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HPU sees increased numbers for fall 2016 enrollment

Kevin Kirk Selfie with Students at Chime in 2016.1BROWNWOOD – September 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s fall 2016 semester is underway with lots of new faces around campus. The number of first-year students – 321 – at the Brownwood campus is HPU’s second-largest class in 16 years.

Undergraduate and graduate enrollment at HPU’s three locations – the main campus in Brownwood and extension centers in New Braunfels and El Paso – totals 1,189 students, an increase from fall 2015. The figure includes 408 first-year students and transfer students.

“We are very blessed to have this amazing group of students join the HPU community this fall,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management. “They are truly a class full of leaders who have brought a strong spirit of service and energy to the campus.”

More information about Howard Payne University is available online at www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Members of HPU’s incoming class of students pose for a “selfie” photo with Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management, at a new-student event before the start of the semester. Kirk leads the group in the “Sting ‘em” cheer familiar to HPU Yellow Jackets.

HPU hosts “Portals” exhibit of photography by Julie Mize

hpu-mize-photo-exhibit-photoBROWNWOOD – September 16, 2016 – Howard Payne University will present “Portals: A Photographic Series in Black & White and Other Works by Julie Mize” at HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery from September 22 through October 30, 2016. An opening reception will be held on September 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mize, adjunct instructor of photography at HPU and art teacher at Brownwood Middle School, has assembled a collection of her works ranging from traditional photography to cyanotypes, ziatypes and even iPhone photography.

“One aspect of photography that interests me is the way the camera isolates a specific subject and tells a story based on what has been included – and what has been excluded,” Mize said. “This exhibit shows images in different photographic processes that contribute to the moods and settings of a variety of stories.”

“Portals,” a series of traditional gelatin silver prints, features photographs in which a variety of structures create frames for what is seen through them.

“I respond to these compositions of framed openings because of the possibilities of what is held within the spaces,” Mize continued. “How are the openings formed? How do the settings affect the outcomes? What stories do these places tell?”

Also on display are cyanotypes and ziatypes, alternative photographic processes made from contact prints of objects set on paper coated with chemicals sensitive to sunlight.

“These methods have qualities that change stark black-and-white images to ones with a certain romance or dreaminess,” Mize said. “In many of these, I paired transparency negatives with actual objects or with other transparencies to create new settings and stories.”

A wall of iPhone photographs is also part of Mize’s exhibit. She finds these to be an exciting complement to the black-and-white photographs she makes.

“Photographs made on my iPhone are part of this show because smartphone photography and related apps provide endless creative opportunities,” she said. “The effect of seeing these photographs together reminds me of looking through family travel photo albums. What was happening that caught this photographer’s eye while she was traveling through a place? The light and color effects from the smartphone apps help tell those stories.”

Mize has been interested in art since childhood. When she was 12 years old, her parents gave her a 110mm camera, launching what has become a lifelong interest in photography. She continues to process her own film and prints.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in art and all-level teaching certification from Howard Payne University in 1996 and a Master of Art Education degree from Texas Tech University in 2006. After teaching art at Hearne Elementary School in Houston for three years, Mize became the art teacher at Brownwood Middle School in 2000 and continues in that role today. In 2008, she was invited to join the faculty of HPU as the adjunct instructor of photography. She helped create the darkroom in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center and enjoys introducing HPU students to the traditional photographic processes.

Through the years, Mize’s photography has been selected for a variety of shows such as the High and Dry annual photography exhibit at Texas Tech University, the Stars of Texas annual art exhibit in Brownwood, annual exhibits by the Brownwood Art Association Photographers’ Group and various photography shows held by the Lake Granbury Art Association.

The Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, is open on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free of charge and the public is invited.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. More details about HPU are available online at www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: “Florentine Arches,” a silver gelatin print by Julie Mize, is part of an exhibit of her photography on display at Howard Payne University from September 22 through October 30.

HPU New Braunfels Center holds festivities marking new facility’s grand opening

hpu-nb-ribbon-cuttingBROWNWOOD – September 16, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center celebrated the grand opening of its new facility on September 8 with a reception and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

“We were encouraged by the attendance of nearly 150 guests from both New Braunfels and HPU’s main campus in Brownwood,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “It was a blessing to have so many on hand to celebrate this next phase of bringing quality, Christ-centered higher education to the area.”

Since March 2012, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs with classes located at New Braunfels High School and an office suite in the city. New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space and offered the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center during the next several years. The university plans to build a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

With the fall semester underway at the new facility, Dr. Meinecke expressed his enthusiasm for the spacious, well-designed learning environment.

