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HPU recognizes 256 students for academic success

BROWNWOOD – March 26, 2020 – Howard Payne University recognized 256 students for academic success during the fall 2019 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, President’s List

Abilene
Hannah Rule, Dean’s List

Allen
Cole Bené, President’s List

Alleyton
Julia Catlett, President’s List

Alvin
Taylor Davis, President’s List

Amarillo
Abigail Laubhan, Dean’s List

Anderson
Kyle Kildare, Honor Roll

Anson
Annabelle Rodriquez, President’s List

Arlington
Jordan Favors, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Dean’s List

Austin
Casey Dufner, President’s List
Travis Folmar, President’s List
Harold Myart, Dean’s List
Angelica Ramirez, Honor Roll
Kaedie Riggins, Dean’s List

Bangs
Aleah Curtis, President’s List
Landon James, President’s List
Alek Mendoza, Honor Roll

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Xavier Haines, Dean’s List

Bedford
Daniel  Patterson, President’s List

Bellville
Clay Wicklein, President’s List

Belton
Emily Kepling, Dean’s List

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

Bossier City, Louisiana
Cynthia Montalvo, Honor Roll

Brady
Jeffrey Gilseth, Honor Roll
Shelby Smart, Dean’s List

Brazoria
Emma Kacal, Dean’s List

Bridgeport
Delaney Ingram, Dean’s List
Jessica Meeks, President’s List

Brownfield
Conner Faught, President’s List

Brownwood
Bobbie Anderson, President’s List
Haleigh Clevenger, President’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Kinsey Cornner, Dean’s List
Jordan Coronado, Dean’s List
Preston Ezzell, Honor Roll
Laurel Glass, President’s List
Ellen Gonzalez, Dean’s List
Savannah Gregory, Honor Roll
Kyle Hampton, Honor Roll
Conice Horner, Dean’s List
Aaron Jimenez, Dean’s List
Weston Kirbo, President’s List
Victoria Maldonado, Honor Roll
Tanya Martinez, Dean’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Simone Morris, President’s List
Rosa Munoz, President’s List
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Hannah Netherton, President’s List
Amy Perez, Dean’s List
Grace Randolph, President’s List
Jacob Ruiz, President’s List
Suzanne Schad, President’s List
Destiny Sharp, President’s List
Brayden Towell, Dean’s List
Eli Williams, Dean’s List
Brienna Williams, President’s List
Andreahnna Rosenquist, Dean’s List

Bulverde
Madelyn Deviney, President’s List

Burleson
Jacob Amador, Dean’s List
Annie Bentley, Dean’s List
Vanessa Castaneda, President’s List
Landon Clark, Dean’s List

Burnet
Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Kaitlyn Elsten, President’s List

Carrizo Springs
Stephanie Garza, Dean’s List

Cedar Park
James Bublitz, President’s List

Celina
Rishona Raub, Dean’s List

Center Point
Mackenzie Lyon, Dean’s List

Chandler
Carter Renfro, Dean’s List

Childress
Chanda King, Honor Roll

Cibolo
Micah McDowell, Honor Roll

Cisco
Jeramy Dodson, President’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Cleveland
Olivia Rivera, Honor Roll

Colorado City
Arabella Douglas, President’s List

Comanche
Collin Davis, Honor Roll
Brianne Davis, President’s List
Rachel Lilley, President’s List
Korin Victoria, Honor Roll

Conroe
Beatrix Nance, President’s List

Copperas Cove
Aviyon Wilborn, Honor Roll

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
Joe Alexander, Dean’s List
Joel Hinten, President’s List

Denison
Shayla Love, Honor Roll
Deridder, Louisiana
Shawneece Jones, Dean’s List

DeSoto
Levie Smith, Dean’s List

Dripping Springs
Adan Dominguez, Dean’s List
Steven Phipps, Honor Roll

Dublin
Brady Moore, President’s List

Early
Rachel Acker, President’s List
Samantha Barnard, Honor Roll
Hunter Coffee, President’s List
MaKayla De Leon, President’s List
Payton Hackney, Dean’s List
Seth Jesko, President’s List
Dylan Person, President’s List
Lauren Piper, Honor Roll
Kaley Whitley, President’s List
Haylee Allgood, Dean’s List

