Yearly News Archives: 2017

HPU’s Spirit of Social Work Award presented to Anna Moulder Cloud of Brownwood

Anna Cloud Spirit of Social WorkBROWNWOOD – November 6, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to Anna Moulder Cloud of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.

Cloud, who worked as a secretary in the communication department at Abilene Christian University for 10 years, decided to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work; and in 1995, she completed her Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. While at UTA, Cloud assisted with research on the evaluation of day care centers.

Cloud began a nearly 14-year career in 1996 as a caseworker with the Texas Youth Commission (now Texas Juvenile Justice Department) at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex. She had the opportunity to work with the substance abuse and sex-offender-treatment programs, and served as the security unit caseworker.

Cloud has served her communities in many other ways as well. She taught a Bible class for 20 years at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Abilene and volunteered as a van driver for disabled and elderly church members for 10 years. Cloud has also participated in nursing home and homebound outreach ministries at Austin Avenue Church of Christ in Brownwood for 12 years and has been the coordinator of those services for the past six years.

HPU has also been the recipient of Cloud’s generous love of social work as she served as a field instructor for the university’s social work program. Dan Humeniuk, assistant professor of social work and chair of the Department of Social Work and Sociology, offered his congratulations to Cloud.

”I had the pleasure of working with Anna at the Ron Jackson Complex for 10 years,” said Humeniuk. “During that time, I found her to be most compassionate and highly professional in her approach to her assigned duties. She certainly represents the true spirit of social work.”

Cloud and her husband, Aaron, have been married 56 years. The couple has a son who is deceased and a grown daughter.


Cutline: Dan Humeniuk, right, recently presented the HPU Social Work Advisory Board’s Spirit of Social Work Award to Anna Moulder Cloud.

HPU students and employees share in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Baseball team hurricane relief group photo for webBROWNWOOD – November 3, 2017 – Many Howard Payne University departments, teams, students and personnel were recently involved in various projects to benefit those adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas coastal areas. Three projects in particular – the supply collection and fundraiser by the HPU baseball team, the Department of Music hurricane relief concert and the stuffed animal/small blanket drive by the School of Education – were part of campus-wide efforts to help those in need in southeast Texas.

At the Saturday, September 2, supply and donation drive, the HPU baseball team partnered with Weakley-Watson Ace Hardware of Brownwood and collected 1,000 cases of water and hundreds of other items including money, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, tools and pet food. The weekend after the collection event, 41 HPU baseball players, five coaches, the athletic director and then-alumni/development director traveled to First Baptist Church Port Lavaca to deliver the supplies. While there, the team of volunteers provided assistance with unloading donations, tree and brush removal, fence and roof repair as well as general clean-up efforts. The team clocked an estimated 1,060 hours of volunteer service for hurricane relief.

Choir at benefit concert for webAcross campus, HPU’s Department of Music also wanted to help those affected by the hurricane. The department presented a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, that was titled “The Sounds of Restoration” and featured many of the university’s musical ensembles. Admission to the concert was by donation and all proceeds went to the organization Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery. Approximately $3,000 was collected that evening at the door and more was collected online.

HPU’s School of Education came up with another creative way to assist in relief efforts. The school coordinated a “Comfort for Kids” drive throughout September, collecting stuffed animals and small blankets to comfort children whose families may have lost all of their belongings. The school was able to collect 50 stuffed animals and 30 small blankets for the children. Dr. Sam Goff, minister of missions at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, delivered the items on behalf of HPU to the greater Beaumont area on October 4. Goff is the husband of Dr. Kylah Clark-Goff, dean of the School of Education.

Stuffed animal and blanket drive for web“None of these hurricane-relief efforts could have been done without the support of the people in Brownwood and the surrounding areas as well as the HPU community,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “It is wonderful how all involved came together to be a blessing to those devastated by the recent hurricane and flooding in southeast Texas.”

Those interested in assisting with ongoing relief efforts may donate to Texas Baptist Men’s hurricane relief and recovery fund. Visit to donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.


Cutlines: (1) HPU’s baseball team and staff are shown at First Baptist Church Port Lavaca where they assisted the people in that area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

(2) HPU’s Concert Choir is shown performing during the benefit concert presented by the Department of Music’s various ensembles.

(3) HPU’s School of Education hosted a stuffed animal/small blanket drive benefiting children affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding.

HPU nursing faculty take part in “Our Community Cares” event

Ouimette and Sutton at event for webBROWNWOOD – November 2, 2017 – Faculty members from Howard Payne University’s School of Nursing represented HPU at Brownwood’s recent “Our Community Cares” health fair. The event took place at CMS Health Care, Kindred at Home and Redstone Park.

Dr. Nina Ouimette (left), dean of HPU’s School of Nursing, and Laci Sutton, instructor of nursing, provided information on stroke recognition and prevention.

HPU to present Evening of Theatre

BROWNWOOD – November 1, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present an Evening of Theatre this Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the HPU Theatre, 202 Whaley Street in Brownwood. Tickets are $5 per person and free for all HPU personnel and students.

