Monthly News Archives: June 2019

HPU recognizes 223 students for academic success

Howard Payne University honored 223 students for academic success during the spring 2019 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.


Kylie Johnson, President’s List


Bethany McClure, Dean’s List


Brianna Weaver, President’s List


Jessica Catlett, Dean’s List


Taylor Davis, President’s List

Bailey Farmer, Honor Roll


James Cook, Dean’s List

Marisa Echtle, Dean’s List

Emma Reed, President’s List

Cade Varrichio, Dean’s List


Riley Morrison, President’s List

Matthew Prall, President’s List

Luke Victor, Dean’s List


Landon James, Dean’s List

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Xavier Haines, Dean’s List


Preston Newman, President’s List

Daniel Patterson, Dean’s List


Sawyer Fisher, Dean’s List

David Frost, President’s List


Leah Gordish, Honor Roll

Charles Lewis, Dean’s List


Emma Kacal, Dean’s List


Jessica Meeks, Dean’s List


Suzanne Schad, President’s List


Conner Faught, President’s List


Skyler Andrews, Dean’s List

Destiny Bible, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List

Cameron Butler, President’s List

Haleigh Clevenger, President’s List

Kinsey Colegrove, Dean’s List

Kyle Hampton, President’s List

Kristen Herring, President’s List

Joel Justice, President’s List

Weston Kirbo, President’s List

Tanya Martinez, Honor Roll

Jennifer Martinez, President’s List

Grace Milcherska, President’s List

Rosa Munoz, President’s List

Timothy Murphy, Dean’s List

Marleyna Murray, President’s List

Bailey Myler, President’s List

Hannah Netherton, President’s List

Shantel Oplotnik, President’s List

Seth Owen, President’s List

Kory Owen, President’s List

Tanner Pennington, President’s List

Grace Randolph, President’s List

Stephanie Tarigan, President’s List

Alexandra Thompson, Dean’s List

Tricia Webb, President’s List

Katelyn Zimmer, President’s List

Andreahnna Rosenquist, Honor Roll

Buffalo Gap

Rachel Myers, Honor Roll


Madelyn Deviney, Dean’s List


Vanessa Castaneda, President’s List

Caddo Mills

Tabatha Moore, Honor Roll


Kathryn Grice, President’s List

Cedar Hill

Micah Hays, President’s List


Carter Renfro, Dean’s List


Robert Caraway, Dean’s List

Hannah Stuart, Dean’s List

Tonya Thompson, Honor Roll

Clifton, Colorado

Caleb Kostreva, President’s List


Brianne Davis, Dean’s List

Meagan Hanson, President’s List

Nicole Rivera, Honor Roll

Corpus Christi

Paige Bowers, Dean’s List

Tatiana Robles Figueroa, Honor Roll

Cross Plains

Joe Alexander, Dean’s List


Cecily McIlwain, President’s List


Rachel Acker, Dean’s List

Samantha Barnard, Dean’s List

Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List

Abraham Cooper, President’s List

MaKayla De Leon, President’s List

Tanya Glasscock, President’s List

Payton Hackney, President’s List

Tristan Horton, Dean’s List

Reid Longabaugh, Honor Roll

Lauren Piper, Dean’s List

Meagan Sessler, President’s List

Shaunna Simpson, Dean’s List

Braxton Weaver, President’s List

Kaley Whitley, Honor Roll

El Paso

Pedro Preciado, Honor Roll

Maria Wright, Dean’s List


David Jaramillo-Alejo, Honor Roll

Karla Zachary, Dean’s List


Madisynn Thames, Honor Roll


Abraham Centeno, Honor Roll

Fort Worth

Clifford Lunceford, Honor Roll

Lucy Manning, President’s List

Jalen Pate, Honor Roll

Reed Shelley, President’s List

Matthew Smith, President’s List

Collin Wright, President’s List

Ty Wright, Honor Roll


Jeremy Houston, President’s List


Rebekah Barnett, President’s List

Madison Marzullo, President’s List

Ryan Richardson, President’s List


Karlie Scott, Dean’s List



Sierra Ross, President’s List

Garden Ridge

Camila Cotter, President’s List


Breanna Clover, Dean’s List

Alex Mata, Honor Roll

Madison Sims, Honor Roll


Nicole Ferrell, Honor Roll


Sarah Fernandez, President’s List


Seth Rainey, President’s List


Mackinzey Boyer, President’s List

Grand Prairie

Gabriella Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Grand Saline

Connor Lowe, President’s List


Jordan Sweat, President’s List


Tamera Ryan, President’s List


