Monthly News Archives: April 2018

Finding community at HPU: Haylee Maddox uses her time to challenge herself and form relationships

By Seth Rainey, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2018 – As she searched for colleges to continue her academic career, sophomore Haylee Maddox of Bellville sought out a place where she would be challenged to grow spiritually and academically.

“College is this beautiful time to be challenged in every way because you’re not going to get this time back,” Maddox said.

Haylee Maddox for webIn her college search, she found Howard Payne University to be an institution that would fulfill her academic and spiritual goals, while also giving her the possibility of playing softball at the collegiate level. However, due to injuries in her later years of high school, she was unable to pursue college athletics. Additionally, Maddox chose to participate in a year-long Christian Leadership program known as “Link Year,” paving a nontraditional path for the future HPU student.

She did not visit the campus until Day 1, an HPU-hosted event at which incoming students come to campus in the spring and early summer to register for their first classes at HPU. Upon arriving, she immediately recognized a sense of intentional interconnectedness between fellow students and determined to find her place within this community.

“Right off the bat, I found a solid friend group and got plugged in with the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM),” said Maddox.

These first experiences in university life, what she dubbed the “real world” away from family and familiar surroundings, gave her hope of finding belonging at college.

Maddox is challenging herself academically as a double major in practical theology and communication. She is also very involved in extracurricular activities, participating in numerous student organizations.

She recently became the president of HPU’s Christian women’s sorority Pi Theta Chi. Additionally, she is on the BSM’s leadership committee and serves as a sophomore senator in the Student Government Association. She also writes for “The Yellow Jacket” student newspaper and serves as the treasurer for Appointed, an organization for women going into ministry.

Maddox believes that student involvement in campus life enhances the university experience. She is active in a variety of capacities to help others benefit from personal participation.

“I truly want HPU to be for everyone else what it is for me,” said Maddox.

She appreciates the chances HPU has offered her to get to know a diverse group of people. The university’s size and structure allow students to serve in multiple ways. She said this accessibility to involvement is part of what makes HPU unique.

“There are so many influential people here, but they aren’t concentrated in one area,” said Maddox. “I really like the involvement that everyone has here on campus.”

Looking back, Maddox recalled that she thought she knew what to expect from college when she was in high school. However, the differences between her expectations and reality have been enriching to her.

“HPU has been exactly what I needed from my college experience,” she said, “and what I continue to need.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options for students. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

###

Cutline: HPU student Haylee Maddox speaks during the weekly university chapel service.

Katie Cravey of Huntsville awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Katie Cravey YR scholarship 2018BROWNWOOD – April 27, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club awarded the 2018-2019 Yellow Rose Scholarship to sophomore Kathleen (Katie) Cravey. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

Cravey is working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with minors in English and theatre. She is a member of Delta Chi Rho, a Christian social-service organization at HPU. She has served in the Baptist Student Ministry both off-campus during Impact weekend and on-campus with the Freshman Council. In 2017, Cravey served as a leader for Jacket Journey, HPU’s new-student orientation. She is also a staff writer for the “The Yellow Jacket” student newspaper and has participated in seven HPU theatre productions during her time at the university.

Cravey leads by example by serving high-school-aged girls at First Baptist Church in Brownwood, volunteering at the Huntsville Children’s Theatre Camp as lead counselor and assisting the Huntsville Community Theatre as stage manager. Last summer, she took an active role in sharing God’s Word as an individual camp counselor for six-to-eight-year-old girls at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings.

“It was my honor to present the Yellow Rose Scholarship to Miss Cravey,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, president of the HPU Woman’s Club and the university’s first lady. “She is an amazing young woman who strives to share Christ with those around her, especially in her work with children.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.
###
Cutline: HPU sophomore Katie Cravey (center) was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with her mother, Kerri Cravey (right) and Dr. Diana Ellis (left), HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president.

HPU’s University Singers to present concert on Monday, April 30

The American Choral Tradition-1BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – The University Singers of Howard Payne University will present a spring concert titled on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert will be held at HPU’s Grace Chapel and is open to the public.

This concert titled “The American Choral Tradition” will feature strictly American composers dating back to the early singing school and sacred harp traditions of the late 18th century, folk songs of the early 20th century and will include a tribute to musical theatre.

Selections will include “Easter Anthem,” by William Billings; “Ching-A-Ring Chaw,” “Zion’s Walls” and “I Bought Me A Cat,” all by Aaron Copland; “I Could Have Danced All Night,” from My Fair Lady; “Every time I Feel the Spirit,” by Moses Hogan; and more.

The University Singers choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“We have such a rich tradition of choral music in American history that it is difficult to cover everything in one concert,” said Dr. Rosborough. “However, I believe the selections we chose will give a wonderful glimpse into this fascinating legacy. There’s truly something for everyone!”

