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HPU receives 2018 Tree Campus USA® recognition

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2019 – The Arbor Day Foundation has once again recognized Howard Payne University as a Tree Campus USA® institution for the university’s ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management. HPU has received the Tree Campus USA designation since 2016.

In a letter congratulating HPU on its 2018 recognition, the Arbor Day Foundation said its Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and personnel in the spirit of conservation.

HPU celebrated Texas Arbor Day in late 2018 with several activities on campus for 96 fifth-grade students from Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. The series of environmental awareness hands-on activities emphasized predator/prey relationships, food chains and food webs. Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service was also on campus to discuss the role of trees and the importance of maintaining trees in a healthy ecosystem. The event culminated in the young students’ participation in a tree-mulching ceremony.

A large number of HPU students and personnel coordinated the event.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee which also includes representatives from HPU’s student body and personnel.

“God has blessed HPU with a beautiful campus and I’m proud of the efforts of all those who work hard to maintain it to His glory,” said Pritchett.


Cutline: Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service leads BISD students in spreading mulch around a newly-planted tree on the HPU campus during the university’s 2018 Texas Arbor Day celebration.

Participants in HPU baseball trip involved in highway accident

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2019 – Early Wednesday morning, seven Howard Payne University baseball players and two staff members were involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning to Brownwood from an out-of-town weekend series.

Though none sustained life-threatening injuries, two players were transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center and several others received follow-up care.

Dr. Paul Armes, interim president, expressed his concern on behalf of the entire HPU family.

“As saddened as we are about the accident, we are also deeply grateful that there has been no loss of life and that the preliminary prognosis is positive moving forward,” said Dr. Armes. “Truly, this is one of those times when our relationship with Christ encourages, strengthens and helps us to rest in and rely on Him.”

HPU honors 275 for academic success during fall 2018 semester

BROWNWOOD – January 30, 2019 – Howard Payne University honored 275 students for academic success during the fall 2018 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:

Kylie Johnson, Dean’s List

Sarah Carey, Honor Roll
Bethany McClure, President’s List

Amy Perez, Honor Roll

Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Jessica Catlett, President’s List

Natalie Stephens, Honor Roll

Taylor Davis, President’s List

Jace Keesee, Honor Roll

Raylon Gardner, Honor Roll

Tatyanna Ruiz, Dean’s List
Chelsea Walker, Dean’s List

Tanner Bailey, Honor Roll
James Cook, Honor Roll
Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Honor Roll

Travis Folmar, President’s List
De’Nae Gibbs, Dean’s List
Marissa Godbey, President’s List
Riley Morrison, Dean’s List
Joshua Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Luke Victor, Dean’s List

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Xavier Haines, President’s List

Sawyer Fisher, Honor Roll
David Frost, Dean’s List

Adealisa Bernal, Honor Roll

Leah Gordish, Dean’s List

Emma Kacal, President’s List

Jessica Meeks, President’s List

Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Chyna Allgood, Honor Roll

Conner Faught, President’s List

Travis Adams, President’s List
Bobbie Anderson, President’s List
Destiny Bible, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Cameron Butler, Dean’s List
Haleigh Clevenger, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, President’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Kimberlyn Ho, President’s List
Tiffany Hogue, President’s List
Conice Horner, Honor Roll
Jessica Huckaby, President’s List
Colton Jenkins, Honor Roll
Aaron Jimenez, Honor Roll
Hannah Justice, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, President’s List
Justin Lawson, President’s List
Tanya Martinez, President’s List
Krystal McCoy, Honor Roll
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, President’s List
Debbie Odom, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, President’s List
Kory Owen, President’s List
Seth Owen, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, Dean’s List
Grace Randolph, Dean’s List
Victoria Sanchez, President’s List
Clara Tarigan, Honor Roll
Matthew Tarigan, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Thompson, President’s List
Keegan Torres, President’s List
Brayden Towell, Honor Roll
Tricia Webb, President’s List
Michael Westerman, Dean’s List
Katelyn Zimmer, Dean’s List

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers, Honor Roll

Madelyn Deviney, President’s List

Vanessa Castaneda, President’s List
Lexie Hobby, Dean’s List

Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Tabatha Moore, Dean’s List

Sierra Ross, President’s List

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Dean’s List

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry, Dean’s List

Cedar Hill
Micah Hays, Dean’s List

Paulo Flores, Honor Roll
Carter Renfro, Dean’s List

Chanda King, President’s List

Robert Caraway, Honor Roll
Jaime Dodson, Honor Roll
Hannah Stuart, President’s List
Tonya Thompson, President’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Jordan Givens, Honor Roll

