I do not think my work would have been published without their support.”

Eastwood earned his bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety at Oklahoma State University and is currently employed as the risk manager at McCoy’s Building Supply corporate headquarters in San Marcos.

Dr. Dan Pryor, assistant professor of business at HPU, noted, “Dwayne is a great example of the outstanding students in HPU’s MBA program. He’s bright and he’s taken what he’s learned in the program and made practical applications at McCoy’s. Dwayne was an asset to his colleagues in the MBA program, and his future is very bright.”

Eastwood expressed his satisfaction with both the faculty and the university as a whole.

“Even though I have completed the MBA program, I feel confident that if I were to call on the professors, they would be more than willing to support my growth in the future,” he stated. “I chose HPU New Braunfels because it was a non-traditional program. The decision to return to school for an MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

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.

First student graduates from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

Dan Pryor and Matt MorganBROWNWOOD – December 17, 2013 – Matt Morgan of New Braunfels, who serves as the information technology manager at the Capital Area Council of Governments in Austin, was the first graduate of the Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center. He received his Master of Business Administration degree during the university’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Brownwood.

Morgan completed the program in just one year, taking courses solely at night and on weekends.

“I always wanted to get my master’s degree,” he said. “I’ve worked in the public sector for almost 18 years now, and I figured an MBA would give me that cutting edge should I decide to venture off into the private sector.”

Morgan also wanted to set an example for his daughter, Riley Rose, a middle school student.

“I feel I’ve done my best and I hope she always remembers to never give up and to seize opportunities,” he said. “You are never too old to keep learning. My daughter and my wife, Debbie, have been extremely supportive and helpful to me this past year.”

Morgan attended other universities during his undergraduate career, but said none offered the type of relationships he found at HPU.

“The effect that support from others can have on your endeavors is really amazing, and even more so when it’s coming from instructors and staff,” he said. “I never felt like just a number at Howard Payne.”

In addition to working full time and completing his degree, Morgan also plays accordion for Poor J. Brown, a band out of New Braunfels and San Antonio.
“I’ve received an enormous amount of support from my family, my parents, my in-laws and my bandmates,” he said. “It’s a wonderful feeling to realize people support you.”
Morgan said he enjoyed the convenience of obtaining his master’s degree in New Braunfels.

“I would highly recommend the HPU MBA program to those thinking of continuing their education,” he said. “The convenience is unmatched. Classes were scheduled so that they did not interfere with my work schedule and the location was perfect. For anyone in the New Braunfels area the convenience of not having to drive to Austin, San Antonio or San Marcos is worth it alone – not to mention parking!”

Most of all, he said, he loved the overall experience the program offered.

“I had a great group of professors who were all very involved and very accommodating as I balanced my career and family life while working towards my MBA,” he said. “I feel very lucky to have gone through the program with the group of students that started with me. There are about 12 of us and every individual brought something to the table from which we could all learn. We had some great group projects and discussions that could have lasted all night had we let them. It’s a really close knit group and I’m sure we will all continue to maintain our friendships long after everyone completes their MBA degrees.”

The HPU New Braunfels Center office is located at 1423 N. Walnut Ave., Suite 105. Until HPU’s permanent 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: Matt Morgan, right, received his Master of Business Administration degree during the HPU Commencement ceremony held on Dec. 14 in Brownwood. He is pictured with Dr. Dan Pryor, assistant professor of business.

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.

HPU New Braunfels center to host graduate and undergraduate preview events

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2013 – The Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center will host two free preview events for those wishing to pursue or continue their higher education careers. An event for college graduates interested in HPU’s Master of Business Administration degree will be held November 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 1259 Loop 337 North in New Braunfels, Suite #200 (Aflac Suite). An undergraduate preview event for students wishing to begin or complete their bachelor’s degrees will take place November 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School library.

Faculty and staff members will discuss the admissions process and academic offerings available in New Braunfels, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet them and ask questions.

Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for extended programs and church relations, and his wife, Christy, an HPU admission counselor, live and work in New Braunfels.

“We absolutely love that our jobs revolve around telling people about the quality, Christ-centered higher education they can experience right here in New Braunfels,” he said. “We hope people take this opportunity to meet our faculty and staff and learn more about the opportunities awaiting them.”

The preview events are free, but registration is requested. To register for either event, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels. Contact Christy Meinecke at (830) 629-2366 or via e-mail at cmeinecke@hputx.edu for more information.

