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HPU announces inauguration of Dr. Cory Hines as 20th president

Howard Payne University proudly announces the inauguration of Cory Hines, Ph.D., as the 20th president in the institution’s 130-year history. Inauguration activities are scheduled for September 17-21, 2019, with the Inauguration Ceremony to be held on September 18 at 2 p.m. in Mims Auditorium.

Other activities open to the public include the Inaugural Chapel Service at 10 a.m. on September 18; the Inaugural Reception, following the Inauguration Ceremony; and the Inaugural HPU Family Tailgate, scheduled for 11 a.m. on September 21, preceding the HPU football game at Gordon Wood Stadium. Details on inauguration activities are available at www.hputx.edu/inauguration.

“On behalf of the Howard Payne University Board of Trustees, I am pleased to invite the public to our campus as we formally inaugurate Dr. Cory Hines as our new president,” said Pastor Ray Still, chair of HPU’s Board of Trustees. “HPU has planned a full slate of meaningful activities that will appropriately honor our institution’s past as well as the exciting new era that has already begun under Dr. Hines’ leadership.”

Dr. Hines, a 1997 graduate of HPU, was named president at a special meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees on March 18, 2019. His first official day in office was April 1.

“The circumstances of these past few months have reminded me again and again how blessed I am to have been called to lead my treasured alma mater,” Dr. Hines said. “I am both honored and humbled by these upcoming inauguration activities, and I look forward to joining with the extended HPU family as together we celebrate this university and express our gratitude to God for His faithfulness to HPU throughout the past 130 years.”

Dr. Hines, a native of Gainesville, Texas, earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education from HPU in 1997. He pursued graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Arts degree in Christian education in 2000, and Dallas Baptist University, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership studies – higher education in 2012.

Prior to his return to HPU, Dr. Hines served as an administrator at Dallas Baptist University. During his years at DBU, he held various leadership roles as vice president in the areas of enrollment, advancement, graduate affairs, external affairs, and alumni and community relations. He also taught at DBU and provided leadership in the creation of several graduate programs there. His professional experience also includes full-time ministry, having served as executive pastor and student pastor at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church (now The Avenue Church) in Waxahachie.

Dr. Hines and his wife, Melinda, have two children, Mackenzie and Caleb.

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Cutline: Dr. Cory Hines, pictured at Howard Payne University’s Commencement ceremony in May, will be inaugurated as the institution’s 20th president on September 18.

Patterson follows Justice through HPU’s biomedical science program

Howard Payne University’s biomedical science program reached two significant milestones recently with the graduation of its first program participant and the admittance of its second student. Hannah Justice of Brownwood, who was admitted to the program as a sophomore in 2017, graduated in May and Morgan Patterson, a junior from Kerrville, will begin coursework in the program this fall.

The demanding program prepares students for various health professions through challenging coursework similar to what they will encounter as graduate students. To be considered for admission to the program, students must complete 60 semester hours with a GPA of at least 3.0, complete required biology and chemistry courses, submit an application packet to the program and interview with the Biomedical Science Admissions Committee.

“HPU students pursuing the biomedical science degree will begin as a biology major,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and director of HPU’s biomedical science program. “Once they’ve met the requirements for admission, they can then apply to become a Biomedical Scholar and finish their HPU degree in biomedical science.”

From her perspective as a newly minted HPU graduate, Justice appreciates the ways the experience prepared her for her future in the medical field and for life.

“This program is very rigorous,” Justice said, “but you’re given so many resources and get to be in a program that’s specifically tailored to what you want to do. It has definitely prepared me to go to graduate school. Working with Dr. Hutchins has also been very rewarding. She has given me guidance in the classroom and in life and has encouraged me, supported me and believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself.”

Justice largely attributed her completion of the program to the support of friends, family and others in the HPU community. She explained that being at HPU helped her to focus on Christ as the motivation for her hard work.

“You need people in your life who are there to encourage you and also keep you humble,” she said. “The great thing about this program being at HPU is that it provides that kind of accountability by reminding you of who you are in Christ and who you’re doing this for.”

Justice also gave advice for those preparing to enroll in the program in the future.

“Don’t let the hard work scare you,” she said. “Pursuing any sort of pre-health profession is sometimes dubbed as impossible, especially if you’re attending a small university, but if you are willing to put in the hard work and be diligent then it’s completely possible.”

Justice has been accepted to her first choice of medical schools, Texas Tech University, where she will be studying for the next four years. She will then participate in a residency program for three to five years to become board certified in a specialty of her choosing.

