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Hahn receives full-tuition scholarship to HPU as student in university’s Honors Academy

Jordan HahnBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – Jordan Hahn of Burnet was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Hahn, who graduated from a homeschool program in May and began her freshman year at HPU this fall, is majoring in global studies and the Academy. She is the daughter of Jason and Jodi Hahn.

The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy is designed for academically gifted students who aspire to leadership roles in a variety of careers. Students develop critical-thinking skills by analyzing current issues through the multidisciplinary Honors Academy major, which includes courses from the School of Humanities and the School of Business.

Hahn said HPU prepares students by promoting a strong faith.

“With this solid foundation, I know I will be able to effectively use the Academy’s program for civic leadership and public policy to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer,” she said. “The experiential learning aspect of the program is something I see as incredibly beneficial because it will allow me to put what I learn into practice while still in college, leaving me better prepared for life after graduation.”

Hahn participates in Moot Court at HPU and plans to attend law school after graduating.

“We are thrilled to welcome an exceptional new class into HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, Academy director. “Jordan joins a small cohort of equally dedicated, bright and talented students as they learn to put into practice the Academy’s motto: ‘Facing the Future with Faith and Knowledge.’”

For more information about HPU and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Jordan Hahn received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University as a student in the university’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

Lewis receives full-tuition scholarship to HPU as student in university’s Honors Academy

Charles LewisBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – Charles Lewis, a May graduate of Vanguard Christian Institute in Boerne, was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University as a student in the university’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Lewis, the son of Steve and Sharon Lewis, began at HPU this fall and is majoring in the Academy, jurisprudence and business.

The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy is designed for academically gifted students who aspire to leadership roles in a variety of careers. Students develop critical-thinking skills by analyzing current issues through the multidisciplinary Honors Academy major, which includes courses from the School of Humanities and the School of Business.

Lewis said he initially visited HPU because he was impressed with the university’s strong Christian worldview and educational standards.

“Because I spent my high school years at a small school, I also appreciated the close-knit and supportive environment that HPU provided,” he said. “When I learned more about the Honors Academy, I felt called to attend.”

Lewis is a member of the Moot Court team and is involved in intramural sports. Upon graduating from the university, he plans to attend law school.

“We are thrilled to welcome an exceptional new class into HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, Academy director. “Charles joins a small cohort of equally dedicated, bright and talented students as they learn to put into practice the Academy’s motto: ‘Facing the Future with Faith and Knowledge.’”

For more information about HPU and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Charles Lewis received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Howard Payne University as a student in the university’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

HPU first-year students enjoy exciting semester

BROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – An exciting fall semester at Howard Payne University is rapidly drawing to a close. The first-year students at HPU’s Brownwood campus comprise the university’s second-largest class in 16 years.

Recent campus events include Homecoming, during which students participated in activities such as a parade, bonfire, fireworks show and more. Other fall events include a variety of music recitals and concerts, theatre performances, athletic events, weekly Chapel programs and more.

Students at HPU participate in 30 official student organizations, and the university’s co-curricular programs include Moot Court, Model United Nations, Student Speaker Bureau and Mock Trial. Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference, and many students participate in intramural sports.

Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students, said the first-year students quickly acclimated to life at HPU.

“With the encouragement of upperclassmen, faculty and staff, our new students have made a home for themselves at HPU,” she said. “We’re proud of their involvement in campus life, and we’re looking forward to the successful completion of their first semester as HPU Yellow Jackets.”

First-year students at HPU include:

Abilene
Jeremy Ayers
Ransome Looper

Allen
Kelly Lindquist
Brianna Weaver

Alvin
Bryan Bourque
Taylor Davis

Alvord
Cooper Hering

Anson
Jordan Jeffrey

Arlington
James Cook
Gabriella Diaz De Leon
Darius Edwards
Nathan-David Nzanda-Buana
Cade Varrichio

