Yearly News Archives: 2017

HPU students among judges at local science fair

Montana Phelps and AshBROWNWOOD – November 15, 2017 – Three Howard Payne University students were among the judges at a recent science fair for students at Brownwood’s Cross Classical Academy. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the fair.

HPU judges included Paulo Flores, sophomore biochemistry major from Chandler; Montana Phelps, senior double major in engineering and chemistry from Wylie; and Richard Treviso, junior chemistry major from Dallas.

“We were all very impressed with the students’ exhibits,” said Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU. “They put a lot of effort and thought into their projects. I hope to see many of these same students at HPU in the years to come.”

For more information about Cross Classical Academy, visit To learn more about HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, visit


Cutline: HPU student Montana Phelps, left, listens as Sarah Ash, a student at Cross Classical Academy, describes her science fair exhibit.

HPU El Paso Center taking part in El Paso Giving Day today

BROWNWOOD – November 15, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s El Paso Center is taking part in El Paso Giving Day today, Wednesday, November 15. El Paso Giving Day is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign built for nonprofits. Beyond the dollars raised, El Paso Giving Day provides a special, high-profile day annually to bring attention to the work and worth of El Paso’s nonprofit sector, to help nonprofits increase their capacity and to introduce new and younger donors to charitable giving.

“The HPU El Paso Center asks for your prayers on this day and requests that you consider donating a couple of dollars or more if your situation permits,” said Dr. Adrian Gil, director of the El Paso Center and professor of business. “Thank you for your prayers and contributions.”

The proceeds will benefit the Center’s activities and scholarships for its students. While donations will be accepted all day, donations during the Power Hour of 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (MST) will multiply the Center’s opportunities.

To donate, visit For more information about HPU’s El Paso Center, call 915-533-8500 or e-mail


HPU’s Malone will present senior recital this Friday, November 17

BROWNWOOD – November 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University student Victoria Malone of Fort Worth will present a senior recital on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Malone is pursuing a bachelor of music in performance with a voice concentration. She is a student from the studio of Dr. Celeste Church, professor of music and dean of institutional research and effectiveness at HPU.

Malone’s mezzo-soprano recital will include selections by Hӓndel, Mozart, Poulenc, Schubert, Strauss and others. The closing set will include gospel pieces arranged by Moses Hogan.

Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music at HPU, will accompany Malone on piano.

The recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325- 649-8500.


HPU’s Month of Musicianship Recital will be held this Thursday, November 16

BROWNWOOD – November 14, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Zeta Beta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will present its Month of Musicianship recital Thursday, November 16, at the university’s Grace Chapel. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

The month of November is National Month of Musicianship for Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity. This event was created to reflect the organization’s goal of celebrating college music.

“We put on this recital to express our love for music and showcase our chapter members’ musical talents,” said Travis Moraga, Zeta Beta chapter president and senior from Little Elm. “Since Kappa Kappa Psi is a national organization, this Month of Musicianship allows us to show how much music means to us as an organization across the nation.”

HPU’s Zeta Beta chapter sponsors include Corey Ash, associate professor of music, and Dr. Robert Mangrum, professor of history and government.

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


HPU alumna named director of sport administration for the Midwest Conference

Chassidy HollowayBROWNWOOD – November 13, 2017 – Chassidy Holloway, a graduate from Howard Payne University’s Master of Education in Sport and Wellness Leadership (SWELL) degree program, has been named director of sport administration for the Midwest Conference. The athletic conference is affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III and member institutions are located in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Holloway, originally from LaFayette, Alabama, graduated from HPU in May 2017. She said the program, and being a part of HPU’s athletic culture, gave her the opportunities she needed to be a well-rounded applicant when applying for jobs.

“I think that the SWELL program and working with HPU women’s basketball helped me to develop a unique skill set that I am now able to use in my position with the Midwest Conference,” she said. “Not only did I develop confidence in my ability to succeed in the sport industry but there were significant contributions to my personal and spiritual growth that I attribute to my time at HPU. Howard Payne has a special place in my heart and I am blessed to have been welcomed with open arms.”

The SWELL program at HPU seeks to prepare future leaders for the $4-trillion sport and wellness industries. SWELL is a two-year cohort program that currently consists of night classes. Courses include instruction in event planning, public relations, legal foundations, leadership and more.

HPU is working to offer more of the SWELL coursework in online and distance-learning formats to give students outside of the Brownwood area an opportunity to join a cohort. The coursework and HPU’s Christ-centered academic community make the affordable SWELL program a unique offering among master’s programs in the United States.

For more information about the program, e-mail or call 325-649-8959. Applications for admission and consideration for graduate assistantships in outdoor recreation and department administration/instruction are available online at


Cutline: Chassidy Holloway, a 2017 HPU graduate, was named director of sport information for the Midwest Conference.

Two HPU faculty members to present recital on Tuesday, November 14

faculty recital 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – November 10, 2017 – Dr. Gregory Church and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, two of Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts faculty members, will present a recital Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. The recital will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel and there is no charge for the public to attend.

Tenor vocalist Dr. Gregory Church, HPU professor of music, and pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair and tenured professor in HPU’s Department of Music, will perform “In Native Worth” from Franz Josef Haydn’s The Creation as well as selections by Robert Schumann, Francis Poulenc and Hal Hopson.

“I am looking forward to performing again with my colleague and friend Dr. Elizabeth Wallace,” said Dr. Church. “It has been some time since we have done a recital together and I have enjoyed working with her on this project.”

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


HPU art faculty members exhibit work, publish article

Of Jimmy for webBROWNWOOD – November 10, 2017 – Works by Howard Payne University’s David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, and his wife, Susan Harmon, adjunct instructor of art, are available for viewing in a variety of locations this month with exhibitions in Temple, Austin and Brownwood and an article published in the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

The couple has a two-person exhibition of their paintings at the Saulsbury Gallery of the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, open to the public through November 15. In conjunction with the Temple exhibition, the couple recently held a combination lecture and workshop in watercolor with 35 people in attendance.

