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HPU honors 232 for academic success during fall 2017 semester

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 232 students for academic success during the fall 2017 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Abbott
Kylie Grace Johnson, President’s List

Abilene
Sarah Elizabeth Carey, President’s List

Aledo
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List

Allen
Brianna Marie Weaver, Dean’s List

Alleyton
Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List

Alvarado
Jay Taylor Holland, President’s List
Audrey Mae Kirkland, Honor Roll
Natalie Marie Stephens, Dean’s List

Alvin
Bryan Lee Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Grace Davis, President’s List

Anson
Chelsea Paige Walker, Honor Roll

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel Leigh White, Dean’s List

Austin
Erin Elizabeth Buergner, President’s List
Jason Lee Disney, Honor Roll
Marissa Cheyenne Godbey, Dean’s List
Riley G. Morrison, Dean’s List
Joshua Tomas Rodriguez, Honor Roll
Luke Peter Victor, Dean’s List

Bangs
Jarryd Blake Evans, Honor Roll

Beaumont
Jazmine Bridges, Dean’s List
Djimonii Rai Jackson, President’s List

Belton
Abigail Nicole Miller, Dean’s List

Bertram
Sawyer Riley Fisher, Honor Roll

Boerne
Isaac Conrad Herrera Sommers, President’s List

Brady
Jeffrey Scott Gilseth, Dean’s List

Briggs
Suzanne Elizabeth Schad, President’s List

Brownwood
Skyler Andrews, Dean’s List
Katie Ellen Ash, President’s List
Amy Danielle Baskin, President’s List
Kelsy Anne Bellah, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Danette Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Joy Colegrove, Honor Roll
Angela Leigh Curtis, Honor Roll
Regina Ellen Dunlap, Dean’s List
Lexie Shana Farar, Honor Roll
Nicole Elizabeth Ferrell, Honor Roll
Anissa Marie Garcia, Dean’s List
Tanya Renee Glasscock, President’s List
Katherine LeAnn Griffin, Honor Roll
Samantha Michelle Henry, President’s List
Kristen Leigh Herring, Dean’s List
Jessica Carol Huckaby, Honor Roll
Julia Lynne James, President’s List
Colton Ross Jenkins, Honor Roll
Alsatia Reighn Jowers, President’s List
Hannah Celeste Justice, Dean’s List
Joel Allen Justice, President’s List
Shelly LaDean King, Dean’s List
Weston Drew Kirbo, Honor Roll
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady, President’s List
Jennifer Yulissa Martinez, Dean’s List
Lindsey Rachel McKinney, President’s List
Grace Victoria Milcherska, President’s List
Travis Anthony Moraga, Honor Roll
Marleyna Kennedy Murray, President’s List
Bailey Claire Myler, Dean’s List
Hannah Jean Netherton, Dean’s List
Tanner Cole Pennington, President’s List
Megan Leanne Peterson, Dean’s List
Clara Octani Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Irene Tarigan, Dean’s List
Keegan Ryan Torres, President’s List
Caitlin Noel Vincent, President’s List

Bruceville
McKenna Kirsten Walker, Dean’s List

Bulverde
Madelyn Joy Deviney, President’s List

Burkburnett
Mitchell Jennings, Honor Roll

Burleson
Lexie Madeleine Hobby, Honor Roll

Burnet
Jordan Elisabeth Hahn, President’s List

Canyon Lake
Alyssa L. Henry, Dean’s List

Carlton
Sierra Anne Ross, President’s List

Carrollton
Kristin Anne Cunningham, President’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Suzanne Goodwin, Dean’s List

Chandler
Madison Rianna Neal, Dean’s List

Cisco
Jaime Elizabeth Dodson, Dean’s List
Camille Webb, President’s List

Cleveland
Hillary Bryanne Jackson, Honor Roll

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Josiah Kostreva, President’s List

Comanche
Enna Mae Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Russel Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Michelle Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Mance Randolph, Dean’s List
Nicole Renee Rivera, Honor Roll

Conroe
Ryan Wesley Mason, Dean’s List

Crawford
Sadee Gail Regian, President’s List
Lucas Phillip Steinkamp, Dean’s List

Cuero
Audrey Joan Simpson, President’s List

Dayton
Cecily Noel McIlwain, Honor Roll

Desoto
Bettina Ayna Ballet, President’s List
Spencer Kelly Wolverton, Dean’s List

