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HPU’s Symphonic Band to present spring concert

BROWNWOOD – February 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the spring semester on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

“The band will present an exciting program titled ‘Around the World in 60 Minutes,’” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “This concert will celebrate worldwide musical styles, and the band will exhibit different cultural flavors and experiences from western European countries, the Americas and beyond.”

Selections include “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Wedding Dance” by Jacques Press, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, “La Fiesta Mexicana” by H. Owen Reed and many more.

There is no admission charge for this concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

“Bring a friend and come enjoy an evening of exciting music compliments of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts and the Symphonic Band,” said Ash. “You won’t want to miss it.”

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

HPU extends call for entries for “I-10 Two” contemporary juried-art exhibition

I-10 Two logoBROWNWOOD – February 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art has extended a call for entries for its upcoming juried-art exhibition, “I-10 Two: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Two-Dimensional Art.” Artists may enter up to three pieces of art and entries will be accepted through March 20.

This exhibition is open to all living U.S. contemporary artists residing above and below Interstate 10, the southernmost transcontinental highway ranging from San Diego, California, through several states including Texas and onward to the east in Jacksonville, Florida. Submissions of all 2-d art forms in abstract, non-representational/non-objective and realist imagery will be considered.

The exhibition’s organizer, David Harmon, chair and professor of art, shared his thoughts on the event.

“HPU’s Department of Art is excited to provide this exhibition for a second time – this time in the spring semester,” Harmon said. “We hope to have a large variety of contemporary 2-d artwork entries from all over the area and around the country. This is a great opportunity for the university, those entering artwork and patrons who will visit the exhibit. Art is a wonderful thing.”

The exhibition will be held March 29 through May 5 at the Doakie Day Art Center, located on the HPU campus on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please visit for further information including entry guidelines. Direct all inquiries to David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or


HPU launches Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing human-health careers

Hannah Justice at microscopeBROWNWOOD – February 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University announces the launch of a four-year Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, biomedical research and other human-health fields.

The rigorous program, set within HPU’s distinctive Christian liberal arts framework, exceeds requirements for most health professions programs. In addition to completing a robust slate of academic coursework, scholars in the program will experience medical internships, skills clinics, mock interviews, mentorship with local health professionals and program visits to various professional schools in Texas.

“Many professional schools encourage applicants to take additional undergraduate coursework beyond the required basics to better prepare them for the medical field,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, program director and associate professor of biology. “HPU’s Biomedical Science Program provides the experiences and coursework that help develop strong candidates for admission to these schools. We’re excited to connect this program with health professionals in our community and create opportunities for our students to learn as much as possible about their future careers.”

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and interview with an admissions committee for consideration into the program. Hannah Justice, junior from Brownwood, was the first student admitted into the program.

“I am excited to be a part of this program since it will take a specific focus on students who are preparing to go into the health field,” she said. “I will get to learn key concepts and skill sets that most students wouldn’t get to see until in a graduate program. One of the most important benefits to me is the mentorship that comes from the faculty. They have invested so much time in pushing me to achieve excellence in my studies and outside of the classroom as well.”

To view degree requirements and suggested four-year courses sequences, visit For more information, contact Dr. Hutchins at 325-649-8158 or


Cutline: Hannah Justice of Brownwood is the first student admitted into HPU’s new Biomedical Science Program.

HPU graduates 95 at close of fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University graduated 95 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2016 semester.

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

The list below includes December and August graduates. 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:

Allan Chehadi – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Dylan Wright – Bachelor of Science in biology

Courtney Turner – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Big Spring
Heather Hildebrand – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)

Blake Biessener – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Kaitlyn Cochrum – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Morris Farr – Bachelor of Arts in history (high school: grade 8-12)
Lorenzo Flores – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Christopher Hickey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Erica Jordan – Bachelor of Arts in English
Joel Larrea – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristopher Lowrey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Joshua Martinez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Saulo Mendoza – Master of Business Administration
Kassie Milam – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Kali Parks – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Sydnee Petty – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, psychology (general), Cum Laude
Dakota Pulley – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Amy Segura – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice), psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristen Terway – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Chelsea Thomason – Bachelor of Science in social science: jurisprudence, Cum Laude

Tiffani-Ann San Miguel – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Brandon Garrett – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Ruth Davis – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Terry Chumbley – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Neal Kucinski – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude

Taylor Armstrong – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Angela Parker – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Samuel Hoffman – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, accounting, Cum Laude

