More than 650 Henderson State students, faculty, staff and other volunteers braved the rain on Oct. 5 as they spread out across the Arkadelphia area armed with rakes, trash bags and other tools to help citizens clean up and improve their properties.
Volunteers gathered on the Quad at Henderson where they were fed breakfast and registered for team assignments. After the groups assembled and gathered their tools, the Henderson Showband, cheerleaders and pom squad gave them a rousing send-off.
From raking leaves and trimming bushes, to power washing and cleaning gutters, volunteers tackled almost 70 projects throughout the morning. Other projects included cleaning and maintenance at the Humane Society of Clark County, painting in the auditorium at Central Primary School, picking up trash along city streets, and helping set up for Pumpkin Day at Manchester.
When the crews completed their projects, they returned to campus for lunch and to celebrate their accomplishments. Another Reddie to Serve Day is scheduled for spring 2014.
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The strategic planning process has begun at Henderson State. Faculty, staff and administration participated in a town hall meeting/workshop Tuesday afternoon led by Sal Rinella of Penson Associates, a research and consultation firm. After a presentation by Rinella, participants formed groups and worked together to establish priorities for Henderson. The planning process will continue this week with specific groups meeting with Rinella.
Dan Mabery (center) is pictured with Dr. Drew Smith, Staff Senate president (left), and Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president.
Dan Mabery, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of residence life and First Year Experience, has been named Henderson State University’s 2013 Employee of the Year. Mabery was honored Aug. 5 with a reception at Henderson’s Newberry House where he was presented a plaque by Staff Senate president Dr. Drew Smith.
Mabery, who has been with Henderson for almost five years, will be a candidate for the Arkansas State Employee Association Outstanding Employee of the Year Award. He will represent Henderson at the annual ASEA banquet.
“Dan exemplifies all that Henderson State University stands for,” said Smith. “He strives to make the best out of every situation and goes the extra mile to make sure that he not only represents Henderson in the best possible way, but that his staff does as well. He believes in strengthening the students in all areas of their college journey while at Henderson, not just fulfilling their need for housing.”
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.
As the 2012-2013 school year comes to an end, several receptions were held recently for retiring staff and faculty, including switchboard operator Deloris Williams, above, who leaves the university after 13 years working for computer and communication services.
Sharon West, institutional services assistant (11 years), and Gary Taylor, campus maintenance supervisor (32 years), were honored at a reception in the Garrison Center on May 7.
A reception was held for Martha Cobb, left, who has served as administrative assistant for the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy and the Honors College for the past 10 years. Bettie Buckley, center, institutional services assistant, was honored after 28 years of service at Henderson. And Dr. Anita Williams, right, professor of marketing, leaves Henderson after 25 years of service. She was honored a reception in Mooney Hall on May 9.
Sharon Gardner, right, administrative specialist for the office of provost and academic affairs, shares a laugh with Dr. Maralyn Sommer during a retirement reception held in Gardner’s honor on May 2 in Womack Hall. She has been with Henderson for 30 years.
Dr. Veronikha Salazar has joined Henderson State University as associate dean of students. Salazar was previously director of Hispanic Outreach and Retention at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., where she developed and managed the university’s retention, progression and graduation plan for Hispanic and Latino students.
“Dr. Salazar has extensive work in recruitment, retention, student organizations, and diversity, therefore bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Henderson,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs. “In her role as associate dean of students, Dr. Salazar will be instrumental in helping to create the Henderson Student Leadership Center, as well as overseeing the operations of the center. We are elated to have Dr. Salazar become a part of the Henderson family.”
Floyd Stephens, a maintenance
assistant at Henderson, was
honored Dec. 18 at a retirement
reception in the Garrison Center.
Stephens has worked at Henderson
for more than 36 years.
Dr. Glen Jones, president of Henderson, and his wife Sharon opened the doors to their home on Dec. 12 as they hosted a holiday reception for faculty and staff. Those attending enjoyed a variety of hors d’ oeuvres and desserts.
A retirement reception honoring Willie James, left, and James Murrell was held Oct. 31 in the Garrison Center Jones Room. Murrell, a skilled trades worker, came to work at Henderson in Oct. 1987. James, a boiler operator, started in June 1997.
Henderson’s Huie Library was well-represented at the 2012 Arkansas Library Association annual conference Oct. 14-16 in Springdale.
David Sesser received the ArLA Annual Scholarship, which is given to an applicant pursuing a degree from an ALA-Accredited Library School. Sesser will complete his Master of Library Science degree next summer from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Linda Evans was elected chair of the College and University Division of the Arkansas Library Association, and Daniel Fitzroy was elected chair of the Resources and Technical Services Division. Evans and Fitzroy will serve on the Arkansas Library Association Board for 2013.
Kathie Buckman presented a session entitled The Enduring Legacy of Minnie Belle Huie: Henderson State’s First Librarian.
Several Henderson students, faculty, staff and administrators visited with Jeanette Walls before she gave her lecture. Pictured from left are: Phillip Turner, John Ragni, David Sesser, Dr. Glen Jones, Dr. Maralyn Sommer, Jeannette Walls, Lea Ann Alexander, Hannah Rowsey, Sharon Jones, and Dr. Angela Boswell.
Hannah Rowsey and Jeannette Walls
Jeannette Walls, author of the best-selling book Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, gave a free lecture at Henderson on Sept. 19.
The lecture was part of Henderson’s Common Book Program, which serves as a focal point for engaging the Henderson community in formal and informal conversations about issues of importance in today’s world.