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HPU’s Athletic Training Education Program receives accreditation

2C_CAATE_Seal_Accr Progam_VFBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Athletic Training Education Program was recently notified of its successful accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

As a result of this achievement, students in the program may now sit for the Athletic Training Board of Certification examination to become certified athletic trainers through the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). Prior to CAATE accreditation, Howard Payne University students could only meet the requirements for Texas State Licensure. Almost all other states in the U.S. and many countries require NATA certification to practice as an athletic trainer.

According to NATA, athletic trainers are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

“It has been a long process to develop the degree and obtain CAATE accreditation,” said Mike Terrill, director of HPU’s Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and assistant professor of athletic training.

Terrill, previously HPU’s head athletic trainer, transitioned to his faculty role in the fall of 2011 to create ATEP and begin the accreditation-seeking process.

“The university could not have obtained this goal without help and support from the HPU family of administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni,” he said. “We’re very excited to offer our students this opportunity to become industry-standard certified athletic trainers.”

To learn more about becoming a student in Howard Payne University’s Athletic Training Education Program, contact the Office of Admission at enroll@hputx.edu or by phone at (325) 649-8020 or (800) 880-4478. More information about the program may also be found at www.hputx.edu/atep.

HPU exhibiting works of Pam Chadwick Aloisa through April 29

Pam Aloisa artwork for webBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University is exhibiting paintings by Pam Chadwick Aloisa, gallery director and professor of art history and art at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. The show, housed in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery located inside the Doakie Day Art Center, will run through Wednesday, April 29.

Titled “First Person Passages,” the exhibit discloses strong personal narratives, some fictional and enhanced, revealing underlying truths about life, work, relationships and the world around us.

“‘Passage’ can refer to a pathway, a safe retreat, a transition, a moving experience, a farewell or a major life change,” said the artist. “It can also mean a way toward a destination or a psychological state of moving on. The ‘First Person Passages’ exhibit features human-interest stories of my life that also operate as metaphors for the myriad meanings of the word ‘passage’.”

Aloisa’s paintings have won national and regional awards since 1986. She completed a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees while on active duty in the Air Force, studying under renowned artists Leon Golub, Judith Brodsky and Ida Lorentzen.

“Ms. Aloisa’s paintings reveal her varied interests in time and interaction with people,” said David Harmon, chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “Time is a fleeting phenomenon we all experience as we engage our lives. Preserving memory is what she does best in these works of expressionism.”

HPU’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the show, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

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Photo cutline: The works of Pam Chadwick Aloisa, including this painting titled “Grandmother Worked With Her Hands,” are on display through April 29 at HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery.

HPU’s library to host book sale

HPU Walker Memorial Library book sale for webBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host a book sale Friday, May 1, through Saturday, May 2. Public hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Approximately 4,500 items are for sale including best sellers, atlases and books on theology, art, history and more.

Prices range from 50 cents to $2 and funds raised will go toward library modernization efforts.

“We’re continually looking for ways to beautify and modernize the library for the enjoyment of our students, faculty and staff,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries at HPU. “There are so many wonderful titles available for sale. We invite everyone to come out and library book sale for webbrowse the selections.”

For more information, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at (325) 649-8602 or library@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutlines: HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will host a book sale Friday, May 1, through Saturday, May 2.

Alex Taliaferro, a student worker in HPU’s Walker Memorial Library, sorts the books that will be available for sale May 1-2.

HPU music students, faculty perform in New Braunfels

Brauntex Marquee for webBROWNWOOD – April 17, 2015 – The Brauntex Performing Arts Theater in New Braunfels recently played host to students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s flagship campus in Brownwood. More than 150 guests from the community enjoyed Monday evening’s concert titled “A Joyful Heart.”

Performers included the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers included Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, offering degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project.

Symphonic Band for webFor more information about Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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The Brauntex Performing Arts Theater marquee announces the HPU concert.

HPU’s Symphonic Band was among the evening’s performers.

HPU students excel at Prague Model United Nations Conference

DeLoach and McConnell in Prague for webBy Emily Peisker, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – April 16, 2015 – Howard Payne University students Cara DeLoach and Mike McConnell recently participated in the Model United Nations conference at the University of Economics in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. DeLoach and McConnell served as chair of the Security Council and co-chair of the Disarmament and International Security Committee, respectively.

DeLoach, a senior from San Angelo, and McConnell, a senior from Burleson, have participated in Model UN conferences since 2013. Their experiences and track record at conferences across Europe prompted the Prague conference to offer them chair and co-chair positions on elite councils.

