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HPU Jazz Combo performs at Eastland Jazz Festival

Eastland Jazz FestivalBROWNWOOD – April 20, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Combo was featured in concert at the third annual Eastland Jazz Festival held recently at the Majestic Theatre in Eastland. In addition to performing a concert, the HPU Jazz Combo, a small group of musicians selected from the HPU Jazz Ensemble, presented a workshop on jazz improvisation for the attendees of the festival with Stephen Cox, festival host and HPU alumnus.

The HPU jazz program has been under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music, since 1999.

“We are tremendously proud of our students in the jazz ensembles and of the mentoring leadership provided by Professor Goacher,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “The creativity and performance skills practiced and demonstrated by the students in our jazz groups reflect the core of what we are trying to impart to all of our music graduates as 21st century musicians.”

Performers at the Eastland Jazz Festival included Alex Atkinson, junior from Haslett; Ryan Contreras, junior from Early; Abraham Cooper, freshman from Early; Angel Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Steven Ray Palousek, freshman from Holland; Garrett Ratliff, junior from Cherokee; and Isaac Williams, freshman from May.

HPU’s jazz program has a longstanding tradition of excellence. HPU jazz musicians were featured at the Opening Ceremonies of the Texas Music Educator Association conference in San Antonio in 2003 and the jazz ensembles were awarded “Outstanding College Band” awards at the Temple Jazz Festivals in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014 in both the Big Band and Combo Divisions. The HPU Big Band also performed at the prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival in 2009 and at the first Eastland Jazz Festival in 2014.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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 Jazz Combo was featured in concert recently at the Eastland Jazz Festival. Pictured, from left, are Abraham Cooper, Steven Ray Palousek, Garrett Ratliff, Ryan Contreras, Angel Hernandez, Alex Atkinson, Isaac Williams and Stephen Goacher.

Three honored at HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet

Sumners Scholars 2016BROWNWOOD – April 19, 2016 – Three seniors from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were honored recently during the annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. The students, who were selected during their junior year as Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars, were awarded plaques and expressed gratitude for the opportunities provided them by the foundation.

The Sumners Scholars included Samuel Hoffman of Corpus Christi, Caleb Michael McConnell of Burleson and Ivyanne Nichols of Richardson. McConnell will graduate in May while Hoffman and Nichols are scheduled to graduate in December.

The prestigious Sumners Scholar program offers students the chance to attend special lectures, seminars and conferences featuring world-renowned leaders from both public and private sectors. It also provides a generous scholarship of $7,500 per semester for two years. Students are selected after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation.

Named for its founder, former Congressman Hatton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.

Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and associate professor of history and government, serves as assistant director for the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

“The Sumners Scholars program is an amazing benefit for our students,” he said. “HPU is very grateful to the foundation for taking an interest in our students and providing them with these outstanding opportunities.”

For more information about the Sumners Scholars program at HPU, visit www.hputx.edu/sumners.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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: Three HPU seniors were honored recently during the annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. Left to right: Samuel Hoffman; Ivyanne Nichols; Dale Crane, Sumners Foundation trustee; and Caleb Michael McConnell.

HPU Heritage Singers to present concert

Heritage SingersBROWNWOOD – April 18, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Heritage Singers will present a spring concert titled “God So Loved the World,” Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. This free concert is open to the public and will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

The program will include mainstream hits such as “My Funny Valentine,” “And So It Goes,” and “Unforgettable.” There will also be a medley of songs from HPU’s fall production of “Godspell,” and a challenging vocal setting of “Flight of the Bumblebee” that the singers have re-named “Flight of the Yellow Jacket.” The audience will also get to hear several songs that express the believer’s relationship to God and the call to share that love with others. One of the ensemble’s favorites is “Prayer of the Children,” a song written by Kurt Bestor to express the heartbreak of families torn apart in Yugoslavia during the country’s civil war. This song encompasses the title of the concert, “God So Loved the World.”

Heritage Singers is a select ensemble chosen from members of HPU’s Concert Choir. This group serves as ambassadors for the university, performing for churches and schools across the state, as well as alumni events and recruiting opportunities.

This semester, the ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Celeste Church, dean of institutional research and effectiveness and associate professor of music. Members of the ensemble include Brett Ellis, Timothy Emery, Josiah Horton, Isaac Howell, Marissa Godbey, Gabriella Guest, Victoria Malone, Brendyn Porter, Danielle Strickland, Elizabeth Wallace and Joshua Wood. They are accompanied by Joseph Dunlap, adjunct instructor of music.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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 Heritage Singers will perform in concert Tuesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

HPU pre-college music students participate in junior festival

BROWNWOOD – April 14, 2016 – The District 8-4 Junior Festival, in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs, recently held its local competition at Howard Payne University. Several of Howard Payne University’s Pre-College music students participated in the event and received various awards.

