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.
Henderson President Glen Jones gives his address during Tuesday’s investiture ceremony in Arkansas Hall. The 17th president of Henderson said, “I will continue to work relentlessly to advance our vision… My commitment to this university is for the long-haul.” His address was entitled Daring to be Great: A Revival of the Reddie Spirit. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe also spoke. He was introduced by former Henderson president Dr. Charles Welch.
Henderson State University has partnered with Goza Middle School in Arkadelphia to facilitate a fictional mathematical crime scene investigation.
Dr. Debra Coventry, professor of mathematics, and students in her Math Modeling class partnered with Goza mathematics teachers Heather Fulmer and Randi Hasley to design experiences that deepen the mathematical understanding of the Goza seventh grade students. The most recent effort in this Educational Renewal Zone collaborative was a mathematical crime scene investigation.
In an upcoming public lecture at Henderson State University, two visiting professors will discuss the Spanish Jews who attempted to escape notice by the Spanish Inquisition by passing superficially as Christians while continuing to practice their Jewish rituals. Dr. David Gitlitz and Dr. Linda Davidson will present When a Religion Goes Underground: The Secret Jews of Spain and Mexico Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in Reynolds Hall, room 127.
The free lecture is sponsored by Henderson’s Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy through a grant from the Ellis College Margin of Excellence.
From left: Matt Largen, James Barnes, and Paul Leopoulos
Henderson State University celebrated Founder’s Day with an academic convocation on Oct. 3. Three alumni were inducted into the Henderson Academy of Scholars, which is comprised of Henderson graduates who have gained distinction in their professional fields. Faculty excellence awards were also presented.
Joining the academy this year are: Paul Leopoulos, Matthew Largen, and James Barnes.
Dr. Troy Caver, owner of Systems Management and Development Corp. and a 1962 Henderson graduate, was the guest speaker for the Henderson School of Business Lecture Series on Sept. 26. Caver’s corporation provides training to engineering and business professionals in how to manage large programs and projects. Clients include Boeing, Northrop, Rockwell, Westinghouse, Texas Instruments, AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies. Caver, who lives in Virginia, was named a Henderson Distinguished Alumnus in 1997.
Henderson State University will celebrate Founder’s Day Oct. 3 with an Academic Convocation in Arkansas Hall. Three Henderson graduates who have gained distinction in their professional fields will be inducted into the Henderson Academy. The inductees are: Paul Leopoulos, Matthew Largen, and James Barnes.
Six Henderson faculty members will receive awards for Excellence in Scholarly or Creative Activity. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.
The 2012-2013 academic year was another busy and productive one for the faculty of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy at Henderson State University. Currently composed of 21 full-time and nine adjunct faculty members, the department is a vital part of the intellectual and artistic life of Henderson and the surrounding community. Selected highlights of the department’s individual faculty activities and achievements appear below.
Judy Shepard, third from left on front row, was on the Henderson campus Sept. 11 to present The Legacy of Matthew Shepherd, a presentation about her young gay son who was badly beaten and left to die near Laramie, Wyo. Judy Shepard’s appearance was part of Henderson’s Reddie Read program, which serves as a focal point for engaging the Henderson community in formal and informal conversations about issues of importance in today’s world. This year’s book is The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project. Shepard enjoyed a dinner hosted by Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones at his home before her presentation at Arkansas Hall where she emphasized tolerance and acceptance. For more information about Shepard and her efforts, please click HERE.