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HPU faculty members attend TSCA state convention

Two faculty members of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication attended the Texas Speech Communication Association’s (TSCA) state convention held recently in Amarillo. The faculty members, Dr. Julie Welker and Richelle Hair, both had an opportunity to be on a discussion panel.

Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication, served on a panel titled “Online Communication Classes as Echo Chambers: Are We Killing the Face-to-Face Experience?” which addressed the current enrollment trends of online communication courses. Dr. Welker’s presentation focused on ways to increase student success in online classes, including student training for taking online classes, better pedagogical practices in online education and improving interpersonal communication online.

“Technological increases don’t automatically transfer over to better online communication, despite the perception that it might,” she said. “As student demand for online courses increases, our online classrooms must be a place where good, insightful communication and learning occurs.”

Dr. Welker has been attending the convention for several years and believes the conference is important for communication educators. She also serves on the Bylaws Committee for the TSCA.

“Both secondary teachers and professors at higher education institutions benefit from the rich programs and training opportunities the conference provides,” she said.

Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, served as the chair of the panel titled “Squashing Echoes – Title IX in Higher Education and Sexual Harassment in Secondary Education.” Hair served as the facilitator for this discussion, focusing on how Title IX plays a role in minimizing sexual assault and harassment in both secondary and higher education.

“Faculty must understand the importance and implications of Title IX,” she said. “This is a significant issue that has implications for our students and faculty alike. Students, faculty and staff need to understand their role in reporting.”

Hair added that she was thankful for the opportunity to attend the TSCA conference this year.

“The programs were insightful and I enjoyed collaborating with faculty from other universities,” she said. “TSCA has a warm and inviting environment and I felt I had an open seat at the table to share and learn with my colleagues.”

TSCA is the largest state professional communication association in the nation. Membership in TSCA is open to any communication educator, communication student, communication consultant or individual interested in learning about the field of speech communication. All levels of instruction and areas of interests are represented in the association.

The benefits of membership in TSCA include updated professional awareness, networking with other professionals, and exposure to innovation, teaching methodologies and scholarly works relevant to the discipline of speech communication.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker (left) and Richelle Hair recently attended the TSCA state convention.

HPU welcomes more than 120 to first Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event

Howard Payne University recently hosted more than 120 individuals for the first installment of the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series. The event, held at HPU’s Mabee University Center, featured a meal catered by Sodexo and a presentation on blockchain technology by Dr. Lester Towell, chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and professor of CIS, and Dr. Jodi Goode, assistant vice president for information technology services and chief information officer.

The program also included a student testimonial by Lauren Piper, a junior from Early majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and jurisprudence, and special music by Suzanne Schad, a senior from Briggs studying music education.

Ann Jones Real Estate was the title sponsor for the event. Table sponsors were 3M Brownwood, Blevins Body Shop, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Citizens National Bank, Kohler Co., Painter & Johnson Financial, Porter Insurance Agency, Robnett Integra Insurance Services, Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agency, TexasBank, Texas GoldStar Real Estate and Wendlee Broadcasting.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, shared his appreciation for the sponsors of the event and all who attended.

“I couldn’t be happier with our first Lunch and Learn event and am thankful for all who supported it,” said Dr. Hines. “Sodexo served a great lunch, Dr. Towell and Dr. Goode gave an insightful presentation and the event was a wonderful opportunity for our community and HPU to connect. I look forward to the next installment of our series in the spring.”

Details about the next Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event will be announced in early 2020. To sponsor a future Lunch and Learn event, please contact Sareta Delgado, executive assistant to the vice president for development, at sdelgado@hputx.edu or 325-649-8048.

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Cutline: Pictured at HPU’s first Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event are, from left, Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president; Ann Jones of Ann Jones Real Estate, title sponsor of the event; Dr. Jodi Goode, HPU’s assistant vice president for information technology services and chief information officer; and Dr. Lester Towell, chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and professor of CIS. Dr. Goode and Dr. Towell gave a presentation on blockchain technology.

Goehring, McLaughlin named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame

Leslie Jones Goehring of Waxahachie and Kate McLaughlin of Fort Worth have been named inductees into Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. They are among nine individuals who will be honored with awards during Homecoming 2019 festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

This year’s Homecoming honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Goehring graduated from HPU in 2012 with a degree in exercise and sport science (ESS). She played soccer and was a member of Chi Alpha Omega.

Along with several American Southwest Conference (ASC) Player of the Week honors, Goehring was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and was named Academic All-Conference in 2010. In 2011, she was named Second Team All-West Region as forward by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the first HPU player to ever receive an All-Region honor.

In all four of her seasons, Goehring was among the leaders in the ASC in goals scored, with 14, 17, 15 and 13 respectively. She would also finish her career with 19 game-winning goals for the Lady Jackets.

Goehring also holds the ASC record for Fastest Two Goals by the Same Player and Fastest Three Goals by the Same Player in the same game.

