News Archives: Academic Affairs

HPU graduates 90 students at fall Commencement ceremony

BROWNWOOD – January 15, 2020 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 90 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2019 semester.

Those receiving diplomas included August 2019 and December 2019 graduates. Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivered the charge to 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.

Arlington

James Ryan Cook – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Austin

Travis Lynn Folmar – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Cody Tyler Hastings – Master of Business Administration

Matthew Richard Prall – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Bangs

Shannon Irene McNeill – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Michael Talon Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Beaumont

Rickey Andrew Guillory – Master of Business Administration

Djimonii Rai¢ Jackson – Master of Business Administration

Bridgeport

Jessica Leanne Meeks – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Brownwood

Bobbie Jo Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Bryan Dustin Bachus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

Jordan Terrell Beasley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Thomas Alexander Bingham – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Amanda Arleans Collins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Lydia Melissa Conrad – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Matthew Jeffrey Davis – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Matthew Don Gomez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Emmanuel Lee Jimenez – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Weston Drew Kirbo – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude

Cheyanne Denise Lovelady – Master of Business Administration

Katrina Dene Lynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Timothy Michael Murphy – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (personal trainer)

Rachel Mary Myers – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies

Shantel Oplotnik – Bachelor of Science in social work

Austin James Robinson – Master of Science in criminal justice

Michael A. Westerman – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Eli David Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical languages

Burleson

Eliajia Donnell Pruitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Caddo Mills

Tabatha Marie Moore – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general), Cum Laude

Canutillo

Jazmin Susana Amezcua – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Childress

Chanda Kay King – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Cisco

Robert Devin Caraway – Bachelor of Science business administration and psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Camille Lindsey Webb – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Cleburne

Anna Elizabeth Goains – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Coleman

Murry Roy Clingerman – Master of Business Administration

Faye-Nita Lyn Norway – Bachelor of Arts in social work

College Station

Hannah Noel McCain – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Cross Plains

Joel Thomas Hinten – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

DeSoto

Levie Smith – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)

Early

Conner Mac Drew – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Dylan Scott Person – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

James Douglas Turner – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

El Paso

Victor Hugo Almanza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Jeffrey Brewer – Master of Business Administration

Rose Anne Chavez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Raquel Cowans – Master of Business Administration

Luis Martin Jimenez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Sandra Saucedo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Flatonia

Abraham Esteban Centeno – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Forney

Jarrid Wade Hawkins – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Gatesville

Madison Leigh Sims – Bachelor of Science in science (middle school: grade 4-8)

Goldthwaite

Jeffrey Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Grandview

James Jarod Dowling – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification)

Greenville

Jordan Alexandria Sweat – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Haslet

Kailey Rebekah Doering – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Horizon City

Santiago Felipe Mejia – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Brenda Jeanette Palma – Master of Business Administration

Huntington

Jeremy Randell Batten – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Kennedale

Hailey Anne Green – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Killeen

Haley Kristine Slater – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

May

Jordan Dale Easterling – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Midland

Britt Thomas Boler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude

Eric Trey Haverstock – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Natalia

Hailey Stewart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

New Braunfels

Chad Eric Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Melodee Lynne Carrier – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Genaro Garza – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Adelaide Anne Joralemon – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

Eric Lehr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude

Alison Leanne Posey – Master of Business Administration

Tina Rocha – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences business administration

Rakisha Williams – Master of Business Administration

Odessa

Larry Dwayne Potter – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)

Destiny Reyann Ramirez – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Pasadena

Kyra Alyse Chapa – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)

Plainview

Yancy Justyne Flores – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Plano

Troy Zachariah Moseley – Bachelor of Arts in history

Grant Michael Saltar – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Richardson

Scott Walton Wright – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock

Kailey Ann Cargill – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical psychology)

Jonathan Michael George – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

San Angelo

Juan Andres Luna – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Cum Laude

San Antonio

Marzena Marroquin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Alexandra Irene Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

San Saba

Caelob Dane Hardman – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)

Hollee Anne Ragsdale – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Seguin

Shelli Suzanne De La Garza – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Trinity

Jade Elise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Tulia

Bryce Wayne Shelton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Woodsboro

Cory Dean Edwards – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

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Cutline: Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivers charge to graduates at HPU’s December 2019 Commencement ceremony.

