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HPU to close for Thanksgiving holiday

BROWNWOOD – November 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, November 23, through Friday, November 25, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

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

Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas celebration concert Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

The Christmas spirit will get into full swing as HPU students perform many Christmastime favorites. Program selections include “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Christmas Through the Looking Glass” by David Lovrien, “Holiday Overture” by Kenneth Soper, “Carol of the Bells” by Robert Longfield and many more.

There will be a reception following the concert in the band rehearsal hall of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. Music will be provided at the reception by the HPU Student Jazz Combo.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a canned food item as a donation for admission. All canned goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand this holiday season. Canned fruit is particularly needed.

The HPU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The HPU Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“You won’t want to miss this musical holiday experience,” said Ash. “We hope to see you there and pray your holiday season is 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!”

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

HPU’s University Singers to present Christmas concert

univsingers2016poster-003BROWNWOOD – November 18, 2016 – The University Singers of Howard Payne University will present a Christmas Concert Monday, November 28, at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Brownwood. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

The program is titled “Heaven and Earth in Little Space” and features the “Oratorio de Noël” by Camille Saint-Saëns as well as other Christmas settings centered on the Nativity. During the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to sing along to Christmas carols with the University Singers accompanied by the Festival Chamber Orchestra, a group of area and collegiate musicians.

Featured singers for the concert are Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Danielle Rosborough, 2008 HPU alumna; Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music; and Jeff Woods. Musicians featured with the University Singers will include Katie Ash, junior technology applications-high school major from Brownwood, on harp; Abraham Cooper, senior biochemistry major from Brownwood, on piano; Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, on organ; and a string quartet of various area musicians.

The University Singers and Festival Chamber Orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“The University Singers is a community and collegiate choral opportunity whose mission is to cultivate an ensemble of singers who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and the surrounding areas,” said Rosborough. “This concert is presented to bring us into the holiday season, with a beautiful program of repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary.”

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


HPU engineering science students serve as judges in robotics contest

BROWNWOOD – November 18, 2016 – Four Howard Payne University engineering science majors recently served as judges for a robotics contest at Early Middle School.

Tami Hull, EMS robotics coach, invited the group to judge the competition among fourth- through eighth-grade students. The participants competed using LEGO Mindstorms robots.

HPU students serving as judges were Justin Christopher Hughes, freshman from Llano; Reid Dillion Longabaugh, sophomore from Early; Paden Joe Seidel, freshman from Proctor; and Clara Octani Tarigan, junior from Brownwood.

“It was fun to watch the young, bright elementary and middle school students take part in such a competition and to see our students involved in the community,” said Dr. Hendra Tarigan, director of the engineering science program at HPU. “I thank Mrs. Hull for introducing our four students to the audience consisting of approximately 50 parents that evening; Dr. Gerry Clarkson, chair of HPU’s Department of Physical Sciences, for connecting HPU with Mrs. Hull; and Dr. Pamela Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Math, for her full support.”

Based on their performances as judges, the HPU students have been invited by the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Area 15 director to serve as judges at the TCEA Area 15 Robotics Contest in Ballinger on January 21, 2017.


Cutline: Four HPU engineering science majors recently served as judges for a robotics contest at Early Middle School. Pictured from left to right are Paden Seidel, Justin Hughes, Tami Hull (science teacher and robotics coach at EMS), Keith Taylor (retired robotics coach of Early Elementary School), Reid Longabaugh and Clara Tarigan.

Community invited to lunch at HPU Thanksgiving Day

BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2016 – The 33rd annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University, a longstanding community tradition, is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The free Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Anyone unable to join friends and neighbors at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to his or her home by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 by noon on Monday, November 21.

Those interested in volunteering at the lunch may do so by arriving at the Mabee Center, 1219 Fisk Street, at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. There is no need to call ahead.

HPU graduate elected president of Baptist General Convention of Texas

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BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2016 – Danny Reeves, 1994 Howard Payne University graduate, was elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) during the organization’s annual meeting on Nov. 14. Reeves is pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Danny ReevesAs stated on its website, the BGCT is an organization which “encourages, facilitates and connects churches in their work to fulfill God’s mission of reconciling the world to himself.”

