Yearly News Archives: 2017

HPU hosts Encounter Week fall revival

Zack Randles at HPU for webBROWNWOOD – September 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Encounter Week fall revival event was held last week with a concluding discussion on the importance of maintaining momentum in the pursuit of Christ-like living.

Zack Randles, founder and lead pastor of Waterfront Church in Washington, D.C., was the guest speaker for each of the five Encounter Week services. Leading worship was The Nick Gainey Band. Gainey, a 2008 HPU graduate, serves as worship leader at Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall.

Nick Gainey Band at HPU for web“The whole reason for revival services is to move forward in our faith,” Randles said.

He urged the audience to steer clear of things that can halt the Christian’s momentum, including gossip, negativity, slander, pride and fear.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands, serves as Chapel coordinator.

“Zack and the members of The Nick Gainey Band were a huge blessing to our campus community,” he said. “Several of our students professed faith in Christ for the first time during the week, while many others rededicated their lives to Him. There’s a great feeling of spiritual renewal on campus.”

The overall theme for HPU Chapel this semester is “Love God, Love Others.” To see the full slate of Chapel speakers, visit www.hputx.edu/chapel.

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Cutline: Zack Randles was the guest speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week fall revival services.

The Nick Gainey Band led worship for the week.

Mark Albin of Crandall among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

AlbinBROWNWOOD – September 26, 2017 – Mark Albin of Crandall has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Grand Marshal. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Albin and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, 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.

A 1979 HPU graduate, Albin earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in religious education with a minor in recreation. He was very involved at HPU, participating in the Ministerial Alliance, Dorm Council, Student Foundation, intramurals and the Baptist Student Union among other activities.

He has served as a youth minister and educator and has been in the pawn shop business for more than 30 years. He is an active member at Point View Baptist Church in Combine, served eight years on the Crandall ISD School Board and is a retired Crandall volunteer firefighter.

Albin and his wife, Beth, have three children – Angela, Amanda and Adam – and four grandchildren. Angela and her husband, Tim Groves, are both HPU graduates.

He said that HPU’s small-school atmosphere prepared him for future success.

“Howard Payne is a place where a student, usually away from home for the first time, can develop lifelong relationships in a safe environment,” he said. “I’m truly thankful to be an alumnus of this wonderful university.”

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Cutline: Mark Albin of Crandall is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU files Letter of Intent to Texas Board of Nursing for pre-licensure BSN degree

BROWNWOOD – September 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University continues to make strides in its efforts to offer a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The university is working closely with representatives from the Texas Board of Nursing to ensure necessary measures are taken with regard to nursing faculty and curriculum.

Dr. Nina Ouimette, HPU’s dean of nursing, recently filed a Letter of Intent with the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) that outlined the university’s intentions of establishing a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. TBON reviewed Dr. Ouimette’s academic transcripts and verified that she holds the necessary qualifications to serve as HPU’s proposed Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education program director.

Dr. Ouimette and Laci Sutton, HPU instructor of nursing, are registered to attend a TBON new program development information session on October 10 in Austin.

“We’re pleased with the progress Dr. Ouimette and Mrs. Sutton have made so far and we’re encouraged by the Board of Nursing’s affirmation of Dr. Ouimette’s qualifications,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer. “We look forward to keeping the public informed of our progress through the Board of Nursing’s approval process.”

Dr. Ouimette earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University, a Master of Science degree in child development and family relations from East Carolina University, a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Hardin-Simmons University and a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech University. Her past experience includes serving as dean and professor of nursing with tenure at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from 2009 to 2016. Also with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, she served as Bachelor of Science in Nursing director and associate professor of nursing with tenure from 2008 to 2009 and as assistant professor from 2002 to 2008. Additionally, she served as an adjunct faculty member at Abilene Intercollegiate School of Nursing from 2000 to 2002 and as RN clinical nurse analyst and nurse educator at Hendrick Medical Center from 1997 to 2002. She was employed by HPU in June.

