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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.”


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


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.


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 For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at (325) 649-8508 or via e-mail at


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.

HPU hosts BGCT’s Super Summer camp for Christian students

Super Summer studentsBROWNWOOD – July 1, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer camp, a weeklong leadership event for Christian students. Hundreds of youth from Baptist churches all across Texas participated in the camp, as well as many HPU alumni, students, faculty and staff members.

Super Summer is designed for Christian students who exhibit leadership attributes and desire to learn more about how to maximize their effectiveness in sharing the gospel and living a godly lifestyle. Each year’s camp theme is emphasized through all aspects of the camp. This year’s theme revolved around 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Debbie Childs, HPU’s director of university events, said that she always looks forward to Super Summer each year.

“It reminds me of how grateful we are as a university to have students and leaders on our campus who follow Christ and then step up to be leaders these teens can follow as well,” Childs said. “It’s about relationships and I love that.”

This is the BGCT’s 43rd year to present Super Summer camps. The organization held seven sessions of Super Summer this summer, with the fifth session hosted at HPU. The other Super Summer camps are held at five other Texas Baptist universities throughout the summer.

“HPU has an amazing honor and privilege to host a week of Super Summer,” said Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs. “This means that we have the opportunity as a university to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of these students. It’s a joy to get to walk around campus and talk with students who are hearing God speak to them through His word and beginning to own their faith.”

blue school studentsCampers are divided into schools, designated by colors, based on the grade they recently completed in school, from seventh grade up to recently graduated high school seniors. Within these color schools, the students spend time in a very disciplined schedule of teaching sessions, worship sessions, small-group discussions and quiet time for personal reflection. They also get to have fun during recreation time, playing games that help emphasize the year’s theme with a focus on sportsmanship and teamwork rather than athletic ability.

“It is amazing to see these young Christian leaders at Super Summer continue to grow in their faith while having a great time and making lifelong friends,” said Kathy James, HPU’s special events coordinator. “I love having them on our HPU campus each summer.”


Cutlines: Super Summer campers cheer during recreation time on the HPU campus.

Campers in Super Summer’s Blue School have fun on the HPU campus.

Endowed scholarship created from proceeds of HPU history book

Robert and Cheryl MangrumBROWNWOOD – June 27, 2016 – Longtime Howard Payne University employees Dr. Robert and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum have chosen to give back to the university they love by using proceeds from Dr. Mangrum’s recent history book to create an endowed scholarship in the couple’s name. In 2015, Dr. Mangrum published an account of HPU’s history titled For Howard Payne My All: 125 Years of Christian Higher Education and Service, 1889-2015.

As the title suggests, the electronic book, encyclopedic in nature, chronicles the first 125 years of the university’s history since its founding in 1889. Proceeds from the book will continue to grow the scholarship endowment.

Dr. Mangrum serves as university historian as well as professor of history and government while Cheryl Mangrum serves as associate director of admission.

“I just finished 36 years at HPU and Cheryl finished her 35th year,” he said. “We’ve always talked about creating a scholarship at some point in time.”

Once he finalized the book, which took 17 years to complete, the couple felt the time was right. The Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship will benefit students who are either history majors, involved in the band or band fraternity/sorority, or residents of Taylor County or Dallas County.

During his tenure with the university, Dr. Mangrum has served in numerous capacities on campus, including 30 years as a sponsor of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc., four years as faculty sponsor of Student Government, and 13 years as director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy (then the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom). Additionally, he served one year as associate dean of the School of Humanities and 29 years as chair of the Department of History. He has served on numerous university committees including three self-study committees for reaccreditation.

He has published numerous book reviews in professional journals and served as contributor to The Vietnam War: An Encyclopedia and as a referee for the Journal of Military History. He is currently in his sixth term as mayor of the City of Early.