Eastland
Katelyn Bird, Dean’s List

Edgard, Louisiana
Bria Neal, Honor Roll

Edgewood
Mary Sharff, President’s List

El Paso
Jezreel Hernandez, Honor Roll

Emory
Harlei Struck, Dean’s List

Euless
Amanda Moore, Dean’s List

Flatonia
Abraham Centeno, Dean’s List

Flower Mound
Jared Pollock, Honor Roll

Forney
Chelsea Harrington, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Lucy Manning, Honor Roll
Jose Mendoza, Honor Roll
Katharina Van Wyk, President’s List
Ty Wright, President’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Barnett, President’s List
Madison Marzullo, President’s List
Reagan Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Fulshear
Carrie Gerdes, Honor Roll

Galveston
Sierra Ross, President’s List

Gatesville
Alex Mata, Dean’s List
Madison Sims, Honor Roll

Goldthwaite
Jeffrey Gilbert, President’s List

Grandview
James Dowling, Dean’s List

Greenville
Jordan Sweat, President’s List

Hallettsville
Delaney Etzler, Honor Roll

Hamilton
Tamera Ryan, Dean’s List

Harlingen
Ezra Rubio, Dean’s List

Haslet
Kailey Doering, President’s List

Heartland
Ciara Chappell, President’s List

Hico
Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Hillsboro
Raven Heslip-Shelton, President’s List

Houston
David Berzins, Honor Roll
Reagan Coleman, President’s List
Lesly Garcia, Honor Roll
Kayla Rayos, Dean’s List
Diana Torres, Honor Roll
Christian Wilson, President’s List

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

Huntington
Jeremy Batten, Honor Roll

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey, President’s List

Irving
Delaney Castor, Honor Roll

Katy
Mark Sisemore, President’s List
Anastasia Willis, Dean’s List

Kempner
Monica Garza, President’s List

Kerrville
Morgan Patterson, President’s List
Brooke Robbins, President’s List

Killeen
Joseph Lahmann, Dean’s List

Klein  
Katherine Hill, President’s List

Krugerville
Brenden Hough, President’s List

Lake Jackson
Mackenzie Langham, President’s List

Lampasas
Miller Boykin, President’s List

Lavon
Hudson Smith, Honor Roll

Leander
Matthew Martin, President’s List

League City
Thomas Carte III, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Danielle Ketter, President’s List
Brady Wade, President’s List

Livingston
Kaela Marberry, Honor Roll

Llano
Justin Hughes, President’s List

Lockhart
Madison Zardiackas, President’s List

Lorena
Katherine Burnside, Dean’s List

Lubbock
Ajacia Mojica, Dean’s List

Maple Grove, Minnesota
Victoria Johnson, Honor Roll

May
Sarah Brown, President’s List
Taylor Cox, Honor Roll
Hannah Williams, President’s List

McGregor
Sarah German, President’s List

McKinney
Madison McGarrh, Dean’s List

Midland
Kimberly Bogart, Dean’s List
Britt Boler, President’s List
Eric Haverstock, Dean’s List
Jacob Lehrer, President’s List

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

Montgomery
Benjamin Schardt, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant        
Maci Dorsey, President’s List

Natalia
Hailey Stewart, President’s List

Nederland
Jaylan Ballou, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Dylan Cobb, Honor Roll
Rebecca Fresne, President’s List
Kenneth McKenzie, Dean’s List
Sebastian Paulmann, President’s List
Lindsey Tumlinson, Dean’s List

Nixon
Austin Rogers, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Ryan Cottrell, Dean’s List

Odessa
Bryan Bachus, President’s List
Kendra Cecil, President’s List
Destiny Ramirez, President’s List

Pearland
Melinda Mendoza, Dean’s List

Pflugerville
Esdras Calvac, Honor Roll
Miguel Gutierrez, President’s List
Sarah Ramos, Dean’s List
Thomas Williams, President’s List

Phoenix, Arizona
Dominic DeNardo, Dean’s List

Plainview
Yancy Flores, Dean’s List

Plano
Zachary Gingrich, President’s List
Grant Saltar, President’s List

Port Neches
Jase Miguez, Honor Roll

Porter
Araven Eleby, President’s List

Robstown
Bret Eisenbach, Dean’s List

Rockdale
Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List
Erin Blanchard, President’s List

Rockwall
Ryan Stanford, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Penny Stehlik, President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, President’s List

Royse City
Brett Martinez, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Kelsey Bunch, President’s List

