Monthly News Archives: February 2017

HPU athletic training students compete at SWATA workshop

SWATA team 2017 BROWNWOOD – February 27, 2017 – Seven Howard Payne University students majoring in athletic training participated in the ninth annual Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) competency workshop and quiz bowl at the end of January. The event took place on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos.

HPU students who attended the conference were senior Ruth Davis from Cibolo, senior Corey Martinez from Bangs, senior Dezeray Tafte from Eastland, senior Elizabeth Fargo from Saginaw, senior William Rangel-Alfaro from San Antonio, junior Dustin Bachus from Edna and junior Ariana Rehm from Uhland.

This was the first time all HPU athletic training upperclassmen were able to participate in this event. HPU is one of 17 professional athletic training programs in SWATA, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs from Texas and Arkansas. The workshop is designed to increase the students’ professional and clinical skills as well as help them prepare for the certification exam.

The quiz bowl is a competition in the style of a game show made up of teams of three from accredited schools in SWATA. HPU’s team consisted of seniors Davis, Martinez and Tafte. They competed with teams from universities including The University of Texas, Texas State University, Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, Baylor University, The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Lutheran University. The winning team from the quiz bowl gets the opportunity to compete in a similar competition at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting this summer.

“I am really proud of our quiz bowl team,” said Mike Terrill, director of HPU’s Athletic Training Education Program. “They competed very well and represented the quality of education we provide at Howard Payne.”

For more information about the Athletic Training Education Program, contact HPU’s School of Education at 325-649-8203 or visit


Cutline: HPU students competed in the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association quiz bowl. Pictured from left are seniors Corey Martinez, Ruth Davis and Dezeray Tafte.

San Saba’s Leigh Ann Glaze named HPU registrar

Leigh Ann Glaze for webBROWNWOOD – February 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently named Leigh Ann Glaze, former public school administrator, as the university’s registrar. Glaze began her new role in January and follows the recently retired Lana Wagner.

Glaze spent 26 years in public education, most recently serving nine years as superintendent at San Saba Independent School District. In addition, she served as assistant superintendent and school counselor in San Saba and taught English at Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District.

She spoke of her decision to start a new career in higher education so quickly following her retirement from public education.

“I know myself too well,” she said. “I would go stir crazy if I actually retired.”

As HPU registrar, Glaze handles academic records and has varied other responsibilities, many of which overlap with her public school administrator roles. Additionally, she oversees the operations and staff of the Office of the Registrar, including Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant; Martha Fothergill, coordinator of records and reports; and Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credits and records.

“These ladies have been great at helping me get settled into the job,” Glaze said. “Everyone at HPU has been so kind and helpful.”

Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer, expressed his delight in Glaze’s appointment.

“We’re blessed to have found someone like Leigh Ann to fill the void after Lana’s retirement,” he said. “Her experience and skill set, complemented by her warmth and friendliness, make her a perfect fit at HPU.”

Glaze and her husband, Scott, have one daughter, Brittany.


Cutline: HPU recently appointed Leigh Ann Glaze as the university’s registrar.

HPU theatre to premier play by alumnus and staff member Matthew Rutkowski

Salted With Fire poster for webBROWNWOOD – February 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre will open performances next week of “Salted With Fire,” a play by Matthew Rutkowski, alumnus and admission counselor for HPU’s El Paso Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, March 4, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The HPU Theatre is located at 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and free for all HPU faculty, staff and students with university ID. For tickets or more information, call the university box office at 325-649-8516. Additional performances will be held at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview on Tuesday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. as part of the Christian University Theatre Festival.

Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of the Department of Theatre and professor of theatre, directs the play and Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, is the scenic and lighting designer. Both are excited about bringing the play to life on the HPU stage.

“It is a first-rate drama filled with great humor and genuine human tragedy,” said Dr. Humfeld. “Most importantly, it is a spellbinding exploration of the Christian soul in the light of personal sin, redemption and community interaction and interdependence.”