Cheryl Mangrum, who graduated from HPU in 1991, has been employed in the area of admission and recruiting since 1981. Like her husband, she is active with the Yellow Jacket Band and its honorary fraternity/sorority. She has been named an honorary band alumna and honorary member of both Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority Inc., and Kappa Kappa Psi. She was selected as HPU’s Outstanding Staff Member for the 1999-2000 academic year.

For Howard Payne My All is available for $30 on DVD or USB Flash Drive from the HPU Stinger Store at It is also available for purchase at Willie’s T’s in Brownwood.

For more information about the scholarship, contact HPU’s Office of Advancement at (325) 649-8006.


Cutline: Longtime HPU employees Dr. Robert and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum recently established an endowed scholarship at the university.

HPU honors 262 for academic success during spring 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 23, 2016 – Howard Payne University honored 262 students for academic success during the spring 2016 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List
Christy S. Williams, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Jessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List

Alahna Nicole Baze, Dean’s List
Brennan Dawn Holder, Honor Roll
Jay Taylor Holland, Dean’s List
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Miranda Kristeen Rice, Honor Roll

Kierstyn Lauren Evans, Honor Roll

Apex, N.C.
Kristen Nicole Terway, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Ark.
Rachel Leigh White, Honor Roll

Reagan McKinley Grisham, Dean’s List
Brittany Kara Ponder, Honor Roll
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Dean’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Jonathan Michael George, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Honor Roll
Riley G. Morrison, President’s List
Grayson Scott Olguin, Dean’s List

Ely Chance Self, Honor Roll

Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Victoria Lee Hardin, President’s List
Courtney Caprice Seybert, President’s List

Courtney B. Turner, Honor Roll

Rickey Andrew Guillory, Dean’s List

Abigail Nicole Miller, Honor Roll
Micah Stephen Thompson, Honor Roll

Taylor Wesley Kent, President’s List

Blooming Grove
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List

Daniel Edward Harris, Dean’s List
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Christy Renee Ash, President’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Sharon Michelle Berger, President’s List
Blake Lawton Biessener, Dean’s List
Shelby Nicole Byrd, Honor Roll
Selena Leonor Castillo, Dean’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Timothy Scott Emery, Honor Roll
Tanya Renee Glasscock, Dean’s List
Jessica Leigh Harris, Honor Roll
Jose Angel Hernandez, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, President’s List
Cynthia Lisett Ibarra, Honor Roll
Erica Danielle Jordan, President’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Honor Roll
Bridgette Taylor Mayfield, President’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Honor Roll
Grace Victoria Milcherska, Dean’s List
Jason Alexander Murphy, Dean’s List
Seth Robert Owen, Dean’s List
Shannon Shae Parrish, Honor Roll
Tandi Joy Patton, Dean’s List
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Zachary Vaughn Peterson, Honor Roll
Jeffery Allen Phillips, President’s List
Priscilla Lynn Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Sandy Rodriguez, President’s List
Heather Ann Rowlett, Dean’s List
Chelsea Louise Taylor, President’s List
Chelsea Lynn Thomason, Honor Roll
Keegan Ryan Torres, President’s List
Mari Amy Villarreal, Dean’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Paighton Leanne McNeely, Honor Roll

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Jennifer Katelyn Cardenas, President’s List

Tobias Ty Turney, Honor Roll

Kristin Anne Cunningham, President’s List
TaShana Rae Hooker, President’s List

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker, President’s List

Nathan Kyle McDowell, Honor Roll

Robert Devin Caraway, Dean’s List

Taylor Renea Bicknell, Dean’s List

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Rachel Renee Jackson, Dean’s List
Neal Edward Kucinski, Dean’s List

Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong, President’s List
Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Walker Seth Dailey, Honor Roll
Lisa Michelle Moreno, Dean’s List
Angela Rose Parker, Dean’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Dean’s List

Ryan Wesley Mason, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
James Lowell Sullivan, Dean’s List

Crystal City
Michael Roy Garza, President’s List

De Leon
Micah Jo Cisneroz, Dean’s List

Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Sharon Allen Wolverton, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Honor Roll

