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Registration open for symposium marking 75th anniversary of establishment of Camp Bowie in Brownwood

BROWNWOOD – September 4, 2015 – On September 16-18, 2015, Tarleton State University, Howard Payne University and the Brown County Museum of History will sponsor a symposium in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of Camp Bowie in Brownwood. Camp Bowie, commissioned for construction in Brown County on September 19, 1940, was the first major military project in Texas during WWII. It was a major training base for the famed 36th Division, and over 250,000 troops served or trained at the facility from 1940-1946. The base also included a large German POW camp.

Read the event press release at http://www.tarleton.edu/scripts/press/display.asp?id=4639

Register for the event at http://www.hputx.edu/campbowie or call (325) 649-8409

The Symposium will offer presentations on Camp Bowie, the history of military installations in Texas, the legacy and contributions of those who served in WWII from the region, and other related topics. The event is already attracting attention around the region and the state, and will be a forum for faculty, students, military scholars, researchers, dignitaries and residents. The event will be coordinated with the opening of a new exhibit at the Brown County Museum titled “A Tribute to Those Who Served.” Other related events include a concert by the 36th Division Memorial Band on September 12, and a Living History Camp, Reenactments and Veteran’s Memorial commemoration on the weekend of September 18-20.

Wednesday, September 16
7:30 p.m. – Opening Reception – Foyer, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center, Howard Payne University

Thursday, September 17
8:30 a.m. – Registration/tour sign up – Foyer, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center, Howard Payne University

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Opening Session, Jackson Room, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center

Introduction and Camp Bowie History, Dr. Eric V. Morrow – Tarleton State University

Preserving Camp Bowie History, Ms. Alexia Riggs – Dean of Libraries – Howard Payne University; Board Member – Brown County Museum of History

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Session 2, Jackson Room, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center; Camp Bowie tour available – preregistration online or by phone.

A Soldier’s View of Life at Camp Bowie – Reflections from the letters and journal of Harold W. Hooper stationed at Camp Bowie 1939-1941, Mr. James Hooper

Noon – Luncheon (pre-registration online or by phone), Bullion Suites, Mabee University Center – Howard Payne University

Keynote, Mr. Jeff Hunt – Director, Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Session 3, Jackson Room, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center; Camp Bowie tour available – preregistration online or by phone.

POWs at Camp Bowie: A Brief History and the Ethics of POW Treatment During WWII, Dr. Matthew Hallgarth and Ms. Michelle Loyd – Tarleton State University

Strength Has Many Faces – The story of POW Henry Spalding and the Lost Battalion during three and a half years of captivity, Ms. Marcia Glasgow – Comanche, Texas

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Session 4, Jackson Room, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center

Video presentation of interviews from area residents and those who served at Camp Bowie

5:00 p.m. – Exhibit Viewing, Brown County Museum of History

6:30 p.m. – Banquet, Bullion Suites, Mabee University Center (pre-registration online or by phone)

Friday, September 18

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Session 5, Jackson Room, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center

The Landing at Salerno: the 36th Division’s First Fight, Mr. Jeff Hunt – Director, Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry in Austin

Visions of Peace: How Texans Imagined Post-War Life at the Conclusion of World War II, Dr. Eric V. Morrow – Tarleton State University

Resolutions Passed by the Texas Legislature
During the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, resolutions were passed by both the House and Senate honoring the anniversary of the establishment of Camp Bowie and recognizing this commemorative event. You can view the resolutions at the links below.

Senate – SR 800 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=SR800

House – HR 2354
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HR2354

Camp Bowie Tours
We have arranged for tours of the Camp Bowie area to be provided during the event by City and Rural Rides. Once the website is available, registration will include the fees and times. This will provide an opportunity for a guided tour of the main area of the camp including structures still in place.