Madeline Rhodes, President’s List

Ezra Rubio, President’s List


Kira Teel, Honor Roll


Sara Heinrichs, President’s List


Reagan Coleman, President’s List

Lesly Garcia, Honor Roll

Christian Wilson, Honor Roll


Lindsey Krueger, President’s List

Benjamin Olin, Honor Roll

Tyler Olin, Honor Roll


William Payne, Honor Roll


Kathleen Cravey, President’s List


Delaney Castor, President’s List


Oscar Hernandez, Dean’s List

Jones Creek

Rylee McGee, Honor Roll


Jordan Easterling, Dean’s List


Anastasia Willis, Honor Roll


Morgan Patterson, Dean’s List


Manuel Torralba, Dean’s List

Lake Jackson

Mackenzie Langham, President’s List

Hogan Stogner, Dean’s List


McKennah Randall, Honor Roll

Hope Veroneau, Honor Roll

League City

Thomas Carte, Dean’s List


Madeline DuPre, Dean’s List

Matthew Martin, President’s List

Lebanon, Oregon

Joshua Gerig, Dean’s List


John Clanton, President’s List

Little Elm

Danielle Ketter, President’s List

Brady Wade, Dean’s List

Live Oak

Brad Ward, Honor Roll


Madison Zardiackas, President’s List

Maple GroveMinnesota

Victoria Johnson, Honor Roll


Sarah Abi Brown, President’s List

Hannah Williams, President’s List


Sarah German, President’s List


Cindy Gutierrez, Honor Roll


Britt Boler, President’s List

Robert Evans, Honor Roll

Midway, Arkansas

David Manolof, Dean’s List

Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Mount Pleasant

Maci Dorsey, Dean’s List

New Braunfels

Rebecca Fresne, President’s List

Jade Huerta, Dean’s List

Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List

Hannah McCain, President’s List

Ty McCain, President’s List

Sebastian Paulmann, President’s List

McKenzie Van Geffen, President’s List

Newport, Arkansas

Mikala Meadows, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills

Lacey Eagan, Dean’s List


Jessica Lee, President’s List


Dalton Pendergrass, Dean’s List


Melinda Mendoza, President’s List


Sarah Ramos, Dean’s List


Anaelyssa Quintanilla, Honor Roll


Zachary Gingrich, Honor Roll


Bret Eisenbach, Dean’s List


Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List

Erin Blanchard, Honor Roll


Ryan Stanford, Honor Roll

Round Rock  

Shawn Brody, President’s List

Courtney Cantrell, President’s List

Ryan McCord, Honor Roll

Penny Stehlik, President’s List


Rachel Carpenter, President’s List

Royse City

Brett Martinez, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay

Lainee Hasty, Dean’s List

San Angelo

Kelsey Bunch, President’s List

Wesley Haman, President’s List

Juan Luna, President’s List

Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio

Brittany Brown, Dean’s List

DeVante Donald, Dean’s List

Marzena Marroquin, Dean’s List

Sabrina Martinez, President’s List

Collin Salyers, President’s List

San Saba

Caelob Hardman, Dean’s List


Jenna Stuard, President’s List


Carol Aramendia, Dean’s List

Abigail Castillo, Honor Roll

Reed Collins, Honor Roll

Cameron White, Dean’s List


Benjamin Schardt, Honor Roll


Kayla Anderson, President’s List


Jesse Paschal, President’s List


Seth Becker, President’s List

Britni Hays, Honor Roll


Payge Grable, Dean’s List


Madelyn Smith, Dean’s List


Cali Brockway, President’s List

Topeka, Kansas

Jayde Miyamoto, President’s List

Trophy Club

Chase Pittman, President’s List

Tucson, Arizona

Karissa Dusek, President’s List


Kayla Chadwick, Dean’s List


Hannah Quackenbush, Dean’s List

Universal City

Elena Standridge, President’s List

Valley Mills

Lance Bracco, Dean’s List


Chandler Clark, President’s List

Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List


Daniela Puente, Dean’s List


Sidney Ganus, President’s List


Morgan McCoy, President’s List

Wolfe City

Brandon Fisk, Dean’s List


Jakayli Coppic, President’s List

Kashtyn Eoff, Honor Roll

Emily Talley, President’s List

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


HPU honors six students for servant leadership

Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