Darbi Frazier – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Del Rio
Jessi Galindo – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Tyler January – Master of Business Administration

Brittany Benson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Chelsea Chesser – Bachelor of Science in English language arts and reading (middle school: grade 4-8)
Richard Cole – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)
Andrea Culpepper – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Amy Tyler – Bachelor of Science in social work

Amy Rice – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

El Paso
Ryan Durkes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Blanca Gamez – Master of Business Administration
Alma Quintero – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Grace Stout – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Magna Cum Laude

Colby Mica – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 8-12)

Fort Worth
Bryan Adams – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Darron Perry – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Balentin Carranco – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
David Stippick – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Cameron Wong – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Austin Upchurch – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Evan Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Nicholas Crome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems

Richard Young – Master of Business Administration

Austin Williamson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Evan Vaden – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Bethany Harper – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Allison Mantell – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Ashley Willis – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Ashley Greene – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Jerry Hurt – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Kelsey Martin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Gaby Muniz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Gabriella Guest – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice), Magna Cum Laude

Caitlin Wood – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social science: jurisprudence, Summa Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Glenda Brownlow – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Jolind Fritsche – Master of Business Administration
Justin Hall – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration)
Elizabeth Kensing – Master of Business Administration
Francene Larrabee – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude
Courtney Wilder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Ocala, Fla.
Benjamin Long – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Adrienne Sanchez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Lynsie Anderson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

De’andre Walker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Port Aransas
James Contreras – Master of Business Administration

Red Oak
Tiffany Bullock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude
Garrison Pate – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Redlands, Calif.
Briana Williams – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Ivyanne Nichols – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication studies (public and media), social science (international studies), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock
Shelby Spaulding – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

San Angelo
Robert Estevis – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

San Antonio
Alexis Acuna – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

San Juan
Lorien Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Santa Anna
Jerry Bromley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melanie Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Three Rivers
Chasity Coquat – Bachelor of Arts in social science: jurisprudence

Donald Preston – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Trophy Club
Adam Snyder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Vincent Sullivan – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Michael Snow – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education), Magna Cum Laude

White Settlement
Celina Ortiz – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Andrew Taylor – Master of Business Administration
Sydni Thompson – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

HPU honors 277 for academic success during fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 277 students for academic success during the fall 2016 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:

Shelby Leiann Harrison, Honor Roll
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Cole Patrick Bene’, Dean’s List
Brianna Marie Weaver, Honor Roll

Jessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List

Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Reagan McKinley Grisham, Dean’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Dean’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Ysabel Austine Cuellar, Dean’s List
Jonathan Michael George, Dean’s List
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, President’s List
Brooke Alexandra Landry, Dean’s List
Ashley Paige Miller, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List

Lucila Meraz, Dean’s List

Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List
Bailey Jean Watkins, Honor Roll

Rickey Andrew Guillory, Honor Roll

Xavier Michael Haines, Honor Roll

Jakob Stefan Morgan, Dean’s List

Charles Patrick Lewis, Dean’s List
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Travis Toby Adams, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List
Christy Renee Ash, President’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Gabriel Wise Cardenas, President’s List
Lydia Melissa Conrad, Honor Roll
Christin Deann Cooper, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Angela Leigh Curtis, Dean’s List
Shannon Rose Ellis, President’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Evan Andrew Fleming, Honor Roll
Lorien Elisse Fleming, President’s List
Cherita Mae George, President’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Samantha Michelle Henry, Dean’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, Honor Roll
Tiffany Joanne Hogue, President’s List
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, Dean’s List
Jack Henry Judd, Dean’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, President’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Brittiny Lynn Kelley, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Dean’s List
Jacob Drew McNeill, President’s List
Kassie Christine Milam, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Kory Scott Owen, Dean’s List
Eva Adelaida Ozuna, President’s List
Kali Rachel Parks, Dean’s List
Tandi Joy Patton, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, Dean’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, President’s List
Sydnee Paige Petty, Dean’s List
Dakota James Pulley, Honor Roll
Andreahnna Loree Rosenquist, Honor Roll
Clara Octani Tarigan, Honor Roll
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, President’s List
Chelsea Lynn Thomason, Honor Roll
Lauren Nicole Tipton, Honor Roll
Keegan Ryan Torres, Honor Roll
Mari Amy Villarreal, President’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Mary Myers, Honor Roll

Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll

Tobias Ty Turney, Honor Roll

TaShana Rae Hooker, President’s List

Madison Rianna Neal, President’s List

Ruth Ann Davis, Honor Roll

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

Taylor Renea Bicknell, Dean’s List

Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong, President’s List
Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Kaeli Breann Goodgion, President’s List
Caisson William Montieth, Honor Roll
Jaze Mance Randolph, President’s List

Ryan Wesley Mason, President’s List

Darbi Lee Frazier, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
Morgan Hayley Megarity, Honor Roll

Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Cecily Noel McIlwain, Dean’s List

Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Sharon Allen Wolverton, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Honor Roll

Colby Scott Compton, President’s List
Ryan Mathew Contreras, President’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Andrea Shannon Culpepper, President’s List
Kelly Franks, Dean’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, Dean’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Nathan Lee Lacy, Honor Roll
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List
Ryan Kinsey Wofford, Dean’s List

Elena Maria Mendoza, President’s List
Cody Neal Perrin, Dean’s List
Hailey Alexandra Perrin, Honor Roll

El Paso
Sarahi Castillo, President’s List
Fernando Louis Fernandez, Dean’s List
Krystal Lopez, Dean’s List
Brian Alan Seguin, President’s List
Benny Gerald Steagall, President’s List
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Anna Kaye McBride, President’s List

Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Elm Mott
Haley Madison Cummings, Honor Roll

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List

Olivia Ann Belsher, President’s List

Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Hood
Foga’a Elizabeth Solomona, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Honor Roll
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Dean’s List
Vivian Thi Nguyen, Dean’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Dean’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, President’s List

Kalin Rose Brown, President’s List

Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Honor Roll

Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, President’s List
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Sydney Drew Spencer, Dean’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, President’s List

Austin Blake Upchurch, Honor Roll

Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Dean’s List
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List
Ricky Shane Miles, President’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, President’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Aimee Michelle Keel, Dean’s List
Michelle Elaine Teague, Dean’s List

Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, President’s List

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

Bailey Brian Smith, Honor Roll

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Dean’s List

Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Trey Joe Carpenter, Honor Roll

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

Emily Elizabeth Craft, President’s List

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

William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Carrie Deann Leach, President’s List

Alyssa Cymone Beasley, Honor Roll

Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Julio Adalberto Lazo Reyes, Honor Roll
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Josiah Quinn Hughes, President’s List

Bethany Noel Harper, Dean’s List

Hailey Ann Green, Honor Roll

James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List
Catrina Leigh Hooten, President’s List

Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Wesley Timothy Smith, Dean’s List

Graham Walters White, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Dean’s List
Kailey Rebekah Doering, Honor Roll

Ashlye Laura Grover, Honor Roll

Justin Christopher Hughes, Dean’s List
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Dean’s List

Josiah James Horton, Dean’s List

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

Mikayla Elizabeth Burckhard, Dean’s List
Emily Laura Lang, President’s List

Aimee Lynn Rolando, Dean’s List

Stephanie M. Kerby, Dean’s List
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, President’s List

Callie Anne Molloy, President’s List

Andrew Mitchell Erwin, Honor Roll
Kelsey Reid Martin, Honor Roll

Chad Holman Anders, President’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List
Chelsea Nicole Webster, Dean’s List

Midway, Ark.
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Gil Eduardo Jaime, Honor Roll

Garrett Ford, President’s List

Candace Leeann Montgomery, President’s List

Rachel Ann Lightfoot, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes, Dean’s List
Maci Ann Dorsey, Dean’s List

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

Madison Kaye Witherwax, President’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List
Dylan Wayne Johnson, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List
Bradley K. Schmid, Honor Roll
Sandi Renee Shahan, Dean’s List
Courtney Lynn Wilder, Honor Roll

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Dean’s List
Destiny Ramirez, Dean’s List
Julie Jo Yarbro, Honor Roll

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood, Dean’s List

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

De’andre Rashuad Walker, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Dean’s List

Grant Michael Saltar, Dean’s List

Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, Honor Roll

Red Oak
Tiffany Michelle Bullock, President’s List
Ian D. Tyra, Honor Roll

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

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza, Honor Roll

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, Honor Roll

Katherine Alexandra Mendoza, Honor Roll

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

Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, Honor Roll

Thomas Parker Kyle, President’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman, President’s List
Erin Lenore McCleer, Dean’s List

San Antonio
Arthur Joseph Hettler, Honor Roll
Micah Andrew Smith, Honor Roll
Jacqueline Marie Vega, President’s List
Nathan Richard Weyrauch, Honor Roll

Aimee Orozco, Honor Roll
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Dean’s List

Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Elizabeth Ann Rainey, President’s List

Lucas Jake Bowling, Dean’s List

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

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

Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Honor Roll

Trophy Club
Adam C. Snyder, Dean’s List

Kayla Denae Chadwick, Dean’s List

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

Ivon Teresa Mendoza, Honor Roll
Lazhay Tranisha Winn, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List
Kaylee Jae Blevins, President’s List
Bailey Michelle Waller, President’s List

Morgan Andie McCoy, Honor Roll

Cassia Noelle Rose, President’s List

Jordan Lisa Pitman, Honor Roll
Sydni Brooke Thompson, President’s List

HPU MBA program marks five-year anniversary

BROWNWOOD – February 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s dynamic, Christ-centered Master of Business Administration degree program celebrates five years of helping students achieve their business-related career goals. Since its inception in spring 2012, HPU’s MBA program has graduated 69 students with an additional seven students poised to graduate at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, joined the university’s faculty shortly after the launch of the MBA program. He commended his predecessors at HPU on the creation of the degree. Since that time, he said, the program has been in a constant state of development.

“Five years ago, I don’t believe anyone could have predicted the program’s expansion,” he said. “The world around us is changing and HPU is moving forward to keep up with the change.”

Dr. Lemler praised Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other administrators for their foresight in responding appropriately to the world in flux.

“President Ellis has seized opportunities for growth and development,” he said. “HPU’s Board of Trustees has bought into his vision. Because of this, HPU’s MBA program is in a good place to face and deal with changes in the world.”

Marshal McIntosh, who earned an undergraduate degree from HPU in 2015, went on to complete the MBA program in 2016. He served as an intern with Brownwood’s Economic Development Corporation (now the Municipal Development District) while he was in school and was promoted to the full-time position of special projects and communications manager shortly after earning his MBA degree. He says the degree as well as the timing of his graduation played a large role in that.

“HPU’s Master of Business Administration program provided me with the core foundation, experience and confidence to implement my education from a classroom setting into a fast-paced working environment,” he said.

The MBA degree is available at each of HPU’s three locations: Brownwood, El Paso and New Braunfels. With intimate class sizes and personal attention at each location, HPU’s MBA program is tailored to ensure each student receives the tools to achieve his or her career goals.

Structured with working professionals in mind, courses are held at nights and on weekends in a hybrid format of online and in-person instruction. Students may complete the program in as little as one year.

“The hybrid format is the ideal way to deliver course instruction,” said Dr. Lemler. “It is the optimal blend of the convenience of online courses and the quality of learning and community building that comes with face-to-face instruction.”

The 30-hour, non-thesis degree program allows students to choose a concentration from among marketing, finance or international business. Non-business majors are welcome to apply and will receive leveling instruction before core coursework begins.

For more information about HPU’s Master of Business Administration degree program, visit or call 325-649-8704.


Cutline: Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, teaches in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

HPU to host free preview event for high school students and parents

BROWNWOOD – February 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a Yellow Jacket Monday preview day for prospective students and their parents on Monday, February 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free but registration is required at Registration ends February 18.

Yellow Jacket Mondays are designed for high school juniors and seniors and allow prospective students to experience life at HPU. Registrants will meet faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, dine in HPU’s Beadel Dining Hall, meet with a financial aid counselor and more.

Lacy Culpepper, a 2015 HPU graduate, serves as an admission counselor and campus visit coordinator.

“Campus preview days are valuable experiences for high school juniors and seniors,” he said. “Yellow Jacket Monday is an exciting event and a great opportunity to learn all that HPU has to offer.”

HPU offers a wide range of financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

For more information and to register, visit For those unable to attend in February, additional Yellow Jacket Monday events will be held March 20 and April 24.


Cutline: HPU admission counselor Kegan Duncan greets a prospective student at a recent Yellow Jacket Monday preview event.

HPU registrar retires after 43 years

Lana WagnerBROWNWOOD – February 2, 2017 – Lana Wagner, who retired from Howard Payne University at the end of January after 43 years, calls leaving HPU “surreal.”

“I know it’s time, but it’s a major life change,” she said. “It will take some regrouping for sure.”

Wagner began at HPU in 1972 as a loan collection officer in financial aid and moved into her current role of registrar in 1999, taking two years off work in the late 1970s when her daughter was born.

She described the reasons she’s stayed with the university for so long.

