Henderson 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.”
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.
Henderson 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.
The Amy Jean Greene footbridge reopened today following the installation of new railing. With the removal of the old rails, the width was increased by about a foot.
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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.