Monthly News Archives: March 2015

HPU’s Academy to celebrate milestone anniversary with guest speaker Jim Angle

By Emily Peisker, HPU junior

BROWNWOOD – March 31, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its first graduating class in April with guest speaker Jim Angle, former chief national correspondent for FOX News Channel.

Jim Angle for web reducedThe event is free to the public and slated for Saturday, April 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the university’s Mims Auditorium. For more information, visit

Angle has reported on some of the most important domestic issues of our time throughout his journalistic career. Over the course of 18 years at FOX News, he worked as chief Washington correspondent and senior White House correspondent in addition to his final role as chief national correspondent.

Angle previously served as a correspondent for CNN, reporting on the economy and politics. He also served as correspondent for ABC News, reporting on economic policy and contributing to “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.”

Prior to television, Angle worked in public radio for 18 years. He anchored the National Public Radio show “Marketplace,” a popular half-hour program covering money and business. Before that, Angle spent seven years as NPR’s senior White House correspondent, a tenure that spanned both Ronald Reagan’s and George H. W. Bush’s presidencies.

Over the course of his career, the White House Correspondents’ Association twice honored Angle with the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for outstanding presidential news coverage under deadline pressure in the category of broadcast journalism. He also received the “Excellence in Financial Journalism Award” twice for his reporting on economic issues on “Nightline” in 1994 and 1995.

HPU’s multidisciplinary honors program has prepared young people to be leaders in a variety of fields since its first cohort of students graduated in May 1965. Previously the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, the program was founded in 1962 under the leadership of Dr. Newman, who served as president of the university from 1955 to 1973. Today, more than 50 years later, the Academy remains committed to the ideals upon which it was founded – General MacArthur’s unwavering loyalty to America and Dr. Newman’s love for Howard Payne and its students.

“We’re pleased to invite Jim Angle to campus to share his expertise on a variety of issues regarding politics and the economy,” said Dr. Justin D. Murphy, HPU’s Brand professor of history, dean of the School of Humanities and director of the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. “We invite the community to join us as we celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

For more information, visit or contact the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy at or (325) 649-8700.


Photo cutline: Jim Angle, former chief national correspondent for FOX News Channel, will speak at HPU on April 25.

HPU Woman’s Club Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon to feature Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake

Joy Jordan-Lake.jpgBROWNWOOD – March 30, 2015 – The Howard Payne University Woman’s Club will host the annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake, author and highly sought-after speaker and retreat leader.

During the luncheon, the Woman’s Club will announce the recipient of the Yellow Rose Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year as well as honor one of the guests with the prestigious 2015 Yellow Rose Award. Tickets are $25 per person and a sponsorship of $500 will reserve a table and eight tickets. Proceeds support the Yellow Rose Scholarship.

Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake is known for her superb intellect, southern charm and wit. She is a highly acclaimed author with writings in numerous genres, including such books as Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith and Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel. Having taught at universities in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Tennessee, Dr. Jordan-Lake now focuses on writing, while teaching part time at the Honors College of Belmont University. She enjoys speaking at universities, book clubs and conferences across the country.

“We’re very excited to welcome Dr. Jordan-Lake to campus for the Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon,” said Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady and president of the Woman’s Club. “We’re certain our guests will be blessed by her words as we enjoy a time of fellowship together.”

Tickets for the luncheon must be purchased by Thursday, April 9. They are available at HPU’s Harrison House at 803 Center Avenue or at the Packer Administration Building (Office #202) at 1017 Fisk Street. The luncheon will be held in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center, 1219 Fisk Street. For more information, call (325) 649-8305.


Photo cutline: Dr. Joy Jordan-Lake will be the featured guest speaker at the HPU Woman’s Club annual Yellow Rose Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, April 16.

HPU students, employees among Empty Bowls volunteers

empty bowls 2015 for webBROWNWOOD – March 27, 2015 – More than 50 students and employees from Howard Payne University joined the volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

For a $10 donation, guests received a hand-painted ceramic bowl and a meal of soup and water. HPU volunteers were among those ladling soup and assisting the diners.

The project raised $19,000 all of which will be used to fight hunger. Ninety percent of the funds will stay in Brown County, while 10 percent will be tithed to an organization that fights hunger internationally.

Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology, coordinated the volunteers.

“We’re very fortunate to have organizations such as Good Samaritan Ministries in our community,” he said. “The staff of that organization does excellent work in fighting hunger in Brownwood. I was proud to be a part of the Empty Bowls project.”


Photo cutline: Danyel Bradley, right, a junior criminal justice major from DeSoto, was among the HPU volunteers at Tuesday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood.

HPU’s Social Work Club helps create lasting memories for local high school students

cinderella project for webBROWNWOOD – March 26, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club recently helped facilitate special moments in the lives of several local high school girls by giving away free prom dresses. Dubbed the Cinderella Project, 22 dresses were placed with new owners.

The like-new dresses, some complete with store tags, were donated by HPU students and others in the community. A total of 37 girls, accompanied by friends and loved ones, browsed through the collection.

