Stephen Sullivan
  • Alvarado, TX

Alvarado Native Stephen Sullivan, Member of Band Fraternity, to Receive Honors

2011 Sep 6

Howard Payne University's Zeta Beta chapter of the national band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi was named winner of the D.O. Wiley Outstanding Chapter Award for the 2010-2011 school year. Stephen Sullivan, a May HPU graduate from Alvarado, is a member of the group.

During the spring semester, the group traveled to Norman, Okla., for the 2011 Southwest District Convention attended by active, alumni and life members of Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity and Tau Beta Sigma sorority. The Southwest District is comprised of schools throughout New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Twelve of those schools qualified for the award.

"Since the founding of our chapter in 1971, this is the first time our chapter has received this recognition," said Stephen Sullivan, then-president of HPU's chapter. "In addition to this, the chapter also received one of two spirit awards that are given to the two chapters at convention exhibiting the most spirit."

Zeta Beta was also notified by the national council of Kappa Kappa Psi that the HPU chapter has been chosen as a Chapter Leadership Award recipient. This award was presented to only 18 out of more than 200 chapters in the nation, and allowed the chapter to compete for the William Scroggs Founder's Trophy, the top chapter award for Kappa Kappa Psi.

Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Located in Brownwood, Texas, HPU offers a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs in a traditional residential academic community. The university also offers selected undergraduate and graduate course work by electronic means and at extended learning centers responsive to the academic needs of the communities served. HPU maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio, which contributes to the university's reputation of being "a place where everybody is somebody."