“When working with our department to design the biomedical science program, I had students like Hannah in mind,” said Dr. Hutchins. “She is driven, curious and has a love of science and people. She persevered through hard semesters and allowed the Lord to guide her as she made decisions about her future. Getting to mentor Hannah over the last few years has been such a treasure to me.”

As Justice was wrapping up her time in the biomedical program and at HPU, Patterson was just getting started. She completed her sophomore year and is majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy as well as biomedical science. She interviewed for admission to the program in spring 2019.

“I was nervous for my interview, but I’m really excited to be the next person in the program,” said Patterson. “I‘ve known my whole life that I’ve wanted to be somewhere in the health field. When I applied to HPU I just knew that this program was my best chance at getting into a graduate school in the health field.”

Patterson said she has wanted to be a veterinarian since high school, but was unsure until college.

“When I was in high school I wanted to be a vet, but I thought I wasn’t cut out for it,” she said. “When I came to college that changed. In our health professions seminar class with Dr. Hutchins we heard from a local veterinarian and everything he said just really spoke to me. I just felt that was where God was calling me.”

Though initially nervous, Patterson is excited to begin work in the program.

“I’m looking forward to all of the opportunities that it’s going to open up for me, such as getting to meet professionals who are already in the field,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to working with Dr. Hutchins. I think she does a great job at connecting students to the right resources and the right people.”

Dr. Hutchins is confident that Patterson will thrive in the program and is eager to see her grow in her field of study.

“Morgan joins our biomedical science program this year having already demonstrated that she can handle rigor in the Honors Academy and her science courses, all while being a collegiate athlete,” said Dr. Hutchins. “Each of those alone is challenging! In addition, Morgan is incredibly humble and kind. I am excited to walk that road with her as she prepares for a profession in veterinarian medicine. She will be excellent.”

As Dr. Hutchins looks to the future of the program, she expresses her enthusiasm for the students and for the university’s positioning to help equip them for meaningful careers.

“Hannah, Morgan and other Biomedical Scholars who come through our program will take with them not only their academic training in the sciences, but also their Christian liberal arts education and worldview,” said Dr. Hutchins. “These things will help ground them as they become health care providers.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU graduate Hannah Justice (left) stands with junior Morgan Patterson (right). They are the first and second students, respectively, to enroll in HPU’s biomedical science program. Justice completed the program and graduated in May 2019.

HPU’s Dr. Derek Smith and Frank Ritter ’17 instruct students at 4-H Horizons Camp

Dr. Derek L. Smith, former associate professor of chemistry at Howard Payne University, and Frank Ritter ’17 recently led a workshop for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students during the 4-H Horizons Camp, sponsored by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and HPU.

The camp is held each year at the Texas 4-H Conference Center on Lake Brownwood with up to 100 elementary and middle school student participants. During the four-day camp, youth spend six hours per day studying in a project area of their choosing, such as woodworking, veterinary science, wildlife and STEM-robotic.

This year, 15 students chose the STEM-robotics track. These students learned how to build and program Lego robots, construct trebuchets, test water quality and explore forensic science through pattern recognition in fingerprints and microscopic examination of hair samples.

“These hands-on activities make learning fun, while reinforcing teamwork and communication skills in these talented kids,” said David Smith, the camp’s administrator. “Most of our content experts and project leaders come from within the Extension, but these kids benefit every year from the outside expertise that local professionals, such as Frank and Derek, possess.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Derek Smith, former associate professor of chemistry, and Frank Ritter ’17, led a workshop for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math as part of the 4-H Horizons Camp at the 4-H State Conference Center.

HPU to host Part-Time Job and Internship Fair August 28

Howard Payne University’s Office of Career Services invites area businesses and organizations to participate in its Part-Time Job and Internship Fair. The event will be held on August 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mabee University Center’s Bullion Suites.

Employers will meet one-on-one with and accept applications from students seeking positions in a variety of professions. A six-foot-long table and two chairs will be provided for displaying organization information. Electrical outlets and Wi-Fi access will also be available to each registered employer. Private interview areas will also be made available to prospective employers upon request.

“Part-time employment can be dually beneficial,” said Tammy Arreola, HPU’s career services coordinator. “Employers are connected to a young and motivated workforce while students have the opportunity to earn workplace experience that can act as a supplement to traditional classroom education.”

A light breakfast, pizza and beverages will be provided for attendees and participating businesses. Table coverings are required. If an employer does not have a table cover, HPU will provide one for a $20 fee payable at the time of registration. Employers may register for a booth online at www.hputx.edu/career-services. Registration ends August 23.

Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered, close-knit academy, located in the heart of Texas since 1889. HPU has extension centers in El Paso and New Braunfels. More than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs are offered by the university. Since 1889, more than 17,000 students have graduated from HPU.

For more information about the Part-Time Job and Internship Fair, please contact Tammy Arreola at 325-649-8630 or tarreola@hputx.edu.

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HPU choirs perform in Austria

Members of Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers recently performed in Austria with six other choral groups.

HPU’s contingent of 23 performed with a mass choir, numbering almost 100 singers, and a chamber orchestra in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” at the historic Votivkirche. The renowned composer was born in Salzburg, living and performing in Austria for most of his life. This historical context lent significance to the experiences of attendees.

“A part of my heart will always be in Austria, especially Salzburg,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “To host this trip was an immense honor and I know that, for those in attendance, minds were sharpened, hearts were changed and eyes were opened. There is nothing more empowering to the musician and scholar than to experience first-hand the history of a specific composer. In our case, a musicological wellspring such as Austria holistically filled each of us.”

Student Taylor Davis commented on the experience of performing abroad at a historic site.

“This trip was absolutely incredible,” said Davis. “To sing alongside six other groups in the Votivkirche in Vienna was absolutely magical and I was left in tears at the end of the concert. Austria is such a kind, beautiful country and I feel as though my life and view of the world have changed significantly after going.”

The ensemble performed under the direction of Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Dickson is familiar to HPU, having served as the featured clinician at the university’s first annual Conducting Workshop held in the spring of 2018.

HPU students included Rebekah Barnett, a junior from Frisco majoring in musical education; Taylor Davis, a senior from Alvin majoring in musical education; Madelyn Deviney, a senior from Bulverde majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and English; Preston Ezzell, a freshman from Brownwood majoring in engineering science and music education; Joseph Lahmann, a junior from Killeen majoring in business and systems development; Ryan Miles, a junior from Goldthwaite majoring in vocal performance; Amanda Moore, a freshman from Euless majoring in elementary education; and Suzanne Schad, a senior from Briggs majoring in music education.

HPU alumni, faculty and staff included Joy Renée Blackstock ’07; Kayla Chadwick ’19; Jessica Jones ’06; Cathryn Rasbury ’15; Danielle Rosborough ’08, database manager; Beverly Ross ’76; Natalie Stephens ’19; and Katelyn Zimmer ’19. Dr. Rosborough led the group from HPU and performed along with choir members. Also accompanying the group were six members of the HPU University Singers, Gary Butka, Angie Calfa, Ann Harris, Bill Slaymaker, Ann Slaymaker and Brent Rosborough.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Pictured are members of HPU choirs in front of the Austrian cathedral, Votivkirche.

HPU scholarship established in memory of Nanda Wilbourn

A scholarship at Howard Payne University has been created in memory of Nanda Wilbourn, the longtime Brownwood educator who passed away on July 24. Her family requests that donations be made to this scholarship in lieu of flowers. The scholarship will assist students pursuing teaching and/or coaching degrees.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund is asked to contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or visit www.hputx.edu/give. When giving online, under the “Designation” heading, please select “Other” and type “Nanda Wilbourn memorial scholarship.” Gifts by mail can be sent to: Office of Institutional Advancement, Howard Payne University, P.O. Box 2369, Brownwood, TX 76804. The office is located at 803 Center Avenue in Brownwood.

“Nanda Wilbourn was an immeasurable influence on countless lives,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president. “This scholarship is a wonderful tribute to her memory and will extend her influence to students still to come.”

The memorial service for Nanda Wilbourn will be held on Friday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church. The service will be preceded by visitation on Thursday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

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Dr. Dale Meinecke ’98 returns to HPU to lead advancement efforts

Howard Payne University recently named Dr. Dale Meinecke to the position of vice president for development. The 1998 HPU graduate oversees the university’s efforts in fundraising, alumni relations and other operations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. He began his new role on July 1.

Dr. Meinecke has a wide range of experience in higher education. Through various roles, he has worked to build relationships, grow programs and enhance student success. He returns to HPU from Dallas Baptist University, where he served as professor of leadership and director of the Master of Arts in Leadership program. He previously served at HPU as assistant vice president for external affairs from 2012 to 2017, strengthening the university’s presence in New Braunfels and El Paso. Earlier service at HPU also includes experience on the football coaching staff and as chapel coordinator. Through his work at HPU’s extension centers and in DBU’s leadership program, he developed fundraising skills that will serve him well in his new role.