HPU announces holiday closure

BROWNWOOD – December 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 6.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (the Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, to process end-of-the-year gifts. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the public is invited to visit the Harrison House during open hours to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with staff. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or by contacting Dr. Dale Meinecke, vice president for development, by phone at 325-649-8804 or e-mail at dmeinecke@hputx.edu anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2020 semester begins on Monday, Jan. 13.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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HPU to hold fall Commencement ceremony this Saturday

Howard Payne University will hold its fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the university’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium. The auditorium is located on HPU’s campus, near the intersection of Center Avenue and Austin Avenue.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, Dec. 6, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at L.J. Mims Auditorium.

Both events will be livestreamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hputx.

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Cutline: HPU’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium is the site for the university’s fall Chime Out and Commencement ceremonies.

HPU honors 61 students at Academic Awards Convocation

Howard Payne University honored 61 students for academic achievements at the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation, held near the end of the spring 2019 semester.

Receiving awards were:

Abbott
Kylie Johnson, Honor Award in Spanish

Allen
Brianna Weaver, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher and English Academic Achievement Award

Alleyton
Jessica Catlett, Honor Award in Social Work

Arlington
Emma Reed, Outstanding Model United Nations Student

Austin
Riley G. Morrison, Outstanding Student in Marketing and Outstanding Graduate in Engineering Science

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Xavier Haines, HPU Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete

Brownwood
Kaitlyn Bush, Outstanding Student in Practical Theology and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies
Cameron Butler, Outstanding Spanish Minor
Kristen Herring, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Graduate in Biomedical Science
Joel Justice, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages
Grace Milcherska, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Bailey Myler, Outstanding Moot Court Student
Seth Owen, Outstanding Student in Physical Education
Tanner Pennington, Outstanding History Student
Grant Saltar, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Upper Division
Anna Vallejo, Outstanding Nontraditional Student
Tricia S. Webb, Outstanding Perseverance Award

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Upper Division

Bulverde
Preston Davis, English Academic Achievement Award

Canton
Sierra Ross, Outstanding Mock Trial Student and Honor Award in Spanish

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Carlsbad
Kathryn Grice, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, Outstanding Government Student

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Biology

Cisco
Jaime Dodson, Honor Award in Psychology

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson, Outstanding Student in the School of Business and Tami Pattillo Memorial Award

Dallas
Richard Treviso, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Chemistry

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies
DeSoto
Spencer Wolverton, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Communication Studies

Early
Caleb Callaway, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Communication Studies
Abraham Cooper, Distinguished Music Major Achievement Award and Excellence in Chemistry Award
MaKayla De Leon, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Mathematics
Tanya Glasscock, Outstanding Nontraditional Student in Education

Fort Worth
Reed Alexander Shelley, Outstanding Student in Marketing and ASC Medal of Honor Award

Garden Ridge
Camila Cotter, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher and Outstanding Music Major (Vocal)

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, Outstanding Student in Management

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, Outstanding Music Service Award
Tyler Olin, Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member and Texas All-State Forensics Squad

Humble
Noah Payne, Paul Jay Cunningham Memorial Award

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

Kaufman
Talen Davis-Rentfro, Outstanding Lower Division Engineering Science Student

Kennedale
Hailey Green, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

Kermit
David Dingle, Outstanding Graduate in Biology

Lake Jackson
Hogan Stogner, Outstanding Lower Division Engineering Student

Lindale
Graham White, Outstanding Student in General Studies

Llano
Justin Hughes, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Engineering Science

May
Sarah Abigail Brown, Jack White Character Award in Art
Eli Williams, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages
Deejay Moses, The Servant Artist Award

Midland
Kimberly Bogart, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Mathematics

Midway, Arkansas
Jessica Swonger, HPU Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete

Newport, Arkansas
Mikala Meadows, Outstanding Student in General Biology

Paradise
Dalton Pendergrass, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Lower Division

Rockdale
Brian Blanchard, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Lower Division

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, Outstanding Student in Bible

San Angelo
Juan Luna, Honor Award in Criminal Justice

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Biology

Watauga
Kaitlyn Harrison, Kinesiology/Athletic Training Highest GPA – 4.0, Outstanding Athletic Training Student and ASC Medal of Honor Award

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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HPU provost Dr. W. Mark Tew departs for president role at Judson College

BROWNWOOD – March 8, 2019 – Dr. W. Mark Tew, Howard Payne University’s provost and chief academic officer, has been named the 23rd president of Judson College in Marion, Alabama. He will assume the post on March 25.

