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HPU graduates 90 students at fall Commencement ceremony

BROWNWOOD – January 15, 2020 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 90 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2019 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2019 and December 2019 graduates. Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivered the charge to graduates.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Arlington

James Ryan Cook – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Austin

Travis Lynn Folmar – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Cody Tyler Hastings – Master of Business Administration

Matthew Richard Prall – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Bangs

Shannon Irene McNeill – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Michael Talon Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Beaumont

Rickey Andrew Guillory – Master of Business Administration

Djimonii Rai¢ Jackson – Master of Business Administration

Bridgeport

Jessica Leanne Meeks – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Brownwood

Bobbie Jo Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Bryan Dustin Bachus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Jordan Terrell Beasley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Thomas Alexander Bingham – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Amanda Arleans Collins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Lydia Melissa Conrad – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Matthew Jeffrey Davis – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Matthew Don Gomez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Emmanuel Lee Jimenez – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Weston Drew Kirbo – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude

Cheyanne Denise Lovelady – Master of Business Administration

Katrina Dene Lynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Timothy Michael Murphy – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (personal trainer)

Rachel Mary Myers – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies

Shantel Oplotnik – Bachelor of Science in social work

Austin James Robinson – Master of Science in criminal justice

Michael A. Westerman – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Eli David Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical languages

Burleson

Eliajia Donnell Pruitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Caddo Mills

Tabatha Marie Moore – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general), Cum Laude

Canutillo

Jazmin Susana Amezcua – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Childress

Chanda Kay King – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Cisco

Robert Devin Caraway – Bachelor of Science business administration and psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Camille Lindsey Webb – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Cleburne

Anna Elizabeth Goains – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Coleman

Murry Roy Clingerman – Master of Business Administration

Faye-Nita Lyn Norway – Bachelor of Arts in social work

College Station

Hannah Noel McCain – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Cross Plains

Joel Thomas Hinten – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

DeSoto

Levie Smith – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)

Early

Conner Mac Drew – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Dylan Scott Person – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

James Douglas Turner – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

El Paso

Victor Hugo Almanza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Jeffrey Brewer – Master of Business Administration

Rose Anne Chavez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Raquel Cowans – Master of Business Administration

Luis Martin Jimenez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Sandra Saucedo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Flatonia

Abraham Esteban Centeno – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Forney

Jarrid Wade Hawkins – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Gatesville

Madison Leigh Sims – Bachelor of Science in science (middle school: grade 4-8)

Goldthwaite

Jeffrey Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Grandview

James Jarod Dowling – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification)

Greenville

Jordan Alexandria Sweat – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Haslet

Kailey Rebekah Doering – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Horizon City

Santiago Felipe Mejia – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Brenda Jeanette Palma – Master of Business Administration

Huntington

Jeremy Randell Batten – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Kennedale

Hailey Anne Green – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Killeen

Haley Kristine Slater – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

May

Jordan Dale Easterling – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Midland

Britt Thomas Boler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude

Eric Trey Haverstock – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Natalia

Hailey Stewart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

New Braunfels

Chad Eric Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melodee Lynne Carrier – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Genaro Garza – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Adelaide Anne Joralemon – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Eric Lehr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude

Alison Leanne Posey – Master of Business Administration

Tina Rocha – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences business administration

Rakisha Williams – Master of Business Administration

Odessa

Larry Dwayne Potter – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

Destiny Reyann Ramirez – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Pasadena

Kyra Alyse Chapa – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)

Plainview

Yancy Justyne Flores – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Plano

Troy Zachariah Moseley – Bachelor of Arts in history

Grant Michael Saltar – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Richardson

Scott Walton Wright – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock

Kailey Ann Cargill – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical psychology)

Jonathan Michael George – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

San Angelo

Juan Andres Luna – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Cum Laude

San Antonio

Marzena Marroquin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Alexandra Irene Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

San Saba

Caelob Dane Hardman – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Hollee Anne Ragsdale – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Seguin

Shelli Suzanne De La Garza – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Trinity

Jade Elise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Tulia

Bryce Wayne Shelton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Woodsboro

Cory Dean Edwards – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

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Cutline: Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivers charge to graduates at HPU’s December 2019 Commencement ceremony.

HPU to host Congreso Experience event on Jan. 25

BROWNWOOD – January 14, 2020 – Howard Payne University is pleased to welcome Hispanic Baptist leaders, pastors and students for Congreso Experience, organized by the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT). The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, on the HPU campus.

The meeting will feature workshops, group activities and a worship rally, all designed to encourage Hispanic students from 7th to 12th grades in their education and spiritual walk.

“We are excited to host Congreso Experience here at HPU,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “Christ-centered education is a vital mission of our university, so we are grateful for opportunities such as this – to support and encourage students as they learn new ways to serve the Lord.”

