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HPU to host Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Christopher Adkins in recital

Photo 1-Christopher Adkins 2018BROWNWOOD – February 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host guest artist Christopher Adkins, principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in a recital on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no charge for admission and the recital is open to the public.

Adkins is the son of HPU alumna Dr. Alis Dickenson Adkins ’57. He studied music at the University of North Texas in Denton and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony. Adkins has also held positions with symphonies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado. Adkins joined the DSO in 1987. He currently teaches repertoire and studio classes to cello students at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts where he joined the faculty in 1988.

Selections from the recital will include “Trio in A minor, Opus 114” by Johannes Brahms, “A Frog He Went A-Courting: Variations on an Old-English Nursery Song” by Paul Hindemith and other familiar melodies from several operas.

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018Accompanying Adkins in the recital on piano is HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music. Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU, will accompany Adkins on the clarinet.

“Mr. Goacher and I are excited to collaborate with Mr. Adkins to bring fine music to the community,” said Dr. Wallace. “We encourage everyone to come enjoy this wonderful recital.”

For more information, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: 1. Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will perform at HPU on March 1.
2. HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music, and Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will accompany Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in a recital hosted by HPU on March 1.

HPU hosts Currie-Strickland lectures, recognizes students in Christian ethics and theology

CS 2018 Award group 1BROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – Four Howard Payne University students were honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology at the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics event earlier this month. Those honored include senior Emily Ball, business management and Bible double major from Midlothian; sophomore Kaitlyn Bush, Bible major from Brownwood; senior Garrett Ford, cross-cultural studies major from Monahans; and senior Julie Jo Yarbro, cross-cultural studies major from Odessa.

This lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston ’75 and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie ’75 and the memory of Phil Strickland. This year’s speaker for the lectures was Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Rev. Paynter previously served as director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, the organization to which the late Phil Strickland dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry. At the recent lecture, Rev. Paynter’s theme was “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction.”

Each year, Currie-Strickland scholars are selected by HPU Christian studies faculty and staff based on an evaluation of achievement in their classes and on the ways they have excelled in their thinking in the fields of Christian ethics and theology. This year’s honorees each received a certificate of their accomplishment and three books: “Do Justice, Love Mercy,” by Phil Strickland; “Songs in the Desert,” by David Currie; and “Ethics,” by James William McClendon, Jr.

Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, presented the awards.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Hatch. “We have the privilege of teaching many exceptional HPU students and these four show serious dedication to the practice to critical reflection within the life of the church.”

The four students plan to pursue ministry-related goals after graduation. Ball plans to attend Truett Seminary in Waco to pursue dual Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration degrees. Bush said she feels led to pursue music ministry at this time. Ford plans to do mission work in central Asia and Yarbro currently serves as part of the youth ministry team at Brownwood’s Southside Baptist Church.

“It is our prayer that God will continue to encourage and guide these students in thought, word and deed as their vocations unfold in the future,” said Dr. Hatch.

For more information, please contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies at 325-649-8403 or visit HPU’s website at

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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


Cutline: Four HPU students were recently honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology. Pictured from left are Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Kaitlyn Bush, sophomore from Brownwood; Garrett Ford, senior from Monahans; Julie Jo Yarbro, senior from Odessa; and Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies.

HPU student leaders attend Christian Association of Student Leaders conference

HPU CASL GroupBROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – A group of Howard Payne University students attended the Christian Association of Student Leaders conference at Dallas Baptist University during the weekend of January 25-27.

Chartered by eight Baptist universities in Texas in 1998 and sponsored by the Congregational Leadership Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, CASL’s intention is to foster collaboration and idea sharing between student leaders from different universities. Through this, the goal of CASL is to create strong Christian leaders committed to the service of Christ.

Nineteen HPU students were selected by the Office of Student Life to serve as representatives from various aspects of campus life including Baptist Student Ministry, Chapel Worship Team, Greek Life, Intramurals, Jacket Journey, Residence Life, Student Activities Council and Student Government Association.

Representatives from six other Baptist universities joined HPU representatives at DBU for the conference.

“CASL reminds individual students that all of our schools have one common purpose of glorifying God and praising Him, helping us to stay focused in our organizations to achieve that one common goal,” said Emma Reed, a junior family studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Kennedale.

