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HPU celebrates Black History Month during special Chapel service

Black History ChapelBROWNWOOD – March 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University celebrated Black History Month in February with the university’s annual Black History Recognition Chapel service.

Participants comprised of members of the African American Chapter of HPU’s Alumni Association and current HPU students, read stories and shared facts in recognition and celebration of the contributions of African Americans in society.

The program is written and directed each year by Wilbert Rogers ’75. Gladys Murray ’79 serves as the assistant coordinator and technical specialist.

“We’re so thankful for Mr. Rogers and Mrs. Murray and the tremendous amount of effort that goes into this program each year,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We’re honored to come together as a university to celebrate Black History Month.”

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Cutline: HPU students and members of the African American Chapter of HPU’s Alumni Association participated in the university’s annual Black History Recognition Chapel. Back row, left to right: Wilbert Rogers, Mary Collins Lawton, Ernest Kirk, Otis Fields, LJ Clayton, Ne’Lexia Galloway, Gladys Murray and Diane Jones. Front row, left to right: Shirley Sanders, Esmeralda Maldonado, Bettina Ballet, Isaac Sommers, Titus Brown and Wanda Rainey.

Miller leads discussion as HPU’s School of Humanities recognizes Black History Month

Draco Miller at HPUBROWNWOOD – March 9, 2018 – In recognition of Black History Month in February, Howard Payne University’s School of Humanities hosted a viewing and academic discussion of the 2011 film “The Help.” Following the screening, Draco Miller, Brownwood city council member and mayor pro-tem, led students and other attendants in a discussion of the film’s themes.

“Following the movie’s vivid depiction of discrimination in the early 1960s, Mr. Miller led a follow-up discussion on the current state of race relations in our country,” said Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Work and Sociology.

Humeniuk said the evening’s activities provided the students with an opportunity to see how far we have come as a nation, to discuss their impressions of where we are now, and to visualize how far we have to go to realize Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream for racial equality in our country.

“We’re thankful to Mr. Miller for leading this thought-provoking session for our students,” said Humeniuk.
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Cutline: Draco Miller, Brownwood city council member and mayor pro-tem, leads an academic discussion at HPU following the screening of the 2011 film “The Help.”

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

Big Give logoBROWNWOOD – March 8, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center is participating in this year’s the Big Give S.A., a 24-hour online giving event that will begin at midnight on March 22. The Big Give is designed to introduce supporters to non-profit organizations located in south-central Texas.

Last year, HPU’s New Braunfels Center raised more than $15,000 through the Big Give. An endowed scholarship for students at the center was created with the funds and will be awarded annually beginning in fall 2018.

“We’re so thankful to all of those who have supported us during previous Big Give events and those who continue to make gifts throughout the year,” said Ginger Taylor, development and event coordinator for HPU’s New Braunfels Center. “We owe a great deal of our success in the New Braunfels area to our faithful supporters.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for almost 130 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 March 22 at www.hputx.edu/thebiggive. If you’re interested in supporting HPU’s New Braunfels Center but unable to give on March 22, 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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HPU receives $5,000 from United Supermarkets for scholarship funds

United check presentation Feb 2018.1BROWNWOOD – March 2, 2018 – United Supermarkets recently presented $5,000 to Howard Payne University to be used as scholarship funds that will be awarded to local and area HPU juniors and seniors who also receive the university’s Heart of Texas Scholarship. The grocery store chain plans to make this a yearly scholarship donation to HPU.

The purpose of the United Supermarkets Scholarship Fund is to help deserving students attend HPU. The donation will specifically benefit HPU students who meet the criteria mentioned above and who are majoring in business management or marketing. Another benefit of the scholarship is that its recipients will be considered for internships with United Supermarkets or for part-time jobs while attending HPU.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, expressed his appreciation to United Supermarkets.

“HPU is blessed to have United Supermarkets and our other community partners who recognize the great value of higher education to our community and state,” he said. “United’s financial support of HPU through this scholarship demonstrates this corporation’s commitment to our area students.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: United Supermarkets recently presented $5,000 to HPU to be used as scholarship funds for local and area students. Pictured from left are Brandon Price, assistant store director; Lynn Day, store director; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; and Randy Yeakley, vice president for development at HPU.

