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HPU criminal justice students attend Elizabeth Smart lecture

CRJ Group with Elizabeth Smart for webBROWNWOOD – September 25, 2014 – Several Howard Payne University criminal justice students recently attended a lecture by Elizabeth Smart at a luncheon hosted by the Alliance for Women and Children in Abilene.

Smart first received national attention in 2002 when, at the age of 14, she was abducted from her home near Salt Lake City. She was rescued nine months later. Today, she serves as president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, through which she works to prevent future crimes against children.

“Many of us still vividly remember following Elizabeth Smart’s harrowing ordeal through television and newspaper reports,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice/sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program. “She has become a force for positive action and it was a great blessing to hear her speak.”

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Photo cutline: Six HPU students recently attended a lecture by Elizabeth Smart. Back row: Patricia Boisse, junior from Blanket; Adrianna Perez, senior from Rowlett; Danyel Bradley, junior from Desoto; Paola Guzman, senior from Brownwood; Christina Calleros, junior from Brownwood; and Sylvia Nowlin, junior from Coleman. Front row: Cynthia Givan, administrative assistant for English and criminal justice; Elizabeth Smart and Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice/sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program.

HPU exhibiting work of Brownwood photographer Roger Levesque

By Chandler Condra, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD –September 25, 2014– Howard Payne University is exhibiting the work of Brownwood photographer Roger Levesque in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibit, “A Retrospective of Fine Art Photography,” is available for viewing until November 21.

Levesque’s work focuses on the use of digital photography and manipulation to explore more artistic possibilities. His art has been featured in dozens of exhibits in recent years.

David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art, is excited to exhibit Levesque’s work.

Tree Dancer for web“Mr. Levesque is a very talented artist and we’re honored to host his original work here at HPU,” said Harmon. “The students and community will benefit from this exhibition in seeing a range of work spanning more than 30 years. This is the intent of the retrospective exhibition, to reveal the artist’s visual journey in his medium of choice.”

Levesque’s work has won at several competitions both locally and nationally. In 2009, he became the first photographer to be awarded the title “Artist of the Year” by the Brownwood Art Association.

Levesque said the computer opens infinite possibilities to create works of art. The analog darkroom of the past has been replaced with the digital version on the computer with Photoshop and other related programs.

“The sheer numbers of galleries and museums now showing the works of digital photographers and a growing respect from colleagues and critics only adds to my belief in the possibilities of the medium,” he said.

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

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Photo cutline: Among the works featured in the Roger Levesque exhibit at HPU is “Tree Dancer,” photographed at the Grand Canyon in 2011.

Football season evokes happy memories for HPU alumni couple

BROWNWOOD –September 24, 2014– Of all of the things associated with autumn, football is certainly a Texas favorite. Though they’re not often able to make it to games, one Howard Payne University alumni couple says HPU football is still a beloved institution in their lives.

Mike Martin for webMike and Sari (Ryan) Martin of San Angelo, both 1971 HPU graduates, met their freshman year in 1967. Mike played offensive tackle for the Yellow Jacket football team.

“We had geology class together and I took roll for the football players in Chapel which, at that time, was held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” said Sari. “That’s when we started making eyes at each other.”

The relationship blossomed their sophomore year when Sari became a cheerleader. They were married by the end of their junior year and will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary next May.

Mike coached for many years at Angelo State University and was inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Sari Martin for webLast year, Sari learned of the opportunity to name a locker in the Yellow Jacket field house in honor of a loved one. She chose locker #75 after her husband’s former jersey number. She told him about it on Christmas morning and presented him with a note from Roger Geise, HPU’s head football coach.

“He loved it,” said Sari. “I was glad because you can’t buy men anything.”

This season, the HPU Yellow Jackets have started strong, advancing to 3-0 with wins over Wayland Baptist University, Trinity University and Southwestern Assemblies of God University.

“We thought coming into the season that we had a chance to be good and winning our first three games certainly enhances that feeling,” said Coach Geise.

The community is encouraged to attend the Yellow Jackets games, both at home and on the road. A schedule can be found online at www.hpusports.com.

“I am so proud of our football team,” said Mike Jones, HPU athletic director. “Coach Geise and his staff have done a great job of making consistent improvements each year with our football program. We are looking forward to continuing a great year with this group of student athletes.”

Mike and Sari for webThose interested in supporting the Yellow Jacket football team by sponsoring a locker in honor of a loved one may contact Coach Roger Geise at (325) 649-8209 or via e-mail at rgeise@hputx.edu.

