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Dr. Pamela Bryant named dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Pamela Bryant has been named dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Howard Payne University.BROWNWOOD – August 28, 2013 – Howard Payne University has named Dr. Pamela Bryant dean of the university’s School of Science and Mathematics. She had served as interim dean since the fall 2012 semester.

Dr. Bryant, a professor of chemistry, came to HPU in 2001. She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Louisiana State University and completed post-doctoral work in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in math and a master’s degree in chemical education, both from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

In conjunction with other science and math faculty members, Dr. Bryant recently launched HPU’s new engineering science degree program. In addition, Dr. Bryant helped to develop a Teacher Quality Grant with Dr. Michael Rosato, dean of HPU’s School of Education, to promote improved instruction in mathematics and science for Texas schoolchildren by providing professional development for their teachers.

Dr. Bryant received HPU’s Excellence in Teaching award in 2003 and the Outstanding Faculty Member award for the 2005-2006 academic year.

“We’re very pleased with the excellent ways in which Dr. Bryant has served the university,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “We look forward to many more advances for the School of Science and Mathematics under her leadership.”


Photo cutline: Dr. Pamela Bryant has been named dean of the School of Science and Mathematics at Howard Payne University.

Fall semester underway at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

BROWNWOOD – August 27, 2013 – Thirty students are enrolled at Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center for the fall 2013 semester, the largest number since the university started offering courses in the community in January of this year.

Sarah Leahart, a freshman at the HPU New Braunfels Center, displays the t-shirt students receive upon admission to the university.“Seeing so many students in class is such a blessing,” said Dale Meinecke, a 1998 HPU graduate and assistant vice president for external programs and church relations. “It’s great to see the vision of a Christ-centered, quality education in New Braunfels realized in this way.”

HPU, with a flagship campus in Brownwood as well as an extension center in El Paso, plans to grow its presence in New Braunfels in anticipation of building permanent facilities as part of the Veramendi development project. Construction of the university is expected to begin in 2016.

Meinecke moved to New Braunfels last year with his wife, Christy (also a 1998 graduate), and their two children to oversee the growth of the campus. Christy Meinecke serves as an HPU admission counselor and says they are already working to enroll students for the spring 2014 semester.

“We are excited about the progress of the campus and we look forward to adding more students in the spring,” she said.

Administrative offices for the HPU New Braunfels Center are located at 1423 N. Walnut Avenue. For more information, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail Visit the HPU New Braunfels Center online at


Photo cutline: Sarah Leahart, a freshman at the HPU New Braunfels Center, displays the t-shirt students receive upon admission to the university.

HPU welcomes new students with wide variety of activities

HPU students serve at the Brownwood Area Community Garden for the university’s annual Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.) project.BROWNWOOD – August 27, 2013 – Classes began last week at Howard Payne University, signaling the official start of the fall 2013 semester. New HPU Yellow Jackets transitioned onto campus earlier in the month with Jacket Journey, HPU’s new student orientation.

A variety of events were held on campus and around the community to introduce new students to their classmates, professors and the university they will call home for the next four years. After a week of games, picnics, Chapel services and other activities, Jacket Journey culminated with the university’s annual Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.) project.

Approximately 150 new students, upperclassmen and student life staff members participated in this year’s S.W.A.R.M. The volunteers, coordinated by Keep Brownwood Beautiful, completed community service projects at a variety of locations including Brownwood Area Community Garden, the Corinne T. Smith Animal Shelter and Lake Brownwood.

Stephen Gober ’07 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was appreciative of the group’s efforts in cleaning the area surrounding Lake Brownwood.

“The bike trail and the lake shore both show a significant improvement and the team out here is very grateful for all the hard work HPU students provided,” he said. HPU students clear debris near Lake Brownwood.

According to Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students, S.W.A.R.M. is typically the highlight of Jacket Journey.

“Our goal is to help new students be more familiar with the surrounding community and be aware of various opportunities to serve,” he said. “The S.W.A.R.M. event is fun because the new students get to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with returning students and make lasting memories while helping others. This entering class of students is an amazing group, and I look forward to seeing the impact they’ll make on campus, in the local community and beyond.”


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Left: HPU students serve at the Brownwood Area Community Garden for the university’s annual Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.) project.

