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Taylor Reid of Harper receives HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

By Emily Peisker, HPU Senior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HPU Yellow Rose Award presented to alumna Joyce Rowe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy Tyler, senior from Early, is club president.

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

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

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

Book signing to honor two HPU authors

Kadee Carder for webBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library will host a book signing for two HPU authors next Wednesday, April 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Featured authors are Kadee Carder, 2006 HPU graduate, and Deborah Pierson Dill, 1992 graduate and administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase by cash or check during the event.

Carder’s “Insurrection” is the recently released first installment in a three-part series following the remarkable journey of Saylor MacTavish. The young-adult science fiction novel is available for purchase at Hastings, Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Portions of the book may be previewed on Carder’s website, www.kadeecarder.com, where she also blogs.

Debby Dill for web“Readers will feel a sense of camaraderie with the characters of ‘Insurrection,’” Carder said. “Hopefully, along with Saylor, they will find unexpected adventures and they too are capable of being more than they ever imagined.”

Dill’s “Not So Far Away” is the fourth and latest novel in the Christian-themed “Blithe Settlement” series published by Pelican Book Group. The story is set in a small Central Texas town and follows characters introduced in previous books in the series. Other titles in the series are “Perfect Shelter,” “Return to Me” and “Moving On.” Dill has also written two e-novellas for Pelican Book Group, “Ransomed Hope” and “Ransomed Trust.” Her books and e-novellas are available for purchase at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and ChristianBook.com.

“The message I hope readers take away from all the ‘Blithe Settlement’ books is that, with God, nothing is wasted,” said Dill. “He can redeem the worst of our experiences, and use those things to draw us close and point others to Him.”

For more information about the book signing, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at library@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Kadee Carder (top) and Deborah Pierson Dill

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.