Henderson State President Glen Jones and his family hosted their annual holiday reception Dec. 12 in the Newberry House. Faculty and staff were treated to a variety of food and were entertained by members of the Henderson Concert Choir.
Travis Langley, Psychology, published his 10th book in his series, “Popular Culture Psychology.” Westworld Psychology: Violent Delights was released this November. The previous book, Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know, was just released earlier this year.
Val Gudrian, German, published three poems in Neue Lieteratur 2018/2019. They are titled “Montréal-ImLinienbus ‘161’ Richtung Outremont,” “Tropen-Vierques, Porto Rico,” and “Eureka Springs-Writer’s Colony.”
Fred Worth, Mathematics, published an essay, “Backroads and Final Destinations,” in Backyards and Ballplayers: A Collection of Famous (and Not so Famous) Professional Baseball Players from Rural Arkansas, by Jim Yeager.
Steve Listopad, Communication, co-authored with Elizabeth Crisp Crawford an article, “The Origins of New Voices USA: A Lesson in Teaching Advocacy to Improve Teaching and Learning,” in the Winter 2018 issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
Doug Heffington, Geography, led a National Public Lands Day Hike at Radnor Lake in Tennessee. Heffington is often asked to share his expertise on the area, and his hikes and lectures are always well received.
Kevin Coker, Music, published an article, “Returning to His Roots: A Conversation with Haitian-American Choral Composer Sydney Guillaume,” in the International Choral Bulletin.
The Art Department hosted its 2018 Faculty Biennial in the RFA Gallery featuring art by faculty members Aaron Calvert, Margo Duvall, Kasten Searles, David Stoddard, Katherine Strause, and David Warren. Several part-time faculty members also contributed art: Zina Al-Shukri, Heather Beckwith, Anne Greenwood, and Kimberly McIntosh.
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Fall commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec, 14, with about 280 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 noon by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.
Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Judi Jenkins, associate professor of Educational Leadership, and Dr. Fred Worth, professor of mathematics. Student responses will be given by Leslie Marie Hardage Pitman and Johanna Baker..
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.
Music will be provided by Arkansas Brass.
A live stream of the event will be available online at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9PB5o6Ddws
Hosea Sanders, a highly-successful broadcast journalist from Arkadelphia, came back to Henderson State University Dec. 7 where his career began in the late 1970s. Sanders’ friend and former classmate, Greg Harris, presented a plaque to Sanders that reads: “In recognition of HSU alumnus Hosea Sanders for his outstanding career in broadcast journalism which all began at Henderson State University, right here on the air at KSWH-LP 1.0.5 FM.”
Sanders spoke to Henderson’s broadcast journalism class before the presentation. The plaque was then placed on KSWH studio wall in the Garrison Center. Sanders graduated from Henderson in 1979.
Sanders anchors the primetime newscast for Chicago’s ABC 7, provides regular reports for evening newscasts on issues important to Chicago neighborhoods, and covers key disability related stories.
He also hosts the Emmy Award winning series “Heart and Soul,” which showcases Chicago’s vibrant African-American community.
Prior to joining ABC 7, Sanders worked at TV stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Little Rock. He has won 12 Emmy Awards, gaining honors for live coverage, spot news, entertainment reporting, news writing, programming, and overall news achievement.
He has received more than 100 awards throughout his career from various churches, civic and community organizations for his community service.
Henderson State University presented the annual Carol of Lights holiday program at Arkansas Hall Dec. 3.
Performing groups included: Opera Workshop carolers; herald trumpets; flute, horn, tuba, and clarinet choirs; Henderson Dance Company; New Fusion jazz ensemble; Angelic Voices of Christ; Perritt Primary School’s Nickelodeon Choir; the Ouachita Honor Choir; and Henderson Chamber Chorale, which concluded the program singing with the Nickelodeon Choir.
Dr. David Thompson also gave his traditional recital of “The Night Before Christmas” to children who gathered around him on stage.
Several art students presented their senior shows this fall. Grace Dane’s exhibit was entitled “The Cure,” Rikki Bethea’s “Slice of Life,” Jeremy Freeman’s “In My Head,” Katie Nix’s “Looking Deeper,” Destiny Lepard’s, “Moments to Remember,” Lauren Lollies’ “The Looking Glass,” Allison Wright’s “Tending the Fire,” and Samantha Deloney’s, “Fear.”