Early
Conner Mac Drew, President’s List
Kaitlyn Paige Harrison, President’s List
Morgan Tyler Lacy, Dean’s List
Jacob Warren Ledbetter, Dean’s List
Alexis Nicole Ray, Honor Roll
Stormie Jo Schoolcraft, Honor Roll
Meagan Elizabeth Sessler, President’s List
Preston Erika Smith, President’s List

Eastland
Hailey Perrin, President’s List

El Paso
Roberto Elizalde, President’s List
Armando Ezequiel Monroy, Dean’s List
Robert Cordes Sweeny, Honor Roll
Kacie Lynn Valdez, Dean’s List

Eldorado
Anna Kaye McBride, Dean’s List

Elgin
Karla Grace Zachary, Dean’s List

Forney
Brittany Nicole Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Abbey Catherine Beardsley, Honor Roll
Andrew Christopher Errico, Honor Roll
Brooke Gibbs, Dean’s List
Clifford Lawson Lunceford, Honor Roll
Lucy Manning, Honor Roll
Vivian Thi Nguyen, President’s List
Reed Alexander Shelley, Honor Roll

Fredericksburg
Kalin Rose Brown, Dean’s List

Frisco
Rebekah Ann Barnett, President’s List
Reagan Alexandra Ridlehuber, Dean’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Michelle Cotter, Dean’s List

Gatesville
Augusta Marie Johnson, Dean’s List

Godley
Ty Wright, Dean’s List

Goldthwaite
Amber Lynn Breum, Dean’s List
Ryan Peyton Miles, Dean’s List

Goliad
Hanna Danielle Henson, President’s List

Gonzales
Seth James Rainey, Honor Roll

Granbury
Mackinzey Mishelle Boyer, Honor Roll
Katelyn Leigh O’Conner, Dean’s List

Grandview
Bailey Brian Smith, Dean’s List

Greenville
Jordan Alexandria Sweat, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Hamlin
Klaye Kiel Georges, Honor Roll

Harker Heights
Derek Nathan Anderson, Dean’s List
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Danielle Leffers, Dean’s List

Harlingen
Cody Harrison Hughes, President’s List

Hico
Sara A. Heinrichs, President’s List

Houston
Keith Douglas Baker, President’s List
Emily Elizabeth Craft, Honor Roll
Alejandro J. Molina, President’s List
Diana Torres, Honor Roll

Howe
Lindsey Brooke Krueger, Dean’s List
Tyler Adam Olin, President’s List

Humble
Hunter Gordon Bazan, President’s List
William Noah Payne, Honor Roll

Huntsville
Kathleen Diane Cravey, Dean’s List

Irving
Abner Abdia Reyes, Dean’s List

Jarrell
Kindell Amon Hill, President’s List
Anissa Joyce Peralta, President’s List

Katy
Josiah Quinn Hughes, Dean’s List
Anastasia Alexis Willis, President’s List

Kaufman
Talen Arman Davis-Rentfro, Dean’s List

Kennedale
Hailey Ann Green, President’s List
Emma Danielle Reed, President’s List

Kerrville
Brandy Bratton, Honor Roll
Catrina Leigh Hooten, Dean’s List
Morgan Makenzie Patterson, President’s List

Killeen
Kaytlin Dianne Hunkins, Honor Roll
Tyler Lee James, Honor Roll

Kopperl
Alexandra Irene Thompson, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Timothy Smith, President’s List

League City
Thomas Harold Carte, Honor Roll

Leander
Matthew Adam Martin, Dean’s List

Liberty Hill
Chesney Beth Goza, Dean’s List

Lindale
Graham Walters White, President’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Rebekah Doering, President’s List

Llano
Justin Christopher Hughes, Honor Roll

Los Fresnos
Eric Mick Reber, Dean’s List

Lubbock
Sydni Ann Salvato, Dean’s List

Lytle
Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Mansfield
Emily Laura Lang, Honor Roll

May
Sarah Abigail Brown, President’s List
Stephanie M. Kerby, Honor Roll
Donna Jo Moses, Honor Roll
Hannah Elizabeth Williams, President’s List

McKinney
Grant Iverson, Dean’s List
Fred Zavala, Dean’s List

Midland
Britt Thomas Boler, Dean’s List
Jaci DeeAnn Frazier, President’s List
Jacob Daniel Lehrer, Dean’s List