“Formally recognizing servant leadership is an indication that it is an attribute highly valued by the university,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “As a Christian university, we cherish the type of servant leadership demonstrated most clearly by Jesus Christ. Each of the students recognized is a great example of this type of leadership.”

Seniors Jessica Catlett of Alleyton and Caleb Kostreva of Clifton, Colorado, were each presented the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. The HPU Servant Leadership Award was presented to juniors Abi Fraser of Wylie, Justin Hughes of Llano, Hannah Williams of May and Anastasia Willis of Katy. Nominations for both the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award and the HPU Servant Leadership Award are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

The Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a faculty member in HPU’s School of Christian Studies from 1950 to 1975.

Jessica Catlett, also a May 2019 graduate, double majored in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. She is a recipient of both the Hatton W. Sumner Foundation scholarship and the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Cornelia A. Massengill Scholarship. Catlett has participated in Gamma Beta Phi, Model United Nations and the BSM state leadership team, and has served the Social Work Club in many capacities. As a student, Catlett worked on campus as a resident assistant while also volunteering in Awana at CABC and the student ministry May First Baptist Church.

Caleb Kostreva, who graduated in May, double majored in social science with a global studies emphasis and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and is a recipient of the Hatton W. Sumner Foundation scholarship. As a student, he was active in the Student Government Association (SGA) as the presiding senior senator and Model United Nations. He also participated in the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) while serving as a resident assistant and working with HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement. He has also been involved in Coggin Avenue Baptist Church’s (CABC) university ministry as a member of the worship team.

Established in 2007 by HPU through the generosity of the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, the HPU Servant Leadership Award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of the scholarship award to be given to his or her chosen charity.

Abi Fraser is a Christian education major and has been involved in the BSM since she arrived at HPU in 2016. She is an active member of Pi Theta Chi and a small group leader for youth at CABC. She also leads a Bible study at Cross Classical Academy for students in fifth through eighth grades.

Justin Hughes is an engineering science major and has been a student worker as a resident assistant and with HPU’s University Services office. He has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times and in 2018 was recognized as Outstanding Lower Division Student in Engineering Science. He is an active member of Delta Epsilon Omega and serves at CABC as a university ministry intern and an audiovisual volunteer.

Hannah Williams, an elementary education major, has served as chaplain for SGA, a student worker at Walker Memorial Library and a leader in the BSM. She also serves as the children’s minister at May First Baptist Church and has helped with summer camps, such as Super Summer.

Anastasia Willis, an athletic training major, has been a member of the women’s basketball team as a player and captain. She helped start the Black Student Association to help celebrate diversity on campus and serves as its vice president. She has also served on the leadership team for the Baptist Student Ministry. Willis is a member of Chi Alpha Omega, serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and made Academic All-Conference in basketball in 2017-2018 as well as Honorable Mention All-West Division for 2018-2019.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at



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Caleb Kostreva and Jessica Catlett are recipients of HPU’s Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. They are pictured with President Cory Hines, Ph.D.

