News Archives: Facilities and Maintenance

HPU celebrates Texas Arbor Day with activities for local schoolchildren

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2018 – Howard Payne University celebrated Texas Arbor Day recently with several activities on campus for 96 fifth-grade students from Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. HPU hosted the event as part of the university’s Tree Campus USA activities.

Tree Campus USA, a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for their commitment to campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. HPU has received the Tree Campus USA designation since 2016.

The students, from the classrooms of Wendy Cardenas, Stephanie Maxfield, Debra Walker and Candice Williams, participated in a series of environmental awareness hands-on activities. These activities were designed and facilitated by HPU’s School of Education elementary science methods students under the guidance of Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education. The activities emphasized predator/prey relationships, food chains and food webs. In addition, students explored the role of decomposers in the environment by investigating earthworms. While students enjoyed a snack of “mud” pudding complete with gummy worms, Maci Dorsey, HPU junior from Mount Pleasant, read the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax.”

Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service discussed the role of trees and the importance of maintaining trees in a healthy ecosystem. The event culminated in the students’ participation in a tree-mulching ceremony. To commemorate the events, the students were given seeds to plant and a t-shirt as a parting gift from the university.

HPU groups assisting with the event included the School of Education, School of Science and Mathematics, Department of Facilities and Maintenance, Office of University Events, Office of University Marketing and Communications, Beta Beta Beta, Delta Epsilon Omega, Delta Chi Rho, Pi Theta Chi and the Student Government Association.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

“In addition to the many campus groups who helped organize and facilitate this event, we’d like to recognize Brownwood ISD, the Texas A&M Forest Service, TXU Energy and Keep Brownwood Beautiful,” he said.

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Cutline: HPU student Camille Webb, junior from Cisco, was among the readers in a group presentation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.”

Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service leads the BISD students in spreading mulch around a newly-planted tree on the HPU campus.

HPU’s campus undergoes summer improvements and maintenance

HPU groundsBROWNWOOD – August 14, 2018 – The upkeep of Howard Payne University’s campus is a year-round job. The university’s grounds and facilities personnel take pride in keeping the campus looking beautiful and operating efficiently. However, the summer months provide opportunities for larger projects to be completed so the campus will be ready for the fall semester.

This summer’s projects include the remodel of Room 123 in the Winebrenner Hall of Science, installation of new air conditioning and heating equipment in the Jennings Hall men’s residence facility, removal of flooring and installation of new carpet in the Veda Hodge Hall women’s residence facility and work on the Central Plant chiller.

“The Office of University Facilities and Planning spends a vast portion of the summer repairing student housing in preparation for the fall semester,” said Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning. “All these improvements will aid in either the living or teaching of students by providing basic necessities such as air conditioning, improved teaching space and improved living spaces.”

Beyond the appearance of campus, care for the environment on campus is very important to the university personnel. Michael Rodgers, chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, said that the campus grounds are a vital feature of the university.

“When parents or new students walk on our campus, we want them to understand that we care about our campus and how it looks,” he said. “As a Christian, I feel very strongly that we need to take care of what God has entrusted to us for His glory and honor. That was part of the mandate in the Garden of Eden, to take care of God’s creation the best way that we can.”

In an effort to fulfill this mandate, HPU uses organic products on the campus grounds. Pritchett and Bret Martin, grounds supervisor, said that the use of organic products had been a goal of theirs for the university because of the many benefits.

“The positives of going organic are that the soil gets much healthier and beneficial microbes increase quite a bit,” said Pritchett. “Our team applies fertilizer only in amounts needed by the soil, which allows us to save time and money. In addition, proper application rates prevent the fertilizer from being washed into the streams during heavy rain events.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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: Howard Payne University’s facilities and grounds are undergoing improvements in preparation for the fall semester.

HPU receives 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition from Arbor Day Foundation

PrintBROWNWOOD – March 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University was once again honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. HPU recently received 2017 Tree Campus USA® recognition.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Howard Payne University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project. Currently there are 344 campuses across the United States with this recognition.

