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HPU’s Huebner and Strebeck to present senior recital

BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2015 –Howard Payne University students Micah Huebner and Hannah Strebeck will present a senior recital on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Huebner, a music education major from Brazoria, will perform on the bassoon. Strebeck, a music education major from Highlands, will perform on the flute. Strebeck has been the Clara Freshour-Nelson Scholarship recipient since 2013. Both Huebner and Strebeck are students from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU.

“The School of Music is proud to present these accomplished students,” Goacher said. “Their four years of intensive study at HPU will be apparent in the program they will present.”

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Huebner and Strebeck will present a senior recital November 19 in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU to host lectures on global religious freedom

BROWNWOOD – November 16, 2015 – Howard Payne University will host lectures by Dr. Elijah Brown, executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, this Tuesday and Wednesday. The events are free and open to the public.

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is a Christian organization that champions global religious freedom. The group’s mission, according to its website, is to “empower a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right through advocacy, capacity building and technology.”

Dr. Brown’s first discussion, “Africa and the New Testament Church,” will be held Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. He will lead a discussion on the many fascinating African connections to the New Testament and the early church.

The next morning, Dr. Brown will serve as the guest speaker for the university’s Chapel service, delivering his second lecture, “Global Religious Freedom.” He will discuss the current state of religious freedom and religious persecution around the world. Chapel begins at 10 a.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

“We look forward to learning more about Dr. Brown’s global perspectives on religious freedom,” said Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies. “You will not want to miss these opportunities to learn from and interact with him.”

HPU’s Concert Choir to present fall concert

Concert choir 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its fall concert Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and is free to the public.

A variety of musical selections will be presented including four that feature HPU student soloists or instrumentalists. Psalm 23 (from Songs of Faith) and Sing to the Lord, both by Paul Basler, will feature sophomore Carissa Cromer on horn. Moon River, arranged by Harry Simeone, will feature sophomore Garrett Ratliff on guitar. The Storm is Passing Over, arranged by Larry Nickel, will feature graduate student soloist Joshua Woods ’15.

“The choir has worked hard this semester and is excited to share our program with the campus and our community,” said Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. “We are always grateful for the support we receive.”

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s concert choir will present its fall concert, Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU hosting “iPhonography” art exhibition

iphonography for webHoward Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting the art exhibition iPhonography through December 4. The exhibition, housed in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Gallery of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, features the photography and digital imagery of Scott Strickland.

Strickland graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 2013. Upon completing his first feature-length film, Thirty-Six, and relocating to Austin, Strickland revamped his interest in photography and began taking photos using only an iPhone.

Masterfully presented by professional framer Daniel Lemus, Strickland’s photographic works capture experiences and events from Austin to West Texas and from Mexico to New Orleans, chronicling his travels from 2012-2014.

“Mr. Strickland’s photography proves that the artist, rather than the medium, creates the art,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art. “His photography captures the beauty in the world around us.”

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 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: The photography of Scott Strickland will be on exhibition at HPU through December 4.

HPU’s Zeta Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi to present Month of Musicianship concert

BROWNWOOD – November 11, 2015 –Howard Payne University’s Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will present its Month of Musicianship recital Friday, November 13, at the university’s Grace Chapel. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

“The month of November is National Month of Musicianship for Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a national honorary band fraternity,” said Joshua Farquharson, Zeta Beta chapter president. “We will perform many pieces from an assortment of artists and composers in varied genres.”

Kappa Kappa Psi’s Month of Musicianship was created to reflect the organization’s goal of celebrating college music. Zeta Beta sponsors include Corey Ash, associate professor of music; Dr. Robert Mangrum, professor of history and political science; and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Students to perform include Ryan Contreras, Joshua Farquharson, Angel Hernandez, Micah Huebner, Drew Lambert, Bobby Martinez, Skyler Schoolfield, Hannah Strebeck and Aaron Walling.

Selections to include Duet To It; Tableaux de Provence IV: Dis alyscamps l’amo souspire; Frogs; Grand Russian Fantasia; Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano in F Major; 4 Rotation for Marimba: Rotation IV; Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Opus 29: I. Andante Maestoso; Groovin’ High and ’Round Midnight. The recital will conclude with all singing the hymn Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

“We hope you come to hear us perform and, if you do, we hope you enjoy our music making,” said Farquharson.

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

HPU Jazz Ensemble to perform fall concert with special guest “Yogi Berra”

BROWNWOOD – November 5, 2015 –The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert this Monday evening, November 9, in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

The Jazz Ensemble will present “What Is Jazz?,” a fun twist on what makes jazz music unique. In the concert, John Nickols, assistant professor of history and political science at HPU, will portray baseball legend Yogi Berra. Throughout the concert, “Berra” explains jazz music in his legendary convoluted style.

Nickols, a baseball aficionado, is the author of “The Last Three Outs,” a baseball novel with Christian themes. Nickols serves as special assistant to the athletic director at HPU and spent many years as a high school and college basketball coach. His sports background and former career as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation heavily influenced his writing. The book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Concert selections include melodies by legendary jazz great Duke Ellington such as It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing; Stolen Moments and Emancipation Blues by Oliver Nelson; and jazz standard On the Sunny Side of the Street by McHugh and Fields.

