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Alumnus discusses how HPU set him on path to med school

TJ CounceBROWNWOOD – April 5, 2018 – T.J. Counce, a 2016 Howard Payne University graduate from Lockhart, has been accepted into the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio. He will begin coursework next fall upon his graduation from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Counce, who was granted interviews at three medical schools, attributes a great deal of his success to the support he received from HPU personnel.

“The number one best thing, the biggest selling point of Howard Payne, is the faculty and staff,” he said. “It would be hard to find a more caring and dedicated group of professionals, and their mentorship has molded me into the student and learner I am today.”

At HPU, Counce was a double major in biochemistry and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy.

“As a double major, I was able to take part in a wide range of activities and programs I would have otherwise not experienced, and these were all featured heavily in my medical school applications,” he said. “Ultimately, you must stand out, and I had the opportunity in every application and interview to elaborate about my time at HPU and in the Academy.”

He also shared in interviews about the research he conducted through the Academy and HPU’s chemistry department.

“I truly feel this contributed to my acceptance,” he said. “Beyond that, taking a full 17- or 18-hour course load every semester has allowed me to successfully navigate graduate school. I have found that what you’ve done in the past contributes to your opportunities in the future, and my time at Howard Payne and in the Academy has without a doubt contributed to the path I am currently on.”

Counce first learned of HPU through his mother who was a student at the university her freshman year.

“Although she left to be closer to family, she loved her time at Howard Payne,” he said. “She encouraged me to apply. I met with an admission counselor at a college fair in San Marcos and that really piqued my interest.”

He encourages high school students considering HPU to meet with an admission counselor and tour campus.

“If you let yourself, Howard Payne is an excellent place to not only learn, but grow,” he said. “If you find yourself succeeding in environments that offer rich discussions, experiential learning, inquisitive exploration and enthusiastic support of students, then Howard Payne is an excellent school for you to consider.”

Counce has not yet committed to a specific specialty in medicine and is looking forward to third- and fourth-year clinical rotations to further refine his calling.

“I am pursuing medicine to help people and to help those who need it the most,” he said. “Wherever I feel that I can serve that goal the best and most effectively will ultimately be my choice of specialty.”


Cutline: T.J. Counce, a 2016 HPU graduate, has been accepted into the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in San Antonio.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau earns first national title in prose at championship

SSB 2018 NCFFIBROWNWOOD – April 4, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently earned the university’s first national champion title in prose interpretation. Junior Christopher Freeland, theatre major from Bangs, competed in prose interpretation and was awarded the title of 2018 national champion. On the judges’ panel, Freeland received straight “one” rankings in the final round which secured him the win.

The national championship was accomplished during the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament, held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. More than 220 students from 21 universities from across the nation participated in the 2018 championship. All schools represented are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

“I am so proud of Chris for winning the national championship in prose interpretation,” said Dr. Julie Welker, speech and debate team coach and chair and professor of communication. “This is an extremely competitive tournament and his hard work has paid off. Christopher has been working very hard for the last three years to achieve this. He set his mind to it and has continually improved each year.”

In the debate competition, freshman Lucy Manning, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication and social science jurisprudence major from Fort Worth, won second place as top speaker in junior varsity International Public Debate Association debate. Manning also advanced to quarterfinals in debate.

Other students competing in the tournament were sophomore Madison Neal, communication major from Chandler; junior Tyler Olin, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and senior Aimee Orozco, communication major from Shepherd. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, assisted with the team.

While in California, the team enjoyed a day of sightseeing at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, both in Anaheim, California. The group also visited with HPU alumni in the area.

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


 Cutline:  HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau recently competed at the 2018 National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Pictured from left are Dr. Julie Welker, speech and debate coach, and chair and professor of communications; junior Tyler Olin; freshman Lucy Manning; sophomore Madi Neal; senior Aimee Orozco; junior Christopher Freeland; and Richelle Hair, instructor of communications.

