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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.

HPU to host Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Christopher Adkins in recital

Photo 1-Christopher Adkins 2018BROWNWOOD – February 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host guest artist Christopher Adkins, principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), in a recital on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no charge for admission and the recital is open to the public.

Adkins is the son of HPU alumna Dr. Alis Dickenson Adkins ’57. He studied music at the University of North Texas in Denton and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony. Adkins has also held positions with symphonies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado. Adkins joined the DSO in 1987. He currently teaches repertoire and studio classes to cello students at the Southern Methodist University Meadows School of Arts where he joined the faculty in 1988.

Selections from the recital will include “Trio in A minor, Opus 114” by Johannes Brahms, “A Frog He Went A-Courting: Variations on an Old-English Nursery Song” by Paul Hindemith and other familiar melodies from several operas.

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018Accompanying Adkins in the recital on piano is HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music. Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU, will accompany Adkins on the clarinet.

“Mr. Goacher and I are excited to collaborate with Mr. Adkins to bring fine music to the community,” said Dr. Wallace. “We encourage everyone to come enjoy this wonderful recital.”

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

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: 1. Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will perform at HPU on March 1.
2. HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music, and Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will accompany Christopher Adkins, principal cellist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in a recital hosted by HPU on March 1.

HPU hosts Currie-Strickland lectures, recognizes students in Christian ethics and theology

CS 2018 Award group 1BROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – Four Howard Payne University students were honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology at the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics event earlier this month. Those honored include senior Emily Ball, business management and Bible double major from Midlothian; sophomore Kaitlyn Bush, Bible major from Brownwood; senior Garrett Ford, cross-cultural studies major from Monahans; and senior Julie Jo Yarbro, cross-cultural studies major from Odessa.

This lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston ’75 and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie ’75 and the memory of Phil Strickland. This year’s speaker for the lectures was Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Rev. Paynter previously served as director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission, the organization to which the late Phil Strickland dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry. At the recent lecture, Rev. Paynter’s theme was “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction.”

Each year, Currie-Strickland scholars are selected by HPU Christian studies faculty and staff based on an evaluation of achievement in their classes and on the ways they have excelled in their thinking in the fields of Christian ethics and theology. This year’s honorees each received a certificate of their accomplishment and three books: “Do Justice, Love Mercy,” by Phil Strickland; “Songs in the Desert,” by David Currie; and “Ethics,” by James William McClendon, Jr.

Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, presented the awards.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Dr. Hatch. “We have the privilege of teaching many exceptional HPU students and these four show serious dedication to the practice to critical reflection within the life of the church.”

The four students plan to pursue ministry-related goals after graduation. Ball plans to attend Truett Seminary in Waco to pursue dual Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration degrees. Bush said she feels led to pursue music ministry at this time. Ford plans to do mission work in central Asia and Yarbro currently serves as part of the youth ministry team at Brownwood’s Southside Baptist Church.

“It is our prayer that God will continue to encourage and guide these students in thought, word and deed as their vocations unfold in the future,” said Dr. Hatch.

For more information, please contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies at 325-649-8403 or visit HPU’s website at www.hputx.edu.

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 HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Four HPU students were recently honored as Currie-Strickland Scholars in Christian Ethics and Theology. Pictured from left are Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Kaitlyn Bush, sophomore from Brownwood; Garrett Ford, senior from Monahans; Julie Jo Yarbro, senior from Odessa; and Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies.

HPU student leaders attend Christian Association of Student Leaders conference

HPU CASL GroupBROWNWOOD – February 23, 2018 – A group of Howard Payne University students attended the Christian Association of Student Leaders conference at Dallas Baptist University during the weekend of January 25-27.

Chartered by eight Baptist universities in Texas in 1998 and sponsored by the Congregational Leadership Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, CASL’s intention is to foster collaboration and idea sharing between student leaders from different universities. Through this, the goal of CASL is to create strong Christian leaders committed to the service of Christ.

