News Archives: School of Education

HPU students successfully compete in Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Quiz Bowl

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2019 – Students from Howard Payne University’s athletic training program scored its highest in a three-year history of competing in the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association’s (SWATA) Quiz Bowl. The event, which took place on February 1, is part of the SWATA Student Competency Workshop and was hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos.

The “Jeopardy”-style competition requires each university to select a three-member team with an alternate. The HPU team consisted of Kaitlyn Harrison of Watauga, Brittany Cortez of Forney and Reagan Ridlehuber of Frisco, with Foga’A Solomona-Afoa of Fort Hood serving as the alternate.

The majority of the participating teams were from large universities and master’s-level accredited programs. HPU’s team competed against students from institutions such as Sam Houston State University, University of the Incarnate Word, University of Houston and The University of Texas at Arlington. HPU was the smallest university and one of only a few undergraduate programs to compete in the Quiz Bowl.

“It’s an opportunity for students in accredited undergraduate and graduate athletic training education programs to prepare for their board exams,” said Mike Terrill, chair of HPU’s Department of Kinesiology and assistant professor of athletic training. “The ability of Howard Payne University’s team to compete at such a high level with larger universities and graduate programs demonstrates the quality of the students and education at Howard Payne.”

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Cutline: HPU students competing in the SWATA Quiz Bowl were Kaitlyn Harrison, Brittany Cortez and Reagan Ridlehuber, with Foga’A Solomona-Afoa (not pictured) serving as the alternate.

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 senior Justin Barrera awarded UPS Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Justin Barrera, a kinesiology major and business minor from Round Rock, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Barrera is the son of Gina Barrera and a 2014 Cedar Ridge High School graduate. He will graduate from HPU on December 8, 2018.

“I am so thankful to be receiving this scholarship from UPS,” Barrera said. “This is helping more than they know.”

At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $120,000 in UPS Scholarships to 40 students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization focused on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

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Cutline: HPU senior Justin Barrera is the recipient of this year’s UPS Scholarship.

HPU’s School of Education honors future teachers

Clinical teachers groupBROWNWOOD – May 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently recognized 19 graduating seniors at the Clinical Teacher Reception, held to honor the completion of their work in the school’s Educator Preparation Program.

HPU students honored at the ceremony were Katie Ash, a technology applications major from Brownwood; Kelsy Bellah, an English/language arts/reading major from Brownwood; Sierra Bennett, an elementary education major from Tuscola; Erin Buergner, a math education major from Austin; Dorian Buitron, a music education major from Floresville; Kristin Cunningham, a physical education major from Carrollton; Rachel Henry, an elementary education major from Malakoff; Carissa Higbee, a music education major from Newark; Daniel Lemus, a physical education major from Salado; Corey Martinez, a physical education major from Bangs; Cassandra Mendez, a math education major from Brownwood; Abigail Miller, an elementary education major from Belton; Kinsey Nall, an elementary education major from Rising Star; Judy Pack, a music education major from Fort Worth; Matthew Parks, a physical education major from Georgetown; Tandi Patton, an elementary education major from Brownwood; Micah Smith, an elementary education major from San Antonio; Andrew Stevenson, a social studies composite major from Brownwood; and Fred Zavala, an English/language arts/reading major from McKinney.

Jeremy Bartley, pre-K teacher at the Jane Long Early Childhood Center in Abilene, served as the guest speaker for the event. Bartley earned two degrees from HPU: the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2014 and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership in 2018.

Additional program participants included Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Lauren Kirk, instructor of education; Susan Sharp, teacher certification officer; and Jill Underwood, instructor of education. Other representatives of the School of Education in attendance were Amy Briley, administrative assistant, and Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education.

Teacher reception candle ceremonyThe reception concluded with a candle-lighting ceremony. Area teachers, in whose classrooms the HPU students served as student teachers, lit candles held by the students, symbolizing the transfer of knowledge and the carrying forward of that knowledge into classrooms where these future teachers will serve.