The Social Work Club played music and set up a dressing room to complete the boutique experience.

“Rather than simply handing out dresses, we really wanted to help create a special moment that the girls and their families can remember fondly for years to come,” said Dan Humeniuk, club adviser, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology.


Photo cutline: HPU Social Work Club member Angelica Gray, a junior from San Antonio, browses the free prom dresses available during the club’s recent Cinderella Project.

HPU to present special evening of music in New Braunfels

A Joyful Heart poster for webBROWNWOOD – March 25, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a concert on Monday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels.

Titled “A Joyful Heart,” the concert will showcase the talents of HPU students and faculty in a vibrant collage of sound. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

Among those performing will be the HPU Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Goacher, professor of music; the Symphonic Band under the direction of Corey Ash, associate professor of music and director of bands; and the Heritage Singers under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett, professor of music and director of choral activities. Additional performers include Dr. Celeste Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of music; Dr. Diana Ellis, HPU’s first lady; Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, professor of music; and Hannah Strebeck, senior music education major and recipient of the prestigious Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship.

“The music to be presented spans a wide variety of genres and diverse styles so that the program has something that will appeal to and touch everyone,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts.

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is located at 290 W. San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

“We’re pleased to welcome faculty and students from HPU’s flagship campus for an evening of wonderful music here in New Braunfels,” said Dr. Dale Meinecke, HPU’s assistant vice president for external affairs. “This is a very talented group of individuals and we look forward to their performances.”

HPU’s New Braunfels Center is an extension of the university’s original campus in Brownwood. The New Braunfels Center offers a range of undergraduate degrees and dual-credit courses as well as the Master of Business Administration degree and the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree. For more information, visit or call (830) 629-2366.

HPU’s Resurrection Week to be time of renewal

BROWNWOOD – March 25, 2015 – Howard Payne University’s spring revival, Resurrection Week, will be next Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1. The community is invited to attend these services, intended as a time of spiritual renewal for the campus.

Mike Satterfield for webThis year’s speaker is Mike Satterfield, the founder of Field of Grace Ministries. Satterfield has a tremendous passion for God’s Word coupled with a love for God’s people. He has a contagious spirit of generosity that flows through every facet of his ministry. Having received his mandate from God, Satterfield obediently fulfills his calling communicating spiritual truths to all audiences, both students and adults. He is an effective communicator with fresh and original illustrations. God has given him the ability to engage the audience with his skilled use of words and his warm personality. He combines both to reflect the vitalizing truths laid out in God’s Word in a relevant message to the world. His vision is uncompromisingly clear, with one central principle: to build and develop a kingdom of empowered people for God. Holding firmly to the commissioned mandate in Matthew 28:18-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,” he has taken the Gospel into national and international communities of the world.

Satterfield is the teaching pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington. He and his wife, Rhonda, have two children.

Mike Romero for webWorship will be led by Mike Romero Music out of Houston. Originally from Seattle, Mike Romero moved to Texas in 1998 to manage the Robbie Seay Band and practice live sound engineering for that band as well as the David Crowder Band. He later transitioned into full-time student ministry at First Baptist Church in Magnolia where he developed a love for ministry and a passion for leading others in worship. Mike Romero Music was birthed from Romero’s ministry at FBC Magnolia, the band being comprised of several of his former students. Romero and his bandmates have released two studio albums, both produced by The Digital Age and recorded in their Waco studio, Asterisk Sound. Mike Romero Music’s long history as friends and partners in ministry has created a unique chemistry and fueled their vision to write music that resonates with listeners inside and outside the church. The band believes that authentic stories of life, relationships, pain and redemption have the power to point people to the Gospel and the glory of Christ.

“Resurrection Week is always a powerful time at HPU,” said Corey Ash, director of bands and Chapel coordinator. “The campus community comes away rejuvenated and we’re glad that we can open it up so the public can experience that as well.”

Services on Monday and Tuesday will be held at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and the last service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Each will take place in HPU’s Mims Auditorium. For more information, contact Ash at (325) 649-8502 or


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Mike Satterfield, founder of Field of Grace Ministries, is the speaker for this year’s Resurrection Week at HPU.

Mike Romero Music will lead worship during Resurrection Week at HPU.

HPU’s Burnett and Krueger to partner for senior recital

burnett for webBROWNWOOD – March 20, 2015 – Howard Payne University students Christopher Burnett of Early and Ashley Krueger of Sherman will present a senior recital on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel. Burnett will perform on the trumpet and flugelhorn while Krueger will perform on the French horn.

“We’re excited to invite the community to Christopher and Ashley’s recital which is a culmination of many hours of hard work and diligence to their art,” said Dr. Richard Fiese, dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts.

krueger for webThe public is welcome to attend the recital and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at (325) 649-8500.


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Christopher Burnett will play the trumpet and flugelhorn during his senior recital at HPU on March 24.

Ashley Krueger will play the French horn during her senior recital at HPU on March 24.

Photos by Jill Holamon.

