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HPU Fest to feature Alive by Sunrise and Anthem Lights

By Rachel Ellington, HPU senior

HPU-Fest-Poster-2015 for webBROWNWOOD – April 8, 2015 – HPU Fest, one of Howard Payne University’s most popular student events, will kick off Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. with a full day’s worth of music, food and activities. This year’s headliners are Alive by Sunrise and Anthem Lights. The lineup also includes student artists such as Aaron Tassin, a senior from Early and 2014 runner-up for local talent competition “Brownwood’s Got Talent.”

HPU’s Student Activities Council and various organizations on campus will put together a number of booths and activities including inflatables, carnival games and the annual HPU Fest Chili Cook-Off. Sodexo, HPU’s food service provider, will also serve a meal that can be purchased either with a student ID card, cash or check.

In addition to HPU students and personnel, the community is welcome to attend. HPU Fest will take place at the university’s Old Main Park, the grassy area along Austin Avenue. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. and Anthem Lights will take the stage at 6 p.m.

“This is always an exciting time of year for our students,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “HPU Fest marks that spring is here and there are only a few weeks left before summer. It brings an energy to campus unlike any of our other events. We hope the community can come to experience this great event as well.”

HPU’s Sigma Beta Delta inducts nine new members

Sigma Beta Delta 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – April 7, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society inducted nine new members to its organization on March 25. Dr. Lois Patton, professor of business administration, was the guest speaker for the event.

Inductees included Christy Ash, junior from Brownwood; Mike Bannister, senior from Brownwood; Kyndal Broome, senior from San Angelo; Kelcie Hunter, senior from Brownwood; Summer King, junior from Brownwood; Rachel Mahagan, junior from Georgetown; Dianna Megarity, junior from Cross Plains; Andrea Peaster, junior from Brownwood; and Ethan West, senior from Leander.

Dr. Patton, who will retire at the end of the semester, spoke to the students about how to deal with the delays, rejections or interrupted plans they may encounter in the years to come.

“I say these things not to bring you down, but to lift you up,” she said. “If you are a Christian, you believe in the Creator as the designer. The amazing thing is that while He created this vast universe, he knew us before we were even born.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded as a national organization in 1994 for NCAA Division III universities and is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

“Sigma Beta Delta encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration,” said Dr. Trissa Cox, associate professor of computer information systems and Sigma Beta Delta president. “This year’s honorees represent Howard Payne University well through their commitments toward personal and professional improvement. They exemplify both in and out of the classroom the rigor and commitment that is necessary in finding success. We are continuously refreshed and encouraged by their efforts and are pleased to take this opportunity to celebrate.”


Photo cutline: HPU’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted nine new members, joined at the ceremony by three previous HPU inductees. Back row, left to right: Murray Clingerman (2014 inductee), Christy Ash, Dianna Megarity, Andrea Peaster, Kyndal Broome and Mike Bannister. Front row, left to right: Zachary Varner (2011 inductee), Rachel Mahagan, Kelcie Hunter, Summer King and Chandler Condra (2014 inductee). Not pictured is Ethan West.

HPU Pre-College Music students participate in District 8-4 Junior Festival

BROWNWOOD – April 7, 2015 – The District 8-4 Junior Festival of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, recently held its local competition at Howard Payne University. Of the 45 students from HPU’s Pre-College Music Program participating, 37 will advance to the state competition in San Marcos on May 21.

Students who will advance include James Bautista, piano; Hannah Bessent, voice; Andrew Boren, piano; Dakota Busby, piano; Angie Calfa, voice; Michelle Cabrera, piano; Becca Church, piano; Vic Cooper, piano; Christian Fijer, piano; Kirsten Fijer, voice; Alex Fowler, piano and voice; Raya Hakim, piano; Kyle Ivy, piano; Kamry Keese, piano and voice; Mary McIver, voice; Kylee Medina, piano; Addison Miller, piano and voice; Michael Morales, piano; Sydney Neel, voice; Aishwarya Nigalye, piano; Shayna Oliver, voice; Hannah Parson, piano; Sarah Reeves, piano and voice; Drew Reynolds, voice; Jordan Roberts, piano and voice; Natalie Rose, piano; Cate Smith, piano; Ava Sparks-Hansen, piano and voice; Sydney Stewart, piano; Carter Wheeless, piano; Trina Wheeless, piano; and Sam Woods, piano.