The Harmons’ works are also featured in a group exhibition at the Austin Artists Gallery throughout the month of November.

The paintings of Susan Harmon are on exhibit in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. The exhibition consists of large-format abstract paintings based on her study of tragic events during the 21st century. She has extensively exhibited her work both domestically and internationally with recent gallery and museum exhibitions in Asia and Europe. HPU’s gallery hours are Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Her work is full of expressive painterly marks with the goal of providing healing amidst tragic circumstances,” said David Harmon.

David Harmon was recently notified that his article, titled “Modernism and the Machine,” will be published in the November issue of the “International Journal of Arts and Humanities.”

For more information please contact David Harmon at 325-649-8088 or via e-mail at


Cutline: The artwork of Susan Harmon is on display in HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery inside the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through December 1. Pictured is a painting titled “Of Jimmy.”

HPU hosts U.I.L. workshop

UIL Workshop for webBROWNWOOD – November 9, 2017 – Students and faculty from Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication hosted more than 200 students from 13 area high schools today for a workshop on U.I.L. Speech, Debate and Journalism.

Christopher Freeland, junior theatre education major from Bangs, is pictured delivering a presentation on speech and debate.

HPU alumnus Eddie Nelson inducted into basketball coaches hall of fame

Eddie Nelson with Drummond and SimsBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2017 – Eddie Wayne Nelson, a 1972 Howard Payne University graduate, was recently inducted into the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Nelson, who also received an associate degree from Lon Morris Junior College and a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, began his career as an assistant coach at HPU. The remaining years of his coaching career were spent as head basketball coach for Bay City High School. He retired from the Bay City Independent School District in 2012. In his 36 years with the district, he led the Bay City Blackcats to 16 district championships, 13 bi-district championships, 12 area championships, five regional championships, six regional finalist appearances, five state appearances, four state semi-finals appearances, one state semi-final championship and, in 1985, one state championship for an overall record of 745-357.

Nelson was 16 times named Coach of the Year and was designated most victorious in a decade for 80 district games in a row. Among numerous other honors, he received a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Excellence by the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.

“Eddie Nelson is a Texas legend,” said Hunter Sims, HPU’s athletic director. “He has been extremely successful throughout his entire career. We are blessed that Coach Nelson is an HPU alumnus. Coach Nelson has represented HPU extremely well as a professional throughout his life.”

Nelson and his wife, Mary Helen, have one daughter, Marcy Wilson (wife of Patrick Wilson), and one granddaughter, Paige Wilson, all of Houston. He is the son of the late Lallie Ray Nelson of Mineral Wells. He is the son-in-law of Ella B. Jones and the late Albert Jones Jr. of Brownwood.


Cutline: HPU alumnus Eddie Nelson, center, was recently inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He is pictured with Troy Drummond, head men’s basketball coach and head golf coach at HPU, and Hunter Sims, HPU’s athletic director.

HPU’s newly structured intramural sport program takes off on campus

Photo 1 - Sand volleyball game  BROWNWOOD – November 7, 2017 – Howard Payne University intramural sports have been a facet of student life on the university’s campus for many years. The program continues this year with a new coordinator, new sports and a new web-based management program.

Wes Curton, resident director for Jennings Hall, has taken on the role of intramural coordinator in addition to his current responsibilities at HPU. He joined the HPU staff in 2015 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and youth leadership development from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Curton enjoys intramural sports and, since becoming coordinator, looks for ways to refresh the existing intramural program and bring in even more participants.

Curton made the decision to use IMLeagues, which has been a positive experience for him and HPU. This web-based program gives the university the ability to set up online team registrations, schedule games and keep track of team stats and records. Participants and coordinators can also engage in the intramural community at HPU through the IMLeagues app on their smartphones or tablets.

Photo 2 - Wes explains intramurals“We are excited about the functionality that IMLeagues gives us,” said Curton. “So far, participation this year in intramurals has increased from previous years. For example, last season there were nine teams across two sports – ultimate frisbee and Spikeball. This season, there are 26 teams between volleyball and ping-pong.”

HPU faculty and staff are also welcome to participate in any intramural sport along with the students. In fact, Curton says he encourages more to do so. He also stated that the participation from faculty and staff in intramural sports helps bridge the gap between the students and the HPU employees and provides another good environment for personal growth for the students.

In keeping with the mission of HPU, the intramural program strives to provide a recreational program that will enable students to grow physically, spiritually and emotionally while encouraging sportsmanship and fair play.

Photo 3 - Spikeball game“Intramurals is a great component of HPU campus life and it is exciting to see the implementation of IMLeagues and new sports this year,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president for student life and dean of students. “I’m thankful for the capable and enthusiastic leadership of Wes Curton as he enhances our campus community by providing quality opportunities for student involvement.”

Throughout the school year, participants can choose to play flag football, Spikeball, sand volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, ping-pong and/or basketball as the intramural season for each sport arrives. More sports will be brought into the rotation each year as involvement and interest increase.

“I look forward to seeing HPU’s intramural community continue to grow as new sports are added and as students, faculty and staff catch the vision for involvement and community with each other,” said Curton. “Intramurals are a great way to do that and the students seem happy with the changes. In my opinion, if they are satisfied, then we are doing something right.”


Cutlines: 1. HPU students participate in intramural sand volleyball on campus.

2. Wes Curton, HPU resident director and intramural coordinator, gives the rules for an intramural sand volleyball games to current students.

3. HPU students and staff members compete in the intramural sport of Spikeball.