Brianne Davis, Dean’s List
Cara Ivy, Dean’s List
Korin Victoria, Honor Roll

Samantha Swatzel, President’s List

Corpus Christi
Paige Bowers, Dean’s List
Ethan Cerna, President’s List
Tatiana Robles Figueroa, Honor Roll

Hailey Osborne, Dean’s List

Cross Plains
Joe Alexander, Dean’s List
Morgan Megarity, Honor Roll

Audrey Simpson, President’s List

Richard Treviso, Honor Roll

Cecily McIlwain, President’s List

Spencer Wolverton, President’s List

Rachel Acker, Dean’s List
Skyler Andrews, President’s List
Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
Jakayli Coppic, President’s List
MaKayla De Leon, President’s List
Conner Drew, President’s List
Logan Gressett, Honor Roll
Payton Hackney, Dean’s List
Jacob Ledbetter, Dean’s List
Crystal Ochoa, Dean’s List
Dylan Person, Honor Roll
Jennifer Sepeda, Honor Roll
Jason Washburn, Dean’s List
Kaley Whitley, President’s List

Anna McBride, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Kacie Greseth, Dean’s List
Laura Serrano, Dean’s List

Karla Zachary, President’s List

Amanda Moore, Dean’s List

Fort Stockton
Amber Corral, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Errico, President’s List
Brooke Gibbs, President’s List
Micah Gray, Honor Roll
Clifford Lunceford, Dean’s List
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Collin Wright, President’s List
Ty Wright, Dean’s List

Kalin Brown, Dean’s List
Jeremy Houston, Dean’s List

Rebekah Barnett, President’s List
Madison Marzullo, President’s List
Ryan Richardson, Honor Roll
Reagan Ridlehuber, President’s List

Breanna Clover, Honor Roll
Madison Sims, Dean’s List

Amber Breum, Honor Roll
Jeffrey Gilbert, Dean’s List

Sarah Fernandez, Dean’s List

Seth Rainey, President’s List

Mackinzey Boyer, Honor Roll
Daniel Shelton, Honor Roll
Kynnedy Gardner, Honor Roll

Grand Saline
Connor Lowe, Honor Roll

Jordan Sweat, Honor Roll

Kade Kahanek, President’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Klaye Georges, Dean’s List

Harker Heights
Anna Leffers, President’s List

Cody Hughes, President’s List
Madeline Rhodes, President’s List
Ezra Rubio, Dean’s List

Kailey Doering, President’s List

Zachary Lucius, Dean’s List

Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Raven Heslip-Shelton, Dean’s List

Reagan Coleman, President’s List
Dawson Nobriga, Dean’s List
Christian Wilson, Dean’s List

Lindsey Krueger, President’s List
Benjamin Olin, President’s List
Tyler Olin, Dean’s List

Delaney Castor, President’s List
Ruben Cruz, Honor Roll

Anissa Peralta, President’s List

Rodolfo Perez, Dean’s List

Tyla Tipton, Dean’s List

Hailey Green, President’s List

David Dingle, Honor Roll

Christian Garcia, Honor Roll
Catrina Hooten, President’s List
Morgan Patterson, Dean’s List

Tyler James, President’s List

Alexandra Thompson, Honor Roll

Lake Jackson
Mackenzie Langham, President’s List

McKennah Randall, Dean’s List

Madeline DuPre, Dean’s List
Matthew Martin, President’s List

John Clanton, Honor Roll

Little Elm
Adrien Barrientos, Honor Roll
Danielle Ketter, President’s List
Brady Wade, Dean’s List

Live Oak
Brad Ward, President’s List

Justin Hughes, Dean’s List

Madison Zardiackas, President’s List

Louis Kelley, Honor Roll

Sarah Brown, President’s List
Eli Williams, Dean’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

Emily Villarreal, President’s List

Sarah German, Dean’s List

Stephen Featherston, Dean’s List

Kimberly Bogart, Honor Roll
Britt Boler, President’s List
Robert Evans, Honor Roll
Eric Haverstock, President’s List

James Laney, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Honor Roll
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Kyle King, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler, Dean’s List
Maci Dorsey, President’s List

Hailey Stewart, President’s List

New Braunfels
Erica Akin, Honor Roll
Emily Dixon, President’s List
Rebecca Fresne, President’s List
Andrew Idrogo, Dean’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Chrissa Manning, Honor Roll
Hannah McCain, President’s List
Sebastian Paulmann, President’s List

