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HPU Phi Beta Lambda members compete in national competition

hpu-phi-beta-lambda-groupBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2016 – Four members of Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization open to all college or university students interested in business related careers, recently competed at the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The four HPU students had competed in the spring at the state level and earned the opportunity to advance to the national conference.

Those who attended were Hannah Ball, junior from Justin and chapter secretary; Jessica Harris, junior from Brownwood and chapter vice president; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite and chapter president; Rachel Mahagan, senior from Georgetown and chapter historian; and Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting and the chapter’s adviser.

Loudamy placed fourth in the Business Presentation category.

“I am so thankful for the efforts of all of our members because, without their efforts, I would not have gotten as far as I did,” said Loudamy. “This organization gives its members a chance to better themselves, and I hope we continue doing that this year and the rest of our lives.”

In addition to representing HPU in competitions, students had the opportunity to communicate with fellow Phi Beta Lambda members and visit local attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Monetary Museum.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university division of Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, the organization helps more than 200,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

In addition to business related areas, competitive events include many computer applications, communications applications, sports issues, and others.

The Fall Leadership Conference for the Mountain Plains Region will be held in Dallas, November 18-19 and will feature workshops to help students hone their skills.

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Photo cutline: HPU Phi Beta Lambda members recently competed at the national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. From left to right are Hannah Ball, Rachel Mahagan, Jody Loudamy, Mike Daub and Jessica Harris.

HPU Phi Beta Lambda members advance to national competition

phi beta lambda 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – May 19, 2016 – Members of Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, an international business honor society, recently attended the PBL 2016 State Leadership Conference at The University of Texas in Dallas. Five members advanced to the PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-27.

Those advancing to nationals are Hannah Ball, junior from Justin, second place in information management; Allan Chehadi, senior from Austin, second place in Job Interviews; Jessica Harris, junior from Brownwood, second place in Management Concepts; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite, second place in Business Presentation and third place in Entrepreneur Concepts; and Rachel Mahagan, senior from Georgetown, first place in Administrative Technology and second place in Computer Concepts.

Harris, Loudamy and Mahagan also competed at the 2015 PBL National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Illinois, with Mahagan taking sixth place in the nation in Computer Concepts. Travis Moraga, sophomore from Little Elm, also competed in Chicago last year, but was unable to compete this year due to scheduling conflicts.

In addition to representing HPU in competitions, students had the opportunity to attend skill-building workshops.

“I’m really excited about the national conference this year,” said Loudamy, who serves as the chapter’s vice president. “We didn’t know what to expect before, but now we are ready.”

Phi Beta Lambda is the university division of Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, the organization helps more than 200,000 members prepare for careers in business.

Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting, serves as the chapter’s adviser.

“I’m very proud of all of our Phi Beta Lambda members,” he said. “They represented HPU very well and I look forward to seeing them compete at the national competition.”

According to Daub, the mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

“I appreciate the goals that PBL has put into place to work toward fulfilling that mission,” he said. “One of these goals is to create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise which coincides with our School of Business aim that ‘Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the American Free Enterprise System as the force that has made possible the opportunity and realities of growth that American business has experienced.’”

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently attended the PBL 2016 State Leadership Conference at The University of Texas in Dallas and advanced to the national competition. Left to right: Jody Loudamy, Mike Daub (adviser), Jessica Harris and Allan Chehadi. Not pictured are Hannah Ball and Rachel Mahagan.

HPU class project serves local 3M plant

Cooper and students for web updatedBROWNWOOD – May 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University students in Tim Cooper’s Digital Video Manipulations class recently partnered with 3M to produce a Contractor Safety Awareness Video for the local plant. According to a magazine published by the company, the video will be used as part of its orientation process for new contractors.

3M’s Rodney Chesser contacted Cooper, who serves as HPU’s instructor of multimedia communications and computer information systems. Cooper said he is happy that his class was able to serve the community in this way.

“It’s great experience for our students and it serves a real purpose in the community,” he said. “These types of real-world projects are invaluable.”

Those who teamed for the project were Christy Ash, senior from Brownwood; Michael Harmon, 2015 graduate from Brownwood; Tyler Jones, senior from Granbury; Nathan Lamb, senior from Brownwood; Will Locke, senior from Kerrville; and Cantrell Miller, senior from Rochelle. The English version of the video was narrated by Cameron Van Item, 2011 HPU graduate and HPU groundskeeper, while a Spanish version was narrated by Bertha Mendoza, 2014 HPU graduate.

