Events - 19 Aug 14

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Jacket Journey 2015 Coming Soon..

  • All Day
  • Howard Payne University, Brownwood Texas
  • 1000 Fisk Street

What is Jacket Journey?

Jacket Journey is the name for Howard Payne University’s new student orientation program designed to inform entering students about life at HPU and equip them for success. During Jacket Journey, you will be introduced to the accepting and encouraging environment of college life at HPU as well as it’s school spirit and traditions. You will also establish relationships with peers and faculty while developing academic readiness so that when Jacket Journey ends, your life at Howard Payne has begun.

Students who begin college in August participate in a five-day orientation experience. There is no cost to attend this program, so if you are a Fall 2014 entering student, please complete this Online Registration Form and join us for Jacket Journey 2014!

The Purpose of Jacket Journey

First and foremost, we want you to feel comfortable and at home in your new community. We want you to really get to know HPU, its purpose and its heritage. Jacket Journey is designed to encourage you to experience and develop school spirit and to understand the social and academic expectations of the university. You’ll become a vital part of the HPU family by beginning to build relationships with peers, faculty and staff. You’ll also become acquainted with HPU’s facilities, resources and services. Finally, we want your parents and relatives to better understand the process of this transition and the University’s commitment to them and to you!


Click here to register for Jacket Journey 2014. There is no fee for Jacket Journey.New student orientation is required for all first-year students. If you do not have Internet access, please call 325-649-8305 to register by phone.

Meet the Staff

Jacket Journey is a student-led orientation program. Fourteen student leaders comprise the Student Planning Committee (SPC) which begins preparing for the event in November. Click here to meet this year’s SPC. During Jacket Journey and beyond, you’ll meet many more great students who’ll welcome you to HPU. There are 44 students serving as small group leaders and approximately 15 “secret service” volunteers working behind the scenes to enhance your experience.

Information for Parents

There are several Jacket Journey events for parents too! Check out this page of important information for parents.

Have a Question About Jacket Journey?

Check out our list of Jacket Journey Frequently Asked Questions. If you don’t find the information you need, contact the Office of Student Activities at 325-649-8305


Check-In will be help in the Mabee University Center. Click here to view the Campus Map. Students must be finalized with the business office before they can check-in for Jacket Journey and start moving into their dorm room.

Last Year’s Schedule 

Tuesday (8.19.14)

9:00am Jacket Journey Check-In & Vendor Fair Mims Auditorium/Wilson Walkway
9:00am Move-In Begins Residence Halls
2:30pm Parent’s Meeting Mims Auditorium
5:00pm President’s Picnic *(Last Name A-L) Cafeteria
5:45pm President’s Picnic *(Last Name M-Z) Cafeteria
6:15pm Begin Line-up for Chime In Old Main Park
6:30pm Chime In* Wilson Gate and Walkway*
7:00pm Opening Assembly Mims Auditorium
8:00pm Small Groups Assigned Locations
9:00pm Residence Hall Meetings Residence Halls
10:00pm Residence Hall Activities Residence Halls

*We understand some families will have to leave prior to Chime In, however we would like to have you participate in all events up to Chime In prior to saying good bye to your students.

Wednesday (8.20.14)

7:00-9:30am Breakfast (Optional) Cafeteria
9:30-10:00am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria
10:00am General Assembly Mims Auditorium
11:00am Group Photos Mims Auditorium Entrance
12:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
1:30pm Small Groups Assigned Locations
2:30pm Workshops Various Locations
5:00pm Dinner  Cafeteria
6:00pm Walker House Tour & Cupcakes President’s House
7:00pm Student-Led Worship Mims Auditorium
8:30pm Church Social & BSM Coffee House The Hub
10:00pm Rec. Your Life Various Locations


Thursday (8.21.14)

7:00-9:30am Breakfast (Optional) Cafeteria
9:30-10:30am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria
11:00am General Assembly Mims Auditorium
12:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
1:30pm Small Groups Various Locations
2:30pm Workshops Various Locations
4:30pm Free Time
5:30pm Dinner with Travelin’ Max Cafeteria
7:00pm Black Light Bingo DMC-Band Hall
9:00pm Movie Night: TBA The Brick at FBC Brownwood


Friday (8.22.14)

7:00-9:30am Breakfast (Optional) Cafeteria
9:30-10:30am Continental Breakfast Cafeteria
11:00am Traditions Assembly Mims Auditorium
12:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
1:00pm HPU 101 Part I Mims Auditorium
1:45pm HPU 101 Part II M-Grace Chapel / W- Mims Auditorium
2:30pm Small Groups Assigned Locations
3:30pm Free Time Jacket Golf- Wellness
5:00pm Dinner Out Various Locations
7:00pm Street Party and Concert Outdoor Recreation Center


Saturday (8.23.14)

8:00am Breakfast (Recommended) Cafeteria
9:00am S.W.A.R.M. Meet in front of Veda Hodge Hall
12:00pm Lunch Cafeteria
2:00pm Real Life Wellness Center
3:00pm Small Groups Assigned Locations
3:30pm Open Rec Various Locations
5:30pm Jacket Journey Banquet Cafeteria
7:30pm Scoot S’more Riverside Park


Sunday (8.24.14)

9:00am Breakfast Cafeteria
Various Church Area Churches
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Move-In Day for New Students

  • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Howard Payne University, Brownwood Texas
  • 1000 Fisk Street

New students move into residence halls from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residence halls open for returning students on August 22 at 10 a.m.

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Chime In

  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • J. Howard Hodge Memorial Bell Towers, Brownwood TX
  • 1103 Center Avenue

Chime In is a ceremony in which the new students are prayerfully welcomed into the university family. Chime In takes place during Jacket Journey just prior to the start of the fall semester.

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