Students who enter the competitive category and earn a “superior” rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition. Twenty-seven HPU Pre-College students earned the “superior” rating. They are: James Bautista, Hannah Bessent, Nathan Bull, Angie Calfa (two categories), Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Kirsten Fijer, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycee Hubbard, Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese (two categories), Addison Miller, Kylee Medina, Sydney Neel, Aishwarya Nigalye, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves (two categories), Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts (two categories), Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen (two categories).

Of these 27 students, 17 will participate at the state competition in San Marcos on May 21. State participants include: James Bautista, Hannah Bessent, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Alex Fowler, Leila Gautier, Jaycee Hubbard, Kyle Ivy, Kamry Keese, Addison Miller, Sydney Neel, Hannah Parson, Sarah Reeves, Drew Reynolds, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Ava Sparks-Hansen.

Andrew Boren and Michael Morales received an “excellent” rating in the competition, while Tony Calfa, Natalee Rose and Carli Schoen were non-competitive participants.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information about the Federated Music Clubs or about the Pre-College Music and Art Program at HPU, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

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Forward Thinking: HPU summer camps inspire young entrepreneur to purchase 3D printer

Mo Goff with 3D printerBROWNWOOD – April 14, 2016 – “Anyone who wants to be forward thinking and will do the work to raise the funds should get a 3D printer,” said 12-year-old Mo Goff, past participant in Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps. Mo purchased a printer in December after learning of the technology through HPU’s camps.

The popular summer camps, for students entering first through sixth grades, feature instruction in areas such as robotics, science, music and physical education. The sessions are taught by HPU faculty members and other area teachers. Throughout the camps, Mo, a seventh grader at Brownwood Middle School, found himself most interested in 3D printing, a session led by Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems at HPU.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication, directs the Summer and Young Scholars programs.

“We introduced the 3D printing class offered by Dr. Towell three years ago to supplement our other technology classes,” she said. “It has been a popular addition to our program.”

3D printers create three-dimensional objects by printing successive layers of a variety of materials including plastic, metal, ceramic and glass. An HPU undergraduate class, 3D Engineering Printing, was created around the technology. Dr. Towell volunteers with Summer and Young Scholars each year to expose even more young minds to such advances in science.

“Dr. Towell totally inspired me,” said Mo. “The first year of Summer Scholars, I thought 3D printers were really cool. By the second year, I thought ‘I should have one of these at home.’ By the end of Summer Scholars in fifth grade, I knew that could be a reality.”

Inspired to have his own printer at home, Mo consulted with Dr. Towell and decided on the MakerBot Replicator Mini.

“Other printers were tantalizingly less expensive,” said Mo. “But Dr. Towell encouraged me to go with the MakerBot because it is the most stable of all of the brands. Some of those other companies are out of business now.”

MakerBot’s hefty price tag presented a bit of a challenge, however. Mo’s parents, Drs. Sam Goff and Kylah Clark-Goff, knew it would be more meaningful to Mo if he was able to purchase the printer himself. Mo agreed.

Mo Goff with 3D printed pen“I thought about ways to make money,” he said. “I went through a lot of ideas and finally decided to sell granola.”

Mo makes the granola at home and delivers it to customers around town. An eight-ounce bag of the cranberry, apricot or peach granola sells for $5.

“Brownwood is such an amazing community,” said Dr. Clark-Goff. “People have just rallied behind him. They call or e-mail to let us know when they run out of granola and to tell us they need more. Mo will get on his bike and deliver it. He makes it himself and chose the packaging. He does it all. It’s his job.”

By December 2015, Mo had earned more than $1,000, enough money to purchase a printer. Dr. Towell visited the Goffs’ house to see the printer in action.

“Mo still frequently e-mails Dr. Towell and they compare notes on 3D printing,” said Dr. Clark-Goff.

Mo said he enjoys keeping in touch with Dr. Towell.

“It’s helped a lot,” he said. “He has sage advice. He’s a master of 3D printing.”

Though many consider 3D printers to be little more than an expensive toy, Mo envisions a bright future for the technology.

“3D printing doesn’t get all of the attention that it deserves,” he said. “I would say every household will have as many 3D printers as computers in a maximum of 50 years. I’m almost positive that one day it will be as big of a deal as the computer.”

Dr. Clark-Goff agreed.

“It looks like it prints a bunch of toys,” she said. “But in reality, it’s going to be something that you see in every area of society.”