HPU students named 2018 Young Maston Scholars by Logsdon Seminary

HPU 2018 Maston Scholars (McIlwain, Pitman)BROWNWOOD – April 3, 2018 – Howard Payne University students Cecily McIlwain, junior from Dayton, and Jordan Pitman, senior from Bangs, were among 16 Texas Baptist students recently honored as 2018 Young Maston Scholars by Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary. The awards were announced during the 18th annual T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics held at Logsdon Seminary on the HSU campus in Abilene.
Each year, officials from partnering Texas Baptist universities nominate two students from their universities to become Young Maston Scholars, an award recognizing outstanding undergraduate students for their interest in, engagement with and integration of Christian ethics. Nominations for the award are based upon a student’s demonstrated faithfulness to the ethical example of Christ; a commitment to Christian ethics lived out in theological inquiry and academic excellence; an established reputation among peers for ethical Christian leadership; and an articulated clarity in an occupational expression of ministry, though it is not required to be in a congregational setting.
“It was a privilege to be named a Young Maston Scholar,” said McIlwain. “I treasure this act of affirmation from my professors. The lectures and conversations with members of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Christian Life Commission were an encouragement to my heart.”
Pitman also offered thoughts on being selected as a Young Maston Scholar for 2018.
“I was surprised when I first found out I was chosen for this award,” said Pitman. “But I was also appreciative of the Christian studies faculty for pointing out a strength that I didn’t realize I had. At the lectures, I learned a lot about how to better love people and how Christ would love those same people.”
McIlwain majors in cross-cultural studies. Pitman majors in cross-cultural studies as well and minors in psychology. Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies, nominated the pair for the award.
“While nominating only two students each year is a tough task, Cecily and Jordan are excellent students who are worthy of this honor,” said Dr. Hatch. “Not only do they exemplify the criteria for selection, but they embody the essence of what it means to be a Young Maston Scholar. All of the Christian Studies faculty members consider it an honor to nominate them, and we look forward to what God will do in their lives going forward.”
For more information about Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies, visit or call 325-649-8403. More information about Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University can be found at
Cutline: HPU students Cecily McIlwain, junior from Dayton, and Jordan Pitman, senior from Bangs, were named Young Maston Scholars during the 18th annual T.B. Maston Lectures in Christian Ethics held at Logsdon Seminary on the Hardin-Simmons campus in Abilene.

Jessica Catlett has found a place to learn and grow at HPU

Jessica CatlettBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2018 – When one of her high school teachers recommended she look at Howard Payne University, Jessica Catlett was hesitant at first.

She was initially nervous about leaving home in Alleyton to attend college more than four hours away in Brownwood. However, she decided to follow her teacher’s advice. She scheduled a visit and quickly knew where she would be going to college.

“Immediately, I just loved HPU so much,” she said. “I felt peace here. When I arrived to visit, the campus felt like home. Every person we met was welcoming and kind.”

The friendly atmosphere that HPU exudes is one reason Catlett has enjoyed her time at HPU so much. For her, the faculty have contributed significantly to the appeal of HPU.

“The professors here want their students to succeed so much,” she said. “Because they want us to succeed, they do everything possible to help us. That is what makes HPU so unique. Our professors care genuinely for us.”

Catlett, now a junior, is a double major in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. When she began college, she felt she might not be prepared for the challenge of the Honors Academy and that it would not fit her academic goals.

The multidisciplinary honors program was founded as the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom in 1962 under the guidance of its current namesake, Dr. Guy D. Newman, HPU president from 1955 to 1973. The Honors Academy’s aim is to equip intellectually gifted students with knowledge to excel as citizens and a proficient grasp of political systems to become leaders in their communities. Twenty-five students are admitted to the Honors Academy per year.

“Going into the Honors Academy, I was super intimidated,” she said. “I was expecting to find many political science majors and felt I wouldn’t fit in with my major. But, there are actually a wide variety of other students with other majors in the Honors Academy.”

According to Catlett, the curriculum of the Honors Academy has been complimentary to her other classes and has benefitted her personally.

“Some people think the Honors Academy is just for people who want to go into politics. It’s really not,” she said. “It teaches us how our government operates and how to be a good citizen.”

In addition to in-class studies, there are many other opportunities provided by the Honors Academy. One such opportunity is the Sumners Scholar Program, from which Catlett herself benefits.

The Sumners Scholar Program is administered by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation to provide students displaying academic excellence, a sense of civic responsibility and leadership potential with an additional resource to supplement their education. The program includes a scholarship provided by the Sumners Foundation. Each year, up to twelve students are nominated from HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy to take part in the program.

As a Sumners Scholar, Catlett attends leadership and political science conferences facilitated by the Sumners Foundation throughout the year. She said the Sumners program and the curriculum in the Honors Academy have helped to bring her two seemingly unrelated majors together.

“If I ever wanted to become an advocate,” she said, “the Honors Academy and the Sumners program are really teaching me ways to do that better, and learn about policies not just related to social work, but also ways that I can help people through policies.”

