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HPU students advance at Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament

BROWNWOOD – February 20, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Spring Championship tournament, held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Lucy Manning and Tyler Olin advanced to quarterfinals in parliamentary debate (NPDA).

Additionally, Olin, senior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, earned the fourth place top NPDA speaker and was named to the prestigious Texas All-State Forensics Squad. The squad is a recognition given to students who have excelled in forensics at the two-year or four-year level while maintaining high levels of academic achievement and who exhibit strong character and leadership skills.

Manning, sophomore communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, earned the sixth place top NPDA speaker. Together, the team claimed two of the top six recognized speakers at the tournament.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“It is difficult to express how competitive this tournament is — our students consistently rank high and beat some of the largest state universities in Texas,” said Dr. Welker. “Tyler and Lucy were 5-0 in prelims and headed into quarterfinals the top-ranked team.”

HPU competed against 34 debate teams from 17 colleges and universities from Texas. HPU was one of two small, private, Division III universities competing and the only private Baptist university to advance in debate.

Other students who competed at the tournament were Madison Neal, junior communication major from Chandler, and Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted the team.

The HPU speech and debate team will travel to Salina, Kansas, in March to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament.

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Cutline: Lucy Manning and Tyler Olin, members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team, received speaking awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Spring Championship tournament.

HPU hosts second annual Choral Conducting Workshop

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its second annual Choral Conducting Workshop. Conductors from area schools, high school students and HPU students attended the two-day workshop, held January 25 and 26.

Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman served as the resident clinician at the workshop. She is the director of choral activities at Southern Methodist University.

A survey conducted by the HPU Department of Music revealed positive feedback from the workshop’s attendees.

“I have never attended a more useful professional development opportunity,” said one survey respondent. “I learned so much about rehearsal techniques and got some excellent, hands-on help with becoming a more clear and intentional conductor. I returned to my students re-energized to tackle the rest of the year. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Over the two days of the clinic, attendees experienced the building blocks of choral conducting by honing physical gesture and pragmatic rehearsal techniques.

“Each conductor grew and was challenged in several ways, including myself as the facilitator, and I’m so thankful for all in attendance,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Special thanks goes to Dr. Huffman, the conductors, the participants, the students and especially the magnificent members of the Howard Payne University Concert Choir.”

To conclude the first day of the clinic, a concert was held featuring workshop attendees and HPU’s Concert Choir. Dr. Huffman directed the choir in a performance of “In this Place” at the concert.

Christina Hallwachs, of Burkburnett High School, and Chris Jarvis, of Wichita Falls High School, directed performances of “5 Hebrew Love Songs.” David Mills, of Chapel Hill ISD and Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church, directed “I am the Rose of Sharon” and Jennifer Reeves of Brownwood High School directed “Locus Iste.” Camila Cotter, an HPU senior music education major from Garden Ridge, directed “Kyla Vuotti Uutta Kuuta.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 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: Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman, director of choral activities at SMU, served as the resident clinician at the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts Choral Conducting Workshop.

HPU student and alumna judge area robotics contest

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2019 – For the third year in a row, Howard Payne University provided arena judges for the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Area 15 Robotics Contest.

This year’s competition took place on January 19 in the gymnasium of the John H. Glenn Middle School in San Angelo with elementary and middle school participants. Students from Brownwood and Early also took part in the competition.

Stephanie Irene Tarigan, an HPU senior mathematics major from Brownwood, and Clara Octani Tarigan, a December 2018 graduate in engineering science, served as arena judges.

“Mrs. Laura Howard, the present coordinator of the contest, invited HPU to serve as judges this year,” said Dr. Hendra J. Tarigan, assistant professor of engineering science and director of HPU’s engineering science program. Dr. Tarigan accompanies the students each year. “In 2017 and 2018, Mrs. Angela Gau from Ballinger High School was the coordinator.”

Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, said she is proud of the students’ ongoing involvement in the community.

“Our science and math students have much to offer and I am pleased they have chosen to share their gifts in this way,” she said.

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Cutline: HPU alumna Clara Tarigan (left) and senior Stephanie Tarigan recently served as arena judges for the TCEA Area 15 Robotics Contest.

