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Jenna Stuard of Scurry awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Jenna Stuard, a Howard Payne University student from Scurry, is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Yellow Rose Scholarship, an award given annually by the HPU Woman’s Club. The announcement was made during the Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, held recently on campus.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

Stuard has certainly met these requirements, having maintained a high grade point average while being involved in the community and at HPU. She is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical/counseling psychology and hopes to eventually earn a doctorate in psychology and pursue a career as a child and adolescent psychologist.

Stuard is a member of Chi Alpha Omega, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, Psi Chi and Pi Gamma Mu. She is also a member of the women’s soccer team and has served as a student intern for University Services.

Off campus, Stuard has volunteered as a faith-based mentor at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correction Complex and with Fields of Faith, an annual event for area students sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also served as a youth leader at Victory Life Church. These many areas of Stuard’s community involvement confirm her commitment to serving youth and adolescents.

“Jenna embraces the core values of HPU,” said Debbie Childs, Stuard’s supervisor and HPU’s director of university events. “She is Christ-centered, determined and continues to engage her mind and spirit to those she meets daily whether in her class, on campus or volunteering in the community, while maintaining a high grade point average.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 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: Pictured at HPU’s Yellow Rose Luncheon are sophomore Jenna Stuard (left), 2019-2020 Yellow Rose Scholarship recipient; Debbie Childs (center), director of university events; and Dr. Diana Ellis (right), HPU’s former first lady and Woman’s Club president.

Representatives of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry work with churches in New York

Six representatives of the Howard Payne University Baptist Student Ministry recently traveled to New York City to serve with churches in the city. During the 10-day trip, the team visited and worked with Graffiti Church, First Polish Baptist Church and Maranatha Romanian Baptist Church.

 The group consisted of students Tyler Dingle, a junior from Bellville majoring in youth ministry; Ryan McCord, a sophomore from Round Rock majoring in Bible; Destiny Ramirez, a senior from Odessa majoring in elementary education; TJ Shands, a freshman from Stanton majoring in liberal arts; and Madison Zardiackas, a sophomore from Lockhart majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science with an emphasis in jurisprudence. HPU BSM director Keith Platte accompanied the students.

“Taking students on a trip like this is instrumental in helping them see how God works across geographic, racial, socio-economic and generational boundaries,” said Platte.

The group spent three days at Graffiti Church helping with the church’s afterschool program and served meals to people in local parks through the Free Lunch in the Park program.

“Our students got to learn from the people of Graffiti Church about their philosophy of ministry,” Platte said. “Their church is often out in the community serving people as a means to share the love, grace and message of Jesus Christ. They often say ‘meet the need first,’ which is how they believe Jesus would be ministering in their community.”

Following their time spent with Graffiti Church, the BSM team attended a Sunday worship service with First Polish Baptist Church, where Tyler Dingle preached through an interpreter. They also visited Maranatha Romanian Baptist Church, where Dingle also preached. The group visited members of the Polish church, living in other parts of the city, and helped to clean around the church building.

“Cities like New York are global cities,” Platte said. “You can visit people from every inhabitable continent and see the work of God. You can also see the immense need for God’s people to continue serving and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. It was an invaluable time for us to connect with believers from other parts of the world, in different languages sometimes, serving the God who created us for good works.”

Ryan McCord commented on the significance of the trip, specifically the learning opportunity it presented.

“The trip I took to New York with the BSM was both challenging and reformative,” said McCord. “It was unlike any mission trip I had ever been on. We jumped in and did what we could when we had the chance. The biggest thing I learned from this is that you do not need a plan or a set schedule to serve God. Jumping in and helping here and there is just as much a blessing and a valid way to do God’s work.”

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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Cutline: Six representatives of Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry recently travelled to New York City to serve with area churches. Pictured from left to right are Madison Zardiackas, Destiny Ramirez, Keith Platte, TJ Shands, Tyler Dingle and Ryan McCord.

Rachel Myers named first recipient of Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship at HPU

Howard Payne University student Rachel Myers was recently named the first recipient of the Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was created by the Mangrums with the intent to financially assist HPU students from Dallas or Taylor counties or who are history or music majors.

“The students have been such a blessing to us over the years,” said Cheryl Mangrum. “We started this scholarship to try to find a way to give back to the students and help them.”

Myers is a senior from Buffalo Gap, in Taylor County, majoring in cross-cultural studies.

“The fact that this scholarship exists is proof of the care and love the faculty and staff have for the students,” she said. “I came to HPU because I admired the community that is here. I’ve been welcomed into this community and have loved every second of my time here. This scholarship is such a blessing and it’s awesome that I know the people who have given it to me.”

The opportunity to help students of the institution they have served so long was highly anticipated by the Mangrums.

“We had always talked about starting a scholarship,” said Dr. Mangrum, “so when the opportunity presented itself, we did.”

Since arriving in Brownwood in 1980, the Mangrums have served in numerous capacities at HPU for more than 30 years.

