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HPU choirs perform in Austria

Members of Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers recently performed in Austria with six other choral groups.

HPU’s contingent of 23 performed with a mass choir, numbering almost 100 singers, and a chamber orchestra in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” at the historic Votivkirche. The renowned composer was born in Salzburg, living and performing in Austria for most of his life. This historical context lent significance to the experiences of attendees.

“A part of my heart will always be in Austria, especially Salzburg,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “To host this trip was an immense honor and I know that, for those in attendance, minds were sharpened, hearts were changed and eyes were opened. There is nothing more empowering to the musician and scholar than to experience first-hand the history of a specific composer. In our case, a musicological wellspring such as Austria holistically filled each of us.”

Student Taylor Davis commented on the experience of performing abroad at a historic site.

“This trip was absolutely incredible,” said Davis. “To sing alongside six other groups in the Votivkirche in Vienna was absolutely magical and I was left in tears at the end of the concert. Austria is such a kind, beautiful country and I feel as though my life and view of the world have changed significantly after going.”

The ensemble performed under the direction of Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University. Dr. Dickson is familiar to HPU, having served as the featured clinician at the university’s first annual Conducting Workshop held in the spring of 2018.

HPU students included Rebekah Barnett, a junior from Frisco majoring in musical education; Taylor Davis, a senior from Alvin majoring in musical education; Madelyn Deviney, a senior from Bulverde majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and English; Preston Ezzell, a freshman from Brownwood majoring in engineering science and music education; Joseph Lahmann, a junior from Killeen majoring in business and systems development; Ryan Miles, a junior from Goldthwaite majoring in vocal performance; Amanda Moore, a freshman from Euless majoring in elementary education; and Suzanne Schad, a senior from Briggs majoring in music education.

HPU alumni, faculty and staff included Joy Renée Blackstock ’07; Kayla Chadwick ’19; Jessica Jones ’06; Cathryn Rasbury ’15; Danielle Rosborough ’08, database manager; Beverly Ross ’76; Natalie Stephens ’19; and Katelyn Zimmer ’19. Dr. Rosborough led the group from HPU and performed along with choir members. Also accompanying the group were six members of the HPU University Singers, Gary Butka, Angie Calfa, Ann Harris, Bill Slaymaker, Ann Slaymaker and Brent Rosborough.

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: Pictured are members of HPU choirs in front of the Austrian cathedral, Votivkirche.

HPU scholarship established in memory of Nanda Wilbourn

A scholarship at Howard Payne University has been created in memory of Nanda Wilbourn, the longtime Brownwood educator who passed away on July 24. Her family requests that donations be made to this scholarship in lieu of flowers. The scholarship will assist students pursuing teaching and/or coaching degrees.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund is asked to contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at 325-649-8006 or visit www.hputx.edu/give. When giving online, under the “Designation” heading, please select “Other” and type “Nanda Wilbourn memorial scholarship.” Gifts by mail can be sent to: Office of Institutional Advancement, Howard Payne University, P.O. Box 2369, Brownwood, TX 76804. The office is located at 803 Center Avenue in Brownwood.

“Nanda Wilbourn was an immeasurable influence on countless lives,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president. “This scholarship is a wonderful tribute to her memory and will extend her influence to students still to come.”

The memorial service for Nanda Wilbourn will be held on Friday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. at Brownwood’s First United Methodist Church. The service will be preceded by visitation on Thursday, August 1, at 6:00 p.m. at Heartland Funeral Home in Early.

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Dr. Dale Meinecke ’98 returns to HPU to lead advancement efforts

Howard Payne University recently named Dr. Dale Meinecke to the position of vice president for development. The 1998 HPU graduate oversees the university’s efforts in fundraising, alumni relations and other operations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. He began his new role on July 1.

Dr. Meinecke has a wide range of experience in higher education. Through various roles, he has worked to build relationships, grow programs and enhance student success. He returns to HPU from Dallas Baptist University, where he served as professor of leadership and director of the Master of Arts in Leadership program. He previously served at HPU as assistant vice president for external affairs from 2012 to 2017, strengthening the university’s presence in New Braunfels and El Paso. Earlier service at HPU also includes experience on the football coaching staff and as chapel coordinator. Through his work at HPU’s extension centers and in DBU’s leadership program, he developed fundraising skills that will serve him well in his new role.