After graduating, Goehring became the assistant women’s soccer coach at Austin College. She then went back to school and became a licensed vocational nurse.

She and her husband, Seth Goehring, are the parents of two children, Parker and Hayes. Hayes passed away in June of this year.

She says the Christian values learned from her professors, coaches and others at HPU are the cornerstone of what she needed to make it through the difficult things in life. She started and runs the non-profit Parker’s PALS Foundation that assists families whose children are battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“I am very humbled and honored to be named to the HPU Sports Hall of Fame,” she said. “Through the things I’ve been through since leaving HPU, the people I met at HPU are still there for me today. I’m so thankful for my family, friends, teammates, coaches and God.”

McLaughlin graduated from HPU in 2009 with a degree in exercise and sport science (ESS). During her time at HPU, she played softball and participated in the ESS Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Playing in 151 games for HPU, McLaughlin had an HPU-record 153 hits. McLaughlin has 82 RBIs and 59 walks in her 406 at-bats for the Lady Jackets.

During her senior season, she led the team to its best year in school history at 29-11 overall. Playing in all 40 games that season, she accumulated 57 hits, 45 RBIs and 83 total bases, which are all HPU records. Her .460 average in 2009 is also the best all-time at HPU.

McLaughlin still holds HPU records in runs scored in a game (five), total bases in a game (ten), hits in a season (57), RBIs in a season (45) and hits in a career (153).

She was named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) West Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year, received multiple ASC All-West Division honors and was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region selection in the outfield.

Since graduating from HPU, she has spent nine years working in the medical field. She is currently employed at Medical City Weatherford, where she is an administrative assistant in the rehab department.

“HPU shaped me for my future with great guidance from my professors,” she said. “Thank you for this honor of being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.”

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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Cutline #1: Leslie Jones Goehring of Waxahachie has been named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Cutline #2: Kate McLaughlin of Fort Worth is one of this year’s inductees into HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Lynn and Dan Humeniuk named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals

Lynn and Dan Humeniuk have been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals. They are among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and are being highlighted individually.

The Humeniuks and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Lynn Humeniuk graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1975 with a degree in criminal justice. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in criminal justice, sociology and psychology from Corpus Christi State University in 1982.

She is celebrating being a part of the HPU family for 25 years, having arrived at the university in 1994 as an adjunct faculty member. She has taught criminal justice at HPU since 2001. She had been the director of criminal justice since 2003 until her retirement in 2019. She received Outstanding Faculty Member recognition for the 2003-2004 academic year and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011-2012 and again in 2015-2016. She is associate professor emeritus of criminal justice and sociology.

Dan Humeniuk graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a degree in social work and a minor in sociology. He then went on to receive a Master of Science degree in social work from The University of Texas.

He worked at the Texas Youth Commission for 28 years. For nine years following, he served as the superintendent of the Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facilities in Brownwood. He started teaching social work at HPU in 2006. He was appointed chairman of the department of social work/sociology and program director of social work in 2008. He was awarded HPU’s Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 academic years. He is assistant professor emeritus of social work.

The Humeniuks have three children and three grandchildren.

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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Cutline: Lynn and Dan Humeniuk have been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Grand Marshals.

HPU to host Career Fair November 5

Howard Payne University’s Office of Career Services invites area businesses and organizations to participate in its upcoming Career Fair. This free event is scheduled for November 5 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Mabee University Center’s Bullion Suites.

This Career Fair will allow employers to recruit for professional full-time and part-time jobs as well as internships. The event will provide the opportunity to meet one-on-one with students seeking positions. Graduate schools are also invited to discuss their programs with prospective students.

“University career fairs are a benefit to everyone involved,” said Tammy Arreola, HPU’s career services coordinator. “It’s a cost-effective way to get your name out in a positive light, to encourage talented job-seekers to consider you and to have actual conversations with people, rather than just reading resumes.”

A six-foot table and two chairs will be provided for displaying organization information. Table coverings are required. If an employer does not have a table cover, HPU will provide one for a $20 fee payable on the day of the event.

Private interview space is available upon request and must be reserved in advance.

Online registration is open for employers and organizations through Friday, November 1, at www.hputx.edu/career-services.

For more information about the Career Fair, please contact Tammy Arreola at 325-649-8630 or tarreola@hputx.edu. Further details are available on the Career Services Events page of the HPU website.

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Cutline: Area employers are invited to HPU’s upcoming Career Fair on November 5.

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and arson dog visit HPU criminal justice class

Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and Nika the arson dog recently visited a Howard Payne University criminal justice class to demonstrate evidence-gathering techniques following acts of arson.

“I try to invite Buddy Preston and Nika every semester to demonstrate to my Introduction to Criminal Justice class the career opportunities they have to choose from, one of which is working with K9s,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor emeritus of criminal justice and sociology. “By the time class is over, students have expanded their knowledge of evidence related to arson and some students now are entertaining the thought of one day becoming an arson investigator.”