Dr. Benjamin Martin named assistant vice president at HPU New Braunfels Center

Dr. Benjamin MartinBROWNWOOD – March 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University has named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at HPU’s New Braunfels Center. Dr. Martin will assume leadership of the center in March, filling the position vacated by Dr. Dale Meinecke in 2017. The public is invited to meet Dr. Martin on April 9 during a come-and-go reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at HPU’s New Braunfels Center, 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels.

Based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility in the city and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“My family and I have experienced God’s grace and mercy in many ways over our lifetime, and we believe this opportunity with Howard Payne University is another gracious gift from God,” said Dr. Martin. “We are excited about the future opportunities for Howard Payne University and our family in New Braunfels.”

Upon graduating from HPU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and business, Dr. Martin earned a Master of Higher Education Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University (2007) and a Doctor of Higher Education Administration degree from Texas Tech University (2016).

He has served in a variety of higher education roles since 2008, most recently as assistant dean of student services and director of recruiting at Western Texas College in Snyder. Additionally, he has taught college courses at Texas Tech University and Western Texas College including resource management, economics, learning frameworks and workforce management.

He is a city council member in Snyder and has served in a variety of civic and professional associations including the Texas Distance Learning Association, Texas Association of College Registrars and Admission Officers, Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administration and the Texas Municipal League. He has also served as a high school student-athlete mentor, United Way volunteer, Snyder Chamber of Commerce committee member and volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club of America.

“We’re honored to employ one of our own graduates to assume this leadership role at HPU’s New Braunfels Center,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Dr. Martin is well suited to assist HPU in the realization of a full academic, residential community in New Braunfels.”

Dr. Tew thanked Dr. Daniel Rivera, the center’s interim director, for his effective leadership. Dr. Rivera, who has many years’ experience in both higher education administration and Christian ministries, has served as interim director of the New Braunfels Center since October 2017. Dr. Rivera’s higher education experience includes roles at American InterContinental University, the Baptist University of the Américas, Texas State Technical College System and Delgado College. He additionally served as president of the Valley Baptist Academy, regional director of development for Buckner Baptist Benevolences and, most recently, president of ABBA Ministries.

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit www.hputx.edu/nb, call 830-629-2366 or e-mail newbraunfels@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU recently named Dr. Benjamin Martin, 2004 HPU graduate, as assistant vice president at the university’s New Braunfels Center.

Hunt Family Foundation and other local supporters create new opportunities for HPU El Paso students

BROWNWOOD – March 1, 2018 – A $10,000 grant to Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center has paved the way for new scholarship opportunities in 2018 and beyond. The funds were donated by El Paso’s Hunt Family Foundation, which regularly supports charitable organizations and initiatives in the area.

The Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation created in 1987 by Woody Hunt and his wife, Gayle, supports not-for-profit organizations and initiatives that focus on the Paso del Norte region, which includes El Paso County, Texas; Doña Ana County, New Mexico; Otero County, New Mexico; and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. The Foundation also supports organizations whose programs impact the state of Texas and the nation as a whole. Mr. Hunt currently serves as chairman of the foundation and Mrs. Hunt serves as vice president.

The Hunt Family Foundation Scholarship is a need and merit-based scholarship opportunity for HPU El Paso Center graduate and undergraduate students majoring in business administration. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving university students.

HPU’s El Paso Center now offers 11 scholarships specifically for students at the center. These are made possible by the Hunt Family Foundation gift and other recent donations including a substantial gift from the Ladies Auxiliary of the International Baptist Bible Institute and the establishment of an endowed scholarship by noted El Paso citizen Dr. Richard W. Nassar.

Additional scholarship support was created by charitable giving during the second annual El Paso Giving Day this past November. The event, which coincides with National Philanthropy Day, involves a 24-hour online fundraising campaign.

“We’re very thankful to the Hunt Family Foundation for its generous gift and to all of those who donated during El Paso Giving Day and throughout the year,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “We’re proud to be a part of the El Paso community.”

HPU, based in Brownwood for almost 130 years, has maintained an extension center in El Paso since 1991. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/elpaso-center.

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HPU students and employees paint bowls for Good Samaritan Ministries

Bowl Painting Feb. 2018.1BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Office of Student Life recently hosted employees and students for a bowl-painting activity for Good Samaritan Ministries’ Empty Bowls Project. The annual Empty Bowls event is slated to be held April 5 at the Brownwood Coliseum. Pictured from left is sophomore Lillie McDonald from Tuscola, senior Titus Brown from White Castle, Louisiana, and freshman Brooke Wischnewsky from Spring.