Aubrey
Jonathan Randall

Auburn, Washington
Blake Null

Austin
Ehlar Htoo
Brooke Landry
Makayla Lewis
Luke Victor

Azle
Lucila Meraz

Baird
Rebekah Chance

Bangs
Kelton Parson

Bartlett
Marcus Cortez

Bay City
Anthony Chavez
Lawrence Smith

Baytown
Alexander Moyers

Bayview
David Mares

Beaumont
Christian Joubert
Robert Lester
Brittany Rideau
Roderick Sorrell

Bedford
Preston Newman

Bells
Christopher Hall

Bellville
Haylee Williams

Belton
Xavier Haines
Emily Kepling
Ruth Perez
Morgan Thomasson

Bertram
Sawyer Fisher

Big Lake
Jake Myers

Blanket
Mattie Cowdery
Vernon Zier

Boerne
Charles Lewis

Brackettville
Kaitlyn Partlow

Brownfield
Ty’Essa Langehennig

Brownwood
Skyler Andrews
Destiny Bible
Caleb Bostick
Brooklyn Britton
Tori Burkett
Kaitlyn Bush
Christin Cooper
Trent Donahoo
Cooper Donathan
Alexis Edwards
Karina Garcia
Aaron Jimenez
Weston Kirbo
Loren Morales
Marleyna Murray
Abbigail Newton
Kory Owen
Sadie Perez
Kelsie Pulley
Morgan Ripple
Andreahnna Rosenquist
Stephanie Tarigan
Lauren Tipton
Brayden Towell
Brayden Whisenhunt

Bryan
Cecil Banks

Bryson
Trey Foyt

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers

Bulverde
Madelyn Deviney

Burleson
Weston Hunter

Burnet
Jordan Hahn

Bynum
Donna Moses

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry

Cedar Park
Demeco Bowstring-Choat
Morgan Stout
Trey Weidner

Celina
Lidiya Shuppert

Chandler
Paulo Flores
Madison Neal

Chico
Brazier Talley

Childress
Chanda King

Cibolo
Charles Miller
Monica Mitchell

Cisco
Tonya Thompson

Cleburne
Madison Bicknell
Anna Goains
Austin Hodshire
Miranda Morales
Tiffany Simons

Cleveland
Kolby Berss

Clovis, New Mexico
Antony Bildilli

Coleman
Zackary Butler

Comanche
Rachel Lilley

Combine
Zachary Reed

Converse
Michael Guevara
Jacob Lepper

Coolidge
Deandray Williams

Copperas Cove
Jacob Bonner
Elijah Jordan
Ezekiel Jordan
Joseph Morrison

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna

Crowley
Trey Sansom

Cypress
Nicholas Panameno
Julian Whigham

Dallas
Alfredo Lozano

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain

De Leon
Dillanger Sylva

Devine
Joshua Broderick
Jaycen Camacho

Dripping Springs
Robert Miller

Dumas
Kristian Gonzalez

Early
Samantha Barnard
Chance Beck
Annikka Chavez
Logan Gressett
Randall Martin
Kaley Whitley
Ryan Wofford

Eastland
Cowan Barker
Jacob Simpson

Edcouch
Andrew Segura

Edmond, Oklahoma
Madison Duncan

El Paso
Kenneth Okwunwanne

Elm Mott
Haley Cummings

Ennis
Ashley McKay

Euless
Leland Brown
Madisynn Thames

Eunice, New Mexico
Kaleigh Parker

Fate
Aubrey White

Flint
Brittany Taylor

Florence
Suzanne Schad

Forney
Zachary Eskridge

Fort Hood
David Parker
Foga’A Solomona

Fort Worth
Justin Asuncion
Keith Brown
Keyshawn Brown
Corey May
Jalen Pate
Isabelle Stahrfisher

Fredricksburg
Kalin Brown
Lauren Gravell

Friona
Odilia Meza

Frisco
Reagan Ridlehuber
Jordan Wells

Garland
Remington Bator

Gatesville
Breanna Clover
Derrick Miller
John-Philip Smith

Georgetown
Stephen Bailey
Clarissa Carranco
Andrea Graves
Victoria Graves
Ximena Gutierrez Ibarra
Joseph Lahmann

