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Chime In rescheduled

Due to inclement weather, Chime In, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, has been postponed until Monday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m.

Safety Notice Regarding Monday’s Solar Eclipse

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:

Dr. Nina Ouimette named HPU dean of nursing

Dr. Nina OuimetteBROWNWOOD – August 17, 2017 – Having served as a teacher and administrator in faith-based educational systems for almost 20 years, Dr. Nina Ouimette, Howard Payne University’s new dean of the School of Nursing, recognizes the importance of holistic nursing care.

“This means providing for the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually,” she said.

Dr. Ouimette joined HPU’s faculty this summer after serving 17 years with Abilene’s Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, most recently as dean and professor of nursing with tenure. She has additionally worked at hospitals and health care systems in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Her career experience and fields of specialization are broad, ranging from women’s and children’s health to nursing informatics. Dr. Ouimette holds a Doctor of Education degree in instructional technology from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation, which focused on developing and implementing online nurse education, was titled “Community of Inquiry as a Foundation for Academic Success: A Study of Social, Teaching and Cognitive Presence in Undergraduate Nursing Hybrid Courses.” Additionally, she earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University; a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University.

As a nursing school administrator, Dr. Ouimette has experience in matters of program and curriculum development, recruitment, regulation and accreditation. At HPU, she will lead the university’s efforts in making application to the Texas Board of Nursing to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Dr. Ouimette has numerous publications to her credit and her professional memberships include the Texas Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Informatics Association, the National League for Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, said the university is pleased that Dr. Ouimette has joined the faculty.

“Dr. Ouimette has extensive experience in the areas of administration, education and nursing,” he said. “We look forward to seeing HPU’s School of Nursing advance under her leadership.”

Dr. Ouimette said she feels called by God to the nursing profession and to the education of nurses.

“I believe the nursing profession provides a platform of spreading the word of God to others while also promoting healthy living,” she said. “We try to follow the example of what Jesus did Himself – teaching, preaching and healing.”


Cutline: Dr. Nina Ouimette has joined HPU’s faculty as dean of the School of Nursing.

McNeeley begins newly structured role at HPU

Dr. McNeeley photo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 17, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Wendy McNeeley recently transitioned to the new role of assistant vice president for university records and dean of general education following the recent merger of the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Dean of General Education.

In this new role, Dr. McNeeley will incorporate many of the functions of HPU’s Collegium into the university’s records and student advising procedures. The Collegium will continue to serve students as it now does, with a variety of programs to equip students for success through tutoring, academic testing, academic advising, learning assistance, career services and more.

“The registrar’s office touches every student and fits well with advising and academic success,” said Dr. McNeeley. “Both the Collegium and the registrar’s duties are intertwined, so it is a logical fit to bring the offices together.”

In her time at HPU which began in 1995, Dr. McNeeley has taught English and developmental studies courses, served as department chair for developmental studies and has been dean of advising and general education in the university’s Collegium.

“This new structure is a natural fit due to Dr. McNeeley’s exceptional work ethic and her demonstrated love for and dedication to Howard Payne over her 23 years of service,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Dr. McNeeley loves our students, is respected by her peers and colleagues and understands our work in higher education as a service to Christ and His kingdom.”

Dr. McNeeley said she never thought she would work in higher education or simply education, for that matter.

“Throughout my life, God continuously put people in my path who opened doors and pushed me toward education,” she said. “One should never say ‘never’ to God.”

As part of her new duties, Dr. McNeeley joins the team in the registrar’s office comprised of Martha Fothergill, coordinator of records and reports; Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credits and records; and Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant. She will also continue working with personnel in HPU’s Collegium, including Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator; Laura Coulter, assistant professor and academic services coordinator – tutoring and QEP; Celeste Justice, administrative assistant to the dean of advising and general education; Alexa Maddox, academic services coordinator and instructor of developmental studies; Kay Teague, instructor of mathematics; and Shannon Turner, instructor of academic services, learning assistance and academic recovery.

“My confidence in this new structure is due in no small way to the dedication and commitment of those who work in the Collegium and the registrar’s office,” said Dr. Tew.

Dr. McNeeley said she hopes to streamline student advising and records by making things easier for the students, faculty and staff. She looks forward to this new opportunity with great excitement of the possibilities to come.

“I am looking forward to seeing many students succeed during their time at HPU,” she said.


Cutline: Dr. Wendy McNeeley was recently named HPU’s new assistant vice president for university records and dean of general education.

HPU faculty, staff convene for fall 2017 semester

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BROWNWOOD – August 16, 2017 – Howard Payne University faculty and staff convened this morning in advance of the first day of classes for the fall semester. University employees mark the beginning of each fall semester with a time of worship, prayer, fellowship and planning. Rev. Eddie Ailshie, pastor of First Baptist Church of Early, led the morning devotion time in HPU’s Grace Chapel.

Classes begin August 21.

HPU’s Cheryl Mangrum honored at national conference

Cheryl Mangrum with NABEP award for webBROWNWOOD – August 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Cheryl Mangrum, associate director of admission, was recently honored among colleagues at the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals (NABEP). Mangrum received the first-ever Trent Argo Memorial Award, described by presenters as the “most valuable player” award among enrollment teams from 13 member institutions across seven states.

NABEP created the award to honor the memory of Trent Argo, vice president for enrollment management at Virginia’s Bluefield College, who passed away unexpectedly in April.

“Trent was a friend and a longtime member of NABEP,” said Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management. “I can think of no one more deserving than Cheryl of the first award in his memory.”

Mangrum, who graduated from HPU in 1991, has been employed in HPU’s area of admission and recruiting since 1981. Kirk commended her for her dedication to students throughout the years.

