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HPU Department of Music to present concert benefiting Brown County’s Hope Home Ministry

Music Faculty F2018BROWNWOOD – November 9, 2018 – The faculty and students of Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present, in honor of this season of Thanksgiving, a benefit showcase concert titled “We Give Thanks.” The concert, slated for Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium, is free and open to the public. However, donations will be accepted to benefit Brown County’s Hope Home Ministry.

“HPU’s music faculty and students are grateful for the gift of music and for our Brown county community,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts. “Music is a profound gift from God to His children – a transcendent art that can reveal man’s loftiest aspirations yet can touch the heart of even a child in a language that is more profound than words. In celebration of the true spirit of Thanksgiving, the music department has prepared this musical offering of God-honoring praise for our community.”

The concert will feature several HPU musical groups including the Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Winds of Triumph, Heritage Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Music Ensembles. Musical styles of a broad spectrum will be performed.

Hope Home Ministry is a Brown County faith-based transitional home for young women emerging from human trafficking situations, detention centers and foster care. Founded in 2008 by HPU alumna Chassidy Carroll, Hope Home Ministry is a 50l(c)(3) non-profit. It is run entirely on donations and relies heavily on volunteers from the community. Donations taken at the door on the evening of the concert will not be tax deductible. However, to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.hopehomeministry.org.

For more information about the “We Give Thanks” benefit showcase concert, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

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Cutline: HPU’s Department of Music will present a benefit showcase concert titled “We Give Thanks.” Music faculty members include (front row, from left) Dr. Celeste Church, Frank Nelson, Stephen Goacher and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace and (back row, from left) Dr. Gregory Church, Dr. Christopher Rosborough and Joseph Dunlap.

HPU to adjust academic programs and related staffing based on budget outlook

HPU Old Main Tower PlazaBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently announced plans to reduce or otherwise modify selected academic programs to strengthen the institution’s footing in an increasingly challenging higher-education landscape. The moves were unanimously approved by HPU’s Board of Trustees at a meeting on November 2.

While the university’s long-term financial standing is stable due to a strong endowment and prudent resource management as demonstrated by the Board of Trustees, in recent years the annual operating budget has been strained due to a range of underpopulated courses and decreased external scholarship assistance for students.

The curriculum revisions were the result of a lengthy evaluation process prompted by decreased resources and other difficult trends in faith-based education.

“While there may be little comfort in this reality, our challenges are not unique,” said Dr. Paul W. Armes, HPU’s interim president. “There is simply no way for tuition-driven colleges to live beyond their means. That trajectory must change if these institutions are to move forward positively.”

HPU’s leadership has been facing these challenges for several years but sought other means to address them, due to the reality that personnel are connected to the programs that would be eliminated.

“This is a very painful process,” said Dr. Armes. “These changes are not a negative reflection on any individual employee or academic area but are simply realities we must face if we are to be responsible in our budgeting.”

After considering underperforming majors, the board acted to close 10 majors/minors and reconfigure seven others. All students with affected degree plans have been notified of these changes and the university will honor the curriculum that each student started. If a student wishes to change to another major at HPU or transfer to another institution, advisors and deans will give necessary assistance.

As a result of the program reorganization and realignment, the university closed one full-time administrative support position and 12 full-time faculty positions, including two faculty positions that were already planned to be vacancies in the next fiscal year.  All personnel who will be leaving the institution as a result of program closures will be provided with transition assistance.

The following majors/minors (listed by school) have been eliminated due to program realignment:

• Christian Studies – Biblical Languages (to be merged with the Bible major), Cross-Cultural Studies (to be merged with the Christian Education major)
• Humanities – Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Spanish (changing from major to minor)
• Music and Fine Arts – Art (changing from major to minor), Church Music and Worship (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music), Journalism, Music Performance (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music), Piano Pedagogy (to be merged with the Bachelor of Arts – Music)
• Science and Mathematics – Forensic Science

Not all of the above closures required personnel changes, and those individuals facing transition have already been notified.

Additionally, curricular realignments are being made in all academic areas to move toward greater efficiency and effectiveness. The following are specific areas (listed by school) with adjustments made at this time:

• Business – Master of Business Administration
• Education – Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership
• Music and Fine Arts – Theatre
• Science and Mathematics – Computer Information Systems, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Science

“The board looked at several options,” said Dr. Armes. “In the end, the trustees approved the most compassionate and minimalist course they felt that they could. From my perspective, their action was careful, considered and generous.”

