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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.

HPU New Braunfels Center graduates two

Roussett hoodingBROWNWOOD – May 20, 2016 – Two students from Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center participated in the university’s Commencement ceremony in Brownwood on May 7. Tara Roussett of Canyon Lake and John Kublank of New Braunfels graduated with Master of Business Administration degrees.

“We are proud of these graduates and their successes,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “Both have left their mark on HPU NB and we look forward to what is still to come from each of them as they continue to serve at the university.”

Kublank was voted vice president of the HPU New Braunfels Alumni Chapter for the coming year and Roussett serves as a member of the university’s Advisory Council for the New Braunfels Center.

Kublank and MeineckeAlso completing degree requirements from HPU’s New Braunfels Center were Darryl Fresne of New Braunfels, MBA student, and Francene Larrabee of New Braunfels, undergraduate business administration major. Fresne and Larrabee will take part in HPU’s December Commencement ceremony.

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Cutlines: John Kublank, left, recently graduated from HPU’s New Braunfels Center with a Master of Business Administration degree. He is pictured following the Commencement ceremony with Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies.

Tara Roussett, center, recently graduated from HPU’s New Braunfels Center with a Master of Business Administration degree. She is pictured during the hooding portion of the Commencement ceremony with Dr. Brad Lemler, left, interim dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business administration.

HPU Phi Beta Lambda members advance to national competition

phi beta lambda 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – May 19, 2016 – Members of Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, an international business honor society, recently attended the PBL 2016 State Leadership Conference at The University of Texas in Dallas. Five members advanced to the PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-27.

Those advancing to nationals are Hannah Ball, junior from Justin, second place in information management; Allan Chehadi, senior from Austin, second place in Job Interviews; Jessica Harris, junior from Brownwood, second place in Management Concepts; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite, second place in Business Presentation and third place in Entrepreneur Concepts; and Rachel Mahagan, senior from Georgetown, first place in Administrative Technology and second place in Computer Concepts.

Harris, Loudamy and Mahagan also competed at the 2015 PBL National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Illinois, with Mahagan taking sixth place in the nation in Computer Concepts. Travis Moraga, sophomore from Little Elm, also competed in Chicago last year, but was unable to compete this year due to scheduling conflicts.

In addition to representing HPU in competitions, students had the opportunity to attend skill-building workshops.

“I’m really excited about the national conference this year,” said Loudamy, who serves as the chapter’s vice president. “We didn’t know what to expect before, but now we are ready.”

Phi Beta Lambda is the university division of Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, the organization helps more than 200,000 members prepare for careers in business.

Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting, serves as the chapter’s adviser.

“I’m very proud of all of our Phi Beta Lambda members,” he said. “They represented HPU very well and I look forward to seeing them compete at the national competition.”

According to Daub, the mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

“I appreciate the goals that PBL has put into place to work toward fulfilling that mission,” he said. “One of these goals is to create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise which coincides with our School of Business aim that ‘Students will gain an understanding and appreciation for the American Free Enterprise System as the force that has made possible the opportunity and realities of growth that American business has experienced.’”

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently attended the PBL 2016 State Leadership Conference at The University of Texas in Dallas and advanced to the national competition. Left to right: Jody Loudamy, Mike Daub (adviser), Jessica Harris and Allan Chehadi. Not pictured are Hannah Ball and Rachel Mahagan.

HPU’s Zeta Beta named most outstanding chapter in Southwest District

KKP 2016BROWNWOOD – May 18, 2016 – Zeta Beta, Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity, recently received the D.O. Wiley Award as the most outstanding chapter in the Southwest District. The HPU fraternity competed against chapters from New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma to receive the award.

According to the organization’s website, the award is given to the chapter that best exemplifies the ideals of the national fraternity. Zeta Beta also won the award in 2011.

“This is a huge accomplishment and I’m proud of the men and women in the group,” said Stephen Sullivan, Zeta Beta adviser and alumnus who serves as director of development and alumni relations for the university.

Active Zeta Beta members for the 2015-2016 academic year included Alex Atkinson, senior from Haslet; Kayla Chadwick, junior from Tulia; Ryan Contreras, senior from Early; Jarod Dowling, freshman from Grandview; Joshua Farquharson, May 2016 graduate from Iowa Park; Evan Fleming, senior from Goliad; Melanie Hammond, senior from Springtown; Brady Hardin, junior from Fort Worth; Angel Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Hayden Jacobs, junior from Lytle; Nathan Lacy, junior from Early; David Lambert, senior from Brownwood; Holly Leatherman, junior from Tolar; Alex Lemus, sophomore from Ballinger; Robert Martinez, senior from Copperas Cove; Travis Moraga, junior from Little Elm; Jakob Morgan, junior from Blanket; Crystal Ochoa, sophomore from Early; Ray Palousek, sophomore from Holland; Grant Saltar, sophomore from Plano; Sky Schoolfield, junior from Aledo; Gavin Paul Stewart, senior from Flower Mound; and Aaron Walling, senior from Georgetown.

