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HPU faculty member’s recent books highlight theological traditions

Dr. Derek HatchBROWNWOOD – July 23, 2018 – Writings on theology by Howard Payne University’s Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, were recently released in two books. One book is a tribute to his mentor and prior professor that contains essays by Dr. Hatch and other scholars. The second book, written solely by Dr. Hatch, argues that Baptist theology should embrace the depth of the whole Christian tradition.

Dr. Hatch joined the HPU faculty in the fall of 2011 as part of the School of Christian Studies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on subjects including the Bible, theology and Christian ethics. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Brownwood with their four young children and are members of First Baptist Church.

As a tribute, “Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry: Essays in Honor of William L. Portier,” was co-edited by Dr. Hatch and Timothy R. Gabrielli. It is a festschrift, which is an honorary book composed of a collection of essays to honor a particular scholar book 1toward the end of his or her career. Dr. Portier, the man whom the book honors, served as Dr. Hatch’s Ph.D. dissertation supervisor. He is a scholar of American Catholicism at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and serves there as professor and the Mary Ann Spearin chair of Catholic theology.

“The title of the book comes from the symbolism of different strands woven together to make a single tapestry just as Dr. Portier wove together his  different interests and aspects of American Catholicism,” said Dr. Hatch.

The book, released in 2017, contains essays from 15 scholars who were colleagues, previous students and scholars who respected Dr. Portier’s work. It took four years to complete, from idea to print.

“It was definitely a labor of love and great way to show the love and deep respect that we all have for William Portier,” said Dr. Hatch.

Another book, “Thinking with the Church: Toward a Renewal of Baptist Theology,” was written exclusively by Dr. Hatch. It was released earlier this year through Cascade Books and is part of a series by the publisher called “Free Church, Catholic Tradition” written for Free Church Protestants, of book 2which Baptists are a part. The book series is designed to help people engage the wider Christian tradition. Reflecting biblically, theologically and liturgically on Jesus, the book offers tradition and catholicity as major themes.

“To take Jesus seriously is to take the whole tradition seriously, including all Christian thinking from the apostles forward,” said Dr. Hatch. “Baptists are an important part of that, but they only came on the scene in 1609 – a mere 400 years ago.

Because of this, he went on to say, as Baptists see themselves participating in the whole church, they find new light for understanding the Bible, the life of the church and questions of religious freedom.

Although this book began as his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Hatch said it turned out to be a more heavily revised version of his actual dissertation.

“Your audience tends to change when writing for a dissertation or for a book,” he said. “Also, an author’s thinking evolves over time in that he or she thinks of better ways to say things and learns more as time goes on.”

Dr. Hatch uses his love and study of theology not only to research topics for scholarship but also in his teaching so that his students will be a benefit to the church as a whole. He aims to recognize theology in the many facets of his life including parenting, teaching, research and writing.

“A theologian at his or her best is a theologian for the church,” he said. “My love of theology is not limited to only one area of my life. I don’t think I would be a good teacher or person if I wasn’t always writing and pushing myself in scholarly endeavors and research in theology.”

These and other books to which Dr. Hatch has contributed or written are available for purchase on Amazon.com. For more information, contact Dr. Hatch at dhatch@hputx.edu or 325-649-8135.

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Cutline: Scholarly works by Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies at HPU, are featured in two recently published books.

HPU receives unanimous approval for pre-licensure BSN from Texas Board of Nursing

BROWNWOOD – July 20, 2018 – The Texas Board of Nursing unanimously approved Howard Payne University’s proposal to offer the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. At a BON meeting held Thursday in Austin, the news was communicated to HPU representatives Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of nursing; and Laci Sutton, instructor of nursing.

The approval follows many months of diligent preparation and close correspondence with the BON by HPU administrators and faculty.

“Due to the excellent work of our dean and faculty, the Texas Board of Nursing unanimously approved HPU’s proposal for the pre-licensure BSN,” said Dr. Tew. “HPU expresses its sincerest appreciation to Dr. Ouimette and Mrs. Laci Sutton for leading the university through this process. The university also appreciates the rest of HPU’s faculty for their support in the development of curriculum.”

Carter Sharpe, member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and past chairman, called the BON approval great news and an answer to prayer.

“The Board of Nursing’s rigorous approval process helps ensure HPU’s School of Nursing will be even stronger than it was at the onset,” he said. “This is a great step forward for Howard Payne and I can’t thank Dr. Tew and Dr. Ouimette enough for their leadership.”

