News Archive | Howard Payne University https://www.hputx.edu/news/ Located in Brownwood, Texas. HPU offers a private, liberal arts/professional education upholding traditional Christian values. Baptist university. Mon, 05 Dec 2022 22:47:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 https://www.hputx.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/cropped-HPUFavicon-32x32.png News Archive | Howard Payne University https://www.hputx.edu/news/ 32 32 HPU’s speech and debate team competes in first tournament of 2022-2023 season https://www.hputx.edu/news/hpus-speech-and-debate-team-competes-in-first-tournament-of-2022-2023-season/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 22:47:59 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=84353 BROWNWOOD – December 5, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, competed at its first tournament of the 2022-2023 season in October. Junior Landon Chenault, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Denton, won the varsity division of individual International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate. The […]

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BROWNWOOD – December 5, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, competed at its first tournament of the 2022-2023 season in October. Junior Landon Chenault, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Denton, won the varsity division of individual International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate. The HPU team was one of 28 universities from 11 different states competing at the Union University Debate Tournament.

Chenault also competed in team IPDA with debate partner Devin Schurman, a senior strategic communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman honors major from San Antonio. The pair advanced to quarterfinals and both earned speaker awards in team IPDA. Schurman was named second place speaker and Chenault was named third place speaker.

Freshmen Katelyn Sims, strategic communication major from Cleburne, and Cora Raub, nursing major from Celina, also ranked in the top 10 speakers in team IPDA. Freshman Adrielle Sloan, strategic communication major from Blue Ridge, notched fourth place novice speaker.

“The team’s successes are result of their hard work,” shared Dr. Julie Welker, head of the Department of Communication and SSB coach. “This team has an exceptional work ethic. Besides our work during class, Devin, the team captain, leads debate practices in the evening. Both he and Landon are great examples for our new team members to look up to and learn from.”

Schurman said the team has been drilling on a weekly basis.

“During practice, we work on the basics of IPDA and then run rounds to help the novices get used to the format,” said Schurman. “This has been crucial in helping us compete at such a high level.”

He added that the new team members have also put in considerable effort, putting in hours outside of class to grow their skills. In his final year on the team, and as one of HPU’s top debaters, Schurman said his goal is to see HPU’s competitors ranked at the top at every tournament.

“This first tournament saw that happen with our members winning multiple speaker awards as well as with Landon winning the tournament,” Schurman added.

Dr. Welker added that the novices – three freshmen women – are some of the most dedicated debaters she has seen in her years of coaching.

“They are dialed in during every class and every practice,” she said. “They are already debating on a higher level than most first-time collegiate debaters. Their work is paying off, as all three did very well at our first tournament.”

The International Public Debate Association is one of the fastest growing interscholastic debate associations in the nation with competitive programs across the U.S. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for individuals to develop their advocacy skills in a forum that promotes appropriate and effective communication.

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Cutline: HPU junior Landon Chenault won the varsity division of individual International Public Debate Association (IPDA) debate at the Union University Debate Tournament.

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Howard Payne University supporters make GivingTuesday a huge success https://www.hputx.edu/news/howard-payne-university-supporters-make-givingtuesday-a-huge-success/ Fri, 02 Dec 2022 17:57:30 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=84325 BROWNWOOD – December 2, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s network of alumni, friends, personnel and community partners made a record-setting show of support on GivingTuesday, providing over $860,000 to impact the university’s student experience. The gifts were made by 430 supporters. HPU’s goals for the event were $750,000 through the support of at least 250 […]

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BROWNWOOD – December 2, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s network of alumni, friends, personnel and community partners made a record-setting show of support on GivingTuesday, providing over $860,000 to impact the university’s student experience. The gifts were made by 430 supporters. HPU’s goals for the event were $750,000 through the support of at least 250 people and companies/organizations.

The annual global day of giving celebrates generosity and raises support for non-profit organizations. This year’s event was held on November 29, and HPU’s totals topped the university’s previous single-day record of giving, set on last year’s GivingTuesday.

Through GivingTuesday and other current fundraising efforts, HPU has sought support for a wide range of areas of need, including the Howard Payne Fund, the Howard Payne Scholarship Fund, athletics, the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom renovation and other campus improvements, as well as other areas as specified by supporters.

