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HPU Moot Court students receive additional awards for spring semester

BROWNWOOD – July 21, 2017 – Six Howard Payne University students were among an elite group to receive year-end awards from the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association. Five HPU students made the list of TUMCA’s 2017 Top 20 Orators while two HPU teams were among the five best teams in the state.

Receiving orator awards were Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, second place; Jordan Hahn, freshman from Burnet, eighth place; Jakob Morgan, senior from Blanket, 13th place; Bailey Myler, sophomore from Brownwood, 14th place; and Rebeca Puente, May 2017 graduate from Waskom, 20th place. Puente and Sommers were named the fourth-best team in the state and Hahn and Andie McCoy, sophomore from Whitehouse, were named the fifth-best team.

The awards were announced following HPU’s stellar Moot Court season. Among the top designations for HPU Moot Court this year, Sommers was named the fifth overall speaker out of 786 competitors at the American Moot Court Association Invitational National Championships held in January at Florida’s Stetson College of Law. Additionally, Sommers and Puente advanced to out-rounds, placing in the top 16 of 80 teams. For written arguments submitted prior to that tournament, Myler and Justin Harris, senior from Fort Worth, placed sixth and Puente and Sommers placed seventh. Puente and Sommers were additionally the champions at the Southern Methodist University tournament in March, and three of HPU’s five teams were among the top 10.

“For years, HPU Moot Court students have proven themselves to be the best in the state,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

Dr. McNiece expressed his appreciation to the students and to the team’s adviser, Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government.

“Professor Kelley is a wonderful coach and mentor to our Moot Court students,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of what they accomplished this year and in the past several years. I look forward to what’s to come.”

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HPU group serves in Slovakia

HPU group in Slovakia 2017 BROWNWOOD – July 20, 2017 – Nine Howard Payne University students traveled to Slovakia at the beginning of the summer for a short-term mission immersion experience. Travelers included students in Dr. Melody Maxwell’s International Missions Practicum course as well as students involved with HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry. The group was accompanied by Dr. Maxwell and Keith Platte, BSM director.

The HPU team led ministry activities among the Roma and Slovak people and learned from Shane and Dianne McNary, field personnel with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

“It was our privilege and joy to be able to interact with such a dynamic and talented group of young scholars,” wrote the McNarys in an e-mail newsletter following the trip.

Dr. Maxwell’s class prepared for the trip the semester prior by studying short-term missions along with the history and culture of the area and the Roma people.

“The Roma are a people group in Europe who are often marginalized and frequently live in poverty,” said Dr. Maxwell. “We were blessed with the opportunity to briefly serve among the Roma alongside the McNarys.”

Among other activities, the group taught English at a public school in Važec and hosted a Bible school for Roma children in partnership with Jekh Drom, a local non-profit. They also connected with Word for the World – Slovakia, a group of people translating the Bible into a local Roma dialect, and the Slovak Bible Society who has partnered with the group in publishing and distributing the Bibles.

“This trip specifically taught me about the importance of having cross-cultural knowledge and how that shapes our presentation of the Gospel,” said Zoe Emley, junior from Natalia. “This trip was one where I felt that I gained an overwhelming amount of great information about Slovak and Roma culture and the culture of short-term missions.”

Before departing from Europe, the team traveled to Poland where they visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Schindler Museum and the Polish Roma Association Museum.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that what we did as tourists directly related to who we had been working with while we were on mission,” said Kara Strange, May 2017 graduate from Fredericksburg. “Our tourism was not without a purpose.”

Tara Carroll, junior from McKinney, said the trip taught her that God speaks to everyone differently.

“God transcends human limitations and can transcend cultural differences as well,” she said. “The Gospel is multifaceted and can to speak to everyone in many ways. God has used the McNarys to do beautiful work in Slovakia and with the Roma people. We were able to come alongside this work with them for a short time. They will continue to do this Gospel work long after we are gone.”

In addition to Emley, Strange and Carroll, those on the trip included Daniel Harris, May 2017 graduate from Boerne; Kindell Hill, junior from Jarrell; Tom Kyle, May 2017 graduate from Salado; Anthony McCarson, May 2017 graduate from San Angelo; Erin McCleer, junior from San Angeolo; and Caitlin Vincent, junior from Brownwood.