The event’s featured speaker is David Natividad, a 1998 HPU graduate and an education consultant based in San AngeloWorship will be led by Daniel Palacios, a 2016 HPU graduate who serves with youth at Clear Creek Community Church in League City. Victor Rodriguez, evangelism associate/discipleship specialist for Hispanic evangelism for the BGCT, will lead sessions for pastors. Sessions for youth workers will be led by Eric Hernandez, apologetics lead and millennial specialist for the BGCT.

Registration is for Congreso Experience free, but space is limited. Churches can register their students to attend at www.txcongreso.org.

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Photos are: David Natividad; Daniel Palacios; Victor Rodriguez; and Eric Hernandez.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 9, 2020 –The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2020 season on Monday, January 13. Rehearsals will be held at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The band is composed of local high school students, college students, area musicians and older adults who still have the desire to play and make music.

Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band,” said Nelson. “All are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

The HPU Davidson Music Complex is located on the Howard Payne University campus. For more information, contact Nelson at 325-649-8502 or fnelson@hputx.edu.

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Heart of Texas New Horizons Band meeting hosted at HPU

An informational meeting for the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band was hosted at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Dec. 17. Topics of discussion included the schedule and location of rehearsals, and the benefits of music to the mind and body.

“We have a wonderful group of bright, enthusiastic seniors ready to launch into the new year and a new experience with the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band,” said Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band. “We are grateful to HPU School of Music & Fine Arts and to the grant from the New Horizons Music International Association for making this offering to our community possible.”

The band is open to adults who are at least 50 years old. No previous musical experience is required. Participation is free, thanks to an initiative by the HPU Department of Music and a grant from the New Horizons International Music Association. Individuals interested in joining the band may bring their own instrument. Instruments are also available for rent at Brownwood Music.

The band’s first rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Following the first rehearsal, the band will meet twice a week, at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information about the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band, please contact Stephen Goacher at (325) 649-8167.

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Cutline #1: Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU, speaks during an informational meeting for the New Horizons Band on Dec. 17.

Cutline #2: Pictured are prospective members of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band during the Dec. 17 meeting. From left to right are Frank Nelson, director of bands at HPU; Janet Chastain of Santa Anna; Jim Jackson of May; Betty Martin of Brownwood; Jodie Armstrong of Brownwood; Cayla Furry of Blanket; Bonnie Hascall of Coleman; Mary Dunn of Cross Plains; Stephen Goacher; and Charlene Perez of Brownwood.

HPU announces holiday closure

BROWNWOOD – December 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 6.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (the Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, to process end-of-the-year gifts. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the public is invited to visit the Harrison House during open hours to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with staff. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or by contacting Dr. Dale Meinecke, vice president for development, by phone at 325-649-8804 or e-mail at dmeinecke@hputx.edu anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2020 semester begins on Monday, Jan. 13.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 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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HPU faculty member speaks at 2nd Global Congress on Sport and Christianity

BROWNWOOD – December 12, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. P. Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology, recently spoke at the second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, held at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The five-day event drew hundreds of scholars and practitioners in the field of sport from around the world and included speakers such as Tim Tebow, professional athlete, sports analyst and author; Loretta Claiborne, recipient of 1996 Arthur Ashe Award for Courage; and Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

Dr. Hatcher’s presentation, “‘So as the sett be thine:’ thinking Christianly about the nature of tennis,” explored the current game’s shared legacy with its medieval/Renaissance counterpart and how the essential rules of both can spark theological imagination and faith formation. In the presentation, Dr. Hatcher noted that philosophers, scientists, poets and theologians have all found tennis to be a useful resource in addressing much of their respective interests.

During the congress, Dr. Hatcher also participated in the 30th annual meeting of the Christian Society for Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, an international community of Christian scholars and professionals committed to excellence in kinesiology, leisure and sport through faith-integration, professional development, mentoring and fellowship.

“I’m grateful for the Faculty Development Fund and the administrative support that enabled me to attend this meeting and share my faith-centered scholarship with an international audience,” he said.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. P. Graham Hatcher delivered a presentation titled “‘So as the sett be thine:’ Thinking Christianly about the Nature of Tennis” at the second Global Congress on Sport and Christianity, held at Calvin University.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art program presents 25th annual Christmas recital

BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program recently presented its 25th annual Christmas recital. Thirty-five students performed piano, vocal, guitar and percussion solos, duets and trios, and 12 teachers were represented. The event was held at HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

“There was a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 family and friends, and all in attendance were definitely in the ‘Christmas spirit’ when they left that day,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We are already looking forward to sharing our music again next Christmas as this tradition continues.”

For information about the HPU Pre-College Music and Art program, please contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501, 325-636-3000 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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HPU engineering class builds scale model of Regency Bridge

BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2019 – A group of engineering students at Howard Payne University recently constructed a scale model of Regency Bridge. The model was one of several constructed for Engineering Design Project, an upper-level capstone course for engineering majors. The class, taken over the course of two semesters, requires students to research and propose a major engineering project and then construct and test the proposed project.