Newport, Arkansas
Mikala Meadows, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, President’s List
John Killough, President’s List

Destiny Ramirez, President’s List
Jessica Lee, President’s List

Melinda Mendoza, Honor Roll

Esdras Calvac, Honor Roll

Phoenix, Arizona
Dominic DeNardo, Dean’s List

Scott Wright, Dean’s List

Benjamin Blanchard, Honor Roll
Brian Blanchard, Honor Roll
Erin Blanchard, Honor Roll

Ryan Stanford, President’s List

Round Rock
Stacy Beattie-Anderson, Dean’s List
Shawn Brody, President’s List
Courtney Cantrell, President’s List
Ryan McCord, Dean’s List
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Stehlik, President’s List

Rachel Carpenter, President’s List

Royse City
Brett Martinez, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Honor Roll

San Angelo
Kelsey Bunch, President’s List
Juan Luna, Honor Roll
Adriana Mata, President’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Salina Ali, Dean’s List
Brittany Brown, Dean’s List
DeVante Donald, Honor Roll
Collin Salyers, President’s List

Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Cameron White, Honor Roll

Benjamin Schardt, President’s List

Kayla Anderson, Dean’s List

Jesse Paschal, President’s List

Seth Becker, President’s List

Payge Grable, Dean’s List

Elizabeth Reynolds, President’s List

Grayson Edwards, Honor Roll

Cali Brockway, President’s List

Holly Leatherman, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, President’s List

Kayla Chadwick, Honor Roll

Michael Perkins, Honor Roll
Hannah Quackenbush, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Dean’s List

Chandler Clark, Honor Roll
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Harrison, President’s List

Sidney Ganus, President’s List

Morgan McCoy, President’s List

Wichita Falls
Alexi Bushong, Honor Roll

Cassia Rose, President’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Fisk, Honor Roll

Jayden Modrall, Honor Roll


HPU’s grounds crew assists Brownwood Area Community Garden with garden updates

BROWNWOOD – January 23, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s grounds crew lent a helping hand in the early stages of Brownwood Area Community Garden’s reconstruction project. Late in the fall 2018 semester, the grounds crew assisted by cutting wooden planks for new garden beds.

By shortening the length of the beds, more space will be left for those in wheelchairs to access the garden. The garden reconstruction project is estimated to take several months and the process will be aided by volunteer work along the way.

HPU staff members who participated are Allen Fisher, irrigation foreman; Terry Pritchett, vice president of facilities and planning; Kenny Richardson, grounds foreman – athletic fields; Harlei Struck, student worker; and Joey Withers, grounds foreman – lawn maintenance.

Pritchett expressed his appreciation for opportunities to work alongside members of the community.

“I think it’s vital for HPU employees to help in our community,” he said. “We are all partners and it is fun getting to know all the good folks with these organizations. I look forward to years of collaboration.”


Cutline: HPU’s Kenny Richardson prepares to cut a plank to be used for Brownwood Area Community Garden’s new garden beds.

HPU’s School of Nursing to offer information session on January 23

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Nursing will host an information session for prospective students on Wednesday, January 23, at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Nina Ouimette, dean and professor of nursing, and Dr. Laci Sutton, assistant professor of nursing, will share information about the nursing program, applying for admission and more. The event will be held on the HPU’s School of Nursing building, located at 1004 Main Street, and the public is invited.

HPU’s School of Nursing, which is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 semester, features a student-centered curriculum focusing on caring, faith and intellectual inquiry. The nursing major utilizes 51 main nursing concepts for successful entry into nursing practice.

“We are very excited about HPU’s nursing program,” said Dr. Ouimette, “and we look forward to providing more details about how the program can help students reach their goals for meaningful careers in nursing.”

Dr. Sutton encourages all who are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to attend the session.

“Nursing offers many challenging healthcare career opportunities for mission and service to others,” said Dr. Sutton. “If you want to study nursing with caring faculty interested in your success, HPU is the place for you.”

In July 2018, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) unanimously approved Howard Payne University’s proposal to offer the pre-licensure BSN degree. The approval was the result of diligent preparation and close correspondence with the BON by HPU administrators and faculty.

HPU’s School of Nursing may be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at 325-649-8182. For more information about the School of Nursing, visit


Photo cutline: Students in HPU’s School of Nursing gain practical, hands-on experience as part of the program’s student-centered curriculum.

