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HPU art professor to be featured in national exhibition

David Harmon HPU for webBROWNWOOD – February 26, 2014 – The artwork of David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Howard Payne University, was selected for inclusion in a national exhibition. Two of Harmon’s pastel pieces will be featured in The Pastel National 2014 Exhibition at the Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, Kan.

The exhibit will be showcased at the Wichita Center March 28 through May 11, with an opening reception to be held on Friday, March 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Professor Harmon is very talented, both as an artist and as a teacher,” said Lawson Hager, interim dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “We’re very pleased that his work is being recognized at the national level.”

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Photo cutline: Artwork by David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the art department at HPU, will be showcased in a national exhibition.

HPU to present Spring Sing 2014

spring sing for webBROWNWOOD – February 21, 2014 – Howard Payne University students will perform in the annual Spring Sing event on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, at 7:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in Mims Auditorium.

This year’s theme is “Remember When” and each participating group will perform a 12-minute original musical/theatrical sketch that will be filled with action, hilarity and inspiration. Student organizations participating in this year’s event include the Archery Club, Chi Alpha Omega, Delta Chi Rho, Iota Chi Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Theta Phi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Spring Sing is a popular event on the HPU campus, drawing audiences of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. General admission tickets are $5 for all audiences and are available for purchase beginning Monday, February 24. Tickets may be purchased at the Cashier’s Office (room 203 of HPU’s Packer Administration Building) or during lunch in the Mabee University Center. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the event. Reserved seating tickets are available for $10 at the HPU Cashier’s Office but must be purchased by Thursday, February 27.

A Spring Sing student committee, co-chaired by Kaitlin Vernon, a junior from Bangs, and Brandon Yost, a senior from Fresno, Calif., is coordinating this year’s production. Staff advisers include Francie Harvey, director of student activities; Nancy Pryor, resident director; Jake Sneath, resident director; and Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students.

“As a treasured tradition on campus, Spring Sing is the perfect opportunity for alumni and community members to visit campus,” Harvey explains. “We have more groups than ever, and audiences are going to experience each organization’s qualities and humor.”

Photo cutline: HPU will present its annual Spring Sing event February 28 and March 1 at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes at Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association championship tournament

BROWNWOOD – February 19, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, recently competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association spring championship tournament at Rice University. The team won 5th place overall sweepstakes, losing only to Division I universities.

“This is a great accomplishment,” said Dr. Julie Welker, head of the communication department and SSB coach. “It is outstanding when a university the size of HPU comes in right behind larger universities. Most of those schools have upwards of 20 students on their team and enter twice as many events. We are competing with eight students. Our students pack a lot of bang for their buck!”

The team had a strong showing in debate, as the open division team of Katie Mullaney, senior English and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boylston, Mass., and Ben Palmer, senior youth ministry major from Brownwood, advanced to quarterfinals.

HPU had four speakers in the top 20 for parliamentary debate speaker awards. Winning top speaker awards were Mullaney and Adam Jones, freshman communication, youth ministry and Academy major from Irving, both of whom ranked in the top 10. Palmer and Andres Zambrano, freshman Academy and political science major from Brownwood, ranked in the top 20.

Palmer also advanced to semifinals in extemporaneous speaking, and Jones advanced to semifinals in impromptu speaking.

“I am extremely proud of all of these students,” said Welker. “This was our first parliamentary debate tournament since last September, so we were a little rusty. It’s impressive that we had a team break to quarters and receive such great speaking awards.”

Welker added that the HPU students have been able to step in and succeed, even with such a young team.

“We only have two graduating seniors on our team, Katie and Ben, and they are great leaders,” she said. “Their debating experience really shines through at these tough tournaments.”

Other students who competed at the tournament were Marcos Corley, junior criminal justice major from Corpus Christi; Meg Eakin, freshman political science major from Plano; Jaclyn Bonner, freshman communication major from Lytle; and Adrianna Perez, junior political science major from Rowlett. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, also helps coach the team.

This Valentine’s Day, alumni couple reflects on time at HPU

butler grad pic for web_3BROWNWOOD – Feb. 10, 2014 – For Howard Payne University alumni Ben and Angela (Haney) Butler, the university will forever represent more than just an education – it’s also where they met and fell in love. The couple was married on November 2, 2013, just one month before they crossed the stage to receive their Master of Business Administration degrees.

