Monthly News Archives: November 2014

HPU art faculty recognized for professional accomplishments

BROWNWOOD – November 25, 2014 – Two members of Howard Payne University’s art faculty recently earned recognition for professional accomplishments.

Seascape #4 by David Harmon for webDavid E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, shared his panel paper at the 28th Annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York City. The topic was “The Art Canon: The Vital Role of Visual Art in the University.”

In addition, one of Harmon’s painted works was accepted into the Second Annual National Plein Air Competition. The competition was held at the San Diego Artist Guild in San Diego, Calif. Three of his works were also accepted into the 4th International Small Works Show at the Lessandra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Paintings by Harmon and his wife, Susan, were recently the focus of a joint exhibition at the Frost Center for the Visual Arts at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography at HPU, had a photograph accepted into an exhibit at Texas Tech University.

“High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands” is sponsored by the International Cultural Center of Texas Tech’s Office of International Affairs. This is the third consecutive year Mize has had a photograph accepted into this exhibit. The exhibit will be open from November 21, 2014 until January 16, 2015.

Rialto Theater by Julie Mize for webMize’s image, “Rialto Theater,” is a black-and-white photograph of the marquee on an abandoned movie theater in Brownfield. Mize used film and darkroom processes to take the photograph and develop the print.

Mize has been the photography course instructor at HPU since 2008. She also teaches art at Brownwood Middle School.


Photo cutlines: “Seascape #4,” a painting by David Harmon, was accepted into the Second Annual National Plein Air Competition in San Diego.

“Rialto Theatre,” a photograph by Julie Mize, was accepted into an exhibit at Texas Tech University.

HPU’s band and choir to present Christmas celebration concert

BROWNWOOD – November 25, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert is free and the community is encouraged to attend as HPU celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

“The musical selections are sure to get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites,” said Corey Ash, director of bands.

Among the program’s selections are Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis by Claude T. Smith, A Fantasy of Carols arranged by Jay Bocook and many more. There will also be an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation for admission. All of the goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand during this winter and holiday season.

A reception will follow the concert in the band rehearsal hall of the Davidson Music Complex.

“We hope to see you there but, if not, may your holiday season be filled with the joy of family and friends,” said Ash. “Most especially, may you know the joy of the greatest holiday gift of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.”

HPU to close for Thanksgiving holiday

BROWNWOOD – November 24, 2014 – Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen on Monday, December 1.

The university will host the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Mabee University Center.

The meal is free of charge and open to the public. The Mabee University Center is located at 1219 Fisk Street in Brownwood, directly behind HPU’s Office of Admission.

HPU social work students receive lessons in poverty, blessings from strangers

Poverty Simulation 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – November 21, 2014 – Seven Howard Payne University social work students recently took part in Mission Waco’s annual Poverty Simulation, an experience designed to give participants a firsthand look at poverty in America.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, takes a group of students to the simulation each year. He shared his takeaway from the experience.

“All of us are blessed to be where we are in our lives,” he said. “It also struck me how quickly we can fall into situations that are out of our control and end up destitute or homeless.”

Mission Waco creates safe and controlled weekend experiences that are designed to increase empathy for those living in poverty. In addition to other planned activities, participants slept outdoors and experienced what it is like to find meals with little or no money.

Humeniuk shared a story of a stranger who helped the HPU group acquire a meal.

“We had $2.88 to buy food for eight people,” he said. “We went to a restaurant and asked what we could purchase for that amount. The man working there offered us water but, after we left, he met us outside and told us he found money on the floor that we could have. He gave us six one-dollar bills.”

Humeniuk and the students were very appreciative and used the money to purchase inexpensive items from a fast-food restaurant. Humeniuk later wrote to the gentleman to thank him for his generosity.

“It really showed me how you can be blessed by strangers,” Humeniuk said.

Vanessa Marquez, a junior social work major from Seguin, said Poverty Simulation was one of the greatest experiences of her life.

“The simulation really opened my eyes to those who are homeless and in poverty,” she said. “I learned two specific things through this experience. Those who have less give more because they know what it is like to have little to nothing. I also learned that I chose the right major from the beginning.”

Paula Johnson, a junior social work major from Spring, has participated in Poverty Simulation twice.

“Since we got back, I have realized just how much poverty we have here in Brownwood,” she said. “I have learned that I am blessed with so many material things that I too often take for granted. As a Christian, it is my duty to help those who are in need and are less fortunate than myself.”