President Cory Hines, Ph.D., stands with HPU Servant Leadership Award recipients (from left) Anastasia Willis, Hannah Williams, Justin Hughes and Abi Fraser.

Jenna Stuard of Scurry awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Jenna Stuard, a Howard Payne University student from Scurry, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Yellow Rose Scholarship, an award given annually by the HPU Woman’s Club. The announcement was made during the Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, held recently on campus.

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

Stuard has certainly met these requirements, having maintained a high grade point average while being involved in the community and at HPU. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical/counseling psychology and hopes to eventually earn a doctorate in psychology and pursue a career as a child and adolescent psychologist.

Stuard is a member of Chi Alpha Omega, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Psi Chi and Pi Gamma Mu. She is also a member of the women’s soccer team and has served as a student intern for University Services.

Off campus, Stuard has volunteered as a faith-based mentor at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correction Complex and with Fields of Faith, an annual event for area students sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also served as a youth leader at Victory Life Church. These many areas of Stuard’s community involvement confirm her commitment to serving youth and adolescents.

“Jenna embraces the core values of HPU,” said Debbie Childs, Stuard’s supervisor and HPU’s director of university events. “She is Christ-centered, determined and continues to engage her mind and spirit to those she meets daily whether in her class, on campus or volunteering in the community, while maintaining a high grade point average.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 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


Cutline: Pictured at HPU’s Yellow Rose Luncheon are sophomore Jenna Stuard (left), 2019-2020 Yellow Rose Scholarship recipient; Debbie Childs (center), director of university events; and Dr. Diana Ellis (right), HPU’s former first lady and Woman’s Club president.

Representatives of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry work with churches in New York

Six representatives of the Howard Payne University Baptist Student Ministry recently traveled to New York City to serve with churches in the city. During the 10-day trip, the team visited and worked with Graffiti Church, First Polish Baptist Church and Maranatha Romanian Baptist Church.

 The group consisted of students Tyler Dingle, a junior from Bellville majoring in youth ministry; Ryan McCord, a sophomore from Round Rock majoring in Bible; Destiny Ramirez, a senior from Odessa majoring in elementary education; TJ Shands, a freshman from Stanton majoring in liberal arts; and Madison Zardiackas, a sophomore from Lockhart majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science with an emphasis in jurisprudence. HPU BSM director Keith Platte accompanied the students.

“Taking students on a trip like this is instrumental in helping them see how God works across geographic, racial, socio-economic and generational boundaries,” said Platte.

The group spent three days at Graffiti Church helping with the church’s afterschool program and served meals to people in local parks through the Free Lunch in the Park program.

“Our students got to learn from the people of Graffiti Church about their philosophy of ministry,” Platte said. “Their church is often out in the community serving people as a means to share the love, grace and message of Jesus Christ. They often say ‘meet the need first,’ which is how they believe Jesus would be ministering in their community.”

Following their time spent with Graffiti Church, the BSM team attended a Sunday worship service with First Polish Baptist Church, where Tyler Dingle preached through an interpreter. They also visited Maranatha Romanian Baptist Church, where Dingle also preached. The group visited members of the Polish church, living in other parts of the city, and helped to clean around the church building.

“Cities like New York are global cities,” Platte said. “You can visit people from every inhabitable continent and see the work of God. You can also see the immense need for God’s people to continue serving and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. It was an invaluable time for us to connect with believers from other parts of the world, in different languages sometimes, serving the God who created us for good works.”

Ryan McCord commented on the significance of the trip, specifically the learning opportunity it presented.

“The trip I took to New York with the BSM was both challenging and reformative,” said McCord. “It was unlike any mission trip I had ever been on. We jumped in and did what we could when we had the chance. The biggest thing I learned from this is that you do not need a plan or a set schedule to serve God. Jumping in and helping here and there is just as much a blessing and a valid way to do God’s work.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


Cutline: Six representatives of Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry recently travelled to New York City to serve with area churches. Pictured from left to right are Madison Zardiackas, Destiny Ramirez, Keith Platte, TJ Shands, Tyler Dingle and Ryan McCord.

