News Archives: Alumni Relations

“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.

HPU to present Homecoming musical “The Pirates of Penzance”

Pirates of Penzance logoBROWNWOOD – October 9, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming 2017 celebrations. Performances are Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming or 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.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, serves as the production’s artistic director.

“‘The Pirates of Penzance’ is a well-known and much-loved show that allows the audience to enjoy the humor of opera while keeping it well within the grasp of general audiences,” she said. “Our cast, orchestra and crew have spent weeks rehearsing to put on a great show suitable for the whole family.”

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.

In addition to Dr. Celeste Church, crew members include 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; 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. Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. 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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HPU invites choir alumni to participate in Homecoming choir concert

Alumni_Choir_LogoBROWNWOOD – October 5, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Homecoming choir concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. All HPU alumni choristers are invited to participate in the program.

During the concert, the alumni choir will present one special piece and then join the HPU Concert Choir for “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by Tom Fettke. Rehearsal for this special concert will take place Saturday, October 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Alumni who are interested in participating will be provided music and more information upon registration.

“The choir concert is an incredible visual and aural representation of the musical heritage of HPU’s choral program, and we look forward to seeing different generations joining in song,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

If you are interested in taking part in this event, register at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and follow the prompts to sign up for the HPU Alumni Choir.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. 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’s School of Music and Fine Arts invites all HPU alumni choristers to take part in the Homecoming choir concert on October 21.

Esther Camacho of Flagstaff among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

CamachoBROWNWOOD – October 5, 2017 – Esther Camacho of Flagstaff, Arizona, has been named the 2017 Coming Home Queen by Howard Payne University. She is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming and will be highlighted in the weeks to come.

Camacho and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on 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.

A 1963 HPU graduate, Camacho earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in history and Spanish before going on to earn a master’s degree from Baylor University and counselor certification from Southwest Texas State University. She served as a Texas educator for more than 30 years with school districts in Anton, Goliad, Abilene and Brownwood. She additionally worked at HPU’s Walker Memorial Library for six years. Camacho was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Omega, an international society for women educators, for 30 years.

Camacho taught Sunday School and was on several committees through her church. She has also served on the Board of Directors of HPU’s Alumni Association. An HPU endowed scholarship was created in memory of her parents, Zenaido and Petra Camacho, and has helped many students attend the university.

Camacho said her HPU professors were good role models who encouraged her to do her best.

“Striving to do my best helped me to gain self-confidence when I began my teaching career,” she said.

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Cutline: Esther Camacho of Flagstaff is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

HPU Homecoming 2017 scheduled October 20-21

HC Logo 2017BROWNWOOD – October 3, 2017 – Howard Payne University alumni, friends, students, personnel and guests from the community are destined for a memory-filled weekend as The Yellow Jacket Express – Homecoming 2017 arrives on campus. The train-themed weekend, October 20-21, features more than 30 events, many of which will appeal to the entire community.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. 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.

Laura Benoit, HPU’s director of alumni relations, said she is looking forward to the many events scheduled on campus and around town.

“Of particular interest this year is our bonfire and fireworks display, which many from the community enjoyed last year,” she said. “We’re excited to bring it back, and this year the event will take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex.”

The bonfire and fireworks display begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 20. The sports complex is located at 2301 Dickman Drive in Brownwood, near the Camp Bowie Aquatic Center.

Additional events are highlighted below.

Performances of “The Pirates of Penzance” will be held in Mims Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at 325-649-8044.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will open its Archival Display and Treasure Room to the public Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8:15 a.m. to noon.

“Self-Curated 2 Exhibition,” the artwork of the Brownwood Art Association, will be exhibited in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery located inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Golden Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 1967, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

The Booksaw Off the Rails Escape Room, hosted by the Walker Memorial Library, is scheduled Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. During the banquet, the Homecoming 2017 honorees will be recognized. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Following the banquet on Friday will be Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s Cafeteria. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall.

Friday evening will conclude with a bonfire and fireworks display (time and location listed above).

The Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away, will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall by the statue.

Saturday morning’s Decades Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. During this time, alumni are invited to reunite with friends from their class decades in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Class of 1972 45th Reunion Breakfast in the dining hall, the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast in Bullion Suite A of the Mabee University Center and the Letterman’s Breakfast in Bullion Suite C.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Ave. and end at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Avenue.

Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring games and other free activities for children, will be held from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza and Mall.

A Family Picnic Lunch, sponsored by Visit Early Texas, will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza and Mall and Beadel Dining Hall.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

A variety of departmental and student-organization receptions will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

A pep rally will be held prior to the football game, beginning at 3 p.m., at Festival Park at Gordon Wood Stadium. Additionally, all HPU classes are invited to participate in a tailgate event featuring snacks and beverages. A reception for the African-American Alumni Chapter will also be held as a tailgate event at this time.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Sul Ross State University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium.

A variety of reunions, athletic events and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A complete schedule of events and ticket prices are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following business for their support: Willie’s T’s (Homecoming t-shirt sponsor), Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mills County State Bank, Dr Pepper Bottling, United Supermarkets, Citizens National Bank, Down Home Digital, Early Blooms & Things, Painter & Johnson Financial, PF&E Oil Company, Porter Insurance Agency, TexasBank, John Woolsey Ice House, and Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agencies.

HPU names Laura Benoit director of alumni relations

Laura Benoit director for webBROWNWOOD – September 28, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently named Laura Benoit as director of alumni relations. Benoit joined the university’s staff in October 2014 as assistant director of alumni relations and was promoted in 2016 to the position of associate director.

“Laura has been a valuable member of our staff for the past three years and is a natural fit in this role,” said Randy Yeakley, vice president for development. “We’re proud to have her working with our vast network of alumni and former students.”

Benoit said she’s enjoyed meeting many of HPU’s alumni and friends.

“These individuals helped shape the university’s rich history, so it’s a joy to have the opportunity to develop relationships with them,” she said.

Prior to arriving at HPU, Benoit served as director of parent relations for Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. She and her husband, Joseph, have two adult children, Amanda and Aaron.

Among other responsibilities at HPU, Benoit will oversee the university’s Homecoming celebrations each fall. HPU’s Homecoming 2017 festivities are slated for October 20-21.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Laura Benoit was recently named director of alumni relations at HPU.

Mark Albin of Crandall among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

AlbinBROWNWOOD – September 26, 2017 – Mark Albin of Crandall has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Grand Marshal. 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 weeks to come.

Albin and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on 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.

A 1979 HPU graduate, Albin earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree in religious education with a minor in recreation. He was very involved at HPU, participating in the Ministerial Alliance, Dorm Council, Student Foundation, intramurals and the Baptist Student Union among other activities.

He has served as a youth minister and educator and has been in the pawn shop business for more than 30 years. He is an active member at Point View Baptist Church in Combine, served eight years on the Crandall ISD School Board and is a retired Crandall volunteer firefighter.

Albin and his wife, Beth, have three children – Angela, Amanda and Adam – and four grandchildren. Angela and her husband, Tim Groves, are both HPU graduates.

He said that HPU’s small-school atmosphere prepared him for future success.

“Howard Payne is a place where a student, usually away from home for the first time, can develop lifelong relationships in a safe environment,” he said. “I’m truly thankful to be an alumnus of this wonderful university.”

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Cutline: Mark Albin of Crandall is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.