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HPU to hold fall Commencement and Chime Out ceremonies

BROWNWOOD – November 30, 2018 – Howard Payne University will hold its fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Brownwood Coliseum. The coliseum is located at 500 E. Baker Street in Brownwood. Receiving their diplomas are approximately 82 August and December graduates.

Dr. Paul W. Armes, interim president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Mark Towns, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Brownwood.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, December 7, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6:00 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium.

Both events will be livestreamed on Facebook at


Cutline: Dr. Mark Towns, pastor at First Baptist Church of Brownwood, will deliver the charge to graduates at HPU’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 8.

HPU Pre-College Music and Art program to present “Christmas at HPU”

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program will host its “Christmas at HPU” celebration on Sunday, December 2, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the atrium of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Family and friends of the students and other members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“Students in the program will present some wonderful vocal and instrumental Christmas selections,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “Additionally, the pre-college art students will have some of their recent work on exhibit.”

The Pre-College Music and Art program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or


HPU to celebrate birth of Christ through “Lessons and Carols”

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Brownwood. The service includes Scripture readings about the prophecies and fulfillment of the coming Christ, in coordination with music that reflects the passages being read.

HPU personnel will read the Scriptures and the university’s Heritage Singers will perform the musical selections with Dr. Allen Reed, retired professor of music, accompanying.

The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918 – celebrating 100 years this season! The service was first broadcast in 1928 and has broadcast annually, with the exception of 1930. In the United States, the service airs on approximately 300 radio stations and a host of public television networks.

The Heritage Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

“The service of Lessons and Carols is a poignant reminder of the prophecies, and their fulfillment, of the coming of Christ,” said Dr. Rosborough. “With the busyness of this time of the semester, as well as the bits of turmoil we see in the world around us, this service provides an opportunity for contemplation as we focus on the tangibility of our Messiah.”

St. John’s Anglican Church is located at 700 Main Street in Brownwood. For more information about the event, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

HPU Moot Court wins Baylor University tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 29, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team recently triumphed at the Baylor University Moot Court Invitational tournament, competing against nine colleges and universities from across Texas and the neighboring states.

Four HPU students competed at the event – partners Jordan Hahn, junior from Burnet, and Lucy Manning, sophomore from Fort Worth, and partners Bailey Myler, senior from Brownwood, and Lauren Piper, freshman from Early.

Hahn and Manning advanced to out-rounds on day two and defeated the University of North Texas in the final round to win the tournament. Awards were also given to the top eight speakers at the tournament. Manning placed 5th, Myler placed 4th and Hahn was the top speaker at the event.

“This was the first tournament of the year for these four competitors and they did an amazing job,” said Lorianna Kelley, team adviser and assistant professor of government. “I am so proud of all the hard work the team has put in already this year, and I am confident they will continue to prevail at our upcoming tournaments.”


Cutline: HPU’s Moot Court team recently triumphed at the Baylor University Moot Court Invitational tournament. Left to right: Lauren Piper, Bailey Myler, Jordan Hahn and Lucy Manning.

Improvements made at HPU’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center

BROWNWOOD – November 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center underwent improvements to its facilities during the summer. The developments were made possible due to donations from Bruner Toyota, through the Toyota Dealer Match Program, and HPU alumnus Jarod Root ’03.

In addition to their financial support of HPU, Root serves on the HPU Alumni Association Board of Directors, while Greg Bruner, of Bruner Toyota, is a member of the HPU Board of Trustees.

Improvements to the building included the installation of new flooring, the painting of hallways and office doors and the placement of new signage for offices. The McCullough Athletic Center houses offices for the HPU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and athletics training facilities.

“Projects such as this really help bring a spark of new excitement to our university, our athletic department and, most importantly, our students,” said Hunter Sims, HPU athletic director. “We are extremely thankful for people like Jarod Root and organizations like Bruner Toyota who believe in the mission of HPU.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Mamie D. McCullough Athletic Center underwent renovations supported by donors Jared Root and the Bruner Auto Family.

HPU band and choirs to present Christmas concert

BROWNWOOD – November 26, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s band and choral programs will present a joint Christmas concert on Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in the university’s Mims Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The band will open the evening with “The Star Spangled Banner” followed by two performances each by HPU’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers. Leading more than 60 student performers for the evening are Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music, and Dr. Christopher Rosborough, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music.

HPU’s Heritage Singers will perform “Of The Father’s Love Begotten” arranged by Paul Wohlgemuth and “Mary Had a Baby” arranged by William Dawson. The Concert Choir will perform “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter and “A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas” by Craig Courtney.

The band will perform “And the Mountains Echoed: Gloria!” by Robert Longfield. This musical work was inspired by the biblical narrative of the appearance of the angels to the shepherds telling them of the birth of Jesus. Additional Christmas pieces to be performed include “Greensleeves” arranged by Alfred Reed; “Mary’s Boy Child” arranged by Philip Sparke; “Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol” by Percy Grainger; “The Christmas Song” by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé; and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The band and choir will join forces in presenting several Christmas carols in a unique setting arranged by David Wilcox – “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “The First Nowell.”