Right: HPU students clear debris near Lake Brownwood.

HPU food service employees honored for 25 years of service

sodexo staff with don green for webBROWNWOOD – August 20, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s food service provider, Sodexo, recently honored five staff members for longtime service to the company and to the university.

Those honored for 25 years of service to Sodexo included Margie Coker, cashier; Lyndia Collier, beverage attendant; Wanda Gibbs, salad production; Paulette Henderson, lead cook; and Roseanna Stone, administrative assistant. Additionally, each of the staff members were also employed by HPU – with tenures ranging from one to five years – before the university contracted its dining services to Sodexo.

The employees were presented with gifts from Sodexo and a reception attended by many across the university. Don Green, Sodexo general manager, said the staff members are known and appreciated by the HPU community.

“Good food and good service doesn’t just happen,” he said. “It takes a lot of work. These ladies have been very instrumental in making the food service program at HPU so great for our students, faculty and staff.”


Photo cutline: Five employees of Sodexo, HPU’s food service provider, were recently honored for 25 years of service. Left to right: Roseanna Stone, Paulette Henderson, Don Green (general manager), Wanda Gibbs, Margie Coker and Lyndia Collier.

HPU names Jodi Goode assistant vice president for information technology services

Jodi Goode named assistant vice president for information technology services BROWNWOOD – August 13, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently announced the promotion of Jodi Goode to assistant vice president for information technology services.

Goode’s tenure with the university began in 2004 as PC specialist and, in 2006, she became the systems administrator. After briefly leaving HPU, she was re-employed in 2011 and later named the director of information technology services. Goode has also served as an adjunct faculty member for a number of years.

In May, she received the “Outstanding Staff Member Award” for the 2012-2013 academic year.

“Jodi serves the university very competently and faithfully,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “She and her staff do a remarkable job of attending to the computing and other technology needs of our faculty, staff and students.”


Photo cutline: Jodi Goode was recently promoted to assistant vice president for information technology services at HPU.

HPU professors help area teachers integrate technology into the classroom

innerspace cavern for webBy Kaleigh Tankersley, Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – August 7, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently hosted area math and science teachers in a three-week professional development experience. The teachers, instructed by HPU faculty members, learned various activities to use in the classroom as well as how to better integrate technology with teaching.

Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, along with Dr. Mike Rosato, dean of the School of Education, co-authored a grant proposal through the Teacher Quality Grants Program in 2012 to integrate the Apple iPad 2 into the elementary school math and science classrooms. The initial focus for the grant was on force and motion; however, the grant was extended for a second year in which the focus has been on earth science.

As part of the grant, each teacher received an iPad 2, a stipend and many hands-on activities and iPad applications to take back to his or her classroom. The summer component included having the teachers go on several field trips, including Inner Space Cavern, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Station, Dinosaur Valley State Park and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Natural Science Center. There is also an academic year component in which the teachers will come back to the HPU campus several times during the fall and spring to extend the application of what was learned during the summer component.

HPU instructors included Dr. Bryant, Dr. Rosato, Dr. Gerry Clarkson, associate professor of physical sciences and chair of the physical sciences department; and Lauren Kirk, instructor of education.

This summer experience for teachers was made possible by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Teacher Quality Grants Program, which provides funding to higher education institutions to promote improved instruction in mathematics and science for Texas school children by providing professional development for their teachers. According to the THECB website, the Teacher Quality Grants Program makes awards through a competitive review process, with the most highly ranked and recommended projects being selected for funding.

Participating schools included Bangs Middle School, Brookesmith Elementary, Brownwood Intermediate, Coleman Elementary, Comanche Middle School, Early Elementary, May Elementary, Richland Springs Elementary and Woodland Heights Elementary.


Photo cutline: Area teachers, along with HPU deans Dr. Mike Rosato and Dr. Pam Bryant, visited Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown as part of a three-week seminar hosted by HPU.

HPU’s Pre-Collegiate Music and Art program announces fall classes

BROWNWOOD – August 6, 2013 – The pre-collegiate program at Howard Payne University is announcing upcoming fall classes in music and art. Classes and lessons are available for both children and adults and will begin on Monday, September 2. The registration deadline for the fall semester is Friday, September 6.