“It’s wonderful to see our faculty members and students now coming to class in a beautiful, new space that reflects the excellence of HPU’s academics,” he said.

The new facility for HPU’s New Braunfels Center is located at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100. For more information, call 830-629-2366, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Representatives from Howard Payne University were joined by officials from New Braunfels and other supporters as HPU’s New Braunfels Center recently celebrated the grand opening of its new facility.

HPU to host Encounter Week September 19-21

dave-edwards-imageBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University will host Encounter Week fall revival services next Monday, September 19, through Wednesday, September 21. This year’s guest speaker is Dave Edwards and worship will be led by Roger Cullins.

Dave Edwards is the founder of Dave Edwards Ministries, located in Oklahoma City. For more than a decade, he has been sharing his unique brand of ministry to a postmodern generation by traveling the country and speaking to young adults in churches and a variety of other places. His goal is to help students and young adults discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle.

roger-cullins-imageRoger Cullins is a 2003 graduate of HPU and is the worship pastor at Bay Area Baptist Church in League City. As a worship leader, Cullins loves leading people to experience the life-changing presence and power of God. He also has a passion to personally encourage worship pastors and leaders to discover God’s empowerment in their lives and ministries.

Services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. All Encounter Week services are open to the public.

“It is always exciting to start off a new year and get to experience Encounter Week at HPU,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music, director of bands and Wednesday chapel coordinator. “We have some fantastic individuals coming to lead us this year and there are going to be great opportunities for all of us to encounter God and have Him move in our lives during the week. The public is encouraged to attend any of the services and be ready to receive a great blessing.”

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Photo cutlines: (Top) Dave Edwards, founder of Dave Edwards Ministries, is the scheduled speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week services.
(Bottom) Roger Cullins, worship pastor at Bay Area Baptist Church in League City, will lead worship at HPU’s Encounter Week services.

HPU announces new online master’s degree program in criminal justice

BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University has announced the unveiling of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program to be offered beginning in October 2016. Coursework, offered completely online, is designed to provide preparation for those who are interested in furthering their career goals in a field of criminal justice.

The degree program’s curriculum is designed to provide an appropriate balance of theory with practical application. Instruction will be centered in a Christian servant-leadership model focusing on the balance of justice and restoration. Two tracks will be offered in which the student will choose either nine hours of law enforcement elective courses or nine hours of corrections elective courses. The 36-credit-hour, non-thesis degree can be earned in six semesters including summer sessions.

“After a successful 12-year history with our undergraduate criminal justice program at Howard Payne University, we are thrilled to be able to offer a Master of Science degree in criminal justice,” said Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology. “Additionally, the online format will help make the program more accessible to those whose work schedules or locations would keep them from attending classes at HPU during regular daytime hours.”

HPU recently received word that the program has been added the university’s scope of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, fully authorizing the university to proceed with the enrollment of students and the delivery of the degree. The new degree program was developed with the committed involvement of Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities.

“Our faculty and staff have been working hard to create a program that will challenge students, developing in them, within a Christian context, the knowledge and skills they need to be effective practitioners in the field of criminal justice,” said Dr. Kimery. “We are grateful for the opportunity to equip those who serve our communities.”

The new master’s degree is an attractive option for graduates of other colleges and universities but especially for students of HPU’s undergraduate program in criminal justice. Christina Calleros, a 2015 HPU graduate, plans to enroll in the new master’s program and is grateful for her HPU experience during her undergraduate years.

“As a single mother who works full time, I was searching for a program that was accommodating to my needs,” Calleros said. “The faculty members at HPU are friendly and supportive. They always go the extra mile.”
More details about HPU’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice program are available at www.hputx.edu/mscrj. Students interested in pursuing this or any other degree offered at HPU are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020. Information about the university can also be found online at www.hputx.edu.

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HPU promotes eight faculty members at the start of the 2016-2017 year

BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University announced the promotions of eight faculty members with the start of the fall 2016 semester. Receiving promotions are Dr. Robert Bicknell, Dr. Derek Hatch, Dr. Millard Kimery, Dr. Stephen Kovach, Dr. Brad Lemler, Dr. Matthew McNiece, Dr. Debra Powell and Dr. Craig Younce.

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, expressed his appreciation of these individuals and their commitment to excellence.

“When every faculty member is employed, I challenge them to be educators, scholars and citizens,” said Dr. Tew. “A natural outgrowth of pursuing these goals are achievements that warrant promotion. I am delighted that the university provides an encouraging environment in which faculty continue to grow as professionals and educators.”

