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HPU hosts Pre-College Music students at festival and competition

BROWNWOOD – April 26, 2018 – Thirty students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently competed in the District 8-4 Junior Festival in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs. The festival was hosted at HPU.

Students entered in the Competitive category who received a Superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the state competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 19.

Students who received the Superior rating in Piano Solo were James Bautista, Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Brooklyn Butka, Sophia Butka, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Christian Fijer, Leila Gautier, Christopher Ivy, Kyle Ivy, Austin Luker, Michael Morales, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith and Evan Smith. The Excellent rating in Piano Solo was awarded to Tony Calfa.

Students awarded the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Musical Theater were Alecs Butka, Angie Calfa, Kirsten Fijer, Emmagrace Quillin, Sarah Reeves, and Jordan Roberts. Students who received the Superior rating in Vocal Solo: Art Song are Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel.

Students who participated in the Non-Competitive category and also received high ratings are Abigail Burks, Maddox Butka, Wayne Knight, Avery Luker, Sarah Mitchell and Mia Moreno.

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. HPU Pre-College Music students competing in this junior festival ranged in age from 5 to 17 years of age.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music and Art Program. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

For more information about HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program, contact Diane Owens at 649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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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Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Located in Brownwood, Texas, HPU offers a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in a traditional residential academic community. The university also offers selected undergraduate and graduate course work by electronic means and at extension centers in El Paso, Texas, and New Braunfels, Texas. HPU maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, which contributes to the university’s reputation of being “a place where everybody is somebody.”

HPU students study advocacy, legislative process at Texas State Capitol

Capitol-2018BROWNWOOD – April 25, 2018 – Fourteen Howard Payne University students recently traveled to the Texas State Capitol in Austin. The travelers, students in Dan Humeniuk’s Social Welfare Programs, Policies and Issues course, are social work and family studies majors who plan to enter careers advocating for and serving society’s marginalized populations.

The students attended a session with representatives from the Christian Life Commission during which they learned about the legislative process and policy initiatives of the commission. While at the Capitol, the students visited with their district representatives to present their concerns regarding payday and car title loans.

“Predatory lending practices such as payday and car title loans are often targeted toward socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, to the detriment of this already struggling group of people,” said Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Work and Sociology. “In advance of the trip, we studied the social implications of these practices so that students would be well informed when speaking with their district representatives.”

Aryn Morris, senior from Pipe Creek, said she believes everyone who has the opportunity should visit the state capitol.

“It is so beneficial because it teaches and proves that it is not just the people with important titles who are able to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Anyone can go and express their opinions and beliefs to legislators and representatives.”

Lindsey Tumlinson, sophomore from New Braunfels, remarked that the representatives seemed eager to hear from their constituents.

“Not only is it a welcoming place, but our Texas state representatives actually want to hear from us and see us actively involved in the legislative process,” she said. “Citizens have a voice and the representatives want to hear from us.”

In addition to Morris and Tumlinson, HPU students in attendance included Jessica Catlett, senior from Alleyton; Zoe Emley, senior from Natalia; Brooke Gibbs, junior from Fort Worth; Crystal Hernandez, senior from Brownwood; Erin McCleer, junior from San Angelo; Jessica Meeks, junior from Bridgeport; Shelby Nash, senior from Cypress; Lyn Norway, junior from Brownwood; Richard Parmer, junior from Brownwood; Emma Reed, junior from Kennedale; Marina Sheets-Ochoa, junior from El Paso; and Candace Stark, junior from Midland.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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: Fourteen HPU students recently traveled to the Texas State Capitol to meet with representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission. Back row, left to right: Marina Sheet-Ochoa, Shelby Nash, Zoe Emley, Richard Parmer, Lindsey Tumlinson, Dan Humeniuk and Brooke Gibbs. Middle row, left to right: Jessica Meeks, Erin McCleer, Emma Reed, Aryn Morris and Jessica Catlett. Front row, left to right: Lyn Norway, Candace Stark and Crystal Hernandez.

