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Five HPU personnel to be recognized during book-signing event

HPU authors for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2014 – Howard Payne University will host a book-signing event next Monday, May 5, to honor five faculty and staff members who have recently published books. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room inside HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

HPU authors recognized during the event will include Deborah Pierson Dill, administrative assistant for the School of Science and Mathematics; Dr. Derek Hatch, assistant professor of Christian studies; Dr. Melody Maxwell, assistant professor of Christian studies; John Nickols, assistant professor of history and political science and special assistant to the athletic director; and Dr. Daresa Voss, professor of education.

Set in Central Texas, “Perfect Shelter” is a contemporary Christian romance novel by Deborah Pierson Dill. Released in 2010, it is the first in a series of three novels published by Pelican Book Group. The other novels in the series are “Return to Me” and “Moving On.”

Dr. Derek Hatch co-edited “Gathering Together: Baptists at Work in Worship,” which was published in August 2013. The book features a collection of articles by pastors and educators examining how acts of worship help shape the Baptist faith.

“Torches in the Corridor: 125 Years of Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union” is an expansion of a thesis  Dr. Melody Maxwell published as an undergraduate student at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Published in April 2014, the book features historical profiles of leaders within Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union.

John Nickols recently published “The Last Three Outs,” a baseball novel with Christian themes. The book features a bright pitching prospect whose baseball career is suddenly threatened by a shoulder injury. According to Nickols, the story loosely parallels the life of Joseph in the Old Testament.

“Gavriel and Giselle: Anilange” is a children’s book by Dr. Daresa Voss. Written in response to the 2013 Moore, Okla., tornado, the story is designed to bring comfort to children, parents, teachers and communities following any tragic event.

Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer, said he is pleased that through research and writing HPU faculty and staff members continue to learn and grow in their respective fields.

“These authors are terrific examples to our students by demonstrating that education is a lifelong endeavor,” he said.

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Photo cutline: HPU will honor five faculty and staff members at a book-signing event on May 5. Left to right: Deborah Pierson Dill, John Nickols, Dr. Melody Maxwell, Dr. Daresa Voss and Dr. Derek Hatch.

HPU Jazz Ensemble receives superior rating at Temple Jazz Festival

HPU Jazz Awards April 2014 for webBROWNWOOD – May 1, 2014 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble was awarded the rating of “Superior” in a three-judge panel unanimous decision at the 24th Annual Temple Jazz Festival held at Temple College last month. Six from HPU were also awarded certificates as Outstanding Soloists at the festival.

The Outstanding Soloists were Ryan Contreras, freshman from Early, tenor saxophone; Joseph Dunlap, 2009 HPU alumnus and staff accompanist, piano; Angel Hernandez, freshman from Brownwood, drums; Juan Hernandez, senior from Brownwood, tenor saxophone; Bobby Martinez, freshman from Lampasas, bass; and Ethan Yeats, senior from Big Spring, trumpet.

Additional members of the Jazz Ensemble include Alex Atkinson, freshman from Haslet, baritone saxophone; Christopher Burnett, senior from Early, trumpet; Savon Caldwell, sophomore from Texas City, alto saxophone; Joshua Farquharson, junior from Iowa Park, alto saxophone; Micah Huebner, junior from Brazoria, bassoon; Megan Irwin, senior from Brownwood, trumpet; Kristin Musgrove, senior from Brownwood, trumpet; and Patrick Welsh, freshman from Frisco, bass clarinet.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble was awarded Outstanding College Band at the 2007 and 2008 Temple Jazz Festivals. In addition, the HPU Jazz Ensemble performed in the 2009 North Texas Jazz Festival and was awarded several prizes for Outstanding Soloists at that event.

The ensemble is directed by Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

“I am always interested in the way learning in the classrooms and rehearsal halls at HPU is shown valid and relevant on the world stage,” he said.

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Photo cutline: The HPU Jazz Ensemble was awarded the rating of “Superior” at the 24th Annual Temple Jazz Festival. Back row: Micah Huebner, Kristin Musgrove, Joshua Farquharson, Savon Caldwell, Patrick Welsh, Christopher Burnett, Alex Atkinson and Megan Irwin. Front row, holding “Outstanding Soloist” certificates: Bobby Martinez, Juan Hernandez, Joseph Dunlap, Angel Hernandez, Ryan Contreras, Ethan Yeats and Steve Goacher, professor of music and director of the Jazz Ensemble.

