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HPU Moot Court has successful showing at first tournament of 2018-19

moot court 2018 for webBROWNWOOD – October 17, 2018 – The newest members of Howard Payne University’s Moot Court team fared well at the first tournament of the 2018-19 academic year, the St. Mary’s School of Law Moot Court Invitational.

Representing HPU in this tournament were Reagan Coleman, freshman from Houston; Conner Faught, junior from Brownfield; Sierra Ross, sophomore from Canton; and Madison Zardiackas, freshman from Lockhart.

All four finished in the top half as individual speakers, with Ross and Faught advancing to the semifinal round.

“This tournament is very early in the season, and these four only had a few weeks to research a complicated constitutional issue, write legal arguments and practice delivering those arguments before a panel of judges,” said Lorianna Kelley, team adviser and assistant professor of government. “I could not be prouder of their success and am excited to watch their continued performance throughout the year and for the rest of their college careers.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. 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: The newest members of HPU’s Moot Court team competed well at the first tournament of the 2018-19 academic year. Left to right: Conner Faught, Sierra Ross, Madison Zardiackas and Reagan Coleman.

HPU faculty member selected for the Texas Speech Communication Association’s College and University Committee

Dr. Welker for newsBROWNWOOD – October 17, 2018 – Dr. Julie Welker, chair of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication and professor of communication, was recently named to the Texas Speech Communication Association’s College and University Committee along with several communication educators from other institutions.

“These appointees represent the best and brightest professors from the fields of communication and theatre that Texas universities and community colleges have to offer,” said Wade Hescht, president of the TSCA. “As a committee, the members are spending this year working to encourage and improve speech communication and theatre arts instruction at the college and university levels.”

Membership in the TSCA is open to professionals, educators and students in the communication field. The primary objective of the TSCA is to promote speech communication and theater education in Texas high schools and universities. An annual conference is held by the organization for Texas communication educators and professionals featuring expert panels discussing topics related to the field of communication.

“We’ve worked to create panels and sessions at the convention that provide information useful to a wide audience of educators, to see needs and to provide assistance to local public schools or private schools that need help in different areas,” said Dr. Welker. “I think what we do as communication educators is particularly beneficial in helping students learn how to be more effective communicators in the professional world.”

Dr. Welker graduated from HPU in 1994 and then obtained her master’s degree in communication studies from Southwest Texas University in San Marcos. Dr. Welker also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She returned to teach at her alma mater in 1997 and was recently recognized for 20 years of service at HPU.

She is also a member of and active in leadership roles with the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association, an interest group of TSCA; the National Christian College Forensics Association; and the Instructional Development College and University Interest Group. At HPU, Dr. Welker serves as the coach of Student Speaker Bureau, HPU’s competitive speech and debate team, and adjudicates at numerous UIL speech and debate tournaments.

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: Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the HPU Department of Communication and professor of communication, was selected to serve on the TSCA’s College and University Committee.

HPU Jazz Ensemble to present fall concert this Thursday, October 18

BROWNWOOD – October 16, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Jazz Ensemble will present its fall concert this Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. There is no charge for admission and the community is welcome to attend.

Titled “Painting Pictures and Telling Stories,” the concert features a variety of compositions that evoke a mood that suggests a story or painting. Pieces to be performed include “Basie Straight Ahead” by Sammy Nestico; “On Green Dolphin Street” by Bronislau Kaper; “King Porter Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton; “Cool School Dropout” by Les Hooper; “Swee’ Pea” by Bill Holman; “Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum” by Wayne Shorter; and “Ko-Ko,” “In a Mellow Tone” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Local,” each by Duke Ellington.

