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HPU alumna named All-Big Country Coach of the Year

Heather Hohertz and teamBROWNWOOD – May 4, 2016 – Heather Hohertz, 2007 Howard Payne University graduate, said she credits her HPU professors and coaches in guiding her to be her best. Hohertz, who serves as head basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Brownwood High School, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes 4A-6A by the Abilene Reporter-News. She additionally won the award in 2010.

“By playing under Coach K (Chris Kielsmeier, former HPU basketball coach), I learned how to dedicate myself toward my passion and I learned the work ethic to become successful on the court and in life,” she said.

Hohertz grew up in Priddy and during her senior year of high school was a member of the team that won the first-ever state championship for the small community.

“When I was searching for a college to continue my playing career, Howard Payne was an easy choice,” she said. “Coach Kielsmeier recruited me and I knew I had to become a member of the Lady Jacket family.”

Today, Meia Daniels, a former teammate of Hohertz, serves as head women’s basketball coach for the university.

“Heather is very deserving of the award,” said Daniels. “She works hard and is very competitive, which she relays through her team. I am very proud of her and I know she will continue to do great things in the future.”

During seven years at Brownwood High School, Hohertz has led her team to many victories and has a win-loss record of 147-74.

“This year, we matched our best record in the school’s history,” she said. “We were 25-8 and made the school’s first-ever trip to the regional tournament.”

Hohertz said it’s a great honor to be named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year because there are so many great coaches in the area.

“It’s a tribute to the great kids I have had the opportunity to coach,” she said. “They bought into my philosophy and they strive to be successful.”


Cutline: HPU alumna Heather Hohertz, kneeling, was recently named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year for Classes 4A-6A by the Abilene Reporter-News. She is pictured with members of her Lady Lions basketball team. Photo contributed.

Six HPU students honored for servant leadership

Servant Leadership Awards 2016BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.

“We are pleased to be able to honor students who have distinguished themselves through service to others,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “Servant leaders do not serve others in order to be recognized, of course, but we are happy to honor those students who have honored HPU and Christ through their acts of service.”

Xavier McFalls, senior exercise and sport science major from Amarillo, and Kelsan Wolverton, senior cross-cultural studies major from Lampasas, were presented the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award. HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to juniors Jaclyn Bonner, communication major from Lytle; Joshua Dykes, youth ministry and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Mount Pleasant; TaShana Hooker, music instrumental major from Carrollton; and Dillon Hughes, youth ministry major from Plano.

The Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a member of HPU’s Bible faculty from 1950-1975.

Xavier McFalls has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all four years at HPU and as a leader within the organization for two years. He has also participated in the Baptist Student Ministry through which he led the athlete discipleship ministry. He additionally served as captain of HPU’s football team and as chaplain within HPU’s Student Government Association among other leadership roles on campus.

Kelsan Wolverton has also participated in numerous roles and activities on campus including serving with Jacket Ambassadors, the Student Activities Committee, the Student Planning Committee and the BSM. She additionally served as historian and president of HPU’s Ministerial Alliance and as chaplain and president of the Alpha Psi Omega organization. She has been a student worker for the Office of University Services throughout her HPU career.

Established in 2007 by the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, the HPU Servant Leadership Award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of the scholarship award to be given to his or her chosen charity.

Jaclyn Bonner serves as a resident assistant in HPU’s Veda Hodge Hall, as president of Gamma Beta Phi, as a columnist for the Yellow Jacket student newspaper and as the HPU representative on the executive committee of the Christian Association of Student Leaders. Additionally, she is active with the Student Government Association, Model United Nations and numerous other organizations.

Joshua Dykes serves as a resident assistant in HPU’s Jennings Hall and is a member of the Student Government Association, Mock Trial, the BSM and several other on-campus organizations. He additionally began a men’s Bible study in his residence hall and assisted with founding HPU’s Spanish Club so that students could be enabled to spread the Gospel to Spanish-speaking people.

TaShana Hooker serves as a student worker for HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts and as a three-year member of the Yellow Jacket Band through which she was named head drum major. She is the vice president of HPU’s chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority and has served on mission trips through the BSM.

Dillon Hughes has participated each semester at HPU with the BSM and the Ministerial Alliance. He has additionally served in the student ministry at Brownwood’s Coggin Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church and has gone on mission trips with the BSM and Texas Baptists’ Go Now Missions.

Nominations for both the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award and the HPU Servant Leadership Award are solicited each spring from HPU staff, faculty and students.

