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Henderson marks 100th anniversary of pivotal fire

Henderson marks 100th anniversary of pivotal fire

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – 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 Henderson State 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.

Adkison named new provost at Henderson State

Adkison named new provost at Henderson State

ARKADELPHIA, Ark., (HSU) – 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.”

Henderson State winter commencement Dec. 13

Henderson State winter commencement Dec. 13

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (Henderson) – Winter commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec. 13, with more than 270 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The ceremony for School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Margaret Hoskins, professor of accounting, and Dr. Mike Taylor, professor of communications. The student responses will be given by Kevin Rodgers and Cole McCaskill. Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, will confer the degrees.

Local restaurant sponsoring block party in downtown Arkadelphia

Local restaurant sponsoring block party in downtown Arkadelphia

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) – A block party will be going on in downtown Arkadelphia after the Battle of the Ravine football game.

A spokesperson for downtown Arkadelphia said the Clinton Street Fall Ball, sponsored by Slim & Shorty’s, is open to the public regardless of college affiliation and promises music, food, and beverages Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Big Dam Horns will perform.

For more details on the Clinton Street Fall Ball, check out the Downtown Arkadelphia Facebook page: http://on.kthv.com/1idEq48

Henderson State rolls out Arkansas’s most comprehensive, competitive scholarship program

Henderson State rolls out Arkansas’s most comprehensive, competitive scholarship program

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – In an effort to assist families across Arkansas with rising higher education costs combined with recent cuts to the state lottery scholarship, Henderson State University has revamped its scholarship packages to become the most comprehensive and competitive in the state.

“As a part of the landscape of Arkansas, and particularly Southwest Arkansas, we are aware of the needs of the families that we serve. In light of the changes to the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, increases in the cost of higher education, and less than ideal economy, Henderson is attempting to provide quality education for students at a price they can afford,” said Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president for student and external affairs.   

Batts to direct HSU’s academic initiatives in Hot Springs

Batts to direct HSU’s academic initiatives in Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA (HSU) – Henderson State University has named Christi Batts as director of Hot Springs Academic Initiatives to help the university establish and maintain a physical presence in the Hot Springs area. Batts will manage the day-to-day operations of the site’s educational offerings, including on-site, blended, and web-based courses.

“Christi will be a tremendous addition to Henderson as we move toward a much greater presence in Hot Springs.  She is well-known in the community and is in a perfect position to really help us get our four-year degree programs established in Hot Springs,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have Christi as our director of Hot Springs Initiatives. She will begin as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ in that she will be responsible for helping with facility planning, marketing programs, recruiting students, and the general operation of Henderson’s Hot Springs location.”

Free adult digital literacy classes scheduled across 26 counties

Free adult digital literacy classes scheduled across 26 counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (ACCG) – Connect Arkansas, a project of Arkansas Capital Corporation, today announced that more than 80 free adult digital literacy classes will be held at libraries across 26 Arkansas counties.

The Adult Digital Literacy Program provides digital literacy training on a wide range of computer and technology topics ranging from Internet safety and security to setting up an email address. In addition to answering questions about computers and the Internet, there are also specific courses offered such as "Setting up an Email Account," "Computer Basics," "Computer Basics 2," "How to Use Your Email Account Effectively," and "An Introduction to Tablet Computers."

Classes are currently scheduled for the following counties: Boone, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Crawford, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Faulkner, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Miller, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Pike, Poinsett, Pope, Searcy, and Woodruff.