Sutton, who joined the HPU faculty in 2016, received her Bachelor of Science degree from HPU in 2009 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Lubbock Christian University in 2014. Her experience includes clinical examiner and adjunct faculty positions at Excelsior College in New York. She has also held positions at the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, including unit nurse tech, unit registered nurse and relief charge nurse. Concurrent with HPU’s development of a proposal for a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Sutton is completing work toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Grand Canyon University.

HPU continues to recruit students to its RN-to-BSN degree program. This program allows for a registered nurse with an unencumbered license to continue his or her education toward a post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

For more information about HPU’s RN-to-BSN degree program, visit www.hputx.edu/nursing.

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Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

ReedBROWNWOOD – September 22, 2017 – Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood has been named a recipient of Howard Payne University’s Medal of Service. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Dr. Reed and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, 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.

After 34 years of service to the university, Dr. Reed retired from HPU in May 2015 as professor of music and university organist. Dr. Reed was an integral member of HPU’s faculty, serving as teacher, performer, mentor, colleague and leader.

He continues to lend his musical talents to the university, often serving as organist for HPU concerts. He additionally plays the organ at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church and Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

He and his wife, Judy, have three children, Elisabeth, Katie ’01 and David ’05. Additionally, the couple has four grandchildren.

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Cutline: Dr. Allen Reed of Brownwood is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace publishes article in professional piano magazine

Elizabeth Wallace 2017BROWNWOOD – September 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article titled “Reflections of a Guild Adjudicator” published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

Dr. Wallace’s article is one of three features in the summer 2017 edition of the magazine, which is the official publication of the American College of Musicians and its teacher division, the National Guild of Piano Teachers. It has a circulation of more than 10,000.

“Dr. Wallace has built an impressive career through compassionately demanding excellence of herself and her students in the studio and the classroom and on the performance stage,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “She has increasingly been involved with sharing her expertise through publication, and her efforts in this area provide a model and an encouragement for HPU students. Dr. Wallace is to be commended for her ongoing achievements.”

Dr. Wallace attributes her success, in part, to Dr. Fiese and the School of Music and Fine Arts.

“Dr. Fiese has encouraged me to submit my writing for consideration in professional publications many times,” said Dr. Wallace. “I have thought about writing for submission for years but it is his support that has given me the courage to take action.”

This is the second article Dr. Wallace has had published in recent years. Both were personal reflections on the importance of organizations such as the American College of Musicians and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

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Cutline: HPU professor Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, recently had an article published in “Piano Guild Notes.”

HPU to host Family Weekend

Familyweekend draft4BROWNWOOD – September 20, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its annual Family Weekend event on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7. Family members of current HPU students who have not yet registered for this event are encouraged to do so by visiting www.hputx.edu/familyweekend as soon as possible.

Family Weekend is an opportunity for parents and other family members to visit campus and share in the student’s college experience. Registration is $20 per person and includes breakfast and dinner, bowling, a ticket to HPU’s football game versus East Texas Baptist University, and an information session on HPU’s Study Abroad program. HPU students do not need to purchase tickets. A complete schedule of events is located on the registration webpage.

“The beginning of the academic year can be an emotional time for families and students,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “Family Weekend is a great way for families to feel more connected to their children at HPU by joining them for fun events on campus and around Brownwood.”

For more information about Family Weekend, visit www.hputx.edu/familyweekend.

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HPU names six faculty promotions

Faculty Promotions Fall 17BROWNWOOD – September 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University announced the promotion of six faculty members at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Receiving promotions are Dr. Celeste Church, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Kevin Kelley, Dr. Paul Lilly, Dr. José Romero and Dr. Rusty Wheelington.

“We’re proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these individuals,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “The promotions granted are indicative of their hard work and faithful service to the university.”

Dr. Celeste Church, HPU faculty member since 2005 and formerly associate professor of music, was named professor of music. She additionally retains the title of dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

Dr. Gregory Church, formerly associate professor of music, has been named professor of music. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2004.

