BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were recently honored at an annual personnel recognition luncheon held on the HPU campus. Dr. Athena Bean, retiring this year from her role as assistant professor of psychology and university counselor, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member award. Diann Prickett, gift processing and prospect research associate, was named the Outstanding Staff Member for the year.
The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.
“We are pleased to recognize Diann and Athena for their outstanding work this year and grateful to the Porter and Underwood families for their continued generosity toward the university,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.
Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs, and Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program.
Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to staff members Sandra Alexander, retiring from her role as data specialist, and Jeremy Hogue, systems administrator.
Special plaques commemorating retirement were awarded to Alexander and Bean as well as Dr. Art Allen, professor of Christian studies; Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication; Don Gunter, general maintenance; and Dr. Kenneth Word, professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics.
Also receiving awards were:
Five years of service – Guy Ament, assistant football coach; Robert Anders, part-time assistant baseball coach; Dr. Danny Brunette-López, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Hispanic Studies; Jonathan Burcham, custodian – work order/special requests crew leader; Casey Cox, grounds supervisor; Jayla Devery, student account coordinator; Nikki Donathan, cashier; Allen Fisher, groundskeeper I; Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dora Hernandez, facilities department coordinator; Dalton Hutchins, head tennis coach; Amy Kresta, instructor of biology; Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer, south central region; Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies; Keith Platte, director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry; Magda Rodriguez, custodian; Dr. Carmen Santana-Melgoza, professor of business administration; Coby Sauce, director of media relations; Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of chemistry; Shannon Turner, instructor of academic services, learning assistance and academic recovery; and Larry Walls, first assistant athletic trainer.
Ten years of service – Tim Cooper, instructor of multimedia communication and computer information systems; P.J. Gramling, director of admission; Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology; Becky Keith, data management coordinator, enrollment services; Mike Lee, instructor of communication and director of student media; Tammy Lowrey, executive assistant to the president; Dr. Matthew McNiece, associate professor of history, chair of the Department of History and Government, and assistant director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy; and Dr. Mike Rosato, adjunct in the School of Education.
Fifteen years of service – Dr. Athena Bean, assistant professor of psychology and university counselor; Dr. Rick Beelby, associate professor of exercise and sport science and director of HPU’s Outdoor Recreation Center and physical activity courses; Dr. Pam Bryant, professor of chemistry and dean of the School of Science and Mathematics; Ferrisa Childs, assistant director of student aid; Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration; Cynthia Givan, departmental administrative assistant in the School of Humanities; Carrie Harding, part-time coordinator of the Heart of Texas Literature Center; Mike Terrill, assistant professor of athletic training and director of the athletic training education program; and Jill Underwood, instructor of education.
Twenty years of service – Sandra Alexander, data specialist, financial aid; Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, adjunct in the School of Education; Kyle Mize, assistant vice president for university communications; Dr. José Romero, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Harlan Scott, associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems.
Twenty-five years of service – Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music.
Thirty years of service – Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre, director of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre.
Thirty-five years of service – Cheryl Mangrum, associate director of admission; and Dr. Evelyn Romig, distinguished professor of literature.
Forty years of service – Glenda Huff, director of student aid.
Top picture: Diann Prickett, center, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award for the 2015-2016 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, right, and Robert Porter, left. The award is made possible by Porter Insurance Agency.
Bottom picture: Dr. Athena Bean, second from left, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the 2015-2016 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Paul Underwood, far left; Jill Underwood, second from right; and Dr. Bill Ellis, far right. The award is made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria.