Howard Payne University personnel and students joined with the university’s neighbors in Brownwood, Early and other area communities to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season during “An HPU Family Christmas.” Held at the university on the evening of Dec. 2, the event included a concert, carol singing, the lighting of Christmas decorations and a reading of the Christmas story.

“It was great to enjoy Christmas festivities with the HPU family – our students, personnel, alumni and the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president. “We were happy to welcome our neighbors to campus to celebrate the Christmas season together.”


Dr. Cory Hines reads Biblical account of Jesus’ birth.

The evening began with a Christmas concert at First Baptist Church of Brownwood presented by the combined HPU choirs and the HPU Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Rosborough, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. The concert also featured a special appearance by a children’s chorus comprised of students from East and Northwest Elementary schools, directed by Jennifer Gwathmey and Dean Kiesling.

Following the concert, festivities moved to HPU’s Old Main Park with the university’s traditional tree lighting, the singing of Christmas carols and a reading by Dr. Hines of the biblical account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. The events on campus were accompanied by hot cocoa, snacks and an appearance by Santa Claus.