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HPU Model United Nations team successful at second Münster conference

By Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – May 2, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Model United Nations team took home seven awards from the Münster University International Model United Nations conference held recently in Münster, Germany. The largest MUN conference in Germany, it sponsored delegates from around the world including delegations from Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.

MUN Munster Spring 2016MUN takes current world issues and asks students, who represent the different countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations.

Those receiving awards included James Abbatiello, a junior from Kerrville, with the Outstanding Delegate award for his representation of the Russian Federation on the Security Council; Jaclyn Bonner, a junior from Lytle, with an Honorable Mention award and a Best Position Paper award as the Russian Federation for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR); Joel Justice, a sophomore from Brownwood, with an Honorable Mention award for representing Lebanon on the UNHCR; Sydney Spencer, a junior from Georgetown, with an Honorable Mention award from the Human Rights Council (HRC) for her representation of the Russian Federation; Braxton Clark, a junior from Southlake, with the Outstanding Delegate Award while portraying Syria for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC); and Cody Perrin, a junior from Eastland, with an Honorable Mention award for the Peace of Westphalia Committee for his portrayal of the Swedish Empire.

Other team members include Mike McConnell, a senior from Burleson and head delegate of the MUN team, who represented France on the Security Council, and Jason Murphy, a senior from Brownwood, who portrayed Indonesia on the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Finance (ECOFIN). Gavin Stewart, a senior from Flower Mound, portrayed the Spanish Empire on the Peace of Westphalia Committee, while Emily Peisker, a senior from Cedar Park, represented the Philippines on the UN Women committee. Also on ECOFIN, Rachel White, a junior from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, represented Germany, while Emma Reed, a freshman from Arlington, portrayed China on HRC. Vivian Nguyen, a sophomore from Keller, represented Thailand on UN Women and Augusta Johnson, a sophomore from Gatesville, represented the Republic of Korea on DISEC. Bringing their pre-law experience into play, Caitlin Wood, a senior from Miles, acted as a judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) while J Bailey, a senior from Gunter, presented the prosecution on the same committee.

“I am so proud of the entire team,” said Sydney Spencer, co-head delegate of the team. “From what I was able to witness, everyone accurately portrayed their country assignments and represented HPU to the best of their abilities.”

According to Spencer, the team members worked diligently in class and on their own time to fully understand the governmental systems of the countries represented. This was the team’s second time to compete in Münster.

“Yet again, we brought home more awards than any other delegation and this is only due to each individual person’s commitment to research, ability to take constructive criticism and comprehension of how to understand the rules of procedure quickly,” she said.

After landing in Berlin on Easter Sunday, the group took the day to explore the city and see historical sites, which included the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. Team members also visited the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Oranienburg on the outskirts of Berlin the next day and immersed themselves in the history of that area.

HPU’s Model United Nations team is led by Dr. Kevin Kelley, assistant professor of organizational psychology, and Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government.

“Eighteen hours of travel led the victorious HPU MUN team back to Brownwood,” said Dr. Kelley. “Though tired and jetlagged, the belief that peace can be had through non-violent means, a tenet of Christian philosophy, proved powerful yet again to the team. Though some did not win, experience in formal speech, participation in an international conference and exploring the culture of a foreign country was gained by all. Congratulations to our winners and a hearty thanks to all participants who made HPU’s MUN trip a success.”

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Cutline: HPU award winners at the Model United Nations conference in Münster, Germany, included (from left) James Abbatiello, Braxton Clark, Jaclyn Bonner, Sydney Spencer, Joel Justice and Cody Perrin.

Twenty inducted into HPU’s Kappa Delta Pi education honor society

Kappa Delta Pi inductees for webBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently inducted 20 new members into the university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education.

Kappa Delta Pi, founded in 1911, includes more than 600 chapters and 1.2 million active members worldwide. In addition to maintaining high academic standards, the HPU students inducted this year are active in many parts of campus life including student leadership, athletics and various organizations.

Inductees were Brittany Benson, senior from Early; Tiffany Bullock, junior from Red Oak; Ryan Contreras, senior from Early; Carissa Cromer, junior from Newark; Cherita George, junior from Brownwood; Catherine Haston, junior from Odessa; Lydia Heinrichs, junior from Hico; TaSahana Hooker, junior from Carrollton; Kelly Kaake, junior from Early; Cassandra Mendez, senior from Brownwood; Candace Montgomery, junior from Montgomery; Kinsey Nall, junior from Rising Star; Judy Pack, junior from Fort Worth; Vanessa Pate, senior from May; Tandi Patton, senior from Brownwood; Frank Ritter, junior from Early; Amber Shipman, senior from May; Heather Starnes, senior from May; Andrew Stevenson, junior from Whitehouse; and Hannah Strebeck, senior from Highlands.