HPU receives 2018 Tree Campus USA® recognition

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2019 – The Arbor Day Foundation has once again recognized Howard Payne University as a Tree Campus USA® institution for the university’s ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management. HPU has received the Tree Campus USA designation since 2016.

In a letter congratulating HPU on its 2018 recognition, the Arbor Day Foundation said its Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and personnel in the spirit of conservation.

HPU celebrated Texas Arbor Day in late 2018 with several activities on campus for 96 fifth-grade students from Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. The series of environmental awareness hands-on activities emphasized predator/prey relationships, food chains and food webs. Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service was also on campus to discuss the role of trees and the importance of maintaining trees in a healthy ecosystem. The event culminated in the young students’ participation in a tree-mulching ceremony.

A large number of HPU students and personnel coordinated the event.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee which also includes representatives from HPU’s student body and personnel.

“God has blessed HPU with a beautiful campus and I’m proud of the efforts of all those who work hard to maintain it to His glory,” said Pritchett.

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Cutline: Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service leads BISD students in spreading mulch around a newly-planted tree on the HPU campus during the university’s 2018 Texas Arbor Day celebration.

Participants in HPU baseball trip involved in highway accident

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2019 – Early Wednesday morning, seven Howard Payne University baseball players and two staff members were involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning to Brownwood from an out-of-town weekend series.

Though none sustained life-threatening injuries, two players were transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center and several others received follow-up care.

Dr. Paul Armes, interim president, expressed his concern on behalf of the entire HPU family.

“As saddened as we are about the accident, we are also deeply grateful that there has been no loss of life and that the preliminary prognosis is positive moving forward,” said Dr. Armes. “Truly, this is one of those times when our relationship with Christ encourages, strengthens and helps us to rest in and rely on Him.”

HPU honors 275 for academic success during fall 2018 semester

BROWNWOOD – January 30, 2019 – Howard Payne University honored 275 students for academic success during the fall 2018 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.

Receiving honors were:

Abbott
Kylie Johnson, Dean’s List

Abilene
Sarah Carey, Honor Roll
Bethany McClure, President’s List

Alamo
Amy Perez, Honor Roll

Allen
Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Natalie Stephens, Honor Roll

Alvin
Taylor Davis, President’s List

Andrews
Jace Keesee, Honor Roll

Angleton
Raylon Gardner, Honor Roll

Anson
Tatyanna Ruiz, Dean’s List
Chelsea Walker, Dean’s List

Arlington
Tanner Bailey, Honor Roll
James Cook, Honor Roll
Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Honor Roll

Austin
Travis Folmar, President’s List
De’Nae Gibbs, Dean’s List
Marissa Godbey, President’s List
Riley Morrison, Dean’s List
Joshua Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Luke Victor, Dean’s List

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Xavier Haines, President’s List

Bertram
Sawyer Fisher, Honor Roll
David Frost, Dean’s List

Blanket
Adealisa Bernal, Honor Roll

Boerne
Leah Gordish, Dean’s List

Brazoria
Emma Kacal, President’s List

Bridgeport
Jessica Meeks, President’s List

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Brookesmith
Chyna Allgood, Honor Roll

Brownfield
Conner Faught, President’s List

Brownwood
Travis Adams, President’s List
Bobbie Anderson, President’s List
Destiny Bible, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Cameron Butler, Dean’s List
Haleigh Clevenger, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, President’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Kimberlyn Ho, President’s List
Tiffany Hogue, President’s List
Conice Horner, Honor Roll
Jessica Huckaby, President’s List
Colton Jenkins, Honor Roll
Aaron Jimenez, Honor Roll
Hannah Justice, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, President’s List
Justin Lawson, President’s List
Tanya Martinez, President’s List
Krystal McCoy, Honor Roll
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, President’s List
Debbie Odom, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, President’s List
Kory Owen, President’s List
Seth Owen, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, Dean’s List
Grace Randolph, Dean’s List
Victoria Sanchez, President’s List
Clara Tarigan, Honor Roll
Matthew Tarigan, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Thompson, President’s List
Keegan Torres, President’s List
Brayden Towell, Honor Roll
Tricia Webb, President’s List
Michael Westerman, Dean’s List
Katelyn Zimmer, Dean’s List