Dr. Dale Meinecke, vice president for advancement, expressed his appreciation for all the support, adding that matching gifts played an important role in the day’s success.

“A few generous supporters gave funding that matched all GivingTuesday gifts up to $350,000,” said Dr. Meinecke. “We are so thankful alumni and friends made the most of this opportunity to double their impact for the Kingdom work that happens inside and outside of the classroom at HPU, as we equip the next generation of Christian leaders.”

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, said the success of HPU’s GivingTuesday is a testament to God’s provision.

“Our theme verses this year are Lamentations 3:22-23, which describe God’s faithfulness,” Dr. Hines said. “Since Howard Payne University’s founding in 1889, God has been faithful to our institution and that faithfulness continues today. I am so thankful to God and to all of HPU’s supporters for helping us make such an important difference in the lives of students.”

Prospective supporters who were not able to give to HPU on GivingTuesday can still make gifts to support the university by visiting www.hputx.edu/give.

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Cutline: HPU students Mariah Garcia, Olivia Catlett and Madi Boggs express gratitude to GivingTuesday supporters. Garcia and Boggs display the HPU Yellow Jackets’ “Sting ’em” sign.

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Arts Council grant supports Christmas concert featuring combined Brownwood Community Chorus and HPU Concert Choir https://www.hputx.edu/news/arts-council-grant-supports-christmas-concert-featuring-combined-brownwood-community-chorus-and-hpu-concert-choir/ Wed, 30 Nov 2022 19:54:58 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=84233 BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2022 – The Brownwood Community Chorus was recently awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Brownwood for the annual “Voices of Christmas Concert,” scheduled for December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church. The Howard Payne University Concert Choir will join with the community ensemble for the performance. The […]

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BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2022 – The Brownwood Community Chorus was recently awarded a grant from the Arts Council of Brownwood for the annual “Voices of Christmas Concert,” scheduled for December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church. The Howard Payne University Concert Choir will join with the community ensemble for the performance.

The choirs are under the direction of Dr. Christopher B. Rosborough, chair of music, director of choral activities and associate professor of music at HPU.

Dr. Rosborough applied for the grant this semester and the Arts Council of Brownwood awarded sufficient funding for the soloists and orchestra to accompany the event. This year’s program will be G.F. Handel’s Messiah.

“It has been a number of years since we have had a performance of this timeless work in the Brown County area and I’m excited to be preparing the chorus and orchestra for this event,” said Dr. Rosborough. “We appreciate the Arts Council’s gracious support.”

The Arts Council of Brownwood is organized for the purpose of promoting the arts, facilitating fine arts activities, encouraging coordination between organizations, fostering the arts and creating cultural tourism in Brownwood.

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

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Cutline: The Brownwood Community Chorus and HPU Concert Choir present their annual “Voices of Christmas Concert” at 7:30 p.m. on December 6 at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church.

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HPU Symphonic Band and Central Texas Community Band present Christmas concert https://www.hputx.edu/news/hpu-symphonic-band-and-central-texas-community-band-present-christmas-concert/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 16:30:27 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=83964 BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and the Central Texas Community Band will present a community Christmas concert on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at HPU’s Mims Auditorium and is free of charge. Compositions featured will include “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Boughs of […]

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BROWNWOOD – November 17, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and the Central Texas Community Band will present a community Christmas concert on Tuesday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at HPU’s Mims Auditorium and is free of charge.

Compositions featured will include “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson, “Boughs of Holly” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a medley of Christmas favorites entitled “Christmas Memories,” and many others.

“Everyone is invited to come and enjoy an evening of exciting, toe-tapping music as we prepare for the Christmas holiday season,” stated Frank Nelson, director of bands at Howard Payne University and director of the Central Texas Community Band. “Invite a friend and join us for this wonderful evening of music.”

