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HPU’s community choral group to present inaugural Hymn Sing

Hymn Sing 2018 for webBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus will host its inaugural Hymn Sing on Sunday, October 21, at First Baptist Church of Brownwood. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.

“In its genesis, the idea of a hymn festival in Brown County was to cultivate a community event where local residents could join together in singing the beloved hymns of our Christian faith,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU.

The choir will sing several anthems and lead the entire audience in a variety of hymns. Accompanists are Dean Kiesling on organ/piano; Joseph Lahmann, HPU junior from Georgetown, on organ; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music on piano. Also accompanying the choir is HPU’s Brass Quintet comprised of Jayland Brown, junior from Temple, on trombone; Jared Dowling, senior from Grandview, on trombone; Lindsey Krueger, junior from Howe, on horn; Luis Moreno, junior from Springtown, on trumpet; and Dalton Pendergrass, sophomore from Paradise, on trumpet.

The mission of HPU’s University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and its surrounding areas.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Local officers speak to HPU’s Spanish for Law Enforcement class

Spanish for Law EnforcementBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Spanish for Law Enforcement course recently hosted local officers who offered students a unique perspective on challenges that may arise in law enforcement and the opportunities available to Spanish-speaking officers.

Speaking to students were Mike Corley, retired Brownwood Chief of Police; Trooper Chris Delgado with the Texas Department of Public Safety; and Officer Roberto Rodriguez of the Brownwood Police Department.

Spanish for Law Enforcement is an elective track offered to HPU criminal justice students who receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Dr. Danny Brunette-Lopez, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, teaches the course.

In addition to studying the Spanish language, students learn about Hispanic culture and customs including body language and common perceptions of law enforcement.

“Having a knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture ensures our future officers are better able to protect and serve all individuals,” said Dr. Brunette-López. “It can help prevent racial profiling and is vital to the safety of the officers as well as those with whom they come into contact.”

The law enforcement officers shared stories of specific situations they have encountered where a knowledge of the Spanish language was – or would have been – helpful.

“These criminal justice students are now better prepared to resolve situations peacefully,” said Dr. Brunette-López. “That is the ultimate goal of this course.”

Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program, also attended the presentation.

“These professional men place, or have placed, their lives on the line every single day for this community,” she said. “Their combined experience and knowledge as law enforcement officers verifies the vision that Dr. Brunette-López had years ago when he and I met about the possibility of combining Spanish and career choices. This is a unique academic course that most universities our size do not offer. I am very grateful that HPU prepares students to become law enforcement practitioners as the future of this great state of Texas continues to change demographics.”

Students in the course include Ruben Cruz, sophomore from Irving; Julissa Ibarra, sophomore from San Antonio; Adrian Jaramillo, freshman from Palmer; Juan Luna, junior from San Angelo; Victoria Maldonado, junior from Brownwood; Crystal Ochoa, senior from Early; and Kayla Rayos, sophomore from Houston.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Local officers recently spoke with students in HPU’s Spanish for Law Enforcement class. Left to right: DPS Trooper Chris Delgado, Brownwood Police Department Patrol Officer Roberto Rodríguez, Former Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley, Juan Luna, Ruben Cruz, Crystal Ochoa, Adrian Jaramillo, Kayla Rayos, Victoria Maldonado, Julissa Ibarra and Dr. Danny Brunette-López.

HPU’s Sutton completes Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

Dr Laci SuttonBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – Dr. Laci Sutton, assistant professor of nursing at Howard Payne University, recently completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

She additionally holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education and Administration degree from Lubbock Christian University and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from HPU.

“I am proud not only of Dr. Sutton’s academic accomplishments, but also of her outstanding service to the university on a daily basis,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Dr. Sutton and Dr. Nina Ouimette, HPU’s dean of nursing, were instrumental in securing HPU’s unanimous approval from the Texas Board of Nursing to offer the pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. HPU is authorized to admit incoming students declared as nursing majors as early as the fall 2018 semester. These students will subsequently undergo a rigorous and competitive process to gain admission to the university’s School of Nursing during the spring semester of their sophomore year. If admitted to the program, students will start BSN coursework the following semester (fall 2019).

In addition to incoming first-year students, transfer students and HPU upperclassmen may enroll as nursing majors with plans to apply to HPU’s School of Nursing during the latter portion of their sophomore year.

For more information about HPU and its academic offerings, visit www.hputx.edu. The School of Nursing may be contacted by e-mail at nursing@hputx.edu or by phone at 325-649-8182.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Laci Sutton recently completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

HPU’s Audrey Simpson named recipient of Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship

Audrey Simpson for webBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – Audrey Simpson, a Howard Payne University senior from Cuero, has been awarded the Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship for 2018, administered by Cuero ISD.

Simpson is a marketing major and a member of HPU’s softball team. She is also active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, serving as a softball representative, and is a member of HPU’s branch of Phi Beta Lambda, the university level of Future Business Leaders of America.

The annually awarded scholarship is named for longtime Cuero resident Frederick W. Fischer who donated $1 million to Cuero ISD for a performing arts center and left the remainder of his estate to the school district. It is available to graduates of Cuero High School attending a college, university or technical school, along with graduating seniors of the high school. Recommendation from professors or instructors is required as well as active community involvement on the part of the applicant.