“Salted With Fire” is inspired by the book of the same name by George MacDonald, associate of authors such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The play poses the question, “Why does God let bad things happen?”

“My hope is the audience leaves with the perspective of a good and loving God who walks with us through the difficult times,” Rutkowski said.

Ewen said the opportunity to present an excellent Christian drama by an HPU alumnus is a unique experience. Rutkowski was a student in Ewen’s 2010 online playwriting course.

“Matt is a very talented playwright and just reading the script touched my heart,” Ewen said. “I told Matt that I thought his play would be perfect for the HPU Theatre, but that it would help if there were a few more roles for our student actors.”

Rutkowski was thrilled with the prospect of expanding the cast and, after a few edits, both Ewen and Dr. Humfeld agreed the play was ready for production at HPU and as the university’s entry in the Christian University Theatre Festival (CUTF).

“Touring this show for CUTF is exactly the kind of work that we have been longing to do,” Ewen said. “This proves that there are great Christian plays out there and that HPU is committed to bringing performances that not only have quality and depth but also are a beautiful reflection of our faith and values.”

Dr. Adrial Gil, director of HPU’s El Paso Center and associate professor of business, said the faculty, staff and students of the El Paso Center are extremely proud of Rutkowski.

“He is a creative and passionate young man that is sharing his God-given talents with others,” Dr. Gil said. “We are grateful he is a part of our team!”

Matt Rutkowski for webRutkowski, who is involved in theatre in El Paso, shared insight into his experiences in writing “Salted With Fire.”

“Prayer has always been at the heart of every play I’ve written,” he said. “‘Salted With Fire’ began late one night as I asked the Lord if He wanted our El Paso theatre troupe to continue. We had just finished one production as I stumbled upon the works of George MacDonald. I instantly connected with his stories of faithfulness through the storms of life.”

Rutkowski began drafting the material for the play and praying for the Lord’s direction when he felt God leading him in framing the play differently than the book.

“Thus, the final script became less ‘based on’ and more ‘inspired by’ the original source,” he said.

Rutkowski additionally found guidance from his mentors at HPU.

“Professor Ewen and Dr. Humfeld have been such amazing people to work with and I so appreciate their vision,” he said. “They have directions I never would have considered. They see the staging in such a neat way. This is why I love theatre. It is alive and moving and constantly changing with the interpretation of others.”

Above all, Rutkowski said, he feels humbled to know there are people investing their hearts and valuable time in the production.

“The directors are devising the best means of transferring the words to the stage,” he said. “The crew is working out how to technically support the story. The actors are finding personal meaning and voice in the words.”

Dr. Humfeld said the play has sparked positive discussions in class and in rehearsal.

“Our students are really internalizing the play and analyzing in depth the meaning of every scene,” she said. “It is gratifying to see that level of interest and commitment to the production. They are doing an excellent job and I am so proud of them. I truly believe the audience members will be entertained and inspired by this production.”


Cutline: HPU’s Department of Theatre will open performances next week of “Salted With Fire,” a play by Matthew Rutkowski, alumnus and admission counselor for HPU’s El Paso Center.

HPU’s Symphonic Band to present spring concert

BROWNWOOD – February 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the spring semester on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

“The band will present an exciting program titled ‘Around the World in 60 Minutes,’” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “This concert will celebrate worldwide musical styles, and the band will exhibit different cultural flavors and experiences from western European countries, the Americas and beyond.”

Selections include “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcolm Arnold, “Irish Tune from County Derry” by Percy Grainger, “Wedding Dance” by Jacques Press, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, “La Fiesta Mexicana” by H. Owen Reed and many more.

There is no admission charge for this concert and the public is encouraged to attend.

“Bring a friend and come enjoy an evening of exciting music compliments of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts and the Symphonic Band,” said Ash. “You won’t want to miss it.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU extends call for entries for “I-10 Two” contemporary juried-art exhibition

I-10 Two logoBROWNWOOD – February 22, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art has extended a call for entries for its upcoming juried-art exhibition, “I-10 Two: A National Exhibition of Contemporary Two-Dimensional Art.” Artists may enter up to three pieces of art and entries will be accepted through March 20.