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

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Representatives of HPU’s Department of Social Work take part in Mission Waco Poverty Simulation https://www.hputx.edu/news/representatives-of-hpus-department-of-social-work-take-part-in-mission-waco-poverty-simulation/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 16:10:01 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=83404 BROWNWOOD – November 4, 2022 – Members of Howard Payne University’s social work department recently gained new perspectives through Mission Waco’s Poverty Simulation. During the three-day experience, participants had the opportunity to see the world through a different lens, by walking in the shoes of the impoverished. This is Howard Payne University’s 11th year participating. […]

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BROWNWOOD – November 4, 2022 – Members of Howard Payne University’s social work department recently gained new perspectives through Mission Waco’s Poverty Simulation. During the three-day experience, participants had the opportunity to see the world through a different lens, by walking in the shoes of the impoverished. This is Howard Payne University’s 11th year participating.

According to its website, Mission Waco is a nonprofit organization built around three goals: Empower through relationship-based, holistic programs among the poor and marginalized; equip through the mobilization of middle-class Christians toward “hands-on” involvement; and engage through addressing systematic issues that disempower the poor.

The HPU group was led by Shantel Oplotnik, assistant professor of social work and director of field education. She was joined by her son, Aidan Oplotnik, and two HPU students, Stephanie Russell, a sophomore from San Saba, and Jessica Phariss, a junior from Brownwood.

Before making their way to Waco, Professor Oplotnik prepared the students for what they would encounter through her Social Service and Social Policy in Rural Settings class. This included discussing poverty in other countries where resources are scarce, and even poverty in rural areas like Brownwood where resources aren’t as limited.

“As upcoming social workers, it’s critical to have students get a small glimpse of an environment they will most likely serve in the future,” said Oplotnik.

On the first day, the participants focused on team building and fellowship through introduction and prayer. During the rest of the weekend, they were taught more in depth about widespread poverty, experienced life on the street, and joined Mission Waco’s Church Under the Bridge ministry.

Shantel Oplotnik first participated in the simulation in 2019 as a student at HPU. Since then, she decided to utilize her love for the program by teaching students about the hardships of poverty and providing the opportunity to experience it. Professor Oplotnik described the difficulty of providing comfort and guidance throughout the weekend while allowing the students and her son to use their own ideas and resources.

“I am overly blessed to now teach at my alma mater in the social work department,” she said. “I knew walking in that I wanted to take my students on the Poverty Simulation at Mission Waco. I wanted them to experience a fantastic opportunity in an unconventional way.”

The student participants commented on their individual experiences with the Poverty Simulation, explaining the enlightenment they encountered when faced with poverty.

“After participating in this activity and being a part of the community, I came home with a deeper awareness and understanding,” said Stephanie Russell. “It was a humble reminder to count my many blessings.”

Jessica Phariss commented on her realization of the privileges she didn’t appreciate beforehand.

“Before, I never understood how many privileges I truly had,” she said. “The experience showed me how often I take these privileges for granted, and I want to change that.”

From hearing his mother’s stories and having the opportunity to experience the simulation for himself, Aidan Oplotnik also gained a lot of insight to life’s many blessings.

“This weekend made me much more humble and more aware of people with less money,” he said. “I found the importance of having a good pair of shoes.”

The overall reflection of Mission Waco’s Poverty Simulation was life-changing.

“At HPU, we develop and equip the whole person for service to God and humanity. I think we did just that,” said Professor Oplotnik. “Our experience at Mission Waco helped the students develop and equip themselves as servants of God and bring back their experience to our community.”

For more information about HPU’s Department of Social Work, visit www.hputx.edu/socialwork.

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Cutline: Four from HPU participated in the 2022 Poverty Simulation in Waco. From left to right are Aidan Oplotnik, son of Professor Shantel Oplotnik; Shantel Oplotnik, assistant professor of social work and director of field education at HPU; Stephanie Russell, a sophomore from San Saba; and Jessica Phariss, a junior from Brownwood.

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HPU enjoys lively Stinger Spectacular weekend https://www.hputx.edu/news/hpu-enjoys-lively-stinger-spectacular-weekend/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 20:17:20 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=83318 BROWNWOOD – November 2, 2022 – The Howard Payne University campus was bustling recently for Stinger Spectacular, held October 14-15. Comprised of Homecoming, Family Weekend and Yellow Jacket Preview, the slate of events welcomed alumni, prospective students, families and other friends of the university, as well as participating personnel and current students. Approximately 800 attendees […]

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BROWNWOOD – November 2, 2022 – The Howard Payne University campus was bustling recently for Stinger Spectacular, held October 14-15. Comprised of Homecoming, Family Weekend and Yellow Jacket Preview, the slate of events welcomed alumni, prospective students, families and other friends of the university, as well as participating personnel and current students.