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers, Honor Roll

Bulverde
Madelyn Deviney, President’s List

Burleson
Vanessa Castaneda, President’s List
Lexie Hobby, Dean’s List

Burnet
Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Tabatha Moore, Dean’s List

Canton
Sierra Ross, President’s List

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry, Dean’s List

Cedar Hill
Micah Hays, Dean’s List

Chandler
Paulo Flores, Honor Roll
Carter Renfro, Dean’s List

Childress
Chanda King, President’s List

Cisco
Robert Caraway, Honor Roll
Jaime Dodson, Honor Roll
Hannah Stuart, President’s List
Tonya Thompson, President’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Colmesneil
Jordan Givens, Honor Roll

Comanche
Brianne Davis, Dean’s List
Cara Ivy, Dean’s List
Korin Victoria, Honor Roll

Conroe
Samantha Swatzel, President’s List

Corpus Christi
Paige Bowers, Dean’s List
Ethan Cerna, President’s List
Tatiana Robles Figueroa, Honor Roll

Corsicana
Hailey Osborne, Dean’s List

Cross Plains
Joe Alexander, Dean’s List
Morgan Megarity, Honor Roll

Cuero
Audrey Simpson, President’s List

Dallas
Richard Treviso, Honor Roll

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain, President’s List

Desoto
Spencer Wolverton, President’s List

Early
Rachel Acker, Dean’s List
Skyler Andrews, President’s List
Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
Jakayli Coppic, President’s List
MaKayla De Leon, President’s List
Conner Drew, President’s List
Logan Gressett, Honor Roll
Payton Hackney, Dean’s List
Jacob Ledbetter, Dean’s List
Crystal Ochoa, Dean’s List
Dylan Person, Honor Roll
Jennifer Sepeda, Honor Roll
Jason Washburn, Dean’s List
Kaley Whitley, President’s List

Eldorado
Anna McBride, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Kacie Greseth, Dean’s List
Laura Serrano, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Zachary, President’s List

Euless
Amanda Moore, Dean’s List

Fort Stockton
Amber Corral, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Errico, President’s List
Brooke Gibbs, President’s List
Micah Gray, Honor Roll
Clifford Lunceford, Dean’s List
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Collin Wright, President’s List
Ty Wright, Dean’s List

Fredericksburg
Kalin Brown, Dean’s List
Jeremy Houston, Dean’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Barnett, President’s List
Madison Marzullo, President’s List
Ryan Richardson, Honor Roll
Reagan Ridlehuber, President’s List

Gatesville
Breanna Clover, Honor Roll
Madison Sims, Dean’s List

Goldthwaite
Amber Breum, Honor Roll
Jeffrey Gilbert, Dean’s List

Goliad
Sarah Fernandez, Dean’s List

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, President’s List

Granbury
Mackinzey Boyer, Honor Roll
Daniel Shelton, Honor Roll
Kynnedy Gardner, Honor Roll

Grand Saline
Connor Lowe, Honor Roll

Greenville
Jordan Sweat, Honor Roll

Hallettsville
Kade Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hamlin
Klaye Georges, Dean’s List

Harker Heights
Anna Leffers, President’s List

Harlingen
Cody Hughes, President’s List
Madeline Rhodes, President’s List
Ezra Rubio, Dean’s List

Haslet
Kailey Doering, President’s List

Hemphill
Zachary Lucius, Dean’s List

Hico
Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Hillsboro
Raven Heslip-Shelton, Dean’s List

Houston
Reagan Coleman, President’s List
Dawson Nobriga, Dean’s List
Christian Wilson, Dean’s List

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, President’s List
Benjamin Olin, President’s List
Tyler Olin, Dean’s List

Irving
Delaney Castor, President’s List
Ruben Cruz, Honor Roll

Jarrell
Anissa Peralta, President’s List

Kaufman
Rodolfo Perez, Dean’s List

Keller
Tyla Tipton, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Green, President’s List

Kermit
David Dingle, Honor Roll

Kerrville
Christian Garcia, Honor Roll
Catrina Hooten, President’s List
Morgan Patterson, Dean’s List

