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Stacey Blalock of Magnolia among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Stacey BlalockBROWNWOOD – October 19, 2017 – Stacey Blalock of Magnolia has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. She is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Blalock and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet this Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Blalock graduated from HPU in 2008 with a degree in elementary education. She received many honors as a Lady Jacket basketball player and was a member of HPU’s 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III National Championship Team.

In 2007, she was named American Southwest Conference (ASC) First-Team All-West Division; ASC West Division Defensive Team; ASC Academic All-Conference; and D3hoops.com Third-Team All-South Region. In 2008, Blalock was named ASC All-Conference and West Division 1st Team; ASC West Division Defensive Player of the Year; ASC Academic All-Conference; ASC All-Tournament Team; and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American.

Blalock received HPU’s prestigious Tami Pattillo Memorial Award in 2008. The award, which honors the memory and athletic/academic accomplishments of Pattillo, an HPU alumna who passed away at a young age, is given each year to an HPU female athlete who best represents the HPU spirit.

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Cutline: Stacey Blalock of Magnolia is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

Marshall Davis of Austin among HPU Homecoming 2017 honorees

Marshall DavisBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Marshall Davis of Austin has been named to Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. He is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s 2017 Homecoming festivities, October 20-21. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Davis and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet this Friday, October 20, beginning at 6 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, October 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Davis, HPU class of 1980, is the tenth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history with 1,402 points. He was named to the All Lone Star Conference team three times and twice led HPU to a Lone Star Conference regular season championship. As a freshman, he made 2nd Team All Lone Star Conference and was named Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year.

Remembered for his reliability and consistency, Davis was a starter for his entire career and, in four seasons, never missed a game. He was named team captain for three different Yellow Jacket teams and, at the close of his HPU career, was listed as the fourth-leading scorer in HPU men’s basketball history.

Davis, a traffic control specialist, is a member at Cottonwood Baptist Church in Austin. He enjoys giving back to others and working in areas in which he can help others excel in life.

“HPU prepared me for success by giving me the skills needed to complete all the tasks asked of me throughout my life,” he said.

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Cutline: Marshall Davis of Austin is among nine who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2017 activities, October 20-21.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” HPU’s Homecoming musical, opens Thursday evening

Pirates of Penzance dress rehearsalBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts held a dress rehearsal Monday evening for its Homecoming musical, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Performances are Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The Pirates of Penzance,” a classic comedic operetta, is one of the most famed products of the theatrical partnership of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. It follows the story of Frederic, a member of a band of pirates. It is quickly explained that when Frederic was young, his nurse mistakenly apprenticed him to a pirate rather than a pilot. Frederic announces his resolve to forsake the pirate life and work wholeheartedly to their extermination.

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Jayland Brown, freshman from Temple; Leland Brown, freshman from Euless; Kayla Chadwick, senior from Tulia; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Camila Cotter, junior from Garden Ridge; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Taylor Davis, sophomore from Alvin; Jarod Dowling, junior from Grandview; Christopher Freeland, junior from Bangs; Marissa Godbey, senior from Austin; Josiah Hughes, sophomore from Katy; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Victoria Malone, senior from Fort Worth; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Ryan Miles, sophomore from Goldthwaite; Madison Miller, sophomore from Granbury; Ashleigh Moss, junior from Alvarado; Sadie Perez, freshman from Brownwood; Brendyn Porter, junior from Red Oak; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; Andi Rosenquist, freshman from Brownwood; Penny Stehlik, sophomore from Round Rock; Natalie Stephens, senior from Alvarado; Izzy Vela, freshman from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, serves as the production’s artistic director. The production team includes Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music, as musical director; Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, as choreographer; Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, as set/technical designer; Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, as concert master; and Deejay Moses, junior from May, as stage manager.

For more information about “The Pirates of Penzance,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend, October 20-21. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students recently performed in a dress rehearsal for the university’s Homecoming production of “The Pirates of Penzance.”

HPU hosts Brownwood Art Association exhibit through October 27

Self-Curated 2BROWNWOOD – October 17, 2017 – While on the Howard Payne University campus for Homecoming 2017 celebrations this weekend, the community is encouraged to stop by the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. There, the Department of Art is hosting an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2” through Friday, October 27.

