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A record number of campers enjoy Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs at HPU

Young scholars rock climbing.BROWNWOOD – July 18, 2013 – A record number of young people are participating in this year’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps at Howard Payne University.

The popular programs, held each summer, offer innovative instruction in robotics, computer graphics, music, reading and physical education. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body” and includes instruction in biology and the various functions of the body including the brain, heart, lungs, bones and muscles.

“We are having a great time this week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the communication department and professor of communication at HPU. “Our Summer and Young Scholars faculty have done an outstanding job providing a challenging yet fun experience for these students.”

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Photo cutline: Students enrolled in Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps had the opportunity to scale the HPU rock wall Thursday morning.

There is still time to register for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs

By Kaleigh Tankersley, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – June 28, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host its annual Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus. The programs are still open for registration and will feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects, including music for the younger students and robotics for the older students. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body” which will include instruction in biology and the various functions of the body including the brain, heart, lungs, bones and muscles.

“This program is designed for students of all levels,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the communication department and professor of communication at HPU. “Whether your child struggles in reading or is a great reader, he or she will be engaged and challenged. We try to reach each student on an individual level and let him or her enjoy learning new and fun material.”

This year’s Summer Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins, seventh-grade language arts teacher and head cross-country coach at Early Middle School and assistant basketball and track coach at Early High School; Tami Hull, sixth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School and coach of the robotics and University Interscholastic League science and mathematics teams; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction in the area of science education; and Dr. Evelyn Romig, professor of English at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in English.

Young Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins; Deanna Erxleben, adjunct instructor of music at HPU, who holds a master’s degree in vocal performance with a concentration in voice science and pedagogy reading; Jennifer McKibben, eighth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School; and Clairissa Tucker, second-grade biology teacher at Bangs ISD who holds a master’s degree in education.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, computer graphics, reading, biology and physical education. Young Scholars is designed for children entering first through third grades. The campers will receive instruction in music, biology, reading and physical education.

“Summer and Young Scholars is a great program that enables students to do a lot of hands-on learning,” Dr. Welker said. “In the educational age in which we live, students spend more time learning to take a specific test and less time getting to do critical thinking and problem-solving activities. We like to provide that type of learning in our program.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. Registration will be accepted until the program begins on July 15.

“We make it a priority to send our kids to sports camps and get plenty of physical activity during the summer, but we also need to provide mental exercise for our children,” said Dr. Welker. “Summer and Young Scholars is a great way to do that. Kids get to sharpen their mental skills in a fun yet challenging environment.”

For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for “Summer and Young Scholars” on www.facebook.com

 

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HPU preparing for a busy summer

summer_camp_staff_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – June 7, 2013 – Most Howard Payne University students have left Brownwood for the summer, but a variety of camps and programs will continue to bring many visitors to the community. More than 2,000 young people are expected to be on campus throughout June and July.

“Summer is a fun time at HPU,” said Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator. “We are happy to welcome these students and help them to feel at home on the HPU campus.”

In addition to band, athletic, JROTC and church camps, HPU will host the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer. The program is a leadership training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and want to know more about sharing Christ with others.

Several camps for younger students will be held at HPU, including HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps for students entering first through sixth grades and CentriKid Camp for students in third through sixth grades.

HPU students will facilitate most of the programs. Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs, serves as the student leader for the summer camp staff.

“This will be my second summer serving on staff and I am looking forward to how God will use this incredible group of people that He has brought together for this purpose,” he said. “It’s going to be a great summer.”

For more information about HPU summer camps, or to inquire about summer 2014 camp availability, contact Childs at dchilds@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s summer camp staff includes (standing, from left): Ashley Krueger, a junior from Howe; Kelsan Wolverton, a sophomore from Lampasas; Katie Vernon, a junior from Bangs; William Massey, a senior from Goldthwaite; Joshua Snow, a senior from Waxahachie; Nathan Lamb, a sophomore from Paradise; Taylor Combs, a junior from Brownwood; and Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs. Seated, from left, are: Michael Snow, a freshman from Waxahachie; Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator; and James Snow, a junior from Waxahachie.

HPU announces dates for Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs

summer_scholars_2012_robotics_for_webBROWNWOOD – May 30, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host its annual Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus. The programs, for students in first through sixth grades, will feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body.”

“We have an outstanding lineup of HPU professors and area public-school teachers who are experts in the fields of study they will be teaching our students,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU. “The curriculum this year includes biology, robotics and its application in the medical field, reading and, of course, our popular physical activities.”

This year’s Summer Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins, seventh-grade language arts teacher and head cross-country coach at Early Middle School and assistant basketball and track coach at Early High School; Tami Hull, sixth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School and coach of the robotics and University Interscholastic League science and mathematics teams; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction in the area of science education; and Dr. Evelyn Romig, professor of English at HPU, who holds a doctoral degree in English.

Young Scholars teachers include Melinda Elkins; Deanna Erxleben, adjunct instructor of music at HPU, who holds a master’s degree in vocal performance with a concentration in voice science and pedagogy reading; Jennifer McKibben, eighth-grade science teacher at Early Middle School; and Clairissa Tucker, second-grade biology teacher at Bangs ISD who holds a master’s degree in education.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study biology, physical education, robotics, computer graphics and reading. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades. The campers will receive instruction in biology, physical education, music and reading.

