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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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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