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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.

Criminal justice students recognized for completion of internships

The Howard Payne University Department of Criminal Justice recently recognized ten students and their internship supervisors for the completion and facilitation of internships.

Criminal justice majors are required to complete 150 hours of service with an agency or organization, which reflects three credit hours toward their degrees. Internships include working with “at-risk” students and adults at local, state and federal agencies as well as positions with law firms, law enforcement agencies and many other opportunities that help students prepare for a future in the field of criminal justice.

Students interned with the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, the Brownwood Police Department, the Early Police Department, the Eastland County Crisis Center, the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

“We are blessed at HPU to be engaged in this community collaboration with our interns and the agencies that they served,” said Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program. “Many of our criminal justice majors upon graduation are hired directly from internships into full-time employment. I believe this is because many of the agencies that supervise our on-site internships offer our students valuable experience.”

Criminal justice interns for the 2018-2019 academic year included Jordan Beasley, senior from San Antonio; Francisco Benitez, junior from Houston also majoring in exercise and sport science with all-level certification; Capricia Brooks, senior from Copperas Cove; Travis Folmar, senior from Austin; Jessica Huckaby, senior from Brownwood; Juan Luna, senior from San Angelo; Blake Null, senior from Auburn, Washington; Crystal Ochoa, senior from Early; Hollee Ragsdale, senior from San Saba; and Trishawn Townes, senior from Brownwood.

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: Pictured at a recent luncheon are criminal justice interns and their supervisors with HPU personnel. From left to right are Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Terrie Wells, administrative assistant for the School of Humanities; Lt. Pete Bastardo, Brown County Sheriff’s Office; Dan Humeniuk, adjunct faculty member in criminal justice; Officer Andre Smoot, Early Police Department; Trooper Tyler Moses, Texas Department of Public Safety; Trishawn Townes, student; Juan Luna, student; Gina Gibbs, associate professor of criminal justice; Travis Folmar, student; Francisco Benitez, student; Jordan Beasley, student; Capricia Brooks, student; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Assistant Chief James Fuller, Brownwood Police Department; Hollee Ragsdale, student; Chief Deputy Chris Green, Mills County Sheriff’s Office; Stephanie Brown, investigator, Mills County Sheriff’s Office; and Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president.

HPU students study advocacy, legislative process at Texas Capitol

A group of Howard Payne University students from the Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues class and the Principles of Restorative Justice class recently traveled to the Texas Capitol in Austin for Advocacy Day. The classes are taught by Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program, and Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of sociology, respectively.

The annual event is sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission (CLC). According to the CLC website, Advocacy Day provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about public policy, its impact on community and how to get involved in advocacy. Those who attend the event have the opportunity to participate in workshops featuring a wide range of issues including religious liberty, educational equity and immigration.

“Being able to participate in Advocacy Day was incredibly beneficial, because it provided me with an environment to constructively talk about issues that I am passionate about,” said Lillie McDonald, junior practical theology major from Tuscola. “I especially liked the workshop on immigration, because we discussed the topic in a new and hopeful light.”

This year, students from HPU heard from keynote speaker Michael Gerson, syndicated columnist with the “Washington Post” and former top aide to President George W. Bush. His message emphasized that, in the midst of a divisive political climate, Christians can offer a message of hope through a commitment to the common good of society, grounded in the conviction that all people are created in the image of God.

Trishawn Townes, senior criminal justice major from Brownwood, said his experience was very informative.

“Keeping up with current events keeps us connected to our world,” he said.

Derrington’s class also participated in legislative education. These students met with Texas House Representative Mike Lang’s chief of staff, communications director and legislative director. Derrington and her class were recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives at the start of the session that day.

“I was so impressed with the interaction the students had with Mike Lang’s team,” she said. “I’m glad they were able to see firsthand just how important participation in advocacy is to so many individuals.”

According to Humeniuk, students and faculty greatly benefited from the trip.

“The HPU faculty and students returned from the experience better informed on current social issues and on how to advocate for change with Christian love and empathy,” she said. “As Michael Gerson noted, ‘The moment is difficult, not impossible. The bonds of our country are frayed, not broken, but we need healing influences and the church should be one of those influences.’”

In addition to McDonald and Townes, those in attendance were:
Jordan Barrs, junior criminal justice major from Austin;
Jordan Beasley, senior criminal justice major from San Antonio;
Destiny Bible, junior social work major from Brownwood;
Tia Campos, sophomore criminal justice major from Winters;
Clarissa Carranco, junior family studies major from Georgetown;
Jakayli Coppic, junior social work major from Zephyr;
Guadalupe Coronado, sophomore criminal justice major from Shallowater;
Kashtyn Eoff, junior social work major from Brownwood;
Nathan Haggerton, freshman criminal justice major from Burnet;
Lainee Hasty, senior psychology and social science global studies major from Runaway Bay;
Julissa Ibarra, sophomore criminal justice major from San Antonio;
Payton Jones, sophomore criminal justice major from Whitewright;
Caleb Kostreva, senior social science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Clifton, Colorado;
David Manolof, junior social work major from Midway, Arkansas;
Marisa Miller, junior social work major from San Antonio;
Shantel Oplotnik, senior social work major from Brownwood;
Kayla Rayos, junior criminal justice major from Houston;
Shelby Smart, junior family studies major from Brady;
Levie Smith, junior criminal justice forensic science major from DeSoto; and
Diana Torres, sophomore social work major from Houston.

Accompanying the group was Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of HPU’s School of Humanities and professor of English, and Dan Humeniuk, adjunct faculty member in criminal justice.

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. 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: A group of Howard Payne University students and faculty recently traveled to the Texas Capitol for Advocacy Day. Pictured are, front row from left are Dr. Millard Kimery, Rachel Derrington, Lynn Humeniuk, Lillie McDonald, Julissa Ibarra, Destiny Bible and Jakayli Coppic; second row from left, Caleb Kostreva, Trishawn Townes, Tia Campos, Kayla Rayos, Diana Torres and Dan Humeniuk; third row from left, Noah Coronado, Jordan Beasley, Jordan Barrs, Paton Jones, Levie Smith and Nathan Haggerton.

HPU’s Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Michele King Doud of Brownwood

Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to Michele King Doud of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.

“It is always such a privilege to present the Spirit of Social Work Award to someone who serves the Brownwood community in such an impactful way,” said Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “Recognizing Michele is just a small way to say ‘thank you’ for years of faithful service.”
Doud graduated from HPU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in social work. The youngest of six children, Doud was one of five siblings who attended HPU. After graduating, Doud immediately began work at Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where she served for 20 years. She also spent six years in home health, one year at a local nursing home and 11 years at Solaris Hospice. She now serves as a social worker in Kaufman.

“We selected Michele because of her tireless service to the Brownwood community and her dedication to her clients,” Derrington said. “She certainly represents the true spirit of social work.”
Doud has two sons, Hunter and Mitchel, as well a nephew and a niece, Joshua Eargle and Lottie Burch Bullock, who she helped raise.
The award was received on Doud’s behalf by her sister, Melissa King.

Cutline: Michele King Doud of Brownwood is the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Social Work Award.