The University Singers will be accompanied on piano by Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church. Also, HPU alumna Renée Blackstock ’07 will be a featured soloist on two pieces.

The mission of HPU’s University Singers 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.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

###

HPU hosts first Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop

Dr. Rosborough addresses Choir Concert 2BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its first Secondary Educators’ Choral Conducting Workshop. As part of the two-day intensive workshop, high school and middle school educators and students received instruction designed to hone their skills as conductors.

Dr. John Dickson, director of choral studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, served as the clinician for this year’s workshop.

“The inaugural Secondary Educators Choral Conducting Workshop at HPU was an immense success,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “All of the participants involved were very complimentary of the workshop and proceeded to ask when the next workshop would be held.”

Attendees of the workshop said the individual instruction and the opportunity to work with a different and very skilled choir were highly beneficial. Others said the workshop went beyond their expectations and they looked forward to attending again.

“We grew as a vocal area personally and collectively during this workshop,” said Dr. Rosborough. “Dr. Dickson imparted his expertise and wisdom, and immediately the HPU Concert Choir has begun performing at a higher level. I am so proud of our students and was honored to host such a great group of participants and conductors.”

HPU’s Concert Choir held a public performance to conclude the clinic. Featured at the concert was the selection “Fern Hill” conducted by Dr. Dickson. He also gave a brief lecture on the story of and the inspiration for the composition.

HPU students and local choir directors who attended the workshop directed performances of six more choral pieces.

Cynthia Franklin and Amber Louden, both from Brownwood ISD, directed “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” and “Weep, O Eyes of Mine,” respectively. Gabriella Guest of Early ISD directed “Lamentations of Jeremiah” and John Bonner of Friona ISD directed “Ballade to the Moon.”

Camilla Cotter, HPU junior from Garden Ridge, directed “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” Fellow HPU student Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin, directed “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee.”

The choir’s performances were accompanied on piano by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor of music at HPU.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

Cutline: Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU, addresses attendees of the 2018 Choral Conducting Workshop choir concert.

HPU hosts Pre-College Music students at festival and competition

BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Thirty students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently competed in the District 8-4 Junior Festival in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The festival was hosted at HPU.

Students entered in the Competitive category who received a Superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 19.

Students who received the Superior rating in Piano Solo were James Bautista, Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Brooklyn Butka, Sophia Butka, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Christopher Ivy, Kyle Ivy, Austin Luker, Michael Morales, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Evan Smith. The Excellent rating in Piano Solo was awarded to Tony Calfa.

Students awarded the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Musical Theater were Alecs Butka, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Emmagrace Quillin, Sarah Reeves, and Jordan Roberts. Students who received the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Art Song are Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel.

Students who participated in the Non-Competitive category and also received high ratings are Abigail Burks, Maddox Butka, Wayne Knight, Avery Luker, Sarah Mitchell and Mia Moreno.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. HPU Pre-College Music students competing in this junior festival ranged in age from 5 to 17 years of age.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music and Art Program. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

For more information about HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, contact Diane Owens at 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

________________________________________

Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Located in Brownwood, Texas, HPU offers a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in a traditional residential academic community. The university also offers selected undergraduate and graduate course work by electronic means and at extension centers in El Paso, Texas, and New Braunfels, Texas. HPU maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, which contributes to the university’s reputation of being “a place where everybody is somebody.”

HPU students study advocacy, legislative process at Texas State Capitol

Capitol-2018BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2018 – Fourteen Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The travelers, students in Dan Humeniuk’s Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues course, are social work and family studies majors who plan to enter careers advocating for and serving society’s marginalized populations.

The students attended a session with representatives from the Christian Life Commission during which they learned about the legislative process and policy initiatives of the commission. While at the Capitol, the students visited with their district representatives to present their concerns regarding payday and car title loans.

“Predatory lending practices such as payday and car title loans are often targeted toward socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, to the detriment of this already struggling group of people,” said Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Work and Sociology. “In advance of the trip, we studied the social implications of these practices so that students would be well informed when speaking with their district representatives.”

Aryn Morris, senior from Pipe Creek, said she believes everyone who has the opportunity should visit the state capitol.

“It is so beneficial because it teaches and proves that it is not just the people with important titles who are able to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Anyone can go and express their opinions and beliefs to legislators and representatives.”

Lindsey Tumlinson, sophomore from New Braunfels, remarked that the representatives seemed eager to hear from their constituents.

“Not only is it a welcoming place, but our Texas state representatives actually want to hear from us and see us actively involved in the legislative process,” she said. “Citizens have a voice and the representatives want to hear from us.”

