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Community supports hurricane victims through HPU donation drive

HPU donation drive 1 for webBROWNWOOD – September 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Yellow Jacket baseball team hosted a donation drive for hurricane victims on Saturday, collecting approximately 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food to deliver to the Gulf Coast and southeast Texas.

“We’re thankful to the many individuals and businesses in Brown County who have supported HPU’s efforts in providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey,” said Stephen Lynn, head baseball coach. “Several groups brought trucks and trailers full of supplies to donate. It was great to see the community turn out to support those in need.”

HPU donation drive 2 for webThe team will partner with others on campus to deliver the items to the Gulf Coast this weekend. There, the group’s efforts will be facilitated by Joseph Jones, HPU alumnus and pastor of First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca.

Through Friday, September 8, Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware is discounting by 25 percent purchases listed as hurricane relief items. Once purchased, the items may be left at the store and HPU’s baseball team will collect them for distribution.

HPU donation drive 3 for webThose who were unable to attend the drive may coordinate with the baseball team to have donation items collected. For more information, contact Robert Anders, assistant baseball coach, at 972-322-4116 or randers@hputx.edu.

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1. Members of HPU’s Yellow Jacket baseball team stack items at the team’s recent donation drive to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

2. HPU baseball players unload cleaning supplies donated by a community member.

3. HPU’s baseball team collected approximately 1,000 cases of water during its recent donation drive.

HPU’s educator preparation program hosts back-to-school social for future teachers

educator prep photo 1BROWNWOOD – September 4, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s educator preparation program began the fall 2017 semester by hosting its first “Snack & Chat” social. Sponsored by HPU’s School of Education, all students seeking teaching certification were invited to this time of networking and fellowship.

“The students had an opportunity to get to know one another and HPU’s education faculty while enjoying free snacks,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “We’re looking forward to an exciting year of equipping HPU students to become the educators of tomorrow.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2018 semester. For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: 1. Students in HPU’s educator preparation program started the fall semester with a time of fellowship and networking. Among those attending are, from left to right, Breanna Hunt, Cassandra Mendez and Grant Saltar.

2. Amy Briley, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Education, and student Kimberlyn Ho pause for a photo during the recent “Snack & Chat” social on campus.

HPU moves to dissolve arrangement with Ranger College regarding nurse education

BROWNWOOD – September 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University has announced its plans to dissolve a collaborative arrangement between HPU and Ranger College on nurse education. On Friday, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, informed the Ranger College president, Dr. Bill Campion, of the university’s intent to end the arrangement. HPU has two primary reasons for this action: lack of student interest and confusion regarding HPU’s stance on Ranger College’s efforts to make Brown County a taxing district.

The agreement originated in August 2016 and was designed to allow students admitted to Ranger College’s pre-licensure Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program to live on the HPU campus, participate in the university’s student life activities and, on completion of the ADN program, apply for admission to HPU’s post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Despite publicity about the agreement between the two institutions and some initial interest expressed by students, no students took advantage of the arrangement.

“As part of our university’s culture of assessment, we regularly evaluate the way we deliver course offerings and other programs,” said Dr. Ellis. “After being in place for a full year without any students, it is obvious to us that this collaborative arrangement is not of interest to students.”

Additionally, HPU has not taken a public stance on the matter regarding the proposed taxing district, preferring to leave the decision entirely in the hands of the citizens of Brown County. However, Dr. Ellis expressed concern that the agreement has been misconstrued as an endorsement by HPU of Ranger College’s tax referendum, which is not the case.

“Based on these issues, HPU has decided the best course of action is to dissolve the formal arrangement,” Dr. Ellis said.

The procedure for terminating the agreement by either party is included in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the presidents of the two institutions.

Graduates from Ranger College or elsewhere who are registered nurses (RN) with unencumbered licenses to practice in Texas may continue their education at HPU through the post-licensure RN-to-BSN degree program, and HPU will admit each of those students on a case-by-case basis.