Tyler January of Brownwood to present senior recital at HPU

BROWNWOOD – April 30, 2014 – Howard Payne University senior Tyler January, a music major from Brownwood, will present his senior voice recital on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

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

HPU to host Steinway & Sons president Thursday following American Music Spectacular

Ron Losby for webBROWNWOOD – April 28, 2014 – Howard Payne University will host special guest Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons – Americas in New York City, thisThursday, May 1. Losby will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off HPU’s campaign to become an All-Steinway School. The ceremony will follow the 19th annual American Music Spectacular presented by HPU’s Symphonic Band. The evening’s events begin at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium and are free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet reception with Losby will follow in Grace Chapel.

Steinway & Sons, founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway, is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world. Losby has served as president of Steinway & Sons for the Americas since 2008. He is an accomplished pianist and has studied at both the San Francisco Conservatory and The Juilliard School in New York City.

“We’re delighted to have Mr. Losby on campus this week as we celebrate our decision to become an All-Steinway School,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Steinway pianos are the best keyboard instruments we can offer our student and faculty musicians as well as all of the musical guests we host on campus. Becoming an All-Steinway School will also benefit our university in recruiting students and faculty in the fine arts.”

The American Music Spectacular is an evening of Americana that has become a tradition within the Central Texas area, said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands.

wallace steinway for web“We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy,” he said.

Song selections include “American Civil War Fantasy,” “America the Beautiful,” “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral” and more.

“The band will also perform a special piece titled ‘Armed Forces Salute’ during which the men and women of our armed forces will be honored,” said Ash. “You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America!”

For more information about the concert, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500. More information about the university’s Steinway campaign can be obtained by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at (325) 649-8006.

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Photo cutlines: Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music, performs on a Steinway piano during a recent campus event. HPU has begun the process of becoming an All-Steinway School.

HPU will host Ron Losby, president of Steinway & Sons, on campus this Thursday.

HPU “beach reachers” minister at South Padre Island

Beach Reach Group Photo for webBy Rachel Ellington, Howard Payne University junior

BROWNWOOD – April 28, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry facilitates many events and trips that send students to spread the gospel. One of those annual trips is Beach Reach. For 34 years, college students from across the United States have traveled to South Padre Island during Spring Break to reach other students for Christ.

The founder of Beach Reach, Buddy Young, stated on the website that the main objective is to ensure a safe Spring Break while starting meaningful conversations about Jesus. While on the island, HPU students focused on servant hood and conversation while offering van rides, pancakes, bottled water and prayer, all free of charge.

This year’s Beach Reach kicked off on March 15, 2014, at Island Baptist Church, the base of operations. More than 800 students prayed for the week and shared a meal together.

Activities Sunday through Thursday consisted of van rides every day from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The Beach Reach volunteers gave rides and took every opportunity to have conversations with each person. They also served pancakes in the church parking lot at the same times.

Giant sand sculptures in the middle of the beach – each depicting a different biblical theme or scene – also served as conversation starters. Beach Reach teamed up with Randy Hofman, a professional sand sculptor who created a different sculpture every day. Then students would stand around the sculpture and ask people what they thought about it. Hofman has created these sculptures at Beach Reach for 25 years in a row.

This year, according to Keith Platte, HPU’S BSM director, HPU partnered with Hardin-Simmons University and took 28 students. Seven of those students participated last year as well.

“We hope that every year the number of students we take on this trip increases because they keep coming back and they are bringing more students with them to be a part of this ministry,” said Platte.

HPU students had numerous favorite parts of the Beach Reach experience.

“My favorite part of Beach Reach was connecting with people on van rides, serving people and starting conversations about the sand sculptures,” said Courtney Tatum, a sophomore from Stephenville.

Beach Reach Sand Sculpture for webZac Sterling, a transfer student from Farmington, N.M., recalled, “Making connections and having real conversations with real people on the vans was awesome.”

“Being able to reach people and show them the love of Jesus when they think they don’t deserve it was incredible,” said Dalton Clark, a freshman from Abilene.