“Our proposal was to investigate and analyze different bridges, build replicas and test them to discover which bridge was the strongest,” said senior Justin Hughes of Llano.

The students’ suspension bridge is a model of Regency Bridge, which spans the borders of Mills and San Saba counties and is located on the Colorado River. According to the city of San Saba’s website, Regency Bridge is the last suspension bridge in Texas still used by automobiles.

“We chose this as our project because bridges are an integral part of society,” said senior Dairon Houston of Brownwood. “We wanted to learn the engineering that goes into constructing them and how different types of bridges do different things.”

Since the beginning of the fall semester, the group has researched various bridges and worked on building models. The building of the suspension bridge model took approximately two weeks.

Senior Gabriel Means of Palestine expressed that their research led them to learn information about bridges beyond the realm of engineering.

“We learned how bridge design has changed and improved over history, as well as how a bridge structure distributes weight and what variables are considered when designing a bridge,” Means said.

The class is overseen by Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, director of the forensic science program and professor of chemistry.

“The students used information learned in their previous Statics, Dynamics and Mechanics of Materials courses to build models of various bridges in Brown and Mills counties,” she said. “They ran experiments on the models to determine the static and dynamic loads associated with different parts of each bridge and compared their findings. It was a great experience for the students.”

The group will conduct the next phase of the project in the spring.

“We plan to use the information gathered this semester to build a working, full-sized bridge next semester,” said Hughes.

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Cutline: Gabriel Means, Justin Hughes and Dairon Houston constructed a scale model of Regency Bridge for their Engineering Design Project class.

New Horizons Band expands music opportunities for senior citizens; informational meeting scheduled for Dec. 17

BROWNWOOD – December 10, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts is pleased to announce the formation of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band in January 2020, as part of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA).

The band is open to adults who are at least 50 years old. No previous musical experience is required. Participation is free, thanks to an initiative by the HPU Department of Music and a grant from the New Horizons International Foundation. An informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Dec. 17 in the band room of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. Classes for beginners will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting January 14.

The NHIMA is an initiative seeking to expand music making opportunities for adults. The band will join 215 existing New Horizons Bands in America, Canada and Australia, including seven in Texas.

Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU, said, “We are offering a ‘quality of life’ opportunity for seniors of Brownwood and our local communities – the opportunity to greet each day with a meaningful challenge through learning and sharing music.”

Those who would like to know more but are unable to attend the informational meeting may contact Stephen Goacher at (325) 649-8167.

The pilot program for the New Horizons Band grew from a medical experiment by the Rochester Clinic and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in 1991 investigating whether senior adults could learn new processes. The experiment proved conclusively that learning never stops and that senior citizens have a great capacity to learn and grow throughout life. The research shows that socialization is an important factor in good health. There is evidence that music making supports good mental and physical health. The mental challenge of learning music is an ideal form of exercise for the brain. Research investigates the link between active music making and wellness. Early studies indicate that music making can reduce depression and increase the strength of the immune system.

New Horizons Bands fulfill important needs for adults, such as the need for challenging intellectual growth, the need to be a contributing member of a group and the need to have exciting events in the future.

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Cutline: Pictured are Heart of Texas New Horizons Band advocates Angie Dees, director of the Brownwood Senior Citizens Center; Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts; Kim Springfield, membership director of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce; Leesa Stephens, executive director of Good Samaritan Ministries; and Stephen Goacher, director of the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band and professor of music at HPU.

HPU and surrounding communities celebrate the Christmas season

BROWNWOOD – December 9, 2019 – Howard Payne University personnel and students joined with the university’s neighbors in Brownwood, Early and other area communities to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season during “An HPU Family Christmas.” Held at the university on the evening of Dec. 2, the event included a concert, carol singing, the lighting of Christmas decorations and a reading of the Christmas story.

“It was great to enjoy Christmas festivities with the HPU family – our students, personnel, alumni and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “We were happy to welcome our neighbors to campus to celebrate the Christmas season together.”

 

 

The evening began with a Christmas concert at First Baptist Church of Brownwood presented by the combined HPU choirs and the HPU Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. The concert also featured a special appearance by a children’s chorus comprised of students from East and Northwest Elementary schools, directed by Jennifer Gwathmey and Dean Kiesling.

Following the concert, festivities moved to HPU’s Old Main Park with the university’s traditional tree lighting, the singing of Christmas carols and a reading by Dr. Hines of the biblical account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. The events on campus were accompanied by hot cocoa, snacks and an appearance by Santa Claus.

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Cutline #1: The combined HPU choirs and the HPU Festival Orchestra perform at First Baptist Church of Brownwood.

Cutline #2: Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, reads the Christmas story from the book of Luke.

Cutline #3:Christmas decorations on HPU’s Old Main Park were lit during “An HPU Family Christmas.”

Cutline #4 (for event logo): HPU welcomed the public to an evening of Christmas celebrations on Dec. 2.