Student performers include Brian Blanchard, sophomore from Rockdale; Paige Bowers, senior from Corpus Christi; Jayland Brown, sophomore from Temple; Savannah Burrow, freshman from Temple; Jared Dowling, senior from Grandview; Sarah German, freshman from McGregor; Nathan Lacy, senior from Early; Jessica Manning, freshman from Shepherd; Jose Luis Moreno, junior from Springtown; Dalton Pendergrass, sophomore from Paradise; Chase Pittman, sophomore from Trophy Club; Daniel Rosales, junior from San Saba; Suzanne Schad, junior from Briggs; and Katelyn Zimmer, senior from Brownwood.

Also performing are Frank Nelson, HPU’s director of bands and assistant professor of music, and Rodney Peyton, music minister at San Saba’s First Baptist Church. The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music.

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

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Texas Senate honors HPU Moot Court team

Moot Court Senate Proclamation for webBROWNWOOD – October 16, 2018 – Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham has authored Senate Proclamation No. 569 in honor of HPU’s Moot Court program and team members Jordan Hahn, junior from Burnet, and Isaac Sommers, May 2018 graduate from Boerne. Moot Court is a competition during which students participate in the preparation and arguing of cases in front of judges, designed to simulate argument before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Hahn and Sommers, now in his first year at Harvard Law School, brought home numerous Moot Court awards during their time together at HPU. Most notably, the team was named 2018 National Brief Writing Champions, HPU’s second national championship title in the history of collegiate Moot Court.

“HPU is very proud of Jordan and Isaac, and their adviser Professor Lorianna Kelley,” said Dr. Matthew McNiece, director of HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and chair and associate professor of history and government. “We’re thankful that the Texas Senate and Senator Buckingham honored them in this prestigious way.”

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. 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: Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham authored Senate Proclamation No. 569 in honor of HPU’s Moot Court team. Pictured are Jordan Hahn, senior, and Lorianna Kelley, Moot Court adviser and assistant professor of government. Not pictured is Isaac Sommers, May 2018 graduate.

HPU to host The ARK’s candlelight vigil for victims of domestic abuse

Empty Shoes displayBROWNWOOD – October 11, 2018 – Brownwood’s The ARK (Advocacy, Respect, Kindness) Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter will host a candlelight vigil, open to the public, at Howard Payne University’s Bettie and Robert Girling Center for Social Justice. The event, to be held Thursday, October 18, at 6 p.m., is a time to honor the victims of domestic abuse, celebrate the survivors and announce the community’s commitment to ending domestic violence. Survivors of domestic violence will also speak at the event.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil is held at HPU each year in conjunction with The ARK’s Empty Shoes display. Each pair of shoes in the exhibit represents a Central Texas individual who has died as a result of domestic violence. The display will open on Monday, October 15, and be available until the afternoon of Friday, October 19.

According to information provided by The ARK, one in four women and one in seven men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Additionally, more than 12 million people in the United States over the course of a year are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.

“Domestic violence is a social problem that affects both men and women of any socioeconomic class, culture or ethnicity,” said Rachel Derrington, assistant professor of social work and director of HPU’s social work program. “As a community we can commit to ending domestic violence by increasing awareness, assisting victims and their children and teaching individuals how to recognize healthy relationships.”

For more information, contact The ARK at 325-643-2699.

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Cutline: The ARK will host the Empty Shoes display and a candlelight vigil at HPU. Each pair of shoes in the display represents a Central Texas individual who has died as a result of domestic violence.

HPU Homecoming 2018: The Carnival of Blue and Gold scheduled November 2-3

HC 18 Logo for newsBROWNWOOD – October 9, 2018 – Howard Payne University is looking forward to hosting a large group of alumni, community members and friends in just under a month for Homecoming 2018: The Carnival of Blue and Gold. The event is slated for November 2-3 with many of the Homecoming activities open to the general public.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online; some require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. 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.

This year’s carnival-themed event will include new activities including food trucks and carnival games. Food trucks will be set up on Saturday, November 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza & Mall area and carnival games will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the same location. Returning this year are the popular Bonfire on the Bayou (sponsored by Visit Early Texas), pep rally and fireworks display at Riverside Park on Friday evening. The Pep Rally begins at 8:45 p.m., the bonfire at 9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

The Alumni Association will host a 5K road race on Saturday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at Festival Park located at 3206 Milam Drive. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event.

