Jacket Journey 2014 (August 19-24)

Jacket Journey 2014 (August 19-24)

  • 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 Update

Due to Mabee Center renovations Jacket Journey Check-In has been moved to Mims Auditorium.  The Vendor Fair will take place on the Wilson Walkway for families to enjoy. 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.


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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All classes begin

All classes begin

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

First day of classes for the fall 2014 semester. Add/drop period begins (no fees charged this day and the following day).

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Daze of Payne (September 15-20)

Daze of Payne (September 15-20)

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

Daze of Payne started in 1920 and has been a yearly tradition since. The weeklong event is a fun way to get to know Howard Payne and your fellow students. It is not mandatory that new students participate, but it is completely worth it. The HPU beanie that “littles” receive look like they are from the 1920s, and they are awesome. The beanie is a tradition for all students and a point of pride for alumni. Students will also be assigned a fun costume to wear for the week!

At night, the students are treated to different events which include Beanie Bowling, Paynt Games and a surprise event.

Daze of Payne is a fun, messy and crazy week that allows students to make new friends, get to know Howard Payne better and be a part of a long-lasting tradition.

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Family Weekend 2014 (September 19-20)

Family Weekend 2014 (September 19-20)

  • All Day

Every year, HPU hosts a weekend dedicated to our families. This event is an opportunity for you to experience a weekend at HPU and be a part of your student’s college experience.


Family Weekend 2014 Brochure

Friday, September 19, 2014

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.—Family Weekend Check-in, Mims Auditorium Lobby

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.—Delta Chi Rho/Zeta Chi Talent Show, Mims Auditorium

8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.—Coffee & Cupcakes, HPU President’s House

Saturday, September 20, 2014

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.—Family Weekend Check-in continues, Mims Auditorium Lobby

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.—Coffee & Breakfast, The Caf

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.—Student-Led Worship, Mims Auditorium

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.—Reliving the Payne: The First 125 Years, Mims Auditorium

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.—Meet the Faculty, The Caf

11:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.—Family Weekend BBQ & Tailgate, Gordon Wood Stadium

1:00 p.m.—Football Game: HPU vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Gordon Wood Stadium


Registration can preferably be submitted online (see link below) or by downloading and printing the Family Weekend Paper Registration and mailing it to the address below.

Registration: $20 per person, if postmarked or submitted by September 7th (after September 7, add $5 per person).  Your HPU Student attends events for free.

 Howard Payne Univeristy
attn: Student Activities
1000 Fisk Ave                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Brownwood, TX 76801

Online Registration through PayPal: Click Here to register online.

Scan this QR code with your smart phone to go to the online registration form as well.

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Sting 'Em Saturday

Sting ‘Em Saturday

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

This exciting, one-day event provides all future Yellow Jackets the opportunity to get to know Howard Payne University better. This year, Sting ’Em Saturday is being held in conjunction with Family Weekend, an exciting campus event for current students. Get to learn about life as a Yellow Jacket first-hand from current students and their families, as well as faculty and staff.

Click here for more information and to register!

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Fall Break

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

Offices will be closed; residence halls remain open.

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Homecoming (October 24-26)

Homecoming (October 24-26)

  • All Day

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014 is October 24-26 and will celebrate 125 years of excellence at Howard Payne!


Please check back later for information on registration.


Hotels are filling up quickly so book as soon as possible. The following hotel has special pricing and rooms available for Homecoming 2014. To make a reservation, call the hotel and let them know you are booking for Howard Payne University.

Additional information on lodging can be found on the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and Early Chamber of Commerce websites.

Comfort Inn & Suite
204 Early Blvd
Early, TX 76802
$89.99 (king or two queen)

Note: The following hotels have confirmed that they are completely sold out of rooms:
La Quinta Inn & Suites, Brownwood
Holiday Inn Express, Brownwood
Hampton Inn, Brownwood



10:30-1:00 Daniel Baker College Ex-Students Gathering
12:00-6:00 Registration
12:00-1:30 Golden Graduate Luncheon – Class of 1964
2:00-3:00 Homecoming Convocation
3:00-5:00 1950s Gathering
5:00-5:30 Dedication of Mabee University Center
6:00-7:30 Alumni Awards Banquet (doors open at 5:30)
                  Child Care available, ages 12 and under
7:30-9:00 Cobbler on the Campus
7:30-9:30 Homecoming Play Suite Surrender
9:00-10:30 Evening Concert featuring Paul & Paula and Holly Tucker


7:00 1.25 mile walk/5K/12.5K Registration
7:30 1.25 mile walk/5K/12.5K Begins
7:30-12:00 Registration
7:30-9:00 Breakfast (breakfast locations can be found in the Homecoming brochure you will receive in the mail)
     Letterman’s Breakfast
     Decades Breakfast (sit with your class decade)
     Hispanic Alumni Breakfast
9:15-10:00 Parade
10:00-10:10 Marching Band Exhibition
10:00-12:00 Little Jackets’ Nest
10:00-11:30 Departmental & Student Organization Receptions (receptions can be found in the Homecoming brochure you will receive in the mail)
11:00-11:30 Concert Choir Performance
11:30-1:00 Picnic on the Plaza
12:00-2:00 Alumni Baseball Game
2:00 Football Game vs Hardin Simmons University
5:00-6:00 Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Reception
6:30-7:15 Alumni Pre-Theatre Show
6:00-7:30 African-American Alumni Social
7:00-9:00 Hispanic Alumni Social
7:30-9:30 Homecoming Play Suite Surrender


9:00-10:00 Renew Your Vows, (next opportunity will be 2016)
2:30-4:30 Homecoming Play Suite Surrender
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December 2014 Commencement

December 2014 Commencement

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Brownwood Coliseum, Brownwood Texas
  • 500 E. Baker

December 2014 Commencement
for Howard Payne University will be
10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2014

Important Dates:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – Deadline to complete Graduation Application and Diploma, Cap and Gown Order form (may be picked up in the Registrar’s Office).

Monday, December 8th thru Friday, December 12th, 2014 – Caps and Gowns may be picked up in the Registrar’s Office. Registrar’s Office hours for the week of December 8th thru December 12th are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 12, 2014 – Chime Out (The Office of Student Life will mail information to December, 2014 candidates for graduation around the 13th of November.)

Saturday, December 13, 2014 – Commencement practice will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. (Commencement instructions will be mailed to December 2014 candidates for graduation around the 13th of November.)

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