HPU’s post-licensure RN-to-BSN program is directed by Dr. Nina Ouimette, new dean of the university’s School of Nursing. Her career includes 17 years with Abilene’s Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, most recently as dean and professor of nursing with tenure, and previous service at hospitals and health care systems in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Washington, D.C.

As a nursing school administrator, Dr. Ouimette is experienced in matters of program and curriculum development, student and faculty recruitment, nursing regulation and accreditation. In addition to overseeing HPU’s post-licensure RN-to-BSN program, she is directing HPU’s efforts to pursue a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“I have known Dr. Ouimette personally and professionally for more than 15 years,” Dr. Ellis said. “I am absolutely confident Brown County will be very pleased with the high quality of nurse education we are working diligently to bring to our area.”

HPU’s Dr. Gary Gramling speaks at Wednesday morning Chapel service

Gary Gramling ChapelBROWNWOOD – August 31, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Gary Gramling, 1981 HPU graduate, professor of Christian studies and director of the graduate programs in Christian studies, spoke at HPU’s Chapel service Wednesday morning.

“I can tell you that once you’ve had a personal encounter with Jesus, you’ll never be the same,” Dr. Gramling told audiences. “The Father wants nothing more than for every one of us, the people He made, to have a relationship with Him.”

The overall theme for HPU Chapel this semester is “Love God, Love Others.” To see the full slate of Chapel speakers, visit www.hputx.edu/chapel.

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Cutline: Dr. Gary Gramling speaks at HPU’s Chapel service Wednesday morning.

HPU baseball partners with Weakley-Watson for hurricane relief

BROWNWOOD – August 30, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s baseball team is partnering with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood to provide relief amidst the ongoing devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey along Texas’ Gulf Coast. The team’s efforts are bolstered by a variety of other campus groups and individuals.

HPU will host a donation drive this Saturday, September 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the former Hastings’ parking lot, 600 N. Center Ave. in Brownwood. The following weekend, the baseball team and other campus volunteers will travel to southeast Texas to distribute items and money collected to those in need. There, the group’s efforts will be facilitated by Joseph Jones, HPU alumnus and pastor of First Baptist Church of Port Lavaca.

Donations most needed include personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, and new and used tools including crowbars, rakes, saws, shovels and other tools that can assist in cleanup efforts.

In addition to the donation drive at the former Hastings’ parking lot, Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware, 1414 Austin Ave. in Brownwood, will discount by 25 percent purchases listed as hurricane relief items. Once purchased, the items may be left at the store and HPU’s baseball team will collect them for distribution. Weakley-Watson will also serve as a donation drop-off location.

“HPU is blessed to be in Brown County, a place where businesses and individuals step up to help those in need,” said Stephen Lynn, head baseball coach. “We look forward to seeing the turnout at Saturday’s donation drive and we thank you in advance for your contributions.”

Those who prefer to offer financial support may mail a check, designated “Hurricane Relief,” to HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 2369, Brownwood, TX 76804 by Tuesday, September 5. As financial donations will go directly to those in need, they will not be considered tax-deductible gifts to the university and receipts will not be mailed.

Anyone unable to attend the drive may coordinate with the baseball team to have donation items collected. For more information, or to schedule a collection time, contact Robert Anders, assistant baseball coach, at 972-322-4116 or randers@hputx.edu.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, said the university is deeply saddened by the devastation along the Gulf Coast and in the other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“We’re thankful that, through the leadership efforts of our baseball team and with support from other campus groups and the community, we can share resources with those in need,” he said. “Most of all, we pray for God’s comfort and protection over our friends, loved ones and all others impacted by this tragedy.”

HPU has created a Facebook group to host requests for hurricane relief assistance and offers for donations and volunteer hours. To join the group visit www.facebook.com/groups/hpu.hurricane.relief.

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Candis Hicks of San Angelo among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Candis HicksBROWNWOOD – August 29, 2017 – Candis (Rodgers) Hicks of San Angelo has been named a Distinguished Alumna of Howard Payne University. She is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Hicks and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Hicks completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree from HPU in 1978. While at the university, she was involved with Baptist Student Union and A Cappella Choir. She was also a class officer her junior and senior years. Upon graduating from HPU, she earned a Master of Music Education degree and administrative certification from Angelo State University.

She has completed 31 years in public education, including time spent as a choral music teacher, principal and private studio voice and piano teacher. She has also served as a wedding coordinator and as a consultant for the San Angelo Symphony. Her civic involvement includes serving with Young Life San Angelo, a children’s ministry, as well as teaching Sunday School and being active in Bible study through her church. She has one son, Hunter Rodgers Hicks.

Hicks said attending and graduating from HPU was one of the greatest blessings in her life.

“Howard Payne brought forth a missions heart in me that had been building since childhood,” she said. “The spiritual emphasis and spirit of the campus gave me a foundation for both good and bad times that lay ahead. The education classes were specific in what teaching would entail and the camaraderie with other music majors, as well as the choral experiences, gave me a great starting point, support system and network.”

For more information about HPU Homecoming 2017, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: Candis (Rodgers) Hicks ’78 is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

Message from Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU President, regarding Hurricane Harvey

Howard Payne University is deeply saddened by the devastation along the Gulf Coast and in the other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are praying for God’s comfort and protection over our friends, loved ones and all others impacted by this tragedy. Our university is actively using university resources to support the relief efforts. Information will be announced through HPU’s communications channels as details are finalized.

HPU cheer team ready for 2017-2018 activities

HPU cheer team August 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – August 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s cheer team recently held the group’s first practice of the 2017-2018 academic year. The students are eager to lead the campus community in showing HPU spirit at a variety of athletic events and other activities.

The team is led by Bethany Covington in her first year as cheer team coach. Providing support as cheer team coordinator is Gretchen Campbell, executive assistant to the vice president for student life & dean of students.

“We have a great, high-energy group of cheerleaders on our team,” said Bethany Covington. “I know their HPU enthusiasm will be contagious.”

HPU’s cheer team is comprised of Maddie Bicknell, sophomore from Cleburne; Madelyn Deviney, junior from Bulverde; Fallon Ferguson (captain), senior from Milano; Klaye Georges, sophomore from Hamlin; Chanda King, sophomore from Childress; Holly Leatherman, senior from Tolar; Lindsey McKinney (captain), senior from Brownwood; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Krystin Mullins, freshman from Crowley; Marley Murray, sophomore from Brownwood; Brittany Rideau, sophomore from Beaumont; Keylee Sinderud, sophomore from Clifton; Connor Vara, senior from Brownwood; and Chelsea Walker, freshman from Anson.

The group’s first public appearance is scheduled for the football game on September 23 at 1:00 p.m., when the HPU Yellow Jackets face the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys at Gordon Wood Stadium.

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s cheer team are eager to lend enthusiastic support to the university at athletic events and other activities throughout the new academic year. Pictured are (far left) Chelsea Walker; (bottom from left to right) Brittany Rideau, Lindsey McKinney, Krystin Mullins, Klaye Georges and Madelyn Deviney; and (top from left to right) Holly Leatherman, Fallon Ferguson, Chanda King, Madison Miller, Keylee Sinderud, Maddie Bicknell and Marley Murray. Not pictured is Connor Vara.

HPU students serve the Brownwood community through S.W.A.R.M. day

Photo 1 Good Samaritan HPU for webBROWNWOOD – August 25, 2017 – Members of Howard Payne University’s new student class, along with upperclassman leaders, spent the Saturday before classes began serving the city they now call home. The students participated in the university’s annual Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.) project on August 19 as part of Jacket Journey, the university’s new student orientation.

The S.W.A.R.M. volunteers gathered at the university early that morning and then dispersed to four locations – Good Samaritan Ministries, Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre, The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter and the Brownwood Area Community Garden. Some students stayed on campus and wrote encouraging Photo 2 Lyric HPU for webletters to the military on behalf of the university.

“S.W.A.R.M. is a highlight of our Jacket Journey program,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “It is always encouraging to see new and returning students spend their time and energy serving the Brownwood community.”

