Henderson State University faculty, staff and students will be “Reddie” to serve the community on March 2 by helping citizens clean up and improve their properties in the Arkadelphia area. Volunteers will paint, mow, rake, pick up trash and even stuff Easter eggs 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.
Henderson State University’s International Student Association (HISA) will present its 17th Annual Food Bazaar March 8 from 5-7 p.m. in the Garrison Center Day 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.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will be the guest speaker at the Sidney S. McMath Pre-Law Conference on March 5 at Henderson State University. McDaniel’s presentation is entitled Law as a Path to Public Service. The event will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the Garrison Center Banquet Room.
McDaniel, a Democrat, assumed office in January 2007. He succeeded Mike Beebe who is now the governor of Arkansas. McDaniel graduated from the University of Arkansas. After completing law school, he became a partner in the Jonesboro law firm of McDaniel and Wells where he practiced law with his father. Prior to becoming attorney general, McDaniel served one term in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Henderson State University’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Knight, will present a concert on March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall auditorium. The program, entitled This World Alive, will feature a new work by the same name. This World Alive, with music composed by Steve Danyew and a film by Cuyler Bryant, is a unique mixed-media experience inspired by the photography of Ansel Adams.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has appointed Brown Hardman of Arkadelphia to the Henderson State University Board of Trustees. Hardman, who graduated from Henderson in 1961 with a degree in psychology, is the principal broker and owner of United Country Hometown Realtors in Arkadelphia. He is also owner of Clark County Appraisal Co. and a financial advisor for Hardman and Associates. Hardman is married to Carolyn Hardman.
“I have been a Henderson Reddie since I was four years old,” said Hardman. “I consider it a great honor that I have the opportunity to serve on the Henderson Board of Trustees. I look forward to listening and utilizing my common sense in order to do my part to revitalize that old Reddie spirit.”
Board chairman Bill Wright said, “Brown has been active in the affairs of our community and has a love for Henderson, his alma mater. He will blend the knowledge he has of the needs of the community with the mission and work of the university.”
Hardman replaces Johnny Hudson on the board. His term expires in 2020.
Henderson State University’s Opera Workshop will present Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi March 7, 8 and 9 in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. All performances will be in English and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, or free with a Henderson student ID.
This classic one-act opera spins a timeless tale of inheritance and greed, love and hate. And it does it with beautiful music and plenty of laughs. Blake Smith of Melbourne, Ark., plays the title role of the crafty schemer Gianni Schicchi, a man who can beat anyone at their own game.
– Instead of raising money strictly for its own activities, students in Henderson State University’s Biology Club decided to be more philanthropic and support a campaign to end seven neglected tropical diseases. The club chose to collect funds for the END7 campaign led by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
Club members raised $500 by selling dogwood tree seedlings. The funds will be donated to END7.
Teams from Henderson State placed second and fourth at the annual Business Battle of the Ravine on Feb. 7. Student Jay Orr, right, won $3,000 for his second place finish. The team of Michelle Gilbert, Blake Thomey and Clint Wilson, left, earned $1,000 for their fourth place finish. Henderson’s Business Plan Competition was held in December. Three winning plans were selected, and those teams competed against the top teams from Ouachita Baptist University. The final four teams will go on to participate in the Donald W. Reynolds Arkansas Governor’s Cup. See more information.
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.
Henderson State University’s Department of Music will host a recital by bassoonist Scott Pool and pianist Tina Gorter on Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall. The program will include music by Sergi Rachmaninoff, Camille Saint-Saens, Katherine Hoover, and Dr. Phillip Schroeder.
The recital, sponsored by the students of the Composition Studio at Henderson, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program. Pool and Gorter will also read and record five works by Henderson student composers on Feb. 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the recital hall.
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 choirs will present Music from the Commonwealth March 3 in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall at 3 p.m. The performance features music originating in countries that are or once were part of the British Commonwealth, including: Sing Joyfully by W. Byrd; Come Ye Sons of Art by H. Purcell; Three Irish Folk Songs by Craig Courtney; Dubula by Stephen Hatfield; Fix’d in his Everlasting Seat by G. Handel; Boony Wood Green by Hatfield; and Joseph Flummerfelt’s beautiful arrangement of the famous English folksong Danny Boy.
The concert will also feature student soloists Paige Chastain of Benton, Jordan Murdock of Bryant, Maria Pinkerton of Bryant, Lisa Ridgeway of Cabot, and Caleb Washington of Little Rock. Admission is free and open to the public.
Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley on February 14, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, and 23. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening night performance.
The play, a winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, is a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior, less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty.
The cast includes Jeffery Gilmore of Fort Smith, Brittany McCarter of Bryant, Bethany Weed of Clarksville, and Jordan Sereal of Sherwood.
Henderson State University’s English/Language Arts Education Program has been nationally recognized by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). The Department of English has spent about three years working to improve the program by revising assessments, collecting and analyzing data, and then writing an extremely detailed performance report for submission to NCTE, according to Dr. Brandie Benton, coordinator of CAEP/Federal Programs at Henderson.
In Arkansas, all programs that lead to education licensure must be “recognized” by their respective Specialty Professional Association (SPA), or in some cases by the state when there is not a specific association for a program of study, Benton said. To be recognized, a very detailed program report must be submitted every seven years that outlines the requirements for candidates enrolled in the program.
Henderson honored its female athletes, physical education, recreation and sports medicine majors in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Tuesday. Rachel Hannah, a 2002 graduate of Henderson, was the guest speaker. Hannah is an instructional specialist at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Waco, Texas. She has been a middle school teacher, athletic coordinator and coach. Her coaching career began at Henderson as a graduate assistant for the volleyball program under current head coach Rhonda Thigpen. While at Henderson, Hannah was a four-year letter winner and team captain with the women’s basketball program.