Professor has book publishedA book by Dr. Haroon A. Khan, professor of political science and public administration at Henderson State University, has been published and is available for sale. Khan said The Idea of Good Governance and the Politics of the Global South “helps further our understanding of the importance of bureaucratic capacity for achieving good governance and offers a new paradigm for a merit system to improve governance.” In the book, Khan investigates the relationship between good governance and failed states, globalization, bureaucratic effectiveness, and human development.
Faculty & Staff News
Langley to speak at lecture series
Dr. Travis Langley, professor of psychology at Henderson State, will speak to an audience from the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science in Hot Springs Dec. 10 as a ASMSA guest presenter for the Science & Arts Cafe Lecture Series. Langley will discuss why fictional characters such as superheroes can be used to talk about the psychology of real people.
Kreckmann named interim director of choral activities
Andrew Kreckmann has joined Henderson State University as Interim Director of Choral Studies.
Before joining Henderson State, Kreckmann served as Interim Director of Choral Studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. While at Wayne State, Kreckmann also oversaw the choral conducting graduate program, which included conducting, choral literature and degree recitals.
Kreckmann completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting at Texas Tech University. He earned his master’s degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University as well as a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of Delaware.
Prior to attending graduate school, Kreckmann served as Director of Choral Activities to over 200 students at Morris Knolls High School in Rockaway, N.J. During this time, he also served as president or board member to several county, regional and all-state boards in New Jersey. He was also named Teacher of the Year in 2008.
Throughout his career, Kreckmann has served as an accompanist, guest conductor and clinician to numerous honor choirs throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan and Texas. His choirs have toured across the United States and Europe, and he has had the privilege of serving as chorus master to several major opera productions.
Henderson welcomes new faculty
— Front row, from left: Ladda Thiamwong, Jennifer Guillen, Christine McDowell, Carly Cate, Rebecca Langley, Eunice Akoto. Second row: Lewis Kanyiba, Tammie Townsend, Judith Jenkins, Nathan Bradshaw, Ivan Birch. Not pictured: Matthew Bowman, Andrew Kreckmann, Eric Jett, Micah Robertson and Margarita Peraza-Rugeley
Henderson State University welcomed 16 new faculty members for the 2015 fall term, which began Aug. 24.
The new faculty includes:
• Dr. Andrew Kreckmann, interim director of choral activities
• Dr. Eunice Akoto, assistant professor of public management
• Dr. Ivan Birch, assistant professor of criminal justice
• Dr. Matthew Bowman, associate professor of history
• Carly Cate, instructor of English
• Dr. Jennifer Guillen, assistant professor of sociology
• Eric Jett, assistant professor of counselor education
• Dr. Lewis Kanyiba, assistant professor of health and physical education
• Christine Doherty-McDowell, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction
• Dr. Ladda Thiamwong, assistant professor of nursing
• Tammy Townsend, assistant professor of nursing
• Dr. Judith Jenkins, assistant professor of educational leadership and English as a second language
• Micah Robertson, lecturer of English
• Rebecca Langley, instructor of psychology
• Nathan Bradshaw, instructor of aviation/assistant chief flight instructor
• Margarita Peraza-Rugeley, assistant professor of Spanish
Argo joins HSU as social media strategist
Jordan Argo has joined the marketing and communications team at Henderson State University as social media strategist. Argo will use Henderson’s social media channels to help enhance the university’s online presence and connect with its varied audiences.
Argo previously served as director of sports information at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo., where he was the primary contact for 15 varsity athletic programs and kept athletic social media updated. He also coordinated live video streaming of home events.
“I’m very excited to begin my journey at Henderson State and truly feel blessed to serve the university as its social media strategist,” Argo said. “As the popularity of social media continues to rise, so does the importance of using such platforms as marketing tools. Finding new and creative ways to reach all people affiliated with Henderson State through the use of social media is a welcome challenge.”
Argo is a 2008 graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange University with a degree in communications.
Developing a consistent message for external communications is an integral element of Henderson State’s strategic plan.
“As we continue to strengthen the university’s strategic, coordinated communications effort, social media will play a key role in helping tell the Henderson story, especially to prospective students,” said Tonya Oaks Smith, executive director of marketing and communications. “Jordan has the experience and enthusiasm to help us achieve our goals in this area, and we’re happy to have him join our team.”
Henderson welcomes new faculty
— Front row, from left: Shari Valentine, Julie Williams, Sharon Paredes, and Lori Smith. Back row: Deepak Pant, Shikha Batra, Nick Erber, and Brad Sheppard.
Henderson State University welcomed 14 new faculty members for the 2016 fall term, which began Aug. 22.
