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HPU’s James Crow receives Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award

Crow and PowellBROWNWOOD – September 18, 2017 – James Crow, a recent Howard Payne University graduate and student in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program, has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. Nominees for the fellowship award must be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business, serves as president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

“We were honored to nominate James for this award,” she said. “He was an outstanding student throughout his undergraduate studies and has been a great addition to our MBA program. We’re proud to have him as a representative of HPU’s School of Business.”

Crow graduated Magna Cum Laude from HPU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. He began the MBA program this fall.

Sigma Beta Delta was founded to recognize outstanding student achievement in the fields of business, management and administration and to promote honorable service to mankind. Recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta fellowship award are chosen based on their achievement in these fields. Past HPU recipients include Jill McLaughlin (2006), Emily (Tittle) Attaway (2008), Cody Hambrick (2010), Zachary Varner (2011) and Lacy Culpepper (2014).

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Cutline: HPU’s James Crow has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. He is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

Mac Eric Villanueba of Paradise among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Villanueba HC HonoreeBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise has been named Outstanding Young Graduate by Howard Payne University. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Villanueba and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Villanueba graduated from HPU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. While a student, he participated in the Sigma Theta Phi fraternity and the Student Planning Committee.

Since graduating, he has served as a patrol deputy with the Hood County Sheriff’s Office and is currently a patrol corporal for Palmer Police Department. Earlier in 2017, he was honored by the Garland Police Department for taking heroic, life-saving actions in rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

He is active in his church, Watermark Community Church of Dallas, where he serves with the young adults ministry and plays in the church league softball team.

He believes the biggest way HPU prepared him for success was by teaching him how to be a Christ-like servant.

“As a supervisor, I get to be a servant to my officers and I get an opportunity to reveal to them a Christ-centered style of leadership,” he said. “I honestly believe that I would have not learned all of these things if it were not for HPU.”

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Cutline: Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau prepares for upcoming debates and events

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team is preparing for a busy fall semester of tournaments and events.

A group of students from across majors and disciplines, Student Speaker Bureau members compete at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, host high school UIL speech and debate workshops and adjudicate elementary, middle and high school UIL tournaments. Team members are also called upon often to emcee events on campus and in the community.

At the end of September, the group will compete at the Storm Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The team will then host the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate on Sunday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

In November, the team will travel to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association fall championships tournament. HPU will also host its annual UIL Speech and Debate Workshop for area high school students in November.

Fall 2017 team members include Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, junior psychology, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is an excellent team of speakers and debaters,” said Dr. Welker. “They all have heavy course loads and active lives but spend a great deal of their time keeping up with current events and honing their debate and presentational skills to prepare for competition. I’m looking forward to seeing their achievements this fall.”

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb. The exhibition debate with the British National Debate team is open to the public. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.

Angela Groves ’03 speaks at HPU Chapel service

Angela GrovesBROWNWOOD – September 14, 2017 – Angela Groves, a 2003 Howard Payne University graduate, was the guest speaker during HPU’s Chapel service on Wednesday, September 13. Titling her presentation “When Life Throws You a Curveball,” Groves spoke candidly about her previous struggles with infertility and her current battle with cancer.

Groves, who works at New Hope Christian Academy in Plano, chronicled how her family, friends, co-workers and church family have rallied together to support her through her cancer treatments.

“While this journey is not something I would choose, it’s so amazing to see how it’s brought people together,” she said. “We just have to say, ‘God what are You going to do? How are You going to heal relationships? How are You going to work within us?’”

Groves has kept a positive attitude throughout her treatment, wearing superhero capes to chemotherapy appointments and asking her family and friends who accompany her to participate in what she calls “Chemo Karaoke.”

She encouraged audience members to trust God with all of the trials in their lives.

“Cancer is serious – don’t get me wrong,” she said. “I don’t take it lightheartedly. But I serve a God Who is bigger.”

She and her husband, Tim Groves, a 2004 HPU graduate, have two sons, Titus and Judah.

The overall theme for HPU Chapel this semester is “Love God, Love Others.” To see the full slate of Chapel speakers, visit www.hputx.edu/chapel.

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Cutline: Angela Groves, a 2003 HPU graduate, spoke at HPU’s Chapel service on September 13.

HPU to host Encounter Week fall revival services

Zack RandlesBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host Encounter Week fall revival services next Monday, September 18, through Wednesday, September 20. This year’s guest speaker is Zack Randles and worship will be led by the Nick Gainey Band.

Randles is founder and lead pastor of Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C. A native Texan, he graduated from Oklahoma State University. Additionally, Randles is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Autumn, have three children and one on the way.

Nick GaineyGainey is a 2008 HPU graduate and has fronted The Nick Gainey Band in leading worship for almost eight years. Gainey additionally serves as worship leader at Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall. The band members and all of their families live in the DFW area.

Services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday at 10:00am. All Encounter Week services are open to the public.

Corey Ash, chapel coordinator, associate professor of music and director of bands, said he eagerly anticipates Encounter Week.

