Student Works

  • Dr. Drew Bledsoe (Alumnus - M.L.A., Social Sciences emphasis) joined the Department of History, Political Science and Humanities of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, as assistant professor of history. Dr. Bledsoe earned his Ph.D. at Rice University in 2012.
  • Jason Morrison (Alumnus - B.A. Political Science) has been appointed dean of academic education at Central Community College-Columbus, Nebraska. (August 2013)
  • David Sesser (Alumnus - M.L.A. and B.A. History) won the 2013 Arkansas Historical Association's Charles O. Durnett Award competition with his paper, "Disease in Civil War Helena." Mr. Sesser is Curator of Special Collections at Huie Library and is currently finishing his M.L.I.S. at the University of Southern Mississippi. (March 2013) 
  • Sarah Stewart (Alumnus - B.S.E. Social Sciences), a world history teacher at DeQueen High School, has been named high school and district Teacher of the Year for DeQueen Public Schools. She is currently working on her masters degree in advanced instructional studies (English as a Second Language) at Henderson. (March 2013)
  • Rebecca Schaeffer (Alumnus - B.S.E. Social Sciences) has been accepted into the master’s program at George Washington University and awarded a prestigious James Madison Fellowship. This national fellowship is awarded to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution at the secondary school level. (July 2012)
  • Robert W.Ellerd (Political Science), Melissa Hamel (Social Sciences), and Zane Shnaekel (Public Administration) presented a paper, “ Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program,” in April at the Arkansas Undergraduate Conference held on the campus of Henderson State University. Dr. Haroon Khan, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration served as the faculty mentor. (July 2012)
  • The May 11th commencement exercises recognized the achievements of two dozen students in the social sciences. Seven students graduated with a BA in History, nine with a BA in History, one with a BA in Public Administration, and seven with a BSE in Social Sciences.
  • David Galloway, an Ellis College Senior in Political Science, took the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. for the Summer of 2012. While there, he interned for Senator John Boozman, Arkansas's Junior U.S. Senator. Also, David attended "The Washington Center", a prestigious academic center for education and advocacy. As a result, he expanded his knowledge by taking classes in Nonprofit Leadership & Management and the current Political Economy. Throughout all this, he continued serving with ‘Reddie' Pride advocating for veteran benefits on the Hill, assisting disabled veterans at the 32nd Annual Wheelchair Games in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • Matthew Sparks, graduated from Henderson State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.  Afterwards, he obtained a master’s degree in national security studies from the University of Haifa.  Matthew has also served in the U.S. military for six years as an Arabic linguist.  Currently, he works as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  His research focuses on American national interests and grand strategy, particularly in regards to the Middle East.  He also specializes in terrorism, counter-insurgency, and Middle Eastern non-state actors such as the Islamic State. Henderson helped him achieve his professional goals by providing a strong educational foundation that was personalized to his individual needs.  Unlike larger schools, Henderson’s close-knit academic community allowed him to form close bonds with his professors and peers, who encouraged his academic and professional development.  Professors encouraged him to follow his passion and provided guidance along the way as he searched for the appropriate graduate school and prepared for living and studying abroad.  He knows that whenever he returns to Arkadelphia, he’ll always have a home at Henderson.