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Hot Springs Initiative

Degree Completion in the Spa City

A Look Back

The 25 Events that Made Henderson What It Is

Making Plans

University Aligned with Ambitious Strategic Plan

Always Reddie

Henderson Fund Empowers Continued Student Success


School with a Heart Plans for 125th Birthday



Letter from the President


his is an exciting time for Henderson as we prepare to celebrate Henderson’s 125th anniversary this year! This is a milestone in our institution’s history and a testament to its enduring impact on Arkansas and beyond. The centerpiece of our momentum is our recently-completed 2014-2020 strategic plan entitled Beyond the Horizon ( which provides us with a framework for measuring our future progress. At the heart of our ambitious plan are seven core values: Academic Excellence, Collaboration and Community, Human Value and Difference, Integrity, Liberal Arts, Students and Student Success, Tradition and Innovation. These core values form the foundation for our six university priorities: • Grow the enrollment, improve student life, and increase retention to graduation. • Enhance academic programs. • Enhance the quality of life and the ability to recruit and retain a highly qualified and motivated faculty and staff. • Improve the physical environment and infrastructure. • Expand and diversify revenues. • Enhance Henderson’s regional, state, and national profile. The appearance of our campus has changed with the construction of new student housing facilities, landscape improvements, and renovations to our Garrison Student Center and other locations on campus. Henderson continues to pursue its mission of providing an outstanding learning environment that prepares students to address the needs of a constantly changing world. Our focus for the next five years will center on anticipating change and embracing opportunities. As part of our strategic commitment to meeting the needs of our region, we continue to expand enrollment on our new campus in Hot Springs where students can complete a baccalaureate and master’s degree from our School of Business or a master’s degree offered through Teachers College. Additionally, renovations to our location in downtown Hot Springs are now complete, and the space can accommodate several hundred students. We know that our current momentum exists because of the commitment and efforts of those who have come before. We are proud of our alumni who, through their successes, champion the transformative power of a Henderson education. Thank you for your continuing support of Henderson and its enduring mission. We are looking forward to achieving many great things, together. In Reddie Spirit,

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THE SPIRIT OF HENDERSON Spring 2015 Issue President Glendell Jones, ‘92 Vice President Advancement Jennifer Boyett

of Institutional


LABOR OF LOVE: Paying homage to the School with a Heart through a commemorative book Henderson State alum David Sesser pens the story of Our Henderson to mark the university's 125th anniversary.



Making a New Landmark in Hot Springs



25 Events that Shaped Plan Makes Path Clear the School with a Heart for University

Director of Alumni and Development Carrie Roberson Coordinator of Alumni Services Paul Hankins, '72 Contributors Steve Fellers, ‘83 Allan Ford, '07 Jackie Inouye Beth Taggard Photographer Steve Fellers, ‘83 Board of Trustees Carol Jo Atkinson, ‘73, ‘74 Brown Hardman, ‘61 Bruce Moore, ‘89 Michael Myers, ‘77 Deborah Nolan, ‘76, ‘81 Ross M. Whipple, ‘73 Bill Wright, ‘70 Alumni Association Board Don Kennedy, '80, President Tyler Broyles, '07, Past President Blake Campbell, '11 Greg Clark, '77 Sue Ehrgood, '73 Dr. Stanley Ellis, '98 Dr. Walter Frazee, '74 Dr. Alvin Futrell, '70 Tene Green, '01 Brittany Jackson,'06 Josh Jackson, '10, '13 Eddie Lamb, '92 Susie Marks, '89 Shelbi Carpenter VanPelt, '07 Connections








Year of Events to Celebrate Anniversary Campus Updates Alumni Updates

Legacy Scholarship Winners Henderson Fund 2015 Football Season Contact HSU Office of Advancement 1100 Henderson Street HSU Box 7540, 7703 Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001 870-230-5401 • 877-733-2586 •




Hot Springs offerings expand to downtown By Steve Fellers


enderson State University’s presence in Hot Springs continues to expand with the Jan. 13 opening of the university’s new campus facility. The spring semester started with 145 students taking 24 classes. Extensive interior renovations were made to the Landmark Building on Market Street, including the addition of six classrooms, a conference center, and office space. Fifty new parking spaces were also added. The first floor provides an open area with a reception desk, offices and two classrooms. A spiral staircase leads to an additional four classrooms on the second floor. Two of the second-floor classrooms can be used for computer instruction, and one doubles as a conference room that can be used for community board meetings. Another classroom accommodates up to 39 students and can be converted to a seminar room for 80 people. All classrooms include Smart Boards, projectors, and computers for faculty. Henderson leased the building last April. “It’s been a long journey, but it’s just the beginning,”


ur shared dedication to meeting the Hot Springs community’s educational needs underscores our long term commitment to the educational, cultural, and economic well-being of the area. Dr. Steve Adkison, Provost




said Henderson President Glen Jones after the lease was announced. “We believe in the future of Hot Springs and are committed to helping educate the people in this area.” In October 2013, Henderson hired Christi Batts to direct the Hot Springs Academic Initiatives program. She called the program “a perfect partnership” between Henderson State and National Park Community College. Batts said students can complete their first two years of study at NPCC then transfer to Henderson’s program in Hot Springs. “Students can take their junior, senior and graduate courses towards degrees in business and education,” she said. Batts praised the efforts of state Sen. Bill Sample and state Rep. John Vines for their help in securing state funds for the project. She also emphasized the role played by both Henderson State and NPCC. “This is happening thanks to the goals of President Jones and the Board of Trustees at Henderson and NPCC,” Batts said. She also acknowledged the contributions of Rick Williams, owner of the Landmark Building. Henderson had offered courses and programs on the NPCC

campus for many years. With the new facility and a full-time director, enrollment is expected to grow considerably over the next five years. Henderson’s new facility shared with NPCC is a commitment to downtown Hot Springs, said Dr. Steve Adkison, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson. “Our shared dedication to meeting the Hot Springs community’s educational needs underscores our long term commitment to the educational, cultural, and economic well-being of the area,” he said. The university seeks to expand its curriculum in Hot Springs.


The initiative to increase off-campus enrollment is an important element of Henderson’s strategic plan. “This initiative focuses on building a stronger presence in Hot Springs by offering/developing programs suited to the needs of the area, resulting in more opportunities for more students to complete a four-year degree without commuting long distances to other campus locations.

enderson's Hot Springs campus opened Jan. 13, 2015, with 145 students. he university's strategic plan goal is to grow off-campus enrollment to 350 students

“Building on our current offerings at the Landmark Building from our Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, Teachers College, and our School of Business, we look forward to building further transfer and completion opportunities with NPCC as we work together to create exciting and effective four-year and graduate degree opportunities,” Adkison said.

“In addition to the National Park community, continued collaboration with other community colleges in the area will also be maintained and programs enhanced as needed. As a result, all off-campus offering should result in heightened enrollments.” The plan also calls for identifying additional programs that would be successful in Hot Springs and other locations and prepare for their implementation.

Batts said the building is available for use by the community. To reserve a room, or for more information about classes in Hot Springs, contact Batts at 501-625-3837 or




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Events in the life of

the School with a Heart

1890 - Arkadelphia Methodist College founded On March 24, 1890, the Arkadelphia Citizens Committee called a meeting and resolved to establish a Methodist college in Arkadelphia. Almost immediately, work began on a central building that would house students and all of the operations of the college. The Board of Trustees named George C. Jones the first president. Enrollment for the first year reached 150. Among the first students to arrive were Mattie Runyan, Mattice

A Labor of Love By Allan Ford and Jackie Inouye


enderson State University was formed in 1890 to provide educational opportunities to the state’s residents. The university and the city of Arkadelphia have grown together, each supporting the other through 125 years. In 2015, Henderson will mark its 125th anniversary with a year of events, special publications and celebrations. In fact, almost every Reddie event throughout the academic year will have a tie to the school’s quasquicentennial. Director of Development and Alumni Carrie Roberson, who is spearheading the celebrations, said planners’ work respects the university’s rich history while looking forward to its bright future. “We are so blessed to be working at Henderson State University, a place where the collective Reddie Spirit saturates every part of our campus,” Roberson said. “Henderson’s traditions have informed our planning, and we’re excited to unveil those events through a brand new website and advertising campaign.” The year-long celebration will feature events, exhibits and publications designed to engage the entire campus community, Roberson said. All are open to the public, and all mark Henderson State’s rich history and bright future.

The book One of the most exciting parts of the 125th anniversary celebration is the home-grown production of a special history Biggs and Sallie Biggs, all from Amity. 1891 - First commencement held On June 7, 1891, the first commencement ceremony was held. The mistress of English literature degree was conferred on three students. The student body initiated the tradition of presenting a floral offering to the Senior Class of Ouachita at the close of their graduation ceremony. This soon became a reciprocal custom.

