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HPU concludes Homecoming 2017 activities

HC Bonfire 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – October 26, 2017 – Approximately 1,000 individuals arrived on the Howard Payne University campus last weekend for The Yellow Jacket Express – Homecoming 2017. HPU alumni, students, personnel and guests from the community enjoyed the many Homecoming-related events on campus and around Brownwood.

Among this year’s popular events was the Homecoming parade which featured several train-themed floats. Chi Alpha Omega designed this year’s winning float with Delta Chi Rho and Pi Theta Chi earning second and third place, respectively. The bonfire and fireworks display – held this year at the Bert V. Massey II Sport Complex – also drew a large crowd.

The Class Giving Challenge, a fundraising initiative, was a new event this year.

“We publicized the challenge for a week leading up to Homecoming to see which graduating class could raise the most money for the university,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We were proud to name the Class of 1975 as the winner of this year’s challenge.”

Several community sponsors contributed to the overall success of Homecoming 2017. Gold-level sponsors included Brownwood-Area Chamber of Commerce, Bruner Auto Group, Visit Early Texas, Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, Wendlee Broadcasting and Willie’s T’s. Navy-level sponsors were Dr Pepper, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mills County State Bank and United Supermarkets. White-level sponsors included Citizens National Bank, Down Home Digital, Early Blooms & Things, Painter & Johnson Financial, PF&E Oil Company, Porter Insurance Agency and TexasBank. Partner sponsors were John Woolsey Ice House and Smith & Sharpe Agencies.

HC Parade 2017 for web“Our sponsors are an integral part of Homecoming,” said Benoit. “We’re extremely grateful to our community partners.”

The Carnival of Blue and Gold, HPU’s Homecoming 2018 celebration, is slated for November 2-3, 2018. More details will be available in the months leading up to the event.

“We invite all HPU alumni and others interested in alumni events to subscribe to our monthly e-mail newsletter,” said Benoit. “We plan many fun events around the state throughout the year.”

For more information, or to subscribe to “The Gate” alumni e-mail newsletter, e-mail alumni@hputx.edu or call 325-649-8044.

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Cutlines: HPU students do the “sting ’em” hand gesture in front of this year’s Homecoming bonfire.

This year’s winning Homecoming float was the “It is Well with My Soul-train Express,” designed by the Chi Alpha Omega sorority.

Jackson and Ramirez crowned HPU Homecoming Queen and Princess

Ramirez, Camacho and JacksonBROWNWOOD – October 20, 2017 – Djimonii Jackson, senior from Beaumont, and Angelica Ramirez, junior from Austin, were crowned Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Queen and Princess during a ceremony held today on campus.

Jackson, a business marketing major, is the daughter of Emanuel and Marsena Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jackson. She serves as a senior class senator for the Student Government Association and as a resident assistant for HPU’s Veda Hodge Hall. Additionally, she is active with the Student Activities Council, is an honorary member of Chi Alpha Omega and plays on HPU’s women’s basketball team. She also served as a summer camp counselor at HPU. Upon graduating from HPU, she aspires to have a challenging and rewarding career that utilizes her knowledge and skills in marketing to further enhance the growth of a company.

Ramirez, the daughter of Jesus Ramirez I and Kimberly Ramirez, is a biomedical science major and cross-cultural studies minor. She is the chaplain for Delta Chi Rho, a resident assistant for Veda Hodge Hall and the outreach intern at Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. Her career aspirations are to be a missionary nurse in a foreign country, helping others both physically and spiritually.

The Homecoming Court will be featured during the halftime show of the football game as HPU takes on Sul Ross State University this Saturday. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.

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Cutline: Angelica Ramirez, left, and Djimonii Jackson, right, were named HPU’s Homecoming Princess and Queen, respectively. They are pictured with Esther Camacho, HPU’s 2017 Coming Home Queen.

HPU’s Yellow Jacket Express to arrive on campus tomorrow

HC 17 Banner Installation for webBROWNWOOD – October 19, 2017 – Final preparations for The Yellow Jacket Express – Homecoming 2017 are underway at Howard Payne University. Onsite registration opens tomorrow at noon at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

Among the more than 30 events planned for the weekend are a bonfire and fireworks display on Friday evening. Those planning to attend this event are asked to arrive at Brownwood’s Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex by 8:30 p.m. To travel to the bonfire, please use 377 South, go past 3M and Kohler and take a left onto FM 45. The bonfire will be on the left off of FM 45.

