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Dr. Benjamin Abraham named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Benjamin Abraham for webBROWNWOOD – October 25, 2018 – Dr. Benjamin Abraham of Snellville, Georgia, has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2018 Distinguished Alumnus. He is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Dr. Abraham and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Originally from Indonesia, Dr. Abraham earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from HPU in 1974. He went on to study at The University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He is board-certified by the Osteopathic Board of Family Practice in Geriatrics, the American Medical Directors Association for Medical Directorship and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice. He is currently in private practice in Georgia.

Dr. Abraham serves on a number of committees and professional societies. He is the founder and president of 127 Legacy Foundation, which assists orphanages and children’s homes across Indonesia. He has also served as a short-term missionary in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Russia, China, Senegal and Tanzania.

His recognitions include the Master Preceptor Award from American Osteopathic Family Physicians, Physician of the Year by the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Physician of the Year at Eastside Medical Center and The Humanitarian Award by the Hospital Corporation of America.

He has four children, five grandchildren and two foster grandchildren.

“HPU equipped me with basic knowledge to pursue my passion in medicine,” he said. “Coming from Indonesia, the English language was a challenge and HPU helped with that. The university challenged me to be the best through determination, perseverance, discipline, dedication and hard work. The rest was God’s doing.”

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Cutline: Dr. Benjamin Abraham of Snellville, Georgia, has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Distinguished Alumnus.

HPU announces 2018 Homecoming Court

2018 Homecoming Court for webBROWNWOOD – October 25, 2018 – Howard Payne University has announced its 2018 Homecoming Court. The Homecoming queen and princess will be crowned next Friday, November 2, at 2 p.m. during Homecoming Convocation in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

Homecoming queen nominees are seniors Sabrina Martinez of San Antonio, Angelica Ramirez of Austin and Gabrielle Roque of Houston. Princess nominees are Amanda Collins of New Orleans, Jada Jones of Cibolo and Sarah Ramos of Pflugerville.

Sabrina Martinez is the daughter of retired Major Paul A. Martinez and Yvonne E. Martinez. An elementary education major, Martinez’ campus involvement includes the Delta Chi Rho sorority.

Angelica Ramirez, the daughter of Jesus L. Ramirez I and Kimberly Ramirez, is a biology major. She serves as chaplain for Delta Chi Rho and Tri Beta and is a Student Government Association senior senator, a resident assistant and a college outreach intern at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.

Gabriella Roque, the daughter of Cris Roque and Ruby Robinson, is a biology major. She is vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the HPU softball team. Additionally, she volunteers through the Special Olympics and at an animal hospital.

Amanda Collins is the daughter of Wayne Smith and the late Rhonda Collins. An elementary education major, Collins’ campus involvement includes Chi Alpha Omega and Jacket Journey.

Jada Jones is the daughter of Kenneth and Carla Matthews and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Jones. A biology major, Jones is active with Chi Alpha Omega and the HPU women’s basketball team.

Sarah Ramos, the daughter of Eric and Anna Ramos, is a business management major. Her campus involvement includes Delta Chi Rho, Jacket Ambassadors and Student Activities Council. Additionally, she serves as a Jacket Journey leader and as a student worker in HPU’s Office of Admission.

The Homecoming Court will be featured during the halftime show of the football game as HPU takes on Southwestern University on Saturday, November 3. The game begins at 4 p.m. at Gordon Wood Stadium.

For a complete list of Homecoming 2018 activities, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: Howard Payne University’s 2018 Homecoming Court includes (top row, left to right) Angelica Ramirez, Gabrielle Roque and Sabrina Martinez and (bottom row, left to right) Jada Jones, Amanda Collins and Sarah Ramos.

Sterling City’s Hope Hohertz Doremus named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Outstanding Young Graduate

Hope Hohertz Doremus for webBROWNWOOD – October 25, 2018 – Hope Hohertz Doremus of Sterling City has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2018 Outstanding Young Graduate. She is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Doremus and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Doremus graduated from HPU in 2010 with a degree in criminal justice and psychology. While at the university, she was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team, playing on HPU’s 2007-2008 national championship team. She and her teammates were inducted into the HPU Sports Hall of Fame and the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor. Additionally, she was involved with intramural sports and was an honorary member of the Iota Chi Alpha fraternity.

