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HPU to confer 100 degrees this Saturday

May 2017 Commencement for webBROWNWOOD – December 7, 2017 – Howard Payne University will graduate 100 students during the fall Commencement ceremony this Saturday, December 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The Coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Rev. Ray Still, senior pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels. Rev. Still is a member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and will begin a term as chairman of the board in January.

Rev. Ray StillAdditional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Bryan Baker, candidate for graduation; Dr. Robert Bicknell, accreditation liaison to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, faculty president and associate professor of physical science; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the Christian studies graduate programs and professor of Christian studies; Matthew Haynie ’09, president of the Alumni Association; Dr. Millard J. Kimery, Jr., dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Wendy McNeeley, assistant vice president of university records; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and associate professor of history; Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business administration; Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, December 8, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

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Cutline: Rev. Ray Still, senior pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, will deliver the charge to graduates at HPU’s Commencement ceremony this Saturday. Rev. Still is a member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and will begin a term as chairman of the board in January.

HPU’s Commencement will take place at the Brownwood Coliseum. The venue is pictured during HPU’s May 2017 Commencement ceremony.

HPU Moot Court ends season undefeated, prepares for nationals

HPU Moot Court for webBROWNWOOD – December 6, 2017 – With wins at two final tournaments, Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team ends its fall 2017 season undefeated. The team’s win at the last tournament of the fall secured HPU’s spot in the American Moot Court Association’s national competition to be held in January at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law.

“HPU will be one of the top-seeded teams at nationals and well set for success after an undefeated season,” said Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government and Moot Court adviser.

Teammates Jordan Hahn, sophomore from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, were named tournament champions at the St. Mary’s School of Law Invitational Tournament in October as well as at the Texas A&M University School of Law Regional Tournament in November.

At the October tournament, Hahn and Sommers defeated a team from Baylor University to win the tournament in the finals and teammates Justin Harris, senior from Fort Worth, and Bailey Myler, junior from Brownwood, were named octofinalists. HPU competitors were also recognized for their individual speaking skills. Myler was the overall seventh-best speaker, Hahn placed second and Sommers was the top speaker at the tournament.

Thirty-one teams competed at the regional tournament in November, representing 13 schools from across the country. HPU faced multiple schools, including the United States Air Force Academy, Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University and the University of Louisiana. Hahn and Sommers again defeated a team from Baylor University to be named tournament champions.

In addition to winning the tournament, Sommers was the seventh overall speaker and Hahn was the ninth. Harris and Myler attended the tournament and were in the top 50% for speaker points.

“The teams have worked so hard this year, refining arguments and practicing multiple times each week,” said Kelley. “Once again, their hard work has paid off, and they continue to impress lawyers and judges from across the state.”

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team ended its fall 2017 season undefeated. Left to right: Justin Harris, Isaac Sommers, Jordan Hahn and Bailey Myler.

Three students named first recipients of HPU El Paso Center Scholarship

HPU EP Alumni Association Members and Scholarship Recipients for webBROWNWOOD – December 5, 2017 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center were recently named recipients of the 2017-18 Howard Payne University El Paso Center Scholarship. The scholarship, in its inaugural year, was created by a donation from the Ladies Auxiliary of IBBI-HPU.

Recipients of the scholarship are Beatriz Cabrera, freshman general studies major; Melory Carter, junior general studies major; and Everardo Hernandez, Master of Business Administration student. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

IBBI, which stands for International Baptist Bible Institute, partnered with HPU in 1991 to create a baccalaureate degree program. Today, HPU’s El Paso Center awards four bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees. The Ladies Auxiliary of IBBI-HPU recently made a donation to the newly created HPU Alumni Association El Paso Chapter which, in turn, established the HPU El Paso Center Scholarship.

The officers of the Alumni Association El Paso Chapter and the chapter’s adviser, Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business, have managed the process of creating the scholarship application, setting a deadlines schedule, creating a scholarship selection committee and awarding the scholarships.

“We were proud to award the first HPU El Paso Center Scholarships to these outstanding students,” said Dr. Gil. “These three students are diligent in their studies and most deserving of this award.”

Hernandez said he was grateful for the opportunity the scholarship provides him.

“It will help me offset some school costs which I had planned to cover with personal funding,” he said. “I am very thankful to the selection committee.”

Cabrera also expressed her appreciation.

“I am extremely grateful for the scholarship that I received,” she said. “It lifts some of the burden of paying for school and it feels good to have been chosen from the group of students here at Howard Payne. I absolutely love this school!”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities at HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Three students from HPU’s El Paso Center were named the first recipients of the university’s HPU El Paso Center Scholarship. Seated, from left to right, are Everardo Hernandez, Beatriz Cabrera and Melory Carter. The scholarship recipients are pictured with officers from the HPU Alumni Association El Paso Chapter. Standing, from left to right, are Roxanne Jurado, treasurer, Blanca Gamez, president, Iban Torres, vice president, and Priscilla Macias, secretary.