His wife, Christy (Crawford) Meinecke, also a 1998 HPU graduate, is a native of Brownwood. They have been married for 20 years and have two daughters, Katie and Claire.

“Dr. Meinecke has great character, expansive knowledge and a deep commitment to Howard Payne University,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president. “I am very pleased to welcome the Meineckes back home to HPU and look forward to the great things God will accomplish through Dr. Meinecke’s leadership of our advancement office.”

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: Dr. Dale Meinecke, a 1998 graduate of Howard Payne University, has returned to his alma mater as vice president for development.

HPU Woman’s Club 2019 Yellow Rose Award presented to Tracey Carrier ’89 of Brownwood

The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented the prestigious Yellow Rose Award to HPU alumna Tracey Carrier of Brownwood during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, held near the end of the spring semester. Carrier was given a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses.

The Yellow Rose Award is given annually to a woman who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the life of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

Carrier, a 1989 HPU graduate, doubled-majored in education and the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, now the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and was involved in many areas of campus life. During her time as a student she worked in the admission office, was a Hatton W. Sumners Scholar and participated in Student Foundation, all while paying her way through college. Carrier served as junior class president, was HPU yell leader for two years, was on the Homecoming Court her junior and senior year and was named Homecoming Princess and Miss HPU her senior year.

In 1988, Carrier married her husband, Will ’89. They have two adult children – William Hunter and Beth Anne. The couple owns Willie’s T’s, which has been based in Brownwood since its opening in 1990. The Carriers have been faithful supporters of HPU, Brownwood and Early.

Carrier currently mentors several HPU students alongside Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, part-time alumni and development assistant, and also serves in the youth ministry at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, where she has been a member for 30 years.

“Tracey is so very deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Lehrer. “She truly has a servant’s heart. She relates very well to all ages. She always seems to have just the right words to encourage or comfort someone.”

The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was Pam Erickson, HPU alumna and author of “You First, Me Second … Getting to the Heart of Social Responsibility.” Erickson oversees Operation Blessing’s procurement and corporate relations staff in the daily acquisition of food, medical and relief supplies for both domestic and international programs.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub.

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Cutline: The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently presented its prestigious Yellow Rose Award to Tracey Carrier (left), pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, former first lady and HPU Woman’s Club president.

HPU confers degrees to 120 students at spring 2019 Commencement

Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 120 graduates during its spring 2019 Commencement ceremony at the close of the semester.

Dr. Cory Hines ’97, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Graduates included:

Allen
Brianna Marie Weaver – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts (high school), Summa Cum Laude

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social work, Summa Cum Laude

Alvarado
Natalie Marie Stephens – Bachelor of Arts in music (voice) and in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Amarillo
Jaylin Lee Parker – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (personal trainer)

Arlington
Emma Danielle Reed – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in family studies, Summa Cum Laude

Austin
Riley Glyn Morrison – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing and Bachelor of Science in engineering science, Cum Laude
Tamela Louise Walker – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Bangs
Jacob Thomas Perry – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Jordan Lisa Pitman – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Bedford
Preston Todd Newman – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Benbrook
Andrew Christopher Errico – Bachelor of Arts in history, Cum Laude

Brady
Janis Dianne Groves – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

Brownwood
Audrey Rose Binion – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)
Kaitlyn Danette Bush – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology, Summa Cum Laude
Amber Marie Carroll – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Kristen Leigh Herring – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Colton Don Horton – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting
Colton Ross Jenkins – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing
Hannah Celeste Justice – Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, Magna Cum Laude
Joel Allen Justice – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in history, Summa Cum Laude
Shelly LaDean King – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Amy Kresta – Master of Business Administration
Mark Allen Lacy – Master of Arts in youth ministry
Noah Parker Powell Marlin – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Grace Victoria Milcherska – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Travis Anthony Moraga – Master of Business Administration
Bailey Claire Myler – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Magna Cum Laude
Caolan Anthony O’Gorman – Master of Business Administration
Seth Robert Owen – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (all-level certification), Cum Laude
Tanner Cole Pennington – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite), Summa Cum Laude
Stevie Ray Reneau – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Victoria Nicole Sanchez – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)
Alicia Marie Tanguma – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)
Stephanie Irene Tarigan – Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
Anna Andrea Vallejo – Bachelor of Arts in social work
Tricia S. Webb – Bachelor of Business Administration in management
Katelyn Nicole Zimmer – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Carlsbad
Kathryn Ann Grice – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Cisco
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media) and in psychology (family psychology)
Kaitlyn Renee White – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Comanche
Kaeli Breann Goodgion – Bachelor of Arts in studio art
Meagan Michelle Hanson – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Corpus Christi
Paige Maria Bowers – Bachelor of Music in music education (instrumental)