“That Cara and Mike would be chosen for such an honor speaks volumes not only about their unique abilities as demonstrated at previous Model UN conferences, but also reveals that the HPU Model United Nations Team is making a name for itself and raising HPU’s international profile,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, HPU’s Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

With previous experience at conferences in Stockholm, Rome and Istanbul, DeLoach came well-prepared to chair the Security Council, the highest-level committee in Model UN. The Security Council deals with the most prevalent topics in the real United Nations, such as the current conflict with ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“Having the opportunity to preside over the Security Council at the Prague conference was an honor and a unique experience that I will never forget,” said DeLoach. “I was able to facilitate debates on the topic of ISIL with students from all over the world, develop friendships abroad and learn about a new culture.”

McConnell helped chair the Disarmament and International Security Committee, the first arm of the General Assembly. DISEC deals with issues regarding the promotion, establishment and subsequent maintenance of global peace while simultaneously working to prevent weapons proliferation.

“My committee, comprised of students from all over Europe and parts of the United States, tackled the difficult and pressing issues of demilitarizing the Arctic region and the threat of terrorist groups obtaining weapons of mass destruction,” said McConnell.

Part of the experience of Model UN is to travel to different cities around the world, where students can fellowship with peers, develop skills for future careers and immerse themselves in new cultures.

“Prague itself was incredibly beautiful, mixing Old World architecture with modern structures in a seamless and beautiful fashion,” said McConnell.

DeLoach said touring Prague, visiting the castle and eating at the Café Louvre were just a few of the wonderful memories she will have for the rest of her life.

“Participating in HPU’s Model United Nations program has allowed me to learn so much about myself and other people, and for that I will always be grateful,” she said.

DeLoach, McConnell and other members of HPU’s Model UN team additionally traveled to Münster, Germany, competing in the Münster University International Model United Nations Conference, between March 28 and April 1.

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Photo cutline: HPU students Cara DeLoach and Mike McConnell recently held elite positions at the Model United Nations conference at the University of Economics in Prague.

HPU’s speech and debate team ends season with awards in D.C., Oklahoma and Colorado

ssb spring 2015 season for webBROWNWOOD – April 16, 2015 – From Washington, D.C., to Denver, Colorado, HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team has had a winning competition circuit this spring.

HPU’s debate team received an invitation to compete in the American Enterprise Institute Capitalism and Values Tournament, held recently in Washington, D.C. The debate team of Adam Jones, junior communication and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Irving, and Braxton Clark, freshman communication and political science major from Southlake, advanced to the semifinal round in the tournament.

“I am incredibly proud of this team and their accomplishment at this tournament,” said Dr. Julie Welker, SSB coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “They competed against some of the best teams in the nation.”

Jones said that the trip to D.C. and the tournament really impacted his life.

“Being able to travel to a place so rich in history and debate about issues that matter with students who share my beliefs was a fantastic experience that I will not soon forget,” he said.

While Jones and Clark were in D.C., the rest of the team competed in the Sweetheart Swing held at Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma. The team of Kaleigh Tankersley, senior communication major from Iraan, and Marcos Corley, senior criminal justice major from Corpus Christi, advanced to semifinals in this tournament.

“The OU tournament is very competitive,” said Dr. Welker. “We meet teams from all across the Midwest, one of the toughest parliamentary debate circuits in the U.S.”

Team captain Tankersley said that she always enjoys attending the OU tournament.

“We had the opportunity to compete against some great universities and put all of our hard work to the test, and we came out on top,” she said.

Dr. Welker added that she was very impressed with this team of seniors.

“They have both been on the team their entire time at HPU and their experience paid off at this tournament,” she said.

In individual speaking events at the tournament, Tankersley advanced to finals in impromptu speaking.

The team’s final tournament of the year was the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament, held at Colorado Christian University.

The team won second place Debate Sweeps, Division II, and third place overall Individual Events Sweeps, Division III. The divisions are based on the number of entries per school.

“This year we only took four students to compete at nationals,” said Dr. Welker. “Despite our low numbers, HPU’s speech and debate team remained strong and walked away with very impressive awards. These awards show that even with a small team we are extremely competitive.”

In individual events, Braxton Clark placed second in extemporaneous speaking and fifth in impromptu speaking.

Senior Ashley Moon, communication major from Waxahachie, in her first year of competitive speech and debate, was named the National Christian College Forensics Invitational novice national champion in International Public Debate Association (IPDA) style debate. Moon also placed sixth in novice impromptu speaking.

“I invited Ashley to join the team this semester, knowing that she was an articulate speaker,” said Dr. Welker. “She has proven herself to be an outstanding speaker and debater. Winning novice national champion in IPDA debate is outstanding!”

Moon said that debating at the tournament was an amazing experience.

“I really enjoyed having the opportunity to debate and speak about religious issues because they are relevant to my life. The debates were challenging and stimulating,” she said.

Moon is the first IPDA debate national champion HPU has ever had.