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Cutline: A group from HPU completed a short-term mission immersion experience in Slovakia at the beginning of the summer. They are pictured at the High Tatra Mountains as they traveled from Slovakia to Poland. Left to right: Caitlin Vincent, Kara Strange, Kindell Hill, Keith Platte, Erin McCleer, Tom Kyle, Zoe Emley, Anthony McCarson, Tara Carroll, Daniel Harris and Dr. Melody Maxwell.

HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy broadens students’ horizons

Spencer and McNiece for webBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2017 – Throughout its more than 50-year history, students in Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy have been challenged by and edified through a wide array of opportunities.

As HPU’s multidisciplinary honors program, the Academy emphasizes instruction in public policy and civic engagement. Formerly the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, the Academy was founded in 1962 under the leadership of Dr. Newman, who served as president of the university from 1955 to 1973.

A limited number of students are accepted into the Academy each semester which helps strengthen the bond among the faculty and students.

“We try to emphasize fellowship with students and faculty beyond typical classroom interactions,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, Academy director and chair and associate professor of history and government.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, the Academy faculty and students hosted a variety of events including the academic presentation of the documentary “Tickling Giants” and watch parties for the presidential debates and election coverage. Academy majors were also among the HPU students who participated in state and national competitions through Moot Court and Mock Trial. Additionally, the Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team and the Model United Nations team traveled to London and Milan, respectively.

Frequent banquets and meetings allow Academy students to interact with alumni from the program and members of the Academy’s Board of Directors. Students working on their Academy theses also entertain questions from the Board of Directors in preparation of the oral defense before faculty.

“The more we can do to add to their undergraduate experiences in and out of the classroom, the better prepared they’ll be for the kinds of things they’ll face in the ‘real world,’” said Dr. McNiece.

Sydney Spencer of Georgetown graduated Magna Cum Laude from HPU in May 2017 with majors in the Academy, social work and social science (global studies).

“The experiences the Academy offered me through numerous experiential learning opportunities, one-on-one meetings with professors and the thesis curriculum allowed me to grow as a leader and enhance my knowledge of civic policy and its application on both a national and global level,” she said. “As a recent graduate of the program, I feel confident that the Academy and its professors have prepared me to be successful in future job interviews and master’s degree programs.”

Three Academy faculty members, including Dr. McNiece, are graduates from the program.

“Coming back to teach in the Academy says our experiences here were good and valuable, but it’s also our way of giving back,” he said. “The program emphasizes civic engagement and this is one of the ways we demonstrate that.”

The Academy offers several scholarships each year including a maximum of five full-tuition scholarships. Additional scholarship and academic opportunities are offered for junior-level Academy students through the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation.

For more information about the Academy, visit www.hputx.edu/academy. To learn more about enrolling at Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu or call 325-649-8020.

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Cutline: Sydney Spencer, a student in HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, graduated in May 2017. She is pictured with Dr. Matthew McNiece, Academy director and chair and associate professor of history and government.

Registration deadline nearing for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps

operation_innovationBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2017 – There is still time to register for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps at Howard Payne University. The camps are scheduled July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, and those who register by July 10 will receive a free t-shirt. Registration ends July 14.

The programs, featuring instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing, are open to all students in first through sixth grades.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science and recreation.

“Summer Scholars will be making fidget spinners in 3D printing and will spend more time learning to program the robots in the robotics class,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “Young Scholars students will also spend more time doing robotics and science activities as well.”

Dr. Welker said she has extended class times this year to allow students more hands-on time in the academic areas.

“Our theme this year is ‘Operation Innovation,’ and we want to teach our students that innovation takes time and patience,” she said. “We are providing opportunities for our students to create their own programs and be innovative, all in a fun learning environment.”

Returning as instructors this summer are Estevan Arbaiza, head men’s soccer coach at HPU, who will lead recreation for both camps; Tami Hull, science teacher and robotics coach at Early Middle School, who will teach robotics for Summer Scholars; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, assistant professor of biology at HPU, who will teach science for Young Scholars; Keith Taylor, robotics coach at Early Elementary School, who will teach robotics for Young Scholars; and Dr. Lester Towell, professor and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems, who will teach 3D printing for Summer Scholars.

