The new Chick-fil-A in Henderson’s Garrison Center is open for business, along with a new Grillworks that offers hamburgers and other popular food items. Starbucks opened in the Garrison Center about a month ago and has proven to be very popular. The new restaurants are part of an overall plan to modernize the Garrison Center. The Reddie Bookstore recently remodeled and increased its floor space. The Day Gym will be transformed into an attractive convention/meeting center.
The 19th annual Summer Institute for prospective college students is under way at Henderson State. The residential program is designed to help high school students prepare for college life and encourage them to pursue a post secondary education. The institute includes a variety of sessions and activities. Individuals from the university, public schools and the community work together and serve as facilitators and supervisors. Students stay in campus housing and eat in the dining facility. Dr. Kenneth Taylor, interim graduate school dean, is pictured above speaking to the students.
The South Arkansas Math and Science STEM Center at Henderson State University recently hosted the Junior Academy of Math and Science (JAMS) for area students who are entering grades 6-8. More than 20 students participated in the three-day camp which focused on mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics.
Students attended sessions in mathematics and biology each morning and chemistry and physics in the afternoon. The sessions were taught by Henderson faculty, including: Meredith Wright, mathematics; Joslyn Hernandez-Smith, biology; Dr. David Bateman and Janice O’Donnell, chemistry; and Dr. Shannon Clardy, physics.
Lessons included problem-solving, creating models to scale, dissecting owl pellets, investigations into sound and light, and making slime and Silly Putty. JAMS provides students with positive and fun interactions with mathematics and science so that the students may choose to enter a science or mathematics career.
For more information about the South Arkansas Math and Science STEM Center, please go to www.hsu.edu/samsc.
Beverly Quillin has been named assistant director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Henderson State University. She replaces Vickie Faust, who retired in June. Quillin had served as an education specialist with the DRC since 2001. She is president of the Arkansas Association on Higher Education and Disability, and will soon move into the board position of immediate past president. This will complete her second term as president of the state organization. Quillin graduated from Henderson with a Master of Science degree in counseling and a Bachelor of Science in social work and sociology.
The DRC helps create an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. The center promotes student learning, retention, graduation and success through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.
For more information about the center, please call (870) 230-5475 or go to www.hsu.edu/disability. The DRC is located on the third floor of Foster Hall.
Almost 40 middle school students from southwest Arkansas attended a STEM camp June 24-26 at Henderson State University’s Simonson Biological Field Station at DeGray Lake. The camp, entitled Wonderful Water Days, was hosted by HSU’s Talent Search program and the South Arkansas Mathematics and Science STEM Center.
Faculty from the STEM Center and Henderson’s biology and chemistry departments presented hands-on lab sessions and experiences that included water and DNA testing. Personnel from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Game and Fish, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also made presentations.
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 email@example.com.
Henderson hosted 60 eighth grade girls earlier this month for the Second Annual HSU-OBU Girls of Promise Conference, which was started by The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas to introduce middle school girls to ESTEM (economics, science technology, engineering and mathematics) careers. The girls attended break-out sessions facilitated by women in these types of careers and participated in activities reflecting that profession.
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University will bring QuickBooks training to Arkadelphia this spring. The HSU SBTDC will partner with Paul Bax, a certified QuickBooks Pro advisor, to deliver training seminars for every level of QuickBooks user.
Two sessions are planned on May 1. Setting Up QuickBooks will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Dawson Educational Cooperative Building 8, followed by QuickBooks for Beginners from 1-4 p.m. On May 8, QuickBooks Reports begins at 9 a.m. in Dawson Education Cooperative Building 5, followed by QuickBooks: Beyond the Basics from 1-4 p.m. in Building 8.
Henderson State University’s offices of University Relations and Admissions, Residence Life, Financial Aid, and the Dean of Students are now open for extended hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The offices will observe normal hours on Wednesdays and Fridays, opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m.
The new schedule will give prospective students and their family additional time to complete the application process. Students seeking more information about admission to Henderson should go to www.hsu.edu/admissions, call (800) 228-7333, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henderson State University will host the All Majors Career Fair on Wednesday, April 3, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Garrison Center Day Gym. The event offers opportunities for students and other participants to network with potential employers, identify job opportunities and distribute resumes.
Students are requested to have a current resume available and come “dressed for success.”
The fair, coordinated by the Center for Career Development at Henderson, is open to students and alumni of all majors and programs, and the public is invited. A variety of employers, graduate schools and school districts from across the state will participate and provide available career opportunities.
Design a website for your business in just a day at a workshop presented by the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University. Website in a Day with Weebly will help business owners who lack technical skills design a website through a step-by-step process that includes creating a free account and developing an attractive, functional, five-page website. All participants will receive a free 20-page workbook with detailed instructions.
The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s research station at Henderson State University has developed a new website that describes and illustrates novaculite from the Ouachita Mountains as an important resource that was chipped into stone by Native Americans in the past, and is manufactured into whetstones today. Novaculite is a hard, dense, white-to-grayish-black sedimentary rock, composed of microcrystalline quartz.
The Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center at Henderson State University will help business owners learn the facts about retirement and insurance options at a seminar in Hot Springs on Feb. 26. “Know Your Options: Retirement and Insurance Facts for Business Owners” will walk participants through the various options for retirement and insurance needs, as well as cover attracting and retaining employees by offering a retirement plan.
Henderson State University, with help from CashCourse, an online resource from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), is taking a proactive approach to improving its students’ financial well-being. The school recently joined the more than 700 colleges and universities across the U.S. using CashCourse, a free, unbiased and noncommercial financial education solution for students and recent graduates.
Living away from the guidance of their parents during college is often a time when many students make unwise financial decisions due to lack of knowledge, according to NEFE. Students are confronted with easy access to credit cards, and spending decisions that go far beyond tuition, housing and food, including items such as spring break travel, fraternities and sororities and the temptations of alcohol and gambling.
Walking across campus alone at night can be daunting for many college students. Universities throughout the nation have instituted various proactive programs to put their students at ease.
At Henderson State University, students asked for an escort system that would provide secure passage across the campus during the evening hours. After analyzing input from the students, the Department of Residence Life and Henderson’s university police joined forces to offer “Reddie Rides.”