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Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 18, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program, presented by HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves Brownwood and the surrounding communities by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment will continue through August 29.

Music lessons, which will be 45 minutes in length each week for 14 weeks, include instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons, which will be one hour in length each week for 12 weeks, will feature beginning and intermediate drawing and painting. Instructors in the program include the HPU music and art faculty, experienced area teachers and student teachers.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope your experience with our program will be a fulfilling and rewarding one,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

Enrollment forms are available in the music office of the Davidson Music Complex located at 106 Whaley on the HPU campus.

For more information, contact Owens at dowens@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at jholamon@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8500.

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HPU alumni gather for Caribbean cruise

Cruise group photo 2016BROWNWOOD – August 12, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association hosted a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “Liberty of the Seas” recently for alumni and friends of HPU. The cruise took guests from Galveston to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Guests were offered a special rate to book with the HPU group.

Traveling with the group was Dr. Denny Megarity, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Dianna.

“It was a great experience,” said Dianna Megarity. “Denny and I have been on several group cruises and this was one of the best.”

The cruise included a variety of entertainment such as comedy, magic shows, ice-skating performances and a Las-Vegas-style show.

“We enjoyed watching certain members of our group become a part of the evening’s entertainment,” said Randy Yeakley ’83, vice president for development at HPU. “We were blessed by the devotionals Dr. Dan Crawford ’64 brought on our days at sea and enjoyed coming together for dinner to catch up with each other on each day’s events and excursions. I would definitely do this again.”

Margaret Routt Howell ’76 and her husband, Tom, also joined the group.

“The cruise was so much better than I ever expected it to be,” said Margaret Howell. “It was fun getting to meet other alumni and share stories of HPU. It was a pleasure to meet the current HPU president, Dr. Bill Ellis, and I enjoyed getting updates on many of the professors I had while attending the university.”

The HPU Alumni Association is planning another group cruise for the summer of 2018.

“While the specific date has not yet been determined, the tentative plan is to offer HPU alumni and friends a trip to Alaska’s Inside Passage,” said Yeakley. “The size of the group that went to the Caribbean was perfect given it was our first cruise together. However, with the advanced notice and Alaskan destination, our hope is that even more in the HPU family will be able to go.”
For more information or to offer thoughts regarding the Alaskan Cruise, contact HPU’s Alumni Association at 325-649-8048 or visit www.hputx.edu/alumni.

 Photo Cutline: A group from Howard Payne University recently enjoyed a group cruise to the Caribbean, hosted by the university’s Alumni Association.

More than 100 participate in HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps

Scholars climbing wall   BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University closed out a successful season of summer camps recently with 106 children on campus for the weeklong Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs. This year’s theme was “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The popular camps featured innovative instruction in robotics, 3D printing, music, science and physical education.

“It was a great week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “Students participated in all kinds of hands-on learning activities, challenging their brains while having a fun time learning.”

Dr. Welker expressed her gratitude to education partner 3M of Brownwood.

“Six engineers from 3M gave of their time to come help teach the Summer Scholars students,” she said. “Their engineering science class was a hit with the kids.”

Scholars robotsAdditional personnel included Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach, who was in charge of recreation each day; Debby Dill, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, who assisted in multiple areas; Deanna Erxleben, former instructor of music at HPU, who taught music; Tami Hull, head of robotics at Early Middle School, who taught robotics; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU, who taught science; Keith Taylor, recently retired head of robotics at Early Elementary, who taught robotics; and Dr. Lester Towell, chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems and professor of CIS, who taught 3D printing.

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Climbing wall – A student climbs HPU’s rock wall during the physical education component of HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps.

Robots – HPU Summer Scholars participants watch as robots they have programmed “dance.”

Fall class scheduling underway at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

HPU NB Center exterior NB Center Wall Graphics

BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – There is still time to register for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Classes begin August 22 at the center’s new facility located at 4102 TX-337 Loop in New Braunfels.

The newly remodeled facility includes administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU in the area. Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery round out the facility’s design.

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

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

“Most people have that one big thing in their lives that they pray they can accomplish for God’s Kingdom,” Knoll said. “When I discovered HPU’s need in New Braunfels, I knew this was the thing God wanted me to do for the foreseeable future.”

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

A grand opening for the new facility, sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will be held for the public on Thursday, September 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

“The facility looks great and we’re thrilled to welcome our returning and new students for the fall semester,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re also excited to invite the community to learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center and the university’s mission of offering a Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor.”

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, or to register for the fall 2016 semester, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Exterior – HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now scheduling classes for the fall 2016 semester. Classes will be held at HPU’s newly remodeled New Braunfels facility.

