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HPU pianist performs at Brownwood’s Oak Ridge Manor

BROWNWOOD – November 22, 2016 – Howard Payne University senior Abraham Cooper recently performed on piano for residents at Brownwood’s Oak Ridge Manor. Cooper is double-majoring in biochemistry and music performance piano.

“HPU students are blessed to engage with Oak Ridge Manor residents and others in the community through the arts,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “The community consistently is very supportive of our student performers and we are thankful for such opportunities to connect with others through beauty and creativity.”

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


Cutline: HPU senior Abraham Cooper recently performed on piano for residents at Brownwood’s Oak Ridge Manor.

HPU to participate in #GivingTuesday online giving event

givingtuesday-logoBROWNWOOD – November 22, 2016 – Next Tuesday, November 29, Howard Payne University will take part in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. The event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The purpose of #GivingTuesday is to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

HPU’s goal for the 24-hour giving period is to receive financial donations from 127 individuals.

“We chose 127 because HPU has provided a Christ-centered higher education to students for 127 years since its establishment in 1889,” said Stephen Sullivan, director of development and alumni relations. “We hope you will be willing to participate and help us reach and exceed our goal of 127 gifts.”

Those interested in supporting HPU’s ongoing endeavor of delivering Christ-centered higher education may give online at

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

About #GivingTuesday
92Y − a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around its core values of community service and giving back − conceptualized #GivingTuesday as a new way of linking individuals and causes to strengthen communities and encourage giving. In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together more than 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 million online in the US alone.

“We have been incredibly inspired by the generosity in time, efforts and ideas that have brought our concept for a worldwide movement into reality,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and executive director of 92Y. “As we embark on our fifth year of #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged by the early response from partners eager to continue making an impact in this global conversation.”

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on
social media.


Cutline: HPU will participate in #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour online giving event, next Tuesday, November 29.

HPU to celebrate birth of Christ through “Lessons and Carols”

BROWNWOOD – November 21, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present its annual tradition of “A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood. The service includes Scripture readings about the prophecies and fulfillment of the coming Christ, in coordination with music that reflects the passages.

HPU faculty and staff members will read the Scriptures and the university’s Heritage Singers will perform the musical selections with Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, accompanying.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and has broadcast annually, with the exception of 1930. In the United States, the service airs on approximately 300 radio stations.

The Heritage Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“The service of Lessons and Carols is a poignant reminder of the prophecies and their fulfillment of the coming of Christ,” said Dr. Rosborough. “With the busyness of this time of year as well as the bits of turmoil we see in the world around us, this service provides an opportunity for contemplation as we focus on the tangibility of our Messiah.”

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 700 Main Street in Brownwood. For more information about the event, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


Photo Cutline: HPU will present its annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 2 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Brownwood.

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.