Killeen
Tyler James, President’s List

Kopperl
Alexandra Thompson, Honor Roll

Lake Jackson
Mackenzie Langham, President’s List

Lampasas
McKennah Randall, Dean’s List

Leander
Madeline DuPre, Dean’s List
Matthew Martin, President’s List

Levelland
John Clanton, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Adrien Barrientos, Honor Roll
Danielle Ketter, President’s List
Brady Wade, Dean’s List

Live Oak
Brad Ward, President’s List

Llano
Justin Hughes, Dean’s List

Lockhart
Madison Zardiackas, President’s List

Lubbock
Louis Kelley, Honor Roll

May
Sarah Brown, President’s List
Eli Williams, Dean’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

McAllen
Emily Villarreal, President’s List

McGregor
Sarah German, Dean’s List

Mexia
Stephen Featherston, Dean’s List

Midland
Kimberly Bogart, Honor Roll
Britt Boler, President’s List
Robert Evans, Honor Roll
Eric Haverstock, President’s List

Midlothian
James Laney, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Honor Roll
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Milano
Kyle King, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler, Dean’s List
Maci Dorsey, President’s List

Natalia
Hailey Stewart, President’s List

New Braunfels
Erica Akin, Honor Roll
Emily Dixon, President’s List
Rebecca Fresne, President’s List
Andrew Idrogo, Dean’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Chrissa Manning, Honor Roll
Hannah McCain, President’s List
Sebastian Paulmann, President’s List

Newport, Arkansas
Mikala Meadows, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, President’s List
John Killough, President’s List

Odessa
Destiny Ramirez, President’s List
Jessica Lee, President’s List

Pearland
Melinda Mendoza, Honor Roll

Pflugerville
Esdras Calvac, Honor Roll

Phoenix, Arizona
Dominic DeNardo, Dean’s List

Richardson
Scott Wright, Dean’s List

Rockdale
Benjamin Blanchard, Honor Roll
Brian Blanchard, Honor Roll
Erin Blanchard, Honor Roll

Rockwall
Ryan Stanford, President’s List

Round Rock
Stacy Beattie-Anderson, Dean’s List
Shawn Brody, President’s List
Courtney Cantrell, President’s List
Ryan McCord, Dean’s List
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Stehlik, President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, President’s List

Royse City
Brett Martinez, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Honor Roll

San Angelo
Kelsey Bunch, President’s List
Juan Luna, Honor Roll
Adriana Mata, President’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Salina Ali, Dean’s List
Brittany Brown, Dean’s List
DeVante Donald, Honor Roll
Collin Salyers, President’s List

Scurry
Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Seguin
Cameron White, Honor Roll

Shenandoah
Benjamin Schardt, President’s List

Sherman
Kayla Anderson, Dean’s List

Splendora
Jesse Paschal, President’s List

Springtown
Seth Becker, President’s List

Stanton
Payge Grable, Dean’s List

Taylor
Elizabeth Reynolds, President’s List

Temple
Grayson Edwards, Honor Roll

Terrell
Cali Brockway, President’s List

Tolar
Holly Leatherman, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, President’s List

Tulia
Kayla Chadwick, Honor Roll

Tyler
Michael Perkins, Honor Roll
Hannah Quackenbush, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Dean’s List

Waco
Chandler Clark, Honor Roll
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Watauga
Kaitlyn Harrison, President’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Ganus, President’s List

Whitehouse
Morgan McCoy, President’s List

Wichita Falls
Alexi Bushong, Honor Roll

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, President’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Fisk, Honor Roll

Yantis
Jayden Modrall, Honor Roll

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HPU’s grounds crew assists Brownwood Area Community Garden with garden updates

BROWNWOOD – January 23, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s grounds crew lent a helping hand in the early stages of Brownwood Area Community Garden’s reconstruction project. Late in the fall 2018 semester, the grounds crew assisted by cutting wooden planks for new garden beds.

By shortening the length of the beds, more space will be left for those in wheelchairs to access the garden. The garden reconstruction project is estimated to take several months and the process will be aided by volunteer work along the way.

