Ellis College announces awards

Henderson State University’s Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences honored several outstanding students during the annual Student Awards Ceremony held April 10 in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall.

Outstanding Creative Accomplishment awards
Recipients of the Outstanding Creative Accomplishment awards are selected based on artistic accomplishment, research or service to others. Each department within the Ellis College selects a student to receive the award. The recipients are: Houston Fryer of Hot Springs, art (artistic); Charlotte Wetzlar of Arkadelphia, biology (research); Hunter Wayland of Arkadelphia, chemistry (research); Tiffany Pitcock of Benton, English, foreign languages and philosophy (creative); Elijah Sullivan of Westville, Okla., music (artistic); Joshua White of Malvern, physics (research); Christine Dickson of Arkadelphia, psychology (research); Sabrina Woodall of Bismarck, social sciences (B.S.E. – service to others); Bryan Schilling of Princetown, Texas, social sciences (history – research); Ashley McLeod of Arkadelphia, social sciences (political sciences – research); Phillip Turner of Little Rock, social sciences (public administration – service to others); Jamie Evanski of Arkadelphia, sociology/human services (research)

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Arnold papers added to collection

W.H. “Dub” Arnold speaks at a reception held April 17 at Henderson State University to welcome his papers into Huie Library’s special collections.

W.H. “Dub” Arnold speaks at a reception held April 17 at Henderson State to welcome his papers into Huie Library’s special collections.

The papers of William H. “Dub” Arnold, former chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, have been added to the Huie Library Special Collections at Henderson State University. The collection spans Arnold’s legal career, starting in 1963 and continuing through his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2003.

“I am very proud to be an alumnus of Henderson,” Arnold said. “I hope that young people will learn that the background I received at Henderson has helped me succeed in law as well as politics.”

The collection includes approximately 30 photo albums holding news clippings, photos, campaign material, correspondence, and other materials, according to David Sesser, technical services librarian. Other items include Arnold’s collection of law books, plaques and signed photos.

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Dance Company in concert

Henderson State University’s dance company will present a series of concerts April 27-29 in the Arkansas Hall auditorium. The annual concert will feature works choreographed by students, guest artists, and director Jennifer Maddox.

The 16-member student company will display its diverse abilities through choreography and performance featuring the works of guest artists Juel D. Lane and Cecil Slaughter. Lane set Imperfections Personified, an urban, contemporary piece. Slaughter set a contemporary jazz piece with African influence entitled Travelers.

Maddox, HSU artist in residence, set Becoming…, a piece about the learning and experiences that shape individuals.

The performances will be April 27 at 2:30 p.m., April 28 at 7:30 p.m., and April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Henderson students are admitted free with ID.

For reservations or more information, contact the Box Office at (870) 230-5291 or theatre@hsu.edu.

Nursing poster places first

Nursing posterA poster presented by a team of junior nursing students at Henderson State University has won first place in the Undergraduate Level at the Nursing Research Conference sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Students Laura Henthorn of Searcy, Brittany Porter of Amity, Katelyn Tucker of Glenwood, and Mariah Brown of Little Rock competed against nursing students from six Arkansas nursing programs who presented more than 50 undergraduate posters. The winning poster was entitled Effects of Different Contraceptives in Treating Pain in Endometriosis.

“Each year B.S.N. nursing students at Henderson present posters at the conference,” said. Dr. Patricia Loy, assistant professor of nursing. “These posters are part of an assignment in their Healthcare Research course and are evidenced-based.”

HSU partners with NPCC to offer Hot Springs classes

From left: State Sen. Bill Sample, Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones, building owner Rick Williams, and NPCC President Dr. Sally Carder visit following Wednesday’s press conference.

From left: State Sen. Bill Sample, Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones, building owner Rick Williams, and NPCC President Dr. Sally Carder visit following Wednesday’s press conference. VIEW MORE PHOTOS

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

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Alpha Chi inducts new members

The Arkansas Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Chi at Henderson State University inducted 75 new members at a ceremony held on April 7. Alpha Chi is a national college honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines who have achieved a grade point average of 3.6 and above.

Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of an institution’s juniors, seniors and graduate students. Invitation comes only through an institutional chapter. There are about 300 chapters in the United States.

The following Henderson students were inducted:

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Reddie to Serve Day

© Henderson State UniversityA large group of Henderson State University students, faculty and staff exemplified what community service is all about on April 12 as they volunteered to perform a variety of tasks throughout Arkadelphia. From mowing and raking to painting and cleaning, the volunteers completed more than 70 projects.