Students from the Oracle, KSWH, HTV, The Star, and Innovative Media traveled to Louisville to attend the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention. Those students were: Cortez Akins (Mass Media), Destiny Amos (Psychology), Kabryn Grayson (Mass Media), Leighton Hall (Computer Science), Diominique McKissick (Innovative Media), Kamisha Murray (Family and Consumer Sci), Ashley Smith (Communication), Karen Villeda Perez (Psychology), Zac Walthall (MLA), and Markayla Wyatt (Management). HTV students Leighton Hall, Rebekah Teel (Mass Media), Victoria Garibay (Mass Media), and Corey Howell (Innovative Media) won third place in the Best News Feature. Leighton Hall won 2nd place for Best On-Site Video Promotion. KSWH 102.5 FM The Pulse station Manager Diominique McKissick, won 3rd place for Best Audio Creative and 1st place for Best On-site Audio Promotion at the College Media Association in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andy Arnold (Social Science Education), Jacob McNeill (Social Science Education), Bailey McBride (Family & Consumer Sci), Ben Parnell (History), Shanika Smith (MLA), and Jake Yates (Social Science Education) traveled to New Mexico for fall break in conjunction with Dr. Doug Heffington’s GEO 4203 New Mexico: Landscapes of the American Indian. They explored Bandelier National Monument located outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Ancestral Pueblo site complex with peak population dates between roughly 800 to 600 years ago. The site consists of the main pueblo, Tyuonyi, and associated cliff dwellings along Frijoles Canyon.
Several students presented papers or posters at the 17th South Central Historical Archaeology Conference hosted by Henderson State University. Ben Parnell (History) presented “Radnor Lake: Initial Survey of Historic Rock Features.” Elizabeth Hoyle (Social Science Education) presented “’Talking Walls’: Are They Always Walls?” Troy Vance (Social Science Education) presented “A Brief Overview of Historic Highway 67 and The Old US 67 Rest Area in Clark County.” The Fall 2018 Human Geography Class presented a poster titled, “US Highway 67: Gas Stations And Commercial Archeology.”
Art Education Students Allisha Bates, Samantha Cox, Erica Hamilton, Lauren Lollies, Julie Myers, Katie Nix, Catherine Wachob, and Allison Wright attended the Arkansas Art Education Association Conference in North Little Rock.
A book about the history of women in Texas by Dr. Angela Boswell, dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University, has been published.
Women in Texas History was recently awarded the Robert A. Calvert Prize, an award created to honor the author of one of the most authoritative textbooks in Texas history. Calvert, who was a professor of history at Texas A&M, died in 2000.
Women in Texas History is the first book to narrate the entire span of Texas women’s history and marks a major achievement in telling the full story of the Lone Star State. Historians and general readers alike will find this book an informative and enjoyable read for anyone interested in the history of Texas or the history of women, according to Texas A&M Press.
Boswell is also the author of Her Act and Deed: Women’s Public Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837–1873, winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women.
Several faculty from Henderson State University’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at presented at conferences and received grants for faculty development that partially subsidized their travel this fall.
Megan Hickerson, professor of history, presented the paper, “When you can’t bite, what hurt will barking do?”: Using and Losing Foxe in late-Seventeenth-Century English Martyrology,” at the annual meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This large annual conference brings together scholars primarily in the disciplines of history and literature. Hickerson received good feedback on her work and plans to develop an article out the paper. She also chaired another session at the conference.
Vernon Miles, professor of English, chaired sessions on Literature and Psychology and also presented on the African American literature panel at the South Central Modern Language Association annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Miles is a regular attendee of this conference, organizing, presenting, and/or chairing sessions for the past six years.
Tammie Townsend, Tamara Ogden, and Carrie Flora, assistant professors of nursing, attended the Nurse Educator Update: The Best Practices in Clinical Teaching and Evaluation in Bentonville. The conference is focused on best practice in clinical teaching and evaluation in nursing. Townsend presented a poster she created with Judy Carlyle, Successful Clinical Assignment Utilizing QSEN Resource: Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback, based on an assignment they gave incoming junior nursing students. The faculty members learned about some of the latest research on clinical teaching and evaluation that supports how they teach and evaluate students in the clinical setting.
Constanze Weise, assistant professor of history, presented a paper, “Order and Disorder: Urban Governance and the Making of a Provincial Capital in British Colonial Nigeria” and was part of the panel “Claiming Imperial Space,” at the 2018 Urban History Association Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. The paper was part of her second book project “Kaduna –Islam and Urbanism in Northern Nigeria, 1913 – 1963.” In addition to receiving feedback on her project, Weise was invited to participate in a network on “Global Urban History Project.”
A concert of Christmas carols will be performed by the Henderson State University Chorale and Concert Choir at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church in Arkadelphia.
The program includes: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Carol of the Bells,” My Dancing Day,” “There is Faint Music,” Te Deum,” “The Sleigh,” “Movement II” from Chichester Psalms, “A Lullaby,” “The Road Home,” “Duerme Negrito,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
Dr. Kevin Coker is conductor. KyoungHwa Molinari (piano) and Dr. Kay McAfee (organ) will provide accompaniment.
The concert is free and open to the public.
First Methodist Church is located at 107 North 9th St.
Henderson State University’s Wind Ensemble will present its final concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, in the Arkansas Hall Auditorium.
The concert will open with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” concluding the ensemble’s year-long celebration of Bernstein’s music.
The performance is free and open to the public. It can also be viewed online via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/HSUBand.
The program also includes: “Variants on a Mediaeval Tune,” “Bach’s Fugue a la Gigue,” “The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol,” and “Liturgical Music for Band, Op. 33.”
Dr. Steven Knight is conductor, and Dr. Shaun Popp is guest conductor.