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HPU debater advances to semi-finals, others earn honors at Houston tournament

Bayou City for webBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament, held at Lone Star College in Houston. Lucy Manning, sophomore communication, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, advanced to semi-finals in international public debate.

Additionally, Manning earned the overall fourth-place top speaker position of the tournament, fifth-place international public debate speaker and fourth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

Freshman Ben Olin, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, was the top international public debate speaker at the tournament, third overall debate speaker and ninth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

Senior Tyler Olin, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe, was fifth-place parliamentary debate speaker.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of the Department of Communication, coaches the team.

“These students have been working very hard on debate structure, advocacy skills and argumentation skills,” she said. “We focus heavily on good presentational skills as well, and it shows by having three of the tournament’s top individual speakers.”

In both international public debate and parliamentary debate, students receive a topic and have a limited amount of preparation time before the debate round. Each round has a different topic. Topics at the tournament included the affordable housing crisis, changing the number of seats on the Supreme Court, Saudi Arabia/Turkey political relations, genetic testing regulations and rap music’s influence on politics, among others.

“Students who compete for HPU’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, must be well-versed in all current events, both domestic and foreign,” said Dr. Welker. “Students must be quick thinkers and have excellent critical thinking skills.”

HPU competed against 16 colleges and universities from Texas, Illinois and Louisiana.

Other students who competed at the tournament were Madison Neal, junior communication major from Chandler, and Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

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: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament at Lone Star College in Houston. Left to right are Lucy Manning, Ben Olin, Tyler Olin, Alek Mendoza, Madison Neal and Dr. Julie Welker.

Ramirez and Ramos crowned HPU Homecoming Queen and Princess

Ramos, Dodds and Ramirez for webBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2018 – Angelica Ramirez, senior from Austin, and Sarah Ramos, junior from Pflugerville, were crowned Howard Payne University’s Homecoming Queen and Princess during a ceremony held today on campus.

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.

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.

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Cutline: Angelica Ramirez, left, and Sarah Ramos, right, were named HPU’s Homecoming Queen and Princess, respectively. They are pictured with Karen Coppock Dodds, HPU’s 2018 Coming Home Queen.

HPU’s Katelyn Zimmer to present Senior Recital

Katelyn Zimmer for webBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Katelyn Zimmer, a music education major from Brownwood, will present her Senior Recital on the clarinet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, in HPU’s Grace Chapel. The recital is free of charge and the public is invited.

“Katelyn Zimmer is an unusually accomplished music student,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and Zimmer’s clarinet instructor. “Katelyn is one of the very few HPU musicians to give a full elective Junior Recital in addition to the Senior Recital. Her dedication and discipline in her craft has enabled her to prepare an interesting program of clarinet masterworks and chamber music. I am sure her recital will bless all who attend.”

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: HPU senior Katelyn Zimmer will present her Senior Recital on Thursday, November 8.

HPU Concert Choir to present “Ketubah: Feast of the Bridegroom”

KetubahBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present “Ketubah: Feast of the Bridegroom” next Tuesday, November 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Grace Chapel. A pre-concert lecture is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

The “Ketubah” is the marriage contract shared between the husband and wife in a Jewish wedding.

“This concert will exemplify the parallel of this Jewish tradition with our position as the Bride of Christ,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

The program will highlight several multicultural influences with songs in six languages, four style-periods and a variety of genres. Works to be performed include “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre; “Sweetheart of the Sun” by Eric William Barnum; “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner; “Chorale 1” from “Wachet Auf, BWV 140” by J.S. Bach; and a host of other pieces.

The Concert Choir will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music.

Dr. Rosborough’s pre-concert lecture will give the audience a greater understanding of the historical perspectives of the Ketubah, as it relates to the Hebraic roots of our Christian faith.

“Additionally, lecture attendees will have the opportunity to ‘unpack’ the musical-textual implications of the pieces to be performed thereafter,” he said.

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

HPU speech and debate team competes at Oklahoma tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2018 – Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, recently competed at The Storm Classic speech and debate tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Lucy Manning and Ben Olin were quarterfinalists as a debate team that beat teams from Texas State University, Texas Christian University and others. Manning is a sophomore communication, social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth and Olin is a freshman communication, psychology and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe.