In addition to Johnson and Marquez, other students on the trip included Tonya Bloomer, senior from Houston; Mackenzie Gill, junior from Brownwood; Angelica Gray, junior from San Antonio; Stephanie Gutierrez, senior from Brownwood; and Rebekah Steadman, senior from Fort Worth.


Photo cutline: Seven social work students and a faculty member recently participated in Mission Waco’s Poverty Simulation. Pictured on the HPU campus, from left, are Vanessa Marquez, Tonya Bloomer, Angelica Gray, Mackenzie Gill, Stephanie Gutierrez, Paula Johnson, Rebekah Steadman and Dan Humeniuk.

HPU presents “Junie B. Jones: The Musical”

junie b for webBROWNWOOD – November 20, 2014 – Howard Payne University is presenting “Junie B. Jones: The Musical,” a fun show for the entire family, this Friday and Saturday at the university’s Mims Auditorium. Performances are November 21 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and November 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Adapted from the popular Junie B. Jones series of books by Barbara Park, the musical was created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

“Many children and parents have fallen in love with the stories of Junie B. Jones and enjoy the honest narrative of life through the eyes of this energetic child,” said Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. “When I happened upon this musical I knew that families in our community would want to see these characters come to life.”

For ticket information, call HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

“Junie B. Jones: The Musical” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.: (212)541-4684 Fax: (212)397-4684




Photo cutline: Danielle Strickland, a freshman from Boerne, and Christine Salmon, a senior from Early, are two of the stars of HPU’s rendition of “Junie B. Jones: The Musical.”

HPU to host Christian studies lecturer Kim Williams Bodenhamer

Kim Williams BodenhamerBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies will host guest lecturer Kim Williams Bodenhamer, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religion at Baylor University, next Tuesday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Bodenhamer’s lecture is titled “The Image of God in the Old Testament.” Originally from Comanche, she graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies and a minor in biblical languages.

During her time at HSU, she spent a semester studying Greek and the synoptic Gospels at Oxford University. She went on to earn a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke Divinity School in 2010.

Bodenhamer has worked toward her doctoral degree at Baylor University since 2010 with a focus on Hebrew Bible. She has presented numerous papers at scholarly conferences and is active in Baptist life, including the group Baptist Women in Ministry.

“We’re pleased to welcome Kim Williams Bodenhamer and offer our students and the community the opportunity to hear her views of the way God is presented in the Old Testament,” said Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies.


Photo cutline: Kim Williams Bodenhamer will discuss “The Image of God in the Old Testament.”

HPU honors 11 during Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

BROWNWOOD – November 12, 2014 – As part of its Homecoming 2014 festivities, Howard Payne University recognized 11 individuals for their contributions to the university and beyond during the annual Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

This year’s honorees included Dr. Thomas Collins ’96, Distinguished Alumnus; Dr. Hilary B. Graves ’50, Distinguished Alumnus; Benjamin E. Hoover ’03, Outstanding Young Graduate; Marilynn Bock Jackson ’73, Coming Home Queen; Leo ’50 and Jane ’52 Lacey, Medal of Service; Dr. Ray ’50 and Nancy ’48 Ellis, Grand Marshals; Meia Daniels ’08, Sports Hall of Fame; Chris Kielsmeier, Sports Hall of Fame; and Dr. Don Newbury ’61, Sports Hall of Fame.

Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady, presented each honoree with a trophy recognizing their accomplishments.

“I was very pleased to help recognize these individuals who have all contributed greatly to society,” said Dr. Bill Ellis. “They make the university proud.”

Collins banquet for web

Dr. Thomas Collins graduated from HPU in 1996 before going on to receive his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2000. He has since held a large number of professional and academic positions.

Dr. Collins currently serves at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in a variety of roles including the transplant fellowship program director for the Division of Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, director of liver transplant for the Organ Transplant Center, director of procedural skills and simulation and clinical associate professor of surgery.

In addition to being named an Outstanding Young Graduate by HPU in 2006, Dr. Collins received the Webber Prize for Student Research in 1997 from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Additionally, he has published a number of book chapters and peer-reviewed papers.

Graves banquet for web

Dr. Hilary B. Graves came to Howard Payne College in 1947 after being called by God to preach. He graduated in 1950 at the same time as his wife, Ruth. He then graduated from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. While attending both Howard Payne and Southwestern, he pastored small community colleges around Brownwood and Fort Worth. He subsequently completed his doctorate in theology at Trinity University in Evanston, Indiana.

