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HPU Student Speaker Bureau wins individual, team awards at national championship

SSB Team PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 27, 2017 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, competed at the 20th annual National Christian College Forensics Association Invitational National Championships, held in March at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. The team won numerous awards for their performances in both individual events and debate.

Freshmen Erin Haley, communication major from Mason, and Brooklyn Britton, theatre major from Brownwood, were awarded novice national champions in dramatic duo interpretation.

“I am thrilled that Erin and Brooklyn won the title of novice national champions for their outstanding performance,” said Dr. Julie Welker, Student Speaker Bureau team coach and chair of the Department of Communication. “These two young ladies have worked all year to perfect this piece, and it certainly paid off for them.”

Senior Gabby McWhirter, theatre major from Brownwood, and junior Reagan Grisham, communication major from Arlington, won fifth place overall in open dramatic duo.

“This is the first time in several years that we have had duo competitors do so well,” said Dr. Welker. “It was exciting to have them place in both novice and open divisions.”

In parliamentary debate, the HPU team won third place overall debate sweepstakes.

The junior varsity team of Christopher Freeland, sophomore biochemistry major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, sophomore social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, advanced to the final round. The team lost on a 2-1 decision to Colorado Christian University. Olin was named fourth top junior varsity speaker, and Freeland was named seventh top junior varsity speaker.

The junior varsity parliamentary debate teams of Morgan Ashmore, communication major from Brock, and Reagan Grisham, junior communication major from Arlington, advanced to semifinals.

The novice parliamentary debate team of Madi Neal, freshman communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler, and Isabelle Stahrfisher, freshman communication major from Fort Worth, advanced to the semifinals round.

Other students competing in the tournament were Braxton Clark, senior social science global studies major from Southlake; Aimee Orozco, junior communication major from Shepherd; Isaac Sommers, senior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne; and Haylee Williams, freshman communication major from Bellville. Sidni Carruthers, instructor of communication, assists with the team.

This year, 23 universities from across the nation participated in NCCFI. All schools are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. More than 250 students competed in the tournament.

“Having nine of 13 HPU students advance or win some type of speaker award is success by any measure,” said Dr. Welker. “We were competing against some of the best debate and individual events schools in Christian higher education. Our HPU students did a fabulous job!”

While in Phoenix, the team traveled to the Grand Canyon National Park for sightseeing.

“These trips are about more than just competing,” said Dr. Welker. “We want our students to have a well-rounded education through travel and experience the culture of each city we visit. While competition is our primary focus, getting out and about and networking with alumni is an important part, too.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau includes, from left, Dr. Julie Welker, Morgan Ashmore, Braxton Clark, Aimee Orozco, Isabella Stahrfisher, Madison Neal, Christopher Freeland, Gabi McWhirter, Erin Haley, Brooklyn Britton, Isaac Sommers, Andrea Balderas, Haylee Williams, Reagan Grisham, Tyler Olin and Ms. Sidni Carruthers.

HPU’s Psi Chi inducts six new members

Psi Chi group 2017BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society recently inducted six new members for 2017.

The purpose of Psi Chi is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of its individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

This year’s inductees included seniors Michelle Teague from Gorman and J Bailey from Gunter, and juniors Devin Caraway from Cisco, Jaime Dodson from Cisco, Katie O’Conner from Granbury and Jordan Pitman from Bangs.

“At HPU, we are delighted when our students excel and it is always a privilege to recognize their outstanding achievements and induct them in HPU’s Psi Chi chapter,” said Dr. Jennifer Mobley, chapter advisor and assistant professor of psychology and family studies. “We look forward to how each of these new inductees will enrich our chapter and the university.”

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Humanities at 325-649-8201.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Psi Chi inducted six new members for 2017. Pictured from left are Dr. Keith Mask, chair and professor of psychology; Dr. Jennifer Mobley, chapter advisor and assistant professor of psychology and family studies; Amy Baskin, chapter secretary; Michelle Teague; Katie O’Conner; Lexie Farar; Jordan Pitman; Jaime Dodson; Devin Caraway; Brittony Walker, chapter president; Aryn Morris; Katie Straach, chapter vice president; and Dr. Millard Kimery, dean of the School of Humanities, chair and professor of English.

HPU Symphonic Band to present “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 22nd annual “American Music Spectacular” on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is free to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The band will feature music by composers who have helped to shape the American musical landscape. Selections include “Circus Bee” by Henry Filmore, “Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, “Bandancing” by Jack Stamp and “American Patrol” by Frank Meacham. The band will also perform a special piece titled “Duty, Honor, Country” by Harold L. Walters which is a narrated tribute honoring our American military heroes. The Concert Choir will join the band to present Bach’s “Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just.” The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. The Concert Choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music.