The art exhibit, by members of the Brownwood Art Association, features works of art including photography, acrylic and oil paintings, and pencil and watercolor sketches.

Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend, October 20-21, are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. For more information, contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

More than 30 other events are scheduled for Homecoming weekend. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting an art exhibit titled “Brownwood Art Association Self-Curated 2” through Friday, October 27.

HPU Moot Court wins first tournament of the season

Hahn and Sommers with judges for webBROWNWOOD – October 16, 2017 – Howard Payne University students dominated at the first Moot Court invitational tournament of the 2017-2018 season. Jordan Hahn, sophomore from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, were declared tournament champions at the recent St. Mary’s University School of Law tournament in San Antonio.

In addition to Hahn and Sommers, the team of Bailey Myler, junior from Brownwood, and Justin Harris, senior from Fort Worth, finished the first day in the top eight. Hahn and Sommers advanced to semifinals then finals, winning the championship in a 3-0 decision.

“I am so proud of the hard work these four have already put in this semester,” said Lorianna Kelley, assistant professor of government and Moot Court adviser. “It’s a promising start to what I know will be a very successful competition season.”

HPU Moot Court Teams for webThis win is the most recent in a long series of victories for HPU’s Moot Court program. In the spring semester, the team successfully defended its position as one of the best in the state by winning the tournament at Southern Methodist University. At the end of the semester, six HPU students were among an elite group to receive year-end awards from the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association. Five HPU students made the list of TUMCA’s 2017 Top 20 Orators while two HPU teams were among the five best teams in the state.

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Cutlines: HPU students Jordan Hahn, second from left, and Isaac Sommers, fourth from left, are pictured with the Moot Court judges upon being named tournament champions.

HPU Moot Court students dominated at the recent tournament at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Left to right: Isaac Sommers, Jordan Hahn, Bailey Myler and Justin Harris.

HPU faculty member earns doctoral degree

Dr Dennis GibsonBROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical sciences, recently completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in chemistry from South Dakota State University.

Dr. Gibson, who joined the HPU faculty this fall, titled his dissertation “Relationship of the fractal and chemical characteristics of self-assembled natural organic matter.”

“We’re proud to have Dr. Gibson as a member of our chemistry faculty at HPU and we’re excited to celebrate his accomplishments with him,” said Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics.

Dr. Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Before arriving at HPU, he served as graduate teaching assistant at South Dakota State University from 2012 to 2017 and as chemistry tutor and laboratory teaching assistant at Northwestern State University from 2009 to 2012.

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Cutline: Dennis Gibson, assistant professor of physical sciences at HPU, recently completed his doctorate from South Dakota State University.

HPU Student Speaker Bureau members named tournament semifinalists

SSB Team Photo Fall 2017BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau recently competed at The Storm Classic speech and debate tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University with one debate team advancing to the semifinal round.

The debate team of Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, and Tyler Olin, junior social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, were semifinalists, beating teams from Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma and others.

“This first tournament of the year was a very difficult one, with many large schools from the Midwest,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication, professor of communication and Student Speaker Bureau coach. “For HPU to be in the top four teams of the tournament was a great accomplishment by these two young men.”

Freeland also advanced to semifinals in impromptu speaking.

Other team members who competed in the tournament were Brooklyn Britton, sophomore theatre major from Brownwood; Esmerelda Maldonado, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Whitney; Lucy Manning, freshman communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth; Madison Neal, sophomore communication and social science jurisprudence major from Chandler; and Aimee Orozco, senior communication and Spanish major from Shepherd. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted with the team.

The team’s next event will be hosting the British National Debate team in an exhibition debate this Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

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Cutline: Members of HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau were named semifinalists at a recent tournament. Team members include (back row, from left) Dr. Julie Welker (coach), Aimee Orozco, Lucy Manning and Esmerelda Maldonado and (front row, from left) Christopher Freeland, Madison Neal, Brooklyn Britton and Tyler Olin.