Dr. Tew, who joined HPU’s administration as vice president for academic affairs in September 2007, is a native of Alabama and previously served at Judson College in a variety of administrative and academic capacities including senior vice president, vice president for institutional advancement, chief financial officer and professor of religious studies.

During his years at HPU, Dr. Tew has provided key leadership in a variety of initiatives, such as the creation and development of a range of degree programs and the university’s Strategic Plan.

“I consider it a great honor to have served Howard Payne University during these years,” said Dr. Tew. “My pride in what we as an academic community have accomplished is matched only by my confidence of the great things yet to come.”

A graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with Doctor of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees, he also holds the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Samford University.

“Dr. Tew is a distinguished academic administrator who has served Howard Payne University with professionalism and grace,” said Dr. Paul W. Armes, interim president. “His unwavering commitment to HPU’s mission as a distinctively Christ-centered academic community has been a blessing to our institution.”

Dr. Celeste Church, assistant vice president for retention, research and accreditation, will serve as interim provost effective March 18. Dr. Church joined HPU’s music faculty in 2004 and progressed through the ranks from instructor to full professor. She has also served as chair of the Faculty Assembly, co-chair of the General Education Review Committee and dean of institutional research and effectiveness.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Dr. W. Mark Tew has been named president of Judson College.

Life of the Mind, Life of the Spirit: HPU speaking sessions celebrate crossroads of faith and academics

BROWNWOOD – February 27, 2019 – Embracing true Christian higher education is less about integrating faith with learning than it is about recognizing that the two are already inherently joined – no “integration” required. The study of science, history, math, English – every subject – is also the study of God the Creator.

With this in mind, Howard Payne University has instituted a new one-semester, intensive speaking series during which representative faculty and staff members share with their colleagues how they are incorporating this “life of the mind, life of the Spirit” philosophy into their teaching and/or administrative work. The personnel speak on how their areas of oversight function at the crossroads of the mind and the Spirit to teach and work from a biblically informed, Christian worldview that goes beyond simply allowing a Christian emphasis to fostering it.

Staff members from HPU’s offices of admission, marketing and communications and financial aid, along with faculty members from the schools of science and mathematics, education and Christian studies, have presented to their peers with several more sessions from others across campus planned throughout the semester.

Additionally, two colleagues in Christian higher education from North Greenville University in South Carolina recently joined HPU personnel for a professional development day on the topic of engaging the mind and the Spirit.

Speaking on the HPU campus were Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr., president of North Greenville University, and Dr. H. Paul Thompson Jr., dean of North Greenville’s College of Humanities and Sciences and chair of the history department. Both emphasized that truly Christian higher education is about much more than praying before class.

Dr. Fant said that Christian educators have unique access to ideas and concepts in their content areas as illuminated by the light of Christ.

“You ought to understand the philosophical framework of your discipline through a light that others in your discipline who are not Christ followers cannot comprehend,” he said. “If I have the mind of Christ, I have the mind of the One who has helped us to understand the reality that He has prepared for us. I have access to ideas, understandings and perceptions that others (non-Christians) do not.”

He went on to say that students are hungry for spiritual conversations.

“Not only that, they are hungry for you to have spiritual conversations about your discipline,” he said. “There’s nothing that is ‘second class’ about being Christian in higher education. You have true academic freedom in that you can talk about things here that you would be called on the carpet for at a state university.”

Dr. Thompson taught for 13 years in public education before entering a career in Christian higher education.

“Making the transition to a place of being able to merge my faith with my discipline has not been arduous,” he said. “It’s been a joy. There is a wholeness now that I never had before professionally or personally.”

The two most powerful, life-changing experiences a person can have, said Dr. Thompson, are a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and a high-quality education.

“We are at ground zero in Christian higher education to merge those two intentionally and explicitly,” he said. “That’s a really, really powerful thing.”

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, said all HPU faculty and staff, regardless of their individual roles, are responsible for teaching the students in some way.

“Our prayer is that as we perform our jobs, we recognize that they are more than a series of tasks,” he said. “We have the opportunity every day to present and model to the students God sends our way the image of people who are seeking to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives.”