“It is our honor to induct these students into Kappa Delta Pi,” said Dr. Daresa Voss, interim dean of HPU’s School of Education. “We look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and bless others through the field of education.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently inducted 20 new members.

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert Tuesday, May 3, at Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The band is comprised of area musicians and meets on Monday evenings each spring for rehearsal. Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, directs the band, but many area band directors will also conduct during the concert.

“The Central Texas Community Band is comprised of members of all ages from area communities such as Bangs, Early, Brownwood, May, Santa Anna, Coleman, Goldthwaite and Brady,” said Ash. “The band also includes students from area high schools along with their directors.”

Compositions include “Rolling Thunder March” as well as selections from “The Music Man” and “American River Songs.”

“This concert is a fantastic community collaboration that gives many individuals from the area the opportunity to be a part of the arts,” said Ash. “I hope everyone who can attend will come and support this amazing concert made possible by our area community members.”

For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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HPU hosting exhibition featuring work of Brownwood Art Association Photo Group

BAAPG exhibitionBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group. The exhibition is free to the public and is being held in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Exhibition hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through May 6.

The Brownwood Art Association Photo Group is an informal organization consisting of members who are interested in photography as well as promoting the visual arts in the community. The exhibition titled “Beauty through the Eyes of a Photographer…A Journey in Print” features all experience levels of work from the photo group. The group expects to have 52 photographs representing 13 different photographers. The photos on exhibition will vary and should be of interest to all who attend.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

For more information, contact David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at (325) 649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group through Friday, May 6.

Ten HPU students tour health-profession schools

HPU students at UT Southwestern Medical CenterBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Ten Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to visit schools specializing in various health professions.

The purpose of this yearly trip is to tour and learn about various medical programs such as allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy. The students had the opportunity to visit the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“We are proud to be able to support our students pursuing careers in the health professions, regardless of their chosen major at HPU,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and pre-health advisor. “This particular trip included students from various majors including biology, chemistry, athletic training, kinesiology and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.”

Students who attended are Andrea Balderas, junior biology major from Lytle; Nathan Cantu, sophomore biology major from San Antonio; TJ Counce, senior chemistry with biochemistry concentration and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Lockhart; Ruth Davis, senior athletic training major from Cibolo; Keaton Fletcher, senior biology major from Perryton; Darbi Frazier, senior kinesiology major from Crandall; Christopher Freeland, sophomore chemistry with biochemistry concentration and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Brownwood; Hannah Justice, sophomore biology major from Brownwood; Ra’Liaha Lightner, sophomore athletic training major from Killeen; and Aaron Walling, senior biology major from Georgetown.

“Many students start college with a particular career goal in mind,” said Dr. Hutchins. “However, once they learn about the broader field of health care and the range of jobs that are available, their view is expanded and they are more informed as they make choices about their future.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students recently visited physical therapy and medical schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Left to right: Hannah Justice, Darbi Frazier, Christopher Freeland, Aaron Walling, Ra’Liaha Lightner, Ruth Davis, Andrea Balderas, TJ Counce, Nathan Cantu and Keaton Fletcher.

HPU’s Psi Chi inducts six new members

Psi Chi Inductees 2016BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society recently inducted six new members for 2016.

The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of its individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

This year’s inductees included Amy Baskin, junior from Blooming Grove; Lexie Farar, sophomore from Brownwood; Nicole Hamilton, senior from Nocona; Aryn Morris, sophomore from Pipe Creek; Brittony Walker, junior from Abilene; and Cameron Wong, senior from Georgetown.

“Psi Chi strives to honor excellence and scholarship within the discipline of psychology,” said Dr. Jennifer Clement, assistant professor of psychology and chapter adviser. “It is our great privilege to induct new members who exemplify these ideals.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Humanities at 325-649-8201.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Six HPU students were recently inducted into Psi Chi. Left to right: Cameron Wong; Dr. Jennifer Clement, chapter adviser; Nicole Hamilton; Lexie Farar; Aryn Morris; Amy Baskin; Brittony Walker; Katie Straach, chapter vice president; and Victoria Hardin, chapter president.

Taylor Reid of Harper receives HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

By Emily Peisker, HPU Senior

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently awarded the 2016-2017 Yellow Rose Scholarship to Taylor Reid of Harper. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Taylor Reid and Dr. Hutchins for webReid is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and participates in the biology department work program helping with lab preparation and organization. She is also active in the School of Education and has played for HPU’s varsity volleyball team for two seasons.

In the offseason, Reid has joined intramurals at HPU as both a player and a referee for various sports. She also volunteers with the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves on a committee within the FCA.

As an active member of Delta Chi Rho, Reid participated as a big sister in her sorority’s pledging process and served on the Spring Sing 2016 committee. Additionally, Reid was an honors student during her freshman year and is on the Dean’s List as a sophomore. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in biology and teach secondary science while coaching volleyball, track and field.

