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HPU honors faculty and staff for service to university

Faculty Member of the Year 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – May 2, 2017 – Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were honored during the annual personnel recognition luncheon held recently on the HPU campus. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, was named the Outstanding Faculty Member for the year. PJ Gramling, director of admission, was presented the Outstanding Staff Member award.

The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.

Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Marilyn Mathis, associate professor of biology, and Dr. Rodney Stephens, associate professor of English. Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to staff members Nikki Donathan, cashier, and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Special plaques commemorating retirement were awarded to Curly Cox, associate professor of kinesiology; Dr. Marilyn Mathis, associate professor of biology; John Nickols, assistant professor of history and government; Dr. Joe Robinson, professor of education and director of the graduate program in instructional leadership; and Lana Wagner, registrar.

HPU Staff Member of the Year 2017 for webAlso receiving awards were:

Five years of service – Estevan Arbaiza, head men’s soccer coach; Emily Attaway, part-time director of financial reporting; Karina Daniel, director of corporate, community and foundation relations; Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credit and records; Sarah Griffin, library administrative assistant; David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Cindy Harris, development database manager; Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Denny Megarity, assistant professor of chemistry; Meia Netter, head women’s basketball coach; Will Ogden, custodian; Bob Pacatte, assistant chief of the HPU Department of Public Safety; Kim Pickard, financial aid counselor; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business administration; Kenny Richardson, grounds athletic foreman; Matthew Rutkowski, El Paso Center admission counselor; Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer for the School of Education; and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Ten years of service – Jason Cook, custodian – inventory crew leader; Tammy Dake, custodian; Troy Drummond, head men’s basketball coach and head golf coach; Dr. Nick Ewen, assistant professor of theatre; Brent Groom, carpenter; Danny Ingram, instructor of music; Yvonne Lundy, executive assistant to the associate vice president for enrollment management; José Mata, head women’s softball coach; and Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Fifteen years of service – Chuck Gartman, assistant professor of Christian studies.

Twenty years of service – Curly Cox, associate professor of kinesiology; Marcie Drew, controller; Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; and Terrie Wells, administrative assistant for the School of Humanities.

Twenty-five years of service – Bill Fishback, associate vice president for business and human resources; Mary Hill, administrative assistant for the School of Business; Wade Kinnin, instruction and outreach services librarian and assistant professor of library science; and Randy Weehunt, public safety officer.

Thirty years of service – Sharon Riker, administrative assistant for the Department of Athletics.

Thirty-five years of service – Chuck Boland, professor of accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting.

Forty-five years of service – Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant.

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Top: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, third from left, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the 2016-2017 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Paul Underwood, right; Jill Underwood, second from left; and Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, left. The award is made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria.

Bottom: PJ Gramling, center, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award for the 2016-2017 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, left, and Robert Porter, right. The award is made possible by Porter Insurance Agency.

Local employers invited to participate in HPU internship program

HPU InternshipsBROWNWOOD – May 2, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Office of Career Services has launched an internship program designed to pair local employers with qualified HPU interns across a variety of academic fields.

“Internships are invaluable experiences for our students and beneficial to the employers as well,” said Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator. “HPU interns are highly motivated and eager to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.”

Additionally, said Arreola, interns provide real value to the companies for which they work at little-to-no cost to the employer.

“HPU interns bring fresh ideas and new strengths and skills to the workplace,” said Arreola. “Students from HPU go on to become excellent employees, often at the sites where they have interned.”

To learn more about HPU’s internship program, visit www.hputx.edu/internships/employers or contact Arreola at 325-649-8630 or tarreola@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s internship program is designed to pair qualified HPU interns with local employers. Pictured is HPU senior Daniel Palacios.

