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Thirty-two HPU students named to prestigious “Who’s Who” list

BROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently recognized 32 students named to the 2016 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”

Nominees must be college juniors, seniors or graduate students who have been noted for their academic abilities, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to HPU and potential for future achievement.

“We’re very proud to honor these students for their exceptional achievements,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students.

Those recognized were:

Amarillo
Xavier McFalls, senior exercise and sport science major

Bangs
Callie Adams, senior exercise and sport science major
Victoria Hardin, senior psychology major

Boerne
Isaac Sommers, junior English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Brownwood
Tammy Arreola, senior exercise and sport science major
Katie Ash, junior technology applications (high school grade 8 – 12) major
Doug Hurt, senior criminal justice major
J.T. Hurt, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry student
William Rumfield, senior exercise and sport science major

Cedar Park
Emily Peisker, senior studio art major

Cibolo
Ruth Davis, senior athletic training major

De Soto
Kelsan Wolverton, senior cross-cultural studies major
Sharon Wolverton, senior elementary education major

Dripping Springs
Elliott Gray, senior elementary education major

Early
Abraham Cooper, senior music performance and chemistry major

Ferris
Olivia Belsher, senior elementary education major

Florence
Luis Robles, senior criminal justice major

Fredericksburg
Chandler Condra, senior management major

Georgetown
Michael Bailey, senior criminal justice major
Rachel Mahagan, senior management major

Gunter
J Bailey, senior social science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Kerrville
Jimmy Abbatiello, junior communication major

Lytle
Jaclyn Bonner, junior communication major

May
Amber Shipman, senior elementary education major

Miles
Caitlin Wood, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Nocona
Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, senior elementary education major

Perryton
Keaton Fletcher, senior biology major

Richardson
Ivyanne Nichols, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

San Angelo
Kristin Haman, senior athletic training major

Seguin
Vanessa Marquez, senior social work major

Waskom
Diana Rebeca Puente, senior political science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major

Weatherford
Morgan Ashmore, senior communication major

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 to local and area students

HPU aerial photoBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Demonstrating its commitment to local and area students, Howard Payne University offers the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties.

The scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

“We want everyone to be aware of this wonderful opportunity for local and area students,” said P.J. Gramling, HPU’s director of admission. “HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship makes it possible for students to receive a great education from an affordable, private Christian university.”

In addition to the Heart of Texas Scholarship, HPU offers a wide variety of financial aid options. The university is nationally recognized for its affordability and is consistently named one of the Best Regional Colleges of the West by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.”

There is still time to apply for HPU’s fall 2016 semester. For more information about the Heart of Texas Scholarship and other opportunities awaiting students at HPU, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or enroll@hputx.edu. More information may also be found online at www.hputx.edu/heartoftexas.

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Photo cutline: Howard Payne University’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. Photo by Scott Coers/Down Home Digital.

HPU Concert Choir and University Singers to present “Requiem”

Requiem PosterBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Concert Choir and University Singers will present a concert Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Brownwood. The concert is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The program, titled “Requiem,” is written by Sir John Rutter who is one of Britain’s foremost composers of our day. A requiem uses additional elements within the context of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass and makes use of Latin texts. Rutter not only uses the Latin texts but also uses English texts to create his interpretation of “Requiem,” which is infused with depth and elegance while being quite simple.

Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, will conduct the performance which will feature the combined choirs of the HPU Concert Choir and University Singers. One of the most well-known movements in the concert is “The Lord is My Shepherd” which will feature Stephen Goacher, professor of music, playing oboe. Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, will accompany the performance on the organ and Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, will be featured as the soprano soloist.

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.

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HPU dean presents scholarly papers at regional conference

Dr. FieseBROWNWOOD – April 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts, recently presented two scholarly papers during lectures at the annual South Central Regional Conference of the College Music Society. The conference was held this year at the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts on the campus of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Dr. Fiese presented his papers, titled “Creativity and the Uncertain Future” and “Developing the Leader in You,” at the three-day conference at which attendees gathered to discuss the changing landscape of music in higher education. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Transformation” and presentations were given by representatives of 28 colleges and universities across the country.

“While HPU has no requirements for faculty members to conduct scholarly research, it is vitally important that we model for our students the habits of and commitment to learning and sharing of knowledge,” said Dr. Fiese. “The process of scholarship nurtures professional relationships with our peers at other institutions and within other disciplines which ultimately enhances our abilities to teach the students in our classes.”

