Composers conference at HSU March 6-8

Henderson State University will host music composers from six states March 6-8 for the Society of Composers Inc. Region Six Conference.

The conference will feature 10 concerts showcasing the original music of 54 guest composers. Henderson students, faculty, and guest artists will perform the works.

The first nine concerts will be held in the Russell Fine Arts Building’s Harwood Recital Hall. The concert series will conclude March 8 with a 3 p.m. performance by the Henderson State Wind Ensemble in Arkansas Hall.

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Airlifter Brass quintet performs Feb. 26

The Band of Mid-America Airlifter Brass will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Henderson State University’s Harwood Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Airlifter Brass is the brass quintet of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America. With the traditional instrumentation of two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba plus percussion, the ensemble is known for its versatility and outstanding musicianship.

The performance repertoire spans five centuries, from the glorious antiphonal sounds of the Renaissance, to the rich diversity of American music styles.

For more information, call 870-230-5054.

Students present senior art shows

Two Henderson State University students will present their senior art shows this month in Huie Library’s second floor gallery.

See No Evil: The Wife Behind Closed Doors, paintings by Pa Choua Vue of Arkadelphia, opens Feb. 16 with a reception from 2-4 p.m. Her works will be on display through Feb. 21.

On Feb. 25, Houston Fryer’s Luminality, a series of paintings that surround the idea of liminal space, will open with a reception from 2-4 p.m. The works will be on display through March 2. Fryer is from Hot Springs.

The gallery shows are free and open to the public. For more information, call 870-230-5036.

President’s concert showcases student musicians

© Henderson State University

© Henderson State University

HSU President Glen Jones presents a plaque to Anita Cabe. Cabe and her husband Charles were honored during the concert.

Henderson State University’s Department of Music presented its annual President’s Concert Feb. 12 The program featured students selected as winners of a competition in November.

Soloists included: Bobby Humphries, a percussionist from Everton; Claire Howard, a flutist from Texarkana, Texas; Casey Williams, a tenor from Malvern, and Tiv Cumberbatch, a hornist from Sherwood; Elijah Sullivan, a trombonist from Westville, Okla.; Rafael Powell, a saxophonist from Jacksonville; and Orlando Riveros, a pianist from Asuncion, Paraguay.

Charles and Anita Cabe of Gurdon were honored during the concert for their generous support of Henderson and its music programs. Both attended Henderson where they met and married in 1967.

Investments class accepted into certificate program

Henderson State University’s Beginning Investments class has been accepted into the CFA Institute Claritas Investment Certificate Academic Program. This status is granted to institutions with one or more courses that incorporate the Claritas program, providing students with a clear understanding of the financial services industry, ethics, and roles and responsibilities.

Universities have varying degrees of perceived quality, said Dr. Charles Blaylock, associate professor of finance.

“Meeting the requirements of an outside standard-setting body such as the CFA Institute provides strong credibility,” he said. “In this case, it assures students and other HSU stakeholders that this course meets the same set of standards as similarly approved courses offered by any other university.”

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Names added to Dean’s List, Honor Roll

Henderson State University announces additional students on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the Fall 2014 semester. These names were inadvertently left off the original list released in January.

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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HSU Theatre to present ‘Proposals’

Proposals small posterHenderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Neil Simon’s Proposals Feb. 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20 and 21. All performances start at 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall’s Studio Theatre. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

A memory play, Proposals delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their cabin in the Poconos. The summer of 1953 brings romantic entanglements that all converge on one idyllic afternoon.

Burt Hines eagerly anticipates the arrival of the ex-wife he still loves. His daughter Josie has just broken her engagement to a Harvard law student and pines for his buddy, an aspiring writer. Clemma, the housekeeper at the center of the action, comments on the events while facing her own unresolved past.

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Henderson hosts printmaking exhibit

© Henderson State UniversityWorks by student printmakers from across Arkansas are on display through Feb. 25 at Henderson State University. “Hot Off the Press” is an invitational event that involves 10 Arkansas colleges and universities.

“This exhibit showcases the outstanding work of many young artists in the state,” said David Warren, associate professor of art education and printmaking. “It takes a special talent to create prints with an element of originality and technical skill.”

Printmaking is the fine art process of transferring ink to paper.  The transfer usually comes from a matrix plate.  Common matrices include copper and zinc for engraving or etching; stone, aluminum, or polymer for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts and wood engravings; and linoleum for linocuts. Screens made of silk or synthetic fabrics are used for the screen-printing process.