Corsicana
Hailey Reenee Osborne – Bachelor of Arts in social science (jurisprudence)

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude

Dallas
Richard Treviso – Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry concentration)

Dayton
Cecily Noel McIlwain – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies, Magna Cum Laude

DeSoto
Spencer Kelly Suzanne Wolverton – Bachelor of Science communication studies (public and media), Magna Cum Laude

Early
Abraham Fausto-Jorna Cooper – Bachelor of Music in music performance (piano) and Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry concentration), Summa Cum Laude
Tanya Renee Glasscock – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude
Jacob Warren Ledbetter – Bachelor of Arts in history
Reid Dillion Longabaugh – Bachelor of Science in engineering science
Crystal Desiré Ochoa – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude
Oscar Manuel Taylor – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems development

El Paso
Everardo Hernandez – Master of Business Administration
Armando Ezequiel Monroy – Bachelor of Arts in Bible
Larry Moore – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite)
Irene Shafer – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration, Magna Cum Laude
Marina Ariana Sheets-Ochoa – Bachelor of Arts in social work

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez – Bachelor of Science in athletic training, Cum Laude

Fort Worth
Brooke Megan Gibbs – Bachelor of Arts in social work, Magna Cum Laude
Clifford Lawson Lunceford – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude
Reed Alexander Shelley – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Taylor Smith – Bachelor of Arts in English language arts (high school)
Dylan Reid Vilaros – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Collin Patrick Wright – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter – Bachelor of Music in music education (choral), Cum Laude

Georgetown
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, Cum Laude
Sydney Drew Spencer – Master of Business Administration

Goliad
Sarah LaRue Fernandez – Bachelor of Arts in history (secondary education)

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Graham
David Dean Groves – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

Hallettsville
Kade Louis Kahanek – Bachelor of Arts in history, Summa Cum Laude

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Summa Cum Laude

Hico
Johnny Aaron Serratt – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Houston
Phillip Obinna Kanu – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (personal trainer)
Austin Taylor Scheaffer – Bachelor of Arts in history
Michael Dean Thomas – Master of Education instructional leadership

Howe
Tyler Adam Olin – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence), Summa Cum Laude

Humble
William Noah Payne – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

Hutto
Noah Nathanael Acord – Bachelor of Arts in Bible

Kermit
David Tyrone Dingle – Bachelor of Science in biology

Kerrville
Christian Alexis Garcia – Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry

Kingwood
Gabrielle Trysten Roque – Bachelor of Science in biology

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Lynn Gerig – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Levelland
John Brenden Clanton – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)

Lincolnshire, Illinois
Anthony John Heiser – Master of Education in sports wellness and leadership

Lindale
Graham Walters White – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, Cum Laude

May
Larry Joe Owings – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Isaac Ethan Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education

Midland
Julie Jo Yarbro – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Candace Shawn Stark – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Midlothian
James Blake Laney – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Natalia
Andrew William Overmiller – Master of Arts in youth ministry

New Braunfels
Erica Lynn Akin – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Eduardo Hernandez – Master of Business Administration
Jordan Russell Sugg – Master of Education in instructional leadership

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in mathematics, Summa Cum Laude

Odessa
Jessica Megan Lee – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood-grade 6)

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems
(systems development) and in mathematics, and Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Summa Cum Laude

Rowlett
Gage Doran McClanahan – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Runaway Bay
Lainee Nichole Hasty – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (psychology and ministry) and in social studies (global studies), Cum Laude

San Angelo
Wesley Scott Haman – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)
Erin Lenore McCleer – Bachelor of Science in family studies, Cum Laude

San Antonio
Sabrina Abagail Martinez – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Cum Laude
Collin Rex Salyers – Bachelor of Arts in social studies (composite)

Splendora
Jesse James Paschal – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Tulia
Kayla Denae Chadwick – Bachelor of Music in church music and worship, Cum Laude

Tyler
Connor Bradley Streit – Master of Education in sports wellness and leadership

Waco
Chandler Dillon Clark – Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing

Watauga
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison – Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in athletic training, Summa Cum Laude

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy – Bachelor of Arts in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (global studies), Summa Cum Laude

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk – Bachelor of Science in mathematics

Wylie
Brandon Davis Day – Master of Education in educational leadership

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 student Doug Turner finishes third in simulated business competition

Howard Payne University senior Doug Turner recently competed and finished third place in his industry in the Glo-Bus Best Strategy Invitational. The two-week-long online competition involved 67 teams and individuals from institutions of higher education around the world.

