News Archives: Admissions

HPU’s Cheryl Mangrum honored at national conference

Cheryl Mangrum with NABEP award for webBROWNWOOD – August 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Cheryl Mangrum, associate director of admission, was recently honored among colleagues at the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals (NABEP). Mangrum received the first-ever Trent Argo Memorial Award, described by presenters as the “most valuable player” award among enrollment teams from 13 member institutions across seven states.

NABEP created the award to honor the memory of Trent Argo, vice president for enrollment management at Virginia’s Bluefield College, who passed away unexpectedly in April.

“Trent was a friend and a longtime member of NABEP,” said Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management. “I can think of no one more deserving than Cheryl of the first award in his memory.”

Mangrum, who graduated from HPU in 1991, has been employed in HPU’s area of admission and recruiting since 1981. Kirk commended her for her dedication to students throughout the years.

“Cheryl certainly works hard to recruit and enroll students but, beyond that, she cares and prays for students,” he said. “If you mention a student’s name, even from decades ago, chances are she’ll remember the student and tell you something about him or her.”

Mangrum accepted the award before her colleagues and members of Argo’s family.

“What a humbling experience and what a great honor,” she said. “I hope we all can continue to honor Trent’s memory and the wonderful calling and the passion that he had for the students with whom he worked. I feel blessed to share God’s love and His word with Howard Payne University students.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Cheryl Mangrum was recently honored at a national meeting of enrollment professionals.

HPU to host last Yellow Jacket Monday preview event of the semester

YJM Logo 2015BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its last Yellow Jacket Monday of the spring 2017 semester next Monday, April 24, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Yellow Jacket Monday is a preview day for prospective students and their parents. The event is free, and registration is available at www.hputx.edu/yjm.

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

“If you’ve ever thought about visiting HPU, this is the time to do it,” said Lacy Culpepper, assistant director of admission. “Yellow Jacket Monday is a fast-paced event and a great way for prospective students and their families to learn about our academics, campus life, scholarship opportunities and more.”

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 www.hputx.edu/yjm. Those unable to attend are invited to schedule individual campus visits by completing the form at www.hputx.edu/visit or by calling 325-649-8020.

HPU to host Yellow Jacket Monday on March 20

PrintBROWNWOOD – March 10, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host the next Yellow Jacket Monday preview day for prospective students and their parents on Monday, March 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The event is free but registration is required at www.hputx.edu/yjm.

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

“All students who want to attend HPU, and even those who aren’t sure yet, are welcome to register for Yellow Jacket Monday,” said Lacy Culpepper, assistant director of admission. “It’s a great way to learn about our academics, campus life, scholarship opportunities and more.”

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 www.hputx.edu/yjm. For those unable to attend in March, the last Yellow Jacket Monday of the semester will be held on April 24. Prospective students may also schedule an individual campus visit by completing the form at www.hputx.edu/visit or by calling 325-649-8020.

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HPU to host free preview event for high school students and parents

BROWNWOOD – February 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a Yellow Jacket Monday preview day for prospective students and their parents on Monday, February 20, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free but registration is required at www.hputx.edu/yjm. Registration ends February 18.

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.

Lacy Culpepper, a 2015 HPU graduate, serves as an admission counselor and campus visit coordinator.

“Campus preview days are valuable experiences for high school juniors and seniors,” he said. “Yellow Jacket Monday is an exciting event and a great opportunity to learn 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 www.hputx.edu/yjm. For those unable to attend in February, additional Yellow Jacket Monday events will be held March 20 and April 24.

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Cutline: HPU admission counselor Kegan Duncan greets a prospective student at a recent Yellow Jacket Monday preview event.

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 www.hputx.edu/yjm.

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 www.hputx.edu/yjm. For those unable to attend in January, additional Yellow Jacket Monday events will be held February 20, March 20 and April 24.

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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 pgramling@hputx.edu.

