Monthly News Archives: February 2019

HPU hosts second annual Choral Conducting Workshop

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its second annual Choral Conducting Workshop. Conductors from area schools, high school students and HPU students attended the two-day workshop, held January 25 and 26.

Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman served as the resident clinician at the workshop. She is the director of choral activities at Southern Methodist University.

A survey conducted by the HPU Department of Music revealed positive feedback from the workshop’s attendees.

“I have never attended a more useful professional development opportunity,” said one survey respondent. “I learned so much about rehearsal techniques and got some excellent, hands-on help with becoming a more clear and intentional conductor. I returned to my students re-energized to tackle the rest of the year. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Over the two days of the clinic, attendees experienced the building blocks of choral conducting by honing physical gesture and pragmatic rehearsal techniques.

“Each conductor grew and was challenged in several ways, including myself as the facilitator, and I’m so thankful for all in attendance,” said Dr. Chris Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Special thanks goes to Dr. Huffman, the conductors, the participants, the students and especially the magnificent members of the Howard Payne University Concert Choir.”

To conclude the first day of the clinic, a concert was held featuring workshop attendees and HPU’s Concert Choir. Dr. Huffman directed the choir in a performance of “In this Place” at the concert.

Christina Hallwachs, of Burkburnett High School, and Chris Jarvis, of Wichita Falls High School, directed performances of “5 Hebrew Love Songs.” David Mills, of Chapel Hill ISD and Tennison Memorial United Methodist Church, directed “I am the Rose of Sharon” and Jennifer Reeves of Brownwood High School directed “Locus Iste.” Camila Cotter, an HPU senior music education major from Garden Ridge, directed “Kyla Vuotti Uutta Kuuta.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 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


Cutline: Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman, director of choral activities at SMU, served as the resident clinician at the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts Choral Conducting Workshop.

HPU student and alumna judge area robotics contest

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2019 – For the third year in a row, Howard Payne University provided arena judges for the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Area 15 Robotics Contest.

This year’s competition took place on January 19 in the gymnasium of the John H. Glenn Middle School in San Angelo with elementary and middle school participants. Students from Brownwood and Early also took part in the competition.

Stephanie Irene Tarigan, an HPU senior mathematics major from Brownwood, and Clara Octani Tarigan, a December 2018 graduate in engineering science, served as arena judges.

“Mrs. Laura Howard, the present coordinator of the contest, invited HPU to serve as judges this year,” said Dr. Hendra J. Tarigan, assistant professor of engineering science and director of HPU’s engineering science program. Dr. Tarigan accompanies the students each year. “In 2017 and 2018, Mrs. Angela Gau from Ballinger High School was the coordinator.”

Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, said she is proud of the students’ ongoing involvement in the community.

“Our science and math students have much to offer and I am pleased they have chosen to share their gifts in this way,” she said.


Cutline: HPU alumna Clara Tarigan (left) and senior Stephanie Tarigan recently served as arena judges for the TCEA Area 15 Robotics Contest.

HPU receives 2018 Tree Campus USA® recognition

BROWNWOOD – February 11, 2019 – The Arbor Day Foundation has once again recognized Howard Payne University as a Tree Campus USA® institution for the university’s ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management. HPU has received the Tree Campus USA designation since 2016.

In a letter congratulating HPU on its 2018 recognition, the Arbor Day Foundation said its Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and personnel in the spirit of conservation.

HPU celebrated Texas Arbor Day in late 2018 with several activities on campus for 96 fifth-grade students from Coggin Intermediate School in Brownwood. The series of environmental awareness hands-on activities emphasized predator/prey relationships, food chains and food webs. Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service was also on campus to discuss the role of trees and the importance of maintaining trees in a healthy ecosystem. The event culminated in the young students’ participation in a tree-mulching ceremony.

A large number of HPU students and personnel coordinated the event.

Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee which also includes representatives from HPU’s student body and personnel.

“God has blessed HPU with a beautiful campus and I’m proud of the efforts of all those who work hard to maintain it to His glory,” said Pritchett.


Cutline: Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service leads BISD students in spreading mulch around a newly-planted tree on the HPU campus during the university’s 2018 Texas Arbor Day celebration.

Participants in HPU baseball trip involved in highway accident

BROWNWOOD – February 6, 2019 – Early Wednesday morning, seven Howard Payne University baseball players and two staff members were involved in a single-vehicle accident while returning to Brownwood from an out-of-town weekend series.

Though none sustained life-threatening injuries, two players were transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center and several others received follow-up care.

Dr. Paul Armes, interim president, expressed his concern on behalf of the entire HPU family.

“As saddened as we are about the accident, we are also deeply grateful that there has been no loss of life and that the preliminary prognosis is positive moving forward,” said Dr. Armes. “Truly, this is one of those times when our relationship with Christ encourages, strengthens and helps us to rest in and rely on Him.”