The new faculty includes:
• Tricia Baker, state science specialist, STEM Center
• Shikha Batra, lecturer of sociology, Department of Sociology and Human Services
• Nick Erber, assistant professor of counselor education, Department of Counselor of Education
• Steven Knight, director of bands and assistant professor of music, Department of Music
• Lisa Martin, laboratory/greenhouse technician, Department of Biology
• Marc Miller, School of Business dean
• Deepak Pant, director of Writing Center, Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy
• Sharon Paredes, instructor of mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences
• Bradley Sheppard, TK20 unit administrator/instructor, Teachers College, Henderson
• Jennifer Sigman, director, Center of Student Excellence, School of Business
• Lori Smith, lecturer of nursing, Department of Nursing
• William Smith, education specialist/counselor, Educational Opportunity Center
• Shari Valentine, assistant professor of human services/sociology, Department of Sociology and Human Services
• Julie Williams, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Claar to speak at Hot Springs Rotary July 15
Dr. Victor Claar, professor of economics at Henderson State University, will be the guest speaker July 15 for the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club meeting at the Arlington Hotel.
Claar is the author of Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices, which is now in its eighth printing. He also authored Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Claar recently conducted research and lectured to graduate students at the American University of Armenia.
Henderson says farewell to Fielding After serving Henderson State for 19 years in various capacities ranging from graduate assistant to assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, Chad Fielding has left the university to become vice president for student affairs at Rich Mountain Community College. A reception was held in Fielding’s honor on June 30 in Womack Hall.
Engman leads high school students to Belize
Dr. James Engman, professor of biology at Henderson State, led an extensive marine biology workshop in June for nine high school students and two teachers. After a week of learning to snorkel, attending lectures, and performing lab work at Henderson’s Simonson Biological Field Station, the group left for a two-week field experience in Belize.
They spent a week at the Tropical Research and Education Center, a marine biology laboratory in San Pedro. The center provides lodging, lab and classroom space, and daily trips out to sea on its 48-foot catamaran.
The group spent a morning with an artisanal lobster fisherman, toured the water treatment facility, and interviewed island people about living on such a small island. They traveled inland and spent time learning about the ancient Mayan civilization, and had a caving experience at a site called Actun Tunichil Muknal, an undeveloped cave that was used by the Mayans for ritual ceremonies. Many artifacts and remains of human sacrifices untouched for over 1000 years were viewed.
A day was also spent traveling to neighboring Guatemala to visit the archaeological site at Tikal where tall stone temples tower above the tropical forest.
Students studied the basics of marine biology and oceanography. They learned to identify more than 150 different marine organisms by sight, including fish, coral, algae, crabs, mangrove plants, urchins, sea stars, brittle stars and sea cucumbers.
Two students conducted a coral ecology project, making video transects on the reef that they will analyze. All of the students received four hours of college credit for their work.
In addition to the formal coursework, students had exposure to other cultures and met people living in conditions very different from what they see in Arkansas.
The participants included five students from the Arkansas School of Math, Science and the Arts, two from the Kipp Charter High School in Helena, one from Des Arc, and another from Maumelle.
“Henderson provost Dr. Steve Adkison was instrumental in making this project a success,” Engman said. “He was supportive of the idea from the beginning, and helped significantly in making it possible for students to earn college credit for the experience.”
Claar to serve on Federal Reserve advisory board
Dr. Victor Claar, professor of economics at Henderson State University, has been selected to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Little Rock Branch, Educator Advisory Board.
Board members provide invaluable feedback about materials, programming, and opportunities to provide professional growth for teachers. They help the Reserve’s economics education staff stay in close contact with best practices and trends in education at the classroom and administration levels.
The board consists of teachers, administrators, professors, and department of education representatives.
Claar said he attended his first meeting Thursday where he learned about new resources available from the Federal Reserve that can be helpful in the classroom.
“I wasn’t aware how broad the resources are, especially web-based resources. They offer complete teaching curricula,” Claar said. “The Fed has worked really hard to come up with a lesson plan and some cool resources so that you can pretty much bring a lesson to your classroom or online learning environment that would have taken hours to develop yourself.”
Claar said the Federal Reserve has put a strong emphasis on economic education. All resources are developed and provided at no cost to the taxpayer, and are offered to everyone free of charge.
“Our goal is to be ambassadors and evangelists for what the Fed is doing and the resources they have available,” Claar said. “In turn, we share back with them the things that would be most useful for them to do.”
Dr. Louis Dawkins, dean of Henderson’s School of Business, said Claar’s participation on the board will benefit both the Federal Reserve Bank and Henderson.
“Victor Claar is an outstanding faculty member who is highly talented and highly respected by his peers,” Dawkins said. “He will be a great ambassador for the Federal Reserve Bank’s advisory board and will bring many great ideas to the table.
“Dr. Claar’s collaboration with other educators on the board, combined with the resources provided by the Federal Reserve Bank, will no doubt benefit him and his students at Henderson.”
To read more about the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’s education resources, go to stlouisfed.org/education.