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HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts seven new members

Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted seven new members.

Inductees were Britt Boler, senior from Midland; Eric Haverstock, senior from Midland; Weston Kirbo, senior from Brownwood; Audrey Simpson, senior from Cuero; Alexandra Thompson, senior from Brownwood; Doug Turner, senior from Early; and Tricia Webb, senior from Brownwood.

“Our inductees this year are excellent examples of the Sigma Beta Delta principles of wisdom, honor and aspiration,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “We are confident that they will do great things when they leave Howard Payne University.”

The distinguished guest speaker for the induction ceremony was Vincent Ornelas, president of special assets for Mills County State Bank. Ornelas is a 1979 HPU graduate through the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom program, now the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, in which he was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar.

Membership into Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999, making this year Sigma Beta Delta’s 20th at HPU.

“It is an honor for Howard Payne University to have been part of the Sigma Beta Delta family for 20 years,” said Dr. Powell. “We are proud of our many business students who have become members of this International Business Honor Society throughout the past two decades.”

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration, and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

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


Cutline: HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta recently inducted seven HPU seniors. Pictured from left to right are Tricia Webb, Eric Haverstock, Britt Boler, Alexandra Thompson, Doug Turner, Weston Kirbo and Audrey Simpson.

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