Turner, a business administration major from Early, was among competitors selected from among the top tier of the 3,973 participants in the general Glo-Bus simulation.

“The simulation was a valuable tool for practicing real-world skills and decisions in a safe environment,” he said. “I personally used it to test a theory about succeeding in the market while still compensating employees generously. HPU provides an excellent balance of sound business lessons and Christian ethics, demonstrating that we do not necessarily need to choose between our Christianity and success in our chosen field.”

Students in HPU’s business capstone class, instructed by Dr. Powell, participate each year in Glo-Bus’ business simulation non-competitively during the course of 10 weeks. Each participant from HPU is tasked with making decisions for a simulated global company, including managing production, marketing, corporate stock, loans and corporate social responsibility.

“The Glo-Bus business simulation is a valuable experience that shows the students how all of their business decisions interact to affect many different parts and results of the company,” said Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business. “Doug is a quick learner and picked up on the relationships in the simulation very well. He also did an excellent job managing the company for the 10-week simulation in class.”

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.

HPU faculty and staff members honored for service to the university

Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were recently honored at an annual personnel recognition luncheon held on campus. Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology, received the Outstanding Faculty Member award and Nikki Donathan, cashier and staff accountant, was presented the Outstanding Staff Member award for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.

Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education and professor of education, and to Mike Daub, CPA, associate professor of accounting.

Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to staff members Katrina Lynn, business and human resources coordinator, and Hunter Sims, athletic director.

Special plaques commemorating retirement and years of service to the university were presented to Glenda Huff, director of financial aid; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor emeritus of social work; and Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor emeritus of theatre.

The following individuals also received awards.

Five years of service  Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations; Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president of student life and dean of students; Dr. Cherri Conley, instructional technology specialist; Sareta Delgado, executive assistant to the vice president for development; Scott Eddy, instructor of mathematics; Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and professor of music; Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and associate professor of business; Jeremy Hogue, database administrator; Lori Hurt, accounts payable coordinator; Celeste Justice, administrative assistant to the dean of advising and general education; Rebecca Mendoza-Pate, executive assistant to the vice president for finance; Dr. Nancy Romig, assistant professor of English; Kay Teague, instructor of mathematics; and Colleen Westfall, head women’s volleyball coach

Ten years of service – Kenan Boland, J.D., adjunct faculty for the School of Education; David Foster, assistant softball coach and assistant golf coach; Diane Hackney, custodial services supervisor; Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management; Dr. Stephen Kovach, associate professor of Christian studies and criminal justice (El Paso Center); Dr. Jennifer McNiece, assistant professor of government and director of international study and academic travel; Hunter Sims, athletic director; and Jamie Skaggs, part-time university nurse

Fifteen years of service – Deborah Childs, director of university events; Dr. Celeste Church, interim provost and assistant vice president for retention, research and accreditation; Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music; Russell Ezzell, director of network and infrastructure services; Katrina Lynn, business and human resources coordinator; Stephen Lynn, head baseball coach; and Dr. Rodney Stephens, associate professor of English and chair of the department of English

Twenty years of service – Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Abram Choate, assistant director of athletics for communications; Dr. Trissa Cox, professor of computer information systems; and Stephen Goacher, professor of music

Twenty-five years of service  Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Marsha Larremore, financial aid advisor and grants and scholarships coordinator; Dr. Wendy McNeeley, assistant vice president of university records and dean of general education; Diane Owens, part-time director of the pre-college music program; and Juanita Sypert, library collections and government documents coordinator

Thirty years of service – Mike Daub, CPAassociate professor of accounting

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Cutlines: Dr. Kristen Hutchins (third from left), recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award, is pictured with Jill Underwood (left), Paul Underwood (second from left) and Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president (right). The Outstanding Faculty Member Award is made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria.

