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HPU’s James Crow receives Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award

Crow and PowellBROWNWOOD – September 18, 2017 – James Crow, a recent Howard Payne University graduate and student in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program, has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. Nominees for the fellowship award must be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business, serves as president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

“We were honored to nominate James for this award,” she said. “He was an outstanding student throughout his undergraduate studies and has been a great addition to our MBA program. We’re proud to have him as a representative of HPU’s School of Business.”

Crow graduated Magna Cum Laude from HPU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. He began the MBA program this fall.

Sigma Beta Delta was founded to recognize outstanding student achievement in the fields of business, management and administration and to promote honorable service to mankind. Recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta fellowship award are chosen based on their achievement in these fields. Past HPU recipients include Jill McLaughlin (2006), Emily (Tittle) Attaway (2008), Cody Hambrick (2010), Zachary Varner (2011) and Lacy Culpepper (2014).

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Cutline: HPU’s James Crow has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. He is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brings home several awards from state competition

Phi Beta LambdaBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2017 – Students from Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently won several awards at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) at San Jacinto College Maritime Campus in LaPorte. These wins qualify them for HPU’s third showing in recent history at the National Leadership Conference to be held this year in Anaheim, California, June 24-27.

Jody Loudamy of Goldthwaite and Jessica Harris of Brownwood, both May 2017 graduates, made the trip to the SLC which resulted in their wins for the third year in a row. Connor Vara, junior from Brownwood, also won on his first trip to state and will represent HPU at the national conference this summer.

The three were accompanied by their adviser, Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting at HPU. Six other students competed by completing comprehensive exams and/or projects at HPU prior to the SLC.

The three attending the conference came in first place in the Texas Trivia Challenge on information about Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, beating teams from schools across Texas as the only team with a positive score in a “Jeopardy!”-format competition.
HPU swept the competition in Personal Finance with Loudamy receiving first place, Harris receiving second place and Ryan Mason, junior from Houston, placing third.

“This is the first time that a team from one school swept the awards for Personal Finance,” Daub said.

HPU students won five additional awards. Harris placed third in Retail Management; Hannah Ball, May graduate from Justin, placed second in both Computer Applications and Project Management; Madelyn Deviney, junior from Bulverde, placed second in Entrepreneurship Concepts; and Vara placed second in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university level of Future Business Leaders of America. State and national leadership conferences allow students to demonstrate their academic preparation and develop their leadership skills by competing against students from all over the state and nation in 55 different competitive events. These competitive events cover technology, public speaking, business, accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing and more.

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Cutline: Students from HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed in the State Leadership Conference. Left to right: Adviser Mike Daub, Hannah Ball, Ryan Mason, Jessica Harris, Connor Vara, Madelyn Deviney and Jody Loudamy.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts 11 new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2017BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted 11 new members into its organization. Andrew Hansen ’08, construction superintendent for Trafalgar Homes, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event.

Membership into Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Taylor Bicknell, senior from Cleburne; Shawn Brody, senior from Round Rock; James Crow, senior from Brownwood; Jada Evans, junior from Killeen; Cody Hughes, sophomore from Harlingen; Julia James, junior from Brownwood; Ryan Mason, junior from Conroe; Riley Morrison, junior from Austin; Amy Villarreal, senior from Brownwood; and Jason Washburn, senior from Early.

“We have a great group of students being inducted this year,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They are wonderful examples of the Sigma Beta Delta principles of wisdom, honor and aspiration, and I am looking forward to see what awesome things they will accomplish in their lives.”

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. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducted 11 new members for 2017. Pictured from left: Andrew Hansen ’08, distinguished guest speaker; Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business; Ryan Mason; Taylor Bicknell; Shawn Brody; Amy Villarreal; James Crow; Emily Ball; Riley Morrison; Julia James; Cody Hughes; Jason Washburn; and Mike Dillard, chapter secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration. Not pictured: Jada Evans.

HPU MBA program marks five-year anniversary

BROWNWOOD – February 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s dynamic, Christ-centered Master of Business Administration degree program celebrates five years of helping students achieve their business-related career goals. Since its inception in spring 2012, HPU’s MBA program has graduated 69 students with an additional seven students poised to graduate at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, joined the university’s faculty shortly after the launch of the MBA program. He commended his predecessors at HPU on the creation of the degree. Since that time, he said, the program has been in a constant state of development.

“Five years ago, I don’t believe anyone could have predicted the program’s expansion,” he said. “The world around us is changing and HPU is moving forward to keep up with the change.”

Dr. Lemler praised Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other administrators for their foresight in responding appropriately to the world in flux.

“President Ellis has seized opportunities for growth and development,” he said. “HPU’s Board of Trustees has bought into his vision. Because of this, HPU’s MBA program is in a good place to face and deal with changes in the world.”

Marshal McIntosh, who earned an undergraduate degree from HPU in 2015, went on to complete the MBA program in 2016. He served as an intern with Brownwood’s Economic Development Corporation (now the Municipal Development District) while he was in school and was promoted to the full-time position of special projects and communications manager shortly after earning his MBA degree. He says the degree as well as the timing of his graduation played a large role in that.

“HPU’s Master of Business Administration program provided me with the core foundation, experience and confidence to implement my education from a classroom setting into a fast-paced working environment,” he said.

The MBA degree is available at each of HPU’s three locations: Brownwood, El Paso and New Braunfels. With intimate class sizes and personal attention at each location, HPU’s MBA program is tailored to ensure each student receives the tools to achieve his or her career goals.

Structured with working professionals in mind, courses are held at nights and on weekends in a hybrid format of online and in-person instruction. Students may complete the program in as little as one year.

“The hybrid format is the ideal way to deliver course instruction,” said Dr. Lemler. “It is the optimal blend of the convenience of online courses and the quality of learning and community building that comes with face-to-face instruction.”

The 30-hour, non-thesis degree program allows students to choose a concentration from among marketing, finance or international business. Non-business majors are welcome to apply and will receive leveling instruction before core coursework begins.

For more information about HPU’s Master of Business Administration degree program, visit www.hputx.edu/mba or call 325-649-8704.

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Cutline: Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, teaches in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

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.