Howard Payne University is deeply saddened by the devastation along the Gulf Coast and in the other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are praying for God’s comfort and protection over our friends, loved ones and all others impacted by this tragedy. Our university is actively using university resources to support the relief efforts. Information will be announced through HPU’s communications channels as details are finalized.
BROWNWOOD – August 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s cheer team recently held the group’s first practice of the 2017-2018 academic year. The students are eager to lead the campus community in showing HPU spirit at a variety of athletic events and other activities.
The team is led by Bethany Covington in her first year as cheer team coach. Providing support as cheer team coordinator is Gretchen Campbell, executive assistant to the vice president for student life & dean of students.
“We have a great, high-energy group of cheerleaders on our team,” said Bethany Covington. “I know their HPU enthusiasm will be contagious.”
HPU’s cheer team is comprised of Maddie Bicknell, sophomore from Cleburne; Madelyn Deviney, junior from Bulverde; Fallon Ferguson (captain), senior from Milano; Klaye Georges, sophomore from Hamlin; Chanda King, sophomore from Childress; Holly Leatherman, senior from Tolar; Lindsey McKinney (captain), senior from Brownwood; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Krystin Mullins, freshman from Crowley; Marley Murray, sophomore from Brownwood; Brittany Rideau, sophomore from Beaumont; Keylee Sinderud, sophomore from Clifton; Connor Vara, senior from Brownwood; and Chelsea Walker, freshman from Anson.
The group’s first public appearance is scheduled for the football game on September 23 at 1:00 p.m., when the HPU Yellow Jackets face the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Cutline: Members of HPU’s cheer team are eager to lend enthusiastic support to the university at athletic events and other activities throughout the new academic year. Pictured are (far left) Chelsea Walker; (bottom from left to right) Brittany Rideau, Lindsey McKinney, Krystin Mullins, Klaye Georges and Madelyn Deviney; and (top from left to right) Holly Leatherman, Fallon Ferguson, Chanda King, Madison Miller, Keylee Sinderud, Maddie Bicknell and Marley Murray. Not pictured is Connor Vara.
BROWNWOOD – August 25, 2017 – Members of Howard Payne University’s new student class, along with upperclassman leaders, spent the Saturday before classes began serving the city they now call home. The students participated in the university’s annual Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.) project on August 19 as part of Jacket Journey, the university’s new student orientation.
The S.W.A.R.M. volunteers gathered at the university early that morning and then dispersed to four locations – Good Samaritan Ministries, Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre, The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter and the Brownwood Area Community Garden. Some students stayed on campus and wrote encouraging letters to the military on behalf of the university.
“S.W.A.R.M. is a highlight of our Jacket Journey program,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “It is always encouraging to see new and returning students spend their time and energy serving the Brownwood community.”
Cutlines: 1. New and current HPU students help sort clothing at Good Samaritan Ministries during the university’s S.W.A.R.M. day.
2. HPU students volunteer at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre.
3. HPU students help organize clothing at the ARK Domestic Violence Shelter.
4. HPU students volunteer at the Brownwood Area Community Garden.
BROWNWOOD – August 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2017 semester this week with eleven new full-time faculty members among its ranks.
“Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and the university as a whole,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “HPU’s entire body of faculty demonstrates the highest of academic standards, and we look forward to the year ahead.”
New full-time faculty members include Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Dave Claborn, professor of government; David Clemons, instructor of history; Dr. Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical science; Dr. Leslie Griffin, associate professor of psychology and family studies; Dr. Rick Grimes; associate professor of kinesiology; Richelle Hair, instructor of communication; Dr. Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing; and James Wunderle, Jr., instructor of psychology.
Teresa Cavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from HPU. She served as an adjunct instructor at HPU from 1999 to 2017 and as an aerobics instructor for Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church from 1990 to 1998.
Dr. Dave Claborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served at Olivet Nazarene University from 2011 to 2016 as associate professor and from 2006 to 2011 as assistant professor. Prior to that, he served as assistant to the pre-law advisor and as teaching assistant, advisor and instructor at the University of Massachusetts.
David Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as an HPU adjunct instructor and as a doctoral teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as a history instructor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Dennis Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.
Dr. Leslie Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Human Services from 2015 to 2017 and as family and consumer services teacher for Crowley ISD from 2011 to 2017. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University from 2012 to 2015 and as an adjunct faculty member at American Public University from 2012 to 2015.
Dr. Rick Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston. He served as senior lecturer at the University of North Texas from 2014 to 2017, as assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville from 2007 to 2012, and as assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2000 to 2002 and as instructor and chair of the physical education department at Lone Star College District (Tomball College) from 1988 to 1999.
Richelle Hair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her previous experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2015 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant consultant at Texas Tech University from 2016 to 2017.
Dr. Jill Heupel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from Tarleton State University. She served as a graduate assistant in teaching at Tarleton State University from 2016 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant in research from 2015 to 2016. She also served as an assistant principal in Stephenville ISD from 2011 to 2015, as a physical education teacher with Stephenville ISD from 1996 to 2011 and as a physical education teacher/junior high coach with Mexia ISD from 1995 to 1996.
Dr. Jane Metty-Samons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. She served as professor of education at Mercer University from 2010 to 2016 and as instructor at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2010. She has developed and delivered various programs and courses for a number of schools and universities.
Dr. Nina Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002.
James Wunderle, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He served as instructor at Ecclesia College from 2015 to 2017, as therapist at Ozark Guidance from 2015 to 2017 and as therapist/CEO at Cornerstone Counseling from 2004 to present. Additionally, he served as therapist/CEO of NWA Family Counseling, Inc., from 2005 to 2015 and as therapist at the Counseling Center of Denton from 1998 to 1999.
(Updated October 12, 2017)
Cutline: HPU’s new faculty members include, from left, Dr. Rick Grimes, Teresa Cavitt, Dr. Jill Heupel, Dr. Dennis Gibson, Dr. Dave Claborn, David Clemons, Dr. Nina Ouimette (front row), Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Richelle Hair. Not pictured is James Wunderle, Jr.
BROWNWOOD – August 23, 2017 – Rev. René Maciel, community life pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church of Waco, addressed Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff at University Convocation on Wednesday morning. The event marked the first Chapel service of the academic year.
Rev. Maciel invested more than 31 years in higher education and administration with Baptist institutions such as Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He also served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) from 2015 to 2016.
He discussed the importance of finding one’s identity in Christ.
“I believe that when you know who He is, you will discover who you are,” he said. “God created you in likeness of Him and He has a purpose and plan for your life.”
Additional Convocation program participants included Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, associate professor of physical science and president of HPU’s Faculty Assembly; Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Alexa Maddox ’04, instructor of developmental studies and academic services coordinator; Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music; Isaac Sommers, president of HPU’s Student Government Association; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace ’71, professor of music; and Dr. Craig Younce, associate professor of biology.
Cutline: Rev. René Maciel, community life pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church of Waco, spoke at HPU’s University Convocation ceremony Wednesday morning.
BROWNWOOD – August 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s incoming students were officially welcomed to the university yesterday during HPU’s Chime In ceremony.
New students ceremoniously walked through the university’s Wilson Gate and down the Wilson Walkway. They then proceeded to HPU’s Old Main Tower to sing the alma mater for the first time together as a class. As seniors, the students will exit through the Wilson Gate during Chime Out.
“It was exciting to see our new students take part in this tradition,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president of student life and dean of students. “The semester is off to a great start already and we look forward to the years ahead with this great group of students.”
Cutline: HPU’s incoming students and upperclassmen leaders proceed down the university’s Wilson Walkway during Monday’s Chime In ceremony.
BROWNWOOD – August 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s University Singers would like to encourage music enthusiasts in Brownwood and the surrounding areas to join the group as it prepares for the Christmas concert from Handel’s “Messiah.”
“The Christmas portion of ‘Messiah’ is a timeless and festive work celebrating the birth of our Savior,” said Dr. Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Choristers will find this a rewarding and unifying experience for our community.”
HPU’s University Singers is a community and collegiate choral opportunity that presents two concerts per year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. The group’s goal is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music.
Rehearsals will be held Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning August 28 in room 503 of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex.
For more information, or to join HPU’s University Singers, contact Dr. Christopher Rosborough at 325-649-8503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BROWNWOOD – August 18, 2017 – Jacket Journey, Howard Payne University’s new-student orientation, began Thursday with events continuing throughout the weekend. Incoming students and upperclassmen leaders and support staff paused Friday morning for a group photo.
Due to rain, HPU’s Chime In ceremony, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, was postponed until Monday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend as the new students ceremoniously walk through the university’s Wilson Gate before arriving at HPU’s Old Main Tower to sing the alma mater for the first time together as a class.
Due to inclement weather, Chime In, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, has been postponed until Monday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m.
During midday on Monday, August 21, our area is expected to experience a partial solar eclipse, a rare event which has generated a lot of interest. If you choose to view the eclipse, protective eye wear that meets government certifications is highly recommended. Your decision to view the eclipse is voluntary and at your own risk, as there are known significant dangers to the human eye in viewing a solar eclipse. More safety information is available at: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.