This exhibition is open to all living U.S. contemporary artists residing above and below Interstate 10, the southernmost transcontinental highway ranging from San Diego, California, through several states including Texas and onward to the east in Jacksonville, Florida. Submissions of all 2-d art forms in abstract, non-representational/non-objective and realist imagery will be considered.

The exhibition’s organizer, David Harmon, chair and professor of art, shared his thoughts on the event.

“HPU’s Department of Art is excited to provide this exhibition for a second time – this time in the spring semester,” Harmon said. “We hope to have a large variety of contemporary 2-d artwork entries from all over the area and around the country. This is a great opportunity for the university, those entering artwork and patrons who will visit the exhibit. Art is a wonderful thing.”

The exhibition will be held March 29 through May 5 at the Doakie Day Art Center, located on the HPU campus on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. The gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please visit for further information including entry guidelines. Direct all inquiries to David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or


HPU launches Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing human-health careers

Hannah Justice at microscopeBROWNWOOD – February 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University announces the launch of a four-year Biomedical Science Program for students pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, biomedical research and other human-health fields.

The rigorous program, set within HPU’s distinctive Christian liberal arts framework, exceeds requirements for most health professions programs. In addition to completing a robust slate of academic coursework, scholars in the program will experience medical internships, skills clinics, mock interviews, mentorship with local health professionals and program visits to various professional schools in Texas.

“Many professional schools encourage applicants to take additional undergraduate coursework beyond the required basics to better prepare them for the medical field,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, program director and associate professor of biology. “HPU’s Biomedical Science Program provides the experiences and coursework that help develop strong candidates for admission to these schools. We’re excited to connect this program with health professionals in our community and create opportunities for our students to learn as much as possible about their future careers.”

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and interview with an admissions committee for consideration into the program. Hannah Justice, junior from Brownwood, was the first student admitted into the program.

“I am excited to be a part of this program since it will take a specific focus on students who are preparing to go into the health field,” she said. “I will get to learn key concepts and skill sets that most students wouldn’t get to see until in a graduate program. One of the most important benefits to me is the mentorship that comes from the faculty. They have invested so much time in pushing me to achieve excellence in my studies and outside of the classroom as well.”

To view degree requirements and suggested four-year courses sequences, visit For more information, contact Dr. Hutchins at 325-649-8158 or


Cutline: Hannah Justice of Brownwood is the first student admitted into HPU’s new Biomedical Science Program.

HPU graduates 95 at close of fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University graduated 95 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2016 semester.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

The list below includes December and August 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.

Graduates included:

Allan Chehadi – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Dylan Wright – Bachelor of Science in biology

Courtney Turner – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Big Spring
Heather Hildebrand – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)

Blake Biessener – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Kaitlyn Cochrum – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general psychology)
Morris Farr – Bachelor of Arts in history (high school: grade 8-12)
Lorenzo Flores – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Christopher Hickey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)
Erica Jordan – Bachelor of Arts in English
Joel Larrea – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristopher Lowrey – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)
Joshua Martinez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Saulo Mendoza – Master of Business Administration
Kassie Milam – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Kali Parks – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Sydnee Petty – Bachelor of Science in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, psychology (general), Cum Laude
Dakota Pulley – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Amy Segura – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice (restorative justice), psychology (counseling/clinical)
Kristen Terway – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical), Cum Laude
Chelsea Thomason – Bachelor of Science in social science: jurisprudence, Cum Laude

Tiffani-Ann San Miguel – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Brandon Garrett – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Ruth Davis – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Terry Chumbley – Master of Education in instructional leadership

Neal Kucinski – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude

Taylor Armstrong – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Angela Parker – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude

Corpus Christi
Samuel Hoffman – Bachelor of Business Administration in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, accounting, Cum Laude

Darbi Frazier – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Del Rio
Jessi Galindo – Bachelor of Science in athletic training