HPU Homecoming festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

HC17 Parade Route Map

BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2017 – Howard Payne University will host a bonfire, fireworks display and parade as featured events of the university’s Homecoming 2017 celebrations. The bonfire and fireworks display are scheduled for Friday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 p.m. The events will take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex in Brownwood. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, at 10:00 a.m. on and around the HPU campus. The public is invited to attend each of these events and other events throughout the weekend.

Last year’s bonfire and fireworks show drew a crowd of more than 700 community members and HPU personnel, alumni and students.

“It was great to share HPU’s Homecoming excitement with our friends in the community,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We’re thankful to be able to do that again this year.”

This year’s HPU Homecoming parade will follow the same route as last year. Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the Homecoming Honorees, HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available at the same address.

Cutline: A map shows the route for HPU’s Homecoming parade. Click on the image to zoom.

HPU Sumners Scholars attend lecture by FCC chairman

HPU Sumner Scholars with FCC ChairmanBROWNWOOD – October 11, 2017 – Students from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy recently attended a public policy lecture through the Institute for Policy Innovation. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke on the topic “Preserving a Free, Open and Innovative Internet.”

The event was underwritten by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. The HPU students, designated as Sumners Scholars, are selected for a competitive four-semester program after an in-depth application and interview by the trustees of the Sumners Foundation. The foundation provides a $7,500-per-semester stipend for its participating students to be used for tuition, fees, books or room and board. Additionally, the students are invited to attend annual leadership and policy analysis conferences, such as this one, to supplement their learning.

HPU Sumners Scholars attending the lecture were Jessica Catlett, junior from Alleyton; Rachel Hughes, senior from Llano; Augusta Johnson, senior from Gatesville; Joel Justice, senior from Brownwood; Tyler Olin, junior from Howe; Emma Reed, junior from Arlington; Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne; and Rachel White, senior from Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Sumners Foundation for its ongoing support of HPU students as well as for its commitment to promoting programs that increase understanding of civic responsibility and personal potential,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and professor of history and government.

More information about the Academy and the Sumners program may be found at www.hputx.edu/academy and www.hputx.edu/sumners, respectively.

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Cutline: HPU Sumners Scholars recently attended a lecture by Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Left to right: Tyler Olin, Emma Reed, Augusta Johnson, Rachel Hughes, Ajit Pai, Rachel White, Joel Justice, Isaac Sommers and Jessica Catlett.

ISAAC Project’s Dr. Jesús Romero speaks at HPU

Dr Jesus Romero for webBROWNWOOD – October 11, 2017 – Dr. Jesús Romero, director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) ISAAC Project, spoke at HPU recently as part of the university’s observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15.

Dr. Romero, a former HPU faculty member, addressed a joint session of HPU classes about issues regarding immigration. ISAAC, an abbreviation for Immigration Service and Aid Center, is a project of Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission and Baptist University of the Américas.

According to the organization’s website, www.isaacproject.org, ISAAC provides unbiased immigration information from a Christian perspective. ISAAC staff members assist churches and organizations in obtaining immigration law training, in starting English as a Second Language and other citizenship and literacy courses, and in education and information on immigration matters.

Dr. Romero’s discussion was attended by students from the Department of Modern Languages and Hispanic Studies, the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Social Work and Sociology. Dan Humeniuk, chair of the latter department and assistant professor of social work, said Dr. Romero encouraged students to view the topic of immigration through the lens of Christianity.

“The ISAAC project seeks to engage the immigrant community through a variety of methods and Christian ministries,” said Humeniuk. “Students from each department benefited from Dr. Romero’s insight and passion for the subject.”

Dr. Romero, originally of Monterrey, Mexico, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish language and literature from Monterrey Tech, a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from New Mexico State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona. In addition to his role with the ISAAC Project, Dr. Romero serves as professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Baptist University of the Américas.

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Cutline: Dr. Jesús Romero, director of the ISAAC Project and chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Baptist University of the Américas, recently spoke at HPU as part of the university’s observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo courtesy of Baptist University of the Américas.