“This evening of Americana has become a true tradition within the central Texas area,” said Ash. “We will celebrate the American spirit and those who have fought and struggled to help win our freedom and democracy. You won’t want to miss this amazing night of music celebrating America and her heroes.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2017 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options including the Heart of Texas Scholarship, which awards $60,000 to students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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HPU and BHS choirs to join for spring concert Tuesday

BROWNWOOD – April 21, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will join with Brownwood High School’s A Cappella Choir to present a combined spring concert titled “In Paradisum” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at First Baptist Church in Brownwood and is free to the public.

The HPU choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music. The BHS A Cappella Choir is under the direction of Cindy Franklin, BHS choir director and BISD Choral & Elementary Program director.

The concert is based on “The Eternal” featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and several timeless hymns from the sacred harp tradition. Personnel performers for the concert are organist Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and organist at First United Methodist Church; pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music; pianist HPU sophomore Abraham Cooper; soprano soloist Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music; and baritone soloist Dr. Iwao Asakura, assistant professor of music at Tarleton State University.

“While we celebrate the liturgical season of Easter, this concert comes just in time to commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus,” said Dr. Rosborough. “This collaborative event allows the community to come together and present something truly special. It is my hope that this spurs even more musical interest in the community in years to come.”

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

Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City awarded HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship

Diana Ellis with Yellow Rose Scholar 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship to sophomore Dayane Gutierrez of Haltom City. The award was announced during the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Gutierrez is working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management with a minor in coaching and is a member of Gamma Beta Phi, a scholastic honors organization. She plays for the HPU women’s soccer team and was awarded the American Southwest Conference All-American Team Award, granted to student athletes who earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average by the end of the academic semester in which the sport concludes.

Gutierrez is a student worker in the university’s Elliston-Cassle Wellness Center and serves as treasurer for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through FCA, she has the opportunity to be a leader to middle school athletes during the Weekend of Champions Retreat. She also attended College Advance, a retreat through which area students come together to worship God and learn how to be godly leaders. She additionally volunteers through the Fields of Faith Ministry and at Southside Baptist Church.

The HPU Yellow Rose Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student who will begin her junior year the upcoming fall semester and has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average since beginning her freshman year at HPU. She is to have participated in campus extracurricular activities and exhibited leadership qualities representative of the Christian values and beliefs fundamental to HPU.

“It was my honor to present the Yellow Rose Scholarship to Miss Gutierrez,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, president of the HPU Woman’s Club and the university’s first lady. “She is an outstanding student and athlete who strives to put Christ first in everything she does.”

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Cutline: HPU sophomore Dayane Gutierrez (center) was recently awarded the 2017-2018 Yellow Rose Scholarship. She is pictured with (from left) Vanessa, her sister; Maria Angelica, her mother; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club President; and Lindsay Badgeley, wife of HPU’s head women’s soccer coach, Brandon Badgeley.

HPU Yellow Rose Award presented to Brownwood’s Ann Jones

Ann Jones with rosesBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2017 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club presented alumna Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award during the club’s annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon held recently on campus.

Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president, surprised Jones with a commemorative plaque and bouquet of yellow roses. The award is given annually to a woman who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of the university and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to HPU.

Jones and her husband co-owned a manufacturing company in Dallas and later, after selling the family business, moved back to Brownwood. In 2011, she opened her own business, Ann Jones Real Estate.

Jones’ list of civic involvement and volunteer efforts is extensive. It includes affiliations such as Brownwood Community Concert Association Board, Brownwood Preservation Partnership, Arts Council of Brownwood, Keep Brownwood Beautiful, The Woman’s Club of Brownwood, Brownwood Garden Culture Club, Downtown Brownwood Association, Brownwood Coalition, Brown County Republican Women, Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper Advisory Board, Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council, Board of Trustees for First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, Texas Christian Women’s Job Corps, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross Board of Directors, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Board of Directors and many more.

She impacts the lives of current HPU students through gifts to the Annual Fund, the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy Fund and the A Call to Send Campaign.

“Ann is a blessing to everyone who knows her,” said Dr. Diana Ellis. “I personally know she is truly an inspiration. The way she lives her life – faithfully serving and doing what needs to be done – is a gift she freely shares with others.”

Diana Ellis with Shirley Barret for webThe guest speaker for this year’s luncheon was Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret, former Miss America and noted speaker and author.

For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub, e-mail womansclub@hputx.edu or call 325-649-8305.

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Cutline: The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club recently presented Ann Jones of Brownwood with the prestigious Yellow Rose Award.

Dr. Shirley Cothan Barret, right, former Miss America and noted speaker and author, was the guest speaker at this year’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon at HPU. She is pictured with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady and Woman’s Club president.

HPU to host last Yellow Jacket Monday preview event of the semester

YJM Logo 2015BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host its last Yellow Jacket Monday of the spring 2017 semester next Monday, April 24, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Yellow Jacket Monday is a preview day for prospective students and their parents. The event is free, and registration is available at www.hputx.edu/yjm.

Yellow Jacket Mondays are designed for high school juniors and seniors and allow prospective students to experience life at HPU. Attendees will meet faculty and staff, tour the campus and residence halls, dine in HPU’s Beadel Dining Hall, meet with admission counselors, learn about financial aid and more.

