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HPU graduate Audrey Simpson named recipient of national business scholarship

Audrey Simpson, a spring 2019 graduate of Howard Payne University, was recently named one of thirty recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta National Scholarship.

Simpson graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is now studying online toward a master’s degree in marketing at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Originally from Cuero, she currently works as social media coordinator for Wes-Tex Printing in Brownwood. She also attends Brownwood Community Church and serves as a youth volunteer at the church.

“Audrey was an excellent student at HPU and has very creative ideas,” said Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s branch of Sigma Beta Delta. “She was involved in many campus activities as a student and is a perfect example of a Sigma Beta Delta member.”

Dr. Powell, Dr. Jim Finch, professor of business administration, and Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration, nominated Simpson for the scholarship, with the approval of Dr. Brad Lemler, dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting.

“I am very grateful to Dr. Powell, Dr. Finch, Professor Dillard and Dr. Lemler for nominating me and for seeing something in me,” she said. “I’m also grateful to the HPU athletic department for giving me a place to be a part of a community and to my family for being so supportive. I did this with the help of my teachers, coaches, friends, family and the faculty and staff at HPU.”

While an undergraduate student at HPU, Simpson played on the Lady Jackets softball team, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a softball representative in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also was a member of business honor societies Sigma Beta Delta and Phi Beta Lambda, the university level of Future Business Leaders of America.

Her time at HPU has influenced her both academically and professionally, but the personal lessons offered by professors and other mentors have been particularly meaningful to Simpson.

“The wisdom I took in from the faculty at HPU prepared me more than anything else,” she said. “No matter which professor was teaching the class, there was always a life lesson to go along with the topic of the day. I might not always remember the margin of safety breakeven analysis formula, but I am going to remember that my purpose in life is far more than just academics and that God placed me here for something bigger.”

Sigma Beta Delta is a national business honors society that admits members who have demonstrated scholastic excellence in business, marketing and administration. It has more than 100,000 individual members in chapters located at institutions throughout the United States.

Applications are still 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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Cutline: Audrey Simpson ’19 was recently named a recipient of the Sigma Beta Delta National Scholarship.

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’s Madelyn Deviney receives fellowship award from national business honor society

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2018 – Madelyn Deviney, Howard Payne University senior from Bulverde, has received the Dr. Clifford L. Eubanks Fellowship Award from the Sigma Beta Delta national business honor society. Nominees for the fellowship award must display outstanding student and personal achievement, be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Deviney is the daughter of Daniel and Audra Deviney, both 1992 HPU graduates. She is a double major in accounting and HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and minors in English and music.

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

“Madelyn is a great representative both of Howard Payne University and HPU’s School of Business,” she said. “We were proud to nominate her for this award.”

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), Lacy Culpepper (2014) and James Crow (2017).

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Cutline: HPU’s Madelyn Deviney (right) has received the Dr. Clifford L. Eubanks Fellowship Award from the Sigma Beta Delta national business honor society. She is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

HPU’s Audrey Simpson named recipient of Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship

Audrey Simpson for webBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – Audrey Simpson, a Howard Payne University senior from Cuero, has been awarded the Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship for 2018, administered by Cuero ISD.

Simpson is a marketing major and a member of HPU’s softball team. She is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as a softball representative, and is a member of HPU’s branch of Phi Beta Lambda, the university level of Future Business Leaders of America.

The annually awarded scholarship is named for longtime Cuero resident Frederick W. Fischer who donated $1 million to Cuero ISD for a performing arts center and left the remainder of his estate to the school district. It is available to graduates of Cuero High School attending a college, university or technical school, along with graduating seniors of the high school. Recommendation from professors or instructors is required as well as active community involvement on the part of the applicant.

Since arriving at HPU, the university’s unique community has affected Simpson personally and academically.

“I love that everyone knows everyone and that the professors here really care about you,” she said. “They care about your success and that’s huge, because at larger colleges that’s not as common.”

She also received the scholarship in 2017. Not only is the scholarship a significant financial benefit for Simpson, it has been a tangible recognition of her academic success.

“This makes me feel good about all of the work that I’ve put in to studying,” she said. “I can’t express how grateful I am for this scholarship.”

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. 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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Cutline: HPU senior marketing major Audrey Simpson was selected as the recipient of Cuero ISD’s Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship for the second time since 2017.

HPU’s International Business Honor Society inducts six new members

SBD Induction PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted six new members into its organization. Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event and 2017 HPU graduate and Sigma Beta Delta member Ryan Mason inducted the new members.

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Angela Lee Curtis, senior from Brownwood; Madelyn Joy Deviney, senior from Bulverde; Dayane Gutierrez, junior from Haltom City; Djimonii Jackson, senior from Beaumont; Abner Abdia Reyes, senior from Irving; and Nicole Elizabeth (Ferrell) Willett, senior from Brownwood.

“We are honored to add these highly qualified students to the Sigma Beta Delta National Business Honor Society family,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They have demonstrated excellent academic and life skills while attending Howard Payne University.”

Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration, installed its first chapter in 1994 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Through March 2012, Sigma Beta Delta has installed over 395 chapters and over 70,000 members. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at 325-649-8704.

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, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. 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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Cutline: Pictured from left to right are Ryan Mason; Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration; Nicole (Ferrell) Willett; Angela Curtis; Abner Abdia Reyes; Madeleine Deviney; Djimonii Jackson; Dayane Gutierrez; Dr. Jim Finch, professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business; and Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager.

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.

HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda brings home several awards from state competition

Phi Beta LambdaBROWNWOOD – May 15, 2017 – Students from Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently won several awards at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) at San Jacinto College Maritime Campus in LaPorte. These wins qualify them for HPU’s third showing in recent history at the National Leadership Conference to be held this year in Anaheim, California, June 24-27.

Jody Loudamy of Goldthwaite and Jessica Harris of Brownwood, both May 2017 graduates, made the trip to the SLC which resulted in their wins for the third year in a row. Connor Vara, junior from Brownwood, also won on his first trip to state and will represent HPU at the national conference this summer.

The three were accompanied by their adviser, Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting at HPU. Six other students competed by completing comprehensive exams and/or projects at HPU prior to the SLC.

The three attending the conference came in first place in the Texas Trivia Challenge on information about Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, beating teams from schools across Texas as the only team with a positive score in a “Jeopardy!”-format competition.
HPU swept the competition in Personal Finance with Loudamy receiving first place, Harris receiving second place and Ryan Mason, junior from Houston, placing third.

“This is the first time that a team from one school swept the awards for Personal Finance,” Daub said.

HPU students won five additional awards. Harris placed third in Retail Management; Hannah Ball, May graduate from Justin, placed second in both Computer Applications and Project Management; Madelyn Deviney, junior from Bulverde, placed second in Entrepreneurship Concepts; and Vara placed second in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university level of Future Business Leaders of America. State and national leadership conferences allow students to demonstrate their academic preparation and develop their leadership skills by competing against students from all over the state and nation in 55 different competitive events. These competitive events cover technology, public speaking, business, accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing and more.

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Cutline: Students from HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed in the State Leadership Conference. Left to right: Adviser Mike Daub, Hannah Ball, Ryan Mason, Jessica Harris, Connor Vara, Madelyn Deviney and Jody Loudamy.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts 11 new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2017BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted 11 new members into its organization. Andrew Hansen ’08, construction superintendent for Trafalgar Homes, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event.

Membership into Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Emily Ball, senior from Midlothian; Taylor Bicknell, senior from Cleburne; Shawn Brody, senior from Round Rock; James Crow, senior from Brownwood; Jada Evans, junior from Killeen; Cody Hughes, sophomore from Harlingen; Julia James, junior from Brownwood; Ryan Mason, junior from Conroe; Riley Morrison, junior from Austin; Amy Villarreal, senior from Brownwood; and Jason Washburn, senior from Early.

“We have a great group of students being inducted this year,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They are wonderful examples of the Sigma Beta Delta principles of wisdom, honor and aspiration, and I am looking forward to see what awesome things they will accomplish in their lives.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at (325) 649-8704.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. 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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Cutline: HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducted 11 new members for 2017. Pictured from left: Andrew Hansen ’08, distinguished guest speaker; Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business; Ryan Mason; Taylor Bicknell; Shawn Brody; Amy Villarreal; James Crow; Emily Ball; Riley Morrison; Julia James; Cody Hughes; Jason Washburn; and Mike Dillard, chapter secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration. Not pictured: Jada Evans.

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 www.hputx.edu/mba or call 325-649-8704.

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

HPU Phi Beta Lambda members compete in national competition

hpu-phi-beta-lambda-groupBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2016 – Four members of Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization open to all college or university students interested in business related careers, recently competed at the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The four HPU students had competed in the spring at the state level and earned the opportunity to advance to the national conference.

Those who attended were Hannah Ball, junior from Justin and chapter secretary; Jessica Harris, junior from Brownwood and chapter vice president; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite and chapter president; Rachel Mahagan, senior from Georgetown and chapter historian; and Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting and the chapter’s adviser.

Loudamy placed fourth in the Business Presentation category.

“I am so thankful for the efforts of all of our members because, without their efforts, I would not have gotten as far as I did,” said Loudamy. “This organization gives its members a chance to better themselves, and I hope we continue doing that this year and the rest of our lives.”

In addition to representing HPU in competitions, students had the opportunity to communicate with fellow Phi Beta Lambda members and visit local attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Monetary Museum.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university division of Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, the organization helps more than 200,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

In addition to business related areas, competitive events include many computer applications, communications applications, sports issues, and others.

The Fall Leadership Conference for the Mountain Plains Region will be held in Dallas, November 18-19 and will feature workshops to help students hone their skills.

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Photo cutline: HPU Phi Beta Lambda members recently competed at the national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. From left to right are Hannah Ball, Rachel Mahagan, Jody Loudamy, Mike Daub and Jessica Harris.