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HPU’s educator preparation program hosts back-to-school social for future teachers

educator prep photo 1BROWNWOOD – September 4, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s educator preparation program began the fall 2017 semester by hosting its first “Snack & Chat” social. Sponsored by HPU’s School of Education, all students seeking teaching certification were invited to this time of networking and fellowship.

“The students had an opportunity to get to know one another and HPU’s education faculty while enjoying free snacks,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “We’re looking forward to an exciting year of equipping HPU students to become the educators of tomorrow.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2018 semester. For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: 1. Students in HPU’s educator preparation program started the fall semester with a time of fellowship and networking. Among those attending are, from left to right, Breanna Hunt, Cassandra Mendez and Grant Saltar.

2. Amy Briley, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Education, and student Kimberlyn Ho pause for a photo during the recent “Snack & Chat” social on campus.

Eleven full-time faculty members join HPU for fall semester

new faculty fall 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – August 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2017 semester this week with eleven new full-time faculty members among its ranks.

“Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and the university as a whole,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “HPU’s entire body of faculty demonstrates the highest of academic standards, and we look forward to the year ahead.”

New full-time faculty members include Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Dave Claborn, professor of government; David Clemons, instructor of history; Dr. Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical science; Dr. Leslie Griffin, associate professor of psychology and family studies; Dr. Rick Grimes; associate professor of kinesiology; Richelle Hair, instructor of communication; Dr. Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing; and James Wunderle, Jr., instructor of psychology.

Teresa Cavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from HPU. She served as an adjunct instructor at HPU from 1999 to 2017 and as an aerobics instructor for Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church from 1990 to 1998.

Dr. Dave Claborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served at Olivet Nazarene University from 2011 to 2016 as associate professor and from 2006 to 2011 as assistant professor. Prior to that, he served as assistant to the pre-law advisor and as teaching assistant, advisor and instructor at the University of Massachusetts.

David Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as an HPU adjunct instructor and as a doctoral teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as a history instructor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Dennis Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Leslie Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Human Services from 2015 to 2017 and as family and consumer services teacher for Crowley ISD from 2011 to 2017. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University from 2012 to 2015 and as an adjunct faculty member at American Public University from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Rick Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston. He served as senior lecturer at the University of North Texas from 2014 to 2017, as assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville from 2007 to 2012, and as assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2000 to 2002 and as instructor and chair of the physical education department at Lone Star College District (Tomball College) from 1988 to 1999.

Richelle Hair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her previous experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2015 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant consultant at Texas Tech University from 2016 to 2017.

Dr. Jill Heupel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from Tarleton State University. She served as a graduate assistant in teaching at Tarleton State University from 2016 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant in research from 2015 to 2016. She also served as an assistant principal in Stephenville ISD from 2011 to 2015, as a physical education teacher with Stephenville ISD from 1996 to 2011 and as a physical education teacher/junior high coach with Mexia ISD from 1995 to 1996.

Dr. Jane Metty-Samons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. She served as professor of education at Mercer University from 2010 to 2016 and as instructor at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2010. She has developed and delivered various programs and courses for a number of schools and universities.

Dr. Nina Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002.

James Wunderle, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He served as instructor at Ecclesia College from 2015 to 2017, as therapist at Ozark Guidance from 2015 to 2017 and as therapist/CEO at Cornerstone Counseling from 2004 to present. Additionally, he served as therapist/CEO of NWA Family Counseling, Inc., from 2005 to 2015 and as therapist at the Counseling Center of Denton from 1998 to 1999.

(Updated October 12, 2017)

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Cutline: HPU’s new faculty members include, from left, Dr. Rick Grimes, Teresa Cavitt, Dr. Jill Heupel, Dr. Dennis Gibson, Dr. Dave Claborn, David Clemons, Dr. Nina Ouimette (front row), Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Richelle Hair. Not pictured is James Wunderle, Jr.