Approximately 800 attendees enjoyed the HPU Family Picnic, which featured music by Stephen Cox ’10, Stacy Nash and Cody Hutcheson. More than 200 individuals joined together for class reunions, and more than 200 students and family members gathered for the Student and Family Dinner. The Homecoming musical “The Sound of Music” hosted great crowds, selling out on Saturday evening and welcoming a packed house for the weekend’s two additional performances. Other events, such as the Golden Graduate Luncheon, which celebrated the class of 1972, also served as occasions for fun and fellowship.

The HPU Alumni Association sponsored prize money for the parade float winners. Kaye Cummings ’74, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented checks to Delta Epsilon Omega (First Place), Chi Alpha Omega (Second Place) and Baptist Student Ministry (Third Place).

The weekend also featured a pair of sports victories – the Yellow Jacket football team’s 48-17 win over Southwestern University and the Yellow Jacket men’s soccer team’s 1-0 defeat of McMurry University.

The 2022 Homecoming Court was announced during the football game. Named Homecoming King and Queen were Jessie Paris, a history major and education minor from Splendora, and Zoe Sprayberry, a math education and Christian education major from Bonham. Homecoming Prince and Princess honors went to Cyah Daniel, a political/global studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Doha, Qatar, and Megan Froese, a middle school education major from Rising Star.

Also honored at halftime were HPU’s 2022 alumni honorees: Mede Nix ’80, Distinguished Alumna; Elizabeth (Santos) Garcia ’72, Coming Home Queen; Stephen Cox ’10, Outstanding Young Graduate; Bobbie Price, Grand Marshal; Pat Hardy ’70, Medal of Service; Bertha (Rey) Valle ’09 (posthumous), Medal of Service; and Rev. Roland Johnson, Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award.

HPU expresses gratitude to the sponsoring businesses and organizations for their support of Stinger Spectacular. Gold sponsors were Bruner Auto Family, Chick-fil-A Brownwood, City of Brownwood, Early Texas Visitors and Events Center, HPU Alumni Association and Wendlee Broadcasting. Navy sponsors were Dr Pepper Bottling Company, TexasBank, Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, United Supermarket and Willie’s T’s. White sponsors were Citizens National Bank, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, Double H, MC Bank, Painter & Johnson Financial, Robnett Integra Insurance and Smith & Sharpe.

Dr. Kalie Lowrie ’06, assistant vice president for alumni relations, said the weekend was a special experience for the university family.

“Stinger Spectacular was truly a wonderful weekend on our campus again this year,” said Dr. Lowrie. “We were so excited to have so many alumni and friends back on campus to participate in more than 30 events. We enjoyed beautiful weather, great reunions and events, and a big win for the Yellow Jackets! We want to express special appreciation to our sponsors, who added so much value to the weekend.”

Family Weekend allowed family members of current HPU students to experience a weekend at HPU. Dr. Nathan Penland, vice president for student experience, expressed his enthusiasm for the wide range of opportunities for engagement.

“Stinger Spectacular was a fantastic time for students, alumni and families to connect with each other and Howard Payne,” Dr. Penland said. “The family picnic on Friday night and the parade on Saturday were great events and several of our athletic teams were able to showcase their talent and hard work with their families here for the weekend. I am thankful for a beautiful weekend to celebrate HPU!”

Visiting students at Yellow Jacket Preview were invited to numerous campus events throughout the weekend. Dr. Ben Martin ’04, associate vice president for enrollment management, said the weekend served as a great way to introduce prospective students to the HPU experience.

“Stinger Spectacular is an amazing event that allows prospective students to see the benefits of attending Howard Payne University,” he said. “They can see how Howard Payne University will walk beside them during pivotal years of their college life, and then able to see the value of being an alum of Howard Payne University. Students really enjoyed the opportunity to see all that Howard Payne University can offer.”