Rachel Myers named first recipient of Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship at HPU

Howard Payne University student Rachel Myers was recently named the first recipient of the Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was created by the Mangrums with the intent to financially assist HPU students from Dallas or Taylor counties or who are history or music majors.

“The students have been such a blessing to us over the years,” said Cheryl Mangrum. “We started this scholarship to try to find a way to give back to the students and help them.”

Myers is a senior from Buffalo Gap, in Taylor County, majoring in cross-cultural studies.

“The fact that this scholarship exists is proof of the care and love the faculty and staff have for the students,” she said. “I came to HPU because I admired the community that is here. I’ve been welcomed into this community and have loved every second of my time here. This scholarship is such a blessing and it’s awesome that I know the people who have given it to me.”

The opportunity to help students of the institution they have served so long was highly anticipated by the Mangrums.

“We had always talked about starting a scholarship,” said Dr. Mangrum, “so when the opportunity presented itself, we did.”

Since arriving in Brownwood in 1980, the Mangrums have served in numerous capacities at HPU for more than 30 years.

Dr. Mangrum, professor of history and government at HPU, also serves as the university historian, Coley Chair of History and, for nearly 34 years, sponsor of HPU’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity. He served for 13 years as the director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and four years as faculty sponsor of Student Government. He was also associate dean for the School of Humanities and served for 29 years as chair of the Department of History. In addition to his duties at HPU, he has also served as mayor of Early since 2005.

Cheryl Mangrum works in the Office of Admission as the associate director of admission. She began working in the area of admission and recruiting in 1981 and graduated from HPU in 1991. She has been an active supporter of the Yellow Jacket Band. She was named an honorary band alumna and member of HPU’s chapters of national honorary band sorority Tau Beta Sigma and of Kappa Kappa Psi. She was also recognized as HPU’s Outstanding Staff Member for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


Cutline: HPU senior Rachel Myers, center, recently was named the first recipient of the Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship. Pictured with Myers are Cheryl Mangrum and Dr. Robert Mangrum.

HPU Pre-College music students earn top honors at state competition

Twelve students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre was awarded to Angie Calfa and Emmagrace Quillin. The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Art Song was awarded to Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel. The outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Maddox Butka, Vic Cooper, Abigail Dean and Matthew Till. Students who received the superior rating in the same category were Sofia Butka and Cashlyn Kearney.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘thank you’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment for the fall semester will begin in mid-August. Classes begin on Labor Day and continue through mid-December.

For more information, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or, or contact Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or


HPU honors 61 students at Academic Awards Convocation

Howard Payne University honored 61 students for academic achievements at the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation, held near the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Receiving awards were:


Kylie Johnson, Honor Award in Spanish


Brianna Weaver, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher and English Academic Achievement Award


Jessica Catlett, Honor Award in Social Work


Emma Reed, Outstanding Model United Nations Student


Riley G. Morrison, Outstanding Student in Marketing and Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Science

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Xavier Haines, HPU Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete


Kaitlyn Bush, Outstanding Student in Practical Theology and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies

Cameron Butler, Outstanding Spanish Minor

Kristen Herring, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

Hannah Justice, Outstanding Graduate in Biomedical Science

Joel Justice, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages

Grace Milcherska, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

Bailey Myler, Outstanding Moot Court Student

Seth Owen, Outstanding Student in Physical Education

Tanner Pennington, Outstanding History Student

Grant Saltar, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Upper Division

Anna Vallejo, Outstanding Nontraditional Student

Tricia S. Webb, Outstanding Perseverance Award


Suzanne Schad, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Upper Division


Preston Davis, English Academic Achievement Award


Sierra Ross, Outstanding Mock Trial Student and Honor Award in Spanish

Canyon Country, California

Matthew Davis, Outstanding Student in Christian Education


Kathryn Grice, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Clifton, Colorado

