Alumni News Archive

Gerth credits his business management education

Nathan Gerth said he always wanted to be his own boss. He envisioned a business consisting of indoor skydiving and private charter flights. Gerth enrolled at Henderson State University as an aviati...  READ MORE 

Schurra passes New York Bar Exam

Caroline "Lily" Schurra has graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law and recently passed the New York State Bar Exam. Schurra graduated from Henderson State in 2013 with a bachelor's ...  READ MORE 

Williams finds nursing 'very gratifying'

Jason Williams gained an interest in medicine and helping people after his younger brother began having seizures shortly after birth. “I can remember wanting to grow up and find a cure fo...  READ MORE 

A three-generation homecoming connection

Shae Rogers, a senior marketing major from Foreman, is a third generation student at Henderson State University. This year, she is also a second generation homecoming queen candidate. Her mother, K...  READ MORE 

Accounting degree helps Whitaker find success

Todd Whitaker said he developed an interest in accounting during his junior year at Arkadelphia High School when he took his first accounting class. “I had a strong business interest, but...  READ MORE 

Henderson alum is teacher of year semifinalist

Henderson State University alumnus Brian Leonard was recently recognized as one of four semifinalists for 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Leonard graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in mathematics. Le...  READ MORE 

Terauchi an advocate for early childhood intervention

Ashlee Terauchi had a difficult time deciding if she wanted to major in education or law. She opted to pursue a degree in education and earned her B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in 20...  READ MORE 

Horton handles fisheries issues for foundation

As a young fisheries biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Chris Horton learned early on that natural resource management is as much about working with people as it is fish and wild...  READ MORE 

M.B.A. degree takes Henderson alum to the top

Brent Sharpmack joined the Little Rock CPA firm Hudson, Cisne & Co. immediately after earning his M.B.A. from Henderson State in 2003. After passing his CPA exam, Sharpmack was promoted to seni...  READ MORE 

Counselor Education: Alum says Henderson changed his life

Aresh Assadi’s parents had always wanted the first generation college student (and American) to be a doctor. He came to Henderson State University in 2002 with that goal in mind, but the ...  READ MORE 

Psychology 'has a little bit of everything' for alumnus

After encountering the subject of psychology for the first time in an introductory college course, Blake Erickson immediately felt attracted to it. Erickson graduated from Henderson State Universit...  READ MORE 

Alumnus living his dream as a pilot

Dan Garrison always had a fascination with anything that flies. “My dad was not a pilot, but I got my aviation bug from him,” Garrison said. “He would always take the ...  READ MORE 

Henderson alum receives presidential award

Daniel Moix, a 2002 computer science graduate of Henderson State, has been named Arkansas’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for grad...  READ MORE 

Henderson to honor Duke, Jones as distinguished alumni

Henderson State University will honor a professional golfer and a recently-retired vice president as distinguished alumni Oct. 28 during homecoming. Ken Duke and Bobby Jones were selected for their...  READ MORE 

Henderson to honor Duke, Jones as distinguished alumni

Henderson State University will honor a professional golfer and a recently-retired vice president as distinguished alumni Oct. 28 during homecoming. Ken Duke and Bobby Jones were selected for their...  READ MORE 

Coty names HSU alum Shannon Curtin senior VP

Shannon Curtin, a 1999 graduate of Henderson State University, will join Coty North America this month as senior vice president of its new Consumer Beauty division. COTY has built a unique portfoli...  READ MORE 

UAMS honors HSU alum Dr. Richard Jacobs

Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., an Arkadelphia native and a 1973 Henderson State University graduate, was honored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as the 2016 College of Medicine ...  READ MORE 

Basketball writers to honor Henderson alum

David Worlock, a 1992 Henderson State graduate, will receive the Katha Quinn Award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for service to the media. Worlock has served as director of media coo...  READ MORE 

Henderson grad named state parks supervisor

Mike Wilson, a 25-year veteran of Arkansas State Parks and a Henderson State University graduate, has been named Region 4 Supervisor for Arkansas State Parks. Wilson has served as park superintende...  READ MORE 