Goldthwaite
Ryan Miles

Goliad
Steven Koehne

Gorman
Vanessa Longoria

Granbury
Madison Miller

Grand Prairie
Bailey Patton

Grandview
Alaina Aguirre

Greenville
Jordan Sweat

Hamlin
Klaye Georges

Harker Heights
Taliyah Wade

Hawley
Makayla Easley

Hewitt
Taylor Love

Houston
Mason Adams
Keith Baker
Roger Bonilla
Roland Edmond
Keaton Hill
Mallory Jackson
Andrew Phillips
Josue Vazquez
Kenny Washington
Dillon Wesley

Howe
Ashlyn Ellis
Lindsey Krueger

Humble
Roderick Davis

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey

Irving
Lamonte’ Toles

Joshua
Rockne Burt
Hannah Pflueger

Katy
Josiah Hughes

Kaufman
Talen Davis-Rentfro
Jesse Landess
Jimmy Landess
Hailey Richardson

Keller
Bradley Ruiz
Breon Shelly

Killeen
Arriyanna Forch
Cheyenne Hill
Elijah House
Luis Ponce Chinea

Kingwood
Collin Benson
Garrett Sweeney

Kyle
Dale Caswell
Geoffrey Donoho

La Porte
Jordan Lewis

Laguna Park
Chrystyn Carpenter

Lampasas
Beau Roberts

Lancaster
Demarcus Hurd

Lindale
Graham White

Lipan
Kyle Mercer

Little Elm
Kailey Doering

Live Oak
Brad Ward

Llano
Justin Hughes

Lockhart
Christian Bishop

Lometa
Kyle Molter

Lubbock
Jamie Garrett

Lumberton
Haley Vargas

Mansfield
Cody Willis

Marble Falls
Gavin Henderson

Marion
Aimee Rolando

Mason
Erin Haley
Faith Ingracia

May
Eli Williams

McKinney
Nadia Joseph

Mesquite
Cindy Gutierrez
Kendall Moore

Midland
Kimberly Bogart

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof
Jessica Swonger

Mission
William Arias
Andrew Cantu
Madison Hatzold

Missouri City
Alfred Booker

Montgomery
Justin Anderson
Michael Hord
Mason Law

Moody
Rachel Lightfoot

Moulton
Daniel Rodriguez

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler
Maci Dorsey

Navasota
Charles Male
Robert Ross
Madison Witherwax

Nederland
Jerry Molley

New Braunfels
Dylan Johnson
Bradley Schmid
Samuel Soape
Lindsey Tumlinson

North Richland Hills
Robert Doty

Odessa
Larry Potter
Destiny Ramirez

Ovilla
Jessica Funderburk

Palacios
Jasmine Brown

Pasadena
Michael Perez

Pecos
Michael Delgado
Jose Villegas

Pettus
Delia Sotello

Pflugerville
Sarah Ramos

Plainview
Anaelyssa Quintanilla

Porter
Austin Killgore

Richardson
Scott Wright

Richmond
Justin Berezi

Rockport
Katherine Mendoza

Ropesville
Jeremy Yandell

Roscoe
Branson Guelker

Round Rock
Daniel Bice-Jimenez
Seth Brody
Leopoldo Mancha
Penny Stehlik

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter

Saginaw
Austin Sallee

Salado
Nikolas Lowrance

San Antonio
Jaysen Alexander
Jacob Bowren
Brittany Brown
Jerry Bulla
DeVante’ Donald
Bianca Gallion
Julissa Ibarra
Marisa Miller
Anastasia Willis

