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HPU gears up for another great summer of camps

Summer Camp Staff 3 2017Although most students have left for the summer, Howard Payne University will be full of activity during June and July. Six day camps and five overnight camps are scheduled to take place at HPU for the 2017 summer season. The university is expecting more than 1,200 overnight campers. Also, approximately 400 campers will be attending day camps this summer at HPU.

This week, HPU is hosting the JROTC Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp for participants ages 14-18 and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp for participants ages 14-16. These cadets are from more than 25 high schools across the state of Texas.

Later in June, HPU will host an overnight Band Camp and the BGCT’s Super Summer camp.

“These two overnight camps always bring lots of energy and excitement to the campus,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “Having camps during the summer is a unique and fun experience because we get to show off our campus to prospective students. We also have the opportunity for our staff to build leadership skills within our team and create new relationships with campers.”

HPU also hosts multiple sport camps and day camps including the university’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 17-21. The HPU Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps are for first- through sixth-grade students and feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing.

HPU’s summer camp staff, led by Childs as well as Kathy James, special events coordinator, facilitates all of the summer camps to help ensure that all guests have fun, safe and Christ-centered experiences while on campus. The staffers for this year include Derek Anderson, senior political science/pre-law major from Killeen; Titus Brown, junior business administration major with an emphasis in management from White Castle, Louisiana; Trey Carpenter, senior Christian education major from Hamilton; Madelyn Deviney, junior accounting and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Bulverde; Darius Edwards, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Waxahachie; Djimonii Jackson, senior business marketing major from Beaumont; Lindsey Krueger, sophomore music education major from Howe; Jordan Lewis, sophomore communications major from Houston; and Spencer Wolverton, junior communications major rom DeSoto.
For more information about HPU’s array of summer camps, contact University Services at 325-649-8409.


Cutline: HPU summer camp staffers are ready to facilitate camps at the university this summer. Pictured are Madelyn Deviney (top row, far left), Darius Edwards (top row, second from left), Jordan Lewis (top row, third from left), Derek Anderson (top row, third from right), Trey Carpenter (top row, second from right), Titus Brown (top row, far right), Lindsey Krueger (bottom row, far left), Djimonii Jackson (bottom row, second from left), Spencer Wolverton (bottom row, third from right), Debbie Childs, director of university events (bottom row, second from right) and Kathy James, special events coordinator (bottom row, far right).


HPU receives $25,000 from TexasBank through Doss Foundation

Ellis and DoddsTexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2017.

Within the past eight years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $700,000 to area educational institutions.

Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank, said the bank is proud to be affiliated with the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation, whose gift will give back to local students through HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund. This year, the TexasBank donation will specifically benefit HPU students who are receiving the Heart of Texas Scholarship and majoring in business.

“We believe that the Heart of Texas Scholarship has provided an opportunity for a quality university degree for an ever-increasing number of local students,” he said. “This year, we are excited that the scholarship will go to students in HPU’s School of Business and that we can cultivate a relationship with them while they attend Howard Payne. The Board and Ownership of TexasBank value our relationship with Howard Payne University, and we are honored to support this institution and its students.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, expressed his appreciation to TexasBank and the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation.

“HPU is blessed to have community partners who recognize the value of higher education,” he said. “Their continued financial support of HPU demonstrates their commitment to area students.”

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. The scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or via e-mail at


Cutline: Dr. Bill Ellis (left), HPU president, accepts a check from Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank.