The video starred several 3M employees and focused on points such as required personal protective equipment, policies and conditions at the Brownwood plant.

“This project is a good example of the partnership opportunity between 3M and local entities, such as HPU,” stated the magazine article.

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Cutline: Students led by HPU instructor Tim Cooper recently completed a video project for Brownwood’s 3M. Left to right: Michael Harmon, Cantrell Miller, Tyler Jones, Nathan Lamb, Tim Cooper and Christy Ash. Not pictured is Will Locke.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta honor society inducts 12 new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2016BROWNWOOD – March 30, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted 12 new members into its organization. Jonathan Snow, member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and 2006 graduate, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Inductees included Taylor Armstrong, senior from Coleman; Katie Ash, junior from Brownwood; Hannah Ball, junior from Justin; Blake Biessener, senior from Brownwood; Michael Hazard, junior from Sweetwater; Zachary Eller, senior from Temple; Regina Fleming, senior from Brownwood; Thomas Givan, senior from Early; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite; Ely Self, senior from Ballinger; and Austin Throckmorton, junior from Early. Additionally, Dr. Jim Finch, HPU professor of business administration, was inducted as the chapter’s next president.

Snow, who graduated from HPU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, spoke to the inductees and audience about the power of self-affirmation and its benefits through confidence and professionalism. He is a professional clothier for Tom James Company in Dallas.

“We’re very grateful that Mr. Snow took time out of his busy schedule to speak at our event,” said Dr. Trissa Cox, outgoing chapter president. “His presentation was very powerful and a good reminder for all of us in attendance.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Cox and Dr. Finch, chapter officers include Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business and vice president, and Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration and secretary/treasurer.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at (325) 649-8704.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted 12 new members. The inductees are pictured with faculty from HPU’s School of Business who serve as chapter officers. Standing, left to right: Dr. Trissa Cox, Mike Dillard, Ely Self, Katie Ash, Hannah Ball, Michael Hazard, Caleb Throckmorton, Dr. Debra Powell and Dr. Jim Finch.

Seated, left to right: Taylor Armstrong, Blake Biessener, Regina Fleming, Thomas Givan and Jody Loudamy. Not pictured: Zachary Eller.

HPU student’s “non-traditional” approach leads to degree after 17 years

mike bannister and lester towell for webBROWNWOOD – May 6, 2015 – The path to a college degree varies a bit for every student, but for Howard Payne University senior Mike Bannister, the journey was almost 17 years in the making.

The 56-year-old Brownwood native will receive his Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems this May after first setting foot on the HPU campus as a student in 1999.

“I tell everyone I have tenure,” he says, laughing. “I’ve made a career out of being a student. Some semesters I took a single class. The largest course load I’ve taken in a semester is 10 hours.”

He also took several breaks from classes due to a busy work schedule, including 15 months when he lived in Singapore. Bannister says his employer of 30 years, 3M in Brownwood, has been very supportive throughout his academic career.

“My managers gave me a lot of flexibility in my schedule,” he says. “I’m really thankful for the support they’ve given me.”

As a product development engineer with 3M, staying current with technological trends is crucial for Bannister as he works with lab teams to bring new products to market. His HPU coursework has proven to be a solid foundation upon which to build his expertise in his field.

“The technology has changed since I first started at HPU in 1999, but I am able to take what I learned then and continue to adapt my knowledge and skills,” says Bannister.

He has seen many classes of students graduate since he arrived on campus and has even been able to mentor some students in their own paths.

“I tell them to treat college seriously and concentrate as they go after their own degrees,” he says. “I try to encourage them because I know the hurdles they are facing.”

Bannister did not have a single college hour when he began at HPU.

“I was intimidated and nervous,” he says. “I had to relearn study skills, but I ended up being a lot better college student than I was a high school student.”

Cheryl Mangrum, associate director of admission, processed Bannister’s applications for readmission throughout the years. She works with many non-traditional students which include, but are not limited to, current and retired military personnel, working parents, husbands and wives, and single students over the age of 21 with no previous college experience.

“I was also a non-traditional student at HPU and can most certainly relate to Mike’s 17-year academic career,” she says. “I was on an extended degree plan of 11 years while working as a full-time university employee. I appreciate so much his dedication and perseverance.”

Mangrum says HPU’s faculty, staff and student body are very supportive of non-traditional students.