HPU students meet professional sport teams’ communication staff members

Communication students and faculty at Ranger ballpark for webBROWNWOOD – December 4, 2017 – Students in Howard Payne University’s Sport, Media and Culture course within the university’s Department of Communication took two academic trips to professional sporting events this fall – a Texas Rangers baseball game and San Antonio Spurs basketball game – to meet with the communications staff of each organization.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, created the course.

“This communication studies course is designed to examine the interrelationship between sport and media in society and to examine how sport and sport discourse shapes cultural values,” she said. “Understanding how sport, media and culture intersect is important now more than ever with our instant access to information.”

Communication students and faculty at Alamo for webThe class attended a Texas Rangers game during the last week of the Major League Baseball regular season in September. The students met with four members of the Rangers’ marketing, communications and social media staff. Each staff member explained his or her role in the organization and answered questions from the students.

Madison Neal, sophomore communication major from Chandler, said she really enjoyed getting to meet the organizations’ social media directors.

“One person who really sparked my interest was Kaylan Eastepp, who is over all of the social media for the Rangers. She discussed the details of her job and her role as a woman in a professional men’s sports world,” Neal said.

Neal added that Eastepp was entertaining and informative because she talked about the huge impact of social media on our society and demonstrated that women can and do work in sports.

Jared Sandler, broadcaster for the Rangers, also spoke with the class, encouraging students entering the communications field to never give up. He told the class that he got both his job and internship from consistently e-mailing people and networking.

The students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Rangers’ facility, including a trip to the press box, the media room and a personal meeting with “Mr. Rangers,” Tom Grieve, himself. The students met with three other communications and marketing staff members.

The class also traveled to a Spurs game in San Antonio and met with four members of the Spurs communications staff, including marketing, public relations, social media and advertising personnel.

“We met Megan Julian, who is responsible for social media for the Spurs,” said Neal. “I always find the people who work in social media to be fascinating because they have such a large outreach.”

Julian is responsible for managing the Spurs’ Facebook and Twitter during the games, as well as for the layout and design of GIF images and highlight layouts.

“All of the speakers had a vast level of experience with internships, and each speaker recommended doing several internships, even if they are unpaid,” said Neal. “The trips provided us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into what holds the public image of a sports team together as well as the final product in the enactment of the game. These opportunities allowed our class to learn more about communication careers in sports.”

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Cutlines: Students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication pose in front of a Texas Rangers’ backdrop. While at the ballpark, they met with members of the Rangers’ communications staff.

Students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication visited the Alamo on the way to a San Antonio Spurs basketball game. At the game, they had the opportunity to meet with members of the Spurs’ communications staff.

HPU forensic science students attend professional conference

Boyer comparison microscope for webBROWNWOOD – December 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University forensic science students recently attended the 2017 meeting of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists held at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Attending the conference were Mackinzey Boyer, freshman forensic science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Granbury, and Alexa South, freshman forensic science/criminal justice major from Clyde. The students were accompanied by Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of physical science.

At the three-and-a-half-day conference, Boyer and South, both aspiring student members of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists, had the opportunity to meet practicing laboratory scientists, veterans in the field and academic researchers.

Conference attendees could choose from seminars on the latest trends in synthetic drug manufacture, trafficking, detection and analysis; DNA analysis; the toxicology of drugs; and digital forensic investigation.

Boyer and South with Gill for web“These conferences afford our students the opportunity to receive in-depth exposure to and training in subject matter that is addressed topically in forensic science courses,” said Dr. Smith. “The trainees can meet professionals in the fields in which they may eventually research and practice.”

The trip was sponsored by HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics as well as the HPU Faculty Development Committee. Boyer and South each commented on how the experience provided perspective on some of the disciplines included under the heading of forensic science.

In a post-conference review, Boyer noted how fingerprints contain much more information than merely ridge detail.

“Fingerprints hold substantial pieces of evidence for various other types of cases,” she said.

South learned more about fentanyl, the new greatest threat among illicit drugs.

“Fentanyl is close to one hundred times deadlier than heroin,” she said, “but heroin and fentanyl look almost identical.”

Dr. Smith said both students appreciated the opportunity to meet and dialog with experts in these fields.

“They also enjoyed the opportunity to see some of the cutting-edge instrumentation that is being developed to aid the modern scientist-investigator,” he said.

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Cutlines: HPU freshman Mackinzey Boyer is introduced to comparison microscopy of ballistics fragments at the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists trade show.