Dr. Robert Bicknell, accreditation liaison, has been named dean of extended education. He had served as interim dean since 2013. Since joining HPU’s administration in 1989, he has served in a variety of roles including vice president for academic affairs, provost, professor of music and special assistant to the president for accreditation and adult programs. He had previously served as dean of extended education from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Derek Hatch, formerly assistant professor of Christian studies, was promoted to the rank of associate professor. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2011.

Dr. Millard Kimery, professor of English and chair of the Department of English, has been named dean of the School of Humanities. He had served as interim dean since earlier this year. He has been a faculty member at HPU since 1997.

Dr. Stephen Kovach, a faculty member at HPU’s El Paso Center, was promoted from the rank of assistant professor of Christian studies and criminal justice to associate professor. Dr. Kovach has been on faculty since 2009.

Dr. Brad Lemler, professor of accounting, has been named dean of HPU’s School of Business after serving as interim dean since 2015. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2012.

Dr. Matthew McNiece, who served as assistant director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy since 2013, has been named director of the program. Dr. McNiece, a 2003 HPU graduate, also serves as chair of the Department of History and Government and associate professor of history and government. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2004-2005, then returned in 2007.

Dr. Debra Powell, formerly assistant professor of business administration, was promoted to associate professor. She served as an adjunct faculty member in 2007 and joined the ranks of full-time faculty in 2013.

Dr. Craig Younce was promoted from assistant professor of biology to associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. He has been a faculty member at HPU since 2013.

More information about Howard Payne University is available online at www.hputx.edu.

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HPU’s New Braunfels Center receives $30,000 grant from McKenna Foundation

hpu-nb-mckenna-check-presentationBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the McKenna Foundation, an organization devoted to advancing the well-being of the New Braunfels community.

The grant for $30,000 will fund all technology and supporting infrastructure for the computer lab at the university’s new facility. The lab will be named the McKenna Foundation Computer Center.

“This generous gift from the McKenna Foundation will allow us to further the mission of bringing quality, Christ-Centered, higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor,” said Christy Meinecke, major gift officer for South Central Texas. “We are grateful for this partnership with the McKenna Foundation so that together we can benefit the community.”

The McKenna Foundation exists to advance the well-being of the New Braunfels community. The sale of McKenna Memorial Hospital created a fund that became the foundation’s gifting source. In addition to McKenna’s own initiatives, there are dozens of great organizations and existing service providers in New Braunfels who share these goals and aspirations. The McKenna Foundation reaches out as a partner to design and fund programs, educational efforts and services to deliver on the promise of well-being for our community.

“The Howard Payne University New Braunfels Center broadens the local educational spectrum for our residents,” said Alice Jewell, Executive Director of the McKenna Foundation. “The presence of a professional, first class institution of higher education in our community is invaluable. The McKenna Foundation appreciates their interest and investment in New Braunfels and we look forward to partnering with them as they grow.”

For more information, contact HPU’s New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or visit www.hputx.edu/new-braunfels.
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Photo cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center recently received a $30,000 grant from the McKenna Foundation that will fund its new facility computer lab.

HPU holds 9/11 remembrance event

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BROWNWOOD – September 9, 2016 – Howard Payne University held a memorial event for 9/11 today at which students were invited to place American flags around the university’s Bell Towers. The event was sponsored by HPU’s Student Government Association. Pictured is HPU junior Devin Caraway, from Cisco.

HPU New Braunfels Center to celebrate grand opening of new facility

HPU NB Center exteriorBROWNWOOD – September 2, 2016 – The grand opening of Howard Payne University’s new location in New Braunfels will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Numerous supporters including government officials and other dignitaries will be on hand for the festivities. The public is welcome to join in celebration of this new facility, located at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100.

New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space. He generously offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

Led by HPU’s Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies, and Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer for the south-central region, the university raised funds to renovate the facility and prepare it for use by students.

“The opening of this beautiful, new facility furthers the mission of offering Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke. “It’s the next step in our vision to establish a full residential campus in New Braunfels on the Veramendi property. We praise God for his abundant blessing as the mission and vision take shape.”

HPU has maintained a presence in the community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs with classes located at New Braunfels High School and an office suite in the city.

The newly remodeled facility includes the McKenna Foundation Computer Center, administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas. Large wall designs featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery complete the facility’s look.