“They appreciate and embrace the fact that these students bring to the classroom maturity and life experience, which greatly enrich the educational experience both inside and outside the classroom,” she says. “The journey toward a bachelor’s degree may take longer for some non-traditional students, but the destination is worth the journey and the journey is worth the destination. The educational experiences and the relationships forged along the way are priceless and are lifetime investments.”

At the Academic Awards Convocation held at the end of April, Bannister was named the Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems and Outstanding Non-Traditional Student for the 2014-2015 academic year. He was also inducted into HPU’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society. Dr. Lester Towell, chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems and CIS professor, says Bannister is a “model student.”

“He asks questions, attends every class and completes all projects on time,” Dr. Towell says. “Mike exemplifies the desire for an education over a grade. I could not ask for a better student or example.”

Now that his academic days are drawing to a close, Bannister is excited about the opportunity to continue furthering his career while spending more time with his wife and family. As a member of the first generation in his immediate family to complete requirements for a college degree, Bannister is proud of his accomplishment and thankful for the opportunity to attend HPU. He offers advice to others who may be considering an unconventional approach to higher education.

“No matter how scared or nervous you are, at least give it a try,” he says. “Take a class and see how you do. The ‘A’ grades I received were encouraging and gave me the fuel to go on to each new semester.”

For more information about becoming a student at Howard Payne University, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or via e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts nine new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – April 7, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society inducted nine new members to its organization on March 25. Dr. Lois Patton, professor of business administration, was the guest speaker for the event.

Inductees included Christy Ash, junior from Brownwood; Mike Bannister, senior from Brownwood; Kyndal Broome, senior from San Angelo; Kelcie Hunter, senior from Brownwood; Summer King, junior from Brownwood; Rachel Mahagan, junior from Georgetown; Dianna Megarity, junior from Cross Plains; Andrea Peaster, junior from Brownwood; and Ethan West, senior from Leander.

Dr. Patton, who will retire at the end of the semester, spoke to the students about how to deal with the delays, rejections or interrupted plans they may encounter in the years to come.

“I say these things not to bring you down, but to lift you up,” she said. “If you are a Christian, you believe in the Creator as the designer. The amazing thing is that while He created this vast universe, he knew us before we were even born.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

“Sigma Beta Delta encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration,” said Dr. Trissa Cox, associate professor of computer information systems and Sigma Beta Delta president. “This year’s honorees represent Howard Payne University well through their commitments toward personal and professional improvement. They exemplify both in and out of the classroom the rigor and commitment that is necessary in finding success. We are continuously refreshed and encouraged by their efforts and are pleased to take this opportunity to celebrate.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted nine new members, joined at the ceremony by three previous HPU inductees. Back row, left to right: Murray Clingerman (2014 inductee), Christy Ash, Dianna Megarity, Andrea Peaster, Kyndal Broome and Mike Bannister. Front row, left to right: Zachary Varner (2011 inductee), Rachel Mahagan, Kelcie Hunter, Summer King and Chandler Condra (2014 inductee). Not pictured is Ethan West.

HPU students partner with Brownwood High School in hands-on project

By Chandler Condra, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – December 17, 2014 – During the fall 2014 semester, senior business students enrolled in Human Resource Management (HRM) at Howard Payne University worked with Brownwood High School students on a project designed to strengthen the relationship between the two schools and create a hands-on learning experience for both parties.

In an effort to provide both sets of students with valuable experiences, the focus of the project was résumé and job interview strategies. HPU students were responsible for researching and developing comprehensive résumé and interview workshops for the high school students to attend.

HRM interview at BHS for webDr. Kevin Kelley, assistant professor of organizational psychology, instructed the HRM students and oversaw the application of the project.

“Service learning is a growing field in education, and I believed there was a way to marry the needs of local high school students with the needs of college students,” said Dr. Kelley. “When you teach something you learn more about it, and I knew if I could get my students to teach something to the high school students, they would internalize more of the data they experience.”

The process began by creating three mock job descriptions outlining available positions in three fictitious companies. HPU students delivered brief presentations on the best practices in résumé writing and job interviewing, and the BHS students were tasked to create their own unique résumés for one of the three available positions and submit them for comments. After revising their résumés, the BHS students brought their final copies and were individually interviewed by students from the HRM class for the jobs the high school students selected.

Both sets of students gained hands-on experience with the materials they were tasked to create. For BHS students, this included a simulated testing of their knowledge of proper résumé format and interview etiquette. HPU students learned to design job descriptions, present created materials and interview prospective employees.