Other participants in the non-competitive category were Nathan Bull, Tony Calfa and Rawnie Hakim.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music Program and adjunct faculty member in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

For further information about the Federated Music Clubs or to inquire about the Pre-College Music Program at Howard Payne University, please contact Owens at (325) 649-8501 or

Four join HPU’s Board of Trustees

BROWNWOOD – April 7, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees recently convened with four new members among the individuals in the governing body. New trustees are Deborah Cartwright of Austin, David R. Poage of Bellaire, Jonathan Snow of Waxahachie and Lesley Collier Wyse of Boerne.

“We’re exceedingly grateful for all of our trustees who give freely of their time, dedication and prayers to HPU,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “We’re honored to welcome the newest members and we thank them for their service.”

Deborah Cartwright for webDeborah Cartwright, an attorney, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU in 1973. She went on to earn a Master of Public Affairs degree from The University of Texas in 1976 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985.







David R Poage for webDavid R. Poage, a retired attorney, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas in 1975; his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maine in 1980; and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston in 1983. He is married to Jan J. Poage and the couple has two children and one grandchild.







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Jonathan Snow, a professional clothier, received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from HPU in 2006. He is married to Candace Haynie Snow, also a 2006 HPU graduate, and the couple has two children.







Lesley Collier Wyse for webLesley Collier Wyse, a retired educator, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU in 1972. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 1983. She is married to Joe. E. “Jody” Wyse, a 1971 HPU graduate. They have two children and three grandchildren.


Photo cutlines: The newest members of HPU’s Board of Trustees are, from top, Deborah Cartwright, David R. Poage, Jonathan Snow and Lesley Collier Wyse.

Rasbury and Salmon to present senior recitals

Cathryn Rasbury for webBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2015 – Howard Payne University students Cathryn Rasbury of Cisco and Christine Salmon of Early will present their senior recitals on Friday, April 10, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Rasbury will play the flute and Salmon will deliver a voice performance.

“Cathryn and Christine are very talented performers,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “They’ve put in many hours of practice and we look forward to hearing the results of their efforts.”

The public is welcome to attend the recitals 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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HPU’s Cathryn Rasbury (top) will perform her senior flute recital on Friday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

Christine Salmon of Early will present her senior voice recital at HPU on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU’s Academy to celebrate milestone anniversary with guest speaker Jim Angle

By Emily Peisker, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – March 31, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its first graduating class in April with guest speaker Jim Angle, former chief national correspondent for FOX News Channel.

Jim Angle for web reducedThe event is free to the public and slated for Saturday, April 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium. For more information, visit

Angle has reported on some of the most important domestic issues of our time throughout his journalistic career. Over the course of 18 years at FOX News, he worked as chief Washington correspondent and senior White House correspondent in addition to his final role as chief national correspondent.

Angle previously served as a correspondent for CNN, reporting on the economy and politics. He also served as correspondent for ABC News, reporting on economic policy and contributing to “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.”

Prior to television, Angle worked in public radio for 18 years. He anchored the National Public Radio show “Marketplace,” a popular half-hour program covering money and business. Before that, Angle spent seven years as NPR’s senior White House correspondent, a tenure that spanned both Ronald Reagan’s and George H. W. Bush’s presidencies.

Over the course of his career, the White House Correspondents’ Association twice honored Angle with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for outstanding presidential news coverage under deadline pressure in the category of broadcast journalism. He also received the “Excellence in Financial Journalism Award” twice for his reporting on economic issues on “Nightline” in 1994 and 1995.

HPU’s multidisciplinary honors program has prepared young people to be leaders in a variety of fields since its first cohort of students graduated in May 1965. Previously the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, the program was founded in 1962 under the leadership of Dr. Newman, who served as president of the university from 1955 to 1973. Today, more than 50 years later, the Academy remains committed to the ideals upon which it was founded – General MacArthur’s unwavering loyalty to America and Dr. Newman’s love for Howard Payne and its students.

