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Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

Henderson professor to talk heroes, superheroes at ASMSA lecture

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Henderson State University psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley believes comic book superheroes have the ability to teach us about heroes in real life.

Langley will share some of his knowledge about the subject at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts Science and Café Lecture on Thursday. He is the featured speaker at the event, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Kollective Coffee and Tea, 110 Central Ave. He will speak on “Psychology and Superheroes,” including how superheroes are good stand-ins for the study of what makes real-life heroes.

His lecture will focus on several particular superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Batman. He called them some of the most down-to-earth superheroes, because they don’t have superpowers. They have very human qualities that make them more relatable to real-life individual, according to Langley.

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Alcoa grant funds new dock at biology field station

Alcoa grant funds new dock at biology field station

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – A $25,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation will fund the construction of a boat dock at Henderson State University’s Simonson Biological Field Station.

The ADA accessible dock will provide convenient access to navigable shoreline and waterways to collect and study water samples and plant and animal specimens at DeGray Lake.

“The dock will allow students and researchers easy, fast, and safe entry into both our pontoon boat or jon boat,” said Dr. Troy Bray, associate professor of biology. “Without the dock, it is a labor and time intensive task that involves using the station’s tractor since the dirt ramp is not suitable for vehicles to launch and load boats.”

When the lake is low, students must tread through knee-deep mud to reach and climb aboard the boat, Bray said.

“Of course, this makes it impossible for some students to participate. The dock will be fully ADA compliant assuring all students the opportunity to join in field work.”

Extra security after vandalism on OBU campus


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkadelphia police were forced to patrol Ouachita Baptist University campus after rivalry pranks led to the arrest of seven Henderson State Students on Wednesday. 

After those arrests and the vandalism, OBU isn't taking any chances. This well-known rivalry between OBU and Henderson has been going for 120 years. In the past, there's also been extra security measures at both schools the week before the game, but they are usually more about classic fun. On Wednesday, November 11 however, that rivalry went a little too far.

Mugshots: 7 arrested for Battle of the Ravine pranks


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) - Since 1895, Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist have participated in one of college football's greatest rivalries.

With a rivalry comes trash talking, and maybe even some pranks. But when students start getting arrested and people's cars are destroyed, students and administration feel that lines have been crossed.

For 195 years, Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University's football teams and fans have crossed Hwy 67 in Arkadelphia for the "Battle of the Ravine". The rivalry is so intense, for a number of years, the football game was cancelled to avoid conflict. Nowadays, the students stick to pranking each other.

"Putting purple food coloring in the Henderson fountain, or Henderson doing something back across the Ravine," explains OBU Vice President for Communications Trennis Henderson.

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Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office issues reminder to parents on child identification

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. - (Oct. 29, 2015 – With recent flash news alerts regarding missing children, teens, and others alike throughout the state, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office decided to issue a reminder to all parents regarding the indentification of their children. 

Major Lafayette Woods, Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday:

When a child or someone you know is reported missing, emotions become raw, which can hinder the ability of parents or love ones to make rational decisions. Yet, their actions and the actions of law enforcement in the first 48 hours are critical to the safe recovery of a missing. Knowing what you can do, what others can do, and where to go for help will not only expedite the search and recovery of your child or love one, it also will help to ease the emotional and financial burden of the search.

OBU sees best incoming student numbers in 15 years

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.—Marking Ouachita Baptist University’s third largest group of new students in the past 15 years, including 31 Governor’s Distinguished Scholars, Ouachita welcomed a total of 1,531 students to classes this fall.

The 2015 fall semester total marks the sixth consecutive year the university’s total fall enrollment has exceeded 1,500 students. Over the past three years, total new student enrollment has increased 12.5 percent, from 422 in 2012 to 475 this fall.

While the university’s residential on-campus enrollment is down slightly from last year, declining from 1,457 to 1,438, enrollment growth in other programs provided an overall increase from 1,501 students a year ago to 1,531 this year – a 2 percent enrollment gain.

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set

ASMSA Science and Arts Café lecture series set


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts 2015-16 Science and Arts Café lecture series will feature Henderson State University professor Dr. Travis Langley and several ASMSA faculty members.

The first lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, features ASMSA French instructor Bryan Adams, who will present “French Crash Course Using the AIM Method.” AIM stands for Accelerative Integrated Methodology, which uses gestures, music, dance and theater to help students learn a new language. Adams’ lecture will help attendees learn some French using AIM during the session.