Museum Exhibit Tour and Other Events
A viewing of the new exhibit – A Tribute to Those Who Served – will be held on Thursday evening September 17 followed by a banquet commemorating the anniversary. More details on the program of these events will be forthcoming, but invitations have been extended to dignitaries to participate. The plans for the banquet include a color guard, music, a video presentation, greetings from local and state officials and more.

The event is connected to the Brownwood Reunion which will be held on September 18-20 (http://www.celebratebrownwood.com/). On Saturday, September 19, the Museum will sponsor a Living History camp and re-enactments from WWII, tours of the new exhibit, and a memorial at Camp Bowie.

For interviews and information on sponsorships and the symposium please contact the following coordinators from each institution:

Brown County Museum of History
Ms. Beverly Norris
Coordinator – “A Tribute to Those Who Served” Exhibit
horseshoe910@gmail.com
(325) 647-7879

Howard Payne University
Dr. W. Mark Tew
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
(325) 649-8042 – mtew@hputx.edu

Tarleton State University
Dr. Eric V. Morrow
Head – Department of Social Sciences
(325) 642-1340 – morrow@tarleton.edu

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Howard Payne University holds Convocation ceremony

Fall 2015 Convocation for webBy Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – September 2, 2015 – Howard Payne University kicked off its fall 2015 Chapel season last week with its annual University Convocation ceremony. Kathy Hillman, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, addressed the audience.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, said he appreciated Hillman’s words to the students.

“We are so pleased that we could have Kathy Hillman address the students as they begin the fall semester,” he said. “I pray this semester is good for the students and that the Lord will bless them in the coming weeks.”

Other program participants included Corey Ash, associate professor of music; Jennifer McNiece, assistant professor of government; Mike McConnell, HPU senior and president of the Student Government Association; Dr. Harlan Scott, associate professor of biology and president of the faculty assembly; Dr. Allen Reed, professor emeritus of music; Mike Daub, associate professor of accounting; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Hannah Strebeck, HPU senior; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music.

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Photo cutline: Kathy Hillman, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, delivered the address at HPU’s recent Convocation ceremony. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

HPU’s Dr. Paul Lilly awarded the John Edgar Hoover Memorial Award

humeniuk and lilly for webBROWNWOOD – August 31, 2015 – Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of Howard Payne University’s Department of Public Safety, was recently awarded the John Edgar Hoover Memorial Award of the National Awards program of the American Police Hall of Fame. Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program, presented the award on Friday during a faculty assembly.

In a letter to Dr. Lilly, Chief Jack L. Rinchich, national president of the American Police Hall of Fame, wrote, “Your dedication to continuing education and training to improve your law enforcement skills is proof of your commitment to serve the public. By striving for knowledge, you set an admirable standard for all officers to follow.”

Dr. Lilly said he was “honored beyond words” to receive this award.

“I had heard of this honor but never knew anyone who actually received it,” he said.

Humeniuk said she was delighted, but not surprised, to learn Dr. Lilly received the award.

“Dr. Lilly has a very distinguished career in law enforcement,” she said. “His lengthy career in law enforcement prior to teaching in higher education has been a tremendous help in making application of theory, principles and practices come true for our students in the classroom.”

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Photo cutline: Lynn Humeniuk, left, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of HPU’s criminal justice program, presented the John Edgar Hoover Memorial Award to Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of Howard Payne University’s Department of Public Safety.

“Artists in Action” exhibition to showcase works of HPU art faculty

Artists in Action poster for webBROWNWOOD – August 28, 2015 – Works by Howard Payne University’s art faculty will be on exhibit in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center September 11 through October 18.

Titled “Artists in Action,” the exhibition features collage, drawing, ink, painting, pastel and various photographic techniques.

The artists include David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art; Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography.

“We’re proud to welcome the community to this exhibition as we kick off the new semester at HPU,” said David Harmon.

David and Susan Harmon are also scheduled to exhibit paintings throughout the month of September at the Abilene Center for the Arts. Additionally, David Harmon will participate in an exhibition titled “40@100,” celebrating the 100-year anniversary of his alma mater, Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Harmon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Webster in 1977.