HPU staff members who participated are Allen Fisher, irrigation foreman; Terry Pritchett, vice president of facilities and planning; Kenny Richardson, grounds foreman – athletic fields; Harlei Struck, student worker; and Joey Withers, grounds foreman – lawn maintenance.

Pritchett expressed his appreciation for opportunities to work alongside members of the community.

“I think it’s vital for HPU employees to help in our community,” he said. “We are all partners and it is fun getting to know all the good folks with these organizations. I look forward to years of collaboration.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Kenny Richardson prepares to cut a plank to be used for Brownwood Area Community Garden’s new garden beds.

HPU’s School of Nursing to offer information session on January 23

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Nursing will host an information session for prospective students on Wednesday, January 23, at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean and professor of nursing, and Dr. Laci Sutton, assistant professor of nursing, will share information about the nursing program, applying for admission and more. The event will be held on the HPU’s School of Nursing building, located at 1004 Main Street, and the public is invited.

HPU’s School of Nursing, which is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester, features a student-centered curriculum focusing on caring, faith and intellectual inquiry. The nursing major utilizes 51 main nursing concepts for successful entry into nursing practice.

“We are very excited about HPU’s nursing program,” said Dr. Ouimette, “and we look forward to providing more details about how the program can help students reach their goals for meaningful careers in nursing.”

Dr. Sutton encourages all who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to attend the session.

“Nursing offers many challenging healthcare career opportunities for mission and service to others,” said Dr. Sutton. “If you want to study nursing with caring faculty interested in your success, HPU is the place for you.”

In July 2018, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) unanimously approved Howard Payne University’s proposal to offer the pre-licensure BSN degree. The approval was the result of diligent preparation and close correspondence with the BON by HPU administrators and faculty.

HPU’s School of Nursing may be contacted by e-mail at nursing@hputx.edu or by phone at 325-649-8182. For more information about the School of Nursing, visit www.hputx.edu/nursing.

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Photo cutline: Students in HPU’s School of Nursing gain practical, hands-on experience as part of the program’s student-centered curriculum.

HPU’s Hannah Justice accepted to first-choice medical school after completing Joint Admissions Medical Program

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2019 – Howard Payne University senior Hannah Justice of Brownwood, the first HPU student to participate in the prestigious Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), has been accepted to her number-one choice of medical schools, Texas Tech University.

“Tech was my top choice for medical school and I was so relieved and excited it was a match,” said Justice, a biomedical science major. “JAMP provided so many valuable resources that made the preparation for medical school easier.”

Students from colleges across Texas who participate in JAMP interview with nine medical schools and have guaranteed acceptance to at least one. The students rank the schools based on the ones they would like most to attend. Their rankings and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are taken into account when matching each student with a medical school.

Justice ultimately ranked Texas Tech as her number one school, but she said that had not always been the case.

“Honestly, it wasn’t my number one choice from the beginning,” Justice said. “It was the interview that really piqued my interest. One of the reasons that I came to Howard Payne was because of the community that is here and that was really something I was looking for in a medical school. Texas Tech is very community-oriented and I felt that it was a place I could truly thrive.”

Justice was accepted into JAMP during her sophomore year at HPU. According to the JAMP website, the program was created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified students pursuing medical education. It provides students with educational and clinical learning opportunities to better equip them as they pursue careers in medicine. She learned about the program from Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and JAMP faculty director at HPU.

“Hannah first felt God calling her into the medical field during one of our medical school tours her freshman year,” said Dr. Hutchins. “That was an exciting day for me, hearing Hannah share her heart during that drive home to HPU.”

During the summer after her sophomore year, Justice participated in her first JAMP internship at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

“You’re required to participate in two summer internships,” said Justice. “The first summer is more focused on MCAT prep. You take classes that continue online through the fall and spring until you take your MCAT. It was very involved and very studious. In addition to the MCAT prep we had to take classes at the medical school level. It was exhausting at times.”

This past summer, Justice participated in her second internship, which took place at McGovern Medical School and was aimed at preparing students for the rigorous medical school interview process. She then took the MCAT and applied to nine of the medical schools in Texas, a JAMP requirement.

“I met the score requirement in the first round,” she said, “so the second summer internship was a lot less stressful because I didn’t have the MCAT looming over my head. A lot of the second internship was focused on preparing for interview season.”

