Monthly News Archives: January 2013

HPU to present a “Night at the Movies” musical event

BROWNWOOD – January 31, 2013 – The community is invited to join the fun as faculty from Howard Payne University’s Department of Music present a “Night at the Movies” concert Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, and a popcorn reception will immediately follow the event.

Members of HPU’s music faculty will perform selections from movies and Broadway musicals such as Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, Modern Times, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and more.

“We’re excited about our Night at the Movies concert because these songs are easily recognizable and really loved,” said Dr. Robert Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education. “We think the audience is going to have a lot of fun as we perform these numbers.”

Performers will include Tucker; Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Monte Garrett, associate professor of music and director of choral activities; Danny Ingram, instructor of music and low brass; and Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at

HPU hosts 15th Annual CASL Conference

mike_jorgensen_at_hpu_for_webBROWNWOOD – January 31, 2013 – More than 250 Christian student leaders from nine Baptist universities participated in the 15th Annual Christian Association of Student Leaders (CASL) Conference hosted by Howard Payne University last weekend.

Mike Jorgensen, executive director of I am Second, a ministry of e3 Partners Ministry, spoke at the event. I am Second seeks to inspire a revolution of “second” by helping people learn how to put Jesus first in their lives. In addition to his role with the I am Second project, Jorgensen has served e3 Partners in a variety of capacities including director of operations, vice president of church planting, international vice president and executive vice president. He and his wife of 37 years, Woodlyn, have three children, two of whom graduated from HPU – Alycia (Jorgensen) Darilek ’03, Joanna (Jorgensen) Medlock and Philip Jorgensen ’12.

The theme for this year’s conference was “Do as I Have Done,” which references John 13:15 in which Jesus tells his disciples, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” During one of his lectures on HPU’s campus, Jorgensen took the opportunity to remind students why they were in attendance.

“This conference is not for you,” he said. “It’s for the benefit of the people who God wants to bless through you.”

After the lecture, Jorgensen shared his enthusiasm about the caliber of students with whom he was interacting.

“I’m excited about the potential all of these students have already shown,” he said. “They were chosen to attend this conference because of their leadership skills. As they reflect and interact with other leaders, their potential will flower.”

Social media played a large role in this year’s event. Attendees were encouraged to share photos and thoughts throughout the conference on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Prizes were awarded to the students who interacted the most.

“Looking forward to challenging student leaders @caslconference,” posted Jorgensen on Twitter.
An attendee followed up that he “Had an awesome time at #CASL2013 with some awesome people.”

CASL was chartered in 1998 by the eight Baptist universities in Texas (HPU, Baylor University, Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, Houston Baptist University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Wayland Baptist University) and is under the sponsorship of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The conference provides students with the opportunity to network with fellow students from different universities through a variety of activities including seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions. Topics covered this year included “How to Develop New Leaders” and “How to Have the Prayer Life of a Leader.”

HPU students planned the conference under the direction of Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students, and Tyler Sellers, associate dean of students and director of student activities. The student planning committee included Kathryn Barrackman, a senior from Houston; Jeremy Bartley, a junior from Brownwood; Shannon Bundy, a junior from Port Aransas; Jacee Cunningham, a senior from Crane; Rick Henderson, a junior from Plainview; Lara Hernandez, a junior from Brownwood; Becky Lamar, a senior from Ovilla; Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla.; David Stippick, a junior from Brownwood; Ashley Wellborn, a senior from Paradise; and Brandi Wright, a senior from Farmington, N.M.

The worship band included HPU students Alex Caro, a senior from Howe; Dustin Campbell, a senior from Paradise; Taylor Castleberry, a senior from Paradise; and Zacchaeus Miguel Steidel-Santiago, a sophomore from San Antonio.

“We are thrilled to have hosted the 15th annual CASL conference at Howard Payne,” said Dr. Marsh. “The event was a huge success, and our student planning committee did a fantastic job pulling it all together. Conference attendees were challenged and encouraged along their journeys to be Christ-like servant leaders.”


Photo cutline: Mike Jorgensen, executive director of the I am Second ministry, spoke at the 15th Annual CASL Conference at HPU.

HPU Lady Jackets basketball featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter”

tresta_donahooBROWNWOOD – January 25, 2013 – The exciting conclusion of Thursday’s Howard Payne University Lady Jackets basketball game against Concordia University Texas was featured on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” segment “Top Ten Plays” Thursday evening, coming in at number 10.

HPU’s Tresta Donahoo, a junior from Early, made the final shot as time expired in overtime to give the Lady Jackets a 79-77 victory over visiting Concordia.