HPU honors 247 for academic success during spring 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 247 students for academic success during the spring 2017 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:

Katlyn Leigh McCoy, Honor Roll
Miranda Kristeen Rice, Dean’s List
Brittony Nicole Walker, Dean’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Brianna Marie Weaver, Dean’s List

Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Jay Taylor Holland, Dean’s List
Natalie Marie Stephens, Dean’s List

Bryan Lee Bourque, Honor Roll
Taylor Grace Davis, Dean’s List

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White, President’s List

James Ryan Cook, Dean’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Ysabel Austine Cuellar, Dean’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, President’s List

Ely Chance Self, Dean’s List

Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Elizabeth Irene James, Honor Roll
Jordan Lisa Pitman, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Honor Roll
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List
Michael Talon Taylor, Dean’s List

Rickey Andrew Guillory, Dean’s List
Djimonii Rai Jackson, Dean’s List

Xavier Michael Haines, Honor Roll

Charles Patrick Lewis, Honor Roll
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Tyler White Brooks, President’s List

Jessica Leanne Meeks, Honor Roll

Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List
Skyler Andrews, Honor Roll
Christy Renee Ash, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, President’s List
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Lydia Melissa Conrad, Honor Roll
Christin Deann Cooper, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
James Tanner Crow, Honor Roll
Angela Leigh Curtis, Honor Roll
Peyton Evan Donahoo, President’s List
Karina Marie Garcia, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
James Roland Hair, Honor Roll
Jessica Leigh Harris, Dean’s List
Samantha Michelle Henry, President’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, Dean’s List
Tiffany Joanne Hogue, Honor Roll
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Jolee Jordan Jones, Honor Roll
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Brittiny Lynn Kelley, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, President’s List
Jacob Drew McNeill, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, President’s List
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Wendie Nevels, Honor Roll
Shannon Shae Parrish, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Honor Roll
Aaron James Pulley, Honor Roll
Priscilla Lynn Rodriguez, Honor Roll
William Thomas Rumfield, Dean’s List
Stephen Kelly Skelton, Dean’s List
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, President’s List
Lauren Nicole Tipton, President’s List
Keegan Ryan Torres, Honor Roll
Connor Chaz Vara, Dean’s List
Mari Amy Villarreal, President’s List

Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Britney Nichole Chandler, Dean’s List

Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Dean’s List

Kathryn Ann Grice, Dean’s List

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

Madison Rianna Neal, Dean’s List

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

Taylor Renea Bicknell, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Jaze Mance Randolph, President’s List

Ryan Wesley Mason, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Kyle Dwain Winstead, Dean’s List

Corpus Christi
Paige Maria Bowers, Honor Roll

Audrey Joan Simpson, Dean’s List

Cecily Noel McIlwain, President’s List

Sharon Allen Wolverton, Dean’s List

Porng Chea, Honor Roll
Colby Scott Compton, Dean’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Jennifer Nicole Sepeda, Dean’s List
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, President’s List
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List
Ryan Kinsey Wofford, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Steven Cathcart Lewis, Honor Roll
Tyler Joel Morgan, President’s List
Brandon Rutkowski, Dean’s List
Brian Alan Seguin, Dean’s List

Anna Kaye McBride, Dean’s List

Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ashley Nicole McKay, Dean’s List

Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, President’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, Honor Roll
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, President’s List
Victoria Louise Malone, President’s List
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, President’s List

Kalin Rose Brown, President’s List
Kara Rene Strange, Honor Roll

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List

Jeffrey J. Gilbert, Dean’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, Dean’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Michelle Elaine Teague, Honor Roll

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

Alexandria Cymone Davis, Honor Roll

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Dean’s List
Jordan Alexandria Sweat, Dean’s List

J Brian Bailey, Dean’s List

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

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Jeremiah Kayne Wenzel, Dean’s List

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

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

Carrie Deann Leach Condra, President’s List

Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Anissa Joyce Peralta, Dean’s List

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Maggie Ariette Van Nes, President’s List

James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List

Jada Evans, President’s List
Tyler Lee James, President’s List

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Lynn Gerig, Honor Roll

Joshua N. O’Conner, Honor Roll

Liberty Hill
Chesney Beth Goza, Honor Roll

Graham Walters White, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Honor Roll
Kailey Rebekah Doering, President’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Honor Roll

Justin Christopher Hughes, Honor Roll
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, President’s List

Josiah James Horton, President’s List

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Honor Roll

Jamie C.G. Garrett, Honor Roll

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

Emily Laura Lang, Honor Roll

Eli David Williams, Honor Roll

Fred Zavala, President’s List

Callie Anne Molloy, President’s List

Guy Rand Ekstrom, President’s List

Chad Holman Anders, Dean’s List
Emily Nicole Ball, Honor Roll
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Gil Eduardo Jaime, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Maci Ann Dorsey, Honor Roll