HPU will host the next Stinger Spectacular on October 13-14, 2023.

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Cutline #1: Members of HPU’s 2022 Homecoming Court are (from left) Homecoming Princess Megan Froese, Homecoming Prince Cyah Daniel, Homecoming Queen Zoe Sprayberry and Homecoming King Jessie Paris.

Cutline #2: The Homecoming Parade is a colorful highlight of the festive weekend.

Cutline #3: Pictured with Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president (far left), are honorees Rev. Roland Johnson, Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award; Pat Hardy ’70, Medal of Service; Elizabeth (Santos) Garcia ’72, Coming Home Queen; Ana (Valle) Dowling ’00, representing her late mother, Bertha (Rey) Valle ’09, Medal of Service; Mede Nix ’80, Distinguished Alumna; Stephen Cox ’10, Outstanding Young Graduate; and Bobbie Price, Grand Marshal.

Cutline #4: Cobbler on the Campus, featuring cobbler from Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, is a popular event at HPU’s Stinger Spectacular.

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Community invited to Thanksgiving Day lunch at HPU https://www.hputx.edu/news/community-invited-to-thanksgiving-day-lunch-at-hpu/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 16:15:49 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=83102 BROWNWOOD – October 25, 2022 – Area residents and visitors are invited to the 38th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University, scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at HPU’s Mabee University Center, located at 1219 Fisk Street in Brownwood. North Lake […]

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BROWNWOOD – October 25, 2022 – Area residents and visitors are invited to the 38th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University, scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at HPU’s Mabee University Center, located at 1219 Fisk Street in Brownwood. North Lake Community Church in May will lead and coordinate the event.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

“We are honored to partner with Howard Payne University in hosting this very special Thanksgiving tradition,” said Pastor Ron Keener of North Lake Community Church. “Everyone is welcome.”

For those unable to join friends and neighbors at HPU, volunteers will deliver meals in Brownwood and Early. Reservations for meals to be delivered can be made by calling North Lake Community Church at 325-784-7482 by noon on Monday, November 21.

Those interested in volunteering their time can assist with serving food and beverages, boxing meals to go, delivering meals to homes, and cleaning at the Mabee Center after the event.

“There are plenty of ways for everyone to serve the community at this event,” said Pastor Keener. “Volunteers simply need to arrive at the Mabee Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and we will put them to work. We look forward to seeing many of the same volunteers who have helped for years, as well as those who want to help for the first time. Serving others at Howard Payne has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many people, and we certainly appreciate their help.”

To help support the Thanksgiving meal, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast,” and send them to Katrina Lynn, Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, Texas 76801, or bring donations to the Mabee Center on Thanksgiving Day.

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Cutline: HPU’s annual Community Thanksgiving Feast will be held on November 24, with May’s North Lake Community Church leading and coordinating the event.

 

 

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Two HPU academic programs to host shoe drive through Nov. 2 https://www.hputx.edu/news/two-hpu-academic-programs-to-host-shoe-drive-through-nov-2/ Thu, 13 Oct 2022 15:45:23 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=82853 BROWNWOOD – October 13, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies and Department of Social Work are partnering with the non-profit organization Buckner International to collect shoes for vulnerable children across the globe. The shoe drive will take place through Nov. 2 with donation boxes located in various buildings on the […]

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BROWNWOOD – October 13, 2022 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Spanish and Hispanic Studies and Department of Social Work are partnering with the non-profit organization Buckner International to collect shoes for vulnerable children across the globe. The shoe drive will take place through Nov. 2 with donation boxes located in various buildings on the HPU campus: Davidson Music Complex, Girling Center for Social Justice, Guy D. Newman Hall of American Ideals (Newman Hall), HPU Theatre, L.J. Mims Auditorium, Packer Administration Building, Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center, Thompson Academic Complex, Walker Memorial Library and Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science.

In 2020, HPU and Buckner International announced the launch of a collaboration to give students opportunities for ministry and service. Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, expressed his enthusiasm for the shoe drive, which was launched during Dr. Reyes’ message at HPU’s Chapel service on Oct. 5.