“I’ve been planning Chapel events for more than 10 years here at HPU, and I know from experience that God has amazing plans to meet us and challenge us when we come together to worship Him, look into His Word and grow together,” he said. “Every single year there are students who come to Christ for the first time as Savior. There are also students and personnel who make commitments to walk more faithfully with the Lord. As a result, the anticipation is great.”

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Zack Randles, lead pastor at Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C., will be the guest speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week services.

Nick Gainey ’08, lead singer of The Nick Gainey Band, will lead worship during HPU’s Encounter Week services.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library hosts “Postcards to Home” display for students

Postcards to Home displayBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library is hosting a postcard-writing display this week in its lobby area for students to write postcards to loved ones. The public is invited to stop by the library to view the display through this Friday, September 15.

HPU students of all classifications were invited to visit the library to fill out postcards to tell family and friends about their first weeks on campus this semester. To add humor and lightheartedness, the postcard proudly proclaims that the students have “found the library.” The library provided the postcards and the postage for the display.

“In this technology-driven age, we are always looking for ways to bring students to the physical library,” said Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science. “We decided, as in the past, to offer the students the opportunity to send some ‘snail mail’ home. It is an activity that many students look forward to each year.”

Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays.

For more information about HPU’s Walker Memorial Library, call 325-649-8602 or visit www.hputx.edu/library.

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Cutline: HPU student Isaac Williams writes a message on a postcard at the university library’s “Postcards to Home” display.

Reminder: HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

BROWNWOOD – September 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles.

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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HPU representatives among cast and crew of Lyric’s The Last Night of Ballyhoo

BallyhooBROWNWOOD – September 11, 2017 – Howard Payne University faculty, students and alumni will be among the cast and crew as Brownwood Lyric Theatre presents the comedy/drama The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Performances are September 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and September 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

Written by Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play. Uhry is also the playwright of Driving Miss Daisy. Set in 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, Ballyhoo follows the experiences of the wealthy Jewish family, the Freitags.

“Brownwood Lyric Theatre invites you to come out for laughs, drama and romance as this very relatable crew of quirky Southern characters learns what love and family really mean,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, director and professor of theatre at HPU and frequent director of Lyric performances. “The play would not be the same without the wonderful talents of several Howard Payne faculty members, students and alumni.”

HPU cast members include Dr. Humfeld as Reba; Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, assistant professor of theatre, as Peachy; Dr. Matthew McNiece ’03, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government, as Joe; and Joy-Renee Blackstock, 2007 HPU graduate, as Sunny. Caitlyn Tidwell, 2006 HPU graduate, is directing the performances. Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood, and Deejay Moses, junior from May, are running sound, and Kashtyn Eoff, sophomore from Zephyr, is stage managing and running lights. Additional cast members include Suzi Harkey, Doug House, Larry Mathis and Melanie Potter.

For more information, visit www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com.

Dr. Mark Baker of Fort Worth among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Dr Mark BakerBROWNWOOD – September 11, 2017 – Dr. Mark Baker of Fort Worth has been named a Distinguished Alumnus of Howard Payne University. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Dr. Baker and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Dr. Baker, HPU class of 1972, earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. While at HPU, he participated in the Yellow Jacket Band, Gamma Beta Phi Society, Kappa Kappa Psi-Zeta Beta Chapter and Alpha Chi-Texas Pi Chapter. Following graduation, Dr. Baker earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Public Health Services Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his residency at Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center. Dr. Baker currently serves at Graham Regional Medical Center.

He has received many honors and awards throughout his career including Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (1995); Fellow in American Osteopathic College of Radiology (2005); Dean’s Award for Philanthropy – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (2006); Honorary Doctorate Degree from Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (2017); and Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (2017).

He has numerous publications to his credit, and his professional activities and civic engagement are extensive. He and his wife, Rita, have two adult children, Christopher and Carrie.

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Cutline: Dr. Mark Baker of Fort Worth is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU New Braunfels Center to host apologetics workshop

Apologetics WorkshopBROWNWOOD – September 8, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center and Abba’s House Bible Training Center of New Braunfels are joining together to host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The cost is $15 per person and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The event is created around 1 Peter 3:15, which states “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; only do it with gentleness and respect.” Discussions will be led by Tyler Ferguson, director of adult education and operations at Freedom Fellowship Church in New Braunfels.

The workshop is designed to give evidence that the God of the Bible is the one, true God. Based loosely on the book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Dr. Frank Turek, this class will look at the topic of Christian apologetics in a new light.

“Christians must understand that not only is God real and the story that the Bible tells is true, but there is evidence to prove it,” said Ferguson. “At the end of this class you will be more confident in your faith, being able to defend the truth to those who don’t believe and walk with fellow believers struggling with doubt.”

All Christians will benefit from the material, especially church leaders, high school students and parents, and those with unbelieving relatives or friends.

To purchase tickets or to view the schedule of events, visit www.hputx.edu/nb/reasons.

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Cutline: HPU’s New Braunfels Center will host a one-day apologetics workshop titled “Reasons: Defending Your Faith in a Hostile World” on Saturday, September 16.