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center, climbing wall and other campus locations.

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

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. 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.

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Cutline: The theme for HPU’s 2017 Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps is “Operation Innovation.”

HPU confers 134 degrees at close of spring 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University awarded 134 degrees during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Alleyton
Danielle Mae Parkhurst – Bachelor of Arts in social science (global studies)

Anson
Kierstyn Lauren Evans – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Arlington
Tayler Brittany Rushing – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Austin
Ashley Paige Miller – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general)

Ballinger
Ely Chance Self – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Bangs
Don Leland Greenwood – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Summa Cum Laude
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude
Melissa Dawn Ramirez – Bachelor of Science in biology

Boerne
Daniel Harris – Bachelor of Arts in biblical languages and cross-cultural studies

Brady
Bracken Cole Bean – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Brownwood
Elizabeth Sue Allen – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies and English
Chad Holman Anders – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)
Abby Noelle Anguiano – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Tammy Fay Arreola – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education), Cum Laude
Christy Renee Ash – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development), Magna Cum Laude
Gabriel Wise Cardenas – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Teresa E. Cavitt – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
Abram L. Choate – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
James David Crow – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Kegan Dean Duncan – Master of Business Administration
Shannon Rose Ellis – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Cherita Mae George – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts and reading (high school: grade 8-12)
Jennifer Lee Gwathmey – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Jessica Leigh Harris – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Amelia M. Iafrate – Master of Business Administration
David Andrew Lambert – Bachelor of Arts in history (high school: grade 8-12)
Stephen A. Lynn – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
William Hays Massey – Master of Business Administration
Jordan Audrey Mays – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Daniel Juan Meza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Jakob Richard Morris – Bachelor of Arts in English
Eanna Martin O’Gorman – Master of Business Administration
Eva Adelaida Ozuna – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Priscilla Lynn Rodriguez – Bachelor of Science in biology
William Thomas Rumfield – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Stephen Kelly Skelton – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Stephanie B. Turney-Ivey – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
Mari Amy Villarreal – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Brittony Nicole Walker – Bachelor of Science in family studies

Bryan
Dezmun D’Andre Williams – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Cibolo
Gabriela Castillo – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Cleburne
Taylor Renea Bicknell – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Copperas Cove
Robert Vincent Martinez – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Desoto
Sharon Allen Wolverton – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Dublin
Aaron Robert Callaway – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Early
Chad Worth Burleson – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Colby Scott Compton – Bachelor of Arts in studio art, Cum Laude
Kelly Franks – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Thomas Harrison Givan – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Magna Cum Laude

Eastland
Cody Neal Perrin – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and history (European emphasis), Magna Cum Laude
Dezeray Dawn Tafte – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

El Paso
Sarahi Castillo – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Roxana Cofresi – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (Bible concentration)
Isabel Gonzalez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude
Brian Alan Seguin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Ferris
Olivia Ann Belsher – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Florence
John Curtis Elmore – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership

Floresville
Kyle Alan Ramon – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Fort Worth
Keafer King Clegg – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
Trey Weldon Franks – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Hannah Elise Williamson – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Fredericksburg
Kara Rene Strange – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Georgetown
Isaac Harrison Howell – Bachelor of Arts in theatre
Rachel Ann Mahagan – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems, Summa Cum Laude
Mason Marie Samsel – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Sydney Drew Spencer – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social work and social science (global studies), Magna Cum Laude
Scott Thomas Turner – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry
Aaron William Walling – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude

Goldthwaite
Priscilla Deann Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Julie Marie Hart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Jody Michael Loudamy – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Granbury
Kayla Michelle Smith – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Greenville
Anna Lauren Jeffers – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education, Magna Cum Laude

Gunter
J Brian Bailey – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science (jurisprudence)

Hallettsville
Dillon Keith McCord – Bachelor of Arts in biblical languages and youth ministry

Harper
Taylor Kay Reid – Bachelor of Science in biology

Huntington
Tonya Gale Williams – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude

Justin
Hannah Joan Ball – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development), Magna Cum Laude