“The HPU Buckner shoe drive is another example of how the collaboration we forged two and a half years ago continues to help serve vulnerable children and families in Texas and internationally,” said Dr. Reyes. “Buckner Shoes for Orphans Souls® is one of our most popular programs because it allows any one person to make a tangible impact in the life of a child through the simple gift of a new pair of shoes. And when you involve the entire student body at a passionate, service-driven university like Howard Payne, the possibility to create real change is limitless. I look forward to learning how many children will be able to safely walk to school and be protected against injury and disease thanks to HPU’s students and their servant hearts.”

According to the Buckner website, Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® is the largest humanitarian aid project of Buckner International and provides new shoes and socks to orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world.

“We’re so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Buckner International for this shoe drive,” shared Isabela Avalos, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “This will be a hands-on learning experience for our students as well as a chance for them to serve children in need.”

Those interested in donating shoes can drop them off at any of the designated boxes on campus. Shoes should be new athletic or canvas shoes in youth size one through adult size 12.

For more information about HPU’s shoe drive, contact Isabela Avalos at iavalos@hputx.edu or 325-649-8098. Visit www.Buckner.org for more information about Buckner International and www.Buckner.org/Shoes for more information about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls.

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Cutline #1: At an HPU Chapel service held on Oct. 5, Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, announced the HPU-Buckner shoe drive, to be held through Nov. 2.

Cutline #2: A table promoting the shoe drive was on display in Mims Auditorium in conjunction with Dr. Reyes’ presentation.

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HPU announces 2022 Homecoming Court nominees https://www.hputx.edu/news/hpu-announces-2022-homecoming-court-nominees/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 20:58:11 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=82803 BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2022 – Howard Payne University has announced its 2022 Homecoming Court nominees. The students will be featured on a float during the Stinger Spectacular parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Later that day, the Homecoming Court will be crowned during halftime at HPU’s football game versus Southwestern University at […]

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BROWNWOOD – October 12, 2022 – Howard Payne University has announced its 2022 Homecoming Court nominees. The students will be featured on a float during the Stinger Spectacular parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Later that day, the Homecoming Court will be crowned during halftime at HPU’s football game versus Southwestern University at Brownwood’s Gordon Wood Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

Homecoming King nominees are seniors Brandon Diaz, Jessie Paris and Jacob Ruiz. Queen nominees are seniors Monica Garza, Cynthia Montalvo and Zoe Sprayberry. Prince nominees are juniors Zeph Christian, Cyah Daniel and Samuel Pritchard. Princess nominees are juniors Madison Boggs, Megan Froese and Mitsue Rodriguez.

Howard Payne University’s 2022 Homecoming King nominees are (from left) Brandon Diaz, Jacob Ruiz and Jessie Paris.

Homecoming King nominees

Brandon Diaz is a biomedical science major from Crosby. He is a member of Student Activities Council (SAC), is an honorary member of Delta Chi Rho, and is involved in Tri-Beta and HOSA-Future Health Professionals. He also works as an organic chemistry lab assistant and is an intern for the college ministry at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Jessie Paris is a history major and education minor from Splendora and is a member of HPU’s football team.

Jacob Ruiz is a criminal justice major and youth ministry minor from Brownwood. He is president of Delta Epsilon Omega, is a member of the BSM Lead Team, serves as a youth intern at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church and works in the HPU Stinger Store.

Howard Payne University’s 2022 Homecoming Queen nominees are (from left) Monica Garza, Cynthia Montalvo and Zoe Sprayberry.

Homecoming Queen nominees 

Monica Garza is an elementary education major from Lampasas. She is a Sumners Scholar and works for the Office of University Services. She is a member of the HPU volleyball team, Gamma Beta Phi and Delta Chi Rho.

Cynthia Montalvo of Bossier City, Louisiana, is a biomedical science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major. She is the president of Delta Chi Rho, treasurer for Gamma Beta Phi, chaplain for Tri-Beta and a member of SAC and HOSA-Future Health Professionals. She is a student worker in the Office of University Marketing and Communications and an intern for the college ministry at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Zoe Sprayberry is a math education and Christian education major from Bonham. She is a member of HPU’s tennis team, Chapel Band and the Ministerial Alliance and is an honorary member of Delta Chi Rho. She is also a member of the BSM Lead Team, helps with A.W.A.N.A. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church and is an NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative.