Midlothian
Emily Nicole Ball, Dean’s List
Rebecca May Blohm, President’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Mauricio Manolof, President’s List
Jessica Lynn Swonger, President’s List

Monahans
Garrett Ford, Dean’s List

Mount Pleasant
Paul Isaac Chandler, Dean’s List

Natalia
Zoe Sunshine Emley, President’s List

New Braunfels
Chad Matthew Adams, Dean’s List
Adelaide Anne Joralemon, Dean’s List
Raul Medina, Dean’s List

Newark
Carissa Caley Higbee, Dean’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Mikelle Eagan, President’s List

Paradise
Dalton Roy Pendergrass, Dean’s List

Pipe Creek
Aryn Lee Morris, President’s List

Poth
Keeley Jo McKinney, Dean’s List

Ranger
Sierra Cheyenne Spruill, President’s List

Richardson
Scott Walton Wright, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nicole Nall, President’s List
Alexander Elliott McMurtrey Wheeler, President’s List

Roanoke
Michaela Dawn Brandt, President’s List

Rockdale
Benjamin Cade Blanchard, Dean’s List
Brian Joseph Blanchard, President’s List

Round Rock
Shawn Michel-Alexander Brody, President’s List
Joseph Thomas Flanigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Rose Stehlik, President’s List

Rowlett
Rachel Elise Carpenter, President’s List

San Angelo
Erin Lenore McCleer, Honor Roll

San Antonio
Floridalma Campos, Dean’s List
Sabrina Abagail Martinez, President’s List
Collin Rex Salyers, Dean’s List
Micah Andrew Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Daniel Jae Rosales, Dean’s List

Santa Anna
Marlen Longoria, Honor Roll

Seguin
Carol Sue Aramendia, President’s List

Sidney
Dustin Charles Crawford, Honor Roll

Sour Lake
William Ryan Meade, Honor Roll

Splendora
Jesse James Paschal, Honor Roll

Spring
Jacob Rodriguez, Honor Roll

Springtown
Britni Dawn Hays, Dean’s List

Stephenville
Shadd C. Cole, Dean’s List

Sweetwater
Michael Ryan Hazard, President’s List

Terrell
Cali Lin Brockway, President’s List

Tomball
Kayla Kenzie Boucher, Dean’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Troup
Ethan Chase Molnari, President’s List

Tuscola
Sierra Dawn Bennett, President’s List

Uhland
Ariana D. Rehm, Honor Roll

Uvalde
Gabriela Rei Flores, Dean’s List

Vernon
Moo Hser, Dean’s List

Waco
Cameron Gutierrez, Honor Roll

Waskom
Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Weatherford
Sidney Lynne Ganus, President’s List

Whitehouse
Morgan Andie McCoy, Dean’s List

Winnsboro
Cassia Noelle Rose, Dean’s List

Wolfe City
Brandon Levi Fisk, Honor Roll

HPU to host CBF’s Rev. Suzii Paynter for Currie-Strickland lectures

Suzii Paynter for webBROWNWOOD – February 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, for the university’s 11th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics. The lectures will take place Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16, and are free to the public.

Centered on the theme “Women’s Leadership, Global Mission, and Course Correction,” Rev. Paynter’s lectures will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening and 10 a.m. Friday morning. Both discussions will take place in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

According to the organization’s website, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is a Christian network comprised of people and churches that work together to spread the hope of Christ. Prior to joining CBF in 2013, Rev. Paynter served in executive management of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) as the director of the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission and as director of the Advocacy Care Center. Her tenure with Texas Baptists spanned more than a decade during which she focused on creating and managing large-scale ministry and advocacy programs.

Rev. Paynter serves on the board of Christian Ethics Today, is a member of the executive committee of the Baptist World Alliance and chairs its Human Rights Advocacy Committee. A nationally recognized faith leader and ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher of more than 40 years, Rev. Paynter has held positions of leadership in Baptist churches in Texas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

In 2013, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty honored Rev. Paynter with the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award. Her work has also been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America and in print publications such as the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Rev. Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office.

“We’re honored to host Rev. Paynter and look forward to her thought-provoking discussions on women’s leadership roles and the global church,” said Dr. Derek Hatch, associate professor of Christian studies. “We invite the community to join us for these important and timely lectures.”

The Currie-Strickland lecture series is made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Gary Elliston and was established to honor the life of Dr. David R. Currie, retired executive director of Texas Baptists Committed, and the memory of Phil Strickland, who dedicated nearly 40 years of ministry to the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Christian Life Commission.