San Antonio
Elizabeth Benn, Dean’s List
Brittany Brown, President’s List
Jordan Bussey, Honor Roll
DeVante Donald, Honor Roll
Rachel Kundinger, President’s List
Mary Lane, President’s List
David Paleo, Honor Roll
Camille Quinones, Honor Roll
Devin Schurman, Honor Roll
Serina Leon, Dean’s List

San Marcos
Tyler Howard, Honor Roll

San Saba
Caelob Hardman, President’s List
Hollee Ragsdale, Honor Roll

Scurry
Jenna Stuard, Dean’s List

Seguin
Carol Aramendia, President’s List
Madeline Rhodes, President’s List

Sherman
Kayla Anderson, President’s List

Silsbee
Kennedy Sam, Dean’s List

Snyder
Zaylie Sanchez, Dean’s List

Spring
Alejandro Lopez, Honor Roll

Springfield, Virginia
Parker Brown, President’s List

Springtown
Seth Becker, Dean’s List

Stanton
Payge Grable, Honor Roll

Stephenville
Derek Gifford, President’s List
Madison Gilder, President’s List

Sugar Land
Myles Roberts, Honor Roll

Temple
Shelby Elliott, Dean’s List

Topeka, Kansas
Jayde Miyamoto, Dean’s List

Trinity
Jade Taylor, Honor Roll

Tucson, Arizona
Karissa Dusek, President’s List

Tuscola
Lillie McDonald, Dean’s List
Chloe McDonald, Honor Roll

Valley Mills
Mills Wood, Dean’s List

Waco
Chelsey Harris, President’s List

Waller
JT Howard, President’s List

Waskom
Daniela Puente, President’s List

Water Valley
Brittany Sutton, Dean’s List

Waxahachie
Kayla Hill, President’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Ganus, President’s List
Marisah Mata, President’s List
Mackinzey Boyer, Honor Roll

Whitesboro
Tevin Stevens, Honor Roll

Whitewright
Payton Jones, President’s List

Willis
Kaitlyn Drewniok, Dean’s List

Wills Point
Jordan Davison, President’s List

Wylie
Abigail Fraser, Honor Roll

Zephyr
Emily Talley, President’s List

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HPU events postponed or cancelled through April 12

BROWNWOOD – March 16, 2020 – As part of Howard Payne University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the university announced the postponement or cancellation of all its large events through April 12. Events will be rescheduled if possible, with details for each to be announced when finalized.

The scheduling adjustments were prompted by caution about the potential spread of COVID-19.

“Our number-one concern is the safety of the HPU family and our surrounding communities,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our schedule if needed.”

HPU events affected by the cancellations or postponements are listed below. With regard to events for which tickets were purchased or tables were sponsored in advance, the tickets or sponsorships will be valid for the rescheduled date. Event organizers will contact ticketholders and/or table sponsors when updated event details are available.

Cancelled or postponed events:

· All HPU Chapel services (including Holy Week activities) through April 12

· All HPU athletics events through the spring 2020 semester

· All Central Texas Community Band rehearsals through April 12

· All New Horizon International Band Program events through April 12

· All Department of Music recitals and concerts through April 12

· All HPU Family Reception alumni events through April 12

· Sarah “Abi” Brown’s Senior Art Reception and Exhibit, originally scheduled for March 16-20

· Spring Sing 2020, originally scheduled for March 20-21

· Yellow Jacket Preview, originally scheduled for March 21

· Newbury Family Welcome Center groundbreaking ceremony, originally scheduled for March 31

· Women’s Club Yellow Rose Luncheon, originally scheduled for April 2

· HPU Fest, originally scheduled for April 4

· Community Lunch and Learn, originally scheduled for April 7

As of this date, Chime Out and Commencement will be held as planned on May 8 and 9, respectively.

HPU posts regular updates on its COVID-19 response online. See https://www.hputx.edu/covid-19-information/ for the latest updates.

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HPU to host second Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event on campus

BROWNWOOD – March 5, 2020 – Howard Payne University invites the public to the second installment in the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series, featuring a meal catered by Sodexo and a presentation by HPU personnel. The event will be held Tuesday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center.

Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU, will lead the presentation, titled “The Media Mix: Maximizing Small Business Presence in the New Media Market.”