Dr. Graves pastored churches in Texas and southwestern Oklahoma throughout his long ministry. Additionally, he has preached in revivals throughout the Southwest, led crusades in California, Oregon and Washington and preached in crusades in Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong.

Dr. Graves’ first wife, Ruth, passed away in 1980 and Mildred, his second wife, passed away in 2000. After marrying his current wife, Jo Ann, in 2001, the couple felt called to home mission work in Vermont. There they pastored one church and started two others between 2002 and 2008.

Dr. Graves has three children – Ben (who graduated from HPU in 1974), Phoi and Tori.

Hoover banquet for web

Benjamin E. Hoover was the first of three brothers to graduate from HPU. While at the university, Hoover participated in the Student Government Association. He graduated from HPU in 2003 and went on to law school at Texas Tech University.

After graduation, Hoover served as an assistant district attorney with the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2012 before moving into private practice at The Nix Law Firm in Wichita Falls. He is past president of the Wichita County Bar Association and was elected to the Wichita Falls City Council in May 2013.

Hoover’s wife, Meagan, is a labor and delivery nurse at United Regional Hospital and the couple has two young children, Grant and Blair.

Jackson parade for web

Before going on to a lengthy career with the university, Marilynn Bock Jackson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard Payne in 1973 with a degree in psychology and minor in sociology. She subsequently earned a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University in 1976.

Jackson has had many roles at HPU including associate professor of psychology, director of testing, director of counseling and director of career services. Additionally, she served as the community counselor for First Baptist Church of Brownwood, area churches and disadvantaged members of the community.

She served as secretary of HPU’s Retired Personnel Association and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations including the Brown County United Way, the Heart of Texas Brown Baptist Association Task Force, the Executive Board of Good Samaritan Ministries and more.

Jackson is a volunteer and past president of the Auxiliary at the Brownwood Regional Hospital; a regular speaker for Christian Women’s Job Corps; and the Good Samaritan volunteer coordinator for First Baptist Church of Brownwood.

She was married in 1957 to William Donald Jackson, now deceased. The couple has two children, Stephen Lee Jackson and Laurie Jackson Sellers.

Laceys halftime for web

Leo and Jane (Black) Lacey first met at Howard Payne in 1950 though they did not marry until 1988. Leo enrolled at the university in 1946 and was a letterman on the Yellow Jacket track team from 1948 to 1950. The lettermen of the 1948 team were honored during the Homecoming celebrations 60 years later in 2008. Among other accomplishments at Howard Payne, he was president of his senior class and a member of Future Teachers of America and the first Veterans Club.

Following graduation, he spent one year teaching and coaching before his life changed direction and he began a 39-year career with Texaco, Inc. (now Chevron-Texaco). His wife passed away in June 1986. At HPU late the next year, he reconnected with Jane Black, who had also recently lost her spouse. The pair renewed their relationship and were married in May 1988.

During her Howard Payne days, Jane (Black) Lacey was a yell leader and writer for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper. Among other accomplishments, she was named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities list, the Who’s Who on Campus list and was a member of the Jacket Coeds and Alpha Chi. She was honored as the Coming Home Queen in 2001.

The Laceys have four children from their previous marriages: Tom Turman, Dick Turman, Debbie (Lacey) Owen and Michael Lacey (deceased). They also have seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Ellises parade for web

Dr. Ray and Nancy (Greer) Ellis met as students at Howard Payne during a debate tournament on the campus of Abilene Christian University. They fell in love and married a year later. Returning from war, he received his master’s and doctoral degrees while she taught school.

The couple moved to Abilene when Dr. Ellis began teaching New Testament and Greek at Hardin-Simmons University. He later became dean of graduate studies at HSU and retired from the university in 1993 after 36 years.

When their children were older, Mrs. Ellis entered HSU, earning her master’s degree in education. She was the associational president of the Woman’s Missionary Union for six years, an organization comprised of 48 Baptist churches in Taylor and Callahan Counties. Additionally, she teaches a women’s Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Abilene.

Among other roles in the community, she is an emeriti member of the Abilene Woman’s Club, past president of the Hardin-Simmons Round Table and the Twenty-One clubs, and a member of the Abilene Harmony Club and the American Association of University Women. She is also a member of the HPU Woman’s Club and serves on the Board of Development at HSU.

The couple has three children – Bill, Bob and Nancy. Dr. Bill Ellis is president of HPU; Dr. Bob Ellis is associate dean of Logsdon Seminary at HSU; and Dr. Nancy (Ellis) Kucinski holds the position her father once held, dean of graduate studies at HSU.