Quoting Matthew 23:11 (NIV), which reads “The greatest among you will be your servant,” Dr. Ouimette said she believes HPU will provide future nurses a solid Christ-centered foundation to serve others.

“I am elated that entering freshmen and transfer students may declare a nursing major,” she said. “Our curriculum is student centered with a focus on caring, faith and intellectual inquiry.”

The program is expected to be of great interest to current and prospective students, said Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management.

“We are thrilled that students seeking to follow God’s call into the field of nursing can now pursue that at Howard Payne,” he said. “The attitude of Christian service at HPU is a great fit for students who want to impact the world through the field of nursing.”

A quick-reference guide follows with more details.

When will BSN classes begin?

HPU is authorized to admit incoming students declared as nursing majors as early as the fall 2018 semester. These students will subsequently undergo a rigorous and competitive process to gain admission to the university’s School of Nursing during the spring semester of their sophomore year. If admitted to the program, students will start BSN coursework the following semester (fall 2019).

In addition to incoming first-year students, transfer students and HPU upperclassmen may enroll as nursing majors with plans to apply to HPU’s School of Nursing during the latter portion of their sophomore year.

What process did HPU undergo to gain approval from the Texas Board of Nursing?

In September 2017, Dr. Ouimette filed a Letter of Intent with the BON that outlined the university’s intentions of establishing a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The BON approved Dr. Ouimette to serve as HPU’s proposed Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education program director. The following month, Dr. Ouimette and Sutton attended a BON new program development information session in Austin. BON representatives performed a site visit in June 2018 to ensure HPU’s classrooms, labs and other facilities are complete and ready for use by students. The representatives then recommended approval of HPU’s proposal to the full Board of Nursing.

Who teaches in the program?

The primary faculty members in HPU’s School of Nursing are Dr. Nina Ouimette and Mrs. Laci Sutton (biographies follow). Additional prospective faculty members have been identified and will be employed as the program grows.

Dr. Ouimette, employed by HPU in June 2017, 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.

Sutton, who joined the HPU faculty in 2016, received her Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2009 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Lubbock Christian University in 2014. Her experience includes clinical examiner and adjunct faculty positions at Excelsior College in New York. She has also held positions at the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, including unit nurse tech, unit registered nurse and relief charge nurse. Concurrent with HPU’s development of a proposal for a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Sutton is completing work toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Grand Canyon University.

Does HPU offer additional routes to the BSN degree?

In addition to its pre-licensure BSN degree, HPU offers the RN-to-BSN degree program. This program allows for a registered nurse with an unencumbered license to continue his or her education toward a post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Contact Information

For more information about HPU and its academic offerings, visit www.hputx.edu. The School of Nursing may be contacted by e-mail at nursing@hputx.edu or by phone at 325-649-8182.

HPU’s summer staff completes another successful season of camps

Summer Staff 2018 2BROWNWOOD – July 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s summer camp staff was hard at work as the university hosted a variety of camps and events this summer. During the months of June and July, a total of nine overnight camps and day camps were held on the HPU campus, with 1,200 overnight campers in attendance. Nine HPU sports camps were also held on and off campus.

HPU’s summer staff, led by Debbie Childs, director of university events, and Kathy James, events and university calendar coordinator, ensured that all camps at HPU ran safely and smoothly. The summer staff was comprised of HPU students who provided logistical support for the multiple camps taking place on campus.

This year’s summer staff included Titus Brown, senior business administration major from White Castle, Louisiana; Josh Dykes, May 2018 HPU graduate from Mount Pleasant who earned a degree in youth ministry and public policy in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy as well as a minor in Spanish; Justin Hughes, junior engineering science major from San Antonio; Lindsey Krueger, senior music education major from Howe; Jake Lehrer, sophomore double major in social science jurisprudence and public policy in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy from Snyder; Jessica Meeks, senior family studies major and Christian education minor from Paradise; Suzanne Schad, junior music education major from Briggs and Gruver; Spencer Wolverton, senior communication studies major and psychology minor from Desoto; and Scott Wright, junior psychology major and Spanish minor from Richardson. Taylor Edwards, senior social studies composite major from Paradise, is working with HPU University Services during the summer as a student worker.

“As part of the summer staff, I think the way we best express to students what HPU is about is through community with each other and by giving our all in whatever we do,” said Wolverton, who has worked on HPU’s summer staff for three summers.