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Cutline: HPU’s Zeta Beta chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi national band fraternity recently received the D.O. Wiley Award as the most outstanding chapter in the Southwest District. Zeta Beta members are pictured with the award and Tippy, the group’s penguin mascot.

HPU receives $25,000 from TexasBank through Doss Foundation

TexasBank donation 2016BROWNWOOD – May 17, 2016 – TexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2016.

Within the past seven years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $600,000 to area educational institutions.

Greg Dodds, president and CEO of TexasBank, said the bank is proud to be affiliated with the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation, whose gift will give back to local students through HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund.

“We believe that the Heart of Texas Scholarship has provided an opportunity for a quality university degree for an ever-increasing number of local students,” he said. “The scholarship provides these students with a $15,000 annual award and greatly helps to ease any financial burdens after college. The Board and Ownership of TexasBank value our relationship with Howard Payne University, and we are honored to support this institution and its students.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, expressed the university’s gratitude toward TexasBank and the Doss Foundation.

“HPU aims to give back to the community through the Heart of Texas Scholarship Fund by demonstrating our commitment to local and area students,” said Dr. Ellis. “We’re thankful to have community partners such as TexasBank to make this a reality.”

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. The scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, 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, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or via e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Greg Dodds, left, president and CEO of TexasBank, presents a $25,000 check to Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

Four HPU students named Sumners Scholars

Sumners Scholars 16-17 for webBROWNWOOD – May 12, 2016 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were recently named Sumners Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. Acceptance into the Sumners Scholar Program, created by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, is based on an assessment of academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential.

This year’s recipients include Rachel Hughes, junior from Llano; Joel Justice, sophomore from Brownwood; Isaac Sommers, junior from Boerne; and Rachel White, junior from Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Several Academy students vie each year for a chance to be a part of the program. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board.

Sumners Scholars are provided with opportunities to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences to supplement their learning and expand their growth potential. While receiving the scholarship, students are required to maintain a 3.25 GPA and be in good standing with the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

Dr. Matthew McNiece, associate professor of history and government and chair of the Department of History and Government, serves as assistant director for the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

“The Academy is proud to recognize the achievements of these four students,” he said. “We also wish to express our gratitude to the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation for the countless opportunities they’ve provided our students over the years.”

For more information about the Sumner Scholars Program at HPU, visit www.hputx.edu/sumners.

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Cutline: Four HPU students were recently named Sumners Scholars for the 2016-2017 academic year. Left to right: Rachel Hughes, Joel Justice, Isaac Sommers and Rachel White.

HPU students participate in Social Work Student Day at the Legislature

LBJ Library-2016 for webBROWNWOOD – May 11, 2016 – Ten Howard Payne University students traveled to the Texas State Capitol in Austin this spring to take part in the Social Work Student Day at the Legislature. The travelers are students in Dan Humeniuk’s Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues course.

“The purpose of the trip was for our students to gain advocacy skills and learn about opportunities for participation in government processes,” said Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.

HPU students attended a session with a representative from the Christian Life Commission during which they learned about the legislative process and policy initiatives of the Commission. The class also attended a presentation by Leah Gonzalez, Master of Science in Social Work, who is a 2013 graduate of HPU. While at the Capitol, the students visited with their district representatives to present their concerns with payday and car title loans. The HPU group also toured the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

HPU students in attendance included Bryan Adams, senior from Fort Worth; Leo Baker, sophomore from Lindale; Jaclyn Bonner, junior from Lytle; Melanie Hammond, senior from Springtown; Efrain Garces, junior from Floresville; Brittiny Kelley, junior from Snyder; Shannon Matthews, senior from Brownwood; Shay Pate, senior from Red Oak; MaryClaire Swallow, junior from Midland; and Brittony Walker, junior from Abilene.

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Cutline: HPU students recently visited the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum while in Austin to participate in the Social Work Student Day at the Legislature. Back row, left to right: Bryan Adams, MaryClaire Swallow, Brittony Walker, Efrain Garces and Shay Pate. Front row, left to right: Brittiny Kelley, Jaclyn Bonner, Melanie Hammond, Shannon Matthews and Leo Baker.