1893 - Alumni Association formed During commencement week in 1893, then president George C. Jones called a meeting to establish an Alumni Association, starting with the Classes of 1891, 1892 and 1893. During subsequent commencements, graduates of the college returned to campus and were honored at a reception, and a day was set aside for Alumni Association activities. 1905 - Alma mater written In 1905, a freshman named Gordon Lockhart wrote the

book focused on Henderson State’s past, present and future. “Not only is it a book that looks at the history of Henderson,” author David Sesser said. “But it also looks at where we’re moving. We [Sesser, along with Henderson’s Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the Henderson Foundation, Jennifer Boyett] try to use big historical events to shape the outline of the book. We mention the 1914 fire, we delve into the lining of the holly trees, and we make special mention of the military aspect of campus. “It’s not a history book so it is not cut-and-dried. There are going to be tons of photographs, both past and present. It will be very visually appealing.” Although he was born and raised in the small town of Natchez, Miss., the indirect third generation Reddie has made some of his fondest memories at Henderson and wanted a portion of his affection to come out in the book. “As a Reddie, there are things I wanted to mention in the book. Things that impacted me, but I also want to make it appealing to everyone. I want it to be enjoyable for anyone who is interested in learning more about the university or our history, or where we are going. I want it to touch everyone. There are so many things that I know I left out. The book isn’t designed to be the end-all book about Henderson. It is designed to celebrate our first 125 years and look forward to our next 125.” Although the task of composing a history of Henderson State – informed by prior writings but not dictated by them words to “The College Song” sung to the tune of “My Old Kentucky Home”. The song soon became known as “Henderson Song” and was sung to an original tune written by Harriet Stanley Sage. The current alma mater was written by Henderson’s then president James Workman and adopted in 1929.

uniforms of the football players, the first volumes of the The Star yearbook had gray backs with red titles and artwork. 1906 - Traditional game with OBU began In 1906, an official Henderson football team played against Ouachita’s team for the first time.

1905 - Colors red and gray chosen In 1905, the colors red and gray were selected by a committee as school colors. In addition to the red and gray




– was a daunting one, Sesser said he enjoyed the challenge. He recalled some of the more interesting facts he came across while combing the archives in search of more information about his alma mater for the project. “I learned that if it wasn’t for the city of Arkadelphia, we would not exist,” Sesser said. He recalls how records show that townspeople joined students to save everything they could out of Henderson’s Main Building during the fire of 1914.

to lose their institution,” Sesser said. “They personally got the entire legislature to come here, even though (the legislature) was in session at the time, and visit campus. They agreed to allow the university to stay. Arkadelphia and Henderson are so intertwined. It is really incredible.” The city’s enduring commitment to Henderson continues today, evidenced by numerous partnerships between the university and Arkadelphia, student discounts at many local businesses, and the work of the Economic Development Corporation of Clark County. In many ways, Henderson is a source of pride for Arkadelphia.

Other examples of Arkadelphia’s enduring bond with the university are evident throughout history. As the main campus was being Not only did Sesser’s research e really want the memories to constructed 1890, it rekindle his appreciation for the became clear that the east city of Arkadelphia, but it also come flooding back. ... It's a taught him about some of the wing which housed the labor of love. We've done some trails that Henderson blazed as an classroom space would not great things here over the years, and we Arkansas institution. be completed by the start will continue to do so. of the fall semester. The “We were also one of the Public School directors in first public institutions in the David Sesser, 2006 the city arranged for the state (University of Arkansas university to rent the Public at Pine Bluff was first) to allow School, and even delayed African-American students to attend classes,” Sesser said. the school’s opening by two weeks until construction on the “It was 1943, before Brown v. The Board of Education, and east wing could be completed. Later, when lack of funds our enrollment was way down because of World War II. threatened to stall the completion of the building, prominent Henderson allowed two African-American women to attend local citizens donated the needed money. class here.”


In her book, Henderson State University: Education Since 1890, Bennie Gene Bledsoe writes that the “Citizens of Arkadelphia were justly proud of this large, impressive structure.”

Although he’s working with a host of others who share his same desires about the project, Sesser sees the book as his baby. But he isn’t the selfish type. Everyone involved has invested quite a bit of time in making it one for the ages.

“Then in 1929 when the Methodist Church was looking at closing the three Methodist institutions in the state and moving one big school to Little Rock, the citizens of Arkadelphia got together and agreed that they did not want

“We really want the memories to come flooding back. Our alums will be able to say, ‘I was there, I lived in that building, I had classes there,’ but at the same time, have a deeper understanding and a greater respect for what we’ve built here,”

1907 - “Battle of the Ravine” began Following the 1906 football game between Henderson and Ouachita, both colleges’ presidents realized that the local rivalry created a great excitement in the community. The following year, they decided to establish the game as an annual event open to the public, now known as “The Battle of the Ravine”. Henderson won the first game, played Oct. 28, 1907.

1912 - Legend of the “Lady in Black” began The Legend of the “Lady in Black” began in 1912, following the tenure of a Henderson student named Nell Page, who is credited with creating the story. According to legend, the Lady in Black roamed the halls in the girls’ dormitory predicting who would win the Battle of the Ravine. If she wore black, it signified a victory for the Reddies; if clothed in white, a victory for Ouachita was predicted. After Nell’s death at an early age, the story goes that it was

1908 - Term “Reddie Spirit” first used The term “Reddie Spirit”




was first used by Henderson students in 1908 in reference to a spirit of loyalty to the college. 1909 - Oak trees planted The tradition of the senior class planting an oak tree in the front lawn was started in March 1909. With the entire school in attendance, a decorated spade was used to plant the tree and the class president made a speech in honor of the occasion. Some of these trees remain on campus today.

her ghost who walked the halls. 1914 - Main building of campus destroyed In the early morning hours of February 3, 1914, the main building on Henderson’s campus was completely destroyed due to a fire that started in the kitchen. Instead of leaving campus, students and faculty gathered on the lawn and vowed to rebuild the campus. It is said that the Reddie Spirit was born this day. Classes were conducted in temporary structures and

Happy Birthday Henderson! Henderson State University marks its 125th anniversary beginning with the Fall 2015 semester. A variety of events are planned; watch the website for more details. • Theatre performance of “My Turn Next” which was performed at Henderson’s first graduation ceremony • Choir and band performance of a commemorative commissioned music piece entitled “Measures of the Heart” • Distinguished alumni art exhibit and reception • Eight exhibitions presented by Huie Library to share Henderson’s stories • Community concerts throughout Arkansas • Alumni music performances and recitals • Historical exhibit at the Arkadelphia Arts Center • 125th Anniversary Gala

students boarded in local homes until more permanent facilities could be constructed. 1923 - Fight song “That Old Reddie Spirit” introduced The fight song “That Old Reddie Spirit” was introduced by cheerleader Anna Lee Chidester in 1923. 1929 - Blanket award ceremony tradition began In 1929, the tradition of presenting red and gray blankets to Henderson football players was established. Although the

blankets belonged to the squad, each player who graduated from Henderson could take a blanket with him. 1935 - Student Senate organized On Nov. 19, 1935, Henderson students authorized the president of the student body to appoint a Constitution Committee for the purpose of creating a foundation for a Student Senate. About a month later, the constitution was approved and officers were elected.

1936 - Compulsory ROTC began In 1936, the War Department approved Henderson’s request to establish an R.O.T.C. unit on campus. As a result, male students at Henderson were required to complete two years of military training. 1944 - Holly trees planted As it had during World War I, Henderson authorized the planting of holly trees in honor of those Henderson students killed in action during World War II. On April 5, 1944, the trees were planted in a

ceremony held to the north of the men’s residence hall, where the former students had lived. 1946 - Heart and Key organized October 1, 1946, was the first meeting of Heart and Key, an honorary service organization established to help host campus visitors, sponsor pep rallies, present awards, and aid in advertising college events, among other things.




Henderson State at 125 The School with a Heart is the first book of its kind to be published by Henderson State University. The forward-looking historical retrospective is filled with photos, many of which have not been seen outside the University Archives. The book will be available for purchase in the Reddie Bookstore in September 2015. It will also be available online; watch the Spirit Alumni e-newsletter for more details.

1955 - Graduate division for teachers added In 1955, Henderson established its graduate division, which led to the conferring of the master of science in education degree. Seventy-six students enrolled in the new program. 1957 - First African American graduate Maurice R. Horton was the first African-American to graduate from Henderson in 1957.





1969 - Newberry House acquired In 1969, Henderson acquired Newberry House at 1057 Henderson St. for the president’s home, when it was bequeathed to the university by Farrar Newberry in his will. Newberry was a former alumnus and teacher at Henderson. Former president M.H. Russell and his wife were the first to live in the new residence.

1975 - Henderson State College becomes Henderson State University In a special ceremony on Jan. 22, 1975, Gov. David Pryor, Henderson alumnus and former freshman class president, signed the bill changing the university’s name from Henderson State College to Henderson State University in recognition of the university’s academic standard of excellence, organizational leadership and the broad services offered.

By David Sesser

1981 - Henderson State University Foundation established In 1981, the Board of Trustees established the HSU Foundation, which would be a nonprofit organization that would solicit additional sources of funding for the university and promote the university’s needs.