During the week of June 4-9, more than 500 leaders and cadets from approximately 50 high schools in Texas and Oklahoma attended the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp and Cadet Leadership Course Camp. In the week following JROTC camp, HPU hosted Band Camp, attended by nearly 400 students and staff from more than 50 high schools across the state. HPU also hosted 376 students and staff during the Baptist General Convention of Texas’s Super Summer camp in June. Summer and Young Scholars day camp for students in first- through sixth-grade was held July 16-20 and was staffed by area teachers and HPU faculty.

“We love having the opportunity to showcase HPU to campers from across the state during the summer,” said Childs. “We hope after a week of camp, HPU and Brownwood feel like home to them.”

To learn more about summer camps hosted at HPU, contact University Services at 325-649-8054.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU summer staff worked this summer to extend hospitality to seven overnight and day camps with 1,200 overnight campers in attendance. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Josh Dykes, Suzanne Schad, Justin Hughes, Jessica Meeks, Jake Lehrer and Titus Brown. On the front row are Debbie Childs, director of university events; Lindsey Krueger; Scott Wright; Spencer Wolverton; and Kathy James, events and university calendar coordinator. Not pictured is Taylor Edwards.

Limited registration still available for HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps

Summer and Young Scholars logoBROWNWOOD – July 9, 2018 –Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps will take place next week with limited registration still available. Parents with students entering first and fourth grades are encouraged to register their children as soon as possible. Registration for all other grade levels is now closed. The day camps will be held July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

As in years past, the popular camps feature fun and innovative instruction in a variety of subjects. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. Campers in the Young Scholars program, for children entering first through third grades, will receive instruction in music, robotics, science and recreation.

The subjects are led by HPU personnel and others from the community. This year’s instructors include Tami Hull, 7th grade science teacher at Early Middle School; Dalton Hutchins, HPU’s head tennis coach; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU; Jennifer Reeves, private vocal instructor and teacher at Cross Classical Academy; Keith Taylor, retired science teacher from Early Elementary School and robotics coach at Cross Classical Academy; Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems; and Dr. Craig Younce, associate professor of biology and chair of HPU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Present and former HPU choir members invited to participate in 2019 Austria trip

BROWNWOOD – July 6, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Concert Choir, University Singers and HPU choir alumni will travel to Austria June 3-9, 2019, to perform with a larger ensemble of choristers from all over the world. All present and former HPU choir members, including alumni and those from the community who have participated, are invited to be part of this exciting opportunity.

The large ensemble in Austria will be under the umbrella of KI International Tours and the direction of Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Dickson was the featured clinician at HPU’s first annual Conducting Workshop held in the spring.

“There will be a few rehearsals to attend as we plan our individual concerts,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, director of choral activities at HPU. “However, there should be no more than four rehearsal weekends throughout the year.”

Interested alumni and community members are urged to contact Dr. Rosborough soon at crosborough@hputx.edu or 325-649-8503 to secure their place for this event. A $200 deposit is required by August 30, 2018. Also, two Facebook pages are available to join for more information and regular updates: the HPU University Singers page and the HPU Choir Alumni page.

“Please let me know of your interest to participate so we can populate a working list of participants,” said Dr. Rosborough. “I’m so excited to be on this adventure and to connect further with our outstanding HPU alumni and community members.”

For more information, contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or 325-649-8503.

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HPU confers degrees to 119 graduates at close of spring 2018 semester

HPU new seal blue goldBROWNWOOD – July 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 119 graduates during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the spring 2018 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, chancellor (then HPU president), and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Abilene
Jeremy Holland Newman Bartley – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Shelby Leiann Harrison – Bachelor of Science in family studies
Miranda Kristeen Rice – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, in Spanish and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Alvarado
Jay Taylor Holland – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Magna Cum Laude
Cyle Jordan Johnson – Bachelor of Science in biology

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (global studies), Magna Cum Laude

Arlington
Reagan McKinley Grisham – Bachelor of Arts in communications (public and media)
Patrick Hunt – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (middle school: grades 4-8), Summa Cum Laude
Jesus Landeros Ramirez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Jonathon Wayne Rosenauer – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Bangs
Corey Lane Martinez – Bachelor of Science in athletic training and in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Jordan Lisa Pitman – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Summa Cum Laude