Sophomore Ruby Johnson from Alvarado, who was a returnee to Beach Reach, recalled the prayer room the students arranged.

“We had different stations around the room with a prayer request table, a praise table and even a Twitter feed on a big screen,” she said. “The more people who were in there praying, the more cool stuff you could see happening. You could really see God moving!”

In addition to Tatum, Sterling, Clark and Johnson, other HPU students participating in the trip were: Shaefer Church, freshman, Bloomfield, N.M.; Kaiti Cochrum, sophomore, Burnet;
Lacy Culpepper II, junior, Zephyr; Ruth Davis, freshman, San Antonio; Cristalyn Fitzgerald, senior, Burleson; Allyson Gainey, junior, Kermit; Trent Gainey, junior, Kermit; Samantha Hill, freshman, Irving; TaShana Hooker, freshman, Carrollton; Dillon Hughes, freshman, Richardson; Kim Lilley, senior, Brownwood; Xavier McFalls, sophomore, Amarillo; Andi Peaster, sophomore, Edinburg; Emily Selman, freshman, Red Oak; Rebekah Steadman, senior, Fort Worth; Katie Vernon, junior, Bangs; Colette Wilcoxen, junior, Austin; Ashley Willis, sophomore, Mansfield; Joshua Woods, sophomore, Annapolis, Md.; and Brandon Yost, senior, Roseville, Calif.

“Beach Reach is about showing people Jesus through actions rather than just words,” said Keith Platte. “Our students met physical needs as well as a need for Christ.”

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Photo cutline #1: HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry took a group to South Padre Island to minister during Spring Break. Pictured are (back row, left to right): Shaefer Church, Lacy Culpepper, Dalton Clark, Brandon Yost, Trent Gainey, Joshua Woods, Dillon Hughes, Ruby Johnson.

Middle row, left to right: Keith Platte, Andi Peaster, Rebekah Steadman, Allyson Gainey, Kaiti Cochrum, Ashley Willis, TaShana Hooker, Colette Wilcoxen, Courtney Tatum, Zac Sterling, Xavier McFalls

Front row, left to right: Cristalyn Fitzgerald, Emily Selman, Kim Lilley, Katie Vernon, Ruth Davis, Samantha Hill

Judi Parten of Killeen to present senior recital at HPU

Judi Parten for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University senior Judi Parten, a music major from Killeen, will present her senior voice recital on Monday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

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

HPU students participate in Social Work Student Day at the Legislature

social work students in Austin for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Six Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Texas State Capitol in Austin to take part in the Social Work Student Day at the Legislature, sponsored by the Texas Association of Social Work Deans and Directors. The travelers are students in Dan Humeniuk’s Social Welfare Policies, Programs and Issues course.

“The purpose of the trip was for our students to get a sense of their opportunities for participation in advocacy and government processes,” said Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.

HPU students, joining students from universities across the state, participated in a legislative training session led by keynote speaker Ana DeFrates, assistant general counsel and legislative analyst for Senator Kirk Watson. The HPU group also met with Texas State Representative Jim Keffer’s legislative staff.

“Social workers and other human service professionals typically work with disenfranchised clients,” Humeniuk said. “This session taught them advocacy skills which can be applied at the local, state and federal levels.”

HPU students in attendance included Carolyn Barnes, a senior from Glen Rose; Brooke Goad, a junior from Carbon; Jennifer Goff, a senior from Austin; Angelica Gray, a junior from San Antonio; Paula Johnson, a junior from Spring; and Vanessa Marquez, a sophomore from Seguin.

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Photo cutline: HPU students recently traveled to Austin to participate in the Social Work Student Day at the Legislature. Left to right: Angelica Gray, Carolyn Barnes, Jennifer Goff, Vanessa Marquez, Brooke Goad and Paula Johnson.

HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert

HPU Concert Choir for webBROWNWOOD – April 23, 2014 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its spring concert next Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel, located inside the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Students will present music from the 16th century to the present time, including two hymn arrangements, two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium” and two settings of Psalm 100 (“O Be Joyful”). In addition, two works of Jackson Berkey, co-founder of Mannheim Steamroller, will be performed: “View Me, Lord, A Work of Thine,” a setting of the English composer and poet Thomas Campsion; and “Certain Am I,” a setting of Emily Dickinson’s well-known poem “I Never Saw a Moor.” Accompanists for the program are HPU professors of music Dr. Allen Reed, organ, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, piano.