Admission is free but reservations are requested. For reservations or more information, contact Howard Payne University’s School of Christian Studies by e-mail at currie-strickland@hputx.edu or by phone at 325-649-8403. More information is available online at www.hputx.edu/curriestrickland.

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Cutline: Rev. Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, will be the guest speaker for HPU’s 11th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics.

HPU Moot Court students clinch national championship title

Hahn and Sommers National ChampsBROWNWOOD – February 1, 2018 – Howard Payne University students Jordan Hahn, sophomore from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, senior from Boerne, were recently named National Brief Writing Champions during the American Moot Court Association’s national competition at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. Hahn and Sommers secured HPU’s second national championship title in the history of collegiate Moot Court with the previous title occurring in 2002.

Moot Court is a competition during which students participate in the preparation and arguing of cases in front of judges, designed to simulate argument before the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to writing the top brief, HPU’s team was ranked ninth in the oral component of the tournament placing in the top three percent in the country. Additionally, each student was recognized as a top orator in the tournament, with Hahn finishing as the 13th top speaker and Sommers finishing as the 20th top speaker.

Lorianna Kelley, HPU’s assistant professor of government, advises the Moot Court team.

“This tournament tops off an incredible year for HPU, with several wins, top orator awards and countless hours of hard work behind us,” she said. “It also is a great way to finish the collegiate career of our one graduating senior on the team, Isaac Sommers. He has advanced to nationals every year of competition, so it’s great to go out with a win!”

Hahn said it was an immense blessing to have had such success at the national championship tournament.

“I would never have expected to be at this point in only my second year of Moot Court,” she said. “I’m thankful for my fantastic partner and my coach who made it possible. Isaac and I have worked hard all year to prepare for this tournament, so it feels amazing to have that recognized and bring home a win for HPU.”

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Cutline: HPU Moot Court competitors Jordan Hahn (left) and Isaac Sommers recently secured the university’s second national championship title in the history of collegiate Moot Court.

HPU professor to perform with San Angelo Symphony Orchestra

Stephen Goacher 1BROWNWOOD – February 1, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, has been invited to perform as principal saxophone with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra at the group’s concert Saturday, February 3. The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. in The Murphey Performance Hall in San Angelo.

Goacher has frequently performed with the San Angelo Symphony and with the Loveland Chamber Orchestra in Loveland, Colorado, as principal oboe from 1996-1999. During the 1980s and 1990s, Goacher performed as an adjunct member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on oboe, saxophone and clarinet including a performance with the city’s Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A member of the HPU faculty since 1999, Goacher teaches students who play woodwind instruments and conducts Winds of Triumph, the university’s church music ensemble that performed for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He is also director of HPU’s Jazz Ensemble.

“Mr. Goacher is widely acknowledged as a sought-after and highly skilled performer in many musical settings and on multiple instruments,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “His accomplishments inspire both his students and colleagues to pursue excellence. Mr. Goacher is a true treasure to HPU.”

The concert, titled “Gypsy Jazz,” will include selections such as “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel, “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla, scenes from “The Moldau” by Smetana and “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert’s conductor is Maestro Hector Guzman of San Angelo. Featured performers are accordion star Julien Labro of Toronto, Canada, and Vinny Raniolo of New York who has performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world.

The concert is open to the public and tickets are available at http://sanangelosymphony.org/event/gypsyjazz. For more information, contact the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra at 325-658-5877.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. 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: HPU’s Stephen Goacher, professor of music, will perform with the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, February 3, at the group’s concert titled “Gypsy Jazz.” The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. at The Murphey Performance Hall in San Angelo.

HPU hosts art show by four Waco artists

Art Show Photo 2 Art Show photo 1BROWNWOOD – January 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host an art show through February 27 titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms.” The exhibit is available for viewing at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on the university’s campus. There is no cost to view this exhibit.

“The work in this exhibition is comprised of four Waco-based artists who all studied visual art at Baylor University,” said David Harmon, professor and chair of the Department of Art. “Each artist brings her unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms in various art media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.”

Featured works of art in the exhibit are by artists Kim Abercrombie, Katherine Makowsky, Jennifer Seo and Trisstah Wagstaff.

According to Abercrombie, her work, a lithograph titled “Flower Study #4,” is a visual interpretation and documentation of the familiar. She captures reflections of the past and present and takes in what draws her to nature by bringing it to the canvas.

