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HPU food service employees honored for 25 years of service

sodexo staff with don green for webBROWNWOOD – August 20, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s food service provider, Sodexo, recently honored five staff members for longtime service to the company and to the university.

Those honored for 25 years of service to Sodexo included Margie Coker, cashier; Lyndia Collier, beverage attendant; Wanda Gibbs, salad production; Paulette Henderson, lead cook; and Roseanna Stone, administrative assistant. Additionally, each of the staff members were also employed by HPU – with tenures ranging from one to five years – before the university contracted its dining services to Sodexo.

The employees were presented with gifts from Sodexo and a reception attended by many across the university. Don Green, Sodexo general manager, said the staff members are known and appreciated by the HPU community.

“Good food and good service doesn’t just happen,” he said. “It takes a lot of work. These ladies have been very instrumental in making the food service program at HPU so great for our students, faculty and staff.”

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Photo cutline: Five employees of Sodexo, HPU’s food service provider, were recently honored for 25 years of service. Left to right: Roseanna Stone, Paulette Henderson, Don Green (general manager), Wanda Gibbs, Margie Coker and Lyndia Collier.

HPU names Jodi Goode assistant vice president for information technology services

Jodi Goode named assistant vice president for information technology services BROWNWOOD – August 13, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently announced the promotion of Jodi Goode to assistant vice president for information technology services.

Goode’s tenure with the university began in 2004 as PC specialist and, in 2006, she became the systems administrator. After briefly leaving HPU, she was re-employed in 2011 and later named the director of information technology services. Goode has also served as an adjunct faculty member for a number of years.

In May, she received the “Outstanding Staff Member Award” for the 2012-2013 academic year.

“Jodi serves the university very competently and faithfully,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “She and her staff do a remarkable job of attending to the computing and other technology needs of our faculty, staff and students.”

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Photo cutline: Jodi Goode was recently promoted to assistant vice president for information technology services at HPU.

HPU professors help area teachers integrate technology into the classroom

innerspace cavern for webBy Kaleigh Tankersley, Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – August 7, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently hosted area math and science teachers in a three-week professional development experience. The teachers, instructed by HPU faculty members, learned various activities to use in the classroom as well as how to better integrate technology with teaching.

Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, along with Dr. Mike Rosato, dean of the School of Education, co-authored a grant proposal through the Teacher Quality Grants Program in 2012 to integrate the Apple iPad 2 into the elementary school math and science classrooms. The initial focus for the grant was on force and motion; however, the grant was extended for a second year in which the focus has been on earth science.

As part of the grant, each teacher received an iPad 2, a stipend and many hands-on activities and iPad applications to take back to his or her classroom. The summer component included having the teachers go on several field trips, including Inner Space Cavern, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Station, Dinosaur Valley State Park and The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Natural Science Center. There is also an academic year component in which the teachers will come back to the HPU campus several times during the fall and spring to extend the application of what was learned during the summer component.

HPU instructors included Dr. Bryant, Dr. Rosato, Dr. Gerry Clarkson, associate professor of physical sciences and chair of the physical sciences department; and Lauren Kirk, instructor of education.

This summer experience for teachers was made possible by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Teacher Quality Grants Program, which provides funding to higher education institutions to promote improved instruction in mathematics and science for Texas school children by providing professional development for their teachers. According to the THECB website, the Teacher Quality Grants Program makes awards through a competitive review process, with the most highly ranked and recommended projects being selected for funding.

Participating schools included Bangs Middle School, Brookesmith Elementary, Brownwood Intermediate, Coleman Elementary, Comanche Middle School, Early Elementary, May Elementary, Richland Springs Elementary and Woodland Heights Elementary.

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Photo cutline: Area teachers, along with HPU deans Dr. Mike Rosato and Dr. Pam Bryant, visited Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown as part of a three-week seminar hosted by HPU.

HPU’s Pre-Collegiate Music and Art program announces fall classes

BROWNWOOD – August 6, 2013 – The pre-collegiate program at Howard Payne University is announcing upcoming fall classes in music and art. Classes and lessons are available for both children and adults and will begin on Monday, September 2. The registration deadline for the fall semester is Friday, September 6.

Music classes offered this fall include piano, voice, strings, guitar, band instruments, Kindermusik and the Kids’ Musical Theatre Chorus, “Stinger Singers.” Art classes include beginning and intermediate drawing and painting.

“The Pre-Collegiate Music and Art program at HPU is designed to serve Brownwood and the surrounding communities by providing music and art lessons to children and adults,” said Diane Owens, program director. “Our program fosters the love of music and art inherent in all students and seeks to develop these abilities in each individual. We welcome the opportunity to work with each student and hope that everyone’s experience with the program is fulfilling and rewarding.”

