More 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.
Leah Hasley was named director of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at Henderson State University March 1. Hasley takes over for Kelly Massey, who resigned in December to join the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.
Hasley has been with the center for five years and previously held the positions of business consultant and training coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Henderson and became a Certified Business Advisor through the University of Toledo in 2010. Hasley is a graduate of Leadership Clark County and a member of the Arkadelphia Rotary Club board and the Downtown Arkadelphia Economic Development Committee. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree at Henderson.
“Under Leah’s leadership, Henderson’s ASBTDC will continue to serve area entrepreneurs well,” said Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the HSU School of Business. “The center has an excellent track record, and we are excited about the innovative ideas Leah brings to the table and the opportunities that will develop from them.”
Dr. Veronikha Salazar, associate dean of students at Henderson State University, has been named a 2014 Executive Leadership Program Fellow by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). The prestigious group is comprised of 16 Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors.
“We are very excited to welcome this year’s ELP Fellows,” said Ann Marquez, president of the NHLI. “The class is diverse, representing the corporate, academic, government, and non-profit sectors. We are proud to work with a group of highly-successful women in supporting their leadership goals.”
Participants are selected based on their community service record, professional and personal accomplishments, and dedication to serving their community. Founded in 1987, NHLI is the nation’s premiere training institute exclusively dedicated to Latina leadership training.
Dr. John Hardee has been appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University. Hardee, a 28-year veteran professor at Henderson, has served as associate dean since 2005, and most recently as interim dean.
“Dr. Hardee is so deserving of this very important position,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim vice president for academic affairs. “He understands the value of the liberal arts and he is committed to the Ellis College and to the university in general.”
Sommer, who previously served as Ellis College dean, said Hardee “will do an excellent job in leading the arts and sciences forward, and will be a valuable asset to Dr. Steve Adkison, Henderson’s new provost, as they work together on behalf of our students, faculty, staff, and community.”
Hardee will officially assume his new position on July 1.
Henderson State University faculty, staff and students will be “Reddie” to serve the community on April 12 by helping citizens clean up and improve their properties in the Arkadelphia area. Volunteers will be available to paint, mow, rake, pick up trash and perform other small maintenance projects 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.
To request a clean-up crew, please call Henderson’s Office of Student and External Affairs at (870) 230-5550 and describe the work that you would like to have done. Please include the name, address and phone number of the property owner, along with an estimate of volunteers needed and a description of the yard work.
The deadline to submit a project is March 27 at 5 p.m.
Henderson State University’s International Student Association (HISA) will present its 18th Annual Food Bazaar March 7 from 5-7 p.m. in Wells 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.
Dan Robertson of ExpressJet speaks to Henderson aviation students Thursday.
When an aviation student completes his or her training and starts searching for employment with an airline, securing a job interview in the industry can be difficult.
But an agreement between Henderson State University and world’s largest regional airline aims to help Henderson aviation graduates clear that hurdle. With a growing need for new professional pilots, ExpressJet Airlines Inc. will guarantee an interview to any Henderson flight training graduate who meets specific qualifications.
The Pilot Pathway Interview Agreement was announced today by Dan Robertson, ExpressJet’s manager of pilot recruiting. The agreement is designed to provide opportunities for future employment at the airline for qualified pilots completing training at Henderson.
“This will be a great boost for you and the airline industry,” Robertson told Henderson aviation students and others present for the announcement. “What we’re going to do is come back and give you a guaranteed interview with ExpressJet.”
From left: Dr. David Thomson, director of Honors College; Robin Carroll, a former student; Betty Gentry; and Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president.
A painted portrait of the late Dr. William C. Gentry Jr. was unveiled Feb. 20 at Henderson State University’s Sturgis Hall which houses the university’s Honors College. Gentry led the effort to establish the Honors College which began in 1984.
The program was was housed in Foster Hall for several years before Sturgis Hall was completed in 2002. Sturgis Hall is anchored by the William C. Gentry Honors Classroom. Gentry taught at Henderson for four decades before he retired in 2000.
Ed Martin, a retired art professor at Henderson, painted Gentry’s portrait. Many faculty, staff, family and friends attended the ceremony in the Sturgis Hall lobby.
From left: Paul Speers of Entergy; Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president; John Corley, director of Henderson physical plant; Ryan Johnson of CLEAResult; and Bobby Jones, vice president of finance and administration at Henderson.