As a corporal within the Texas Department of Public Safety, Doremus was awarded the Texas DPS Medal of Valor for the courageous and exemplary manner in which she discharged her law enforcement duties during a violent and life-threatening confrontation. According to a later Brownwood Bulletin report, Doremus received the medal for her professional reaction and unselfish devotion to duty and to a wounded fellow officer, while she herself was at great risk, during an incident that occurred in 2016. Additionally, Doremus was a finalist for the IACP/Motorola Solutions Trooper of the Year Award.

“Howard Payne showed me how to build relationships and how to handle tough life decisions and adversity,” she said. “The success and hard work – from the basketball court to the classroom – has helped drive me to become the best I can be in my career.”

She and her husband, Brandon Doremus, have one son.

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Cutline: Hope Hohertz Doremus of Sterling City has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Outstanding Young Graduate.

HPU exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” artwork by David E. Harmon

Vanitas photo with David Harmon for webBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Art is exhibiting “Contemporary Vanitas,” pastel still-life drawings by David E. Harmon, department chair and professor of art. The exhibition is open now through November 3 in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, located in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The gallery will be open extended hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout HPU’s Homecoming weekend, Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3.

Vanitas is a genre of still-life painting, popular in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. Harmon’s modern vanitas have been created from a Christian perspective, drawn from his experiences, favorite Bible verses and thoughts about life.

“Most of the works were created out of my personal experiences, but I encourage viewers to take the time for self-reflection and ponder what the drawings may mean to their own lives,” he said.

For more information about the exhibition, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. A complete list of Homecoming 2018 activities is located at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: David Harmon, professor of art and chair of HPU’s Department of Art, poses with artwork from his “Contemporary Vanitas” exhibition. Photo by Katie Cravey, HPU junior.

Henderson’s Milton McGee named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Medal of Service recipient

Milton McGee for webBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Milton McGee of Henderson has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2018 Medal of Service recipient. He is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

McGee and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

McGee is a former member of Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees, through which he served as chairman of the Finance Committee. He was raised in Coushatta, Louisiana, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University.

A Certified Public Accountant, McGee has served as president and chief executive officer of several Texas banks including RepublicBank of Brownwood (1983 to 1986) and, most recently, Texas Leadership Bank in Royse City.

In addition to HPU’s Board of Trustees, McGee has served on the boards of the Independent Bankers Bank, the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, the Texas Bankers Association and the Baptist Church Loan Corporation, among others. He is a former executive committee member of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. McGee is a member of First Baptist Church of Henderson where he serves on a variety of committees. He is active with the Henderson Optimist Club and his other civic service includes the Rusk County Chamber of Commerce, the Henderson Economic Development Corporation, the Henderson Industrial Trust and the Henderson Civic Center project. He received the John R. Alford Award for the Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1983.

McGee and his wife, Sharla Freeman McGee, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Cutline: Milton McGee of Henderson has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Medal of Service recipient.

Early’s Dwayne Grooms named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Grand Marshal

Dwayne GroomsBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Dwayne Grooms of Early has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2018 Grand Marshal. He is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Grooms and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Grooms graduated from HPU in 1965 with a degree in education. He also completed additional coursework at Texas A&M University. He has been a member of HPU’s Board of Trustees since 2011, currently serving on the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Grooms is a member of First Baptist Church of Brownwood where he has served as a deacon since the 1970s. He achieved prominence as a Brownwood businessman through his leadership of Grooms Seed. He also serves on the Brown County Farm Bureau Board and the Ag Committee for the Brown County Appraisal District.

Grooms is married to Barbara (Smith) Grooms, a 1959 HPU graduate. The couple has two children, LeAnna (deceased) and David, and two grandchildren. David’s wife, Wendy Grooms, is associate professor of mathematics at HPU.

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Cutline: Dwayne Grooms of Early has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Grand Marshal.

HPU Homecoming 2018 festivities to include bonfire, fireworks and parade

Parade Route MapBROWNWOOD – October 24, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host The Carnival of Blue and Gold: Homecoming 2018 on Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3. Among the free events open to the public are a bonfire and fireworks and the annual Homecoming parade.

Bonfire on the Bayou and the fireworks display will take place at Riverside Park on Friday evening following an HPU pep rally. The pep rally begins at 8:45 p.m. with the bonfire slated to begin at 9 p.m. and the fireworks to begin at 9:30 p.m. Bonfire on the Bayou is sponsored by Visit Early Texas.

