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HPU Baptist Student Ministry leaders attend state summit

HPU BSM student leaders 2018BROWNWOOD – January 22, 2018 – Three student leaders from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) recently attended the annual Texas BSM Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Student leaders from university BSMs across Texas came together as the BSM State Lead Team for the summit.

Students who exhibit leadership qualities within their BSM are chosen from each university. Seniors Karli Conrad of Katy, Joseph Flanigan of Round Rock and Jordan Pitman of Bangs were the leaders chosen to attend the summit for HPU.

“Texas BSM Winter Summit was challenging and powerful,” said Flanigan. “I came back with new ideas and renewed motivation to be missional on the HPU campus.”

Keith Platte, HPU’s BSM director, said the students got the opportunity to hear from speaker Caleb Crider, instructional design leader for the International Mission Board and co-author of “Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission.” Crider challenged the students to be leaders and disciple-makers on their home campuses. Conrad shared what she took away from Crider’s teaching.

“The Gospel must be shared through the unreached spaces just as much as the reached ones,” said Conrad. “There is beauty in schools coming together to share similarities and differences in how they approach this concept. I feel blessed to have attended.”

The students who attended received training on how to engage their campuses and culture. Participants also planned Texas BSM’s upcoming prayer event, “Abide,” a retreat for all Texas BSM students scheduled for February 2-3 at Highland Lakes Camp near Spicewood.

Also attending the Summit were HPU alumni Dylan Hughes ’17, BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Adam Jones ’17, BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; and Hannah Williamson ’17, BSM assistant at HPU. All three alumni served as HPU’s BSM student leaders while students at HPU.

“I had an impactful and refreshing experience that has prepared me for the upcoming spring semester,” said Williamson.

Pitman commented that she brought home a lot from the Summit as well.

“This year’s Summit showed me the importance of discipleship during college,” Pitman said. “Our BSM at HPU seeks to help students know Christ and make Him known, and I pray that we continue that mission as we grow in our discipleship abilities. We don’t want the BSM to be known only for the events hosted but for the Christ-like attitude its leaders and members display.”

For more information about HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, contact Platte at kplatte@hputx.edu or 325-649-8319.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Alumni and student leaders from HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry recently attended the State Lead Team Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Giving the official HPU Yellow Jacket “Sting ’Em” sign are (left to right): senior Joseph Flanigan, student leader; Adam Jones ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; senior Karli Conrad, student leader; Hannah Williamson ’17, alumna and BSM assistant at HPU; Dylan Hughes ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; and senior Jordan Pitman, student leader.

HPU’s University Singers group gears up for spring rehearsals

BROWNWOOD – January 12, 2018 – The University Singers, Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral opportunity, is welcoming new and returning musical enthusiasts into its membership for the spring 2018 semester. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays starting January 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the choral rehearsal hall, room 503, in the university’s Davidson Music Complex. No childcare is provided.

This unique entity within Howard Payne presents two concerts per year (one at Christmastime and one in the spring). Through participation, choristers can expect to glean a balance of exposure to great choral literature, thorough vocal instruction and ultimately a knowledge and execution of musical excellence.

“It is the goal of this ensemble to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry, while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and its surrounding areas,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor or music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we will prepare a concert centered on the American choral tradition and will sing a variety of music from sacred harp and Broadway to African-American spirituals and more.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

HPU’s jazz ensemble to present concert Thursday, January 18

BROWNWOOD – January 11, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a winter concert titled “January Jazz” on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

The ensemble will perform songs that span many jazz styles including Swing, Bop, Cool and Latin. Selections will include original arrangements from the popular bands of Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton as well as big band adaptations of jazz classics by Chick Corea, John Mahoney, John Lewis and Wayne Shorter.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 10, 2018 – It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2018 season on Tuesday, January 16, at Howard Payne University. Rehearsals will be held in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert,” said Ash. “From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

HPU’s Davidson Music Complex is located on the university’s campus. For more information, contact Ash at 325- 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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 enroll@hputx.edu.