Ben, a Graham native, and Angela, from Denison, both started at HPU in the fall of 2008. After seeing each other around campus for a year, they became friends in the fall of 2009.

“I could always tell that there was something special about Ben,” said Angela. “He was always the guy who would do anything to help out a friend. If you ask any of his friends from HPU, they’ll tell you that he goes above and beyond to take care of other people.”

It wasn’t until the next year, however, that Angela noticed her feelings for Ben were evolving into something deeper.

“I finally told a mutual friend of ours, and he got so excited that he immediately went and told Ben,” she said.

According to Ben, he didn’t quite believe the news for the first few weeks.

“I wasn’t sure if it was true or if my buddies were just playing a joke on me,” he said. “Angela was the type of girl that I always felt was out of my league, and I still do. But on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that year, as I was getting ready to head home for break, I decided to text her.”

A month later, the couple was “officially” dating and they continued to do so throughout the rest of their undergraduate careers.

“Ben actually chose to get his Master of Business Administration degree through HPU before I did,” said Angela. “He had an extra year of eligibility left in baseball and thought the MBA program sounded perfect.”

Angela, who had taken an internship in her hometown after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, discovered that a long-distance relationship was not what she wanted. Fortunately, she applied for an admission counselor position with HPU’s Office of Admission and was hired soon after.

“I didn’t really think anything about getting an MBA until after I came back to work at HPU and more people began to tell me about their great experiences with the program,” she said. “It was enticing to me because an MBA can help you in so many different fields, and it can be completed in only one year. I decided to follow in Ben’s footsteps and get mine too.”

In between busy work schedules, baseball and other events, Ben and Angela attended graduate classes together at nights and on weekends. Their relationship continued to blossom, and they became engaged on March 16, 2013, at a family friend’s house after a home baseball game.

“I turned a corner and saw Ben standing there with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, his Bible and a little blue box wrapped in white ribbon,” Angela said. “He proposed and I said yes in front of our friends and family. We celebrated the night away.”

Due to the fact that Ben finished his MBA in August and Angela finished hers in December, they had the rare opportunity to graduate together a month after their wedding.

“It was a really cool thing to do,” Angela said. “I even had the registrar’s office make sure that my name said ‘Angela Nicole Butler’ on my diploma instead of ‘Haney.’ When I walked the stage they had me wait for Ben’s name to be called too. We were able to get our picture taken together on the platform, as husband and wife, both graduating with our Master of Business Administration degrees. It was a really great experience to get to share with him.”

The couple now lives in The Colony, with Ben working for Evantage, Inc., and Angela for Lewisville ISD. They’ve joined Prestonwood Baptist Church and say they have been blessed by God’s continual provision.

“As far as the future goes, sometimes it seems like we have a ton of plans and sometimes it seems like we’re just playing it fast and loose,” Angela said. “We would both eventually like to pursue entrepreneurship. We want to travel. We want to raise a family. But right now, we’re just taking it one step at a time and loving each other with everything we have.”

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Photo cutline: Ben and Angela (Haney) Butler graduated from HPU with Master of Business Administration degrees just one month after their wedding. They are pictured with Dr. Les Plagens, left, dean of the School of Business, and Dr. Lois Patton, right, professor of business administration and director of the MBA program.

3D printing: Scientists believe new technology, now taught at HPU, will change the world

lester towell with 3D printer for web(This article was originally published in the winter 2013-14 issue of the Link magazine)

BROWNWOOD – February 4, 2014 – “There isn’t an area of society that will not be touched in some way by the concept of 3D printing,” says Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the department of computer information systems at HPU.

3D printers, such as the one recently acquired by the university, create three-dimensional objects by printing successive layers of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. The technology stands poised to change the world in which we live – scientists have already successfully printed biological matter, which could one day render organ transplant lists obsolete.

In between teaching a full course load and other responsibilities that come with being a faculty member and department chair, Dr. Towell can be found at the printer. The unit – small enough to fit on the corner of his desk – prints a material called acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic.

Dr. Towell happily demonstrates the machine to faculty, staff and students as well as to groups and organizations outside the university. An undergraduate class, 3D Engineering Printing, was created around the technology.