It is exciting to know that we have been placed where we can help prepare the next generation of leaders, Dr. Tew said.

“We recognize that we can accept that challenge and shape and mold students in such a way that they go from here knowing that their careers are their calling to serve God so that they can use their gifts and talents that we’ve helped them fine-tune,” he said. “We pray they use these not just to make a living for themselves but as a means to a far greater end – that is to share the love of Christ in everything that they do.”

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Cutline: Colleagues in Christian higher education from North Greenville University recently joined HPU personnel for a professional development day on engaging the mind and the Spirit. Pictured are Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr. (left), president of North Greenville University, and Dr. H. Paul Thompson Jr., dean of North Greenville’s College of Humanities and Sciences and chair of the history department.

HPU to adjust academic programs and related staffing based on budget outlook

HPU Old Main Tower PlazaBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently announced plans to reduce or otherwise modify selected academic programs to strengthen the institution’s footing in an increasingly challenging higher-education landscape. The moves were unanimously approved by HPU’s Board of Trustees at a meeting on November 2.

While the university’s long-term financial standing is stable due to a strong endowment and prudent resource management as demonstrated by the Board of Trustees, in recent years the annual operating budget has been strained due to a range of underpopulated courses and decreased external scholarship assistance for students.

The curriculum revisions were the result of a lengthy evaluation process prompted by decreased resources and other difficult trends in faith-based education.

“While there may be little comfort in this reality, our challenges are not unique,” said Dr. Paul W. Armes, HPU’s interim president. “There is simply no way for tuition-driven colleges to live beyond their means. That trajectory must change if these institutions are to move forward positively.”

HPU’s leadership has been facing these challenges for several years but sought other means to address them, due to the reality that personnel are connected to the programs that would be eliminated.

“This is a very painful process,” said Dr. Armes. “These changes are not a negative reflection on any individual employee or academic area but are simply realities we must face if we are to be responsible in our budgeting.”

After considering underperforming majors, the board acted to close 10 majors/minors and reconfigure seven others. All students with affected degree plans have been notified of these changes and the university will honor the curriculum that each student started. If a student wishes to change to another major at HPU or transfer to another institution, advisors and deans will give necessary assistance.

As a result of the program reorganization and realignment, the university closed one full-time administrative support position and 12 full-time faculty positions, including two faculty positions that were already planned to be vacancies in the next fiscal year.  All personnel who will be leaving the institution as a result of program closures will be provided with transition assistance.

The following majors/minors (listed by school) have been eliminated due to program realignment:

• Christian Studies – Biblical Languages (to be merged with the Bible major), Cross-Cultural Studies (to be merged with the Christian Education major)
• Humanities – Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Spanish (changing from major to minor)
• Music and Fine Arts – Art (changing from major to minor), Church Music and Worship (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music), Journalism, Music Performance (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music), Piano Pedagogy (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music)
• Science and Mathematics – Forensic Science

Not all of the above closures required personnel changes, and those individuals facing transition have already been notified.

Additionally, curricular realignments are being made in all academic areas to move toward greater efficiency and effectiveness. The following are specific areas (listed by school) with adjustments made at this time:

• Business – Master of Business Administration
• Education – Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership
• Music and Fine Arts – Theatre
• Science and Mathematics – Computer Information Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science

“The board looked at several options,” said Dr. Armes. “In the end, the trustees approved the most compassionate and minimalist course they felt that they could. From my perspective, their action was careful, considered and generous.”

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HPU personnel complete doctoral degrees

Dr. Jodi GoodeBROWNWOOD – August 15, 2018 – Two members of Howard Payne University’s staff and faculty earned doctor of philosophy degrees at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

Dr. Jodi Goode, assistant vice president for informational technology services and chief information officer, completed her degree in information systems – security from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also holds a Master of Science degree in information systems from Tarleton State University in Stephenville.

“Dr. Goode’s research into cybersecurity has directly enhanced HPU’s operation, and her resulting expertise and winsome spirit have made her an internationally sought-after conference leader on the subject,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “She accomplished her doctoral research while successfully leading the university’s software conversion and also serving in a faculty role.”

Dr. Jennifer McNieceDr. Jennifer McNiece, assistant professor of government, director of international studies and academic travel, and acting Brand Chair, completed her degree in business administration from Northcentral University in San Diego, California. She also holds the Master of Arts degree in economics and the Master of Public Administration degree, both from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. She is a graduate of HPU through the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy program.

