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HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau wraps up successful spring semester

ssb_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, completed their spring tournament schedule in March.

The Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) competed in two tournaments during the spring semester: The Sweetheart Swing at Oklahoma University in Norman and the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The team had a strong showing in debate at both tournaments. The open division team of Marcos Corley, a sophomore criminal justice major from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior youth ministry and Academy of Freedom major from Van, advanced to quarterfinals at the Sweetheart Swing.

At nationals, the team of Katie Bonner, a sophomore political science and Academy major from Lytle, and Katie Mullaney, a junior English and Academy major, advanced to quarterfinals. Additionally, Mullaney won 8th place debate speaker award.

“I am extremely proud of all four of these students,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and SSB coach. “We debate against the some of the best teams in the nation and we consistently hold our own.”

Dr. Welker added that the SSB competes against teams from schools that travel to a tournament every other weekend and are more seasoned in terms of competition.

“Our students have been able to step in and succeed even though we have travelled and competed much less than other teams this year,” she said. “This has been a growing semester for us. We have a smaller team than usual and have no graduating seniors, but on the flip side that is exciting in terms of next year’s season.”

Other students who competed in both debate and individual events this spring were Kaleigh Tankersley, a sophomore communication studies major from Iraan, and Dorie Walton, a sophomore communication studies and theatre major from Lolita. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, helps coach the team.

At the national tournament, Dr. Welker was re-elected treasurer for another two-year term for the National Christian College Forensics Association.

“I’m looking forward to next year’s season,” she said. “We have some great recruits and are already preparing for next year.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s SSB recently completed its spring semester. Back row, from left: Marcos Corley, Dorie Walton and Ben Palmer. Front row, from left: Kim Bryant, Katie Bonner, Katie Mullaney, Kaleigh Tankersley and Dr. Julie Welker

The Almost to headline 18th annual HPU Fest

hpu_fest_2013_logo_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host its 18th annual HPU Fest on Saturday, April 13. The Almost will be the headlining band for this all-day music festival.

Other artists to perform will include Jenny Simmons, Michael Henry & Justin Robinette, Jenn Grinels, Homestead Music and Here & Sea. Also performing will be HPU’s Taylor Castleberry, a senior business major from Paradise.

HPU Fest is an all-day event that is free and open to the public. In addition to music, the event includes inflatable games, a chili cook-off and a hot-dog-eating contest. There will also be booths featuring HPU organizations as well as local businesses. Music is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.hputx.edu/hpufest or call 325-649-8305.

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Photo cutline: HPU will host its 18th annual HPU Fest on Saturday.

HPU hosts Model United Nations conference

BROWNWOOD – April 9, 2013 – Howard Payne University hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference recently, welcoming 40 students from five universities across Texas. In addition to HPU, participants included Baylor University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

HPU’s MUN team members hone their understanding of the world and the United Nations system through weekly class sessions and attending conferences. In recent years, the team has traveled to San Francisco, Washington D.C., Austria, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

“Hosting a MUN conference was a great learning experience for our students,” said Dr. Samuel Greene, assistant professor of political science and MUN sponsor. “Understanding all that goes into developing and running a conference will make us better delegates as we travel. It was an honor for us to host a group of talented delegates and staff members from four other universities, and we look forward to building on this experience.”

HPU team members include Kathryn Barrackman, a senior from Houston who served as the conference director; Ashley Chapman, a freshman from Ennis; Cara DeLoach, a junior from San Angelo; Kerrie Ford, a junior from Houston; Adrianna Perez, a sophomore from Rowlett; Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla.; Erik Swenson, a senior from Carrollton; and Ryan Young, a senior from Mesquite.

HPU students share Christ during Spring Break on South Padre Island

hpu_at_beach_reach_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 4, 2013 – Heading to the beach for Spring Break is a common experience among college students, but a group of Howard Payne University students had perhaps a different purpose in mind when they travelled to South Padre Island last month. Ten students from HPU’s Baptist Student Ministries, along with BSM director Keith Platte, shared the love of Jesus Christ with beachgoers during Beach Reach 2013.

