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Lynn and Dan Humeniuk named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals

Lynn and Dan Humeniuk have been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals. They are among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and are being highlighted individually.

The Humeniuks and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Lynn Humeniuk graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1975 with a degree in criminal justice. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice, sociology and psychology from Corpus Christi State University in 1982.

She is celebrating being a part of the HPU family for 25 years, having arrived at the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. She has taught criminal justice at HPU since 2001. She had been the director of criminal justice since 2003 until her retirement in 2019. She received Outstanding Faculty Member recognition for the 2003-2004 academic year and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011-2012 and again in 2015-2016. She is associate professor emeritus of criminal justice and sociology.

Dan Humeniuk graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a degree in social work and a minor in sociology. He then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in social work from The University of Texas.

He worked at the Texas Youth Commission for 28 years. For nine years following, he served as the superintendent of the Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facilities in Brownwood. He started teaching social work at HPU in 2006. He was appointed chairman of the department of social work/sociology and program director of social work in 2008. He was awarded HPU’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 academic years. He is assistant professor emeritus of social work.

The Humeniuks have three children and three grandchildren.

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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Cutline: Lynn and Dan Humeniuk have been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals.

HPU to host Career Fair November 5

Howard Payne University’s Office of Career Services invites area businesses and organizations to participate in its upcoming Career Fair. This free event is scheduled for November 5 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Mabee University Center’s Bullion Suites.

This Career Fair will allow employers to recruit for professional full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships. The event will provide the opportunity to meet one-on-one with students seeking positions. Graduate schools are also invited to discuss their programs with prospective students.

“University career fairs are a benefit to everyone involved,” said Tammy Arreola, HPU’s career services coordinator. “It’s a cost-effective way to get your name out in a positive light, to encourage talented job-seekers to consider you and to have actual conversations with people, rather than just reading resumes.”

A six-foot table and two chairs will be provided for displaying organization information. Table coverings are required. If an employer does not have a table cover, HPU will provide one for a $20 fee payable on the day of the event.

Private interview space is available upon request and must be reserved in advance.

Online registration is open for employers and organizations through Friday, November 1, at www.hputx.edu/career-services.

For more information about the Career Fair, please contact Tammy Arreola at 325-649-8630 or tarreola@hputx.edu. Further details are available on the Career Services Events page of the HPU website.

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Cutline: Area employers are invited to HPU’s upcoming Career Fair on November 5.

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and arson dog visit HPU criminal justice class

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and Nika the arson dog recently visited a Howard Payne University criminal justice class to demonstrate evidence-gathering techniques following acts of arson.

“I try to invite Buddy Preston and Nika every semester to demonstrate to my Introduction to Criminal Justice class the career opportunities they have to choose from, one of which is working with K9s,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor emeritus of criminal justice and sociology. “By the time class is over, students have expanded their knowledge of evidence related to arson and some students now are entertaining the thought of one day becoming an arson investigator.”

Preston hid mock arson evidence in the classroom the day before the demonstration. The following morning, he returned with Nika, who found all the mock evidence. Preston also discussed several solved arson cases in Brown County.

Nika, a Labrador Retriever, has served with the Brownwood Fire Marshal’s office for nine years. During this time, Preston and Nika have had a 98.8% success rate in obtaining evidence for arson cases.

“Buddy Preston is an incredible community servant who loves his job,” said Humeniuk. “He is one of our on-site supervisors for criminal justice interns and he provides excellent guidance in that process. As for Nika, every student wanted to take her home after class.”

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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Cutline:Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and Nika, an arson dog, recently visited a HPU criminal justice class. Preston and Nika are pictured demonstrating evidence-gathering techniques to the class.

San Antonio’s Patty Villarreal receives HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award

Patty Villarreal of San Antonio has been named the 2019 recipient of Howard Payne University’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s Homecoming festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and are being highlighted individually.

Villarreal and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Villarreal graduated from HPU in 1976 with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. During her time at HPU she was involved in La Hora Bautista, for which she was a representative to Student Council her sophomore year. She was on the student-led revival team. She participated in intramural sports from 1972-1976. Villarreal was recognized as the top female athlete in intramurals in 1975.

After her time at HPU, Villarreal went on to get her master’s degree from the Carver School of Social Work at Campbellsville University. She has also been recognized by Baylor University’s School of Social Work as an honorary graduate alumna.

Villarreal has been a social worker for 42 years. At the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Villarreal was hired to be a community ministry consultant, where she was the first Latina to be hired as a full-time consultant and social worker. She is the co-founder of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute, a leadership training and network service in Texas, North Carolina and Mexico.

