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HPU senior Hailey Osborne has worked to turn an inspiration into a career

Howard Payne University senior Hailey Osborne of Corsicana has been a part of a big family for a significant part of her life, something that has shaped and inspired her vision for the future.

Osborne, who will graduate from HPU on Saturday, is majoring in social sciences with an emphasis in jurisprudence and minoring in psychology. Her academic pursuits are rooted in her life story. Her family served as a foster family from 2010 until 2017, also adopting three children they fostered. She finds inspiration for her future in her experiences serving as a supplementary caretaker for the children in her life.

“I’ve always loved kids,” she said. “I’ve always had a kid on my hip since I was young. I was always the oldest – the oldest grandchild, oldest kid. Since we were a foster family, I actually want to be a child advocate.”

Since coming to HPU, the students, faculty and staff of HPU have helped to teach her a valuable lesson, one that extends beyond the classroom.

“You can always grow, but everybody thinks about growing in their jobs or growing in other things,” she said. “I’ve learned from these people how to grow, not only in my job but with Christ as well.”

Similar to its impact on her potential career choice, family influenced her decision to attend HPU. Her grandmother graduated from HPU in 1977 and her grandfather graduated in 1982. An aunt also graduated from the university in 2002. As she prepared to choose what university to attend, her family encouraged her to look at HPU. Osborne attended Navarro College after her graduation from high school in 2016 and planned to attend the University of Houston following the completion of an associate’s degree. However, with continued prompting from family, she looked to HPU.

“I got accepted to HPU within a month and got everything together scholarship-wise – it was a pretty quick process,” she said, “I was really surprised by the quick turnaround. I decided to come here, and here I am.”

Osborne has become involved in many aspects of student life during her time in college. She is a member of the executive councils of local HPU sorority Chi Alpha Omega and the recently formed Black Student Association. She also plays for the Yellow Jacket women’s tennis team.

Her natural inclination for leadership has influenced the roles she now fills within various areas of student life.

“Leadership has always been in my blood, especially being the oldest sibling,” she said. “I’ve always had a driven mindset – my parents have always instilled that into me, since I was young.”

However, Osborne also noted that the faith-led leadership she has experienced at HPU has influenced positive change in the way she chooses to lead, as well as how she lives out her own faith.

“I know when I was younger, in certain situations I would turn to praying with a person, but that wasn’t the first option,” she said. “Before, I might have been kind of hesitant, but now I’m more open to praying with people about their problems.”

As she looks to life after graduation, she is making plans to attend Sam Houston State University to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice. Before leaving HPU, she has been sure to continue the Osborne legacy at the university.

“My brother will be here in the fall,” she said. “I’ve been talking HPU up since I’ve been here. I told him, if you allow it to, it will change you.”

Applications are being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: HPU graduating senior Hailey Osborne has turned a passion to work with children into a pursuit of a career as a child advocate.

Students in HPU’s Pre-College Music program honored

Thirty-six students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music Program recently participated in the District 8-4 Junior Festival, held in conjunction with the National Federation of Music Clubs and hosted on the HPU campus.

Students entered in the competitive category who receive a superior rating at the local festival are entitled to advance to the State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos on May 18.

“Our congratulations go out to these students and their teachers for their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the Pre-College Music program. “We also send our best wishes to those who will compete at Texas State University in May.”

The superior rating in the piano solo category was awarded to Andrew Boren, Alecs Butka, Maddox Butka, Sophia Butka, Vic Cooper, Abigail Dean, Emma Ewen, Christian Fijer, Kirsten Fijer, Christopher Ivy, Cashlyn Kearney, Austin Luker, Avery Luker, Aishwarya Nigalye, Braylee Reeves, Jordan Roberts, Cate Smith, Evan Smith and Matthew Till. The excellent rating in the same category was awarded to Abigail Burks, Brooklyn Butka, Angie Calfa, Tony Calfa and Bethanie Ewen.

The superior rating in the vocal solo: musical theatre category was awarded to Riley Abernathy, Angie Calfa, Kylie Harris, Marti Millwee, Emmagrace Quillin, and Jordan Roberts. The superior rating in the vocal solo: art song category was awarded to Angie Calfa, Marti Millwee, Sydney Neel and Jordan Roberts. Michael Morales, Emma Soto, Ava Sparks-Hansen and Drew Walker participated in the non-competitive category.

For more information about the National Federation of Music Clubs or to inquire about HPU’s Pre-College Music program, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or

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

Community Band to present spring concert at HPU

The Central Texas Community Band will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 9, at Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The band is comprised of musicians from Bangs, Brownwood, Coleman, Cross Plains, Dublin, Early, Lake Brownwood, May, Santa Anna and Zephyr. The band has practiced together every Monday evening since mid-January and is conducted by Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands at HPU.

The band portion of the concert will include marches, a ragtime piece and several light, energetic program pieces. Also performing will be the Heartland Harmonizers, a local barbershop singing group under the direction of Dr. Derek Smith, associate professor of chemistry at HPU. The Heartland Harmonizers will perform works such as “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “God Bless America” and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

“This is such an exciting opportunity to join with musicians from all over central Texas and to bring a musical offering to the community at large,” said Nelson. “We have musicians ranging from 15 to 70 years of age. I hope everyone will make an effort to come and support this musical community project.”