Beaumont
Rickey Andrew Guillory – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general)
Djimonii Rai Jackson – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Belton
Abigail Nicole Miller – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Brownwood
Robert Anders – Master of Education in sport and wellness leadership
Derek Nathan Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in political science (pre-law)
Katie Ellen Ash – Bachelor of Science in technology applications (high school: grade 7-12), Summa Cum Laude
Andrea Christine Balderas – Bachelor of Science in biology
Amy Danielle Baskin – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and psychology (general), Summa Cum Laude
Kelsy Anne Bellah – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts and reading high school (grade 8-12), Cum Laude
Angela Leigh Curtis – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Cum Laude
Jacob Zeth Escobar – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Lexie Shana Farar – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kalari Yasmeen Faultry – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general)
Anissa Maria Garcia – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general)
Chelsea Nicole Garcia – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Kindell Amon Hill – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Summa Cum Laude
Alsatia Reighn Jowers – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (restorative justice), Cum Laude
Monique Natali Maldonado – Master of Business Administration
Jacob Drew McNeill – Bachelor of Science in studio art
Cassandra Marie Mendez – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grades 7-12)
Travis Anthony Moraga – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Tandi Joy Patton – Bachelor of Arts elementary education (early childhood-grade 6) and English
Aaron James Pulley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Stanley William Roffe – Master of Education in sport and wellness leadership
Isaac Conrad Herrera Sommers – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude
Caitlin Noel Vincent – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Summa Cum Laude

Burleson
Paighton Leanne McNeely – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Cedar Park
Cooper Hatley Blow – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin – Bachelor of Science in biology

Clyde
Rachel Renee Jackson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Comanche
Enna Mae Carroll – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general)
Jaze Mance Randolph – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting (financial), Cum Laude

Cypress
Shelby Renee Nash – Bachelor of Science in family studies

Desoto
Bettina Ayna Ballet – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science (jurisprudence), Cum Laude

Early
Morgan Tyler Lacy – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude

El Paso
Javier Jacob Aguilera – Master of Education instructional leadership
Michelle Erica Escajeda – Master of Education instructional leadership
Kelly Lee Knott – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration and Christian studies (composite concentration)
Cynthia Medina – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Marnie Nicole Morales – Master of Education in instructional leadership
Ronald VanOrder – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Christian studies (composite concentration)

Floresville
Dorian J. Buitron – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental, all-level certification)

Fort Worth
Abbey Catherine Beardsley – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Vivian Thi Nguyen – Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry) and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Summa Cum Laude
Judi Renee Pack – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental, all-level certification)

Gatesville
Patrick Ryan Welsh – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical)*

Georgetown
Stephen Gabriel Oates – Bachelor of Science in mathematics
Matthew Garrett Parks – Bachelor of Sciences in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (pscyhology and ministry), Summa Cum Laude

Granger
Brent Alan Ulmer – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Hallettsville
Dillon Keith McCord – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Hamilton
Trey Joe Carpenter – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education, Cum Laude

Harker Heights
Jada Ciera Evans – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

Houston
Jeremiah Kayne Wenzel – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (forensic science)

Idalou
Bryson Taylor Wallace – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Irving
Abner Abdia Reyes – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Jacksonville
Coby Allen Duren – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Joshua
Julia Lynne James – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Katy
Karli Gail Conrad – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Keller
Carter Harrison Berry – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Maggie Arriette Van Nes – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Timothy Smith – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane – Bachelor of Science in biology

Liverpool
Ashlye Laura Grover – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Llano
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes – Bachelor of Arts in English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Magna Cum Laude

Lockhart
Jacob Ryan Salazar – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Lytle
Rebekah Joyce Lytle – Bachelor of Arts communications (public and media) and Guy D. Nemwan Honors Academy, Summa Cum Laude

Malakoff
Rachel Lauren Henry – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Mansfield
Emily Laura Lang – Bachelor of Science in biology

Marion
Krystal Suzette Moreno – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (forensic science)

May
Bryan Ross Pate – Master of Arts in youth ministry

McKinney
Fred Zavala, Jr. – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts and reading (high school: grade 8-12)

Midland
Andrew Mitchell Erwin – Master of Business Administration
Julie Joe Yarbro – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Cum Laude

Midlothian
Emily Nicole Ball – Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and youth ministry

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley – Bachelor of Science in family studies, Summa Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Christopher Henry Diaz – Master of Business Administration
Gregorey Haven Fuller – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration and criminal justice, Cum Laude

