From left: Henderson President Glen Jones, Jay Bradford, and Dr. Louis Dawkins, interim dean of Henderson’s School of Business.
Jay Bradford, Arkansas Insurance Commissioner and former state senator, was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame at Henderson State University during an awards banquet on April 25. Bradford is a Henderson graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology. He has also been recognized by the university as a distinguished alumnus.
Bradford was appointed Arkansas Insurance Commissioner in 2009 by Gov. Mike Beebe. He has more than four decades of experience in the insurance industry, including 30 years as founder, chairman, and former shareholder of First Arkansas Insurance Group, a statewide network of independent property and casualty agencies. Prior to his appointment, Bradford served for two years as the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services within the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Henderson State University’s Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ingrid Larrogoity-Martin, will perform its final concert of the semester on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall auditorium. The program, entitled An American Celebration, was designed around the idea of showcasing some of the amazing American composers of wind literature.
The selections consist of the iconic sounds of American wind music, typical American styles, and some exciting collaborations with faculty. The program includes: American Fanfare by John Wasson; Air for Band by Frank Erickson; George Washington Bridge by William Schuman; Fluffy Ruffles by Hamilton/Caehn, featuring guest percussionist Dr. Rick Dimond; Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copeland, featuring guest narrator Dr. William Higgins; Rough Riders by Karl King; and Apollo Unleashed by Frank Ticheli.
The concert is free and open to the public
Spring commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, May 10, with approximately 420 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.
The ceremony for the School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe will speak at the 3 p.m. ceremony, and State Sen. Bruce Maloch will be the speaker for the 6 p.m. ceremony.
Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Nathan Campbell, assistant professor of management, and Jim Harper, associate professor of computer science. The student responses will be given by Julia K. Still of Bolivar, Mo., and Eric D. Torres of Twin Falls, Idaho. Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones will confer the degrees.
Dr. Georgine Steinmiller, professor of special education, began working at Henderson in July 1987. After 26 years of service, Steinmiller is retiring from the university. A reception was held in her honor on April 25 in the Garrison Center. Steinmiller is pictured with fellow faculty members Carolyn McClure and Dr. Peggy Woodall after they presented her with a framed gift.
Dr. Bob Steinmiller has been named this year’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor. The award was developed by the Academic Advising Center to recognize an individual who has proven to be a conscientious, supportive and inspiring advisor and mentor. Steinmiller was presented a plaque by Henderson President Glen Jones at a recent ceremony for faculty.
Vickie Faust, assistant director of Henderson’s Disability Resource Center, is retiring after 33 years of service at the university. A reception was held in her honor on April 24 in the Garrison Center. Faust, center, is pictured with Erin Poe, Beverly Quillin, Dr. Pam Bax and Lisa Ayres.
Five Years, from left: David Warren, Rhonda Harrington, Nathan Campbell, Carolyn McClure, Patricia Loy, Allison Vetter, Beth Maxfield, Tricia Baar, Penny Whelchel, Brandie Benton, Tommy Finley, Shannon Clardy, Elizabeth Wyatt, Charity Dawson, Vernon Miles, Peggy Woodall, and Dana Horn. Not pictured are; May Tsao-Lim, Greg Gibson, Debra Coventry and Rochelle Moss.
Henderson State University honored faculty members for their years of service at a recent ceremony.
Dr. Patti Miley, professor and chair of family and consumer sciences, was recognized for 30 years of service.
Honored for 25 years of service were: Dr. Anita Williams, professor of marketing; Jimmie Harper, associate professor of computer science; Dr. W. Martin James, professor of political science; Janice O’Donnell, assistant professor of chemistry; Douglas Gilpin, professor of theatre arts; Lee Ann Alexander, associate librarian and director of Henderson Seminar; and John Ragni, associate librarian.
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.
Henderson State University Theatre and Dance will present the annual Dance Company in Concert on April 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall auditorium.
All works are choreographed by students, guest artists and Dance Company director Jennifer Maddox. The 16-member student company will display its diverse abilities through choreography and performance. Guest artist Darryl Kent Clark set Within the Quota, a beautifully constructed theatre piece inspired by music legend Cole Porter. Guest artist Amy Bramlett set Suffocating, a though-provoking contemporary piece.
The Henderson State University Choirs will present a concert on April 29 entitled By Women, For Women, About Women at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Center’s Harwood Recital Hall. The performance features music that is either written by a woman, written for a woman, written about a woman, or any combination of these elements, according to Dr. Ryan Fox, director of choral activities.
The centerpiece of the concert is Stabat mater by the Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi. Performed by the Concert Choir, Stabat mater is accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of faculty from Henderson and Ouachita Baptist University, along with HSU students.
The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Fox at (870) 230-5053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henderson State University’s Huie Library Gallery presents the senior art exhibition of Summer DeLezen, a studio arts-graphic design major from Smackover. The show, entitled Figures to Fables, features DeLezen’s paintings and is on display April 25 through May 3 on the second floor of the library.
DeLezen said she has drawn inspiration from the figures of Egon Schiele and Frank Frazetta, as well as the animation styles of Ralph Bakshi. “Comic style illustration is also a big influence on my work and style,” she said. “It is my long-term goal to draw among the great illustrators in today’s comic field.”
Spring Fling just ended at Henderson State. Some of the highlights included Quad Day, the NuFusion concert and Big Money Bingo. And there were plenty of other events for students to enjoy before they buckle down and concentrate on their studies as finals week approaches. There are only three weeks left in the spring semester. Commencement is on May 10.
Henderson hosted a large group of first-time incoming freshmen and their parents April 19-20 for Reddie Connections Days. Attendees had the opportunity to ‘get connected’ by attending special receptions for their desired major, meeting their future classmates, and registering for a class. Vicki Taylor, director of financial aid at Henderson, is pictured talking to the group during an information session.
A retirement reception was held for Dr. Gary Simmons, professor of art, on April 18 in the Garrison Center’s Jones Room Foyer. Simmons has been with Henderson for 22 years, joining the art department in 1991. He has been active in the Arkansas art scene since 1973, winning many awards and displaying numerous works.
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.