HPU student Molly Marriott, a senior from Corpus Christi, captured video footage of the game-winning play. Eric Villy, a senior from Paradise, shared the video with ESPN via Twitter, resulting in its airing on the national sports program. In addition, a number of Yellow Jacket fans shared their excitement on Twitter, Facebook and other social media networks.

To view Marriott’s raw video footage, visit HPU’s Facebook page at For more coverage from the game and other HPU athletic news, visit


Photo cutline: HPU’s Tresta Donahoo’s game-winning play aired on ESPN “SportsCenter” Thursday night.

HPU to host financial aid seminars

BROWNWOOD – January 24, 2013 – Parents of area junior and senior students in high school are invited to free seminars at Howard Payne University to learn more about financing their children’s college education. HPU will host meetings on financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Thursday, Feb. 7, in the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will discuss the financial aid process with a special emphasis on the FAFSA, the application used to award loans and grants to students at universities across the nation.

“It is important that senior students begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1,” Huff said. “Some schools have very early ‘priority dates’ for awarding financial aid funds.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet the requirements.

For more information about the seminars, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or For more information about HPU financial aid, visit or call (325) 649-8015.

HPU to host Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Edmund Morris

edmund_morris_for_webBROWNWOOD – January 23, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host a lecture by presidential biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris on Monday, February 11, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

Morris, noted presidential biographer and lecturer, spent several years as President Ronald Reagan’s official biographer and is the author of The New York Times bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. Additionally, his book The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, the first in a trilogy, won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Morris is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio programs. His HPU lecture is titled “The American Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.”

“HPU and the Brownwood community are very fortunate to host a distinguished lecturer such as Edmund Morris,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of HPU’s Academy of Freedom honors program. “He is highly in-demand as a speaker and nationally acclaimed expert on the American presidency. With the country having recently observed the presidential election and inauguration, this is sure to be a fascinating and timely lecture event.”

Morris was born and educated in Kenya and immigrated to the United States in 1968. He has authored several books throughout his career and extensively written on the topics of literature and music for such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. His television appearances include a two-part profile segment on 60 Minutes. Among other elite venues, he has lectured at Harvard, Princeton and Brown universities.

Books are available to purchase online before January 30. To reserve a seat at the lecture and/or order a book, visit Those who purchase a book may pick it up and have it signed on the day of the event. No books will be available for purchase at the lecture.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of University Marketing and Communications at (325) 649-8009 or via e-mail at


Photo cutline: The public is invited to attend a lecture by noted presidential biographer Edmund Morris at HPU.

Worship event to focus on HPU provost book

BROWNWOOD – January 16, 2013 – A book by Dr. Mark Tew, Howard Payne University provost and chief academic officer, will be the focal point of a worship event at San Saba’s First Baptist Church this Sunday, January 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

During the event, the Gospel of Luke will be studied using music, art, dance, poetry, drama, media and the spoken word. Dr. Tew’s book, “Luke: Gospel to the Nameless and Faceless,” will be used to guide the production.

Dr. Tew’s book on Luke was published in December 2011 and combines a detailed examination of the Greek text, a fresh translation of the Gospel and a commitment to presenting the meaning of the Gospel in a fluid and contemporary fashion. Dr. Tew will share passages from his book during the event.

Also performing will be Mike Lewis, painter; Margo Truelson, dancer; the Austin String Quartet and the San Saba First Baptist Church Praise Team. Other HPU faculty/staff members involved include Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Danny Ingram, instructor of music; Stephen Sullivan, admission counselor and Mobile Go Center coordinator; and Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education. A number of HPU students and alumni will also perform.

San Saba’s First Baptist Church is located at 208 W. Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. For more information, call (325) 372-5761 or go to


HPU honors 288 students for academic success in fall 2012 semester

BROWNWOOD – January 16, 2013 – Howard Payne University recently announced its academic honors for the fall 2012 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 3.50-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Abby Laurel Parmelly, Dean’s List
Ryan Cade Smith, Honor Roll

Jonathan Dallas Harrott, Dean’s List

Thomas Jerome Head, President’s List
Ruby Patricia Johnson, Dean’s List

Kaitlin Shawna Leslie, Dean’s List
Linsey Leeann Reed, Honor Roll

Allen Glenn Andrus, Dean’s List

Larissa K. Lynskey, Dean’s List

Apex, N.C.
Jessica Marie Terway, Dean’s List

Samuel Storm Marich-Edwan, Honor Roll
Allison Ann Ninedorf, Dean’s List

Ryan Heath Colvin, President’s List
Sarah Ruth Davies, President’s List
Jasmine R. Glaser, Dean’s List
Danny Jaime, Honor Roll
John David King, President’s List
Rebekah Elizabeth Weaver, President’s List