HPU kinesiology majors serve local Head Start programs

Kinesiology studentBROWNWOOD – May 4, 2017 – Howard Payne University kinesiology majors spent four weeks in March and April putting their knowledge about childhood motor development to good use. More than 320 children, ages 1 to 5 and enrolled in the Brownwood and Comanche Early Head Start and Head Start programs, practiced essential motor skills under the guidance of the HPU students.

Two of the department’s graduate assistants, Chassidy Holloway of LaFayette, Alabama, and Stanley Roffe of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England, were present throughout the four weekly sessions and provided onsite leadership and coordination.

Holloway, who will receive her Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership on May 6 and completed her undergraduate degree at a different university, noted the impact of the undergraduate students on the children in the program.

“Smiles accompanied the movement tasks we challenged them with,” she said. “I wish I had been able to experience this during my undergraduate program.”

Dr. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology, said early movement proficiency is foundational to a lifetime of meaningful physical activity.

“Those connections with academic performance are widely known,” he said. “When Lesa McKee and Robin Harmon, directors of Region 14 and 15 Head Start, reached out to us in January, we saw an opportunity to make a difference in so many children’s lives and we’re blessed to have been a part of this.”

To learn more about HPU’s Department of Kinesiology, visit www.hputx.edu/kinesiology.

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Cutline: HPU student Daniel Lemus, junior kinesiology major from Salado, supervises Head Start students’ jumping techniques.

Nineteen inducted into HPU’s Kappa Delta Pi education honor society

Kappa Delta Pi induction 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently inducted 19 new members into the university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education.

Kappa Delta Pi, founded in 1911, includes more than 600 chapters and 1.2 million active members worldwide. In addition to maintaining high academic standards, the HPU students inducted this year are active in many parts of campus life including student leadership, athletics and various organizations.

Inductees were Stacy Beattie-Anderson, junior from Round Rock; Sierra Bennett, senior from Tuscola; Kaylee Blevins, senior from Weatherford; Priscilla Gilbert, senior from Goldthwaite; Tanya Glasscock, junior from Brownwood; Marissa Godbey, junior from Austin; Kaeli Goodgion, junior from Comanche; Kimberlyn Ho, junior from Brownwood; Catrina Hooten, junior from Kerrville; Sabrina Martinez, sophomore from San Antonio; Elizabeth Rainey, senior from Springtown; Collin Salyers, junior from San Antonio; Meagan Sessler, sophomore from Early; Kayla Smith, senior from Granbury; Preston Smith, senior from Early; Bailey Waller, senior from Weatherford; Sara Wood, senior from Orange Grove; Emily Wright, senior from Richardson; and Katelyn Zimmer, junior from Shepherd.

“It was exciting to see these new inductees who are taking their places as leaders in education,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “They are the kind of students and people we want shaping our nation by teaching our children.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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 chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently inducted new members. From left are Elizabeth Rainey, Emily Wright, Bailey Waller, Katelyn Zimmer, Marissa Godbey, Kayla Smith, Meagan Sessler, Kimberlyn Ho, Kaylee Blevins, Preston Smith, Collin Salyers, Sabrina Martinez, Priscilla Gilbert, Kaeli Goodgion, Catrina Hooten, Sierra Bennett, Stacy Beattie-Anderson and Tanya Glasscock. Not pictured is Sara Wood.

HPU hosts fourth-annual Spring into Health Fair

Ellises and BuzzsawBROWNWOOD – March 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently held its fourth-annual Spring into Health Fair which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for HPU students, faculty and staff.

Among the new events this year was a relay on campus featuring HPU representatives Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady; Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education; Braxton Harris, head football coach; Hunter Sims, athletic director; and Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Following the race, the Honorable Stephen Haynes, Brownwood mayor, and Draco Miller, mayor pro tem, addressed the crowd about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The event was organized by Teresa Cavitt, adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Education and student in the university’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree program.

“The health fair was a collaborative effort by so many campus leaders also known as ‘wellness champions,’” she said. “It wouldn’t have been the success that it was without their efforts.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Spring into Health Fair featured a relay among HPU representatives. Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady, posed with Buzzsaw, the university’s Yellow Jacket mascot, following the race.