Sesser said. “I say 'we' because I’m a Reddie, and I’m back and it’s not really work. It’s a labor of love. We’ve done some great things here over the years and we will continue to do so.” This commemorative book will be released in September, just in time to help kick off the year’s celebrations. A limited number of the books will be available for purchase in the Reddie Bookstore.

The Exhibits Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, Henderson State will serve as the host for a variety of exhibits focused on the university’s history. These exhibits will allow modern viewers the opportunity to experience Henderson through the eyes of past campus community members.

The 1914 campus fire and how the Arkadelphia community rallied to support the university

The history of the university’s academic programs

In May, the Library will focus on commencement through the years. This exhibit will complement a revitalization of the commencement ceremonies at Henderson. In addition to the Huie Library exhibits, Henderson’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences will host an exhibit of hats from throughout history.

The Productions and Traditions

To mark the university’s 125th birthday, faculty members in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts decided to stage the same A special exhibit of artwork performance that was want it to be enjoyable for anyone who from Henderson State’s produced at Henderson’s first is interested in learning more about the distinguished graduates will be graduation ceremony – My university or our history, or where we are held in the Russell Fine Arts Turn Next. The play, a period going. Gallery, and the Arkadelphia farce set in 1866 London, Arts Center will feature an is set to feature Henderson exhibit with a special opening students and be performed in David Sesser, 2006 event for the community. conjunction with an original musical piece titled “Measures Henderson’s Huie Library of the Heart.” These performances will open during the will follow the school year through a series of displays university’s homecoming week, Oct. 19-24. focused on milestones for the university’s students. The first


exhibit, for instance, will focus on residence life throughout the years. Other scheduled exhibits include: •

A focus on the rich architectural history on campus.

The Battle of the Ravine – college football’s longestrunning and most interesting rivalry

How the campus community celebrates holidays

The university’s long-standing ties to the military and its Reserve Officer Training Corps

1984 - Honors College founded In 1979, at the request of the former president Martin B. Garrison, Bill Gentry began developing ideas for the creation of an honors program at Henderson. In 1984, the Honors College began with a group of 23 incoming freshmen. Now the program welcomes more than 100 freshmen each year.

2001 - Captain Henderson House Bed and Breakfast opens The Captain (Charles Christopher) Henderson House is named for its former owner and namesake of Henderson State University. The 9,000-square-foot mansion on the National Register of Historic Places began as a small cottage built in 1876. A series of renovations, the most recent in 1999, have made the home what it is today—a beautifully restored bed and breakfast, opened in 2001.

Other productions, such as the President’s Concert, that are held every year, will feature a special focus on the 125th anniversary as well. The university will also feature a special Town and Gown event to mark its special roots in the United Methodist Church. Traditions such as the Battle of the Ravine, the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce banquet, Henderson’s Common Book program, Reddie sporting events, and even commencement, will also center on celebrating the university’s rich history – all while looking toward a bright Reddie future.

2011 - Simonson Biological Field Station dedicated The 7,200-square-foot Simonson Biological Field Station was established in 2011, with major donations from the Simonson Family. The learning facility, located on the shore of Degray Lake, contains residence rooms, a classroom, a laboratory and a resource room, and is used for the pursuit of scientific study and research.

Information taken from Henderson State University: Education Since 1890 by Bennie Gene Bledsoe and the Henderson State University website.



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Forward thinking

Envisioning Henderson beyond the horizon By Jackie Inouye


even core values. One vision. With the adoption of its new strategic plan, Henderson State University is on its way to realizing its full potential.

Beyond the Horizon, as the plan is called, is the product of a yearlong series of planning forums with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents. The goal of these meetings was to establish a framework for progress and to discover the core values that get at the heart of what it means to be the School With a Heart. These fundamental beliefs are what drove enderson’s the articulation of the foundation of university’s strategic core values is position: “Henderson not the vision of one will be recognized as individual or a group of a national model for administrators. It is the bridging the liberal timeless reflection of arts and professional the collective campus aspirations, producing well-rounded graduates community. who are leaders in their careers and Dr. Celya Taylor, communities.” Associate Dean,


Teachers College






understanding the process for how the university’s core values were established lies in one of them, Value Two - Collaboration and Community: “We value collaboration recognizing that each person is an important part of a larger picture. Working together for a sustainable future, every individual contributes to the whole, whether in our university, our local community, or our world.” Celya Taylor, associate dean and associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Teachers College, Henderson, led a committee that helped to formulate the core values. At the start of the process, Henderson President Glen Jones invited students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents to attend forums facilitated by Sal Rinella of Penson Associates. During the meetings, Rinella asked attendees to answer questions about what Henderson would ideally look like 10 years from now and what traditions and commitments are uniformly held most dear by the Henderson community. Comments were shared and recorded. Guiding committees were formed to distill the comments into the core values and mission and vision statements, and to analyze and interpret data related to Henderson. Attendees further edited the statements during subsequent town hall meetings. From these core values and statements, six strategic priorities with measurable outcomes were developed. Angela Boswell, professor of history and associate dean

of Ellis College, was a member of the Guiding Statements Committee during the formation of the strategic position, or vision statement. She stresses that although the positive connection between career success and the liberal arts is not a new concept, what is unique is the emphasis that Henderson is placing on communicating that effectively. “Henderson alumni already know about the professional benefits of a liberal arts education,” Boswell said. “We want to make those links between the liberal arts and career and personal life clearer to prospective students and parents.” Now that the strategic position and the plan have been articulated, Henderson is already beginning to put the strategies into play that will turn ambitious goals into reality. A main focus this year is the establishment of a system of shared governance, a new initiative which grew out of the campus’ expressed desire for greater input into campus governance and decision-making. The pattern of inclusion established during the formation of the strategic plan was a blueprint for creating a shared governance model. In a recent issue of Henderson Now, the university’s internal e-newsletter, Henderson Provost Stephen Adkison defined shared governance as “a partnership in which administration, faculty, and staff work together to provide effective leadership, support, and advocacy for our university as we work together to ensure quality and innovation in all aspects of learning for our students.” In essence, shared governance is about “intentional and reflective planning and accountability.” In spring 2014, President Jones established a taskforce to investigate approaches to shared governance. A shared governance model was presented to campus in the fall, followed

by the establishment of an oversight committee. This group of 11, which includes representatives from the student body, faculty and staff, will review proposals from the campus community and provide a system whereby all such requests are reviewed and considered. The shared governance initiative is just one of the many ways Henderson is already moving forward with new direction. Other examples include the construction of new student housing, the opening of the Hot Springs location and the development of several new degree programs. Other goals such as the growth of the student body to 5,000, will be part of a multi-year effort. Much like shared governance creates a sense of accountability to on-campus constituents, Boswell says that inviting input from all of the Henderson community throughout the strategic planning process is a form of accountability not only to students, faculty and staff of the university, but also to Henderson’s alumni and donors. “The inclusive nature of the process guarantees that Henderson will change positively with the times without losing our cherished history and traditions,” Boswell said. “Henderson doesn’t want to become a gigantic school, but we do want to grow the student population to the point where economies of scale will benefit our students even more.” All decisions made regarding the university’s future, including spending, will be aligned with the priorities articulated in the plan. Although implementation of the plan necessitates change, Henderson will continue to be what it has always been about, providing students with a well-rounded education that will help them develop their full potential professionally and personally.



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Campus NEWS

AT&T Awards $771,000 to Expand College Prep Academy

University ranks nationally in teacher preparation

Henderson State University recently received $771,000 from AT&T’s Aspire program to expand the Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy. SWACPA will use AT&T Aspire funding to expand the program to more students and hire additional educators to maintain small class sizes that permit individualized instruction. The academy is a university-public school collaboration program developed to reduce remediation rates and increase college attendance and graduation rates.

The National Council on Teacher Quality ranked Henderson State University’s Teachers College as fifth best in the nation for preparing secondary-school teachers to enter the classroom.

Because of its demonstrated success supporting and motivating traditionally underserved students to stay in school and prepare for their next step in life, Henderson State University has been named as one of 30 recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $12.5 million from AT&T. These contributions are a part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness. With an unwavering commitment to data-driven education outcomes, AT&T Aspire has impacted more than one million students since its launch in 2008.

Henderson is growing Construction continues on two new housing options for students. Both the luxury apartment complex and a new residence hall (pictured here) are slated to open for occupancy in fall 2015. When completed, the projects will allow for more than 500 new student beds on campus.



Henderson’s program in secondary-level education was ranked third best in the southern region among all education programs – both elementary and secondary – and elementary-education programs were ranked 40th in the country. This is the first year that Henderson has been ranked by the NCTQ. From 1929 to 1967, Henderson was known as Henderson State Teachers College, one reason the university’s education programs are among the most respected in the region. To reach its rankings, NCTQ examined admissions standards, course requirements, course syllabi, textbooks, capstone projects, student teaching manuals and graduate surveys and other sources as blueprints for training teachers.