HPU Health Fair aims to enhance wellbeing of students, personnel

Students at intellectual health booth for webBROWNWOOD – March 17, 2015 – Howard Payne University celebrated the upcoming spring season recently with a “Spring into Health Fair” for faculty, staff and students. The second annual fair featured health screenings, demonstrations, exhibits, games and a variety of giveaways.

“The purpose of the Health Fair is to assist our campus community in taking a proactive and holistic approach to health,” said Dr. Graham Hatcher, professor and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Campus personnel and vendors from the community set up booths that addressed health from seven perspectives: physical, spiritual, occupational, intellectual, emotional, environmental and social.

At the “social” booth, for example, students and faculty from HPU’s Department of Communication led attendees in impromptu speaking challenges designed to enhance communication skills.

“Many face-to-face conversations have been replaced with texting and social media,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication. “We wanted to help students regain confidence with interpersonal communication and conversational skills.”

Leslie King and student for webDr. Hatcher said that people often overlook many of the components that comprise one’s overall health and wellbeing.

“Humans are very complex beings,” he said. “It’s necessary to take a well-rounded approach as we care for ourselves.”

Vendors included the Brown County Extension Agency, Brown County Health Department, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Chick-fil-A, Cook Children’s Hospital, Family Services Center, GNC, Public Health Preparedness, Sodexo, United Health Services and the WIC Program.


Photo cutlines: Students gather around a booth at HPU’s second annual “Spring into Health Fair.”

HPU’s rock climbing instructor Leslie King, left, assists Dominic Packer, a freshman from Austin, with a hanging challenge.

HPU community enjoying newly renovated Mabee University Center

By Emily Peisker, HPU junior

Students in Mabee foyer for webBROWNWOOD – March 17, 2015 – Since its reopening at the beginning of the fall semester, the Howard Payne University community and campus guests have enjoyed the recently renovated Mabee University Center, including the updated Fambrough’s Eatery and Coffee Bar and expanded Spirit Store.

“The new center is much more open, but it still has that feeling of coziness,” said Brittany Cavness, a senior from Lampasas. “I also really like that Fambrough’s has new healthy options.”

In addition to upgrades to the eatery and campus store, the extensive redesign included a renovated dining hall, study lounge, social spaces, enhanced technology, new office suite for the vice president for student life and her staff, additional conference rooms and improved Bullion Suites to host events for the university and the community. Recent campus photographs and archival photographs were used in spirited wall graphics throughout the center.

“I think the new Mabee Center is beautiful,” said Kaleigh Tankersley, a senior from Iraan. “The renovations made the building more student-friendly. I love the professional aspect of the upper floor and the school spirit displayed on the lower floor.”

Andrew Overmiller, a sophomore from Natalia, also expressed his appreciation of the new center and its social spaces.

“I love the renovations that were made to the Mabee Center,” he said. “It has become a great environment in which to hang out with friends and study.”

Local contractor Waldrop Construction worked with SmithGroupJJR of Dallas, one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms, to complete the remodeling project. Bill Fishback, HPU’s assistant vice president for business and human resources, was the university administrator responsible for the construction phase of the project.

“During the construction phase of the Mabee Center renovation project, SmithGroupJJR representatives Nick Back, Kenda Draper and Eden Vaughn were invaluable as we worked with Waldrop Construction and subcontractors to ensure the end result would be a great facility for students,” said Fishback. “Nick Back, associate construction manager, is the consummate professional and was our ‘go to’ person at SmithGroupJJR, assisting us daily throughout the project.”

HPU has received positive feedback on the renovations from campus guests, as well.

Beadel Dining Hall for web“We’ve hosted several community events since the remodel and many are scheduled for the future,” said Debbie Childs, director of university events. “The Mabee Center renovations have received great reviews and people from our community are delighted and amazed with the improvements.”


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Students gather in HPU’s Mabee University Center foyer.

Students enjoy the new social spaces in HPU’s Mabee University Center, including the completely renovated Beadel Dining Hall.

Chili’s to support HPU’s Spring Sing 2015

BROWNWOOD – March 16, 2015 – A portion of Chili’s proceeds tomorrow, March 17, will benefit Howard Payne University’s Spring Sing 2015. With each flyer presented, the Brownwood restaurant will donate 10 percent of the event day sales in support of HPU’s annual musical event.

The flyer may be downloaded at The event will take place Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. at Chili’s Brownwood location, 210 E. Commerce Street.

Spring Sing is slated for Friday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium with a repeat performance the same time on Saturday. This year’s theme is “Night at the Cinema” during which student organizations will recreate some of their favorite movie moments. Participants include members of Alpha Psi Omega, Chi Alpha Omega, Delta Chi Rho, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Theta Phi, Tau Beta Sigma and Zeta Chi.

“These groups have been practicing hard for many weeks to put on a great show for the community,” said Francie Clark, director of student activities. “We’d like to encourage everyone to support our students by eating at Chili’s tomorrow evening and coming out to see the shows this weekend.”

Tickets for reserved Spring Sing seats may be purchased at HPU’s Cashier’s Office inside the Packer Administration Building for $10 and general admission tickets will be $5 at the door on the evening of the event.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Student Life at (325) 649-8017.