The Concert Choir is conducted by Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities, who joined the HPU faculty in 2001. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting at The University of Texas at Austin. His conducting teachers include Dr. Loyd Hawthorne, Dr. David Keith and Dr. James Morrow. He has participated in conducting master classes with Dr. Ken Fulton (Louisiana State University), Dr. Joshua Habermann (Dallas Symphony Chorus) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir).

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

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, will present its spring concert on April 29.

HPU’s Resurrection Week to begin April 14

Dave EdwardsBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University will host Resurrection Week, the university’s annual spring revival, April 14-16. The featured speaker for the week is Dave Edwards of Dave Edwards Ministries in Oklahoma City. Worship will be led by recording artist Jami Smith.

Edwards, who describes himself as an “itinerant postmodern pastor,” has shared his unique brand of ministry with young people for more than a decade. He speaks more than 500 times each year and has authored 14 books. More information can be found at www.davetown.com.

Smith, one of the premier worship leaders in the country, travels around the world using music as a tool to help believers connect with the Lord. According to her website, www.jamismith.com, “Salt and Light” from her 2002 release Wash Over Me hovered at the top of the charts, while her 2008 release Faith In You was named one of the top worship albums of 2008 by Christianity Today.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the university’s Mims Auditorium. All services are open to the public.

Jami Smith“We are very excited about our upcoming services related to the greatest event in human history, man’s redemption through the death and resurrection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ,” said Corey Ash, chapel coordinator and director of bands. “I know that Dave and Jami will challenge us to be more like the Savior we serve. I’m really looking forward to what God is going to do in our lives on campus, throughout our community and beyond!”

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Photo cutline: Dave Edwards and Jami Smith will headline Resurrection Week at Howard Payne University next week.

HPU admission counselor guides Lampasas-area students through the transition to college

Natalie Stary for webBROWNWOOD – April 9, 2014 – Howard Payne University admission counselor Natalie Stary’s goal is to help as many young people as possible take part in the same college experiences she enjoyed as a student. Stary graduated from HPU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies and now works for her alma mater, recruiting students from Lampasas and the surrounding Central Texas areas.

Stary develops close relationships with prospective students and their families and enjoys guiding them through the college selection and transition process.

“It is an honor to be allowed to walk with students through the senior year of high school and into the first year at HPU,” she said. “Because my office is not located on the main campus in Brownwood, I have the opportunity to meet many of my students at places such as coffee shops in their hometowns. I feel that I get to know my students and their families on a personal basis.”

Now in her fourth year as an admission counselor for HPU, Stary is seeing many of the students in her first recruiting class graduating and transitioning to a new stage in life.

“It is so exciting to see how they have made HPU their home and how they are about to venture out into the working world,” she said.

Stary hopes that opportunities such as the university’s Central Texas Scholarship will inspire even more students from Lampasas and the surrounding areas to consider HPU. The scholarship awards $52,000 over four years to eligible applicants from Lampasas County and other counties in the area. Students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and score 910 or higher on the SAT (critical math and reading combined) or 19 or higher on the ACT to qualify for the scholarship.

“The Central Texas Scholarship was developed as a way for HPU to invest in students who live in counties that are close to the university,” Stary said. “I have seen how this scholarship has enabled students, who previously did not think it was possible, to receive a college education.”

More than anything, Stary said, she wants prospective students to know that HPU is “unlike any other university in the world.”

“The faculty and staff at HPU are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met,” she said. “I am always amazed at how quickly students feel loved and feel like HPU is their home. I think it is because of how HPU’s faculty and staff invest in the lives of students who come here. My time at HPU is something I will treasure the rest of my life, and I am so proud to tell people about my alma mater.”

Stary and the other staff members in HPU’s Office of Admission enjoy the opportunity to speak with students interested in attending HPU. Contact them at (325) 649-8020 or via e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu. For more information about Howard Payne University, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU admission counselor Natalie Stary helps Lampasas area students transition from high school to the university.