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
|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.
|10:00am||General Assembly||Mims Auditorium|
|11:00am||Group Photos||Mims Auditorium Entrance|
|1:30pm||Small Groups||Assigned Locations|
|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|
|11:00am||General Assembly||Mims Auditorium|
|1:30pm||Small Groups||Various Locations|
|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|
|11:00am||Traditions Assembly||Mims Auditorium|
|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|
|9:00am||S.W.A.R.M.||Meet in front of Veda Hodge Hall|
|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|
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