HPU students Mackinzey Boyer and Alexa South are called upon by Bob Gill, Esq., expert instructor in digital forensic analysis, at a meeting of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

HPU’s University Singers and Concert Choir to present Christmas concert

MessiahPosterBROWNWOOD – November 30, 2017 – The University Singers and Concert Choir of Howard Payne University will present a Christmas Concert Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

The choirs will perform selections from Handel’s timeless work titled “Messiah.” The Festival Chamber Orchestra, a group of area and collegiate musicians, will accompany the choirs.

Featured soloists for the concert are soprano Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness; mezzo-soprano Danielle Rosborough, 2008 HPU alumna; tenor Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music; and baritone Dr. Iwao Asakura, associate professor of music at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

The University Singers, Concert Choir and Festival Chamber Orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“Bringing this specific work to Brown County has been a dream of mine since 2016 when I became the choral director at HPU,” said Dr. Rosborough. “It is a brilliant and festive composition that crosses many cultural and generational gaps.”

Dr. Rosborough also said that it is the goal of this combined choir to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry, while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and its surrounding areas.

Coggin Avenue Baptist Church is located at 1815 Coggin Avenue in Brownwood. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Cutline: HPU’s University Singers and Concert Choir will present a Christmas concert on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Three HPU El Paso students awarded Nassar scholarship

Dr. Nassar and scholarship recipientsBROWNWOOD – November 29, 2017 – Three students from Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. Dr. Nassar, who holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from HPU, is a faithful supporter of the university and its students.

Three deserving students are chosen to receive the scholarship each year. This year’s recipients are Roberto Elizalde, senior Christian studies major, Bernadette Rowlison, senior Christian studies major, and Brandon Rutkowski, freshman Christian studies major. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

Dr. Nassar, a published author and poet, was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the United States in 1975. He is an active member and ordained deacon of El Paso’s First Baptist Church. Dr. Nassar has focused his ministry on establishing a dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews.

The scholarship recipients recently had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nassar.

“It was an honor to greet and listen to Dr. Nassar,” said Rowlison. “He is very inspirational. His Christian faith is solid and gracious, especially considering the horrific trials his family went through in the Middle East. He is filled with grace rather than hate. He is one of those people you meet and realize that you are in the presence of greatness.”

Rutkowski expressed his appreciation for the scholarship.

“Through the events surrounding Dr. Nassar’s scholarship and meeting with him, God proved His providence and blessings,” he said. “None of this would have been possible without God’s guiding hand and Dr. Nassar’s compassion.”

To learn more about scholarship opportunities at HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or email hpuelpaso@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Three students from HPU’s El Paso Center were recently awarded the Dr. Richard W. Nassar Annual Scholarship. Standing, left to right: Roberto Elizalde, Dr. Richard Nassar and Brandon Rutkowski. Seated: Bernadette Rowlison.

HPU’s Pre-College Music students to perform at railroad museum

Pre-College Music & Art Program Logo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – November 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music students will hold their Christmas performance on Saturday, December 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum in Brownwood.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections to family and friends,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in the School of Music and Fine Arts.

The Martin and Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum is located across from the Depot at 700 E. Adams Street in Brownwood.

The Pre-College Music and Art program serves the Brownwood community by offering music lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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HPU to host Open House for newly remodeled science labs

BROWNWOOD – November 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics will host an Open House this Thursday, November 30, to celebrate the newly remodeled science labs in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. The come-and-go event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in rooms 210, 211 and 212 of the facility, located at 1108 Center Avenue. The community is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.

“We’re excited to unveil to the community three beautifully remodeled science labs,” said Dr. Pamela Bryant, professor of chemistry and dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. “We’re thrilled to be able to invest in our current and future students, including the students in our biomedical sciences program, with this newly updated learning environment.”

Winebrenner Hall, dedicated in 1962, contains classrooms, labs and offices for the School of Science and Mathematics. The facility is named for Dr. O.E. Winebrenner, former science department head, who served at HPU for more than 40 years.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at 325-649-8400.

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HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir to present Christmas Celebration concert

BROWNWOOD – November 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas Celebration concert Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public.

“We hope that many will make the walk over to Mims Auditorium after the Brownwood Christmas parade and join us for a fun evening of celebration through music at HPU,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

The musical selections will get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites. Selections include “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson; “The Christmas Song” arranged by John Higgins and featuring Stephen Goacher, professor of music, on alto saxophone; “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” by Claude T. Smith; “White Christmas” arranged by John Moss; and many more.

There will be a reception following the concert in the band rehearsal hall of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. The HPU Student Brass Quintet will provide music at the reception.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food item as a donation for admission. All canned goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand this holiday season.

The HPU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Ash and the HPU Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“We are excited to share our music again this Christmas season while celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ,” said Ash. “We hope that you may know the joy of the greatest holiday gift of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.