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HPU claims Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall at home tournament

ssb_tifa_fall_2012_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, the Student Speaker Bureau, recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) state championship tournament. HPU received several honors including Debate Sweepstakes and 2nd Place Overall.

The university hosted 19 institutions from Texas and other southern states and almost 200 people including competitors, coaches and judges. With 31 teams competing, the event had the largest Fall TIFA debate participation ever.

“Hosting this tournament for the first time on the HPU campus was a privilege and everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the communication department and Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) coach. “We were delighted to have so many guests on campus competing.”

HPU had the top two debate teams, winning the Debate Sweepstakes. The teams were comprised of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle, and Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass.

The SSB’s 2nd Place Overall win included points earned from debate and individual events. Individual scores are as follows: Aschmutat, 2nd place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, 5th place Impromptu Speaking, 6th place Impromptu Speaking; Bonner, 3rd place Persuasive Speaking, 5th place Persuasive Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi, 5th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking; Palmer, 7th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking, Impromptu Speaking semifinalist; and Mullaney, 9th place Parliamentary Debate Speaking. Also competing were Marcos Corley, Sarah Owens, Kaleigh Tankersley, Jessica Ramirez and Dorie Walton. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also served as coach.

“I’m so proud of our team’s winning performance at this tournament,” Welker said. “It’s always nice to win but especially when you get to win on your own turf.”

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Photo cutline: HPU recently hosted the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association state championship tournament. HPU competitors included (back row, from left): Dorie Walton, Jake Aschmutat, Marcos Corley and Ben Palmer. Front row, left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Jessica Ramirez, Kaleigh Tankersley, Sarah Owens and Katie Mullaney. Not pictured is Timothy Hardy.

HPU wins Moot Court tournament at South Texas College of Law

moot_court_south_texas_college_of_law_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 7, 2012 – The Howard Payne University team of Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, and Charity Chambers, a senior from Derby, Kan., recently won the South Texas College of Law Moot Court Tournament in Houston.

The pair beat a team from the United States Air Force Academy in the final round, resulting in a unanimous 5-0 decision for Aschmutat and Chambers. The panel of judges consisted of the dean of the law school, a state appellate judge in Houston and one of the founding members of the undergraduate moot court organization, among others.

Aschmutat and Chambers were each awarded a $1,000 cash prize for their victory. A cash award also went to HPU’s Joshua Milam, a senior from Midland, who earned a 5th place oralist award out of 76 competitors and $100.

Additional honors for HPU included a 9th place oralist award to Chambers and advancement to Octofinals for the teams of Milam and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle; and Cayden McDonald, a junior from Whitehouse, and Elizabeth Rogers, a junior from Grand Junction, Colo.

Other HPU students competing included Bethany Berry, a junior from Post; Zachary Gafford, a sophomore from Snyder; Landon Hankins, a senior from Decatur; and Caleb McConnell, a sophomore from Burleson.

HPU’s teams are coached by Mandy Locker, assistant professor of political science and criminal justice and Sandefer Chair of Political Science at HPU.

“I am extremely proud of Jake and Charity and all of their hard work that translated into such an amazing win at the South Texas College of Law tournament,” Locker said. “I am also very proud of all of the Howard Payne students who competed well, because even prior to Jake and Charity’s win, the law school admissions office was remarking about how great all of our students were and how much they wanted to make a visit to our campus to recruit.”

HPU competed against teams from 38 institutions including the Air Force Academy, Baylor University, the University of North Texas, California State University at Long Beach, Arkansas State University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University and more.

“This tournament was the first competition of the Moot Court season, and Howard Payne has set the bar high,” Locker said. “I feel like HPU has earned the reputation of being ‘the school to beat’ at the regional competitions.”

The Moot Court team will next travel to the Texas Tech University School of Law to compete in a tournament on November 16 and 17. Teams that break into quarterfinals during this competition will receive an automatic bid to the National Tournament at Regent University School of Law in January.

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Photo cutline: Members of HPU’s Moot Court recently returned from a tournament at South Texas College of Law. Shown are HPU students who were honored at the tournament. Left to right: Katie Rose Bonner, Octofinal qualifier; Elizabeth Rogers, Octofinal qualifier; Cayden McDonald, Octofinal qualifier; Jake Aschmutat, tournament champion; Charity Chambers, tournament champion and 9th place oralist; and Joshua Milam, Octofinal qualifier and 5th place oralist.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau has busy semester with tournaments at home and abroad

ssb_colorado_springs_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 30, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, has a busy month ahead hosting and competing in tournaments. In addition to conducting the Fall 2012 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association state championship tournament Nov. 2-4 on the HPU campus, the SSB will travel to Oxford, England, to compete in the Oxford IV Inter-Varsity Debate Tournament Nov. 8-10.

