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HPU to host Yellow Jacket Monday free preview event

Yellow Jacket MondayBROWNWOOD – January 9, 2017 –Howard Payne University will host a Yellow Jacket Monday preview day for prospective students and their parents next Monday, January 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free but registration is required at

Yellow Jacket Mondays are designed for high school juniors and seniors and allow prospective students to experience life at HPU. Registrants will meet faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, dine in HPU’s Beadel Dining Hall, meet with a financial aid counselor and more.

“Yellow Jacket Monday is a great opportunity for future students to get to know more about HPU,” said Lacy Culpepper, admission counselor and campus visit coordinator. “If you plan to attend HPU or if you’re not quite sure where you want to go to college, come spend the day with us and let us show you all that HPU has to offer.”

HPU offers a wide range of financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

For more information and to register, visit For those unable to attend in January, additional Yellow Jacket Monday events will be held February 20, March 20 and April 24.


Cutline: Prospective HPU students and their families check in at a recent Yellow Jacket Monday preview event.

HPU to host financial aid seminar for area parents

HPU's Old Main TowerBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – Parents of area high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about financing a college education are invited to attend a free financial aid seminar at Howard Payne University on Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 6 p.m. All parents are welcome at the seminar, even if their children do not plan to attend HPU. The event will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

During the event, Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will provide information on the college financial aid process with special emphasis on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

According to Huff, many universities have early priority dates for awarding financial aid.

“Students who will start college in fall 2017 should begin considering financial aid options as soon as possible,” she said. “Those who apply for aid early may have better options than those who wait to the last minute.”

Representatives from HPU’s Office of Admission will also be at the seminar to provide more information about the university. HPU offers many financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to students from high schools or homeschool programs in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

For more information about the seminars or the Heart of Texas Scholarship, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or


Cutline: HPU will host a financial aid seminar on November 15 to discuss the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as HPU scholarship opportunities. Pictured is the university’s Old Main Tower.

HPU first-year students enjoy exciting semester

BROWNWOOD – November 8, 2016 – An exciting fall semester at Howard Payne University is rapidly drawing to a close. The first-year students at HPU’s Brownwood campus comprise the university’s second-largest class in 16 years.

Recent campus events include Homecoming, during which students participated in activities such as a parade, bonfire, fireworks show and more. Other fall events include a variety of music recitals and concerts, theatre performances, athletic events, weekly Chapel programs and more.

Students at HPU participate in 30 official student organizations, and the university’s co-curricular programs include Moot Court, Model United Nations, Student Speaker Bureau and Mock Trial. Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference, and many students participate in intramural sports.

Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students, said the first-year students quickly acclimated to life at HPU.

“With the encouragement of upperclassmen, faculty and staff, our new students have made a home for themselves at HPU,” she said. “We’re proud of their involvement in campus life, and we’re looking forward to the successful completion of their first semester as HPU Yellow Jackets.”

First-year students at HPU include:

Jeremy Ayers
Ransome Looper

Kelly Lindquist
Brianna Weaver

Bryan Bourque
Taylor Davis

Cooper Hering

Jordan Jeffrey

James Cook
Gabriella Diaz De Leon
Darius Edwards
Nathan-David Nzanda-Buana
Cade Varrichio

Jonathan Randall

Auburn, Washington
Blake Null

Ehlar Htoo
Brooke Landry
Makayla Lewis
Luke Victor

Lucila Meraz

Rebekah Chance

Kelton Parson

Marcus Cortez

Bay City
Anthony Chavez
Lawrence Smith

Alexander Moyers

David Mares

Christian Joubert
Robert Lester
Brittany Rideau
Roderick Sorrell

Preston Newman

Christopher Hall

Haylee Williams

Xavier Haines
Emily Kepling
Ruth Perez
Morgan Thomasson

Sawyer Fisher

Big Lake
Jake Myers

Mattie Cowdery
Vernon Zier

Charles Lewis

Kaitlyn Partlow

Ty’Essa Langehennig

Skyler Andrews
Destiny Bible
Caleb Bostick
Brooklyn Britton
Tori Burkett
Kaitlyn Bush
Christin Cooper
Trent Donahoo
Cooper Donathan
Alexis Edwards
Karina Garcia
Aaron Jimenez
Weston Kirbo
Loren Morales
Marleyna Murray
Abbigail Newton
Kory Owen
Sadie Perez
Kelsie Pulley
Morgan Ripple
Andreahnna Rosenquist
Stephanie Tarigan
Lauren Tipton
Brayden Towell
Brayden Whisenhunt