Newark
Carissa Caley Higbee – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental, all-level certification)

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris – Bachelor of Arts in family studies, Cum Laude

Poth
Keeley Jo McKinney – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general)

Ranger
Sierra Cheyenne Spruill – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Cum Laude

Red Oak
Sabrina G. Valverde – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

River Oaks
Tai Lea Peacock – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Robinson
Ally Presley McKethan – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Round Rock
Joseph Thomas Flanigan – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Cum Laude

Salado
Ruben Daniel Lemus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

San Antonio
Julian Storm Jimenez – Bachelor of Science in mathematics
Micah Andrew Smith – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

Schertz
Christina C. Duncan – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration

Seguin
Kenneth Eugene Willfong – Master of Business Administration

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Tuscola
Sierra Dawn Bennett – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Uhland
Ariana D. Rehm – Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Vernon
Haley Elaine Smith – Bachelor of Science in biology

Weatherford
Morgan Paige Ashmore – Master of Business Administration
Kendall Seth Ringler – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Whitehouse
Matthew Paul Gipson – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Andrew K. Stevenson – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12), Magna Cum Laude

Wylie
Montana Shay Phelps – Bachelor of Science in chemistry and engineering science

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HPU students and alumni serve at 2018 Wyoming Youth Evangelism Conference

Wyoming photo for webBROWNWOOD – June 27, 2018 – Howard Payne University students and alumni were among a group of 13 from May First Baptist Church that traveled to Wyoming toward the end of the spring semester to serve at the state’s Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC). The event was held at College Heights Baptist Church in Casper, Wyoming.

HPU students who made the trip were junior Isaac Williams, college minister at May FBC; sophomore Eli Williams, church intern at May FBC; freshman Hannah Williams; and sophomore Abi Brown. Alumni who served were Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, assistant professor of theatre at HPU and music minister at May FBC; Clarrisa Ewen ’96; and Dustin Wright ’12, youth minister at Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Brownwood. Kase Cox, Taylor Cox, Josh McFarland, Wayne Snell, Linzie Wright and Bethanie Ewen, daughter of the Ewens and dual-credit student at HPU also participated.

While there, the group served in many capacities. Dr. Ewen preached during the general sessions at the conference, Eli Williams led worship and Isaac Williams spoke to students during a small-group session.

Lynda Roark, director of Wyoming YEC, invited the group to lead at this year’s conference. Roark is also the director of Mountain Top Assembly Baptist Camp in Casper, Wyoming, where members of the group have served during the past two summers.

“This group has had a huge impact on the entire state of Wyoming by encouraging, evangelizing and discipling an entire generation of Wyoming’s young Christian minds and hearts,” said Roark.

Dr. Ewen has a long-existing connection to the state, having grown up in Wyoming and attending the camp.

“It was a huge honor and wonderful experience to go back to Wyoming with a group of talented and passionate HPU students,” said Dr. Ewen.

Isaac Williams will continue to serve in Wyoming over the summer as an intern at Mountain Top Assembly Baptist Camp.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students and alumni were among a group that traveled to Wyoming to speak and lead worship at the state’s 2018 Youth Evangelism Conference.

Enrollment for HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps nearing capacity

Young and Summer Scholars 2017BROWNWOOD – June 12, 2018 – Those interested in enrolling their children in Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps are encouraged to act quickly as several of the classes are nearing capacity. The day camps are for children entering first through sixth grades and are scheduled July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

As in years past, the popular camps feature fun and innovative instruction in a variety of subjects. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. Campers in the Young Scholars program, for children entering first through third grades, will receive instruction in music, robotics, science and recreation.

The subjects are led by HPU personnel and others from the community. This year’s instructors include Tami Hull, 7th grade science teacher at Early Middle School; Dalton Hutchins, HPU’s head tennis coach; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU; Jennifer Reeves, private vocal instructor and teacher at Cross Classical Academy; Keith Taylor, retired science teacher from Early Elementary School and robotics coach at Cross Classical Academy; Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems; and Dr. Craig Younce, associate professor of biology and chair of HPU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies, is director of the Young and Summer Scholars program, and Sydney Spencer, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, serves as administrative assistant for the camps.

“As always, our camps are led this year by an all-star lineup of instructors including our own exceptional HPU faculty and staff members,” said Dr. Welker. “Mrs. Hull and Mr. Taylor have each led numerous teams to state robotics competitions. Mrs. Reeves, who is new to our camps this year, is an experienced and gifted vocal instructor.”