Approximately 200 competitors, judges and coaches from 20 universities and colleges from Texas and other southern states will arrive on the HPU campus at the end of the week.

“We are absolutely delighted to host this competition for this first time ever on the HPU campus,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the communication department and SSB coach. “The Fall TIFA tournament attracts many schools from across Texas and the surrounding states. We are excited about having these universities and junior colleges visit and compete at HPU.”

Directly on the heels of the TIFA tournament, HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau will travel to England for the Oxford debate tournament. The Oxford IV is the largest and most prestigious debating competition on the UK university circuit and is hosted by the famous Oxford Union.

“Several years ago I was presented with the idea of our team competing at the Oxford tournament and it’s been our goal to make that happen,” Welker said. “We normally compete in parliamentary debate, which differs from British Parliamentary style debate, so we knew making the transition would be a challenge.”

Welker added that she has relied heavily on the help of SSB member Jake Aschmutat, a senior from Corpus Christi, to whom she gave the task of learning about BP-style debate and coaching the students who are competing.

“Jake has done an outstanding job of coaching the BP students,” Welker said. “He has gone above and beyond to prepare them for the Oxford tournament.”

Welker will take eight students to Oxford. Two teams will compete – Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass., and Katie Rose Bonner, a sophomore from Lytle; as well as Aschmutat and Jessica Ramirez, a junior from Bangs. Kaleigh Tankersley, a freshman from Iraan, and Marcos Corley, a freshman from Corpus Christi, will serve as “wing judges” at the competition, assisting the judges in adjudicating the debate. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication and SSB coach, will also travel with the team and serve as a wing judge along with Welker.

The group also recently travelled to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the 50th Annual Forensics Classic Tournament.

For the first time in HPU history, the team competed in BP-style debate, governed by the World Universities Debating Council. SSB also had teams entered in parliamentary debate and individual events.

The team of Bonner and Mullaney advanced to the quarterfinal round.

“We weren’t sure what to expect since this was our first BP-style tournament, but we were very pleased that one team advanced to quarters – especially at a tournament like this with teams of a very high caliber competing,” Welker said.

Other students who competed included Aschmutat; Corley; Ramirez; Tankersley; Sarah Owens, a freshman from San Antonio; Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; and Dorie Walton, a freshman theatre major from Lolita.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau is having a busy semester hosting and competing in tournaments. Pictured at a recent competition at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., are: Dr. Julie Welker, Sarah Owens, Dorie Walton, Jessica Ramirez, Jake Aschmutat, Kaleigh Tankersley, Marcos Corley, Catherine Mullaney, Ben Palmer, Katie Rose Bonner and Kim Bryant.

HPU exhibits work of new art professor, department chair

harmon_art_for_webBy Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University freshman

BROWNWOOD – October 29, 2012 – Howard Payne University will host a reception and viewing of paintings by David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center on November 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will also be a lecture by Harmon from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the art center. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend both the reception and the lecture.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. His work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

“It is our hope that the community will take this opportunity to view Mr. Harmon’s work and get to know an outstanding new addition to the HPU faculty,” said Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5. Photo by Rachel Ellington, HPU freshman.

HPU’s Winds of Triumph bring London experiences back to the classroom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABROWNWOOD – October 25, 2012 – Howard Payne University is known for providing unique educational experiences, but quite a few people on campus are still in awe of one such opportunity presented to students this summer. One of the most discussed events of the summer, the 2012 Olympic Games, was held in London and HPU students not only were in attendance – they were on stage.

Winds of Triumph, HPU’s highly lauded instrumental ensemble comprised of 13 students and recent graduates, was invited by the Greater London Authority to play in a number of venues throughout London in conjunction with the Olympic Games. HPU was one of only four university musical groups invited to perform.

“The students were selected to represent Howard Payne University, the state of Texas and the United States of America as musical ambassadors at the Olympic Games,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of Winds of Triumph.

Though a few months have passed since the performances, the memories are still fresh. Before arriving in London, the group traveled to Paris to play the Arène de Montmartre.

“In both Paris and London the students received standing ovations and had requests for multiple encores,” he said. “We were told that people in London were very reserved and never asked for encores. But they did for our group.”