HPU seniors Gabriella Glenn Guest of Midlothian and Abraham Cooper of Early will perform Stompin’ at the Savoy written by Edgar Sampson and made popular by Benny Goodman. Cooper and freshman Ray Palousek of Holland will be featured in an exciting piano duel during the concert as well.

Other members of the Jazz Ensemble include Alex Atkinson, junior from Haslet; James Buxkemper, freshman from Ballinger; Ryan Contreras, junior from Early; Jarod Dowling, freshman from Grandview; Daniel Eure, freshman from Early; Joshua Farquharson, senior from Wichita Falls; Evan Fleming, junior from Goliad; Abelardo Flores, freshman from Arlington; Brady Hardin, sophomore from Fort Worth; Christopher Harrell, sophomore from Eastland; Angel Hernandez, junior from Brownwood; Alexandra Lemus, freshman from Ballinger; Garrett Ratliff, sophomore from Cherokee; and Katelyn Zimmer, freshman from Shepherd.

The ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

“We hope this lighthearted look at jazz helps the concert-goer better understand how the jazz listening experience is unique,” said Goacher.

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

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Photo cutline: John Nickols, assistant professor of history and political science, will portray Yogi Berra during the HPU Jazz Ensemble’s fall concert.

HPU’s Garrett Ratliff competes in national guitar championship

BROWNWOOD – November 5, 2015 – Musicians of many genres, including bluegrass/jazz crossover guitarist Garrett Ratliff, a sophomore from Cherokee, find success through Howard Payne University’s Department of Music. Ratliff recently competed in the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kan., after placing second at a statewide competition in June.

Though bluegrass isn’t taught in HPU’s classrooms and studios, Ratliff has found ways to incorporate the things he’s learned into the genre he loves.

“At Howard Payne, I’ve grown to appreciate jazz music,” he said. “It’s a very complex genre. I’m learning to use a lot of chords and chord progressions that you typically wouldn’t see in bluegrass or any style like it.”

When he was nine or 10 years old, Ratliff’s father taught him a few basic chords.

“He actually introduced me to rock music starting out,” Ratliff said. “So I played rock for a while before I was introduced to bluegrass.”

Ratliff was homeschooled and, after learning those few chords, taught himself to play scales, work with modes and, eventually, read music.

“My mother got me a book on guitar that taught me the proper technique,” he said. “I started playing competitively when I was 16.”

The rules of flat pick guitar competitions require musicians to perform on an acoustic instrument and prohibit the use of finger picking.

Ratliff said bluegrass is an intricate form of music and he plays several instruments in the style.

“I play the mandolin and banjo,” he said. “I’m also learning to play the piano and I have a set of harmonicas.”

At HPU, Ratliff plays guitar in HPU’s Jazz Ensemble. He’s also a member of the Concert Choir and has been involved with University Singers. He counts Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, and Stephen Goacher, professor of music, among his most influential teachers.

In his free time, Ratliff performs at a host of area venues. He recently opened for Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely in Llano.

Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, said Ratliff is a great student and a gifted musician.

“Garrett brings a very special musical sensitivity to all that he does that transcends style or genre,” said Dr. Fiese. “We are proud of his accomplishments.”

To learn more about earning a degree in music from HPU, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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Photo cutline: Garrett Ratliff, a sophomore at Howard Payne University, recently competed at the National Flat Pick Guitar Championship in Kansas. He is pictured on the HPU campus.

HPU hosts 10th annual Walk-a-Thon benefitting Walker Cancer Center

walkathon check presentation 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – November 4, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently held its 10th annual Brenda Newbury Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon. A check for $2,025, representing funds collected in conjunction with the event, was presented to staff of Brownwood’s Walker Cancer Center during the HPU football game versus Louisiana College on Saturday. Following the check presentation, additional donations were made bringing the total to $2,065.

The event is named in honor of cancer-survivor Brenda Newbury, the wife of HPU chancellor and former president Dr. Don Newbury. Members of the HPU community joined together for the event to increase awareness and funding for breast cancer detection, education and treatment.

The money raised was donated to the Patient Fund at Walker Cancer Center to assist breast cancer patients with whatever needs they may have during their time of treatment including assistance with medications, travel expenses for treatment, utilities and other necessities.

“The university is honored to partner with the Walker Cancer Center on this event each year,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “The Center provides a community-based, patient-centered approach to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. We pray the funds collected through the Walk-a-Thon will make a positive difference in the lives of local patients battling this disease.”

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Photo cutlines: HPU recently presented a check for more than $2,000 to representatives of Brownwood’s Walker Cancer Center. Left to right: Shawntay Sparks-Hubbard, associate professor of nursing and dean of HPU’s School of Nursing; Chip Camp, CEO of Brownwood Regional Medical Center; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Gail Hightower, social worker for Walker Cancer Center; and Buzzsaw, HPU mascot.

