Airline provides opportunity

Dan Robertson of ExpressJet speaks to Henderson aviation students Thursday.

Dan Robertson of ExpressJet speaks to Henderson aviation students Thursday.

© Henderson State UniversityWhen an aviation student completes his or her training and starts searching for employment with an airline, securing a job interview in the industry can be difficult.

But an agreement between Henderson State University and world’s largest regional airline aims to help Henderson aviation graduates clear that hurdle. With a growing need for new professional pilots, ExpressJet Airlines Inc. will guarantee an interview to any Henderson flight training graduate who meets specific qualifications.

The Pilot Pathway Interview Agreement was announced today by Dan Robertson, ExpressJet’s manager of pilot recruiting. The agreement is designed to provide opportunities for future employment at the airline for qualified pilots completing training at Henderson.

“This will be a great boost for you and the airline industry,” Robertson told Henderson aviation students and others present for the announcement. “What we’re going to do is come back and give you a guaranteed interview with ExpressJet.”

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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.

Incentives bring HSU $342,000

From left: Paul Speers of Entergy; Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president; John Corley, director of Henderson physical plant; Ryan Johnson of CLEAResult; and Bobby Jones, vice president of finance and administration at Henderson.

From left: Paul Speers of Entergy; Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president; John Corley, director of Henderson physical plant; Ryan Johnson of CLEAResult; and Bobby Jones, vice president of finance and administration at Henderson.

Henderson State University received more than $340,000 in incentives from the Entergy Arkansas CitySmart energy efficiency program. Henderson’s upgrades will save money and significantly reduce electricity usage, allowing the university to reinvest in the economic health of Arkadelphia.

“Since 2012, Entergy Arkansas has given us financial incentives to upgrade our facilities, so we save money and encourage economic growth in our community,” said Bobby Jones, vice president for finance and administration. “On top of that, these changes are good for the environment, which is very important to Henderson State and our community.”

Participation in the CitySmart program resulted in a number of upgrades on campus, including lighting and heating and air upgrades installed in 2012, and a chiller installed in 2013. The total incentive amount for these upgrades is $342,218.89.

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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.

Spring planetarium schedule

celestialFollow 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.

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Business plan winners announced

The team of Wes Duke of Arkadelphia, Heather Griffin of Malvern, and Brett Little of Montgomery, Ala., won first place in the competition with their plan entitled Oil Bandit Tire & Lube. Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the School of Business, left, is also pictured.

The team of Wes Duke of Arkadelphia, Heather Griffin of Malvern, and Brett Little of Montgomery, Ala., won first place in the competition with their plan entitled Oil Bandit Tire & Lube. Dr. Brenda Ponsford, dean of the School of Business, left, is also pictured.

With an emphasis in entrepreneurship, a new degree program offered by Henderson State University’s School of Business provides an opportunity for students to combine creativity and innovation while learning in a hands-on environment.

Students can develop additional skills, knowledge, and the upward career mobility necessary for career advancement through the “Business Beyond the Classroom” program and the Mentorship Experience program.

The annual Business Plan Competition is another component of the program, and the winners of the fourth installment of the competition were announced in December. The three top teams will compete March 3 against Ouachita Baptist University in the business version of the Battle of the Ravine. An additional $10,000 in prize money is at stake.

The team of Heather Griffin, Wes Duke and Brett Little won first place and $4,000 with their plan for Oil Bandit Mobile Tire & Lube. The Home Field Advantage LLC, written by Scott Shimp and Zach Ritter, placed second, earning them $3,000. Awesome Outdoor Company LLC earned third place and $2,000 for Duston Lawrence and Marty Burlsworth.

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Concerts mark fire anniversary

1914_FireIt 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.

Theatre to perform ‘Melancholy Play’

Melancholy playHenderson State University Theatre will present seven performances of Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl on February 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening night performance.

Melancholy Play follows the stories of a hairdresser, a tailor, a British nurse, and an unfeeling therapist from an unspecified European country as they fall under the spell of the seductively melancholic bank teller, Tilly. Contrary to its title, the play provides a wildly comedic, yet poignant take on love in all its forms: love between two (or more) people, love for life, and the potentially destructive love of sadness.

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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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Humphrey crowned Miss HSU

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From left: Alyson Morrison, Kourtney Kellar, Brittney Humphrey, Jordan Arivett, and Kelsie Jefferson.

© Henderson State UniversityBrittney 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.

President’s Concert honors Sommer

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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.


Women athletes honored

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Cherie Buckley

Cherie Buckley

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.

Dean’s list, honor roll listed

Henderson State University announces the students listed on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the entire semester. To make the Honor Roll, a student must have received at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

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Scholarship recipients honored

Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, greets one of many incoming freshmen who were honored at a scholarship banquet on Jan. 30.

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.”

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