HPU’s gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 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.

HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority named top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in nation

Tau Beta Sigma fall 2015 for webBy Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – August 27, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Delta Upsilon chapter of the national Tau Beta Sigma sorority recently received the Grace and A. Frank Martin Outstanding Chapter Award at the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma National Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, making it the top chapter in the nation.

Several members of Delta Upsilon and its brother chapter, Zeta Beta, traveled to Lexington for the conference in August after both chapters were selected as finalists during the spring semester.

“I am so proud to be a part of Tau Beta Sigma and have an opportunity to serve with and be around such amazing people,” said Ruby Johnson, president of the HPU chapter. “This organization has taught me to pursue excellence and strive to become great.”

Delta Upsilon competed against chapters from the University of Arkansas, the University of Massachusetts, the University of California, Los Angeles, Georgia Tech University, the University of Missouri, Auburn University and the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

“This award is very difficult to earn, so we’re proud that an organization from Howard Payne was able to do so,” said Johnson.

Zeta Beta competed against chapters from institutions such as the University of Michigan, Kansas State University and the University of Washington.

“Our brothers have been an integral part of our organization and we would not have been able to receive this award without their love, support and dedication for music to flourish,” said Johnson.
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Photo cutline: HPU’s Delta Upsilon sorority was recently named the top Tau Beta Sigma chapter in the nation.

HPU mourns passing of Dr. Brett Coulter

Brett Coulter for webBROWNWOOD – August 27, 2015 – Howard Payne University is mourning the sudden loss of Dr. Brett Coulter, associate professor of mathematics and director of HPU’s engineering science program, who passed away on August 23.

Dr. Coulter was a faculty member in HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics for 10 years. His wife, Laura Coulter, serves as assistant professor and academic services coordinator for tutoring and QEP.

“Hearts are very heavy on campus,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “We’re asking everyone to continue to remember Dr. Coulter’s wife, Laura, and his family and friends in prayer.”

Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, reflected on Dr. Coulter’s strength of character.

“When he said something, students knew he meant it,” she said. “The School of Science and Mathematics was privileged to have Dr. Coulter as a part of its faculty. He will be greatly missed.”

Dr. Coulter held a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois; a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University; a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver; and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines.

“Though he had a serious nature and was normally found calculating problems in his office, Dr. Coulter would look up from his work with a warm smile and engaging eyes to help students or other faculty,” said Dr. Bryant.

Upon learning of his passing, students worked with HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement to establish a scholarship fund in Dr. Coulter’s memory. Those interested in donating to the fund should contact Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations, at (325) 649-8069 or ssullivan@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: The HPU community is mourning the passing of Dr. Brett Coulter, associate professor of mathematics and director of HPU’s engineering science program.

HPU welcomes new, returning students for fall 2015 semester

Jacket Journey group photo 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – August 26, 2015 – Howard Payne University recently hosted Jacket Journey, a five-day orientation program for new students. The event took place August 19 through 23, prior to the first day of classes on August 24.

During Jacket Journey, new students spent their first week in residence halls, learned about HPU traditions and campus life and met faculty, staff and upperclassmen leaders.

“Jacket Journey student leaders have been working since January to make sure that these five days prepare our new students to succeed on campus,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “It’s incredibly fun when we finally get to meet our new students.”

HPU hosted Chime In on Wednesday, August 19, during which the new students were officially welcomed to the university. The participants ceremoniously walked through the university’s Wilson Gate before arriving at HPU’s Old Main Tower to sing the alma mater for the first time together as a class. Upon graduating from the university, the students will in turn participate in Chime Out, walking out of the Wilson Gate.

A variety of games, workshops and team-building events were also planned for the week. On Saturday, students participated in Serving With Chime In_2 for webA Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.), a community-service event.

Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students, said she looks forward to the arrival of new students and the return of upperclassmen each semester.