Henderson alum to clerk for attorney general

Colton Jones, a 2012 graduate of Henderson State with a degree in business administration, is one of several new law clerks selected to work in the Arkansas Attorney General's Office. Jones, c...  READ MORE 

Army appoints Bagwell as JAG school dean

Col. Randy Bagwell, a 1987 graduate of Henderson State University, has been appointed as the next dean at the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) School in Charlottesvill...  READ MORE 

HSU alum named state parks director

Grady Spann, a 1984 graduate of Henderson State University, has been named director for Arkansas State Parks. Spann will replace current director Greg Butts who will retire Dec. 31 after 42 years w...  READ MORE 

Henderson honors distinguished alumni

Henderson State University honored John Gentry, from left, Ann Kincl, and Johnny Hudson as Distinguished Alumni at a banquet Oct. 23, 2015. The event was part of Homecoming festivities and the cele...  READ MORE 

Academy of Scholars inducts three

Henderson State University inducted three alumni into the Academy of Scholars Aug. 25 during a convocation ceremony in Arkansas Hall. The Academy is comprised of Henderson graduates who have gained...  READ MORE 

Henderson alums earn teaching awards

Several Arkansas teachers who are Henderson State alumni have been honored this year for their achievements in the classroom. Tammye Stahler, a math instructor at Harrison High School, was named 2...  READ MORE 

Henderson BSE grad honored

Henderson State University graduate Keragan McCready ('08), an offensive line coach at East Ascension High School, has been given the Strength of America Award. The honor, which was also given...  READ MORE 

Henderson grad chosen rural teacher of year

Harrison High School’s Tammye Stahler, a math instructor, is the 2015 Arkansas Rural Teacher of the Year.  Stahler has taught exclusively at rural schools, including Mena Public ...  READ MORE 

Alumni receive presidential teaching awards

Two Henderson State alumni have been named winners of the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Amanda Jones, a science teacher at Poyen High School, and Bria...  READ MORE 

Henderson alum completes leadership program

Phillip Turner, a 2014 graduate of Henderson State University, was one of 12 students this spring completing the Emerging Leaders Program sponsored by Wal-Mart. The national program places minority...  READ MORE 

HSU alum to lead state's computer science effort

The Arkansas Department of Education has named a Henderson State alumnus as its new coordinator of computer science. Anthony Owen received a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in education and comput...  READ MORE 

Golf tourney supports foundation scholarship

A golf tournament to support the Christopher Castleberry Memorial Foundation Business Scholarship will be held May 23 at DeGray Lake Golf Course. Tee-time for the two-man scramble is 9 a.m. The fo...  READ MORE 

New scholarship honors Staffords

A scholarship honoring Ellis and Beatrice Stafford has been established and will be awarded annually to Gurdon High School seniors planning to attend Henderson State University. Beatrice Stafford g...  READ MORE 

Alumnus president-elect of pediatrics association

Dr. Richard F. Jacobs, a 1973 graduate of Henderson State, is president-elect of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC). Jacobs is the Robert Fiser Jr. MD Endowed Ch...  READ MORE 

Johnson receives Westminster scholarship

Shayla Arlean Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Henderson State University, has received a Westminster Kennel Foundation scholarship. She is currently studying veterinary medicine at the Tuskegee Univers...  READ MORE 

Alum expands business with help from ASBTDC

Rafael Alvarez always knew he wanted to start his own business, but he didn’t know that one day it would be a successful restaurant. “I had lots of ideas of what I could start u...  READ MORE 

Henderson celebrates Founder's Day

Henderson State University celebrated Founder’s Day with an academic convocation on Oct. 2. Three alumni were inducted into the Henderson Academy of Scholars, which is comprised of Hender...  READ MORE 

HSU grad named Arkansas Teacher of the Year

Henderson grad Ouida Newton, who serves as a math teacher at Poyen High School, is the 2015 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, the state Department of Education announced Friday. “New...  READ MORE 

Distinguished Alumni honored

Henderson State University honored four new Distinguished Alumni at a banquet Oct. 24 in the Garrison Center Grand Ballroom. The event was part of homecoming week at Henderson. Th...  READ MORE