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HPU gearing up for fall 2017 semester

HPU_Wilson Gate reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 11, 2017 – With just over a week remaining until the first day of classes, Howard Payne University faculty and staff are busily preparing for the fall 2017 semester. Classes begin August 21 and Jacket Journey, HPU’s new-student orientation, will be held August 17-20.

Jacket Journey kicks off next Thursday morning with students moving into residence halls. Returning students and other volunteers from campus will be available to assist new students with the move-in process. That afternoon, incoming students will enjoy a picnic with Drs. Bill and Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady.

Thursday evening, HPU will host Chime In, a ceremony in which new students walk through the university’s Wilson Gate before arriving at HPU’s Old Main Tower to sing the alma mater for the first time together as a class. Upon graduating from the university, the students will in turn participate in Chime Out, walking out of the Wilson Gate.

The rest of the week will consist of games and other activities designed to introduce new students to HPU and university life. On Saturday, students will participate in Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.), a community-service event. The following morning students will attend worship services at various churches throughout the community.

“There’s a renewed sense of energy on campus as we anticipate the arrival of our new students,” said Joshua Snow ’13, director of student activities. “Jacket Journey is an important part of student success at HPU and an exciting time for the entire campus community.”

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Cutline: HPU is preparing for the fall 2017 semester. Pictured is HPU’s Wilson Gate.

HPU’s Horton to present senior recital Thursday

Josiah Horton 2016Howard Payne University senior Josiah Horton of Lockhart will present a vocal recital on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free and is open to the public.

Horton is a church music-vocal major and English minor. He is from the studio of Dr. Greg Church, professor of music.

“This program has been one of my favorites to build with a student,” said Dr. Church. “The music comes from several different musical periods and is quite challenging. It requires great musicality and sensitivity by both the singer and the pianist to be performed well.”

Recital selections include pieces from George Frederick Handel, Hugo Wolf, Erik Satie and Kurt Weill. Horton will also perform “Four Burns Songs” by Benjamin Brittain and “O wie ängstlich” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Accompanying Horton on the piano is Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music.

“Mr. Horton and Dr. Wallace have put a significant amount of work into this recital,” said Dr. Church. “This will be a wonderful evening of music performed by two highly talented musicians.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.


Cutline: HPU senior Josiah Horton will present a vocal recital on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU’s annual Spring Sing event draws large crowds

Pi Theta Chi Spring SingBROWNWOOD – April 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently hosted its annual Spring Sing event during which three student organizations wrote, directed and performed high-energy musical skits for large audiences over two nights.

Pi Theta Chi won first place for its performance, which earned the group an $800 prize from HPU’s Alumni Association. Delta Chi Rho won second place and $500 from the HPU Student Government Association, while Chi Alpha Omega placed third and received $300 from HPU’s Student Foundation.

“I enjoyed getting to see how much time and effort each organization put into its performance,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “These groups did a tremendous job performing and I’m thankful for the hard work and dedication that was put into the weekend.”


Cutline: HPU student organization Pi Theta Chi won first place during the university’s recent Spring Sing event.

HPU to celebrate Easter with Resurrection Week services

Mike Satterfield

BROWNWOOD – March 23, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host Resurrection Week, an annual spring revival event, April 10 through 12. The services, open to the community as well as HPU students, faculty and staff, are scheduled before Easter each year and intended as a time of spiritual renewal.

This year’s speaker, Mike Satterfield, is the founder of Field of Grace Ministries and teaching pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington. Satterfield has a tremendous passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that flows through every facet of his ministry. Having received his mandate from God, Satterfield obediently fulfills his calling communicating spiritual truths to all audiences, both students and adults. He is an effective communicator with fresh and original illustrations. God has given him the ability to engage the audience with his skilled use of words and his warm personality. He combines both to reflect the vitalizing truths laid out in God’s Word in a relevant message to the world. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Arlington with their two children.

The Darnell Band from Austin will lead worship at each service. The Darnell Band formed in the fall of 2012 as the main worship band for The Austin Stone Community Church’s south campus. Led by worship leader and songwriter Daniel Darnell, the band desires to lead God’s people in worship through passionate, theologically sound and musically rich songs. The band’s aim is to see the name of Christ lifted high and glorified, both in the band’s music and in the members’ lives. In addition to Darnell (vocals and guitar), band members include Ross Nesselrode (lead guitar), Tim Pool (bass) and Ruben Gonzalez (drums).

The Darnell Band

“Mike Satterfield has spoken at HPU several times and we’re always greatly blessed by his words,” said Corey Ash, director of bands and Chapel coordinator. “We’re also looking forward to welcoming the members of The Darnell Band for their first appearance at HPU. It’s going to be a powerful week as we worship our risen Savior.”