Balch Springs
Edgar Villa, Honor Roll

Samantha Avery Bly, President’s List
Bertha Mireya Mendoza, President’s List
Presley Neshaydith Parker, President’s List
Jessica Lynann Ramirez, Dean’s List
Zachary James Tharp, President’s List
Kaitlin Nicole Vernon, Dean’s List

Dylan Shane Wright, Honor Roll

Tyler Aaron Gaddis, Dean’s List

Brittney Michelle Flores, Honor Roll

Ben Wheeler
Jarrod Wayne White, Dean’s List

Big Spring
Ethan Michael Yeats, President’s List

Mary Elizabeth Vasquez, President’s List

Boylston, Mass.
Catherine Macdonald Mullaney, President’s List

Susan Nicole Lohn, Honor Roll

Micah Brannan Huebner, President’s List

Katy Alaine Nix, Honor Roll

Kali Rachel Parks, Honor Roll

Brittany Kristin Beelby, President’s List
Nicholas Calvin Bennie, Honor Roll
Joel Eliezer Berends, President’s List
Shelby Nicole Byrd, Dean’s List
Juanita Mercedes Cardenas, President’s List
Natalie Nicole Cardenas, Honor Roll
Chasity Dawn Cartwright, Dean’s List
Taylor Mckay Combs, Dean’s List
Amber Diane Corley, President’s List
Shannon E. Costello, President’s List
Dustin Jayme Crager, Honor Roll
Shylah Marie Cutbirth, Honor Roll
Ennis Davila, President’s List
Carminia Del Toro, Dean’s List
Joshua Allen Dillard, President’s List
Rubin Abraham Dillard, Dean’s List
Jeffrey Scott Edmondson, President’s List
Justin Allen Fisher, President’s List
Zachary Benjamin Gafford, President’s List
Bradi Nicole Gill, President’s List
Daniel Aaron Harmon, Honor Roll
Michael Jeffrey Harmon, Dean’s List
Christy Benae Hazelwood, Honor Roll
Matthew James Hazelwood, Dean’s List
Lara Leeann Hernandez, Dean’s List
Hayden Bryce Hewitt, President’s List
Jeremy Allen Hogue, Dean’s List
Houston Chase Holmes, President’s List
Molly Jane Hull, President’s List
Jared Briant Huntley, Dean’s List
Megan Michele Irwin, Dean’s List
Erica Danielle Jordan, President’s List
Julie RayAnn Kennedy, Dean’s List
Kimberley Kay Lilley, Dean’s List
Ashley Elyssa Maley, Honor Roll
Dana Brooke Marrs, Honor Roll
Valerie Hanna Marrs, President’s List
Jarrod Scott McCandless, Dean’s List
Sean Peter McMahan, Honor Roll
Saulo Elias Mendoza, Dean’s List
Maitreyee Narendra Nigalye, President’s List
Cameron Derrick Polaski, Dean’s List
Jessica Marie Powers, President’s List
Mary Meagan Raschke, President’s List
Stephany Denise Sanchez, Honor Roll
Ethan Michael Selman, Dean’s List
Jherica Larie Simental, Dean’s List
Tracer Louis Skelton, Honor Roll
Hillary Grace Stippick, President’s List
Barbara Louise Tiner, President’s List
Jarrod Smith Tipton, Dean’s List
Brogan Shea Turner, President’s List
Sierra Montana Westerman, Honor Roll
Shandi Denise Winstead, Honor Roll
Joshua Blain Woods, President’s List

Aaran Wiley Hopkins, President’s List

Cristalyn Hope Fitzgerald, President’s List
Caleb Michael McConnell, President’s List

Kaitlyn Erin Cochrum, Dean’s List

Anna Karissa McCay, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Ashley Marie Krohn, Dean’s List

Corissa Lynn Brown, President’s List
Erik Bryan Swenson, Honor Roll

Cedar Park
Regan Lee Hogan, President’s List
Ryan David Hogan, President’s List
Emily Janice Peisker, Honor Roll
Laura Ruth Peisker, President’s List