Additional Homecoming events are highlighted below.

When they arrive on campus, alumni and visitors will have an opportunity to immediately reconnect with HPU friends at the Mabee University Center during Registration. Attendees may check in at the registration booths to pick up nametags and other materials. Those who pre-registered will be able to pick up their t-shirts, sponsored by Willie’s T’s, at the registration booths.

Performances of “Missing Link” will be held at the university’s Mims Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children 13 and younger. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at 325-649-8044.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will open its Archival Display and Treasure Room to the public Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The library will also host a carnival-style funhouse on Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The Golden Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 1968, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. During the banquet, the Homecoming 2018 honorees will be recognized. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at HPU’s Muse Plaza & Mall.

The evening will conclude at Riverside Park with a pep rally (8:45 p.m), Bonfire on the Bayou (9 p.m.) and fireworks display (9:30 p.m.).

In addition to the 5K road race, Saturday morning will begin with a variety of reunion breakfasts. The Alumni Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. During this time, alumni are invited to reunite with friends in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast in Bullion Suite C of the Mabee University Center and the Jacket Century Letterman’s Breakfast in Bullion Suite A.

The Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away, will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Grace Chapel.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Ave. and end at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Avenue.

The Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza & Mall. This is a time of games and other fun activities for children.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

A variety of departmental and student-organization receptions will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Muse Plaza & Mall.

In addition to food truck options, a Family Lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Southwestern University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium. Tailgating will precede the game beginning at 3 p.m.

A variety of reunions, athletic events and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A complete schedule of events and ticket prices are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following business for their support: Adidas; Brookshire’s; Citizens National Bank; Double H Mercantile; Dr Pepper Bottling; Marsh & McLennan Companies – Brian Borovay and Daniel Prescott; Mills County State Bank; Painter & Johnson Financial; PF&E Oil Company; Porter Insurance Agency; Smith & Sharpe Agencies; TexasBank; and United Supermarkets.

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HPU upgrades lecture hall with help from Midland charitable foundation

Students in updated Winebrenner classroomBROWNWOOD – October 4, 2018 – Students in Howard Payne University’s School of Science and Mathematics began the fall semester in a newly updated classroom thanks to the generosity of the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation of Midland.

Last semester, HPU received a grant of $207,000 from the foundation. The funds, designated for HPU’s Biomedical Science Program, included $150,000 to be used for an endowed scholarship in Mr. Davidson’s name and $57,000 to be used for new furnishings and fixtures in Lecture Hall 123 of HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. One of the largest classrooms in Winebrenner, Lecture Hall 123 is used by the Biomedical Science Program and other academic programs.

The room’s stadium-style seating was replaced with large tabletop work spaces which allow for greater levels of collaboration. Additionally, the HPU facilities department replaced the existing tile flooring with carpet to reduce noise and create a warmer classroom setting. A new mobile podium/desk was added which provides faculty members and presenters with more flexibility and complements the updated furnishings.

“The updated lecture hall is beautiful,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology and director of the Biomedical Science Program. “I was excited for my students to come back from summer break and see the upgrades. They were excited as well. We’re very grateful to the James A. ‘Buddy’ Davidson Charitable Foundation.”

The university has received significant support from the foundation in the past including funds for the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Chair of Christian Studies and for computers, furnishings and lab supplies for the university’s School of Nursing.

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. 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: Students in HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics began the semester in a newly updated classroom thanks to the generosity of the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation of Midland. Pictured here is Dr. Kristen Hutchins’ Health Professions Seminar course.

HPU Alumni Association to host Homecoming 5K race

HPU 5K CourseBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2018 – Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association will host a 5K race on Saturday, November 3, in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and student and alumni programming.

Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at Festival Park located at 3206 Milam Drive. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event.