Resurrection Week services are Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Each will take place in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. For more information, contact Ash at 325-649-8502 or

HPU to host 21st annual Spring Sing

Spring Sing 2016BROWNWOOD – March 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its 21st annual Spring Sing event this Friday and Saturday with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets for the family-friendly event are $5 each and the community is welcome to attend.

Three Howard Payne University student organizations will take part in the production, each performing an original musical skit. Participating groups are Chi Alpha Omega, Delta Chi Rho and Pi Theta Chi.

“Spring Sing is a popular event on campus each year,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “The groups have rehearsed their performances for several weeks and each is really creative and unique.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performances or online at The doors open at 7 p.m. each evening.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Student Activities at 325-649-8305.


Cutline: An HPU student organization performs in Spring Sing 2016.

HPU first-year students enjoy exciting semester

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

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

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

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

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

First-year students at HPU include:

Jeremy Ayers
Ransome Looper

Kelly Lindquist
Brianna Weaver

Bryan Bourque
Taylor Davis

Cooper Hering

Jordan Jeffrey

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

Jonathan Randall

Auburn, Washington
Blake Null

Ehlar Htoo
Brooke Landry
Makayla Lewis
Luke Victor

Lucila Meraz

Rebekah Chance

Kelton Parson

Marcus Cortez

Bay City
Anthony Chavez
Lawrence Smith

Alexander Moyers

David Mares

Christian Joubert
Robert Lester
Brittany Rideau
Roderick Sorrell

Preston Newman

Christopher Hall

Haylee Williams

Xavier Haines
Emily Kepling
Ruth Perez
Morgan Thomasson

Sawyer Fisher

Big Lake
Jake Myers

Mattie Cowdery
Vernon Zier

Charles Lewis

Kaitlyn Partlow

Ty’Essa Langehennig

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

Cecil Banks

Trey Foyt

Buffalo Gap
Rachel Myers

Madelyn Deviney

Weston Hunter

Jordan Hahn

Donna Moses

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry

Cedar Park
Demeco Bowstring-Choat
Morgan Stout
Trey Weidner

Lidiya Shuppert

Paulo Flores
Madison Neal

Brazier Talley

Chanda King

Charles Miller
Monica Mitchell

Tonya Thompson

Madison Bicknell
Anna Goains
Austin Hodshire
Miranda Morales
Tiffany Simons

Kolby Berss

Clovis, New Mexico
Antony Bildilli

Zackary Butler

Rachel Lilley

Zachary Reed

Michael Guevara
Jacob Lepper

Deandray Williams

Copperas Cove
Jacob Bonner
Elijah Jordan
Ezekiel Jordan
Joseph Morrison

Corpus Christi
Ethan Cerna

Trey Sansom

Nicholas Panameno
Julian Whigham

Alfredo Lozano

Cecily McIlwain

De Leon
Dillanger Sylva

Joshua Broderick
Jaycen Camacho

Dripping Springs
Robert Miller

Kristian Gonzalez

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

Cowan Barker
Jacob Simpson

Andrew Segura

Edmond, Oklahoma
Madison Duncan

El Paso
Kenneth Okwunwanne

Elm Mott
Haley Cummings

Ashley McKay

Leland Brown
Madisynn Thames

Eunice, New Mexico
Kaleigh Parker

Aubrey White

Brittany Taylor

Suzanne Schad

Zachary Eskridge

Fort Hood
David Parker
Foga’A Solomona

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

Kalin Brown
Lauren Gravell

Odilia Meza

Reagan Ridlehuber
Jordan Wells

Remington Bator

Breanna Clover
Derrick Miller
John-Philip Smith

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

Ryan Miles

Steven Koehne

Vanessa Longoria

Madison Miller

Grand Prairie
Bailey Patton

Alaina Aguirre

Jordan Sweat

Klaye Georges

Harker Heights
Taliyah Wade

Makayla Easley

Taylor Love

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

Ashlyn Ellis
Lindsey Krueger

Roderick Davis

Kathleen Cravey

Lamonte’ Toles

Rockne Burt
Hannah Pflueger

Josiah Hughes

Talen Davis-Rentfro
Jesse Landess
Jimmy Landess
Hailey Richardson

Bradley Ruiz
Breon Shelly

Arriyanna Forch
Cheyenne Hill
Elijah House
Luis Ponce Chinea

Collin Benson
Garrett Sweeney

Dale Caswell
Geoffrey Donoho

La Porte
Jordan Lewis

Laguna Park
Chrystyn Carpenter

Beau Roberts

Demarcus Hurd

Graham White

Kyle Mercer

Little Elm
Kailey Doering

Live Oak
Brad Ward

Justin Hughes

Christian Bishop

Kyle Molter

Jamie Garrett

Haley Vargas

Cody Willis

Marble Falls
Gavin Henderson

Aimee Rolando

Erin Haley