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HPU graduates 94 at close of fall 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – Howard Payne University graduated 94 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2017 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2017 and December 2017 graduates. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

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.

Allen
Zachary Paul Wilkins – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching

Austin
Jason Lee Disney – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management

Bangs
James Roland Hair II – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
John Thomas Patton McClatchy – Bachelor of Science degree in political science – general

Beaumont
Adrian Marquettes Hopkins, Jr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice

Big Lake
Samantha Lynn Guerrero – Master of Business Administration degree

Blanket
Taylor Wesley Kent – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
Brandi Renee Welch – Master of Business Administration degree

Brownwood
George Newton Alexander James Atkinson – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification)
Bryan Austin Baker – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry, Magna Cum Laude
Troy A. Drummond – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership
Regina Mayrene Fleming – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, Summa Cum Laude
Karina Marie Garcia – Bachelor of Science degree in social work
Shelbie Jo Harry – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general
Brandon Russell Helm – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership
Samantha Michelle Henry – Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology -psychology and ministry
Jose Angel Hernandez – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification)
Zane Timothy Martin – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry
Lindsey Rachel McKinney – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing, Magna Cum Laude
Maria Elizabeth Mireles – Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish
Megan Leanne Peterson – Bachelor of Science degree in family studies, Magna Cum Laude
Dakota James Pulley – Master of Business Administration degree
Michael Joe Sellers, Jr. – Master of Business Administration degree
Edem Sessou – Master of Business Administration degree
Adam Lowman Sherrill – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching
Christopher Reid Stuard – Master of Arts degree in theology and ministry

Caddo Mills
Savannah Jade Moore – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies, Cum Laude

Carlton
Tobias Ty Turney – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry

Carrollton
TaShana Rae Hooker – Bachelor of Music degree in music education – instrumental (all-level certification), Summa Cum Laude

Cisco
Kristian Jalyn Baker – Master of Business Administration degree

Coleman
Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong – Master of Business Administration degree
Allison Kate Straach – Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6 and psychology – general, Cum Laude

Comanche
Caisson William Montieth – Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

Crystal City
Alberto Joseph Martinez – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – coaching

Early
Brittiny Lynn Kelley – Bachelor of Science degree in social work
Frank Neil Ritter – Bachelor of Science degree in physical science: high school (Grade 6 -12)
Preston Erika Smith – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6, Summa Cum Laude
Michelle Elaine Teague – Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and family studies, Cum Laude

El Paso
Roxanne Jurado – Master of Business Administration degree
Ramon Martinez – Master of Business Administration degree
Davita Solorzano – Master of Business Administration degree
Iban Antonio Torres – Master of Business Administration degree

Fort Worth
Victoria Louise Malone – Bachelor of Music degree in performance – voice
Jenna Rynea Underwood – Bachelor of Science degree in biology

Fredericksburg
Serayah Smith – Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice

Garland
Heather Elaine Brandenburg – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

Graham
Laine Waymond Melikian – Master of Arts degree in youth ministry

Grand Prairie
Donovan Jarel Jenkins – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Grandview
Bailey Brian Smith – Bachelor of Science degree in business administration

Harker Heights
Katie Nicole Schulte – Bachelor of Science degree in biology

Hico
Lydia Mae Heinrichs – Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6, Summa Cum Laude

Hurst
Carrie Deann Condra – Bachelor of Arts degree in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science – global studies, Summa Cum Laude

Irving
Adam McCoy Jones – Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education, Summa Cum Laude
Julio Adalberto Lazo Reyes – Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing

Kyle
David D. Hethcock – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

Levelland
Joshua Evan Shedd – Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Little Elm
Melanie Janene Lee – Master of Education degree in instructional leadership

Lytle
Jacob Josaiah Carrillo – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership

May
Stephanie M. Kerby – Bachelor of Arts degree in family studies

Memphis
Callie Anne Molloy – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – personal trainer

Midlothian
Rebecca May Blohm – Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and social work, Summa Cum Laude
Chelsea Nicole Webster – Bachelor of Arts degree in English language arts and reading: high school (grade 7-12)

Monroe, Louisiana
Jessica Heather Simms – Master of Education degree in sport and wellness leadership

New Braunfels
Joseph Paul Coughlin – Master of Business Administration degree
William Albert D’Avanzo – Master of Business Administration degree
Randi Nicole Davis – Master of Business Administration degree
Robert Elton Droddy – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice
Constance Angelee Favaro – Master of Business Administration degree
Chelsea Taryn Pitts – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in general studies

New Orleans, Louisiana
Kristine Marie Dietrich – Master of Business Administration degree

Odessa
Catherine Elizabeth Haston – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6

Ozona
Kodi M. Glosson – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Pasadena
Justin Vincente Acosta – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science

Plano
Dillon Schuster Hughes – Bachelor of Arts degree in youth ministry

Princeton
Estevan M. Arbaiza – Master of Business Administration degree

Red Oak
Emily Morgan Selman – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication

Richardson
Emily Grace Wright – Bachelor of Arts degree in English language arts and reading: high school (grade 7-12)

Robert Lee
Everett S. Wilson – Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian education

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science
Joshua Steven Johnson – Master of Business Administration degree
Devin Sara Mendelson – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general
Edgar Omar Torres – Bachelor of Science degree in exercise and sport science – general

Sidney
Dustin Charles Crawford – Bachelor of Arts degree in history

Stephenville
Lucas Jake Bowling – Bachelor of Science degree in psychology – general

Temple
Brandon Charles McGibeny – Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology – general
Maranda Alexandria Marlin – Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education: early childhood-grade 6

Trinity
Jeremiah Thomas Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration

Troup
Ethan Chase Molnari – Bachelor of Arts degree in practical theology

Universal City
Aaron Allen Pendley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice

Vernon
Timothy Scott Emery – Bachelor of Music degree in music – church music

Waco
Ivon Teresa Mendoza – Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology – counseling/clinical track and Spanish
Lazhay Tranisha Winn – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication, Magna Cum Laude

Weesatche
Doris Caroline Walton – Bachelor of Arts degree in communication: public and media communication

Wichita Falls
Timothy Michael Stary – Master of Arts degree in theology and ministry

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HPU employees support Heart Health Awareness

heart month 2018 photo

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2018 – A group of Howard Payne University employees wore special t-shirts on Fridays throughout the month of February in support of the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month.

Representing the group of employees on Friday, February 23, were staff members (left to right) Diane Hackney, custodial supervisor; Dora Hernandez, facilities department coordinator; Renee McClung, custodian; Nikki Donathan, cashier; and Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer.

HPU faculty member leads forensic science workshop at BHS

Smith at BHS for webBROWNWOOD – February 26, 2018 – Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry at Howard Payne University, recently visited Brownwood High School to present a two-hour forensic science workshop to students in the pre-health services program.

The workshop was tailored to students who are considering careers in health science and technology. Dr. Smith was invited to provide demonstrations of how various techniques that involve biological materials may be applied to careers in forensic science.

Ann Tew serves as health science technology teacher at Brownwood High School. She invited Dr. Smith to instruct how the current studies of these pre-professional students may open the way to careers in alternative fields. Students learned the fundamentals of blood phenotyping and how identifying proteins on red blood cells can lead to very specific identification or exclusion of suspects and victims.

“Most of the students knew only of ABO and Rh factor typing, but there are actually thousands of proteins that can potentially be referenced to develop a very specific profile of individuals,” said Dr. Smith.

Additionally, students learned the basic principles of DNA analysis from known and suspect electrophoregrams.

“Within short order students were able to include or exclude individuals from paternal consideration and estimate the number of contributors to a mixed DNA profile,” said Dr. Smith. “These students are quick studies and quickly demonstrated a proficiency of techniques that I have only learned in recent years.”

Mrs. Tew, wife of HPU’s provost Dr. W. Mark Tew, said it was exciting to see the students process and understand the fundamentals of forensic science.

“We have several students who have expressed a sincere desire to pursue a career in this field of study and Dr. Smith’s presentation certainly encouraged them to continue their pursuit,” she said. “We are fortunate to have several professionals at Howard Payne University who are available for a variety of health career presentations. These faculty members greatly assist our students in planning their future careers.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry, leads a forensic science workshop for Brownwood High School students in the pre-health services program.