Entry fees are $30 if paid through 6 p.m. on November 2 or $35 on race day (cash or check only at the event). HPU students pay a discounted price of $15 in advance or $20 on race day. To register in advance, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming. The race begins at 7:45 a.m. on November 3.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female as well as to top participants in various age groups.

“We look forward to welcoming members of the community along with HPU students, alumni and personnel,” said Matthew Haynie ’09, president of the Alumni Association. “Whether you prefer to walk or run, all are invited and sure to have a good time.”

HPU Homecoming 2018 – The Carnival of Blue and Gold – will be held November 2-3. A variety of events, including the 5K, are open to the community. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Attached: Map showing the route of HPU’s Homecoming 5K race

HPU fall 2018 semester begins with times of worship, reflection

Dr Armes Convocation for webBROWNWOOD – September 20, 2018 – The tone for Howard Payne University’s fall 2018 semester, now underway, was set early in the semester by Opening Session for university personnel and University Convocation, HPU’s first Chapel program of the 2018-2019 academic year.

During the Opening Session, Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer, presented a devotional message that also served as an inspiring challenge for the new year. Dr. Paul W. Armes, interim president, offered a welcome and shared his thoughts on HPU and the importance of faith-based education. Other university administrators provided campus updates and news.

Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music, accreditation liaison and dean of institutional research and effectiveness, introduced the James 5:16 Initiative, which encourages personnel to pray for one another. James 5:16 (NIV) states “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Pastor Ray Still, president of HPU’s Board of Trustees and pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, delivered the morning’s keynote address. He spoke on the importance of higher education with a biblical worldview.

“We ought to desire for students to come out of here loving God and loving people and wanting to be used by God,” he said. “I’m glad that you’re a part of that.”

He discussed the power that occurs when Christians come together to work toward a shared goal.

“There is incredible power when all the people of God are pulling in the same direction,” he said. “There is an incredible power in momentum. There is an incredible power in the unity of hearts and minds all wanting to honor God and do what God has called them to do.”

To view Dr. Tew’s, Dr. Armes’ and Pastor Still’s presentations from the Opening Session, visit www.hputx.edu/videos.

HPU’s Chapel season began Wednesday, August 22, with the annual University Convocation program. Dr. Armes addressed the student body and HPU personnel, encouraging those in attendance to become the extraordinary people God has created them to be. HPU faculty members appeared in their academic regalia and the audience was led in prayers, hymns, scriptural readings and the Alma Mater.

New this semester, HPU offices will be closed weekly for Chapel (Wednesdays at 10 a.m.) so that personnel may join with students in worship. Campus visitors and community guests are welcomed and encouraged to attend. The schedule of Chapel programs for the semester is available at www.hputx.edu/chapel.

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. 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: Dr. Paul W. Armes, HPU’s interim president, addresses the audience at HPU’s annual University Convocation ceremony.

HPU named 2019 “Best Value School” by U.S. News & World Report

HPU's Old Main TowerBROWNWOOD – September 14, 2018 – In a list released this week by U.S. News & World Report, Howard Payne University was named a 2019 “Best Value School” in the “Best Regional Colleges West” category. HPU was in sixth place among the ranked universities.

The rankings are based on three variables: ratio of quality to price (determined by the institution’s overall score in the Best Colleges rankings); percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based scholarships or grants during the 2017-2018 academic year; and the percentage of an institution’s total costs for the 2017-2018 academic year covered by the average need-based scholarship or grant to undergraduates.

“HPU is proud to offer a quality education with a distinctively Christian worldview at a great value,” said Dr. Paul W. Armes, interim president. “We strive to make the cost of an HPU education even more affordable through a variety of scholarships and other financial aid opportunities.”

HPU was additionally ranked 14th in the “Best Regional Colleges West” category and 9th in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category for the region.

HPU is now enrolling for the spring 2019 semester. 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 has been named a 2019 “Best Value School” by U.S. News & World Report. Pictured is HPU’s Old Main Tower.