“In an increasingly mediated world, businesses must understand the new media mix to posture themselves in the most competitive position,” said Dr. Welker. “This presentation will address the PESO (Paid, Earned, Shared and Owned) model of strategic communication and give small business owners practical strategies to manage their reputation, advertising and strategic messaging.”

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, expressed his enthusiasm for the spring edition of the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series following the success of the first event, held in the fall of 2019.

“Last fall, it was a great pleasure to host community leaders at our campus as part of the Lunch and Learn series,” said Dr. Hines. “I look forward to another excellent opportunity to strengthen the bond between HPU and our community as we enjoy a meal and learn together.”

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at HPU. Individual tickets are on sale now for $15 each. Table sponsorships are available for $300 per table and include tickets and VIP parking for eight guests, as well as recognition at the event, in the printed program and through related publicity.

Interested parties are encouraged to register soon, as venue capacity is limited. Attendees may also register online at www.hputx.edu/lunchandlearn. For information on acquiring a table sponsorship, contact Jacob Rohrer, assistant to the president for special projects, at jrohrer@hputx.edu or at 325-649-8010.

The event’s title sponsor is Wendlee Broadcasting. Current table sponsors are 3M Brownwood; Ann Jones Real Estate; Blevins Body Shop; Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce; Brownwood Regional Medical Center; Citizens National Bank; Kohler Co.; MCBank; TexasBank; Texas Goldstar Real Estate; Texas Clean; Painter & Johnson Financial; Porter Insurance; and Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agency.

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Cutline: HPU will host community leaders at the second Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event on April 7.

HPU senior Sarah “Abi” Brown to present art exhibition March 16-20

BROWNWOOD – March 5, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Sarah “Abi” Brown will present her senior art exhibition March 16-20 at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, March 16, 18 and 20, and from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, March 17 and 19.

Brown, an art education major from May, will graduate from HPU in May 2020. She expressed her excitement to share artwork created over the course of her college career that reflects her personal and academic development during her time at HPU.

“Seeing the culmination of the last four years of study, at one time in one room, anticipating their reception by the community as well as the year of change ahead, has been the most unique experience,” said Brown. “My time at HPU has been absolutely transformative and I’m eager to share that artistic and spiritual journey with my HPU family.”

Brown’s diverse artwork includes paintings, ceramics, weavings, photographs, drawings and more. The centerpiece of the exhibition is her Ekklesia series, a puzzle-like work consisting of separate pieces that fit together, each depicting people close to her in visually symbolic ways.

Julie Mize, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art, noted the artistic vision that Brown displays in her artwork.

“I have taught Abi in several classes and have enjoyed seeing the approach she takes to all her artwork,” said Mize. “She sees beyond what is expected and her artworks – no matter what media – show a unique vision.”

HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center is located at 1308 Center Avenue in Brownwood. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge. For more information, please contact Julie Mize at jmize@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2020 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU senior Sarah “Abi” Brown will present her senior art exhibition March 16-20.

HPU students advance at Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament

BROWNWOOD – March 4, 2020 – 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. The team won fourth overall sweepstakes in speech and debate combined.

Freshman Rishona Raub, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication and social work major from Celina, advanced to finals in extemporaneous speaking, winning fifth place overall.

In parliamentary debate, two of the top 10 debate speakers were from HPU. Parker Brown, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and jurisprudence major from Fairfax County, Virginia, placed seventh and Raub placed ninth.

In IPDA debate, HPU also had two of the top 10 speakers. Devin Schurman, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication and public policy major from San Antonio, placed seventh. Esmeralda Maldonado, senior communication and jurisprudence major from Whitney, placed eighth.

Also placing and earning points for the team was the interpretive duo team of Alex Mendoza, sophomore theatre major from Bangs, and Rayden Hicks, freshman communication and youth ministry major from San Angelo. The pair placed fifth overall with their dramatic duo interpretation piece.

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

“I’m very proud of our young team,” she said. “All of our debate teams had strong records during prelims and our students all competed very well in individual events. Rishona advancing in extemp was outstanding.”

Dr. Welker applauded the team members on their diligence.

“Each of our team members receives a scholarship for competing on the team,” she said. “They work very hard to earn these rankings and I’m excited about the coming years for this team.”

HPU competed against 18 colleges and universities from Texas and Mississippi.

The HPU speech and debate team will travel to Grove City, Pennsylvania, later this month, to compete in the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament.

