Monthly News Archives: January 2018

HPU hosts art show by four Waco artists

Art Show Photo 2 Art Show photo 1BROWNWOOD – January 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art show through February 27 titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms.” The exhibit is available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on the university’s campus. There is no cost to view this exhibit.

“The work in this exhibition is comprised of four Waco-based artists who all studied visual art at Baylor University,” said David Harmon, professor and chair of the Department of Art. “Each artist brings her unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms in various art media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.”

Featured works of art in the exhibit are by artists Kim Abercrombie, Katherine Makowsky, Jennifer Seo and Trisstah Wagstaff.

According to Abercrombie, her work, a lithograph titled “Flower Study #4,” is a visual interpretation and documentation of the familiar. She captures reflections of the past and present and takes in what draws her to nature by bringing it to the canvas.

Makowsky, a native of Waco, was trained as a printmaker but says her artistic influences derive from a wide variety of mediums in nature. Her featured work is graphite on Mylar and paper and titled “Forest Track I.” Makowsky’s says her art seeks to uphold the classical ideals of goodness, truth and beauty and is inspired by local and familiar landscapes.

Seo is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas-San Antonio. She says her artwork, including her exhibited acrylic and charcoal work titled “Sanctum,” is based in personal memories to explore the cognitive process of an experience becoming a memory and how those memories are built into self-perception.

Wagstaff is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She says her acrylic on canvas painting titled “The Kind Storm” explores how people are affected by beauty and how that beauty is found and experienced even through deep loss and sadness. She says her paintings also acknowledge hope as something sacred and spiritual.

“We are pleased to have these artists exhibit their artwork here at HPU and encourage the public to come view each of the pieces,” said Harmon. “Information on each of the artists’ inspirations and works will be available at the exhibit.”

The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on weekends. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. 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: Photo 1: HPU’s Department of Art will feature the works of four Waco-based artists who each bring unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms.
Photo 2: Available for viewing through February 27, HPU’s art show titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms” features artwork in various media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.

HPU social work students participate in Mission Waco’s poverty simulation

Poverty simulation group HPU 2017BROWNWOOD – January 24, 2018 – Seven Howard Payne University students and one faculty member recently took part in one of Mission Waco’s poverty simulations, an experience designed to give participants a firsthand look at poverty in America. This was HPU’s ninth year to participate in the event.

Mission Waco creates a safe, controlled weekend of experiences that is designed to increase empathy for those living in poverty in America. HPU students joined approximately 30 other people of various ages to go through this simulation together.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Work and Sociology, takes part in the simulation with his students each year.

“The whole group of participants was smaller this year which was actually a good thing,” said Humeniuk. “We were able to go through the simulation and spend more time in processing the experience which is difficult with a larger group.”

Attendees experienced a very small sample of the hunger, tiredness and hardship many homeless people have to endure on a daily basis. Morgan Lacy, a senior from Early, attended the simulation and gave his perspective of the event.

“Those who are from a poor background are not less than me; they are my equals according to God,” Lacy said. “Having a better understanding of the hardships of those in poverty, I can understand what their needs are.”

The poverty simulation participants were not given any luxuries, including transportation. They walked everywhere they needed to go which totaled about 18 miles over the weekend.

The group had the opportunity to experience a church service and worship under the I-35 bridge over 8th Street in Waco on Sunday morning. Mission Waco conducts the church services and, as part of the simulation, participants walk one-and-a-half miles from the site to the bridge. Groups of people from all over Waco including college students, families and homeless people join together to worship under the bridge.

Another HPU student who attended the poverty simulation weekend, junior Lyn Norway from Brownwood, shared her takeaway from the event.

“I believe that all people, no matter what career they go into, should go through this poverty simulation, so that they will have a better understanding of what poverty truly is and how they can help to end it,” said Norway.

Besides Humeniuk, Lacy and Norway, others from HPU who attended were junior Jessica Catlett from Alleyton, senior Jacob Escobar from Brownwood, 2017 HPU graduate Gabriella Guest from Brownwood, senior Crystal Hernandez from Brownwood and junior Marina Sheets-Ochoa from Brownwood.

