Henderson president selected to NCAA Presidents Council

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State University President Glen Jones has been selected to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Presidents Council. 

The Presidents Council is the highest-ranking governing body in NCAA Division II shaping policy and the future direction of NCAA Division II.

“I am completely humbled by my selection to the NCAA Division II Presidents Council and am looking forward to serving our over 300 member institutions in this capacity,” said Jones.  
The NCAA Division II President’s Council is comprised of 16 presidents or chancellors from active Division II members from around the association. Jones’s appointment runs until January 2019.

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HSU sees 10 percent increase in size of freshman class

Henderson State University recorded a 10 percent increase in the size of its freshman class for the Fall 2014 semester.

According to 11th day class totals, Henderson welcomed a total of 3,634 students. The number of first-time freshman students was 775, up from last year’s total of 705.

The university also experienced an increase in its number of transfer students, from 297 in 2013 to 326 in 2014. The total number of transfer students was up 10 percent, with transfers from two-year colleges in the state of Arkansas up 26 percent.

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HSU alum expands business with help from ASBTDC

Rafael Alvarez always knew he wanted to start his own business, but he didn’t know that one day it would be a successful restaurant.

“I had lots of ideas of what I could start up, but nothing ever made it past the concept stage,” he said. “It wasn’t until my uncle visited from Mexico that he planted the seed in my head. He has successful homemade Mexican ice cream shops all over Mexico. He suggested we do something similar in Hot Springs.”

Alvarez was a junior at Henderson State University in 2010 when he opened Nom Noms, a “Mexican ice cream shop,” in Hot Springs.

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Planetarium shows announced

The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center has scheduled four public shows this fall. From the Cassini spacecraft’s exploration of the solar system to a history of stargazing, visitors will learn about the planets on the planetarium’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Numerous projectors are used to display video and slides, which are combined with a modern sound system.

The following shows are scheduled:

Saturn – Jewel of the Heavens (36 minutes)
Sept. 18 & 25 at 7 p.m.
The Cassini spacecraft has lifted the veil on this once mysterious giant of our solar system. Data has been collected, not only on the giant itself, but also on the many moons orbiting Saturn and the countless particles encircling the planet known to all as the rings of Saturn. This data will be studied for years to come.

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Soprano Joohee Choi to perform

Henderson State University will present “An Evening of Opera Arias and Musicals” with soprano Joohee Choi Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Building recital hall.

Choi sang more than 500 shows on Broadway in the musical “King and I” as princess Tuptim, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her operatic training and performances include the Young Artist’s Program at the Los Angeles Opera.

Choi will also conduct a master class with HSU voice students at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in Harwood Recital Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public.

CBS Sports Network to broadcast Reddies football game Sept. 18

S_RGB_HR_no_hsuCBS Sports Network has announced that Henderson State will be part of its 2014 NCAA Division II nationally televised Football Game of the Week schedule.

The Reddies will play host to Southeastern Oklahoma on Thursday, Sept. 18 with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20.

Henderson State has appeared on regional television several times, but the 2014 home opener will be the first game in school history to be televised on a national level.

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Rutherford to speak at Constitution Day event

Rutherford_SkipHenderson State University will observe Constitution Day Tuesday, Sept. 23, with a presentation by James L. “Skip” Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The program, entitled The Desegregation of Little Rock Central High School: America’s Greatest Crisis Since the Civil War, will be held in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

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HSU welcomes new faculty

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Front row, from left: Kelli Hernandez, Victoria Ellison, Amy Laursen, Jennifer Amox, John Gillette, and Jennifer Zarzosa; Second row: David Rodriguez, Nikol Hamilton, Debbie Francis, Margo Duvall, Nydia Jeffers, Jennifer Adkison, and Emilie Beltzer; Third row: Margaret Tudor, Roslyn Roberts, Bill Sutley, Kasten Searles, Melanie Wilson, Margarita Peraza; Fourth row: Matthew Sutherlin, Mark Mosser, Darrel Farmer, Bradley Rowland, and Wyatt Christian-Carpenter

The fall term at Henderson State University began Aug. 25 with 33 new faculty members and administrative staff.

“I am delighted to welcome our new faculty to Henderson this year and am proud that they so clearly support our long tradition of a fine and superior faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Adkison, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “I was deeply impressed during our new faculty workshop with the range of experience and expertise our new faculty bring to our students and our Henderson community.”

The new faculty includes:

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Theatre and Dance announces 2014-15 season

Henderson State University Theatre and Dance has announced performances for the 2014-2015 season. Selections include contemporary and Shakespeare plays, student-directed work and the annual Henderson Dance Company concert. The following performances are scheduled:

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
7:30 p.m., Oct. 9, 10, 11, 13, 23, 24, 25
Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre

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HSU to host dance project Sept. 8-12


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The Mayte Natalio Dance Project is coming to Henderson State University in September.

The project will feature an “informance” and talkback session showcasing new work with the Henderson Dance Company at 3 p.m. Sept. 12.

Contemporary master classes will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 in the Arkansas Hall Dance Studio. Repertory rehearsals for the Henderson Dance Company are scheduled Sept. 8-11 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Master classes are free and open to the public for participation. The repertory rehearsals are open for observation. Continue reading

Prep Academy receives $490,552 grant renewal

The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy has received an additional $490,552 grant to fund the Prep Academy for 2014-2015. This is the fourth year that the College and Career Readiness Planning (CCRP) grant has been awarded to the academy.

Preparing high school students for college is the academy’s goal. It targets eighth-grade students who want to attend college, but score below the benchmarks required for unconditional admission to college. The scores are determined by the EXPLORE pre-ACT test.

The program was designed as part of the High School Redesign Initiative of the Southwest-A Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) at Henderson and the Arkansas Department of Education. Leaders from Arkadelphia Public Schools, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist University, College of the Ouachitas, Dawson Educational Cooperative, Southern Bancorp, Ross Foundation, Clark County Strategic Plan, and others participated in the development of the Academy in 2009.

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Horn receives state awards

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Dana Horn

Dana Horn, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at Henderson State University, has been honored with two state teaching awards. The Arkansas ACTE (Arkansas Association for Career and Technical Education) named Horn Family and Consumer Sciences Postsecondary Teacher of the Year. Horn also received the AATFACS (Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences) Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award for the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas ACTE encompasses all of the technical school disciplines, such as agriculture, business, and family and consumer sciences. Both awards were presented at the state conference held in Hot Springs July 28-29. Horn was recognized for extraordinary contributions toward promotion of career and technical education as a postsecondary educator.

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Zarzosa’s ‘journey’ brings her to Henderson State

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Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa

Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa, assistant professor of marketing at Henderson State University, is one of only 24 female, Hispanic-Americans in the U.S. to become a marketing professor at a business school.

She recently received her Ph.D. in marketing from New Mexico State University after participating in the PhD project, an award-winning program to create a more diverse corporate America. The project aims to increase the number of minority business professors who, in turn, attract more minority students to study business in college.

“The PhD Project has been an invaluable asset in my long journey,” Zarzosa said. “From the Annual PhD Project Conference in November, where I was recruited, to the annual Marketing Doctoral Student Association (MDSA) conferences, the PhD Project has provided me with the continuous support throughout this difficult journey.

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Goza joins Henderson’s ASBTDC

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Chelsea Goza

Chelsea Goza has joined the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University as a training coordinator/business consultant.

Goza, a native of Stamps, received her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from Henderson in 2011 and her master of business administration degree in 2012. While earning her degrees, Goza worked as a graduate assistant for Henderson’s School of Business.

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