HPU New Braunfels Center to host 5K race

PrintBROWNWOOD – May 9, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host the HPU 5000, a 5K race, on Saturday, May 14. The run/walk race will begin at 8 a.m. at Pavilion 5 of New Braunfels’ Landa Park. All proceeds from the race will go toward the center’s new facility, currently under construction.

Interested participants may register for the race by visiting www.hputx.edu/nb/5k. Entry fees are $25 for early registration and $30 on race day. A free t-shirt and gift bag are included with registration.

“We’re excited to invite the community to participate in our first 5K event,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “This is a great way to be active, enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn more about HPU’s mission in New Braunfels.”

Based in Brownwood, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. Since that time, the HPU 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.

“All of the money raised during the 5K will be used in the remodeling of the building,” said Dr. Meinecke. “This will allow us to better serve our students and to continue our mission of bringing Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor.”

A number of local and area businesses serve as sponsors for the race.

“We’re so grateful for the support we’ve received from the New Braunfels community,” said Dr. Meinecke. “The generosity these businesses have shown has made this event possible.”

Sponsors include:

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 5000, contact the HPU New Braunfels Center at (830) 629-2366 or via e-mail at newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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HPU class project serves local 3M plant

Cooper and students for web updatedBROWNWOOD – May 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University students in Tim Cooper’s Digital Video Manipulations class recently partnered with 3M to produce a Contractor Safety Awareness Video for the local plant. According to a magazine published by the company, the video will be used as part of its orientation process for new contractors.

3M’s Rodney Chesser contacted Cooper, who serves as HPU’s instructor of multimedia communications and computer information systems. Cooper said he is happy that his class was able to serve the community in this way.

“It’s great experience for our students and it serves a real purpose in the community,” he said. “These types of real-world projects are invaluable.”

Those who teamed for the project were Christy Ash, senior from Brownwood; Michael Harmon, 2015 graduate from Brownwood; Tyler Jones, senior from Granbury; Nathan Lamb, senior from Brownwood; Will Locke, senior from Kerrville; and Cantrell Miller, senior from Rochelle. The English version of the video was narrated by Cameron Van Item, 2011 HPU graduate and HPU groundskeeper, while a Spanish version was narrated by Bertha Mendoza, 2014 HPU graduate.

The video starred several 3M employees and focused on points such as required personal protective equipment, policies and conditions at the Brownwood plant.

“This project is a good example of the partnership opportunity between 3M and local entities, such as HPU,” stated the magazine article.

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Cutline: Students led by HPU instructor Tim Cooper recently completed a video project for Brownwood’s 3M. Left to right: Michael Harmon, Cantrell Miller, Tyler Jones, Nathan Lamb, Tim Cooper and Christy Ash. Not pictured is Will Locke.

HPU’s Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Becky Smith of Brownwood

Dan Humeniuk and Becky SmithBROWNWOOD – May 6, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to board member and HPU alumna Becky Smith of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.

Smith, currently employed at Senior Care of Brownwood, graduated from HPU in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work. Later that year, she became a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker and subsequently received an Independent Practice Recognition.

In addition to serving on HPU’s Social Work Advisory Board since 2000, Smith has served the Brownwood and Early communities in a number of ways. She has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since 1998; became a member of the Kiwanis Club in 2002; and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Lions Club in 2005. She was selected as an ambassador for the Early Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and was appointed to its Board of Directors in 2009, a position she held until 2014. She additionally served as an ambassador for the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Smith participated in Good Samaritan Ministries’ Empty Bowls project in 2008 and 2009 and spent two years as the fundraising director for the Early Volunteer Fire Department. She has additionally served her community by organizing health fairs, assisting with a variety of carnivals and rodeos, volunteering with fund-raising campaigns and helping with Early’s Pioneer Day activities.

She began supervising social work field interns in 2002 and, in that capacity, has overseen nine HPU undergraduate students and one graduate student from The University of Texas at Arlington. She and her husband of 16 years, Rafe, have two children, Arron and Rachel.

“The Social Work Advisory Board is pleased to recognize Becky Smith for her outstanding achievements in the field of social work,” said Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. “She is a valuable member of our organization and a caring and committed member of the community.”

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Cutline: Dan Humeniuk, left, recently presented the HPU Social Work Advisory Board’s Spirit of Social Work Award to Becky Smith.