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

Madison Kaye Witherwax, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List
Kirstin Lorrel Henderson, Honor Roll
Dylan Wayne Johnson, Dean’s List
Adelaide Anne Joralemon, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, President’s List
Viktoria Caroline Quintero, President’s List
Westley James Wassom, President’s List

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Dean’s List
Larry Dwayne Potter, Dean’s List

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood, Dean’s List

Oriental, North Carolina
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Honor Roll

Grant Michael Saltar, Dean’s List

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

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, Dean’s List

Ally Presley McKethan, Honor Roll

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

Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, President’s List

Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Honor Roll

Ruben Daniel Lemus, President’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman, Dean’s List
Juan Andres Luna, President’s List
Erin Lenore McCleer, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, President’s List
Sabrina Abagail Martinez, Honor Roll
Collin Rex Salyers, Honor Roll
Micah Andrew Smith, President’s List
Jacqueline Marie Vega, Dean’s List

San Marcos
Macy Annette Maniscalo, Dean’s List

San Saba
Caelob Dane Hardman, Dean’s List

Rachel Renea Hitt, Honor Roll

Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Honor Roll

Dustin Charles Crawford, Honor Roll

Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Jesse James Paschal, Honor Roll

Shadd C. Cole, Honor Roll

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

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

Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Honor Roll

Jeremiah Thomas Taylor, Honor Roll

Ethan Chase Molnari, Dean’s List

Kayla Denae Chadwick, Dean’s List

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

Ariana D. Rehm, Dean’s List

Toni H.J. Gibbs, Honor Roll
Terrell Veron St. Julian, Dean’s List
Lazhay Tranisha Winn, Dean’s List

Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List

Morgan Andie McCoy, Dean’s List

Cassia Noelle Rose, President’s List

Kashtyn Kael Eoff, Honor Roll


Four selected as HPU Sumners Scholars

HPU Sumners Scholars 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – June 2, 2017 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were recently selected as Sumners Scholars. Acceptance into the Sumners Scholar Program, created by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, is based on an assessment of academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential.

This year’s recipients are Jessica Catlett, sophomore from Alleyton; Augusta Johnson, junior from Gatesville; Tyler Olin, sophomore from Howe; and Emma Reed, junior from Kennedale.

Students are selected for the competitive four-semester program after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board.

Sumners Scholars are also provided with opportunities to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences to supplement their learning and expand their growth potential. While receiving the scholarship, students are required to maintain a 3.25 GPA and be in good standing with the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

“The Sumners Scholars Program is an amazing benefit for our students in terms of both financial assistance and academic opportunities,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Academy. “We’re grateful to the Sumners Foundation for its ongoing support of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and its initiatives.”

For more information about the Sumner Scholars Program at HPU, visit


Cutline: Four students from HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were named Sumner Scholars. Left to right: Tyler Olin, Augusta Johnson, Emma Reed and Jessica Catlett.

HPU alumnus honored for heroism

Eric VillanuebaBROWNWOOD – June 1, 2017 – Corporal Eric “Villy” Villanueba, a 2014 Howard Payne University graduate, was recently honored by the Garland Police Department for taking heroic, life-saving actions after rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

Cpl. Villanueba, then a deputy in the Hood County Sheriff’s Office, was on his way home from work last November when he witnessed the single-vehicle accident in Garland. A car went over a bridge, landed on its hood and immediately caught on fire.

“It was about two or three in the morning and I was the only one around,” said Cpl. Villanueba. “I sprinted down the hill praying that there wasn’t more than one person in the car because I knew it would be hard to get everyone out.”

As the flames were near the front of the vehicle, Cpl. Villanueba used his baton to break the back window and a knife to cut through the deployed airbags. Unable to see clearly, he called out but received no response.

