The Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented its first draft of Henderson’s revised vision, mission, core values and strategic position to the campus community at a town hall meeting Dec. 3. Strategic priorities and goals were presented, including: enrollment growth, student life, and retention; academic program enhancement; faculty and staff quality of life; physical environment and infrastructure; expanding and diversity revenues; marketing and public relations. Dr. Sal Rinella of Penson Associates facilitated the meeting.
Henderson State held its annual Carol of Lights program on Monday, Dec. 2. The sidewalks of the south lawn were lined with hundreds of luminaries, creating a beautiful seasonal scene. A large crowd enjoyed a variety of entertainment including the Henderson choir, several dance and singing groups from the community, the reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and the always-popular performance by the children from the Davis-Baker Preschool. The program, which was organized and presented by Henderson’s Office of Residence Life, ended with the arrival of Santa Claus on a horse-drawn wagon.
This tree of many colors next to Womack Hall on the Henderson campus indicates the transition of seasons on campus. And that transition always coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday. The Henderson campus will be closed for the holiday Nov. 27-29. Classes will resume on Dec. 2, with only two weeks remaining before commencement. We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Henderson State University’s Board of Trustees approved a $33 million bond issue Thursday to build two new modern residential buildings on campus and purchase an existing apartment complex.
Plans call for the construction of a 300-bed residence hall, a 240-bed apartment-style complex, and the purchase of Whispering Oaks apartment complex with a capacity of 288 tenants.
“We greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees’ authorization to move forward with this significant bond issue,” said Henderson President Glen Jones. “Consistent with our students-first philosophy, the construction of contemporary residential facilities will create a unique opportunity to provide outstanding living and learning communities for our students, today and in the future.”
Henderson State has hired Shawn Jones as the university’s new director of athletics beginning in January. Henderson President Glen Jones made the announcement at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Jones comes to Henderson from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., where he has served 13 years in the athletics department. Most recently, Jones served as the senior associate athletic director for external operations.
“I am pleased to welcome Shawn, Melissa and their children to the Henderson family,” said President Jones. “Shawn is a recognized leader whose commitment to the development and success of student athletes, varied leadership experiences and character, will serve the university well immediately and in the future.”
Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist battled through three overtimes Nov. 16 before the Reddies emerged with a hard-fought 60-52 victory. It’s the fourth straight year that Henderson has beat Ouachita, and the second consecutive year Henderson has ended the regular season undefeated as GAC champions. The Reddies will host St. Cloud State in a first-round playoff game on Nov. 23 at noon.
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In an effort to assist families across Arkansas with rising higher education costs combined with recent cuts to the state lottery scholarship, Henderson State University has revamped its scholarship packages to become the most comprehensive and competitive in the state.
“As a part of the landscape of Arkansas, and particularly Southwest Arkansas, we are aware of the needs of the families that we serve. In light of the changes to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, increases in the cost of higher education, and less than ideal economy, Henderson is attempting to provide quality education for students at a price they can afford,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs.
Henderson will offer $14,000 per year to top students entering next fall who qualify for the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship. This is an increase of $3,000 over this past year. Students must have an ACT score of 30-36 and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25.
Henderson State welcomed hundreds of high school students and their parents to the campus Nov. 12 as they participated in a variety of events associated with the annual Reddie for Henderson Day. The program gives seniors an opportunity to meet current students, tour the campus, visit with academic departments and receive information on admissions, financial aid, housing opportunities and non-academic organizations.
A committee conducting the search for a new provost/vice president of academic affairs at Henderson State University has identified three finalists for the position. The candidates will visit the Henderson campus beginning next week for interviews and to meet the faculty, staff, students and community.
The finalists are:
• Dr. Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State University.
• Dr. Patrick Hughes, associate vice provost for undergraduate and student affairs at Texas Tech University.
• Dr. Stephen Adkison, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University.
“I greatly appreciate the Provost Search Advisory Committee’s efforts in identifying these three strong candidates for campus interviews,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “I encourage the campus community to join me and the committee in welcoming these outstanding individuals to campus next week.”
Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers will lead the Reddies’ high-powered offense as the team crosses the highway to take on the OBU Tigers in the 87th Battle of the Ravine Nov. 16. The Reddies have clinched another GAC championship, but hope to finish the season undefeated with a win over OBU.
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Henderson State honored its veterans and U.S. veterans across the world with a variety of events including an early-morning flag-raising ceremony, a Wall of Honor, and a reception. The events were organized by Henderson’s Veterans Upward Bound with assistance from several HSU students.
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Henderson State University has named Christi Batts as director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives to help the university establish and maintain a physical presence in the Hot Springs area. Batts will manage the day-to-day operations of the site’s educational offerings, including on-site, blended, and web-based courses.
“Christi will be a tremendous addition to Henderson as we move toward a much greater presence in Hot Springs. She is well-known in the community and is in a perfect position to really help us get our four-year degree programs established in Hot Springs,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have Christi as our director of Hot Springs Initiatives. She will begin as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ in that she will be responsible for helping with facility planning, marketing programs, recruiting students, and the general operation of Henderson’s Hot Springs location.”
Henderson State University is hosting the 2013 Small Works on Paper art exhibition through Dec. 3 in the Russell Fine Arts Gallery. Small Works on Paper is an annual touring visual arts exhibit coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council. It showcases artwork no larger than 24×24 inches that was created by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry.
The show features 37 works which were selected from more than 300 submissions. Works by two Henderson students, Houston Fryer and Claire Cade, are included in the show. Both received purchase awards.
Henderson State University and Veterans Upward Bound will be hosting the American Soldier Adventure Semi Nov. 7-8 in the parking lot behind the new dining hall. The exhibit is a culmination of hands-on and interactive systems which enable the public to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a future warrior. It’s housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer that is self-contained and climate controlled.
The features include a Lasershot Target System, a Sensor Technology Station, and various displays and simulators. The American Soldier Adventure is free and open to the public.
Veterans Day reception
Veterans Upward Bound will also present a Veterans Day reception on Nov. 11 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Quad. Henderson’s Wall of Honor will be featured. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson State University’s Fine Arts Department will present Nocturne, a senior art show by Jorey May, Nov. 11-20 in the Huie Library second floor gallery. A reception will be held Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
Nocturne features a selection of etchings, aquatints, and relief prints inspired by “the somber beauty of the night sky,” according to May. “Dream imagery, landscape, mythology, local lore, and miles of travel are also prominently displayed within my artwork,” she said. “I find great satisfaction within the intense process of creating intaglio and relief prints.”