Dr. Mangrum, professor of history and government at HPU, also serves as the university historian, Coley Chair of History and, for nearly 34 years, sponsor of HPU’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity. He served for 13 years as the director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and four years as faculty sponsor of Student Government. He was also associate dean for the School of Humanities and served for 29 years as chair of the Department of History. In addition to his duties at HPU, he has also served as mayor of Early since 2005.

Cheryl Mangrum works in the Office of Admission as the associate director of admission. She began working in the area of admission and recruiting in 1981 and graduated from HPU in 1991. She has been an active supporter of the Yellow Jacket Band. She was named an honorary band alumna and member of HPU’s chapters of national honorary band sorority Tau Beta Sigma and of Kappa Kappa Psi. She was also recognized as HPU’s Outstanding Staff Member for the 1999-2000 academic year.

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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Cutline: HPU senior Rachel Myers, center, recently was named the first recipient of the Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum Endowed Scholarship. Pictured with Myers are Cheryl Mangrum and Dr. Robert Mangrum.

HPU Pre-College music students earn top honors at state competition

Twelve students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Musical Theatre was awarded to Angie Calfa and Emmagrace Quillin. The outstanding rating in Vocal Solo/Art Song was awarded to Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel. The outstanding rating in Piano Solo went to Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Maddox Butka, Vic Cooper, Abigail Dean and Matthew Till. Students who received the superior rating in the same category were Sofia Butka and Cashlyn Kearney.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘thank you’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment for the fall semester will begin in mid-August. Classes begin on Labor Day and continue through mid-December.

For more information, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu, or contact Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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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 Department of Music announces new Center for Rural and Small School Music Education

The Howard Payne University Department of Music recently announced the formation of the Center for Rural and Small School Music Education.

Through the program, HPU faculty will provide instruction via clinics for students and instructors, technology-mediated instruction and consultation, as well as research into and development of effective resources for rural and small schools. The initiative will specifically address the needs of music students and faculty in rural small schools in areas near HPU. The need of area schools was recognized by the Department of Music, serving as motivation to ensure music students at local high schools have access to the best opportunities and resources.

“We are committed to the idea that every student is entitled to a quality music education experience irrespective of where he or she lives,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “It is also important to recognize that rural and small schools actually comprise over half of all school districts in Texas, but limited resources often severely hinder fine arts programs at these schools. As a faculty, we saw the need and were compelled by that awareness to take action in support of the teachers and students in small, rural schools.”

HPU faculty who are principal participants in the initiative are Dr. Fiese; Stephen Goacher, professor of music; Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands; and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“Collectively, the primary faculty participants in the center have over a hundred years of experience in music education,” said Dr. Fiese. “This is an incredible resource of expertise that is dedicated to expanding both access to and excellence in music educational experiences in small, rural schools.”

In addition to meeting an immediate need of many area schools, the program will aid teachers and instructors who possess direct links to HPU.

“We have many graduates who serve in school districts that are comprised of schools of small enrollment located in essentially rural areas,” said Dr. Fiese, “so it is an obvious extension of our ongoing relationships with alumni.”

HPU’s Center for Rural and Small School Music Education program is expected to begin in fall 2019. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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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Doss Foundation and TexasBank make $25,000 contribution to HPU scholarships

Howard Payne University recently received a donation of $25,000 in scholarship funds from the James and Dorothy Doss Foundation, Inc., given through TexasBank. The contribution was made to a fund established by the Doss Foundation and TexasBank in 2017 to help deserving students from the Heart of Texas area attend HPU.

Greg Dodds, TexasBank president and chief executive officer, made the presentation to Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president.

“Howard Payne University is very grateful for the generosity of the Doss Foundation and TexasBank,” said Dr. Hines. “Greg Dodds and the rest of our friends at TexasBank are deeply committed to the success of our area, and this contribution to help area students attend HPU is evidence of that.”

TexasBank is a community bank that serves customers in Brown, Comanche, Eastland and Erath Counties as well as all neighboring counties. TexasBank has 10 banking centers in the region.

“TexasBank is proud of its contributions toward helping those in our local communities pursue higher education,” said Dodds. “We are even more proud of the partnership with Howard Payne and the role that it continues to play in providing a quality college education based on a solid spiritual foundation. It is comforting to know that Howard Payne is helping develop young men and women to become future leaders of our community, state and nation.”

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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Cutline: Greg Dodds (right), TexasBank president and CEO, presents a check for $25,000 to Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president.

HPU students thank TEG supporters at Texas Capitol

A group of Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Texas Capitol in Austin to thank legislators for their support of Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) funding and to request their continued advocacy.

The TEG program, established in 1971, was created to provide state grants to financially and academically qualified Texas residents who wish to attend one of the state’s independent colleges or universities. The grant is designed to narrow the gap in tuition rates between public and private higher education institutions in the state. The architect of the TEG was Dr. Gary Price, a 1960 HPU graduate. Dr. Lynn Nabers, a 1962 HPU graduate who served as a state representative, sponsored the bill in the Texas House of Representatives.