“We are so proud of these students who have worked diligently to learn how to be the teachers of tomorrow,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “Likewise, we are greatly indebted to teachers from Bangs, Brownwood and Early who have welcomed them into their classrooms, modeled great teaching and provided a venue in which the students could grow and develop as educators.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students recognized at the Clinical Teacher Reception are, front row from left, Abigail Miller, Cassandra Mendez, Carissa Cromer, Kinsey Nall and Judy Pack; middle row from left, Tandi Patton, Sierra Bennett, Rachel Henry, Dorian Buitron, Erin Buergner and Fred Zavala; and, back row from left, Corey Martinez, Matthew Parks, Kelsy Bellah, Kristen Cunningham, Andrew Stevenson, Katie Ash, Daniel Lemus and Micah Smith.

Photo cutline: Teachers from the area light candles held by HPU students as part of the recent Clinical Teacher Reception held on the HPU campus.

HPU hosts fifth annual Wellness Fair

HPU Wellness Fair Relay Winners photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently held its fifth annual Wellness Fair, which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for HPU students, faculty and staff.

The fair opened with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady, singing the national anthem and sophomore music education major Taylor Davis leading the HPU alma mater. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, briefly spoke to attendees about the values of healthy living.

A new event at this year’s Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle organized by Stanley Roffe, assistant tennis coach and part-time graduate employee in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program. The winning team consisted of Ricky Cavitt, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Tim Skaggs, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; and Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology.

Teresa Cavitt, M.Ed. ’17, instructor of kinesiology and Faculty/Staff Wellness Program director, organized the event. Other activities at the event included Knocker Ball®, testing throwing speed, and lowering stress by interacting with puppies from the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center. Event giveaways included a bicycle and a longboard.

“The HPU Wellness Fair is always an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals from all the dimensions of wellness, access your own health choices and possibly begin the process of adopting a healthier lifestyle,” said Teresa Cavitt. “Additionally, it was an enjoyable way for the campus to interact and celebrate community on a nice spring day.”

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: A new event at HPU’s fifth annual Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle. Pictured with shuttle organizer Stanley Roffe (second from left) is the winning team comprised of, from left, Dan Humeniuk, Lynn Humeniuk (front), Ricky Cavitt and Tim Skaggs.

HPU’s Clark-Goff serving on statewide boards for education deans

Kylah Clark-Goff 2017BROWNWOOD – December 12, 2017 – Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Education, began a term this fall as secretary of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE). Additionally, Dr. Clark-Goff will begin a term in January as secretary of the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (EDICUT).

Both organizations seek to promote effective teaching and quality education, with EDICUT specifically concentrating on teacher education in private universities and colleges.

Under Dr. Clark-Goff’s leadership, HPU’s School of Education strives to equip the next generation of educators to meet the needs of their future students through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices rooted in a Christian world view.

In addition to the Educator Preparation Program, HPU’s School of Education offers undergraduate degrees in kinesiology and athletic training. The school also offers two graduate degrees – the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership.

“HPU’s School of Education continues to flourish under Dr. Clark-Goff’s exceptional leadership,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer. “We’re thankful that she not only commits herself to her students and faculty, but to her own professional development through her service in organizations such as TACTE and EDICUT.”

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Cutline: Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of HPU’s School of Education, serves as secretary of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and will soon begin a term as secretary of the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

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 alumna named director of sport administration for the Midwest Conference

Chassidy HollowayBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2017 – Chassidy Holloway, a graduate from Howard Payne University’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) degree program, has been named director of sport administration for the Midwest Conference. The athletic conference is affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III and member institutions are located in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Holloway, originally from LaFayette, Alabama, graduated from HPU in May 2017. She said the program, and being a part of HPU’s athletic culture, gave her the opportunities she needed to be a well-rounded applicant when applying for jobs.

“I think that the SWELL program and working with HPU women’s basketball helped me to develop a unique skill set that I am now able to use in my position with the Midwest Conference,” she said. “Not only did I develop confidence in my ability to succeed in the sport industry but there were significant contributions to my personal and spiritual growth that I attribute to my time at HPU. Howard Payne has a special place in my heart and I am blessed to have been welcomed with open arms.”