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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:

Abilene
Jeremy Ayers
Ransome Looper

Allen
Kelly Lindquist
Brianna Weaver

Alvin
Bryan Bourque
Taylor Davis

Alvord
Cooper Hering

Anson
Jordan Jeffrey

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

Aubrey
Jonathan Randall

Auburn, Washington
Blake Null

Austin
Ehlar Htoo
Brooke Landry
Makayla Lewis
Luke Victor

Azle
Lucila Meraz

Baird
Rebekah Chance

Bangs
Kelton Parson

Bartlett
Marcus Cortez

Bay City
Anthony Chavez
Lawrence Smith

Baytown
Alexander Moyers

Bayview
David Mares

Beaumont
Christian Joubert
Robert Lester
Brittany Rideau
Roderick Sorrell

Bedford
Preston Newman

Bells
Christopher Hall

Bellville
Haylee Williams

Belton
Xavier Haines
Emily Kepling
Ruth Perez
Morgan Thomasson

Bertram
Sawyer Fisher

Big Lake
Jake Myers

Blanket
Mattie Cowdery
Vernon Zier

Boerne
Charles Lewis

Brackettville
Kaitlyn Partlow

Brownfield
Ty’Essa Langehennig

Brownwood
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

Bryan
Cecil Banks

Bryson
Trey Foyt

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers

Bulverde
Madelyn Deviney

Burleson
Weston Hunter

Burnet
Jordan Hahn

Bynum
Donna Moses

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry

Cedar Park
Demeco Bowstring-Choat
Morgan Stout
Trey Weidner

Celina
Lidiya Shuppert

Chandler
Paulo Flores
Madison Neal

Chico
Brazier Talley

Childress
Chanda King

Cibolo
Charles Miller
Monica Mitchell

Cisco
Tonya Thompson

Cleburne
Madison Bicknell
Anna Goains
Austin Hodshire
Miranda Morales
Tiffany Simons