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU, leads campers in a science experiment during HPU’s 2017 Young and Summer Scholars camps.

HPU to host Swingin’ Stingers Band 50th reunion concert

1971-72 Swingin' Stinger BandBROWNWOOD – June 11, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host a 50th anniversary reunion concert of the university’s legendary Swingin’ Stingers Band on Sunday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m. The free concert will be presented at Mims Auditorium on the university’s campus and is open to the public.

Retired USAF Lt. Col. Doug Jackson, who is a 1972 graduate of HPU, has organized a band reunion that will culminate on Sunday with the concert.

The band will be made primarily of alumni who were in the band during Greg Berry’s tenure at HPU, and Berry will once again take the podium to direct the band for this special reunion concert. Berry was the band director from 1968-1976.

For more information, contact Jackson at djackson47@hotmail.com or Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations, at lbenoit@hputx.edu or 325-649-8007.

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Cutline: HPU’s legendary Swingin’ Stingers Band, shown in a 1972 yearbook photo, will present a concert on July 1.

HPU honors 241 for academic success during spring 2018 semester

HPU campus skylineBROWNWOOD, TEXAS – June 11, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 241 students for academic success during the spring 2018 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:

Abbott
Kylie Johnson, President’s List

Abilene
Miranda Rice, Honor Roll

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, President’s List

Allen
Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Cyle Johnson, Dean’s List
Audrey Kirkland, President’s List
Natalie Stephens, President’s List

Alvin
Bryan Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Davis, President’s List

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel White, Dean’s List

Arlington
Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Honor Roll

Austin
Erin Buergner, President’s List
Christopher Dunn, Dean’s List
Marissa Godbey, President’s List
Riley Morrison, Honor Roll
Luke Victor, Honor Roll

Bangs
Jarryd Evans, Dean’s List
Landon James, Honor Roll
Jordan Pitman, President’s List

Beaumont
Rickey Guillory, Dean’s List

Belton
Abigail Miller, President’s List

Boerne
Charles Lewis, Honor Roll

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Brownwood
Travis Adams, Dean’s List
Amy Baskin, Dean’s List
Kelsy Bellah, President’s List
Audrey Binion, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, Dean’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Regina Dunlap, President’s List
Tanya Glasscock, President’s List
Kristen Herring, President’s List
Kindell Hill, Honor Roll
Tiffany Hogue, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Ho, President’s List
Sierra Jackson, President’s List
Hannah Justice, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Limer, President’s List
Cheyanne Lovelady, Dean’s List
Jennifer Martinez, Honor Roll
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, Honor Roll
Hannah Netherton, President’s List
Debbie Odom, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, Dean’s List
Seth Owen, Dean’s List
Tandi Patton, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, President’s List
Aaron Pulley, Honor Roll
Gip Sills, Dean’s List
Isaac Sommers, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Thompson, President’s List
Chancey Thurmon, Dean’s List
Keegan Torres, President’s List
Brayden Towell, Dean’s List
Connor Vara, Honor Roll
Caitlin Vincent, President’s List
Tricia Webb, Dean’s List

Bruceville
McKenna Walker, Honor Roll

Bulverde
Preston Davis, President’s List
Madelyn Deviney, Dean’s List

Burleson
Lexie Hobby, President’s List

Burnet
Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Tabitha Moore, Honor Roll

Canton
Sierra Ross, President’s List

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Honor Roll

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry, Dean’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Goodwin, Dean’s List

Chandler
Madison Neal, Dean’s List
Carter Renfro, Honor Roll

Cisco
Robert Caraway, Honor Roll
Tonya Thompson, Honor Roll
Camille Webb, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Comanche
Allison Auvenshine, President’s List
Enna Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Randolph, Dean’s List

Conroe
Ryan Mason, Dean’s List

Crawford
Sadee Regian, Honor Roll

Cuero
Audrey Simpson, President’s List

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain, Honor Roll

DeSoto
Spencer Wolverton, President’s List

Early
Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Shaunna Connelly, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
Jakayli Coppic, Honor Roll
Conner Drew, President’s List
Jacob Ledbetter, Honor Roll
Dylan Person, Dean’s List
Meagan Sessler, Dean’s List

Eldorado
Anna McBride, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Zachary, President’s List

El Paso
Rodolfo Castro, Honor Roll
Mary Martinez, Honor Roll

Floresville
Dorian Buitron, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Errico, Dean’s List
Brooke Gibbs, President’s List
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Collin Wright, Dean’s List

