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HPU students serve as Go Now missionaries

HPU Go Now Missionaries 2016BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2016 – Nine from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry are serving as missionaries around the globe this summer and fall through Texas Baptists’ Go Now Missions program.

Summer missionaries include Joseph Flanigan, junior cross-cultural studies major from Round Rock; Jessica Harris, senior management major from Brownwood; Kindell Hill, junior cross-cultural studies major from Jarrell; Anna Lauren Jeffers, senior Christian education major from Greenville; Adriana Mata, junior elementary education major from San Angelo; Kara Strange, senior business administration major from Fredericksburg; Katie O’Conner, sophomore liberal arts major from Granbury; and Angelica Ramirez, sophomore general studies major from Austin. Ruby Johnson of Alvarado, who graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree, will serve during the fall 2016 semester.

The students are serving in U.S. locations such as Washington, California, Arizona and Oklahoma, as well as in South Africa, Haiti, Germany and other international locales. Their roles vary from working with refugees to leading sports camps for children.

Keith Platte, director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, said HPU students’ participation with the Go Now Missions program has grown during his time at the university.

“We had nine who served during Christmas and nine during the summer and fall,” he said. “What a great blessing to see God stirring these students into action.”

For more information about HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, visit www.hputx.edu/bsm.

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Cutline: Before traveling to various mission fields around the world, HPU’s student missionaries attended an orientation program at Dallas Baptist University. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Anna Lauren Jeffers, Adriana Mata, Joseph Flanigan and Jessica Harris. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Kindell Hill, Kara Stange, Ruby Johnson, Angelica Ramirez and Katie O’Conner.

HPU gears up for another great summer of camps

summer camp staff 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – June 9, 2016 – Although most students have left for the summer, Howard Payne University will be as busy as ever during June and July. Seven day camps and five overnight camps are scheduled to take place at HPU for the 2016 summer season. The university is expecting more than 1,200 overnight campers, a 25-percent increase from last year. Also, approximately 400 campers will be attending day camps this summer at HPU.

This week, HPU is hosting the JROTC Cadet Staff Leadership Course Camp for participants ages 14-18 and the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp for participants ages 14-16. These cadets are from more than 40 high schools across the state of Texas.

Later in June, HPU will host an overnight Band Camp and the BGCT’s Super Summer camp.

“These two overnight camps always bring lots of energy and excitement to the campus,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “Having camps during the summer is a unique and fun experience because we get to show off our campus to prospective students. We also have the opportunity for our staff to build relationships within our team and create new relationships with campers.”

HPU also hosts multiple sport camps and day camps including the university’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 18-22. The HPU Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps are for first- through sixth-grade students and feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing.

HPU’s summer camp staff, led by Childs as well as Kathy James, special events coordinator, facilitates all of the summer camps to help ensure that all guests have fun, safe and Christ-centered experiences while on campus. The staffers for this year include Efrain Garces, junior social work major and psychology minor from San Antonio; Tom Kyle, senior cross-cultural studies major and biblical languages minor from Salado; Emily Peisker, May 2016 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and a minor in marketing from Cedar Park; Jordan Pitman, sophomore cross-cultural studies major and psychology minor from Zephyr; Zac Sterling, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry from Farmington, New Mexico; Zachary White, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cross-cultural studies and a minor in Bible and biblical languages from Georgetown; Kelsan Wolverton, May 2016 HPU graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cross-cultural studies and a minor in Bible and theater from Lampasas; and Spencer Wolverton, sophomore kinesiology major from DeSoto.

For more information about HPU’s array of summer camps, contact University Services at 325-649-8409.

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Cutline: HPU summer camp staffers are ready to facilitate camps at the university this summer. Pictured are Jordan Pitman (front row, left), Zac Sterling (front row, right), Spencer Wolverton (middle row, left), Kelsan Wolverton (middle row, center), Efrain Garces (middle row, right), Kathy James, special events coordinator (back row, left), Emily Peisker (back row, second from left), Zachary White (back row, center), Tom Kyle (back row, second from right) and Debbie Childs, director of university events (back row, right).