Cecil Banks

Trey Foyt

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers

Madelyn Deviney

Weston Hunter

Jordan Hahn

Donna Moses

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry

Cedar Park
Demeco Bowstring-Choat
Morgan Stout
Trey Weidner

Lidiya Shuppert

Paulo Flores
Madison Neal

Brazier Talley

Chanda King

Charles Miller
Monica Mitchell

Tonya Thompson

Madison Bicknell
Anna Goains
Austin Hodshire
Miranda Morales
Tiffany Simons

Kolby Berss

Clovis, New Mexico
Antony Bildilli

Zackary Butler

Rachel Lilley

Zachary Reed

Michael Guevara
Jacob Lepper

Deandray Williams

Copperas Cove
Jacob Bonner
Elijah Jordan
Ezekiel Jordan
Joseph Morrison

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna

Trey Sansom

Nicholas Panameno
Julian Whigham

Alfredo Lozano

Cecily McIlwain

De Leon
Dillanger Sylva

Joshua Broderick
Jaycen Camacho

Dripping Springs
Robert Miller

Kristian Gonzalez

Samantha Barnard
Chance Beck
Annikka Chavez
Logan Gressett
Randall Martin
Kaley Whitley
Ryan Wofford

Cowan Barker
Jacob Simpson

Andrew Segura

Edmond, Oklahoma
Madison Duncan

El Paso
Kenneth Okwunwanne

Elm Mott
Haley Cummings

Ashley McKay

Leland Brown
Madisynn Thames

Eunice, New Mexico
Kaleigh Parker

Aubrey White

Brittany Taylor

Suzanne Schad

Zachary Eskridge

Fort Hood
David Parker
Foga’A Solomona

Fort Worth
Justin Asuncion
Keith Brown
Keyshawn Brown
Corey May
Jalen Pate
Isabelle Stahrfisher

Kalin Brown
Lauren Gravell

Odilia Meza

Reagan Ridlehuber
Jordan Wells

Remington Bator

Breanna Clover
Derrick Miller
John-Philip Smith

Stephen Bailey
Clarissa Carranco
Andrea Graves
Victoria Graves
Ximena Gutierrez Ibarra
Joseph Lahmann

Ryan Miles

Steven Koehne

Vanessa Longoria

Madison Miller

Grand Prairie
Bailey Patton

Alaina Aguirre

Jordan Sweat

Klaye Georges

Harker Heights
Taliyah Wade

Makayla Easley

Taylor Love

Mason Adams
Keith Baker
Roger Bonilla
Roland Edmond
Keaton Hill
Mallory Jackson
Andrew Phillips
Josue Vazquez
Kenny Washington
Dillon Wesley