As part of its ongoing efforts in making future generations aware of forest management, HPU hosted a large group of Brownwood fifth-grade students for a Texas Arbor Day event in November 2017. The students took part in fun, outdoor experiences and participated in a tree mulching demonstration on campus.

“We really enjoyed having students from Coggin Intermediate School on campus and look forward to future years of collaboration,” said Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning and chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee. “We’re proud to be honored with Tree Campus USA recognition again this year and we’re thankful that God has entrusted HPU with this beautiful campus to manage for His glory.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA. The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

HPU hosts local fifth graders for Texas Arbor Day activities

Texas Arbor Day Event (3)BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently hosted a group of fifth graders from Brownwood’s Coggin Intermediate School for Texas Arbor Day activities. The students participated in fun, outdoor experiences and attended a tree ceremony on campus. HPU hosted the event as part of the university’s Tree Campus USA activities.

Tree Campus USA, a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for their commitment to campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

The fifth graders, students from the classroom of Laura Scantling, created bird feeders from pinecones, made leaf and bark rubbings, enjoyed an outdoor-themed snack and listened as an HPU student read the book “The Tree Lady” by H. Joseph Hopkins. Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service also addressed the students before they helped spread mulch around a newly planted tree on HPU’s campus.

HPU groups assisting with the event included the School of Education, School of Science and Texas Arbor Day Event (5)Mathematics, Department of Facilities and Maintenance, Department of Public Safety, the Office of University Marketing and Communications, Beta Beta Beta and Delta Epsilon Omega.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

Texas Arbor Day Event (2)“We would like to thank the Brownwood Independent School District, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the many campus groups who helped organize and facilitate this event,” he said.

Pritchett also expressed his appreciation to TXU for the donation of small trees given to the children at the conclusion of the event and to Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education at HPU.

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Texas Arbor Day Event (1)Cutlines: Dr. Gregory Hatlestad, associate professor of biology at HPU, addresses a group of fifth graders during the university’s recent Texas Arbor Day celebration. Also listening to Dr. Hatlestad’s presentation is Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot.

Fifth-grade students enjoy making bird feeders from pine cones and peanut butter during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day celebration.

Texas Arbor Day Event (4)Laura Scantling, fifth-grade teacher at Coggin Intermediate School, addresses her students as Buzzsaw and HPU student Micah Smith look on.

HPU student Rachel Henry assists fifth-grade student Andre Martinez with a craft project during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day festivities.

Jacklyn Lewis and Madeleine Goff, fifth-grade students at Coggin Intermediate School, create leaf rubbings during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day festivities.

HPU celebrates Texas Arbor Day

hpu-arbor-day-teamBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – In honor of Texas Arbor Day last Friday, Howard Payne University ceremonially recognized a new Texas Redbud tree on campus and hosted an informational session on planting and pruning trees. Texas Arbor Day is observed the first Friday in November each year.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator and former Brownwood resident, led the discussion on selecting and caring for trees. HPU representatives then spread mulch around a newly planted Texas Redbud tree in front of the university’s Office of Admission. TXU Energy assisted the university in securing the donation of the tree for the ceremony as well as 14 additional trees.

“The university is grateful to Mr. Harrison for sharing his expertise and to our friends at TXU Energy for their help in securing this donation,” said Terry Pritchett, who serves as HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning as well as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee. “We’re proud to care for the beautiful campus with which God has entrusted us.”

For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU hosted an Arbor Day celebration Friday featuring a newly planted Texas Redbud. Pictured from left to right are Nathan Harwell, TXU Energy representative; Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator; Mike Rodgers, HPU’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration; and Terry Pritchett, HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning.