HPU theatre students will perform a variety of monologues, musical numbers and audience-suggested improv scenes.

Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, called the annual Evening of Theatre event a “one-of-a-kind theatre extravaganza.”

“Audiences will enjoy a broad range of performances from our very talented theatre students including both upperclassmen and our newest actors in the program,” he said. “You definitely won’t want to miss this event.”

Performers include Caleb Bostick, freshman from Brownwood; Jake Bowren, sophomore from San Antonio; Josh Collier, freshman from Voca; Katie Cravey, sophomore from Huntsville; Tanner Crow, freshman from Brownwood; Piper Davis, freshman from Bulverde; Christopher Freeland, junior from Brownwood; Hailey Green, junior from Kennedale; Sara Heinrichs, freshman from Hico; Isaac Howell, senior from Georgetown; Hayden Jacobs, senior from Lytle; Ransome Looper, sophomore from Abilene; Deejay Moses, junior from May; Bryce McWhirter, junior from Pflugerville; Gabby McWhirter, senior from Crosbyton; Shannon Parrish, senior from Brownwood; Laurel Pinkney, freshman from Carrollton; Cassia Rose, senior from Winnsboro; and Luke Victor, sophomore from Austin.

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

Senior recital recently presented by HPU student Judy Pack

BROWNWOOD – October 31, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Judy Pack, a music instrumental all-level certification major from Fort Worth, presented her senior flute recital on Tuesday, October 24. The recital was held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Recital selections included “Suite de Trios Morceaux, Opus 116” by Benjamin Goddard, “Sonata No. 3, Opus 1, No. 4” by George Frederic Handel and “Slow Tears for Alto Flute and Piano” by Rhonda Larson. Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, accompanied Pack on the piano.

Pack is from the studio of Stephen Goacher, professor of music. He offered his thoughts on Pack’s recital.

“The programmatic variety afforded by performing both the concert flute and the alto flute gave Judy’s program exceptional interest,” said Goacher. “Few students have worked more diligently to make a public presentation representing the sum of their academic career.”


Scholarships awarded to four HPU pre-college music students

Pre-college NSF scholarship awards 2017BROWNWOOD – October 30, 2017 – Four students from Howard Payne University’s Pre-College Music and Art Program were recently awarded scholarships at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland during the town’s RipFest. The scholarship awards were presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment (NSF Arts).

Students who received scholarships were Angie Calfa (16), a voice and piano student from Santa Anna; Christopher Ivy (7) and Kyle Ivy (13), piano students from Brownwood; and Sarah Ann Reeves (14), a piano and voice student from Bronwood. The four scholarship recipients are students of Diane Owens, director of HPU’s Pre-College Music Program.

“We are so honored that our young students received this recognition,” said Owens. “We are also thankful for the opportunities for study that the scholarships provide to these students.”

NSF Arts has awarded hundreds of music scholarships and sponsored more than 100 concerts across Texas since 1999. NSF Arts is a proud sponsor of many youth music programs in the state that provide concert tickets and music education experiences for Texas school children.


Cutline: Four HPU pre-college music students were recently awarded each a scholarship presented by the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment at the 19th Annual Music Scholarship Awards in Eastland. Pictured clockwise from left are Sarah Reeves, Kyle Ivy, Angie Calfa and Christopher Ivy.

HPU Concert Choir and Heritage Singers to present fall concert

BROWNWOOD – October 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Concert Choir and Heritage Singers will present a fall concert next Thursday, November 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the university’s Grace Chapel.

Titled “Abba’s Child: Longing for the True Self,” the concert will feature a selection of songs about finding oneself through a contemplative seeking of Christ as the core of one’s being. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father.”

“In each portion of the concert, we will traverse the darkness, call upon the name of the Lord and ultimately arrive with our Abba like a child at home,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

Songs in the first portion of the concert include “Lamentation of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Weep O Mine Eyes” by John Bennett, “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” by Paul Manz, “His Yoke is Easy” by G.F. Handel and “I Will Be A Child of Peace” by Elaine Hagenberg. The second portion includes “Daemon” by György Orbán, “O Vos Omnes” by Tomás Luis de Victoria, “Remembering” by Joan Szymko and “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” by Mack Wilberg. The final portion of the concert includes “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” by Michael Tippett, “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder, “Lullaby” by Daniel Elder, “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” by Moses Hogan and “Let Me Hide Myself in Thee” by Craig Courtney.

Dr. Rosborough will conduct the program and Dr. Elizabeth Wallace, chair of the Department of Music and tenured professor of music, will accompany the groups on piano. Abraham Cooper, senior from Early, will accompany the Heritage Singers on piano on one selection.

The mission of the HPU choral program is to “Change lives by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the unification of word and song.” For more information about the concert, call the School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500.

Community invited to lunch at HPU Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Meal at HPU 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – October 27, 2017 – The 34th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents and visitors. The meal is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,275 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“The crisp mornings we have enjoyed lately remind us that it is again time to plan for a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends at HPU’s Mabee University Center,” said Bill Fishback, associate vice president for business and human resources. “This community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors seems to be as important to those who serve as it is to those who enjoy the meal each year. Volunteers can help serve meals at the Mabee Center or deliver meals to those in Brownwood and Early who cannot join us on campus.”