“I crawled into the car and saw someone in the driver’s seat, hanging from the seatbelt,” he said. “She was unresponsive and bleeding severely.”

As the flames grew closer, Cpl. Villanueba cut the woman’s seatbelt and began to drag her toward the back window. Others had arrived on scene by that time and helped him pull the woman from the car.

“By God’s grace, it was perfect timing,” he said. “The car engulfed in flames as soon as we got out.”

Cpl. Villanueba, now an officer with Palmer Police Department, credits his training for his quick actions.

“We’re trained to do things like that even if our lives are at risk,” he said. “My only thought was to save as many people as I could.”

He is thankful for education he received through HPU’s criminal justice program.

“Howard Payne gave me a servant’s heart,” he said. “Professors like Lynn Humeniuk teach you how to serve others and be there for others. HPU is where I rededicated my life to God.”

Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program, said she was not surprised to learn that Cpl. Villanueba saved a life.

“He was born to serve and protect,” she said. “As an undergraduate on the HPU campus, Villy was popular with faculty and students and he was a leader who continually gave above and beyond what was needed to get a job completed. I have seen him several times since November and only learned last week from someone else that he saved a woman’s life. He is humble in that way, and a true professional in every sense of the word. I am very proud of this HPU graduate from the criminal justice program, and I know that God will continue to use him in a mighty way.”


Cutline: Corporal Eric “Villy” Villanueba, a 2014 HPU graduate, was recently honored by the Garland Police Department for his heroic, life-saving actions.

HPU’s forensic science program acquires mass spectrometer

Mass Spectrometer for webBROWNWOOD – May 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s forensic science program recently acquired an Agilent tandem gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, an analytical instrument that helps to identify chemicals based on molecular mass and ionic charge and is commonly used in many fields of science.

The equipment was acquired as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration South Central Laboratory’s routine turnover program.

“The DEA laboratory upgrades its instrumentation every five years,” said Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of physical science and head of HPU’s forensic science program. “The previous laboratory director instituted a program whereby he donated the outgoing instrumentation to academic programs who train students in disciplines that could benefit the DEA in the future.”

Through this program, HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics received a donation of a tandem gas chromatograph-FT infrared spectrophotometer in 2010, and this latest acquisition further complements the analytical capabilities of HPU’s applied science programs.

“The greatest value of these generous donations is the experience that students gain by working with research-grade instruments that we would not otherwise be able to afford and that students in other programs may not be able to operate independently at the undergraduate level,” said Dr. Smith. “We are deeply grateful for the beneficial relationship that we enjoy with Director Jerry A. Walker and the DEA laboratory.”


Cutline: Students in Dr. Smith’s instrumental analysis class perform initial trials with the university’s new mass spectrometer, implementing methods they obtained from research articles.

HPU Biomedical Science Advisory Board holds inaugural meeting

Biomedical Science Advisory Board May 2017BROWNWOOD – May 17, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s first Biomedical Science Advisory Board meeting was held on May 5 in the university’s Mabee University Center.

The Biomedical Science Advisory Board consists of local health professionals who represent specific areas of practice. They will engage with HPU’s biomedical science scholars in various ways including hosting student medical internships and speaking about their fields in the university’s Health Professions Seminar course.

At this first meeting, board members discussed aspects of their professions that students need to learn beyond academic training. The board also helped inform plans for a health care seminar series that HPU’s Biomedical Science Program will offer beginning this fall for both the university and the community.

Board members for the 2017-2018 academic year are Dr. Rance Boren, medicine/neurology; Dr. Kevin Clardy, dentistry; Michael Cloy, physician assistant; Dr. Randy Ethridge, optometry; Jennifer Evans, physician assistant; Dr. Joshua Hawver, pharmacy; Dr. Gayland Gowdy, veterinary medicine; Dr. Peter Ness, medicine/ophthalmology; Shannon Sims, physical therapy; Dr. Amy Tindol, medicine/internal medicine; Dr. Jeff Windham, veterinary medicine; and Dr. Lorin Wolf, chiropractic.