Also, this month, the Texas Association of Music Schools named Dr. Fiese to a three-year term as chair of the Commission of Music in General Education.

“HPU is blessed by extraordinary faculty members who demonstrate their professional competence in the classroom and through research,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “I am delighted that Dr. Fiese has chosen to fulfill his calling here. Our students are the beneficiaries of his extensive talent and leadership ability.”

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

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Photo cutline: Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, presented two scholarly papers during a recent conference at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

HPU criminal justice students honored for internships

Criminal Justice InternsBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2016 – Seventeen Howard Payne University students were recently recognized for the completion of internships in the field of criminal justice.

Each spring, HPU’s criminal justice program honors its interns and their supervisors at a luncheon or picnic. Each intern receives a certificate of completion along with a certificate of emphasis, if either a forensic science or restorative justice emphasis was completed. Most of the interns’ supervisors were on hand for the picnic and ceremony held recently at HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice.

The students completed 150 hours of service which reflected three credit hours toward their major in criminal justice. Internships included working with “at risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law enforcement agencies and many other service organizations that help students prepare for a future in the field of criminal justice.

“The students’ internships strengthen their skills to become desirable candidates in the workforce upon graduation,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program. “Many of our interns are hired after graduation into jobs with the very agency where they served in their internships.”

Students for the 2015-2016 school year included Matthew Aguirre from New Braunfels, intern for the New Braunfels Police Department; Michael Bailey from Georgetown, intern for the Brownwood Police Department; Danyel Bradley from De Soto, intern for the Brownwood Police Department; Lorenzo Flores from Conroe, intern for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Brandon Garrett from Burnet, intern for the Austin Police Department; Adrian Hopkins from Beaumont, intern for G4S: The Oaks; Doug Hurt from Brownwood, intern for the Brownwood Police Department; Sylvia Laureles from Brownwood, intern for the Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility; Justin Lawson from Brownwood, intern for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Astin Murray from Lampasas, intern for Three Rivers Municipal Court; Celina Ortiz from White Settlement, intern for the Fort Worth Police Department; Amy Segura from Brownwood, intern for G4S: The Oaks; Gage Smith from Midland, intern for the Midland Police Department; Bruce Spruill from Brownwood, intern for the Brownwood Police Department; Stephanie Upfold from Brownwood, intern for the Brownwood Police Department; Evan Vaden from Houston, intern for Kidventure; and Austin Williamson from Jacksboro, intern for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Individuals serving as supervisors for these students were David Ator, Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility, Brownwood; Sgt. Pete Bastardo, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Judge Dawn Benham, Three Rivers Municipal Court; Officer David Bosecker, Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Office, Brownwood; Officer Randall Bryan, training coordinator, New Braunfels Police Department; Officer John Choyce, training coordinator, Fort Worth Police Department; Sgt. Eric Fitzgerald, Austin Police Department; Assistant Chief James Fuller, Brownwood Police Department; Superintendent Tyrene Green, director of G4S: The Oaks; Chief Deputy Vance Hill, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Rosemary Sharp, Midland Police Department; Eartha Stalling, caseworker, G4S: The Oaks; and Michael Valka, director of Kidventure in Houston.

“Our onsite internship supervisors have been mentors and valuable practitioners beyond the classroom, and for that I am extremely grateful,” said Humeniuk.

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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Photo cutline: Seventeen HPU students recently completed internships in the field of criminal justice. Eleven of them are pictured with HPU faculty and several of the local supervisors at the recent picnic. Left to right: Tyrene Green; Amy Segura; Michael Bailey; Eartha Stalling; Doug Hurt; Adrian Hopkins; Bruce Spruill; Stephanie Upfold; Assistant Chief James Fuller; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Dr. Paul Lilley, assistant professor of criminal justice; Astin Murray; Sylvia Laureles; Sheriff George Caldwell; Lorenzo Flores; Justin Lawson; and Austin Williamson.

HPU Jazz Combo performs at Eastland Jazz Festival

Eastland Jazz FestivalBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Combo was featured in concert at the third annual Eastland Jazz Festival held recently at the Majestic Theatre in Eastland. In addition to performing a concert, the HPU Jazz Combo, a small group of musicians selected from the HPU Jazz Ensemble, presented a workshop on jazz improvisation for the attendees of the festival with Stephen Cox, festival host and HPU alumnus.

The HPU jazz program has been under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music, since 1999.