“We invite all of Brown County to come and experience this celebration of Christmas music with us,” said Nelson. “It’s a great way to start off the Christmas season for you and your family. And the best part about it – the concert is absolutely free! It’s our gift to the community. We hope you’ll make plans to attend!”

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


HPU senior Justin Barrera awarded UPS Scholarship

BROWNWOOD – November 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University senior Justin Barrera, a kinesiology major and business minor from Round Rock, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Barrera is the son of Gina Barrera and a 2014 Cedar Ridge High School graduate. He will graduate from HPU on December 8, 2018.

“I am so thankful to be receiving this scholarship from UPS,” Barrera said. “This is helping more than they know.”

At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the ICUT Foundation awarded $120,000 in UPS Scholarships to 40 students at private institutions across Texas.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization focused on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars and other programs that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance and institutional visibility. CIC conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers. CIC also provides support to state associations that organize programs and generate contributions for their member colleges and universities, including the ICUT Foundation. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


Cutline: HPU senior Justin Barrera is the recipient of this year’s UPS Scholarship.

HPU graduate Karli Conrad ’18 serving as campus missionary intern

BROWNWOOD – November 19, 2018 – Howard Payne University graduate Karli Conrad is serving with the HPU Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) as campus missionary intern for the 2018-2019 school year.

Conrad, a native of Katy, graduated from HPU in May 2018 with a degree in marketing. As a student, she was active in the BSM, serving as a leader and in the senior adult ministry. She also was a member of the Student Activities Council, the Student Planning Committee and business leadership organization Phi Beta Lambda.

She initially had other plans following graduation but felt led to change them as her final year at HPU drew to a close.

“I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do after college and was kind of on the fast track to an internship at a corporation in Houston,” said Conrad. “Then God called me to go into a ministry position to serve HPU. When Keith [Platte, director of HPU’s BSM] mentioned the position and asked if I would be interested, I said no initially, but then God changed my heart.”

Keith Platte noted that Conrad has been an immediate contributor to the functions of the BSM.

“She is a very welcoming, inviting person,” he said. “Students find it easy to open up and talk to Karli. She has a passion to see people grow in Christ, to become disciples and disciple-makers.”

The initial adjustment from student to worker was somewhat difficult for her. She had to adapt to her new role as a guide and mentor, rather than a peer, to students. However, she saw the importance of the position, and her recent status as a student made her more relatable to current students. She has enjoyed flipping sides in the student/staff equation.

“I like it because I’m very goal-driven,” she said, “and my goal for students is for them to know Christ and then go out to make Christ known,” she said. “If I can help in any way and plant seeds like the Lord wants me to, then that’s what I’m going to do.”

There are many ministry opportunities available to students through the BSM. Opportunities include mission fundraising events, free meals for all students, student-led worship nights, on-campus fellowship groups for students and various outreach opportunities in the local community.

“Being active with the BSM can help in your personal walk, growing with Christ,” said Conrad. “To get involved is to be in communion, to be together with your peers in a tight-knit ministry that is so rewarding.”

Applications are still being accepted for the spring 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 HP U, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


Cutline: HPU graduate Karli Conrad ’18 is working as the campus missionary intern for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters.

HPU pre-college music students present Fall Saturday Performance Class

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2018 – Music students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently presented their yearly Fall Saturday Performance Class in the choral hall of HPU’s Davidson Music Complex.

Twenty-two performers entertained a standing-room-only crowd with vocal and piano solos. At the conclusion of the performance, there was a time of fellowship and refreshments.

“This is always the first performance of the new academic year and the students did an amazing job,” said Diane Owens, director of the program. “It was an exciting and memorable day.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. For more information, contact Owens at 325-649-8501 or or Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or


Cutline: Music students from HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently presented their yearly Fall Saturday Performance Class.

HPU’s Paige Bowers to present senior clarinet recital

Bowers for webBROWNWOOD – November 15, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Paige Maria Bowers, senior music education major from Corpus Christi, will present her Senior Recital on clarinet, Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Grace Chapel on the HPU campus.

Bowers is the daughter of two HPU alumni, Commander Hollis Bowers of the Corpus Christi Police Department, and Jessica Villarreal Bowers. Paige’s grandmother, Linda Marie Bowers, was also an HPU alumna. Paige was an accomplished clarinetist prior to enrolling at HPU, performing in the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and Del Mar College Honor Bands and winning Region Band honors all four years of high school. She also performed at the Texas UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Paige received a music department scholarship while attending HPU and has participated in the Symphonic Band, Winds of Triumph and the Jazz Ensemble. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity and Delta Chi Rho sorority. Paige will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music and chair of HPU’s Department of Music. Featured on Paige’s program will be the “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” by Francis Poulenc and “Time Pieces” by Robert Muczynski.

Paige’s recital will also present chamber music featuring a flute and clarinet duo by Chelsea Komschlies. Accompanying Paige will be flutist Kathryn Grice, senior from Carlsbad. A woodwind quartet with Grice and Grant Saltar, senior from Plano, will round out the program.

“Paige has a special voice on the clarinet and an ease of expression which audiences easily discern and appreciate,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music. “Her program presents variety and will make for an interesting evening’s music.”


Cutline: HPU’s Paige Maria Bowers, senior music education major from Corpus Christi, will present her Senior Recital on clarinet, Friday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.