Though he now has access to the technology every day, Mo is still appreciative of Dr. Towell’s teaching style throughout the summer camps at HPU.

“He’s truly amazing,” Mo said. “He makes you want to ask questions. I’ve learned a lot about 3D printing just from the way he teaches.”

Mo encourages other young people and their parents to consider HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps.

“They’re a lot of fun,” he said. “You go to Summer Scholars in the morning and the whole afternoon you talk about what you did there. Then you come back the next morning and do it again.”

Dr. Clark-Goff said she has not found a better camp for Mo and his younger sister, Madeleine.

“HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps have opened a new world for us,” she said. “I’ve been so pleased.”

Mo continues to sell granola to fund purchases such as a new computer, filament for his 3D printer and components for his at-home science lab. To purchase granola, contact Mo at mogoff04@gmail.com

HPU’s 2016 Summer and Young Scholars camps will be held July 18-22. For more information, contact Dr. Julie Welker at (325) 649-8508 or jwelker@hputx.edu.

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Photo cutlines: Mo Goff, who has attended Summer Scholars camp at HPU for several years, was inspired to purchase his own 3D printer.

One of the objects Mo Goff has created with his 3D printer is a working pen engraved with his name.

Estate bequeaths musical instruments and memorabilia to HPU band

Estate of Billy E. Ross Bequest, April 2016 for webBROWNWOOD – April 13, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Yellow Jacket Band received two musical instruments as well as various music-related memorabilia that were bequeathed from the estate of Bill Edward Ross. The donations included a cornet and a banjo along with many historic photos of the HPU band.

Ross was a 1949 graduate of Howard Payne College, a former member of the Yellow Jacket Band and remained a supporter of the band until his death in 2015.

“Mr. Bill Ross is a great benefactor to the music department and especially through his support to the Yellow Jacket Band,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “His legacy will remain a part of the history of the Yellow Jacket Band and his generosity will resonate into eternity through the difference he will make in the lives of students in the band.”

The cornet is a G.C. Conn made in 1899 and is an example of an instrument from the “Golden Era” of bands. The banjo was produced in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1961 and is a Vega professional tenor (four-string) banjo. It is from the personal collection of Ross.

The band also received a treasure trove of photographs relating to Ross’ career in the music industry as well as some of the earliest photographs the university has of the Yellow Jacket Band. Correspondence between Ross and Vincent Bach, instrument manufacturing icon, was also received from the estate.

“Bill Ross was an amazing friend and avid supporter of the HPU band,” said Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands. “His legacy as a lover of music and bands in a music education and business career that spanned 60 years will live on in the lives of the students that he touched.”

Both instruments will be displayed permanently in the Davidson Music Complex at Howard Payne University along with the historic photographs and correspondence.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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: The HPU band was recently bequeathed two instruments and band memorabilia from the estate of Bill E. Ross. Pictured from left to right are: Aaron Walling, senior from Georgetown; Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts; Thomas V. Scarpato, executor of the estate; and Olivia Belsher, senior from Ferris.

HPU faculty member to sing solo in performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” in Abilene

Dr. Greg ChurchBROWNWOOD – April 13, 2016 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Gregory Church, associate professor of music, will be featured as the tenor soloist in a collaborative performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem, K. 626.” The performance will take place Thursday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Abilene.

Dr. Church and three other soloists from the Big Country will perform with the McMurry University Chanters, the St. James Methodist Church of Abilene Choir, the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Abilene Chancel Choir, the Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Abilene Chancel Choir and the First United Methodist Church of Eastland Chancel Choir. Abilene’s Festival Orchestra will perform the instrumental portion of the performance.

The concert will last approximately an hour and will feature many familiar musical selections. The public is invited to attend this free concert.

“Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ is one of my favorite concert pieces to sing,” said Dr. Church. “It’s always a joy to sing in Abilene and I’m honored to be the tenor soloist for this performance.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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.

HPU alumnus completes Abilene Police Academy

Dane Bryant police academy graduationBROWNWOOD – April 13, 2016 – Howard Payne University alumnus Anthony Dane Bryant of Copperas Cove recently graduated from Abilene Police Department’s Police Academy and was awarded his badge and the rank of commissioned police officer within the department.

During his time at HPU, Bryant was named the 2014-2015 Outstanding Criminal Justice Major. He additionally was president of the Sigma Theta Phi fraternity and served as a resident assistant. Bryant graduated from HPU in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice.

“We are so very proud of Dane and all of our HPU criminal justice graduates,” said Dr. Paul Lilly, assistant professor of criminal justice and director of HPU’s Department of Public Safety. “Dane is a shining example of what HPU students can become when they set clear goals and maintain a Christ-centered life. When he graduated, we told him that it was now his turn to go out and help make the world a better place. He is certainly doing just that.”

