Distinguished Alumni honored

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Paul Leopoulos and Jimmie Keenan

Henderson State University honored two Henderson graduates as Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony Oct. 12 during homecoming. Paul Leopoulos and Maj. Gen. Jimmie (Owens) Keenan joined an esteemed group of men and women whose accomplishments are worthy of recognition.

First awarded in 1972 to honor outstanding graduates, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor Henderson bestows on it graduates. Honorees have made outstanding achievements and contributions in their career, community, education, politics, social service, and humanities. Each year, the Henderson Alumni Association Board of Directors selects these distinguished alumni to represent the university.

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Homecoming week starts Oct. 7

© Henderson State UniversityAn exciting week of homecoming activities will begin Oct. 7 at Henderson State University, culminating Oct. 12 with the crowning of the 2013 homecoming queen and an important GAC Conference football game.

Other highlights of the week include a variety of entertainment, the traditional homecoming bonfire, banquets and luncheons, various receptions, and other sporting events.

“Homecoming is a wonderful time for Henderson State University alumni and friends to step back on campus and remind ourselves of the fact that the Reddie Spirit is as alive as it has ever been,” said Sherry Wright, alumni coordinator at Henderson. “Each Homecoming brings more and more of us together in a fabric whose common thread was first woven here on the grounds of our beloved campus.”

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Reception in Hot Springs

Hot Springs reception

Henderson State hosted a reception at the Hot Springs Country Club April 18 for students in the area who have been admitted to the university for the 2013 fall semester. The students were joined by their parents, along with Henderson alumni, faculty, staff and current students. Another reception will be held April 29 in Texarkana. For more information about the receptions, please click HERE.

Future Henderson students

Future Henderson students.

These future Reddies attended the reception in Little Rock.

Henderson State hosted a reception in Little Rock April 14 for students in the area who have been admitted to the university for the 2013 fall semester. The event was held at the Embassy Suites and was attended by incoming freshmen, their parents, alumni, current students, faculty and staff. Additional receptions are planned for Benton/Bryant, Hot Springs and Texarkana. To see more photos, please go to Henderson’s Facebook page.

Receptions for admitted students

Henderson State University is reaching out to students who have been admitted to HSU for fall 2013. A series of receptions has been planned to connect with future Reddies.

“The receptions are for all admitted students and their parents, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff of Henderson,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of student and external affairs. “It is an attempt to connect with the fall class of 2013 and their families in a casual setting.”

The following receptions have been scheduled:
• April 14 – Little Rock and Pulaski County at Embassy Suites in West Little Rock, 3-5 p.m.
• April 15 – Benton, Bauxite, Bryant and Sheridan at Hurricane Creek Country Club in Bryant, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• April 18 – Hot Springs at Hot Springs Country Club, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• April 29 – Texarkana at Silvermoon on Broad, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Admitted students have received invitations and are asked to register online at www.hsu.edu/reception, or call (800) 228-7333. All Henderson alumni are invited to meet and visit with the students. Alumni are asked to RSVP by calling (870) 230-5401. Additional receptions are being planned for admitted students in other areas.

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Reddie achievers

SARA STEWART, a world history teacher at DeQueen High School and a graduate of Henderson, has been named high school and district Teacher of the Year for DeQueen Public Schools. She is currently working on her masters degree in advanced instructional studies (English as a Second Language) at Henderson. Stewart is trained in advanced placement social studies and has an ESL endorsement. She sponsors the senior class and student council.

DON BENTON, assistant professor of educational leadership at Henderson and director of the Hot Springs Technology Institute, was recently named Technology Leader of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media. “Henderson is grateful to Don for keeping us up-to-date on what is happening in instructional technology and representing HSU so well statewide and nationally,” said Dr. Judy Harrison, dean of Teachers College, Henderson.

DR. DAVID BATEMAN, assistant professor of chemistry at Henderson, has been selected to take over as director of undergraduate research beginning this fall. Since joining the faculty in 2009, Bateman has mentored 12 undergraduate research students on various projects and has traveled with them to present at conferences in the state and region. “Dr. Bateman envisions the Undergraduate Research Program as being an avenue for future career opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He has contacts around the state and hopes to use these connections to cultivate future research collaborations.”

Writing runs in the family

Henderson professor Dr. Travis Langley isn’t the only author in his family. Several months after Langley’s book about Batman was published, his son Alex’s first book was released. Alex, who earned his B.S. in psychology from Henderson in 2007, authored The Geek Handbook. And Alex’s brother Nick, a current graduate student at Henderson, provided the illustrations for the book. Alex’s wife Katrina, who graduated from Henderson in 2008 with a nursing degree, just published her first book entitled Action Movie Freak.

An EOC success story

Bridgette Bass, left, is pictured with Lou May.

When Bridgette Bass applied to receive services from the TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at Henderson State University in 2005, she was unemployed, a single parent, and a college stopout. With assistance and encouragement from the EOC program, she graduated from Henderson in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a marketing emphasis, and earned an MBA in 2009.

Bass’ determination and accomplishments led to her nomination and selection as the 2012 Arkansas TRIO Achiever. She received her award at the Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs Fall Conference in Little Rock in October. She will represent Arkansas at the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs in New Orleans this month.

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Big Band Ball at Barkman

The Barkman House, a big band and a dance floor set the stage for the Third Annual Big Band Ball Nov. 7. Sponsored by Henderson’s Alumni Services, the event featured the HSU Jazz Ensemble playing music of the Big Band Era, and payed tribute to veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen. Refreshments and a “cozy” campfire were also provided.

What do they have in common?

Photo of Arkadelphia teachers of the year

The Arkadelphia School District honored its teachers of the year during a reception on Oct. 16, and they all have something in common — they all have degrees from Henderson! Kelly Bell of Perritt Primary School, (from left) received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal education from Henderson; Amanda Harris of Central Primary School earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree (early childhood education), a Master of Science in Education (advanced instructional studies-English as second language), and a Master of Science in Education (reading specialist); Tori Rocole of Peake Elementary School earned her Master of Science in Educational Leadership; Kaki Forthman, representing Goza Middle School, received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Arts in Teaching; and Ashley Keener of Arkadelphia High School received her Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences and Master of Arts in teaching. Bell was named the overall district Teacher of the Year.

Homecoming activities set

An exciting week of homecoming activities will begin Oct. 17 at Henderson State University. Events will culminate Saturday, Oct. 20, with the crowning of the 2012 homecoming queen, followed by the Reddies hosting East Central Oklahoma in a Great American Conference football game.

The Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee will start the activities on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Arkadelphia Town Hall. The HSU Softball Home Run Derby will follow from 3-4 p.m. at the Delores Brumfield White Softball Field. Also on Wednesday, voting will start to select the top 10 Homecoming queen candidates.

The Heart and Key Homecoming Ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Arkansas Hall followed by the Homecoming bonfire at 8 p.m. at the intramural field.

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