At her church, Woodland Baptist Church, she serves as a deacon, is in the sanctuary choir and is the Outreach Committee Chairwoman.

She is a board member of the Texas Christian Community Development Network and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Texas Council. She is also a trustee with the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio and a leadership development team member for the Hispanic Convention of Texas. Additionally, she is the president of the Texas Hispanic Senior Adult Camp.

She is a former member of the HPU Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also served as president of the alumni board.

“HPU created lifelong friends that opened many doors in denominational life,” she said. “There is an instant connection everywhere I go with HPU students of all graduate years.”

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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Cutline: Patty Villarreal of San Antonio has been named the 2019 recipient of HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award.

HPU announces tuition freeze for 2020-21 academic year

Howard Payne University has announced a freeze of tuition rates from the 2019-20 academic year extending to the 2020-21 academic year.

The freeze represents HPU’s continuing commitment to provide affordable and Christ-centered higher education of the foremost quality to its students and their families.

“Our administration understands the significant financial commitment that attending college represents for students and their families,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “We hope this tuition freeze will financially assist our students and provide stability for them going into the new academic year.”

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters 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: Howard Payne University has announced a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 year.

C. Elia Salazar Trujillo named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen

C. Elia Salazar Trujillo of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the week to come.

Trujillo and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Trujillo graduated from HPU in 1965 with a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in Spanish. While at HPU, she was a member of many student organizations such as La Hora Bautista, Mission Band, El Circulo de la Amistad and Texas Student Educators Association.

Trujillo is very involved in her community serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, Vacation Bible School director, Women on a Mission leader, prayer ministry leader, backyard Bible club teacher and worker with Inner City Ministry.

She and her husband, Tom Trujillo ’65, have a daughter, L. Michelle Trujillo ’89, and a granddaughter, Mariah Christopher.

“My years at Howard Payne were life-changing,” she said. “Through my education at Howard Payne I learned skills that have helped with the many opportunities I’ve had to teach and lead in various areas of church work.”

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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Cutline:C. Elia Salazar Trujillo of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen.

Austin’s Gladys Murray named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service recipient

Gladys Murray of Austin will be the recipient of Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Murray and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Murray graduated from HPU in 1980 with a degree in business with a secondary teacher’s certification. Murray was a member of Zeta Alpha Phi and was a nominee for Homecoming Freshman Lasso Beauty. She was also a member of Christian Brothers of Unity and played intramural sports. While she was a student, she participated in the community choir at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and made this her church home and served in the ministries of the church.

Murray completed 31 years of state service with the Texas Youth Commission and retired in 2010. She still works at her church as an administrative assistant, event coordinator and financial officer, in addition to helping with other ministries.

Murray is the secretary for the HPU African-American Alumni Association Chapter, is involved with the Black History Month Chapel Service each year and helps coordinate other events for the chapter.

She and her husband, Glynn Murray, have six children and seven grandchildren.

“Howard Payne prepared me by continuing to instill the Word of God in me and giving me the opportunity to participate in mission work and service projects to be a leader and an example who is pleasing in the sight of God,” said Murray.

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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Cutline: Gladys Murray of Austin has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service recipient

Flower Mound’s Jarod Root named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Outstanding Young Graduate

Jarod Root of Flower Mound has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Outstanding Young Graduate. He is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Root and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Root graduated from HPU in 2003, having earned a degree in exercise and sport science with a specialization in athletic training. He was the student body vice president and was a student athletic trainer. He was also a member of Zeta Chi.

Root is actively involved in the HPU Alumni Association Board of Directors, currently serving as vice president. He is very supportive of many campus initiatives.

In 2014, Root graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in nursing. He is currently enrolled at Texas Woman’s University where he is working on his master’s degree in nursing practice.

Root owns and operates Whitecoat Enterprises, through which he assists in the perioperative care of patients and performs duties as assigned from the primary operating surgeon.

He and his wife, Kara, have two sons, Jack and Tucker. Root also raises and sells grass-fed beef and local honey.

“HPU gave me the base knowledge and skills to go out and be successful in the world,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the relationships that I made at HPU, along with the values I was taught growing up in Lindsay, Texas, I feel that I would have struggled to get where I am today. Professors like Scott Owen, Dr. Ed Roth and Curly Cox challenged me academically and always to ‘keep it professional.’”

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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Cutline: Jarod Root of Flower Mound has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Outstanding Young Graduate.