Caleb Kostreva, Outstanding Government Student

Corpus Christi

Ethan Cerna, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Biology


Jaime Dodson, Honor Award in Psychology


Audrey Joan Simpson, Outstanding Student in the School of Business and Tami Pattillo Memorial Award


Richard Treviso, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Chemistry


Cecily McIlwain, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies


Spencer Wolverton, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Communication Studies


Caleb Callaway, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Communication Studies

Abraham Cooper, Distinguished Music Major Achievement Award and Excellence in Chemistry Award

MaKayla De Leon, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Mathematics

Tanya Glasscock, Outstanding Nontraditional Student in Education

Fort Worth

Reed Alexander Shelley, Outstanding Student in Marketing and ASC Medal of Honor Award

Garden Ridge

Camila Cotter, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher and Outstanding Music Major (Vocal)


Seth Rainey, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member

Haltom City

Dayane Gutierrez, Outstanding Student in Management


Cody Harrison Hughes, Outstanding Student in Accounting


Lindsey Krueger, Outstanding Music Service Award

Tyler Olin, Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member and Texas All-State Forensics Squad


Noah Payne, Paul Jay Cunningham Memorial Award


Kathleen Cravey, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies


Talen Davis-Rentfro, Outstanding Lower Division Engineering Science Student


Hailey Green, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre


David Dingle, Outstanding Graduate in Biology

Lake Jackson

Hogan Stogner, Outstanding Lower Division Engineering Student


Graham White, Outstanding Student in General Studies


Justin Hughes, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Engineering Science


Sarah Abigail Brown, Jack White Character Award in Art

Eli Williams, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages

Deejay Moses, The Servant Artist Award


Kimberly Bogart, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Mathematics

Midway, Arkansas

Jessica Swonger, HPU Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete

Newport, Arkansas

Mikala Meadows, Outstanding Student in General Biology


Dalton Pendergrass, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Lower Division


Brian Blanchard, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Lower Division


Rachel Carpenter, Outstanding Student in Bible

San Angelo

Juan Luna, Honor Award in Criminal Justice

Valley Mills

Lance Bracco, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Biology


Kaitlyn Harrison, Kinesiology/Athletic Training Highest GPA – 4.0, Outstanding Athletic Training Student and ASC Medal of Honor Award

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


HPU’s Department of Music announces new Center for Rural and Small School Music Education

The Howard Payne University Department of Music recently announced the formation of the Center for Rural and Small School Music Education.

Through the program, HPU faculty will provide instruction via clinics for students and instructors, technology-mediated instruction and consultation, as well as research into and development of effective resources for rural and small schools. The initiative will specifically address the needs of music students and faculty in rural small schools in areas near HPU. The need of area schools was recognized by the Department of Music, serving as motivation to ensure music students at local high schools have access to the best opportunities and resources.

“We are committed to the idea that every student is entitled to a quality music education experience irrespective of where he or she lives,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “It is also important to recognize that rural and small schools actually comprise over half of all school districts in Texas, but limited resources often severely hinder fine arts programs at these schools. As a faculty, we saw the need and were compelled by that awareness to take action in support of the teachers and students in small, rural schools.”

HPU faculty who are principal participants in the initiative are Dr. Fiese; Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands; and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“Collectively, the primary faculty participants in the center have over a hundred years of experience in music education,” said Dr. Fiese. “This is an incredible resource of expertise that is dedicated to expanding both access to and excellence in music educational experiences in small, rural schools.”

In addition to meeting an immediate need of many area schools, the program will aid teachers and instructors who possess direct links to HPU.

“We have many graduates who serve in school districts that are comprised of schools of small enrollment located in essentially rural areas,” said Dr. Fiese, “so it is an obvious extension of our ongoing relationships with alumni.”

HPU’s Center for Rural and Small School Music Education program is expected to begin in fall 2019. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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