Henderson designated military friendly school

academic strategic planning and development of university policies and strategic goals.

Henderson State University was designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media Inc.

Adkison earned his Doctor of English/Rhetoric and Composition in 2000, and his Master of English/ Writing in 1997, both from the University of Nevada-Reno. He received his bachelor’s degree in English/Teaching in 1986 from Montana State University. Before he became provost at Eastern Oregon, Adkison served in several positions at Idaho State University, including associate provost/associate vice president for academic programming and review, interim director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and faculty coordinator for assessment and program review for academic affairs/office of institutional research.

Less than 100 colleges and universities received this prestigious designation. These schools have demonstrated a commitment to supporting student veterans on campus and in their careers and will be featured in this year’s December issue of GI Jobs. The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

New programs at Henderson Henderson State University offers new programs in degree tracks, including a Bachelor’s of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelors of Physics in Engineering Physics and an online Master of Science in Education Technology Leadership. These programs launched in the fall semester of 2013. In the Fall of 2014, Henderson State also brought on degree tracks in statistics and biochemistry, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Innovative Media Arts, Master of Science in Education in School Counseling, Master of Science in Education in Special Education, and Master of Liberal Arts in English, specifically for teaching English in the Two-Year College. Also in Fall 2014, Henderson State launched a new website to appeal primarily to prospective students, but it also contains a section to meet the specific needs of the college’s alumni. The new website is responsive, which makes it easily accessible on any computer, smartphone or tablet, and further enhancements will be completed over the next few months.

Adkison named new provost Henderson State University named Dr. Stephen R. Adkison as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. Adkison joined Henderson State on July 1, 2014. The provost is the second-highest ranking officer at Henderson and is the chief academic officer. The provost is responsible for the overall supervision of all academic programs, academic promotion and tenure decisions,

Boyett leads Advancement at Henderson Jennifer Boyett recently joined Henderson State University as the new Vice President of University Advancement. Boyett led the University of Central Arkansas development office as executive director of development before joining Henderson State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UCA in 2001 and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2005. She began working at UCA in the communications department in 2001, and as a result of her outstanding job performance, she transitioned into a development role to build the university’s first corporate and foundation relations program in 2011. She also served several semesters as an adjunct instructor of journalism. In addition to serving as vice president of university advancement, the Henderson State University Foundation voted to appoint Boyett as executive director of the foundation.

Hardee appointed Ellis College dean Dr. John Hardee was appointed dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences at Henderson State University. Dr. Hardee is a 28-year veteran professor at Henderson State



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and has served as associate dean since 2005, most recently as interim dean.

Porter named head volleyball coach

Hardee began his teaching career in 1968 as a Czech language specialist with the United States Air Force. He worked as a research chemist for Exxon from 1979-80 before returning to the classroom as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University – Eunice where he also served as registrar and director of admissions for two years.

Kristee Porter recently joined Henderson State as Reddies head volleyball coach. Prior to joining Henderson State, she spent the last year at Factory Athletics/Under Armour as director of volleyball operations where she led the division's day-to-day operations. She also traveled to many of Volleyball Factory's national tryout and player development events across the country where she evaluated talent and recruited players to attend Under Armour National Programs.

Hardee joined Henderson in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemistry. After serving as director of undergraduate research, he became chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed associate dean of Ellis College. Hardee received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1975, and his M.A. in physical chemistry in 1978 from Rice University in Houston, Texas. In 1979, Hardee received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Rice University.

Elgas named head men's basketball coach Henderson State University Director of Athletics Shawn Jones has announced the hiring of Jimmy Elgas as the Reddies' men's head basketball coach. Elgas became the 28th head coach of the Henderson State Reddie men's basketball program in its 105-year history. Elgas has an impressive resume which includes stops at numerous successful NCAA Division I programs.Since 2007, Elgas has served as the top assistant coach at the University of Evansville under Head Coach Marty Simmons. "When talking to numerous people about Coach Elgas, they all commented on his incredible integrity and character, his tireless work ethic, his knowledge of the game, his tremendous loyalty and how he brings the same positive energy and enthusiasm to work every day. That's exactly the kind of person I want as a mentor for our student-athletes here at Henderson State. Once we spent time with him and learned of his burning desire to be at Henderson State leading our basketball program into the future, it was clear that Jimmy Elgas was the coach we were looking for," Shawn Jones, Director of Athletics, said. 16 |THE SPIRIT


Porter began her coaching career serving as head coach at Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas, from 2009 to 2012. Porter guided Navarro to three straight winning seasons while appearing in the NJCAA post-season tournament each year. She also coached the Texas Image Volleyball Club's 15's Mizuno Elite team in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, Porter became an assistant coach at the University of Colorado where she was responsible for assisting in the daily operations of the CU volleyball program. As a player, Porter was a four-time All-American at the University of California at Los Angeles and was named the Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year in 2000.

Shawn Jones named Director of Athletics In January 2014, Shawn Jones became the director of athletics at Henderson State University. Jones has worked extensively to provide Henderson State’s student athletes all the tools needed to become champions on and off the various fields of play. Jones came to Henderson State from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. Most recently, he served as the senior associate athletic director for external operations. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Missouri in 1997 and a master's degree in physical education/exercise and sport science with a specialization in athletic and sports business administration in 2011.

ALUMNI UPDATES WEDDINGS Brandy Chapmond (’96) wed Chris McCarthy on July 27, 2013. Nicholas Williams (’03) wed Anastasia Mohnhaupt on March 28, 2014. Chelsea Leigh Dickson (’11) to Steven Lendon Goza (’05) on March 29, 2014. Erin Huddleston (’05) and Jaime Correa Velez, married June 27, 2014 Kimberly Banks O’Neal (’07) to Mark Alan Turley on December 28, 2013. Alicia T. Thomas (Former Student) to Temothy L. Nelson (’07) on September 28, 2013. Katie McCauley (’08) and Phillip Glasgow (’09) were married on May 4, 2013. Ashley Beasley (’08) wed Jason Williams (’09) on March 16, 2013. Fred-Allen Self (’10) married Matthew Boldebuck on October 12, 2013.

BIRTHS Tavi and Angela (‘94) Edwords-Nino, a son, Jacob Harris, born August 26, 2013. Ernie (‘00, ‘03) and Felicia (Bledsoe) (‘99, ‘02, ‘12) Higgs, adopted a son, Skyler James, born January 5, 2011. Matthew (‘00) and Julie (Pennington) (‘02) Hardee, a son, Slate Emery, born March 29, 2014. Mike (‘01) and Meredith (Williams) (‘01) Whitfield, a son, Micah Kristopher, born November 16, 2013. Kyle (‘03) and January (Baumgardner) (‘00) Schultz, a daughter, Ella Hazel, born August 31, 2013. Steven (‘05) and Tiffiney (Greer) (‘03) Carter, a son, Chandler Steven, born December 17, 2013. Robert (‘05) and Kimberly Fulmer, a daughter, Abigale Hyla, born July 9, 2013.

Michael and Ashley (Parker) (‘05) Graves, a daughter, Genevieve Estelle, born August 6, 2014. J.J. (‘05) and Lisa Hendrix, a daughter, Lily Jane, born January 12, 2013. Thomas (‘05) and Kimberly Saul, a son, Liam Patrick, born August 15, 2014. Jonathan and Genia (Bailey) (‘06, ‘09) Campbell, a daughter, Drew Bailey, born December 17, 2013. Andy and Lindsey (Sullivan) (‘07, ‘08) Forga, a daughter, Spencer, born January 1, 2014. Mathew (‘07) and Tara (Reese) (‘09) Thornton, a son, Fitz Daniel, born April 17, 2013. Michael and Rachel (Bird) (‘08) Chance, a son, Michael, born January 3, 2013. Kale (‘08) and Kaitlen (Garrison) (‘08) Gober, a son, Knox Alan, born November 21, 2014. Robert (‘09) and Anna (Eudy) (‘07) Espinoza, a son, Phillip Allen, born August 22, 2014. Thomas (‘09) and Stephanie (Blalack) (‘09) Rizzo, a son, Luca Thomas, born April 18, 2014. Eric (‘10) and Elissa Johnson, a daughter, Emma Lee, born December 11, 2013. Douglas and Dayna (Munden) (‘10) Stevens, a son, Westley Alan, born July 22, 2013. Aaron (‘12) and Kristin (Land) (‘13) Cupp, a son, Bryce, born July 28, 2014. Joshua and Kayla (Pennington) (‘12) Doherty, a daughter, Cami Elise, born April 15, 2014. Luke and Natalie (Tarpley) (‘12) Leamons, a son, Wallace James, born November 30, 2014. Joel ('12) and Kara Trauger, a daughter, Abigail Marie, born November 9, 2013.