Music classes offered this fall include piano, voice, strings, guitar, band instruments, Kindermusik and the Kids’ Musical Theatre Chorus, “Stinger Singers.” Art classes include beginning and intermediate drawing and painting.

“The Pre-Collegiate Music and Art program at HPU is designed to serve Brownwood and the surrounding communities by providing music and art lessons to children and adults,” said Diane Owens, program director. “Our program fosters the love of music and art inherent in all students and seeks to develop these abilities in each individual. We welcome the opportunity to work with each student and hope that everyone’s experience with the program is fulfilling and rewarding.”

For more information about the program, contact Owens at (325) 649-8501 or via e-mail at; or Jill Holamon, administrative assistant for the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or

Students from HPU’s Pre-College Music program earn honors at state music competition

BROWNWOOD – July 26, 2013 – Twenty-three students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music program participated in the Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Competition, with many taking high honors. The competition was held earlier this summer at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Listed below are the participants in the state competition and their ratings:

Samuel BrownVocal Solo:
All State: Samuel Brown
Outstanding: Seth Adkins, Angie Calfa, Dallas Johnston, Mary McIver, Shayna Oliver and Sarah Reeves

Piano Solo:
All State: Jordan Roberts
Outstanding: Andrew Boren, Vic Cooper, Rayven Deray, Austin Johnston, Kamry Keese, Isaac Lock, Trevor Mickelson, Michael Morales, Sarah Reeves and Trina Wheeless
Superior: James Bautista, Abe Cooper, Christian Fijer and Kylee Medina

Guitar Solo:
Superior: Brennan Medina

Fifty students from the program participated in the District 4A Junior Festival, held on the HPU campus in March. Forty of those students earned a “Superior” rating, making them eligible to compete in the TMFC competition.

Jordan RobertsHPU’s Pre-College Music program, directed by Diane Owens, is a part of the School of Music and Fine Arts. The program offers Kindermusik classes to pre-school children and lessons in art, choir, musical instruments and voice to school-aged children and adults. This past year, 20 teachers, consisting of HPU music and art faculty, students and local teachers, taught more than 100 students who were enrolled in the Pre-College Music program.

Enrollment for the fall semester will begin August 12 and will continue until August 30. Classes begin on September 2. Each semester is 14 weeks in length.

For more information about the Pre-College Music program at HPU, contact either Owens at 325-649-850l,, or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500,

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs operates in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The NFMC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to music education and the promotion of creative and performing arts in America. Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of The United States and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, the NFMC conducts annual Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. The NFMC offers more than three quarters of a million dollars in awards through state and national competitions. Federation members work to create a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities through education and sponsorship of musical events.


Photo cutline: Samuel Brown (left), vocals, and Jordan Roberts, piano, earned “All State” rankings at the Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Competition.

Students can earn two degrees in five years with new HPU accelerated degree program

BROWNWOOD – July 24, 2013 – Beginning this fall, students in Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies will have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in as few as five years.

Through the Accelerated Program in Christian Studies, a student will complete 75 hours toward an undergraduate degree, choosing from any of the Christian studies majors – Bible, biblical languages, Christian education, cross-cultural studies, practical theology and youth ministry.

If the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0, he or she may then apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program or the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry program. Upon acceptance, the student will complete 12 hours of graduate coursework, which counts toward the undergraduate degree requirements as well as toward a 42-hour graduate degree.

“The Accelerated Program in Christian Studies provides a tremendous opportunity for our undergraduate students, and we are thrilled that so many of them are expressing interest,” said Dr. Gary Gramling, director of the programs and professor of Christian studies. “We feel that this program will help us accomplish our mission of preparing students for the ministries to which God has called them.”

A record number of campers enjoy Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs at HPU

Young scholars rock climbing.BROWNWOOD – July 18, 2013 – A record number of young people are participating in this year’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps at Howard Payne University.

The popular programs, held each summer, offer innovative instruction in robotics, computer graphics, music, reading and physical education. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body” and includes instruction in biology and the various functions of the body including the brain, heart, lungs, bones and muscles.

“We are having a great time this week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the communication department and professor of communication at HPU. “Our Summer and Young Scholars faculty have done an outstanding job providing a challenging yet fun experience for these students.”


Photo cutline: Students enrolled in Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps had the opportunity to scale the HPU rock wall Thursday morning.