For more information about the program, contact Owens at (325) 649-8501 or via e-mail at dowens@hputx.edu; or Jill Holamon, administrative assistant for the School of Music and Fine Arts, at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

Students from HPU’s Pre-College Music program earn honors at state music competition

BROWNWOOD – July 26, 2013 – Twenty-three students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music program participated in the Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Competition, with many taking high honors. The competition was held earlier this summer at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Listed below are the participants in the state competition and their ratings:

Samuel BrownVocal Solo:
All State: Samuel Brown
Outstanding: Seth Adkins, Angie Calfa, Dallas Johnston, Mary McIver, Shayna Oliver and Sarah Reeves

Piano Solo:
All State: Jordan Roberts
Outstanding: Andrew Boren, Vic Cooper, Rayven Deray, Austin Johnston, Kamry Keese, Isaac Lock, Trevor Mickelson, Michael Morales, Sarah Reeves and Trina Wheeless
Superior: James Bautista, Abe Cooper, Christian Fijer and Kylee Medina

Guitar Solo:
Superior: Brennan Medina

Fifty students from the program participated in the District 4A Junior Festival, held on the HPU campus in March. Forty of those students earned a “Superior” rating, making them eligible to compete in the TMFC competition.

Jordan RobertsHPU’s Pre-College Music program, directed by Diane Owens, is a part of the School of Music and Fine Arts. The program offers Kindermusik classes to pre-school children and lessons in art, choir, musical instruments and voice to school-aged children and adults. This past year, 20 teachers, consisting of HPU music and art faculty, students and local teachers, taught more than 100 students who were enrolled in the Pre-College Music program.

Enrollment for the fall semester will begin August 12 and will continue until August 30. Classes begin on September 2. Each semester is 14 weeks in length.

For more information about the Pre-College Music program at HPU, contact either Owens at 325-649-850l, dowens@hputx.edu, or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500, jholamon@hputx.edu.

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs operates in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The NFMC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to music education and the promotion of creative and performing arts in America. Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of The United States and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, the NFMC conducts annual Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. The NFMC offers more than three quarters of a million dollars in awards through state and national competitions. Federation members work to create a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities through education and sponsorship of musical events.

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Photo cutline: Samuel Brown (left), vocals, and Jordan Roberts, piano, earned “All State” rankings at the Texas Federation of Music Clubs State Competition.

Students can earn two degrees in five years with new HPU accelerated degree program

BROWNWOOD – July 24, 2013 – Beginning this fall, students in Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies will have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in as few as five years.

Through the Accelerated Program in Christian Studies, a student will complete 75 hours toward an undergraduate degree, choosing from any of the Christian studies majors – Bible, biblical languages, Christian education, cross-cultural studies, practical theology and youth ministry.

If the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0, he or she may then apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program or the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry program. Upon acceptance, the student will complete 12 hours of graduate coursework, which counts toward the undergraduate degree requirements as well as toward a 42-hour graduate degree.

“The Accelerated Program in Christian Studies provides a tremendous opportunity for our undergraduate students, and we are thrilled that so many of them are expressing interest,” said Dr. Gary Gramling, director of the programs and professor of Christian studies. “We feel that this program will help us accomplish our mission of preparing students for the ministries to which God has called them.”

A record number of campers enjoy Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs at HPU

Young scholars rock climbing.BROWNWOOD – July 18, 2013 – A record number of young people are participating in this year’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps at Howard Payne University.

The popular programs, held each summer, offer innovative instruction in robotics, computer graphics, music, reading and physical education. The theme for this year is “Brainpower and the Body” and includes instruction in biology and the various functions of the body including the brain, heart, lungs, bones and muscles.

“We are having a great time this week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs. Dr. Welker is the chair of the communication department and professor of communication at HPU. “Our Summer and Young Scholars faculty have done an outstanding job providing a challenging yet fun experience for these students.”

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Photo cutline: Students enrolled in Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps had the opportunity to scale the HPU rock wall Thursday morning.

HPU hosts Super Summer camp for Christian youth

Blue School by Old Main for webBy Kendyl Moore, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – July 15, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently hosted Super Summer, a youth leadership camp created by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The camp ran from June 24 through June 28, and 458 eighth graders to high school graduates attended. Among the leaders present were 40 HPU alumni, faculty or current students.

Super Summer was created in 1974 for the training and teaching of Christian students. Originally a cooperative effort by several churches in the Dallas area, Super Summer has grown to include many churches and camps across the state and is held at five Baptist university campuses.

“Since Super Summer returned to HPU three years ago, I have brought a group of students from our student ministry,” said Tim Stary, a 2007 HPU graduate and youth pastor from First Baptist Church in Salado. “The impact of Super Summer is huge, and many of the students had life-changing experiences with God while here.”

The camp is designed to be a challenging week of discipleship training for young Christian leaders. Students attend small-group sessions, worship services, lectures, games and other activities. The campers are divided into color-coded schools by grade. This year, HPU was the only location to offer the Purple School, designed specifically for students who feel called to ministry.