HPU to plant Texas Redbud during Arbor Day celebrations November 4

trees-along-hpu-wilson-walkwayBROWNWOOD – October 31, 2016 – The public is invited to the Howard Payne University campus for Texas Arbor Day, Friday, November 4, as the university hosts a tree-planting ceremony and educational program on planting and pruning trees. The events, which begin at 3 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center, are free of charge.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator and former Brownwood resident, will lead the training session. At the activity’s conclusion, HPU representatives will plant a 30-gallon Texas Redbud in front of the university’s Office of Admission.

Lacy Sperry, community relations manager at TXU Energy, assisted the university in securing the donation of the tree for the ceremony as well as 14 additional trees.

Terry Pritchett, HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee. The committee was created to ensure the good stewardship of the environment God has given the university to manage.

“We’re thankful to Ms. Sperry and TXU for assisting us in our efforts of maintaining HPU’s reputation of being a beautiful, tree-lined campus,” said Pritchett. “HPU, and the entire Brownwood community, benefits from their efforts.”

Questions about HPU’s Arbor Day events may be directed to the university’s facilities office at 325-649-8608.

More information about Howard Payne University is available online at www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: The beautiful, tree-lined HPU campus will be the setting for an educational program and tree-planting ceremony for Arbor Day on November 4.

HPU to host Arbor Day observance November 4

BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2016 – Howard Payne University will celebrate Arbor Day, November 4, with an educational program and a tree-planting ceremony. The events, which begin at 3 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center, are free of charge and open to the public.

Nick Harrison, Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise coordinator and former Brownwood resident, will lead the training session on planting and pruning trees. At the activity’s conclusion, HPU representatives will plant a tree near the Mabee Center in recognition of Arbor Day.

Harrison, who was born in Brownwood and lived for a number of years in a home that now houses HPU’s advancement and alumni relations offices, looks forward to returning to his hometown to take part in the Arbor Day festivities.

“It will be great to be in my hometown of Brownwood to assist with the Howard Payne University Arbor Day events,” Harrison said. “I applaud HPU for taking the steps to establish, maintain and sustain the university’s trees, which add to the beauty of the campus and benefit the students and the residents of Brownwood.”

HPU values the opportunity to present the upcoming Arbor Day activities, said Terry Pritchett, who serves as HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning as well as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

“It is an honor to work with the Campus Tree Advisory Committee and the Texas A&M Forest Service to provide our community with an Arbor Day observance as well as training regarding recommended tree-planting and pruning methods,” Pritchett said. “We at HPU value these partnerships and strive to be good stewards of the environment God has given us to manage.”

Questions about HPU’s Arbor Day events may be directed to the university’s facilities office at 325-649-8608.

More information about Howard Payne University is available online at www.hputx.edu.

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Sara Haley promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU

sara_haley_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2012 – Howard Payne University recently promoted Sara Haley from director of facilities and planning to assistant vice president for facilities and planning. In her new role, she has assumed additional responsibilities to lead HPU’s efforts of planning for future campus facilities and the renovation of existing facilities.

Haley joined the HPU staff in January 2011 and leads approximately 35 employees in the areas of grounds, building and mechanical systems maintenance, custodial services, construction coordination and utilities.

She has organized and coordinated multiple planning sessions on HPU’s future campus development with the SmithGroup architectural firm in Dallas. In addition, she recently assumed the role as HPU liaison in the Independent Colleges and University of Texas’ compliance initiative program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As such, the university is performing self-audits to ensure safe environmental practices are observed on campus. This past year, Haley completed EPA technical training and recently served as a compliance peer evaluator for another Texas university.

“Sara has been a tremendous asset to HPU,” said Brenda Alexander, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We are confident that she will continue to serve the university to her utmost ability in her new role.”

Haley holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. Prior to coming to HPU, she was employed in commercial construction services and architectural design services. She and her husband, Joe, a senior at HPU, have a daughter, Katherine.

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Photo cutline: Sara Haley was recently promoted to assistant vice president for facilities and planning at HPU.