Joining Reed as HPU representatives were Keith Baker II, sophomore art major from Houston; Brooklyn Britton, sophomore English and history major from Brownwood; Jayland Brown, sophomore music major from Temple; Titus Brown, senior management major from New Roads, Louisiana; Caleb Callaway, sophomore youth ministry major from Early; Jessica Catlett, senior social work and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Alleyton; Devin Caraway, senior business administration major from Cisco; Karli Conrad, senior marketing major from Katy; Jaime Dodson, senior communication and psychology major from Cisco; Sawyer Fisher, junior business administration major from Bertram; Caleb Kostreva, junior global studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Clifton, Colorado; Charles Lewis, sophomore marketing and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; Jessica Meeks, junior family studies major from Bridgeport; Riley Morrison, senior marketing and engineering science major from Austin; Rachel Myers, junior education major from Buffalo Gap; Dani Puente, sophomore biochemistry and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Waskom; Foga’a Solomona-Afoa, sophomore athletic training major from Fort Hood; and Haylee Williams, junior communication and practical theology major from Bellville.

The 2018 CASL conference featured speaker Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Ph.D., co-author of Habits: Six Steps to the Art of Influence. In addition, the conference offered student leaders the opportunity to meet with representatives from other schools, attend leadership workshops and collaborate in group sessions about service and improving campus life.

The encouragement offered by discussing problems and solutions with other students is very helpful, said several HPU student representatives.

“We do a lot of things well here at HPU and at CASL we learned things to bring back and apply in our organizations,” said Fisher.

Additionally, Baker commented that CASL made him grateful to be at HPU.

“We have wonderful resident directors and resident assistants here,” he said. “I’m happy to be here.”

Ultimately, the conference is a learning opportunity and chance to be encouraged for all the students who attend. HPU representatives have taken valuable lessons from the 2018 conference.

“It is encouraging to know that you share the struggles of people in similar positions,” said Reed, “but also that they have found solutions.”

The encouragement from other student leaders to continue striving to improve their respective campuses was appreciated by attendees of CASL.

“Being on the Student Activities Council, some events will work really well while others don’t,” said Solomona-Afoa. “CASL made me realize that it’s okay for things to not always go exactly as planned.”

In January 2019, HPU will host the CASL conference, an occasion for the university to show how it excels in fostering servant leadership and what makes the university unique.

“This is an exciting opportunity for HPU to be able to host CASL and a good opportunity for other students to see what a different campus looks like,” said Kostreva.

In anticipation of the 2019 conference, planning has already begun and HPU’s representatives are looking forward to hosting next year.

“We are very excited to be planning this conference and inviting our peers from across the state to our campus,” stated Reed. “We are in prayer that that we will glorify the Lord in this.”


Cutline: HPU representatives at the recent CASL conference put up HPU’s “Sting ’Em Jackets” hand sign. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Caleb Kostreva and Keith Baker II; (middle row) Jayland Brown, Charles Lewis, Rachel Myers, Jessica Catlett, Jessica Meeks, Jaime Dodson, Riley Morrison, Caleb Callaway and Sawyer Fisher; and (front row) Titus Brown, Devin Caraway, Karli Conrad, Emma Reed, Dani Puente, Brooklyn Britton, Haylee Williams and Foga’a Solomona-Afoa.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library to host annual book sale

book sale 2018BROWNWOOD – February 22, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host its annual book sale Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2, with a clearance sale to be held Sunday, March 4. The sale is open to the community with hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. The sale is hosted by the Friends of the Library group.

A large selection of books, including duplicate titles and books the library does not traditionally carry in the academic collection, will be available for purchase. The sale will also include a large selection of children’s books. Most paperbacks and hardcover books will range from $.50 to $1.00 with rare books varying in price.

“The book sale this year has a wide selection of books and will be the largest sale we have ever done,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “We are excited about the opportunity for the public to look through the selections and pick up a few treasures.”

All proceeds from the book sale will benefit students through library improvements. With the proceeds from last year’s book sale, the library was able to purchase new commentaries for the library’s reference room and white boards for students to use in the study rooms.

“The library appreciates the Friends group and all that they do for the library at HPU,” said Riggs.

The goal of the Friends of the Library is to promote interest in the library and support for its collections and programs. Anyone is welcome to join with memberships ranging from $10 to $100. Library memberships are available to HPU alumni and members of the Friends of the Library. More information on these membership opportunities will be presented at the sale.

The Walker Memorial Library is located on Fisk Street on the HPU campus. For more information, call 325-649-8602 or send an e-mail to

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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


Cutline: HPU student Mike Nowak, sophomore from Weatherford, shelves books for the annual book sale, scheduled for March 1, 2 and 4 at the HPU Walker Memorial Library.

