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Howard Payne University welcomes new bunch of Yellowjackets

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 13 2013 06:13:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2013 07:22:14 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

A lot of energy filled the air at Howard Payne University (HPU) as incoming freshmen moved into their dorms Tuesday morning.

"I'm excited to just get started with school, learn new things and start a new chapter in life," freshman Colby Humphrey said.

There is a good chance that Humphrey is part of the biggest freshman class yet at HPU.

HPU's Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Kevin Kirk said enrollment has been on the rise, and that he felt confident this year's turnout will exceed last year's, which amounted to roughly 300 freshman.

"It's an exciting time for campus to see the large numbers which obviously means enabling the school to do bigger and better things in the future," Kirk said.

The school will not have the exact number of freshmen enrolled until Census Day, which is the eighth day of class.

Despite the numbers, Kirk was just as excited as many of the students. Kirk said move-in day is like Christmas to him. "It's move-in day to a lot of people but it's celebration day for really the whole campus as we finally get to see the students here joining our family at Howard Payne."

"I think it's going to be fun getting to meet new people and having a new environment to be in," freshman Malcolm Mitchell said.

Many of the students said their nerves started to dissipate as they met their peers and got more comfortable. Classes start on August 19.