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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.

HPU professor and alumnus team up for forensic science workshop

Horizons campersBROWNWOOD – September 14, 2018 – This summer, Dr. Derek L. Smith, associate professor of chemistry at Howard Payne University, and Frank Ritter, 2017 HPU graduate and science teacher at Early Middle School, teamed up again to present a forensic science workshop. The former professor-student duo presented at the 4-H Horizons Camp held at the 4-H State Conference Center at Lake Brownwood.

“Representing big cities and small towns throughout Texas, more than 100 Horizons Camp kids from 10 to 14 years of age selected specific project areas of interest to them and spent six hours per day over five days working on fun and educational project-focused activities,” said David W. Smith, Horizons program director.

As part of the STEM-robotics track, Dr. Smith and Ritter guided 15 students in microscopic investigation of fingerprints and hair samples, whereby students classified fingerprints applied to glass slides and identified the structures present in human hair. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

“The opportunity to experience the enthusiasm of the Horizons Camp participants with regards to forensic investigations is a pleasure I shall not soon forget,” said Ritter. “I look forward to the possibility of future collaborations with both them and the HPU science department.”

Dr. Smith and other faculty members in HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics hope that enrichment programs in the community will remember that HPU represents an immediate resource for the academic development of students of all ages.

“We are eager to serve,” he said.

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Cutline: Students participating in the 4-H Horizons Camp led by an HPU faculty member and an alumnus study images under a microscope.

HPU announces new faculty, promotions and transitions

Fall 18 New Faculty and PromotionsBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2018 – Howard Payne University recently began its fall 2018 semester with several changes to its faculty in regard to new hires, promotions and transitions.

Rachel Derrington was employed as assistant professor of social work and director of the social work program while Frank Nelson was employed as the director of bands and assistant professor of music. Dr. Eric Covington, formerly HPU’s resident director for Taylor Hall and the campus apartments, became the assistant professor of Christian studies for the New Braunfels extension center. Deborah Dill, formerly HPU’s acquisitions coordinator and administrative assistant to the dean of libraries, was promoted to the role of director of libraries. Two additional faculty members received promotions: Lauren Kirk was promoted from instructor of education to assistant professor of education and Amy Kresta was promoted from instructor of biology to assistant professor of biology.

“We’re pleased to welcome Ms. Derrington and Mr. Nelson to HPU’s faculty, and we extend our congratulations to all of those who received promotions,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, HPU’s provost and chief academic officer.

Derrington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Denver and a Master of Social Work degree in policy and program management from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. She was most recently employed at the same university as an adjunct professor and curriculum developer.

Nelson holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from HPU and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He has additional graduate study toward a Doctor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He most recently served as interim assistant band director at El Dorado High School and as associate director of bands at Belton High School.

Dr. Covington, who joined the HPU staff in January 2017, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University. He additionally earned a Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College, and a Master of Letters degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of St. Andrews.

Dill was originally employed by the university in 1992 and re-employed in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from HPU and the Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas.

Kirk joined the HPU faculty in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, both from Baylor University, and additional graduate study toward the Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Liberty University.

Kresta was employed by HPU in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Lutheran College and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University. She has additional graduate study toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree in wildlife science from Texas A&M University – Kingsville.

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Cutline: HPU recently announced new faculty members as well as faculty transitions and promotions. Left to right: Deborah Dill, Amy Kresta, Lauren Kirk and Rachel Derrington. Not pictured are Dr. Eric Covington and Frank Nelson.

HPU to host Encounter Week fall revival September 17-19

1. Saleim Kahleh photoBROWNWOOD – September 13, 2018 – Howard Payne University will host Encounter Week fall revival services next Monday, September 17, through Wednesday, September 19. This year’s guest speaker is Saleim Kahleh and worship will be led by the Clayton Tyner Band.

Kahleh was raised as a Muslim in a loving Islamic home. After his first year of college, he went on a quest to find the truth about God and religion. The Lord Jesus revealed Himself to Kahleh, and now he testifies around the world about the goodness of God. He graduated in 1984 from Houston Baptist University and is now employed there in the role of associate university minister. He is founder of Saleim Kahleh Ministries.

The Clayton Tyner Band is from San Antonio. Tyner graduated from HPU in 2012 and went on to lead worship at San Antonio City Church where he met the rest of the band. Last year, they became involved with a City Church campus getting ready to become a church plant. They believe music is just a small part of what it means to worship Jesus and hope their passion invites others to experience Him as well.

2. Clayton Tyner Band photoEncounter Week services will be held in HPU’s Mims Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. All Encounter Week services are open to the public.

“Mr. Kahleh has been a part of HPU’s revival services in the past and it’s always a blessing to have him back on campus as well as HPU alumnus Clayton Tyner, who is amazing in worship,” said Keith Platte, Chapel coordinator and director of HPU’s Baptist Student Ministry. “The community is invited to join us for this time of worship and prayer.”
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Cutlines: 1. Saleim Kahleh, founder of Saleim Kahleh Ministries, is the scheduled speaker for HPU’s Encounter Week services.
2. The Clayton Tyner Band will lead worship at HPU’s Encounter Week services.

HPU Pre-College music students earn top honors at state competition

BROWNWOOD – August 20, 2018 – Fourteen students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program recently participated in the Texas Federated Music Clubs State Competition at Texas State University in San Marcos. Many of the students who competed took home high honors.

The outstanding rating in the vocal solo/musical theatre category was awarded to Angie Calfa, Emmagrace Quillin, Sarah Reeves and Jordan Roberts. The outstanding rating in the vocal solo/ art song category was awarded to Angie Calfa and Sydney Neel. The outstanding rating in the piano solo category went to Andrew Boren, Angie Calfa, Vic Cooper, Leila Gautier, Christopher Ivy, Sarah Reeves, Jordan Roberts and Cate Smith. Students who received the superior rating in the same category were James Bautista, Kyle Ivy, Michael Morales and Evan Smith.

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments,” said Diane Owens, director of the program and adjunct instructor in HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts. “A big ‘shout-out’ also goes to the teachers and parents who encourage and support these young musicians.”

The Pre-College Music and Art Program serves the Brownwood community by offering music and art lessons to children and adults. Enrollment for the fall semester will begin soon. Classes begin in September and continue through mid-December.

For more information, contact Diane Owens at 325-649-8501 or dowens@hputx.edu, or contact Jill Holamon at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.

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