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.
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.
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.
Henderson State University announces the students listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester. To make the Honor Roll, a student must have received at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.
Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, greets one of many incoming freshmen who were honored at a scholarship banquet on Jan. 30.
Competitive scholarship packages at Henderson State University have proven to be a great success, attracting some of the best high school students from Arkansas and surrounding states. Henderson hosted a scholarship banquet Jan. 30 to honor the incoming freshmen who have been awarded these prestigious scholarships.
With more than 250 guests in attendance, students were presented a scholarship certificate by Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. Dr. David Thomson, Honors College director and English professor at Henderson, was the keynote speaker.
“We were elated to see a large number of our scholarship recipients and their families attend the first Henderson State University Scholarship Banquet,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of student and external affairs. “It was a great event and allowed us the opportunity to showcase the fine talent that is produced in the high schools of Arkansas and surrounding states. We are very fortunate to be able to offer what we feel are extremely competitive scholarship packages that are intended to reward our incoming students for their scholarly achievements.”
Dr. Stephen R. Adkison
Henderson State University has named Dr. Stephen R. Adkison as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Henderson President Glen Jones announced today. Adkison, who is currently serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University, will join Henderson on July 1, 2014.
“I am thrilled to add Dr. Stephen Adkison to our senior leadership team,” Jones said. “His character, passion, experience, and commitment to faculty and student success will serve Henderson well. I am confident we will achieve even higher levels of success as we meet the needs of our students, community, and state through our academic program offerings.”
The provost is the second-highest ranking officer at Henderson and is the chief academic officer. The provost is responsible for the overall supervision of all academic programs, academic promotion and tenure decisions, academic strategic planning and development of university policies and strategic goals.
Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Winter commencement ceremonies were held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec. 13, with more than 230 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.
Faculty charges were presented by Dr. Margaret Hoskins, professor of accounting, and Dr. Mike Taylor, professor of communications. The student responses were given by Kevin Rodgers and Cole McCaskill. Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, conferred the degrees. Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, spoke at both ceremonies.
The following are the names of the graduates:
Winter commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec. 13, with more than 270 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.
The ceremony for 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.
Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Margaret Hoskins, professor of accounting, and Dr. Mike Taylor, professor of communications. The student responses will be given by Kevin Rodgers and Cole McCaskill. Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, will confer the degrees.
Shane Broadway, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, will speak at both ceremonies. Broadway has been with the agency since January 2011. His primary responsibility as director is to oversee all personnel who carry out the policy directives of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board and to develop funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges, as well as several other post-secondary entities.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented its first draft of Henderson’s revised vision, mission, core values and strategic position to the campus community at a town hall meeting Dec. 3. Strategic priorities and goals were presented, including: enrollment growth, student life, and retention; academic program enhancement; faculty and staff quality of life; physical environment and infrastructure; expanding and diversity revenues; marketing and public relations. Dr. Sal Rinella of Penson Associates facilitated the meeting.
In an effort to assist families across Arkansas with rising higher education costs combined with recent cuts to the state lottery scholarship, Henderson State University has revamped its scholarship packages to become the most comprehensive and competitive in the state.
“As a part of the landscape of Arkansas, and particularly Southwest Arkansas, we are aware of the needs of the families that we serve. In light of the changes to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, increases in the cost of higher education, and less than ideal economy, Henderson is attempting to provide quality education for students at a price they can afford,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs.
Henderson will offer $14,000 per year to top students entering next fall who qualify for the Distinguished Freshman Scholarship. This is an increase of $3,000 over this past year. Students must have an ACT score of 30-36 and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.25.
Henderson State welcomed hundreds of high school students and their parents to the campus Nov. 12 as they participated in a variety of events associated with the annual Reddie for Henderson Day. The program gives seniors an opportunity to meet current students, tour the campus, visit with academic departments and receive information on admissions, financial aid, housing opportunities and non-academic organizations.
A committee conducting the search for a new provost/vice president of academic affairs at Henderson State University has identified three finalists for the position. The candidates will visit the Henderson campus beginning next week for interviews and to meet the faculty, staff, students and community.
The finalists are:
• Dr. Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State University.
• Dr. Patrick Hughes, associate vice provost for undergraduate and student affairs at Texas Tech University.
• Dr. Stephen Adkison, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University.
“I greatly appreciate the Provost Search Advisory Committee’s efforts in identifying these three strong candidates for campus interviews,” said Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president. “I encourage the campus community to join me and the committee in welcoming these outstanding individuals to campus next week.”
Henderson State University has named Christi Batts as director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives to help the university establish and maintain a physical presence in the Hot Springs area. Batts will manage the day-to-day operations of the site’s educational offerings, including on-site, blended, and web-based courses.
“Christi will be a tremendous addition to Henderson as we move toward a much greater presence in Hot Springs. She is well-known in the community and is in a perfect position to really help us get our four-year degree programs established in Hot Springs,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have Christi as our director of Hot Springs Initiatives. She will begin as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ in that she will be responsible for helping with facility planning, marketing programs, recruiting students, and the general operation of Henderson’s Hot Springs location.”
Henderson State University’s science and mathematics departments hosted the annual Family Science Night Oct. 29. Biology, chemistry, physics, and math clubs provided a variety of fun demonstrations and hands-on activities for children. Visitors interacted with a robot constructed by a Henderson student, experienced magnetism and laser effects, made origami frogs, and watched the hibernation process of real frogs. Faculty and students also demonstrated the “Segway”-like human transporter that they constructed. And homemade ice cream, created the scientific way, was available for all to enjoy. The event was free and open to the public.