“This year, 18 different members of the faculty, staff or student body nominated 12 different students for the awards,” said Dr. Auvenshine. “This is the largest number of people making nominations and the largest number of nominees we have had in several years. We felt that all 12 of the nominees were deserving of recognition. I’m thankful to serve at a university that values servant-leadership qualities among its students.”


Cutline: Six HPU students were recently recognized for their servant-leader qualities. Left to right: Kelsan Wolverton, TaShana Hooker, Xavier McFalls, Dillon Hughes, Jaclyn Bonner and Joshua Dykes.

HPU honors faculty and staff for service to university

Diann Prickett 2016BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were recently honored at an annual personnel recognition luncheon held on the HPU campus. Dr. Athena Bean, retiring this year from her role as assistant professor of psychology and university counselor, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member award. Diann Prickett, gift processing and prospect research associate, was named the Outstanding Staff Member for the year.

The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria and Porter Insurance Agency, respectively.

“We are pleased to recognize Diann and Athena for their outstanding work this year and grateful to the Porter and Underwood families for their continued generosity toward the university,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

Certificates recognizing excellence in teaching were presented to Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs, and Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program.

Certificates recognizing excellence in service were presented to staff members Sandra Alexander, retiring from her role as data specialist, and Jeremy Hogue, systems administrator.

Dr. Athena Bean 2016Special plaques commemorating retirement were awarded to Alexander and Bean as well as Dr. Art Allen, professor of Christian studies; Kim Bryant, associate professor of communication; Don Gunter, general maintenance; and Dr. Kenneth Word, professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Also receiving awards were:

Five years of service – Guy Ament, assistant football coach; Robert Anders, part-time assistant baseball coach; Dr. Danny Brunette-López, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Hispanic Studies; Jonathan Burcham, custodian – work order/special requests crew leader; Casey Cox, grounds supervisor; Jayla Devery, student account coordinator; Nikki Donathan, cashier; Allen Fisher, groundskeeper I; Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dora Hernandez, facilities department coordinator; Dalton Hutchins, head tennis coach; Amy Kresta, instructor of biology; Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety; Christy Meinecke, major gifts officer, south central region; Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies; Keith Platte, director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry; Magda Rodriguez, custodian; Dr. Carmen Santana-Melgoza, professor of business administration; Coby Sauce, director of media relations; Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of chemistry; Shannon Turner, instructor of academic services, learning assistance and academic recovery; and Larry Walls, first assistant athletic trainer.

Ten years of service – Tim Cooper, instructor of multimedia communication and computer information systems; P.J. Gramling, director of admission; Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology; Becky Keith, data management coordinator, enrollment services; Mike Lee, instructor of communication and director of student media; Tammy Lowrey, executive assistant to the president; Dr. Matthew McNiece, associate professor of history, chair of the Department of History and Government, and assistant director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy; and Dr. Mike Rosato, adjunct in the School of Education.

Fifteen years of service – Dr. Athena Bean, assistant professor of psychology and university counselor; Dr. Rick Beelby, associate professor of exercise and sport science and director of HPU’s Outdoor Recreation Center and physical activity courses; Dr. Pam Bryant, professor of chemistry and dean of the School of Science and Mathematics; Ferrisa Childs, assistant director of student aid; Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration; Cynthia Givan, departmental administrative assistant in the School of Humanities; Carrie Harding, part-time coordinator of the Heart of Texas Literature Center; Mike Terrill, assistant professor of athletic training and director of the athletic training education program; and Jill Underwood, instructor of education.

Twenty years of service – Sandra Alexander, data specialist, financial aid; Dr. Mitzi Lehrer, adjunct in the School of Education; Kyle Mize, assistant vice president for university communications; Dr. José Romero, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Harlan Scott, associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems.

Twenty-five years of service – Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of the Department of Music.

Thirty years of service – Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre, director of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre.

Thirty-five years of service – Cheryl Mangrum, associate director of admission; and Dr. Evelyn Romig, distinguished professor of literature.

Forty years of service – Glenda Huff, director of student aid.


Top picture: Diann Prickett, center, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award for the 2015-2016 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, right, and Robert Porter, left. The award is made possible by Porter Insurance Agency.

Bottom picture: Dr. Athena Bean, second from left, was presented the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for the 2015-2016 academic year at HPU. She is pictured with Paul Underwood, far left; Jill Underwood, second from right; and Dr. Bill Ellis, far right. The award is made possible by Underwood’s Cafeteria.