“My hope is that it reignites interest in the STEM courses – science, technology, engineering and math,” says Dr. Towell. “I believe 3D printing is a fun way to pique the students’ curiosity in these subjects.”

Dr. Towell’s office is littered with the brightly colored plastic objects produced by the printer. Though they could easily be mistaken for toys, the items are proof of the machine’s capabilities.

“This, for example,” he says, holding up a plastic ball bearing, “was manufactured as one unit. That’s something that can’t be done with any other manufacturing process. The 3D printer takes away the need for assembly in this instance.”

Dr. Towell believes that 3D printing will eventually have an impact on society similar to that of the Internet.

“Regardless of the field, 3D printing is going to play a huge role,” he says. “It’s going to happen, and HPU is out in front of the pack.”

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Photo cutline: Dr. Lester Towell demonstrates the university’s 3D printer.

HPU to host financial aid seminar for parents of area high school students

BROWNWOOD – Feb. 3, 2014 – Parents of area juniors and seniors in high school are invited to a free seminar at Howard Payne University to learn more about financing college educations. HPU will host the meeting on financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, will discuss the financial aid process with a special emphasis on the FAFSA, the application used to award loans and grants to students at universities across the nation.

According to Huff, it is extremely essential to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.

“Some schools have very early ‘priority dates’ for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “Parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU, are welcome to attend this session.”

University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet the requirements.

For more information about the seminars, contact PJ Gramling, director of admission, at (325) 649-8406 or pgramling@hputx.edu. For more information about HPU financial aid, visit www.hputx.edu/financialaid or call (325) 649-8015.

HPU students receive prestigious music scholarship

Allen Andrus for webHannah Strebeck for webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University students Allen Andrus, a senior music education major from Anson, and Hannah Strebeck, a sophomore music education major from Royse City, recently had scholarships renewed through the Texas Association of Music Schools (TAMS). Both students, who originally received the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship during their sophomore years at HPU, are eligible to renew the awards each year until they graduate.

The Clara Freshour Nelson family provides scholarships for students studying music in Texas schools. The endowment is administered by TAMS, an organization comprised of music executives from colleges and universities in the state of Texas.

Andrus is a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, Concert Choir and Winds of Triumph. He also serves as president of the local Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and as vice president for the Kappa Kappa Psi Southwest District.

Strebeck is a member of the Yellow Jacket Marching Band, University Singers and serves as treasurer for the local Delta Upsilon chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.

To be selected for this scholarship, a student must be a music major at a Texas institution holding full membership in TAMS in good standing. He or she must have at least 12 semester hours not including transfer credits, demonstrate quality musical performance and maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. The student must then complete the application to be eligible for selection. The application includes a performance audio recording, letter of recommendation and an essay.

For renewal of the scholarship, the student must achieve all previous requirements, complete an annual “thank you” acknowledgement and provide an annual update of academic, teaching and/or performance activities.

“We’re very pleased that Allen and Hannah were not only selected to receive the scholarship during their sophomore years at HPU, but that they have been diligent in their academic and musical pursuits,” said Lawson Hager, interim dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “They are fine students and fine performers.”

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Photo cutlines: Allen Andrus and Hannah Strebeck received the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

HPU’s Currie-Strickland lectures to be held Feb. 20 and 21

Dr. Beth Newman for webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University will hold the seventh annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics next month with Dr. Beth Newman of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond addressing the issue of “Work and Rest: Vice, Virtues and Christian Practices.” The public is invited to attend the lectures at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, and 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

Thursday evening’s lecture is titled “Sloth is Hard Work.” On Friday morning, Dr. Newman will discuss “Rest and Re-creation: The Lord’s Supper as Divine Plenitude.”

“We’re looking forward to Dr. Newman’s lectures as she addresses these important issues for Christians in today’s society,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “These lectures are designed to be interesting and thought-provoking for anyone interested in Christian theology. You do not have to be a student or a minister to benefit from attending.”

Dr. Newman is the Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Duke University.

Dr. Newman joined the faculty of BTSR in 2002 after serving on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Ind., for 12 years. She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (Brazos Press, 2007) and Attending the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision (Cascade Books, 2012). She currently serves on the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity and has participated in Baptist World Alliance Conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. She is on the editorial board of Studies in Baptist History and Thought and has helped plan and lead the Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy. She was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2009. Her husband, Jon Baker, is a United Methodist pastor and they have a daughter, Jessica (16), and a son, Jacob (13).