De Leon
Micah Cisneroz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Tyler January – Master of Business Administration

Brittany Benson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)
Chelsea Chesser – Bachelor of Science in English language arts and reading (middle school: grade 4-8)
Richard Cole – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (sport management)
Andrea Culpepper – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Amy Tyler – Bachelor of Science in social work

Amy Rice – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

El Paso
Ryan Durkes – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Blanca Gamez – Master of Business Administration
Alma Quintero – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Grace Stout – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church – Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Magna Cum Laude

Colby Mica – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Flower Mound
Gavin Stewart – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 8-12)

Fort Worth
Bryan Adams – Bachelor of Arts in family studies
Darron Perry – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Balentin Carranco – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
David Stippick – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Cameron Wong – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology), Cum Laude

Austin Upchurch – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Evan Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Nicholas Crome – Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems

Richard Young – Master of Business Administration

Austin Williamson – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Evan Vaden – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Bethany Harper – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Allison Mantell – Bachelor of Science in mathematics (high school: grade 8-12)

Ashley Willis – Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural studies

Ashley Greene – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Jerry Hurt – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Kelsey Martin – Bachelor of Science in psychology (psychology and ministry)
Gaby Muniz – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Gabriella Guest – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice), Magna Cum Laude

Caitlin Wood – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social science: jurisprudence, Summa Cum Laude

New Braunfels
Glenda Brownlow – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Jolind Fritsche – Master of Business Administration
Justin Hall – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (youth ministry concentration)
Elizabeth Kensing – Master of Business Administration
Francene Larrabee – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Cum Laude
Courtney Wilder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Ocala, Fla.
Benjamin Long – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Adrienne Sanchez – Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Lynsie Anderson – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

De’andre Walker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education)

Port Aransas
James Contreras – Master of Business Administration

Red Oak
Tiffany Bullock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Cum Laude
Garrison Pate – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Redlands, Calif.
Briana Williams – Bachelor of Science in forensic science

Ivyanne Nichols – Bachelor of Arts in Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication studies (public and media), social science (international studies), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock
Shelby Spaulding – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

San Angelo
Robert Estevis – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

San Antonio
Alexis Acuna – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

San Juan
Lorien Fleming – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Santa Anna
Jerry Bromley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melanie Hammond – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Three Rivers
Chasity Coquat – Bachelor of Arts in social science: jurisprudence

Donald Preston – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (general)

Trophy Club
Adam Snyder – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Vincent Sullivan – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Michael Snow – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (physical education), Magna Cum Laude

White Settlement
Celina Ortiz – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice

Andrew Taylor – Master of Business Administration
Sydni Thompson – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies, Summa Cum Laude

HPU honors 277 for academic success during fall 2016 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University honored 277 students for academic success during the fall 2016 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Shelby Leiann Harrison, Honor Roll
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List

Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Cole Patrick Bene’, Dean’s List
Brianna Marie Weaver, Honor Roll

Jessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List

Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, President’s List

Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Reagan McKinley Grisham, Dean’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List
Tayler Brittany Rushing, Dean’s List

Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Ysabel Austine Cuellar, Dean’s List
Jonathan Michael George, Dean’s List
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, President’s List
Brooke Alexandra Landry, Dean’s List
Ashley Paige Miller, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List

Lucila Meraz, Dean’s List

Don Leland Greenwood, President’s List
Katherine Elizabeth Hailey, President’s List
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, Dean’s List
Melissa Dawn Ramirez, Dean’s List
Andrew Kirk Stevenson, President’s List
Bailey Jean Watkins, Honor Roll