 

 

 

 

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Photo cutlines: Mike and Sari Martin are pictured during their college days and more recently as they near their 45th wedding anniversary.

HPU students intern at New Braunfels church

Oakwood Interns for webBROWNWOOD –September 24, 2014– Three Howard Payne University students interned this summer with Oakwood Church in New Braunfels.

The students, who are enrolled at HPU’s Brownwood campus, are Brandon “Beaux” Pace, a junior Christian education major from Magnolia; Francis Schmaltz, a freshman Christian education major from Grand Prairie; and Kelsan Wolverton, a junior cross-cultural studies and Bible major from Lampasas.

The students completed a “360 Internship” in which they rotated between pastoral ministry, creative arts ministry, children’s ministry, student ministry and administration/facilities.

According to Pace, the time the students spent with Ray Still, Oakwood senior pastor and HPU Board of Trustees member, was “invaluable.”

“I think the biggest thing that I learned from this summer was that no matter the size of the church and no matter the amount of work you may have to do, the people come first,” said Pace. “I have never seen a church that has been so in tune with the word and the will of the Father.”

Schmaltz said the internship helped him to decipher God’s calling in his life.

“Each rotation gave me different challenges and showed me my own strengths,” he said. “It forced me to rely on God or fail of my own accord. I grew so much over the 10 weeks there.”

Wolverton said she also grew in her spiritual walk with the Lord. Among other tasks, she helped research Sunday School curriculum and create advertisements for an upcoming church conference. She also had the opportunity to substitute for the high school minister for a week.

“My father was a youth minister when I was growing up and it was a great experience to be able to fill a similar role,” she said.

HPU has had a presence in New Braunfels since 2012 when it was announced that a permanent campus would be constructed as part of the Veramendi development project.

“We’re very thankful for the opportunities provided to HPU students through Oakwood Church and Rev. Still,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external programs and church relations. “The entire New Braunfels community has been very welcoming to the university and we’re grateful for the support.”

Until the permanent structure is completed, HPU is offering dual-credit, undergraduate and graduate courses at New Braunfels High School, online and at 1259 Loop 337 North, Suite #100.

For more information about the HPU New Braunfels Center, please visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call (830) 629-2366.

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Photo cutline: Three HPU students were among the summer interns at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels. The interns included, from left, Holmes Lybrand, University of Texas; Francis Schmaltz, HPU; Kelsan Wolverton, HPU; Denae Dreessen, Houston Baptist University; and Beaux Pace, HPU.

Deans among new faculty at HPU

BROWNWOOD – September 23, 2014 – Two deans are among the nine new Howard Payne University faculty members this semester. Dr. Richard Fiese serves as dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music, while Alexia Riggs joins HPU as dean of libraries and associate professor of library science.

Richard Fiese for webDr. Fiese most recently served as professor in music education at Houston Baptist University from 2000 to 2014. Additionally, he has served as associate professor of music education at the University of Miami from 1995 to 2000; associate professor of music education at the University of Houston from 1989 to 1995; and director of bands at Henry L. West Laboratory School in Coral Gables, Fla. from 1986 to 1989. He earned his doctorate from the University of Miami in 1989.

Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business, co-chaired the selection committee in the search to fill the position.

“Dr. Fiese brings both depth and breadth in higher education administrative experience to this dean position at HPU,” he said. “He has accomplished a significant body of scholarly activity nationally and has produced an impressive record of service for the music education profession in Texas.”

Alexia Riggs is a 2002 HPU graduate. Her previous experience includes serving as reference librarian at Del Mar College from 2012 to 2014; technical services librarian at Paris Junior College from 2009 to 2012; government document librarian intern at Texas Christian University in 2009; and as a music library assistant at Hardin-Simmons University from 2004 to 2005. She has completed all but her dissertation toward a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

Alexia Riggs for web“Alexia is a wonderful addition to our faculty and we’re delighted that she chose to return to serve her alma mater,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

According to Dr. Tew, choosing those who will serve as leaders among the HPU faculty is a tremendously important task.

“The semester has only just begun and we’re already benefiting from their knowledge, experience and leadership,” he said. “I am deeply appreciative of the faculty and deans who worked tirelessly as members of the search committees that recommended these two extraordinary candidates.”

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Photo cutlines: Two deans are among the new faculty at HPU.

Dr. Richard Fiese serves as dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music.

Alexia Riggs serves as dean of libraries and associate professor of library science.

HPU’s Encounter Week features Afshin Ziafat and Kevin Jones

By Jaclyn Bonner, HPU sophomore

BROWNWOOD – September 22, 2014 – Encounter Week, Howard Payne University’s fall revival, began Monday morning and will run through Wednesday, September 24. Encounter Week affords students the opportunity to grow, learn and worship as a community. Services are open to the public.

