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HPU hosts U.I.L. workshop

UIL Workshop for webBROWNWOOD – November 9, 2017 – Students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication hosted more than 200 students from 13 area high schools today for a workshop on U.I.L. Speech, Debate and Journalism.

Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, is pictured delivering a presentation on speech and debate.

HPU alumnus Eddie Nelson inducted into basketball coaches hall of fame

Eddie Nelson with Drummond and SimsBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2017 – Eddie Wayne Nelson, a 1972 Howard Payne University graduate, was recently inducted into the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Nelson, who also received an associate degree from Lon Morris Junior College and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, began his career as an assistant coach at HPU. The remaining years of his coaching career were spent as head basketball coach for Bay City High School. He retired from the Bay City Independent School District in 2012. In his 36 years with the district, he led the Bay City Blackcats to 16 district championships, 13 bi-district championships, 12 area championships, five regional championships, six regional finalist appearances, five state appearances, four state semi-finals appearances, one state semi-final championship and, in 1985, one state championship for an overall record of 745-357.

Nelson was 16 times named Coach of the Year and was designated most victorious in a decade for 80 district games in a row. Among numerous other honors, he received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Excellence by the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.

“Eddie Nelson is a Texas legend,” said Hunter Sims, HPU’s athletic director. “He has been extremely successful throughout his entire career. We are blessed that Coach Nelson is an HPU alumnus. Coach Nelson has represented HPU extremely well as a professional throughout his life.”

Nelson and his wife, Mary Helen, have one daughter, Marcy Wilson (wife of Patrick Wilson), and one granddaughter, Paige Wilson, all of Houston. He is the son of the late Lallie Ray Nelson of Mineral Wells. He is the son-in-law of Ella B. Jones and the late Albert Jones Jr. of Brownwood.


Cutline: HPU alumnus Eddie Nelson, center, was recently inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He is pictured with Troy Drummond, head men’s basketball coach and head golf coach at HPU, and Hunter Sims, HPU’s athletic director.

HPU’s newly structured intramural sport program takes off on campus

Photo 1 - Sand volleyball game  BROWNWOOD – November 7, 2017 – Howard Payne University intramural sports have been a facet of student life on the university’s campus for many years. The program continues this year with a new coordinator, new sports and a new web-based management program.

Wes Curton, resident director for Jennings Hall, has taken on the role of intramural coordinator in addition to his current responsibilities at HPU. He joined the HPU staff in 2015 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and youth leadership development from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Curton enjoys intramural sports and, since becoming coordinator, looks for ways to refresh the existing intramural program and bring in even more participants.

Curton made the decision to use IMLeagues, which has been a positive experience for him and HPU. This web-based program gives the university the ability to set up online team registrations, schedule games and keep track of team stats and records. Participants and coordinators can also engage in the intramural community at HPU through the IMLeagues app on their smartphones or tablets.

Photo 2 - Wes explains intramurals“We are excited about the functionality that IMLeagues gives us,” said Curton. “So far, participation this year in intramurals has increased from previous years. For example, last season there were nine teams across two sports – ultimate frisbee and Spikeball. This season, there are 26 teams between volleyball and ping-pong.”

HPU faculty and staff are also welcome to participate in any intramural sport along with the students. In fact, Curton says he encourages more to do so. He also stated that the participation from faculty and staff in intramural sports helps bridge the gap between the students and the HPU employees and provides another good environment for personal growth for the students.

In keeping with the mission of HPU, the intramural program strives to provide a recreational program that will enable students to grow physically, spiritually and emotionally while encouraging sportsmanship and fair play.

Photo 3 - Spikeball game“Intramurals is a great component of HPU campus life and it is exciting to see the implementation of IMLeagues and new sports this year,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “I’m thankful for the capable and enthusiastic leadership of Wes Curton as he enhances our campus community by providing quality opportunities for student involvement.”

Throughout the school year, participants can choose to play flag football, Spikeball, sand volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, ping-pong and/or basketball as the intramural season for each sport arrives. More sports will be brought into the rotation each year as involvement and interest increase.

“I look forward to seeing HPU’s intramural community continue to grow as new sports are added and as students, faculty and staff catch the vision for involvement and community with each other,” said Curton. “Intramurals are a great way to do that and the students seem happy with the changes. In my opinion, if they are satisfied, then we are doing something right.”