Since arriving at HPU, the university’s unique community has affected Simpson personally and academically.

“I love that everyone knows everyone and that the professors here really care about you,” she said. “They care about your success and that’s huge, because at larger colleges that’s not as common.”

She also received the scholarship in 2017. Not only is the scholarship a significant financial benefit for Simpson, it has been a tangible recognition of her academic success.

“This makes me feel good about all of the work that I’ve put in to studying,” she said. “I can’t express how grateful I am for this scholarship.”

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU senior marketing major Audrey Simpson was selected as the recipient of Cuero ISD’s Frederick W. Fischer Helping Hands Scholarship for the second time since 2017.

HPU Moot Court has successful showing at first tournament of 2018-19

moot court 2018 for webBROWNWOOD – October 17, 2018 – The newest members of Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team fared well at the first tournament of the 2018-19 academic year, the St. Mary’s School of Law Moot Court Invitational.

Representing HPU in this tournament were Reagan Coleman, freshman from Houston; Conner Faught, junior from Brownfield; Sierra Ross, sophomore from Canton; and Madison Zardiackas, freshman from Lockhart.

All four finished in the top half as individual speakers, with Ross and Faught advancing to the semifinal round.

“This tournament is very early in the season, and these four only had a few weeks to research a complicated constitutional issue, write legal arguments and practice delivering those arguments before a panel of judges,” said Lorianna Kelley, team adviser and assistant professor of government. “I could not be prouder of their success and am excited to watch their continued performance throughout the year and for the rest of their college careers.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: The newest members of HPU’s Moot Court team competed well at the first tournament of the 2018-19 academic year. Left to right: Conner Faught, Sierra Ross, Madison Zardiackas and Reagan Coleman.

HPU faculty member selected for the Texas Speech Communication Association’s College and University Committee

Dr. Welker for newsBROWNWOOD – October 17, 2018 – Dr. Julie Welker, chair of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication and professor of communication, was recently named to the Texas Speech Communication Association’s College and University Committee along with several communication educators from other institutions.

“These appointees represent the best and brightest professors from the fields of communication and theatre that Texas universities and community colleges have to offer,” said Wade Hescht, president of the TSCA. “As a committee, the members are spending this year working to encourage and improve speech communication and theatre arts instruction at the college and university levels.”

Membership in the TSCA is open to professionals, educators and students in the communication field. The primary objective of the TSCA is to promote speech communication and theater education in Texas high schools and universities. An annual conference is held by the organization for Texas communication educators and professionals featuring expert panels discussing topics related to the field of communication.

“We’ve worked to create panels and sessions at the convention that provide information useful to a wide audience of educators, to see needs and to provide assistance to local public schools or private schools that need help in different areas,” said Dr. Welker. “I think what we do as communication educators is particularly beneficial in helping students learn how to be more effective communicators in the professional world.”

Dr. Welker graduated from HPU in 1994 and then obtained her master’s degree in communication studies from Southwest Texas University in San Marcos. Dr. Welker also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She returned to teach at her alma mater in 1997 and was recently recognized for 20 years of service at HPU.

She is also a member of and active in leadership roles with the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association, an interest group of TSCA; the National Christian College Forensics Association; and the Instructional Development College and University Interest Group. At HPU, Dr. Welker serves as the coach of Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s competitive speech and debate team, and adjudicates at numerous UIL speech and debate tournaments.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the HPU Department of Communication and professor of communication, was selected to serve on the TSCA’s College and University Committee.

HPU Jazz Ensemble to present fall concert this Thursday, October 18

BROWNWOOD – October 16, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert this Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the community is welcome to attend.

Titled “Painting Pictures and Telling Stories,” the concert features a variety of compositions that evoke a mood that suggests a story or painting. Pieces to be performed include “Basie Straight Ahead” by Sammy Nestico; “On Green Dolphin Street” by Bronislau Kaper; “King Porter Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton; “Cool School Dropout” by Les Hooper; “Swee’ Pea” by Bill Holman; “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum” by Wayne Shorter; and “Ko-Ko,” “In a Mellow Tone” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Local,” each by Duke Ellington.

Student performers include Brian Blanchard, sophomore from Rockdale; Paige Bowers, senior from Corpus Christi; Jayland Brown, sophomore from Temple; Savannah Burrow, freshman from Temple; Jared Dowling, senior from Grandview; Sarah German, freshman from McGregor; Nathan Lacy, senior from Early; Jessica Manning, freshman from Shepherd; Jose Luis Moreno, junior from Springtown; Dalton Pendergrass, sophomore from Paradise; Chase Pittman, sophomore from Trophy Club; Daniel Rosales, junior from San Saba; Suzanne Schad, junior from Briggs; and Katelyn Zimmer, senior from Brownwood.