“The atmosphere and the people with whom I work are the biggest factors,” she said.

Wagner said she and her coworkers have become “like family.” She doesn’t use the term lightly. Two with whom she is particularly close – Glenda Huff, director of student aid, and Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant – have served alongside her at HPU for 41 years and 45 years, respectively.

Among many other roles, Wagner and the rest of the Office of the Registrar staff assist students with registration, maintain student records, prepare transcripts and play a large part in the university’s Commencement services twice each year.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better staff,” she said. “They make me look good with their professionalism and willingness to work hard.”

She also has high praise for HPU administrators, including the three provosts with whom she has served in her time as registrar: Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, now serving as dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Robert Bicknell, now serving as accreditation liaison and dean of extended education; and Dr. Mark Tew, current provost and chief academic officer.

“I’ve felt valued at Howard Payne,” she said. “Administrators ask your opinion and care about what you have to say.”

Dr. Tew said he has been blessed to work with Wagner throughout his almost 10 years at HPU.

“Lana was not someone who simply reported to me,” he said. “She has been my colleague and she will be missed.”

Though it’s hard to leave the HPU family, Wagner is excited to spend more time with her own. She has seven – soon to be eight – grandchildren and is looking forward to being able to attend their activities and devote more attention to them.

Wagner, who earned a degree from HPU in 1997, said HPU is unique in that faculty, staff and students are encouraged to openly and proudly live their faith.

“There are very few places of employment where you can do that,” she said. “That’s the thing that has always been a draw for me.”


Cutline: HPU registrar Lana Wagner has retired from the university after 43 years of service.

HPU El Paso Center collects cans and other food items for local food bank

El Paso Center Food Drive for webBROWNWOOD – January 30, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center hosted a three-week food drive during the 2016 Thanksgiving season through which students, faculty and staff donated more than 170 pounds of food. The collected canned-food was donated to The El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.

“I’m proud of all of those who were a part of this initiative,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of HPU’s El Paso Center and associate professor of business. “It was great to come together as a university and serve our local community.”

For more information about HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail


Cutline: Students, faculty and staff from HPU’s El Paso Center recently collected more than 170 pounds of food for a local food bank. A portion of the food is pictured in a bin decorated with an image of HPU’s mascot, Buzzsaw.

HPU Moot Court takes several awards at national tournament

Moot Court National Tournament for webBROWNWOOD – January 26, 2017 – Members of Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team brought home several awards from the American Moot Court Association’s National Tournament held at the beginning of January at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Two HPU teams qualified to compete in the tournament. Caitlin Wood, a December 2016 graduate from Miles, and Jackson Spencer, a junior from Georgetown, qualified by advancing to quarterfinals at the Texas A&M University School of Law Regional Tournament. Rebeca Puente, senior from Waskom, and Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, qualified by winning the same regional tournament, beating the United States Air Force Academy in the final round.

At the national tournament, Sommers was named the fifth overall speaker out of 786 competitors. The team of Puente and Sommers advanced to out-rounds, placing in the top sixteen of 80 teams.

In a competition of written arguments submitted prior to the tournament, two HPU teams won awards for petitioner briefs. The team of Bailey Myler, sophomore from Brownwood, and Justin Harris, junior from Fort Worth, placed sixth. Puente and Sommers placed seventh.

Moot Court is a competition during which students participate in the preparation and arguing of cases in front of judges, designed to simulate argument before the United States Supreme Court. The case and allowed resources are selected beforehand and students must prepare arguments for both sides (petitioner and respondent). Moot Court involves appellate cases as opposed to those at the trial level, which are often called “mock trials.” Judges are usually law professors, attorneys from the community and even members of the judiciary. Students are judged on their ability to incorporate case law into their arguments, their oral and written arguments and their presentation style.

Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government and Moot Court sponsor, said she is proud of how HPU’s Moot Court team performed this year.

“Winning awards in both the oral and written components of the tournament demonstrates how well rounded our students are,” she said. “Not only are they well spoken, but they also have the ability to apply complex case law to difficult legal problems. HPU has been recognized as one of the top 20 teams in the nation, and that is only possible through the hard work and dedication of our team. I look forward to continued success at the spring invitational tournament at Southern Methodist University this March.”


Cutline: Members of HPU’s Moot Court team recently competed in the American Moot Court Association’s National Tournament. Left to right: Jackson Spencer, Isaac Sommers, Rebeca Puente, Bailey Myler and Justin Harris. Not pictured is Caitlin Wood.