HPU pre-college students earn top honors at state music festival

Drew ReynoldsBROWNWOOD – June 3, 2016 – Sixteen students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

Three students received the All-State award, the highest award at the competition. Kamry Keese received the All-State award for Musical Theatre while Addison Miller and Drew Reynolds both received the All-State award for Art Song.

Students who received the superior rating in Musical Theatre were Angie Calfa, Addison Miller and Sydney Neel. Those who received the superior rating in Piano Solo were Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese and Hannah Parson.

The outstanding rating in Musical Theatre was given to Hannah Bessent, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts and Ava Sparks-Hansen. The outstanding rating in Art Song went to Angie Calf and the outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to James Bautista, Addison MillerVic Cooper, Leila Gautier, Jaycie Hubbard, Addison Miller, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘shout-out’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

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

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Cutlines (Top to bottom): All-state award winner Drew Reynolds is pictured with Deanna Erxleben, HPU then-instructor of music, at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

Kamry KeeseAll-state award winner Addison Miller is pictured with Deanna Erxleben, HPU then-instructor of music, at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

All-state award winner Kamry Keese is pictured at the all-state festival in San Marcos.

HPU’s Freeland enjoying college life thanks to Heart of Texas Scholarship

Christopher FreelandBROWNWOOD – June 2, 2016 – Christopher Freeland, 2015 graduate of Bangs High School, is very happy with his decision to attend Howard Payne University even though many students are hesitant to enroll in a college near their hometowns.

“Given the time, Howard Payne can be a home away from home, just not far away,” he said. “Given the chance, it can be an opportunity for exponential growth, quality experiences and treasured connections.”

Freeland, a student in HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, majors in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. He is thankful for HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. The scholarship makes a private Christian education near his hometown an affordable reality.

“I wanted to go to Howard Payne and the Heart of Texas Scholarship offered major financial relief,” he said.

According to Freeland, many students from the area dismiss the idea of attending HPU simply because it is close to home.

“But Howard Payne is like a different world,” he said. “When you walk across campus, it’s a community in itself. It’s healthy to go out and gain independence. But you can do that at Howard Payne.”

Freeland enjoys his time at HPU. He is a member of the Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s speech and debate team. He is also active in the theatre department and writes for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper. However, he does have one regret from his freshman year.

“Living off campus was not the best idea,” he said. “It’s easy to feel disconnected and isolated when you have the option to go home after class. Even trying to integrate into campus life is difficult when you are not a resident. I have been impressed with the ability of students to involve everyone, even those who do live off-campus.”

Freeland plans to move into an on-campus residence hall his sophomore year.

“I believe that Howard Payne is an excellent community that nurtures Christian faith and provides a challenging academic standard,” he said. “I look forward to moving on campus and experiencing fully all of Howard Payne’s opportunities.”

There is still time to apply for HPU’s fall 2016 semester. The Heart of Texas Scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students from the Heart of Texas area who meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. For more information about this scholarship and other opportunities awaiting students at HPU, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or enroll@hputx.edu. More information may also be found online at www.hputx.edu/heartoftexas.

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Cutline: Christopher Freeland, HPU sophomore and participant in organizations such as HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, received the university’s Heart of Texas Scholarship. The scholarship awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

HPU New Braunfels Center raises more than $13,000 during 24-hour giving event

big give 2016BROWNWOOD – May 27, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center recently took part in The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour fundraising event for nonprofits in the San Antonio area. The center raised $13,455 from 94 donors during the event, exceeding its goal for funds raised and number of donors.

“This was our second year to participate in The Big Give and we are pleased to announce that we more than doubled our donor base from last year,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region.

HPU, with its flagship campus based in Brownwood, has maintained a presence in the New Braunfels community since March 2012. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs.

