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HPU’s campus undergoes summer improvements and maintenance

HPU groundsBROWNWOOD – August 14, 2018 – The upkeep of Howard Payne University’s campus is a year-round job. The university’s grounds and facilities personnel take pride in keeping the campus looking beautiful and operating efficiently. However, the summer months provide opportunities for larger projects to be completed so the campus will be ready for the fall semester.

This summer’s projects include the remodel of Room 123 in the Winebrenner Hall of Science, installation of new air conditioning and heating equipment in the Jennings Hall men’s residence facility, removal of flooring and installation of new carpet in the Veda Hodge Hall women’s residence facility and work on the Central Plant chiller.

“The Office of University Facilities and Planning spends a vast portion of the summer repairing student housing in preparation for the fall semester,” said Terry Pritchett, assistant vice president for facilities and planning. “All these improvements will aid in either the living or teaching of students by providing basic necessities such as air conditioning, improved teaching space and improved living spaces.”

Beyond the appearance of campus, care for the environment on campus is very important to the university personnel. Michael Rodgers, chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, said that the campus grounds are a vital feature of the university.

“When parents or new students walk on our campus, we want them to understand that we care about our campus and how it looks,” he said. “As a Christian, I feel very strongly that we need to take care of what God has entrusted to us for His glory and honor. That was part of the mandate in the Garden of Eden, to take care of God’s creation the best way that we can.”

In an effort to fulfill this mandate, HPU uses organic products on the campus grounds. Pritchett and Bret Martin, grounds supervisor, said that the use of organic products had been a goal of theirs for the university because of the many benefits.

“The positives of going organic are that the soil gets much healthier and beneficial microbes increase quite a bit,” said Pritchett. “Our team applies fertilizer only in amounts needed by the soil, which allows us to save time and money. In addition, proper application rates prevent the fertilizer from being washed into the streams during heavy rain events.”

Applications are still 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


Cutline: Howard Payne University’s facilities and grounds are undergoing improvements in preparation for the fall semester.

HPU hosts local fifth graders for Texas Arbor Day activities

Texas Arbor Day Event (3)BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently hosted a group of fifth graders from Brownwood’s Coggin Intermediate School for Texas Arbor Day activities. The students participated in fun, outdoor experiences and attended a tree ceremony on campus. 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.

The fifth graders, students from the classroom of Laura Scantling, created bird feeders from pinecones, made leaf and bark rubbings, enjoyed an outdoor-themed snack and listened as an HPU student read the book “The Tree Lady” by H. Joseph Hopkins. Renee Burks of the Texas A&M Forest Service also addressed the students before they helped spread mulch around a newly planted tree on HPU’s campus.

HPU groups assisting with the event included the School of Education, School of Science and Texas Arbor Day Event (5)Mathematics, Department of Facilities and Maintenance, Department of Public Safety, the Office of University Marketing and Communications, Beta Beta Beta and Delta Epsilon Omega.

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

Texas Arbor Day Event (2)“We would like to thank the Brownwood Independent School District, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the many campus groups who helped organize and facilitate this event,” he said.

Pritchett also expressed his appreciation to TXU for the donation of small trees given to the children at the conclusion of the event and to Dr. Jane Metty-Samons, associate professor of education at HPU.


Texas Arbor Day Event (1)Cutlines: Dr. Gregory Hatlestad, associate professor of biology at HPU, addresses a group of fifth graders during the university’s recent Texas Arbor Day celebration. Also listening to Dr. Hatlestad’s presentation is Buzzsaw, HPU’s Yellow Jacket mascot.

Fifth-grade students enjoy making bird feeders from pine cones and peanut butter during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day celebration.

Texas Arbor Day Event (4)Laura Scantling, fifth-grade teacher at Coggin Intermediate School, addresses her students as Buzzsaw and HPU student Micah Smith look on.

HPU student Rachel Henry assists fifth-grade student Andre Martinez with a craft project during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day festivities.

Jacklyn Lewis and Madeleine Goff, fifth-grade students at Coggin Intermediate School, create leaf rubbings during HPU’s Texas Arbor Day festivities.

HPU receives Tree Campus USA recognition

hpu trees and bannerBROWNWOOD – March 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University was recently honored with 2016 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for their commitment to campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

There are approximately 300 Tree Campus USA campuses across the United States. HPU is one of two universities in this region of Texas to hold this designation.

HPU achieved recognition by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, creating a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, hosting an Arbor Day observance and facilitating a student service-learning project.

“Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

PrintHPU celebrated Texas Arbor Day in November 2016 with a tree-planting ceremony and educational program on planting and pruning trees. Terry Pritchett, HPU’s assistant vice president for facilities and planning, serves as chair of the university’s Campus Tree Advisory Committee.

“HPU is noted for its tree-lined campus,” he said. “We’re proud to be honored with Tree Campus USA recognition and thankful for the beautiful campus God has given us to manage.”

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested more than $46.7 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at