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

Kappa Delta Pi induction 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently inducted 19 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 Stacy Beattie-Anderson, junior from Round Rock; Sierra Bennett, senior from Tuscola; Kaylee Blevins, senior from Weatherford; Priscilla Gilbert, senior from Goldthwaite; Tanya Glasscock, junior from Brownwood; Marissa Godbey, junior from Austin; Kaeli Goodgion, junior from Comanche; Kimberlyn Ho, junior from Brownwood; Catrina Hooten, junior from Kerrville; Sabrina Martinez, sophomore from San Antonio; Elizabeth Rainey, senior from Springtown; Collin Salyers, junior from San Antonio; Meagan Sessler, sophomore from Early; Kayla Smith, senior from Granbury; Preston Smith, senior from Early; Bailey Waller, senior from Weatherford; Sara Wood, senior from Orange Grove; Emily Wright, senior from Richardson; and Katelyn Zimmer, junior from Shepherd.

“It was exciting to see these new inductees who are taking their places as leaders in education,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “They are the kind of students and people we want shaping our nation by teaching our children.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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 new members. From left are Elizabeth Rainey, Emily Wright, Bailey Waller, Katelyn Zimmer, Marissa Godbey, Kayla Smith, Meagan Sessler, Kimberlyn Ho, Kaylee Blevins, Preston Smith, Collin Salyers, Sabrina Martinez, Priscilla Gilbert, Kaeli Goodgion, Catrina Hooten, Sierra Bennett, Stacy Beattie-Anderson and Tanya Glasscock. Not pictured is Sara Wood.

HPU New Braunfels Center participating in 24-hour online giving event

HPU NB studentsBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center is a participating organization in this year’s The Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online giving event that will begin at midnight on May 4. The Big Give S.A. is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in South Central Texas.

“Last year 91 individuals gave toward our goal of $10,000 and we raised $14,500,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies. “The proceeds helped us purchase furniture for our new facility.”

This year, Meinecke said, the center is raising money for scholarships. Prizes are awarded by The Big Give to the organizations with the highest number of unique donors.

“We hope to have 120 individuals give toward our goal of $12,000,” he said. “With $300,000 in prize money available from The Big Give organization, every donation counts.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, began offering classes in New Braunfels in 2012 and has continued to grow each semester. HPU’s New Braunfels Center offers degrees for undergraduate and graduate students as well as coursework for dual-credit students. In the fall 2016 semester, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels. The university is planning a permanent campus in the city as part of the Veramendi development project.

HPU’s donation page will be live from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on May 4 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on May 4, please contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or give@hputx.edu.

To learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/newbraunfels or call 830-629-2366.

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Cutline: Students at HPU’s New Braunfels Center display their university pride. Left to right: DJ Freeman, senior; Jennifer Sanders, senior; Christina Duncan, senior; Joseph Torres, senior; Aaron Heatherly, sophomore; Daniel Reina, senior; and Travis Kiers, junior.

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Two students honored at HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet

Leach and Spencer with Sumners representativesBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2017 – Two seniors from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were honored recently during the annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. The students, who were selected during their junior year as Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars, were awarded plaques and expressed gratitude for the opportunities provided them by the foundation.

Carrie Leach of Hurst, graduating in December, and Sydney Spencer of Georgetown, graduating in May, have each completed four semesters as Sumners Scholars.

The highly competitive and prestigious Sumners Scholar program offers students the chance to attend special lectures, seminars and conferences featuring world-renowned leaders from both public and private sectors. It also provides a generous scholarship of $7,500 per semester for two years. Students are selected after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation.

Named for its founder, former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.

“HPU is extremely grateful to the Sumners Foundation for its support of HPU and higher education,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Academy. “These students have demonstrated academic excellence, civic responsibility and leadership potential, qualities prized by both the Sumners Foundation and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.”

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

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2017 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 Sumners Scholars Sydney Spencer, front left, and Carrie Leach, front right, were honored during the university’s annual Sumners Scholar Banquet. They are pictured with representatives from the Sumners Foundation, from left, Dale Crane, trustee; Hugh Akin, executive director; and David Drumm, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 28, 2017 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 4, 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.

“The program will include music that will undoubtedly suit everyone’s musical tastes,” said Ash.

Selections include “Semper Fidelis” march by John Phillip Sousa, “Malaguena” by Ernesto Lecuona, selections from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, an exciting Israeli folk dance suite and more.

“It is always exciting to get community members from all over central Texas together to bring a musical offering to the community at large,” said Ash. “We have musicians from age 13 to those who are retired. I hope everyone will make an effort to come and support this musical community project.”