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Photo cutline: Eight from HPU participated in the 2017 Poverty Simulation in Waco. They are pictured on the HPU campus. Left to right: Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology; Jacob Escobar; Gabriella Guest; Crystal Hernandez; Lyn Norway; Marina Sheets-Ochoa; Jessica Catlett; and Morgan Lacy.

HPU Baptist Student Ministry leaders attend state summit

HPU BSM student leaders 2018BROWNWOOD – January 22, 2018 – Three student leaders from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) recently attended the annual Texas BSM Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Student leaders from university BSMs across Texas came together as the BSM State Lead Team for the summit.

Students who exhibit leadership qualities within their BSM are chosen from each university. Seniors Karli Conrad of Katy, Joseph Flanigan of Round Rock and Jordan Pitman of Bangs were the leaders chosen to attend the summit for HPU.

“Texas BSM Winter Summit was challenging and powerful,” said Flanigan. “I came back with new ideas and renewed motivation to be missional on the HPU campus.”

Keith Platte, HPU’s BSM director, said the students got the opportunity to hear from speaker Caleb Crider, instructional design leader for the International Mission Board and co-author of “Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission.” Crider challenged the students to be leaders and disciple-makers on their home campuses. Conrad shared what she took away from Crider’s teaching.

“The Gospel must be shared through the unreached spaces just as much as the reached ones,” said Conrad. “There is beauty in schools coming together to share similarities and differences in how they approach this concept. I feel blessed to have attended.”

The students who attended received training on how to engage their campuses and culture. Participants also planned Texas BSM’s upcoming prayer event, “Abide,” a retreat for all Texas BSM students scheduled for February 2-3 at Highland Lakes Camp near Spicewood.

Also attending the Summit were HPU alumni Dylan Hughes ’17, BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Adam Jones ’17, BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; and Hannah Williamson ’17, BSM assistant at HPU. All three alumni served as HPU’s BSM student leaders while students at HPU.

“I had an impactful and refreshing experience that has prepared me for the upcoming spring semester,” said Williamson.

Pitman commented that she brought home a lot from the Summit as well.

“This year’s Summit showed me the importance of discipleship during college,” Pitman said. “Our BSM at HPU seeks to help students know Christ and make Him known, and I pray that we continue that mission as we grow in our discipleship abilities. We don’t want the BSM to be known only for the events hosted but for the Christ-like attitude its leaders and members display.”

For more information about HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, contact Platte at kplatte@hputx.edu or 325-649-8319.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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: Alumni and student leaders from HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry recently attended the State Lead Team Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Giving the official HPU Yellow Jacket “Sting ’Em” sign are (left to right): senior Joseph Flanigan, student leader; Adam Jones ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; senior Karli Conrad, student leader; Hannah Williamson ’17, alumna and BSM assistant at HPU; Dylan Hughes ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; and senior Jordan Pitman, student leader.

HPU’s University Singers group gears up for spring rehearsals

BROWNWOOD – January 12, 2018 – The University Singers, Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral opportunity, is welcoming new and returning musical enthusiasts into its membership for the spring 2018 semester. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays starting January 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the choral rehearsal hall, room 503, in the university’s Davidson Music Complex. No childcare is provided.

This unique entity within Howard Payne presents two concerts per year (one at Christmastime and one in the spring). Through participation, choristers can expect to glean a balance of exposure to great choral literature, thorough vocal instruction and ultimately a knowledge and execution of musical excellence.

“It is the goal of this ensemble 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,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor or music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we will prepare a concert centered on the American choral tradition and will sing a variety of music from sacred harp and Broadway to African-American spirituals and more.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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.

HPU’s jazz ensemble to present concert Thursday, January 18

BROWNWOOD – January 11, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a winter concert titled “January Jazz” on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

The ensemble will perform songs that span many jazz styles including Swing, Bop, Cool and Latin. Selections will include original arrangements from the popular bands of Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton as well as big band adaptations of jazz classics by Chick Corea, John Mahoney, John Lewis and Wayne Shorter.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 10, 2018 – It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2018 season on Tuesday, January 16, at Howard Payne University. Rehearsals will be held in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert,” said Ash. “From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

HPU’s Davidson Music Complex is located on the university’s campus. For more information, contact Ash at 325- 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to 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.