HPU’s Sport and Wellness Leadership accepting applications for fall 2017

HPU SWELL at FCABROWNWOOD – March 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University is seeking applicants for the second cohort of graduate students in the university’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) degree program. The group will begin classes in August, and the first cohort of 18 students will finish degree requirements this spring.

The SWELL program at HPU seeks to prepare future leaders for the $4-trillion sport and wellness industries. The program consists of 10 classes over 20 months, most of which are held on Monday evenings. Courses include instruction in event planning, public relations, legal foundations, leadership and more.

“We are seeking another fine group of future leaders who are committed to enhancing the quality of life for those impacted by the sport and wellness industries,” said Dr. Graham Hatcher, SWELL program director. “Several of our program participants are in new careers that have become available by participation in this program.”

A distinctive feature of the program is the two-week travel course in June 2018, which will enable students to engage sport and wellness industry leaders throughout the United States.

“Last summer, we visited more than 20 venues including the National Collegiate Athletic Association offices in Indianapolis, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Support Center in Kansas City, the Center for Disease Control offices in Colorado Springs and the National Wellness Institute’s annual meeting in Minneapolis,” said Dr. Hatcher.

The coursework, travel and HPU’s Christ-centered academic community make the affordable SWELL program a unique offering among master’s programs in the United States.

For more information about the program, e-mail swell@hputx.edu or call 325-649-8966. Applications for admissions and consideration for graduate assistantships in intramurals, outdoor recreation and department administration/instruction are available online at www.hputx.edu/swell.

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Cutline: Students in HPU’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree program are pictured at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Support Center in Kansas City.

HPU athletic training students compete at SWATA workshop

SWATA team 2017 BROWNWOOD – February 27, 2017 – Seven Howard Payne University students majoring in athletic training participated in the ninth annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) competency workshop and quiz bowl at the end of January. The event took place on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos.

HPU students who attended the conference were senior Ruth Davis from Cibolo, senior Corey Martinez from Bangs, senior Dezeray Tafte from Eastland, senior Elizabeth Fargo from Saginaw, senior William Rangel-Alfaro from San Antonio, junior Dustin Bachus from Edna and junior Ariana Rehm from Uhland.

This was the first time all HPU athletic training upperclassmen were able to participate in this event. HPU is one of 17 professional athletic training programs in SWATA, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs from Texas and Arkansas. The workshop is designed to increase the students’ professional and clinical skills as well as help them prepare for the certification exam.

The quiz bowl is a competition in the style of a game show made up of teams of three from accredited schools in SWATA. HPU’s team consisted of seniors Davis, Martinez and Tafte. They competed with teams from universities including The University of Texas, Texas State University, Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Lutheran University. The winning team from the quiz bowl gets the opportunity to compete in a similar competition at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting this summer.

“I am really proud of our quiz bowl team,” said Mike Terrill, director of HPU’s Athletic Training Education Program. “They competed very well and represented the quality of education we provide at Howard Payne.”

For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program, contact HPU’s School of Education at 325-649-8203 or visit www.hputx.edu/atep.

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Cutline: HPU students competed in the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association quiz bowl. Pictured from left are seniors Corey Martinez, Ruth Davis and Dezeray Tafte.

HPU education alumni honored for excellence in teaching

BROWNWOOD – August 1, 2016 – Several alumni from Howard Payne University’s School of Education were honored by their respective school districts for outstanding teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, recently appointed dean of HPU’s School of Education, said she is proud to join an institution that is well known for its educator preparation.

“HPU has a great reputation and long legacy of producing excellent teachers,” she said. “I am honored to join HPU and be a part of producing the next generation of outstanding educators.”