“We are tremendously proud of our students in the jazz ensembles and of the mentoring leadership provided by Professor Goacher,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “The creativity and performance skills practiced and demonstrated by the students in our jazz groups reflect the core of what we are trying to impart to all of our music graduates as 21st century musicians.”

Performers at the Eastland Jazz Festival included Alex Atkinson, junior from Haslett; Ryan Contreras, junior from Early; Abraham Cooper, freshman from Early; Angel Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Steven Ray Palousek, freshman from Holland; Garrett Ratliff, junior from Cherokee; and Isaac Williams, freshman from May.

HPU’s jazz program has a longstanding tradition of excellence. HPU jazz musicians were featured at the Opening Ceremonies of the Texas Music Educator Association conference in San Antonio in 2003 and the jazz ensembles were awarded “Outstanding College Band” awards at the Temple Jazz Festivals in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014 in both the Big Band and Combo Divisions. The HPU Big Band also performed at the prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival in 2009 and at the first Eastland Jazz Festival in 2014.

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.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Jazz Combo was featured in concert recently at the Eastland Jazz Festival. Pictured, from left, are Abraham Cooper, Steven Ray Palousek, Garrett Ratliff, Ryan Contreras, Angel Hernandez, Alex Atkinson, Isaac Williams and Stephen Goacher.

Three honored at HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet

Sumners Scholars 2016BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2016 – Three 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.

The Sumners Scholars included Samuel Hoffman of Corpus Christi, Caleb Michael McConnell of Burleson and Ivyanne Nichols of Richardson. McConnell will graduate in May while Hoffman and Nichols are scheduled to graduate in December.

The 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.

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

“The Sumners Scholars program is an amazing benefit for our students,” he said. “HPU is very grateful to the foundation for taking an interest in our students and providing them with these outstanding opportunities.”

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

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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Photo cutline: Three HPU seniors were honored recently during the annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. Left to right: Samuel Hoffman; Ivyanne Nichols; Dale Crane, Sumners Foundation trustee; and Caleb Michael McConnell.

HPU Heritage Singers to present concert

Heritage SingersBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Heritage Singers will present a spring concert titled “God So Loved the World,” Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert is open to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The program will include mainstream hits such as “My Funny Valentine,” “And So It Goes,” and “Unforgettable.” There will also be a medley of songs from HPU’s fall production of “Godspell,” and a challenging vocal setting of “Flight of the Bumblebee” that the singers have re-named “Flight of the Yellow Jacket.” The audience will also get to hear several songs that express the believer’s relationship to God and the call to share that love with others. One of the ensemble’s favorites is “Prayer of the Children,” a song written by Kurt Bestor to express the heartbreak of families torn apart in Yugoslavia during the country’s civil war. This song encompasses the title of the concert, “God So Loved the World.”

Heritage Singers is a select ensemble chosen from members of HPU’s Concert Choir. This group serves as ambassadors for the university, performing for churches and schools across the state, as well as alumni events and recruiting opportunities.

This semester, the ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music. Members of the ensemble include Brett Ellis, Timothy Emery, Josiah Horton, Isaac Howell, Marissa Godbey, Gabriella Guest, Victoria Malone, Brendyn Porter, Danielle Strickland, Elizabeth Wallace and Joshua Wood. They are accompanied by Joseph Dunlap, adjunct instructor of music.

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.
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Cutline: HPU’s Heritage Singers will perform in concert Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU pre-college music students participate in junior festival

BROWNWOOD – April 14, 2016 – The District 8-4 Junior Festival, in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, recently held its local competition at Howard Payne University. Several of Howard Payne University’s Pre-College music students participated in the event and received various awards.

Students who enter the competitive category and earn a “superior” rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition. Twenty-seven HPU Pre-College students earned the “superior” rating. They are: James Bautista, Hannah Bessent, Nathan Bull, Angie Calfa (two categories), Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Kirsten Fijer, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycee Hubbard, Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese (two categories), Addison Miller, Kylee Medina, Sydney Neel, Aishwarya Nigalye, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves (two categories), Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts (two categories), Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen (two categories).

Of these 27 students, 17 will participate at the state competition in San Marcos on May 21. State participants include: James Bautista, Hannah Bessent, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycee Hubbard, Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese, Addison Miller, Sydney Neel, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves, Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen.