“There is great excitement when students arrive on campus,” she said. “New students are experiencing HPU traditions for the first time, and returning students are welcoming them to the HPU community.”

SWARM 2015 for webNow is the time to apply for the spring 2016 and fall 2016 semesters at HPU. The university offers many financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which substantially benefits students from Brown County and other counties in the area. To learn more, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or enroll@hputx.edu. More information may also be found online at www.hputx.edu.

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Jacket Journey group photo – New HPU students are pictured with upperclassman group leaders; “Secret Service,” a behind-the-scenes setup and teardown committee; and the Student Planning Committee.

Chime In – New students were officially welcomed to the HPU community during the Chime In ceremony.

SWARM – New students volunteered at the Brownwood Area Community Garden, among other locations, during Serving With A Right Motive (SWARM).

More Jacket Journey Photos

Children’s literature review center at HPU assists local libraries

Lit Review Center for webBROWNWOOD – August 20, 2015 – The Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center, housed inside Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library, has proven to be a valuable resource for many area school and public libraries.

The center makes newly published children’s and young-adult’s books available to participating libraries through a review process.

“Publishers send us review copies of their books for free,” said Carrie Harding, the center’s director. “In return, we try to get as many of these books reviewed as possible. We have teachers, librarians and even some community members writing reviews for us.”

Most of the reviews come from the center’s sponsors who pay a yearly membership contribution to participate. At the end of the school year, the books the center receives are distributed to the sponsors based on the dollar amount of their contribution.

Maurice Fortin, executive director of library services for Angelo State University’s Porter Henderson Library, said he enjoys participating in the review center.

“Our membership gives the ASU library, for a very small investment, the ability to acquire a substantial number of high quality juvenile and young-adult books for our ‘Juvenile Literature Collection’ that supports teacher education preparation,” he said.

Harding said some school districts have experienced library budget cuts in recent years.

“A few years, I’ve received all of the book-purchase money from some libraries,” she said. “Their budgets get cut and they don’t have very much to spend, but they know they can get good quality, new material from the review center. They get a good value, too.”

Ginny Hoskins has served on the Board of Directors of the Cross Plains Public Library, in various capacities, since 1999. For the 2014-2015 year, the library received 75 books valued at almost quadruple the organization’s sponsorship contribution.

“I can’t think of a better value for our limited collection budget other than the outright grants we receive,” she said. “Two of our librarians have commented they would cut elsewhere before cutting our contribution to the review center.”

Alexia Riggs, dean of libraries and associate professor of library science at HPU, said the university is proud to have the literature review center as part of the library.

“This a service that promotes the mission and purpose of our library throughout the central Texas region,” she said.

The reviews generated by the center are published in a quarterly journal called The Lorgnette which is sent to sponsors and publishers. The Lorgnette is also published in the Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database, a national subscription service used by librarians across the country.

“They use the database when selecting new materials,” Harding said. “So our reviews actually get read nationwide.”

Harding, who has worked at the center for 15 years, said she enjoys seeing what is published each year.

“I love to see the trends,” she said. “Some years we have a lot of fiction and very little nonfiction. Other years it’s just the opposite. It’s fun to see what’s out there and what’s good in children’s literature.”

For more information about the Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center, visit www.hputx.edu/library and click on “Review Center” or e-mail Harding at charding@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: Sponsors of the Heart of Texas Children’s Literature Review Center at HPU chose books for their libraries following the 2014-2015 school year. The center’s shelves were almost emptied during the process but have already been refilled with books for the new academic year.

Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 12, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2015-2016 academic year. The program, part of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves the community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults.

Music lessons, which begin the week of September 7, will include instruction in piano, voice, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons begin the week of September 14 and include beginning and intermediate drawing and painting.

“Fine art education is very important for both young students and adults,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

For more information, contact Owens at dowens@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at jholamon@hputx.edu or (325) 649-8500.