His wife, Christy (Crawford) Meinecke, also a 1998 HPU graduate, is a native of Brownwood. They have been married for 20 years and have two daughters, Katie and Claire.

“Dr. Meinecke has great character, expansive knowledge and a deep commitment to Howard Payne University,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president. “I am very pleased to welcome the Meineckes back home to HPU and look forward to the great things God will accomplish through Dr. Meinecke’s leadership of our advancement office.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Dale Meinecke, a 1998 graduate of Howard Payne University, has returned to his alma mater as vice president for development.

HPU Woman’s Club 2019 Yellow Rose Award presented to Tracey Carrier ’89 of Brownwood

The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented the prestigious Yellow Rose Award to HPU alumna Tracey Carrier of Brownwood during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, held near the end of the spring semester. Carrier was given a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses.

The Yellow Rose 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 life of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

Carrier, a 1989 HPU graduate, doubled-majored in education and the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, now the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and was involved in many areas of campus life. During her time as a student she worked in the admission office, was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar and participated in Student Foundation, all while paying her way through college. Carrier served as junior class president, was HPU yell leader for two years, was on the Homecoming Court her junior and senior year and was named Homecoming Princess and Miss HPU her senior year.

In 1988, Carrier married her husband, Will ’89. They have two adult children – William Hunter and Beth Anne. The couple owns Willie’s T’s, which has been based in Brownwood since its opening in 1990. The Carriers have been faithful supporters of HPU, Brownwood and Early.

Carrier currently mentors several HPU students alongside Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, part-time alumni and development assistant, and also serves in the youth ministry at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, where she has been a member for 30 years.

“Tracey is so very deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Lehrer. “She truly has a servant’s heart. She relates very well to all ages. She always seems to have just the right words to encourage or comfort someone.”

The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was Pam Erickson, HPU alumna and author of “You First, Me Second … Getting to the Heart of Social Responsibility.” Erickson oversees Operation Blessing’s procurement and corporate relations staff in the daily acquisition of food, medical and relief supplies for both domestic and international programs.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub.

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Cutline: The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently presented its prestigious Yellow Rose Award to Tracey Carrier (left), pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, former first lady and HPU Woman’s Club president.

HPU confers degrees to 120 students at spring 2019 Commencement

Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 120 graduates during its spring 2019 Commencement ceremony at the close of the semester.

Dr. Cory Hines ’97, 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.

Graduates included:

Allen
Brianna Marie Weaver – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts (high school), Summa Cum Laude

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social work, Summa Cum Laude

Alvarado
Natalie Marie Stephens – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice) and in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Amarillo
Jaylin Lee Parker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (personal trainer)

Arlington
Emma Danielle Reed – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in family studies, Summa Cum Laude

Austin
Riley Glyn Morrison – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and Bachelor of Science in engineering science, Cum Laude
Tamela Louise Walker – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Bangs
Jacob Thomas Perry – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Jordan Lisa Pitman – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Bedford
Preston Todd Newman – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Benbrook
Andrew Christopher Errico – Bachelor of Arts in history, Cum Laude

Brady
Janis Dianne Groves – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Brownwood
Audrey Rose Binion – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)
Kaitlyn Danette Bush – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology, Summa Cum Laude
Amber Marie Carroll – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kristen Leigh Herring – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Colton Don Horton – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Colton Ross Jenkins – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Hannah Celeste Justice – Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, Magna Cum Laude
Joel Allen Justice – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in history, Summa Cum Laude
Shelly LaDean King – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Amy Kresta – Master of Business Administration
Mark Allen Lacy – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Noah Parker Powell Marlin – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Grace Victoria Milcherska – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Travis Anthony Moraga – Master of Business Administration
Bailey Claire Myler – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Magna Cum Laude
Caolan Anthony O’Gorman – Master of Business Administration
Seth Robert Owen – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (all-level certification), Cum Laude
Tanner Cole Pennington – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite), Summa Cum Laude
Stevie Ray Reneau – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Victoria Nicole Sanchez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)
Alicia Marie Tanguma – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)
Stephanie Irene Tarigan – Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
Anna Andrea Vallejo – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Tricia S. Webb – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Carlsbad
Kathryn Ann Grice – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Cisco
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media) and in psychology (family psychology)
Kaitlyn Renee White – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Comanche
Kaeli Breann Goodgion – Bachelor of Arts in studio art
Meagan Michelle Hanson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Corpus Christi
Paige Maria Bowers – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Corsicana
Hailey Reenee Osborne – Bachelor of Arts in social science (jurisprudence)

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Dallas
Richard Treviso – Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Dayton
Cecily Noel McIlwain – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Magna Cum Laude