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

HPU presents Commencement ceremony this Saturday

 Howard Payne University will hold its spring Commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood.

Dr. Cory Hines, president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Robert Morrison, member of HPU’s Board of Trustees and retired educator from Abilene.

The Commencement ceremony will be preceded on Friday, May 10, by Chime Out, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, representing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

For more information, including details on how to access HPU’s livestream of the events, please visit the HPU website at


Cutline: HPU’s Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at the Brownwood Coliseum.

HPU’s theatre department to present original drama “Mouthpiece” at Brownwood’s Lyric

Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre has announced performances of “Mouthpiece,” an original one-act drama written by Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre. The play will be performed Friday through Sunday, May 10-12, at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre. Each performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 50 minutes.

“Mouthpiece” depicts the story of a senator who, after an accident, prompts those around him to consider the power of God’s Word.

“Simply staged with beautiful renditions of traditional hymns, ‘Mouthpiece’ poses deep questions and portrays the profoundly human cost of belief and unbelief,” said Dr. Ewen. “Particularly poignant in today’s world of corruption and shifting definitions of truth, our drama expresses in rich dramatic detail that the Word of God is, as Hebrews 4:12 says, sharper than any two-edged sword, able to penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to assist with expenses for the group to travel to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) in August to perform “Mouthpiece.” The ICTF is held in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

“This play will be performed as part of the HPU Department of Theatre’s mission to share the love of Christ with the world at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe,” said Dr. Ewen. “We invite the public to support this mission through prayer that God’s kingdom would be revealed through the witness of these student missionaries and through the performance of this play.”

Participating in the production are Dr. Ewen, who wrote the play, directs it and performs music; Christopher Ewen, a sophomore at May High School, who operates lights; Jessica Catlett, a senior from Alleyton majoring in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, who operates sound; Isaac Williams, a senior from May majoring in Christian education, who performs music; and cast members Sara Heinrichs, a junior from Hico majoring in theatre arts with all-level certification; Deejay Moses, a senior from May majoring in theatre arts with all-level certification; Jake Bowren, a junior from San Antonio majoring in theatre; Cassia Rose, campus visit coordinator and 2018 HPU graduate; and Laurel Pinkney, a sophomore theatre major from Carrollton.

“This show is affecting and personal,” said Pinkney. “Filled with memorable characters and interspersed with traditional hymns, this play will linger in audience members’ minds long after they’ve left the theatre.”

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

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2019 semester at Howard Payne University. HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact the Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline #1: On stage for HPU’s production of “Mouthpiece” are, from left, Laurel Pinkney, Cassia Rose, Jake Bowren, Deejay Moses, Sara Heinrichs, Isaac Williams and Dr. Nicholas Ewen.

Cutline #2: The play “Mouthpiece,” written by HPU’s Dr. Nicholas Ewen, will be performed at Brownwood’s Lyric Theatre May 10-12 at 7:00 p.m

Registration opens for HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars programs

Registration is now open for Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars day camps for children entering first through sixth grades. The camps, scheduled July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day, feature fun and innovative instruction in a variety of subjects.

In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in music, robotics, science and recreation.

“Summer and Young Scholars is an excellent opportunity for students to have an engaging academic experience during the middle of the summer, where they can engage in hands-on learning fun,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “All of our instructors are either HPU faculty or highly experienced local public school professionals, with a wealth of educational experience.”

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center and other campus locations.

“Students in the classes have fun learning about topics not always covered in regular classes, and every day there is some sort of experiential learning or experiment,” said Dr. Welker. “There is never a dull moment at Summer and Young Scholars.”

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $110 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies. Students must be registered before the event to attend.

“Last year, we met capacity in most of our classes,” said Dr. Welker. “I encourage parents to register their children early to guarantee a spot. Registration is not complete until tuition has been made.”

Online registration is available at For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at

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: Summer and Young Scholars logo

HPU’s Dr. Christopher B. Rosborough to be clinician at Fort Worth ISD small-school choir All-State camp

Howard Payne University’s Dr. Christopher B. Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, was recently invited to serve as a clinician at the 2019 Fort Worth small-school choir All-State camp.

The event will be held June 10-13 and will culminate in a performance by attendees at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

“I am so grateful to collaborate with this region and these schools and districts for the betterment of music education in our state,” said Dr. Rosborough. “The time spent with students and colleagues always serves as mutually invaluable as we navigate the mystery and gift of making music together. For me, the deepest cognitive connections come through our shared experience of learning and ‘musicing’; and often, at least in my experience, those in attendance leave with an equal spiritual depth.”

In fall 2018, Dr. Rosborough also was asked to clinic the Regions 5 and 7 TMEA Small School All-Region Choir at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts, under the leadership of HPU alumnus Arielle Sword ’03, Region 7 and vocal area chairwoman. Dr. Rosborough led the choirs in the performance of five pieces at the concert.

“In attendance for this clinic were 112 students from 21 high schools. They all experienced incredible growth in musicality, vocal execution and personal depth that propelled their performance into unfound heights,” he said. “It was an incredible honor to be hosted by these fantastic choral programs and one of the highlights of my year.”

