The 91st Battle of the Ravine on Nov. 11 came down to the last play of the game, but the Reddies’ hopes of spoiling the OBU Tigers’ championship aspirations fell short as Ouachita Baptist prevailed 49-42.
Henderson State University’s Board of Trustees today approved plans to offer the university’s first doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. In addition, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) was approved.
“These programs are an extension of our newly added online RN to BSN program and the success our cooperation with CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs has had,” said Dr. Steve Adkison, provost. “We’re extending the ladder of opportunity for area nurses and helping our region respond to a nationwide nursing shortage.”
The MSN program will produce either nursing administrators or practitioners and will flow naturally into the DNP program. The first students should be able to enroll in January 2019.
“We can see the response to our online RN to BSN and the demand for advanced degrees in the nursing field,” Adkison added.
The program plan will now go before the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Coordinating Board for approval. Next, the Higher Learning Commission, Henderson State’s accrediting board, needs to approve a role and scope change for the university.
Henderson State University introduced a new minor in Aviation with Emphasis on Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) this fall to provide education and training to help students obtain the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot – Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) certificate.
Ten of the 14 students in the first drone class taught by Chuck Rook have successfully passed their FAA drone certification exam on the first attempt and are now certified drone pilots, according to Troy Hogue, director of Henderson’s Department of Aviation.
The remaining four students are scheduled to take the exam before the end of the semester.
“The use of drones is not strictly limited to aviation-only endeavors,” Hogue said. “Their use will span across several differing disciplines across campus. As such, the commercial use of drones will be a bridging of aviation with other fields such as multimedia, digital arts, criminal justice and engineering.
Hogue said the UAS course goes beyond FAA exam preparation.
“Based upon our department’s experience of providing profession-based aviation education and flight training, we designed the drone course to prepare students to thoroughly understand the National Airspace System and how to think and function as pilots as they operate their drone.”
Certification is not required for the recreational use of drones, but commercial operation requires proper training and certification. Commercial use is generally described as any kind of flight operation that can be tied to economic benefit.
For more information, contact Hogue at Hoguet@hsu.edu.
Quincy Gragg, a biology major from Malvern, was one of nine Aspirnaut undergraduate summer research interns who were selected to join 13,000 kidney professionals from across the globe to present their scientific work at the American Society of Nephrology’s 2017 Kidney Week Nov. 1-4 in New Orleans.
Gragg’s presentation was entitled Investigation of SNP Mutations Effect on Integrin Alpha1 Structure.
The students participated as part of the Kidney STARS program. The ASN and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases partnered to host aspiring biomedical researchers at the annual meeting.
The Kidney STARS program’s goal is to stimulate interest in nephrology careers through tailored events and networking opportunities as well as provide complimentary registration to both the ASN society and ASN Annual Meeting at Kidney Week. The NIDDK funds undergraduate summer research experiences at several academic medical centers including Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Shari Valentine, assistant professor of sociology at Henderson State University, will attend the National Women’s Studies Conference Nov. 14-19 in Baltimore where she will chair and moderate two panels, as well as make a poster presentation.
The National Women’s Studies Conference is the only national conference dedicated to women’s studies with presentations that are cross disciplinary and cross cultural. Valentine has been involved with the conference for many years and served this year as a reviewer for conference submissions.
Valentine said she hopes to connect with others in the religion, arts and performance areas to discuss collaborative works on the nature of the arts and religion in resistance movements.
Valentine’s ongoing research interest is in indigenous cultures.
Dr. Constanze Weise, assistant professor of history at Henderson State University, will present a paper this month at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Chicago.
Her paper, entitled “How the Tall Grandfathers changed their Clothes: Effects of Islam, Colonialism, and Globalization on the Ndakogboya Secret Societies of the Nupe, ca. 1900-Present,” addresses the historical changes to which the Ndakogboya/Gunnu secret societies of Nigeria were exposed and the impact of these changes on the material culture of the secret society.
Weise will also chair a panel at the meeting, which is the largest national conference on issues related to Africa in the United States. It also has an international component with many presenters from Europe and Africa.
Weise will later attend the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.
Reddie for Henderson Day brought approximately 575 prospective students and their parents to the campus Nov. 7. The students and their guests were treated to a variety of fun and informative events throughout the day, including campus tours and visiting the academic departments of their choice.
Henderson State University Theatre will present five performances of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 17, 18, and 20, and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. All performances are in Arkansas Hall Studio Theatre. A reception will follow the opening night performance.
A group of people gathered in a country house are cut off by the snow when they discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of London’s West End, and the world, running continuously for 65 years and establishing Agatha Christie as a playwright in the public eye.
The cast of the Henderson production includes Anna Brantley of White Hall, Adrian Hinojosa of Hot Springs, LaDarius Jamerson of Fort Smith, Joseph Kalinowski of Searcy, Dakota Mansfield of Benton, Colin Perry of Texarkana, Texas, Savannah Reynolds of Monticello, and Jacey Russell of Morrilton.
The play is under the direction of Douglas Gilpin, professor of theatre, with scenic design by Jennings Johnson of Heber Springs. Lighting design is by Nicholas Bius of Benton, with costume design by William Henshaw, professor of theatre. The stage manager is Magee-Lee Preston of The Colony, Texas.
The HSU Theatre Box Office in Arkansas Hall will be open for advance ticket sales from 1-4 p.m. beginning Nov. 13. All seats are reserved. Admission is $10, or free with an HSU student ID, courtesy of the Student Activities Board.
For more information or reservations, call 870-230-5291, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A poster based on cave biology research by four Henderson State biology majors was accepted for the INBRE (Integrated Network for Biomedical Research Excellence) undergraduate research conference at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville in October.
Caitlin Gosch, Brooke Johnson, Brooke Jones and Quincy Gragg, under the direction of Dr. James Engman, professor of biology, created and presented the poster.
It was Engman’s third time to take student presenter to the conference where he also serves as a judge.
Henderson State’s annual Halloween event attracted hundreds of trick-or-treaters and their parents Monday as they ventured onto the campus’ spooky South Lawn. Various groups and organizations handed out a wide variety of candy and treats.