Recent HPU graduate discusses missionary work in Uganda

Jaclyn Bonner with graduatesBROWNWOOD – February 16, 2018 – Jaclyn Bonner, a May 2017 Howard Payne University graduate, was back on campus recently to talk with students about her mission work in Uganda. Bonner delivered a presentation on the Ugandan culture to students in a sociology class taught by Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program.

Bonner spent more than three months in Kampala, Uganda, last fall, serving as a missionary through the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Go Now Missions program. She worked with Refuge & Hope International, a faith-based organization that serves refugees who have fled to the area. The primary focus of the organization is to share the love of Christ with refugees and help equip them through English as a Second Language (ESL), General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and entrepreneurship courses. Bonner, who majored in communication studies and minored in sociology at HPU, was able to utilize what she learned in the classroom while assisting with marketing and communications, ESL teaching and tutoring.

“I believe it is important to have a missional mentality wherever I live,” she said. “However, this opportunity was particularly unique because it perfectly incorporated my calling, passion and skills. As a Christian, I am called to share Christ and make disciples. As an individual, my passion is helping marginalized people. As a recent communication studies graduate, I was able to use my skills to help make the operation run efficiently and equip refugees to succeed.”

Bonner explained to the HPU students that Uganda’s culture is much broader than she could adequately explain in the time allotted during class.

“We’re just looking at a part of a mosaic,” she said as she showed them photos of rural villages and cosmopolitan cities.

Bonner first became involved with missions through HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry and served in Brownwood, in New York City and with service projects like Beach Reach on South Padre Island.

“Each of these mission experiences were impactful and formative for me,” she said. “I learned more about spiritual discipline and the character of God. My exposure to local, state and national missions helped prepare me to serve internationally.”

While an HPU student, Bonner also had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in London and travel internationally with HPU’s Model United Nations team.

“These experiences exposed me to world events and issues, such as the refugee and migration crisis, that I have come to care about greatly,” she said. “Additionally, HPU’s Christian worldview has exposed me to ministry opportunities and encouraged me to pursue missions for this season of my life.”


Cutline: Jaclyn Bonner (center), a 2017 HPU graduate, recently served as a missionary to Uganda. She is pictured with graduates of an educational program sponsored by Refuge & Hope International.

HPU’s Symphonic Band to present winter concert

SpringBandConcert18BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its annual late-winter concert, titled “How Suite It Is,” on Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for the concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

The concert will feature “First Suite in E-Flat,” a band masterpiece by Gustav Holst. Other selections include “October” by award-winning American composer Eric Whitacre; “Commando March” by Samuel Barber, a titan of 20th-century American music; “Arabian Dances,” a newly released piece by Brian Balmages based on Middle Eastern folk music; “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3,” one of four by Clare Grundman; and “On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason” by David R. Holsinger and based on Lowell Mason’s 1832 work “My Faith Looks Up To Thee.”

HPU’s Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, director of bands and associate professor of music.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to present these band masterworks to our community,” said Ash. “We hope everyone will tell a friend and join us for the exhilarating concert.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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


Cutline: HPU’s Symphonic Band will present its winter concert Tuesday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes at championship tournament

Spring TIFA 2018BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team placed fifth overall at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament, held recently at Blinn College in Bryan.

Christopher Freeland, junior theatre major from Bangs, was named to the prestigious Texas All-State Forensics Squad. The honor is bestowed on students who have excelled in competitive forensics and academics and who demonstrate leadership and character. Freeland advanced to finals in poetry and parliamentary debate.

The debate team of Freeland and Tyler Olin, junior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were semifinalists in parliamentary debate. Olin earned ninth place top speaker at the tournament. These debaters were in the top four teams from Texas, earning their semifinalist ranking by defeating institutions such as Texas A&M University, Rice University, Texas State University and the University of North Texas. The team competed against a total of 17 universities from Texas.

“Advancing to semifinals is a great accomplishment at this tournament,” said Dr. Julie Welker, head of HPU’s communication department and SSB coach. “We are competing against some of the top teams in the state.”

Additionally, Esmeralda Maldonado, communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney, and Lucy Manning, communication, public policy and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, were named top novice team at the tournament.

“These two freshmen have been honing their debate skills this season and it paid off at the tournament,” said Dr. Welker.

Madison Neal, sophomore communication major from Chandler, also competed at the tournament. Student Speaker Bureau will next travel to the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament in March.

Applications for admission are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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


Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau placed fifth overall at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament. Left to right: Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Lucy Manning, Esmeralda Maldonado and Tyler Olin.