For more information about HPU’s criminal justice program, contact Lynn Humeniuk, director of the program and associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, at (325) 649-8703 or via e-mail at lhumeniuk@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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 alumnus Anthony Dane Bryant, center, recently graduated from Abilene Police Department’s Police Academy. He is pictured with HPU criminal justice faculty members Lynn Humeniuk, left, and Dr. Paul Lilly.

HPU Youth Ministry Workshop helps prepare students for lives of service

Dr Jackson at ChapelBROWNWOOD – April 12, 2016 – Youth ministry students at Howard Payne University recently participated in the university’s 46th annual Youth Ministry Workshop, an event designed to strengthen their leadership skills and help prepare them for lives of ministry. The students participated in 15 sessions throughout the event, hearing from veteran ministers from the area, throughout Texas and beyond. The workshop began in 1970 under the leadership of Dr. A.J. Turner, who was then assistant professor of religious education.

The students additionally participated in two worship services and completed a short observation paper on their experiences at the workshop.

Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs, described the impact of the workshop on students.

“I think the great value of the workshop is the fact that we bring veteran youth ministers each year so that students can hear firsthand about various aspects of student ministry from people who are currently serving,” he said. “Leadership is something that can be taught to a certain degree, but much of it is caught from seeing and interacting with people who are wonderful leaders and excellent role models.”

YM Workshop ParticipantsIn addition to Dr. Gramling, speakers for the event included: Ricky Cavitt, youth minister at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, Brownwood; Brad Echols, youth minister at First Baptist Church, Midland; Chuck Gartman, adjunct instructor of Christian studies at HPU and president of Go To Youth Ministry Inc., Cleburne; Jeff Howard, youth minister at First Baptist Church, Plano; Chris Hurt, student pastor at First Baptist Church, Frisco; Dr. Allen Jackson, pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.; Randy Johnson, youth minister emeritus at First Baptist Church, Richardson; Daniel Morrow, student minister at Field Street Baptist Church, Cleburne; Candy Smith, HPU Board of Trustees member, retired minister of education at First Baptist Church, Richardson, and chaplain for Marketplace Ministries; Steve Stege, executive pastor at First Baptist Church, Frisco; Jimmy Storrie, executive director of Life Recovered, Denton; and Dr. Rusty Wheelington, associate professor of Christian studies at HPU.

For more information about the programs in HPU’s School of Christian Studies, call (325) 649-8403 or visit www.hputx.edu/christianstudies.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2016 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 cutlines: In addition to speaking to ministry students as part of HPU’s recent Youth Ministry Workshop, Dr. Allen Jackson addressed the student body at Chapel.

In conjunction with the Youth Ministry Workshop, participants enjoyed an evening at the home of Dr. Gary Gramling, professor of Christian studies and director of HPU’s Christian studies graduate programs. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Gramling, Lubbock Roe, Joseph Flanigan, Ben Fountain, Cris Begay, Nate Rhodes, Andrew Overmiller, Anthony McCarson, Scott Turner, Chuck Gartman and Shawna Rains.

Sponsors announced for HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon

Donna Clark LoveBROWNWOOD – April 12, 2016 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club will host its annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon next Thursday, April 14, with area businesses and individuals serving as sponsors for the popular event. The ticketed luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center.

Sponsors include Sally Porter (Gold Sponsor), Big Country Ford (Gold Sponsor), Painter & Johnson Financial, Diana Ellis, Ann Towery, J’Net Pattillo, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Deborah Cartwright, Margaret Blackburn, Citizens National Bank, Prosperity Bank, Creative Image Laser Solutions, Early Blooms & Things, ’Nspired Nail Salon and Sharp Concrete Designs.

The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon is HPU alumna Donna Clark Love, an internationally recognized expert, trainer and motivational speaker in the areas of bully prevention, family systems and student assistance.

Clark Love has served as a teacher and school district administrator and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a certified trainer for Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and a certified mediator/conflict resolution trainer. She has been featured on NBC’s Today show and NBC Nightly News to highlight successful prevention/intervention programs and has been interviewed by Forbes magazine on bully prevention.

During the luncheon, the Woman’s Club will announce the recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year as well as honor one of the guests with the prestigious 2016 Yellow Rose Award.

A limited number of luncheon tickets are still available. For more information about the HPU Woman’s Club or the Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon, visit www.hputx.edu/womansclub, e-mail womansclub@hputx.edu or call (325) 649-8305.

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Photo cutline: The HPU Woman’s Club will host its annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon next Thursday, April 14, with guest speaker Donna Clark Love.