Ashlyn Ellis
Lindsey Krueger

Roderick Davis

Kathleen Cravey

Lamonte’ Toles

Rockne Burt
Hannah Pflueger

Josiah Hughes

Talen Davis-Rentfro
Jesse Landess
Jimmy Landess
Hailey Richardson

Bradley Ruiz
Breon Shelly

Arriyanna Forch
Cheyenne Hill
Elijah House
Luis Ponce Chinea

Collin Benson
Garrett Sweeney

Dale Caswell
Geoffrey Donoho

La Porte
Jordan Lewis

Laguna Park
Chrystyn Carpenter

Beau Roberts

Demarcus Hurd

Graham White

Kyle Mercer

Little Elm
Kailey Doering

Live Oak
Brad Ward

Justin Hughes

Christian Bishop

Kyle Molter

Jamie Garrett

Haley Vargas

Cody Willis

Marble Falls
Gavin Henderson

Aimee Rolando

Erin Haley
Faith Ingracia

Eli Williams

Nadia Joseph

Cindy Gutierrez
Kendall Moore

Kimberly Bogart

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof
Jessica Swonger

William Arias
Andrew Cantu
Madison Hatzold

Missouri City
Alfred Booker

Justin Anderson
Michael Hord
Mason Law

Rachel Lightfoot

Daniel Rodriguez

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler
Maci Dorsey

Charles Male
Robert Ross
Madison Witherwax

Jerry Molley

New Braunfels
Dylan Johnson
Bradley Schmid
Samuel Soape
Lindsey Tumlinson

North Richland Hills
Robert Doty

Larry Potter
Destiny Ramirez

Jessica Funderburk

Jasmine Brown

Michael Perez

Michael Delgado
Jose Villegas

Delia Sotello

Sarah Ramos

Anaelyssa Quintanilla

Austin Killgore

Scott Wright

Justin Berezi

Katherine Mendoza

Jeremy Yandell

Branson Guelker

Round Rock
Daniel Bice-Jimenez
Seth Brody
Leopoldo Mancha
Penny Stehlik

Rachel Carpenter

Austin Sallee

Nikolas Lowrance

San Antonio
Jaysen Alexander
Jacob Bowren
Brittany Brown
Jerry Bulla
DeVante’ Donald
Bianca Gallion
Julissa Ibarra
Marisa Miller
Anastasia Willis

San Marcos
Macy Maniscalo

San Saba
Isela Parra
Hollee Ragsdale

San Ygnacio
Javier Silva

Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Isiah Herrera

Jada Jones
Shannon Warren

Andrew Byer

Garett Drummond

Victor Benitez

Michael Chambers

Richard Bauman
Jose’ Moreno
Brandon Santos

Gabriel Mata

Darien Bird
Travis Covington
Gage Haley

Sugar Land
Micah Guerrero

Cavasea Heath

Jayland Brown

Tiffany Chanthaseng

Kailey Cargill

Joseph Qualey

Bryce Shelton

Lillie McDonald

Gabrielle Cook

Valley Mills
Miguel Callejas
Cody Ewing
Tanyon Tims

Vidalia, Louisiana
Jordan Whitehead

Tevan Anderson
Cairo Attaway
Toni Gibbs

Samuel Bosher

Michael Nowak

Morgan Andie McCoy

Wichita Falls
Chase Lindley

Abigail Fraser

Javier Lopez

Ricky Dehay
Kashtyn Eoff


Cutline: Members of HPU’s student body, along with alumni and friends of the university, recently gathered to cheer for the Yellow Jackets during Homecoming weekend, one of the fall semester’s annual highlights.

HPU sees increased numbers for fall 2016 enrollment

Kevin Kirk Selfie with Students at Chime in 2016.1BROWNWOOD – September 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s fall 2016 semester is underway with lots of new faces around campus. The number of first-year students – 321 – at the Brownwood campus is HPU’s second-largest class in 16 years.

Undergraduate and graduate enrollment at HPU’s three locations – the main campus in Brownwood and extension centers in New Braunfels and El Paso – totals 1,189 students, an increase from fall 2015. The figure includes 408 first-year students and transfer students.

“We are very blessed to have this amazing group of students join the HPU community this fall,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management. “They are truly a class full of leaders who have brought a strong spirit of service and energy to the campus.”

More information about Howard Payne University is available online at


Photo cutline: Members of HPU’s incoming class of students pose for a “selfie” photo with Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management, at a new-student event before the start of the semester. Kirk leads the group in the “Sting ‘em” cheer familiar to HPU Yellow Jackets.

HPU’s Freeland enjoying college life thanks to Heart of Texas Scholarship

Christopher FreelandBROWNWOOD – June 2, 2016 – Christopher Freeland, 2015 graduate of Bangs High School, is very happy with his decision to attend Howard Payne University even though many students are hesitant to enroll in a college near their hometowns.

“Given the time, Howard Payne can be a home away from home, just not far away,” he said. “Given the chance, it can be an opportunity for exponential growth, quality experiences and treasured connections.”

Freeland, a student in HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, majors in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. He is thankful for HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. The scholarship makes a private Christian education near his hometown an affordable reality.

“I wanted to go to Howard Payne and the Heart of Texas Scholarship offered major financial relief,” he said.

According to Freeland, many students from the area dismiss the idea of attending HPU simply because it is close to home.

“But Howard Payne is like a different world,” he said. “When you walk across campus, it’s a community in itself. It’s healthy to go out and gain independence. But you can do that at Howard Payne.”

Freeland enjoys his time at HPU. He is a member of the Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s speech and debate team. He is also active in the theatre department and writes for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper. However, he does have one regret from his freshman year.