For more information, contact HPU’s New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility on September 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Eleven join HPU faculty for the new academic year

New HPU Faculty Fall 2016BROWNWOOD – September 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University began the 2016-2017 academic year with 11 new faculty members. Joining HPU’s faculty were Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music; Chuck Gartman, assistant professor of Christian studies and director of ministry guidance; Gina Gibbs, instructor of criminal justice; Dr. Gregory Hatlestad, associate professor of biology; Sidni Kirby, instructor of communication; Sarah Langford, instructor of mathematics; Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music; Laci Sutton, instructor of nursing; Dr. Hendra Tarigan, assistant professor of engineering and director of the engineering science program; and Jill Underwood, instructor of education.

“We’re pleased to welcome these eleven additions to the university’s extraordinary faculty,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff received a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University in 1995, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University in 2008. Her experience includes serving as a teacher of English as a Second Language for the International Mission Board in Mocuba, Mozambique, from 2002 to 2004. She also served as a first-grade teacher at Washington Christian School in Rockville, Maryland in 2009-2010 and, most recently, as assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Tarleton State University from 2011 to 2016.

Joseph Dunlap received a Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU in 2009 and a Master of Music degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2012. His experience includes teaching in various music-related roles from 2007 to the present and serving as a fellowship grader for the Theory/Composition Department at Hardin-Simmons University from 2010 to 2012. Dunlap most recently served as an adjunct faculty member at HPU from 2015 to 2016.

Chuck Gartman received a Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 1972 and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1974. His experience includes various teaching roles at HPU and, most recently, serving as an instructor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary from 2001-2016. Gartman has been the owner and chief consultant of “Go To” Youth Ministry, Inc., since 2001 and has a combined total of 47 years in ministry at various churches in Texas and Tennessee.

Gina Gibbs received a Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2005, a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America in 2009 and a Master of Science degree from the University of North Texas in 2013. Her experience includes various positions in the judicial/legal field from 2007 to 2011 and criminal-justice teaching positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Cincinnati in 2013 and 2013-2014, respectively.

Dr. Gregory Hatlestad received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. His experience includes teaching and research roles at the University of Minnesota and The University of Texas. Most recently, he served as a post-doctoral fellow from 2010 to 2012 and clinical assistant professor from 2012 to 2016, both at The University of Texas.

Sidni Kirby received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2011 and a Master of Arts degree from Texas State University in San Marcos in 2013. Her experience includes serving as marketing coordinator at CMMS Mobile Imaging Services in San Marcos from 2013 to 2014, academic advisor and public speaking instructor at Tyler Junior College from 2014 to 2015 and, most recently, admission counselor at HPU from 2015 to 2016.

Sarah Langford received her Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2012 and her Master of Science degree from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. Her experience includes serving as a graduate teaching assistant for The University of Texas at Arlington from 2013 to 2014 and serving twice as a Graduate Assistant in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington, first from 2012 to 2013 and again from 2014 to 2016.

Dr. Christopher Rosborough received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Bachelor of Music degree from HPU in 2008, a Master of Music degree from Mercer University in 2012 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2016. His experience includes music-related teaching positions at various levels from 2008 to 2013 and, most recently, serving as graduate assistant at Louisiana State University from 2013 to 2016 and contemporary music director at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from 2015 to 2016.

Laci Sutton 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 from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to present, respectively, 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 from 2010 to 2011, unit registered nurse from 2011 to 2016 and relief charge nurse from 2015 to 2016.

Dr. Hendra Tarigan received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from University of Nevada in 1988 and 1992 respectively; two Master of Science degrees from Texas Tech University, one in 2012 and another in 2013; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas Tech University in 2016. His experience includes teaching and mentoring in various roles at the high school and collegiate levels, most recently serving as a physics teaching assistant at Texas Tech University from 2011 to 2016.

Jill Underwood received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and a Master of Science in Education degree from Baylor University in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Her experience in education includes serving as elementary music teacher at Brownwood’s Coggin Elementary School from 1991 to 1993 and teaching fourth grade at East Elementary School, also in Brownwood, from 1993 to 1994. More recently, Underwood has served as an adjunct faculty member at HPU from 2002 to 2016. She has also been a private music instructor since 1991.

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Photo cutline: Eleven joined the HPU faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. From left to right are Dr. Hendra Tarigan, Joseph Dunlap, Laci Sutton, Jill Underwood, Gina Gibbs, Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, Sarah Langford, Chuck Gartman, Sidni Kirby, Dr. Christopher Rosborough and Dr. Gregory Hatlestad.