Improvement projects under way

Renovations to the Reddie Bookstore are among the several projects under way or planned on the Henderson campus.

Renovations to the Reddie Bookstore are among the several projects under way or planned on the Henderson campus.

A number of major improvement projects are under way on the Henderson State University campus ranging from facility upgrades to landscaping enhancements.

Renovations have begun inside the Garrison Student Activities Center. The improvements will bring two new popular restaurants to the campus, along with a fresh new look for the Reddie Bookstore. The hallways on both levels of the two-story facility will be modernized with new flooring and paint, and the Day Gym will be transformed into a modern conference center.

The south end of the Garrison Center is being prepared to accommodate a new full-service Chik-Fil-A and Starbucks. A “Grillworks” will offer other fast food options such as burgers and Philly sandwiches. Starbucks and Grillworks are scheduled to be open by Aug. 5. Chick-Fil-A will open on Sept. 20.

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HSU Talent Search program takes students on ‘College Hop’

Henderson State’s Talent Search (TRIO) program recently took 47 high school students from Arkadelphia, Bismarck, Bauxite, Gurdon, Malvern and Magnet Cove on its annual “College Hop” trip to visit colleges in Arkansas and Missouri. The tours included admissions and scholarship presentations, as well as housing tours. The Talent Search program at Henderson assists students in completing high school and attending the college of their choice. The College Hop trip provides an opportunity for students to begin the college selection process early by visiting colleges to get a feel for what each has to offer. For more information, please call (870) 230-5601, or email

Faculty in the news

Dr. Angela Boswell, professor of history, has published an essay, entitled “The Double Burden: A Historical Perspective on Gender and Race Consciousness in the Writings of Lillian B. Jones Horace,” in Recovering Five Generations Hence: The Life and Writing of Lillian Jones Horace, edited by Karen Kossie-Chernyshev. This collection is ground-breaking in recovering the life of the previously forgotten author who was the first African American to publish a utopian novel.

Dr. John Graves, professor of history and chair of the social sciences department, recently gave a presentation at a special seminar/public meeting at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. The theme of the seminar was Emancipation in Arkansas and Its Legacy. Graves’ presentation was entitled Repealing Reconstruction: Racial Reaction in Late Nineteenth Century Arkansas. He serves on the advisory board of the cultural center.

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Dean’s List, honor roll announced

Henderson State University announces the students listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the Spring 2013 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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Freshmen can apply for Henderson Challenge Plus award

Henderson State University is offering the 2013 Henderson Challenge Plus award which will provide up to $1,000 to first-time freshmen for one year.

“Due to the significant cut to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship for four-year college freshmen, we thought it necessary to provide some type of supplement to ease the financial burdens on students and their families,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs at Henderson. “Additionally, it serves as a reward for those students who did well in high school.”

To be considered for the award, an applicant must be a first-time freshman admitted to Henderson and enrolled in 15 hours per semester. It is also mandatory that the applicant be an Arkansas Academic Challenge recipient.

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New dining facility opens

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State’s new dining facility is now open. Workers are still adding some finishing touches, but meals are being served during the first summer term. The 20,000-square-foot facility was built along the ravine between Foster Hall and the Garrison Center. It seats approximately 645 diners, compared to the Caddo Center’s capacity of 350. The dining center features a new seating layout in an open atmosphere, several serving stations and a modernized kitchen.