William Celis named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

William Celis of Inglewood, Calif., has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. He is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Celis and other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

He graduated from HPU in 1978 with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. While at the university, Celis participated in The Yellow Jacket student newspaper, serving as editor of the publication for three years. He also served as a student senator and a freshman class officer. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Omega. He went on to study at the Columbia Journalism School, where he received his master’s degree in 1982.

Celis reporting career began at the Brownwood Bulletin, which led to The Wall Street Journal, where he was a domestic correspondent and columnist. Later, he served as a national correspondent for The New York Times.

In 2000, Celis became an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has served as an associate director and associate dean at the university.

Celis led a school initiative on diversity and inclusion that won the USC Annenberg School National Award, the 2012 Equity and Diversity Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has received multiple teaching awards, including the 2018 Bingham Fellowship from the American Society of News Editors.

His writing as a journalism professor has appeared in NewsweekThe Boston GlobeThe Washington Post and academic journals at Brown University and Columbia University. He is the author of Battle Rock: The Struggle Over a One-Room School in America’s Vanishing West and is currently finishing his second book, Denetrio’s War: The Enduring Campaign for Equality in American Schools.

“Over the years, especially as I’ve grown older, I have come to appreciate even more the extraordinary education and foundation for life I received at Howard Payne,” he said. “My professors and classmates, and the support I received from both, gave me assurance to go out into the world to do what I have done.”

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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Cutline: William Celis of Inglewood, Calif., has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Distinguished Alumnus.

HPU’s Homecoming 2019 scheduled November 1-2

Howard Payne University looks forward to hosting a large group of alumni, community members and friends in just under a month for Homecoming 2019: Yesterday, Today and Forever. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 1-2 with many activities open to the general public.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online. Some require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

This year’s activities will feature a number of reunions, a 5K run and the Homecoming football game.

The Golden Graduates Luncheon honoring the class of 1969, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. During the banquet, Homecoming 2019 honorees will be recognized. Tickets to the banquet are $25 per person.

First-day Homecoming activities will conclude with Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s BBQ on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall, featuring music from Jaime Dodson ’19 and Hunter Carrier, as well as a special performance from Ray Hildebrand ’62 of the musical duo Paul and Paula. Friday’s activities will close with the Homecoming Pep Rally at Muse Plaza and Mall at 7:45 p.m. and a performance of the musical “Little Women” at 8:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium (see below for more information).

The Alumni Association will host a 5K race Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m. Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at Festival Park, located at 3206 Milam Drive. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Sul Ross State University at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium. A Homecoming tailgate will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Additional Homecoming events are highlighted below.

Upon arriving on campus, alumni and visitors will have an opportunity to immediately reconnect with HPU friends at the Mabee Center during Registration. Attendees may check in at the registration tents to pick up nametags and other materials. Those who pre-registered by October 4 will be able to pick up their t-shirts, sponsored by Willie’s T’s, at the registration tents.

Performances of the Homecoming musical “Little Women” will be held at the university’s Mims Auditorium on Thursday, October 31, at 8 p.m.; Friday at 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children 13 and younger. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should make arrangements to pick up their tickets by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at 325-649-8044. Tickets for performances on Friday and Saturday will be held at the Mabee Center’s Homecoming registration area.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will open its Archival Display to the public Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alumni are invited to participate in the HPU Oral Histories Project in Walker Memorial Library’s Treasure Room on Friday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

Saturday morning will begin with a variety of reunion breakfasts. The Alumni Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., with alumni reuniting with friends in the Mabee Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Jacket Century Letterman’s Breakfast in Bullion Suite C of the Mabee Center. The Sigma Alpha Sigma Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Mabee Center Balcony.

The Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away, will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Grace Chapel.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Avenue and end near the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The parade is best viewed from downtown Brownwood and on campus along Center Avenue.

The Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Visit Early Texas, will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Muse Plaza and Mall. This features games and other fun activities for children.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

The Jacket Century Family BBQ Volleyball Fundraiser: Meet the President, with Dr. Cory Hines ’97, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Muse Plaza and Mall.

A variety of reunions and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A comprehensive schedule of events is available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following businesses for their support: Alumni Association; Adidas; the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr Pepper; TexasBank; United Supermarkets; Marsh & McLennan Companies; Citizens National Bank; Painter and Johnson Financial; Porter Insurance Agency; Double H Mercantile; and Smith & Sharpe Agencies.

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Cutline:A full slate of activities is planned for HPU’s Homecoming 2019, November 1-2.