Alumni News Archive

Alumni Profile: Marla Strecker

Marla Strecker transferred to Henderson State as an undergraduate in 1997 after marrying her fiancé who chose Henderson for its aviation program. After completing her B.A. in English, Strecker...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Jamika Williams

Jamika Williams said she always enjoyed her family and consumer sciences courses in high school. “I developed a passion for cooking early on,” she said. “I enrolled at Henderson S...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: John Stokes

John Stokes says the middle school level presents one of the most difficult times for students. “The physical and mental changes that students go through during this time is drastic,” h...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Kelly Thomas

Kelly Thomas admits that doing digital design work for clients can be a challenge, but she appreciates the opportunity to be creative every day. Thomas, a 2015 graduate of Henderson State Univ...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Thomas Aiello

Thomas Aiello says history became his major “by default.” “I was not a history major early in my Henderson career,” he said. “I didn’t declare a major and simply...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Robin Carroll

Robin Carroll had always been interested in politics, government and social policy. It also seemed to be the best track for law school, he said. Carroll graduated from Henderson State University wi...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Sylvia Washington

After earning her degree in family consumer education at Henderson State University, Sylvia Washington returned to her hometown of El Dorado to teach family and consumer sciences at the city’...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Cole McCaskill

Cole McCaskill hadn’t always been interested in communication before enrolling at Henderson State University in 2012. But his mother suggested the major after she noticed the many potential j...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Josh Berry

Viewers tuned to the local newscast on Columbia, South Carolina’s, ABC affiliate will soon be watching a Reddie deliver their news. Josh Berry, a 2010 graduate of Henderson State University, ...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Camden York

Camden York said she has wanted to work in the mental health field since she was 15. “My parents had divorced when I was younger, and as what typically happens in that case, my sister and I a...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Torii Cloud

Torii Cloud believed that a degree in Spanish would be her ticket to travel. And it was. Cloud is a primary school teaching assistant in Spain who helps teachers and students with pronunciation, gr...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Samantha Crow

As a preschool teacher at Arkadelphia Head Start, Samantha Crow is now fulfilling what may be her destiny. “Growing up, my mom had a daycare in our house, so I was always around younger child...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Jacob Woodall

As a student at Lake Hamilton High School, Jacob Woodall had always been interested in mathematics. His calculus and statistics teacher, Henderson alumnus Brian Leonard, sparked Woodall’s &#8...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Stephanie Jones

Stephanie (Batchelder) Jones enrolled at Henderson in 2009 to play volleyball. Coming from Chico, California, it didn’t take long for Jones to “fall in love” with Arkadelphia&#821...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: Matthew Hardee

For Dr. Matthew Hardee, there was never any question about where he would attend college and what he would choose as a major. Hardee, a radiation oncologist at CARTI in Little Rock, is the son of D...  READ MORE 

Alumni Profile: DeLance Minefee

DeLance Minefee was a high school athlete in Jacksonville who had no interest in theatre until his senior year. He didn’t discover the stage until a girl he liked asked him to be her dance pa...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: LaDonna Spain

Leadership and education seem to be a combination that put LaDonna Spain on a successful career path. Spain said she received numerous leadership awards as a high school student. Combined with her ...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Staci Adams

Staci (Brooks) Adams always had a strong interest in math and science, but when she enrolled at Henderson State University in 2007, she couldn’t decide on a major. “I didn’t know ...  READ MORE 

Castleberry memorial golf tourney May 27

A golf tournament to support the Christopher Castleberry Memorial Foundation Business Scholarship will be held May 27 at DeGray Lake Golf Course. Tee-time for the two-man scramble is 9 a.m. Registr...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Izhar Buendia

Izhard Buendia describes himself as “an energetic and curious extrovert who believes anything is possible, but is realizing not everything has to be possible.” Buendia’s determina...  READ MORE 