“Living off campus was not the best idea,” he said. “It’s easy to feel disconnected and isolated when you have the option to go home after class. Even trying to integrate into campus life is difficult when you are not a resident. I have been impressed with the ability of students to involve everyone, even those who do live off-campus.”

Freeland plans to move into an on-campus residence hall his sophomore year.

“I believe that Howard Payne is an excellent community that nurtures Christian faith and provides a challenging academic standard,” he said. “I look forward to moving on campus and experiencing fully all of Howard Payne’s opportunities.”

There is still time to apply for HPU’s fall 2016 semester. The Heart of Texas Scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students from the Heart of Texas area who meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. For more information about this scholarship and other opportunities awaiting students at HPU, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or More information may also be found online at


Cutline: Christopher Freeland, HPU sophomore and participant in organizations such as HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, received the university’s Heart of Texas Scholarship. The scholarship awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 to local and area students

HPU aerial photoBROWNWOOD – April 22, 2016 – Demonstrating its commitment to local and area students, Howard Payne University offers the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties.

The scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students who are graduates of high schools in the Heart of Texas area, meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties.

“We want everyone to be aware of this wonderful opportunity for local and area students,” said P.J. Gramling, HPU’s director of admission. “HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship makes it possible for students to receive a great education from an affordable, private Christian university.”

In addition to the Heart of Texas Scholarship, HPU offers a wide variety of financial aid options. The university is nationally recognized for its affordability and is consistently named one of the Best Regional Colleges of the West by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.”

There is still time to apply for HPU’s fall 2016 semester. For more information about the Heart of Texas Scholarship and other opportunities awaiting students at HPU, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or More information may also be found online at


Photo cutline: Howard Payne University’s Heart of Texas Scholarship awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown County and surrounding counties. Photo by Scott Coers/Down Home Digital.

HPU enters fall 2015 semester with increased enrollment

Jacket Journey group photo 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – September 16, 2015 – Faculty, staff and students at Howard Payne University entered the fall 2015 semester recently with increased enrollment and excitement over the months to come. Total undergraduate and graduate enrollment at HPU’s three locations is 1,163 students, a 2.2 percent increase over fall 2014. The figure includes 382 incoming freshmen and transfer students.

“We have certainly been blessed with an amazing group of students this year,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment. “It is really great to see them already connecting to the campus community.”

Dr. Trissa Cox, professor of computer information systems, said summer is a great time of renewal but students are the lifeblood of campus.

“Howard Payne’s campus was never meant to be quiet,” she said. “I’m excited to see students back at HPU and around Brownwood.”

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer, said the entire campus community plays a large role in the recruiting efforts.

“In addition to the excellent work of our admission staff, the university is particularly indebted to the personnel in the offices of business affairs, financial aid and the registrar for countless hours of behind-the-scenes efforts to bring in this class,” he said. “I am deeply appreciative of the university’s faculty who are invaluable to the process of recruitment and retention by providing exemplary education and loving Christian support to all our students.”

Nathan Lacy, freshman from Brownwood, said he already feels like a member of the HPU “family.”

“I’m looking forward to future semesters and the many wonderful things I am about to learn,” he said.

Like many other students from the area, Lacy benefits from HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards substantial financial assistance to students from Brown County and other nearby counties.

Lacy said he chose HPU not just for the quality education but because he feels it is the best place for him to grow and prosper as an individual.

“I am extremely happy that I received the Heart of Texas Scholarship,” he said. “It was a tremendous help.”

HPU is always excited to welcome new members to the family. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming an HPU Yellow Jacket, visit, e-mail or call (325) 649-8020.


Photo cutline: New freshmen are pictured with upperclassmen leaders during HPU’s Jacket Journey new-student orientation.

HPU advances in U.S. News & World Report rankings

BROWNWOOD – September 9, 2015 – Howard Payne University advanced in two categories in the 2016 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report released Wednesday. HPU jumped two places from 2015 to be ranked second among the regional colleges of the west in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Additionally, the university placed 11th out of the ranked institutions in the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” category (up four places from 2015) and eighth among the regional colleges of the west in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.

Institutions are ranked in all categories within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West. Universities and colleges in Texas and Oklahoma compete in the West region, which is the largest geographic section, encompassing the entire Western U.S.

According to the publication, U.S. News determines its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by taking into account an institution’s academic quality based on its “Best Colleges” ranking and the 2014-2015 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the publication stated.

