Henderson winter commencement Dec. 16

Dec. 5, 2011

Winter commencement ceremonies will be held at Henderson State University Friday, Dec. 16, with more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees.

The ceremony for School of Business and Teachers College, Henderson, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Wells Center gymnasium, followed at 6 p.m. by the ceremony for the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences.

Faculty charges will be presented by Dr. Blair Olson, professor of counselor education, and Dr. Shannon Clardy, assistant professor of physics. The student responses will be given by Isaac W. Dulaney and Staci Erin Brooks. Bobby Jones, interim president, will confer the degrees.

Henderson will honor Roy Green and Martha Thompson as distinguished alumni. Following a special banquet, Green will speak during the first commencement ceremony and Thompson during the second.

Roy Green

Roy Green, chief executive officer of American Contract Bridge League in Memphis, Tenn., graduated from Henderson in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas. While at Henderson, he served as student body president from 1951-52 and was a point guard on the Reddies basketball team, twice earning all-conference honors.

Green was ROTC battalion commander at Henderson in 1952 and was a distinguished military graduate. He completed the company officers course in 1952, ranking first in a class of more than 200. Green served three years in the military in the Korean War where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He served an additional five years in the U.S. Army Reserve, leaving service as a captain.

After his tour in Korea, Green later became president and CEO of Arkadelphia Federal Savings in 1960. He served as executive vice president of the U.S. League of Savings Institutions in Washington D.C. from 1983-85.

Green has served on the Electronic Funds Transfer Commission, and was part of the Reagan Administration, serving as president of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas during the savings and loan crisis. He also served as a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Appraisal Foundation.

Martha Thompson

Martha Thompson is known internationally as a composer/arranger of handbell music and has more than 300 pieces of music in print. She served as organist and associate director of music at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock from 1969-2002. Thompson was designated “Organist Emeritus” by the church when she retired.

Thompson transferred to Henderson in 1959 to study with Robert Ellis, professor of organ. She graduated from Henderson in 1962 with a Bachelor of Music degree. Thompson went to work as organist at St. Paul United Methodist Church where she served until 1965. She also taught choral music at Ridgeroad Junior High School in North Little Rock until 1967. Thompson was co-director of music at Methodist Children’s Home of Arkansas from 1963-71.

In 1990, Thompson was honored by Henderson’s music department as one of eight students of Ellis who have distinguished themselves in the fields of performance, church music and teaching. In her retirement, she volunteers as director of three handbell choirs at St. James. She also does freelance engraving for a major publisher of handbell music.

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