According to the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, an estimated 50,000 students visit the island each March for Spring Break. Beach Reach was created in 1980 by Buddy Young, a seminary student and part-time Baptist Student Ministry director in Dallas, as a way for Christian students from different universities and churches to share the Gospel with their peers. The outreach has since expanded to Panama City, Fla., and other popular Spring Break destinations.

“Beach Reachers,” like the group from HPU, participate in a number of activities including serving free breakfasts on the beach, giving free van rides to people at night to anywhere on the island, cleaning up beach areas and many other acts of service. Most importantly, they serve and meet people with the intent of sharing the news of Jesus Christ.

“It was amazing how God was working through and in our students,” said Platte, who was particularly impressed with how open the beachgoers were to receiving the Word of God.

“The people in the vans were respectful and would let us pray for them when we asked,” he said. “Often, they wanted us to pray for them even more, which led to deeper conversations. Some people stayed in the van for longer than the length of their rides, so we would sit and talk for 45 minutes or so.”

The HPU group gave a ride to a man who stayed on the van for more than an hour as they delivered others to their destinations.

“He responded well when we presented him with the Gospel,” Platte said. “I can’t explain it any other way except to say that God was working on his heart.”

Platte and the students would have enjoyed more time with each of the people to whom they gave rides but recognize the importance of the interactions they had.

“Our job is to plant the seed,” Platte said. “Hundreds of seeds might be planted before anything takes root. All we can do is reach out and make that contact.”

Now that they’ve returned home, Platte encourages the BSM students to keep praying for the people they met.

“We pray that, even if they don’t remember our names or faces, the beachgoers remember the messages we were sent to deliver.”

BSM students who attended Beach Reach included Alex Caro, a senior from Howe; Lacy Culpepper, a sophomore from Zephyr; Allyson Gainey, a junior from Kermit; Jenny Goff, a junior from Austin; Ruby Johnson, a sophomore from Alvarado; Kim Lilley, a senior from Brownwood; Xavier McFalls, a freshman from Amarillo; Andi Peaster, a freshman from Edinburg; Rebekah Steadman, a junior from Fort Worth; and Whitney Williams, a sophomore from Gatesville.

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Photo cutline: HPU students recently shared the Gospel during Spring Break at South Padre Island. The top row, from left, includes Rebekah Steadman, Jennifer Goff and Alex Caro. Bottom row, left to right: Andi Peaster, Xavier McFalls, Allyson Gainey, Lacy Culpepper, Whitney Williams, Kim Lilley and Ruby Johnson.

HPU cheerleaders named National Champions

cheerleaders_with_banner_for_webBy Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – April 4, 2013 – The Howard Payne University cheerleaders recently participated in the 2013 Christian Cheerleaders of America Cheer Nationals and were named “National Champions” in the small co-ed college division and fourth place overall. The competition consisted of more than 50 divisions, ranging from toddlers to college students, from more than 20 states.

The HPU cheerleaders, divided into three teams, also competed in the group stunts division, receiving second-, fourth- and fifth-place honors.

“This year’s team has worked very hard throughout the semester and the championship highlights the students’ dedication, talent and ‘coachability’,” said Jeffri Foster, cheer coach. “I could not be any more proud of the team and I look forward to continuing to build a successful program alongside these cheerleaders.”

The HPU cheer team includes Brooke Belcher, a freshman from Gunter; Harli Benham, a freshman from Three Rivers; Aly Castle, a junior from Lampasas; Kelci Feist, a sophomore from Deleon; Kelsey Johnson, a freshman from Goldthwaite; Kris Lowrey, a freshman from Brownwood; Lawrence Martinez, a freshman from Pflugerville; Rachel Moore, a junior from Sierra Blanca; Whitney Presbaugh, a junior from Fort Worth; Dariann Reed, a sophomore from Houston; Rachel Runnels, a sophomore from Paradise; and Mitchell Sostarich, a sophomore from Devine.