Previously, Reeves served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Edna and First Baptist Church in McGregor. He also served on staff of churches in Mart, Big Lake and Blanket. He is the first graduate of Truett Seminary to serve as BGCT president. Reeves and his wife, Charissa, have three children, Courtney, Emily and Ryan.

Jason Burden, pastor of First Baptist Church of Nederland, nominated Reeves for the position.

“Danny will be a president we can believe in,” Burden said. “He will be a president we can follow whose example will be of such a high standard that we will strive to be a better convention and better people.”

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, said Reeves is a fine example of the many distinguished HPU graduates serving the Kingdom of God.

“We at HPU are thankful for graduates like Danny who strive to serve the Lord in all they do,” Dr. Ellis said. “We look forward to the great things God will accomplish through Danny’s leadership of Texas Baptists.”


Cutline: Danny Reeves, 1994 HPU graduate, was recently elected president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

First endowed scholarship established at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

Marjorie DePriestBROWNWOOD – November 17, 2016 – A San Antonio donor with family ties to Howard Payne University has established the first endowed scholarship for HPU’s New Braunfels Center. The $20,000 scholarship was established in honor of the donor’s sister, 1957 HPU graduate Marjorie C. DePriest, and will benefit a New Braunfels Center student.

“We are thankful for the generosity of the donor and are thrilled to have this scholarship established at the New Braunfels Center,” said Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region.

HPU, with its flagship campus located in Brownwood, has maintained a presence in the New Braunfels community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels.

DePriest graduated from HPU in Brownwood with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and then attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her master’s degree in theology.

She worked with the Baptist Board and spent two years with the Peace Corps. She taught high school Spanish in Nashville, Tennessee, for 27 years and retired in 1988. DePriest passed away on July 18, 2015.

According to her sister, DePriest is best remembered for her love of children and young people.

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, visit, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail


Cutline: HPU New Braunfels Center recently established its first endowed scholarship in memory of Marjorie C. DePriest ’57, pictured in HPU’s 1957 yearbook, The Lasso.

HPU’s Victoria Malone to present junior voice recital

Victoria MaloneBROWNWOOD – November 16, 2016 –Howard Payne University student Victoria Malone will present a junior recital on Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Malone is a music performance voice major from Fort Worth and is a student from the studio of Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness at HPU.

Malone’s program will include three opera arias, “When I am laid in earth” from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, “Voi che sapete” from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart and “En vain, pour éviter” from Carmen by Bizet. Art song selections to be performed are Nachtwanderer by Hensel and Sapphische Ode by Brahms. Also, a collection of Five American Revival Songs by Zaninelli will be performed.

Malone will be accompanied on piano by Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music at HPU.

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


Cutline: HPU’s Victoria Malone will present a junior recital Friday, November 18, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU exhibiting sculptures of David Hill

David Hill sculptureBROWNWOOD – November 14, 2016 – Howard Payne University is exhibiting “Whole,” the sculptures of David Hill, through Friday, December 2, in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“David’s ceramic works in this exhibition are very sophisticated,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. “They speak of our human condition as broken vessels, a metaphor of human pain and suffering in need of Christ’s healing which makes us whole.”

Hill was born in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, and raised by missionaries. His artwork focuses on and is inspired by his Christian faith. In 2005, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, and, in 2010, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Before going to graduate school, Hill worked as a production potter at The Mark of the Potter, a pottery store in the mountains of northern Georgia. As a result of his studies and work experience, he was able to gain an expertise in a wide range of ceramic and sculptural methods.

Hill has exhibited nationally and internationally, at events such as the Workhouse Clay National 2011 Juried Exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, as well as the Medalta International Cup Show 2013 in Alberta, Canada. He currently serves as assistant professor of art at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton.

Hand-built ceramic coiling technique is present in Hill’s sculptural works, said Harmon, with themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs such as Jim Elliot and Nathan Dabak.

“The holes we see in the sculpture can be made ‘Whole,’ hence the title of this exhibition,” Harmon said.