HPU alumnus Bob Knoll, CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, 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 building is located off Interstate 35 at 4102 Loop 337 and is being remodeled to include administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU. Classes will be held in the new building beginning in fall 2016.

According to Meinecke, all funds raised during The Big Give S.A. will fund the start-up costs of the new facility.

“We were very thankful to see the support from the HPU community, alumni from both New Braunfels and Brownwood, and community friends,” she said. “We are more than halfway to our goal of $200,000 for the new facility start-up costs and can’t wait to see the doors open this August.”

HPU is now enrolling for the fall 2016 semester. To learn more about becoming at student at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: During The Big Give S.A., HPU New Braunfels students were asked to write messages encouraging donations. Pictured is Shelli De La Garza, sophomore from Seguin.

Twenty receive HPU Alumni Association Scholarship

Alumni Association logoBROWNWOOD – May 27, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association recently awarded the HPU Alumni Association Scholarship to 20 students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is presented annually to relatives of HPU alumni as selected by the association’s Scholarship Committee.

This year’s recipients include Stephen Bailey, freshman from Georgetown; Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Bryan Bourque, freshman from Alvin; Jacob Bowren, freshman from San Antonio; Paul Chandler, freshman from Mount Pleasant; Madelyn Deviney, freshman from Bulverde; Kailey Doering, freshman from Little Elm; Katherine Hailey, senior from Bangs; Rebecca Hamilton, senior from Nocona; Chanda King, freshman from Childress; Lindsey Krueger, freshman from Howe; Holly Leatherman, junior from Tolar; Rachel Lilley, freshman from Comanche; Anna McBride, freshman from Eldorado; Madison Miller, freshman from Granbury; Taylor Reid, junior from Harper; Lauren Tipton, freshman from Brownwood; Bailey Waller, senior from Weatherford; Eli Williams, freshman from May; and Spencer Wolverton, sophomore from Desoto.

Alumni Association Scholarships are awarded annually to selected new students who have earned an average grade of “B” or above in high school or returning students who have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or above in their college coursework. Scholarships will be considered only for students who have at least one relative as a current dues-paying Alumni Association member.

“HPU is thankful for members of the Alumni Association whose dues make it possible to award these scholarships,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations. “It’s exciting to welcome new students who are carrying on a generations-long legacy in their families by choosing to attend HPU.”

For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/alumni/alumnischolarship or contact HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations at (325) 649-8044.

Registration open for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

Summer and Young Scholars Brain Games for webBROWNWOOD – May 24, 2016 – Registration is now open for Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The programs, open to all students in first through sixth grades, feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The theme for this year is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“Each class is designed to stimulate students by using hands-on learning activities as well as challenging students with curriculum not normally taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “We want to keep our students’ minds engaged and their bodies active.”

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and physical education. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science, music and physical education.

The programs, designed to be fun as well as educational, will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s gym, 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. The deadline for registration is July 15.

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: Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps, HPU’s popular summer programs for children, will take place July 18-22. This year’s theme is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

HPU alumnus named 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year

mark nickolsBROWNWOOD – May 24, 2016 – Howard Payne University alumnus Mark Nickols was recently named the 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He serves as assistant basketball coach at San Angelo’s Central High School.

According to the San Angelo ISD website, Nickols helped his team reach the playoffs for the second straight year this season. They finished the season with a record of 21-12. He will be recognized this month at the annual convention of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

“At HPU, I really appreciated the small classes and professors who truly cared about my success,” said Nickols.

Nickols said it was Coach Troy Drummond’s friendship with San Angelo’s Coach Jaime Boswell that led him to begin his career at Central High School.

Drummond serves as head men’s basketball coach, head golf coach and associate athletic director for operations at HPU.