Freshman Luis Rodriguez Ortiz, an English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Brownsville, also competed on the team.

HPU speech and debate continues to expand its competitive endeavors, competing in three debate formats. They compete in the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA), which is the largest intercollegiate debate association in the United States. Member schools engage in two-on-two debate, with the resolutions or topics changing for each round of competition.

They also compete in the International Public Debate Association, which is one of the fastest-growing interscholastic debate associations in the nation. IPDA debate is one-on-one debate, in which the resolutions or topics change for each round of competition.

The team also competes in the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) style debate, also known as British parliamentary debate. The Student Speaker Bureau travels to Oxford, England, each fall to compete in the third largest debate tournament in the world.
In each style of debate, students will compete in a minimum of five to six preliminary rounds of debate. Topics range from domestic, world, political, value and fact debates.

“I can’t say enough about this group of students,” said Dr. Welker. “Intercollegiate is a highly competitive arena. Students don’t just study one issue or one topic all year – they must be well-versed in a wide scope of topics and be prepared to discuss any one of those topics with minimal preparation. They are truly an outstanding group of students.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau recently completed a successful season. Back row, left to right: Luis Rodriguez Ortiz, Braxton Clark, Marcos Corley and Adam Jones. Front row, left to right: Dr. Julie Welker, Ashley Moon and Kaleigh Tankersley.

Large crowd turns out for HPU Fest

HPU Fest 2015 for web
BROWNWOOD – April 15, 2015 – Despite being moved indoors due to the threat of rain, Howard Payne University’s all-day music festival, HPU Fest, boasted large crowds on Saturday. Approximately 400 people, including community members and HPU students and employees, attended the event. Pictured is the crowd cheering for this year’s headlining act, Anthem Lights. Photo by Chandler Condra, HPU senior.

HPU New Braunfels concert to offer wide range of musical selections

A Joyful Heart poster for webBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2015 – Many of Howard Payne University’s finest musicians will take the stage at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater in New Braunfels on Monday, April 13, as the university presents its “A Joyful Heart” concert. This special evening of music will cover a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to opera and beyond.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfelsconcert. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since 2012, offering degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. The university, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, is planning a permanent campus in New Braunfels as part of the Veramendi development project. Faculty and staff at both locations are excited for this opportunity to present an entertaining evening of music for the community.

Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs, and his wife, Christy Meinecke, HPU admission counselor and office assistant, moved their family to New Braunfels in 2012 to lead HPU’s entrance into the community. They have developed many close relationships in the area as the New Braunfels Center has grown and word of HPU’s commitment to Christ-centered higher education has spread.

“We’re very excited that students and faculty from HPU’s Brownwood campus will be here to share their talents with our friends in the New Braunfels community,” said Dr. Meinecke.

The artists scheduled for the evening include the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers include Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

“HPU’s Department of Music is blessed with an amazing array of talented students served by a faculty of dedicated teachers,” said Stephen Goacher, who will perform a solo in addition to directing the Jazz Ensemble. “The program in New Braunfels will give our entire university the opportunity to show that what we learn in the classrooms, rehearsal halls and studios at HPU is world-class on any stage.”

Dr. Diana Ellis, wife of Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, will perform numbers such as the aria “Habanera” from Bizet’s popular opera Carmen. She will also sing a duet with Dr. Celeste Church.

“I’ve had the pleasure of performing with musicians and singers from HPU’s Department of Music many times, both on campus and in international settings such as Salzburg College in Austria,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be able to perform in New Braunfels and believe the show will offer something for everyone.”

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is located at 290 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information, call the HPU New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

HPU Fest to feature Alive by Sunrise and Anthem Lights

By Rachel Ellington, HPU senior

HPU-Fest-Poster-2015 for webBROWNWOOD – April 8, 2015 – HPU Fest, one of Howard Payne University’s most popular student events, will kick off Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. with a full day’s worth of music, food and activities. This year’s headliners are Alive by Sunrise and Anthem Lights. The lineup also includes student artists such as Aaron Tassin, a senior from Early and 2014 runner-up for local talent competition “Brownwood’s Got Talent.”

HPU’s Student Activities Council and various organizations on campus will put together a number of booths and activities including inflatables, carnival games and the annual HPU Fest Chili Cook-Off. Sodexo, HPU’s food service provider, will also serve a meal that can be purchased either with a student ID card, cash or check.

In addition to HPU students and personnel, the community is welcome to attend. HPU Fest will take place at the university’s Old Main Park, the grassy area along Austin Avenue. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and Anthem Lights will take the stage at 6 p.m.

“This is always an exciting time of year for our students,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “HPU Fest marks that spring is here and there are only a few weeks left before summer. It brings an energy to campus unlike any of our other events. We hope the community can come to experience this great event as well.”