Preston hid mock arson evidence in the classroom the day before the demonstration. The following morning, he returned with Nika, who found all the mock evidence. Preston also discussed several solved arson cases in Brown County.

Nika, a Labrador Retriever, has served with the Brownwood Fire Marshal’s office for nine years. During this time, Preston and Nika have had a 98.8% success rate in obtaining evidence for arson cases.

“Buddy Preston is an incredible community servant who loves his job,” said Humeniuk. “He is one of our on-site supervisors for criminal justice interns and he provides excellent guidance in that process. As for Nika, every student wanted to take her home after class.”

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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Cutline:Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston and Nika, an arson dog, recently visited a HPU criminal justice class. Preston and Nika are pictured demonstrating evidence-gathering techniques to the class.

San Antonio’s Patty Villarreal receives HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award

Patty Villarreal of San Antonio has been named the 2019 recipient of Howard Payne University’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s Homecoming festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and are being highlighted individually.

Villarreal and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Villarreal graduated from HPU in 1976 with a degree in sociology and a minor in psychology. During her time at HPU she was involved in La Hora Bautista, for which she was a representative to Student Council her sophomore year. She was on the student-led revival team. She participated in intramural sports from 1972-1976. Villarreal was recognized as the top female athlete in intramurals in 1975.

After her time at HPU, Villarreal went on to get her master’s degree from the Carver School of Social Work at Campbellsville University. She has also been recognized by Baylor University’s School of Social Work as an honorary graduate alumna.

Villarreal has been a social worker for 42 years. At the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Villarreal was hired to be a community ministry consultant, where she was the first Latina to be hired as a full-time consultant and social worker. She is the co-founder of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute, a leadership training and network service in Texas, North Carolina and Mexico.

At her church, Woodland Baptist Church, she serves as a deacon, is in the sanctuary choir and is the Outreach Committee Chairwoman.

She is a board member of the Texas Christian Community Development Network and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Texas Council. She is also a trustee with the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio and a leadership development team member for the Hispanic Convention of Texas. Additionally, she is the president of the Texas Hispanic Senior Adult Camp.

She is a former member of the HPU Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She also served as president of the alumni board.

“HPU created lifelong friends that opened many doors in denominational life,” she said. “There is an instant connection everywhere I go with HPU students of all graduate years.”

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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Cutline: Patty Villarreal of San Antonio has been named the 2019 recipient of HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award.

HPU announces tuition freeze for 2020-21 academic year

Howard Payne University has announced a freeze of tuition rates from the 2019-20 academic year extending to the 2020-21 academic year.

The freeze represents HPU’s continuing commitment to provide affordable and Christ-centered higher education of the foremost quality to its students and their families.

“Our administration understands the significant financial commitment that attending college represents for students and their families,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “We hope this tuition freeze will financially assist our students and provide stability for them going into the new academic year.”

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters 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: Howard Payne University has announced a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 year.

C. Elia Salazar Trujillo named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen

C. Elia Salazar Trujillo of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the week to come.

Trujillo and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Trujillo graduated from HPU in 1965 with a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in Spanish. While at HPU, she was a member of many student organizations such as La Hora Bautista, Mission Band, El Circulo de la Amistad and Texas Student Educators Association.

Trujillo is very involved in her community serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, Vacation Bible School director, Women on a Mission leader, prayer ministry leader, backyard Bible club teacher and worker with Inner City Ministry.

She and her husband, Tom Trujillo ’65, have a daughter, L. Michelle Trujillo ’89, and a granddaughter, Mariah Christopher.

“My years at Howard Payne were life-changing,” she said. “Through my education at Howard Payne I learned skills that have helped with the many opportunities I’ve had to teach and lead in various areas of church work.”

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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Cutline:C. Elia Salazar Trujillo of Gilbert, Ariz., has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Coming Home Queen.

Austin’s Gladys Murray named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service recipient

Gladys Murray of Austin will be the recipient of Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service. She is among nine who will be honored during this year’s festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Murray and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Murray graduated from HPU in 1980 with a degree in business with a secondary teacher’s certification. Murray was a member of Zeta Alpha Phi and was a nominee for Homecoming Freshman Lasso Beauty. She was also a member of Christian Brothers of Unity and played intramural sports. While she was a student, she participated in the community choir at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and made this her church home and served in the ministries of the church.

Murray completed 31 years of state service with the Texas Youth Commission and retired in 2010. She still works at her church as an administrative assistant, event coordinator and financial officer, in addition to helping with other ministries.

Murray is the secretary for the HPU African-American Alumni Association Chapter, is involved with the Black History Month Chapel Service each year and helps coordinate other events for the chapter.

She and her husband, Glynn Murray, have six children and seven grandchildren.

“Howard Payne prepared me by continuing to instill the Word of God in me and giving me the opportunity to participate in mission work and service projects to be a leader and an example who is pleasing in the sight of God,” said Murray.

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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Cutline: Gladys Murray of Austin has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2019 Medal of Service recipient