Makowsky, a native of Waco, was trained as a printmaker but says her artistic influences derive from a wide variety of mediums in nature. Her featured work is graphite on Mylar and paper and titled “Forest Track I.” Makowsky’s says her art seeks to uphold the classical ideals of goodness, truth and beauty and is inspired by local and familiar landscapes.

Seo is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of Texas-San Antonio. She says her artwork, including her exhibited acrylic and charcoal work titled “Sanctum,” is based in personal memories to explore the cognitive process of an experience becoming a memory and how those memories are built into self-perception.

Wagstaff is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She says her acrylic on canvas painting titled “The Kind Storm” explores how people are affected by beauty and how that beauty is found and experienced even through deep loss and sadness. She says her paintings also acknowledge hope as something sacred and spiritual.

“We are pleased to have these artists exhibit their artwork here at HPU and encourage the public to come view each of the pieces,” said Harmon. “Information on each of the artists’ inspirations and works will be available at the exhibit.”

The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays and is closed on weekends. The Doakie Day Art Center is located on the HPU campus, on Center Avenue, near Lipscomb Street in Brownwood.

All inquiries may be directed to Harmon at 325-649-8088 or dharmon@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University. 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: Photo 1: HPU’s Department of Art will feature the works of four Waco-based artists who each bring unique vision in terms of interpretations of nature and landscape forms.
Photo 2: Available for viewing through February 27, HPU’s art show titled “Intimate Studies: Nature and Landscape Forms” features artwork in various media including charcoal, graphite, oil and acrylic.

HPU social work students participate in Mission Waco’s poverty simulation

Poverty simulation group HPU 2017BROWNWOOD – January 24, 2018 – Seven Howard Payne University students and one faculty member recently took part in one of Mission Waco’s poverty simulations, an experience designed to give participants a firsthand look at poverty in America. This was HPU’s ninth year to participate in the event.

Mission Waco creates a safe, controlled weekend of experiences that is designed to increase empathy for those living in poverty in America. HPU students joined approximately 30 other people of various ages to go through this simulation together.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of HPU’s Department of Social Work and Sociology, takes part in the simulation with his students each year.

“The whole group of participants was smaller this year which was actually a good thing,” said Humeniuk. “We were able to go through the simulation and spend more time in processing the experience which is difficult with a larger group.”

Attendees experienced a very small sample of the hunger, tiredness and hardship many homeless people have to endure on a daily basis. Morgan Lacy, a senior from Early, attended the simulation and gave his perspective of the event.

“Those who are from a poor background are not less than me; they are my equals according to God,” Lacy said. “Having a better understanding of the hardships of those in poverty, I can understand what their needs are.”

The poverty simulation participants were not given any luxuries, including transportation. They walked everywhere they needed to go which totaled about 18 miles over the weekend.

The group had the opportunity to experience a church service and worship under the I-35 bridge over 8th Street in Waco on Sunday morning. Mission Waco conducts the church services and, as part of the simulation, participants walk one-and-a-half miles from the site to the bridge. Groups of people from all over Waco including college students, families and homeless people join together to worship under the bridge.

Another HPU student who attended the poverty simulation weekend, junior Lyn Norway from Brownwood, shared her takeaway from the event.

“I believe that all people, no matter what career they go into, should go through this poverty simulation, so that they will have a better understanding of what poverty truly is and how they can help to end it,” said Norway.

Besides Humeniuk, Lacy and Norway, others from HPU who attended were junior Jessica Catlett from Alleyton, senior Jacob Escobar from Brownwood, 2017 HPU graduate Gabriella Guest from Brownwood, senior Crystal Hernandez from Brownwood and junior Marina Sheets-Ochoa from Brownwood.

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Photo cutline: Eight from HPU participated in the 2017 Poverty Simulation in Waco. They are pictured on the HPU campus. Left to right: Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology; Jacob Escobar; Gabriella Guest; Crystal Hernandez; Lyn Norway; Marina Sheets-Ochoa; Jessica Catlett; and Morgan Lacy.

HPU Baptist Student Ministry leaders attend state summit

HPU BSM student leaders 2018BROWNWOOD – January 22, 2018 – Three student leaders from Howard Payne University’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) recently attended the annual Texas BSM Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Student leaders from university BSMs across Texas came together as the BSM State Lead Team for the summit.

