University News Service

Special awards were presented at Howard Payne University’s annual Faculty/

Staff Recognition luncheon held Friday.

Dr. Robert Sartain, professor and chair of the department of mathematics, was announced as the recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty Member Award.” Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, vice president for academic affairs, and Mary Jo Underwood presented the award to Sartain. The award is made possible by the Leonard and Mary Jo Underwood family of Brownwood.

Sartain earned his bachelor’s degree in 1961 from Wayland Baptist University. He then went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1963 and his doctoral degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He first came to Howard Payne in 1964 and is in his 28th cumulative year of employment as a faculty member.

Charles Barr, university grounds supervisor, was announced by HPU President Dr. Lanny Hall as the recipient of the “Outstanding Staff Member Award.” Robert Porter presented the award, which is made possible by the Gene and Bernice Porter family.

Retiring from Frito-Lay after working as a salesman from 1977 to 2003, Barr came to work for HPU, where he has been employed for the last four years.

“Excellence in Teaching” certificates were presented to Dr. Athena Bean, assistant professor of psychology and university counselor; John Ferguson, assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom; Dr. Gary Gramling, professor and dean of the school of Christian Studies, director of the youth ministry graduate program; Dr. Jason Lively, associate professor of computer information systems and director of the multimedia communication program; and Dr. Julie Welker, associate professor of communication.

Two staff members were recognized for "Excellence in Service" awards. They included: Randy Weehunt, director of administrative computing and Glenda Huff, director of student aid.

Three faculty promotions for the 2007-2008 were also announced. Promoted to the rank of associate professor were Mike Daub, who teaches accounting, John Ferguson, and Tonya Horner, who teaches mathematics.

Three faculty members were also recognized for earning doctorate degrees, including Dr. Merideth Ferguson, assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Jason Lively; and Dr. Brent Marsh, dean of student life.

The following individuals received service pins in recognition for the years they have served at HPU:

35-Years—Bobbie Price, administrative assistant to the registrar.

25-Years— Chuck Boland, professor and chair of the department of accounting; Ann Smith, professor and chair of the department of art; Beth Willingham, head of the music library.

20-Years—Dr. Glen Hopp, professor and chair of the department of English; Betty Lancaster, campus operator; and Sharon Riker, senior women’s athletic administrator.

15-Years—Cherie Dail, executive assistant to the vice president for enrollment and student services; Amy Dodson, assistant professor of developmental studies; Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources; Mary Hill, secretary in the school of business; Wade Kinnin, head of public services and instructor of library science; and Dr. Les Plagens, professor of business administration, dean of the school of business, Groner Pitts chair of business, and interim director of institutional effectiveness.

10-Years—Bobby Anderson, head track coach, assistant football coach; Curly Cox, associate professor of exercise and sport science and director of the Wellness Center and intramurals; Marcie Drew, university controller; Millard Kimery, associate professor of English; Dr. Dag Sewell, director of the HPU El Paso Extension Center; Dr. Vicki Vaughn, associate instructor of Christian Studies; and Terrie Wells, secretary for the school of humanities.

Five-Years— Dr. Arleen Atkins, part-time director of the HPU Fort Worth Extension Center; Tom Burns, adjunct professor of music; Tony Celelli, director of the HPU Corpus Christi Extension Center; Chuck Gartman, association instructor of Christian Studies; Priscilla Monson, associate instructor of business; Dora Saucedo, building custodian; and Ken Tate, assistant professor of communication and theatre.

Photo Information:

Sartain and Underwoods: Dr. and Mrs. Leonard and Mary Jo Underwood present Dr. Robert Sartain with the “Outstanding Faculty Member Award” at the 2007 Faculty/Staff Recognition Luncheon at Howard Payne University on May 4, 2007.

Barr and Porter: Mr. Robert Porter presented Mr. Charles Barr with the 2007 “Outstanding Staff Member Award” on behalf of the Dr. Gene and Bernice Porter Family. Dr. Lanny Hall, HPU university president, also assisted in presenting the award.