Fredericksburg
Kalin Brown, President’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Barnett, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Augusta Johnson, Dean’s List

Godley
Breanna Hunt, Honor Roll
Ty Wright, Honor Roll

Goldthwaite
Ryan Miles, Dean’s List

Goliad
Sarah Fernandez, Honor Roll
Hanna Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, Dean’s List

Granbury
McKinzey Boyer, Dean’s List
Madison Miller, Dean’s List
Katelyn O’Conner, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hallettsville
Kade Kahanek, Honor Roll

Hamilton
Trey Carpenter, Dean’s List

Harker Heights
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Leffers, President’s List

Harlingen
Cody Hughes, President’s List

Helotes
Kira Teel, Honor Roll

Hico
Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Houston
Jeremiah Wenzel, Dean’s List

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, President’s List

Humble
Hunter Bazan, President’s List

Hurst
John Killough, Dean’s List

Hutto
Noah Acord, Honor Roll

Irving
Abner Reyes, President’s List

Jarrell
Anissa Peralta, Dean’s List

Joshua
Julia James, President’s List

Katy
Anastasia Willis, Dean’s List

Kaufman
Talon Davis-Rentfro, Honor Roll

Keller
Tyla Tipton, Honor Roll
Maggie Van Nes, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Green, President’s List

Kerrville
Catrina Hooten, President’s List
Morgan Patterson, President’s List

Killeen
Kaytlin Hunkins, Dean’s List
Tyler James, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Smith, Dean’s List

Lampasas
Hope Veroneau, Dean’s List

Leander
Matthew Martin, Dean’s List

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Gerig, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Doering, President’s List
Brady Wade, President’s List

Llano
Rachel Hughes, Dean’s List

Lockhart
Jacob Salazar, Honor Roll

Lytle
Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Malakoff
Rachel Henry, Honor Roll

May
Donna Moses, Dean’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

McAllen
Emily Villarreal, Dean’s List

McKinney
Tara Carroll, President’s List
Fred Zavala, President’s List

Mesquite
Kori Harrison, Honor Roll
Harlei Struck, Dean’s List

Mexia
Stephen Featherston, Honor Roll

Midland
Kimberly Bogart, President’s List
Britt Boler, Dean’s List
Jacob Lehrer, Honor Roll

Midlothian
Emily Ball, Dean’s List
James Laney, Dean’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Dean’s List
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Monahans
Garrett Ford, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler, President’s List
Maci Dorsey, President’s List
Joshua Dykes, Dean’s List

Natalia
Zoe Emley, Honor Roll
Andrew Overmiller, Honor Roll

New Braunfels
Emily Dixon, President’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Travis Kiers, Honor Roll
Eric Lehr, President’s List

Newark
Carissa Higbee, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, President’s List

Odessa
Larry Potter, Dean’s List
Destiny Ramirez, President’s List
Julie Yarbro, Honor Roll

Paradise
Colton Horton, Honor Roll

Pipe Creek
Aryn Morris, President’s List

Plano
Grant Saltar, Dean’s List

Poth
Keeley McKinney, Dean’s List

Richardson
Scott Wright, President’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Garza, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nall, President’s List

Roanoke
Michaela Brandt, Dean’s List

Rockdale
Benjamin Blanchard, President’s List
Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List
Erin Blanchard, Dean’s List

Round Rock
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Stehlik President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, President’s List
Austin Miller, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Haman, Dean’s List
Juan Luna, Honor Roll
Adriana Mata, Dean’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Brittany Brown, President’s List
DeVanté Donald, Honor Roll
Sabrina Martinez, President’s List
Collin Salyers, President’s List
Micah Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Caelob, Hardman, Honor Roll

Scurry
Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Springtown
Britni Hays, Honor Roll

Stephenville
Shadd Cole, Dean’s List

Sweetwater
Michael Hazard, President’s List

Taylor
Elizabeth Reynolds, President’s List

Terrell
Cali Brockway, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Tuscola
Sierra Bennett, President’s List
Lillie McDonald, Dean’s List

Tulia
Kayla Chadwick, Honor Roll

Uhland
Ariana Rehm, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Honor Roll

Waco
Chandler Clark, Honor Roll
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Harrison, President’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Ganus, President’s List
Michael Nowak, Honor Roll

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy, President’s List

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, President’s List

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

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