The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information about the exhibition, contact David Harmon at (325) 649-8088 or


Cutline: HPU is exhibiting the sculptures of David Hill. Hill’s artwork features themes of ancient and contemporary martyrs and those who exhibit the spirit of martyrdom such as this sculpture of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego).

HPU social work students rethink poverty following simulation

BROWNWOOD – November 10, 2016 – Nine Howard Payne University students and two faculty members recently took part in one of Mission Waco’s poverty simulations, an experience designed to give participants a firsthand look at poverty in America. This was HPU’s eighth year to participate in the event.

Mission Waco creates a safe, controlled weekend of experiences that is designed to increase empathy for those living in poverty in America. HPU students joined approximately 30 other people of various ages to go through this simulation together.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, takes part in the simulation with his students each year.
Humeniuk commented that one of the most interesting aspects of the weekend was the lunch-on-your-own project on Saturday and how students got to experience people in Waco who were very benevolent to the homeless.

“The whole point of the simulation is to take the participants out of their comfort zones,” said Humeniuk. “They send you out on your own so you get to know the lack of food and security a bit. It also emphasizes a Christian’s responsibility in reference to how people of faith should respond to poverty. It is my hope that the students brought back with them a sensitivity to those in need and a clearer understanding of their obligation as Christians to advocate and assist those in need.”

Brittiny Kelley, a junior from Brownwood, attended the simulation and gave her perspective of the event.

“This weekend humanized the word ‘poverty’ rather than allowing me to continue to believe its terminology was a dollar sign,” said Kelley.

The poverty simulation participants were not given any luxuries, including transportation. They walked everywhere they needed to go which totaled about 18 miles over the weekend.

The group had the opportunity to experience a church service and worship under the I-35 bridge over 8th Street in Waco on Sunday morning. Mission Waco conducts the church services and, as part of the simulation, participants have to walk one-and-a-half miles from the site to the bridge. On the way to Church Under the Bridge, they walk past two large, affluent churches. Groups of people from all over Waco including college students, families and homeless people join together to worship under the bridge.

Attendees experienced a very small sample of the hunger, tiredness and aggravation many homeless people have to endure on a daily basis. Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities, chair and professor of English, had the opportunity to attend the poverty simulation event and reflected on his experience.

“The Bible is filled with challenging passages that call on Christians to identify with the poor and the marginalized and it’s important that we find ways to embody that concern,” said Dr. Kimery. “It was humbling and very gratifying to watch the students in Mr. Humeniuk’s class as they gave up their comforts and privileges to walk in someone else’s shoes for a weekend.”

Junior Jacey Martinez of San Saba attended the event and realized that she takes things for granted.

“My parents have always worked hard to get me what I wanted and I should be more thankful than what I am,” said Martinez.

Another HPU student who attended the poverty simulation weekend, junior Abbey Beardsley from Fort Worth, always wanted to make a difference in the world by helping people. She shared her takeaway from the event.

“This has taught me that it doesn’t take a superhero cape to change the world,” said Beardsley. “To change the world, all you need is a friendly smile, a heart for people and the willingness to go out there and make the change happen.”

In addition to Beardsley, Kelley and Martinez, other HPU students who attended were senior Jaclyn Bonner from Lytle; junior Efrain Garces from Floresville; sophomore Elijah Garces from Floresville; senior Sydney Spencer from Georgetown; junior Sierra Spruill from Ranger; and junior Maggie Van Nes from Keller.

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Photo cutline: HPU students and faculty participated in a poverty simulation in Waco earlier this semester. They are pictured on the HPU campus. Left to right: Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology; junior Maggie Van Nes from Keller; senior Sydney Spencer from Georgetown; junior Efrain Garces from Floresville; Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities, chair and professor of English; senior Jaclyn Bonner from Lytle; junior Abbey Beardsley from Fort Worth; junior Brittiny Kelley from Brownwood; junior Jacey Martinez from San Saba; junior Sierra Spruill from Ranger; and sophomore Elijah Garces from Floresville.