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.
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.
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.
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.”
Today, Feb. 3, marks the 100th anniversary of the fire that destroyed Henderson’s Main Building in 1914. It is said that this event marked the birth of the “Reddie Spirit.” A brief ceremony was held on the South Lawn near the site where the Main Building had stood. Mary Jo Mann spoke about the events that followed the fire, including the rebuilding that took place and the strong bond formed among the students. A balloon release followed the singing of the alma mater.
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:
One hundred years ago, fire destroyed the Main Building at what was then known as Henderson-Brown College. A century later, there are few reminders of the event, other than the building’s tower bell that sits on the university’s South Lawn alongside a commemorative plaque.
But in the hearts of Henderson alumni, this moment was crucial in the formation of what is known as the “Reddie Spirit.” This Spirit serves as the Henderson mascot, but perhaps more importantly, represents the pride and motivation behind the university’s many successful students and alumni.
In the early morning of Feb. 3, 1914, building and grounds superintendent James B. Garrett was completing his accustomed rounds when he discovered a small fire in the kitchen of the Main Building just before 5 a.m. Although the fire was still small, access to the necessary water and assistance was limited, and the blaze quickly overtook the building before the fire department could arrive.
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.
Tonya Oaks Smith has been named executive director of marketing and communications at Henderson State University. Smith, who currently serves as director of communications for the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, will join Henderson on Feb. 3.
“I am pleased to add Ms. Smith to the advancement team,” said Jennifer Boyett, vice president of university advancement at Henderson. “Her skills in higher education marketing and communications are well-rounded, and she is nationally recognized for her expertise in web development and social media. She will be a true asset to Henderson State University.”
Smith will serve as Henderson’s chief marketing and communications officer, and will plan, direct and manage the university’s publications, graphic design, public relations, media relations, and website development. She will also lead efforts to advance the university’s mission through brand marketing that is cohesive and communicated in traditional communications and marketing disciplines, social media, digital and event marketing to support an array of university activities including student recruitment, fundraising and alumni relations, student life and academic affairs.
Henderson State University has named Dr. Stephen R. Adkison as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Henderson President Glen Jones announced today. Adkison, who is currently serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Eastern Oregon University, will join Henderson on July 1, 2014.
“I am thrilled to add Dr. Stephen Adkison to our senior leadership team,” Jones said. “His character, passion, experience, and commitment to faculty and student success will serve Henderson well. I am confident we will achieve even higher levels of success as we meet the needs of our students, community, and state through our academic program offerings.”
The provost is the second-highest ranking officer at Henderson and is the chief academic officer. The provost is responsible for the overall supervision of all academic programs, academic promotion and tenure decisions, academic strategic planning and development of university policies and strategic goals.
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.
Trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson called Wayne Bergeron “the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.” Bergeron, who is enjoying a career as one of the most active trumpet players in the world, will perform at Henderson State University on March 15 in Arkansas Hall at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by the Arkansas All-Star Big Band consisting of many of the finest jazz musicians in Arkansas. Arkansas Hall is located on the Henderson campus at Henderson and 12th streets.
“We are tremendously excited to have one of the world’s greatest trumpeters come to Henderson,” said Dr. Jim Buckner, professor of trumpet and chair of the music department at Henderson. “Almost everyone has heard Wayne Bergeron countless times without realizing it. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a live performance by one of the most exciting jazz musicians in the world.
“Backing him up will be the Arkansas All-Star Big Band featuring many of the best jazz musicians in Arkansas,” Buckner said. “These band members have played with the finest big bands in America, including the Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, and have backed up many musical greats ranging from The Four Tops and The Temptations to Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. ”
Tickets are $15 online until March 1, and $20 at the door. The ticket price includes admission to a pre-concert clinic presented by Bergeron from 3-4:30 p.m. in Arkansas Hall. Tickets and additional information are available online at www.hsutrumpets.com.
Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its annual President’s Concert in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The program features student soloists who were selected as winners of a competition that took place in November.
“The opportunity for some of our best students to perform solo works accompanied by an orchestra including members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is one of the highlights of our entire year,” said Dr. Steven Becraft, coordinator of the competition. “This year’s winners were selected from 18 competitors by three impartial judges, and the level of talent was extremely high.”
Soloists include: Elijah Sullivan, a trombonist from Westville, Okla., who will perform the third movement of the Grondahl Trombone Concerto; Matthew Walker, a countertenor from Hot Springs, will perform “Parto, parto” from Mozart’s opera La Clemenza di Tito; Hunter Mabery, a pianist from Murfreesboro, will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 in A major; and Orlando Riveros, a pianist from Asunción, Paraguay, will perform Chopin’s Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante.