More than 650 Henderson State students, faculty, staff and other volunteers braved the rain on Oct. 5 as they spread out across the Arkadelphia area armed with rakes, trash bags and other tools to help citizens clean up and improve their properties.
Volunteers gathered on the Quad at Henderson where they were fed breakfast and registered for team assignments. After the groups assembled and gathered their tools, the Henderson Showband, cheerleaders and pom squad gave them a rousing send-off.
From raking leaves and trimming bushes, to power washing and cleaning gutters, volunteers tackled almost 70 projects throughout the morning. Other projects included cleaning and maintenance at the Humane Society of Clark County, painting in the auditorium at Central Primary School, picking up trash along city streets, and helping set up for Pumpkin Day at Manchester.
When the crews completed their projects, they returned to campus for lunch and to celebrate their accomplishments. Another Reddie to Serve Day is scheduled for spring 2014.
Photos are also available on Flickr
From left: Kathy Strause, Joyce Shepherd, Vickie Faust, Brett Serviss, Vincent Dunlap, and Carolyn Dyer
Six Henderson State faculty members were honored with Excellence in Teaching awards during the Founder’s Day ceremony Oct. 3. Dr. Joyce Shepherd (liberal arts), Dr. Brett Serviss (mathematics, science & nursing), Katherine Strause (fine arts), Carolyn Dyer (Teachers College, Henderson), Vickie Faust (School of Business), and Dr. Vincent Dunlap (Outstanding New Faculty Member), received awards for Excellence in Scholarly or Creative Activity.
After working on the anthology Poems by Poets of the Roundtable for several years, the book edited by Dr. Marck Beggs has been published and is now available at Amazon.com and other bookstores. Beggs is a professor of English at Henderson State. “The Poets’ Roundtable is an Arkansas Treasure, an energy field,” according to a description of the book on Amazon.com. “Since the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas was founded in 1931, its members have been writing, without knowing it, an essential history of Arkansas. This is not the sort of history we read about in textbooks… it’s the history of the inner lives of some of the state’s most thoughtful and talented citizens. For lovers of poetry and history, this 80th anniversary anthology will prove invaluable ”
Dr. Travis Langley, a professor of psychology at Henderson, has seen his book, Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, make it onto the bestseller list at Wal-Mart. The book offers insights into the inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne, and the life and characters of Gotham City. It also explains psychological theory and concepts through the eyes of the popular comic book character. The book, published in 2012, is also available at Amazon.com and other bookstores.
The 2012-2013 academic year was another busy and productive one for the faculty of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy at Henderson State University. Currently composed of 21 full-time and nine adjunct faculty members, the department is a vital part of the intellectual and artistic life of Henderson and the surrounding community. Selected highlights of the department’s individual faculty activities and achievements appear below.
Henderson State’s Social Sciences Department hosted a social Sept. 12 for students who wanted to learn more about the department’s majors in history, political science, public administration/public management, and BSE/social sciences. Dr. John Graves, department chair, introduced the faculty and handed out advising sheets and information to the students while they enjoyed food and drinks. “We simply wanted to give the students a chance to relax and get to better know our departmental faculty,” Graves said.
The strategic planning process has begun at Henderson State. Faculty, staff and administration participated in a town hall meeting/workshop Tuesday afternoon led by Sal Rinella of Penson Associates, a research and consultation firm. After a presentation by Rinella, participants formed groups and worked together to establish priorities for Henderson. The planning process will continue this week with specific groups meeting with Rinella.
Front row, from left: Dr. Matthew Gross, Ellen Stiffler, Jill Thomas, Dr. Thomas Gustafson, Hugh Dunnahoe, David Sesser, Dr. Dever Norman, Dr. Glenda Hyer, and Dr. Brenda Ponsford
Back row: Damon Francis, Forrest Schultz, Dr. Kevin Riley, Tara Thornton, Kyle Wilson, Brandon Horvath, Stuart Morris, and Dr. John Thomasson.