HPU honors 64 students during Academic Awards Convocation

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Howard Payne University recently honored 64 students for academic achievements during the spring 2016 semester. The students were recognized during the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation.

Receiving awards were:

Brittony Walker, Outstanding Student in Family Studies

Skyler Schoolfield, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Spanish

Ashleigh Moss, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre
Natalie Stephens, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) – Lower-Division

Xavier McFalls, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year

Reagan Grisham, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Communication Studies

Nicole Goodwin, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Biology

Callie Adams, Outstanding Exercise and Sport Science Major and American Kinesiology Association Outstanding Major
Victoria Hardin, Honor Award in Psychology

Big Spring
Kelsey Weir, Outstanding Student in Mathematics Education

Allison Eaton, American Southwest Conference Female Medal of Honor

Travis Adams, Outstanding Freshman in Art
Blake Biessener, Outstanding Student in Computer Information Systems
Lydia Conrad, Outstanding Senior in Art
Chelsea Garcia, Outstanding Nontraditional Student
Molly Hull, Outstanding New All-Level Teacher
Hannah Justice, Outstanding Student in General Biology
Kindry Kirbo, Outstanding Candidate for Graduation in Biology
Jason Murphy, Outstanding Model United Nations Student
Zachary Peterson, Most Promising Freshman in English

Kaeli Goodgion, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Richard Treviso, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Chemistry

Danyel Bradley, Tami Pattillo Memorial Award

Abraham Cooper, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) – Lower-Division Student and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Chemistry
Amy Tyler, Honor Award in Social Work

Cody Perrin, Outstanding History Student

Andrea Culpepper, Outstanding Student in Management

Ashley Chapman, Outstanding Government Student

Farmington, N.M.
Shaefer Church, Outstanding Student in Bible and Outstanding Student in Christian Studies
Zachary Sterling, Outstanding Student in Youth Ministry

Luis Robles, Honor Award in Criminal Justice and HPU Male Scholar-Athlete

Chandler Condra, Outstanding Student in the School of Business

Murry Clingerman, Outstanding Student in Accounting

Tolli Wylie, Outstanding New Elementary Teacher

Brittany Martin, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre

Anna Lauren Jeffers, Outstanding Student in Christian Education

Richard Young, Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award and American Southwest Conference Male Medal of Honor

Cody H. Hughes, Most Promising Freshman in English

Lydia Heinrichs, Outstanding Swarm Yearbook Staff Member

Hannah Strebeck, Outstanding Music Major (Instrumental) – Upper-Division Student

Hailey Green, Most Promising Newcomer in Theatre

Jimmy Abbatiello, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Communication Studies

Little Elm
Rachel Crane, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Biology

Rachel Hughes, Outstanding Yellow Jacket Newspaper Staff Member

TJ Counce, Outstanding Mock Trial Student

Jaclyn Bonner, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies

Fred Zavala, Academic Achievement in English

Callie Molloy, HPU Female Scholar-Athlete

Gabriella Guest, Outstanding Music Major (Vocal) – Upper-Division

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, Outstanding Lower-Division Mathematics Student

Keaton Fletcher, Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Biology

Ivyanne Nichols, Outstanding Student in Biblical Languages

Richland Hills
Luke Jester, Outstanding Upper-Division Mathematics Student

Thomas Kyle, Outstanding Student in Cross-Cultural Studies

San Angelo
Kyndal Broome, Outstanding Student in Management and Outstanding Upper-Division Student in Spanish
Kristin Haman, Highest GPA in Exercise and Sport Science and Outstanding Athletic Training Major

Sarah Van Remmen, Excellence in Chemistry

Katelyn Zimmer, Outstanding Lower-Division Student in Spanish

Braxton Clark, Outstanding Student Speaker Bureau Member

Jessi Jordan, Outstanding Student in Christian Studies

Zachary Eller, Outstanding Student in Business Administration

Drew McNeill, Outstanding Freshman in Art

Rebeca Puente, Outstanding Moot Court Student

Michael Snow, TAHPERD (Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance) Student of the Year


HPU to graduate 116 students this Saturday

BROWNWOOD – May 3, 2016 – Howard Payne University will graduate 116 students during the spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum.

Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Robert R. Ellis, associate dean for academics at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary, will deliver the charge to the graduates.