For more information about HPU’s Homecoming and a complete schedule of events, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: A member of HPU’s maintenance department installs a banner at HPU’s Mabee University Center in anticipation of Homecoming 2017.

HPU announces 2017 Homecoming Court

HC Court 2017BROWNWOOD – October 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University has announced its 2017 Homecoming Court. The Homecoming queen and princess will be crowned this Friday, October 20, at 2 p.m. during Homecoming Convocation in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

Homecoming queen nominees are seniors Karli Conrad of Katy, Djimonii Jackson of Beaumont and Miranda Rice of Amarillo. Princess nominees are juniors Shelby Harrison of Abilene, Angelica Ramirez of Austin and Candace Stark of Midland.

Karli Conrad, the daughter of Christy McWilliams and Tim Conrad, is a marketing major. She is an intern for the Office of Student Life, chaplain for Phi Beta Lambda and co-director of the Jacket Journey Student Planning Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team and as senior class senator for the Student Government Association. Her career aspirations are to work in the field of event coordination, specifically in regard to student activities at the collegiate level.

Djimonii Jackson, a business marketing major, is the daughter of Emanuel and Marsena Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jackson. She serves as a senior class senator for the Student Government Association and as a resident assistant for HPU’s Veda Hodge Hall. Additionally, she is active with the Student Activities Council, is an honorary member of Chi Alpha Omega and plays on HPU’s women’s basketball team. She also served as a summer camp counselor at HPU. Upon graduating from HPU, she aspires to have a challenging and rewarding career that utilizes her knowledge and skills in marketing to further enhance the growth of a company.

Miranda Rice is the daughter of Michael and Tino Rice. She is a Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major with an additional major in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. She is the president of Chi Alpha Omega and is active with the Student Activities Council and Beta Beta Beta. Additionally, she is a member of the HPU women’s soccer team. Upon graduating from HPU, she plans to attend dental school to become a pediatric dentist with an emphasis in international missions.

Shelby Harrison, the daughter of Kenneth and Kimberly Harrison, is a family studies major. She is active with the Delta Chi Rho sorority, serving as head of special events. Her career aspirations are to work with children and parents, preferably within the foster care or adoption system.

Angelica Ramirez, the daughter of Jesus Ramirez I and Kimberly Ramirez, is a biomedical science major and cross-cultural studies minor. She is the chaplain for Delta Chi Rho, a resident assistant for Veda Hodge Hall and the outreach intern at Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. Her career aspirations are to be a missionary nurse in a foreign country, helping others both physically and spiritually.

Candace Stark, a family studies major, is the daughter of Shawn and Dovie Stark. She is active with Delta Chi Rho and the Student Activities Council and serves on the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team. Additionally, she is a member of the HPU women’s soccer team. Upon graduating from HPU, she aspires to serve as a family advocate with a specialty in ministry.

The Homecoming Court will be featured during the halftime show of the football game as HPU takes on Sul Ross State University on Saturday, October 21. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.

For a complete list of Homecoming 2017 activities, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s 2017 Homecoming Court includes (left to right) Candace Stark, Djimonii Jackson, Miranda Rice, Karli Conrad, Angelica Ramirez and Shelby Harrison.

Stacey Blalock of Magnolia among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Stacey BlalockBROWNWOOD – October 19, 2017 – Stacey Blalock of Magnolia has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. She is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Blalock and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet this Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Blalock graduated from HPU in 2008 with a degree in elementary education. She received many honors as a Lady Jacket basketball player and was a member of HPU’s 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championship Team.

In 2007, she was named American Southwest Conference (ASC) First-Team All-West Division; ASC West Division Defensive Team; ASC Academic All-Conference; and D3hoops.com Third-Team All-South Region. In 2008, Blalock was named ASC All-Conference and West Division 1st Team; ASC West Division Defensive Player of the Year; ASC Academic All-Conference; ASC All-Tournament Team; and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.

Blalock received HPU’s prestigious Tami Pattillo Memorial Award in 2008. The award, which honors the memory and athletic/academic accomplishments of Pattillo, an HPU alumna who passed away at a young age, is given each year to an HPU female athlete who best represents the HPU spirit.

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Cutline: Stacey Blalock of Magnolia is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

Marshall Davis of Austin among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Marshall DavisBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Marshall Davis of Austin has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Davis and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet this Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Davis, HPU class of 1980, is the tenth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history with 1,402 points. He was named to the All Lone Star Conference team three times and twice led HPU to a Lone Star Conference regular season championship. As a freshman, he made 2nd Team All Lone Star Conference and was named Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year.