“We are honored to have each of these board members support our program’s efforts in developing well-educated, compassionate, integrity-minded medical professionals,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, program director and associate professor of biology.

HPU’s new four-year Biomedical Science Program is 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.

For more information, contact Dr. Hutchins at 325-649-8158 or


Cutline: Dr. Kristen Hutchins leads the discussion during the HPU Biomedical Science Advisory Board’s inaugural meeting on May 5.

Recent HPU graduate accepted into forensic science graduate program

Kierstyn Evans for webBROWNWOOD – May 16, 2017 – Among the Howard Payne University seniors who crossed the stage during HPU’s recent Commencement ceremony was Kierstyn Evans of Anson. Evans, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science, has been accepted into the forensic science graduate program at Texas Tech University.

Evans is a lifelong fan of Texas Tech and originally planned to earn her undergraduate degree there as well.

“Tech was my dream school,” she said. “I wasn’t planning on going anywhere else.”

Upon learning that the university did not offer an undergraduate forensic science major, however, she was left with a big choice.

“I was either going to stick with forensic science and go to a different school or change my major to go to my dream school,” she said.

Despite being accepted to Texas Tech during her senior year of high school, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in forensic science. She took to the Internet to research her options.

Around that same time, she learned about HPU through her high school band director and associate band director, both of whom are alumni. When HPU came up in her searches for undergraduate forensic science programs in Texas, she decided to visit campus.

“I remember that my tour guide talked about how close everyone is on campus,” Evans said. “The more I looked into Howard Payne, the more I liked it.”

The forensic science offering at HPU is a relatively unique program, said Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of physical science and director of the chemistry program.

“Most universities that offer training in forensic science include it as an emphasis under criminal justice, rather than as a standalone major,” he said.

A forensic science major combined with HPU’s friendly campus atmosphere made the university an obvious choice for Evans. She served as a Jacket Ambassador for HPU’s Office of Admission as a student, leading her own university tours.

“I told prospective students that they will have professors who truly care about them,” she said. “There was a professor I had my freshman year who still knew my major and remembered things we talked about years later. I don’t think you can get that from other universities.”

Though it wasn’t what she originally planned, Evans is happy with her decision to come to HPU first.

“I love Howard Payne,” she said. “Especially being from a small town, I feel like I would have gotten lost in the crowd at Tech. I like the small classes at HPU.”

Dr. Smith said Evans is the first student whose progress he has witnessed from beginning to end.

“She enrolled in general chemistry I with me and concluded in instrumental analysis this spring,” he said. “Few students have been willing to enroll in the full complement of chemistry courses that the forensic science degree requires, but Kierstyn persevered. I am proud of her accomplishment and look forward to news of her continued success.”

Another big factor in Evans’ decision to come to HPU was the Central Texas Scholarship which awards substantial financial assistance to graduates from high schools in Jones County and other counties in the Central Texas area. For more information about this and other financial aid opportunities, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Kierstyn Evans, a recent HPU graduate, has been accepted into the forensic science graduate program at Texas Tech University.

HPU honors criminal justice interns

criminal justice internsBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s criminal justice program recently ended the spring 2017 semester by recognizing 19 students for the completion of internships.

The students completed 150 hours of service which reflected three credit hours toward their majors in criminal justice. Internships included working with “at risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law enforcement agencies and many other service organizations that help students prepare for future careers in the field of criminal justice.

“These students gave 150 hours to the agencies where they served and in the process gained valuable hands-on experience in the career fields they have chosen to pursue,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program. “I am always very grateful to all the agencies that accept our interns as they guide them to become professionals in the field.”