Additional program participants include: Corey Ash ’92, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Donnie Auvenshine ’75, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Rev. Cory Brand ’98, minister of discipleship and pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Corsicana; Jane Collette ’81, president of the HPU Alumni Association; Dr. Gary Gramling ’81, director of the graduate program in youth ministry and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Millard J. Kimery Jr., interim dean of the School of Humanities and professor of English; Dr. Brad Lemler, interim dean of the School of Business and professor of accounting; Dr. Debra Powell, assistant professor of business administration; Dr. Joe Robinson, director of the instructional leadership graduate program and professor of education; Dr. Harlan Scott, faculty president and associate professor of biology; Carter Sharpe, chairman of HPU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost; Dr. Daresa Voss, interim dean of the School of Education and professor of education; Lana Wagner ’97, registrar; Rev. Kelly Wolverton ’96, pastor of Hampton Road Baptist Church in Desoto; Kelsan Wolverton, candidate for graduation; and the HPU Instrumental Ensemble.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, May 6, by Chime Out, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.


HPU Model United Nations team successful at second Münster conference

By Emily Peisker, HPU senior

BROWNWOOD – May 2, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Model United Nations team took home seven awards from the Münster University International Model United Nations conference held recently in Münster, Germany. The largest MUN conference in Germany, it sponsored delegates from around the world including delegations from Pakistan, Taiwan and Israel.

MUN Munster Spring 2016MUN takes current world issues and asks students, who represent the different 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.

Those receiving awards included James Abbatiello, a junior from Kerrville, with the Outstanding Delegate award for his representation of the Russian Federation on the Security Council; Jaclyn Bonner, a junior from Lytle, with an Honorable Mention award and a Best Position Paper award as the Russian Federation for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR); Joel Justice, a sophomore from Brownwood, with an Honorable Mention award for representing Lebanon on the UNHCR; Sydney Spencer, a junior from Georgetown, with an Honorable Mention award from the Human Rights Council (HRC) for her representation of the Russian Federation; Braxton Clark, a junior from Southlake, with the Outstanding Delegate Award while portraying Syria for the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC); and Cody Perrin, a junior from Eastland, with an Honorable Mention award for the Peace of Westphalia Committee for his portrayal of the Swedish Empire.

Other team members include Mike McConnell, a senior from Burleson and head delegate of the MUN team, who represented France on the Security Council, and Jason Murphy, a senior from Brownwood, who portrayed Indonesia on the General Assembly Second Committee: Economic and Finance (ECOFIN). Gavin Stewart, a senior from Flower Mound, portrayed the Spanish Empire on the Peace of Westphalia Committee, while Emily Peisker, a senior from Cedar Park, represented the Philippines on the UN Women committee. Also on ECOFIN, Rachel White, a junior from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, represented Germany, while Emma Reed, a freshman from Arlington, portrayed China on HRC. Vivian Nguyen, a sophomore from Keller, represented Thailand on UN Women and Augusta Johnson, a sophomore from Gatesville, represented the Republic of Korea on DISEC. Bringing their pre-law experience into play, Caitlin Wood, a senior from Miles, acted as a judge on the International Criminal Court (ICC) while J Bailey, a senior from Gunter, presented the prosecution on the same committee.

“I am so proud of the entire team,” said Sydney Spencer, co-head delegate of the team. “From what I was able to witness, everyone accurately portrayed their country assignments and represented HPU to the best of their abilities.”

According to Spencer, the team members worked diligently in class and on their own time to fully understand the governmental systems of the countries represented. This was the team’s second time to compete in Münster.

“Yet again, we brought home more awards than any other delegation and this is only due to each individual person’s commitment to research, ability to take constructive criticism and comprehension of how to understand the rules of procedure quickly,” she said.

After landing in Berlin on Easter Sunday, the group took the day to explore the city and see historical sites, which included the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. Team members also visited the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Oranienburg on the outskirts of Berlin the next day and immersed themselves in the history of that area.

HPU’s Model United Nations team is led by Dr. Kevin Kelley, assistant professor of organizational psychology, and Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government.

“Eighteen hours of travel led the victorious HPU MUN team back to Brownwood,” said Dr. Kelley. “Though tired and jetlagged, the belief that peace can be had through non-violent means, a tenet of Christian philosophy, proved powerful yet again to the team. Though some did not win, experience in formal speech, participation in an international conference and exploring the culture of a foreign country was gained by all. Congratulations to our winners and a hearty thanks to all participants who made HPU’s MUN trip a success.”


Cutline: HPU award winners at the Model United Nations conference in Münster, Germany, included (from left) James Abbatiello, Braxton Clark, Jaclyn Bonner, Sydney Spencer, Joel Justice and Cody Perrin.