HPU’s Dr. Celeste Church named accreditation liaison

Dr. Celeste Church 2.13.18 1BROWNWOOD – February 13, 2018 – Dr. Bill Ellis, Howard Payne University president, has appointed Dr. Celeste Church as the university’s accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dr. Church additionally serves the university as dean of institutional research and effectiveness and professor of music.

HPU has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges since 1948. The president of each member institution designates one person to be the organization’s official conduit for all correspondence with the Commission.

“Serving in her role as dean of institutional research and effectiveness, Dr. Church was a natural and obvious choice,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “With her engagement in assisting all areas of the university in making improvements based upon assessment data, Dr. Church is already very knowledgeable of the accreditation process.”

The accreditation procedure includes the thorough examination of all aspects of university operation including administrative processes, academic programs, student life, library services and physical and financial resources.

Dr. Church assumes the role of accreditation liaison following the retirement of Dr. Robert Bicknell, who served in that position since 2000, at the close of the fall 2017 semester. She and Dr. Bicknell are preparing the university to receive its SACSCOC visiting committee in April.

Dr. Church joined HPU’s faculty in 2004 and holds the Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her husband, Dr. Gregory Church, serves as professor of music at HPU.

“I look forward to stepping into this role and am thankful for Dr. Bicknell’s guidance and forethought,” she said.


Cutline: Dr. Celeste Church has been named HPU’s accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

HPU honors 232 for academic success during fall 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 232 students for academic success during the fall 2017 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Kylie Grace Johnson, President’s List

Sarah Elizabeth Carey, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Brianna Marie Weaver, Dean’s List

Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Jay Taylor Holland, President’s List
Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, Dean’s List

Bryan Lee Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Chelsea Paige Walker, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White, Dean’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List
Joshua Tomas Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Luke Peter Victor, Dean’s List

Jarryd Blake Evans, Honor Roll

Jazmine Bridges, Dean’s List
Djimonii Rai Jackson, President’s List

Abigail Nicole Miller, Dean’s List

Sawyer Riley Fisher, Honor Roll

Isaac Conrad Herrera Sommers, President’s List

Jeffrey Scott Gilseth, Dean’s List

Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, President’s List

Skyler Andrews, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Joy Colegrove, Honor Roll
Angela Leigh Curtis, Honor Roll
Regina Ellen Dunlap, Dean’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, Honor Roll
Anissa Marie Garcia, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Katherine LeAnn Griffin, Honor Roll
Samantha Michelle Henry, President’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Dean’s List
Jessica Carol Huckaby, Honor Roll
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Colton Ross Jenkins, Honor Roll
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, President’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Shelly LaDean King, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Honor Roll
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, President’s List
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, President’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Hannah Jean Netherton, Dean’s List
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Clara Octani Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, Dean’s List
Keegan Ryan Torres, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Vincent, President’s List

McKenna Kirsten Walker, Dean’s List

Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Mitchell Jennings, Honor Roll

Lexie Madeleine Hobby, Honor Roll

Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Canyon Lake
Alyssa L. Henry, Dean’s List

Sierra Anne Ross, President’s List

Kristin Anne Cunningham, President’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Madison Rianna Neal, Dean’s List

Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Dean’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Hillary Bryanne Jackson, Honor Roll

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Enna Mae Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Russel Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Michelle Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Dean’s List
Nicole Renee Rivera, Honor Roll

Ryan Wesley Mason, Dean’s List

Sadee Gail Regian, President’s List
Lucas Phillip Steinkamp, Dean’s List

Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Cecily Noel McIlwain, Honor Roll

Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Dean’s List

Conner Mac Drew, President’s List
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, Dean’s List
Jacob Warren Ledbetter, Dean’s List
Alexis Nicole Ray, Honor Roll
Stormie Jo Schoolcraft, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, President’s List
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List

Hailey Perrin, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Armando Ezequiel Monroy, Dean’s List
Robert Cordes Sweeny, Honor Roll
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Anna Kaye McBride, Dean’s List

Karla Grace Zachary, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Honor Roll
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Brooke Gibbs, Dean’s List
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Lucy Manning, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Honor Roll

Kalin Rose Brown, Dean’s List

Rebekah Ann Barnett, President’s List
Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Ty Wright, Dean’s List

Amber Lynn Breum, Dean’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, Dean’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Seth James Rainey, Honor Roll

Mackinzey Mishelle Boyer, Honor Roll
Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, Dean’s List

Bailey Brian Smith, Dean’s List

Jordan Alexandria Sweat, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Klaye Kiel Georges, Honor Roll