CLASS NOTES Ruth Smith (’51) and Weston Woods celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 7, 2013. Russ Melton (’57), founder and president of Diamond Bear Brewing Company, celebrated an expansion and relocation to North Little Rock with a ribbon cutting on April 21, 2014. Anna (Taylor) Blase ('64) and her husband, David Blase, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 11, 2013. Shirley Hartsfield Blakely (’66) retired in May 2014 from the Nashville (AR) School District. She taught there for 40 years. Jane Lucas (’67) was celebrated on December 18, 2014 for her 40 years of service to Group Living, Inc. of Arkadelphia. Ovita Goolsby (’67) was selected to paint the official portrait of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Lula Mae "Luge" Pate Hardman (’71) was elected mayor of Waynesville, MO. Karl Koonce (’73) just completed his 32nd year coaching track and cross country as well as teaching science. In 2012 he was named 2012 girls cross country Arkansas Coach of the year – the 8th consecutive year for him to be honored with a state coaching award in track or cross country. Jim May (’73) retired as Treasury Operations Manager from UAMS in August 2013. Ralph Wright (’73) recently retired as CEO of the American Red Cross Southwest Louisiana. Ed Dunbar (’74) is in his 34th year as chairman of the Division of Music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He also remains active as a performer. Mark Crowder (’76) recently retired as principal from Vilonia Elementary after 35 years in education. Dennis Bell (’77) retired in March 2013 after spending 24 years in the ministry. He served churches in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Dennis and his wife currently live in Graham, Texas.

Howard Glass (’77) retired from the Arkansas Department of Correction as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in July 2010. He attended classes in the Christian Education program that is sponsor by the Sunday School publishing board, National Baptist Convention and is eligible to teach in the district, state, and national level. Ross (Darrell) Godwin (’77) promoted to National Underwriting Director for Travelers Insurance. Wanda Owen Akines (’76) retired in 2014 after teaching for 37 years – the first two in the Forrest City School District and the last 35 in The White Hall School District at Moody Elementary. Gaynell King Jamison (’79) was named Pre-K Director for Monticello School District for the 2013-2014 school year. She previously served as a Reading Specialist and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, serving four school districts in Southeast Arkansas. Jamison was also featured in the August 2013 SEALife Magazine published by the Pine Bluff Commercial. Kent McAnally (’80) is currently serving as president of the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE). He is Director of Career Services at Washburn University. David Carpenter (’82) was named Football Coach of the Year after leading Junction City to its third consecutive Class 2A State Championship. Karen Garcia (’83) was name Woman of the Year by Spa Area BPW (Business and Professional Women) and was recognized during National Business Women’s Week in Hot Springs. COL Phil Foster (’84) recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years. He now works for Raytheon in Dallas, Texas as a materials program manager. He received an MBA in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in January 2014. David Emerson (’85) has served as regional Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Region since November 2013.



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Jane Adams (’87) is now CFO at Munro & Company, Inc. (via linkedin)

Medicine, was a recipient of the 2014 Seeds of Science research grant.

University, specializing in the Civil War and American Military History.

working towards a BFA in Computer Animation.

Toni Crowder (’87) joined Randolph-Macon College as an adjunct voice faculty member.

Lori Ross (’01) has been named Arkadelphia Market President at Bank of the Ozarks.

Kyla Dodd Farler (’12) passed her CPA exam and also began attending law school at UALR Bowen School of Law.

Mark Trout (’88) published his first book entitled "A Dad's Journey." He also is the author of the blog “Holding Together the Jello.”

Leslie Lambert Penfield (’03) has been named Assistant Principal at Salem Elementary School in Bryant School District.

Krista Hatfield (’07) Worked 2 1/2 years in public accounting with BKD, LLP and served as Staff Auditor for Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit for over 4 years. She obtained Certified Fraud Examiner licensure in 2013 and currently works for Office of the Controller in California. She is also studying for her Master of Science in accounting. Bethany Langston Berry (’08) oversees 24 employees in 11 Acceptance Now locations in the Little Rock area, helping customers with our financial services as the youngest District Manager in the Region.

Ida Lynn Lamb Means (‘36), 99, of Memphis, Tenn. - October 30, 2013

Alia Nurmohamed O’Neill (’04) achieved PHR (Professional in Human Resources) certification in June 2013. She is currently serving as HR Generalist at Port of Houston Authority.

Kathleen Marleneanu (’08) earned a MEd in Learning Systems Technology and has been accepted onto the Arkansas Arts Council's Arts in Education Artist Roster in the field of dance.

Wilhelmina North Phillips (‘36), 98, of Waco, Texas - December 17, 2012

Jay Epperhart (’05) was recently hired as Product Manager at Corrigo.

John Cody Graves ('09) earned a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in spring 2014.

James M May (‘38), 99, of Lincoln, Neb. March 30, 2014

Rob Barnwell (’89) was named Superintendent of Jefferson Independent School District in Jefferson, Texas. Colonel Gary Mann (’90) was selected for promotion to Colonel in the US Army. Susan Gaither-Maddox (’95) has been an instructor in the Business Division of National Park Community College since 1997. In 2011 she was named Business Division Chair. Dr. Jason Morrison (’96) was named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma. He also became a peer reviewer for The Higher Learning Commission in 2014. LCDR Michelle Ortiz, NC, USNR (’96) is the Forensic Healthcare Coordinator and Sexual Assault Forensic Examin-er (SAFE) Program Manager at NMCP.. Mark Anderson (’98) was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Dr. Stanley K. Ellis (’98) founded the B.E.L.L. program, a non-profit public charity organization serving 6th-12th grade inner city, male youth in Central Arkansas by developing and strengthening real world skills such as literacy and business etiquette. Paul Gatling (’98) has been named associate publisher of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. Glen Beedle (’99) has been promoted to Finance and Accounting Branch Manager for the AR Department of Emergency Management. Monica Hatley-Carr (’00) wrote a children's book called “I Love the Color Pink, the Adventures of Laci Macasey.” It won the Five Star Award from the Readers Favorite Organization for receiving a 5 star review. Dr. Robert L. Eoff (’00), Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the UAMS College of



Shannon Frazeur (‘04) has served since December 2013 as Project Specialist for Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation and helps to manage AEAF's three business plan competitions. She earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2013.

Dr. J.J. Hendrix (’05) received his Doctor of Ministry in the field of Religious Education and Communication from the Theological University of America in May 2013. J.J. currently serves as a pastor for North Jefferson Church of Christ in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Rev. Deborah “JoAnne” Pounds (’05) was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church on June 2, 2014. She also earned her Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in 2014 and is an Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Monroe, Louisiana. Dr. Josh Dilley (’05) is studying cardiac anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. Amber Decker (’06) accepted a position in the Garden Grove Unified School District (California) as an Instructional Aide II-Special Needs. Robin Kidd (‘06) accepted a position as Instructional Designer for Walmart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas, in November 2013. Mary Leigh (’06) earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English and was hired in January 2015 as a Humanities Instructor at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Drew Bledsoe (’07) was appointed as Assistant Professor of History at Lee

Ben Sivertson (’09) accepted a position as Assistant Controller-Operations for Rembrandt Foods in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Billy Jack Gibson (’10) graduated from University of Arkansas School of Law in spring 2013 and passed the Arkansas Bar Exam in summer 2013. He operates a solo practice in Malvern. Mikki Lee Hastings (’10) is the Emergency Manager and Fire Service Coordinator for Clark County. She is also an instructor of Emergency Management at National Park Community College. Jessica Wyatt Ledbetter (’10) was named the new Program Coordinator for the Welcome to Arkansas Program. Tiffany McNeal (’10) was named Director of Communications for the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce. Dayna Munden Stevens (’10) has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.


Claudine Riggins Morgan (‘36), 100, of Austin, Texas - June 20, 2014

Kenneth Edwin Gulledge (‘38), 94, of Pensacola, Fla. - February 4, 2013

Emma Smith Rucks (‘38, ‘62), 96, of Hot Springs - April 8, 2013 James Earl Westbrook (‘39), 98, of Russellville - June 7, 2014


Gus R Phillips (‘40), 95, of Evans, Ga. - May 2, 2013 Elaine Walters Hall (‘41), 95, of Fairfax, Va. - December 15, 2013 Young M Orsburn (‘41), 96, of Little Rock March 31, 2013 Ruth McDill Cary (‘42), 93, of Orlando, Fla. - February 25, 2014 DeWanda Hedgecock England (‘42), 91, of Brookshire, Texas - July 10, 2014 Mary Sue Clark Malcolm (‘42), 92, of Little Rock - March 30, 2013 E Glenn Chapman (‘43), 94, of Orlando, Fla. - June 30, 2013 Margaret Gill Hein (‘43), 92, of Arkadelphia - February 10, 2014

Jamie Rene Casey (’12) was accepted into the Physician Assistant program at Harding University.