Howard Payne University’s 2022 Homecoming Prince nominees are (from left) Zeph Christian, Samuel Prichard and Cyah Daniel.

Homecoming Prince nominees

Zeph Christian is a political science major from Comanche. He is a resident assistant for Jennings Hall and a member of Gamma Beta Phi. He is also involved in intramurals on campus.

Cyah Daniel is a political/global studies and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Doha, Qatar. He is also a member of HPU’s baseball team.

Samuel Pritchard is a youth ministry major and psychology minor from Richmond. He is an officer for the Ministerial Alliance and a student worker for the School of Christian Studies.

Howard Payne University’s 2022 Homecoming Princess nominees are (from left) Mitsue Rodriguez, Megan Froese and Madison Boggs.

Homecoming Princess nominees

Madison Boggs of Cypress is a psychology major minoring in criminal justice and Spanish. She is a Sumners Scholar, an executive officer for Pi Theta Chi and a student worker for the Office of Advancement and the HPU Stinger Store. She serves at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church as a youth ministry small group leader and sings in the worship band for the college ministry.

Megan Froese is a middle school education major from Rising Star. She is a resident assistant for Veda Hodge Hall and is involved in intramurals. She is also a student worker in the Office of Human Resources.

Mitsue Rodriguez is a kinesiology major from San Antonio. She is student body president and a member of HPU’s volleyball team. She also works for HPU’s mailroom and copy center.

For a complete list of Stinger Spectacular activities, visit www.hputx.edu/stingerspectacular. 

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HPU chancellor Dr. Don Newbury to sign books at Stinger Spectacular this weekend https://www.hputx.edu/news/hpu-chancellor-dr-don-newbury-to-sign-books-at-stinger-spectacular-this-weekend/ Tue, 11 Oct 2022 14:37:40 +0000 https://www.hputx.edu/?post_type=news&p=82750 BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2022 – Dr. Don Newbury, Howard Payne University chancellor, will sign copies of his new biography this Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, as part of the university’s Stinger Spectacular. The book, titled Faith, Fervor and Fun: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Don Newbury, Howard Payne University’s Popcorn President, was commissioned […]

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BROWNWOOD – October 11, 2022 – Dr. Don Newbury, Howard Payne University chancellor, will sign copies of his new biography this Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, as part of the university’s Stinger Spectacular. The book, titled Faith, Fervor and Fun: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Don Newbury, Howard Payne University’s Popcorn President, was commissioned by friends of Dr. Newbury and written by Loretta Fulton, award-winning journalist and author.

Dr. Newbury will sign books in the lobby of HPU’s Mabee University Center at the conclusion of Friday’s Alumni Banquet, approximately 7:00 p.m., and again after Saturday’s Stinger Spectacular Parade, approximately 10:45 a.m.

Copies of the book are available for $20 each at HPU’s Stinger Store in the Mabee University Center and may be purchased throughout the weekend’s activities. Books may also be purchased online at www.hputx.edu/stingerstore (found under that webpage’s “Gifts/Souvenirs” tab) and shipped.

The recently published book features a wide range of stories and photos from Dr. Newbury’s life and career, as well as a foreword by Dr. Lanny Hall, former HPU president. The book’s subtitle refers to Dr. Newbury’s penchant for serving popcorn to students, university personnel and other visitors to his home and university events. A 1961 graduate of HPU, he served as president of the university from 1985 to 1997. He is a widely published writer and popular speaker.

“We are proud to have Dr. Don Newbury as part of the Stinger Spectacular weekend to sign his latest book,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke ’98, vice president for development. “As a 1961 alumnus, former HPU president and current chancellor, it is fitting for him to be a part of a weekend that welcomes home alumni and friends of the university.”

Stinger Spectacular will include HPU’s Homecoming, Yellow Jacket Preview and Family Weekend, with many activities open to the public. Visit www.hputx.edu/spectacular to view a full schedule of events.

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Cutline: A new biography on the life of Dr. Don Newbury will be available to be signed by Dr. Newbury this Friday and Saturday at HPU.

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