“Teachers and coaches, as well as my youth minister, have made a huge impact in my life and I want to do the same for others,” said Reid. “By serving as a teacher and a coach, I can share my light for God while hopefully making a Christian impact on students.”

Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology, serves as Reid’s academic adviser.

“When she first came to Howard Payne,” said Dr. Hutchins, “I remember being impressed with her as a student in my physiology class. As I’ve gotten to know her more, I see that she is a very joyful, kind and hard-working young lady who is willing to help others in any way that’s needed.”

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Taylor Reid, left, was recently named the recipient of HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology.

HPU Yellow Rose Award presented to alumna Joyce Rowe

Rowe family and friendsBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented Joyce Rowe, HPU alumna, with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president, presented Rowe with a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses. The award is given annually to a woman who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

A native of Central Texas, Rowe met her future husband, Hal, in high school. The pair enrolled at HPU where he would soon propose marriage near HPU’s Veda Hodge Hall. The Rowes made their home in West Texas and she became a recognized teacher in the public school system, retiring after more than 20 years.

She is a dedicated friend and alumna of HPU, having served on both the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the HPU Board of Trustees. Additionally, she assists with the recruiting of prospective students and even accompanies many on campus visits. She impacts the lives of current HPU students through gifts to the Alumni Association, the Annual Scholarship Fund and the A Call to Send campaign.

She is very involved with her church in Lubbock, of which she is a charter member, and has served as a church pianist for more than 45 years. She and Hal, who passed away in 2012, have three children – Melissa Rowe, the late Greg Rowe and the late Kevin Rowe.

“Joyce is truly an inspiration,” said Dr. Ellis. “The way she lives her life – faithfully serving and doing what needs to be done – is a gift she freely shares with others.”

Ellis and Clark-LoveThe guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was HPU alumna Donna Clark Love, an internationally recognized expert, trainer and motivational speaker in the areas of bully prevention, family systems and student assistance.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub, e-mail womansclub@hputx.edu or call (325) 649-8305.

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Photo cutlines: Upon being surprised with the HPU Woman’s Club Yellow Rose Award, Joyce Rowe was joined by family and friends. Left to right: Jaci Garrett, Shawn Garrett, Joyce Rowe, Melissa Rowe and Louise Sharp.

The guest speaker during HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon was alumna Donna Clark-Love (right). She is pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president.

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular”

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 21st annual “American Music Spectacular” concert Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and the public is encouraged to attend.

This evening of Americana has become a tradition in the Central Texas area. The band will perform music that has helped shape the American musical landscape. Selections include John Phillip Sousa’s “Washington Post,” “American Salute” and “Suite of Old American Dances.” The concert will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought for America’s freedom and democracy. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Each Time We Tell Their Story” which is a narrated tribute honoring American military heroes.

“The American Music Spectacular is one of my favorite events of the year as we get to celebrate what makes our country amazing,” said Corey Ash, assistant professor of music and director of bands. “We are always happy to be able to honor all those who have served and are currently serving in our military. It’s a special time of being thankful for all the blessings we have received as a nation.”

There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will again be accepting donations on behalf of The Wounded Warrior Project. A reception will follow in the Davidson Music Complex.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

HPU’s Project Cinderella provides prom dresses for area high schoolers

Social Work ClubBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s annual Project Cinderella has again afforded many young women from area high schools the opportunity to attend prom with like-new dresses. HPU’s Social Work Club distributed 43 dresses between March 17 and April 18.

This year’s project doubled the total number of dresses distributed last year, benefitting students from Bangs, Blanket, Brownwood, Early, May, Mullin, Panther Creek, Priddy, Richland Springs and Zephyr. The Social Work Club created a boutique experience for the young women and their families, complete with dresses, music and a fitting room. The project was housed inside HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice.

Amy Tyler, senior from Early, is club president.

“Ms. Tyler and members of the Social Work Club performed outstanding work in promoting the event with not only the usual high school contacts, but also by means of radio interviews and public service announcements as well,” said Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. “The overall organization and presentation of the dresses also served to enhance the dress distribution.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Social Work Club recently distributed 43 prom dresses to young women from area high schools. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are club members Marina Sheets-Ochoa, freshman from El Paso; Jacey Martinez, sophomore from San Saba; Sydney Spencer, junior from Georgetown; Vanessa Marquez, senior from Seguin; and Elijah Garces, sophomore from Floresville. On the front row, pictured left to right, are Sierra Spruill, sophomore from Ranger; Amy Tyler, senior from Early; and Karina Garcia, junior from Brownwood. Photo courtesy of HPU’s Yellow Jacket student newspaper.