Cleveland
Kolby Berss

Clovis, New Mexico
Antony Bildilli

Coleman
Zackary Butler

Comanche
Rachel Lilley

Combine
Zachary Reed

Converse
Michael Guevara
Jacob Lepper

Coolidge
Deandray Williams

Copperas Cove
Jacob Bonner
Elijah Jordan
Ezekiel Jordan
Joseph Morrison

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna

Crowley
Trey Sansom

Cypress
Nicholas Panameno
Julian Whigham

Dallas
Alfredo Lozano

Dayton
Cecily McIlwain

De Leon
Dillanger Sylva

Devine
Joshua Broderick
Jaycen Camacho

Dripping Springs
Robert Miller

Dumas
Kristian Gonzalez

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

Eastland
Cowan Barker
Jacob Simpson

Edcouch
Andrew Segura

Edmond, Oklahoma
Madison Duncan

El Paso
Kenneth Okwunwanne

Elm Mott
Haley Cummings

Ennis
Ashley McKay

Euless
Leland Brown
Madisynn Thames

Eunice, New Mexico
Kaleigh Parker

Fate
Aubrey White

Flint
Brittany Taylor

Florence
Suzanne Schad

Forney
Zachary Eskridge

Fort Hood
David Parker
Foga’A Solomona

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

Fredricksburg
Kalin Brown
Lauren Gravell

Friona
Odilia Meza

Frisco
Reagan Ridlehuber
Jordan Wells

Garland
Remington Bator

Gatesville
Breanna Clover
Derrick Miller
John-Philip Smith

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

Goldthwaite
Ryan Miles

Goliad
Steven Koehne

Gorman
Vanessa Longoria

Granbury
Madison Miller

Grand Prairie
Bailey Patton

Grandview
Alaina Aguirre

Greenville
Jordan Sweat

Hamlin
Klaye Georges

Harker Heights
Taliyah Wade

Hawley
Makayla Easley

Hewitt
Taylor Love

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

Howe
Ashlyn Ellis
Lindsey Krueger

Humble
Roderick Davis

Huntsville
Kathleen Cravey

Irving
Lamonte’ Toles

Joshua
Rockne Burt
Hannah Pflueger

Katy
Josiah Hughes

Kaufman
Talen Davis-Rentfro
Jesse Landess
Jimmy Landess
Hailey Richardson

Keller
Bradley Ruiz
Breon Shelly

Killeen
Arriyanna Forch
Cheyenne Hill
Elijah House
Luis Ponce Chinea

Kingwood
Collin Benson
Garrett Sweeney

Kyle
Dale Caswell
Geoffrey Donoho

La Porte
Jordan Lewis

Laguna Park
Chrystyn Carpenter

Lampasas
Beau Roberts

Lancaster
Demarcus Hurd

Lindale
Graham White

Lipan
Kyle Mercer

Little Elm
Kailey Doering

Live Oak
Brad Ward

Llano
Justin Hughes

Lockhart
Christian Bishop

Lometa
Kyle Molter

Lubbock
Jamie Garrett

Lumberton
Haley Vargas

Mansfield
Cody Willis

Marble Falls
Gavin Henderson

Marion
Aimee Rolando

Mason
Erin Haley
Faith Ingracia

May
Eli Williams

McKinney
Nadia Joseph

Mesquite
Cindy Gutierrez
Kendall Moore

Midland
Kimberly Bogart

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof
Jessica Swonger

Mission
William Arias
Andrew Cantu
Madison Hatzold

Missouri City
Alfred Booker

Montgomery
Justin Anderson
Michael Hord
Mason Law

Moody
Rachel Lightfoot

Moulton
Daniel Rodriguez

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler
Maci Dorsey

Navasota
Charles Male
Robert Ross
Madison Witherwax

Nederland
Jerry Molley

New Braunfels
Dylan Johnson
Bradley Schmid
Samuel Soape
Lindsey Tumlinson

North Richland Hills
Robert Doty

Odessa
Larry Potter
Destiny Ramirez

Ovilla
Jessica Funderburk

Palacios
Jasmine Brown

Pasadena
Michael Perez

Pecos
Michael Delgado
Jose Villegas

Pettus
Delia Sotello

Pflugerville
Sarah Ramos

Plainview
Anaelyssa Quintanilla

Porter
Austin Killgore

Richardson
Scott Wright

Richmond
Justin Berezi

Rockport
Katherine Mendoza

Ropesville
Jeremy Yandell

Roscoe
Branson Guelker

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

Rowlett
Rachel Carpenter

Saginaw
Austin Sallee

Salado
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

Schertz
Jada Jones
Shannon Warren

Shepherd
Andrew Byer

Sidney
Garett Drummond

Snyder
Victor Benitez

Southlake
Michael Chambers

Springtown
Richard Bauman
Jose’ Moreno
Brandon Santos

Stephenville
Gabriel Mata

Stockdale
Darien Bird
Travis Covington
Gage Haley

Sugar Land
Micah Guerrero

Sweetwater
Cavasea Heath

Temple
Jayland Brown

Terrell
Tiffany Chanthaseng

Thorndale
Kailey Cargill

Troy
Joseph Qualey

Tulia
Bryce Shelton

Tuscola
Lillie McDonald

Uvalde
Gabrielle Cook

Valley Mills
Miguel Callejas
Cody Ewing
Tanyon Tims

Vidalia, Louisiana
Jordan Whitehead

Waco
Tevan Anderson
Cairo Attaway
Toni Gibbs

Waxahachie
Samuel Bosher

Weatherford
Michael Nowak

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy

Wichita Falls
Chase Lindley

Wylie
Abigail Fraser

Zapata
Javier Lopez

Zephyr
Ricky Dehay
Kashtyn Eoff

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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 www.hputx.edu.

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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 enroll@hputx.edu. More information may also be found online at www.hputx.edu/heartoftexas.

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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 enroll@hputx.edu. More information may also be found online at www.hputx.edu/heartoftexas.

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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.