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HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 22nd annual “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The band will feature music by composers who have helped to shape the American musical landscape. Selections include “Circus Bee” by Henry Filmore, “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, “Bandancing” by Jack Stamp and “American Patrol” by Frank Meacham. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Duty, Honor, Country” by Harold L. Walters which is a narrated tribute honoring our American military heroes. The Concert Choir will join the band to present Bach’s “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just.” The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“This evening of Americana has become a true tradition within the central Texas area,” said Ash. “We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy. You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America and her heroes.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


HPU and BHS choirs to join for spring concert Tuesday

BROWNWOOD – April 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will join with Brownwood High School’s A Cappella Choir to present a combined spring concert titled “In Paradisum” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church in Brownwood and is free to the public.

The HPU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. The BHS A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Cindy Franklin, BHS choir director and BISD Choral & Elementary Program director.

The concert is based on “The Eternal” featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and several timeless hymns from the sacred harp tradition. Personnel performers for the concert are organist Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church; pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; pianist HPU sophomore Abraham Cooper; soprano soloist Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music; and baritone soloist Dr. Iwao Asakura, assistant professor of music at Tarleton State University.

“While we celebrate the liturgical season of Easter, this concert comes just in time to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus,” said Dr. Rosborough. “This collaborative event allows the community to come together and present something truly special. It is my hope that this spurs even more musical interest in the community in years to come.”

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

Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Diana Ellis with Yellow Rose Scholar 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship to sophomore Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Gutierrez is working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management with a minor in coaching and is a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a scholastic honors organization. She plays for the HPU women’s soccer team and was awarded the American Southwest Conference All-American Team Award, granted to student athletes who earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average by the end of the academic semester in which the sport concludes.

Gutierrez is a student worker in the university’s Elliston-Cassle Wellness Center and serves as treasurer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through FCA, she has the opportunity to be a leader to middle school athletes during the Weekend of Champions Retreat. She also attended College Advance, a retreat through which area students come together to worship God and learn how to be godly leaders. She additionally volunteers through the Fields of Faith Ministry and at Southside Baptist Church.

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

“It was my honor to present the Yellow Rose Scholarship to Miss Gutierrez,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, president of the HPU Woman’s Club and the university’s first lady. “She is an outstanding student and athlete who strives to put Christ first in everything she does.”


Cutline: HPU sophomore Dayane Gutierrez (center) was recently awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with (from left) Vanessa, her sister; Maria Angelica, her mother; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club President; and Lindsay Badgeley, wife of HPU’s head women’s soccer coach, Brandon Badgeley.

HPU Yellow Rose Award presented to Brownwood’s Ann Jones

Ann Jones with rosesBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented alumna Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president, surprised Jones with a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses. The award is given annually to a woman who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

Jones and her husband co-owned a manufacturing company in Dallas and later, after selling the family business, moved back to Brownwood. In 2011, she opened her own business, Ann Jones Real Estate.

Jones’ list of civic involvement and volunteer efforts is extensive. It includes affiliations such as Brownwood Community Concert Association Board, Brownwood Preservation Partnership, Arts Council of Brownwood, Keep Brownwood Beautiful, The Woman’s Club of Brownwood, Brownwood Garden Culture Club, Downtown Brownwood Association, Brownwood Coalition, Brown County Republican Women, Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper Advisory Board, Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council, Board of Trustees for First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross Board of Directors, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Board of Directors and many more.

She impacts the lives of current HPU students through gifts to the Annual Fund, the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Fund and the A Call to Send Campaign.

“Ann is a blessing to everyone who knows her,” said Dr. Diana Ellis. “I personally know she is truly an inspiration. The way she lives her life – faithfully serving and doing what needs to be done – is a gift she freely shares with others.”

Diana Ellis with Shirley Barret for webThe guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret, former Miss America and noted speaker and author.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit, e-mail or call 325-649-8305.


Cutline: The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently presented Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award.

Dr. Shirley Cothan Barret, right, former Miss America and noted speaker and author, was the guest speaker at this year’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president.

