Student activities at Howard Payne are designed to provide recreation, develop social skills, help students learn to work better with others and give spiritual and intellectual guidance.
Howard Payne encourages students to be active participants in the activities provided and in campus organizations. It is the student’s responsibility to achieve and maintain the appropriate balance between academic pursuits, employment and social activities.
Below are just a few of the special HPU events held each year.
Jacket Journey – Jacket Journey is designed to assist new students with the transition into HPU. Students learn their way around the HPU campus during this orientation period, held the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Small groups, led by upperclassmen, introduce students to all aspects of the university through a variety of information sessions and special activities.
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 each fall semester, allowing new and returning students to work together to serve the Brownwood community.
Impact – Impact, sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry and held early in the fall semester, provides an opportunity for students to get to know faculty, staff, other 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, swimming and a cook out.
HPU Fest – HPU Fest, held each spring, is an all-day concert festival featuring musical acts, an annual chili cook-off, student organization tents, vendor booths and much more.