The SWELL program at HPU seeks to prepare future leaders for the $4-trillion sport and wellness industries. SWELL is a two-year cohort program that currently consists of night classes. Courses include instruction in event planning, public relations, legal foundations, leadership and more.

HPU is working to offer more of the SWELL coursework in online and distance-learning formats to give students outside of the Brownwood area an opportunity to join a cohort. The coursework and HPU’s Christ-centered academic community make the affordable SWELL program a unique offering among master’s programs in the United States.

For more information about the program, e-mail swell@hputx.edu or call 325-649-8959. Applications for admission and consideration for graduate assistantships in outdoor recreation and department administration/instruction are available online at www.hputx.edu/swell.

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Cutline: Chassidy Holloway, a 2017 HPU graduate, was named director of sport information for the Midwest Conference.

HPU students and employees share in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Baseball team hurricane relief group photo for webBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2017 – Many Howard Payne University departments, teams, students and personnel were recently involved in various projects to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas coastal areas. Three projects in particular – the supply collection and fundraiser by the HPU baseball team, the Department of Music hurricane relief concert and the stuffed animal/small blanket drive by the School of Education – were part of campus-wide efforts to help those in need in southeast Texas.

At the Saturday, September 2, supply and donation drive, the HPU baseball team partnered with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood and collected 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food. The weekend after the collection event, 41 HPU baseball players, five coaches, the athletic director and then-alumni/development director traveled to First Baptist Church Port Lavaca to deliver the supplies. While there, the team of volunteers provided assistance with unloading donations, tree and brush removal, fence and roof repair as well as general clean-up efforts. The team clocked an estimated 1,060 hours of volunteer service for hurricane relief.

Choir at benefit concert for webAcross campus, HPU’s Department of Music also wanted to help those affected by the hurricane. The department presented a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, that was titled “The Sounds of Restoration” and featured many of the university’s musical ensembles. Admission to the concert was by donation and all proceeds went to the organization Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery. Approximately $3,000 was collected that evening at the door and more was collected online.

HPU’s School of Education came up with another creative way to assist in relief efforts. The school coordinated a “Comfort for Kids” drive throughout September, collecting stuffed animals and small blankets to comfort children whose families may have lost all of their belongings. The school was able to collect 50 stuffed animals and 30 small blankets for the children. Dr. Sam Goff, minister of missions at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, delivered the items on behalf of HPU to the greater Beaumont area on October 4. Goff is the husband of Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education.

Stuffed animal and blanket drive for web“None of these hurricane-relief efforts could have been done without the support of the people in Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as the HPU community,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “It is wonderful how all involved came together to be a blessing to those devastated by the recent hurricane and flooding in southeast Texas.”

Those interested in assisting with ongoing relief efforts may donate to Texas Baptist Men’s hurricane relief and recovery fund. Visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now to donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.

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Cutlines: (1) HPU’s baseball team and staff are shown at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca where they assisted the people in that area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

(2) HPU’s Concert Choir is shown performing during the benefit concert presented by the Department of Music’s various ensembles.

(3) HPU’s School of Education hosted a stuffed animal/small blanket drive benefiting children affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding.

HPU’s educator preparation program hosts back-to-school social for future teachers

educator prep photo 1BROWNWOOD – September 4, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s educator preparation program began the fall 2017 semester by hosting its first “Snack & Chat” social. Sponsored by HPU’s School of Education, all students seeking teaching certification were invited to this time of networking and fellowship.

“The students had an opportunity to get to know one another and HPU’s education faculty while enjoying free snacks,” said Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education. “We’re looking forward to an exciting year of equipping HPU students to become the educators of tomorrow.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2018 semester. For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: 1. Students in HPU’s educator preparation program started the fall semester with a time of fellowship and networking. Among those attending are, from left to right, Breanna Hunt, Cassandra Mendez and Grant Saltar.

2. Amy Briley, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Education, and student Kimberlyn Ho pause for a photo during the recent “Snack & Chat” social on campus.