HPU to host last Yellow Jacket Monday preview event of the semester

YJM Logo 2015BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its last Yellow Jacket Monday of the spring 2017 semester next Monday, April 24, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Yellow Jacket Monday is a preview day for prospective students and their parents. The event is free, and registration is available at

Yellow Jacket Mondays are designed for high school juniors and seniors and allow prospective students to experience life at HPU. Attendees will meet faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, dine in HPU’s Beadel Dining Hall, meet with admission counselors, learn about financial aid and more.

“If you’ve ever thought about visiting HPU, this is the time to do it,” said Lacy Culpepper, assistant director of admission. “Yellow Jacket Monday is a fast-paced event and a great way for prospective students and their families to learn about our academics, campus life, scholarship opportunities and more.”

HPU offers a wide range of financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

For more information and to register, visit Those unable to attend are invited to schedule individual campus visits by completing the form at or by calling 325-649-8020.

Five join HPU’s Board of Trustees

L.J. Clayton for web Daniel Deviney for web Marc Dingler for web
David Lowrie for web Robert Morrison for web

BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees met recently with five new members joining the university’s governing body. The new trustees are Rev. L.J. Clayton of San Antonio, Daniel Deviney of Bulverde, Marc Dingler of Midland, Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. of Decatur and Robert Morrison of Abilene. Each began a three-year term on January 1.

“HPU is blessed to have men and women of God serving as trustees,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “As trustees, their first priority is honoring God and their second priority is HPU’s continuing success. We’re grateful for their service.”

Rev. Clayton graduated from HPU in 1977 and went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. He additionally earned a Bible certification from South Texas School of Christian Studies. He serves as pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Cuero. Clayton and his wife, Lori Hassel Clayton, a 1975 HPU graduate, have four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Deviney is a 1992 HPU graduate and earned a master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1994. He serves as financial advisor at Deviney Financial Services, LLC, in Bulverde. Deviney and his wife, Audra Caldwell Deviney, a 1992 HPU graduate, have two children.

Dingler graduated from HPU in 1984 and from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989. He serves as a business executive at Diamondback Energy in Midland. He is married to Kari Donaldson Dingler ’84 and the couple has three children.

Dr. Lowrie, who previously served as president of HPU’s Board of Trustees and rotated off the board in 2015, graduated from Baylor University in 1982. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary in 2005. He serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Dr. Lowrie and his wife, Robyn Kay Lowrie, have four children and two grandchildren.

Morrison graduated from HPU in 1982 and went on to earn a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University in 1987 and principal certification and Master of Education degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University in 1998. He is an administrator in the Abilene Independent School District.

Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees meets each year in March, July and October.


Top Row: Rev. L.J. Clayton, Daniel Deviney and Marc Dingler

Bottom Row: Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. and Robert Morrison

HPU criminal justice students to take part in mock crime scene

BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s criminal justice program will conduct exercises as part of its Criminal Justice Investigations class on Monday, April 24, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. During this time, there will be crime scene tape, emergency vehicles and other normal police operations one would expect to see at a major crime scene. The event will be held at HPU’s campus location at the corner of Austin and Coggin Avenues in Brownwood.

Dr. Paul Lilly, chief of HPU’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and assistant professor of criminal justice, said the community should not be alarmed at the proceedings.

“This is a staged event to help the students learn the many processes involved with investigating a crime scene,” he said.

The HPU DPS will again join the criminal justice program and its students in helping make the crime scene as realistic as possible. In addition to hands-on experience for the students, the DPS uses this scenario exercise each year to aid in providing the DPS officers with regular ongoing in-service training to help them remain current with modern technologies and procedures.

For more information, contact HPU’s Department of Public Safety at 325-649-8609.

Works of HPU art faculty exhibited at United States Air Force Academy

Harmon exhibit photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – The recent paintings of Howard Payne University art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, through April 26. Titled “Painterly Expressions of an Artistic Couple,” the exhibition is located in the Permanent Professors Art Gallery on the third floor of the Academy’s Fairchild Hall.

Though the painters have entirely different approaches to their art, the exhibition displays unity and a holistic environment in a single venue.

