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HPU New Braunfels Center to host 5K race

HPU 5000 2017 logo for newsBROWNWOOD – May 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host its second-annual HPU 5000, a 5K race, next Saturday, May 13. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Pavilion 5 of New Braunfels’ Landa Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish scholarships for HPU New Braunfels Center students in need, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD.

Interested participants may register for the race by visiting www.hputx.edu/nb/5k. Entry fees are $25 for early registration and $30 on the day of the event. A free t-shirt and gift bag are included with registration.

“We had a great turnout last year and we’re expecting a large crowd again this year,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “This is a fun event and a great way to learn more about HPU’s mission in New Braunfels while enjoying the beautiful scenery at Landa Park.”

Based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. Since that time, the HPU New Braunfels Center has served more than 130 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels, and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“We’ve received a tremendous amount of support from the New Braunfels community over the past five years,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re thankful to the community and to the generous sponsors who have made the HPU 5000 possible.”

Sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsors – HMT Engineering & Surveying, McKenna Foundation and Prosperity Bank

Silver Sponsors – Raba Kistner Consultants, Seidel Construction and Texas Goldstar Real Estate

Bronze Sponsors – Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, Comal Custom Homes, Edward Jones, Mark Hampton – Century 21 Randall Morris & Associates, Merchant Network, Rougeux and Associates and Soleus Running/Adao Global

In-Kind Sponsors – Orange Leaf and Rockin’ R

For more information about the HPU 5000 or HPU’s academic offerings in New Braunfels, visit www.hputx.edu/nb or contact the HPU New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or via e-mail at newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

HPU kinesiology majors serve local Head Start programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HPU’s Project Cinderella provides prom dresses for more than 50 area high schoolers

Spruill with prom dressBROWNWOOD – May 4, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club recently sponsored Project Cinderella, providing many young women from area high schools with like-new prom dresses. The club distributed more than 50 dresses at the annual event.

The Social Work Club created a boutique experience for the young women and their families, complete with dresses, music and a fitting room. The project was housed inside HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice.

“As a club, we love knowing that every girl who comes in and gets a dress gets to have her Cinderella moment,” said Sierra Spruill, junior from Ranger. Spruill serves as president of the Social Work Club. “Imagining a girl not attending prom because she couldn’t afford or find a dress makes my heart ache. Every girl deserves the chance to go to prom.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Sierra Spruill, president of HPU’s Social Work Club, displays a dress at the club’s annual Project Cinderella event.

HPU honors six students for servant leadership

HPU Nat Tracy Awards 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – May 4, 2017 – Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

“Formally recognizing something like servant leadership is an indication that it is an attribute highly valued by the university,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “As a Christian university, we cherish the type of servant leadership demonstrated most clearly by Jesus Christ.”

Chad Anders, senior communication major from Midlothian, and Kara Strange, senior business administration major from Fredericksburg, were presented the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to juniors Trey Carpenter, Christian education major from Hamilton; Zoe Emley, family studies major from Natalia; Kindell Hill, cross-cultural studies major from Jarrell; and Cassia Rose, junior theatre major from Winnsboro.

HPU Servant Leader Awards 2017 for webThe Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a member of HPU’s Bible faculty from 1950 to 1975.

Anders is a four-year member of the Yellow Jacket baseball team and is on the Student Athlete Captains Leadership Team. He has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, serving as president of the organization during the 2016-17 academic year. He has also participated in Baptist Student Ministry and serves on the BSM leadership team. Anders has been a member of the Iota Chi Alpha fraternity for two years.

Strange has participated in numerous HPU organizations and activities including University Singers, Concert Choir, Jacket Journey and Student-Led Worship. She is a small-group leader and on the worship team at First United Methodist Church in Brownwood and has participated in three summer mission projects during her time at HPU. Additionally, she serves at Hope Home Ministry in Brownwood and is a member and former treasurer of the Delta Chi Rho sorority.

Established in 2007 by the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, the HPU Servant Leadership Award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of the scholarship award to be given to his or her chosen charity.

Carpenter is active in HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry. He served as a Jacket Ambassador and is a former student worker in the university’s Office of Admission. He currently works as a resident assistant in HPU’s Taylor Hall. Carpenter served at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings in the summer of 2016, helping to lead 15 young people to profess faith in Christ and four young people to renew their faith commitments to Christ.