In addition to Morris and Tumlinson, HPU students in attendance included Jessica Catlett, senior from Alleyton; Zoe Emley, senior from Natalia; Brooke Gibbs, junior from Fort Worth; Crystal Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Erin McCleer, junior from San Angelo; Jessica Meeks, junior from Bridgeport; Shelby Nash, senior from Cypress; Lyn Norway, junior from Brownwood; Richard Parmer, junior from Brownwood; Emma Reed, junior from Kennedale; Marina Sheets-Ochoa, junior from El Paso; and Candace Stark, junior from Midland.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

###

Cutline: Fourteen HPU students recently traveled to the Texas State Capitol to meet with representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission. Back row, left to right: Marina Sheet-Ochoa, Shelby Nash, Zoe Emley, Richard Parmer, Lindsey Tumlinson, Dan Humeniuk and Brooke Gibbs. Middle row, left to right: Jessica Meeks, Erin McCleer, Emma Reed, Aryn Morris and Jessica Catlett. Front row, left to right: Lyn Norway, Candace Stark and Crystal Hernandez.

HPU’s International Business Honor Society inducts six new members

SBD Induction PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted six new members into its organization. Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event and 2017 HPU graduate and Sigma Beta Delta member Ryan Mason inducted the new members.

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Angela Lee Curtis, senior from Brownwood; Madelyn Joy Deviney, senior from Bulverde; Dayane Gutierrez, junior from Haltom City; Djimonii Jackson, senior from Beaumont; Abner Abdia Reyes, senior from Irving; and Nicole Elizabeth (Ferrell) Willett, senior from Brownwood.

“We are honored to add these highly qualified students to the Sigma Beta Delta National Business Honor Society family,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They have demonstrated excellent academic and life skills while attending Howard Payne University.”

Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration, installed its first chapter in 1994 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Through March 2012, Sigma Beta Delta has installed over 395 chapters and over 70,000 members. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at 325-649-8704.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

Cutline: Pictured from left to right are Ryan Mason; Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration; Nicole (Ferrell) Willett; Angela Curtis; Abner Abdia Reyes; Madeleine Deviney; Djimonii Jackson; Dayane Gutierrez; Dr. Jim Finch, professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business; and Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager.

HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a spring concert titled “The Muse of Music: Voice of the Poet,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Grace Chapel on the HPU campus.

Various pieces, inspired by the writings of select literary figures such as William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas, will include “O Mistress of Mine,” “When Daffodils Begin to Peer” and “It was a Love and His Lass,” all by Matthew Harris; “Fern Hill,” by John Corigliano; and “Ballade to the Moon,” by Daniel Elder.

The concert will also premiere an original composition by Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, titled “Poems of E.A. Poe.”

“Literary text is something that we are always striving to embody and communicate as choral musicians,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we chose to honor just a few who have contributed greatly to the poetic sphere. We also look forward to the premiere of Joseph Dunlap’s composition.”

There is no charge for the concert and it is open to the public.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

HPU faculty members to present recital on Monday

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018BROWNWOOD – April 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

“It is such a pleasure to work with a pianist of the caliber of Dr. Wallace, who is exceptional in the art of accompanying,” said Goacher. “We look forward to presenting these masterworks for woodwinds and piano to our students, colleagues and community.”

Music written for the flute, clarinet and alto saxophone – each accompanied by the piano – will be featured.

Selections to be performed include Jindrich Feld’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano Opus 48” and “Scaramouche Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano Opus 94 A.”

The recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

Cutline: Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a recital on Monday, April 23.

HPU hosts fifth annual Wellness Fair

HPU Wellness Fair Relay Winners photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently held its fifth annual Wellness Fair, which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for HPU students, faculty and staff.

The fair opened with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady, singing the national anthem and sophomore music education major Taylor Davis leading the HPU alma mater. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, briefly spoke to attendees about the values of healthy living.

A new event at this year’s Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle organized by Stanley Roffe, assistant tennis coach and part-time graduate employee in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program. The winning team consisted of Ricky Cavitt, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Tim Skaggs, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; and Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology.

Teresa Cavitt, M.Ed. ’17, instructor of kinesiology and Faculty/Staff Wellness Program director, organized the event. Other activities at the event included Knocker Ball®, testing throwing speed, and lowering stress by interacting with puppies from the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center. Event giveaways included a bicycle and a longboard.

“The HPU Wellness Fair is always an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals from all the dimensions of wellness, access your own health choices and possibly begin the process of adopting a healthier lifestyle,” said Teresa Cavitt. “Additionally, it was an enjoyable way for the campus to interact and celebrate community on a nice spring day.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

###

Cutline: A new event at HPU’s fifth annual Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle. Pictured with shuttle organizer Stanley Roffe (second from left) is the winning team comprised of, from left, Dan Humeniuk, Lynn Humeniuk (front), Ricky Cavitt and Tim Skaggs.