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HPU students win Moot Court tournament, advance to nationals

BROWNWOOD – December 1, 2015 – Continuing a succession of Moot Court wins for the university, Howard Payne University students Isaac Sommers and Rebeca Puente prevailed in their first Moot Court tournament of the year. The team will advance to nationals in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association, competing at California State University, Long Beach, in January.

The UNT Law Invitational Tournament was held at the University of North Texas Dallas Law School in October with 50 teams from across the nation competing.

After successfully completing round one, Sommers, a sophomore from Boerne, and Puente, a junior from Waskom, advanced to the octo-final round, quarterfinals and semifinals. They beat Texas A&M University and two teams from California State University, Long Beach, respectively. They then faced off against UNT Denton in the finals and won unanimously. Sommers also won the 4th place oralist award.

Additionally, Sommers and Puente were finalists at a regional tournament at Texas A&M University during which they both won Top Orator awards.

Dr. Justin D. Murphy, HPU’s Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, lauded the successes of the students and their coach, Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government.

“I cannot emphasize enough how valuable Professor Kelley’s contributions are to the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and Howard Payne University,” Dr. Murphy said. “I commend her outstanding efforts and devotion to our students.”

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Photo cutline: HPU students Rebeca Puente, left, and Isaac Sommers took first place at a recent Moot Court tournament. The team will advance to nationals, competing at California State University, Long Beach, in January.

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art program to host “Christmas at Heartland Mall”

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program will host its 21st annual “Christmas at Heartland Mall” celebration on Sunday, December 6, from 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Heartland Mall.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections to family and friends,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in the School of Music and Fine Arts. “Please plan to join us for a musical Sunday afternoon at Heartland Mall.”

Additionally, the pre-college art students will have some of their recent work on exhibit for mall shoppers and other guests to see.

The Pre-College Music and Art program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at (325) 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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

BROWNWOOD – November 23, 2015 –Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert is free to the public and the community is encouraged to attend as HPU celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

Among the program’s selections are Carol of the Bells; A Christmas Festival; Stille, Stille, Stille; and many more. There will also be an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music, and the Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music.

“The musical selections are sure to get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites,” said Ash.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation for admission. All of the goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand during this winter holiday season.

A reception will follow the concert in the band rehearsal hall of the Davidson Music Complex.

“We hope to see you there but, if not, may your holiday season be filled with the joy of family and friends,” said Ash. “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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Photo cutline: HPU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas celebration concert Thursday, December 3, in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

HPU historian publishes encyclopedia of university’s 125-year history

Mangrum and book for webBROWNWOOD – November 23, 2015 – Dr. Robert Mangrum, university historian and professor of history and government at Howard Payne University, has published an account of HPU’s history titled For Howard Payne My All: 125 Years of Christian Higher Education and Service, 1889-2015, An Encyclopedia.

The book, which took 17 years to write, celebrates the university’s history since its founding in 1889. It is available for $30 on DVD or USB Flash Drive from Willie’s T’s in Brownwood. It may also be purchased online at the HPU Stinger Store at www.hputx.edu/store. All proceeds from the book’s sales will be used to establish an academic scholarship at HPU.

“I am proud to give back to the university in this way,” said Dr. Mangrum. “HPU has played a very meaningful role in my life and my prayer is that the scholarship created from the proceeds helps many students make their own HPU memories.”

During his tenure with the university, Dr. Mangrum has served in numerous capacities on campus, including 30 years as a sponsor of Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity, four years as faculty sponsor of Student Government, 13 years as director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy (then the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom) and as associate dean of the School of Humanities. He has served on numerous university committees including three self-study committees for reaccreditation.

He has published numerous book reviews in professional journals and served as contributor to The Vietnam War: An Encyclopedia and as a referee for the Journal of Military History. He is currently in his sixth term as mayor of the City of Early.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Dr. Robert Mangrum is pictured with a copy of his book in DVD format.

HPU’s University Singers to present Christmas concert

BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s University Singers will present their annual Christmas concert Monday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The University Singers is a non-auditioned choir that is comprised of both HPU students and community members. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music.

“It is always a pleasure to have both groups in University Singers,” said Dr. Church. “The music-making process is a meaningful way for these two groups of people to come together and interact in working toward a common goal.”

Included in the concert will be music ranging from twelfth-century plainchant to traditional Christmas carols.

“One of the more enchanting pieces in the concert is a setting of William Blake’s poem The Lamb, an original composition by the contemporary composer John Tavener,” said Dr. Church. “The University Singers ensemble has worked diligently to prepare some very challenging music to share as we help kick off the Christmas season.”