Upcoming Encounter Week services, to be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium, are Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. There will also be an after-service fellowship time subsequent to the Monday and Tuesday evening services.

Afshin Ziafat for web

The Encounter Week Team includes guest speaker Afshin Ziafat and worship leader Kevin Jones.

Ziafat is the lead pastor at Providence Church in Frisco. Although he was born in Houston, he is a native of Iran and lived there for a brief time during his childhood. As a senior in high school he accepted Christ, a decision that would ultimately cause his family to disown him. Yet, he claims, “My story is not about a man’s faithfulness to God; it’s about God’s faithfulness to man.”

Ziafat is passionate about spreading the Gospel. As founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries, he travels both nationally and internationally to speak at churches, camps, conferences, retreats and missions. Additionally, he travels to the Middle East frequently to provide training for pastors through Elam Ministries.

Kevin Jones for webJones, of Dallas, serves at Stonegate Church in Midlothian as the worship leader. He discovered his gift of music in his youth and was saved at the age of nine. He has been actively engaged in church planting and music ministry since 2009.

Jones says he utilizes his musical ability to illustrate God’s love that is beyond understanding. The singer/songwriter incorporates a mix of both worship and pop/R&B music.

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Photo cutline: Encounter Week, HPU’s fall revival, will be led by speaker Afshin Ziafat (top) and worship leader Kevin Jones.

HPU honor student interns in Washington, D.C.

By Jaclyn Bonner, HPU sophomore
Katie Bonner dc for webBROWNWOOD – September 16, 2014 – Katie Rose Bonner of Lytle, a senior political science, history and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major at Howard Payne University, represented HPU this summer as a participant in The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) internship program.

Bonner received a full scholarship from the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and an expense stipend from the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

In addition to this honor, Bonner excelled in the Economics of Regulation and Ethics & Leadership courses she and other TFAS scholars took through George Mason University, where she was recognized as the top student in Ethics & Leadership with the Outstanding Student Award.

“I am immensely proud of Katie for receiving the George B. Peabody Award as the 2014 Outstanding Student from The Fund for American Studies and George Mason University’s Institute on Business and Government Affairs,” stated Dr. Justin D. Murphy, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and dean of the School of Humanities. “It is an honor to have a student of her caliber in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy at Howard Payne University.”

Through TFAS, Bonner interned for the American Chemistry Council, the largest trade association in the chemistry industry. Her responsibilities included researching and drafting an advocacy letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee, attending House Committee hearings and conducting a study on the National Science Academy’s committees that issue toxic chemical reports for legislators and regulators.

Bonner was selected by TFAS as the student speaker at the annual Congressional Student Awards Dinner which garnered more than 400 senators, lobbyists, CEOs and program sponsors.

Bonner voiced her appreciation for the program.

“TFAS has provided me opportunities to visit government institutions I might have otherwise only encountered through reading,” she said. “Interacting with individuals who play a critical role in our nation’s government allowed me to make some incredible contacts and receive sound career advice from highly successful individuals.”

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Photo cutline: Katie Rose Bonner, an HPU senior from Lytle, completed a summer internship in Washington, D.C. She is pictured in front of the Washington Monument.

HPU to host Sorores Duo in soprano and clarinet recital

Rosine for web

Dr. Amy Rosine

BROWNWOOD – September 11, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will host guest soprano Dr. Amy Rosine in recital on Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. The recital is free to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Dr. Rosine, a former HPU faculty member, will be accompanied by Dr. Sandra Mosteller on the clarinet and assisted by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, HPU professor of music, on piano. Known as the Sorores Duo, Drs. Rosine and Mosteller have been performing together for 10 years. Their programs focus on contemporary music for soprano and clarinet.

Dr. Rosine is an active recitalist and oratorio performer. Known for her clear voice and expressive singing, she has performed in a variety of venues, including the Lyric Theatre of Dallas, Fort Worth Opera, Brownwood Regional Theatre and Regal Opera, Civic Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Lyric Opera Express and Kansas Concert Opera and Kansas State University Opera. Opera roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Merry Widow, Ann Putnam in The Crucible, Goodwife and Mary in The Wise Women and Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro. She has performed with Opera in the Ozarks, St. Charles Music and Arts Festival and Lake Placid Institute Vocal Seminar. She is a past recipient of the Alpha Corrine Mayfield Award in Opera Performance from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Recital performances have taken her to the Čzech Republic, where she collaborated with pianist Jaroslav Šaroun from the Music Academy of Prague. Most recently, Dr. Rosine was the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Kansas State Choir at the prestigious Kaufmann Center in Kansas City.