HPU’s Hannah Justice accepted to first-choice medical school after completing Joint Admissions Medical Program

BROWNWOOD – January 18, 2019 – Howard Payne University senior Hannah Justice of Brownwood, the first HPU student to participate in the prestigious Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), has been accepted to her number-one choice of medical schools, Texas Tech University.

“Tech was my top choice for medical school and I was so relieved and excited it was a match,” said Justice, a biomedical science major. “JAMP provided so many valuable resources that made the preparation for medical school easier.”

Students from colleges across Texas who participate in JAMP interview with nine medical schools and have guaranteed acceptance to at least one. The students rank the schools based on the ones they would like most to attend. Their rankings and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are taken into account when matching each student with a medical school.

Justice ultimately ranked Texas Tech as her number one school, but she said that had not always been the case.

“Honestly, it wasn’t my number one choice from the beginning,” Justice said. “It was the interview that really piqued my interest. One of the reasons that I came to Howard Payne was because of the community that is here and that was really something I was looking for in a medical school. Texas Tech is very community-oriented and I felt that it was a place I could truly thrive.”

Justice was accepted into JAMP during her sophomore year at HPU. According to the JAMP website, the program was created by the Texas Legislature to support and encourage highly qualified students pursuing medical education. It provides students with educational and clinical learning opportunities to better equip them as they pursue careers in medicine. She learned about the program from Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and JAMP faculty director at HPU.

“Hannah first felt God calling her into the medical field during one of our medical school tours her freshman year,” said Dr. Hutchins. “That was an exciting day for me, hearing Hannah share her heart during that drive home to HPU.”

During the summer after her sophomore year, Justice participated in her first JAMP internship at the Texas A&M College of Medicine.

“You’re required to participate in two summer internships,” said Justice. “The first summer is more focused on MCAT prep. You take classes that continue online through the fall and spring until you take your MCAT. It was very involved and very studious. In addition to the MCAT prep we had to take classes at the medical school level. It was exhausting at times.”

This past summer, Justice participated in her second internship, which took place at McGovern Medical School and was aimed at preparing students for the rigorous medical school interview process. She then took the MCAT and applied to nine of the medical schools in Texas, a JAMP requirement.

“I met the score requirement in the first round,” she said, “so the second summer internship was a lot less stressful because I didn’t have the MCAT looming over my head. A lot of the second internship was focused on preparing for interview season.”

On September 28, 2018, after Justice had completed her time at JAMP as well as her interviews, she requested that Dr. Hutchins help her with the reveal of her match results. Dr. Hutchins confirmed Justice’s match result through JAMP, wrote down the school’s name and put it in an envelope that Justice opened in front of her friends and family that evening.

Justice expressed her gratefulness for the JAMP program and the ways it prepared her for the huge transition into medical school.

“The community that it has given me has been a blessing,” said Justice. “Preparing for medical school is hard: mentally, academically and spiritually. My cohort of fellow JAMPers encouraged me and laughed with me and cried with me along this journey and made it so much more than a task to accomplish.”

After reflecting on the two-year journey leading up to her acceptance, Justice also spoke of the spiritual lessons learned.

“It taught me a lot about myself and who I am in Christ and that this is not something that I’m doing for myself,” she said. “It’s about using the gifts and talents that the Lord has given me to glorify Him. It’s scary to have really big dreams, but it’s a reminder that I can’t accomplish this in my own power. It’s very humbling, but it strengthened me a lot and made me more grateful to have my faith.”

Once she graduates from HPU in May 2019, Justice will attend medical school for four years and then participate in a residency program for three to five years to become board certified in a specialty of her choosing.

“Right now I’m just focusing on enjoying the time that I have with my family and friends and making the most of my senior year at HPU,” said Justice. “I’m currently just trying to prepare myself spiritually for the next four years of medical school. I’m excited for what the Lord wants to teach me and for how He wants to use me during medical school.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


Cutline: Hannah Justice, a JAMP participant and future Texas Tech medical student, stands in front of HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science.

HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics introduces S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab

BROWNWOOD – January 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics introduced an innovative class this fall for students seeking to major in biology and a handful of other majors. The class has been named the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, which stands for Scientific Training for Inquiry-Guided, Experiment-Based Research.

“This lab is different than a traditional lab because it requires a lot more independent work,” said Dr. Gregory Hatlestad, associate professor of biology. “It was designed so that students would learn all of the techniques that you would need to be able to do research and then move into doing real research projects.”

This style of class was first implemented by The University of Texas and was so successful that other schools began to replicate the class. Dr. Hatlestad was able to implement that same style of teaching at HPU.

