HPU’s Darren McElroy ’11 speaks to students about professional acting experiences

BROWNWOOD – February 25, 2021 – The Howard Payne University Department of Theatre recently hosted Darren McElroy, a 2011 theatre graduate, for a public interview with Dr. Nicholas Ewen ’02, associate professor of theatre. McElroy spoke about his experiences at HPU as a student and his work as a professional actor. He currently performs with […]

HPU to host faculty jazz concert celebrating Black History Month

Howard Payne University’s Faculty Jazz Recital will mark the beginning of the institution’s celebration of Black History Month. The concert, featuring members of the West Texas Jazz Orchestra and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus. “Jazz, recognized as […]

HPU choirs to host Christmas concert on Dec. 7 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church

BROWNWOOD – December 4, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers will present their annual “HPU Voices of Christmas” concert on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, located at 1815 Coggin Avenue. They will be joined by a combined “Festival Orchestra” made up of performers from the […]

SSB speech and debate team makes HPU history by winning overall and debate sweepstakes

BROWNWOOD – December 3, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team recently competed at the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Fall Championship tournament, held virtually. The team was the first in HPU history to claim overall sweepstakes and debate sweepstakes in the tournament. The team is coached by Dr. Julie […]

HPU speech and debate team boasts finalists at recent debate competitions

BROWNWOOD – November 10, 2020 – After earning two national championships in the spring 2020 semester, Howard Payne University’s speech and debate team, Student Speaker Bureau, started the new year of competition with four students as finalists in debate competition. Senior Lucy Manning, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, strategic communication and jurisprudence major from Fort […]

HPU Concert Choir to present fall concert this Thursday

BROWNWOOD – October 26, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir will present its fall concert on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in L.J. Mims Auditorium. The program will include a variety of selections from composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, Dan Forrest, Stephen Paulus and Paul Basler. “This program will focus principally […]

HPU graduates 116 students at Commencement ceremony for spring and summer graduates

BROWNWOOD – September 17, 2020 – Howard Payne University presented degrees to 116 students during its Commencement ceremony for spring and summer 2020 graduates, held in late August. HPU’s spring Commencement ceremony was postponed until the end of the summer due to safety concerns related to COVID-19. Degrees were presented to graduates by Dr. Cory […]

HPU speech and debate team brings home two national champions

BROWNWOOD – May 8, 2020 –  Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) speech and debate team competed at the National Christian College Forensics Association national championship tournament in early March, with team members Alek Mendoza and Rishona Raub earning gold as national champions. Mendoza, a junior from Bangs majoring in theatre, earned the title […]

Public invited to view HPU senior Sarah “Abi” Brown’s online art exhibition

BROWNWOOD – April 24, 2020 – Howard Payne University senior Sarah “Abi” Brown’s senior art exhibition will premiere on the HPU School of Music and Fine Arts Facebook page on Monday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. Also featuring a video introduction by the artist, the exhibition will be presented exclusively online. The exhibition’s centerpiece is […]

HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker named Educator of the Year by state forensics association

BROWNWOOD – April 20, 2020 – Dr. Julie Welker, chair of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication and coach of HPU’s speech and debate team, was recently named the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Educator of the Year. The award is selected by members of the TIFA executive council and is voted on by the […]

HPU senior Sarah “Abi” Brown to present art exhibition March 16-20

BROWNWOOD – March 5, 2020 – Howard Payne University’s Sarah “Abi” Brown will present her senior art exhibition March 16-20 at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The gallery will […]

HPU graduates 90 students at fall Commencement ceremony

BROWNWOOD – January 15, 2020 – Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 90 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2019 semester. Those receiving diplomas included August 2019 and December 2019 graduates. Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of […]

Central Texas Community Band to begin rehearsals at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 9, 2020 –The Central Texas Community Concert Band will begin rehearsing for the spring 2020 season on Monday, January 13. Rehearsals will be held at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The band is composed of local high school students, college students, area musicians and older […]

Heart of Texas New Horizons Band meeting hosted at HPU

An informational meeting for the Heart of Texas New Horizons Band was hosted at Howard Payne University’s Davidson Music Complex on Dec. 17. Topics of discussion included the schedule and location of rehearsals, and the benefits of music to the mind and body. “We have a wonderful group of bright, enthusiastic seniors ready to launch […]

HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art program presents 25th annual Christmas recital

BROWNWOOD – December 11, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art program recently presented its 25th annual Christmas recital. Thirty-five students performed piano, vocal, guitar and percussion solos, duets and trios, and 12 teachers were represented. The event was held at HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. “There was a standing-room-only crowd of more than […]

HPU students shine at Bayou City Swing Speech and Debate Tournament

BROWNWOOD – November 18, 2019 – HPU’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, junior strategic communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Fort Worth, won top debate speaker and […]

HPU Symphonic Band and Central Texas Community Band present “Yuletide Tidings” Nov. 21

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s Symphonic Band and the Central Texas Community Band invite the public to “Yuletide Tidings,” a joint Christmas-themed presentation by the two groups directed by Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music at HPU. The performance will take place on Thursday, November 21, at […]

Four HPU pre-college music students receive NSF Art Awards

Four students in the HPU pre-college music program were honored as recipients of Wilda Dragoo Music Scholarships during the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts 21st Annual Music Scholarships presentation held at the Rip Festival in Eastland. HPU pre-college music students recognized during the ceremony were Braylee Reeves and Matthew Till, students of Diane Owens, HPU pre-college […]

HPU sophomore Haleigh Clevenger receives PACCAR Foundation scholarship

Howard Payne University sophomore Haleigh Clevenger, a sophomore from Brownwood majoring in English and studio art, has been selected to receive a scholarship from the PACCAR Foundation provided by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Her parents are Patrick ’95, who graduated […]

HPU to host UIL workshop Nov. 15

Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau speech and debate team invites area high school UIL teams to participate in its annual speech, debate and journalism workshop. The event will be held at HPU’s Mabee University Center and the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on Wednesday, November 20, from 8 a.m. to […]

HPU School of Music and Fine Arts to host jazz clinics

Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts invites area band directors and students to attend four instrument-specific jazz clinics on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in HPU’s Davidson Music Complex. The evening of clinics will conclude with a free performance by widely acclaimed clinicians Norm Bergeron, Stephen Goacher, Dr. […]

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau hosts debate competition

Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) speech and debate team hosted the Heart of Texas Swing Tournament recently on campus. In addition to HPU, universities that competed were The University of Texas at Austin, Abilene Christian University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kansas Wesleyan […]