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HPU concludes Homecoming 2019 festivities

Howard Payne University welcomed more than 600 individuals to its campus during Homecoming 2019: Yesterday, Today and Forever festivities, held Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. During the weekend, HPU alumni, students, personnel and friends of the university gathered together to enjoy a range of Homecoming activities and events.

In addition to numerous reunions and luncheons held throughout the weekend, featured events included the HPU Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group; Cobbler on the Campus, sponsored by Underwood’s Cafeteria; and the Homecoming Pep Rally, with music from Jaime Dodson ’19 and Hunter Carrier, and Ray Hildebrand ’62. Also featured were the Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Visit Early Texas, and the Golden Graduates Luncheon honoring the class of 1969, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting.

Homecoming honorees were recognized at the HPU Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday and during the halftime show of the Homecoming football game against Sul Ross State University.

Rounding out the weekend’s activities were the HPU Yellow Jackets football team’s 31-20 victory on Saturday afternoon and a final performance Saturday evening of the Homecoming musical “Little Women” by Allan Knee.

“This year’s Homecoming was a resounding success,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “It is always fun to see alumni and other friends of the university reunite and meet current students during the weekend. These interactions and reunions would not be possible without the generous support of our Homecoming sponsors.”

HPU thanks the aforementioned and following community sponsors for their support of another successful Homecoming weekend. Additional sponsors include Homecoming t-shirt sponsor Willie’s T’s, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr Pepper, TexasBank, United Supermarkets, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Adidas, Citizens National Bank, Painter & Johnson Financial, Porter Insurance Agency, Double H Mercantile, Smith & Sharpe Agencies and the HPU Alumni Association.

HPU’s Homecoming 2020 will be held Oct. 9-10.

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Cutline #1: Pictured at Homecoming Convocation are HPU President Dr. Cory Hines, Homecoming King Kendall Moore, Homecoming Queen Melinda Mendoza and Coming Home Queen Elia Trujillo.

Cutline #2: Fans, students and alumni cheer at the HPU Yellow Jacket football team’s Homecoming game.

Cutline #3: Members of Delta Chi Rho wave to parade-goers during the Homecoming Parade.

HPU crowns 2019 Homecoming Court

Howard Payne University crowned the Homecoming Queen and Princess and, for the first time, Homecoming King and Prince during the university’s Homecoming 2019 Convocation ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1.

Melinda Mendoza, senior from Houston, and Kendall Moore, senior from Mesquite, were named Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. Jenna Stuard, junior from Kaufman, and Cecil Banks, junior from Bryan, were named Homecoming Princess and Prince, respectively.

Additional members of the Homecoming Court were Adrien Barrientos, junior from Little Elm; Caleb Callaway, junior from Early; Sawyer Fisher, senior from Bertram; Morgan Patterson, senior from Kerrville; Sarah Ramos, senior from Pflugerville; Harlei Struck, junior from Crandall; Kira Teel, junior from San Antonio; and Cade Varrichio, senior from Arlington.

Mendoza is the daughter of the late Shelley Martinez and Mauro Mendoza. She is the sister of Melanie Gomez and brother-in-law Jorge Gomez, who serve as her beloved guardians. A kinesiology major with an emphasis in education, she is a member of the HPU softball team, Chi Alpha Omega and Kappa Delta Pi. Additionally, she works as a staff member at the HPU Wellness Center.

Moore is the son of Cathy and Donald Moore. A kinesiology major, Moore’s campus involvement includes intramurals and the Student Activities Council. He serves as president of the Student Government Association and is a resident assistant for Newbury Place Apartments.

Stuard is the daughter of Cheryl and John Stuard. A psychology major, Stuard is a member of the HPU women’s soccer team, vice president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, chaplain of Chi Alpha Omega, a speaker and mentor for Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Facility, a Yellow Rose Scholarship recipient and a student assistant for the HPU football team. Additionally, she is involved with the Student Activities Council, Gamma Beta Phi, Pi Gamma Mu and Psi Chi.

Banks, the son of Tasha and Cecil Banks, II, is a kinesiology major. He is the president of the Black Student Association, a senator in Student Government Association, a member of the Student Activities Council and a leader of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Additionally, he is a student assistant coach for the HPU football team.

Barrientos, the son of Chandor Barrientos, is a nursing major. His campus involvement includes serving as vice president of HOSA and is a member of Tri Beta.

Callaway, the son of Mandy and Brian Callaway, is a strategic communication major. His campus involvement includes the Chapel Band and Delta Epsilon Omega. He is a youth volunteer at Heartland Church and a member of the Christian Association of Student Leaders. Additionally, he is a student worker in the HPU’s mail room.