Kielsmeier banquet for web

In eight seasons at HPU, Chris Kielsmeier compiled an impressive 179-44 record as head coach of the women’s basketball team and led the Lady Jackets to a 33-0 record and the NCAA Division III National championship in 2007-08.

He was the winningest women’s basketball coach in HPU history, coaching the school to four straight appearances (2005-08) in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

At HPU, he won a national title, two divisional championships and three conference tournament titles. He is a three-time conference Coach of the Year and was twice named Region Coach of the Year. Kielsmeier was named the WBCA South Region and National Coach of the Year in 2007-08 and was selected the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Coach of the Year.

He is currently the head women’s coach at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska.

Daniels parade for web

As one of Kielsmeier’s players, Meia Daniels was 109-12 over four seasons leading the Lady Jackets to three American Southwest Conference championships, four NCAA III national tournament appearances and a NCAA III National Championship in 2008. A 2008 HPU graduate, Daniels holds seven HPU career, season and game records and five American Southwest Conference records. She is second in career scoring at HPU with 2,118 points.

Daniels received numerous honors as a player at HPU including multiple All-Conference selections, National Player of the Year in 2008, two-time ASC Tournament MVP, two-time Regional Player of the Year and two-time All-American. She was also twice named the American Southwest Conference Athlete of the Year.

After leaving HPU, Daniels spent two seasons as the women’s basketball graduate assistant at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She helped guide the Wayne State program to a NSIC Conference Championship in 2010.

She currently serves as the head women’s basketball coach at HPU.

Newbury parade for web

Dr. Don Newbury holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from HPU, The University of Texas and The University of North Texas, respectively, with post-doctoral study at Notre Dame University. In 2008, he received HPU’s highest award, the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

While at HPU, he was sports editor of the college newspaper, sportswriter for the local newspaper and sports director for the radio station. During a six-year stint as publicity director of the Lone Star Conference, he hosted a syndicated weekly radio program with LSC coaches; it was carried by radio stations across Texas. He also was a correspondent for several major Texas newspapers and received the National Award of Merit from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in Kansas City for his work in intercollegiate sports promotion.

During his 40 years in higher education, Dr. Newbury spent almost half of his career in presidencies, including Western Texas College in Snyder (1980-85) and HPU (1986-1997). He currently serves as HPU’s chancellor.

Dr. Newbury was a member of the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and served as president of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association and its successor, the American Southwest Athletic Conference. He was the first president inducted into the conference’s Hall of Honor and was author of the league’s “Code of Conduct” to promote sportsmanship.

Now a fulltime speaker and writer, Dr. Newbury’s reputation as an outstanding speaker is well-known. In his talks, he reflects on his years as a sportswriter and broadcaster, game official and sports publicist for the Lone Star Athletic Conference, president of an intercollegiate athletic conference and member of a national policy-making body for intercollegiate athletics. He is in his 11th year of writing a weekly column, “The Idle American.” It now runs in about 200 newspapers with circulation totaling approximately one million.

Dr. Newbury is married to the former Brenda Pack of Alpine. They have three daughters, all of whom have been public school teachers: Julie (Mrs. Bryan) Choate of Burleson; Jana (Mrs. Kyle) Penney of Tyler; and Jeanie (Mrs. Ryan) McDaniel of Burleson. The Newburys have six grandchildren.


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Dr. Thomas Collins ’96 (right) was named a 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of HPU. He is pictured with Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady.

Dr. Hilary B. Graves ’50 (right) was named a 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of HPU. He is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

Benjamin E. Hoover ’03 was named a 2014 Outstanding Young Graduate of HPU. He is pictured with his award during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

Marilynn Bock Jackson ’73 was named the 2014 HPU Coming Home Queen. She is pictured riding in the HPU Homecoming Parade.

Leo ’50 and Jane ’52 Lacey were the 2014 Medal of Service recipients at HPU. They are pictured during the halftime show of HPU’s Homecoming football game.

Dr. Ray ’50 and Nancy ’48 Ellis were named the 2014 Grand Marshals during HPU’s Homecoming 2014 festivities. They are pictured riding in the Homecoming Parade.

Meia Daniels ’08 was named to the HPU Sports Hall of Fame. She is pictured riding in the Homecoming Parade.