The Human Resource Management class consisted of 12 students who worked directly with more than 80 BHS students.

“Academics and the real world are very different,” said Dr. Kelley. “You don’t take tests in the real world. You create presentations, you seek value and you create value. That’s what we did here. We created value.”

Dr. Kelley was not alone in his thoughts. Coach David Edgin, who oversaw the BHS students involved, felt his classes gained much from the experience.

“Our résumé and interview assignment with HPU was beneficial for everyone involved,” said Edgin. “High school students need to know how to write professional résumés and how a true interview for a professional job should be handled.”

Students of the Human Resource Management class also believed the experience was valuable to them. Brittany Cavness, a senior from Lampasas, enjoyed the project and thinks it will help her when looking for a job in the future.

“The practicality of this project was refreshing,” said Cavness. “Having real-world experience is something we can use to get a leg up in our résumés.”

Dr. Kelley believes experiential assignments are the best way to introduce business students to the standards to which they will be held after graduation.

“When we use applied experiences, we require our students to meet a certain realistic standard of competence,” he said. “If you cannot sell your work then you bring no value to your employer. Brownwood ISD saw value in the project, so we are creating value for the community and thereby excelling at that level of competence.”

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Photo cutline: HPU student J.T. Muzquiz conducts a mock job interview for a student at Brownwood High School.

HPU’s Chuck Boland named FAR Fellow by NCAA Division III

Chuck Boland FAR for webBROWNWOOD – October 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Chuck Boland, faculty athletic representative, professor of accounting and chair of the accounting department, has been selected as a 2014 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow.

According to the organization, the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) Fellows Institute was launched in 2010 and aims to increase the effectiveness of Division III faculty athletic representatives at the campus, conference and national levels.

Boland has served at HPU since 1981.

“I am grateful that the NCAA selected me,” said Boland in a news release issued by the organization. “I plan to take the opportunity to enhance the FAR position and be more noticeable in the athletic-academic circles.”

As a FAR Fellow, Boland will participate in a three-day professional development program at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis October 17-19. The program is designed to examine best practices and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of faculty athletic representatives, help fellows develop the leadership skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities on campus and in their conference, and strengthen the network of FARs needed to serve on conference, divisional and association-wide committees.

“We’re very pleased that the NCAA has recognized Chuck in this way,” said Mike Jones, HPU athletic director. “He is a tremendous asset to our campus and the American Southwest Conference. It is a pleasure to work alongside Chuck to advocate for our student athletes and our coaches.”

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Photo cutline: Chuck Boland, faculty athletic representative, professor of accounting and chair of the accounting department at HPU, has been selected as a 2014 NCAA Division III FAR Fellow.

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 business students assist local organization

BROWNWOOD – May 16, 2014 – Howard Payne University students in Dr. Kevin Kelley’s organizational behavior class recently finalized and delivered an applied class project to Doak Givan, executive director at Brownwood’s Family Services Center.

The students reviewed and updated the Family Services Center’s job descriptions, a project which took approximately 10 weeks to complete.

“The students successfully made entry, negotiated scope, identified project leaders and teams, developed an interview guide, trained interviewers, scheduled interviews and interviewed 20 Family Services Center employees,” said Dr. Kelley, assistant professor of organizational psychology. “They then revised and rewrote job descriptions and delivered a polished product. Mr. Givan was exceptionally pleased with the team’s professionalism, timeliness, dedication and final product.”

In addition to applying what they learned in the classroom to a live consulting project, students divided into teams and leaders volunteered to manage both tasks and people. Finally, a project manager was promoted, which allowed the students run the entire project to completion.

Students participating in the project were Neva Bowers, junior from Victoria, project manager; Shelby Creed, senior from Brownwood, team member; Lacy Culpepper, junior from Zephyr, final deliverable manager; Ray Delgado, junior from Brownwood, deliverable lead; Ethan Ferrel, senior from Childress, team member; Kalin Hanna, senior from Brownwood, team member; Zach Herman, senior from Brownwood, scheduling lead; Dustin Kelver, senior from Spring, deliverable lead; Lizzie Mitchell, senior from Mesquite, team member; Jake Sadler, junior from Liberty Hill, team member; Will Thomas, senior from Brownwood, team member; Skyler Turpin, senior from Graham, team member; and Ross Whittet, senior from Granbury, scheduling lead.