Kaufman
Daniel Esperon Palacios – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Kerrville
James Vincent Abbatiello – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Summa Cum Laude

Kingsville
Brett Ollen Quackenbush – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Las Cruces, New Mexico
David S. Goniotakis – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (biblical languages concentration)

Lexington
Joshua N. O’Conner – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Lockhart
Josiah James Horton – Bachelor of Music in church music (voice)

Lytle
Jaclyn Rose Bonner – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Summa Cum Laude

Mansfield
Mikayla Elizabeth Burckhard – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

May
Vanessa Monique Pate – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Amber Rose Shipman – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Midland
Garland Lucas Burge – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership
Andrew Mitchell Erwin – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
MaryClaire Swallow – Bachelor of Science in family studies

Mission
Gil Eduardo Jaime – Bachelor of Science in biochemistry

Montgomery
Candace Leeann Montgomery – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Jana Lee Acosta – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Matthew Ryan Aguirre – Master of Business Administration
Alicia Dees – Master of Business Administration
Dallas Joe Freeman – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Alexander Nunez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Daniel Reina – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Jennifer Ann Sanders – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude
Sandi Renee Shahan – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Nocona
Rebecca Nicole Hamilton – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Oakland, California
Sabrina M. Ochoa – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Odessa
Alex Jay Sanchez – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood – Bachelor of Science in life science (high school: grade 8-12)

Perryton
Keaton James Fletcher – Bachelor of Science in biology, Summa Cum Laude

Pleasant Hill, California
Jack Henry Judd – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science), Magna Cum Laude

Ponder
Jorden Alexander Young – Master of Education in sport wellness and leadership

Ralls
Amber Jo Willson – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Roanoke
Roderick Boardman Adams – Bachelor of Science in English language arts and reading (high school: grade 8-12)

Robert Lee
Lubbock Michelle Roe – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration)

Rockwall
Blake Robert Wynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (forensic science)

Saginaw
Elizabeth Anne Fargo – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Salado
Thomas Parker Kyle – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Summa Cum Laude

San Angelo
Anthony Edward McCarson – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

San Antonio
Andrew Uriah Collazo – Bachelor of Arts in biblical languages
Taylor Gorman – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Cum Laude
Arthur Joseph Hettler – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification), Cum Laude
William Rangel-Alfaro – Bachelor of Science in athletic training
Jacqueline Marie Vega – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general)
Nathan Richard Weyrauch – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

San Marcos
Erin Renee’ Hudson – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Savannah, Georgia
Shanique Denise Davis-Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Scurry
Rachel Renea Hitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Seguin
Robin Rae Kunkel – Master of Business Administration

Southlake
Braxton Stone Clark – Bachelor of Arts in social science (global studies), Magna Cum Laude

Springtown
Elizabeth Ann Rainey – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Temple
Zachary Paul Eller – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and political science (pre-law) and Bachelor of Science in business administration, Magna Cum Laude

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and political science/pre-law, Summa Cum Laude

Weatherford
Morgan Paige Ashmore – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Magna Cum Laude
Kaylee Jae Blevins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Bailey Michelle Waller – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Wilmer
Lamonica M. Sharp – Master of Education in instructional leadership

HPU pre-college music students earn top honors at state competition

BROWNWOOD – June 14, 2017 – Twenty students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

One student, Sarah Reeves, received the All-State award, which is the highest award at the competition. Sarah received the All-State award in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre.

The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre was given to Hannah Bessent, Christian Fijer, Mary McIver, Marti Millwee, Jordan Roberts and Kyla Tressler. The outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Michael Morales, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts and Carli Schoen.

Students who received the superior rating were Andrew Boren, Tony Calfa and Kamry Keese, all in Piano Solo.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘shout-out’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment for the fall semester will begin in mid-August. Classes begin on Labor Day and continue through mid-December.

For more information, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu, or contact Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

HPU gears up for another great summer of camps

Summer Camp Staff 3 2017Although most students have left for the summer, Howard Payne University will be full of activity during June and July. Six day camps and five overnight camps are scheduled to take place at HPU for the 2017 summer season. The university is expecting more than 1,200 overnight campers. Also, approximately 400 campers will be attending day camps this summer at HPU.

