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HPU’s December Commencement scheduled for Saturday

BROWNWOOD – December 6, 2011 – Howard Payne University will hold its Commencement ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Brownwood Coliseum beginning at 10 a.m.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer 90 bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, the university will graduate two students from the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program as well as the first four students to complete the Master of Business Administration program. Dr. David Hardage, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will deliver the charge to the graduates.

Additional program participants include: Rev. Bruce Ammons, associate membership and ministry pastor of Parkway Fellowship, Katy/Richmond; Corey Ash ’92, director of bands and associate professor of music; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Phillip Karl Bertrand, member of the graduating class; Rev. Lisa Burkett, minister to children at Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; David Cozart ’96, president of the Alumni Association; Dr. Justin Murphy, dean of the School of Humanities, professor of history and director of the Academy of Freedom; Dr. Lois Patton, director of the graduate program in business administration and professor of business administration; Dr. Les Plagens, dean of the School of Business and professor of business administration; Carter Sharpe, second vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; Lana Wagner ’97, registrar; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace ’71, faculty president and professor of music; Dr. Russell Wheelington, associate professor of Christian studies; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas visits HPU campus

dallas_fed_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 30, 2012 – Howard Payne University hosted a presentation by representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on Thursday. Area businesspeople, high school students and other community members joined HPU faculty, staff and students in learning about the history of the Federal Reserve as well as economic trends and predictions for the future.

Pictured from left are Jay Sudderth, relationship management officer in the bank’s Financial Institution Relationship Management (FIRM) department; Dr. Thomas F. Siems, senior economist and director of economic outreach in the FIRM department; Dr. Les Plagens, dean of HPU’s School of Business; and Stephen Clayton, economic education specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

“It was a great program and I look forward to working closely with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for future programs,” said Dr. Plagens.

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HPU announces holiday schedule

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2012 – Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 19, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement, located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, to process end-of-the-year gifts. The Office of Institutional Advancement may be reached at 325-649-8006.

HPU’s spring 2013 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 15.

HPU’s Heritage Singers to present Service of Lessons and Carols

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2012 – A Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented by Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at St. John’s Church in Brownwood. The event is free and open to the public.

Through scripture readings and music, the service reflects on the wonder and mystery of the birth of Jesus. The scriptures will be read by members of HPU’s faculty and staff.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, has broadcast annually, even during the Second World War, when the ancient glass had been removed from the Chapel.

The university’s Heritage Singers is under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, director of choral activities at HPU, and accompanied by organist Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music.

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

HPU art exhibit open through December 5

harmon_art_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 26, 2012 – There are still opportunities to view the works of David E. Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at Howard Payne University. The exhibit will be open through December 5, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Harmon joined the HPU faculty in August 2012. He hails from St. Louis, Mo., and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He is well-traveled and well-rounded in his areas of artistry and has taught for more than thirty years. Harmon’s work has been featured in exhibitions around the world and includes many different styles such as hard-edged abstraction, figurative realism and expressionism.

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

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Photo cutline: Works by David E. Harmon, new professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at HPU, are on display through December 5.

HPU memorializes Colorado victim, announces scholarship at San Antonio Spurs game

cowden_family_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 20, 2012 – Howard Payne University memorialized alumnus Gordon Cowden — a victim of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting — during halftime of the San Antonio Spurs Faith and Family Night game on Saturday, which would have been his 52nd birthday. The university presented a gift to his family and announced the establishment of a $60,000 HPU presidential scholarship in his name.

In addition to the tribute to the Cowden family, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, was named honorary co-captain of the Spurs. The university’s Winds of Triumph ensemble and Clay Tyner, a 2011 HPU graduate, and his band played pre-game. Several HPU alumni and prospective students were also in attendance.

Cowden, a 1984 graduate of the university, was the oldest killed in the Colorado tragedy on July 20. Dr. Ellis presented Cowden’s family and friends with a replica of the “Do As I Have Done” statue that stands on the HPU grounds and announced the establishment of a $60,000 Gordon Ware Cowden Presidential Scholarship to be given to a selected student in Cowden’s name.ellis__honorary_captain_for_web

According to his family, Cowden’s last words were of his love for his daughters who were attending the movie with him.
“His faith and courage in his final moments are inspirational to us all,” said Dr. Ellis. “HPU is blessed to be associated with a man such as Gordon Cowden.”

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Photo cutlines: Family and friends of Gordon Cowden accept an award from HPU in his memory during halftime at Saturday’s San Antonio Spurs game.

HPU President Dr. Bill Ellis, right, was named honorary co-captain before the game.

HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir to present Christmas Celebration

BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas Celebration concert on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission, but guests are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation. All of the items collected will go to Brownwood’s Good Samaritan Ministries to aid those in need this winter and holiday season.

“The musical selections are sure to get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “You won’t want to miss this musical holiday experience.”

The program’s selections will include “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “Jingle Bells” by Naohiro Iwai, the “Carol of the Drum” arranged by Floyd Werle, “Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis” by Claude T. Smith, and many more.

Following the concert will be a reception in the band rehearsal hall of the Davidson Music Complex, with music provided by the HPU Student Brass Quintet.

“We hope to see you there,” said Ash. “But, if not, may your holiday season be filled with the joy of family and friends. Most especially, may you know the joy of the greatest holiday gift of all time, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior!”

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HPU’s Tau Beta Sigma to host fundraiser Christmas dinner

BROWNWOOD – November 19, 2012 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national honorary band sorority, will host a Christmas dinner on Tuesday, November 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Brownwood. A minimum $5 donation is requested and proceeds will go toward the purchase of new uniforms for the HPU Yellow Jacket Band.

The dinner will consist of lasagna, salad, bread and dessert, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinks will be provided by Chicken Express.

Following the event, HPU will host a concert by the University Singers at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel, and Christmas on the Plaza at 8 p.m. at Old Main Tower.

For more information about the dinner, contact Tau Beta Sigma sponsor Jill Holamon, administrative assistant for the School of Music and Fine Arts, at (325) 649-8500 or via e-mail at jholamon@hputx.edu.

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