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

HPU student and faculty member present at Texas Academy of Science meeting

Justin HughesBROWNWOOD – April 28, 2017 – A student representative and a faculty member from Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics presented recently at the 2017 Texas Academy of Science meeting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

Justin Hughes, freshman engineering science major from Llano, presented preliminary results on his work into chemical thermodynamics with a presentation titled “Heats of Combustion of Natural and Artificial Sweeteners.”

Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of physical science and head of the chemistry program, sponsored the trip to the meeting and provided academic guidance to Hughes.

“Mr. Hughes performed superlatively and represented us well despite the fact that he has completed only one semester in chemistry,” said Dr. Smith. “Other faculty members in attendance at the session and his university peers were equally impressed with his very confident presentation.”

Dr Derek Smith presentingAt the same meeting Dr. Smith delivered a presentation titled “Public-Private Partnerships in Science Education” to a group concerned with science education. The presentation was based on Dr. Smith’s recent experience with securing funding for student research projects from private business owners in the region.

“I enjoy very good relationships with some successful small-business owners, and I impressed upon them the benefit of contributing to science education by sponsoring my students’ research,” said Dr. Smith. “The educators and administrators in attendance were particularly receptive to the novelty of framing the proposal phase of the projects as a pitch to investors, as in the popular television program ‘Shark Tank.’”

Dr. Smith plans to expand this initiative by contacting other local small businesses and even corporations that may be willing to invest into academic research programs.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at 325-649-8400.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

Cutline: Justin Hughes (top) and Dr. Derek Smith present at the 2017 Texas Academy of Science meeting at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

HPU honors 69 students at Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 69 students for academic achievements during the spring 2017 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation held recently on campus.

Receiving awards were:

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Mock Trial Student

Alvarado
Natalie Stephens, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Arlington
Tayler Rushing, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Austin
Erin Buergner, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Ballinger
Ely Self, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Bangs
Don Greenwood, Honor Award in Psychology
Andrew Stevenson, Outstanding History Student

Boerne
Daniel Harris, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Isaac Sommers, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Moot Court Student

Brownwood
Travis Adams, Outstanding Senior in Art
Elizabeth Allen, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies
Tammy Arreola, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Major
Christy Ash, Outstanding Student in Multimedia
Kelsy Bellah, Mattie Anderson Hale Scholarship
Jack Judd, Honor Award in Criminal Justice
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Biology
Stephen Lynn, American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Master’s Degree Student
Drew McNeill, Outstanding Senior in Art
Megan Peterson, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Canyon Lake
Ally Henry, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Carrollton
TaShana Hooker, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Chandler
Paulo Flores, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Chemistry
Madi Neal, Most Promising Freshman in English

Clifton, Colo.
Caleb Kostreva, Glenn Hopp Writing Award

Comanche
Kaeli Goodgion, Outstanding Senior in Art
Jaze Randolph, HPU Distinguished Scholar Athlete

Copperas Cove
Robert Martinez, Outstanding Student in Practical Theology

Crosbyton
Gabrielle McWhirter, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz, Tami Patillo Memorial Award

Desoto
Spencer Wolverton, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Communication Studies

Early
Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry
Thomas Givan, Outstanding Student in Marketing

Eastland
Cody Perrin, Outstanding Model United Nations Student
Dezeray Tafte, Outstanding Athletic Training Major

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher

Fort Worth
Hannah Williamson, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher

Georgetown
Rachel Mahagan, Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems
Mason Samsel, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Sydney Spencer, Honor Award in Social Work

Goldthwaite
Jody Loudamy, Outstanding Student in Management

Gunter
J Bailey, ASC Male Medal of Honor and Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award

Hamilton
Trey Carpenter, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Hico
Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Houston
Keith Baker, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Howe
Ashlyn Ellis, Outstanding Student in General Biology

Huntsville
Katie Cravey, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Justin
Hannah Ball, Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Biology

Lockhart
Josiah Horton, Outstanding Upper-Division Music Major (Vocal)