Wall graphics – Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery complement the facility’s design.

HPU faculty members present at Baptist World Alliance gathering

Dr. Melody MaxwellBROWNWOOD – August 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies, and Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, presented papers at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in early July. This year’s gathering, which hosted more than 300 Baptist leaders from dozens of countries, was held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Baptist World Alliance is a fellowship of Baptist conventions and unions from around the world. According to the organization’s website, www.bwanet.org, the alliance exists to nurture the passion for mission and evangelism; promote worship, fellowship and unity; respond to people in need; defend human rights and justice; and advance relevant theological reflection.

Dr. Maxwell is a member of the BWA’s Commission on Mission, which includes missiologists, missionaries and church leaders from around the world.

“At this commission’s meeting I presented a paper titled ‘Baptists and the Modern Missionary Movement,’ in which I traced the history, strategies and legacy of nineteenth century Baptist missionaries,” she said. “It was an honor to present and learn at this global gathering.”

Dr. Derek HatchDr. Hatch is a member of the Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity which involves ministers and scholars in reflection on theological relationships within the Baptist family and between Baptists and other Christian communions. The group was tasked with examining the relationship between Baptists and the saints.

“My paper concerned the possibilities for Baptists to celebrate the lives of the saints in their worship and practice,” he said.
Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies, said opportunities for faculty members to participate in conversations with Baptists from around the world is beneficial to students.

“Participating in such global conversations not only broadens the minds of our faculty members, but those of their students as well,” he said. “I am pleased with the initiative shown by Drs. Hatch and Maxwell and look forward to seeing them reap the positive results in their classrooms.”

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HPU education alumni honored for excellence in teaching

BROWNWOOD – August 1, 2016 – Several alumni from Howard Payne University’s School of Education were honored by their respective school districts for outstanding teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, recently appointed dean of HPU’s School of Education, said she is proud to join an institution that is well known for its educator preparation.

“HPU has a great reputation and long legacy of producing excellent teachers,” she said. “I am honored to join HPU and be a part of producing the next generation of outstanding educators.”

Honorees include:

Brownwood ISD
Martha Asebedo ’76 – 35 years of service and Regional Elementary Teacher of the Year nominee
Kenan Boland ’02 – Brownwood Middle School Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Corissa Brown ’14 – Coggin Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Dana Cyr ’97 – Northwest Elementary Distinguished Teacher of the Year
Tori Moore ’14 – Northwest Elementary Rising Star Teacher of the Year
Telise Murray ’09 – Brownwood High School Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Crowley ISD
Cory Lee ’09 – Secondary Teacher of the Year

Newton ISD
Rachel Jeffers Prestwood ’04 – Teacher of the Year

Ralls ISD
Amber Wilson ’04 – Ralls High School Teacher of the Year

Tomball ISD
Matt Anderson ’07 – Teacher of the Year

The preceding list was reported to HPU’s School of Education. To alert HPU of an omission, please contact Susan Sharp, administrative assistant and certification officer, at ssharp@hputx.edu. An updated list will be maintained on the university’s website.

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HPU alumnus and JROTC instructor enjoys being back on campus

Col. Stephen Jones on HPU campusBROWNWOOD – July 12, 2016 – Colonel Stephen Jones, 1979 Howard Payne University alumnus, has returned to the HPU campus each summer for the past seven years, bringing dozens of high school students with him. Col. Jones, who serves as senior aerospace science instructor and head of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps department at Wylie High School, is among the many participants of the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp held for the past 19 years on the HPU campus.

Nearly 500 cadets and staff attended the camp this summer, the purpose of which is to train cadets and give them the tools needed to become top leaders.

“It is a thrill to be back on campus,” Col. Jones said. “I love coming back year after year. Our JROTC instructors could not praise Howard Payne enough. The support we get from the staff is second to none.”

Col. Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from HPU, one of seven family members to graduate from the university. He was active on campus, involved in activities such as student government and intramural sports. Additionally, he served as student body president his senior year. Upon graduation, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life but knew his main desire was to serve others.

“So I thought I would serve my country for one enlistment and then get out of the military and pursue something else,” he said. “A few years turned into 30 years of military service.”

He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009 with 22 years of active duty and eight years in the reserves.

During his time in the reserves, he earned a Master of Arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in three churches in DeSoto and Austin, primarily in the role of minister of education/administration. He also has a Master of Science degree in organizational management from the University of Southern California.

His final assignment on active duty was as the director of operations at the Air Force JROTC headquarters, the largest aerospace science education program in the world with more than 107,000 students. Upon retirement, Col. Jones began teaching JROTC at Wylie High School. He noted that all JROTC instructors are military retirees.