The HPU group observed portions of sessions of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate and met with state representatives Keith Bell and Mike Lang. The students also visited with staff members from the offices of Sen. Pat Fallon, Rep. Dan Flynn, Sen. Bob Hall and Rep. Phil King.

While in Austin, the group also met with representatives from Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas (ICUT), a nonprofit association supporting Texas’ independent, nonprofit colleges and universities by strengthening member institutions through advocacy, policy research and collaboration.

Those who made the trip from HPU were Cali Brockway, junior kinesiology major from Terrell; Jessica Meeks, senior family studies major from Bridgeport; Sierra Ross, sophomore criminal justice and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Canton; and Jenna Stuard, sophomore psychology major from Scurry; and Karina Daniel, HPU’s director of corporate, community and foundation relations.

“Seeing our state government at work was an exciting opportunity for these talented students, as was sharing their stories about HPU with legislators,” said Daniel.

Student Jessica Meeks said her experience was very informative.

“This trip to Austin was a great experience,” she said. “I was honored to get to represent our university at the capital. I gained a new perspective on the legislative process and appreciation for what our legislators do for students. I loved getting to share about the impact HPU has made on my life and thank legislators for supporting me in my college experience.”

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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Cutline #1: Visiting with Rep. Keith Bell during a recent trip to Austin are (front row) HPU’s Cali Brockway, Sierra Ross, Karina Daniel, (back row) Jessica Meeks and Jenna Stuard.

Cutline #2: Pictured giving the HPU Yellow Jackets’ “Sting ’em” sign with Rep. Mike Lang are HPU students Sierra Ross, Cali Brockway, Jenna Stuard and Jessica Meeks, along with Karina Daniel, HPU’s director of corporate, community and foundation relations.

HPU social work students recognized for completing internships

The Howard Payne University Department of Social Work recently recognized six students and their internship supervisors for the completion and facilitation of the internships.

Students in the social work program are required to complete 180 hours of internship in the fall and 230 hours in the spring. Students interned with the ARK Domestic Violence Shelter, Brownwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, the Center for Life Resources, Central Texas Opportunities, Child Protective Services and Senior Care of Brownwood.

“We are so blessed to have field supervisors in our community to teach, mentor and love our students,” said Toni Damron, assistant professor of social work and coordinator of field instruction. “The field supervisors volunteer to serve and work with our students each year. Our students have learned so much under the supervision of these field supervisors.”

Social work majors honored were Jessica Catlett, senior from Alleyton also majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, who interned with Senior Care of Brownwood; Brooke Gibbs, senior from Fort Worth, who interned with Brownwood Nursing and Rehabilitation; Lyn Norway, senior from Coleman, who interned with Central Texas Opportunities; Shantel Oplotnik, senior from Brownwood, who interned with the ARK; Marina Sheets-Ochoa, senior from El Paso, who interned with Child Protective Services; and Anna Vallejo, senior from Brownwood, who interned with the Center for Life Resources.

Applications are 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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Cutline: Social work majors and their internship supervisors were honored at a recent luncheon. Pictured from left to right are Stacy Espinoza, field supervisor with the Center for Life Resources; Julie Ann Greenfield, field supervisor with Child Protective Services; Mayra Martinez, field supervisor with Central Texas Opportunities; Lyn Norway, HPU student; Anna Vallejo, HPU student; Marina Sheets-Ochoa, HPU student; Brooke Gibbs, HPU student; Jessica Catlett, HPU student; Judy Bullard, field supervisor with the ARK; Shantel Oplotnik, HPU student; and Becky Smith, field supervisor with Senior Care of Brownwood. Not pictured is Kristi Ramirez, field supervisor with Brownwood Nursing and Rehabilitation.

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts seven new members

Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted seven new members.

Inductees were Britt Boler, senior from Midland; Eric Haverstock, senior from Midland; Weston Kirbo, senior from Brownwood; Audrey Simpson, senior from Cuero; Alexandra Thompson, senior from Brownwood; Doug Turner, senior from Early; and Tricia Webb, senior from Brownwood.

“Our inductees this year are excellent examples of the Sigma Beta Delta principles of wisdom, honor and aspiration,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “We are confident that they will do great things when they leave Howard Payne University.”

The distinguished guest speaker for the induction ceremony was Vincent Ornelas, president of special assets for Mills County State Bank. Ornelas is a 1979 HPU graduate through the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom program, now the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, in which he was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar.

Membership into Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. 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, making this year Sigma Beta Delta’s 20th at HPU.

“It is an honor for Howard Payne University to have been part of the Sigma Beta Delta family for 20 years,” said Dr. Powell. “We are proud of our many business students who have become members of this International Business Honor Society throughout the past two decades.”

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.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University. For more information about HPU, including the wide variety 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: HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta recently inducted seven HPU seniors. Pictured from left to right are Tricia Webb, Eric Haverstock, Britt Boler, Alexandra Thompson, Doug Turner, Weston Kirbo and Audrey Simpson.