Harker Heights
Derek Nathan Anderson, Dean’s List
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Danielle Leffers, Dean’s List

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Sara A. Heinrichs, President’s List

Keith Douglas Baker, President’s List
Emily Elizabeth Craft, Honor Roll
Alejandro J. Molina, President’s List
Diana Torres, Honor Roll

Lindsey Brooke Krueger, Dean’s List
Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Hunter Gordon Bazan, President’s List
William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Kathleen Diane Cravey, Dean’s List

Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List
Anissa Joyce Peralta, President’s List

Josiah Quinn Hughes, Dean’s List
Anastasia Alexis Willis, President’s List

Talen Arman Davis-Rentfro, Dean’s List

Hailey Ann Green, President’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List

Brandy Bratton, Honor Roll
Catrina Leigh Hooten, Dean’s List
Morgan Makenzie Patterson, President’s List

Kaytlin Dianne Hunkins, Honor Roll
Tyler Lee James, Honor Roll

Alexandra Irene Thompson, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Timothy Smith, President’s List

League City
Thomas Harold Carte, Honor Roll

Matthew Adam Martin, Dean’s List

Liberty Hill
Chesney Beth Goza, Dean’s List

Graham Walters White, President’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Rebekah Doering, President’s List

Justin Christopher Hughes, Honor Roll

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Dean’s List

Sydni Ann Salvato, Dean’s List

Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Emily Laura Lang, Honor Roll

Sarah Abigail Brown, President’s List
Stephanie M. Kerby, Honor Roll
Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll
Hannah Elizabeth Williams, President’s List

Grant Iverson, Dean’s List
Fred Zavala, Dean’s List

Britt Thomas Boler, Dean’s List
Jaci DeeAnn Frazier, President’s List
Jacob Daniel Lehrer, Dean’s List

Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Mauricio Manolof, President’s List
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Garrett Ford, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Paul Isaac Chandler, Dean’s List

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

New Braunfels
Chad Matthew Adams, Dean’s List
Adelaide Anne Joralemon, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List

Carissa Caley Higbee, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, President’s List

Dalton Roy Pendergrass, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, President’s List

Keeley Jo McKinney, Dean’s List

Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, President’s List

Scott Walton Wright, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, President’s List
Alexander Elliott McMurtrey Wheeler, President’s List

Michaela Dawn Brandt, President’s List

Benjamin Cade Blanchard, Dean’s List
Brian Joseph Blanchard, President’s List

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody, President’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Rose Stehlik, President’s List

Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

San Angelo
Erin Lenore McCleer, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, Dean’s List
Sabrina Abagail Martinez, President’s List
Collin Rex Salyers, Dean’s List
Micah Andrew Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Daniel Jae Rosales, Dean’s List

Santa Anna
Marlen Longoria, Honor Roll

Carol Sue Aramendia, President’s List

Dustin Charles Crawford, Honor Roll

Sour Lake
William Ryan Meade, Honor Roll

Jesse James Paschal, Honor Roll

Jacob Rodriguez, Honor Roll

Britni Dawn Hays, Dean’s List

Shadd C. Cole, Dean’s List

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Cali Lin Brockway, President’s List

Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Dean’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Ethan Chase Molnari, President’s List

Sierra Dawn Bennett, President’s List

Ariana D. Rehm, Honor Roll

Gabriela Rei Flores, Dean’s List

Moo Hser, Dean’s List

Cameron Gutierrez, Honor Roll

Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Sidney Lynne Ganus, President’s List

Morgan Andie McCoy, Dean’s List

Cassia Noelle Rose, Dean’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk, Honor Roll

HPU to host CBF’s Rev. Suzii Paynter for Currie-Strickland lectures

Suzii Paynter for webBROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, for the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. The lectures will take place Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16, and are free to the public.

Centered on the theme “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction,” Rev. Paynter’s lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening and 10 a.m. Friday morning. Both discussions will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

According to the organization’s website, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network comprised of people and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. Prior to joining CBF in 2013, Rev. Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Her tenure with Texas Baptists spanned more than a decade during which she focused on creating and managing large-scale ministry and advocacy programs.

Rev. Paynter serves on the board of Christian Ethics Today, is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee. A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher of more than 40 years, Rev. Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Rev. Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award. Her work has also been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America and in print publications such as the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Rev. Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office.

“We’re honored to host Rev. Paynter and look forward to her thought-provoking discussions on women’s leadership roles and the global church,” said Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies. “We invite the community to join us for these important and timely lectures.”

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, contact Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at or by phone at 325-649-8403. More information is available online at


Cutline: Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for HPU’s 11th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics.