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Father’s love of HPU lives on through children

Alvin Ray TurnerBROWNWOOD – February 15, 2016 – Growing up, the children of Col. Alvin Ray and Patsy Allene Turner heard many stories about their parents’ time at Howard Payne University. Following his death, Col. Turner’s family honored his legacy by establishing the Alvin Ray Turner Scholarship fund at HPU, designed to benefit students majoring in mathematics.

Col. Turner, a 1953 HPU graduate who served in the United States Air Force, and his family moved often to various locations around the country. As he was born and raised in Blanket, Col. Turner enjoyed bringing his family back to Brown County and HPU whenever possible.

“Any time we went to Brownwood, we cruised through Howard Payne,” said Mary Alice Turner, the youngest of Col. and Mrs. Turner’s four children. “Going back to HPU was a big deal.”

According to Mary Alice, her father was very studious and received several scholarships to attend HPU.

“His family didn’t have much money,” she said. “The scholarships were a huge factor in his ability to attend college and lead an active student life.”

She reminisced about her parents’ first encounter in college.

“Dad was a football player and basketball player and, back then, the athletes ate lunch before everyone else,” she said. “He saw Mom and waited for her outside the cafeteria. He asked her to go to the Wednesday night prayer service with him.”

The pair eventually started dating.

“They became big sweethearts,” said Mary Alice. “My parents were one of the couples on campus in those days.”

The Turners were married in 1954 following her graduation from HPU and his earning his wings from flight and pilot training. Shortly after, Col. Turner left for Thailand and Korea. He later served in Vietnam as well. Upon his retirement from the Air Force with 27 years of service, the couple settled in Florida.

Mary Alice TurnerCol. Turner was a lifelong learner. In addition to the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and secondary education he received from HPU, he also earned both a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration degree from The University of West Florida in Pensacola.

He and his wife were both active in many churches and served as Sunday School teachers and in lay leadership. The Turner children created a scholarship fund at HPU to honor their parents’ fondness for the university, love for each other and their faith in God.

“My parents’ love for the Lord always inspired me,” said Mary Alice. “Their marriage was 100 percent based on their faith. It was a huge testimony to us kids. Dad, as a local boy, and Mom always remained supporters of HPU as well.”

To learn more about the Alvin Ray Turner Scholarship fund, contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006 or 800-950-8465.


Photo cutlines:

Alvin Turner, pictured in HPU’s 1951 Lasso yearbook, was crowned Harvest King during his sophomore year.

Mary Alice Turner, the Turners’ youngest child, recently wore her father’s Howard Payne letterman’s jacket out to dinner.

HPU’s symphonic band to present concert

BROWNWOOD – February 12, 2016 – The School of Music at Howard Payne University will present the symphonic band in its first concert of the spring semester on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

The band will present a varied and exciting program, including selections from Gallop, from First Suite for Band, and El Camino Real-A Latin Fantasy, both by the legendary American composer, Alfred Reed. Other selections include Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance; Undertow, by the new American composer for band, John Mackey, as well as selections from Les Miserables, arranged by Warren Barker.

“This is an exciting slate of music that our students have been working really hard to prepare,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “There is sure to be music to delight the musical tastes of everyone in attendance.”

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

“Bring a friend and enjoy an evening of exciting music, compliments of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts and the symphonic band,” Ash added.

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

HPU love story connects generations

Brett and ShannonBROWNWOOD – February 12, 2016 – Like many men who are getting ready to “pop the question,” Brett Ellis, Howard Payne University senior, wanted to plan the perfect proposal for Shannon Matthews of Brownwood, also an HPU senior.

“I originally wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” he said. “Then I talked to my dad and my grandma.”

Brett’s father, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and grandmother, Nancy Ellis ’48, are quite familiar with HPU romances. Nancy met her husband, Dr. Ray Ellis ’50, at the university and her parents met there as well.

“They told me about a tree out at Riverside Park where my great-grandparents got engaged,” Brett said. “Later, my grandmother showed me the exact tree.”

Brett planned a picnic lunch for Shannon under the tree, complete with the same meals they ordered from Prima Pasta on their first date two years before.

“I thought it was just going to be a celebration of our two-year anniversary of dating,” said Shannon. “He told me he wanted to do something special. We didn’t even get to start eating before he said he had something to ask me.”

Brett admits he was a bit anxious.

“I was really excited and I just couldn’t wait,” he said.

Shannon happily accepted his proposal and the couple will be married on the HPU campus this June.

“I think it’s really fun be a part of this family tradition,” Shannon said of the proposal. “It’s really neat to me to be a part of that story.”

The couple met in choir during Shannon’s freshman year and Brett’s sophomore year.

“I think it started on Easter holiday,” said Shannon. “We had a three-day weekend and he messaged me on Facebook to ask how my break was going. The more we talked and the more we saw each other in choir, the more we clicked. By the second week of talking, we both thought, ‘Okay, I really like this person.’”

Following graduation, Shannon, a family studies major, plans to pursue a career in education and children’s ministry. Brett, a music performance major, plans to attend seminary and pursue a career in music ministry.

Shannon said she still teases Brett about the circumstances of their first date.

“Before we went to Prima Pasta, he asked me if I wanted to go and meet his parents,” she said. “So on the first date, I met his parents who are also the president and first lady of the university I’m attending. It was a little nerve-wracking. But his parents were so nice.”

Through his engagement to Shannon, Brett has enjoyed learning more about his family connections at HPU.

“It’s really cool hearing my grandma talk about how she met my grandpa here and how her parents met here,” he said. “I enjoyed getting to hear the stories from her point of view. It’s great to have that connection with my future wife in the same place, walking around the same campus.”


Photo cutline: Brett Ellis and Shannon Matthews are pictured at the tree under which Brett proposed last spring. Photo by Rindy’s Photography.

HPU’s University Colloquium Series presents herbarium event

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2016 – Howard Payne University will host its first University Colloquium Series event of the year Friday, February 19, 10:00-10:50 a.m. in Room 121 of HPU’s Winebrenner Hall.

This University Colloquium Series event is entitled Project H.E.L.P. (HPU herbarium, engage in citizen science, locate/label and participate in data collection). Discussion will include the definition of an herbarium, its history and use at HPU and how citizens can assist in the HPU herbarium as well.

Dr. Jack Stanford, professor emeritus of biology, will discuss the importance of herbaria and their history at HPU.

“An herbarium is a repository for plants and a very useful thing,” said Dr. Stanford. “The purpose of the herbarium is to make a record of what plants are there.”

Dr. Marilyn Mathis, associate professor of biology, is the herbarium curator. Dr. Mathis will speak about the herbarium’s need for citizen science.

“We want to get the word out about what an herbarium is and the need for citizen science volunteers,” said Dr. Mathis. “Citizen science is different from volunteering in that we are collecting data specifically for a research purpose.”

Sara Wood, senior biology major from Orange Grove, will discuss the present-day operation of the HPU herbarium during the event. Wood, the herbarium manager, oversees the day-to-day operation along with the almost 30,000 specimens it houses.

There is no charge to attend this event and the public is encouraged to attend.

For more information about HPU’s University Colloquium Series, please contact Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology, at 325-649-8158.


Photo cutline: HPU senior Sara Wood, Dr. Jack Stanford and Dr. Marilyn Mathis (not pictured) will present a discussion about HPU’s herbarium, Friday, February 19.

Three join HPU’s Board of Trustees

Ronnie AndrewsBROWNWOOD – February 9, 2016 – Three Texas businessmen have joined Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees. The newest members include Ronnie Andrews of Houston, Greg Bruner of Stephenville and D. Lance Currie of Dallas.

The Board of Trustees, HPU’s governing body, convenes for regular meetings three times each year. Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, said he appreciates the commitments each member makes when agreeing to serve on the board.

“Trustees commit not only a substantial amount of time for meetings, but many hours of prayer as well,” said Dr. Ellis. “We’re blessed by the men and women who are faithful to God and choose to serve HPU in this way.”

Ronnie Andrews serves as chief operating officer of Texon LP in Houston. After graduating from HPU in 1983 with a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and economics, he went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Andrews is a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Teri (Davis) Andrews ’83, have one child, Madison Andrews, and one grandchild, Penelope.

Greg BrunerGreg Bruner is president of Bruner Auto Family, an auto dealership with locations in Brownwood and Stephenville. A 1984 graduate of Baylor University, Bruner is a member of First Baptist Church of Stephenville, where he serves in a variety of capacities. He serves on the boards of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and Stephenville Economic Development. He previously served on the boards of Harris Methodist Erath County, Dodge Advertising Board and the Toyota Dealer Council. Bruner and his wife, Lynda, have one daughter, Courtney Eads (husband Jeremy), and one son, Kyle Bruner. The couple has two grandchildren, Jett and Karis Eads.

D. Lance Currie serves as an attorney with the Dallas law firm Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP. Currie graduated from Baylor University in 2002 and The University of Texas School of Law in 2008. He serves as chair of the Young Professionals of the Dallas Regional Chamber and chair of Texas Baptists Committed. He previously served as a director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. A member of Wilshire Baptist Church, he and his wife, Rebecca, have two children,
Ashleigh and David.


Top to bottom: Ronnie Andrews, Greg Bruner and D. Lance Currie

Area businessmen fund HPU student research projects

Smithson Parmley and Smith for webBROWNWOOD – February 9, 2016 – Two students in Howard Payne University’s Research Problems in Chemistry course have received donations from area businessmen to aid in the completion of undergraduate research projects. The students, Samuel Parmley, senior from Bastrop, and Sarah Van Remmen, senior from Santo, each received $300 to fund their studies.

Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of chemistry, teaches the course. After consulting with HPU’s development office and being encouraged to move forward, he reached out to Zac Allen, owner of Lazy Eight Ranches in Coleman, and Paul Smithson, CEO of Apollo Computers in Early, to gauge the men’s interest in funding the projects. Following proposals by the students at the end of the fall semester, Smithson chose to support Parmley’s project while Allen elected to fund Van Remmen’s project.

The students will spend the remainder of the spring 2016 semester completing their studies and will use the funds to purchase needed materials. Parmley is creating a library of narcotics with an ion trap spectrometer, a system that could potentially aid law enforcement agencies in the future. Van Remmen is studying the active ingredients in sunscreen and the degradation of these ingredients with normal use.

Smith Van Remmen and Allen for webAccording to Dr. Smith, this is the first time he’s aware of outside donors funding research projects for HPU undergraduate students.

“I’m proud of Samuel and Sarah’s achievements and thankful for the support of Mr. Allen and Mr. Smithson,” he said. “I hope that this exercise provides a model for obtaining community sponsorship of student projects in the future.”


Photo cutlines:

Paul Smithson, left, presents a check to Samuel Parmley, center. Pictured at right is Dr. Derek Smith.

Zac Allen, right, presents a check to Sarah Van Remmen, center. Pictured at left is Dr. Derek Smith.

HPU’s Gabriella Glenn Guest to perform senior recital

Gabriella GuestBROWNWOOD – February 9, 2016 – Howard Payne University student Gabriella Glenn Guest will present a senior recital on Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be in the university’s Grace Chapel. Guest, a mezzo-soprano, is a music major from Midlothian. She is a student of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music at HPU.

“Gabi has been an eager and consistent student of voice throughout her years at HPU,” said Dr. Church. “She has a particular interest in modern compositions and her recital reflects that repertoire in fun and interesting ways.”

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


Photo cutline: HPU’s Gabriella Glenn Guest will perform a senior recital February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

HPU honors 264 for academic success during fall 2015 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University honored 264 students for academic success during the fall 2015 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:

Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Alahna Nicole Baze, Dean’s List
Ruby Patricia Johnson, Dean’s List
Micah Allen Lasater, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Xavier Juiqueil McFalls, Dean’s List

Shawnece Vandela Wormly, Honor Roll

Kierstyn Lauren Evans, Dean’s List

Apex, N.C.
Kristen Nicole Terway, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Ark.
Rachel Leigh White, Dean’s List

Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Honor Roll

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Honor Roll
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List
Angelica Carolyn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Rebekah Elizabeth Weaver, President’s List

Alexandra Lemus, Dean’s List

Callie Ann Adams, Dean’s List
Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, Honor Roll
Charles Anthony Long, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Courtney Caprice Seybert, President’s List

Garrett Grayson Wright, Dean’s List

Bryan Austin Baker, President’s List

Jakob Stefan Morgan, Dean’s List

Blooming Grove
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List

Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List
Danielle Paige Strickland, Dean’s List

Janis Dianne Groves, President’s List

Micah Brannan Huebner, President’s List

Christy Renee Ash, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Sharon Michelle Berger, President’s List
Blake Lawton Biessener, President’s List
Christina Calleros, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Caleb Nathan Dillard, President’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Dean’s List
Christopher Brent Freeland, Dean’s List
Misty Ann Fry, Honor Roll
Cherita Mae George, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
James Roland Hair, Dean’s List
Brogan Shea Henderson, President’s List
Jose Angel Hernandez, Honor Roll
Molly Jane Hull, President’s List
Jerry Talton Hurt, President’s List
Cynthia Lisett Ibarra, Honor Roll
Hannah Celeste Justice, President’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Summer Christine King, Dean’s List
Kindry Cruz Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Adam Justin Lloyd, Dean’s List
Kelcie Michelle Lloyd, President’s List
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez, Honor Roll
Bridgette Taylor Mayfield, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Dean’s List
Saulo Elias Mendoza, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, Dean’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Honor Roll
Seth Robert Owen, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, President’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Dean’s List
Sandy Rodriguez, President’s List
Heather Ann Rowlett, Dean’s List
Chelsea Louise Taylor, President’s List

Caleb Michael McConnell, Honor Roll
Paighton Leanne McNeely, Dean’s List

Kristian Jalyn Simpson, Honor Roll

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Honor Roll

Canyon Lake
Jennifer Katelyn Cardenas, President’s List

Brooke Lyndsey Goad, Dean’s List

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

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker, President’s List

Geoffrey Vaughn Rolando, Dean’s List

Robert Devin Caraway, President’s List
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Dean’s List
Shawna Sha’Nae Rains, Dean’s List

Matthew David Daniel, Dean’s List

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Neal Edward Kucinski, Honor Roll

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

Nathan Wayne Byrd, President’s List
Lisa Michelle Moreno, Dean’s List
Angela Rose Parker, President’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Honor Roll

Christian Armond Hosley, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Nathan Michael Brockett, Honor Roll
Caprica Danyelle Brooks, Honor Roll
Robert Vincent Martinez, Dean’s List

Corpus Christi
Samuel Lang Hoffman, Dean’s List

Crystal City
Michael Roy Garza, Dean’s List

Richard Treviso, Dean’s List

De Leon
Kelci Ann Feist, Honor Roll

Bridgette Lee Cummings, Dean’s List

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

Dripping Springs
Elliott Nicole Gray, Honor Roll

Brittany Elaine Benson, Honor Roll
Melanie Elaine Clark, Dean’s List
Colby Scott Compton, Honor Roll
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, Dean’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Dean’s List
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List

Sloan Elisabeth Ahrlett, Dean’s List
Tiffani Rose Peeples, President’s List
Hailey Alexandra Perrin, Dean’s List
Dezeray Dawn Tafte, Dean’s List

El Paso
Christina Noriz, Honor Roll
Brian Alan Seguin, Honor Roll
Marina Ariana Sheets-Ochoa, Honor Roll

Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ashley Briann Chapman, Dean’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Kwame Sekou Harris, Dean’s List

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

Olivia Ann Belsher, President’s List

Abraham Esteban Centeno, Honor Roll

Luis Anthony Robles, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Kevin Ray Leis, Honor Roll
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, Honor Roll

Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Rachel M. Ellington, Dean’s List

Murry Roy Clingerman, President’s List
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Zachary Charles White, Dean’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, President’s List

Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Honor Roll
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Seth James Rainey, Dean’s List

Michelle Elaine Teague, Dean’s List

David Dean Groves, Dean’s List

Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, Dean’s List

Trishawn Jeremiah Townes, Honor Roll

Richard Austin Young, President’s List

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

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Trey Joe Carpenter, Honor Roll

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Jacob Russell Vincent, Honor Roll

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, Dean’s List

Hannah Marie Strebeck, President’s List
Jonathan Bennett Strebeck, Honor Roll

Jessi Nicole Jordan, President’s List

Steven Ray Palousek, Dean’s List

Jerry Bonilla, Dean’s List

Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

William Noah Payne, Dean’s List

Carrie Deann Leach, President’s List

Analisa Marie Anzaldua, Honor Roll

Vanessa Renae Albert, Honor Roll
Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Julia Lynne James, Dean’s List

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Maggie Ariette Van Nes, Dean’s List

Hailey Ann Green, Honor Roll

David Tyrone Dingle, Dean’s List

James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List

Jada Evans, Dean’s List

Brett Ollen Quackenbush, Honor Roll

Liberty Hill
Mason Marie Samsel, President’s List

Leonard Paul Baker, Dean’s List
Peyton Nicole Cooley, Honor Roll

Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Dean’s List

Timothy Layne Counce, Dean’s List

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

Rebecca Danielle McFarland, President’s List
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, Dean’s List
Heather Renae Starnes, Dean’s List

Nicholas Matthew Keathley, President’s List

Fred Zavala, Honor Roll

Callie Anne Molloy, Dean’s List

Nancy Chiamaka Okafor, Honor Roll

Britt Thomas Boler, Honor Roll
MaryClaire Swallow, Honor Roll

Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, Dean’s List
Tyler Christopher Colburn, Dean’s List
Gabriella Glenn Guest, President’s List

Caitlin Courtney Wood, President’s List

Mineral Wells
Rachel Ann Merritt, President’s List

Candace Leeann Montgomery, Honor Roll

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

New Braunfels
Adam Richard Lalanne, President’s List
Samuel Douglas Soape, Honor Roll

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, President’s List

Gabrielle Trysten Roque, President’s List

Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

De’andre Rashuad Walker, Honor Roll

Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Jack Henry Judd, Dean’s List

Keeley Jo McKinney, Honor Roll

Red Oak
Tiffany Michelle Bullock, Honor Roll
Brittany Taylor Davis, Dean’s List

Ivyanne Alyssa Nichols, Honor Roll

Richland Hills
Luke G. Jester, Honor Roll

Ally Presley McKethan, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexa Brody, President’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Honor Roll

Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Dean’s List

Thomas Parker Kyle, President’s List
Ruben Daniel Lemus, Honor Roll
Michael Joe Sellers, President’s List

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome, President’s List

San Antonio
Angelica Maria Gray, President’s List
Arthur Joseph Hettler, Dean’s List
William Rangel-Alfaro, Honor Roll
Jacqueline Marie Vega, Honor Roll