Lytle
Jaclyn Bonner, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

Memphis
Callie Molloy, Highest GPA (Kinesiology), Outstanding Kinesiology Major, ASC Female Medal of Honor and HPU Distinguished Scholar-Athlete

Midlothian
Chad Anders, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member
Emily Ball, Outstanding Student in Bible

Mission
Gil Jaime, Excellence in Chemistry

Mount Pleasant
Joshua Dykes, Outstanding Student in Youth Ministry

Navasota
Corey Ross, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Nocona
Nicole Hamilton, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Outstanding Student in Mathematics

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Goodwin, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry

Perryton
Keaton Fletcher, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation (Biology)

Salado
Thomas Kyle, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages and Outstanding Christian Studies Student

San Angelo
Juan Andres Luna, Outstanding Lower-Division Student of Spanish

San Antonio
Andrew Collazo, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages
AJ Hettler, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Shepherd
Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Lower-Division Music Major (Instrumental)

Southlake
Braxton Clark, Texas All-State Forensics Squad

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Spanish and Outstanding Government Student

Weatherford
Morgan Ashmore, Outstanding Upper-Division Student of Communication Studies and Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

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HPU’s Balderas awarded conference scholarship from Brownwood Garden Club

Andrea BalderasBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University junior Andrea Balderas recently received a scholarship from the Brownwood Garden Club to help fund her trip to the Botany 2017 – Botanical Crossroads conference in Fort Worth in June.

“The Brownwood Garden Club is honored to award Miss Andrea Balderas a scholarship to attend the American Botanical Society national convention,” said Gilda Stanford, treasurer. “Our club seeks to provide scholarships to worthy students studying horticulture or botany. Andrea has proven herself in the classroom and the prestigious national conference will allow her to observe, meet and identify with scientists from all over the world.”

Balderas, a biology major from Lytle, works for HPU’s Department of Biological Sciences as herbarium manager. While at the conference in June, she will participate in two field trips sponsored by the American Botanical Society. One field trip will give Balderas the opportunity to look at native ferns of Texas and the other is a tour of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth.

“I am incredibly blessed and excited that the Garden Club awarded me this scholarship,” said Balderas. “The botany conference is going to be fun and very educational.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 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 junior Andrea Balderas was recently awarded a conference scholarship from the Brownwood Garden Club.

HPU Model United Nations wins five awards at Milan conference

MilMUN AwardsBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Model United Nations team recently participated in the Milan International Model United Nations conference in Italy, winning four out of an available six Best Delegate awards and an Honorable Mention.

MUN 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.

Best Delegate awards were given to Jaclyn Bonner, senior from Lytle, representing Italy on the European Council; Braxton Clark, senior from Southlake, representing the Republic of China on the League of Nations; Caleb Kostreva, sophomore from Clifton, Colorado, representing El Salvador on the Human Rights Council; and Lainee Hasty, junior from Runaway Bay, representing India on the Social and Economic Council. Joshua Dykes, senior from Mount Pleasant, received an Honorable Mention for his representation of Argentina on the Social and Economic Council.

“Everyone put in so much hard work in preparation for the conference, and it definitely paid off,” said Emma Reed, junior from Arlington, who served as head delegate of the HPU MUN team. “We all learned great lessons about other cultures and world politics.”

Additional participants included Reed, representing China on the Security Council; co-delegate Cody Perrin, senior from Eastland, representing France on the League of Nations; Joel Justice, junior from Brownwood, representing the United Kingdom on the League of Nations; Penny Stehlik, freshman from Round Rock, representing China on the Human Rights Council; and Jessica Swonger, sophomore from Midway, Arkansas, representing Spain on the European Council.

“I am proud of the HPU MUN team for their efforts at the Milan conference,” said Dr. Kevin Kelley, team sponsor and assistant professor of organizational psychology. “Not only did they represent Howard Payne University well, but they did so through humble diplomacy. Emma Reed, HPU’s head delegate, led our team admirably.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 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: Five HPU students received awards at the Milan International Model United Nations conference in Italy. Left to right: Caleb Kostreva, Lainee Hasty, Joshua Dykes, Jaclyn Bonner and Braxton Clark.