Henderson State University received more than $340,000 in incentives from the Entergy Arkansas CitySmart energy efficiency program. Henderson’s upgrades will save money and significantly reduce electricity usage, allowing the university to reinvest in the economic health of Arkadelphia.
“Since 2012, Entergy Arkansas has given us financial incentives to upgrade our facilities, so we save money and encourage economic growth in our community,” said Bobby Jones, vice president for finance and administration. “On top of that, these changes are good for the environment, which is very important to Henderson State and our community.”
Participation in the CitySmart program resulted in a number of upgrades on campus, including lighting and heating and air upgrades installed in 2012, and a chiller installed in 2013. The total incentive amount for these upgrades is $342,218.89.
Robert L. Brown, a former associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker at the Sidney S. McMath Pre-Law Conference on March 13 at Henderson State University.
Brown’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from the William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Law. Local attorneys will also participate. The event will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the Garrison Center Banquet Room.
Henderson State University’s Opera Workshop will present Leonard Bernstein’s musical comedy Candide on March 6, 7, and 8 in the Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre.
This delightful operetta is based on Voltaire’s satire about a naïve young man’s introduction to the crueler realities of life. It is a tale of nonsense and misadventure.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door. To reserve seating, please call the HSU Theatre Box Office at 230-5291.
Follow mankind’s first space probe as it journeys outside the solar system and explores new worlds. Experience an intimate look at the role the sun plays in the life of our solar system. And learn the history and future of the telescope.
The planetarium at Henderson State University’s Reynolds Science Center has scheduled three public shows this spring utilizing the facility’s 360-degree panoramic screen. Numerous projectors are used to display video and slides, which are combined with a modern sound system.
The following shows are scheduled:
Exo Planets – Worlds of Wonder (26 minutes)
Feb. 20 and 27
Audiences will visit gas giants caught in a deadly dance with their host stars; frozen rogue planets hurtling through space; molten rocky worlds now known to science; and new planets drifting comfortably within the Goldilocks Zone, the area around a star where Earth-like worlds may exist.
The team of Wes Duke of Arkadelphia, Heather Griffin of Malvern, and Brett Little of Montgomery, Ala., won first place in the competition with their plan entitled Oil Bandit Tire & Lube. Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the School of Business, left, is also pictured.
With an emphasis in entrepreneurship, a new degree program offered by Henderson State University’s School of Business provides an opportunity for students to combine creativity and innovation while learning in a hands-on environment.
Students can develop additional skills, knowledge, and the upward career mobility necessary for career advancement through the “Business Beyond the Classroom” program and the Mentorship Experience program.
The annual Business Plan Competition is another component of the program, and the winners of the fourth installment of the competition were announced in December. The three top teams will compete March 3 against Ouachita Baptist University in the business version of the Battle of the Ravine. An additional $10,000 in prize money is at stake.
The team of Heather Griffin, Wes Duke and Brett Little won first place and $4,000 with their plan for Oil Bandit Mobile Tire & Lube. The Home Field Advantage LLC, written by Scott Shimp and Zach Ritter, placed second, earning them $3,000. Awesome Outdoor Company LLC earned third place and $2,000 for Duston Lawrence and Marty Burlsworth.
It is said that the Reddie Spirit was born 100 years ago when fire destroyed Henderson’s Main Building. The ‘spirit’ continues to burn and is stronger than ever. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire, Henderson State University’s music department will present a special concert series beginning this month. Each concert will remember the events of that fiery February evening in its own unique way.
A concert by the Wind Ensemble on Feb. 26, entitled Fire and Heart, will feature Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall.
On Sunday, March 2, the Symphony Band will feature works by Vaughan Williams, Mark Camphouse, and Percy Grainger in a concert entitled We Shall Overcome. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in Arkansas Hall.
Henderson’s choirs will present Out of Gray Ashes on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Russell Fine Arts Building recital hall.
The performances are free and open to the public.
Henderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl on February 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening night performance.
Melancholy Play follows the stories of a hairdresser, a tailor, a British nurse, and an unfeeling therapist from an unspecified European country as they fall under the spell of the seductively melancholic bank teller, Tilly. Contrary to its title, the play provides a wildly comedic, yet poignant take on love in all its forms: love between two (or more) people, love for life, and the potentially destructive love of sadness.