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Photo cutline: The HPU cheerleaders were recently named “National Champions” at the 2013 Christian Cheerleaders of America Cheer Nationals. Back row, from left: Coach Jeffri Foster, Kelsey Johnson, Rachel Moore, Whitney Presbaugh, Aly Castle, Brooke Belcher and Kelci Feist. Front row, from left: Kris Lowrey, Rachel Runnels, Lawrence Martinez, Harli Benham, Dariann Reed and Mitchell Sostarich.

HPU celebrates Black History Month with special chapel service

black_history_month_chapel_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – March 27, 2013 – Howard Payne University celebrated Black History Month with a special chapel service held last month. The second annual service focused on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation signing and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, in which an estimated 250,000 people demonstrated peacefully in the nation’s capital for civil rights and economic equality. Members of the African-American chapter of HPU’s Alumni Association, alongside current students, presented poetry, music and stories during the service titled “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”

The spirited celebration included congregational singing, readings by students and alumni and a powerful solo by Shirley Sanders ’72 of Texas City – which drew a standing ovation from the audience – all with the purpose of educating students about important milestones in our nation’s history related to the journey of African-Americans.

Ne’Lexia Galloway ’11 of San Antonio, president of the African-American alumni chapter, said about the chapel program, “African-American cultural history cannot be defined, but it is our civic duty as African-Americans to spread the history for the betterment of America. I am pleased to know that Howard Payne takes pride in Black History Month and believes in making the student body knowledgeable of America’s history.”

Other program participants included L.J. Clayton ’84 of San Antonio; Deborah Jones ’73 of Texas City; Adelia Kirk ’89 of Brownwood; Carol (Liz) Mahoney ’69 of Texas City; Gladys Murray ’80 of Austin; and Wilbert Rogers ’75 of Dallas. Student participants included Kalari Faultry, a sophomore from Houston; Jennifer Goff, a junior from Austin; Gabriella Guest, a sophomore from Midlothian; Jajuan Johnson, a sophomore from Fort Worth; Amber Jones, a junior from Rosenberg; Miriam Mackey, a junior from Taylor; Jeremy Perkins, a junior from Alexandria, La.; Richard Porche, a sophomore from Kyle; Zacchaeus Steidel-Santiago, a sophomore from San Antonio; and Nicholas Stubblefield, a freshman from Prairie View.

“It was once again a pleasure to work with our African-American alumni chapter on this important chapel celebration,” said Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We must never lose sight of the difficult road trodden by the African-American community in our nation’s history, and so it is fitting that we recognize Black History Month in this special way.”

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Photo cutline: HPU sophomore Zacchaeus Steidel-Santiago sings “If I Can Help Somebody” during the university’s second annual Black History Month chapel service. Photo by Jes Miera, HPU junior.

HPU’s Resurrection Week to begin Monday

david_burkBROWNWOOD – March 22, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host Resurrection Week, the university’s annual spring revival, March 25-27. The featured speaker for the week is David Burk, president and founder of Total Surrender Evangelistic Association, Inc., in Arlington. Worship will be led by the Nick Gainey Band. Gainey is a 2008 HPU graduate and the worship pastor and an elder at Connection Community Church in Rowlett.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the university’s Mims Auditorium. All services are open to the public.nick_gainey

“Resurrection Week is going to be a great time of renewal, challenge and worship together,” said Corey Ash, chapel coordinator and director of bands. “I assure you that you will be blessed!”

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Photo cutline: David Burk and Nick Gainey will headline Resurrection Week at Howard Payne University.

Tickets available for HPU’s “Rock: Then and Now” concert

BROWNWOOD – March 19, 2013 – Tickets are still available for Howard Payne University’s “Rock: Then and Now” concerts to be held on the HPU campus, March 22-23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

“Rock: Then and Now” will feature HPU faculty, staff and students performing family-friendly songs by a variety of musicians including Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Whitney Houston, Journey, Coldplay, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Chicago, Styx and more.

