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HPU honors students attend Karl Rove lecture

sumners_scholars_attend_karl_rove_lecture_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2013 – Howard Payne University students recently had the opportunity to attend a Dallas lecture by Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff and senior advisor during the George W. Bush administration. The lecture was attended by Academy of Freedom honors students who have received the designation of Sumners Scholars.

The Sumners Scholars program, made possible by the generosity of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, is a highly competitive scholarship program for Academy students. Sumners Scholars receive invitations to colloquia throughout the year featuring some of the world’s most notable leaders.

“The Sumners program gives us an opportunity to be around people who are successful in the careers that we are interested in pursuing,” said Gabi Guerrero, a senior communication studies and Academy major from Red Oak. “These events are professional but give us the chance to hear from people like Karl Rove in a relaxed environment.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Sumners Scholars recently attended a lecture by Karl Rove, senior advisor and deputy chief of staff during the George W. Bush administration. Left to right: Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication; Landon Hankins, a senior from Decatur; Kelley Miller, a senior from Paradise; Karl Rove; Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla.; Catherine Mullaney, a junior from Boylston, Mass.; Gabi Guerrero, a senior from Red Oak; and Charity Chambers, a senior from Derby, Kan.

HPU to host community band concert

BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host a concert of the Central Texas Community Band on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The band is comprised of HPU students, area high school band students and directors and other community members. They will play a wide variety of selections including “Highlights from ‘West Side Story,’” “Semper Fidelis” (the Marine Corps march), “Hymnsong of Lowell Mason,” selections from “The Music Man” and many more.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, serves as the community band director. Many area directors will also conduct pieces during the band’s performance.

“We hope those in Brownwood and the surrounding communities make plans to attend this fun event for all ages,” Ash said.

HPU Jazz Ensemble to present Spring Concert: “When Swing Was King”

jazz_ensemble_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2013 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a concert exclusively devoted to the music of the Swing Era on Monday, April 22, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be held in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus.

The Swing Era, which flourished from approximately 1935 until 1945, was the period of time when jazz was the most popular music in America. The Jazz Ensemble will present the original arrangements of Benny Goodman’s 1935 Down South Camp Meeting, Artie Shaw’s 1939 Begin the Beguine, Glenn Miller’s 1939 In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade, and Duke Ellington’s 1940 hits Cottontail and Rumpus in Richmond.

The Swing Era is so closely identified with the music to be presented at Monday’s concert that it is also referred to as “The Big Band Era.” The value of this music to Depression-era America and World War II America, as well as the irony of this music, will be presented live at Monday evening’s concert.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is an 18-piece big band which received honors as Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Ensemble and several Outstanding Musician Awards at the Temple College Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2008. Four students in the band received Outstanding Musician Awards at the North Texas Jazz Festival in 2009. The Jazz Ensemble also performed for the opening ceremonies of the 2003 Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio.

The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Stephen Goacher, professor of music, who performed during summer 2012 with the Temple Jazz Orchestra at the Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival; Jazz a Vienne (France) Jazz Festival; America Appreciation Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; and at the Riegen Jazz Club in Vienna, Austria. On April 5 and 6, Goacher played in concert with jazz great Eric Marienthal, considered to be one of the world’s top three jazz alto saxophonists. In his previous professional career, Goacher played big band music with the orchestras of Henry Mancini, Tommy Dorsey, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Lena Horne, Julie Andrews, Johnny Mathis and Andy Williams.

The concert Monday evening is free of charge and the public is cordially invited.

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Photo cutline: The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert, “When Swing Was King,” on Monday, April 22, at 8 p.m.

HPU to collect donations for West disaster relief

BROWNWOOD – April 18, 2013 – In light of the recent tragedy in West, Texas, Howard Payne University students, faculty and staff are uniting with the surrounding communities to aid in relief efforts. Donations will be collected through Monday morning, April 22, at the university’s Office of Admission (adjacent to the Mabee University Center) before being delivered to West on Monday afternoon.

According to news reports and relief efforts, pallets of water have already been given by many companies and are not currently needed. Requested items include other basic necessities such as diapers in all sizes, baby food, toys, clothing ranging from children to adult sizes, canned food, toiletries and anything else that might be needed in the relief efforts.

If you wish to donate financially, please contact Stephen Sullivan, HPU admission counselor, at (325) 649-8026. Donations of money and gift cards will be accepted on behalf of Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery. Checks should be made payable to Texas Baptists. All donations collected will go directly to the West relief efforts and are not considered donations to the university.

HPU to present evening of music and drama for the entire family

BROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – This Friday, April 12, the familiar children’s fairy tales of “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Pinocchio” will be told through music and drama by students of the Howard Payne University School of Music and Fine Arts. The evening of “OperaTales” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admittance and the doors will open at 7 p.m.

“Both of these shows were conceived by John Davies, professional opera singer and director, who thought of his own children when he decided to take the music of well-known operas and pair it with children’s fairy tales,” said Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music.