Fisher, the son of DeAnne and Randal Fisher, is a business administration and strategic communication major. He is a charter member and current historian of Delta Epsilon Omega, a Free Lunch ministry leader with the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), a member of the Student Planning Committee and a Jacket Ambassador. Additionally, he serves as historian for the 2019 BSM Leadership Team, a small group leader at First United Methodist Church in Brownwood and a 2019 Christian Association of Student Leaders conference coordinator. He is also involved with HPU intramurals.

Patterson, the daughter of Katherine and Jack Patterson, is a biomedical science and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major. She serves as the Chi Alpha Omega PRHR, HOSA historian, Tri Beta vice president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes secretary and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee vice president. She is also a member of Gamma Beta Phi and the HPU women’s soccer team.

Ramos, the daughter of Anna and Eric Ramos, is a business management major. Her campus involvement includes the Student Planning Committee, Student Activities Council and Jacket Ambassadors. She is also the treasurer of Delta Chi Rho, a senior senator in Student Government Association, a Jacket Journey leader and a student worker in HPU’s Office of Admission. Additionally, she is a program facilitator for Girl Scouts of Central Texas.

Struck, the daughter of Kaycee and Jeremie Struck, is a business management major. Her campus involvement includes the Women to Women club, “The Yellow Jacket” student newspaper and the Jacket Journey event staff. She is secretary of Student Government Association, a member of Delta Chi Rho, a member of the Student Activities Council and a student worker at the Wellness Center. Additionally, she is a student assistant for the HPU softball team.

Teel, the daughter of Kim and Chet Teel, is a nursing major. She is a member of HPU women’s soccer team, participates in Potential New Member Recruiting for Chi Alpha Omega, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Biological Honors Society and HPU intramurals. She also is the historian for Tri Beta and HOSA secretary.

Varrichio, the son of Marie and Anthony Varrichio, is a business marketing major. He is a member of the HPU baseball team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and honorary member of Chi Alpha Omega. Additionally, he serves as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and an intramural referee.

The Homecoming Court was recognized during the halftime show of the HPU Yellow Jacket football team’s Homecoming game against Sul Ross State University on Saturday, November 2.

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Cutline #1: Pictured are Tom Trujillo and Coming Home Queen Elia Trujillo; Homecoming King Kendall Moore; Homecoming Queen Melinda Mendoza; Cade Varrichio; Sarah Ramos; Sawyer Fisher; and Morgan Patterson.

Cutline #2: Pictured are Adrien Barrientos; Harlei Struck; Caleb Callaway; Kira Teel; Homecoming Prince Cecil Banks; and Homecoming Princess Jenna Stuard.

HPU choir students and alumni to present Homecoming concert

Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Homecoming choir concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert will include selections from the fall program titled “These Three Abide: Faith|Hope|Love.”

“These three virtues hold great depth and provide a foundation upon which we can find a deeper revelation of our Holy God,” said Dr. Christopher Rosborough ’08, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “Instead of faith, hope, love in Jesus, we are seeking to find the faith, hope, love of Jesus.”

To conclude the concert, the HPU Alumni Choir will join the students on stage to continue the tradition of singing “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” by Tom Fettke.

Joseph Dunlap, instructor of music, is the collaborative pianist for the choir and will be playing for the event.

For complete Homecoming details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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HPU finalizes preparations for Homecoming 2019: Yesterday, Today and Forever

Howard Payne University personnel are completing preparations for Homecoming 2019: Yesterday, Today and Forever. Homecoming events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, with many activities open to the public.

“Plans for this year’s Homecoming have been months in the making,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “We are excited to welcome our alumni, the community and other members of the HPU family to campus as they participate in this great tradition, reliving old memories and making new ones.”

Friday’s schedule includes Cobbler on the Campus, sponsored by Underwood’s BBQ, at 7 p.m. on HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall. The festivities will continue with the Homecoming Pep Rally, at 7:45 p.m. also on Muse Plaza and Mall, and the Homecoming musical “Little Women,” at 8:30 p.m. in Mims Auditorium.

Events scheduled for Saturday include the annual Homecoming parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, at 10 a.m. along the traditional route through downtown Brownwood and the HPU campus. The Alumni Association Blue and Gold 5K race begins at 1:30 p.m. in Festival Park. A Homecoming tailgate will begin at 2 p.m. outside Gordon Wood Stadium, followed by the HPU Yellow Jackets’ football game against Sul Ross State University at 4 p.m. Saturday’s events will conclude with a performance of “Little Women” at 8 p.m. in Mims Auditorium.

To view a full schedule of Homecoming 2019 events, in addition to maps and ticket information, please visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: HPU’s Homecoming 2019: Yesterday, Today and Forever will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2.

HPU Homecoming 2019 parade scheduled for Saturday

The Howard Payne University Homecoming 2019 parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. and will follow the same route as previous Homecoming parades.

Beginning at Brownwood Coliseum, the parade will travel north on Baker St., turn left onto Center Ave., move across Austin Ave. and enter the HPU campus. The procession will end in front of HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center on Center Ave. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Ave.

The parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, will feature student-designed floats, Homecoming honorees, the HPU Yellow Jacket Marching Band, members of HPU athletic teams and the HPU mascot, Buzzsaw, in addition to other attractions.

For complete Homecoming details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU’s Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2.

HPU alumni artists showcased at Homecoming 2019 art exhibition

Howard Payne University will display artwork by seven of its alumni as part of Homecoming 2019 festivities on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2. The Alumni Art Exhibition, located in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center, will be open for viewing on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Artists with work on display are Tasha (VanderZee) Carter ’93 of Brownwood, Jonathan Ceniceros ’08 of Brownwood, Lauren (Humphreys) Kulesz ’06 of Arlington, Molly (Gore) Merck ’11 of Abilene, Julie (Wallace) Mize ’96 of Brownwood, Grant Reid ’05 of Comanche and Molly (Hull) Valencia ’16 of Brownwood. The show features artwork from a variety of media and methods: drawing, painting, photography, cut paper and mixed media assemblage.

“I’m excited for HPU to host an exhibit of artwork by alumni as part of Homecoming 2019,” said Laura Benoit, director of alumni relations. “I encourage the public to come see the wide range of artwork on display.”

For complete Homecoming details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline:Three HPU alumni artists – from left, Julie (Wallace) Mize ’96, Molly (Gore) Merck ’11 and Molly (Hull) Valencia ’16 – visit while organizing artwork for the upcoming Alumni Art

“Little Women,” HPU’s Homecoming musical, to open Thursday evening

Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts held a dress rehearsal Monday evening for its Homecoming 2019 musical, “Little Women,” by Allan Knee. Performances are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of performances.

Knee’s “Little Women” is a musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the same name. Set in mid-19th century Maine, the musical tells the coming of age story of four sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy.

“It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented cast and crew to bring these characters and this show to life,” said Dr. Greg Church, professor of music and artistic director of the musical. “We hope audiences enjoy watching and listening as much as we have enjoyed bringing this small portion of Americana to the stage.”

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, a junior from Brownwood; Jacob Bowren, a senior from San Antonio; Kyra Chapa, a senior from Pasadena; Taylor Davis, a senior from Alvin; Sara Heinrichs, a senior from Hico; Mackenzie Langham, a sophomore from Lake Jackson; Ryan Miles, a junior from Goldthwaite; Deejay Moses, a senior from May; Laurel Pinkney, a junior from Carrolton; Andreahnna Rosenquist, a junior from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, a senior from Austin. Additional crew members include David Frost, a freshman from Bertram; Lunday Maninger, a freshman from Brownwood; and Alek Mendoza, a sophomore from Bangs.

Additional faculty directing the musical are technical director Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, and musical director and conductor Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information about “Little Women,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. A wide range of additional events are scheduled for HPU’s Homecoming. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline #1: Sara Heinrichs, Taylor Davis, Caleb Bostick, Andreahnna Rosenquist and Mackenzie Langham perform during dress rehearsal for the HPU Homecoming 2019 musical “Little Women” by Allan Knee.

Cutline #2: Ryan Miles and Caleb Bostick are pictured during dress rehearsal for the HPU Homecoming 2019 musical “Little Women” by Allan Knee.

Cutline #3: Sara Heinrichs, Taylor Davis, Andreahnna Rosenquist and Mackenzie Langham perform during dress rehearsal for the HPU Homecoming 2019 musical “Little Women” by Allan Knee.

HPU to present “Little Women” musical during Homecoming 2019

Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present the musical “Little Women” by Allan Knee in conjunction with HPU’s Homecoming 2019 festivities. Performances are Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in HPU’s Mims Auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students and are available for purchase at the door on the evenings of the performances.

“‘Little Women’ is a quintessentially American story depicting the challenges, difficulties and heartaches as well as the warmth, love and strength of family,” said Dr. Gregory Church, professor of music and artistic director of the musical. “Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa May Alcott, the story blends perfectly with the HPU Homecoming 2019 theme, ‘Yesterday, Today, and Forever.’ The story, set in Civil War-era Massachusetts, revolves around the coming of age of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy. Though the story is set in the American past, it addresses contemporary social themes, as the main characters are all women of great strength, integrity and compassion. It’s a funny, moving, heart-warming show for the entire family.”

Cast members include Caleb Bostick, a junior from Brownwood; Jacob Bowren, a senior from San Antonio; Kyra Chapa, a senior from Pasadena; Taylor Davis, a senior from Alvin; Sara Heinrichs, a senior from Hico; Mackenzie Langham, a sophomore from Lake Jackson; Ryan Miles, a junior from Goldthwaite; Deejay Moses, a senior from May; Laurel Pinkney, a junior from Carrolton; Andreahnna Rosenquist, a junior from Brownwood; and Luke Victor, a senior from Austin. Additional crew members include David Frost, a freshman from Bertram; Lunday Maninger, a freshman from Brownwood; and Alek Mendoza, a sophomore from Bangs.