Nikki Donathan (third from left), recipient of the Outstanding Staff Member Award, is pictured with Tanner Spears (left), Lanie Spears (second from left) and Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. The Outstanding Staff Member Award is made possible by Porter Insurance Agency.

 

Pittman family donates drum set to HPU Jazz Ensemble

Buddy and Carolyn Pittman, parents of Howard Payne University student and ensemble member Chase Pittman, recently donated a drum set to HPU’s Jazz Ensemble. The Pittmans’ donation was announced at an ensemble concert titled “The Gift of Rhythm,” held this spring.

“The story of the new drum set for the Department of Music is really a story of servants’ hearts,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “Chase, Buddy and Carolyn generously acted upon an opportunity they saw to serve the Lord and the Chapel services at HPU through the gift of music and a new drum set.”

Chase, a sophomore from Trophy Club majoring in accounting, is a guitarist in the Jazz Ensemble. Through his involvement with the ensemble, he recognized the need for a new set. After his parents became aware of the need, they approached Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of the Jazz Ensemble, about making the donation.

The Department of Music previously had a single drum set used in Jazz Ensemble performances and by the HPU Chapel Band. The donation allows each musical group to have its own dedicated set for practices and performances.

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:The Pittman family recently donated a new drum set to the HPU Jazz Ensemble. Pictured from left to right at the concert announcing the donation are Buddy, Chase and Carolyn Pittman, along with Stephen Goacher, director of the Jazz Ensemble and professor of music.

HPU recognizes 223 students for academic success

Howard Payne University honored 223 students for academic success during the spring 2019 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.

Abbott
Kylie Johnson, President’s List

Abilene
Bethany McClure, Dean’s List

Allen
Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Catlett, Dean’s List

Alvin
Taylor Davis, President’s List
Bailey Farmer, Honor Roll

Arlington
James Cook, Dean’s List
Marisa Echtle, Dean’s List
Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Dean’s List

Austin
Riley Morrison, President’s List
Matthew Prall, President’s List
Luke Victor, Dean’s List

Bangs
Landon James, Dean’s List

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Xavier Haines, Dean’s List

Bedford
Preston Newman, President’s List
Daniel Patterson, Dean’s List

Bertram
Sawyer Fisher, Dean’s List
David Frost, President’s List

Boerne
Leah Gordish, Honor Roll
Charles Lewis, Dean’s List

Brazoria
Emma Kacal, Dean’s List

Bridgeport
Jessica Meeks, Dean’s List

Briggs
Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Brownfield
Conner Faught, President’s List

Brownwood
Skyler Andrews, Dean’s List
Destiny Bible, Dean’s List
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Cameron Butler, President’s List
Haleigh Clevenger, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, Dean’s List
Kyle Hampton, President’s List
Kristen Herring, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, President’s List
Tanya Martinez, Honor Roll
Jennifer Martinez, President’s List
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Rosa Munoz, President’s List
Timothy Murphy, Dean’s List
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, President’s List
Hannah Netherton, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, President’s List
Seth Owen, President’s List
Kory Owen, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, President’s List
Grace Randolph, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, President’s List
Alexandra Thompson, Dean’s List
Tricia Webb, President’s List
Katelyn Zimmer, President’s List
Andreahnna Rosenquist, Honor Roll

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers, Honor Roll

Bulverde
Madelyn Deviney, Dean’s List

Burleson
Vanessa Castaneda, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Tabatha Moore, Honor Roll

Carlsbad
Kathryn Grice, President’s List

Cedar Hill
Micah Hays, President’s List

Chandler
Carter Renfro, Dean’s List

Cisco
Robert Caraway, Dean’s List
Hannah Stuart, Dean’s List
Tonya Thompson, Honor Roll

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Comanche
Brianne Davis, Dean’s List
Meagan Hanson, President’s List
Nicole Rivera, Honor Roll

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

Cross Plains
Joe Alexander, Dean’s List

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain, President’s List

Early
Rachel Acker, Dean’s List
Samantha Barnard, Dean’s List
Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
MaKayla De Leon, President’s List
Tanya Glasscock, President’s List
Payton Hackney, President’s List
Tristan Horton, Dean’s List
Reid Longabaugh, Honor Roll
Lauren Piper, Dean’s List
Meagan Sessler, President’s List
Shaunna Simpson, Dean’s List
Braxton Weaver, President’s List
Kaley Whitley, Honor Roll

