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HPU to host annual “American Music Spectacular” on April 30

Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band will present its 24th annual “American Music Spectacular – God and Country” on Tuesday, April 30. The main concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium, with doors opening at 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for concert admission. Donations will be accepted at the door on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Selections include John Philip Sousa’s “Power and Glory”; Samuel Hazo’s “Each Time You Tell Their Story,” which is a dramatic remembrance of our fallen heroes; “Eternal Father Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn),” by Claude T. Smith; and many more.

There will be a reception following the concert in the band room of the Davidson Music Complex.

The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Frank Nelson, assistant professor of music and director of bands.

“This concert event has become a popular tradition in the Heart of Texas region,” said Nelson. “We will celebrate God, who blesses this nation, the American spirit and those who have put their lives on the line to help secure our freedom and democracy. You will not want to miss this amazing night of musical celebration in honor of America and its heroes.”

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 HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

LOCATION CHANGE: Memorial service for Sara Baker scheduled for April 27 at Brownwood’s First Baptist Church

Howard Payne University invites the public to a memorial service for Sara Baker, retired faculty member in HPU’s Department of Music, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The service will be held at First Baptist Church in Brownwood.

Baker passed away on January 29, 2019, in Granbury. She was 89. She and her husband, the late Dr. George Baker, had long, distinguished careers as members of HPU’s music faculty.

HPU Social Work Club holds prom dress drive for area high school students

Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club recently hosted its annual Cinderella Project. At the event, young women from area high schools were given the opportunity to choose a free, like-new prom dress.

Held in HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice, a boutique setting was created by members of the Social Work Club, with music, dressing rooms and displays of dresses and shoes.

Thanks to the donations of members of the community, 26 dresses and two pairs of shoes were given to local high school students. Fifteen HPU students were involved in preparing the boutique and supervising while dresses were being given away.

“The Cinderella Project is a wonderful opportunity for community members to help out young ladies who may not be able to shop for a new prom dress,” said Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “The social work faculty and students at HPU also get the chance to serve those young ladies by collecting the donated dresses, organizing the dresses in our makeshift ‘shop’ and helping them pick out the dresses.”

Applications for admission are being accepted for the fall 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: Jessica Catlett, a senior majoring in social work and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, arranges dresses at Howard Payne University’s Cinderella Project event.

HPU’s Concert Choir and University Singers to present spring concert

Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will present “Requiem, K. 626” by W.A. Mozart on Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Brownwood. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
This unique setting of the work will be the Texas premiere of Carl Czerny’s four-hand piano arrangement. Czerny, a classical composer, teacher and pianist, boasts a musical oeuvre of more than 1,000 works. One such publication is this arrangement of Mozart’s “Requiem.” The arrangement was dedicated to the edification of Abbé Maximilliam Stadler, whose work of compiling Mozart’s fragments was of great significance to the eventual completion of “Requiem” by Franz Xaver Süssmayer.

Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of HPU’s Department of Music, and Dean Kiesling, music teacher at Northwest Elementary and pianist and organist at First United Methodist Church in Brownwood, will perform this pianistic behemoth.

Dr. Christopher B. Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the evening of music. Soloists will include Dr. Celeste Church, interim provost and assistant vice president for research and accreditation; Danielle Rosborough ’08, database manager; Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music; Dr. Iwao Asakura, associate professor of music at Tarleton State University; and Joy Renée Blackstock ’07.
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 (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 Concert Choir and University Singers will present “Requiem, K. 626” by W.A. Mozart Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Sixth annual HPU Wellness Fair held on campus

Howard Payne University recently held its sixth annual Wellness Fair, which included health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits and games for HPU students, faculty and staff.

Featured at the Wellness Fair were large inflatable replicas of the human heart and lungs. A tug-of-war contest was also held between teams made up of HPU faculty, staff and students. HPU personnel ran booths focusing on seven dimensions of wellness – emotional, intellectual, spiritual, environmental, occupational, social and physical. Additionally, HPU dining services provider Sodexo hosted a booth offering healthy wraps and fruit skewers.

Teresa Cavitt, instructor in kinesiology and faculty/staff wellness program leader, organized the event.

“Our goals are to promote all the dimensions of wellness on campus,” she said. “An active and aware campus community is a healthy campus community. This event is one of the highlights for the kinesiology department during the spring semester.”

In addition to HPU personnel and students in attendance, 35 HOSA-Future Health Professionals from Brownwood High School also participated in

the event. Other organizations represented at the event were Keep Brownwood Beautiful; Brownwood Women, Infant and Children program; Brownwood Health Department – Public Health Preparedness; Texas A&M Agri-Life; Pregnancy Care Center; AccelHealth; and Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages of Abilene.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 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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Photo Cutline #1: Pictured (from left to right) are Scott Owen, assistant professor of kinesiology, director of Wellness Center, clinical education coordinator; Rick Beelby, associate professor of kinesiology; Graham Hatcher, professor of kinesiology; Teresa Cavitt, instructor of kinesiology; Mike Terrill, chair, Department of Kinesiology, director of athletic training education program and assistant professor of athletic training; and Jill Heupel, assistant professor of kinesiology.

Photo Cutline #2: A team of HPU students takes part in the tug-of-war competition.

Photo Cutline #3: Displayed at the event is an inflatable model of the heart.

