News Archives: Alumni Relations

HPU to host second Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event on campus

BROWNWOOD – March 5, 2020 – Howard Payne University invites the public to the second installment in the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series, featuring a meal catered by Sodexo and a presentation by HPU personnel. The event will be held Tuesday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bullion Suites of HPU’s Mabee University Center.

Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication at HPU, will lead the presentation, titled “The Media Mix: Maximizing Small Business Presence in the New Media Market.”

“In an increasingly mediated world, businesses must understand the new media mix to posture themselves in the most competitive position,” said Dr. Welker. “This presentation will address the PESO (Paid, Earned, Shared and Owned) model of strategic communication and give small business owners practical strategies to manage their reputation, advertising and strategic messaging.”

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, expressed his enthusiasm for the spring edition of the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series following the success of the first event, held in the fall of 2019.

“Last fall, it was a great pleasure to host community leaders at our campus as part of the Lunch and Learn series,” said Dr. Hines. “I look forward to another excellent opportunity to strengthen the bond between HPU and our community as we enjoy a meal and learn together.”

Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at HPU. Individual tickets are on sale now for $15 each. Table sponsorships are available for $300 per table and include tickets and VIP parking for eight guests, as well as recognition at the event, in the printed program and through related publicity.

Interested parties are encouraged to register soon, as venue capacity is limited. Attendees may also register online at www.hputx.edu/lunchandlearn. For information on acquiring a table sponsorship, contact Jacob Rohrer, assistant to the president for special projects, at jrohrer@hputx.edu or at 325-649-8010.

The event’s title sponsor is Wendlee Broadcasting. Current table sponsors are 3M Brownwood; Ann Jones Real Estate; Blevins Body Shop; Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce; Brownwood Regional Medical Center; Citizens National Bank; Kohler Co.; MCBank; TexasBank; Texas Goldstar Real Estate; Texas Clean; Painter & Johnson Financial; Porter Insurance; and Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agency.

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Cutline: HPU will host community leaders at the second Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event on April 7.

HPU hosts first Career Summit

BROWNWOOD – February 28, 2020 – Howard Payne University recently hosted more than 90 students, faculty, staff and alumni at its first Career Summit. The meeting featured presentations from seven HPU alumni about their experiences in professional sectors including law, education, business, finance, municipal government and university administration, as well as a Q&A session at the conclusion of the event.

Speakers at the event were Bobbette Bell ’87, a longtime educator with Mart and Salado ISDs; Deborah Cartwright ’73, a tax attorney from Austin who worked with two Texas state comptrollers; Stephen Cox ’11, director of bands at Eastland ISD; Dr. Cory Hines ’97, president of HPU; Daniel Hutson ’10, vice president for commercial lending at TexasBank in Brownwood; Natalia Lopez ’06, an immigration lawyer with law offices in Brownwood and Fort Worth; and Marshal McIntosh ’15 and ’16, public information officer and assistant director of economic development with the City of Brownwood.

According to Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator, the diverse professional experiences and viewpoints represented by the speakers offered a unique opportunity for career development to students.

“I believe it’s imperative that students have the opportunity to hear directly from alumni about their experiences, not only while attending HPU, but in their professional pursuits as well,” said Arreola. “The perspectives they shared will help empower and equip students throughout their lives. We are grateful that so many of our alumni understand the importance of offering invaluable advice and support to our current students.”

The event was organized jointly by HPU’s Offices of Career Services, Alumni Relations and University Services. For more information about HPU’s Office of Career Services and future events including part and full-time job fairs, please visit www.hputx.edu/career-services or e-mail careerservices@hputx.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the fall 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: Pictured are Career Summit speakers Stephen Cox, Natalia Lopez, Daniel Hutson, Deborah Cartwright, Bobbette Bell, Marshal MacIntosh and HPU president Dr. Cory Hines.

Cutline #2: Deborah Cartwright ’73 addresses attendees at the HPU Career Summit.

Cutline #3: Pictured are Natalia Lopez ’06; HPU student Elena Standridge, a junior from Universal City; and Dr. Cory Hines ’97.

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 Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivered the charge to graduates.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Arlington
James Ryan Cook – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Austin
Travis Lynn Folmar – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Cody Tyler Hastings – Master of Business Administration
Matthew Richard Prall – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Bangs
Shannon Irene McNeill – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)
Michael Talon Taylor – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies

Beaumont
Rickey Andrew Guillory – Master of Business Administration
Djimonii Rai¢ Jackson – Master of Business Administration