UAMS honors McLeod's achievement

Cody McLeod, who graduated from Henderson State in 2014 with degrees in biology and chemistry, received the 2016 Horace N. Marvin Award presented annually by the UAMS College of Medicine. The Depar...  READ MORE 

Physics graduate featured in article

Amelia (Church) Hart, a Henderson State University Physics graduate, was recently featured in an article about creating fibers for the next generation of NASA rocket engines. Hart, who just receive...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Daniel Gallegos

FOCUS ON SPORT ADMINISTRATION Daniel Gallegos has a passion for sports, but he admits that that his athletic skills are limited. That didn’t keep him from pursuing a career in sports. “...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: William Flowers

FOCUS ON AVIATION MANAGEMENT William Flowers was introduced to aviation as a child when his mother would take him to airplane fly-ins at Grider Field in his hometown of Pine Bluff. When he arrived ...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Lily Schurra

FOCUS ON ENGLISH Lily Schurra has always had a passion for English. With a desire to attend law school after her undergraduate studies at Henderson State University, she found that an English degre...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Garrett Garner

FOCUS ON HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION As a physical education teacher and coach, Garrett Garner makes it a personal challenge each day to make a difference for at least one child. “It could ...  READ MORE 

Alumni Feature: Heather Griffin

FOCUS ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP Heather Griffin arrived at Henderson State University as a freshman in 1998, but soon dropped out. About 12 years later, at the age of 29, the Malvern native reenrolled at...  READ MORE 

Francis finds satisfaction in athletic training

Daniel Francis said he always had an interest in human anatomy, physiology, and “how it all works together.” That interest led him to Henderson State University where he earned a bachel...  READ MORE 

Hardage named welcome center administrator

Kayla Hardage, a 2012 graduate of Henderson State University, has been named the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism’s new tourism welcome center administrator. Hardage will oversee all Ar...  READ MORE 

Gray says MIS degree offers 'best of both worlds'

Jotham Gray has always had a drive for learning, earning two undergraduate degrees at Henderson State and aspiring to achieve postgraduate degrees. “After my first graduation, I began to view...  READ MORE 

Brown enjoys challenges of computer science

Will Brown’s interest in computers began at an early age as he observed his parents operate their business. “They were fairly tech savvy in the early days, so computers and dial-up were...  READ MORE 

Hardison focuses on Walmart customers, associates

Dallas Hardison has always been interested in sports. He was the starting quarterback for the Henderson State Reddies his senior year in 2015, leading the team to a conference championship and Hend...  READ MORE 

For Poirier, teaching special ed was a 'calling'

Rena Poirier said teaching special education was a “calling.” “I wasn’t always interested in special education,” she said. “I was taking undergraduate education ...  READ MORE 

Harville finds career success by helping others

Randi Harville had a difficult time choosing a major while a student at Henderson State University. She accumulated almost enough credits to minor in sociology, psychology, education, and family an...  READ MORE 

Jones finds satisfaction as financial adviser

Joshua Jones began investing in the stock market when he was 11. “I really enjoyed the concepts of the stock market, and I knew I could not work my whole life and not enjoy what I do,” ...  READ MORE 

This Santa is a Henderson graduate

Larry Jefferson has portrayed Santa Claus during the holiday season since 1999. He recently completed a four-day stint as Santa at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. It was the first time in...  READ MORE 

Hickman always knew she wanted to teach

Britney Hickman admits that she has been “training” to be a teacher since she was a child. “My mother has pictures of me when I was younger teaching my teddy bears and my little b...  READ MORE 

Mabery studying piano in England

Hunter Mabery aspires to be a successful collaborative pianist and teacher. Mabery, a 2016 Henderson State University graduate, is taking the next step towards that goal as he works on his master&#...  READ MORE 

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 degree in Engli...  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 for th...  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 at ...  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 senior a...  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 tran...  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 family to ai...  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 grades 7...  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, curren...  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 Charlottesville, Virgi...  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 to t...  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 Schools,...  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 up, but n...  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 Henderson ...  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. “Newton has ...  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. This year&...  READ MORE