El Paso
Pedro Preciado, Honor Roll
Maria Wright, Dean’s List

Elgin
David Jaramillo-Alejo, Honor Roll
Karla Zachary, Dean’s List

Euless
Madisynn Thames, Honor Roll

Flatonia
Abraham Centeno, Honor Roll

Fort Worth
Clifford Lunceford, Honor Roll
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Jalen Pate, Honor Roll
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Matthew Smith, President’s List
Collin Wright, President’s List
Ty Wright, Honor Roll

Fredericksburg
Jeremy Houston, President’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Barnett, President’s List
Madison Marzullo, President’s List
Ryan Richardson, President’s List

Frost
Karlie Scott, Dean’s List

Galveston
Sierra Ross, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Cotter, President’s List

Gatesville
Breanna Clover, Dean’s List
Alex Mata, Honor Roll
Madison Sims, Honor Roll

Georgetown
Nicole Ferrell, Honor Roll

Goliad
Sarah Fernandez, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth Rainey, President’s List

Granbury
Mackinzey Boyer, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Grand Saline
Connor Lowe, President’s List

Greenville
Jordan Sweat, President’s List

Hamilton
Tamera Ryan, President’s List

Harlingen
Madeline Rhodes, President’s List
Ezra Rubio, President’s List

Helotes
Kira Teel, Honor Roll

Hico
Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Houston
Reagan Coleman, President’s List
Lesly Garcia, Honor Roll
Christian Wilson, Honor Roll

Howe
Lindsey Krueger, President’s List
Benjamin Olin, Honor Roll
Tyler Olin, Honor Roll

Humble
William Payne, Honor Roll

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey, President’s List

Irving
Delaney Castor, President’s List

Jarrell
Oscar Hernandez, Dean’s List

Jones Creek
Rylee McGee, Honor Roll

Junction
Jordan Easterling, Dean’s List

Katy
Anastasia Willis, Honor Roll

Kerrville
Morgan Patterson, Dean’s List

Krum
Manuel Torralba, Dean’s List

Lake Jackson
Mackenzie Langham, President’s List
Hogan Stogner, Dean’s List

Lampasas
McKennah Randall, Honor Roll
Hope Veroneau, Honor Roll

League City
Thomas Carte, Dean’s List

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

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Gerig, Dean’s List

Levelland
John Clanton, President’s List

Little Elm
Danielle Ketter, President’s List
Brady Wade, Dean’s List

Live Oak
Brad Ward, Honor Roll

Lockhart
Madison Zardiackas, President’s List

Maple Grove, Minnesota
Victoria Johnson, Honor Roll

May
Sarah Abi Brown, President’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

McGregor
Sarah German, President’s List

Mesquite
Cindy Gutierrez, Honor Roll

Midland
Britt Boler, President’s List
Robert Evans, Honor Roll

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Dean’s List
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Mount Pleasant
Maci Dorsey, Dean’s List

New Braunfels
Rebecca Fresne, President’s List
Jade Huerta, Dean’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Hannah McCain, President’s List
Ty McCain, President’s List
Sebastian Paulmann, President’s List
McKenzie Van Geffen, President’s List

Newport, Arkansas
Mikala Meadows, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Dean’s List

Odessa
Jessica Lee, President’s List

Paradise
Dalton Pendergrass, Dean’s List

Pearland
Melinda Mendoza, President’s List

Pflugerville
Sarah Ramos, Dean’s List

Plainview
Anaelyssa Quintanilla, Honor Roll

Plano
Zachary Gingrich, Honor Roll

Robstown
Bret Eisenbach, Dean’s List

Rockdale
Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List
Erin Blanchard, Honor Roll

Rockwall
Ryan Stanford, Honor Roll

Round Rock
Shawn Brody, President’s List
Courtney Cantrell, President’s List
Ryan McCord, Honor Roll
Penny Stehlik, President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter, President’s List

Royse City
Brett Martinez, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Kelsey Bunch, President’s List
Wesley Haman, President’s List
Juan Luna, President’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Brittany Brown, Dean’s List
DeVante Donald, Dean’s List
Marzena Marroquin, Dean’s List
Sabrina Martinez, President’s List
Collin Salyers, President’s List