Brittany Morgan Cavness, President’s List

Clovis, N.M.
Heather Diane Cooke, President’s List

Molly Christine Pritchard, Dean’s List

Nathan Wayne Byrd, President’s List
Ricardo Martinez, Honor Roll
James Matthew Smith, Honor Roll
Laurie Elizabeth Smith, Dean’s List
Wesley Jacob Wilkerson, Dean’s List

Katie Elizabeth Poerner, President’s List

Commerce, Mich.
Stephanie Marie Boggs, Dean’s List

Kellee Taylor Morgan Greenwood, Dean’s List

Copperas Cove
Anthony Dane Bryant, Honor Roll

Corpus Christi
Jacob Alexander Aschmutat, President’s List
Timothy Devon Hardy, President’s List
Samuel Lang Hoffman, Honor Roll

Jacelynn Carol Cunningham, Dean’s List

Cross Plains
Samuel Colton Rockett, Dean’s List
James Lowell Sullivan, Dean’s List

Lance Vaughn Forehand, Dean’s List

Jessica Brooke Taylor, Dean’s List

Michael Angelo Crunelle, Dean’s List

Clarissa Leigh Toler, Honor Roll

Lauraleticia Alvarado, Dean’s List
Phillip Karl Bertrand, President’s List
Shelby Jayne Creed, Honor Roll
Conner Mac Drew, President’s List
Addison Bryant Ebarb, Honor Roll
Kelli Diane Ezzell, President’s List
Dacia D’Shea Griffin, Dean’s List
Kevin Fitzgerald Holamon, President’s List
Sara Jayne Jones, Dean’s List
Mark Alan Parker, Honor Roll
Bo Grant Ross, Honor Roll
Jasimine Monae Sterling, Dean’s List
Stefani Lynette Williams, Dean’s List

Keeley Nicole Lowrance, President’s List

Baylee Elizabeth Wolcott, Dean’s List

El Paso
Martha Alicia Barranco, Dean’s List
Heidi Veronica Hernandez, Dean’s List
Itza Mar Jaramillo, Honor Roll
Grace Christine Stout, Honor Roll

Erie, Colo.
Hannah Elizabeth Jansen, Dean’s List

Cote Charles Schacherl, Honor Roll

Daniel William Taylor, Dean’s List

Flower Mound
Donald Lee Brake, President’s List
Clinton Lee Hawkins, Dean’s List
Hannah Marie Hicks, Dean’s List

Fort Davis
Kyla Claire Zimdars, Honor Roll

Fort Myers, Fla.
Sarah Anne Weber, President’s List

Fort Worth
Michelle Danielle Bates, Honor Roll
Sarah Ashley Moreau, Honor Roll

Chandler Jacob Condra, President’s List

Amanda Ruth Driggers, Dean’s List

Marlie Amanda Austin, Dean’s List
Rachel M. Ellington, Dean’s List

McKamie Claryse Place, Dean’s List

George West
Hillary Deanne Sellman, Honor Roll

Brittany Rachelle Bailey, Honor Roll
Jonathon Alan Dobernecki, Honor Roll
Lindsey Elise Jones, President’s List
Ethan Zachary West, Dean’s List
Zachary Charles White, Honor Roll

Melanie Paige Robison, President’s List

Glen Rose
Caidon Breanne George, Dean’s List

Tolli Bre Wylie, Dean’s List

William Hays Massey, Honor Roll
Janakay Frances Oliver, Honor Roll
Jaime Lynn Speegle, President’s List
Anna Prestwood Spruell, Dean’s List

Jaime Leann Johnston, Honor Roll

Lori Renee Horn, President’s List
Tyler Kirk Jones, President’s List
Brady Lee Timmons, President’s List
Lawrence Ross Whittet, Dean’s List

Richard Austin Young, Dean’s List

Cheryl Lynn Sarem, President’s List

Highland Village
Samuel Thomas Dollahite, Dean’s List

Jessi Nicole Jordan, President’s List

Hobbs, N.M.
Joshua Paul Puckett, Dean’s List

Kathryn Marie Barrackman, Dean’s List
Tonya Kara Bloomer, President’s List
Kerrie Diane Ford, President’s List
Dariann Renae Reed, Honor Roll

Taylor Grace Cook, President’s List

Kyndal Nicole Broome, Dean’s List

Morgan Michelle Griffith, President’s List

Iowa Park
Joshua Lee Farquharson, Honor Roll

Kaleigh Jo Tankersley, Honor Roll

Andrew Garrett Hultin, Honor Roll

Natalie Margarita Batres, Honor Roll

Allison Nicole Mantell, Dean’s List

Allyson Michelle Gainey, President’s List
Trent Cameron Gainey, Dean’s List

Amanda Michelle Cruddas, Dean’s List

Lillie Claire Davis, Honor Roll
Jennifer Lynn Hilla, Dean’s List
Kelsan Marie Wolverton, Honor Roll