Aaron Robert Callaway, Honor Roll

Brittany Elaine Benson, President’s List
Chelsea Diane Chesser, Honor Roll
Colby Scott Compton, President’s List
Ryan Mathew Contreras, Dean’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, Dean’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, President’s List
Kelly Kaake, Honor Roll
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Nathan Lee Lacy, Dean’s List
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, Dean’s List
Sydni Brooke Thompson, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List

Sloan Elisabeth Ahrlett, President’s List
Elena Maria Mendoza, President’s List
Cody Neal Perrin, President’s List
Dezeray Dawn Tafte, Dean’s List

El Paso
Jessica Kristine Galaviz, Dean’s List
Mark Andrew Montes, Honor Roll
Christina Noriz, President’s List
Grace Christine Stout, Dean’s List

Elizabeth Daisy Miller, Honor Roll
Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Ashley Briann Chapman, Honor Roll

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List
Zachary H. Sterling, Honor Roll

Olivia Ann Belsher, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Dean’s List
Andrew Christopher Errico, Dean’s List
Trey Weldon Franks, Dean’s List
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, Dean’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, Dean’s List

Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List
Serayah Smith, Honor Roll

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Murry Roy Clingerman, President’s List
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, President’s List
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Jackson William Spencer, Honor Roll
Sydney Drew Spencer, President’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, Dean’s List

Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Dean’s List
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Seth James Rainey, Honor Roll
Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Kayla Michelle Smith, Honor Roll
Jenna Rynea Underwood, Honor Roll

Alexandria Cymone Davis, Honor Roll

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Honor Roll

Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Trey Joe Carpenter, Dean’s List
Jeremiah Kayne Wenzel, Honor Roll

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Jacob Russell Vincent, President’s List

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

Steven Ray Palousek, President’s List

Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Carrie Deann Leach, Dean’s List

Chase Anthony Collazo, Dean’s List

Vanessa Renae Albert, Honor Roll
Adam McCoy Jones, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Julia Lynne James, Honor Roll

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Karli Gail Conrad, Honor Roll

David Tyrone Dingle, Honor Roll

James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List
Catrina Leigh Hooten, Dean’s List

Kaytlin Dianne Hunkins, Honor Roll

Brett Ollen Quackenbush, Dean’s List

Mason D. Murray, Dean’s List
Kelsan Marie Wolverton, Dean’s List

League City
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List

Leonard Paul Baker, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Dean’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Dean’s List

Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Honor Roll

Benjamin Paul Fountain, Honor Roll

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Honor Roll

Jaclyn Rose Bonner, President’s List
Rebekah Joyce Lytle, Dean’s List

Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, President’s List

Tara Brooke Carroll, Dean’s List
Fred Zavala, Dean’s List

Callie Anne Molloy, Dean’s List

Eric Trey Haverstock, President’s List
Kelsey Reid Johnson, President’s List
Gaby V. Muniz, Honor Roll

Chad Holman Anders, Honor Roll
Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, Dean’s List
Tyler Christopher Colburn, President’s List
Gabriella Glenn Guest, President’s List

Caitlin Courtney Wood, Dean’s List

Mineral Wells
Rachel Ann Merritt, President’s List

Candace Leeann Montgomery, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes, Honor Roll

Zoe Sunshine Emley, Dean’s List
Andrew William Overmiller, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Honor Roll
Julie Jo Yarbro, Dean’s List

Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Dean’s List

Grant Michael Saltar, Honor Roll

Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Jack Henry Judd, Honor Roll

Destiny Sherell Dyson, President’s List

Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, President’s List

Richland Hills
Luke G. Jester, Dean’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza, Honor Roll
John Carl Reyes, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Stacy Rachaun Beattie-Anderson, Honor Roll
Shawn Michel-Alexa Brody, Honor Roll
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Dean’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, Dean’s List

Elizabeth Anne Fargo, Honor Roll

Ruben Daniel Lemus, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome, President’s List