This year’s HPU Homecoming parade, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m., will follow the same route as previous years. Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, will feature student-designed floats and other attractions including the Homecoming Honorees, HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw.

Community organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming. A complete schedule of Homecoming events is available at the same address.

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Cutline: Map showing the route for HPU’s 2018 Homecoming parade

Brownwood’s Karen Coppock Dodds named HPU’s 2018 Coming Home Queen

Karen Coppock Dodds for webBROWNWOOD – October 23, 2018 – Karen Coppock Dodds of Brownwood has been named Howard Payne University’s Homecoming 2018 Coming Home Queen. She is among eight who will be honored during HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities, November 2-3. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Dodds and the other honorees will be recognized during the Alumni & Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, November 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Dodds graduated from HPU in 1964 with a degree in elementary education and physical education. During her time at HPU, she was a member of several groups including the Jacket Co-Eds, Phi Epsilon Mu, Sigma Alpha Sigma, the Association of Women Students, the Women’s Board of Affairs and more. She also served as a cheerleader and was on the Homecoming Court and the Football Sweetheart Court. She was especially impacted by her time serving as a student assistant to Martha St. Clair, then director of student activities.

Upon graduating from HPU, Dodds taught as a classroom teacher for 28 years, including 25 in Brownwood Independent School District. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Brownwood, serving in various areas of ministry. She additionally serves as a volunteer and board member for Brownwood Meals on Wheels, as a volunteer and former member of the Good Samaritan Ministries board and as a volunteer for the Food for Thought program. She has been a member of the HPU President’s Development Council, the HPU Woman’s Club, Friends of the Rotary and the Brown County Retired Teachers group. She is president of the Junior 20th Century Book Club.

“Howard Payne provided a strong faith-filled curriculum and professors and staff who were accessible and genuinely interested in their students,” she said. “I had the opportunity to learn alongside others with strong Christian beliefs and that certainly shaped the direction I would take after I left HPU.”

She and her husband, Johnny Dodds, a 1962 HPU graduate, have two children and five grandchildren.

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Cutline: Karen Coppock Dodds of Brownwood has been named HPU’s Homecoming 2018 Coming Home Queen.

HPU senior Kathryn Grice to perform Senior Recital on Oct. 25

Kathryn Grice photo webBROWNWOOD – October 22, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Kathryn Grice, a music education major from Water Valley, will present her Senior Recital on the flute at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free of charge and the public is invited.

Grice was an All-State Flutist for two years of high school as well as a first-prize winner in the Texas State Solo Competitions.

“During the last four years, the public attending our concerts have commented on her beautiful tone and distinctive expression,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and Grice’s flute instructor. “On Thursday, they will have the opportunity to enjoy her playing in a recital culminating her work at HPU.”

Grice will perform works by Schumann, Brahms and Bizet. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and music department chair, will accompany Grice for these pieces. A performance of Chelsea Komschlies’ “Steam,” featuring clarinetist Paige Bowers from Corpus Christi, will serve as the chamber music portion of the recital.

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

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: Kathryn Grice, a senior music education major, will present her Senior Recital on Oct. 25 in HPU’s Grace Chapel.

HPU’s community choral group to present inaugural Hymn Sing

Hymn Sing 2018 for webBROWNWOOD – October 18, 2018 – The Howard Payne University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus will host its inaugural Hymn Sing on Sunday, October 21, at First Baptist Church of Brownwood. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the community is welcome to attend.

“In its genesis, the idea of a hymn festival in Brown County was to cultivate a community event where local residents could join together in singing the beloved hymns of our Christian faith,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at HPU.

The choir will sing several anthems and lead the entire audience in a variety of hymns. Accompanists are Dean Kiesling on organ/piano; Joseph Lahmann, HPU junior from Georgetown, on organ; and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of HPU’s Department of Music and professor of music on piano. Also accompanying the choir is HPU’s Brass Quintet comprised of Jayland Brown, junior from Temple, on trombone; Jared Dowling, senior from Grandview, on trombone; Lindsey Krueger, junior from Howe, on horn; Luis Moreno, junior from Springtown, on trumpet; and Dalton Pendergrass, sophomore from Paradise, on trumpet.

The mission of HPU’s University Singers: Brown County’s Community Chorus is to cultivate an ensemble of singers within the community and university who strive to offer a high level of artistry while advocating for great choral music in Brownwood and its surrounding areas.

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