Michelle Marie Hawkins, President’s List

Kaitlyn Leigh Kelm, Dean’s List

Timothy Layne Counce, Dean’s List

Kyle Ray Huesing, Dean’s List

Steven Austin Bolton, President’s List
William Colton Curry, President’s List
Benjamin Taylor Finlayson, Dean’s List

Katie Rose Bonner, President’s List

Bryan Ross Pate, Dean’s List

David Bryant Rucker, Dean’s List

Nellie Beau Brieanna Clevenger, President’s List
Rebecca Danielle Knighton, President’s List
Gage Logan Smith, Honor Roll

Gabriella Glenn Guest, Dean’s List

Ethan Lynn Fisher, President’s List

Naples, Fla.
Robin Elizabeth Scofield, Dean’s List

Katie Dawn Murphy, President’s List

Timber Lee Curtis, President’s List

Courtney Ray Andrews, Dean’s List
Ashley Ann Wellborn, Dean’s List
Courtney Lynn Wilmoth, Dean’s List

Allison Paige Morrison, Dean’s List

Danin Renee Wilson, Dean’s List

Jonathan Rick Henderson, President’s List

Jessica Marie Baniewicz, President’s List

Erica Renae Lopez, Honor Roll

Port Arthur
Sharon Elizabeth Jarquin, President’s List

Red Oak
Analicia Gabriella Guerrero, President’s List

Ivyanne Alyssa Nichols, President’s List

Carlee Linae Ammons, President’s List

Rising Star
Julieann Marie Steubing, Dean’s List

Nathanael Adams, Honor Roll
Cantrell Oldham Miller, Honor Roll

Molly Blair O’Brien, President’s List
Blaine Michael Wynn, Dean’s List

Matthew Allen Melendez, Honor Roll
Michael Anthony Melendez, Dean’s List

Round Rock
Kyle Edward Kulczyk, Dean’s List

Kyle Andrew Heidelberg, President’s List
Tyler Matthew Heidelberg, President’s List
Adrianna Nicole Perez, Dean’s List

Royse City
Hannah Marie Strebeck, Dean’s List

Emily Marie Bird, Dean’s List

Cara Cathleen Shelton, President’s List

Michael Joe Sellers, Dean’s List
Paul Jefferson Warren, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Cara Ann DeLoach, President’s List
Kristin Leeann Haman, President’s List
Rachel Louise Wohl, President’s List
Sarah Amanda Yeats, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Rebecca Marie Etter, Honor Roll
Angelica Maria Gray, Dean’s List
Victoria Rene Krawczynski, President’s List

San Saba
Marshal Lynn Mcintosh, President’s List

Santa Anna
Shelbie Paige DeLeon, President’s List
Jonathan Shayne Holland, Dean’s List
Jordan Ashleigh Jewell, Dean’s List

Ryan Shane Klose, Honor Roll

Kathryn Alaine Burns, Dean’s List

Leslie Anne Jones, Honor Roll

Sierra Blanca
Rachel Jean Moore, Dean’s List

Spring Branch
Ashley Ann Biering, Dean’s List

Mallory Laurette Orms, President’s List

Courtney Alyse Officer, Dean’s List
Garrett Lee Sadler, Honor Roll

Whitney Joy Sirois, Dean’s List

Timothy Cole Rhoades, Honor Roll
Bryson Taylor Wallace, Honor Roll

Madeleine Leigh Daugherty, President’s List
Macy Catherine McPherson, Dean’s List

Haley Clair Jones, President’s List
Taylor Brooke Jordan, Honor Roll
Jack Burton Wells, President’s List
Lauren Danielle Wells, President’s List

Ashleigh Renee Felkins, President’s List

Ruth Lynn Tapley, Honor Roll

Sarah Delyn Belser, Dean’s List

Neva Marie Bowers, Honor Roll

Jake Cameron Shelton, President’s List

Camryn Leigh D’Rubio, President’s List

Nicole Ann Bird, Dean’s List

Ashley Marie Moon, President’s List
Michael Nathan Snow, Dean’s List
Rachel Leigh Terry, President’s List

Gary Cayden McDonald, Dean’s List

Katelyn Marie Wood, Honor Roll

Zachary Edward Herman, Dean’s List

Lacy Harrison Culpepper, President’s List