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HPU student receives UPS Scholarship

Sarahi CastilloBROWNWOOD – August 29, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Sarahi Castillo, a senior kinesiology major from El Paso, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship in the amount of $2,600 provided by the ICUT Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Castillo is the daughter of Maria C. Medina and Larry Medina of El Paso and a 2013 graduate of Montwood High School. She is also a member of the HPU women’s basketball team.

At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $101,400 in UPS Scholarships to 39 students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Photo cutline: HPU senior Sarahi Castillo is the recipient of this year’s UPS Scholarship.

HPU baseball team to hold donation drive for Louisiana flood victims

Baseball BuzzsawBROWNWOOD – August 26, 2016 – The Howard Payne University baseball team will be hosting a donation drive for the Louisiana flood victims on Saturday, August 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The team is partnering with charities in the Baton Rouge and southern Louisiana region.

Items in high demand are cleaning supplies such as mops, brooms, paper towels, gloves, trash bags, sanitizers and bleach; toiletries such as hand soap, shampoo, razors, bar soap, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper; baby items such as formula, wipes, diapers, sippy cups and bottles; pet items such as pet food, leashes, treats, bedding and food bowls; non-perishable food items such as canned goods, water, sports drinks, dry beans and rice; and other new items such as pillows, blankets, linens, batteries, toys, towels and school supplies.

The drop-off location for these items will be at 1800 Center Ave. (former Higginbotham’s Hardware Store) in Brownwood. Please bring items in either a box or plastic bag.

For more information, contact Robert Anders, assistant baseball coach, at 972-322-4116 or

Photo cutline: Buzzsaw, the mascot of the Howard Payne University Yellow Jackets

HPU hosts another successful Jacket Journey new-student orientation

Jacket Journey 2016 Group






BROWNWOOD – August 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University hosted another successful Jacket Journey new-student orientation last week for incoming HPU freshmen and transfer students. Approximately 320 incoming freshmen and 50 transfer students participated.

During Jacket Journey, new students spent their first week in residence halls, learned about HPU traditions and campus life and met faculty, staff and upperclassmen leaders.

Chime In 2016 lineHPU hosted Chime In on Friday, August 21, during which the new students were officially welcomed to the university. The participants ceremoniously walked through the university’s Wilson Gate before arriving at HPU’s Old Main Tower to sing the alma mater for the first time together as a class. As graduating seniors, the students will in turn participate in Chime Out, symbolically leaving HPU through the Wilson Gate.

A variety of games, workshops and team-building events were also held. A church social was hosted by the university’s Baptist Student Ministry and local churches. Students also participated in Serving With A Right Motive (S.W.A.R.M.), a community-service event.

S.W.A.R.M. 2016Now is the time to apply for HPU’s spring or fall 2017 semester. The Heart of Texas Scholarship, paid over four years, is automatically awarded to students from the Heart of Texas area who meet unconditional admission requirements and enroll full-time in the fall and spring semesters. Qualifying students will have graduated from high schools or homeschools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. For more information about this scholarship and other opportunities awaiting students at HPU, contact the Office of Admission at (325) 649-8020 or More information may also be found online at


Approximately 320 freshmen and 50 transfer students participated in HPU’s Jacket Journey orientation this past week.

HPU freshmen and new transfer students walk through the Wilson Gate during Chime In, one of the many traditions for new students at the university.

HPU students participate in community-service events around Brownwood during S.W.A.R.M. this past weekend.

HPU’s University Singers choral group welcoming new members

BROWNWOOD – August 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral group, the University Singers, is welcoming new musical enthusiasts into its membership.
Membership is open to residents of Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as HPU students.

The goal of this group is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and the university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and the surrounding communities. This unique choir at HPU presents two concerts per year, one at Christmastime and another in the spring.

The choir is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, the newly appointed director of choral activities at the university.

“Through participation, choristers can expect to glean a balance of exposure to great choral literature, thorough vocal instruction and, ultimately, a knowledge and execution of musical excellence,” said Dr. Rosborough.

Rehearsals will be held each Monday night from 6:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m., beginning on August 29, in Room 503 of the university’s Davidson Music Complex, located at 106 Whaley St.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Rosborough before the first rehearsal at or 325-649-8503.

For more information about HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, please call 325-649-8500 or visit


HPU to host jazz pianist Dennis Lambert

Dennis LambertBROWNWOOD – August 25, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will host jazz pianist and HPU alumnus Dennis Lambert for a concert, symposium and multiple music clinics August 31 through September 2.

Dennis Lambert, a 2008 HPU graduate, has traveled the world performing for millions of people. He spent eight years with the United States Air Force Band, during which he received numerous awards including “Musician of the Year” in 2014. Lambert has performed for many dignitaries, political leaders and government officials, including former President Bill Clinton. He has also performed with Jason Marsalis, Eddie Daniels, Butch Miles and many other artists. Dennis is an active clinician, teacher and freelance musician currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Lambert’s second album, “Inner Reflections,” recently released this month.

“I am excited to return to my alma mater and for the opportunity to work with students and faculty of Howard Payne,” said Lambert. “HPU was foundational in my development as a musician, leader and, essentially, a better person. I hope I can bring a little bit of wisdom back to such a great place.”