The students were strengthened and encouraged by the audiences.

“We were the smallest group performing,” said Allen Andrus, a senior from Anson. “We were worried about how we would sound against the bigger bands in an audience situation. But the crowd was very responsive, very receptive. We were playing spiritual pieces and I could see people mouthing the words.”

London venues included Exhibition Road, Victoria Park and Olympic Park.

“The most memorable moment of the trip for me was at Victoria Park,” said Tyler Cooper, a senior from Brownwood. “It was a very special performance because it had been raining all day and it seemed like it was never going to stop. As soon as we played the first note, the rain stopped completely.”

According to Cooper, the group played the entire set without a drop of rain. When they played the last chord, the rain returned.

Said Goacher, “We really felt like God was caring for us and looking out for us. All of our needs were met.”

When they arrived at Olympic Park, the group was treated to a unique performing experience.

“We had the opportunity to play in the world’s first inflatable acoustic shell,” Goacher said. “Our ensemble fit perfectly in the shell. Though no microphones were used, our music could be heard throughout Olympic Park as if there were theater speakers right next to the ears of each member of the audience.”

By the time of their second performance at Olympic Park, word about Winds of Triumph had spread.

“Entire groups of Olympic Park workers took their break during our performance and came just to hear our band,” Goacher said. “It was a wonderful reception for our students.”

Goacher described a photo taken at that particular performance.

“People of every nation, every color, every land, every tribe were all seated on the grounds of the park listening to the music,” he said. “The music we played was to the glory of God and presented in an upbeat style with pleasant harmonies. The people were just drawn to it. Maybe that’s a scene of Heaven. The weather was perfect and people from every nation were gathered in a beautiful outdoor spot listening to the music that praises God.”

Goacher and the students expressed appreciation to the many people who made the trip possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Obviously when you undertake something like this, it is fantastically expensive,” Goacher said. “Everyone shouldered the expense. We found we were greatly blessed and greatly supported by donors. The response was wonderful. In fact, it was overwhelming. We more than met our goal for fundraising.”

Tyler Matthews, a senior from Peaster, expressed appreciation on behalf of the students.
“As a group, we want to thank our faithful fans and new fans we received along the way,” he said. “Winds of Triumph would not be the experience it is for us if were not able to provide the music for them. Above all, I want to thank God because without Him this would not have happened.”

According to Goacher, the students proved to everyone, including themselves, that they are capable of great feats.

“What our students learned back in the classrooms and rehearsal halls in Brownwood, Texas, was still relevant on the world stage.”

In addition to Andrus, Cooper and Matthews, other performers on the trip included Elizabeth Bates, a May 2011 graduate from Austin; Christopher Burnett, a sophomore from Early; Mercedes Cardenas, a junior from Brownwood; Kimberly Collins, an August 2012 graduate from Bay City; Talitha Cook, a May 2012 graduate from Howe; Taylor Cook, a junior from Howe; Megan Irwin, a sophomore from Brownwood; Grant Newman, a senior from Springtown; Ethan Yeats, a sophomore from Big Spring; and Kyle Ziegler, a senior from Brownwood. Sponsors included Doris Goacher and Kevin and Jill Holamon.

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Photo cutlines: Audiences gather to watch HPU’s Winds of Triumph perform at Olympic Park in London.

Winds of Triumph perform onstage at Exhibition Road in London.

Ammons and Scofield crowned Homecoming Queen and Princess

BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2012 – Carlee Ammons of Houston (left) and Robin Scofield of Naples, Fla., were crowned Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Queen and Princess during a ceremony held on campus today.

ammons_and_scofield_for_webAmmons is a senior communication studies major and Scofield is a junior Academy of Freedom student and communication studies major. The pair will be featured in Saturday’s Homecoming Parade and during the halftime show of the HPU football game.

HPU freshman looks forward to another Homecoming

BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2012 – With Homecoming festivities coming up at the end of this week, Howard Payne University freshman Ashley Miller recalls her past memories of Homecoming weekends spent at HPU. For the 2012 graduate of Austin’s James Bowie High School, college has always been a part of life. For as long as she can remember, Miller has been attending HPU events with her grandparents, Dr. Damon ’54 and Betty ’58 Miller.

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When her grandfather was inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the student rode in the Homecoming Parade with her cousins. She also remembers getting to wear an HPU mum for the annual Homecoming celebrations.

Miller says that her grandparents have many other stories about their years at HPU. One of her favorites is when her grandfather and some of his friends put a Volkswagen Beetle into the boys’ dorm lobby and then hid the keys.