Dr. Robert Bicknell retires from HPU, named first Provost Emeritus

Tew, Bicknell and Ellis at Commencement for webBROWNWOOD – December 15, 2017 – Dr. Robert Bicknell, who has served at Howard Payne University for almost 30 years, retired from his role as accreditation liaison at the close of the fall 2017 semester after stepping down from his concurrent role as dean of extended education in May. In appreciation of Dr. Bicknell’s faithful service to the university, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, named Dr. Bicknell HPU’s first Provost Emeritus.

Dr. Bicknell began his career at HPU in 1989 as vice president of academic affairs before being named provost. He has since served the university in a variety of administrative and academic roles. Prior to coming to HPU, Dr. Bicknell served at Enterprise State Junior College, Wayland Baptist University and Southwest Baptist University.

As accreditation liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Dr. Bicknell has successfully shepherded HPU through three decennial reaffirmations, numerous substantive change proposals and countless period reports and has served on 24 SACSCOC visiting and off-site committees, many of these as committee chair. He is a sought-after speaker regarding the subject of regional, peer-reviewed accreditation and is frequently enlisted as consultant to institutions beginning the reaffirmation process.

Dr. Bicknell also led the university in the innovation of distance learning, including the development of curriculum and the initiation of HPU’s extension centers in El Paso and New Braunfels.

He is active in the community and has served as an officer of the Brownwood Rotary Club, the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation, the Brownwood Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Board, the Brownwood Technology Board and the West Texas Telecommunications Consortium.

Dr. Ellis informed Dr. Bicknell of his Provost Emeritus designation in a recent letter thanking the retiree for his many years of dedicated leadership.

“Your service to Howard Payne and your commitment to the cause of Christian higher education deserve nothing less,” Dr. Ellis wrote.

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, commended Dr. Bicknell on his leadership and said his presence at HPU will be missed.

“Dr. Bicknell approached his time at HPU not only as his career but as his calling,” Dr. Tew said. “We’re appreciative of his dedication to the university and wish him all the best in the years to come.”

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Cutline: A Resolution of Appreciation honoring Dr. Robert Bicknell was read during HPU’s fall 2017 Commencement ceremony. Left to right: Dr. W. Mark Tew, Dr. Bicknell and Dr. Bill Ellis.

HPU announces holiday schedule

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University will be closed Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, January 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (The Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, and Friday, December 29, to process end-of-the-year gifts. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or over the phone by calling 325-649-8804 anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2017 semester begins Monday, Jan. 8.

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HPU hosts annual Mustache Wheel of Doom fundraiser

Bene wheel spin for webBROWNWOOD – December 13, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s annual Mustache Wheel of Doom fundraiser recently raised more than $5,000 for the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Go Now Missions. The event is sponsored by HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry.

Teams of male students, along with their personnel sponsors, grew their beards throughout the month of November while raising money for the organization which sends students from universities across Texas, including HPU, to mission fields around the world. Eleven HPU students have been interviewed to potentially serve as Go Now Missionaries during summer 2018.

The two teams that raised the least amount of money spun the Mustache Wheel of Doom and shaved in whichever style the wheel determined. The choices included stripes, half-beards, “No-Tee Goatees” and more.

Twenty-nine students and five personnel members participated in the fundraiser, raising $5,106.

Lehrer beard stripes for web“Mustache Wheel of Doom is a fun event and we look forward to it every year,” said Keith Platte, director of HPU’s BSM. “We’re blessed to be able to support Go Now Missions and the people all over the world who are impacted by this ministry.”

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Cutline: Junior Cole Bene reacts to his spin on HPU’s Mustache Wheel of Doom.

Freshman Jacob Lehrer smiles as stripes are shaven into his beard following HPU’s Mustache Wheel of Doom fundraiser.

