News Archives: New Braunfels Center

Six graduate from HPU’s New Braunfels Center

BROWNWOOD – August 7, 2018 – Six students from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center were recognized during the university’s Commencement ceremony in Brownwood at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

“It always excites the New Braunfels faculty and staff to see our students have academic success,” said Dr. Benjamin Martin, assistant vice president of the New Braunfels Center.

Dr. Martin noted that, with this graduating class, the total number of graduates from the New Braunfels Center has exceeded 50.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

HPU New Braunfels graduates included:

Christopher Diaz – Master of Business Administration degree
Christina Duncan – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (Christian studies composite)
Andrew Erwin – Master of Business Administration degree
Gregorey Fuller – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree (business administration and criminal justice), Cum Laude
Ashlye Grover – Bachelor of Science degree (business administration)
Kenneth Willfong – Master of Business Administration degree

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now enrolling for the fall 2018 semester. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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HPU New Braunfels Center to host 5K race

HPU NB 5K 2018 logo finalBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host its third-annual HPU 5000, a 5K race, Saturday, April 7. 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.

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.

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 continue to receive a lot of support for this annual event,” said Ginger Taylor, development and event coordinator. “We are thankful to the community and the generous sponsors who make the HPU 5000 possible.”

Sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsor – McKenna Foundation

Silver Sponsors – HMT Engineering & Surveying; Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.; Raba Kistner Consultants; and Seidel Construction

Bronze Sponsors – Deviney CPA, PC; Mark Hampton/Keller Williams Realty Heritage; and Randy & Christy Davis

In-Kind Sponsors – Camp Gladiator; H-E-B Plus; and Orangetheory New Braunfels

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.

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Attached: Logo for the HPU 5000 featuring HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot, Buzzsaw

HPU New Braunfels Center participating in 24-hour online giving event

Big Give logoBROWNWOOD – March 8, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center is participating in this year’s the Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online giving event that will begin at midnight on March 22. The Big Give is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in south-central Texas.

Last year, HPU’s New Braunfels Center raised more than $15,000 through the Big Give. An endowed scholarship for students at the center was created with the funds and will be awarded annually beginning in fall 2018.

“We’re so thankful to all of those who have supported us during previous Big Give events and those who continue to make gifts throughout the year,” said Ginger Taylor, development and event coordinator for HPU’s New Braunfels Center. “We owe a great deal of our success in the New Braunfels area to our faithful supporters.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for almost 130 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 March 22 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on March 22, 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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Attached: Big Give S.A. logo

Dr. Benjamin Martin named assistant vice president at HPU New Braunfels Center

Dr. Benjamin MartinBROWNWOOD – March 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University has named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at HPU’s New Braunfels Center. Dr. Martin will assume leadership of the center in March, filling the position vacated by Dr. Dale Meinecke in 2017. The public is invited to meet Dr. Martin on April 9 during a come-and-go reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels.

Based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility in the city and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“My family and I have experienced God’s grace and mercy in many ways over our lifetime, and we believe this opportunity with Howard Payne University is another gracious gift from God,” said Dr. Martin. “We are excited about the future opportunities for Howard Payne University and our family in New Braunfels.”

Upon graduating from HPU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and business, Dr. Martin earned a Master of Higher Education Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University (2007) and a Doctor of Higher Education Administration degree from Texas Tech University (2016).

He has served in a variety of higher education roles since 2008, most recently as assistant dean of student services and director of recruiting at Western Texas College in Snyder. Additionally, he has taught college courses at Texas Tech University and Western Texas College including resource management, economics, learning frameworks and workforce management.

He is a city council member in Snyder and has served in a variety of civic and professional associations including the Texas Distance Learning Association, Texas Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administration and the Texas Municipal League. He has also served as a high school student-athlete mentor, United Way volunteer, Snyder Chamber of Commerce committee member and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“We’re honored to employ one of our own graduates to assume this leadership role at HPU’s New Braunfels Center,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Dr. Martin is well suited to assist HPU in the realization of a full academic, residential community in New Braunfels.”

Dr. Tew thanked Dr. Daniel Rivera, the center’s interim director, for his effective leadership. Dr. Rivera, who has many years’ experience in both higher education administration and Christian ministries, has served as interim director of the New Braunfels Center since October 2017. Dr. Rivera’s higher education experience includes roles at American InterContinental University, the Baptist University of the Américas, Texas State Technical College System and Delgado College. He additionally served as president of the Valley Baptist Academy, regional director of development for Buckner Baptist Benevolences and, most recently, president of ABBA Ministries.

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 recently named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at the university’s New Braunfels Center.

HPU New Braunfels Center to host apologetics workshop

Apologetics WorkshopBROWNWOOD – September 8, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center and Abba’s House Bible Training Center of New Braunfels are joining together to host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The cost is $15 per person and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The event is created around 1 Peter 3:15, which states “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; only do it with gentleness and respect.” Discussions will be led by Tyler Ferguson, director of adult education and operations at Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.

The workshop is designed to give evidence that the God of the Bible is the one, true God. Based loosely on the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Dr. Frank Turek, this class will look at the topic of Christian apologetics in a new light.

“Christians must understand that not only is God real and the story that the Bible tells is true, but there is evidence to prove it,” said Ferguson. “At the end of this class you will be more confident in your faith, being able to defend the truth to those who don’t believe and walk with fellow believers struggling with doubt.”

All Christians will benefit from the material, especially church leaders, high school students and parents, and those with unbelieving relatives or friends.

To purchase tickets or to view the schedule of events, visit www.hputx.edu/nb/reasons.

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Cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World” on Saturday, September 16.

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.