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.
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.
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.
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.
From left: Alyson Morrison, Kourtney Kellar, Brittney Humphrey, Jordan Arivett, and Kelsie Jefferson.
Brittney Humphrey, a junior human services major from Fordyce, was crowned Miss HSU Feb. 6. Kourtney Kellar of Argyle, Texas, was first runner-up; Jordan Arivett of Langley, second runner-up; Alyson Morrison of Springdale, third runner-up; and Kelsie Jefferson of El Dorado, fourth runner-up. Humphrey will represent Henderson in the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Individual awards include: Brittney Humphrey, interview and swimsuit; Kourtney Kellar, talent; Olivia Green, Spirit of HSU; Alyson Morrison, Miss Congeniality; Sarah Williams, Academic Success; Kelsie Jefferson, People’s Choice; and Jordan Arivett, Overall Alphia Winner. Fifteen students competed in the pageant, which featured swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions, along with interviews.
From left: Hunter Mabery, Matthew Walker, Dr. Maralyn Sommer, Elijah Sullivan, and Orlando Riveros.
Henderson State University held its annual President’s Concert on Feb. 4 featured four outstanding student musicians, including: Matthew Walker, countertenor; Elijah Sullivan, trombone; Hunter Mabery, piano; and Orlando Riveros, piano. This year’s concert honored Dr. Maralyn Sommer, who is currently serving as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson. Sommer established the President’s Concert in 2001 after she became dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.
Henderson State celebrated National Girls and Women in Sports Day Feb. 4 with a special program on campus. Cherie Buckley, who earned All-American honors while playing volleyball at Henderson, was the guest speaker.
Buckley was a star volleyball player for Arkadelphia High School, leading the team to three state championships. She was a three-time All-State selection and was named the state’s MVP. At Henderson, Buckley helped guide the Lady Reddies to two NAIA Final Four appearances. She was inducted into the HSU Sports Hall of Honor in 1993. Buckley is currently a master licensed social worker with Dayspring Behavioral Health where she provides therapy and services to children, adolescents, and adults.
A large crowed attended Tuesday’s event, including more than 100 female athletes from Arkadelphia High School. The program was organized by Rhonda Thigpen, senior woman administrator and head volleyball coach at Henderson.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
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.”
Fifteen Henderson students will vie for the title of Miss HSU 2014 on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in Arkansas Hall. The pageant will feature swimsuit, evening gown and talent competitions. The pageant is a preliminary event for the Miss Arkansas Pageant.
Entertainment will be provided by Miss HSU 2013 Kendreka Myles, Connor Rayburn, Amy Crain, Camille Lambert, and Tanner Oglesby. Ricki Rebollar, a senior at Henderson, will serve as host. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 2014 contestants are:
A welcome celebration was held Jan. 29 for Jennifer Boyett, Henderson’s new vice president of university advancement, and Shawn Jones, director of athletics. Boyett also serves as executive director of the HSU Foundation. The event, held at the Henderson House, gave the campus community and the public an opportunity to meet and visit with Boyett and Jones.
Henderson State University’s Russell Fine Arts Gallery is exhibiting 19 new cyanotype photographic prints by artist Beverly Buys, professor of photography at Henderson. Entitled Delta in Blue, the work features the Arkansas Delta region with an emphasis on scenes from the central Arkansas Delta.
The free exhibit will be on display through Feb. 24 and is open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is located in the Russell Fines Arts Center at 604 North 12th St.
Rev. Jameel Wesley
Dr. Glen Jones
Henderson State hosted a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on campus today which featured a speech by Rev. Jameel Wesley. Wesley, who is pastor of the Eighth Street Missionary Baptist Church in North Little Rock, is a 2002 graduate of Henderson. While at Henderson, he played basketball for the Reddies and participated in the Angelic Voice of Christ ministry. Dr. Glen Jones, president of Henderson, welcomed guests to the campus, and Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of student and external affairs, gave closing remarks. Music was provided by Angelic Voices of Christ.