Kendreka Myles, a freshman marketing major from Fort Smith, was crowned 2013 Miss HSU March 28 at the annual Miss Henderson State University Pageant. Nineteen candidates participated in swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions.
Myles, who will now prepare for the Miss Arkansas Pageant this summer, was crowned by 2012 Miss HSU Miranda Johnson.
Kourtney Kellar of Argyle, Texas was first runner-up, followed by Colbie McCloud of Prattsville who was second runner-up. Shawna Henderson of Weatherford, Texas, was third runner-up, and Sarah Williams of Conroe, Texas, was fourth runner-up.
From left: Sarah Williams, Colbie McCloud, 2012 Miss HSU Miranda Johnson, Kendreka Myles, Kourtney Kellar, and Shawna Henderson.
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.
Justin Montigne, a countertenor and yoga instructor, will be in residency at Henderson State University April 9-11 for a recital and a series of workshops. The SingAsana workshops will help Henderson student singers find greater ease and vitality in their singing through better alignment. Montigne will present a recital featuring the works of Schubert, Quilter, Purcell, and Britten on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall. The recital is free and open to the public.
Montigne is a versatile singer who is accomplished in many styles and time periods of music, including solo, collaborative, and choral capacities. He sang alto for three years with the acclaimed male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, with whom he performed and recorded a wide variety of works in venues around the United States and the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Musikverein in Vienna.
Following a nationwide search, Henderson State University has named Dr. Brenda Ponsford as dean of its School of Business. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2013. Ponsford is currently the chair of Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Marketing and the MBA director.
“We are truly excited to have Dr. Ponsford as a member of our senior administrative team,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “Her experience, enthusiasm, vision, and leadership style are ideal as we strive to enhance the School of Business while meeting the needs of business and industry in our community and region.”
Ponsford will replace Dr. Louis Dawkins, interim dean, who played an integral role in Henderson’s School of Business achieving Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International reaffirmation in 2013. This accreditation is considered the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Henderson is one of only six percent of the business schools in the country to obtain the prestigious accreditation.
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.”
Twenty Henderson students will vie for the title of Miss HSU 2013 on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Arkansas Hall. The pageant will feature swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions. The pageant is a preliminary event for the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Entertainment will be provided by Miss HSU 2012 Miranda Johnson, Lauren Faulkner, Michael Ordonez, Connor Rayburn, Sloane Roberts, Candace Sanders and Jacob Flores. Ricki Rebollar, a junior at Henderson, will serve as host. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 2013 candidates are:
Piano students at Henderson State University will showcase their talents at two concerts as part of the spring Piano Concert Series. Sophomore Orlando Riveros will collaborate with a visiting piano student from the famed Oberlin Conservatory of Music on March 27. And other Henderson piano students will play a recital on March 28 celebrating American piano music.
Clara Yunjoo Lee, a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory, will spend her spring break at Henderson interacting with the piano students and rehearsing with them. On March 27, she will perform three selections, and Riveros will follow with two selections. They will then perform together.
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson State University will present a workshop to help business owners take the first steps to secure government contracts. David Jerome, director of the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, will lead the workshop on April 3 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.
A variety of websites and sources of information will be provided that will help participants locate further assistance. This course will be of special benefit to companies that have no experience in government contracting or are relatively new to the process.
The Family and Consumer Sciences Club at Henderson hosted a formal dinner for the clients of Group Living Inc. in Proctor Hall March 14. The club received a CONE Foundation grant to help fund this community service project. “The students wanted to give something back to the clients of Group Living for all they do in the Arkadelphia community,” said Dr. Patti Miley, chair and professor of Family & Consumer Sciences. Club members took a quick break from preparing the meal to pose for this group photo.
Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, at 7:30 p.m. on April 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, and 20. A reception will follow the opening night performance.
A servant couldn’t be happier with his new circumstance: balancing two jobs and earning double wages. But his optimistic plans soon dissolve into chaos. Hoopla and hilarity take hold in this family-friendly comedy of love gone wrong and mistaken identity.
Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present a performance by the DDG Oboe Trio on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which will be in the Russell Fine Arts recital hall, is free and open to the public.
The trio of Leanna Booze, Lorraine Duso Kitts and Beth Wheeler began playing together in 2010 and has given numerous performances throughout Central Arkansas. In addition to playing the staples of the double reed trio repertoire, the three musicians commission and perform new music. The group is collaborating with composer Stephen Berg on a new project. They were recently invited to perform in June at the International Double Reed Conference.
Henderson State will observe spring break March 18-22. There will be no classes, but university offices will remain open throughout the week. Classes will resume on March 25, leaving only six more weeks before finals and commencement!
Henderson State University’s Intercollegiate Debate Team brought home several trophies from the University of Central Arkansas’s “End of Hi-Bear-Nation” Debate Tournament March 8 in Conway. Phillip Turner, a junior public administration/business/pre-law major from Little Rock, won first place in the individual competition. Shane Light and Zach Dutton won first place in the team competition. Overall, Henderson won the second place sweepstakes award.
“We made so many friends, won so many awards and worked through a number of challenges,” said Turner. “We are looking forward to next year already.” Dutton, a senior communication major from Sheridan, said, “It was my last tournament, and I had a great time with many memories.”
Henderson students competed against teams from the University of Tennessee, Arkansas Tech University, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Tulsa Community College, The University of Central Arkansas, and the Northwest Arkansas Forensic team. “Henderson’s debate team has a positive reputation,” said Dr. Robert Steinmiller, director of debate and professor of communication at Henderson. “This team-wide success is most rewarding.”
Henderson State University’s aviation department is looking for volunteers to participate in a new aviation mentorship class. “The purpose of this class is to pair upper classmen to aviation professionals willing to spend some time in the mentorship process,” said Troy Hogue, chair of the department.
“The main goal for the participating mentors is to make the mentoring process enjoyable and convenient utilizing whatever is at the mentor’s disposal such as Skype, company tours and working lunches,” Hogue said. “There will be no strict, prescribed method for student-mentor interaction to allow the most flexibility possible; however, interaction will need to be conducted weekly, on average, through the semester to qualify for academic credit.”
Persons interested in becoming an aviation mentor should contact Hogue at email@example.com and briefly describe their aviation background, along with what areas they would like to mentor such as: airline; corporate or military pilot; or facility management. Class size will be limited to the number of mentors available to the program.
Henderson State University’s International Student Association (HISA) hosted the 17th Annual Food Bazaar on March 8. International students prepared dishes from their home countries and presented cultural performances. The event attracted about 275 hungry guests. Proceeds will be donated to Hillcrest Children’s Home. The event was recently featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tri-Lakes Edition.