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Ouachita’s new Cliff Harris Stadium honors legendary Tiger football star

Ouachita’s new Cliff Harris Stadium honors legendary Tiger football star

By Trennis Henderson

OBU Vice President for Communications

ARKADELPHIA, Ark.(OBU)—As the Ouachita Tigers kick off the 2014 season Sept. 13 in Cliff Harris Stadium, it will mark the culmination of a longtime dream for Tiger football. The new stadium is named in honor of former Ouachita Tiger Cliff Harris, who went on to become Ouachita football’s most successful alumnus to play in the NFL.

“Having my name on the stadium has prompted a lot of reflections for me,” Harris said. “First, I know I am a blessed guy to have many generous friends who have invested in something as important to me as Ouachita. My hope is that having a new stadium for the football team and the school will bring a new energy to Ouachita and needed recognition to the football program.”

List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

List of shows scheduled for Donald W. Reynolds Planetarium

September 11th, 18th, 25th              
“Saturn – Jewel of the Heavens”

The Cassini space craft has lifted the veil on this once mysterious giant of our solar system. Data has been collected, not only on the giant itself, but also on the many moons orbiting Saturn and the countless particles encircling the planet known to all as the rings of Saturn. This data will be studied for years to come. (36 min) 

October 9th and 23rd                         
“IBEX – Search for the Edge of the Solar System”

Prep Academy receives $490,552 grant renewal

Prep Academy receives $490,552 grant renewal

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy (SWACPA) has received a $490,552 grant to fund the Prep Academy for 2014-2015. This is the fourth year that the College and Career Readiness Planning (CCRP) grant has been awarded to the academy.

The academy is designed to prepare high school students for college.  It targets eighth-grade students who want to attend college but score below the benchmarks required for unconditional admission to college. The scores are determined by the EXPLORE pre-ACT test.

Orientation for new Henderson students starts Aug. 19

Orientation for new Henderson students starts Aug. 19

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – Fall classes at Henderson State University don’t start until Aug. 25, but students will begin arriving and moving into campus housing on Aug. 19. Numerous orientation activities are planned for new students during the week to help them adjust to campus life and prepare for classes.

“We have an exciting lineup of fun and informative activities for our new students,” said Chad Fielding, assistant vice president for student affairs. “They will have an opportunity to take care of all their required tasks such as picking up ID cards and parking stickers, along with attending several important and informative meetings.”

Plenty of enjoyable activities are also planned. “We want our new students to be well-prepared as they enter this important stage in their lives,” Fielding said. “But we also want them to have a great experience at Henderson.”  

Ouachita Baptist ranks #8 in the nation in Forbes' #MyTopCollege campaign

Ouachita Baptist ranks #8 in the nation in Forbes' #MyTopCollege campaign


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (OBU) —With students and faculty enthusiastically sharing why Ouachita Baptist University is #MyTopCollege, Ouachita earned a national Top 10 finish in Forbes' social media campaign announced July 30.

Ouachita, which ranked No. 8 among universities throughout the nation, is the smallest school among the Top 10 finalists. California State University, Fullerton, finished No. 1, followed by San Diego State University and Kansas State University. Ouachita also is among the highest ranked schools in Forbes' annual list of "America's Top Colleges" to hit the Top 10 on the student-driven #MyTopCollege list.

Ouachita debuted two weeks ago on Forbes' #MyTopCollege national leaderboard. The social media campaign involved students, faculty and alumni of universities throughout the nation posting on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine about what makes their university special.

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

HSU Teachers College ranked high for teacher preparation

HSU Teachers College ranked high for teacher preparation

ARKADELPHIA – The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has ranked Henderson State University’s Teachers College as fifth best in the nation for preparing secondary-school teachers to enter the classroom.

Henderson’s program in secondary-level education was ranked third best in the southern region among all education programs – both elementary and secondary. Elementary-education programs were ranked 40th in the country.

“We are incredibly proud of the programs offered through our Teachers College,” said President Glen Jones.  “Henderson has a long history of producing outstanding graduates in the field of teaching and I am pleased to see our programs gain national recognition.

“Additionally, I am very proud of the strong partnership that exists between the faculty in Teachers College and the faculty in our Ellis College of Arts and Sciences as they combine their collective expertise to educate the next generation of teachers and administrators.“