In an effort to assist families across Arkansas with rising higher education costs combined with recent cuts to the state lottery scholarship, Henderson State University has revamped its scholarship packages to become the most comprehensive and competitive in the state.
“As a part of the landscape of Arkansas, and particularly Southwest Arkansas, we are aware of the needs of the families that we serve. In light of the changes to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, increases in the cost of higher education, and less than ideal economy, Henderson is attempting to provide quality education for students at a price they can afford,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs.
Henderson will offer $14,000 per year to top students entering next fall who qualify for the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship. This is an increase of $3,000 over this past year. Students must have an ACT score of 30-36 and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25.
Henderson State welcomed hundreds of high school students and their parents to the campus Nov. 12 as they participated in a variety of events associated with the annual Reddie for Henderson Day. The program gives seniors an opportunity to meet current students, tour the campus, visit with academic departments and receive information on admissions, financial aid, housing opportunities and non-academic organizations.
Henderson State University’s Fine Arts Department will present Nocturne, a senior art show by Jorey May, Nov. 11-20 in the Huie Library second floor gallery. A reception will be held Nov. 12 from 2-4 p.m.
Nocturne features a selection of etchings, aquatints, and relief prints inspired by “the somber beauty of the night sky,” according to May. “Dream imagery, landscape, mythology, local lore, and miles of travel are also prominently displayed within my artwork,” she said. “I find great satisfaction within the intense process of creating intaglio and relief prints.”
Hundreds of high school students will get a taste of college life when they visit the Henderson State University campus on Nov. 12.
“Reddie for Henderson Day” gives seniors an opportunity to meet current students, tour the campus, visit with academic departments and receive information on admissions, financial aid, housing opportunities and non-academic organizations.
All high school seniors are invited to participate in this special campus preview day. Registration and check-in will be from 9-9:45 a.m. in front of Wells Athletic Center on M.H. Russell Drive. Parking is available at Wells Athletic Center. Shuttles will take students and their guests to the main campus following the opening session that will be held in Wells Gym.
To register, please visit www.hsu.edu, and click on the “Reddie for Henderson Day” button. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 870-230-5028 or 1-800-228-7333 for more information. Students are encouraged to register through Nov. 7.
Henderson State hosted its annual Halloween event Thursday as hundreds of trick-or-treaters and their parents flowed into the Garrison Center Day Gym where numerous campus groups and organizations handed out candy and other goodies. Treats were also available at Wells Gym. Sponsored by Henderson student organizations, Henderson Halloween offers a safe atmosphere for the community to trick-or-treat.
Henderson State University’s science and mathematics departments hosted the annual Family Science Night Oct. 29. Biology, chemistry, physics, and math clubs provided a variety of fun demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. Visitors interacted with a robot constructed by a Henderson student, experienced magnetism and laser effects, made origami frogs, and watched the hibernation process of real frogs. Faculty and students also demonstrated the “Segway”-like human transporter that they constructed. And homemade ice cream, created the scientific way, was available for all to enjoy. The event was free and open to the public.
Henderson State University has partnered with Goza Middle School in Arkadelphia to facilitate a fictional mathematical crime scene investigation.
Dr. Debra Coventry, professor of mathematics, and students in her Math Modeling class partnered with Goza mathematics teachers Heather Fulmer and Randi Hasley to design experiences that deepen the mathematical understanding of the Goza seventh grade students. The most recent effort in this Educational Renewal Zone collaborative was a mathematical crime scene investigation.
Henderson State held its annual fall Career Fair on Oct. 16 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. The fair, coordinated by the Center for Career Development at Henderson, is open to students and alumni of all majors and programs. A variety of employers, graduate schools and school districts from across the state participated.
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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Henderson State’s Social Sciences Department hosted a social Sept. 12 for students who wanted to learn more about the department’s majors in history, political science, public administration/public management, and BSE/social sciences. Dr. John Graves, department chair, introduced the faculty and handed out advising sheets and information to the students while they enjoyed food and drinks. “We simply wanted to give the students a chance to relax and get to better know our departmental faculty,” Graves said.
A “Diversity Mixer” aimed at assisting minority students with the transition from high school to college was held Tuesday afternoon in the Garrison Banquet Room. The mixer also allowed minority students the opportunity to get acquainted with faculty, staff, administration, and upperclassmen. Faculty and staff were available to offer advice and share tips on how to be successful students in the classroom. They encouraged student engagement, and stressed awareness of social behaviors in new environments. The mixer also offered information on resources available to students.
Henderson freshmen moved into campus housing Tuesday as they arrived for the 2013 fall semester. Several campus organizations and groups were on hand to help the new students carry their clothes, bedding, various appliances and other items to their rooms.
The group stops to pose for a photo during the trip to Peru and Ecuador. (Contributed Photos)
The Galapagos, Peru, Ecuador and Panama are not normal backdrops for college studies. But at Henderson State University, the world’s the limit for biology majors. In what was the Henderson biology department’s 19th study trip abroad, current majors and alumni were joined in June by some members of the Arkadelphia community for a 15-day excursion in South America.
“The trip followed a spring semester study abroad course that focused on the natural history of the Galapagos Islands and the history of the Inca Empire,” said Dr. James Engman, professor of biology and chair of the department. In Peru, the group visited Lima, Cusco, the Urubamba Valley, and Machu Picchu. The stay in Ecuador included Quito and the Galapagos.
Registration for the 2013 fall semester at Henderson State University has been scheduled for Aug. 16. Students who haven’t pre-registered can register in their advisors’ offices from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 19.
Financial Aid personnel will be located in the Garrison Center Ross Room to answer questions, and student IDs may be obtained at the Charles D. Dunn Recreation Center. University police will offer vehicle decals in the banquet room as students register. Printouts of class schedules and bills will be available at computers in the Garrison Center. Book vouchers, loan checks and payment lines will be in the banquet room.
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.