Nursing grads achieve 100% pass rate on license exam

© Henderson State UniversityWhen nursing majors at Henderson State University complete the required coursework to become licensed registered nurses, the final step before starting a career in the medical profession is passing the rigorous National Licensure Exam, also known as the NCLEX-RN.

Henderson nursing students have always performed well on the exam. This year, all 17 of Henderson’s spring nursing graduates passed the exam on their first try, giving Henderson nursing students a 100 percent first-time pass rate.

“We’re very excited about our performance,” said Debbie Freyman, assistant professor of nursing. “When the students pass, they are licensed and ready to begin their career. And all 17 already had jobs secured before they graduated.”

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Teachers College ranked fifth in nation for preparing secondary-school social-science teachers

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In rankings released through U.S. News and World Report, Henderson State University’s program to prepare secondary-school social science teachers was ranked fifth best in the nation by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

Henderson’s program in secondary-level education was ranked third best in the southern region among all education programs – both elementary and secondary. Elementary-education programs were ranked 40th in the country.

“We are incredibly proud of the programs offered through our Teachers College,” said President Glen Jones. “Henderson has a long history of producing outstanding graduates in the field of teaching and I am pleased to see our programs gain national recognition.

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Teacher Corps taps HSU grad

A recent graduate of Henderson State University will join a group of 20 college graduates from Arkansas and elsewhere who will soon begin teaching at public schools in dire need of teachers.

Emily Jackson of Dierks, who earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Henderson this spring, was recently named an Arkansas Teacher Corps Fellow. The program was established last year by the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. It provides much-needed teachers for Arkansas schools having difficulty attracting teachers for certain subjects.

Most of the corps members have degrees in fields other than education. The program provides training this summer and throughout the school year, plus a $15,000 stipend paid over three years in addition to the teaching salary.

Counselor education scholarship established

A scholarship honoring the teaching legacy of Dr. Charles Weiner has been established at Henderson State University. The scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a master’s degree in the counseling program.

Weiner, professor emeritus of counselor education, taught at Henderson from 1972 until his retirement in 2012.

“Dr. Weiner served at Henderson State and in counselor education at Teachers College for more than 40 years,” said Dr. Mike Kelly, chair of the counselor education department. “During this time, he devoted countless hours of service to the profession of counseling and teacher education, as well as foreign scholars.”

Kelly said the scholarship will assist future counseling students in their scholastic endeavors.

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Horvath new ASBTDC consultant

Horvath, BrandonBrandon Horvath has joined the Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center at Henderson State University as a business consultant.

Horvath works with potential and current small business owners on issues such as business planning, financial planning, marketing plan development, and loan packaging. He also leads various training seminars in the Henderson ASBTDC’s 10-county territory.

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Trustees approve budget

centuriumThe Henderson State University Board of Trustees Thursday approved a 3.82 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The increase will amount to $139 per semester for full-time students, but will still result in a per-credit-hour cost for classes that is less than most other public universities in Arkansas, said Henderson President Glen Jones.

“We are sensitive to rising costs for our students and their families,” Jones said. “When preparing this budget, we asked university leaders to be judicious in their spending and to be conservative in their requests so that we could make our funding go further. However, we are also working to align our budget to support a strategic plan that is increasingly focused on delivering greater student services and on enhancing our students’ success in the classroom and beyond.”

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Scholarships, awards presented

Scholarships, awards and honors were presented to students at Henderson State University during the annual Heart & Key awards assembly in April. The event is presented each year by Heart & Key to publicly recognize the recipients and to show appreciation to the organizations, departments, and donors presenting these awards. The recipients are:

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Endowments benefit Teachers College

Two significant endowments have been established through estate gifts to the Henderson State University Foundation in support of Teachers College, Henderson.

The estate of John and Dorothy Bray has established the John W. and Dorothy J. Bray School of Education Endowment to provide support for Teachers College, Henderson. Annual income from the $434,216 investment may be used for scholarships, faculty development, needed equipment and supplies.

A second endowment offering scholarships to students in the Teachers College was provided through a $122,767 gift from the estate of Jessie Mae Ashford. The endowment has been named the Jessie Mae Ashford Scholarship Endowment.

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Dean’s List, Honor Roll announced

centuriumHenderson State University announces the students listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the Spring 2014 semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester. To make the Honor Roll, a student must have received at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

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Spring commencement video

Spring commencement ceremonies were held at Henderson State University Friday, May 9, with more than 420 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The ceremony for the School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, began at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, spoke at both ceremonies.

Faculty charges were presented by Dr. Mike Kelly, chair and associate professor of counselor education, and Paul Williamson, professor of psychology. Student responses were given by Omni Kelly of Little Rock and Cheyenne Derr of Hunnington. Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones conferred the degrees.

HSU aviation partners with Wal-Mart

© Henderson State UniversityA new partnership between Henderson State University’s Department of Aviation and Wal-Mart will provide Henderson students an additional opportunity to prepare for a career in aviation.

Henderson’s involvement in the program was important because the university offers the only four-year aviation degree in the state. Students who qualify can apply for the Wal-Mart Aviation Corporate Experience. To qualify, applicants must have completed 90 semester hours and hold a commercial pilot certificate, with multi-engine and instrument ratings.

This opportunity, along with Henderson Aviation’s exclusive aviation internships with Tyson Foods and Stephens Investments, will provide aviation students the chance to learn within Arkansas’s three largest corporate flight departments.

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ASBTDC employees honored

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Leah Hasley

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Stacey Weeks

Henderson State University employees Leah Hasley and Stacey Weeks of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) were honored for their outstanding service to small businesses at ASBTDC’s statewide meeting May 1 in Little Rock.

Hasley, director of Henderson’s ASBTDC, was the recipient of an employee excellence award for achievements in 2013. The awards, based on ASBTDC’s goals, honored top performers in seven separate SBTDC offices within the state.

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HSU spring graduates listed

Spring commencement ceremonies were held at Henderson State University May 9 with approximately 420 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The ceremony for the School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, began at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School.

The graduates were:

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Student-athletes help tornado victims

Athletes-TornadoJust days after a devastating tornado ripped through central Arkansas, several Henderson State athletes knew they had a chance to make a difference in the Vilonia and Mayflower communities.

On Saturday, they made sure that chance became a reality.

A group of Reddie football players, led by quarterback Kevin Rodgers, who first tweeted last Monday about getting a group together to assist in relief, left Arkadelphia and headed for the Mayflower area on Saturday morning.

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