“If you’ve ever thought about visiting HPU, this is the time to do it,” said Lacy Culpepper, assistant director of admission. “Yellow Jacket Monday is a fast-paced event and a great way for prospective students and their families to learn about our academics, campus life, scholarship opportunities and more.”

HPU offers a wide range of financial aid opportunities including the Heart of Texas Scholarship which awards $60,000 over four years to eligible students from Brown and surrounding counties.

For more information and to register, visit www.hputx.edu/yjm. Those unable to attend are invited to schedule individual campus visits by completing the form at www.hputx.edu/visit or by calling 325-649-8020.

Five join HPU’s Board of Trustees

L.J. Clayton for web Daniel Deviney for web Marc Dingler for web
David Lowrie for web Robert Morrison for web

BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees met recently with five new members joining the university’s governing body. The new trustees are Rev. L.J. Clayton of San Antonio, Daniel Deviney of Bulverde, Marc Dingler of Midland, Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. of Decatur and Robert Morrison of Abilene. Each began a three-year term on January 1.

“HPU is blessed to have men and women of God serving as trustees,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “As trustees, their first priority is honoring God and their second priority is HPU’s continuing success. We’re grateful for their service.”

Rev. Clayton graduated from HPU in 1977 and went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. He additionally earned a Bible certification from South Texas School of Christian Studies. He serves as pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Cuero. Clayton and his wife, Lori Hassel Clayton, a 1975 HPU graduate, have four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Deviney is a 1992 HPU graduate and earned a master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1994. He serves as financial advisor at Deviney Financial Services, LLC, in Bulverde. Deviney and his wife, Audra Caldwell Deviney, a 1992 HPU graduate, have two children.

Dingler graduated from HPU in 1984 and from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989. He serves as a business executive at Diamondback Energy in Midland. He is married to Kari Donaldson Dingler ’84 and the couple has three children.

Dr. Lowrie, who previously served as president of HPU’s Board of Trustees and rotated off the board in 2015, graduated from Baylor University in 1982. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary in 2005. He serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Dr. Lowrie and his wife, Robyn Kay Lowrie, have four children and two grandchildren.

Morrison graduated from HPU in 1982 and went on to earn a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University in 1987 and principal certification and Master of Education degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University in 1998. He is an administrator in the Abilene Independent School District.

Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees meets each year in March, July and October.

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Top Row: Rev. L.J. Clayton, Daniel Deviney and Marc Dingler

Bottom Row: Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. and Robert Morrison

HPU criminal justice students to take part in mock crime scene

BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s criminal justice program will conduct exercises as part of its Criminal Justice Investigations class on Monday, April 24, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. During this time, there will be crime scene tape, emergency vehicles and other normal police operations one would expect to see at a major crime scene. The event will be held at HPU’s campus location at the corner of Austin and Coggin Avenues in Brownwood.

Dr. Paul Lilly, chief of HPU’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and assistant professor of criminal justice, said the community should not be alarmed at the proceedings.

“This is a staged event to help the students learn the many processes involved with investigating a crime scene,” he said.

The HPU DPS will again join the criminal justice program and its students in helping make the crime scene as realistic as possible. In addition to hands-on experience for the students, the DPS uses this scenario exercise each year to aid in providing the DPS officers with regular ongoing in-service training to help them remain current with modern technologies and procedures.

For more information, contact HPU’s Department of Public Safety at 325-649-8609.

Works of HPU art faculty exhibited at United States Air Force Academy

Harmon exhibit photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2017 – The recent paintings of Howard Payne University art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, through April 26. Titled “Painterly Expressions of an Artistic Couple,” the exhibition is located in the Permanent Professors Art Gallery on the third floor of the Academy’s Fairchild Hall.

Though the painters have entirely different approaches to their art, the exhibition displays unity and a holistic environment in a single venue.

Two large canvases by Susan Harmon, HPU adjunct art faculty member, cover more than 17 feet on each side of the gallery walls and zig-zag high and low because the canvas pieces were sewn together in irregular sections. Just the shapes themselves are interesting, but with color the walls pop and attract passersby into the gallery to see more.

Once inside, viewers experience smaller works created by David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art. Eighteen square panels spiral and rotate with abstract thick slashes of blue tones. The pieces hang in a variety of heights to exaggerate the overall effect.

David Harmon earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Pennsylvania State University. Susan Harmon earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Georgia Southern University. Both have participated in long lists of juried, invitational and solo exhibits, including many international venues. Each has a solid reputation based on many excellent conference presentations as well as notable residencies, special events and publications.

“The exhibit not only highlights painterly expressions of an artistic couple, but emphasizes two professional career paths woven together to facilitate a strong collaborative project,” said Pam Aloisa, professor of art and gallery director at the United States Air Force Academy.

For more information, contact Aloisa at 719-322-8244 or by e-mail at pam.aloisa@usafa.edu.

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Cutline: Paintings by HPU art faculty David and Susan Harmon are on exhibition at the United States Air Force Academy through April 26.