Alpha Chi inducts new members

The Arkansas Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Chi at Henderson State University inducted 75 new members at a ceremony held on April 7. Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines who have achieved a grade point average of 3.6 and above.

Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students. Invitation comes only through an institutional chapter. There are about 300 chapters in the United States.

The following Henderson students were inducted:

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Reddie to Serve Day

© Henderson State UniversityA large group of Henderson State University students, faculty and staff exemplified what community service is all about on April 12 as they volunteered to perform a variety of tasks throughout Arkadelphia. From mowing and raking to painting and cleaning, the volunteers completed more than 70 projects.

“Reddie to Serve Day is Henderson’s way of saying we understand the importance of what a well-groomed city means to the recruitment of industry, attracting students to our universities, and the overall aesthetics that exhibit pride in an environment,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of student and external affairs. “Not only are these students helping, they get to know the people around our community and that is very important.”

Reddie to Serve Day is a community-based service event which began on Sept. 11, 2010, and is held once each spring and fall semester. The event focuses on Arkadelphia residents who are in need of assistance such as the disabled, senior citizens, single-parent homes and non-profit organizations.

NuFusion concert April 18

© Henderson State UniversityNuFusion, Henderson State University’s exciting student jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert outdoors on Henderson’s Quad Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. The performance will feature a wide range of music, much of which was arranged by students.

“This is a great family event,” said Dr. Rick Dimond, director of the group. “Bring family, friends, blankets, Frisbees, beach balls, bubbles, and enjoy the show.”

NuFusion includes about 20 student musicians and features a standard big band horn and rhythm section with lead and background vocalists. The concert will feature music by Wings, Kelly Clarkson, Mumford and Sons, Blues Brothers, Tina Turner, Capitol Cities, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, and others.

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Holland receives NSF fellowship

© Henderson State UniversityCynthia Holland, a Henderson State University senior from Alexander, has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Holland, a biology major, earned the prestigious post in her first year of eligibility.

The fellowship provides a $32,000 stipend for each of three years, as well as a $12,000 cost of education award to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where Holland will be attending graduate school.

Holland, who minors in chemistry, has conducted research with Dr. Martin Campbell for two years. She is a student-teacher in Intro to Biology lab and president of Gamma Beta Phi.

“This fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships a graduate student in the sciences can receive,” said Campbell. “A student is eligible to apply for it as a senior undergraduate or during the first two years of graduate study. To my knowledge, this may be the first Henderson student to receive such an award, especially during the first year of eligibility.”

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Music gala April 13

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Members of the Henderson State Concert Choir rehearse for their upcoming performance at the gala.

Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its third gala in support of the Friends of Music on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts building.

The gala will include refreshments and a series of short concerts featuring student solo and chamber performances, as well as performances by the Henderson bands and choirs. Guests are invited to join the Friends of Music, which provides financial assistance to all areas of the music program.

The gala is free and families are welcome. For more information, please contact Laura Storm at or 870-230-5413.

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HSU Theatre sets performance

12 Angry MenHenderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Twelve Angry Men on April 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

Twelve random individuals are called together to decide the fate of a boy who is charged with patricide. The jury holds his life in their hands. The screenplay was written by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman L. Sergel.

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Bond issue approved

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Friday approved a $33 million, 30-year bond issue for Henderson State University. Funds from the bonds will used to purchase and update the Whispering Oaks apartment complex and construct two new residence halls on campus.

“As a part of our strategic planning process, we have identified the need to grow enrollment, improve student life, and increase retention to graduation,” said HSU President Glen Jones. “By opening additional high quality living facilities on the Henderson State campus, we will positively impact our student experience as we work toward our goal of having 1,700 students living on campus.”

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Affordable Care event March 17

Henderson State University will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the nation’s health reform law enacted in March 2010. March 31 is the deadline for open enrollment.

The presentation, which is expected to last about 40 minutes, will provide a detailed explanation of the ACA. The program will be followed by a question and answer session. Afterwards, participants who are interested can sign up for an affordable healthcare plan with help from Clark County Health Unit representatives.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Clark County Health Unit at 870-246-4471.

Civil Rights discussion March 17

Henderson State University’s Huie Library is sponsoring a panel discussion on the Civil Rights movement in Arkansas and the film Freedom Riders March 17 at Ouachita Baptist University. The event, which is part of a series entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, will start at 6 p.m. in the Riley-Hickingbotham Library.

