Henderson State students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered on the campus’s South Lawn Aug. 21 to view the solar eclipse. The university’s Department of Engineering and Physics provided telescopes outfitted with solar filters, along with several pinhole viewers and eclipse glasses. Faculty were also available to answer questions about the eclipse.
Greater Tuna is a tall Texas tale of a hilarious day in Tuna, “the third smallest town in the Lone Star State where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.”
Henderson State University Theatre will present three performances of the comedy Aug. 26 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow the opening night performance.
Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas, by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all 20 characters and Howard directed.
The cast of the Henderson production includes LaDarius Jamerson of Fort Smith and Dakota Mansfield of Benton. The play is under the direction of Claudia Beach, director of theatre, with scenic and lighting design by Doug Gilpin, professor of theatre; costume design by William Henshaw, professor of theatre; and sound design by Beach. Nicholas Bius of Benton is stage manager.
The HSU Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall is open for advance ticket sales from 1 to 4 p.m. All seats are reserved. Admission is $10, or free with an HSU student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board.
The play contains some language that might be deemed inappropriate for young audiences. For more information or reservations, call 870-230-5291, or e-mail email@example.com.
Henderson State’s 2017 freshman class gathered on the South Lawn Monday for the traditional heart photo. Freshmen have enjoyed a variety of activities since arriving on campus Saturday, including the Pine Tree Speech Monday night.
The Michelle Gibson Dance Project is coming to Henderson State University in September. Gibson will teach free master classes and work with the Henderson Dance Company in the Arkansas Hall Dance Studio.
Dance master classes will be held Sept. 12 and 14 from 3-4:30 p.m. Repertory rehearsals for the Henderson Dance Company are scheduled Sept. 11-14 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Master classes are open to the public for participation. The repertory rehearsals are open for observation. An “informance” and talkback session showcasing new work with the Henderson Dance Company will be held on Sept. 15 at 3 p.m.
As a choreographer, educator and performing artist, Gibson’s teaching practice and choreographic works include genres of the African Diaspora, contemporary/traditional modern, afro funk, jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic.
Cultivating her craft over the past years in an effort to preserve her culture, Gibson has been teaching and creating works that are firmly rooted in New Orleans culture and has defined this idea as her own “Second Line Aesthetics” that involves both technical and improvised movement, brass music and the embrace of communal ritual.
Gibson received her B.F.A. in dance from Tulane University and her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival at Duke University. She is a member of the faculty with the American Dance Festival.
Contact Jennifer Maddox, artist in residence at Henderson State, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and reservations. The project is made possible by the HSU Foundation and HSU Theatre and Dance.
Henderson State University’s district-level educational leadership programs, including the Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership leading to superintendent’s license, have received national recognition from the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).
ELCC is considered the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) that manages educational leadership accreditation standards and the related review process. This review process fulfills the accreditation requirements for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Program Review with national recognition.
Teachers College, Henderson is actively preparing for a campus visit from the CAEP in Spring 2018. The results of the program review process are used as evidence of meeting CAEP standards. Having nationally recognized, high quality educational leadership programs positively impacts the overall CAEP accreditation process for the entire educator preparation program at Henderson, said Dr. Celya Taylor, dean and licensure officer for Teachers College, Henderson.
Previously under the coordination of Dr. Bernie Hellums, the Educational Leadership Program is now being coordinated by Dr. Judi Jenkins.
“Preparing program assessments and analyzing data for rigorous program review take time and collaboration,” said Taylor. “Seeking and obtaining national recognition proves that Educational Leadership faculty and school-based candidate mentors are committed to designing, implementing and continuously improving preparation of effective school leaders who are capable of solving problems and making student-focused decisions.”
Henderson State University offers the following educational leadership programs online:
– District-level Leadership – Education Specialist (EdS) and Licensure
– Curriculum Leadership – Education Specialist (EdS)
– Curriculum Program Administrator – Licensure only
– Building-level Leadership – Master of Science in Education (MSE) and Licensure
– Educational Technology Leadership – Master of Science in Education (MSE)
For the second year in a row, Henderson State University’s graduating nursing class received 100 percent first time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for new nurses.
The NCLEX exam is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice after completing an accredited nursing degree.
“This outstanding accomplishment is a direct result of the excellent faculty and staff we have on the nursing faculty team at Henderson State,” said Dr. Shelley Austin, nursing department chair and assistant professor. “It also represents the hard work each of these two (2016 and 2017) cohorts demonstrated in the pursuit of their career.”
In January, Henderson’s nursing program was ranked as the best in Arkansas by RegisteredNursing.org. [Read more…] about Nursing grads earn perfect pass rates
Tiffany Rogers will join the Henderson State University Hot Springs campus July 26 as the executive director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives.
Rogers brings over 20 years of experience as director of development, continuing education and workforce training with Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Stuttgart Campus, to the position. In this capacity, she recently managed a capital campaign to build the Grand Prairie Center on PCCUA Stuttgart Campus, securing over $3.5 million in private, grant and state appropriated funds.
“An important section in Henderson State University’s strategic plan focuses on increasing enrollment at our Hot Springs campus,” said Provost Dr. Stephen Adkison. “We have the ambitious goal of increasing enrollment to 350 students who will complete their bachelor’s or master’s degrees on this campus. Increasing opportunities for students who may be place-bound or choose to remain in Garland County will allow the university to fulfill this goal.”
Rogers served as State Representative in Arkansas State Legislature from 2009 to 2012. She was the first female house chair of the Joint Energy Committee and served on the Speaker’s Leadership Team. She is a 2010 graduate of the Southern Legislative Conference Center for Advancement of Leadership Skills and is a member of the Arkansas Association of Women in Higher Education and served on the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges & Schools Accreditation Team from 2001 to 2005.
After earning her associate degree from Arkansas State University, Rogers completed her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Science in Education degrees from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
“Tiffany brings a wealth of experience with two-year colleges to her new position with Henderson State, and one of her primary responsibilities will be strengthening our university’s relationship with National Park College” Adkison said.
Quail conservation efforts are under way at Henderson State University’s Simonson Biological Field Station.
The university is working with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish a habitat that will attract quail and other wildlife to the almost 200 acres surrounding the field station on the shore of DeGray Lake near Bismarck.
Henderson’s biological sciences department and the agencies have been collecting data and marking trees for cutting. The first timber harvest is planned for late summer.
“The ultimate goal for this project is to restore much needed habitat that can be utilized by quail, turkey, deer, songbirds, reptiles and many other organisms,” said Marcus Asher, quail program coordinator for the Game & Fish Commission. “Open woodland characteristics will be established that will create widely spaced trees and open canopies that encourage plenty of understory vegetation used for cover and foraging.”
Another goal of the project is to educate landowners, school groups, faculty and other agencies about characteristics of quail habitat and how it can be created using prescribed burning, thinning and planting native vegetation.
“It won’t happen overnight,” said Dr. Tommy Finley, associate professor biology. “It will probably take five years to get close to where we want it. And it has to be maintained.
“We have always wanted to do something to enhance wildlife on the land. For research, if you want to work with animals, you must have animals to work with.”
Henderson will offer a new wildlife academic track beginning this fall and Finley anticipates students in that program will be heavily involved in the quail conservation project.
“They’ll get to work side-by-side with game and fish people,” he said. “For hands-on, you can’t get any better than that. They can build a relationship with possible future employers, including the Corps.”
Finley said he and field station manager Allen Leible began discussing quail conservation on the land about two years ago. At the time, they were unaware that the AGFC had just stepped up efforts to enhance its quail management process and hired a new quail coordinator.
Finley said timing was perfect when Leible contacted AGFC and the Corps. Both agencies were “very interested,” he said. [Read more…] about Henderson, agencies creating quail habitat
Henderson State University’s Department of Engineering and Physics will host a robotics camp Aug. 7-10. Students will use microprocessors and programming basics to meet challenges and build introductory robotics.
“No previous experience is necessary to attend,” said Dr. Shannon Clardy, associate professor of physics. “This camp is for any student entering ninth through 12th grade who is interested in robotics and programming.”
Students will participate in robotics design challenges while learning to code microprocessors and developing fabrication skills such as soldering and 3-D printing.
The camp incorporates daily challenges, as well as an overall team challenge, Clardy said.
The four-day camp will be held in the Reynolds Science Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Tuition is $100 and includes daily lunch at Henderson’s dining center and a microprocessor kit that students will keep after completing the camp.
To register, go to https://goo.gl/forms/jHhPnhhLxWYKSkfP2.
For more information, contact Clardy at email@example.com.
Henderson State students and faculty showcased their talents in visual arts, theatre, dance and music June 1 at Wildwood Park for the Arts in Little Rock. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while viewing a variety of visual arts. They were then treated to dance, drama and musical performances.