Not pictured: Dr. Nacasius Ujah, Dr. Bernie Hellums, Dr. January Schultz, Dr. Carrie Pawelski, Dr. Shawn Popp, Lauren Volarvich, Beverly Quillin, and John Gardner.
The fall term at Henderson State University began Aug. 19 with 25 new faculty members and administrative staff.
School of Business
• Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing, Ph.D., 1993, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
• Brandon Horvath, lecturer of marketing, M.B.A., 2012, Henderson State University
• Tara Thornton, lecturer of marketing, M.B.A., 2009, Henderson State University
• Dr. Nacasius Ujah, lecturer of finance, Ph.D., 2013, Texas A&M International University
Thursday was a busy day for Henderson’s faculty. They met this morning in the Garrison Center Lecture Hall for a variety of informative presentations. After lunch, it was time for college/department meetings. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 19.
Beverly Quillin has been named assistant director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Henderson State University. She replaces Vickie Faust, who retired in June. Quillin had served as an education specialist with the DRC since 2001. She is president of the Arkansas Association on Higher Education and Disability, and will soon move into the board position of immediate past president. This will complete her second term as president of the state organization. Quillin graduated from Henderson with a Master of Science degree in counseling and a Bachelor of Science in social work and sociology.
The DRC helps create an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. The center promotes student learning, retention, graduation and success through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff.
For more information about the center, please call (870) 230-5475 or go to www.hsu.edu/disability. The DRC is located on the third floor of Foster Hall.
As the 2012-2013 school year comes to an end, several receptions were held recently for retiring staff and faculty, including switchboard operator Deloris Williams, above, who leaves the university after 13 years working for computer and communication services.
Sharon West, institutional services assistant (11 years), and Gary Taylor, campus maintenance supervisor (32 years), were honored at a reception in the Garrison Center on May 7.
A reception was held for Martha Cobb, left, who has served as administrative assistant for the Department of English, Foreign Languages and Philosophy and the Honors College for the past 10 years. Bettie Buckley, center, institutional services assistant, was honored after 28 years of service at Henderson. And Dr. Anita Williams, right, professor of marketing, leaves Henderson after 25 years of service. She was honored a reception in Mooney Hall on May 9.
Dr. Charles Dunn, who served 22 years as Henderson State University’s president, died May 5 at his home in Arkadelphia of complications from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Dunn became Henderson’s 14th president in 1986 and retired on June 30, 2008. He served longer than any other president in the history of the university.
Dr. Dunn steered Henderson through many dramatic changes during his tenure. Numerous building and renovation projects have changed the face of the Henderson campus. Increased admission standards made Henderson students among the best in the South. The stronger academic focus also led to the success of the Honors College and membership into the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
David Sesser, special collections curator at Henderson State’s Huie Library, left, has received the Charles O. Durnett Award for his paper, Disease in Civil War Helena. The award, which consists of $250 and a framed certificate, is presented for the best manuscript article on some aspect of Arkansas’s Civil War history, whether military, social, economic or cultural. Entries are based, in part, on original research in primary sources. The award was announced at the Arkansas Historical Association’s annual conference in April.
Dr. Georgine Steinmiller, professor of special education, began working at Henderson in July 1987. After 26 years of service, Steinmiller is retiring from the university. A reception was held in her honor on April 25 in the Garrison Center. Steinmiller is pictured with fellow faculty members Carolyn McClure and Dr. Peggy Woodall after they presented her with a framed gift.
Dr. Bob Steinmiller has been named this year’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor. The award was developed by the Academic Advising Center to recognize an individual who has proven to be a conscientious, supportive and inspiring advisor and mentor. Steinmiller was presented a plaque by Henderson President Glen Jones at a recent ceremony for faculty.
Vickie Faust, assistant director of Henderson’s Disability Resource Center, is retiring after 33 years of service at the university. A reception was held in her honor on April 24 in the Garrison Center. Faust, center, is pictured with Erin Poe, Beverly Quillin, Dr. Pam Bax and Lisa Ayres.