Additional faculty directing the musical are technical director Dr. Nicholas Ewen, assistant professor of theatre, and musical director and conductor Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.

For more information about “Little Women,” contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500. A wide range of additional events are scheduled for HPU’s Homecoming. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8007 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

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Cutline: HPU students Mackenzie Langham, Sara Heinrichs, Kyra Chapa, Taylor Davis and Andreahnna Rosenquist (pictured from left to right) rehearse for the musical “Little Women,” held in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming 2019 festivities.

HPU Alumni Association to host Homecoming 5K race

Howard Payne University’s Alumni Association will host a 5K race on Saturday, November 2, in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming activities. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund and student and alumni programming.

Most of the 3.1-mile course runs along Brownwood’s Camp Bowie Walking Trail and begins at Festival Park located at 3206 Milam Drive. Participants are invited to walk or run during the event.

Entry fees are $30 if paid through 6 p.m. on November 1 or $35 on race day (cash or check only at the event). HPU students pay a discounted price of $15 in advance or $20 on race day. To register in advance, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming. The race begins at 1:30 p.m. on November 2.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female as well as to top participants in various age groups.

HPU Homecoming 2019 – Yesterday, Today, and Forever – will be held November 1-2. A variety of events, including the 5K, are open to the community. For more information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

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Cutline: Map showing the route of HPU’s Homecoming 5K race

Goehring, McLaughlin named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame

Leslie Jones Goehring of Waxahachie and Kate McLaughlin of Fort Worth have been named inductees into Howard Payne University’s Sports Hall of Fame. They are among nine individuals who will be honored with awards during Homecoming 2019 festivities, to be held November 1-2. Additional honorees are listed at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

This year’s Homecoming honorees will be recognized during the Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, November 1, in the Mabee University Center’s Beadel Dining Hall. The honorees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Ticket information for the banquet and a full schedule of the weekend’s events are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

Goehring graduated from HPU in 2012 with a degree in exercise and sport science (ESS). She played soccer and was a member of Chi Alpha Omega.

Along with several American Southwest Conference (ASC) Player of the Week honors, Goehring was a four-time First Team All-Conference selection and was named Academic All-Conference in 2010. In 2011, she was named Second Team All-West Region as forward by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the first HPU player to ever receive an All-Region honor.

In all four of her seasons, Goehring was among the leaders in the ASC in goals scored, with 14, 17, 15 and 13 respectively. She would also finish her career with 19 game-winning goals for the Lady Jackets.

Goehring also holds the ASC record for Fastest Two Goals by the Same Player and Fastest Three Goals by the Same Player in the same game.

After graduating, Goehring became the assistant women’s soccer coach at Austin College. She then went back to school and became a licensed vocational nurse.

She and her husband, Seth Goehring, are the parents of two children, Parker and Hayes. Hayes passed away in June of this year.

She says the Christian values learned from her professors, coaches and others at HPU are the cornerstone of what she needed to make it through the difficult things in life. She started and runs the non-profit Parker’s PALS Foundation that assists families whose children are battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

“I am very humbled and honored to be named to the HPU Sports Hall of Fame,” she said. “Through the things I’ve been through since leaving HPU, the people I met at HPU are still there for me today. I’m so thankful for my family, friends, teammates, coaches and God.”

McLaughlin graduated from HPU in 2009 with a degree in exercise and sport science (ESS). During her time at HPU, she played softball and participated in the ESS Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Playing in 151 games for HPU, McLaughlin had an HPU-record 153 hits. McLaughlin has 82 RBIs and 59 walks in her 406 at-bats for the Lady Jackets.

During her senior season, she led the team to its best year in school history at 29-11 overall. Playing in all 40 games that season, she accumulated 57 hits, 45 RBIs and 83 total bases, which are all HPU records. Her .460 average in 2009 is also the best all-time at HPU.

McLaughlin still holds HPU records in runs scored in a game (five), total bases in a game (ten), hits in a season (57), RBIs in a season (45) and hits in a career (153).

She was named the American Southwest Conference (ASC) West Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year, received multiple ASC All-West Division honors and was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region selection in the outfield.

Since graduating from HPU, she has spent nine years working in the medical field. She is currently employed at Medical City Weatherford, where she is an administrative assistant in the rehab department.

“HPU shaped me for my future with great guidance from my professors,” she said. “Thank you for this honor of being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.”

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

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Cutline #1: Leslie Jones Goehring of Waxahachie has been named to HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Cutline #2: Kate McLaughlin of Fort Worth is one of this year’s inductees into HPU’s Sports Hall of Fame.