San Marcos
Macy Maniscalo

San Saba
Isela Parra
Hollee Ragsdale

San Ygnacio
Javier Silva

Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Isiah Herrera

Schertz
Jada Jones
Shannon Warren

Shepherd
Andrew Byer

Sidney
Garett Drummond

Snyder
Victor Benitez

Southlake
Michael Chambers

Springtown
Richard Bauman
Jose’ Moreno
Brandon Santos

Stephenville
Gabriel Mata

Stockdale
Darien Bird
Travis Covington
Gage Haley

Sugar Land
Micah Guerrero

Sweetwater
Cavasea Heath

Temple
Jayland Brown

Terrell
Tiffany Chanthaseng

Thorndale
Kailey Cargill

Troy
Joseph Qualey

Tulia
Bryce Shelton

Tuscola
Lillie McDonald

Uvalde
Gabrielle Cook

Valley Mills
Miguel Callejas
Cody Ewing
Tanyon Tims

Vidalia, Louisiana
Jordan Whitehead

Waco
Tevan Anderson
Cairo Attaway
Toni Gibbs

Waxahachie
Samuel Bosher

Weatherford
Michael Nowak

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy

Wichita Falls
Chase Lindley

Wylie
Abigail Fraser

Zapata
Javier Lopez

Zephyr
Ricky Dehay
Kashtyn Eoff

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s student body, along with alumni and friends of the university, recently gathered to cheer for the Yellow Jackets during Homecoming weekend, one of the fall semester’s annual highlights.

HPU celebrates Texas Arbor Day

hpu-arbor-day-teamBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – In honor of Texas Arbor Day last Friday, Howard Payne University ceremonially recognized a new Texas Redbud tree on campus and hosted an informational session on planting and pruning trees. Texas Arbor Day is observed the first Friday in November each year.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator and former Brownwood resident, led the discussion on selecting and caring for trees. HPU representatives then spread mulch around a newly planted Texas Redbud tree in front of the university’s Office of Admission. TXU Energy assisted the university in securing the donation of the tree for the ceremony as well as 14 additional trees.

“The university is grateful to Mr. Harrison for sharing his expertise and to our friends at TXU Energy for their help in securing this donation,” said Terry Pritchett, who serves as HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning as well as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee. “We’re proud to care for the beautiful campus with which God has entrusted us.”

For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU hosted an Arbor Day celebration Friday featuring a newly planted Texas Redbud. Pictured from left to right are Nathan Harwell, TXU Energy representative; Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator; Mike Rodgers, HPU’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration; and Terry Pritchett, HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning.

HPU to host 33rd annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

BROWNWOOD – November 7, 2016 – The 33rd annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University, a longstanding community tradition, is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The free Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Anyone unable to join friends and neighbors at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to his or her home by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 by noon on Monday, November 21.

The tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. The staff of HPU’s Sodexo Food Service give up their holiday each year to prepare the feast and volunteers from the campus and the community serve the meal. Last year, more than 1,800 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

Bill Fishback, HPU’s assistant vice president for business and human resources, said he always enjoys this time of “neighbors caring for neighbors.”

“We are fortunate to have always been able to provide the meals free of charge because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in Brown County,” he said. “Many of the volunteers have helped for years, making serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition,” said Fishback.

Those interested in volunteering may do so by arriving at the Mabee Center, 1219 Fisk Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. There is no need to call ahead.

If you would like to help support the Thanksgiving meal monetarily, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast,” and send them to Bill Fishback at Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, TX, 76801.

HPU’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers to present fall concert

BROWNWOOD – November 4, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and the HPU Heritage Singers will present a fall concert titled “Creator Created Creating: My Maker’s Bounding Line” on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and is free to the public.

A variety of musical selections will be presented including works from Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” which depict the days of creation. During the concert, many allegorical references will be made to Yahweh’s presence through light, water, trees, mankind and the vastness of the firmament, all of which speak to the unfathomable omnipotence of our Creator. Guests can expect to hear a variety of repertoire from Palestrina to Carly Simon, as well as the uproarious depiction of wildlife in Eric Whitacre’s “Animal Crackers.”

Both choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. Accompanists for the concert will be Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, on piano; and Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, on organ. Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, and Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, will play an active role in the musical dialogue of the concert with assistance from HPU alumnus Jesse Smith ’13. Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will also join the choir on soprano saxophone in one song along with a variety of players from HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts.

“The inspiration for this presentation is that we are created by a divine creator who is continually creating us in His divine image,” said Dr. Rosborough. “I am proud of the work that the Concert Choir and Heritage Singers have done in preparing for this concert. I believe it will be glorifying to God and a blessing to those who attend.”