San Saba
Caelob Hardman, Dean’s List

Scurry
Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Seguin
Carol Aramendia, Dean’s List
Abigail Castillo, Honor Roll
Reed Collins, Honor Roll
Cameron White, Dean’s List

Shenandoah
Benjamin Schardt, Honor Roll

Sherman
Kayla Anderson, President’s List

Splendora
Jesse Paschal, President’s List

Springtown
Seth Becker, President’s List
Britni Hays, Honor Roll

Stanton
Payge Grable, Dean’s List

Temple
Madelyn Smith, Dean’s List

Terrell
Cali Brockway, President’s List

Topeka, Kansas
Jayde Miyamoto, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, President’s List

Tucson, Arizona
Karissa Dusek, President’s List

Tulia
Kayla Chadwick, Dean’s List

Tyler
Hannah Quackenbush, Dean’s List

Universal City
Elena Standridge, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Dean’s List

Waco
Chandler Clark, President’s List
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Ganus, President’s List

Whitehouse
Morgan McCoy, President’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Fisk, Dean’s List

Zephyr
Jakayli Coppic, President’s List
Kashtyn Eoff, Honor Roll
Emily Talley, President’s List

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 honors six students for servant leadership

Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

“Formally recognizing servant leadership is an indication that it is an attribute highly valued by the university,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “As a Christian university, we cherish the type of servant leadership demonstrated most clearly by Jesus Christ. Each of the students recognized is a great example of this type of leadership.”

Seniors Jessica Catlett of Alleyton and Caleb Kostreva of Clifton, Colorado, were each presented the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. The HPU Servant Leadership Award was presented to juniors Abi Fraser of Wylie, Justin Hughes of Llano, Hannah Williams of May and Anastasia Willis of Katy. Nominations for both the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award and the HPU Servant Leadership Award are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

The Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a faculty member in HPU’s School of Christian Studies from 1950 to 1975.

Jessica Catlett, a May 2019 graduate, double majored in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. She is a recipient of both the Hatton W. Sumner Foundation scholarship and the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Cornelia A. Massengill Scholarship. Catlett has participated in Gamma Beta Phi, Model United Nations and the BSM state leadership team, and has served the Social Work Club in many capacities. As a student, Catlett worked on campus as a resident assistant while also volunteering in Awana at CABC and the student ministry May First Baptist Church.

Caleb Kostreva, who also graduated in May, double majored in social science with a global studies emphasis and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. As a student, he was active in the Student Government Association (SGA) as the presiding senior senator and Model United Nations. He also participated in the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) while serving as a resident assistant and working with HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement. He has also been involved in Coggin Avenue Baptist Church’s (CABC) university ministry as a member of the worship team.

Established in 2007 by HPU through the generosity of the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, the HPU Servant Leadership Award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of the scholarship award to be given to his or her chosen charity.

Abi Fraser is a Christian education major and has been involved in the BSM since she arrived at HPU in 2016. She is an active member of Pi Theta Chi and a small group leader for youth at CABC. She also leads a Bible study at Cross Classical Academy for students in fifth through eighth grades.

Justin Hughes is an engineering science major and has been a student worker as a resident assistant and with HPU’s University Services office. He has been named to the Dean’s List multiple times and in 2018 was recognized as Outstanding Lower Division Student in Engineering Science. He is an active member of Delta Epsilon Omega and serves at CABC as a university ministry intern and an audiovisual volunteer.

Hannah Williams, an elementary education major, has served as chaplain for SGA, a student worker at Walker Memorial Library and a leader in the BSM. She also serves as the children’s minister at May First Baptist Church and has helped with summer camps, such as Super Summer.

Anastasia Willis, an athletic training major, has been a member of the women’s basketball team as a player and captain. She helped start the Black Student Association to help celebrate diversity on campus and serves as its vice president. She has also served on the leadership team for the Baptist Student Ministry. Willis is a member of Chi Alpha Omega, serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and made Academic All-Conference in basketball in 2017-2018 as well as Honorable Mention All-West Division for 2018-2019.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutlines: Caleb Kostreva and Jessica Catlett are recipients of HPU’s Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. They are pictured with President Cory Hines, Ph.D.

President Cory Hines, Ph.D., stands with HPU Servant Leadership Award recipients (from left) Anastasia Willis, Hannah Williams, Justin Hughes and Abi Fraser.