India Hankins Swepston (‘43), 91, of The Woodlands, Texas - November 20, 2012

Gabrielle Ray (’12) is currently a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design

Margie Lou Ballew (‘44, ‘56), 97, of Caddo Valley - September 29, 2014

Marilyn Autrey Masse (‘44), 90, of Roswell, N.M. - December 26, 2012

Frances Carolyn Trice Barrett (‘52), 80, of Corpus Christi, Texas - December 18, 2012

Frances Cox Evans (‘55), 80, of Lonoke August 21, 2013

Billy J McKnight (‘59), 83, of Bradford October 22, 2013

Mary Sue Gordon Parham (‘44), 89, of Camden - March 24, 2014

Billy Arnold Conrad (‘52), 85, of Fayetteville - July 24, 2014

Glenda Darden Fite (‘55), 78, of El Dorado - March 22, 2013

Stanley R Reed (‘59), 82, of Batesville August 15, 2013

James B Colvert (‘47), 92, of Athens, Ga. January 13, 2013

Gwendolyn Stuckey Cupp (‘52), 84, of Hot Springs - October 5, 2014

Marvin T Frazier (‘55), 79, of Fordyce June 13, 2013

Horace Otto Reibe (‘59), 81, of San Angelo, Texas - September 26, 2014

Saralou Raymond Gifford (‘47), 90, of Little Rock - December 3, 2014

Pauline Tackett Garner (‘52), 86, of Chattanooga, Tenn. - February 14, 2014

Alice Jett Mertz (‘55, ‘60), 85, of Hot Springs - March 20, 2013

Patricia Barwick Rupp (‘59), 77, of Marietta, Pa. - January 6, 2013

Virginia Jackson Hamner (‘52, ‘66), 87, of Winnsboro, Texas - August 13, 2014

Barbara Daniel Steiner (‘55), 79, of Boulder, Colo. - January 29, 2014

Ruth H Sealy (‘59), 86, of Hot Springs March 23, 2014

Burvie H Sheets (‘52), 91, of Florissant, Mo. - June 26, 2014

Lucy Baskin Taylor (‘55), 81, of Warren December 4, 2014

Frankie Whitley Terry (‘59), 79, of Hot Springs - December 27, 2014

Hubert T Williams (‘52), 84, of De Queen February 27, 2014

Don A Grisham (‘56), 84, of Hot Springs August 4, 2014

Dewitt Tidwell (‘59, ‘61), 81, of Mount Ida August 7, 2013

Frances Louise Spivey Baber (‘53, ‘63), 94, of Little Rock - August 19, 2014

Charles Ray Hancock (‘56), 79, of Ruston, La. - June 2, 2014

Annice Marie Eldridge White (‘59), 77, of Sherwood - May 2, 2014

Katy Mae Hardage Holt (‘53, ‘65), 90, of Arkadelphia - December 4, 2014

Delma L Manning (‘56), 80, of Benbrook, Texas - October 31, 2013

Thomas Wells Killough, Jr (‘53), 82, of Searcy - March 23, 2014

Jackie Fay Hill McDonald (‘56), 86, of Texarkana - October 2, 2013

David A Lockwood (‘53), 85, of Hot Springs - March 22, 2014

Clinton “Pop” Sanders (‘56), 84, of Malvern - September 30, 2013

Bill Wallis Neel (‘53), 85, of Monticello May 17, 2014

Evelyn Richardson Burns (‘57), 78, of Hot Springs - December 11, 2014

Fred H Germann (‘50), 86, of Camden December 18, 2013

Erma Best Phillips (‘53, ‘67), 91, of Monticello - August 2, 2014

Billy J Harris (‘57), 82, of Wake Village, Texas - March 12, 2014

Marshall Dwight Jones (‘50, ‘59), 86, of Nashville - July 9, 2013

Byron Damon Thompson (‘53), 85, of Little Rock - August 28, 2014

Murl E Harris (‘57, ‘59), 86, of Hot Springs October 23, 2013

Helen Tillman McClung (’50), 89, of Bossier City, La. - December 31, 2012

Mary Jo Richardson Arnold (‘54), 81, of North Little Rock - January 27, 2014

William Hale Hunt (‘57), 85, of Malvern October 3, 2014

John E McGee (‘50), 87, of Monroe, Ohio May 2, 2013

William E Linton (‘54), 83, of Fort Smith May 24, 2014

Royce F “Roy” Short (‘57), 84, of Amity October 23, 2013

Wanda Sorrels Click (‘61, ‘70), 82, of Winthrop - January 29, 2014

Willia Jo Womack Ray (‘50), 90, of Murfreesboro - February 15, 2013

Jean Morrow Lockwood (‘54), 81, of Hot Springs - March 11, 2014

Thomas C Wilkerson (‘57), 78, of Bentonville - November 24, 2013

Ruth Lazelle Couch (‘61), 77, of Beebe July 26, 2014

Margaret Dunnahoe Schad (‘50), 85, of Tulsa, Okla. - December 3, 2013

Kirby Carlton McGraw (‘54), 84, of Beebe - June 4, 2014

Jess E Grissom (‘58), 78, of Wake Village, Texas - January 11, 2014

Myrtle Elizabeth McMaster Larson (‘61), 100, of Gillham - December 13, 2014

Jacquelynn Browning Spann (‘50), 88, of Little Rock - December 6, 2014

Lawrence H Roberts (‘54), 86, of Hot Springs - October 22, 2014

Carolyn Vanderslice Lewis (‘58), 76, of Arkadelphia - June 22, 2014

Albert R Pendergraft (‘61), 81, of Onia October 23, 2013

Raymond C Toler (‘50), 86, of Arkadelphia - June 12, 2014

Jules L Rousseau (‘54), 80, of Texarkana, Texas - January 27, 2013

Thompson S “Tom” Williams (‘58), 76, of Apex, N.C. - October 12, 2013

Mary Morgan Pettigrew (‘61), 73, of Foreman - November 17, 2012

Carroll Denton Voss (‘50), 87, of Malvern December 8, 2013

Patricia “Patsy” Ellis Allison (‘55), 79, of Forrest City - January 8, 2014

Thomas D Gladden (‘59), 87, of Katy, Texas - March 19, 2013

Mary Baker Rushing (‘61), 84, of Hot Springs - August 15, 2013

Charles Lee Gray (‘47), 95, of Benton December 8, 2013 Mary “Sue” Haynie Herndon (‘47), 87, of Knoxville, Tenn. - April 30, 2014 Lila Sullenberger Thompson (‘47, ‘72), 89, of Arkadelphia - April 22, 2014 Charles Weber Dews (‘48), 91, of Tallahassee, Fla. - August 29, 2013 Jane Elizabeth McIlroy Duvall (‘49), 85, of Heber Springs - November 28, 2013 Herbert D Gates (‘49), 89, of Camden February 4, 2014 Sarah Beth Morgan Kinard (‘49, ‘57), 99, of El Dorado - November 22, 2014 Leonard L Rollins (‘49), 88, of Mount Pleasant, Tex - February 14, 2014



Eva Faye Massey Coe (‘60), 86, of Ocala, Fla. - July 9, 2013 Ronald Marvin Colvert (‘60), 80, of Pine Bluff - November 21, 2013 Ava Hinton Harris (‘60, ‘67), 98, of Shreveport, La. - January 11, 2013 Bill Holbert (‘60), 75, of North Little Rock August 30, 2014 Kirby Wayne Hosey, Sr (‘60), 74, of Hallsville, Texas - June 13, 2013 Jerry L McKinney (‘60), 76, of Conroe, Texas - October 15, 2014 William M Thomas (‘60), 82, of Hot Springs - May 2, 2013



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Shirley Ann Holley Taylor (‘61), 79, of Pueblo, Colo. - December 20, 2014

Barbara Crook Gray (‘65), 69, of Bauxite December 21, 2013

Thomas Everett Hancock (‘67), 70, of De Queen - September 26, 2014

Joe C Walker, Jr (‘61), 80, of Little Rock December 20, 2014

Jerry Lee Guthrie (‘65), 72, of Gloucester, Va. - June 29, 2013

Marsha Nell Holloway Henry (‘67), 69, of Mayflower - December 4, 2013

Voniece Webb Dawley (‘62), 74, of Arkadelphia - October 19, 2014

James Rodney Holden (‘65), 74, of Hot Springs - October 3, 2013

George H Sharpe (‘67), 70, of Buffalo, N.Y. - February 14, 2014

John Edward “Eddie” Ferguson, Jr (‘62), 77, of Texarkana, Texas - September 9, 2013