Although there were a wide variety of activities happening on campus, the week proceeded smoothly. Wolverton family for web

“Howard Payne has always done a wonderful job of rolling out the red carpet for us,” stated Leighton Flowers, director of Super Summer and youth evangelism at the Baptist General Convention of Texas. “This year’s camp went as smoothly as ever.”

Also available through Super Summer is a leadership forum for youth pastors. The leadership forum provides an opportunity for youth pastors to ask questions, present concerns and have them answered by other leaders and educators.

“We feel so honored to have hosted Super Summer weeks on our campus for the past three years,” said Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of HPU’s youth ministry program and professor of Christian studies. “It is an opportunity for Howard Payne University to serve as the setting for an intensive week of discipleship for some of the finest Christian students in Texas. We are grateful to God and to Texas Baptists for allowing us to be a part of such an important week in the lives of students.”

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Photo cutlines: Members of the Super Summer “Blue School” pass by HPU’s Old Main Tower while on campus for Super Summer 2013.

Kelly Wolverton, center, Super Summer recreation director and pastor of Adamsville Baptist Church near Lampasas, stops for a photo with daughters Kelsan, left, and Sharon. Kelsan is an HPU sophomore and member of the summer camp staff and Sharon will be a freshman at the university this fall.

HPU alumni to serve in Thailand

By Kendyl Moore, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – June 28, 2013 – Howard Payne University alumni Ricky ’07 and Amy (Perkins)’07 Board of Fort Worth will spend six weeks in northern Thailand this summer, teaching and developing a community health worker training program.

“We will provide support and capacity-building services to enhance the overall sustainability and impact of these projects,” states Amy Board.

Ricky Board, a first grade teacher in Fort Worth, will teach and do other support work at Chiang Rai International Christian School, founded by a Christian group in Thailand. A leader in his own school district in identifying educational iPad apps and incorporating them into his lessons, he will assist with the integration of technology tools into classrooms.

“I am eager to share what I have learned with the staff at the school and to help them identify other technology-based tools that can assist their teachers,” he said.

Amy Board will work with a locally based and operated community development organization to help develop a pilot community health worker training program among local villagers. This will allow village leaders to be trained on basic hygiene and health practices and spread that knowledge to the rest of the community. Her work will meet the requirements for a public health practicum by the University of North Texas Health Science Center for her master’s degree in public health.

She discussed the preparation they both received as HPU students.

“My involvement in HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program and social work program certainly set the stage for an understanding of the complex forces of political oppression, poverty and strategies for community development,” she said. “I also served as a summer missionary to Central Asia through HPU with GoNow missions in 2006, furthering my desire to put those skills and knowledge into place in the international arena.

“Ricky’s experiences at HPU made him passionate about impacting the lives of children, ultimately launching him into a career as an elementary teacher. The summer after he graduated from HPU, he served on a short-term mission trip to an orphanage in Sudan, and this experience has also put a desire on his heart to find a way to use his gifts and abilities in an overseas context.”

The Boards have been planning this trip since October and say they are very excited to work with the people of northern Thailand. They first became interested in working with the people of Thailand after working in Fort Worth with refugees from the similar region of Myanmar.

“Education and health are some of the most valuable tools for raising people out of poverty and empowering them to reach their fullest potential,” Amy Board said. “This is what we want to accomplish while we are in Thailand this summer: not simply doing something for others, but helping them to realize what they can accomplish on their own.”

Chiang Rai International Christian School is looking for more teachers like Ricky Board who would like to work in an English-speaking school that reaches out to Thai families and teaches children of missionaries from all organizations. For more information, visit www.crics.asia.

The Boards will blog about their experiences in Thailand. To follow along on their journey, visit boardinginthailand.wordpress.com.

 

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HPU music major receives scholarship

Hannah StrebeckBROWNWOOD – June 28, 2013 – Howard Payne University’s Hannah Strebeck, a sophomore music education major from Lavon, was named as one of the 2013-2014 recipients of the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

The Clara Freshour Nelson family provides scholarships for students studying music in Texas schools. The scholarship is renewable until the student graduates.

The scholarship endowment is administered by the Texas Association of Music Schools, an organization comprised of music executives from colleges and universities in the state of Texas.

Strebeck is a member of the HPU marching band, University Singers and Tau Beta Sigma.

“We are very proud of Hannah for receiving this outstanding award,” said Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education at HPU. “She represents the highest in musical achievement and academic excellence and is well-deserving of this special scholarship. We are also grateful to the Texas Association of Music Schools for their work with the Nelson family in providing this scholarship.”

Strebeck was honored to receive such a prestigious award and voiced her appreciation as well.

“I’m very thankful to my professors for guiding me in the preparation for this scholarship,” she said. “I have been selected among the top musicians in the state of Texas and it happened thanks to God’s grace.”

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Photo cutline: Hannah Strebeck, a sophomore at HPU, is one of the 2013-2014 recipients of the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.