In addition to her involvement in the Honors Academy, she is a part of the Social Work Club, serves on the Baptist Student Ministry leadership team, is a member of honors organization Gamma Beta Phi, participates in Model UN and works as a resident assistant in Veda Hodge Hall, the women’s residence hall on the HPU campus.

Catlett spoke highly of the benefits of being active in organizations at HPU to students and the impact that organizations have had on her.

“Organizations here are a great way to make friends and help me to become invested in HPU even more because of all the great things we are doing,” she said. “When you are involved on campus, you enjoy your experience more and it is a way for you to serve others.”

Catlett’s time at HPU has been a significant influence on her life. When choosing to attend college, she was concerned about not finding where she fit. However, at HPU she has managed to do that well, growing personally in the process.

Looking back on her time in college, she named specific areas of her life in which she has seen growth through the years.

“Coming to HPU and knowing it is a safe place where I wouldn’t get lost has helped me mature a lot, boosted my confidence and really helped solidify who I am in Christ.”

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


Cutline: Jessica Catlett of Alleyton has found HPU to be a great place to study and belong.

HPU New Braunfels Center to host 5K race

HPU NB 5K 2018 logo finalBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s New Braunfels Center will host its third-annual HPU 5000, a 5K race, Saturday, April 7. The run/walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Pavilion 5 of New Braunfels’ Landa Park. Proceeds from the event will be used to establish scholarships for HPU New Braunfels Center students in need.

Interested participants may register for the race by visiting Entry fees are $25 for early registration and $30 on the day of the event. A free t-shirt and gift bag are included with registration.

Based in Brownwood for more than 125 years, HPU has maintained a presence in New Braunfels since March 2012 when the HPU Board of Trustees approved extending education to the community. Since that time, the HPU New Braunfels Center has served more than 130 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. In fall 2016, the center opened a new facility at 4102 Loop 337, Suite 100, in New Braunfels, and is planning to build a permanent residential campus in conjunction with the Veramendi development project.

“We continue to receive a lot of support for this annual event,” said Ginger Taylor, development and event coordinator. “We are thankful to the community and the generous sponsors who make the HPU 5000 possible.”

Sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Supplize and Veramendi

Gold Sponsor – McKenna Foundation

Silver Sponsors – HMT Engineering & Surveying; Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.; Raba Kistner Consultants; and Seidel Construction

Bronze Sponsors – Deviney CPA, PC; Mark Hampton/Keller Williams Realty Heritage; and Randy & Christy Davis

In-Kind Sponsors – Camp Gladiator; H-E-B Plus; and Orangetheory New Braunfels

For more information about the HPU 5000 or HPU’s academic offerings in New Braunfels, visit or contact the HPU New Braunfels Center at 830-629-2366 or via e-mail at


Attached: Logo for the HPU 5000 featuring HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot, Buzzsaw

HPU names Alumni Association’s El Paso Chapter 2018 officers

HPU AA EPC 2018 OfficersBROWNWOOD – April 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently announced the 2018 officers of the El Paso Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association. All of the officers are graduates of HPU’s El Paso Center.

The chapter’s new president is Priscilla Macias, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in criminal justice in 2006. Macias is projected to complete her Master of Business Administration degree from the Center this summer. Vice president is Roxanne Jurado, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business administration in 2009 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 2017. The chapter’s new treasurer is Irene Guerra, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian studies/practical theology in 2002 and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2006. Serving as secretary is Nelda Valerio, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in Christian studies/Bible and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management, both in 2008.

Serving as mentors and advisers to the chapter officers are Blanca Gamez, who earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree in business management in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration degree in 2016; and Dr. Adrian Gil, who serves as director of the El Paso Center and associate professor of business.

“Faculty and staff of the HPU El Paso Center are confident the new officers of the El Paso Chapter of the Alumni Association will continue the great work started by last year’s inaugural chapter,” said Dr. Gil.

The chapter’s first general meeting was held in November 2017. Today, there are 54 official members of the organization.

Among other activities in 2017, the El Paso Chapter officers established bylaws and accounts for operations and scholarships; helped facilitate a $16,860 donation, which led to the creation of the HPU El Paso Center Scholarship; and led the El Paso Center’s participation in El Paso Giving Day. The 2018 officers are planning additional activities this year including a picnic for chapter members, current students and personnel; a community service project; and the center’s participation in the 2018 El Paso Giving Day event.

