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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Bond issue approved

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board Friday approved a $33 million, 30-year bond issue for Henderson State University. Funds from the bonds will used to purchase and update the Whispering Oaks apartment complex and construct two new residence halls on campus.

“As a part of our strategic planning process, we have identified the need to grow enrollment, improve student life, and increase retention to graduation,” said HSU President Glen Jones. “By opening additional high quality living facilities on the Henderson State campus, we will positively impact our student experience as we work toward our goal of having 1,700 students living on campus.”

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New alert system at HSU

© Henderson State UniversityA newly-installed outdoor alert system at Henderson State University will enhance the university’s ability to provide timely notification of emergency situations on campus. The devices, which are similar to those used by many cities for severe weather and other warnings, can emit tones and broadcast voice messages.

“This system, along with our Rave Alert text and email messaging, will be used to alert the campus of any emergency situation involving our campus,” said Johnny Campbell, chief of university police. “We have wanted this system for years. Progressive emergency preparedness efforts from our administration helped to make this possible.”

Campbell said the university police department can sound the alert system from the police headquarters and patrol cars. “The alarms will have tones similar to the local tornado alarms, along with prerecorded voice messaging,” he said. They have been placed on the main campus and at the university’s athletic facilities and will be tested regularly.

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$33 million bond approved

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State University’s Board of Trustees approved a $33 million bond issue Thursday to build two new modern residential buildings on campus and purchase an existing apartment complex.

Plans call for the construction of a 300-bed residence hall, a 240-bed apartment-style complex, and the purchase of Whispering Oaks apartment complex with a capacity of 288 tenants.

“We greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees’ authorization to move forward with this significant bond issue,” said Henderson President Glen Jones. “Consistent with our students-first philosophy, the construction of contemporary residential facilities will create a unique opportunity to provide outstanding living and learning communities for our students, today and in the future.”

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Ceremony for new dining hall

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Henderson State celebrated the grand opening of its new dining center Sept. 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, games, prizes and music. Those attending were treated to lunch by Aramark, Henderson’s food services provider since 1996. The new facility seats about 645 diners. It began serving the campus community earlier this summer. Please click HERE for more information.

Dining hall grand opening Sept. 5

© Henderson State UniversityHenderson State University will celebrate the grand opening of its new dining hall with a ceremony Sept. 5 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. A ribbon-cutting, games, prizes and music will highlight the event. The public is invited to attend.

The 20,000-square-foot facility was built along the ravine between Foster Hall and the Garrison Center at a total cost of $5.3 million. It seats approximately 645 diners, compared to the Caddo Center’s capacity of 350. The Caddo Center had served as Henderson’s dining center since 1949. Construction began on the new facility in late 2011. It started serving meals this summer.

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Improvement projects under way

Renovations to the Reddie Bookstore are among the several projects under way or planned on the Henderson campus.

Renovations to the Reddie Bookstore are among the several projects under way or planned on the Henderson campus.

A number of major improvement projects are under way on the Henderson State University campus ranging from facility upgrades to landscaping enhancements.

Renovations have begun inside the Garrison Student Activities Center. The improvements will bring two new popular restaurants to the campus, along with a fresh new look for the Reddie Bookstore. The hallways on both levels of the two-story facility will be modernized with new flooring and paint, and the Day Gym will be transformed into a modern conference center.

The south end of the Garrison Center is being prepared to accommodate a new full-service Chik-Fil-A and Starbucks. A “Grillworks” will offer other fast food options such as burgers and Philly sandwiches. Starbucks and Grillworks are scheduled to be open by Aug. 5. Chick-Fil-A will open on Sept. 20.

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A new look for Mooney Hall

© Henderson State UniversityThe south entrance to Mooney Hall, home to Henderson’s School of Business, has undergone a facelift. Dr. Louis Dawkins, interim dean, said students wanted “a place to study and work together, hang out, relax and feel comfortable with fellow students.” He said students in the Business Mentorship Experience had been discussing and planning a picnic table/sitting area. “I clearly saw an opportunity to meet a need for students,” Dawkins said.

The outside entryway was cluttered and unkempt  with a need for improvements that would result in low maintenance for keeping it neater and cleaner. A stamped concrete casting product was used to create a “hardscape” patio garden area. Bench and table seating provided an outdoor lounge area, which was enhanced by new landscaping.

Dawkins said the new patio garden was made possible with private donations, and is dedicated to the School of Business senior class of 2013. Student projects also contributed to the new area.

Website features quartz-like rock

novaculiteThe Arkansas Archeological Survey’s research station at Henderson State University has developed a new website that describes and illustrates novaculite from the Ouachita Mountains as an important resource that was chipped into stone by Native Americans in the past, and is manufactured into whetstones today. Novaculite is a hard, dense, white-to-grayish-black sedimentary rock, composed of microcrystalline quartz.

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Dining center under construction

Construction is well under way on Henderson’s new dining center. The 20,000-square-foot facility is being built along the ravine between Foster Hall and the Garrison Center.

The facility will seat approximately 645 diners, compared to the Caddo Center’s capacity of 350. It will feature several serving stations, a modernized kitchen and banquet facilities. Plans also call for an outside seating area overlooking the ravine.

Completion of the project is expected by the end of May 2013.