Faith Ingracia

Eli Williams

Nadia Joseph

Cindy Gutierrez
Kendall Moore

Kimberly Bogart

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof
Jessica Swonger

William Arias
Andrew Cantu
Madison Hatzold

Missouri City
Alfred Booker

Justin Anderson
Michael Hord
Mason Law

Rachel Lightfoot

Daniel Rodriguez

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler
Maci Dorsey

Charles Male
Robert Ross
Madison Witherwax

Jerry Molley

New Braunfels
Dylan Johnson
Bradley Schmid
Samuel Soape
Lindsey Tumlinson

North Richland Hills
Robert Doty

Larry Potter
Destiny Ramirez

Jessica Funderburk

Jasmine Brown

Michael Perez

Michael Delgado
Jose Villegas

Delia Sotello

Sarah Ramos

Anaelyssa Quintanilla

Austin Killgore

Scott Wright

Justin Berezi

Katherine Mendoza

Jeremy Yandell

Branson Guelker

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

Rachel Carpenter

Austin Sallee

Nikolas Lowrance

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

San Marcos
Macy Maniscalo

San Saba
Isela Parra
Hollee Ragsdale

San Ygnacio
Javier Silva

Santa Teresa, New Mexico
Isiah Herrera

Jada Jones
Shannon Warren

Andrew Byer

Garett Drummond

Victor Benitez

Michael Chambers

Richard Bauman
Jose’ Moreno
Brandon Santos

Gabriel Mata

Darien Bird
Travis Covington
Gage Haley

Sugar Land
Micah Guerrero

Cavasea Heath

Jayland Brown

Tiffany Chanthaseng

Kailey Cargill

Joseph Qualey

Bryce Shelton

Lillie McDonald

Gabrielle Cook

Valley Mills
Miguel Callejas
Cody Ewing
Tanyon Tims

Vidalia, Louisiana
Jordan Whitehead

Tevan Anderson
Cairo Attaway
Toni Gibbs

Samuel Bosher

Michael Nowak

Morgan Andie McCoy

Wichita Falls
Chase Lindley

Abigail Fraser

Javier Lopez

Ricky Dehay
Kashtyn Eoff


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

HPU announces 2016 Homecoming Court

homecoming-court-2016BROWNWOOD – October 24, 2016 – Howard Payne University has announced its 2016 Homecoming Court. The Homecoming queen and princess will be crowned Friday, October 28, at 2 p.m. during Homecoming Convocation in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

Homecoming queen nominees are seniors Jaclyn Bonner of Lytle, Elizabeth Rainey of Poolville and Sydney Spencer of Georgetown. Princess nominees are juniors Camila Cotter of San Antonio, Marissa Godbey of Austin and Adriana Mata of San Angelo.

Jaclyn Bonner, the daughter of Rosemary and James Bonner, is a communication major and sociology minor. She is the senior presiding senator of the Student Government Association, a leader within the Baptist Student Ministry and a columnist for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper. Additionally, she serves as a resident advisor, as a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society and as a volunteer intern for Genuine College Ministry. Upon graduating from HPU, she would like to work with marginalized people groups abroad then return to the United States to begin a career in advocacy and government relations.

Elizabeth Rainey, an elementary education major, is the daughter of Susan and Richard Rainey. She is an honorary member of Pi Theta Chi, a local sorority founded at HPU in the spring of 2016. After graduating from the university, Rainey aspires to become an elementary reading specialist.

Sydney Spencer, the daughter of Tina and Eric Spencer, is a student in HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy majoring in social work and global studies. She is the Student Government Association President and president of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society. Additionally, she is an honorary member of Delta Chi Rho and is involved with Model United Nations, Pi Gamma Mu and the Social Work Club. Her career aspiration is to become an ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Camila Cotter, a music education major, is the daughter of Ivette and Michael Cotter. She is a member of the Chapel worship band, Pi Theta Chi, Gamma Beta Phi, Heritage Singers and the Concert Choir. Additionally, she serves as a resident assistant. Upon graduating from HPU, she aspires to become a high school choir teacher.

Marissa Godbey, the daughter of Tammie Kelley and Brent Godbey, majors in church music and music education with a minor in youth ministry. She serves on the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team and as president of new membership education and recruiting for Pi Theta Chi. She is a resident assistant, a member of the Heritage Singers and a section leader in HPU’s Concert Choir. After graduating from HPU, she would like to teach music in a low-income area while serving in a church. She also plans to earn a doctoral degree in choral conducting.