HPU’s Clark-Goff serving on statewide boards for education deans

Kylah Clark-Goff 2017BROWNWOOD – December 12, 2017 – Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Education, began a term this fall as secretary of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (TACTE). Additionally, Dr. Clark-Goff will begin a term in January as secretary of the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (EDICUT).

Both organizations seek to promote effective teaching and quality education, with EDICUT specifically concentrating on teacher education in private universities and colleges.

Under Dr. Clark-Goff’s leadership, HPU’s School of Education strives to equip the next generation of educators to meet the needs of their future students through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices rooted in a Christian world view.

In addition to the Educator Preparation Program, HPU’s School of Education offers undergraduate degrees in kinesiology and athletic training. The school also offers two graduate degrees – the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership and the Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership.

“HPU’s School of Education continues to flourish under Dr. Clark-Goff’s exceptional leadership,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU provost and chief academic officer. “We’re thankful that she not only commits herself to her students and faculty, but to her own professional development through her service in organizations such as TACTE and EDICUT.”

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Cutline: Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of HPU’s School of Education, serves as secretary of the Texas Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and will soon begin a term as secretary of the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

HPU Model United Nations wins Distinguished Delegation Award at Seattle conference

MUN team in SeattleBROWNWOOD – December 11, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently competed at the Northwest Model United Nations Conference in Seattle, Washington, winning the Distinguished Delegation Award, second place for overall team performance.

Model United Nations takes current world issues and asks students, who represent various countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations.

In her role as the Delegate of Japan, Lainee Hasty, junior Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and psychology major from Runaway Bay, won Outstanding Delegate. This is the highest award achievable on the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development committee.

Emma Reed, junior Honors Academy and family studies major from Arlington, serves as HPU’s head delegate, while Joel Justice, senior Honors Academy and history major from Brownwood, serves as co-delegate. Other HPU representatives at the conference included Alex Bingham, sophomore Bible major from Bridge City; Jessica Catlett, junior Honors Academy and social work major from Alleyton; Joshua Dykes, senior Honors Academy and youth ministry major from Mount Pleasant; Caleb Kostreva, junior Honors Academy and social science global studies major from Clifton, Colorado; Charles Lewis, sophomore Honors Academy and social science jurisprudence major from Boerne; Andie McCoy, junior Honors Academy and social studies composite major from Whitehouse; and Penny Stehlik, sophomore Honors Academy, English and social science global studies major from Round Rock.

Dr. Kevin Kelley, associate professor of psychology and chair of HPU’s Department of Psychology and Family Studies, serves as adviser for the Model United Nations team.

“Given the need for diplomacy in our current climate, I am very excited that HPU is building the next generation of ambassadors for peace,” he said. “Emma Reed and Joel Justice have done an excellent job leading their team to another victory. Lainee Hasty, just as she did last spring in Milan, Italy, took another Best Delegate Award. I am proud of everyone.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Model United Nations team recently competed at the Northwest Model United Nations Conference in Seattle, Washington. Back row, from left: Alex Bingham, Charles Lewis, Joshua Dykes and Jessica Catlett. Front row, from left: Penny Stehlik, Andie McCoy, Joel Justice, Emma Reed, Lainee Hasty and Caleb Kostreva.

Community tours HPU’s newly remodeled science labs

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BROWNWOOD – December 8, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics hosted an Open House last week to celebrate the newly remodeled science labs in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science.

The reception took place in rooms 210, 211 and 212 of the facility, each of which have been remodeled for use by HPU students.

Winebrenner Hall, dedicated in 1962, contains classrooms, labs and offices for the School of Science and Mathematics. The facility is named for Dr. O.E. Winebrenner, former science department head, who served at HPU for more than 40 years.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics at 325-649-8400.

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Cutline: One of HPU’s newly remodeled science labs is shown just prior to the Open House event.

A steady stream of HPU personnel, students and community members attended the come-and-go event.