San Juan
Lorien Elisse Rubio, Honor Roll

Sarah Jane Van Remmen, Honor Roll

Vanessa Mae Marquez, President’s List

Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, President’s List

Michael Ray Moore, Dean’s List

William Cody Cain, Honor Roll
Courtney Jean Tatum, President’s List

Michael Ryan Hazard, Dean’s List

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

Tennessee Colony
Colten James Hearrell, Honor Roll

Trophy Club
Thomas Arthur Llewellyn, Dean’s List
Adam C. Snyder, President’s List

Taryn Cheney Cover, President’s List
Ethan Chase Molnari, Dean’s List

Kayla Denae Chadwick, President’s List

Universal City
Joshua Brian Varnes, Dean’s List

Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Michael Nathan Snow, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List

Jessye Elizabeth Trefny, Dean’s List

Andrew Kirk Stevenson, Honor Roll

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk, Honor Roll

Courtney Renee Ake, Honor Roll
Jordan Lisa Pitman, President’s List

HPU celebrates Black History Month with special Chapel service

Black History Chapel 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – February 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University celebrated Black History Month during a Chapel service held Wednesday morning.

Participants comprised of members of HPU’s African-American Alumni Association and current HPU students, read stories and shared facts about black historical figures. Additionally, the participants performed several songs and led the audience in singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Negro National Anthem.

The program is written and directed each year by Wilbert Rogers ’75. Gladys Murray ’79 serves as the assistant coordinator and technical specialist.

“Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Murray put a tremendous amount of effort into the program each year, and we greatly appreciate their leadership,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We’re honored to come together as a university to celebrate Black History Month.”


Photo cutline: Chapel participants, led by HPU senior Victoria Malone at the podium, perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Negro National Anthem.

HPU senior takes advantage of university-provided opportunities

By Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – February 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University offers many opportunities for study programs, internships and on-campus activities to supplement students’ education with hands-on experiences. Senior Dani Coquat has used her time at HPU to prepare for her future by taking advantage of such opportunities.

Coquat, a political science major with a pre-law emphasis, plans to use her major for criminal defense, global law or a hybrid of the two. As an HPU student, she has met with a current foreign relations professional, attended a law forum in Houston and traveled around the state for Moot Court competitions. One of her most memorable experiences at HPU was pursuing an internship in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2015.

In June and July, Coquat interned for the Department of Commerce’s Initiative Business USA in D.C. She took an economics course through George Mason University and lived on the George Washington University campus. Coquat was also present for Supreme Court rulings and met with a few Congressmen and lobbyists. She took the opportunity to explore the area and visit potential law schools to see where she might practice after graduation.

“The friends and memories that I made while there will last a lifetime,” she said. “The experiences I had helped me to grow and realize that I can actually survive on my own. Living in the heart of the nation’s capital, I was able to see the lifestyle and learn how to balance having a social life and work, all while still furthering my education.”

Coquat has had many memorable experiences at home on HPU’s campus as well. She minors in theatre and works in HPU theatre productions with her fellow Alpha Psi Omega members.

“I pledged Alpha Psi Omega, which is the national theatre fraternity, this last spring,” she said. “Through Alpha Psi, I have helped with events such as a dunking booth to raise awareness of and money for leukemia and 24-hour theatre. I have been a part of a number of productions here at Howard Payne, including a children’s show this past fall, and will participate in the Christian University Theatre Festival this spring.”

Coquat made the decision to attend HPU after visiting the campus during band camp her junior year of high school. Along with her membership in Alpha Psi Omega, she has been part of the HPU Yellow Jacket Band during her first two years at HPU and the archery club during her freshman year.

“My time at HPU has helped to me to further my desire to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “With a career in criminal defense or global law, I will be in a position where I can help those who are most in need of it, those who don’t have voices of their own. I have made lasting friendships at HPU and I have been able to grow and change during my time here. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”


Photo cutline: Dani Coquat, a Howard Payne University senior, is pictured on the HPU campus.