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. Rosborough conducts a student choir at the Regions 5 and 7 TMEA Small School All-Region Choir at Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts in November 2018.

HPU students and faculty member attend Advanced Instrumentation Workshop

Howard Payne University faculty member Dr. Dennis Gibson, adjunct professor of physical science, and HPU students Mackinzey Boyer and Regina Dunlap recently attended the 12th Advanced Instrumentation Workshop sponsored by Baylor Graduate School.

The workshop is funded through a multiyear, multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation grant that supports academic collaboration between Baylor University and other institutions of higher learning. The event’s focus is on the use of advanced instrumentation that represents cutting-edge technology at the forefront of analytical chemistry and providing students hands-on experience with this advanced technology.

Dr. Gibson summarized the event from an advisory perspective.

“These workshops benefit faculty members doubly by interactions with peers who specialize in novel applications of techniques that some of us have only studied academically and by the terms of the grant that reinforce collaboration with institutions, such as HPU, that do not enjoy these resources in house,” he said.

Boyer, a junior from Weatherford majoring in forensic science, attended breakout sessions that focused on separating proteins via high-pressure liquid chromatography and characterizing small-molecule crystal structure via X-ray crystallography.

“I had the opportunity to inject a mixed protein sample into an analyzer that separates the different proteins and then can tell the exact mass of each molecule, and this sample is part of a current research project,” said Boyer.

Dunlap, a junior from Brownwood majoring in chemistry, participated in electron paramagnetic resonance studies of free radical catalysts and protein characterization via high-resolution mass spectrometry.

“I feel confident in the knowledge I have gained thus far in my studies at HPU and these experiences inspired me to pursue greater understanding and set new academic goals,” said Dunlap.

All participants gratefully acknowledge the gracious support of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, which sponsored the event on behalf of the chemistry program.

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

Five HPU seniors honored at annual Sumners Scholars Banquet

Graduating seniors from Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy were honored during the recent Sumners Scholars Banquet. The students, who were selected as Hatton W. Sumners Foundation Scholars during their junior year, were each awarded a plaque and a copy of the book “The Wisdom of Hatton W. Sumners and The Sumners Foundation Scholarships.”
Honored for completing four semesters as Sumners Scholars were Joel Justice of Brownwood, Augusta Johnson of Gatesville, Emma Reed of Fort Worth, Jessica Catlett of Alleyton and Tyler Olin of Howe. The students also took the opportunity to express gratitude for the opportunities provided to them by the foundation.
The highly competitive and prestigious Sumners Scholar program offers students the opportunity to attend special lectures, seminars and conferences featuring world-renowned leaders from both public and private sectors. It also provides a generous scholarship of $7,500 per semester for two years. The trustees of the Sumners Foundation select students from an impressive pool of applicants following an in-depth application and interview process.
Named for its founder, former U.S. Rep. Hatton W. Sumners of Texas (Democrat, 1912-1947), who served as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation is dedicated to the study, teaching and promotion of self-government.
“We’ve benefitted tremendously from our decades-long partnership with the Sumners Foundation,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, chair and professor of history and government and director of the Academy. “Their mission to empower students to engage leadership and citizenship benefits us here at Howard Payne while the Sumners Scholars are students, but it’s even more impressive to know how impactful our Scholars have become in their worlds after graduation. They truly help us train for, and model, servant leadership in our communities.”

For more information about the Sumners Scholars program at HPU, visit


Cutline: Five HPU students were honored during HPU’s annual Sumners Scholars Banquet. Pictured from left are Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president; Eileen Resnick, Sumners Foundation program officer; Augusta Johnson, HPU Sumners Scholar; Charles Pierson, Sumners Foundation executive officer; Jessica Catlett, HPU Sumners Scholar; Emma Reed, HPU Sumners Scholar; Tyler Olin, HPU Sumners Scholar; Joel Justice, HPU Sumners Scholar; Lon Williams, Sumners Foundation trustee; and Scott Higginbotham, Sumners Foundation trustee.

HPU FCA holds Tony Daniel Memorial 5K

Howard Payne University’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently held the Tony Daniel Memorial 5K. The run served as a fundraiser for the FCA and an opportunity to pay tribute to the FCA Brownwood area director, who passed in 2018.

“Tony Daniel was such a great example of how to live life in a Christ-like way,” said Kristin Haman, athletic trainer and HPU FCA sponsor. “He was an encourager, a leader and a great steward of the Gospel message. His efforts helped more than 3,000 athletes in Brown County come to faith in Christ and countless others grow in their faith during his time as the Brownwood area FCA director.”

Approximately $1,500 was raised through the race, to be set aside in the FCA’s scholarship fund and used to send athletes and coaches to FCA camps in Texas.

The race’s route followed a course on the HPU campus. First, second and third finishing runners were Seth Jesko of Early, Emma Stegemoller of Brownwood and Griffin Ehlers, an HPU sophomore from Early majoring in bioscience.

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: Runners from various age groups participated in the recent Tony Daniel Memorial 5K, held on the HPU campus.