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Trumpeter Allen Vizzutti to perform April 4

Allen VizzuttiWorld-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti will join the Arkansas All-Star Big Band for a concert April 4 at Henderson State University in Arkansas Hall. Vizzutti will also present two clinics before the 7:30 p.m. performance.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest trumpet players backed up by a powerful, dynamic 17-piece big band,” said Dr. Jim Buckner, chair of the department of music and professor of trumpet at Henderson. “Almost the entire band is composed of Henderson alums or faculty. It will be a great show.”

A Yamaha artist, Vizzutti’s appearance is sponsored by the Henderson State Student Activities Board, Yamaha, and The Band House.

Reserved seating is available online for $15 plus $2 handling until March 31. Go to General admission tickets will be $20 at the door. Concert tickets are required to attend Vizzutti’s clinics.

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Students awarded research grants

Two Henderson State University students and their professors have been awarded 2015 ASSET Initiative Undergraduate Research Internship Awards. The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority presented 16 awards to seven Arkansas institutions to support undergraduate research internships in STEM fields.

Matt Taber, a sophomore from Malvern, and Dr. Shannon Clardy, associate professor of physics, were honored for their proposal entitled Promoting Student Knowledge in Electrical Forces Using the VICTER Power Box – An ASSET Initiative K-12 Outreach Program.

Oktawia Clem, a junior from Malvern, and Dr. Martin Campbell, professor of chemistry, received an award for their proposal entitled Natural Product Discovery Through Bioassay Methods in llex Decidua.

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Faculty, staff book signing Feb. 17

Several faculty and staff at Henderson State University are authors who have published books about their interests and expertise. From the psychology of Batman and the history of comics, to American-Soviet diplomacy and Shakespeare’s skepticism, the topics are wide-ranging.

These professors and staff members will participate in a book signing in Huie Library’s Greene Room Feb. 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase.

“It has been several years since the library’s last book signing that showcased Henderson authors,” said Bob Yehl, Huie Library director. “Henderson has some very talented authors and we are happy to provide a venue for the campus and community to recognize them.”

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President’s Concert Feb. 12

From left: Bobby Humphries, Rafael Powell, Tiv Cumberbatch, Claire Howard, Elijah Sullivan, and Orlando Riveros

From left: Bobby Humphries, Rafael Powell, Tiv Cumberbatch, Claire Howard, Elijah Sullivan, and Orlando Riveros

Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its annual President’s Concert in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The program features student soloists selected as winners of a competition in November.

“The opportunity for some of our best students to perform solo works accompanied by an orchestra including members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is one of the highlights of our entire year,” said Dr. Steven Becraft, coordinator of the competition. “This year’s winners were selected from 24 competitors by three impartial judges, and the level of talent was extremely high.”

Soloists include: Bobby Humphries, a percussionist from Everton, who will perform a marimba transcription of the Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major; Claire Howard, a flutist from Texarkana, Texas, performing the second movement of the Ibert Flute Concerto; Casey Williams, a tenor from Malvern, and Tiv Cumberbatch, a hornist from Sherwood, performing selections from Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings; Elijah Sullivan, a trombonist from Westville, Okla., who will perform the Wagenseil Alto Trombone Concerto; Rafael Powell, a saxophonist from Jacksonville, performing selections from Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence; and Orlando Riveros, a pianist from Asuncion, Paraguay, performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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New Hot Springs campus opens

Henderson State University welcomed students to its new Hot Springs facilities Tuesday. Henderson leased the Landmark Building at 201 Market St. in 2014 to provide space for classrooms, seminar rooms, computer lab, and office space.

After several months of renovations, the facility opened its doors for the 2015 spring semester. Henderson had previously used classrooms at National Park Community College in conjunction with an established Henderson, NPCC partnership.

The new year starts with 145 students enrolled in 24 classes. “That’s 765 credit hours – 465 credit hours ahead of projection,” said Christi Batts, director of Henderson’s Hot Springs Academic Initiatives.

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Students study in Chile

The opportunity to learn a foreign language in a country where that language is predominant has been a reality for several Henderson State University students.

Katie Smith, a Spanish/communications major from Bee Branch, and Bruce Fuller, a Spanish major from Bismarck, are back at Henderson after spending a semester at Universidad del Pacifico in Santiago, Chile. They participated in Henderson’s Study Abroad program.

Smith was recently featured in a story published on the website Marketplace Advance (

Henderson has an agreement with Universidad del Pacifico that allows students to attend the South American university while earning credits for their degree. The program has been in place for about five years, according to Dr. Maryjane Dunn, assistant professor of Spanish at HSU.

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