Nineteen HPU students were selected by the Office of Student Life to serve as representatives from various aspects of campus life including Baptist Student Ministry, Chapel Worship Team, Greek Life, Intramurals, Jacket Journey, Residence Life, Student Activities Council and Student Government Association.

Representatives from six other Baptist universities joined HPU representatives at DBU for the conference.

“CASL reminds individual students that all of our schools have one common purpose of glorifying God and praising Him, helping us to stay focused in our organizations to achieve that one common goal,” said Emma Reed, a junior family studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Kennedale.

Joining Reed as HPU representatives were Keith Baker II, sophomore art major from Houston; Brooklyn Britton, sophomore English and history major from Brownwood; Jayland Brown, sophomore music major from Temple; Titus Brown, senior management major from New Roads, Louisiana; Caleb Callaway, sophomore youth ministry major from Early; Jessica Catlett, senior social work and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Alleyton; Devin Caraway, senior business administration major from Cisco; Karli Conrad, senior marketing major from Katy; Jaime Dodson, senior communication and psychology major from Cisco; Sawyer Fisher, junior business administration major from Bertram; Caleb Kostreva, junior global studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Clifton, Colorado; Charles Lewis, sophomore marketing and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; Jessica Meeks, junior family studies major from Bridgeport; Riley Morrison, senior marketing and engineering science major from Austin; Rachel Myers, junior education major from Buffalo Gap; Dani Puente, sophomore biochemistry and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Waskom; Foga’a Solomona-Afoa, sophomore athletic training major from Fort Hood; and Haylee Williams, junior communication and practical theology major from Bellville.

The 2018 CASL conference featured speaker Marcus “Goodie” Goodloe, Ph.D., co-author of Habits: Six Steps to the Art of Influence. In addition, the conference offered student leaders the opportunity to meet with representatives from other schools, attend leadership workshops and collaborate in group sessions about service and improving campus life.

The encouragement offered by discussing problems and solutions with other students is very helpful, said several HPU student representatives.

“We do a lot of things well here at HPU and at CASL we learned things to bring back and apply in our organizations,” said Fisher.

Additionally, Baker commented that CASL made him grateful to be at HPU.

“We have wonderful resident directors and resident assistants here,” he said. “I’m happy to be here.”

Ultimately, the conference is a learning opportunity and chance to be encouraged for all the students who attend. HPU representatives have taken valuable lessons from the 2018 conference.

“It is encouraging to know that you share the struggles of people in similar positions,” said Reed, “but also that they have found solutions.”

The encouragement from other student leaders to continue striving to improve their respective campuses was appreciated by attendees of CASL.

“Being on the Student Activities Council, some events will work really well while others don’t,” said Solomona-Afoa. “CASL made me realize that it’s okay for things to not always go exactly as planned.”

In January 2019, HPU will host the CASL conference, an occasion for the university to show how it excels in fostering servant leadership and what makes the university unique.

“This is an exciting opportunity for HPU to be able to host CASL and a good opportunity for other students to see what a different campus looks like,” said Kostreva.

In anticipation of the 2019 conference, planning has already begun and HPU’s representatives are looking forward to hosting next year.

“We are very excited to be planning this conference and inviting our peers from across the state to our campus,” stated Reed. “We are in prayer that that we will glorify the Lord in this.”

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Cutline: HPU representatives at the recent CASL conference put up HPU’s “Sting ’Em Jackets” hand sign. Pictured from left to right are (back row) Caleb Kostreva and Keith Baker II; (middle row) Jayland Brown, Charles Lewis, Rachel Myers, Jessica Catlett, Jessica Meeks, Jaime Dodson, Riley Morrison, Caleb Callaway and Sawyer Fisher; and (front row) Titus Brown, Devin Caraway, Karli Conrad, Emma Reed, Dani Puente, Brooklyn Britton, Haylee Williams and Foga’a Solomona-Afoa.