Andrew Boren and Michael Morales received an “excellent” rating in the competition, while Tony Calfa, Natalee Rose and Carli Schoen were non-competitive participants.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information about the Federated Music Clubs or about the Pre-College Music and Art Program at HPU, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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Forward Thinking: HPU summer camps inspire young entrepreneur to purchase 3D printer

Mo Goff with 3D printerBROWNWOOD – April 14, 2016 – “Anyone who wants to be forward thinking and will do the work to raise the funds should get a 3D printer,” said 12-year-old Mo Goff, past participant in Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps. Mo purchased a printer in December after learning of the technology through HPU’s camps.

The popular summer camps, for students entering first through sixth grades, feature instruction in areas such as robotics, science, music and physical education. The sessions are taught by HPU faculty members and other area teachers. Throughout the camps, Mo, a seventh grader at Brownwood Middle School, found himself most interested in 3D printing, a session led by Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at HPU.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication, directs the Summer and Young Scholars programs.

“We introduced the 3D printing class offered by Dr. Towell three years ago to supplement our other technology classes,” she said. “It has been a popular addition to our program.”

3D printers create three-dimensional objects by printing successive layers of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. An HPU undergraduate class, 3D Engineering Printing, was created around the technology. Dr. Towell volunteers with Summer and Young Scholars each year to expose even more young minds to such advances in science.

“Dr. Towell totally inspired me,” said Mo. “The first year of Summer Scholars, I thought 3D printers were really cool. By the second year, I thought ‘I should have one of these at home.’ By the end of Summer Scholars in fifth grade, I knew that could be a reality.”

Inspired to have his own printer at home, Mo consulted with Dr. Towell and decided on the MakerBot Replicator Mini.

“Other printers were tantalizingly less expensive,” said Mo. “But Dr. Towell encouraged me to go with the MakerBot because it is the most stable of all of the brands. Some of those other companies are out of business now.”

MakerBot’s hefty price tag presented a bit of a challenge, however. Mo’s parents, Drs. Sam Goff and Kylah Clark-Goff, knew it would be more meaningful to Mo if he was able to purchase the printer himself. Mo agreed.

Mo Goff with 3D printed pen“I thought about ways to make money,” he said. “I went through a lot of ideas and finally decided to sell granola.”

Mo makes the granola at home and delivers it to customers around town. An eight-ounce bag of the cranberry, apricot or peach granola sells for $5.

“Brownwood is such an amazing community,” said Dr. Clark-Goff. “People have just rallied behind him. They call or e-mail to let us know when they run out of granola and to tell us they need more. Mo will get on his bike and deliver it. He makes it himself and chose the packaging. He does it all. It’s his job.”

By December 2015, Mo had earned more than $1,000, enough money to purchase a printer. Dr. Towell visited the Goffs’ house to see the printer in action.

“Mo still frequently e-mails Dr. Towell and they compare notes on 3D printing,” said Dr. Clark-Goff.

Mo said he enjoys keeping in touch with Dr. Towell.

“It’s helped a lot,” he said. “He has sage advice. He’s a master of 3D printing.”

Though many consider 3D printers to be little more than an expensive toy, Mo envisions a bright future for the technology.

“3D printing doesn’t get all of the attention that it deserves,” he said. “I would say every household will have as many 3D printers as computers in a maximum of 50 years. I’m almost positive that one day it will be as big of a deal as the computer.”

Dr. Clark-Goff agreed.

“It looks like it prints a bunch of toys,” she said. “But in reality, it’s going to be something that you see in every area of society.”

Though he now has access to the technology every day, Mo is still appreciative of Dr. Towell’s teaching style throughout the summer camps at HPU.

“He’s truly amazing,” Mo said. “He makes you want to ask questions. I’ve learned a lot about 3D printing just from the way he teaches.”

Mo encourages other young people and their parents to consider HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps.

“They’re a lot of fun,” he said. “You go to Summer Scholars in the morning and the whole afternoon you talk about what you did there. Then you come back the next morning and do it again.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said she has not found a better camp for Mo and his younger sister, Madeleine.

“HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps have opened a new world for us,” she said. “I’ve been so pleased.”

Mo continues to sell granola to fund purchases such as a new computer, filament for his 3D printer and components for his at-home science lab. To purchase granola, contact Mo at mogoff04@gmail.com

HPU’s 2016 Summer and Young Scholars camps will be held July 18-22. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Welker at (325) 649-8508 or jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutlines: Mo Goff, who has attended Summer Scholars camp at HPU for several years, was inspired to purchase his own 3D printer.

One of the objects Mo Goff has created with his 3D printer is a working pen engraved with his name.