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


Mayte Natalio

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

Dana Horn

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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Association honors Quillin as a ‘top 5′ state employee

Quillin_BeverlyBeverly Quillin, assistant director of the Disability Resource Center at Henderson State University, was named one of Arkansas’s top five state employees by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

Quillin, who was honored in July as Henderson’s Employee of the Year, was recognized at the association’s Outstanding State Employees Banquet Aug. 15 in Little Rock.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been selected as Henderson’s employee of the year. Henderson has many outstanding employees who I am blessed to work with,” Quillin said. “To be selected as one of the top five finalists in the state has been one of the sweetest honors I have ever received.”

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New student orientation at HSU starts Aug. 19

Fall classes at Henderson State University don’t start until Aug. 25, but students will begin arriving and moving into campus housing on Aug. 19. Numerous orientation activities are planned for new students during the week to help them adjust to campus life and prepare for classes.

“We have an exciting lineup of fun and informative activities for our new students,” said Chad Fielding, assistant vice president for student affairs. “They will have an opportunity to take care of all their required tasks such as picking up ID cards and parking stickers, along with attending several important and informative meetings.”

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Fall movie schedule released

Henderson State University has announced its 2014 fall movie series featuring 23 of the year’s top movies.

The free movies are open to the public and will be shown in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall. “This is a very inexpensive way for people to see top movies in a great atmosphere,” said Chad Fielding, assistant vice president for student affairs.

Student organizations sometimes sell inexpensive concessions, but moviegoers can bring their own snacks, Fielding said.

The movies will be shown on Wednesdays and Fridays, with double features on most evenings. Many of the movies are rated PG or PG-13, but some are rated R, which means no one under 17 will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Vaughn named inaugural recipient of Horton Scholarship

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Gregory Vaughn, right, and Katryne Horton

Gregory Vaughn, a graduate of Watson Chapel High School in Pine Bluff, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Maurice R. Horton Sr. Emerging Leader Memorial Scholarship at Henderson State University where he will attend this fall.

Vaughn played on the basketball team at Watson Chapel, participated in Spanish Club, served on the student council and mentored students engaged in in-school suspension programs.

The family of the late Maurice R. Horton Sr. established this scholarship in 2012 to honor the legacy of the first African-American to graduate from Henderson State University. The Maurice R. Horton Sr. Emerging Leaders Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming African-American male freshman from Clark County or Jefferson County who meet core academic requirements while exemplifying outstanding leadership qualities.

“My husband and I have always been interested in the education of young people,” said Katryne Horton, widow of Maurice Horton. “I am very supportive of a scholarship to help emerging young leaders, and to encourage them, inspire them, and to help those that may have challenges realize that their present circumstances will not limit their possibilities.”

“Maurice Horton will always be acknowledged as a trailblazer in the history of our university,” said Henderson President Glen Jones. “His continuing impact is felt every time a student of color earns a college degree from Henderson State University. Perhaps more important, the impact of his legacy is evidenced by the rich diversity that exists within our campus community.”

Horton was born in 1935 in Curtis, Ark. After graduating from Peake High School in 1953, he attended Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) for two years and then applied to Henderson State Teachers College at the encouragement of his mother and others in the community.

In 1957, Horton received a bachelor of science in education degree in mathematics, and he was the first African-American student to graduate since Henderson’s founding. Horton went on to teach high school math and later returned to Henderson to complete his master’s degree.

In 1965, Horton joined the faculty at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff. He dedicated his life to the students and was known for frequently saying, “It’s all about the children.” Horton served as assistant principal, principal and was named superintendent of schools in 1993 where he served until his retirement. Horton passed away in 2010 at the age of 75.

“We remain grateful to Mrs. Katryne Horton, Mr. Jerry Horton and the entire Horton family for commemorating Maurice Horton’s legacy with the gift of this scholarship,” Jones said. “Their gift will help many deserving students on their journey toward earning a higher education degree.”

Construction starts on new student housing at HSU


Groundwork has begun on a 240-bed, apartment-style complex at 10th Street and M.H. Russell Drive.

Construction of new student housing is under way on the Henderson State University campus and the renovation of Henderson’s Garrison Student Center is nearing completion.

“Our plans to construct new housing are a direct result of conversation with students and prospective students about their needs and desires,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs. “Students have been included in the process of determining what type of facility to build, as well as contributing to the decisions about where new residential options should be located.”

This spring, Henderson’s Board of Trustees approved a special bond issue to fund the construction of new student housing. Included in the plans for the bond-issue funding are a 240-bed, apartment-style complex and a 300-bed traditional residence hall, as well as the purchase of the Whispering Oaks apartment complex. These additions will bring another 828 beds to the Henderson State University campus.

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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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