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School of Business From the Dean… There is a saying that time flies when you’re having fun. It must be true as 2012 has come upon us in a flash! December 31 signaled the end of our five year window for AACSB accreditation. We must now write our report in preparation for the team’s visit in November. December 31 was also the date of Hank Wilson’s retirement (see article on page 3). Hank served the Department of Aviation and HSU with passion and perseverance. We will miss him! As we head into this new year, we are focused on several items. We continue to work on strengthening our relationship with National Park Community College. Our plan is to offer a Bachelor’s of General Studies degree with a General Jeffrey L. Hamm Business emphasis. We will investigate the interest in an MBA program in Hot Springs. The MBA with a Public Administration emphasis has attracted some attention on campus. Several business plans presented by our students should capture some attention at the Arkansas Governor’s Cup in Little Rock this spring. The students are working hard and keeping their fingers crossed! Our plans for moving the School of Business to the next level revolve around a new building. This dream will hopefully gain momentum after a new president is in office at HSU. The Board of Trustees plan to name the next president by March 1, 2012. Keep your ears open!

Spring 2012 Events… 

January 16...Martin Luther King Holiday

January 17...Spring Registration

January 18...Spring Classes Begin

Inside this issue… Faculty




February 1...Business Battle of the Ravine



March 19-23...Spring break



April 26...Business Advisory Council Meeting



April 26...Business Mentorship Luncheon

April 26...Beta Gamma Sigma Induction

Business Plan Competition


April 26...Awards Banquet

May 11...Commencement



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Founder’s Day Henderson State University celebrated Founder’s Day on Thursday with a ceremony in Arkansas Hall. The faculty award for Excellence in Teaching for the School of Business was awarded to Calvin Shipley. In Your Face! The Society of Physics students at Henderson held a fund-raiser for their zone conference in the spring by sponsoring a Pie Your Professor contest. Dr. Victor Claar was the lucky (depending on how you look at it) winner. Here is a picture of Dr. Claar receiving his award.


2011 Henderson Academy Henderson graduates who have excelled in their fields were inducted into the 2011 Class of the Henderson Academy. Dr. Robert Riggle is the 2011 School of Business Inductee. Dr. Robert Riggle is assistant professor of marketing at The Citadel where he was named Citadel School of Business Undergraduate Faculty of the Year in 2011. Riggle earned a bachelor of arts in public administration and a masters of business Administration while attending Henderson from 1994-1999. Riggle worked in sales for CocaCola Enterprises after graduation from Henderson and began work on his doctorate in 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in business with an emphasis in marketing in 2007 from the University of South Florida. He has worked as a consultant or subject matter expert for McDonald’s, Caterpillar, Wal-Mart and several other businesses and corporations.


Year in Review: 2011 HSU SBTDC Annual Goals

Kelley Massey Director

Stacey Weeks Stacey Weeks came to HSU in January 2005 and joined HSU ASBTDC in October 2011. She received her associate degree in business from College of the Ozarks and plans to finish her bachelor’s degree. Prior to coming to HSU she worked as a legal assistant for eight years at an area law firm.

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Hank Wilson retires… Hank Wilson retired as chair of the Department of Aviation on December 31. His career took him from aviator to teacher to administrator. “I have always enjoyed leadership, flying, and helping others grow,” Wilson said. “In my life I have gotten to do all of that.” The HSU Department of Aviation is the only university program in the state of Arkansas that trains pilots. Hank Wilson led the department for six years.

New mobile flight simulator... The Aviation Department received its new mobile flight simulator enclosed in this customized trailer. It was purchased in cooperation with the Dawson Education Cooperative and will be used in the distance learning program. Students can begin taking the courses in the 10th grade and accumulate credits toward their degree at HSU. Arkadelphia has already begun the program. Hot Springs schools will soon begin.

Dr. Rob receives award... Dr. Jerry Robinson, professor emeritus and former chair of Henderson’s aviation department, was presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award September 15 at the Caplinger Airway Science Center. The award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years.

HSU and NPCC... National Park Community College and Henderson hosted a meeting in Hot Springs on Nov. 1 to learn what four-year and graduate programs the residents of Hot Springs and surrounding areas would like to have offered in Hot Springs. If enough demand is evident, Henderson and NPCC will expand their offerings in Hot Springs.

School of Business 1100 Henderson Street Box 7801 Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001

Dynamic Strokes—Tara Grieger, Selim Oz

PreGame Recruiting—Ryan Smrcina, Anthony Gilliland

Tailgater’s Heaven— Brandon Horvath, Daniel Mann

Talk Right—Jared Farley, Kevin Rodgers

SH Hunting Blinds— Tyler Martin, Nick Nottenkamper

HSU School of Business—Business Plan Competition The School of Business hosted its second annual Business Plan Competition on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Five teams competed for cash prizes. Judges for the event included Terry Bird (Summit Bank), Stacey Blackard (Southern Bancorp), Eric Davis (Ecols, Thompson, & Davis, Ltd.), Robbie Estes (Walmart), and Debbie Sorrells (Arkansas Regional Economic Development Alliance). The teams are pictured above receiving their checks. They are: First Place ($3500) — Dynamic Strokes (Swim training facility). Second Place ($2500) — PreGame Recruiting (Collegiate baseball recruiting software). Third Place ($1500) — Tailgater’s Heaven (One stop store for tailgating needs). Fourth Place ($1000) — Talk Right (Software for critiquing oral communications). Fifth Place ($500) — SH Hunting Blinds (Solar heated hunting blinds). The top three teams will compete against three teams from OBU on February 1, 2012 and then move on to the Arkansas Governor’s Cup in April. Congratulations!

School of Business Club members… Members of the SOBC student organization who were able to attend the awards ceremony for the Business Plan Competition assembled outside Mooney Hall in December for a picture.

Business Newsletter Spring 2012  

Alumni Newsletter from Henderson State University for Spring semester 2012