Emley is a member of the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team and was recently elected as the Gamma Beta Phi sorority chaplain. She has served in several roles at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood, most recently as music ministry intern. She additionally served at New Horizons Ranch in Brownwood as a girls’ group mentor, Bible study leader and music minister. Emley represented HPU at the Christian Association of Student Leaders conference this year and has participated in Go Now Missions and Beach Reach.

Hill serves as a Jacket Ambassador and is a student worker in the Office of Admission and in the university’s mail room. She is a three-year member of Gamma Beta Phi and has served as the sorority’s chaplain. She has been a member of Ministerial Alliance and has served in the youth ministry at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. Hill currently mentors a high school girl through the Early ISD ACE program.

Rose is a student in HPU’s Department of Theatre and has participated in several of the department’s productions. She is active in her church, First Baptist Church in May, and spends a great deal of time ministering to her peers at HPU.

Nominations for both the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award and the HPU Servant Leadership Award are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Nat Tracy Servant Leader Awards were presented to HPU seniors Chad Anders and Kara Strange.

HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to HPU juniors, from left, Kindell Hill, Cassia Rose, Zoe Emley and Trey Carpenter.

HPU to confer 161 degrees this Saturday

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2017 – Howard Payne University will graduate 161 students during the spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Danny Reeves ’94, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana and president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Additional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, faculty president and associate professor of physical science; Leigh Ann Glaze, registrar; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the Christian studies graduate programs and professor of Christian studies; Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology; Matthew Haynie ’09, president of the Alumni Association; Dr. Millard J. Kimery, Jr., dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Thomas Kyle, candidate for graduation; Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Rodney McGlothlin, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brownwood; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and associate professor of history; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business administration; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, May 5, by the 60th-annual Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

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HPU honors faculty and staff for service to university

Faculty Member of the Year 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – May 2, 2017 – Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were honored during the annual personnel recognition luncheon held recently on the HPU campus. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, was named the Outstanding Faculty Member for the year. PJ Gramling, director of admission, was presented the Outstanding Staff Member award.

The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.

Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Marilyn Mathis, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Rodney Stephens, associate professor of English. Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to staff members Nikki Donathan, cashier, and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Special plaques commemorating retirement were awarded to Curly Cox, associate professor of kinesiology; Dr. Marilyn Mathis, associate professor of biology; John Nickols, assistant professor of history and government; Dr. Joe Robinson, professor of education and director of the graduate program in instructional leadership; and Lana Wagner, registrar.

HPU Staff Member of the Year 2017 for webAlso receiving awards were:

Five years of service – Estevan Arbaiza, head men’s soccer coach; Emily Attaway, part-time director of financial reporting; Karina Daniel, director of corporate, community and foundation relations; Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credit and records; Sarah Griffin, library administrative assistant; David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Cindy Harris, development database manager; Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Denny Megarity, assistant professor of chemistry; Meia Netter, head women’s basketball coach; Will Ogden, custodian; Bob Pacatte, assistant chief of the HPU Department of Public Safety; Kim Pickard, financial aid counselor; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business administration; Kenny Richardson, grounds athletic foreman; Matthew Rutkowski, El Paso Center admission counselor; Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer for the School of Education; and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Ten years of service – Jason Cook, custodian – inventory crew leader; Tammy Dake, custodian; Troy Drummond, head men’s basketball coach and head golf coach; Dr. Nick Ewen, assistant professor of theatre; Brent Groom, carpenter; Danny Ingram, instructor of music; Yvonne Lundy, executive assistant to the associate vice president for enrollment management; José Mata, head women’s softball coach; and Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Fifteen years of service – Chuck Gartman, assistant professor of Christian studies.

Twenty years of service – Curly Cox, associate professor of kinesiology; Marcie Drew, controller; Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; and Terrie Wells, administrative assistant for the School of Humanities.

Twenty-five years of service – Bill Fishback, associate vice president for business and human resources; Mary Hill, administrative assistant for the School of Business; Wade Kinnin, instruction and outreach services librarian and assistant professor of library science; and Randy Weehunt, public safety officer.

Thirty years of service – Sharon Riker, administrative assistant for the Department of Athletics.