To learn more about HPU’s El Paso Center or to get involved with the El Paso Chapter of HPU’s Alumni Association, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail


Cutline: Serving as 2018 officers of the El Paso Chapter of the HPU Alumni Association are Priscilla Macias, president (top right); Roxanne Jurado, vice president (bottom left); Irene Guerra, treasurer (bottom right); and Nelda Valerio, secretary (top left).

Sponsors announced for HPU’s Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon

Women's Club LogoBROWNWOOD – March 29, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club will host its annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, April 12, 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 Cindy Robnett (Diamond Sponsor), Creative Image Laser Solutions (Gold Sponsor), Sharon Guthrie (Gold Sponsor), Sally Porter (Gold Sponsor), Bangs Flowers & Gifts, Big Country Ford, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Citizens National Bank, Painter & Johnson Financial, Willie’s T’s, Karen Dodds, Diana Ellis, Ann Jones, Mitzi Lehrer, Shannon Sims and Tina Vaughn.

The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon is Jinny Henson. She is a native Houstonian, a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary and is a highly sought-after speaker and author. She has traveled the country performing standup comedy and began the “Maggie Lee for Good” website in memory of her daughter’s loving and giving life. She has a remarkable perspective on life and an inspiring story of God’s sustaining grace in the worst of times. Jinny is no stranger to Brownwood, having lived here when her husband, John, was pastor of First Baptist Church.

During the luncheon, the Woman’s Club will announce the recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year as well as honor one of the guests with the prestigious 2018 Yellow Rose Award.

Luncheon tickets are $25 and a limited number are only available through April 5. For ticket information, visit, e-mail or call 325-649-8187.

Cutline: The HPU Woman’s Club will host its annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon Thursday, April 12, with guest speaker Jinny Henson.

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.”

New study finds Christian higher education in U.S. responsible for more than $60 billion in economic impact annually

CCCU InfographicBROWNWOOD – March 28, 2018 – The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), of which Howard Payne University is a member institution, published new survey results this week that indicate Christian higher education in the United States is responsible for more than $60 billion in economic impact annually.

The groundbreaking new study from Philadelphia-based consulting firm Econsult Solutions, Inc. analyzed the significant economic impact of Christian higher education in the United States. Commissioned by the CCCU, the study calculates the impact on the national economy of its 142 Christian colleges and universities across the country, collectively educating 445,000 students, employing 72,000 faculty and staff, and serving 3.5 million alumni around the world. The study finds that through their operations, capital investments and additional alumni earning power, these institutions generate more than $60 billion in economic impact each year (equivalent to $166 million generated per day for the U.S. economy).

“HPU and other Christian colleges and universities are incredibly valuable – not only to the students who attend them but to society in general,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “As remarkable as these dollar figures are, we’re much more concerned about HPU’s work for the Kingdom of God, the value of which can’t be measured this side of eternity.”

At a time when higher education is under heavy scrutiny for its value proposition, the study’s findings are particularly pertinent. Not only do Christian institutions profoundly affect the lives of students through their shared commitment to advancing faith and intellect for the common good, they also benefit the national economy and deliver a significant return on investment to the federal government.

“Christian colleges and universities provide a unique and valuable place for students to discern their vocation through the study of their chosen discipline,” said Shirley V. Hoogstra, CCCU president. “They also develop a deeper relationship with God, with their peers and professors, and with their surrounding communities. Our rigorous academics and educational missions shape students who act for the public good – often at a cost to themselves – out of a love for Jesus Christ and for the world around them. The results from this report are powerful and illuminate a bright future for Christian higher education.”

Lee Huang, senior vice president and principal of Econsult Solutions, Inc., said the report helps individuals understand the role of Christian colleges and universities, not only for faith-based scholarship and personal spiritual formation but also as a major economic engine in the U.S., supporting local jobs and generating federal tax revenues.

“Christian higher education’s value proposition to its participants, as well as to community and society, is very strong,” said Huang. “Our nation and our communities need more of what these institutions do, which is act as anchors of economic activity, serve and engage with their immediate neighbors, and add intelligent and service-oriented graduates to tomorrow’s workforce.”