Col. Jones enjoys the opportunity to bring students back to the campus he loves.

“HPU was one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “I met many wonderful people at Howard Payne who have become lifelong friends. I would be thrilled if one of my cadets attended HPU as a student.”

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Cutline: Col. Stephen Jones, HPU alumnus, returns to campus each summer for the JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp.

HPU’s Sport and Wellness Leadership graduate students complete summer travel course

SWELL summer travel courseBROWNWOOD – July 7, 2016 – Fifteen students and a faculty member from Howard Payne University’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) recently traveled more than 4,000 miles to engage with national leaders in the sport and wellness industries.

Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology and instructor for the course, wanted to provide a unique learning experience for his second-year graduate students.

“If you aspire to be a leader in sport and wellness, you really need to engage those making headlines,” said Dr. Hatcher.

Prior to departure, each student completed background assignments on organizational profiles in advance of the site visits and an annotated bibliography on a sport/wellness issue or trend.

The group’s itinerary included stops in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Green Bay, St. Paul, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Hatcher sought to blend daily visits to leading sport and wellness venues in each stop along the way.

Students interacted with executive staff at Learfield Communications (leaders in college athletic marketing) and Triple Crown Sports (owner of the National Invitation Tournament basketball tournaments and numerous nationwide youth sport competitions). They also visited the Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, the nation’s oldest sports commission and one of four led by a female.

Other sites visited included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ national offices and the headquarters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Junior College Athletic Association. Additionally, they visited the Indianapolis Indians (AAA baseball) ballpark and the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field (NFL); the U.S. Olympic Training Center; and the headquarters of the University Interscholastic League.

Students also attended the annual meeting of the National Wellness Institute, met with the leadership of corporate wellness providers (Organizational Wellness Learning Systems, Cerner Corporation and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport) and heard presentations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on international efforts to manage the Zika outbreak and the Texas State Health Services Department on statewide health promotion initiatives.

“Learning about and then visiting the organizations advanced the idea that I could see myself working in these places,” commented Chassidy Holloway, HPU student from Lafayette, Alabama. “It also gave me a boost of confidence in my abilities and what I have to offer to each of those organizations as well.”

HPU’s Master of Education degree in Sport and Wellness Leadership is offered through the Department of Kinesiology within HPU’s School of Education. The 10-course, 21-month-long program will begin accepting applications for its second cohort of students (entering August 2017) on September 1. More information can be found at www.hputx.edu/swell.

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Cutline: Students and faculty in HPU’s Master of Education degree program in Sport and Wellness Leadership are pictured with staff from the nationally recognized Cerner Corporation’s Employee Wellness Program.

HPU names Brownwood’s Clark-Goff dean of education

Dr. Kylah Clark-GoffBROWNWOOD – July 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently appointed Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff as dean of the university’s School of Education. The Brownwood resident has experience in education both as a school teacher and in collegiate teacher preparation.

Dr. Clark-Goff most recently served six years as assistant professor in Tarleton State University’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that, she served as an elementary school teacher in a private Christian school in Maryland as well as in public school districts in Crowley, Mansfield and Abilene. Additionally, Dr. Clark-Goff taught English as a Foreign Language courses in Mozambique and Jordan through the International Mission Board.

During her tenure at Tarleton, Dr. Clark-Goff received the Dr. O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, she was inducted into Tarleton’s Crystal Apple Society for her contributions and dedication to the teaching profession.

Dr. Clark-Goff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education with a specialization in early childhood education from Baylor University in 1995. She went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University in 2008.

“We’re fortunate to welcome Dr. Clark-Goff to the HPU family as dean of our School of Education,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “She is an outstanding educator and will serve our students and faculty well.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said great things are happening in HPU’s School of Education.

“I am glad to be a part of the growth and development of a generation of teachers and community leaders,” she said.

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Cutline: Brownwood’s Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff was recently named dean of HPU’s School of Education.

Registration ending soon for HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps

Summer and Young Scholars Brain Games for webBROWNWOOD – July 5, 2016 – There is still time to register children for Howard Payne University’s popular Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps. Registration ends Friday, July 15, for the camps which will 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.

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.

Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach and director of intramurals, will lead the physical activities segment of both camps.

“Coach Arbaiza’s coaching, athletics experience and past work with camps will add a new level of expertise to our physical activities component of the Summer and Young Scholars program,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies.

Additionally, 3M engineers will teach the science portion of the program for the Summer Scholars camp.

“I’m delighted that we will have five engineers from 3M Corporation teaching the science component of Summer Scholars,” said Dr. Welker. “These experts will be teaching science and engineering concepts and giving students an opportunity for hands-on experience.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

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.