This week, HPU is hosting the JROTC Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp for participants ages 14-18 and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp for participants ages 14-16. These cadets are from more than 25 high schools across the state of Texas.

Later in June, HPU will host an overnight Band Camp and the BGCT’s Super Summer camp.

“These two overnight camps always bring lots of energy and excitement to the campus,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “Having camps during the summer is a unique and fun experience because we get to show off our campus to prospective students. We also have the opportunity for our staff to build leadership skills within our team and create new relationships with campers.”

HPU also hosts multiple sport camps and day camps including the university’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 17-21. The HPU Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps are for first- through sixth-grade students and feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing.

HPU’s summer camp staff, led by Childs as well as Kathy James, special events coordinator, facilitates all of the summer camps to help ensure that all guests have fun, safe and Christ-centered experiences while on campus. The staffers for this year include Derek Anderson, senior political science/pre-law major from Killeen; Titus Brown, junior business administration major with an emphasis in management from White Castle, Louisiana; Trey Carpenter, senior Christian education major from Hamilton; Madelyn Deviney, junior accounting and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Bulverde; Darius Edwards, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Waxahachie; Djimonii Jackson, senior business marketing major from Beaumont; Lindsey Krueger, sophomore music education major from Howe; Jordan Lewis, sophomore communications major from Houston; and Spencer Wolverton, junior communications major rom DeSoto.
For more information about HPU’s array of summer camps, contact University Services at 325-649-8409.

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Cutline: HPU summer camp staffers are ready to facilitate camps at the university this summer. Pictured are Madelyn Deviney (top row, far left), Darius Edwards (top row, second from left), Jordan Lewis (top row, third from left), Derek Anderson (top row, third from right), Trey Carpenter (top row, second from right), Titus Brown (top row, far right), Lindsey Krueger (bottom row, far left), Djimonii Jackson (bottom row, second from left), Spencer Wolverton (bottom row, third from right), Debbie Childs, director of university events (bottom row, second from right) and Kathy James, special events coordinator (bottom row, far right).

 

HPU receives $25,000 from TexasBank through Doss Foundation

Ellis and DoddsTexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2017.

Within the past eight years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $700,000 to area educational institutions.

Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank, said the bank is proud to be affiliated with the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation, whose gift will give back to local students through HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund. This year, the TexasBank donation will specifically benefit HPU students who are receiving the Heart of Texas Scholarship and majoring in business.

“We believe that the Heart of Texas Scholarship has provided an opportunity for a quality university degree for an ever-increasing number of local students,” he said. “This year, we are excited that the scholarship will go to students in HPU’s School of Business and that we can cultivate a relationship with them while they attend Howard Payne. The Board and Ownership of TexasBank value our relationship with Howard Payne University, and we are honored to support this institution and its students.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, expressed his appreciation to TexasBank and the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation.

“HPU is blessed to have community partners who recognize the value of higher education,” he said. “Their continued financial support of HPU demonstrates their commitment to area students.”

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. The scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or via e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Bill Ellis (left), HPU president, accepts a check from Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank.

HPU honors 247 for academic success during spring 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 247 students for academic success during the spring 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:

Abilene
Katlyn Leigh McCoy, Honor Roll
Miranda Kristeen Rice, Dean’s List
Brittony Nicole Walker, Dean’s List

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Allen
Brianna Marie Weaver, Dean’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Jay Taylor Holland, Dean’s List
Natalie Marie Stephens, Dean’s List

Alvin
Bryan Lee Bourque, Honor Roll
Taylor Grace Davis, Dean’s List

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White, President’s List

Arlington
James Ryan Cook, Dean’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Ysabel Austine Cuellar, Dean’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, President’s List

Ballinger
Ely Chance Self, Dean’s List

Bangs
Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Elizabeth Irene James, Honor Roll
Jordan Lisa Pitman, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Honor Roll
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List
Michael Talon Taylor, Dean’s List

Beaumont
Rickey Andrew Guillory, Dean’s List
Djimonii Rai Jackson, Dean’s List

Belton
Xavier Michael Haines, Honor Roll

Boerne
Charles Patrick Lewis, Honor Roll
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Breckenridge
Tyler White Brooks, President’s List