“We focus on creative problem solving, science and reading activities related to our theme,” Welker said. “We like to think of our camp as brain exercise for kids during the summer. It gives children a chance to sharpen their intellectual skills midsummer.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. The deadline for registration is July 10.

“We look forward to providing quality education for kids in a fun, summer-camp environment at HPU,” Welker said. “We want students to be challenged, learn something new and have a great time.”

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/scholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for “Summer and Young Scholars” on www.facebook.com

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Photo cutline: Students receive a lesson in robotics from Tami Hull during the 2012 Summer Scholars program at HPU. Hull, who coached Early I.S.D. robotics teams to state competitions for the past three years, will return to teach at HPU’s camp this summer.

HPU to host annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

thanksgiving_feast_2011_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2012 – The 29th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. The event is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The annual tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“Before I began working on it, people were asking if they can help with the Thanksgiving meal at Howard Payne again this year,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “I am thrilled this community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors is that important to those who serve each year. Another heart-warming aspect of the day is being able to provide the meals to our friends at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in this community.”

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, prepared by the staff of HPU’s Sodexo Services, will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Last year, volunteers served 691 meals at the Mabee Center and delivered 1,348 meals to area residents. Those who are living in Brownwood and Early and are unable to attend the feast at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to their homes by calling the Brownwood-Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 by noon on Friday, November 16.

“Because people were so generous last year, we have money left over to help us get started with this year’s meal,” Fishback said. “The community always comes through, so I am not worried about paying the bills.”

According to Fishback, many of the volunteers have helped for years and make serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving traditions.

“The most difficult part of coordinating the event is finding enough jobs for all of the people who want to help, and that’s a great problem to have,” he said.

Fishback said volunteers enjoy visiting with each other and guests while working to serve the meals as quickly as possible.

“I am truly blessed to live in a community where so many people willingly give their time and money to support this wonderful event,” he said. “We hope to be part of a Thanksgiving Day filled with joy as we give thanks to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways.”

Volunteers do not need to call in advance.

“They simply need to show up at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and we will put them to work,” Fishback said.

To help support the Thanksgiving meal, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast” and send them to Bill Fishback at Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, Texas 76801.

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Photo cutline: Volunteers serve the community at Howard Payne University’s annual Community Thanksgiving Feast last year.

HPU mourns loss of former dean

Dr. George Baker, former dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Music, passed away Sunday, July 22, after a lengthy illness.

He and his wife, Sara, who was an associate professor of music, retired from HPU in 1998. Along with Mrs. Baker, Dr. Baker served on the President’s Development Council at HPU.

A memorial service at HPU is being planned. Details will be released when arrangements are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the George and Sara Baker Music Endowed Scholarship Fund at HPU.

Please remember Dr. Baker’s family and friends in your prayers during this time.

It’s not too late to register for HPU’s Young and Summer Scholars programs

BROWNWOOD – June 29, 2012 – Registration continues for Howard Payne University’s annual Young and Summer Scholars programs to be held July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon on HPU’s Academy of Freedom campus. Deadline for registration is July 9, and an online registration form is available on the HPU homepage at www.hputx.edu.

y_and_s_scholars_logoThe programs, for students in first through sixth grades, will feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects, including music for the younger students and robotics for the older students. In honor of the election year, the theme for this year’s programs is “Star-Spangled Students.”

“I’m very excited about this year’s Young and Summer Scholars programs,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Welker is the chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU. “We have revamped our curriculum and are offering new subject matter and a new schedule.”

Young Scholars is designed for children entering first through third grades. The campers will receive instruction in music, history, reading and physical education. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, computer graphics, reading, history and physical education. In keeping with this year’s theme, both groups will study the presidential election and the Electoral College.

“We are pleased to offer robotics as one of our Summer Scholar subjects this year,” Welker said. “This has been a popular extracurricular activity in area schools. Students will get hands-on practice programming the robots.”

Cost for the Young and Summer Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

“We have an outstanding slate of educators – both from the university and area schools – all of whom are experts in their fields,” Welker said. “We look forward to providing quality education for kids in a fun, summer-camp environment at HPU. We want students to be challenged, learn something new and have a great time.”

For more information about the Young and Summer Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu. You can also join the Facebook group by searching for “Young and Summer Scholars” on www.facebook.com.

HPU summer camps keep university busy

BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2012 – Though summer is underway, a variety of camps and programs at Howard Payne University will keep the campus hopping. Approximately 2,300 campers, most of whom are visitors to the university, are expected to be on campus throughout June and July.

“We are overjoyed with the opportunity to introduce newcomers to the Howard Payne campus,” said Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator at HPU. “This will be their home away from home while they are here.”

camp_staff_for_webIn addition to band, athletic and church camps, HPU will host the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer. The program is a leadership training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and want to know more about sharing Christ with others.

Several camps for younger students will be held at HPU, including HPU’s Young Scholars and Summer Scholars day camps for students entering first-sixth grades and CentriKid Camp for students in third-sixth grades.

HPU students will facilitate most of the camps.

“Our students enjoy their roles with the summer camps,” said Childs. “It is a way for them to see HPU in a new light, away from the classroom, and an opportunity for them to minister to younger students.”

For more information about the activities on campus this summer, contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8009.

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Photo cutline: HPU students such as Ashley Krueger (left) and Karla Kalantar facilitate most of the camps.