Tickets are $5 each and available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/rock. Tickets are also available at the School of Music and Fine Arts and at the door on the evenings of the concerts.

Prior to Friday’s performance, Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education, will also present a brief history of rock to those interested in a look at the genre from an academic perspective. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no cost for admittance to this pre-concert event.

For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500 or visit www.hputx.edu/rock.

HPU to present “Rock: Then and Now” concert

Grunge retro sunbeam backgroundBROWNWOOD – March 5, 2013 – “There’s something about music that just draws people closer together,” says Dr. Rob Tucker, dean of music, fine arts and extended education at Howard Payne University. Tucker is hoping one of the most recognized and beloved music genres, rock, has that effect at concerts to be held on the HPU campus, March 22-23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

“Rock: Then and Now” will feature HPU faculty, staff and students performing family-friendly songs by a variety of musicians including Elvis Presley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Whitney Houston, Journey, Coldplay, the Beatles and more.

“Rock music just makes people feel good,” Tucker says. “We hope people in the community come out, hear their favorite songs and have a blast singing along.”

Tickets are $5 each and available for purchase online at www.hputx.edu/rock. Tickets are also available at the School of Music and Fine Arts and at the door on the evenings of the concerts.

Prior to Friday’s performance, Tucker will also present a brief history of rock to those interested in a look at the genre from an academic perspective. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. on March 22 at the university’s Grace Chapel. There is no cost for admittance to this pre-concert event.

For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

HPU’s production of “Stealing Home” to open Christian University Theatre Festival

stealing_home_for_webBROWNWOOD – February 28, 2013 – The Howard Payne University Department of Theatre will present its first spring production, “Stealing Home,” in several performances Thursday, Feb. 28, through Monday, March 4. The final performance of the show will open the Christian University Theatre Festival, held March 4-6, in which HPU will host acting companies from Hardin-Simmons University, Lubbock Christian University and Wayland Baptist University.

The Christian University Theatre Festival was created approximately 20 years ago by the theatre directors from HPU, Hardin-Simmons and Wayland Baptist as a means to come together to share their art and love of theatre in a Christian setting.

“Our students forge friendships which begin at CUTF and last for many years,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, head of the HPU theatre department. “As professors and students, it is fun to see the same folks in different roles through the years of attending CUTF.”

“Stealing Home” is a comedy about two thieves, Cecil and Pug, who get more than anticipated when they accidentally break into a funeral home. Cast members include Gabi Guest, a sophomore from Midlothian; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Brittany Martin, a sophomore from Goldthwaite; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Jared Russell, a junior from Hillsboro; Phoenix Solis, a senior from Brownwood; Alex Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a sophomore from Lolita; Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler; and Kelsan Wolverton, a sophomore from Lampasas.

Performances of “Stealing Home” will be February 28, March 1, March 2 and March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2:30 p.m. Wayland Baptist University will present its production of David Mamet’s “The Water Engine” on Tuesday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. Lubbock Christian University’s production of “Shadowlands,” the story of C.S. Lewis and his marriage to Joy Davidman Gresham, will be Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. The final performance will be Hardin-Simmons’ production of “Red,” a story about artist Mark Rothko, Wednesday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m.

All performances will be at the HPU Theatre. Tickets for CUTF shows are $5.00 per show, with the exception of HPU’s performance of “Stealing Home” which will be free to HPU faculty, staff and students.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (325) 649-8516.

“We encourage everyone to join us for these wonderful plays that encompass a broad range of theatre genres,” Humfeld said. “What a treat to be able to see four plays in little more than 48 hours! The quality of the shows is always stellar and it is nice to know that they will all be true to our university’s Christian mission.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students Jarrod White (left) and Tucker Hull rehearse a scene from “Stealing Home.” Photo by Katie Mullaney, HPU junior.