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, Dean’s List
Andrew Uriah Collazo, Honor Roll
Taylor Ann Gorman, Dean’s List
Arthur Joseph Hettler, President’s List

San Juan
Lorien Elisse Rubio, Honor Roll

Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Dean’s List

Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Elizabeth Ann Rainey, President’s List

Lucas Jake Bowling, Dean’s List
Shadd C. Cole, Honor Roll
Libby Ann Evans, Honor Roll

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Honor Roll

Three Rivers
Chasity Danielle Coquat, President’s List

Holly Ann Leatherman, Dean’s List

Taryn Cheney Cover, President’s List
Ethan Chase Molnari, Honor Roll

Sierra Dawn Bennett, Honor Roll

Ariana D. Rehm, Honor Roll

Universal City
Joshua Brian Varnes, President’s List

Haley Elaine Smith, Dean’s List

Jacob Drew McNeill, Dean’s List
Ivon Teresa Mendoza, Dean’s List

Diana Rebeca Puente Chavar, President’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Waurika, Okla.
Courtney Elise Howard, Dean’s List

Michael Nathan Snow, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List
Kaylee Jae Blevins, President’s List

Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List

Montana Shay Phelps, Honor Roll

Jordan Lisa Pitman, President’s List


HPU graduates 94 at close of spring 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – June 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University graduated 94 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the spring 2016 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

The list below includes the May graduates as well as a few students who are completing final degree requirements. Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Carson Brent Burns – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Ruby Patricia Johnson – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Xavier Juiqueil McFalls – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Jordan Allen Shaw – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Callie Ann Adams – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer), Summa Cum Laude
Victoria Lee Hardin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Charles Anthony Long – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Leah’Shae Ann Martinez – Bachelor of Science in mathematics
Courtney Caprice Seybert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Dana Kaye Everett – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Conner Trent Fisher – Master of Business Administration

Big Spring
Kelsey Reed Weir – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (grade 8-12)

Micah Brannan Huebner – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude

Allison Victoria Eaton – Master of Business Administration

Mackenzie Draye Burrows – Bachelor of Science in social work
Terry Wayne Cantwell – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Caleb Nathan Dillard – Bachelor of Science in business administration
William Brett Ellis – Bachelor of Music in music performance – voice
Kimberley Kay Garner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry
Molly Jane Hull – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude
Douglas Arnold Hurt – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kindry Cruz Kirbo – Bachelor of Science in biology, Cum Laude
Mary Catherine Kunkel – Bachelor of Science in athletic training
Sylvia Diaz Laureles – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice (restorative justice)
Jefferson Scott Lewis – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (family psychology)
Adam Justin Lloyd – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Jason Alexander Murphy – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and accounting, Cum Laude
Sandy Rodriguez – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude
Amber Nicole Schroepfer – Master of Business Administration
Kristian Jalyn Simpson – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Chelsea Louise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in art (all-level certification), Magna Cum Laude
Stephanie Michelle Upfold – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)
Lois Elizabeth Wallace – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education
Derek Robert Wilson – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Tyler Evan Krug – Master of Business Administration

Caleb Michael McConnell – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, political science (general) and history (general), Magna Cum Laude

Jordan Michelle Brown – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Canyon Lake
Tara Lee Roussett – Master of Business Administration

Cedar Creek
Samuel Joe Austin Parmley – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Cedar Park
Emily Janice Peisker – Bachelor of Arts in studio art, Magna Cum Laude

Matthew David Daniel – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)

Walker Seth Dailey – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Anthony David Johnston – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry
Jeffrey Lance Rhodes – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Cross Plains
James Lowell Sullivan – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development), Cum Laude

De Leon
Kelci Ann Feist – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Deer Park
Jason Wilburn Havner – Master of Arts in Youth Ministry

Danyel Marie Bradley – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice)

Dripping Springs
Elliott Nicole Gray – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Melanie Elaine Clark – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Aaron J. Tassin – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Peyton Nicole Walker – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