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, August 31, 2:00 p.m.: The Alumni Perspectives Recital Hour will feature Lambert; Kaitlyn Zachary Carraway ’11, newly appointed SBC missionary to St. Petersburg, Russia; and Dr. Chris Rosborough ’08, director of choral activities at HPU. Each guest will perform one work and then speak about being a student at HPU, what he or she treasured most about those times and what has been learned since graduation. This event is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU’s Grace Chapel)

Thursday, September 1, 2:00 – 3:20 p.m.: The Jazz Band Workshop featuring Lambert is free of charge and open to the general public. (HPU Band Hall, Davidson Music Complex)

Thursday, September 1, 7:30 p.m.: “An Evening of Jazz” featuring Lambert is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU Choral Hall, Davidson Music Complex)

Friday, September 2, 10:00 a.m.: Symposium titled “Approach to the Creative Process” is free of charge and open to the public. (HPU’s Grace Chapel)

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


Cutline: Jazz pianist and HPU alumnus Dennis Lambert will present a concert and symposium August 31 – September 2 on the HPU campus.

Howard Payne University and Ranger College collaborate to provide nursing education

BROWNWOOD – August 24, 2016 – A new collaboration between Howard Payne University and Ranger College has been established to recruit nursing students to Brown County. Through this arrangement, students can become registered nurses and earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in four years plus one semester. The exact time frame depends upon a student’s pace and applicable transfer credit.

Ranger College has pre-licensure approval through the Texas Board of Nursing to offer the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that prepares students to attempt Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Howard Payne University has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer the RN-to-BSN program, making the post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree available to candidates holding RN licensure. The cooperative effort between the two educational institutions creates a single, streamlined process culminating in the BSN degree.

A Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed to formalize the arrangement between the two educational institutions.

“We at Howard Payne University are excited about this collaborative arrangement and the opportunity it affords students to earn the pre-licensure ADN and the post-licensure BSN through a coordinated process,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.

Dr. Bill Campion, president of Ranger College, agreed.

“Ranger College is pleased to join with HPU in this important endeavor, which will greatly benefit students and better serve our geographic area,” said Dr. Campion.

Through the new arrangement, which went into effect for the start of the fall 2016 semester, the student will take approximately three semesters of general education and pre-requisite coursework at HPU, during which the university will provide assistance with the process of applying to Ranger College. If accepted by Ranger College, the individual will then become a degree-seeking student there, working to earn the Associate Degree in Nursing during the next four semesters. Following the conclusion of this period of study and the student’s subsequent passing of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, the student will resume coursework at HPU for two more semesters to complete the requirements of the university’s post-licensure RN-to-BSN program.

“This cooperative effort is a new variation on a two-plus-two arrangement that institutions have used for many years,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer. “The decided advantage is the student’s ability to return for the post-licensure RN-to-BSN.”

A unique aspect of this arrangement will be the opportunity for the student to participate in a wide array of HPU’s campus experiences, such as on-campus housing, meal plans, intramural sports, student organizations and more, even during the portion of time the individual is a degree-seeking student at Ranger College. During those four semesters at Ranger College, the student can be enrolled in a zero-credit-hour course at HPU that will allow the relationship with the university to continue uninterrupted.

“We are excited that students will be able to continue their involvement in HPU student life as they take academic courses at Ranger College,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, HPU’s vice president for student life and dean of students. “The arrangement provides students with many opportunities for learning within and beyond the classroom.”

An additional benefit to both institutions is HPU’s comprehensive admissions organization.

“HPU’s Office of Admission has witnessed the growing interest in nursing in Texas over the past few years and we are excited to help students pursue their calling in this field,” said Kevin Kirk, HPU’s associate vice president for enrollment management. “We’re glad to help recruit students to HPU and Ranger College as part of this collaborative effort.”

For information on applying to Howard Payne University, visit or contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or 800-880-4478.


Registration open for HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program

BROWNWOOD – August 18, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program is now enrolling students for the 2016-2017 academic year. The program, presented by HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts, serves Brownwood and the surrounding communities by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment will continue through August 29.

Music lessons, which will be 45 minutes in length each week for 14 weeks, include instruction in piano, voice, strings, guitar and band instruments. The program also offers Kindermusik for pre-school children. Art lessons, which will be one hour in length each week for 12 weeks, will feature beginning and intermediate drawing and painting. Instructors in the program include the HPU music and art faculty, experienced area teachers and student teachers.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with you and hope your experience with our program will be a fulfilling and rewarding one,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “We’re proud to make these opportunities available to the public.”

Enrollment forms are available in the music office of the Davidson Music Complex located at 106 Whaley on the HPU campus.

For more information, contact Owens at or (325) 649-8501 or Jill Holamon at or (325) 649-8500.


HPU alumni gather for Caribbean cruise

Cruise group photo 2016BROWNWOOD – August 12, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association hosted a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s “Liberty of the Seas” recently for alumni and friends of HPU. The cruise took guests from Galveston to Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; and Cozumel, Mexico. Guests were offered a special rate to book with the HPU group.

