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HPU pre-college music students receive NSF Arts awards

BROWNWOOD – December 5, 2018 – Five students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were honored at the 20th Annual Music Scholarship Awards presentation in Eastland. The awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts) during the community’s Rip Fest.

The HPU pre-college award recipients included Angie Calfa, 17-year-old voice and piano student; Christopher Ivy, 8-year-old piano student; Kyle Ivy, 14-year-old piano student; Austin Luker, 9-year-old piano student; and Sarah Reeves, 15-year-old voice student.

NSF Arts has sponsored hundreds of music scholarships and concerts across Texas since 1999.

“We are so honored that our young students received this recognition and thankful for the opportunity of study that the scholarship provides,” said Diane Owens, director of the pre-college program.

According to the website for the endowment, Nancy Seaberry Frost left her musical mark on Texas communities with a Sebastian Klotz violin. While enjoying a career in music ensembles, she provided West Texas and beyond with more than 50 years of beautiful stringed music. With her passing, the rare violin continued to be more than an instrument; it became a treasure which introduced her love of music to children and fostered a legacy with the establishment of The Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment. In 1999, the Frost Estate shared the proceeds of the sale of the Klotz violin to create the endowment. The NSF Arts Music Scholarship Program and the Community Performances Program add to this rich legacy by creating and sharing music with future generations.

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Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were honored at the 20th Annual Music Scholarship Awards presentation in Eastland. Left to right: Sarah Reeves, Austin Luker, Angie Calfa, Kyle Ivy and Christopher Ivy.

HPU celebrates Texas Arbor Day with activities for local schoolchildren

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2018 – Howard Payne University celebrated Texas Arbor Day recently with several activities on campus for 96 fifth-grade students from Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. HPU hosted the event as part of the university’s Tree Campus USA activities.

Tree Campus USA, a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities for their commitment to campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. HPU has received the Tree Campus USA designation since 2016.

The students, from the classrooms of Wendy Cardenas, Stephanie Maxfield, Debra Walker and Candice Williams, participated in a series of environmental awareness hands-on activities. These activities were designed and facilitated by HPU’s School of Education elementary science methods students under the guidance of Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education. The activities emphasized predator/prey relationships, food chains and food webs. In addition, students explored the role of decomposers in the environment by investigating earthworms. While students enjoyed a snack of “mud” pudding complete with gummy worms, Maci Dorsey, HPU junior from Mount Pleasant, read the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax.”

Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service discussed the role of trees and the importance of maintaining trees in a healthy ecosystem. The event culminated in the students’ participation in a tree-mulching ceremony. To commemorate the events, the students were given seeds to plant and a t-shirt as a parting gift from the university.

HPU groups assisting with the event included the School of Education, School of Science and Mathematics, Department of Facilities and Maintenance, Office of University Events, Office of University Marketing and Communications, Beta Beta Beta, Delta Epsilon Omega, Delta Chi Rho, Pi Theta Chi and the Student Government Association.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

“In addition to the many campus groups who helped organize and facilitate this event, we’d like to recognize Brownwood ISD, the Texas A&M Forest Service, TXU Energy and Keep Brownwood Beautiful,” he said.

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Cutline: HPU student Camille Webb, junior from Cisco, was among the readers in a group presentation of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.”

Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service leads the BISD students in spreading mulch around a newly-planted tree on the HPU campus.

HPU’s Madelyn Deviney receives fellowship award from national business honor society

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2018 – Madelyn Deviney, Howard Payne University senior from Bulverde, has received the Dr. Clifford L. Eubanks Fellowship Award from the Sigma Beta Delta national business honor society. Nominees for the fellowship award must display outstanding student and personal achievement, be enrolled in a business degree program at an accredited university and use the awarded funds in senior- or master-level study.

Deviney is the daughter of Daniel and Audra Deviney, both 1992 HPU graduates. She is a double major in accounting and HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, and minors in English and music.

Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business, serves as president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

“Madelyn is a great representative both of Howard Payne University and HPU’s School of Business,” she said. “We were proud to nominate her for this award.”

Sigma Beta Delta was founded to recognize outstanding student achievement in the fields of business, management and administration and to promote honorable service to mankind. Recipients of the Sigma Beta Delta fellowship award are chosen based on their achievement in these fields. Past HPU recipients include Jill McLaughlin (2006), Emily (Tittle) Attaway (2008), Cody Hambrick (2010), Zachary Varner (2011), Lacy Culpepper (2014) and James Crow (2017).

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Cutline: HPU’s Madelyn Deviney (right) has received the Dr. Clifford L. Eubanks Fellowship Award from the Sigma Beta Delta national business honor society. She is pictured with Dr. Debra Powell, associate professor of business and president of HPU’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

HPU junior Sarah Abigail Brown named recipient of the first Jack White Character Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – December 3, 2018 – Howard Payne University junior Sarah Abigail “Abi” Brown was recently named the first recipient of the Jack White Character Scholarship.

Brown, an art education major from May, Texas, is active in the HPU Baptist Student Ministry, serving on the BSM leadership team and as a leader of the Pray and Do ministry. She also serves at May First Baptist Church as a youth leader, is a member of honors organization Gamma Beta Phi and is a student worker at the Walker Memorial Library.

“I feel very honored to be the first recipient of the Jack White scholarship,” said Brown. “It’s for being of good, moral character in and out of class, so that makes the scholarship a great honor.”