Cutlines: 1. HPU students participate in intramural sand volleyball on campus.

2. Wes Curton, HPU resident director and intramural coordinator, gives the rules for an intramural sand volleyball games to current students.

3. HPU students and staff members compete in the intramural sport of Spikeball.

HPU’s Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Anna Moulder Cloud of Brownwood

Anna Cloud Spirit of Social WorkBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to Anna Moulder Cloud of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.

Cloud, who worked as a secretary in the communication department at Abilene Christian University for 10 years, decided to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work; and in 1995, she completed her Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. While at UTA, Cloud assisted with research on the evaluation of day care centers.

Cloud began a nearly 14-year career in 1996 as a caseworker with the Texas Youth Commission (now Texas Juvenile Justice Department) at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex. She had the opportunity to work with the substance abuse and sex-offender-treatment programs, and served as the security unit caseworker.

Cloud has served her communities in many other ways as well. She taught a Bible class for 20 years at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene and volunteered as a van driver for disabled and elderly church members for 10 years. Cloud has also participated in nursing home and homebound outreach ministries at Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood for 12 years and has been the coordinator of those services for the past six years.

HPU has also been the recipient of Cloud’s generous love of social work as she served as a field instructor for the university’s social work program. Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology, offered his congratulations to Cloud.

”I had the pleasure of working with Anna at the Ron Jackson Complex for 10 years,” said Humeniuk. “During that time, I found her to be most compassionate and highly professional in her approach to her assigned duties. She certainly represents the true spirit of social work.”

Cloud and her husband, Aaron, have been married 56 years. The couple has a son who is deceased and a grown daughter.


Cutline: Dan Humeniuk, right, recently presented the HPU Social Work Advisory Board’s Spirit of Social Work Award to Anna Moulder Cloud.

HPU students and employees share in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Baseball team hurricane relief group photo for webBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2017 – Many Howard Payne University departments, teams, students and personnel were recently involved in various projects to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas coastal areas. Three projects in particular – the supply collection and fundraiser by the HPU baseball team, the Department of Music hurricane relief concert and the stuffed animal/small blanket drive by the School of Education – were part of campus-wide efforts to help those in need in southeast Texas.

At the Saturday, September 2, supply and donation drive, the HPU baseball team partnered with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood and collected 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food. The weekend after the collection event, 41 HPU baseball players, five coaches, the athletic director and then-alumni/development director traveled to First Baptist Church Port Lavaca to deliver the supplies. While there, the team of volunteers provided assistance with unloading donations, tree and brush removal, fence and roof repair as well as general clean-up efforts. The team clocked an estimated 1,060 hours of volunteer service for hurricane relief.

Choir at benefit concert for webAcross campus, HPU’s Department of Music also wanted to help those affected by the hurricane. The department presented a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, that was titled “The Sounds of Restoration” and featured many of the university’s musical ensembles. Admission to the concert was by donation and all proceeds went to the organization Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery. Approximately $3,000 was collected that evening at the door and more was collected online.

HPU’s School of Education came up with another creative way to assist in relief efforts. The school coordinated a “Comfort for Kids” drive throughout September, collecting stuffed animals and small blankets to comfort children whose families may have lost all of their belongings. The school was able to collect 50 stuffed animals and 30 small blankets for the children. Dr. Sam Goff, minister of missions at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, delivered the items on behalf of HPU to the greater Beaumont area on October 4. Goff is the husband of Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education.

Stuffed animal and blanket drive for web“None of these hurricane-relief efforts could have been done without the support of the people in Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as the HPU community,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “It is wonderful how all involved came together to be a blessing to those devastated by the recent hurricane and flooding in southeast Texas.”

Those interested in assisting with ongoing relief efforts may donate to Texas Baptist Men’s hurricane relief and recovery fund. Visit to donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.


Cutlines: (1) HPU’s baseball team and staff are shown at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca where they assisted the people in that area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

(2) HPU’s Concert Choir is shown performing during the benefit concert presented by the Department of Music’s various ensembles.

(3) HPU’s School of Education hosted a stuffed animal/small blanket drive benefiting children affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding.