Adriana Mata, an elementary education major minoring in music performance, is the daughter of Gloria and Lupe Mata. She is a member of the Student Activities Council and an honorary member of Sigma Theta Phi. She aspires to become an elementary teacher to share her love of music with the next generation of musicians.

The Homecoming Court will be featured during the halftime show of the football game as HPU takes on McMurry University on Saturday, October 29. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.

For a complete list of Homecoming 2016 activities, visit


Cutline: Members of HPU’s 2016 Homecoming Court are, left to right, Sydney Spencer, Elizabeth Rainey, Jaclyn Bonner, Adriana Mata, Marissa Godbey and Camila Cotter.

HPU Homecoming festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

hpu-bonfire-raft-2016 BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2016 – Howard Payne University will host a bonfire, a fireworks show and a parade as featured parts of the university’s Homecoming 2016 celebration. The Bonfire and Fireworks on the Bayou event is scheduled for Friday, October 28, at 9:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in Brownwood. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend each of these events.

The bonfire will be built on a steel 8-foot-by-8-foot raft that will float on Pecan Bayou. The steel for the raft was donated by Sweetwater Steel in Early and the raft was constructed by Ricky Brooks of Kool Kreations Custom Boat Docks at Lake Brownwood. The HPU men’s soccer team collected the wood that will be used for the bonfire, which will be lit by a flaming arrow shot by HPU senior Ivy Nichols of Richardson. Following the bonfire, an exciting, 15-minute fireworks show will light the night sky. The fireworks are made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor to HPU.

“We are excited to have the bonfire and fireworks this year as part of our Homecoming events,” said Stephen Sullivan ’11, MBA ’14, director of development and alumni relations at HPU. “Our hope is that these events will provide an opportunity for HPU alumni to engage with current students as well as the community. Everyone is invited to attend.”

In addition to the bonfire and fireworks, various HPU student organizations will provide games and activities at Riverside Park during the events. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and snacks for this event. No alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Parade Route Map_Revised_2014This 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 will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw. Additionally, there will be a variety of floats and participants from the community.

“HPU’s Homecoming parade will include community, alumni and current student participants,” said Laura Benoit, associate director of alumni relations at the university. “We are excited this year to have Rick Phelps of Victory Life Church in Brownwood to help us coordinate the parade and we look forward to seeing many community members on Saturday morning enjoying this HPU tradition.”

The Homecoming parade is sponsored by Bruner Auto Group.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at

A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available online at


An 8-foot-by-8-foot bonfire raft will float on the Pecan Bayou during HPU’s Homecoming 2016 Bonfire and Fireworks on the Bayou event. The raft was constructed by Ricky Brooks of Kool Kreations Custom Boat Docks using steel donated by Sweetwater Steel.

HPU’s Homecoming 2016 parade will begin at Brownwood Coliseum and end in front of the Doakie Day Art Center on the HPU campus.

HPU’s Yellow Jacket Band given new drum major stand

BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2016 –  Howard Payne University’s Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma groups recently purchased a new drum major stand for the HPU Yellow Jacket Band. Pictured are HPU’s Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma group members along with Corey Ash, director of bands and associate professor of music (second row, far right), and Dr. Robert Mangrum, group sponsor, university historian and professor of history and government (third row, far right).



HPU Phi Beta Lambda members compete in national competition

hpu-phi-beta-lambda-groupBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2016 – Four members of Howard Payne University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization open to all college or university students interested in business related careers, recently competed at the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The four HPU students had competed in the spring at the state level and earned the opportunity to advance to the national conference.

Those who attended were Hannah Ball, junior from Justin and chapter secretary; Jessica Harris, junior from Brownwood and chapter vice president; Jody Loudamy, senior from Goldthwaite and chapter president; Rachel Mahagan, senior from Georgetown and chapter historian; and Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting and the chapter’s adviser.

Loudamy placed fourth in the Business Presentation category.

“I am so thankful for the efforts of all of our members because, without their efforts, I would not have gotten as far as I did,” said Loudamy. “This organization gives its members a chance to better themselves, and I hope we continue doing that this year and the rest of our lives.”

In addition to representing HPU in competitions, students had the opportunity to communicate with fellow Phi Beta Lambda members and visit local attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Monetary Museum.

Phi Beta Lambda is the university division of Future Business Leaders of America, the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, the organization helps more than 200,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of Phi Beta Lambda is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

In addition to business related areas, competitive events include many computer applications, communications applications, sports issues, and others.

The Fall Leadership Conference for the Mountain Plains Region will be held in Dallas, November 18-19 and will feature workshops to help students hone their skills.


Photo cutline: HPU Phi Beta Lambda members recently competed at the national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. From left to right are Hannah Ball, Rachel Mahagan, Jody Loudamy, Mike Daub and Jessica Harris.