On September 28, 2018, after Justice had completed her time at JAMP as well as her interviews, she requested that Dr. Hutchins help her with the reveal of her match results. Dr. Hutchins confirmed Justice’s match result through JAMP, wrote down the school’s name and put it in an envelope that Justice opened in front of her friends and family that evening.

Justice expressed her gratefulness for the JAMP program and the ways it prepared her for the huge transition into medical school.

“The community that it has given me has been a blessing,” said Justice. “Preparing for medical school is hard: mentally, academically and spiritually. My cohort of fellow JAMPers encouraged me and laughed with me and cried with me along this journey and made it so much more than a task to accomplish.”

After reflecting on the two-year journey leading up to her acceptance, Justice also spoke of the spiritual lessons learned.

“It taught me a lot about myself and who I am in Christ and that this is not something that I’m doing for myself,” she said. “It’s about using the gifts and talents that the Lord has given me to glorify Him. It’s scary to have really big dreams, but it’s a reminder that I can’t accomplish this in my own power. It’s very humbling, but it strengthened me a lot and made me more grateful to have my faith.”

Once she graduates from HPU in May 2019, Justice will attend medical school for four years and then participate in a residency program for three to five years to become board certified in a specialty of her choosing.

“Right now I’m just focusing on enjoying the time that I have with my family and friends and making the most of my senior year at HPU,” said Justice. “I’m currently just trying to prepare myself spiritually for the next four years of medical school. I’m excited for what the Lord wants to teach me and for how He wants to use me during medical school.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 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: Hannah Justice, a JAMP participant and future Texas Tech medical student, stands in front of HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science.

HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics introduces S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab

BROWNWOOD – January 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics introduced an innovative class this fall for students seeking to major in biology and a handful of other majors. The class has been named the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, which stands for Scientific Training for Inquiry-Guided, Experiment-Based Research.

“This lab is different than a traditional lab because it requires a lot more independent work,” said Dr. Gregory Hatlestad, associate professor of biology. “It was designed so that students would learn all of the techniques that you would need to be able to do research and then move into doing real research projects.”

This style of class was first implemented by The University of Texas and was so successful that other schools began to replicate the class. Dr. Hatlestad was able to implement that same style of teaching at HPU.

“Before I started working at Howard Payne, I was working at The University of Texas as an assistant clinical professor and my job was to teach one of these,” said Dr. Hatlestad. “UT is at the forefront of this type of lab, which has been very successful at increasing graduation rates, retention and GPA – everything that you want out of a course.”

During the first phase of the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, students are given packets and a certain amount of time to complete them. These packets provide them with the necessary protocols and techniques they need to complete the assignment and for use in future research.

“Once they learn all the techniques they need, they are actually going to be working on trying to figure out things that people don’t know already,” said Dr. Hatlestad. “So there is an element of unknown in which we are actually going to be doing real research.”

Students whose majors require them to take general biology are required to take a lab alongside it. This is typically the traditional general biology lab which meets regularly and is more scripted. Students now have the option of taking either the traditional lab or the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab. One of the major differences between them is the self-paced nature of the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab.

“The self-pace was really something that I was interested in,” said Mildreth Rodriguez, freshman biology major from Buda. “I can come in once a week or I can come in twice a week. It’s taught us a lot about time management and being able to figure things out on our own.”

The S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab has open hours so students can come to work on their projects throughout the week. Their hours and progress are tracked and they have to show that they were able to accomplish the assigned tasks. If students attempt experiments unsuccessfully, the experiments must be conducted again. While this adds a level of difficulty to the class, students are given guidance when needed and have the chance to correct their work.

“It’s much more based on learning how to do it right instead of getting it right the first time,” said Pablo Serna, freshman biology major from Fort Worth.

Ultimately, the students are challenged to think critically in the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab and are given the opportunity to investigate queries a step further.

“That is the goal,” said Dr. Hatlestad, “giving students a better education and experience so they understand what it means to do research and what it means to be accountable for what happens in the lab.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 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: Mikala Meadows, a sophomore chemistry major from Newport, Arkansas, and a student in HPU’s S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, prepares to extract plant DNA.