DeSoto
Spencer Kelly Suzanne Wolverton – Bachelor of Science communication studies (public and media), Magna Cum Laude

Early
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper – Bachelor of Music in music performance (piano) and Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry concentration), Summa Cum Laude
Tanya Renee Glasscock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Jacob Warren Ledbetter – Bachelor of Arts in history
Reid Dillion Longabaugh – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Crystal Desiré Ochoa – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Oscar Manuel Taylor – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems development

El Paso
Everardo Hernandez – Master of Business Administration
Armando Ezequiel Monroy – Bachelor of Arts in Bible
Larry Moore – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite)
Irene Shafer – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Marina Ariana Sheets-Ochoa – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Fort Worth
Brooke Megan Gibbs – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude
Clifford Lawson Lunceford – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude
Reed Alexander Shelley – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Taylor Smith – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts (high school)
Dylan Reid Vilaros – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Collin Patrick Wright – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter – Bachelor of Music in music education (choral), Cum Laude

Georgetown
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude
Sydney Drew Spencer – Master of Business Administration

Goliad
Sarah LaRue Fernandez – Bachelor of Arts in history (secondary education)

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Graham
David Dean Groves – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

Hallettsville
Kade Louis Kahanek – Bachelor of Arts in history, Summa Cum Laude

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Hico
Johnny Aaron Serratt – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Houston
Phillip Obinna Kanu – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (personal trainer)
Austin Taylor Scheaffer – Bachelor of Arts in history
Michael Dean Thomas – Master of Education instructional leadership

Howe
Tyler Adam Olin – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Humble
William Noah Payne – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

Hutto
Noah Nathanael Acord – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Kermit
David Tyrone Dingle – Bachelor of Science in biology

Kerrville
Christian Alexis Garcia – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Kingwood
Gabrielle Trysten Roque – Bachelor of Science in biology

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Lynn Gerig – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Levelland
John Brenden Clanton – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)

Lincolnshire, Illinois
Anthony John Heiser – Master of Education in sports wellness and leadership

Lindale
Graham Walters White – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, Cum Laude

May
Larry Joe Owings – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Isaac Ethan Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Midland
Julie Jo Yarbro – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Candace Shawn Stark – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Midlothian
James Blake Laney – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Natalia
Andrew William Overmiller – Master of Arts in youth ministry

New Braunfels
Erica Lynn Akin – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Eduardo Hernandez – Master of Business Administration
Jordan Russell Sugg – Master of Education in instructional leadership

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude

Odessa
Jessica Megan Lee – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems
(systems development) and in mathematics, and Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Rowlett
Gage Doran McClanahan – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry) and in social studies (global studies), Cum Laude

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)
Erin Lenore McCleer – Bachelor of Science in family studies, Cum Laude

San Antonio
Sabrina Abagail Martinez – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Collin Rex Salyers – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)

Splendora
Jesse James Paschal – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Tulia
Kayla Denae Chadwick – Bachelor of Music in church music and worship, Cum Laude

Tyler
Connor Bradley Streit – Master of Education in sports wellness and leadership

Waco
Chandler Dillon Clark – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Watauga
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in athletic training, Summa Cum Laude

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (global studies), Summa Cum Laude

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Wylie
Brandon Davis Day – Master of Education in educational leadership

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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HPU student Doug Turner finishes third in simulated business competition

Howard Payne University senior Doug Turner recently competed and finished third place in his industry in the Glo-Bus Best Strategy Invitational. The two-week-long online competition involved 67 teams and individuals from institutions of higher education around the world.

Turner, a business administration major from Early, was among competitors selected from among the top tier of the 3,973 participants in the general Glo-Bus simulation.

“The simulation was a valuable tool for practicing real-world skills and decisions in a safe environment,” he said. “I personally used it to test a theory about succeeding in the market while still compensating employees generously. HPU provides an excellent balance of sound business lessons and Christian ethics, demonstrating that we do not necessarily need to choose between our Christianity and success in our chosen field.”

Students in HPU’s business capstone class, instructed by Dr. Powell, participate each year in Glo-Bus’ business simulation non-competitively during the course of 10 weeks. Each participant from HPU is tasked with making decisions for a simulated global company, including managing production, marketing, corporate stock, loans and corporate social responsibility.

“The Glo-Bus business simulation is a valuable experience that shows the students how all of their business decisions interact to affect many different parts and results of the company,” said Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business. “Doug is a quick learner and picked up on the relationships in the simulation very well. He also did an excellent job managing the company for the 10-week simulation in class.”

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