Bridgeport
Jessica Leanne Meeks, Honor Roll

Brownwood
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List
Skyler Andrews, Honor Roll
Christy Renee Ash, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, President’s List
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Lydia Melissa Conrad, Honor Roll
Christin Deann Cooper, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
James Tanner Crow, Honor Roll
Angela Leigh Curtis, Honor Roll
Peyton Evan Donahoo, President’s List
Karina Marie Garcia, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
James Roland Hair, Honor Roll
Jessica Leigh Harris, Dean’s List
Samantha Michelle Henry, President’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, Dean’s List
Tiffany Joanne Hogue, Honor Roll
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Jolee Jordan Jones, Honor Roll
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Brittiny Lynn Kelley, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, President’s List
Jacob Drew McNeill, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, President’s List
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Wendie Nevels, Honor Roll
Shannon Shae Parrish, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Honor Roll
Aaron James Pulley, Honor Roll
Priscilla Lynn Rodriguez, Honor Roll
William Thomas Rumfield, Dean’s List
Stephen Kelly Skelton, Dean’s List
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, President’s List
Lauren Nicole Tipton, President’s List
Keegan Ryan Torres, Honor Roll
Connor Chaz Vara, Dean’s List
Mari Amy Villarreal, President’s List

Bulverde
Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Burleson
Britney Nichole Chandler, Dean’s List

Burnet
Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Dean’s List

Carlsbad
Kathryn Ann Grice, Dean’s List

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham, Dean’s List
TaShana Rae Hooker, Dean’s List

Chandler
Madison Rianna Neal, Dean’s List

Cisco
Robert Devin Caraway, Honor Roll
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Honor Roll
Tonya Gayle Thompson, Honor Roll
Camille Webb, President’s List

Cleburne
Taylor Renea Bicknell, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Coleman
Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Comanche
Jaze Mance Randolph, President’s List

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Kyle Dwain Winstead, Dean’s List

Corpus Christi
Paige Maria Bowers, Honor Roll

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson, Dean’s List

Dayton
Cecily Noel McIlwain, President’s List

Desoto
Sharon Allen Wolverton, Dean’s List

Early
Porng Chea, Honor Roll
Colby Scott Compton, Dean’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Jennifer Nicole Sepeda, Dean’s List
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, President’s List
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List
Ryan Kinsey Wofford, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Steven Cathcart Lewis, Honor Roll
Tyler Joel Morgan, President’s List
Brandon Rutkowski, Dean’s List
Brian Alan Seguin, Dean’s List

Eldorado
Anna Kaye McBride, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ennis
Ashley Nicole McKay, Dean’s List

Florence
Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, President’s List

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Hood
Foga’a Elizabeth Solomona, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Honor Roll
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Honor Roll
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, President’s List
Victoria Louise Malone, President’s List
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, President’s List

Fredericksburg
Kalin Rose Brown, President’s List
Kara Rene Strange, Honor Roll

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Georgetown
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List

Goldthwaite
Jeffrey J. Gilbert, Dean’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, Dean’s List

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Gorman
Michelle Elaine Teague, Honor Roll

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Marie Diaz De Leon, President’s List

Grapeland
Alexandria Cymone Davis, Honor Roll

Greenville
Anna Lauren Jeffers, Dean’s List
Jordan Alexandria Sweat, Dean’s List

Gunter
J Brian Bailey, Dean’s List

Hallettsville
Kade Louis Kahanek, Dean’s List
Dillon Keith McCord, Honor Roll

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hamilton
Jeremiah Kayne Wenzel, Dean’s List

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Hico
Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

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

Hurst
Carrie Deann Leach Condra, President’s List

Irving
Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Jarrell
Anissa Joyce Peralta, Dean’s List

Justin
Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Keller
Maggie Ariette Van Nes, President’s List

Kerrville
James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List

Killeen
Jada Evans, President’s List
Tyler Lee James, President’s List

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Lynn Gerig, Honor Roll

Lexington
Joshua N. O’Conner, Honor Roll

Liberty Hill
Chesney Beth Goza, Honor Roll

Lindale
Graham Walters White, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Honor Roll
Kailey Rebekah Doering, President’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Honor Roll