Despite the rain, many from the HPU community turned out Saturday morning to walk in support of breast cancer awareness. Pictured are HPU students Malcom Foster, Yancy Flores, Elizabeth Miller, Haley Slater and Karla Zachary.

Classes underway for HPU’s sport and wellness leadership graduate program

Holloway and Evans for webBROWNWOOD – November 4, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s newest graduate program, the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL), is underway this fall with an opening cohort of 19 graduate students. Students are taking two courses, Leadership Seminar and Resource Management, on Monday and Tuesday evenings on the Brownwood campus. In addition, 11 of the students are serving HPU as graduate assistants in athletic coaching, sports information, event management, intramurals and departmental administration, gaining practical experience while preparing for leadership roles in the sport and wellness industries.

Among this initial cohort are six with no previous ties to HPU and five current university employees. The remaining students are HPU graduates, both recent and as far back as 2005.

Chassidy Holloway was completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama – Birmingham when she learned of HPU and the SWELL program.

“Once I made my visit to campus, I knew that this would be the perfect fit,” she said.

Today, Holloway serves as a graduate assistant in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (ESS).

“The way classes are structured allows the students opportunities to really engage in the topics we discuss and find ways to incorporate them into our current work,” she said. “The classes have really helped me to cultivate my thinking and expand my insight on the opportunities available in the sport and wellness community. We have all bonded through our respect and passion for our respective fields and I believe that our engagement in class is a direct result of that bond.”

Dr. Graham Hatcher serves as program director and chair of the ESS department.

“We are already seeing the vitality of our department enhanced by our graduate students,” he observed. “They have served as class resources, assisted with fitness assessments for our ESS 1100 course and interacted informally with our undergraduate majors. We’ve moved from simply describing what graduate school offers to being able to demonstrate that firsthand. This group has had a range of professional experiences already in such diverse fields as international sport coaching, business ownership, university athletic administration and undergraduate teaching, yet they saw the benefit of added value by pursuing an advanced academic degree. Our department and the university are benefiting from their presence in measurable ways.”

Holloway said she feels honored to be at HPU and a member of the initial cohort of the SWELL program.

“The faculty I encounter daily are knowledgeable and accessible,” she said. “Having attended a larger institution as an undergraduate, I love the intimate feel on campus here at Howard Payne.”

To learn more about HPU’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree program, visit www.hputx.edu/swell or call Dr. Graham Hatcher at (325) 649-8966.

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Photo cutline: Chassidy Holloway, left, graduate assistant in HPU’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership program, assists Jada Evans, sophomore, on the treadmill.

Principal Training with a Christian Worldview: HPU master’s degree prepares students for success as Texas principals

BROWNWOOD – November 3, 2015 – Gayle White, high school principal for Kerens Independent School District, knew she couldn’t go wrong with choosing Howard Payne University to pursue her master’s degree and principal certification. As a third-generation HPU graduate, White had earned her bachelor’s degree from HPU as well.

“My grandparents met at Howard Payne and my parents met at Howard Payne,” she said. “I met my husband here and my daughter met her husband here.”

With such strong familial connections to the university, she was well aware of HPU’s commitment to Christ-centered, quality education. She soon learned that HPU offered its Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program fully online. This flexible format allowed White to intern as an assistant principal at a school in the Rio Grande Valley while pursuing her degree. She graduated from the program in 2012.

Not all online degree programs are created equal, White said.

“Not all programs are going to give you the same type of personalized education as Howard Payne,” she said. “They’re not going to provide the well-roundedness of HPU’s program wrapped up with Christian, global views like Howard Payne. As a Christian believer, that was very important to me.”

According to White, HPU helped her to grow and gave her the tools needed to do her job well.

“At my school this year, I’m working on developing leadership and empowering both teachers and students to be leaders,” she said. “My education from Howard Payne helped me tremendously in that. Empowering others is one of the core values that Dr. Robinson has ingrained in the program.”

Dr. Joe Robinson, director of the master’s degree program and professor of education, described his goals for the program.

“Our program is unique in that it combines aspects of organizational learning, brain-based research, and instructional leadership theory and practice from a Christian worldview,” he said. “What students gain from our program is immeasurable, the most noteworthy being a Christian-based perspective of school administration that enhances one’s potential to positively impact the lives of students, teachers and peers.”

The 30-credit-hour, non-thesis degree program consists of live, interactive lessons. White appreciated the collaborative nature of the program and holds all of her HPU instructors in high regard.

“They are fantastic people who know their subjects well,” she said. “It wasn’t just theory. They have real-world practical experiences from which to draw.”

She believes that’s one factor missing in many degree programs today.

“At other institutions there’s a whole lot of ‘read this book and write a summary,’” she said. “I want to hear from someone who’s already experienced it and knows what can and can’t be done. Again, I can’t say enough about HPU’s Christian worldview. There’s a difference when you lead with Christian principles. It just makes a difference.”

To learn more about HPU’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program, contact Dr. Joe Robinson at (325) 649-8205 or jrobinson@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Gayle White graduated in 2012 from HPU’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree program. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.