U.S. News determines the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by examining institutions in the 2016 “Best Colleges” rankings which participate in federal initiatives that make pursuing a college degree more affordable for veterans and active service members.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, said he is proud of the work faculty and staff perform to serve the university’s students.

“We’re honored that the ‘Best Colleges’ publication has once again chosen to recognize HPU for the value, academic rigor and educational benefits we provide our students,” he said.

Prospective students and their families may schedule a campus visit at or by calling (325) 649-8020.


Photo cutline: HPU advanced in two categories in the 2016 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Pictured is the university’s distinctive Old Main Tower.

HPU hosts BGCT’s Super Summer camp for Texas youth

super summer 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – July 21, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently hosted the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer camp, a weeklong event designed to foster leadership skills in young Christians. In addition to hundreds of Texas youth, approximately 65 HPU alumni, students, faculty and staff members participated in the camp.

Youth ministers from churches across the state – 18 of them HPU alumni or graduate students – brought students to the camp. Additional Super Summer camps are hosted by other Texas Baptist universities throughout the summer.

At least nine of the young people who attended HPU’s Super Summer will start classes at the university in the fall.

Camp youth are divided into schools, designated by colors, based on their ages. This year, HPU was one of only two universities to also include a Purple School, which provides preparation for students who feel called to vocational Christian ministry. Dr. Rusty Wheelington, associate professor of Christian studies at HPU, served as dean of the Purple School.

“Spending a week with some of the best youth ministers and students across the state is always encouraging and a blessing,” said Dr. Wheelington. “This year we even had one student from Haiti. Super Summer is a week of intense teaching and training to help students become more effective leaders, disciples and sharers of the Gospel in their schools, communities and homes.”

According to Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs, other students also recognized God calling them to ministry throughout the week.

“I met two students who were not a part of Purple School who sensed during the week that God is calling them to vocational Christian ministry,” he said. “What a privilege for HPU to host such a week where God is at work in the hearts of so many students. I can’t imagine anything that would bring greater joy to the hearts of those who founded our university than to know the campus is being used for such events.”

Chuck Gartman ’72, adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Christian Studies and minister of education/leadership development at Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne, served as dean of Super Summer’s Leadership Forum at HPU.

“Howard Payne’s Leadership Forum at Super Summer continues to be a breath of fresh air for me personally as I facilitate this process,” he said. “Leaders have the opportunity to hear from some of our state’s best youth leaders and are also able to express concerns or sources of praise in their own settings. I’m privileged to be a part of this great opportunity for youth leaders around our state.”

Natalie Stary ’03, HPU admission counselor, coordinated HPU’s camp this year.

“Super Summer has had a huge impact on Baptist students for more than 40 years,” she said. “Super Summer at HPU will always be special to me because I attended as a student 19 years ago.”

It was during that time, Stary said, she felt called to ministry and to become a student at HPU.

“I feel very honored to get to now serve in a leadership role with the planning and implementation of Super Summer at Howard Payne,” she said. “The Lord continues to use Super Summer and HPU to train up future generations of Texas Baptists for His service locally and around the world.”


Photo cutline: Super Summer campers gather near HPU’s Old Main Tower.

Apply now for fall 2015 semester at HPU

BROWNWOOD – July 16, 2015 – Summer is passing quickly, but there is still time to apply for the fall 2015 semester at Howard Payne University. Visit us online at to complete a free application or to learn more about our academic offerings and student life.

Those living in Brown County or surrounding counties may be eligible for HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $56,000 over four years to eligible applicants. Numerous additional scholarships are also available. Contact HPU’s Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or for more information.

HPU student studying in Mabee Center for webHPU offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in six schools: business, Christian studies, education, humanities, music and fine arts, and science and mathematics. Additionally, the university offers five master’s degree programs: the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership.

HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model United Nations, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and 30 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.

Student athletes at HPU compete in six men’s and six women’s sports through the American Southwest Conference and others who enjoy athletics take part in well-attended intramural sporting competitions.

“Campus visits are a great way to learn more about the university and see if HPU is the right fit for you,” said Kevin Kirk, associate vice president for enrollment management. “It’s a great time to be a Yellow Jacket and we’re always excited to add more to our swarm.”

For more information about HPU, visit or contact the Office of Admission via any of the methods listed above.


Photo cutline: HPU offers students a high-quality educational experience in a friendly campus environment.