New Braunfels community invited to learn more about Howard Payne University

BROWNWOOD – February 27, 2013 – Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center invites all who are planning to enroll in undergraduate classes at New Braunfels – or those who are just interested in learning more about the university – to attend an HPU Preview Night at New Braunfels High School. These Monday-evening sessions are scheduled for March 4, April 1 and May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Check-in for the preview events will begin at 6 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from HPU professors in the bachelor’s degree programs and learn about the future plans of the HPU New Braunfels Center. Each prospective student who registers for the event at www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels will also receive a free HPU t-shirt. There is no cost to attend a preview night and participants are invited to bring their families.

“We are excited to welcome even more students from the New Braunfels area into the HPU family,” said Christy Meinecke, admission counselor for the New Braunfels Center.

Christy and her husband, Dale, who serves as assistant vice president for external programs and church relations at HPU, live and work full-time in New Braunfels.

“We’ve loved getting to know this area of Texas and have especially enjoyed meeting the people who make New Braunfels such a special community,” she said. “HPU is our passion and we find great joy in introducing more people to the university every day.”

New Braunfels High School is located at 2551 Loop 337, New Braunfels, TX, 78130.

To register for an HPU Preview Night or to learn more about the HPU New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels. For more information, contact Christy Meinecke at (325) 649-8833 or via e-mail at cmeinecke@hputx.edu.

MBA program begins at New Braunfels Center

student_group_with_dr__pryor_croppedHoward Payne University’s New Braunfels Center Master of Business Administration program began January 14 with seven total students. Two more students are currently enrolled to begin during later terms.

Dr. Dan Pryor teaches a course on leadership, while Dr. Larry Meadows teaches about legal issues for managers.

“Momentum for the MBA in New Braunfels is picking up speed,” said Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations and director of the New Braunfels Center. “At nearly every event and meeting I attend in the community, someone tells me that they or someone they know is planning to begin the program.”

Pictured above is Dr. Pryor’s leadership class. From left are Linda Cox, Frank Wall, Brittney Overstreet, Stephen Ellery, Dr. Pryor, Matthew Morgan and Kimberly Stevens.

Community invited to learn more about HPU’s MBA degree offered in New Braunfels

BROWNWOOD – December 18, 2012 – Those who may be interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard Payne University in New Braunfels are invited to attend a free informational session on Monday, Jan. 7, at 6:00 p.m. The one-hour event will be held at the Aflac Suite located on the second floor at 1259 Loop 337 N., New Braunfels, TX, 78131.

MBA coursework will be offered in New Braunfels beginning in mid-January, pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Designed to work around busy schedules, the MBA degree can be achieved in as few as 12 months, with all courses offered at night and on weekends.

“We hope that New Braunfels and the surrounding communities will attend this special informational session for a chance to learn more about this educational opportunity,” said Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business. “We look forward to getting to know our prospective students and answer any questions they may have.”

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.

HPU began offering courses in New Braunfels in the fall 2012 semester. Until the permanent campus structure is constructed as part of the new Veramendi project, courses are being offered at the Aflac Suite, New Braunfels High School and online.

Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations, oversees enrollment services and development of the New Braunfels campus.

“It’s been such a joy to meet so many wonderful folks here in New Braunfels,” he said. “We are so excited to have Howard Payne University be a part of the community and to serve the area with a quality Master of Business Administration degree program.”

For more information about the MBA program, visit www.hputx.edu/mba or call (325) 649-8704. To learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (325) 649-8023.

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HPU to offer Master of Business Administration degree in New Braunfels

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2012 – Those who may be interested in pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard Payne University in New Braunfels are invited to attend a free informational session on Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:00 p.m. The one-hour event will be held at the Aflac Suite located on the second floor at 1259 Loop 337 N., New Braunfels, TX, 78131.

The MBA degree will be offered in New Braunfels beginning in spring 2013. Designed to work around busy schedules, the MBA degree can be achieved in as few as 12 months, with all courses offered at night and on weekends.

“We hope that New Braunfels and the surrounding communities will attend this special informational session for a chance to learn more about this educational opportunity,” said Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business. “We look forward to getting to know our prospective students and answer any questions they may have.”

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.

HPU began offering courses in New Braunfels in the fall 2012 semester. Until the permanent campus structure is constructed as part of the new Veramendi project, courses are being offered at New Braunfels High School and online.

Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations, oversees enrollment services and development of the New Braunfels campus.

“It’s been such a joy to meet so many wonderful folks here in New Braunfels,” he said. “We are so excited to have Howard Payne University be a part of the community and to serve the area with a quality Master of Business Administration degree program.”

For more information about the MBA program, visit www.hputx.edu/mba or call (325) 649-8704. To learn more about the HPU campus in New Braunfels, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (325) 649-8023.

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