The concert is free to the public. For more information, contact the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.

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HPU’s Huebner and Strebeck to present senior recital

BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2015 –Howard Payne University students Micah Huebner and Hannah Strebeck will present a senior recital on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Huebner, a music education major from Brazoria, will perform on the bassoon. Strebeck, a music education major from Highlands, will perform on the flute. Strebeck has been the Clara Freshour-Nelson Scholarship recipient since 2013. Both Huebner and Strebeck are students from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music at HPU.

“The School of Music is proud to present these accomplished students,” Goacher said. “Their four years of intensive study at HPU will be apparent in the program they will present.”

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.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Huebner and Strebeck will present a senior recital November 19 in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU to host lectures on global religious freedom

BROWNWOOD – November 16, 2015 – Howard Payne University will host lectures by Dr. Elijah Brown, executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, this Tuesday and Wednesday. The events are free and open to the public.

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative is a Christian organization that champions global religious freedom. The group’s mission, according to its website, is to “empower a global movement to advance religious freedom as a universal right through advocacy, capacity building and technology.”

Dr. Brown’s first discussion, “Africa and the New Testament Church,” will be held Tuesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. He will lead a discussion on the many fascinating African connections to the New Testament and the early church.

The next morning, Dr. Brown will serve as the guest speaker for the university’s Chapel service, delivering his second lecture, “Global Religious Freedom.” He will discuss the current state of religious freedom and religious persecution around the world. Chapel begins at 10 a.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

“We look forward to learning more about Dr. Brown’s global perspectives on religious freedom,” said Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies. “You will not want to miss these opportunities to learn from and interact with him.”

HPU’s Concert Choir to present fall concert

Concert choir 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its fall concert Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and is free to the public.

A variety of musical selections will be presented including four that feature HPU student soloists or instrumentalists. Psalm 23 (from Songs of Faith) and Sing to the Lord, both by Paul Basler, will feature sophomore Carissa Cromer on horn. Moon River, arranged by Harry Simeone, will feature sophomore Garrett Ratliff on guitar. The Storm is Passing Over, arranged by Larry Nickel, will feature graduate student soloist Joshua Woods ’15.

“The choir has worked hard this semester and is excited to share our program with the campus and our community,” said Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. “We are always grateful for the support we receive.”

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s concert choir will present its fall concert, Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU hosting “iPhonography” art exhibition

iphonography for webHoward Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting the art exhibition iPhonography through December 4. The exhibition, housed in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Gallery of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, features the photography and digital imagery of Scott Strickland.

Strickland graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 2013. Upon completing his first feature-length film, Thirty-Six, and relocating to Austin, Strickland revamped his interest in photography and began taking photos using only an iPhone.

Masterfully presented by professional framer Daniel Lemus, Strickland’s photographic works capture experiences and events from Austin to West Texas and from Mexico to New Orleans, chronicling his travels from 2012-2014.

“Mr. Strickland’s photography proves that the artist, rather than the medium, creates the art,” said David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art. “His photography captures the beauty in the world around us.”

Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 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.

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Photo cutline: The photography of Scott Strickland will be on exhibition at HPU through December 4.

HPU’s Zeta Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi to present Month of Musicianship concert

BROWNWOOD – November 11, 2015 –Howard Payne University’s Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will present its Month of Musicianship recital Friday, November 13, at the university’s Grace Chapel. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

“The month of November is National Month of Musicianship for Kappa Kappa Psi, which is a national honorary band fraternity,” said Joshua Farquharson, Zeta Beta chapter president. “We will perform many pieces from an assortment of artists and composers in varied genres.”

Kappa Kappa Psi’s Month of Musicianship was created to reflect the organization’s goal of celebrating college music. Zeta Beta sponsors include Corey Ash, associate professor of music; Dr. Robert Mangrum, professor of history and political science; and Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations.

Students to perform include Ryan Contreras, Joshua Farquharson, Angel Hernandez, Micah Huebner, Drew Lambert, Bobby Martinez, Skyler Schoolfield, Hannah Strebeck and Aaron Walling.

Selections to include Duet To It; Tableaux de Provence IV: Dis alyscamps l’amo souspire; Frogs; Grand Russian Fantasia; Trio for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano in F Major; 4 Rotation for Marimba: Rotation IV; Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano Opus 29: I. Andante Maestoso; Groovin’ High and ’Round Midnight. The recital will conclude with all singing the hymn Sweet, Sweet Spirit.

“We hope you come to hear us perform and, if you do, we hope you enjoy our music making,” said Farquharson.

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