Kathy Taylor, who has served as Henderson State’s director of human resources for the past 13 years, was honored at a retirement reception Dec. 11 in the Garrison Center. Taylor taught as an adjunct professor for several years before becoming human resources director.
Henderson State’s Student Health and Counseling Center knows that finals week can be a stressful time for many students. The center is providing snacks and several relaxing activities for students this week in the Garrison Center.
Henderson State University will hold winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 15, with more than 220 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.
The ceremony for School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 12 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.
Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Patrick Wempe, professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and Dr. Travis Langley, professor of psychology. Alan Hall, a recreation/sport management major from O’Fallon, Missouri, and Faith Whiteside, a psychology major from Camden, will give the student responses.
The candidates for graduation will be presented by: Dr. Steve Adkison, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Kenneth Taylor, vice provost and dean, graduate school; Dr. Celya Taylor, dean, Teachers College, Henderson; Dr. Marc Miller, dean, School of Business; and Dr. Angela Boswell, dean, Ellis College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Glen Jones, Henderson president, will confer the degrees. Greg Gibson, assistant professor of English, is the official announcer.
Both ceremonies can be viewed live online at:
While weather conditions prevented the traditional display of luminaries on the South Lawn, the annual Carol of Lights program was held in Arkansas Hall Dec. 4. The program featured music by children from the Davis-Baker Preschool, the Perritt Primary School Nickelodeon Choir, and the Central Primary School Singing Bears. Dr. David Thomson gave a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” and Santa Claus paid a visit to listen to children’s Christmas wishes.
Dr. Angela Boswell has been appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University. Boswell, who had been serving as interim dean and previously served as associate dean, joined the Henderson faculty in 1996 as a professor of history.
“I am certain that Dr. Boswell will provide outstanding leadership to our College of Arts and Sciences and our university as a whole, consistent with her sterling record of service as a faculty member over the past 21 years,” said Dr. Steve Adkison, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Boswell succeeds Dr. John Hardee who returned to Henderson’s faculty in June to resume his responsibilities as Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
“I am honored to be selected to serve the outstanding faculty of Ellis College,” Boswell said. “I am excited about the opportunities to build upon the strengths of the college, to grow our programs, and to provide an excellent education to a new generation of Henderson students.”
“Dr. Boswell brings a wealth of experience to her new role in Ellis College,” said President Glen Jones. “She has served the university well in a number of roles over more than two decades and was instrumental in leading the university’s strategic planning process. I look forward to working with her to bring many successes to both the college and the university.”
Boswell earned both her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) in history from Rice University. She received her B.A. in history and English from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, in 1987.
In June, Boswell earned a certificate from the Management Development Program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
During her tenure at Henderson, Boswell has earned several faculty excellence awards and has chaired and served on numerous committees.
She co-chaired the university’s Higher Learning Commission Re-Accreditation Committee from 2009-2012, and served as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program from 2010-2016.
As an author, Boswell has twice received the Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Scholarly Book on the History of Women and Texas.
She has written and co-edited books about Southern women’s roles in history, has published numerous chapters, articles and book reviews, and has made many professional meeting presentations.
The Ellis College is the largest of five academic divisions at Henderson, including the School of Business, Teachers College, Honors College and Graduate School.
Ellis College offers a comprehensive core of liberal arts courses for all Henderson students who can aspire to a wide range of majors such as art, chemistry, math, music, English, nursing and many more. The faculty structures the courses so students become well-rounded learners, seekers and individuals.
New degree and certificate programs were recently introduced, including criminal justice and innovative media. A new wildlife track began this fall.
An article by Dr. Judi Jenkins, assistant professor and coordinator of Educational Leadership at Henderson State University, was published recently in the bulletin of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society whose members are outstanding women educators.
Entitled “Engagement: Not Just Hands-On but Minds On,” the article was based on work done by Jenkins while serving as assistant superintendent for De Queen Public Schools.
“A literacy consultant, Mary Anne Lock, facilitated training throughout the district to impact teacher growth with literacy across the curriculum,” Jenkins said. “Her emphasis on questioning in the training had a significant impact on the rigor of the literacy curriculum in the district. She taught us that it really is all about the questions you ask.”
Jenkins said the article is about engaging students’ minds through good questioning techniques.
“Really nothing new, but good reminders for effective instructional practice,” she said.
Henderson State’s Opera Workshop and HSU Theatre performed a variety of opera and musical theatre selections Dec. 1 in the Arkansas Studio Theatre. The program included music from Sweeney Todd, The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, Seussical: The Musical, and others.
The STEM Center at Henderson State University hosted the Reddie STEM Girls’ Conference Nov. 30 for students in grades 9-12.
Participants attended a variety of hands-on learning sessions led by women in STEM careers ranging from biology and engineering to technology and coding.
Reddie Ambassadors also provided campus tours for the students.
The STEM Center’s mission is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education to P-16 teachers by providing research and standards-based professional development, curriculum alignment assistance, and assessment support for mathematics and science teachers.
The center also hosts a variety of STEM-related camps and events for public school students.
Henderson State University’s Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Arkansas Hall. Entitled “Suites and Sweets,” the program will feature four popular suites of music composed by Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold, Darius Milhaud and Leonard Bernstein.
Following the concert, band service organizations Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma will sell dessert items in the lobby. Proceeds will benefit the Henderson band program.
The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Steven M. Knight, is comprised of the university’s finest wind and percussion musicians, and performs traditional and contemporary wind repertoire of the highest quality. The ensemble performs two on-campus concerts each semester, and has performed off-campus at national and state conferences as well as on public school tours in Arkansas and Texas.
The concert program includes:
- Second Suite in F for Military Band, Op. 28, No. 2
- Little Suite for Brass Band No. 1, Op. 80, conducted by Dr. Shaun R. Popp
- Suite Francaise
- Candide Suite
The concert is free and open to the public.
Ashley Malone, a senior aviation major at Henderson State University from Benton, has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Southeast Airport Manager’s Association (SAMA) of the American Association of Airport Executives.
The Claudia Holliway Memorial Scholarship was established for Holliway, who was the primary fund-raiser for the SAMA Foundation. Holliway was diagnosed with cancer two years ago but continued her fund-raising efforts.
The scholarship program awards 14 scholarships annually to aviation students primarily at designated partner schools across the nation. Selection is based on academic records, participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspiration, financial need, and a recommendation.
When Malone checked her mail last week, she also noticed an envelope addressed from the Federal Aviation Administration.
“I had been waiting for my private pilot license for a while,” she said. “My mind began to race as I began to realize that my wait might be over. I opened the letter and found my license enclosed.
“It felt as if I had finally reached a major milestone in my academic career.”
After “rummaging” through the remainder of the mail, she found the letter notifying her of the scholarship.
“I opened and read the letter and felt the excitement all over again as I learned that I had been awarded the scholarship,” Malone said. “Receiving both letters simultaneously felt like confirmation that I was in the right field of study.”