The purpose of student activities is to enhance student development by meeting the physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social needs and interests of the student body through student programs and activities. Leadership, independence, and responsibility are also developed through the implementation of these programs and activities. The University is concerned with the total development of each student; therefore, in addition to the formal curriculum, a wide range of activities are designed to help the student become a more mature, aware, and enlightened individual. The Office of Student Life seeks to enrich the educational experience through life-changing programs and services resulting in an integrated education known for leadership, service, Christian faith, and the total development of students.
Student activities at Howard Payne are designed to provide recreation, to develop social skills, to help students learn to work better with others, to give spiritual and intellectual stimulation, to allow the pursuit of individual interests, and to lead to a better understanding of the world and of one’s self. Howard Payne encourages students to be active participants in the activities provided and in campus organizations. However, over involvement can be academically devastating. It is the student’s responsibility to achieve and maintain the appropriate balance between academic pursuits, employment, and social activites.
The Office of Student Life sponsors numerous special events during the year. Following are three special events which help students adjust to college life and provide opportunities for personal growth and service.
HPU's Jacket Journey Howard Payne's version of new student orientation is designed to assist new students with the transition into HPU. For years, students have learned their way around the HPU campus during orientation, which is held the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Small group activities introduce students to all aspects of the university through a variety of information sessions and special activities. Small groups are led by upperclassmen.
S.W.A.R.M. Day HPU students, volunteer for a variety of community work projects during S.W.A.R.M. Day (Serving With A Right Motive). S.W.A.R.M is held during Jacket Journey, allowing new students, along with returning students, to serve in the community for several hours.
Impact Impact, sponsored by Baptist Student Ministry and held early in the fall semester, provides an opportunity for students to get to know faculty, staff, current students, and local churches, and to participate in leadership and service activities. Students assist local area churches with special projects and wrap up the day with a targeted praise and worship experience, plus swimming and a cook out.
HPU Fest HPU Fest is an all day concert festival featuring many bands from surrounding communities and then a few headlining bands, as well as an annual chili cook-off, student organization tents, vendor booths, and much more. This year's HPU Fest will take place on April 13, 2013.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES COUNCIL
The Student Activities Council is the university's student-operated entertainment organization. It plans, coordinates and produces numerous events in an effort to provide HPU students quality entertainment and cultural programs.