Twenty inducted into HPU’s Kappa Delta Pi education honor society

Kappa Delta Pi inductees for webBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Education recently inducted 20 new members into the university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education.

Kappa Delta Pi, founded in 1911, includes more than 600 chapters and 1.2 million active members worldwide. In addition to maintaining high academic standards, the HPU students inducted this year are active in many parts of campus life including student leadership, athletics and various organizations.

Inductees were Brittany Benson, senior from Early; Tiffany Bullock, junior from Red Oak; Ryan Contreras, senior from Early; Carissa Cromer, junior from Newark; Cherita George, junior from Brownwood; Catherine Haston, junior from Odessa; Lydia Heinrichs, junior from Hico; TaSahana Hooker, junior from Carrollton; Kelly Kaake, junior from Early; Cassandra Mendez, senior from Brownwood; Candace Montgomery, junior from Montgomery; Kinsey Nall, junior from Rising Star; Judy Pack, junior from Fort Worth; Vanessa Pate, senior from May; Tandi Patton, senior from Brownwood; Frank Ritter, junior from Early; Amber Shipman, senior from May; Heather Starnes, senior from May; Andrew Stevenson, junior from Whitehouse; and Hannah Strebeck, senior from Highlands.

“It is our honor to induct these students into Kappa Delta Pi,” said Dr. Daresa Voss, interim dean of HPU’s School of Education. “We look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and bless others through the field of education.”

Applications for admission are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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


Cutline: HPU’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi recently inducted 20 new members.

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert Tuesday, May 3, at Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The band is comprised of area musicians and meets on Monday evenings each spring for rehearsal. Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, directs the band, but many area band directors will also conduct during the concert.

“The Central Texas Community Band is comprised of members of all ages from area communities such as Bangs, Early, Brownwood, May, Santa Anna, Coleman, Goldthwaite and Brady,” said Ash. “The band also includes students from area high schools along with their directors.”

Compositions include “Rolling Thunder March” as well as selections from “The Music Man” and “American River Songs.”

“This concert is a fantastic community collaboration that gives many individuals from the area the opportunity to be a part of the arts,” said Ash. “I hope everyone who can attend will come and support this amazing concert made possible by our area community members.”

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


HPU hosting exhibition featuring work of Brownwood Art Association Photo Group

BAAPG exhibitionBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group. The exhibition is free to the public and is being held in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. Exhibition hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through May 6.

The Brownwood Art Association Photo Group is an informal organization consisting of members who are interested in photography as well as promoting the visual arts in the community. The exhibition titled “Beauty through the Eyes of a Photographer…A Journey in Print” features all experience levels of work from the photo group. The group expects to have 52 photographs representing 13 different photographers. The photos on exhibition will vary and should be of interest to all who attend.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

For more information, contact David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art at (325) 649-8088 or


Cutline: HPU is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group through Friday, May 6.

Ten HPU students tour health-profession schools

HPU students at UT Southwestern Medical CenterBROWNWOOD – April 29, 2016 – Ten Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to visit schools specializing in various health professions.

The purpose of this yearly trip is to tour and learn about various medical programs such as allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine and physical therapy. The students had the opportunity to visit the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“We are proud to be able to support our students pursuing careers in the health professions, regardless of their chosen major at HPU,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and pre-health advisor. “This particular trip included students from various majors including biology, chemistry, athletic training, kinesiology and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.”

Students who attended are Andrea Balderas, junior biology major from Lytle; Nathan Cantu, sophomore biology major from San Antonio; TJ Counce, senior chemistry with biochemistry concentration and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Lockhart; Ruth Davis, senior athletic training major from Cibolo; Keaton Fletcher, senior biology major from Perryton; Darbi Frazier, senior kinesiology major from Crandall; Christopher Freeland, sophomore chemistry with biochemistry concentration and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Brownwood; Hannah Justice, sophomore biology major from Brownwood; Ra’Liaha Lightner, sophomore athletic training major from Killeen; and Aaron Walling, senior biology major from Georgetown.

“Many students start college with a particular career goal in mind,” said Dr. Hutchins. “However, once they learn about the broader field of health care and the range of jobs that are available, their view is expanded and they are more informed as they make choices about their future.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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


Cutline: HPU students recently visited physical therapy and medical schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Left to right: Hannah Justice, Darbi Frazier, Christopher Freeland, Aaron Walling, Ra’Liaha Lightner, Ruth Davis, Andrea Balderas, TJ Counce, Nathan Cantu and Keaton Fletcher.