Rickey Andrew Guillory, Honor Roll

Xavier Michael Haines, Honor Roll

Jakob Stefan Morgan, Dean’s List

Charles Patrick Lewis, Dean’s List
Isaac Conrad Sommers, President’s List

Travis Toby Adams, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Alexander, President’s List
Christy Renee Ash, President’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Gabriel Wise Cardenas, President’s List
Lydia Melissa Conrad, Honor Roll
Christin Deann Cooper, President’s List
James David Crow, President’s List
Angela Leigh Curtis, Dean’s List
Shannon Rose Ellis, President’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Evan Andrew Fleming, Honor Roll
Lorien Elisse Fleming, President’s List
Cherita Mae George, President’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Samantha Michelle Henry, Dean’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Elaine Ho, Honor Roll
Tiffany Joanne Hogue, President’s List
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, Dean’s List
Jack Henry Judd, Dean’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, President’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Brittiny Lynn Kelley, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Lee Limer, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, Dean’s List
Jacob Drew McNeill, President’s List
Kassie Christine Milam, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Kory Scott Owen, Dean’s List
Eva Adelaida Ozuna, President’s List
Kali Rachel Parks, Dean’s List
Tandi Joy Patton, Honor Roll
Tanner Cole Pennington, Dean’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, President’s List
Sydnee Paige Petty, Dean’s List
Dakota James Pulley, Honor Roll
Andreahnna Loree Rosenquist, Honor Roll
Clara Octani Tarigan, Honor Roll
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, President’s List
Chelsea Lynn Thomason, Honor Roll
Lauren Nicole Tipton, Honor Roll
Keegan Ryan Torres, Honor Roll
Mari Amy Villarreal, President’s List
Jason Ryan Washburn, Dean’s List

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Mary Myers, Honor Roll

Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll

Tobias Ty Turney, Honor Roll

TaShana Rae Hooker, President’s List

Madison Rianna Neal, President’s List

Ruth Ann Davis, Honor Roll

Robert Devin Caraway, President’s List
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Honor Roll
Tonya Gayle Thompson, Honor Roll

Taylor Renea Bicknell, Dean’s List

Taylor Cathlynn Armstrong, President’s List
Allison Kate Straach, President’s List

Kaeli Breann Goodgion, President’s List
Caisson William Montieth, Honor Roll
Jaze Mance Randolph, President’s List

Ryan Wesley Mason, President’s List

Darbi Lee Frazier, Honor Roll

Cross Plains
Morgan Hayley Megarity, Honor Roll

Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Cecily Noel McIlwain, Dean’s List

Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Sharon Allen Wolverton, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Honor Roll

Colby Scott Compton, President’s List
Ryan Mathew Contreras, President’s List
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper, President’s List
Andrea Shannon Culpepper, President’s List
Kelly Franks, Dean’s List
Thomas Harrison Givan, Dean’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, President’s List
Nathan Lee Lacy, Honor Roll
Crystal Desire’ Ochoa, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, Honor Roll
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, President’s List
Ryan Kinsey Wofford, Dean’s List

Elena Maria Mendoza, President’s List
Cody Neal Perrin, Dean’s List
Hailey Alexandra Perrin, Honor Roll

El Paso
Sarahi Castillo, President’s List
Fernando Louis Fernandez, Dean’s List
Krystal Lopez, Dean’s List
Brian Alan Seguin, President’s List
Benny Gerald Steagall, President’s List
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Anna Kaye McBride, President’s List

Karla Grace Zachary, President’s List

Elm Mott
Haley Madison Cummings, Honor Roll

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer McIntyre Church, Dean’s List

Olivia Ann Belsher, President’s List

Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, Dean’s List

Brittany Nicole Cortez, Honor Roll

Fort Hood
Foga’a Elizabeth Solomona, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Bryan Austin Baker, Honor Roll
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Dean’s List
Vivian Thi Nguyen, Dean’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Dean’s List
Hannah Elise Williamson, President’s List

Kalin Rose Brown, President’s List

Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Honor Roll

Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, President’s List
Rachel Ann Mahagan, President’s List
Sydney Drew Spencer, Dean’s List
Aaron William Walling, President’s List
Cameron Andrew Wong, President’s List

Austin Blake Upchurch, Honor Roll

Priscilla Deann Gilbert, Dean’s List
Julie Marie Hart, President’s List
Jody Michael Loudamy, President’s List
Ricky Shane Miles, President’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, President’s List

Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Aimee Michelle Keel, Dean’s List
Michelle Elaine Teague, Dean’s List

Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Marie Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Bailey Brian Smith, Honor Roll

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Dean’s List

Kade Louis Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Dean’s List

Trey Joe Carpenter, Honor Roll

Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Lydia Mae Heinrichs, President’s List

Emily Elizabeth Craft, President’s List

Lindsey Brooke Krueger, President’s List
Tyler Adam Olin, Dean’s List

William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Carrie Deann Leach, President’s List

Alyssa Cymone Beasley, Honor Roll

Adam McCoy Jones, President’s List
Julio Adalberto Lazo Reyes, Honor Roll
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List

Hannah Joan Ball, Dean’s List

Josiah Quinn Hughes, President’s List

Bethany Noel Harper, Dean’s List

Hailey Ann Green, Honor Roll

James Vincent Abbatiello, President’s List
Catrina Leigh Hooten, President’s List

Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Wesley Timothy Smith, Dean’s List

Graham Walters White, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Rachel McKenzie Crane, Dean’s List
Kailey Rebekah Doering, Honor Roll

Ashlye Laura Grover, Honor Roll

Justin Christopher Hughes, Dean’s List
Rachel Elizabeth Hughes, Dean’s List

Josiah James Horton, Dean’s List

Jaclyn Rose Bonner, President’s List
Rebekah Joyce Lytle, President’s List

Mikayla Elizabeth Burckhard, Dean’s List
Emily Laura Lang, President’s List

Aimee Lynn Rolando, Dean’s List

Stephanie M. Kerby, Dean’s List
Vanessa Monique Pate, President’s List
Amber Rose Shipman, President’s List

Callie Anne Molloy, President’s List

Andrew Mitchell Erwin, Honor Roll
Kelsey Reid Martin, Honor Roll

Chad Holman Anders, President’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List
Chelsea Nicole Webster, Dean’s List

Midway, Ark.
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Gil Eduardo Jaime, Honor Roll

Garrett Ford, President’s List

Candace Leeann Montgomery, President’s List

Rachel Ann Lightfoot, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Joshua William Dykes, Dean’s List
Maci Ann Dorsey, Dean’s List

Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

Madison Kaye Witherwax, President’s List

New Braunfels
Dallas Joe Freeman, President’s List
Dylan Wayne Johnson, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List
Bradley K. Schmid, Honor Roll
Sandi Renee Shahan, Dean’s List
Courtney Lynn Wilder, Honor Roll

Carissa Caley Cromer, Dean’s List

Rebecca Nicole Hamilton, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, Dean’s List

Catherine Elizabeth Haston, Dean’s List
Destiny Ramirez, Dean’s List
Julie Jo Yarbro, Honor Roll

Orange Grove
Sara Ashleigh Wood, Dean’s List

Oriental, N.C.
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Keaton James Fletcher, President’s List

De’andre Rashuad Walker, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, Dean’s List

Grant Michael Saltar, Dean’s List

Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, Honor Roll

Red Oak
Tiffany Michelle Bullock, President’s List
Ian D. Tyra, Honor Roll

Emily Grace Wright, President’s List
Scott Walton Wright, Dean’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Alfredo Garza, Honor Roll

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, Honor Roll

Katherine Alexandra Mendoza, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexa Brody, Dean’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, President’s List
Penny Rose Stehlik, President’s List

Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty, Honor Roll

Thomas Parker Kyle, President’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman, President’s List
Erin Lenore McCleer, Dean’s List

San Antonio
Arthur Joseph Hettler, Honor Roll
Micah Andrew Smith, Honor Roll
Jacqueline Marie Vega, President’s List
Nathan Richard Weyrauch, Honor Roll

Aimee Orozco, Honor Roll
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer, Dean’s List

Braxton Stone Clark, President’s List

Elizabeth Ann Rainey, President’s List

Lucas Jake Bowling, Dean’s List

Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Zachary Paul Eller, Dean’s List
Maranda Alexandria Marlin, Dean’s List

Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Honor Roll

Trophy Club
Adam C. Snyder, Dean’s List

Kayla Denae Chadwick, Dean’s List

Sierra Dawn Bennett, Dean’s List
Lillie Cheyenne McDonald, Dean’s List

Ivon Teresa Mendoza, Honor Roll
Lazhay Tranisha Winn, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List

Morgan Paige Ashmore, President’s List
Kaylee Jae Blevins, President’s List
Bailey Michelle Waller, President’s List

Morgan Andie McCoy, Honor Roll

Cassia Noelle Rose, President’s List

Jordan Lisa Pitman, Honor Roll
Sydni Brooke Thompson, President’s List

HPU MBA program marks five-year anniversary

BROWNWOOD – February 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s dynamic, Christ-centered Master of Business Administration degree program celebrates five years of helping students achieve their business-related career goals. Since its inception in spring 2012, HPU’s MBA program has graduated 69 students with an additional seven students poised to graduate at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, joined the university’s faculty shortly after the launch of the MBA program. He commended his predecessors at HPU on the creation of the degree. Since that time, he said, the program has been in a constant state of development.

“Five years ago, I don’t believe anyone could have predicted the program’s expansion,” he said. “The world around us is changing and HPU is moving forward to keep up with the change.”

Dr. Lemler praised Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and other administrators for their foresight in responding appropriately to the world in flux.

“President Ellis has seized opportunities for growth and development,” he said. “HPU’s Board of Trustees has bought into his vision. Because of this, HPU’s MBA program is in a good place to face and deal with changes in the world.”

Marshal McIntosh, who earned an undergraduate degree from HPU in 2015, went on to complete the MBA program in 2016. He served as an intern with Brownwood’s Economic Development Corporation (now the Municipal Development District) while he was in school and was promoted to the full-time position of special projects and communications manager shortly after earning his MBA degree. He says the degree as well as the timing of his graduation played a large role in that.

“HPU’s Master of Business Administration program provided me with the core foundation, experience and confidence to implement my education from a classroom setting into a fast-paced working environment,” he said.

The MBA degree is available at each of HPU’s three locations: Brownwood, El Paso and New Braunfels. With intimate class sizes and personal attention at each location, HPU’s MBA program is tailored to ensure each student receives the tools to achieve his or her career goals.

Structured with working professionals in mind, courses are held at nights and on weekends in a hybrid format of online and in-person instruction. Students may complete the program in as little as one year.

“The hybrid format is the ideal way to deliver course instruction,” said Dr. Lemler. “It is the optimal blend of the convenience of online courses and the quality of learning and community building that comes with face-to-face instruction.”

The 30-hour, non-thesis degree program allows students to choose a concentration from among marketing, finance or international business. Non-business majors are welcome to apply and will receive leveling instruction before core coursework begins.

For more information about HPU’s Master of Business Administration degree program, visit or call 325-649-8704.


Cutline: Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of HPU’s School of Business, teaches in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program.

HPU to host free preview event for high school students and parents

BROWNWOOD – February 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a Yellow Jacket Monday preview day for prospective students and their parents on Monday, February 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free but registration is required at Registration ends February 18.

Yellow Jacket Mondays are designed for high school juniors and seniors and allow prospective students to experience life at HPU. Registrants will meet faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, dine in HPU’s Beadel Dining Hall, meet with a financial aid counselor and more.

Lacy Culpepper, a 2015 HPU graduate, serves as an admission counselor and campus visit coordinator.

“Campus preview days are valuable experiences for high school juniors and seniors,” he said. “Yellow Jacket Monday is an exciting event and a great opportunity to learn all that HPU has to offer.”

HPU offers a wide range of financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

For more information and to register, visit For those unable to attend in February, additional Yellow Jacket Monday events will be held March 20 and April 24.


Cutline: HPU admission counselor Kegan Duncan greets a prospective student at a recent Yellow Jacket Monday preview event.