“Before I started working at Howard Payne, I was working at The University of Texas as an assistant clinical professor and my job was to teach one of these,” said Dr. Hatlestad. “UT is at the forefront of this type of lab, which has been very successful at increasing graduation rates, retention and GPA – everything that you want out of a course.”

During the first phase of the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, students are given packets and a certain amount of time to complete them. These packets provide them with the necessary protocols and techniques they need to complete the assignment and for use in future research.

“Once they learn all the techniques they need, they are actually going to be working on trying to figure out things that people don’t know already,” said Dr. Hatlestad. “So there is an element of unknown in which we are actually going to be doing real research.”

Students whose majors require them to take general biology are required to take a lab alongside it. This is typically the traditional general biology lab which meets regularly and is more scripted. Students now have the option of taking either the traditional lab or the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab. One of the major differences between them is the self-paced nature of the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab.

“The self-pace was really something that I was interested in,” said Mildreth Rodriguez, freshman biology major from Buda. “I can come in once a week or I can come in twice a week. It’s taught us a lot about time management and being able to figure things out on our own.”

The S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab has open hours so students can come to work on their projects throughout the week. Their hours and progress are tracked and they have to show that they were able to accomplish the assigned tasks. If students attempt experiments unsuccessfully, the experiments must be conducted again. While this adds a level of difficulty to the class, students are given guidance when needed and have the chance to correct their work.

“It’s much more based on learning how to do it right instead of getting it right the first time,” said Pablo Serna, freshman biology major from Fort Worth.

Ultimately, the students are challenged to think critically in the S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab and are given the opportunity to investigate queries a step further.

“That is the goal,” said Dr. Hatlestad, “giving students a better education and experience so they understand what it means to do research and what it means to be accountable for what happens in the lab.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( 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


Cutline: Mikala Meadows, a sophomore chemistry major from Newport, Arkansas, and a student in HPU’s S.T.I.N.G.E.R. Lab, prepares to extract plant DNA.

Brownwood Community Band rehearsals begin Monday at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 13, 2019 – The Brownwood Community Band will begin its spring rehearsals on Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Davidson Music Complex (Band Rehearsal Hall) on the Howard Payne University campus.

Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music at HPU, is directing the ensemble along with other guest conductors from the area. Community band is open to anyone high school age and up who would like to play his or her instrument with fellow community members. The band will perform selections from numerous well-known composers at its annual year-end concert in May.

“Do not miss this wonderful chance to share the joy of music with the community of Brownwood,” said Nelson.

HPU to host 12th annual Currie-Strickland lectures in Christian ethics

BROWNWOOD – January 7, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s 12th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics will feature guest speaker Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics and associate dean for Fuller Texas at Fuller Seminary. The lectures are scheduled Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8, and are free to the public.

Dr. Kaemingk will focus on the theme “Muslim Immigration: Following Christ Through the Debate.” Thursday’s lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., is titled “Muslim Immigration and Christ’s Crown.” Friday morning at 10 a.m., Dr. Kaemingk will speak on “Muslim Immigration and Christ’s Cross.” Both discussions will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

In addition to his roles at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Kaemingk is a scholar-in-residence for the Max De Pree Center for Christian Leadership. He also serves as a fellow for the Center for Public Justice. His research and teaching focus on Islam and political ethics, faith and the workplace, theology and culture, and Reformed public theology. His book on Christian political ethics, titled “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear,” was published by Eerdmans in 2018.

From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Kaemingk served as executive director of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle, Washington. Founding the institute in 2013, he helped to launch three innovative theological initiatives with the help of two major grants from the Murdock Charitable Trust. These new initiatives were designed to equip regional churches to engage the arts, marketplace and culture of the Pacific Northwest.

He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and holds doctoral degrees in systematic theology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and in Christian Ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2011, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to go to Amsterdam to study political theology and the European conflict over Muslim immigration. An ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, Dr. Kaemingk lives in Houston with his wife, Heather, and their three sons, Calvin, Kees and Caedmon.

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, contact HPU’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at or by phone at 325-649-8403.


Cutline: HPU’s 12th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics will feature guest speaker Dr. Matthew Kaemingk.

HPU announces holiday closures

BROWNWOOD – December 18, 2018 – Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, December 19, through Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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 Friday, December 28, to process end-of-the-year gifts. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or over the phone by calling Randy Yeakley, vice president for development, at 325-649-8804 anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2019 semester (evening classes only) begins Monday, January 14. Daytime classes begin on January 15.