Thirty-five years of service – Chuck Boland, professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting.

Forty-five years of service – Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant.

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Top: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, third from left, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the 2016-2017 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Paul Underwood, right; Jill Underwood, second from left; and Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, left. The award is made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria.

Bottom: PJ Gramling, center, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award for the 2016-2017 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, left, and Robert Porter, right. The award is made possible by Porter Insurance Agency.

Local employers invited to participate in HPU internship program

HPU InternshipsBROWNWOOD – May 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Office of Career Services has launched an internship program designed to pair local employers with qualified HPU interns across a variety of academic fields.

“Internships are invaluable experiences for our students and beneficial to the employers as well,” said Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator. “HPU interns are highly motivated and eager to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.”

Additionally, said Arreola, interns provide real value to the companies for which they work at little-to-no cost to the employer.

“HPU interns bring fresh ideas and new strengths and skills to the workplace,” said Arreola. “Students from HPU go on to become excellent employees, often at the sites where they have interned.”

To learn more about HPU’s internship program, visit www.hputx.edu/internships/employers or contact Arreola at 325-649-8630 or tarreola@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s internship program is designed to pair qualified HPU interns with local employers. Pictured is HPU senior Daniel Palacios.

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

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

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

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

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

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently inducted new members. From left are Elizabeth Rainey, Emily Wright, Bailey Waller, Katelyn Zimmer, Marissa Godbey, Kayla Smith, Meagan Sessler, Kimberlyn Ho, Kaylee Blevins, Preston Smith, Collin Salyers, Sabrina Martinez, Priscilla Gilbert, Kaeli Goodgion, Catrina Hooten, Sierra Bennett, Stacy Beattie-Anderson and Tanya Glasscock. Not pictured is Sara Wood.

HPU New Braunfels Center participating in 24-hour online giving event

HPU NB studentsBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center is a participating organization in this year’s The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online giving event that will begin at midnight on May 4. The Big Give S.A. is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in South Central Texas.

“Last year 91 individuals gave toward our goal of $10,000 and we raised $14,500,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “The proceeds helped us purchase furniture for our new facility.”

This year, Meinecke said, the center is raising money for scholarships. Prizes are awarded by The Big Give to the organizations with the highest number of unique donors.

“We hope to have 120 individuals give toward our goal of $12,000,” he said. “With $300,000 in prize money available from The Big Give organization, every donation counts.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, began offering classes in New Braunfels in 2012 and has continued to grow each semester. HPU’s New Braunfels Center offers degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. In the fall 2016 semester, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The university is planning a permanent campus in the city as part of the Veramendi development project.

HPU’s donation page will be live from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 4 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on May 4, please contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or give@hputx.edu.

To learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call 830-629-2366.

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Cutline: Students at HPU’s New Braunfels Center display their university pride. Left to right: DJ Freeman, senior; Jennifer Sanders, senior; Christina Duncan, senior; Joseph Torres, senior; Aaron Heatherly, sophomore; Daniel Reina, senior; and Travis Kiers, junior.

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Two students honored at HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet

Leach and Spencer with Sumners representativesBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Two seniors from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were honored recently during the annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. The students, who were selected during their junior year as Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars, were awarded plaques and expressed gratitude for the opportunities provided them by the foundation.

Carrie Leach of Hurst, graduating in December, and Sydney Spencer of Georgetown, graduating in May, have each completed four semesters as Sumners Scholars.

The highly competitive and prestigious Sumners Scholar program offers students the chance to attend special lectures, seminars and conferences featuring world-renowned leaders from both public and private sectors. It also provides a generous scholarship of $7,500 per semester for two years. Students are selected after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation.

Named for its founder, former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.

“HPU is extremely grateful to the Sumners Foundation for its support of HPU and higher education,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Academy. “These students have demonstrated academic excellence, civic responsibility and leadership potential, qualities prized by both the Sumners Foundation and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.”

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

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU Sumners Scholars Sydney Spencer, front left, and Carrie Leach, front right, were honored during the university’s annual Sumners Scholar Banquet. They are pictured with representatives from the Sumners Foundation, from left, Dale Crane, trustee; Hugh Akin, executive director; and David Drumm, chairman of the Board of Trustees.