“Dr. McNiece has provided exceptional leadership to the university and completed her doctoral work, all while advancing the university’s international studies program,” said Dr. Tew. “We’re thankful for the work she does with students in and out of the classroom and for her commitment to professional and personal development.”

Dr. Tew stated he was proud not only of the academic accomplishments of Dr. Goode and Dr. McNiece, but also of their outstanding service to the university on a daily basis.

“The earning of these degrees represents the culmination of years of hard work,” he said.

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Cutlines: HPU personnel Dr. Jodi Goode (left) and Dr. Jennifer McNiece (right) completed their doctoral degrees at the end of the spring 2018 semester.

HPU receives unanimous approval for pre-licensure BSN from Texas Board of Nursing

BROWNWOOD – July 20, 2018 – The Texas Board of Nursing unanimously approved Howard Payne University’s proposal to offer the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. At a BON meeting held Thursday in Austin, the news was communicated to HPU representatives Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean of nursing; and Laci Sutton, instructor of nursing.

The approval follows many months of diligent preparation and close correspondence with the BON by HPU administrators and faculty.

“Due to the excellent work of our dean and faculty, the Texas Board of Nursing unanimously approved HPU’s proposal for the pre-licensure BSN,” said Dr. Tew. “HPU expresses its sincerest appreciation to Dr. Ouimette and Mrs. Laci Sutton for leading the university through this process. The university also appreciates the rest of HPU’s faculty for their support in the development of curriculum.”

Carter Sharpe, member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and past chairman, called the BON approval great news and an answer to prayer.

“The Board of Nursing’s rigorous approval process helps ensure HPU’s School of Nursing will be even stronger than it was at the onset,” he said. “This is a great step forward for Howard Payne and I can’t thank Dr. Tew and Dr. Ouimette enough for their leadership.”

Quoting Matthew 23:11 (NIV), which reads “The greatest among you will be your servant,” Dr. Ouimette said she believes HPU will provide future nurses a solid Christ-centered foundation to serve others.

“I am elated that entering freshmen and transfer students may declare a nursing major,” she said. “Our curriculum is student centered with a focus on caring, faith and intellectual inquiry.”

The program is expected to be of great interest to current and prospective students, said Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management.

“We are thrilled that students seeking to follow God’s call into the field of nursing can now pursue that at Howard Payne,” he said. “The attitude of Christian service at HPU is a great fit for students who want to impact the world through the field of nursing.”

A quick-reference guide follows with more details.

When will BSN classes begin?

HPU is authorized to admit incoming students declared as nursing majors as early as the fall 2018 semester. These students will subsequently undergo a rigorous and competitive process to gain admission to the university’s School of Nursing during the spring semester of their sophomore year. If admitted to the program, students will start BSN coursework the following semester (fall 2019).

In addition to incoming first-year students, transfer students and HPU upperclassmen may enroll as nursing majors with plans to apply to HPU’s School of Nursing during the latter portion of their sophomore year.

What process did HPU undergo to gain approval from the Texas Board of Nursing?

In September 2017, Dr. Ouimette filed a Letter of Intent with the BON that outlined the university’s intentions of establishing a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. The BON approved Dr. Ouimette to serve as HPU’s proposed Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Education program director. The following month, Dr. Ouimette and Sutton attended a BON new program development information session in Austin. BON representatives performed a site visit in June 2018 to ensure HPU’s classrooms, labs and other facilities are complete and ready for use by students. The representatives then recommended approval of HPU’s proposal to the full Board of Nursing.

Who teaches in the program?

The primary faculty members in HPU’s School of Nursing are Dr. Nina Ouimette and Mrs. Laci Sutton (biographies follow). Additional prospective faculty members have been identified and will be employed as the program grows.

Dr. Ouimette, employed by HPU in June 2017, 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.

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. Sutton is completing work toward a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Grand Canyon University.

Does HPU offer additional routes to the BSN degree?

In addition to its pre-licensure BSN degree, HPU offers the 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.

Contact Information

For more information about HPU and its academic offerings, visit www.hputx.edu. The School of Nursing may be contacted by e-mail at nursing@hputx.edu or by phone at 325-649-8182.

HPU honors 70 students at Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – June 1, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 70 students for academic achievements at a ceremony held near the end of the spring 2018 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation.

