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Groundbreaking ceremony launches construction of new Elrod Center

Groundbreaking ceremony launches construction of new Elrod Center

Declaring that “life is found in reality only when you give your life away in the service of other people,” Dr. Ben M. Elrod helped break ground June 12 for Ouachita Baptist University’s new Ben M. Elrod Center for Family and Community.

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

My Town Hero: Mom's love leads to special needs calling

PANGBURN, Ark. (KTHV) – Carol Yarrington is a woman with ambition! She has spent the past seven years getting her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in special education all so she can be a voice for children with special needs.

Yarrington felt the calling to be someone that special needs children could rely on after she witnessed her own son, who has autism, go through school. As the years went by, she noticed that some special education teachers didn’t seem to care or did not have the appropriate training. Even if it was just in one child’s life, she was determined to make a difference.

As parents, we all have that desire to get our kids the best education possible. For parents of children with special needs, that desire can turn to frustration. Yarrington is making a difference in the lives of her students every day, but it's the journey that led her to them, that makes her extra special. She teaches students with special needs at Heber Springs Elementary.

Trustees approve Henderson budget

Trustees approve Henderson budget

ARKADELPHIA – The Henderson State University Board of Trustees Thursday approved a 3.82 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The increase will amount to $139 per semester for full-time students, but will still result in a per-credit-hour cost for classes that is less than most other public universities in Arkansas, said Henderson President Glen Jones.

“We are sensitive to rising costs for our students and their families,” Jones said. “When preparing this budget, we asked university leaders to be judicious in their spending and to be conservative in their requests so that we could make our funding go further. However, we are also working to align our budget to support a strategic plan that is increasingly focused on delivering greater student services and on enhancing our students’ success in the classroom and beyond.”

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA , Ark. (HSU) – Henderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

“The ability to lease a building and hire a director has turned our efforts from just a ‘hope and dream’ to a reality,” Sommer said. “This is a very exciting time for both Henderson and the Hot Springs community.

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Career Fair at Henderson State April 9

Career Fair at Henderson State April 9

Henderson State University’s Center for Career Development will play host to its spring Graduate School and Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 in the Garrison Activity Center. Over 60 employers have registered for the event, which connects Henderson students with job opportunities.

New outdoor alert system enhances campus safety

New outdoor alert system enhances campus safety

ARKADELPHIA (HSU) – A 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.”