“This first tournament of the year was a very difficult one, with many different forensics programs from the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas, and we competed extremely well against them,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication, professor of communication and coach of the Student Speaker Bureau.

Manning also advanced to finals in informative speaking, with her speech titled “Gaming in the Classroom.”

Madison Neal, junior communication and social sciences jurisprudence major from Chandler, advanced to finals in extemporaneous speaking. Alek Mendoza, freshman theatre major from Bangs, also competed at the tournament.

For more information about HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau, visit www.hputx.edu/ssb.

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.

HPU announces change in location for Homecoming bonfire, fireworks display

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2018 – Howard Payne University has changed the venue for its Homecoming bonfire and fireworks display. The event will now take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex in Brownwood.

The festivities will kick off at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, November 2, with a pep rally. The bonfire will begin at 9 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

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

HPU theatre to present “Missing Link” during Homecoming 2018

Missing Link for webBROWNWOOD – October 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Theatre will present “Missing Link” by Jack Sharkey in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities. Performances are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening at HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“The story takes place in 1975 and revolves around Lindy Baxter who, 30 years earlier at the age of 16, pledged her eternal love to Lincoln Sinclair,” said Dr. Nancy Jo Humfeld, chair of HPU’s Department of Theatre and professor of theatre. “Link went off to World War II and has not returned so, for 30 years, Lindy has been ‘missing Link.’ After a trip down the stairs, Lindy meets orthopedist, Simon Fletcher, and they eventually decide to marry. Of course, the day before the wedding, guess who shows up! With a convoluted plot and lots of fun action, ‘Missing Link’ can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”

Cast members include Taylor Davis, junior from Alvin; David “Zeke” Frost, freshman from Bertram; Hailey Green, senior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, sophomore from Hico; Michael Hord, sophomore from Montgomery; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Alek Mendoza, freshman from Bangs; Deejay Moses, junior from May; Laurel Pinkney, sophomore from Carrollton; and Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro. Dr. Humfeld is directing the play and additional crew members include Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre; Jake Bowren, junior from San Antonio; and Shannon Sheehan, senior from Brownwood.

For more information about “Missing Link,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. More than 30 other events are scheduled for HPU’s Homecoming. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU will present “Missing Link” by Jack Sharkey in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2018 festivities. Left to right: Cassia Rose, Alek Mendoza, Michael Hord, Hailey Green, Sara Heinrichs and Deejay Moses. Photo by Katie Cravey, HPU junior.

Duncanville’s Dr. Jimmy Garcia receives HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Jimmy Garcia for webBROWNWOOD – October 29, 2018 – Dr. Jimmy Garcia of Duncanville has been named the recipient of Howard Payne University’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award. 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.

He will receive his award during the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 8 a.m. Dr. Garcia 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 November 3 beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the breakfast and banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Dr. Garcia graduated from HPU in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and psychology. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed further graduate studies at Baylor University’s George Truett Seminary. He received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from HPU in 2001.

He was licensed to preach by First Baptist Church in Del Rio in 1967 and ordained to the Gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Miles in 1971. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Duncanville, at which he teaches Sunday School and chairs the church’s Missions Committee.

Dr. Garcia currently serves as adjunct instructor at Dallas Baptist University and Mountain View College. He has additionally lectured at Truett Theological Seminary and Baptist University of the Americas. He has held pastorates at Primera Iglesia Bautista of Dallas, Calvario Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Calvario Baptist Church of Corsicana and Immanuel Baptist Church of Miles. Additional ministry-related positions include serving as director of missions of the Del Rio-Uvalde Baptist Association, ethnic missions coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and associate director of missions for the San Antonio Baptist Association.

He has served as a board member for Baptist University of the Americas, Valley Baptist Academy and the Institutional Coordinating Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Additionally with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, he is a member of the Intentional Interim Ministry and the Baptist Distinctive Counsel. He also served as chair of the nominating committee for the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.

Dr. Garcia and his wife, Dolores Garcia, have three children and three grandchildren.

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Cutline: Dr. Jimmy Garcia of Duncanville has been named the recipient of HPU’s Dr. José Rivas Distinguished Service Award.