Receiving awards were:

Aledo
Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Mock Trial Student, Outstanding Student in Library Science

Allen
Brianna Weaver, English Academic Achievement Award
Cole Bene’, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Chemistry

Alvarado
Jay Holland, Outstanding Male General Kinesiology Student

Alvin
Taylor Davis, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) Lower Division

Arlington
Reagan McKinley Grisham, Outstanding Upper Division Communication Studies Student
Emma Reed, Outstanding Model UN Student, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Austin
Marissa Godbey, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) Upper Division
Riley Morrison, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Engineering Science

Bangs
Corey Martinez, Outstanding Male Athletic Training Student
Jordan Pitman, Outstanding Christian Studies Student

Beaumont
Djimonii Rai Jackson, Outstanding Student in Marketing
Khyce Randall , Paul Jay Cunningham Memorial Award

Brady
Jeffrey Gilseth, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Chemistry

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Lower Division

Brownwood
Katie Ash, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher, Outstanding Candidate For Graduation In Computer Information Systems
Regina Dunlap, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Chemistry
Regina Mayrene Fleming, Outstanding Perseverance Award
Christopher Freeland, Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member, Texas All-State Forensics Squad
Kindell Hill, Outstanding Cross-Cultural Studies Student
Alsatia Jowers, Honor Award in Criminal Justice
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Upper Division Biology Student
Joel Justice, Outstanding History Student
Cheyanne Lovelady, Tami Pattillo Memorial Award
Seth Owen, Outstanding Male Physical Education All-Level Certification Student
Jay Sauce, Outstanding Biblical Languages Student
Isaac Sommers, Outstanding Government Student, Outstanding Moot Court Student
Andrew Stevenson, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher
Stephanie Tarigan, Outstanding Student in Mathematics
Caitlin Vincent, Outstanding Cross-Cultural Studies Student
Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Upper Division

Burleson
Paighton McNeely, Outstanding Female General Kinesiology Student

Burnet
Jordan Hahn, Glenn Hopp Outstanding Writing Award, Outstanding Lower Division Student Of Spanish, Outstanding Moot Court Student

Carrolton
Kristin Cunningham, Outstanding Female Physical Education All-Level Certification Student

Coleman
Katie Straach, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

Comanche
Jaze Randolph, Outstanding Student In Accounting, Male ASC Medal of Honor Award

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason, Outstanding Student in Accounting, Emphasis in Finance

Early
Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Piano) Upper Division
Frank Ritter, Outstanding Non-traditional Student
Austin Caleb Throckmorton, Outstanding Student in Management

El Paso
Marina Sheets-Ochoa, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Goliad
Hanna Henson, Outstanding Bible Student, Honor Award in Psychology, Outstanding Student in Library Science

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, Outstanding Lower Division Communication Studies Student

Granbury
Katelyn O’Conner, Outstanding Youth Ministry Student

Harker Heights
Jada Ciera Evans, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Hico
Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher
Sara Heinrichs, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) Lower Division

Humble
William Noah Payne, Outstanding Upper Division Student in Engineering Science

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey, English Academic Achievement Award

Irving
Abner Abdia Reyes, American Ideals Award

Joshua
Julia Lynne James, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Kerrville
Morgan Patterson, Outstanding Student in General Biology

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation in Biology

Llano
Justin Hughes, Outstanding Lower Division Student in Engineering Science
Rachel Hughes, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member

Lytle
Rebekah Lytle, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

May
Sarah Abigail Brown, Outstanding Lower Division Student of Spanish, Jack White Character Scholarship Award

Mount Pleasant
Josh Dykes, Outstanding Christian Studies Student

Ranger
Sierra Spruill, Honor Award in Social Work

Round Rock
Shawn Brody, HPU Outstanding Male Scholar-Athlete

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, Outstanding Student in the School of Business

Tolar
Holly Leatherman, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Tomball
Kayla Boucher, Female ASC Medal of Honor Award

Troup
Ethan Molnari, Outstanding Practical Theology Student

Uhland
Ariana Rehm, Outstanding Female Athletic Training Student

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Outstanding Lower Division Biology Student

Watauga
Kaitlyn Harrison, HPU Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete

Winnsboro
Cassia Rose, Outstanding Upper Division Student of Spanish, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

Wylie
Montana Phelps, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation in Engineering Science

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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