Dr. Rosine is associate professor of music at Kansas State University, where she teaches applied voice, vocal techniques and serves as vocal coach for the K-State Players Broadway musicals. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Kansas, Master of Music degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University. Voice teachers include Inci Bashar, Norman Paige and Kathleen Dawson. Dr. Rosine has served on the faculties of Rockhurst College, St. Mary’s University, Howard Payne University and Texas Woman’s University. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, where she serves as the Kansas president and Sigma Alpha Iota, where she is the faculty advisor for the Kappa Upsilon chapter.

Dr. Sandra Mosteller frequently performs as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has been a featured soloist throughout

Dr. Sandra Mosteller

Dr. Sandra Mosteller

the United States and in Belgium, Spain and Russia.

Dr. Mosteller has performed works for several composers including Thea Musgrave, Donald Erb, Bruce Mahin, Mark Kilstofte and Rodney Washka. She has premiered several works, including Ebbtide for clarinet, cello and piano, which was written for her by Belgian composer Norbert Goddaer. She commissioned and performed Monologues for clarinet and piano and Piccolo and Chalumeau for clarinet, flute and piano, both by Gary Belshaw.

Dr. Mosteller is on the faculty of Wayland Baptist University, where she teaches applied clarinet and saxophone, chamber music ensembles, music education and world music courses, as well as serving as junior and senior recital coordinator. Her private students have achieved success at the state, regional and national level, including scholarships to major universities, summer music institutions, all-state and honor band festivals.

Dr. Mosteller earned a doctorate in clarinet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a master’s degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in music education at Truman State University. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kelly Burke, Dr. Robert Spring, Ted Gurch (Atlanta Symphony), Dr. Richard Weerts, David C. Nichols, Debbie Augsberger and Paul Brizzi. She is a life member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda.

“HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts is very pleased to welcome back Dr. Rosine along with Dr. Mosteller,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean. “We’re looking forward to an evening of excellent music and hope the community makes plans to join us.”

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Photo cutline: Drs. Rosine and Mosteller will perform a soprano and clarinet recital at Howard Payne University on Thursday, September 18.

HPU names Dr. Magen Bunyard vice president for student life and dean of students

BROWNWOOD – September 10, 2014 – Howard Payne University announced today that Dr. Magen Bunyard has been named vice president for student life and dean of students. She will begin her role with the university on October 6.

Dr. Bunyard comes to HPU from North Central Texas College in Graham where she has served as a counselor and academic advisor since September 2012. Her previous experience includes serving as dean of students at East Texas Baptist University from 2008 to 2012 and director of student activities from 2002 to 2006. She served as director of volunteer services for Buckner Children and Family Services of North Texas from 2006 to 2008. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor in communications in several colleges since 2005 and worked as the associate director for the Baptist Student Ministry at Texas A&M Corpus Christi from 2000 to 2002.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Bunyard to HPU,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Her résumé is impressive and we’re confident that her background in counseling and student services will be very valuable as she assumes the role of vice president for student life and dean of students.”

Dr. Bunyard received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2000 and 2005, respectively, and earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in 2014.

“I am excited to be joining the HPU community,” she said. “I look forward to supporting the excellent student life programs that are established and working with faculty, staff and students to identify new opportunities to enhance the HPU student experience.”

HPU named a great value, veteran-friendly institution by U.S. News & World Report

PrintBROWNWOOD – September 10, 2014 – Howard Payne University maintained high rankings in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The publication announced Tuesday that HPU advanced four places from 2014 to be ranked fourth among the regional colleges of the west in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Additionally, the university placed 15 out of the ranked institutions in the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” category and seventh among the regional colleges of the west in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.

According to the publication, U.S. News determines its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by taking into account an institution’s academic quality based on its “Best Colleges” ranking and the 2013-2014 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the publication stated.

U.S. News determines the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by examining institutions in the 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings which participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Institutions are ranked in all categories within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West. Universities and colleges in Texas and Oklahoma compete in the West region, which is the largest geographic section, encompassing the entire Western U.S.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, voiced the university’s pleasure at once again being recognized as one of the top institutions in the region.

“We continually strive to be an outstanding value to our students and their families,” he said. “We’re honored to have been recognized for these efforts.”

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Photo cutline: HPU, celebrating 125 years of excellence in 2014, maintained high rankings in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.