Llano
Justin Christopher Hughes, Honor Roll
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, President’s List

Lockhart
Josiah James Horton, President’s List

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Honor Roll

Lubbock
Jamie C.G. Garrett, Honor Roll

Lytle
Jaclyn Rose Bonner, President’s List
Rebekah Joyce Lytle, President’s List

Mansfield
Emily Laura Lang, Honor Roll

May
Eli David Williams, Honor Roll

McKinney
Fred Zavala, President’s List

Memphis
Callie Anne Molloy, President’s List

Midland
Guy Rand Ekstrom, President’s List

Midlothian
Chad Holman Anders, Dean’s List
Emily Nicole Ball, Honor Roll
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Mission
Gil Eduardo Jaime, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Maci Ann Dorsey, Honor Roll

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

Navasota
Madison Kaye Witherwax, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List
Kirstin Lorrel Henderson, Honor Roll
Dylan Wayne Johnson, Dean’s List
Adelaide Anne Joralemon, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, President’s List
Viktoria Caroline Quintero, President’s List
Westley James Wassom, President’s List

Newark
Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Odessa
Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Dean’s List
Larry Dwayne Potter, Dean’s List

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood, Dean’s List

Oriental, North Carolina
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Honor Roll

Plano
Grant Michael Saltar, Dean’s List

Richardson
Emily Grace Wright, President’s List
Scott Walton Wright, President’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, Dean’s List

Robinson
Ally Presley McKethan, Honor Roll

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

Rowlett
Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, President’s List

Saginaw
Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Honor Roll

Salado
Ruben Daniel Lemus, President’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman, Dean’s List
Juan Andres Luna, President’s List
Erin Lenore McCleer, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, President’s List
Sabrina Abagail Martinez, Honor Roll
Collin Rex Salyers, Honor Roll
Micah Andrew Smith, President’s List
Jacqueline Marie Vega, Dean’s List

San Marcos
Macy Annette Maniscalo, Dean’s List

San Saba
Caelob Dane Hardman, Dean’s List

Scurry
Rachel Renea Hitt, Honor Roll

Shepherd
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Honor Roll

Sidney
Dustin Charles Crawford, Honor Roll

Southlake
Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Splendora
Jesse James Paschal, Honor Roll

Stephenville
Shadd C. Cole, Honor Roll

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Temple
Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Dean’s List

Tomball
Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Honor Roll

Trinity
Jeremiah Thomas Taylor, Honor Roll

Troup
Ethan Chase Molnari, Dean’s List

Tulia
Kayla Denae Chadwick, Dean’s List

Tuscola
Sierra Dawn Bennett, Dean’s List
Lillie Cheyenne McDonald, Dean’s List

Uhland
Ariana D. Rehm, Dean’s List

Waco
Toni H.J. Gibbs, Honor Roll
Terrell Veron St. Julian, Dean’s List
Lazhay Tranisha Winn, Dean’s List

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Weatherford
Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy, Dean’s List

Winnsboro
Cassia Noelle Rose, President’s List

Zephyr
Kashtyn Kael Eoff, Honor Roll

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Four selected as HPU Sumners Scholars

HPU Sumners Scholars 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – June 2, 2017 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were recently selected as Sumners Scholars. Acceptance into the Sumners Scholar Program, created by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, is based on an assessment of academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential.

This year’s recipients are Jessica Catlett, sophomore from Alleyton; Augusta Johnson, junior from Gatesville; Tyler Olin, sophomore from Howe; and Emma Reed, junior from Kennedale.

Students are selected for the competitive four-semester program after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board.

Sumners Scholars are also provided with opportunities to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences to supplement their learning and expand their growth potential. While receiving the scholarship, students are required to maintain a 3.25 GPA and be in good standing with the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

“The Sumners Scholars Program is an amazing benefit for our students in terms of both financial assistance and academic opportunities,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Academy. “We’re grateful to the Sumners Foundation for its ongoing support of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and its initiatives.”

For more information about the Sumner Scholars Program at HPU, visit www.hputx.edu/sumners.

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Cutline: Four students from HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were named Sumner Scholars. Left to right: Tyler Olin, Augusta Johnson, Emma Reed and Jessica Catlett.