El Paso
Yessenia Angelica Cazares – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Jessica Kristine Galaviz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Mark Andrew Montes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Ashley Briann Chapman – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, Spanish and political science (general)

Farmington, N.M.
Zachary H. Sterling – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Luis Anthony Robles – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Magna Cum Laude

Chandler Jacob Condra – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Will Orion Roberts – Master of Business Administration

Murry Roy Clingerman – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Michael Clifton Bailey – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Jacob Daniel Spivey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Zachary Charles White – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Brittany Renae Martin – Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts (all-level certification: early childhood – grade 12)

Tyler Kirk Jones – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (multimedia), Magna Cum Laude

Bailey Dawn Simmons – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Hannah Marie Strebeck – Bachelor of Music in music – instrumental (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude

Iowa Park
Joshua Lee Farquharson – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Willie Claudius Locke – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Astin K. Murray – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kelsan Marie Wolverton – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies, Magna Cum Laude

Christopher Ryan Beaty – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Timothy Layne Counce – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Benjamin Paul Fountain – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Sarah Katherine Brown – Bachelor of Arts in English
Rebecca Danielle McFarland – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Heather Renae Starnes – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Garrick Hunter Seigler – Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Tyler Christopher Colburn – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Mineral Wells
Dustin Adam Rollings – Bachelor of Science in biology

New Braunfels
Darryl Leigh Fresne – Master of Business Administration
John Ross Kublank – Master of Business Administration

Nathan Cole Lamb – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Rachel Catherine Runnels – Master of Business Administration

Lawrence Adom Martinez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Port Lavaca
Amber Christine Jackson – Bachelor of Arts in communication (public and media communication)

Cantrell Oldham Miller – Bachelor of Arts in studio art

Michael Joe Sellers – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (grade 8-12), Cum Laude

San Angelo
Kyndal Nicole Broome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Kristin Leeann Haman – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Summa Cum Laude

San Saba
Marshal Lynn McIntosh – Master of Business Administration

Sarah Jane Van Remmen – Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Cum Laude

Vanessa Mae Marquez – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude

Colby Ray Byrd – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Dustin James Kelver – Master of Business Administration

William Cody Cain – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)
Libby Ann Evans – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Sutherland Springs
Christopher Lee Gonsalves – Bachelor of Arts in music – instrumental

Stephanie Elizabeth Baker – Master of Education in Instructional Leadership


HPU students serve as Go Now missionaries

HPU Go Now Missionaries 2016BROWNWOOD – June 13, 2016 – Nine from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry are serving as missionaries around the globe this summer and fall through Texas Baptists’ Go Now Missions program.

Summer missionaries include Joseph Flanigan, junior cross-cultural studies major from Round Rock; Jessica Harris, senior management major from Brownwood; Kindell Hill, junior cross-cultural studies major from Jarrell; Anna Lauren Jeffers, senior Christian education major from Greenville; Adriana Mata, junior elementary education major from San Angelo; Kara Strange, senior business administration major from Fredericksburg; Katie O’Conner, sophomore liberal arts major from Granbury; and Angelica Ramirez, sophomore general studies major from Austin. Ruby Johnson of Alvarado, who graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree, will serve during the fall 2016 semester.

The students are serving in U.S. locations such as Washington, California, Arizona and Oklahoma, as well as in South Africa, Haiti, Germany and other international locales. Their roles vary from working with refugees to leading sports camps for children.

Keith Platte, director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, said HPU students’ participation with the Go Now Missions program has grown during his time at the university.

“We had nine who served during Christmas and nine during the summer and fall,” he said. “What a great blessing to see God stirring these students into action.”

For more information about HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, visit


Cutline: Before traveling to various mission fields around the world, HPU’s student missionaries attended an orientation program at Dallas Baptist University. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Anna Lauren Jeffers, Adriana Mata, Joseph Flanigan and Jessica Harris. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Kindell Hill, Kara Stange, Ruby Johnson, Angelica Ramirez and Katie O’Conner.