The scholarship was started in 2018 in memory of Jack White by his wife, Mikki Senkarik, and former Baylor University football head coach Grant Teaff. Funding for the scholarship was aided through the sale of a painting honoring White by Senkarik and a donation from Teaff and his wife, Donell. Teaff and White had a lasting friendship that began shortly after Teaff was hired at Baylor and requested that White create new artwork for the team.

Senkarik, along with Coach Teaff, had the opportunity to meet Brown when the scholarship was presented to her.

“Abi is just precious. Her artwork impressed me very much,” said Senkarik. “She’s a wonderful person with a generous spirit and her faith makes me proud. I know Jack would have loved to have met her and would be proud of her too.”

Jack White graduated from HPU in 1955 and went on to become a Master Oil Painter. Through the course of his career, he painted portraits of President Lyndon B. Johnson, NBA player Julius Erving, McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Tom Landry. He was named a State Artist of Texas in 1975.

To learn more about donation options to this scholarship fund and others HPU offers to its students, please visit www.hputx.edu/give.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2019 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). 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 junior Sarah Abigail Brown was awarded the first Jack White Character Scholarship in recognition of her character and academic success.

HPU, Lyric Theatre and Arts Council of Brownwood to present Handel’s “Messiah”

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will partner with the Brownwood Lyric Theatre and the Arts Council of Brownwood to present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” The concert will be held Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brownwood Lyric Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and are available at the door on the evening of the performance.

This collaborative effort has materialized from many facets of the local fine arts community. Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU, will conduct the newly formed Brown County Festival Chorus with full orchestra.

“This music, in its timelessness, ushers in the joy of the Christmas season for many,” said Dr. Rosborough. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with these community entities and present this masterwork!”

Soloists include HPU alumnae Renée Blackstock ’07 and Danielle Rosborough ’08, as well as Travis Lowery, director of music ministries at First United Methodist in Stephenville, and Dr. Iwao Asakura, associate professor of music at Tarleton State University.

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

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Cutline: HPU will partner with the Brownwood Lyric Theatre and the Arts Council of Brownwood to present G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.”

HPU to hold fall Commencement and Chime Out ceremonies

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University will hold its fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood. Receiving their diplomas are approximately 82 August and December graduates.

Dr. Paul W. Armes, interim president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Mark Towns, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Brownwood.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, December 7, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6:00 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

Both events will be livestreamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hputx.

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Cutline: Dr. Mark Towns, pastor at First Baptist Church of Brownwood, will deliver the charge to graduates at HPU’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 8.

HPU Pre-College Music and Art program to present “Christmas at HPU”

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program will host its “Christmas at HPU” celebration on Sunday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the atrium of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Family and friends of the students and other members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “Additionally, the pre-college art students will have some of their recent work on exhibit.”

The Pre-College Music and Art program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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HPU to celebrate birth of Christ through “Lessons and Carols”

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood. The service includes Scripture readings about the prophecies and fulfillment of the coming Christ, in coordination with music that reflects the passages being read.

HPU personnel will read the Scriptures and the university’s Heritage Singers will perform the musical selections with Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, accompanying.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918 – celebrating 100 years this season! The service was first broadcast in 1928 and has broadcast annually, with the exception of 1930. In the United States, the service airs on approximately 300 radio stations and a host of public television networks.

The Heritage Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“The service of Lessons and Carols is a poignant reminder of the prophecies, and their fulfillment, of the coming of Christ,” said Dr. Rosborough. “With the busyness of this time of the semester, as well as the bits of turmoil we see in the world around us, this service provides an opportunity for contemplation as we focus on the tangibility of our Messiah.”

St. John’s Anglican Church is located at 700 Main Street in Brownwood. For more information about the event, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU Moot Court wins Baylor University tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team recently triumphed at the Baylor University Moot Court Invitational tournament, competing against nine colleges and universities from across Texas and the neighboring states.

Four HPU students competed at the event – partners Jordan Hahn, junior from Burnet, and Lucy Manning, sophomore from Fort Worth, and partners Bailey Myler, senior from Brownwood, and Lauren Piper, freshman from Early.

Hahn and Manning advanced to out-rounds on day two and defeated the University of North Texas in the final round to win the tournament. Awards were also given to the top eight speakers at the tournament. Manning placed 5th, Myler placed 4th and Hahn was the top speaker at the event.

“This was the first tournament of the year for these four competitors and they did an amazing job,” said Lorianna Kelley, team adviser and assistant professor of government. “I am so proud of all the hard work the team has put in already this year, and I am confident they will continue to prevail at our upcoming tournaments.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Moot Court team recently triumphed at the Baylor University Moot Court Invitational tournament. Left to right: Lauren Piper, Bailey Myler, Jordan Hahn and Lucy Manning.

Improvements made at HPU’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center

BROWNWOOD – November 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center underwent improvements to its facilities during the summer. The developments were made possible due to donations from Bruner Toyota, through the Toyota Dealer Match Program, and HPU alumnus Jarod Root ’03.

In addition to their financial support of HPU, Root serves on the HPU Alumni Association Board of Directors, while Greg Bruner, of Bruner Toyota, is a member of the HPU Board of Trustees.

Improvements to the building included the installation of new flooring, the painting of hallways and office doors and the placement of new signage for offices. The McCullough Athletic Center houses offices for the HPU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and athletics training facilities.

“Projects such as this really help bring a spark of new excitement to our university, our athletic department and, most importantly, our students,” said Hunter Sims, HPU athletic director. “We are extremely thankful for people like Jarod Root and organizations like Bruner Toyota who believe in the mission of HPU.”

For more information about HPU, visit www.hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center underwent renovations supported by donors Jared Root and the Bruner Auto Family.