Chris Kielsmeier was named to the HPU Sports Hall of Fame. He is pictured with his award during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

Dr. Don Newbury ’61 was named to the HPU Sports Hall of Fame. He is pictured riding in the Homecoming Parade with his wife, Brenda Newbury, and grandchildren.

HPU to host 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

BROWNWOOD – November 6, 2014 – The 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. It is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the HPU Mabee University Center.

The tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“When we opened our newly renovated Mabee University Center for Homecoming a few days ago, I also knew we would soon be celebrating Thanksgiving there with friends in the area,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “This community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors seems to be as important to those who serve as it is to those who enjoy the meal each year. Volunteers will help serve meals at the Mabee Center or deliver meals in Brownwood and Early to those who cannot join us on campus. We have always been able to provide the meals at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in Brown County. Despite starting with less money than normal to cover the cost of the meals, this community always comes through, so I am confident the money will be there by the time the bills must be paid.”

Anyone unable to join friends and neighbors at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to his or her home by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 by noon on Friday, November 21.

According to Fishback, the staff members of HPU’s Sodexo Food Service give up their holiday to prepare the meals.

“Many of the volunteers have helped for years, making serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition,” said Fishback.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

“Last year, we served 711 meals at the Mabee Center and 1,308 meals were provided to those unable to join us for lunch,” Fishback said. “The volunteers enjoy visiting with each other and our guests as they work to serve the meals as quickly as possible. Too often, we take for granted the fact that we are very blessed to live in a community where so many people willingly give their time and money to support this wonderful event. We look forward to being part of another joy-filled Thanksgiving Day as we also give thanks to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways.”

Fishback said volunteers do not need to call to let the university know they are coming.

“They simply need to show up at the Mabee Center at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and we will put them to work,” he said.

If you would like to help support the Thanksgiving meal, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast,” and send them to Bill Fishback at Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, TX, 76801.

HPU’s Mabee University Center is located at 1219 Fisk Street in Brownwood, directly behind the Office of Admission.

HPU’s Dr. Lester Towell to be featured on Tumbleweed Smith’s “The Sound of Texas”

smith and towell for webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2014 – Dr. Lester Towell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at Howard Payne University, will be featured on Tumbleweed Smith’s “The Sound of Texas” radio program tomorrow between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Smith and Dr. Towell will discuss HPU’s 3D printer and the future of this technological advance.

Tumbleweed Smith is well known in Texas for his popular syndicated radio series and newspaper column. His show airs daily on Brownwood’s KXYL radio station, 102.3 FM.

Smith visited with Dr. Towell in July to learn more about HPU’s printer, which Dr. Towell uses as a teaching aid in his 3D Engineering Printing course. 3D printers create three-dimensional objects by printing successive layers of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. Scientists are currently studying the effects this technology will have on society.

More information about HPU’s printer is available at A full schedule for Tumbleweed Smith’s program may be found online at


Photo cutline: Radio personality Tumbleweed Smith interviewed HPU’s Dr. Lester Towell about the university’s 3D printer in July. The show will air between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow on Brownwood’s KXYL radio station, 102.3 FM.

HPU students and faculty attend criminal justice seminar at South Padre Island

By Christy Ash, HPU freshman

CRJ faculty and students at South Padre Island for webBROWNWOOD – November 4, 2014 – Two Howard Payne University students recently attended the annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice at South Padre Island. Stephanie Upfold, a junior from Brownwood, and Blake Wynn, a sophomore from Rockwall, are both criminal justice majors with an emphasis in forensic science.

The students attended the conference with Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program; and Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and chief/director of the university’s Department of Public Safety.

Humeniuk participated in the roundtable discussion titled “Restorative Justice: Victims, Offenders and Communities,” while Dr. Lilly participated in the “Community Policing” and “Campus Victimization” roundtables.

Several universities from the southwestern United States were in attendance, as well as many criminal justice practitioners, EMTs and firefighters from surrounding states. The seminar’s keynote speaker was Sheriff Lupe Valdez from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Humeniuk said HPU provided an incredible opportunity for the participants from the university to meet other professionals and students who are interested in serving others through the criminal justice field.

“This conference allowed us to network, exchange ideas, review up-to-date research presentations and be able to represent Howard Payne University at roundtable presentations,” she said. “It was a tremendous blessing to the four of us who attended.”


Photo cutline: HPU criminal justice students and faculty recently attended the annual meeting of the Southwest Association of Criminal Justice at South Padre Island. Pictured on the beach are, from left, Lynn Humeniuk, Dr. Paul Lilly, Stephanie Upfold and Blake Wynn.