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HPU’s Emery to present senior recital Tuesday

Timothy EmeryHoward Payne University senior Timothy Emery of Brownwood will present a vocal recital on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free and is open to the public.

Emery is a church music-vocal major and practical theology minor and will graduate in May. He is from the studio of Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music.

“This recital is made up of vocal solo music from several different musical periods,” said Dr. Church. “The pieces come from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras as well as music written within the last twenty years.”

Recital selections include pieces from Franz Shubert, Henry Purcell, Richard Wagner, Gabriel Fauré and Stephano Donaudy. In addition, Emery will perform “Three Byron Songs” by David Ashley White and “Madamina! Il catalogo é questo” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera “Don Giovanni.” Accompanying Emery on the piano is Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music.

“Mr. Emery is singing very well and, though he has a powerful voice, sings with sensitivity,” said Dr. Church. “I believe this will be a very successful recital which everyone will enjoy.”

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


Cutline: HPU senior Timothy Emery will present a vocal recital on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

HPU Heritage Singers to present spring concert

BROWNWOOD – April 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers will present a spring concert on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. The concert is free and is open to the public.

The concert is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, will be the pianist for the concert.

The concert title, “Beloved thou hast brought me many flowers…,” comes from a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a prominent English poet of the Victorian Era. Selections include “flower songs” that allude to various stages of love, celebration and mourning. Within these selections, there is a sacred floral section dedicated to the “Rose of Sharon.”

“Flowers…we congratulate with them, show our compassion with them and place them on the biers of our loved ones,” said Dr. Rosborough. “They shed beauty in the darkness bringing color to the otherwise monochromatic. These pieces exemplify love, loss and life in Christ.”

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


HPU students reflect on Beach Reach experiences

Beach Reach group 2017BROWNWOOD – April 6, 2017 – Students from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry joined hundreds of other Christians in serving and ministering to beachgoers on South Padre Island during Spring Break. The annual event, known as Beach Reach, is designed as servant-leadership outreach.

Ten HPU students and three staff members took part in ensuring others stayed safe during the week by giving free van rides across the island and serving pancakes on the beach. They also prayed for the beachgoers and sought opportunities to speak with them about their relationships with Jesus Christ.

“Beach Reach was a great chance for us to go out and help stop a lot of drinking and driving,” said Paden Seidel, sophomore from Proctor. “Along the way we were also able to let many people know that someone cares about their well-being. As a whole, it was a great experience.”

Marissa Godbey, junior from Austin, attended Beach Reach during her freshman year as well.

“I was so excited to have another opportunity to share the Gospel at Beach Reach,” she said. “The atmosphere was a bit different than what I’d remembered and there were twice as many people. Although it was easier for me to talk confidently with people, the island was a lot crazier. The craziness only made me more ready to help keep everyone on the island safe and share the Gospel. I had many great conversations throughout the trip and I know God’s presence was felt on the island.”

The group planned and trained for five weeks in advance of the trip. The students were led by Zachary Sterling, 2016 HPU graduate who now serves as the BSM campus missionary intern.

“One of the goals in training for Beach Reach is to develop the habit of living ‘on mission’ regardless of where we are,” he said. “Christians don’t go on mission, we are on mission – whether at Howard Payne or South Padre or wherever we are. We should always take the time to engage others in conversations and genuinely care about what they have to say.”

In addition to Godbey, Seidel and Sterling, those on the trip included Keith Platte, BSM director; Kelly Eason, residence director for Veda Hodge Hall; Melodee Carrier, junior from Seguin; Zoe Emley, junior from Natalia; Sarah Fernandez, junior from Goliad; Dillon Hughes, senior from Plano; Abi Miller, junior from Belton; Aryn Morris, junior from Pipe Creek; Nate Rhodes, senior from Brownwood; and Emily Selman, junior from Red Oak.


Cutline: HPU students and staff served and ministered to beachgoers on South Padre Island over Spring Break. They are pictured on campus before the trip.

HPU’s annual Spring Sing event draws large crowds

Pi Theta Chi Spring SingBROWNWOOD – April 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently hosted its annual Spring Sing event during which three student organizations wrote, directed and performed high-energy musical skits for large audiences over two nights.

Pi Theta Chi won first place for its performance, which earned the group an $800 prize from HPU’s Alumni Association. Delta Chi Rho won second place and $500 from the HPU Student Government Association, while Chi Alpha Omega placed third and received $300 from HPU’s Student Foundation.

“I enjoyed getting to see how much time and effort each organization put into its performance,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “These groups did a tremendous job performing and I’m thankful for the hard work and dedication that was put into the weekend.”


Cutline: HPU student organization Pi Theta Chi won first place during the university’s recent Spring Sing event.

HPU to present Music Theatre Workshop on Thursday

Howard Payne University’s Music Theatre Workshop class will present a music theatre scenes program titled “Relationships: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” on Thursday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The informal program is free of charge and all scenes are family-friendly. The public is encouraged to attend.

While the Music Theatre Workshop class often supports the major HPU music theatre productions, the class this semester is focused on building stage skills for singers in a workshop setting. These scenes are offered in a less formal way and with minimal set pieces, props and costuming. Thursday’s performance will feature students practicing their skills in selected scenes from various Broadway favorites as well as operatic selections.

Students who will perform include freshman Caleb Bostick of Brownwood, junior Camila Cotter of Garden Ridge, freshman Taylor Davis of Alvin, freshman Josiah Hughes of Katy, sophomore Ryan Miles of Goldthwaite, freshman Sadie Perez of Brownwood, junior Brendyn Porter of Red Oak, freshman Andreahnna Rosenquist of Brownwood and junior Natalie Stephens of Alvarado.

Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music, directs the Music Theatre Workshop class. Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, will accompany the class on the piano during the program.

“This is a talented group of young singers who are developing a new awareness of ways to communicate on stage,” said Dr. Church. “It will be an entertaining show and I know these students will enjoy sharing their work.”

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


HPU’s Mock Trial teams win top witness and attorney awards at regional tournament

BROWNWOOD – March 29, 2017 – Two Mock Trial teams from Howard Payne University recently competed at a regional tournament at The University of Texas at Dallas, bringing home awards for top witness and top attorney. This was HPU’s second full year of competition and third appearance at regionals.

The first team was comprised of Guy D. Newman Honors Academy majors Amy Baskin, senior from Brownwood also majoring in psychology; Jordan Hahn, freshman from Burnet also majoring in social science global studies; Katherine Hailey, senior from Bangs also majoring in social science jurisprudence; Tyler Olin, sophomore from Howe also majoring in social science jurisprudence; Skyler Schoolfield, senior from Aledo also majoring in social science jurisprudence and Spanish; Caleb Throckmorton, senior from Early also majoring in management; and Jacob Vincent, junior from Hartley also majoring in history.

The second team included Guy D. Newman Honors Academy majors Jessica Catlett, sophomore from Alleyton also majoring in social work; Toni Gibbs, sophomore from Waco also majoring in social science jurisprudence; Kaitlyn Harrison, junior from Watauga also majoring in athletic training; Lainee Hasty, junior from Runaway Bay also majoring in psychology; Andie McCoy, sophomore from Whitehouse also majoring in social studies composite; Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne also majoring in English and social science jurisprudence; and Karla Zachary, sophomore from Elgin also majoring in social science jurisprudence.

Gibbs won an award as a top witness, scoring 17 out of 20 possible points, and Sommers won an award as a top attorney, scoring 19 out of 20 points.

Mock Trial is a simulation of trial court cases. Students are given a hypothetical case to argue, and they must prepare a case strategy, learn case law, and memorize affidavits and testimony to effectively ask and answer questions. In order to be successful, the team spends hours rehearsing their arguments, preparing questions and answers for witnesses, and utilizing the rules of evidence. Participation in Mock Trial helps prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including law, criminal justice, forensic science and even theatre.

At the regional tournament, each team competes in four rounds, representing first the plaintiff and then the defense. Teams include students acting as attorneys and witnesses, and each round is a full trial against a competing team. Rounds take approximately three hours and are judged by real-life judges and lawyers. Awards are given to the top witnesses, attorneys and teams.

“This was our best showing yet, with teams winning multiple rounds,” said Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government and Mock Trial sponsor. “I am so proud of our students this year. They have taken a brand new program and turned it into a highly competitive team, all within a few short years. Their success this year is indicative of their hard work and dedication to the team.”

HPU’s Walling to present senior recital

Aaron WallingBROWNWOOD – March 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University senior Aaron Walling of Georgetown will present a recital on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will take place in the university’s Grace Chapel and is free to the public. All are encouraged to attend.

Walling will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in music. After graduation, Walling plans to begin work toward his doctoral degree specializing in physical therapy at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene.

Walling is a student of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The recital includes a wide repertoire representative of different musical periods and styles. Walling will perform on trumpet, flugel horn and cornet. During the finale of the recital, a brass choir will join him.

“Although Aaron is not a music major, he has been a major component of what we have done in the instrumental music department for the past four years,” said Ash. “I am excited by his love for music and I hope that everyone will come out to support him as he finishes up his time at HPU.”

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


Cutline: HPU senior Aaron Walling will present a recital on Thursday, March 30.

HPU hosts fourth-annual Spring into Health Fair

Ellises and BuzzsawBROWNWOOD – March 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently held its fourth-annual Spring into Health Fair which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for HPU students, faculty and staff.

Among the new events this year was a relay on campus featuring HPU representatives Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady; Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education; Braxton Harris, head football coach; Hunter Sims, athletic director; and Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer.

Following the race, the Honorable Stephen Haynes, Brownwood mayor, and Draco Miller, mayor pro tem, addressed the crowd about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The event was organized by Teresa Cavitt, adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Education and student in the university’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership degree program.

“The health fair was a collaborative effort by so many campus leaders also known as ‘wellness champions,’” she said. “It wouldn’t have been the success that it was without their efforts.”


Cutline: HPU’s Spring into Health Fair featured a relay among HPU representatives. Drs. Bill and Diana Ellis, HPU president and first lady, posed with Buzzsaw, the university’s Yellow Jacket mascot, following the race.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library to host book sale

library book sale 2017BROWNWOOD – March 24, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Walker Memorial Library, through the Friends of the Library group, will host a book sale Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31. The sale is open to the community from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

A large selection of books, including duplicate titles and books the library does not traditionally carry in the academic collection, will be available for purchase. Paperbacks and hardcover books will range from $.50 to $1 with rare books varying in price. Additional items include VHS tapes and duplicate HPU yearbooks. All proceeds will benefit students through library improvements.

“The Friends of the Library Book Sale is a great opportunity for the community to step into the library and see the recent updates and discover what we offer,” said Alexia Riggs, HPU’s dean of libraries. “We look forward to this event every year and hope that everyone who attends finds the perfect book!”

The goal of the Friends of the Library group is to promote interest in the library and support for its collections and programs. Anyone is welcome to join with memberships ranging from $10 to $100. Library memberships are available to HPU alumni and members of the Friends of the Library group. More information on these membership opportunities will be presented at the sale.

For more information, contact HPU’s Walker Memorial Library at (325) 649-8602 or


Cutline: HPU senior Emily Wright, student worker in the university’s Walker Memorial Library, sorts books for the upcoming sale.