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Photo 3 ARK HPU for webCutlines: 1. New and current HPU students help sort clothing at Good Samaritan Ministries during the university’s S.W.A.R.M. day.
2. HPU students volunteer at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre.
3. HPU students help organize clothing at the ARK Domestic Violence Shelter.
4. HPU students volunteer at the Brownwood Area Community Garden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eleven full-time faculty members join HPU for fall semester

new faculty fall 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – August 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University began its fall 2017 semester this week with eleven new full-time faculty members among its ranks.

“Our new faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and the university as a whole,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “HPU’s entire body of faculty demonstrates the highest of academic standards, and we look forward to the year ahead.”

New full-time faculty members include Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Dr. Dave Claborn, professor of government; David Clemons, instructor of history; Dr. Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical science; Dr. Leslie Griffin, associate professor of psychology and family studies; Dr. Rick Grimes; associate professor of kinesiology; Richelle Hair, instructor of communication; Dr. Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of the School of Nursing and professor of nursing; and James Wunderle, Jr., instructor of psychology.

Teresa Cavitt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from HPU. She served as an adjunct instructor at HPU from 1999 to 2017 and as an aerobics instructor for Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church from 1990 to 1998.

Dr. Dave Claborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He served at Olivet Nazarene University from 2011 to 2016 as associate professor and from 2006 to 2011 as assistant professor. Prior to that, he served as assistant to the pre-law advisor and as teaching assistant, advisor and instructor at the University of Massachusetts.

David Clemons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College. He is a doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Dallas. He previously served as an HPU adjunct instructor and as a doctoral teaching assistant at The University of Texas at Dallas. He also served as a history instructor at Southwestern Assemblies of God University from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Dennis Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Leslie Griffin earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Woman’s University. She served as an adjunct faculty member in the University of North Texas’ School of Human Services from 2015 to 2017 and as family and consumer services teacher for Crowley ISD from 2011 to 2017. She additionally served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University from 2012 to 2015 and as an adjunct faculty member at American Public University from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Rick Grimes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and Master of Education and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Houston. He served as senior lecturer at the University of North Texas from 2014 to 2017, as assistant professor at Texas A&M University – Kingsville from 2007 to 2012, and as assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor from 2002 to 2007. Additionally, he served as an instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2000 to 2002 and as instructor and chair of the physical education department at Lone Star College District (Tomball College) from 1988 to 1999.

Richelle Hair holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech University. Her previous experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2015 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant consultant at Texas Tech University from 2016 to 2017.

Dr. Jill Heupel earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from Tarleton State University. She served as a graduate assistant in teaching at Tarleton State University from 2016 to 2017 and as a graduate assistant in research from 2015 to 2016. She also served as an assistant principal in Stephenville ISD from 2011 to 2015, as a physical education teacher with Stephenville ISD from 1996 to 2011 and as a physical education teacher/junior high coach with Mexia ISD from 1995 to 1996.

Dr. Jane Metty-Samons holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University and a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. She served as professor of education at Mercer University from 2010 to 2016 and as instructor at Texas A&M University from 2008 to 2010. She has developed and delivered various programs and courses for a number of schools and universities.

Dr. Nina Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002.

James Wunderle, Jr., holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University as well as a Master of Arts in Religious Education degree and a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute. He served as instructor at Ecclesia College from 2015 to 2017, as therapist at Ozark Guidance from 2015 to 2017 and as therapist/CEO at Cornerstone Counseling from 2004 to present. Additionally, he served as therapist/CEO of NWA Family Counseling, Inc., from 2005 to 2015 and as therapist at the Counseling Center of Denton from 1998 to 1999.

(Updated October 12, 2017)

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Cutline: HPU’s new faculty members include, from left, Dr. Rick Grimes, Teresa Cavitt, Dr. Jill Heupel, Dr. Dennis Gibson, Dr. Dave Claborn, David Clemons, Dr. Nina Ouimette (front row), Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, Dr. Leslie Griffin and Richelle Hair. Not pictured is James Wunderle, Jr.