There will be two performances with a brief intermission between tales.

“Of course, everything is in English and the stories are told in a way that will be enjoyable to children and adults,” Dr. Church said. “There is no charge for the performances in hopes that this will be an affordable, family-friendly event for the community.”

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

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HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau wraps up successful spring semester

ssb_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, completed their spring tournament schedule in March.

The Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) competed in two tournaments during the spring semester: The Sweetheart Swing at Oklahoma University in Norman and the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.

The team had a strong showing in debate at both tournaments. The open division team of Marcos Corley, a sophomore criminal justice major from Corpus Christi, and Ben Palmer, a junior youth ministry and Academy of Freedom major from Van, advanced to quarterfinals at the Sweetheart Swing.

At nationals, the team of Katie Bonner, a sophomore political science and Academy major from Lytle, and Katie Mullaney, a junior English and Academy major, advanced to quarterfinals. Additionally, Mullaney won 8th place debate speaker award.

“I am extremely proud of all four of these students,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and SSB coach. “We debate against the some of the best teams in the nation and we consistently hold our own.”

Dr. Welker added that the SSB competes against teams from schools that travel to a tournament every other weekend and are more seasoned in terms of competition.

“Our students have been able to step in and succeed even though we have travelled and competed much less than other teams this year,” she said. “This has been a growing semester for us. We have a smaller team than usual and have no graduating seniors, but on the flip side that is exciting in terms of next year’s season.”

Other students who competed in both debate and individual events this spring were Kaleigh Tankersley, a sophomore communication studies major from Iraan, and Dorie Walton, a sophomore communication studies and theatre major from Lolita. Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication, helps coach the team.

At the national tournament, Dr. Welker was re-elected treasurer for another two-year term for the National Christian College Forensics Association.

“I’m looking forward to next year’s season,” she said. “We have some great recruits and are already preparing for next year.”

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Photo cutline: HPU’s SSB recently completed its spring semester. Back row, from left: Marcos Corley, Dorie Walton and Ben Palmer. Front row, from left: Kim Bryant, Katie Bonner, Katie Mullaney, Kaleigh Tankersley and Dr. Julie Welker

The Almost to headline 18th annual HPU Fest

hpu_fest_2013_logo_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 10, 2013 – Howard Payne University will host its 18th annual HPU Fest on Saturday, April 13. The Almost will be the headlining band for this all-day music festival.

Other artists to perform will include Jenny Simmons, Michael Henry & Justin Robinette, Jenn Grinels, Homestead Music and Here & Sea. Also performing will be HPU’s Taylor Castleberry, a senior business major from Paradise.

HPU Fest is an all-day event that is free and open to the public. In addition to music, the event includes inflatable games, a chili cook-off and a hot-dog-eating contest. There will also be booths featuring HPU organizations as well as local businesses. Music is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 11:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.hputx.edu/hpufest or call 325-649-8305.

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Photo cutline: HPU will host its 18th annual HPU Fest on Saturday.

HPU hosts Model United Nations conference

BROWNWOOD – April 9, 2013 – Howard Payne University hosted a Model United Nations (MUN) conference recently, welcoming 40 students from five universities across Texas. In addition to HPU, participants included Baylor University, East Texas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University and the University of the Incarnate Word.

HPU’s MUN team members hone their understanding of the world and the United Nations system through weekly class sessions and attending conferences. In recent years, the team has traveled to San Francisco, Washington D.C., Austria, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom.

“Hosting a MUN conference was a great learning experience for our students,” said Dr. Samuel Greene, assistant professor of political science and MUN sponsor. “Understanding all that goes into developing and running a conference will make us better delegates as we travel. It was an honor for us to host a group of talented delegates and staff members from four other universities, and we look forward to building on this experience.”

HPU team members include Kathryn Barrackman, a senior from Houston who served as the conference director; Ashley Chapman, a freshman from Ennis; Cara DeLoach, a junior from San Angelo; Kerrie Ford, a junior from Houston; Adrianna Perez, a sophomore from Rowlett; Robin Scofield, a junior from Naples, Fla.; Erik Swenson, a senior from Carrollton; and Ryan Young, a senior from Mesquite.

HPU provost coedits book on faculty development

dr_w_mark_tew_compressedBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2013 – Working with a collaborative research group, Dr. W. Mark Tew, Howard Payne University provost, recently coedited and contributed to a volume of “New Directions in Teaching and Learning,” a periodic monograph published by Jossey-Bass, a noted higher education publisher.

Titled “The Breadth of Current Faculty Development: Practitioners’ Perspectives,” the coeditors brought together authors, university presidents and noted faculty from Harvard University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Michigan State University; and University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our contributors,” said Dr. Tew. “Educators care greatly about improving their teaching ability and this desire was reflected in each chapter.”

More than four years in the making, Dr. Tew indicated the project started when he and three other researchers, Mrs. Mitzy Johnson of Mississippi State University, Dr. William Ritchie of Keiser University in Florida and Dr. C. William McKee of Cumberland University in Tennessee, surveyed the 800 colleges and universities of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) regarding current practices in faculty development.