Traveling with the group was Dr. Denny Megarity, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Dianna.

“It was a great experience,” said Dianna Megarity. “Denny and I have been on several group cruises and this was one of the best.”

The cruise included a variety of entertainment such as comedy, magic shows, ice-skating performances and a Las-Vegas-style show.

“We enjoyed watching certain members of our group become a part of the evening’s entertainment,” said Randy Yeakley ’83, vice president for development at HPU. “We were blessed by the devotionals Dr. Dan Crawford ’64 brought on our days at sea and enjoyed coming together for dinner to catch up with each other on each day’s events and excursions. I would definitely do this again.”

Margaret Routt Howell ’76 and her husband, Tom, also joined the group.

“The cruise was so much better than I ever expected it to be,” said Margaret Howell. “It was fun getting to meet other alumni and share stories of HPU. It was a pleasure to meet the current HPU president, Dr. Bill Ellis, and I enjoyed getting updates on many of the professors I had while attending the university.”

The HPU Alumni Association is planning another group cruise for the summer of 2018.

“While the specific date has not yet been determined, the tentative plan is to offer HPU alumni and friends a trip to Alaska’s Inside Passage,” said Yeakley. “The size of the group that went to the Caribbean was perfect given it was our first cruise together. However, with the advanced notice and Alaskan destination, our hope is that even more in the HPU family will be able to go.”
For more information or to offer thoughts regarding the Alaskan Cruise, contact HPU’s Alumni Association at 325-649-8048 or visit

 Photo Cutline: A group from Howard Payne University recently enjoyed a group cruise to the Caribbean, hosted by the university’s Alumni Association.

More than 100 participate in HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps

Scholars climbing wall   BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – Howard Payne University closed out a successful season of summer camps recently with 106 children on campus for the weeklong Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs. This year’s theme was “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The popular camps featured innovative instruction in robotics, 3D printing, music, science and physical education.

“It was a great week,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “Students participated in all kinds of hands-on learning activities, challenging their brains while having a fun time learning.”

Dr. Welker expressed her gratitude to education partner 3M of Brownwood.

“Six engineers from 3M gave of their time to come help teach the Summer Scholars students,” she said. “Their engineering science class was a hit with the kids.”

Scholars robotsAdditional personnel included Estevan Arbaiza, HPU head men’s soccer coach, who was in charge of recreation each day; Debby Dill, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, who assisted in multiple areas; Deanna Erxleben, former instructor of music at HPU, who taught music; Tami Hull, head of robotics at Early Middle School, who taught robotics; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU, who taught science; Keith Taylor, recently retired head of robotics at Early Elementary, who taught robotics; and Dr. Lester Towell, chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems and professor of CIS, who taught 3D printing.



Climbing wall – A student climbs HPU’s rock wall during the physical education component of HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars camps.

Robots – HPU Summer Scholars participants watch as robots they have programmed “dance.”

Fall class scheduling underway at HPU’s New Braunfels Center

HPU NB Center exterior NB Center Wall Graphics

BROWNWOOD – August 2, 2016 – There is still time to register for the fall 2016 semester at Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center. Classes begin August 22 at the center’s new facility located at 4102 TX-337 Loop in New Braunfels.

The newly remodeled facility includes administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU in the area. Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery round out the facility’s design.

HPU has maintained a presence in the community since March 2012 when the university’s Board of Trustees approved extending education to New Braunfels. Since that time, HPU’s New Braunfels Center has served more than 100 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs with classes located at New Braunfels High School and an office suite in town.

New Braunfels businessman Bob Knoll, HPU alumnus and CEO of Millennium Packaging/Supplize, recognized HPU’s need for an expanded space. He generously offered the university the use of a facility in New Braunfels as a home for the center to grow during the next several years. The university looks forward to eventually building a permanent campus in the community as part of the Veramendi development project.

“Most people have that one big thing in their lives that they pray they can accomplish for God’s Kingdom,” Knoll said. “When I discovered HPU’s need in New Braunfels, I knew this was the thing God wanted me to do for the foreseeable future.”

Led by Dr. Dale Meinecke, assistant vice president for external affairs and assistant professor of Christian studies, and Christy Meinecke, HPU’s major gifts officer for the south-central region, the university raised funds to renovate the facility and prepare it for use by students.

A grand opening for the new facility, sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., will be held for the public on Thursday, September 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. More details will be announced in the weeks to come.

“The facility looks great and we’re thrilled to welcome our returning and new students for the fall semester,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We’re also excited to invite the community to learn more about HPU’s New Braunfels Center and the university’s mission of offering a Christ-centered, quality higher education to the Austin/San Antonio corridor.”

For more information about HPU’s New Braunfels Center, or to register for the fall 2016 semester, visit, call (830) 629-2366 or e-mail



Exterior – HPU’s New Braunfels Center is now scheduling classes for the fall 2016 semester. Classes will be held at HPU’s newly remodeled New Braunfels facility.

Wall graphics – Large wall graphics featuring New Braunfels Center students and other HPU-related imagery complement the facility’s design.