Howard Payne University will graduate 116 students during the spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Robert R. Ellis, associate dean for academics at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary, will deliver the charge to the graduates.Additional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Rev. Cory Brand ’98, minister of discipleship and pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Corsicana; Jane Collette ’81, president of the HPU Alumni Association; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the graduate program in youth ministry and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Millard J. Kimery Jr., interim dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Dr. Brad Lemler, interim dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Joe Robinson, director of the instructional leadership graduate program and professor of education; Dr. Harlan Scott, faculty president and associate professor of biology; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; Dr. Daresa Voss, interim dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Lana Wagner ’97, registrar; Rev. Kelly Wolverton ’96, pastor of Hampton Road Baptist Church in Desoto; Kelsan Wolverton, candidate for graduation; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Sunday, May 1
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of fraud involving a financial instrument. According to the report, the complainant stated someone had stolen a check from his wife’s purse and used the check for a purchase at AT&T.
Monday, May 2
*1:01 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Austin Avenue regarding two counterfeit $20 bills. According to the report, the caller advised that she had received the two counterfeit bills in a deposit.
*5:04 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of credit/debit card abuse which occurred in the 1000 block of N. Fisk Avenue regarding credit/debit card abuse. A follow-up interview was conducted and it was determined that the incident involved credit card/debit card abuse as well as class C theft.*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of illegal dumping on County Road 317 in Early, TX. According to the report, a deputy investigated the incident and identified two suspects.
Heather Hohertz, 2007 Howard Payne University graduate, said she credits her HPU professors and coaches in guiding her to be her best. Hohertz, who serves as head basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Brownwood High School, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes 4A-6A by the Abilene Reporter-News. She additionally won the award in 2010.“By playing under Coach K (Chris Kielsmeier, former HPU basketball coach), I learned how to dedicate myself toward my passion and I learned the work ethic to become successful on the court and in life,” she said.
Early ISD students Ruthie Chesser and Cutter Gentry were recognized for raising the most funds during the Jump Rope for Heart Event at Early Elementary and Early Primary Schools. The event was held on February 19th.Ruthie Chesser was the top fundraiser from Early Elementary and is in Ms. Grimes’ 5th grade class. Cutter Gentry was the top fundraiser for Early Primary School and is in Mrs. Campbell’s kindergarten class.
Brady Creek Bass Club will host a fishing tournament on Lake Brownwood to benefit Rochelle High School’s Project Graduation on Saturday, May 7th. Registration is Friday, May 6th from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 7th from 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. at the Mountain View Marina.
Tournament hours are 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. One team member must be under 18 years old and must spend a combined 4 hours in the boat, according to tournament rules.
Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. First place is guaranteed $1,000, according to organizers. First place prize is co-sponsored by Premier Silica and The Commercial National Bank of Brady.
Entry fees are $50 per team and includes Big Bass. Three Big Bass pays 50/30/20. Weigh-in will be at Mountain View Marina.
Tournament Rules are as follows:
The Howard Payne University Model United Nations team took home seven awards from the Münster University International Model United Nations conference held recently in Münster, Germany. The largest MUN conference in Germany, it sponsored delegates from around the world including delegations from Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.MUN takes current world issues and asks students, who represent the different countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations.
Thursday May 12th is the date of the next Lunch-N-Learn horticulture program conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The program will be held at the Brown County Extension Office and will begin at 12 noon.
Dr. Charles Allen Extension Specialist from San Angelo will present the program. Topics include butterflies and pollinators in your home landscape. According to organizers, Dr. Allen does an outstanding job when he presents a program and the one on May 12th will be a good program.
This Lunch-N-Learn noon time program is part of a series of horticultural programs to be held this year. It is open to anyone interested. The registration fee is $25 for the series or $10 to attend an individual program.
The Texas Transportation Commission awarded more than $19.4 million to rural transit providers across the state that assist people in getting to health care facilities, schools, employment and other necessary destinations. The federally-supported initiative provides public transportation funding for rural areas with populations of less than 50,000.
“Our rural residents rely on these transportation services to commute between jobs, school and doctor’s appointments, which helps them maintain their independence and quality of life,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “We are pleased to be able to assist these communities in continuing these important transportation services that keep people moving safely and comfortably.”The commission approved the action at its April meeting.
Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently inducted 20 new members into the university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education.Kappa Delta Pi, founded in 1911, includes more than 600 chapters and 1.2 million active members worldwide. In addition to maintaining high academic standards, the HPU students inducted this year are active in many parts of campus life including student leadership, athletics and various organizations.
Early Primary recently announced their perfect attendance awards for the 5th six weeks. Those receiving the awards are pictured above and below.Ms. Oliver's Kindergarten class is pictured at top: (back row) Ashton Sudderth, Sydney Hopson, Rexee McDonald, Sofia Celedon, Cyrus Bryant, Ryan Whatley, and (front row) Levi Miles, Brynlee McDerned, Shawna Fleming, Lyric Crowder, Colton Brooks, and Harley Alldredge.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Monday, May 2
*6:36 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of Early Blvd for a defective left brake light. According to the report, this stop led to the arrest of the driver, identified as 20-year-old Brandon Lynn Buffington of Early, for driving while license invalid without liability insurance.
*6:47 PM – Brownwood Police received a phone call from a complainant regarding a possible case of interference with child custody.
*8:00 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3400 block of 3rd Street regarding the theft of a firearm.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 27-year-old Jacob Alonzo Gomez of Brownwood on warrants related to possession of a controlled substance and motion to adjudicate/possession of a controlled substance.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 27-year-old Sarah Rose Neuse of Brownwood on warrants related to theft and failure to appear.*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 46-year-old Tonya Denise Walters of Brownwood on a warrant related to motion to adjudicate.
- Law Enforcement Blotter 5/3
- National Day of Prayer Events Set for Thursday
- TSTC Allied Health Showcase to be held May 13th
- Brownwood Art Association to Host Exhibits Featuring Artwork of Brownwood and Early Students
- Bangs First United Methodist Church Announces Mayfest Garage Sale, Bake Sale and Plant Sale May 5-7
- Community Band to Present Spring Concert at HPU
- Early Middle School Students Compete at State Robotics Competition
- Growing Up Too Fast
- Law Enforcement Blotter 5/2
- Single Vehicle Rollover Results in Death of Brownwood Man
- Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 5/2
- Reminder: Cinco De Mayo Celebration Set for May 6th in Downtown Brownwood