HPU’s International Business Honor Society inducts six new members

SBD Induction PhotoBROWNWOOD – April 25, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society recently inducted six new members into its organization. Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager, was the distinguished guest speaker for the event and 2017 HPU graduate and Sigma Beta Delta member Ryan Mason inducted the new members.

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university. This year’s inductees were Angela Lee Curtis, senior from Brownwood; Madelyn Joy Deviney, senior from Bulverde; Dayane Gutierrez, junior from Haltom City; Djimonii Jackson, senior from Beaumont; Abner Abdia Reyes, senior from Irving; and Nicole Elizabeth (Ferrell) Willett, senior from Brownwood.

“We are honored to add these highly qualified students to the Sigma Beta Delta National Business Honor Society family,” said Dr. Debra Powell, chapter president and associate professor of business. “They have demonstrated excellent academic and life skills while attending Howard Payne University.”

Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration, installed its first chapter in 1994 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Through March 2012, Sigma Beta Delta has installed over 395 chapters and over 70,000 members. HPU’s chapter received its charter in 1999.

In addition to Dr. Powell, chapter officers include Dr. Jim Finch, chapter vice president and professor of business administration; and Mike Dillard, secretary/treasurer and assistant professor of business administration.

For more information, contact HPU’s School of Business at 325-649-8704.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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: Pictured from left to right are Ryan Mason; Mike Dillard, assistant professor of business administration; Nicole (Ferrell) Willett; Angela Curtis; Abner Abdia Reyes; Madeleine Deviney; Djimonii Jackson; Dayane Gutierrez; Dr. Jim Finch, professor of business administration; Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business; and Emily Crawford, Brownwood city manager.

HPU Concert Choir to present spring concert on Thursday

BROWNWOOD – April 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present a spring concert titled “The Muse of Music: Voice of the Poet,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, in Grace Chapel on the HPU campus.

Various pieces, inspired by the writings of select literary figures such as William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas, will include “O Mistress of Mine,” “When Daffodils Begin to Peer” and “It was a Love and His Lass,” all by Matthew Harris; “Fern Hill,” by John Corigliano; and “Ballade to the Moon,” by Daniel Elder.

The concert will also premiere an original composition by Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, titled “Poems of E.A. Poe.”

“Literary text is something that we are always striving to embody and communicate as choral musicians,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we chose to honor just a few who have contributed greatly to the poetic sphere. We also look forward to the premiere of Joseph Dunlap’s composition.”

There is no charge for the concert and it is open to the public.

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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 faculty members to present recital on Monday

Photo 2 - Wallace and Goacher 2018BROWNWOOD – April 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, in the university’s Grace Chapel.

“It is such a pleasure to work with a pianist of the caliber of Dr. Wallace, who is exceptional in the art of accompanying,” said Goacher. “We look forward to presenting these masterworks for woodwinds and piano to our students, colleagues and community.”

Music written for the flute, clarinet and alto saxophone – each accompanied by the piano – will be featured.

Selections to be performed include Jindrich Feld’s “Sonata for Flute and Piano,” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Grand Duo Concertante for Clarinet and Piano Opus 48” and “Scaramouche Suite for Alto Saxophone and Piano Opus 94 A.”

The recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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: Stephen Goacher, professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music, will present a recital on Monday, April 23.

HPU hosts fifth annual Wellness Fair

HPU Wellness Fair Relay Winners photoBROWNWOOD – April 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently held its fifth annual Wellness Fair, which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways for HPU students, faculty and staff.

The fair opened with Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU first lady, singing the national anthem and sophomore music education major Taylor Davis leading the HPU alma mater. Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, briefly spoke to attendees about the values of healthy living.

A new event at this year’s Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle organized by Stanley Roffe, assistant tennis coach and part-time graduate employee in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program. The winning team consisted of Ricky Cavitt, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; Lynn Humeniuk, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology and director of the criminal justice program; Tim Skaggs, adjunct faculty member, Department of Kinesiology; and Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology.