Miller also says that back when HPU was still called Howard Payne College, “the freshmen were required to wear green and gold beanies at all times. Upperclassman could tell any freshman to ‘button up’ at any time or any place, both downtown or on campus. To ‘button up,’ the freshman had to stand up with his or her thumb on the button of the beanie and do some sort of HPC yell.”

A liberal arts and biology major, Miller plans to go into pediatric nursing.

“I chose this field because I knew I wanted to work with kids and I have an appreciation for those in the medical field and the kind of work they do,” she says.

Miller says that she loves HPU because, “everyone is so close and friendly. It’s really like a big family!”SONY DSC

Dr. Damon Miller of Austin received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1954 and his master’s degree in 1958. His wife, Betty, graduated in 1958. They are delighted that their granddaughter is attending their alma mater. She also has many other relatives, including two aunts, who graduated from HPU.

“I am looking forward to meeting new friends, getting my degree and making my grandparents and aunts proud,” Miller says as she discusses her excitement about embarking on her new life at HPU.

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Photo cutlines: As a child, Ashley Miller often came to HPU events with her grandparents. She is shown wearing a mum at Homecoming 2001.

Ashley Miller poses with Buzzsaw, HPU’s mascot, while attending a preview event on the HPU campus in 2012.

HPU to present Homecoming theatre performances

homecoming_performance_for_webBROWNWOOD – October 10, 2012 – Howard Payne University will begin its theatrical season with the comedic musical, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” Performances correspond with HPU’s Homecoming 2012 celebration, Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s theatre department and director/choreographer of the play, stated that “Forum” is one of her all-time favorite musicals.

“The songs are delightful and the story keeps you laughing all the way to the end,” she said.

“Forum” opened on Broadway in May of 1962. Humfeld says the musical is inspired by plays of the second century B.C. Roman playwright Plautus and is “gloriously free of serious moments.”

“The show’s action, dialogue, songs and dances are the essence of farce,” she said. “The single goal is to keep the audience laughing deliriously from the first note of the opening number, ‘Comedy Tonight,’ until the final curtain comes down.”

The original production was directed by George Abbott with choreography and musical staging by Jack Cole. Produced by Harold Prince, it ran for 964 performances and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1963.

HPU cast members include Taylor Crow of Brownwood; Katie Dobson, a junior from Garland; Timmy Emery, a freshman from Brady; Timothy Hardy, a junior from Corpus Christi; Tucker Hull, a junior from Brownwood; Hannah Jansen, a sophomore from Erie, Colo.; Lindsey Jones, a junior from Georgetown; Lawrence Martinez, a freshman from Austin; Ben Mohundro, a freshman from Frisco; Elizabeth Oliver, a freshman from Snyder; Ben Palmer, a junior from Van; Judi Parten, a junior from Goldthwaite; Chris Phelps, a senior from Brownwood; Tiffani Peeples, a freshman from Eastland; Jared Russell, a sophomore from Hillsboro; Alexandra Taliaferro, a sophomore from Haslet; Dorie Walton, a freshman from Lolita; and Jarrod White, a junior from Ben Wheeler.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, October 11-13, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children. Reservations may be made through the box office at (325) 649-8516 or tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: HPU students rehearse a scene from the university’s Homecoming performance, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

HPU announces Homecoming Parade route

Campus map LATESTBROWNWOOD – October 8, 2012 – Howard Payne University has announced the parade route for Homecoming 2012. The parade will travel around the HPU campus Saturday, October 13, beginning at 11 a.m., and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The parade will wind its way from HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center around the Mabee University Center, down Fisk Street to Austin Avenue, where it will turn and re-enter the campus on Center Avenue. The parade will end on HPU’s Wilson Walkway.

A variety of reunions and other events will also be held throughout the weekend. Alumni and visitors can register for Homecoming events by visiting homecoming.hputx.edu or by calling 1-800-950-8465 or 325-649-8069. A full calendar of events, various ticket packages and other information can be found online.

Homecoming volunteers needed

PrintOctober 5, 2012 — Homecoming Week is fast approaching, and the university is in need of volunteers to make the celebration the best it can be. Some of the jobs will only require an hour of someone’s time, and each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt.

Visit this link to see the jobs available and sign up for the one that best fits your schedule.

For more information, contact Miranda Marsh, Homecoming volunteer coordinator, at (325) 647-8632 or mmarsh@hputx.edu.