HPU nursing faculty take part in “Our Community Cares” event

Ouimette and Sutton at event for webBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2017 – Faculty members from Howard Payne University’s School of Nursing represented HPU at Brownwood’s recent “Our Community Cares” health fair. The event took place at CMS Health Care, Kindred at Home and Redstone Park.

Dr. Nina Ouimette (left), dean of HPU’s School of Nursing, and Laci Sutton, instructor of nursing, provided information on stroke recognition and prevention.

HPU to present Evening of Theatre

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present an Evening of Theatre this Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the HPU Theatre, 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood. Tickets are $5 per person and free for all HPU personnel and students.

HPU theatre students will perform a variety of monologues, musical numbers and audience-suggested improv scenes.

Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, called the annual Evening of Theatre event a “one-of-a-kind theatre extravaganza.”

“Audiences will enjoy a broad range of performances from our very talented theatre students including both upperclassmen and our newest actors in the program,” he said. “You definitely won’t want to miss this event.”

Performers include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Katie Cravey, sophomore from Huntsville; Tanner Crow, freshman from Brownwood; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, freshman from Hico; Isaac Howell, senior from Georgetown; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Ransome Looper, sophomore from Abilene; Deejay Moses, junior from May; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Gabby McWhirter, senior from Crosbyton; Shannon Parrish, senior from Brownwood; Laurel Pinkney, freshman from Carrollton; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

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

Senior recital recently presented by HPU student Judy Pack

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Judy Pack, a music instrumental all-level certification major from Fort Worth, presented her senior flute recital on Tuesday, October 24. The recital was held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Recital selections included “Suite de Trios Morceaux, Opus 116” by Benjamin Goddard, “Sonata No. 3, Opus 1, No. 4” by George Frederic Handel and “Slow Tears for Alto Flute and Piano” by Rhonda Larson. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, accompanied Pack on the piano.

Pack is from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music. He offered his thoughts on Pack’s recital.

“The programmatic variety afforded by performing both the concert flute and the alto flute gave Judy’s program exceptional interest,” said Goacher. “Few students have worked more diligently to make a public presentation representing the sum of their academic career.”


Scholarships awarded to four HPU pre-college music students

Pre-college NSF scholarship awards 2017BROWNWOOD – October 30, 2017 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were recently awarded scholarships at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland during the town’s RipFest. The scholarship awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts).

Students who received scholarships were Angie Calfa (16), a voice and piano student from Santa Anna; Christopher Ivy (7) and Kyle Ivy (13), piano students from Brownwood; and Sarah Ann Reeves (14), a piano and voice student from Bronwood. The four scholarship recipients are students of Diane Owens, director of HPU’s Pre-College Music Program.

“We are so honored that our young students received this recognition,” said Owens. “We are also thankful for the opportunities for study that the scholarships provide to these students.”

NSF Arts has awarded hundreds of music scholarships and sponsored more than 100 concerts across Texas since 1999. NSF Arts is a proud sponsor of many youth music programs in the state that provide concert tickets and music education experiences for Texas school children.


Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were recently awarded each a scholarship presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland. Pictured clockwise from left are Sarah Reeves, Kyle Ivy, Angie Calfa and Christopher Ivy.

HPU Concert Choir and Heritage Singers to present fall concert

BROWNWOOD – October 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers will present a fall concert next Thursday, November 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Titled “Abba’s Child: Longing for the True Self,” the concert will feature a selection of songs about finding oneself through a contemplative seeking of Christ as the core of one’s being. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father.”

“In each portion of the concert, we will traverse the darkness, call upon the name of the Lord and ultimately arrive with our Abba like a child at home,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

Songs in the first portion of the concert include “Lamentation of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Weep O Mine Eyes” by John Bennett, “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” by Paul Manz, “His Yoke is Easy” by G.F. Handel and “I Will Be A Child of Peace” by Elaine Hagenberg. The second portion includes “Daemon” by György Orbán, “O Vos Omnes” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, “Remembering” by Joan Szymko and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” by Mack Wilberg. The final portion of the concert includes “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Michael Tippett, “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder, “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” by Moses Hogan and “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee” by Craig Courtney.

Dr. Rosborough will conduct the program and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, will accompany the groups on piano. Abraham Cooper, senior from Early, will accompany the Heritage Singers on piano on one selection.

The mission of the HPU choral program is to “Change lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the unification of word and song.” For more information about the concert, call the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.