Agatha F Holmes (‘65), 87, of Pine Bluff January 19, 2013

Thomas Blake Barksdale (‘68), 68, of Amity - September 9, 2013

Shelby L Fryar (‘62, ‘69), 75, of Hot Springs - September 5, 2014

Loritta Jean Meador Johnson (‘65), 71, of Bluff City - November 4, 2014

Neita D Buck (‘68), 68, of Martinez, Ga. January 28, 2014

Eloise Davis Stobaugh (‘62, ‘67), 71, of Mena - November 2, 2012

Sylvia Toy Lovil Laurent (‘65), 79, of Murfreesboro - August 9, 2012

Paul Clanton (‘68), 68, of Brookhaven, Miss - October 9, 2013

Wilma Sue Boyd Viar (‘62), 73, of Chesapeake, Va. - February 15, 2014

Jimmie B Quinn (‘65), 70, of Pine Bluff October 22, 2013

Lillie Alston Scott (‘68), 89, of Las Vegas, Nev. - December 8, 2013

Phillip M Davis (‘63), 72, of Tull - April 5, 2014

Lillian Juanita Holman Rainwater (‘65), 84, of Mena - September 17, 2013

James Robert “Bob” Slayden (‘68), 75, of Paragould - January 29, 2013

Judy Griffin (‘63), 72, of West Memphis July 1, 2013

Walter Douglas Rather (‘65), 72, of Rogers - August 5, 2014

Sarah Jenkins Ward (‘68), 84, of Little Rock - May 10, 2013

William Harris (‘63), 76, of Ozan - July 25, 2013

John R Rigdon (‘65), 70, of Festus, Mo. September 18, 2012

Richard S Boothman (‘69), 66, of Little Rock - February 13, 2014

Garrett Cowenhoven (‘71), 65, of Fremont, Calif. - July 22, 2013

Jeff McMaster (‘63), 73, of Weatherford, Texas - June 19, 2014

Louise Ryan Sexton (‘65), 83, of Longview, Texas - December 26, 2012

Nina “Susan” Erwin Bright (‘69), 67, of Arkadelphia - April 29, 2014

Daniel Davis (‘71), 64, of Benton - January 14, 2014

Donald F Presley (‘63), 73, of Hot Springs January 7, 2014

Ronnie M Adams (‘66), 69, of Atlanta, Ga. - September 2, 2013

Billie Mabry Cannon (‘69), 71, of Hot Springs - November 15, 2013

Sue Thompson Harmon (‘71), 67, of Colorado City, Colo. - November 24, 2013

Nancy Reese Helmer (‘64), 71, of Double Oak, Texas - October 22, 2013

Elmer H Greenlee (‘66), 91, of Hot Springs - July 3, 2013

Patsy Claire Mooney Chambers (‘69), 79, of Mountain Home - August 30, 2014

James Elwin Johnson (‘71), 66, of Little Rock - February 17, 2014

Bobby N Henderson (‘64), 72, of Hope May 2, 2013

Jimmy W Harris (‘66), 72, of Odessa, Texas - August 23, 2013

James David Chambliss (‘69), 67, of Bearden - October 13, 2013

Michael T “Mike” McGuire (‘71), 70, of Houston, Texas - September 21, 2013

Pearl E “Betty” Coulter Henderson (‘64), 80, of Hot Springs - June 6, 2014

James B “Jim” Hill (‘66), 75, of Nashville December 11, 2013

Louise Teal Dial (‘69), 66, of Lonsdale - July 22, 2013

Jimmy T Townsend (‘71), 85, of Texarkana - April 30, 2013

Jerry Wilson Lybrand (‘64), 71, of White Hall - December 24, 2013

Walter Wesley Laster (‘66), 72, of Springdale - December 4, 2014

Larry M Kilgore (‘69), 67, of Anniston, Ala. - March 2, 2014

Michael Dean Ward (‘71), 63, of Hot Springs - August 6, 2013

Bill G Mauldin (‘64), 70, of Little Rock August 22, 2013

Doris Osburn Millican (‘66, ‘71), 90, of El Dorado - April 27, 2013

Jerry E Pate (‘69), 67, of Atlanta, Texas December 26, 2013

Steve Dennis Fikes (‘72), 67, of North Little Rock - November 19, 2014

Everett Dail Stiles (‘64), 70, of Little Rock - April 9, 2013

Richard Slagle (‘66), 68, of Hot Springs January 11, 2013

Neville S Saylor (‘69), 90, of Baton Rouge, La. - June 12, 2013

Geraldine Daniell Golden (‘72), 88, of Arkadelphia - October 31, 2014

Charles E Ward (‘64), 70, of Grove, Okla. January 23, 2013

Mary Nell Ashcraft Atkinson (‘67), 69, of Pine Bluff - November 29, 2012

Hylus Franklin Singleton (‘69), 72, of Pine Bluff - October 13, 2014

Georgia Ann Amis Harvill (‘72), 85, of Camden - June 20, 2014

Colbert L “Bare” Barentine (‘65), 70, of Texarkana - October 10, 2013

Jerry D Childers (‘67), 69, of Gurdon - April 14, 2014

Norma Sue Stroope (‘69, ‘72), 65, of Camden - February 23, 2014

Kathy Diane Reaves Majors (‘72), 64, of Hot Springs - January 29, 2014

Juanita McKenzie Baskin Barringer (‘65, ‘75), 91, of Little Rock - December 3, 2013

Peggy Riggan French (‘67), 83, of Hot Springs - April 8, 2014

Jessee “Bruce” Ward (‘69), 65, of Savoy, Texas - January 3, 2014

Michael Wayne Peterson (‘72), 63, of Little Rock - November 1, 2012

Suzanne Davidson (‘65), 67, of Emmet November 1, 2012

Betty Holloway Gault (‘67), 79, of Benton December 8, 2013



Maudine Carroll Ault Hebert (‘70), 81, of Cedar City, Utah - October 22, 2013 Don W Helms (‘70), 66, of Fayetteville November 25, 2014 Jimmy W Hinsley (‘70), 66, of Lockesburg August 2, 2013 Jon G Keel (‘70), 66, of Benton - January 13, 2014 Sharon Louise Miller (‘70), 65, of Redmond, Ore. - February 13, 2013 Opal Esteene Callaway Shepherd (‘70, ‘74), 88, of Arkadelphia - August 7, 2013 Robert Lee Akers (‘71), 66, of Mena - July 20, 2014 Mary LaVerne Elliott Blackwell (‘71), 66, of Sterling Heights, Mich. - March 27, 2014 Kenneth A Bynum (‘71, ‘73), 79, of Waldron - March 6, 2013

Bessie Vondell Guthrie VanBebber (‘72), 87, of Hot Springs - January 9, 2014

John W Craig (‘73), 64, of Pine Bluff December 14, 2014

Larry Rhodes (‘79), 57, of Hot Springs April 1, 2013

Beverly A Mills Thielsen (‘92), 72, of Hot Springs - December 19, 2013

Gloria Parker Confer (’41 - ‘42), 90, of Stillwater, Okla. - March 24, 2013

Sybil Grine Johnston (‘73), 78, of Statesboro, Ga. - February 13, 2014

Corinne Puckett Winston (‘79), 84, of Sheridan - May 5, 2014

Billy N Cook (‘93), 68, of Arkadelphia - April 18, 2013

Elizabeth Ann Lay Wheelis (‘41 - ‘43), 89, of Midland, Texas - November 16, 2013

Brinda Davis Woodall (‘93), 57, of Amity July 21, 2013

Charles E Holmes (‘46 - ‘49), 86, of Hampton - March 12, 2013

Janice Caswell Hackley (‘94), 62, of Sheridan - August 25, 2014

Patsy Nelline Taylor Glover (‘53 - ‘54), 79, of Hot Springs - July 28, 2014

Debbie Ruth Fuller Siratt (‘94), 53, of Donaldson - August 7, 2013

Robert Manning Jones (‘54 - ‘59), 82, of Bryant - March 18, 2014

Wanda Thomason Wright (‘94), 65, of De Witt - April 6, 2014

Eddie A Howard (‘55 - ‘58), 78, of Malvern December 17, 2013

Jimmy L McGee (‘73), 62, of Lewisburg, Tenn. - February 4, 2014 Terry Sims (‘73, ‘77), 66, of Hot Springs September 18, 2014 Charles Larry Tucker (‘73, ‘75), 63, of Plano, Texas - August 14, 2013 Letha Ann Wooldridge Rupert (‘74), 67, of Las Vegas, Nev. - May 14, 2014 Nina Bell Tillery (‘74, ‘89), 80, of Hot Springs - August 31, 2014 Karen Hayes Martin (‘75), 60, of Hamburg - May 23, 2014 Richard S Wagner (‘75, ‘77), 64, of Waldron - December 12, 2012 Janet Elaine Reinmiller Bailey (‘76), 57, of Little Rock - January 22, 2013 Aultus M Block (‘76), 81, of Mabelvale March 27, 2013 Charles William Brooks (‘76), 67, of Benton - February 28, 2014 Lawrence O Hamilton (‘76), 59, of Brooklyn, N.Y. - April 3, 2014 Hattie Meyer Janek (‘76), 66, of Bismarck November 13, 2013 Betty Dixon Jones (‘76, ‘77), 82, of Benton - July 18, 2014 Richard L Sutton (‘76), 64, of Malvern November 8, 2014 Harold J Wilson (‘76), 83, of Unionville, Conn. - August 20, 2013 Reva Jeanette Blacknall (‘77), 58, of Little Rock - May 21, 2014