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers will present a fall concert on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU students study nonverbal communication in conjunction with presidential election

Jaclyn BonnerBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2016 – With early voting underway and less than a week until Election Day, Howard Payne University students in Dr. Julie Welker’s Nonverbal Communication course are studying how candidates’ appearance, body language, expressions and other nonverbal cues may impact election results.

“Since the first televised presidential debate in 1960, nonverbal communication has played a major role in how voters consider candidates,” said Dr. Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication. “Without realizing it, audiences are persuaded by such nonverbal cues as the candidates’ dress, posture and even blinking patterns.”

Jaclyn Bonner, senior communication major from Lytle, gave a presentation in class Wednesday afternoon during which students analyzed the expressions of candidates during debates. She discussed how nonverbal cues can negatively or positively influence a candidate’s odds of winning an election. Bonner also encouraged others in class to be aware of their expressions and body language when engaged in public speaking.

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Cutline: Jaclyn Bonner, HPU senior communication major from Lytle, recently delivered a presentation on “Nonverbal Communication in Presidential Debates.”

HPU Student Speaker Bureau competes in Houston and Colorado, prepares for Oxford

SSB Team PhotoBROWNWOOD – November 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at two separate tournaments. The Bayou City Swing was held at San Jacinto College North in Houston and the Southern Colorado Debate Challenge was held at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Four members of the team are also preparing to compete in Oxford, England, later in November.

Braxton Clark, senior social science global studies major from Southlake, won Top Parliamentary Debate Speaker and second place in International Public Debate Association (IPDA) style debate at the Bayou City Swing tournament.

“Braxton has been an unbelievable competitor all three years at HPU,” said Dr. Julie Welker, Student Speaker Bureau team coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “His talent and leadership are really shining through this year.” In September, Clark was named third top speaker at the Rice University debate tournament.

Additionally, Clark and teammate Tyler Olin, sophomore social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were quarterfinalists in National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) debate at the Bayou City Swing tournament.

HPU won second place overall in debate sweepstakes and the tournament.

Other team members competing at the Bayou City Swing were Erin Haley, freshman communication major from Mason; Mike Hord, freshman political science and social science jurisprudence major from Montgomery; Madison Neal, freshman social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Aimee Orozco, junior communication major from Shepherd; Isabelle Stahrfisher, freshman communication major from Fort Worth; and Haylee Williams, freshman communication major from Bellville. Assistant coach Sidni Kirby, instructor of communication, traveled with the team.

At the Colorado College debate tournament, students competed in World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) style debate in preparation for their trip to Oxford, England, to compete at the third largest WUDC debate tournament in the world.

WUDC debate involves four teams of two debaters, and each debater presents an eight-minute speech.

“WUDC debate is the standard format of debate on the international circuit,” said Dr. Welker. “Students debate a different topic each round, and we typically debate a minimum of five to six rounds per tournament.”

Competing in Colorado were Morgan Ashmore, senior communication major from Weatherford; Christopher Freeland, sophomore biochemistry major and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Bangs; Reagan Grisham, junior communication major from Arlington; and Andrea Balderas, junior biology major from Lytle. These four students will represent HPU in November at one of the most prestigious debate tournaments in the world, competing against teams from Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Harvard and many other Tier I universities from the United States and around the world.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau recently competed in Houston and Colorado. Pictured from left are: Dr. Julie Welker, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Aimee Orozco, Isabella Stahrfisher, Madison Neal, Christopher Freeland, Gabi McWhirter, Erin Haley, Brooklyn Britton, Isaac Sommers, Andrea Balderas, Haylee Williams, Reagan Grisham, Tyler Olin and Ms. Sidni Kirby.

HPU students assist with outreach to Houston’s marginalized

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2016 – Students from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry spent the university’s recent Fall Break in Houston learning about three of the city’s marginalized populations and assisting with outreach programs to those groups.

Led by Keith Platte, director of HPU’s BSM, the group connected with the Church at UH (University of Houston) to learn about the needs of refugees, human-trafficking victims and homeless in the city and how churches in the area are assisting those groups.