Key Findings from Report:
• CCCU institutions are responsible for more than $60 billion in economic impact each year.
• For every $1 in federal grant money a student receives, CCCU institutions provide $5 in aid to that student through grants and schol¬arships.
• The student loan default rate for graduates from CCCU institutions (6.3%) is nearly half the national average (11.5%).
• Even though they are tax exempt, CCCU institutions still generate $9.7 billion in federal tax revenue each year. For every $1 in federal grant money a student receives, CCCU institutions generate more than $20 in federal tax revenue.
• 1 in 3 CCCU students are first-generation college students.
• 50% of CCCU students come from families that make less than $50,000 per year.
• While approximately one in four college students across the country volunteer, more than one in three CCCU students participate in community service while enrolled. CCCU students perform an estimated 5.4 million community service hours per year.

This report was generously sponsored by America’s Christian Credit Union with support from Fieldstead and Company.

For additional information and to access the full report, visit

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Econsult Solutions, Inc. is a Philadelphia-based economic consulting firm that provides businesses and public policy makers with economic consulting services in urban economics, real estate economics, transportation, public infrastructure, development, public policy and finance, community and neighborhood development, planning, as well as expert witness services for litigation support. Its principals are nationally recognized experts in urban development, real estate, government and public policy, planning, transportation, non-profit management, business strategy and administration, as well as litigation and commercial damages. Staff members have outstanding professional and academic credentials, including active positions at the university level, wide experience at the highest levels of the public policy process and extensive consulting experience.


Attached: CCCU infographic detailing annual economic impact of Christian higher education

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 hosting juried student art exhibition through April 6

art 1BROWNWOOD – March 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is hosting “Best of 2017-2018: A Juried Student Exhibition” through April 6 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibition features 74 works of art by 24 students.

Curating the exhibition were HPU art faculty members Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art; Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of photography; and David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art. Featured artworks include mixed media, collages, ink on paper, photography, charcoals, ceramics, 3D and more.

Students who won awards for their art are Ali Henry, sophomore from Canyon Lake, with first place; Drew McNeill, senior from Brownwood, with second place; Abi Brown, junior from May, with third place; Stephanie Ferguson, senior from Milano, with an honorable mention; Cheyanne Lovelady, senior from Brownwood, with an honorable mention; Keith Baker, sophomore from Houston, with an honorable mention; Hope Veroneau, freshman from Lampasas, with an honorable mention; and Sadee Region, freshman from Fort Worth, with an honorable mention.

Additional student artists featured in the show are Ryan Adams, senior from Brownwood; art 3Travis Adams, senior from Brownwood; Jordan Beasley, junior from San Antonio; Keith Baker, sophomore from Houston; Heather Brandenburg, senior from Garland; Bri Davis, freshman from Comanche; Espoir Djondo, freshman from Brownwood; Lexi Farar, senior from Brownwood; Shelby Harrison, senior from Abilene; Maria Mirales, 2017 HPU graduate from Brownwood; Carla Morales, senior from Magnolia; Aaron Pulley, senior from Brownwood; Gabrielle Ruiz, senior from Richland Hills; Jacob Salazar, senior from Lockhart; Bailey Smith, senior from Grandview; and Brayden Towell, junior from Brownwood.

Hershall Seals, an artist from Temple, served as an awards juror for the exhibition.

“There are many items worthy of note in this exhibition,” he said. “There were many tough choices, as usual. I chose three different media to acknowledge the depth of the various media offerings. Essentially, the awards amount to three designations: painting, photography and 3D.”

The gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, 9:00-1:00pm. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood. All inquiries should be directed to David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or


1. Basic design and photography artwork hang among 74 pieces of art at HPU’s “Best of 2017-2018: A Juried Student Exhibition.”
2. HPU student paintings are available for viewing through April 6 during the juried student art exhibition.

HPU to celebrate Easter with Resurrection Week services

Michael Criner BROWNWOOD – March 23, 2018 – HRoger Cullins Imageoward Payne University will host Resurrection Week, an annual spring revival event, March 26-28. Held annually in the week preceding Easter, the services are intended to be a time of spiritual renewal and are open to the community in addition to HPU students, faculty and staff.
This year’s speaker, Dr. Michael Criner ’03, is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Bellville. He and his wife, Abigail ’05, have three children. Roger Cullins ’03 will lead worship at each service. Cullins serves as the worship pastor at Bay Area Church in League City. He and his wife, Katherine, have one child.
“Michael and Roger are familiar faces at HPU and we will be blessed by their leadership,” said Corey Ash, director of bands and Chapel coordinator. “Resurrection Week will be a powerful time of growth and worship of our risen Savior.”
Resurrection Week services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium on Monday and Tuesday, March 26-27, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
For more information, contact Ash at 325-649-8502 or

Attached: Photos of Michael Criner and Roger Cullins