Spring commencement May 9

graduation_cap_and_diplomaSpring commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, May 9, with approximately 440 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The ceremony for the 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.

Dr. Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, will speak at both ceremonies.

Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Mike Kelly, chair and associate professor of counselor education, and Paul Williamson, professor of psychology. Student responses will be given by Omni Kelly of Little Rock and Cheyenne Derr of Hunnington. Henderson President Dr. Glen Jones will confer the degrees.

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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.

HSU, NPCC partner on Hot Springs Education Center

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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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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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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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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Reddie to Serve Day April 12

Reddie to Serve DayHenderson 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.

Food bazaar March 7

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson 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.

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Gentry portrait unveiled

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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.

Pre-law conference March 13

settlement-law-justice-clip-artRobert 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.

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Opera Workshop presents ‘Candide’

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.