Students who exhibit leadership qualities within their BSM are chosen from each university. Seniors Karli Conrad of Katy, Joseph Flanigan of Round Rock and Jordan Pitman of Bangs were the leaders chosen to attend the summit for HPU.

“Texas BSM Winter Summit was challenging and powerful,” said Flanigan. “I came back with new ideas and renewed motivation to be missional on the HPU campus.”

Keith Platte, HPU’s BSM director, said the students got the opportunity to hear from speaker Caleb Crider, instructional design leader for the International Mission Board and co-author of “Tradecraft: For the Church on Mission.” Crider challenged the students to be leaders and disciple-makers on their home campuses. Conrad shared what she took away from Crider’s teaching.

“The Gospel must be shared through the unreached spaces just as much as the reached ones,” said Conrad. “There is beauty in schools coming together to share similarities and differences in how they approach this concept. I feel blessed to have attended.”

The students who attended received training on how to engage their campuses and culture. Participants also planned Texas BSM’s upcoming prayer event, “Abide,” a retreat for all Texas BSM students scheduled for February 2-3 at Highland Lakes Camp near Spicewood.

Also attending the Summit were HPU alumni Dylan Hughes ’17, BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Adam Jones ’17, BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; and Hannah Williamson ’17, BSM assistant at HPU. All three alumni served as HPU’s BSM student leaders while students at HPU.

“I had an impactful and refreshing experience that has prepared me for the upcoming spring semester,” said Williamson.

Pitman commented that she brought home a lot from the Summit as well.

“This year’s Summit showed me the importance of discipleship during college,” Pitman said. “Our BSM at HPU seeks to help students know Christ and make Him known, and I pray that we continue that mission as we grow in our discipleship abilities. We don’t want the BSM to be known only for the events hosted but for the Christ-like attitude its leaders and members display.”

For more information about HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry, contact Platte at kplatte@hputx.edu or 325-649-8319.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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: Alumni and student leaders from HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry recently attended the State Lead Team Winter Summit at Baylor University in Waco. Giving the official HPU Yellow Jacket “Sting ’Em” sign are (left to right): senior Joseph Flanigan, student leader; Adam Jones ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Rice University in Houston; senior Karli Conrad, student leader; Hannah Williamson ’17, alumna and BSM assistant at HPU; Dylan Hughes ’17, HPU alumnus and BSM assistant at Texas A&M University-Commerce; and senior Jordan Pitman, student leader.

HPU’s University Singers group gears up for spring rehearsals

BROWNWOOD – January 12, 2018 – The University Singers, Howard Payne University’s community and collegiate choral opportunity, is welcoming new and returning musical enthusiasts into its membership for the spring 2018 semester. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays starting January 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. at the choral rehearsal hall, room 503, in the university’s Davidson Music Complex. No childcare is provided.

This unique entity within Howard Payne presents two concerts per year (one at Christmastime and one in the spring). Through participation, choristers can expect to glean a balance of exposure to great choral literature, thorough vocal instruction and ultimately a knowledge and execution of musical excellence.

“It is the goal of this ensemble to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry, while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and its surrounding areas,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor or music and director of choral activities. “This semester, we will prepare a concert centered on the American choral tradition and will sing a variety of music from sacred harp and Broadway to African-American spirituals and more.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Rosborough at crosborough@hputx.edu or HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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’s jazz ensemble to present concert Thursday, January 18

BROWNWOOD – January 11, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Jazz Ensemble will present a winter concert titled “January Jazz” on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be held in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is open to the public. There is no charge for admission.

The ensemble will perform songs that span many jazz styles including Swing, Bop, Cool and Latin. Selections will include original arrangements from the popular bands of Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton as well as big band adaptations of jazz classics by Chick Corea, John Mahoney, John Lewis and Wayne Shorter.

The HPU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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.

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 10, 2018 – It’s time once again to dust off that old clarinet or trombone and get back in the band! The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2018 season on Tuesday, January 16, at Howard Payne University. Rehearsals will be held in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands at HPU, will lead the group along with several guest conductors from the area.

“The band will perform varied literature for its annual spring concert,” said Ash. “From high school students to those who are older but still have the desire to play, all are invited to come and be a part of this wonderful community project.”

HPU’s Davidson Music Complex is located on the university’s campus. For more information, contact Ash at 325- 649-8502 or cash@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 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.