Those recognized included Rebecca Blohm of Midlothian, intern with the Ron Jackson Unit; Jerry Bromley of Santa Anna, intern with the San Saba Probation Department; Balentin Carranco of Georgetown, intern with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Shanique Davis-Campbell of Savannah, Georgia, intern with the Savannah County Sheriff’s Office; Jordan Easterling of Junction, intern with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Roberto Godinez of El Paso, intern with the El Paso Police Department; James Hair of Brownwood, intern with the City of Early; Brady Hardin of Fort Worth, intern with HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Jack Judd of Brownwood, intern with HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Taylor Kent of Blanket, intern with Haynes Law Firm; Daniel Meza of Brownwood, intern with the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County; Kyle Ramon of Floresville, intern with the Brownwood Police Department; Stephen Skelton of Brownwood, intern with Brownwood Independent School District; Serayah Smith of Fredericksburg, intern with the Fredericksburg Police Department; Wesley Smith of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, intern with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Michelle Teague of Gorman, intern with Hope Home Ministry; Niki Terway of Brownwood, intern with New Horizons Ranch; Blake Wynn of Rockwall, intern with HPU’s Department of Public Safety; and Andres Zambrano of Brownwood, intern with Johnson Law Firm.

Internship supervisors included Deputy Pete Bastardo, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Chassidy Carroll, Hope Home Ministry; Officer Kyle Coker, San Saba Probation Department; Officer David Creed, HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Assistant Chief James Fuller, Brownwood Police Department; Mayor Stephen Haynes, Haynes Law Firm; Jason Johnson, Johnson Law Firm; Lauren Jones, Ron Jackson Unit; Larry McConn, City of Early; Lee McHorse, New Horizons Ranch; Assistant Chief Bob Pacatte, HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Maria Suarez, El Paso Police Department; Chief Steven Wetz, Fredericksburg Police Department; Danny Willingham, Boys & Girls Club of Brown County; and Captain Malcolm Wilkes, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Also in attendance was Sheriff Vance Hill, Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

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


Cutline: HPU criminal justice interns are pictured with field supervisors and HPU faculty. Left to right: Officer David Creed, Chief Paul Lilly, Blake Wynn, Jack Judd, Sheriff Vance Hill, Michelle Teague, Deputy Pete Bastardo, Wesley Smith, Daniel Meza, Kyle Ramon, Brady Hardin, James Hair, Taylor Kent, Lynn Humeniuk and Assistant Chief James Fuller. Interns not pictured are Rebecca Blohm, Jerry Bromley, Shanique Campbell-Davis, Balentin Carranco, Jordan Easterling, Roberto Godinez, Stephen Skelton, Serayah Smith, Niki Terway and Andres Zambrano.

HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brings home several awards from state competition

Phi Beta LambdaBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2017 – Students from Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently won several awards at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) at San Jacinto College Maritime Campus in LaPorte. These wins qualify them for HPU’s third showing in recent history at the National Leadership Conference to be held this year in Anaheim, California, June 24-27.

Jody Loudamy of Goldthwaite and Jessica Harris of Brownwood, both May 2017 graduates, made the trip to the SLC which resulted in their wins for the third year in a row. Connor Vara, junior from Brownwood, also won on his first trip to state and will represent HPU at the national conference this summer.

The three were accompanied by their adviser, Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting at HPU. Six other students competed by completing comprehensive exams and/or projects at HPU prior to the SLC.

The three attending the conference came in first place in the Texas Trivia Challenge on information about Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, beating teams from schools across Texas as the only team with a positive score in a “Jeopardy!”-format competition.
HPU swept the competition in Personal Finance with Loudamy receiving first place, Harris receiving second place and Ryan Mason, junior from Houston, placing third.

“This is the first time that a team from one school swept the awards for Personal Finance,” Daub said.

HPU students won five additional awards. Harris placed third in Retail Management; Hannah Ball, May graduate from Justin, placed second in both Computer Applications and Project Management; Madelyn Deviney, junior from Bulverde, placed second in Entrepreneurship Concepts; and Vara placed second in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university level of Future Business Leaders of America. State and national leadership conferences allow students to demonstrate their academic preparation and develop their leadership skills by competing against students from all over the state and nation in 55 different competitive events. These competitive events cover technology, public speaking, business, accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing and more.


Cutline: Students from HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed in the State Leadership Conference. Left to right: Adviser Mike Daub, Hannah Ball, Ryan Mason, Jessica Harris, Connor Vara, Madelyn Deviney and Jody Loudamy.