HPU presents Spring Student Art Exhibit April 26-28

Howard Payne University’s Department of Art invites the public to enjoy a wide range of student artwork on display as part of the Spring Student Art Exhibit. The work will be available for viewing Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery will be also open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The art show features work from a variety of media and methods: photography, printmaking, weaving, handmade books, painting, drawing and more. Julie Mize, adjunct instructor of art at HPU, curated the exhibit.

“I’m very proud of these students and the spectrum of artwork on display,” Mize said. “This exhibit is a wonderful showcase for the students’ creativity and I encourage the public to come see the work.”

The exhibit includes artwork by:
Allison Auvenshine, a sophomore from Comanche majoring in youth ministry;
Keith Baker, a junior from Houston majoring in studio art;
Samantha Barnard, a junior from Everman majoring in athletic training;
Abi Brown, a junior from May majoring in art education;
Haleigh Clevenger, a freshman from Brownwood majoring in English and studio art;
Brianne Davis, a sophomore from Comanche majoring in art education;
Kaeli Goodgion, a senior from Comanche majoring in studio art;
Cindy Gutierrez, a junior from Dallas majoring in marketing;
Ally Henry, a junior from New Braunfels majoring in studio art;
Victoria Johnson, a freshman from Maple Grove, Minnesota, majoring in studio art;
Alfredo Lozano, a junior from Arlington majoring in marketing;
Andie McCoy, a senior from Whitehouse majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science with global studies emphasis;
Nathalia Sorto, a freshman from Dallas majoring in family psychology;
Stephanie Tarigan, a senior from Brownwood majoring in mathematics; and
Hope Veroneau, a sophomore from Lampasas majoring in art education.

HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center is located at 1308 Center Avenue in Brownwood. Admission to the exhibit is free of charge. For more information, please contact Julie Mize at jmize@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 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: Adjunct faculty member Julie Mize reviews artwork with HPU students in anticipation of the exhibit to be held April 26-28 at HPU. Pictured from left are Ally Henry, Brianne Davis, Julie Mize, Keith Baker, Abi Brown, Allison Auvenshine, Stephanie Tarigan, Samantha Barnard and Hope Veroneau.

Memorial service for Sara Baker scheduled for April 27 at HPU

Howard Payne University invites the public to a memorial service for Sara Baker, retired faculty member in HPU’s Department of Music, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. The service will be held at Grace Chapel, located at the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus.

Baker passed away on January 29, 2019, in Granbury. She was 89. She and her husband, the late Dr. George Baker, had long, distinguished careers as members of HPU’s music faculty.

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Cutline: The public is invited to a memorial service for Sara Baker, who passed away in January.

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau earns two places at nationals

BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament, with two of the members earning awards. The competition took place at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas.

Freshman Alek Mendoza, theatre and communication major from Bangs, won fifth place in novice dramatic interpretation, and sophomore Lucy Manning, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, communication and social science jurisprudence major from Fort Worth, won sixth place in open persuasive speaking.

More than 220 students from 21 universities from across the nation participated in the 2019 championship. All institutions represented are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

“I’m very proud of Alek placing in dramatic interpretation as a freshman,” said Dr. Julie Welker, speech and debate team coach and chair and professor of communication. “He has worked hard this year on his interpretive pieces and the hard work has paid off. Alek is a very talented performer, and I’m thankful the judges recognized that.”

Dr. Welker also praised Manning’s work at the tournament.

“In just her second year of competition, and moving into the open division, Lucy’s sixth place was hard earned,” said Dr. Welker. “Lucy has been a strong competitor this year, winning both speaker awards and placing at every tournament we’ve attended.”
Manning also competed in parliamentary debate.

Other students competing in the tournament were junior Madison Neal, communication major from Chandler; senior Tyler Olin, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Howe; and sophomore Esmeralda Maldonado, communication major from Whitney. Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, also traveled and assisted in coaching the team.

The team is spending the rest of semester adjudicating district and regional UIL speech and debate meets, and will begin preparing for next year’s competitive season.

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the National Christian College Forensics Association national tournament. Pictured from left are Tyler Olin, Alek Mendoza, Madison Neal, Lucy Manning and Esmeralda Maldonado.

HPU to close Friday for Easter holiday

BROWNWOOD – April 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University will be closed for the Easter holiday on Friday, April 19.

University offices will reopen and classes will resume on Monday, April 22.

HPU to celebrate Easter with annual Resurrection Week services

BROWNWOOD – April 11, 2019 – Howard Payne University will host Resurrection Week, a spring revival event, April 15-17. Held annually during the week preceding Easter, the services are intended to be a time of spiritual renewal and are open to the community as well as HPU students, faculty and staff.

Mike Satterfield, this year’s speaker, is the teaching pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington. The Nick Gainey Band will lead worship at each service. The band serves as the worship team at Crosspoint Community Church in Rockwall.

“Mike Satterfield and the Nick Gainey Band are great friends of HPU,” said Keith Platte, HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry director and Chapel coordinator. “We’re eager to welcome them back to our campus for Resurrection Week to celebrate our risen Savior with us.”

Resurrection Week services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium on Monday and Tuesday, April 15-16, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.
For more information, contact Platte at 325-649-8319 or kplatte@hputx.edu.

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