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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 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.

 

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

HPU faculty members attend TSCA state convention

Two faculty members of Howard Payne University’s Department of Communication attended the Texas Speech Communication Association’s (TSCA) state convention held recently in Amarillo. The faculty members, Dr. Julie Welker and Richelle Hair, both had an opportunity to be on a discussion panel.

Dr. Julie Welker, chair of the Department of Communication and professor of communication, served on a panel titled “Online Communication Classes as Echo Chambers: Are We Killing the Face-to-Face Experience?” which addressed the current enrollment trends of online communication courses. Dr. Welker’s presentation focused on ways to increase student success in online classes, including student training for taking online classes, better pedagogical practices in online education and improving interpersonal communication online.

“Technological increases don’t automatically transfer over to better online communication, despite the perception that it might,” she said. “As student demand for online courses increases, our online classrooms must be a place where good, insightful communication and learning occurs.”

Dr. Welker has been attending the convention for several years and believes the conference is important for communication educators. She also serves on the Bylaws Committee for the TSCA.

“Both secondary teachers and professors at higher education institutions benefit from the rich programs and training opportunities the conference provides,” she said.

Richelle Hair, instructor of communication, served as the chair of the panel titled “Squashing Echoes – Title IX in Higher Education and Sexual Harassment in Secondary Education.” Hair served as the facilitator for this discussion, focusing on how Title IX plays a role in minimizing sexual assault and harassment in both secondary and higher education.

“Faculty must understand the importance and implications of Title IX,” she said. “This is a significant issue that has implications for our students and faculty alike. Students, faculty and staff need to understand their role in reporting.”

Hair added that she was thankful for the opportunity to attend the TSCA conference this year.

“The programs were insightful and I enjoyed collaborating with faculty from other universities,” she said. “TSCA has a warm and inviting environment and I felt I had an open seat at the table to share and learn with my colleagues.”

TSCA is the largest state professional communication association in the nation. Membership in TSCA is open to any communication educator, communication student, communication consultant or individual interested in learning about the field of speech communication. All levels of instruction and areas of interests are represented in the association.

The benefits of membership in TSCA include updated professional awareness, networking with other professionals, and exposure to innovation, teaching methodologies and scholarly works relevant to the discipline of speech communication.

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Cutline: HPU’s Dr. Julie Welker (left) and Richelle Hair recently attended the TSCA state convention.

HPU welcomes more than 120 to first Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event

Howard Payne University recently hosted more than 120 individuals for the first installment of the Community Leadership Lunch and Learn series. The event, held at HPU’s Mabee University Center, featured a meal catered by Sodexo and a presentation on blockchain technology by Dr. Lester Towell, chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and professor of CIS, and Dr. Jodi Goode, assistant vice president for information technology services and chief information officer.

The program also included a student testimonial by Lauren Piper, a junior from Early majoring in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and jurisprudence, and special music by Suzanne Schad, a senior from Briggs studying music education.

Ann Jones Real Estate was the title sponsor for the event. Table sponsors were 3M Brownwood, Blevins Body Shop, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Citizens National Bank, Kohler Co., Painter & Johnson Financial, Porter Insurance Agency, Robnett Integra Insurance Services, Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agency, TexasBank, Texas GoldStar Real Estate and Wendlee Broadcasting.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, shared his appreciation for the sponsors of the event and all who attended.

“I couldn’t be happier with our first Lunch and Learn event and am thankful for all who supported it,” said Dr. Hines. “Sodexo served a great lunch, Dr. Towell and Dr. Goode gave an insightful presentation and the event was a wonderful opportunity for our community and HPU to connect. I look forward to the next installment of our series in the spring.”

Details about the next Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event will be announced in early 2020. To sponsor a future Lunch and Learn event, please contact Sareta Delgado, executive assistant to the vice president for development, at sdelgado@hputx.edu or 325-649-8048.

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Cutline: Pictured at HPU’s first Community Leadership Lunch and Learn event are, from left, Dr. Cory Hines, HPU’s president; Ann Jones of Ann Jones Real Estate, title sponsor of the event; Dr. Jodi Goode, HPU’s assistant vice president for information technology services and chief information officer; and Dr. Lester Towell, chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and professor of CIS. Dr. Goode and Dr. Towell gave a presentation on blockchain technology.

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.