Teresa Cavitt, M.Ed. ’17, instructor of kinesiology and Faculty/Staff Wellness Program director, organized the event. Other activities at the event included Knocker Ball®, testing throwing speed, and lowering stress by interacting with puppies from the Corrine T. Smith Animal Center. Event giveaways included a bicycle and a longboard.

“The HPU Wellness Fair is always an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals from all the dimensions of wellness, access your own health choices and possibly begin the process of adopting a healthier lifestyle,” said Teresa Cavitt. “Additionally, it was an enjoyable way for the campus to interact and celebrate community on a nice spring day.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for 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: A new event at HPU’s fifth annual Wellness Fair was the Pineapple Shuttle. Pictured with shuttle organizer Stanley Roffe (second from left) is the winning team comprised of, from left, Dan Humeniuk, Lynn Humeniuk (front), Ricky Cavitt and Tim Skaggs.

HPU’s Drew McNeill to present senior art exhibition through May 4

 

McNeill 1BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Drew McNeill, from Brownwood, will present his senior art major exhibition through May 4 at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

In 1997, McNeill began his higher-education journey at Baylor University in Waco and returned to that same university in 2015. Following in the footsteps of his mother, Connie Drew McNeill – a 1978 HPU graduate, he transferred to HPU. After taking a single art class at HPU, McNeill decided that art was the path for him. He is on track to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art.

“The work in this exhibition is a comprehensive visual journey toward the attainment of my Bachelor of Science degree in studio art,” said McNeill. “All of the art works were created from several studio art classes I have taken since spring 2016. There is decisive progression to the work done in numerous media or art forms. One art class builds into another with two- and three-dimensional visual explorations.”

McNeill 2David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art, commented that McNeill has made many educational strides since transferring to HPU.

“His openness to learning and experimentation is a testament to the background and life skills that he utilized in his coursework in both art and other HPU courses,” said Harmon. “His current senior comprehensive exhibition demonstrates this commitment.”

McNeill said his growth and success as an artist can be attributed to his art professors, David Harmon, chair of the Department of Art and professor of art; Susan Harmon, adjunct faculty of art; and Julie Mize, adjunct faculty of art (photography).

“I appreciate the opportunity to exhibit my work in this public venue,” said McNeill. “Without the guidance of the art faculty, I would not have grown as an artist as quickly as I did. I am grateful to HPU for providing me this opportunity to return to school and complete my education as a non-traditional student. It is truly a place where students can find themselves and explore the possibilities that higher education can provide.”

The Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, is open on Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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: 1. Artwork by HPU student, Drew McNeill of Brownwood, is on display through May 4 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the Doakie Art Center on the HPU campus.
2. Drew McNeill’s artwork on display includes a wide range of media and subject matter.

HPU’s Heritage Singers to present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19

evensong 2018BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Heritage Singers will present a service of “Evensong” on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The free event will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood and is open to the public.

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

The service of “Evensong” is related to the canonical hours of prayer, or the office, established many centuries ago by those in the monastic tradition. More directly, however, this service can be attributed to the Anglican reformer, Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556).

“This reflective hour of worship will be mostly sung and will include the majority of the liturgy that was established by Cranmer,” said Dr. Rosborough. “The same liturgy was eventually published in the English prayer book in 1549.”

Choir selections will include “Versicles and Responses (The Preces),” “Psalms and Lessons,” “Magnificat,” “Nunc Dimittis,” “Creed,” “Lord’s Prayer,” “Versicles and Responses (Suffrages),” and finally, three collects.

Accompanying the Heritage Singers will be Dr. Allen Reed, retired HPU faculty member, as organist and Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as cantor and tenor soloist.

“We are thrilled to present this most sacred service to the Brownwood community,” said Dr. Rosborough. “It is very special to my heart and provides a wonderful platform for reverence and contemplation. Please join us.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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: Graphic of HPU’s “Evensong” concert to be performed Thursday, April 19.