Bridgeport
Jessica Leanne Meeks – Bachelor of Arts in family studies

Brownwood
Bobbie Jo Anderson – Bachelor of Arts in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Bryan Dustin Bachus – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)
Jordan Terrell Beasley – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Thomas Alexander Bingham – Bachelor of Arts in Bible
Amanda Arleans Collins – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)
Lydia Melissa Conrad – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in general studies
Matthew Jeffrey Davis – Bachelor of Arts in Christian education
Matthew Don Gomez – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Emmanuel Lee Jimenez – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Weston Drew Kirbo – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Magna Cum Laude
Cheyanne Denise Lovelady – Master of Business Administration
Katrina Dene Lynn – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Timothy Michael Murphy – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (personal trainer)
Rachel Mary Myers – Bachelor of Arts in cross cultural studies
Shantel Oplotnik – Bachelor of Science in social work
Austin James Robinson – Master of Science in criminal justice
Michael A. Westerman – Bachelor of Science in business administration
Eli David Williams – Bachelor of Arts in Biblical languages

Burleson
Eliajia Donnell Pruitt – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (personal trainer)

Caddo Mills
Tabatha Marie Moore – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general), Cum Laude

Canutillo
Jazmin Susana Amezcua – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice

Childress
Chanda Kay King – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Cisco
Robert Devin Caraway – Bachelor of Science business administration and psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude
Camille Lindsey Webb – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Cleburne
Anna Elizabeth Goains – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Coleman
Murry Roy Clingerman – Master of Business Administration
Faye-Nita Lyn Norway – Bachelor of Arts in social work

College Station
Hannah Noel McCain – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian studies (composite concentration)

Cross Plains
Joel Thomas Hinten – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science (all-level certification)

DeSoto
Levie Smith – Bachelor of Science in criminal justice (forensic science)

Early
Conner Mac Drew – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude
Dylan Scott Person – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)
James Douglas Turner – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude

El Paso
Victor Hugo Almanza – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Jeffrey Brewer – Master of Business Administration
Rose Anne Chavez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Raquel Cowans – Master of Business Administration
Luis Martin Jimenez – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Sandra Saucedo – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration

Flatonia
Abraham Esteban Centeno – Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science (general)

Forney
Jarrid Wade Hawkins – Master of Arts in youth ministry

Gatesville
Madison Leigh Sims – Bachelor of Science in science (middle school: grade 4-8)

Goldthwaite
Jeffrey Gilbert – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

Grandview
James Jarod Dowling – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification)

Greenville
Jordan Alexandria Sweat – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Haslet
Kailey Rebekah Doering – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Summa Cum Laude

Horizon City
Santiago Felipe Mejia – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Brenda Jeanette Palma – Master of Business Administration

Huntington
Jeremy Randell Batten – Bachelor of Science in kinesiology (general)

Kennedale
Hailey Anne Green – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media), Cum Laude

Killeen
Haley Kristine Slater – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting

May
Jordan Dale Easterling – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Midland
Britt Thomas Boler – Bachelor of Business Administration in management, Cum Laude
Eric Trey Haverstock – Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Natalia
Hailey Stewart – Bachelor of Science in elementary education (early childhood – grade 6)

New Braunfels
Chad Eric Campbell – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice
Melodee Lynne Carrier – Master of Arts in theology and ministry
Genaro Garza – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice
Adelaide Anne Joralemon – Bachelor of Science in business administration, Summa Cum Laude
Eric Lehr – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude
Alison Leanne Posey – Master of Business Administration
Tina Rocha – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences business administration
Rakisha Williams – Master of Business Administration

Odessa
Larry Dwayne Potter – Bachelor of Arts in social studies composite (high school: grade 7-12)
Destiny Reyann Ramirez – Bachelor of Science elementary education (early childhood – grade 6), Magna Cum Laude

Pasadena
Kyra Alyse Chapa – Bachelor of Arts in communication studies (public and media)

Plainview
Yancy Justyne Flores – Bachelor of Science in communication studies (public and media)

Plano
Troy Zachariah Moseley – Bachelor of Arts in history
Grant Michael Saltar – Bachelor of Music in music education (all-level certification), Cum Laude

Richardson
Scott Walton Wright – Bachelor of Arts in psychology (general), Magna Cum Laude

Round Rock
Kailey Ann Cargill – Bachelor of Science in psychology (counseling/clinical psychology)
Jonathan Michael George – Bachelor of Science in engineering science

San Angelo
Juan Andres Luna – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, Cum Laude

San Antonio
Marzena Marroquin – Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in business administration
Alexandra Irene Thompson – Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, Cum Laude

San Saba
Caelob Dane Hardman – Bachelor of Science in computer information systems (systems development)
Hollee Anne Ragsdale – Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice

Seguin
Shelli Suzanne De La Garza – Bachelor of Science in business administration

Trinity
Jade Elise Taylor – Bachelor of Science in psychology (general psychology)

Tulia
Bryce Wayne Shelton – Bachelor of Arts in practical theology

Woodsboro
Cory Dean Edwards – Master of Arts in theology and ministry

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Cutline: Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church, delivers charge to graduates at HPU’s December 2019 Commencement ceremony.

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.