Dr. Kevin Kelley, who joined the HPU faculty in 2013, was named associate professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology and Family Studies. He was formerly assistant professor of organizational psychology and business.

Dr. Paul Lilly, formerly assistant professor of criminal justice, was named associate professor of criminal justice. He joined HPU’s faculty in 2011 and also served as director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety from 2011 to 2017.

Dr. José Romero, previously associate professor of mathematics, was named professor of mathematics. He joined HPU’s faculty in 1996 and additionally serves as chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Dr. Rusty Wheelington, who joined the HPU faculty in 2006, was named professor of Christian studies. Dr. Wheelington formerly served as associate professor of Christian studies.

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Cutline: Six HPU faculty members were promoted at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Left to right: Dr. José Romero, Dr. Rusty Wheelington, Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Celeste Church and Dr. Paul Lilly. Not pictured is Dr. Kevin Kelley.

HPU’s James Crow receives Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award

Crow and PowellBROWNWOOD – September 18, 2017 – James Crow, a recent Howard Payne University graduate and student in the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program, has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. Nominees for the fellowship award must be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business, serves as president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

“We were honored to nominate James for this award,” she said. “He was an outstanding student throughout his undergraduate studies and has been a great addition to our MBA program. We’re proud to have him as a representative of HPU’s School of Business.”

Crow graduated Magna Cum Laude from HPU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. He began the MBA program this fall.

Sigma Beta Delta was founded to recognize outstanding student achievement in the fields of business, management and administration and to promote honorable service to mankind. Recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta fellowship award are chosen based on their achievement in these fields. Past HPU recipients include Jill McLaughlin (2006), Emily (Tittle) Attaway (2008), Cody Hambrick (2010), Zachary Varner (2011) and Lacy Culpepper (2014).

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Cutline: HPU’s James Crow has received the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award for outstanding student and personal achievement. He is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

Mac Eric Villanueba of Paradise among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Villanueba HC HonoreeBROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise has been named Outstanding Young Graduate by Howard Payne University. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Villanueba and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, 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.

Villanueba graduated from HPU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and a minor in Spanish. While a student, he participated in the Sigma Theta Phi fraternity and the Student Planning Committee.

Since graduating, he has served as a patrol deputy with the Hood County Sheriff’s Office and is currently a patrol corporal for Palmer Police Department. Earlier in 2017, he was honored by the Garland Police Department for taking heroic, life-saving actions in rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

He is active in his church, Watermark Community Church of Dallas, where he serves with the young adults ministry and plays in the church league softball team.

He believes the biggest way HPU prepared him for success was by teaching him how to be a Christ-like servant.

“As a supervisor, I get to be a servant to my officers and I get an opportunity to reveal to them a Christ-centered style of leadership,” he said. “I honestly believe that I would have not learned all of these things if it were not for HPU.”

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Cutline: Mac Eric “Villy” Villanueba of Paradise is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau prepares for upcoming debates and events

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – September 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team is preparing for a busy fall semester of tournaments and events.

A group of students from across majors and disciplines, Student Speaker Bureau members compete at intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, host high school UIL speech and debate workshops and adjudicate elementary, middle and high school UIL tournaments. Team members are also called upon often to emcee events on campus and in the community.

At the end of September, the group will compete at the Storm Classic Speech and Debate Tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. The team will then host the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate on Sunday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m.

In November, the team will travel to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi to compete at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association fall championships tournament. HPU will also host its annual UIL Speech and Debate Workshop for area high school students in November.

Fall 2017 team members include Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; Tyler Olin, junior psychology, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is an excellent team of speakers and debaters,” said Dr. Welker. “They all have heavy course loads and active lives but spend a great deal of their time keeping up with current events and honing their debate and presentational skills to prepare for competition. I’m looking forward to seeing their achievements this fall.”

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb. The exhibition debate with the British National Debate team is open to the public. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.