The announcement from Howard Payne University late last week made it official: Students began arriving on campus at Howard Payne University for the fall semester, and the orientation for freshmen and new students was held over the weekend. But anyone who passed by the university already knew what was happening.

Today, classes will get under way.

The transition to the school year began when the parking lots around dormitories were filled with students, friends and parents unloading cars. And it wasn’t only the families with children in public schools who were filling the local stores making back-to-school purchases. College students were out in force, as well.

The HPU campus has hardly been dormant over the summer, with several youth camps and summer college classes having been held. But that summer schedule is light compared to the activities of the regular fall and spring semesters. The students bring not only an economic boost to the community, but also an energy that you would expect from the presence of hundreds of bright young people.

The community welcomes all these students to their educational home away from home, and likewise welcomes the return of the school year and the enrichment programs and activities which local residents are invited to share with them throughout the year.

Brownwood Bulletin