“This program is one of four that Huie Library is sponsoring as part of our Created Equal grant,” said David Sesser, technical services librarian at Henderson. “Along with our partners at the Riley-Hickingbotham Library and the Clark County Library, we hope that these programs and the related films will help our students and the Arkadelphia community relate to the Civil Rights movement.”

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Greeks read to children

© Henderson State University© Henderson State UniversityMore than 150 students representing Henderson State University’s three Greek councils read to students at Perritt Primary School in Arkadelphia on March 3. The students participated in Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that occurs annually on the birthday of Dr. Suess, the well-known children’s author.

This was the first year that Henderson’s Greek Life office partnered with Perritt. Greek members read to 25 pre-K, kindergarten and first grade classrooms throughout the day, and to 20 students who belong to the Prime Time afterschool program.

Hasley new SBTDC director

Hasley_LeahLeah Hasley was named director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at Henderson State University March 1. Hasley takes over for Kelly Massey, who resigned in December to join the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.

Hasley has been with the center for five years and previously held the positions of business consultant and training coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Henderson and became a Certified Business Advisor through the University of Toledo in 2010. Hasley is a graduate of Leadership Clark County and a member of the Arkadelphia Rotary Club board and the Downtown Arkadelphia Economic Development Committee. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree at Henderson.

“Under Leah’s leadership, Henderson’s ASBTDC will continue to serve area entrepreneurs well,” said Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the HSU School of Business. “The center has an excellent track record, and we are excited about the innovative ideas Leah brings to the table and the opportunities that will develop from them.”

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Salazar named leadership fellow

© Henderson State UniversityDr. Veronikha Salazar, associate dean of students at Henderson State University, has been named a 2014 Executive Leadership Program Fellow by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). The prestigious group is comprised of 16 Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors.

“We are very excited to welcome this year’s ELP Fellows,” said Ann Marquez, president of the NHLI. “The class is diverse, representing the corporate, academic, government, and non-profit sectors. We are proud to work with a group of highly-successful women in supporting their leadership goals.”

Participants are selected based on their community service record, professional and personal accomplishments, and dedication to serving their community. Founded in 1987, NHLI is the nation’s premiere training institute exclusively dedicated to Latina leadership training.

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Hardee named Ellis College dean

© Henderson State UniversityDr. John Hardee has been appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University. Hardee, a 28-year veteran professor at Henderson, has served as associate dean since 2005, and most recently as interim dean.

“Dr. Hardee is so deserving of this very important position,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim vice president for academic affairs. “He understands the value of the liberal arts and he is committed to the Ellis College and to the university in general.”

Sommer, who previously served as Ellis College dean, said Hardee “will do an excellent job in leading the arts and sciences forward, and will be a valuable asset to Dr. Steve Adkison, Henderson’s new provost, as they work together on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and community.”

Hardee will officially assume his new position on July 1.

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Reddie to Serve Day April 12

Reddie to Serve DayHenderson State University faculty, staff and students will be “Reddie” to serve the community on April 12 by helping citizens clean up and improve their properties in the Arkadelphia area. Volunteers will be available to paint, mow, rake, pick up trash and perform other small maintenance projects during Henderson’s Reddie to Serve Day.

“Reddie to Serve is Henderson’s way of saying we understand the importance of what a well-groomed city means to the recruitment of industry, attracting students to our universities, and the overall aesthetics that exhibit pride in an environment,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of student and external affairs.

To request a clean-up crew, please call Henderson’s Office of Student and External Affairs at (870) 230-5550 and describe the work that you would like to have done. Please include the name, address and phone number of the property owner, along with an estimate of volunteers needed and a description of the yard work.

The deadline to submit a project is March 27 at 5 p.m.

Food bazaar March 7

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State University’s International Student Association (HISA) will present its 18th Annual Food Bazaar March 7 from 5-7 p.m. in Wells Gym. International students will prepare dishes from their home countries to serve during the event and present cultural performances.

“The International Food Bazaar is one of the largest and most popular events held at Henderson,” said Dr. Drew Smith, director of the Center for International Programs. “Not only do the students and employees of Henderson attend this event, many Arkadelphia residents, as well as individuals and groups from outside of Arkadelphia, come to visit our campus and enjoy a great evening of cultural diversity.

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