“Reddie to Serve Day 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. “Not only are these students helping, they get to know the people around our community and that is very important.”

Reddie to Serve Day is a community-based service event which began on Sept. 11, 2010, and is held once each spring and fall semester. The event focuses on Arkadelphia residents who are in need of assistance such as the disabled, senior citizens, single-parent homes and non-profit organizations.

NuFusion concert April 18

© Henderson State UniversityNuFusion, Henderson State University’s exciting student jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert outdoors on Henderson’s Quad Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. The performance will feature a wide range of music, much of which was arranged by students.

“This is a great family event,” said Dr. Rick Dimond, director of the group. “Bring family, friends, blankets, Frisbees, beach balls, bubbles, and enjoy the show.”

NuFusion includes about 20 student musicians and features a standard big band horn and rhythm section with lead and background vocalists. The concert will feature music by Wings, Kelly Clarkson, Mumford and Sons, Blues Brothers, Tina Turner, Capitol Cities, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, and others.

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Holland receives NSF fellowship

© Henderson State UniversityCynthia Holland, a Henderson State University senior from Alexander, has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Holland, a biology major, earned the prestigious post in her first year of eligibility.

The fellowship provides a $32,000 stipend for each of three years, as well as a $12,000 cost of education award to Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where Holland will be attending graduate school.

Holland, who minors in chemistry, has conducted research with Dr. Martin Campbell for two years. She is a student-teacher in Intro to Biology lab and president of Gamma Beta Phi.

“This fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships a graduate student in the sciences can receive,” said Campbell. “A student is eligible to apply for it as a senior undergraduate or during the first two years of graduate study. To my knowledge, this may be the first Henderson student to receive such an award, especially during the first year of eligibility.”

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Music gala April 13

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Members of the Henderson State Concert Choir rehearse for their upcoming performance at the gala.

Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its third gala in support of the Friends of Music on Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts building.

The gala will include refreshments and a series of short concerts featuring student solo and chamber performances, as well as performances by the Henderson bands and choirs. Guests are invited to join the Friends of Music, which provides financial assistance to all areas of the music program.

The gala is free and families are welcome. For more information, please contact Laura Storm at storml@hsu.edu or 870-230-5413.

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HSU Theatre sets performance

12 Angry MenHenderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Twelve Angry Men on April 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

Twelve random individuals are called together to decide the fate of a boy who is charged with patricide. The jury holds his life in their hands. The screenplay was written by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman L. Sergel.

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Bond issue approved

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Friday approved a $33 million, 30-year bond issue for Henderson State University. Funds from the bonds will used to purchase and update the Whispering Oaks apartment complex and construct two new residence halls on campus.

“As a part of our strategic planning process, we have identified the need to grow enrollment, improve student life, and increase retention to graduation,” said HSU President Glen Jones. “By opening additional high quality living facilities on the Henderson State campus, we will positively impact our student experience as we work toward our goal of having 1,700 students living on campus.”

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Affordable Care event March 17

Henderson State University will host a presentation on the Affordable Care Act March 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the nation’s health reform law enacted in March 2010. March 31 is the deadline for open enrollment.

The presentation, which is expected to last about 40 minutes, will provide a detailed explanation of the ACA. The program will be followed by a question and answer session. Afterwards, participants who are interested can sign up for an affordable healthcare plan with help from Clark County Health Unit representatives.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Clark County Health Unit at 870-246-4471.

Civil Rights discussion March 17

Henderson State University’s Huie Library is sponsoring a panel discussion on the Civil Rights movement in Arkansas and the film Freedom Riders March 17 at Ouachita Baptist University. The event, which is part of a series entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, will start at 6 p.m. in the Riley-Hickingbotham Library.

“This program is one of four that Huie Library is sponsoring as part of our Created Equal grant,” said David Sesser, technical services librarian at Henderson. “Along with our partners at the Riley-Hickingbotham Library and the Clark County Library, we hope that these programs and the related films will help our students and the Arkadelphia community relate to the Civil Rights movement.”

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Greeks read to children

© Henderson State University© Henderson State UniversityMore than 150 students representing Henderson State University’s three Greek councils read to students at Perritt Primary School in Arkadelphia on March 3. The students participated in Read Across America, a nationwide reading celebration that occurs annually on the birthday of Dr. Suess, the well-known children’s author.

This was the first year that Henderson’s Greek Life office partnered with Perritt. Greek members read to 25 pre-K, kindergarten and first grade classrooms throughout the day, and to 20 students who belong to the Prime Time afterschool program.