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

Abi Brown video recording

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

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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

Abi Brown senior art show

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

New Horizons Band

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

Band-rehearsal

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

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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 […]

HPU faculty members attend TSCA state convention

Two faculty members of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication attended the Texas Speech Communication Association’s (TSCA) state convention held recently in Amarillo. The faculty members, Dr. Julie Welker and Richelle Hair, both had an opportunity to be on a discussion panel. Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication, […]

HPU choirs perform in Austria

Members of Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and University Singers recently performed in Austria with six other choral groups. HPU’s contingent of 23 performed with a mass choir, numbering almost 100 singers, and a chamber orchestra in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem” at the historic Votivkirche. The renowned composer was born in Salzburg, […]

HPU honors 61 students at Academic Awards Convocation

Howard Payne University honored 61 students for academic achievements at the university’s annual Academic Awards Convocation, held near the end of the spring 2019 semester. Receiving awards were: Abbott Kylie Johnson, Honor Award in Spanish Allen Brianna Weaver, Outstanding New Secondary Teacher and English Academic Achievement Award Alleyton Jessica Catlett, Honor Award in Social Work […]

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 […]

HPU hosts second annual Choral Conducting Workshop

BROWNWOOD – February 15, 2019 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts recently hosted its second annual Choral Conducting Workshop. Conductors from area schools, high school students and HPU students attended the two-day workshop, held January 25 and 26. Dr. Pam Elrod-Huffman served as the resident clinician at the workshop. She is […]

Brownwood Community Band rehearsals begin Monday at HPU

BROWNWOOD – January 13, 2019 – The Brownwood Community Band will begin its spring rehearsals on Monday, January 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Davidson Music Complex (Band Rehearsal Hall) on the Howard Payne University campus. Frank Nelson, director of bands and assistant professor of music at HPU, is directing the ensemble along with other […]

HPU music students qualify for international summer programs, accepting donations

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2018 – Four Howard Payne University music students participated last month in the Summer Program Auditions sponsored by the Texoma Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The auditions are attended by casting representatives from young artist programs within the United States, as well as international programs. Each of […]

HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau competes in Oxford, England

BROWNWOOD – December 14, 2018 – Members of the Student Speaker Bureau, Howard Payne University’s competitive speech and debate team, recently traveled to Oxford, England, to compete in the Oxford Inter-Varsity Debating Tournament, one of the largest British Parliamentary debate tournaments in the world. Lucy Manning, sophomore communication, social science jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman […]

HPU pre-college music students receive NSF Arts awards

BROWNWOOD – December 5, 2018 – Five students in Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were honored at the 20th Annual Music Scholarship Awards presentation in Eastland. The awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts) during the community’s Rip Fest. The HPU pre-college award recipients included Angie Calfa, […]