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HPU Women’s Club to host come-and-go fall lunch Nov. 7

The Howard Payne University Women’s Club will host the Count Your Blessings Fall Lunch on November 7. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 701 Center Avenue in Brownwood.

The come-and-go lunch will be open to all HPU women, including current and former HPU personnel, spouses of current and former personnel, HPU alumni as well as friends of the university. Membership in the HPU Women’s Club is not required for the event, but attendees are encouraged to consider the opportunity.

Melinda Hines, president of the Women’s Club and HPU’s first lady, expressed her excitement for the event.

“The Howard Payne family has so much to be thankful for and I’m looking forward to hosting the Count Your Blessings Fall Lunch in our home,” she said. “We hope past members who haven’t already joined and even those who have never been a part will come to the fall lunch and see what God is doing through the HPU Women’s Club.”

Those who attend are encouraged to bring an item for HPU’s Food and Essentials Pantry in support of HPU students.

“It will be a wonderful time to gather together and to bless our students out of the overflow of our hearts,” said Hines.

Although not required, those in attendance will be able to pay the $25 annual fee required for membership in the HPU Women’s Club. These dues can also be paid online at www.hputx.edu/womensclub.

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Cutline: The HPU Women’s Club is hosting a fall lunch on November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HPU to host first Ministry Monday event on campus

Howard Payne University invites high school juniors and seniors interested in ministry to visit its campus on Monday, Nov. 11, during the university’s first Ministry Monday event.

Visiting students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff and students in the HPU School of Christian Studies, sit in on a class, tour the university’s campus and enjoy a free meal. Attendance is free, including any additional guests accompanying prospective students.

Attendees may register in advance online or the day of the event during check-in. Check-in will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

Dr. Gary Gramling, dean of the School of Christian Studies, director of Christian studies graduate programs and professor of Christian studies, noted the eagerness of the school’s faculty, staff and students to meet potential new students to introduce them to what HPU offers.

“We are excited to welcome prospective students who feel called to the ministry,” he said. “HPU is a wonderful place to prepare for ministry. Our ministry students develop lifelong friendships with fellow minsters, have opportunities to serve in ministry roles while in college and are challenged to grow both academically and spiritually. We are grateful to God for the amazing ministry students He has sent us through the years.”

For more information about Ministry Monday and to register online for the event, visit www.hputx.edu/ministry-monday.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 and fall 2020 semesters 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: HPU will host its first Ministry Monday visit day for prospective ministry students on Monday, Nov. 11.

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’s Student Speaker Bureau hosts debate competition

Howard Payne University’s Student Speaker Bureau (SSB) speech and debate team hosted the Heart of Texas Swing Tournament recently on campus. In addition to HPU, universities that competed were The University of Texas at Austin, Abilene Christian University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kansas Wesleyan University and Wayland Baptist University.

“We were thrilled to be able to host an invitational tournament for our collegiate forensics community,” said Dr. Julie Welker, chair of HPU’s Department of Communication and professor of communication. “With some of the best universities in Texas competing, we had very strong competition.”

HPU SSB students competed well at their first tournament of the year and each student on the team earned an award.

Parker Brown, freshman Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and Jurisprudence major from Springfield, Virginia, received first place in impromptu speaking.

Haylee Maddox, senior strategic communication major from Bellville, was a quarterfinalist in IPDA debate. She and Alek Mendoza also received first place in dramatic duo interpretation.

Esmeralda Maldonado, junior strategic communication and jurisprudence major from Whitney, received sixth place in IPDA debate and a speaker award.

Alek Mendoza, sophomore theatre major from Bangs, received fourth place in dramatic interpretation. He and Haylee Maddox also received first place in dramatic duo interpretation.

Madi Neal, senior strategic communication major from Chandler, was a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.

Rishona Raub, freshman Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social work and strategic communication major from Celina, was a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking.

Devin Schurman, freshman Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, social work and strategic communication major from San Antonio, was a semifinalist in impromptu speaking and received sixth place in NPDA debate and a speaker award.

Dr. Welker expressed how impressed she was with everyone’s performance.

“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication this team is putting in this year,” she said. “I’m excited to see what the rest of the year holds for the team.”

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Cutline: HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau members are pictured from left to right: Alek Mendoza, Devin Schurman, Parker Brown, Haylee Maddox, Madi Neal, Rishona Raub and Dr. Julie Welker. Not pictured is Esmerelda Maldonado.

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 student organizations participate in evening of community building

Students in Howard Payne University’s Social Work Club and Criminal Justice Club recently participated in National Night Out, a community wide event for crime and drug prevention through community awareness and interaction with public servants.

Members of the Social Work Club volunteered with Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood to help collect canned goods donated during the event. The Criminal Justice Club hosted a registered National Night Out stop on the HPU campus to honor first responders.

Local residents were encouraged to spend time with their neighbors and local law enforcement during National Night Out. According to Good Samaritan, many neighborhoods in the Brown County area planned block parties, cookouts and visits with local police and city officials as part of the event.

Law enforcement from the Brownwood Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Early Police Department, Bangs Police Department, area fire departments and other officials were represented at local NNO events.

Destiny Sharp, president of the HPU Social Work Club and a senior from Brownwood majoring in social work, emphasized the evening’s value to help create a unified community that will contribute to positive change in individual citizens’ lives.

“National Night Out brings back the sense of community,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to bring everyone together. It’s also amazing to see how much of an impact we can make on the community by coming together as one. It was important for the Social Work Club to be involved because we each truly have a heart for helping others – it’s important to us to help others feel worthy.”

Sierra Ross, president of the HPU Criminal Justice Club and a junior from Galveston majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and social science with an emphasis in jurisprudence, said the opportunity the event provides to connect with public servants in a personal setting is particularly valuable.

“National Night Out is a fantastic event that allows the community to thank our first responders – policemen, firemen and EMTs – for their service,” said Ross. “The Criminal Justice Club has participated in this event for several years and it continues to be a fun and educational experience. Our interactions with local first responders have provided us with first-hand knowledge of their duties.”

For more information about the National Night Out and Good Samaritan Ministries of Brownwood, visit www.goodsambwd.org.

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: Members of HPU’s Social Work Club collect canned donations during National Night Out.

Cutline #2: Students in HPU’s Criminal Justice Club are pictured with Brownwood first responders during National Night Out.