Homecoming court candidates announced

2014 homecoming courtHomecoming activities at Henderson State University begin Oct. 22 when the student body begins voting for the 2014 homecoming queen. Thirty-three students are nominated for the homecoming court.

The 10 finalists will be announced Oct. 23 during the annual homecoming bonfire. The court will be introduced and the queen crowned during football pre-game festivities on Oct. 25 when the Reddies host the Harding Bison.

The 2014 homecoming court candidates are:

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Henderson set to celebrate homecoming

DSC_5509Henderson State University wants its alumni to “Come on Home” for an exciting week of homecoming activities beginning Oct. 22 when voting starts for the Top 10 Homecoming Queen candidates.

“This promises to be an exciting homecoming that I hope everyone can attend,” said Paul Hankins, interim alumni coordinator. “Our Reddie football team is undefeated and will face a highly ranked Harding team in a Great American Conference showdown.”

From reunions, banquets and a theater production, to sporting events, tailgating and the Greek step show, Homecoming 2014 will offer something for everyone. “Our theme, ‘Come on Home,’ is so appropriate for the events,” Hankins said.

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HSU Theatre to present ‘Clybourne Park’ starting Oct. 9

HSU TheatreHenderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris on Oct. 9, 10, 11, 13, 23, 24 and 25. All performances start at 7:30 p.m.  Talkback sessions with various members of the theatre company will follow the performances on Oct. 9,13, and 23.

Jokes fly and hidden agendas unfold as two vastly different generations of characters tip-toe the delicate dance of social politics, pitting race against real estate in the same North Chicago house. That house in Clybourne Park is the very one that the Younger family was set to move into at the end of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s celebrated drama from 1959.

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Open house at Garrison Center

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Henderson State marked the official completion of the Garrison Center renovation project Oct. 2 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Visitors were treated to a variety of food and snacks in the new Grand Ballroom (formerly the Day Gym). The improvements brought Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks to the campus, along with a fresh new look for the Reddie Bookstore. The hallways on both levels of the two-story facility were modernized with new flooring and paint, and the Day Gym was transformed into a modern conference center. Significant improvements were also made to the Lecture Hall. State senators Bruce Maloch and Larry Teague were instrumental in helping Henderson secure $1.7 million in General Improvement funds from the State of Arkansas for the project.


HSU celebrates Founder’s Day

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Joining the Henderson State Academy of Scholars are, from left: Lori Stewart, Chris Horton, and Dr. Johnnie Roebuck.

Henderson State University celebrated Founder’s Day with an academic convocation on Oct. 2. Three alumni were inducted into the Henderson Academy of Scholars, which is comprised of Henderson graduates who have gained distinction in their professional fields. Joining the academy this year are: Chris Horton, Dr. Johnnie Roebuck, and Lori Stewart.

Faculty excellence awards were presented to: Dr. Bernie Hellums (Teachers College), Michael Taylor (fine arts), Dr. Steven Todd (liberal arts), Janice O’Donnell (science and mathematics), Dr. Ajay Aggarwal (School of Business), and Dr. David Bateman (Outstanding New Faculty Member).

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Faculty Excellence Awards were presented to Dr. Ajay Aggarwal, from left, Dr. David Bateman, Dr. Bernie Hellums, Janice O’Donnell, Michael Taylor, and Dr. Steven Todd.

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HSU to expand college prep academy with $771,000 from AT&T

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AT&T Arkansas President Ed Drilling, from left, Gov. Mike Beebe, Charles Holland, and Henderson State President Glen Jones.     VIEW MORE PHOTOS

AT&T announced today that its Aspire program has awarded $771,000 to Henderson State University to expand the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy. The organization received the funds at an event today attended by Governor Mike Beebe.

The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy (SWACPA) is a university-public school collaboration program developed to reduce remediation rates and increase college attendance and graduation rates. SWACPA will use AT&T Aspire funding to expand the program to more students and hire additional educators to maintain small class sizes that permit individualized instruction.

As a student at Arkadelphia High School in 2009, Charles Holland had high hopes for his future but wasn’t exactly sure how he was going to get there. Then came the opportunity to participate in the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy.

“When I received a letter signed by the presidents of Henderson and Ouachita inviting me to participate in the College Prep Academy, I felt honored. To have an opportunity to actually take classes on a university campus was exciting,” said Holland.

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Music Faculty Showcase Oct.2

music_clip_art_jpeg3Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its annual Faculty Showcase Recital Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Center Harwood Recital Hall.

From voice and piano, to wind ensembles and marimba, the program will feature a diverse selection of music performed by Henderson music faculty. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program includes:

  • Frost Fire, III. Tense and Dramatic, the Faculty Brass Quintet: Richard Bailey, trumpet; Jim Buckner, trumpet; Amy Laursen, horn; Jamie Lipton, euphonium; and Todd Cranson, tuba
  • “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca, Laura Storm, soprano, and Hee-Kyung Juhn, piano
  • A Walk in the Woods, Jamie Lipton, euphonium, and May Tsao-Lim, piano
  • Irish Spirit, I. Ballad and II. Celebration and Dance, David H. Evans, clarinet, and Rick Dimond, marimba
  • Sonata for Flute Solo, III. Introspective and IV. Rakish, Jennifer Amox, flute
  • Alborada del Gracioso” from Miroirs, Hee-Kyung Juhn, piano
  • Adagio from the Limpid Stream, Todd Cranson, tuba, and May Tsao-Lim, piano
  • Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music, Sarah Stankiewicz, soprano, and Hee-Kyung Juhn, piano
  • Fantasy for Horn, op. 88, Amy Laursen, horn
  • Smile” from Modern Times, William L. Higgins, baritone, and Rick Dimond, piano

     * Viktor’s Tale, Steve Becraft, clarinet, and Kyounghwa Molinari, piano

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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