Remembered for his reliability and consistency, Davis was a starter for his entire career and, in four seasons, never missed a game. He was named team captain for three different Yellow Jacket teams and, at the close of his HPU career, was listed as the fourth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history.

Davis, a traffic control specialist, is a member at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Austin. He enjoys giving back to others and working in areas in which he can help others excel in life.

“HPU prepared me for success by giving me the skills needed to complete all the tasks asked of me throughout my life,” he said.

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Cutline: Marshall Davis of Austin is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” HPU’s Homecoming musical, opens Thursday evening

Pirates of Penzance dress rehearsalBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts held a dress rehearsal Monday evening for its Homecoming musical, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Performances are Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” a classic comedic operetta, is one of the most famed products of the theatrical partnership of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It follows the story of Frederic, a member of a band of pirates. It is quickly explained that when Frederic was young, his nurse mistakenly apprenticed him to a pirate rather than a pilot. Frederic announces his resolve to forsake the pirate life and work wholeheartedly to their extermination.

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Jayland Brown, freshman from Temple; Leland Brown, freshman from Euless; Kayla Chadwick, senior from Tulia; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Camila Cotter, junior from Garden Ridge; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Taylor Davis, sophomore from Alvin; Jarod Dowling, junior from Grandview; Christopher Freeland, junior from Bangs; Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin; Josiah Hughes, sophomore from Katy; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Victoria Malone, senior from Fort Worth; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Ryan Miles, sophomore from Goldthwaite; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Ashleigh Moss, junior from Alvarado; Sadie Perez, freshman from Brownwood; Brendyn Porter, junior from Red Oak; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; Andi Rosenquist, freshman from Brownwood; Penny Stehlik, sophomore from Round Rock; Natalie Stephens, senior from Alvarado; Izzy Vela, freshman from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, serves as the production’s artistic director. The production team includes Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as musical director; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, as choreographer; Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, as set/technical designer; Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, as concert master; and Deejay Moses, junior from May, as stage manager.

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

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students recently performed in a dress rehearsal for the university’s Homecoming production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association exhibit through October 27

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2017 – While on the Howard Payne University campus for Homecoming 2017 celebrations this weekend, the community is encouraged to stop by the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. There, the Department of Art is hosting an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2” through Friday, October 27.

The art exhibit, by members of the Brownwood Art Association, features works of art including photography, acrylic and oil paintings, and pencil and watercolor sketches.

Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend, October 20-21, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2” through Friday, October 27.

HPU Homecoming festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

HC17 Parade Route Map

BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a bonfire, fireworks display and parade as featured events of the university’s Homecoming 2017 celebrations. The bonfire and fireworks display are scheduled for Friday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 p.m. The events will take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex in Brownwood. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. on and around the HPU campus. The public is invited to attend each of these events and other events throughout the weekend.

Last year’s bonfire and fireworks show drew a crowd of more than 700 community members and HPU personnel, alumni and students.

“It was great to share HPU’s Homecoming excitement with our friends in the community,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We’re thankful to be able to do that again this year.”

This year’s HPU Homecoming parade will follow the same route as last year. Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the Homecoming Honorees, HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available at the same address.

Cutline: A map shows the route for HPU’s Homecoming parade. Click on the image to zoom.

Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

ReyesBROWNWOOD – October 10, 2017 – Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso has been named recipient of Howard Payne University’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the days to come.

Dr. Reyes will be recognized during the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, October 21. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the breakfast and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

A 2005 HPU graduate, Dr. Reyes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies with a minor in practical theology. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in sociology from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership from Washington State University.

He has served as an educator at multiple levels at Texas locations including El Paso, Fort Stockton, Tornillo and Van Horn, as well as in Grandview, Washington. He now serves as assistant professor of educational leadership at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he currently resides.

Dr. Reyes is active in his church and is a member of the American Sociological Association and the University Council of Educational Administration. He and his wife, Eileen, have one son, Eian.

Dr. Reyes said HPU provided him with a solid, Christian education that equipped him for the academic and intellectual rigors of graduate school as well as for the daily, practical challenges of living his life as “a faithful, always unworthy, ambassador and servant of (his) Lord Jesus Christ.”

“HPU afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with other members of the body of Christ when I previously had none,” he said. “In doing so, it exposed me to the manifold wisdom of God in seeing God bringing together people who are so different from one another, from various economic, racial, social and even denominational backgrounds, and blessing me with the opportunity to see God work in and through imperfect people for His glory and honor and for the expansion of His kingdom.”

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Cutline: Dr. Keith Reyes of El Paso is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.