“After making a presentation on our findings at an annual SACSCOC meeting, we revised our study and re-surveyed institutions in the southern region,” he said. “It was during the second phase of our work that we were approached by Jossey-Bass about a publication.”

Each chapter identifies areas of opportunity in faculty development. According to the editors, it is their hope that “every reader will be able to glean details that might provide a spark or fan a flame on campus.”

“We are very proud of Dr. Tew’s contributions to this project,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “Dr. Tew leads the faculty of Howard Payne not only by his understanding of academic programs and teaching but also by his example as a scholar-teacher. His passion for academic thought and research is inspiring. This book is a reflection of the great work he’s done as provost at Howard Payne.”

The volume edition is Number 133, Spring 2013, and can be ordered at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tl.v2013.133/issuetoc.

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Photo cutline: Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost, recently coedited a book on faculty development.

HPU launches “A Call to Send” campaign to Heart of Texas residents

ellis_at_campaign_luncheon_for_webBROWNWOOD – April 8, 2013 – Howard Payne University held a luncheon on Monday afternoon to announce its A Call to Send campaign to community leaders from the Heart of Texas area. In preparation for the launch of the campaign, the university unveiled Phase I, which features plans for major new facilities and endowment growth.

A Call to Send is a 10-year, three-phased $65 million campaign that will empower the university to continue to fulfill its mission of providing a quality, Christ-centered education. Phase I is an $18 million campaign with three projects: a new Welcome Center and Academy of Freedom (honors program) building, a new academic building for the School of Education and the Collegium program (advising, tutoring and other services) and increasing the university’s endowment funds for student scholarships and academic program support.

In addition to allowing for the first new buildings on the HPU campus in more than 10 years, the campaign will provide funding to support HPU’s quality academic programs, its state-of-the-art facilities and its scholarships and financial aid to attract and retain students.

Keith Clark of Citizens National Bank welcomed luncheon guests from the Heart of Texas area and introduced Campaign Co-Chairs Dr. Leonard Underwood, retired, of Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, and Dr. Walter C. “Dub” Wilson, business executive, as well as Honorary Chair Dr. O.C. “Putter” Jarvis of Landmark Life Insurance. Clark and Bart Johnson, of Painter & Johnson Financial, serve as the Heart of Texas co-chairs. An invocation was offered by Dr. Dallas Huston, pastor at Center City Baptist Church and sports broadcaster.

Additional Heart of Texas committee members introduced to the community included Dwain Bruner of Bruner Auto Family; Chip Camp of Brownwood Regional Medical Center; Steve Fryar of PF & E Oil Company; Dennis Graham of Airgas; Iva Hamilton, retired from El Paso Natural Gas Company; John Harkey of Ag-Mart; Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes of Haynes Law Firm; Draco Miller of Draco Janitorial and Auto Detailing; Tom Munson of Landmark Life Insurance; J. Fred Perry, retired from PF & E Oil Company; and Robert Porter of Porter Insurance Agency.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, shared the university’s vision for Phase I of the campaign and the effect it will have on the community.

“The relationship between Howard Payne and Brownwood goes back to the earliest days of the community’s history,” he said. “There are very few universities that are more intimately connected with the communities that surround them than Howard Payne. These projects we are showing you today are going to impact this community in very significant ways.”

Dr. Ellis spoke briefly on the many students who graduate from HPU and return to Brownwood to rear their families and continue their careers.heart_of_texas_committee_for_web

“This entire campaign is about attracting students to this university,” he said. “It is about giving them the funds and resources they need to come to this school, so we can send them into the world to make a difference.”

Dr. Leonard Underwood, well known for being a philanthropist in the community and a supporter of the university, spoke about the importance of investing in such a campaign.
“Working closely with the faculty and the students over the years, I’ve learned what a special place this university is,” he said. “It’s a place that has the ability to change the lives of those who pass through here. I’ve discovered the joy of giving to something that’s worthwhile and makes a difference in the lives of so many people.”

The audience was lastly issued a challenge by Dr. Putter Jarvis, described by Clark as a great advocate for Howard Payne, Brownwood and Brown County.

“It’s up to us to see Howard Payne rise to its destiny,” he said. “Will we play our part? We can and we will.”

To contribute to the campaign, or for more information, contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006 or 1-800-950-8465.

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, discusses plans for new facilities to be constructed at HPU as part of the university’s A Call to Send campaign.

A Call to Send campaign leaders include, from left, Dr. Bill Ellis, Iva Hamilton, Draco Miller, Dr. Leonard Underwood, Keith Clark, Steve Fryar, Dennis Graham, Stephen Haynes, J. Fred Perry, Dwain Bruner, John Harkey, Robert Porter, Bart Johnson and Dr. O.C. “Putter” Jarvis. Not pictured are Dr. Walter C. “Dub” Wilson, Chip Camp and Tom Munson.