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Both lectures will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. Attendees may RSVP online at www.hputx.edu/currie-strickland, by phone at (325) 649-8403 or by e-mail at currie-strickland@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Dr. Beth Newman is the guest lecturer for Howard Payne University’s seventh annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics to be held Feb. 20 and 21.

HPU showcasing artwork of Chad Hines

hines for webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s art department is featuring the work of Temple artist Chad Hines in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Titled “Find Frields,” the exhibit will run through March 5. The university will host a closing reception for the artist on March 5 from noon to 1 p.m.

David Harmon, professor of art and head of HPU art’s department, said that he is pleased to bring an artist of Hines’ caliber to HPU.

“Chad Hines is a fine artist and we’re excited to host this meaningful body of work,” he said.

According to Hines, the show pays homage to his professor, mentor and friend, Gary Q. Frields.

“Gary passed away at the end of August 2013, but his teachings will always be part of my work and his legacy will live on through art.”

According to Hines, one of Frields’ intuitive art-making techniques was to “find” something in his work.

“He would begin to draw or paint, with no objective in mind, and often an image or essence could be found,” Hinds said. “To “Find Elvis” was one of his favorite starting points. Ultimately, it is a way for the artist or the viewer to search and find. On these artistic journeys, one never really knows what he is going to find. It may be werewolves, monkeys, Elvis or Mr. Peanut, but the most important part of the process is the journey and its discoveries. I will always be searching for Frields.”

The exhibit will feature “assemblage” art, pieces created from recycled and found objects.

“The materials and objects that I have collected and incorporated into my work have been acquired over time from my family’s property,” Hinds said. “These personal relics are much like family photographs or fleeting memories that have a tendency to disappear if they are not regenerated and sustained.”

Hines received an Associate of Arts degree in 2003 from Temple College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2006. In 2007, he entered the graduate program of the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University where he received a Master of Arts degree in December 2008 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in December 2009.

He has taught college art courses at Stephen F. Austin State University, McLennan Community College and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 2010, he was hired by Central Texas College in Killeen as the head of the visual arts program and gallery coordinator for campus visual art exhibitions. He lives in Temple with his wife, Cynnamon, and two daughters.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the show, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

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Photo cutline: Chad Hines installs a work of art at HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. His artwork will be showcased through March 5.

HPU to celebrate Black History Month

black_history_month_chapel_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – January 29, 2014 – Howard Payne University will celebrate Black History Month in February with a special chapel service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the university’s Mims Auditorium. The public is invited to attend as students and alumni of the university commemorate the “Golden Jubilee” celebration of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

“This program is designed to be educational as well as entertaining,” said Wilbert Rogers, a 1975 HPU graduate and coordinator of the service each year.

Rogers and other members of the African-American Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association have been hard at work writing and rehearsing the program. Rogers writes the scripts based on topics provided by the National Black History Month organization and assigns parts to have as many participants as possible.

Dr. Brent Marsh, vice president for student life and dean of students, reported that the Black History Month program has been a wonderful addition to the spring semester chapel schedule and encourages involvement by current HPU students.

“This program provides a wonderful opportunity for current students to connect with alumni as together they provide a chapel program which will educate and inspire,” he said.

Gladys Murray, a 1980 alumna of the university, organizes the program and manages the technology used during the service.

“Most of all, we hope to educate the students and other attendees on black history, opening their eyes to the issues that we had to encounter to get laws passed so that they did not have to suffer through these issues,” she said. “We also hope to instill in them that violence is not the way to get things done.”

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and aimed to replace the longstanding “separate but equal” doctrine which permitted racial segregation.

“It is important for each student to realize his or her potential,” Murray said. “Black History Month is not only for the black people. It was created for all people to become equal. Even today, our success is not because of the color of our skin. We must look past this and see the best in everyone.”

In addition to the HPU performance, the service will be presented the same day at Brownwood High School at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The community is invited to attend either performance.

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Photo cutline: HPU junior Zacchaeus Steidel-Santiago sang “If I Can Help Somebody” during the university’s Black History Month chapel service last year.