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Cutline: HPU’s Speech and Debate Team successfully competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament held at Texas State University in San Marcos. Pictured from left are Devin Schurman, Parker Brown, Alex Mendoza, Rayden Hicks, Rishona Raub and Esmerelda Maldonado.

HPU announces closures for Spring Break

BROWNWOOD – March 4, 2020 – Howard Payne University will be closed for Spring Break next week, March 9-13. No classes will be held and university facilities and offices will be closed.

The university will reopen and classes will resume at 8 a.m., March 16.

HPU hosts first Career Summit

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2020 – Howard Payne University recently hosted more than 90 students, faculty, staff and alumni at its first Career Summit. The meeting featured presentations from seven HPU alumni about their experiences in professional sectors including law, education, business, finance, municipal government and university administration, as well as a Q&A session at the conclusion of the event.

Speakers at the event were Bobbette Bell ’87, a longtime educator with Mart and Salado ISDs; Deborah Cartwright ’73, a tax attorney from Austin who worked with two Texas state comptrollers; Stephen Cox ’11, director of bands at Eastland ISD; Dr. Cory Hines ’97, president of HPU; Daniel Hutson ’10, vice president for commercial lending at TexasBank in Brownwood; Natalia Lopez ’06, an immigration lawyer with law offices in Brownwood and Fort Worth; and Marshal McIntosh ’15 and ’16, public information officer and assistant director of economic development with the City of Brownwood.

According to Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator, the diverse professional experiences and viewpoints represented by the speakers offered a unique opportunity for career development to students.

“I believe it’s imperative that students have the opportunity to hear directly from alumni about their experiences, not only while attending HPU, but in their professional pursuits as well,” said Arreola. “The perspectives they shared will help empower and equip students throughout their lives. We are grateful that so many of our alumni understand the importance of offering invaluable advice and support to our current students.”

The event was organized jointly by HPU’s Offices of Career Services, Alumni Relations and University Services. For more information about HPU’s Office of Career Services and future events including part and full-time job fairs, please visit www.hputx.edu/career-services or e-mail careerservices@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2020 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline #1: Pictured are Career Summit speakers Stephen Cox, Natalia Lopez, Daniel Hutson, Deborah Cartwright, Bobbette Bell, Marshal MacIntosh and HPU president Dr. Cory Hines.

Cutline #2: Deborah Cartwright ’73 addresses attendees at the HPU Career Summit.

Cutline #3: Pictured are Natalia Lopez ’06; HPU student Elena Standridge, a junior from Universal City; and Dr. Cory Hines ’97.

HPU receives 2019 Tree Campus USA® recognition

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2020 – Howard Payne University was recently honored with 2019 Tree Campus USA® status by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of the university’s commitment to effective urban forest management. The recent recognition marks the fourth consecutive year HPU has received the award.

“Tree Campuses and their students set examples not only for their student bodies but also the surrounding communities, showcasing how trees create a healthier environment,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Because of Howard Payne University’s participation in the program, air will be purer, water cleaner, while students and university personnel will be surrounded by the shade and beauty trees provide.”

The Tree Campus USA® program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Institutions that receive the recognition must meet the program’s five standards – maintaining a tree advisory committee, having a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures to its campus tree program, holding an Arbor Day observance and organizing a student service-learning project.

“I thank the HPU grounds staff members and student workers for all their hard work to maintain our campus,” said Roger Dewell, director of facilities at HPU. “They work tirelessly to be good stewards of what the Lord has provided for us here at HPU, making our campus not only beautiful in appearance but also inviting to students, faculty, staff and the public.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, while Tree Campus USA® colleges and universities invested more than $51 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.

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Cutline: Tree Campus USA® logo

HPU’s Social Work Club offers free prom dresses to area high school students

BROWNWOOD – February 19, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club is eager to assist area high school students in obtaining the prom dresses of their dreams. The club will host its annual Cinderella Project this Thursday, February 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, February 21, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice, 1308 Austin Avenue in Brownwood.

Young women from area high schools may each receive one free prom dress while supplies last. The gently used dresses are current fashions donated by HPU students and others from the community.

“This is the fourteenth year the HPU Social Work Club has hosted this event,” said Rachel Derrington-Bourke, club adviser, assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program. “The social work faculty and students at HPU get the chance to serve local young ladies by collecting donated dresses, organizing the dresses in our makeshift ‘shop’ and helping each girl pick out her dress.”