According to Fishback, HPU has never charged for the meals at this event because of the generous donations from the caring people and organizations in Brown County. For several years, the balance remaining in the donation account after Thanksgiving was enough to pay a large portion of the bill for the following year’s meal. This year, there will not be as much as hoped. For the first time in many years, approximately $6,500 will need to be raised to pay for the food served this Thanksgiving.

“Thus far, the Lord has always met our need and I am believing the money will be there by the time the bills must be paid this year,” said Fishback.

The staff of Howard Payne’s Sodexo Food Service give up their holiday to prepare the meals. Numerous volunteers help serve.

“Many of the volunteers have helped for years, making serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition,” said Fishback.

The traditional Thanksgiving meal will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

“Last year, we served 625 meals at the Mabee Center and 1,650 meals were provided to those in the community who were unable to join us for lunch,” Fishback said. “The volunteers enjoy visiting with each other and our guests as they work to serve the meals as quickly as possible. Too often, we take for granted the fact that we are very blessed to live in a community where so many people willingly give their time and money to support this wonderful event. We look forward to being part of another joy-filled Thanksgiving Day as we also give thanks to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways.”

According to Fishback, volunteers do not need to call to let the university know they are coming.

“Volunteers simply need to show up at the Mabee Center at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and we will put them to work,” he said.

The Mabee University Center is located at 1219 Fisk Street, on the HPU campus. Anyone unable to join friends and neighbors at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to his or her home in Brownwood or Early by calling the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 by noon on Monday, November 20.

To help support the Thanksgiving meal, please make checks payable to the “Community Thanksgiving Feast,” and send them to Bill Fishback at Howard Payne University, 1000 Fisk Street, Suite 210, Brownwood, Texas 76801.


Cutline: The 34th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at HPU’s Mabee University Center. All are invited and volunteers are welcome.

HPU concludes Homecoming 2017 activities

HC Bonfire 2017 for webBROWNWOOD – October 26, 2017 – Approximately 1,000 individuals arrived on the Howard Payne University campus last weekend for The Yellow Jacket Express – Homecoming 2017. HPU alumni, students, personnel and guests from the community enjoyed the many Homecoming-related events on campus and around Brownwood.

Among this year’s popular events was the Homecoming parade which featured several train-themed floats. Chi Alpha Omega designed this year’s winning float with Delta Chi Rho and Pi Theta Chi earning second and third place, respectively. The bonfire and fireworks display – held this year at the Bert V. Massey II Sport Complex – also drew a large crowd.

The Class Giving Challenge, a fundraising initiative, was a new event this year.

“We publicized the challenge for a week leading up to Homecoming to see which graduating class could raise the most money for the university,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We were proud to name the Class of 1975 as the winner of this year’s challenge.”

Several community sponsors contributed to the overall success of Homecoming 2017. Gold-level sponsors included Brownwood-Area Chamber of Commerce, Bruner Auto Group, Visit Early Texas, Underwood’s Bar-B-Q, Wendlee Broadcasting and Willie’s T’s. Navy-level sponsors were Dr Pepper, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mills County State Bank and United Supermarkets. White-level sponsors included Citizens National Bank, Down Home Digital, Early Blooms & Things, Painter & Johnson Financial, PF&E Oil Company, Porter Insurance Agency and TexasBank. Partner sponsors were John Woolsey Ice House and Smith & Sharpe Agencies.

HC Parade 2017 for web“Our sponsors are an integral part of Homecoming,” said Benoit. “We’re extremely grateful to our community partners.”

The Carnival of Blue and Gold, HPU’s Homecoming 2018 celebration, is slated for November 2-3, 2018. More details will be available in the months leading up to the event.

“We invite all HPU alumni and others interested in alumni events to subscribe to our monthly e-mail newsletter,” said Benoit. “We plan many fun events around the state throughout the year.”

For more information, or to subscribe to “The Gate” alumni e-mail newsletter, e-mail or call 325-649-8044.


Cutlines: HPU students do the “sting ’em” hand gesture in front of this year’s Homecoming bonfire.

This year’s winning Homecoming float was the “It is Well with My Soul-train Express,” designed by the Chi Alpha Omega sorority.

Rev. Tim Skaggs addresses HPU Chapel crowd

Tim Skaggs at HPU for webBROWNWOOD – October 25, 2017 – Rev. Tim Skaggs, pastor of Brownwood’s Coggin Avenue Baptist Church, spoke at Howard Payne University’s Chapel service Wednesday morning. Skaggs serves as an adjunct faculty member in kinesiology at HPU and his wife, Jamie, serves as university nurse.

“Don’t let this culture be your identity because this culture is flawed,” he told the audience. “This world will let you down. There’s only one who will not let you down – Jesus Christ.”

The overall theme for HPU Chapel this semester is “Love God, Love Others.” To see the full slate of Chapel speakers, visit


Cutline: Rev. Tim Skaggs speaks at HPU’s Chapel service Wednesday morning.