“We’re pleased to invite Jim Angle to campus to share his expertise on a variety of issues regarding politics and the economy,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, HPU’s Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. “We invite the community to join us as we celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

For more information, visit or contact the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy at or (325) 649-8700.


Photo cutline: Jim Angle, former chief national correspondent for FOX News Channel, will speak at HPU on April 25.

HPU Woman’s Club Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon to feature Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake

Joy Jordan-Lake.jpgBROWNWOOD – March 30, 2015 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club will host the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake, author and highly sought-after speaker and retreat leader.

During the luncheon, the Woman’s Club will announce the recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year as well as honor one of the guests with the prestigious 2015 Yellow Rose Award. Tickets are $25 per person and a sponsorship of $500 will reserve a table and eight tickets. Proceeds support the Yellow Rose Scholarship.

Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake is known for her superb intellect, southern charm and wit. She is a highly acclaimed author with writings in numerous genres, including such books as Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith and Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel. Having taught at universities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee, Dr. Jordan-Lake now focuses on writing, while teaching part time at the Honors College of Belmont University. She enjoys speaking at universities, book clubs and conferences across the country.

“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Jordan-Lake to campus for the Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady and president of the Woman’s Club. “We’re certain our guests will be blessed by her words as we enjoy a time of fellowship together.”

Tickets for the luncheon must be purchased by Thursday, April 9. They are available at HPU’s Harrison House at 803 Center Avenue or at the Packer Administration Building (Office #202) at 1017 Fisk Street. The luncheon will be held in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center, 1219 Fisk Street. For more information, call (325) 649-8305.


Photo cutline: Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake will be the featured guest speaker at the HPU Woman’s Club annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, April 16.

HPU students, employees among Empty Bowls volunteers

empty bowls 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – March 27, 2015 – More than 50 students and employees from Howard Payne University joined the volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

For a $10 donation, guests received a hand-painted ceramic bowl and a meal of soup and water. HPU volunteers were among those ladling soup and assisting the diners.

The project raised $19,000 all of which will be used to fight hunger. Ninety percent of the funds will stay in Brown County, while 10 percent will be tithed to an organization that fights hunger internationally.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, coordinated the volunteers.

“We’re very fortunate to have organizations such as Good Samaritan Ministries in our community,” he said. “The staff of that organization does excellent work in fighting hunger in Brownwood. I was proud to be a part of the Empty Bowls project.”


Photo cutline: Danyel Bradley, right, a junior criminal justice major from DeSoto, was among the HPU volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

HPU’s Social Work Club helps create lasting memories for local high school students

cinderella project for webBROWNWOOD – March 26, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club recently helped facilitate special moments in the lives of several local high school girls by giving away free prom dresses. Dubbed the Cinderella Project, 22 dresses were placed with new owners.

The like-new dresses, some complete with store tags, were donated by HPU students and others in the community. A total of 37 girls, accompanied by friends and loved ones, browsed through the collection.

The Social Work Club played music and set up a dressing room to complete the boutique experience.

“Rather than simply handing out dresses, we really wanted to help create a special moment that the girls and their families can remember fondly for years to come,” said Dan Humeniuk, club adviser, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.


Photo cutline: HPU Social Work Club member Angelica Gray, a junior from San Antonio, browses the free prom dresses available during the club’s recent Cinderella Project.

HPU to present special evening of music in New Braunfels

A Joyful Heart poster for webBROWNWOOD – March 25, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a concert on Monday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels.

Titled “A Joyful Heart,” the concert will showcase the talents of HPU students and faculty in a vibrant collage of sound. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Among those performing will be the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers include Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

“The music to be presented spans a wide variety of genres and diverse styles so that the program has something that will appeal to and touch everyone,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts.

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is located at 290 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

“We’re pleased to welcome faculty and students from HPU’s flagship campus for an evening of wonderful music here in New Braunfels,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs. “This is a very talented group of individuals and we look forward to their performances.”

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is an extension of the university’s original campus in Brownwood. The New Braunfels Center offers a range of undergraduate degrees and dual-credit courses as well as the Master of Business Administration degree and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree. For more information, visit or call (830) 629-2366.