The first day they learned about refugees in Houston and how individuals and groups through the Baptist General Convention of Texas have assisted those communities to grow in faith and fellowship. Platte and the students then had the opportunity to play with children in an apartment complex where many Bhutanese and Burmese refugees live.

“Our students got to know some of the challenges that refugees face and how people can learn how best to help them,” said Platte.

The next day, the group learned about the city’s homeless population and human-trafficking victims.

“The first half of the day we cleaned donated shoes for a homeless ministry called Lord Of The Streets,” Platte said. “Then we went to the place where they meet and learned from the group’s director. We got to ask many questions about best practices in addressing help and care for homeless people, and we learned much about the homeless situation in Houston.”

Platte and the students then met with members of a group called Elijah Rising, which helps rescue and restore women who have come out of human-trafficking situations.

“We got to hear from their director, Cat, about the current climate in Houston on sex trafficking, reasons it is growing so quickly and why Elijah Rising is in need of advocates,” Platte said. “Our group also got to tour the Museum of Modern-Day Slavery, which in itself was a huge learning tool.”

The group then traveled through neighborhoods of Houston that have been verified as places which are trafficking women.

The group concluded Fall Break by participating in a worship service with Lord of the Streets during which the students served breakfast and shared in communion with the attendees.

Platte said students grew through their experiences as they saw how some of God’s followers are responding to the city’s needs.

“I believe our students came away with a much greater awareness of God’s heart for the people society has marginalized,” he said.

In addition to Platte, those on the trip included Jaclyn Bonner, senior from Lytle; Karli Conrad, junior from Katy; Taylor Davis, freshman from Alvin; Zoe Emley, sophomore from Natalia; Sarah Fernandez, sophomore from Goliad; Lauren Gravell, freshman from Fredericksburg; Dillon Hughes, senior from Plano; Jessica Meeks, sophomore from Bridgeport; and Bailey Patton, freshman from Grand Prairie. Zac Sterling, campus missionary, accompanied the group.

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HPU takes first place at crime scene investigation competition

With reporting by Alsatia Jowers, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2016 – A Howard Payne University team recently won first place in a crime scene investigation competition at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice conference in Oklahoma City. HPU students competed against six other teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

crj-group-photo-for-webHPU participants included Jessica Huckaby, sophomore from Brownwood; Alsatia Jowers, junior from Brownwood; Jacob Salazar, junior from Lockhart; Amy Segura, senior from Brownwood; and Blake Wynn, senior from Rockwall. The team members were students in a crime scene investigation course taught by Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety. Lynn Humeniuk, director of HPU’s criminal justice program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, and Gina Gibbs, instructor of criminal justice, accompanied the team to the competition.

“These were dedicated students who represented HPU in a very professional manner,” said Humeniuk. “I am so very proud of these five students, Ms. Gibbs for guiding them at the conference and Dr. Lilly for preparing them in class.”

At the competition, students were asked to demonstrate their knowledge in conducting an investigation by securing the crime scene, finding evidence and creating logs for all information related to the investigation, all in a span of 40 minutes. Each member had a specific task to handle, but the team worked closely together to ensure complete diligence.

Gibbs said she was very impressed with how the students conducted themselves during the conference and at the competition.

“It is very rewarding to work with such outstanding young men and women,” she said. “Our students’ professionalism, courteousness and preparedness made a strong impression on the conference attendees. I am very proud to have them represent HPU.”

The students also attended several roundtable panels and lectures at the conference, during which they learned about many important issues and studies related to the criminal justice system. Topics included incarcerated women, the difficulties students have in online classes and the dangers of the dark net.

Dr. Lilly was unable to attend the conference but said he was proud of the students for winning their first competition.

“Crime scene and criminal investigations are very difficult subjects to learn, and both fields take a tremendous amount of studying accompanied by practical training to master,” he said. “For these students to have taken first place in the competition, and to do so the very first time HPU has ever competed, is simply remarkable. Words cannot adequately express how proud I am of them.”

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Cutline: A team from HPU recently took first place at a crime scene investigation competition. From left are Gina Gibbs, Blake Wynn, Jessica Huckaby, Amy Segura, Alsatia Jowers, Jacob Salazar and Dr. Paul Lilly.