Two large canvases by Susan Harmon, HPU adjunct art faculty member, cover more than 17 feet on each side of the gallery walls and zig-zag high and low because the canvas pieces were sewn together in irregular sections. Just the shapes themselves are interesting, but with color the walls pop and attract passersby into the gallery to see more.

Once inside, viewers experience smaller works created by David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. Eighteen square panels spiral and rotate with abstract thick slashes of blue tones. The pieces hang in a variety of heights to exaggerate the overall effect.

David Harmon earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Pennsylvania State University. Susan Harmon earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Georgia Southern University. Both have participated in long lists of juried, invitational and solo exhibits, including many international venues. Each has a solid reputation based on many excellent conference presentations as well as notable residencies, special events and publications.

“The exhibit not only highlights painterly expressions of an artistic couple, but emphasizes two professional career paths woven together to facilitate a strong collaborative project,” said Pam Aloisa, professor of art and gallery director at the United States Air Force Academy.

For more information, contact Aloisa at 719-322-8244 or by e-mail at


Cutline: Paintings by HPU art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy through April 26.

Social work trip prepares HPU students to be voices for the unheard

CLC Advocacy DayBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – A recent trip to the Texas State Capitol provided several Howard Payne University social work and family studies majors with ongoing training in their quests to become advocates for society’s marginalized populations. The students took part in the CLC Advocacy Day hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

The Christian Life Commission presented several sessions during the conference, addressing topics such as the financial exploitation of the poor, immigration, education and the foster care system.

Those who attended the conference are students in Dan Humeniuk’s Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues course. The class researched predatory lending practices prior to the trip and prepared talking points for conversations with lawmakers. While at the Capitol, each student went to the office of his or her hometown representative and spoke with whomever was available.

“The purpose of such trips is for students to become familiar with advocacy and the legislative process,” said Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology. “I think most people do not realize how responsive our state representatives are to people from their districts.”

Abbey Beardsley, a junior from Fort Worth, was surprised that her representative’s chief of staff was eager to speak with her.

“He was kind, well-spoken and very attentive to what we had to say,” she said. “He answered our questions and wrote down notes to share with the representative when he was back in the office. It surprised me that he then asked us about our opinions on different issues and really cared about what we had to say.”

Beardsley said she learned how simple it is to advocate for her beliefs.

“It is intimidating to go and speak your mind to people in power, but they genuinely want to hear the thoughts of the people,” she said. “I learned that I can share my faith and Christ’s love, even in the political arena.”
Additional HPU students on the trip included Becca Blohm, senior from Midlothian; Jacob Escobar, junior from Brownwood; Elijah Garces, junior from Floresville; Karina Garcia, senior from Brownwood; Shelby Harrison, junior from Abilene; Stephanie Kerby, senior from May; Jacey Martinez, junior from San Saba; Morgan Lacy, junior from Early; Katelyn O’Conner, junior from Granbury; Sierra Spruill, junior from Ranger; Sydney Spencer, senior from Georgetown; Anna Vallejo, junior from Brownwood; and Jacqueline Vega, senior from San Antonio.


Cutline: Several HPU students recently participated in in the CLC Advocacy Day hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission. Present in the photo are HPU faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as BGCT staff.

HPU’s Atkinson to present senior recital Thursday

Alex AtkinsonBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2017 – Howard Payne University senior George Alexander Atkinson of Haslet will present a senior recital on Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The program is free of charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Atkinson is a music education major from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

“We are happy to present Alex Atkinson to our audience in a program of musical variety and unique possibilities in sound,” said Goacher.

Atkinson’s recital program will consist of two compositions for the saxophone composed 200 years apart. The first is a sonata composed near 1730 by George Frederick Handel. Atkinson will perform the sonata on the rarely heard baritone saxophone. In the 1850s, the French composer and theorist Hector Berlioz wrote that the baritone saxophone is the most noble of all instruments, perched on the edge of silence. Atkinson will give his audience the rare opportunity to hear the baritone saxophone demonstrated in the manner Berlioz was speaking. The recital will also include a 20th century sonata for the alto saxophone by the American composer Lawson Lunde.

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


Cutline: HPU senior Alex Atkinson will present a recital on Thursday, April 20.