“Cheryl certainly works hard to recruit and enroll students but, beyond that, she cares and prays for students,” he said. “If you mention a student’s name, even from decades ago, chances are she’ll remember the student and tell you something about him or her.”

Mangrum accepted the award before her colleagues and members of Argo’s family.

“What a humbling experience and what a great honor,” she said. “I hope we all can continue to honor Trent’s memory and the wonderful calling and the passion that he had for the students with whom he worked. I feel blessed to share God’s love and His word with Howard Payne University students.”


Cutline: HPU’s Cheryl Mangrum was recently honored at a national meeting of enrollment professionals.

HPU announces fall 2017 Chapel schedule

Fall 2017 Chapel ThemeBROWNWOOD – August 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University has announced its Chapel schedule for the fall 2017 semester. Chapel services provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff – as well as the community – to come together in worship. This year’s Chapel theme, centered around Mark 12:28-31, is “Love God, Love Others.”

Services are held most Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout the semester in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. To view the full schedule visit

Chapel will begin on August 23 with HPU’s annual Convocation ceremony. This year’s Convocation speaker is René Maciel, community life pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church of Waco. Prior to this position, 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.

Encounter Week, HPU’s fall campus revival, is scheduled Monday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 20. Encounter Week will be led by Zack Randles, pastor at Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C. The Nick Gainey Band of Dallas will lead worship for the week.

Other Chapel guest speakers this semester include Angela Groves ’03, Rev. Candy Smith ’71, Rev. Don Piper, Tim Skaggs, Harvey J. Munsart, Corbin Young ’10, MATM ’14, representatives from UnBound Ministries of Waco and Dr. Don Newbury ’61, HPU chancellor and former president. Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of the Christian studies graduate programs, and Keith Platte, HPU’s BSM director, will also serve as guest speakers. The service on August 27 will focus on cross-cultural studies.

Corey Ash, HPU’s director of bands, serves as Chapel coordinator.

“We are so excited about the chapel lineup for this fall semester,” he said. “We’ve got some individuals coming who are sure to bring challenging and inspiring messages to all of us. There will also be those who will come and share about things that will, hopefully, open our eyes to the many needs around us. I’m also really excited about our Encounter Week team. I believe that God has great things in store for all of us this semester as we seek to know Him better and to follow Him in a more faithful way.”


Cutline: HPU’s Chapel theme for fall 2017 is “Love God, Love Others.”

HPU gearing up for fall 2017 semester

HPU_Wilson Gate reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 11, 2017 – With just over a week remaining until the first day of classes, Howard Payne University faculty and staff are busily preparing for the fall 2017 semester. Classes begin August 21 and Jacket Journey, HPU’s new-student orientation, will be held August 17-20.

Jacket Journey kicks off next Thursday morning with students moving into residence halls. Returning students and other volunteers from campus will be available to assist new students with the move-in process. That afternoon, incoming students will enjoy a picnic with Drs. Bill and Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady.

Thursday evening, HPU will host Chime In, a ceremony in which new students 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. Upon graduating from the university, the students will in turn participate in Chime Out, walking out of the Wilson Gate.

The rest of the week will consist of games and other activities designed to introduce new students to HPU and university life. On Saturday, students will participate in Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.), a community-service event. The following morning students will attend worship services at various churches throughout the community.

“There’s a renewed sense of energy on campus as we anticipate the arrival of our new students,” said Joshua Snow ’13, director of student activities. “Jacket Journey is an important part of student success at HPU and an exciting time for the entire campus community.”

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Cutline: HPU is preparing for the fall 2017 semester. Pictured is HPU’s Wilson Gate.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program now enrolling for fall semester

Pre-College Music & Art Program Logo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the fall 2017 semester with music lessons set to begin the week of August 28 and art lessons beginning the week of September 11. Registration for music ends August 21 and the deadline to register for art classes is September 8.

The program, presented by HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves Brownwood and the surrounding communities by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Music lessons, which will be 45 minutes in length each week for 14 weeks, include instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons, which will be one hour in length each week for 12 weeks, will feature beginning and intermediate drawing and painting. Instructors in the program include the HPU music and art faculty, experienced area teachers and student teachers.

“We enjoy the opportunity to supplement the fine arts education of our local and area students with a variety of lessons and events each year,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re looking forward to a fun and busy semester.”

For more information, contact Owens at or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at or (325) 649-8500.

HPU’s Goode presents paper at conference in Slovenia

BROWNWOOD – August 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Jodi Goode, assistant vice president for information technology services, recently presented a paper on cybersecurity at the Knowledge Management (KM) Conference in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

The international KM Conference, held at Faculty of Information Studies, provides a showcase for the latest research-in-practice that focuses on knowledge management and how it improves and sustains quality in academia, industry and government. The themes for this year’s conference were knowledge management, learning and information technology.

Goode was invited earlier this year to present the paper, titled “Towards empirical exploration of employee’s cybersecurity countermeasures awareness and skills: Differences in training delivery method and program type,” which is considered research-in-progress from her dissertation. She is a doctoral candidate pursuing her Ph.D. in information systems with a concentration in information security from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Engineering and Computing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The paper is co-authored by Dr. Yair Levy, professor of information systems and cybersecurity at Nova Southeastern University.

“KM 2017 was a great experience, with some of the most influential educators and researchers from the fields of information security and cybersecurity in attendance,” said Goode. “I had the opportunity to meet these individuals, receive feedback on my ongoing dissertation research and form relationships that will benefit my work at HPU.”

Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer at HPU, called Goode exceptionally talented in the field of information technology.

“The campus community relies heavily on Jodi’s extensive knowledge,” he said. “We’re proud she had the opportunity to share with her colleagues around the world.”


Cutline: HPU’s Jodi Goode recently presented a paper on cybersecurity at a conference in Slovenia.