Social Work Club members, led by the group’s president, Destiny Sharp, senior from Brownwood, create a boutique experience for the high school students complete with music and fitting rooms.

“Many girls look forward to prom night and the perfect dress plays a large role in that,” said Sharp. “Our goal is to help make prom a memorable and positive experience for as many girls as possible.”

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Cutline: Jessica Williams ’19 is pictured at last year’s Cinderella Project, organizing donated prom dresses for local young women.

Buckner International and Howard Payne University establish wide-ranging collaboration

BROWNWOOD – February 13, 2020 – Nonprofit Buckner International and Howard Payne University recently announced the launch of a collaboration to give students opportunities to better serve their communities and learn about ministry and service. Buckner and HPU will work together to provide volunteer and missions opportunities, humanitarian aid drives and enhanced experiential learning opportunities for HPU students.

The new arrangement was formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, and Dr. Cory Hines, president of HPU. The university welcomed Dr. Reyes to campus as a special guest on February 12, the day the MOU was signed. Dr. Reyes spoke at HPU’s Chapel service that morning as well as at a special luncheon for HPU personnel and guests.

“This collaboration with Howard Payne University allows students to experience true servant leadership while on mission,” said Dr. Reyes. “Encouraging students to give back to those in need will support HPU’s ongoing goal of building an inspired, caring and Christ-like community within the university.”

Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to equipping students for intellectual inquiry, integrity and service to God and humanity, while the mission of Buckner is to serve the vulnerable through Christ-centered values. This alignment opens a multitude of volunteer opportunities including international and domestic missions, shoe drives and other forms of aid.

“This is a perfect fit between two Christ-centered institutions with distinguished histories and ongoing vitality,” said Dr. Hines. “This new arrangement will open the door for HPU and Buckner to impact the lives of even greater numbers of people in meaningful, lasting ways.”

Per the agreement, HPU will “provide Buckner with student volunteers, mission volunteers and humanitarian aid drives.” The broad categories of service include shoe drives and mission trips. More specific areas of collaboration will include HPU’s creation of credit and non-credit opportunities for students to intern and train at Buckner ministry locations for experiential learning in Texas and internationally.

In turn, Buckner will work with HPU students in campus mission organizations to serve Buckner clients and assist Buckner personnel. Buckner will also provide support and orientation, working within international and domestic leadership to find opportunities for HPU students to serve vulnerable children, families and senior adults.

Rachel Derrington Bourke, assistant professor of social work at HPU and director of the university’s social work program, enjoyed the day’s special events and looks forward to the opportunities the new collaboration will provide.

“We were thrilled to have Dr. Reyes on campus,” she said. “His global leadership in providing services to heal children and families is inspirational to our faculty, staff and students. Our agreement with Buckner will give us more opportunities to bring hope and promote social justice to many communities. Our collaboration will give our students valuable experiential learning experiences and foster their development both spiritually and intellectually.”

HPU’s president shared his appreciation of the university’s new collaborators and the far-reaching impact the arrangement will have.

“I have had great respect for Dr. Reyes and the entire Buckner International organization for many years,” said Dr. Hines. “On behalf of the entire Howard Payne University family, I express our enthusiasm for this new collaboration and look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

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Cutline #1: Dr. Cory Hines (left), Howard Payne University president, and Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, recently signed documents formally instituting a collaboration to give students opportunities to better serve their communities and learn about ministry and service.

Cutline #2: Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, was the special guest for Howard Payne University’s weekly Chapel service on the day the collaborative arrangement was officially launched.

About HPU:

Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christian liberal arts institution that works to foster a close community where personal connection is valued. Faculty and staff invest in students’ success through teaching, learning and service. HPU offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. HPU also offers four graduate degree programs for those wishing to pursue post-baccalaureate studies. HPU is located in Brownwood, on the northern edge of the Texas Hill Country, and also offers coursework through extension centers in El Paso and New Braunfels. Learn more at hputx.edu.

About Buckner International:

Buckner International is a faith-based nonprofit ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and senior adults in the United States and internationally. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, Texas, today Buckner serves people through a variety of programs designed to protect children and build strong families. These programs include foster care and adoption, family transition programs, community-based family preservation programs and retirement services for senior adults. Buckner also provides humanitarian aid and crisis relief to poverty-stricken children and families. Learn more and get involved at Buckner.org.