Also performing are Frank Nelson, HPU’s director of bands and assistant professor of music, and Rodney Peyton, music minister at San Saba’s First Baptist Church. The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Texas Senate honors HPU Moot Court team

Moot Court Senate Proclamation for webBROWNWOOD – October 16, 2018 – Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham has authored Senate Proclamation No. 569 in honor of HPU’s Moot Court program and team members Jordan Hahn, junior from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, May 2018 graduate from Boerne. Moot Court is a competition during which students participate in the preparation and arguing of cases in front of judges, designed to simulate argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Hahn and Sommers, now in his first year at Harvard Law School, brought home numerous Moot Court awards during their time together at HPU. Most notably, the team was named 2018 National Brief Writing Champions, HPU’s second national championship title in the history of collegiate Moot Court.

“HPU is very proud of Jordan and Isaac, and their adviser Professor Lorianna Kelley,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and associate professor of history and government. “We’re thankful that the Texas Senate and Senator Buckingham honored them in this prestigious way.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham authored Senate Proclamation No. 569 in honor of HPU’s Moot Court team. Pictured are Jordan Hahn, senior, and Lorianna Kelley, Moot Court adviser and assistant professor of government. Not pictured is Isaac Sommers, May 2018 graduate.

HPU to host The ARK’s candlelight vigil for victims of domestic abuse

Empty Shoes displayBROWNWOOD – October 11, 2018 – Brownwood’s The ARK (Advocacy, Respect, Kindness) Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter will host a candlelight vigil, open to the public, at Howard Payne University’s Bettie and Robert Girling Center for Social Justice. The event, to be held Thursday, October 18, at 6 p.m., is a time to honor the victims of domestic abuse, celebrate the survivors and announce the community’s commitment to ending domestic violence. Survivors of domestic violence will also speak at the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil is held at HPU each year in conjunction with The ARK’s Empty Shoes display. Each pair of shoes in the exhibit represents a Central Texas individual who has died as a result of domestic violence. The display will open on Monday, October 15, and be available until the afternoon of Friday, October 19.

According to information provided by The ARK, one in four women and one in seven men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Additionally, more than 12 million people in the United States over the course of a year are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

“Domestic violence is a social problem that affects both men and women of any socioeconomic class, culture or ethnicity,” said Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “As a community we can commit to ending domestic violence by increasing awareness, assisting victims and their children and teaching individuals how to recognize healthy relationships.”

For more information, contact The ARK at 325-643-2699.

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Cutline: The ARK will host the Empty Shoes display and a candlelight vigil at HPU. Each pair of shoes in the display represents a Central Texas individual who has died as a result of domestic violence.

HPU Homecoming 2018: The Carnival of Blue and Gold scheduled November 2-3

HC 18 Logo for newsBROWNWOOD – October 9, 2018 – Howard Payne University is looking forward to hosting a large group of alumni, community members and friends in just under a month for Homecoming 2018: The Carnival of Blue and Gold. The event is slated for November 2-3 with many of the Homecoming activities open to the general public.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online; some require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

This year’s carnival-themed event will include new activities including food trucks and carnival games. Food trucks will be set up on Saturday, November 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza & Mall area and carnival games will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the same location. Returning this year are the popular Bonfire on the Bayou (sponsored by Visit Early Texas), pep rally and fireworks display at Riverside Park on Friday evening. The Pep Rally begins at 8:45 p.m., the bonfire at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The Alumni Association will host a 5K road race on Saturday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at Festival Park located at 3206 Milam Drive. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event.

Additional Homecoming events are highlighted below.

When they arrive on campus, alumni and visitors will have an opportunity to immediately reconnect with HPU friends at the Mabee University Center during Registration. Attendees may check in at the registration booths to pick up nametags and other materials. Those who pre-registered will be able to pick up their t-shirts, sponsored by Willie’s T’s, at the registration booths.

Performances of “Missing Link” will be held at the university’s Mims Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children 13 and younger. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at 325-649-8044.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will open its Archival Display and Treasure Room to the public Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The library will also host a carnival-style funhouse on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Golden Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 1968, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. During the banquet, the Homecoming 2018 honorees will be recognized. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at HPU’s Muse Plaza & Mall.

The evening will conclude at Riverside Park with a pep rally (8:45 p.m), Bonfire on the Bayou (9 p.m.) and fireworks display (9:30 p.m.).

In addition to the 5K road race, Saturday morning will begin with a variety of reunion breakfasts. The Alumni Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. During this time, alumni are invited to reunite with friends in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast in Bullion Suite C of the Mabee University Center and the Jacket Century Letterman’s Breakfast in Bullion Suite A.

The Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away, will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Grace Chapel.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Ave. and end at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Avenue.

The Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza & Mall. This is a time of games and other fun activities for children.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

A variety of departmental and student-organization receptions will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Muse Plaza & Mall.

In addition to food truck options, a Family Lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Southwestern University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium. Tailgating will precede the game beginning at 3 p.m.

A variety of reunions, athletic events and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A complete schedule of events and ticket prices are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following business for their support: Adidas; Brookshire’s; Citizens National Bank; Double H Mercantile; Dr Pepper Bottling; Marsh & McLennan Companies – Brian Borovay and Daniel Prescott; Mills County State Bank; Painter & Johnson Financial; PF&E Oil Company; Porter Insurance Agency; Smith & Sharpe Agencies; TexasBank; and United Supermarkets.

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