“I am very proud of Mark for taking an opportunity and making the most of it,” said Drummond. “When Coach Boswell got the job at San Angelo Central and was talking to me about his assistant position I really thought that Mark would be a great fit. Mark is an exceptional young man with a great work ethic. I’m so very happy for him and his family and wish him all the best.”

A 2010 HPU graduate, Nickols is the son of John and Barbara Nickols of Brownwood. John Nickols serves at HPU as assistant professor of history and political science and special assistant to the athletic director.

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Cutline: HPU alumnus Mark Nickols was recently named the 2016 Class 6A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Photo courtesy of San Angelo ISD.

HPU New Braunfels 5K raises more than $16,000 for facility renovation

Buzzsaw and PetittBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center hosted its inaugural HPU 5000 event last Saturday at New Braunfels’ Landa Park. The walk/run 5K race garnered participation from 155 registered runners and support from 28 local businesses. The event raised a total of $16,150 for the center which will be used in the renovation of a facility for students.

“It was such an exciting event,” said participant Beth Hall, HPU NB supporter. “They did a great job of putting it all together. I run a lot of 5Ks every year and this one was by far my favorite. I look forward to the seeing the lives HPU NB will change in our community through its new facility.”

The runner with the fastest time was Xenophant Petitt of New Braunfels who won a $250 gift card, t-shirt and cap from Gruene Harley Davidson. There were also drawings for prizes such as frozen yogurt, sport watches and tubing and rafting trips.

“The race exceeded our expectations for funds raised and number of participants,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU major gifts officer for the south-central region. “The morning was full of energy and excitement and it was encouraging to see HPU NB students and alumni as well as community friends supporting HPU’s work in New Braunfels.”

In addition to Meinecke, the 5K planning team consisted of HPU NB Master of Business Administration graduates Matt Lotz, Kevin Wartsbaugh and Tara Roussett, as well as Dr. Chuck Grear, adjunct instructor of history.

“I was excited and honored to help coordinate the 5K because I believe that quality Christian higher education is needed in Comal County and this race served to continue those efforts with all proceeds going for our new building,” said Roussett. “This is such an exciting time for the growth and expansion of HPU.”

Buzzsaw and NB personnelHPU alumnus Bob Knoll, CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, 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 building is located off Interstate 35 at 4102 Loop 337 and is being remodeled to include administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU. Classes will be held in the new building beginning in fall 2016.

The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

“Veramendi is proud to be partnering with Howard Payne University, and we were excited to see such a great turn out on Saturday in support of HPU,” said Tiffany Lacey, vice president of ASA Properties, the Veramendi developers. “We are particularly proud of 12-year-old Rylie Blackmon, who ran for Team Veramendi and placed first in her division.”

A number of local and area businesses served as sponsors for the race. Sponsors included:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsors – Express Lube, HMT Engineering and Surveying, Krueger Construction and McKenna Foundation

Silver Sponsors – Chick-fil-A, Comal Custom Homes, Premier Dental Center, Raba Kistner Consultants, Rockin’ R, Rougeux & Associates, Seidel Construction, Soleus Running and Treetop Pediatric Dentistry

Bronze Sponsors – Dr. Stephen C. Bennett, DDS; CgM and Associates Architects; Big Frog; Eden Hill, Edward Jones, Kevin Wartsbaugh; Gruene Harley Davidson; J&R Gymnastics; Mark Hamtpon Century 21, Randall Morris & Associates; Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt; The Merchant Network; Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union; Rodney Roussett, MA, LPC, PA, Psychotherapist; and Schlitterbahn

For more information about the HPU New Braunfels Center, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: Xenophant Petitt of New Braunfels was the fastest overall racer at the HPU New Braunfels Center’s inaugural 5K race held last Saturday. He is pictured with Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot.

Personnel from HPU’s New Braunfels Center are pictured with Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket Mascot, during Saturday’s 5K race. Pictured left to right are Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies; Whitney Hooper, assistant director of admission for extension centers; Ginger Taylor, New Braunfels Center receptionist; and Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer for the south-central region.