Honorees include:

Brownwood ISD
Martha Asebedo ’76 – 35 years of service and Regional Elementary Teacher of the Year nominee
Kenan Boland ’02 – Brownwood Middle School Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Corissa Brown ’14 – Coggin Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Dana Cyr ’97 – Northwest Elementary Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Tori Moore ’14 – Northwest Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Telise Murray ’09 – Brownwood High School Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Crowley ISD
Cory Lee ’09 – Secondary Teacher of the Year

Newton ISD
Rachel Jeffers Prestwood ’04 – Teacher of the Year

Ralls ISD
Amber Wilson ’04 – Ralls High School Teacher of the Year

Tomball ISD
Matt Anderson ’07 – Teacher of the Year

The preceding list was reported to HPU’s School of Education. To alert HPU of an omission, please contact Susan Sharp, administrative assistant and certification officer, at ssharp@hputx.edu. An updated list will be maintained on the university’s website.

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HPU’s Sport and Wellness Leadership graduate students complete summer travel course

SWELL summer travel courseBROWNWOOD – July 7, 2016 – Fifteen students and a faculty member from Howard Payne University’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) recently traveled more than 4,000 miles to engage with national leaders in the sport and wellness industries.

Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology and instructor for the course, wanted to provide a unique learning experience for his second-year graduate students.

“If you aspire to be a leader in sport and wellness, you really need to engage those making headlines,” said Dr. Hatcher.

Prior to departure, each student completed background assignments on organizational profiles in advance of the site visits and an annotated bibliography on a sport/wellness issue or trend.

The group’s itinerary included stops in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Green Bay, St. Paul, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Hatcher sought to blend daily visits to leading sport and wellness venues in each stop along the way.

Students interacted with executive staff at Learfield Communications (leaders in college athletic marketing) and Triple Crown Sports (owner of the National Invitation Tournament basketball tournaments and numerous nationwide youth sport competitions). They also visited the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, the nation’s oldest sports commission and one of four led by a female.

Other sites visited included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ national offices and the headquarters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Junior College Athletic Association. Additionally, they visited the Indianapolis Indians (AAA baseball) ballpark and the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field (NFL); the U.S. Olympic Training Center; and the headquarters of the University Interscholastic League.

Students also attended the annual meeting of the National Wellness Institute, met with the leadership of corporate wellness providers (Organizational Wellness Learning Systems, Cerner Corporation and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport) and heard presentations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on international efforts to manage the Zika outbreak and the Texas State Health Services Department on statewide health promotion initiatives.

“Learning about and then visiting the organizations advanced the idea that I could see myself working in these places,” commented Chassidy Holloway, HPU student from Lafayette, Alabama. “It also gave me a boost of confidence in my abilities and what I have to offer to each of those organizations as well.”

HPU’s Master of Education degree in Sport and Wellness Leadership is offered through the Department of Kinesiology within HPU’s School of Education. The 10-course, 21-month-long program will begin accepting applications for its second cohort of students (entering August 2017) on September 1. More information can be found at www.hputx.edu/swell.

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Cutline: Students and faculty in HPU’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership are pictured with staff from the nationally recognized Cerner Corporation’s Employee Wellness Program.

HPU names Brownwood’s Clark-Goff dean of education

Dr. Kylah Clark-GoffBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently appointed Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff as dean of the university’s School of Education. The Brownwood resident has experience in education both as a school teacher and in collegiate teacher preparation.

Dr. Clark-Goff most recently served six years as assistant professor in Tarleton State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that, she served as an elementary school teacher in a private Christian school in Maryland as well as in public school districts in Crowley, Mansfield and Abilene. Additionally, Dr. Clark-Goff taught English as a Foreign Language courses in Mozambique and Jordan through the International Mission Board.

During her tenure at Tarleton, Dr. Clark-Goff received the Dr. O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, she was inducted into Tarleton’s Crystal Apple Society for her contributions and dedication to the teaching profession.

Dr. Clark-Goff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a specialization in early childhood education from Baylor University in 1995. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in 2008.

“We’re fortunate to welcome Dr. Clark-Goff to the HPU family as dean of our School of Education,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “She is an outstanding educator and will serve our students and faculty well.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said great things are happening in HPU’s School of Education.

“I am glad to be a part of the growth and development of a generation of teachers and community leaders,” she said.

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Cutline: Brownwood’s Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff was recently named dean of HPU’s School of Education.