John Wayne “Blue” Stephens (‘80), 65, of Arkadelphia - October 4, 2013 Samuel “Fred” Williams (‘80), 61, of Hot Springs - January 3, 2014 Marion M Smith (‘81), 57, of Hot Springs March 31, 2014 Jerry Clinton Buck (‘82), 54, of Sheridan November 26, 2014 Patricia A Bass Nance (‘82), 76, of Benton - September 22, 2013 Martin Al “Coach” Harrell (‘83, ‘04), 52, of Lono - November 8, 2012 Nancy Jo Baumgardner Marion (‘83, ‘90), 57, of Gurdon - October 10, 2014 Martin Edwin Best (‘84), 51, of The Woodlands, Texas - November 22, 2013 Gabriele Spanel (‘84), 58, of White Hall August 9, 2013

Cynthia Brock (‘96), 43, of El Dorado January 25, 2014 John Erbert Rima (‘96), 62, of Hot Springs November 27, 2013 Jason G Couch (‘97), 43, of Summerville, S.C. - February 19, 2014 Daniel L Johnson (‘97), 41, of Hot Springs December 19, 2014 Muriel Elaine White Davis (‘99), 66, of White Hall - July 13, 2014


Hubert Earl Willis, Jr (‘84), 70, of Bismarck - April 12, 2014

Towanna Foreman (‘03), 33, of Memphis, Tenn. - October 22, 2013

Joe P Riley (‘86), 54, of Eagle Lake, Fla March 2, 2014

Jacob Thomas Harrell (‘04), 33, of Sherwood - January 31, 2014

Janice Toland Foshee (‘87), 82, of Gurdon September 12, 2013 Jeffrey Durand Smith (‘87), 49, of Hot Springs - October 10, 2014 Gary Lynn Keeney (‘88, ‘02), 63, of Plainview - March 28, 2013 Larry D Rodgers (‘89), 67, of Hot Springs March 26, 2014


Father Linus C Ukomadu (‘05), 55, of Malvern - May 21, 2014 Rachel L Schwartz (‘06), 32, of Russellville - March 30, 2014 Wendell Scott Turner (‘07), 33, of Ozan August 18, 2014


Laurence Brannan Adkins (‘56 - ‘69), 79, of Hot Springs - October 25, 2014 Claudell Pinkerton (‘60 - ‘63), 69, of Newhope - November 1, 2012 Georgia Mae Simpson (‘70 - ‘71), 94, of Houston, Tex - June 5, 2014 James Howard Morrison (‘71 - ‘78), 62, of Arkadelphia - September 19, 2014 Natalie Mizenko (‘76), 55, of Hot Springs March 11, 2013 Alta Dean Short (‘87 - ‘89), 68, of Malvern December 26, 2012

Faculty and Staff William “Bill” Akin (Retired Faculty), 83, of Hot Springs - October 25, 2014 Kathryn Louise Cotton Hesse (Retired Staff), 78, of Arkadelphia - January 15, 2014 Manuel Ramirez (Retired Faculty), 91, Nashville, Tenn. - March 16, 2015 Connie Roberts (Retired Faculty), 74, of Fayetteville - March 16, 2015

Ben Alexander Glenn (‘11), 26, of Wynne September 12, 2014

Shanta Sharma (Faculty), 79, of Arkadelphia - October 25, 2014

Lee Vernon Jernigan (‘12), 59, of Hot Springs - December 18, 2014

Doris Hazel Thomason Suitor (Retired Staff), 86, of Arkadelphia - December 22, 2014

Robin Miller Braun (‘77, ‘78), 59, of Hot Springs - October 15, 2014

Gloria Jones Cain (‘90), 68, of Royal - May 19, 2013

Sherrye Levette Williams (‘77, ‘88), 58, of Little Rock - September 6, 2013

Alison D Stallones Garner (‘91, ‘97), 59, of Little Rock - December 26, 2014

Debbie Grey Blanton (‘78), 63, of Gurdon - May 18, 2014

Patricia Hamilton Mitchell (‘91), 47, of Sycamore, Ill. - January 8, 2013

Mary Adalaide Johnson Hall (‘30 - ‘33), 101, of Little Rock - May 30, 2014

Sharon Kay Harris Rowland (‘78), 61, of Mena - December 3, 2012

Martin Lee Mooneyham (‘91), 50, of Little Rock - April 27, 2014

William H Bowen (‘41 - ‘43), 91, of Little Rock - November 12, 2014

Former Students



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Scholarships Create Reddie Legacy


hen you purchase or renew your Henderson State University license plate, you are supporting the Reddie family! Proceeds from the license plates support the Legacy Scholarship program, which provides private scholarships to freshmen who are the children or grandchildren of Henderson graduates. Visit your local Revenue Office or contact the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration to find out how you can show your Reddie pride on your ride and support the Legacy Scholarship program. This year’s recipients are:


Katie Henson, daughter of Ginger Henson (‘94) and granddaughter of Tommy Henson (‘60)

Justin Stewart, son of Susan Stewart (‘11)

Spencer Tuggle, daughter of Dennis (‘84) and Dana Burrough Tuggle (‘85, ‘95)

Carrie Herron, daughter of Vince (‘99) and Carla Wright Herron (‘96) and granddaughter of Bill (‘70) and Gayle Mauldin Wright (‘87) Bethany Briley, daughter of Tonia Lynn Briley (‘92, ‘93) and granddaughter to Claudia Briley (‘70)



Braden Archer, grandson of C.A. Archer (‘60)

Erin Jane Winiecki, daughter of Jayna Winiecki (‘85)

John McManus, son of Karen McManus (‘76)

Shelby Stone, daughter of Brandon (‘95) and Jennilyn Stone (‘96)

Cole Oden, son of Cynthia Oden (‘83)

pplications are now available online at

• K a y e l y n B i b b , granddaughter of Elizabeth “Betty” Lamb Bibb (‘66) • Miranda Blankenship, granddaughter of Donna Sue Hutcherson (‘80)

• Parker Hancock, son of Michael (‘89) and Julia (‘91) Hancock and grandson of Robbie (‘60) and Lillie Hancock (‘65) •

McKayla Arnold, daughter of Dwight Stuart (‘76)

Samantha Elliott, daughter of Stephen Elliot (‘87)

Cayden Quillin, son of Leigh Ann Quillin (‘97)

Adason Franks, daughter of Janet Franks (‘86, ‘00)


he Henderson Fund supported three major projects this past year: Innovative Instruction Initiative, seated choral risers in Russell Fine Arts, and sending a student to the Arkansas Student Leadership Forum.

forum, designed to help students continue their leadership initiatives on and off campus. Humphrey was also chosen to attend the National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., where she learned much more about serving as a leader for Henderson and Arkadelphia.

Innovative Instruction Initiative

“I left with a lot of motivation to continue my leadership role on and off campus, Humphrey said. “I know I have a purpose, I have passion, and I will be productive. I want to thank Henderson Fund donors who made this possible.”

The Henderson Fund sponsors this mini-grant program that seeks proposals from faculty that demonstrate innovative approaches for integrating technology into teaching and learning across campus and beyond. By supporting faculty in creating or using technology resources, activities, and methods, this program will build foundations for future instructional innovation. “The Innovative Instruction Initiative (I3) at Henderson seeks to explore and effectively integrate existing and emergent technologies for more effective teaching and learning across campus and beyond,” Adkison said. “By supporting faculty in creating or using technology-leveraged curricular resources, learning activities, and methods, the I3 will both explore and build foundations for the future instructional innovation and learning effectiveness.”

Arkansas Student Leadership Forum Henderson senior Brittney Humphrey attended this

Choral Risers in Russell Fine Arts Thanks to the Henderson Fund, the Department of Music was able to replace seated risers in the choral room. New, durable, high-quality risers provide a safer environment for choral students as well as greater flexibility of rehearsal space, allowing the department to simulate a variety of performance environments and better tell the story of Henderson.

“The seated risers in the Russell Fine Arts choir room are used by music students on a daily basis,” said Dr. Ryan Fox, Director of Choral Activities. “The new seated risers, are durable, high-quality equipment that will last for many years, and these new seated risers are an investment in Reddie students.”



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Non Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Little Rock, AR Permit No. 1357

Office of Institutional Advancement 1100 Henderson Street, Box 7540, 7703 Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001

2015 Henderson State Football Schedule


vs. Southeastern Oklahoma 6:10 p.m., Durant, Okla.


vs. East Central, 7 p.m., Arkadelphia


vs. Northwestern Oklahoma 7 p.m., Alva, Okla.


vs. Southwestern Oklahoma 2 p.m., Arkadelphia


vs. Arkansas Tech 2 p.m., Arkadelphia (Hall of Honor)


vs. Harding 6 p.m., Searcy


vs. Arkansas-Monticello 3 p.m., Monticello


vs. Southern Arkansas 2 p.m., Arkadelphia (Homecoming)


vs. Oklahoma Baptist Noon, Shawnee, Okla.


vs. Ouachita Baptist 1 p.m., Arkadelphia


vs. Southern Nazarene 2 p.m., Arkadelphia

For the latest information on Reddie sports, visit

Spirit Magazine - Spring 2015  

The Spirit is Henderson State University's alumni magazine. The Spring 2015 edition features a preview of Henderson State's 125th birthday c...