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HPU preparing for a busy summer

summer_camp_staff_2013_for_webBROWNWOOD – June 7, 2013 – Most Howard Payne University students have left Brownwood for the summer, but a variety of camps and programs will continue to bring many visitors to the community. More than 2,000 young people are expected to be on campus throughout June and July.

“Summer is a fun time at HPU,” said Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator. “We are happy to welcome these students and help them to feel at home on the HPU campus.”

In addition to band, athletic, JROTC and church camps, HPU will host the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Super Summer. The program is a leadership training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in advancing their personal spiritual growth and want to know more about sharing Christ with others.

Several camps for younger students will be held at HPU, including HPU’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps for students entering first through sixth grades and CentriKid Camp for students in third through sixth grades.

HPU students will facilitate most of the programs. Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs, serves as the student leader for the summer camp staff.

“This will be my second summer serving on staff and I am looking forward to how God will use this incredible group of people that He has brought together for this purpose,” he said. “It’s going to be a great summer.”

For more information about HPU summer camps, or to inquire about summer 2014 camp availability, contact Childs at


Photo cutline: HPU’s summer camp staff includes (standing, from left): Ashley Krueger, a junior from Howe; Kelsan Wolverton, a sophomore from Lampasas; Katie Vernon, a junior from Bangs; William Massey, a senior from Goldthwaite; Joshua Snow, a senior from Waxahachie; Nathan Lamb, a sophomore from Paradise; Taylor Combs, a junior from Brownwood; and Quinton Poe, a junior from Dripping Springs. Seated, from left, are: Michael Snow, a freshman from Waxahachie; Debbie Childs, facilities coordinator; and James Snow, a junior from Waxahachie.

HPU to host annual Community Thanksgiving Feast

thanksgiving_feast_2011_for_webBROWNWOOD – November 8, 2012 – The 29th annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. The event is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at HPU’s Mabee University Center.

The annual tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.

“Before I began working on it, people were asking if they can help with the Thanksgiving meal at Howard Payne again this year,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “I am thrilled this community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors is that important to those who serve each year. Another heart-warming aspect of the day is being able to provide the meals to our friends at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in this community.”

The traditional Thanksgiving meal, prepared by the staff of HPU’s Sodexo Services, will consist of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. Last year, volunteers served 691 meals at the Mabee Center and delivered 1,348 meals to area residents. Those who are living in Brownwood and Early and are unable to attend the feast at the Mabee Center can have meals delivered to their homes by calling the Brownwood-Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 by noon on Friday, November 16.

“Because people were so generous last year, we have money left over to help us get started with this year’s meal,” Fishback said. “The community always comes through, so I am not worried about paying the bills.”

According to Fishback, many of the volunteers have helped for years and make serving others part of their annual Thanksgiving traditions.

“The most difficult part of coordinating the event is finding enough jobs for all of the people who want to help, and that’s a great problem to have,” he said.

Fishback said volunteers enjoy visiting with each other and guests while working to serve the meals as quickly as possible.

“I am truly blessed to live in a community where so many people willingly give their time and money to support this wonderful event,” he said. “We hope to be part of a Thanksgiving Day filled with joy as we give thanks to the Lord for blessing us in so many ways.”

Volunteers do not need to call in advance.

“They simply need to show up at 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and we will put them to work,” Fishback said.

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.


Photo cutline: Volunteers serve the community at Howard Payne University’s annual Community Thanksgiving Feast last year.

HPU mourns loss of former dean

Dr. George Baker, former dean of Howard Payne University’s School of Music, passed away Sunday, July 22, after a lengthy illness.

He and his wife, Sara, who was an associate professor of music, retired from HPU in 1998. Along with Mrs. Baker, Dr. Baker served on the President’s Development Council at HPU.

A memorial service at HPU is being planned. Details will be released when arrangements are finalized.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the George and Sara Baker Music Endowed Scholarship Fund at HPU.

Please remember Dr. Baker’s family and friends in your prayers during this time.