HPU honors students and alumni for national success in Moot Court

McNiece and Ellis with Moot Court National ChampsBROWNWOOD – April 16, 2018 – The Board of Directors for Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy held its regular meeting and luncheon recently, during which a resolution was read honoring four individuals for national success in Moot Court.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and Dr. Matthew McNiece, director of the Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government, presented framed copies of the resolution to HPU’s Moot Court national champions. Receiving the honor were students Jordan Hahn, sophomore from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, as well as 2002 HPU graduates Lorianna (Anderson) Kelley and Rob Welker. Kelley now serves on HPU’s faculty as assistant professor of government and Moot Court adviser.

In 1993, HPU was a founding member of the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association. Kelley and Welker were named national champions for Oral Advocacy in 2002, and Hahn and Sommers were Brief Writing national champions in January 2018.

“HPU’s Moot Court program has enhanced the traditional and experiential education of well over 200 students since its inception,” said Dr. McNiece. “We’re proud to recognize the remarkable achievements of our past and present Moot Court students.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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 recently honored four individuals for national success in Moot Court. Left to right: Dr. Matthew McNiece, Jordan Hahn, Lorianna Kelley, Rob Welker, Isaac Sommers and Dr. Bill Ellis.

HPU Model United Nations team dominates Germany conference

HPU Munster AwardsBROWNWOOD – April 16, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Model United Nations team won six awards at the 2018 Münster University International Model United Nations conference, more than any other team in attendance. The conference was held recently in Münster, Germany, with more than 200 student delegates representing 40 nations.

Model United Nations takes current world issues and asks students, who represent various countries as delegates, to try to solve them through diplomatic means. Students learn the art of diplomacy through caucusing, writing position papers and presenting in formal settings, all while following the model of the United Nations. The theme of this year’s conference was “Might Makes Right? Challenging Power and Privilege.”

Bringing home awards for HPU were Lainee Hasty, senior from Runaway Bay, representing South Africa on the United Nations Environmental Assembly; Caleb Kostreva, junior from Clifton, Colorado, representing Kuwait on the UN Security Council; Morgan Andie McCoy, junior from Whitehouse, representing India on United Nations Women Council; Emma Reed, junior from Kennedale, representing the Russian Federation on the UN Security Council; Penny Stehlik, sophomore from Round Rock, representing the Russian Federation on the 4th General Assembly: The Special Political and Decolonization Committee; and Jessica Swonger, junior from Midway, Arkansas, representing El Salvador on the Economic and Social Council.

Hasty, Kostreva and McCoy were each named Outstanding Delegate, while Reed, Stehlik and Swonger received Best Position Paper awards. Also representing HPU were Alex Bingham, junior from Bridge City; Jessica Catlett, senior from Alleyton; Joshua Dykes, senior from Mount Pleasant; and Charles Lewis, sophomore from Boerne.

Dr. Kevin Kelley, associate professor of psychology and chair of HPU’s Department of Psychology and Family Studies, advises the team.

“I am very excited that HPU’s Model United Nations team is bringing strength and expertise to the world stage,” he said. “Six of our 10 delegates won awards, including taking the top two honors on the Security Council. All of our delegates should be proud as we also were able to humbly spread the Good News far and wide.”

Kostreva and Reed led the HPU team as co-delegate and head delegate, respectively.

“As co-delegate for the HPU MUN team, I am so proud of all our delegates and the immense effort put into the conference,” Kostreva said. “So much of our success is because of Emma’s incredible leadership, and I know I speak for the entire team in saying this. While we brought home six awards, we also saw success in other ways, including having one delegate compete excellently in a Spanish-speaking committee!”

Reed also praised team members for their preparation and effort.

“I’m incredibly proud of and thankful for the hard work that this team put into preparing for this conference,” she said. “They all put in hours of research and represented HPU well. This was my sixth MUN trip, and it was possibly the most fun because I was able to travel and compete with a great group of friends! We go abroad so that we can expand our worldviews and meet people from around the world, and that was definitely the focus of this team. The awards are definitely an exciting aspect of it, but I’m more proud of the hard work that was put in by everybody.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. 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 Model United Nations team brought home six awards from the 2018 Münster University International Model United Nations conference. Left to right: Penny Stehlik, Caleb Kostreva, Jessica Swonger, Lainee Hasty, Morgan Andie McCoy and Emma Reed.